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 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
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 42 54 67
Rank change year-on-year +12 +13  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 82 98 57
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 4.09% 3.25% 2.38%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.89% 3.93% 3.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 46 72 47
Median daily rate £369 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.35% +7.69%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £233 £150 £270
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 £37.50 £38.00 £34.90
% change year-on-year -1.31% +8.88%  

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 1676 2495 1842
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 83.51% 82.64% 77.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 993 1489 1158
Median daily rate £404 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.93% +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 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 70 56 74
Median hourly rate £28.00 £24.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.28% -10.90%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £40.05 £44.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -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 24 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 24 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 24 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 +26 23 £550 +15.78% 4
Birmingham -1 18 £300 -9.09% 14
Coventry +12 9 £338 -12.90% 5
Herefordshire - 5 £215 - 1
Staffordshire -1 4 £350 +7.69% 3
Warwickshire -2 2 £400 +23.07% 7
Solihull +8 1 £400 -17.52% 1
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 24 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.

1 121 (75.16%) Agile Software Development
2 57 (35.40%) TDD
3 53 (32.92%) Continuous Integration
4 48 (29.81%) Java
5 47 (29.19%) Scrum
6 45 (27.95%) HTML
7 42 (26.09%) Git (software)
8 39 (24.22%) CSS
8 39 (24.22%) JIRA
9 38 (23.60%) Linux
9 38 (23.60%) SDLC
10 35 (21.74%) JavaScript
11 34 (21.12%) BDD
12 33 (20.50%) SQL
12 33 (20.50%) Selenium
13 32 (19.88%) Jenkins
14 31 (19.25%) C#
14 31 (19.25%) Windows
15 27 (16.77%) Python
16 25 (15.53%) .NET
16 25 (15.53%) ISTQB
16 25 (15.53%) Open Source
17 24 (14.91%) Google
17 24 (14.91%) QA
17 24 (14.91%) Configuration Management
18 23 (14.29%) JSON
18 23 (14.29%) Confluence
18 23 (14.29%) DevOps
19 22 (13.66%) REST
20 21 (13.04%) HTML5

