The table below looks at the statistics for Manual Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the South East region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Manual Testing over the 3 months to 30 July 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
30 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Manual Testing
Rank 213 206 191
Rank change year-on-year
-7 -15
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 52 45 38
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.54% 0.49% 0.45%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.70% 0.66% 0.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 37 18
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£290 £270 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.40% -10.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £223 £254
10% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £375 £399
UK excluding London average daily rate £290 £300 £320
% change year-on-year
-3.33% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.50 £30.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+28.33% -14.28%
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 South East region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
7376 6846 6108
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 77.25% 74.40% 71.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 4432 3751 3266
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £240 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 239 254 273
Average hourly rate £23.29 £25.00 £29.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.84% -13.79%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.82 £12.57 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £55.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £26.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+13.20% -14.51%

Manual Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Manual Testing across the South East region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Manual Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

Manual Testing
Daily Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Manual Testing across the South East region.

Manual Testing Daily Rate Trend in the South East

Manual Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Manual Testing across the South East region over the 3 months to 30 July 2015.

Manual Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Manual Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Manual Testing across the South East region.

Manual Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

Manual Testing
Contract Job Locations in the South East

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 South East region over the 3 months to 30 July 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
Hampshire +11 21 £348 +29.30% 9
Kent +6 13 £200 -35.48% 3
Berkshire 0 6 £290 -17.14% 3
Surrey -5 5 £290 -3.33% 2
Buckinghamshire -6 3 £300 +17.07% 2
East Sussex -3 2 £325 +75.67% 2
West Sussex - 2 £300 - 2
Manual Testing
England

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 30 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 34 (42.50%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (32.50%) User Acceptance Testing
3 24 (30.00%) Test Scripting
4 20 (25.00%) Automated Testing
4 20 (25.00%) Selenium
4 20 (25.00%) SQL
4 20 (25.00%) Oracle
5 19 (23.75%) Waterfall
6 17 (21.25%) Oracle Database
7 16 (20.00%) Web Testing
8 15 (18.75%) Cucumber
8 15 (18.75%) ISEB
8 15 (18.75%) Software Testing
8 15 (18.75%) Finance
9 14 (17.50%) Test Management
10 13 (16.25%) Software Engineering
10 13 (16.25%) Java
11 12 (15.00%) E-Commerce
11 12 (15.00%) Test Automation
12 11 (13.75%) Microsoft
12 11 (13.75%) QA
13 10 (12.50%) Regression Testing
13 10 (12.50%) MS Excel
14 9 (11.25%) C#
14 9 (11.25%) Integration Testing
14 9 (11.25%) BDD
15 8 (10.00%) HP Quality Center
15 8 (10.00%) .NET
15 8 (10.00%) Linux
15 8 (10.00%) Stakeholder Management

