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 3 months to 28 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.

Manual Testing
UK / England
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 388 406 392
Rank change year-on-year +18 -14  
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 200 212 223
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.48% 0.43% 0.45%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.58% 0.52% 0.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 139 150 165
Median daily rate £325 £345 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.79% +15.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £236 £224 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £477 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £300 £290
% change year-on-year - +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Median hourly rate - £108.75 -
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 England with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 34656 40979 39244
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 83.30% 82.95% 79.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 23008 27240 24713
Median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +2.94%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £585
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 862 1004 1153
Median hourly rate £36.00 £36.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.36% +32.72%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £52.50 £48.82
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.50 £30.20
% change year-on-year -6.49% +27.48%  

Manual Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England 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 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 3 months to 28 March 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 3 months to 28 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
London -19 67 £363 -9.37% 29
South West +10 28 £309 +12.96% 9
Yorkshire +32 27 £295 +7.27% 19
South East +16 24 £335 +21.90% 22
North West +31 16 £288 -6.12% 7
East of England +3 14 £431 +32.69% 7
East Midlands -9 14 £265 -11.29% 4
West Midlands +10 9 £325 +4.83% 8
North East -15 1 £275 - 1
Manual Testing
UK

For the 6 months to 28 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 England region with a requirement for Manual Testing.

1 267 (59.07%) Agile Software Development
2 174 (38.50%) Selenium
3 173 (38.27%) Automated Testing
4 162 (35.84%) QA
5 125 (27.65%) Scrum
6 117 (25.88%) Test Scripting
7 112 (24.78%) Java
8 109 (24.12%) SQL
9 96 (21.24%) Software Testing
10 95 (21.02%) Cucumber
11 91 (20.13%) BDD
12 75 (16.59%) Finance
13 74 (16.37%) Test Automation
14 72 (15.93%) User Acceptance Testing
15 71 (15.71%) Regression Testing
16 70 (15.49%) Automation Testing
17 68 (15.04%) JIRA
18 63 (13.94%) TDD
19 62 (13.72%) WebDriver
19 62 (13.72%) Functional Testing
20 61 (13.50%) ISEB
21 59 (13.05%) .NET
22 57 (12.61%) ISTQB
23 50 (11.06%) Performance Testing
24 49 (10.84%) C#
25 48 (10.62%) Jenkins
26 44 (9.73%) Continuous Integration
27 43 (9.51%) SQL Server
28 42 (9.29%) Oracle
28 42 (9.29%) Kanban

