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 19 December 2014 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 109 89 83
Rank change year-on-year
-20 -6
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 5 10 25
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.21% 0.47% 1.24%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.32% 0.68% 1.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 4 5
Average daily rate
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- £271 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -16.53%
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 5
Average hourly rate £37.80 £22.50 £36.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+68.00% -37.50%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £34.00 £21.75
% change year-on-year
-11.76% +56.32%
Software Testing
England

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
1583 1473 1370
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 68.03% 69.06% 67.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 951 816 661
Average daily rate £375 £350 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £498 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £365 £365
% change year-on-year
+6.16% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 95 72 119
Average hourly rate £25.00 £26.50 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.66% -18.46%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.25 £12.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.80 £36.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -10.00%

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
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 19 December 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
Shropshire -5 1 - -
Warwickshire -7 1 - - 1
Coventry - 1 - - 1
Solihull - - - -
Walsall - - - -
Wolverhampton - - - -
Herefordshire - - - - 1
Worcestershire - - - -
Staffordshire - - - - 1
Birmingham - - - - 3
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 10 (34.48%) Validation
2 9 (31.03%) PLM
2 9 (31.03%) Project Management
2 9 (31.03%) Manufacturing
3 8 (27.59%) SQL
4 7 (24.14%) Finance
4 7 (24.14%) Test Scripting
5 6 (20.69%) User Acceptance Testing
5 6 (20.69%) Degree
5 6 (20.69%) Automotive
6 5 (17.24%) Migration
6 5 (17.24%) CAD
6 5 (17.24%) PDM
6 5 (17.24%) DELMIA
6 5 (17.24%) SAP
6 5 (17.24%) Requirements Management
6 5 (17.24%) ENOVIA
6 5 (17.24%) Data Architecture
6 5 (17.24%) Time Management
6 5 (17.24%) Business Transformation
6 5 (17.24%) Analytical Skills
7 4 (13.79%) Waterfall
7 4 (13.79%) MS PowerPoint
7 4 (13.79%) ISTQB
7 4 (13.79%) Oracle
7 4 (13.79%) ISEB
7 4 (13.79%) Benchmarking
7 4 (13.79%) Business Continuity
7 4 (13.79%) Agile Software Development
7 4 (13.79%) Logistics

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

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 2 (6.90%) WebSphere
1 2 (6.90%) WebLogic
2 1 (3.45%) Documentum
2 1 (3.45%) SAS
Applications
1 4 (13.79%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (3.45%) MS Office
2 1 (3.45%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 5 (17.24%) DELMIA
1 5 (17.24%) ENOVIA
2 1 (3.45%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (3.45%) Oracle HRMS
2 1 (3.45%) Oracle Applications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.45%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 2 (6.90%) Toad
2 1 (3.45%) Subversion
2 1 (3.45%) NetBeans
2 1 (3.45%) Eclipse
2 1 (3.45%) QuickTest Pro
2 1 (3.45%) JUnit
2 1 (3.45%) Eclipse RCP
General
1 9 (31.03%) Manufacturing
2 7 (24.14%) Finance
3 6 (20.69%) Automotive
4 2 (6.90%) Retail
5 1 (3.45%) Investment Banking
5 1 (3.45%) Banking
Job Titles
1 9 (31.03%) Analyst
1 9 (31.03%) Applications Engineer
2 8 (27.59%) Test Analyst
3 4 (13.79%) Tester
4 3 (10.34%) Test Manager
4 3 (10.34%) Web Tester
5 2 (6.90%) Developer
5 2 (6.90%) Lead Test Analyst
6 1 (3.45%) Functional Analyst
6 1 (3.45%) COBOL Developer
6 1 (3.45%) Java Developer
6 1 (3.45%) Test Engineer
6 1 (3.45%) Software Test Engineer
6 1 (3.45%) Applications Tester
6 1 (3.45%) Software Engineer
6 1 (3.45%) Business Analyst
6 1 (3.45%) Test Leader
6 1 (3.45%) Validation Engineer
6 1 (3.45%) Banking Business Analyst
6 1 (3.45%) Functional Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (10.34%) XML
2 1 (3.45%) Swing
2 1 (3.45%) J2SE
2 1 (3.45%) SWT
2 1 (3.45%) JFreeChart
Miscellaneous
1 5 (17.24%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (3.45%) Reference Data
2 1 (3.45%) Mathematics
2 1 (3.45%) Computer Science
2 1 (3.45%) Market Risk
2 1 (3.45%) Data Structures
2 1 (3.45%) Algorithms
Operating Systems
1 2 (6.90%) UNIX
1 2 (6.90%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (34.48%) Validation
2 9 (31.03%) PLM
2 9 (31.03%) Project Management
3 7 (24.14%) Test Scripting
4 6 (20.69%) User Acceptance Testing
5 5 (17.24%) Migration
5 5 (17.24%) CAD
5 5 (17.24%) PDM
5 5 (17.24%) Requirements Management
5 5 (17.24%) Data Architecture
5 5 (17.24%) Time Management
5 5 (17.24%) Business Transformation
6 4 (13.79%) Waterfall
6 4 (13.79%) Benchmarking
6 4 (13.79%) Business Continuity
6 4 (13.79%) Agile Software Development
6 4 (13.79%) Logistics
6 4 (13.79%) Change Management
7 3 (10.34%) Regression Testing
7 3 (10.34%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 8 (27.59%) SQL
2 3 (10.34%) Java
3 1 (3.45%) COBOL
3 1 (3.45%) PL/SQL
3 1 (3.45%) T-SQL
3 1 (3.45%) VBA
Qualifications
1 6 (20.69%) Degree
2 4 (13.79%) ISTQB
2 4 (13.79%) ISEB
3 1 (3.45%) PhD
Vendors
1 5 (17.24%) SAP
2 4 (13.79%) Oracle
3 2 (6.90%) IBM
4 1 (3.45%) ICL
4 1 (3.45%) HP