The first table below looks at the demand for the Tester role 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 Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 30 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles advertised 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
30 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 102 89 82
Rank change year-on-year
-13 -7
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 16 14 27
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.65% 0.70% 1.22%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.72% 0.77% 1.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 11 10
Average daily rate
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£300 £300 £264
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +13.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £242 £300 £149
10% offered a daily rate of more than £330 £400 £320
UK excluding London average daily rate £304 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
-6.43% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £16.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £12.50 £29.13 £10.00
% change year-on-year
-57.08% +191.25%
Job Titles Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
2223 1825 2051
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 90.73% 91.66% 92.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 1139 891 967
Average daily rate £338 £330 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.27% +1.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £200 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 183 132 137
Average hourly rate £16.20 £16.50 £17.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.81% -4.34%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £8.00 £10.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.48 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%
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Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Tester in the job title across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

Tester
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Tester across the West Midlands region.

Tester Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Tester
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Tester across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 30 July 2014.

Tester Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Tester
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Tester across the West Midlands region.

Tester Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Tester
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 Tester within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 30 July 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
Birmingham +2 8 £321 - 7
Coventry - 4 £300 - 1
Staffordshire +5 1 £275 -4.34% 1
Warwickshire -6 1 - -
Solihull - - - -
Tester
England

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 30 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region that cited Tester in their job title 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 with Tester in their job title.

1 10 (29.41%) HP
1 10 (29.41%) HP Quality Center
2 9 (26.47%) Test Scripting
3 7 (20.59%) Windows
4 6 (17.65%) Test Strategy
5 5 (14.71%) Software Testing
5 5 (14.71%) UNIX
5 5 (14.71%) ISEB
6 4 (11.76%) SQL
6 4 (11.76%) Microsoft
6 4 (11.76%) User Acceptance Testing
6 4 (11.76%) Web Testing
7 3 (8.82%) Performance Testing
7 3 (8.82%) ISTQB
7 3 (8.82%) Technical Architecture
7 3 (8.82%) CORE IMPACT
7 3 (8.82%) LoadRunner
7 3 (8.82%) Terminal Server
7 3 (8.82%) Windows Server 2003
7 3 (8.82%) Regression Testing
7 3 (8.82%) Risk Assessment
7 3 (8.82%) Nessus
7 3 (8.82%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 3 (8.82%) Nmap
7 3 (8.82%) Penetration Testing
7 3 (8.82%) .NET
7 3 (8.82%) Oracle
7 3 (8.82%) C
7 3 (8.82%) HTML
7 3 (8.82%) SAP

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region that cited Tester in their job title 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 with Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (5.88%) MS Exchange
2 1 (2.94%) IIS
Applications
1 2 (5.88%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (2.94%) SAP BPC
1 1 (2.94%) SAP SD
1 1 (2.94%) SAP MM
1 1 (2.94%) SAP WM
Cloud Services
1 2 (5.88%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.88%) LAN
1 2 (5.88%) HTTP
1 2 (5.88%) VPN
1 2 (5.88%) Wi-Fi
1 2 (5.88%) DMZ
2 1 (2.94%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (5.88%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (2.94%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 3 (8.82%) LoadRunner
2 2 (5.88%) JMeter
3 1 (2.94%) JIRA
3 1 (2.94%) Selenium
3 1 (2.94%) WinRunner
3 1 (2.94%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 2 (5.88%) Finance
1 2 (5.88%) Banking
2 1 (2.94%) Electronics
2 1 (2.94%) Automotive
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (8.82%) .NET
1 3 (8.82%) HTML
2 1 (2.94%) MDX
2 1 (2.94%) Silverlight
2 1 (2.94%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 2 (5.88%) Embedded Systems
2 1 (2.94%) CAN bus
2 1 (2.94%) GIS
2 1 (2.94%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 7 (20.59%) Windows
2 5 (14.71%) UNIX
3 3 (8.82%) Windows Server 2003
3 3 (8.82%) AIX
3 3 (8.82%) Linux
4 2 (5.88%) Windows NT
4 2 (5.88%) Windows XP
4 2 (5.88%) Windows 8
4 2 (5.88%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (26.47%) Test Scripting
2 6 (17.65%) Test Strategy
3 5 (14.71%) Software Testing
4 4 (11.76%) User Acceptance Testing
4 4 (11.76%) Web Testing
5 3 (8.82%) Performance Testing
5 3 (8.82%) Technical Architecture
5 3 (8.82%) Regression Testing
5 3 (8.82%) Risk Assessment
5 3 (8.82%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 3 (8.82%) Penetration Testing
6 2 (5.88%) Business Intelligence
6 2 (5.88%) ERP
6 2 (5.88%) Logistics
6 2 (5.88%) Scrum
6 2 (5.88%) Performance Tuning
6 2 (5.88%) Asset Management
6 2 (5.88%) Security Testing
6 2 (5.88%) Test Automation
7 1 (2.94%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 4 (11.76%) SQL
2 3 (8.82%) C
3 2 (5.88%) Java
4 1 (2.94%) PowerShell
4 1 (2.94%) Bash Shell
4 1 (2.94%) Shell Script
4 1 (2.94%) C++
4 1 (2.94%) VB
4 1 (2.94%) VB.NET
4 1 (2.94%) Python
Qualifications
1 5 (14.71%) ISEB
2 3 (8.82%) ISTQB
3 2 (5.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (2.94%) SC Cleared
4 1 (2.94%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.94%) QA
System Software
1 3 (8.82%) Terminal Server
1 3 (8.82%) Nmap
2 2 (5.88%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 10 (29.41%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (8.82%) CORE IMPACT
2 3 (8.82%) Nessus
3 2 (5.88%) SCCM
4 1 (2.94%) Nagios
Vendors
1 10 (29.41%) HP
2 4 (11.76%) Microsoft
3 3 (8.82%) Oracle
3 3 (8.82%) SAP
4 1 (2.94%) NetIQ
4 1 (2.94%) IBM