Period
to 24 March 2019

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 6 months to 24 March 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
England > West Midlands
6 months to
24 Mar 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 37 31 40
Rank change year-on-year -6 +9 +23
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 266 268 213
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 5.39% 5.59% 4.36%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.16% 6.64% 5.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 131 173 125
West Midlands median daily rate £448 £401 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.74% +8.24% +16.08%
10th Percentile £313 £275 £263
90th Percentile £559 £600 £525
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 3
West Midlands median hourly rate £34.75 £32.25 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.75% -0.77% -7.14%
10th Percentile £33.25 £22.63 £31.05
90th Percentile £43.98 £42.88 £33.65
England median hourly rate £43.50 £45.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year -3.33% +12.50% -2.44%

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 the West Midlands with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
West Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 4,321 4,037 4,059
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 87.51% 84.16% 83.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,695 2,544 2,532
West Midlands median daily rate £438 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.06% +3.13% +2.56%
10th Percentile £281 £250 £250
90th Percentile £588 £575 £538
England median daily rate £475 £463 £438
% change year-on-year +2.70% +5.71% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 108 135 147
West Midlands median hourly rate £17.50 £25.00 £18.94
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -30.00% +32.00% +8.23%
10th Percentile £11.01 £11.25 £10.71
90th Percentile £45.00 £48.75 £37.40
England median hourly rate £23.50 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -6.00% - +8.70%

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing Test Automation as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

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 6 months to 24 March 2019.

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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Automation in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation in the West Midlands

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 24 March 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 6 months to 24 March 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
Shropshire +15 135 £438 -5.96% 3
Birmingham -26 46 £450 +5.88% 15
Coventry -11 29 £450 +24.14% 2
Warwickshire +4 12 £475 +30.94% 3
Staffordshire -7 9 £363 +8.21% 11
Worcestershire -6 6 £350 -19.54% 4
Solihull - 4 £350 - 14
Wolverhampton +4 2 £428 -10.00%
Test Automation
England

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

1 195 (73.31%) Agile Software Development
2 121 (45.49%) Selenium
3 118 (44.36%) Scrum
4 114 (42.86%) Java
5 109 (40.98%) DevOps
6 92 (34.59%) Jenkins
6 92 (34.59%) Cucumber
7 91 (34.21%) Continuous Integration
8 80 (30.08%) SOA
9 74 (27.82%) Microservices
10 72 (27.07%) Kanban
11 69 (25.94%) JIRA
12 68 (25.56%) Git (software)
13 67 (25.19%) WebDriver
14 65 (24.44%) Maven
14 65 (24.44%) Confluence
14 65 (24.44%) Puppet
15 60 (22.56%) Docker
16 59 (22.18%) TDD
17 58 (21.80%) Windows
18 57 (21.43%) SQL
19 55 (20.68%) Problem-Solving
20 54 (20.30%) Test Strategy
21 53 (19.92%) Python
22 51 (19.17%) Linux
23 50 (18.80%) REST
24 48 (18.05%) BDD
24 48 (18.05%) Amazon AWS
25 46 (17.29%) Deployment Automation
26 42 (15.79%) Oracle

