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 27 May 2015 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
27 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Automation
Rank 49 42 47
Rank change year-on-year
-7 +5
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 5 13 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Essex 0.91% 2.17% 0.50%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.21% 2.95% 0.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 3 1
Average daily rate
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£261 £325 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-19.61% -27.77%
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £325 £344
% change year-on-year
+15.38% -5.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £32.50
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +15.38%
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
412 440 300
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Essex 75.18% 73.33% 74.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 224 254 152
Average daily rate £400 £400 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +23.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £244 £240 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £365
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +2.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 37 55
Average hourly rate £40.50 £30.50 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+32.78% -6.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.50 £15.00 £22.66
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.50 £43.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%

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 27 May 2015. 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
Chelmsford - 3 £210 -
Basildon -12 1 - -
Brentwood - 1 £313 - 2
Test Automation
East of England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Essex

For the 6 months to 27 May 2015, 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 5 (83.33%) QuickTest Pro
2 4 (66.67%) HP
2 4 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (66.67%) Software Testing
3 3 (50.00%) QA
3 3 (50.00%) Selenium
3 3 (50.00%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (50.00%) SoapUI
3 3 (50.00%) SOAP
4 2 (33.33%) Scrum
4 2 (33.33%) Finance
4 2 (33.33%) LoadRunner
4 2 (33.33%) Mentoring
4 2 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (33.33%) Automated Testing
4 2 (33.33%) Performance Testing
4 2 (33.33%) Manual Testing
4 2 (33.33%) TDD
5 1 (16.67%) Banking
5 1 (16.67%) Subversion
5 1 (16.67%) ISEB Practitioner
5 1 (16.67%) Information Management
5 1 (16.67%) Maven
5 1 (16.67%) ISTQB
5 1 (16.67%) WebSphere
5 1 (16.67%) Web Development
5 1 (16.67%) Java SE
5 1 (16.67%) JIRA
5 1 (16.67%) Git (software)
5 1 (16.67%) AccuRev

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills in Essex by Category

For the 6 months to 27 May 2015, 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.

Application Platforms
1 1 (16.67%) WebSphere
1 1 (16.67%) Adobe Experience Manager
Communications & Networking
1 1 (16.67%) Internet
Development Applications
1 5 (83.33%) QuickTest Pro
2 3 (50.00%) Selenium
2 3 (50.00%) SoapUI
3 2 (33.33%) LoadRunner
4 1 (16.67%) JMeter
4 1 (16.67%) Subversion
4 1 (16.67%) Maven
4 1 (16.67%) JIRA
4 1 (16.67%) Git (software)
4 1 (16.67%) AccuRev
4 1 (16.67%) Cucumber
4 1 (16.67%) Hudson
4 1 (16.67%) Jenkins
4 1 (16.67%) Ant
4 1 (16.67%) JUnit
4 1 (16.67%) Eclipse
General
1 2 (33.33%) Finance
2 1 (16.67%) Legal
2 1 (16.67%) Manufacturing
2 1 (16.67%) Banking
Job Titles
1 2 (33.33%) Test Leader
2 1 (16.67%) Automation Specialist
2 1 (16.67%) Head of Testing
2 1 (16.67%) Senior Test Automation Specialist
2 1 (16.67%) Tester
2 1 (16.67%) Analyst
2 1 (16.67%) Test Analyst
2 1 (16.67%) Test Specialist
2 1 (16.67%) Test Automation Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (50.00%) SOAP
2 1 (16.67%) Web Services
2 1 (16.67%) XML
2 1 (16.67%) Java SE
2 1 (16.67%) HTML
2 1 (16.67%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 2 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 1 (16.67%) UNIX
1 1 (16.67%) Windows
1 1 (16.67%) Solaris
1 1 (16.67%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
1 4 (66.67%) Software Testing
2 2 (33.33%) Performance Testing
2 2 (33.33%) Manual Testing
2 2 (33.33%) Mentoring
2 2 (33.33%) TDD
2 2 (33.33%) Scrum
2 2 (33.33%) Automated Testing
3 1 (16.67%) Information Management
3 1 (16.67%) OO
3 1 (16.67%) B2C
3 1 (16.67%) Configuration Management
3 1 (16.67%) Regression Testing
3 1 (16.67%) Validation
3 1 (16.67%) Waterfall
3 1 (16.67%) BDD
3 1 (16.67%) Continuous Integration
3 1 (16.67%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 1 (16.67%) Java
1 1 (16.67%) JavaScript
1 1 (16.67%) VBScript
1 1 (16.67%) VB
Qualifications
1 1 (16.67%) ISEB
1 1 (16.67%) ISEB Practitioner
1 1 (16.67%) ISTQB
1 1 (16.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (50.00%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (50.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (66.67%) HP
2 1 (16.67%) IBM
2 1 (16.67%) Adobe