The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 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 29 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
England / West Midlands
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 106 116 120
Rank change year-on-year +10 +4  
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 9 13 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.40% 0.47% 0.27%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.50% 0.58% 0.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 8 5
Median daily rate £325 £310 £263
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.83% +18.09%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £310 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £485 £380 £322
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £300 £290
% change year-on-year - +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
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 advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 1789 2250 1927
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 79.94% 81.91% 75.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 1145 1242 1111
Median daily rate £413 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.12% +3.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £550 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 58 45 107
Median hourly rate £24.50 £18.25 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.24% -39.16%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £10.73 £13.06
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £37.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £38.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.14% +28.33%  

Manual Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands 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 West Midlands

Manual Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Manual Testing in the West Midlands

Manual Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Manual Testing in the West Midlands over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Manual Testing in the West Midlands

Manual Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Manual Testing in the West Midlands

Manual Testing
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

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 West Midlands region over the 3 months to 29 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
Shropshire - 3 £325 -
Birmingham +2 2 £375 - 2
Warwickshire 0 1 £325 +4.00%
Manual Testing
England

For the 6 months to 29 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Manual Testing.

1 17 (68.00%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (48.00%) Automated Testing
2 12 (48.00%) QA
3 10 (40.00%) Test Scripting
4 9 (36.00%) ISEB
5 7 (28.00%) SQL
5 7 (28.00%) Waterfall
5 7 (28.00%) Functional Testing
6 6 (24.00%) Test Planning
6 6 (24.00%) SDLC
7 5 (20.00%) ISTQB
7 5 (20.00%) Retail
7 5 (20.00%) Java
8 4 (16.00%) JIRA
8 4 (16.00%) User Acceptance Testing
8 4 (16.00%) Selenium
8 4 (16.00%) Performance Testing
8 4 (16.00%) Automation Testing
8 4 (16.00%) Cucumber
8 4 (16.00%) Capacity Planning
9 3 (12.00%) Continuous Integration
9 3 (12.00%) Test Automation
9 3 (12.00%) Jenkins
9 3 (12.00%) Analytical Skills
9 3 (12.00%) Defect Management
9 3 (12.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 3 (12.00%) Scrum
9 3 (12.00%) SQL Server
9 3 (12.00%) Visual Studio
9 3 (12.00%) Unit Testing

Manual Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 1 (4.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
1 1 (4.00%) Confluence
Business Applications
1 1 (4.00%) Lorenzo
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.00%) GitHub
1 1 (4.00%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.00%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (12.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (4.00%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (4.00%) Electronic Patient Records
2 1 (4.00%) SQL Server 2016
2 1 (4.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 4 (16.00%) Cucumber
1 4 (16.00%) JIRA
1 4 (16.00%) Selenium
2 3 (12.00%) Jenkins
2 3 (12.00%) Visual Studio
3 2 (8.00%) JUnit
4 1 (4.00%) PhantomJS
4 1 (4.00%) Protractor
4 1 (4.00%) RSpec
4 1 (4.00%) SoapUI
4 1 (4.00%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (4.00%) TeamCity
General
1 5 (20.00%) Retail
2 1 (4.00%) Automotive
2 1 (4.00%) Finance
2 1 (4.00%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 10 (40.00%) Analyst
1 10 (40.00%) Test Analyst
2 8 (32.00%) Test Manager
3 6 (24.00%) Manual Test Analyst
4 4 (16.00%) Tester
5 3 (12.00%) Automation Test Analyst
6 2 (8.00%) ETL Analyst
6 2 (8.00%) QA Tester
6 2 (8.00%) Senior Analyst
6 2 (8.00%) Senior Test Analyst
6 2 (8.00%) SQL Analyst
6 2 (8.00%) Test Automation Engineer
6 2 (8.00%) Test Engineer
7 1 (4.00%) Manual Tester
7 1 (4.00%) Programme Manager
7 1 (4.00%) QA Test Engineer
7 1 (4.00%) Software Tester
7 1 (4.00%) Test Specialist
7 1 (4.00%) UAT Lead
7 1 (4.00%) UAT Test Lead
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (8.00%) HTML
1 2 (8.00%) Node.js
1 2 (8.00%) XML
2 1 (4.00%) .NET
2 1 (4.00%) AngularJS
2 1 (4.00%) CSS
2 1 (4.00%) CSS3
2 1 (4.00%) Gherkin
2 1 (4.00%) Highcharts JS
2 1 (4.00%) HTML5
2 1 (4.00%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 3 (12.00%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (4.00%) Infotainment
2 1 (4.00%) Mainframe
2 1 (4.00%) Management Information System
2 1 (4.00%) Mobile App
2 1 (4.00%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 2 (8.00%) Android
2 1 (4.00%) Apple iOS
2 1 (4.00%) Windows
2 1 (4.00%) Windows 10
2 1 (4.00%) Windows Server
2 1 (4.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (68.00%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (48.00%) Automated Testing
3 10 (40.00%) Test Scripting
4 7 (28.00%) Functional Testing
4 7 (28.00%) Waterfall
5 6 (24.00%) SDLC
5 6 (24.00%) Test Planning
6 4 (16.00%) Automation Testing
6 4 (16.00%) Capacity Planning
6 4 (16.00%) Performance Testing
6 4 (16.00%) User Acceptance Testing
7 3 (12.00%) Continuous Integration
7 3 (12.00%) Defect Management
7 3 (12.00%) Integration Testing
7 3 (12.00%) Scrum
7 3 (12.00%) Test Automation
7 3 (12.00%) Unit Testing
8 2 (8.00%) ETL
8 2 (8.00%) Migration
8 2 (8.00%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (28.00%) SQL
2 5 (20.00%) Java
3 2 (8.00%) Python
4 1 (4.00%) C#
4 1 (4.00%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 9 (36.00%) ISEB
2 5 (20.00%) ISTQB
3 3 (12.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (4.00%) Degree
4 1 (4.00%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (48.00%) QA
2 1 (4.00%) PCI DSS
Vendors
1 1 (4.00%) Cerner
Solihull, West Midlands (County)
Big Red Recruitment
Rate: £375 - £425 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
West Midlands
Maclean Moore Consulting
Rate: From £30 to £40 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago