The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Manchester with a requirement for Software Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Software Testing over the 3 months to 23 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.

Software Testing
North West / Manchester
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 78 87 81
Rank change year-on-year +9 -6  
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 11 14 13
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 0.79% 0.77% 0.86%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.99% 0.93% 1.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 11 5
Median daily rate £230 £340 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -32.35% +4.61%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £227 £300 £251
10% offered a daily rate of more than £323 £450 £408
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £320
% change year-on-year +7.69% +1.56%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 3
Median hourly rate £35.00 - £23.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +33.33% -  

Software 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 1116 1498 1159
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Manchester 80.23% 82.35% 76.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 640 903 671
Median daily rate £390 £400 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.50% +11.11%  
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 £383
% change year-on-year +3.75% +4.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 20 34
Median hourly rate £19.50 £16.00 £16.61
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.87% -3.67%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.33 £11.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £41.80 £23.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +17.54% -5.00%  

Software Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in Manchester

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Manchester citing Software Testing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Software Testing in Manchester

Software Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Testing in Manchester

Software Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Testing in Manchester over the 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Testing in Manchester

Software Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Testing in Manchester

Software Testing
Contract Job Locations in Manchester

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Testing within the Manchester region over the 3 months to 23 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
Cheadle - 1 - -
Software Testing
North West

For the 6 months to 23 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Software 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 Software Testing.

1 11 (45.83%) Agile Software Development
1 11 (45.83%) Test Automation
2 8 (33.33%) Scrum
3 7 (29.17%) JavaScript
4 6 (25.00%) TDD
4 6 (25.00%) JIRA
5 5 (20.83%) Software Engineering
5 5 (20.83%) Finance
5 5 (20.83%) Games
6 4 (16.67%) Java
6 4 (16.67%) Objective-C
6 4 (16.67%) ISTQB
6 4 (16.67%) Test Scripting
6 4 (16.67%) Apple iOS
6 4 (16.67%) Node.js
6 4 (16.67%) iOS Development
7 3 (12.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 3 (12.50%) SDLC
7 3 (12.50%) Android Development
7 3 (12.50%) Pixi.js
7 3 (12.50%) WebGL
7 3 (12.50%) Jasmine
7 3 (12.50%) GitHub
7 3 (12.50%) Express
7 3 (12.50%) Jenkins
7 3 (12.50%) HTML5 Canvas
7 3 (12.50%) Hudson
7 3 (12.50%) Video on Demand
7 3 (12.50%) Mocha
7 3 (12.50%) Manual Testing

Software 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:

Cloud Services
1 3 (12.50%) GitHub
2 1 (4.17%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.17%) Cisco IOS
1 1 (4.17%) DHCP
1 1 (4.17%) DNS
1 1 (4.17%) Firewall
1 1 (4.17%) LAN
1 1 (4.17%) PBX
1 1 (4.17%) SSL
1 1 (4.17%) TCP/IP
1 1 (4.17%) VLAN
1 1 (4.17%) VoIP
1 1 (4.17%) VPN
1 1 (4.17%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.17%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 6 (25.00%) JIRA
2 3 (12.50%) Git (software)
2 3 (12.50%) Hudson
2 3 (12.50%) Jasmine
2 3 (12.50%) Jenkins
2 3 (12.50%) Mocha
2 3 (12.50%) Selenium
3 2 (8.33%) QAComplete
3 2 (8.33%) Ranorex
3 2 (8.33%) WebDriver
4 1 (4.17%) Appium
4 1 (4.17%) Babel
4 1 (4.17%) NUnit
4 1 (4.17%) Rational DOORS
4 1 (4.17%) SoapUI
4 1 (4.17%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (4.17%) Visual Studio
General
1 5 (20.83%) Finance
1 5 (20.83%) Games
2 3 (12.50%) Legal
3 1 (4.17%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 10 (41.67%) Analyst
1 10 (41.67%) Test Analyst
2 8 (33.33%) Developer
3 6 (25.00%) JavaScript Developer
4 3 (12.50%) Mobile Developer
4 3 (12.50%) Software Developer
5 2 (8.33%) Automation Test Analyst
5 2 (8.33%) iOS Developer
5 2 (8.33%) Junior
5 2 (8.33%) Junior Analyst
5 2 (8.33%) Junior Test Analyst
5 2 (8.33%) Service Analyst
5 2 (8.33%) Tester
6 1 (4.17%) Desktop Analyst
6 1 (4.17%) Financial Analyst
6 1 (4.17%) QA Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) Senior Analyst
6 1 (4.17%) Senior Test Analyst
6 1 (4.17%) Software Tester
6 1 (4.17%) Telecoms Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (16.67%) Node.js
2 3 (12.50%) Express
2 3 (12.50%) HTML5 Canvas
2 3 (12.50%) Pixi.js
2 3 (12.50%) WebGL
3 2 (8.33%) HTML
3 2 (8.33%) HTML5
4 1 (4.17%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 3 (12.50%) Interactive TV
1 3 (12.50%) MHEG
1 3 (12.50%) Video on Demand
2 2 (8.33%) Computer Science
2 2 (8.33%) New Media
2 2 (8.33%) User Experience
3 1 (4.17%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (4.17%) Data Centre
3 1 (4.17%) Mobile App
3 1 (4.17%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 4 (16.67%) Apple iOS
2 3 (12.50%) Android
3 2 (8.33%) Linux
4 1 (4.17%) Windows
4 1 (4.17%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (45.83%) Agile Software Development
1 11 (45.83%) Test Automation
2 8 (33.33%) Scrum
3 6 (25.00%) TDD
4 5 (20.83%) Software Engineering
5 4 (16.67%) iOS Development
5 4 (16.67%) Test Scripting
6 3 (12.50%) Android Development
6 3 (12.50%) Manual Testing
6 3 (12.50%) Project Management
6 3 (12.50%) SDLC
7 2 (8.33%) BDD
7 2 (8.33%) CRM
7 2 (8.33%) High Availability
7 2 (8.33%) ITIL
7 2 (8.33%) Migration
7 2 (8.33%) OOP
7 2 (8.33%) Unit Testing
8 1 (4.17%) Continuous Improvement
8 1 (4.17%) Process Improvement
Programming Languages
1 7 (29.17%) JavaScript
2 4 (16.67%) Java
2 4 (16.67%) Objective-C
3 2 (8.33%) Apple Swift
3 2 (8.33%) C#
3 2 (8.33%) ES6
3 2 (8.33%) SQL
4 1 (4.17%) Python
Qualifications
1 4 (16.67%) ISTQB
2 3 (12.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (8.33%) Computer Science Degree
3 2 (8.33%) Degree
3 2 (8.33%) ISEB
4 1 (4.17%) CCNA
4 1 (4.17%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.17%) QA
Vendors
1 3 (12.50%) OpenTV
2 1 (4.17%) Cisco