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 11 February 2016 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
11 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Manual Testing
Rank 396 382 399
Rank change year-on-year
-14 +17
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 237 236 190
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.46% 0.46% 0.38%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.57% 0.59% 0.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 170 178 136
Average daily rate £320 £300 £331
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -9.43%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £224 £220 £188
10% offered a daily rate of more than £473 £450 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £290 £300
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 4
Average hourly rate £25.00 £29.25 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-14.52% +95.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £29.25 £15.00
% change year-on-year
-14.52% +95.00%

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
41792 40196 38042
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 81.24% 77.62% 76.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 27320 25624 23044
Average daily rate £425 £420 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.19% +5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £280 £273
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1199 1072 1163
Average hourly rate £40.00 £26.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+50.94% -3.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.00 £46.25 £52.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+45.45% -

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 11 February 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 11 February 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Manual Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 11 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 -12 204 £345 +15.00% 105
London +7 82 £375 +3.09% 47
East Midlands +2 20 £300 - 5
South East -2 20 £330 +13.79% 19
Yorkshire -14 19 £288 +4.54% 10
South West +17 18 £338 +5.88% 4
Scotland +2 18 £320 +2.40% 1
North West -8 17 £250 +13.63% 12
Manchester -6 15 £250 +4.71% 8
West Yorkshire -8 13 £273 -0.90% 5
West Midlands -8 13 £310 +14.28% 1
East of England -42 13 £249 -14.22% 7
City of London +30 9 £359 -7.41% 12
Leeds -11 9 £275 - 4
Edinburgh -13 9 £336 +7.36%
Plymouth - 9 £350 -
Devon - 9 £350 -
Northern Ireland +9 8 £275 +10.00% 1
County Antrim +8 8 £275 +10.00% 1
Belfast +7 8 £275 +10.00% 1
Northamptonshire +16 7 £300 -
Nottinghamshire -2 7 £310 -15.06% 3
Wales -5 7 £190 - 1
South Wales -7 7 £190 -
Nottingham -7 7 £310 -15.06% 3
Cardiff -5 6 £190 -
Berkshire +8 5 £349 +51.63% 6
Fife +6 5 £320 +60.00%
Dunfermline +5 5 £320 +60.00%
Reading -1 5 £349 +58.52% 3

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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.

1 354 (58.22%) Agile Software Development
2 175 (28.78%) Automated Testing
3 160 (26.32%) SQL
4 158 (25.99%) QA
5 146 (24.01%) Test Scripting
6 129 (21.22%) Selenium
7 123 (20.23%) ISTQB
8 120 (19.74%) ISEB
9 119 (19.57%) BDD
10 109 (17.93%) Test Automation
11 99 (16.28%) Finance
12 95 (15.63%) Software Testing
13 94 (15.46%) Cucumber
14 93 (15.30%) Microsoft
15 91 (14.97%) Scrum
16 90 (14.80%) User Acceptance Testing
17 89 (14.64%) Functional Testing
18 88 (14.47%) JIRA
18 88 (14.47%) C#
19 84 (13.82%) Java
20 81 (13.32%) Team Foundation Server
21 76 (12.50%) Automation Testing
22 74 (12.17%) .NET
23 72 (11.84%) Oracle
24 70 (11.51%) Continuous Integration
25 66 (10.86%) TDD
26 62 (10.20%) Windows
27 56 (9.21%) Test Strategy
28 53 (8.72%) SoapUI
28 53 (8.72%) HP Quality Center

