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 3 months to 28 June 2017 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
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 138 162 154
Rank change year-on-year +24 -8  
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 24 18 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 0.65% 0.38% 0.22%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.77% 0.46% 0.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 14 8
Median daily rate £348 £330 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.30% +20.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £244 £143 £163
10% offered a daily rate of more than £415 £463 £368
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £300 £290
% change year-on-year +8.33% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £12.50 £38.50
% change year-on-year +124.00% -67.53%  

Manual Testing is in the process and methodology skills category. The next 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 and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 3126 3882 3112
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the Midlands 84.67% 82.12% 77.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 7045 8615 6429
Median daily rate £413 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.12% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £263 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 353 176 284
Median hourly rate £28.00 £18.63 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +50.33% -19.02%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.06 £11.78 £12.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.75 £43.75 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

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 3 months to 28 June 2017.

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 3 months to 28 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
West Midlands +27 15 £321 -2.65% 8
East Midlands -5 9 £350 +6.46% 1
Manual Testing
England

For the 6 months to 28 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Manual Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Midlands region with a requirement for Manual Testing.

1 25 (53.19%) Test Automation
2 21 (44.68%) Agile Software Development
3 15 (31.91%) Test Scripting
4 14 (29.79%) QA
4 14 (29.79%) Defect Management
5 13 (27.66%) SQL
6 10 (21.28%) JIRA
7 9 (19.15%) User Acceptance Testing
7 9 (19.15%) ISTQB
7 9 (19.15%) Software Testing
7 9 (19.15%) ISEB
8 8 (17.02%) Software Engineering
9 7 (14.89%) Continuous Integration
9 7 (14.89%) System Testing
9 7 (14.89%) Scrum
9 7 (14.89%) Java
10 6 (12.77%) SQL Server
10 6 (12.77%) Selenium
10 6 (12.77%) Integration Testing
10 6 (12.77%) SDLC
11 5 (10.64%) Analytical Skills
11 5 (10.64%) SoapUI
11 5 (10.64%) Test Strategy
11 5 (10.64%) HP Quality Center
11 5 (10.64%) Unit Testing
11 5 (10.64%) C#
11 5 (10.64%) Migration
11 5 (10.64%) HP UFT
11 5 (10.64%) Salesforce.com
12 4 (8.51%) HP

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 (6.38%) SharePoint
2 2 (4.26%) Confluence
3 1 (2.13%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 1 (2.13%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 4 (8.51%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.13%) Bluetooth
1 1 (2.13%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (12.77%) SQL Server
2 4 (8.51%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (4.26%) MySQL
4 1 (2.13%) Amazon Redshift
4 1 (2.13%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (2.13%) SQL Server 2016
4 1 (2.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (2.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 10 (21.28%) JIRA
2 6 (12.77%) Selenium
3 5 (10.64%) HP UFT
3 5 (10.64%) SoapUI
4 4 (8.51%) WebDriver
5 3 (6.38%) Git (software)
5 3 (6.38%) JMeter
5 3 (6.38%) LoadUI
5 3 (6.38%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (4.26%) Ant
6 2 (4.26%) Maven
6 2 (4.26%) Visual Studio
7 1 (2.13%) Cucumber
General
1 3 (6.38%) Finance
1 3 (6.38%) Retail
2 2 (4.26%) Billing
3 1 (2.13%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 24 (51.06%) Analyst
1 24 (51.06%) Test Analyst
2 7 (14.89%) Manual Test Analyst
2 7 (14.89%) Test Leader
3 6 (12.77%) SQL Analyst
4 5 (10.64%) Test Engineer
5 4 (8.51%) Data Migration Analyst
5 4 (8.51%) Migration Analyst
5 4 (8.51%) QA Engineer
5 4 (8.51%) QA Leader
5 4 (8.51%) SQL Data Analyst
5 4 (8.51%) Test Data Analyst
5 4 (8.51%) Tester
6 3 (6.38%) Agile Test Analyst
6 3 (6.38%) Performance Analyst
6 3 (6.38%) Performance Test Analyst
6 3 (6.38%) QA Automation Engineer
6 3 (6.38%) QA Test Engineer
6 3 (6.38%) Test Automation Engineer
6 3 (6.38%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (8.51%) XML
2 3 (6.38%) .NET
2 3 (6.38%) RESTful
2 3 (6.38%) SOAP
3 2 (4.26%) ASP.NET
3 2 (4.26%) JDBC
3 2 (4.26%) Unreal Engine
4 1 (2.13%) CSS
4 1 (2.13%) Gherkin
4 1 (2.13%) HTML
4 1 (2.13%) jQuery
4 1 (2.13%) Unity (Game Engine)
4 1 (2.13%) Unity DI Container
4 1 (2.13%) Web Services
4 1 (2.13%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 5 (10.64%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (4.26%) Smart Meter
3 1 (2.13%) Infotainment
3 1 (2.13%) Mobile App
3 1 (2.13%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 2 (4.26%) Windows
2 1 (2.13%) Android
2 1 (2.13%) Unix
2 1 (2.13%) Windows 10
2 1 (2.13%) Windows Server
2 1 (2.13%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (53.19%) Test Automation
2 21 (44.68%) Agile Software Development
3 15 (31.91%) Test Scripting
4 14 (29.79%) Defect Management
5 9 (19.15%) Software Testing
5 9 (19.15%) User Acceptance Testing
6 8 (17.02%) Software Engineering
7 7 (14.89%) Continuous Integration
7 7 (14.89%) Scrum
7 7 (14.89%) System Testing
8 6 (12.77%) Integration Testing
8 6 (12.77%) SDLC
9 5 (10.64%) Migration
9 5 (10.64%) Test Strategy
9 5 (10.64%) Unit Testing
10 4 (8.51%) Data Migration
10 4 (8.51%) Functional Testing
10 4 (8.51%) Test Management
10 4 (8.51%) User Stories
11 3 (6.38%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 13 (27.66%) SQL
2 7 (14.89%) Java
3 5 (10.64%) C#
4 3 (6.38%) PL/SQL
5 2 (4.26%) C++
5 2 (4.26%) JavaScript
5 2 (4.26%) Python
6 1 (2.13%) C
6 1 (2.13%) Embedded C
6 1 (2.13%) MATLAB
6 1 (2.13%) VB
6 1 (2.13%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 9 (19.15%) ISEB
1 9 (19.15%) ISTQB
2 4 (8.51%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (2.13%) Degree
3 1 (2.13%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (29.79%) QA
2 4 (8.51%) GxP
3 2 (4.26%) GAMP
4 1 (2.13%) PCI DSS
Systems Management
1 5 (10.64%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (10.64%) Salesforce.com
2 4 (8.51%) HP
3 3 (6.38%) Oracle
4 2 (4.26%) Microsoft
5 1 (2.13%) hybris
5 1 (2.13%) Twitter
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