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 24 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
UK / England
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 414 450 431
Rank change year-on-year +36 -19  
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 168 183 196
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.40% 0.37% 0.38%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.47% 0.44% 0.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 109 139 140
Median daily rate £350 £325 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% +8.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £246 £238 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £467 £450 £428
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £300 £290
% change year-on-year +8.33% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 2
Median hourly rate £28.00 £190.00 £38.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -85.26% +393.50%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.40 £190.00 £36.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.60 £190.00 £40.50
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 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 35981 41220 41210
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 84.73% 83.49% 80.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 23640 27663 26906
Median daily rate £450 £450 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +8.43%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £300 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £590
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 936 964 1142
Median hourly rate £32.50 £27.50 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.18% +5.76%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.53 £12.58 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £49.05 £50.00
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 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 24 June 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Manual Testing in England over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 24 June 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 -6 64 £400 +6.66% 39
South East +29 20 £313 -1.18% 21
Yorkshire +31 18 £365 +15.87% 8
South West +10 18 £336 +12.08% 4
West Midlands +27 14 £338 +2.27% 9
North West +16 13 £325 +10.16% 20
East of England -8 10 £230 -21.70% 12
East Midlands -1 9 £350 - 1
North East +66 2 £363 +20.83% 3
Midlands - 2 - - 10
Manual Testing
UK

For the 6 months to 24 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 England region with a requirement for Manual Testing.

1 238 (63.13%) Test Automation
2 210 (55.70%) Agile Software Development
3 112 (29.71%) QA
4 110 (29.18%) Selenium
5 94 (24.93%) Test Scripting
6 87 (23.08%) SQL
7 79 (20.95%) Java
8 76 (20.16%) Scrum
9 73 (19.36%) Software Testing
10 71 (18.83%) JIRA
11 66 (17.51%) Cucumber
12 64 (16.98%) ISEB
13 63 (16.71%) Functional Testing
14 62 (16.45%) ISTQB
15 61 (16.18%) User Acceptance Testing
16 60 (15.92%) Finance
17 56 (14.85%) BDD
18 49 (13.00%) Test Strategy
19 46 (12.20%) Regression Testing
19 46 (12.20%) TDD
20 42 (11.14%) E-Commerce
20 42 (11.14%) Defect Management
21 39 (10.34%) WebDriver
22 37 (9.81%) Continuous Integration
23 35 (9.28%) Test Management
24 32 (8.49%) C#
25 31 (8.22%) Performance Testing
25 31 (8.22%) Integration Testing
26 30 (7.96%) Jenkins
26 30 (7.96%) Analytical Skills

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 18 (4.77%) CMS
2 14 (3.71%) Tomcat
3 13 (3.45%) SharePoint
4 12 (3.18%) Confluence
5 9 (2.39%) SharePoint 2010
5 9 (2.39%) Sitecore CMS
6 5 (1.33%) Elasticsearch
7 3 (0.80%) Umbraco
8 2 (0.53%) BizTalk Server
8 2 (0.53%) SharePoint 2013
