Period
to 21 October 2018

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £388 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 21 October 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
21 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 123 148 145
Rank change year-on-year +25 -3 -4
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 79 36 72
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.57% 0.78% 1.16%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.66% 0.82% 1.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 23 47
West Midlands median daily rate £388 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.71% +7.69% +8.33%
10th Percentile £271 £246 £150
90th Percentile £476 £515 £455
England median daily rate £400 £368 £365
% change year-on-year +8.84% +0.68% +5.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
West Midlands median hourly rate - - £32.00
England median hourly rate £12.50 £12.50 £33.19
% change year-on-year - -62.33% +2.11%

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 4,759 4,387 5,881
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.29% 94.71% 94.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,890 2,758 3,501
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +8.47%
10th Percentile £231 £213 £235
90th Percentile £575 £544 £540
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 213 192 226
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.50 £16.20 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.34% +8.02% -11.76%
10th Percentile £10.90 £10.32 £10.00
90th Percentile £33.21 £50.00 £38.75
England median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £18.50
% change year-on-year -3.74% +1.08% +4.11%

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 21 October 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 21 October 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
Shropshire -11 35 £400 -27.27% 3
Birmingham +12 22 £400 +23.08% 15
Coventry -9 10 £325 -13.33% 1
Solihull - 5 £240 - 1
Warwickshire +10 4 £375 +39.53% 3
Staffordshire -8 1 - - 9
Wolverhampton - 1 £408 -
Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 21 October 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 53 (67.09%) Agile Software Development
2 47 (59.49%) Selenium
3 44 (55.70%) Test Automation
4 37 (46.84%) Java
5 32 (40.51%) Cucumber
6 31 (39.24%) JIRA
7 27 (34.18%) SQL
8 26 (32.91%) Confluence
9 21 (26.58%) WebDriver
10 20 (25.32%) Problem-Solving
11 17 (21.52%) Oracle
12 16 (20.25%) Unix
12 16 (20.25%) Performance Testing
12 16 (20.25%) Continuous Integration
12 16 (20.25%) Scrum
12 16 (20.25%) BDD
12 16 (20.25%) DevOps
13 14 (17.72%) QA
13 14 (17.72%) PL/SQL
14 13 (16.46%) OO
14 13 (16.46%) Microservices
14 13 (16.46%) Test Strategy
15 12 (15.19%) Analytical Skills
15 12 (15.19%) Gherkin
15 12 (15.19%) Functional Testing
15 12 (15.19%) SoapUI
15 12 (15.19%) Problem Management
15 12 (15.19%) Security Cleared
16 11 (13.92%) Jenkins
17 10 (12.66%) SC Cleared

