The median contractor rate for a Tester was £325 per day in advertised job vacancies in Birmingham during the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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.

Tester
West Midlands / Birmingham
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 51 59 59
Rank change year-on-year +8 0  
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 5 11 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 0.83% 1.34% 1.05%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.87% 1.42% 1.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 9 4
Median daily rate £325 £150 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +116.66% -50.00%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £330 £303
% change year-on-year - +9.09%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.54 £27.50 £37.00
% change year-on-year -50.76% -25.67%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
Birmingham
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 576 777 724
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham 95.36% 94.41% 94.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 375 548 486
Median daily rate £375 £375 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.16%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 16 35
Median hourly rate £15.64 £14.50 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.86% +3.57%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.12 £10.95 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £42.50 £29.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.48 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.14% +9.21%  

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Birmingham that featured Tester in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Tester in Birmingham

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Tester in Birmingham

Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Tester in Birmingham

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 24 June 2017, 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 Birmingham region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 6 (66.67%) SQL
2 4 (44.44%) Microsoft
2 4 (44.44%) Test Scripting
2 4 (44.44%) Test Automation
3 3 (33.33%) SQL Server
3 3 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (33.33%) Software Testing
3 3 (33.33%) QA
4 2 (22.22%) Selenium
4 2 (22.22%) User Acceptance Testing
4 2 (22.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (22.22%) ISTQB
4 2 (22.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (22.22%) Java
4 2 (22.22%) Visual Studio
4 2 (22.22%) ISEB
4 2 (22.22%) Regression Testing
4 2 (22.22%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 2 (22.22%) Manual Testing
4 2 (22.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (22.22%) Business Intelligence
4 2 (22.22%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (11.11%) Operational Acceptance Testing
5 1 (11.11%) System Integration Testing
5 1 (11.11%) Defect Management
5 1 (11.11%) Windows 10
5 1 (11.11%) Scenario Testing
5 1 (11.11%) System Testing
5 1 (11.11%) Data Migration

Tester Skill Set
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 (11.11%) Confluence
1 1 (11.11%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (11.11%) Microsoft Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (33.33%) SQL Server
2 2 (22.22%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 2 (22.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2 (22.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (11.11%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 2 (22.22%) Selenium
1 2 (22.22%) Team Foundation Server
1 2 (22.22%) Visual Studio
2 1 (11.11%) Cucumber
2 1 (11.11%) JIRA
2 1 (11.11%) JMeter
General
1 1 (11.11%) Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (11.11%) .NET
1 1 (11.11%) J2EE
1 1 (11.11%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 1 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (11.11%) Computer Science
1 1 (11.11%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 1 (11.11%) Android
1 1 (11.11%) Windows
1 1 (11.11%) Windows 10
1 1 (11.11%) Windows 7
1 1 (11.11%) Windows 8
1 1 (11.11%) Windows Server 2008
1 1 (11.11%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (44.44%) Test Automation
1 4 (44.44%) Test Scripting
2 3 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (33.33%) Software Testing
3 2 (22.22%) Business Intelligence
3 2 (22.22%) Manual Testing
3 2 (22.22%) Regression Testing
3 2 (22.22%) User Acceptance Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Data Migration
4 1 (11.11%) Functional Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Integration Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Migration
4 1 (11.11%) Non-Functional Testing
4 1 (11.11%) OO
4 1 (11.11%) Scrum
4 1 (11.11%) System Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Test Management
4 1 (11.11%) Unit Testing
4 1 (11.11%) User Stories
4 1 (11.11%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 6 (66.67%) SQL
2 2 (22.22%) Java
3 1 (11.11%) C#
3 1 (11.11%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 2 (22.22%) ISEB
1 2 (22.22%) ISTQB
1 2 (22.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (11.11%) Degree
2 1 (11.11%) SC Cleared
2 1 (11.11%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (33.33%) QA
Vendors
1 4 (44.44%) Microsoft
2 1 (11.11%) Oracle