Period
to 22 November 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 22 November 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
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 193 225 193
Rank change year-on-year +32 -32 +22
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 51 43 41
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 0.62% 0.44% 0.49%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.75% 0.53% 0.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 39 32 31
Midlands median daily rate £305 £331 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.92% +10.42% +17.07%
10th Percentile £236 £250 £213
90th Percentile £438 £427 £340
England median daily rate £375 £338 £310
% change year-on-year +11.11% +8.87% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
Midlands median hourly rate - £32.50 -
England median hourly rate £42.50 £32.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +30.77% -13.33% +72.41%

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 6826 8090 6583
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 83.06% 82.65% 79.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 4348 4943 3892
Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +2.74%
10th Percentile £250 £250 £233
90th Percentile £550 £575 £538
England median daily rate £450 £425 £423
% change year-on-year +5.88% +0.47% +5.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 244 208 259
Midlands median hourly rate £21.37 £17.00 £18.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.71% -8.21% +2.89%
10th Percentile £10.71 £10.50 £11.00
90th Percentile £48.75 £40.00 £42.79
England median hourly rate £24.00 £24.43 £22.50
% change year-on-year -1.76% +8.58% +18.42%

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 November 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 22 November 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 +21 29 £303 -13.57% 4
East Midlands +9 21 £325 +5.69% 8
Manual Testing
England

For the 6 months to 22 November 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 26 (50.98%) Test Automation
2 19 (37.25%) Test Scripting
3 15 (29.41%) Selenium
4 14 (27.45%) User Acceptance Testing
5 12 (23.53%) QA
6 11 (21.57%) Defect Management
7 10 (19.61%) Agile Software Development
8 8 (15.69%) Finance
8 8 (15.69%) Java
8 8 (15.69%) SQL
9 7 (13.73%) SQL Server
9 7 (13.73%) Business Intelligence
9 7 (13.73%) Scrum
9 7 (13.73%) Test Strategy
10 6 (11.76%) Functional Testing
10 6 (11.76%) Salesforce.com
10 6 (11.76%) Microsoft
10 6 (11.76%) HP
10 6 (11.76%) Test Management
10 6 (11.76%) HP Quality Center
10 6 (11.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 5 (9.80%) Mathematics
11 5 (9.80%) JIRA
11 5 (9.80%) Stakeholder Management
11 5 (9.80%) ISTQB
11 5 (9.80%) System Testing
11 5 (9.80%) Non-Functional Testing
11 5 (9.80%) SQL Server 2012
11 5 (9.80%) Data Reconciliation
11 5 (9.80%) Mentoring

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 (1.96%) Confluence
Applications
1 2 (3.92%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.96%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 3 (5.88%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.96%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (13.73%) SQL Server
2 6 (11.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 5 (9.80%) SQL Server 2012
4 3 (5.88%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (1.96%) MongoDB
5 1 (1.96%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (1.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 15 (29.41%) Selenium
2 5 (9.80%) JIRA
3 4 (7.84%) WebDriver
4 3 (5.88%) Git (software)
5 2 (3.92%) Cucumber
5 2 (3.92%) HP UFT
5 2 (3.92%) JMeter
5 2 (3.92%) JProfiler
5 2 (3.92%) JUnit
5 2 (3.92%) LoadUI
5 2 (3.92%) SoapUI
5 2 (3.92%) SpecFlow
6 1 (1.96%) Ant
6 1 (1.96%) Burp Suite
6 1 (1.96%) Jenkins
6 1 (1.96%) Maven
6 1 (1.96%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (1.96%) Visual Studio
General
1 8 (15.69%) Finance
2 4 (7.84%) Retail
3 1 (1.96%) Banking
3 1 (1.96%) Electronics
3 1 (1.96%) Investment Banking
3 1 (1.96%) Law
3 1 (1.96%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 19 (37.25%) Tester
2 17 (33.33%) Analyst
3 16 (31.37%) Test Analyst
4 9 (17.65%) Test Leader
5 7 (13.73%) Manual Tester
6 6 (11.76%) Manual Test Analyst
7 3 (5.88%) Automation Test Analyst
7 3 (5.88%) QA Engineer
7 3 (5.88%) Test Engineer
8 2 (3.92%) Automation Tester
8 2 (3.92%) Performance Analyst
8 2 (3.92%) Performance Test Analyst
8 2 (3.92%) QA Analyst
8 2 (3.92%) QA Leader
8 2 (3.92%) QA Test Analyst
8 2 (3.92%) QA Test Engineer
8 2 (3.92%) QA Tester
8 2 (3.92%) Test Automation Engineer
9 1 (1.96%) QA Automation Engineer
9 1 (1.96%) Senior UAT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (3.92%) Ajax
1 2 (3.92%) CSS
1 2 (3.92%) HTML
1 2 (3.92%) Mason
1 2 (3.92%) RESTful
1 2 (3.92%) SOAP
1 2 (3.92%) XML
2 1 (1.96%) JDBC
2 1 (1.96%) Spring
2 1 (1.96%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (3.92%) EPoS
2 1 (1.96%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (1.96%) Digital Media
2 1 (1.96%) Mobile App
2 1 (1.96%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 1 (1.96%) Android
1 1 (1.96%) Apple iOS
1 1 (1.96%) Unix
1 1 (1.96%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (50.98%) Test Automation
2 19 (37.25%) Test Scripting
3 14 (27.45%) User Acceptance Testing
4 11 (21.57%) Defect Management
5 10 (19.61%) Agile Software Development
6 7 (13.73%) Business Intelligence
6 7 (13.73%) Scrum
6 7 (13.73%) Test Strategy
7 6 (11.76%) Functional Testing
7 6 (11.76%) Test Management
8 5 (9.80%) Data Reconciliation
8 5 (9.80%) Mathematics
8 5 (9.80%) Mentoring
8 5 (9.80%) Non-Functional Testing
8 5 (9.80%) SDLC
8 5 (9.80%) Stakeholder Management
8 5 (9.80%) System Testing
9 4 (7.84%) CRM
9 4 (7.84%) Performance Testing
9 4 (7.84%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 8 (15.69%) Java
1 8 (15.69%) SQL
2 3 (5.88%) C#
3 2 (3.92%) JavaScript
3 2 (3.92%) Perl
3 2 (3.92%) Python
4 1 (1.96%) PL/SQL
4 1 (1.96%) Shell Script
4 1 (1.96%) T-SQL
4 1 (1.96%) VB
4 1 (1.96%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 5 (9.80%) ISTQB
2 4 (7.84%) ISEB
3 2 (3.92%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (23.53%) QA
2 3 (5.88%) GxP
3 2 (3.92%) GAMP
4 1 (1.96%) WAI
4 1 (1.96%) WCAG
Systems Management
1 6 (11.76%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (11.76%) HP
1 6 (11.76%) Microsoft
1 6 (11.76%) Salesforce.com
2 2 (3.92%) hybris
2 2 (3.92%) JDA
2 2 (3.92%) PeopleSoft
2 2 (3.92%) RedPrairie
2 2 (3.92%) SAP
3 1 (1.96%) Blue Prism