Period
to 24 June 2018

The median contractor rate for a Manual Tester was £325 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 24 June 2018.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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 Tester
UK
6 months to
24 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 829 758 806
Rank change year-on-year -71 +48 -12
Contract jobs requiring a Manual Tester 54 83 88
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.054% 0.091% 0.082%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.057% 0.095% 0.087%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 68 73
UK median daily rate £325 £255 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +27.45% -15.00% +39.53%
10th Percentile £248 £145 £150
90th Percentile £479 £405 £375
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £238 £288
% change year-on-year +26.32% -17.39% +40.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
UK median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 95,076 86,968 101,571
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.83% 94.95% 95.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,247 56,247 65,952
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +0.59% +5.63%
10th Percentile £268 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,065 2,875 3,102
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.74% -6.50% +14.29%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.14 £50.00 £48.36
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.63 £20.00
% change year-on-year -0.74% -11.85% +18.96%

Manual Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Manual Tester in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Manual Tester in the UK

Manual Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Manual Tester in the UK

Manual Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Manual Tester over the 6 months to 24 June 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Manual Tester in the UK

Manual Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Manual Tester in the UK

Manual Tester
Top 13 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Manual Tester within the UK over the 6 months to 24 June 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
England -67 47 £325 +18.18% 25
UK excluding London -60 33 £300 +26.32% 23
London -48 21 £388 +29.17% 4
South East -27 13 £325 +23.81% 7
North of England -23 9 £300 +11.11% 8
Yorkshire -16 6 £293 +8.33% 4
Wales -18 5 £300 +57.89% 1
East of England -5 3 £359 +52.66%
North West -26 3 £300 -4.00% 4
Midlands -20 1 £288 +0.88% 3
Scotland -44 1 £300 -18.64%
East Midlands - 1 £288 - 1
Northern Ireland - 1 £575 - 1

Manual Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 June 2018, Manual Tester contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads featuring Manual Tester in the job title.

1 32 (59.26%) Test Automation
2 30 (55.56%) Agile Software Development
3 27 (50.00%) Manual Testing
4 19 (35.19%) SQL
5 16 (29.63%) Selenium
6 15 (27.78%) QA
7 13 (24.07%) JIRA
8 11 (20.37%) .NET
9 10 (18.52%) ISEB
9 10 (18.52%) Finance
10 9 (16.67%) Scrum
11 8 (14.81%) Functional Testing
11 8 (14.81%) User Acceptance Testing
11 8 (14.81%) Regression Testing
12 7 (12.96%) HP Quality Center
12 7 (12.96%) Software Testing
12 7 (12.96%) ISTQB
12 7 (12.96%) Exploratory Testing
12 7 (12.96%) Scenario Testing
12 7 (12.96%) Acceptance Criteria
13 6 (11.11%) CA Agile Central
13 6 (11.11%) SoapUI
13 6 (11.11%) Test Scripting
13 6 (11.11%) Microsoft
13 6 (11.11%) C#
13 6 (11.11%) Java
13 6 (11.11%) Unix
14 5 (9.26%) VBScript
14 5 (9.26%) Adobe
14 5 (9.26%) Data Mining

