Period
to 17 July 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 17 July 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
17 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 180 138 160
Rank change year-on-year -42 +22 -18
Contract jobs citing System Testing 18 41 52
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.35% 0.94% 0.87%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.42% 1.12% 1.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 31 29
West Midlands median daily rate £300 £300 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -14.29% +3.70%
10th Percentile £244 £213 £290
90th Percentile £360 £500 £421
England median daily rate £475 £413 £375
% change year-on-year +15.15% +10.00% +5.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £41.75 £40.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year +3.09% +1.25% +14.29%

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 4,314 3,648 4,999
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 83.41% 83.19% 83.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,596 2,285 2,903
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £263 £255 £243
90th Percentile £575 £538 £538
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 194 135 109
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.50 £21.00 £17.95
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -26.19% +16.99% -20.22%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.00 £10.73
90th Percentile £35.00 £49.00 £39.10
England median hourly rate £22.25 £25.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year -11.01% +4.17% +11.63%

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 17 July 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 17 July 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 -18 8 £325 -19.75% 1
Warwickshire -2 4 - - 1
Birmingham -28 2 £256 -24.07% 2
Kingswinford - 2 £350 -
Shropshire - 2 £300 - 1
System Testing
England

For the 6 months to 17 July 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 13 (72.22%) SQL
2 12 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (50.00%) Operational Acceptance Testing
3 9 (50.00%) Acceptance Criteria
4 8 (44.44%) Test Automation
4 8 (44.44%) BDD
4 8 (44.44%) Selenium
5 7 (38.89%) JIRA
5 7 (38.89%) TDD
5 7 (38.89%) SpecFlow
5 7 (38.89%) Gherkin
5 7 (38.89%) Continuous Integration
6 6 (33.33%) WebDriver
6 6 (33.33%) Confluence
6 6 (33.33%) Cucumber
6 6 (33.33%) Velocity
6 6 (33.33%) User Acceptance Testing
7 5 (27.78%) Oracle
7 5 (27.78%) C#
8 4 (22.22%) XML
8 4 (22.22%) Unix
8 4 (22.22%) Integration Testing
9 3 (16.67%) User Stories
9 3 (16.67%) Office 365
9 3 (16.67%) Functional Testing
9 3 (16.67%) Non-Functional Testing
9 3 (16.67%) System Integration Testing
9 3 (16.67%) SDLC
9 3 (16.67%) QA
9 3 (16.67%) Microsoft

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 (33.33%) Confluence
2 3 (16.67%) SharePoint
3 1 (5.56%) CMS
Applications
1 3 (16.67%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (5.56%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 3 (16.67%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (11.11%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (11.11%) Data Mining
2 1 (5.56%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (5.56%) PowerPivot
2 1 (5.56%) SQL Server
2 1 (5.56%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (5.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 8 (44.44%) Selenium
2 7 (38.89%) JIRA
2 7 (38.89%) SpecFlow
3 6 (33.33%) Cucumber
3 6 (33.33%) WebDriver
4 2 (11.11%) SoapUI
4 2 (11.11%) Visual Studio
5 1 (5.56%) Eclipse
5 1 (5.56%) Jenkins
5 1 (5.56%) Oracle APEX
5 1 (5.56%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 1 (5.56%) Banking
1 1 (5.56%) Finance
1 1 (5.56%) Investment Banking
1 1 (5.56%) Retail
Job Titles
1 12 (66.67%) Analyst
2 10 (55.56%) Test Analyst
3 4 (22.22%) Agile Test Analyst
3 4 (22.22%) Automation Test Analyst
3 4 (22.22%) Selenium Test Analyst
3 4 (22.22%) Tester
4 3 (16.67%) QA Analyst
4 3 (16.67%) QA Test Analyst
4 3 (16.67%) QA Tester
5 2 (11.11%) Agile Tester
5 2 (11.11%) Automation Tester
5 2 (11.11%) Developer
5 2 (11.11%) QA Automation Analyst
5 2 (11.11%) QA Automation Tester
5 2 (11.11%) Selenium Automation Tester
5 2 (11.11%) Selenium Tester
5 2 (11.11%) SharePoint Analyst
5 2 (11.11%) SQL Analyst
6 1 (5.56%) SharePoint Business Analyst
6 1 (5.56%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (38.89%) Gherkin
2 6 (33.33%) Velocity
3 4 (22.22%) XML
4 2 (11.11%) HATEOAS
4 2 (11.11%) JSON
4 2 (11.11%) RESTful
4 2 (11.11%) SOAP
4 2 (11.11%) Web Services
5 1 (5.56%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 2 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (11.11%) Management Information System
2 1 (5.56%) Learning Management System
Operating Systems
1 4 (22.22%) Unix
2 2 (11.11%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (50.00%) Acceptance Criteria
2 9 (50.00%) Operational Acceptance Testing
3 8 (44.44%) BDD
3 8 (44.44%) Test Automation
4 7 (38.89%) Continuous Integration
4 7 (38.89%) TDD
5 6 (33.33%) User Acceptance Testing
6 4 (22.22%) Integration Testing
7 3 (16.67%) Functional Testing
7 3 (16.67%) Non-Functional Testing
7 3 (16.67%) SDLC
7 3 (16.67%) System Integration Testing
7 3 (16.67%) User Stories
8 2 (11.11%) Defect Management
8 2 (11.11%) Exploratory Testing
8 2 (11.11%) Test Management
8 2 (11.11%) Test Scripting
8 2 (11.11%) Test Strategy
8 2 (11.11%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 13 (72.22%) SQL
2 5 (27.78%) C#
3 2 (11.11%) Java
3 2 (11.11%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (11.11%) ISEB
1 2 (11.11%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (16.67%) QA
2 1 (5.56%) SLA
Systems Management
1 1 (5.56%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 5 (27.78%) Oracle
2 3 (16.67%) Microsoft