The table below looks at the statistics for Test Automation skills in IT contracts advertised for the North East region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Automation over the 3 months to 29 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
29 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Automation
Rank 30 43 -
Rank change year-on-year
+13 -
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 35 15 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 4.52% 2.54% -
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 5.91% 3.48% -
Number of daily rates quoted 25 6 0
Average daily rate
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£375 £348 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.91% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
+15.38% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Average hourly rate - £34.75 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £32.50
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +15.38%
Test Automation
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 North East region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
North East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
592 431 197
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 76.39% 73.05% 69.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 356 272 94
Average daily rate £395 £350 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.85% +6.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £235 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £465 £513
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £365
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +2.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 7 10
Average hourly rate £15.68 £15.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.50% -21.05%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.87 £13.11
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £36.00 £34.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%

Test Automation
Jobs Demand Trend in the North East

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

Test Automation Jobs Demand Trend in the North East

Test Automation
Daily Rate Trend in the North East

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

Test Automation Daily Rate Trend in the North East

Test Automation
Daily Rate Histogram in the North East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Automation across the North East region over the 3 months to 29 May 2015.

Test Automation Daily Rate Histogram in the North East

Test Automation
Hourly Rate Trend in the North East

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

Test Automation Hourly Rate Trend in the North East

Test Automation
Contract Job Locations in the North East

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 North East region over the 3 months to 29 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
Tyne and Wear +15 35 £375 +7.91% 2
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North East

For the 6 months to 29 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North East 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 23 (53.49%) Continuous Integration
2 22 (51.16%) SQL
3 19 (44.19%) Automated Testing
3 19 (44.19%) QA
4 18 (41.86%) BDD
4 18 (41.86%) TDD
5 17 (39.53%) Web Services
5 17 (39.53%) XML
5 17 (39.53%) Java
5 17 (39.53%) Open Source
6 16 (37.21%) Agile Software Development
7 15 (34.88%) Project Management
7 15 (34.88%) RESTful
7 15 (34.88%) MongoDB
7 15 (34.88%) NoSQL
8 12 (27.91%) Test Strategy
9 11 (25.58%) Agile Project Management
9 11 (25.58%) Risk Analysis
10 10 (23.26%) Knowledge Management
11 9 (20.93%) QuickTest Pro
11 9 (20.93%) Test Scripting
12 8 (18.60%) Selenium
12 8 (18.60%) Degree
13 6 (13.95%) HP
13 6 (13.95%) VME
13 6 (13.95%) Scala
14 5 (11.63%) Sahi
14 5 (11.63%) WATIR
14 5 (11.63%) .NET
14 5 (11.63%) ICL

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills in the North East by Category

For the 6 months to 29 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North East 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 (2.33%) Sitecore CMS
1 1 (2.33%) Node.js
1 1 (2.33%) CMS
1 1 (2.33%) SharePoint
1 1 (2.33%) IIS
Applications
1 1 (2.33%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (4.65%) Oracle Applications
1 2 (4.65%) Oracle General Ledger
1 2 (4.65%) Oracle Payables
2 1 (2.33%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.33%) ATM
1 1 (2.33%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (34.88%) MongoDB
1 15 (34.88%) NoSQL
2 1 (2.33%) Relational Database
2 1 (2.33%) MySQL
2 1 (2.33%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (2.33%) RDBMS
2 1 (2.33%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 9 (20.93%) QuickTest Pro
2 8 (18.60%) Selenium
3 5 (11.63%) Sahi
3 5 (11.63%) WATIR
4 4 (9.30%) Cucumber
5 3 (6.98%) LoadRunner
6 1 (2.33%) JBehave
6 1 (2.33%) WebDriver
6 1 (2.33%) Rational Performance Tester
6 1 (2.33%) JIRA
General
1 3 (6.98%) Finance
2 2 (4.65%) General Ledger
3 1 (2.33%) Banking
3 1 (2.33%) Retail
3 1 (2.33%) Retail Banking
3 1 (2.33%) Marketing
3 1 (2.33%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 18 (41.86%) Analyst
2 16 (37.21%) Test Analyst
3 8 (18.60%) QA Analyst
4 7 (16.28%) Developer
5 6 (13.95%) QA Test Analyst
5 6 (13.95%) Scala Developer
6 5 (11.63%) Quality Analyst
7 3 (6.98%) Automation Analyst
7 3 (6.98%) Automation Test Analyst
7 3 (6.98%) Tester
8 2 (4.65%) QA Engineer
8 2 (4.65%) Test Engineer
8 2 (4.65%) QA Tester
9 1 (2.33%) Sitecore Developer
9 1 (2.33%) Automation Specialist
9 1 (2.33%) Automation Tester
9 1 (2.33%) Test Programme Manager
9 1 (2.33%) Test Architect
9 1 (2.33%) CRM Analyst
9 1 (2.33%) Functional Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (39.53%) Web Services
1 17 (39.53%) XML
2 15 (34.88%) RESTful
3 5 (11.63%) .NET
4 3 (6.98%) .NET Framework
5 1 (2.33%) Mustache
5 1 (2.33%) Sass
5 1 (2.33%) REST
5 1 (2.33%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (2.33%) Classic ASP
5 1 (2.33%) ASP.NET
5 1 (2.33%) SOAP
5 1 (2.33%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 1 (2.33%) Private Cloud
1 1 (2.33%) Inversion of Control
1 1 (2.33%) Online Banking
1 1 (2.33%) Mainframe
1 1 (2.33%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 6 (13.95%) VME
2 2 (4.65%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (53.49%) Continuous Integration
2 19 (44.19%) Automated Testing
3 18 (41.86%) BDD
3 18 (41.86%) TDD
4 17 (39.53%) Open Source
5 16 (37.21%) Agile Software Development
6 15 (34.88%) Project Management
7 12 (27.91%) Test Strategy
8 11 (25.58%) Agile Project Management
8 11 (25.58%) Risk Analysis
9 10 (23.26%) Knowledge Management
10 9 (20.93%) Test Scripting
11 3 (6.98%) Performance Testing
12 2 (4.65%) Risk Management
12 2 (4.65%) Validation
12 2 (4.65%) Scrum
12 2 (4.65%) Business Analysis
12 2 (4.65%) Automation Testing
13 1 (2.33%) Test Planning
13 1 (2.33%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 22 (51.16%) SQL
2 17 (39.53%) Java
3 6 (13.95%) Scala
4 4 (9.30%) Ruby
5 2 (4.65%) COBOL
6 1 (2.33%) C#
6 1 (2.33%) JavaScript
6 1 (2.33%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 8 (18.60%) Degree
2 3 (6.98%) Security Cleared
3 1 (2.33%) SC Cleared
3 1 (2.33%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (44.19%) QA
Vendors
1 6 (13.95%) HP
2 5 (11.63%) ICL
3 3 (6.98%) Oracle
4 2 (4.65%) Microsoft
5 1 (2.33%) Sitecore
5 1 (2.33%) TSYS