Period
to 24 January 2019

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 24 January 2019 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
24 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 134 149 130
Rank change year-on-year +15 -19 +24
Contract jobs citing Functional Testing 63 37 64
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.28% 0.79% 1.17%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.47% 0.94% 1.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 23 44
West Midlands median daily rate £408 £350 £398
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.43% -11.95% +27.20%
10th Percentile £275 £244 £275
90th Percentile £488 £490 £539
England median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +11.11%
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 £20.55 £35.00 £40.94
% change year-on-year -41.29% -14.50% +2.34%

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 4,293 3,940 4,575
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 87.01% 83.65% 83.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,669 2,502 2,759
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £281 £238 £250
90th Percentile £575 £545 £550
England median daily rate £475 £450 £430
% change year-on-year +5.56% +4.65% +1.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 122 142 149
West Midlands median hourly rate £16.00 £22.84 £18.94
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -29.95% +20.59% -5.30%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.29 £10.61
90th Percentile £45.00 £48.75 £40.06
England median hourly rate £23.50 £23.14 £23.78
% change year-on-year +1.56% -2.67% +3.37%

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 24 January 2019.

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 24 January 2019. 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 - 24 £420 -
Birmingham +14 20 £394 +12.50% 5
Staffordshire -8 8 £275 -
Solihull - 3 - - 5
Warwickshire -1 2 £525 +44.83% 2
Coventry -10 2 - - 1
Functional Testing
England

For the 6 months to 24 January 2019, 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 42 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
2 38 (60.32%) Test Automation
3 25 (39.68%) JIRA
4 24 (38.10%) Scrum
5 23 (36.51%) Microsoft
6 21 (33.33%) Test Strategy
7 20 (31.75%) Non-Functional Testing
8 19 (30.16%) Selenium
9 18 (28.57%) Continuous Integration
10 16 (25.40%) Workflow
10 16 (25.40%) DevOps
10 16 (25.40%) Team Foundation Server
11 15 (23.81%) Java
11 15 (23.81%) Web Services
11 15 (23.81%) Atlassian
12 14 (22.22%) Visual Studio Team System
12 14 (22.22%) BDD
12 14 (22.22%) Analytical Skills
12 14 (22.22%) SDLC
13 13 (20.63%) Continuous Improvement
13 13 (20.63%) Waterfall
13 13 (20.63%) Cucumber
13 13 (20.63%) TDD
13 13 (20.63%) Business Analysis
13 13 (20.63%) Regression Testing
14 12 (19.05%) MVC
14 12 (19.05%) C#
14 12 (19.05%) Documentum
14 12 (19.05%) Data Management
14 12 (19.05%) Content Management

