Period
to 17 August 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 17 August 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
17 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 46 41 48
Rank change year-on-year -5 +7 +6
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 67 44 53
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 4.53% 3.31% 3.45%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 5.56% 4.00% 4.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 27 44
Birmingham median daily rate £425 £350 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.43% +6.06% -5.71%
10th Percentile £326 £263 £150
90th Percentile £583 £500 £525
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £375 £355
% change year-on-year +13.33% +5.63% +9.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 5
Birmingham median hourly rate - - £35.00
West Midlands median hourly rate £21.00 £51.25 £35.00
% change year-on-year -59.02% +46.43% +11.32%

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 1,204 1,101 1,276
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 81.46% 82.84% 82.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 814 773 854
Birmingham median daily rate £413 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +6.16%
10th Percentile £255 £263 £240
90th Percentile £563 £525 £538
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 18 29
Birmingham median hourly rate £15.00 £14.22 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.52% -11.16% -30.81%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.88 £10.73
90th Percentile £34.20 £36.80 £38.80
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.50 £20.75 £17.00
% change year-on-year -25.30% +22.06% -24.44%

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 17 August 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 17 August 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 51 (76.12%) Agile Software Development
2 44 (65.67%) Selenium
3 31 (46.27%) SQL
3 31 (46.27%) BDD
4 30 (44.78%) Cucumber
5 27 (40.30%) Continuous Integration
5 27 (40.30%) Java
6 24 (35.82%) SC Cleared
6 24 (35.82%) Security Cleared
7 23 (34.33%) JIRA
8 22 (32.84%) Jenkins
9 20 (29.85%) PostgreSQL
10 18 (26.87%) WebDriver
11 17 (25.37%) Confluence
12 16 (23.88%) API Testing
13 15 (22.39%) Scrum
13 15 (22.39%) TDD
13 15 (22.39%) Unix
14 14 (20.90%) JavaScript
14 14 (20.90%) C#
15 13 (19.40%) Regression Testing
15 13 (19.40%) Migration
15 13 (19.40%) DevOps
15 13 (19.40%) Exploratory Testing
15 13 (19.40%) SoapUI
15 13 (19.40%) REST
15 13 (19.40%) Functional Testing
15 13 (19.40%) RESTful
15 13 (19.40%) Performance Testing
16 12 (17.91%) Load Testing

