The table below looks at the statistics for Manual Testing skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Manual Testing over the 3 months to 30 March 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 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Manual Testing
Rank 354 365 347
Rank change year-on-year
+11 -18
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 238 226 204
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.44% 0.43% 0.45%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.58% 0.58% 0.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 176 159 131
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£300 £325 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £215 £203
10% offered a daily rate of more than £429 £475 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £290 £310 £300
% change year-on-year
-6.45% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 6 3
Average hourly rate - £22.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +12.50%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £22.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
- +32.35%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
41243 39297 33632
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 76.22% 74.96% 73.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 25676 24119 20154
Average daily rate £420 £400 £401
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -0.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £560 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £396 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+5.60% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1168 1115 1095
Average hourly rate £29.00 £27.00 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.40% -15.62%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.26 £12.21 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £50.00 £51.18
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.44 £27.50 £32.00
% change year-on-year
+14.32% -14.06%

Manual Testing
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Manual Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Manual Testing
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Manual Testing within the UK.

Manual Testing Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Manual Testing
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Manual Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 30 March 2015.

Manual Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Manual Testing
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Manual Testing within the UK.

Manual Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Manual Testing
Top 30 Contract Locations

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 UK over the 3 months to 30 March 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
England -8 214 £300 -9.09% 93
London -23 82 £350 -6.66% 33
East of England +31 39 £295 -9.23% 4
South East -10 39 £290 -12.12% 24
Yorkshire 0 19 £275 +4.76% 7
Cambridgeshire +17 18 £288 -10.15% 2
City of London +8 15 £394 +5.00% 11
Scotland +1 14 £350 +49.25% 7
West Yorkshire -5 14 £300 +23.07% 3
North West -19 14 £254 -18.14% 14
Buckinghamshire +1 12 £290 -10.76% 3
Edinburgh +5 10 £350 +49.25% 4
Leeds -4 10 £275 +12.82% 2
Manchester -12 9 £238 -23.38% 9
Milton Keynes -1 8 £295 +9.25% 3
Hampshire -5 8 £275 +27.90% 6
Kent +1 7 £290 - 1
West Midlands -4 7 £263 -12.82% 4
South West -6 7 £315 +0.80% 4
Surrey -8 6 £338 -8.78% 7
Ipswich +4 5 £350 +2.94%
Suffolk -1 5 £350 +5.26%
East Midlands -13 5 £290 +13.72% 2
Cambridge +5 4 £305 - 2
Peterborough +2 4 £288 -10.15%
Basingstoke +1 4 £240 -12.72% 3
North Yorkshire 0 4 £216 -17.61% 3
Bradford - 4 £325 -
Hammersmith - 4 £471 -
York +4 3 £215 -18.09% 2

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 March 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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.

1 214 (44.68%) Agile Software Development
2 182 (38.00%) QA
3 136 (28.39%) SQL
4 130 (27.14%) User Acceptance Testing
5 120 (25.05%) Selenium
6 109 (22.76%) Automated Testing
7 99 (20.67%) Finance
7 99 (20.67%) ISEB
8 97 (20.25%) Test Scripting
9 96 (20.04%) Software Testing
10 93 (19.42%) .NET
11 76 (15.87%) Test Automation
12 69 (14.41%) Scrum
13 68 (14.20%) BDD
14 66 (13.78%) Visual Studio
15 63 (13.15%) ISTQB
16 61 (12.73%) Oracle
16 61 (12.73%) Java
16 61 (12.73%) Regression Testing
17 59 (12.32%) Microsoft
18 57 (11.90%) Team Foundation Server
19 55 (11.48%) C#
20 54 (11.27%) JIRA
21 53 (11.06%) HP Quality Center
22 50 (10.44%) Automation Testing
23 49 (10.23%) TDD
24 45 (9.39%) WebDriver
24 45 (9.39%) Test Management
24 45 (9.39%) Test Strategy
25 41 (8.56%) XML

