The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the Midlands 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 28 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
England / Midlands
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 131 151 114
Rank change year-on-year +20 -37  
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 31 29 50
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 0.84% 0.61% 1.24%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.99% 0.75% 1.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 14 19
Median daily rate £361 £333 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.64% +20.90%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £282 £111
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £451 £360
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £330 £316
% change year-on-year +6.06% +4.34%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 0 1
Median hourly rate £50.00 - £20.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £48.75 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +30.00% -  

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 the Midlands with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 3126 3882 3112
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the Midlands 84.67% 82.12% 77.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 7045 8615 6429
Median daily rate £413 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.12% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £263 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 353 176 284
Median hourly rate £28.00 £18.63 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +50.33% -19.02%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.06 £11.78 £12.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.75 £43.75 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

Software Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the Midlands

Job postings citing Software Testing as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for Software Testing in the Midlands

Software Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Testing in the Midlands

Software Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Testing in the Midlands over the 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Testing in the Midlands

Software Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Testing in the Midlands

Software Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the Midlands

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Testing in the Midlands over the 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Software Testing in the Midlands

Software Testing
Contract Job Locations in the Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Testing within the Midlands region over the 3 months to 28 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
East Midlands +6 20 £350 +16.66% 3
West Midlands +14 11 £375 +10.29% 17
Software Testing
England

For the 6 months to 28 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 Midlands region with a requirement for Software Testing.

1 25 (42.37%) Test Automation
2 22 (37.29%) Test Strategy
3 20 (33.90%) .NET
3 20 (33.90%) QA
4 19 (32.20%) Agile Software Development
5 17 (28.81%) C#
6 16 (27.12%) Windows
6 16 (27.12%) Software Engineering
6 16 (27.12%) Scrum
6 16 (27.12%) Security Cleared
7 15 (25.42%) Test Scripting
7 15 (25.42%) Microsoft
8 14 (23.73%) SQL Server
8 14 (23.73%) SC Cleared
9 13 (22.03%) UML
9 13 (22.03%) OO
9 13 (22.03%) Degree
10 12 (20.34%) WPF
10 12 (20.34%) DCOM
10 12 (20.34%) VB
10 12 (20.34%) ISEB
10 12 (20.34%) User Experience
10 12 (20.34%) SOLID
10 12 (20.34%) Scenario Testing
11 11 (18.64%) Functional Testing
12 10 (16.95%) NServiceBus
12 10 (16.95%) Defect Management
12 10 (16.95%) Avionics
12 10 (16.95%) Link 16
12 10 (16.95%) MIL-STD-1553

