The median contractor rate for a Test Engineer was £298 per day in advertised job vacancies in Manchester during the 3 months to 27 March 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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.

Test Engineer
North West / Manchester
3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 90 90 94
Rank change year-on-year 0 +4  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Engineer 2 14 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 0.15% 0.78% 0.43%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.16% 0.82% 0.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 14 7
Median daily rate £298 £340 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.50% -9.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £296 £286 £247
10% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £450 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £340 £310
% change year-on-year +2.94% +9.67%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £40.00 £36.50
% change year-on-year -25.00% +9.58%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in Manchester. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
Manchester
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 1246 1697 1564
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Manchester 95.04% 94.54% 95.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 790 982 821
Median daily rate £375 £395 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.06% +12.85%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 41 34 49
Median hourly rate £15.50 £15.64 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.89% +11.71%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.16 £13.50 £10.01
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £48.00 £32.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in Manchester

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Manchester that featured Test Engineer in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Test Engineer in Manchester

Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Engineer in Manchester

Test Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Engineer in Manchester

Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 27 March 2017, Test Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Manchester region featuring Test Engineer in the job title.

1 5 (55.56%) Selenium
2 4 (44.44%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (44.44%) Java
3 3 (33.33%) SQL
3 3 (33.33%) .NET
3 3 (33.33%) Cucumber
3 3 (33.33%) BDD
4 2 (22.22%) WebDriver
4 2 (22.22%) Confluence
4 2 (22.22%) Test Automation
4 2 (22.22%) Continuous Integration
4 2 (22.22%) Finance
4 2 (22.22%) .NET Framework
4 2 (22.22%) JIRA
4 2 (22.22%) Security Testing
4 2 (22.22%) SQL Server
4 2 (22.22%) Microsoft
4 2 (22.22%) XML
4 2 (22.22%) ISEB
4 2 (22.22%) Scrum
4 2 (22.22%) Bitbucket
4 2 (22.22%) QA
5 1 (11.11%) User Stories
5 1 (11.11%) Automation Testing
5 1 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (11.11%) API Testing
5 1 (11.11%) Defect Management
5 1 (11.11%) QA Automation
5 1 (11.11%) Cross-Browser Testing
5 1 (11.11%) Continuous Deployment

Test Engineer Skill Set
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 2 (22.22%) Confluence
2 1 (11.11%) MS Exchange
2 1 (11.11%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (11.11%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (11.11%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 1 (11.11%) LLU
1 1 (11.11%) PSTN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (22.22%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 5 (55.56%) Selenium
2 3 (33.33%) Cucumber
3 2 (22.22%) Bitbucket
3 2 (22.22%) JIRA
3 2 (22.22%) WebDriver
4 1 (11.11%) Git (software)
4 1 (11.11%) HP UFT
4 1 (11.11%) JMeter
4 1 (11.11%) JUnit
4 1 (11.11%) LoadRunner
4 1 (11.11%) Rational Functional Tester
4 1 (11.11%) SoapUI
4 1 (11.11%) TestDirector
4 1 (11.11%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (22.22%) Finance
2 1 (11.11%) Electronics
2 1 (11.11%) Games
2 1 (11.11%) Marketing
2 1 (11.11%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (33.33%) .NET
2 2 (22.22%) .NET Framework
2 2 (22.22%) XML
3 1 (11.11%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 1 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (11.11%) iPad
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (44.44%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (33.33%) BDD
3 2 (22.22%) Continuous Integration
3 2 (22.22%) Scrum
3 2 (22.22%) Security Testing
3 2 (22.22%) Test Automation
4 1 (11.11%) CRM
4 1 (11.11%) E-Commerce
4 1 (11.11%) Integration Testing
4 1 (11.11%) ITIL
4 1 (11.11%) Manual Testing
4 1 (11.11%) OO
4 1 (11.11%) OOP
4 1 (11.11%) Performance Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Regression Testing
4 1 (11.11%) System Testing
4 1 (11.11%) TDD
4 1 (11.11%) Test Scripting
4 1 (11.11%) Unit Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Usability Testing
Programming Languages
1 4 (44.44%) Java
2 3 (33.33%) SQL
3 1 (11.11%) PHP
3 1 (11.11%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (22.22%) ISEB
2 1 (11.11%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (22.22%) QA
System Software
1 1 (11.11%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 2 (22.22%) Microsoft
2 1 (11.11%) Citrix
2 1 (11.11%) HP