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 24 October 2014 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 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Manual Testing
Rank 217 198 190
Rank change year-on-year
-19 -8
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 33 34 65
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.34% 0.40% 0.70%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.47% 0.55% 0.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 28 30
Average daily rate
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£283 £263 £260
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.61% +0.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £196 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £312 £334 £326
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £271 £255
% change year-on-year
+1.38% +6.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.75 £96.75 £32.50
% change year-on-year
-77.51% +197.69%
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
7089 6153 6619
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 72.94% 71.57% 71.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 4032 3421 3194
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £518 £513 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -2.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 279 241 331
Average hourly rate £21.00 £33.50 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-37.31% +59.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.38 £29.00 £26.90
% change year-on-year
-12.50% +7.80%

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 24 October 2014.

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 24 October 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
Surrey -5 11 £295 -7.81% 3
Buckinghamshire -4 6 £283 +20.85% 1
Hampshire -20 5 £250 -10.31% 1
East Sussex -7 3 £200 -18.36%
Kent - 3 £253 - 1
Berkshire +3 2 £310 +40.90% 6
Oxfordshire -8 2 £264 - 4
West Sussex - 1 £300 -
Middlesex - - - -
Manual Testing
England

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 24 October 2014, 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 33 (42.31%) HP Quality Center
2 26 (33.33%) ISEB
2 26 (33.33%) SQL
3 24 (30.77%) Agile Software Development
4 23 (29.49%) Test Scripting
5 22 (28.21%) Finance
6 20 (25.64%) QA
7 18 (23.08%) Automated Testing
8 15 (19.23%) Software Testing
8 15 (19.23%) Selenium
9 14 (17.95%) ISTQB
9 14 (17.95%) Oracle
10 13 (16.67%) HP
11 12 (15.38%) Scrum
11 12 (15.38%) User Acceptance Testing
12 11 (14.10%) Test Management
12 11 (14.10%) Windows
13 10 (12.82%) E-Commerce
13 10 (12.82%) SQL Server
13 10 (12.82%) Regression Testing
13 10 (12.82%) System Testing
14 9 (11.54%) Test Automation
14 9 (11.54%) SAP
14 9 (11.54%) XML
15 8 (10.26%) C#
15 8 (10.26%) Microsoft
15 8 (10.26%) Automation Testing
15 8 (10.26%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 7 (8.97%) Test Planning
16 7 (8.97%) Waterfall

