The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for Software Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Software Testing over the 3 months to 27 March 2017 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.

3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Software Testing
West Midlands / Birmingham
Rank 48 56 58
Rank change year-on-year +8 +2  
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 8 2 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 1.27% 0.31% 0.53%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.57% 0.38% 0.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 0 3
Median daily rate £294 - £265
90% offered a daily rate of more than £188 - £241
10% offered a daily rate of more than £333 - £317
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +7.69% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +1.19% +20.00%  

Software Testing is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Birmingham
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 509 527 579
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham 81.05% 81.58% 76.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 341 330 368
Median daily rate £425 £376 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.18% +0.13%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 17 17
Median hourly rate £14.63 £17.95 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.52% +5.58%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £9.63 £8.14
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.25 £39.60 £26.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.25 £38.50 £30.20
% change year-on-year -5.84% +27.48%  

Software Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Birmingham citing Software Testing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Software Testing in Birmingham

Software Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Testing in Birmingham

Software Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Testing in Birmingham over the 3 months to 27 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Testing in Birmingham

Software Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Testing in Birmingham

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 27 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Software Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Birmingham region with a requirement for Software Testing.

1 8 (61.54%) Test Automation
2 7 (53.85%) HTML
2 7 (53.85%) JavaScript
2 7 (53.85%) CSS
3 6 (46.15%) Agile Software Development
4 5 (38.46%) ISTQB
4 5 (38.46%) QA
4 5 (38.46%) User Acceptance Testing
4 5 (38.46%) Integration Testing
4 5 (38.46%) SQL
4 5 (38.46%) ISEB
4 5 (38.46%) Scrum
4 5 (38.46%) Defect Management
5 4 (30.77%) Front End Development
5 4 (30.77%) HP Quality Center
5 4 (30.77%) Open Source
5 4 (30.77%) HTML5
5 4 (30.77%) CSS3
5 4 (30.77%) AngularJS
5 4 (30.77%) .NET
5 4 (30.77%) OO
5 4 (30.77%) XML
5 4 (30.77%) Unit Testing
5 4 (30.77%) Kanban
5 4 (30.77%) Selenium
5 4 (30.77%) JSON
6 3 (23.08%) JIRA
6 3 (23.08%) Logistics
6 3 (23.08%) Git (software)
6 3 (23.08%) jQuery

Software Testing
Top Related 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:

Applications
1 1 (7.69%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 3 (23.08%) GitHub
Development Applications
1 4 (30.77%) Selenium
2 3 (23.08%) Git (software)
2 3 (23.08%) gulp
2 3 (23.08%) JHipster
2 3 (23.08%) JIRA
2 3 (23.08%) Protractor
2 3 (23.08%) YouTrack
3 1 (7.69%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (7.69%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (15.38%) Finance
2 1 (7.69%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 4 (30.77%) Developer
1 4 (30.77%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
2 3 (23.08%) Analyst
2 3 (23.08%) Angular Developer
2 3 (23.08%) Test Leader
3 2 (15.38%) Automation Test Lead
3 2 (15.38%) JavaScript Developer
3 2 (15.38%) Test Analyst
3 2 (15.38%) Test Manager
3 2 (15.38%) Tester
4 1 (7.69%) Automation Test Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) Junior Tester
4 1 (7.69%) QA Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) QA Test Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) Senior Front-End Developer
4 1 (7.69%) Software Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) Software Test Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) Software Test Manager
4 1 (7.69%) Software Tester
4 1 (7.69%) Storage Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (53.85%) CSS
1 7 (53.85%) HTML
2 4 (30.77%) .NET
2 4 (30.77%) AngularJS
2 4 (30.77%) CSS3
2 4 (30.77%) HTML5
2 4 (30.77%) JSON
2 4 (30.77%) XML
3 3 (23.08%) Angular 2
3 3 (23.08%) jQuery
3 3 (23.08%) Node.js
3 3 (23.08%) REST
3 3 (23.08%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 1 (7.69%) Data Centre
1 1 (7.69%) Enterprise Software
1 1 (7.69%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 1 (7.69%) Android
1 1 (7.69%) Linux
1 1 (7.69%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (61.54%) Test Automation
2 6 (46.15%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (38.46%) Defect Management
3 5 (38.46%) Integration Testing
3 5 (38.46%) Scrum
3 5 (38.46%) User Acceptance Testing
4 4 (30.77%) Front End Development
4 4 (30.77%) Kanban
4 4 (30.77%) OO
4 4 (30.77%) Open Source
4 4 (30.77%) Unit Testing
5 3 (23.08%) Automation Testing
5 3 (23.08%) Logistics
5 3 (23.08%) Mentoring
5 3 (23.08%) QA Automation
5 3 (23.08%) Test Scripting
6 2 (15.38%) Functional Testing
6 2 (15.38%) Migration
6 2 (15.38%) Risk Assessment
6 2 (15.38%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 7 (53.85%) JavaScript
2 5 (38.46%) SQL
3 1 (7.69%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 5 (38.46%) ISEB
1 5 (38.46%) ISTQB
2 2 (15.38%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (7.69%) Degree
3 1 (7.69%) SC Cleared
3 1 (7.69%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (38.46%) QA
2 1 (7.69%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (23.08%) Docker
Systems Management
1 4 (30.77%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (23.08%) Remedy
2 1 (7.69%) HP
2 1 (7.69%) Microsoft
2 1 (7.69%) Oracle
2 1 (7.69%) VMware