Period
to 13 December 2018

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 13 December 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
13 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 94 152 139
Rank change year-on-year +58 -13 -10
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 119 36 74
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.29% 0.73% 1.24%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.40% 0.77% 1.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 70 28 50
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £338 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.52% +3.85% +8.33%
10th Percentile £298 £244 £248
90th Percentile £500 £490 £450
England median daily rate £400 £375 £360
% change year-on-year +6.67% +4.17% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
West Midlands median hourly rate - - £32.00
England median hourly rate £13.15 £12.75 £33.19
% change year-on-year +3.14% -61.58% +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 4,958 4,663 5,665
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.40% 94.95% 95.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,079 2,959 3,423
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £238 £210 £225
90th Percentile £575 £539 £541
England median daily rate £459 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +1.89% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 194 200 229
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.85 £17.13 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.45% +14.17% -9.64%
10th Percentile £10.83 £10.30 £10.00
90th Percentile £43.38 £47.50 £39.50
England median hourly rate £18.12 £18.70 £18.38
% change year-on-year -3.13% +1.77% +2.08%

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 13 December 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 13 December 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 +2 62 £400 -27.27% 2
Birmingham +15 23 £400 +23.08% 7
Warwickshire +21 14 £500 +135.29% 3
Coventry -9 11 £325 -7.14% 1
Staffordshire -15 2 £300 +14.29% 3
Solihull - 2 £319 -
Wolverhampton - 1 £408 -
Worcestershire - 1 - - 7
Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 13 December 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 90 (75.63%) Agile Software Development
2 75 (63.03%) Java
3 73 (61.34%) Test Automation
4 66 (55.46%) Selenium
5 49 (41.18%) Cucumber
6 38 (31.93%) WebDriver
6 38 (31.93%) JIRA
7 36 (30.25%) Confluence
8 34 (28.57%) Scrum
9 30 (25.21%) Microservices
9 30 (25.21%) SQL
10 28 (23.53%) Continuous Integration
11 26 (21.85%) BDD
12 24 (20.17%) C#
12 24 (20.17%) OO
12 24 (20.17%) SOA
13 23 (19.33%) Oracle
14 22 (18.49%) Kanban
14 22 (18.49%) REST
14 22 (18.49%) DevOps
14 22 (18.49%) Jenkins
14 22 (18.49%) Test Strategy
15 21 (17.65%) Performance Testing
15 21 (17.65%) Unix
16 19 (15.97%) Analytical Skills
17 18 (15.13%) Pega
17 18 (15.13%) Documentum
17 18 (15.13%) Atlassian
18 17 (14.29%) SoapUI
18 17 (14.29%) Java 8

