The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Staffordshire 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
West Midlands / Staffordshire
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 22 24 22
Rank change year-on-year +2 -2  
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 1 1 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Staffordshire 0.86% 0.54% 4.02%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.19% 0.68% 4.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 0 4
Median daily rate - - £295
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £330 £316
% change year-on-year +6.06% +4.34%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £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 Staffordshire with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Staffordshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 84 148 142
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Staffordshire 72.41% 80.00% 81.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 209 282 423
Median daily rate £335 £325 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.07% -18.75%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £201 £175 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £499 £438
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 2 18
Median hourly rate £35.00 £11.23 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +211.73% -27.56%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £10.50 £12.08
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £11.72 £20.00
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 Staffordshire

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Testing in Staffordshire

Software Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Staffordshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Testing in Staffordshire

Software Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Staffordshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Testing in Staffordshire

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 Staffordshire region with a requirement for Software Testing.

1 1 (100.00%) C#
1 1 (100.00%) HTML
1 1 (100.00%) JavaScript
1 1 (100.00%) SQL
1 1 (100.00%) .NET
1 1 (100.00%) MySQL
1 1 (100.00%) SQL Server
1 1 (100.00%) ASP.NET
1 1 (100.00%) CSS
1 1 (100.00%) Regression Testing
1 1 (100.00%) MVC
1 1 (100.00%) PostgreSQL
1 1 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 1 (100.00%) TDD
1 1 (100.00%) jQuery
1 1 (100.00%) Manual Testing
1 1 (100.00%) System Testing
1 1 (100.00%) Test Automation
1 1 (100.00%) Domain-Driven Design
1 1 (100.00%) Test Strategy
1 1 (100.00%) Amazon Redshift

Software Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in Staffordshire 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:

Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (100.00%) Amazon Redshift
1 1 (100.00%) MySQL
1 1 (100.00%) PostgreSQL
1 1 (100.00%) SQL Server
Job Titles
1 1 (100.00%) Software Tester
1 1 (100.00%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (100.00%) .NET
1 1 (100.00%) ASP.NET
1 1 (100.00%) CSS
1 1 (100.00%) HTML
1 1 (100.00%) jQuery
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 1 (100.00%) Domain-Driven Design
1 1 (100.00%) Manual Testing
1 1 (100.00%) MVC
1 1 (100.00%) Regression Testing
1 1 (100.00%) System Testing
1 1 (100.00%) TDD
1 1 (100.00%) Test Automation
1 1 (100.00%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 1 (100.00%) C#
1 1 (100.00%) JavaScript
1 1 (100.00%) SQL