The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for Performance Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Performance Testing over the 3 months to 23 March 2017 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Performance Testing
England / West Midlands
Rank 98 118 110
Rank change year-on-year +20 -8  
Contract jobs citing Performance Testing 18 12 12
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.79% 0.45% 0.49%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.99% 0.55% 0.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 6 6
Median daily rate £388 £423 £349
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.28% +21.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £257 £320 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £613 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £310
% change year-on-year - +29.03%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 £38.50 £36.25
% change year-on-year +29.87% +6.20%  

Performance Testing is in the process and methodology skills category. The next 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 and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 1824 2198 1839
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 79.93% 82.51% 74.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 1167 1212 1042
Median daily rate £415 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.75% +3.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £523 £550 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £399
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.29%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 44 109
Median hourly rate £24.50 £18.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.11% -40.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £10.74 £13.06
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £35.00 £39.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £39.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.69% +30.00%  

Performance Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands citing Performance Testing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Performance Testing in the West Midlands

Performance 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 Performance Testing in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for Performance Testing in the West Midlands

Performance Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Performance Testing in the West Midlands over the 3 months to 23 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Performance Testing in the West Midlands

Performance Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Performance Testing in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Performance Testing in the West Midlands

Performance 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 Performance Testing within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 23 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Shropshire +30 4 £500 - 1
Coventry +3 4 £323 -41.36%
Staffordshire -3 2 £275 -14.06% 2
Worcestershire - 2 £324 -
Birmingham - 2 £300 - 1
Herefordshire - 1 £255 -
Performance Testing
England

Performance Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 23 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Performance 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 Performance Testing.

1 22 (56.41%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (41.03%) QA
3 14 (35.90%) Java
4 11 (28.21%) Scrum
4 11 (28.21%) Selenium
4 11 (28.21%) Test Scripting
5 10 (25.64%) Microsoft
5 10 (25.64%) Functional Testing
6 9 (23.08%) SDLC
6 9 (23.08%) Continuous Integration
6 9 (23.08%) JIRA
7 8 (20.51%) ISTQB
8 7 (17.95%) Integration Testing
8 7 (17.95%) WebDriver
8 7 (17.95%) Waterfall
8 7 (17.95%) Cucumber
8 7 (17.95%) .NET
8 7 (17.95%) Regression Testing
8 7 (17.95%) JMeter
8 7 (17.95%) Non-Functional Testing
8 7 (17.95%) SoapUI
9 6 (15.38%) Jenkins
10 5 (12.82%) JUnit
10 5 (12.82%) ASP.NET
10 5 (12.82%) SOAP
10 5 (12.82%) BDD
10 5 (12.82%) NoSQL
10 5 (12.82%) Team Foundation Server
10 5 (12.82%) Kanban
10 5 (12.82%) JSON

