The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 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 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
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Manual Testing
North West / Cheshire
Rank 47 - 70
Rank change year-on-year - 0  
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 4 0 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 0.76% - 0.25%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.89% - 0.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 0 2
Median daily rate £275 - £308
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 Cheshire with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Cheshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 448 817 666
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 84.69% 83.88% 82.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 316 509 428
Median daily rate £400 £425 £408
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +4.29%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £298 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £596
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £399
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.29%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 27 34
Median hourly rate £42.48 £22.54 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +88.44% -35.60%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.00 £13.00 £17.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.95 £50.00 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £39.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.69% +30.00%  

Manual Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cheshire 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 Cheshire

Manual Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Manual Testing in Cheshire

Manual Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Manual Testing in Cheshire

Manual Testing
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

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 Cheshire region over the 3 months to 23 March 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
Chester - 4 £275 - 1
Manual Testing
North West

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

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

1 5 (55.56%) Selenium
2 4 (44.44%) Test Management
2 4 (44.44%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (44.44%) Workday
3 3 (33.33%) Gatling
3 3 (33.33%) Exploratory Testing
3 3 (33.33%) Zephyr
3 3 (33.33%) Scrum
3 3 (33.33%) Java
3 3 (33.33%) Web Services
3 3 (33.33%) ISEB
3 3 (33.33%) CheckPoint
3 3 (33.33%) Kanban
3 3 (33.33%) JIRA
3 3 (33.33%) QA
3 3 (33.33%) Cucumber
3 3 (33.33%) MongoDB
3 3 (33.33%) GitHub
3 3 (33.33%) Jenkins
4 2 (22.22%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (11.11%) SDLC
5 1 (11.11%) Automation Testing
5 1 (11.11%) LoadUI
5 1 (11.11%) Apple iOS
5 1 (11.11%) SoapUI
5 1 (11.11%) JMeter
5 1 (11.11%) Android
5 1 (11.11%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (11.11%) LoadRunner
5 1 (11.11%) JD Edwards

Manual Testing
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire 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:

Cloud Services
1 3 (33.33%) GitHub
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (33.33%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 5 (55.56%) Selenium
2 3 (33.33%) Cucumber
2 3 (33.33%) Gatling
2 3 (33.33%) Jenkins
2 3 (33.33%) JIRA
2 3 (33.33%) Zephyr
3 1 (11.11%) JMeter
3 1 (11.11%) LoadRunner
3 1 (11.11%) LoadUI
3 1 (11.11%) SoapUI
3 1 (11.11%) Visual Studio
General
1 1 (11.11%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 5 (55.56%) Analyst
1 5 (55.56%) Test Analyst
2 3 (33.33%) QA Engineer
2 3 (33.33%) Workday Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) HR Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Senior Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Senior Test Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Senior Tester
3 1 (11.11%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (33.33%) Web Services
2 1 (11.11%) JSON
2 1 (11.11%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (22.22%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 1 (11.11%) Android
1 1 (11.11%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (44.44%) Agile Software Development
1 4 (44.44%) Test Management
2 3 (33.33%) Exploratory Testing
2 3 (33.33%) Kanban
2 3 (33.33%) Scrum
3 1 (11.11%) Automated Testing
3 1 (11.11%) Automation Testing
3 1 (11.11%) SDLC
3 1 (11.11%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 3 (33.33%) Java
2 1 (11.11%) SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (33.33%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (33.33%) QA
Vendors
1 4 (44.44%) Workday
2 3 (33.33%) CheckPoint
3 1 (11.11%) JD Edwards