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 October 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
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Manual Testing
Rank 383 389 322
Rank change year-on-year
+6 -67
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 245 213 301
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.43% 0.40% 0.52%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.58% 0.55% 0.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 166 136 169
Average daily rate
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£300 £320 £290
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +10.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £228 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £450 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £288 £275 £265
% change year-on-year
+4.54% +3.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 3
Average hourly rate £30.00 £31.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.22% -4.61%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £31.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year
-3.22% -4.61%

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
42151 38998 41410
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 73.68% 74.02% 72.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 26532 24183 24007
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £269
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £365 £365
% change year-on-year
+2.73% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1155 1087 1536
Average hourly rate £24.00 £27.80 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.66% -7.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £46.00 £46.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.83 £30.00 £28.50
% change year-on-year
-10.56% +5.26%

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 October 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 1 October 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 -10 214 £300 -6.25% 104
London +6 115 £325 -13.33% 31
South East -8 37 £283 +6.60% 23
East of England -6 23 £284 +3.18% 12
Scotland +11 20 £195 -35.00% 1
City of London +8 16 £375 -4.76% 3
Yorkshire -2 14 £300 +9.09% 8
Surrey +5 12 £300 -6.25% 6
West Yorkshire -6 12 £328 +19.09% 4
Hertfordshire -14 11 £275 -5.17% 2
Leeds +2 10 £328 +2.34% 2
South West -24 8 £288 - 14
Edinburgh -1 7 £325 +8.33%
North West -10 7 £320 +6.66% 10
Hampshire -14 7 £250 -13.79% 6
Wales -20 7 £289 - 1
Fife - 7 £195 - 1
Cambridgeshire +4 6 £333 +9.01% 9
East Midlands 0 6 £288 +3.60% 2
Dunfermline - 6 £195 -
Berkshire +12 5 £350 +33.33% 5
Cheshire +7 5 £320 +3.22% 4
Kent - 5 £253 - 1
Bristol - 5 £338 - 4
Cambridge -3 4 £333 +9.01% 8
Southampton -4 4 £250 -18.03% 1
South Wales -5 4 £288 - 1
West Midlands -19 4 £256 -29.31% 4
Reading +13 3 £350 +43.58%
Northamptonshire +3 3 £230 +9.52%

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 October 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.

1 220 (48.14%) Agile Software Development
2 163 (35.67%) SQL
3 140 (30.63%) Automated Testing
4 138 (30.20%) Selenium
5 132 (28.88%) QA
6 114 (24.95%) Test Scripting
7 96 (21.01%) Finance
8 92 (20.13%) Java
9 89 (19.47%) Scrum
10 86 (18.82%) User Acceptance Testing
11 85 (18.60%) ISEB
12 82 (17.94%) HP Quality Center
13 75 (16.41%) Software Testing
14 74 (16.19%) Oracle
15 67 (14.66%) ISTQB
16 66 (14.44%) TDD
17 59 (12.91%) BDD
18 58 (12.69%) WebDriver
19 57 (12.47%) Test Automation
19 57 (12.47%) .NET
20 55 (12.04%) JIRA
21 50 (10.94%) Automation Testing
22 49 (10.72%) Regression Testing
23 46 (10.07%) C#
23 46 (10.07%) Web Services
24 44 (9.63%) Cucumber
25 43 (9.41%) E-Commerce
26 42 (9.19%) Banking
27 41 (8.97%) Analytical Skills
28 39 (8.53%) Test Strategy

