The table below looks at the statistics for Software Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the Birmingham region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Software Testing over the 3 months to 26 May 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
26 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 68 60 42
Rank change year-on-year
-8 -18
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 3 3 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 0.37% 0.46% 0.46%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.51% 0.65% 0.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 3 0
Average daily rate
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£265 £450 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-41.11% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £323 £325 £313
% change year-on-year
-0.76% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £37.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year
- +25.00%
Software Testing
West Midlands

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the Birmingham region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Birmingham
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
593 461 322
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 73.76% 70.92% 73.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 405 277 163
Average daily rate £375 £375 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +4.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £267 £263 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 10 10
Average hourly rate £25.50 £25.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.00% -23.07%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.30 £10.50 £10.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £63.00 £31.00 £119.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%

Software Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Software Testing across the Birmingham region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Software Testing Jobs Demand Trend in Birmingham

Software Testing
Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Software Testing across the Birmingham region.

Software Testing Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

Software Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Testing across the Birmingham region over the 3 months to 26 May 2015.

Software Testing Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

Software Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

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

Software Testing Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

Software Testing
Top 18 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 26 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Birmingham region citing Software Testing also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Software Testing.

1 4 (80.00%) ISTQB
2 3 (60.00%) Test Scripting
2 3 (60.00%) Information Assurance
2 3 (60.00%) Banking
2 3 (60.00%) Retail
2 3 (60.00%) Security Testing
2 3 (60.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (40.00%) Finance
3 2 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (20.00%) E-Commerce
4 1 (20.00%) ISEB
4 1 (20.00%) FATCA
4 1 (20.00%) Corporate Banking
4 1 (20.00%) QA
4 1 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 1 (20.00%) User Experience
4 1 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (20.00%) Web Testing

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

For the 6 months to 26 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Birmingham region citing Software Testing also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Software Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

General
1 3 (60.00%) Banking
1 3 (60.00%) Retail
2 2 (40.00%) Finance
3 1 (20.00%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 3 (60.00%) Test Leader
2 2 (40.00%) Analyst
2 2 (40.00%) Test Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 1 (20.00%) User Experience
1 1 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (60.00%) Security Testing
1 3 (60.00%) Test Scripting
1 3 (60.00%) Information Assurance
2 2 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 1 (20.00%) Web Testing
3 1 (20.00%) E-Commerce
Qualifications
1 4 (80.00%) ISTQB
2 3 (60.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (20.00%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (20.00%) QA
1 1 (20.00%) FATCA