The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the West Midlands region that had Tester featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 30 August 2016 with a comparison to same period over 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
30 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Tester
Rank 108 89 97
Rank change year-on-year
-19 +8
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 38 24 21
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.16% 0.98% 0.83%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.21% 1.03% 0.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 20 15
Median daily rate £309 £300 £290
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.91% +3.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £250 £186
10% offered a daily rate of more than £418 £350 £363
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £310 £303
% change year-on-year
+4.83% +2.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £20.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.69 £29.00 £14.05
% change year-on-year
+19.60% +106.40%
Tester
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands region. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
3144 2338 2384
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 95.56% 95.12% 94.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 1870 1380 1209
Median daily rate £400 £363 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.34% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £495
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 134 146 184
Median hourly rate £15.00 £16.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.09% -2.94%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.78 £9.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.00 £37.50 £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £16.72
% change year-on-year
-2.94% +1.67%

Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

The demand trend of IT contracts across the West Midlands region that featured Tester in the job title.

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 August 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Tester within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 30 August 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
Staffordshire +14 13 £309 +4.66% 2
Birmingham -4 9 £150 -53.84% 12
Shropshire - 5 £413 -
Warwickshire -6 2 £338 +27.35% 5
Coventry -21 2 - - 1
Sutton Coldfield - 2 £295 -
West Bromwich - 1 - -
Herefordshire - 1 £350 -
Tester
England

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 30 August 2016, Tester contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the West Midlands region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 34 (47.89%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (33.80%) Selenium
3 21 (29.58%) Automated Testing
3 21 (29.58%) Test Scripting
4 20 (28.17%) Java
5 18 (25.35%) WebDriver
5 18 (25.35%) QA
6 15 (21.13%) Mobile App
7 14 (19.72%) Functional Testing
8 13 (18.31%) Cucumber
8 13 (18.31%) Software Testing
8 13 (18.31%) Continuous Integration
9 11 (15.49%) Test Automation
9 11 (15.49%) BDD
10 10 (14.08%) Non-Functional Testing
10 10 (14.08%) Jenkins
10 10 (14.08%) SDLC
10 10 (14.08%) Scrum
11 9 (12.68%) Regression Testing
11 9 (12.68%) SQL
11 9 (12.68%) Manual Testing
11 9 (12.68%) JIRA
11 9 (12.68%) QA Automation
12 8 (11.27%) Continuous Improvement
12 8 (11.27%) MS PowerPoint
12 8 (11.27%) JavaScript
12 8 (11.27%) MS Office
12 8 (11.27%) Oracle
12 8 (11.27%) CSS
12 8 (11.27%) MS Excel

Tester Skill Set
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 4 (5.63%) Confluence
2 1 (1.41%) JBoss
2 1 (1.41%) SharePoint
Applications
1 8 (11.27%) MS Excel
1 8 (11.27%) MS Office
1 8 (11.27%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (1.41%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (2.82%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.41%) TRIRIGA
Cloud Services
1 6 (8.45%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (2.82%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (8.45%) SQL Server
2 5 (7.04%) Data Warehouse
3 4 (5.63%) BusinessObjects
3 4 (5.63%) Hadoop
3 4 (5.63%) Pentaho
4 1 (1.41%) Data Mining
4 1 (1.41%) MS Access
4 1 (1.41%) MySQL
4 1 (1.41%) Oracle Database
4 1 (1.41%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 24 (33.80%) Selenium
2 18 (25.35%) WebDriver
3 13 (18.31%) Cucumber
4 10 (14.08%) Jenkins
5 9 (12.68%) JIRA
6 7 (9.86%) Appium
6 7 (9.86%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 7 (9.86%) Git (software)
6 7 (9.86%) Maven
7 5 (7.04%) SpecFlow
7 5 (7.04%) Team Foundation Server
8 4 (5.63%) LoadRunner
8 4 (5.63%) Visual Studio
9 2 (2.82%) JMeter
9 2 (2.82%) Spock
9 2 (2.82%) TestNG
10 1 (1.41%) NeoLoad
10 1 (1.41%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 4 (5.63%) Retail
2 3 (4.23%) Back Office
2 3 (4.23%) Games
3 2 (2.82%) Aerospace
4 1 (1.41%) Advertising
4 1 (1.41%) Banking
4 1 (1.41%) Billing
4 1 (1.41%) Finance
4 1 (1.41%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (11.27%) CSS
1 8 (11.27%) HTML
2 7 (9.86%) XML
3 4 (5.63%) RESTful
4 3 (4.23%) Gherkin
4 3 (4.23%) JSON
5 2 (2.82%) .NET
5 2 (2.82%) RabbitMQ
5 2 (2.82%) Web Services
6 1 (1.41%) .NET Framework
6 1 (1.41%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 15 (21.13%) Mobile App
2 6 (8.45%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (2.82%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 2 (2.82%) Online Gambling
4 1 (1.41%) CESG
4 1 (1.41%) Client/Server
4 1 (1.41%) Cryptography
4 1 (1.41%) Data Extraction
4 1 (1.41%) SCADA
4 1 (1.41%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 7 (9.86%) Unix
2 3 (4.23%) Linux
3 2 (2.82%) Fedora
3 2 (2.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 2 (2.82%) VMS
3 2 (2.82%) Windows
4 1 (1.41%) Android
4 1 (1.41%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (47.89%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (29.58%) Automated Testing
2 21 (29.58%) Test Scripting
3 14 (19.72%) Functional Testing
4 13 (18.31%) Continuous Integration
4 13 (18.31%) Software Testing
5 11 (15.49%) BDD
5 11 (15.49%) Test Automation
6 10 (14.08%) Non-Functional Testing
6 10 (14.08%) Scrum
6 10 (14.08%) SDLC
7 9 (12.68%) Manual Testing
7 9 (12.68%) QA Automation
7 9 (12.68%) Regression Testing
8 8 (11.27%) Continuous Improvement
9 7 (9.86%) Open Source
9 7 (9.86%) Software Engineering
10 6 (8.45%) Defect Tracking
11 5 (7.04%) Integration Testing
11 5 (7.04%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 20 (28.17%) Java
2 9 (12.68%) SQL
3 8 (11.27%) JavaScript
4 4 (5.63%) C#
4 4 (5.63%) Scala
5 3 (4.23%) C
6 2 (2.82%) Bash Shell
6 2 (2.82%) Groovy
6 2 (2.82%) PL/SQL
6 2 (2.82%) VBA
7 1 (1.41%) T-SQL
7 1 (1.41%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 7 (9.86%) SC Cleared
1 7 (9.86%) Security Cleared
2 4 (5.63%) ISEB
3 2 (2.82%) CREST Certified
3 2 (2.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (1.41%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (1.41%) CESG Certified Professional
4 1 (1.41%) CHECK Team Member
4 1 (1.41%) Cyber Scheme
4 1 (1.41%) ISEB Practitioner
4 1 (1.41%) ISTQB
4 1 (1.41%) OSCP
4 1 (1.41%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (25.35%) QA
Systems Management
1 2 (2.82%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (11.27%) Oracle
2 6 (8.45%) Microsoft
2 6 (8.45%) Red Hat
3 4 (5.63%) HP
4 2 (2.82%) Atlassian
5 1 (1.41%) JDA
5 1 (1.41%) RedPrairie
5 1 (1.41%) SAP