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 3 months to 27 April 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.

Test Automation
West Midlands / Birmingham
3 months to
27 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 54 51 61
Rank change year-on-year -3 +10  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 3 9 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 0.51% 1.18% 0.12%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.63% 1.48% 0.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 7 1
Median daily rate £288 £335 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.17% -21.17%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £375 £355
% change year-on-year -3.33% +5.63%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £41.25 £37.50
% change year-on-year -9.09% +10.00%  

Test Automation 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 474 607 615
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham 80.61% 79.87% 75.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 314 395 414
Median daily rate £425 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £246 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £393
% change year-on-year +3.75% +1.91%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 21 14
Median hourly rate £13.81 £35.00 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -60.53% +141.37%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.05 £10.73 £8.78
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.00 £42.50 £22.85
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.24 £36.00 £30.50
% change year-on-year +3.43% +18.03%  

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

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

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 3 months to 27 April 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 27 April 2017, 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 Birmingham region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 8 (66.67%) HTML
1 8 (66.67%) JavaScript
1 8 (66.67%) CSS
1 8 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
1 8 (66.67%) Software Testing
2 6 (50.00%) Node.js
3 5 (41.67%) JSON
3 5 (41.67%) Selenium
3 5 (41.67%) Scrum
3 5 (41.67%) XML
3 5 (41.67%) SQL
4 4 (33.33%) OO
4 4 (33.33%) ISTQB
4 4 (33.33%) User Acceptance Testing
4 4 (33.33%) JIRA
4 4 (33.33%) QA
4 4 (33.33%) Unit Testing
4 4 (33.33%) Integration Testing
4 4 (33.33%) Kanban
4 4 (33.33%) REST
4 4 (33.33%) CSS3
4 4 (33.33%) GitHub
4 4 (33.33%) Open Source
4 4 (33.33%) HTML5
4 4 (33.33%) AngularJS
4 4 (33.33%) Defect Management
4 4 (33.33%) Front End Development
5 3 (25.00%) Protractor
5 3 (25.00%) JHipster
5 3 (25.00%) Angular 2

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:

Cloud Services
1 4 (33.33%) GitHub
2 1 (8.33%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 1 (8.33%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (8.33%) Data Lake
1 1 (8.33%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (8.33%) SQL Server
1 1 (8.33%) SQL Server 2012
1 1 (8.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
1 1 (8.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 1 (8.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 5 (41.67%) Selenium
2 4 (33.33%) JIRA
3 3 (25.00%) Cucumber
3 3 (25.00%) Git (software)
3 3 (25.00%) gulp
3 3 (25.00%) Hudson
3 3 (25.00%) Jenkins
3 3 (25.00%) JHipster
3 3 (25.00%) PhantomJS
3 3 (25.00%) Protractor
3 3 (25.00%) YouTrack
4 2 (16.67%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (8.33%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 1 (8.33%) Visual Studio
5 1 (8.33%) WebDriver
Job Titles
1 5 (41.67%) Developer
2 4 (33.33%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
3 3 (25.00%) Angular Developer
3 3 (25.00%) Tester
4 2 (16.67%) Automation Test Lead
4 2 (16.67%) Automation Tester
4 2 (16.67%) JavaScript Developer
4 2 (16.67%) Test Leader
5 1 (8.33%) Analyst
5 1 (8.33%) Automation Test Analyst
5 1 (8.33%) QA Test Analyst
5 1 (8.33%) Senior Developer
5 1 (8.33%) Senior Front-End Developer
5 1 (8.33%) Software Analyst
5 1 (8.33%) Software Test Analyst
5 1 (8.33%) Software Test Manager
5 1 (8.33%) SQL Developer
5 1 (8.33%) Test Analyst
5 1 (8.33%) Test Engineer
5 1 (8.33%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (66.67%) CSS
1 8 (66.67%) HTML
2 6 (50.00%) Node.js
3 5 (41.67%) JSON
3 5 (41.67%) XML
4 4 (33.33%) AngularJS
4 4 (33.33%) CSS3
4 4 (33.33%) HTML5
4 4 (33.33%) REST
5 3 (25.00%) .NET
5 3 (25.00%) Angular 2
5 3 (25.00%) Gherkin
5 3 (25.00%) jQuery
5 3 (25.00%) Twitter Bootstrap
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
1 8 (66.67%) Software Testing
2 5 (41.67%) Scrum
3 4 (33.33%) Defect Management
3 4 (33.33%) Front End Development
3 4 (33.33%) Integration Testing
3 4 (33.33%) Kanban
3 4 (33.33%) OO
3 4 (33.33%) Open Source
3 4 (33.33%) Unit Testing
3 4 (33.33%) User Acceptance Testing
4 3 (25.00%) Automation Testing
4 3 (25.00%) Continuous Integration
4 3 (25.00%) Logistics
4 3 (25.00%) QA Automation
5 2 (16.67%) Mentoring
5 2 (16.67%) Process Improvement
5 2 (16.67%) Risk Assessment
5 2 (16.67%) Test Scripting
6 1 (8.33%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 8 (66.67%) JavaScript
2 5 (41.67%) SQL
3 2 (16.67%) Ruby
4 1 (8.33%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (33.33%) ISTQB
2 3 (25.00%) ISEB
3 1 (8.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (33.33%) QA
System Software
1 3 (25.00%) Docker
Systems Management
1 3 (25.00%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (8.33%) Zenoss
Vendors
1 3 (25.00%) Remedy
2 1 (8.33%) Microsoft