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

For the 6 months to 24 October 2014, 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 2 (2.56%) IIS
1 2 (2.56%) SharePoint
1 2 (2.56%) SharePoint 2010
1 2 (2.56%) SharePoint 2013
2 1 (1.28%) Apache
Applications
1 6 (7.69%) MS Excel
2 2 (2.56%) Mingle
2 2 (2.56%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (2.56%) Oracle EBS
1 2 (2.56%) SAP CRM
1 2 (2.56%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 2 (2.56%) Magento
2 1 (1.28%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.28%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.28%) TCP/IP
1 1 (1.28%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (12.82%) SQL Server
2 6 (7.69%) Oracle Database
3 3 (3.85%) Relational Database
4 2 (2.56%) SAP BW
4 2 (2.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (1.28%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 15 (19.23%) Selenium
2 7 (8.97%) JIRA
2 7 (8.97%) WebDriver
2 7 (8.97%) Cucumber
3 6 (7.69%) QuickTest Pro
4 5 (6.41%) JUnit
4 5 (6.41%) TestNG
4 5 (6.41%) TestLink
5 4 (5.13%) Team Foundation Server
5 4 (5.13%) JMeter
6 3 (3.85%) Bugzilla
6 3 (3.85%) LoadRunner
7 2 (2.56%) Visual Studio
7 2 (2.56%) Oracle Forms
7 2 (2.56%) Toad
7 2 (2.56%) TestDirector
7 2 (2.56%) QARun
7 2 (2.56%) SoapUI
7 2 (2.56%) Robotium
7 2 (2.56%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 22 (28.21%) Finance
2 3 (3.85%) Telecoms
3 2 (2.56%) Electronics
3 2 (2.56%) Manufacturing
3 2 (2.56%) Retail
3 2 (2.56%) Marketing
4 1 (1.28%) Military
4 1 (1.28%) Banking
4 1 (1.28%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 37 (47.44%) Analyst
2 35 (44.87%) Test Analyst
3 25 (32.05%) Tester
4 9 (11.54%) Manual Tester
5 5 (6.41%) Test Engineer
6 4 (5.13%) Test Manager
6 4 (5.13%) Consultant
6 4 (5.13%) Systems Tester
6 4 (5.13%) QA Tester
6 4 (5.13%) Test Leader
7 3 (3.85%) Web Test Analyst
7 3 (3.85%) QA Leader
7 3 (3.85%) Test Consultant
7 3 (3.85%) Oracle Analyst
7 3 (3.85%) Web Analyst
7 3 (3.85%) Senior Test Analyst
7 3 (3.85%) Senior Analyst
8 2 (2.56%) Software Tester
8 2 (2.56%) Senior Tester
8 2 (2.56%) Software Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (11.54%) XML
2 5 (6.41%) Web Services
3 4 (5.13%) .NET
3 4 (5.13%) RESTful
4 2 (2.56%) SOAP
4 2 (2.56%) Gherkin
5 1 (1.28%) REST
5 1 (1.28%) DOM
5 1 (1.28%) WinForms
5 1 (1.28%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 4 (5.13%) Client/Server
1 4 (5.13%) Mobile App
2 3 (3.85%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (2.56%) iPad
3 2 (2.56%) DTV
4 1 (1.28%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.28%) IVR
4 1 (1.28%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.28%) User Experience
4 1 (1.28%) EMV
4 1 (1.28%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 11 (14.10%) Windows
2 2 (2.56%) Linux
2 2 (2.56%) Android
2 2 (2.56%) Apple iOS
3 1 (1.28%) UNIX
3 1 (1.28%) Windows 2000 Server
3 1 (1.28%) Windows 7
3 1 (1.28%) Windows CE
3 1 (1.28%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (30.77%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (29.49%) Test Scripting
3 18 (23.08%) Automated Testing
4 15 (19.23%) Software Testing
5 12 (15.38%) Scrum
5 12 (15.38%) User Acceptance Testing
6 11 (14.10%) Test Management
7 10 (12.82%) System Testing
7 10 (12.82%) E-Commerce
7 10 (12.82%) Regression Testing
8 9 (11.54%) Test Automation
9 8 (10.26%) Automation Testing
10 7 (8.97%) Waterfall
10 7 (8.97%) BDD
10 7 (8.97%) Test Planning
10 7 (8.97%) Web Testing
11 6 (7.69%) SOA
12 5 (6.41%) Performance Testing
12 5 (6.41%) TDD
12 5 (6.41%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 26 (33.33%) SQL
2 8 (10.26%) C#
3 7 (8.97%) Java
3 7 (8.97%) Python
4 6 (7.69%) Ruby
5 5 (6.41%) Perl
5 5 (6.41%) VB
6 2 (2.56%) C++
6 2 (2.56%) VBScript
7 1 (1.28%) C
7 1 (1.28%) Embedded C++
7 1 (1.28%) Shell Script
7 1 (1.28%) XPath
7 1 (1.28%) Groovy
7 1 (1.28%) Bash Shell
7 1 (1.28%) JavaScript
7 1 (1.28%) PHP
7 1 (1.28%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 26 (33.33%) ISEB
2 14 (17.95%) ISTQB
3 8 (10.26%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 4 (5.13%) Degree
4 4 (5.13%) ISEB Practitioner
5 1 (1.28%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 1 (1.28%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 1 (1.28%) PMP
5 1 (1.28%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (25.64%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.28%) Oracle RAC
1 1 (1.28%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 33 (42.31%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 14 (17.95%) Oracle
2 13 (16.67%) HP
3 9 (11.54%) SAP
4 8 (10.26%) Microsoft
5 2 (2.56%) ATG
5 2 (2.56%) hybris
5 2 (2.56%) Red Gate
5 2 (2.56%) Demandware
6 1 (1.28%) VMware
6 1 (1.28%) Northgate
6 1 (1.28%) Cisco
6 1 (1.28%) Salesforce.com
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