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 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Manual Testing
Rank 411 377 371
Rank change year-on-year
-34 -6
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 203 219 183
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.37% 0.42% 0.39%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.49% 0.56% 0.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 142 148 107
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£308 £325 £343
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.38% -5.10%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £230 £237
10% offered a daily rate of more than £449 £425 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
-3.22% -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 1
Average hourly rate £36.00 £30.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% +50.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £30.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+20.00% +50.00%

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
41485 39369 34836
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 76.59% 74.79% 73.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 26264 24909 20841
Average daily rate £413 £400 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -3.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £555 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1203 1184 1052
Average hourly rate £29.00 £28.75 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.86% -10.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.50 £48.56
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%

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 22 May 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
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 22 May 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 -34 187 £300 -7.69% 94
London -42 69 £325 -7.14% 34
South East -17 30 £325 +8.33% 16
South West +26 21 £300 -6.40% 4
East of England +8 21 £290 -10.76% 14
North West -8 21 £256 -17.33% 10
Yorkshire -7 20 £300 +11.62% 8
West Yorkshire -6 16 £300 +9.09% 5
City of London -3 14 £375 +7.14% 13
Manchester -5 13 £235 -24.19% 6
Cambridgeshire +5 12 £288 -19.01% 4
Scotland 0 11 £381 +55.77% 5
Leeds -14 11 £300 +9.09% 3
Edinburgh +1 7 £381 +62.57% 2
Hampshire -3 7 £363 +20.83% 7
Bristol - 7 £315 - 1
Berkshire -4 6 £475 +11.76%
Surrey -1 5 £290 +0.86%
Cheshire -9 5 £308 -0.80% 1
Dorset - 4 £188 - 1
Bolton - 4 £223 - 1
Bournemouth - 4 £188 -
Reading - 4 £475 -
North Yorkshire +7 3 £315 +20.00%
Suffolk +6 3 £350 +2.94% 2
Kent +6 3 £200 -
Ipswich +6 3 £350 +2.94% 1
Essex +5 3 £210 -60.00% 2
Chester +4 3 £308 +92.18%
York +3 3 £315 +20.00%

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 May 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.

1 195 (43.53%) Agile Software Development
2 164 (36.61%) QA
3 134 (29.91%) SQL
4 127 (28.35%) User Acceptance Testing
5 96 (21.43%) Test Scripting
6 94 (20.98%) Automated Testing
7 92 (20.54%) Finance
8 91 (20.31%) Selenium
9 89 (19.87%) ISEB
10 84 (18.75%) .NET
11 81 (18.08%) Software Testing
12 64 (14.29%) Oracle
13 62 (13.84%) Java
14 59 (13.17%) Visual Studio
15 54 (12.05%) Test Automation
16 53 (11.83%) Scrum
17 51 (11.38%) ISTQB
18 50 (11.16%) Microsoft
19 48 (10.71%) Regression Testing
20 47 (10.49%) BDD
21 45 (10.04%) JIRA
21 45 (10.04%) C#
22 44 (9.82%) HP Quality Center
22 44 (9.82%) Team Foundation Server
23 42 (9.38%) Test Management
24 41 (9.15%) Automation Testing
25 39 (8.71%) WebDriver
26 36 (8.04%) Oracle Database
26 36 (8.04%) Test Strategy
27 35 (7.81%) MS Excel