9 1 (0.27%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 1 (0.27%) Apache
9 1 (0.27%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 3 (0.80%) InDesign
1 3 (0.80%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.53%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.27%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (1.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.53%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.27%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.27%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.27%) ION MarketView
3 1 (0.27%) Magento
3 1 (0.27%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.27%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (0.27%) Oracle Retail
3 1 (0.27%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 12 (3.18%) OpenDNS
2 8 (2.12%) GitHub
3 7 (1.86%) SaaS
4 4 (1.06%) BrowserStack
5 3 (0.80%) Adobe Creative Cloud
6 2 (0.53%) OpenShift
7 1 (0.27%) Amazon AWS
7 1 (0.27%) Microsoft Azure
7 1 (0.27%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
7 1 (0.27%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 12 (3.18%) DNS
2 8 (2.12%) HTTP
3 7 (1.86%) Internet
4 2 (0.53%) Bluetooth
5 1 (0.27%) Diameter Protocol
5 1 (0.27%) GPRS
5 1 (0.27%) GSM
5 1 (0.27%) LAN
5 1 (0.27%) LTE
5 1 (0.27%) PSTN
5 1 (0.27%) SMS
5 1 (0.27%) TDMA
5 1 (0.27%) UMTS
5 1 (0.27%) VoIP
5 1 (0.27%) VoLTE
5 1 (0.27%) WAN
5 1 (0.27%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (6.90%) SQL Server
2 13 (3.45%) Data Warehouse
3 12 (3.18%) Maltego
4 6 (1.59%) MongoDB
5 5 (1.33%) DB2
5 5 (1.33%) RDBMS
5 5 (1.33%) Relational Database
6 4 (1.06%) Oracle Reports
7 3 (0.80%) Big Data
7 3 (0.80%) MySQL
7 3 (0.80%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 2 (0.53%) Hadoop
8 2 (0.53%) Oracle Database
8 2 (0.53%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (0.53%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 2 (0.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 1 (0.27%) Amazon Redshift
9 1 (0.27%) Data Mart
9 1 (0.27%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.27%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 110 (29.18%) Selenium
2 71 (18.83%) JIRA
3 66 (17.51%) Cucumber
4 39 (10.34%) WebDriver
5 30 (7.96%) Jenkins
6 29 (7.69%) SoapUI
7 28 (7.43%) Team Foundation Server
8 27 (7.16%) Visual Studio
9 19 (5.04%) JMeter
10 17 (4.51%) HP UFT
11 16 (4.24%) Appium
12 14 (3.71%) Maven
13 13 (3.45%) SpecFlow
14 12 (3.18%) Ant
14 12 (3.18%) Git (software)
15 10 (2.65%) Calabash
15 10 (2.65%) MSTest
16 9 (2.39%) Gradle
16 9 (2.39%) Zephyr
17 8 (2.12%) TeamCity
General
1 60 (15.92%) Finance
2 29 (7.69%) Banking
3 21 (5.57%) Retail
4 7 (1.86%) Retail Banking
5 6 (1.59%) Pharmaceutical
6 5 (1.33%) Marketing
7 4 (1.06%) Advertising
7 4 (1.06%) Back Office
7 4 (1.06%) Telecoms
8 3 (0.80%) Billing
8 3 (0.80%) Financial Institution
9 2 (0.53%) Automotive
9 2 (0.53%) Corporate Banking
9 2 (0.53%) Electronics
9 2 (0.53%) Legal
9 2 (0.53%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.53%) Private Banking
9 2 (0.53%) Publishing
10 1 (0.27%) Arabic Language
10 1 (0.27%) iGaming
Job Titles
1 157 (41.64%) Analyst
2 135 (35.81%) Test Analyst
3 102 (27.06%) Tester
4 29 (7.69%) QA Engineer
5 27 (7.16%) Software Tester
5 27 (7.16%) Test Leader
6 24 (6.37%) Manual Tester
6 24 (6.37%) Test Engineer
7 22 (5.84%) Automation Tester
8 20 (5.31%) Manual Test Analyst
9 18 (4.77%) Developer
10 17 (4.51%) Agile Test Analyst
10 17 (4.51%) QA Analyst
11 16 (4.24%) Test Manager
12 15 (3.98%) Senior Analyst
12 15 (3.98%) Senior Test Analyst
13 14 (3.71%) Banking Analyst
13 14 (3.71%) SQL Analyst
14 13 (3.45%) Automation Test Analyst
14 13 (3.45%) QA Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (7.16%) .NET
