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 22 July 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
22 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Manual Testing
Rank 130 122 131
Rank change year-on-year
-8 +9
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 4 4 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.13% 0.15% 0.34%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.19% 0.21% 0.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 3 7
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£320 £300 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +9.09%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £278 £300 £246
10% offered a daily rate of more than £331 £320 £333
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £320 £275
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +16.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £35.00 -
Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2055 1881 2133
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 69.33% 71.63% 65.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 1120 934 1129
Average daily rate £375 £338 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% -0.73%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £240 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £450 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 88 85 110
Average hourly rate £25.00 £22.54 £23.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.91% -5.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.50 £13.73
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £50.56 £47.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £31.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-14.51% -
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
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 22 July 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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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 -1 3 £294 -2.08% 2
Cheshire - 1 £320 - 1
Merseyside - 1 £320 -
Lancashire - - - -
Manual Testing
England

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 July 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 8 (44.44%) SQL
1 8 (44.44%) .NET
2 6 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (27.78%) Software Testing
3 5 (27.78%) Test Scripting
3 5 (27.78%) ISEB
3 5 (27.78%) XML
4 4 (22.22%) MS Excel
4 4 (22.22%) Web Services
4 4 (22.22%) Microsoft
4 4 (22.22%) MySQL
4 4 (22.22%) Oracle
4 4 (22.22%) VBScript
4 4 (22.22%) VB
4 4 (22.22%) VB.NET
4 4 (22.22%) C
4 4 (22.22%) C#
4 4 (22.22%) C++
4 4 (22.22%) HTML
4 4 (22.22%) Java
4 4 (22.22%) Integration Testing
4 4 (22.22%) HP Quality Center
4 4 (22.22%) ISTQB
4 4 (22.22%) Shell Script
4 4 (22.22%) Business Analysis
5 3 (16.67%) V-Model
5 3 (16.67%) System Testing
5 3 (16.67%) Games
6 2 (11.11%) Finance
6 2 (11.11%) Security Cleared

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

For the 6 months to 22 July 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 (5.56%) CMS
Applications
1 4 (22.22%) MS Excel
2 1 (5.56%) Spreadsheet
Communications & Networking
1 1 (5.56%) Extranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (22.22%) MySQL
2 1 (5.56%) Relational Database
2 1 (5.56%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 2 (11.11%) JIRA
1 2 (11.11%) Selenium
2 1 (5.56%) SoapUI
2 1 (5.56%) WebDriver
2 1 (5.56%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (5.56%) Bugzilla
General
1 3 (16.67%) Games
2 2 (11.11%) Finance
3 1 (5.56%) Banking
3 1 (5.56%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 11 (61.11%) Analyst
1 11 (61.11%) Test Analyst
2 7 (38.89%) Tester
3 4 (22.22%) Junior
3 4 (22.22%) Software Tester
4 3 (16.67%) Web Analyst
4 3 (16.67%) Web Test Analyst
5 2 (11.11%) Agile Test Analyst
5 2 (11.11%) Junior Test Analyst
5 2 (11.11%) Junior Analyst
5 2 (11.11%) Junior Tester
5 2 (11.11%) Junior Software Tester
6 1 (5.56%) Automation Tester
6 1 (5.56%) Manual Test Analyst
6 1 (5.56%) Test Leader
6 1 (5.56%) Systems Tester
6 1 (5.56%) Test Consultant
6 1 (5.56%) Consultant
6 1 (5.56%) Technical Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (44.44%) .NET
2 5 (27.78%) XML
3 4 (22.22%) Web Services
3 4 (22.22%) HTML
4 1 (5.56%) .NET Framework
4 1 (5.56%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 1 (5.56%) Mobile App
1 1 (5.56%) Open Source
1 1 (5.56%) Mobile Games
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (27.78%) Software Testing
2 5 (27.78%) Test Scripting
3 4 (22.22%) Integration Testing
3 4 (22.22%) Business Analysis
4 3 (16.67%) V-Model
4 3 (16.67%) System Testing
5 2 (11.11%) Project Planning
5 2 (11.11%) Stress Testing
6 1 (5.56%) Test Strategy
6 1 (5.56%) User Stories
6 1 (5.56%) Automation Testing
6 1 (5.56%) Penetration Testing
6 1 (5.56%) Automated Testing
6 1 (5.56%) Release Management
6 1 (5.56%) User Acceptance Testing
6 1 (5.56%) Performance Testing
6 1 (5.56%) Waterfall
6 1 (5.56%) Web Testing
6 1 (5.56%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 8 (44.44%) SQL
2 4 (22.22%) VBScript
2 4 (22.22%) VB
2 4 (22.22%) VB.NET
2 4 (22.22%) C
2 4 (22.22%) C#
2 4 (22.22%) C++
2 4 (22.22%) Java
2 4 (22.22%) Shell Script
3 1 (5.56%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 5 (27.78%) ISEB
2 4 (22.22%) ISTQB
3 2 (11.11%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (11.11%) QA
Systems Management
1 4 (22.22%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (22.22%) Microsoft
1 4 (22.22%) Oracle