Manual Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 March 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 12 (2.51%) SharePoint
2 5 (1.04%) Confluence
3 4 (0.84%) SharePoint 2010
3 4 (0.84%) WebSphere
4 3 (0.63%) IIS
4 3 (0.63%) uiautomator
4 3 (0.63%) CMS
5 2 (0.42%) JBoss
6 1 (0.21%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (0.21%) SugarCRM
6 1 (0.21%) Oracle Coherence
6 1 (0.21%) Drupal
6 1 (0.21%) ATG Dynamo
Applications
1 25 (5.22%) MS Excel
2 9 (1.88%) MS Office
3 3 (0.63%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.42%) MS Project
5 1 (0.21%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.21%) Final Cut Pro
Business Applications
1 7 (1.46%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.84%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.63%) SAP BCA
4 2 (0.42%) SAP CRM
5 1 (0.21%) Hyperion Enterprise
5 1 (0.21%) SAP Retail
5 1 (0.21%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.21%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.21%) Oracle 11i
5 1 (0.21%) SAP SD
5 1 (0.21%) SAP MM
5 1 (0.21%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 4 (0.84%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (0.63%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (0.63%) SaaS
2 3 (0.63%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 17 (3.55%) Internet
2 4 (0.84%) ATM
2 4 (0.84%) HTTP
3 3 (0.63%) TCP/IP
4 2 (0.42%) HTTPS
5 1 (0.21%) Intranet
5 1 (0.21%) Wireless
5 1 (0.21%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (6.47%) Oracle Database
2 23 (4.80%) Relational Database
3 22 (4.59%) SQL Server
4 19 (3.97%) Data Warehouse
5 10 (2.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 9 (1.88%) MySQL
7 8 (1.67%) SAP BW
8 5 (1.04%) SQL Server 2008
8 5 (1.04%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
9 4 (0.84%) SQL Server 2012
9 4 (0.84%) MongoDB
9 4 (0.84%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 3 (0.63%) RDBMS
11 2 (0.42%) EDMS
11 2 (0.42%) PostgreSQL
11 2 (0.42%) Data Mining
11 2 (0.42%) Oracle ODI
12 1 (0.21%) SQL Navigator
12 1 (0.21%) Ingres
12 1 (0.21%) DB2
Development Applications
1 120 (25.05%) Selenium
2 66 (13.78%) Visual Studio
3 57 (11.90%) Team Foundation Server
4 54 (11.27%) JIRA
5 45 (9.39%) WebDriver
6 39 (8.14%) SpecFlow
7 29 (6.05%) Cucumber
8 25 (5.22%) Jenkins
9 21 (4.38%) QuickTest Pro
10 17 (3.55%) SoapUI
11 13 (2.71%) Calabash
12 12 (2.51%) Maven
13 11 (2.30%) Ant
13 11 (2.30%) Appium
14 9 (1.88%) Git (software)
14 9 (1.88%) JUnit
15 8 (1.67%) JMeter
15 8 (1.67%) Subversion
15 8 (1.67%) Hudson
15 8 (1.67%) TestNG
General
1 99 (20.67%) Finance
2 20 (4.18%) Banking
3 13 (2.71%) Games
4 11 (2.30%) Retail
5 9 (1.88%) Telecoms
5 9 (1.88%) Investment Banking
6 4 (0.84%) Retail Banking
7 3 (0.63%) Marketing
7 3 (0.63%) General Ledger
7 3 (0.63%) Billing
8 2 (0.42%) Automotive
8 2 (0.42%) Financial Institution
8 2 (0.42%) Back Office
8 2 (0.42%) Electronics
9 1 (0.21%) Front Office
9 1 (0.21%) Legal
9 1 (0.21%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.21%) Advertising
9 1 (0.21%) Publishing
9 1 (0.21%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 215 (44.89%) Analyst
2 205 (42.80%) Test Analyst
3 117 (24.43%) Tester
4 48 (10.02%) Test Leader
5 40 (8.35%) Test Engineer
6 34 (7.10%) Senior Test Analyst
6 34 (7.10%) Senior Analyst
7 31 (6.47%) Test Manager
8 27 (5.64%) QA Engineer
9 20 (4.18%) QA Analyst
9 20 (4.18%) Developer
10 18 (3.76%) Software Tester
10 18 (3.76%) QA Tester
11 17 (3.55%) Manual Tester
12 16 (3.34%) QA Test Analyst
13 13 (2.71%) Consultant
14 12 (2.51%) Software Engineer
14 12 (2.51%) Test Consultant
14 12 (2.51%) Agile Test Analyst
14 12 (2.51%) Automation Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 93 (19.42%) .NET
2 41 (8.56%) XML
3 27 (5.64%) HTML
4 22 (4.59%) Web Services
5 18 (3.76%) SOAP
6 17 (3.55%) REST
7 14 (2.92%) Gherkin
8 9 (1.88%) CSS
9 6 (1.25%) ASP.NET
9 6 (1.25%) RESTful
10 5 (1.04%) .NET Framework
10 5 (1.04%) J2EE
11 4 (0.84%) JMS