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 36 (30.25%) Confluence
2 18 (15.13%) Documentum
3 12 (10.08%) WebLogic
4 11 (9.24%) OpenStack
5 4 (3.36%) Elasticsearch
6 2 (1.68%) SharePoint
6 2 (1.68%) SharePoint 2013
7 1 (0.84%) Apache
7 1 (0.84%) CMS
Applications
1 3 (2.52%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.68%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (1.68%) assyst
2 1 (0.84%) SAP FI-CA
2 1 (0.84%) SAP PSCD
Cloud Services
1 16 (13.45%) Amazon AWS
2 11 (9.24%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (2.52%) BlazeMeter
3 3 (2.52%) GitHub
4 1 (0.84%) Boomi
4 1 (0.84%) Office 365
4 1 (0.84%) SaaS
4 1 (0.84%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 11 (9.24%) HTTP
2 10 (8.40%) 802.11
2 10 (8.40%) SNMP
2 10 (8.40%) VPN
3 8 (6.72%) VoIP
3 8 (6.72%) Wireless
4 2 (1.68%) BIG-IP
4 2 (1.68%) SAN
5 1 (0.84%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (5.04%) MySQL
1 6 (5.04%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.36%) Data Warehouse
2 4 (3.36%) Oracle Database
2 4 (3.36%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (0.84%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (0.84%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 66 (55.46%) Selenium
2 49 (41.18%) Cucumber
3 38 (31.93%) JIRA
3 38 (31.93%) WebDriver
4 22 (18.49%) Jenkins
5 17 (14.29%) SoapUI
6 15 (12.61%) JMeter
7 14 (11.76%) Maven
8 11 (9.24%) Burp Suite
8 11 (9.24%) Metasploit
9 10 (8.40%) Bitbucket
10 9 (7.56%) SpecFlow
11 4 (3.36%) Git (software)
12 3 (2.52%) LoadRunner
12 3 (2.52%) Mockito
12 3 (2.52%) Team Foundation Server
12 3 (2.52%) Visual Studio
12 3 (2.52%) Visual Studio Team System
13 2 (1.68%) SonarQube
14 1 (0.84%) Protractor
General
1 3 (2.52%) Retail
2 2 (1.68%) Law
3 1 (0.84%) Finance
3 1 (0.84%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (18.49%) REST
2 16 (13.45%) .NET
3 12 (10.08%) Gherkin
4 10 (8.40%) 802.1X
4 10 (8.40%) J2EE
4 10 (8.40%) RESTful
4 10 (8.40%) Web Services
5 6 (5.04%) SOAP
5 6 (5.04%) Spring
6 5 (4.20%) XML
7 4 (3.36%) CSS
7 4 (3.36%) JSON
7 4 (3.36%) Taurus
7 4 (3.36%) Velocity
8 3 (2.52%) AngularJS
8 3 (2.52%) Swagger
8 3 (2.52%) WireMock
9 2 (1.68%) Apache Camel
9 2 (1.68%) RabbitMQ
9 2 (1.68%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 19 (15.97%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (9.24%) Mobile App
3 10 (8.40%) Cyberthreat
3 10 (8.40%) SCADA
4 8 (6.72%) Wiki
5 2 (1.68%) NHS
6 1 (0.84%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 21 (17.65%) Unix
2 11 (9.24%) Kali Linux
2 11 (9.24%) Linux
3 5 (4.20%) Windows
4 1 (0.84%) Windows 10
4 1 (0.84%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 90 (75.63%) Agile Software Development
2 73 (61.34%) Test Automation
3 34 (28.57%) Scrum
4 30 (25.21%) Microservices
5 28 (23.53%) Continuous Integration
6 26 (21.85%) BDD
7 24 (20.17%) OO
7 24 (20.17%) SOA
8 22 (18.49%) DevOps
8 22 (18.49%) Kanban
8 22 (18.49%) Test Strategy
9 21 (17.65%) Performance Testing
10 17 (14.29%) Problem-Solving
11 15 (12.61%) Continuous Delivery
11 15 (12.61%) Non-Functional Testing
12 14 (11.76%) Functional Testing
12 14 (11.76%) Mentoring
12 14 (11.76%) Open Source
13 13 (10.92%) Coaching
13 13 (10.92%) Line Management
Programming Languages
1 75 (63.03%) Java
2 30 (25.21%) SQL
3 24 (20.17%) C#
4 17 (14.29%) Java 8
5 14 (11.76%) PL/SQL
6 11 (9.24%) Bash Shell
6 11 (9.24%) C
6 11 (9.24%) Lua
6 11 (9.24%) PowerShell
6 11 (9.24%) Python
6 11 (9.24%) Ruby
7 10 (8.40%) Shell Script
8 3 (2.52%) Groovy
8 3 (2.52%) Perl
8 3 (2.52%) Scala
9 2 (1.68%) JavaScript
10 1 (0.84%) C++
10 1 (0.84%) VBA
10 1 (0.84%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 12 (10.08%) ISEB
1 12 (10.08%) ISTQB
2 11 (9.24%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 10 (8.40%) Degree
3 10 (8.40%) OSCE
4 9 (7.56%) Security Cleared
5 7 (5.88%) SC Cleared
6 4 (3.36%) BPSS Clearance
7 3 (2.52%) CREST Certified
7 3 (2.52%) DBS Check
8 2 (1.68%) GPEN
8 2 (1.68%) OSCP
8 2 (1.68%) SANS
8 2 (1.68%) Tigerscheme
9 1 (0.84%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (11.76%) QA
2 2 (1.68%) Data Quality
2 2 (1.68%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (1.68%) PMO
System Software
1 12 (10.08%) Docker
Systems Management
1 14 (11.76%) Puppet
2 11 (9.24%) Nessus
2 11 (9.24%) Nmap
3 4 (3.36%) logstash
4 2 (1.68%) HP SiteScope
Vendors
1 23 (19.33%) Oracle
2 18 (15.13%) Atlassian
2 18 (15.13%) Pega
3 10 (8.40%) BEA
4 6 (5.04%) AppDynamics
4 6 (5.04%) Microsoft
5 2 (1.68%) New Relic
5 2 (1.68%) webMethods
5 2 (1.68%) WSO2
6 1 (0.84%) Dell
6 1 (0.84%) HP
6 1 (0.84%) SAP