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 29 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 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
29 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Automation
Rank 108 101 85
Rank change year-on-year
-7 -16
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 7 3 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.29% 0.15% 0.81%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.39% 0.23% 1.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 2 5
Average daily rate
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£288 £300 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.16% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £278 £300 £273
10% offered a daily rate of more than £298 £300 £315
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £338 £300
% change year-on-year
-3.70% +12.50%
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
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
1780 1309 1532
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 73.01% 66.48% 68.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 954 662 734
Average daily rate £370 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.71% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £250 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 131 56 66
Average hourly rate £31.50 £37.80 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% +26.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.94 £12.75 £11.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.00 £37.80 £42.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £31.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-14.51% -3.12%
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 29 July 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
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statistics and historical trends)
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
Coventry - 2 £300 -
Birmingham -6 1 - - 2
Solihull - - - -
Wolverhampton - - - - 1
Worcestershire - - - -
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 29 July 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 7 (58.33%) ISEB
1 7 (58.33%) ISTQB
2 5 (41.67%) MS Excel
3 4 (33.33%) Selenium
3 4 (33.33%) Test Scripting
4 3 (25.00%) Continuous Integration
4 3 (25.00%) JAX-WS
4 3 (25.00%) System Testing
4 3 (25.00%) Drools
4 3 (25.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 3 (25.00%) jBPM
4 3 (25.00%) QA
4 3 (25.00%) Integration Testing
4 3 (25.00%) JAX-RS
4 3 (25.00%) Apache Camel
4 3 (25.00%) ActiveMQ
4 3 (25.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 3 (25.00%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (25.00%) SOAP
4 3 (25.00%) Web Services
4 3 (25.00%) JBoss
4 3 (25.00%) Middleware
4 3 (25.00%) ETL
4 3 (25.00%) Eclipse
4 3 (25.00%) Business Intelligence
4 3 (25.00%) Java
4 3 (25.00%) SQL
4 3 (25.00%) T-SQL
4 3 (25.00%) SQL Server
5 2 (16.67%) MS Office

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

For the 6 months to 29 July 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 5 (41.67%) MS Excel
2 2 (16.67%) MS PowerPoint
2 2 (16.67%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (8.33%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (25.00%) SQL Server
1 3 (25.00%) Data Warehouse
1 3 (25.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
1 3 (25.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 4 (33.33%) Selenium
2 3 (25.00%) Eclipse
3 2 (16.67%) JIRA
3 2 (16.67%) Cucumber
General
1 1 (8.33%) Telecoms
1 1 (8.33%) Finance
1 1 (8.33%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 7 (58.33%) Analyst
2 5 (41.67%) Test Analyst
3 4 (33.33%) Developer
4 3 (25.00%) Java Developer
5 2 (16.67%) Tester
5 2 (16.67%) QA Analyst
5 2 (16.67%) Quality Analyst
6 1 (8.33%) C# Software Developer
6 1 (8.33%) Web Tester
6 1 (8.33%) Senior Web Tester
6 1 (8.33%) Senior QA Tester
6 1 (8.33%) Software Developer
6 1 (8.33%) C# Developer
6 1 (8.33%) Senior Tester
6 1 (8.33%) QA Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (25.00%) SOAP
1 3 (25.00%) Web Services
1 3 (25.00%) Middleware
1 3 (25.00%) ActiveMQ
1 3 (25.00%) jBPM
1 3 (25.00%) JAX-WS
1 3 (25.00%) Drools
1 3 (25.00%) JAX-RS
1 3 (25.00%) Apache Camel
2 2 (16.67%) HTML
2 2 (16.67%) CSS
3 1 (8.33%) Silverlight
Miscellaneous
1 2 (16.67%) Mobile App
2 1 (8.33%) GIS
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (33.33%) Test Scripting
2 3 (25.00%) Continuous Integration
2 3 (25.00%) System Testing
2 3 (25.00%) ETL
2 3 (25.00%) Business Intelligence
2 3 (25.00%) Integration Testing
3 2 (16.67%) Software Testing
3 2 (16.67%) Use Case
3 2 (16.67%) Test Strategy
4 1 (8.33%) Waterfall
4 1 (8.33%) BDD
4 1 (8.33%) ERP
4 1 (8.33%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (8.33%) TDD
4 1 (8.33%) Test-First Development
Programming Languages
1 3 (25.00%) Java
1 3 (25.00%) SQL
1 3 (25.00%) T-SQL
2 2 (16.67%) JavaScript
3 1 (8.33%) C#
Qualifications
1 7 (58.33%) ISEB
1 7 (58.33%) ISTQB
2 2 (16.67%) Degree
2 2 (16.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (25.00%) QA
Vendors
1 3 (25.00%) JBoss