The table below looks at the statistics for Test Automation skills in IT contracts advertised for the Berkshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Automation over the 3 months to 22 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

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
22 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Automation
Rank 107 98 124
Rank change year-on-year
-9 +26
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 14 33 21
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 0.57% 1.29% 0.66%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.78% 1.89% 0.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 27 10
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£375 £388 £405
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.22% -4.32%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £328 £212 £247
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £425 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £335 £310
% change year-on-year
+4.47% +8.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.50 £30.75 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+25.20% -18.00%
Test Automation
South East

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the Berkshire region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Berkshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
1806 1744 2137
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 73.68% 67.97% 67.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 890 839 770
Average daily rate £390 £375 £382
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% -1.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £238 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £368 £363
% change year-on-year
+2.04% +1.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 36 41
Average hourly rate £17.07 £22.85 £30.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.29% -25.08%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £13.10 £11.03
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.00 £44.40 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-13.33% -

Test Automation
Jobs Demand Trend in Berkshire

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

Test Automation Jobs Demand Trend in Berkshire

Test Automation
Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

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

Test Automation Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

Test Automation
Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Automation across the Berkshire region over the 3 months to 22 September 2014.

Test Automation Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

Test Automation
Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Test Automation across the Berkshire region.

Test Automation Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

Test Automation
Contract Job Locations in Berkshire

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 Berkshire region over the 3 months to 22 September 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
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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
Live
Job
Vacancies
Slough - 4 £375 -
Reading -14 2 £525 +33.33% 2
Bracknell - 1 £350 - 2
Maidenhead - - - -
Newbury - - - -
Test Automation
South East

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 22 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Berkshire 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 17 (54.84%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (38.71%) QA
2 12 (38.71%) SQL
3 11 (35.48%) Java
3 11 (35.48%) ISEB
3 11 (35.48%) Scrum
4 10 (32.26%) Windows
5 9 (29.03%) Selenium
5 9 (29.03%) Test Scripting
5 9 (29.03%) HP Quality Center
6 8 (25.81%) QuickTest Pro
7 7 (22.58%) WinRunner
7 7 (22.58%) Python
7 7 (22.58%) C#
7 7 (22.58%) JUnit
7 7 (22.58%) Test Management
8 6 (19.35%) BDD
8 6 (19.35%) Jenkins
8 6 (19.35%) Perl
8 6 (19.35%) SQL Server
8 6 (19.35%) HP
8 6 (19.35%) Linux
8 6 (19.35%) Software Testing
8 6 (19.35%) Telecoms
9 5 (16.13%) Finance
9 5 (16.13%) Regression Testing
9 5 (16.13%) Clustering
9 5 (16.13%) Automated Testing
9 5 (16.13%) Ruby
9 5 (16.13%) SharePoint Server

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 22 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Berkshire 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.

