Period
to 18 June 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the Midlands with a requirement for Manual Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Manual Testing over the 6 months to 18 June 2018 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.

Manual Testing
England > Midlands
6 months to
18 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 202 184 207
Rank change year-on-year -18 +23 +9
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 46 57 46
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 0.58% 0.76% 0.51%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.70% 0.91% 0.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 41 30
Midlands median daily rate £350 £325 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% +4.84% +11.71%
10th Percentile £237 £240 £234
90th Percentile £450 £425 £451
England median daily rate £394 £330 £325
% change year-on-year +19.32% +1.54% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Midlands median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £41.00 £28.00 £185.00
% change year-on-year +46.43% -84.86% +413.89%

Manual Testing is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the Midlands with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 6,570 6,249 7,526
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 83.32% 82.93% 82.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,019 3,875 4,432
Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £243
90th Percentile £575 £538 £560
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +5.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 262 219 174
Midlands median hourly rate £15.50 £19.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.42% +8.57% -18.60%
10th Percentile £10.51 £10.59 £10.97
90th Percentile £44.95 £51.70 £39.50
England median hourly rate £22.00 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -12.00% - +19.05%

Manual Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the Midlands

Job postings citing Manual Testing as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for Manual Testing in the Midlands

Manual Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Manual Testing in the Midlands

Manual Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Manual Testing in the Midlands over the 6 months to 18 June 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Manual Testing in the Midlands

Manual Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Manual Testing in the Midlands

Manual Testing
Contract Job Locations in the Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Manual Testing within the Midlands region over the 6 months to 18 June 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
West Midlands -18 29 £300 -7.69% 15
East Midlands -11 17 £398 +13.98% 11
Manual Testing
England

For the 6 months to 18 June 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Manual Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Midlands region with a requirement for Manual Testing.

1 34 (73.91%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (63.04%) Test Automation
3 22 (47.83%) SQL
4 17 (36.96%) QA
5 15 (32.61%) Test Scripting
6 14 (30.43%) Test Strategy
7 12 (26.09%) User Acceptance Testing
8 10 (21.74%) Selenium
8 10 (21.74%) Retail
9 9 (19.57%) TDD
9 9 (19.57%) JIRA
10 8 (17.39%) Performance Testing
10 8 (17.39%) Unit Testing
10 8 (17.39%) Software Testing
10 8 (17.39%) ISTQB
10 8 (17.39%) .NET
11 7 (15.22%) Java
11 7 (15.22%) ETL
11 7 (15.22%) Non-Functional Testing
12 6 (13.04%) DevOps
12 6 (13.04%) Analytical Skills
12 6 (13.04%) Microservices
12 6 (13.04%) Project Management
12 6 (13.04%) C#
12 6 (13.04%) Service Delivery
12 6 (13.04%) SoapUI
12 6 (13.04%) Functional Testing
12 6 (13.04%) Team Foundation Server
12 6 (13.04%) WebDriver
12 6 (13.04%) Cucumber

Manual Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in the Midlands 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 (6.52%) Confluence
2 2 (4.35%) CMS
3 1 (2.17%) Apache
Business Applications
1 2 (4.35%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (2.17%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.17%) Dynamics 365
1 1 (2.17%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.17%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (10.87%) SQL Server
2 3 (6.52%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (4.35%) MySQL
4 1 (2.17%) Oracle Database
4 1 (2.17%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 10 (21.74%) Selenium
2 9 (19.57%) JIRA
3 6 (13.04%) Cucumber
3 6 (13.04%) SoapUI
3 6 (13.04%) Team Foundation Server
3 6 (13.04%) WebDriver
4 5 (10.87%) TestPartner
5 4 (8.70%) Visual Studio
6 3 (6.52%) Jenkins
7 2 (4.35%) HP UFT
7 2 (4.35%) Protractor
7 2 (4.35%) Sahi
7 2 (4.35%) SpecFlow
7 2 (4.35%) Visual Studio Team System
7 2 (4.35%) WATIR
8 1 (2.17%) GitLab
8 1 (2.17%) JMeter
General
1 10 (21.74%) Retail
2 4 (8.70%) Finance
Job Titles
1 26 (56.52%) Analyst
2 25 (54.35%) Test Analyst
3 12 (26.09%) Tester
4 11 (23.91%) Software Analyst
5 10 (21.74%) Software Test Analyst
6 8 (17.39%) QA Engineer
6 8 (17.39%) QA Tester
7 6 (13.04%) Automation Test Analyst
7 6 (13.04%) Manual Test Analyst
7 6 (13.04%) QA Analyst
7 6 (13.04%) QA Test Analyst
7 6 (13.04%) Test Engineer
8 5 (10.87%) QA Test Engineer
8 5 (10.87%) Software QA Engineer
8 5 (10.87%) Software QA Tester
8 5 (10.87%) Software Test Engineer
8 5 (10.87%) Software Tester
9 2 (4.35%) Test Leader
10 1 (2.17%) Agile Tester
10 1 (2.17%) Senior Agile Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (17.39%) .NET
2 4 (8.70%) SOAP
3 3 (6.52%) .NET Framework
3 3 (6.52%) ASP.NET
3 3 (6.52%) Gherkin
3 3 (6.52%) JSON
3 3 (6.52%) RESTful
3 3 (6.52%) Web Services
4 2 (4.35%) XML
5 1 (2.17%) MFC
5 1 (2.17%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 6 (13.04%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (4.35%) Mobile App
3 1 (2.17%) Blog
3 1 (2.17%) Digital Media
3 1 (2.17%) Greenfield Project
3 1 (2.17%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 2 (4.35%) Unix
1 2 (4.35%) Windows
2 1 (2.17%) Android
2 1 (2.17%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (73.91%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (63.04%) Test Automation
3 15 (32.61%) Test Scripting
4 14 (30.43%) Test Strategy
5 12 (26.09%) User Acceptance Testing
6 9 (19.57%) TDD
7 8 (17.39%) Performance Testing
7 8 (17.39%) Software Testing
7 8 (17.39%) Unit Testing
8 7 (15.22%) ETL
8 7 (15.22%) Non-Functional Testing
9 6 (13.04%) DevOps
9 6 (13.04%) Functional Testing
9 6 (13.04%) Microservices
9 6 (13.04%) Project Management
9 6 (13.04%) Service Delivery
10 5 (10.87%) Load Testing
10 5 (10.87%) Regression Testing
10 5 (10.87%) Scrum
10 5 (10.87%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 22 (47.83%) SQL
2 7 (15.22%) Java
3 6 (13.04%) C#
4 5 (10.87%) PL/SQL
5 4 (8.70%) VBScript
6 2 (4.35%) C++
6 2 (4.35%) Ruby
6 2 (4.35%) Shell Script
6 2 (4.35%) T-SQL
7 1 (2.17%) VB
Qualifications
1 8 (17.39%) ISTQB
2 5 (10.87%) ISEB
3 4 (8.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (4.35%) Degree
5 1 (2.17%) SC Cleared
5 1 (2.17%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (36.96%) QA
2 3 (6.52%) Data Quality
Systems Management
1 1 (2.17%) Kibana
Vendors
1 4 (8.70%) Oracle
2 2 (4.35%) Microsoft
3 1 (2.17%) Blue Prism
3 1 (2.17%) Splunk