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 1 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
1 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Manual Testing
Rank 402 371 380
Rank change year-on-year
-31 +9
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 210 231 182
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.38% 0.42% 0.38%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.49% 0.57% 0.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 147 153 110
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.07% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £223 £227 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £470 £440
UK excluding London average daily rate £304 £310 £318
% change year-on-year
-2.01% -2.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 5 2
Average hourly rate - £30.00 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +76.47%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £30.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
- +76.47%

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
42679 40798 35545
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 76.47% 74.90% 73.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 26665 25518 21197
Average daily rate £413 £400 £408
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -1.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1239 1169 1080
Average hourly rate £29.00 £30.00 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% -6.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £50.00 £53.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.50 £30.75 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-0.81% -3.90%

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 1 May 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 1 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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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 -23 190 £313 -3.84% 99
London -38 74 £338 -3.57% 46
South East -14 30 £313 -3.84% 10
East of England +11 27 £300 -3.22% 11
Yorkshire -2 19 £288 +15.57% 2
North West -15 18 £270 -12.90% 15
South West +17 16 £270 -10.00% 7
Cambridgeshire +11 15 £288 -8.73% 6
West Yorkshire -8 14 £313 +32.97%
Scotland +7 13 £381 +62.57% 10
City of London -13 11 £413 +17.85% 15
Manchester -10 10 £236 -23.79% 10
Leeds -17 10 £288 +22.34%
Edinburgh +7 8 £381 +62.57% 2
Buckinghamshire -7 8 £300 -7.69%
Hampshire +1 6 £350 +16.66% 1
Suffolk +6 5 £350 +5.26% 1
Ipswich +2 5 £350 +2.94% 1
North Yorkshire +1 5 £218 -17.14% 1
Berkshire -4 5 £406 -4.41% 3
East Anglia - 5 £290 -
Bristol - 5 £270 - 4
Chester +6 4 £308 +119.64% 2
York +1 4 £216 -17.61%
Cheshire -7 4 £308 -0.80% 3
Milton Keynes -7 4 £300 +11.11%
East Midlands -9 4 £353 +39.60% 4
Bradford - 4 £325 -
Cambridge 0 3 - - 6
Surrey -3 3 £375 +2.73% 1

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 May 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.

1 199 (44.82%) Agile Software Development
2 172 (38.74%) QA
3 136 (30.63%) SQL
4 120 (27.03%) User Acceptance Testing
5 101 (22.75%) Selenium
6 95 (21.40%) Finance
7 93 (20.95%) Automated Testing
8 90 (20.27%) ISEB
9 89 (20.05%) Test Scripting
10 88 (19.82%) Software Testing
11 87 (19.59%) .NET
12 67 (15.09%) Java
13 63 (14.19%) Test Automation
14 62 (13.96%) Scrum
15 60 (13.51%) Visual Studio
16 59 (13.29%) Oracle
17 58 (13.06%) BDD
18 53 (11.94%) ISTQB
19 51 (11.49%) Regression Testing
20 50 (11.26%) C#
20 50 (11.26%) Microsoft
21 47 (10.59%) Team Foundation Server
21 47 (10.59%) WebDriver
22 45 (10.14%) HP Quality Center
23 44 (9.91%) JIRA
23 44 (9.91%) Automation Testing
24 41 (9.23%) Test Management
25 40 (9.01%) Test Strategy
26 38 (8.56%) TDD
27 36 (8.11%) SpecFlow

