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 24 January 2017 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
24 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Manual Testing
England / North West
Rank 119 135 129
Rank change year-on-year
+16 -6
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 16 23 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.61% 0.60% 0.36%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.75% 0.75% 0.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 13 6
Median daily rate £400 £275 £204
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+45.45% +34.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £163 £144
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £350 £290
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £32.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £32.50 £29.25
% change year-on-year
- +11.11%

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
2141 3079 2376
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 82.13% 80.96% 76.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 1381 1876 1423
Median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £565 £537
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £400 £390
% change year-on-year
+1.25% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 64 110 96
Median hourly rate £37.50 £38.00 £28.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.31% +35.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £15.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.71 £54.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year
-12.50% +53.84%

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 24 January 2017.

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 24 January 2017. 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 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 +2 10 £425 +54.54% 8
Cheshire +29 5 £400 +56.09% 3
Manual Testing
England

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 January 2017, 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 20 (54.05%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (40.54%) Automated Testing
2 15 (40.54%) Test Scripting
3 14 (37.84%) Selenium
4 13 (35.14%) SQL
5 10 (27.03%) JIRA
5 10 (27.03%) QA
5 10 (27.03%) Performance Testing
6 9 (24.32%) Java
6 9 (24.32%) .NET
7 8 (21.62%) BDD
7 8 (21.62%) Automation Testing
8 7 (18.92%) Security Testing
8 7 (18.92%) Unit Testing
8 7 (18.92%) Usability Testing
8 7 (18.92%) Regression Testing
9 6 (16.22%) Scrum
9 6 (16.22%) Workday
10 5 (13.51%) Test Management
10 5 (13.51%) Integration Testing
10 5 (13.51%) Functional Testing
11 4 (10.81%) Build Automation
11 4 (10.81%) Analytical Skills
11 4 (10.81%) HP Quality Center
11 4 (10.81%) Visual Studio
12 3 (8.11%) Zephyr
12 3 (8.11%) Manufacturing
12 3 (8.11%) Software Engineering
12 3 (8.11%) Software Testing
12 3 (8.11%) Windows

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:

Application Platforms
1 1 (2.70%) CMS
1 1 (2.70%) SharePoint
Business Applications
1 2 (5.41%) Dynamics CRM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.70%) Oracle Reports
1 1 (2.70%) Relational Database
1 1 (2.70%) SQL Server
1 1 (2.70%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 14 (37.84%) Selenium
2 10 (27.03%) JIRA
3 4 (10.81%) Visual Studio
4 3 (8.11%) SoapUI
4 3 (8.11%) TestComplete
4 3 (8.11%) Zephyr
5 2 (5.41%) Cucumber
6 1 (2.70%) ClearCase
6 1 (2.70%) ClearQuest
6 1 (2.70%) Firebug
6 1 (2.70%) HP UFT
6 1 (2.70%) JBehave
6 1 (2.70%) JUnit
6 1 (2.70%) LoadRunner
6 1 (2.70%) LoadUI
6 1 (2.70%) Rational Robot
6 1 (2.70%) Selenium IDE
6 1 (2.70%) TestRail
6 1 (2.70%) Visual Studio Team System
6 1 (2.70%) WebDriver
General
1 3 (8.11%) Manufacturing
2 2 (5.41%) Pharmaceutical
2 2 (5.41%) Retail
3 1 (2.70%) Advertising
3 1 (2.70%) Banking
3 1 (2.70%) Finance
3 1 (2.70%) Legal
3 1 (2.70%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 19 (51.35%) Analyst
2 18 (48.65%) Test Analyst
3 10 (27.03%) Tester
4 5 (13.51%) Consultant
4 5 (13.51%) Senior Consultant
5 4 (10.81%) Automation Consultant
5 4 (10.81%) Manual Tester
5 4 (10.81%) QA Tester
5 4 (10.81%) Test Engineer
5 4 (10.81%) Test Leader
6 3 (8.11%) Agile Test Analyst
6 3 (8.11%) Automation Test Analyst
6 3 (8.11%) QA Analyst
6 3 (8.11%) Software Tester
6 3 (8.11%) Workday Analyst
7 2 (5.41%) QA Engineer
7 2 (5.41%) QA Test Analyst
7 2 (5.41%) Senior Tester
7 2 (5.41%) Software Analyst
7 2 (5.41%) Software Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (24.32%) .NET
2 3 (8.11%) Gherkin
3 1 (2.70%) .NET Framework
3 1 (2.70%) JSON
3 1 (2.70%) Middleware
3 1 (2.70%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (10.81%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (2.70%) Data Centre
2 1 (2.70%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 3 (8.11%) Windows
2 1 (2.70%) Android
2 1 (2.70%) Apple iOS
2 1 (2.70%) Linux
2 1 (2.70%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (54.05%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (40.54%) Automated Testing
2 15 (40.54%) Test Scripting
3 10 (27.03%) Performance Testing
4 8 (21.62%) Automation Testing
4 8 (21.62%) BDD
5 7 (18.92%) Regression Testing
5 7 (18.92%) Security Testing
5 7 (18.92%) Unit Testing
5 7 (18.92%) Usability Testing
6 6 (16.22%) Scrum
7 5 (13.51%) Functional Testing
7 5 (13.51%) Integration Testing
7 5 (13.51%) Test Management
8 4 (10.81%) Build Automation
9 3 (8.11%) Defect Management
9 3 (8.11%) E-Commerce
9 3 (8.11%) Software Engineering
9 3 (8.11%) Software Testing
9 3 (8.11%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 13 (35.14%) SQL
2 9 (24.32%) Java
3 3 (8.11%) VBScript
4 1 (2.70%) C#
4 1 (2.70%) Scala
Qualifications
1 1 (2.70%) ISEB
1 1 (2.70%) SC Cleared
1 1 (2.70%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (27.03%) QA
Systems Management
1 4 (10.81%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (16.22%) Workday
2 3 (8.11%) CheckPoint
2 3 (8.11%) Microsoft
3 2 (5.41%) HP
4 1 (2.70%) EPiServer
4 1 (2.70%) Oracle
4 1 (2.70%) SAP
4 1 (2.70%) Twitter