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 20 August 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
20 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Automation
Rank 115 106 93
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -13
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 7 4 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.28% 0.19% 0.74%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.39% 0.28% 1.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 2 9
Average daily rate
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£338 £300 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £300 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £388 £300 £330
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £310
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +4.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.50 £29.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+36.20% -22.66%
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
1775 1440 1548
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 71.20% 67.13% 67.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 950 755 787
Average daily rate £375 £350 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -4.10%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £250 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 122 59 67
Average hourly rate £27.50 £37.80 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-27.24% +21.93%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.00 £37.80 £42.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-16.66% -3.22%

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 20 August 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 20 August 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
Birmingham +1 2 £400 +33.33%
Coventry - - - - 1
Solihull - - - -
Worcestershire - - - - 1
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 (53.85%) ISEB
1 7 (53.85%) ISTQB
2 6 (46.15%) Test Scripting
3 5 (38.46%) MS Excel
4 4 (30.77%) Data Warehouse
4 4 (30.77%) ETL
4 4 (30.77%) Business Intelligence
4 4 (30.77%) SQL
4 4 (30.77%) T-SQL
4 4 (30.77%) SQL Server
4 4 (30.77%) System Testing
4 4 (30.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 4 (30.77%) Selenium
4 4 (30.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 4 (30.77%) Integration Testing
5 3 (23.08%) Apache Camel
5 3 (23.08%) ActiveMQ
5 3 (23.08%) jBPM
5 3 (23.08%) Drools
5 3 (23.08%) Continuous Integration
5 3 (23.08%) JAX-WS
5 3 (23.08%) Test Strategy
5 3 (23.08%) JAX-RS
5 3 (23.08%) Middleware
5 3 (23.08%) Java
5 3 (23.08%) Eclipse
5 3 (23.08%) SOAP
5 3 (23.08%) Web Services
5 3 (23.08%) JBoss
6 2 (15.38%) CSS

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

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 (38.46%) MS Excel
2 1 (7.69%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (7.69%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (7.69%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (30.77%) Data Warehouse
1 4 (30.77%) SQL Server
1 4 (30.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 4 (30.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 4 (30.77%) Selenium
2 3 (23.08%) Eclipse
3 2 (15.38%) JIRA
4 1 (7.69%) JBehave
4 1 (7.69%) WebDriver
4 1 (7.69%) Cucumber
4 1 (7.69%) JMeter
General
1 1 (7.69%) Telecoms
1 1 (7.69%) Finance
1 1 (7.69%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 7 (53.85%) Analyst
2 6 (46.15%) Test Analyst
3 4 (30.77%) Developer
4 3 (23.08%) Tester
4 3 (23.08%) Java Developer
5 1 (7.69%) QA Analyst
5 1 (7.69%) Senior QA Tester
5 1 (7.69%) Quality Analyst
5 1 (7.69%) C# Software Developer
5 1 (7.69%) Web Tester
5 1 (7.69%) Senior Web Tester
5 1 (7.69%) Automation Tester
5 1 (7.69%) C# Developer
5 1 (7.69%) Senior Tester
5 1 (7.69%) QA Tester
5 1 (7.69%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (23.08%) Apache Camel
1 3 (23.08%) ActiveMQ
1 3 (23.08%) jBPM
1 3 (23.08%) Drools
1 3 (23.08%) JAX-WS
1 3 (23.08%) JAX-RS
1 3 (23.08%) Middleware
1 3 (23.08%) SOAP
1 3 (23.08%) Web Services
2 2 (15.38%) CSS
2 2 (15.38%) HTML
3 1 (7.69%) Silverlight
Miscellaneous
1 1 (7.69%) Mobile App
1 1 (7.69%) GIS
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (46.15%) Test Scripting
2 4 (30.77%) ETL
2 4 (30.77%) Business Intelligence
2 4 (30.77%) System Testing
2 4 (30.77%) Integration Testing
3 3 (23.08%) Continuous Integration
3 3 (23.08%) Test Strategy
4 2 (15.38%) Use Case
4 2 (15.38%) TDD
5 1 (7.69%) Test-First Development
5 1 (7.69%) Software Testing
5 1 (7.69%) Agile Testing
5 1 (7.69%) Waterfall
5 1 (7.69%) BDD
5 1 (7.69%) ERP
5 1 (7.69%) Agile Software Development
5 1 (7.69%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 4 (30.77%) SQL
1 4 (30.77%) T-SQL
2 3 (23.08%) Java
3 1 (7.69%) Ruby
3 1 (7.69%) C#
3 1 (7.69%) JavaScript
3 1 (7.69%) PHP
Qualifications
1 7 (53.85%) ISEB
1 7 (53.85%) ISTQB
2 1 (7.69%) Degree
2 1 (7.69%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (15.38%) QA
Vendors
1 3 (23.08%) JBoss
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