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 27 March 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
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Manual Testing
Rank 109 105 98
Rank change year-on-year
-4 -7
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 7 5 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.27% 0.23% 0.60%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.38% 0.32% 0.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 2 6
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£263 £301 £321
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.82% -6.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £282 £289
10% offered a daily rate of more than £322 £320 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £290 £310 £300
% change year-on-year
-6.45% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £20.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £22.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
- +32.35%
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
1832 1544 1307
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 71.56% 70.47% 70.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 1057 794 625
Average daily rate £388 £375 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% +13.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £250 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £547 £480 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £396 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+5.60% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 100 80 118
Average hourly rate £29.00 £32.00 £33.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.37% -3.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.04 £10.00 £15.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £155.00 £37.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.44 £27.50 £32.00
% change year-on-year
+14.32% -14.06%

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 27 March 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 27 March 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 -11 3 £225 - 1
Warwickshire -2 1 £263 -19.23% 1
Worcestershire - - - -
Solihull - - - -
Walsall - - - -
Herefordshire - - - -
Staffordshire - - - - 1
Manual Testing
England

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 5 (41.67%) QA
2 4 (33.33%) Test Scripting
2 4 (33.33%) Mobile App
2 4 (33.33%) ISEB
3 3 (25.00%) Apple iOS
3 3 (25.00%) Android
3 3 (25.00%) Selenium
3 3 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (25.00%) JIRA
4 2 (16.67%) Retail
4 2 (16.67%) Automated Testing
4 2 (16.67%) Integration Testing
4 2 (16.67%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (16.67%) Automation Testing
4 2 (16.67%) Jenkins
4 2 (16.67%) User Stories
4 2 (16.67%) MVC
4 2 (16.67%) Java
4 2 (16.67%) Oracle
4 2 (16.67%) Linux
4 2 (16.67%) XML
4 2 (16.67%) Microsoft
5 1 (8.33%) Embedded C
5 1 (8.33%) HP
5 1 (8.33%) ITIL
5 1 (8.33%) Solaris
5 1 (8.33%) E-Commerce
5 1 (8.33%) Client/Server
5 1 (8.33%) SOA
5 1 (8.33%) HTTP

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

For the 6 months to 27 March 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.

Communications & Networking
1 1 (8.33%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (8.33%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 3 (25.00%) JIRA
1 3 (25.00%) Selenium
2 2 (16.67%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (16.67%) Jenkins
3 1 (8.33%) VectorCAST
3 1 (8.33%) Visual Studio
3 1 (8.33%) QuickTest Pro
3 1 (8.33%) WebDriver
3 1 (8.33%) SoapUI
General
1 2 (16.67%) Retail
2 1 (8.33%) Billing
2 1 (8.33%) Finance
Job Titles
1 6 (50.00%) Tester
2 5 (41.67%) Test Engineer
2 5 (41.67%) Analyst
2 5 (41.67%) Test Analyst
3 3 (25.00%) Systems Tester
4 2 (16.67%) Automation Test Analyst
4 2 (16.67%) Automation Analyst
5 1 (8.33%) Selenium Test Analyst
5 1 (8.33%) Automation Tester
5 1 (8.33%) Analyst Programmer
5 1 (8.33%) Programmer
5 1 (8.33%) Quality Engineer
5 1 (8.33%) Software Tester
5 1 (8.33%) Embedded Software Engineer
5 1 (8.33%) Software Test Engineer
5 1 (8.33%) QA Engineer
5 1 (8.33%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (16.67%) XML
2 1 (8.33%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 4 (33.33%) Mobile App
2 1 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (8.33%) Client/Server
2 1 (8.33%) EPoS
2 1 (8.33%) Telematics
Operating Systems
1 3 (25.00%) Android
1 3 (25.00%) Apple iOS
2 2 (16.67%) Linux
3 1 (8.33%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (33.33%) Test Scripting
2 3 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (16.67%) Automated Testing
3 2 (16.67%) MVC
3 2 (16.67%) User Stories
3 2 (16.67%) Automation Testing
3 2 (16.67%) Integration Testing
4 1 (8.33%) Scrum
4 1 (8.33%) Continuous Integration
4 1 (8.33%) System Testing
4 1 (8.33%) Test Automation
4 1 (8.33%) Waterfall
4 1 (8.33%) Functional Testing
4 1 (8.33%) User Acceptance Testing
4 1 (8.33%) Performance Testing
4 1 (8.33%) Security Testing
4 1 (8.33%) ITIL
4 1 (8.33%) E-Commerce
4 1 (8.33%) SOA
4 1 (8.33%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 2 (16.67%) Java
2 1 (8.33%) PHP
2 1 (8.33%) SQL
2 1 (8.33%) Embedded C
2 1 (8.33%) C
2 1 (8.33%) C#
2 1 (8.33%) C++
Qualifications
1 4 (33.33%) ISEB
2 1 (8.33%) Oracle Certification
2 1 (8.33%) ISTQB
2 1 (8.33%) Degree
2 1 (8.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (41.67%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (8.33%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (16.67%) Oracle
1 2 (16.67%) Microsoft
2 1 (8.33%) HP