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 23 September 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
23 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Manual Testing
Rank 382 373 319
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -54
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 248 215 324
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.43% 0.41% 0.55%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.58% 0.55% 0.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 168 140 177
Average daily rate
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£300 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £243 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £450 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £285 £290 £268
% change year-on-year
-1.72% +8.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 3
Average hourly rate £30.00 £31.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.22% -4.61%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £31.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year
-3.22% -4.61%

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
42763 39046 42056
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 73.99% 74.08% 71.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 26736 24118 24356
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £367 £363
% change year-on-year
+2.17% +1.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1175 1083 1556
Average hourly rate £23.66 £27.50 £30.20
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.98% -8.94%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.50 £46.00 £46.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.75 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-14.16% -

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 23 September 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
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 23 September 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 -5 220 £300 -7.69% 106
London +13 117 £325 -16.12% 29
South East -1 42 £275 -5.17% 25
East of England -10 22 £284 +3.18% 8
Scotland +4 20 £195 -44.28% 2
City of London -1 18 £358 -13.33% 4
Yorkshire 0 14 £300 +9.09% 9
West Yorkshire -8 12 £328 +19.09% 7
Surrey +2 11 £300 -6.25% 6
Leeds +3 10 £328 +2.34% 5
Hertfordshire -14 10 £253 -12.84% 3
South West -22 9 £288 -17.85% 14
East Midlands +1 8 £275 -0.90% 4
Hampshire -15 8 £250 -13.79% 5
North West 0 7 £320 +6.66% 10
Edinburgh 0 7 £325 -7.14%
Fife - 7 £195 - 1
Cambridgeshire +10 6 £333 +9.01% 5
Buckinghamshire -4 6 £260 -6.30% 2
Dunfermline - 6 £195 -
Cheshire +8 5 £320 +3.22% 4
Berkshire +7 5 £350 +33.33% 6
Milton Keynes 0 5 £265 -4.50% 2
Southampton -8 5 £250 -18.03%
Kent - 5 £253 -
Bristol - 5 £338 - 4
Wales - 5 £289 - 1
Northamptonshire +6 4 £235 +11.90% 1
Oxfordshire -3 4 £283 -5.83% 1
Cambridge -5 4 £333 +9.01% 5

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 September 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.

1 218 (47.39%) Agile Software Development
2 172 (37.39%) SQL
3 143 (31.09%) Automated Testing
4 135 (29.35%) Selenium
5 128 (27.83%) QA
6 113 (24.57%) Test Scripting
7 93 (20.22%) Finance
8 92 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
9 91 (19.78%) Scrum
10 90 (19.57%) Java
11 88 (19.13%) ISEB
12 82 (17.83%) HP Quality Center
13 78 (16.96%) Oracle
14 75 (16.30%) Software Testing
15 70 (15.22%) ISTQB
16 65 (14.13%) TDD
17 58 (12.61%) BDD
18 55 (11.96%) JIRA
18 55 (11.96%) .NET
19 54 (11.74%) Test Automation
20 52 (11.30%) WebDriver
21 50 (10.87%) Automation Testing
22 49 (10.65%) Web Services
22 49 (10.65%) Regression Testing
23 47 (10.22%) C#
24 45 (9.78%) Banking
25 44 (9.57%) Cucumber
26 43 (9.35%) Analytical Skills
26 43 (9.35%) E-Commerce
27 40 (8.70%) Oracle Database

