The first table below looks at the demand for Test Automation skills in IT contracts advertised for the Bedfordshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Automation over the 3 months to 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the Bedfordshire region.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Automation
Rank 40 - 35
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 5 0 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 1.14% - 0.91%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.43% - 1.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 0 0
Average daily rate £300 - -
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £350 £400
% change year-on-year
-5.71% -12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £40.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £105.00 £40.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year
+162.50% -5.88%
Processes & Methodologies Category
Bedfordshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
350 145 244
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 79.55% 75.92% 73.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 213 89 102
Average daily rate £425 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.33% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £210 £236
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £550 £438
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £360 £370
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 4 23
Average hourly rate £37.50 £19.39 £36.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+93.39% -46.87%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £16.70 £27.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £35.50 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £32.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +16.36%
Test Automation
East of England

Test Automation
Jobs Demand Trend in Bedfordshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Test Automation across the Bedfordshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Test Automation Jobs Demand Trend in Bedfordshire

Test Automation
Daily Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Test Automation across the Bedfordshire region.

Test Automation Daily Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

Test Automation
Contract Job Locations in Bedfordshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Automation within the Bedfordshire region over the 3 months to 18 April 2014. 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
(Click each for more statistics)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Find
Job
Vacancies
Luton - 5 £300 -
Bedford - - - -
Test Automation
East of England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Bedfordshire region citing Test Automation also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Test Automation.

1 7 (70.00%) C#
1 7 (70.00%) Automated Testing
1 7 (70.00%) Selenium
2 5 (50.00%) Cucumber
2 5 (50.00%) BDD
2 5 (50.00%) .NET
3 4 (40.00%) JUnit
3 4 (40.00%) NUnit
3 4 (40.00%) MSTest
3 4 (40.00%) FitNesse
3 4 (40.00%) Team Foundation Server
3 4 (40.00%) RSpec
3 4 (40.00%) Unit Testing
3 4 (40.00%) SpecFlow
3 4 (40.00%) QA
4 3 (30.00%) Scrum
4 3 (30.00%) Windows
4 3 (30.00%) Microsoft
5 2 (20.00%) Windows CE
5 2 (20.00%) ISEB
5 2 (20.00%) OO
5 2 (20.00%) Visual Studio
5 2 (20.00%) C++
5 2 (20.00%) C
5 2 (20.00%) Degree
5 2 (20.00%) Software Testing
5 2 (20.00%) Manual Testing
6 1 (10.00%) Puppet
6 1 (10.00%) Network Management
6 1 (10.00%) Test Strategy

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Bedfordshire region citing Test Automation also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Test Automation. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Communications & Networking
1 1 (10.00%) Firewall
1 1 (10.00%) VPN
1 1 (10.00%) SAN
Development Applications
1 7 (70.00%) Selenium
2 5 (50.00%) Cucumber
3 4 (40.00%) JUnit
3 4 (40.00%) NUnit
3 4 (40.00%) MSTest
3 4 (40.00%) FitNesse
3 4 (40.00%) Team Foundation Server
3 4 (40.00%) RSpec
3 4 (40.00%) SpecFlow
4 2 (20.00%) Visual Studio
5 1 (10.00%) TestComplete
5 1 (10.00%) LabVIEW
General
1 1 (10.00%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 5 (50.00%) Test Engineer
2 3 (30.00%) Analyst
2 3 (30.00%) Test Analyst
3 2 (20.00%) Test Automation Analyst
3 2 (20.00%) Test Automation Engineer
3 2 (20.00%) Automation Analyst
3 2 (20.00%) Automation Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Automated Test Analyst
4 1 (10.00%) ScrumMaster
4 1 (10.00%) Automated Tester
4 1 (10.00%) Software Test Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Tester
4 1 (10.00%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (50.00%) .NET
2 1 (10.00%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 1 (10.00%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 3 (30.00%) Windows
2 2 (20.00%) Windows CE
3 1 (10.00%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (70.00%) Automated Testing
2 5 (50.00%) BDD
3 4 (40.00%) Unit Testing
4 3 (30.00%) Scrum
5 2 (20.00%) OO
5 2 (20.00%) Software Testing
5 2 (20.00%) Manual Testing
6 1 (10.00%) Network Management
6 1 (10.00%) Test Strategy
6 1 (10.00%) Automation Testing
6 1 (10.00%) Requirements Analysis
6 1 (10.00%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 7 (70.00%) C#
2 2 (20.00%) C++
2 2 (20.00%) C
3 1 (10.00%) Bash Shell
3 1 (10.00%) Perl
3 1 (10.00%) Python
Qualifications
1 2 (20.00%) ISEB
1 2 (20.00%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (40.00%) QA
System Software
1 1 (10.00%) VMware Infrastructure
1 1 (10.00%) KVM
Systems Management
1 1 (10.00%) Puppet
1 1 (10.00%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 3 (30.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (10.00%) VMware
2 1 (10.00%) Hitachi
2 1 (10.00%) NetApp
2 1 (10.00%) Red Hat
2 1 (10.00%) Sun
2 1 (10.00%) HP