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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Software Testing over the 3 months to 28 June 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
28 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Testing
Rank 124 94 98
Rank change year-on-year
-30 +4
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 22 23 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.73% 0.99% 0.78%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.89% 1.30% 1.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 8 2
Median daily rate £340 £295 £163
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.25% +81.53%
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £316 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.34% -2.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 4
Median hourly rate - £20.00 £37.65
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -46.87%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £37.80
% change year-on-year
- -0.79%
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
2461 1776 1775
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 81.90% 76.32% 76.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 1469 1102 945
Median daily rate £400 £375 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +2.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 54 72 130
Median hourly rate £24.00 £25.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.00% -28.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £15.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.05 £41.10 £37.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.50 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-5.00% -

Software Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

The demand trend of contract jobs across the West Midlands region citing Software Testing as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 28 June 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Testing within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 28 June 2016. 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 see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham -1 5 £280 -30.00% 5
Warwickshire -2 5 £300 -9.09%
Coventry -3 4 £425 +54.54%
Worcestershire - 4 £400 -
Staffordshire -2 1 - - 1
Sutton Coldfield - 1 - -
Shropshire - 1 £340 -
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 28 June 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Software Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Software Testing.

1 15 (40.54%) ISTQB
2 13 (35.14%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (35.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 12 (32.43%) ISEB
4 8 (21.62%) SQL
5 7 (18.92%) Finance
5 7 (18.92%) Java
5 7 (18.92%) Oracle
5 7 (18.92%) Waterfall
6 6 (16.22%) Retail
6 6 (16.22%) Security Testing
6 6 (16.22%) System Testing
6 6 (16.22%) SC Cleared
6 6 (16.22%) Security Cleared
6 6 (16.22%) Information Assurance
7 5 (13.51%) Test Scripting
7 5 (13.51%) SQL Server
7 5 (13.51%) Windows
7 5 (13.51%) HP
7 5 (13.51%) CRM
8 4 (10.81%) VB
8 4 (10.81%) Regression Testing
8 4 (10.81%) HP UFT
8 4 (10.81%) Analytical Skills
9 3 (8.11%) Gherkin
9 3 (8.11%) Functional Testing
9 3 (8.11%) Test Strategy
9 3 (8.11%) Cucumber
9 3 (8.11%) Banking
9 3 (8.11%) QA

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

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 2 (5.41%) CMS
2 1 (2.70%) WebSphere
Applications
1 2 (5.41%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.70%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (5.41%) Infor LN
1 2 (5.41%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (2.70%) DELMIA
2 1 (2.70%) Oracle 11i
2 1 (2.70%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (2.70%) TRIRIGA
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.41%) TCP/IP
2 1 (2.70%) 3G
2 1 (2.70%) 4G
2 1 (2.70%) GPRS
2 1 (2.70%) HTTP
2 1 (2.70%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (13.51%) SQL Server
2 2 (5.41%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (2.70%) Relational Database
3 1 (2.70%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 4 (10.81%) HP UFT
2 3 (8.11%) Cucumber
2 3 (8.11%) Selenium
3 2 (5.41%) JIRA
3 2 (5.41%) LoadRunner
3 2 (5.41%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (5.41%) Visual Studio
General
1 7 (18.92%) Finance
2 6 (16.22%) Retail
3 3 (8.11%) Banking
3 3 (8.11%) Telecoms
4 2 (5.41%) Aerospace
4 2 (5.41%) Automotive
4 2 (5.41%) Corporate Banking
5 1 (2.70%) Law
5 1 (2.70%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 19 (51.35%) Analyst
2 16 (43.24%) Test Analyst
3 8 (21.62%) Tester
4 4 (10.81%) Software Tester
4 4 (10.81%) Web Tester
5 3 (8.11%) Applications Tester
5 3 (8.11%) Automation Tester
5 3 (8.11%) CRM Analyst
5 3 (8.11%) Test Specialist
5 3 (8.11%) Web Applications Tester
5 3 (8.11%) Web Automation Tester
6 2 (5.41%) Applications Support Analyst
6 2 (5.41%) Digital Analyst
6 2 (5.41%) E-Commerce Analyst
6 2 (5.41%) E-Commerce Test Analyst
6 2 (5.41%) ERP Analyst
6 2 (5.41%) ERP Support
6 2 (5.41%) Java Automation Tester
6 2 (5.41%) Selenium Automation Tester
6 2 (5.41%) Selenium Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (8.11%) EDI
1 3 (8.11%) Gherkin
1 3 (8.11%) RESTful
2 1 (2.70%) HTML
2 1 (2.70%) iOS SDK
2 1 (2.70%) Web Services
2 1 (2.70%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (10.81%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (5.41%) EPoS
2 2 (5.41%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 1 (2.70%) Data Structures
3 1 (2.70%) Driving Licence
3 1 (2.70%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 5 (13.51%) Windows
2 3 (8.11%) Linux
3 2 (5.41%) Fedora
3 2 (5.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (2.70%) AIX
4 1 (2.70%) Android
4 1 (2.70%) Apple iOS
4 1 (2.70%) Unix
4 1 (2.70%) Windows 7
4 1 (2.70%) Windows Server
4 1 (2.70%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (2.70%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (35.14%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (18.92%) Waterfall
3 6 (16.22%) Information Assurance
3 6 (16.22%) Security Testing
3 6 (16.22%) System Testing
4 5 (13.51%) CRM
4 5 (13.51%) Test Scripting
5 4 (10.81%) Regression Testing
6 3 (8.11%) Automated Testing
6 3 (8.11%) Data Analysis
6 3 (8.11%) Data Migration
6 3 (8.11%) ERP
6 3 (8.11%) Functional Testing
6 3 (8.11%) Manual Testing
6 3 (8.11%) Migration
6 3 (8.11%) Scrum
6 3 (8.11%) Test Strategy
6 3 (8.11%) Use Case
6 3 (8.11%) V-Model
6 3 (8.11%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 8 (21.62%) SQL
2 7 (18.92%) Java
3 4 (10.81%) VB
4 3 (8.11%) C
5 2 (5.41%) Bash Shell
5 2 (5.41%) C#
5 2 (5.41%) C++
5 2 (5.41%) Scala
5 2 (5.41%) VB6
6 1 (2.70%) PowerShell
6 1 (2.70%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 15 (40.54%) ISTQB
2 13 (35.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 12 (32.43%) ISEB
4 6 (16.22%) SC Cleared
4 6 (16.22%) Security Cleared
5 1 (2.70%) Degree
5 1 (2.70%) MCSE
5 1 (2.70%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (8.11%) QA
System Software
1 1 (2.70%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 2 (5.41%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (18.92%) Oracle
2 5 (13.51%) HP
3 3 (8.11%) Pega
4 2 (5.41%) Atlassian
4 2 (5.41%) Infor
4 2 (5.41%) Red Hat
4 2 (5.41%) VMware
5 1 (2.70%) Ab Initio
5 1 (2.70%) Microsoft
5 1 (2.70%) Symantec