Period
to 18 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England 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 6 months to 18 November 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
UK > England
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 433 471 399
Rank change year-on-year +38 -72 +61
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 455 451 581
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.48% 0.46% 0.55%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.57% 0.55% 0.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 303 310 391
England median daily rate £375 £338 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +8.87% +0.81%
10th Percentile £239 £213 £213
90th Percentile £500 £475 £438
UK median daily rate £350 £325 £310
% change year-on-year +7.69% +4.84% +3.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 6 10
England median hourly rate £42.50 £32.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +30.77% -13.33% +72.41%
10th Percentile £38.25 £29.50 £23.88
90th Percentile £44.75 £119.50 £41.65
UK median hourly rate £26.75 £32.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year -17.69% -13.33% +72.41%

Manual Testing is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 79501 82625 86049
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 84.69% 84.18% 81.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 53476 55123 56736
England median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £288 £265 £263
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1856 2135 2506
England median hourly rate £24.00 £24.41 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.68% +8.49% +18.42%
10th Percentile £11.38 £11.50 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £23.63 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -1.56% +6.67% +18.42%

Manual Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Manual Testing as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Manual Testing in England

Manual Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Manual Testing in England

Manual Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Manual Testing in England over the 6 months to 18 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Manual Testing in England

Manual Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Manual Testing in England

Manual Testing
Contract Job Locations in England

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 England region over the 6 months to 18 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -8 208 £411 +9.47% 13
North of England +56 64 £280 -11.11% 18
South East +17 64 £350 +3.70% 19
Midlands +34 51 £315 -4.91% 15
South West +12 43 £348 +15.83% 5
Yorkshire +32 38 £270 -10.00% 6
West Midlands +31 29 £310 -11.43% 4
East of England -15 27 £344 +27.91% 6
North West +17 25 £306 -5.77% 11
East Midlands +19 21 £325 +5.69% 11
North East +58 1 £325 -16.67% 1
Manual Testing
UK

For the 6 months to 18 November 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 England region with a requirement for Manual Testing.

1 267 (58.68%) Test Automation
2 229 (50.33%) Agile Software Development
3 129 (28.35%) QA
4 120 (26.37%) Test Scripting
5 107 (23.52%) Java
5 107 (23.52%) SQL
6 106 (23.30%) Scrum
7 105 (23.08%) Selenium
8 102 (22.42%) Finance
9 97 (21.32%) User Acceptance Testing
10 91 (20.00%) JIRA
11 86 (18.90%) BDD
12 83 (18.24%) Cucumber
13 77 (16.92%) Test Strategy
14 73 (16.04%) Banking
15 70 (15.38%) Functional Testing
16 64 (14.07%) User Stories
17 58 (12.75%) TDD
18 56 (12.31%) ISEB
19 54 (11.87%) Regression Testing
20 53 (11.65%) E-Commerce
21 52 (11.43%) Web Services
22 51 (11.21%) C#
23 50 (10.99%) ISTQB
23 50 (10.99%) Exploratory Testing
24 48 (10.55%) Gherkin
25 47 (10.33%) Mobile App
26 46 (10.11%) Scenario Testing
27 45 (9.89%) WebDriver
28 44 (9.67%) HP Quality Center

