Period
to 20 November 2017

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 20 November 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
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 37 39 79
Rank change year-on-year +2 +40 +41
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 216 274 102
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 4.50% 4.47% 2.06%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 5.42% 5.39% 2.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 132 171 62
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £368 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.84% +13.08% -12.16%
10th Percentile £263 £270 £233
90th Percentile £500 £538 £475
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 7
West Midlands median hourly rate £43.50 £32.50 £31.44
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +33.85% +3.37% -11.44%
10th Percentile £41.75 £30.40 £26.86
90th Percentile £45.25 £37.50 £33.86
England median hourly rate £45.00 £40.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +12.50% +6.67% +7.14%

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 3985 5084 3929
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 82.99% 83.00% 79.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 2539 3044 2252
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £244 £250 £236
90th Percentile £550 £550 £531
England median daily rate £450 £425 £423
% change year-on-year +5.88% +0.59% +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 142 135 179
West Midlands median hourly rate £25.00 £18.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +38.89% -10.00% -1.23%
10th Percentile £11.75 £10.75 £11.20
90th Percentile £48.63 £39.50 £43.75
England median hourly rate £24.00 £24.42 £22.50
% change year-on-year -1.72% +8.53% +18.42%

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 20 November 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
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 20 November 2017. 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
Birmingham +23 71 £390 +11.43% 16
Shropshire +4 36 £488 +8.50% 6
Coventry -6 35 £380 -1.55% 7
Warwickshire +1 23 £425 +25.93% 5
Herefordshire +7 6 £215 -38.57%
Staffordshire -13 5 £375 +20.97% 4
Solihull +8 1 - - 2
West Bromwich - 1 £425 -
Kingswinford - 1 - -
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 20 November 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.

1 140 (64.81%) Agile Software Development
2 64 (29.63%) Continuous Integration
3 57 (26.39%) Git (software)
3 57 (26.39%) Java
4 54 (25.00%) Scrum
5 52 (24.07%) TDD
6 51 (23.61%) HTML
7 50 (23.15%) Selenium
7 50 (23.15%) DevOps
8 45 (20.83%) JavaScript
9 44 (20.37%) Jenkins
10 43 (19.91%) Linux
11 41 (18.98%) C#
11 41 (18.98%) CSS
12 39 (18.06%) Configuration Management
12 39 (18.06%) JIRA
13 36 (16.67%) Python
14 35 (16.20%) Subversion
14 35 (16.20%) Open Source
14 35 (16.20%) BDD
15 34 (15.74%) Puppet
15 34 (15.74%) SDLC
15 34 (15.74%) Windows
16 33 (15.28%) Web Services
16 33 (15.28%) Kanban
17 31 (14.35%) SQL
18 30 (13.89%) .NET
18 30 (13.89%) QA
18 30 (13.89%) HTML5
19 28 (12.96%) AngularJS

