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 3 September 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
3 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Manual Testing
Rank 352 376 380
Rank change year-on-year
+24 +4
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 310 256 228
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.53% 0.45% 0.43%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.68% 0.60% 0.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 199 171 131
Average daily rate
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£300 £300 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £215 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £400 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £280 £290 £300
% change year-on-year
-3.44% -3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 1 8
Average hourly rate £37.50 £30.00 £34.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -13.04%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.20 £30.00 £27.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.60 £30.00 £82.93
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £30.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -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
45639 42994 39933
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 78.18% 76.05% 74.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 29767 26678 24521
Average daily rate £425 £410 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.65% +2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1242 1170 1122
Average hourly rate £31.44 £25.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.76% -16.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.17 £55.00 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £26.98 £30.50
% change year-on-year
+20.48% -11.55%

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 3 September 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
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 3 September 2015.

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 3 September 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 +24 279 £300 - 116
London -32 93 £350 +7.69% 31
South East +3 66 £275 -4.76% 34
Yorkshire 0 40 £280 -6.66% 4
West Yorkshire -6 29 £280 -14.50% 3
Scotland -2 24 £278 +46.05% 3
North West -14 22 £318 +2.41% 20
Leeds -20 22 £280 -14.50% 1
South West +5 21 £250 -11.11% 8
Hampshire +7 19 £345 +38.00% 4
East of England 0 16 £306 +2.08% 9
Kent +8 13 £200 -31.03%
City of London +6 12 £363 +7.40% 3
Berkshire +2 12 £275 -24.13% 10
West Midlands +16 10 £275 +69.23% 7
Cheshire -8 9 £309 -0.40% 5
Chester +2 8 £308 -3.90% 1
Manchester -13 8 £356 +42.50% 11
Buckinghamshire -13 8 £313 +20.19%
Edinburgh -13 8 £255 -21.53%
Fife -4 7 £254 +37.16%
Milton Keynes -6 7 £325 +22.64%
East Midlands -15 7 £325 +13.04% 2
Southampton +4 6 £338 +35.00% 3
Cambridgeshire 0 6 £275 - 5
Bristol -1 6 - -
Reading -2 6 £275 -21.42% 4
Dunfermline -6 6 £254 +37.16%
Dorset - 6 £170 - 6
Gloucestershire - 5 £250 -

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 September 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.

1 257 (50.10%) Agile Software Development
2 149 (29.04%) QA
3 128 (24.95%) Selenium
3 128 (24.95%) SQL
4 125 (24.37%) Automated Testing
5 122 (23.78%) Test Scripting
6 110 (21.44%) User Acceptance Testing
7 107 (20.86%) ISEB
8 102 (19.88%) Finance
9 91 (17.74%) Software Testing
9 91 (17.74%) Test Automation
10 86 (16.76%) Java
11 81 (15.79%) C#
12 79 (15.40%) .NET
13 76 (14.81%) BDD
14 73 (14.23%) ISTQB
15 72 (14.04%) Microsoft
16 66 (12.87%) Scrum
17 65 (12.67%) Cucumber
18 59 (11.50%) Oracle
19 58 (11.31%) Test Management
20 57 (11.11%) JIRA
21 56 (10.92%) E-Commerce
22 54 (10.53%) Team Foundation Server
23 52 (10.14%) Automation Testing
23 52 (10.14%) Regression Testing
24 48 (9.36%) WebDriver
25 47 (9.16%) SpecFlow
25 47 (9.16%) TDD
26 45 (8.77%) Visual Studio

