The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Bedfordshire with a requirement for Manual Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Manual Testing over the 3 months to 22 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Manual Testing
East of England / Bedfordshire
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 45 35 42
Rank change year-on-year -10 +7  
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 3 1 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bedfordshire 0.84% 0.31% 0.54%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.92% 0.38% 0.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 1 0
Median daily rate £313 £215 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +45.34% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £323 £300 £290
% change year-on-year +7.50% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £12.50 £38.50
% change year-on-year +124.00% -67.53%  

Manual Testing is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Bedfordshire with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Bedfordshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 326 262 317
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Bedfordshire 90.81% 81.62% 86.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 231 179 224
Median daily rate £450 £463 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.70% +8.82%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £613 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 8 14
Median hourly rate £14.50 £50.78 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -71.44% +26.95%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £45.64 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.50 £50.78 £50.52
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +17.54% -5.00%  

Manual Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in Bedfordshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Bedfordshire citing Manual Testing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Manual Testing in Bedfordshire

Manual Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Manual Testing in Bedfordshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for Manual Testing in Bedfordshire

Manual Testing
Contract Job Locations in Bedfordshire

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 Bedfordshire region over the 3 months to 22 June 2017. 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 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
Luton -3 3 £313 +45.34%
Manual Testing
East of England

For the 6 months to 22 June 2017, 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 across the Bedfordshire region with a requirement for Manual Testing.

1 3 (100.00%) Test Automation
1 3 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (66.67%) Cucumber
2 2 (66.67%) SpecFlow
2 2 (66.67%) Mobile App
2 2 (66.67%) Load Testing
2 2 (66.67%) Web Testing
2 2 (66.67%) Test Management
2 2 (66.67%) E-Commerce
2 2 (66.67%) Microsoft
2 2 (66.67%) Regression Testing
2 2 (66.67%) Scrum
2 2 (66.67%) Web Development
2 2 (66.67%) Case Management
2 2 (66.67%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (33.33%) Exploratory Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Degree
3 1 (33.33%) JIRA
3 1 (33.33%) Mathematics
3 1 (33.33%) Computer Science
3 1 (33.33%) Atlassian
3 1 (33.33%) ISEB
3 1 (33.33%) Middleware
3 1 (33.33%) C#
3 1 (33.33%) SQL
3 1 (33.33%) SOAP
3 1 (33.33%) Web Services
3 1 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
3 1 (33.33%) Confluence
3 1 (33.33%) Waterfall

Manual Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in Bedfordshire 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 1 (33.33%) Confluence
Development Applications
1 2 (66.67%) Cucumber
1 2 (66.67%) SpecFlow
1 2 (66.67%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (33.33%) JIRA
2 1 (33.33%) SoapUI
Job Titles
1 2 (66.67%) Agile Test Analyst
1 2 (66.67%) Analyst
1 2 (66.67%) Digital Analyst
1 2 (66.67%) Test Analyst
1 2 (66.67%) Web Analyst
1 2 (66.67%) Web Test Analyst
2 1 (33.33%) Software Test Engineer
2 1 (33.33%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (33.33%) Middleware
1 1 (33.33%) SOAP
1 1 (33.33%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (66.67%) Mobile App
2 1 (33.33%) Computer Science
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 3 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 2 (66.67%) Case Management
2 2 (66.67%) E-Commerce
2 2 (66.67%) Load Testing
2 2 (66.67%) Regression Testing
2 2 (66.67%) Scrum
2 2 (66.67%) Test Management
2 2 (66.67%) Web Development
2 2 (66.67%) Web Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Black-Box Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
3 1 (33.33%) Exploratory Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Mathematics
3 1 (33.33%) Root Cause Analysis
3 1 (33.33%) User Stories
3 1 (33.33%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 1 (33.33%) C#
1 1 (33.33%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (33.33%) Degree
1 1 (33.33%) ISEB
1 1 (33.33%) ISTQB
Vendors
1 2 (66.67%) Microsoft
2 1 (33.33%) Atlassian