The table below looks at the statistics for Manual Testing skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Manual Testing over the 3 months to 30 July 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
30 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Manual Testing
Rank 457 418 404
Rank change year-on-year
-39 -14
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 210 257 242
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.39% 0.45% 0.44%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.47% 0.56% 0.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 148 192 171
Median daily rate £315 £300 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £204 £200 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £458 £425 £412
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £290 £300
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 2
Median hourly rate £190.00 £38.50 £35.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+393.50% +8.45%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £38.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year
- +28.33%

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
44547 45656 42956
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 82.75% 79.99% 78.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 29462 29606 26622
Median daily rate £438 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £280 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1037 1202 1216
Median hourly rate £29.00 £30.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% +20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.36 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.16 £52.17 £48.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £30.50 £26.50
% change year-on-year
-1.63% +15.09%

Manual Testing
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing Manual Testing as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 30 July 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
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Manual Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 30 July 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -30 189 £320 +6.66% 105
London +16 92 £375 +3.44% 28
South East -15 22 £313 +7.75% 23
City of London +52 18 £375 -9.09% 5
South West +2 17 £300 +20.00% 7
North West -7 16 £295 -4.45% 9
Scotland +7 14 £158 -37.00%
Manchester -7 14 £270 -13.60% 5
West Midlands -25 12 £313 +13.63% 10
East of England +16 9 £285 +14.00% 9
Yorkshire -33 9 £315 +9.56% 9
Bristol 0 8 £278 -20.71% 3
West Yorkshire -19 8 £315 +11.01% 7
Wales +22 6 £286 -6.14% 3
South Wales +14 6 £286 -6.14% 3
Cardiff +14 6 £286 -6.14% 2
East Midlands +2 6 £315 -3.07% 9
Wiltshire - 6 £256 -
Leeds -18 5 £299 +3.91% 7
Derbyshire - 5 £311 - 2
Edinburgh -2 4 - -
Birmingham -13 4 £225 -10.00% 2
Hampshire -15 4 £281 -19.06% 3
North East -35 4 £361 +60.55% 1
Chesterfield - 4 £311 - 1
Berkshire -8 3 £340 +17.24% 2
Surrey -9 3 £370 +27.58% 7
Solihull - 3 - -
Hertfordshire - 3 £225 - 2
Cambridgeshire +15 2 £294 +17.50% 4

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 July 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Manual Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Manual Testing.

1 213 (47.12%) Agile Software Development
2 139 (30.75%) QA
3 123 (27.21%) Automated Testing
4 122 (26.99%) SQL
5 107 (23.67%) Selenium
6 103 (22.79%) Test Scripting
7 90 (19.91%) Finance
8 81 (17.92%) User Acceptance Testing
9 79 (17.48%) JIRA
10 75 (16.59%) ISEB
11 74 (16.37%) Java
12 71 (15.71%) ISTQB
13 70 (15.49%) Functional Testing
14 68 (15.04%) Scrum
15 65 (14.38%) BDD
16 62 (13.72%) Test Automation
17 60 (13.27%) Automation Testing
18 58 (12.83%) Software Testing
19 56 (12.39%) Cucumber
20 51 (11.28%) Oracle
21 50 (11.06%) Regression Testing
21 50 (11.06%) Analytical Skills
22 49 (10.84%) Non-Functional Testing
23 44 (9.73%) Integration Testing
24 43 (9.51%) Test Strategy
25 41 (9.07%) .NET
26 40 (8.85%) HP Quality Center
27 39 (8.63%) WebDriver
28 38 (8.41%) C#
29 36 (7.96%) Linux

