Period
to 23 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 23 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
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 34 37 79
Rank change year-on-year +3 +42 +37
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 223 276 101
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 4.61% 4.46% 2.04%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 5.55% 5.37% 2.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 137 172 61
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £371 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.74% +14.23% -12.16%
10th Percentile £263 £270 £231
90th Percentile £516 £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 £44.25 £40.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +10.63% +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 4015 5138 3901
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 82.92% 83.07% 78.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 2563 3080 2233
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +4.17%
10th Percentile £244 £250 £238
90th Percentile £550 £550 £531
England median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 143 138 178
West Midlands median hourly rate £25.00 £18.20 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +37.40% -9.03% -
10th Percentile £11.75 £10.75 £11.00
90th Percentile £48.75 £40.00 £43.75
England median hourly rate £24.00 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +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 23 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 23 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 +20 78 £400 +14.29% 12
Coventry -4 36 £390 +1.04% 10
Shropshire -1 35 £482 +7.03% 6
Warwickshire +3 23 £425 +25.93% 5
Herefordshire +7 6 £215 -38.57% 1
Staffordshire -10 5 £375 +20.97% 5
Solihull +8 1 - - 2
West Bromwich - 1 £425 -
Kingswinford - 1 - -
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 23 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.

1 141 (63.23%) Agile Software Development
2 69 (30.94%) Continuous Integration
3 61 (27.35%) Git (software)
4 58 (26.01%) Java
5 55 (24.66%) Selenium
6 54 (24.22%) HTML
6 54 (24.22%) DevOps
7 53 (23.77%) Scrum
8 52 (23.32%) TDD
9 48 (21.52%) Jenkins
10 47 (21.08%) JavaScript
10 47 (21.08%) Linux
11 44 (19.73%) CSS
12 41 (18.39%) C#
13 39 (17.49%) Subversion
14 38 (17.04%) JIRA
14 38 (17.04%) Windows
14 38 (17.04%) Configuration Management
14 38 (17.04%) Puppet
15 37 (16.59%) SQL
16 35 (15.70%) Python
16 35 (15.70%) BDD
17 34 (15.25%) Open Source
18 33 (14.80%) Microsoft Azure
18 33 (14.80%) SDLC
18 33 (14.80%) Web Services
19 32 (14.35%) JSON
19 32 (14.35%) Kanban
20 31 (13.90%) .NET
20 31 (13.90%) Amazon AWS

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 22 (9.87%) Confluence
2 11 (4.93%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 10 (4.48%) JBoss
3 10 (4.48%) nginx
3 10 (4.48%) Tomcat
4 8 (3.59%) Apache
5 7 (3.14%) Elasticsearch
6 5 (2.24%) IIS
7 3 (1.35%) WebLogic
8 2 (0.90%) Cloud Foundry
8 2 (0.90%) Mule
8 2 (0.90%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (0.45%) Chatbot
1 1 (0.45%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (0.45%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 17 (7.62%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (2.69%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 33 (14.80%) Microsoft Azure
