The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for Security Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Security Testing over the 3 months to 30 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.

Security Testing
England / West Midlands
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 110 127 119
Rank change year-on-year +17 -8  
Contract jobs citing Security Testing 4 6 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.18% 0.22% 0.12%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.22% 0.27% 0.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 4 2
Median daily rate £475 £280 £298
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +69.64% -5.88%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £400 £363
% change year-on-year +12.50% +10.34%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £60.74 -

Security 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 1796 2264 1924
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 79.82% 81.79% 75.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 1148 1244 1115
Median daily rate £413 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.12% +3.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £550 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 59 45 105
Median hourly rate £24.50 £18.25 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.24% -37.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £10.73 £13.06
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £37.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £38.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -5.92% +26.66%  

Security Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

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

Job vacancy trend for Security Testing in the West Midlands

Security 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 Security Testing in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for Security Testing in the West Midlands

Security 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 Security Testing within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 30 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 +35 1 £475 +18.75%
Security Testing
England

For the 6 months to 30 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Security 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 Security Testing.

1 5 (83.33%) Scrum
1 5 (83.33%) Agile Software Development
1 5 (83.33%) Gherkin
2 4 (66.67%) Cucumber
2 4 (66.67%) Continuous Integration
2 4 (66.67%) Kanban
3 3 (50.00%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (50.00%) ISTQB
3 3 (50.00%) Migration
3 3 (50.00%) CRM
3 3 (50.00%) Microsoft
3 3 (50.00%) ISEB
3 3 (50.00%) BDD
3 3 (50.00%) Data Migration
3 3 (50.00%) System Testing
4 2 (33.33%) User Stories
4 2 (33.33%) Defect Management
4 2 (33.33%) SoapUI
4 2 (33.33%) Java
4 2 (33.33%) Automated Testing
4 2 (33.33%) Software Engineering
4 2 (33.33%) QA
4 2 (33.33%) Selenium
4 2 (33.33%) Usability Testing
4 2 (33.33%) Performance Testing
4 2 (33.33%) Unit Testing
5 1 (16.67%) Integration Testing
5 1 (16.67%) Test Scripting
5 1 (16.67%) Groovy
5 1 (16.67%) Manual Testing

Security 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 1 (16.67%) Confluence
Business Applications
1 3 (50.00%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (16.67%) Microsoft Azure
Development Applications
1 4 (66.67%) Cucumber
2 2 (33.33%) Selenium
2 2 (33.33%) SoapUI
3 1 (16.67%) JIRA
3 1 (16.67%) Visual Studio
Job Titles
1 3 (50.00%) Agile Test Analyst
1 3 (50.00%) Analyst
1 3 (50.00%) CRM Analyst
1 3 (50.00%) Test Analyst
2 1 (16.67%) Compliance Specialist
2 1 (16.67%) Java Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Performance Analyst
2 1 (16.67%) Performance Test Analyst
2 1 (16.67%) QA Automation Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) QA Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) QA Test Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) QA Tester
2 1 (16.67%) Test Automation Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Test Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (83.33%) Gherkin
2 1 (16.67%) RESTful
2 1 (16.67%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 1 (16.67%) Mobile App
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (83.33%) Agile Software Development
1 5 (83.33%) Scrum
2 4 (66.67%) Continuous Integration
2 4 (66.67%) Kanban
3 3 (50.00%) BDD
3 3 (50.00%) CRM
3 3 (50.00%) Data Migration
3 3 (50.00%) Migration
3 3 (50.00%) System Testing
4 2 (33.33%) Automated Testing
4 2 (33.33%) Defect Management
4 2 (33.33%) Performance Testing
4 2 (33.33%) Software Engineering
4 2 (33.33%) Unit Testing
4 2 (33.33%) Usability Testing
4 2 (33.33%) User Stories
5 1 (16.67%) Continuous Deployment
5 1 (16.67%) Cross-Browser Testing
5 1 (16.67%) Exploratory Testing
5 1 (16.67%) IT Audit
Programming Languages
1 2 (33.33%) Java
2 1 (16.67%) Groovy
2 1 (16.67%) Scala
Qualifications
1 3 (50.00%) ISEB
1 3 (50.00%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (33.33%) QA
2 1 (16.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (16.67%) Sarbanes-Oxley
Vendors
1 3 (50.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (16.67%) Atlassian