Period
to 20 November 2017

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 6 months to 20 November 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
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 184 211 139
Rank change year-on-year +27 -72 +20
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 57 50 98
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 0.70% 0.52% 1.16%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.84% 0.63% 1.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 37 33
Midlands median daily rate £384 £313 £303
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +22.80% +3.31% +3.42%
10th Percentile £311 £273 £180
90th Percentile £447 £405 £430
England median daily rate £400 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +14.29% - +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 3
Midlands median hourly rate £50.00 - £20.00
England median hourly rate £45.00 £41.25 £32.50
% change year-on-year +9.09% +26.92% -13.33%

Software Testing is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following 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 or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 6782 7980 6686
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 83.18% 82.57% 79.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 4315 4877 3952
Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +3.23%
10th Percentile £250 £250 £231
90th Percentile £550 £575 £538
England median daily rate £450 £425 £423
% change year-on-year +5.88% +0.59% +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 241 204 263
Midlands median hourly rate £21.24 £16.75 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +26.81% -11.84% +4.11%
10th Percentile £10.59 £10.50 £11.00
90th Percentile £48.75 £39.85 £42.54
England median hourly rate £24.00 £24.42 £22.50
% change year-on-year -1.72% +8.53% +18.42%

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 6 months to 20 November 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
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 6 months to 20 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
West Midlands +16 29 £380 +18.75% 8
East Midlands +18 28 £388 +25.00% 6
Software Testing
England

For the 6 months to 20 November 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 30 (52.63%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (38.60%) Test Automation
3 17 (29.82%) Scrum
4 15 (26.32%) QA
5 14 (24.56%) SQL
6 13 (22.81%) Java
7 12 (21.05%) User Acceptance Testing
7 12 (21.05%) Analytical Skills
8 11 (19.30%) Finance
8 11 (19.30%) MATLAB
9 10 (17.54%) Selenium
10 9 (15.79%) Systems Analysis
10 9 (15.79%) SDLC
10 9 (15.79%) Infrastructure Transformation
11 8 (14.04%) Scenario Testing
11 8 (14.04%) Cucumber
11 8 (14.04%) Test Strategy
11 8 (14.04%) User Stories
11 8 (14.04%) Integration Testing
11 8 (14.04%) Security Cleared
11 8 (14.04%) Continuous Integration
11 8 (14.04%) ISEB
11 8 (14.04%) JavaScript
12 7 (12.28%) Windows
12 7 (12.28%) Simulink
12 7 (12.28%) Microsoft
12 7 (12.28%) SC Cleared
12 7 (12.28%) ISTQB
12 7 (12.28%) Acceptance Criteria
13 6 (10.53%) Defect Management

