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 22 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
England / West Midlands
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 100 128 117
Rank change year-on-year +28 -11  
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 15 13 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.74% 0.43% 0.25%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.89% 0.52% 0.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 10 5
Median daily rate £321 £330 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.65% +20.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £251 £130 £195
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £430 £354
UK excluding London median daily rate £323 £300 £290
% change year-on-year +7.50% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
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 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 1689 2489 1879
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 83.28% 82.75% 77.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 1004 1484 1183
Median daily rate £404 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.93% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 73 53 79
Median hourly rate £28.00 £25.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.00% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.80 £13.00 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £42.15 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +17.54% -5.00%  

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 22 June 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 22 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
Birmingham +18 9 £280 +42.67% 1
Warwickshire +6 2 £400 +14.28% 2
Solihull +10 1 £400 -
Staffordshire +1 1 - - 3
Manual Testing
England

For the 6 months to 22 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Manual Testing.

1 14 (56.00%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (52.00%) Test Automation
3 10 (40.00%) ISEB
4 9 (36.00%) Defect Management
5 8 (32.00%) User Acceptance Testing
5 8 (32.00%) JIRA
6 6 (24.00%) SQL
6 6 (24.00%) Test Scripting
7 5 (20.00%) System Testing
7 5 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
7 5 (20.00%) SDLC
7 5 (20.00%) ISTQB
8 4 (16.00%) QA
8 4 (16.00%) Retail
8 4 (16.00%) Software Testing
8 4 (16.00%) Scrum
8 4 (16.00%) Test Strategy
8 4 (16.00%) Integration Testing
8 4 (16.00%) SoapUI
9 3 (12.00%) Unit Testing
9 3 (12.00%) HP Quality Center
9 3 (12.00%) SaaS
9 3 (12.00%) Continuous Integration
9 3 (12.00%) LoadUI
9 3 (12.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 3 (12.00%) Scenario Testing
9 3 (12.00%) Performance Monitoring
9 3 (12.00%) JMeter
9 3 (12.00%) HP
9 3 (12.00%) HP UFT

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 3 (12.00%) SharePoint
2 2 (8.00%) Confluence
3 1 (4.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 1 (4.00%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 3 (12.00%) SaaS
2 1 (4.00%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.00%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (8.00%) MySQL
1 2 (8.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (4.00%) Amazon Redshift
2 1 (4.00%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (4.00%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (4.00%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 8 (32.00%) JIRA
2 4 (16.00%) SoapUI
3 3 (12.00%) HP UFT
3 3 (12.00%) JMeter
3 3 (12.00%) LoadUI
4 2 (8.00%) Visual Studio
5 1 (4.00%) Cucumber
5 1 (4.00%) Protractor
5 1 (4.00%) Selenium
5 1 (4.00%) TeamCity
General
1 4 (16.00%) Retail
2 1 (4.00%) Automotive
2 1 (4.00%) Finance
2 1 (4.00%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 14 (56.00%) Analyst
1 14 (56.00%) Test Analyst
2 5 (20.00%) Manual Test Analyst
2 5 (20.00%) Tester
3 4 (16.00%) Test Leader
4 3 (12.00%) Performance Analyst
4 3 (12.00%) Performance Test Analyst
4 3 (12.00%) Senior Analyst
4 3 (12.00%) Senior Test Analyst
4 3 (12.00%) Test Manager
5 2 (8.00%) Agile Test Analyst
5 2 (8.00%) Lead Test Analyst
5 2 (8.00%) Software Tester
6 1 (4.00%) Java Engineer
6 1 (4.00%) Lead Tester
6 1 (4.00%) Programme Test Manager
6 1 (4.00%) QA Automation Engineer
6 1 (4.00%) Test Automation Engineer
6 1 (4.00%) Test Programme Manager
6 1 (4.00%) UAT Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (8.00%) CSS
1 2 (8.00%) HTML
1 2 (8.00%) XML
2 1 (4.00%) .NET
2 1 (4.00%) AngularJS
2 1 (4.00%) ASP.NET
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%) jQuery
2 1 (4.00%) Node.js
2 1 (4.00%) SOAP
2 1 (4.00%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 5 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (4.00%) Infotainment
2 1 (4.00%) Management Information System
2 1 (4.00%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 1 (4.00%) Android
1 1 (4.00%) Windows
1 1 (4.00%) Windows 10
1 1 (4.00%) Windows Server
1 1 (4.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (56.00%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (52.00%) Test Automation
3 9 (36.00%) Defect Management
4 8 (32.00%) User Acceptance Testing
5 6 (24.00%) Test Scripting
6 5 (20.00%) SDLC
6 5 (20.00%) System Testing
7 4 (16.00%) Integration Testing
7 4 (16.00%) Scrum
7 4 (16.00%) Software Testing
7 4 (16.00%) Test Strategy
8 3 (12.00%) Continuous Integration
8 3 (12.00%) Performance Monitoring
8 3 (12.00%) Scenario Testing
8 3 (12.00%) Unit Testing
9 2 (8.00%) Operational Acceptance Testing
9 2 (8.00%) Performance Testing
9 2 (8.00%) System Integration Testing
9 2 (8.00%) V-Model
9 2 (8.00%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 6 (24.00%) SQL
2 3 (12.00%) Java
3 2 (8.00%) C#
3 2 (8.00%) JavaScript
4 1 (4.00%) Python
Qualifications
1 10 (40.00%) 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 4 (16.00%) QA
2 2 (8.00%) GxP
3 1 (4.00%) PCI DSS
Systems Management
1 3 (12.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (12.00%) HP
2 2 (8.00%) Salesforce.com
3 1 (4.00%) Oracle
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