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 7 December 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
7 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Manual Testing
Rank 352 353 403
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +50
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 291 323 239
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.58% 0.58% 0.42%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.71% 0.72% 0.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 192 214 170
Median daily rate £338 £325 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.84% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £231 £231 £218
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £421 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £318 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+5.83% -0.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 5 2
Median hourly rate £32.50 £37.50 £24.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.33% +51.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.60 £26.70 £15.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.40 £42.00 £33.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £37.50 £24.75
% change year-on-year
-13.33% +51.51%

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
41121 45003 43480
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 82.48% 81.18% 76.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 27428 29175 28284
Median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% +1.19%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £295 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £385
% change year-on-year
+3.12% +3.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1085 1352 1206
Median hourly rate £30.00 £31.44 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.58% +25.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £11.84
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.00 £35.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-11.42% +40.00%

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 7 December 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
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 7 December 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Manual Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 7 December 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 +6 271 £340 +4.61% 108
London +1 109 £373 +4.92% 39
South East +17 40 £350 +12.90% 10
South West +5 25 £325 -7.14% 7
East of England +11 22 £288 +4.54% 9
North West +2 22 £358 +21.70% 15
West Midlands -15 20 £363 +18.85% 9
Scotland +13 19 £295 +7.27% 2
City of London +10 18 £401 +3.54% 4
Yorkshire +5 17 £295 +7.27% 10
West Yorkshire +20 15 £295 +5.35% 8
Edinburgh +17 12 £325 +20.37%
Hertfordshire +5 12 £290 +24.78% 2
Manchester -3 12 £370 +13.84% 12
Berkshire +13 11 £375 +13.71% 1
Leeds +12 11 £275 -8.71% 6
North East -25 10 £275 +37.50% 1
Tyne and Wear -27 10 £275 +37.50% 1
Brighton +14 9 £350 -
East Sussex +10 9 £350 -
Cambridgeshire +9 9 £275 - 3
Newcastle upon Tyne -31 9 £275 +37.50% 1
Somerset +22 8 £338 -3.57%
West Sussex +16 7 £350 +40.00%
Taunton +18 6 £338 -3.57%
Gloucestershire +9 6 £365 +73.80% 7
Birmingham -6 6 £379 +11.39% 2
Kent - 6 £213 -
Cambridge +14 5 £265 -3.63% 3
Bristol +13 5 £240 -20.00%

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 7 December 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.

1 300 (58.14%) Agile Software Development
2 183 (35.47%) QA
3 165 (31.98%) Automated Testing
4 157 (30.43%) Selenium
5 135 (26.16%) SQL
6 134 (25.97%) Test Scripting
7 116 (22.48%) Scrum
8 114 (22.09%) Java
9 94 (18.22%) BDD
10 89 (17.25%) Cucumber
10 89 (17.25%) JIRA
11 88 (17.05%) Software Testing
12 86 (16.67%) Automation Testing
13 83 (16.09%) Test Automation
14 82 (15.89%) User Acceptance Testing
15 79 (15.31%) Regression Testing
16 77 (14.92%) Finance
17 73 (14.15%) .NET
18 57 (11.05%) Performance Testing
18 57 (11.05%) WebDriver
18 57 (11.05%) Functional Testing
19 54 (10.47%) C#
19 54 (10.47%) ISEB
20 51 (9.88%) SQL Server
21 49 (9.50%) ISTQB
22 48 (9.30%) Continuous Integration
23 47 (9.11%) User Stories
24 46 (8.91%) Jenkins
24 46 (8.91%) TDD
25 45 (8.72%) Non-Functional Testing