Manual Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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 17 (2.80%) CMS
2 14 (2.30%) Confluence
3 10 (1.64%) WebSphere
4 7 (1.15%) IIS
5 5 (0.82%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 4 (0.66%) SharePoint
6 4 (0.66%) Tomcat
7 2 (0.33%) ATG Dynamo
7 2 (0.33%) JBoss
7 2 (0.33%) Sitecore CMS
8 1 (0.16%) Drupal
8 1 (0.16%) WebLogic
8 1 (0.16%) WebSphere Transformation Extender
Applications
1 31 (5.10%) MS Excel
2 15 (2.47%) MS Office
3 5 (0.82%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (0.33%) MS Project
5 1 (0.16%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (0.66%) Dynamics CRM
1 4 (0.66%) SAP ERP
2 2 (0.33%) Markit EDM
2 2 (0.33%) Orchard Housing
2 2 (0.33%) SAP BPC
2 2 (0.33%) SAP Business ByDesign
2 2 (0.33%) SAP CRM
3 1 (0.16%) Cerner Millennium
3 1 (0.16%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.16%) Northgate Housing
3 1 (0.16%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.16%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (0.16%) ResourceLink
3 1 (0.16%) SAP IS-U
3 1 (0.16%) SAP Retail
3 1 (0.16%) Sonata
Cloud Services
1 7 (1.15%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (0.82%) SaaS
3 4 (0.66%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (0.49%) GitHub
4 3 (0.49%) IaaS
4 3 (0.49%) PaaS
5 2 (0.33%) SuccessFactors
6 1 (0.16%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.16%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 7 (1.15%) Internet
2 4 (0.66%) Network Security
2 4 (0.66%) ZigBee
3 3 (0.49%) Extranet
3 3 (0.49%) HTTP
3 3 (0.49%) Intranet
4 2 (0.33%) HTTPS
4 2 (0.33%) Wireshark
5 1 (0.16%) 2G
5 1 (0.16%) 3G
5 1 (0.16%) 4G
5 1 (0.16%) DNS
5 1 (0.16%) FTP
5 1 (0.16%) LAN
5 1 (0.16%) LTE
5 1 (0.16%) PuTTY
5 1 (0.16%) SAN
5 1 (0.16%) Skype
5 1 (0.16%) WinSCP
5 1 (0.16%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (6.41%) SQL Server
2 22 (3.62%) Oracle Database
3 10 (1.64%) Relational Database
4 7 (1.15%) RDBMS
5 6 (0.99%) Data Warehouse
6 5 (0.82%) Data Mining
6 5 (0.82%) MySQL
7 4 (0.66%) PostgreSQL
7 4 (0.66%) QlikView
8 3 (0.49%) MS Access
8 3 (0.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 2 (0.33%) DB2
9 2 (0.33%) NoSQL
9 2 (0.33%) Oracle BI EE
10 1 (0.16%) BusinessObjects
10 1 (0.16%) Hadoop
10 1 (0.16%) MongoDB
10 1 (0.16%) NonStop SQL
10 1 (0.16%) Oracle Reports
10 1 (0.16%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 129 (21.22%) Selenium
2 94 (15.46%) Cucumber
3 88 (14.47%) JIRA
4 81 (13.32%) Team Foundation Server
5 53 (8.72%) SoapUI
6 46 (7.57%) SpecFlow
7 44 (7.24%) Visual Studio
8 41 (6.74%) WebDriver
9 38 (6.25%) Jenkins
10 33 (5.43%) HP UFT
11 27 (4.44%) Git (software)
12 22 (3.62%) Capybara
13 16 (2.63%) Appium
13 16 (2.63%) WATIR
14 14 (2.30%) FitNesse
14 14 (2.30%) JMeter
15 11 (1.81%) NCrunch
16 10 (1.64%) JUnit
17 9 (1.48%) Subversion
17 9 (1.48%) WatiN
General
1 99 (16.28%) Finance
2 32 (5.26%) Banking
3 21 (3.45%) Retail
4 12 (1.97%) Billing
4 12 (1.97%) Telecoms
5 11 (1.81%) Investment Banking
6 9 (1.48%) Marketing
7 7 (1.15%) Advertising
7 7 (1.15%) Back Office
7 7 (1.15%) Legal
8 6 (0.99%) Games
9 5 (0.82%) Publishing
10 4 (0.66%) Pharmaceutical
11 3 (0.49%) Electronics
11 3 (0.49%) Front Office
12 2 (0.33%) Aerospace
13 1 (0.16%) Automotive
13 1 (0.16%) Law
13 1 (0.16%) Manufacturing
13 1 (0.16%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 301 (49.51%) Analyst
2 292 (48.03%) Test Analyst
3 211 (34.70%) Tester
4 61 (10.03%) Manual Test Analyst
5 43 (7.07%) Manual Tester
6 39 (6.41%) Agile Test Analyst
7 38 (6.25%) Test Engineer
8 35 (5.76%) Automation Tester
8 35 (5.76%) QA Analyst
8 35 (5.76%) Senior Analyst
8 35 (5.76%) Senior Test Analyst
9 34 (5.59%) Automation Analyst
9 34 (5.59%) Automation Test Analyst
10 33 (5.43%) Test Leader
11 32 (5.26%) QA Test Analyst
12 28 (4.61%) Developer
12 28 (4.61%) SQL Analyst
13 25 (4.11%) Selenium Test Analyst
14 23 (3.78%) Software Tester
15 22 (3.62%) Web Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 74 (12.17%) .NET
2 37 (6.09%) Gherkin
3 29 (4.77%) SOAP
4 26 (4.28%) Web Services
5 23 (3.78%) XML
6 15 (2.47%) HTML
7 13 (2.14%) REST
8 10 (1.64%) .NET Framework
9 8 (1.32%) ASP.NET
9 8 (1.32%) Behat
10 6 (0.99%) .NET Compact Framework
10 6 (0.99%) CSS
10 6 (0.99%) RESTful
11 5 (0.82%) AngularJS
11 5 (0.82%) Middleware
12 4 (0.66%) ASP.NET MVC
12 4 (0.66%) SAP PI
12 4 (0.66%) WCF
12 4 (0.66%) WinForms
12 4 (0.66%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 25 (4.11%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (3.62%) Mobile App
3 17 (2.80%) Data Centre
3 17 (2.80%) Smart Meter
4 11 (1.81%) Enterprise Software
5 9 (1.48%) Computer Science
