The first table below looks at the demand for Test Automation skills in IT contracts advertised for the East of England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Automation over the 3 months to 24 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 East of England 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
24 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Automation
Rank 110 93 102
Rank change year-on-year
-17 +9
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 28 23 30
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the East of England 0.91% 1.04% 0.97%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.27% 1.51% 1.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 11 16
Average daily rate £323 £325 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.76% -23.52%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £272 £290 £388
10% offered a daily rate of more than £390 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £331 £400
% change year-on-year
-0.37% -17.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 6
Average hourly rate £38.75 - £47.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.75 - £32.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.75 - £54.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £41.75 £44.09 £42.50
% change year-on-year
-5.30% +3.74%
Processes & Methodologies Category
East of England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2210 1528 2138
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the East of England 71.68% 68.83% 69.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 1253 841 1063
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £360 £370
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 134 128 186
Average hourly rate £35.50 £35.22 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.79% +0.62%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £18.60 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £43.00 £49.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.50 £32.00 £26.50
% change year-on-year
-1.56% +20.75%
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Jobs Demand Trend in the East of England

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

Test Automation Jobs Demand Trend in the East of England

Test Automation
Daily Rate Trend in the East of England

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

Test Automation Daily Rate Trend in the East of England

Test Automation
Daily Rate Histogram in the East of England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Automation across the East of England region over the 3 months to 24 April 2014.

Test Automation Daily Rate Histogram in the East of England

Test Automation
Hourly Rate Trend in the East of England

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

Test Automation Hourly Rate Trend in the East of England

Test Automation
Contract Job Locations in the East of England

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 East of England region over the 3 months to 24 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
Essex -1 18 £325 -27.77%
Bedfordshire - 5 £300 -
Hertfordshire -10 3 £280 -13.84% 1
Cambridgeshire -22 1 £375 +20.00% 5
Suffolk - 1 £375 -
Norfolk - - - -
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the East of England

For the 6 months to 24 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the East of England 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 21 (45.65%) SQL
2 16 (34.78%) C#
3 15 (32.61%) .NET
3 15 (32.61%) Finance
3 15 (32.61%) QA
4 14 (30.43%) Windows
5 13 (28.26%) QuickTest Pro
5 13 (28.26%) Automated Testing
6 11 (23.91%) SQL Server
7 10 (21.74%) T-SQL
7 10 (21.74%) VBScript
7 10 (21.74%) Selenium
8 9 (19.57%) Continuous Integration
9 8 (17.39%) Unit Testing
10 7 (15.22%) Test Scripting
10 7 (15.22%) ISTQB
10 7 (15.22%) NUnit
11 6 (13.04%) Migration
11 6 (13.04%) Software Testing
11 6 (13.04%) Python
11 6 (13.04%) HP
11 6 (13.04%) Oracle
11 6 (13.04%) Git (software)
11 6 (13.04%) BDD
12 5 (10.87%) Cucumber
12 5 (10.87%) Team Foundation Server
12 5 (10.87%) SpecFlow
12 5 (10.87%) JUnit
12 5 (10.87%) Microsoft
12 5 (10.87%) Code Coverage

