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 28 May 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
28 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Manual Testing
Rank 117 143 111
Rank change year-on-year
+26 -32
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 21 6 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.68% 0.20% 0.15%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.91% 0.26% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 4 2
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£300 £310 £230
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.38% +34.78%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £188 £283 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £390 £341 £234
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
-3.22% -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £30.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+20.00% +50.00%
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
2317 2335 1458
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 74.98% 77.19% 71.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 1546 1556 910
Average daily rate £400 £353 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.47% -6.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £275 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £500 £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £365
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +2.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 100 118 66
Average hourly rate £35.00 £33.84 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.42% +12.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £15.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%

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 28 May 2015.

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 28 May 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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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 - 7 £315 - 2
Dorset - 4 £188 - 1
Devon -4 2 £305 +6.00%
Gloucestershire -6 2 £419 +25.00%
Somerset - 2 £213 - 2
Wiltshire +2 1 £315 -
Manual Testing
England

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 28 May 2015, 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 15 (57.69%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (42.31%) ISTQB
2 11 (42.31%) Selenium
3 9 (34.62%) ISEB
4 8 (30.77%) SQL
4 8 (30.77%) Automated Testing
5 7 (26.92%) Scrum
6 6 (23.08%) Software Testing
6 6 (23.08%) Java
6 6 (23.08%) E-Commerce
6 6 (23.08%) QA
6 6 (23.08%) Test Automation
7 5 (19.23%) WebDriver
7 5 (19.23%) BDD
8 4 (15.38%) Root Cause Analysis
8 4 (15.38%) Fund Accounting
8 4 (15.38%) Investment Banking
8 4 (15.38%) Continuous Integration
8 4 (15.38%) PCI DSS
8 4 (15.38%) Jenkins
8 4 (15.38%) User Stories
8 4 (15.38%) Analytical Skills
8 4 (15.38%) Microsoft
8 4 (15.38%) MS Excel
8 4 (15.38%) MS Access
8 4 (15.38%) Validation
8 4 (15.38%) ATG
8 4 (15.38%) ATG Dynamo
8 4 (15.38%) MS PowerPoint
8 4 (15.38%) Business Analysis

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

For the 6 months to 28 May 2015, 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.

Application Platforms
1 4 (15.38%) ATG Dynamo
Applications
1 4 (15.38%) MS Excel
1 4 (15.38%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.85%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (15.38%) MS Access
2 2 (7.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2 (7.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 11 (42.31%) Selenium
2 5 (19.23%) WebDriver
3 4 (15.38%) Jenkins
4 3 (11.54%) FitNesse
5 2 (7.69%) SpecFlow
5 2 (7.69%) JIRA
6 1 (3.85%) JMeter
6 1 (3.85%) QuickTest Pro
6 1 (3.85%) LoadRunner
6 1 (3.85%) Visual Studio
6 1 (3.85%) Rational Functional Tester
6 1 (3.85%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (3.85%) JBehave
6 1 (3.85%) Cucumber
General
1 4 (15.38%) Investment Banking
1 4 (15.38%) Banking
2 1 (3.85%) Retail
2 1 (3.85%) Finance
Job Titles
1 18 (69.23%) Analyst
2 14 (53.85%) Test Analyst
3 10 (38.46%) Tester
4 5 (19.23%) Agile Test Analyst
5 4 (15.38%) Business Systems Analyst
5 4 (15.38%) Systems Analyst
5 4 (15.38%) Technical Analyst
5 4 (15.38%) Business Analyst
5 4 (15.38%) Technical Test Analyst
6 3 (11.54%) Test Leader
7 2 (7.69%) Software Tester
7 2 (7.69%) Test Engineer
8 1 (3.85%) Senior Analyst
8 1 (3.85%) Senior Test Analyst
8 1 (3.85%) Junior Business Analyst
8 1 (3.85%) QA Tester
8 1 (3.85%) Technical Tester
8 1 (3.85%) Senior Test Engineer
8 1 (3.85%) SAP Test Analyst
8 1 (3.85%) Manual Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (11.54%) .NET
2 1 (3.85%) ASP.NET
2 1 (3.85%) XML
2 1 (3.85%) HTML
2 1 (3.85%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 4 (15.38%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (7.69%) Data Integration
3 1 (3.85%) NHS
3 1 (3.85%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.85%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (57.69%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (30.77%) Automated Testing
3 7 (26.92%) Scrum
4 6 (23.08%) Software Testing
4 6 (23.08%) E-Commerce
4 6 (23.08%) Test Automation
5 5 (19.23%) BDD
6 4 (15.38%) Root Cause Analysis
6 4 (15.38%) Fund Accounting
6 4 (15.38%) Continuous Integration
6 4 (15.38%) User Stories
6 4 (15.38%) Validation
6 4 (15.38%) Business Analysis
7 3 (11.54%) TDD
7 3 (11.54%) Functional Testing
8 2 (7.69%) Continuous Delivery
8 2 (7.69%) SDLC
8 2 (7.69%) MVC
9 1 (3.85%) Data Analysis
9 1 (3.85%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 8 (30.77%) SQL
2 6 (23.08%) Java
3 3 (11.54%) C#
4 1 (3.85%) Ruby
4 1 (3.85%) Python
4 1 (3.85%) C++
4 1 (3.85%) JavaScript
4 1 (3.85%) Perl
4 1 (3.85%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 11 (42.31%) ISTQB
2 9 (34.62%) ISEB
3 3 (11.54%) Security Cleared
4 2 (7.69%) DV Cleared
4 2 (7.69%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (3.85%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (23.08%) QA
2 4 (15.38%) PCI DSS
Vendors
1 4 (15.38%) Microsoft
1 4 (15.38%) ATG
2 1 (3.85%) Atlassian
2 1 (3.85%) SAP