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 30 September 2014 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
30 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Manual Testing
Rank 136 125 114
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -11
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 7 11 23
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.22% 0.37% 0.69%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.30% 0.52% 1.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 8 14
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£320 £300 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +20.00%
UK excluding London average daily rate £288 £285 £265
% change year-on-year
+0.87% +7.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £31.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year
-3.22% -4.61%
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
2353 2122 2177
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 72.76% 72.13% 65.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 1350 1058 1152
Average daily rate £375 £335 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.94% -4.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £235 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £488 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £367 £365
% change year-on-year
+2.18% +0.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 110 110 105
Average hourly rate £30.00 £20.00 £26.15
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+50.00% -23.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.70 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £78.00 £44.96 £49.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £30.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year
-11.66% +3.44%

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
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 30 September 2014. 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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statistics and historical trends)
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
Cheshire +5 5 £320 +3.22% 5
Manchester -16 2 £250 -16.66% 3
Merseyside - 1 £320 -
Lancashire - - - - 1
Manual Testing
England

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 September 2014, 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 7 (63.64%) Software Testing
2 6 (54.55%) ISTQB
2 6 (54.55%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (54.55%) ISEB
3 5 (45.45%) SQL
3 5 (45.45%) .NET
3 5 (45.45%) JIRA
3 5 (45.45%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (27.27%) Project Planning
4 3 (27.27%) Stress Testing
4 3 (27.27%) Integration Testing
4 3 (27.27%) System Testing
5 2 (18.18%) Automated Testing
5 2 (18.18%) QA
5 2 (18.18%) Selenium
5 2 (18.18%) Regression Testing
5 2 (18.18%) User Acceptance Testing
5 2 (18.18%) Performance Testing
6 1 (9.09%) WebDriver
6 1 (9.09%) Open Source
6 1 (9.09%) Waterfall
6 1 (9.09%) SoapUI
6 1 (9.09%) Test Strategy
6 1 (9.09%) User Stories
6 1 (9.09%) Mobile App
6 1 (9.09%) Automation Testing
6 1 (9.09%) Relational Database
6 1 (9.09%) Mentoring
6 1 (9.09%) SolarWinds
6 1 (9.09%) HP Quality Center

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

For the 6 months to 30 September 2014, 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.

Application Platforms
1 1 (9.09%) CMS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (9.09%) WAN
1 1 (9.09%) DMZ
1 1 (9.09%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (9.09%) RDBMS
1 1 (9.09%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 5 (45.45%) JIRA
1 5 (45.45%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (18.18%) Selenium
3 1 (9.09%) WebDriver
3 1 (9.09%) SoapUI
3 1 (9.09%) Bugzilla
General
1 1 (9.09%) Games
Job Titles
1 9 (81.82%) Analyst
1 9 (81.82%) Test Analyst
2 3 (27.27%) Web Analyst
2 3 (27.27%) Web Test Analyst
3 2 (18.18%) Agile Test Analyst
3 2 (18.18%) Tester
4 1 (9.09%) Automation Tester
4 1 (9.09%) Network Security Manager
4 1 (9.09%) Software Test Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) Consultant
4 1 (9.09%) Technical Consultant
4 1 (9.09%) Network Manager
4 1 (9.09%) Test Consultant
4 1 (9.09%) Security Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (45.45%) .NET
2 1 (9.09%) SOAP
2 1 (9.09%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 1 (9.09%) Mobile Games
1 1 (9.09%) IVR
1 1 (9.09%) Open Source
1 1 (9.09%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 1 (9.09%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (63.64%) Software Testing
2 6 (54.55%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (27.27%) Project Planning
3 3 (27.27%) System Testing
3 3 (27.27%) Stress Testing
3 3 (27.27%) Integration Testing
4 2 (18.18%) User Acceptance Testing
4 2 (18.18%) Performance Testing
4 2 (18.18%) Automated Testing
4 2 (18.18%) Regression Testing
5 1 (9.09%) Scrum
5 1 (9.09%) Penetration Testing
5 1 (9.09%) ITIL
5 1 (9.09%) Release Management
5 1 (9.09%) Performance Management
5 1 (9.09%) V-Model
5 1 (9.09%) Waterfall
5 1 (9.09%) Test Strategy
5 1 (9.09%) User Stories
5 1 (9.09%) Automation Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (45.45%) SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (54.55%) ISEB
1 6 (54.55%) ISTQB
2 1 (9.09%) ACSP
2 1 (9.09%) MCSE
2 1 (9.09%) MCSA
2 1 (9.09%) CCNP
2 1 (9.09%) CCIP
2 1 (9.09%) CCNA
2 1 (9.09%) CCDP
2 1 (9.09%) Cisco Certification
2 1 (9.09%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (9.09%) RHCE
2 1 (9.09%) IBM Certification
2 1 (9.09%) ACSA
2 1 (9.09%) MCDST
2 1 (9.09%) MCTS
2 1 (9.09%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (18.18%) QA
2 1 (9.09%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 1 (9.09%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (9.09%) Cisco
1 1 (9.09%) IBM
1 1 (9.09%) Microsoft
1 1 (9.09%) HP
1 1 (9.09%) EMC
1 1 (9.09%) Avaya
1 1 (9.09%) Red Hat
1 1 (9.09%) Apple
1 1 (9.09%) SolarWinds