The median contractor rate for a Tester was £295 per day in advertised job vacancies in Birmingham during the 3 months to 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Tester
West Midlands / Birmingham
Rank 55 54 50
Rank change year-on-year -1 -4  
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 4 3 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 0.62% 0.47% 1.26%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.64% 0.49% 1.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 1 8
Median daily rate £295 £325 £403
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.23% -19.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £279 £325 £218
10% offered a daily rate of more than £299 £325 £438
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £325 £300
% change year-on-year -1.53% +8.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.57 £44.25 £32.50
% change year-on-year -42.22% +36.15%  

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 624 612 670
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham 96.15% 95.03% 93.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 424 382 414
Median daily rate £400 £375 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% +1.35%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £234 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 22 24
Median hourly rate £14.25 £16.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.93% +14.28%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £9.00 £10.93
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.50 £35.00 £26.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.38
% change year-on-year -12.50% +15.10%  

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Tester in Birmingham.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Tester in Birmingham

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 24 March 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 5 (55.56%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (44.44%) SQL
3 3 (33.33%) Visual Studio
3 3 (33.33%) Test Scripting
3 3 (33.33%) Test Automation
3 3 (33.33%) Test Strategy
4 2 (22.22%) Gherkin
4 2 (22.22%) Hudson
4 2 (22.22%) Node.js
4 2 (22.22%) Process Improvement
4 2 (22.22%) Selenium
4 2 (22.22%) User Acceptance Testing
4 2 (22.22%) Test Management
4 2 (22.22%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (22.22%) Non-Functional Testing
4 2 (22.22%) Jenkins
4 2 (22.22%) PhantomJS
4 2 (22.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (22.22%) Cucumber
4 2 (22.22%) Continuous Integration
4 2 (22.22%) Ruby
4 2 (22.22%) Software Testing
4 2 (22.22%) ISTQB
4 2 (22.22%) Scrum
4 2 (22.22%) Oracle
4 2 (22.22%) MS Excel
4 2 (22.22%) Microsoft
4 2 (22.22%) ISEB
5 1 (11.11%) Management Information System
5 1 (11.11%) Finance

Tester Skill Set
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 2 (22.22%) MS Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (11.11%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (11.11%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 3 (33.33%) Visual Studio
2 2 (22.22%) Cucumber
2 2 (22.22%) Hudson
2 2 (22.22%) Jenkins
2 2 (22.22%) PhantomJS
2 2 (22.22%) Selenium
2 2 (22.22%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (11.11%) JIRA
3 1 (11.11%) SpecFlow
General
1 1 (11.11%) Finance
1 1 (11.11%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (22.22%) Gherkin
1 2 (22.22%) Node.js
2 1 (11.11%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 1 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
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 5 (55.56%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (33.33%) Test Automation
2 3 (33.33%) Test Scripting
2 3 (33.33%) Test Strategy
3 2 (22.22%) Continuous Integration
3 2 (22.22%) Non-Functional Testing
3 2 (22.22%) Process Improvement
3 2 (22.22%) Scrum
3 2 (22.22%) Software Testing
3 2 (22.22%) Test Management
3 2 (22.22%) User Acceptance Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Business Intelligence
4 1 (11.11%) CRM
4 1 (11.11%) Data Migration
4 1 (11.11%) Functional Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Manual Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Migration
4 1 (11.11%) Stakeholder Engagement
4 1 (11.11%) User Stories
4 1 (11.11%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 4 (44.44%) SQL
2 2 (22.22%) Ruby
3 1 (11.11%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 2 (22.22%) ISEB
1 2 (22.22%) ISTQB
1 2 (22.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (11.11%) QA
Vendors
1 2 (22.22%) Microsoft
1 2 (22.22%) Oracle