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 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Manual Testing
Rank 364 385 349
Rank change year-on-year
+21 -36
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 233 169 199
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.46% 0.35% 0.45%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.61% 0.47% 0.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 173 123 129
Average daily rate
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£300 £325 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% -3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £200 £187
10% offered a daily rate of more than £424 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £290 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
-3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 2
Average hourly rate £29.25 £15.00 £16.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+95.00% -7.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.85 £15.00 £6.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.65 £15.00 £26.05
UK excluding London average hourly rate £29.25 £15.00 £4.00
% change year-on-year
+95.00% +275.00%

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
38459 35783 32221
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 75.37% 74.30% 72.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 24687 21730 19119
Average daily rate £423 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.62% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.00% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1007 1095 1275
Average hourly rate £25.00 £27.25 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.25% -9.16%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.15 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £27.50 £31.32
% change year-on-year
-5.45% -12.19%

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 30 January 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
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 30 January 2015.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Manual Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 30 January 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 +35 219 £300 -11.11% 104
London -3 88 £368 -5.76% 32
East of England +43 54 £295 +47.50% 7
South East +9 35 £290 -10.76% 16
Cambridgeshire +12 30 £290 +1.75% 5
City of London +7 15 £375 -18.91% 13
Cambridge - 13 £363 - 5
Yorkshire -6 12 £275 -14.72% 14
West Yorkshire -4 11 £275 -15.38% 10
Peterborough 0 10 £290 +1.75%
North West -16 10 £220 -32.82% 15
Scotland -1 9 £313 +4.16% 8
Leeds -10 9 £275 -18.51% 7
West Midlands +6 8 £280 +17.34% 7
Surrey +3 8 £313 -15.54% 2
Buckinghamshire -5 8 £280 +40.00% 1
Essex +10 7 £314 - 1
Edinburgh +2 7 £313 +4.16% 2
Manchester -4 7 £239 -24.20% 12
South West -16 7 £325 - 9
Hertfordshire - 7 £395 -
Milton Keynes -9 6 £288 +43.75% 1
Hampshire -18 6 £280 +47.36% 3
Kent - 6 £248 - 2
Berkshire -2 5 £230 -40.64% 4
East Midlands +12 4 £300 +50.00% 4
Birmingham 0 3 £225 - 3
Bristol -3 3 £325 +62.50% 4
Basingstoke - 3 £300 - 1
Coventry - 3 £310 -

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 January 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.

1 225 (46.97%) Agile Software Development
2 159 (33.19%) QA
3 149 (31.11%) SQL
4 130 (27.14%) Selenium
5 123 (25.68%) Automated Testing
6 114 (23.80%) User Acceptance Testing
7 100 (20.88%) ISEB
8 95 (19.83%) Test Scripting
9 93 (19.42%) Finance
10 91 (19.00%) Software Testing
11 79 (16.49%) Oracle
12 77 (16.08%) Test Automation
13 75 (15.66%) .NET
14 72 (15.03%) HP Quality Center
15 70 (14.61%) Java
16 66 (13.78%) JIRA
17 65 (13.57%) ISTQB
18 63 (13.15%) Scrum
19 60 (12.53%) BDD
20 57 (11.90%) Regression Testing
21 53 (11.06%) TDD
22 52 (10.86%) Oracle Database
23 51 (10.65%) Team Foundation Server
23 51 (10.65%) Visual Studio
24 50 (10.44%) Test Strategy
25 49 (10.23%) WebDriver
26 48 (10.02%) Microsoft
27 47 (9.81%) Automation Testing
28 43 (8.98%) C#
29 42 (8.77%) XML