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 2 (3.51%) Apache
1 2 (3.51%) ArcGIS
1 2 (3.51%) Cloud Foundry
1 2 (3.51%) Elasticsearch
1 2 (3.51%) NServiceBus
1 2 (3.51%) Tomcat
2 1 (1.75%) SharePoint
Applications
1 7 (12.28%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 3 (5.26%) Oracle EBS
1 3 (5.26%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (1.75%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.75%) Oracle Assets
2 1 (1.75%) Oracle General Ledger
2 1 (1.75%) Oracle Internet Expenses
2 1 (1.75%) Oracle iProcurement
2 1 (1.75%) Oracle Payables
2 1 (1.75%) Oracle Receivables
2 1 (1.75%) TRIRIGA
Cloud Services
1 5 (8.77%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (7.02%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (3.51%) GitHub
3 2 (3.51%) PaaS
4 1 (1.75%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.51%) Link 16
2 1 (1.75%) Internet
2 1 (1.75%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (5.26%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.51%) MariaDB
2 2 (3.51%) MongoDB
2 2 (3.51%) MySQL
3 1 (1.75%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 10 (17.54%) Selenium
2 8 (14.04%) Cucumber
3 6 (10.53%) Git (software)
3 6 (10.53%) Protractor
4 5 (8.77%) LoadUI
4 5 (8.77%) SoapUI
5 3 (5.26%) WebDriver
6 2 (3.51%) git-flow
6 2 (3.51%) HP UFT
6 2 (3.51%) Jenkins
6 2 (3.51%) JHipster
6 2 (3.51%) JIRA
6 2 (3.51%) JMeter
6 2 (3.51%) JUnit
6 2 (3.51%) Liquibase
6 2 (3.51%) TestRail
6 2 (3.51%) Toad
7 1 (1.75%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (1.75%) Visual Studio
7 1 (1.75%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 11 (19.30%) Finance
2 3 (5.26%) Banking
3 2 (3.51%) Avionics
3 2 (3.51%) Military
3 2 (3.51%) Retail
4 1 (1.75%) Back Office
4 1 (1.75%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 27 (47.37%) Analyst
2 21 (36.84%) Test Analyst
3 11 (19.30%) Test Engineer
4 6 (10.53%) Tester
5 5 (8.77%) Developer
5 5 (8.77%) MATLAB Engineer
5 5 (8.77%) Performance Analyst
5 5 (8.77%) Performance Test Analyst
5 5 (8.77%) Test Automation Engineer
5 5 (8.77%) Test Leader
6 4 (7.02%) Full Stack Developer
6 4 (7.02%) Team Leader
7 3 (5.26%) Automation Test Analyst
7 3 (5.26%) QA Leader
7 3 (5.26%) QA Tester
8 2 (3.51%) Angular Developer
8 2 (3.51%) Digital Analyst
8 2 (3.51%) Digital Business Analyst
8 2 (3.51%) IT Analyst
8 2 (3.51%) SC Cleared Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (8.77%) Web Services
1 5 (8.77%) XML
2 4 (7.02%) AngularJS
2 4 (7.02%) CSS
2 4 (7.02%) CSS3
2 4 (7.02%) HTML
2 4 (7.02%) HTML5
2 4 (7.02%) jQuery
2 4 (7.02%) JSON
2 4 (7.02%) Node.js
2 4 (7.02%) REST
2 4 (7.02%) Spring
2 4 (7.02%) Twitter Bootstrap
3 3 (5.26%) WPF
4 2 (3.51%) .NET
4 2 (3.51%) COM
4 2 (3.51%) DCOM
4 2 (3.51%) SOAP
4 2 (3.51%) Spring Boot
5 1 (1.75%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 12 (21.05%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (7.02%) Computer Science
3 2 (3.51%) User Experience
4 1 (1.75%) EPoS
4 1 (1.75%) Market Risk
Operating Systems
1 7 (12.28%) Windows
2 5 (8.77%) Linux
3 1 (1.75%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (52.63%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (38.60%) Test Automation
3 17 (29.82%) Scrum
4 12 (21.05%) User Acceptance Testing
5 9 (15.79%) Infrastructure Transformation
5 9 (15.79%) SDLC
5 9 (15.79%) Systems Analysis
6 8 (14.04%) Continuous Integration
6 8 (14.04%) Integration Testing
6 8 (14.04%) Scenario Testing
6 8 (14.04%) Test Strategy
6 8 (14.04%) User Stories
7 7 (12.28%) Acceptance Criteria
8 6 (10.53%) Defect Management
8 6 (10.53%) Kanban
8 6 (10.53%) OO
8 6 (10.53%) Test Management
8 6 (10.53%) Unit Testing
9 5 (8.77%) Stakeholder Management
9 5 (8.77%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 14 (24.56%) SQL
2 13 (22.81%) Java
3 11 (19.30%) MATLAB
4 8 (14.04%) JavaScript
5 6 (10.53%) C
6 4 (7.02%) C++
6 4 (7.02%) TypeScript
7 3 (5.26%) Ruby
8 2 (3.51%) C#
8 2 (3.51%) Python
8 2 (3.51%) VB
Qualifications
1 8 (14.04%) ISEB
1 8 (14.04%) Security Cleared
2 7 (12.28%) ISTQB
2 7 (12.28%) SC Cleared
3 6 (10.53%) Degree
4 5 (8.77%) Computer Science Degree
4 5 (8.77%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (3.51%) DBS Check
5 2 (3.51%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (1.75%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (26.32%) QA
2 4 (7.02%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (3.51%) MIL-STD-1553
4 1 (1.75%) ISO 9001
4 1 (1.75%) TickIT
System Software
1 2 (3.51%) Docker
Systems Management
1 4 (7.02%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (12.28%) Microsoft
2 4 (7.02%) Oracle
3 3 (5.26%) HP
4 1 (1.75%) IBM
4 1 (1.75%) Salesforce.com
4 1 (1.75%) SAP