Manual Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 May 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 8 (1.80%) SharePoint
2 5 (1.13%) CMS
3 4 (0.90%) ATG Dynamo
3 4 (0.90%) WebSphere
4 3 (0.68%) IIS
4 3 (0.68%) JBoss
5 2 (0.45%) Confluence
6 1 (0.23%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 1 (0.23%) uiautomator
6 1 (0.23%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (0.23%) Oracle Coherence
6 1 (0.23%) SugarCRM
6 1 (0.23%) Drupal
Applications
1 31 (6.98%) MS Excel
2 10 (2.25%) MS Office
3 3 (0.68%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.45%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (1.13%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.68%) SAP BCA
3 2 (0.45%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.23%) Northgate Housing
4 1 (0.23%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.23%) SAP Retail
4 1 (0.23%) Hyperion Enterprise
4 1 (0.23%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.23%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.23%) SAP MM
4 1 (0.23%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 3 (0.68%) SaaS
1 3 (0.68%) Cloud Computing
1 3 (0.68%) Microsoft Azure
1 3 (0.68%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (0.45%) Google Analytics
3 1 (0.23%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 16 (3.60%) Internet
2 4 (0.90%) HTTP
2 4 (0.90%) TCP/IP
3 3 (0.68%) ATM
4 2 (0.45%) HTTPS
4 2 (0.45%) FTP
5 1 (0.23%) ZigBee
5 1 (0.23%) Wireless
5 1 (0.23%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (6.98%) Oracle Database
2 27 (6.08%) SQL Server
3 23 (5.18%) Relational Database
4 19 (4.28%) Data Warehouse
5 12 (2.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 6 (1.35%) MySQL
6 6 (1.35%) SAP BW
7 5 (1.13%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
7 5 (1.13%) SQL Server 2008
7 5 (1.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 4 (0.90%) DB2
8 4 (0.90%) RDBMS
8 4 (0.90%) SQL Server 2012
9 3 (0.68%) MongoDB
9 3 (0.68%) Oracle BI EE
10 2 (0.45%) MS Access
10 2 (0.45%) Data Mining
10 2 (0.45%) PostgreSQL
10 2 (0.45%) Oracle ODI
11 1 (0.23%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 101 (22.75%) Selenium
2 60 (13.51%) Visual Studio
3 47 (10.59%) Team Foundation Server
3 47 (10.59%) WebDriver
4 44 (9.91%) JIRA
5 36 (8.11%) SpecFlow
6 27 (6.08%) Cucumber
7 22 (4.95%) Jenkins
8 17 (3.83%) QuickTest Pro
9 12 (2.70%) SoapUI
10 11 (2.48%) JUnit
11 10 (2.25%) Maven
12 9 (2.03%) Calabash
12 9 (2.03%) Ant
13 8 (1.80%) LoadRunner
13 8 (1.80%) Appium
14 7 (1.58%) Git (software)
14 7 (1.58%) TestNG
14 7 (1.58%) Bugzilla
14 7 (1.58%) Xcode
General
1 95 (21.40%) Finance
2 19 (4.28%) Banking
3 12 (2.70%) Retail
3 12 (2.70%) Telecoms
4 10 (2.25%) Games
4 10 (2.25%) Investment Banking
5 6 (1.35%) Billing
6 4 (0.90%) Retail Banking
7 3 (0.68%) Marketing
7 3 (0.68%) General Ledger
7 3 (0.68%) Automotive
8 2 (0.45%) Back Office
8 2 (0.45%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.23%) Front Office
9 1 (0.23%) Law
9 1 (0.23%) Legal
9 1 (0.23%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.23%) Advertising
9 1 (0.23%) Publishing
9 1 (0.23%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 211 (47.52%) Analyst
2 194 (43.69%) Test Analyst
3 114 (25.68%) Tester
4 44 (9.91%) Test Leader
5 36 (8.11%) Test Engineer
6 30 (6.76%) Senior Test Analyst
6 30 (6.76%) Senior Analyst
7 27 (6.08%) QA Engineer
8 24 (5.41%) Test Manager
9 22 (4.95%) Developer
10 19 (4.28%) Software Tester
10 19 (4.28%) QA Analyst
11 16 (3.60%) Agile Test Analyst
12 15 (3.38%) QA Tester
12 15 (3.38%) Manual Tester
13 13 (2.93%) QA Test Analyst
14 12 (2.70%) Senior Tester
14 12 (2.70%) Consultant
14 12 (2.70%) Software Engineer
15 11 (2.48%) Automation Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 87 (19.59%) .NET
2 34 (7.66%) XML
3 24 (5.41%) HTML
4 16 (3.60%) SOAP
4 16 (3.60%) Web Services
5 12 (2.70%) Gherkin
6 9 (2.03%) REST
7 7 (1.58%) ASP.NET
8 6 (1.35%) CSS
8 6 (1.35%) RESTful
9 5 (1.13%) J2EE
10 4 (0.90%) JMS
10 4 (0.90%) Java RMI
10 4 (0.90%) XML-RPC
10 4 (0.90%) .NET Framework
11 3 (0.68%) JAXB
11 3 (0.68%) JDBC
12 2 (0.45%) XSD
12 2 (0.45%) Struts
12 2 (0.45%) XML Schema
Miscellaneous
1 23 (5.18%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (4.50%) Mobile App
3 8 (1.80%) Client/Server
3 8 (1.80%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 8 (1.80%) Open Source
4 7 (1.58%) Derivative
5 6 (1.35%) Computer Science
6 5 (1.13%) Management Information System
6 5 (1.13%) Fixed Income
7 4 (0.90%) Equities
