Period
to 19 November 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 19 November 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
19 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 134 141 153
Rank change year-on-year +7 +12 -1
Contract jobs citing Functional Testing 73 44 59
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.43% 0.92% 0.96%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.66% 1.10% 1.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 20 37
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.29% - +7.28%
10th Percentile £275 £261 £150
90th Percentile £464 £489 £545
England median daily rate £435 £425 £375
% change year-on-year +2.35% +13.33% +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
West Midlands median hourly rate £45.00 £43.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.45% - -
England median hourly rate £25.00 £37.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year -33.33% -11.76% +6.25%

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 4,387 3,993 5,224
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 86.02% 83.90% 84.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,683 2,553 3,123
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £263 £240 £250
90th Percentile £575 £550 £550
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 167 141 154
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.85 £25.00 £17.06
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -36.60% +46.54% -14.70%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.75 £10.61
90th Percentile £40.75 £48.75 £39.85
England median hourly rate £22.00 £23.32 £23.00
% change year-on-year -5.66% +1.39% +4.55%

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 19 November 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 19 November 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
Shropshire - 26 £408 - 2
Birmingham +7 21 £369 +5.36% 2
Staffordshire - 7 £275 - 3
Solihull - 5 £319 - 2
Coventry -24 3 - -
Kingswinford +5 1 - -
Warwickshire +1 1 - -
Functional Testing
England

For the 6 months to 19 November 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 46 (63.01%) Test Automation
2 42 (57.53%) Agile Software Development
3 30 (41.10%) JIRA
4 29 (39.73%) Microsoft
5 28 (38.36%) Regression Testing
6 25 (34.25%) Selenium
7 24 (32.88%) Continuous Integration
8 23 (31.51%) Team Foundation Server
9 22 (30.14%) Test Strategy
10 20 (27.40%) Visual Studio Team System
10 20 (27.40%) Scrum
11 18 (24.66%) Mobile App
11 18 (24.66%) Microsoft Azure
11 18 (24.66%) DevOps
12 17 (23.29%) Non-Functional Testing
12 17 (23.29%) Java
12 17 (23.29%) Web Services
13 16 (21.92%) Windows
13 16 (21.92%) SQL
13 16 (21.92%) Jenkins
13 16 (21.92%) Confluence
13 16 (21.92%) Waterfall
14 15 (20.55%) Analytical Skills
14 15 (20.55%) SDLC
14 15 (20.55%) Test Scripting
15 14 (19.18%) Atlassian
15 14 (19.18%) C#
16 13 (17.81%) MVC
16 13 (17.81%) TDD
16 13 (17.81%) Mentoring

