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 27 June 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.

Performance Testing
England / West Midlands
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 111 134 103
Rank change year-on-year +23 -31  
Contract jobs citing Performance Testing 10 7 14
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.48% 0.23% 0.60%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.58% 0.28% 0.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 3 7
Median daily rate £215 £500 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -57.00% +28.20%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £211 £480 £355
10% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £500 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £400 £350
% change year-on-year -6.25% +14.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £11.00 £38.50 £30.50
% change year-on-year -71.42% +26.22%  

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 1728 2505 1797
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 83.60% 82.62% 77.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 1031 1502 1114
Median daily rate £413 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.12% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 70 54 74
Median hourly rate £28.00 £24.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.66% -4.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £42.15 £44.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

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 27 June 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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT 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 27 June 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
Herefordshire - 5 £215 -
Birmingham +12 3 £325 -35.00%
Coventry +11 1 £275 -
Performance Testing
England

For the 6 months to 27 June 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 19 (67.86%) Test Automation
2 18 (64.29%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (46.43%) QA
4 10 (35.71%) SQL
4 10 (35.71%) SDLC
5 9 (32.14%) Java
5 9 (32.14%) JIRA
6 8 (28.57%) Scrum
6 8 (28.57%) Waterfall
7 7 (25.00%) Google Cloud Platform
7 7 (25.00%) SpecFlow
7 7 (25.00%) Gherkin
7 7 (25.00%) Google
8 6 (21.43%) HTML
8 6 (21.43%) SoapUI
8 6 (21.43%) Analytical Skills
8 6 (21.43%) Retail
8 6 (21.43%) JIRA Agile
9 5 (17.86%) Continuous Integration
9 5 (17.86%) Cucumber
9 5 (17.86%) BDD
9 5 (17.86%) E-Commerce
9 5 (17.86%) Microsoft
10 4 (14.29%) JUnit
10 4 (14.29%) Visual Studio
10 4 (14.29%) JMeter
10 4 (14.29%) Finance
10 4 (14.29%) LoadRunner
10 4 (14.29%) SOAP
10 4 (14.29%) ISTQB

Performance 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 3 (10.71%) Elasticsearch
2 1 (3.57%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (3.57%) Confluence
Business Applications
1 1 (3.57%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 7 (25.00%) Google Cloud Platform
2 1 (3.57%) BrowserStack
2 1 (3.57%) Dynamics 365
2 1 (3.57%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.57%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (10.71%) MongoDB
1 3 (10.71%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 9 (32.14%) JIRA
2 7 (25.00%) SpecFlow
3 6 (21.43%) JIRA Agile
3 6 (21.43%) SoapUI
4 5 (17.86%) Cucumber
5 4 (14.29%) JMeter
5 4 (14.29%) JUnit
5 4 (14.29%) LoadRunner
5 4 (14.29%) Selenium
5 4 (14.29%) Visual Studio
6 3 (10.71%) Mockito
6 3 (10.71%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (7.14%) WebDriver
8 1 (3.57%) Git (software)
8 1 (3.57%) IntelliJ
8 1 (3.57%) LoadUI
8 1 (3.57%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 6 (21.43%) Retail
2 4 (14.29%) Finance
3 1 (3.57%) Banking
3 1 (3.57%) Manufacturing
3 1 (3.57%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 13 (46.43%) Analyst
2 8 (28.57%) QA Analyst
3 7 (25.00%) Test Analyst
4 5 (17.86%) Test Leader
5 3 (10.71%) Agile Developer
5 3 (10.71%) Agile Java Developer
5 3 (10.71%) Developer
5 3 (10.71%) Java Developer
6 2 (7.14%) Digital Developer
6 2 (7.14%) LoadRunner Specialist
6 2 (7.14%) Performance Specialist
6 2 (7.14%) Performance Test Leader
6 2 (7.14%) QA Engineer
6 2 (7.14%) QA Test Analyst
6 2 (7.14%) Test Engineer
6 2 (7.14%) Tester
6 2 (7.14%) Testing Specialist
7 1 (3.57%) Automation Tester
7 1 (3.57%) Java Engineer
7 1 (3.57%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (25.00%) Gherkin
2 6 (21.43%) HTML
3 4 (14.29%) SOAP
4 3 (10.71%) .NET
4 3 (10.71%) Elastic Stack
4 3 (10.71%) OAuth2
4 3 (10.71%) OpenID
4 3 (10.71%) RESTful
5 1 (3.57%) ASP.NET
5 1 (3.57%) JSON
5 1 (3.57%) Middleware
5 1 (3.57%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 6 (21.43%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (3.57%) Computer Science
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (67.86%) Test Automation
2 18 (64.29%) Agile Software Development
3 10 (35.71%) SDLC
4 8 (28.57%) Scrum
4 8 (28.57%) Waterfall
5 5 (17.86%) BDD
5 5 (17.86%) Continuous Integration
5 5 (17.86%) E-Commerce
6 4 (14.29%) Integration Testing
6 4 (14.29%) TDD
6 4 (14.29%) Test Scripting
7 3 (10.71%) Domain-Driven Design
7 3 (10.71%) Functional Programming
7 3 (10.71%) High Availability
7 3 (10.71%) Kanban
7 3 (10.71%) Microservices
7 3 (10.71%) Non-Functional Testing
7 3 (10.71%) Pair Programming
7 3 (10.71%) System Integration Testing
7 3 (10.71%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 10 (35.71%) SQL
2 9 (32.14%) Java
Qualifications
1 4 (14.29%) ISTQB
2 1 (3.57%) BPSS Clearance
2 1 (3.57%) Computer Science Degree
2 1 (3.57%) Degree
2 1 (3.57%) ISEB
2 1 (3.57%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (46.43%) QA
2 1 (3.57%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (3.57%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (10.71%) Docker
Systems Management
1 3 (10.71%) Grafana
1 3 (10.71%) Kibana
1 3 (10.71%) logstash
1 3 (10.71%) rkt
2 1 (3.57%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (3.57%) HP SiteScope
2 1 (3.57%) OpenView
Vendors
1 7 (25.00%) Google
2 5 (17.86%) Microsoft
3 3 (10.71%) AppDynamics
3 3 (10.71%) Splunk
4 2 (7.14%) SAP
5 1 (3.57%) CODA
5 1 (3.57%) HP
5 1 (3.57%) MuleSoft
5 1 (3.57%) SOASTA, Inc