Period
to 24 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Manual Tester was £292 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 24 November 2017.

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 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 803 819 802
Rank change year-on-year +16 -17 -15
Contract jobs requiring a Manual Tester 93 67 92
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.090% 0.064% 0.080%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.095% 0.067% 0.085%
Number of daily rates quoted 78 54 70
UK median daily rate £292 £264 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.62% -4.09% +1.85%
10th Percentile £163 £153 £156
90th Percentile £483 £371 £407
UK excluding London median daily rate £280 £300 £275
% change year-on-year -6.67% +9.09% +7.84%
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 97695 99488 108685
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.79% 94.75% 94.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 64489 64865 69136
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £393 £375
% change year-on-year +1.91% +4.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2905 3326 4142
UK median hourly rate £18.69 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.81% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.93 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.45 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

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 November 2017.

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 24 November 2017. 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 +12 82 £294 +7.80% 14
London +5 47 £313 +30.21% 1
UK excluding London +45 46 £280 -6.67% 13
North of England +63 10 £260 +8.33% 4
Northern Ireland - 8 £288 -
Midlands +31 7 £263 -17.65% 1
South West +1 7 £330 +25.71% 1
South East -3 6 £281 -6.25% 5
Yorkshire - 6 £260 - 3
West Midlands +21 5 £250 +5.26%
East of England +2 5 £331 +32.50% 2
North West +29 4 £288 +19.79% 1
Scotland +2 2 £220 +48.65%
East Midlands -2 2 £300 -7.69% 1
Wales +12 1 £300 -

Manual Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 November 2017, Manual Tester contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Manual Tester in the job title.

1 44 (47.31%) Manual Testing
2 43 (46.24%) QA
3 39 (41.94%) Agile Software Development
4 38 (40.86%) Test Automation
5 36 (38.71%) SQL
6 26 (27.96%) Regression Testing
6 26 (27.96%) Test Scripting
6 26 (27.96%) JIRA
7 25 (26.88%) Finance
8 22 (23.66%) Functional Testing
9 17 (18.28%) Java
10 14 (15.05%) .NET
10 14 (15.05%) Banking
10 14 (15.05%) User Acceptance Testing
10 14 (15.05%) Selenium
11 13 (13.98%) Unix
11 13 (13.98%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 12 (12.90%) SOAP
12 12 (12.90%) Integration Testing
12 12 (12.90%) Software Testing
13 11 (11.83%) MiFID
13 11 (11.83%) C#
13 11 (11.83%) ISEB
14 10 (10.75%) Exploratory Testing
14 10 (10.75%) REST
15 9 (9.68%) Web Services
16 8 (8.60%) Microsoft Excel
16 8 (8.60%) Microsoft
16 8 (8.60%) Scrum
16 8 (8.60%) HP Quality Center