Performance Testing
Top Related 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 3 (7.69%) Elasticsearch
2 2 (5.13%) WebSphere
3 1 (2.56%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (2.56%) Confluence
Cloud Services
1 2 (5.13%) Amazon CloudWatch
1 2 (5.13%) GitHub
1 2 (5.13%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.13%) Wireshark
2 1 (2.56%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (12.82%) NoSQL
2 3 (7.69%) MongoDB
3 2 (5.13%) RDBMS
3 2 (5.13%) Relational Database
4 1 (2.56%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 11 (28.21%) Selenium
2 9 (23.08%) JIRA
3 7 (17.95%) Cucumber
3 7 (17.95%) JMeter
3 7 (17.95%) SoapUI
3 7 (17.95%) WebDriver
4 6 (15.38%) Jenkins
5 5 (12.82%) JUnit
5 5 (12.82%) Octopus Deploy
5 5 (12.82%) Team Foundation Server
6 4 (10.26%) Visual Studio
7 3 (7.69%) LoadRunner
7 3 (7.69%) Mockito
8 2 (5.13%) Hudson
8 2 (5.13%) PhantomJS
9 1 (2.56%) SpecFlow
General
1 4 (10.26%) Automotive
1 4 (10.26%) Finance
2 2 (5.13%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 15 (38.46%) Analyst
1 15 (38.46%) Test Analyst
2 6 (15.38%) QA Engineer
3 5 (12.82%) Senior QA Engineer
3 5 (12.82%) Test Leader
4 4 (10.26%) Regression Test Analyst
4 4 (10.26%) Test Engineer
4 4 (10.26%) Tester
5 3 (7.69%) Agile Developer
5 3 (7.69%) Agile Java Developer
5 3 (7.69%) Automation Test Analyst
5 3 (7.69%) Developer
5 3 (7.69%) Java Developer
5 3 (7.69%) Test Automation Engineer
5 3 (7.69%) Test Manager
6 2 (5.13%) Performance Test Leader
6 2 (5.13%) Software Analyst
6 2 (5.13%) Software Test Analyst
6 2 (5.13%) UAT Analyst
6 2 (5.13%) UAT Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (17.95%) .NET
2 5 (12.82%) ASP.NET
2 5 (12.82%) JSON
2 5 (12.82%) SOAP
3 4 (10.26%) Gherkin
3 4 (10.26%) RESTful
3 4 (10.26%) Web Services
3 4 (10.26%) XML
4 3 (7.69%) Elastic Stack
4 3 (7.69%) OAuth2
4 3 (7.69%) OpenID
5 2 (5.13%) CSS
5 2 (5.13%) EDI
5 2 (5.13%) HTML
5 2 (5.13%) Node.js
5 2 (5.13%) REST
5 2 (5.13%) Spring
5 2 (5.13%) Struts
6 1 (2.56%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 1 (2.56%) Client/Server
1 1 (2.56%) Computer Science
1 1 (2.56%) Enterprise Software
1 1 (2.56%) Mainframe
1 1 (2.56%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 2 (5.13%) Linux
2 1 (2.56%) Android
2 1 (2.56%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (56.41%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (28.21%) Scrum
2 11 (28.21%) Test Scripting
3 10 (25.64%) Functional Testing
4 9 (23.08%) Continuous Integration
4 9 (23.08%) SDLC
5 7 (17.95%) Integration Testing
5 7 (17.95%) Non-Functional Testing
5 7 (17.95%) Regression Testing
5 7 (17.95%) Waterfall
6 5 (12.82%) BDD
6 5 (12.82%) Kanban
7 4 (10.26%) Automated Testing
7 4 (10.26%) Automation Testing
7 4 (10.26%) Business Analysis
7 4 (10.26%) ERP
7 4 (10.26%) Manual Testing
7 4 (10.26%) Microservices
7 4 (10.26%) TDD
7 4 (10.26%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 14 (35.90%) Java
2 4 (10.26%) SQL
3 2 (5.13%) JavaScript
4 1 (2.56%) Groovy
4 1 (2.56%) Scala
4 1 (2.56%) VB
4 1 (2.56%) VB6
Qualifications
1 8 (20.51%) ISTQB
2 3 (7.69%) ISEB
3 2 (5.13%) Security Cleared
4 1 (2.56%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (2.56%) Degree
4 1 (2.56%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (41.03%) QA
2 1 (2.56%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (2.56%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (7.69%) Docker
Systems Management
1 4 (10.26%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (7.69%) Grafana
2 3 (7.69%) Kibana
2 3 (7.69%) logstash
2 3 (7.69%) rkt
3 2 (5.13%) Zenoss
4 1 (2.56%) HP SiteScope
4 1 (2.56%) OpenView
Vendors
1 10 (25.64%) Microsoft
2 5 (12.82%) SOASTA, Inc
3 3 (7.69%) AppDynamics
3 3 (7.69%) Splunk
4 2 (5.13%) Google
4 2 (5.13%) HP
4 2 (5.13%) SAP
5 1 (2.56%) Atlassian
5 1 (2.56%) CODA