The median contractor rate for a Tester was £315 per day in advertised job vacancies in Staffordshire during the 3 months to 30 April 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 / Staffordshire
3 months to
30 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 20 18 27
Rank change year-on-year -2 +9  
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 3 6 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Staffordshire 2.19% 4.05% 3.62%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.40% 4.41% 3.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 3 6
Median daily rate £315 £325 £250
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.07% +30.00%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £325 £308
% change year-on-year -1.53% +5.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.07 £43.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year -58.47% +16.00%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in Staffordshire. 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
Staffordshire
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 125 136 208
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Staffordshire 91.24% 91.89% 94.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 82 81 127
Median daily rate £338 £350 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.57% -3.44%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £274 £225 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £500 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £396 £375
% change year-on-year +1.13% +5.46%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 10 17
Median hourly rate £18.00 £13.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +33.33% -15.62%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £9.56 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.40 £15.16 £20.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.83
% change year-on-year - +4.01%  

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in Staffordshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Staffordshire that featured Tester in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Tester in Staffordshire

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Staffordshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Tester in Staffordshire

Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Staffordshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Tester in Staffordshire

Tester
Contract Job Locations in Staffordshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Tester within the Staffordshire region over the 3 months to 30 April 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
Tamworth - 1 - -
Tester
West Midlands

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Staffordshire

For the 6 months to 30 April 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 Staffordshire region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 6 (60.00%) ISTQB
1 6 (60.00%) ISEB
1 6 (60.00%) Test Scripting
1 6 (60.00%) QA
2 2 (20.00%) Regression Testing
2 2 (20.00%) SQL
2 2 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (10.00%) TDD
3 1 (10.00%) Degree
3 1 (10.00%) JIRA
3 1 (10.00%) Computer Science
3 1 (10.00%) C#
3 1 (10.00%) C++
3 1 (10.00%) HTML
3 1 (10.00%) Java
3 1 (10.00%) JavaScript
3 1 (10.00%) .NET
3 1 (10.00%) MySQL
3 1 (10.00%) SQL Server
3 1 (10.00%) ASP.NET
3 1 (10.00%) CSS
3 1 (10.00%) Linux
3 1 (10.00%) OO
3 1 (10.00%) Python
3 1 (10.00%) E-Commerce
3 1 (10.00%) Firewall
3 1 (10.00%) MVC
3 1 (10.00%) Electronics
3 1 (10.00%) Validation
3 1 (10.00%) LAMP

Tester Skill Set
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:

Communications & Networking
1 1 (10.00%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (10.00%) Amazon Redshift
1 1 (10.00%) MySQL
1 1 (10.00%) PostgreSQL
1 1 (10.00%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (10.00%) JIRA
1 1 (10.00%) Selenium
General
1 1 (10.00%) Electronics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (10.00%) .NET
1 1 (10.00%) ASP.NET
1 1 (10.00%) CSS
1 1 (10.00%) HTML
1 1 (10.00%) jQuery
1 1 (10.00%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 1 (10.00%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 1 (10.00%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (60.00%) Test Scripting
2 2 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (20.00%) Regression Testing
3 1 (10.00%) Automation Testing
3 1 (10.00%) Continuous Integration
3 1 (10.00%) Domain-Driven Design
3 1 (10.00%) E-Commerce
3 1 (10.00%) Manual Testing
3 1 (10.00%) MVC
3 1 (10.00%) OO
3 1 (10.00%) Penetration Testing
3 1 (10.00%) Process Improvement
3 1 (10.00%) Release Management
3 1 (10.00%) Software Testing
3 1 (10.00%) System Testing
3 1 (10.00%) TDD
3 1 (10.00%) Test Strategy
3 1 (10.00%) Unit Testing
3 1 (10.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 1 (10.00%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 2 (20.00%) SQL
2 1 (10.00%) C#
2 1 (10.00%) C++
2 1 (10.00%) Java
2 1 (10.00%) JavaScript
2 1 (10.00%) Python
Qualifications
1 6 (60.00%) ISEB
1 6 (60.00%) ISTQB
2 1 (10.00%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (60.00%) QA