The table below looks at the statistics for Test Automation skills in IT contracts advertised for the Somerset 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 August 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Automation
Rank 47 34 33
Rank change year-on-year
-13 -1
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 2 4 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Somerset 0.58% 1.72% 1.09%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.70% 2.45% 1.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 3 2
Average daily rate
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£300 £325 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% -18.75%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £310
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +4.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.50 £29.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+32.75% -22.66%
Test Automation
South West

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

Processes & Methodologies Category
Somerset
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
285 163 128
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Somerset 82.37% 70.26% 69.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 212 116 66
Average daily rate £375 £325 £385
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% -15.58%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £263 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £419 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £360
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 1 1
Average hourly rate £35.00 £19.30 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+81.34% -22.80%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.50 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-15.00% -3.22%

Test Automation
Jobs Demand Trend in Somerset

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

Test Automation Jobs Demand Trend in Somerset

Test Automation
Daily Rate Trend in Somerset

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

Test Automation Daily Rate Trend in Somerset

Test Automation
Contract Job Locations in Somerset

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 Somerset region over the 3 months to 29 August 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
Taunton - 1 £300 -
Bath - - - -
Street - - - -
Test Automation
South West

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Somerset

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Somerset 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 (85.71%) C#
1 6 (85.71%) SQL
1 6 (85.71%) Visual Studio
1 6 (85.71%) User Acceptance Testing
1 6 (85.71%) Software Testing
1 6 (85.71%) SC Cleared
1 6 (85.71%) Security Cleared
1 6 (85.71%) Team Foundation Server
1 6 (85.71%) BDD
2 5 (71.43%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (57.14%) MSTest
3 4 (57.14%) Functional Testing
4 2 (28.57%) User Stories
4 2 (28.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (28.57%) Test Scripting
4 2 (28.57%) ISTQB
4 2 (28.57%) Selenium
4 2 (28.57%) SpecFlow
4 2 (28.57%) Gherkin
4 2 (28.57%) Automated Testing
4 2 (28.57%) Scrum
4 2 (28.57%) Microsoft
4 2 (28.57%) ISEB
5 1 (14.29%) Project Management
5 1 (14.29%) Web Services
5 1 (14.29%) ITIL
5 1 (14.29%) Service Management
5 1 (14.29%) Regression Testing
5 1 (14.29%) Apple iOS
5 1 (14.29%) Test Strategy

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills in Somerset by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Somerset 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 6 (85.71%) Visual Studio
1 6 (85.71%) Team Foundation Server
2 4 (57.14%) MSTest
3 2 (28.57%) Selenium
3 2 (28.57%) SpecFlow
4 1 (14.29%) eggPlant
Job Titles
1 4 (57.14%) Consultant
1 4 (57.14%) Test Consultant
2 2 (28.57%) Analyst
2 2 (28.57%) Test Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) Senior Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) Test Team Leader
3 1 (14.29%) Senior Test Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (28.57%) Gherkin
2 1 (14.29%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 1 (14.29%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 1 (14.29%) Apple iOS
1 1 (14.29%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (85.71%) User Acceptance Testing
1 6 (85.71%) Software Testing
1 6 (85.71%) BDD
2 5 (71.43%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (57.14%) Functional Testing
4 2 (28.57%) User Stories
4 2 (28.57%) Test Scripting
4 2 (28.57%) Automated Testing
4 2 (28.57%) Scrum
5 1 (14.29%) Project Management
5 1 (14.29%) ITIL
5 1 (14.29%) Service Management
5 1 (14.29%) Regression Testing
5 1 (14.29%) Test Strategy
5 1 (14.29%) Security Testing
5 1 (14.29%) Integration Testing
5 1 (14.29%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (85.71%) C#
1 6 (85.71%) SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (85.71%) SC Cleared
1 6 (85.71%) Security Cleared
2 2 (28.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 2 (28.57%) ISTQB
2 2 (28.57%) ISEB
3 1 (14.29%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Vendors
1 2 (28.57%) Microsoft