The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for Software Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Software Testing over the 3 months to 24 April 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.

Software Testing
England / West Midlands
3 months to
24 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 105 120 112
Rank change year-on-year +15 -8  
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 10 19 14
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.46% 0.66% 0.51%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.57% 0.81% 0.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 7 8
Median daily rate £288 £280 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.67% +1.81%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £280 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £328 £395 £351
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £314
% change year-on-year +7.69% +3.58%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +1.19% +20.00%  

Software 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 1743 2348 2096
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 79.66% 82.16% 76.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 1103 1320 1237
Median daily rate £413 £400 £376
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.12% +6.52%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £393
% change year-on-year +3.12% +1.91%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 66 48 114
Median hourly rate £21.00 £18.39 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.20% -36.59%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £10.75 £13.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.25 £42.50 £39.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £37.50 £30.35
% change year-on-year -4.00% +23.55%  

Software Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Testing in the West Midlands

Software 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 Software Testing in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Testing in the West Midlands

Software Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Testing in the West Midlands over the 3 months to 24 April 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Testing in the West Midlands

Software 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 Software Testing in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Testing in the West Midlands

Software 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 Software Testing within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 24 April 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
Birmingham +13 5 £244 -12.94% 4
Coventry +6 1 - - 2
Staffordshire 0 1 - - 1
Software Testing
England

For the 6 months to 24 April 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Software 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 Software Testing.

1 12 (52.17%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (34.78%) HTML
2 8 (34.78%) JavaScript
2 8 (34.78%) CSS
2 8 (34.78%) Test Automation
3 7 (30.43%) .NET
4 6 (26.09%) SQL
4 6 (26.09%) ISEB
4 6 (26.09%) Finance
4 6 (26.09%) Scrum
4 6 (26.09%) ISTQB
4 6 (26.09%) User Acceptance Testing
4 6 (26.09%) Integration Testing
4 6 (26.09%) Test Scripting
4 6 (26.09%) Functional Testing
5 5 (21.74%) Test Strategy
5 5 (21.74%) Automation Testing
5 5 (21.74%) QA
5 5 (21.74%) Selenium
5 5 (21.74%) Use Case
5 5 (21.74%) Degree
5 5 (21.74%) SLA
6 4 (17.39%) Change Management
6 4 (17.39%) XML
6 4 (17.39%) Windows
6 4 (17.39%) Linux
6 4 (17.39%) UML
6 4 (17.39%) OO
6 4 (17.39%) JSON
6 4 (17.39%) JIRA

Software 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 (4.35%) CMS
Business Applications
1 2 (8.70%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 3 (13.04%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.35%) 3G
1 1 (4.35%) 4G
1 1 (4.35%) GPRS
1 1 (4.35%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.35%) Amazon Redshift
1 1 (4.35%) MySQL
1 1 (4.35%) PostgreSQL
1 1 (4.35%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 5 (21.74%) Selenium
2 4 (17.39%) JIRA
3 3 (13.04%) Git (software)
3 3 (13.04%) gulp
3 3 (13.04%) JHipster
3 3 (13.04%) Protractor
3 3 (13.04%) YouTrack
4 1 (4.35%) Octopus Deploy
4 1 (4.35%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (4.35%) Visual Studio
4 1 (4.35%) WebDriver
General
1 6 (26.09%) Finance
2 2 (8.70%) Advertising
3 1 (4.35%) Automotive
3 1 (4.35%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 10 (43.48%) Analyst
2 5 (21.74%) Business Analyst
2 5 (21.74%) Test Analyst
2 5 (21.74%) Test Leader
3 4 (17.39%) Developer
3 4 (17.39%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
4 3 (13.04%) Angular Developer
4 3 (13.04%) Tester
5 2 (8.70%) Automation Test Lead
5 2 (8.70%) JavaScript Developer
5 2 (8.70%) Software Analyst
5 2 (8.70%) Software Test Analyst
5 2 (8.70%) Software Tester
5 2 (8.70%) Storage Analyst
6 1 (4.35%) Digital Analyst
6 1 (4.35%) Junior Software Tester
6 1 (4.35%) QA Automation Analyst
6 1 (4.35%) QC Analyst
6 1 (4.35%) Senior JavaScript Developer
6 1 (4.35%) Test Automation Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (34.78%) CSS
1 8 (34.78%) HTML
2 7 (30.43%) .NET
3 4 (17.39%) AngularJS
3 4 (17.39%) CSS3
3 4 (17.39%) HTML5
3 4 (17.39%) jQuery
3 4 (17.39%) JSON
3 4 (17.39%) XML
4 3 (13.04%) Angular 2
4 3 (13.04%) Node.js
4 3 (13.04%) REST
4 3 (13.04%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 2 (8.70%) ASP.NET
6 1 (4.35%) iOS SDK
Miscellaneous
1 4 (17.39%) Data Centre
2 1 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (4.35%) Computer Science
2 1 (4.35%) Mainframe
2 1 (4.35%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 4 (17.39%) Linux
1 4 (17.39%) Windows
2 2 (8.70%) Android
3 1 (4.35%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (52.17%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (34.78%) Test Automation
3 6 (26.09%) Functional Testing
3 6 (26.09%) Integration Testing
3 6 (26.09%) Scrum
3 6 (26.09%) Test Scripting
3 6 (26.09%) User Acceptance Testing
4 5 (21.74%) Automation Testing
4 5 (21.74%) Test Strategy
4 5 (21.74%) Use Case
5 4 (17.39%) Financial Analysis
5 4 (17.39%) Front End Development
5 4 (17.39%) Kanban
5 4 (17.39%) Migration
5 4 (17.39%) OO
5 4 (17.39%) Open Source
5 4 (17.39%) Risk Analysis
5 4 (17.39%) Root Cause Analysis
5 4 (17.39%) UML
5 4 (17.39%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 8 (34.78%) JavaScript
2 6 (26.09%) SQL
3 2 (8.70%) VB.NET
4 1 (4.35%) C#
Qualifications
1 6 (26.09%) ISEB
1 6 (26.09%) ISTQB
2 5 (21.74%) Degree
3 3 (13.04%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (21.74%) QA
1 5 (21.74%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (13.04%) Docker
Systems Management
1 4 (17.39%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (17.39%) VMware
2 3 (13.04%) Microsoft
2 3 (13.04%) Remedy
3 1 (4.35%) HP
3 1 (4.35%) Oracle
3 1 (4.35%) SOASTA, Inc