Manual Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 September 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 14 (3.04%) SharePoint
2 9 (1.96%) SharePoint 2013
2 9 (1.96%) Apache
3 6 (1.30%) SharePoint 2010
4 5 (1.09%) CMS
5 3 (0.65%) IBM Notes
5 3 (0.65%) Lotus Domino
6 2 (0.43%) Tomcat
6 2 (0.43%) WebSphere
6 2 (0.43%) SAS
6 2 (0.43%) IIS
6 2 (0.43%) Adobe CQ
7 1 (0.22%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 1 (0.22%) Drupal
7 1 (0.22%) Umbraco
7 1 (0.22%) WordPress
7 1 (0.22%) Sitecore CMS
7 1 (0.22%) Confluence
Applications
1 17 (3.70%) MS Excel
2 9 (1.96%) MS Office
3 5 (1.09%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.87%) Final Cut Pro
5 2 (0.43%) Mingle
5 2 (0.43%) MS Project
6 1 (0.22%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 6 (1.30%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.87%) Maximo
3 3 (0.65%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.43%) Cerner Millennium
4 2 (0.43%) Magento
4 2 (0.43%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 2 (0.43%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.22%) Endur
5 1 (0.22%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 3 (0.65%) Microsoft Azure
1 3 (0.65%) SuccessFactors
2 2 (0.43%) SaaS
3 1 (0.22%) Google Apps
3 1 (0.22%) Office 365
3 1 (0.22%) Basecamp
3 1 (0.22%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 12 (2.61%) HTTP
2 7 (1.52%) 2G
2 7 (1.52%) 3G
2 7 (1.52%) 4G
3 2 (0.43%) Internet
4 1 (0.22%) WAN
4 1 (0.22%) TCP/IP
4 1 (0.22%) DMZ
4 1 (0.22%) IP Telephony
4 1 (0.22%) Wireshark
4 1 (0.22%) Network Security
4 1 (0.22%) DVB
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (8.70%) Oracle Database
2 38 (8.26%) SQL Server
3 18 (3.91%) Data Warehouse
4 16 (3.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 15 (3.26%) MySQL
6 14 (3.04%) SQL Server 2008
7 11 (2.39%) Relational Database
8 6 (1.30%) RDBMS
9 5 (1.09%) PowerCenter
10 4 (0.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 4 (0.87%) SQL Navigator
11 3 (0.65%) Big Data
12 2 (0.43%) NoSQL
12 2 (0.43%) Oracle BI Publisher
12 2 (0.43%) Data Mining
12 2 (0.43%) Oracle Reports
13 1 (0.22%) DB2
13 1 (0.22%) Oracle Database 10g
13 1 (0.22%) Data Mart
13 1 (0.22%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 135 (29.35%) Selenium
2 55 (11.96%) JIRA
3 52 (11.30%) WebDriver
4 44 (9.57%) Cucumber
5 31 (6.74%) Team Foundation Server
5 31 (6.74%) QuickTest Pro
6 28 (6.09%) Visual Studio
7 25 (5.43%) SoapUI
8 20 (4.35%) Maven
8 20 (4.35%) JUnit
9 18 (3.91%) JMeter
10 16 (3.48%) Toad
11 13 (2.83%) LoadRunner
12 12 (2.61%) Bugzilla
12 12 (2.61%) Ant
12 12 (2.61%) SpecFlow
13 9 (1.96%) Capybara
13 9 (1.96%) Jenkins
14 8 (1.74%) MSTest
14 8 (1.74%) Eclipse
General
1 93 (20.22%) Finance
2 45 (9.78%) Banking
3 24 (5.22%) Investment Banking
4 12 (2.61%) Retail
5 7 (1.52%) Advertising
5 7 (1.52%) Electronics
6 6 (1.30%) Telecoms
6 6 (1.30%) Pharmaceutical
7 5 (1.09%) Retail Banking
7 5 (1.09%) Marketing
8 4 (0.87%) Front Office
9 3 (0.65%) Financial Institution
9 3 (0.65%) Games
9 3 (0.65%) Manufacturing
10 2 (0.43%) Publishing
10 2 (0.43%) Legal
11 1 (0.22%) Automotive
11 1 (0.22%) Military
11 1 (0.22%) Multimedia
11 1 (0.22%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 220 (47.83%) Analyst
2 196 (42.61%) Test Analyst
3 153 (33.26%) Tester
4 39 (8.48%) QA Tester
5 35 (7.61%) Test Engineer
6 27 (5.87%) Manual Tester
7 24 (5.22%) Agile Test Analyst
8 21 (4.57%) Software Tester
9 18 (3.91%) Test Leader
10 16 (3.48%) Automation Tester
10 16 (3.48%) QA Analyst
11 15 (3.26%) QA Engineer
11 15 (3.26%) Developer
12 14 (3.04%) Senior Analyst
13 12 (2.61%) Senior Test Analyst
13 12 (2.61%) Consultant
14 11 (2.39%) Software Engineer
14 11 (2.39%) QA Test Analyst
14 11 (2.39%) Technical Tester
14 11 (2.39%) Software Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 55 (11.96%) .NET
