The table below looks at the statistics for Manual Testing skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Manual Testing over the 3 months to 26 June 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
26 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Manual Testing
Rank 442 431 421
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -10
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 202 214 208
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.38% 0.38% 0.39%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.46% 0.48% 0.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 149 150 144
Median daily rate £320 £300 £312
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -3.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £200 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £290 £300
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 3
Median hourly rate £101.25 £38.50 £41.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+162.98% -6.09%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.50 £38.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year
-67.53% +48.07%

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
43626 44488 42241
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 82.20% 79.57% 78.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 29009 28650 26554
Median daily rate £438 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £285 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £565
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1028 1199 1213
Median hourly rate £28.00 £29.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.44% +5.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.58 £12.40 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.00 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.50 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-5.00% -

Manual Testing
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing Manual Testing as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 26 June 2016.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Manual Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 26 June 2016.

Manual Testing Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Manual Testing
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Manual Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 26 June 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -10 182 £325 +8.33% 93
London +36 85 £375 +20.00% 22
City of London +55 26 £425 +11.11% 3
South East -10 22 £316 +1.20% 18
North West -11 17 £295 +15.68% 11
East of England +20 14 £294 +36.62% 5
South West -10 13 £300 +36.36% 8
West Midlands -14 13 £330 +20.00% 12
Scotland -7 11 £278 +11.00% 3
Manchester -10 11 £280 +23.07% 8
Wales +26 8 £283 -8.87% 1
Wiltshire - 8 £288 -
West Yorkshire -18 7 £315 +9.09% 9
Yorkshire -37 7 £315 +8.62% 10
Cambridgeshire +23 6 £300 +36.36% 4
South Wales +22 6 £286 -7.66%
Cardiff +9 6 £286 -7.66%
Berkshire -7 6 £310 -34.73% 4
Leeds -26 5 £315 +6.77% 8
North East - 5 £300 -
East Midlands +7 4 £350 +32.70% 7
Glasgow +6 4 - -
Birmingham -3 4 £196 -37.20% 4
Merseyside - 4 £313 - 2
Cambridge +18 3 £294 +33.52% 3
Essex +5 3 £283 +34.52%
Surrey -5 3 £370 +27.58% 6
Coventry -6 3 £425 +142.85%
Hampshire -8 3 £250 -28.05% 2
Edinburgh -14 3 £350 +40.00% 2

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 June 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Manual Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Manual Testing.

1 218 (49.55%) Agile Software Development
2 129 (29.32%) QA
3 123 (27.95%) SQL
4 113 (25.68%) Automated Testing
5 103 (23.41%) Test Scripting
6 102 (23.18%) Selenium
6 102 (23.18%) Finance
7 84 (19.09%) ISEB
8 75 (17.05%) ISTQB
8 75 (17.05%) User Acceptance Testing
9 72 (16.36%) Java
9 72 (16.36%) Scrum
10 69 (15.68%) Functional Testing
11 66 (15.00%) BDD
12 65 (14.77%) Automation Testing
13 64 (14.55%) Software Testing
13 64 (14.55%) JIRA
14 61 (13.86%) Test Automation
14 61 (13.86%) Oracle
15 54 (12.27%) Non-Functional Testing
16 49 (11.14%) Cucumber
17 46 (10.45%) HP Quality Center
17 46 (10.45%) Integration Testing
18 45 (10.23%) C#
19 44 (10.00%) .NET
20 43 (9.77%) Test Strategy
21 39 (8.86%) Regression Testing
21 39 (8.86%) Analytical Skills
22 37 (8.41%) Team Foundation Server
23 36 (8.18%) SQL Server

