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 30 March 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
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 373 405 400
Rank change year-on-year +32 -5  
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 236 245 239
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.52% 0.45% 0.45%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.62% 0.55% 0.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 167 177 177
Median daily rate £318 £325 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.30% +8.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £232 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £470 £428
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £300 £290
% change year-on-year - +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 4 0
Median hourly rate £18.50 £22.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.77% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £22.50 -
% change year-on-year -17.77% -  

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 37817 44820 42796
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 83.06% 82.80% 79.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 25004 29451 26544
Median daily rate £450 £430 £418
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.65% +2.99%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 954 1102 1235
Median hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £28.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.66% +33.02%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £55.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £38.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -5.92% +26.66%  

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 30 March 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
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 30 March 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 +27 196 £325 -7.14% 107
London -18 66 £363 -9.37% 29
Yorkshire +34 27 £298 +8.18% 19
South West +14 27 £313 +14.15% 8
West Yorkshire +31 25 £298 +11.21% 13
South East +23 25 £335 +21.90% 20
Leeds +23 23 £300 +11.11% 10
Scotland +30 21 £350 +7.69%
North West +34 17 £275 -10.20% 7
Edinburgh +26 17 £350 +7.69%
City of London 0 15 £350 -12.50% 9
East Midlands -5 14 £265 -11.66% 5
Manchester +16 12 £306 -7.89% 4
Berkshire +32 10 £352 +17.41% 4
West Midlands +16 10 £325 +4.83% 9
Wales +14 10 £190 -41.53%
South Wales +21 9 £190 -41.53%
Gloucestershire +10 9 £313 +8.69% 2
East of England 0 9 £275 -15.38% 9
Nottinghamshire +9 7 £270 -10.00% 4
Nottingham +3 7 £270 -10.00% 3
Hampshire +16 5 £321 +1.74% 3
Bristol +10 5 £338 +38.46% 1
Belfast -18 5 £261 -5.09%
County Antrim -21 5 £261 -5.09%
Northern Ireland -22 5 £261 -5.09%
Bracknell - 5 £450 - 1
Cheltenham - 5 £300 - 1
Surrey +10 4 £318 -13.01% 5
Cambridgeshire +5 4 £258 -20.76% 7

For the 6 months to 30 March 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.

1 309 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
2 196 (38.06%) Selenium
3 183 (35.53%) Automated Testing
4 178 (34.56%) QA
5 142 (27.57%) SQL
6 133 (25.83%) Scrum
7 131 (25.44%) Java
8 127 (24.66%) Test Scripting
9 105 (20.39%) Software Testing
10 100 (19.42%) Cucumber
11 98 (19.03%) BDD
12 89 (17.28%) Finance
13 83 (16.12%) Automation Testing
14 81 (15.73%) Test Automation
15 80 (15.53%) User Acceptance Testing
16 77 (14.95%) WebDriver
17 76 (14.76%) Regression Testing
18 73 (14.17%) JIRA
19 71 (13.79%) ISEB
20 64 (12.43%) TDD
20 64 (12.43%) Functional Testing
21 60 (11.65%) ISTQB
21 60 (11.65%) .NET
22 58 (11.26%) Jenkins
23 55 (10.68%) Performance Testing
24 54 (10.49%) C#
25 53 (10.29%) Non-Functional Testing
26 51 (9.90%) Continuous Integration
27 49 (9.51%) Banking
28 47 (9.13%) Python