Manual Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 23 (5.05%) Confluence
2 19 (4.18%) Tomcat
3 5 (1.10%) CMS
3 5 (1.10%) Elasticsearch
4 3 (0.66%) IIS
5 2 (0.44%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 2 (0.44%) SharePoint
6 1 (0.22%) Apache
6 1 (0.22%) Apache Spark
6 1 (0.22%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (0.22%) Documentum
6 1 (0.22%) SAS
Applications
1 9 (1.98%) InDesign
1 9 (1.98%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (1.54%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (0.88%) Spreadsheet
4 3 (0.66%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.22%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 5 (1.10%) ION MarketView
2 4 (0.88%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.88%) Markit EDM
3 3 (0.66%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.22%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.22%) Magento
4 1 (0.22%) Maximo
4 1 (0.22%) Minerva
4 1 (0.22%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.22%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.22%) Oracle General Ledger
4 1 (0.22%) Oracle iProcurement
4 1 (0.22%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.22%) Retail-J
4 1 (0.22%) SAP CO
4 1 (0.22%) SAP FI
4 1 (0.22%) SAP FI/CO
4 1 (0.22%) SAP MM
4 1 (0.22%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.22%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 14 (3.08%) OpenDNS
2 10 (2.20%) Amazon AWS
3 9 (1.98%) Adobe Creative Cloud
4 7 (1.54%) GitHub
5 6 (1.32%) BrowserStack
6 5 (1.10%) Cloud Computing
6 5 (1.10%) Microsoft Azure
7 4 (0.88%) SaaS
8 1 (0.22%) Dynamics 365
8 1 (0.22%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 15 (3.30%) DNS
2 7 (1.54%) Internet
3 6 (1.32%) SMS
4 3 (0.66%) PuTTY
4 3 (0.66%) WinSCP
5 2 (0.44%) HTTP
5 2 (0.44%) LTE
6 1 (0.22%) 3G
6 1 (0.22%) 4G
6 1 (0.22%) GPRS
6 1 (0.22%) GSM
6 1 (0.22%) ICMP
6 1 (0.22%) LAN
6 1 (0.22%) Network Security
6 1 (0.22%) PSTN
6 1 (0.22%) TCP/IP
6 1 (0.22%) UMTS
6 1 (0.22%) VoIP
6 1 (0.22%) WAAS
6 1 (0.22%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (3.52%) Data Warehouse
2 15 (3.30%) SQL Server
3 14 (3.08%) Maltego
4 12 (2.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 8 (1.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 6 (1.32%) Big Data
7 5 (1.10%) MongoDB
7 5 (1.10%) Redis
7 5 (1.10%) Relational Database
8 4 (0.88%) Blockchain
8 4 (0.88%) MySQL
8 4 (0.88%) SQL Server 2012
9 3 (0.66%) Hadoop
9 3 (0.66%) Oracle Database
10 2 (0.44%) Data Mart
10 2 (0.44%) NoSQL
10 2 (0.44%) RDBMS
11 1 (0.22%) Apache Cassandra
11 1 (0.22%) PowerCenter
11 1 (0.22%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 105 (23.08%) Selenium
2 91 (20.00%) JIRA
3 83 (18.24%) Cucumber
4 45 (9.89%) WebDriver
5 38 (8.35%) Jenkins
6 33 (7.25%) SoapUI
7 31 (6.81%) Appium
8 27 (5.93%) JMeter
9 26 (5.71%) Calabash
9 26 (5.71%) Git (software)
10 21 (4.62%) Team Foundation Server
11 19 (4.18%) Visual Studio
12 18 (3.96%) Xcode
13 14 (3.08%) NUnit
14 13 (2.86%) SpecFlow
14 13 (2.86%) TestRail
15 12 (2.64%) HP UFT
15 12 (2.64%) JUnit
16 10 (2.20%) Eclipse
16 10 (2.20%) Maven
General
1 102 (22.42%) Finance
2 73 (16.04%) Banking
3 22 (4.84%) Investment Banking
3 22 (4.84%) Retail
4 15 (3.30%) Retail Banking
5 10 (2.20%) Financial Institution
6 9 (1.98%) Private Banking
7 7 (1.54%) Telecoms
8 5 (1.10%) Front Office
8 5 (1.10%) Games
9 4 (0.88%) Advertising
9 4 (0.88%) Back Office
9 4 (0.88%) Manufacturing
9 4 (0.88%) Marketing
10 3 (0.66%) Automotive
10 3 (0.66%) Corporate Banking
10 3 (0.66%) Electronics
11 2 (0.44%) Law
11 2 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
12 1 (0.22%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 191 (41.98%) Analyst
2 159 (34.95%) Test Analyst
3 124 (27.25%) Tester
4 41 (9.01%) Manual Tester
5 36 (7.91%) Developer
5 36 (7.91%) Manual Test Analyst
6 35 (7.69%) Test Leader
7 31 (6.81%) Automation Tester
7 31 (6.81%) Test Engineer
8 30 (6.59%) QA Engineer
9 27 (5.93%) Automation Test Analyst
10 25 (5.49%) Developer in Test
11 22 (4.84%) QA Tester
12 17 (3.74%) Agile Test Analyst
13 15 (3.30%) Business Analyst
13 15 (3.30%) Test Automation Engineer
14 14 (3.08%) Banking Analyst
14 14 (3.08%) Digital Analyst
