The first table below looks at the demand for Test Automation skills in IT contracts advertised for the Birmingham region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Automation over the 3 months to 30 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the Birmingham region.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
30 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Automation
Rank 62 57 47
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -10
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 1 2 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 0.14% 0.33% 1.21%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.21% 0.49% 1.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 2 0
Average daily rate
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- £300 -
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
- +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £32.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year
+15.38% -18.75%
Processes & Methodologies Category
Birmingham
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
484 410 464
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 68.46% 66.67% 70.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 304 248 246
Average daily rate £351 £375 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.53% +2.73%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £250 £169
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 2 13
Average hourly rate £27.50 £175.00 £18.98
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-84.28% +822.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £7.50 £84.10 £11.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £175.00 £175.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £31.00 £31.50
% change year-on-year
-14.51% -1.58%
Test Automation
West Midlands

Test Automation
Jobs Demand Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Test Automation across the Birmingham region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Test Automation Jobs Demand Trend in Birmingham

Test Automation
Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Test Automation across the Birmingham region.

Test Automation Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

Test Automation
Top 21 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 30 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Birmingham region citing Test Automation also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Test Automation.

1 3 (100.00%) QA
2 2 (66.67%) Selenium
2 2 (66.67%) Software Testing
2 2 (66.67%) MS PowerPoint
2 2 (66.67%) ISTQB
2 2 (66.67%) Degree
2 2 (66.67%) HTML
2 2 (66.67%) JavaScript
2 2 (66.67%) MS Office
2 2 (66.67%) CSS
2 2 (66.67%) MS Excel
2 2 (66.67%) ISEB
2 2 (66.67%) Cucumber
2 2 (66.67%) Mobile App
2 2 (66.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (33.33%) GIS
3 1 (33.33%) Finance
3 1 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (33.33%) Silverlight
3 1 (33.33%) Test Scripting
3 1 (33.33%) Waterfall

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Birmingham region citing Test Automation also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Test Automation. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Applications
1 2 (66.67%) MS PowerPoint
1 2 (66.67%) MS Office
1 2 (66.67%) MS Excel
Development Applications
1 2 (66.67%) Selenium
1 2 (66.67%) Cucumber
General
1 1 (33.33%) Finance
Job Titles
1 2 (66.67%) Quality Analyst
1 2 (66.67%) Analyst
1 2 (66.67%) QA Analyst
2 1 (33.33%) Senior QA Tester
2 1 (33.33%) Senior Tester
2 1 (33.33%) QA Tester
2 1 (33.33%) Tester
2 1 (33.33%) Web Tester
2 1 (33.33%) Senior Web Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (66.67%) HTML
1 2 (66.67%) CSS
2 1 (33.33%) Silverlight
Miscellaneous
1 2 (66.67%) Mobile App
2 1 (33.33%) GIS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (66.67%) Software Testing
2 1 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (33.33%) Test Scripting
2 1 (33.33%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 2 (66.67%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 2 (66.67%) ISTQB
1 2 (66.67%) Degree
1 2 (66.67%) ISEB
1 2 (66.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (100.00%) QA