Period
to 17 January 2018

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 6 months to 17 January 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.

Software Testing
England > West Midlands
6 months to
17 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 165 156 145
Rank change year-on-year -9 -11 0
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 24 35 36
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.51% 0.64% 0.74%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.62% 0.77% 0.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 25 14
West Midlands median daily rate £380 £325 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.92% +8.33% +3.45%
10th Percentile £306 £275 £267
90th Percentile £439 £406 £468
England median daily rate £400 £370 £350
% change year-on-year +8.11% +5.71% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 5
West Midlands median hourly rate - - £20.00
England median hourly rate £41.00 £42.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year -3.53% +41.67% -17.81%

Software 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 3,884 4,543 3,943
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 82.43% 82.47% 81.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,479 2,740 2,220
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +4.17%
10th Percentile £244 £250 £244
90th Percentile £546 £550 £545
England median daily rate £450 £433 £425
% change year-on-year +4.05% +1.76% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 142 134 168
West Midlands median hourly rate £23.99 £20.06 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.62% +0.28% -10.81%
10th Percentile £11.67 £10.91 £10.99
90th Percentile £48.75 £41.67 £43.75
England median hourly rate £24.00 £25.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -4.00% +8.70% +15.00%

Software Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing Software Testing as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

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 6 months to 17 January 2018.

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 6 months to 17 January 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 +4 14 £400 +8.11% 6
Shropshire +13 3 £425 +54.55% 2
Coventry - 3 £375 - 7
Warwickshire +1 2 £370 +59.14% 6
Sutton Coldfield - 1 - -
Software Testing
England

For the 6 months to 17 January 2018, 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 13 (54.17%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (29.17%) MATLAB
2 7 (29.17%) Test Automation
3 6 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 6 (25.00%) Infrastructure Transformation
3 6 (25.00%) Simulink
3 6 (25.00%) Scrum
3 6 (25.00%) Systems Analysis
4 5 (20.83%) Spring
4 5 (20.83%) HTML
4 5 (20.83%) Java
4 5 (20.83%) JavaScript
4 5 (20.83%) SQL
4 5 (20.83%) CSS
4 5 (20.83%) XML
4 5 (20.83%) Integration Testing
4 5 (20.83%) REST
4 5 (20.83%) AngularJS
5 4 (16.67%) Node.js
5 4 (16.67%) CSS3
5 4 (16.67%) HTML5
5 4 (16.67%) Git (software)
5 4 (16.67%) Open Source
5 4 (16.67%) jQuery
5 4 (16.67%) Unit Testing
5 4 (16.67%) Kanban
5 4 (16.67%) SC Cleared
5 4 (16.67%) Security Cleared
5 4 (16.67%) Open Source Development
5 4 (16.67%) Disclosure Scotland

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 2 (8.33%) Apache
1 2 (8.33%) Cloud Foundry
1 2 (8.33%) Elasticsearch
1 2 (8.33%) Tomcat
2 1 (4.17%) SharePoint
Applications
1 6 (25.00%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 1 (4.17%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (8.33%) GitHub
1 2 (8.33%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (8.33%) PaaS
2 1 (4.17%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.17%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (12.50%) MariaDB
1 3 (12.50%) MySQL
2 2 (8.33%) MongoDB
3 1 (4.17%) DB2
3 1 (4.17%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (4.17%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 4 (16.67%) Git (software)
2 3 (12.50%) Jenkins
2 3 (12.50%) JIRA
3 2 (8.33%) JHipster
3 2 (8.33%) Liquibase
3 2 (8.33%) LoadUI
3 2 (8.33%) SoapUI
4 1 (4.17%) HP UFT
4 1 (4.17%) JMeter
4 1 (4.17%) LoadRunner
4 1 (4.17%) Maven
General
1 3 (12.50%) Retail
2 2 (8.33%) Finance
2 2 (8.33%) German Language
3 1 (4.17%) Back Office
3 1 (4.17%) Banking
3 1 (4.17%) French Language
Job Titles
1 11 (45.83%) Analyst
2 8 (33.33%) Test Analyst
3 5 (20.83%) Developer
3 5 (20.83%) Test Engineer
4 4 (16.67%) Full Stack Developer
4 4 (16.67%) MATLAB Engineer
5 2 (8.33%) Angular Developer
5 2 (8.33%) Business Analyst
5 2 (8.33%) Digital Analyst
5 2 (8.33%) Digital Business Analyst
5 2 (8.33%) Java Developer
5 2 (8.33%) Performance Analyst
5 2 (8.33%) Performance Test Analyst
6 1 (4.17%) Business IT Analyst
6 1 (4.17%) Business Systems Analyst
6 1 (4.17%) DBA
6 1 (4.17%) Operations Analyst
6 1 (4.17%) Performance Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) Systems Analyst
6 1 (4.17%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (20.83%) AngularJS
1 5 (20.83%) CSS
1 5 (20.83%) HTML
1 5 (20.83%) REST
1 5 (20.83%) Spring
1 5 (20.83%) XML
2 4 (16.67%) CSS3
2 4 (16.67%) HTML5
2 4 (16.67%) jQuery
2 4 (16.67%) JSON
2 4 (16.67%) Node.js
2 4 (16.67%) Twitter Bootstrap
3 2 (8.33%) Spring Boot
4 1 (4.17%) Angular 2
4 1 (4.17%) Hibernate
4 1 (4.17%) JAX-WS
4 1 (4.17%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 3 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (8.33%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 1 (4.17%) HPUX
1 1 (4.17%) Linux
1 1 (4.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
1 1 (4.17%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (54.17%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (29.17%) Test Automation
3 6 (25.00%) Infrastructure Transformation
3 6 (25.00%) Scrum
3 6 (25.00%) Systems Analysis
3 6 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 5 (20.83%) Integration Testing
5 4 (16.67%) Acceptance Criteria
5 4 (16.67%) Kanban
5 4 (16.67%) OO
5 4 (16.67%) Open Source
5 4 (16.67%) Open Source Development
5 4 (16.67%) Unit Testing
6 3 (12.50%) Scenario Testing
6 3 (12.50%) Test Scripting
6 3 (12.50%) User Stories
7 2 (8.33%) Analytical Thinking
7 2 (8.33%) Continuous Integration
7 2 (8.33%) Defect Management
7 2 (8.33%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 7 (29.17%) MATLAB
2 5 (20.83%) Java
2 5 (20.83%) JavaScript
2 5 (20.83%) SQL
3 1 (4.17%) C
3 1 (4.17%) C++
3 1 (4.17%) PHP
3 1 (4.17%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 4 (16.67%) ISEB
1 4 (16.67%) SC Cleared
1 4 (16.67%) Security Cleared
2 3 (12.50%) ISTQB
2 3 (12.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (8.33%) DBS Check
4 1 (4.17%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (16.67%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (4.17%) QA
System Software
1 2 (8.33%) Docker
2 1 (4.17%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 2 (8.33%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (8.33%) HP
1 2 (8.33%) Microsoft
1 2 (8.33%) Oracle
2 1 (4.17%) Red Hat
2 1 (4.17%) SAP
2 1 (4.17%) Sybase
2 1 (4.17%) VMware