Period
to 10 December 2018

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 10 December 2018 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
10 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 27 39 37
Rank change year-on-year +12 -2 +50
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 347 233 273
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 6.69% 4.79% 4.59%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.73% 5.72% 5.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 174 141 164
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +10.34% +11.54%
10th Percentile £313 £256 £270
90th Percentile £562 £510 £538
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 5
West Midlands median hourly rate £40.00 £43.50 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.05% +33.85% +3.37%
10th Percentile £33.50 £41.75 £30.40
90th Percentile £46.50 £45.25 £37.50
England median hourly rate £41.00 £43.25 £40.00
% change year-on-year -5.20% +8.13% +4.58%

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 4,491 4,076 5,031
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 86.55% 83.80% 84.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,768 2,618 3,013
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £270 £240 £250
90th Percentile £575 £549 £550
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 150 142 150
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.86 £25.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -36.56% +38.89% -10.00%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.29 £10.61
90th Percentile £43.75 £48.75 £40.03
England median hourly rate £22.00 £24.69 £22.84
% change year-on-year -10.88% +8.10% +3.80%

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 10 December 2018.

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 10 December 2018. 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 +22 200 £434 -3.61% 10
Birmingham -12 60 £440 +10.00% 21
Coventry -9 36 £400 - 2
Warwickshire -5 15 £450 +20.00% 14
Staffordshire -11 5 £400 +6.67% 20
Wolverhampton - 5 £375 - 2
Solihull +6 3 £475 - 7
Herefordshire -18 3 - - 5
Walsall - 3 £375 -
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 10 December 2018, 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.

1 268 (77.23%) Agile Software Development
2 155 (44.67%) Selenium
3 152 (43.80%) Java
4 146 (42.07%) Scrum
5 128 (36.89%) Jenkins
6 127 (36.60%) DevOps
7 122 (35.16%) Continuous Integration
7 122 (35.16%) Cucumber
8 110 (31.70%) Git (software)
9 103 (29.68%) JIRA
10 94 (27.09%) Microservices
11 90 (25.94%) Windows
12 87 (25.07%) Kanban
13 86 (24.78%) TDD
14 85 (24.50%) SQL
15 84 (24.21%) Confluence
16 80 (23.05%) SOA
17 76 (21.90%) Docker
18 75 (21.61%) Linux
19 73 (21.04%) WebDriver
20 71 (20.46%) Puppet
21 70 (20.17%) JavaScript
22 68 (19.60%) Configuration Management
23 67 (19.31%) REST
24 66 (19.02%) Python
25 65 (18.73%) Test Strategy
26 64 (18.44%) Gherkin
26 64 (18.44%) Open Source
27 62 (17.87%) CSS
27 62 (17.87%) Problem-Solving

