The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 June 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
UK
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 425 450 433
Rank change year-on-year +25 -17  
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 184 202 214
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.39% 0.38% 0.38%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.46% 0.46% 0.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 118 149 150
Median daily rate £350 £320 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.37% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £249 £235 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £455 £450 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £300 £290
% change year-on-year +8.33% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 2
Median hourly rate £28.00 £101.25 £38.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -72.34% +162.98%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.40 £30.25 £36.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.60 £172.25 £40.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £12.50 £38.50
% change year-on-year +124.00% -67.53%  

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 with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 39704 44234 45146
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 84.45% 83.33% 80.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 25886 29348 28980
Median daily rate £450 £438 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £300 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1051 1071 1257
Median hourly rate £32.50 £27.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.18% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.58 £12.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £48.65 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

Manual Testing
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised 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 UK

Manual Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Manual Testing in the UK

Manual Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Manual Testing over the 3 months to 26 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Manual Testing in the UK

Manual Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Manual Testing in the UK

Manual Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Manual Testing over the 3 months to 26 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Manual Testing in the UK

Manual Testing
Top 30 Contract Locations

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 UK over the 3 months to 26 June 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
England +23 171 £350 +7.69% 118
London -24 67 £400 +6.66% 39
South East +28 20 £313 -1.18% 21
Yorkshire +37 18 £365 +15.87% 9
South West +10 18 £336 +12.08% 4
West Midlands +24 14 £338 +2.27% 9
North West +19 13 £325 +10.16% 20
South Yorkshire - 12 £650 -
Sheffield - 11 £650 -
Scotland +33 10 £350 +26.12% 3
East of England -9 10 £230 -21.70% 12
City of London -20 10 £340 -20.00% 11
East Midlands -3 9 £350 - 1
Birmingham +24 8 £284 +44.58% 2
Berkshire +21 7 £310 - 4
Cheshire +29 6 £500 +73.91% 4
Wiltshire +4 6 £336 +16.95%
Nottinghamshire - 6 £350 - 1
Nottingham - 6 £350 - 1
Leeds +23 5 £260 -17.46% 6
Edinburgh +18 5 £313 -10.71% 2
West Yorkshire +15 5 £260 -17.46% 6
Manchester +7 5 £306 +9.37% 13
Cambridgeshire -1 5 £230 -23.33% 8
Devon -3 4 £250 -37.50% 1
Milton Keynes -13 4 £338 - 2
Buckinghamshire -14 4 £338 - 2
Macclesfield - 4 £525 -
Exeter - 4 £250 - 1
Glasgow +8 3 £300 - 1

For the 6 months to 26 June 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 with a requirement for Manual Testing.

1 268 (62.62%) Test Automation
2 242 (56.54%) Agile Software Development
3 133 (31.07%) Selenium
4 122 (28.50%) QA
5 110 (25.70%) SQL
6 102 (23.83%) Test Scripting
7 99 (23.13%) Java
8 85 (19.86%) Scrum
9 80 (18.69%) Software Testing
10 78 (18.22%) JIRA
11 75 (17.52%) Cucumber
11 75 (17.52%) ISEB
12 69 (16.12%) Finance
13 68 (15.89%) ISTQB
14 66 (15.42%) User Acceptance Testing
15 64 (14.95%) BDD
16 60 (14.02%) Functional Testing
17 54 (12.62%) WebDriver
18 52 (12.15%) Test Strategy
19 51 (11.92%) Regression Testing
20 46 (10.75%) TDD
21 45 (10.51%) Continuous Integration
21 45 (10.51%) Defect Management
22 44 (10.28%) Jenkins
23 42 (9.81%) E-Commerce
24 39 (9.11%) SoapUI
25 37 (8.64%) C#
26 36 (8.41%) Non-Functional Testing
26 36 (8.41%) Exploratory Testing
27 35 (8.18%) Test Management

