The table below looks at the statistics for the Tester role in IT contracts advertised for the Birmingham region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 28 January 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
28 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Tester
Rank 47 49 43
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -6
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 9 3 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 1.52% 0.51% 1.46%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.68% 0.59% 1.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 1 4
Average daily rate
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£438 £350 £188
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% +86.66%
UK excluding London average daily rate £295 £310 £300
% change year-on-year
-4.83% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.50 - £32.50
Tester
West Midlands

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the Birmingham region. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
Birmingham
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
535 505 453
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 90.37% 86.47% 94.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 333 296 207
Average daily rate £350 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £180 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 26 45
Average hourly rate £15.25 £14.50 £14.67
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.17% -1.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.88 £9.50 £11.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.50 £20.00 £31.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.21 £16.50 £17.56
% change year-on-year
-1.78% -6.03%

Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Tester in the job title across the Birmingham region as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Tester Jobs Demand Trend in Birmingham

Tester
Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

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

Tester Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

Tester
Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Tester across the Birmingham region over the 3 months to 28 January 2015.

Tester Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

Tester
Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

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

Tester Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 28 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Birmingham region that cited Tester in their job title 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 with Tester in their job title.

1 6 (37.50%) Test Scripting
2 5 (31.25%) .NET
2 5 (31.25%) Penetration Testing
3 4 (25.00%) Disaster Recovery
3 4 (25.00%) Oracle
3 4 (25.00%) Citrix
3 4 (25.00%) SQL
3 4 (25.00%) SC Cleared
3 4 (25.00%) Security Cleared
4 3 (18.75%) Statistics
4 3 (18.75%) Service Management
4 3 (18.75%) Integration Testing
4 3 (18.75%) Manual Testing
4 3 (18.75%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (18.75%) ISEB
4 3 (18.75%) Management Information System
5 2 (12.50%) QA
5 2 (12.50%) MVC
5 2 (12.50%) JMeter
5 2 (12.50%) Microsoft
5 2 (12.50%) User Stories
5 2 (12.50%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (6.25%) Test Automation
6 1 (6.25%) JBehave
6 1 (6.25%) WebDriver
6 1 (6.25%) JIRA
6 1 (6.25%) LoadUI
6 1 (6.25%) JConsole
6 1 (6.25%) VisualVM
6 1 (6.25%) Test Strategy

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

For the 6 months to 28 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Birmingham region that cited Tester in their job title 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 with Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Development Applications
1 2 (12.50%) JMeter
1 2 (12.50%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (6.25%) JBehave
2 1 (6.25%) WebDriver
2 1 (6.25%) JIRA
2 1 (6.25%) LoadUI
2 1 (6.25%) JConsole
2 1 (6.25%) VisualVM
2 1 (6.25%) LoadRunner
2 1 (6.25%) Selenium
General
1 1 (6.25%) Retail
1 1 (6.25%) Billing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (31.25%) .NET
2 1 (6.25%) HTML
2 1 (6.25%) CSS
2 1 (6.25%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (18.75%) Statistics
1 3 (18.75%) Analytical Skills
1 3 (18.75%) Management Information System
2 1 (6.25%) EPoS
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (37.50%) Test Scripting
2 5 (31.25%) Penetration Testing
3 4 (25.00%) Disaster Recovery
4 3 (18.75%) Service Management
4 3 (18.75%) Integration Testing
4 3 (18.75%) Manual Testing
5 2 (12.50%) MVC
5 2 (12.50%) User Stories
6 1 (6.25%) Test Automation
6 1 (6.25%) Test Strategy
6 1 (6.25%) Agile Testing
6 1 (6.25%) E-Commerce
6 1 (6.25%) Scrum
6 1 (6.25%) Agile Software Development
6 1 (6.25%) TDD
6 1 (6.25%) User Acceptance Testing
6 1 (6.25%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 4 (25.00%) SQL
2 1 (6.25%) PHP
2 1 (6.25%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 4 (25.00%) SC Cleared
1 4 (25.00%) Security Cleared
2 3 (18.75%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (12.50%) QA
Vendors
1 4 (25.00%) Oracle
1 4 (25.00%) Citrix
2 2 (12.50%) Microsoft
3 1 (6.25%) HP
3 1 (6.25%) Mercator