Period
to 15 October 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 15 October 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
15 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 49 36 58
Rank change year-on-year -13 +22 -4
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 58 63 48
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 4.05% 4.24% 3.09%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.90% 5.14% 3.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 46 45 40
Birmingham median daily rate £434 £363 £343
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +19.66% +5.84% -2.14%
10th Percentile £286 £270 £150
90th Percentile £550 £475 £525
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £360
% change year-on-year +6.25% +11.11% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Birmingham median hourly rate - - -
West Midlands median hourly rate £35.00 £51.25 £32.25
% change year-on-year -31.71% +58.91% +2.58%

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 1,183 1,226 1,303
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 82.61% 82.45% 83.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 799 897 852
Birmingham median daily rate £413 £388 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.45% -3.13% +6.67%
10th Percentile £225 £238 £250
90th Percentile £550 £525 £550
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 18 32
Birmingham median hourly rate £15.00 £14.61 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.69% -2.62% -30.31%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.88 £10.62
90th Percentile £23.45 £46.40 £37.18
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.00 £25.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -40.00% +42.86% -18.60%

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 15 October 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 15 October 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 35 (60.34%) Agile Software Development
2 28 (48.28%) SQL
3 27 (46.55%) Selenium
4 25 (43.10%) Java
5 23 (39.66%) Continuous Integration
6 21 (36.21%) Cucumber
7 20 (34.48%) Jenkins
8 19 (32.76%) SC Cleared
8 19 (32.76%) Security Cleared
9 17 (29.31%) PostgreSQL
10 16 (27.59%) JIRA
11 15 (25.86%) Spring
11 15 (25.86%) JavaScript
11 15 (25.86%) BDD
11 15 (25.86%) SoapUI
11 15 (25.86%) API Testing
12 14 (24.14%) Functional Testing
12 14 (24.14%) Finance
12 14 (24.14%) Scrum
13 13 (22.41%) RESTful
14 12 (20.69%) Analytical Skills
15 11 (18.97%) Problem-Solving
15 11 (18.97%) Performance Testing
15 11 (18.97%) Load Testing
15 11 (18.97%) Migration
15 11 (18.97%) Regression Testing
15 11 (18.97%) Web Services
16 10 (17.24%) PL/SQL
16 10 (17.24%) MVC
16 10 (17.24%) JMeter

