The table below looks at the statistics for Test Automation skills in IT contracts advertised for the Kent region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Automation over the 3 months to 10 February 2016 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
10 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Automation
Rank 43 38 37
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -1
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 5 3 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Kent 1.58% 1.10% 0.47%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.16% 1.55% 0.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 2 1
Average daily rate £450 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+24.13% +3.57%
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £365 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.73% +12.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £50.00 £36.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+36.98% -2.66%
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 Kent region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Kent
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
231 194 136
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Kent 72.87% 71.06% 63.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 179 113 84
Average daily rate £350 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.50% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £290 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 12 10
Average hourly rate £170.00 £40.00 £16.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+325.00% +146.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.46 £9.00 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £185.00 £40.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+45.45% -

Test Automation
Jobs Demand Trend in Kent

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

Test Automation Jobs Demand Trend in Kent

Test Automation
Daily Rate Trend in Kent

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

Test Automation Daily Rate Trend in Kent

Test Automation
Contract Job Locations in Kent

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 Kent region over the 3 months to 10 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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
Tunbridge Wells - 2 - -
West Malling - 1 £375 -
Test Automation
South East

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Kent

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Kent 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%) Scrum
1 5 (83.33%) Agile Software Development
1 5 (83.33%) Team Foundation Server
1 5 (83.33%) Gherkin
2 4 (66.67%) Defect Management
2 4 (66.67%) QA
2 4 (66.67%) Selenium
2 4 (66.67%) Test Management
3 3 (50.00%) Test Scripting
3 3 (50.00%) SoapUI
3 3 (50.00%) SpecFlow
3 3 (50.00%) BDD
3 3 (50.00%) Finance
3 3 (50.00%) SOAP
3 3 (50.00%) UML
3 3 (50.00%) Microsoft
3 3 (50.00%) SQL
3 3 (50.00%) HP UFT
3 3 (50.00%) Test Planning
3 3 (50.00%) Automation Testing
4 2 (33.33%) Functional Testing
4 2 (33.33%) C#
4 2 (33.33%) Integration Testing
4 2 (33.33%) Automated Testing
5 1 (16.67%) ISTQB
5 1 (16.67%) .NET Framework
5 1 (16.67%) Back Office
5 1 (16.67%) TDD
5 1 (16.67%) Project Management
5 1 (16.67%) .NET

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills in Kent by Category

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Kent 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.

Development Applications
1 5 (83.33%) Team Foundation Server
2 4 (66.67%) Selenium
3 3 (50.00%) HP UFT
3 3 (50.00%) SoapUI
3 3 (50.00%) SpecFlow
General
1 3 (50.00%) Finance
2 1 (16.67%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 3 (50.00%) Test Leader
2 2 (33.33%) Agile Test Manager
2 2 (33.33%) Automation Test Lead
2 2 (33.33%) QA Leader
2 2 (33.33%) Technical Leader
2 2 (33.33%) Test Manager
3 1 (16.67%) Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Automation Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Automation Engineer
3 1 (16.67%) Automation Test Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) QA Automation Engineer
3 1 (16.67%) QA Engineer
3 1 (16.67%) Senior QA Engineer
3 1 (16.67%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (83.33%) Gherkin
2 3 (50.00%) SOAP
3 1 (16.67%) .NET
3 1 (16.67%) .NET Framework
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (83.33%) Agile Software Development
1 5 (83.33%) Scrum
2 4 (66.67%) Defect Management
2 4 (66.67%) Test Management
3 3 (50.00%) Automation Testing
3 3 (50.00%) BDD
3 3 (50.00%) Test Planning
3 3 (50.00%) Test Scripting
3 3 (50.00%) UML
4 2 (33.33%) Automated Testing
4 2 (33.33%) Functional Testing
4 2 (33.33%) Integration Testing
5 1 (16.67%) Project Management
5 1 (16.67%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 3 (50.00%) SQL
2 2 (33.33%) C#
Qualifications
1 1 (16.67%) ISEB
1 1 (16.67%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (66.67%) QA
2 1 (16.67%) SDET
Vendors
1 3 (50.00%) Microsoft