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 September 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 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Manual Testing
Rank 402 360 399
Rank change year-on-year
-42 +39
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 266 331 248
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.50% 0.58% 0.43%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.60% 0.71% 0.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 184 212 168
Median daily rate £338 £310 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.87% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £218 £225 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £425 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £313 £295 £285
% change year-on-year
+5.93% +3.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 7 1
Median hourly rate £28.00 £37.50 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.33% +25.00%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £37.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-25.33% +25.00%

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
44605 46363 44678
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 83.11% 81.03% 77.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 29540 30319 27925
Median daily rate £440 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.52% +3.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £288 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £595 £580 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1156 1285 1224
Median hourly rate £30.50 £32.00 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.68% +33.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.58 £12.50 £12.51
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £49.57 £53.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £33.64 £26.00
% change year-on-year
-3.38% +29.38%

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 September 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 26 September 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 -33 243 £340 +8.80% 99
London +3 115 £375 +7.14% 34
South East -16 30 £345 +25.45% 21
South West +12 25 £280 -6.66% 3
Scotland +1 22 £275 +1.85% 3
North West +11 20 £310 - 14
West Midlands -23 18 £338 +13.44% 11
City of London +20 17 £425 +30.76% 6
East of England +6 16 £263 -16.00% 7
Manchester -1 12 £275 -15.38% 11
Bristol +7 10 £278 -7.50% 1
Hertfordshire +7 9 £250 -23.07% 1
Edinburgh +9 8 £413 +65.00% 2
Yorkshire -20 7 £325 +16.07% 7
North East -22 7 £395 +75.55%
Newcastle upon Tyne -22 7 £395 +75.55%
Tyne and Wear -24 7 £395 +75.55%
Surrey +10 6 £358 +30.00% 2
East Sussex +8 6 £350 +118.75% 2
Cheshire 0 6 £330 +7.31% 1
West Yorkshire -14 6 £325 +16.07% 4
Brighton - 6 £350 - 2
Leeds -16 5 £363 +29.46% 4
Wiltshire +15 4 £201 -
Dunfermline +2 4 £275 +8.37%
Gloucestershire +1 4 - -
Dorset 0 4 £325 +26.21%
Berkshire 0 4 £340 +23.63% 2
Fife -1 4 £275 +8.37% 1
Warwickshire -3 4 £338 +22.72% 1

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 September 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.

1 249 (53.21%) Agile Software Development
2 155 (33.12%) QA
3 135 (28.85%) Automated Testing
4 124 (26.50%) Selenium
5 122 (26.07%) SQL
6 115 (24.57%) Test Scripting
7 93 (19.87%) Java
7 93 (19.87%) Finance
8 85 (18.16%) JIRA
9 83 (17.74%) Scrum
10 81 (17.31%) User Acceptance Testing
11 70 (14.96%) Test Automation
11 70 (14.96%) Functional Testing
12 69 (14.74%) Software Testing
13 67 (14.32%) Cucumber
14 66 (14.10%) BDD
15 65 (13.89%) Automation Testing
16 57 (12.18%) ISEB
17 53 (11.32%) ISTQB
17 53 (11.32%) Regression Testing
18 51 (10.90%) .NET
19 48 (10.26%) Non-Functional Testing
20 47 (10.04%) Analytical Skills
21 45 (9.62%) C#
22 44 (9.40%) WebDriver
23 43 (9.19%) Integration Testing
23 43 (9.19%) Defect Management
23 43 (9.19%) Exploratory Testing
24 42 (8.97%) Test Strategy
25 38 (8.12%) Banking

