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 28 September 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
28 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Automation
Rank 106 117 112
Rank change year-on-year
+11 -5
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 41 9 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.27% 0.36% 0.43%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.55% 0.46% 0.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 4 3
Median daily rate £369 £308 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+19.91% -23.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £330 £195 £310
10% offered a daily rate of more than £590 £462 £440
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 1
Median hourly rate £40.00 £31.44 £38.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+27.22% -17.26%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £31.44 £38.50
% change year-on-year
+27.22% -18.33%
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
2638 1971 1914
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 81.50% 78.15% 74.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 1572 1147 1002
Median daily rate £400 £390 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £298 £275 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 63 100 113
Median hourly rate £20.50 £31.44 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-34.79% +4.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.35 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.60 £40.00 £42.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £33.64 £26.25
% change year-on-year
-3.38% +28.15%

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 28 September 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 28 September 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
Coventry - 11 £363 - 1
Birmingham 0 9 £400 -23.80% 1
Staffordshire - 6 £319 -
Shropshire - 5 £600 -
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 28 September 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 55 (76.39%) Agile Software Development
2 38 (52.78%) Selenium
3 26 (36.11%) ISEB
4 25 (34.72%) BDD
5 23 (31.94%) Scrum
5 23 (31.94%) Continuous Integration
6 21 (29.17%) Java
7 20 (27.78%) MS Excel
8 19 (26.39%) ISTQB
8 19 (26.39%) Cucumber
9 18 (25.00%) QA
10 17 (23.61%) Unit Testing
10 17 (23.61%) HTML
10 17 (23.61%) Visual Studio
11 16 (22.22%) SQL
11 16 (22.22%) Microsoft
11 16 (22.22%) Test Scripting
11 16 (22.22%) Non-Functional Testing
11 16 (22.22%) Exploratory Testing
12 15 (20.83%) MS PowerPoint
12 15 (20.83%) Regression Testing
12 15 (20.83%) .NET
12 15 (20.83%) MS Office
13 14 (19.44%) TDD
13 14 (19.44%) Functional Testing
13 14 (19.44%) Continuous Improvement
14 13 (18.06%) WebDriver
14 13 (18.06%) JavaScript
14 13 (18.06%) CSS
15 12 (16.67%) Kanban

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 7 (9.72%) SharePoint
2 5 (6.94%) Documentum
3 4 (5.56%) WebLogic
4 3 (4.17%) CMS
5 2 (2.78%) Confluence
5 2 (2.78%) JBoss
Applications
1 20 (27.78%) MS Excel
2 15 (20.83%) MS Office
2 15 (20.83%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (1.39%) Simulink
Cloud Services
1 3 (4.17%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.39%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.39%) Broadband
1 1 (1.39%) Ethernet
1 1 (1.39%) HTTP
1 1 (1.39%) Internet
1 1 (1.39%) SSH
1 1 (1.39%) Telnet
1 1 (1.39%) xDSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (6.94%) Relational Database
2 4 (5.56%) SQL Server
3 2 (2.78%) MySQL
3 2 (2.78%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 38 (52.78%) Selenium
2 19 (26.39%) Cucumber
3 17 (23.61%) Visual Studio
4 13 (18.06%) WebDriver
5 11 (15.28%) Jenkins
5 11 (15.28%) SpecFlow
6 9 (12.50%) JIRA
7 6 (8.33%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 5 (6.94%) JUnit
9 4 (5.56%) RSpec
9 4 (5.56%) Subversion
10 3 (4.17%) JMeter
10 3 (4.17%) Visual Studio Team System
11 2 (2.78%) Git (software)
11 2 (2.78%) Team Foundation Server
11 2 (2.78%) TestComplete
12 1 (1.39%) Appium
12 1 (1.39%) SoapUI
12 1 (1.39%) TestDirector
12 1 (1.39%) Zephyr
General
1 11 (15.28%) Finance
2 4 (5.56%) Games
3 1 (1.39%) Electronics
3 1 (1.39%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 20 (27.78%) Analyst
2 16 (22.22%) Tester
3 11 (15.28%) Developer
3 11 (15.28%) Test Leader
4 10 (13.89%) Automation Tester
4 10 (13.89%) Business Analyst
4 10 (13.89%) Business IT Analyst
4 10 (13.89%) IT Analyst
4 10 (13.89%) IT Business Analyst
4 10 (13.89%) QA Tester
4 10 (13.89%) Test Engineer
5 9 (12.50%) QA Automation Tester
5 9 (12.50%) Test Analyst
6 8 (11.11%) Test Automation Engineer
7 6 (8.33%) Agile Tester
7 6 (8.33%) Automation Test Lead
7 6 (8.33%) Developer in Test
8 5 (6.94%) Agile Test Analyst
8 5 (6.94%) Selenium Test Analyst
9 4 (5.56%) Test Automation Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (23.61%) HTML
2 15 (20.83%) .NET
3 13 (18.06%) CSS
4 8 (11.11%) Web Services
5 3 (4.17%) RESTful
6 2 (2.78%) JSON
6 2 (2.78%) SOAP
7 1 (1.39%) .NET Framework
7 1 (1.39%) AngularJS
7 1 (1.39%) Gherkin
7 1 (1.39%) IBM Integration Bus
7 1 (1.39%) REST
7 1 (1.39%) WireMock
Miscellaneous
1 8 (11.11%) Mobile App
2 2 (2.78%) Cryptography
3 1 (1.39%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.39%) DataPower
3 1 (1.39%) Embedded Systems
3 1 (1.39%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 1 (1.39%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 4 (5.56%) Unix
2 3 (4.17%) Linux
3 1 (1.39%) Windows
3 1 (1.39%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (76.39%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (34.72%) BDD
3 23 (31.94%) Continuous Integration
3 23 (31.94%) Scrum
4 17 (23.61%) Unit Testing
5 16 (22.22%) Exploratory Testing
5 16 (22.22%) Non-Functional Testing
5 16 (22.22%) Test Scripting
6 15 (20.83%) Regression Testing
7 14 (19.44%) Continuous Improvement
7 14 (19.44%) Functional Testing
7 14 (19.44%) TDD
8 12 (16.67%) Kanban
9 11 (15.28%) Integration Testing
10 10 (13.89%) Business Analysis
10 10 (13.89%) Case Management
10 10 (13.89%) Requirements Engineering
10 10 (13.89%) Stakeholder Engagement
10 10 (13.89%) UML
10 10 (13.89%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 21 (29.17%) Java
2 16 (22.22%) SQL
3 13 (18.06%) JavaScript
4 10 (13.89%) C#
5 8 (11.11%) Python
6 5 (6.94%) Perl
7 4 (5.56%) Scala
8 3 (4.17%) Ruby
9 2 (2.78%) T-SQL
9 2 (2.78%) VBA
10 1 (1.39%) C
10 1 (1.39%) Groovy
10 1 (1.39%) MATLAB
10 1 (1.39%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 26 (36.11%) ISEB
2 19 (26.39%) ISTQB
3 3 (4.17%) Degree
4 1 (1.39%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (1.39%) ISEB Practitioner
4 1 (1.39%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (25.00%) QA
2 4 (5.56%) IEC 61508
3 2 (2.78%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (2.78%) WCAG
System Software
1 1 (1.39%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 1 (1.39%) Puppet
Vendors
1 16 (22.22%) Microsoft
2 6 (8.33%) Pega
3 4 (5.56%) EMC
3 4 (5.56%) VMware
4 2 (2.78%) Oracle
5 1 (1.39%) Atlassian
5 1 (1.39%) IBM