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 27 November 2014 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
27 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Manual Testing
Rank 383 405 376
Rank change year-on-year
+22 -29
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 236 173 200
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.41% 0.34% 0.39%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.56% 0.46% 0.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 163 128 114
Average daily rate
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£310 £300 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% -7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £218 £200 £204
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £450 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £263 £300
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 2
Average hourly rate £24.75 £95.37 £89.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-74.04% +6.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.75 £41.67 £21.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.75 £149.07 £157.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.75 £162.50 £4.00
% change year-on-year
-84.76% +3962.50%

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
41873 37624 36372
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 73.63% 73.75% 71.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 27230 23353 21214
Average daily rate £420 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £273 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £363 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.89% -2.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1164 1139 1463
Average hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -16.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-9.09% -8.33%

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 27 November 2014.

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 27 November 2014.

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 27 November 2014. 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 +30 217 £325 +8.33% 117
London +24 112 £338 -3.57% 33
East of England +14 33 £310 +35.51% 14
City of London +19 21 £375 -6.25% 14
South East -31 21 £290 +18.36% 15
Yorkshire -8 16 £293 -0.42% 16
North West -13 15 £281 -14.12% 16
Cambridgeshire +3 12 £325 -7.14% 9
Scotland +2 12 £200 -27.27% 3
South West -30 11 £350 +22.80% 8
West Yorkshire -8 10 £325 +6.12% 11
Hertfordshire - 10 £270 - 2
Cambridge +14 9 £345 -1.42% 6
Manchester -7 9 £281 -14.12% 12
Leeds -7 7 £325 -7.14% 7
Surrey -8 6 £325 +1.56% 5
Buckinghamshire -13 6 £290 +41.46% 1
West Midlands -15 6 £269 +27.97% 10
Fife - 6 £200 - 2
North Yorkshire +2 5 £220 - 3
Milton Keynes -19 5 £290 +41.46%
Essex - 5 £305 - 1
York - 5 £220 - 2
Cheshire 0 4 £320 -5.88% 2
Berkshire -2 4 £268 +27.38% 4
Somerset -5 4 £338 +8.00% 1
Taunton - 4 £338 -
East Midlands +1 3 £333 +35.71% 4
Edinburgh -12 3 £375 +36.36% 1
South Wales -16 3 - -

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 November 2014, 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.

1 227 (46.71%) Agile Software Development
2 172 (35.39%) SQL
3 161 (33.13%) Selenium
4 153 (31.48%) Automated Testing
5 141 (29.01%) QA
6 112 (23.05%) ISEB
7 110 (22.63%) Test Scripting
8 102 (20.99%) User Acceptance Testing
9 99 (20.37%) Java
9 99 (20.37%) Finance
10 92 (18.93%) Software Testing
11 87 (17.90%) ISTQB
12 85 (17.49%) Scrum
13 79 (16.26%) Test Automation
13 79 (16.26%) HP Quality Center
14 74 (15.23%) BDD
15 73 (15.02%) TDD
16 68 (13.99%) Oracle
17 62 (12.76%) WebDriver
17 62 (12.76%) JIRA
18 56 (11.52%) .NET
19 54 (11.11%) C#
19 54 (11.11%) Regression Testing
20 50 (10.29%) Automation Testing
21 48 (9.88%) Test Strategy
22 47 (9.67%) XML
23 46 (9.47%) Microsoft
23 46 (9.47%) Cucumber
24 45 (9.26%) Team Foundation Server
24 45 (9.26%) Web Services

