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 22 August 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
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Manual Testing
Rank 393 413 377
Rank change year-on-year
+20 -36
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 213 165 229
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.38% 0.31% 0.40%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.51% 0.42% 0.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 145 89 137
Average daily rate
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£300 £320 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £236 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £403 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £290 £300 £268
% change year-on-year
-3.33% +12.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 0
Average hourly rate £30.00 £34.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.76% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £33.00 -
% change year-on-year
-9.09% -

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
41835 39073 41091
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.23% 73.30% 70.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 25909 24001 23803
Average daily rate £410 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.50% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1148 1055 1460
Average hourly rate £23.00 £27.97 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.76% -9.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £46.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-16.66% -3.22%

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 22 August 2014.

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 22 August 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
England +3 193 £300 -6.25% 105
London +29 90 £325 -13.33% 29
South East +7 42 £275 -8.33% 15
East of England -10 23 £300 +3.44% 11
City of London +13 17 £338 -16.92% 6
Yorkshire +7 15 £315 -3.07% 16
West Yorkshire +15 14 £328 +0.76% 12
Leeds +11 11 £315 -1.56% 8
Scotland -4 11 £475 +57.67% 2
Hampshire -6 9 £250 -15.61% 6
Hertfordshire -8 9 £253 -12.84% 2
Surrey +4 8 £295 -31.59% 6
South West -34 8 £275 -21.70% 14
Berkshire +7 7 £350 +24.44% 3
Edinburgh -10 7 £325 -19.25% 2
Reading +13 6 £288 -4.16%
North West +3 6 £310 +3.33% 11
Wales - 6 £290 - 2
Kent - 6 £290 -
East Midlands -3 5 £275 +5.76% 2
Southampton -4 4 £250 -18.03% 2
Buckinghamshire -8 4 £260 -13.33%
Cheshire - 4 £310 - 3
East Sussex - 4 £200 -
Nottingham +11 3 £350 +47.36%
Nottinghamshire +8 3 £350 +47.36%
Oxfordshire +4 3 £300 -
Milton Keynes +2 3 £265 -11.66%
Oxford +1 3 £300 -
Cambridgeshire -4 3 £300 - 6

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, 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.

1 152 (38.78%) SQL
2 110 (28.06%) QA
3 103 (26.28%) Test Scripting
4 89 (22.70%) Selenium
5 83 (21.17%) Agile Software Development
6 80 (20.41%) User Acceptance Testing
7 77 (19.64%) Finance
8 68 (17.35%) Oracle
9 66 (16.84%) Scrum
10 65 (16.58%) HP Quality Center
11 64 (16.33%) ISEB
12 57 (14.54%) Java
12 57 (14.54%) Automated Testing
13 53 (13.52%) Regression Testing
14 51 (13.01%) .NET
14 51 (13.01%) Automation Testing
15 50 (12.76%) Software Testing
16 49 (12.50%) Web Services
17 48 (12.24%) JIRA
18 47 (11.99%) ISTQB
18 47 (11.99%) TDD
19 45 (11.48%) Test Automation
19 45 (11.48%) BDD
20 41 (10.46%) Banking
21 38 (9.69%) C#
22 36 (9.18%) Test Strategy
22 36 (9.18%) Oracle Database
23 32 (8.16%) Mobile App
24 31 (7.91%) SQL Server
25 30 (7.65%) Cucumber