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 12 (2.33%) CMS
2 9 (1.74%) Confluence
3 7 (1.36%) Tomcat
4 5 (0.97%) SharePoint
4 5 (0.97%) Sitecore CMS
5 1 (0.19%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.19%) Drupal
5 1 (0.19%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (0.19%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 17 (3.29%) MS Excel
2 7 (1.36%) MS Office
3 1 (0.19%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (0.19%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (0.78%) Dynamics AX
1 4 (0.78%) Oracle Assets
1 4 (0.78%) Oracle EBS
1 4 (0.78%) Oracle EBS R12
1 4 (0.78%) Oracle General Ledger
1 4 (0.78%) Oracle Internet Expenses
1 4 (0.78%) Oracle iProcurement
1 4 (0.78%) Oracle Payables
1 4 (0.78%) Oracle Receivables
2 3 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.58%) Oracle Financials
2 3 (0.58%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.39%) Oracle ERP
3 2 (0.39%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.19%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 4 (0.78%) Amazon AWS
1 4 (0.78%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (0.39%) GitHub
2 2 (0.39%) Office 365
3 1 (0.19%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.19%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (0.97%) HTTP
2 2 (0.39%) Cisco ISE
2 2 (0.39%) Firewall
2 2 (0.39%) Internet
2 2 (0.39%) Network Security
2 2 (0.39%) SSH
3 1 (0.19%) ATM
3 1 (0.19%) CHAP
3 1 (0.19%) DNS
3 1 (0.19%) HTTPS
3 1 (0.19%) SCCP
3 1 (0.19%) SIGTRAN
3 1 (0.19%) Skype
3 1 (0.19%) snoop
3 1 (0.19%) SS7
3 1 (0.19%) tcpdump
3 1 (0.19%) Unified Communications
3 1 (0.19%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (0.19%) Wireless
3 1 (0.19%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 51 (9.88%) SQL Server
2 25 (4.84%) Data Warehouse
3 19 (3.68%) Oracle Database
4 17 (3.29%) Relational Database
5 13 (2.52%) RDBMS
6 8 (1.55%) MongoDB
7 6 (1.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 5 (0.97%) SQL Server 2012
9 4 (0.78%) Oracle Reports
9 4 (0.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 3 (0.58%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 2 (0.39%) Big Data
11 2 (0.39%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
11 2 (0.39%) GIS
11 2 (0.39%) Hadoop
11 2 (0.39%) MySQL
11 2 (0.39%) PowerCenter
11 2 (0.39%) SQL Server 2008
12 1 (0.19%) DataStage
12 1 (0.19%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 157 (30.43%) Selenium
2 89 (17.25%) Cucumber
2 89 (17.25%) JIRA
3 57 (11.05%) WebDriver
4 46 (8.91%) Jenkins
5 32 (6.20%) Visual Studio
6 31 (6.01%) SoapUI
6 31 (6.01%) Team Foundation Server
7 30 (5.81%) Git (software)
8 28 (5.43%) JMeter
9 20 (3.88%) SpecFlow
10 17 (3.29%) Appium
11 16 (3.10%) HP UFT
11 16 (3.10%) Maven
12 14 (2.71%) JBehave
13 13 (2.52%) JUnit
14 12 (2.33%) TeamCity
15 11 (2.13%) Robot Framework
16 10 (1.94%) NUnit
17 9 (1.74%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 77 (14.92%) Finance
2 36 (6.98%) Banking
3 31 (6.01%) Retail
4 15 (2.91%) Investment Banking
5 11 (2.13%) Telecoms
6 8 (1.55%) Games
6 8 (1.55%) Manufacturing
7 7 (1.36%) Marketing
8 5 (0.97%) Back Office
8 5 (0.97%) Pharmaceutical
9 4 (0.78%) Front Office
9 4 (0.78%) Publishing
10 3 (0.58%) Advertising
10 3 (0.58%) Automotive
10 3 (0.58%) Electronics
10 3 (0.58%) Financial Institution
10 3 (0.58%) Legal
11 2 (0.39%) German Language
12 1 (0.19%) Czech Language
12 1 (0.19%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 207 (40.12%) Analyst
2 189 (36.63%) Test Analyst
3 158 (30.62%) Tester
4 61 (11.82%) Test Engineer
5 52 (10.08%) Manual Test Analyst
6 45 (8.72%) Manual Tester
7 37 (7.17%) QA Engineer
8 34 (6.59%) Automation Test Analyst
8 34 (6.59%) Automation Tester
8 34 (6.59%) QA Tester
9 29 (5.62%) QA Analyst
9 29 (5.62%) Test Leader
10 28 (5.43%) Test Manager
11 26 (5.04%) Senior Analyst
12 25 (4.84%) Developer
12 25 (4.84%) Senior Test Analyst
13 22 (4.26%) QA Test Analyst
14 21 (4.07%) Agile Test Analyst
15 19 (3.68%) Software Tester
16 18 (3.49%) Developer in Test
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 73 (14.15%) .NET
2 34 (6.59%) Gherkin
3 30 (5.81%) XML