Application Platforms
1 5 (16.13%) SharePoint Server
2 2 (6.45%) IIS
3 1 (3.23%) SharePoint
3 1 (3.23%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 2 (6.45%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (6.45%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (3.23%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.23%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.23%) GSM
1 1 (3.23%) UMTS
1 1 (3.23%) Internet
1 1 (3.23%) 3G
1 1 (3.23%) LTE
1 1 (3.23%) 4G
1 1 (3.23%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (19.35%) SQL Server
2 3 (9.68%) MySQL
3 2 (6.45%) RDBMS
3 2 (6.45%) Relational Database
4 1 (3.23%) DB2
Development Applications
1 9 (29.03%) Selenium
2 8 (25.81%) QuickTest Pro
3 7 (22.58%) JUnit
3 7 (22.58%) WinRunner
4 6 (19.35%) Jenkins
5 5 (16.13%) TestDirector
5 5 (16.13%) JIRA
6 4 (12.90%) Git (software)
6 4 (12.90%) JMeter
6 4 (12.90%) WebDriver
7 3 (9.68%) Ranorex
7 3 (9.68%) Zephyr
7 3 (9.68%) JBehave
7 3 (9.68%) TestNG
8 2 (6.45%) Eclipse
8 2 (6.45%) Cucumber
8 2 (6.45%) Robotium
9 1 (3.23%) SoapUI
9 1 (3.23%) Appcelerator Titanium
9 1 (3.23%) MSBuild
General
1 6 (19.35%) Telecoms
2 5 (16.13%) Finance
3 1 (3.23%) Manufacturing
3 1 (3.23%) Marketing
3 1 (3.23%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 10 (32.26%) Analyst
1 10 (32.26%) Test Analyst
2 4 (12.90%) Test Manager
2 4 (12.90%) Automation Engineer
3 3 (9.68%) QA Leader
3 3 (9.68%) Automation Tester
3 3 (9.68%) Developer
3 3 (9.68%) Tester
3 3 (9.68%) Test Engineer
4 2 (6.45%) Software Engineer
4 2 (6.45%) Performance Analyst
4 2 (6.45%) Performance Test Analyst
4 2 (6.45%) Automation Test Analyst
4 2 (6.45%) Automation Analyst
4 2 (6.45%) Test Automation Engineer
5 1 (3.23%) Platform Engineer
5 1 (3.23%) Mobile Test Analyst
5 1 (3.23%) QA Automation Engineer
5 1 (3.23%) Ruby on Rails Developer
5 1 (3.23%) Web Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (16.13%) SOAP
2 3 (9.68%) Web Services
3 2 (6.45%) .NET
3 2 (6.45%) ASP.NET
3 2 (6.45%) LAMP
3 2 (6.45%) Ruby on Rails
4 1 (3.23%) WCF
4 1 (3.23%) REST
4 1 (3.23%) HTML
4 1 (3.23%) Spring
4 1 (3.23%) Ajax
4 1 (3.23%) CSS
4 1 (3.23%) XML
4 1 (3.23%) DOM
Miscellaneous
1 5 (16.13%) Clustering
1 5 (16.13%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (9.68%) Computer Science
3 2 (6.45%) Open Source
4 1 (3.23%) Digital Media
4 1 (3.23%) Mobile App
4 1 (3.23%) Mobile Payment
4 1 (3.23%) IPTV
4 1 (3.23%) DTV
4 1 (3.23%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 10 (32.26%) Windows
2 6 (19.35%) Linux
3 5 (16.13%) AIX
3 5 (16.13%) Windows Server 2003
4 3 (9.68%) UNIX
4 3 (9.68%) Windows XP
5 2 (6.45%) Android
5 2 (6.45%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (54.84%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (35.48%) Scrum
3 9 (29.03%) Test Scripting
4 7 (22.58%) Test Management
5 6 (19.35%) Software Testing
5 6 (19.35%) BDD
6 5 (16.13%) Manual Testing
6 5 (16.13%) Automated Testing
6 5 (16.13%) Regression Testing
6 5 (16.13%) Automation Testing
7 4 (12.90%) TDD
7 4 (12.90%) Time Management
7 4 (12.90%) Kanban
7 4 (12.90%) Integration Testing
8 3 (9.68%) Unit Testing
8 3 (9.68%) Functional Testing
8 3 (9.68%) User Stories
8 3 (9.68%) Continuous Improvement
8 3 (9.68%) User Acceptance Testing
8 3 (9.68%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 12 (38.71%) SQL
2 11 (35.48%) Java
3 7 (22.58%) C#
3 7 (22.58%) Python
4 6 (19.35%) Perl
5 5 (16.13%) Ruby
6 4 (12.90%) VB
7 3 (9.68%) Shell Script
7 3 (9.68%) JavaScript
8 2 (6.45%) Korn
8 2 (6.45%) Bash Shell
9 1 (3.23%) XPath
9 1 (3.23%) Groovy
9 1 (3.23%) C
9 1 (3.23%) C++
9 1 (3.23%) PHP
9 1 (3.23%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 11 (35.48%) ISEB
2 5 (16.13%) ISTQB
2 5 (16.13%) Degree
3 4 (12.90%) Security Cleared
4 3 (9.68%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 3 (9.68%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (38.71%) QA
System Software
1 1 (3.23%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 9 (29.03%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (16.13%) McAfee ePO
2 5 (16.13%) Netcool
2 5 (16.13%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 6 (19.35%) HP
2 5 (16.13%) Citrix
2 5 (16.13%) Veritas
2 5 (16.13%) McAfee
3 3 (9.68%) Microsoft
4 2 (6.45%) Oracle
4 2 (6.45%) VMware
5 1 (3.23%) Cadence
5 1 (3.23%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
5 1 (3.23%) Appcelerator
5 1 (3.23%) SAP
5 1 (3.23%) Ericsson
5 1 (3.23%) Perforce