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 31 July 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Manual Testing
Rank 385 377 377
Rank change year-on-year
-8 0
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 253 241 211
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.44% 0.44% 0.41%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.57% 0.58% 0.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 189 170 120
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£300 £310 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.22% -4.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £225 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £400 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £290 £300 £320
% change year-on-year
-3.33% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 5
Average hourly rate £38.50 £30.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+28.33% -14.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.50 £30.00 £31.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.50 £30.00 £43.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.50 £30.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+28.33% -14.28%

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
44182 41616 38228
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 77.70% 76.15% 74.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 28632 25727 23174
Average daily rate £415 £400 £405
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.75% -1.23%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £275 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1181 1176 1105
Average hourly rate £30.00 £25.00 £30.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -18.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.85 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.50 £26.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+15.09% -14.51%

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 31 July 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 31 July 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 -8 240 £300 -3.22% 109
London -43 71 £345 +6.15% 31
South East -3 52 £290 +6.42% 23
Yorkshire +5 42 £288 -2.04% 9
West Yorkshire -6 32 £284 -3.32% 5
Leeds -12 24 £288 -2.04% 4
North West -8 23 £309 -3.51% 19
Hampshire +6 21 £348 +29.30% 8
South West +2 20 £250 -11.11% 11
City of London -10 15 £413 +26.92% 5
Kent +6 13 £200 -35.48% 1
East of England -12 13 £250 -23.07% 7
West Midlands +12 11 £275 +69.23% 8
Manchester 0 11 £313 +6.38% 12
Cheshire -1 10 £309 -3.51% 6
Scotland -15 8 £250 -20.00% 3
Bristol +1 7 £350 +3.70% 3
Southampton +1 7 £340 +29.52% 4
Chester -2 7 £308 -3.90% 4
Berkshire -1 6 £290 -17.14% 4
East Midlands +1 5 £325 -2.25% 1
Surrey -4 5 £290 -1.69% 2
Bedfordshire +14 4 - -
Gloucestershire +2 4 £250 -25.37% 2
Essex -4 4 £210 -42.06%
Reading -5 4 £475 +111.11% 1
Basingstoke - 4 £365 -
Bournemouth - 4 £188 - 1
Dorset - 4 £188 - 2
Birmingham +4 3 £250 +53.84% 2

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 July 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.

1 218 (46.68%) Agile Software Development
2 143 (30.62%) QA
3 129 (27.62%) SQL
4 122 (26.12%) User Acceptance Testing
5 116 (24.84%) Test Scripting
6 110 (23.55%) Selenium
7 108 (23.13%) Automated Testing
8 99 (21.20%) ISEB
9 91 (19.49%) Finance
10 85 (18.20%) Software Testing
11 76 (16.27%) .NET
12 73 (15.63%) Java
13 65 (13.92%) BDD
14 64 (13.70%) Oracle
14 64 (13.70%) ISTQB
15 61 (13.06%) Test Automation
16 56 (11.99%) Scrum
17 54 (11.56%) Microsoft
18 53 (11.35%) C#
19 51 (10.92%) Regression Testing
20 49 (10.49%) Test Management
20 49 (10.49%) Cucumber
21 48 (10.28%) Automation Testing
22 47 (10.06%) E-Commerce
23 44 (9.42%) JIRA
23 44 (9.42%) Team Foundation Server
24 43 (9.21%) WebDriver
25 41 (8.78%) Analytical Skills
25 41 (8.78%) Visual Studio
26 39 (8.35%) TDD

