The table below looks at the statistics 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 3 July 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
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 96 99 93
Rank change year-on-year
+3 -6
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 23 19 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.98% 0.81% 0.28%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.31% 1.08% 0.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 2 0
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£295 £163 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+81.53% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £311 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
-4.23% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 0
Average hourly rate £20.00 £37.65 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-46.87% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £37.65 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-0.39% +7.57%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
1754 1766 1196
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 74.45% 75.37% 67.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 1097 927 590
Average daily rate £375 £375 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +4.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £250 £244
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 68 137 61
Average hourly rate £26.50 £34.32 £37.80
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.78% -9.20%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £28.50 £30.50
% change year-on-year
+5.26% -6.55%

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 3 July 2015.

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 3 July 2015. 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
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Last Year
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IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Staffordshire - 7 £295 - 3
Warwickshire - 3 £300 - 1
Birmingham -3 2 £400 +36.17% 2
Solihull - 1 - - 1
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Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 3 July 2015, 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 19 (51.35%) Test Scripting
2 15 (40.54%) User Acceptance Testing
3 14 (37.84%) Agile Software Development
4 13 (35.14%) Retail
5 12 (32.43%) SQL
6 11 (29.73%) SDLC
7 10 (27.03%) Finance
8 9 (24.32%) System Testing
9 8 (21.62%) ISTQB
10 7 (18.92%) SQL Server
10 7 (18.92%) MS Excel
10 7 (18.92%) E-Commerce
11 6 (16.22%) ETL
11 6 (16.22%) T-SQL
11 6 (16.22%) Automated Testing
11 6 (16.22%) Information Assurance
11 6 (16.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 6 (16.22%) Security Testing
11 6 (16.22%) Integration Testing
12 5 (13.51%) Performance Testing
12 5 (13.51%) QA
12 5 (13.51%) ISEB
13 4 (10.81%) Symbian
13 4 (10.81%) EPoS
13 4 (10.81%) Games
13 4 (10.81%) Scrum
13 4 (10.81%) Regression Testing
13 4 (10.81%) Telecoms
13 4 (10.81%) Android
13 4 (10.81%) ISTQB Foundation Certification

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

For the 6 months to 3 July 2015, 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 1 (2.70%) SharePoint
1 1 (2.70%) BizTalk Server
1 1 (2.70%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 7 (18.92%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (2.70%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (2.70%) Line 500
1 1 (2.70%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.70%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.70%) ADSL
1 1 (2.70%) Ethernet
1 1 (2.70%) DSLAM
1 1 (2.70%) VDSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (18.92%) SQL Server
2 6 (16.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 2 (5.41%) OLAP Cube
3 2 (5.41%) OLAP
3 2 (5.41%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (2.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (2.70%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 3 (8.11%) JIRA
2 2 (5.41%) Selenium
3 1 (2.70%) WebDriver
3 1 (2.70%) IntelliJ
3 1 (2.70%) LoadRunner
General
1 13 (35.14%) Retail
2 10 (27.03%) Finance
3 4 (10.81%) Telecoms
3 4 (10.81%) Games
4 3 (8.11%) Banking
5 1 (2.70%) Corporate Banking
5 1 (2.70%) Back Office
5 1 (2.70%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 19 (51.35%) Analyst
2 17 (45.95%) Test Analyst
3 12 (32.43%) Software Tester
3 12 (32.43%) Tester
4 6 (16.22%) Technical Analyst
4 6 (16.22%) Technical Test Analyst
4 6 (16.22%) Test Leader
5 4 (10.81%) Software Engineer
5 4 (10.81%) Test Manager
6 3 (8.11%) Test Engineer
6 3 (8.11%) Software Test Engineer
7 2 (5.41%) Senior Test Analyst
7 2 (5.41%) QA Analyst
7 2 (5.41%) Senior Analyst
7 2 (5.41%) QA Engineer
8 1 (2.70%) Agile Test Analyst
8 1 (2.70%) Testing Engineer
8 1 (2.70%) Software Testing Engineer
8 1 (2.70%) Software Test Analyst
8 1 (2.70%) Verification Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (5.41%) Middleware
1 2 (5.41%) SAP PI
2 1 (2.70%) Play Framework
2 1 (2.70%) JSON
2 1 (2.70%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (10.81%) EPoS
1 4 (10.81%) Mobile App
2 2 (5.41%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (5.41%) Mathematics
3 1 (2.70%) Embedded Systems
3 1 (2.70%) AS400
3 1 (2.70%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 4 (10.81%) Android
2 1 (2.70%) Linux
2 1 (2.70%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (51.35%) Test Scripting
2 15 (40.54%) User Acceptance Testing
3 14 (37.84%) Agile Software Development
4 11 (29.73%) SDLC
5 9 (24.32%) System Testing
6 7 (18.92%) E-Commerce
7 6 (16.22%) ETL
7 6 (16.22%) Automated Testing
7 6 (16.22%) Security Testing
7 6 (16.22%) Integration Testing
7 6 (16.22%) Information Assurance
8 5 (13.51%) Performance Testing
9 4 (10.81%) Regression Testing
9 4 (10.81%) Scrum
10 3 (8.11%) Operational Acceptance Testing
11 2 (5.41%) Test Management
11 2 (5.41%) Validation
11 2 (5.41%) Migration
11 2 (5.41%) Business Intelligence
11 2 (5.41%) ERP
Programming Languages
1 12 (32.43%) SQL
2 6 (16.22%) T-SQL
3 1 (2.70%) Python
3 1 (2.70%) Scala
3 1 (2.70%) Bash Shell
3 1 (2.70%) C#
3 1 (2.70%) Java
Qualifications
1 8 (21.62%) ISTQB
2 5 (13.51%) ISEB
3 4 (10.81%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (2.70%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (13.51%) QA
2 1 (2.70%) FATCA
Systems Management
1 1 (2.70%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (10.81%) Symbian
2 3 (8.11%) Oracle
2 3 (8.11%) SAP
3 2 (5.41%) HP
4 1 (2.70%) Sage
4 1 (2.70%) ATG
4 1 (2.70%) hybris
4 1 (2.70%) Microsoft
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