The table below looks at the statistics for Manual Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Manual Testing over the 3 months to 30 July 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
30 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Manual Testing
Rank 104 114 101
Rank change year-on-year
+10 -13
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 11 2 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.46% 0.082% 0.35%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.61% 0.11% 0.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 1 5
Average daily rate
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£275 £163 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+69.23% -50.00%
UK excluding London average daily rate £290 £300 £320
% change year-on-year
-3.33% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.50 £30.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+28.33% -14.28%
Manual Testing
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
1791 1825 1359
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 74.47% 75.01% 68.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 1100 968 680
Average daily rate £378 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £235 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £520 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 84 133 59
Average hourly rate £30.00 £31.50 £37.80
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.76% -16.66%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £26.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+13.20% -14.51%

Manual Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Manual Testing across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Manual Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

Manual Testing
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Manual Testing across the West Midlands region.

Manual Testing Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Manual Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Manual Testing across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 30 July 2015.

Manual Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Manual Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Manual Testing across the West Midlands region.

Manual Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Manual Testing
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

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 West Midlands region over the 3 months to 30 July 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
Birmingham +8 3 £250 +53.84% 2
Coventry - 3 £235 - 1
Warwickshire - 3 £275 - 2
Shropshire - 1 £275 -
Staffordshire - 1 - -
Manual Testing
England

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 30 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region 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 7 (53.85%) Test Scripting
2 5 (38.46%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (30.77%) User Acceptance Testing
4 3 (23.08%) Test Strategy
4 3 (23.08%) Stakeholder Management
4 3 (23.08%) Logistics
4 3 (23.08%) Telecoms
4 3 (23.08%) SQL
5 2 (15.38%) XML
5 2 (15.38%) HP
5 2 (15.38%) ISEB
5 2 (15.38%) Migration
5 2 (15.38%) Process Management
5 2 (15.38%) Automated Testing
5 2 (15.38%) System Testing
5 2 (15.38%) V-Model
5 2 (15.38%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (15.38%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (15.38%) JIRA
5 2 (15.38%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (7.69%) WebDriver
6 1 (7.69%) PHPUnit
6 1 (7.69%) RedPrairie
6 1 (7.69%) Cucumber
6 1 (7.69%) Apple iOS
6 1 (7.69%) JDE EnterpriseOne
6 1 (7.69%) Selenium
6 1 (7.69%) Usability Testing
6 1 (7.69%) Unit Testing
6 1 (7.69%) Integration Testing

Manual Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region 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 1 (7.69%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 1 (7.69%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (7.69%) SAP FI
1 1 (7.69%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (7.69%) JDE EnterpriseOne
Development Applications
1 2 (15.38%) JIRA
2 1 (7.69%) Selenium
2 1 (7.69%) WebDriver
2 1 (7.69%) PHPUnit
2 1 (7.69%) Cucumber
2 1 (7.69%) Jenkins
2 1 (7.69%) VectorCAST
General
1 3 (23.08%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 6 (46.15%) Analyst
1 6 (46.15%) Test Analyst
2 2 (15.38%) Software Tester
2 2 (15.38%) Tester
2 2 (15.38%) Manual Test Analyst
2 2 (15.38%) Test Leader
3 1 (7.69%) Automation Analyst
3 1 (7.69%) Automation Test Analyst
3 1 (7.69%) Project Manager
3 1 (7.69%) Software Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) Test Manager
3 1 (7.69%) Embedded Software Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) Test Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) Software Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (15.38%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (15.38%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (7.69%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 1 (7.69%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (53.85%) Test Scripting
2 5 (38.46%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (30.77%) User Acceptance Testing
4 3 (23.08%) Logistics
4 3 (23.08%) Stakeholder Management
4 3 (23.08%) Test Strategy
5 2 (15.38%) Migration
5 2 (15.38%) System Testing
5 2 (15.38%) V-Model
5 2 (15.38%) Process Management
5 2 (15.38%) Automated Testing
6 1 (7.69%) Software Testing
6 1 (7.69%) Continuous Integration
6 1 (7.69%) Usability Testing
6 1 (7.69%) Unit Testing
6 1 (7.69%) Integration Testing
6 1 (7.69%) Web Testing
6 1 (7.69%) Regression Testing
6 1 (7.69%) CRM
6 1 (7.69%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (23.08%) SQL
2 1 (7.69%) Embedded C
2 1 (7.69%) C
2 1 (7.69%) C++
2 1 (7.69%) PHP
Qualifications
1 2 (15.38%) ISEB
1 2 (15.38%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Systems Management
1 2 (15.38%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (15.38%) HP
2 1 (7.69%) JD Edwards
2 1 (7.69%) RedPrairie
2 1 (7.69%) SAP
2 1 (7.69%) Microsoft