The median contractor rate for a Automation Tester was £333 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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.

Automation Tester
England / West Midlands
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 109 125 124
Rank change year-on-year +16 -1  
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Tester 6 4 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.27% 0.15% 0.12%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.28% 0.15% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 1 2
Median daily rate £333 £325 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.30% +8.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £325 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £438 £325 £340
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £325 £313
% change year-on-year - +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £170.00 -

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 2107 2627 2407
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 94.15% 95.63% 94.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 1322 1463 1357
Median daily rate £400 £400 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +11.11%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £250 £219
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £513 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 97 70 170
Median hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £16.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.66% -9.63%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £10.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £35.00 £33.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year -10.25% +14.70%  

Automation Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands that featured Automation Tester in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Automation Tester in the West Midlands

Automation Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Automation Tester in the West Midlands

Automation Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Automation Tester in the West Midlands over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Automation Tester in the West Midlands

Automation Tester
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 Automation Tester in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Automation Tester in the West Midlands

Automation Tester
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 Automation Tester within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 29 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
Coventry - 3 £275 -
Shropshire +33 1 £500 - 1
Staffordshire +3 1 £315 -3.07%
Warwickshire - 1 £375 -
Automation Tester
England

Automation Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, Automation Tester contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the West Midlands region featuring Automation Tester in the job title.

1 12 (75.00%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (62.50%) Selenium
3 9 (56.25%) Cucumber
4 6 (37.50%) Test Automation
4 6 (37.50%) SpecFlow
4 6 (37.50%) Java
5 5 (31.25%) Continuous Integration
6 4 (25.00%) SQL
6 4 (25.00%) CRM
6 4 (25.00%) Microsoft
6 4 (25.00%) QA
6 4 (25.00%) Scrum
7 3 (18.75%) TDD
7 3 (18.75%) Automated Testing
7 3 (18.75%) Ruby
7 3 (18.75%) Dynamics CRM
7 3 (18.75%) BDD
7 3 (18.75%) Microsoft Azure
7 3 (18.75%) Jenkins
7 3 (18.75%) Automation Testing
8 2 (12.50%) PhantomJS
8 2 (12.50%) Play Framework
8 2 (12.50%) Process Improvement
8 2 (12.50%) Gherkin
8 2 (12.50%) Capybara
8 2 (12.50%) AngularJS
8 2 (12.50%) JIRA
8 2 (12.50%) Test Scripting
8 2 (12.50%) Hudson
8 2 (12.50%) Git (software)

Automation Tester Skill Set
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 1 (6.25%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (6.25%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (18.75%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (6.25%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 3 (18.75%) Microsoft Azure
Development Applications
1 10 (62.50%) Selenium
2 9 (56.25%) Cucumber
3 6 (37.50%) SpecFlow
4 3 (18.75%) Jenkins
5 2 (12.50%) Capybara
5 2 (12.50%) Git (software)
5 2 (12.50%) HP UFT
5 2 (12.50%) Hudson
5 2 (12.50%) JIRA
5 2 (12.50%) PhantomJS
5 2 (12.50%) Visual Studio
6 1 (6.25%) JMeter
6 1 (6.25%) JUnit
6 1 (6.25%) Sahi
6 1 (6.25%) SoapUI
6 1 (6.25%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (6.25%) WATIR
6 1 (6.25%) WebDriver
General
1 1 (6.25%) Finance
1 1 (6.25%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (12.50%) .NET
1 2 (12.50%) AngularJS
1 2 (12.50%) Gherkin
1 2 (12.50%) Node.js
1 2 (12.50%) Play Framework
1 2 (12.50%) Web Services
2 1 (6.25%) JSON
2 1 (6.25%) REST
2 1 (6.25%) SOAP
2 1 (6.25%) XML
Operating Systems
1 1 (6.25%) Linux
1 1 (6.25%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (75.00%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (37.50%) Test Automation
3 5 (31.25%) Continuous Integration
4 4 (25.00%) CRM
4 4 (25.00%) Scrum
5 3 (18.75%) Automated Testing
5 3 (18.75%) Automation Testing
5 3 (18.75%) BDD
5 3 (18.75%) TDD
6 2 (12.50%) Process Improvement
6 2 (12.50%) Test Scripting
7 1 (6.25%) Business Intelligence
7 1 (6.25%) Defect Tracking
7 1 (6.25%) E-Commerce
7 1 (6.25%) Performance Testing
7 1 (6.25%) QA Automation
7 1 (6.25%) Regression Testing
7 1 (6.25%) Test Strategy
7 1 (6.25%) User Acceptance Testing
7 1 (6.25%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 6 (37.50%) Java
2 4 (25.00%) SQL
3 3 (18.75%) Ruby
4 1 (6.25%) C#
4 1 (6.25%) PHP
Qualifications
1 2 (12.50%) ISTQB
2 1 (6.25%) BPSS Clearance
2 1 (6.25%) ISEB
2 1 (6.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (25.00%) QA
2 1 (6.25%) Disclosure Scotland
Vendors
1 4 (25.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (12.50%) Oracle