7 4 (0.90%) Online Games
7 4 (0.90%) Streaming Media
7 4 (0.90%) IPTV
7 4 (0.90%) iSeries
8 3 (0.68%) User Experience
8 3 (0.68%) AS400
8 3 (0.68%) NHS
9 2 (0.45%) W3C
9 2 (0.45%) Biometrics
9 2 (0.45%) Chip and PIN
Operating Systems
1 33 (7.43%) Linux
2 23 (5.18%) UNIX
3 16 (3.60%) Apple iOS
3 16 (3.60%) Android
4 14 (3.15%) Windows
5 1 (0.23%) Windows Phone 7
5 1 (0.23%) Windows 8
5 1 (0.23%) Windows Phone
5 1 (0.23%) Windows 7
5 1 (0.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (0.23%) Windows 2000 Server
5 1 (0.23%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (0.23%) OS/400
5 1 (0.23%) Windows XP
5 1 (0.23%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 199 (44.82%) Agile Software Development
2 120 (27.03%) User Acceptance Testing
3 93 (20.95%) Automated Testing
4 89 (20.05%) Test Scripting
5 88 (19.82%) Software Testing
6 63 (14.19%) Test Automation
7 62 (13.96%) Scrum
8 58 (13.06%) BDD
9 51 (11.49%) Regression Testing
10 44 (9.91%) Automation Testing
11 41 (9.23%) Test Management
12 40 (9.01%) Test Strategy
13 38 (8.56%) TDD
14 33 (7.43%) E-Commerce
15 29 (6.53%) Integration Testing
16 25 (5.63%) User Stories
16 25 (5.63%) Security Testing
17 21 (4.73%) Waterfall
17 21 (4.73%) Continuous Improvement
17 21 (4.73%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 136 (30.63%) SQL
2 67 (15.09%) Java
3 50 (11.26%) C#
4 23 (5.18%) Python
5 18 (4.05%) JavaScript
6 12 (2.70%) C++
7 10 (2.25%) T-SQL
8 9 (2.03%) Ruby
9 8 (1.80%) PL/SQL
9 8 (1.80%) VB
10 7 (1.58%) C
10 7 (1.58%) Perl
11 6 (1.35%) VBA
12 5 (1.13%) PHP
13 4 (0.90%) VBScript
13 4 (0.90%) Bash Shell
14 3 (0.68%) XPath
15 2 (0.45%) RPG
15 2 (0.45%) Groovy
15 2 (0.45%) Bourne shell
Qualifications
1 90 (20.27%) ISEB
2 53 (11.94%) ISTQB
3 22 (4.95%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 15 (3.38%) Security Cleared
5 14 (3.15%) Degree
6 6 (1.35%) SC Cleared
7 5 (1.13%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 4 (0.90%) DV Cleared
9 2 (0.45%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.23%) ISEB Practitioner
10 1 (0.23%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 172 (38.74%) QA
2 5 (1.13%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.45%) 21 CFR Part 11
3 2 (0.45%) Solvency II
4 1 (0.23%) HL7
4 1 (0.23%) Basel II
4 1 (0.23%) GMP
4 1 (0.23%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 1 (0.23%) Hyper-V
1 1 (0.23%) Oracle RAC
1 1 (0.23%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 45 (10.14%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 59 (13.29%) Oracle
2 50 (11.26%) Microsoft
3 19 (4.28%) SAP
4 8 (1.80%) Perforce
5 7 (1.58%) HP
6 5 (1.13%) ATG
6 5 (1.13%) Salesforce.com
7 3 (0.68%) Cadence
7 3 (0.68%) Sybase
8 2 (0.45%) IBM
8 2 (0.45%) JD Edwards
8 2 (0.45%) Remedy
8 2 (0.45%) Endeca
8 2 (0.45%) Google
8 2 (0.45%) Coremetrics
8 2 (0.45%) Twitter
9 1 (0.23%) Tableau
9 1 (0.23%) Demandware
9 1 (0.23%) ForgeRock
9 1 (0.23%) hybris
London
Ability Resourcing
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Exeter, Devon
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £299 - £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Yorkshire
Proactive Appointments
Rate: Unspecified Market - Please Quote
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Huxley Banking & Financial Services
Rate: £450 per day + competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Green Thompson Consulting
Rate: From £200 to £250 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Clearwater People Solutions
Rate: £250 - £280 Per Day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Clearwater People Solutions
Rate: £250 - £280 Per Day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Reed Professional Services
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Bristol Area
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Engage PSG
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Glasgow
Cathcart Associates
Posted: 9 days ago
London
Lawrence Harvey
Rate: £300.00 - £400 per day
Posted: 11 days ago
London
Axiom Software Solutions
Rate: £0 - £175 per day
Posted: 12 days ago
City of London
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Posted: 13 days ago
South East London
London & Partners
Rate: From £30,000 to £32,000 per annum
Posted: 23 days ago
North West England
Real Staffing
Rate: £300 - £345 per day + competitive
Posted: 23 days ago
Chester
Real Staffing
Rate: £300 - £330 per day
Posted: 24 days ago
Livingston
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 26 days ago