The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East 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 25 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 / South East
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 218 255 233
Rank change year-on-year +37 -22  
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 20 22 37
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.26% 0.25% 0.39%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.32% 0.30% 0.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 18 28
Median daily rate £313 £316 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.18% +1.20%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £268 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £390 £400 £440
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £300 £290
% change year-on-year +8.33% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Median hourly rate £28.00 - -
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 South East with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
South East
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 6342 7222 7635
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 83.03% 81.98% 80.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 3718 4417 4412
Median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £288 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £538 £520
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 231 268 264
Median hourly rate £29.92 £32.00 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.50% +23.07%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £52.50 £47.50
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 South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East 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 South East

Manual Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Manual Testing in the South East

Manual Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Manual Testing in the South East over the 3 months to 25 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Manual Testing in the South East

Manual Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Manual Testing in the South East

Manual Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Manual Testing in the South East over the 3 months to 25 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Manual Testing in the South East

Manual Testing
Contract Job Locations in the South East

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 South East region over the 3 months to 25 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
Berkshire +20 7 £310 - 4
Buckinghamshire -11 4 £338 - 2
Oxfordshire -7 3 - - 7
Hampshire +6 2 £188 -25.00% 2
Surrey +2 2 £281 -23.98% 2
East Sussex - 1 £500 - 2
Kent - 1 - -
Manual Testing
England

For the 6 months to 25 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 South East region with a requirement for Manual Testing.

1 33 (70.21%) Test Automation
2 29 (61.70%) Agile Software Development
3 22 (46.81%) Java
4 18 (38.30%) Selenium
5 14 (29.79%) QA
6 13 (27.66%) Scrum
7 12 (25.53%) TDD
7 12 (25.53%) BDD
8 10 (21.28%) ISTQB
9 9 (19.15%) C++
9 9 (19.15%) OOP
9 9 (19.15%) OO
9 9 (19.15%) Python
9 9 (19.15%) Visualisation
9 9 (19.15%) Functional Testing
10 8 (17.02%) ISEB
10 8 (17.02%) JIRA
11 7 (14.89%) Test Scripting
11 7 (14.89%) Finance
11 7 (14.89%) XML
11 7 (14.89%) WebDriver
11 7 (14.89%) REST
12 6 (12.77%) SQL
12 6 (12.77%) Continuous Integration
12 6 (12.77%) Groovy
12 6 (12.77%) Software Testing
12 6 (12.77%) Banking
12 6 (12.77%) CMS
13 5 (10.64%) Content Management
13 5 (10.64%) Maven

