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 24 February 2017 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
24 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Automation
England / West Midlands
Rank 102 110 110
Rank change year-on-year
+8 0
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 20 22 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.83% 0.84% 0.089%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.05% 1.02% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 10 1
Median daily rate £325 £319 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.96% -8.92%
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £375 £358
% change year-on-year
-2.66% +4.72%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £50.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
-25.00% +33.33%

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
1903 2158 1635
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 79.03% 82.46% 72.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 1212 1222 943
Median daily rate £425 £408 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.29% +8.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £408 £400 £400
% change year-on-year
+1.87% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 65 51 104
Median hourly rate £26.00 £20.00 £26.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.00% -24.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £11.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £37.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £40.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-10.00% +45.45%

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 24 February 2017.

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 24 February 2017. 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 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 +5 7 £370 -7.50% 1
Coventry -5 5 £275 +46.66% 2
Shropshire +27 3 £500 - 1
Herefordshire - 3 £285 -
Staffordshire -3 2 £370 +13.84%
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 24 February 2017, 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 48 (76.19%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (53.97%) Selenium
3 22 (34.92%) TDD
4 20 (31.75%) Continuous Integration
4 20 (31.75%) Cucumber
5 19 (30.16%) SQL
6 18 (28.57%) SQL Server
7 17 (26.98%) Java
7 17 (26.98%) BDD
8 16 (25.40%) QA
9 14 (22.22%) HTML
9 14 (22.22%) SQL Server 2012
9 14 (22.22%) SDLC
10 13 (20.63%) Defect Management
10 13 (20.63%) Jenkins
10 13 (20.63%) Team Foundation Server
10 13 (20.63%) CSS
10 13 (20.63%) JavaScript
10 13 (20.63%) .NET
11 12 (19.05%) Scrum
11 12 (19.05%) ISTQB
12 11 (17.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 11 (17.46%) Data Management
12 11 (17.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 11 (17.46%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 11 (17.46%) T-SQL
12 11 (17.46%) ISEB
12 11 (17.46%) Master Data Management
12 11 (17.46%) User Stories
12 11 (17.46%) Automation Testing

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 3 (4.76%) Confluence
2 2 (3.17%) CMS
2 2 (3.17%) ColdFusion
2 2 (3.17%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.59%) Documentum
Applications
1 2 (3.17%) MS Excel
1 2 (3.17%) MS Office
1 2 (3.17%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (6.35%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.59%) CODA-Financials
Cloud Services
1 5 (7.94%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (6.35%) GitHub
3 2 (3.17%) Google Analytics
4 1 (1.59%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (1.59%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.59%) HTTP
1 1 (1.59%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (28.57%) SQL Server
2 14 (22.22%) SQL Server 2012
3 11 (17.46%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 11 (17.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 11 (17.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 9 (14.29%) Data Warehouse
5 7 (11.11%) Data Lake
6 5 (7.94%) MySQL
7 1 (1.59%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 34 (53.97%) Selenium
2 20 (31.75%) Cucumber
3 13 (20.63%) Jenkins
3 13 (20.63%) Team Foundation Server
4 11 (17.46%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 9 (14.29%) JUnit
6 8 (12.70%) JIRA
6 8 (12.70%) WebDriver
7 7 (11.11%) Git (software)
7 7 (11.11%) RSpec
7 7 (11.11%) SpecFlow
8 5 (7.94%) Visual Studio
9 3 (4.76%) gulp
9 3 (4.76%) Hudson
9 3 (4.76%) JHipster
9 3 (4.76%) PhantomJS
9 3 (4.76%) Protractor
9 3 (4.76%) Visual Studio Team System
10 2 (3.17%) Sahi
10 2 (3.17%) WATIR
General
1 6 (9.52%) Games
2 4 (6.35%) Finance
3 1 (1.59%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 14 (22.22%) Analyst
2 13 (20.63%) Developer
2 13 (20.63%) Tester
3 8 (12.70%) Automation Test Lead
3 8 (12.70%) Test Leader
4 7 (11.11%) Agile Tester
4 7 (11.11%) Automation Tester
4 7 (11.11%) Test Engineer
5 6 (9.52%) Business Analyst
5 6 (9.52%) QA Engineer
5 6 (9.52%) Test Analyst
6 5 (7.94%) QA Test Engineer
6 5 (7.94%) QA Tester
7 4 (6.35%) Automation Engineer
7 4 (6.35%) Automation Test Analyst
7 4 (6.35%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
7 4 (6.35%) Quality Engineer
8 3 (4.76%) Senior Agile Tester
8 3 (4.76%) SQL Server Analyst
8 3 (4.76%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (22.22%) HTML
2 13 (20.63%) .NET
2 13 (20.63%) CSS
3 9 (14.29%) JSON
4 7 (11.11%) XML
5 6 (9.52%) Node.js
6 5 (7.94%) AngularJS
6 5 (7.94%) Gherkin
6 5 (7.94%) REST
7 4 (6.35%) CSS3
7 4 (6.35%) HTML5
7 4 (6.35%) RESTful
7 4 (6.35%) Web Services
8 3 (4.76%) Angular 2
8 3 (4.76%) ASP.NET
8 3 (4.76%) ASP.NET MVC 5
8 3 (4.76%) jQuery
8 3 (4.76%) Twitter Bootstrap
9 2 (3.17%) CodeIgniter
9 2 (3.17%) Laravel
Miscellaneous
1 4 (6.35%) User Experience
2 3 (4.76%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.59%) DataPower
3 1 (1.59%) Mobile App
3 1 (1.59%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 3 (4.76%) Windows
2 1 (1.59%) Android
2 1 (1.59%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (76.19%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (34.92%) TDD
3 20 (31.75%) Continuous Integration
4 17 (26.98%) BDD
5 14 (22.22%) SDLC
6 13 (20.63%) Defect Management
7 12 (19.05%) Scrum
8 11 (17.46%) Automation Testing
8 11 (17.46%) Data Management
8 11 (17.46%) Master Data Management
8 11 (17.46%) Test Planning
8 11 (17.46%) User Stories
9 10 (15.87%) Open Source
9 10 (15.87%) Test Scripting
10 9 (14.29%) Automated Testing
10 9 (14.29%) Integration Testing
10 9 (14.29%) Kanban
10 9 (14.29%) Unit Testing
11 8 (12.70%) Software Testing
12 7 (11.11%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 19 (30.16%) SQL
2 17 (26.98%) Java
3 13 (20.63%) JavaScript
4 11 (17.46%) T-SQL
5 7 (11.11%) Ruby
5 7 (11.11%) Scala
6 4 (6.35%) C#
7 3 (4.76%) Python
8 2 (3.17%) Groovy
8 2 (3.17%) PHP
9 1 (1.59%) C
Qualifications
1 12 (19.05%) ISTQB
2 11 (17.46%) ISEB
3 1 (1.59%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (25.40%) QA
2 4 (6.35%) WCAG
3 1 (1.59%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 3 (4.76%) Docker
Systems Management
1 4 (6.35%) Puppet
2 3 (4.76%) Opscode Chef
3 2 (3.17%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (1.59%) Zenoss
Vendors
1 7 (11.11%) Microsoft
2 3 (4.76%) F5
3 2 (3.17%) Apple
3 2 (3.17%) Atlassian
3 2 (3.17%) Google
3 2 (3.17%) Remedy
4 1 (1.59%) CODA
4 1 (1.59%) IBM
4 1 (1.59%) Pega