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 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
Test Manager
Rank 115 90 92
Rank change year-on-year
-25 +2
Contract jobs requiring a Test Manager 39 45 27
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.00% 1.45% 1.10%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.09% 1.58% 1.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 27 10
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£364 £450 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-19.11% +5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £332 £345 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £535 £490
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 3
Average hourly rate £60.00 - £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £44.00 £38.50 £36.25
% change year-on-year
+14.28% +6.20%
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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
3573 2849 2296
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 92.04% 91.81% 93.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 1905 1520 1086
Average daily rate £388 £350 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.71% +6.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £210 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 208 198 184
Average hourly rate £18.88 £17.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.88% -2.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.68 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £40.57 £54.64
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-5.71% -

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 24 April 2015.

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 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 -13 17 £400 +9.96% 4
Cheshire -3 10 £363 -11.93% 3
Lancashire -2 7 £350 -28.93% 6
Cumbria - 1 - -
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England

Test Manager
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 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 22 (30.99%) Finance
1 22 (30.99%) Test Management
2 20 (28.17%) Test Strategy
3 18 (25.35%) User Acceptance Testing
4 16 (22.54%) Banking
5 13 (18.31%) HP Quality Center
6 9 (12.68%) Analytical Skills
6 9 (12.68%) Performance Testing
6 9 (12.68%) QA
7 8 (11.27%) Unit Testing
7 8 (11.27%) Test Planning
7 8 (11.27%) Security Cleared
7 8 (11.27%) HP
8 7 (9.86%) ERP
9 6 (8.45%) ISEB
9 6 (8.45%) SAP
9 6 (8.45%) Regression Testing
9 6 (8.45%) Stakeholder Management
9 6 (8.45%) Mentoring
9 6 (8.45%) Non-Functional Testing
9 6 (8.45%) SC Cleared
9 6 (8.45%) Test Scripting
9 6 (8.45%) Retail
10 5 (7.04%) ISTQB
10 5 (7.04%) Matrix Management
10 5 (7.04%) System Testing
10 5 (7.04%) Project Management
10 5 (7.04%) ITIL
11 4 (5.63%) SQL
11 4 (5.63%) .NET

Test Manager
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 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 2 (2.82%) Tomcat
1 2 (2.82%) IIS
1 2 (2.82%) WebSphere
2 1 (1.41%) LiveLink
2 1 (1.41%) JBoss
2 1 (1.41%) SAS
Applications
1 2 (2.82%) MS Excel
1 2 (2.82%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 4 (5.63%) TRIRIGA
2 2 (2.82%) Agresso
3 1 (1.41%) Oracle Retail
3 1 (1.41%) Oracle Financials
3 1 (1.41%) SAP HR
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.41%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.82%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.41%) Oracle Database
2 1 (1.41%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 2 (2.82%) QuickTest Pro
1 2 (2.82%) JIRA
2 1 (1.41%) Rational Functional Tester
2 1 (1.41%) LoadRunner
2 1 (1.41%) ProC
2 1 (1.41%) TestDirector
General
1 22 (30.99%) Finance
2 16 (22.54%) Banking
3 6 (8.45%) Retail
4 2 (2.82%) Telecoms
4 2 (2.82%) Retail Banking
5 1 (1.41%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (5.63%) .NET
2 1 (1.41%) SAP Basis
2 1 (1.41%) JSP
2 1 (1.41%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 9 (12.68%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (5.63%) iSeries
3 2 (2.82%) NHS
3 2 (2.82%) Mainframe
3 2 (2.82%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.41%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.41%) FMCG
4 1 (1.41%) Biometrics
Operating Systems
1 1 (1.41%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (30.99%) Test Management
2 20 (28.17%) Test Strategy
3 18 (25.35%) User Acceptance Testing
4 9 (12.68%) Performance Testing
5 8 (11.27%) Unit Testing
5 8 (11.27%) Test Planning
6 7 (9.86%) ERP
7 6 (8.45%) Regression Testing
7 6 (8.45%) Stakeholder Management
7 6 (8.45%) Mentoring
7 6 (8.45%) Non-Functional Testing
7 6 (8.45%) Test Scripting
8 5 (7.04%) Matrix Management
8 5 (7.04%) System Testing
8 5 (7.04%) Project Management
8 5 (7.04%) ITIL
9 4 (5.63%) Migration
9 4 (5.63%) Time Management
9 4 (5.63%) Test Automation
9 4 (5.63%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (5.63%) SQL
2 2 (2.82%) Java
3 1 (1.41%) Perl
3 1 (1.41%) PL/SQL
3 1 (1.41%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 8 (11.27%) Security Cleared
2 6 (8.45%) ISEB
2 6 (8.45%) SC Cleared
3 5 (7.04%) ISTQB
4 3 (4.23%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 1 (1.41%) ISEB Practitioner
5 1 (1.41%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (12.68%) QA
2 1 (1.41%) GxP
System Software
1 1 (1.41%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 13 (18.31%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (11.27%) HP
2 6 (8.45%) SAP
3 4 (5.63%) Oracle
4 3 (4.23%) IBM
5 2 (2.82%) Sybase
6 1 (1.41%) PeopleSoft
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