Manual Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 October 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 (2.84%) SharePoint
2 9 (1.97%) SharePoint 2013
3 8 (1.75%) Apache
4 6 (1.31%) SharePoint 2010
5 5 (1.09%) CMS
6 3 (0.66%) IBM Notes
6 3 (0.66%) Lotus Domino
7 2 (0.44%) WebSphere
7 2 (0.44%) Adobe CQ
7 2 (0.44%) IIS
7 2 (0.44%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.22%) SAS
8 1 (0.22%) Confluence
8 1 (0.22%) Sitecore CMS
8 1 (0.22%) WordPress
8 1 (0.22%) Umbraco
8 1 (0.22%) Drupal
Applications
1 17 (3.72%) MS Excel
2 9 (1.97%) MS Office
3 4 (0.88%) Final Cut Pro
4 3 (0.66%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.44%) Mingle
5 2 (0.44%) MS Project
6 1 (0.22%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 6 (1.31%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.88%) Dynamics AX
2 4 (0.88%) Maximo
3 2 (0.44%) Magento
3 2 (0.44%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.44%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.22%) Endur
4 1 (0.22%) Cerner Millennium
4 1 (0.22%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.44%) SaaS
1 2 (0.44%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.22%) Trello
2 1 (0.22%) Basecamp
2 1 (0.22%) Google Apps
2 1 (0.22%) Office 365
2 1 (0.22%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 12 (2.63%) HTTP
2 6 (1.31%) 4G
2 6 (1.31%) 3G
2 6 (1.31%) 2G
3 2 (0.44%) Internet
3 2 (0.44%) ATM
4 1 (0.22%) IP Telephony
4 1 (0.22%) WAN
4 1 (0.22%) TCP/IP
4 1 (0.22%) DVB
4 1 (0.22%) DMZ
4 1 (0.22%) Network Security
4 1 (0.22%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (8.32%) SQL Server
2 36 (7.88%) Oracle Database
3 18 (3.94%) Data Warehouse
4 17 (3.72%) MySQL
5 16 (3.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 14 (3.06%) SQL Server 2008
7 11 (2.41%) Relational Database
8 6 (1.31%) RDBMS
9 5 (1.09%) PowerCenter
10 4 (0.88%) SQL Navigator
10 4 (0.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 2 (0.44%) Big Data
11 2 (0.44%) Oracle BI Publisher
11 2 (0.44%) Data Mining
11 2 (0.44%) Oracle Reports
12 1 (0.22%) Data Mart
12 1 (0.22%) DB2
12 1 (0.22%) NoSQL
12 1 (0.22%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 138 (30.20%) Selenium
2 58 (12.69%) WebDriver
3 55 (12.04%) JIRA
4 44 (9.63%) Cucumber
5 32 (7.00%) QuickTest Pro
5 32 (7.00%) Team Foundation Server
6 28 (6.13%) Visual Studio
7 27 (5.91%) SoapUI
8 20 (4.38%) JMeter
8 20 (4.38%) Maven
8 20 (4.38%) JUnit
9 15 (3.28%) Toad
10 13 (2.84%) SpecFlow
11 12 (2.63%) Ant
11 12 (2.63%) LoadRunner
12 11 (2.41%) Bugzilla
12 11 (2.41%) Jenkins
13 9 (1.97%) Eclipse
13 9 (1.97%) Capybara
13 9 (1.97%) TestNG
General
1 96 (21.01%) Finance
2 42 (9.19%) Banking
3 22 (4.81%) Investment Banking
4 12 (2.63%) Retail
5 7 (1.53%) Electronics
6 6 (1.31%) Pharmaceutical
6 6 (1.31%) Telecoms
7 5 (1.09%) Advertising
7 5 (1.09%) Retail Banking
7 5 (1.09%) Marketing
8 4 (0.88%) Front Office
9 3 (0.66%) Financial Institution
9 3 (0.66%) Manufacturing
9 3 (0.66%) Games
10 2 (0.44%) Publishing
10 2 (0.44%) Legal
11 1 (0.22%) Automotive
11 1 (0.22%) Military
11 1 (0.22%) Multimedia
11 1 (0.22%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 216 (47.26%) Analyst
2 198 (43.33%) Test Analyst
3 149 (32.60%) Tester
4 40 (8.75%) QA Tester
5 36 (7.88%) Test Engineer
6 26 (5.69%) Manual Tester
7 22 (4.81%) Agile Test Analyst
8 21 (4.60%) Software Tester
9 18 (3.94%) QA Analyst
9 18 (3.94%) QA Engineer
9 18 (3.94%) Test Leader
10 16 (3.50%) Automation Tester
11 14 (3.06%) QA Test Analyst
11 14 (3.06%) Developer
12 12 (2.63%) Test Manager
12 12 (2.63%) Consultant
12 12 (2.63%) Senior Analyst
13 11 (2.41%) Technical Tester
13 11 (2.41%) Senior Test Analyst
13 11 (2.41%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 57 (12.47%) .NET
2 46 (10.07%) Web Services
3 33 (7.22%) XML
4 31 (6.78%) REST
5 26 (5.69%) SOAP
6 16 (3.50%) JSON
7 13 (2.84%) Gherkin
8 12 (2.63%) HTML
9 9 (1.97%) CSS
10 7 (1.53%) RESTful
11 6 (1.31%) .NET Framework
11 6 (1.31%) WAP
11 6 (1.31%) J2ME
12 5 (1.09%) ASP.NET
13 3 (0.66%) XSLT
13 3 (0.66%) XSD
14 2 (0.44%) HTML5
14 2 (0.44%) Middleware
14 2 (0.44%) XHTML
14 2 (0.44%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 41 (8.97%) Analytical Skills
2 28 (6.13%) Mobile App
3 22 (4.81%) Derivative
4 18 (3.94%) Credit Derivative
4 18 (3.94%) Credit Risk
5 17 (3.72%) Data Structures
6 11 (2.41%) Handset
6 11 (2.41%) EMV
6 11 (2.41%) Smartcard
7 10 (2.19%) Equities
8 9 (1.97%) User Experience
9 8 (1.75%) Open Source
9 8 (1.75%) iPad