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 26 (32.91%) Confluence
2 10 (12.66%) WebLogic
3 7 (8.86%) Documentum
4 4 (5.06%) Elasticsearch
5 2 (2.53%) Apache
5 2 (2.53%) SharePoint
5 2 (2.53%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (1.27%) CMS
6 1 (1.27%) JBoss
6 1 (1.27%) OpenStack
6 1 (1.27%) Tomcat
Applications
1 2 (2.53%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (2.53%) assyst
2 1 (1.27%) SAP EWM
2 1 (1.27%) SAP FI-CA
2 1 (1.27%) SAP Payroll
2 1 (1.27%) SAP PSCD
Cloud Services
1 6 (7.59%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.27%) GitHub
2 1 (1.27%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.27%) SaaS
2 1 (1.27%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.80%) 2G
1 3 (3.80%) 3G
1 3 (3.80%) 4G
1 3 (3.80%) GGSN
1 3 (3.80%) SGSN
1 3 (3.80%) SS7
2 2 (2.53%) BIG-IP
2 2 (2.53%) HTTP
3 1 (1.27%) 802.11
3 1 (1.27%) SNMP
3 1 (1.27%) VoIP
3 1 (1.27%) VPN
3 1 (1.27%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (8.86%) MySQL
2 5 (6.33%) PostgreSQL
2 5 (6.33%) SQL Server
3 4 (5.06%) Data Warehouse
3 4 (5.06%) Oracle Database
4 1 (1.27%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (1.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 47 (59.49%) Selenium
2 32 (40.51%) Cucumber
3 31 (39.24%) JIRA
4 21 (26.58%) WebDriver
5 12 (15.19%) SoapUI
6 11 (13.92%) Jenkins
7 9 (11.39%) Bitbucket
8 8 (10.13%) JMeter
9 7 (8.86%) SpecFlow
10 5 (6.33%) Maven
11 3 (3.80%) Visual Studio
12 2 (2.53%) Bugzilla
12 2 (2.53%) Git (software)
12 2 (2.53%) JUnit
12 2 (2.53%) Toad
13 1 (1.27%) Hudson
13 1 (1.27%) Metasploit
13 1 (1.27%) SonarQube
13 1 (1.27%) Team Foundation Server
13 1 (1.27%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 3 (3.80%) Retail
2 2 (2.53%) Banking
2 2 (2.53%) Finance
3 1 (1.27%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (15.19%) Gherkin
2 10 (12.66%) Web Services
3 9 (11.39%) J2EE
3 9 (11.39%) REST
4 8 (10.13%) RESTful
5 6 (7.59%) .NET
6 5 (6.33%) SOAP
7 4 (5.06%) CSS
7 4 (5.06%) XML
8 3 (3.80%) AngularJS
8 3 (3.80%) Spring
9 2 (2.53%) JSON
9 2 (2.53%) RabbitMQ
9 2 (2.53%) Velocity
10 1 (1.27%) .NET Framework
10 1 (1.27%) 802.1X
10 1 (1.27%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 12 (15.19%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (3.80%) Smart Meter
3 2 (2.53%) NHS
4 1 (1.27%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.27%) Cyberthreat
4 1 (1.27%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (1.27%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.27%) SCADA
4 1 (1.27%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 16 (20.25%) Unix
2 2 (2.53%) Windows
3 1 (1.27%) Kali Linux
3 1 (1.27%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (67.09%) Agile Software Development
2 44 (55.70%) Test Automation
3 20 (25.32%) Problem-Solving
4 16 (20.25%) BDD
4 16 (20.25%) Continuous Integration
4 16 (20.25%) DevOps
4 16 (20.25%) Performance Testing
4 16 (20.25%) Scrum
5 13 (16.46%) Microservices
5 13 (16.46%) OO
5 13 (16.46%) Test Strategy
6 12 (15.19%) Functional Testing
6 12 (15.19%) Problem Management
7 10 (12.66%) API Testing
7 10 (12.66%) Kanban
7 10 (12.66%) Test Scripting
8 9 (11.39%) Configuration Management
8 9 (11.39%) Load Testing
8 9 (11.39%) Non-Functional Testing
8 9 (11.39%) Process Improvement
Programming Languages
1 37 (46.84%) Java
2 27 (34.18%) SQL
3 14 (17.72%) PL/SQL
4 9 (11.39%) C#
4 9 (11.39%) Shell Script
5 6 (7.59%) Java 8
6 4 (5.06%) JavaScript
7 3 (3.80%) Groovy
7 3 (3.80%) Perl
7 3 (3.80%) Ruby
7 3 (3.80%) Scala
8 2 (2.53%) C
9 1 (1.27%) Bash Shell
9 1 (1.27%) C++
9 1 (1.27%) Lua
9 1 (1.27%) PowerShell
9 1 (1.27%) Python
9 1 (1.27%) VBA
9 1 (1.27%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 12 (15.19%) Security Cleared
2 10 (12.66%) ISTQB
2 10 (12.66%) SC Cleared
3 7 (8.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 5 (6.33%) ISEB
5 1 (1.27%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (1.27%) DBS Check
5 1 (1.27%) Degree
5 1 (1.27%) OSCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (17.72%) QA
2 2 (2.53%) Data Quality
2 2 (2.53%) PMO
System Software
1 9 (11.39%) Docker
Systems Management
1 5 (6.33%) Puppet
2 4 (5.06%) logstash
3 1 (1.27%) Nessus
3 1 (1.27%) Nmap
Vendors
1 17 (21.52%) Oracle
2 10 (12.66%) Atlassian
3 9 (11.39%) BEA
4 7 (8.86%) Pega
5 4 (5.06%) AppDynamics
6 3 (3.80%) Empirix
7 2 (2.53%) HP
7 2 (2.53%) Microsoft
7 2 (2.53%) SAP
8 1 (1.27%) webMethods