Manual Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 13 (2.95%) CMS
2 7 (1.59%) Confluence
2 7 (1.59%) WebSphere
3 6 (1.36%) SharePoint
3 6 (1.36%) Tomcat
4 5 (1.14%) Sitecore CMS
5 4 (0.91%) BizTalk Server
6 3 (0.68%) IIS
6 3 (0.68%) Umbraco
7 2 (0.45%) JBoss
8 1 (0.23%) Apache
8 1 (0.23%) Drupal
8 1 (0.23%) LiveCycle
8 1 (0.23%) MQSeries
8 1 (0.23%) WebSphere Transformation Extender
Applications
1 13 (2.95%) MS Excel
2 9 (2.05%) MS Office
3 1 (0.23%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (0.23%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 5 (1.14%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (0.68%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.45%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.45%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.45%) Markit EDM
3 2 (0.45%) SystmOne
4 1 (0.23%) BusinessWorks
4 1 (0.23%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
4 1 (0.23%) Maximo
4 1 (0.23%) Northgate Housing
4 1 (0.23%) Oracle BPM
4 1 (0.23%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.23%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 1 (0.23%) SAP CRM
4 1 (0.23%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 4 (0.91%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (0.68%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (0.68%) Cloud Computing
2 3 (0.68%) IaaS
2 3 (0.68%) PaaS
3 2 (0.45%) iTunes
3 2 (0.45%) SaaS
4 1 (0.23%) GitHub
4 1 (0.23%) SuccessFactors
4 1 (0.23%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 6 (1.36%) Internet
2 5 (1.14%) HTTP
3 3 (0.68%) HTTPS
3 3 (0.68%) Network Security
3 3 (0.68%) PuTTY
3 3 (0.68%) SSH
3 3 (0.68%) TCP/IP
3 3 (0.68%) WinSCP
4 2 (0.45%) SAN
5 1 (0.23%) 3GPP
5 1 (0.23%) CDMA
5 1 (0.23%) DNS
5 1 (0.23%) Extranet
5 1 (0.23%) GSM
5 1 (0.23%) Intranet
5 1 (0.23%) SIGTRAN
5 1 (0.23%) snoop
5 1 (0.23%) SS7
5 1 (0.23%) tcpdump
5 1 (0.23%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (8.18%) SQL Server
2 14 (3.18%) Oracle Database
3 10 (2.27%) MySQL
4 9 (2.05%) Relational Database
5 5 (1.14%) RDBMS
6 4 (0.91%) Data Warehouse
7 3 (0.68%) Data Mining
7 3 (0.68%) MongoDB
7 3 (0.68%) Oracle BI EE
8 2 (0.45%) NoSQL
8 2 (0.45%) QlikView
9 1 (0.23%) DB2
9 1 (0.23%) Oracle Database 10g
9 1 (0.23%) SQL Server 2005
9 1 (0.23%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 102 (23.18%) Selenium
2 64 (14.55%) JIRA
3 49 (11.14%) Cucumber
4 37 (8.41%) Team Foundation Server
5 34 (7.73%) WebDriver
6 20 (4.55%) Git (software)
7 19 (4.32%) JMeter
8 18 (4.09%) HP UFT
9 15 (3.41%) LoadRunner
9 15 (3.41%) SpecFlow
10 13 (2.95%) Jenkins
11 10 (2.27%) Appium
12 9 (2.05%) SoapUI
13 7 (1.59%) JUnit
14 6 (1.36%) Burp Suite
15 5 (1.14%) Protractor
15 5 (1.14%) RSpec
16 4 (0.91%) Calabash
16 4 (0.91%) WATIR
16 4 (0.91%) Zephyr
General
1 102 (23.18%) Finance
2 35 (7.95%) Banking
3 24 (5.45%) Retail
4 12 (2.73%) Billing
4 12 (2.73%) Investment Banking
5 8 (1.82%) Games
5 8 (1.82%) Telecoms
6 7 (1.59%) Marketing
7 6 (1.36%) Front Office
8 5 (1.14%) Manufacturing
9 4 (0.91%) Electronics
9 4 (0.91%) Legal
9 4 (0.91%) Publishing
9 4 (0.91%) Retail Banking
10 2 (0.45%) General Ledger
10 2 (0.45%) German Language
10 2 (0.45%) Law
11 1 (0.23%) Back Office
11 1 (0.23%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.23%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 213 (48.41%) Analyst
2 196 (44.55%) Test Analyst
3 130 (29.55%) Tester
4 56 (12.73%) Manual Test Analyst
5 51 (11.59%) Manual Tester
6 31 (7.05%) Test Leader
7 30 (6.82%) Test Engineer
8 26 (5.91%) QA Tester
9 23 (5.23%) Automation Test Analyst
10 22 (5.00%) Test Manager
11 21 (4.77%) Automation Tester
12 20 (4.55%) Senior Analyst
12 20 (4.55%) Senior Test Analyst
13 19 (4.32%) QA Engineer
14 18 (4.09%) QA Analyst
15 15 (3.41%) SQL Analyst
16 14 (3.18%) Agile Test Analyst
16 14 (3.18%) Financial Analyst
16 14 (3.18%) Web Analyst
17 13 (2.95%) Banking Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (10.00%) .NET
2 19 (4.32%) Web Services
3 18 (4.09%) Gherkin
