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 3 May 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
3 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Manual Testing
Rank 418 434 402
Rank change year-on-year
+16 -32
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 238 210 235
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.43% 0.38% 0.42%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.52% 0.48% 0.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 174 146 155
Median daily rate £325 £313 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% -3.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £236 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £464 £450 £465
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £300 £310
% change year-on-year
- -3.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 6
Median hourly rate £12.50 - £35.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.50 - £30.00

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
45374 44011 42946
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 81.60% 78.86% 77.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 29986 27420 26807
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 £300 £280 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1055 1279 1235
Median hourly rate £35.00 £29.82 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.37% -0.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.75 £12.35 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £47.83 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £31.00 £31.50
% change year-on-year
+16.12% -1.58%

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 3 May 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 3 May 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 +7 219 £331 +6.00% 100
London +17 117 £400 +18.95% 40
City of London +53 31 £425 +3.03% 8
South East -6 25 £300 - 16
South West +6 20 £288 +8.49% 6
East of England -9 15 £325 +8.33% 6
West Midlands +5 13 £310 +13.24% 6
North West -10 13 £300 +11.11% 9
Scotland -17 13 £338 -11.47% 8
Wiltshire +10 11 £288 -8.73%
Cambridgeshire +1 8 £325 +13.04% 2
Yorkshire -7 8 £275 -4.34% 13
Berkshire +10 7 £300 -11.11% 1
Manchester -7 7 £290 +22.75% 7
Edinburgh -12 7 £350 -8.19% 2
Peterborough +12 6 £325 +13.04%
West Yorkshire +4 6 £265 -15.20% 7
Kent -21 6 £175 -45.31%
East Midlands +8 5 £298 -15.60% 2
Wales +4 5 £308 -12.14% 3
Leeds -10 5 £270 -6.08% 5
Glasgow +7 4 £325 - 5
Gloucestershire +3 4 £288 -28.12% 3
Nottingham +1 4 £293 -
Nottinghamshire 0 4 £293 -
Swindon - 4 - -
Essex +10 3 £238 - 1
Bristol +7 3 £244 -8.01% 2
Merseyside +4 3 £313 +42.04% 2
South Wales -1 3 £338 -3.57% 3

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 May 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.

1 250 (51.55%) Agile Software Development
2 144 (29.69%) SQL
3 141 (29.07%) Automated Testing
4 125 (25.77%) QA
5 115 (23.71%) Selenium
6 114 (23.51%) Test Scripting
7 104 (21.44%) ISTQB
8 102 (21.03%) ISEB
9 100 (20.62%) Finance
10 89 (18.35%) User Acceptance Testing
11 85 (17.53%) BDD
12 83 (17.11%) Functional Testing
13 81 (16.70%) Software Testing
14 75 (15.46%) Automation Testing
15 74 (15.26%) JIRA
16 70 (14.43%) Cucumber
16 70 (14.43%) Test Automation
17 69 (14.23%) Java
18 65 (13.40%) Oracle
18 65 (13.40%) Scrum
19 54 (11.13%) Non-Functional Testing
20 48 (9.90%) HP Quality Center
21 47 (9.69%) .NET
22 45 (9.28%) C#
23 42 (8.66%) Team Foundation Server
24 41 (8.45%) Test Strategy
24 41 (8.45%) Waterfall
24 41 (8.45%) Integration Testing
25 40 (8.25%) SQL Server
26 39 (8.04%) Regression Testing