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 (14.29%) Confluence
2 9 (5.59%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 7 (4.35%) nginx
4 6 (3.73%) Tomcat
5 4 (2.48%) Elasticsearch
5 4 (2.48%) NServiceBus
6 3 (1.86%) SharePoint
7 2 (1.24%) ColdFusion
7 2 (1.24%) JBoss
7 2 (1.24%) WebLogic
8 1 (0.62%) Apache
8 1 (0.62%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 1 (0.62%) Mule
Applications
1 1 (0.62%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 4 (2.48%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.62%) CODA-Financials
2 1 (0.62%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 16 (9.94%) Amazon AWS
2 9 (5.59%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (4.97%) GitHub
3 8 (4.97%) Google Analytics
4 6 (3.73%) Google Cloud Platform
5 5 (3.11%) Cloud Computing
6 3 (1.86%) SaaS
7 2 (1.24%) BrowserStack
7 2 (1.24%) IaaS
7 2 (1.24%) PaaS
8 1 (0.62%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.62%) Amazon ElastiCache
8 1 (0.62%) Amazon ELB
8 1 (0.62%) Amazon SQS
8 1 (0.62%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.62%) Boomi
8 1 (0.62%) Route 53
8 1 (0.62%) Sauce Labs
8 1 (0.62%) Slack
8 1 (0.62%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 19 (11.80%) HTTP
2 11 (6.83%) TCP/IP
3 8 (4.97%) SSL
4 2 (1.24%) SNMP
5 1 (0.62%) Ethernet
5 1 (0.62%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (0.62%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (11.18%) SQL Server
2 16 (9.94%) MongoDB
3 13 (8.07%) NoSQL
4 12 (7.45%) MySQL
5 11 (6.83%) Oracle Database
6 10 (6.21%) Relational Database
7 7 (4.35%) PostgreSQL
8 6 (3.73%) SQL Server 2012
9 2 (1.24%) Data Warehouse
10 1 (0.62%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 1 (0.62%) Amazon RDS
10 1 (0.62%) Amazon Redshift
10 1 (0.62%) RDBMS
10 1 (0.62%) SQL Server 2016
10 1 (0.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 42 (26.09%) Git (software)
2 39 (24.22%) JIRA
3 33 (20.50%) Selenium
4 32 (19.88%) Jenkins
5 21 (13.04%) Cucumber
6 19 (11.80%) Subversion
7 16 (9.94%) SpecFlow
8 15 (9.32%) gulp
9 14 (8.70%) JUnit
10 13 (8.07%) Maven
10 13 (8.07%) SoapUI
11 12 (7.45%) HP UFT
12 11 (6.83%) Grunt
12 11 (6.83%) JMeter
12 11 (6.83%) Sonatype Nexus
13 9 (5.59%) Team Foundation Server
14 8 (4.97%) IntelliJ
15 7 (4.35%) Visual Studio
15 7 (4.35%) WebDriver
16 6 (3.73%) Karma Test Runner
General
1 15 (9.32%) Finance
2 12 (7.45%) Retail
3 3 (1.86%) Banking
4 2 (1.24%) Advertising
4 2 (1.24%) Electronics
4 2 (1.24%) Games
4 2 (1.24%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.62%) Automotive
5 1 (0.62%) Back Office
5 1 (0.62%) Marketing
5 1 (0.62%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 57 (35.40%) Developer
2 38 (23.60%) Analyst
3 32 (19.88%) Test Analyst
4 21 (13.04%) Tester
5 15 (9.32%) Automation Test Analyst
6 13 (8.07%) Scala Developer
7 12 (7.45%) Test Leader
8 11 (6.83%) DevOps Engineer
9 9 (5.59%) Automation Test Lead
9 9 (5.59%) Java Developer
10 8 (4.97%) Automation Tester
10 8 (4.97%) QA Analyst
10 8 (4.97%) Senior Developer
11 7 (4.35%) .NET Developer
11 7 (4.35%) Agile Test Analyst
11 7 (4.35%) Test Manager
12 6 (3.73%) Messaging Developer
12 6 (3.73%) Middleware Developer
13 5 (3.11%) JavaScript Developer
13 5 (3.11%) PHP Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (27.95%) HTML
2 39 (24.22%) CSS
3 25 (15.53%) .NET
4 23 (14.29%) JSON
5 22 (13.66%) REST
6 21 (13.04%) HTML5
7 19 (11.80%) CSS3
8 18 (11.18%) Middleware
8 18 (11.18%) Web Services
9 17 (10.56%) SOAP
10 14 (8.70%) AngularJS
10 14 (8.70%) RESTful
11 13 (8.07%) ASP.NET
11 13 (8.07%) Gherkin
12 11 (6.83%) Node.js
12 11 (6.83%) XML
13 10 (6.21%) Ajax
13 10 (6.21%) Spring
14 9 (5.59%) Play Framework
15 8 (4.97%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 10 (6.21%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (5.59%) User Experience
3 8 (4.97%) Enterprise Software
4 4 (2.48%) Linux Command Line
5 3 (1.86%) CMDB
5 3 (1.86%) Computer Science
6 2 (1.24%) Infotainment
6 2 (1.24%) PKI
6 2 (1.24%) Smart Meter
7 1 (0.62%) Device Driver
7 1 (0.62%) Driving Licence
7 1 (0.62%) Management Information System
7 1 (0.62%) Mobile App
7 1 (0.62%) SCADA
7 1 (0.62%) Video Conferencing
7 1 (0.62%) Virtual Team
7 1 (0.62%) Web 2.0
7 1 (0.62%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 38 (23.60%) Linux
2 31 (19.25%) Windows
3 11 (6.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 9 (5.59%) Unix
5 6 (3.73%) Ubuntu
6 3 (1.86%) Mac OS X
6 3 (1.86%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.62%) AIX
7 1 (0.62%) Android
7 1 (0.62%) HPUX
7 1 (0.62%) Solaris
7 1 (0.62%) VxWorks
7 1 (0.62%) Windows Server
7 1 (0.62%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 121 (75.16%) Agile Software Development
2 57 (35.40%) TDD
3 53 (32.92%) Continuous Integration
4 47 (29.19%) Scrum
5 38 (23.60%) SDLC
6 34 (21.12%) BDD
7 25 (15.53%) Open Source
8 24 (14.91%) Configuration Management
9 23 (14.29%) DevOps
10 21 (13.04%) Kanban
11 20 (12.42%) Mentoring
11 20 (12.42%) MVC
12 18 (11.18%) Performance Testing
13 17 (10.56%) SOA
14 16 (9.94%) Microservices
14 16 (9.94%) Test Scripting
14 16 (9.94%) Web Development
15 13 (8.07%) Manual Testing
16 12 (7.45%) Software Testing
16 12 (7.45%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 48 (29.81%) Java
2 35 (21.74%) JavaScript
3 33 (20.50%) SQL
4 31 (19.25%) C#
5 27 (16.77%) Python
6 20 (12.42%) Ruby
7 19 (11.80%) Scala
8 17 (10.56%) Perl
9 12 (7.45%) PHP
10 8 (4.97%) Groovy
11 6 (3.73%) Haskell
12 4 (2.48%) ECMAScript
13 3 (1.86%) C++
13 3 (1.86%) PL/SQL
13 3 (1.86%) PowerShell
14 2 (1.24%) VB
14 2 (1.24%) VBScript
15 1 (0.62%) C
15 1 (0.62%) MATLAB
15 1 (0.62%) XPath
Qualifications
1 25 (15.53%) ISTQB
2 20 (12.42%) ISEB
3 10 (6.21%) Security Cleared
4 8 (4.97%) BPSS Clearance
5 5 (3.11%) Degree
5 5 (3.11%) SC Cleared
6 2 (1.24%) Computer Science Degree
6 2 (1.24%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 1 (0.62%) CHECK Team Member
7 1 (0.62%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (14.91%) QA
2 2 (1.24%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (1.24%) WAI
3 1 (0.62%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.62%) WCAG
System Software
1 6 (3.73%) Docker
Systems Management
1 19 (11.80%) Puppet
2 10 (6.21%) Kibana
3 9 (5.59%) Grafana
3 9 (5.59%) ZABBIX
4 7 (4.35%) HP Quality Center
5 4 (2.48%) logstash
5 4 (2.48%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (1.86%) rkt
7 2 (1.24%) Ansible
8 1 (0.62%) collectd
8 1 (0.62%) Salt
8 1 (0.62%) StatsD
8 1 (0.62%) Terraform
Vendors
1 24 (14.91%) Google
2 18 (11.18%) Microsoft
3 12 (7.45%) Oracle
4 11 (6.83%) Red Hat
5 8 (4.97%) HP
6 6 (3.73%) WSO2
7 3 (1.86%) AppDynamics
7 3 (1.86%) Remedy
7 3 (1.86%) SAP
7 3 (1.86%) Splunk
7 3 (1.86%) Zend
8 2 (1.24%) 3PAR
8 2 (1.24%) Apple
8 2 (1.24%) CODA
8 2 (1.24%) Hitachi
8 2 (1.24%) NetApp
8 2 (1.24%) ServiceNow
8 2 (1.24%) webMethods
9 1 (0.62%) SaltStack
9 1 (0.62%) SOASTA, Inc
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