The table below looks at the statistics for Manual Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Manual Testing over the 3 months to 29 January 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
29 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Manual Testing
Rank 118 113 119
Rank change year-on-year
-5 +6
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 10 15 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.32% 0.56% 0.19%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.44% 0.76% 0.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 10 3
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£220 £328 £260
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-32.82% +25.96%
UK excluding London average daily rate £290 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
-3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £29.25 £15.00 £4.00
% change year-on-year
+95.00% +275.00%
Manual Testing
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the North West region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2274 1963 1757
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 73.76% 72.78% 66.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 1353 1000 942
Average daily rate £375 £363 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% +7.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+6.00% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 94 97 83
Average hourly rate £26.50 £33.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-19.69% +46.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.05
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.70 £45.00 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £27.50 £31.07
% change year-on-year
-5.45% -11.49%

Manual Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Manual Testing across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Manual Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Manual Testing
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Manual Testing across the North West region.

Manual Testing Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Manual Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Manual Testing across the North West region over the 3 months to 29 January 2015.

Manual Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Manual Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Manual Testing across the North West region.

Manual Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Manual Testing
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Manual Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 29 January 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -3 7 £239 -24.20% 12
Cheshire -1 2 - - 1
Merseyside - 1 £220 -
Lancashire - - - - 2
Manual Testing
England

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Manual Testing also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Manual Testing.

1 8 (36.36%) QA
2 7 (31.82%) Software Testing
2 7 (31.82%) ISTQB
2 7 (31.82%) ISEB
3 6 (27.27%) Test Automation
4 5 (22.73%) Test Strategy
5 4 (18.18%) JIRA
5 4 (18.18%) System Testing
5 4 (18.18%) Android
5 4 (18.18%) SQL
5 4 (18.18%) Java
5 4 (18.18%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (18.18%) TDD
5 4 (18.18%) IVR
6 3 (13.64%) Stakeholder Management
6 3 (13.64%) Biometrics
6 3 (13.64%) Automated Testing
6 3 (13.64%) Test Management
6 3 (13.64%) Selenium
6 3 (13.64%) Performance Testing
6 3 (13.64%) HP Quality Center
6 3 (13.64%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (9.09%) User Acceptance Testing
7 2 (9.09%) iPad
7 2 (9.09%) Apple iOS
7 2 (9.09%) SoapUI
7 2 (9.09%) Non-Functional Testing
7 2 (9.09%) Integration Testing
7 2 (9.09%) Web Testing
7 2 (9.09%) Test Scripting

Manual Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 29 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Manual Testing also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Manual Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.55%) WAN
1 1 (4.55%) DMZ
1 1 (4.55%) Network Security
Development Applications
1 4 (18.18%) JIRA
2 3 (13.64%) Selenium
2 3 (13.64%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (9.09%) SoapUI
4 1 (4.55%) WebDriver
General
1 2 (9.09%) Finance
1 2 (9.09%) Games
Job Titles
1 9 (40.91%) Analyst
1 9 (40.91%) Test Analyst
2 4 (18.18%) Test Engineer
3 3 (13.64%) Tester
3 3 (13.64%) Test Leader
4 2 (9.09%) Web Test Analyst
4 2 (9.09%) Web Analyst
4 2 (9.09%) QA Engineer
4 2 (9.09%) Test Manager
5 1 (4.55%) Senior Analyst
5 1 (4.55%) Senior Test Analyst
5 1 (4.55%) Network Manager
5 1 (4.55%) Software Tester
5 1 (4.55%) Automation Test Analyst
5 1 (4.55%) Security Manager
5 1 (4.55%) Software Test Analyst
5 1 (4.55%) Network Security Manager
5 1 (4.55%) Selenium Test Analyst
5 1 (4.55%) Automation Tester
5 1 (4.55%) Automation Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (9.09%) SOAP
1 2 (9.09%) Web Services
1 2 (9.09%) .NET
1 2 (9.09%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 4 (18.18%) IVR
2 3 (13.64%) Biometrics
3 2 (9.09%) iPad
4 1 (4.55%) Online Games
4 1 (4.55%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 4 (18.18%) Android
2 2 (9.09%) Apple iOS
2 2 (9.09%) UNIX
2 2 (9.09%) Windows
3 1 (4.55%) Linux
3 1 (4.55%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (31.82%) Software Testing
2 6 (27.27%) Test Automation
3 5 (22.73%) Test Strategy
4 4 (18.18%) System Testing
4 4 (18.18%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (18.18%) TDD
5 3 (13.64%) Stakeholder Management
5 3 (13.64%) Automated Testing
5 3 (13.64%) Test Management
5 3 (13.64%) Performance Testing
6 2 (9.09%) User Acceptance Testing
6 2 (9.09%) Non-Functional Testing
6 2 (9.09%) Integration Testing
6 2 (9.09%) Web Testing
6 2 (9.09%) Test Scripting
6 2 (9.09%) Kanban
6 2 (9.09%) Project Planning
6 2 (9.09%) Project Management
6 2 (9.09%) Regression Testing
6 2 (9.09%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 4 (18.18%) SQL
1 4 (18.18%) Java
2 1 (4.55%) JavaScript
2 1 (4.55%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 7 (31.82%) ISTQB
1 7 (31.82%) ISEB
2 2 (9.09%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 1 (4.55%) MCSE
3 1 (4.55%) MCSA
3 1 (4.55%) CCNP
3 1 (4.55%) CCIP
3 1 (4.55%) CCNA
3 1 (4.55%) CCDP
3 1 (4.55%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (4.55%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (4.55%) RHCE
3 1 (4.55%) IBM Certification
3 1 (4.55%) ACSA
3 1 (4.55%) MCDST
3 1 (4.55%) MCTS
3 1 (4.55%) MCITP
3 1 (4.55%) RHCSA
3 1 (4.55%) ACSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (36.36%) QA
2 1 (4.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 3 (13.64%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (4.55%) Cisco
1 1 (4.55%) IBM
1 1 (4.55%) Microsoft
1 1 (4.55%) HP
1 1 (4.55%) EMC
1 1 (4.55%) Oracle
1 1 (4.55%) Avaya
1 1 (4.55%) Red Hat
1 1 (4.55%) Apple
1 1 (4.55%) SolarWinds