Period
to 20 October 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for System Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited System Testing over the 6 months to 20 October 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.

System Testing
England > West Midlands
6 months to
20 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 174 150 175
Rank change year-on-year -24 +25 -55
Contract jobs citing System Testing 28 36 37
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.55% 0.78% 0.60%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.65% 0.92% 0.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 28 20
West Midlands median daily rate £325 £356 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.77% +1.79% +16.67%
10th Percentile £275 £270 £290
90th Percentile £438 £521 £413
England median daily rate £450 £420 £375
% change year-on-year +7.14% +12.00% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate £35.00 - -
England median hourly rate £41.25 £25.00 £38.25
% change year-on-year +65.00% -34.64% +209.72%

System 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 4,294 3,895 5,242
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 85.05% 84.13% 84.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,575 2,480 3,111
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £263 £240 £250
90th Percentile £575 £550 £550
England median daily rate £473 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.00% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 190 135 141
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.00 £24.98 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -39.95% +42.74% -18.60%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.25 £10.75
90th Percentile £32.63 £53.75 £39.50
England median hourly rate £21.00 £24.82 £22.50
% change year-on-year -15.39% +10.31% +3.52%

System Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

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

Job vacancy trend for System Testing in the West Midlands

System 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 System Testing in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for System Testing in the West Midlands

System Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing System Testing in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 20 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for System Testing in the West Midlands

System 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 System Testing in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for System Testing in the West Midlands

System 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 System Testing within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 20 October 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
Coventry -4 10 £413 +37.50% 1
Warwickshire +1 5 £363 +11.54% 3
Birmingham -6 4 £325 -7.14% 5
Shropshire - 4 £300 -
Kingswinford - 1 - -
System Testing
England

For the 6 months to 20 October 2018, IT contractor jobs citing System Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for System Testing.

1 15 (53.57%) SQL
2 13 (46.43%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (39.29%) Test Automation
4 9 (32.14%) Selenium
4 9 (32.14%) Operational Acceptance Testing
4 9 (32.14%) Acceptance Criteria
5 8 (28.57%) User Acceptance Testing
5 8 (28.57%) Continuous Integration
5 8 (28.57%) Gherkin
5 8 (28.57%) BDD
6 7 (25.00%) WebDriver
6 7 (25.00%) TDD
6 7 (25.00%) SpecFlow
7 6 (21.43%) C#
7 6 (21.43%) Oracle
7 6 (21.43%) Confluence
7 6 (21.43%) Cucumber
7 6 (21.43%) Integration Testing
7 6 (21.43%) Velocity
7 6 (21.43%) JIRA
8 5 (17.86%) Office 365
8 5 (17.86%) XML
8 5 (17.86%) Unix
8 5 (17.86%) SharePoint
8 5 (17.86%) ISEB
8 5 (17.86%) Management Information System
8 5 (17.86%) Scenario Testing
9 4 (14.29%) Windows
9 4 (14.29%) Java
9 4 (14.29%) User Stories

System 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 6 (21.43%) Confluence
2 5 (17.86%) SharePoint
3 2 (7.14%) WebLogic
Applications
1 3 (10.71%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (7.14%) MS Visio
3 1 (3.57%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (3.57%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (3.57%) Oracle Applications
1 1 (3.57%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (3.57%) Oracle EBS R12
1 1 (3.57%) Oracle Internet Expenses
1 1 (3.57%) Oracle Payroll
1 1 (3.57%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 5 (17.86%) Office 365
2 2 (7.14%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (3.57%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.57%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (7.14%) Data Mining
2 1 (3.57%) Crystal Reports
2 1 (3.57%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.57%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (3.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 9 (32.14%) Selenium
2 7 (25.00%) SpecFlow
2 7 (25.00%) WebDriver
3 6 (21.43%) Cucumber
3 6 (21.43%) JIRA
4 3 (10.71%) Visual Studio
5 2 (7.14%) Toad
5 2 (7.14%) Visual Studio Team System
6 1 (3.57%) Eclipse
6 1 (3.57%) Gatling
6 1 (3.57%) SoapUI
General
1 2 (7.14%) Automotive
1 2 (7.14%) Finance
1 2 (7.14%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 17 (60.71%) Analyst
2 12 (42.86%) Test Analyst
3 7 (25.00%) Agile Test Analyst
4 6 (21.43%) Automation Test Analyst
4 6 (21.43%) Selenium Test Analyst
5 4 (14.29%) SharePoint Analyst
5 4 (14.29%) Tester
6 3 (10.71%) Business Analyst
6 3 (10.71%) Developer
6 3 (10.71%) Office 365 Business Analyst
6 3 (10.71%) QA Tester
6 3 (10.71%) SharePoint Business Analyst
7 2 (7.14%) Agile Tester
7 2 (7.14%) Automation Tester
7 2 (7.14%) QA Analyst
7 2 (7.14%) QA Automation Analyst
7 2 (7.14%) QA Automation Tester
7 2 (7.14%) Selenium Automation Tester
7 2 (7.14%) Selenium Tester
7 2 (7.14%) SQL Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (28.57%) Gherkin
2 6 (21.43%) Velocity
3 5 (17.86%) XML
4 2 (7.14%) .NET
4 2 (7.14%) .NET Framework
4 2 (7.14%) ASP.NET
4 2 (7.14%) ASP.NET MVC
4 2 (7.14%) HATEOAS
4 2 (7.14%) JSON
4 2 (7.14%) RESTful
5 1 (3.57%) SOAP
5 1 (3.57%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 5 (17.86%) Management Information System
2 3 (10.71%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (10.71%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 5 (17.86%) Unix
2 4 (14.29%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (46.43%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (39.29%) Test Automation
3 9 (32.14%) Acceptance Criteria
3 9 (32.14%) Operational Acceptance Testing
4 8 (28.57%) BDD
4 8 (28.57%) Continuous Integration
4 8 (28.57%) User Acceptance Testing
5 7 (25.00%) TDD
6 6 (21.43%) Integration Testing
7 5 (17.86%) Scenario Testing
8 4 (14.29%) User Stories
9 3 (10.71%) Functional Testing
9 3 (10.71%) GAP Analysis
9 3 (10.71%) Non-Functional Testing
9 3 (10.71%) Performance Testing
9 3 (10.71%) Test Management
9 3 (10.71%) Test Scripting
9 3 (10.71%) Test Strategy
10 2 (7.14%) Service Management
10 2 (7.14%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 15 (53.57%) SQL
2 6 (21.43%) C#
3 4 (14.29%) Java
4 2 (7.14%) T-SQL
5 1 (3.57%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 5 (17.86%) ISEB
2 4 (14.29%) ISTQB
3 2 (7.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (10.71%) QA
2 1 (3.57%) Data Quality
Vendors
1 6 (21.43%) Oracle
2 3 (10.71%) Microsoft
2 3 (10.71%) SAP
3 2 (7.14%) webMethods