Period
to 19 February 2018

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £355 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 19 February 2018.

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.

Tester
England > West Midlands
6 months to
19 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 144 131 128
Rank change year-on-year -13 -3 +16
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 44 67 52
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.93% 1.28% 1.01%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.97% 1.35% 1.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 44 36
West Midlands median daily rate £355 £325 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.23% +4.84% +12.73%
10th Percentile £244 £263 £214
90th Percentile £476 £443 £444
England median daily rate £388 £350 £340
% change year-on-year +10.71% +2.94% +4.62%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 1
West Midlands median hourly rate - £31.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +55.00% +100.00%
England median hourly rate £17.50 £28.00 £39.37
% change year-on-year -37.50% -28.88% +38.14%

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

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
West Midlands
Contract vacancies in the West Midlands with a recognized job title 4,516 4,951 4,858
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.07% 94.61% 94.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,816 2,994 2,715
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £213 £225 £224
90th Percentile £550 £538 £538
England median daily rate £450 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 189 220 202
West Midlands median hourly rate £18.50 £16.75 £15.93
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.45% +5.18% +0.47%
10th Percentile £10.40 £10.75 £10.25
90th Percentile £48.75 £40.00 £36.20
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year +1.08% - +12.12%

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings that featured Tester in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for Tester in the West Midlands

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Tester in the West Midlands

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Tester in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 19 February 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Tester in the West Midlands

Tester
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 Tester in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Tester in the West Midlands

Tester
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 Tester within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 19 February 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 -2 12 £355 +21.37% 3
Staffordshire +2 9 £263 -16.67% 6
Shropshire -5 7 £465 -7.00% 1
Coventry +2 6 £344 +12.70% 1
Warwickshire -2 2 - - 1
Tester
England

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 19 February 2018, Tester contract jobs required the following IT 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 featuring Tester in the job title.

1 30 (68.18%) Test Automation
2 18 (40.91%) Manual Testing
2 18 (40.91%) Agile Software Development
3 16 (36.36%) SQL
4 14 (31.82%) Test Scripting
4 14 (31.82%) Selenium
5 12 (27.27%) Functional Testing
6 11 (25.00%) QA
7 10 (22.73%) User Acceptance Testing
7 10 (22.73%) Non-Functional Testing
8 9 (20.45%) JIRA
8 9 (20.45%) Java
9 8 (18.18%) Jenkins
9 8 (18.18%) BDD
10 7 (15.91%) Cucumber
10 7 (15.91%) Confluence
10 7 (15.91%) Unit Testing
10 7 (15.91%) Continuous Integration
10 7 (15.91%) Acceptance Criteria
11 6 (13.64%) Smoke Testing
11 6 (13.64%) Regression Testing
11 6 (13.64%) HP
11 6 (13.64%) Business Intelligence
11 6 (13.64%) WebDriver
12 5 (11.36%) User Stories
12 5 (11.36%) Continuous Delivery
12 5 (11.36%) Performance Testing
12 5 (11.36%) Scrum
13 4 (9.09%) PostgreSQL
13 4 (9.09%) JMeter

Tester Skill Set
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 7 (15.91%) Confluence
2 2 (4.55%) Documentum
2 2 (4.55%) nginx
3 1 (2.27%) SAS
Applications
1 2 (4.55%) MS Visio
2 1 (2.27%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (2.27%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (6.82%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (4.55%) iTrent
Cloud Services
1 3 (6.82%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (2.27%) Slack
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (9.09%) PostgreSQL
1 4 (9.09%) SQL Server
1 4 (9.09%) SQL Server 2012
1 4 (9.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 3 (6.82%) MongoDB
3 1 (2.27%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (2.27%) Power BI
3 1 (2.27%) Relational Database
3 1 (2.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 14 (31.82%) Selenium
2 9 (20.45%) JIRA
3 8 (18.18%) Jenkins
4 7 (15.91%) Cucumber
5 6 (13.64%) WebDriver
6 4 (9.09%) JMeter
6 4 (9.09%) SoapUI
7 3 (6.82%) HP UFT
7 3 (6.82%) JUnit
7 3 (6.82%) Maven
7 3 (6.82%) SpecFlow
7 3 (6.82%) TestRail
8 2 (4.55%) CircleCI
8 2 (4.55%) LoadRunner
8 2 (4.55%) Travis CI
9 1 (2.27%) Burp Suite
9 1 (2.27%) Git (software)
9 1 (2.27%) JProfiler
General
1 2 (4.55%) Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (9.09%) Gherkin
2 3 (6.82%) Web Services
3 2 (4.55%) RESTful
4 1 (2.27%) .NET
4 1 (2.27%) Ajax
4 1 (2.27%) AngularJS
4 1 (2.27%) CGI
4 1 (2.27%) CSS
4 1 (2.27%) HTML
4 1 (2.27%) SOAP
4 1 (2.27%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 3 (6.82%) Linux Command Line
2 1 (2.27%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (2.27%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 3 (6.82%) Unix
2 2 (4.55%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (68.18%) Test Automation
2 18 (40.91%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (40.91%) Manual Testing
3 14 (31.82%) Test Scripting
4 12 (27.27%) Functional Testing
5 10 (22.73%) Non-Functional Testing
5 10 (22.73%) User Acceptance Testing
6 8 (18.18%) BDD
7 7 (15.91%) Acceptance Criteria
7 7 (15.91%) Continuous Integration
7 7 (15.91%) Unit Testing
8 6 (13.64%) Business Intelligence
8 6 (13.64%) Regression Testing
8 6 (13.64%) Smoke Testing
9 5 (11.36%) Continuous Delivery
9 5 (11.36%) Performance Testing
9 5 (11.36%) Scrum
9 5 (11.36%) User Stories
10 4 (9.09%) Data Reconciliation
10 4 (9.09%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 16 (36.36%) SQL
2 9 (20.45%) Java
3 3 (6.82%) JavaScript
3 3 (6.82%) Python
4 2 (4.55%) PHP
4 2 (4.55%) PL/SQL
4 2 (4.55%) Ruby
5 1 (2.27%) C#
5 1 (2.27%) Groovy
5 1 (2.27%) Perl
5 1 (2.27%) Scala
5 1 (2.27%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 4 (9.09%) SC Cleared
1 4 (9.09%) Security Cleared
2 2 (4.55%) BPSS Clearance
2 2 (4.55%) CHECK Team Member
3 1 (2.27%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (25.00%) QA
2 2 (4.55%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (2.27%) WAI
3 1 (2.27%) WCAG
Systems Management
1 3 (6.82%) Puppet
Vendors
1 6 (13.64%) HP
2 4 (9.09%) Microsoft
3 2 (4.55%) JDA
3 2 (4.55%) Kronos
3 2 (4.55%) Pega
3 2 (4.55%) RedPrairie
4 1 (2.27%) Atlassian
4 1 (2.27%) Capita
4 1 (2.27%) Oracle
4 1 (2.27%) SAP