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 21 (4.65%) CMS
2 13 (2.88%) Sitecore CMS
3 11 (2.43%) SharePoint
4 9 (1.99%) SharePoint 2010
5 8 (1.77%) Confluence
6 2 (0.44%) BizTalk Server
6 2 (0.44%) SharePoint 2013
6 2 (0.44%) Tomcat
6 2 (0.44%) Umbraco
7 1 (0.22%) Apache
7 1 (0.22%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 1 (0.22%) EPiServer
Applications
1 18 (3.98%) MS Excel
2 2 (0.44%) MS Office
3 1 (0.22%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (0.88%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (0.66%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.44%) Oracle EBS R12
3 2 (0.44%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.22%) ION MarketView
4 1 (0.22%) Lorenzo
4 1 (0.22%) Magento
4 1 (0.22%) Oracle Assets
4 1 (0.22%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.22%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.22%) Oracle General Ledger
4 1 (0.22%) Oracle Internet Expenses
4 1 (0.22%) Oracle iProcurement
4 1 (0.22%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.22%) Oracle Receivables
4 1 (0.22%) Oracle Retail
4 1 (0.22%) SAP CRM
4 1 (0.22%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.22%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 10 (2.21%) GitHub
2 3 (0.66%) SaaS
3 2 (0.44%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (0.44%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 12 (2.65%) HTTP
2 6 (1.33%) Internet
3 3 (0.66%) SSH
4 2 (0.44%) Bluetooth
4 2 (0.44%) Cisco ISE
4 2 (0.44%) Firewall
4 2 (0.44%) Network Security
5 1 (0.22%) CHAP
5 1 (0.22%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (0.22%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (9.51%) SQL Server
2 23 (5.09%) Data Warehouse
3 12 (2.65%) Relational Database
4 11 (2.43%) Oracle Database
4 11 (2.43%) RDBMS
5 8 (1.77%) MongoDB
6 5 (1.11%) DB2
6 5 (1.11%) Oracle Reports
7 4 (0.88%) SQL Server 2012
8 3 (0.66%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 3 (0.66%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 2 (0.44%) DataStage
9 2 (0.44%) MySQL
9 2 (0.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 1 (0.22%) BusinessObjects
10 1 (0.22%) Data Mining
10 1 (0.22%) Hadoop
10 1 (0.22%) Oracle BI EE
10 1 (0.22%) PostgreSQL
10 1 (0.22%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 174 (38.50%) Selenium
2 95 (21.02%) Cucumber
3 68 (15.04%) JIRA
4 62 (13.72%) WebDriver
5 48 (10.62%) Jenkins
6 41 (9.07%) Visual Studio
7 36 (7.96%) SoapUI
7 36 (7.96%) Team Foundation Server
8 26 (5.75%) JMeter
9 25 (5.53%) Appium
10 23 (5.09%) Git (software)
10 23 (5.09%) Maven
11 20 (4.42%) SpecFlow
12 17 (3.76%) Ant
13 16 (3.54%) HP UFT
14 14 (3.10%) Bitbucket
14 14 (3.10%) Gradle
14 14 (3.10%) TeamCity
15 11 (2.43%) Apache Ivy
15 11 (2.43%) eggPlant
General
1 75 (16.59%) Finance
2 39 (8.63%) Banking
3 23 (5.09%) Retail
4 9 (1.99%) Investment Banking
4 9 (1.99%) Pharmaceutical
5 7 (1.55%) Marketing
6 6 (1.33%) Telecoms
7 4 (0.88%) Games
7 4 (0.88%) Legal
8 3 (0.66%) Automotive
8 3 (0.66%) Back Office
8 3 (0.66%) Billing
8 3 (0.66%) Financial Institution
8 3 (0.66%) Retail Banking
9 2 (0.44%) Advertising
9 2 (0.44%) Front Office
9 2 (0.44%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.44%) Publishing
10 1 (0.22%) Electronics
10 1 (0.22%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 174 (38.50%) Analyst
2 159 (35.18%) Test Analyst
3 133 (29.42%) Tester
4 54 (11.95%) Test Engineer
5 37 (8.19%) QA Engineer
6 30 (6.64%) Automation Tester
7 29 (6.42%) Manual Test Analyst
8 26 (5.75%) Software Tester
9 25 (5.53%) Test Leader
10 24 (5.31%) Automation Test Analyst
10 24 (5.31%) Developer
11 23 (5.09%) Manual Tester
11 23 (5.09%) QA Analyst
12 22 (4.87%) Test Manager
13 19 (4.20%) Consultant
13 19 (4.20%) Developer in Test
13 19 (4.20%) Senior Analyst
13 19 (4.20%) Senior Test Analyst
14 18 (3.98%) QA Tester
15 17 (3.76%) SQL Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 59 (13.05%) .NET
2 39 (8.63%) Gherkin
3 38 (8.41%) XML
4 28 (6.19%) Web Services
5 22 (4.87%) HTML
5 22 (4.87%) REST
5 22 (4.87%) SOAP
6 19 (4.20%) JSON
7 12 (2.65%) Node.js
7 12 (2.65%) RESTful
8 9 (1.99%) CSS
8 9 (1.99%) Spring
9 6 (1.33%) AngularJS
9 6 (1.33%) ASP.NET
9 6 (1.33%) HTML5
10 5 (1.11%) XML Messaging
11 4 (0.88%) .NET Framework
11 4 (0.88%) Express
11 4 (0.88%) Middleware
12 3 (0.66%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 29 (6.42%) Mobile App
2 26 (5.75%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (2.21%) Mainframe
4 9 (1.99%) NHS
5 5 (1.11%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 4 (0.88%) Fixed Income
