The table below looks at the statistics 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 9 February 2016 with a comparison to the same period in 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.

Location
3 months to
9 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Tester
Rank 91 87 95
Rank change year-on-year
-4 +8
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 30 22 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.18% 1.00% 0.47%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.25% 1.08% 0.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 17 4
Average daily rate £310 £280 £228
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.71% +23.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £167 £145
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £438 £335
UK excluding London average daily rate £323 £290 £310
% change year-on-year
+11.20% -6.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £10.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £43.50 £28.50 £140.00
% change year-on-year
+52.63% -79.64%
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
2391 2044 1967
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 94.21% 92.45% 92.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 1350 1144 1028
Average daily rate £383 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.28% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £200 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £476 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 89 180 142
Average hourly rate £13.50 £14.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.89% -17.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.62 £11.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.50 £30.00 £36.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -

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 9 February 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Tester within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 9 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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
Coventry -3 7 £300 -9.09% 1
Birmingham -6 6 £400 -8.57% 5
Warwickshire +5 4 £253 -3.80% 4
Staffordshire -4 4 £305 - 3
Kingswinford - 3 £310 -
Solihull - 2 £325 -
Shropshire -17 1 - -
Tester
England

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, 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 20 (37.74%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (26.42%) ISTQB
3 13 (24.53%) SQL
3 13 (24.53%) ISEB
4 12 (22.64%) Test Scripting
5 11 (20.75%) Manual Testing
6 10 (18.87%) Selenium
7 9 (16.98%) Test Automation
8 8 (15.09%) QA
9 7 (13.21%) Automated Testing
9 7 (13.21%) XML
9 7 (13.21%) Automation Testing
10 6 (11.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 6 (11.32%) HP Quality Center
10 6 (11.32%) XML Messaging
11 5 (9.43%) User Acceptance Testing
11 5 (9.43%) SQL Server
11 5 (9.43%) Microsoft
11 5 (9.43%) FTP
11 5 (9.43%) Cucumber
11 5 (9.43%) System Integration Testing
11 5 (9.43%) SDLC
12 4 (7.55%) Mobile App
12 4 (7.55%) Smart Meter
12 4 (7.55%) Functional Testing
12 4 (7.55%) Oracle
12 4 (7.55%) JIRA
12 4 (7.55%) Security Cleared
12 4 (7.55%) Software Testing
13 3 (5.66%) TDD

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, 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 1 (1.89%) BizTalk Server
1 1 (1.89%) Confluence
1 1 (1.89%) Node.js
Applications
1 3 (5.66%) MS Excel
2 2 (3.77%) MS Office
3 1 (1.89%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.89%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (1.89%) SAP ERP
1 1 (1.89%) SAP FI
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.89%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 5 (9.43%) FTP
2 3 (5.66%) Wireless
3 2 (3.77%) LAN
4 1 (1.89%) DSL
4 1 (1.89%) Internet
4 1 (1.89%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (9.43%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.89%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 10 (18.87%) Selenium
2 5 (9.43%) Cucumber
3 4 (7.55%) JIRA
4 3 (5.66%) Jenkins
4 3 (5.66%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (5.66%) WebDriver
5 2 (3.77%) Appium
5 2 (3.77%) HP UFT
5 2 (3.77%) LoadRunner
6 1 (1.89%) Burp Suite
6 1 (1.89%) Gatling
6 1 (1.89%) Git (software)
6 1 (1.89%) LabVIEW
6 1 (1.89%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 3 (5.66%) Billing
1 3 (5.66%) Finance
1 3 (5.66%) Retail
2 2 (3.77%) Banking
3 1 (1.89%) Games
3 1 (1.89%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.89%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (13.21%) XML
2 6 (11.32%) XML Messaging
3 2 (3.77%) EDI
3 2 (3.77%) Gherkin
3 2 (3.77%) HTML
4 1 (1.89%) .NET
4 1 (1.89%) Android SDK
4 1 (1.89%) ASP.NET
4 1 (1.89%) CSS
4 1 (1.89%) iOS SDK
Miscellaneous
1 4 (7.55%) Mobile App
1 4 (7.55%) Smart Meter
2 3 (5.66%) EPoS
3 2 (3.77%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.89%) Data Extraction
4 1 (1.89%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 2 (3.77%) Android
2 1 (1.89%) AIX
2 1 (1.89%) Apple iOS
2 1 (1.89%) Kali Linux
2 1 (1.89%) Linux
2 1 (1.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (1.89%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (37.74%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (22.64%) Test Scripting
3 11 (20.75%) Manual Testing
4 9 (16.98%) Test Automation
5 7 (13.21%) Automated Testing
5 7 (13.21%) Automation Testing
6 5 (9.43%) SDLC
6 5 (9.43%) System Integration Testing
6 5 (9.43%) User Acceptance Testing
7 4 (7.55%) Functional Testing
7 4 (7.55%) Software Testing
8 3 (5.66%) Integration Testing
8 3 (5.66%) ITIL
8 3 (5.66%) Non-Functional Testing
8 3 (5.66%) Performance Testing
8 3 (5.66%) System Testing
8 3 (5.66%) TDD
8 3 (5.66%) Test Strategy
8 3 (5.66%) Waterfall
8 3 (5.66%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 13 (24.53%) SQL
2 3 (5.66%) C#
2 3 (5.66%) Java
2 3 (5.66%) PL/SQL
3 1 (1.89%) Groovy
3 1 (1.89%) JavaScript
3 1 (1.89%) Scala
3 1 (1.89%) VB
Qualifications
1 14 (26.42%) ISTQB
2 13 (24.53%) ISEB
3 6 (11.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 4 (7.55%) Security Cleared
5 2 (3.77%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 2 (3.77%) SC Cleared
6 1 (1.89%) CCNA
6 1 (1.89%) CCNP
6 1 (1.89%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (1.89%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (15.09%) QA
System Software
1 2 (3.77%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (1.89%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 6 (11.32%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.89%) SCCM
Vendors
1 5 (9.43%) Microsoft
2 4 (7.55%) Oracle
3 3 (5.66%) HP
3 3 (5.66%) VMware
4 2 (3.77%) Citrix
4 2 (3.77%) SAP
5 1 (1.89%) Avaya
5 1 (1.89%) Baan
5 1 (1.89%) Cisco
5 1 (1.89%) EMC
5 1 (1.89%) MKS
5 1 (1.89%) NICE Systems
5 1 (1.89%) Rally
5 1 (1.89%) Red Hat