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 84 (24.21%) Confluence
2 25 (7.20%) Documentum
3 23 (6.63%) WebLogic
4 20 (5.76%) Tomcat
5 19 (5.48%) nginx
6 12 (3.46%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 11 (3.17%) JBoss
8 9 (2.59%) Apache
9 8 (2.31%) SharePoint
10 4 (1.15%) CMS
10 4 (1.15%) Elasticsearch
11 3 (0.86%) Mule
12 1 (0.29%) Apache Spark
12 1 (0.29%) BizTalk Server
12 1 (0.29%) Captiva
12 1 (0.29%) Drupal
12 1 (0.29%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 8 (2.31%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (1.15%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.15%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.29%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 2 (0.58%) Magento
1 2 (0.58%) SAP FI-CA
1 2 (0.58%) SAP PSCD
2 1 (0.29%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 46 (13.26%) Amazon AWS
2 40 (11.53%) GitHub
2 40 (11.53%) Microsoft Azure
3 34 (9.80%) Google Analytics
4 22 (6.34%) Cloud Computing
5 18 (5.19%) SaaS
6 11 (3.17%) Slack
7 8 (2.31%) Dynamics 365
7 8 (2.31%) Office 365
8 7 (2.02%) IaaS
8 7 (2.02%) PaaS
9 3 (0.86%) AWS CloudFormation
9 3 (0.86%) BlazeMeter
9 3 (0.86%) Heroku
10 2 (0.58%) Azure Data Factory
10 2 (0.58%) Google Cloud Platform
11 1 (0.29%) Boomi
11 1 (0.29%) BrowserStack
11 1 (0.29%) Sauce Labs
11 1 (0.29%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 24 (6.92%) HTTP
2 22 (6.34%) SSL
2 22 (6.34%) TCP/IP
3 10 (2.88%) Skype
4 5 (1.44%) Firewall
4 5 (1.44%) VLAN
5 2 (0.58%) RTP
6 1 (0.29%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 48 (13.83%) MongoDB
2 32 (9.22%) NoSQL
3 24 (6.92%) SQL Server
4 22 (6.34%) PostgreSQL
5 18 (5.19%) Relational Database
6 14 (4.03%) MySQL
7 13 (3.75%) Big Data
8 12 (3.46%) RDBMS
9 11 (3.17%) Hadoop
10 9 (2.59%) Apache Cassandra
10 9 (2.59%) Data Warehouse
10 9 (2.59%) Oracle Database
11 8 (2.31%) Cosmos DB
12 7 (2.02%) SQLite
13 4 (1.15%) Oracle OWB
13 4 (1.15%) Oracle Reports
14 3 (0.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 2 (0.58%) Apache Hive
15 2 (0.58%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 2 (0.58%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 155 (44.67%) Selenium
2 128 (36.89%) Jenkins
3 122 (35.16%) Cucumber
4 110 (31.70%) Git (software)
5 103 (29.68%) JIRA
6 73 (21.04%) WebDriver
7 57 (16.43%) Maven
8 55 (15.85%) SoapUI
9 37 (10.66%) Subversion
10 36 (10.37%) gulp
11 34 (9.80%) Gatling
11 34 (9.80%) IntelliJ
11 34 (9.80%) Sublime Text
12 30 (8.65%) Sonatype Nexus
13 28 (8.07%) JMeter
14 26 (7.49%) Eclipse
15 25 (7.20%) Grunt
16 24 (6.92%) Team Foundation Server
17 22 (6.34%) Karma Test Runner
17 22 (6.34%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 20 (5.76%) Finance
2 8 (2.31%) Retail
3 6 (1.73%) Marketing
4 5 (1.44%) Games
5 4 (1.15%) Automotive
6 2 (0.58%) Banking
7 1 (0.29%) Back Office
7 1 (0.29%) Law
7 1 (0.29%) Legal
7 1 (0.29%) Military
Job Titles
1 106 (30.55%) Developer
2 73 (21.04%) Tester
3 54 (15.56%) Automation Tester
4 53 (15.27%) Analyst
5 50 (14.41%) Test Analyst
6 34 (9.80%) DevOps Engineer
7 33 (9.51%) Selenium Automation Tester
7 33 (9.51%) Selenium Tester
8 31 (8.93%) Java Automation Tester
9 28 (8.07%) Java Developer
10 21 (6.05%) Automation Test Analyst
11 19 (5.48%) Architect
12 17 (4.90%) AWS DevOps
12 17 (4.90%) AWS DevOps Engineer
12 17 (4.90%) AWS Engineer
13 16 (4.61%) Scala Developer
14 14 (4.03%) Senior Automation Tester
14 14 (4.03%) Senior Tester
15 13 (3.75%) Developer in Test
16 12 (3.46%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 67 (19.31%) REST
2 64 (18.44%) Gherkin
3 62 (17.87%) CSS
4 51 (14.70%) HTML
5 48 (13.83%) Spring
5 48 (13.83%) Web Services
6 46 (13.26%) RESTful
7 45 (12.97%) JSON
