The median contractor rate for a Tester was £315 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 3 months to 30 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.

Tester
England / West Midlands
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 94 99 95
Rank change year-on-year +5 -4  
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 20 34 27
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.89% 1.23% 1.05%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.94% 1.28% 1.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 18 19
Median daily rate £315 £310 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.61% -11.42%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £249 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £370 £403 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £325 £300
% change year-on-year -1.53% +8.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 1
Median hourly rate £30.00 - £10.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.57 £44.25 £32.50
% change year-on-year -42.22% +36.15%  

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 2118 2646 2406
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 94.13% 95.59% 93.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 1331 1466 1364
Median daily rate £400 £400 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +11.11%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £250 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £513 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 98 71 168
Median hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £16.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.66% -9.36%  
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 £33.84
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -7.89% +11.76%  

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

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

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 3 months to 30 March 2017.

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 3 months to 30 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 - 7 £301 - 1
Birmingham +5 3 £288 -11.53% 7
Staffordshire +1 3 £315 +5.00% 6
Warwickshire -4 3 £350 +7.69% 5
Worcestershire - 2 - - 2
Shropshire +31 1 £500 - 7
Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 30 March 2017, Tester 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 Tester in the job title.

1 19 (36.54%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (34.62%) QA
3 16 (30.77%) Test Scripting
4 13 (25.00%) Selenium
5 12 (23.08%) ISTQB
6 11 (21.15%) Java
6 11 (21.15%) SQL
7 9 (17.31%) Scrum
7 9 (17.31%) Microsoft
7 9 (17.31%) ISEB
7 9 (17.31%) Test Automation
7 9 (17.31%) Cucumber
8 7 (13.46%) Team Foundation Server
8 7 (13.46%) Continuous Integration
8 7 (13.46%) Integration Testing
8 7 (13.46%) User Acceptance Testing
8 7 (13.46%) Automated Testing
8 7 (13.46%) CRM
9 6 (11.54%) SpecFlow
10 5 (9.62%) Automation Testing
10 5 (9.62%) Dynamics CRM
10 5 (9.62%) JIRA
11 4 (7.69%) Performance Testing
11 4 (7.69%) Ruby
11 4 (7.69%) TDD
11 4 (7.69%) Manual Testing
11 4 (7.69%) Business Intelligence
11 4 (7.69%) Finance
11 4 (7.69%) Linux
11 4 (7.69%) MS Excel

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 2 (3.85%) Confluence
Applications
1 4 (7.69%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 5 (9.62%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.92%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (1.92%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 3 (5.77%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.92%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.85%) HTTP
1 2 (3.85%) SNMP
1 2 (3.85%) TCP/IP
2 1 (1.92%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (5.77%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.92%) Data Mining
2 1 (1.92%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (1.92%) QlikView
2 1 (1.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 13 (25.00%) Selenium
2 9 (17.31%) Cucumber
3 7 (13.46%) Team Foundation Server
4 6 (11.54%) SpecFlow
5 5 (9.62%) JIRA
6 4 (7.69%) SoapUI
6 4 (7.69%) Visual Studio
7 3 (5.77%) HP UFT
7 3 (5.77%) Jenkins
7 3 (5.77%) JMeter
8 2 (3.85%) Capybara
8 2 (3.85%) Git (software)
8 2 (3.85%) Hudson
8 2 (3.85%) PhantomJS
8 2 (3.85%) Sahi
8 2 (3.85%) WATIR
9 1 (1.92%) LoadRunner
9 1 (1.92%) Protractor
9 1 (1.92%) TeamCity
9 1 (1.92%) WebDriver
General
1 4 (7.69%) Finance
2 3 (5.77%) Retail
3 2 (3.85%) Automotive
4 1 (1.92%) Advertising
4 1 (1.92%) Electronics
4 1 (1.92%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (7.69%) .NET
1 4 (7.69%) Web Services
2 3 (5.77%) AngularJS
2 3 (5.77%) Gherkin
2 3 (5.77%) Node.js
2 3 (5.77%) SOAP
3 2 (3.85%) Play Framework
3 2 (3.85%) XML
4 1 (1.92%) CSS
4 1 (1.92%) CSS3
4 1 (1.92%) Highcharts JS
4 1 (1.92%) HTML
4 1 (1.92%) HTML5
4 1 (1.92%) JSON
4 1 (1.92%) LAMP
4 1 (1.92%) REST
4 1 (1.92%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 2 (3.85%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (3.85%) PKI
2 1 (1.92%) Computer Science
2 1 (1.92%) Infotainment
2 1 (1.92%) Mainframe
2 1 (1.92%) Management Information System
2 1 (1.92%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 4 (7.69%) Linux
2 3 (5.77%) Windows
3 1 (1.92%) Android
3 1 (1.92%) Unix
3 1 (1.92%) Windows 10
3 1 (1.92%) Windows 7
3 1 (1.92%) Windows 8
3 1 (1.92%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (1.92%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (36.54%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (30.77%) Test Scripting
3 9 (17.31%) Scrum
3 9 (17.31%) Test Automation
4 7 (13.46%) Automated Testing
4 7 (13.46%) Continuous Integration
4 7 (13.46%) CRM
4 7 (13.46%) Integration Testing
4 7 (13.46%) User Acceptance Testing
5 5 (9.62%) Automation Testing
6 4 (7.69%) BDD
6 4 (7.69%) Business Intelligence
6 4 (7.69%) Manual Testing
6 4 (7.69%) Performance Testing
6 4 (7.69%) TDD
6 4 (7.69%) User Stories
7 3 (5.77%) Software Testing
7 3 (5.77%) Test Management
7 3 (5.77%) Unit Testing
7 3 (5.77%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 11 (21.15%) Java
1 11 (21.15%) SQL
2 4 (7.69%) Ruby
3 2 (3.85%) C#
3 2 (3.85%) Python
4 1 (1.92%) C++
4 1 (1.92%) Groovy
4 1 (1.92%) PHP
4 1 (1.92%) Scala
4 1 (1.92%) T-SQL
4 1 (1.92%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 12 (23.08%) ISTQB
2 9 (17.31%) ISEB
3 3 (5.77%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 3 (5.77%) Security Cleared
4 2 (3.85%) SC Cleared
5 1 (1.92%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (1.92%) CHECK Team Member
5 1 (1.92%) CREST Certified
5 1 (1.92%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (34.62%) QA
2 1 (1.92%) Disclosure Scotland
Systems Management
1 1 (1.92%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 9 (17.31%) Microsoft
2 4 (7.69%) Oracle
3 3 (5.77%) HP
4 2 (3.85%) Kronos
4 2 (3.85%) SAP
5 1 (1.92%) Atlassian