Test Automation
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 65 (24.44%) Confluence
2 31 (11.65%) Documentum
3 14 (5.26%) WebLogic
4 13 (4.89%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 2 (0.75%) nginx
5 2 (0.75%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.38%) Apache
6 1 (0.38%) CMS
6 1 (0.38%) JBoss
Applications
1 9 (3.38%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (1.50%) Microsoft Project
3 3 (1.13%) Microsoft Office
4 1 (0.38%) Chatbot
4 1 (0.38%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 5 (1.88%) SAP FI-CA
1 5 (1.88%) SAP PSCD
2 1 (0.38%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.38%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 48 (18.05%) Amazon AWS
2 34 (12.78%) Microsoft Azure
3 27 (10.15%) Cloud Computing
4 18 (6.77%) GitHub
5 9 (3.38%) Serverless
6 8 (3.01%) Google Analytics
7 6 (2.26%) Slack
8 5 (1.88%) Azure Functions
8 5 (1.88%) IaaS
8 5 (1.88%) PaaS
9 3 (1.13%) BlazeMeter
10 2 (0.75%) SaaS
11 1 (0.38%) Amazon EC2
11 1 (0.38%) Amazon S3
11 1 (0.38%) Boomi
11 1 (0.38%) BrowserStack
11 1 (0.38%) Office 365
11 1 (0.38%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 8 (3.01%) Firewall
1 8 (3.01%) VLAN
2 7 (2.63%) HTTP
2 7 (2.63%) SSL
2 7 (2.63%) TCP/IP
3 5 (1.88%) Skype
4 2 (0.75%) RTP
5 1 (0.38%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (9.40%) MongoDB
2 18 (6.77%) SQL Server
3 12 (4.51%) NoSQL
4 11 (4.14%) Oracle Database
5 10 (3.76%) Big Data
5 10 (3.76%) Hadoop
5 10 (3.76%) PostgreSQL
6 9 (3.38%) Relational Database
7 8 (3.01%) Apache Cassandra
7 8 (3.01%) Cosmos DB
7 8 (3.01%) RDBMS
8 5 (1.88%) Data Warehouse
9 4 (1.50%) Oracle OWB
9 4 (1.50%) Oracle Reports
9 4 (1.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 3 (1.13%) MySQL
10 3 (1.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 2 (0.75%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 1 (0.38%) SAP HANA
12 1 (0.38%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 121 (45.49%) Selenium
2 92 (34.59%) Cucumber
2 92 (34.59%) Jenkins
3 69 (25.94%) JIRA
4 68 (25.56%) Git (software)
5 67 (25.19%) WebDriver
6 65 (24.44%) Maven
7 33 (12.41%) Sonatype Nexus
7 33 (12.41%) Subversion
8 28 (10.53%) SoapUI
9 19 (7.14%) JMeter
10 18 (6.77%) SpecFlow
11 15 (5.64%) LoadRunner
12 12 (4.51%) HP UFT
13 11 (4.14%) Visual Studio Team System
14 10 (3.76%) gulp
14 10 (3.76%) Visual Studio
15 9 (3.38%) Gatling
16 8 (3.01%) Sublime Text
16 8 (3.01%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 13 (4.89%) Finance
2 4 (1.50%) Automotive
2 4 (1.50%) Games
3 2 (0.75%) Banking
3 2 (0.75%) Law
3 2 (0.75%) Legal
3 2 (0.75%) Marketing
4 1 (0.38%) Military
Job Titles
1 86 (32.33%) Tester
2 65 (24.44%) Automation Tester
3 61 (22.93%) Developer
4 48 (18.05%) Selenium Tester
5 47 (17.67%) Selenium Automation Tester
6 40 (15.04%) DevOps Engineer
7 39 (14.66%) Java Automation Tester
8 36 (13.53%) Analyst
8 36 (13.53%) Test Analyst
9 22 (8.27%) AWS Engineer
10 21 (7.89%) AWS DevOps
10 21 (7.89%) AWS DevOps Engineer
11 17 (6.39%) Java Developer
12 16 (6.02%) Senior Automation Tester
12 16 (6.02%) Senior Tester
13 14 (5.26%) Automation Test Analyst
14 11 (4.14%) Developer in Test
14 11 (4.14%) Test Engineer
14 11 (4.14%) Test Manager
15 9 (3.38%) Java Developer in Test
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 50 (18.80%) REST
2 37 (13.91%) Middleware
3 27 (10.15%) .NET
4 26 (9.77%) Gherkin
5 22 (8.27%) XML
6 18 (6.77%) CSS
6 18 (6.77%) JSON
6 18 (6.77%) SOAP