Manual Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 6 (12.77%) CMS
2 5 (10.64%) Sitecore CMS
3 2 (4.26%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (2.13%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 1 (2.13%) SharePoint
4 1 (2.13%) Tomcat
Applications
1 1 (2.13%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (2.13%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (6.38%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.26%) OpenShift
2 1 (2.13%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (10.64%) HTTP
2 1 (2.13%) TDMA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.26%) Big Data
1 2 (4.26%) Hadoop
1 2 (4.26%) MongoDB
1 2 (4.26%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 1 (2.13%) BusinessObjects
2 1 (2.13%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 18 (38.30%) Selenium
2 8 (17.02%) JIRA
3 7 (14.89%) WebDriver
4 5 (10.64%) Ant
4 5 (10.64%) Apache Ivy
4 5 (10.64%) Bitbucket
4 5 (10.64%) eggPlant
4 5 (10.64%) Gradle
4 5 (10.64%) JMeter
4 5 (10.64%) Maven
5 4 (8.51%) Cucumber
6 3 (6.38%) Git (software)
6 3 (6.38%) SoapUI
7 2 (4.26%) GitLab
7 2 (4.26%) Jenkins
7 2 (4.26%) Karma Test Runner
7 2 (4.26%) Mocha
7 2 (4.26%) PhantomJS
7 2 (4.26%) Protractor
7 2 (4.26%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 7 (14.89%) Finance
2 6 (12.77%) Banking
3 2 (4.26%) Corporate Banking
3 2 (4.26%) Retail
4 1 (2.13%) Advertising
4 1 (2.13%) Local Government
4 1 (2.13%) Military
4 1 (2.13%) Retail Banking
4 1 (2.13%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 17 (36.17%) Tester
2 14 (29.79%) Analyst
2 14 (29.79%) Test Analyst
3 8 (17.02%) Developer
4 6 (12.77%) Manual Tester
5 4 (8.51%) Automation Tester
5 4 (8.51%) Developer in Test
5 4 (8.51%) QA Engineer
5 4 (8.51%) Software Developer
5 4 (8.51%) Software Tester
6 3 (6.38%) Automation Engineer
6 3 (6.38%) QA Automation Engineer
6 3 (6.38%) Quality Engineer
6 3 (6.38%) Test Engineer
7 2 (4.26%) Financial Analyst
7 2 (4.26%) QA Test Analyst
7 2 (4.26%) QA Tester
7 2 (4.26%) Senior Test Analyst
7 2 (4.26%) Senior Tester
7 2 (4.26%) Software Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (14.89%) REST
1 7 (14.89%) XML
2 5 (10.64%) JSON
2 5 (10.64%) SOAP
3 4 (8.51%) Web Services
4 3 (6.38%) HTML
5 2 (4.26%) AngularJS
5 2 (4.26%) Chai
5 2 (4.26%) Node.js
5 2 (4.26%) RESTful
6 1 (2.13%) .NET
6 1 (2.13%) CSS
6 1 (2.13%) CSS3
6 1 (2.13%) HTML5
6 1 (2.13%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 2 (4.26%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (4.26%) Mainframe
1 2 (4.26%) Mobile App
2 1 (2.13%) NHS
2 1 (2.13%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 3 (6.38%) Android
1 3 (6.38%) Apple iOS
2 1 (2.13%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (70.21%) Test Automation
2 29 (61.70%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (27.66%) Scrum
4 12 (25.53%) BDD
4 12 (25.53%) TDD
5 9 (19.15%) Functional Testing
5 9 (19.15%) OO
5 9 (19.15%) OOP
5 9 (19.15%) Visualisation
6 7 (14.89%) Test Scripting
7 6 (12.77%) Continuous Integration
7 6 (12.77%) Software Testing
8 5 (10.64%) Content Management
8 5 (10.64%) Defect Management
8 5 (10.64%) Project Management
8 5 (10.64%) Regression Testing
8 5 (10.64%) Security Testing
8 5 (10.64%) User Acceptance Testing
9 4 (8.51%) SDLC
9 4 (8.51%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 22 (46.81%) Java
2 9 (19.15%) C++
2 9 (19.15%) Python
3 6 (12.77%) Groovy
3 6 (12.77%) SQL
4 5 (10.64%) Ruby
5 4 (8.51%) C#
6 2 (4.26%) JavaScript
7 1 (2.13%) PHP
7 1 (2.13%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 10 (21.28%) ISTQB
2 8 (17.02%) ISEB
3 3 (6.38%) SC Cleared
3 3 (6.38%) Security Cleared
4 1 (2.13%) Degree
4 1 (2.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (29.79%) QA
Systems Management
1 2 (4.26%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (2.13%) CA Service Virtualization
Vendors
1 5 (10.64%) Microsoft
1 5 (10.64%) Sitecore
1 5 (10.64%) Splunk
2 2 (4.26%) Apigee
2 2 (4.26%) HP
2 2 (4.26%) IBM
3 1 (2.13%) Adobe
3 1 (2.13%) CA
3 1 (2.13%) Google
3 1 (2.13%) Oracle
3 1 (2.13%) SAP
3 1 (2.13%) TIBCO
3 1 (2.13%) Twitter
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