The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for Automated Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Automated Testing over the 3 months to 30 March 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 / West Midlands
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 96 109 113
Rank change year-on-year +13 +4  
Contract jobs citing Automated Testing 18 24 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.80% 0.87% 0.35%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.00% 1.06% 0.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 10 3
Median daily rate £420 £463 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.18% +68.18%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £211 £317 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £478 £528 £335
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £386 £331
% change year-on-year -1.42% +16.37%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £67.89 £44.50 £36.00
% change year-on-year +52.56% +23.61%  

Automated Testing 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 West Midlands with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 1796 2264 1924
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 79.82% 81.79% 75.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 1148 1244 1115
Median daily rate £413 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.12% +3.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £550 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 59 45 105
Median hourly rate £24.50 £18.25 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.24% -37.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £10.73 £13.06
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £37.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £38.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -5.92% +26.66%  

Automated Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands citing Automated Testing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Automated Testing in the West Midlands

Automated Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Automated Testing in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for Automated Testing in the West Midlands

Automated Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Automated Testing in the West Midlands over the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Automated Testing in the West Midlands

Automated Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Automated Testing in the West Midlands

Automated Testing
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Automated Testing within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 30 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Shropshire +42 10 £440 -16.19%
Birmingham +5 5 £375 +15.38% 7
Warwickshire -2 1 £325 -18.75%
Automated Testing
England

For the 6 months to 30 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Automated Testing 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for Automated Testing.

1 37 (82.22%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (48.89%) Java
3 21 (46.67%) Selenium
4 19 (42.22%) Continuous Integration
4 19 (42.22%) Cucumber
4 19 (42.22%) Jenkins
5 18 (40.00%) Scrum
6 15 (33.33%) QA
6 15 (33.33%) Git (software)
7 14 (31.11%) Scala
7 14 (31.11%) Open Source
7 14 (31.11%) JIRA
8 13 (28.89%) JavaScript
8 13 (28.89%) Python
8 13 (28.89%) AngularJS
9 12 (26.67%) C#
9 12 (26.67%) HTML
9 12 (26.67%) CSS
9 12 (26.67%) Ruby
9 12 (26.67%) Manual Testing
9 12 (26.67%) Test Scripting
10 11 (24.44%) TDD
10 11 (24.44%) HTTP
10 11 (24.44%) Node.js
11 10 (22.22%) Gherkin
11 10 (22.22%) Functional Testing
11 10 (22.22%) Confluence
11 10 (22.22%) Linux
11 10 (22.22%) JSON
12 9 (20.00%) Google

Automated Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West 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:

Application Platforms
1 10 (22.22%) Confluence
2 6 (13.33%) nginx
2 6 (13.33%) Tomcat
3 3 (6.67%) Documentum
4 1 (2.22%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 2 (4.44%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.22%) HipChat
Business Applications
1 1 (2.22%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 8 (17.78%) GitHub
2 6 (13.33%) Google Analytics
3 1 (2.22%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (2.22%) Amazon CloudWatch
3 1 (2.22%) Boomi
3 1 (2.22%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (2.22%) SaaS
3 1 (2.22%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 11 (24.44%) HTTP
2 6 (13.33%) SSL
2 6 (13.33%) TCP/IP
3 1 (2.22%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (2.22%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (13.33%) MongoDB
1 6 (13.33%) NoSQL
2 5 (11.11%) Relational Database
3 4 (8.89%) SQL Server
4 1 (2.22%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 21 (46.67%) Selenium
2 19 (42.22%) Cucumber
2 19 (42.22%) Jenkins
3 15 (33.33%) Git (software)
4 14 (31.11%) JIRA
5 9 (20.00%) JUnit
6 8 (17.78%) Ant
6 8 (17.78%) Grunt
6 8 (17.78%) gulp
7 6 (13.33%) Gatling
7 6 (13.33%) IntelliJ
7 6 (13.33%) Karma Test Runner
7 6 (13.33%) Sublime Text
8 5 (11.11%) SoapUI
9 4 (8.89%) WebDriver
10 3 (6.67%) RSpec
10 3 (6.67%) SonarQube
10 3 (6.67%) Sonatype Nexus
10 3 (6.67%) Team Foundation Server
10 3 (6.67%) Travis CI
General
1 3 (6.67%) Retail
2 2 (4.44%) Games
2 2 (4.44%) Marketing
3 1 (2.22%) Automotive
3 1 (2.22%) Finance
Job Titles
1 19 (42.22%) Developer
2 9 (20.00%) Test Manager
3 7 (15.56%) Scala Developer
3 7 (15.56%) Tester
4 5 (11.11%) Analyst
4 5 (11.11%) Java Developer
4 5 (11.11%) Test Analyst
5 4 (8.89%) Test Engineer
6 3 (6.67%) Automation Tester
6 3 (6.67%) QA Engineer
6 3 (6.67%) QA Test Engineer
7 2 (4.44%) .NET Developer
7 2 (4.44%) Agile Developer
7 2 (4.44%) QA Tester
7 2 (4.44%) Quality Engineer
7 2 (4.44%) Selenium Automation Tester
7 2 (4.44%) Selenium Tester
7 2 (4.44%) Software Tester
7 2 (4.44%) Test Automation Engineer
8 1 (2.22%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (28.89%) AngularJS
2 12 (26.67%) CSS
2 12 (26.67%) HTML
3 11 (24.44%) Node.js
4 10 (22.22%) Gherkin
4 10 (22.22%) JSON
5 9 (20.00%) CSS3
5 9 (20.00%) HTML5
6 8 (17.78%) REST
6 8 (17.78%) RESTful
7 7 (15.56%) jQuery
8 6 (13.33%) Servlets
9 5 (11.11%) Ajax
9 5 (11.11%) Play Framework
9 5 (11.11%) Spring
10 3 (6.67%) Django
10 3 (6.67%) Guice
10 3 (6.67%) Ruby on Rails
10 3 (6.67%) Spring MVC
10 3 (6.67%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (4.44%) Enterprise Software
1 2 (4.44%) Mobile App
1 2 (4.44%) User Experience
2 1 (2.22%) CMDB
2 1 (2.22%) Infotainment
2 1 (2.22%) Video Conferencing
2 1 (2.22%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 10 (22.22%) Linux
2 7 (15.56%) Windows
3 6 (13.33%) Ubuntu
4 1 (2.22%) Android
4 1 (2.22%) Windows 10
4 1 (2.22%) Windows Server
4 1 (2.22%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (82.22%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (42.22%) Continuous Integration
3 18 (40.00%) Scrum
4 14 (31.11%) Open Source
5 12 (26.67%) Manual Testing
5 12 (26.67%) Test Scripting
6 11 (24.44%) TDD
7 10 (22.22%) Functional Testing
8 9 (20.00%) User Stories
9 7 (15.56%) Analytics
9 7 (15.56%) DevOps
9 7 (15.56%) Kanban
9 7 (15.56%) Waterfall
10 6 (13.33%) SDLC
11 5 (11.11%) MVC
11 5 (11.11%) Test Planning
12 4 (8.89%) Automation Testing
12 4 (8.89%) Configuration Management
12 4 (8.89%) Performance Testing
12 4 (8.89%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 22 (48.89%) Java
2 14 (31.11%) Scala
3 13 (28.89%) JavaScript
3 13 (28.89%) Python
4 12 (26.67%) C#
4 12 (26.67%) Ruby
5 8 (17.78%) Groovy
6 6 (13.33%) Haskell
6 6 (13.33%) Perl
7 2 (4.44%) PHP
8 1 (2.22%) C++
8 1 (2.22%) SQL
8 1 (2.22%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 6 (13.33%) ISEB
1 6 (13.33%) ISTQB
2 2 (4.44%) Security Cleared
3 1 (2.22%) Degree
3 1 (2.22%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (33.33%) QA
2 2 (4.44%) WCAG
3 1 (2.22%) PCI DSS
Systems Management
1 6 (13.33%) Grafana
1 6 (13.33%) Kibana
2 4 (8.89%) Puppet
3 1 (2.22%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (2.22%) Zenoss
Vendors
1 9 (20.00%) Google
2 2 (4.44%) Microsoft
3 1 (2.22%) Atlassian
3 1 (2.22%) Dell
3 1 (2.22%) Guidewire
3 1 (2.22%) HP
3 1 (2.22%) Informatica
3 1 (2.22%) Pega
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