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 25 August 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
25 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Manual Testing
Rank 446 389 392
Rank change year-on-year
-57 +3
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 210 289 254
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.39% 0.49% 0.45%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.47% 0.62% 0.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 145 193 178
Median daily rate £325 £300 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £211 £202 £216
10% offered a daily rate of more than £465 £425 £408
UK excluding London median daily rate £306 £280 £290
% change year-on-year
+9.37% -3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 1
Median hourly rate £190.00 £31.50 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+503.17% +5.00%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £31.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year
- +5.00%

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
44886 46891 44206
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 82.74% 80.24% 78.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 29645 30456 27407
Median daily rate £438 £425 £403
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.06% +5.46%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £288 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £596 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £396 £375
% change year-on-year
+1.01% +5.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1108 1266 1195
Median hourly rate £29.00 £30.76 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.72% +33.73%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.00 £52.17 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £32.54 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-7.80% +30.16%

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 25 August 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
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 25 August 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 -67 187 £325 +8.33% 104
London +2 97 £375 +11.11% 34
South East -25 24 £325 +18.18% 19
Scotland +14 19 £250 - 1
South West +8 15 £278 +11.00% 12
City of London +41 13 £400 +8.10% 7
North West +2 13 £275 -13.38% 11
West Midlands -31 12 £313 +13.63% 10
Manchester 0 11 £275 -22.80% 7
Yorkshire -35 10 £325 +16.07% 9
West Yorkshire -24 9 £325 +16.07% 8
Bristol -4 8 £278 - 3
East of England +7 7 £281 +2.27% 6
Leeds -17 7 £320 +12.77% 8
Edinburgh +5 5 £400 +68.42% 1
Surrey -1 5 £350 +17.64%
North East -19 5 £361 +60.55%
Wiltshire - 5 £213 -
Berkshire +3 4 £340 +23.63% 4
East Midlands -4 4 £308 -5.38% 3
Derbyshire - 4 £308 -
Hertfordshire +15 3 £225 - 1
Buckinghamshire +12 3 £338 +10.20% 3
Livingston +8 3 £233 -
Dundee +7 3 £110 -
West Lothian +7 3 £233 -
Dunfermline +4 3 £275 +8.37%
Fife +1 3 £275 +8.37%
Sussex +1 3 - -
West Sussex -2 3 £300 -

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 August 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.

1 213 (47.76%) Agile Software Development
2 145 (32.51%) QA
3 124 (27.80%) Automated Testing
4 118 (26.46%) SQL
5 106 (23.77%) Selenium
6 99 (22.20%) Test Scripting
7 84 (18.83%) User Acceptance Testing
8 82 (18.39%) Finance
9 79 (17.71%) Java
10 76 (17.04%) JIRA
11 74 (16.59%) ISEB
12 68 (15.25%) ISTQB
13 67 (15.02%) Functional Testing
13 67 (15.02%) Scrum
14 63 (14.13%) BDD
15 61 (13.68%) Test Automation
16 58 (13.00%) Automation Testing
17 57 (12.78%) Software Testing
18 53 (11.88%) Cucumber
19 51 (11.43%) Regression Testing
20 47 (10.54%) Test Strategy
20 47 (10.54%) Analytical Skills
21 46 (10.31%) Non-Functional Testing
22 43 (9.64%) WebDriver
23 41 (9.19%) Integration Testing
23 41 (9.19%) .NET
24 40 (8.97%) Defect Management
25 39 (8.74%) C#
26 38 (8.52%) Exploratory Testing
27 36 (8.07%) Oracle

