Period
to 19 February 2018

The median contractor rate for a Manual Tester was £300 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 February 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
19 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 780 770 815
Rank change year-on-year -10 +45 -24
Contract jobs requiring a Manual Tester 89 60 81
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.088% 0.063% 0.075%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.093% 0.067% 0.079%
Number of daily rates quoted 72 56 64
UK median daily rate £300 £240 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +25.00% -22.58% +16.98%
10th Percentile £210 £153 £171
90th Percentile £544 £394 £403
UK excluding London median daily rate £288 £225 £310
% change year-on-year +28.00% -27.42% +24.00%
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 95,460 89,566 102,600
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.78% 94.76% 95.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,406 58,384 65,671
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £263 £253 £250
90th Percentile £625 £606 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £382
% change year-on-year - +4.71% +1.87%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,830 3,195 3,744
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% -5.26% +15.15%
10th Percentile £10.99 £10.63 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.00 £47.50 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year - -5.41% +12.12%

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 19 February 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 15 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 19 February 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 +21 76 £310 +12.73% 17
UK excluding London +12 46 £288 +28.00% 16
London -24 43 £363 +40.78% 2
North of England +44 12 £260 +8.33% 10
Northern Ireland - 11 £296 -
South East -11 7 £375 +14.07%
Yorkshire - 7 £260 - 5
North West +13 5 £275 +14.58% 5
Midlands +1 5 £263 -19.23% 5
East of England - 5 £325 -
South West +15 4 £303 -6.92%
West Midlands +11 4 £256 -10.09% 2
East Midlands -1 1 £300 -7.69% 3
Wales -10 1 £300 +57.89% 1
Scotland -24 1 £220 +7.32%

Manual Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 February 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 47 (52.81%) Test Automation
2 42 (47.19%) Manual Testing
3 38 (42.70%) QA
3 38 (42.70%) Agile Software Development
4 34 (38.20%) SQL
5 30 (33.71%) JIRA
6 26 (29.21%) Regression Testing
6 26 (29.21%) Finance
7 25 (28.09%) Test Scripting
8 22 (24.72%) Selenium
9 20 (22.47%) Java
9 20 (22.47%) .NET
10 17 (19.10%) Unix
11 14 (15.73%) Functional Testing
11 14 (15.73%) Banking
11 14 (15.73%) ISEB
11 14 (15.73%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 13 (14.61%) User Acceptance Testing
12 13 (14.61%) Integration Testing
13 12 (13.48%) SOAP
14 11 (12.36%) C#
14 11 (12.36%) REST
15 10 (11.24%) System Integration Testing
15 10 (11.24%) Software Testing
15 10 (11.24%) ISTQB
16 9 (10.11%) Microsoft Excel
16 9 (10.11%) Exploratory Testing
16 9 (10.11%) SoapUI
16 9 (10.11%) HP Quality Center
16 9 (10.11%) Test Planning

