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 26 May 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
26 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Automation
Rank 105 100 109
Rank change year-on-year
-5 +9
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 26 25 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.92% 0.98% 0.26%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.13% 1.29% 0.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 23 2
Median daily rate £330 £350 £238
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.71% +47.36%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £290 £188
10% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £395 £288
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £373 £325
% change year-on-year
+0.67% +14.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £40.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +6.66%
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 1934 1751
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 81.64% 76.02% 75.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 1310 1201 922
Median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £268 £260 £259
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £520 £490
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +2.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 88 106
Median hourly rate £19.61 £29.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-32.37% -17.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £16.00 £12.46
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.35 £40.00 £37.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -

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 26 May 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 26 May 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
Birmingham -4 16 £330 -12.00% 6
Shropshire - 4 - -
Staffordshire +7 2 £200 -20.00%
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 26 May 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 32 (68.09%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (44.68%) Selenium
3 19 (40.43%) Scrum
4 16 (34.04%) ISEB
4 16 (34.04%) Java
5 12 (25.53%) JavaScript
6 11 (23.40%) HTML
6 11 (23.40%) Microsoft
6 11 (23.40%) WebDriver
7 10 (21.28%) BDD
7 10 (21.28%) Test Scripting
8 9 (19.15%) SQL
8 9 (19.15%) Software Engineering
9 8 (17.02%) TDD
9 8 (17.02%) User Acceptance Testing
9 8 (17.02%) ISTQB
9 8 (17.02%) Kanban
9 8 (17.02%) Unix
9 8 (17.02%) Finance
9 8 (17.02%) Appium
10 7 (14.89%) MS Excel
10 7 (14.89%) C#
10 7 (14.89%) Oracle
10 7 (14.89%) Cucumber
10 7 (14.89%) JIRA
11 6 (12.77%) QA
11 6 (12.77%) Business Analysis
11 6 (12.77%) Stakeholder Engagement
11 6 (12.77%) Requirements Engineering
11 6 (12.77%) UML

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 2 (4.26%) Confluence
2 1 (2.13%) JBoss
2 1 (2.13%) Tornado
Applications
1 7 (14.89%) MS Excel
2 4 (8.51%) MS Office
3 3 (6.38%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 3 (6.38%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (2.13%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.13%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (8.51%) BusinessObjects
1 4 (8.51%) Hadoop
1 4 (8.51%) Pentaho
2 3 (6.38%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (4.26%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (2.13%) MySQL
4 1 (2.13%) Oracle Database
4 1 (2.13%) Relational Database
4 1 (2.13%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 21 (44.68%) Selenium
2 11 (23.40%) WebDriver
3 8 (17.02%) Appium
4 7 (14.89%) Cucumber
4 7 (14.89%) JIRA
5 6 (12.77%) SpecFlow
6 5 (10.64%) Jenkins
6 5 (10.64%) Visual Studio
7 4 (8.51%) Subversion
8 2 (4.26%) Git (software)
9 1 (2.13%) AccuRev
9 1 (2.13%) JMeter
9 1 (2.13%) Maven
General
1 8 (17.02%) Finance
Job Titles
1 16 (34.04%) Analyst
2 10 (21.28%) Developer
2 10 (21.28%) Test Analyst
3 9 (19.15%) Tester
4 7 (14.89%) Automation Tester
5 6 (12.77%) Business Analyst
5 6 (12.77%) Business IT Analyst
5 6 (12.77%) IT Analyst
5 6 (12.77%) IT Business Analyst
5 6 (12.77%) Test Engineer
6 5 (10.64%) Developer in Test
6 5 (10.64%) Test Automation Engineer
7 4 (8.51%) Automation Test Analyst
7 4 (8.51%) Senior Developer
8 3 (6.38%) QA Automation Tester
8 3 (6.38%) QA Tester
8 3 (6.38%) Software Engineer
8 3 (6.38%) Test Automation Consultant
8 3 (6.38%) Test Consultant
8 3 (6.38%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (23.40%) HTML
2 5 (10.64%) .NET
2 5 (10.64%) CSS
3 4 (8.51%) Ajax
4 3 (6.38%) Web Services
4 3 (6.38%) XML
5 2 (4.26%) Android SDK
5 2 (4.26%) AngularJS
5 2 (4.26%) Gherkin
5 2 (4.26%) Hibernate
5 2 (4.26%) iOS SDK
5 2 (4.26%) J2EE
5 2 (4.26%) jQuery
5 2 (4.26%) JSON
5 2 (4.26%) REST
5 2 (4.26%) SOAP
5 2 (4.26%) Spring
5 2 (4.26%) Spring MVC
6 1 (2.13%) .NET Framework
6 1 (2.13%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 5 (10.64%) Mobile App
2 3 (6.38%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (4.26%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (2.13%) Cryptography
Operating Systems
1 8 (17.02%) Unix
2 3 (6.38%) Linux
2 3 (6.38%) Windows
3 2 (4.26%) Android
3 2 (4.26%) Apple iOS
4 1 (2.13%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (68.09%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (40.43%) Scrum
3 10 (21.28%) BDD
3 10 (21.28%) Test Scripting
4 9 (19.15%) Software Engineering
5 8 (17.02%) Kanban
5 8 (17.02%) TDD
5 8 (17.02%) User Acceptance Testing
6 6 (12.77%) Business Analysis
6 6 (12.77%) Functional Testing
6 6 (12.77%) Requirements Engineering
6 6 (12.77%) Stakeholder Engagement
6 6 (12.77%) UML
7 5 (10.64%) Continuous Integration
8 4 (8.51%) Non-Functional Testing
8 4 (8.51%) OO
8 4 (8.51%) Re-Platforming
8 4 (8.51%) Test Management
8 4 (8.51%) Unit Testing
9 3 (6.38%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 16 (34.04%) Java
2 12 (25.53%) JavaScript
3 9 (19.15%) SQL
4 7 (14.89%) C#
5 5 (10.64%) PL/SQL
6 3 (6.38%) Python
7 2 (4.26%) Bash Shell
7 2 (4.26%) Shell Script
8 1 (2.13%) C
8 1 (2.13%) Perl
8 1 (2.13%) VBA
Qualifications
1 16 (34.04%) ISEB
2 8 (17.02%) ISTQB
3 4 (8.51%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (4.26%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (12.77%) QA
System Software
1 1 (2.13%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 2 (4.26%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 11 (23.40%) Microsoft
2 7 (14.89%) Oracle
3 4 (8.51%) Cloudera
4 3 (6.38%) Red Hat
5 2 (4.26%) hybris
5 2 (4.26%) Pega
5 2 (4.26%) ServiceNow
6 1 (2.13%) VMware