Manual Testing
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 19 (4.44%) CMS
2 14 (3.27%) Tomcat
3 13 (3.04%) SharePoint
4 12 (2.80%) Confluence
5 9 (2.10%) SharePoint 2010
5 9 (2.10%) Sitecore CMS
6 5 (1.17%) Elasticsearch
7 3 (0.70%) Umbraco
8 2 (0.47%) BizTalk Server
8 2 (0.47%) SharePoint 2013
9 1 (0.23%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 1 (0.23%) Apache
9 1 (0.23%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 1 (0.23%) Drupal
Applications
1 5 (1.17%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (0.93%) InDesign
3 3 (0.70%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.23%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (1.17%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.47%) Payment Gateway
2 2 (0.47%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.23%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.23%) ION MarketView
3 1 (0.23%) Magento
3 1 (0.23%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.23%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (0.23%) Oracle Retail
3 1 (0.23%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 12 (2.80%) OpenDNS
2 8 (1.87%) GitHub
3 6 (1.40%) SaaS
4 5 (1.17%) BrowserStack
5 4 (0.93%) Adobe Creative Cloud
6 2 (0.47%) Microsoft Azure
6 2 (0.47%) OpenShift
6 2 (0.47%) Sauce Labs
7 1 (0.23%) Amazon AWS
7 1 (0.23%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
7 1 (0.23%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 12 (2.80%) DNS
2 9 (2.10%) HTTP
3 7 (1.64%) Internet
4 2 (0.47%) Bluetooth
4 2 (0.47%) TCP/IP
4 2 (0.47%) Wireless
5 1 (0.23%) Diameter Protocol
5 1 (0.23%) GPRS
5 1 (0.23%) GSM
5 1 (0.23%) LAN
5 1 (0.23%) LTE
5 1 (0.23%) PSTN
5 1 (0.23%) SMS
5 1 (0.23%) TDMA
5 1 (0.23%) UMTS
5 1 (0.23%) VoIP
5 1 (0.23%) VoLTE
5 1 (0.23%) WAN
5 1 (0.23%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (6.54%) SQL Server
2 20 (4.67%) Data Warehouse
3 12 (2.80%) Maltego
4 10 (2.34%) MySQL
5 9 (2.10%) PostgreSQL
6 6 (1.40%) MongoDB
7 5 (1.17%) RDBMS
7 5 (1.17%) Relational Database
8 3 (0.70%) Big Data
8 3 (0.70%) DB2
8 3 (0.70%) Oracle Reports
8 3 (0.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 2 (0.47%) Hadoop
9 2 (0.47%) Oracle Database
9 2 (0.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 2 (0.47%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 2 (0.47%) SQLite
10 1 (0.23%) BusinessObjects
10 1 (0.23%) Data Mart
10 1 (0.23%) PowerCenter
Development Applications
1 133 (31.07%) Selenium
2 78 (18.22%) JIRA
3 75 (17.52%) Cucumber
4 54 (12.62%) WebDriver
5 44 (10.28%) Jenkins
6 39 (9.11%) SoapUI
7 31 (7.24%) Visual Studio
8 30 (7.01%) Team Foundation Server
9 21 (4.91%) Git (software)
9 21 (4.91%) JMeter
10 17 (3.97%) HP UFT
11 15 (3.50%) Appium
12 14 (3.27%) Maven
13 13 (3.04%) SpecFlow
14 12 (2.80%) Ant
15 11 (2.57%) Bugzilla
16 10 (2.34%) Calabash
16 10 (2.34%) MSTest
17 9 (2.10%) Gradle
17 9 (2.10%) Zephyr
General
1 69 (16.12%) Finance
2 32 (7.48%) Banking
3 22 (5.14%) Retail
4 7 (1.64%) Retail Banking
5 6 (1.40%) Pharmaceutical
5 6 (1.40%) Telecoms
6 5 (1.17%) Back Office
7 4 (0.93%) Advertising
7 4 (0.93%) Electronics
7 4 (0.93%) Manufacturing
7 4 (0.93%) Marketing
8 3 (0.70%) Billing
8 3 (0.70%) Financial Institution
8 3 (0.70%) Investment Banking
9 2 (0.47%) Automotive
9 2 (0.47%) Corporate Banking
9 2 (0.47%) Legal
9 2 (0.47%) Private Banking
9 2 (0.47%) Publishing
10 1 (0.23%) Arabic Language
Job Titles
1 173 (40.42%) Analyst
2 150 (35.05%) Test Analyst
3 119 (27.80%) Tester
4 41 (9.58%) Test Engineer
5 33 (7.71%) Manual Tester
5 33 (7.71%) QA Engineer
6 32 (7.48%) Software Tester
7 30 (7.01%) Test Leader
8 25 (5.84%) Automation Tester
9 21 (4.91%) Developer
9 21 (4.91%) Manual Test Analyst
9 21 (4.91%) QA Analyst
10 19 (4.44%) Agile Test Analyst
11 18 (4.21%) Automation Test Analyst
12 17 (3.97%) Senior Analyst
12 17 (3.97%) Senior Test Analyst
13 16 (3.74%) Banking Analyst
13 16 (3.74%) QA Test Analyst
13 16 (3.74%) Test Manager
14 14 (3.27%) SQL Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (7.48%) Web Services
2 30 (7.01%) .NET
3 28 (6.54%) Gherkin
3 28 (6.54%) XML
4 26 (6.07%) JSON
5 20 (4.67%) REST
5 20 (4.67%) RESTful
5 20 (4.67%) SOAP
6 15 (3.50%) HTML
7 12 (2.80%) Elastic Stack
7 12 (2.80%) Node.js
