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 24 August 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
24 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Automation
Rank 164 152 148
Rank change year-on-year
-12 -4
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 99 128 106
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 1.12% 1.31% 1.15%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.38% 1.65% 1.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 58 77 62
Median daily rate £400 £375 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +13.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £343 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £463 £461 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £369 £350
% change year-on-year
+8.47% +5.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 4
Median hourly rate - - £39.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.75 £30.72 £39.50
% change year-on-year
+19.62% -22.22%
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
7198 7767 7024
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 81.77% 79.42% 76.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 4380 4775 3924
Median daily rate £420 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £520 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £395 £375
% change year-on-year
+1.26% +5.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 268 252 264
Median hourly rate £39.50 £35.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.85% +66.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £14.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.68 £50.00 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.50 £32.50 £25.75
% change year-on-year
-6.15% +26.21%

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 24 August 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 24 August 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 +3 27 £425 +19.71% 7
Oxfordshire - 27 £390 - 1
Surrey +4 17 £375 -3.22% 4
West Sussex +5 10 £325 -
Buckinghamshire +13 7 £450 +4.65% 1
Hampshire -49 6 - - 5
Middlesex - 2 - -
East Sussex +9 1 £500 +53.84% 1
Kent - 1 £275 -
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 24 August 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 92 (53.18%) Agile Software Development
2 69 (39.88%) Selenium
2 69 (39.88%) Java
3 43 (24.86%) QA
3 43 (24.86%) Continuous Integration
4 40 (23.12%) Jenkins
5 36 (20.81%) Python
6 35 (20.23%) Performance Testing
7 34 (19.65%) SQL
8 33 (19.08%) Cucumber
8 33 (19.08%) BDD
9 31 (17.92%) PaaS
9 31 (17.92%) Continuous Delivery
9 31 (17.92%) XML
10 30 (17.34%) C#
10 30 (17.34%) Scrum
11 29 (16.76%) JUnit
11 29 (16.76%) Web Services
11 29 (16.76%) SpecFlow
12 28 (16.18%) SoapUI
12 28 (16.18%) WebDriver
12 28 (16.18%) Docker
12 28 (16.18%) Gradle
12 28 (16.18%) JSON
13 27 (15.61%) TeamCity
13 27 (15.61%) ISEB
13 27 (15.61%) Functional Testing
14 26 (15.03%) JIRA
15 25 (14.45%) Cloud Computing
15 25 (14.45%) Linux

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 (7.51%) JBoss
2 12 (6.94%) Confluence
3 9 (5.20%) IIS
4 3 (1.73%) BizTalk Server
5 2 (1.16%) Apache Spark
5 2 (1.16%) CMS
5 2 (1.16%) Elasticsearch
5 2 (1.16%) SharePoint
5 2 (1.16%) Tomcat
5 2 (1.16%) WebLogic
5 2 (1.16%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.58%) Cloud Foundry
6 1 (0.58%) K2 blackpearl
6 1 (0.58%) OpenStack
6 1 (0.58%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 4 (2.31%) MS Office
2 1 (0.58%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 6 (3.47%) Oracle EBS
2 5 (2.89%) Oracle Assets
2 5 (2.89%) Oracle Receivables
3 3 (1.73%) Temenos T24
4 2 (1.16%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.58%) Maximo
5 1 (0.58%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 31 (17.92%) PaaS
2 25 (14.45%) Cloud Computing
3 8 (4.62%) SaaS
4 7 (4.05%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (0.58%) Engine Yard
5 1 (0.58%) GitHub
5 1 (0.58%) Heroku
5 1 (0.58%) Microsoft Azure
5 1 (0.58%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.31%) VLAN
1 4 (2.31%) ZigBee
2 2 (1.16%) ATM
2 2 (1.16%) HTTP
3 1 (0.58%) GPRS
3 1 (0.58%) LAN
3 1 (0.58%) RS-232
3 1 (0.58%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.58%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (5.78%) VoltDB
2 8 (4.62%) MySQL
3 6 (3.47%) MongoDB
4 5 (2.89%) SQL Server
5 3 (1.73%) Oracle Database
6 2 (1.16%) Big Data
6 2 (1.16%) Hadoop
6 2 (1.16%) HBase
6 2 (1.16%) Redis
7 1 (0.58%) DB2
7 1 (0.58%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.58%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 69 (39.88%) Selenium
2 40 (23.12%) Jenkins
3 33 (19.08%) Cucumber
4 29 (16.76%) JUnit
4 29 (16.76%) SpecFlow
5 28 (16.18%) Gradle
5 28 (16.18%) SoapUI
5 28 (16.18%) WebDriver
6 27 (15.61%) TeamCity
7 26 (15.03%) JIRA
8 23 (13.29%) JMeter