Manual Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 7 (1.56%) SharePoint
1 7 (1.56%) CMS
2 4 (0.89%) ATG Dynamo
3 3 (0.67%) WebSphere
3 3 (0.67%) JBoss
4 2 (0.45%) Confluence
5 1 (0.22%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 1 (0.22%) uiautomator
5 1 (0.22%) Drupal
5 1 (0.22%) Oracle Coherence
5 1 (0.22%) SugarCRM
5 1 (0.22%) Moodle
5 1 (0.22%) SharePoint 2010
5 1 (0.22%) IIS
5 1 (0.22%) SAS
Applications
1 35 (7.81%) MS Excel
2 12 (2.68%) MS Office
3 5 (1.12%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (0.67%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.22%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 3 (0.67%) SAP BCA
1 3 (0.67%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.45%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.22%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.22%) SAP SD
3 1 (0.22%) SAP MM
3 1 (0.22%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (0.22%) Hyperion Enterprise
3 1 (0.22%) SAP Retail
3 1 (0.22%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 3 (0.67%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (0.45%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (0.45%) SaaS
2 2 (0.45%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (0.45%) Google Analytics
3 1 (0.22%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 14 (3.13%) Internet
2 3 (0.67%) TCP/IP
3 2 (0.45%) FTP
3 2 (0.45%) HTTP
4 1 (0.22%) ZigBee
4 1 (0.22%) Broadband
4 1 (0.22%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (8.04%) Oracle Database
2 25 (5.58%) SQL Server
3 20 (4.46%) Data Warehouse
3 20 (4.46%) Relational Database
4 13 (2.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 6 (1.34%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 6 (1.34%) SAP BW
6 5 (1.12%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
6 5 (1.12%) SQL Server 2008
6 5 (1.12%) MySQL
6 5 (1.12%) MS Access
7 4 (0.89%) DB2
7 4 (0.89%) Oracle BI EE
7 4 (0.89%) SQL Server 2012
8 3 (0.67%) MongoDB
8 3 (0.67%) Oracle Database 11g
8 3 (0.67%) RDBMS
9 2 (0.45%) PostgreSQL
9 2 (0.45%) Oracle Reports
9 2 (0.45%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 91 (20.31%) Selenium
2 59 (13.17%) Visual Studio
3 45 (10.04%) JIRA
4 44 (9.82%) Team Foundation Server
5 39 (8.71%) WebDriver
6 31 (6.92%) SpecFlow
7 24 (5.36%) Cucumber
8 18 (4.02%) QuickTest Pro
8 18 (4.02%) Jenkins
9 15 (3.35%) SoapUI
10 10 (2.23%) Bugzilla
11 8 (1.79%) LoadRunner
11 8 (1.79%) Git (software)
11 8 (1.79%) Calabash
12 7 (1.56%) JUnit
12 7 (1.56%) Maven
13 6 (1.34%) Xcode
13 6 (1.34%) Ant
14 5 (1.12%) Appium
14 5 (1.12%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 92 (20.54%) Finance
2 24 (5.36%) Banking
3 13 (2.90%) Telecoms
4 12 (2.68%) Investment Banking
4 12 (2.68%) Retail
4 12 (2.68%) Billing
5 10 (2.23%) Games
6 5 (1.12%) Automotive
7 4 (0.89%) Retail Banking
8 3 (0.67%) General Ledger
8 3 (0.67%) Marketing
9 2 (0.45%) Publishing
9 2 (0.45%) Front Office
9 2 (0.45%) Back Office
10 1 (0.22%) French Language
10 1 (0.22%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.22%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.22%) Electronics
10 1 (0.22%) Law
10 1 (0.22%) Legal
Job Titles
1 223 (49.78%) Analyst
2 202 (45.09%) Test Analyst
3 123 (27.46%) Tester
4 43 (9.60%) Test Leader
5 33 (7.37%) Test Engineer
6 28 (6.25%) Senior Test Analyst
6 28 (6.25%) Senior Analyst
7 24 (5.36%) Test Manager
7 24 (5.36%) QA Engineer
8 22 (4.91%) Software Tester
9 21 (4.69%) Developer
10 17 (3.79%) Agile Test Analyst
10 17 (3.79%) QA Analyst
11 15 (3.35%) Manual Tester
12 13 (2.90%) Software Engineer
13 11 (2.46%) Consultant
13 11 (2.46%) QA Test Analyst
13 11 (2.46%) Senior Tester
13 11 (2.46%) QA Tester
14 10 (2.23%) Systems Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 84 (18.75%) .NET
2 27 (6.03%) XML
3 23 (5.13%) HTML
4 20 (4.46%) SOAP
5 18 (4.02%) Web Services
6 10 (2.23%) Gherkin
7 9 (2.01%) REST
8 7 (1.56%) CSS
8 7 (1.56%) ASP.NET
9 5 (1.12%) J2EE
10 4 (0.89%) XML-RPC
10 4 (0.89%) JMS
10 4 (0.89%) Java RMI
11 3 (0.67%) RESTful
11 3 (0.67%) JAXB
11 3 (0.67%) JDBC
12 2 (0.45%) Spring
12 2 (0.45%) JSF
12 2 (0.45%) Struts
12 2 (0.45%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 23 (5.13%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (4.46%) Mobile App