4 16 (3.64%) REST
5 13 (2.95%) HTML
6 12 (2.73%) RESTful
6 12 (2.73%) XML
7 11 (2.50%) CSS
8 7 (1.59%) Middleware
8 7 (1.59%) SOAP
9 6 (1.36%) HTML5
10 5 (1.14%) AngularJS
11 4 (0.91%) JSON
11 4 (0.91%) WCF
11 4 (0.91%) WPF
12 3 (0.68%) ASP.NET
12 3 (0.68%) ASP.NET Web API
12 3 (0.68%) JSP
13 2 (0.45%) JDBC
13 2 (0.45%) Servlets
Miscellaneous
1 39 (8.86%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (3.41%) Smart Meter
3 13 (2.95%) Derivative
4 11 (2.50%) Mobile App
5 10 (2.27%) Enterprise Software
6 7 (1.59%) Computer Science
6 7 (1.59%) Equities
7 6 (1.36%) Fixed Income
7 6 (1.36%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 6 (1.36%) User Experience
8 5 (1.14%) Data Centre
8 5 (1.14%) Data Structures
9 4 (0.91%) Digital Media
10 3 (0.68%) Data Extraction
10 3 (0.68%) Driving Licence
10 3 (0.68%) Fintech
10 3 (0.68%) Hedge funds
10 3 (0.68%) Management Information System
10 3 (0.68%) SWIFT
10 3 (0.68%) Telematics
Operating Systems
1 36 (8.18%) Linux
2 32 (7.27%) Windows
3 21 (4.77%) Unix
4 8 (1.82%) Apple iOS
5 7 (1.59%) Android
6 3 (0.68%) VMS
7 2 (0.45%) Mac OS
7 2 (0.45%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.23%) AIX
8 1 (0.23%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.23%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.23%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 218 (49.55%) Agile Software Development
2 113 (25.68%) Automated Testing
3 103 (23.41%) Test Scripting
4 75 (17.05%) User Acceptance Testing
5 72 (16.36%) Scrum
6 69 (15.68%) Functional Testing
7 66 (15.00%) BDD
8 65 (14.77%) Automation Testing
9 64 (14.55%) Software Testing
10 61 (13.86%) Test Automation
11 54 (12.27%) Non-Functional Testing
12 46 (10.45%) Integration Testing
13 43 (9.77%) Test Strategy
14 39 (8.86%) Regression Testing
15 36 (8.18%) Defect Management
16 32 (7.27%) E-Commerce
17 31 (7.05%) Test Management
17 31 (7.05%) Waterfall
18 29 (6.59%) Performance Testing
19 28 (6.36%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 123 (27.95%) SQL
2 72 (16.36%) Java
3 45 (10.23%) C#
4 26 (5.91%) JavaScript
5 21 (4.77%) PL/SQL
5 21 (4.77%) Ruby
6 15 (3.41%) Python
7 13 (2.95%) C++
7 13 (2.95%) VB
8 11 (2.50%) Perl
9 10 (2.27%) VBScript
10 7 (1.59%) PHP
11 5 (1.14%) C
12 3 (0.68%) Shell Script
12 3 (0.68%) VBA
13 2 (0.45%) T-SQL
14 1 (0.23%) Groovy
14 1 (0.23%) MATLAB
14 1 (0.23%) Objective-C
14 1 (0.23%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 84 (19.09%) ISEB
2 75 (17.05%) ISTQB
3 22 (5.00%) Security Cleared
4 20 (4.55%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 14 (3.18%) SC Cleared
6 9 (2.05%) Degree
7 7 (1.59%) BPSS Clearance
8 6 (1.36%) DV Cleared
9 3 (0.68%) CISSP
10 2 (0.45%) CLAS
10 2 (0.45%) MCAD
10 2 (0.45%) MCSD
10 2 (0.45%) MCTS
10 2 (0.45%) Microsoft Certification
11 1 (0.23%) CEH
11 1 (0.23%) CREST Certified
11 1 (0.23%) ISEB Practitioner
11 1 (0.23%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 1 (0.23%) SANS
11 1 (0.23%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 129 (29.32%) QA
2 2 (0.45%) SDET
3 1 (0.23%) 21 CFR Part 11
3 1 (0.23%) Dodd-Frank
3 1 (0.23%) EMIR
3 1 (0.23%) GMP
3 1 (0.23%) MiFID
3 1 (0.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.23%) WAI
3 1 (0.23%) WCAG
System Software
1 5 (1.14%) Docker
2 3 (0.68%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (0.68%) Xen
3 2 (0.45%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 46 (10.45%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (0.68%) Opscode Chef
2 3 (0.68%) Puppet
3 1 (0.23%) Control-M
3 1 (0.23%) Nessus
Vendors
1 61 (13.86%) Oracle
2 33 (7.50%) Microsoft
3 30 (6.82%) HP
4 10 (2.27%) SAP
5 6 (1.36%) Atlassian
5 6 (1.36%) IBM
6 5 (1.14%) Siebel
6 5 (1.14%) Sitecore
7 4 (0.91%) hybris
8 3 (0.68%) Apple
8 3 (0.68%) Informatica
8 3 (0.68%) Rackspace
8 3 (0.68%) Sun
8 3 (0.68%) Sybase
8 3 (0.68%) VMware
9 2 (0.45%) ATG
9 2 (0.45%) Charles River
9 2 (0.45%) Demandware
9 2 (0.45%) Murex
9 2 (0.45%) Rally
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