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 average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Automation over the 3 months to 21 November 2014 with a comparison to the same period in 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.

Location
3 months to
21 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Automation
Rank 106 97 102
Rank change year-on-year
-9 +5
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 8 5 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.33% 0.25% 0.47%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.48% 0.36% 0.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 1 2
Average daily rate
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£369 £210 £288
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+75.59% -27.01%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £304 £210 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £434 £210 £338
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £350 £313
% change year-on-year
+5.71% +12.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.50 £39.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year
-26.92% +62.50%
Test Automation
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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
1658 1402 1444
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 68.65% 68.86% 68.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 927 784 700
Average daily rate £375 £350 £333
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +5.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £500 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £363 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.20% -2.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 96 63 130
Average hourly rate £26.25 £26.50 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.94% -18.46%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.80 £12.90 £12.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.80 £37.80 £36.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year
-16.66% +3.44%

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
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 21 November 2014.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Automation within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 21 November 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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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
Warwickshire - 1 £288 -
Birmingham - - - -
Coventry - - - - 1
Solihull - - - -
Staffordshire - - - -
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 10 (62.50%) SQL
1 10 (62.50%) MS Excel
1 10 (62.50%) ISEB
1 10 (62.50%) ISTQB
1 10 (62.50%) Test Scripting
1 10 (62.50%) System Testing
2 8 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (43.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 7 (43.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 7 (43.75%) Data Warehouse
3 7 (43.75%) ETL
3 7 (43.75%) Business Intelligence
3 7 (43.75%) T-SQL
3 7 (43.75%) SQL Server
4 4 (25.00%) Visual Studio
4 4 (25.00%) C#
4 4 (25.00%) CRM
4 4 (25.00%) Web Services
4 4 (25.00%) Scrum
4 4 (25.00%) Integration Testing
5 3 (18.75%) TDD
5 3 (18.75%) Non-Functional Testing
5 3 (18.75%) Microsoft
5 3 (18.75%) Mentoring
6 2 (12.50%) ERP
6 2 (12.50%) Telecoms
6 2 (12.50%) Manufacturing
6 2 (12.50%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (12.50%) Agile Testing
6 2 (12.50%) BDD

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

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 10 (62.50%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (6.25%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (12.50%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (43.75%) SQL Server
1 7 (43.75%) Data Warehouse
1 7 (43.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
1 7 (43.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 4 (25.00%) Visual Studio
2 2 (12.50%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (6.25%) JBehave
3 1 (6.25%) WebDriver
3 1 (6.25%) SpecFlow
3 1 (6.25%) JMeter
3 1 (6.25%) Selenium
General
1 2 (12.50%) Telecoms
1 2 (12.50%) Manufacturing
2 1 (6.25%) Finance
2 1 (6.25%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 10 (62.50%) Analyst
1 10 (62.50%) Test Analyst
2 3 (18.75%) Senior Analyst
2 3 (18.75%) Tester
2 3 (18.75%) Senior Test Analyst
2 3 (18.75%) Agile Test Analyst
3 2 (12.50%) Developer
3 2 (12.50%) C# Developer
4 1 (6.25%) Software Developer
4 1 (6.25%) Software Engineer
4 1 (6.25%) Agile C# Developer
4 1 (6.25%) Automation Tester
4 1 (6.25%) Senior Tester
4 1 (6.25%) QA Tester
4 1 (6.25%) Senior QA Tester
4 1 (6.25%) C# Software Developer
4 1 (6.25%) Web Tester
4 1 (6.25%) Senior Web Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (25.00%) Web Services
2 1 (6.25%) WCF
2 1 (6.25%) Silverlight
2 1 (6.25%) HTML
2 1 (6.25%) .NET
2 1 (6.25%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 1 (6.25%) GIS
Operating Systems
1 1 (6.25%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (62.50%) Test Scripting
1 10 (62.50%) System Testing
2 8 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (43.75%) ETL
3 7 (43.75%) Business Intelligence
4 4 (25.00%) Scrum
4 4 (25.00%) CRM
4 4 (25.00%) Integration Testing
5 3 (18.75%) Non-Functional Testing
5 3 (18.75%) TDD
5 3 (18.75%) Mentoring
6 2 (12.50%) Test-First Development
6 2 (12.50%) ERP
6 2 (12.50%) Agile Testing
6 2 (12.50%) BDD
7 1 (6.25%) Test Strategy
7 1 (6.25%) Waterfall
7 1 (6.25%) User Stories
7 1 (6.25%) Software Engineering
7 1 (6.25%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 10 (62.50%) SQL
2 7 (43.75%) T-SQL
3 4 (25.00%) C#
4 1 (6.25%) C++
4 1 (6.25%) PHP
4 1 (6.25%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 10 (62.50%) ISEB
1 10 (62.50%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (6.25%) QA
Vendors
1 3 (18.75%) Microsoft