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 22 (4.27%) CMS
2 13 (2.52%) Sitecore CMS
3 11 (2.14%) SharePoint
4 9 (1.75%) Confluence
4 9 (1.75%) SharePoint 2010
5 2 (0.39%) BizTalk Server
5 2 (0.39%) SharePoint 2013
5 2 (0.39%) Tomcat
5 2 (0.39%) Umbraco
6 1 (0.19%) Apache
6 1 (0.19%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 1 (0.19%) Drupal
6 1 (0.19%) EPiServer
Applications
1 21 (4.08%) MS Excel
2 6 (1.17%) MS Office
3 1 (0.19%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (0.78%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.39%) Oracle EBS R12
3 2 (0.39%) Oracle ERP
3 2 (0.39%) Payment Gateway
3 2 (0.39%) SAP ERP
3 2 (0.39%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.19%) ION MarketView
4 1 (0.19%) Lorenzo
4 1 (0.19%) Magento
4 1 (0.19%) Oracle Assets
4 1 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.19%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.19%) Oracle General Ledger
4 1 (0.19%) Oracle Internet Expenses
4 1 (0.19%) Oracle iProcurement
4 1 (0.19%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.19%) Oracle Receivables
4 1 (0.19%) Oracle Retail
4 1 (0.19%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 10 (1.94%) GitHub
2 4 (0.78%) SaaS
3 3 (0.58%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (0.39%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (0.19%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.19%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 13 (2.52%) HTTP
2 6 (1.17%) Internet
3 3 (0.58%) SSH
3 3 (0.58%) Wireless
4 2 (0.39%) Bluetooth
4 2 (0.39%) Cisco ISE
4 2 (0.39%) Firewall
4 2 (0.39%) Network Security
5 1 (0.19%) CHAP
5 1 (0.19%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.19%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (8.93%) SQL Server
2 31 (6.02%) Data Warehouse
3 14 (2.72%) Relational Database
4 13 (2.52%) Oracle Database
4 13 (2.52%) RDBMS
5 9 (1.75%) MySQL
6 8 (1.55%) MongoDB
6 8 (1.55%) PostgreSQL
7 5 (0.97%) DB2
7 5 (0.97%) Oracle Reports
8 4 (0.78%) SQL Server 2012
9 3 (0.58%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 3 (0.58%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 2 (0.39%) DataStage
10 2 (0.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 2 (0.39%) SQLite
11 1 (0.19%) BusinessObjects
11 1 (0.19%) Data Mining
11 1 (0.19%) Oracle BI EE
11 1 (0.19%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 196 (38.06%) Selenium
2 100 (19.42%) Cucumber
3 77 (14.95%) WebDriver
4 73 (14.17%) JIRA
5 58 (11.26%) Jenkins
6 46 (8.93%) SoapUI
7 44 (8.54%) Visual Studio
8 36 (6.99%) Team Foundation Server
9 31 (6.02%) Git (software)
10 28 (5.44%) JMeter
11 25 (4.85%) Appium
12 23 (4.47%) Maven
13 20 (3.88%) SpecFlow
14 17 (3.30%) Ant
14 17 (3.30%) HP UFT
15 14 (2.72%) Bitbucket
15 14 (2.72%) Gradle
16 12 (2.33%) LoadRunner
16 12 (2.33%) Subversion
16 12 (2.33%) TeamCity
General
1 89 (17.28%) Finance
2 49 (9.51%) Banking
3 24 (4.66%) Retail
4 14 (2.72%) Investment Banking
5 9 (1.75%) Pharmaceutical
5 9 (1.75%) Telecoms
6 8 (1.55%) Marketing
7 5 (0.97%) Manufacturing
8 4 (0.78%) Back Office
8 4 (0.78%) Electronics
8 4 (0.78%) Games
8 4 (0.78%) Legal
9 3 (0.58%) Billing
9 3 (0.58%) Financial Institution
9 3 (0.58%) Retail Banking
10 2 (0.39%) Advertising
10 2 (0.39%) Automotive
10 2 (0.39%) Front Office
10 2 (0.39%) Publishing
11 1 (0.19%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 198 (38.45%) Analyst
2 183 (35.53%) Test Analyst
3 150 (29.13%) Tester
4 68 (13.20%) Test Engineer
5 40 (7.77%) QA Engineer
6 34 (6.60%) Manual Tester
7 33 (6.41%) Manual Test Analyst
8 31 (6.02%) Automation Tester
9 30 (5.83%) Automation Test Analyst
10 29 (5.63%) Test Leader
11 27 (5.24%) QA Analyst
11 27 (5.24%) Senior Analyst
11 27 (5.24%) Senior Test Analyst
12 26 (5.05%) Software Tester
12 26 (5.05%) Test Manager
13 24 (4.66%) Developer
14 21 (4.08%) Consultant
15 20 (3.88%) QA Test Analyst
15 20 (3.88%) Test Automation Engineer
16 19 (3.69%) QA Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 60 (11.65%) .NET