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 (2.78%) CMS
2 11 (2.35%) Confluence
3 8 (1.71%) Tomcat
4 5 (1.07%) SharePoint
5 4 (0.85%) BizTalk Server
5 4 (0.85%) Sitecore CMS
6 3 (0.64%) Umbraco
7 2 (0.43%) Drupal
8 1 (0.21%) Apache
8 1 (0.21%) Exchange Server 2010
8 1 (0.21%) LiveCycle
8 1 (0.21%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 14 (2.99%) MS Excel
2 7 (1.50%) MS Office
3 1 (0.21%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (0.21%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (0.85%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (0.64%) Oracle Assets
2 3 (0.64%) Oracle EBS R12
2 3 (0.64%) Oracle General Ledger
2 3 (0.64%) Oracle Internet Expenses
2 3 (0.64%) Oracle iProcurement
2 3 (0.64%) Oracle Payables
2 3 (0.64%) Oracle Receivables
2 3 (0.64%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.43%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.43%) Oracle Financials
3 2 (0.43%) SAP ERP
3 2 (0.43%) SystmOne
4 1 (0.21%) BusinessWorks
4 1 (0.21%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.21%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.21%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 3 (0.64%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (0.43%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (0.43%) Office 365
3 1 (0.21%) GitHub
3 1 (0.21%) SuccessFactors
3 1 (0.21%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 3 (0.64%) Internet
1 3 (0.64%) PuTTY
1 3 (0.64%) WinSCP
2 2 (0.43%) HTTP
2 2 (0.43%) HTTPS
2 2 (0.43%) SSH
2 2 (0.43%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.21%) 3GPP
3 1 (0.21%) ATM
3 1 (0.21%) CDMA
3 1 (0.21%) DHCP
3 1 (0.21%) DNS
3 1 (0.21%) GSM
3 1 (0.21%) LAN
3 1 (0.21%) SCCP
3 1 (0.21%) SIGTRAN
3 1 (0.21%) SS7
3 1 (0.21%) WAN
3 1 (0.21%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (0.21%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (7.69%) SQL Server
2 13 (2.78%) Data Warehouse
3 12 (2.56%) Oracle Database
4 10 (2.14%) Relational Database
5 8 (1.71%) RDBMS
6 5 (1.07%) MongoDB
6 5 (1.07%) MySQL
6 5 (1.07%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 4 (0.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 3 (0.64%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 2 (0.43%) Data Mining
9 2 (0.43%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
9 2 (0.43%) GIS
9 2 (0.43%) Oracle Reports
9 2 (0.43%) PowerCenter
9 2 (0.43%) QlikView
9 2 (0.43%) SQL Server 2008
10 1 (0.21%) Data Mart
10 1 (0.21%) Hadoop
10 1 (0.21%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 124 (26.50%) Selenium
2 85 (18.16%) JIRA
3 67 (14.32%) Cucumber
4 44 (9.40%) WebDriver
5 30 (6.41%) Jenkins
6 27 (5.77%) JMeter
6 27 (5.77%) Team Foundation Server
7 20 (4.27%) HP UFT
8 19 (4.06%) SoapUI
9 18 (3.85%) Git (software)
10 14 (2.99%) SpecFlow
11 13 (2.78%) Visual Studio
12 11 (2.35%) JBehave
12 11 (2.35%) JUnit
12 11 (2.35%) Maven
13 10 (2.14%) Appium
13 10 (2.14%) NUnit
14 9 (1.92%) LoadRunner
15 8 (1.71%) Burp Suite
15 8 (1.71%) Zephyr
General
1 93 (19.87%) Finance
2 38 (8.12%) Banking
3 26 (5.56%) Retail
4 18 (3.85%) Investment Banking
5 8 (1.71%) Games
5 8 (1.71%) Manufacturing
6 7 (1.50%) Telecoms
7 4 (0.85%) Legal
7 4 (0.85%) Publishing
8 3 (0.64%) Back Office
8 3 (0.64%) Electronics
8 3 (0.64%) Front Office
8 3 (0.64%) Marketing
8 3 (0.64%) Pharmaceutical
8 3 (0.64%) Retail Banking
9 2 (0.43%) German Language
10 1 (0.21%) Czech Language
10 1 (0.21%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.21%) French Language
10 1 (0.21%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 220 (47.01%) Analyst
2 204 (43.59%) Test Analyst
3 140 (29.91%) Tester
4 51 (10.90%) Manual Test Analyst
5 44 (9.40%) Manual Tester
6 39 (8.33%) Test Engineer
7 35 (7.48%) Test Leader
8 33 (7.05%) QA Tester
9 29 (6.20%) Automation Test Analyst
9 29 (6.20%) QA Analyst
9 29 (6.20%) Senior Analyst
9 29 (6.20%) Test Manager
10 28 (5.98%) Senior Test Analyst
11 27 (5.77%) QA Engineer
12 26 (5.56%) Automation Tester
13 22 (4.70%) QA Test Analyst
14 20 (4.27%) Agile Test Analyst
15 17 (3.63%) Banking Analyst
15 17 (3.63%) Senior Tester
16 16 (3.42%) SQL Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 51 (10.90%) .NET
2 24 (5.13%) Gherkin
3 21 (4.49%) Web Services
4 18 (3.85%) RESTful
5 14 (2.99%) REST
6 13 (2.78%) HTML
7 11 (2.35%) XML
8 10 (2.14%) Spring
9 8 (1.71%) CSS
9 8 (1.71%) HTML5
10 7 (1.50%) Middleware
10 7 (1.50%) SOAP
11 5 (1.07%) ASP.NET
11 5 (1.07%) Node.js
12 4 (0.85%) AngularJS
12 4 (0.85%) ASP.NET Web API
13 3 (0.64%) JSP