Manual Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 11 (2.43%) CMS
2 7 (1.55%) SharePoint
3 5 (1.11%) Confluence
4 4 (0.88%) BizTalk Server
4 4 (0.88%) Sitecore CMS
5 3 (0.66%) Tomcat
5 3 (0.66%) Umbraco
6 2 (0.44%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.22%) Apache
7 1 (0.22%) Drupal
7 1 (0.22%) Exchange Server 2010
7 1 (0.22%) IBM Transformation Extender
7 1 (0.22%) JBoss
7 1 (0.22%) LiveCycle
7 1 (0.22%) MQSeries
7 1 (0.22%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 13 (2.88%) MS Excel
2 8 (1.77%) MS Office
3 1 (0.22%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (0.22%) MS Project
3 1 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (0.88%) Oracle EBS
1 4 (0.88%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.44%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.44%) SystmOne
3 1 (0.22%) BusinessWorks
3 1 (0.22%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.22%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
3 1 (0.22%) Maximo
3 1 (0.22%) Northgate Housing
3 1 (0.22%) Oracle BPM
3 1 (0.22%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 1 (0.22%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 3 (0.66%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (0.44%) iTunes
2 2 (0.44%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (0.44%) SaaS
3 1 (0.22%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.22%) GitHub
3 1 (0.22%) SuccessFactors
3 1 (0.22%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 6 (1.33%) Internet
2 4 (0.88%) HTTP
3 3 (0.66%) PuTTY
3 3 (0.66%) SSH
3 3 (0.66%) TCP/IP
3 3 (0.66%) WinSCP
4 2 (0.44%) HTTPS
4 2 (0.44%) Network Security
4 2 (0.44%) SAN
5 1 (0.22%) 3GPP
5 1 (0.22%) CDMA
5 1 (0.22%) DHCP
5 1 (0.22%) DNS
5 1 (0.22%) Extranet
5 1 (0.22%) GSM
5 1 (0.22%) SIGTRAN
5 1 (0.22%) snoop
5 1 (0.22%) tcpdump
5 1 (0.22%) Unified Communications
5 1 (0.22%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (7.52%) SQL Server
2 15 (3.32%) Oracle Database
3 11 (2.43%) Data Warehouse
4 8 (1.77%) Relational Database
5 6 (1.33%) MySQL
6 5 (1.11%) RDBMS
7 3 (0.66%) Data Mining
8 2 (0.44%) MongoDB
8 2 (0.44%) QlikView
8 2 (0.44%) SQL Server 2008
9 1 (0.22%) Big Data
9 1 (0.22%) GIS
9 1 (0.22%) Hadoop
9 1 (0.22%) NoSQL
9 1 (0.22%) Oracle BI EE
9 1 (0.22%) Oracle Database 10g
9 1 (0.22%) Oracle Reports
9 1 (0.22%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 107 (23.67%) Selenium
2 79 (17.48%) JIRA
3 56 (12.39%) Cucumber
4 39 (8.63%) WebDriver
5 29 (6.42%) Team Foundation Server
6 22 (4.87%) HP UFT
7 21 (4.65%) JMeter
8 18 (3.98%) Git (software)
9 17 (3.76%) Jenkins
10 15 (3.32%) LoadRunner
11 14 (3.10%) SpecFlow
12 12 (2.65%) SoapUI
13 11 (2.43%) Appium
14 7 (1.55%) JUnit
15 6 (1.33%) Burp Suite
15 6 (1.33%) RSpec
16 5 (1.11%) Maven
16 5 (1.11%) Protractor
16 5 (1.11%) Zephyr
17 4 (0.88%) NUnit
General
1 90 (19.91%) Finance
2 34 (7.52%) Banking
3 26 (5.75%) Retail
4 14 (3.10%) Investment Banking
5 12 (2.65%) Games
6 9 (1.99%) Telecoms
7 7 (1.55%) Billing
7 7 (1.55%) Manufacturing
8 6 (1.33%) Marketing
9 5 (1.11%) Front Office
10 4 (0.88%) Electronics
10 4 (0.88%) Legal
10 4 (0.88%) Publishing
10 4 (0.88%) Retail Banking
11 3 (0.66%) Back Office
12 2 (0.44%) German Language
13 1 (0.22%) Financial Institution
13 1 (0.22%) French Language
13 1 (0.22%) Italian Language
13 1 (0.22%) Law
Job Titles
1 212 (46.90%) Analyst
2 193 (42.70%) Test Analyst
3 136 (30.09%) Tester
4 57 (12.61%) Manual Tester
5 50 (11.06%) Manual Test Analyst
6 34 (7.52%) Test Leader
7 31 (6.86%) QA Tester
8 30 (6.64%) Test Engineer
8 30 (6.64%) Test Manager
9 24 (5.31%) QA Engineer
10 23 (5.09%) Automation Tester
10 23 (5.09%) QA Analyst
10 23 (5.09%) Senior Analyst
10 23 (5.09%) Senior Test Analyst
11 22 (4.87%) Automation Test Analyst
12 18 (3.98%) Software Tester
13 17 (3.76%) Agile Test Analyst
14 15 (3.32%) SQL Analyst
15 13 (2.88%) UAT Analyst
15 13 (2.88%) UAT Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (9.07%) .NET
2 23 (5.09%) Web Services
3 18 (3.98%) REST
4 17 (3.76%) Gherkin
5 15 (3.32%) RESTful
6 13 (2.88%) HTML
7 11 (2.43%) CSS
7 11 (2.43%) SOAP
7 11 (2.43%) XML
8 8 (1.77%) Middleware
9 6 (1.33%) AngularJS
9 6 (1.33%) ASP.NET
9 6 (1.33%) HTML5
10 4 (0.88%) JSON
10 4 (0.88%) WCF
10 4 (0.88%) WPF
11 3 (0.66%) ASP.NET Web API
11 3 (0.66%) JSP
11 3 (0.66%) Node.js
12 2 (0.44%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 50 (11.06%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (3.10%) Derivative
3 12 (2.65%) Mobile App
4 11 (2.43%) Smart Meter
5 10 (2.21%) Computer Science
