The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the Midlands 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 25 June 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
England / Midlands
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 18 30 24
Rank change year-on-year +12 -6  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 1 2 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 0.99% 1.07% 1.18%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.09% 1.38% 1.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 1 1
Median daily rate £370 £375 £250
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.33% +50.00%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £38.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -1.31% +8.57%  

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 the Midlands with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 92 145 133
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the Midlands 91.09% 77.54% 78.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 99 55
Median daily rate £500 £500 £550
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -9.09%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £345 £350 £320
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £125.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in the Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the Midlands 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 the Midlands

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in the Midlands

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation in the Midlands

For the 6 months to 25 June 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 Midlands region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 1 (50.00%) Regression Testing
1 1 (50.00%) Finance
1 1 (50.00%) User Acceptance Testing
1 1 (50.00%) Test Scripting
1 1 (50.00%) Smart Meter
1 1 (50.00%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (50.00%) SoapUI
1 1 (50.00%) Test Strategy
1 1 (50.00%) Oracle Database
1 1 (50.00%) Scenario Testing
1 1 (50.00%) Java
1 1 (50.00%) SQL
1 1 (50.00%) Oracle
1 1 (50.00%) Unix
1 1 (50.00%) Windows
1 1 (50.00%) HP

Test Automation
Co-occurring IT Skills in the Midlands 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:

Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (50.00%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 1 (50.00%) SoapUI
General
1 1 (50.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 2 (100.00%) Analyst
1 2 (100.00%) Test Analyst
2 1 (50.00%) Financial Analyst
2 1 (50.00%) Pensions Analyst
2 1 (50.00%) Service Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 1 (50.00%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 1 (50.00%) Unix
1 1 (50.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (50.00%) Regression Testing
1 1 (50.00%) Scenario Testing
1 1 (50.00%) Test Scripting
1 1 (50.00%) Test Strategy
1 1 (50.00%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 1 (50.00%) Java
1 1 (50.00%) SQL
Systems Management
1 1 (50.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (50.00%) HP
1 1 (50.00%) Oracle