Manual Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, 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 13 (3.32%) SharePoint
1 13 (3.32%) Apache
2 8 (2.04%) SharePoint 2013
3 5 (1.28%) SharePoint 2010
4 4 (1.02%) Tomcat
5 3 (0.77%) IBM Notes
5 3 (0.77%) Lotus Domino
5 3 (0.77%) SAS
6 2 (0.51%) CMS
6 2 (0.51%) IIS
7 1 (0.26%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.26%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 1 (0.26%) Confluence
7 1 (0.26%) WordPress
7 1 (0.26%) Jetty
7 1 (0.26%) Umbraco
7 1 (0.26%) Sitecore CMS
7 1 (0.26%) Drupal
Applications
1 13 (3.32%) MS Excel
2 6 (1.53%) MS Office
3 4 (1.02%) Final Cut Pro
4 2 (0.51%) MS Project
4 2 (0.51%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.26%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.26%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (1.28%) Agresso
2 4 (1.02%) Maximo
3 3 (0.77%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.51%) Cerner Millennium
4 2 (0.51%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.26%) Endur
5 1 (0.26%) Retail-J
5 1 (0.26%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.26%) Dynamics GP
5 1 (0.26%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 3 (0.77%) SuccessFactors
1 3 (0.77%) SaaS
2 2 (0.51%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.26%) Trello
3 1 (0.26%) Basecamp
3 1 (0.26%) Google Apps
3 1 (0.26%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 11 (2.81%) 3G
1 11 (2.81%) 2G
1 11 (2.81%) 4G
2 6 (1.53%) HTTP
3 4 (1.02%) DVB
4 3 (0.77%) TCP/IP
5 2 (0.51%) VLAN
5 2 (0.51%) Ethernet
5 2 (0.51%) Internet
6 1 (0.26%) Wireshark
6 1 (0.26%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (9.18%) Oracle Database
2 31 (7.91%) SQL Server
3 17 (4.34%) Data Warehouse
4 16 (4.08%) MySQL
5 15 (3.83%) SQL Server 2008
6 13 (3.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 9 (2.30%) Relational Database
8 4 (1.02%) SQL Navigator
8 4 (1.02%) RDBMS
9 3 (0.77%) Oracle Reports
9 3 (0.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 3 (0.77%) Big Data
10 2 (0.51%) QlikView
10 2 (0.51%) SAS Enterprise Guide
10 2 (0.51%) Oracle BI Publisher
10 2 (0.51%) SAS Data Integration Studio
10 2 (0.51%) Data Mining
10 2 (0.51%) PowerCenter
11 1 (0.26%) Oracle Database 10g
11 1 (0.26%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 89 (22.70%) Selenium
2 48 (12.24%) JIRA
3 30 (7.65%) Cucumber
4 28 (7.14%) Visual Studio
5 27 (6.89%) SoapUI
5 27 (6.89%) Team Foundation Server
6 24 (6.12%) WebDriver
7 18 (4.59%) Toad
8 17 (4.34%) Maven
9 15 (3.83%) Ant
10 14 (3.57%) QuickTest Pro
10 14 (3.57%) LoadRunner
11 12 (3.06%) SpecFlow
12 11 (2.81%) eggPlant
12 11 (2.81%) Apache Ivy
13 9 (2.30%) Bugzilla
13 9 (2.30%) JMeter
14 8 (2.04%) NUnit
14 8 (2.04%) JUnit
15 6 (1.53%) Eclipse
General
1 77 (19.64%) Finance
2 41 (10.46%) Banking
3 18 (4.59%) Investment Banking
4 13 (3.32%) Retail
5 6 (1.53%) Electronics
5 6 (1.53%) Retail Banking
6 5 (1.28%) Front Office
6 5 (1.28%) Telecoms
6 5 (1.28%) Advertising
7 3 (0.77%) Pharmaceutical
7 3 (0.77%) Financial Institution
7 3 (0.77%) Marketing
7 3 (0.77%) Automotive
8 2 (0.51%) Publishing
8 2 (0.51%) Games
9 1 (0.26%) Multimedia
9 1 (0.26%) Local Government
9 1 (0.26%) Military
9 1 (0.26%) Legal
9 1 (0.26%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 187 (47.70%) Analyst
2 166 (42.35%) Test Analyst
3 132 (33.67%) Tester
4 29 (7.40%) Test Engineer
5 27 (6.89%) Manual Tester
6 26 (6.63%) QA Tester
7 22 (5.61%) Test Leader
8 16 (4.08%) QA Analyst
9 14 (3.57%) Automation Tester
9 14 (3.57%) Test Manager
10 13 (3.32%) QA Test Analyst
10 13 (3.32%) Agile Test Analyst
11 12 (3.06%) Developer
12 11 (2.81%) Systems Tester
13 10 (2.55%) QA Leader
13 10 (2.55%) Senior Analyst
14 9 (2.30%) Software Tester
15 8 (2.04%) Automation Analyst
15 8 (2.04%) Senior Test Analyst
15 8 (2.04%) Web Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 51 (13.01%) .NET
2 49 (12.50%) Web Services
3 29 (7.40%) REST
4 26 (6.63%) SOAP
5 17 (4.34%) XML
6 11 (2.81%) J2ME
6 11 (2.81%) WAP
6 11 (2.81%) Gherkin
7 10 (2.55%) HTML
8 8 (2.04%) CSS
9 7 (1.79%) ASP.NET
9 7 (1.79%) RESTful
10 6 (1.53%) JSON
11 5 (1.28%) .NET Framework
12 2 (0.51%) Hibernate
12 2 (0.51%) Spring
12 2 (0.51%) XSD
12 2 (0.51%) XSLT
12 2 (0.51%) EDI
12 2 (0.51%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 32 (8.16%) Mobile App
2 17 (4.34%) Credit Derivative
2 17 (4.34%) Derivative