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 10 (2.06%) Confluence
2 8 (1.65%) WebSphere
3 7 (1.44%) CMS
4 4 (0.82%) IIS
4 4 (0.82%) Tomcat
5 3 (0.62%) JBoss
5 3 (0.62%) SharePoint
6 2 (0.41%) ATG Dynamo
6 2 (0.41%) Drupal
7 1 (0.21%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 1 (0.21%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.21%) MQSeries
7 1 (0.21%) Sitecore CMS
7 1 (0.21%) WebSphere Transformation Extender
Applications
1 20 (4.12%) MS Excel
2 13 (2.68%) MS Office
3 2 (0.41%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (0.41%) MS Project
4 1 (0.21%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (1.03%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.82%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.41%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.41%) Markit EDM
3 2 (0.41%) SAP CRM
3 2 (0.41%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.21%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
4 1 (0.21%) Maximo
4 1 (0.21%) Northgate Housing
4 1 (0.21%) OpenText MBPM
4 1 (0.21%) Oracle BPM
4 1 (0.21%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.21%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 1 (0.21%) SAP BPC
4 1 (0.21%) SAP Business ByDesign
4 1 (0.21%) SAP IS-U
4 1 (0.21%) SAP Retail
Cloud Services
1 5 (1.03%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (0.82%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (0.62%) Cloud Computing
3 3 (0.62%) IaaS
3 3 (0.62%) PaaS
4 2 (0.41%) GitHub
4 2 (0.41%) SaaS
4 2 (0.41%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 9 (1.86%) Internet
2 5 (1.03%) HTTP
3 4 (0.82%) Extranet
3 4 (0.82%) Intranet
3 4 (0.82%) Network Security
3 4 (0.82%) ZigBee
4 2 (0.41%) HTTPS
4 2 (0.41%) PuTTY
4 2 (0.41%) SAN
4 2 (0.41%) TCP/IP
4 2 (0.41%) WinSCP
4 2 (0.41%) Wireless
4 2 (0.41%) Wireshark
5 1 (0.21%) DNS
5 1 (0.21%) FTP
5 1 (0.21%) LAN
5 1 (0.21%) Skype
5 1 (0.21%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (8.25%) SQL Server
2 13 (2.68%) Oracle Database
3 12 (2.47%) Relational Database
4 9 (1.86%) RDBMS
5 7 (1.44%) MySQL
6 3 (0.62%) Data Mining
6 3 (0.62%) NoSQL
6 3 (0.62%) Oracle BI EE
7 2 (0.41%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (0.41%) MongoDB
7 2 (0.41%) QlikView
7 2 (0.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.21%) DB2
8 1 (0.21%) MS Access
8 1 (0.21%) Oracle Database 10g
8 1 (0.21%) SQL Server 2005
8 1 (0.21%) SQL Server 2008
8 1 (0.21%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 115 (23.71%) Selenium
2 74 (15.26%) JIRA
3 70 (14.43%) Cucumber
4 42 (8.66%) Team Foundation Server
5 35 (7.22%) WebDriver
6 28 (5.77%) Jenkins
7 26 (5.36%) HP UFT
8 25 (5.15%) Git (software)
9 20 (4.12%) SpecFlow
10 17 (3.51%) Capybara
11 16 (3.30%) SoapUI
12 15 (3.09%) JMeter
12 15 (3.09%) LoadRunner
13 11 (2.27%) Appium
14 9 (1.86%) Travis CI
14 9 (1.86%) Visual Studio
15 8 (1.65%) FitNesse
15 8 (1.65%) JUnit
16 6 (1.24%) MSTest
17 5 (1.03%) WatiN
General
1 100 (20.62%) Finance
2 34 (7.01%) Banking
3 24 (4.95%) Retail
4 14 (2.89%) Billing
5 13 (2.68%) Investment Banking
6 10 (2.06%) Telecoms
7 9 (1.86%) Games
7 9 (1.86%) Marketing
8 6 (1.24%) Front Office
9 5 (1.03%) Electronics
10 4 (0.82%) Back Office
10 4 (0.82%) Manufacturing
11 3 (0.62%) Publishing
12 2 (0.41%) General Ledger
12 2 (0.41%) Legal
12 2 (0.41%) Retail Banking
13 1 (0.21%) Advertising
13 1 (0.21%) Financial Institution
13 1 (0.21%) Law
13 1 (0.21%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 238 (49.07%) Analyst
2 225 (46.39%) Test Analyst
3 157 (32.37%) Tester
4 54 (11.13%) Manual Test Analyst
5 44 (9.07%) Manual Tester
6 35 (7.22%) Test Engineer
7 27 (5.57%) Automation Test Analyst
8 26 (5.36%) Automation Tester
9 24 (4.95%) Senior Analyst
9 24 (4.95%) Senior Test Analyst
9 24 (4.95%) Test Leader
10 23 (4.74%) QA Tester
10 23 (4.74%) SQL Analyst
10 23 (4.74%) Test Manager
11 21 (4.33%) QA Engineer
12 19 (3.92%) Agile Test Analyst
12 19 (3.92%) QA Analyst
12 19 (3.92%) Software Tester
13 17 (3.51%) Selenium Test Analyst
14 14 (2.89%) Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 47 (9.69%) .NET
2 35 (7.22%) Gherkin
3 18 (3.71%) Web Services
4 15 (3.09%) REST
5 13 (2.68%) HTML
5 13 (2.68%) XML
6 11 (2.27%) SOAP
7 10 (2.06%) CSS
8 9 (1.86%) RESTful
9 6 (1.24%) WCF
10 5 (1.03%) AngularJS
10 5 (1.03%) HTML5
11 4 (0.82%) ASP.NET
11 4 (0.82%) Java EE
11 4 (0.82%) Middleware
11 4 (0.82%) WPF
12 3 (0.62%) .NET Framework
12 3 (0.62%) ASP.NET Web API
12 3 (0.62%) JSON
13 2 (0.41%) FIX Protocol
Miscellaneous
