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 1 July 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
1 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Tester
Rank 115 97 107
Rank change year-on-year
-18 +10
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 25 23 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.84% 0.97% 0.67%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.88% 1.01% 0.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 15 11
Median daily rate £258 £295 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.71% -1.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £185 £157
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £318 £328
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £300 £313
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Median hourly rate - £20.00 £31.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -36.50%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £37.25 £12.50
% change year-on-year
-26.17% +198.00%
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
2830 2272 2239
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 94.65% 95.66% 94.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 1694 1377 1148
Median daily rate £400 £350 £345
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% +1.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £220 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £396 £368 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.75% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 93 142 207
Median hourly rate £16.00 £16.60 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.61% +3.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £7.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.00 £34.80 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £16.14 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+8.42% -2.18%

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 1 July 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 1 July 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 11 £150 -50.00% 4
Staffordshire +3 7 £323 +9.32% 2
Coventry -2 5 £425 +47.82% 1
West Bromwich - 1 - -
Shropshire - 1 £375 -
Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 1 July 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 (55.74%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (39.34%) Selenium
3 21 (34.43%) Java
4 19 (31.15%) WebDriver
5 16 (26.23%) QA
5 16 (26.23%) Mobile App
6 15 (24.59%) Functional Testing
6 15 (24.59%) Automated Testing
7 14 (22.95%) Cucumber
8 12 (19.67%) Oracle
8 12 (19.67%) Manual Testing
8 12 (19.67%) Test Scripting
8 12 (19.67%) Non-Functional Testing
9 11 (18.03%) Continuous Integration
9 11 (18.03%) Test Automation
9 11 (18.03%) SQL
10 10 (16.39%) BDD
10 10 (16.39%) Jenkins
10 10 (16.39%) QA Automation
11 9 (14.75%) Appium
11 9 (14.75%) Continuous Improvement
11 9 (14.75%) HTML
11 9 (14.75%) CSS
12 8 (13.11%) MS Excel
12 8 (13.11%) JavaScript
12 8 (13.11%) SQL Server
12 8 (13.11%) MS Office
12 8 (13.11%) Git (software)
12 8 (13.11%) Software Testing
12 8 (13.11%) MS PowerPoint

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 5 (8.20%) Confluence
2 1 (1.64%) JBoss
Applications
1 8 (13.11%) MS Excel
1 8 (13.11%) MS Office
1 8 (13.11%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.64%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
Cloud Services
1 6 (9.84%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (1.64%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.64%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.64%) DSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (13.11%) SQL Server
2 4 (6.56%) BusinessObjects
2 4 (6.56%) Data Warehouse
2 4 (6.56%) Hadoop
2 4 (6.56%) Pentaho
3 1 (1.64%) Data Mining
3 1 (1.64%) MySQL
3 1 (1.64%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 24 (39.34%) Selenium
2 19 (31.15%) WebDriver
3 14 (22.95%) Cucumber
4 10 (16.39%) Jenkins
5 9 (14.75%) Appium
6 8 (13.11%) Git (software)
6 8 (13.11%) JIRA
7 7 (11.48%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 7 (11.48%) Maven
8 6 (9.84%) Team Foundation Server
9 2 (3.28%) JMeter
9 2 (3.28%) LoadRunner
9 2 (3.28%) SpecFlow
10 1 (1.64%) AccuRev
10 1 (1.64%) Gatling
10 1 (1.64%) NeoLoad
10 1 (1.64%) Spock
10 1 (1.64%) TestNG
10 1 (1.64%) Visual Studio
General
1 5 (8.20%) Billing
2 4 (6.56%) Finance
3 2 (3.28%) Aerospace
3 2 (3.28%) Games
3 2 (3.28%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (14.75%) CSS
1 9 (14.75%) HTML
2 7 (11.48%) XML
3 4 (6.56%) RESTful
4 3 (4.92%) Gherkin
4 3 (4.92%) JSON
5 2 (3.28%) EDI
5 2 (3.28%) RabbitMQ
5 2 (3.28%) Web Services
6 1 (1.64%) .NET
6 1 (1.64%) .NET Framework
6 1 (1.64%) Android SDK
6 1 (1.64%) iOS SDK
6 1 (1.64%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 16 (26.23%) Mobile App
2 5 (8.20%) Smart Meter
3 2 (3.28%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (3.28%) EPoS
3 2 (3.28%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 1 (1.64%) CESG
4 1 (1.64%) Cryptography
4 1 (1.64%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 4 (6.56%) Unix
2 3 (4.92%) Linux
3 2 (3.28%) Fedora
3 2 (3.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (1.64%) AIX
4 1 (1.64%) Android
4 1 (1.64%) Apple iOS
4 1 (1.64%) VMS
4 1 (1.64%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (55.74%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (24.59%) Automated Testing
2 15 (24.59%) Functional Testing
3 12 (19.67%) Manual Testing
3 12 (19.67%) Non-Functional Testing
3 12 (19.67%) Test Scripting
4 11 (18.03%) Continuous Integration
4 11 (18.03%) Test Automation
5 10 (16.39%) BDD
5 10 (16.39%) QA Automation
6 9 (14.75%) Continuous Improvement
7 8 (13.11%) Software Testing
8 7 (11.48%) Open Source
9 6 (9.84%) Automation Testing
10 5 (8.20%) Integration Testing
10 5 (8.20%) Scrum
10 5 (8.20%) Software Engineering
11 4 (6.56%) Analytics
11 4 (6.56%) Data Analytics
11 4 (6.56%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 21 (34.43%) Java
2 11 (18.03%) SQL
3 8 (13.11%) JavaScript
4 5 (8.20%) PL/SQL
5 4 (6.56%) Scala
6 2 (3.28%) Bash Shell
6 2 (3.28%) C#
6 2 (3.28%) Groovy
7 1 (1.64%) VB
7 1 (1.64%) VBA
Qualifications
1 7 (11.48%) ISEB
1 7 (11.48%) ISTQB
2 4 (6.56%) SC Cleared
2 4 (6.56%) Security Cleared
3 2 (3.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (1.64%) CESG Certified Professional
4 1 (1.64%) CHECK Team Member
4 1 (1.64%) CREST Certified
4 1 (1.64%) Cyber Scheme
4 1 (1.64%) OSCP
4 1 (1.64%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (26.23%) QA
2 1 (1.64%) SLA
Systems Management
1 5 (8.20%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 12 (19.67%) Oracle
2 6 (9.84%) Red Hat
3 5 (8.20%) Microsoft
4 2 (3.28%) Atlassian
5 1 (1.64%) IBM
5 1 (1.64%) JDA
5 1 (1.64%) RedPrairie