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 (10.65%) Confluence
2 12 (5.56%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 10 (4.63%) nginx
4 7 (3.24%) Elasticsearch
5 5 (2.31%) JBoss
5 5 (2.31%) Tomcat
6 3 (1.39%) Apache
6 3 (1.39%) WebLogic
7 2 (0.93%) Cloud Foundry
7 2 (0.93%) Mule
7 2 (0.93%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (0.46%) Chatbot
1 1 (0.46%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (0.46%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 16 (7.41%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (2.78%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 28 (12.96%) Microsoft Azure
2 27 (12.50%) Amazon AWS
3 12 (5.56%) Cloud Computing
4 9 (4.17%) Google Cloud Platform
4 9 (4.17%) PaaS
5 8 (3.70%) Dynamics 365
6 7 (3.24%) IaaS
6 7 (3.24%) SaaS
7 6 (2.78%) Amazon EC2
7 6 (2.78%) Route 53
8 5 (2.31%) Amazon ElastiCache
8 5 (2.31%) Amazon ELB
8 5 (2.31%) Amazon S3
8 5 (2.31%) Amazon SQS
8 5 (2.31%) AWS CloudFormation
8 5 (2.31%) GitHub
8 5 (2.31%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 3 (1.39%) Google Analytics
10 1 (0.46%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 19 (8.80%) HTTP
2 10 (4.63%) SSL
2 10 (4.63%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.46%) DSL
3 1 (0.46%) Internet
3 1 (0.46%) SDH
3 1 (0.46%) SMS
3 1 (0.46%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (10.65%) MongoDB
2 19 (8.80%) Oracle Database
3 13 (6.02%) PostgreSQL
4 12 (5.56%) SQL Server
5 9 (4.17%) MySQL
5 9 (4.17%) Relational Database
6 7 (3.24%) NoSQL
7 6 (2.78%) Amazon RDS
7 6 (2.78%) SQL Server 2012
8 5 (2.31%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 5 (2.31%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 4 (1.85%) RDBMS
10 3 (1.39%) Data Warehouse
11 2 (0.93%) MariaDB
12 1 (0.46%) Apache Hive
12 1 (0.46%) Hadoop
12 1 (0.46%) HDInsight
Development Applications
1 57 (26.39%) Git (software)
2 50 (23.15%) Selenium
3 44 (20.37%) Jenkins
4 39 (18.06%) JIRA
5 35 (16.20%) Subversion
6 24 (11.11%) SpecFlow
7 20 (9.26%) Cucumber
7 20 (9.26%) JUnit
8 18 (8.33%) Maven
9 16 (7.41%) Sonatype Nexus
10 13 (6.02%) JMeter
11 12 (5.56%) SoapUI
11 12 (5.56%) WebDriver
12 11 (5.09%) Visual Studio
13 10 (4.63%) Visual Studio Team System
14 9 (4.17%) HP UFT
15 6 (2.78%) GitLab
15 6 (2.78%) JIRA Agile
16 5 (2.31%) Gatling
16 5 (2.31%) Selenium IDE
General
1 20 (9.26%) Finance
2 16 (7.41%) Retail
3 4 (1.85%) Games
4 3 (1.39%) Banking
4 3 (1.39%) Telecoms
5 2 (0.93%) Automotive
5 2 (0.93%) Electronics
5 2 (0.93%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.46%) Back Office
6 1 (0.46%) Billing
6 1 (0.46%) Marketing
6 1 (0.46%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 72 (33.33%) Developer
2 42 (19.44%) Analyst
3 35 (16.20%) Test Analyst
4 23 (10.65%) DevOps Engineer
5 20 (9.26%) Test Leader
5 20 (9.26%) Tester
6 16 (7.41%) Automation Test Analyst
7 15 (6.94%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
8 11 (5.09%) .NET Developer
9 10 (4.63%) Automation Test Lead
9 10 (4.63%) Java Developer
9 10 (4.63%) Scala Developer
10 8 (3.70%) Automation Tester
10 8 (3.70%) JavaScript Developer
10 8 (3.70%) QA Analyst
11 7 (3.24%) Android Developer
11 7 (3.24%) Test Engineer
12 6 (2.78%) Angular Developer
12 6 (2.78%) Azure Developer
13 5 (2.31%) Full Stack Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 51 (23.61%) HTML
2 41 (18.98%) CSS
3 33 (15.28%) Web Services
4 30 (13.89%) .NET
4 30 (13.89%) HTML5
5 28 (12.96%) AngularJS
6 27 (12.50%) JSON
7 19 (8.80%) REST
7 19 (8.80%) Spring
8 18 (8.33%) CSS3