2 42 (8.16%) Gherkin
3 38 (7.38%) XML
4 37 (7.18%) Web Services
5 29 (5.63%) REST
6 26 (5.05%) JSON
7 24 (4.66%) SOAP
8 22 (4.27%) HTML
9 13 (2.52%) Node.js
10 12 (2.33%) RESTful
11 9 (1.75%) CSS
11 9 (1.75%) Spring
12 6 (1.17%) .NET Framework
12 6 (1.17%) AngularJS
12 6 (1.17%) ASP.NET
12 6 (1.17%) HTML5
13 5 (0.97%) XML Messaging
14 4 (0.78%) Express
14 4 (0.78%) Middleware
15 3 (0.58%) WebSockets
Miscellaneous
1 32 (6.21%) Analytical Skills
2 29 (5.63%) Mobile App
3 10 (1.94%) Mainframe
4 9 (1.75%) Enterprise Software
4 9 (1.75%) Linux Command Line
4 9 (1.75%) NHS
5 5 (0.97%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 4 (0.78%) Fixed Income
6 4 (0.78%) FMCG
6 4 (0.78%) User Experience
7 3 (0.58%) Client/Server
7 3 (0.58%) Computer Science
7 3 (0.58%) Derivative
7 3 (0.58%) Management Information System
7 3 (0.58%) Smart Meter
8 2 (0.39%) AS400
8 2 (0.39%) EMV
8 2 (0.39%) Equities
8 2 (0.39%) MPEG
8 2 (0.39%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 43 (8.35%) Linux
2 36 (6.99%) Windows
3 28 (5.44%) Android
4 24 (4.66%) Apple iOS
4 24 (4.66%) Unix
5 4 (0.78%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.19%) Mac OS X
6 1 (0.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.19%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.19%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.19%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.19%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 309 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
2 183 (35.53%) Automated Testing
3 133 (25.83%) Scrum
4 127 (24.66%) Test Scripting
5 105 (20.39%) Software Testing
6 98 (19.03%) BDD
7 83 (16.12%) Automation Testing
8 81 (15.73%) Test Automation
9 80 (15.53%) User Acceptance Testing
10 76 (14.76%) Regression Testing
11 64 (12.43%) Functional Testing
11 64 (12.43%) TDD
12 55 (10.68%) Performance Testing
13 53 (10.29%) Non-Functional Testing
14 51 (9.90%) Continuous Integration
15 44 (8.54%) Defect Management
16 43 (8.35%) Kanban
17 41 (7.96%) Test Strategy
18 39 (7.57%) Software Engineering
18 39 (7.57%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 142 (27.57%) SQL
2 131 (25.44%) Java
3 54 (10.49%) C#
4 47 (9.13%) Python
5 37 (7.18%) Ruby
6 27 (5.24%) JavaScript
7 23 (4.47%) C++
8 19 (3.69%) Groovy
9 16 (3.11%) Perl
10 14 (2.72%) C
11 11 (2.14%) Scala
11 11 (2.14%) VBScript
12 9 (1.75%) Shell Script
13 8 (1.55%) PL/SQL
14 6 (1.17%) VB.NET
15 5 (0.97%) VB
16 4 (0.78%) COBOL
16 4 (0.78%) JCL
17 3 (0.58%) T-SQL
17 3 (0.58%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 71 (13.79%) ISEB
2 60 (11.65%) ISTQB
3 24 (4.66%) Security Cleared
4 22 (4.27%) Degree
5 17 (3.30%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 8 (1.55%) DV Cleared
6 8 (1.55%) SC Cleared
7 4 (0.78%) ISEB Practitioner
8 3 (0.58%) BPSS Clearance
9 2 (0.39%) PMI Certification
9 2 (0.39%) PMP
10 1 (0.19%) CSQA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 178 (34.56%) QA
2 10 (1.94%) SDET
3 8 (1.55%) 21 CFR Part 11
3 8 (1.55%) GMP
4 4 (0.78%) Disclosure Scotland
4 4 (0.78%) WCAG
5 3 (0.58%) WAI
6 2 (0.39%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.19%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.19%) GxP
7 1 (0.19%) ISO20022
7 1 (0.19%) SEPA
System Software
1 3 (0.58%) Virtual Machines
2 2 (0.39%) Active Directory
2 2 (0.39%) Docker
2 2 (0.39%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 17 (3.30%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (0.39%) ITRS Geneos
3 1 (0.19%) AppManager
3 1 (0.19%) Oozie
3 1 (0.19%) Puppet
Vendors
1 42 (8.16%) Oracle
2 37 (7.18%) Microsoft
3 19 (3.69%) HP
4 13 (2.52%) Sitecore
4 13 (2.52%) Splunk
5 8 (1.55%) SAP
6 7 (1.36%) CA Agile Central
7 6 (1.17%) hybris
7 6 (1.17%) Salesforce.com
8 5 (0.97%) Google
8 5 (0.97%) IBM
9 4 (0.78%) Workday
10 3 (0.58%) Apple
10 3 (0.58%) ATG
10 3 (0.58%) Atlassian
10 3 (0.58%) CheckPoint
10 3 (0.58%) IBM Sterling
11 2 (0.39%) CA
11 2 (0.39%) Cisco
11 2 (0.39%) Xamarin
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