7 14 (5.26%) Node.js
7 14 (5.26%) YAML
8 13 (4.89%) HTML
8 13 (4.89%) Spring
8 13 (4.89%) Web Services
9 12 (4.51%) AngularJS
9 12 (4.51%) HTML5
9 12 (4.51%) Swagger
10 11 (4.14%) RESTful
11 9 (3.38%) GraphQL
11 9 (3.38%) Play Framework
11 9 (3.38%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 36 (13.53%) Analytical Skills
2 21 (7.89%) Enterprise Software
3 14 (5.26%) User Experience
4 11 (4.14%) Mobile App
5 8 (3.01%) Hybrid Cloud
6 6 (2.26%) Public Cloud
7 5 (1.88%) Self-Motivation
8 4 (1.50%) Greenfield Project
9 2 (0.75%) iPhone
10 1 (0.38%) Data Centre
10 1 (0.38%) Management Information System
10 1 (0.38%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 58 (21.80%) Windows
2 51 (19.17%) Linux
3 35 (13.16%) Unix
4 28 (10.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 5 (1.88%) Mac OS
6 4 (1.50%) Android
6 4 (1.50%) Apple iOS
7 3 (1.13%) Mac OS X
7 3 (1.13%) Windows Server
8 2 (0.75%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 195 (73.31%) Agile Software Development
2 118 (44.36%) Scrum
3 109 (40.98%) DevOps
4 91 (34.21%) Continuous Integration
5 80 (30.08%) SOA
6 74 (27.82%) Microservices
7 72 (27.07%) Kanban
8 59 (22.18%) TDD
9 55 (20.68%) Problem-Solving
10 54 (20.30%) Test Strategy
11 48 (18.05%) BDD
12 46 (17.29%) Deployment Automation
13 41 (15.41%) Configuration Management
14 38 (14.29%) Continuous Delivery
15 34 (12.78%) Open Source
15 34 (12.78%) SDLC
16 29 (10.90%) Domain-Driven Design
16 29 (10.90%) Task Automation
17 26 (9.77%) Performance Testing
18 25 (9.40%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 114 (42.86%) Java
2 57 (21.43%) SQL
3 53 (19.92%) Python
4 40 (15.04%) Perl
5 35 (13.16%) C#
6 24 (9.02%) Java 8
7 23 (8.65%) JavaScript
8 17 (6.39%) Ruby
9 10 (3.76%) Scala
10 9 (3.38%) Bash Shell
10 9 (3.38%) Groovy
11 7 (2.63%) T-SQL
12 6 (2.26%) PHP
13 5 (1.88%) PL/SQL
14 3 (1.13%) Shell Script
14 3 (1.13%) TypeScript
15 2 (0.75%) Apple Swift
15 2 (0.75%) Haskell
15 2 (0.75%) Objective-C
16 1 (0.38%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 23 (8.65%) ISTQB
2 20 (7.52%) ISEB
3 15 (5.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 12 (4.51%) Security Cleared
5 10 (3.76%) SC Cleared
6 6 (2.26%) ISEB Practitioner
7 5 (1.88%) Degree
8 4 (1.50%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 3 (1.13%) BPSS Clearance
10 2 (0.75%) DBS Check
11 1 (0.38%) CITP
11 1 (0.38%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (12.78%) QA
2 2 (0.75%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (0.75%) SLA
3 1 (0.38%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.38%) WCAG
System Software
1 60 (22.56%) Docker
2 7 (2.63%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 65 (24.44%) Puppet
2 37 (13.91%) Ansible
3 32 (12.03%) ZABBIX
4 9 (3.38%) Kibana
5 8 (3.01%) Docker Swarm
5 8 (3.01%) Grafana
5 8 (3.01%) Nagios
6 6 (2.26%) Graphite
6 6 (2.26%) Kubernetes
7 3 (1.13%) Red Hat Spacewalk
8 2 (0.75%) HockeyApp
8 2 (0.75%) HP ALM
8 2 (0.75%) HP Quality Center
8 2 (0.75%) HP SiteScope
8 2 (0.75%) Opscode Chef
9 1 (0.38%) Nessus
9 1 (0.38%) Terraform
Vendors
1 42 (15.79%) Oracle
2 32 (12.03%) Pega
3 29 (10.90%) Microsoft
4 28 (10.53%) Red Hat
5 23 (8.65%) Atlassian
6 13 (4.89%) WSO2
7 11 (4.14%) webMethods
8 9 (3.38%) Google
8 9 (3.38%) HP
9 8 (3.01%) Riverbed
10 7 (2.63%) Splunk
11 6 (2.26%) SAP
12 4 (1.50%) Freshdesk
12 4 (1.50%) IBM
12 4 (1.50%) MuleSoft
13 3 (1.13%) CheckPoint
13 3 (1.13%) VMware
14 2 (0.75%) Apple
14 2 (0.75%) BEA
14 2 (0.75%) Twitter