The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Chester 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
Cheshire / Chester
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 25 39 34
Rank change year-on-year +14 -5  
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 1 2 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Chester 0.70% 0.93% 0.89%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.81% 1.18% 1.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 2
Median daily rate £288 £288 £308
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -6.50%  
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 Chester with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Chester
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 123 169 198
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Chester 86.01% 78.24% 88.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 105 154 115
Median daily rate £386 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.36% +3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £301 £312
10% offered a daily rate of more than £490 £500 £478
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £383
% change year-on-year +3.75% +4.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 3 10
Median hourly rate £13.00 £21.00 £33.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -38.09% -37.31%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.23 £20.78 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.85 £21.00 £40.00
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 Chester

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Chester 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 Chester

Manual Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Chester

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Manual Testing in Chester

Manual Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Chester

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Manual Testing in Chester

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 Chester region with a requirement for Manual Testing.

1 5 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (80.00%) Test Automation
2 4 (80.00%) Selenium
3 3 (60.00%) GitHub
3 3 (60.00%) Jenkins
3 3 (60.00%) Gatling
3 3 (60.00%) Exploratory Testing
3 3 (60.00%) Kanban
3 3 (60.00%) Cucumber
3 3 (60.00%) MongoDB
3 3 (60.00%) QA
3 3 (60.00%) Web Services
3 3 (60.00%) ISEB
3 3 (60.00%) Java
3 3 (60.00%) Scrum
4 1 (20.00%) SQL
4 1 (20.00%) Visual Studio
4 1 (20.00%) JD Edwards
4 1 (20.00%) Software Testing
4 1 (20.00%) Big Data
4 1 (20.00%) Big Data Analytics
4 1 (20.00%) Data Analytics
4 1 (20.00%) Mobile App
4 1 (20.00%) SDLC
4 1 (20.00%) Analytics
4 1 (20.00%) Test Management

Manual Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in Chester 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 (60.00%) GitHub
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (60.00%) MongoDB
2 1 (20.00%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 4 (80.00%) Selenium
2 3 (60.00%) Cucumber
2 3 (60.00%) Gatling
2 3 (60.00%) Jenkins
3 1 (20.00%) Visual Studio
Job Titles
1 3 (60.00%) QA Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Senior Tester
2 1 (20.00%) Test Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (60.00%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 1 (20.00%) Mobile App
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (80.00%) Test Automation
3 3 (60.00%) Exploratory Testing
3 3 (60.00%) Kanban
3 3 (60.00%) Scrum
4 1 (20.00%) Analytics
4 1 (20.00%) Big Data Analytics
4 1 (20.00%) Data Analytics
4 1 (20.00%) SDLC
4 1 (20.00%) Software Testing
4 1 (20.00%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (60.00%) Java
2 1 (20.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (60.00%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (60.00%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (20.00%) JD Edwards