4 24 (4.65%) Web Services
5 19 (3.68%) HTML
6 18 (3.49%) REST
6 18 (3.49%) SOAP
7 14 (2.71%) Spring
8 12 (2.33%) RESTful
9 11 (2.13%) Node.js
10 9 (1.74%) HTML5
10 9 (1.74%) JSON
11 7 (1.36%) AngularJS
11 7 (1.36%) ASP.NET Web API
12 6 (1.16%) XML Messaging
13 4 (0.78%) ASP.NET
13 4 (0.78%) CSS
13 4 (0.78%) Express
13 4 (0.78%) WebGL
13 4 (0.78%) WebSockets
Miscellaneous
1 36 (6.98%) Analytical Skills
2 23 (4.46%) Mobile App
3 7 (1.36%) Derivative
3 7 (1.36%) Visualisation
4 6 (1.16%) Client/Server
4 6 (1.16%) Computer Science
5 5 (0.97%) MPEG
5 5 (0.97%) STB
6 4 (0.78%) Equities
6 4 (0.78%) Fintech
6 4 (0.78%) Fixed Income
7 3 (0.58%) Data Integration
7 3 (0.58%) Data Protection Act
7 3 (0.58%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 3 (0.58%) Mathematics
7 3 (0.58%) NHS
7 3 (0.58%) OTC Derivatives
7 3 (0.58%) User Experience
8 2 (0.39%) FMCG
8 2 (0.39%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 41 (7.95%) Windows
2 40 (7.75%) Linux
3 27 (5.23%) Unix
4 24 (4.65%) Android
5 21 (4.07%) Apple iOS
6 4 (0.78%) Windows Server
7 3 (0.58%) Windows Server 2003
7 3 (0.58%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (0.58%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.39%) Windows 10
8 2 (0.39%) Windows 7
8 2 (0.39%) Windows XP
9 1 (0.19%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 300 (58.14%) Agile Software Development
2 165 (31.98%) Automated Testing
3 134 (25.97%) Test Scripting
4 116 (22.48%) Scrum
5 94 (18.22%) BDD
6 88 (17.05%) Software Testing
7 86 (16.67%) Automation Testing
8 83 (16.09%) Test Automation
9 82 (15.89%) User Acceptance Testing
10 79 (15.31%) Regression Testing
11 57 (11.05%) Functional Testing
11 57 (11.05%) Performance Testing
12 48 (9.30%) Continuous Integration
13 47 (9.11%) User Stories
14 46 (8.91%) TDD
15 45 (8.72%) Non-Functional Testing
16 43 (8.33%) Exploratory Testing
17 42 (8.14%) Software Engineering
18 41 (7.95%) Defect Management
19 39 (7.56%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 135 (26.16%) SQL
2 114 (22.09%) Java
3 54 (10.47%) C#
4 40 (7.75%) Python
5 27 (5.23%) Ruby
6 20 (3.88%) JavaScript
7 19 (3.68%) C++
8 16 (3.10%) Perl
9 14 (2.71%) VBScript
10 10 (1.94%) VB
11 9 (1.74%) C
12 8 (1.55%) Shell Script
13 7 (1.36%) Groovy
14 6 (1.16%) PL/SQL
14 6 (1.16%) VB.NET
15 5 (0.97%) PHP
15 5 (0.97%) VBA
16 4 (0.78%) XPath
17 3 (0.58%) Scala
17 3 (0.58%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 54 (10.47%) ISEB
2 49 (9.50%) ISTQB
3 20 (3.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 19 (3.68%) Security Cleared
5 16 (3.10%) Degree
6 11 (2.13%) SC Cleared
7 8 (1.55%) DV Cleared
8 3 (0.58%) ISEB Practitioner
9 2 (0.39%) CISSP
9 2 (0.39%) PMI Certification
9 2 (0.39%) PMP
10 1 (0.19%) BPSS Clearance
10 1 (0.19%) CLAS
10 1 (0.19%) CSQA
10 1 (0.19%) MCAD
10 1 (0.19%) MCSD
10 1 (0.19%) MCTS
10 1 (0.19%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 183 (35.47%) QA
2 11 (2.13%) SDET
3 8 (1.55%) WCAG
4 7 (1.36%) WAI
5 4 (0.78%) Solvency II
6 2 (0.39%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 2 (0.39%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.39%) Disclosure Scotland
6 2 (0.39%) Dodd-Frank
6 2 (0.39%) EMIR
6 2 (0.39%) GMP
6 2 (0.39%) MiFID
7 1 (0.19%) ISO20022
7 1 (0.19%) SEPA
System Software
1 5 (0.97%) Active Directory
2 3 (0.58%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (0.19%) Hyper-V
3 1 (0.19%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.19%) XenApp
3 1 (0.19%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 29 (5.62%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.19%) CA Service Virtualization
2 1 (0.19%) Control-M
2 1 (0.19%) Oozie
2 1 (0.19%) Oracle EDQ
Vendors
1 44 (8.53%) Oracle
2 40 (7.75%) Microsoft
3 23 (4.46%) HP
4 11 (2.13%) SAP
5 10 (1.94%) Atlassian
6 5 (0.97%) Informatica
6 5 (0.97%) Sitecore
6 5 (0.97%) Splunk
7 4 (0.78%) hybris
8 3 (0.58%) CA
8 3 (0.58%) EPiServer
9 2 (0.39%) Apple
9 2 (0.39%) Cisco
9 2 (0.39%) Cognizant
9 2 (0.39%) MuleSoft
9 2 (0.39%) Salesforce.com
9 2 (0.39%) Siebel
9 2 (0.39%) Tableau
9 2 (0.39%) webMethods
9 2 (0.39%) Workday
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