Period
to 23 July 2019

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 23 July 2019.

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
23 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 88 134 143
Rank change year-on-year +46 +9 -1
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 99 69 36
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.17% 1.34% 0.82%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.29% 1.41% 0.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 55 35 20
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £360 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.17% +10.77% +4.84%
10th Percentile £257 £249 £273
90th Percentile £495 £470 £413
England median daily rate £400 £396 £350
% change year-on-year +0.95% +13.21% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
West Midlands median hourly rate - - £30.00
England median hourly rate £13.10 £36.00 £18.61
% change year-on-year -63.61% +93.50% -15.43%

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 4,327 4,880 4,172
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.99% 94.74% 94.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,787 2,963 2,620
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £225 £239 £225
90th Percentile £588 £575 £538
England median daily rate £475 £450 £440
% change year-on-year +5.56% +2.27% +3.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 148 211 181
West Midlands median hourly rate £16.50 £15.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.45% -8.82% +13.33%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.15 £35.75 £43.25
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.70 £18.18
% change year-on-year +6.95% +2.86% -4.32%

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 23 July 2019.

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 23 July 2019. 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 +12 28 £363 -3.01% 7
Coventry +7 18 £450 +38.46% 4
Shropshire +4 18 £425 +6.25%
Worcestershire - 18 £310 - 6
Warwickshire +6 5 £275 -
Staffordshire +12 2 £305 - 3
Solihull +5 1 - - 1
Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 23 July 2019, 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 47 (47.47%) Test Automation
2 40 (40.40%) Selenium
3 31 (31.31%) Agile Software Development
4 30 (30.30%) Test Scripting
5 29 (29.29%) Java
6 27 (27.27%) Security Cleared
7 26 (26.26%) SC Cleared
7 26 (26.26%) Test Strategy
8 22 (22.22%) C#
8 22 (22.22%) SQL
9 20 (20.20%) QA
9 20 (20.20%) WebDriver
10 17 (17.17%) Continuous Integration
10 17 (17.17%) Cucumber
10 17 (17.17%) SDLC
10 17 (17.17%) ISTQB
10 17 (17.17%) Penetration Testing
11 16 (16.16%) User Acceptance Testing
11 16 (16.16%) CREST Certified
11 16 (16.16%) SpecFlow
12 15 (15.15%) JIRA
13 14 (14.14%) SharePoint
14 13 (13.13%) Analytical Skills
14 13 (13.13%) Performance Testing
15 12 (12.12%) Software Testing
15 12 (12.12%) Problem-Solving
15 12 (12.12%) DV Cleared
16 11 (11.11%) Visual Studio Team System
16 11 (11.11%) Confluence
16 11 (11.11%) Gherkin

