Period
to 17 January 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for Manual Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Manual Testing over the 6 months to 17 January 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.

Manual Testing
England > West Midlands
6 months to
17 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 161 154 156
Rank change year-on-year -7 +2 +6
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 28 37 25
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.59% 0.67% 0.52%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.72% 0.81% 0.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 25 19
West Midlands median daily rate £308 £350 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.14% +16.67% +9.09%
10th Percentile £244 £292 £215
90th Percentile £438 £435 £400
England median daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +7.14% +7.69% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
West Midlands median hourly rate - £32.50 -
England median hourly rate £33.61 £32.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +3.40% -13.33% +42.86%

Manual 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 3,884 4,543 3,943
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 82.43% 82.47% 81.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,479 2,740 2,220
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +4.17%
10th Percentile £244 £250 £244
90th Percentile £546 £550 £545
England median daily rate £450 £433 £425
% change year-on-year +4.05% +1.76% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 142 134 168
West Midlands median hourly rate £23.99 £20.06 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.62% +0.28% -10.81%
10th Percentile £11.67 £10.91 £10.99
90th Percentile £48.75 £41.67 £43.75
England median hourly rate £24.00 £25.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -4.00% +8.70% +15.00%

Manual Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

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

Job vacancy trend for Manual Testing in the West Midlands

Manual 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 Manual Testing in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for Manual Testing in the West Midlands

Manual Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Manual Testing in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 17 January 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Manual Testing in the West Midlands

Manual 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 Manual Testing in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Manual Testing in the West Midlands

Manual 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 Manual Testing within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 17 January 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
Staffordshire +12 8 £281 -19.64% 3
Birmingham -2 7 £315 -13.10% 6
Coventry +14 5 £315 -17.11% 2
Shropshire +9 1 - -
Warwickshire -2 1 £325 -3.70% 1
West Bromwich - 1 £425 -
Manual Testing
England

For the 6 months to 17 January 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Manual Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Manual Testing.

1 21 (75.00%) Test Automation
2 13 (46.43%) Test Scripting
3 11 (39.29%) User Acceptance Testing
4 10 (35.71%) SQL
5 9 (32.14%) Functional Testing
5 9 (32.14%) Non-Functional Testing
6 7 (25.00%) QA
6 7 (25.00%) Business Intelligence
6 7 (25.00%) Finance
7 6 (21.43%) Agile Software Development
7 6 (21.43%) SQL Server
7 6 (21.43%) Selenium
8 5 (17.86%) System Testing
8 5 (17.86%) SQL Server 2012
8 5 (17.86%) Test Strategy
8 5 (17.86%) Data Reconciliation
8 5 (17.86%) Mathematics
8 5 (17.86%) Microsoft
8 5 (17.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 4 (14.29%) Retail
9 4 (14.29%) Java
9 4 (14.29%) Smoke Testing
9 4 (14.29%) Scenario Testing
9 4 (14.29%) Mentoring
9 4 (14.29%) Performance Testing
9 4 (14.29%) Unit Testing
10 3 (10.71%) System Integration Testing
10 3 (10.71%) Data Warehouse
10 3 (10.71%) JMeter
10 3 (10.71%) Regression Testing

Manual 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:

Applications
1 2 (7.14%) MS Visio
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (21.43%) SQL Server
2 5 (17.86%) SQL Server 2012
2 5 (17.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 3 (10.71%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (3.57%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 6 (21.43%) Selenium
2 3 (10.71%) JMeter
3 2 (7.14%) JIRA
3 2 (7.14%) JProfiler
3 2 (7.14%) JUnit
3 2 (7.14%) SoapUI
4 1 (3.57%) Burp Suite
4 1 (3.57%) Cucumber
4 1 (3.57%) Git (software)
4 1 (3.57%) HP UFT
4 1 (3.57%) Jenkins
4 1 (3.57%) LoadUI
4 1 (3.57%) NeoLoad
4 1 (3.57%) Visual Studio
4 1 (3.57%) WebDriver
General
1 7 (25.00%) Finance
2 4 (14.29%) Retail
3 1 (3.57%) Banking
3 1 (3.57%) Investment Banking
3 1 (3.57%) Law
Job Titles
1 17 (60.71%) Tester
2 12 (42.86%) Analyst
3 11 (39.29%) Test Analyst
4 5 (17.86%) Software Analyst
4 5 (17.86%) Software Test Analyst
4 5 (17.86%) Software Tester
4 5 (17.86%) Test Leader
5 4 (14.29%) Manual Tester
5 4 (14.29%) QA Analyst
5 4 (14.29%) QA Engineer
5 4 (14.29%) QA Test Analyst
5 4 (14.29%) QA Test Engineer
5 4 (14.29%) QA Tester
5 4 (14.29%) Software QA Engineer
5 4 (14.29%) Software QA Tester
5 4 (14.29%) Software Test Engineer
5 4 (14.29%) Test Engineer
6 3 (10.71%) Automation Test Analyst
7 2 (7.14%) Automation Tester
8 1 (3.57%) Manual Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (7.14%) Ajax
1 2 (7.14%) CSS
1 2 (7.14%) HTML
1 2 (7.14%) Mason
2 1 (3.57%) SOAP
2 1 (3.57%) Spring
2 1 (3.57%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (7.14%) EPoS
1 2 (7.14%) Mobile App
2 1 (3.57%) PKI
2 1 (3.57%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.57%) Android
1 1 (3.57%) Apple iOS
1 1 (3.57%) Unix
1 1 (3.57%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (75.00%) Test Automation
2 13 (46.43%) Test Scripting
3 11 (39.29%) User Acceptance Testing
4 9 (32.14%) Functional Testing
4 9 (32.14%) Non-Functional Testing
5 7 (25.00%) Business Intelligence
6 6 (21.43%) Agile Software Development
7 5 (17.86%) Data Reconciliation
7 5 (17.86%) Mathematics
7 5 (17.86%) System Testing
7 5 (17.86%) Test Strategy
8 4 (14.29%) Mentoring
8 4 (14.29%) Performance Testing
8 4 (14.29%) Scenario Testing
8 4 (14.29%) Smoke Testing
8 4 (14.29%) Unit Testing
9 3 (10.71%) Regression Testing
9 3 (10.71%) System Integration Testing
10 2 (7.14%) Scrum
10 2 (7.14%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (35.71%) SQL
2 4 (14.29%) Java
3 2 (7.14%) JavaScript
3 2 (7.14%) Perl
3 2 (7.14%) Python
3 2 (7.14%) Shell Script
4 1 (3.57%) C#
4 1 (3.57%) PL/SQL
4 1 (3.57%) T-SQL
4 1 (3.57%) VB
4 1 (3.57%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 1 (3.57%) ISEB
1 1 (3.57%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (25.00%) QA
2 1 (3.57%) Data Quality
2 1 (3.57%) WAI
2 1 (3.57%) WCAG
Systems Management
1 1 (3.57%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (17.86%) Microsoft
2 2 (7.14%) JDA
2 2 (7.14%) RedPrairie
2 2 (7.14%) Salesforce.com
2 2 (7.14%) SAP
3 1 (3.57%) Blue Prism
3 1 (3.57%) Capita
3 1 (3.57%) HP