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 26 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
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Manual Testing
England / South East
Rank 213 244 217
Rank change year-on-year +31 -27  
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 27 21 43
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.35% 0.23% 0.44%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.43% 0.28% 0.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 15 35
Median daily rate £350 £275 £290
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +27.27% -5.17%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £175 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £359 £365
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 - £185.00 -
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 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 6306 7493 7783
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 81.55% 81.26% 79.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 3647 4607 4279
Median daily rate £425 £400 £394
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +1.52%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £398
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.62%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 237 268 276
Median hourly rate £30.00 £40.00 £33.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.00% +19.40%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.75 £13.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £61.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.75 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.09% +29.16%  

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 26 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Manual Testing in the South East.

Contractor 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 3 months to 26 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
Berkshire +38 13 £354 +18.00% 2
Hampshire +13 5 £321 +1.74% 2
Surrey +12 4 £318 -24.40% 5
Buckinghamshire -9 2 £230 - 2
Oxfordshire - 2 - - 4
East Sussex - 1 £350 -
Manual Testing
England

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 26 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 South East region with a requirement for Manual Testing.

1 41 (67.21%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (55.74%) Selenium
3 28 (45.90%) Java
4 23 (37.70%) Scrum
4 23 (37.70%) Automated Testing
5 21 (34.43%) BDD
6 20 (32.79%) Test Automation
7 18 (29.51%) QA
7 18 (29.51%) TDD
8 17 (27.87%) WebDriver
9 15 (24.59%) JMeter
10 13 (21.31%) Regression Testing
10 13 (21.31%) C++
10 13 (21.31%) OOP
10 13 (21.31%) OO
10 13 (21.31%) Python
10 13 (21.31%) Visualisation
10 13 (21.31%) Cucumber
11 12 (19.67%) Bitbucket
12 11 (18.03%) REST
12 11 (18.03%) Splunk
12 11 (18.03%) Gradle
12 11 (18.03%) Apache Ivy
12 11 (18.03%) eggPlant
12 11 (18.03%) XML
12 11 (18.03%) HTTP
12 11 (18.03%) Ant
12 11 (18.03%) CMS
12 11 (18.03%) Project Management
12 11 (18.03%) Content Management

Manual Testing
Top Related 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 11 (18.03%) CMS
1 11 (18.03%) Sitecore CMS
2 2 (3.28%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (1.64%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (3.28%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.64%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (3.28%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.64%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.64%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (1.64%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 11 (18.03%) HTTP
2 1 (1.64%) CHAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (6.56%) MongoDB
1 4 (6.56%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.28%) Oracle Database
2 2 (3.28%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (1.64%) BusinessObjects
3 1 (1.64%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 34 (55.74%) Selenium
2 17 (27.87%) WebDriver
3 15 (24.59%) JMeter
4 13 (21.31%) Cucumber
5 12 (19.67%) Bitbucket
6 11 (18.03%) Ant
6 11 (18.03%) Apache Ivy
6 11 (18.03%) eggPlant
6 11 (18.03%) Gradle
6 11 (18.03%) Maven
7 10 (16.39%) Git (software)
7 10 (16.39%) JIRA
8 9 (14.75%) Jenkins
9 4 (6.56%) SoapUI
10 3 (4.92%) Burp Suite
10 3 (4.92%) TeamCity
11 2 (3.28%) Appium
11 2 (3.28%) Bugzilla
11 2 (3.28%) Subversion
11 2 (3.28%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 9 (14.75%) Finance
2 6 (9.84%) Banking
3 2 (3.28%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.64%) Investment Banking
4 1 (1.64%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 20 (32.79%) Analyst
2 19 (31.15%) Test Analyst
3 18 (29.51%) Tester
4 14 (22.95%) Developer
5 11 (18.03%) Developer in Test
6 6 (9.84%) Automation Tester
7 5 (8.20%) Consultant
7 5 (8.20%) Test Consultant
8 4 (6.56%) Automation Engineer
8 4 (6.56%) Manual Tester
8 4 (6.56%) QA Analyst
8 4 (6.56%) QA Automation Engineer
8 4 (6.56%) QA Engineer
8 4 (6.56%) Selenium Tester
8 4 (6.56%) Software Developer
9 3 (4.92%) Agile Tester
9 3 (4.92%) Quality Engineer
9 3 (4.92%) Selenium Automation Tester
9 3 (4.92%) Software Tester
9 3 (4.92%) Test Automation Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (18.03%) JSON
1 11 (18.03%) REST
1 11 (18.03%) XML
2 9 (14.75%) .NET
3 4 (6.56%) SOAP
4 3 (4.92%) ASP.NET Web API
4 3 (4.92%) Spring
5 1 (1.64%) HTML
5 1 (1.64%) Middleware
5 1 (1.64%) Node.js
5 1 (1.64%) RESTful
5 1 (1.64%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (4.92%) Mobile App
2 2 (3.28%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (3.28%) Mainframe
3 1 (1.64%) Computer Science
3 1 (1.64%) NHS
3 1 (1.64%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 4 (6.56%) Android
1 4 (6.56%) Windows
2 3 (4.92%) Apple iOS
3 1 (1.64%) Linux
3 1 (1.64%) Ubuntu
3 1 (1.64%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (67.21%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (37.70%) Automated Testing
2 23 (37.70%) Scrum
3 21 (34.43%) BDD
4 20 (32.79%) Test Automation
5 18 (29.51%) TDD
6 13 (21.31%) OO
6 13 (21.31%) OOP
6 13 (21.31%) Regression Testing
6 13 (21.31%) Visualisation
7 11 (18.03%) Content Management
7 11 (18.03%) Project Management
7 11 (18.03%) Security Testing
8 9 (14.75%) Automation Testing
8 9 (14.75%) Continuous Integration
8 9 (14.75%) User Acceptance Testing
9 8 (13.11%) Software Testing
10 7 (11.48%) Performance Testing
10 7 (11.48%) User Stories
10 7 (11.48%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 28 (45.90%) Java
2 13 (21.31%) C++
2 13 (21.31%) Python
3 11 (18.03%) Groovy
3 11 (18.03%) Ruby
4 5 (8.20%) C#
4 5 (8.20%) SQL
5 3 (4.92%) JavaScript
6 1 (1.64%) PHP
6 1 (1.64%) VB
Qualifications
1 7 (11.48%) ISTQB
2 4 (6.56%) ISEB
3 2 (3.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (3.28%) SC Cleared
3 2 (3.28%) Security Cleared
4 1 (1.64%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (29.51%) QA
2 3 (4.92%) WAI
2 3 (4.92%) WCAG
3 1 (1.64%) SEPA
Systems Management
1 4 (6.56%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 11 (18.03%) Sitecore
1 11 (18.03%) Splunk
2 7 (11.48%) Microsoft
3 4 (6.56%) HP
4 3 (4.92%) Oracle
4 3 (4.92%) SAP
5 1 (1.64%) Apigee
5 1 (1.64%) Apple
5 1 (1.64%) Salesforce.com
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