Period
to 20 February 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 20 February 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
20 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 185 195 194
Rank change year-on-year +10 -1 +12
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 60 55 52
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 0.75% 0.64% 0.61%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.91% 0.77% 0.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 36 37
Midlands median daily rate £300 £338 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.11% +12.50% +5.26%
10th Percentile £243 £245 £240
90th Percentile £450 £423 £381
England median daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +7.14% +7.69% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
Midlands median hourly rate - £32.50 -
England median hourly rate £40.00 £32.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year +23.08% -7.14% +55.56%

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 7,128 6,835
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 83.24% 82.34% 80.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,182 4,426 3,996
Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.23% +6.16%
10th Percentile £248 £240 £250
90th Percentile £560 £550 £550
England median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +4.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 236 222 209
Midlands median hourly rate £21.12 £18.63 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.40% +3.47% -2.70%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.76 £10.71
90th Percentile £49.38 £41.45 £42.60
England median hourly rate £24.09 £25.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year -3.64% +6.38% +17.50%

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 20 February 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 20 February 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 +14 36 £263 -25.00% 14
East Midlands +4 24 £308 -0.81% 14
Manual Testing
England

For the 6 months to 20 February 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 35 (58.33%) Test Automation
2 25 (41.67%) Agile Software Development
3 24 (40.00%) Test Scripting
4 20 (33.33%) SQL
5 18 (30.00%) User Acceptance Testing
6 13 (21.67%) QA
6 13 (21.67%) Test Strategy
6 13 (21.67%) Retail
7 11 (18.33%) Functional Testing
7 11 (18.33%) Non-Functional Testing
8 9 (15.00%) Selenium
8 9 (15.00%) Performance Testing
9 8 (13.33%) Unit Testing
9 8 (13.33%) Finance
9 8 (13.33%) Project Management
9 8 (13.33%) Java
10 7 (11.67%) Team Foundation Server
11 6 (10.00%) System Testing
11 6 (10.00%) TDD
11 6 (10.00%) Scrum
11 6 (10.00%) Service Delivery
11 6 (10.00%) SQL Server
11 6 (10.00%) Business Intelligence
11 6 (10.00%) Microservices
11 6 (10.00%) DevOps
11 6 (10.00%) Smoke Testing
11 6 (10.00%) Scenario Testing
12 5 (8.33%) System Integration Testing
12 5 (8.33%) ETL
12 5 (8.33%) Data Warehouse

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:

Applications
1 2 (3.33%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.67%) Unit4 Business World
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.67%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (10.00%) SQL Server
2 5 (8.33%) Data Warehouse
2 5 (8.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 4 (6.67%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (1.67%) MongoDB
4 1 (1.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (1.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 9 (15.00%) Selenium
2 7 (11.67%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (8.33%) TestPartner
4 4 (6.67%) JIRA
5 3 (5.00%) Cucumber
6 2 (3.33%) JMeter
6 2 (3.33%) JProfiler
6 2 (3.33%) JUnit
6 2 (3.33%) SoapUI
6 2 (3.33%) Visual Studio
6 2 (3.33%) WebDriver
7 1 (1.67%) Burp Suite
7 1 (1.67%) Git (software)
7 1 (1.67%) Jenkins
7 1 (1.67%) NeoLoad
General
1 13 (21.67%) Retail
2 8 (13.33%) Finance
3 1 (1.67%) Electronics
3 1 (1.67%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 29 (48.33%) Analyst
2 28 (46.67%) Test Analyst
3 25 (41.67%) Tester
4 13 (21.67%) Software Analyst
5 12 (20.00%) Software Test Analyst
6 8 (13.33%) Manual Test Analyst
7 7 (11.67%) QA Analyst
7 7 (11.67%) QA Test Analyst
7 7 (11.67%) Software Tester
7 7 (11.67%) Test Engineer
7 7 (11.67%) Test Leader
8 6 (10.00%) QA Engineer
8 6 (10.00%) QA Test Engineer
8 6 (10.00%) QA Tester
8 6 (10.00%) Software QA Engineer
8 6 (10.00%) Software QA Tester
8 6 (10.00%) Software Test Engineer
9 5 (8.33%) Automation Test Analyst
9 5 (8.33%) Manual Tester
10 4 (6.67%) Automation Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (3.33%) Ajax
1 2 (3.33%) CSS
1 2 (3.33%) HTML
1 2 (3.33%) Mason
2 1 (1.67%) .NET
2 1 (1.67%) ASP.NET
2 1 (1.67%) JSON
2 1 (1.67%) SOAP
2 1 (1.67%) Spring
2 1 (1.67%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (5.00%) Mobile App
2 2 (3.33%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (3.33%) Digital Media
2 2 (3.33%) EPoS
3 1 (1.67%) PKI
3 1 (1.67%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 2 (3.33%) Windows
2 1 (1.67%) Android
2 1 (1.67%) Apple iOS
2 1 (1.67%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (58.33%) Test Automation
2 25 (41.67%) Agile Software Development
3 24 (40.00%) Test Scripting
4 18 (30.00%) User Acceptance Testing
5 13 (21.67%) Test Strategy
6 11 (18.33%) Functional Testing
6 11 (18.33%) Non-Functional Testing
7 9 (15.00%) Performance Testing
8 8 (13.33%) Project Management
8 8 (13.33%) Unit Testing
9 6 (10.00%) Business Intelligence
9 6 (10.00%) DevOps
9 6 (10.00%) Microservices
9 6 (10.00%) Scenario Testing
9 6 (10.00%) Scrum
9 6 (10.00%) Service Delivery
9 6 (10.00%) Smoke Testing
9 6 (10.00%) System Testing
9 6 (10.00%) TDD
10 5 (8.33%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 20 (33.33%) SQL
2 8 (13.33%) Java
3 3 (5.00%) Shell Script
3 3 (5.00%) T-SQL
4 2 (3.33%) C#
4 2 (3.33%) JavaScript
4 2 (3.33%) Perl
4 2 (3.33%) PL/SQL
4 2 (3.33%) Python
4 2 (3.33%) VBScript
5 1 (1.67%) C++
5 1 (1.67%) VB
Qualifications
1 3 (5.00%) ISTQB
2 2 (3.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (1.67%) Degree
3 1 (1.67%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (21.67%) QA
2 2 (3.33%) Data Quality
3 1 (1.67%) WAI
3 1 (1.67%) WCAG
Systems Management
1 3 (5.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (6.67%) Microsoft
2 3 (5.00%) HP
3 2 (3.33%) JDA
3 2 (3.33%) PeopleSoft
3 2 (3.33%) RedPrairie
3 2 (3.33%) Salesforce.com
3 2 (3.33%) SAP
4 1 (1.67%) Blue Prism
4 1 (1.67%) Capita