1 27 (7.16%) XML
2 25 (6.63%) Gherkin
3 24 (6.37%) Web Services
4 17 (4.51%) RESTful
4 17 (4.51%) SOAP
5 16 (4.24%) HTML
5 16 (4.24%) JSON
6 12 (3.18%) CSS
6 12 (3.18%) Elastic Stack
6 12 (3.18%) Node.js
6 12 (3.18%) REST
7 8 (2.12%) ASP.NET
8 6 (1.59%) AngularJS
9 4 (1.06%) HTML5
9 4 (1.06%) Middleware
10 3 (0.80%) Velocity
11 2 (0.53%) CSS3
11 2 (0.53%) React
11 2 (0.53%) Unreal Engine
Miscellaneous
1 30 (7.96%) Analytical Skills
2 23 (6.10%) Mobile App
3 7 (1.86%) Mainframe
4 6 (1.59%) Management Information System
5 5 (1.33%) NHS
6 4 (1.06%) AS400
6 4 (1.06%) Greenfield Project
6 4 (1.06%) iSeries
6 4 (1.06%) Smart Meter
7 3 (0.80%) Cyberthreat
7 3 (0.80%) Data Centre
8 2 (0.53%) Computer Science
8 2 (0.53%) Fintech
8 2 (0.53%) FMCG
8 2 (0.53%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 2 (0.53%) Hedge funds
8 2 (0.53%) iPad
8 2 (0.53%) User Experience
8 2 (0.53%) Virtual Team
9 1 (0.27%) Fixed Income
Operating Systems
1 21 (5.57%) Android
1 21 (5.57%) Apple iOS
2 19 (5.04%) Windows
3 12 (3.18%) Linux
4 11 (2.92%) Unix
5 2 (0.53%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.27%) Kali Linux
6 1 (0.27%) Mac OS X
6 1 (0.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.27%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.27%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.27%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 238 (63.13%) Test Automation
2 210 (55.70%) Agile Software Development
3 94 (24.93%) Test Scripting
4 76 (20.16%) Scrum
5 73 (19.36%) Software Testing
6 63 (16.71%) Functional Testing
7 61 (16.18%) User Acceptance Testing
8 56 (14.85%) BDD
9 49 (13.00%) Test Strategy
10 46 (12.20%) Regression Testing
10 46 (12.20%) TDD
11 42 (11.14%) Defect Management
11 42 (11.14%) E-Commerce
12 37 (9.81%) Continuous Integration
13 35 (9.28%) Test Management
14 31 (8.22%) Integration Testing
14 31 (8.22%) Performance Testing
15 30 (7.96%) Scenario Testing
16 28 (7.43%) Exploratory Testing
16 28 (7.43%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 87 (23.08%) SQL
2 79 (20.95%) Java
3 32 (8.49%) C#
4 28 (7.43%) JavaScript
5 19 (5.04%) Python
5 19 (5.04%) Ruby
6 12 (3.18%) C++
6 12 (3.18%) Groovy
7 10 (2.65%) Scala
8 7 (1.86%) PL/SQL
8 7 (1.86%) Shell Script
9 6 (1.59%) Apple Swift
9 6 (1.59%) C
10 5 (1.33%) Perl
11 4 (1.06%) COBOL
11 4 (1.06%) JCL
11 4 (1.06%) VB.NET
12 3 (0.80%) Objective-C
12 3 (0.80%) PHP
13 2 (0.53%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 64 (16.98%) ISEB
2 62 (16.45%) ISTQB
3 16 (4.24%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 16 (4.24%) Security Cleared
4 13 (3.45%) Degree
5 7 (1.86%) SC Cleared
6 4 (1.06%) DV Cleared
7 2 (0.53%) BPSS Clearance
7 2 (0.53%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 112 (29.71%) QA
2 5 (1.33%) 21 CFR Part 11
2 5 (1.33%) GMP
2 5 (1.33%) GxP
3 3 (0.80%) MiFID
4 2 (0.53%) Dodd-Frank
4 2 (0.53%) EMIR
4 2 (0.53%) GAMP
4 2 (0.53%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.27%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 2 (0.53%) Docker
Systems Management
1 20 (5.31%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (1.33%) Kibana
3 2 (0.53%) CA Service Virtualization
4 1 (0.27%) HockeyApp
4 1 (0.27%) ITRS Geneos
4 1 (0.27%) Puppet
Vendors
1 28 (7.43%) Oracle
2 25 (6.63%) Microsoft
3 18 (4.77%) HP
4 10 (2.65%) hybris
4 10 (2.65%) IBM
5 9 (2.39%) Salesforce.com
5 9 (2.39%) Sitecore
6 6 (1.59%) OpenText
6 6 (1.59%) SAP
6 6 (1.59%) Splunk
7 5 (1.33%) ATG
8 4 (1.06%) Adobe
8 4 (1.06%) CheckPoint
8 4 (1.06%) Workday
9 3 (0.80%) Apple
9 3 (0.80%) IBM Sterling
9 3 (0.80%) Intel
10 2 (0.53%) Atlassian
10 2 (0.53%) Google
10 2 (0.53%) TOWER Software
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