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 27 February 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
27 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Manual Testing
Rank 223 207 191
Rank change year-on-year
-16 -16
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 43 31 27
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.44% 0.35% 0.35%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.58% 0.48% 0.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 16 16
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£290 £340 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-14.70% +13.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £205 £195 £196
10% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £400 £363
UK excluding London average daily rate £290 £305 £275
% change year-on-year
-4.91% +10.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £15.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
+50.00% +7.14%
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
7382 6452 5457
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 75.32% 72.86% 71.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 4060 3447 2670
Average daily rate £400 £388 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £253 £258
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £503 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 244 264 306
Average hourly rate £32.50 £25.50 £27.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+27.45% -5.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £55.00 £49.82
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £27.50 £31.50
% change year-on-year
+9.09% -12.69%

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 27 February 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 27 February 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
Buckinghamshire 0 13 £290 +6.42% 1
Surrey +7 9 £350 -5.40% 1
Hampshire -8 8 £275 +27.90% 9
Kent -6 7 £290 - 1
Berkshire -7 5 £250 -35.48% 3
West Sussex - 1 £288 -
Oxfordshire - - - - 3
East Sussex - - - - 1
Manual Testing
England

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 28 (44.44%) Test Scripting
2 27 (42.86%) ISEB
3 20 (31.75%) Finance
4 19 (30.16%) Agile Software Development
5 18 (28.57%) HP Quality Center
5 18 (28.57%) QA
5 18 (28.57%) User Acceptance Testing
5 18 (28.57%) SQL
6 15 (23.81%) Software Testing
7 14 (22.22%) Test Management
8 12 (19.05%) SAP
9 11 (17.46%) XML
9 11 (17.46%) Microsoft
9 11 (17.46%) ISTQB
9 11 (17.46%) Automated Testing
10 10 (15.87%) Web Testing
10 10 (15.87%) Oracle
10 10 (15.87%) MS Excel
10 10 (15.87%) Waterfall
11 9 (14.29%) Relational Database
11 9 (14.29%) Scrum
12 8 (12.70%) V-Model
12 8 (12.70%) Selenium
12 8 (12.70%) Validation
13 7 (11.11%) SAP BW
14 6 (9.52%) CRM
14 6 (9.52%) .NET
14 6 (9.52%) C#
15 5 (7.94%) SOA
15 5 (7.94%) Windows

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

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 1 (1.59%) SharePoint
Applications
1 10 (15.87%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.59%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 3 (4.76%) SAP BCA
2 2 (3.17%) SAP CRM
2 2 (3.17%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.59%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (14.29%) Relational Database
2 7 (11.11%) SAP BW
3 5 (7.94%) Oracle Database
4 1 (1.59%) SAP BI
4 1 (1.59%) SQL Server
4 1 (1.59%) MS Access
4 1 (1.59%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.59%) Ingres
4 1 (1.59%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 8 (12.70%) Selenium
2 5 (7.94%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (4.76%) WebDriver
3 3 (4.76%) JIRA
3 3 (4.76%) QuickTest Pro
3 3 (4.76%) LoadRunner
4 2 (3.17%) JMeter
4 2 (3.17%) Visual Studio
4 2 (3.17%) MSTest
4 2 (3.17%) Cucumber
5 1 (1.59%) QARun
5 1 (1.59%) Oracle Forms
5 1 (1.59%) Toad
5 1 (1.59%) WinRunner
5 1 (1.59%) TestDirector
5 1 (1.59%) Bugzilla
General
1 20 (31.75%) Finance
2 3 (4.76%) Games
3 2 (3.17%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.59%) Retail
4 1 (1.59%) Billing
4 1 (1.59%) Automotive
4 1 (1.59%) Legal
Job Titles
1 37 (58.73%) Analyst
2 35 (55.56%) Test Analyst
3 16 (25.40%) Tester
4 11 (17.46%) Test Leader
5 5 (7.94%) Manual Tester
5 5 (7.94%) Software Tester
5 5 (7.94%) Test Engineer
6 4 (6.35%) Software Engineer
6 4 (6.35%) Test Manager
7 3 (4.76%) QA Tester
7 3 (4.76%) Web Tester
8 2 (3.17%) Software Test Engineer
8 2 (3.17%) QA Analyst
8 2 (3.17%) Lead Test Analyst
8 2 (3.17%) Oracle Analyst
8 2 (3.17%) Systems Analyst
9 1 (1.59%) Systems Engineer
9 1 (1.59%) Applications Specialist
9 1 (1.59%) QA Manager
9 1 (1.59%) Integration Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (17.46%) XML
2 6 (9.52%) .NET
3 2 (3.17%) Web Services
3 2 (3.17%) WinForms
3 2 (3.17%) RESTful
4 1 (1.59%) REST
4 1 (1.59%) Unreal Engine
4 1 (1.59%) HTML
4 1 (1.59%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 4 (6.35%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (1.59%) Client/Server
2 1 (1.59%) Handset
2 1 (1.59%) Cryptography
2 1 (1.59%) Computer Science
2 1 (1.59%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 5 (7.94%) Windows
2 2 (3.17%) Windows Server 2003
2 2 (3.17%) Windows 2000 Server
2 2 (3.17%) UNIX
3 1 (1.59%) Windows Phone 7
3 1 (1.59%) Windows Phone
3 1 (1.59%) Android
3 1 (1.59%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (44.44%) Test Scripting
2 19 (30.16%) Agile Software Development
3 18 (28.57%) User Acceptance Testing
4 15 (23.81%) Software Testing
5 14 (22.22%) Test Management
6 11 (17.46%) Automated Testing
7 10 (15.87%) Web Testing
7 10 (15.87%) Waterfall
8 9 (14.29%) Scrum
9 8 (12.70%) Validation
9 8 (12.70%) V-Model
10 6 (9.52%) CRM
11 5 (7.94%) SOA
11 5 (7.94%) Stakeholder Management
11 5 (7.94%) Regression Testing
12 4 (6.35%) Business Intelligence
12 4 (6.35%) BDD
12 4 (6.35%) System Testing
12 4 (6.35%) Performance Testing
12 4 (6.35%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 18 (28.57%) SQL
2 6 (9.52%) C#
3 3 (4.76%) C++
3 3 (4.76%) Java
4 2 (3.17%) VBA
4 2 (3.17%) PL/SQL
4 2 (3.17%) Bourne shell
5 1 (1.59%) Python
5 1 (1.59%) Shell Script
5 1 (1.59%) VBScript
5 1 (1.59%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 27 (42.86%) ISEB
2 11 (17.46%) ISTQB
3 3 (4.76%) Degree
4 2 (3.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (1.59%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 1 (1.59%) SC Cleared
5 1 (1.59%) Security Cleared
5 1 (1.59%) VCP4
5 1 (1.59%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 1 (1.59%) PMP
5 1 (1.59%) PMI Certification
5 1 (1.59%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (28.57%) QA
2 1 (1.59%) Solvency II
2 1 (1.59%) Basel II
System Software
1 2 (3.17%) Oracle RAC
2 1 (1.59%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (1.59%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 18 (28.57%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 12 (19.05%) SAP
2 11 (17.46%) Microsoft
3 10 (15.87%) Oracle
4 3 (4.76%) Cadence
5 2 (3.17%) HP
6 1 (1.59%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (1.59%) VMware
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