Period
to 16 January 2019

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 6 months to 16 January 2019 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
6 months to
16 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 36 28 20
Rank change year-on-year -8 -8 +12
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 7 9 25
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Staffordshire 2.73% 3.35% 6.31%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.07% 4.02% 7.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 4 10
Staffordshire median daily rate £400 £320 £296
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +25.00% +8.02% -4.44%
West Midlands median daily rate £438 £400 £373
% change year-on-year +9.38% +7.38% +14.62%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Staffordshire median hourly rate £34.50 - -
West Midlands median hourly rate £34.75 £43.50 £32.50
% change year-on-year -20.11% +33.85% +3.37%

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 Staffordshire with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Staffordshire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 228 224 327
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Staffordshire 89.06% 83.27% 82.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 161 155 220
Staffordshire median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.14% -5.41%
10th Percentile £275 £266 £211
90th Percentile £463 £468 £488
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 8 17
Staffordshire median hourly rate £45.00 £16.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +172.73% -34.00% +88.32%
10th Percentile £15.13 £12.01 £17.45
90th Percentile £58.00 £48.25 £73.50
West Midlands median hourly rate £16.00 £24.99 £18.00
% change year-on-year -35.97% +38.83% -10.00%

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Staffordshire

Job postings citing Test Automation as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Staffordshire.

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

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Staffordshire

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in Staffordshire over the 6 months to 16 January 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Test Automation in Staffordshire

Test Automation
Contract Job Locations in Staffordshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Automation within the Staffordshire region over the 6 months to 16 January 2019. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Stoke-on-Trent - 2 - - 4
Lichfield -8 1 £400 +25.00% 2
Test Automation
West Midlands

For the 6 months to 16 January 2019, 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 Staffordshire region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 7 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (71.43%) SOAP
2 5 (71.43%) SQL
2 5 (71.43%) SQL Server
2 5 (71.43%) XML
2 5 (71.43%) SoapUI
3 4 (57.14%) Team Foundation Server
3 4 (57.14%) SDLC
4 3 (42.86%) Defect Management
4 3 (42.86%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (42.86%) Waterfall
4 3 (42.86%) MongoDB
4 3 (42.86%) Functional Testing
4 3 (42.86%) Windows Server
4 3 (42.86%) Software Delivery
4 3 (42.86%) V-Model
4 3 (42.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 3 (42.86%) REST
4 3 (42.86%) Test Strategy
4 3 (42.86%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 3 (42.86%) Performance Testing
4 3 (42.86%) Manual Testing
4 3 (42.86%) SC Cleared
4 3 (42.86%) Security Cleared
4 3 (42.86%) Windows
4 3 (42.86%) Linux
4 3 (42.86%) Oracle Reports
4 3 (42.86%) SOA
4 3 (42.86%) Regression Testing
4 3 (42.86%) Web Services

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 3 (42.86%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 2 (28.57%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (28.57%) Microsoft Office
Communications & Networking
1 2 (28.57%) RTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (71.43%) SQL Server
2 3 (42.86%) MongoDB
2 3 (42.86%) Oracle Reports
3 2 (28.57%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 5 (71.43%) SoapUI
2 4 (57.14%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (28.57%) Appium
3 2 (28.57%) Eclipse
3 2 (28.57%) Git (software)
3 2 (28.57%) Selenium
3 2 (28.57%) Subversion
3 2 (28.57%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (28.57%) Marketing
2 1 (14.29%) Military
Job Titles
1 5 (71.43%) Analyst
1 5 (71.43%) Test Analyst
2 2 (28.57%) Automation Test Analyst
2 2 (28.57%) Developer
2 2 (28.57%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
2 2 (28.57%) Web Developer
3 1 (14.29%) Agile Test Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) Manual Test Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) SQL Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) XML Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (71.43%) SOAP
1 5 (71.43%) XML
2 3 (42.86%) REST
2 3 (42.86%) Web Services
3 2 (28.57%) .NET
3 2 (28.57%) Drools
Miscellaneous
1 3 (42.86%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (14.29%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 3 (42.86%) Linux
1 3 (42.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
1 3 (42.86%) Windows
1 3 (42.86%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (57.14%) SDLC
3 3 (42.86%) Defect Management
3 3 (42.86%) Functional Testing
3 3 (42.86%) Manual Testing
3 3 (42.86%) Performance Testing
3 3 (42.86%) Regression Testing
3 3 (42.86%) SOA
3 3 (42.86%) Software Delivery
3 3 (42.86%) Software Testing
3 3 (42.86%) TDD
3 3 (42.86%) Test Strategy
3 3 (42.86%) V-Model
3 3 (42.86%) Waterfall
4 2 (28.57%) Digital Marketing
4 2 (28.57%) DSDM
4 2 (28.57%) E-Commerce
4 2 (28.57%) RAD
4 2 (28.57%) Scrum
4 2 (28.57%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 5 (71.43%) SQL
2 2 (28.57%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (42.86%) SC Cleared
1 3 (42.86%) Security Cleared
2 2 (28.57%) Degree
System Software
1 2 (28.57%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (28.57%) HP ALM
1 2 (28.57%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (42.86%) Oracle
1 3 (42.86%) Red Hat
1 3 (42.86%) VMware
2 2 (28.57%) HP
2 2 (28.57%) Microsoft