The first table below looks at the demand for Automation Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the South East region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Automation Testing over the 3 months to 17 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the South East region.

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
17 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Automation Testing
Rank 204 190 221
Rank change year-on-year
-14 +31
Contract jobs citing Automation Testing 42 40 27
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.43% 0.48% 0.25%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.61% 0.68% 0.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 24 10
Average daily rate £330 £275 £279
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -1.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £207 £247
10% offered a daily rate of more than £421 £460 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £275 £275
% change year-on-year
+20.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £25.00
Processes & Methodologies Category
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
6873 5915 6977
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 70.83% 70.58% 65.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 3812 3067 3324
Average daily rate £375 £375 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +1.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £260 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £513 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -2.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 278 258 361
Average hourly rate £27.00 £30.00 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.00% +9.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.35 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £51.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £32.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +16.36%
Automation Testing
England

Automation Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

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

Automation Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

Automation Testing
Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Automation Testing Daily Rate Trend in the South East

Automation Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Automation Testing across the South East region over the 3 months to 17 April 2014.

Automation Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Automation Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Automation Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

Automation Testing
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Automation Testing within the South East region over the 3 months to 17 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Hampshire - 9 £375 -
Berkshire -20 8 £265 -3.63% 2
Oxfordshire +2 5 £350 -
East Sussex -5 4 £250 -28.57%
Surrey -7 4 £345 +43.75% 5
Kent +6 2 £350 +27.27%
West Sussex +1 1 £338 -3.57%
Automation Testing
England

Automation Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 17 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South East region citing Automation Testing 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 Automation Testing.

1 33 (56.90%) C#
2 25 (43.10%) Agile Software Development
3 24 (41.38%) Selenium
4 23 (39.66%) .NET
5 19 (32.76%) BDD
6 17 (29.31%) QuickTest Pro
7 16 (27.59%) SQL
7 16 (27.59%) Test Scripting
8 15 (25.86%) ISEB
9 14 (24.14%) Visual Studio
9 14 (24.14%) Windows
9 14 (24.14%) QA
10 13 (22.41%) Finance
10 13 (22.41%) Scrum
11 12 (20.69%) Manual Testing
11 12 (20.69%) HP Quality Center
12 10 (17.24%) WebDriver
12 10 (17.24%) Test Automation
12 10 (17.24%) Python
13 9 (15.52%) SOAP
13 9 (15.52%) Oracle
13 9 (15.52%) Java
14 8 (13.79%) Continuous Integration
14 8 (13.79%) SoapUI
15 7 (12.07%) SpecFlow
15 7 (12.07%) Jenkins
15 7 (12.07%) WinRunner
15 7 (12.07%) JavaScript
15 7 (12.07%) C++
15 7 (12.07%) Web Services

