Period
to 24 September 2017

The median contractor rate for a Manual Tester was £288 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 24 September 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 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 798 807 833
Rank change year-on-year +9 +26 -62
Contract jobs requiring a Manual Tester 78 72 77
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.080% 0.067% 0.067%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.085% 0.071% 0.071%
Number of daily rates quoted 61 55 56
UK median daily rate £288 £270 £228
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.48% +18.68% -12.08%
10th Percentile £153 £151 £130
90th Percentile £388 £375 £384
UK excluding London median daily rate £270 £265 £260
% change year-on-year +1.89% +1.92% -7.14%
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 92282 101134 108382
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.80% 94.81% 94.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 60383 66022 68661
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £263 £255 £245
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2757 3174 4141
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £19.00 £17.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +6.38% +5.06%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.39 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £46.20 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £18.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -2.70% +5.71% +4.67%

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 September 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 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 September 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 +32 76 £288 +5.50% 11
UK excluding London +54 44 £270 +1.89% 8
London -2 34 £294 +7.80% 3
North of England +90 16 £260 +38.67% 2
North West +30 11 £263 +40.00% 1
South East +10 9 £281 -6.25% 2
East of England 0 7 £230 -1.08% 2
South West +8 6 £338 +14.89%
Yorkshire - 5 £260 - 1
Midlands +25 4 £300 +9.09% 2
West Midlands +29 2 £213 -10.53% 2
Scotland +25 2 - -
East Midlands +1 2 £300 -7.69%

Manual Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 September 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 36 (46.15%) Manual Testing
1 36 (46.15%) Test Automation
2 32 (41.03%) QA
3 30 (38.46%) Agile Software Development
4 24 (30.77%) SQL
5 20 (25.64%) Regression Testing
5 20 (25.64%) JIRA
5 20 (25.64%) Functional Testing
6 19 (24.36%) Test Scripting
7 15 (19.23%) Selenium
8 14 (17.95%) Finance
9 12 (15.38%) Exploratory Testing
10 11 (14.10%) Java
10 11 (14.10%) Microsoft
10 11 (14.10%) Software Testing
10 11 (14.10%) User Acceptance Testing
11 10 (12.82%) ISEB
11 10 (12.82%) Test Planning
12 9 (11.54%) HP Quality Center
12 9 (11.54%) E-Commerce
12 9 (11.54%) C#
13 8 (10.26%) Scrum
13 8 (10.26%) Cucumber
14 7 (8.97%) SoapUI
14 7 (8.97%) Defect Management
14 7 (8.97%) .NET
14 7 (8.97%) Test Management
15 6 (7.69%) SQL Server
15 6 (7.69%) User Stories
15 6 (7.69%) Confluence