Manual Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 13 (2.71%) SharePoint
2 6 (1.25%) Confluence
3 5 (1.04%) SharePoint 2010
3 5 (1.04%) WebSphere
4 4 (0.84%) CMS
5 3 (0.63%) uiautomator
5 3 (0.63%) IIS
6 2 (0.42%) IBM Notes
6 2 (0.42%) Lotus Domino
6 2 (0.42%) SharePoint 2013
7 1 (0.21%) SugarCRM
7 1 (0.21%) Drupal
7 1 (0.21%) Apache
7 1 (0.21%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.21%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 22 (4.59%) MS Excel
2 9 (1.88%) MS Office
3 4 (0.84%) MS Project
4 2 (0.42%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.42%) Final Cut Pro
Business Applications
1 8 (1.67%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (1.46%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.42%) SAP CRM
3 2 (0.42%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.42%) SAP BCA
4 1 (0.21%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.21%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.21%) Oracle 11i
4 1 (0.21%) SAP MM
4 1 (0.21%) SAP SD
4 1 (0.21%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.21%) SAP Retail
4 1 (0.21%) Hyperion Enterprise
Cloud Services
1 4 (0.84%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (0.63%) Cloud Computing
3 2 (0.42%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 15 (3.13%) Internet
2 9 (1.88%) HTTP
3 6 (1.25%) ATM
4 3 (0.63%) TCP/IP
5 2 (0.42%) HTTPS
6 1 (0.21%) Network Security
6 1 (0.21%) WAN
6 1 (0.21%) DVB
6 1 (0.21%) Intranet
6 1 (0.21%) DMZ
Database & Business Intelligence
1 52 (10.86%) Oracle Database
2 20 (4.18%) SQL Server
2 20 (4.18%) Relational Database
3 12 (2.51%) MySQL
3 12 (2.51%) Data Warehouse
4 8 (1.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 7 (1.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 6 (1.25%) SAP BW
7 5 (1.04%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
8 4 (0.84%) SQL Server 2012
9 3 (0.63%) PowerCenter
10 2 (0.42%) EDMS
10 2 (0.42%) SQL Navigator
10 2 (0.42%) RDBMS
10 2 (0.42%) Oracle Reports
10 2 (0.42%) Oracle BI Publisher
10 2 (0.42%) Oracle ODI
11 1 (0.21%) MongoDB
11 1 (0.21%) Oracle Database 11g
11 1 (0.21%) Data Mart
Development Applications
1 130 (27.14%) Selenium
2 66 (13.78%) JIRA
3 51 (10.65%) Team Foundation Server
3 51 (10.65%) Visual Studio
4 49 (10.23%) WebDriver
5 29 (6.05%) QuickTest Pro
6 27 (5.64%) Cucumber
7 22 (4.59%) SpecFlow
8 21 (4.38%) SoapUI
9 20 (4.18%) Jenkins
10 14 (2.92%) JMeter
10 14 (2.92%) Maven
11 13 (2.71%) JUnit
12 12 (2.51%) MSTest
12 12 (2.51%) Calabash
13 11 (2.30%) TestNG
14 10 (2.09%) Eclipse
15 9 (1.88%) LoadRunner
15 9 (1.88%) Bugzilla
15 9 (1.88%) Subversion
General
1 93 (19.42%) Finance
2 26 (5.43%) Banking
3 20 (4.18%) Investment Banking
4 10 (2.09%) Retail
4 10 (2.09%) Telecoms
5 8 (1.67%) Games
6 4 (0.84%) Pharmaceutical
7 3 (0.63%) Front Office
7 3 (0.63%) Advertising
7 3 (0.63%) Financial Institution
7 3 (0.63%) Electronics
8 2 (0.42%) Billing
8 2 (0.42%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.42%) Retail Banking
8 2 (0.42%) Marketing
9 1 (0.21%) Automotive
9 1 (0.21%) Legal
Job Titles
1 199 (41.54%) Analyst
2 186 (38.83%) Test Analyst
3 145 (30.27%) Tester
4 39 (8.14%) Test Leader
5 38 (7.93%) Test Engineer
6 30 (6.26%) Manual Tester
7 28 (5.85%) QA Tester
7 28 (5.85%) Senior Analyst
8 27 (5.64%) Senior Test Analyst
9 24 (5.01%) QA Engineer
10 23 (4.80%) Test Manager
11 19 (3.97%) Software Tester
12 18 (3.76%) QA Analyst
12 18 (3.76%) Automation Tester
13 16 (3.34%) QA Test Analyst
14 15 (3.13%) Consultant
14 15 (3.13%) Developer
15 14 (2.92%) Test Consultant
16 11 (2.30%) Senior Tester
17 10 (2.09%) Automation Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 75 (15.66%) .NET
2 42 (8.77%) XML
3 29 (6.05%) Web Services
4 22 (4.59%) HTML
5 21 (4.38%) REST
6 17 (3.55%) SOAP
7 13 (2.71%) Gherkin
8 8 (1.67%) JSON
9 7 (1.46%) RESTful
10 6 (1.25%) CSS
