The table below looks at the statistics for Manual Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the South West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Manual Testing over the 3 months to 20 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
20 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Manual Testing
Rank 142 113 129
Rank change year-on-year
-29 +16
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 5 1 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.15% 0.046% 0.33%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.20% 0.065% 0.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 1 4
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£313 £225 £283
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+38.88% -20.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £225 £167
10% offered a daily rate of more than £423 £225 £290
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £268 £253
% change year-on-year
+2.80% +5.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.75 £31.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year
-29.83% -4.61%
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 West region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2485 1544 2111
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 73.41% 71.09% 68.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 1680 1032 1230
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £368
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -1.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 102 89 155
Average hourly rate £28.50 £30.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% -7.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.53 £12.75 £13.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £43.00 £49.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £29.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-13.79% +5.45%

Manual Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

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

Manual Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

Manual Testing
Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Manual Testing Daily Rate Trend in the South West

Manual Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Manual Testing across the South West region over the 3 months to 20 October 2014.

Manual Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

Manual Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Manual Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

Manual Testing
Contract Job Locations in the South West

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 West region over the 3 months to 20 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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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
Bristol - 2 - - 1
Gloucestershire -18 1 £450 +100.00% 2
Wiltshire - 1 £275 -
Avon - - - -
Somerset - - - - 9
Devon - - - -
Dorset - - - - 1
Manual Testing
England

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 20 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South West 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 11 (78.57%) ISTQB
1 11 (78.57%) ISEB
2 8 (57.14%) SQL
3 4 (28.57%) QA
4 3 (21.43%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (21.43%) Test Management
4 3 (21.43%) .NET
4 3 (21.43%) C#
5 2 (14.29%) Java
5 2 (14.29%) SQL Server
5 2 (14.29%) UNIX
5 2 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
5 2 (14.29%) Test Automation
5 2 (14.29%) Automated Testing
5 2 (14.29%) Selenium
5 2 (14.29%) Software Testing
6 1 (7.14%) HL7
6 1 (7.14%) Software Engineering
6 1 (7.14%) Ruby
6 1 (7.14%) TDD
6 1 (7.14%) NUnit
6 1 (7.14%) ISEB Practitioner
6 1 (7.14%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (7.14%) WebDriver
6 1 (7.14%) Bash Shell
6 1 (7.14%) Test Strategy
6 1 (7.14%) Functional Testing
6 1 (7.14%) Data Transformation
6 1 (7.14%) Black-Box Testing
6 1 (7.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification

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

For the 6 months to 20 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South West 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.

Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (14.29%) SQL Server
2 1 (7.14%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 2 (14.29%) Selenium
2 1 (7.14%) Rational Functional Tester
2 1 (7.14%) WebDriver
2 1 (7.14%) LoadRunner
2 1 (7.14%) NUnit
General
1 1 (7.14%) Telecoms
1 1 (7.14%) Finance
Job Titles
1 12 (85.71%) Test Analyst
1 12 (85.71%) Analyst
2 6 (42.86%) Software Test Analyst
3 2 (14.29%) Tester
4 1 (7.14%) Test Manager
4 1 (7.14%) Manual Test Analyst
4 1 (7.14%) QA Test Manager
4 1 (7.14%) UAT Test Analyst
4 1 (7.14%) QA Leader
4 1 (7.14%) Selenium Tester
4 1 (7.14%) Systems Analyst
4 1 (7.14%) QA Manager
4 1 (7.14%) Senior Analyst
4 1 (7.14%) Software Tester
4 1 (7.14%) Systems Tester
4 1 (7.14%) Senior Test Analyst
4 1 (7.14%) QA Tester
4 1 (7.14%) QA Engineer
4 1 (7.14%) QA Test Analyst
4 1 (7.14%) Systems Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (21.43%) .NET
2 1 (7.14%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 1 (7.14%) Device Driver
Operating Systems
1 2 (14.29%) UNIX
2 1 (7.14%) Windows
2 1 (7.14%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (21.43%) Agile Software Development
1 3 (21.43%) Test Management
2 2 (14.29%) Test Automation
2 2 (14.29%) Software Testing
2 2 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
2 2 (14.29%) Automated Testing
3 1 (7.14%) Software Engineering
3 1 (7.14%) TDD
3 1 (7.14%) ETL
3 1 (7.14%) Configuration Management
3 1 (7.14%) Migration
3 1 (7.14%) Scrum
3 1 (7.14%) Web Testing
3 1 (7.14%) Test Strategy
3 1 (7.14%) Functional Testing
3 1 (7.14%) Data Transformation
3 1 (7.14%) Black-Box Testing
Programming Languages
1 8 (57.14%) SQL
2 3 (21.43%) C#
3 2 (14.29%) Java
4 1 (7.14%) Perl
4 1 (7.14%) C++
4 1 (7.14%) Python
4 1 (7.14%) Ruby
4 1 (7.14%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 11 (78.57%) ISTQB
1 11 (78.57%) ISEB
2 1 (7.14%) ISEB Practitioner
2 1 (7.14%) DV Cleared
2 1 (7.14%) Security Cleared
2 1 (7.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (7.14%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (28.57%) QA
2 1 (7.14%) HL7
Systems Management
1 1 (7.14%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (7.14%) SAP
1 1 (7.14%) Microsoft
1 1 (7.14%) Cerner
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