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 (7.69%) Confluence
2 2 (2.56%) CMS
Applications
1 5 (6.41%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (5.13%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.28%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (1.28%) Oracle ERP
1 1 (1.28%) Retail-J
1 1 (1.28%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.85%) GitHub
2 1 (1.28%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.28%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.28%) DVB
1 1 (1.28%) HTTP
1 1 (1.28%) LAN
1 1 (1.28%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (7.69%) SQL Server
2 4 (5.13%) Relational Database
3 2 (2.56%) MongoDB
3 2 (2.56%) NoSQL
3 2 (2.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (1.28%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.28%) MySQL
4 1 (1.28%) Oracle Database
4 1 (1.28%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 20 (25.64%) JIRA
2 15 (19.23%) Selenium
3 8 (10.26%) Cucumber
4 7 (8.97%) SoapUI
5 5 (6.41%) Jenkins
5 5 (6.41%) Team Foundation Server
5 5 (6.41%) TestRail
6 4 (5.13%) Git (software)
6 4 (5.13%) Visual Studio
7 3 (3.85%) Gatling
8 2 (2.56%) Hudson
8 2 (2.56%) SpecFlow
8 2 (2.56%) WebDriver
9 1 (1.28%) Appium
9 1 (1.28%) Calabash
9 1 (1.28%) FishEye
9 1 (1.28%) Gradle
9 1 (1.28%) JMeter
9 1 (1.28%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 1 (1.28%) Toad
General
1 14 (17.95%) Finance
2 5 (6.41%) Retail
3 2 (2.56%) Advertising
3 2 (2.56%) Banking
3 2 (2.56%) Financial Institution
3 2 (2.56%) Games
3 2 (2.56%) Marketing
4 1 (1.28%) Arabic Language
4 1 (1.28%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (8.97%) .NET
2 5 (6.41%) SOAP
3 2 (2.56%) Apache Camel
3 2 (2.56%) Gherkin
3 2 (2.56%) JSON
3 2 (2.56%) REST
3 2 (2.56%) RESTful
3 2 (2.56%) Web Services
4 1 (1.28%) CSS
4 1 (1.28%) CSS3
4 1 (1.28%) Django
4 1 (1.28%) HTML
4 1 (1.28%) HTML5
4 1 (1.28%) Kafka
4 1 (1.28%) Managed Extensibility Framework
4 1 (1.28%) Middleware
4 1 (1.28%) React
4 1 (1.28%) Ruby on Rails
4 1 (1.28%) WCF
4 1 (1.28%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 5 (6.41%) Mobile App
1 5 (6.41%) STB
2 4 (5.13%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (3.85%) AS400
3 3 (3.85%) Computer Science
3 3 (3.85%) iSeries
4 1 (1.28%) Algorithms
4 1 (1.28%) Client/Server
4 1 (1.28%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.28%) EPoS
4 1 (1.28%) Fintech
4 1 (1.28%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 1 (1.28%) IPTV
4 1 (1.28%) Life Science
4 1 (1.28%) MPEG
4 1 (1.28%) Online Banking
4 1 (1.28%) SCADA
4 1 (1.28%) Video Conferencing
4 1 (1.28%) Video on Demand
4 1 (1.28%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 4 (5.13%) Unix
2 3 (3.85%) Android
2 3 (3.85%) Windows
3 2 (2.56%) Apple iOS
3 2 (2.56%) Linux
4 1 (1.28%) Windows Mobile
4 1 (1.28%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (46.15%) Manual Testing
1 36 (46.15%) Test Automation
2 30 (38.46%) Agile Software Development
3 20 (25.64%) Functional Testing
3 20 (25.64%) Regression Testing
4 19 (24.36%) Test Scripting
5 12 (15.38%) Exploratory Testing
6 11 (14.10%) Software Testing
6 11 (14.10%) User Acceptance Testing
7 10 (12.82%) Test Planning
8 9 (11.54%) E-Commerce
9 8 (10.26%) Scrum
10 7 (8.97%) Defect Management
10 7 (8.97%) Test Management
11 6 (7.69%) User Stories
12 5 (6.41%) API Testing
12 5 (6.41%) Integration Testing
13 4 (5.13%) Cross-Browser Testing
13 4 (5.13%) Defect Tracking
13 4 (5.13%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 24 (30.77%) SQL
2 11 (14.10%) Java
3 9 (11.54%) C#
4 4 (5.13%) JavaScript
4 4 (5.13%) VB.NET
4 4 (5.13%) VBScript
5 2 (2.56%) Python
6 1 (1.28%) C++
6 1 (1.28%) Ruby
6 1 (1.28%) Scala
Qualifications
1 10 (12.82%) ISEB
2 4 (5.13%) ISTQB
2 4 (5.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 3 (3.85%) Degree
4 2 (2.56%) Computer Science Degree
4 2 (2.56%) SC Cleared
4 2 (2.56%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (41.03%) QA
2 5 (6.41%) MiFID
3 2 (2.56%) GDPR
4 1 (1.28%) Dodd-Frank
4 1 (1.28%) EMIR
Systems Management
1 9 (11.54%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 11 (14.10%) Microsoft
2 5 (6.41%) HP
3 3 (3.85%) Oracle
4 2 (2.56%) Workday
5 1 (1.28%) Atlassian
5 1 (1.28%) Google
5 1 (1.28%) hybris
5 1 (1.28%) webMethods