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 28 June 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
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 45 55 60
Rank change year-on-year +10 +5  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 83 97 59
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 3.99% 3.23% 2.54%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.76% 3.90% 3.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 75 48
Median daily rate £363 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.57% +7.69%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £150 £273
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £490 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 1
Median hourly rate £51.25 - £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.25 £37.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year +2.00% +7.14%  

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 1742 2484 1794
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 83.83% 82.63% 77.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 1049 1480 1112
Median daily rate £413 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.12% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 70 55 74
Median hourly rate £28.00 £24.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.66% -4.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £41.80 £44.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.75 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +21.92% -5.00%  

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 28 June 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 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 3 months to 28 June 2017.

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 3 months to 28 June 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 +22 23 £550 +18.91% 3
Birmingham +3 18 £300 -9.09% 17
Coventry +13 9 £338 -12.90% 5
Herefordshire - 7 £215 -
Staffordshire -2 3 - - 6
Warwickshire -6 2 £400 +23.07% 4
Solihull +9 1 £400 -17.52% 1
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 28 June 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.

1 120 (75.95%) Agile Software Development
2 56 (35.44%) TDD
3 50 (31.65%) Continuous Integration
4 48 (30.38%) Java
5 46 (29.11%) Scrum
6 45 (28.48%) HTML
7 42 (26.58%) Git (software)
8 40 (25.32%) SDLC
9 39 (24.68%) JIRA
10 38 (24.05%) CSS
10 38 (24.05%) Linux
11 35 (22.15%) JavaScript
12 34 (21.52%) BDD
13 32 (20.25%) Jenkins
13 32 (20.25%) C#
13 32 (20.25%) Windows
13 32 (20.25%) Selenium
14 31 (19.62%) SQL
15 27 (17.09%) Python
16 26 (16.46%) Google
17 24 (15.19%) ISTQB
17 24 (15.19%) .NET
17 24 (15.19%) Configuration Management
17 24 (15.19%) Open Source
18 23 (14.56%) Confluence
18 23 (14.56%) DevOps
18 23 (14.56%) JSON
18 23 (14.56%) QA
19 22 (13.92%) REST
20 21 (13.29%) Cucumber

