Period
to 15 August 2018

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 15 August 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
15 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 120 135 146
Rank change year-on-year +15 +11 -18
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 73 32 67
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.44% 0.74% 1.10%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.53% 0.78% 1.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 19 40
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £325 £314
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.38% +3.59% +4.58%
10th Percentile £269 £270 £150
90th Percentile £475 £390 £464
England median daily rate £393 £350 £360
% change year-on-year +12.14% -2.78% +10.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
West Midlands median hourly rate - £30.00 -
England median hourly rate £23.25 £12.50 £28.19
% change year-on-year +86.00% -55.65% -13.28%

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 4,782 4,084 5,785
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.30% 94.67% 95.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,893 2,578 3,396
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +9.59%
10th Percentile £245 £225 £220
90th Percentile £575 £545 £538
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 213 173 196
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.50 £16.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.13% +6.67% -14.29%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.50 £10.33
90th Percentile £33.21 £46.65 £38.75
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year - -2.63% +6.35%

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 15 August 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 15 August 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 -3 30 £388 +19.23% 9
Shropshire -12 17 £400 -27.27% 4
Coventry -9 14 £325 -7.14% 4
Warwickshire +4 4 £375 +15.38%
Solihull - 4 £240 -
Wolverhampton - 1 £375 - 1
Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 15 August 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 48 (65.75%) Agile Software Development
2 44 (60.27%) Selenium
3 43 (58.90%) Test Automation
4 33 (45.21%) SQL
5 30 (41.10%) JIRA
6 29 (39.73%) Java
7 25 (34.25%) Cucumber
7 25 (34.25%) Confluence
8 20 (27.40%) WebDriver
9 19 (26.03%) BDD
9 19 (26.03%) Problem-Solving
10 17 (23.29%) Gherkin
10 17 (23.29%) DevOps
11 16 (21.92%) Oracle
12 15 (20.55%) Unix
13 14 (19.18%) C#
13 14 (19.18%) PL/SQL
14 13 (17.81%) Performance Testing
14 13 (17.81%) Continuous Integration
14 13 (17.81%) QA
15 12 (16.44%) SC Cleared
15 12 (16.44%) Security Cleared
15 12 (16.44%) Test Scripting
15 12 (16.44%) SpecFlow
15 12 (16.44%) Functional Testing
16 10 (13.70%) SoapUI
16 10 (13.70%) Test Strategy
16 10 (13.70%) API Testing
16 10 (13.70%) Acceptance Criteria
16 10 (13.70%) Regression Testing

