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 6 July 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
6 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Manual Testing
Rank 129 128 110
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -18
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 18 3 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.50% 0.100% 0.36%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.65% 0.14% 0.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 2 8
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£288 £331 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.20% +6.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £326 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £378 £336 £325
UK excluding London average daily rate £290 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
-3.33% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.50 £26.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+48.07% -25.71%
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
2778 2203 1815
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 76.40% 73.14% 72.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 1647 1165 895
Average daily rate £388 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £265 £243
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £540 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 121 94 83
Average hourly rate £34.00 £26.50 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+28.30% +26.19%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £15.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.37 £45.00 £75.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £27.50 £30.50
% change year-on-year
+9.09% -9.83%

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 6 July 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 6 July 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 -2 11 £255 -23.01% 7
Cheshire - 4 £308 - 1
Lancashire - 3 - -
Manual Testing
England

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 6 July 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 20 (62.50%) ISEB
2 15 (46.88%) Software Testing
3 14 (43.75%) ISTQB
4 12 (37.50%) Finance
4 12 (37.50%) Agile Software Development
5 11 (34.38%) Test Strategy
6 10 (31.25%) QA
7 9 (28.13%) Automated Testing
7 9 (28.13%) Test Management
8 8 (25.00%) Non-Functional Testing
8 8 (25.00%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 8 (25.00%) SDLC
9 6 (18.75%) Test Scripting
9 6 (18.75%) Test Automation
10 5 (15.63%) User Acceptance Testing
10 5 (15.63%) RUP
10 5 (15.63%) SOAP
10 5 (15.63%) Banking
10 5 (15.63%) Mobile App
10 5 (15.63%) SoapUI
11 4 (12.50%) Regression Testing
11 4 (12.50%) Selenium
11 4 (12.50%) System Testing
12 3 (9.38%) Team Foundation Server
12 3 (9.38%) Scrum
12 3 (9.38%) TDD
12 3 (9.38%) Java
12 3 (9.38%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 3 (9.38%) Test Planning
13 2 (6.25%) Automation Testing

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

For the 6 months to 6 July 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.

Applications
1 1 (3.13%) MS Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.13%) MySQL
1 1 (3.13%) RDBMS
1 1 (3.13%) PostgreSQL
1 1 (3.13%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 5 (15.63%) SoapUI
2 4 (12.50%) Selenium
3 3 (9.38%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (6.25%) JIRA
5 1 (3.13%) SpecFlow
General
1 12 (37.50%) Finance
2 5 (15.63%) Banking
3 2 (6.25%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 10 (31.25%) Analyst
1 10 (31.25%) Test Analyst
2 9 (28.13%) Tester
3 8 (25.00%) Test Manager
4 5 (15.63%) Test Leader
5 4 (12.50%) Mobile Tester
5 4 (12.50%) Applications Tester
6 3 (9.38%) Test Engineer
7 2 (6.25%) QA Engineer
8 1 (3.13%) Senior Tester
8 1 (3.13%) Software Tester
8 1 (3.13%) UAT Tester
8 1 (3.13%) UAT Analyst
8 1 (3.13%) Manual Test Analyst
8 1 (3.13%) UAT Test Analyst
8 1 (3.13%) Agile Test Analyst
8 1 (3.13%) QA Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (15.63%) SOAP
2 2 (6.25%) Web Services
2 2 (6.25%) .NET
2 2 (6.25%) J2EE
3 1 (3.13%) ASP.NET
3 1 (3.13%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 5 (15.63%) Mobile App
2 1 (3.13%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (3.13%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.13%) UNIX
1 1 (3.13%) Android
1 1 (3.13%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (46.88%) Software Testing
2 12 (37.50%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (34.38%) Test Strategy
4 9 (28.13%) Automated Testing
4 9 (28.13%) Test Management
5 8 (25.00%) Non-Functional Testing
5 8 (25.00%) SDLC
6 6 (18.75%) Test Automation
6 6 (18.75%) Test Scripting
7 5 (15.63%) User Acceptance Testing
7 5 (15.63%) RUP
8 4 (12.50%) Regression Testing
8 4 (12.50%) System Testing
9 3 (9.38%) Scrum
9 3 (9.38%) TDD
9 3 (9.38%) Test Planning
10 2 (6.25%) Automation Testing
10 2 (6.25%) Integration Testing
10 2 (6.25%) Requirements Analysis
10 2 (6.25%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 3 (9.38%) Java
2 2 (6.25%) SQL
3 1 (3.13%) Groovy
3 1 (3.13%) C#
Qualifications
1 20 (62.50%) ISEB
2 14 (43.75%) ISTQB
3 8 (25.00%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 3 (9.38%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (6.25%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (3.13%) ISEB Practitioner
6 1 (3.13%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (31.25%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (3.13%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (6.25%) Microsoft
2 1 (3.13%) JD Edwards
2 1 (3.13%) Oracle