The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Manchester 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
North West / Manchester
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 83 92 86
Rank change year-on-year +9 -6  
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 5 11 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 0.37% 0.62% 0.53%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.46% 0.75% 0.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 6 4
Median daily rate £306 £280 £228
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.37% +23.07%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £233 £226 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £371 £488 £263
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 Manchester with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Manchester
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 1095 1459 1158
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Manchester 80.16% 82.57% 76.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 628 878 687
Median daily rate £400 £400 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +10.34%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 20 33
Median hourly rate £19.50 £16.00 £16.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.87% -4.90%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.30 £11.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £41.80 £37.60
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 Manchester

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Manchester 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 Manchester

Manual Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Manual Testing in Manchester

Manual Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Manual Testing in Manchester over the 3 months to 25 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Manual Testing in Manchester

Manual Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Manual Testing in Manchester

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 Manchester region with a requirement for Manual Testing.

1 7 (43.75%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (37.50%) Retail
2 6 (37.50%) User Acceptance Testing
2 6 (37.50%) Test Automation
3 4 (25.00%) Test Scripting
3 4 (25.00%) QA
3 4 (25.00%) Scrum
3 4 (25.00%) SQL
4 3 (18.75%) ISEB
4 3 (18.75%) Retail Banking
4 3 (18.75%) Software Testing
4 3 (18.75%) Banking
5 2 (12.50%) Unit Testing
5 2 (12.50%) System Testing
5 2 (12.50%) Finance
5 2 (12.50%) Legal
5 2 (12.50%) Migration
5 2 (12.50%) E-Commerce
5 2 (12.50%) Oracle
6 1 (6.25%) SaaS
6 1 (6.25%) iPad
6 1 (6.25%) BDD
6 1 (6.25%) Puppet
6 1 (6.25%) Apple iOS
6 1 (6.25%) SoapUI
6 1 (6.25%) Continuous Improvement
6 1 (6.25%) Test Strategy
6 1 (6.25%) Oracle Retail
6 1 (6.25%) Gherkin
6 1 (6.25%) Functional Testing

Manual 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:

Application Platforms
1 1 (6.25%) Apache
1 1 (6.25%) Tomcat
Business Applications
1 1 (6.25%) Magento
1 1 (6.25%) Oracle Retail
1 1 (6.25%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 1 (6.25%) SaaS
Development Applications
1 1 (6.25%) JIRA
1 1 (6.25%) Selenium
1 1 (6.25%) SoapUI
1 1 (6.25%) Visual Studio
General
1 6 (37.50%) Retail
2 3 (18.75%) Banking
2 3 (18.75%) Retail Banking
3 2 (12.50%) Finance
3 2 (12.50%) Legal
Job Titles
1 10 (62.50%) Analyst
2 9 (56.25%) Test Analyst
3 3 (18.75%) Banking Analyst
3 3 (18.75%) Tester
4 2 (12.50%) Manual Tester
4 2 (12.50%) Senior Analyst
4 2 (12.50%) Senior Test Analyst
4 2 (12.50%) Service Analyst
4 2 (12.50%) SQL Analyst
4 2 (12.50%) Test Leader
5 1 (6.25%) Administrator
5 1 (6.25%) Agile Test Analyst
5 1 (6.25%) Consultant
5 1 (6.25%) Infrastructure Analyst
5 1 (6.25%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
5 1 (6.25%) Migration Analyst
5 1 (6.25%) QA Consultant
5 1 (6.25%) Senior Consultant
5 1 (6.25%) Senior Test Consultant
5 1 (6.25%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (6.25%) .NET
1 1 (6.25%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 1 (6.25%) Data Centre
1 1 (6.25%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 1 (6.25%) Android
1 1 (6.25%) Apple iOS
1 1 (6.25%) Linux
1 1 (6.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
1 1 (6.25%) Unix
1 1 (6.25%) Windows
1 1 (6.25%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (43.75%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (37.50%) Test Automation
2 6 (37.50%) User Acceptance Testing
3 4 (25.00%) Scrum
3 4 (25.00%) Test Scripting
4 3 (18.75%) Software Testing
5 2 (12.50%) E-Commerce
5 2 (12.50%) Migration
5 2 (12.50%) System Testing
5 2 (12.50%) Unit Testing
6 1 (6.25%) Continuous Integration
6 1 (6.25%) Data Migration
6 1 (6.25%) ERP
6 1 (6.25%) Integration Testing
6 1 (6.25%) Performance Testing
6 1 (6.25%) Security Testing
6 1 (6.25%) Software Engineering
6 1 (6.25%) Stakeholder Management
6 1 (6.25%) Test Management
6 1 (6.25%) Usability Testing
Programming Languages
1 4 (25.00%) SQL
2 1 (6.25%) Java
2 1 (6.25%) JavaScript
2 1 (6.25%) Perl
2 1 (6.25%) Scala
2 1 (6.25%) T-SQL
2 1 (6.25%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 3 (18.75%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (25.00%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (6.25%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (6.25%) Puppet
Vendors
1 2 (12.50%) Oracle
2 1 (6.25%) Microsoft
2 1 (6.25%) Red Hat
2 1 (6.25%) SAP