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 23 (14.56%) Confluence
2 9 (5.70%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 7 (4.43%) nginx
4 6 (3.80%) Tomcat
5 4 (2.53%) Elasticsearch
5 4 (2.53%) NServiceBus
6 3 (1.90%) SharePoint
7 2 (1.27%) ColdFusion
7 2 (1.27%) JBoss
7 2 (1.27%) WebLogic
8 1 (0.63%) Apache
8 1 (0.63%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 1 (0.63%) Mule
Applications
1 1 (0.63%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 4 (2.53%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.63%) CODA-Financials
2 1 (0.63%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 16 (10.13%) Amazon AWS
2 9 (5.70%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (5.06%) GitHub
3 8 (5.06%) Google Analytics
4 7 (4.43%) Google Cloud Platform
5 5 (3.16%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (1.27%) IaaS
6 2 (1.27%) PaaS
6 2 (1.27%) SaaS
7 1 (0.63%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.63%) Amazon ElastiCache
7 1 (0.63%) Amazon ELB
7 1 (0.63%) Amazon SQS
7 1 (0.63%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.63%) Boomi
7 1 (0.63%) BrowserStack
7 1 (0.63%) Route 53
7 1 (0.63%) Sauce Labs
7 1 (0.63%) Slack
7 1 (0.63%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 19 (12.03%) HTTP
2 11 (6.96%) TCP/IP
3 8 (5.06%) SSL
4 2 (1.27%) SNMP
5 1 (0.63%) Ethernet
5 1 (0.63%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (0.63%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (10.76%) MongoDB
1 17 (10.76%) SQL Server
2 14 (8.86%) NoSQL
3 13 (8.23%) MySQL
4 11 (6.96%) Oracle Database
5 10 (6.33%) Relational Database
6 7 (4.43%) PostgreSQL
6 7 (4.43%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (0.63%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 1 (0.63%) Amazon RDS
7 1 (0.63%) Amazon Redshift
7 1 (0.63%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.63%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.63%) SQL Server 2016
7 1 (0.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 42 (26.58%) Git (software)
2 39 (24.68%) JIRA
3 32 (20.25%) Jenkins
3 32 (20.25%) Selenium
4 21 (13.29%) Cucumber
5 19 (12.03%) Subversion
6 17 (10.76%) SpecFlow
7 15 (9.49%) gulp
8 14 (8.86%) JUnit
9 13 (8.23%) Maven
9 13 (8.23%) SoapUI
10 11 (6.96%) Grunt
10 11 (6.96%) JMeter
10 11 (6.96%) Sonatype Nexus
11 10 (6.33%) HP UFT
12 8 (5.06%) IntelliJ
12 8 (5.06%) Team Foundation Server
13 7 (4.43%) Visual Studio
13 7 (4.43%) WebDriver
14 6 (3.80%) Ant
General
1 14 (8.86%) Finance
2 13 (8.23%) Retail
3 3 (1.90%) Banking
4 2 (1.27%) Advertising
4 2 (1.27%) Electronics
4 2 (1.27%) Games
4 2 (1.27%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.63%) Automotive
5 1 (0.63%) Back Office
5 1 (0.63%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 57 (36.08%) Developer
2 38 (24.05%) Analyst
3 31 (19.62%) Test Analyst
4 18 (11.39%) Tester
5 14 (8.86%) Automation Test Analyst
6 13 (8.23%) Scala Developer
7 12 (7.59%) Test Leader
8 11 (6.96%) DevOps Engineer
9 9 (5.70%) Automation Test Lead
9 9 (5.70%) Java Developer
9 9 (5.70%) QA Analyst
10 8 (5.06%) Automation Tester
10 8 (5.06%) Senior Developer
11 7 (4.43%) Test Manager
12 6 (3.80%) .NET Developer
12 6 (3.80%) Agile Test Analyst
12 6 (3.80%) Messaging Developer
12 6 (3.80%) Middleware Developer
13 5 (3.16%) JavaScript Developer
13 5 (3.16%) Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (28.48%) HTML
2 38 (24.05%) CSS
3 24 (15.19%) .NET
4 23 (14.56%) JSON
5 22 (13.92%) REST
6 20 (12.66%) HTML5
7 18 (11.39%) CSS3
7 18 (11.39%) Middleware
8 17 (10.76%) SOAP
8 17 (10.76%) Web Services
9 14 (8.86%) Gherkin
9 14 (8.86%) RESTful
10 13 (8.23%) AngularJS
10 13 (8.23%) ASP.NET
11 10 (6.33%) Ajax
11 10 (6.33%) Node.js
11 10 (6.33%) Spring
11 10 (6.33%) XML
12 9 (5.70%) Play Framework
13 8 (5.06%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 10 (6.33%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (5.70%) User Experience
3 8 (5.06%) Enterprise Software
4 4 (2.53%) Linux Command Line
5 3 (1.90%) CMDB
5 3 (1.90%) Computer Science
6 2 (1.27%) Infotainment
6 2 (1.27%) PKI
6 2 (1.27%) Smart Meter
7 1 (0.63%) Device Driver
7 1 (0.63%) Driving Licence
7 1 (0.63%) Mobile App
7 1 (0.63%) SCADA
7 1 (0.63%) Video Conferencing
7 1 (0.63%) Virtual Team
7 1 (0.63%) Web 2.0
7 1 (0.63%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 38 (24.05%) Linux
2 32 (20.25%) Windows
3 11 (6.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 9 (5.70%) Unix
5 6 (3.80%) Ubuntu
6 3 (1.90%) Mac OS X
6 3 (1.90%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.63%) AIX
7 1 (0.63%) Android
7 1 (0.63%) HPUX
7 1 (0.63%) Solaris
7 1 (0.63%) VxWorks
7 1 (0.63%) Windows Server
7 1 (0.63%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 120 (75.95%) Agile Software Development
2 56 (35.44%) TDD
3 50 (31.65%) Continuous Integration
4 46 (29.11%) Scrum
5 40 (25.32%) SDLC
6 34 (21.52%) BDD
7 24 (15.19%) Configuration Management
7 24 (15.19%) Open Source
8 23 (14.56%) DevOps
9 21 (13.29%) Mentoring
10 20 (12.66%) MVC
11 19 (12.03%) Kanban
11 19 (12.03%) Performance Testing
12 17 (10.76%) SOA
13 16 (10.13%) Microservices
14 15 (9.49%) Test Scripting
14 15 (9.49%) Web Development
15 13 (8.23%) Waterfall
16 12 (7.59%) Software Testing
17 11 (6.96%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 48 (30.38%) Java
2 35 (22.15%) JavaScript
3 32 (20.25%) C#
4 31 (19.62%) SQL
5 27 (17.09%) Python
6 19 (12.03%) Ruby
6 19 (12.03%) Scala
7 17 (10.76%) Perl
8 12 (7.59%) PHP
9 8 (5.06%) Groovy
10 6 (3.80%) Haskell
11 4 (2.53%) ECMAScript
12 3 (1.90%) C++
12 3 (1.90%) PL/SQL
12 3 (1.90%) PowerShell
13 2 (1.27%) VB
13 2 (1.27%) VBScript
14 1 (0.63%) C
14 1 (0.63%) MATLAB
14 1 (0.63%) XPath
Qualifications
1 24 (15.19%) ISTQB
2 19 (12.03%) ISEB
3 10 (6.33%) Security Cleared
4 8 (5.06%) BPSS Clearance
5 5 (3.16%) Degree
5 5 (3.16%) SC Cleared
6 2 (1.27%) Computer Science Degree
7 1 (0.63%) CHECK Team Member
7 1 (0.63%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 1 (0.63%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (14.56%) QA
2 2 (1.27%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (1.27%) WAI
3 1 (0.63%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.63%) WCAG
System Software
1 6 (3.80%) Docker
Systems Management
1 19 (12.03%) Puppet
2 10 (6.33%) Kibana
3 9 (5.70%) Grafana
3 9 (5.70%) ZABBIX
4 7 (4.43%) HP Quality Center
5 4 (2.53%) logstash
5 4 (2.53%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (1.90%) rkt
7 2 (1.27%) Ansible
8 1 (0.63%) collectd
8 1 (0.63%) Salt
8 1 (0.63%) StatsD
8 1 (0.63%) Terraform
Vendors
1 26 (16.46%) Google
2 17 (10.76%) Microsoft
3 12 (7.59%) Oracle
4 11 (6.96%) Red Hat
5 8 (5.06%) HP
6 6 (3.80%) WSO2
7 3 (1.90%) AppDynamics
7 3 (1.90%) Remedy
7 3 (1.90%) SAP
7 3 (1.90%) Splunk
7 3 (1.90%) Zend
8 2 (1.27%) 3PAR
8 2 (1.27%) Apple
8 2 (1.27%) CODA
8 2 (1.27%) Hitachi
8 2 (1.27%) NetApp
8 2 (1.27%) ServiceNow
8 2 (1.27%) webMethods
9 1 (0.63%) SaltStack
9 1 (0.63%) SOASTA, Inc
Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire
Sanderson
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Spring Technology
Posted: 2 days ago
Nuneaton, Warwickshire
X4 Group
Rate: £200 - 225 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Telford, Shropshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £450 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
FIS Global
Rate: Up to £300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago