Period
to 18 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies in Birmingham during the 6 months to 18 November 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
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 80 84 74
Rank change year-on-year +4 -10 +4
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 12 17 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 0.77% 1.11% 0.74%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.81% 1.15% 0.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 12 7
Birmingham median daily rate £350 £188 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +86.67% -46.43% +6.06%
10th Percentile £244 £150 £297
90th Percentile £416 £465 £460
West Midlands median daily rate £350 £325 £300
% change year-on-year +7.69% +8.33% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Birmingham median hourly rate - - -
West Midlands median hourly rate - £32.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year - +60.00% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
Birmingham
Contract vacancies in Birmingham with a recognized job title 1481 1475 1305
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.75% 96.28% 96.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 1050 941 813
Birmingham median daily rate £388 £398 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.52% +7.43% +5.71%
10th Percentile £216 £225 £210
90th Percentile £525 £550 £511
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 54 63
Birmingham median hourly rate £14.22 £14.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.97% -3.33% +7.14%
10th Percentile £8.39 £10.36 £10.65
90th Percentile £39.63 £26.88 £39.20
West Midlands median hourly rate £17.13 £15.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year +14.17% -11.76% +4.94%

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

Job postings that featured Tester in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Birmingham.

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 Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Tester in Birmingham over the 6 months to 18 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram 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 18 November 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 7 (58.33%) Test Automation
2 5 (41.67%) Functional Testing
2 5 (41.67%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (33.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 4 (33.33%) Mathematics
3 4 (33.33%) Manual Testing
3 4 (33.33%) System Testing
3 4 (33.33%) SQL Server
3 4 (33.33%) Business Intelligence
3 4 (33.33%) Microsoft
3 4 (33.33%) Non-Functional Testing
3 4 (33.33%) SQL Server 2012
3 4 (33.33%) Data Reconciliation
4 3 (25.00%) JIRA
5 2 (16.67%) SoapUI
5 2 (16.67%) Software Testing
5 2 (16.67%) WebDriver
5 2 (16.67%) Cucumber
5 2 (16.67%) BDD
5 2 (16.67%) Infrastructure Transformation
5 2 (16.67%) MATLAB
5 2 (16.67%) Simulink
5 2 (16.67%) Selenium
5 2 (16.67%) Systems Analysis
5 2 (16.67%) JMeter
6 1 (8.33%) Migration
6 1 (8.33%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (8.33%) TDD
6 1 (8.33%) User Acceptance Testing
6 1 (8.33%) Performance Testing

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 (8.33%) Confluence
Applications
1 2 (16.67%) Simulink
Cloud Services
1 1 (8.33%) Amazon AWS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (33.33%) SQL Server
1 4 (33.33%) SQL Server 2012
1 4 (33.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 1 (8.33%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 3 (25.00%) JIRA
2 2 (16.67%) Cucumber
2 2 (16.67%) JMeter
2 2 (16.67%) Selenium
2 2 (16.67%) SoapUI
2 2 (16.67%) WebDriver
3 1 (8.33%) Git (software)
3 1 (8.33%) Jenkins
3 1 (8.33%) JUnit
3 1 (8.33%) SpecFlow
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (8.33%) .NET
1 1 (8.33%) Gherkin
1 1 (8.33%) RESTful
1 1 (8.33%) SOAP
1 1 (8.33%) Web Services
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (58.33%) Test Automation
2 5 (41.67%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (41.67%) Functional Testing
3 4 (33.33%) Business Intelligence
3 4 (33.33%) Data Reconciliation
3 4 (33.33%) Manual Testing
3 4 (33.33%) Mathematics
3 4 (33.33%) Non-Functional Testing
3 4 (33.33%) System Testing
4 2 (16.67%) BDD
4 2 (16.67%) Infrastructure Transformation
4 2 (16.67%) Software Testing
4 2 (16.67%) Systems Analysis
5 1 (8.33%) Continuous Integration
5 1 (8.33%) Integration Testing
5 1 (8.33%) Load Testing
5 1 (8.33%) Migration
5 1 (8.33%) Performance Testing
5 1 (8.33%) TDD
5 1 (8.33%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 2 (16.67%) MATLAB
2 1 (8.33%) C#
2 1 (8.33%) Java
2 1 (8.33%) JavaScript
2 1 (8.33%) PL/SQL
2 1 (8.33%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (8.33%) Degree
1 1 (8.33%) SC Cleared
1 1 (8.33%) Security Cleared
Vendors
1 4 (33.33%) Microsoft