Manual Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 9 (1.93%) CMS
2 5 (1.07%) ATG Dynamo
2 5 (1.07%) SharePoint
3 3 (0.64%) JBoss
3 3 (0.64%) WebSphere
4 2 (0.43%) Oracle Coherence
4 2 (0.43%) Confluence
4 2 (0.43%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 1 (0.21%) IIS
5 1 (0.21%) SharePoint 2010
5 1 (0.21%) Sitecore CMS
5 1 (0.21%) Moodle
5 1 (0.21%) MQSeries
5 1 (0.21%) SAS
5 1 (0.21%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 38 (8.14%) MS Excel
2 9 (1.93%) MS Office
3 6 (1.28%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (0.64%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.21%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 3 (0.64%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.43%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.21%) JDE EnterpriseOne
3 1 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.21%) SAP FI
3 1 (0.21%) SAP BCA
3 1 (0.21%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 4 (0.86%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (0.64%) SaaS
2 3 (0.64%) Google Analytics
3 1 (0.21%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.21%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 4 (0.86%) Internet
2 3 (0.64%) Wireless
3 2 (0.43%) FTP
4 1 (0.21%) HTTP
4 1 (0.21%) TCP/IP
4 1 (0.21%) ZigBee
4 1 (0.21%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (6.21%) SQL Server
1 29 (6.21%) Oracle Database
2 13 (2.78%) Data Warehouse
3 8 (1.71%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 8 (1.71%) Relational Database
4 6 (1.28%) MS Access
5 5 (1.07%) MySQL
5 5 (1.07%) SQL Server 2008
6 4 (0.86%) DB2
6 4 (0.86%) Data Mining
7 3 (0.64%) RDBMS
7 3 (0.64%) Oracle Reports
7 3 (0.64%) MongoDB
7 3 (0.64%) Oracle BI EE
8 2 (0.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 2 (0.43%) Oracle Database 12c
8 2 (0.43%) Oracle Database 11g
8 2 (0.43%) Oracle Database 10g
8 2 (0.43%) SAP BW
9 1 (0.21%) SAP BI
Development Applications
1 110 (23.55%) Selenium
2 49 (10.49%) Cucumber
3 44 (9.42%) Team Foundation Server
3 44 (9.42%) JIRA
4 43 (9.21%) WebDriver
5 41 (8.78%) Visual Studio
6 39 (8.35%) SpecFlow
7 23 (4.93%) SoapUI
8 19 (4.07%) HP UFT
9 18 (3.85%) Jenkins
10 10 (2.14%) LoadRunner
10 10 (2.14%) Bugzilla
10 10 (2.14%) NUnit
11 9 (1.93%) Subversion
12 8 (1.71%) Maven
12 8 (1.71%) JUnit
12 8 (1.71%) Appium
13 7 (1.50%) Ant
13 7 (1.50%) JMeter
14 6 (1.28%) FitNesse
General
1 91 (19.49%) Finance
2 33 (7.07%) Banking
3 17 (3.64%) Retail
4 15 (3.21%) Telecoms
5 14 (3.00%) Investment Banking
6 10 (2.14%) Billing
7 8 (1.71%) Automotive
7 8 (1.71%) Back Office
8 7 (1.50%) Games
9 5 (1.07%) Retail Banking
10 3 (0.64%) General Ledger
10 3 (0.64%) Front Office
11 2 (0.43%) Advertising
11 2 (0.43%) Publishing
11 2 (0.43%) Marketing
12 1 (0.21%) French Language
12 1 (0.21%) Private Banking
12 1 (0.21%) Financial Institution
12 1 (0.21%) Electronics
12 1 (0.21%) Law
Job Titles
1 248 (53.10%) Analyst
2 226 (48.39%) Test Analyst
3 142 (30.41%) Tester
4 37 (7.92%) Test Leader
5 34 (7.28%) Test Engineer
6 33 (7.07%) Test Manager
7 29 (6.21%) Agile Test Analyst
8 23 (4.93%) Senior Analyst
9 22 (4.71%) Senior Test Analyst
10 17 (3.64%) Software Tester
11 15 (3.21%) Senior Tester
11 15 (3.21%) QA Analyst
11 15 (3.21%) Automation Tester
12 14 (3.00%) QA Engineer
12 14 (3.00%) Software Engineer
12 14 (3.00%) Developer
13 13 (2.78%) Manual Tester
14 11 (2.36%) Systems Analyst
14 11 (2.36%) QA Tester
15 10 (2.14%) UAT Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 76 (16.27%) .NET
2 25 (5.35%) SOAP
3 21 (4.50%) XML
4 19 (4.07%) HTML
5 18 (3.85%) Web Services
6 17 (3.64%) Gherkin
7 10 (2.14%) REST
7 10 (2.14%) ASP.NET
8 7 (1.50%) CSS
9 4 (0.86%) J2EE
10 3 (0.64%) JMS
10 3 (0.64%) Java RMI
10 3 (0.64%) JAXB
10 3 (0.64%) WebSphere MQ
10 3 (0.64%) ASP.NET Web Forms
10 3 (0.64%) WebSphere Message Broker
10 3 (0.64%) RESTful
10 3 (0.64%) LAMP
10 3 (0.64%) XML-RPC
11 2 (0.43%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 41 (8.78%) Analytical Skills
2 28 (6.00%) Mobile App
3 8 (1.71%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 7 (1.50%) AS400
4 7 (1.50%) Computer Science
5 6 (1.28%) iSeries
5 6 (1.28%) Client/Server
5 6 (1.28%) Fixed Income
5 6 (1.28%) Equities
5 6 (1.28%) Derivative