9 8 (1.75%) Client/Server
10 7 (1.53%) Computer Science
11 5 (1.09%) Mobile Banking
11 5 (1.09%) Video on Demand
12 4 (0.88%) IPTV
12 4 (0.88%) Smartphone
12 4 (0.88%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 37 (8.10%) Windows
2 30 (6.56%) UNIX
2 30 (6.56%) Linux
3 25 (5.47%) Apple iOS
4 20 (4.38%) Android
5 7 (1.53%) Windows 7
6 3 (0.66%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (0.44%) Mac OS
8 1 (0.22%) Solaris
8 1 (0.22%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.22%) Windows CE
8 1 (0.22%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 220 (48.14%) Agile Software Development
2 140 (30.63%) Automated Testing
3 114 (24.95%) Test Scripting
4 89 (19.47%) Scrum
5 86 (18.82%) User Acceptance Testing
6 75 (16.41%) Software Testing
7 66 (14.44%) TDD
8 59 (12.91%) BDD
9 57 (12.47%) Test Automation
10 50 (10.94%) Automation Testing
11 49 (10.72%) Regression Testing
12 43 (9.41%) E-Commerce
13 39 (8.53%) Test Strategy
14 28 (6.13%) Test Planning
15 27 (5.91%) Performance Testing
16 26 (5.69%) System Testing
17 24 (5.25%) User Stories
17 24 (5.25%) Continuous Integration
17 24 (5.25%) Web Testing
18 23 (5.03%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 163 (35.67%) SQL
2 92 (20.13%) Java
3 46 (10.07%) C#
4 29 (6.35%) Ruby
5 19 (4.16%) JavaScript
5 19 (4.16%) Python
6 12 (2.63%) Perl
7 11 (2.41%) VB
8 10 (2.19%) PHP
9 7 (1.53%) C++
9 7 (1.53%) Shell Script
10 6 (1.31%) PL/SQL
11 5 (1.09%) VBScript
11 5 (1.09%) XPath
12 4 (0.88%) VBA
12 4 (0.88%) T-SQL
13 3 (0.66%) Delphi
13 3 (0.66%) C
13 3 (0.66%) Bash Shell
13 3 (0.66%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 85 (18.60%) ISEB
2 67 (14.66%) ISTQB
3 18 (3.94%) Degree
4 13 (2.84%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 7 (1.53%) Security Cleared
6 5 (1.09%) ISEB Practitioner
6 5 (1.09%) SC Cleared
7 3 (0.66%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 2 (0.44%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (0.44%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 1 (0.22%) CEH
9 1 (0.22%) ACSA
9 1 (0.22%) MCDST
9 1 (0.22%) MCTS
9 1 (0.22%) MCSE
9 1 (0.22%) MCSA
9 1 (0.22%) MCSD
9 1 (0.22%) RHCE
9 1 (0.22%) IBM Certification
9 1 (0.22%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 132 (28.88%) QA
2 10 (2.19%) Basel III
3 1 (0.22%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.22%) HL7
3 1 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 2 (0.44%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.22%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.22%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 82 (17.94%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 74 (16.19%) Oracle
2 37 (8.10%) HP
3 35 (7.66%) Microsoft
4 10 (2.19%) SAP
4 10 (2.19%) ATG
5 9 (1.97%) IBM
5 9 (1.97%) hybris
6 8 (1.75%) Apple
7 7 (1.53%) Informatica
7 7 (1.53%) Adobe
8 6 (1.31%) Sun
9 3 (0.66%) Salesforce.com
9 3 (0.66%) Lotus
9 3 (0.66%) Cerner
9 3 (0.66%) Red Gate
10 2 (0.44%) Demandware
10 2 (0.44%) JD Edwards
10 2 (0.44%) Cisco
10 2 (0.44%) Progress
10 2 (0.44%) FatWire
North Yorkshire
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £200 - £240 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
York
Computer Futures
Rate: £120 - £200 per day + competitive
Posted: 5 hours ago
London
Clearwater People Solutions
Rate: £400 Per Day
Posted: 6 hours ago
Glossop, Derbyshire
LA International
Rate: £487 - £500 per day + negotiable
Posted: 9 hours ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Oxfordshire
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
Oxford
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Venn Group - UK
Rate: 320-370 Per Day
Posted: 6 days ago
Croydon, Surrey
Circle Recruitment
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
AMsource Technology
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Novate IT Ltd
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
London
OHO Group
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
London
OHO Group
Rate: £200 - £350 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
West London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £220 - £240 per day
Posted: 15 days ago
London
Ripe4
Rate: £0 - £30,000 per year
Posted: 19 days ago
City of London
Deerfoot IT
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 22 days ago
Redhill
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 23 days ago
South West
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 - £325 per day
Posted: 24 days ago