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 11 (2.47%) CMS
2 6 (1.35%) Confluence
2 6 (1.35%) SharePoint
3 4 (0.90%) BizTalk Server
3 4 (0.90%) Sitecore CMS
4 3 (0.67%) Tomcat
4 3 (0.67%) Umbraco
5 1 (0.22%) Apache
5 1 (0.22%) Drupal
5 1 (0.22%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (0.22%) JBoss
5 1 (0.22%) LiveCycle
5 1 (0.22%) MQSeries
5 1 (0.22%) MS Exchange
5 1 (0.22%) WebSphere
Applications
1 12 (2.69%) MS Excel
2 8 (1.79%) MS Office
3 2 (0.45%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.22%) MS Project
4 1 (0.22%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (0.90%) Oracle EBS
1 4 (0.90%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 3 (0.67%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.45%) SystmOne
4 1 (0.22%) BusinessWorks
4 1 (0.22%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.22%) Maximo
4 1 (0.22%) Northgate Housing
4 1 (0.22%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 1 (0.22%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 3 (0.67%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (0.45%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (0.45%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.22%) GitHub
3 1 (0.22%) SaaS
3 1 (0.22%) SuccessFactors
3 1 (0.22%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 4 (0.90%) HTTP
2 3 (0.67%) Internet
2 3 (0.67%) PuTTY
2 3 (0.67%) SSH
2 3 (0.67%) TCP/IP
2 3 (0.67%) WinSCP
3 2 (0.45%) HTTPS
3 2 (0.45%) Network Security
4 1 (0.22%) 3GPP
4 1 (0.22%) CDMA
4 1 (0.22%) DHCP
4 1 (0.22%) DNS
4 1 (0.22%) GSM
4 1 (0.22%) LAN
4 1 (0.22%) SAN
4 1 (0.22%) snoop
4 1 (0.22%) SS7
4 1 (0.22%) tcpdump
4 1 (0.22%) Unified Communications
4 1 (0.22%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (6.50%) SQL Server
2 11 (2.47%) Data Warehouse
3 10 (2.24%) Oracle Database
4 9 (2.02%) Relational Database
5 7 (1.57%) RDBMS
6 6 (1.35%) MySQL
7 4 (0.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 3 (0.67%) SQL Server 2008
8 3 (0.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 2 (0.45%) Data Mining
9 2 (0.45%) MongoDB
9 2 (0.45%) Oracle Reports
9 2 (0.45%) QlikView
9 2 (0.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 1 (0.22%) Big Data
10 1 (0.22%) GIS
10 1 (0.22%) Hadoop
10 1 (0.22%) Oracle Database 10g
10 1 (0.22%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 106 (23.77%) Selenium
2 76 (17.04%) JIRA
3 53 (11.88%) Cucumber
4 43 (9.64%) WebDriver
5 23 (5.16%) Team Foundation Server
6 21 (4.71%) JMeter
7 20 (4.48%) HP UFT
8 19 (4.26%) Jenkins
9 17 (3.81%) Git (software)
10 14 (3.14%) LoadRunner
11 13 (2.91%) SoapUI
12 12 (2.69%) SpecFlow
13 8 (1.79%) Appium
14 7 (1.57%) Zephyr
15 6 (1.35%) Burp Suite
15 6 (1.35%) JUnit
15 6 (1.35%) RSpec
15 6 (1.35%) Visual Studio
16 5 (1.12%) Maven
16 5 (1.12%) Protractor
General
1 82 (18.39%) Finance
2 33 (7.40%) Banking
3 24 (5.38%) Retail
4 13 (2.91%) Investment Banking
5 11 (2.47%) Games
6 9 (2.02%) Manufacturing
7 8 (1.79%) Telecoms
8 5 (1.12%) Publishing
9 4 (0.90%) Electronics
9 4 (0.90%) Legal
9 4 (0.90%) Marketing
10 3 (0.67%) Back Office
10 3 (0.67%) Billing
10 3 (0.67%) Front Office
10 3 (0.67%) Retail Banking
11 2 (0.45%) German Language
12 1 (0.22%) French Language
12 1 (0.22%) General Ledger
12 1 (0.22%) Italian Language
12 1 (0.22%) Law
Job Titles
1 211 (47.31%) Analyst
2 193 (43.27%) Test Analyst
3 132 (29.60%) Tester
4 50 (11.21%) Manual Tester
5 49 (10.99%) Manual Test Analyst
6 32 (7.17%) QA Tester
6 32 (7.17%) Test Manager
7 31 (6.95%) Test Leader
8 29 (6.50%) Test Engineer
9 25 (5.61%) QA Analyst
9 25 (5.61%) Senior Analyst
9 25 (5.61%) Senior Test Analyst
10 24 (5.38%) Automation Test Analyst
11 23 (5.16%) QA Engineer
12 22 (4.93%) Automation Tester
13 16 (3.59%) QA Test Analyst
13 16 (3.59%) Software Tester
14 15 (3.36%) Agile Test Analyst
14 15 (3.36%) SQL Analyst
15 14 (3.14%) Banking Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (9.19%) .NET
2 25 (5.61%) Web Services
3 18 (4.04%) Gherkin
3 18 (4.04%) REST
4 15 (3.36%) RESTful
5 13 (2.91%) HTML
6 12 (2.69%) SOAP
6 12 (2.69%) XML
7 11 (2.47%) CSS
8 7 (1.57%) ASP.NET
8 7 (1.57%) Middleware
9 6 (1.35%) HTML5
10 5 (1.12%) AngularJS
11 4 (0.90%) JSON
12 3 (0.67%) JSP
12 3 (0.67%) Node.js
13 2 (0.45%) ActiveMQ
13 2 (0.45%) JNDI
13 2 (0.45%) Servlets
13 2 (0.45%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 47 (10.54%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (3.36%) Derivative
3 13 (2.91%) Mobile App
4 8 (1.79%) Computer Science
4 8 (1.79%) User Experience
5 6 (1.35%) Digital Media