6 7 (1.55%) Equities
6 7 (1.55%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 6 (1.33%) Digital Media
7 6 (1.33%) Fixed Income
7 6 (1.33%) User Experience
8 5 (1.11%) Data Centre
8 5 (1.11%) Data Structures
9 4 (0.88%) Fintech
9 4 (0.88%) Management Information System
9 4 (0.88%) Mathematics
10 3 (0.66%) Data Extraction
10 3 (0.66%) EPoS
10 3 (0.66%) MPEG
10 3 (0.66%) STB
10 3 (0.66%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 36 (7.96%) Linux
2 30 (6.64%) Windows
3 20 (4.42%) Unix
4 11 (2.43%) Apple iOS
5 10 (2.21%) Android
6 3 (0.66%) VMS
7 2 (0.44%) Mac OS
7 2 (0.44%) Mac OS X
7 2 (0.44%) Windows Server
8 1 (0.22%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.22%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.22%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (0.22%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.22%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 213 (47.12%) Agile Software Development
2 123 (27.21%) Automated Testing
3 103 (22.79%) Test Scripting
4 81 (17.92%) User Acceptance Testing
5 70 (15.49%) Functional Testing
6 68 (15.04%) Scrum
7 65 (14.38%) BDD
8 62 (13.72%) Test Automation
9 60 (13.27%) Automation Testing
10 58 (12.83%) Software Testing
11 50 (11.06%) Regression Testing
12 49 (10.84%) Non-Functional Testing
13 44 (9.73%) Integration Testing
14 43 (9.51%) Test Strategy
15 34 (7.52%) Defect Management
16 33 (7.30%) Exploratory Testing
17 31 (6.86%) E-Commerce
17 31 (6.86%) Test Management
18 30 (6.64%) Waterfall
19 29 (6.42%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 122 (26.99%) SQL
2 74 (16.37%) Java
3 38 (8.41%) C#
4 26 (5.75%) JavaScript
5 20 (4.42%) Ruby
6 19 (4.20%) PL/SQL
7 18 (3.98%) Python
8 16 (3.54%) VB
9 13 (2.88%) C++
10 9 (1.99%) Perl
11 8 (1.77%) PHP
12 7 (1.55%) VBScript
13 5 (1.11%) VBA
14 4 (0.88%) C
14 4 (0.88%) VB.NET
15 3 (0.66%) Shell Script
15 3 (0.66%) T-SQL
16 1 (0.22%) Groovy
16 1 (0.22%) Objective-C
16 1 (0.22%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 75 (16.59%) ISEB
2 71 (15.71%) ISTQB
3 23 (5.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 23 (5.09%) Security Cleared
4 16 (3.54%) SC Cleared
5 12 (2.65%) Degree
6 8 (1.77%) DV Cleared
7 7 (1.55%) BPSS Clearance
8 3 (0.66%) CISSP
8 3 (0.66%) CLAS
9 2 (0.44%) MCAD
9 2 (0.44%) MCSD
9 2 (0.44%) MCTS
9 2 (0.44%) Microsoft Certification
10 1 (0.22%) ISEB Practitioner
10 1 (0.22%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 139 (30.75%) QA
2 4 (0.88%) Solvency II
3 2 (0.44%) Dodd-Frank
3 2 (0.44%) EMIR
3 2 (0.44%) MiFID
3 2 (0.44%) SDET
4 1 (0.22%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 1 (0.22%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.22%) GMP
4 1 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.22%) WAI
4 1 (0.22%) WCAG
System Software
1 2 (0.44%) Docker
1 2 (0.44%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (0.22%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.22%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.22%) XenApp
2 1 (0.22%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 40 (8.85%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.22%) Control-M
2 1 (0.22%) Oracle EDQ
Vendors
1 51 (11.28%) Oracle
2 28 (6.19%) HP
3 25 (5.53%) Microsoft
4 12 (2.65%) SAP
5 6 (1.33%) IBM
6 4 (0.88%) Atlassian
6 4 (0.88%) Sitecore
7 3 (0.66%) Apple
7 3 (0.66%) Siebel
8 2 (0.44%) Alterian
8 2 (0.44%) Citrix
8 2 (0.44%) hybris
8 2 (0.44%) Informatica
8 2 (0.44%) Murex
8 2 (0.44%) Rally
9 1 (0.22%) IFS
9 1 (0.22%) ServiceNow
9 1 (0.22%) ThinPrint
9 1 (0.22%) WorldPay
9 1 (0.22%) Xerox
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £350 - £400 per day + Market Rate
Posted: 2 days ago
Buckinghamshire
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £250 - £300 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Guildford, Surrey
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £500 to £600 per day Market Rate
Posted: Yesterday
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Oho Group Ltd.
Rate: £30 - £35 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market rate
Posted: 3 days ago
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Informatiq Consulting
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Reuben Chase
Rate: Unspecified Competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Spectrum IT
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 17 days ago
London
Spectrum IT
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 24 days ago
London
Verticality Ltd
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 3 days ago