Software Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in the Midlands 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 10 (16.95%) ArcGIS
1 10 (16.95%) NServiceBus
2 1 (1.69%) Apache
Applications
1 1 (1.69%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (3.39%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.69%) JDE EnterpriseOne
2 1 (1.69%) Teamcenter
2 1 (1.69%) TRIRIGA
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.39%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.69%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 10 (16.95%) Link 16
2 1 (1.69%) Bluetooth
2 1 (1.69%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (23.73%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.69%) Amazon Redshift
2 1 (1.69%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (1.69%) MySQL
2 1 (1.69%) Oracle Database
2 1 (1.69%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (1.69%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 6 (10.17%) Selenium
2 5 (8.47%) Cucumber
2 5 (8.47%) JIRA
3 4 (6.78%) HP UFT
3 4 (6.78%) JMeter
3 4 (6.78%) LoadUI
3 4 (6.78%) SoapUI
4 3 (5.08%) YouTrack
5 1 (1.69%) Balsamiq Mockups
5 1 (1.69%) Protractor
5 1 (1.69%) Ranorex
5 1 (1.69%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (1.69%) Visual Studio
General
1 10 (16.95%) Avionics
1 10 (16.95%) Finance
1 10 (16.95%) Military
2 2 (3.39%) Advertising
2 2 (3.39%) Legal
2 2 (3.39%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.69%) Automotive
3 1 (1.69%) Banking
3 1 (1.69%) Investment Banking
3 1 (1.69%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 20 (33.90%) Analyst
2 16 (27.12%) Test Analyst
3 15 (25.42%) Tester
4 12 (20.34%) C# Software Engineer
4 12 (20.34%) Software Engineer
5 8 (13.56%) SC Cleared Software Engineer
6 6 (10.17%) Test Leader
7 5 (8.47%) QA Tester
7 5 (8.47%) Software Analyst
7 5 (8.47%) Software Test Analyst
8 4 (6.78%) Automation Tester
8 4 (6.78%) Developer
8 4 (6.78%) Performance Analyst
8 4 (6.78%) Performance Test Analyst
8 4 (6.78%) QA Automation Tester
9 3 (5.08%) QA Leader
9 3 (5.08%) Software Tester
10 2 (3.39%) C# Developer
10 2 (3.39%) C++ Software Engineer
10 2 (3.39%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (33.90%) .NET
2 12 (20.34%) DCOM
2 12 (20.34%) WPF
3 10 (16.95%) COM
4 4 (6.78%) CSS
4 4 (6.78%) HTML
5 3 (5.08%) Web Services
6 2 (3.39%) SOAP
6 2 (3.39%) Unreal Engine
7 1 (1.69%) ASP.NET
7 1 (1.69%) Gherkin
7 1 (1.69%) Java EE
7 1 (1.69%) jQuery
7 1 (1.69%) RESTful
7 1 (1.69%) Unity (Game Engine)
7 1 (1.69%) Unity DI Container
7 1 (1.69%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 12 (20.34%) User Experience
2 4 (6.78%) Computer Science
3 3 (5.08%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (3.39%) SCADA
5 1 (1.69%) Data Centre
5 1 (1.69%) Mainframe
5 1 (1.69%) Market Risk
Operating Systems
1 16 (27.12%) Windows
2 4 (6.78%) Linux
3 2 (3.39%) Unix
4 1 (1.69%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (42.37%) Test Automation
2 22 (37.29%) Test Strategy
3 19 (32.20%) Agile Software Development
4 16 (27.12%) Scrum
4 16 (27.12%) Software Engineering
5 15 (25.42%) Test Scripting
6 13 (22.03%) OO
6 13 (22.03%) UML
7 12 (20.34%) Scenario Testing
7 12 (20.34%) SOLID
8 11 (18.64%) Functional Testing
9 10 (16.95%) Defect Management
10 9 (15.25%) Manual Testing
10 9 (15.25%) SDLC
11 7 (11.86%) User Acceptance Testing
12 6 (10.17%) QA Automation
12 6 (10.17%) Regression Testing
13 5 (8.47%) Logistics
13 5 (8.47%) Test Management
14 4 (6.78%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 17 (28.81%) C#
2 12 (20.34%) VB
3 10 (16.95%) C
3 10 (16.95%) SQL
4 6 (10.17%) Java
5 5 (8.47%) JavaScript
6 3 (5.08%) C++
6 3 (5.08%) VB.NET
7 2 (3.39%) MATLAB
8 1 (1.69%) Embedded C
8 1 (1.69%) Python
8 1 (1.69%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 16 (27.12%) Security Cleared
2 14 (23.73%) SC Cleared
3 13 (22.03%) Degree
4 12 (20.34%) ISEB
5 10 (16.95%) Microsoft Certification
6 9 (15.25%) Computer Science Degree
6 9 (15.25%) ISTQB
7 4 (6.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (33.90%) QA
2 10 (16.95%) MIL-STD-1553
3 2 (3.39%) ISO 9001
3 2 (3.39%) SLA
3 2 (3.39%) TickIT
Systems Management
1 8 (13.56%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 15 (25.42%) Microsoft
2 5 (8.47%) HP
3 4 (6.78%) Oracle
4 3 (5.08%) Remedy
5 1 (1.69%) Capita
5 1 (1.69%) JD Edwards
5 1 (1.69%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (1.69%) VMware
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Resource Group
Rate: £250 - £400 per day
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