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 12 (19.05%) Documentum
2 10 (15.87%) Confluence
3 5 (7.94%) SharePoint
4 4 (6.35%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 3 (4.76%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.59%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (1.59%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (1.59%) Infor M3
1 1 (1.59%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 12 (19.05%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (12.70%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (12.70%) SaaS
3 7 (11.11%) Office 365
4 4 (6.35%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.59%) Firewall
1 1 (1.59%) Internet
1 1 (1.59%) SNMP
1 1 (1.59%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (15.87%) SQL Server
2 6 (9.52%) MySQL
2 6 (9.52%) SQLite
3 5 (7.94%) MongoDB
4 4 (6.35%) Oracle Reports
5 2 (3.17%) Big Data
6 1 (1.59%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (1.59%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (1.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (1.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 25 (39.68%) JIRA
2 19 (30.16%) Selenium
3 16 (25.40%) Team Foundation Server
4 14 (22.22%) Visual Studio Team System
5 13 (20.63%) Cucumber
6 10 (15.87%) Jenkins
7 8 (12.70%) Xcode
8 6 (9.52%) Eclipse
9 5 (7.94%) HP UFT
9 5 (7.94%) Maven
9 5 (7.94%) SoapUI
10 4 (6.35%) Git (software)
10 4 (6.35%) GitLab
10 4 (6.35%) NDepend
10 4 (6.35%) Octopus Deploy
10 4 (6.35%) SonarQube
10 4 (6.35%) TeamCity
10 4 (6.35%) WebDriver
11 3 (4.76%) Visual Studio
General
1 6 (9.52%) Finance
2 4 (6.35%) Marketing
3 1 (1.59%) Advertising
3 1 (1.59%) Banking
3 1 (1.59%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.59%) Military
Job Titles
1 25 (39.68%) Analyst
2 16 (25.40%) Test Analyst
3 11 (17.46%) Tester
4 10 (15.87%) Automation Tester
4 10 (15.87%) Developer
5 9 (14.29%) Business Analyst
5 9 (14.29%) Java Automation Tester
5 9 (14.29%) Selenium Automation Tester
5 9 (14.29%) Selenium Tester
6 7 (11.11%) Applications Developer
6 7 (11.11%) Mobile Applications Developer
6 7 (11.11%) Mobile Developer
7 6 (9.52%) Test Manager
8 4 (6.35%) Consultant
8 4 (6.35%) Process Analyst
9 3 (4.76%) DevOps Engineer
9 3 (4.76%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
9 3 (4.76%) Senior Test Automation Engineer
9 3 (4.76%) Test Automation Engineer
9 3 (4.76%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (23.81%) Web Services
2 8 (12.70%) CSS
2 8 (12.70%) CSS3
2 8 (12.70%) HTML
2 8 (12.70%) HTML5
2 8 (12.70%) iOS SDK
2 8 (12.70%) jQuery
2 8 (12.70%) JSON
2 8 (12.70%) KnockoutJS
2 8 (12.70%) Twitter Bootstrap
2 8 (12.70%) Zurb Foundation
3 6 (9.52%) Android SDK
3 6 (9.52%) J2EE
3 6 (9.52%) J2ME
4 5 (7.94%) .NET
4 5 (7.94%) REST
4 5 (7.94%) SOAP
4 5 (7.94%) XML
5 4 (6.35%) ASP.NET
5 4 (6.35%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 14 (22.22%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (19.05%) Mobile App
3 8 (12.70%) iPhone
3 8 (12.70%) Public Cloud
3 8 (12.70%) User Experience
4 4 (6.35%) Self-Motivation
5 2 (3.17%) AS400
5 2 (3.17%) Data Centre
5 2 (3.17%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.59%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 10 (15.87%) Windows
2 8 (12.70%) Android
2 8 (12.70%) Apple iOS
2 8 (12.70%) Windows Server
3 4 (6.35%) Linux
3 4 (6.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 4 (6.35%) Windows Server 2008
3 4 (6.35%) Windows Server 2012
4 2 (3.17%) Windows 7
5 1 (1.59%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
2 38 (60.32%) Test Automation
3 24 (38.10%) Scrum
4 21 (33.33%) Test Strategy
5 20 (31.75%) Non-Functional Testing
6 18 (28.57%) Continuous Integration
7 16 (25.40%) DevOps
7 16 (25.40%) Workflow
8 14 (22.22%) BDD
8 14 (22.22%) SDLC
9 13 (20.63%) Business Analysis
9 13 (20.63%) Continuous Improvement
9 13 (20.63%) Regression Testing
9 13 (20.63%) TDD
9 13 (20.63%) Waterfall
10 12 (19.05%) Content Management
10 12 (19.05%) Data Management
10 12 (19.05%) Enterprise Content Management
10 12 (19.05%) MVC
10 12 (19.05%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 15 (23.81%) Java
2 12 (19.05%) C#
3 9 (14.29%) JavaScript
3 9 (14.29%) SQL
4 8 (12.70%) Apple Swift
4 8 (12.70%) Objective-C
5 2 (3.17%) RPG
6 1 (1.59%) PHP
6 1 (1.59%) PowerShell
6 1 (1.59%) RPG IV
6 1 (1.59%) RPG/400
6 1 (1.59%) T-SQL
6 1 (1.59%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 7 (11.11%) Security Cleared
2 5 (7.94%) ISEB
2 5 (7.94%) SC Cleared
3 3 (4.76%) ISTQB
4 2 (3.17%) BPSS Clearance
4 2 (3.17%) Degree
4 2 (3.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (1.59%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (14.29%) GDPR
2 1 (1.59%) QA
System Software
1 4 (6.35%) Docker
1 4 (6.35%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (1.59%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 8 (12.70%) HockeyApp
2 6 (9.52%) Puppet
3 4 (6.35%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (1.59%) SCCM
Vendors
1 23 (36.51%) Microsoft
2 15 (23.81%) Atlassian
3 12 (19.05%) Pega
4 8 (12.70%) Apple
4 8 (12.70%) Twitter
4 8 (12.70%) Xamarin
5 4 (6.35%) Oracle
5 4 (6.35%) Red Hat
5 4 (6.35%) VMware
6 3 (4.76%) Infor
7 1 (1.59%) HP
7 1 (1.59%) JD Edwards
7 1 (1.59%) Symantec