Manual Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 November 2014, 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 16 (3.29%) SharePoint
2 8 (1.65%) SharePoint 2010
3 5 (1.03%) SharePoint 2013
3 5 (1.03%) WebSphere
4 4 (0.82%) Confluence
4 4 (0.82%) CMS
4 4 (0.82%) IIS
5 3 (0.62%) uiautomator
6 2 (0.41%) Adobe CQ
6 2 (0.41%) IBM Notes
6 2 (0.41%) Lotus Domino
7 1 (0.21%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.21%) Apache
7 1 (0.21%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.21%) Drupal
7 1 (0.21%) WordPress
7 1 (0.21%) Umbraco
7 1 (0.21%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 19 (3.91%) MS Excel
2 8 (1.65%) MS Office
3 5 (1.03%) Final Cut Pro
4 4 (0.82%) MS Project
5 2 (0.41%) Mingle
5 2 (0.41%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.21%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 9 (1.85%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (1.44%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.41%) Magento
3 2 (0.41%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.41%) SAP CRM
4 1 (0.21%) Endur
4 1 (0.21%) Oracle 11i
4 1 (0.21%) Maximo
4 1 (0.21%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.21%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.21%) Dynamics GP
4 1 (0.21%) Cerner Millennium
Cloud Services
1 3 (0.62%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (0.41%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (0.41%) SaaS
3 1 (0.21%) Basecamp
3 1 (0.21%) Google Apps
3 1 (0.21%) Trello
3 1 (0.21%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 14 (2.88%) HTTP
2 6 (1.23%) ATM
3 5 (1.03%) Internet
4 2 (0.41%) HTTPS
5 1 (0.21%) DVB
5 1 (0.21%) Intranet
5 1 (0.21%) DMZ
5 1 (0.21%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.21%) WAN
5 1 (0.21%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (7.00%) Oracle Database
2 26 (5.35%) SQL Server
3 17 (3.50%) Relational Database
4 16 (3.29%) MySQL
5 12 (2.47%) Data Warehouse
6 10 (2.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 8 (1.65%) SQL Server 2008
8 6 (1.23%) RDBMS
9 5 (1.03%) SQL Navigator
10 3 (0.62%) PowerCenter
10 3 (0.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 2 (0.41%) Oracle BI Publisher
11 2 (0.41%) Oracle Reports
11 2 (0.41%) Data Mining
11 2 (0.41%) SAP BW
11 2 (0.41%) EDMS
12 1 (0.21%) DB2
12 1 (0.21%) PostgreSQL
12 1 (0.21%) Data Mart
12 1 (0.21%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 161 (33.13%) Selenium
2 62 (12.76%) WebDriver
2 62 (12.76%) JIRA
3 46 (9.47%) Cucumber
4 45 (9.26%) Team Foundation Server
5 32 (6.58%) QuickTest Pro
6 26 (5.35%) Visual Studio
7 25 (5.14%) SoapUI
8 23 (4.73%) Jenkins
9 21 (4.32%) SpecFlow
10 20 (4.12%) JUnit
11 19 (3.91%) Maven
12 17 (3.50%) JMeter
13 15 (3.09%) Bugzilla
13 15 (3.09%) TestNG
14 14 (2.88%) Calabash
15 13 (2.67%) Eclipse
15 13 (2.67%) Subversion
16 11 (2.26%) MSTest
16 11 (2.26%) Capybara
General
1 99 (20.37%) Finance
2 36 (7.41%) Banking
3 25 (5.14%) Investment Banking
4 10 (2.06%) Telecoms
5 9 (1.85%) Retail
6 6 (1.23%) Games
7 4 (0.82%) Front Office
7 4 (0.82%) Electronics
7 4 (0.82%) Pharmaceutical
7 4 (0.82%) Financial Institution
7 4 (0.82%) Advertising
8 3 (0.62%) Marketing
9 2 (0.41%) Legal
9 2 (0.41%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.21%) Automotive
10 1 (0.21%) Publishing
10 1 (0.21%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 210 (43.21%) Analyst
2 192 (39.51%) Test Analyst
3 153 (31.48%) Tester
4 43 (8.85%) QA Tester
5 36 (7.41%) Test Engineer
6 30 (6.17%) Manual Tester
7 24 (4.94%) Test Manager
7 24 (4.94%) Test Leader
8 21 (4.32%) Software Tester
8 21 (4.32%) QA Engineer
8 21 (4.32%) Automation Tester
9 20 (4.12%) QA Analyst
10 19 (3.91%) Senior Analyst
11 18 (3.70%) Agile Test Analyst
11 18 (3.70%) Senior Test Analyst
12 16 (3.29%) QA Test Analyst
13 15 (3.09%) Consultant
14 14 (2.88%) Test Consultant
15 13 (2.67%) Lead Test Analyst
16 12 (2.47%) Automation Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 56 (11.52%) .NET
2 47 (9.67%) XML
3 45 (9.26%) Web Services
4 33 (6.79%) REST
5 23 (4.73%) SOAP
6 18 (3.70%) JSON
6 18 (3.70%) HTML
7 14 (2.88%) Gherkin
8 10 (2.06%) RESTful
9 9 (1.85%) CSS
10 7 (1.44%) .NET Framework
11 5 (1.03%) XSD
11 5 (1.03%) XSLT
12 4 (0.82%) ASP.NET
13 3 (0.62%) Android SDK
14 2 (0.41%) WPF
14 2 (0.41%) HTML5
14 2 (0.41%) Spring
14 2 (0.41%) Hibernate
14 2 (0.41%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 42 (8.64%) Analytical Skills
2 26 (5.35%) Derivative
3 18 (3.70%) Mobile App
3 18 (3.70%) Credit Risk
