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 3 months to 29 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.

System Testing
England / West Midlands
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 95 119 116
Rank change year-on-year +24 -3  
Contract jobs citing System Testing 20 10 11
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.89% 0.36% 0.43%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.12% 0.44% 0.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 2 5
Median daily rate £300 £328 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.39% -12.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £310 £308
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £346 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £369 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +5.35% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £11.00 £50.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -78.00% +42.85%  

System 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 1789 2250 1927
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 79.94% 81.91% 75.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 1145 1242 1111
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 £513 £550 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 58 45 107
Median hourly rate £24.50 £18.25 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.24% -39.16%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £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 £38.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.14% +28.33%  

System Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

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

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 3 months to 29 March 2017.

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 3 months to 29 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
Birmingham +5 5 £325 +6.55% 5
Warwickshire +2 3 £300 -
Staffordshire - 3 £225 -
Coventry - 2 £405 - 1
Wolverhampton - 1 £263 -
System Testing
England

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing System 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 System Testing.

1 18 (50.00%) User Acceptance Testing
2 15 (41.67%) Agile Software Development
3 14 (38.89%) Migration
4 13 (36.11%) SQL
5 12 (33.33%) Test Scripting
5 12 (33.33%) Team Foundation Server
6 10 (27.78%) ISEB
7 9 (25.00%) Workflow
7 9 (25.00%) SQL Server
8 7 (19.44%) T-SQL
8 7 (19.44%) .NET
8 7 (19.44%) C#
8 7 (19.44%) JavaScript
8 7 (19.44%) Visual Studio
8 7 (19.44%) ASP.NET
8 7 (19.44%) MVC
8 7 (19.44%) Git (software)
8 7 (19.44%) ASP.NET MVC
8 7 (19.44%) Data Migration
8 7 (19.44%) Continuous Integration
8 7 (19.44%) jQuery
8 7 (19.44%) .NET Framework
8 7 (19.44%) LINQ
8 7 (19.44%) Scrum
8 7 (19.44%) Data Analysis
8 7 (19.44%) Entity Framework
8 7 (19.44%) Test Strategy
8 7 (19.44%) AngularJS
8 7 (19.44%) Twitter Bootstrap
8 7 (19.44%) TypeScript

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 5 (13.89%) CMS
2 1 (2.78%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 1 (2.78%) Confluence
2 1 (2.78%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 2 (5.56%) MS Project
2 1 (2.78%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.78%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 5 (13.89%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (5.56%) Primavera
2 2 (5.56%) TRIRIGA
3 1 (2.78%) Oracle Assets
3 1 (2.78%) Oracle Financials
3 1 (2.78%) Oracle General Ledger
3 1 (2.78%) Oracle Payables
3 1 (2.78%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.78%) Boomi
1 1 (2.78%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 5 (13.89%) Network Security
2 1 (2.78%) FTP
2 1 (2.78%) Internet
2 1 (2.78%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (25.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.78%) Oracle Database
2 1 (2.78%) Oracle Discoverer
2 1 (2.78%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 12 (33.33%) Team Foundation Server
2 7 (19.44%) Git (software)
2 7 (19.44%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 7 (19.44%) Visual Studio
3 5 (13.89%) Cucumber
4 2 (5.56%) JIRA
4 2 (5.56%) Oracle Forms
5 1 (2.78%) Eclipse
5 1 (2.78%) Jenkins
5 1 (2.78%) Selenium
5 1 (2.78%) SoapUI
General
1 3 (8.33%) Finance
2 1 (2.78%) Automotive
2 1 (2.78%) Banking
2 1 (2.78%) Retail
2 1 (2.78%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 19 (52.78%) Analyst
2 14 (38.89%) Test Analyst
3 6 (16.67%) Agile Test Analyst
3 6 (16.67%) Programmer
3 6 (16.67%) Systems Analyst
4 5 (13.89%) Business Systems Analyst
4 5 (13.89%) CRM Analyst
5 2 (5.56%) Project Planner
5 2 (5.56%) Technical Analyst
5 2 (5.56%) Test Manager
5 2 (5.56%) Trainer
6 1 (2.78%) C# Programmer
6 1 (2.78%) Consultant
6 1 (2.78%) Informatica Developer
6 1 (2.78%) Integration Developer
6 1 (2.78%) Oracle Financials Consultant
6 1 (2.78%) Oracle Financials Functional Consultant
6 1 (2.78%) Payments Analyst
6 1 (2.78%) QC Analyst
6 1 (2.78%) Test Programme Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (19.44%) .NET
1 7 (19.44%) .NET Framework
1 7 (19.44%) AngularJS
1 7 (19.44%) ASP.NET
1 7 (19.44%) ASP.NET MVC
1 7 (19.44%) Entity Framework
1 7 (19.44%) jQuery
1 7 (19.44%) LINQ
1 7 (19.44%) Twitter Bootstrap
2 6 (16.67%) AutoMapper
2 6 (16.67%) StructureMap
3 5 (13.89%) Gherkin
4 2 (5.56%) J2EE
4 2 (5.56%) XML
5 1 (2.78%) SOAP
5 1 (2.78%) Web Services
5 1 (2.78%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 5 (13.89%) Data Structures
1 5 (13.89%) NHS
2 4 (11.11%) Management Information System
3 2 (5.56%) Mobile App
4 1 (2.78%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (2.78%) Driving Licence
4 1 (2.78%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 1 (2.78%) Android
1 1 (2.78%) Unix
1 1 (2.78%) Windows
1 1 (2.78%) Windows 10
1 1 (2.78%) Windows Server
1 1 (2.78%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (50.00%) User Acceptance Testing
2 15 (41.67%) Agile Software Development
3 14 (38.89%) Migration
4 12 (33.33%) Test Scripting
5 9 (25.00%) Workflow
6 7 (19.44%) Continuous Integration
6 7 (19.44%) Data Analysis
6 7 (19.44%) Data Migration
6 7 (19.44%) MVC
6 7 (19.44%) Scrum
6 7 (19.44%) Test Strategy
7 6 (16.67%) Business Intelligence
8 5 (13.89%) BDD
8 5 (13.89%) Content Management
8 5 (13.89%) CRM
8 5 (13.89%) Data Conversion
8 5 (13.89%) Data Management
8 5 (13.89%) Data Modelling
8 5 (13.89%) Service Management
8 5 (13.89%) Systems Analysis
Programming Languages
1 13 (36.11%) SQL
2 7 (19.44%) C#
2 7 (19.44%) JavaScript
2 7 (19.44%) T-SQL
2 7 (19.44%) TypeScript
3 3 (8.33%) PL/SQL
4 2 (5.56%) Java
Qualifications
1 10 (27.78%) ISEB
2 6 (16.67%) ISTQB
3 1 (2.78%) IBM Certification
3 1 (2.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (2.78%) SC Cleared
3 1 (2.78%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.78%) Disclosure Scotland
1 1 (2.78%) IFRS
1 1 (2.78%) PCI DSS
1 1 (2.78%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (2.78%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (13.89%) Microsoft
2 4 (11.11%) Oracle
3 2 (5.56%) IBM
4 1 (2.78%) Dell
4 1 (2.78%) HP
4 1 (2.78%) Informatica