The table below looks at the statistics for Test Automation skills in IT contracts advertised for the Reading region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Automation over the 3 months to 19 September 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Automation
Rank 66 49 85
Rank change year-on-year
-17 +36
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 2 34 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 0.23% 3.34% 1.09%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.34% 4.64% 1.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 27 5
Average daily rate
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£525 £388 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+35.48% -3.12%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £332 £310
% change year-on-year
+5.42% +7.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.50 £30.75 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+25.20% -18.00%
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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 Reading region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Reading
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
584 733 933
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 67.20% 72.07% 67.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 328 374 282
Average daily rate £425 £365 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.43% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £218 £221
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £475 £503
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 16 12
Average hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.00 £13.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.00 £38.50 £27.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.25 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-12.50% -

Test Automation
Jobs Demand Trend in Reading

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

Test Automation Jobs Demand Trend in Reading

Test Automation
Daily Rate Trend in Reading

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

Test Automation Daily Rate Trend in Reading

Test Automation
Hourly Rate Trend in Reading

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

Test Automation Hourly Rate Trend in Reading

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Reading

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Reading 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 6 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (41.67%) SharePoint Server
2 5 (41.67%) Clustering
2 5 (41.67%) ISEB
2 5 (41.67%) Citrix
2 5 (41.67%) WinRunner
2 5 (41.67%) TestDirector
2 5 (41.67%) QuickTest Pro
2 5 (41.67%) Veritas
2 5 (41.67%) Windows Server 2003
2 5 (41.67%) Netcool
2 5 (41.67%) OpenView Configuration Management
2 5 (41.67%) McAfee
2 5 (41.67%) SQL
2 5 (41.67%) Java
2 5 (41.67%) Windows
2 5 (41.67%) AIX
2 5 (41.67%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (41.67%) McAfee ePO
3 4 (33.33%) Jenkins
3 4 (33.33%) Git (software)
3 4 (33.33%) SOAP
3 4 (33.33%) JUnit
3 4 (33.33%) Security Cleared
4 3 (25.00%) Scrum
4 3 (25.00%) SC Cleared
4 3 (25.00%) Performance Testing
4 3 (25.00%) Unit Testing
4 3 (25.00%) Test Scripting
4 3 (25.00%) JIRA

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills in Reading by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Reading 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 5 (41.67%) SharePoint Server
2 1 (8.33%) SharePoint
2 1 (8.33%) IIS
2 1 (8.33%) SharePoint 2013
Business Applications
1 1 (8.33%) Oracle BRM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (8.33%) SQL Server
1 1 (8.33%) DB2
1 1 (8.33%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 5 (41.67%) WinRunner
1 5 (41.67%) TestDirector
1 5 (41.67%) QuickTest Pro
2 4 (33.33%) Jenkins
2 4 (33.33%) Git (software)
2 4 (33.33%) JUnit
3 3 (25.00%) JIRA
3 3 (25.00%) JMeter
3 3 (25.00%) Zephyr
4 2 (16.67%) JBehave
4 2 (16.67%) Cucumber
5 1 (8.33%) Maven
5 1 (8.33%) Selenium
5 1 (8.33%) Visual Studio
5 1 (8.33%) WebDriver
5 1 (8.33%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 1 (8.33%) Billing
1 1 (8.33%) Finance
Job Titles
1 7 (58.33%) Analyst
1 7 (58.33%) Test Analyst
2 2 (16.67%) Tester
2 2 (16.67%) Performance Test Analyst
2 2 (16.67%) Automation Test Analyst
2 2 (16.67%) Performance Analyst
2 2 (16.67%) Automation Tester
2 2 (16.67%) Automation Analyst
3 1 (8.33%) QA Automation Engineer
3 1 (8.33%) Automation Engineer
3 1 (8.33%) SharePoint Developer
3 1 (8.33%) Developer
3 1 (8.33%) QA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (33.33%) SOAP
2 3 (25.00%) Web Services
3 1 (8.33%) REST
3 1 (8.33%) Spring
3 1 (8.33%) WCF
3 1 (8.33%) ASP.NET
3 1 (8.33%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 5 (41.67%) Clustering
2 1 (8.33%) Digital Media
2 1 (8.33%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 5 (41.67%) Windows Server 2003
1 5 (41.67%) Windows
1 5 (41.67%) AIX
2 3 (25.00%) Windows XP
3 1 (8.33%) UNIX
3 1 (8.33%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (25.00%) Scrum
2 3 (25.00%) Performance Testing
2 3 (25.00%) Unit Testing
2 3 (25.00%) Test Scripting
2 3 (25.00%) Regression Testing
2 3 (25.00%) Functional Testing
3 2 (16.67%) Automation Testing
3 2 (16.67%) BDD
4 1 (8.33%) Kanban
4 1 (8.33%) Revenue Management
4 1 (8.33%) Software Testing
4 1 (8.33%) TDD
4 1 (8.33%) Pair Programming
4 1 (8.33%) Migration
4 1 (8.33%) User Stories
4 1 (8.33%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 5 (41.67%) SQL
1 5 (41.67%) Java
2 1 (8.33%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 5 (41.67%) ISEB
2 4 (33.33%) Security Cleared
3 3 (25.00%) SC Cleared
4 1 (8.33%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (8.33%) QA
System Software
1 1 (8.33%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 5 (41.67%) Netcool
1 5 (41.67%) OpenView Configuration Management
1 5 (41.67%) HP Quality Center
1 5 (41.67%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 5 (41.67%) Citrix
1 5 (41.67%) Veritas
1 5 (41.67%) McAfee
2 1 (8.33%) Microsoft
2 1 (8.33%) Cadence
2 1 (8.33%) Oracle