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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Manual Testing over the 3 months to 25 May 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
25 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Manual Testing
Rank 146 129 127
Rank change year-on-year
-17 -2
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 15 21 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.38% 0.57% 0.30%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.47% 0.74% 0.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 12 7
Median daily rate £283 £256 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.24% -17.33%
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £300 £310
% change year-on-year
- -3.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.50 £36.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-65.27% +20.00%
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
3190 2844 2281
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 81.82% 77.39% 75.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 1979 1633 1202
Median daily rate £423 £399 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.95% +2.90%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £525 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +2.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 69 134 115
Median hourly rate £36.00 £35.00 £31.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% +11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.00 £14.00 £13.67
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £60.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.75 £30.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+10.65% +1.66%

Manual Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing Manual Testing as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 25 May 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Manual Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 25 May 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -9 10 £270 +14.89% 9
Merseyside 0 3 £313 - 2
Cheshire -12 2 £288 -6.50%
Manual Testing
England

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 25 May 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Manual Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for Manual Testing.

1 14 (45.16%) Selenium
2 12 (38.71%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (38.71%) Automated Testing
3 11 (35.48%) .NET
4 10 (32.26%) Java
4 10 (32.26%) Test Scripting
5 9 (29.03%) QA
6 6 (19.35%) Software Testing
6 6 (19.35%) SQL
6 6 (19.35%) Microsoft
6 6 (19.35%) Cucumber
7 5 (16.13%) User Acceptance Testing
7 5 (16.13%) Scrum
8 4 (12.90%) SQL Server
9 3 (9.68%) E-Commerce
9 3 (9.68%) MySQL
9 3 (9.68%) MS Excel
9 3 (9.68%) Finance
9 3 (9.68%) Software Engineering
9 3 (9.68%) Degree
9 3 (9.68%) JIRA
9 3 (9.68%) Usability Testing
9 3 (9.68%) Performance Testing
9 3 (9.68%) Security Testing
9 3 (9.68%) Unit Testing
9 3 (9.68%) Integration Testing
9 3 (9.68%) Computer Science
9 3 (9.68%) Team Foundation Server
9 3 (9.68%) BDD
9 3 (9.68%) SoapUI

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

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Applications
1 3 (9.68%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (3.23%) Northgate Housing
1 1 (3.23%) OpenText MBPM
Communications & Networking
1 2 (6.45%) PuTTY
1 2 (6.45%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (12.90%) SQL Server
2 3 (9.68%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 14 (45.16%) Selenium
2 6 (19.35%) Cucumber
3 3 (9.68%) JIRA
3 3 (9.68%) SoapUI
3 3 (9.68%) SpecFlow
3 3 (9.68%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (6.45%) Ant
4 2 (6.45%) JMeter
4 2 (6.45%) TortoiseSVN
4 2 (6.45%) WATIR
4 2 (6.45%) WebDriver
5 1 (3.23%) Bugzilla
5 1 (3.23%) HP UFT
5 1 (3.23%) TestDirector
General
1 3 (9.68%) Finance
Job Titles
1 16 (51.61%) Analyst
2 15 (48.39%) Test Analyst
3 10 (32.26%) Tester
4 6 (19.35%) Test Engineer
5 5 (16.13%) Software Tester
6 4 (12.90%) QA Analyst
6 4 (12.90%) QA Engineer
6 4 (12.90%) QA Tester
6 4 (12.90%) Software Analyst
7 3 (9.68%) QA Test Analyst
7 3 (9.68%) Software QA Tester
7 3 (9.68%) Software Test Analyst
7 3 (9.68%) Test Automation Engineer
8 2 (6.45%) Junior
8 2 (6.45%) Junior Tester
8 2 (6.45%) Manual Test Analyst
8 2 (6.45%) Manual Tester
8 2 (6.45%) Software QA Engineer
8 2 (6.45%) Software Testing Engineer
8 2 (6.45%) SQL Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (35.48%) .NET
2 2 (6.45%) WinForms
3 1 (3.23%) .NET Framework
3 1 (3.23%) AngularJS
3 1 (3.23%) COM
3 1 (3.23%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 3 (9.68%) Computer Science
2 2 (6.45%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 2 (6.45%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (38.71%) Agile Software Development
1 12 (38.71%) Automated Testing
2 10 (32.26%) Test Scripting
3 6 (19.35%) Software Testing
4 5 (16.13%) Scrum
4 5 (16.13%) User Acceptance Testing
5 3 (9.68%) Automation Testing
5 3 (9.68%) BDD
5 3 (9.68%) Cross-Browser Testing
5 3 (9.68%) E-Commerce
5 3 (9.68%) Integration Testing
5 3 (9.68%) Performance Testing
5 3 (9.68%) Security Testing
5 3 (9.68%) Software Engineering
5 3 (9.68%) Unit Testing
5 3 (9.68%) Usability Testing
6 2 (6.45%) CRM
6 2 (6.45%) MVC
6 2 (6.45%) TDD
6 2 (6.45%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 10 (32.26%) Java
2 6 (19.35%) SQL
3 2 (6.45%) C#
3 2 (6.45%) PHP
3 2 (6.45%) Ruby
4 1 (3.23%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 3 (9.68%) Degree
2 2 (6.45%) ISEB
3 1 (3.23%) ISTQB
3 1 (3.23%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (29.03%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (3.23%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (19.35%) Microsoft
2 2 (6.45%) Oracle
3 1 (3.23%) HP
3 1 (3.23%) Northgate