2 49 (10.65%) Web Services
3 33 (7.17%) REST
4 31 (6.74%) XML
5 25 (5.43%) SOAP
6 16 (3.48%) JSON
7 14 (3.04%) Gherkin
8 12 (2.61%) HTML
9 9 (1.96%) CSS
10 7 (1.52%) J2ME
10 7 (1.52%) WAP
10 7 (1.52%) ASP.NET
10 7 (1.52%) RESTful
11 5 (1.09%) .NET Framework
12 2 (0.43%) Hibernate
12 2 (0.43%) Spring
12 2 (0.43%) HTML5
12 2 (0.43%) XSD
12 2 (0.43%) Middleware
12 2 (0.43%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 43 (9.35%) Analytical Skills
2 29 (6.30%) Mobile App
3 24 (5.22%) Derivative
4 21 (4.57%) Credit Risk
4 21 (4.57%) Credit Derivative
5 13 (2.83%) Equities
6 12 (2.61%) Handset
7 11 (2.39%) EMV
7 11 (2.39%) Smartcard
8 10 (2.17%) Open Source
9 9 (1.96%) User Experience
10 8 (1.74%) iPad
10 8 (1.74%) Client/Server
11 7 (1.52%) Computer Science
12 6 (1.30%) Mobile Banking
13 5 (1.09%) Video on Demand
13 5 (1.09%) NHS
14 4 (0.87%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 4 (0.87%) DTV
14 4 (0.87%) STB
Operating Systems
1 38 (8.26%) Windows
2 31 (6.74%) Linux
3 30 (6.52%) UNIX
4 24 (5.22%) Apple iOS
5 20 (4.35%) Android
6 7 (1.52%) Windows 7
7 4 (0.87%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.43%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.22%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.22%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.22%) Windows CE
9 1 (0.22%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 218 (47.39%) Agile Software Development
2 143 (31.09%) Automated Testing
3 113 (24.57%) Test Scripting
4 92 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
5 91 (19.78%) Scrum
6 75 (16.30%) Software Testing
7 65 (14.13%) TDD
8 58 (12.61%) BDD
9 54 (11.74%) Test Automation
10 50 (10.87%) Automation Testing
11 49 (10.65%) Regression Testing
12 43 (9.35%) E-Commerce
13 40 (8.70%) Test Strategy
14 30 (6.52%) Test Planning
15 26 (5.65%) User Stories
16 25 (5.43%) Integration Testing
16 25 (5.43%) Continuous Integration
16 25 (5.43%) System Testing
17 24 (5.22%) Web Testing
17 24 (5.22%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 172 (37.39%) SQL
2 90 (19.57%) Java
3 47 (10.22%) C#
4 28 (6.09%) Ruby
5 19 (4.13%) JavaScript
5 19 (4.13%) Python
6 12 (2.61%) Perl
7 11 (2.39%) VB
8 8 (1.74%) PHP
9 7 (1.52%) PL/SQL
9 7 (1.52%) C++
9 7 (1.52%) Shell Script
10 5 (1.09%) VBScript
11 4 (0.87%) T-SQL
11 4 (0.87%) VBA
11 4 (0.87%) Bash Shell
11 4 (0.87%) XPath
12 3 (0.65%) Groovy
12 3 (0.65%) PowerShell
12 3 (0.65%) Delphi
Qualifications
1 88 (19.13%) ISEB
2 70 (15.22%) ISTQB
3 16 (3.48%) Degree
4 13 (2.83%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 6 (1.30%) Security Cleared
6 5 (1.09%) ISEB Practitioner
7 4 (0.87%) SC Cleared
8 2 (0.43%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (0.43%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 1 (0.22%) RHCE
9 1 (0.22%) IBM Certification
9 1 (0.22%) MCSD
9 1 (0.22%) MCSE
9 1 (0.22%) MCSA
9 1 (0.22%) CCNP
9 1 (0.22%) CCIP
9 1 (0.22%) CCNA
9 1 (0.22%) CCDP
9 1 (0.22%) Cisco Certification
9 1 (0.22%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 128 (27.83%) QA
2 11 (2.39%) Basel III
3 1 (0.22%) HL7
3 1 (0.22%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 2 (0.43%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.22%) Hyper-V
2 1 (0.22%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 82 (17.83%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 78 (16.96%) Oracle
2 37 (8.04%) HP
3 36 (7.83%) Microsoft
4 11 (2.39%) SAP
5 10 (2.17%) ATG
6 9 (1.96%) hybris
6 9 (1.96%) IBM
6 9 (1.96%) Apple
7 7 (1.52%) Informatica
7 7 (1.52%) Adobe
7 7 (1.52%) Sun
8 6 (1.30%) Salesforce.com
9 4 (0.87%) Cerner
10 3 (0.65%) Red Gate
10 3 (0.65%) Lotus
11 2 (0.43%) Cisco
11 2 (0.43%) Demandware
11 2 (0.43%) VMware
11 2 (0.43%) FatWire
12 1 (0.22%) Open Text
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