8 44 (12.68%) XML
9 42 (12.10%) jQuery
9 42 (12.10%) Middleware
10 41 (11.82%) HTML5
11 38 (10.95%) .NET
11 38 (10.95%) Node.js
12 37 (10.66%) AngularJS
13 34 (9.80%) SOAP
14 25 (7.20%) J2EE
14 25 (7.20%) Play Framework
15 20 (5.76%) CSS3
16 19 (5.48%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 43 (12.39%) Analytical Skills
2 27 (7.78%) Mobile App
3 23 (6.63%) Enterprise Software
4 18 (5.19%) User Experience
5 9 (2.59%) iPhone
5 9 (2.59%) Public Cloud
6 5 (1.44%) Hybrid Cloud
6 5 (1.44%) W3C
7 4 (1.15%) Greenfield Project
7 4 (1.15%) NHS
8 3 (0.86%) Smart Home
9 2 (0.58%) Data Centre
9 2 (0.58%) Management Information System
9 2 (0.58%) PKI
9 2 (0.58%) Xbox
10 1 (0.29%) Blog
10 1 (0.29%) Fintech
10 1 (0.29%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 90 (25.94%) Windows
2 75 (21.61%) Linux
3 45 (12.97%) Unix
4 27 (7.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 26 (7.49%) Ubuntu
6 15 (4.32%) Mac OS X
7 10 (2.88%) Android
7 10 (2.88%) Apple iOS
7 10 (2.88%) Mac OS
8 7 (2.02%) Windows Server
9 4 (1.15%) Windows Server 2008
9 4 (1.15%) Windows Server 2012
10 3 (0.86%) AIX
10 3 (0.86%) HPUX
10 3 (0.86%) Solaris
11 2 (0.58%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 268 (77.23%) Agile Software Development
2 146 (42.07%) Scrum
3 127 (36.60%) DevOps
4 122 (35.16%) Continuous Integration
5 94 (27.09%) Microservices
6 87 (25.07%) Kanban
7 86 (24.78%) TDD
8 80 (23.05%) SOA
9 68 (19.60%) Configuration Management
10 65 (18.73%) Test Strategy
11 64 (18.44%) Open Source
12 62 (17.87%) Problem-Solving
13 52 (14.99%) BDD
14 49 (14.12%) Deployment Automation
14 49 (14.12%) Mentoring
15 44 (12.68%) Functional Testing
16 43 (12.39%) SDLC
17 40 (11.53%) Analytics
18 38 (10.95%) Performance Testing
19 37 (10.66%) OO
Programming Languages
1 152 (43.80%) Java
2 85 (24.50%) SQL
3 70 (20.17%) JavaScript
4 66 (19.02%) Python
5 60 (17.29%) C#
6 49 (14.12%) Groovy
7 48 (13.83%) Perl
8 47 (13.54%) Ruby
9 40 (11.53%) Scala
10 25 (7.20%) Java 8
11 19 (5.48%) Haskell
12 13 (3.75%) Bash Shell
12 13 (3.75%) PHP
12 13 (3.75%) PL/SQL
13 9 (2.59%) Apple Swift
13 9 (2.59%) Objective-C
14 5 (1.44%) ES6
15 4 (1.15%) CoffeeScript
16 3 (0.86%) T-SQL
16 3 (0.86%) XPath
Qualifications
1 32 (9.22%) ISTQB
2 28 (8.07%) ISEB
3 18 (5.19%) Security Cleared
4 17 (4.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 17 (4.90%) SC Cleared
5 10 (2.88%) CITP
6 7 (2.02%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 5 (1.44%) BPSS Clearance
7 5 (1.44%) ISEB Practitioner
8 4 (1.15%) Degree
9 2 (0.58%) DBS Check
10 1 (0.29%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 61 (17.58%) QA
2 6 (1.73%) WCAG
3 5 (1.44%) WAI
4 4 (1.15%) Data Quality
4 4 (1.15%) PMO
5 2 (0.58%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.29%) GDPR
System Software
1 76 (21.90%) Docker
2 8 (2.31%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (0.58%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 71 (20.46%) Puppet
2 38 (10.95%) Kibana
3 37 (10.66%) Ansible
4 33 (9.51%) Grafana
5 28 (8.07%) ZABBIX
6 14 (4.03%) Graphite
7 9 (2.59%) HockeyApp
8 6 (1.73%) Docker Swarm
9 5 (1.44%) Nagios
10 3 (0.86%) Kubernetes
10 3 (0.86%) logstash
10 3 (0.86%) Opscode Chef
10 3 (0.86%) Terraform
11 2 (0.58%) HP SiteScope
12 1 (0.29%) Business Desktop Deployment
12 1 (0.29%) Nessus
Vendors
1 47 (13.54%) Microsoft
1 47 (13.54%) Oracle
2 38 (10.95%) Google
3 37 (10.66%) Atlassian
4 27 (7.78%) Red Hat
5 25 (7.20%) Pega
6 15 (4.32%) webMethods
6 15 (4.32%) WSO2
7 13 (3.75%) Splunk
8 9 (2.59%) Twitter
8 9 (2.59%) Xamarin
8 9 (2.59%) Zend
9 8 (2.31%) Apple
10 5 (1.44%) Riverbed
11 4 (1.15%) IBM
12 3 (0.86%) Adobe
12 3 (0.86%) CheckPoint
12 3 (0.86%) Salesforce.com
12 3 (0.86%) SAP
12 3 (0.86%) VMware