8 18 (8.33%) Middleware
8 18 (8.33%) RESTful
9 14 (6.48%) Ajax
10 13 (6.02%) Gherkin
10 13 (6.02%) Node.js
11 12 (5.56%) jQuery
11 12 (5.56%) XML
12 11 (5.09%) Elastic Stack
12 11 (5.09%) LESS
13 10 (4.63%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 14 (6.48%) User Experience
2 12 (5.56%) Enterprise Software
3 8 (3.70%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (3.70%) Smart Meter
4 6 (2.78%) Greenfield Project
5 5 (2.31%) Mobile App
6 3 (1.39%) Computer Science
6 3 (1.39%) Data Centre
6 3 (1.39%) EPoS
6 3 (1.39%) Management Information System
6 3 (1.39%) Web 2.0
7 1 (0.46%) Animation
7 1 (0.46%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 43 (19.91%) Linux
2 34 (15.74%) Windows
3 15 (6.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 14 (6.48%) Unix
5 12 (5.56%) Android
6 5 (2.31%) Windows 10
7 4 (1.85%) CentOS
8 3 (1.39%) Apple iOS
8 3 (1.39%) Ubuntu
9 2 (0.93%) AIX
9 2 (0.93%) HPUX
9 2 (0.93%) Mac OS X
9 2 (0.93%) Solaris
10 1 (0.46%) Windows Server
10 1 (0.46%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 140 (64.81%) Agile Software Development
2 64 (29.63%) Continuous Integration
3 54 (25.00%) Scrum
4 52 (24.07%) TDD
5 50 (23.15%) DevOps
6 39 (18.06%) Configuration Management
7 35 (16.20%) BDD
7 35 (16.20%) Open Source
8 34 (15.74%) SDLC
9 33 (15.28%) Kanban
10 23 (10.65%) Front End Development
11 22 (10.19%) CRM
12 20 (9.26%) Unit Testing
13 19 (8.80%) Integration Testing
14 18 (8.33%) Web Development
15 17 (7.87%) Manual Testing
15 17 (7.87%) MVC
15 17 (7.87%) User Stories
16 16 (7.41%) Regression Testing
16 16 (7.41%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 57 (26.39%) Java
2 45 (20.83%) JavaScript
3 41 (18.98%) C#
4 36 (16.67%) Python
5 31 (14.35%) SQL
6 21 (9.72%) Perl
7 20 (9.26%) Ruby
8 14 (6.48%) Scala
9 11 (5.09%) PHP
10 6 (2.78%) ES6
10 6 (2.78%) Groovy
11 5 (2.31%) Bash Shell
11 5 (2.31%) PL/SQL
11 5 (2.31%) VB
11 5 (2.31%) VBScript
12 4 (1.85%) Apple Swift
12 4 (1.85%) Objective-C
12 4 (1.85%) Shell Script
12 4 (1.85%) TypeScript
13 3 (1.39%) C++
Qualifications
1 16 (7.41%) ISEB
1 16 (7.41%) ISTQB
2 7 (3.24%) Security Cleared
3 6 (2.78%) Degree
4 5 (2.31%) SC Cleared
5 3 (1.39%) CHECK Team Member
5 3 (1.39%) Computer Science Degree
6 2 (0.93%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (0.93%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.46%) CCNA
7 1 (0.46%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (0.46%) MCSE
7 1 (0.46%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (0.46%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (13.89%) QA
2 5 (2.31%) WCAG
3 4 (1.85%) WAI
4 3 (1.39%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 15 (6.94%) Docker
2 1 (0.46%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.46%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 34 (15.74%) Puppet
2 13 (6.02%) ZABBIX
3 10 (4.63%) Terraform
4 8 (3.70%) Ansible
4 8 (3.70%) Kibana
4 8 (3.70%) Opscode Chef
5 6 (2.78%) HP Quality Center
6 5 (2.31%) collectd
6 5 (2.31%) Kubernetes
6 5 (2.31%) logstash
6 5 (2.31%) Salt
6 5 (2.31%) StatsD
7 4 (1.85%) Consul
7 4 (1.85%) Packer
8 3 (1.39%) Grafana
9 2 (0.93%) HockeyApp
Vendors
1 21 (9.72%) Google
1 21 (9.72%) Oracle
2 16 (7.41%) Microsoft
3 15 (6.94%) Red Hat
4 12 (5.56%) HP
5 6 (2.78%) WSO2
6 5 (2.31%) Rackspace
6 5 (2.31%) SaltStack
7 4 (1.85%) Salesforce.com
7 4 (1.85%) SAP
8 3 (1.39%) Sitecore
8 3 (1.39%) webMethods
9 2 (0.93%) 3PAR
9 2 (0.93%) CollabNet
9 2 (0.93%) Hitachi
9 2 (0.93%) NetApp
10 1 (0.46%) Blue Prism
10 1 (0.46%) F5
10 1 (0.46%) hybris
10 1 (0.46%) VMware