Period
to 14 December 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for Test Automation skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Test Automation over the 6 months to 14 December 2018 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
6 months to
14 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 44 28 53
Rank change year-on-year -16 +25 +14
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 55 90 45
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 3.88% 5.51% 3.10%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.64% 6.63% 3.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 63 32
Birmingham median daily rate £440 £400 £369
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.00% +8.47% +18.00%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £218
90th Percentile £560 £519 £473
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £363
% change year-on-year +6.25% +10.34% +11.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Birmingham median hourly rate - - -
West Midlands median hourly rate £40.00 £43.50 £32.50
% change year-on-year -8.05% +33.85% +3.37%

Test Automation is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Birmingham
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 1,186 1,357 1,205
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 83.58% 83.15% 83.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 812 995 751
Birmingham median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £213 £227 £250
90th Percentile £563 £530 £550
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 25 36
Birmingham median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £16.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -4.48% -4.29%
10th Percentile £10.77 £10.27 £10.60
90th Percentile £32.00 £48.95 £32.10
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.85 £25.06 £17.50
% change year-on-year -36.75% +43.20% -12.50%

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

Job postings citing Test Automation as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Birmingham.

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation in Birmingham

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in Birmingham

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in Birmingham over the 6 months to 14 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation in Birmingham

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 14 December 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Test Automation also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Birmingham region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 29 (52.73%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (47.27%) SQL
3 24 (43.64%) Java
3 24 (43.64%) Selenium
4 16 (29.09%) Scrum
4 16 (29.09%) Continuous Integration
5 14 (25.45%) Spring
5 14 (25.45%) JMeter
5 14 (25.45%) Cucumber
5 14 (25.45%) Jenkins
6 13 (23.64%) SoapUI
6 13 (23.64%) Finance
6 13 (23.64%) PostgreSQL
6 13 (23.64%) Performance Testing
7 12 (21.82%) RESTful
7 12 (21.82%) JIRA
7 12 (21.82%) JavaScript
8 11 (20.00%) Regression Testing
8 11 (20.00%) Microsoft
8 11 (20.00%) WebDriver
8 11 (20.00%) Problem-Solving
9 10 (18.18%) BDD
9 10 (18.18%) API Testing
9 10 (18.18%) Software Engineering
10 9 (16.36%) QA
10 9 (16.36%) Pair Programming
10 9 (16.36%) Load Testing
10 9 (16.36%) Migration
10 9 (16.36%) SQL Server
10 9 (16.36%) Analytical Skills

