Period
to 11 December 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for Manual Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Manual Testing over the 6 months to 11 December 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Manual Testing
West Midlands > Birmingham
6 months to
11 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 86 95 91
Rank change year-on-year +9 -4 -12
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 11 8 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 0.77% 0.48% 0.55%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.93% 0.58% 0.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 8 8
Birmingham median daily rate £323 £298 £341
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.40% -12.82% +26.39%
10th Percentile £231 £244 £213
90th Percentile £481 £405 £431
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £303 £350
% change year-on-year +23.97% -13.57% +21.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Birmingham median hourly rate - - -
West Midlands median hourly rate £45.00 - £32.50

Manual Testing is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Birmingham
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 1,184 1,375 1,214
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 83.38% 83.08% 83.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 813 1,010 758
Birmingham median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £214 £228 £250
90th Percentile £563 £530 £550
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 25 36
Birmingham median hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £16.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.13% -4.48% -4.29%
10th Percentile £10.77 £9.77 £10.60
90th Percentile £23.38 £48.95 £32.10
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.86 £25.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year -36.56% +38.89% -10.00%

Manual Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

Job postings citing Manual Testing as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Birmingham.

Job vacancy trend for Manual Testing in Birmingham

Manual Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Manual Testing in Birmingham.

Contractor daily rate trend for Manual Testing in Birmingham

Manual Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Manual Testing in Birmingham over the 6 months to 11 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Manual Testing in Birmingham

Manual Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Manual Testing in Birmingham.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Manual Testing in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 11 December 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Manual Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Birmingham region with a requirement for Manual Testing.

1 8 (72.73%) Agile Software Development
1 8 (72.73%) Test Automation
2 6 (54.55%) RESTful
2 6 (54.55%) Selenium
3 4 (36.36%) Java
3 4 (36.36%) Web Services
3 4 (36.36%) TDD
3 4 (36.36%) ISTQB
3 4 (36.36%) JIRA
3 4 (36.36%) QA
3 4 (36.36%) Cucumber
3 4 (36.36%) BDD
3 4 (36.36%) SoapUI
3 4 (36.36%) Jenkins
3 4 (36.36%) API Testing
4 3 (27.27%) SDLC
4 3 (27.27%) Non-Functional Testing
4 3 (27.27%) WebDriver
4 3 (27.27%) Performance Testing
4 3 (27.27%) SOAP
4 3 (27.27%) SQL
4 3 (27.27%) Microsoft
4 3 (27.27%) ISEB
4 3 (27.27%) Protractor
5 2 (18.18%) Taurus
5 2 (18.18%) SDET
5 2 (18.18%) DBS Check
5 2 (18.18%) BPSS Clearance
5 2 (18.18%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (18.18%) HP UFT

Manual Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in Birmingham 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 1 (9.09%) Confluence
Cloud Services
1 1 (9.09%) GitHub
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (9.09%) SQL Server
1 1 (9.09%) SQL Server 2012
1 1 (9.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 6 (54.55%) Selenium
2 4 (36.36%) Cucumber
2 4 (36.36%) Jenkins
2 4 (36.36%) JIRA
2 4 (36.36%) SoapUI
3 3 (27.27%) Protractor
3 3 (27.27%) WebDriver
4 2 (18.18%) HP UFT
4 2 (18.18%) JMeter
4 2 (18.18%) Sahi
4 2 (18.18%) Visual Studio Team System
4 2 (18.18%) WATIR
5 1 (9.09%) GitLab
5 1 (9.09%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 1 (9.09%) Law
Job Titles
1 6 (54.55%) Tester
2 2 (18.18%) Analyst
2 2 (18.18%) Automation Tester
2 2 (18.18%) Coordinator
2 2 (18.18%) Manual Test Analyst
2 2 (18.18%) Manual Tester
2 2 (18.18%) Test Analyst
2 2 (18.18%) Test Coordinator
3 1 (9.09%) QA Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) QA Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (54.55%) RESTful
2 4 (36.36%) Web Services
3 3 (27.27%) SOAP
4 2 (18.18%) .NET
4 2 (18.18%) .NET Framework
4 2 (18.18%) Taurus
4 2 (18.18%) XML
5 1 (9.09%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 2 (18.18%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (9.09%) Blog
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (72.73%) Agile Software Development
1 8 (72.73%) Test Automation
2 4 (36.36%) API Testing
2 4 (36.36%) BDD
2 4 (36.36%) TDD
3 3 (27.27%) Non-Functional Testing
3 3 (27.27%) Performance Testing
3 3 (27.27%) SDLC
4 2 (18.18%) Continuous Integration
4 2 (18.18%) ERP
4 2 (18.18%) Mathematics
4 2 (18.18%) OO
4 2 (18.18%) OOP
4 2 (18.18%) Open Source
4 2 (18.18%) SDET
4 2 (18.18%) Test Management
4 2 (18.18%) Test Planning
4 2 (18.18%) Workflow
5 1 (9.09%) Defect Management
5 1 (9.09%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 4 (36.36%) Java
2 3 (27.27%) SQL
3 2 (18.18%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 4 (36.36%) ISTQB
2 3 (27.27%) ISEB
3 2 (18.18%) BPSS Clearance
3 2 (18.18%) DBS Check
4 1 (9.09%) Degree
4 1 (9.09%) SC Cleared
4 1 (9.09%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (36.36%) QA
2 2 (18.18%) Disclosure Scotland
Systems Management
1 1 (9.09%) Kibana
Vendors
1 3 (27.27%) Microsoft
2 2 (18.18%) Oracle
3 1 (9.09%) Splunk