The table below looks at the statistics for Test Automation skills in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Automation over the 3 months to 5 December 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
5 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Automation
Rank 98 107 115
Rank change year-on-year
+9 +8
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 40 14 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.44% 0.55% 0.21%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.74% 0.70% 0.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 7 1
Median daily rate £374 £325 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.00% -27.77%
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £350 £375
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Median hourly rate £32.50 £31.44 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.37% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.00 £40.00 £28.50
% change year-on-year
+17.50% +40.35%
Test Automation
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
2304 2012 1743
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 83.06% 79.37% 72.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 1410 1121 1006
Median daily rate £413 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £385
% change year-on-year
+3.12% +3.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 78 91
Median hourly rate £19.61 £30.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-34.63% +20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.39 £11.26 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £45.00 £37.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.75 £34.95 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-12.01% +39.80%

Test Automation
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

The demand trend of contract jobs across the West Midlands region citing Test Automation as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Automation across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 5 December 2016.

Test Automation Daily Rate Histogram 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Automation within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 5 December 2016. 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 see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Coventry -2 13 £424 +30.46% 3
Shropshire +5 8 - -
Birmingham -7 4 £290 -31.76% 1
Staffordshire -4 3 £350 +6.06%
Warwickshire 0 2 £285 -
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 5 December 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Test Automation also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 61 (77.22%) Agile Software Development
2 38 (48.10%) Selenium
3 29 (36.71%) Continuous Integration
4 26 (32.91%) SQL
5 22 (27.85%) Cucumber
6 20 (25.32%) ISEB
7 19 (24.05%) ISTQB
8 18 (22.78%) BDD
9 17 (21.52%) Jenkins
9 17 (21.52%) Test Scripting
9 17 (21.52%) TDD
9 17 (21.52%) Java
10 16 (20.25%) Regression Testing
11 15 (18.99%) SQL Server
11 15 (18.99%) QA
11 15 (18.99%) Unit Testing
12 14 (17.72%) Scrum
12 14 (17.72%) Team Foundation Server
13 13 (16.46%) Exploratory Testing
13 13 (16.46%) T-SQL
14 12 (15.19%) Visual Studio
14 12 (15.19%) Microsoft
14 12 (15.19%) Defect Management
14 12 (15.19%) SDLC
14 12 (15.19%) User Stories
15 11 (13.92%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
15 11 (13.92%) Master Data Management
15 11 (13.92%) SQL Server 2012
15 11 (13.92%) Continuous Improvement
15 11 (13.92%) MS Excel