6 4 (0.88%) FMCG
7 3 (0.66%) Client/Server
7 3 (0.66%) Derivative
7 3 (0.66%) Linux Command Line
7 3 (0.66%) Smart Meter
8 2 (0.44%) AS400
8 2 (0.44%) Data Centre
8 2 (0.44%) Equities
8 2 (0.44%) Management Information System
8 2 (0.44%) MPEG
8 2 (0.44%) OTC Derivatives
8 2 (0.44%) STB
8 2 (0.44%) User Experience
8 2 (0.44%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 28 (6.19%) Windows
2 27 (5.97%) Android
2 27 (5.97%) Linux
3 23 (5.09%) Apple iOS
3 23 (5.09%) Unix
4 4 (0.88%) Windows Server
5 1 (0.22%) Mac OS X
5 1 (0.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (0.22%) Ubuntu
5 1 (0.22%) Windows 10
5 1 (0.22%) Windows 7
5 1 (0.22%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 267 (59.07%) Agile Software Development
2 173 (38.27%) Automated Testing
3 125 (27.65%) Scrum
4 117 (25.88%) Test Scripting
5 96 (21.24%) Software Testing
6 91 (20.13%) BDD
7 74 (16.37%) Test Automation
8 72 (15.93%) User Acceptance Testing
9 71 (15.71%) Regression Testing
10 70 (15.49%) Automation Testing
11 63 (13.94%) TDD
12 62 (13.72%) Functional Testing
13 50 (11.06%) Performance Testing
14 44 (9.73%) Continuous Integration
15 42 (9.29%) Kanban
16 39 (8.63%) Non-Functional Testing
16 39 (8.63%) Waterfall
17 37 (8.19%) Software Engineering
18 36 (7.96%) Integration Testing
19 35 (7.74%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 112 (24.78%) Java
2 109 (24.12%) SQL
3 49 (10.84%) C#
4 35 (7.74%) Ruby
5 33 (7.30%) Python
6 23 (5.09%) JavaScript
7 21 (4.65%) C++
8 19 (4.20%) Groovy
9 13 (2.88%) Perl
10 12 (2.65%) C
11 10 (2.21%) Scala
12 9 (1.99%) Shell Script
13 8 (1.77%) PL/SQL
14 7 (1.55%) VBScript
15 6 (1.33%) VB.NET
16 4 (0.88%) COBOL
16 4 (0.88%) JCL
16 4 (0.88%) VB
17 3 (0.66%) T-SQL
17 3 (0.66%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 61 (13.50%) ISEB
2 57 (12.61%) ISTQB
3 24 (5.31%) Security Cleared
4 16 (3.54%) Degree
4 16 (3.54%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 8 (1.77%) DV Cleared
5 8 (1.77%) SC Cleared
6 4 (0.88%) ISEB Practitioner
7 3 (0.66%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (0.44%) PMI Certification
8 2 (0.44%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 162 (35.84%) QA
2 10 (2.21%) SDET
3 8 (1.77%) 21 CFR Part 11
3 8 (1.77%) GMP
4 4 (0.88%) WCAG
5 3 (0.66%) Disclosure Scotland
5 3 (0.66%) WAI
6 2 (0.44%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.22%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.22%) GxP
7 1 (0.22%) ISO20022
7 1 (0.22%) SEPA
System Software
1 3 (0.66%) Virtual Machines
2 2 (0.44%) Active Directory
2 2 (0.44%) Docker
Systems Management
1 15 (3.32%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (0.44%) ITRS Geneos
3 1 (0.22%) Oozie
3 1 (0.22%) Puppet
Vendors
1 42 (9.29%) Oracle
2 37 (8.19%) Microsoft
3 17 (3.76%) HP
4 13 (2.88%) Sitecore
4 13 (2.88%) Splunk
5 7 (1.55%) SAP
6 6 (1.33%) hybris
6 6 (1.33%) Salesforce.com
7 5 (1.11%) Google
7 5 (1.11%) IBM
8 4 (0.88%) Workday
9 3 (0.66%) Apple
9 3 (0.66%) ATG
9 3 (0.66%) Atlassian
9 3 (0.66%) CheckPoint
9 3 (0.66%) IBM Sterling
10 2 (0.44%) AppDynamics
10 2 (0.44%) CA
10 2 (0.44%) Cisco
10 2 (0.44%) Xamarin
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 3 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
IT Executive Ltd
Rate: £40000 - £55000 per annum
Posted: 15 hours ago
Surrey
Vantage Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: From £275 to £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
East Riding
Oscar
Rate: £200 - £275 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
Berkshire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £300 - £320 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Luton
Think IT Recruitment Limted
Rate: £300 - £325 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Solihull, West Midlands (County)
Big Red Recruitment
Rate: £375 - £425 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Maidstone, Kent
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 6 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £220.00 - £280.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
IT Executive Ltd
Rate: £40000 - £55000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
South West London
Understanding Recruitment
Rate: £550.00 - £600.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £250 to £270 per day 3 Months initially
Posted: 4 days ago
Wiltshire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
West Midlands
Maclean Moore Consulting
Rate: From £30 to £40 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago