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 average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Automation over the 3 months to 28 August 2015 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Automation
Rank 142 144 146
Rank change year-on-year
+2 +2
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 138 111 91
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 1.39% 1.21% 1.04%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.82% 1.63% 1.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 82 65 66
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£375 £344 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.09% -1.78%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £459 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £366 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.64% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 0
Average hourly rate £32.50 £39.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.44 £38.50 £29.00
% change year-on-year
-18.33% +32.75%
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
7601 6804 6394
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 76.70% 74.39% 73.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 4657 3831 3521
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £240 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 248 260 258
Average hourly rate £35.00 £20.00 £29.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+75.00% -31.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.46 £12.30 £12.88
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £52.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £25.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+30.00% -16.66%

Test Automation
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Test Automation across the South East region as a proportion of the total demand within 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 28 August 2015.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Automation within the South East region over the 3 months to 28 August 2015. 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
Hampshire -5 61 £375 +15.38% 11
Berkshire +19 34 £355 -5.33% 7
Surrey +12 19 £388 +49.03% 7
Buckinghamshire -14 12 £430 +1.17% 1
West Sussex -8 7 £325 -
East Sussex - 3 £325 - 1
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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.

1 112 (52.83%) Selenium
2 109 (51.42%) Agile Software Development
3 76 (35.85%) C#
4 69 (32.55%) WebDriver
5 60 (28.30%) Java
6 57 (26.89%) Test Scripting
7 54 (25.47%) BDD
8 50 (23.58%) Software Testing
9 48 (22.64%) SQL
10 47 (22.17%) Scrum
11 46 (21.70%) TDD
11 46 (21.70%) Test Management
12 45 (21.23%) HP
13 41 (19.34%) .NET
13 41 (19.34%) Security Cleared
13 41 (19.34%) Test Strategy
14 36 (16.98%) SC Cleared
14 36 (16.98%) ISEB
14 36 (16.98%) HP UFT
15 35 (16.51%) Cucumber
15 35 (16.51%) HP Quality Center
16 34 (16.04%) Microsoft
17 33 (15.57%) ISTQB
18 31 (14.62%) QA
19 28 (13.21%) Oracle
19 28 (13.21%) Finance
20 27 (12.74%) XML
20 27 (12.74%) Continuous Integration
21 25 (11.79%) SoapUI
22 23 (10.85%) Automated Testing

