The median contractor rate for a Test Specialist was - per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 3 months to 25 March 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Specialist
England / West Midlands
Rank 115 129 121
Rank change year-on-year +14 -8  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 3 1 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.13% 0.037% 0.039%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.14% 0.039% 0.042%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 0 0
Median daily rate - - -
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £385 £330
% change year-on-year -2.59% +16.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £40.25 £35.00
% change year-on-year - +15.00%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 2160 2572 2382
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 93.79% 95.44% 94.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 1356 1421 1330
Median daily rate £400 £400 £358
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +11.88%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £501 £520 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 103 72 170
Median hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.66% -9.09%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £10.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £35.00 £34.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.22
% change year-on-year -12.50% +16.14%  

Test Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands that featured Test Specialist in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Test Specialist in the West Midlands

Test Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Test Specialist in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Specialist in the West Midlands

Test Specialist
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 Test Specialist within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 25 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
Coventry - 1 - -
Test Specialist
England

Test Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 25 March 2017, Test Specialist contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the West Midlands region featuring Test Specialist in the job title.

1 3 (42.86%) Oracle
1 3 (42.86%) Regression Testing
2 2 (28.57%) SC Cleared
2 2 (28.57%) Security Cleared
2 2 (28.57%) SQL
2 2 (28.57%) SAP
2 2 (28.57%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (14.29%) Banking
3 1 (14.29%) QA
3 1 (14.29%) Selenium
3 1 (14.29%) Problem Management
3 1 (14.29%) SAP HCM
3 1 (14.29%) Performance Testing
3 1 (14.29%) Integration Testing
3 1 (14.29%) Test Scripting
3 1 (14.29%) Manual Testing
3 1 (14.29%) Python
3 1 (14.29%) Client/Server
3 1 (14.29%) HP
3 1 (14.29%) HP UFT
3 1 (14.29%) LoadRunner
3 1 (14.29%) Mainframe
3 1 (14.29%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (14.29%) Performance Tuning
3 1 (14.29%) Performance Monitoring
3 1 (14.29%) DevOps
3 1 (14.29%) Test Planning
3 1 (14.29%) SDLC
3 1 (14.29%) Test Automation

Test Specialist Skill Set
Top Related 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:

Business Applications
1 2 (28.57%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (14.29%) SAP HCM
Development Applications
1 1 (14.29%) HP UFT
1 1 (14.29%) LoadRunner
1 1 (14.29%) Selenium
General
1 1 (14.29%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (14.29%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (14.29%) Client/Server
1 1 (14.29%) Enterprise Software
1 1 (14.29%) Mainframe
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (42.86%) Regression Testing
2 1 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (14.29%) DevOps
2 1 (14.29%) Integration Testing
2 1 (14.29%) Manual Testing
2 1 (14.29%) Performance Monitoring
2 1 (14.29%) Performance Testing
2 1 (14.29%) Performance Tuning
2 1 (14.29%) Problem Management
2 1 (14.29%) SDLC
2 1 (14.29%) Test Automation
2 1 (14.29%) Test Planning
2 1 (14.29%) Test Scripting
2 1 (14.29%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 2 (28.57%) SQL
2 1 (14.29%) Java
2 1 (14.29%) Python
Qualifications
1 2 (28.57%) SC Cleared
1 2 (28.57%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (14.29%) QA
Vendors
1 3 (42.86%) Oracle
2 2 (28.57%) SAP
3 1 (14.29%) HP