3 9 (2.01%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 7 (1.56%) Client/Server
5 6 (1.34%) Fixed Income
5 6 (1.34%) Open Source
6 5 (1.12%) Computer Science
6 5 (1.12%) iSeries
6 5 (1.12%) Equities
6 5 (1.12%) Management Information System
7 4 (0.89%) AS400
7 4 (0.89%) Online Games
8 3 (0.67%) NHS
8 3 (0.67%) Derivative
9 2 (0.45%) Streaming Media
9 2 (0.45%) IPTV
9 2 (0.45%) Chip and PIN
9 2 (0.45%) W3C
9 2 (0.45%) Data Integration
9 2 (0.45%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 28 (6.25%) Linux
2 21 (4.69%) UNIX
3 16 (3.57%) Android
4 15 (3.35%) Apple iOS
5 11 (2.46%) Windows
6 1 (0.22%) Windows Phone
6 1 (0.22%) Windows Phone 7
6 1 (0.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.22%) Windows 2000 Server
6 1 (0.22%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (0.22%) OS/400
6 1 (0.22%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 195 (43.53%) Agile Software Development
2 127 (28.35%) User Acceptance Testing
3 96 (21.43%) Test Scripting
4 94 (20.98%) Automated Testing
5 81 (18.08%) Software Testing
6 54 (12.05%) Test Automation
7 53 (11.83%) Scrum
8 48 (10.71%) Regression Testing
9 47 (10.49%) BDD
10 42 (9.38%) Test Management
11 41 (9.15%) Automation Testing
12 36 (8.04%) Test Strategy
13 34 (7.59%) E-Commerce
14 32 (7.14%) TDD
15 29 (6.47%) Integration Testing
16 24 (5.36%) Security Testing
17 22 (4.91%) System Testing
17 22 (4.91%) Waterfall
18 21 (4.69%) Web Testing
18 21 (4.69%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 134 (29.91%) SQL
2 62 (13.84%) Java
3 45 (10.04%) C#
4 18 (4.02%) Python
5 17 (3.79%) JavaScript
6 11 (2.46%) PL/SQL
7 10 (2.23%) T-SQL
8 8 (1.79%) VB
8 8 (1.79%) C++
9 6 (1.34%) VBA
9 6 (1.34%) C
10 5 (1.12%) Perl
10 5 (1.12%) PHP
10 5 (1.12%) VBScript
11 4 (0.89%) Ruby
12 3 (0.67%) Bash Shell
13 2 (0.45%) RPG
13 2 (0.45%) Bourne shell
13 2 (0.45%) Groovy
14 1 (0.22%) RPG/400
Qualifications
1 89 (19.87%) ISEB
2 51 (11.38%) ISTQB
3 21 (4.69%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 12 (2.68%) Security Cleared
4 12 (2.68%) Degree
5 5 (1.12%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 4 (0.89%) SC Cleared
7 3 (0.67%) DV Cleared
8 2 (0.45%) ISEB Practitioner
8 2 (0.45%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (0.22%) HP AIS
9 1 (0.22%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 164 (36.61%) QA
2 5 (1.12%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.45%) 21 CFR Part 11
3 2 (0.45%) Solvency II
4 1 (0.22%) HL7
4 1 (0.22%) Basel II
4 1 (0.22%) GMP
System Software
1 1 (0.22%) Oracle RAC
1 1 (0.22%) Hyper-V
1 1 (0.22%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 44 (9.82%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 64 (14.29%) Oracle
2 50 (11.16%) Microsoft
3 19 (4.24%) SAP
4 10 (2.23%) HP
5 7 (1.56%) Perforce
6 5 (1.12%) ATG
7 4 (0.89%) Salesforce.com
8 3 (0.67%) JD Edwards
8 3 (0.67%) Cadence
9 2 (0.45%) Endeca
9 2 (0.45%) Google
9 2 (0.45%) Coremetrics
9 2 (0.45%) Remedy
9 2 (0.45%) IBM
9 2 (0.45%) Twitter
10 1 (0.22%) Demandware
10 1 (0.22%) Tableau
10 1 (0.22%) ForgeRock
10 1 (0.22%) Atlassian
10 1 (0.22%) hybris
London
Venturi
Rate: £300 - £375 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Interaction Recruitment PLC
Rate: £300 per day + .
Posted: 5 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Connectus
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Bedfordshire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 5 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
X4 Group
Rate: £200 - 300 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Ability Resourcing
Rate: £350 - £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
East London
Energize Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £225 - £275 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Vertical IT
Rate: £275 - £300 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 12 days ago
Warrington
Quantica Technology - London
Rate: £180 - £250 per day
Posted: 14 days ago
City of London
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Posted: 17 days ago
London
Huxley Banking & Financial Services
Rate: £450 per day + competitive
Posted: 26 days ago