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 1 October 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
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Automation
Rank 68 - 20
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 7 0 28
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 0.95% - 5.88%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.23% - 9.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 0 21
Average daily rate
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£320 - £243
90% offered a daily rate of more than £298 - £223
10% offered a daily rate of more than £343 - £295
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £310
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +8.87%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.50 - £37.50
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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
568 224 301
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 76.86% 67.07% 63.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 366 117 138
Average daily rate £360 £350 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% +27.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £190 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £365 £365
% change year-on-year
+2.73% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 22 19
Average hourly rate £22.15 £22.00 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.68% +37.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.20 £7.46
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.00 £32.50 £25.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.83 £30.00 £28.50
% change year-on-year
-10.56% +5.26%

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
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 1 October 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
Tyne and Wear - 7 £320 - 4
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 27 Related IT Skills in the North East

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, 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 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (91.30%) Selenium
3 20 (86.96%) JUnit
3 20 (86.96%) Automated Testing
3 20 (86.96%) WebDriver
3 20 (86.96%) Jenkins
4 19 (82.61%) Cucumber
5 18 (78.26%) RSpec
5 18 (78.26%) Web Testing
5 18 (78.26%) Automation Testing
6 13 (56.52%) Java
7 11 (47.83%) Ruby
7 11 (47.83%) Scrum
7 11 (47.83%) TDD
8 10 (43.48%) QA
8 10 (43.48%) Test Scripting
9 9 (39.13%) Software Testing
10 7 (30.43%) Games
11 5 (21.74%) Scala
11 5 (21.74%) C#
11 5 (21.74%) Python
11 5 (21.74%) User Stories
12 2 (8.70%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 2 (8.70%) SC Cleared
12 2 (8.70%) Security Cleared
12 2 (8.70%) Aerospace
12 2 (8.70%) ISTQB

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

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, 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.

Development Applications
1 21 (91.30%) Selenium
2 20 (86.96%) JUnit
2 20 (86.96%) WebDriver
2 20 (86.96%) Jenkins
3 19 (82.61%) Cucumber
4 18 (78.26%) RSpec
General
1 7 (30.43%) Games
2 2 (8.70%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 10 (43.48%) Test Consultant
1 10 (43.48%) Consultant
2 8 (34.78%) Test Automation Consultant
3 4 (17.39%) Automation Engineer
3 4 (17.39%) Test Engineer
4 3 (13.04%) Test Specialist
4 3 (13.04%) Analyst
4 3 (13.04%) Test Analyst
4 3 (13.04%) Test Automation Specialist
4 3 (13.04%) Automation Specialist
5 2 (8.70%) Automation Tester
5 2 (8.70%) Tester
6 1 (4.35%) Automation Test Analyst
6 1 (4.35%) QA Engineer
6 1 (4.35%) Automation Analyst
6 1 (4.35%) QA Automation Engineer
6 1 (4.35%) Agile Tester
6 1 (4.35%) Selenium Tester
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (86.96%) Automated Testing
3 18 (78.26%) Web Testing
3 18 (78.26%) Automation Testing
4 11 (47.83%) Scrum
4 11 (47.83%) TDD
5 10 (43.48%) Test Scripting
6 9 (39.13%) Software Testing
7 5 (21.74%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 13 (56.52%) Java
2 11 (47.83%) Ruby
3 5 (21.74%) Scala
3 5 (21.74%) C#
3 5 (21.74%) Python
Qualifications
1 2 (8.70%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
1 2 (8.70%) SC Cleared
1 2 (8.70%) Security Cleared
1 2 (8.70%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (43.48%) QA