The table below looks at the statistics for Test Automation skills in IT contracts advertised for the South East region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Automation over the 3 months to 30 June 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
30 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Automation
Rank 183 161 155
Rank change year-on-year
-22 -6
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 80 112 98
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.90% 1.19% 1.07%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.11% 1.50% 1.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 61 60 44
Median daily rate £400 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £270 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £463 £450 £396
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £325
% change year-on-year
- +15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 5 3
Median hourly rate - £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £40.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
-17.50% +6.66%
Test Automation
England

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

Processes & Methodologies Category
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
7189 7489 6961
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 80.56% 79.47% 76.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 4385 4352 3850
Median daily rate £413 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.25% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £275 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £513 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £383 £375
% change year-on-year
+4.57% +2.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 266 245 263
Median hourly rate £35.00 £23.88 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+46.59% -20.41%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.46 £13.04
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £47.82 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.50 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-5.00% -

Test Automation
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

The demand trend of contract jobs across the South East region citing Test Automation as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Test Automation Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

Test Automation
Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Test Automation Daily Rate Trend in the South East

Test Automation
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Automation across the South East region over the 3 months to 30 June 2016.

Test Automation Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Test Automation
Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Test Automation Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

Test Automation
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Automation within the South East region over the 3 months to 30 June 2016. 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 see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Berkshire -2 24 £389 +11.07% 9
Surrey +2 21 £450 +12.50% 10
East Sussex +17 8 £350 +7.69%
Hampshire -34 8 £300 -13.66% 6
Oxfordshire - 7 £400 - 1
Buckinghamshire 0 5 £400 +16.36% 3
Middlesex - 3 £600 -
West Sussex - 2 £300 -
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 30 June 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Test Automation also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the South East region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 79 (54.11%) Agile Software Development
2 56 (38.36%) Selenium
3 45 (30.82%) Java
4 39 (26.71%) BDD
5 37 (25.34%) SQL
6 34 (23.29%) C#
6 34 (23.29%) Microsoft
6 34 (23.29%) QA
7 31 (21.23%) Cucumber
8 30 (20.55%) Scrum
9 29 (19.86%) ISTQB
9 29 (19.86%) Functional Testing
10 28 (19.18%) JIRA
11 26 (17.81%) Security Cleared
11 26 (17.81%) JUnit
12 25 (17.12%) Web Services
12 25 (17.12%) Finance
12 25 (17.12%) Test Scripting
12 25 (17.12%) Jenkins
13 24 (16.44%) SoapUI
13 24 (16.44%) ISEB
14 23 (15.75%) JMeter
14 23 (15.75%) Waterfall
14 23 (15.75%) Test Strategy
15 22 (15.07%) Linux
15 22 (15.07%) TDD
16 21 (14.38%) Software Testing
16 21 (14.38%) WebDriver
17 20 (13.70%) Team Foundation Server
17 20 (13.70%) Continuous Integration

