The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for Automated Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Automated Testing over the 3 months to 28 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Automated Testing
West Midlands / Birmingham
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 52 51 60
Rank change year-on-year -1 +9  
Contract jobs citing Automated Testing 5 5 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 0.81% 0.75% 0.26%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.00% 0.92% 0.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 1 0
Median daily rate £375 £325 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.38% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £380 £340
% change year-on-year +1.31% +11.76%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £67.89 £44.50 £36.00
% change year-on-year +52.56% +23.61%  

Automated Testing is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Birmingham
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 502 544 579
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham 80.84% 81.07% 76.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 334 342 368
Median daily rate £425 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 17 17
Median hourly rate £14.63 £17.95 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.52% +5.58%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £9.63 £8.14
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.25 £39.60 £26.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.50 £30.20
% change year-on-year -6.49% +27.48%  

Automated Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Birmingham citing Automated Testing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Automated Testing in Birmingham

Automated Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Automated Testing in Birmingham.

Contractor daily rate trend for Automated Testing in Birmingham

Automated Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Automated Testing in Birmingham over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Automated Testing in Birmingham

Automated Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Automated Testing in Birmingham.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Automated Testing in Birmingham

Automated Testing
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 28 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Automated Testing 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 Birmingham region with a requirement for Automated Testing.

1 10 (76.92%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (46.15%) Manual Testing
3 5 (38.46%) Test Scripting
3 5 (38.46%) ISTQB
3 5 (38.46%) QA
3 5 (38.46%) ISEB
3 5 (38.46%) Waterfall
3 5 (38.46%) Functional Testing
4 4 (30.77%) Test Planning
4 4 (30.77%) SDLC
4 4 (30.77%) CSS
4 4 (30.77%) HTML
4 4 (30.77%) JavaScript
4 4 (30.77%) Selenium
4 4 (30.77%) Continuous Integration
5 3 (23.08%) JIRA
5 3 (23.08%) Web Development
5 3 (23.08%) TDD
5 3 (23.08%) SQL Server
5 3 (23.08%) Cucumber
5 3 (23.08%) Capacity Planning
6 2 (15.38%) Planning Poker
6 2 (15.38%) Gherkin
6 2 (15.38%) Entity Framework
6 2 (15.38%) Node.js
6 2 (15.38%) REST
6 2 (15.38%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (15.38%) WebDriver
6 2 (15.38%) ASP.NET MVC
6 2 (15.38%) User Stories

Automated Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in Birmingham 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 1 (7.69%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
1 1 (7.69%) Confluence
Applications
1 2 (15.38%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 2 (15.38%) GitHub
2 1 (7.69%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (7.69%) Amazon CloudWatch
2 1 (7.69%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (7.69%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 2 (15.38%) HTTP
2 1 (7.69%) Wi-Fi
2 1 (7.69%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (23.08%) SQL Server
2 1 (7.69%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 4 (30.77%) Selenium
2 3 (23.08%) Cucumber
2 3 (23.08%) JIRA
3 2 (15.38%) Jenkins
3 2 (15.38%) PhantomJS
3 2 (15.38%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (15.38%) Visual Studio Team System
3 2 (15.38%) WebDriver
4 1 (7.69%) eggPlant
4 1 (7.69%) Grunt
4 1 (7.69%) gulp
4 1 (7.69%) Hudson
4 1 (7.69%) webpack
Job Titles
1 7 (53.85%) Test Manager
2 4 (30.77%) Developer
3 2 (15.38%) .NET Developer
4 1 (7.69%) Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) Applications Manager
4 1 (7.69%) AWS Engineer
4 1 (7.69%) Developer in Test
4 1 (7.69%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
4 1 (7.69%) Programme Manager
4 1 (7.69%) Programme Test Manager
4 1 (7.69%) Test Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) Test Automation Engineer
4 1 (7.69%) Test Engineer
4 1 (7.69%) Test Programme Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (30.77%) CSS
1 4 (30.77%) HTML
2 2 (15.38%) .NET
2 2 (15.38%) .NET Framework
2 2 (15.38%) ASP.NET
2 2 (15.38%) ASP.NET MVC
2 2 (15.38%) ASP.NET Web API
2 2 (15.38%) Entity Framework
2 2 (15.38%) Gherkin
2 2 (15.38%) JSON
2 2 (15.38%) Node.js
2 2 (15.38%) REST
2 2 (15.38%) WCF
2 2 (15.38%) XML
3 1 (7.69%) AngularJS
3 1 (7.69%) CSS3
3 1 (7.69%) React
3 1 (7.69%) Sass
3 1 (7.69%) Twitter Bootstrap
3 1 (7.69%) Web Components
Miscellaneous
1 1 (7.69%) CMDB
1 1 (7.69%) Enterprise Software
1 1 (7.69%) Mobile App
1 1 (7.69%) User Experience
1 1 (7.69%) Video Conferencing
1 1 (7.69%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 1 (7.69%) Android
1 1 (7.69%) Windows
1 1 (7.69%) Windows 10
1 1 (7.69%) Windows Server
1 1 (7.69%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (76.92%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (46.15%) Manual Testing
3 5 (38.46%) Functional Testing
3 5 (38.46%) Test Scripting
3 5 (38.46%) Waterfall
4 4 (30.77%) Continuous Integration
4 4 (30.77%) SDLC
4 4 (30.77%) Test Planning
5 3 (23.08%) Capacity Planning
5 3 (23.08%) TDD
5 3 (23.08%) Web Development
6 2 (15.38%) Kanban
6 2 (15.38%) MVC
6 2 (15.38%) Performance Testing
6 2 (15.38%) Planning Poker
6 2 (15.38%) Scrum
6 2 (15.38%) SOLID
6 2 (15.38%) User Stories
7 1 (7.69%) Programme Management
7 1 (7.69%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 4 (30.77%) JavaScript
2 2 (15.38%) Java
3 1 (7.69%) C++
3 1 (7.69%) Groovy
3 1 (7.69%) PHP
3 1 (7.69%) Python
3 1 (7.69%) Ruby
3 1 (7.69%) SQL
Qualifications
1 5 (38.46%) ISEB
1 5 (38.46%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (38.46%) QA
2 1 (7.69%) PCI DSS
Systems Management
1 1 (7.69%) Opscode Chef
1 1 (7.69%) Puppet
1 1 (7.69%) Zenoss
Vendors
1 2 (15.38%) Microsoft