The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West 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 24 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Automation
England / West Midlands
Rank 100 106 117
Rank change year-on-year +6 +11  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 18 19 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.78% 0.71% 0.16%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.98% 0.86% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 4 3
Median daily rate £288 £319 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.80% +2.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £295 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £422 £334 £343
UK excluding London median daily rate £355 £375 £350
% change year-on-year -5.33% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.25 £43.75 £37.50
% change year-on-year -17.14% +16.66%  

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 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 1846 2211 1879
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 80.09% 82.41% 75.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 1186 1223 1062
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 £523 £550 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 43 110
Median hourly rate £24.50 £18.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.11% -40.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £10.73 £13.06
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £35.25 £39.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £39.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.69% +30.00%  

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

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

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in the West Midlands

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in the West Midlands over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation in the West Midlands

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation in the West Midlands

Test Automation
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 Test Automation within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 24 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
Herefordshire - 5 £285 -
Birmingham -1 4 £294 -
Coventry - 4 £275 - 3
Shropshire +30 3 £500 - 1
Staffordshire +1 2 £370 +13.84%
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 24 March 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 37 (71.15%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (48.08%) Selenium
3 19 (36.54%) SQL Server
4 18 (34.62%) TDD
5 17 (32.69%) SQL
6 16 (30.77%) HTML
6 16 (30.77%) SQL Server 2012
7 15 (28.85%) SDLC
7 15 (28.85%) JavaScript
7 15 (28.85%) CSS
7 15 (28.85%) Continuous Integration
8 14 (26.92%) BDD
9 13 (25.00%) Cucumber
9 13 (25.00%) Defect Management
9 13 (25.00%) Team Foundation Server
9 13 (25.00%) Java
10 11 (21.15%) Data Management
10 11 (21.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 11 (21.15%) T-SQL
10 11 (21.15%) .NET
10 11 (21.15%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 11 (21.15%) QA
10 11 (21.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 11 (21.15%) Test Planning
10 11 (21.15%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 11 (21.15%) Master Data Management
11 9 (17.31%) Software Testing
11 9 (17.31%) Open Source
11 9 (17.31%) Data Warehouse
11 9 (17.31%) Scrum

Test Automation
Top Related 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 2 (3.85%) ColdFusion
2 1 (1.92%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (1.92%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (7.69%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.92%) CODA-Financials
Cloud Services
1 4 (7.69%) GitHub
1 4 (7.69%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (3.85%) Google Analytics
3 1 (1.92%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.92%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (36.54%) SQL Server
2 16 (30.77%) SQL Server 2012
3 11 (21.15%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 11 (21.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 11 (21.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 9 (17.31%) Data Warehouse
5 7 (13.46%) Data Lake
5 7 (13.46%) MySQL
6 2 (3.85%) MongoDB
6 2 (3.85%) NoSQL
7 1 (1.92%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 25 (48.08%) Selenium
2 13 (25.00%) Cucumber
2 13 (25.00%) Team Foundation Server
3 11 (21.15%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 7 (13.46%) Jenkins
5 6 (11.54%) SpecFlow
6 5 (9.62%) Git (software)
6 5 (9.62%) JIRA
7 4 (7.69%) JUnit
8 3 (5.77%) gulp
8 3 (5.77%) Hudson
8 3 (5.77%) JHipster
8 3 (5.77%) PhantomJS
8 3 (5.77%) Protractor
8 3 (5.77%) RSpec
8 3 (5.77%) WebDriver
8 3 (5.77%) YouTrack
9 2 (3.85%) Sahi
9 2 (3.85%) SoapUI
9 2 (3.85%) WATIR
General
1 4 (7.69%) Finance
2 2 (3.85%) Games
2 2 (3.85%) Retail
3 1 (1.92%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 13 (25.00%) Analyst
1 13 (25.00%) Developer
2 9 (17.31%) Tester
3 6 (11.54%) Automation Test Lead
3 6 (11.54%) Automation Tester
3 6 (11.54%) Business Analyst
3 6 (11.54%) Test Leader
4 5 (9.62%) Test Analyst
5 4 (7.69%) Automation Test Analyst
5 4 (7.69%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
5 4 (7.69%) Test Engineer
6 3 (5.77%) Agile Tester
6 3 (5.77%) Angular Developer
6 3 (5.77%) Platform Engineer
6 3 (5.77%) QA Tester
6 3 (5.77%) Senior Developer
6 3 (5.77%) Software Developer
6 3 (5.77%) SQL Server Analyst
6 3 (5.77%) User Researcher
6 3 (5.77%) Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (30.77%) HTML
2 15 (28.85%) CSS
3 11 (21.15%) .NET
4 7 (13.46%) JSON
4 7 (13.46%) XML
5 6 (11.54%) Node.js
6 5 (9.62%) ASP.NET
6 5 (9.62%) ASP.NET MVC 5
7 4 (7.69%) AngularJS
7 4 (7.69%) CSS3
7 4 (7.69%) Gherkin
7 4 (7.69%) HTML5
7 4 (7.69%) REST
8 3 (5.77%) Angular 2
8 3 (5.77%) jQuery
8 3 (5.77%) RESTful
8 3 (5.77%) Twitter Bootstrap
8 3 (5.77%) Web Services
9 2 (3.85%) CodeIgniter
9 2 (3.85%) Laravel
Miscellaneous
1 4 (7.69%) User Experience
2 3 (5.77%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.92%) DataPower
3 1 (1.92%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 5 (9.62%) Windows
2 1 (1.92%) Android
2 1 (1.92%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (71.15%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (34.62%) TDD
3 15 (28.85%) Continuous Integration
3 15 (28.85%) SDLC
4 14 (26.92%) BDD
5 13 (25.00%) Defect Management
6 11 (21.15%) Data Management
6 11 (21.15%) Master Data Management
6 11 (21.15%) Test Planning
7 9 (17.31%) Open Source
7 9 (17.31%) Scrum
7 9 (17.31%) Software Testing
8 8 (15.38%) Kanban
8 8 (15.38%) User Stories
9 7 (13.46%) Automation Testing
9 7 (13.46%) Business Process Mapping
9 7 (13.46%) Mentoring
9 7 (13.46%) MVC
9 7 (13.46%) Use Case
10 6 (11.54%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 17 (32.69%) SQL
2 15 (28.85%) JavaScript
3 13 (25.00%) Java
4 11 (21.15%) T-SQL
5 5 (9.62%) C#
6 4 (7.69%) Ruby
7 3 (5.77%) Scala
8 2 (3.85%) PHP
9 1 (1.92%) Groovy
9 1 (1.92%) Python
Qualifications
1 8 (15.38%) ISTQB
2 7 (13.46%) ISEB
3 1 (1.92%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (1.92%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (21.15%) QA
2 2 (3.85%) WCAG
System Software
1 3 (5.77%) Docker
Systems Management
1 3 (5.77%) HP Quality Center
1 3 (5.77%) Opscode Chef
1 3 (5.77%) Puppet
2 1 (1.92%) Zenoss
Vendors
1 5 (9.62%) Microsoft
2 4 (7.69%) Google
3 3 (5.77%) F5
3 3 (5.77%) Remedy
4 2 (3.85%) Apple
5 1 (1.92%) Atlassian
5 1 (1.92%) CODA
5 1 (1.92%) IBM