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 3 months to 26 April 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 West
3 months to
26 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 113 117 134
Rank change year-on-year +4 +17  
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 23 19 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.87% 0.64% 0.28%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.06% 0.80% 0.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 9 5
Median daily rate £306 £275 £315
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.36% -12.69%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £254 £214
10% offered a daily rate of more than £465 £380 £389
UK excluding London median daily rate £280 £300 £295
% change year-on-year -6.66% +1.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £12.50 -
% change year-on-year +48.00% -  

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 West with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
South West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 2166 2364 2549
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 82.39% 79.36% 79.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 1423 1550 1646
Median daily rate £400 £388 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.22% -3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £275 £289
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £535 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.75% +2.56%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 94 139 98
Median hourly rate £40.50 £42.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.57% +20.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £23.00 £13.87
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.50 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.00 £36.00 £30.75
% change year-on-year +2.77% +17.07%  

Manual Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South 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 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 3 months to 26 April 2017.

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 3 months to 26 April 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
Gloucestershire +12 9 £300 +4.34% 3
Wiltshire -4 6 £350 +27.27%
Somerset +12 3 £300 -14.28%
Devon - 3 £388 - 3
Bristol +1 2 - - 4
Manual Testing
England

For the 6 months to 26 April 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 West region with a requirement for Manual Testing.

1 36 (70.59%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (39.22%) Automated Testing
2 20 (39.22%) Cucumber
3 18 (35.29%) Scrum
4 17 (33.33%) Selenium
5 14 (27.45%) Software Testing
5 14 (27.45%) Java
6 13 (25.49%) SQL
6 13 (25.49%) Windows
7 12 (23.53%) ISEB
7 12 (23.53%) Oracle
7 12 (23.53%) JIRA
7 12 (23.53%) QA
7 12 (23.53%) BDD
8 11 (21.57%) Performance Testing
8 11 (21.57%) Test Scripting
8 11 (21.57%) Security Cleared
8 11 (21.57%) Test Automation
9 10 (19.61%) ISTQB
9 10 (19.61%) Linux
9 10 (19.61%) E-Commerce
10 9 (17.65%) CMS
10 9 (17.65%) Integration Testing
10 9 (17.65%) Automation Testing
10 9 (17.65%) SDLC
11 8 (15.69%) API Testing
11 8 (15.69%) REST
11 8 (15.69%) Functional Testing
11 8 (15.69%) Continuous Integration
11 8 (15.69%) V-Model

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 9 (17.65%) CMS
2 2 (3.92%) Sitecore CMS
2 2 (3.92%) Umbraco
3 1 (1.96%) Confluence
Business Applications
1 1 (1.96%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.92%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 6 (11.76%) Internet
2 3 (5.88%) SSH
3 1 (1.96%) Cisco ISE
3 1 (1.96%) Firewall
3 1 (1.96%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (15.69%) SQL Server
2 3 (5.88%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 20 (39.22%) Cucumber
2 17 (33.33%) Selenium
3 12 (23.53%) JIRA
4 8 (15.69%) Maven
5 5 (9.80%) GitLab
5 5 (9.80%) Jenkins
5 5 (9.80%) Team Foundation Server
5 5 (9.80%) WebDriver
6 4 (7.84%) Ant
6 4 (7.84%) JMeter
6 4 (7.84%) SoapUI
7 3 (5.88%) Gradle
7 3 (5.88%) Oracle Forms
7 3 (5.88%) SpecFlow
7 3 (5.88%) Zephyr
8 2 (3.92%) Calabash
8 2 (3.92%) Visual Studio
9 1 (1.96%) Bitbucket
9 1 (1.96%) Git (software)
9 1 (1.96%) LoadRunner
General
1 1 (1.96%) Banking
1 1 (1.96%) Electronics
1 1 (1.96%) Finance
1 1 (1.96%) Manufacturing
1 1 (1.96%) Marketing
1 1 (1.96%) Retail
1 1 (1.96%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 20 (39.22%) Analyst
1 20 (39.22%) Test Analyst
2 12 (23.53%) Test Engineer
2 12 (23.53%) Tester
3 7 (13.73%) Integration Engineer
3 7 (13.73%) Test and Integration Engineer
4 6 (11.76%) Test Leader
5 4 (7.84%) QA Tester
5 4 (7.84%) Technical Leader
6 3 (5.88%) Automation Test Lead
6 3 (5.88%) E-Commerce Analyst
6 3 (5.88%) E-Commerce Test Analyst
6 3 (5.88%) Senior Analyst
6 3 (5.88%) Senior Test Analyst
6 3 (5.88%) Support Analyst
6 3 (5.88%) Web Analyst
6 3 (5.88%) Web Test Analyst
7 2 (3.92%) E-Commerce Tester
7 2 (3.92%) Oracle HRMS Analyst
7 2 (3.92%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (15.69%) REST
2 7 (13.73%) Gherkin
3 5 (9.80%) .NET
3 5 (9.80%) Spring
4 4 (7.84%) HTML
4 4 (7.84%) SOAP
4 4 (7.84%) Web Services
5 3 (5.88%) CSS
5 3 (5.88%) XML
6 1 (1.96%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 3 (5.88%) Linux Command Line
1 3 (5.88%) Mobile App
2 2 (3.92%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 13 (25.49%) Windows
2 10 (19.61%) Linux
3 6 (11.76%) Android
3 6 (11.76%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (70.59%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (39.22%) Automated Testing
3 18 (35.29%) Scrum
4 14 (27.45%) Software Testing
5 12 (23.53%) BDD
6 11 (21.57%) Performance Testing
6 11 (21.57%) Test Automation
6 11 (21.57%) Test Scripting
7 10 (19.61%) E-Commerce
8 9 (17.65%) Automation Testing
8 9 (17.65%) Integration Testing
8 9 (17.65%) SDLC
9 8 (15.69%) API Testing
9 8 (15.69%) Continuous Integration
9 8 (15.69%) Functional Testing
9 8 (15.69%) Software Engineering
9 8 (15.69%) V-Model
9 8 (15.69%) Waterfall
10 7 (13.73%) Content Management
10 7 (13.73%) Risk Analysis
Programming Languages
1 14 (27.45%) Java
2 13 (25.49%) SQL
3 8 (15.69%) Python
4 7 (13.73%) C
4 7 (13.73%) Perl
5 5 (9.80%) Ruby
6 3 (5.88%) JavaScript
6 3 (5.88%) PL/SQL
7 2 (3.92%) C#
7 2 (3.92%) Scala
Qualifications
1 12 (23.53%) ISEB
2 11 (21.57%) Security Cleared
3 10 (19.61%) ISTQB
4 7 (13.73%) DV Cleared
5 3 (5.88%) SC Cleared
6 1 (1.96%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (1.96%) PMI Certification
6 1 (1.96%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (23.53%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.96%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 12 (23.53%) Oracle
2 7 (13.73%) Microsoft
3 5 (9.80%) Google
4 4 (7.84%) HP
5 3 (5.88%) ATG
5 3 (5.88%) hybris
5 3 (5.88%) IBM
5 3 (5.88%) IBM Sterling
6 2 (3.92%) Sitecore
7 1 (1.96%) CA
7 1 (1.96%) Cisco
7 1 (1.96%) SAP