The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West 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 / North West
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 123 143 138
Rank change year-on-year +20 -5  
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 13 16 14
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.44% 0.42% 0.38%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.55% 0.52% 0.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 11 8
Median daily rate £363 £290 £255
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +25.00% +13.72%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £206 £206
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £330 £342
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 North West with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 2383 3100 2861
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 80.70% 82.23% 78.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 5041 7746 6099
Median daily rate £413 £418 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.19% +7.74%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £294 £278 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £600 £566
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 264 238 292
Median hourly rate £40.00 £28.50 £34.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.35% -16.17%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.59 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.50 £55.73 £57.03
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 North West

Job postings citing Manual Testing as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for Manual Testing in the North West

Manual Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Manual Testing in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Manual Testing in the North West

Manual Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Manual Testing in the North West over the 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Manual Testing in the North West

Manual Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Manual Testing in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Manual Testing in the North West

Manual Testing
Contract Job Locations in the North West

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 North West 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
Cheshire +16 7 £500 +73.91% 2
Manchester +8 5 £306 +9.37% 12
Lancashire - 1 - - 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 North West region with a requirement for Manual Testing.

1 13 (44.83%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (41.38%) Test Automation
3 8 (27.59%) QA
4 7 (24.14%) Scrum
4 7 (24.14%) SQL
5 6 (20.69%) Test Management
5 6 (20.69%) Selenium
5 6 (20.69%) Test Strategy
5 6 (20.69%) ISEB
5 6 (20.69%) Finance
5 6 (20.69%) Retail
5 6 (20.69%) JIRA
5 6 (20.69%) User Acceptance Testing
6 5 (17.24%) Software Testing
6 5 (17.24%) Java
6 5 (17.24%) Scenario Testing
7 4 (13.79%) Analytical Skills
7 4 (13.79%) Zephyr
7 4 (13.79%) Exploratory Testing
7 4 (13.79%) Workday
7 4 (13.79%) Cucumber
7 4 (13.79%) Test Scripting
7 4 (13.79%) CheckPoint
8 3 (10.34%) Banking
8 3 (10.34%) Retail Banking
8 3 (10.34%) Web Services
8 3 (10.34%) Kanban
8 3 (10.34%) MongoDB
8 3 (10.34%) GitHub
8 3 (10.34%) Gatling

Manual Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 (3.45%) Apache
1 1 (3.45%) Tomcat
Business Applications
1 1 (3.45%) Magento
1 1 (3.45%) Oracle Retail
1 1 (3.45%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 3 (10.34%) GitHub
2 1 (3.45%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (10.34%) MongoDB
2 1 (3.45%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 6 (20.69%) JIRA
1 6 (20.69%) Selenium
2 4 (13.79%) Cucumber
2 4 (13.79%) Zephyr
3 3 (10.34%) Gatling
3 3 (10.34%) Jenkins
4 2 (6.90%) SoapUI
4 2 (6.90%) Visual Studio
General
1 6 (20.69%) Finance
1 6 (20.69%) Retail
2 3 (10.34%) Banking
2 3 (10.34%) Retail Banking
3 2 (6.90%) Legal
Job Titles
1 12 (41.38%) Analyst
2 11 (37.93%) Test Analyst
3 7 (24.14%) Test Leader
4 5 (17.24%) Tester
5 4 (13.79%) QA Engineer
6 3 (10.34%) Banking Analyst
6 3 (10.34%) Manual Tester
7 2 (6.90%) Senior Analyst
7 2 (6.90%) Senior Test Analyst
7 2 (6.90%) Senior Tester
7 2 (6.90%) Service Analyst
7 2 (6.90%) SQL Analyst
8 1 (3.45%) Administrator
8 1 (3.45%) Consultant
8 1 (3.45%) Infrastructure Analyst
8 1 (3.45%) Payments Test Manager
8 1 (3.45%) Senior Consultant
8 1 (3.45%) Systems Administrator
8 1 (3.45%) Test Manager
8 1 (3.45%) Unix Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (10.34%) Web Services
2 2 (6.90%) Gherkin
3 1 (3.45%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 4 (13.79%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (3.45%) Data Centre
2 1 (3.45%) iPad
2 1 (3.45%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 2 (6.90%) Unix
2 1 (3.45%) Android
2 1 (3.45%) Apple iOS
2 1 (3.45%) Linux
2 1 (3.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (3.45%) Windows
2 1 (3.45%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (44.83%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (41.38%) Test Automation
3 7 (24.14%) Scrum
4 6 (20.69%) Test Management
4 6 (20.69%) Test Strategy
4 6 (20.69%) User Acceptance Testing
5 5 (17.24%) Scenario Testing
5 5 (17.24%) Software Testing
6 4 (13.79%) Exploratory Testing
6 4 (13.79%) Test Scripting
7 3 (10.34%) Kanban
8 2 (6.90%) E-Commerce
8 2 (6.90%) Integration Testing
8 2 (6.90%) Migration
8 2 (6.90%) System Testing
8 2 (6.90%) Unit Testing
9 1 (3.45%) BDD
9 1 (3.45%) Continuous Improvement
9 1 (3.45%) ERP
9 1 (3.45%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (24.14%) SQL
2 5 (17.24%) Java
3 1 (3.45%) JavaScript
3 1 (3.45%) Perl
3 1 (3.45%) Scala
3 1 (3.45%) T-SQL
3 1 (3.45%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 6 (20.69%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (27.59%) QA
Systems Management
1 2 (6.90%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (3.45%) Puppet
Vendors
1 4 (13.79%) CheckPoint
1 4 (13.79%) Workday
2 2 (6.90%) Oracle
3 1 (3.45%) HP
3 1 (3.45%) JD Edwards
3 1 (3.45%) Microsoft
3 1 (3.45%) Red Hat
3 1 (3.45%) SAP