The first table below looks at the demand for Test Automation 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 Test Automation over the 3 months to 24 April 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 West Midlands 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
24 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Automation
Rank 109 - 99
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 5 0 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.21% - 0.31%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.30% - 0.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 0 2
Average daily rate £175 - £296
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £331 £400
% change year-on-year
-0.37% -17.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £41.75 £44.09 £42.50
% change year-on-year
-5.30% +3.74%
Processes & Methodologies Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
1658 1219 1420
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 70.40% 68.18% 63.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 872 583 666
Average daily rate £375 £340 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.29% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £220 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £497 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £360 £370
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 97 86 69
Average hourly rate £32.50 £37.80 £21.63
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-14.02% +74.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £15.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.50 £37.80 £38.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.50 £32.00 £26.50
% change year-on-year
-1.56% +20.75%
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

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

Test Automation Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

Test Automation
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Test Automation Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Test Automation
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Test Automation Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Test Automation
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 Test Automation within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 24 April 2014. 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham - 2 £175 - 1
Solihull - - - -
Wolverhampton - - - -
Herefordshire - - - -
Staffordshire - - - -
Warwickshire - - - -
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 24 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands 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 9 (56.25%) Java
1 9 (56.25%) Selenium
2 8 (50.00%) BDD
2 8 (50.00%) C#
3 7 (43.75%) ISEB
3 7 (43.75%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (43.75%) Software Testing
3 7 (43.75%) ISTQB
4 5 (31.25%) Extreme Programming
4 5 (31.25%) OO
4 5 (31.25%) C++
4 5 (31.25%) FitNesse
4 5 (31.25%) WPF
4 5 (31.25%) Silverlight
4 5 (31.25%) Test Scripting
4 5 (31.25%) SpecFlow
4 5 (31.25%) Agile Testing
4 5 (31.25%) System Testing
4 5 (31.25%) User Stories
5 4 (25.00%) SaaS
5 4 (25.00%) ERP
5 4 (25.00%) Telecoms
5 4 (25.00%) Manufacturing
6 3 (18.75%) Eclipse
6 3 (18.75%) TDD
6 3 (18.75%) Test-First Development
6 3 (18.75%) ActiveMQ
6 3 (18.75%) JBoss
6 3 (18.75%) Middleware
6 3 (18.75%) SOAP

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands 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 (12.50%) MS Office
1 2 (12.50%) MS Excel
1 2 (12.50%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 4 (25.00%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (6.25%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 9 (56.25%) Selenium
2 5 (31.25%) FitNesse
2 5 (31.25%) SpecFlow
3 3 (18.75%) Eclipse
4 2 (12.50%) JUnit
4 2 (12.50%) TestNG
4 2 (12.50%) Cucumber
General
1 4 (25.00%) Telecoms
1 4 (25.00%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 6 (37.50%) Developer
2 3 (18.75%) Software Developer
2 3 (18.75%) Java Developer
2 3 (18.75%) C# Developer
2 3 (18.75%) Test Engineer
2 3 (18.75%) Software Test Engineer
2 3 (18.75%) Software Engineer
2 3 (18.75%) C# Software Developer
3 2 (12.50%) Quality Engineer
3 2 (12.50%) Software Tester
3 2 (12.50%) QA Analyst
3 2 (12.50%) Senior Quality Engineer
3 2 (12.50%) Quality Analyst
3 2 (12.50%) Tester
3 2 (12.50%) Analyst
4 1 (6.25%) Test Manager
4 1 (6.25%) Business Manager
4 1 (6.25%) Business Process Manager
4 1 (6.25%) Process Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (31.25%) WPF
1 5 (31.25%) Silverlight
2 3 (18.75%) JAX-WS
2 3 (18.75%) Drools
2 3 (18.75%) JAX-RS
2 3 (18.75%) Apache Camel
2 3 (18.75%) SOAP
2 3 (18.75%) Web Services
2 3 (18.75%) Middleware
2 3 (18.75%) ActiveMQ
2 3 (18.75%) jBPM
3 2 (12.50%) HTML
3 2 (12.50%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 2 (12.50%) Mobile App
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (50.00%) BDD
2 7 (43.75%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (43.75%) Software Testing
3 5 (31.25%) Test Scripting
3 5 (31.25%) System Testing
3 5 (31.25%) OO
3 5 (31.25%) Agile Testing
3 5 (31.25%) User Stories
3 5 (31.25%) Extreme Programming
4 4 (25.00%) ERP
5 3 (18.75%) TDD
5 3 (18.75%) Test-First Development
5 3 (18.75%) Continuous Integration
6 2 (12.50%) Waterfall
6 2 (12.50%) Scrum
7 1 (6.25%) Automation Testing
Programming Languages
1 9 (56.25%) Java
2 8 (50.00%) C#
3 5 (31.25%) C++
4 2 (12.50%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 7 (43.75%) ISEB
1 7 (43.75%) ISTQB
2 2 (12.50%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (12.50%) QA
Vendors
1 3 (18.75%) JBoss
2 2 (12.50%) Salesforce.com
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