11 4 (0.84%) Java RMI
11 4 (0.84%) XML-RPC
12 3 (0.63%) JSON
12 3 (0.63%) Android SDK
12 3 (0.63%) JAXB
12 3 (0.63%) XSLT
12 3 (0.63%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 25 (5.22%) Mobile App
2 20 (4.18%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (2.09%) Open Source
4 9 (1.88%) Client/Server
5 7 (1.46%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 7 (1.46%) IPTV
5 7 (1.46%) Derivative
5 7 (1.46%) Computer Science
6 6 (1.25%) Online Games
7 5 (1.04%) Streaming Media
7 5 (1.04%) Management Information System
7 5 (1.04%) Fixed Income
7 5 (1.04%) User Experience
8 4 (0.84%) Equities
8 4 (0.84%) STB
8 4 (0.84%) W3C
9 3 (0.63%) Biometrics
9 3 (0.63%) NHS
9 3 (0.63%) IVR
9 3 (0.63%) Streaming Video
Operating Systems
1 37 (7.72%) Linux
2 23 (4.80%) Android
3 22 (4.59%) UNIX
4 20 (4.18%) Apple iOS
5 16 (3.34%) Windows
6 2 (0.42%) Windows 8
6 2 (0.42%) Windows 2000 Server
6 2 (0.42%) Windows 7
6 2 (0.42%) Windows XP
6 2 (0.42%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (0.21%) Windows Mobile
7 1 (0.21%) Windows Phone 7
7 1 (0.21%) Windows Phone
7 1 (0.21%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 214 (44.68%) Agile Software Development
2 130 (27.14%) User Acceptance Testing
3 109 (22.76%) Automated Testing
4 97 (20.25%) Test Scripting
5 96 (20.04%) Software Testing
6 76 (15.87%) Test Automation
7 69 (14.41%) Scrum
8 68 (14.20%) BDD
9 61 (12.73%) Regression Testing
10 50 (10.44%) Automation Testing
11 49 (10.23%) TDD
12 45 (9.39%) Test Management
12 45 (9.39%) Test Strategy
13 35 (7.31%) Integration Testing
14 28 (5.85%) User Stories
15 27 (5.64%) Security Testing
16 25 (5.22%) Web Testing
16 25 (5.22%) E-Commerce
17 24 (5.01%) Performance Testing
18 22 (4.59%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 136 (28.39%) SQL
2 61 (12.73%) Java
3 55 (11.48%) C#
4 25 (5.22%) Python
5 24 (5.01%) JavaScript
6 16 (3.34%) Ruby
7 13 (2.71%) C++
8 9 (1.88%) T-SQL
8 9 (1.88%) Perl
9 8 (1.67%) VB
10 7 (1.46%) VBA
11 6 (1.25%) PHP
11 6 (1.25%) PL/SQL
11 6 (1.25%) C
12 5 (1.04%) Bash Shell
12 5 (1.04%) XPath
13 4 (0.84%) VBScript
14 2 (0.42%) Groovy
14 2 (0.42%) Bourne shell
15 1 (0.21%) Korn
Qualifications
1 99 (20.67%) ISEB
2 63 (13.15%) ISTQB
3 23 (4.80%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 22 (4.59%) Security Cleared
5 15 (3.13%) Degree
6 10 (2.09%) SC Cleared
7 5 (1.04%) DV Cleared
8 4 (0.84%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 3 (0.63%) PMP
9 3 (0.63%) PMI Certification
10 2 (0.42%) ITIL Certification
11 1 (0.21%) ISEB Practitioner
11 1 (0.21%) Oracle Certification
11 1 (0.21%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 182 (38.00%) QA
2 4 (0.84%) 21 CFR Part 11
3 2 (0.42%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.42%) Solvency II
4 1 (0.21%) HL7
4 1 (0.21%) GMP
4 1 (0.21%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.21%) Basel II
System Software
1 2 (0.42%) Oracle RAC
2 1 (0.21%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.21%) Hyper-V
2 1 (0.21%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 53 (11.06%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 61 (12.73%) Oracle
2 59 (12.32%) Microsoft
3 24 (5.01%) SAP
4 10 (2.09%) HP
5 9 (1.88%) Perforce
6 5 (1.04%) JD Edwards
6 5 (1.04%) Salesforce.com
7 3 (0.63%) Sybase
7 3 (0.63%) Cadence
7 3 (0.63%) ATG
8 2 (0.42%) Northgate
8 2 (0.42%) Orchard
8 2 (0.42%) Atlassian
8 2 (0.42%) hybris
8 2 (0.42%) Demandware
8 2 (0.42%) Remedy
9 1 (0.21%) Infragistics
9 1 (0.21%) VMware
9 1 (0.21%) Dell
9 1 (0.21%) Hyperion
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West Sussex
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Posted: 6 hours ago
East London
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Posted: 3 days ago
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Essex
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Hertfordshire
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
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