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 25 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
London / City of London
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 153 140 190
Rank change year-on-year -13 +50  
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 10 26 12
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.31% 0.78% 0.21%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.35% 0.91% 0.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 21 11
Median daily rate £340 £425 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +25.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £325 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £475 £500
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 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 2887 2854 4724
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 88.15% 85.89% 81.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 2218 2339 3709
Median daily rate £500 £475 £470
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +1.06%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £335 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 23 57
Median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.26% -22.44%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.75 £12.50 £14.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.00 £35.20 £55.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

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 25 June 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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Manual Testing in the City of London.

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

For the 6 months to 25 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 City of London region with a requirement for Manual Testing.

1 16 (69.57%) QA
1 16 (69.57%) Test Automation
2 15 (65.22%) Agile Software Development
3 10 (43.48%) Finance
4 9 (39.13%) BDD
5 8 (34.78%) TDD
5 8 (34.78%) Selenium
6 6 (26.09%) Java
6 6 (26.09%) SQL
6 6 (26.09%) WebDriver
6 6 (26.09%) Test Scripting
7 5 (21.74%) Android
7 5 (21.74%) Apple iOS
7 5 (21.74%) Test Strategy
7 5 (21.74%) Software Testing
8 4 (17.39%) ISTQB
8 4 (17.39%) Banking
8 4 (17.39%) Scrum
8 4 (17.39%) E-Commerce
8 4 (17.39%) RESTful
8 4 (17.39%) Non-Functional Testing
8 4 (17.39%) Mobile App
8 4 (17.39%) Calabash
8 4 (17.39%) Greenfield Project
9 3 (13.04%) Scenario Testing
9 3 (13.04%) Functional Testing
9 3 (13.04%) Appium
9 3 (13.04%) Apple Swift
9 3 (13.04%) Kanban
9 3 (13.04%) Cucumber

Manual Testing
Co-occurring 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 (4.35%) CMS
1 1 (4.35%) Confluence
1 1 (4.35%) Sitecore CMS
1 1 (4.35%) Umbraco
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.35%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (8.70%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 8 (34.78%) Selenium
2 6 (26.09%) WebDriver
3 4 (17.39%) Calabash
4 3 (13.04%) Appium
4 3 (13.04%) Cucumber
4 3 (13.04%) JIRA
4 3 (13.04%) Xcode
5 2 (8.70%) Git (software)
6 1 (4.35%) Capybara
6 1 (4.35%) HP UFT
6 1 (4.35%) Jenkins
6 1 (4.35%) MSTest
6 1 (4.35%) SoapUI
6 1 (4.35%) SpecFlow
6 1 (4.35%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (4.35%) TeamCity
6 1 (4.35%) Zephyr
General
1 10 (43.48%) Finance
2 4 (17.39%) Banking
3 2 (8.70%) Back Office
3 2 (8.70%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 10 (43.48%) Analyst
2 8 (34.78%) Test Analyst
3 6 (26.09%) QA Analyst
4 4 (17.39%) QA Engineer
4 4 (17.39%) QA Test Analyst
4 4 (17.39%) Tester
5 3 (13.04%) Automation Tester
5 3 (13.04%) Manual Test Analyst
6 2 (8.70%) Banking Analyst
6 2 (8.70%) Coordinator
6 2 (8.70%) Mobile Engineer
6 2 (8.70%) QA Coordinator
6 2 (8.70%) Test Coordinator
6 2 (8.70%) Test Engineer
6 2 (8.70%) UAT Analyst
6 2 (8.70%) UAT Coordinator
6 2 (8.70%) UAT Test Analyst
7 1 (4.35%) Developer
7 1 (4.35%) QA Manager
7 1 (4.35%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (17.39%) RESTful
2 2 (8.70%) .NET
2 2 (8.70%) ASP.NET
2 2 (8.70%) SOAP
2 2 (8.70%) Web Services
2 2 (8.70%) XML
3 1 (4.35%) CSS
3 1 (4.35%) Gherkin
3 1 (4.35%) HTML
3 1 (4.35%) JSON
3 1 (4.35%) Node.js
3 1 (4.35%) REST
3 1 (4.35%) Ruby on Rails
3 1 (4.35%) Visualforce
Miscellaneous
1 4 (17.39%) Greenfield Project
1 4 (17.39%) Mobile App
2 2 (8.70%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (8.70%) Hedge funds
3 1 (4.35%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 5 (21.74%) Android
1 5 (21.74%) Apple iOS
2 2 (8.70%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (69.57%) Test Automation
2 15 (65.22%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (39.13%) BDD
4 8 (34.78%) TDD
5 6 (26.09%) Test Scripting
6 5 (21.74%) Software Testing
6 5 (21.74%) Test Strategy
7 4 (17.39%) E-Commerce
7 4 (17.39%) Non-Functional Testing
7 4 (17.39%) Scrum
8 3 (13.04%) Functional Testing
8 3 (13.04%) Kanban
8 3 (13.04%) Performance Testing
8 3 (13.04%) Project Management
8 3 (13.04%) Release Management
8 3 (13.04%) Scenario Testing
8 3 (13.04%) User Acceptance Testing
8 3 (13.04%) Workflow
9 2 (8.70%) ATDD
9 2 (8.70%) Exploratory Testing
Programming Languages
1 6 (26.09%) Java
1 6 (26.09%) SQL
2 3 (13.04%) Apple Swift
2 3 (13.04%) C#
2 3 (13.04%) JavaScript
2 3 (13.04%) Objective-C
3 2 (8.70%) Ruby
4 1 (4.35%) Apex Code
4 1 (4.35%) SOQL
Qualifications
1 4 (17.39%) ISTQB
2 1 (4.35%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (69.57%) QA
2 1 (4.35%) MiFID
Systems Management
1 1 (4.35%) CA Service Virtualization
Vendors
1 2 (8.70%) TOWER Software
2 1 (4.35%) CA
2 1 (4.35%) HP
2 1 (4.35%) Salesforce.com
2 1 (4.35%) Sitecore