8 11 (2.57%) CSS
9 8 (1.87%) ASP.NET
10 5 (1.17%) AngularJS
11 4 (0.93%) Middleware
12 3 (0.70%) .NET Framework
12 3 (0.70%) HTML5
12 3 (0.70%) Velocity
13 2 (0.47%) Kafka
13 2 (0.47%) Unreal Engine
Miscellaneous
1 33 (7.71%) Analytical Skills
2 24 (5.61%) Mobile App
3 8 (1.87%) Management Information System
4 7 (1.64%) Linux Command Line
5 5 (1.17%) Computer Science
5 5 (1.17%) Greenfield Project
5 5 (1.17%) NHS
6 4 (0.93%) AS400
6 4 (0.93%) iSeries
6 4 (0.93%) Mainframe
6 4 (0.93%) Smart Meter
6 4 (0.93%) User Experience
7 3 (0.70%) Cyberthreat
7 3 (0.70%) Data Centre
7 3 (0.70%) Enterprise Software
7 3 (0.70%) iPad
8 2 (0.47%) EMV
8 2 (0.47%) FMCG
8 2 (0.47%) Hedge funds
8 2 (0.47%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 26 (6.07%) Linux
2 24 (5.61%) Windows
3 21 (4.91%) Android
3 21 (4.91%) Apple iOS
4 12 (2.80%) Unix
5 3 (0.70%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.23%) Kali Linux
6 1 (0.23%) Mac OS X
6 1 (0.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.23%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.23%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.23%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 268 (62.62%) Test Automation
2 242 (56.54%) Agile Software Development
3 102 (23.83%) Test Scripting
4 85 (19.86%) Scrum
5 80 (18.69%) Software Testing
6 66 (15.42%) User Acceptance Testing
7 64 (14.95%) BDD
8 60 (14.02%) Functional Testing
9 52 (12.15%) Test Strategy
10 51 (11.92%) Regression Testing
11 46 (10.75%) TDD
12 45 (10.51%) Continuous Integration
12 45 (10.51%) Defect Management
13 42 (9.81%) E-Commerce
14 36 (8.41%) Exploratory Testing
14 36 (8.41%) Non-Functional Testing
15 35 (8.18%) Test Management
16 34 (7.94%) Integration Testing
16 34 (7.94%) Performance Testing
17 33 (7.71%) Scenario Testing
Programming Languages
1 110 (25.70%) SQL
2 99 (23.13%) Java
3 37 (8.64%) C#
4 33 (7.71%) Python
5 32 (7.48%) JavaScript
6 20 (4.67%) Ruby
7 15 (3.50%) C++
8 12 (2.80%) Groovy
9 10 (2.34%) Scala
10 8 (1.87%) C
11 7 (1.64%) Shell Script
12 6 (1.40%) Apple Swift
12 6 (1.40%) Perl
12 6 (1.40%) PL/SQL
13 5 (1.17%) VBScript
14 4 (0.93%) PHP
14 4 (0.93%) VB.NET
15 3 (0.70%) Objective-C
16 2 (0.47%) COBOL
16 2 (0.47%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 75 (17.52%) ISEB
2 68 (15.89%) ISTQB
3 19 (4.44%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 18 (4.21%) Degree
5 16 (3.74%) Security Cleared
6 7 (1.64%) SC Cleared
7 4 (0.93%) DV Cleared
8 2 (0.47%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (0.47%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 122 (28.50%) QA
2 5 (1.17%) 21 CFR Part 11
2 5 (1.17%) GMP
2 5 (1.17%) GxP
3 3 (0.70%) MiFID
4 2 (0.47%) Dodd-Frank
4 2 (0.47%) EMIR
4 2 (0.47%) GAMP
4 2 (0.47%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.23%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 2 (0.47%) Docker
1 2 (0.47%) Firmware
2 1 (0.23%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 20 (4.67%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (1.17%) Kibana
3 2 (0.47%) CA Service Virtualization
4 1 (0.23%) HockeyApp
4 1 (0.23%) ITRS Geneos
4 1 (0.23%) Puppet
Vendors
1 27 (6.31%) Oracle
2 26 (6.07%) Microsoft
3 18 (4.21%) HP
4 13 (3.04%) hybris
5 10 (2.34%) IBM
6 9 (2.10%) OpenText
6 9 (2.10%) Salesforce.com
6 9 (2.10%) Sitecore
7 7 (1.64%) CA Agile Central
8 6 (1.40%) SAP
8 6 (1.40%) Splunk
9 5 (1.17%) Adobe
9 5 (1.17%) ATG
10 4 (0.93%) CheckPoint
10 4 (0.93%) Workday
11 3 (0.70%) Apple
11 3 (0.70%) IBM Sterling
11 3 (0.70%) Intel
12 2 (0.47%) Google
12 2 (0.47%) TOWER Software
Nuneaton, Warwickshire
X4 Group
Rate: £200 - 225 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Darlington, County Durham
FT Select
Rate: From £275 to £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: negotiable
Posted: 3 days ago
Abingdon, Oxfordshire
MARS Technical Recruitment
Rate: From £275 to £275 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Warwickshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £150 - £250 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Gloucestershire
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Posted: 5 days ago
North West England
Energize Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Posted: 6 days ago