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 6 (6.74%) Confluence
1 6 (6.74%) SharePoint
2 5 (5.62%) CMS
3 4 (4.49%) BizTalk Server
4 2 (2.25%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 2 (2.25%) Sitecore CMS
4 2 (2.25%) WordPress
5 1 (1.12%) MQSeries
5 1 (1.12%) SharePoint 2010
5 1 (1.12%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (1.12%) WebSphere
Applications
1 9 (10.11%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (6.74%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (1.12%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (2.25%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (1.12%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.25%) Google Analytics
2 1 (1.12%) FinancialForce
2 1 (1.12%) GitHub
2 1 (1.12%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.12%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.12%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.49%) BusinessObjects
1 4 (4.49%) Crystal Reports
2 2 (2.25%) Relational Database
2 2 (2.25%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.12%) Blockchain
3 1 (1.12%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.12%) DB2
3 1 (1.12%) DbVisualizer
3 1 (1.12%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (1.12%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 30 (33.71%) JIRA
2 22 (24.72%) Selenium
3 9 (10.11%) SoapUI
4 7 (7.87%) Cucumber
5 5 (5.62%) Jenkins
6 4 (4.49%) WebDriver
6 4 (4.49%) Zephyr
7 2 (2.25%) ClearCase
7 2 (2.25%) ClearQuest
7 2 (2.25%) JMeter
7 2 (2.25%) JUnit
7 2 (2.25%) Mercurial
7 2 (2.25%) NUnit
7 2 (2.25%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (2.25%) TestRail
8 1 (1.12%) CircleCI
8 1 (1.12%) TeamCity
8 1 (1.12%) TestNG
8 1 (1.12%) Travis CI
8 1 (1.12%) Visual Studio
General
1 26 (29.21%) Finance
2 14 (15.73%) Banking
3 3 (3.37%) Manufacturing
4 2 (2.25%) Back Office
4 2 (2.25%) Front Office
4 2 (2.25%) Law
4 2 (2.25%) Retail
5 1 (1.12%) Advertising
5 1 (1.12%) Marketing
5 1 (1.12%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (22.47%) .NET
2 12 (13.48%) SOAP
3 11 (12.36%) REST
4 8 (8.99%) Web Services
5 6 (6.74%) Gherkin
6 4 (4.49%) HTML
6 4 (4.49%) XML
7 3 (3.37%) CSS
8 1 (1.12%) Ajax
8 1 (1.12%) Flash
8 1 (1.12%) J2EE
8 1 (1.12%) JSON
8 1 (1.12%) RESTful
8 1 (1.12%) Unity (Game Engine)
Miscellaneous
1 14 (15.73%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 6 (6.74%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (6.74%) Mobile App
3 5 (5.62%) Video on Demand
4 4 (4.49%) MPEG
4 4 (4.49%) STB
5 3 (3.37%) Computer Science
6 2 (2.25%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (2.25%) Over-the-Top Content
6 2 (2.25%) User Experience
7 1 (1.12%) Life Science
7 1 (1.12%) Linux Command Line
7 1 (1.12%) Mainframe
7 1 (1.12%) Oculus Rift
7 1 (1.12%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 17 (19.10%) Unix
2 3 (3.37%) Android
3 2 (2.25%) Apple iOS
3 2 (2.25%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (52.81%) Test Automation
2 42 (47.19%) Manual Testing
3 38 (42.70%) Agile Software Development
4 26 (29.21%) Regression Testing
5 25 (28.09%) Test Scripting
6 14 (15.73%) Functional Testing
7 13 (14.61%) Integration Testing
7 13 (14.61%) User Acceptance Testing
8 10 (11.24%) Software Testing
8 10 (11.24%) System Integration Testing
9 9 (10.11%) Exploratory Testing
9 9 (10.11%) Test Planning
10 8 (8.99%) API Testing
10 8 (8.99%) Non-Functional Testing
11 7 (7.87%) Risk Management
11 7 (7.87%) Scrum
11 7 (7.87%) User Stories
12 6 (6.74%) Coaching
12 6 (6.74%) Test Management
12 6 (6.74%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 34 (38.20%) SQL
2 20 (22.47%) Java
3 11 (12.36%) C#
4 8 (8.99%) JavaScript
5 7 (7.87%) VBScript
6 6 (6.74%) Python
6 6 (6.74%) VB.NET
7 2 (2.25%) C
7 2 (2.25%) C++
8 1 (1.12%) Perl
8 1 (1.12%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 14 (15.73%) ISEB
2 10 (11.24%) ISTQB
3 7 (7.87%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 7 (7.87%) SC Cleared
3 7 (7.87%) Security Cleared
4 3 (3.37%) Degree
5 1 (1.12%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (42.70%) QA
2 7 (7.87%) MiFID
3 1 (1.12%) WAI
System Software
1 1 (1.12%) Docker
Systems Management
1 9 (10.11%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (8.99%) Microsoft
2 5 (5.62%) HP
3 4 (4.49%) SAP
4 2 (2.25%) Adobe
4 2 (2.25%) Google
4 2 (2.25%) Oracle
4 2 (2.25%) Salesforce.com
4 2 (2.25%) Sitecore
5 1 (1.12%) Ab Initio
5 1 (1.12%) Apple
5 1 (1.12%) Atlassian
5 1 (1.12%) Capita
5 1 (1.12%) Citrix
5 1 (1.12%) IBM
5 1 (1.12%) Samsung
5 1 (1.12%) Tableau
5 1 (1.12%) webMethods