2 31 (13.90%) Amazon AWS
3 12 (5.38%) Cloud Computing
4 10 (4.48%) AWS CloudFormation
5 9 (4.04%) Google Cloud Platform
5 9 (4.04%) PaaS
6 8 (3.59%) Dynamics 365
7 7 (3.14%) IaaS
7 7 (3.14%) SaaS
8 6 (2.69%) Amazon EC2
8 6 (2.69%) Route 53
9 5 (2.24%) Amazon ElastiCache
9 5 (2.24%) Amazon ELB
9 5 (2.24%) Amazon S3
9 5 (2.24%) Amazon SQS
9 5 (2.24%) GitHub
9 5 (2.24%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 3 (1.35%) Google Analytics
11 1 (0.45%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 19 (8.52%) HTTP
2 10 (4.48%) SSL
2 10 (4.48%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.45%) DSL
3 1 (0.45%) Internet
3 1 (0.45%) SDH
3 1 (0.45%) SMS
3 1 (0.45%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (10.31%) MongoDB
2 18 (8.07%) Oracle Database
3 14 (6.28%) Relational Database
4 13 (5.83%) PostgreSQL
5 12 (5.38%) SQL Server
6 9 (4.04%) MySQL
6 9 (4.04%) RDBMS
7 7 (3.14%) NoSQL
8 6 (2.69%) Amazon RDS
8 6 (2.69%) Hadoop
8 6 (2.69%) SQL Server 2012
9 5 (2.24%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 5 (2.24%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 3 (1.35%) Data Warehouse
11 2 (0.90%) Big Data
11 2 (0.90%) MariaDB
12 1 (0.45%) Apache Hive
12 1 (0.45%) HDInsight
Development Applications
1 61 (27.35%) Git (software)
2 55 (24.66%) Selenium
3 48 (21.52%) Jenkins
4 39 (17.49%) Subversion
5 38 (17.04%) JIRA
6 24 (10.76%) SpecFlow
7 20 (8.97%) Cucumber
7 20 (8.97%) JUnit
8 18 (8.07%) JMeter
9 17 (7.62%) Maven
10 15 (6.73%) Sonatype Nexus
11 12 (5.38%) SoapUI
11 12 (5.38%) WebDriver
12 11 (4.93%) GitLab
12 11 (4.93%) Visual Studio
13 10 (4.48%) Visual Studio Team System
14 9 (4.04%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 9 (4.04%) HP UFT
15 6 (2.69%) JIRA Agile
16 5 (2.24%) Gatling
General
1 20 (8.97%) Finance
2 16 (7.17%) Retail
3 4 (1.79%) Games
4 3 (1.35%) Banking
4 3 (1.35%) Telecoms
5 2 (0.90%) Automotive
5 2 (0.90%) Electronics
5 2 (0.90%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.45%) Back Office
6 1 (0.45%) Billing
6 1 (0.45%) Marketing
6 1 (0.45%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 75 (33.63%) Developer
2 42 (18.83%) Analyst
3 35 (15.70%) Test Analyst
4 26 (11.66%) DevOps Engineer
5 20 (8.97%) Test Leader
5 20 (8.97%) Tester
6 17 (7.62%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
7 16 (7.17%) Automation Test Analyst
8 11 (4.93%) .NET Developer
8 11 (4.93%) Java Developer
9 10 (4.48%) Automation Test Lead
9 10 (4.48%) Scala Developer
10 9 (4.04%) JavaScript Developer
11 8 (3.59%) Automation Tester
11 8 (3.59%) QA Analyst
12 7 (3.14%) Android Developer
12 7 (3.14%) Test Engineer
13 6 (2.69%) Azure Developer
13 6 (2.69%) HTML CSS Developer
13 6 (2.69%) HTML Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (24.22%) HTML
2 44 (19.73%) CSS
3 33 (14.80%) Web Services
4 32 (14.35%) JSON
5 31 (13.90%) .NET
5 31 (13.90%) HTML5
6 29 (13.00%) AngularJS
7 22 (9.87%) Middleware
8 19 (8.52%) REST
8 19 (8.52%) Spring
9 18 (8.07%) CSS3
9 18 (8.07%) RESTful
10 14 (6.28%) Ajax
11 13 (5.83%) Gherkin
11 13 (5.83%) Node.js
12 12 (5.38%) jQuery
12 12 (5.38%) LESS
12 12 (5.38%) XML
13 11 (4.93%) Elastic Stack
14 10 (4.48%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 15 (6.73%) User Experience
2 12 (5.38%) Enterprise Software