Manual Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 5 (9.26%) Adobe Experience Manager
1 5 (9.26%) CMS
1 5 (9.26%) Sitecore CMS
2 3 (5.56%) SharePoint
2 3 (5.56%) Umbraco
3 2 (3.70%) WordPress
4 1 (1.85%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (1.85%) Confluence
4 1 (1.85%) MQSeries
4 1 (1.85%) SharePoint 2010
4 1 (1.85%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (1.85%) WebSphere
Applications
1 4 (7.41%) Microsoft Excel
1 4 (7.41%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.85%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.70%) Google Analytics
2 1 (1.85%) BlazeMeter
2 1 (1.85%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.85%) Broadband
1 1 (1.85%) Internet
1 1 (1.85%) Kerberos
1 1 (1.85%) Skype
1 1 (1.85%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (9.26%) Data Mining
2 2 (3.70%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.85%) BusinessObjects
3 1 (1.85%) Crystal Reports
3 1 (1.85%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.85%) DB2
3 1 (1.85%) DbVisualizer
3 1 (1.85%) MongoDB
3 1 (1.85%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 16 (29.63%) Selenium
2 13 (24.07%) JIRA
3 6 (11.11%) SoapUI
4 5 (9.26%) WebDriver
5 3 (5.56%) Jasmine
6 2 (3.70%) ClearCase
6 2 (3.70%) ClearQuest
6 2 (3.70%) Git (software)
6 2 (3.70%) HP UFT
6 2 (3.70%) Mercurial
7 1 (1.85%) Hudson
7 1 (1.85%) Jenkins
7 1 (1.85%) JMeter
7 1 (1.85%) Karma Test Runner
7 1 (1.85%) Mocha
7 1 (1.85%) MSTest
7 1 (1.85%) NUnit
7 1 (1.85%) Oracle APEX
7 1 (1.85%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (1.85%) Visual Studio
General
1 10 (18.52%) Finance
2 2 (3.70%) Banking
2 2 (3.70%) Law
2 2 (3.70%) Manufacturing
2 2 (3.70%) Retail
3 1 (1.85%) Front Office
3 1 (1.85%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (20.37%) .NET
2 3 (5.56%) SOAP
3 2 (3.70%) AngularJS
3 2 (3.70%) REST
3 2 (3.70%) XML
4 1 (1.85%) Chai
4 1 (1.85%) Flash
4 1 (1.85%) Gherkin
4 1 (1.85%) HTML
4 1 (1.85%) J2EE
4 1 (1.85%) LDAP
4 1 (1.85%) Node.js
4 1 (1.85%) PlayReady
4 1 (1.85%) RESTful
4 1 (1.85%) Web Services
4 1 (1.85%) Widevine
Miscellaneous
1 5 (9.26%) Analytical Skills
1 5 (9.26%) AS400
2 3 (5.56%) Mobile App
2 3 (5.56%) MPEG
3 2 (3.70%) Fintech
3 2 (3.70%) PlayStation
3 2 (3.70%) User Experience
3 2 (3.70%) Video on Demand
3 2 (3.70%) Xbox
4 1 (1.85%) Analytical Mindset
4 1 (1.85%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (1.85%) IPTV
4 1 (1.85%) Over-the-Top Content
4 1 (1.85%) STB
4 1 (1.85%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 6 (11.11%) Unix
2 4 (7.41%) Windows
3 2 (3.70%) Mac OS
4 1 (1.85%) Android
4 1 (1.85%) Apple iOS
4 1 (1.85%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (59.26%) Test Automation
2 30 (55.56%) Agile Software Development
3 27 (50.00%) Manual Testing
4 9 (16.67%) Scrum
5 8 (14.81%) Functional Testing
5 8 (14.81%) Regression Testing
5 8 (14.81%) User Acceptance Testing
6 7 (12.96%) Acceptance Criteria
6 7 (12.96%) Exploratory Testing
6 7 (12.96%) Scenario Testing
6 7 (12.96%) Software Testing
7 6 (11.11%) Test Scripting
8 5 (9.26%) Agile Testing
8 5 (9.26%) System Testing
8 5 (9.26%) Test Planning
8 5 (9.26%) User Stories
9 4 (7.41%) API Testing
9 4 (7.41%) DevOps
9 4 (7.41%) Performance Testing
9 4 (7.41%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 19 (35.19%) SQL
2 6 (11.11%) C#
2 6 (11.11%) Java
3 5 (9.26%) VBScript
4 4 (7.41%) JavaScript
4 4 (7.41%) R
4 4 (7.41%) VB.NET
5 2 (3.70%) C
5 2 (3.70%) C++
6 1 (1.85%) Python
6 1 (1.85%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 10 (18.52%) ISEB
2 7 (12.96%) ISTQB
3 5 (9.26%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 4 (7.41%) Security Cleared
5 3 (5.56%) SC Cleared
6 1 (1.85%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (27.78%) QA
2 1 (1.85%) 21 CFR Part 11
2 1 (1.85%) GDPR
2 1 (1.85%) GMP
Systems Management
1 7 (12.96%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.85%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 6 (11.11%) CA Agile Central
1 6 (11.11%) Microsoft
2 5 (9.26%) Adobe
2 5 (9.26%) Sitecore
3 3 (5.56%) Oracle
4 2 (3.70%) Google
4 2 (3.70%) SAP
5 1 (1.85%) Atlassian
5 1 (1.85%) HP
5 1 (1.85%) IBM
5 1 (1.85%) Samsung