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

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 13 (8.90%) JBoss
2 9 (6.16%) IIS
3 8 (5.48%) Confluence
4 6 (4.11%) BizTalk Server
5 5 (3.42%) SharePoint
6 2 (1.37%) CMS
7 1 (0.68%) Apache Solr
7 1 (0.68%) Cloud Foundry
7 1 (0.68%) K2 blackpearl
7 1 (0.68%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.68%) WebSphere
Applications
1 7 (4.79%) MS Excel
2 6 (4.11%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 6 (4.11%) Oracle EBS
2 5 (3.42%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (3.42%) Oracle Assets
2 5 (3.42%) Oracle Receivables
3 3 (2.05%) Temenos T24
4 1 (0.68%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.68%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 6 (4.11%) PaaS
2 4 (2.74%) Cloud Computing
2 4 (2.74%) SaaS
3 1 (0.68%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.68%) Engine Yard
3 1 (0.68%) GitHub
3 1 (0.68%) Heroku
3 1 (0.68%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.68%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 7 (4.79%) VLAN
2 5 (3.42%) ZigBee
3 3 (2.05%) WAN
4 2 (1.37%) ATM
4 2 (1.37%) HTTP
4 2 (1.37%) PuTTY
5 1 (0.68%) GPRS
5 1 (0.68%) LAN
5 1 (0.68%) RS-232
5 1 (0.68%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (6.85%) VoltDB
2 4 (2.74%) SQL Server
3 3 (2.05%) MySQL
4 2 (1.37%) Apache Accumulo
4 2 (1.37%) Hadoop
4 2 (1.37%) HBase
4 2 (1.37%) Redis
5 1 (0.68%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.68%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 56 (38.36%) Selenium
2 31 (21.23%) Cucumber
3 28 (19.18%) JIRA
4 26 (17.81%) JUnit
5 25 (17.12%) Jenkins
6 24 (16.44%) SoapUI
7 23 (15.75%) JMeter
8 21 (14.38%) WebDriver
9 20 (13.70%) Team Foundation Server
10 18 (12.33%) Maven
10 18 (12.33%) SpecFlow
11 14 (9.59%) HP UFT
12 11 (7.53%) JBehave
13 10 (6.85%) Eclipse
13 10 (6.85%) Gradle
13 10 (6.85%) TestNG
14 7 (4.79%) Ant
14 7 (4.79%) Hudson
14 7 (4.79%) jMock
14 7 (4.79%) Visual Studio
General
1 25 (17.12%) Finance
2 9 (6.16%) Banking
3 7 (4.79%) Retail
4 3 (2.05%) Electronics
5 2 (1.37%) Back Office
5 2 (1.37%) Corporate Banking
5 2 (1.37%) Military
6 1 (0.68%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.68%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 34 (23.29%) Test Engineer
2 30 (20.55%) Developer
3 25 (17.12%) Analyst
4 24 (16.44%) Developer in Test
5 23 (15.75%) Test Analyst
6 21 (14.38%) Java Developer
7 19 (13.01%) Test Automation Developer
7 19 (13.01%) Tester
8 17 (11.64%) Test Leader
9 15 (10.27%) Automation Test Analyst
9 15 (10.27%) Test Automation Engineer
10 10 (6.85%) Test Manager
11 9 (6.16%) Automation Test Lead
12 8 (5.48%) Architect
12 8 (5.48%) Consultant
12 8 (5.48%) QA Engineer
12 8 (5.48%) Test Architect
13 7 (4.79%) Analyst Developer
13 7 (4.79%) Java Analyst Developer
13 7 (4.79%) Test Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (17.12%) Web Services
2 20 (13.70%) Java EE
3 16 (10.96%) .NET
4 15 (10.27%) SOAP
4 15 (10.27%) XML
5 13 (8.90%) Gherkin
5 13 (8.90%) JSON
6 11 (7.53%) REST
7 7 (4.79%) Ajax
7 7 (4.79%) Hibernate
7 7 (4.79%) JMS
7 7 (4.79%) Spring
7 7 (4.79%) WebSphere MQ
8 6 (4.11%) HTML
8 6 (4.11%) RESTful
9 4 (2.74%) Middleware
10 3 (2.05%) .NET Framework
10 3 (2.05%) AngularJS
10 3 (2.05%) RabbitMQ
11 2 (1.37%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 13 (8.90%) Smart Meter
2 11 (7.53%) Analytical Skills
3 9 (6.16%) Computer Science
4 7 (4.79%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 7 (4.79%) Mobile App
5 3 (2.05%) Algorithms
5 3 (2.05%) Management Information System
5 3 (2.05%) Smart Energy
6 2 (1.37%) Data Integration
7 1 (0.68%) Clustering
7 1 (0.68%) Cryptography
7 1 (0.68%) Data Centre
7 1 (0.68%) Device Driver
7 1 (0.68%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 22 (15.07%) Linux
2 18 (12.33%) Windows
3 14 (9.59%) Unix
4 8 (5.48%) Windows Server
5 6 (4.11%) Windows Server 2008
5 6 (4.11%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (2.05%) Android
6 3 (2.05%) Apple iOS
6 3 (2.05%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.68%) CentOS
7 1 (0.68%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 79 (54.11%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (26.71%) BDD
3 30 (20.55%) Scrum
4 29 (19.86%) Functional Testing
5 25 (17.12%) Test Scripting
6 23 (15.75%) Test Strategy
6 23 (15.75%) Waterfall
7 22 (15.07%) TDD
8 21 (14.38%) Software Testing
9 20 (13.70%) Continuous Integration
10 19 (13.01%) Performance Testing
11 18 (12.33%) Automated Testing
11 18 (12.33%) Automation Testing
11 18 (12.33%) User Acceptance Testing
12 17 (11.64%) Regression Testing
13 15 (10.27%) Defect Management
13 15 (10.27%) User Stories
13 15 (10.27%) V-Model
14 13 (8.90%) Load Testing
14 13 (8.90%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 45 (30.82%) Java
2 37 (25.34%) SQL
3 34 (23.29%) C#
4 11 (7.53%) Ruby
5 10 (6.85%) Python
6 8 (5.48%) Groovy
7 6 (4.11%) C
8 5 (3.42%) C++
9 4 (2.74%) JavaScript
10 3 (2.05%) VB
11 2 (1.37%) Bash Shell
11 2 (1.37%) PHP
12 1 (0.68%) Embedded C++
12 1 (0.68%) Scala
12 1 (0.68%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.68%) VBA
12 1 (0.68%) VBScript
12 1 (0.68%) XPath
Qualifications
1 29 (19.86%) ISTQB
2 26 (17.81%) Security Cleared
3 24 (16.44%) ISEB
4 19 (13.01%) SC Cleared
5 11 (7.53%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 10 (6.85%) Degree
7 1 (0.68%) AWS Certification
7 1 (0.68%) DV Cleared
7 1 (0.68%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (23.29%) QA
2 2 (1.37%) SDET
3 1 (0.68%) JSP 440
System Software
1 7 (4.79%) Docker
2 5 (3.42%) Active Directory
2 5 (3.42%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (1.37%) Firmware
3 2 (1.37%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.68%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 19 (13.01%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (3.42%) Nagios
2 5 (3.42%) SCCM
2 5 (3.42%) SCOM
3 3 (2.05%) Ansible
3 3 (2.05%) Opscode Chef
3 3 (2.05%) Puppet
4 1 (0.68%) BMC PATROL
4 1 (0.68%) CA Wily
4 1 (0.68%) Cacti
4 1 (0.68%) Cobbler
Vendors
1 34 (23.29%) Microsoft
2 18 (12.33%) Oracle
3 17 (11.64%) HP
4 8 (5.48%) Rally
5 7 (4.79%) Atlassian
6 3 (2.05%) Salesforce.com
6 3 (2.05%) Temenos
7 2 (1.37%) Perforce
7 2 (1.37%) VMware
8 1 (0.68%) AppDynamics
8 1 (0.68%) BMC
8 1 (0.68%) CA
8 1 (0.68%) Capita
8 1 (0.68%) Dynatrace
8 1 (0.68%) IBM
8 1 (0.68%) NetSuite
8 1 (0.68%) Pega
8 1 (0.68%) Red Hat
8 1 (0.68%) SAP
8 1 (0.68%) Telerik
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