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 26 February 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
26 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Manual Testing
Rank 137 120 112
Rank change year-on-year
-17 -8
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 8 10 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.24% 0.36% 0.32%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.32% 0.50% 0.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 7 6
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£270 £140 £208
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+92.85% -32.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £104 £153
10% offered a daily rate of more than £297 £315 £284
UK excluding London average daily rate £290 £305 £275
% change year-on-year
-4.91% +10.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £140.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £15.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
+50.00% +7.14%
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
2501 1993 1717
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 74.06% 72.16% 69.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 1432 1014 884
Average daily rate £400 £375 £335
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +11.94%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £252 £241
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £533 £495
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 107 118 95
Average hourly rate £37.00 £33.00 £26.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.12% +24.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.98 £12.58 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £45.80 £57.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £29.00 £27.50 £31.50
% change year-on-year
+5.45% -12.69%

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 26 February 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 26 February 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 -5 6 £270 +145.45% 10
Cheshire +1 1 £308 +119.64% 1
Merseyside - 1 £220 -
Lancashire - - - -
Manual Testing
England

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 26 February 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 10 (43.48%) QA
2 6 (26.09%) TDD
2 6 (26.09%) Software Testing
2 6 (26.09%) ISTQB
2 6 (26.09%) Java
2 6 (26.09%) ISEB
2 6 (26.09%) Test Automation
3 5 (21.74%) Test Strategy
3 5 (21.74%) System Testing
3 5 (21.74%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (17.39%) IVR
4 4 (17.39%) Automated Testing
4 4 (17.39%) Android
4 4 (17.39%) Performance Testing
5 3 (13.04%) Integration Testing
5 3 (13.04%) Selenium
5 3 (13.04%) Kanban
5 3 (13.04%) Test Management
5 3 (13.04%) Test Scripting
5 3 (13.04%) User Acceptance Testing
5 3 (13.04%) HP Quality Center
5 3 (13.04%) SoapUI
5 3 (13.04%) Stakeholder Management
5 3 (13.04%) Scrum
5 3 (13.04%) Regression Testing
5 3 (13.04%) Biometrics
5 3 (13.04%) SQL
5 3 (13.04%) J2EE
5 3 (13.04%) SOAP
5 3 (13.04%) Web Services

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

For the 6 months to 26 February 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 (4.35%) WAN
1 1 (4.35%) DMZ
1 1 (4.35%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.35%) MySQL
1 1 (4.35%) RDBMS
1 1 (4.35%) PostgreSQL
1 1 (4.35%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 3 (13.04%) Selenium
1 3 (13.04%) SoapUI
2 2 (8.70%) JIRA
3 1 (4.35%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (4.35%) WebDriver
General
1 2 (8.70%) Finance
1 2 (8.70%) Games
Job Titles
1 8 (34.78%) Analyst
1 8 (34.78%) Test Analyst
2 5 (21.74%) Test Engineer
3 4 (17.39%) Tester
4 3 (13.04%) Test Leader
4 3 (13.04%) QA Engineer
5 2 (8.70%) Test Manager
6 1 (4.35%) Senior Analyst
6 1 (4.35%) Software Tester
6 1 (4.35%) Applications Tester
6 1 (4.35%) Security Manager
6 1 (4.35%) Software Test Analyst
6 1 (4.35%) Automation Test Analyst
6 1 (4.35%) Network Security Manager
6 1 (4.35%) Automation Tester
6 1 (4.35%) Automation Analyst
6 1 (4.35%) Mobile Tester
6 1 (4.35%) Selenium Test Analyst
6 1 (4.35%) Senior Test Analyst
6 1 (4.35%) Network Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (13.04%) J2EE
1 3 (13.04%) SOAP
1 3 (13.04%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 4 (17.39%) IVR
2 3 (13.04%) Biometrics
3 2 (8.70%) iPad
3 2 (8.70%) Mobile App
4 1 (4.35%) Computer Science
4 1 (4.35%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 4 (17.39%) Android
2 3 (13.04%) UNIX
3 2 (8.70%) Windows
3 2 (8.70%) Apple iOS
4 1 (4.35%) Linux
4 1 (4.35%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (26.09%) TDD
1 6 (26.09%) Software Testing
1 6 (26.09%) Test Automation
2 5 (21.74%) System Testing
2 5 (21.74%) Test Strategy
2 5 (21.74%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (17.39%) Automated Testing
3 4 (17.39%) Performance Testing
4 3 (13.04%) Integration Testing
4 3 (13.04%) User Acceptance Testing
4 3 (13.04%) Stakeholder Management
4 3 (13.04%) Scrum
4 3 (13.04%) Regression Testing
4 3 (13.04%) Test Management
4 3 (13.04%) Test Scripting
4 3 (13.04%) Kanban
5 2 (8.70%) Test Planning
5 2 (8.70%) Non-Functional Testing
5 2 (8.70%) Validation
5 2 (8.70%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 6 (26.09%) Java
2 3 (13.04%) SQL
3 1 (4.35%) Groovy
3 1 (4.35%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 6 (26.09%) ISEB
1 6 (26.09%) ISTQB
2 2 (8.70%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 1 (4.35%) RHCSA
3 1 (4.35%) Degree
3 1 (4.35%) ACSP
3 1 (4.35%) MCSE
3 1 (4.35%) MCSA
3 1 (4.35%) CCNP
3 1 (4.35%) CCIP
3 1 (4.35%) CCNA
3 1 (4.35%) CCDP
3 1 (4.35%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (4.35%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (4.35%) RHCE
3 1 (4.35%) IBM Certification
3 1 (4.35%) ACSA
3 1 (4.35%) MCDST
3 1 (4.35%) MCTS
3 1 (4.35%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (43.48%) QA
2 1 (4.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 3 (13.04%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (8.70%) Oracle
2 1 (4.35%) Cisco
2 1 (4.35%) IBM
2 1 (4.35%) Microsoft
2 1 (4.35%) HP
2 1 (4.35%) EMC
2 1 (4.35%) Avaya
2 1 (4.35%) Red Hat
2 1 (4.35%) Apple
2 1 (4.35%) SolarWinds