11 5 (1.04%) XSD
11 5 (1.04%) XSLT
12 4 (0.84%) ASP.NET
12 4 (0.84%) .NET Framework
13 3 (0.63%) Android SDK
14 2 (0.42%) Spring
14 2 (0.42%) Hibernate
14 2 (0.42%) WinForms
14 2 (0.42%) XML Schema
14 2 (0.42%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 34 (7.10%) Analytical Skills
2 21 (4.38%) Derivative
3 19 (3.97%) Mobile App
4 14 (2.92%) Credit Risk
5 11 (2.30%) Credit Derivative
6 10 (2.09%) IPTV
6 10 (2.09%) Data Structures
7 8 (1.67%) Client/Server
8 7 (1.46%) User Experience
8 7 (1.46%) Open Source
8 7 (1.46%) Streaming Media
8 7 (1.46%) Management Information System
8 7 (1.46%) STB
9 6 (1.25%) Equities
10 5 (1.04%) Video on Demand
10 5 (1.04%) Online Games
10 5 (1.04%) Computer Science
11 4 (0.84%) IVR
11 4 (0.84%) Fixed Income
11 4 (0.84%) Over-the-Top Content
Operating Systems
1 38 (7.93%) Linux
2 25 (5.22%) UNIX
3 22 (4.59%) Android
4 20 (4.18%) Windows
5 18 (3.76%) Apple iOS
6 3 (0.63%) Windows 7
7 2 (0.42%) Windows Server 2003
7 2 (0.42%) Windows XP
7 2 (0.42%) Windows 2000 Server
7 2 (0.42%) Windows 8
8 1 (0.21%) Windows Phone 7
8 1 (0.21%) Windows Phone
8 1 (0.21%) Windows Mobile
8 1 (0.21%) Solaris
8 1 (0.21%) Windows CE
Processes & Methodologies
1 225 (46.97%) Agile Software Development
2 123 (25.68%) Automated Testing
3 114 (23.80%) User Acceptance Testing
4 95 (19.83%) Test Scripting
5 91 (19.00%) Software Testing
6 77 (16.08%) Test Automation
7 63 (13.15%) Scrum
8 60 (12.53%) BDD
9 57 (11.90%) Regression Testing
10 53 (11.06%) TDD
11 50 (10.44%) Test Strategy
12 47 (9.81%) Automation Testing
13 35 (7.31%) Test Management
14 31 (6.47%) Integration Testing
15 28 (5.85%) Web Testing
16 25 (5.22%) Risk Management
17 24 (5.01%) User Stories
17 24 (5.01%) Performance Testing
18 23 (4.80%) Functional Testing
19 22 (4.59%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 149 (31.11%) SQL
2 70 (14.61%) Java
3 43 (8.98%) C#
4 25 (5.22%) Python
5 24 (5.01%) Ruby
6 17 (3.55%) JavaScript
7 10 (2.09%) Perl
7 10 (2.09%) C++
8 9 (1.88%) PHP
9 8 (1.67%) PL/SQL
10 7 (1.46%) XPath
10 7 (1.46%) T-SQL
10 7 (1.46%) VB
11 5 (1.04%) VBScript
11 5 (1.04%) C
11 5 (1.04%) Shell Script
12 4 (0.84%) Bash Shell
13 3 (0.63%) VBA
14 2 (0.42%) Delphi
14 2 (0.42%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 100 (20.88%) ISEB
2 65 (13.57%) ISTQB
3 21 (4.38%) Security Cleared
4 18 (3.76%) Degree
5 16 (3.34%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 10 (2.09%) SC Cleared
7 5 (1.04%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 4 (0.84%) DV Cleared
9 3 (0.63%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 3 (0.63%) PMP
9 3 (0.63%) PMI Certification
9 3 (0.63%) ISEB Practitioner
10 1 (0.21%) RHCSA
10 1 (0.21%) MCITP
10 1 (0.21%) MCDST
10 1 (0.21%) MCTS
10 1 (0.21%) ACSP
10 1 (0.21%) MCSE
10 1 (0.21%) MCSA
10 1 (0.21%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 159 (33.19%) QA
2 6 (1.25%) Basel III
3 3 (0.63%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 1 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.21%) HL7
4 1 (0.21%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.21%) GMP
4 1 (0.21%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.21%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 2 (0.42%) Oracle RAC
2 1 (0.21%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.21%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 72 (15.03%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 79 (16.49%) Oracle
2 48 (10.02%) Microsoft
3 21 (4.38%) HP
4 18 (3.76%) SAP
5 9 (1.88%) Perforce
6 7 (1.46%) JD Edwards
7 4 (0.84%) Sybase
8 3 (0.63%) hybris
8 3 (0.63%) Northgate
8 3 (0.63%) Salesforce.com
8 3 (0.63%) Informatica
8 3 (0.63%) ATG
9 2 (0.42%) Lotus
9 2 (0.42%) Apple
9 2 (0.42%) Adobe
9 2 (0.42%) IBM
9 2 (0.42%) Progress
9 2 (0.42%) Atlassian
9 2 (0.42%) Orchard
9 2 (0.42%) Demandware
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