Period
to 21 November 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Manchester with a requirement for Exploratory Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Exploratory Testing over the 6 months to 21 November 2018 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.

Exploratory Testing
North West > Manchester
6 months to
21 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 143 - 155
Rank change year-on-year - +155 -
Contract jobs citing Exploratory Testing 12 0 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 0.38% - 0.26%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.47% - 0.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 0 8
Manchester median daily rate £414 - £325
10th Percentile £371 - £195
90th Percentile £450 - £375
North West median daily rate £420 £400 £325
% change year-on-year +5.00% +23.08% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Manchester median hourly rate - - -
North West median hourly rate - - -

Exploratory 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 Manchester with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Manchester
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 2,566 2,438 3,012
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 81.69% 82.25% 85.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,649 1,555 1,909
Manchester median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £263 £263 £261
90th Percentile £575 £575 £538
North West median daily rate £405 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +1.25% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 97 88 64
Manchester median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £15.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +22.95% -23.75%
10th Percentile £11.73 £11.75 £11.08
90th Percentile £35.00 £45.00 £40.00
North West median hourly rate £21.76 £28.00 £21.05
% change year-on-year -22.29% +33.05% -30.20%

Exploratory Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in Manchester

Job postings citing Exploratory Testing as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Manchester.

Job vacancy trend for Exploratory Testing in Manchester

Exploratory Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Exploratory Testing in Manchester

For the 6 months to 21 November 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Exploratory Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Manchester region with a requirement for Exploratory Testing.

1 11 (91.67%) Test Automation
2 9 (75.00%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (75.00%) Regression Testing
3 8 (66.67%) C#
3 8 (66.67%) .NET
4 7 (58.33%) HTML
4 7 (58.33%) ASP.NET
4 7 (58.33%) CSS
4 7 (58.33%) SOAP
4 7 (58.33%) Web Services
4 7 (58.33%) WSDL
4 7 (58.33%) HTML5
4 7 (58.33%) WAI
4 7 (58.33%) jQuery
4 7 (58.33%) Test Scripting
4 7 (58.33%) RavenDB
4 7 (58.33%) CSS3
4 7 (58.33%) Twitter Bootstrap
4 7 (58.33%) ASP.NET Core
5 6 (50.00%) SQL
6 5 (41.67%) SOA
6 5 (41.67%) NHS
6 5 (41.67%) Ontologies
6 5 (41.67%) Semantic Web
7 4 (33.33%) Performance Testing
8 3 (25.00%) Manual Testing
8 3 (25.00%) QA
8 3 (25.00%) Selenium
8 3 (25.00%) WebDriver
8 3 (25.00%) Test Strategy

Exploratory Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in Manchester 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:

Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (58.33%) RavenDB
Development Applications
1 3 (25.00%) JMeter
1 3 (25.00%) Selenium
1 3 (25.00%) WebDriver
2 2 (16.67%) Jenkins
3 1 (8.33%) Cucumber
3 1 (8.33%) Gatling
3 1 (8.33%) JIRA
3 1 (8.33%) SpecFlow
3 1 (8.33%) TeamCity
3 1 (8.33%) The Grinder
3 1 (8.33%) Travis CI
General
1 2 (16.67%) Electronics
1 2 (16.67%) Finance
1 2 (16.67%) Manufacturing
1 2 (16.67%) Marketing
1 2 (16.67%) Telecoms
2 1 (8.33%) Banking
Job Titles
1 10 (83.33%) Tester
2 2 (16.67%) Automation Tester
3 1 (8.33%) Analyst
3 1 (8.33%) QA Engineer
3 1 (8.33%) QA Tester
3 1 (8.33%) Quality Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (66.67%) .NET
2 7 (58.33%) ASP.NET
2 7 (58.33%) ASP.NET Core
2 7 (58.33%) CSS
2 7 (58.33%) CSS3
2 7 (58.33%) HTML
2 7 (58.33%) HTML5
2 7 (58.33%) jQuery
2 7 (58.33%) SOAP
2 7 (58.33%) Twitter Bootstrap
2 7 (58.33%) Web Services
2 7 (58.33%) WSDL
3 2 (16.67%) RESTful
3 2 (16.67%) Taurus
Miscellaneous
1 5 (41.67%) NHS
1 5 (41.67%) Semantic Web
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (91.67%) Test Automation
2 9 (75.00%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (75.00%) Regression Testing
3 7 (58.33%) Test Scripting
4 5 (41.67%) Ontologies
4 5 (41.67%) SOA
5 4 (33.33%) Performance Testing
6 3 (25.00%) Manual Testing
6 3 (25.00%) OO
6 3 (25.00%) Test Strategy
7 2 (16.67%) Business Intelligence
7 2 (16.67%) Digital Marketing
7 2 (16.67%) Integration Testing
7 2 (16.67%) OOP
7 2 (16.67%) Programme Management
7 2 (16.67%) Scrum
7 2 (16.67%) SDET
7 2 (16.67%) Validation
8 1 (8.33%) Acceptance Criteria
8 1 (8.33%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 8 (66.67%) C#
2 6 (50.00%) SQL
3 3 (25.00%) Java
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (58.33%) WAI
2 3 (25.00%) QA
Vendors
1 2 (16.67%) SAP