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 25 (34.25%) Confluence
2 8 (10.96%) WebLogic
3 4 (5.48%) Elasticsearch
4 2 (2.74%) Apache
4 2 (2.74%) SharePoint
4 2 (2.74%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (1.37%) CMS
5 1 (1.37%) Documentum
5 1 (1.37%) JBoss
5 1 (1.37%) Tomcat
Applications
1 1 (1.37%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (1.37%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 6 (8.22%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.37%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (1.37%) SAP EWM
2 1 (1.37%) SAP Payroll
Cloud Services
1 5 (6.85%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (4.11%) Slack
3 2 (2.74%) Google Cloud Platform
4 1 (1.37%) GitHub
4 1 (1.37%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (4.11%) 2G
1 3 (4.11%) 3G
1 3 (4.11%) 4G
1 3 (4.11%) GGSN
1 3 (4.11%) SGSN
1 3 (4.11%) SS7
2 1 (1.37%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (10.96%) MySQL
2 6 (8.22%) PostgreSQL
2 6 (8.22%) SQL Server
3 4 (5.48%) Data Warehouse
3 4 (5.48%) Oracle Database
4 1 (1.37%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (1.37%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 44 (60.27%) Selenium
2 30 (41.10%) JIRA
3 25 (34.25%) Cucumber
4 20 (27.40%) WebDriver
5 12 (16.44%) SpecFlow
6 10 (13.70%) SoapUI
7 8 (10.96%) Jenkins
8 7 (9.59%) Bitbucket
8 7 (9.59%) JMeter
8 7 (9.59%) Visual Studio
9 5 (6.85%) TestRail
10 4 (5.48%) Visual Studio Team System
11 3 (4.11%) JUnit
12 2 (2.74%) Bugzilla
12 2 (2.74%) Git (software)
12 2 (2.74%) Toad
13 1 (1.37%) LoadRunner
13 1 (1.37%) Maven
13 1 (1.37%) SonarQube
13 1 (1.37%) WinAutomation
General
1 4 (5.48%) Retail
2 3 (4.11%) Finance
3 2 (2.74%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (23.29%) Gherkin
2 9 (12.33%) Web Services
3 7 (9.59%) J2EE
3 7 (9.59%) RESTful
4 6 (8.22%) REST
5 4 (5.48%) .NET
5 4 (5.48%) CSS
5 4 (5.48%) SOAP
6 3 (4.11%) AngularJS
6 3 (4.11%) JSON
6 3 (4.11%) Spring
6 3 (4.11%) Velocity
6 3 (4.11%) XML
7 1 (1.37%) .NET Framework
7 1 (1.37%) ASP.NET
7 1 (1.37%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 8 (10.96%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (6.85%) Linux Command Line
3 3 (4.11%) Smart Meter
4 2 (2.74%) Greenfield Project
4 2 (2.74%) NHS
5 1 (1.37%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.37%) Robotics
5 1 (1.37%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 15 (20.55%) Unix
2 1 (1.37%) Android
2 1 (1.37%) Apple iOS
2 1 (1.37%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (65.75%) Agile Software Development
2 43 (58.90%) Test Automation
3 19 (26.03%) BDD
3 19 (26.03%) Problem-Solving
4 17 (23.29%) DevOps
5 13 (17.81%) Continuous Integration
5 13 (17.81%) Performance Testing
6 12 (16.44%) Functional Testing
6 12 (16.44%) Test Scripting
7 10 (13.70%) Acceptance Criteria
7 10 (13.70%) API Testing
7 10 (13.70%) Migration
7 10 (13.70%) Regression Testing
7 10 (13.70%) Test Strategy
8 9 (12.33%) Load Testing
8 9 (12.33%) User Stories
9 8 (10.96%) Exploratory Testing
10 7 (9.59%) Operational Acceptance Testing
10 7 (9.59%) Problem Management
10 7 (9.59%) Process Improvement
Programming Languages
1 33 (45.21%) SQL
2 29 (39.73%) Java
3 14 (19.18%) C#
3 14 (19.18%) PL/SQL
4 7 (9.59%) Shell Script
5 6 (8.22%) JavaScript
6 2 (2.74%) Groovy
6 2 (2.74%) Ruby
6 2 (2.74%) Scala
6 2 (2.74%) VBScript
7 1 (1.37%) VBA
Qualifications
1 12 (16.44%) SC Cleared
1 12 (16.44%) Security Cleared
2 8 (10.96%) ISTQB
3 5 (6.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 4 (5.48%) ISEB
5 1 (1.37%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (17.81%) QA
2 2 (2.74%) Data Quality
2 2 (2.74%) GCP
2 2 (2.74%) PMO
3 1 (1.37%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 7 (9.59%) Docker
Systems Management
1 4 (5.48%) logstash
2 1 (1.37%) Puppet
Vendors
1 16 (21.92%) Oracle
2 7 (9.59%) BEA
3 4 (5.48%) AppDynamics
3 4 (5.48%) Microsoft
4 3 (4.11%) Empirix
5 2 (2.74%) Atlassian
5 2 (2.74%) Google
6 1 (1.37%) Blue Prism
6 1 (1.37%) Capita
6 1 (1.37%) HP
6 1 (1.37%) Pega
6 1 (1.37%) SAP
6 1 (1.37%) UiPath
6 1 (1.37%) webMethods