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 28 August 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Automation
Rank 66 52 -
Rank change year-on-year
-14 -
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 20 9 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 1.89% 1.52% -
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.31% 2.00% -
Number of daily rates quoted 13 4 0
Average daily rate
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£308 £320 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.90% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £366 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.64% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.44 £38.50 £29.00
% change year-on-year
-18.33% +32.75%
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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
865 451 266
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 81.60% 76.31% 70.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 555 281 133
Average daily rate £425 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.05% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £245 £218
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 29 30
Average hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -38.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £13.00 £17.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.60 £32.09 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £25.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+30.00% -16.66%

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 28 August 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 28 August 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 -14 20 £308 -3.90% 4
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England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North East

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 34 (61.82%) Automated Testing
2 24 (43.64%) TDD
3 23 (41.82%) Java
3 23 (41.82%) QA
4 21 (38.18%) Agile Software Development
5 20 (36.36%) Test Scripting
5 20 (36.36%) Test Strategy
6 19 (34.55%) Risk Analysis
7 18 (32.73%) SQL
7 18 (32.73%) Project Management
7 18 (32.73%) Continuous Integration
8 16 (29.09%) Knowledge Management
8 16 (29.09%) Selenium
9 15 (27.27%) Degree
9 15 (27.27%) Scala
10 14 (25.45%) BDD
11 13 (23.64%) Web Services
11 13 (23.64%) XML
12 12 (21.82%) Cucumber
12 12 (21.82%) WebDriver
12 12 (21.82%) Open Source
13 11 (20.00%) RESTful
13 11 (20.00%) Automation Testing
13 11 (20.00%) MongoDB
13 11 (20.00%) NoSQL
13 11 (20.00%) Ruby
13 11 (20.00%) C#
13 11 (20.00%) HP
14 10 (18.18%) JUnit
14 10 (18.18%) Web Testing

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

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 (1.82%) IIS
1 1 (1.82%) CMS
1 1 (1.82%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 1 (1.82%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (3.64%) Oracle Applications
1 2 (3.64%) Oracle General Ledger
1 2 (3.64%) Oracle Payables
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.82%) ATM
1 1 (1.82%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (20.00%) MongoDB
1 11 (20.00%) NoSQL
2 5 (9.09%) Data Mining
3 1 (1.82%) RDBMS
3 1 (1.82%) MySQL
3 1 (1.82%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.82%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.82%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 16 (29.09%) Selenium
2 12 (21.82%) WebDriver
2 12 (21.82%) Cucumber
3 10 (18.18%) RSpec
3 10 (18.18%) Jenkins
3 10 (18.18%) JUnit
4 7 (12.73%) HP UFT
5 4 (7.27%) LoadRunner
6 2 (3.64%) JIRA
6 2 (3.64%) WATIR
6 2 (3.64%) Sahi
7 1 (1.82%) JBehave
7 1 (1.82%) SoapUI
7 1 (1.82%) Visual Studio
7 1 (1.82%) Rational Performance Tester
7 1 (1.82%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 4 (7.27%) Finance
1 4 (7.27%) Games
2 2 (3.64%) General Ledger
3 1 (1.82%) Retail Banking
3 1 (1.82%) Marketing
3 1 (1.82%) Banking
3 1 (1.82%) Retail
Job Titles
1 19 (34.55%) Analyst
2 17 (30.91%) Test Analyst
3 10 (18.18%) Test Engineer
4 8 (14.55%) QA Analyst
4 8 (14.55%) Automation Engineer
4 8 (14.55%) Test Automation Engineer
5 7 (12.73%) Developer
6 6 (10.91%) Tester
6 6 (10.91%) QA Test Analyst
6 6 (10.91%) Scala Developer
7 5 (9.09%) Quality Analyst
8 3 (5.45%) Automation Tester
9 2 (3.64%) Automation Analyst
9 2 (3.64%) Automation Test Analyst
9 2 (3.64%) Test Manager
10 1 (1.82%) Senior Analyst
10 1 (1.82%) Junior
10 1 (1.82%) Architect
10 1 (1.82%) Functional Analyst
10 1 (1.82%) Performance Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (23.64%) Web Services
1 13 (23.64%) XML
2 11 (20.00%) RESTful
3 3 (5.45%) .NET Framework
3 3 (5.45%) .NET
4 2 (3.64%) SOAP
5 1 (1.82%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (1.82%) REST
5 1 (1.82%) Classic ASP
5 1 (1.82%) ASP.NET
5 1 (1.82%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 1 (1.82%) Mainframe
1 1 (1.82%) Management Information System
1 1 (1.82%) Online Banking
1 1 (1.82%) Inversion of Control
1 1 (1.82%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 6 (10.91%) VME
2 2 (3.64%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (61.82%) Automated Testing
2 24 (43.64%) TDD
3 21 (38.18%) Agile Software Development
4 20 (36.36%) Test Scripting
4 20 (36.36%) Test Strategy
5 19 (34.55%) Risk Analysis
6 18 (32.73%) Continuous Integration
6 18 (32.73%) Project Management
7 16 (29.09%) Knowledge Management
8 14 (25.45%) BDD
9 12 (21.82%) Open Source
10 11 (20.00%) Automation Testing
11 10 (18.18%) Web Testing
12 8 (14.55%) Agile Project Management
13 7 (12.73%) Scrum
14 6 (10.91%) Mentoring
15 5 (9.09%) Software Testing
16 4 (7.27%) User Stories
17 2 (3.64%) Business Analysis
17 2 (3.64%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 23 (41.82%) Java
2 18 (32.73%) SQL
3 15 (27.27%) Scala
4 11 (20.00%) Ruby
4 11 (20.00%) C#
5 9 (16.36%) Python
6 2 (3.64%) COBOL
7 1 (1.82%) JavaScript
7 1 (1.82%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 15 (27.27%) Degree
2 5 (9.09%) Security Cleared
3 3 (5.45%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.82%) BC Cleared
4 1 (1.82%) ISEB
4 1 (1.82%) ISTQB
4 1 (1.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (41.82%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (1.82%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 11 (20.00%) HP
2 5 (9.09%) ICL
3 3 (5.45%) Oracle
4 2 (3.64%) Microsoft
5 1 (1.82%) Sitecore
5 1 (1.82%) TSYS
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