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 (6.45%) Confluence
2 2 (2.15%) CMS
3 1 (1.08%) SharePoint
Applications
1 8 (8.60%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (5.38%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (1.08%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (2.15%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (1.08%) Retail-J
2 1 (1.08%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.08%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (1.08%) Cloud Computing
1 1 (1.08%) FinancialForce
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.08%) DVB
1 1 (1.08%) LAN
1 1 (1.08%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.23%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.15%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.08%) Blockchain
3 1 (1.08%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.08%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.08%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (1.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 26 (27.96%) JIRA
2 14 (15.05%) Selenium
3 7 (7.53%) SoapUI
4 6 (6.45%) Cucumber
5 5 (5.38%) Team Foundation Server
6 4 (4.30%) Jenkins
7 3 (3.23%) TestRail
7 3 (3.23%) Zephyr
8 2 (2.15%) Git (software)
8 2 (2.15%) JUnit
8 2 (2.15%) SpecFlow
8 2 (2.15%) Visual Studio
8 2 (2.15%) WebDriver
9 1 (1.08%) JMeter
9 1 (1.08%) JProfiler
9 1 (1.08%) NUnit
9 1 (1.08%) RSpec
9 1 (1.08%) TeamCity
9 1 (1.08%) TestNG
9 1 (1.08%) Toad
General
1 25 (26.88%) Finance
2 14 (15.05%) Banking
3 4 (4.30%) Retail
4 2 (2.15%) Advertising
4 2 (2.15%) Back Office
4 2 (2.15%) Financial Institution
4 2 (2.15%) Marketing
5 1 (1.08%) Investment Banking
5 1 (1.08%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (15.05%) .NET
2 12 (12.90%) SOAP
3 10 (10.75%) REST
4 9 (9.68%) Web Services
5 3 (3.23%) CSS
5 3 (3.23%) Gherkin
5 3 (3.23%) HTML
5 3 (3.23%) JSON
6 2 (2.15%) RESTful
6 2 (2.15%) XML
7 1 (1.08%) Ajax
7 1 (1.08%) Django
7 1 (1.08%) Kafka
7 1 (1.08%) Managed Extensibility Framework
7 1 (1.08%) Ruby on Rails
7 1 (1.08%) Unity (Game Engine)
7 1 (1.08%) WCF
7 1 (1.08%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 13 (13.98%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 6 (6.45%) Mobile App
3 5 (5.38%) STB
4 3 (3.23%) Computer Science
4 3 (3.23%) Enterprise Software
4 3 (3.23%) Video on Demand
5 2 (2.15%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (2.15%) MPEG
6 1 (1.08%) Digital TV
6 1 (1.08%) EPoS
6 1 (1.08%) Fintech
6 1 (1.08%) IPTV
6 1 (1.08%) Life Science
6 1 (1.08%) Oculus Rift
6 1 (1.08%) Online Banking
6 1 (1.08%) SCADA
6 1 (1.08%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 13 (13.98%) Unix
2 2 (2.15%) Android
2 2 (2.15%) Apple iOS
2 2 (2.15%) Linux
2 2 (2.15%) Windows
3 1 (1.08%) Windows Mobile
3 1 (1.08%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (47.31%) Manual Testing
2 39 (41.94%) Agile Software Development
3 38 (40.86%) Test Automation
4 26 (27.96%) Regression Testing
4 26 (27.96%) Test Scripting
5 22 (23.66%) Functional Testing
6 14 (15.05%) User Acceptance Testing
7 12 (12.90%) Integration Testing
7 12 (12.90%) Software Testing
8 10 (10.75%) Exploratory Testing
9 8 (8.60%) API Testing
9 8 (8.60%) Scrum
9 8 (8.60%) Test Planning
9 8 (8.60%) User Stories
10 7 (7.53%) Defect Management
10 7 (7.53%) Non-Functional Testing
10 7 (7.53%) System Integration Testing
10 7 (7.53%) Test Management
11 6 (6.45%) BDD
11 6 (6.45%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 36 (38.71%) SQL
2 17 (18.28%) Java
3 11 (11.83%) C#
4 6 (6.45%) Python
5 5 (5.38%) JavaScript
5 5 (5.38%) VB.NET
5 5 (5.38%) VBScript
6 1 (1.08%) C++
6 1 (1.08%) Perl
6 1 (1.08%) Ruby
6 1 (1.08%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 11 (11.83%) ISEB
2 7 (7.53%) ISTQB
3 6 (6.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 3 (3.23%) Degree
4 3 (3.23%) SC Cleared
4 3 (3.23%) Security Cleared
5 1 (1.08%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (46.24%) QA
2 11 (11.83%) MiFID
3 1 (1.08%) Dodd-Frank
3 1 (1.08%) EMIR
3 1 (1.08%) PSD2
3 1 (1.08%) WAI
Systems Management
1 8 (8.60%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (8.60%) Microsoft
2 6 (6.45%) HP
3 3 (3.23%) Oracle
4 2 (2.15%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (1.08%) Ab Initio
5 1 (1.08%) Apple
5 1 (1.08%) Capita
5 1 (1.08%) Google
5 1 (1.08%) hybris
5 1 (1.08%) Samsung
5 1 (1.08%) SAP
5 1 (1.08%) Tableau
5 1 (1.08%) webMethods