The first table below looks at the demand for Software Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Software Testing over the 3 months to 22 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the West Midlands region.

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
22 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 99 103 75
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -28
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 19 5 32
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.81% 0.26% 1.40%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.10% 0.39% 2.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 0 10
Average daily rate
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£226 - £290
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 - £163
10% offered a daily rate of more than £385 - £326
UK excluding London average daily rate £323 £330 £300
% change year-on-year
-2.27% +10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 1
Average hourly rate £37.65 - £34.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £18.75 £33.75
% change year-on-year
+92.00% -44.44%
Processes & Methodologies Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
1720 1281 1575
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 73.44% 66.30% 68.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 915 642 761
Average daily rate £375 £355 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.63% +1.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £250 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 132 59 71
Average hourly rate £31.50 £37.80 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% +26.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.30 £13.80 £11.76
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.00 £37.80 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £31.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-14.51% -
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

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

Software Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

Software Testing
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Software Testing Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Software Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Testing across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 22 July 2014.

Software Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Software Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Software Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Software Testing
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Testing within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 22 July 2014. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Coventry - 12 - - 3
Birmingham -5 2 £294 - 1
Wolverhampton - 1 £163 - 1
Staffordshire - - - -
Warwickshire - - - -
Worcestershire - - - -
Dudley - - - - 1
Solihull - - - - 2
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 22 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands 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 16 (41.03%) SAP
1 16 (41.03%) ISEB
2 15 (38.46%) Project Management
2 15 (38.46%) Manufacturing
2 15 (38.46%) Validation
2 15 (38.46%) PLM
2 15 (38.46%) Test Scripting
3 14 (35.90%) Business Transformation
4 13 (33.33%) Automotive
4 13 (33.33%) PDM
4 13 (33.33%) DELMIA
4 13 (33.33%) Migration
4 13 (33.33%) CAD
4 13 (33.33%) Time Management
4 13 (33.33%) Data Architecture
4 13 (33.33%) Requirements Management
5 11 (28.21%) ENOVIA
6 9 (23.08%) ISTQB
6 9 (23.08%) SQL
7 8 (20.51%) Stakeholder Management
7 8 (20.51%) HP Quality Center
7 8 (20.51%) Test Strategy
8 7 (17.95%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 6 (15.38%) User Acceptance Testing
10 5 (12.82%) JIRA
10 5 (12.82%) Stakeholder Engagement
10 5 (12.82%) Finance
10 5 (12.82%) Change Management
10 5 (12.82%) SAP BI
10 5 (12.82%) Java

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 22 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands 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.

Application Platforms
1 3 (7.69%) WebLogic
2 1 (2.56%) SAS
Applications
1 5 (12.82%) MS Excel
2 4 (10.26%) MS PowerPoint
3 3 (7.69%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 13 (33.33%) DELMIA
2 11 (28.21%) ENOVIA
3 2 (5.13%) SAP HR
4 1 (2.56%) SAP CO
4 1 (2.56%) SAP PM
4 1 (2.56%) Retail-J
4 1 (2.56%) SAP FI/CO
4 1 (2.56%) SAP FI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (12.82%) SAP BI
2 2 (5.13%) SQL Server
3 1 (2.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (2.56%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 5 (12.82%) JIRA
2 3 (7.69%) Selenium
3 2 (5.13%) Cucumber
4 1 (2.56%) QuickTest Pro
4 1 (2.56%) LoadRunner
4 1 (2.56%) Toad
General
1 15 (38.46%) Manufacturing
2 13 (33.33%) Automotive
3 5 (12.82%) Finance
4 2 (5.13%) Retail
5 1 (2.56%) Banking
5 1 (2.56%) Investment Banking
5 1 (2.56%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 17 (43.59%) Analyst
2 14 (35.90%) Test Analyst
3 13 (33.33%) Applications Engineer
4 5 (12.82%) SAP Test Analyst
4 5 (12.82%) SAP Analyst
5 3 (7.69%) Tester
6 2 (5.13%) Quality Analyst
6 2 (5.13%) Project Engineer
6 2 (5.13%) QA Analyst
6 2 (5.13%) SAP HR Analyst
7 1 (2.56%) FX Test Analyst
7 1 (2.56%) Implementation Manager
7 1 (2.56%) Investment Banking Business Analyst
7 1 (2.56%) Banking Business Analyst
7 1 (2.56%) Web Tester
7 1 (2.56%) Senior Tester
7 1 (2.56%) Business Analyst
7 1 (2.56%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (7.69%) XML
2 2 (5.13%) .NET
2 2 (5.13%) CSS
2 2 (5.13%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (5.13%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
1 2 (5.13%) Mobile App
2 1 (2.56%) Reference Data
2 1 (2.56%) Market Risk
2 1 (2.56%) AS400
2 1 (2.56%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 3 (7.69%) UNIX
1 3 (7.69%) Windows
2 1 (2.56%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (38.46%) Project Management
1 15 (38.46%) Validation
1 15 (38.46%) PLM
1 15 (38.46%) Test Scripting
2 14 (35.90%) Business Transformation
3 13 (33.33%) PDM
3 13 (33.33%) Migration
3 13 (33.33%) CAD
3 13 (33.33%) Time Management
3 13 (33.33%) Data Architecture
3 13 (33.33%) Requirements Management
4 8 (20.51%) Stakeholder Management
4 8 (20.51%) Test Strategy
5 6 (15.38%) User Acceptance Testing
6 5 (12.82%) Stakeholder Engagement
6 5 (12.82%) Change Management
6 5 (12.82%) Business Intelligence
6 5 (12.82%) ERP
7 4 (10.26%) Data Modelling
7 4 (10.26%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 9 (23.08%) SQL
2 5 (12.82%) Java
3 3 (7.69%) JavaScript
4 2 (5.13%) COBOL
4 2 (5.13%) T-SQL
5 1 (2.56%) VBScript
5 1 (2.56%) VB
5 1 (2.56%) VBA
5 1 (2.56%) C++
Qualifications
1 16 (41.03%) ISEB
2 9 (23.08%) ISTQB
3 7 (17.95%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 4 (10.26%) Degree
5 1 (2.56%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (5.13%) QA
2 1 (2.56%) P3O
Systems Management
1 8 (20.51%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (2.56%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 16 (41.03%) SAP
2 4 (10.26%) HP
3 3 (7.69%) Oracle
4 2 (5.13%) webMethods
5 1 (2.56%) IBM
5 1 (2.56%) Microsoft
5 1 (2.56%) Fidessa
5 1 (2.56%) Charles River