Period
to 17 January 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South 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 6 months to 17 January 2018 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 West
6 months to
17 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 169 152 166
Rank change year-on-year -17 +14 +27
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 28 50 46
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.53% 0.93% 0.75%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.66% 1.15% 0.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 32 28
South West median daily rate £335 £325 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.08% -7.14% +7.69%
10th Percentile £211 £215 £205
90th Percentile £396 £388 £400
England median daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +7.14% +7.69% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 5
South West median hourly rate - - £37.50
England median hourly rate £33.61 £32.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +3.40% -13.33% +42.86%

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 West with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
South West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 4,241 4,337 4,984
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 80.46% 80.97% 80.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,639 2,900 3,437
South West median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - -1.32%
10th Percentile £263 £237 £255
90th Percentile £575 £550 £525
England median daily rate £450 £433 £425
% change year-on-year +4.05% +1.76% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 171 284 248
South West median hourly rate £31.00 £36.75 £39.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.65% -5.77% +36.84%
10th Percentile £11.75 £12.50 £13.46
90th Percentile £48.00 £47.50 £49.43
England median hourly rate £24.00 £25.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -4.00% +8.70% +15.00%

Manual Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

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

Job vacancy trend for Manual Testing in the South West

Manual Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Manual Testing in the South West

Manual Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Manual Testing in the South West over the 6 months to 17 January 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Manual Testing in the South West

Manual Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Manual Testing in the South West

Manual Testing
Contract Job Locations in the South 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 South West region over the 6 months to 17 January 2018. 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
Bristol -12 15 £248 -10.00% 8
Somerset -4 6 £375 +15.38% 3
Wiltshire +6 4 £300 -7.69% 2
Devon - 3 £250 - 4
Manual Testing
England

For the 6 months to 17 January 2018, 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 West region with a requirement for Manual Testing.

1 19 (67.86%) Test Automation
2 15 (53.57%) Selenium
3 12 (42.86%) QA
3 12 (42.86%) Agile Software Development
4 9 (32.14%) Mobile App
5 7 (25.00%) Jenkins
5 7 (25.00%) Cucumber
5 7 (25.00%) Java
6 6 (21.43%) JavaScript
6 6 (21.43%) HTML
6 6 (21.43%) CSS
6 6 (21.43%) E-Commerce
6 6 (21.43%) User Acceptance Testing
6 6 (21.43%) BDD
7 5 (17.86%) TestRail
7 5 (17.86%) ISTQB
7 5 (17.86%) JIRA
7 5 (17.86%) HP
7 5 (17.86%) ISEB
7 5 (17.86%) Scrum
8 4 (14.29%) JMeter
8 4 (14.29%) Finance
8 4 (14.29%) Ant
8 4 (14.29%) Web Development
8 4 (14.29%) Maven
8 4 (14.29%) ATG
8 4 (14.29%) Performance Testing
8 4 (14.29%) Test Scripting
8 4 (14.29%) Kanban
8 4 (14.29%) Scenario Testing

Manual Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South 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 (3.57%) IIS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (7.14%) SMS
2 1 (3.57%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.57%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 15 (53.57%) Selenium
2 7 (25.00%) Cucumber
2 7 (25.00%) Jenkins
3 5 (17.86%) JIRA
3 5 (17.86%) TestRail
4 4 (14.29%) Ant
4 4 (14.29%) Gradle
4 4 (14.29%) JMeter
4 4 (14.29%) Maven
4 4 (14.29%) SoapUI
5 3 (10.71%) Bugzilla
6 2 (7.14%) Appium
6 2 (7.14%) Visual Studio
6 2 (7.14%) WebDriver
7 1 (3.57%) HP UFT
7 1 (3.57%) SpecFlow
General
1 4 (14.29%) Finance
2 1 (3.57%) Back Office
2 1 (3.57%) Banking
Job Titles
1 16 (57.14%) Analyst
1 16 (57.14%) Test Analyst
2 7 (25.00%) QA Engineer
3 4 (14.29%) Automation Test Analyst
4 2 (7.14%) Agile Test Analyst
4 2 (7.14%) Automation Engineer
4 2 (7.14%) E-Commerce Analyst
4 2 (7.14%) E-Commerce Engineer
4 2 (7.14%) E-Commerce Test Analyst
4 2 (7.14%) QA Automation Engineer
4 2 (7.14%) Software Analyst
4 2 (7.14%) Software Test Analyst
4 2 (7.14%) Tester
5 1 (3.57%) Automation Test Lead
5 1 (3.57%) Digital Analyst
5 1 (3.57%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
5 1 (3.57%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
5 1 (3.57%) Selenium Test Analyst
5 1 (3.57%) Test Automation Engineer
5 1 (3.57%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (21.43%) CSS
1 6 (21.43%) HTML
2 2 (7.14%) RESTful
3 1 (3.57%) .NET
3 1 (3.57%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 9 (32.14%) Mobile App
2 2 (7.14%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 2 (7.14%) Windows
2 1 (3.57%) Windows Server 2003
2 1 (3.57%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (67.86%) Test Automation
2 12 (42.86%) Agile Software Development
3 6 (21.43%) BDD
3 6 (21.43%) E-Commerce
3 6 (21.43%) User Acceptance Testing
4 5 (17.86%) Scrum
5 4 (14.29%) API Testing
5 4 (14.29%) Kanban
5 4 (14.29%) Performance Testing
5 4 (14.29%) Scenario Testing
5 4 (14.29%) Test Scripting
5 4 (14.29%) Web Development
6 3 (10.71%) Data Acquisition
6 3 (10.71%) Defect Management
6 3 (10.71%) Exploratory Testing
6 3 (10.71%) Software Engineering
6 3 (10.71%) Software Testing
6 3 (10.71%) Test Management
7 2 (7.14%) OO
7 2 (7.14%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 7 (25.00%) Java
2 6 (21.43%) JavaScript
3 3 (10.71%) SQL
4 2 (7.14%) C#
5 1 (3.57%) PHP
5 1 (3.57%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 5 (17.86%) ISEB
1 5 (17.86%) ISTQB
2 3 (10.71%) SC Cleared
2 3 (10.71%) Security Cleared
3 2 (7.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (42.86%) QA
System Software
1 1 (3.57%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (10.71%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (17.86%) HP
2 4 (14.29%) ATG
2 4 (14.29%) hybris
3 1 (3.57%) Microsoft
3 1 (3.57%) VMware