Test Automation
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 8 (14.55%) Confluence
2 1 (1.82%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (1.82%) Drupal
2 1 (1.82%) Elasticsearch
2 1 (1.82%) JBoss
Business Applications
1 1 (1.82%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 7 (12.73%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (7.27%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (3.64%) Serverless
4 1 (1.82%) Azure Functions
4 1 (1.82%) Boomi
4 1 (1.82%) BrowserStack
4 1 (1.82%) GitHub
4 1 (1.82%) Office 365
4 1 (1.82%) PaaS
4 1 (1.82%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.82%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (23.64%) PostgreSQL
2 9 (16.36%) SQL Server
3 7 (12.73%) Data Warehouse
4 5 (9.09%) Relational Database
5 4 (7.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 3 (5.45%) Apache Cassandra
6 3 (5.45%) Big Data
6 3 (5.45%) Cosmos DB
6 3 (5.45%) Hadoop
6 3 (5.45%) MongoDB
6 3 (5.45%) NoSQL
6 3 (5.45%) RDBMS
6 3 (5.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 2 (3.64%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1 (1.82%) Azure SQL Database
8 1 (1.82%) MySQL
8 1 (1.82%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 24 (43.64%) Selenium
2 14 (25.45%) Cucumber
2 14 (25.45%) Jenkins
2 14 (25.45%) JMeter
3 13 (23.64%) SoapUI
4 12 (21.82%) JIRA
5 11 (20.00%) WebDriver
6 8 (14.55%) Eclipse
7 4 (7.27%) Git (software)
7 4 (7.27%) Team Foundation Server
8 3 (5.45%) PHPUnit
9 2 (3.64%) SpecFlow
9 2 (3.64%) Visual Studio Team System
10 1 (1.82%) HP UFT
10 1 (1.82%) Hudson
10 1 (1.82%) LoadRunner
10 1 (1.82%) Maven
10 1 (1.82%) MSTest
10 1 (1.82%) SonarQube
10 1 (1.82%) Visual Studio
General
1 13 (23.64%) Finance
2 5 (9.09%) Retail
3 2 (3.64%) Banking
4 1 (1.82%) Back Office
4 1 (1.82%) Law
4 1 (1.82%) Legal
Job Titles
1 24 (43.64%) Developer
2 18 (32.73%) Tester
3 14 (25.45%) Java Developer
4 10 (18.18%) Automation Tester
5 9 (16.36%) Analyst
5 9 (16.36%) Test Analyst
6 8 (14.55%) Senior Developer
7 6 (10.91%) Senior Java Developer
8 4 (7.27%) Java Automation Tester
8 4 (7.27%) Java Developer in Test
9 3 (5.45%) Developer in Test
10 2 (3.64%) Automation Test Analyst
10 2 (3.64%) Backend Developer
10 2 (3.64%) Business Intelligence Analyst
10 2 (3.64%) Data Engineer
10 2 (3.64%) Performance Tester
10 2 (3.64%) Python Developer
10 2 (3.64%) Python Engineer
10 2 (3.64%) QA Tester
10 2 (3.64%) Senior Backend Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (25.45%) Spring
2 12 (21.82%) RESTful
3 8 (14.55%) Ajax
3 8 (14.55%) Hibernate
3 8 (14.55%) J2EE
3 8 (14.55%) jQuery
3 8 (14.55%) Spring MVC
4 7 (12.73%) Web Services
5 6 (10.91%) AngularJS
5 6 (10.91%) SOAP
6 5 (9.09%) CSS
7 4 (7.27%) Gherkin
7 4 (7.27%) Struts
7 4 (7.27%) Taurus
8 3 (5.45%) Behat
8 3 (5.45%) Django
8 3 (5.45%) Doctrine
8 3 (5.45%) Flask
8 3 (5.45%) GraphQL
9 2 (3.64%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 9 (16.36%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (7.27%) NHS
3 3 (5.45%) User Experience
4 1 (1.82%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.82%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 2 (3.64%) Linux
1 2 (3.64%) Mac OS X
1 2 (3.64%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (52.73%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (29.09%) Continuous Integration
2 16 (29.09%) Scrum
3 13 (23.64%) Performance Testing
4 11 (20.00%) Problem-Solving
4 11 (20.00%) Regression Testing
5 10 (18.18%) API Testing
5 10 (18.18%) BDD
5 10 (18.18%) Software Engineering
6 9 (16.36%) Functional Testing
6 9 (16.36%) Load Testing
6 9 (16.36%) Migration
6 9 (16.36%) Pair Programming
7 8 (14.55%) Business Intelligence
7 8 (14.55%) Co-Creation
7 8 (14.55%) MVC
8 7 (12.73%) Analytical Thinking
8 7 (12.73%) Creative Thinking
8 7 (12.73%) Exploratory Testing
8 7 (12.73%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 26 (47.27%) SQL
2 24 (43.64%) Java
3 12 (21.82%) JavaScript
4 8 (14.55%) Java 8
4 8 (14.55%) PL/SQL
5 7 (12.73%) C#
6 5 (9.09%) Python
7 4 (7.27%) PHP
8 2 (3.64%) Perl
8 2 (3.64%) T-SQL
9 1 (1.82%) PHP 7
9 1 (1.82%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 8 (14.55%) SC Cleared
1 8 (14.55%) Security Cleared
2 5 (9.09%) ISTQB
3 4 (7.27%) BPSS Clearance
4 3 (5.45%) ISEB
5 2 (3.64%) DBS Check
5 2 (3.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (1.82%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (16.36%) QA
2 4 (7.27%) PMO
3 2 (3.64%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (1.82%) Data Quality
4 1 (1.82%) GDPR
System Software
1 3 (5.45%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (1.82%) Ansible
1 1 (1.82%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 11 (20.00%) Microsoft
2 5 (9.09%) Oracle
3 3 (5.45%) Zend
4 2 (3.64%) Atlassian
5 1 (1.82%) Dell
5 1 (1.82%) HP
5 1 (1.82%) JD Edwards
5 1 (1.82%) SnapLogic