1 39 (8.04%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (3.51%) Smart Meter
3 13 (2.68%) Mobile App
4 12 (2.47%) Derivative
5 11 (2.27%) Enterprise Software
6 9 (1.86%) Computer Science
7 6 (1.24%) Data Centre
7 6 (1.24%) Equities
7 6 (1.24%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 5 (1.03%) Data Structures
8 5 (1.03%) Fixed Income
8 5 (1.03%) User Experience
9 4 (0.82%) Digital Media
9 4 (0.82%) Driving Licence
10 3 (0.62%) Client/Server
10 3 (0.62%) Data Extraction
10 3 (0.62%) Management Information System
10 3 (0.62%) Mathematics
10 3 (0.62%) Telematics
10 3 (0.62%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 37 (7.63%) Linux
2 35 (7.22%) Windows
3 25 (5.15%) Unix
4 8 (1.65%) Apple iOS
5 7 (1.44%) Android
6 3 (0.62%) VMS
7 2 (0.41%) Mac OS
7 2 (0.41%) Mac OS X
7 2 (0.41%) Windows Mobile
8 1 (0.21%) AIX
8 1 (0.21%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.21%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 250 (51.55%) Agile Software Development
2 141 (29.07%) Automated Testing
3 114 (23.51%) Test Scripting
4 89 (18.35%) User Acceptance Testing
5 85 (17.53%) BDD
6 83 (17.11%) Functional Testing
7 81 (16.70%) Software Testing
8 75 (15.46%) Automation Testing
9 70 (14.43%) Test Automation
10 65 (13.40%) Scrum
11 54 (11.13%) Non-Functional Testing
12 41 (8.45%) Integration Testing
12 41 (8.45%) Test Strategy
12 41 (8.45%) Waterfall
13 39 (8.04%) Regression Testing
14 38 (7.84%) SDLC
15 37 (7.63%) TDD
16 35 (7.22%) Continuous Integration
16 35 (7.22%) E-Commerce
17 33 (6.80%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 144 (29.69%) SQL
2 69 (14.23%) Java
3 45 (9.28%) C#
4 39 (8.04%) Ruby
5 31 (6.39%) JavaScript
6 22 (4.54%) PL/SQL
7 17 (3.51%) Python
8 16 (3.30%) VB
9 15 (3.09%) Perl
10 10 (2.06%) VBScript
11 7 (1.44%) C++
11 7 (1.44%) PHP
12 5 (1.03%) C
13 3 (0.62%) Groovy
13 3 (0.62%) PowerShell
13 3 (0.62%) Shell Script
14 2 (0.41%) MATLAB
14 2 (0.41%) T-SQL
14 2 (0.41%) VBA
15 1 (0.21%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 104 (21.44%) ISTQB
2 102 (21.03%) ISEB
3 32 (6.60%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 26 (5.36%) Security Cleared
5 16 (3.30%) SC Cleared
6 13 (2.68%) Degree
7 8 (1.65%) BPSS Clearance
8 6 (1.24%) DV Cleared
9 2 (0.41%) CEH
9 2 (0.41%) CLAS
9 2 (0.41%) CREST Certified
9 2 (0.41%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 2 (0.41%) SANS
10 1 (0.21%) CISSP
10 1 (0.21%) ISEB Practitioner
10 1 (0.21%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 1 (0.21%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 1 (0.21%) SSCP
10 1 (0.21%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 125 (25.77%) QA
2 4 (0.82%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (0.41%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.41%) SDET
3 2 (0.41%) SLA
4 1 (0.21%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 1 (0.21%) COBIT
4 1 (0.21%) Dodd-Frank
4 1 (0.21%) EMIR
4 1 (0.21%) GMP
4 1 (0.21%) MiFID
4 1 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.21%) WAI
4 1 (0.21%) WCAG
System Software
1 5 (1.03%) Docker
2 3 (0.62%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (0.62%) Xen
3 2 (0.41%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 48 (9.90%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (0.62%) Opscode Chef
2 3 (0.62%) Puppet
3 1 (0.21%) HP Fortify
3 1 (0.21%) Nessus
3 1 (0.21%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 65 (13.40%) Oracle
2 35 (7.22%) Microsoft
3 27 (5.57%) HP
4 13 (2.68%) SAP
5 6 (1.24%) Atlassian
5 6 (1.24%) IBM
6 5 (1.03%) ATG
6 5 (1.03%) hybris
7 4 (0.82%) Demandware
8 3 (0.62%) Rackspace
8 3 (0.62%) Siebel
8 3 (0.62%) Sun
8 3 (0.62%) Sybase
8 3 (0.62%) VMware
9 2 (0.41%) Apple
9 2 (0.41%) Charles River
9 2 (0.41%) Informatica
9 2 (0.41%) Murex
9 2 (0.41%) Rally
10 1 (0.21%) Guidewire
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £150 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Chesterfield, Derbyshire
Executive Resource Group
Rate: £300 - 400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Coburg Banks IT
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
LA International
Rate: £150 - £175 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
UK
Explore Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £140 - £175 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Spectrum IT
Rate: £200 - £220 per day
Posted: 21 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 22 days ago
Darlington
Cognitive Group Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 per day + some expenses
Posted: 26 days ago