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 14 (14.14%) SharePoint
2 11 (11.11%) Confluence
3 3 (3.03%) WebLogic
4 2 (2.02%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (1.01%) OpenStack
Business Applications
1 1 (1.01%) Dynamics NAV
1 1 (1.01%) Infor M3
Cloud Services
1 8 (8.08%) GitHub
2 6 (6.06%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (5.05%) Azure ExpressRoute
3 5 (5.05%) Azure Functions
3 5 (5.05%) IaaS
3 5 (5.05%) PaaS
3 5 (5.05%) Serverless
4 2 (2.02%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (2.02%) Dynamics 365
5 1 (1.01%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (1.01%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 4 (4.04%) Wireless
2 1 (1.01%) 802.11
2 1 (1.01%) Extranet
2 1 (1.01%) HTTP
2 1 (1.01%) Intranet
2 1 (1.01%) LTE
2 1 (1.01%) SNMP
2 1 (1.01%) SSH
2 1 (1.01%) VoIP
2 1 (1.01%) VPN
2 1 (1.01%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (5.05%) BusinessObjects
2 4 (4.04%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (2.02%) MySQL
4 1 (1.01%) Relational Database
4 1 (1.01%) SQL Server
4 1 (1.01%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 40 (40.40%) Selenium
2 20 (20.20%) WebDriver
3 17 (17.17%) Cucumber
4 16 (16.16%) SpecFlow
5 15 (15.15%) JIRA
6 11 (11.11%) Visual Studio Team System
7 10 (10.10%) JMeter
8 8 (8.08%) Visual Studio
9 7 (7.07%) SoapUI
10 6 (6.06%) Jenkins
11 5 (5.05%) PVCS
12 3 (3.03%) Bitbucket
12 3 (3.03%) SilkTest
12 3 (3.03%) Team Foundation Server
13 2 (2.02%) HP UFT
13 2 (2.02%) PHPUnit
13 2 (2.02%) Protractor
13 2 (2.02%) Rational DOORS
13 2 (2.02%) SilkPerformer
14 1 (1.01%) LoadRunner
General
1 7 (7.07%) Finance
2 3 (3.03%) Legal
3 2 (2.02%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.01%) Banking
4 1 (1.01%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (11.11%) Gherkin
2 9 (9.09%) SOAP
3 7 (7.07%) REST
3 7 (7.07%) XML
4 6 (6.06%) CSS
5 5 (5.05%) AngularJS
5 5 (5.05%) OAuth
5 5 (5.05%) OpenID
5 5 (5.05%) RESTful
5 5 (5.05%) Swagger
5 5 (5.05%) WSDL
6 4 (4.04%) Spring
7 3 (3.03%) J2EE
8 2 (2.02%) .NET
8 2 (2.02%) HTML
8 2 (2.02%) Web Services
9 1 (1.01%) .NET Framework
9 1 (1.01%) ASP.NET
9 1 (1.01%) Behat
9 1 (1.01%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 13 (13.13%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (6.06%) Virtual Team
3 3 (3.03%) Mobile App
4 2 (2.02%) CCTV
4 2 (2.02%) User Experience
5 1 (1.01%) Cyberthreat
5 1 (1.01%) Driving Licence
5 1 (1.01%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.01%) NHS
5 1 (1.01%) SCADA
5 1 (1.01%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 8 (8.08%) Unix
2 1 (1.01%) Kali Linux
2 1 (1.01%) Linux
2 1 (1.01%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (47.47%) Test Automation
2 31 (31.31%) Agile Software Development
3 30 (30.30%) Test Scripting
4 26 (26.26%) Test Strategy
5 17 (17.17%) Continuous Integration
5 17 (17.17%) Penetration Testing
5 17 (17.17%) SDLC
6 16 (16.16%) User Acceptance Testing
7 13 (13.13%) Performance Testing
8 12 (12.12%) Problem-Solving
8 12 (12.12%) Software Testing
9 10 (10.10%) BDD
9 10 (10.10%) DevOps
9 10 (10.10%) Test Management
10 9 (9.09%) Stakeholder Management
10 9 (9.09%) System Integration Testing
11 8 (8.08%) Use Case
12 7 (7.07%) Defect Management
12 7 (7.07%) Regression Testing
13 6 (6.06%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 29 (29.29%) Java
2 22 (22.22%) C#
2 22 (22.22%) SQL
3 8 (8.08%) PL/SQL
4 4 (4.04%) Java 8
4 4 (4.04%) Shell Script
5 3 (3.03%) JavaScript
5 3 (3.03%) PHP
6 1 (1.01%) Bash Shell
6 1 (1.01%) C
6 1 (1.01%) Groovy
6 1 (1.01%) Lua
6 1 (1.01%) PowerShell
6 1 (1.01%) Python
6 1 (1.01%) Ruby
6 1 (1.01%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 27 (27.27%) Security Cleared
2 26 (26.26%) SC Cleared
3 17 (17.17%) ISTQB
4 16 (16.16%) CREST Certified
5 12 (12.12%) DV Cleared
6 3 (3.03%) ISEB
7 2 (2.02%) CHECK Team Leader
8 1 (1.01%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (1.01%) CHECK Team Member
8 1 (1.01%) Degree
8 1 (1.01%) GIAC
8 1 (1.01%) GPEN
8 1 (1.01%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 1 (1.01%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 1 (1.01%) OSCE
8 1 (1.01%) OSCP
8 1 (1.01%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (20.20%) QA
2 1 (1.01%) Cyber Essentials
2 1 (1.01%) Data Quality
System Software
1 3 (3.03%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (1.01%) Nessus
1 1 (1.01%) Netcool
1 1 (1.01%) Nmap
1 1 (1.01%) TeMIP
Vendors
1 9 (9.09%) Microsoft
1 9 (9.09%) OpenText
2 7 (7.07%) Kofax
3 5 (5.05%) Informatica
4 4 (4.04%) Freshdesk
5 3 (3.03%) BEA
5 3 (3.03%) Oracle
5 3 (3.03%) SolarWinds
6 2 (2.02%) Micro Focus
7 1 (1.01%) Cisco
7 1 (1.01%) Infor
7 1 (1.01%) Remedy
7 1 (1.01%) SAP