Period
to 22 May 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for Functional Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Functional Testing over the 6 months to 22 May 2018 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.

Functional Testing
England > West Midlands
6 months to
22 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 164 116 152
Rank change year-on-year -48 +36 0
Contract jobs citing Functional Testing 30 54 45
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.61% 1.25% 0.83%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.73% 1.54% 1.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 34 28
West Midlands median daily rate £376 £323 £309
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.67% +4.45% -8.52%
10th Percentile £271 £271 £128
90th Percentile £511 £539 £446
England median daily rate £413 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +10.00% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate £21.00 - -
England median hourly rate £42.50 £35.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +21.43% -12.50% +14.29%

Functional 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 West Midlands with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
West Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 4,114 3,512 4,506
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 83.70% 81.37% 83.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,533 2,192 2,543
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56% +7.59%
10th Percentile £263 £235 £233
90th Percentile £575 £538 £545
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +4.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 173 138 105
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.50 £21.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -27.91% +19.44% -25.00%
10th Percentile £10.50 £11.50 £10.73
90th Percentile £42.35 £50.45 £38.75
England median hourly rate £22.00 £25.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -12.00% +8.70% +8.75%

Functional Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

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

Job vacancy trend for Functional Testing in the West Midlands

Functional Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Functional Testing in the West Midlands

Functional Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Functional Testing in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 22 May 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Functional Testing in the West Midlands

Functional Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Functional Testing in the West Midlands

Functional Testing
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Functional Testing within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 22 May 2018. 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
Birmingham -11 12 £376 -16.39% 2
Staffordshire -1 6 - -
Coventry -20 3 £615 +17.14%
Solihull - 3 - -
Warwickshire -18 1 - -
Kingswinford - 1 £350 -
Functional Testing
England

For the 6 months to 22 May 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Functional Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Functional Testing.

1 21 (70.00%) Test Automation
2 18 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (43.33%) Non-Functional Testing
4 12 (40.00%) Test Scripting
4 12 (40.00%) SQL
5 11 (36.67%) Selenium
6 10 (33.33%) Migration
6 10 (33.33%) Regression Testing
7 9 (30.00%) Security Cleared
7 9 (30.00%) Cucumber
8 8 (26.67%) User Acceptance Testing
8 8 (26.67%) SC Cleared
9 7 (23.33%) Manual Testing
9 7 (23.33%) Microsoft
9 7 (23.33%) Java
9 7 (23.33%) QA
10 6 (20.00%) JIRA
10 6 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
10 6 (20.00%) Unit Testing
10 6 (20.00%) WebDriver
10 6 (20.00%) Smoke Testing
11 5 (16.67%) Exploratory Testing
11 5 (16.67%) Waterfall
11 5 (16.67%) Load Testing
11 5 (16.67%) PostgreSQL
11 5 (16.67%) PL/SQL
11 5 (16.67%) JUnit
12 4 (13.33%) Microsoft Office
12 4 (13.33%) Web Services
12 4 (13.33%) Validation

Functional Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West 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 (6.67%) Confluence
Applications
1 4 (13.33%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 2 (6.67%) Dynamics 365
1 2 (6.67%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.33%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (16.67%) PostgreSQL
2 2 (6.67%) Big Data
2 2 (6.67%) Data Lake
2 2 (6.67%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (6.67%) SQL Server
3 1 (3.33%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 11 (36.67%) Selenium
2 9 (30.00%) Cucumber
3 6 (20.00%) JIRA
3 6 (20.00%) WebDriver
4 5 (16.67%) JUnit
5 4 (13.33%) SoapUI
5 4 (13.33%) Team Foundation Server
6 3 (10.00%) Visual Studio
7 2 (6.67%) Jenkins
8 1 (3.33%) JMeter
8 1 (3.33%) TestDirector
8 1 (3.33%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 1 (3.33%) Aerospace
1 1 (3.33%) Automotive
1 1 (3.33%) Finance
1 1 (3.33%) Retail
Job Titles
1 16 (53.33%) Analyst
1 16 (53.33%) Test Analyst
2 12 (40.00%) Tester
3 7 (23.33%) QA Analyst
3 7 (23.33%) QA Test Analyst
4 6 (20.00%) QA Engineer
4 6 (20.00%) QA Test Engineer
4 6 (20.00%) QA Tester
4 6 (20.00%) Software Analyst
4 6 (20.00%) Software QA Engineer
4 6 (20.00%) Software QA Tester
4 6 (20.00%) Software Test Analyst
4 6 (20.00%) Software Test Engineer
4 6 (20.00%) Software Tester
4 6 (20.00%) Test Engineer
5 4 (13.33%) Automation Tester
6 3 (10.00%) Data Centre Analyst
6 3 (10.00%) Functional Tester
6 3 (10.00%) Selenium Automation Tester
6 3 (10.00%) Selenium Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (13.33%) Web Services
2 3 (10.00%) Gherkin
2 3 (10.00%) REST
2 3 (10.00%) XML
3 2 (6.67%) .NET
3 2 (6.67%) JSON
3 2 (6.67%) RESTful
4 1 (3.33%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 3 (10.00%) Data Centre
2 2 (6.67%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (6.67%) Private Cloud
3 1 (3.33%) Digital Media
3 1 (3.33%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.33%) Unix
1 1 (3.33%) Windows
1 1 (3.33%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (70.00%) Test Automation
2 18 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (43.33%) Non-Functional Testing
4 12 (40.00%) Test Scripting
5 10 (33.33%) Migration
5 10 (33.33%) Regression Testing
6 8 (26.67%) User Acceptance Testing
7 7 (23.33%) Manual Testing
8 6 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
8 6 (20.00%) Smoke Testing
8 6 (20.00%) Unit Testing
9 5 (16.67%) Exploratory Testing
9 5 (16.67%) Load Testing
9 5 (16.67%) Waterfall
10 4 (13.33%) Integration Testing
10 4 (13.33%) Test Strategy
10 4 (13.33%) Validation
11 3 (10.00%) BDD
11 3 (10.00%) Defect Management
11 3 (10.00%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 12 (40.00%) SQL
2 7 (23.33%) Java
3 5 (16.67%) PL/SQL
4 3 (10.00%) JavaScript
5 2 (6.67%) C#
Qualifications
1 9 (30.00%) Security Cleared
2 8 (26.67%) SC Cleared
3 2 (6.67%) Degree
3 2 (6.67%) ISEB
3 2 (6.67%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (23.33%) QA
System Software
1 1 (3.33%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 7 (23.33%) Microsoft
2 1 (3.33%) Capita
2 1 (3.33%) Oracle