6 6 (0.99%) Digital Media
6 6 (0.99%) NHS
6 6 (0.99%) User Experience
7 5 (0.82%) Client/Server
8 4 (0.66%) Derivative
8 4 (0.66%) Wiki
9 3 (0.49%) AS400
9 3 (0.49%) Driving Licence
9 3 (0.49%) EPoS
9 3 (0.49%) Equities
9 3 (0.49%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 3 (0.49%) iSeries
9 3 (0.49%) Mathematics
9 3 (0.49%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 62 (10.20%) Windows
2 33 (5.43%) Linux
3 20 (3.29%) Unix
4 13 (2.14%) Apple iOS
5 10 (1.64%) Android
6 7 (1.15%) Windows CE
7 6 (0.99%) Windows 7
8 3 (0.49%) Windows Server
8 3 (0.49%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (0.33%) Mac OS X
9 2 (0.33%) Windows Mobile
10 1 (0.16%) AIX
10 1 (0.16%) Kali Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 354 (58.22%) Agile Software Development
2 175 (28.78%) Automated Testing
3 146 (24.01%) Test Scripting
4 119 (19.57%) BDD
5 109 (17.93%) Test Automation
6 95 (15.63%) Software Testing
7 91 (14.97%) Scrum
8 90 (14.80%) User Acceptance Testing
9 89 (14.64%) Functional Testing
10 76 (12.50%) Automation Testing
11 70 (11.51%) Continuous Integration
12 66 (10.86%) TDD
13 56 (9.21%) Test Strategy
14 53 (8.72%) Test Management
15 48 (7.89%) E-Commerce
15 48 (7.89%) User Stories
16 46 (7.57%) Defect Management
16 46 (7.57%) Non-Functional Testing
16 46 (7.57%) SDLC
16 46 (7.57%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 160 (26.32%) SQL
2 88 (14.47%) C#
3 84 (13.82%) Java
4 50 (8.22%) Ruby
5 17 (2.80%) JavaScript
5 17 (2.80%) Python
6 15 (2.47%) PHP
7 14 (2.30%) PL/SQL
8 10 (1.64%) Perl
9 8 (1.32%) VBScript
10 7 (1.15%) C++
11 6 (0.99%) Groovy
11 6 (0.99%) VB
12 5 (0.82%) MATLAB
13 4 (0.66%) C
13 4 (0.66%) VB.NET
14 2 (0.33%) PowerShell
14 2 (0.33%) Shell Script
15 1 (0.16%) Scala
15 1 (0.16%) XPath
Qualifications
1 123 (20.23%) ISTQB
2 120 (19.74%) ISEB
3 42 (6.91%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 27 (4.44%) Security Cleared
5 18 (2.96%) Degree
6 17 (2.80%) SC Cleared
7 5 (0.82%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 2 (0.33%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (0.33%) CEH
8 2 (0.33%) CREST Certified
8 2 (0.33%) SANS
9 1 (0.16%) CISSP
9 1 (0.16%) CTC Cleared
9 1 (0.16%) DV Cleared
9 1 (0.16%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 1 (0.16%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 1 (0.16%) SSCP
9 1 (0.16%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 158 (25.99%) QA
2 5 (0.82%) Disclosure Scotland
3 4 (0.66%) SDET
4 2 (0.33%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.33%) SLA
5 1 (0.16%) COBIT
5 1 (0.16%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.16%) MiFID
System Software
1 4 (0.66%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (0.49%) Docker
2 3 (0.49%) Xen
3 1 (0.16%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.16%) Citrix Presentation Server
3 1 (0.16%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (0.16%) RACF
Systems Management
1 53 (8.72%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (0.49%) Opscode Chef
2 3 (0.49%) Puppet
3 1 (0.16%) CA Service Virtualization
3 1 (0.16%) HP Fortify
3 1 (0.16%) Nessus
3 1 (0.16%) SCCM
3 1 (0.16%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 93 (15.30%) Microsoft
2 72 (11.84%) Oracle
3 41 (6.74%) HP
4 17 (2.80%) SAP
5 13 (2.14%) hybris
6 10 (1.64%) ATG
7 9 (1.48%) Informatica
8 6 (0.99%) Atlassian
8 6 (0.99%) CA
8 6 (0.99%) IBM
9 5 (0.82%) Remedy
9 5 (0.82%) ServiceNow
10 4 (0.66%) Demandware
10 4 (0.66%) VMware
11 3 (0.49%) Rackspace
11 3 (0.49%) Sybase
12 2 (0.33%) Charles River
12 2 (0.33%) Citrix
12 2 (0.33%) Siebel
12 2 (0.33%) Sun
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Competitive Rates
Posted: 5 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £300.00 - £330.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £300.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Stockport
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £400 per day + doe
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Computer People
Rate: £300.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Bradford, West Yorkshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £130 - £215 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Bristol Area
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 6 days ago
Central London / West End
Digital Pursuit Ltd
Rate: From £400 to £430 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Gloucestershire
Capita Defence & Security Resourcing
Posted: 16 days ago
London
Spectrum IT
Rate: £100 - £200 per day
Posted: 20 days ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Rate: £325 - £400 per annum + competitive
Posted: 21 days ago