Manual Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 September 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 12 (2.34%) CMS
2 6 (1.17%) WebSphere
2 6 (1.17%) SharePoint
3 5 (0.97%) Confluence
4 4 (0.78%) ATG Dynamo
5 3 (0.58%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 2 (0.39%) Sitecore CMS
6 2 (0.39%) Oracle Coherence
6 2 (0.39%) JBoss
7 1 (0.19%) MQSeries
7 1 (0.19%) SAS
7 1 (0.19%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.19%) Drupal
7 1 (0.19%) Moodle
7 1 (0.19%) SharePoint 2010
7 1 (0.19%) IIS
Applications
1 41 (7.99%) MS Excel
2 14 (2.73%) MS Office
3 8 (1.56%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (0.39%) MS Project
5 1 (0.19%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (0.78%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.39%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.19%) JDE EnterpriseOne
3 1 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.19%) Cerner Millennium
3 1 (0.19%) SAP FI
3 1 (0.19%) Teamcenter
3 1 (0.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 4 (0.78%) Google Analytics
1 4 (0.78%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (0.39%) SaaS
3 1 (0.19%) GitHub
3 1 (0.19%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 3 (0.58%) Internet
1 3 (0.58%) Wireless
2 2 (0.39%) FTP
3 1 (0.19%) HTTP
3 1 (0.19%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.19%) ZigBee
3 1 (0.19%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (6.04%) SQL Server
1 31 (6.04%) Oracle Database
2 6 (1.17%) Relational Database
2 6 (1.17%) MS Access
2 6 (1.17%) Data Warehouse
3 5 (0.97%) DB2
3 5 (0.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 4 (0.78%) MySQL
5 3 (0.58%) Oracle BI EE
5 3 (0.58%) MongoDB
5 3 (0.58%) Oracle Reports
5 3 (0.58%) Data Mining
5 3 (0.58%) RDBMS
6 2 (0.39%) Oracle Database 10g
6 2 (0.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 2 (0.39%) Oracle Database 11g
6 2 (0.39%) Oracle Database 12c
7 1 (0.19%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 128 (24.95%) Selenium
2 65 (12.67%) Cucumber
3 57 (11.11%) JIRA
4 54 (10.53%) Team Foundation Server
5 48 (9.36%) WebDriver
6 47 (9.16%) SpecFlow
7 45 (8.77%) Visual Studio
8 36 (7.02%) SoapUI
9 20 (3.90%) Jenkins
10 16 (3.12%) HP UFT
11 14 (2.73%) Appium
12 11 (2.14%) LoadRunner
12 11 (2.14%) NUnit
13 10 (1.95%) Subversion
13 10 (1.95%) Bugzilla
13 10 (1.95%) JUnit
14 8 (1.56%) Maven
15 7 (1.36%) Ant
15 7 (1.36%) FitNesse
16 6 (1.17%) Eclipse
General
1 102 (19.88%) Finance
2 37 (7.21%) Banking
3 19 (3.70%) Retail
4 17 (3.31%) Telecoms
5 13 (2.53%) Investment Banking
6 10 (1.95%) Billing
7 8 (1.56%) Back Office
8 7 (1.36%) Automotive
9 6 (1.17%) Games
10 4 (0.78%) Marketing
11 3 (0.58%) Retail Banking
11 3 (0.58%) Front Office
11 3 (0.58%) Publishing
11 3 (0.58%) Legal
12 2 (0.39%) Manufacturing
12 2 (0.39%) General Ledger
12 2 (0.39%) Electronics
13 1 (0.19%) Financial Institution
13 1 (0.19%) Law
13 1 (0.19%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 278 (54.19%) Analyst
2 256 (49.90%) Test Analyst
3 173 (33.72%) Tester
4 32 (6.24%) Test Manager
4 32 (6.24%) Agile Test Analyst
5 31 (6.04%) Test Leader
5 31 (6.04%) Test Engineer
6 23 (4.48%) Senior Analyst
7 22 (4.29%) Senior Test Analyst
8 20 (3.90%) Software Tester
9 19 (3.70%) Automation Tester
10 17 (3.31%) Manual Tester
11 16 (3.12%) QA Analyst
12 15 (2.92%) Senior Tester
12 15 (2.92%) Manual Test Analyst
13 14 (2.73%) Developer
14 12 (2.34%) Systems Analyst
14 12 (2.34%) UAT Tester
15 11 (2.14%) QA Tester
16 10 (1.95%) QA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 79 (15.40%) .NET
2 33 (6.43%) SOAP
3 26 (5.07%) XML
4 19 (3.70%) Web Services
5 18 (3.51%) HTML
6 17 (3.31%) Gherkin
7 13 (2.53%) ASP.NET
8 12 (2.34%) REST
9 5 (0.97%) CSS
9 5 (0.97%) .NET Framework
10 4 (0.78%) WebSphere Message Broker
10 4 (0.78%) WebSphere MQ
11 3 (0.58%) Middleware
11 3 (0.58%) LAMP
11 3 (0.58%) .NET Compact Framework
11 3 (0.58%) ASP.NET Web Forms
12 2 (0.39%) React
12 2 (0.39%) Unreal Engine
12 2 (0.39%) AngularJS
12 2 (0.39%) XML-RPC
Miscellaneous
1 40 (7.80%) Analytical Skills
2 28 (5.46%) Mobile App
3 10 (1.95%) AS400
3 10 (1.95%) Data Centre
4 9 (1.75%) iSeries
5 7 (1.36%) Client/Server
5 7 (1.36%) NHS
6 6 (1.17%) Derivative
7 5 (0.97%) Computer Science
7 5 (0.97%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 4 (0.78%) Telematics
8 4 (0.78%) Equities
9 3 (0.58%) Data Integration
9 3 (0.58%) Smart Meter
9 3 (0.58%) Fixed Income
9 3 (0.58%) SWIFT
9 3 (0.58%) User Experience
9 3 (0.58%) Mainframe
9 3 (0.58%) Wiki
10 2 (0.39%) Swaptions
Operating Systems
1 31 (6.04%) Windows
2 22 (4.29%) Apple iOS
3 20 (3.90%) Linux
