The table below looks at the statistics for Test Automation skills in IT contracts advertised for the Northamptonshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Automation over the 3 months to 5 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
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Automation
Rank 34 42 27
Rank change year-on-year
+8 -15
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 1 5 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Northamptonshire 0.35% 1.22% 3.14%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.42% 1.54% 4.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 3 6
Average daily rate £250 £383 £235
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-34.64% +62.76%
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 £37.50 £35.63
% change year-on-year
+33.33% +5.26%
Test Automation
East Midlands

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the Northamptonshire region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Northamptonshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
236 324 243
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Northamptonshire 82.23% 78.83% 76.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 175 214 142
Average daily rate £405 £400 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.25% -5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £288 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £541 £525 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 8 7
Average hourly rate £10.00 £16.75 £14.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-40.29% +15.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.50 £16.75 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £19.00 £17.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+45.45% -

Test Automation
Jobs Demand Trend in Northamptonshire

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

Test Automation Jobs Demand Trend in Northamptonshire

Test Automation
Daily Rate Trend in Northamptonshire

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

Test Automation Daily Rate Trend in Northamptonshire

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Northamptonshire

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Northamptonshire 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 2 (100.00%) ISEB
1 2 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 2 (100.00%) ISTQB
1 2 (100.00%) Test Scripting
1 2 (100.00%) Test Strategy
1 2 (100.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (50.00%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (50.00%) SDLC
2 1 (50.00%) Issue Tracking
2 1 (50.00%) VersionOne
2 1 (50.00%) Functional Testing
2 1 (50.00%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (50.00%) ASP.NET MVC 4
2 1 (50.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (50.00%) RESTful
2 1 (50.00%) ASP.NET MVC
2 1 (50.00%) Waterfall
2 1 (50.00%) Cucumber
2 1 (50.00%) BDD
2 1 (50.00%) .NET Framework
2 1 (50.00%) Degree
2 1 (50.00%) JIRA
2 1 (50.00%) QA
2 1 (50.00%) Selenium
2 1 (50.00%) jQuery
2 1 (50.00%) User Acceptance Testing
2 1 (50.00%) Web Testing
2 1 (50.00%) TDD
2 1 (50.00%) Data Management
2 1 (50.00%) Subversion

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills in Northamptonshire by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Northamptonshire 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.

Applications
1 1 (50.00%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 1 (50.00%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (50.00%) SQL Server
1 1 (50.00%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 1 (50.00%) Cucumber
1 1 (50.00%) JIRA
1 1 (50.00%) Selenium
1 1 (50.00%) Subversion
1 1 (50.00%) Team Foundation Server
1 1 (50.00%) VersionOne
1 1 (50.00%) Visual Studio
Job Titles
1 2 (100.00%) Analyst
1 2 (100.00%) Test Analyst
2 1 (50.00%) Selenium Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (50.00%) .NET
1 1 (50.00%) .NET Framework
1 1 (50.00%) ASP.NET
1 1 (50.00%) ASP.NET MVC
1 1 (50.00%) ASP.NET MVC 4
1 1 (50.00%) jQuery
1 1 (50.00%) RESTful
1 1 (50.00%) SOAP
1 1 (50.00%) Web Services
1 1 (50.00%) WinForms
1 1 (50.00%) WSDL
1 1 (50.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (50.00%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 1 (50.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 2 (100.00%) Test Scripting
1 2 (100.00%) Test Strategy
2 1 (50.00%) BDD
2 1 (50.00%) CRM
2 1 (50.00%) Data Management
2 1 (50.00%) E-Commerce
2 1 (50.00%) Functional Testing
2 1 (50.00%) Issue Tracking
2 1 (50.00%) MVC
2 1 (50.00%) Scrum
2 1 (50.00%) SDLC
2 1 (50.00%) Software Testing
2 1 (50.00%) Stakeholder Management
2 1 (50.00%) TDD
2 1 (50.00%) User Acceptance Testing
2 1 (50.00%) Waterfall
2 1 (50.00%) Web Testing
Qualifications
1 2 (100.00%) ISEB
1 2 (100.00%) ISTQB
1 2 (100.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (50.00%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (50.00%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (50.00%) Microsoft