3 16 (4.08%) Handset
4 15 (3.83%) Credit Risk
5 13 (3.32%) Equities
6 10 (2.55%) Computer Science
7 9 (2.30%) Open Source
7 9 (2.30%) Mobile Banking
8 8 (2.04%) Client/Server
9 6 (1.53%) iPad
10 5 (1.28%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 5 (1.28%) NHS
10 5 (1.28%) Video on Demand
11 4 (1.02%) iPhone
11 4 (1.02%) Smartphone
11 4 (1.02%) IPTV
12 3 (0.77%) DTV
12 3 (0.77%) Management Information System
12 3 (0.77%) STB
Operating Systems
1 26 (6.63%) Windows
2 22 (5.61%) Linux
3 21 (5.36%) UNIX
4 18 (4.59%) Apple iOS
5 15 (3.83%) Android
6 7 (1.79%) Windows 7
7 4 (1.02%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.51%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.26%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 103 (26.28%) Test Scripting
2 83 (21.17%) Agile Software Development
3 80 (20.41%) User Acceptance Testing
4 66 (16.84%) Scrum
5 57 (14.54%) Automated Testing
6 53 (13.52%) Regression Testing
7 51 (13.01%) Automation Testing
8 50 (12.76%) Software Testing
9 47 (11.99%) TDD
10 45 (11.48%) Test Automation
10 45 (11.48%) BDD
11 36 (9.18%) Test Strategy
12 28 (7.14%) E-Commerce
13 26 (6.63%) Integration Testing
14 24 (6.12%) User Stories
15 22 (5.61%) System Testing
16 18 (4.59%) Risk Management
16 18 (4.59%) Continuous Integration
17 17 (4.34%) Performance Testing
18 16 (4.08%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 152 (38.78%) SQL
2 57 (14.54%) Java
3 38 (9.69%) C#
4 13 (3.32%) JavaScript
4 13 (3.32%) Ruby
5 10 (2.55%) Python
6 8 (2.04%) C++
7 7 (1.79%) PHP
7 7 (1.79%) PL/SQL
8 5 (1.28%) VB
9 4 (1.02%) VBScript
10 3 (0.77%) VBA
10 3 (0.77%) T-SQL
10 3 (0.77%) Perl
10 3 (0.77%) Delphi
10 3 (0.77%) C
10 3 (0.77%) XPath
10 3 (0.77%) Groovy
10 3 (0.77%) PowerShell
11 2 (0.51%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 64 (16.33%) ISEB
2 47 (11.99%) ISTQB
3 16 (4.08%) Degree
4 7 (1.79%) Security Cleared
5 6 (1.53%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 4 (1.02%) SC Cleared
7 2 (0.51%) CEH
8 1 (0.26%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (0.26%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 110 (28.06%) QA
2 9 (2.30%) Basel III
System Software
1 2 (0.51%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.26%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.26%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 65 (16.58%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (0.51%) Puppet
2 2 (0.51%) Vagrant
3 1 (0.26%) SCCM
Vendors
1 68 (17.35%) Oracle
2 29 (7.40%) Microsoft
3 26 (6.63%) HP
4 11 (2.81%) Apple
4 11 (2.81%) Sun
5 9 (2.30%) SAP
6 7 (1.79%) IBM
7 6 (1.53%) Salesforce.com
8 5 (1.28%) Adobe
9 4 (1.02%) Informatica
10 3 (0.77%) Cerner
10 3 (0.77%) Lotus
10 3 (0.77%) Telerik
10 3 (0.77%) Red Gate
11 2 (0.51%) VMware
12 1 (0.26%) MathWorks
12 1 (0.26%) Reuters
12 1 (0.26%) MicroStrategy
12 1 (0.26%) Cisco
12 1 (0.26%) JBoss
Derby, Derbyshire
Sanderson
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
West Yorkshire
AMsource Technology
Rate: From £250 to £300 per day depending on experience
Posted: 2 days ago
City of London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Talent International
Rate: £200.00 - £210.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Rate: 250 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Roc Search
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Roc Search
Posted: 4 days ago
Bromley
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £200.00 - £250.00 per annum
Posted: 8 days ago
London
Austin Fraser Limited
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 8 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 - £325 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
Swansea
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £280 - £300 per day
Posted: 11 days ago
Yorkshire and the Humber
Real Staffing
Rate: £150 - £175 per day + competitive
Posted: 15 days ago
Bromley
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £200.00 - £250.00 per annum
Posted: 15 days ago
Hertfordshire
Computer Futures
Rate: £325 - £350 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 19 days ago
City of London
Interquest - Fulcrum Telecom
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 19 days ago
Halifax
Orgtel
Rate: £350 - £400 per day + competitive
Posted: 24 days ago
Redhill
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 26 days ago