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 16 (21.92%) Confluence
2 10 (13.70%) SharePoint
3 7 (9.59%) Documentum
4 4 (5.48%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 1 (1.37%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 4 (5.48%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.37%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (1.37%) Infor M3
1 1 (1.37%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 18 (24.66%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (13.70%) Dynamics 365
2 10 (13.70%) Office 365
3 9 (12.33%) Amazon AWS
4 8 (10.96%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.37%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (15.07%) SQL Server
2 7 (9.59%) MySQL
3 6 (8.22%) SQLite
4 5 (6.85%) MongoDB
5 4 (5.48%) Oracle Reports
6 2 (2.74%) Big Data
6 2 (2.74%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (1.37%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (1.37%) Oracle Database
7 1 (1.37%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (1.37%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 30 (41.10%) JIRA
2 25 (34.25%) Selenium
3 23 (31.51%) Team Foundation Server
4 20 (27.40%) Visual Studio Team System
5 16 (21.92%) Jenkins
6 12 (16.44%) HP UFT
7 11 (15.07%) Cucumber
8 10 (13.70%) GitLab
8 10 (13.70%) Octopus Deploy
8 10 (13.70%) TeamCity
9 8 (10.96%) Eclipse
9 8 (10.96%) SoapUI
9 8 (10.96%) Xcode
10 6 (8.22%) Git (software)
11 5 (6.85%) NDepend
11 5 (6.85%) SonarQube
12 3 (4.11%) Maven
12 3 (4.11%) WebDriver
13 2 (2.74%) JMeter
13 2 (2.74%) Visual Studio
General
1 6 (8.22%) Finance
2 4 (5.48%) Marketing
3 1 (1.37%) Advertising
3 1 (1.37%) Banking
3 1 (1.37%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.37%) Military
3 1 (1.37%) Retail
Job Titles
1 31 (42.47%) Analyst
2 22 (30.14%) Test Analyst
3 12 (16.44%) Tester
4 9 (12.33%) Business Analyst
4 9 (12.33%) Developer
5 7 (9.59%) Applications Developer
5 7 (9.59%) Automation Tester
5 7 (9.59%) Mobile Applications Developer
5 7 (9.59%) Mobile Developer
5 7 (9.59%) SQL Analyst
6 6 (8.22%) Selenium Automation Tester
6 6 (8.22%) Selenium Tester
6 6 (8.22%) XML Analyst
7 5 (6.85%) Java Automation Tester
8 4 (5.48%) Consultant
9 3 (4.11%) Process Analyst
9 3 (4.11%) Senior Test Engineer
9 3 (4.11%) Test Automation Engineer
9 3 (4.11%) Test Engineer
9 3 (4.11%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (23.29%) Web Services
2 11 (15.07%) XML
3 8 (10.96%) CSS
3 8 (10.96%) CSS3
3 8 (10.96%) HTML
3 8 (10.96%) HTML5
3 8 (10.96%) iOS SDK
3 8 (10.96%) jQuery
3 8 (10.96%) JSON
3 8 (10.96%) KnockoutJS
3 8 (10.96%) Twitter Bootstrap
3 8 (10.96%) Zurb Foundation
4 6 (8.22%) .NET
4 6 (8.22%) Android SDK
4 6 (8.22%) J2EE
4 6 (8.22%) J2ME
4 6 (8.22%) REST
4 6 (8.22%) SOAP
5 5 (6.85%) ASP.NET
5 5 (6.85%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 18 (24.66%) Mobile App
2 15 (20.55%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (10.96%) iPhone
3 8 (10.96%) Public Cloud
3 8 (10.96%) User Experience
4 4 (5.48%) Self-Motivation
5 3 (4.11%) Data Centre
6 2 (2.74%) AS400
6 2 (2.74%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.37%) iSeries
7 1 (1.37%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 16 (21.92%) Windows
2 9 (12.33%) Windows Server
3 8 (10.96%) Android
3 8 (10.96%) Apple iOS
4 5 (6.85%) Windows Server 2008
4 5 (6.85%) Windows Server 2012
5 4 (5.48%) Linux
5 4 (5.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (2.74%) Windows 7
7 1 (1.37%) Unix
7 1 (1.37%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (63.01%) Test Automation
2 42 (57.53%) Agile Software Development
3 28 (38.36%) Regression Testing
4 24 (32.88%) Continuous Integration
5 22 (30.14%) Test Strategy
6 20 (27.40%) Scrum
7 18 (24.66%) DevOps
8 17 (23.29%) Non-Functional Testing
9 16 (21.92%) Waterfall
10 15 (20.55%) SDLC
10 15 (20.55%) Test Scripting
11 13 (17.81%) Continuous Improvement
11 13 (17.81%) Mentoring
11 13 (17.81%) MVC
11 13 (17.81%) TDD
12 12 (16.44%) Business Analysis
12 12 (16.44%) Defect Management
12 12 (16.44%) Migration
13 11 (15.07%) BDD
13 11 (15.07%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 17 (23.29%) Java
2 16 (21.92%) SQL
3 14 (19.18%) C#
4 10 (13.70%) JavaScript
5 8 (10.96%) Apple Swift
5 8 (10.96%) Objective-C
6 2 (2.74%) PL/SQL
6 2 (2.74%) RPG
7 1 (1.37%) PHP
7 1 (1.37%) PowerShell
7 1 (1.37%) RPG IV
7 1 (1.37%) RPG/400
7 1 (1.37%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 9 (12.33%) Security Cleared
2 7 (9.59%) SC Cleared
3 4 (5.48%) ISTQB
4 3 (4.11%) ISEB
4 3 (4.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (2.74%) BPSS Clearance
5 2 (2.74%) Degree
6 1 (1.37%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (12.33%) GDPR
2 1 (1.37%) PMO
2 1 (1.37%) QA
System Software
1 10 (13.70%) Virtual Machines
2 3 (4.11%) Docker
3 1 (1.37%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 8 (10.96%) HockeyApp
2 4 (5.48%) Puppet
3 3 (4.11%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (1.37%) logstash
4 1 (1.37%) SCCM
Vendors
1 29 (39.73%) Microsoft
2 14 (19.18%) Atlassian
3 8 (10.96%) Apple
3 8 (10.96%) Twitter
3 8 (10.96%) Xamarin
4 7 (9.59%) Pega
5 6 (8.22%) Oracle
6 4 (5.48%) Red Hat
6 4 (5.48%) VMware
7 3 (4.11%) Infor
8 1 (1.37%) AppDynamics
8 1 (1.37%) HP
8 1 (1.37%) JD Edwards
8 1 (1.37%) Symantec