Automation Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South East region citing Automation Testing 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 Automation Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 4 (6.90%) SharePoint
1 4 (6.90%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 3 (5.17%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (3.45%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.72%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.72%) Ethernet
1 1 (1.72%) TCP/IP
1 1 (1.72%) DVB
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (8.62%) SQL Server
2 3 (5.17%) RDBMS
2 3 (5.17%) MySQL
2 3 (5.17%) Relational Database
3 2 (3.45%) Oracle Database 10g
3 2 (3.45%) Oracle Database
3 2 (3.45%) Oracle8/8i Database
3 2 (3.45%) Oracle9i Database
Development Applications
1 24 (41.38%) Selenium
2 17 (29.31%) QuickTest Pro
3 14 (24.14%) Visual Studio
4 10 (17.24%) WebDriver
5 8 (13.79%) SoapUI
6 7 (12.07%) SpecFlow
6 7 (12.07%) Jenkins
6 7 (12.07%) Team Foundation Server
6 7 (12.07%) WinRunner
7 5 (8.62%) TestDirector
8 4 (6.90%) CruiseControl
8 4 (6.90%) TeamCity
8 4 (6.90%) PhantomJS
8 4 (6.90%) Ranorex
8 4 (6.90%) MSBuild
8 4 (6.90%) Cucumber
9 3 (5.17%) Oracle APEX
9 3 (5.17%) TestComplete
9 3 (5.17%) JMeter
10 2 (3.45%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 13 (22.41%) Finance
2 5 (8.62%) Publishing
3 4 (6.90%) Telecoms
4 3 (5.17%) Military
4 3 (5.17%) Banking
5 1 (1.72%) Retail
5 1 (1.72%) Automotive
5 1 (1.72%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 21 (36.21%) Analyst
1 21 (36.21%) Test Analyst
2 19 (32.76%) Test Engineer
3 12 (20.69%) Tester
4 11 (18.97%) Automation Engineer
5 9 (15.52%) Agile Test Analyst
6 8 (13.79%) Developer
7 7 (12.07%) Automation Test Analyst
7 7 (12.07%) Automation Tester
7 7 (12.07%) Automation Analyst
8 5 (8.62%) Test Automation Engineer
9 4 (6.90%) C++ Developer
9 4 (6.90%) Infrastructure Tester
9 4 (6.90%) QA Engineer
9 4 (6.90%) Applications Tester
10 2 (3.45%) CRM Developer
10 2 (3.45%) Dynamics CRM Developer
11 1 (1.72%) Selenium Test Analyst
11 1 (1.72%) ScrumMaster
11 1 (1.72%) QA Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (39.66%) .NET
2 9 (15.52%) SOAP
3 7 (12.07%) Web Services
4 4 (6.90%) ASP.NET
5 3 (5.17%) HTML
6 2 (3.45%) JSP
6 2 (3.45%) REST
6 2 (3.45%) XML
6 2 (3.45%) Hibernate
6 2 (3.45%) Spring
6 2 (3.45%) Ajax
6 2 (3.45%) Ruby on Rails
6 2 (3.45%) Java EE
6 2 (3.45%) WCF
7 1 (1.72%) WPF
7 1 (1.72%) RESTful
7 1 (1.72%) Middleware
7 1 (1.72%) CSS
7 1 (1.72%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 6 (10.34%) Open Source
2 1 (1.72%) MPEG
2 1 (1.72%) DTV
2 1 (1.72%) Telematics
Operating Systems
1 14 (24.14%) Windows
2 7 (12.07%) Linux
3 6 (10.34%) Windows XP
4 3 (5.17%) UNIX
5 2 (3.45%) Windows 7
5 2 (3.45%) Windows NT
5 2 (3.45%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (43.10%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (32.76%) BDD
3 16 (27.59%) Test Scripting
4 13 (22.41%) Scrum
5 12 (20.69%) Manual Testing
6 10 (17.24%) Test Automation
7 8 (13.79%) Continuous Integration
8 7 (12.07%) TDD
9 6 (10.34%) Automated Testing
9 6 (10.34%) Test Management
10 5 (8.62%) Functional Testing
10 5 (8.62%) Performance Testing
11 4 (6.90%) Software Testing
11 4 (6.90%) Configuration Management
12 3 (5.17%) Regression Testing
12 3 (5.17%) OO
12 3 (5.17%) User Stories
12 3 (5.17%) Test Strategy
13 2 (3.45%) CRM
13 2 (3.45%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 33 (56.90%) C#
2 16 (27.59%) SQL
3 10 (17.24%) Python
4 9 (15.52%) Java
5 7 (12.07%) JavaScript
5 7 (12.07%) C++
6 5 (8.62%) Perl
7 3 (5.17%) VBScript
7 3 (5.17%) VB
7 3 (5.17%) VB.NET
8 2 (3.45%) Ruby
8 2 (3.45%) Bash Shell
8 2 (3.45%) C
Qualifications
1 15 (25.86%) ISEB
2 7 (12.07%) ISTQB
2 7 (12.07%) Security Cleared
3 6 (10.34%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.72%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (24.14%) QA
Systems Management
1 12 (20.69%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 9 (15.52%) Oracle
2 6 (10.34%) HP
3 4 (6.90%) Microsoft
4 3 (5.17%) VMware
5 1 (1.72%) Atlassian
5 1 (1.72%) Sun