Period
to 31 May 2020

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 6 months to 31 May 2020 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
6 months to
31 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 202 251 321
Rank change year-on-year +49 +70 -13
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 25 125 69
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 0.35% 0.85% 0.41%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.42% 0.97% 0.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 86 37
Median daily rate £325 £400 £398
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -18.75% +0.63% +13.57%
10th Percentile £260 £287 £302
90th Percentile £400 £525 £550
England median daily rate £370 £400 £388
% change year-on-year -7.50% +3.23% +16.10%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 0
Median hourly rate £13.10 £13.10 -
England median hourly rate £35.00 £23.80 £40.75
% change year-on-year +47.06% -41.60% +45.54%

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 South East with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
South East
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 5,950 12,881 14,423
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 83.94% 87.47% 85.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,473 7,733 8,542
Median daily rate £450 £450 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.65% +3.61%
10th Percentile £263 £281 £275
90th Percentile £613 £606 £588
England median daily rate £475 £475 £463
% change year-on-year - +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 276 474 468
Median hourly rate £26.71 £30.00 £24.03
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.98% +24.84% +17.22%
10th Percentile £12.83 £12.00 £10.61
90th Percentile £55.00 £55.00 £52.50
Median hourly rate £28.75 £25.00 £22.15
% change year-on-year +15.00% +12.87% -11.82%

Manual Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing Manual Testing as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

Job vacancy trend for Manual Testing in the South East

Manual Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Manual Testing in the South East.

Daily rate trend for Manual Testing in the South East

Manual Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Manual Testing in the South East over the 6 months to 31 May 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Manual Testing in the South East

Manual Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Manual Testing in the South East.

Hourly rate trend 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 6 months to 31 May 2020. 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
Thames Valley +53 13 £333 -11.33% 3
Berkshire +30 8 £400 +8.84% 1
Hampshire +43 5 £325 -22.39% 1
Surrey +33 4 £331 -17.19%
Oxfordshire +28 3 £300 -25.00%
Buckinghamshire +33 2 £275 +0.92% 2
Kent +23 2 £300 -40.00%
East Sussex +12 1 £375 +7.14% 1
Manual Testing
England

For the 6 months to 31 May 2020, IT contractor jobs citing Manual Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the South East region with a requirement for Manual Testing.

1 16 (64.00%) QA
1 16 (64.00%) Test Scripting
2 15 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
3 12 (48.00%) Test Automation
3 12 (48.00%) JIRA
4 11 (44.00%) Selenium
5 8 (32.00%) HP
5 8 (32.00%) SDLC
6 7 (28.00%) Defect Management
6 7 (28.00%) .NET
6 7 (28.00%) Java
6 7 (28.00%) Regression Testing
6 7 (28.00%) Software Testing
6 7 (28.00%) Waterfall
7 6 (24.00%) BDD
7 6 (24.00%) User Acceptance Testing
7 6 (24.00%) Performance Testing
7 6 (24.00%) C#
7 6 (24.00%) Analytical Skills
7 6 (24.00%) Problem-Solving
8 5 (20.00%) HP ALM
8 5 (20.00%) Linux
8 5 (20.00%) ISTQB
8 5 (20.00%) JMeter
8 5 (20.00%) Integration Testing
8 5 (20.00%) V-Model
9 4 (16.00%) .NET Framework
9 4 (16.00%) Performance Engineering
9 4 (16.00%) Performance Monitoring
9 4 (16.00%) IPv6

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:

