The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham 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 23 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
West Midlands / Birmingham
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 48 67 61
Rank change year-on-year +19 -6  
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 8 4 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 1.30% 0.49% 0.26%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.59% 0.59% 0.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 4 2
Median daily rate £284 £196 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +44.58% -37.20%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £229 £117 £243
10% offered a daily rate of more than £338 £411 £383
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £300 £290
% change year-on-year +8.33% +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 Birmingham with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Birmingham
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 503 679 602
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham 81.92% 83.42% 77.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 330 476 400
Median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £383
% change year-on-year +3.75% +4.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 15 13
Median hourly rate £14.22 £25.00 £47.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -43.14% -47.64%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.16 £12.50 £22.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.75 £42.50 £63.00
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 Birmingham

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Birmingham 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 Birmingham

Manual Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Manual Testing in Birmingham

Manual Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Manual Testing in Birmingham over the 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Manual Testing in Birmingham

Manual Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Manual Testing in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 23 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 Birmingham region with a requirement for Manual Testing.

1 8 (72.73%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (54.55%) ISEB
3 5 (45.45%) User Acceptance Testing
3 5 (45.45%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (45.45%) JIRA
4 4 (36.36%) SQL
4 4 (36.36%) System Testing
4 4 (36.36%) Test Scripting
5 3 (27.27%) Integration Testing
5 3 (27.27%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (27.27%) Defect Management
5 3 (27.27%) SharePoint
6 2 (18.18%) XML
6 2 (18.18%) Salesforce.com
6 2 (18.18%) GxP
6 2 (18.18%) Migration
6 2 (18.18%) V-Model
6 2 (18.18%) Test Automation
6 2 (18.18%) SaaS
6 2 (18.18%) Confluence
6 2 (18.18%) Web Testing
7 1 (9.09%) Continuous Integration
7 1 (9.09%) Unit Testing
7 1 (9.09%) Waterfall
7 1 (9.09%) Test Strategy
7 1 (9.09%) Agile Project Management
7 1 (9.09%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (9.09%) Mobile App
7 1 (9.09%) Performance Analysis
7 1 (9.09%) Time Management

Manual Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in Birmingham 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 3 (27.27%) SharePoint
2 2 (18.18%) Confluence
3 1 (9.09%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Cloud Services
1 2 (18.18%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (9.09%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (9.09%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (9.09%) MySQL
1 1 (9.09%) SQL Server
1 1 (9.09%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 5 (45.45%) JIRA
General
1 1 (9.09%) Retail
Job Titles
1 6 (54.55%) Analyst
1 6 (54.55%) Test Analyst
2 3 (27.27%) Manual Test Analyst
2 3 (27.27%) Test Leader
3 2 (18.18%) Agile Test Analyst
3 2 (18.18%) Tester
4 1 (9.09%) Applications Manager
4 1 (9.09%) Lead Test Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) Lead Tester
4 1 (9.09%) Manual Tester
4 1 (9.09%) Programme Manager
4 1 (9.09%) Programme Test Manager
4 1 (9.09%) Senior Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) Senior Test Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) Test Manager
4 1 (9.09%) Test Programme Manager
4 1 (9.09%) Web Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) Web Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (18.18%) XML
2 1 (9.09%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 5 (45.45%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (9.09%) Management Information System
2 1 (9.09%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 1 (9.09%) Android
1 1 (9.09%) Windows
1 1 (9.09%) Windows 10
1 1 (9.09%) Windows Server
1 1 (9.09%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (72.73%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (45.45%) User Acceptance Testing
3 4 (36.36%) System Testing
3 4 (36.36%) Test Scripting
4 3 (27.27%) Defect Management
4 3 (27.27%) Integration Testing
5 2 (18.18%) Migration
5 2 (18.18%) Test Automation
5 2 (18.18%) V-Model
5 2 (18.18%) Web Testing
6 1 (9.09%) Agile Project Management
6 1 (9.09%) E-Commerce
6 1 (9.09%) Performance Analysis
6 1 (9.09%) PRINCE2
6 1 (9.09%) Programme Management
6 1 (9.09%) Project Management
6 1 (9.09%) Regression Testing
6 1 (9.09%) Stakeholder Management
6 1 (9.09%) Test Strategy
6 1 (9.09%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 4 (36.36%) SQL
2 1 (9.09%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 6 (54.55%) ISEB
2 3 (27.27%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (9.09%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (18.18%) GxP
2 1 (9.09%) PCI DSS
2 1 (9.09%) QA
Vendors
1 2 (18.18%) Salesforce.com
2 1 (9.09%) Oracle