Period
to 16 December 2017

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £300 per day in advertised job vacancies in Manchester during the 6 months to 16 December 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
6 months to
16 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 103 114 90
Rank change year-on-year +11 -24 -1
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 41 46 67
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 1.41% 1.35% 1.71%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.48% 1.43% 1.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 17 44
Manchester median daily rate £300 £320 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £209 £243 £225
90th Percentile £388 £375 £375
North West median daily rate £314 £331 £325
% change year-on-year -5.28% +1.92% +16.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Manchester median hourly rate £14.00 - -
North West median hourly rate £19.50 £41.50 -
% change year-on-year -53.01% - -

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 2773 3213 3706
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.39% 94.64% 94.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 1778 2059 2135
Manchester median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +11.11%
10th Percentile £238 £225 £225
90th Percentile £575 £538 £525
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 115 71 146
Manchester median hourly rate £17.43 £15.00 £16.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.20% -7.69% +12.07%
10th Percentile £11.35 £10.25 £11.00
90th Percentile £41.60 £40.00 £40.00
North West median hourly rate £19.50 £18.13 £20.00
% change year-on-year +7.59% -9.38% +24.38%

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 16 December 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
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 16 December 2017. 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
Bolton - 3 £225 -
Salford +4 2 £300 -14.29%
Tester
North West

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

For the 6 months to 16 December 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 22 (53.66%) Test Automation
2 18 (43.90%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (31.71%) QA
4 12 (29.27%) Selenium
4 12 (29.27%) Regression Testing
5 11 (26.83%) JIRA
6 9 (21.95%) Migration
6 9 (21.95%) SQL
6 9 (21.95%) Defect Management
7 7 (17.07%) Waterfall
7 7 (17.07%) Scrum
7 7 (17.07%) User Acceptance Testing
8 6 (14.63%) Team Foundation Server
8 6 (14.63%) Test Management
8 6 (14.63%) Test Strategy
8 6 (14.63%) Jenkins
9 5 (12.20%) GitHub
9 5 (12.20%) Test Scripting
9 5 (12.20%) Data Migration
9 5 (12.20%) Data Protection
9 5 (12.20%) JMeter
9 5 (12.20%) Finance
9 5 (12.20%) .NET
9 5 (12.20%) Oracle
9 5 (12.20%) SQL Server
9 5 (12.20%) C#
10 4 (9.76%) Windows
10 4 (9.76%) Asset Management
10 4 (9.76%) Software Testing
10 4 (9.76%) Manual Testing

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 1 (2.44%) CMS
1 1 (2.44%) Confluence
1 1 (2.44%) Sitecore CMS
Business Applications
1 1 (2.44%) Magento
1 1 (2.44%) OPENHousing
Cloud Services
1 5 (12.20%) GitHub
2 1 (2.44%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (2.44%) BlazeMeter
2 1 (2.44%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (4.88%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (12.20%) SQL Server
2 3 (7.32%) SQL Server 2000
2 3 (7.32%) SQL Server 2016
3 2 (4.88%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (4.88%) NoSQL
3 2 (4.88%) Oracle Database
3 2 (4.88%) RDBMS
3 2 (4.88%) Relational Database
4 1 (2.44%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 12 (29.27%) Selenium
2 11 (26.83%) JIRA
3 6 (14.63%) Jenkins
3 6 (14.63%) Team Foundation Server
4 5 (12.20%) JMeter
5 4 (9.76%) WebDriver
6 3 (7.32%) Gatling
6 3 (7.32%) Git (software)
6 3 (7.32%) MSTest
7 2 (4.88%) Mercurial
7 2 (4.88%) SpecFlow
7 2 (4.88%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 2 (4.88%) Subversion
7 2 (4.88%) Toad
7 2 (4.88%) Visual Studio
8 1 (2.44%) CruiseControl
8 1 (2.44%) Hudson
8 1 (2.44%) LoadRunner
8 1 (2.44%) NUnit
8 1 (2.44%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 5 (12.20%) Finance
2 2 (4.88%) Banking
3 1 (2.44%) Manufacturing
3 1 (2.44%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (12.20%) .NET
2 2 (4.88%) Web Services
3 1 (2.44%) ASP.NET
3 1 (2.44%) Gherkin
3 1 (2.44%) REST
3 1 (2.44%) Spring
3 1 (2.44%) Spring Boot
3 1 (2.44%) Taurus
Miscellaneous
1 2 (4.88%) Fintech
2 1 (2.44%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 4 (9.76%) Windows
2 3 (7.32%) Linux
3 2 (4.88%) Android
3 2 (4.88%) Apple iOS
3 2 (4.88%) Mac OS X
3 2 (4.88%) Windows 10
3 2 (4.88%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (53.66%) Test Automation
2 18 (43.90%) Agile Software Development
3 12 (29.27%) Regression Testing
4 9 (21.95%) Defect Management
4 9 (21.95%) Migration
5 7 (17.07%) Scrum
5 7 (17.07%) User Acceptance Testing
5 7 (17.07%) Waterfall
6 6 (14.63%) Test Management
6 6 (14.63%) Test Strategy
7 5 (12.20%) Data Migration
7 5 (12.20%) Data Protection
7 5 (12.20%) Test Scripting
8 4 (9.76%) Asset Management
8 4 (9.76%) Kanban
8 4 (9.76%) Manual Testing
8 4 (9.76%) Software Testing
9 3 (7.32%) Continuous Integration
9 3 (7.32%) Performance Testing
9 3 (7.32%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 9 (21.95%) SQL
2 5 (12.20%) C#
3 3 (7.32%) Java
4 2 (4.88%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 1 (2.44%) CREST Certified
1 1 (2.44%) ISEB
1 1 (2.44%) SC Cleared
1 1 (2.44%) Security Cleared
1 1 (2.44%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (31.71%) QA
Vendors
1 5 (12.20%) Oracle
2 1 (2.44%) Capita
2 1 (2.44%) HP
2 1 (2.44%) Microsoft
2 1 (2.44%) Sitecore