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

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 4 (1.89%) BizTalk Server
1 4 (1.89%) WebSphere
2 3 (1.42%) SharePoint
3 2 (0.94%) CMS
4 1 (0.47%) Zope
4 1 (0.47%) IIS
4 1 (0.47%) Confluence
4 1 (0.47%) K2 blackpearl
Applications
1 9 (4.25%) MS Excel
2 5 (2.36%) MS Office
3 1 (0.47%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.47%) Pro/ENGINEER
3 1 (0.47%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (0.47%) PTC Creo
Business Applications
1 2 (0.94%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.47%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.47%) Google Analytics
1 1 (0.47%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 12 (5.66%) GSM
1 12 (5.66%) UMTS
1 12 (5.66%) LTE
2 9 (4.25%) RNC
2 9 (4.25%) Wireshark
2 9 (4.25%) VoLTE
2 9 (4.25%) GPRS
2 9 (4.25%) HSDPA
3 7 (3.30%) Diameter Protocol
4 6 (2.83%) NAS
5 5 (2.36%) 4G
5 5 (2.36%) SAN
5 5 (2.36%) Internet
5 5 (2.36%) 3G
5 5 (2.36%) TCP/IP
6 4 (1.89%) 2G
7 3 (1.42%) iSCSI
7 3 (1.42%) FCoE
7 3 (1.42%) Fibre Channel
8 2 (0.94%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (4.72%) SQL Server
2 7 (3.30%) Oracle Database
3 5 (2.36%) Oracle Reports
4 4 (1.89%) DB2
5 3 (1.42%) DbVisualizer
6 2 (0.94%) QlikView
6 2 (0.94%) Data Mining
7 1 (0.47%) BusinessObjects
7 1 (0.47%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 112 (52.83%) Selenium
2 69 (32.55%) WebDriver
3 36 (16.98%) HP UFT
4 35 (16.51%) Cucumber
5 25 (11.79%) SoapUI
6 22 (10.38%) Subversion
7 21 (9.91%) JIRA
8 16 (7.55%) JMeter
9 15 (7.08%) Jenkins
10 14 (6.60%) Team Foundation Server
11 13 (6.13%) Eclipse
12 12 (5.66%) SpecFlow
13 11 (5.19%) TestNG
14 9 (4.25%) NUnit
15 7 (3.30%) TeamCity
15 7 (3.30%) Oracle APEX
15 7 (3.30%) Appium
15 7 (3.30%) RSpec
15 7 (3.30%) Visual Studio
16 5 (2.36%) RubyGems
General
1 28 (13.21%) Finance
2 20 (9.43%) Telecoms
3 8 (3.77%) Retail
4 4 (1.89%) Games
5 3 (1.42%) Marketing
5 3 (1.42%) Automotive
6 2 (0.94%) Manufacturing
6 2 (0.94%) Electronics
6 2 (0.94%) German Language
7 1 (0.47%) Military
7 1 (0.47%) Banking
Job Titles
1 67 (31.60%) Analyst
2 65 (30.66%) Test Analyst
3 61 (28.77%) Tester
4 32 (15.09%) Automation Tester
5 25 (11.79%) Developer
6 24 (11.32%) Test Engineer
7 18 (8.49%) Test Manager
8 17 (8.02%) Team Leader
9 16 (7.55%) Test Team Leader
10 13 (6.13%) Automation Analyst
11 12 (5.66%) Automation Engineer
12 11 (5.19%) Automation Test Analyst
13 10 (4.72%) Test Automation Engineer
14 9 (4.25%) Technical Tester
15 8 (3.77%) Software Tester
15 8 (3.77%) Consultant
15 8 (3.77%) Software Engineer
15 8 (3.77%) Agile Test Analyst
16 7 (3.30%) Automation Team Leader
17 6 (2.83%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (19.34%) .NET
2 27 (12.74%) XML
3 21 (9.91%) HTML
4 20 (9.43%) SOAP
5 15 (7.08%) Web Services
6 9 (4.25%) XML Messaging
7 6 (2.83%) .NET Framework
8 5 (2.36%) ASP.NET
8 5 (2.36%) CSS
8 5 (2.36%) RESTful
8 5 (2.36%) Gherkin
9 4 (1.89%) JSP
9 4 (1.89%) Flash
10 3 (1.42%) J2EE
11 2 (0.94%) JSON
11 2 (0.94%) WCF
11 2 (0.94%) WPF
11 2 (0.94%) Silverlight
11 2 (0.94%) Middleware
12 1 (0.47%) SAP XI
Miscellaneous
1 12 (5.66%) Mobile App
2 7 (3.30%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (1.89%) GIS
4 3 (1.42%) Management Information System
4 3 (1.42%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (0.94%) NHS
5 2 (0.94%) DTV
5 2 (0.94%) Data Integration
5 2 (0.94%) Handset
5 2 (0.94%) STB
5 2 (0.94%) Statistics
5 2 (0.94%) Computer Science
5 2 (0.94%) Digital Media
6 1 (0.47%) Embedded Systems
6 1 (0.47%) EPoS
6 1 (0.47%) Wiki
6 1 (0.47%) Online Games
6 1 (0.47%) IPTV
6 1 (0.47%) iSeries
6 1 (0.47%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 22 (10.38%) UNIX
2 20 (9.43%) Linux
3 19 (8.96%) Windows
4 10 (4.72%) Android
5 9 (4.25%) Apple iOS
6 6 (2.83%) AIX
7 4 (1.89%) Windows NT
8 3 (1.42%) Windows Server 2003
8 3 (1.42%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (0.94%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 109 (51.42%) Agile Software Development
2 57 (26.89%) Test Scripting
3 54 (25.47%) BDD
4 50 (23.58%) Software Testing
5 47 (22.17%) Scrum
6 46 (21.70%) TDD
6 46 (21.70%) Test Management
7 41 (19.34%) Test Strategy
8 27 (12.74%) Continuous Integration
9 23 (10.85%) Automated Testing
10 22 (10.38%) Performance Testing
10 22 (10.38%) Waterfall
11 21 (9.91%) Automation Testing
11 21 (9.91%) Software Engineering
12 18 (8.49%) Test Planning
13 17 (8.02%) Mentoring
13 17 (8.02%) Regression Testing
13 17 (8.02%) User Acceptance Testing
13 17 (8.02%) Manual Testing
14 14 (6.60%) Load Testing
Programming Languages
1 76 (35.85%) C#
2 60 (28.30%) Java
3 48 (22.64%) SQL
4 21 (9.91%) VB
5 19 (8.96%) VBScript
6 15 (7.08%) JavaScript
7 12 (5.66%) Perl
7 12 (5.66%) Ruby
8 11 (5.19%) PowerShell
9 8 (3.77%) C++
10 7 (3.30%) VBA
11 5 (2.36%) Python
12 4 (1.89%) PHP
13 3 (1.42%) VB.NET
13 3 (1.42%) Shell Script
14 2 (0.94%) PL/SQL
14 2 (0.94%) T-SQL
15 1 (0.47%) C
15 1 (0.47%) Tcl
15 1 (0.47%) Erlang
Qualifications
1 41 (19.34%) Security Cleared
2 36 (16.98%) SC Cleared
2 36 (16.98%) ISEB
3 33 (15.57%) ISTQB
4 22 (10.38%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 10 (4.72%) Degree
6 5 (2.36%) ISEB Practitioner
7 4 (1.89%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 3 (1.42%) HP AIS
9 2 (0.94%) DV Cleared
10 1 (0.47%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (14.62%) QA
2 1 (0.47%) SLA
System Software
1 8 (3.77%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (1.42%) VMware ESX
2 3 (1.42%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.47%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 35 (16.51%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (0.94%) McAfee ePO
3 1 (0.47%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 45 (21.23%) HP
2 34 (16.04%) Microsoft
3 28 (13.21%) Oracle
4 12 (5.66%) VMware
5 5 (2.36%) Veritas
6 3 (1.42%) Salesforce.com
6 3 (1.42%) SAP
6 3 (1.42%) IBM
7 2 (0.94%) Perforce
7 2 (0.94%) McAfee
7 2 (0.94%) Wall Street Systems
8 1 (0.47%) Anite
8 1 (0.47%) Cerner
8 1 (0.47%) Ericsson
8 1 (0.47%) Nokia
8 1 (0.47%) Cadence
8 1 (0.47%) Telerik
8 1 (0.47%) Google
8 1 (0.47%) Coremetrics
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