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 17 (25.37%) Confluence
2 2 (2.99%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (1.49%) Apache
3 1 (1.49%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (1.49%) CMS
Business Applications
1 6 (8.96%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.49%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 5 (7.46%) Slack
2 3 (4.48%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (4.48%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (2.99%) GitHub
4 1 (1.49%) Azure Functions
4 1 (1.49%) BrowserStack
4 1 (1.49%) PaaS
4 1 (1.49%) SaaS
4 1 (1.49%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 3 (4.48%) HTTP
2 1 (1.49%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (29.85%) PostgreSQL
2 9 (13.43%) Relational Database
3 8 (11.94%) SQL Server
4 6 (8.96%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (2.99%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (1.49%) Azure SQL Database
6 1 (1.49%) MongoDB
6 1 (1.49%) MySQL
6 1 (1.49%) Neo4j
6 1 (1.49%) NoSQL
6 1 (1.49%) Snowflake Schema
6 1 (1.49%) SQL Server 2014
6 1 (1.49%) SQL Server 2016
6 1 (1.49%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (1.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (1.49%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (1.49%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 44 (65.67%) Selenium
2 30 (44.78%) Cucumber
3 23 (34.33%) JIRA
4 22 (32.84%) Jenkins
5 18 (26.87%) WebDriver
6 13 (19.40%) SoapUI
7 11 (16.42%) JMeter
8 10 (14.93%) Git (software)
8 10 (14.93%) SpecFlow
9 8 (11.94%) PHPUnit
10 6 (8.96%) TestRail
10 6 (8.96%) Visual Studio
10 6 (8.96%) Visual Studio Team System
11 4 (5.97%) Eclipse
11 4 (5.97%) JUnit
12 3 (4.48%) HP UFT
12 3 (4.48%) Protractor
12 3 (4.48%) Sahi
12 3 (4.48%) WATIR
13 1 (1.49%) MSTest
General
1 7 (10.45%) Finance
2 4 (5.97%) Retail
3 1 (1.49%) Back Office
3 1 (1.49%) Games
Job Titles
1 25 (37.31%) Developer
2 23 (34.33%) Tester
3 16 (23.88%) Automation Tester
4 10 (14.93%) Java Developer
5 9 (13.43%) Analyst
5 9 (13.43%) Senior Developer
6 7 (10.45%) Test Analyst
7 6 (8.96%) Test Leader
8 5 (7.46%) Project Leader
8 5 (7.46%) Selenium Automation Tester
8 5 (7.46%) Selenium Tester
9 4 (5.97%) Automation Test Analyst
9 4 (5.97%) Backend Developer
9 4 (5.97%) Developer in Test
9 4 (5.97%) Java Automation Tester
9 4 (5.97%) Senior Java Developer
9 4 (5.97%) Test Project Leader
10 3 (4.48%) Functional Tester
10 3 (4.48%) PHP Developer
10 3 (4.48%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (19.40%) REST
1 13 (19.40%) RESTful
2 12 (17.91%) Gherkin
2 12 (17.91%) Spring
3 9 (13.43%) .NET
3 9 (13.43%) Web Services
4 8 (11.94%) Doctrine
4 8 (11.94%) SOAP
5 7 (10.45%) AngularJS
5 7 (10.45%) Behat
6 6 (8.96%) CSS
6 6 (8.96%) Hibernate
7 4 (5.97%) Ajax
7 4 (5.97%) J2EE
7 4 (5.97%) JMS
7 4 (5.97%) jQuery
7 4 (5.97%) Spring MVC
7 4 (5.97%) Struts
7 4 (5.97%) XML
8 2 (2.99%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 12 (17.91%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (8.96%) Linux Command Line
3 4 (5.97%) NHS
4 2 (2.99%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (2.99%) Management Information System
4 2 (2.99%) User Experience
5 1 (1.49%) Blog
5 1 (1.49%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (1.49%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 15 (22.39%) Unix
2 9 (13.43%) Linux
2 9 (13.43%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 51 (76.12%) Agile Software Development
2 31 (46.27%) BDD
3 27 (40.30%) Continuous Integration
4 16 (23.88%) API Testing
5 15 (22.39%) Scrum
5 15 (22.39%) TDD
6 13 (19.40%) DevOps
6 13 (19.40%) Exploratory Testing
6 13 (19.40%) Functional Testing
6 13 (19.40%) Migration
6 13 (19.40%) Performance Testing
6 13 (19.40%) Regression Testing
7 12 (17.91%) Load Testing
8 11 (16.42%) Problem-Solving
9 10 (14.93%) OO
10 9 (13.43%) Acceptance Criteria
10 9 (13.43%) Analytical Thinking
10 9 (13.43%) Creative Thinking
10 9 (13.43%) Test Management
10 9 (13.43%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 31 (46.27%) SQL
2 27 (40.30%) Java
3 14 (20.90%) C#
3 14 (20.90%) JavaScript
4 11 (16.42%) PL/SQL
5 8 (11.94%) PHP
6 6 (8.96%) Java 8
7 3 (4.48%) Ruby
8 1 (1.49%) PHP 7
8 1 (1.49%) T-SQL
8 1 (1.49%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 24 (35.82%) SC Cleared
1 24 (35.82%) Security Cleared
2 7 (10.45%) ISTQB
3 6 (8.96%) ISEB
4 2 (2.99%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (13.43%) QA
2 4 (5.97%) PMO
3 1 (1.49%) Data Quality
3 1 (1.49%) GDPR
System Software
1 8 (11.94%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (1.49%) Ansible
1 1 (1.49%) Business Desktop Deployment
1 1 (1.49%) Kibana
1 1 (1.49%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 9 (13.43%) Microsoft
2 8 (11.94%) Zend
3 1 (1.49%) Atlassian
3 1 (1.49%) JD Edwards
3 1 (1.49%) MuleSoft
3 1 (1.49%) Oracle
3 1 (1.49%) RedGate
3 1 (1.49%) Splunk
3 1 (1.49%) UiPath
3 1 (1.49%) Xamarin