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 24 April 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
24 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Manual Testing
Rank 138 121 112
Rank change year-on-year
-17 -9
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 16 14 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.41% 0.45% 0.28%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.54% 0.62% 0.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 10 7
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£254 £310 £260
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-18.14% +19.23%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £219 £140 £154
10% offered a daily rate of more than £308 £328 £320
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £310 £303
% change year-on-year
-3.22% +2.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £140.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £30.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
- +76.47%
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
2963 2258 1759
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 76.33% 72.77% 71.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 1622 1187 865
Average daily rate £400 £375 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +10.29%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £234
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £535 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £393 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+4.66% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 140 124 86
Average hourly rate £38.00 £25.25 £28.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+50.49% -10.61%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £12.49 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.00 £45.00 £61.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.50 £30.50 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -4.68%

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 24 April 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 -10 10 £236 -23.79% 14
Cheshire -11 3 £308 -0.80% 3
Merseyside -16 2 £220 -29.03% 1
Lancashire +6 1 - - 2
Manual Testing
England

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 12 (44.44%) QA
2 11 (40.74%) ISEB
3 9 (33.33%) Software Testing
4 8 (29.63%) Agile Software Development
5 6 (22.22%) ISTQB
5 6 (22.22%) TDD
5 6 (22.22%) Finance
6 5 (18.52%) Java
6 5 (18.52%) Selenium
6 5 (18.52%) User Acceptance Testing
6 5 (18.52%) Test Scripting
6 5 (18.52%) Automated Testing
6 5 (18.52%) Test Automation
6 5 (18.52%) Test Strategy
7 4 (14.81%) Mobile App
7 4 (14.81%) Non-Functional Testing
7 4 (14.81%) Scrum
8 3 (11.11%) Regression Testing
8 3 (11.11%) J2EE
8 3 (11.11%) SOAP
8 3 (11.11%) Web Services
8 3 (11.11%) Team Foundation Server
8 3 (11.11%) Kanban
8 3 (11.11%) Integration Testing
8 3 (11.11%) Test Management
8 3 (11.11%) Performance Testing
8 3 (11.11%) SoapUI
8 3 (11.11%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 3 (11.11%) Test Planning
9 2 (7.41%) HP Quality Center

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

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 (3.70%) MS Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.70%) PostgreSQL
1 1 (3.70%) MySQL
1 1 (3.70%) RDBMS
1 1 (3.70%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 5 (18.52%) Selenium
2 3 (11.11%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (11.11%) SoapUI
3 2 (7.41%) JIRA
4 1 (3.70%) SpecFlow
4 1 (3.70%) WebDriver
General
1 6 (22.22%) Finance
2 2 (7.41%) General Ledger
2 2 (7.41%) Games
3 1 (3.70%) Banking
Job Titles
1 11 (40.74%) Analyst
1 11 (40.74%) Test Analyst
2 7 (25.93%) Tester
3 5 (18.52%) Test Engineer
4 3 (11.11%) Test Manager
4 3 (11.11%) QA Engineer
4 3 (11.11%) Applications Tester
4 3 (11.11%) Mobile Tester
4 3 (11.11%) Test Leader
5 1 (3.70%) Software Tester
5 1 (3.70%) UAT Test Analyst
5 1 (3.70%) UAT Analyst
5 1 (3.70%) Manual Test Analyst
5 1 (3.70%) Senior Tester
5 1 (3.70%) Agile Test Analyst
5 1 (3.70%) QA Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (11.11%) J2EE
1 3 (11.11%) SOAP
1 3 (11.11%) Web Services
2 2 (7.41%) .NET
3 1 (3.70%) ASP.NET
3 1 (3.70%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 4 (14.81%) Mobile App
2 2 (7.41%) Biometrics
2 2 (7.41%) IVR
3 1 (3.70%) Computer Science
3 1 (3.70%) Online Games
3 1 (3.70%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 2 (7.41%) UNIX
2 1 (3.70%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (33.33%) Software Testing
2 8 (29.63%) Agile Software Development
3 6 (22.22%) TDD
4 5 (18.52%) User Acceptance Testing
4 5 (18.52%) Test Scripting
4 5 (18.52%) Automated Testing
4 5 (18.52%) Test Automation
4 5 (18.52%) Test Strategy
5 4 (14.81%) Non-Functional Testing
5 4 (14.81%) Scrum
6 3 (11.11%) Regression Testing
6 3 (11.11%) Kanban
6 3 (11.11%) Integration Testing
6 3 (11.11%) Test Management
6 3 (11.11%) Performance Testing
6 3 (11.11%) Test Planning
7 2 (7.41%) System Testing
7 2 (7.41%) ITIL
7 2 (7.41%) RUP
7 2 (7.41%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 5 (18.52%) Java
2 2 (7.41%) SQL
3 1 (3.70%) C#
3 1 (3.70%) JavaScript
3 1 (3.70%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 11 (40.74%) ISEB
2 6 (22.22%) ISTQB
3 3 (11.11%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 2 (7.41%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (7.41%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (3.70%) Degree
5 1 (3.70%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (44.44%) QA
Systems Management
1 2 (7.41%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (7.41%) Oracle
1 2 (7.41%) Microsoft
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Rate: £300 - £315 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
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Posted: 5 days ago
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Real Staffing
Rate: £300 - £345 per day + competitive
Posted: 15 days ago
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Rate: £300 - £330 per day
Posted: 16 days ago
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Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 23 days ago