14 14 (3.08%) QA Leader
14 14 (3.08%) Senior Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 52 (11.43%) Web Services
2 48 (10.55%) Gherkin
3 35 (7.69%) RESTful
4 34 (7.47%) JSON
5 31 (6.81%) XML
6 30 (6.59%) SOAP
7 27 (5.93%) REST
8 25 (5.49%) .NET
9 22 (4.84%) CSS
10 20 (4.40%) HTML
11 16 (3.52%) Elastic Stack
12 15 (3.30%) Velocity
13 9 (1.98%) Node.js
14 8 (1.76%) AngularJS
15 6 (1.32%) Ajax
15 6 (1.32%) jQuery
15 6 (1.32%) Spring
16 4 (0.88%) Kafka
17 3 (0.66%) .NET Framework
17 3 (0.66%) FIX Protocol
Miscellaneous
1 47 (10.33%) Mobile App
2 26 (5.71%) Analytical Skills
3 20 (4.40%) Management Information System
4 19 (4.18%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 13 (2.86%) Computer Science
6 12 (2.64%) Derivative
7 11 (2.42%) Linux Command Line
7 11 (2.42%) Video on Demand
8 10 (2.20%) Video\Live Streaming
9 9 (1.98%) Fixed Income
10 6 (1.32%) Cyberthreat
11 5 (1.10%) Equities
12 4 (0.88%) Data Centre
12 4 (0.88%) EPoS
12 4 (0.88%) Fintech
12 4 (0.88%) User Experience
13 3 (0.66%) Client/Server
13 3 (0.66%) Credit Risk
13 3 (0.66%) Mainframe
14 2 (0.44%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 22 (4.84%) Windows
2 18 (3.96%) Unix
3 16 (3.52%) Apple iOS
4 15 (3.30%) Android
5 11 (2.42%) Linux
6 4 (0.88%) Mac OS X
7 3 (0.66%) Windows 10
7 3 (0.66%) Windows Server 2003
7 3 (0.66%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.22%) Kali Linux
8 1 (0.22%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.22%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.22%) Windows Server
8 1 (0.22%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 267 (58.68%) Test Automation
2 229 (50.33%) Agile Software Development
3 120 (26.37%) Test Scripting
4 106 (23.30%) Scrum
5 97 (21.32%) User Acceptance Testing
6 86 (18.90%) BDD
7 77 (16.92%) Test Strategy
8 70 (15.38%) Functional Testing
9 64 (14.07%) User Stories
10 58 (12.75%) TDD
11 54 (11.87%) Regression Testing
12 53 (11.65%) E-Commerce
13 50 (10.99%) Exploratory Testing
14 46 (10.11%) Scenario Testing
15 44 (9.67%) Software Testing
16 42 (9.23%) Integration Testing
17 41 (9.01%) Kanban
18 40 (8.79%) SDLC
19 37 (8.13%) Continuous Integration
19 37 (8.13%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 107 (23.52%) Java
1 107 (23.52%) SQL
2 51 (11.21%) C#
3 42 (9.23%) JavaScript
4 31 (6.81%) Ruby
5 29 (6.37%) Python
6 20 (4.40%) Apple Swift
7 16 (3.52%) T-SQL
8 14 (3.08%) Shell Script
9 8 (1.76%) Scala
10 7 (1.54%) PHP
11 6 (1.32%) C++
12 5 (1.10%) Groovy
13 4 (0.88%) PowerShell
13 4 (0.88%) VB
14 3 (0.66%) ABAP
14 3 (0.66%) Bash Shell
14 3 (0.66%) Perl
15 1 (0.22%) Apex Code
15 1 (0.22%) Go
Qualifications
1 56 (12.31%) ISEB
2 50 (10.99%) ISTQB
3 40 (8.79%) Degree
4 20 (4.40%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 14 (3.08%) Security Cleared
6 12 (2.64%) SC Cleared
7 9 (1.98%) Computer Science Degree
8 5 (1.10%) Master's Degree
9 1 (0.22%) BPSS Clearance
9 1 (0.22%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 129 (28.35%) QA
2 24 (5.27%) MiFID
3 11 (2.42%) EMIR
4 10 (2.20%) Dodd-Frank
5 5 (1.10%) GAMP
5 5 (1.10%) GxP
6 4 (0.88%) WCAG
7 3 (0.66%) WAI
8 2 (0.44%) Disclosure Scotland
9 1 (0.22%) 21 CFR Part 11
9 1 (0.22%) Data Quality
9 1 (0.22%) GDPR
9 1 (0.22%) GMP
9 1 (0.22%) PMO
9 1 (0.22%) PSD2
System Software
1 6 (1.32%) Active Directory
2 5 (1.10%) Docker
3 3 (0.66%) Virtual Desktop
4 1 (0.22%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 44 (9.67%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (0.88%) Kibana
3 2 (0.44%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 2 (0.44%) SCCM
4 1 (0.22%) Grafana
4 1 (0.22%) HAProxy
4 1 (0.22%) logstash
4 1 (0.22%) Marathon
4 1 (0.22%) Mesos
4 1 (0.22%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.22%) Puppet
4 1 (0.22%) Terraform
Vendors
1 34 (7.47%) HP
2 33 (7.25%) Microsoft
3 24 (5.27%) hybris
4 17 (3.74%) OpenText
5 11 (2.42%) Adobe
6 10 (2.20%) Xamarin
7 8 (1.76%) Oracle
8 7 (1.54%) Salesforce.com
8 7 (1.54%) SAP
9 6 (1.32%) ATG
9 6 (1.32%) Atlassian
10 5 (1.10%) IBM
10 5 (1.10%) ION Trading
11 4 (0.88%) Tableau
12 3 (0.66%) Concur
12 3 (0.66%) Google
12 3 (0.66%) Guidewire
12 3 (0.66%) Intel
12 3 (0.66%) VMware
13 2 (0.44%) TOWER Software