Period
to 22 September 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 22 September 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
22 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 238 202 230
Rank change year-on-year -36 +28 -13
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 23 43 38
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 0.29% 0.55% 0.39%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.35% 0.65% 0.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 33 31
Midlands median daily rate £363 £338 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.41% - +16.38%
10th Percentile £243 £195 £213
90th Percentile £448 £410 £463
England median daily rate £400 £350 £338
% change year-on-year +14.29% +3.70% +12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Midlands median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £40.75 £28.00 £109.00
% change year-on-year +45.54% -74.31% +196.60%

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 6,619 6,611 8,192
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 83.27% 84.47% 83.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,047 4,159 4,997
Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £271 £250 £250
90th Percentile £563 £550 £575
England median daily rate £465 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 295 246 182
Midlands median hourly rate £15.50 £20.00 £16.09
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.50% +24.30% -15.67%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.62
90th Percentile £38.25 £52.50 £40.27
England median hourly rate £20.90 £23.14 £22.84
% change year-on-year -9.70% +1.31% +3.82%

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 22 September 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 22 September 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 -35 18 £350 +3.70% 15
East Midlands -4 5 £395 +22.01% 11
Manual Testing
England

For the 6 months to 22 September 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 16 (69.57%) Agile Software Development
1 16 (69.57%) Test Automation
2 11 (47.83%) QA
2 11 (47.83%) SQL
3 10 (43.48%) Selenium
4 7 (30.43%) User Acceptance Testing
4 7 (30.43%) JIRA
5 6 (26.09%) ISTQB
5 6 (26.09%) ISEB
5 6 (26.09%) Test Management
5 6 (26.09%) WebDriver
5 6 (26.09%) Test Strategy
6 5 (21.74%) Cucumber
6 5 (21.74%) Test Scripting
6 5 (21.74%) Analytical Skills
6 5 (21.74%) Oracle
6 5 (21.74%) Web Services
6 5 (21.74%) .NET
7 4 (17.39%) C#
7 4 (17.39%) Java
7 4 (17.39%) Microsoft
7 4 (17.39%) Scrum
7 4 (17.39%) Software Testing
7 4 (17.39%) TDD
7 4 (17.39%) Jenkins
7 4 (17.39%) API Testing
7 4 (17.39%) Continuous Integration
7 4 (17.39%) RESTful
7 4 (17.39%) Integration Testing
7 4 (17.39%) BDD

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 2 (8.70%) Confluence
2 1 (4.35%) CMS
Business Applications
1 1 (4.35%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (4.35%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.35%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.35%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (13.04%) SQL Server
2 2 (8.70%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (8.70%) MySQL
3 1 (4.35%) Oracle Database
3 1 (4.35%) Oracle Database 11g
3 1 (4.35%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (4.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 10 (43.48%) Selenium
2 7 (30.43%) JIRA
3 6 (26.09%) WebDriver
4 5 (21.74%) Cucumber
5 4 (17.39%) Jenkins
5 4 (17.39%) SoapUI
6 3 (13.04%) Protractor
6 3 (13.04%) Visual Studio Team System
7 2 (8.70%) HP UFT
7 2 (8.70%) Sahi
7 2 (8.70%) Visual Studio
7 2 (8.70%) WATIR
8 1 (4.35%) GitLab
8 1 (4.35%) JMeter
8 1 (4.35%) NeoLoad
8 1 (4.35%) SpecFlow
General
1 3 (13.04%) Finance
2 1 (4.35%) Retail
Job Titles
1 7 (30.43%) Analyst
1 7 (30.43%) Test Analyst
1 7 (30.43%) Tester
2 4 (17.39%) QA Tester
3 3 (13.04%) QA Engineer
3 3 (13.04%) Test Manager
4 2 (8.70%) Coordinator
4 2 (8.70%) Test Coordinator
5 1 (4.35%) Automation Test Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) Data Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) Database Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) Integration Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) Integration Test Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) Manual Tester
5 1 (4.35%) Process Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) QA Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) QA Test Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) Senior Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) Senior Test Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) Senior Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (21.74%) .NET
1 5 (21.74%) Web Services
2 4 (17.39%) RESTful
3 3 (13.04%) .NET Framework
3 3 (13.04%) SOAP
4 2 (8.70%) Gherkin
4 2 (8.70%) XML
5 1 (4.35%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 5 (21.74%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (13.04%) Mobile App
3 2 (8.70%) Robotics
4 1 (4.35%) Blog
4 1 (4.35%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (4.35%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 2 (8.70%) Android
1 2 (8.70%) Apple iOS
1 2 (8.70%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (69.57%) Agile Software Development
1 16 (69.57%) Test Automation
2 7 (30.43%) User Acceptance Testing
3 6 (26.09%) Test Management
3 6 (26.09%) Test Strategy
4 5 (21.74%) Test Scripting
5 4 (17.39%) API Testing
5 4 (17.39%) BDD
5 4 (17.39%) Continuous Integration
5 4 (17.39%) Integration Testing
5 4 (17.39%) Scrum
5 4 (17.39%) Software Testing
5 4 (17.39%) TDD
6 3 (13.04%) ERP
6 3 (13.04%) Functional Testing
6 3 (13.04%) Non-Functional Testing
6 3 (13.04%) Problem-Solving
6 3 (13.04%) Regression Testing
6 3 (13.04%) SDLC
6 3 (13.04%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 11 (47.83%) SQL
2 4 (17.39%) C#
2 4 (17.39%) Java
3 3 (13.04%) PL/SQL
4 2 (8.70%) Ruby
4 2 (8.70%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 6 (26.09%) ISEB
1 6 (26.09%) ISTQB
2 2 (8.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (4.35%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (4.35%) DBS Check
3 1 (4.35%) Degree
3 1 (4.35%) ISEB Practitioner
3 1 (4.35%) SC Cleared
3 1 (4.35%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (47.83%) QA
2 2 (8.70%) Data Quality
Systems Management
1 1 (4.35%) Kibana
Vendors
1 5 (21.74%) Oracle
2 4 (17.39%) Microsoft
3 2 (8.70%) Blue Prism
4 1 (4.35%) Splunk
4 1 (4.35%) UiPath