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 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Manual Testing
England / North West
Rank 115 147 136
Rank change year-on-year +32 -11  
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 15 12 14
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.58% 0.31% 0.40%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.70% 0.38% 0.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 9 10
Median daily rate £300 £300 £254
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +18.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £268 £213 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £343 £450 £308
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £300 £290
% change year-on-year - +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £32.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £32.50 -
% change year-on-year -43.07% -  

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 2141 3145 2764
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 82.35% 82.27% 78.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 1352 1906 1515
Median daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £290 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £538 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 110 124 125
Median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £39.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.66% -4.45%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.50 £16.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.20 £50.00 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £39.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.69% +30.00%  

Manual Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing Manual Testing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

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 24 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 24 March 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
Manchester +9 11 £313 -6.01% 4
Cheshire - 4 £275 - 3
Manual Testing
England

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 March 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 16 (47.06%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (44.12%) Selenium
3 12 (35.29%) QA
3 12 (35.29%) Test Scripting
3 12 (35.29%) Java
3 12 (35.29%) SQL
3 12 (35.29%) Automated Testing
4 10 (29.41%) Scrum
5 8 (23.53%) Unit Testing
6 7 (20.59%) Usability Testing
6 7 (20.59%) Performance Testing
6 7 (20.59%) Security Testing
6 7 (20.59%) JIRA
6 7 (20.59%) BDD
6 7 (20.59%) .NET
7 6 (17.65%) Automation Testing
8 5 (14.71%) ISEB
8 5 (14.71%) Retail
9 4 (11.76%) Software Testing
9 4 (11.76%) Build Automation
9 4 (11.76%) Cucumber
9 4 (11.76%) Integration Testing
9 4 (11.76%) Test Management
9 4 (11.76%) Workday
10 3 (8.82%) Exploratory Testing
10 3 (8.82%) Gatling
10 3 (8.82%) Kanban
10 3 (8.82%) User Acceptance Testing
10 3 (8.82%) MongoDB
10 3 (8.82%) SoapUI

Manual Testing
Top Related 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 (2.94%) Apache
1 1 (2.94%) CMS
1 1 (2.94%) EPiServer
1 1 (2.94%) SharePoint
1 1 (2.94%) Tomcat
Business Applications
1 2 (5.88%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (2.94%) Magento
2 1 (2.94%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (2.94%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 3 (8.82%) GitHub
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (8.82%) MongoDB
2 1 (2.94%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (2.94%) Relational Database
2 1 (2.94%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.94%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 15 (44.12%) Selenium
2 7 (20.59%) JIRA
3 4 (11.76%) Cucumber
4 3 (8.82%) Gatling
4 3 (8.82%) Jenkins
4 3 (8.82%) SoapUI
4 3 (8.82%) Visual Studio
4 3 (8.82%) Zephyr
5 1 (2.94%) ClearCase
5 1 (2.94%) ClearQuest
5 1 (2.94%) JBehave
5 1 (2.94%) JMeter
5 1 (2.94%) LoadRunner
5 1 (2.94%) LoadUI
5 1 (2.94%) Rational Robot
5 1 (2.94%) WebDriver
General
1 5 (14.71%) Retail
2 2 (5.88%) Banking
2 2 (5.88%) Finance
2 2 (5.88%) Legal
2 2 (5.88%) Retail Banking
3 1 (2.94%) Advertising
3 1 (2.94%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 17 (50.00%) Analyst
2 15 (44.12%) Test Analyst
3 10 (29.41%) Tester
4 5 (14.71%) Consultant
4 5 (14.71%) Manual Tester
4 5 (14.71%) QA Engineer
4 5 (14.71%) Senior Consultant
5 4 (11.76%) Automation Consultant
6 3 (8.82%) QA Analyst
6 3 (8.82%) QA Tester
6 3 (8.82%) Senior Tester
6 3 (8.82%) Software Tester
6 3 (8.82%) SQL Analyst
6 3 (8.82%) Workday Analyst
7 2 (5.88%) Banking Analyst
7 2 (5.88%) CRM Analyst
7 2 (5.88%) Senior Analyst
7 2 (5.88%) Senior Test Analyst
7 2 (5.88%) Service Analyst
7 2 (5.88%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (20.59%) .NET
2 3 (8.82%) Gherkin
2 3 (8.82%) Web Services
3 1 (2.94%) .NET Framework
3 1 (2.94%) JSON
3 1 (2.94%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (5.88%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (2.94%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 2 (5.88%) Android
1 2 (5.88%) Apple iOS
1 2 (5.88%) Linux
1 2 (5.88%) Windows
2 1 (2.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (2.94%) Unix
2 1 (2.94%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (47.06%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (35.29%) Automated Testing
2 12 (35.29%) Test Scripting
3 10 (29.41%) Scrum
4 8 (23.53%) Unit Testing
5 7 (20.59%) BDD
5 7 (20.59%) Performance Testing
5 7 (20.59%) Security Testing
5 7 (20.59%) Usability Testing
6 6 (17.65%) Automation Testing
7 4 (11.76%) Build Automation
7 4 (11.76%) Integration Testing
7 4 (11.76%) Software Testing
7 4 (11.76%) Test Management
8 3 (8.82%) Defect Management
8 3 (8.82%) Exploratory Testing
8 3 (8.82%) Kanban
8 3 (8.82%) Software Engineering
8 3 (8.82%) User Acceptance Testing
9 2 (5.88%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 12 (35.29%) Java
1 12 (35.29%) SQL
2 1 (2.94%) Perl
2 1 (2.94%) Scala
2 1 (2.94%) T-SQL
2 1 (2.94%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 5 (14.71%) ISEB
2 1 (2.94%) SC Cleared
2 1 (2.94%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (35.29%) QA
Systems Management
1 2 (5.88%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (2.94%) Puppet
Vendors
1 4 (11.76%) Workday
2 3 (8.82%) CheckPoint
2 3 (8.82%) Oracle
3 2 (5.88%) Microsoft
4 1 (2.94%) HP
4 1 (2.94%) JD Edwards
4 1 (2.94%) Red Hat
4 1 (2.94%) SAP
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