The table below looks at the statistics for the Test Manager role 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 Test Manager in their job title over the 3 months to 11 February 2016 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
11 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Manager
Rank 95 113 119
Rank change year-on-year
+18 +6
Contract jobs requiring a Test Manager 63 28 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.66% 0.86% 0.50%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.77% 0.91% 0.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 14 4
Average daily rate £425 £400 £356
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +12.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £356 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £494 £424
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £410 £400
% change year-on-year
+3.78% +2.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £60.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £60.00 £38.50
% change year-on-year
- +55.84%
Test Manager
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the North West region. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
3564 3084 2661
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 94.04% 94.28% 94.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 2143 1714 1351
Average daily rate £386 £363 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.55% +6.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £526 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 183 186 201
Average hourly rate £22.50 £18.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+21.62% +5.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.50 £12.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.00 £42.50 £41.43
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -

Test Manager
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Test Manager in the job title across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Test Manager Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Test Manager
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Test Manager across the North West region.

Test Manager Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Test Manager
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Manager across the North West region over the 3 months to 11 February 2016.

Test Manager Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Test Manager
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Test Manager across the North West region.

Test Manager Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Test Manager
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 Test Manager within the North West region over the 3 months to 11 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 +6 31 £400 -18.57% 3
Lancashire +9 15 £465 +9.41% 1
Cheshire +1 13 £435 +17.56%
Merseyside -1 1 £230 -16.36%
Test Manager
England

Test Manager
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the North West region that cited Test Manager in their job title 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 with Test Manager in their job title.

1 45 (45.00%) Test Management
2 43 (43.00%) Test Strategy
3 34 (34.00%) Agile Software Development
4 27 (27.00%) Finance
5 24 (24.00%) Test Scripting
6 22 (22.00%) Waterfall
7 21 (21.00%) Retail
8 20 (20.00%) Non-Functional Testing
9 19 (19.00%) Operational Acceptance Testing
9 19 (19.00%) Stakeholder Management
10 17 (17.00%) User Acceptance Testing
10 17 (17.00%) Defect Management
11 16 (16.00%) ISTQB
11 16 (16.00%) Oracle
12 15 (15.00%) ISEB
13 13 (13.00%) Migration
13 13 (13.00%) Project Management
13 13 (13.00%) JIRA
13 13 (13.00%) Selenium
14 12 (12.00%) Security Cleared
15 11 (11.00%) Scrum
15 11 (11.00%) HP
15 11 (11.00%) Test Planning
15 11 (11.00%) Mentoring
15 11 (11.00%) SDLC
16 10 (10.00%) HP Quality Center
16 10 (10.00%) Microsoft
16 10 (10.00%) Software Testing
16 10 (10.00%) QA
17 9 (9.00%) Use Case

Test Manager
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the North West region that cited Test Manager in their job title 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 with Test Manager in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 7 (7.00%) Tuxedo
2 3 (3.00%) BizTalk Server
3 2 (2.00%) LiveLink
4 1 (1.00%) OpenStack
4 1 (1.00%) SharePoint
Applications
1 5 (5.00%) MS Excel
2 3 (3.00%) Mingle
2 3 (3.00%) MS Office
3 1 (1.00%) MS Project
3 1 (1.00%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (4.00%) Oracle EBS R12
2 3 (3.00%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (2.00%) Unit4 Business World
4 1 (1.00%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.00%) IaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (6.00%) Oracle Reports
2 3 (3.00%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 13 (13.00%) JIRA
1 13 (13.00%) Selenium
2 7 (7.00%) Cucumber
3 6 (6.00%) LoadRunner
4 5 (5.00%) TestDirector
5 4 (4.00%) Visual Studio
6 3 (3.00%) JMeter
7 2 (2.00%) SoapUI
7 2 (2.00%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (2.00%) Toad
8 1 (1.00%) Calabash
8 1 (1.00%) HP UFT
8 1 (1.00%) MSTest
8 1 (1.00%) WebDriver
8 1 (1.00%) Zephyr
General
1 27 (27.00%) Finance
2 21 (21.00%) Retail
3 9 (9.00%) Banking
4 3 (3.00%) Telecoms
5 2 (2.00%) Aerospace
5 2 (2.00%) Manufacturing
6 1 (1.00%) Electronics
6 1 (1.00%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (2.00%) Gherkin
2 1 (1.00%) HTML
2 1 (1.00%) JSON
2 1 (1.00%) REST
2 1 (1.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 9 (9.00%) Mainframe
2 5 (5.00%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (3.00%) Data Integration
4 2 (2.00%) Smart Meter
5 1 (1.00%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 7 (7.00%) Linux
1 7 (7.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
1 7 (7.00%) VME
2 1 (1.00%) Android
2 1 (1.00%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (45.00%) Test Management
2 43 (43.00%) Test Strategy
3 34 (34.00%) Agile Software Development
4 24 (24.00%) Test Scripting
5 22 (22.00%) Waterfall
6 20 (20.00%) Non-Functional Testing
7 19 (19.00%) Operational Acceptance Testing
7 19 (19.00%) Stakeholder Management
8 17 (17.00%) Defect Management
8 17 (17.00%) User Acceptance Testing
9 13 (13.00%) Migration
9 13 (13.00%) Project Management
10 11 (11.00%) Mentoring
10 11 (11.00%) Scrum
10 11 (11.00%) SDLC
10 11 (11.00%) Test Planning
11 10 (10.00%) Software Testing
12 9 (9.00%) Risk Management
12 9 (9.00%) Use Case
13 8 (8.00%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 7 (7.00%) COBOL
1 7 (7.00%) SQL
2 3 (3.00%) C#
3 1 (1.00%) Java
3 1 (1.00%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 16 (16.00%) ISTQB
2 15 (15.00%) ISEB
3 12 (12.00%) Security Cleared
4 7 (7.00%) SC Cleared
5 5 (5.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 4 (4.00%) BPSS Clearance
7 2 (2.00%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 1 (1.00%) Degree
8 1 (1.00%) HNC
8 1 (1.00%) MBA
8 1 (1.00%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (10.00%) QA
2 6 (6.00%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 1 (1.00%) Firmware
1 1 (1.00%) KVM
Systems Management
1 10 (10.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 16 (16.00%) Oracle
2 11 (11.00%) HP
3 10 (10.00%) Microsoft
4 8 (8.00%) Micro Focus
4 8 (8.00%) Red Hat
5 4 (4.00%) IBM
6 2 (2.00%) OpenText
6 2 (2.00%) Remedy
6 2 (2.00%) SAP
6 2 (2.00%) Siebel
7 1 (1.00%) Guidewire
7 1 (1.00%) Nimsoft
7 1 (1.00%) Rally