The first table below looks at the demand 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 16 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the North West region.

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
16 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Manual Testing
Rank 125 112 127
Rank change year-on-year
-13 +15
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 13 5 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.40% 0.20% 0.26%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.57% 0.29% 0.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 5 3
Average daily rate £310 £155 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+100.00% -50.79%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £134 £153 £303
10% offered a daily rate of more than £311 £279 £323
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £300 £314
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -4.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 2
Average hourly rate £140.00 - £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £17.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+52.94% -54.66%
Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2299 1727 1936
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 71.24% 70.49% 63.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 1170 864 968
Average daily rate £375 £338 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% -3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £485 £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £361 £370
% change year-on-year
+4.02% -2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 126 83 91
Average hourly rate £31.25 £25.97 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.33% +29.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.49 £13.33 £13.48
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £61.00 £40.02
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £32.00 £27.00
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +18.51%
Manual Testing
England

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 16 April 2014.

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 16 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Cheshire -3 7 £310 +103.27%
Manchester - 6 £310 - 1
Lancashire -21 1 £315 +65.78%
Manual Testing
England

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 16 April 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 12 (50.00%) .NET
2 11 (45.83%) Test Scripting
3 10 (41.67%) SQL
4 9 (37.50%) C#
4 9 (37.50%) Java
4 9 (37.50%) MySQL
4 9 (37.50%) Web Services
4 9 (37.50%) Shell Script
5 8 (33.33%) Microsoft
5 8 (33.33%) XML
5 8 (33.33%) MS Excel
6 7 (29.17%) Oracle
6 7 (29.17%) C++
6 7 (29.17%) HTML
6 7 (29.17%) VBScript
6 7 (29.17%) VB
6 7 (29.17%) VB.NET
6 7 (29.17%) C
6 7 (29.17%) Selenium
7 6 (25.00%) Business Analysis
7 6 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
7 6 (25.00%) Software Testing
7 6 (25.00%) ISEB
8 5 (20.83%) Web Testing
8 5 (20.83%) HP Quality Center
9 4 (16.67%) Automated Testing
9 4 (16.67%) JavaScript
10 3 (12.50%) NHS
10 3 (12.50%) Code Coverage
10 3 (12.50%) Penetration Testing

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

For the 6 months to 16 April 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 2 (8.33%) SharePoint Server
1 2 (8.33%) SharePoint
Applications
1 8 (33.33%) MS Excel
2 2 (8.33%) MS PowerPoint
2 2 (8.33%) MS Office
3 1 (4.17%) Spreadsheet
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.17%) Extranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (37.50%) MySQL
2 2 (8.33%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (8.33%) SQL Server 2005
2 2 (8.33%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 7 (29.17%) Selenium
2 3 (12.50%) JIRA
2 3 (12.50%) Cucumber
3 1 (4.17%) Bugzilla
3 1 (4.17%) PhantomJS
General
1 3 (12.50%) Games
2 2 (8.33%) Finance
3 1 (4.17%) Telecoms
3 1 (4.17%) Banking
Job Titles
1 13 (54.17%) Analyst
2 12 (50.00%) Tester
3 11 (45.83%) Test Analyst
4 7 (29.17%) Software Tester
5 5 (20.83%) Web Test Analyst
5 5 (20.83%) Web Analyst
6 4 (16.67%) Junior
7 2 (8.33%) Junior Software Tester
7 2 (8.33%) Junior Analyst
7 2 (8.33%) Junior Test Analyst
7 2 (8.33%) Junior Tester
7 2 (8.33%) QA Analyst
8 1 (4.17%) Technical Test Analyst
8 1 (4.17%) Manual Tester
8 1 (4.17%) Systems Tester
8 1 (4.17%) Technical Analyst
8 1 (4.17%) Manual Test Analyst
8 1 (4.17%) Web Tester
8 1 (4.17%) Test Leader
8 1 (4.17%) Automation Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (50.00%) .NET
2 9 (37.50%) Web Services
3 8 (33.33%) XML
4 7 (29.17%) HTML
5 2 (8.33%) SOAP
5 2 (8.33%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 3 (12.50%) NHS
2 2 (8.33%) Management Information System
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (45.83%) Test Scripting
2 6 (25.00%) Business Analysis
2 6 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (25.00%) Software Testing
3 5 (20.83%) Web Testing
4 4 (16.67%) Automated Testing
5 3 (12.50%) Code Coverage
5 3 (12.50%) Penetration Testing
5 3 (12.50%) Scrum
5 3 (12.50%) Unit Testing
5 3 (12.50%) Kanban
5 3 (12.50%) Web Accessibility
6 2 (8.33%) Agile Project Management
6 2 (8.33%) Integration Testing
6 2 (8.33%) BDD
6 2 (8.33%) V-Model
6 2 (8.33%) Performance Testing
6 2 (8.33%) Project Planning
6 2 (8.33%) TDD
6 2 (8.33%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (41.67%) SQL
2 9 (37.50%) C#
2 9 (37.50%) Java
2 9 (37.50%) Shell Script
3 7 (29.17%) C++
3 7 (29.17%) VBScript
3 7 (29.17%) VB
3 7 (29.17%) VB.NET
3 7 (29.17%) C
4 4 (16.67%) JavaScript
5 2 (8.33%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 6 (25.00%) ISEB
2 3 (12.50%) ISTQB
2 3 (12.50%) Degree
2 3 (12.50%) Security Cleared
3 2 (8.33%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (12.50%) WAI
1 3 (12.50%) QA
Systems Management
1 5 (20.83%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (33.33%) Microsoft
2 7 (29.17%) Oracle