Period
to 20 October 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 20 October 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
20 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 184 159 180
Rank change year-on-year -25 +21 -21
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 18 27 32
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.36% 0.58% 0.52%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.42% 0.69% 0.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 22 23
West Midlands median daily rate £325 £344 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.45% +1.85% +22.73%
10th Percentile £236 £244 £213
90th Percentile £449 £423 £453
England median daily rate £400 £375 £325
% change year-on-year +6.67% +15.38% +7.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
West Midlands median hourly rate - - £32.50
England median hourly rate £20.80 £40.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year -48.01% +23.08% -13.33%

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 4,294 3,895 5,242
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 85.05% 84.13% 84.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,575 2,480 3,111
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 £473 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.00% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 190 135 141
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.00 £24.98 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -39.95% +42.74% -18.60%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.25 £10.75
90th Percentile £32.63 £53.75 £39.50
England median hourly rate £21.00 £24.82 £22.50
% change year-on-year -15.39% +10.31% +3.52%

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 20 October 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 20 October 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 0 8 £300 -4.76% 7
Coventry -11 6 £288 -24.34% 2
Warwickshire +7 3 £395 +28.98% 2
Manual Testing
England

For the 6 months to 20 October 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Manual 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 Manual Testing.

1 13 (72.22%) Test Automation
2 12 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (61.11%) QA
4 10 (55.56%) Selenium
5 8 (44.44%) SQL
6 6 (33.33%) Web Services
6 6 (33.33%) JIRA
7 5 (27.78%) ISTQB
7 5 (27.78%) ISEB
7 5 (27.78%) WebDriver
7 5 (27.78%) Cucumber
8 4 (22.22%) BDD
8 4 (22.22%) SoapUI
8 4 (22.22%) RESTful
8 4 (22.22%) Continuous Integration
8 4 (22.22%) Test Strategy
8 4 (22.22%) Jenkins
8 4 (22.22%) Analytical Skills
8 4 (22.22%) SDLC
8 4 (22.22%) API Testing
8 4 (22.22%) Microsoft
8 4 (22.22%) Oracle
8 4 (22.22%) TDD
8 4 (22.22%) User Acceptance Testing
8 4 (22.22%) Performance Testing
8 4 (22.22%) Test Management
9 3 (16.67%) Test Scripting
9 3 (16.67%) .NET Framework
9 3 (16.67%) SQL Server
9 3 (16.67%) .NET

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:

Application Platforms
1 2 (11.11%) Confluence
2 1 (5.56%) CMS
Business Applications
1 1 (5.56%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (5.56%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (5.56%) GitHub
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (16.67%) SQL Server
2 2 (11.11%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (11.11%) MySQL
3 1 (5.56%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (5.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 10 (55.56%) Selenium
2 6 (33.33%) JIRA
3 5 (27.78%) Cucumber
3 5 (27.78%) WebDriver
4 4 (22.22%) Jenkins
4 4 (22.22%) SoapUI
5 3 (16.67%) Protractor
6 2 (11.11%) HP UFT
6 2 (11.11%) JMeter
6 2 (11.11%) NeoLoad
6 2 (11.11%) Sahi
6 2 (11.11%) Visual Studio Team System
6 2 (11.11%) WATIR
7 1 (5.56%) Gatling
7 1 (5.56%) GitLab
7 1 (5.56%) SpecFlow
7 1 (5.56%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (11.11%) Finance
Job Titles
1 6 (33.33%) Analyst
1 6 (33.33%) Test Analyst
2 5 (27.78%) Tester
3 4 (22.22%) QA Tester
4 2 (11.11%) Coordinator
4 2 (11.11%) Test Coordinator
4 2 (11.11%) Test Manager
5 1 (5.56%) Agile Test Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) Automation Test Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) Data Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) Database Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) Manual Tester
5 1 (5.56%) Process Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) QA Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) QA Engineer
5 1 (5.56%) QA Manual Tester
5 1 (5.56%) QA Test Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) Test Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (33.33%) Web Services
2 4 (22.22%) RESTful
3 3 (16.67%) .NET
3 3 (16.67%) .NET Framework
3 3 (16.67%) Gherkin
3 3 (16.67%) SOAP
4 2 (11.11%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (22.22%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (16.67%) Mobile App
3 2 (11.11%) PKI
4 1 (5.56%) Blog
4 1 (5.56%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 1 (5.56%) Android
1 1 (5.56%) Apple iOS
1 1 (5.56%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (72.22%) Test Automation
2 12 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (22.22%) API Testing
3 4 (22.22%) BDD
3 4 (22.22%) Continuous Integration
3 4 (22.22%) Performance Testing
3 4 (22.22%) SDLC
3 4 (22.22%) TDD
3 4 (22.22%) Test Management
3 4 (22.22%) Test Strategy
3 4 (22.22%) User Acceptance Testing
4 3 (16.67%) Functional Testing
4 3 (16.67%) Non-Functional Testing
4 3 (16.67%) System Integration Testing
4 3 (16.67%) Test Scripting
5 2 (11.11%) Integration Testing
5 2 (11.11%) Mathematics
5 2 (11.11%) Migration
5 2 (11.11%) Security Testing
5 2 (11.11%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 8 (44.44%) SQL
2 3 (16.67%) C#
2 3 (16.67%) Java
3 2 (11.11%) Ruby
4 1 (5.56%) PL/SQL
4 1 (5.56%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 5 (27.78%) ISEB
1 5 (27.78%) ISTQB
2 1 (5.56%) BPSS Clearance
2 1 (5.56%) DBS Check
2 1 (5.56%) Degree
2 1 (5.56%) ISEB Practitioner
2 1 (5.56%) SC Cleared
2 1 (5.56%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (61.11%) QA
2 2 (11.11%) Data Quality
Systems Management
1 1 (5.56%) Kibana
Vendors
1 4 (22.22%) Microsoft
1 4 (22.22%) Oracle
2 1 (5.56%) Blue Prism
2 1 (5.56%) Splunk