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills in the East of England by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the East of England 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 (2.17%) HTTP
1 1 (2.17%) TCP/IP
1 1 (2.17%) VPN
1 1 (2.17%) SAN
1 1 (2.17%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (23.91%) SQL Server
2 3 (6.52%) Relational Database
3 1 (2.17%) MySQL
3 1 (2.17%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (2.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (2.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 13 (28.26%) QuickTest Pro
2 10 (21.74%) Selenium
3 7 (15.22%) NUnit
4 6 (13.04%) Git (software)
5 5 (10.87%) Team Foundation Server
5 5 (10.87%) Cucumber
5 5 (10.87%) SpecFlow
5 5 (10.87%) JUnit
6 4 (8.70%) Subversion
6 4 (8.70%) JIRA
6 4 (8.70%) FitNesse
6 4 (8.70%) MSTest
6 4 (8.70%) RSpec
7 3 (6.52%) NCover
7 3 (6.52%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 3 (6.52%) Visual Studio
8 2 (4.35%) Eclipse
8 2 (4.35%) JMeter
8 2 (4.35%) WebDriver
8 2 (4.35%) Mercurial
General
1 15 (32.61%) Finance
2 4 (8.70%) Retail
3 1 (2.17%) Telecoms
3 1 (2.17%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 9 (19.57%) Test Engineer
2 8 (17.39%) Tester
3 6 (13.04%) Analyst
3 6 (13.04%) Test Analyst
4 5 (10.87%) Test Automation Engineer
4 5 (10.87%) Automation Engineer
5 4 (8.70%) QA Tester
5 4 (8.70%) Architect
5 4 (8.70%) Solutions Architect
6 3 (6.52%) Consultant
6 3 (6.52%) Test Consultant
6 3 (6.52%) Test Automation Consultant
6 3 (6.52%) Developer
7 2 (4.35%) Automation Analyst
7 2 (4.35%) Test Automation Analyst
7 2 (4.35%) Software Engineer
7 2 (4.35%) .NET Developer
8 1 (2.17%) Systems Tester
8 1 (2.17%) Senior Analyst
8 1 (2.17%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (32.61%) .NET
2 5 (10.87%) .NET Framework
3 3 (6.52%) ASP.NET
3 3 (6.52%) Web Services
3 3 (6.52%) XML
4 2 (4.35%) SOAP
4 2 (4.35%) REST
5 1 (2.17%) HTML
5 1 (2.17%) jQuery
5 1 (2.17%) J2EE
5 1 (2.17%) XSD
5 1 (2.17%) XSLT
5 1 (2.17%) J2SE
Miscellaneous
1 4 (8.70%) N-Tier
2 2 (4.35%) Embedded Systems
3 1 (2.17%) Mobile App
3 1 (2.17%) NHS
3 1 (2.17%) Informatics
3 1 (2.17%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 14 (30.43%) Windows
2 4 (8.70%) Linux
3 3 (6.52%) UNIX
4 2 (4.35%) Windows CE
5 1 (2.17%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (28.26%) Automated Testing
2 9 (19.57%) Continuous Integration
3 8 (17.39%) Unit Testing
4 7 (15.22%) Test Scripting
5 6 (13.04%) BDD
5 6 (13.04%) Software Testing
5 6 (13.04%) Migration
6 5 (10.87%) Agile Software Development
6 5 (10.87%) TDD
6 5 (10.87%) Code Coverage
6 5 (10.87%) Data Migration
7 4 (8.70%) Domain-Driven Design
7 4 (8.70%) Information Architecture
7 4 (8.70%) E-Commerce
7 4 (8.70%) Data Modelling
7 4 (8.70%) Content Management
7 4 (8.70%) UML
7 4 (8.70%) Test Strategy
8 3 (6.52%) Manual Testing
8 3 (6.52%) OO
Programming Languages
1 21 (45.65%) SQL
2 16 (34.78%) C#
3 10 (21.74%) T-SQL
3 10 (21.74%) VBScript
4 6 (13.04%) Python
5 4 (8.70%) C++
5 4 (8.70%) C
6 3 (6.52%) Perl
6 3 (6.52%) Bash Shell
6 3 (6.52%) Java
6 3 (6.52%) VB
7 1 (2.17%) JavaScript
7 1 (2.17%) Tcl
7 1 (2.17%) Shell Script
7 1 (2.17%) Ruby
7 1 (2.17%) Korn
7 1 (2.17%) XPath
7 1 (2.17%) Groovy
7 1 (2.17%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 7 (15.22%) ISTQB
2 2 (4.35%) Degree
2 2 (4.35%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (32.61%) QA
System Software
1 1 (2.17%) VMware Infrastructure
1 1 (2.17%) KVM
Systems Management
1 1 (2.17%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
1 1 (2.17%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (2.17%) Puppet
1 1 (2.17%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 6 (13.04%) Oracle
1 6 (13.04%) HP
2 5 (10.87%) Microsoft
3 1 (2.17%) Sun
3 1 (2.17%) Sybase
3 1 (2.17%) IBM
3 1 (2.17%) Hitachi
3 1 (2.17%) NetApp
3 1 (2.17%) Red Hat
3 1 (2.17%) Perforce
3 1 (2.17%) VMware
3 1 (2.17%) Netezza