Applications
1 2 (8.00%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (4.00%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (4.00%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (4.00%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (4.00%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 3 (12.00%) Azure
2 1 (4.00%) BlazeMeter
Communications & Networking
1 4 (16.00%) DNS
1 4 (16.00%) IPv6
2 1 (4.00%) ATM
2 1 (4.00%) PuTTY
2 1 (4.00%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (8.00%) Relational Database
1 2 (8.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (4.00%) DB2
2 1 (4.00%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 12 (48.00%) JIRA
2 11 (44.00%) Selenium
3 5 (20.00%) JMeter
4 3 (12.00%) SoapUI
5 2 (8.00%) Cucumber
5 2 (8.00%) Jenkins
5 2 (8.00%) SpecFlow
5 2 (8.00%) TestNG
6 1 (4.00%) Ant
6 1 (4.00%) Appium
6 1 (4.00%) Bitbucket
6 1 (4.00%) Git (software)
6 1 (4.00%) HP UFT
6 1 (4.00%) LoadRunner
6 1 (4.00%) Mocha
6 1 (4.00%) Oracle APEX
6 1 (4.00%) Postman
6 1 (4.00%) TestCafe
6 1 (4.00%) TestRail
6 1 (4.00%) WebDriver
General
1 1 (4.00%) Electronics
1 1 (4.00%) Public Sector
1 1 (4.00%) Retail
1 1 (4.00%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 11 (44.00%) Analyst
2 10 (40.00%) Test Analyst
3 6 (24.00%) QA Engineer
3 6 (24.00%) Tester
4 4 (16.00%) Performance Engineer
4 4 (16.00%) QA Analyst
5 3 (12.00%) QA Test Analyst
6 2 (8.00%) Automation Tester
6 2 (8.00%) Manual Test Analyst
6 2 (8.00%) Software Analyst
6 2 (8.00%) Software Test Analyst
7 1 (4.00%) Agile Test Analyst
7 1 (4.00%) Automation Test Analyst
7 1 (4.00%) C# Software Developer
7 1 (4.00%) Functional Tester
7 1 (4.00%) Integration Tester
7 1 (4.00%) Junior Tester
7 1 (4.00%) Test Leader
7 1 (4.00%) UAT Analyst
7 1 (4.00%) UAT Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (28.00%) .NET
2 4 (16.00%) .NET Framework
3 2 (8.00%) Gherkin
4 1 (4.00%) Chai
4 1 (4.00%) Middleware
4 1 (4.00%) Nightwatchjs
4 1 (4.00%) SOAP
4 1 (4.00%) Web Services
4 1 (4.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 6 (24.00%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (12.00%) Mobile App
3 1 (4.00%) Greenfield Project
3 1 (4.00%) Smart Meter
3 1 (4.00%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 5 (20.00%) Linux
2 2 (8.00%) Android
2 2 (8.00%) Apple iOS
2 2 (8.00%) Windows
3 1 (4.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (4.00%) VMS
3 1 (4.00%) Windows Server
3 1 (4.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (64.00%) Test Scripting
2 15 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
3 12 (48.00%) Test Automation
4 8 (32.00%) SDLC
5 7 (28.00%) Defect Management
5 7 (28.00%) Regression Testing
5 7 (28.00%) Software Testing
5 7 (28.00%) Waterfall
6 6 (24.00%) BDD
6 6 (24.00%) Performance Testing
6 6 (24.00%) Problem-Solving
6 6 (24.00%) User Acceptance Testing
7 5 (20.00%) Integration Testing
7 5 (20.00%) V-Model
8 4 (16.00%) Performance Engineering
8 4 (16.00%) Performance Monitoring
9 3 (12.00%) Functional Testing
9 3 (12.00%) Stakeholder Management
9 3 (12.00%) Test Strategy
10 2 (8.00%) Change Control
Programming Languages
1 7 (28.00%) Java
2 6 (24.00%) C#
3 4 (16.00%) SQL
4 1 (4.00%) F#
4 1 (4.00%) T-SQL
4 1 (4.00%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 5 (20.00%) ISTQB
2 3 (12.00%) ISEB
2 3 (12.00%) SC Cleared
2 3 (12.00%) Security Cleared
3 2 (8.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (4.00%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (64.00%) QA
2 1 (4.00%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 1 (4.00%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 5 (20.00%) HP ALM
2 3 (12.00%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (4.00%) Ansible
Vendors
1 8 (32.00%) HP
2 2 (8.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (8.00%) Oracle
2 2 (8.00%) Salesforce.com
3 1 (4.00%) Apple
3 1 (4.00%) hybris
3 1 (4.00%) Red Hat
3 1 (4.00%) Remedy
3 1 (4.00%) Sitecore
3 1 (4.00%) Software AG
3 1 (4.00%) VMware