3 9 (4.04%) Analytical Skills
4 8 (3.59%) Smart Meter
5 6 (2.69%) Greenfield Project
6 5 (2.24%) DataPower
6 5 (2.24%) Mobile App
6 5 (2.24%) PKI
7 3 (1.35%) Computer Science
7 3 (1.35%) Data Centre
7 3 (1.35%) EPoS
7 3 (1.35%) Management Information System
7 3 (1.35%) Web 2.0
8 1 (0.45%) Animation
8 1 (0.45%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 47 (21.08%) Linux
2 38 (17.04%) Windows
3 19 (8.52%) Unix
4 14 (6.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 12 (5.38%) Android
6 5 (2.24%) Windows 10
7 4 (1.79%) CentOS
8 3 (1.35%) Apple iOS
8 3 (1.35%) Ubuntu
9 2 (0.90%) AIX
9 2 (0.90%) HPUX
9 2 (0.90%) Mac OS X
9 2 (0.90%) Solaris
10 1 (0.45%) Windows Server
10 1 (0.45%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 141 (63.23%) Agile Software Development
2 69 (30.94%) Continuous Integration
3 54 (24.22%) DevOps
4 53 (23.77%) Scrum
5 52 (23.32%) TDD
6 38 (17.04%) Configuration Management
7 35 (15.70%) BDD
8 34 (15.25%) Open Source
9 33 (14.80%) SDLC
10 32 (14.35%) Kanban
11 25 (11.21%) Front End Development
12 23 (10.31%) CRM
13 20 (8.97%) Integration Testing
13 20 (8.97%) Unit Testing
14 18 (8.07%) MVC
14 18 (8.07%) User Stories
14 18 (8.07%) Web Development
15 17 (7.62%) Manual Testing
16 16 (7.17%) Continuous Deployment
16 16 (7.17%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 58 (26.01%) Java
2 47 (21.08%) JavaScript
3 41 (18.39%) C#
4 37 (16.59%) SQL
5 35 (15.70%) Python
6 20 (8.97%) Perl
6 20 (8.97%) Ruby
7 14 (6.28%) Scala
8 11 (4.93%) PHP
9 9 (4.04%) Shell Script
10 7 (3.14%) ES6
11 6 (2.69%) Groovy
11 6 (2.69%) PL/SQL
12 5 (2.24%) Bash Shell
12 5 (2.24%) TypeScript
12 5 (2.24%) VB
12 5 (2.24%) VBScript
13 4 (1.79%) Apple Swift
13 4 (1.79%) Objective-C
14 3 (1.35%) C++
Qualifications
1 16 (7.17%) ISEB
1 16 (7.17%) ISTQB
2 7 (3.14%) Security Cleared
3 6 (2.69%) Degree
4 5 (2.24%) SC Cleared
5 3 (1.35%) CHECK Team Member
5 3 (1.35%) Computer Science Degree
6 2 (0.90%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (0.90%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.45%) CCNA
7 1 (0.45%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (0.45%) MCSE
7 1 (0.45%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (0.45%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (13.45%) QA
2 6 (2.69%) WCAG
3 4 (1.79%) WAI
4 3 (1.35%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 15 (6.73%) Docker
2 1 (0.45%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.45%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 38 (17.04%) Puppet
2 13 (5.83%) Ansible
2 13 (5.83%) Opscode Chef
3 12 (5.38%) ZABBIX
4 10 (4.48%) logstash
4 10 (4.48%) Terraform
5 8 (3.59%) Kibana
6 6 (2.69%) HP Quality Center
7 5 (2.24%) collectd
7 5 (2.24%) Graylog
7 5 (2.24%) Kubernetes
7 5 (2.24%) Nagios
7 5 (2.24%) Rundeck
7 5 (2.24%) Salt
7 5 (2.24%) StatsD
7 5 (2.24%) Tivoli
8 4 (1.79%) Consul
8 4 (1.79%) Packer
9 3 (1.35%) Grafana
10 2 (0.90%) HockeyApp
Vendors
1 26 (11.66%) Oracle
2 21 (9.42%) Google
3 17 (7.62%) Microsoft
4 14 (6.28%) Red Hat
5 12 (5.38%) HP
6 6 (2.69%) WSO2
7 5 (2.24%) CA
7 5 (2.24%) IBM
7 5 (2.24%) Micro Focus
7 5 (2.24%) Rackspace
7 5 (2.24%) SaltStack
7 5 (2.24%) Serena
7 5 (2.24%) Splunk
7 5 (2.24%) Teradata
8 4 (1.79%) Salesforce.com
8 4 (1.79%) SAP
9 3 (1.35%) Sitecore
9 3 (1.35%) webMethods
10 2 (0.90%) CollabNet
10 2 (0.90%) NetApp