3 18 (3.70%) Credit Derivative
4 17 (3.50%) Data Structures
5 11 (2.26%) Open Source
6 10 (2.06%) Equities
6 10 (2.06%) EMV
6 10 (2.06%) Smartcard
7 9 (1.85%) User Experience
7 9 (1.85%) IPTV
8 8 (1.65%) iPad
9 7 (1.44%) Client/Server
9 7 (1.44%) STB
10 6 (1.23%) Streaming Media
10 6 (1.23%) Video on Demand
11 5 (1.03%) Management Information System
11 5 (1.03%) IVR
11 5 (1.03%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 39 (8.02%) Linux
2 38 (7.82%) Windows
3 36 (7.41%) UNIX
4 27 (5.56%) Apple iOS
5 25 (5.14%) Android
6 7 (1.44%) Windows 7
7 3 (0.62%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.41%) Windows 8
8 2 (0.41%) Solaris
8 2 (0.41%) Windows XP
9 1 (0.21%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (0.21%) Windows CE
9 1 (0.21%) Windows Mobile
9 1 (0.21%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.21%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.21%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 227 (46.71%) Agile Software Development
2 153 (31.48%) Automated Testing
3 110 (22.63%) Test Scripting
4 102 (20.99%) User Acceptance Testing
5 92 (18.93%) Software Testing
6 85 (17.49%) Scrum
7 79 (16.26%) Test Automation
8 74 (15.23%) BDD
9 73 (15.02%) TDD
10 54 (11.11%) Regression Testing
11 50 (10.29%) Automation Testing
12 48 (9.88%) Test Strategy
13 33 (6.79%) E-Commerce
14 31 (6.38%) Performance Testing
15 29 (5.97%) System Testing
15 29 (5.97%) Test Management
15 29 (5.97%) User Stories
16 28 (5.76%) Integration Testing
16 28 (5.76%) Web Testing
17 26 (5.35%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 172 (35.39%) SQL
2 99 (20.37%) Java
3 54 (11.11%) C#
4 38 (7.82%) Ruby
5 25 (5.14%) Python
6 22 (4.53%) JavaScript
7 16 (3.29%) Perl
8 12 (2.47%) VB
8 12 (2.47%) C++
9 11 (2.26%) PHP
10 8 (1.65%) XPath
11 6 (1.23%) PL/SQL
12 5 (1.03%) Shell Script
12 5 (1.03%) C
12 5 (1.03%) VBScript
13 3 (0.62%) T-SQL
13 3 (0.62%) Delphi
13 3 (0.62%) Bash Shell
13 3 (0.62%) PowerShell
14 2 (0.41%) VBA
Qualifications
1 112 (23.05%) ISEB
2 87 (17.90%) ISTQB
3 20 (4.12%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 20 (4.12%) Security Cleared
4 15 (3.09%) Degree
5 13 (2.67%) SC Cleared
6 5 (1.03%) ISEB Practitioner
6 5 (1.03%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 4 (0.82%) DV Cleared
8 3 (0.62%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 3 (0.62%) PMP
8 3 (0.62%) PMI Certification
9 1 (0.21%) IBM Certification
9 1 (0.21%) RHCE
9 1 (0.21%) Cisco Certification
9 1 (0.21%) Microsoft Certification
9 1 (0.21%) CCNP
9 1 (0.21%) CCIP
9 1 (0.21%) CCNA
9 1 (0.21%) CCDP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 141 (29.01%) QA
2 10 (2.06%) Basel III
3 2 (0.41%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 1 (0.21%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.21%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.21%) HL7
4 1 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 1 (0.21%) Active Directory
1 1 (0.21%) Oracle RAC
1 1 (0.21%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 79 (16.26%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 68 (13.99%) Oracle
2 46 (9.47%) Microsoft
3 27 (5.56%) HP
4 16 (3.29%) SAP
5 8 (1.65%) hybris
5 8 (1.65%) ATG
5 8 (1.65%) Adobe
6 6 (1.23%) JD Edwards
6 6 (1.23%) Salesforce.com
7 5 (1.03%) IBM
8 4 (0.82%) Sybase
8 4 (0.82%) Informatica
9 3 (0.62%) Progress
9 3 (0.62%) Perforce
9 3 (0.62%) Demandware
9 3 (0.62%) Northgate
10 2 (0.41%) Orchard
10 2 (0.41%) Atlassian
10 2 (0.41%) Red Gate
10 2 (0.41%) FatWire
Essex
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £350.00 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
Cambridgeshire
Proactive Appointments
Rate: From £200 to £235 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Certes Computing Ltd
Rate: £525 - £700 per day + Depending on experience
Posted: 2 days ago
Buckinghamshire
X4 Group
Rate: £200 - 230 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Reigate, Surrey
Clearwater People Solutions
Rate: £30000 - £36000 Per Annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Surrey
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £300 to £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £375 - £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300.00 - £320.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Gloucestershire
Capita - ITMS
Rate: £450 - £475 per day
Posted: 14 days ago
City of London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 24 days ago
City of London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 27 days ago