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 9 (15.52%) Confluence
2 2 (3.45%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (1.72%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (1.72%) Drupal
3 1 (1.72%) JBoss
Business Applications
1 1 (1.72%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 4 (6.90%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (5.17%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (3.45%) GitHub
4 1 (1.72%) Azure Functions
4 1 (1.72%) BrowserStack
4 1 (1.72%) PaaS
4 1 (1.72%) SaaS
4 1 (1.72%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.45%) HTTP
2 1 (1.72%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (29.31%) PostgreSQL
2 8 (13.79%) Relational Database
3 7 (12.07%) SQL Server
4 5 (8.62%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (3.45%) NoSQL
5 2 (3.45%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (3.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (1.72%) Apache Cassandra
6 1 (1.72%) Azure SQL Database
6 1 (1.72%) Big Data
6 1 (1.72%) Cosmos DB
6 1 (1.72%) Hadoop
6 1 (1.72%) MongoDB
6 1 (1.72%) MySQL
6 1 (1.72%) RDBMS
6 1 (1.72%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (1.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 27 (46.55%) Selenium
2 21 (36.21%) Cucumber
3 20 (34.48%) Jenkins
4 16 (27.59%) JIRA
5 15 (25.86%) SoapUI
6 10 (17.24%) JMeter
7 9 (15.52%) WebDriver
8 8 (13.79%) Eclipse
8 8 (13.79%) Git (software)
9 7 (12.07%) PHPUnit
10 4 (6.90%) HP UFT
11 3 (5.17%) Protractor
11 3 (5.17%) Sahi
11 3 (5.17%) Team Foundation Server
11 3 (5.17%) WATIR
12 2 (3.45%) JUnit
12 2 (3.45%) SpecFlow
12 2 (3.45%) Visual Studio
12 2 (3.45%) Visual Studio Team System
13 1 (1.72%) LoadRunner
General
1 14 (24.14%) Finance
2 5 (8.62%) Retail
3 2 (3.45%) Banking
4 1 (1.72%) Back Office
4 1 (1.72%) Games
4 1 (1.72%) Legal
Job Titles
1 28 (48.28%) Developer
2 18 (31.03%) Tester
3 14 (24.14%) Java Developer
4 12 (20.69%) Automation Tester
5 10 (17.24%) Senior Developer
6 6 (10.34%) Analyst
6 6 (10.34%) Senior Java Developer
6 6 (10.34%) Test Analyst
7 4 (6.90%) Backend Developer
7 4 (6.90%) Java Automation Tester
7 4 (6.90%) Selenium Automation Tester
7 4 (6.90%) Selenium Tester
8 3 (5.17%) Developer in Test
8 3 (5.17%) PHP Developer
8 3 (5.17%) Senior Backend Developer
9 2 (3.45%) Functional Tester
9 2 (3.45%) QA Engineer
9 2 (3.45%) QA Tester
9 2 (3.45%) Software Developer
9 2 (3.45%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (25.86%) Spring
2 13 (22.41%) RESTful
3 11 (18.97%) Web Services
4 10 (17.24%) REST
5 9 (15.52%) Hibernate
5 9 (15.52%) SOAP
6 8 (13.79%) Ajax
6 8 (13.79%) J2EE
6 8 (13.79%) jQuery
6 8 (13.79%) Spring MVC
7 7 (12.07%) .NET
7 7 (12.07%) AngularJS
7 7 (12.07%) Doctrine
8 6 (10.34%) Behat
9 5 (8.62%) CSS
9 5 (8.62%) Gherkin
9 5 (8.62%) XML
10 4 (6.90%) JMS
10 4 (6.90%) Struts
11 2 (3.45%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 12 (20.69%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (6.90%) NHS
3 2 (3.45%) User Experience
4 1 (1.72%) Blog
4 1 (1.72%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.72%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (1.72%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 7 (12.07%) Linux
1 7 (12.07%) Mac OS X
1 7 (12.07%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (60.34%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (39.66%) Continuous Integration
3 15 (25.86%) API Testing
3 15 (25.86%) BDD
4 14 (24.14%) Functional Testing
4 14 (24.14%) Scrum
5 11 (18.97%) Load Testing
5 11 (18.97%) Migration
5 11 (18.97%) Performance Testing
5 11 (18.97%) Problem-Solving
5 11 (18.97%) Regression Testing
6 10 (17.24%) Exploratory Testing
6 10 (17.24%) MVC
6 10 (17.24%) Software Engineering
7 9 (15.52%) OO
8 8 (13.79%) Co-Creation
8 8 (13.79%) Creative Thinking
8 8 (13.79%) TDD
8 8 (13.79%) User Acceptance Testing
8 8 (13.79%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 28 (48.28%) SQL
2 25 (43.10%) Java
3 15 (25.86%) JavaScript
4 10 (17.24%) PL/SQL
5 9 (15.52%) Java 8
6 7 (12.07%) C#
6 7 (12.07%) PHP
7 3 (5.17%) Ruby
8 1 (1.72%) PHP 7
8 1 (1.72%) Python
8 1 (1.72%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 19 (32.76%) SC Cleared
1 19 (32.76%) Security Cleared
2 7 (12.07%) ISTQB
3 5 (8.62%) ISEB
4 2 (3.45%) Degree
4 2 (3.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (1.72%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (15.52%) QA
2 4 (6.90%) PMO
3 1 (1.72%) Data Quality
3 1 (1.72%) GDPR
System Software
1 7 (12.07%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (1.72%) Ansible
1 1 (1.72%) Business Desktop Deployment
1 1 (1.72%) Kibana
1 1 (1.72%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 7 (12.07%) Zend
2 6 (10.34%) Microsoft
3 3 (5.17%) Oracle
4 2 (3.45%) Atlassian
5 1 (1.72%) HP
5 1 (1.72%) JD Edwards
5 1 (1.72%) Splunk
5 1 (1.72%) UiPath
5 1 (1.72%) Xamarin