Period
to 19 October 2017

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 19 October 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
6 months to
19 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 194 229 205
Rank change year-on-year +35 -24 +10
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 48 41 32
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 0.61% 0.42% 0.38%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.73% 0.51% 0.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 32 24
Midlands median daily rate £343 £331 £285
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.40% +16.23% +14.00%
10th Percentile £233 £216 £213
90th Percentile £429 £458 £339
England median daily rate £375 £325 £303
% change year-on-year +15.38% +7.44% +0.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Midlands median hourly rate - £32.25 -
England median hourly rate £40.00 £32.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +23.08% -13.33% +5.63%

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 6565 8073 6627
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 83.39% 82.39% 78.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 4163 4943 3969
Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +4.17%
10th Percentile £250 £250 £225
90th Percentile £550 £575 £538
England median daily rate £450 £425 £415
% change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 239 189 262
Midlands median hourly rate £20.00 £17.00 £19.04
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.65% -10.71% +2.92%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.49 £11.00
90th Percentile £52.50 £40.00 £40.87
England median hourly rate £25.00 £24.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year +4.17% +9.09% +12.82%

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 19 October 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 6 months to 19 October 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
West Midlands +23 26 £338 - 1
East Midlands +14 22 £348 +10.76% 9
Manual Testing
England

For the 6 months to 19 October 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 24 (50.00%) Test Automation
2 17 (35.42%) Defect Management
3 15 (31.25%) Test Scripting
4 12 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 12 (25.00%) QA
5 11 (22.92%) Selenium
6 10 (20.83%) Agile Software Development
7 9 (18.75%) HP
7 9 (18.75%) ISTQB
7 9 (18.75%) HP Quality Center
8 8 (16.67%) ISEB
8 8 (16.67%) SDLC
9 7 (14.58%) Scenario Testing
9 7 (14.58%) Finance
9 7 (14.58%) Test Management
9 7 (14.58%) JIRA
10 6 (12.50%) Software Testing
10 6 (12.50%) Functional Testing
10 6 (12.50%) Business Intelligence
10 6 (12.50%) SQL Server
10 6 (12.50%) Java
11 5 (10.42%) Microsoft
11 5 (10.42%) HP UFT
11 5 (10.42%) Salesforce.com
11 5 (10.42%) JMeter
11 5 (10.42%) Scrum
11 5 (10.42%) LoadUI
11 5 (10.42%) Performance Monitoring
11 5 (10.42%) SoapUI
11 5 (10.42%) Test Strategy

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 1 (2.08%) Confluence
1 1 (2.08%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (2.08%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (2.08%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 4 (8.33%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (12.50%) SQL Server
2 4 (8.33%) SQL Server 2012
2 4 (8.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (4.17%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (2.08%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 11 (22.92%) Selenium
2 7 (14.58%) JIRA
3 5 (10.42%) HP UFT
3 5 (10.42%) JMeter
3 5 (10.42%) LoadUI
3 5 (10.42%) SoapUI
4 4 (8.33%) Git (software)
4 4 (8.33%) WebDriver
5 2 (4.17%) Ant
5 2 (4.17%) Cucumber
5 2 (4.17%) Maven
5 2 (4.17%) SpecFlow
6 1 (2.08%) Burp Suite
6 1 (2.08%) Jenkins
General
1 7 (14.58%) Finance
2 4 (8.33%) Retail
3 1 (2.08%) Banking
3 1 (2.08%) Electronics
3 1 (2.08%) Investment Banking
3 1 (2.08%) Law
3 1 (2.08%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 17 (35.42%) Analyst
2 16 (33.33%) Test Analyst
3 15 (31.25%) Tester
4 7 (14.58%) Test Leader
5 6 (12.50%) Manual Test Analyst
6 5 (10.42%) Manual Tester
6 5 (10.42%) Performance Analyst
6 5 (10.42%) Performance Test Analyst
7 4 (8.33%) QA Engineer
7 4 (8.33%) Test Engineer
8 3 (6.25%) QA Leader
8 3 (6.25%) QA Test Engineer
8 3 (6.25%) Test Automation Engineer
9 2 (4.17%) QA Analyst
9 2 (4.17%) QA Automation Engineer
9 2 (4.17%) QA Test Analyst
9 2 (4.17%) QA Tester
10 1 (2.08%) Risk Analyst
10 1 (2.08%) Senior Test Engineer
10 1 (2.08%) Senior Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.25%) RESTful
1 3 (6.25%) SOAP
2 2 (4.17%) JDBC
2 2 (4.17%) XML
3 1 (2.08%) Spring
3 1 (2.08%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (4.17%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (4.17%) EPoS
2 1 (2.08%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 1 (2.08%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (50.00%) Test Automation
2 17 (35.42%) Defect Management
3 15 (31.25%) Test Scripting
4 12 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
5 10 (20.83%) Agile Software Development
6 8 (16.67%) SDLC
7 7 (14.58%) Scenario Testing
7 7 (14.58%) Test Management
8 6 (12.50%) Business Intelligence
8 6 (12.50%) Functional Testing
8 6 (12.50%) Software Testing
9 5 (10.42%) Mentoring
9 5 (10.42%) Performance Monitoring
9 5 (10.42%) Scrum
9 5 (10.42%) System Testing
9 5 (10.42%) Test Strategy
10 4 (8.33%) Data Reconciliation
10 4 (8.33%) Non-Functional Testing
10 4 (8.33%) Software Engineering
10 4 (8.33%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 6 (12.50%) Java
2 4 (8.33%) SQL
3 2 (4.17%) C#
Qualifications
1 9 (18.75%) ISTQB
2 8 (16.67%) ISEB
3 3 (6.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (25.00%) QA
2 4 (8.33%) GxP
3 2 (4.17%) GAMP
4 1 (2.08%) WAI
4 1 (2.08%) WCAG
Systems Management
1 9 (18.75%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 9 (18.75%) HP
2 5 (10.42%) Microsoft
2 5 (10.42%) Salesforce.com
3 2 (4.17%) hybris
3 2 (4.17%) PeopleSoft
3 2 (4.17%) SAP
4 1 (2.08%) JDA
4 1 (2.08%) RedPrairie