5 6 (1.35%) Equities
5 6 (1.35%) Fixed Income
5 6 (1.35%) Smart Meter
6 5 (1.12%) Data Structures
6 5 (1.12%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 4 (0.90%) Fintech
7 4 (0.90%) Management Information System
7 4 (0.90%) Mathematics
8 3 (0.67%) Apple TV
8 3 (0.67%) Data Centre
8 3 (0.67%) Hedge funds
8 3 (0.67%) MPEG
8 3 (0.67%) Social Media
8 3 (0.67%) STB
Operating Systems
1 34 (7.62%) Linux
2 31 (6.95%) Windows
3 20 (4.48%) Unix
4 9 (2.02%) Apple iOS
5 8 (1.79%) Android
6 3 (0.67%) VMS
7 2 (0.45%) Windows Server
8 1 (0.22%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.22%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (0.22%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.22%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 213 (47.76%) Agile Software Development
2 124 (27.80%) Automated Testing
3 99 (22.20%) Test Scripting
4 84 (18.83%) User Acceptance Testing
5 67 (15.02%) Functional Testing
5 67 (15.02%) Scrum
6 63 (14.13%) BDD
7 61 (13.68%) Test Automation
8 58 (13.00%) Automation Testing
9 57 (12.78%) Software Testing
10 51 (11.43%) Regression Testing
11 47 (10.54%) Test Strategy
12 46 (10.31%) Non-Functional Testing
13 41 (9.19%) Integration Testing
14 40 (8.97%) Defect Management
15 38 (8.52%) Exploratory Testing
16 28 (6.28%) Test Management
17 27 (6.05%) E-Commerce
17 27 (6.05%) Test Planning
18 26 (5.83%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 118 (26.46%) SQL
2 79 (17.71%) Java
3 39 (8.74%) C#
4 28 (6.28%) JavaScript
5 24 (5.38%) Python
6 21 (4.71%) Ruby
7 17 (3.81%) VB
8 15 (3.36%) C++
9 11 (2.47%) PL/SQL
10 10 (2.24%) PHP
11 8 (1.79%) Perl
11 8 (1.79%) VBScript
12 5 (1.12%) VBA
13 4 (0.90%) C
13 4 (0.90%) VB.NET
14 3 (0.67%) Objective-C
14 3 (0.67%) Shell Script
14 3 (0.67%) T-SQL
15 2 (0.45%) Bash Shell
16 1 (0.22%) XPath
Qualifications
1 74 (16.59%) ISEB
2 68 (15.25%) ISTQB
3 22 (4.93%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 21 (4.71%) Security Cleared
5 16 (3.59%) SC Cleared
6 14 (3.14%) Degree
7 7 (1.57%) BPSS Clearance
7 7 (1.57%) DV Cleared
8 3 (0.67%) CISSP
8 3 (0.67%) CLAS
9 2 (0.45%) ISEB Practitioner
9 2 (0.45%) MCAD
9 2 (0.45%) MCSD
9 2 (0.45%) MCTS
9 2 (0.45%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 145 (32.51%) QA
2 4 (0.90%) SDET
2 4 (0.90%) Solvency II
3 2 (0.45%) Dodd-Frank
3 2 (0.45%) EMIR
3 2 (0.45%) MiFID
4 1 (0.22%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 1 (0.22%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.22%) GMP
4 1 (0.22%) WAI
4 1 (0.22%) WCAG
System Software
1 2 (0.45%) Docker
1 2 (0.45%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (0.22%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.22%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.22%) XenApp
2 1 (0.22%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 36 (8.07%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.22%) Control-M
2 1 (0.22%) Oracle EDQ
Vendors
1 36 (8.07%) Oracle
2 26 (5.83%) HP
3 23 (5.16%) Microsoft
4 12 (2.69%) SAP
5 5 (1.12%) Atlassian
6 4 (0.90%) Sitecore
7 3 (0.67%) Apple
8 2 (0.45%) Alterian
8 2 (0.45%) Citrix
8 2 (0.45%) hybris
8 2 (0.45%) IBM
8 2 (0.45%) Informatica
8 2 (0.45%) Rally
8 2 (0.45%) Siebel
9 1 (0.22%) Gigya
9 1 (0.22%) Google
9 1 (0.22%) IFS
9 1 (0.22%) NetSuite
9 1 (0.22%) Northgate
9 1 (0.22%) Xerox
London
Optima Connections
Rate: From £400 to £500 per day 6months
Posted: 11 hours ago
Greater Manchester
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: Yesterday
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £407.00 - £420.00 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
South East
Graham Matthews
Rate: Up to £160 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: £180 - £200 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Taunton, Somerset
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £300 - £375 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Bournemouth, Dorset
Circle Recruitment
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Graham Matthews
Rate: From £160 to £200 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Cheshire
Oscar
Rate: £300 - £360 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Bournemouth, Dorset
Initi8 Recruitment
Rate: £300 - £350 Per Day web tester, Jira, Quality
Posted: 2 days ago
Brentford, Middlesex
Spring Technology
Posted: Yesterday
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £300.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
West London
Eligo Recruitment
Rate: £375 - £425 per day
Posted: 14 days ago