The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Staffordshire 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 28 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
West Midlands / Staffordshire
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 20 18 16
Rank change year-on-year -2 -2  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 3 7 13
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Staffordshire 2.59% 3.78% 7.47%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.57% 4.73% 9.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 4 11
Median daily rate - £325 £295
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +10.16%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £35.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.25 £37.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year +2.00% +7.14%  

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 Staffordshire with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Staffordshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 84 148 142
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Staffordshire 72.41% 80.00% 81.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 98 85
Median daily rate £335 £325 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.07% -10.95%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £216 £200 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £500 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 9
Median hourly rate £35.00 £11.23 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +211.73% -27.56%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.75 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +21.92% -5.00%  

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Staffordshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Staffordshire 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 Staffordshire

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Staffordshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in Staffordshire

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Staffordshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation in Staffordshire

For the 6 months to 28 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 Staffordshire region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 6 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (44.44%) Java
3 3 (33.33%) JavaScript
3 3 (33.33%) SQL
3 3 (33.33%) HTML
3 3 (33.33%) MySQL
3 3 (33.33%) SQL Server
3 3 (33.33%) CSS
3 3 (33.33%) Regression Testing
3 3 (33.33%) MVC
3 3 (33.33%) TDD
3 3 (33.33%) Selenium
3 3 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
4 2 (22.22%) Git (software)
4 2 (22.22%) Google
4 2 (22.22%) RESTful
4 2 (22.22%) WebDriver
4 2 (22.22%) Laravel
4 2 (22.22%) Test Strategy
4 2 (22.22%) CodeIgniter
4 2 (22.22%) Google Analytics
4 2 (22.22%) Scrum
4 2 (22.22%) E-Commerce
4 2 (22.22%) ASP.NET
4 2 (22.22%) Microsoft
4 2 (22.22%) ColdFusion
4 2 (22.22%) Apple
4 2 (22.22%) C#
4 2 (22.22%) C++
4 2 (22.22%) .NET

Test Automation
Co-occurring IT Skills in Staffordshire 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 2 (22.22%) ColdFusion
Applications
1 1 (11.11%) Simulink
Cloud Services
1 2 (22.22%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 1 (11.11%) Ethernet
1 1 (11.11%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (33.33%) MySQL
1 3 (33.33%) SQL Server
2 1 (11.11%) Amazon Redshift
2 1 (11.11%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 3 (33.33%) Selenium
2 2 (22.22%) Git (software)
2 2 (22.22%) WebDriver
3 1 (11.11%) JIRA
3 1 (11.11%) Octopus Deploy
3 1 (11.11%) SoapUI
General
1 1 (11.11%) Games
Job Titles
1 3 (33.33%) Developer
1 3 (33.33%) Tester
2 2 (22.22%) PHP Developer
2 2 (22.22%) Senior Developer
2 2 (22.22%) Senior PHP Developer
2 2 (22.22%) Software Tester
3 1 (11.11%) Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Automation Test Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Automation Tester
3 1 (11.11%) C++ Developer
3 1 (11.11%) C++ Games Developer
3 1 (11.11%) Embedded Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) Embedded Software Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) Games Developer
3 1 (11.11%) QA Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) Senior QA Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) Software Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (33.33%) CSS
1 3 (33.33%) HTML
2 2 (22.22%) .NET
2 2 (22.22%) ASP.NET
2 2 (22.22%) CodeIgniter
2 2 (22.22%) Laravel
2 2 (22.22%) RESTful
3 1 (11.11%) jQuery
3 1 (11.11%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 2 (22.22%) User Experience
2 1 (11.11%) Device Driver
2 1 (11.11%) SCADA
2 1 (11.11%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 1 (11.11%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
2 3 (33.33%) MVC
2 3 (33.33%) Regression Testing
2 3 (33.33%) TDD
3 2 (22.22%) Analytics
3 2 (22.22%) E-Commerce
3 2 (22.22%) Scrum
3 2 (22.22%) Test Strategy
4 1 (11.11%) Change Management
4 1 (11.11%) Domain-Driven Design
4 1 (11.11%) Functional Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Manual Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Performance Tuning
4 1 (11.11%) Software Architecture
4 1 (11.11%) Software Engineering
4 1 (11.11%) Software Testing
4 1 (11.11%) SysML
4 1 (11.11%) System Testing
4 1 (11.11%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 4 (44.44%) Java
2 3 (33.33%) JavaScript
2 3 (33.33%) SQL
3 2 (22.22%) C#
3 2 (22.22%) C++
3 2 (22.22%) PHP
4 1 (11.11%) C
4 1 (11.11%) MATLAB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (11.11%) QA
Vendors
1 2 (22.22%) Apple
1 2 (22.22%) Google
1 2 (22.22%) Microsoft
2 1 (11.11%) SOASTA, Inc