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 27 March 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.

3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Manual Testing
West Midlands / Birmingham
Rank 54 57 59
Rank change year-on-year +3 +2  
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 2 1 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 0.32% 0.15% 0.40%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.39% 0.19% 0.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 0 3
Median daily rate £375 - £225
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 - £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 - £269
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £300 £290
% change year-on-year - +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £32.50 -
% change year-on-year -43.07% -  

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 509 527 579
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham 81.05% 81.58% 76.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 341 330 368
Median daily rate £425 £376 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.18% +0.13%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 17 17
Median hourly rate £14.63 £17.95 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.52% +5.58%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £9.63 £8.14
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.25 £39.60 £26.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.25 £38.50 £30.20
% change year-on-year -5.84% +27.48%  

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 27 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Manual Testing in Birmingham.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Manual Testing in Birmingham

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 (88.89%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (77.78%) ISEB
2 7 (77.78%) Test Scripting
3 6 (66.67%) Automated Testing
4 5 (55.56%) QA
4 5 (55.56%) Waterfall
4 5 (55.56%) Functional Testing
5 4 (44.44%) Test Planning
5 4 (44.44%) SDLC
5 4 (44.44%) ISTQB
5 4 (44.44%) SQL
6 3 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
6 3 (33.33%) Capacity Planning
6 3 (33.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 2 (22.22%) Web Testing
7 2 (22.22%) V-Model
7 2 (22.22%) User Acceptance Testing
7 2 (22.22%) Migration
7 2 (22.22%) XML
8 1 (11.11%) PRINCE2
8 1 (11.11%) Windows
8 1 (11.11%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (11.11%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 1 (11.11%) X-Windows
8 1 (11.11%) Project Management
8 1 (11.11%) Stakeholder Management
8 1 (11.11%) Programme Management
8 1 (11.11%) Management Information System
8 1 (11.11%) Wi-Fi
8 1 (11.11%) Performance Testing

Manual Testing
Top Related 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 1 (11.11%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
1 1 (11.11%) Confluence
Communications & Networking
1 1 (11.11%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (11.11%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (11.11%) SQL Server
1 1 (11.11%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 1 (11.11%) JIRA
1 1 (11.11%) Selenium
Job Titles
1 6 (66.67%) Test Manager
2 2 (22.22%) Analyst
2 2 (22.22%) Manual Test Analyst
2 2 (22.22%) Test Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Applications Manager
3 1 (11.11%) Manual Tester
3 1 (11.11%) Programme Manager
3 1 (11.11%) Programme Test Manager
3 1 (11.11%) Test Programme Manager
3 1 (11.11%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (22.22%) XML
2 1 (11.11%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 3 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (11.11%) Management Information System
2 1 (11.11%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 1 (11.11%) Android
1 1 (11.11%) Windows
1 1 (11.11%) Windows 10
1 1 (11.11%) Windows Server
1 1 (11.11%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (88.89%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (77.78%) Test Scripting
3 6 (66.67%) Automated Testing
4 5 (55.56%) Functional Testing
4 5 (55.56%) Waterfall
5 4 (44.44%) SDLC
5 4 (44.44%) Test Planning
6 3 (33.33%) Capacity Planning
7 2 (22.22%) Migration
7 2 (22.22%) User Acceptance Testing
7 2 (22.22%) V-Model
7 2 (22.22%) Web Testing
8 1 (11.11%) Integration Testing
8 1 (11.11%) Load Testing
8 1 (11.11%) Performance Testing
8 1 (11.11%) PRINCE2
8 1 (11.11%) Problem Management
8 1 (11.11%) Project Management
8 1 (11.11%) Stakeholder Management
8 1 (11.11%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 4 (44.44%) SQL
Qualifications
1 7 (77.78%) ISEB
2 4 (44.44%) ISTQB
3 3 (33.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (55.56%) QA
2 1 (11.11%) PCI DSS