The table below looks at the statistics for Automated Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Automated Testing over the 3 months to 31 March 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

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
31 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Automated Testing
Rank 108 109 94
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -15
Contract jobs citing Automated Testing 10 1 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.38% 0.045% 0.43%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.54% 0.064% 0.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 0 3
Average daily rate
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£263 - £175
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 - £131
10% offered a daily rate of more than £328 - £275
UK excluding London average daily rate £333 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
-1.48% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £35.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -12.50%
Automated Testing
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
1869 1557 1313
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 71.58% 70.14% 70.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 1087 804 626
Average daily rate £385 £375 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.66% +13.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £250 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £480 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £396 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+5.60% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 103 78 117
Average hourly rate £29.00 £31.75 £33.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.66% -3.78%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.05 £10.00 £15.16
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £155.00 £37.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.20 £27.50 £32.00
% change year-on-year
+9.81% -14.06%

Automated Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Automated Testing across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Automated Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

Automated Testing
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Automated Testing across the West Midlands region.

Automated Testing Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Automated Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Automated Testing across the West Midlands region.

Automated Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Automated Testing
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Automated Testing within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 31 March 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Staffordshire - 3 £250 - 2
Warwickshire - 2 - - 2
Birmingham - 2 - - 3
Coventry -3 1 - -
Solihull - - - -
Walsall - - - -
Worcestershire - - - -
Automated Testing
England

Automated Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 31 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing Automated Testing 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 Automated Testing.

1 6 (46.15%) Agile Software Development
1 6 (46.15%) Continuous Integration
2 5 (38.46%) Test Scripting
3 4 (30.77%) Scrum
3 4 (30.77%) MS Excel
3 4 (30.77%) Microsoft
3 4 (30.77%) QA
4 3 (23.08%) TDD
4 3 (23.08%) Games
4 3 (23.08%) Kanban
4 3 (23.08%) Test Automation
4 3 (23.08%) .NET
4 3 (23.08%) Finance
4 3 (23.08%) C#
4 3 (23.08%) Mentoring
5 2 (15.38%) Coaching
5 2 (15.38%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 2 (15.38%) Open Source
5 2 (15.38%) Feature Driven Development
5 2 (15.38%) Continuous Improvement
5 2 (15.38%) ATDD
5 2 (15.38%) User Stories
5 2 (15.38%) JavaScript
5 2 (15.38%) SQL
5 2 (15.38%) Configuration Management
5 2 (15.38%) Project Management
5 2 (15.38%) SQL Server
5 2 (15.38%) MS Office
5 2 (15.38%) Visual Studio
5 2 (15.38%) XML

Automated Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 31 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing Automated Testing 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 Automated Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Applications
1 4 (30.77%) MS Excel
2 2 (15.38%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (7.69%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (15.38%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (15.38%) SQL Server
2 1 (7.69%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (7.69%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 2 (15.38%) Selenium
1 2 (15.38%) TestComplete
1 2 (15.38%) Visual Studio
1 2 (15.38%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 1 (7.69%) QuickTest Pro
2 1 (7.69%) JIRA
2 1 (7.69%) WebDriver
2 1 (7.69%) Hudson
2 1 (7.69%) Jenkins
General
1 3 (23.08%) Finance
1 3 (23.08%) Games
2 1 (7.69%) Automotive
2 1 (7.69%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 5 (38.46%) Analyst
2 4 (30.77%) Tester
3 3 (23.08%) ScrumMaster
3 3 (23.08%) Test Analyst
3 3 (23.08%) Software Tester
4 2 (15.38%) QA Analyst
4 2 (15.38%) Automated Tester
5 1 (7.69%) Configuration and Release Manager
5 1 (7.69%) DevOps Consultant
5 1 (7.69%) Automation Test Analyst
5 1 (7.69%) Developer
5 1 (7.69%) Automation Tester
5 1 (7.69%) Automation Analyst
5 1 (7.69%) Automated Test Engineer
5 1 (7.69%) .NET Developer
5 1 (7.69%) Test Engineer
5 1 (7.69%) Senior Test Engineer
5 1 (7.69%) Consultant
5 1 (7.69%) Analyst Programmer
5 1 (7.69%) Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (23.08%) .NET
2 2 (15.38%) XML
3 1 (7.69%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 2 (15.38%) Open Source
2 1 (7.69%) Mobile App
2 1 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (7.69%) Client/Server
2 1 (7.69%) Telematics
Operating Systems
1 1 (7.69%) Linux
1 1 (7.69%) Android
1 1 (7.69%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (46.15%) Agile Software Development
1 6 (46.15%) Continuous Integration
2 5 (38.46%) Test Scripting
3 4 (30.77%) Scrum
4 3 (23.08%) Kanban
4 3 (23.08%) Test Automation
4 3 (23.08%) TDD
4 3 (23.08%) Mentoring
5 2 (15.38%) Coaching
5 2 (15.38%) Manual Testing
5 2 (15.38%) Continuous Improvement
5 2 (15.38%) ATDD
5 2 (15.38%) User Stories
5 2 (15.38%) Configuration Management
5 2 (15.38%) Project Management
5 2 (15.38%) Feature Driven Development
5 2 (15.38%) Test Management
6 1 (7.69%) Programme Management
6 1 (7.69%) Waterfall
6 1 (7.69%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 3 (23.08%) C#
2 2 (15.38%) JavaScript
2 2 (15.38%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (7.69%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (30.77%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (7.69%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (30.77%) Microsoft
2 2 (15.38%) MKS
3 1 (7.69%) Teradata
3 1 (7.69%) HP