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 22 June 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.

Software Testing
West Midlands / Birmingham
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 53 63 62
Rank change year-on-year +10 -1  
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 2 5 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 0.33% 0.61% 0.51%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.40% 0.73% 0.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 2 3
Median daily rate - £280 £265
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.66%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £355 £325 £310
% change year-on-year +9.23% +4.83%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +33.33% -  

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 503 684 608
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham 81.79% 83.52% 77.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 327 481 406
Median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 15 13
Median hourly rate £14.22 £25.00 £47.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -43.14% -47.64%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.22 £12.50 £22.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.25 £42.50 £63.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +17.54% -5.00%  

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 Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Testing in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 22 June 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 5 (55.56%) SQL
1 5 (55.56%) ISEB
1 5 (55.56%) ISTQB
1 5 (55.56%) Test Automation
2 4 (44.44%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (44.44%) QA
2 4 (44.44%) Selenium
2 4 (44.44%) .NET
2 4 (44.44%) Defect Management
3 3 (33.33%) QA Automation
3 3 (33.33%) YouTrack
3 3 (33.33%) Scenario Testing
3 3 (33.33%) HTML
3 3 (33.33%) JavaScript
3 3 (33.33%) CSS
3 3 (33.33%) Remedy
3 3 (33.33%) JIRA
3 3 (33.33%) Logistics
3 3 (33.33%) Test Scripting
4 2 (22.22%) User Acceptance Testing
4 2 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (22.22%) Risk Assessment
4 2 (22.22%) Finance
4 2 (22.22%) Migration
4 2 (22.22%) Degree
4 2 (22.22%) Functional Testing
4 2 (22.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (22.22%) Mentoring
5 1 (11.11%) Customer Requirements
5 1 (11.11%) Data Centre

Software 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:

Development Applications
1 4 (44.44%) Selenium
2 3 (33.33%) JIRA
2 3 (33.33%) YouTrack
3 1 (11.11%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (11.11%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (22.22%) Finance
2 1 (11.11%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 4 (44.44%) Analyst
2 3 (33.33%) Test Leader
2 3 (33.33%) Tester
3 2 (22.22%) Automation Test Lead
3 2 (22.22%) Test Analyst
4 1 (11.11%) Automation Test Analyst
4 1 (11.11%) Business Analyst
4 1 (11.11%) Junior
4 1 (11.11%) Junior Software Tester
4 1 (11.11%) QA Analyst
4 1 (11.11%) QA Automation Analyst
4 1 (11.11%) QC Analyst
4 1 (11.11%) Software Analyst
4 1 (11.11%) Software Test Analyst
4 1 (11.11%) Software Test Manager
4 1 (11.11%) Software Tester
4 1 (11.11%) Storage Analyst
4 1 (11.11%) Systems Analyst
4 1 (11.11%) Test Automation Manager
4 1 (11.11%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (44.44%) .NET
2 3 (33.33%) CSS
2 3 (33.33%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (11.11%) Computer Science
1 1 (11.11%) Data Centre
1 1 (11.11%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 1 (11.11%) Android
1 1 (11.11%) Linux
1 1 (11.11%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (55.56%) Test Automation
2 4 (44.44%) Defect Management
3 3 (33.33%) Logistics
3 3 (33.33%) QA Automation
3 3 (33.33%) Scenario Testing
3 3 (33.33%) Test Scripting
4 2 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (22.22%) Functional Testing
4 2 (22.22%) Mentoring
4 2 (22.22%) Migration
4 2 (22.22%) Risk Assessment
4 2 (22.22%) User Acceptance Testing
5 1 (11.11%) Change Management
5 1 (11.11%) Customer Requirements
5 1 (11.11%) Regression Testing
5 1 (11.11%) Root Cause Analysis
5 1 (11.11%) Scrum
5 1 (11.11%) Test Strategy
5 1 (11.11%) UML
5 1 (11.11%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 5 (55.56%) SQL
2 3 (33.33%) JavaScript
3 1 (11.11%) C#
3 1 (11.11%) Java
3 1 (11.11%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 5 (55.56%) ISEB
1 5 (55.56%) ISTQB
2 2 (22.22%) Degree
2 2 (22.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (44.44%) QA
2 1 (11.11%) SLA
Systems Management
1 4 (44.44%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (33.33%) Remedy
2 1 (11.11%) HP
2 1 (11.11%) Microsoft
2 1 (11.11%) Oracle
2 1 (11.11%) VMware