Manual Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 3 (3.75%) WebSphere
2 1 (1.25%) SharePoint 2010
2 1 (1.25%) IIS
2 1 (1.25%) SharePoint
Applications
1 10 (12.50%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (2.50%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.25%) SAP BCA
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.75%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.25%) Broadband
1 1 (1.25%) Internet
1 1 (1.25%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (21.25%) Oracle Database
2 4 (5.00%) SQL Server
3 3 (3.75%) DB2
3 3 (3.75%) Data Mining
3 3 (3.75%) Oracle BI EE
4 2 (2.50%) Oracle Database 12c
4 2 (2.50%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (2.50%) Relational Database
4 2 (2.50%) Oracle Database 11g
4 2 (2.50%) Oracle Database 10g
4 2 (2.50%) SAP BW
4 2 (2.50%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (1.25%) MS Access
5 1 (1.25%) SAP BI
5 1 (1.25%) Ingres
Development Applications
1 20 (25.00%) Selenium
2 15 (18.75%) Cucumber
3 8 (10.00%) JIRA
4 7 (8.75%) SoapUI
4 7 (8.75%) Subversion
5 5 (6.25%) LoadRunner
5 5 (6.25%) Team Foundation Server
6 4 (5.00%) WebDriver
7 3 (3.75%) TestComplete
8 2 (2.50%) HP UFT
9 1 (1.25%) TeamCity
9 1 (1.25%) Oracle APEX
9 1 (1.25%) Redmine
9 1 (1.25%) SpecFlow
9 1 (1.25%) NuGet
9 1 (1.25%) JMeter
9 1 (1.25%) Maven
9 1 (1.25%) Visual Studio
9 1 (1.25%) Eclipse
9 1 (1.25%) WinRunner
General
1 15 (18.75%) Finance
2 4 (5.00%) Automotive
2 4 (5.00%) Retail
3 3 (3.75%) Billing
3 3 (3.75%) Games
4 2 (2.50%) Banking
5 1 (1.25%) Electronics
5 1 (1.25%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 56 (70.00%) Analyst
2 50 (62.50%) Test Analyst
3 26 (32.50%) Tester
4 8 (10.00%) UAT Tester
5 7 (8.75%) Test Engineer
6 6 (7.50%) Systems Analyst
6 6 (7.50%) Systems Test Analyst
6 6 (7.50%) Test Leader
7 5 (6.25%) Senior Analyst
7 5 (6.25%) Senior Test Analyst
8 4 (5.00%) Senior Tester
8 4 (5.00%) Software Engineer
8 4 (5.00%) Consultant
8 4 (5.00%) Web Tester
8 4 (5.00%) QA Engineer
8 4 (5.00%) Agile Test Analyst
9 3 (3.75%) Automation Analyst
9 3 (3.75%) OBIEE Consultant
9 3 (3.75%) Business Analyst
9 3 (3.75%) Integration Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (10.00%) .NET
2 5 (6.25%) HTML
2 5 (6.25%) Web Services
2 5 (6.25%) Gherkin
3 4 (5.00%) SOAP
3 4 (5.00%) ASP.NET
4 3 (3.75%) WebSphere MQ
4 3 (3.75%) WebSphere Message Broker
5 2 (2.50%) XML
5 2 (2.50%) CSS
6 1 (1.25%) J2SE
6 1 (1.25%) RESTful
6 1 (1.25%) Play Framework
Miscellaneous
1 3 (3.75%) iSeries
1 3 (3.75%) AS400
1 3 (3.75%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (2.50%) Data Centre
2 2 (2.50%) Computer Science
3 1 (1.25%) Statistics
3 1 (1.25%) Smart Meter
3 1 (1.25%) Mobile App
3 1 (1.25%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 8 (10.00%) Linux
2 6 (7.50%) Windows
3 4 (5.00%) Android
3 4 (5.00%) Apple iOS
4 1 (1.25%) Solaris
4 1 (1.25%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (42.50%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (32.50%) User Acceptance Testing
3 24 (30.00%) Test Scripting
4 20 (25.00%) Automated Testing
5 19 (23.75%) Waterfall
6 16 (20.00%) Web Testing
7 15 (18.75%) Software Testing
8 14 (17.50%) Test Management
9 13 (16.25%) Software Engineering
10 12 (15.00%) E-Commerce
10 12 (15.00%) Test Automation
11 10 (12.50%) Regression Testing
12 9 (11.25%) Integration Testing
12 9 (11.25%) BDD
13 8 (10.00%) Stakeholder Management
13 8 (10.00%) Scrum
14 7 (8.75%) Continuous Integration
14 7 (8.75%) System Testing
14 7 (8.75%) System Integration Testing
15 5 (6.25%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 20 (25.00%) SQL
2 13 (16.25%) Java
3 9 (11.25%) C#
4 3 (3.75%) C++
4 3 (3.75%) JavaScript
4 3 (3.75%) PL/SQL
5 2 (2.50%) Bourne shell
5 2 (2.50%) Python
6 1 (1.25%) Ruby
6 1 (1.25%) PowerShell
6 1 (1.25%) Perl
6 1 (1.25%) VBScript
6 1 (1.25%) VB
6 1 (1.25%) VBA
Qualifications
1 15 (18.75%) ISEB
2 7 (8.75%) ISTQB
3 3 (3.75%) Degree
3 3 (3.75%) Security Cleared
3 3 (3.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (2.50%) SC Cleared
5 1 (1.25%) BC Cleared
5 1 (1.25%) DV Cleared
5 1 (1.25%) HP AIS
5 1 (1.25%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (1.25%) ISEB Practitioner
5 1 (1.25%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (13.75%) QA
2 1 (1.25%) Solvency II
2 1 (1.25%) Basel II
System Software
1 1 (1.25%) Active Directory
1 1 (1.25%) Firmware
1 1 (1.25%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 8 (10.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 20 (25.00%) Oracle
2 11 (13.75%) Microsoft
3 6 (7.50%) HP
4 3 (3.75%) Salesforce.com
4 3 (3.75%) SAP
4 3 (3.75%) IBM
4 3 (3.75%) Endeca
4 3 (3.75%) Google
4 3 (3.75%) Coremetrics
5 2 (2.50%) Cadence
6 1 (1.25%) Cisco
6 1 (1.25%) Perforce
6 1 (1.25%) VMware
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