13 3 (0.64%) XML Messaging
14 2 (0.43%) JNDI
14 2 (0.43%) Servlets
Miscellaneous
1 47 (10.04%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (3.42%) Derivative
3 13 (2.78%) Mobile App
4 9 (1.92%) Computer Science
5 8 (1.71%) User Experience
6 7 (1.50%) Equities
6 7 (1.50%) Fixed Income
7 5 (1.07%) Data Structures
7 5 (1.07%) Digital Media
7 5 (1.07%) Fintech
8 4 (0.85%) Client/Server
8 4 (0.85%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 4 (0.85%) Hedge funds
8 4 (0.85%) Smart Meter
9 3 (0.64%) Data Protection Act
9 3 (0.64%) Mathematics
9 3 (0.64%) MPEG
9 3 (0.64%) Social Media
9 3 (0.64%) STB
9 3 (0.64%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 37 (7.91%) Windows
2 33 (7.05%) Linux
3 22 (4.70%) Unix
4 10 (2.14%) Apple iOS
5 9 (1.92%) Android
6 3 (0.64%) VMS
6 3 (0.64%) Windows 10
6 3 (0.64%) Windows Server 2003
6 3 (0.64%) Windows Server 2008
6 3 (0.64%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (0.43%) Windows 7
7 2 (0.43%) Windows Server
7 2 (0.43%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 249 (53.21%) Agile Software Development
2 135 (28.85%) Automated Testing
3 115 (24.57%) Test Scripting
4 83 (17.74%) Scrum
5 81 (17.31%) User Acceptance Testing
6 70 (14.96%) Functional Testing
6 70 (14.96%) Test Automation
7 69 (14.74%) Software Testing
8 66 (14.10%) BDD
9 65 (13.89%) Automation Testing
10 53 (11.32%) Regression Testing
11 48 (10.26%) Non-Functional Testing
12 43 (9.19%) Defect Management
12 43 (9.19%) Exploratory Testing
12 43 (9.19%) Integration Testing
13 42 (8.97%) Test Strategy
14 35 (7.48%) Continuous Integration
14 35 (7.48%) User Stories
15 32 (6.84%) Performance Testing
16 29 (6.20%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 122 (26.07%) SQL
2 93 (19.87%) Java
3 45 (9.62%) C#
4 31 (6.62%) Python
5 18 (3.85%) JavaScript
6 16 (3.42%) Ruby
6 16 (3.42%) VB
7 14 (2.99%) C++
8 12 (2.56%) Perl
9 10 (2.14%) VBScript
10 8 (1.71%) PHP
11 7 (1.50%) C
11 7 (1.50%) PL/SQL
12 5 (1.07%) Shell Script
13 4 (0.85%) VB.NET
13 4 (0.85%) VBA
14 3 (0.64%) Objective-C
15 2 (0.43%) Bash Shell
15 2 (0.43%) T-SQL
16 1 (0.21%) XPath
Qualifications
1 57 (12.18%) ISEB
2 53 (11.32%) ISTQB
3 19 (4.06%) Security Cleared
4 16 (3.42%) Degree
4 16 (3.42%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 14 (2.99%) SC Cleared
6 7 (1.50%) BPSS Clearance
7 6 (1.28%) DV Cleared
8 3 (0.64%) CISSP
9 2 (0.43%) ISEB Practitioner
9 2 (0.43%) MCAD
9 2 (0.43%) MCSD
9 2 (0.43%) MCTS
9 2 (0.43%) Microsoft Certification
10 1 (0.21%) CLAS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 155 (33.12%) QA
2 7 (1.50%) SDET
3 4 (0.85%) Solvency II
3 4 (0.85%) WAI
3 4 (0.85%) WCAG
4 3 (0.64%) Dodd-Frank
4 3 (0.64%) EMIR
4 3 (0.64%) MiFID
5 1 (0.21%) Data Quality
System Software
1 3 (0.64%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.21%) Docker
2 1 (0.21%) Hyper-V
2 1 (0.21%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.21%) XenApp
2 1 (0.21%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 35 (7.48%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.21%) CA Service Virtualization
2 1 (0.21%) Control-M
2 1 (0.21%) Oracle EDQ
Vendors
1 36 (7.69%) Oracle
2 30 (6.41%) Microsoft
3 24 (5.13%) HP
4 12 (2.56%) SAP
5 10 (2.14%) Atlassian
6 5 (1.07%) Informatica
7 4 (0.85%) Sitecore
8 3 (0.64%) Apple
9 2 (0.43%) Alterian
9 2 (0.43%) Citrix
9 2 (0.43%) EPiServer
9 2 (0.43%) hybris
9 2 (0.43%) MuleSoft
9 2 (0.43%) Siebel
10 1 (0.21%) comScore
10 1 (0.21%) Gigya
10 1 (0.21%) IFS
10 1 (0.21%) Tableau
10 1 (0.21%) ThinPrint
10 1 (0.21%) Xerox
London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
onezeero.
Rate: £280 - £35000 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Brighton, East Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: ££excellent
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Explore Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
Oscar
Rate: £340 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £375 - £425 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Preston, Lancashire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market rate
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Uniting Ambition
Rate: £375 - 400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Bolton
Nigel Frank International
Rate: £300 - £430 per day + Potential Remote working
Posted: 5 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Interact Consulting
Rate: 400-450 a day
Posted: 2 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Energon People
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago