The first table below looks at the demand for System 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 System Testing over the 3 months to 16 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
16 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
System Testing
Rank 104 96 83
Rank change year-on-year
-8 -13
Contract jobs citing System Testing 9 11 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.38% 0.58% 0.97%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.54% 0.85% 1.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 5 11
Average daily rate £325 £260 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -13.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £305 £244 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £345 £361 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £355 £328 £350
% change year-on-year
+8.39% -6.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 2
Average hourly rate - £37.00 £28.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +29.82%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £40.38 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-13.31% +46.81%
Processes & Methodologies Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
1660 1297 1427
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 69.31% 68.73% 63.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 862 624 679
Average daily rate £375 £335 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.94% -4.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £220 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £485 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £361 £370
% change year-on-year
+4.02% -2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 89 111 66
Average hourly rate £31.50 £34.00 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.35% +47.82%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £15.03 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £155.00 £37.80 £38.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £32.00 £27.00
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +18.51%
System Testing
England

System Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

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

System Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

System 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 System Testing across the West Midlands region.

System Testing Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

System 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 System Testing across the West Midlands region.

System Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

System 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 System Testing within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 16 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
Warwickshire - 3 - - 1
Coventry -6 2 £338 +35.00% 2
Walsall - 1 - -
Birmingham - - - -
Solihull - - - -
Worcestershire - - - -
System Testing
England

System Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing System 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 System Testing.

1 16 (50.00%) Test Scripting
2 14 (43.75%) ISEB
3 12 (37.50%) User Acceptance Testing
3 12 (37.50%) ISTQB
4 11 (34.38%) Software Testing
4 11 (34.38%) Selenium
5 9 (28.13%) Java
5 9 (28.13%) Oracle
6 7 (21.88%) SAP
6 7 (21.88%) SQL
6 7 (21.88%) QuickTest Pro
7 6 (18.75%) LoadRunner
7 6 (18.75%) CRM
7 6 (18.75%) HP
7 6 (18.75%) Agile Software Development
8 5 (15.63%) FitNesse
8 5 (15.63%) WPF
8 5 (15.63%) Silverlight
8 5 (15.63%) Integration Testing
8 5 (15.63%) Test Automation
8 5 (15.63%) BDD
8 5 (15.63%) SpecFlow
8 5 (15.63%) Agile Testing
8 5 (15.63%) User Stories
8 5 (15.63%) EPoS
8 5 (15.63%) C#
8 5 (15.63%) C++
8 5 (15.63%) OO
8 5 (15.63%) Finance
8 5 (15.63%) Extreme Programming

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

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing System 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 System Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Applications
1 2 (6.25%) MS Excel
2 1 (3.13%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 4 (12.50%) Oracle CRM
1 4 (12.50%) Retail-J
2 3 (9.38%) Agresso
3 1 (3.13%) Exchequer
3 1 (3.13%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (6.25%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.13%) SQL Server
1 1 (3.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 1 (3.13%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 11 (34.38%) Selenium
2 7 (21.88%) QuickTest Pro
3 6 (18.75%) LoadRunner
4 5 (15.63%) FitNesse
4 5 (15.63%) SpecFlow
5 1 (3.13%) TestDirector
General
1 5 (15.63%) Finance
2 4 (12.50%) Retail
2 4 (12.50%) Billing
3 3 (9.38%) Manufacturing
4 2 (6.25%) Telecoms
5 1 (3.13%) Banking
5 1 (3.13%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 13 (40.63%) Analyst
2 11 (34.38%) Test Analyst
3 5 (15.63%) Trainer
4 4 (12.50%) IT Trainer
5 3 (9.38%) Software Test Engineer
5 3 (9.38%) Test Engineer
5 3 (9.38%) Tester
5 3 (9.38%) Software Engineer
6 2 (6.25%) Business Analyst
6 2 (6.25%) Test Manager
6 2 (6.25%) Software Tester
6 2 (6.25%) Systems Analyst
6 2 (6.25%) Consultant
6 2 (6.25%) Implementation Consultant
6 2 (6.25%) SAP Manager
6 2 (6.25%) SAP Test Manager
7 1 (3.13%) Systems Test Analyst
7 1 (3.13%) UAT Tester
7 1 (3.13%) Administrator
7 1 (3.13%) Business Systems Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (15.63%) WPF
1 5 (15.63%) Silverlight
Miscellaneous
1 5 (15.63%) EPoS
2 2 (6.25%) Physics
2 2 (6.25%) Data Conversion
3 1 (3.13%) NHS
3 1 (3.13%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.13%) UNIX
1 1 (3.13%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (50.00%) Test Scripting
2 12 (37.50%) User Acceptance Testing
3 11 (34.38%) Software Testing
4 6 (18.75%) CRM
4 6 (18.75%) Agile Software Development
5 5 (15.63%) Extreme Programming
5 5 (15.63%) OO
5 5 (15.63%) Integration Testing
5 5 (15.63%) Test Automation
5 5 (15.63%) BDD
5 5 (15.63%) Agile Testing
5 5 (15.63%) User Stories
6 3 (9.38%) Data Modelling
6 3 (9.38%) Regression Testing
6 3 (9.38%) GAP Analysis
7 2 (6.25%) ERP
7 2 (6.25%) Business Continuity
7 2 (6.25%) Configuration Management
7 2 (6.25%) Penetration Testing
7 2 (6.25%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 9 (28.13%) Java
2 7 (21.88%) SQL
3 5 (15.63%) C#
3 5 (15.63%) C++
4 4 (12.50%) JavaScript
4 4 (12.50%) VBScript
4 4 (12.50%) VB
5 2 (6.25%) COBOL
6 1 (3.13%) PL/SQL
6 1 (3.13%) Shell Script
6 1 (3.13%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 14 (43.75%) ISEB
2 12 (37.50%) ISTQB
3 3 (9.38%) Degree
4 1 (3.13%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.13%) ISO 9000
1 1 (3.13%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (9.38%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 9 (28.13%) Oracle
2 7 (21.88%) SAP
3 6 (18.75%) HP
4 1 (3.13%) ICL