4 19 (3.70%) UNIX
4 19 (3.70%) Android
5 6 (1.17%) Windows 7
6 4 (0.78%) Windows CE
7 1 (0.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.19%) Windows XP
7 1 (0.19%) OS/400
7 1 (0.19%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 257 (50.10%) Agile Software Development
2 125 (24.37%) Automated Testing
3 122 (23.78%) Test Scripting
4 110 (21.44%) User Acceptance Testing
5 91 (17.74%) Software Testing
5 91 (17.74%) Test Automation
6 76 (14.81%) BDD
7 66 (12.87%) Scrum
8 58 (11.31%) Test Management
9 56 (10.92%) E-Commerce
10 52 (10.14%) Regression Testing
10 52 (10.14%) Automation Testing
11 47 (9.16%) TDD
12 43 (8.38%) Continuous Integration
13 42 (8.19%) Test Strategy
14 34 (6.63%) Integration Testing
15 33 (6.43%) Web Testing
15 33 (6.43%) System Testing
16 30 (5.85%) SDLC
17 25 (4.87%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 128 (24.95%) SQL
2 86 (16.76%) Java
3 81 (15.79%) C#
4 21 (4.09%) JavaScript
5 12 (2.34%) PHP
6 11 (2.14%) Python
7 10 (1.95%) Ruby
8 7 (1.36%) C++
9 5 (0.97%) Perl
9 5 (0.97%) PL/SQL
10 4 (0.78%) T-SQL
10 4 (0.78%) VB
10 4 (0.78%) VBA
10 4 (0.78%) Groovy
11 3 (0.58%) Bash Shell
11 3 (0.58%) VB.NET
11 3 (0.58%) VBScript
12 2 (0.39%) C
12 2 (0.39%) MATLAB
13 1 (0.19%) Lua
Qualifications
1 107 (20.86%) ISEB
2 73 (14.23%) ISTQB
3 22 (4.29%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 19 (3.70%) Security Cleared
5 13 (2.53%) Degree
6 12 (2.34%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 7 (1.36%) SC Cleared
8 5 (0.97%) DV Cleared
9 3 (0.58%) ISEB Practitioner
10 2 (0.39%) ITIL Certification
11 1 (0.19%) CCNA
11 1 (0.19%) Cisco Certification
11 1 (0.19%) BC Cleared
11 1 (0.19%) HP AIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 149 (29.04%) QA
2 4 (0.78%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.19%) EMIR
3 1 (0.19%) Dodd-Frank
3 1 (0.19%) HL7
3 1 (0.19%) ISO 9000
3 1 (0.19%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.19%) MiFID
System Software
1 3 (0.58%) Active Directory
2 2 (0.39%) Firmware
2 2 (0.39%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.19%) XenApp
3 1 (0.19%) XenDesktop
3 1 (0.19%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (0.19%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 42 (8.19%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (0.39%) CA LISA
3 1 (0.19%) SCCM
Vendors
1 72 (14.04%) Microsoft
2 59 (11.50%) Oracle
3 19 (3.70%) HP
4 8 (1.56%) SAP
5 7 (1.36%) ATG
6 5 (0.97%) IBM
6 5 (0.97%) hybris
7 4 (0.78%) Endeca
7 4 (0.78%) Google
7 4 (0.78%) Coremetrics
8 3 (0.58%) VMware
8 3 (0.58%) Salesforce.com
9 2 (0.39%) JD Edwards
9 2 (0.39%) Citrix
9 2 (0.39%) CA
9 2 (0.39%) Informatica
9 2 (0.39%) Cadence
9 2 (0.39%) Tableau
9 2 (0.39%) Twitter
9 2 (0.39%) Sitecore
Solihull, West Midlands (County)
Kingfisher Consultancy
Rate: £300 - £330 per day
Posted: 5 hours ago
London
Spectrum IT
Rate: £350 - £425 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
London
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £350 - £425 per day
Posted: 21 hours ago
London
Austin Fraser
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 23 hours ago
London
Austin Fraser Limited
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 23 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Hotfoot Recruitment
Rate: Up to £270 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Berkshire
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: Yesterday
Oldham
Computer Futures
Rate: £250 - £300 per day + doe
Posted: Yesterday
Poole, Dorset
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £35 - £40 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Taunton, Somerset
Connectus
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
East London
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £280.00 - £300.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Bournemouth
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £400 per day + competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
Reading
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
Bournemouth, Dorset
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £400 per day + competitive
Posted: 7 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 10 days ago
Warrington
Computer Futures
Rate: £350 - £351 per day + DOE
Posted: 13 days ago
Preston
Computer Futures
Rate: £350 - £400 per day + DOE
Posted: 14 days ago
Docklands
iKonnect
Rate: £600 - £700 per day
Posted: 15 days ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + DOE
Posted: 16 days ago
Guildford, South East, United Kingdom
Microsoft
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 17 days ago