9 20 (11.56%) Maven
10 16 (9.25%) Team Foundation Server
11 15 (8.67%) Git (software)
12 14 (8.09%) NUnit
13 13 (7.51%) MSBuild
14 12 (6.94%) HP UFT
14 12 (6.94%) TestNG
15 11 (6.36%) Eclipse
15 11 (6.36%) JBehave
General
1 24 (13.87%) Finance
2 7 (4.05%) Banking
3 5 (2.89%) Retail
4 4 (2.31%) Electronics
5 2 (1.16%) Corporate Banking
5 2 (1.16%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.16%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.58%) Back Office
6 1 (0.58%) Games
6 1 (0.58%) Marketing
6 1 (0.58%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 40 (23.12%) Developer
2 39 (22.54%) Test Engineer
3 35 (20.23%) Tester
4 25 (14.45%) Analyst
4 25 (14.45%) Java Developer
4 25 (14.45%) Test Automation Engineer
5 23 (13.29%) Developer in Test
6 22 (12.72%) Test Analyst
7 19 (10.98%) Automation Tester
8 16 (9.25%) Test Leader
9 15 (8.67%) Test Automation Developer
10 14 (8.09%) Automation Test Analyst
11 13 (7.51%) Architect
11 13 (7.51%) Build Engineer
11 13 (7.51%) Test Architect
12 11 (6.36%) Web Developer
13 10 (5.78%) Automation Test Lead
14 9 (5.20%) Consultant
14 9 (5.20%) Java Engineer
14 9 (5.20%) Test Automation Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (17.92%) XML
2 29 (16.76%) Web Services
3 28 (16.18%) JSON
4 23 (13.29%) .NET
5 20 (11.56%) Java EE
6 19 (10.98%) AngularJS
6 19 (10.98%) HTML
7 12 (6.94%) Gherkin
7 12 (6.94%) RESTful
7 12 (6.94%) SOAP
8 11 (6.36%) HTML5
8 11 (6.36%) XSLT
9 10 (5.78%) .NET Framework
10 9 (5.20%) Ajax
11 8 (4.62%) Node.js
11 8 (4.62%) REST
12 7 (4.05%) Hibernate
12 7 (4.05%) JMS
12 7 (4.05%) Spring
12 7 (4.05%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 13 (7.51%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (5.20%) Computer Science
3 7 (4.05%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 7 (4.05%) Mobile App
4 6 (3.47%) Smart Meter
5 3 (1.73%) Algorithms
5 3 (1.73%) Social Network
6 2 (1.16%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (1.16%) iPhone
6 2 (1.16%) Smartphone
7 1 (0.58%) AS400
7 1 (0.58%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.58%) Clustering
7 1 (0.58%) Cryptography
7 1 (0.58%) Data Centre
7 1 (0.58%) Device Driver
7 1 (0.58%) IVR
7 1 (0.58%) Smart Energy
7 1 (0.58%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 25 (14.45%) Linux
2 17 (9.83%) Unix
3 12 (6.94%) Windows
4 5 (2.89%) Android
5 3 (1.73%) Apple iOS
5 3 (1.73%) Ubuntu
5 3 (1.73%) Windows Server
6 2 (1.16%) Windows NT
7 1 (0.58%) CentOS
7 1 (0.58%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 92 (53.18%) Agile Software Development
2 43 (24.86%) Continuous Integration
3 35 (20.23%) Performance Testing
4 33 (19.08%) BDD
5 31 (17.92%) Continuous Delivery
6 30 (17.34%) Scrum
7 27 (15.61%) Functional Testing
8 24 (13.87%) Microservices
8 24 (13.87%) Regression Testing
8 24 (13.87%) User Acceptance Testing
9 23 (13.29%) TDD
9 23 (13.29%) Test Strategy
9 23 (13.29%) User Stories
9 23 (13.29%) Waterfall
10 19 (10.98%) Automated Testing
10 19 (10.98%) Test Scripting
11 18 (10.40%) Automation Testing
12 17 (9.83%) Software Testing
13 15 (8.67%) OOP
14 14 (8.09%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 69 (39.88%) Java
2 36 (20.81%) Python
3 34 (19.65%) SQL
4 30 (17.34%) C#
5 17 (9.83%) Scala
6 16 (9.25%) JavaScript
7 12 (6.94%) Groovy
8 9 (5.20%) Ruby
9 5 (2.89%) VBScript
10 3 (1.73%) C
10 3 (1.73%) C++
10 3 (1.73%) VB
11 2 (1.16%) Bash Shell
11 2 (1.16%) PHP
11 2 (1.16%) VBA
11 2 (1.16%) XPath
12 1 (0.58%) Embedded C++
12 1 (0.58%) RPG
12 1 (0.58%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.58%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 27 (15.61%) ISEB
2 24 (13.87%) ISTQB
3 22 (12.72%) Security Cleared
4 16 (9.25%) SC Cleared
5 10 (5.78%) Degree
6 5 (2.89%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 4 (2.31%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 3 (1.73%) BPSS Clearance
9 1 (0.58%) AWS Certification
9 1 (0.58%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (24.86%) QA
2 5 (2.89%) SDET
3 1 (0.58%) WCAG
System Software
1 28 (16.18%) Docker
2 3 (1.73%) Hyper-V
2 3 (1.73%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (1.16%) VirtualBox
3 2 (1.16%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 20 (11.56%) HP Quality Center
2 15 (8.67%) Ansible
2 15 (8.67%) Opscode Chef
3 13 (7.51%) Puppet
4 5 (2.89%) Nagios
5 2 (1.16%) Oozie
6 1 (0.58%) BMC PATROL
6 1 (0.58%) Cacti
6 1 (0.58%) Cobbler
Vendors
1 21 (12.14%) Microsoft
1 21 (12.14%) Oracle
2 19 (10.98%) HP
3 13 (7.51%) Perforce
4 11 (6.36%) Atlassian
5 8 (4.62%) Rally
6 3 (1.73%) IBM
6 3 (1.73%) Temenos
7 2 (1.16%) Salesforce.com
7 2 (1.16%) SAP
7 2 (1.16%) VMware
8 1 (0.58%) Avaya
8 1 (0.58%) BMC
8 1 (0.58%) Capita
8 1 (0.58%) Google
8 1 (0.58%) NetSuite
8 1 (0.58%) Pega
8 1 (0.58%) Red Hat
8 1 (0.58%) Telerik
8 1 (0.58%) T-Plan
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