Period
to 24 May 2018

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £370 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 24 May 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
24 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 135 123 134
Rank change year-on-year -12 +11 -10
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 54 49 60
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.10% 1.14% 1.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.16% 1.20% 1.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 28 35
West Midlands median daily rate £370 £314 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.93% +1.21% +3.33%
10th Percentile £250 £263 £160
90th Percentile £504 £388 £458
England median daily rate £400 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +14.29% - +9.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
West Midlands median hourly rate - £30.00 -
England median hourly rate £42.50 £21.13 £22.00
% change year-on-year +101.14% -3.95% -32.31%

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 4,641 4,079 5,134
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.73% 94.71% 95.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,859 2,502 2,909
West Midlands median daily rate £413 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +10.71%
10th Percentile £250 £213 £219
90th Percentile £575 £532 £538
England median daily rate £450 £430 £425
% change year-on-year +4.65% +1.18% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 189 204 151
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.50 £17.38 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.79% +15.83% -13.04%
10th Percentile £10.70 £11.25 £10.50
90th Percentile £40.50 £42.50 £37.25
England median hourly rate £18.51 £19.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year -2.61% -2.54% +11.40%

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 24 May 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 24 May 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 -7 18 £360 +21.01% 5
Coventry -16 10 £425 +39.34% 1
Shropshire -7 9 £468 -6.50% 1
Staffordshire -4 6 - - 8
Warwickshire -3 4 - - 4
Solihull -6 2 £225 -40.00% 1
Wolverhampton - 1 £375 -
Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 24 May 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 38 (70.37%) Agile Software Development
1 38 (70.37%) Test Automation
2 31 (57.41%) SQL
3 29 (53.70%) Selenium
4 22 (40.74%) JIRA
5 19 (35.19%) Confluence
5 19 (35.19%) BDD
6 17 (31.48%) WebDriver
7 16 (29.63%) Cucumber
8 15 (27.78%) Test Scripting
8 15 (27.78%) QA
8 15 (27.78%) Java
8 15 (27.78%) Gherkin
9 13 (24.07%) Functional Testing
10 12 (22.22%) Acceptance Criteria
11 11 (20.37%) DevOps
11 11 (20.37%) Unix
12 10 (18.52%) Continuous Integration
12 10 (18.52%) Manual Testing
12 10 (18.52%) SC Cleared
12 10 (18.52%) Security Cleared
12 10 (18.52%) User Stories
12 10 (18.52%) SpecFlow
13 9 (16.67%) CRM
13 9 (16.67%) C#
14 8 (14.81%) Dynamics CRM
14 8 (14.81%) User Acceptance Testing
14 8 (14.81%) Problem-Solving
15 7 (12.96%) TestRail
15 7 (12.96%) Linux Command Line

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 19 (35.19%) Confluence
2 3 (5.56%) WebLogic
3 2 (3.70%) Documentum
4 1 (1.85%) Apache
4 1 (1.85%) CMS
4 1 (1.85%) JBoss
4 1 (1.85%) Tomcat
Applications
1 2 (3.70%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (3.70%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 8 (14.81%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.85%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (1.85%) SAP EWM
2 1 (1.85%) SAP Payroll
Cloud Services
1 4 (7.41%) Slack
2 2 (3.70%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.70%) 2G
1 2 (3.70%) 3G
1 2 (3.70%) 4G
1 2 (3.70%) GGSN
1 2 (3.70%) SGSN
1 2 (3.70%) SS7
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (5.56%) MySQL
1 3 (5.56%) PostgreSQL
1 3 (5.56%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.85%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (1.85%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 29 (53.70%) Selenium
2 22 (40.74%) JIRA
3 17 (31.48%) WebDriver
4 16 (29.63%) Cucumber
5 10 (18.52%) SpecFlow
6 7 (12.96%) TestRail
7 4 (7.41%) Jenkins
7 4 (7.41%) Visual Studio
8 3 (5.56%) Bitbucket
8 3 (5.56%) JUnit
8 3 (5.56%) LoadRunner
8 3 (5.56%) Maven
8 3 (5.56%) SoapUI
8 3 (5.56%) Visual Studio Team System
9 2 (3.70%) Bugzilla
9 2 (3.70%) HP UFT
10 1 (1.85%) JMeter
10 1 (1.85%) Toad
General
1 2 (3.70%) Finance
1 2 (3.70%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (27.78%) Gherkin
2 5 (9.26%) REST
3 4 (7.41%) .NET
4 3 (5.56%) J2EE
4 3 (5.56%) Velocity
5 2 (3.70%) Web Services
6 1 (1.85%) .NET Framework
6 1 (1.85%) AngularJS
6 1 (1.85%) ASP.NET
6 1 (1.85%) JSON
6 1 (1.85%) RESTful
6 1 (1.85%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 7 (12.96%) Linux Command Line
2 4 (7.41%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (3.70%) Smart Meter
4 1 (1.85%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (1.85%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.85%) Robotics
4 1 (1.85%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 11 (20.37%) Unix
2 1 (1.85%) Android
2 1 (1.85%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (70.37%) Agile Software Development
1 38 (70.37%) Test Automation
2 19 (35.19%) BDD
3 15 (27.78%) Test Scripting
4 13 (24.07%) Functional Testing
5 12 (22.22%) Acceptance Criteria
6 11 (20.37%) DevOps
7 10 (18.52%) Continuous Integration
7 10 (18.52%) Manual Testing
7 10 (18.52%) User Stories
8 9 (16.67%) CRM
9 8 (14.81%) Problem-Solving
9 8 (14.81%) User Acceptance Testing
10 7 (12.96%) Performance Testing
10 7 (12.96%) Regression Testing
10 7 (12.96%) Test Management
10 7 (12.96%) Unit Testing
11 6 (11.11%) Non-Functional Testing
11 6 (11.11%) Smoke Testing
12 5 (9.26%) Scenario Testing
Programming Languages
1 31 (57.41%) SQL
2 15 (27.78%) Java
3 9 (16.67%) C#
4 7 (12.96%) PL/SQL
5 4 (7.41%) JavaScript
6 3 (5.56%) Shell Script
7 2 (3.70%) Ruby
8 1 (1.85%) Groovy
8 1 (1.85%) Scala
8 1 (1.85%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 10 (18.52%) SC Cleared
1 10 (18.52%) Security Cleared
2 2 (3.70%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (27.78%) QA
2 2 (3.70%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (3.70%) GCP
3 1 (1.85%) Data Quality
System Software
1 3 (5.56%) Docker
Systems Management
1 3 (5.56%) Puppet
Vendors
1 6 (11.11%) Oracle
2 4 (7.41%) HP
3 3 (5.56%) BEA
3 3 (5.56%) Microsoft
4 2 (3.70%) Capita
4 2 (3.70%) Empirix
4 2 (3.70%) Google
4 2 (3.70%) Pega
4 2 (3.70%) SAP
5 1 (1.85%) Atlassian
5 1 (1.85%) Blue Prism