6 5 (1.07%) NHS
7 4 (0.86%) Telematics
8 3 (0.64%) SWIFT
8 3 (0.64%) Management Information System
9 2 (0.43%) Replication
9 2 (0.43%) W3C
9 2 (0.43%) Credit Derivative
9 2 (0.43%) Data Integration
9 2 (0.43%) Enterprise Software
9 2 (0.43%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 23 (4.93%) UNIX
2 21 (4.50%) Linux
3 20 (4.28%) Apple iOS
4 18 (3.85%) Android
5 16 (3.43%) Windows
6 2 (0.43%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.21%) Solaris
7 1 (0.21%) Windows XP
7 1 (0.21%) OS/400
Processes & Methodologies
1 218 (46.68%) Agile Software Development
2 122 (26.12%) User Acceptance Testing
3 116 (24.84%) Test Scripting
4 108 (23.13%) Automated Testing
5 85 (18.20%) Software Testing
6 65 (13.92%) BDD
7 61 (13.06%) Test Automation
8 56 (11.99%) Scrum
9 51 (10.92%) Regression Testing
10 49 (10.49%) Test Management
11 48 (10.28%) Automation Testing
12 47 (10.06%) E-Commerce
13 39 (8.35%) TDD
14 34 (7.28%) Web Testing
15 33 (7.07%) Integration Testing
16 32 (6.85%) Continuous Integration
16 32 (6.85%) Test Strategy
17 28 (6.00%) System Testing
17 28 (6.00%) Performance Testing
18 27 (5.78%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 129 (27.62%) SQL
2 73 (15.63%) Java
3 53 (11.35%) C#
4 22 (4.71%) JavaScript
5 10 (2.14%) Python
6 8 (1.71%) VB
7 7 (1.50%) VBA
7 7 (1.50%) C++
7 7 (1.50%) PHP
7 7 (1.50%) PL/SQL
8 6 (1.28%) Ruby
9 5 (1.07%) T-SQL
9 5 (1.07%) VBScript
10 4 (0.86%) Perl
10 4 (0.86%) C
11 3 (0.64%) Groovy
12 2 (0.43%) Bourne shell
12 2 (0.43%) Bash Shell
13 1 (0.21%) RPG IV
13 1 (0.21%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 99 (21.20%) ISEB
2 64 (13.70%) ISTQB
3 21 (4.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 16 (3.43%) Security Cleared
5 13 (2.78%) Degree
6 9 (1.93%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 6 (1.28%) SC Cleared
8 4 (0.86%) DV Cleared
9 3 (0.64%) ISEB Practitioner
10 2 (0.43%) ITIL Certification
11 1 (0.21%) CCNA
11 1 (0.21%) Cisco Certification
11 1 (0.21%) BC Cleared
11 1 (0.21%) HP AIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 143 (30.62%) QA
2 5 (1.07%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.43%) Solvency II
4 1 (0.21%) EMIR
4 1 (0.21%) Dodd-Frank
4 1 (0.21%) HL7
4 1 (0.21%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 1 (0.21%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.21%) Basel II
System Software
1 2 (0.43%) Active Directory
1 2 (0.43%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.21%) XenApp
2 1 (0.21%) XenDesktop
2 1 (0.21%) Firmware
2 1 (0.21%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 37 (7.92%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.21%) SCCM
Vendors
1 64 (13.70%) Oracle
2 54 (11.56%) Microsoft
3 17 (3.64%) HP
4 11 (2.36%) SAP
5 6 (1.28%) ATG
6 4 (0.86%) Salesforce.com
7 3 (0.64%) IBM
7 3 (0.64%) VMware
7 3 (0.64%) Endeca
7 3 (0.64%) Google
7 3 (0.64%) Coremetrics
8 2 (0.43%) hybris
8 2 (0.43%) Twitter
8 2 (0.43%) Cadence
8 2 (0.43%) JD Edwards
8 2 (0.43%) Remedy
9 1 (0.21%) AppSense
9 1 (0.21%) Telerik
9 1 (0.21%) Cisco
9 1 (0.21%) Murex
South West
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: Yesterday
Middlesex
Salt
Rate: £250 - £275 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Berkshire
Computer Futures
Rate: £225 - £275 per day + competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City of London
Energize Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
London
CodeSource Recruitment Limited
Rate: Up to £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Hotfoot Recruitment
Rate: Up to £270 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Computer People
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Competitive Rates
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Competitive Rates
Posted: 5 days ago
Central London / West End
Coal IT Services
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 10 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 10 days ago
Manchester
Applause IT Innovation
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 11 days ago
Chester
Real Staffing
Rate: £300 - £325 per annum + competitive
Posted: 20 days ago
Chester
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £250.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 20 days ago