The table below looks at the statistics for Test Automation skills in IT contracts advertised for the Essex region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Automation over the 3 months to 19 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Automation
Rank 55 52 47
Rank change year-on-year
-3 -5
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 5 2 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Essex 1.02% 0.40% 0.22%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.27% 0.61% 0.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 0 0
Average daily rate
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£338 - -
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £332 £310
% change year-on-year
+5.42% +7.09%
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
East of England

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

Processes & Methodologies Category
Essex
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
395 328 303
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Essex 80.78% 66.40% 66.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 210 175 140
Average daily rate £425 £400 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 38 62
Average hourly rate £32.29 £27.50 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.40% -14.06%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.50 £15.25 £16.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.98 £37.50 £39.14
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.25 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-12.50% -

Test Automation
Jobs Demand Trend in Essex

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

Test Automation Jobs Demand Trend in Essex

Test Automation
Daily Rate Trend in Essex

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

Test Automation Daily Rate Trend in Essex

Test Automation
Contract Job Locations in Essex

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 Essex region over the 3 months to 19 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
Brentwood - 3 £338 -
Chelmsford - - - -
Colchester - - - -
Southend-on-Sea - - - -
Basildon - - - -
Test Automation
East of England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Essex

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Essex 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 9 (64.29%) Test Scripting
2 6 (42.86%) HP
2 6 (42.86%) Finance
2 6 (42.86%) ISTQB
2 6 (42.86%) QA
3 5 (35.71%) Data Migration
3 5 (35.71%) SQL
3 5 (35.71%) Migration
4 4 (28.57%) .NET
4 4 (28.57%) Linux
4 4 (28.57%) Python
5 3 (21.43%) Firewall
5 3 (21.43%) Wireless
5 3 (21.43%) Agile Software Development
5 3 (21.43%) STB
5 3 (21.43%) Content Management
5 3 (21.43%) PowerShell
5 3 (21.43%) NAS
5 3 (21.43%) Selenium
5 3 (21.43%) Ruby
5 3 (21.43%) Broadband
5 3 (21.43%) DHCP
5 3 (21.43%) RUP
5 3 (21.43%) VB.NET
5 3 (21.43%) JavaScript
5 3 (21.43%) Perl
5 3 (21.43%) PHP
5 3 (21.43%) FatWire
5 3 (21.43%) Scrum
5 3 (21.43%) Firmware

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills in Essex by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Essex 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 3 (21.43%) Firewall
1 3 (21.43%) Wireless
1 3 (21.43%) NAS
1 3 (21.43%) Broadband
1 3 (21.43%) DHCP
1 3 (21.43%) Telnet
2 2 (14.29%) FTP
2 2 (14.29%) HTTP
Development Applications
1 3 (21.43%) Selenium
2 1 (7.14%) QADirector
General
1 6 (42.86%) Finance
2 2 (14.29%) Legal
Job Titles
1 7 (50.00%) Tester
2 5 (35.71%) Analyst
3 4 (28.57%) QA Tester
4 2 (14.29%) Automation Tester
4 2 (14.29%) Automation Engineer
4 2 (14.29%) Business Analyst
4 2 (14.29%) Test Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Applications Tester
5 1 (7.14%) Applications Manager
5 1 (7.14%) Security Manager
5 1 (7.14%) QA Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Test Automation Specialist
5 1 (7.14%) Agile Business Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) QA Manager
5 1 (7.14%) Test Manager
5 1 (7.14%) Senior Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Security Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Test Engineer
5 1 (7.14%) Senior Test Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Penetration Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (28.57%) .NET
2 1 (7.14%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (21.43%) STB
1 3 (21.43%) Firmware
1 3 (21.43%) Embedded Systems
2 1 (7.14%) Cryptography
2 1 (7.14%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 4 (28.57%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (64.29%) Test Scripting
2 5 (35.71%) Data Migration
2 5 (35.71%) Migration
3 3 (21.43%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (21.43%) Content Management
3 3 (21.43%) RUP
3 3 (21.43%) Scrum
3 3 (21.43%) Continuous Improvement
3 3 (21.43%) User Stories
4 2 (14.29%) Security Testing
5 1 (7.14%) Risk Management
5 1 (7.14%) Identity Management
5 1 (7.14%) Penetration Testing
5 1 (7.14%) Automated Testing
5 1 (7.14%) Web Testing
5 1 (7.14%) Test Management
5 1 (7.14%) Performance Testing
5 1 (7.14%) Software Testing
5 1 (7.14%) Technical Architecture
5 1 (7.14%) Quality Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (35.71%) SQL
2 4 (28.57%) Python
3 3 (21.43%) PowerShell
3 3 (21.43%) Ruby
3 3 (21.43%) VB.NET
3 3 (21.43%) JavaScript
3 3 (21.43%) Perl
3 3 (21.43%) PHP
3 3 (21.43%) Bash Shell
4 2 (14.29%) Java
Qualifications
1 6 (42.86%) ISTQB
2 1 (7.14%) CEH
2 1 (7.14%) CSSLP
2 1 (7.14%) Degree
2 1 (7.14%) CISSP
2 1 (7.14%) CISM
2 1 (7.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (42.86%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (7.14%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 6 (42.86%) HP
2 3 (21.43%) FatWire
3 1 (7.14%) Progress