The first table below looks at the demand 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 22 July 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 Essex 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
22 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Automation
Rank 52 54 -
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 4 2 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Essex 0.81% 0.43% -
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.09% 0.62% -
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 0
Average daily rate
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£300 - -
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £350 £300
% change year-on-year
-7.14% +16.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £30.75 £40.00
% change year-on-year
+21.95% -23.12%
Processes & Methodologies Category
Essex
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
367 323 332
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Essex 74.44% 69.16% 66.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 196 155 159
Average daily rate £400 £365 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.58% +4.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £281 £213 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £496 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 57 66
Average hourly rate £30.00 £32.50 £32.10
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% +1.24%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.50 £22.66 £17.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.95 £43.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £31.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-14.51% -
Test Automation
East of England

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 22 July 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
Basildon -2 1 - -
Brentwood - - - -
Chelmsford - - - -
Southend-on-Sea - - - -
Test Automation
East of England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Essex

For the 6 months to 22 July 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 16 (69.57%) SQL
1 16 (69.57%) Finance
2 13 (56.52%) QuickTest Pro
3 10 (43.48%) T-SQL
3 10 (43.48%) VBScript
3 10 (43.48%) Windows
4 7 (30.43%) ISTQB
5 6 (26.09%) QA
5 6 (26.09%) HP
5 6 (26.09%) Test Scripting
6 5 (21.74%) Data Migration
6 5 (21.74%) Migration
7 3 (13.04%) Agile Software Development
7 3 (13.04%) Content Management
7 3 (13.04%) FatWire
7 3 (13.04%) Scrum
7 3 (13.04%) RUP
7 3 (13.04%) VB
7 3 (13.04%) Continuous Improvement
7 3 (13.04%) User Stories
8 2 (8.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 2 (8.70%) Software Testing
8 2 (8.70%) .NET
8 2 (8.70%) Legal
8 2 (8.70%) Automated Testing
8 2 (8.70%) Performance Testing
8 2 (8.70%) Security Testing
8 2 (8.70%) Web Testing
8 2 (8.70%) Test Management
9 1 (4.35%) CSSLP

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills in Essex by Category

For the 6 months to 22 July 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.

Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.35%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 13 (56.52%) QuickTest Pro
2 1 (4.35%) QADirector
General
1 16 (69.57%) Finance
2 2 (8.70%) Legal
Job Titles
1 5 (21.74%) Tester
1 5 (21.74%) Analyst
2 4 (17.39%) QA Tester
3 2 (8.70%) Business Analyst
3 2 (8.70%) Test Analyst
3 2 (8.70%) Consultant
3 2 (8.70%) Test Consultant
3 2 (8.70%) Test Automation Consultant
4 1 (4.35%) Agile Business Analyst
4 1 (4.35%) Application Security Analyst
4 1 (4.35%) Automation Specialist
4 1 (4.35%) Security Tester
4 1 (4.35%) Senior Test Automation Specialist
4 1 (4.35%) Applications Manager
4 1 (4.35%) Security Manager
4 1 (4.35%) Applications Tester
4 1 (4.35%) QA Analyst
4 1 (4.35%) QA Manager
4 1 (4.35%) Test Manager
4 1 (4.35%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (8.70%) .NET
2 1 (4.35%) .NET Framework
2 1 (4.35%) Web Services
2 1 (4.35%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (4.35%) Cryptography
1 1 (4.35%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 10 (43.48%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (26.09%) Test Scripting
2 5 (21.74%) Data Migration
2 5 (21.74%) Migration
3 3 (13.04%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (13.04%) Content Management
3 3 (13.04%) Scrum
3 3 (13.04%) RUP
3 3 (13.04%) Continuous Improvement
3 3 (13.04%) User Stories
4 2 (8.70%) Software Testing
4 2 (8.70%) Automated Testing
4 2 (8.70%) Performance Testing
4 2 (8.70%) Security Testing
4 2 (8.70%) Web Testing
4 2 (8.70%) Test Management
5 1 (4.35%) Security Architecture
5 1 (4.35%) Stress Testing
5 1 (4.35%) Stakeholder Management
5 1 (4.35%) Penetration Testing
5 1 (4.35%) Technical Architecture
Programming Languages
1 16 (69.57%) SQL
2 10 (43.48%) T-SQL
2 10 (43.48%) VBScript
3 3 (13.04%) VB
4 1 (4.35%) C#
4 1 (4.35%) Java
Qualifications
1 7 (30.43%) ISTQB
2 2 (8.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (4.35%) CSSLP
3 1 (4.35%) CEH
3 1 (4.35%) Degree
3 1 (4.35%) CISM
3 1 (4.35%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (26.09%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (4.35%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (4.35%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 6 (26.09%) HP
2 3 (13.04%) FatWire
3 1 (4.35%) Progress
3 1 (4.35%) Microsoft