Period
to 18 October 2018

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £363 per day in advertised job vacancies in Manchester during the 6 months to 18 October 2018.

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
6 months to
18 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 110 93 117
Rank change year-on-year -17 +24 -11
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 41 42 45
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 1.31% 1.49% 1.23%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.38% 1.56% 1.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 21 20
Manchester median daily rate £363 £300 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +20.92% -11.76% +13.33%
10th Percentile £153 £205 £263
90th Percentile £448 £369 £520
North West median daily rate £400 £310 £338
% change year-on-year +29.03% -8.15% +3.05%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Manchester median hourly rate - £24.50 -
North West median hourly rate - £25.00 £41.50
% change year-on-year - -39.76% -2.35%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Manchester. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
Manchester
Contract vacancies in Manchester with a recognized job title 2,974 2,686 3,443
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.89% 94.98% 94.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,839 1,661 2,140
Manchester median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £225 £230 £234
90th Percentile £563 £563 £538
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 143 116 86
Manchester median hourly rate £20.00 £17.00 £14.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.65% +15.25% -4.42%
10th Percentile £11.12 £11.25 £10.25
90th Percentile £35.00 £44.38 £40.00
North West median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year +5.26% +11.76% -10.53%

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in Manchester

Job postings that featured Tester in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Manchester.

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 6 months to 18 October 2018.

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
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 Tester within the Manchester region over the 6 months to 18 October 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Stockport - 1 £333 - 2
Tester
North West

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

For the 6 months to 18 October 2018, Tester contract jobs required the following IT 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 featuring Tester in the job title.

1 25 (60.98%) Test Automation
2 22 (53.66%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (53.66%) Selenium
3 16 (39.02%) JIRA
3 16 (39.02%) Java
4 12 (29.27%) Scrum
5 11 (26.83%) Test Management
6 9 (21.95%) Confluence
7 8 (19.51%) Manual Testing
7 8 (19.51%) Computer Science
7 8 (19.51%) Degree
7 8 (19.51%) C#
7 8 (19.51%) SDET
7 8 (19.51%) Computer Science Degree
8 7 (17.07%) Regression Testing
8 7 (17.07%) Finance
9 6 (14.63%) JMeter
9 6 (14.63%) JavaScript
9 6 (14.63%) OO
9 6 (14.63%) HP
9 6 (14.63%) QA
9 6 (14.63%) HP Quality Center
9 6 (14.63%) WebDriver
9 6 (14.63%) SpecFlow
9 6 (14.63%) Test Planning
10 5 (12.20%) Analytical Skills
10 5 (12.20%) Jenkins
10 5 (12.20%) Gherkin
10 5 (12.20%) Test Strategy
10 5 (12.20%) Waterfall

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 9 (21.95%) Confluence
2 2 (4.88%) CICS
3 1 (2.44%) JBoss
Business Applications
1 1 (2.44%) BASE24
1 1 (2.44%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.88%) GitHub
2 1 (2.44%) Dynamics 365
2 1 (2.44%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 2 (4.88%) LAN
1 2 (4.88%) TCP/IP
1 2 (4.88%) WAN
2 1 (2.44%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.88%) DB2
2 1 (2.44%) MySQL
2 1 (2.44%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 22 (53.66%) Selenium
2 16 (39.02%) JIRA
3 6 (14.63%) JMeter
3 6 (14.63%) SpecFlow
3 6 (14.63%) WebDriver
4 5 (12.20%) Cucumber
4 5 (12.20%) Git (software)
4 5 (12.20%) Jenkins
4 5 (12.20%) Visual Studio
5 4 (9.76%) Visual Studio Team System
6 2 (4.88%) HP UFT
7 1 (2.44%) Gatling
7 1 (2.44%) Hudson
7 1 (2.44%) LoadRunner
7 1 (2.44%) PhantomJS
7 1 (2.44%) PyUnit
7 1 (2.44%) SoapUI
7 1 (2.44%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (2.44%) Zephyr
General
1 7 (17.07%) Finance
2 4 (9.76%) Games
3 3 (7.32%) Banking
4 2 (4.88%) Electronics
4 2 (4.88%) Legal
4 2 (4.88%) Manufacturing
4 2 (4.88%) Marketing
4 2 (4.88%) Telecoms
5 1 (2.44%) Automotive
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (12.20%) Gherkin
2 3 (7.32%) Kafka
2 3 (7.32%) Node.js
3 2 (4.88%) .NET
3 2 (4.88%) REST
3 2 (4.88%) RESTful
3 2 (4.88%) Taurus
3 2 (4.88%) XML
3 2 (4.88%) XML Messaging
4 1 (2.44%) JSON
4 1 (2.44%) React
4 1 (2.44%) Redux
4 1 (2.44%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 8 (19.51%) Computer Science
2 5 (12.20%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (9.76%) Mobile Games
4 2 (4.88%) IBM Mainframe
4 2 (4.88%) Mainframe
4 2 (4.88%) SWIFT
5 1 (2.44%) Fintech
5 1 (2.44%) Management Information System
5 1 (2.44%) Mobile App
5 1 (2.44%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 3 (7.32%) Linux
2 2 (4.88%) Unix
2 2 (4.88%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (60.98%) Test Automation
2 22 (53.66%) Agile Software Development
3 12 (29.27%) Scrum
4 11 (26.83%) Test Management
5 8 (19.51%) Manual Testing
5 8 (19.51%) SDET
6 7 (17.07%) Regression Testing
7 6 (14.63%) OO
7 6 (14.63%) Test Planning
8 5 (12.20%) Continuous Integration
8 5 (12.20%) Integration Testing
8 5 (12.20%) TDD
8 5 (12.20%) Test Strategy
8 5 (12.20%) Waterfall
9 4 (9.76%) BDD
9 4 (9.76%) Defect Management
9 4 (9.76%) Defect Tracking
9 4 (9.76%) Functional Testing
9 4 (9.76%) Performance Testing
9 4 (9.76%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 16 (39.02%) Java
2 8 (19.51%) C#
3 6 (14.63%) JavaScript
4 5 (12.20%) SQL
5 3 (7.32%) Python
6 2 (4.88%) C++
6 2 (4.88%) JCL
6 2 (4.88%) PL/SQL
7 1 (2.44%) C
7 1 (2.44%) PHP
7 1 (2.44%) Shell Script
7 1 (2.44%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 8 (19.51%) Computer Science Degree
1 8 (19.51%) Degree
2 2 (4.88%) Security Cleared
3 1 (2.44%) CREST Certified
3 1 (2.44%) ISEB
3 1 (2.44%) ISTQB
3 1 (2.44%) OSCP
3 1 (2.44%) SC Cleared
3 1 (2.44%) Sun Certification
3 1 (2.44%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (14.63%) QA
2 1 (2.44%) Cyber Essentials
System Software
1 3 (7.32%) Docker
Systems Management
1 6 (14.63%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (2.44%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 6 (14.63%) HP
2 4 (9.76%) Oracle
3 2 (4.88%) Cisco
3 2 (4.88%) IBM
3 2 (4.88%) SAP
4 1 (2.44%) Google
4 1 (2.44%) Microsoft
4 1 (2.44%) Sitecore