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 17 April 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
17 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 99 77 90
Rank change year-on-year
-22 +13
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 19 21 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.80% 1.15% 0.75%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.15% 1.68% 1.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 8 9
Average daily rate £338 £223 £280
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+51.68% -20.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £183 £207 £253
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £332 £302
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £303 £300
% change year-on-year
+7.43% +0.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 1
Average hourly rate £37.50 £31.50 £29.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+19.04% +8.62%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.00 £30.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year
+23.33% +39.53%
Processes & Methodologies Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
1648 1253 1423
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 69.59% 68.36% 62.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 854 607 673
Average daily rate £375 £340 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.29% -2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £220 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £485 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -2.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 90 96 66
Average hourly rate £31.50 £37.00 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-14.86% +34.54%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £15.00 £13.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £155.00 £37.80 £38.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £32.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +16.36%
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 17 April 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 17 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham -9 4 £313 -21.87% 5
Coventry - 3 £350 - 3
Warwickshire -10 1 £325 -
Solihull - 1 £313 - 1
West Bromwich - - - -
Wolverhampton - - - -
Staffordshire - - - - 1
Worcestershire - - - -
Dudley - - - -
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 27 (77.14%) ISEB
2 23 (65.71%) Test Scripting
3 17 (48.57%) ISTQB
4 12 (34.29%) Selenium
4 12 (34.29%) Java
5 11 (31.43%) User Acceptance Testing
5 11 (31.43%) System Testing
6 10 (28.57%) HP Quality Center
6 10 (28.57%) Stakeholder Management
7 9 (25.71%) SQL
8 8 (22.86%) ERP
8 8 (22.86%) HP
8 8 (22.86%) Test Strategy
9 7 (20.00%) Test Automation
10 6 (17.14%) Degree
10 6 (17.14%) Finance
10 6 (17.14%) JavaScript
10 6 (17.14%) SAP
11 5 (14.29%) Oracle
11 5 (14.29%) C#
11 5 (14.29%) C++
11 5 (14.29%) Business Intelligence
11 5 (14.29%) VB
11 5 (14.29%) OO
11 5 (14.29%) QuickTest Pro
11 5 (14.29%) LoadRunner
11 5 (14.29%) SAP BI
11 5 (14.29%) JIRA
11 5 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
11 5 (14.29%) Retail

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

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 (5.71%) WebLogic
2 1 (2.86%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 4 (11.43%) MS Excel
2 3 (8.57%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (5.71%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 3 (8.57%) Retail-J
2 2 (5.71%) Oracle EBS R12
2 2 (5.71%) SAP HR
3 1 (2.86%) SAP FI
3 1 (2.86%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (2.86%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (2.86%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (2.86%) SAP FI/CO
3 1 (2.86%) DELMIA
3 1 (2.86%) SAP CO
3 1 (2.86%) SAP PM
3 1 (2.86%) ENOVIA
Cloud Services
1 2 (5.71%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (14.29%) SAP BI
2 3 (8.57%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (5.71%) SQL Server
4 1 (2.86%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (2.86%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 12 (34.29%) Selenium
2 5 (14.29%) FitNesse
2 5 (14.29%) QuickTest Pro
2 5 (14.29%) LoadRunner
2 5 (14.29%) JIRA
2 5 (14.29%) SpecFlow
3 2 (5.71%) Cucumber
4 1 (2.86%) Toad
General
1 6 (17.14%) Finance
2 5 (14.29%) Manufacturing
2 5 (14.29%) Retail
3 2 (5.71%) Telecoms
4 1 (2.86%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (2.86%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 19 (54.29%) Analyst
2 17 (48.57%) Test Analyst
3 5 (14.29%) Tester
3 5 (14.29%) SAP Test Analyst
3 5 (14.29%) SAP Analyst
4 3 (8.57%) Test Engineer
4 3 (8.57%) Software Test Engineer
4 3 (8.57%) Software Engineer
5 2 (5.71%) SAP HR Analyst
5 2 (5.71%) QA Analyst
5 2 (5.71%) Quality Analyst
5 2 (5.71%) Software Tester
6 1 (2.86%) Applications Engineer
6 1 (2.86%) Test Leader
6 1 (2.86%) FX Test Analyst
6 1 (2.86%) Project Engineer
6 1 (2.86%) Implementation Manager
6 1 (2.86%) Senior Tester
6 1 (2.86%) Test Manager
6 1 (2.86%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (14.29%) WPF
1 5 (14.29%) Silverlight
2 3 (8.57%) .NET
3 2 (5.71%) CSS
3 2 (5.71%) XML
3 2 (5.71%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (8.57%) EPoS
2 2 (5.71%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 2 (5.71%) Mobile App
3 1 (2.86%) Mainframe
3 1 (2.86%) Management Information System
3 1 (2.86%) Computer Science
3 1 (2.86%) Data Conversion
Operating Systems
1 3 (8.57%) Windows
2 2 (5.71%) UNIX
3 1 (2.86%) VME
3 1 (2.86%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (65.71%) Test Scripting
2 11 (31.43%) System Testing
2 11 (31.43%) User Acceptance Testing
3 10 (28.57%) Stakeholder Management
4 8 (22.86%) ERP
4 8 (22.86%) Test Strategy
5 7 (20.00%) Test Automation
6 5 (14.29%) Stakeholder Engagement
6 5 (14.29%) BDD
6 5 (14.29%) Agile Testing
6 5 (14.29%) User Stories
6 5 (14.29%) OO
6 5 (14.29%) Business Intelligence
6 5 (14.29%) Extreme Programming
6 5 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
7 4 (11.43%) Change Management
7 4 (11.43%) Business Transformation
8 3 (8.57%) Validation
8 3 (8.57%) Data Modelling
8 3 (8.57%) Business Analysis
Programming Languages
1 12 (34.29%) Java
2 9 (25.71%) SQL
3 6 (17.14%) JavaScript
4 5 (14.29%) C#
4 5 (14.29%) C++
4 5 (14.29%) VB
5 4 (11.43%) VBScript
6 2 (5.71%) COBOL
7 1 (2.86%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 27 (77.14%) ISEB
2 17 (48.57%) ISTQB
3 6 (17.14%) Degree
4 1 (2.86%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (11.43%) QA
2 1 (2.86%) SLA
Systems Management
1 10 (28.57%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (2.86%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 8 (22.86%) HP
2 6 (17.14%) SAP
3 5 (14.29%) Oracle
4 1 (2.86%) IBM
4 1 (2.86%) Microsoft
4 1 (2.86%) webMethods