Period
to 15 August 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 15 August 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
15 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 148 126 151
Rank change year-on-year -22 +25 +4
Contract jobs citing Functional Testing 45 41 61
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.89% 0.95% 1.00%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.06% 1.14% 1.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 15 33
West Midlands median daily rate £388 £300 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +29.17% -4.00% +4.17%
10th Percentile £278 £271 £150
90th Percentile £476 £473 £494
England median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate £21.00 - -
England median hourly rate £36.25 £35.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +3.57% -12.50% +3.23%

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 4,233 3,596 5,093
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 83.47% 83.36% 83.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,538 2,276 2,975
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £264 £250 £239
90th Percentile £575 £550 £542
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +4.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 199 122 122
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.50 £20.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.50% +25.00% -28.89%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.88 £10.73
90th Percentile £35.00 £52.40 £39.45
England median hourly rate £21.50 £23.48 £23.50
% change year-on-year -8.43% -0.09% +8.60%

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 15 August 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 15 August 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 -16 16 £394 +31.25% 4
Shropshire - 7 £550 - 2
Solihull - 6 £319 - 1
Coventry -18 5 - -
Kingswinford - 2 £350 -
Warwickshire -13 1 - -
Functional Testing
England

For the 6 months to 15 August 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 29 (64.44%) Test Automation
2 26 (57.78%) Regression Testing
3 20 (44.44%) Selenium
4 18 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
5 16 (35.56%) Microsoft
6 15 (33.33%) SQL
6 15 (33.33%) Migration
6 15 (33.33%) JIRA
7 14 (31.11%) Test Scripting
7 14 (31.11%) Continuous Integration
7 14 (31.11%) Java
8 12 (26.67%) Team Foundation Server
9 11 (24.44%) Cucumber
9 11 (24.44%) Test Strategy
9 11 (24.44%) User Acceptance Testing
9 11 (24.44%) Security Cleared
10 10 (22.22%) SC Cleared
10 10 (22.22%) Waterfall
10 10 (22.22%) Jenkins
10 10 (22.22%) XML
10 10 (22.22%) System Integration Testing
11 9 (20.00%) Defect Management
11 9 (20.00%) Non-Functional Testing
11 9 (20.00%) Confluence
12 8 (17.78%) Microsoft Azure
12 8 (17.78%) Dynamics 365
13 7 (15.56%) Test Management
13 7 (15.56%) Visual Studio Team System
13 7 (15.56%) Load Testing
13 7 (15.56%) Integration Testing

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 9 (20.00%) Confluence
2 6 (13.33%) SharePoint
3 1 (2.22%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 7 (15.56%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (2.22%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (2.22%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 8 (17.78%) Dynamics 365
1 8 (17.78%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (13.33%) Office 365
3 1 (2.22%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (4.44%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (13.33%) PostgreSQL
2 4 (8.89%) SQL Server
3 3 (6.67%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (4.44%) Big Data
4 2 (4.44%) Data Lake
5 1 (2.22%) MongoDB
5 1 (2.22%) MySQL
5 1 (2.22%) Oracle Database
5 1 (2.22%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (2.22%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (2.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 20 (44.44%) Selenium
2 15 (33.33%) JIRA
3 12 (26.67%) Team Foundation Server
4 11 (24.44%) Cucumber
5 10 (22.22%) Jenkins
6 7 (15.56%) HP UFT
6 7 (15.56%) Visual Studio Team System
7 6 (13.33%) GitLab
7 6 (13.33%) Octopus Deploy
7 6 (13.33%) SoapUI
7 6 (13.33%) TeamCity
8 4 (8.89%) JUnit
8 4 (8.89%) WebDriver
9 3 (6.67%) Visual Studio
10 2 (4.44%) Eclipse
10 2 (4.44%) Git (software)
10 2 (4.44%) JMeter
11 1 (2.22%) NDepend
11 1 (2.22%) SonarQube
11 1 (2.22%) SpecFlow
General
1 4 (8.89%) Finance
2 2 (4.44%) Retail
3 1 (2.22%) Aerospace
3 1 (2.22%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 18 (40.00%) Analyst
1 18 (40.00%) Test Analyst
2 12 (26.67%) Tester
3 8 (17.78%) SQL Analyst
4 5 (11.11%) Automation Tester
4 5 (11.11%) Data Centre Analyst
4 5 (11.11%) Selenium Automation Tester
4 5 (11.11%) Selenium Tester
4 5 (11.11%) XML Analyst
5 4 (8.89%) Functional Tester
5 4 (8.89%) Test Manager
6 2 (4.44%) Architect
6 2 (4.44%) Azure Architect
6 2 (4.44%) Chief Architect
6 2 (4.44%) Functional Analyst
6 2 (4.44%) Functional Test Analyst
6 2 (4.44%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
7 1 (2.22%) Automation Test Lead
7 1 (2.22%) Developer in Test
7 1 (2.22%) Test Automation Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (22.22%) XML
2 7 (15.56%) Web Services
3 6 (13.33%) Gherkin
4 5 (11.11%) REST
5 4 (8.89%) RESTful
6 3 (6.67%) .NET
7 2 (4.44%) JSON
7 2 (4.44%) SOAP
8 1 (2.22%) ASP.NET
8 1 (2.22%) ASP.NET MVC
8 1 (2.22%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 6 (13.33%) Mobile App
2 5 (11.11%) Data Centre
3 4 (8.89%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (4.44%) Private Cloud
5 1 (2.22%) AS400
5 1 (2.22%) iSeries
5 1 (2.22%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 7 (15.56%) Windows
2 2 (4.44%) Unix
3 1 (2.22%) Windows 7
3 1 (2.22%) Windows Server
3 1 (2.22%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (2.22%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (64.44%) Test Automation
2 26 (57.78%) Regression Testing
3 18 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
4 15 (33.33%) Migration
5 14 (31.11%) Continuous Integration
5 14 (31.11%) Test Scripting
6 11 (24.44%) Test Strategy
6 11 (24.44%) User Acceptance Testing
7 10 (22.22%) System Integration Testing
7 10 (22.22%) Waterfall
8 9 (20.00%) Defect Management
8 9 (20.00%) Non-Functional Testing
9 7 (15.56%) DevOps
9 7 (15.56%) Integration Testing
9 7 (15.56%) Load Testing
9 7 (15.56%) Test Management
10 6 (13.33%) BDD
10 6 (13.33%) Build Automation
10 6 (13.33%) Customer Requirements
10 6 (13.33%) Exploratory Testing
Programming Languages
1 15 (33.33%) SQL
2 14 (31.11%) Java
3 6 (13.33%) PL/SQL
4 5 (11.11%) JavaScript
5 4 (8.89%) C#
6 1 (2.22%) RPG
6 1 (2.22%) RPG IV
6 1 (2.22%) RPG/400
Qualifications
1 11 (24.44%) Security Cleared
2 10 (22.22%) SC Cleared
3 2 (4.44%) ISEB
3 2 (4.44%) ISTQB
4 1 (2.22%) Degree
4 1 (2.22%) ISEB Practitioner
4 1 (2.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.22%) PMO
System Software
1 6 (13.33%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (2.22%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (2.22%) logstash
Vendors
1 16 (35.56%) Microsoft
2 3 (6.67%) Oracle
3 1 (2.22%) AppDynamics
3 1 (2.22%) Atlassian
3 1 (2.22%) Infor
3 1 (2.22%) JD Edwards