The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London 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 24 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
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Manual Testing
London / City of London
Rank 140 136 173
Rank change year-on-year -4 +37  
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 13 22 16
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.43% 0.67% 0.32%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.50% 0.76% 0.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 18 14
Median daily rate £350 £361 £394
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.11% -8.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £326 £263 £261
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £508 £485
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 the City of London with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
City of London
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 2591 2891 4163
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 85.46% 87.77% 82.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 2034 2315 3208
Median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £345 £325 £313
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 26 36
Median hourly rate £16.00 £20.00 £20.45
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.97% -2.20%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.35 £47.50 £92.50
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 the City of London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the City of London 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 the City of London

Manual Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Manual Testing in the City of London

Manual Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Manual Testing in the City of London over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Manual Testing in the City of London

Manual Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Manual Testing in the City of London

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 24 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 City of London region with a requirement for Manual Testing.

1 17 (62.96%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (59.26%) QA
3 13 (48.15%) Automated Testing
4 12 (44.44%) Finance
5 10 (37.04%) Selenium
6 9 (33.33%) BDD
6 9 (33.33%) TDD
7 8 (29.63%) Kanban
8 7 (25.93%) Test Scripting
8 7 (25.93%) Scrum
8 7 (25.93%) SQL
9 6 (22.22%) Android
9 6 (22.22%) Test Automation
9 6 (22.22%) Cucumber
9 6 (22.22%) Test Strategy
9 6 (22.22%) Mobile App
10 5 (18.52%) Non-Functional Testing
10 5 (18.52%) Appium
10 5 (18.52%) WebDriver
10 5 (18.52%) Exploratory Testing
11 4 (14.81%) Analytical Skills
11 4 (14.81%) Performance Testing
11 4 (14.81%) Calabash
11 4 (14.81%) ATDD
11 4 (14.81%) Functional Testing
11 4 (14.81%) Git (software)
11 4 (14.81%) Apple iOS
11 4 (14.81%) Software Testing
11 4 (14.81%) Java
11 4 (14.81%) Regression Testing

Manual Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the City of London 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 (3.70%) CMS
1 1 (3.70%) Confluence
Business Applications
1 1 (3.70%) Oracle Assets
1 1 (3.70%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (3.70%) Oracle EBS R12
1 1 (3.70%) Oracle Financials
1 1 (3.70%) Oracle General Ledger
1 1 (3.70%) Oracle Internet Expenses
1 1 (3.70%) Oracle iProcurement
1 1 (3.70%) Oracle Payables
1 1 (3.70%) Oracle Receivables
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (7.41%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (3.70%) DataStage
2 1 (3.70%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 10 (37.04%) Selenium
2 6 (22.22%) Cucumber
3 5 (18.52%) Appium
3 5 (18.52%) WebDriver
4 4 (14.81%) Calabash
4 4 (14.81%) Git (software)
5 3 (11.11%) Xcode
6 2 (7.41%) Android Studio
6 2 (7.41%) HP UFT
6 2 (7.41%) Jenkins
6 2 (7.41%) JIRA
6 2 (7.41%) Mocha
7 1 (3.70%) Capybara
7 1 (3.70%) Protractor
7 1 (3.70%) RSpec
7 1 (3.70%) Sahi
7 1 (3.70%) TestComplete
7 1 (3.70%) WATIR
General
1 12 (44.44%) Finance
2 3 (11.11%) Banking
3 2 (7.41%) Marketing
4 1 (3.70%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 9 (33.33%) Analyst
2 8 (29.63%) QA Engineer
2 8 (29.63%) Test Analyst
3 6 (22.22%) Tester
4 5 (18.52%) Automation Tester
5 4 (14.81%) QA Analyst
6 3 (11.11%) QA Test Analyst
6 3 (11.11%) Test Engineer
7 2 (7.41%) Banking Analyst
7 2 (7.41%) Mobile Engineer
7 2 (7.41%) Test Leader
7 2 (7.41%) Web Analyst
7 2 (7.41%) Web Test Analyst
8 1 (3.70%) Agile Test Analyst
8 1 (3.70%) Automation Engineer
8 1 (3.70%) Automation Test Lead
8 1 (3.70%) Oracle Financials Analyst
8 1 (3.70%) QA Automation Engineer
8 1 (3.70%) QA Leader
8 1 (3.70%) QA Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (11.11%) .NET
1 3 (11.11%) Gherkin
1 3 (11.11%) Node.js
1 3 (11.11%) RESTful
2 2 (7.41%) AngularJS
2 2 (7.41%) Express
2 2 (7.41%) HTML
2 2 (7.41%) Ruby on Rails
2 2 (7.41%) Web Services
2 2 (7.41%) XML
3 1 (3.70%) .NET Framework
3 1 (3.70%) CSS
3 1 (3.70%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 6 (22.22%) Mobile App
2 4 (14.81%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (7.41%) Hedge funds
4 1 (3.70%) Credit Derivative
4 1 (3.70%) Derivative
4 1 (3.70%) Fixed Income
4 1 (3.70%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 1 (3.70%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 6 (22.22%) Android
2 4 (14.81%) Apple iOS
3 3 (11.11%) Unix
4 2 (7.41%) Linux
4 2 (7.41%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (62.96%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (48.15%) Automated Testing
3 9 (33.33%) BDD
3 9 (33.33%) TDD
4 8 (29.63%) Kanban
5 7 (25.93%) Scrum
5 7 (25.93%) Test Scripting
6 6 (22.22%) Test Automation
6 6 (22.22%) Test Strategy
7 5 (18.52%) Exploratory Testing
7 5 (18.52%) Non-Functional Testing
8 4 (14.81%) ATDD
8 4 (14.81%) Functional Testing
8 4 (14.81%) Performance Testing
8 4 (14.81%) Regression Testing
8 4 (14.81%) Software Testing
9 3 (11.11%) Automation Testing
9 3 (11.11%) Continuous Delivery
9 3 (11.11%) E-Commerce
9 3 (11.11%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (25.93%) SQL
2 4 (14.81%) Java
3 3 (11.11%) Apple Swift
3 3 (11.11%) JavaScript
3 3 (11.11%) Objective-C
3 3 (11.11%) Ruby
4 1 (3.70%) VB
4 1 (3.70%) VBA
Qualifications
1 1 (3.70%) Degree
1 1 (3.70%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (59.26%) QA
2 1 (3.70%) Disclosure Scotland
Vendors
1 2 (7.41%) HP
2 1 (3.70%) Assembla
2 1 (3.70%) IBM
2 1 (3.70%) Microsoft
2 1 (3.70%) Oracle
2 1 (3.70%) TOWER Software