The median contractor rate for a Tester was £340 per day in advertised job vacancies in Manchester during the 3 months to 23 April 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.

Tester
North West / Manchester
3 months to
23 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 63 72 76
Rank change year-on-year +9 +4  
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 26 26 24
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 1.83% 1.43% 1.46%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.93% 1.51% 1.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 15 12
Median daily rate £340 £363 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.20% +13.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £191 £200 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £445 £336
UK excluding London median daily rate £318 £325 £308
% change year-on-year -2.30% +5.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.57 £43.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year -41.22% +16.00%  

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 1346 1719 1558
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Manchester 94.52% 94.66% 95.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 836 989 806
Median daily rate £375 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £206 £250 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 30 59
Median hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £13.87
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +8.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £9.71 £10.01
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.28 £16.70
% change year-on-year -4.24% +9.43%  

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in Manchester

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

Job vacancy trend for Tester in Manchester

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Tester in Manchester

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Tester in Manchester over the 3 months to 23 April 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Tester in Manchester

Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Tester in Manchester

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 23 April 2017, Tester 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 Tester in the job title.

1 38 (66.67%) Selenium
2 29 (50.88%) Agile Software Development
3 27 (47.37%) WebDriver
4 20 (35.09%) QA
5 19 (33.33%) Java
6 18 (31.58%) Python
7 16 (28.07%) JIRA
7 16 (28.07%) Cucumber
7 16 (28.07%) Automation Testing
8 13 (22.81%) Jenkins
8 13 (22.81%) TDD
9 12 (21.05%) Gherkin
9 12 (21.05%) Test Scripting
10 11 (19.30%) GitHub
11 10 (17.54%) BDD
11 10 (17.54%) Automated Testing
12 9 (15.79%) Regression Testing
13 8 (14.04%) C#
13 8 (14.04%) User Acceptance Testing
14 7 (12.28%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 7 (12.28%) Test Automation
14 7 (12.28%) XML
15 5 (8.77%) ISEB
15 5 (8.77%) .NET
15 5 (8.77%) SpecFlow
15 5 (8.77%) QA Automation
16 4 (7.02%) SoapUI
16 4 (7.02%) Test Management
16 4 (7.02%) Manual Testing
16 4 (7.02%) SQL

Tester 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 3 (5.26%) CMS
2 2 (3.51%) Confluence
2 2 (3.51%) SharePoint
2 2 (3.51%) Sitecore CMS
3 1 (1.75%) EPiServer
3 1 (1.75%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 1 (1.75%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (3.51%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.75%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 11 (19.30%) GitHub
2 1 (1.75%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.75%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 38 (66.67%) Selenium
2 27 (47.37%) WebDriver
3 16 (28.07%) Cucumber
3 16 (28.07%) JIRA
4 13 (22.81%) Jenkins
5 7 (12.28%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 5 (8.77%) SpecFlow
7 4 (7.02%) SoapUI
8 2 (3.51%) IntelliJ
8 2 (3.51%) JMeter
8 2 (3.51%) Log4j
8 2 (3.51%) Octopus Deploy
8 2 (3.51%) TeamCity
8 2 (3.51%) TestNG
8 2 (3.51%) Visual Studio
9 1 (1.75%) Appium
9 1 (1.75%) Bugzilla
9 1 (1.75%) Git (software)
9 1 (1.75%) Team Foundation Server
9 1 (1.75%) TestComplete
General
1 4 (7.02%) Games
1 4 (7.02%) Retail
2 3 (5.26%) Finance
3 2 (3.51%) Legal
3 2 (3.51%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.75%) Law
4 1 (1.75%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (21.05%) Gherkin
2 7 (12.28%) XML
3 5 (8.77%) .NET
4 3 (5.26%) Web Services
5 2 (3.51%) REST
6 1 (1.75%) Apache Cordova
6 1 (1.75%) Chai
6 1 (1.75%) jQuery
6 1 (1.75%) JSON
6 1 (1.75%) Node.js
6 1 (1.75%) RESTful
6 1 (1.75%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 2 (3.51%) Computer Science
2 1 (1.75%) iPhone
2 1 (1.75%) Mobile App
2 1 (1.75%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 2 (3.51%) Android
2 1 (1.75%) Apple iOS
2 1 (1.75%) Linux
2 1 (1.75%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (50.88%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (28.07%) Automation Testing
3 13 (22.81%) TDD
4 12 (21.05%) Test Scripting
5 10 (17.54%) Automated Testing
5 10 (17.54%) BDD
6 9 (15.79%) Regression Testing
7 8 (14.04%) User Acceptance Testing
8 7 (12.28%) Test Automation
9 5 (8.77%) QA Automation
10 4 (7.02%) Manual Testing
10 4 (7.02%) Test Management
11 3 (5.26%) Digital Transformation Programme
11 3 (5.26%) Functional Testing
11 3 (5.26%) Performance Testing
11 3 (5.26%) Scrum
11 3 (5.26%) Web Testing
12 2 (3.51%) Case Management
12 2 (3.51%) Defect Tracking
12 2 (3.51%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 19 (33.33%) Java
2 18 (31.58%) Python
3 8 (14.04%) C#
4 4 (7.02%) SQL
5 2 (3.51%) JavaScript
6 1 (1.75%) PHP
6 1 (1.75%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 5 (8.77%) ISEB
2 2 (3.51%) Degree
3 1 (1.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (35.09%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.75%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (5.26%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (5.26%) Microsoft
2 2 (3.51%) Citrix
2 2 (3.51%) HP
2 2 (3.51%) Sitecore
3 1 (1.75%) Oracle
3 1 (1.75%) Xamarin
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