Test Automation
Top Related 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 7 (8.86%) SharePoint
2 5 (6.33%) Documentum
3 4 (5.06%) WebLogic
4 3 (3.80%) CMS
4 3 (3.80%) Confluence
Applications
1 11 (13.92%) MS Excel
2 10 (12.66%) MS Office
2 10 (12.66%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (1.27%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 2 (2.53%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 4 (5.06%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.27%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.27%) Amazon CloudWatch
2 1 (1.27%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.27%) Broadband
1 1 (1.27%) Ethernet
1 1 (1.27%) HTTP
1 1 (1.27%) SSH
1 1 (1.27%) Telnet
1 1 (1.27%) Wireshark
1 1 (1.27%) xDSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (18.99%) SQL Server
2 11 (13.92%) SQL Server 2012
2 11 (13.92%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 11 (13.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 11 (13.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 9 (11.39%) Data Warehouse
4 7 (8.86%) Data Lake
5 4 (5.06%) Relational Database
6 1 (1.27%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 38 (48.10%) Selenium
2 22 (27.85%) Cucumber
3 17 (21.52%) Jenkins
4 14 (17.72%) Team Foundation Server
5 12 (15.19%) Visual Studio
6 11 (13.92%) JIRA
6 11 (13.92%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 10 (12.66%) WebDriver
8 9 (11.39%) SpecFlow
9 8 (10.13%) JUnit
10 6 (7.59%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 6 (7.59%) RSpec
11 3 (3.80%) Hudson
11 3 (3.80%) PhantomJS
11 3 (3.80%) SoapUI
11 3 (3.80%) Visual Studio Team System
12 2 (2.53%) Git (software)
12 2 (2.53%) TestComplete
13 1 (1.27%) JMeter
13 1 (1.27%) TestDirector
General
1 5 (6.33%) Games
2 4 (5.06%) Finance
3 1 (1.27%) Advertising
3 1 (1.27%) Electronics
3 1 (1.27%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 23 (29.11%) Analyst
2 13 (16.46%) Tester
3 12 (15.19%) Test Leader
4 11 (13.92%) Test Engineer
5 10 (12.66%) Business Analyst
5 10 (12.66%) Test Analyst
6 9 (11.39%) Developer
7 8 (10.13%) Test Automation Engineer
8 7 (8.86%) Automation Test Lead
8 7 (8.86%) Automation Tester
9 6 (7.59%) Agile Tester
9 6 (7.59%) QA Tester
10 5 (6.33%) Agile Test Analyst
10 5 (6.33%) QA Engineer
10 5 (6.33%) Selenium Test Analyst
11 4 (5.06%) IT Analyst
11 4 (5.06%) Java Developer
11 4 (5.06%) QA Automation Tester
11 4 (5.06%) QA Test Engineer
11 4 (5.06%) SQL Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (13.92%) .NET
2 9 (11.39%) CSS
2 9 (11.39%) HTML
3 7 (8.86%) Web Services
4 5 (6.33%) Gherkin
5 4 (5.06%) JSON
6 3 (3.80%) Node.js
6 3 (3.80%) SOAP
7 2 (2.53%) IBM Integration Bus
7 2 (2.53%) REST
7 2 (2.53%) RESTful
8 1 (1.27%) AngularJS
8 1 (1.27%) WireMock
8 1 (1.27%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (5.06%) Mobile App
2 2 (2.53%) DataPower
2 2 (2.53%) User Experience
3 1 (1.27%) Embedded Systems
3 1 (1.27%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 1 (1.27%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 4 (5.06%) Unix
2 1 (1.27%) Android
2 1 (1.27%) Apple iOS
2 1 (1.27%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 61 (77.22%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (36.71%) Continuous Integration
3 18 (22.78%) BDD
4 17 (21.52%) TDD
4 17 (21.52%) Test Scripting
5 16 (20.25%) Regression Testing
6 15 (18.99%) Unit Testing
7 14 (17.72%) Scrum
8 13 (16.46%) Exploratory Testing
9 12 (15.19%) Defect Management
9 12 (15.19%) SDLC
9 12 (15.19%) User Stories
10 11 (13.92%) Continuous Improvement
10 11 (13.92%) Data Management
10 11 (13.92%) Integration Testing
10 11 (13.92%) Master Data Management
11 10 (12.66%) Case Management
11 10 (12.66%) Non-Functional Testing
11 10 (12.66%) Test Planning
12 9 (11.39%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 26 (32.91%) SQL
2 17 (21.52%) Java
3 13 (16.46%) T-SQL
4 8 (10.13%) Python
5 6 (7.59%) Scala
6 5 (6.33%) JavaScript
6 5 (6.33%) Perl
6 5 (6.33%) Ruby
7 4 (5.06%) C#
8 2 (2.53%) Groovy
9 1 (1.27%) C
9 1 (1.27%) MATLAB
9 1 (1.27%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 20 (25.32%) ISEB
2 19 (24.05%) ISTQB
3 3 (3.80%) Degree
4 1 (1.27%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (1.27%) ISEB Practitioner
4 1 (1.27%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (1.27%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (18.99%) QA
2 4 (5.06%) IEC 61508
3 3 (3.80%) WCAG
4 2 (2.53%) Disclosure Scotland
Systems Management
1 4 (5.06%) Puppet
2 3 (3.80%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (1.27%) Zenoss
Vendors
1 12 (15.19%) Microsoft
2 6 (7.59%) Pega
3 4 (5.06%) EMC
3 4 (5.06%) VMware
4 3 (3.80%) F5
5 2 (2.53%) Atlassian
5 2 (2.53%) IBM