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 9 February 2016 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
9 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Automation
Rank 167 167 157
Rank change year-on-year
0 -10
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 93 87 78
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 1.09% 0.92% 0.91%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.37% 1.19% 1.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 46 36
Average daily rate £375 £338 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% +8.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £293 £275 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £500 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £365 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.73% +12.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 6 2
Average hourly rate £57.50 £38.75 £101.88
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+48.38% -61.96%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.00 £34.00 £47.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.00 £40.00 £156.38
UK excluding London average hourly rate £50.00 £35.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+40.84% -5.33%
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
6781 7326 6354
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 79.55% 77.29% 74.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 4156 4012 3382
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £506
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 290 240 268
Average hourly rate £45.00 £30.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+50.00% +33.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £11.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £62.00 £45.00 £48.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+45.45% -

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 9 February 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
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Automation across the South East region over the 3 months to 9 February 2016.

Test Automation Hourly Rate Histogram 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 9 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 -4 29 £340 +2.25% 8
Surrey -4 22 £375 +13.63% 9
Berkshire +8 18 £365 -5.80% 8
Oxfordshire +12 7 £500 - 3
West Sussex - 6 £385 -
Kent -6 5 £450 +24.13%
Buckinghamshire +8 4 £319 +2.00%
East Sussex - 3 £450 - 1
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, 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.

1 101 (52.88%) Agile Software Development
2 81 (42.41%) Selenium
3 64 (33.51%) C#
4 62 (32.46%) Microsoft
5 60 (31.41%) Functional Testing
6 56 (29.32%) HP
7 55 (28.80%) Test Scripting
7 55 (28.80%) Security Cleared
8 52 (27.23%) BDD
9 50 (26.18%) SC Cleared
9 50 (26.18%) Scrum
10 49 (25.65%) Java
11 46 (24.08%) SQL
11 46 (24.08%) HP UFT
12 44 (23.04%) Oracle
13 43 (22.51%) ISTQB
14 40 (20.94%) Test Management
14 40 (20.94%) Cucumber
15 39 (20.42%) Team Foundation Server
16 38 (19.90%) .NET
17 36 (18.85%) QA
17 36 (18.85%) Automated Testing
18 28 (14.66%) WebDriver
18 28 (14.66%) Test Strategy
19 27 (14.14%) VB
20 26 (13.61%) JavaScript
20 26 (13.61%) Web Services
20 26 (13.61%) JIRA
20 26 (13.61%) SpecFlow
20 26 (13.61%) SoapUI

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

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, 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 7 (3.66%) JBoss
2 6 (3.14%) SharePoint
3 5 (2.62%) BizTalk Server
4 4 (2.09%) Node.js
5 2 (1.05%) IIS
6 1 (0.52%) Apache
6 1 (0.52%) CMS
6 1 (0.52%) Zope
Applications
1 20 (10.47%) MS Excel
2 12 (6.28%) MS Office
3 2 (1.05%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (1.05%) MS Project
3 2 (1.05%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (2.09%) Dynamics CRM
1 4 (2.09%) Magento
1 4 (2.09%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (1.05%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.52%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.52%) Odyssey Triple'A Plus
Cloud Services
1 6 (3.14%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (2.62%) Cloud Computing
2 5 (2.62%) GitHub
3 2 (1.05%) SaaS
4 1 (0.52%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.09%) PuTTY
1 4 (2.09%) VLAN
2 2 (1.05%) 3GPP
2 2 (1.05%) GSM
2 2 (1.05%) LTE
2 2 (1.05%) UMTS
2 2 (1.05%) WAN
2 2 (1.05%) ZigBee
3 1 (0.52%) DVB
3 1 (0.52%) Internet
3 1 (0.52%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.52%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (8.38%) Oracle Reports
2 9 (4.71%) Oracle Database
3 7 (3.66%) SQL Server
4 6 (3.14%) Hadoop
5 5 (2.62%) Data Mining
6 3 (1.57%) Apache Accumulo
6 3 (1.57%) GIS
6 3 (1.57%) MongoDB
6 3 (1.57%) VoltDB
7 1 (0.52%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.52%) OLAP
7 1 (0.52%) OLAP Cube
7 1 (0.52%) QlikView
7 1 (0.52%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (0.52%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 81 (42.41%) Selenium
2 46 (24.08%) HP UFT
3 40 (20.94%) Cucumber
4 39 (20.42%) Team Foundation Server
5 28 (14.66%) WebDriver
6 26 (13.61%) JIRA
6 26 (13.61%) SoapUI
6 26 (13.61%) SpecFlow
7 21 (10.99%) Subversion
8 17 (8.90%) Visual Studio
9 15 (7.85%) Git (software)
10 12 (6.28%) TestNG
11 11 (5.76%) Eclipse
11 11 (5.76%) Jenkins
12 9 (4.71%) JUnit
12 9 (4.71%) Maven
12 9 (4.71%) Oracle APEX
13 8 (4.19%) Appium
14 7 (3.66%) WATIR
15 6 (3.14%) TeamCity
General
1 25 (13.09%) Finance
2 13 (6.81%) Telecoms
3 5 (2.62%) Banking
3 5 (2.62%) Publishing
4 3 (1.57%) Games
4 3 (1.57%) Manufacturing
4 3 (1.57%) Marketing
5 2 (1.05%) Electronics
6 1 (0.52%) Back Office
6 1 (0.52%) Legal
6 1 (0.52%) Military
6 1 (0.52%) Retail
6 1 (0.52%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 57 (29.84%) Analyst
2 56 (29.32%) Test Analyst
3 28 (14.66%) Test Engineer
3 28 (14.66%) Tester
4 26 (13.61%) Developer
5 24 (12.57%) Automation Analyst
5 24 (12.57%) Automation Test Analyst
5 24 (12.57%) Consultant
5 24 (12.57%) Test Manager
6 22 (11.52%) Test Consultant
7 18 (9.42%) Automation Tester
8 15 (7.85%) Automation Engineer
8 15 (7.85%) Test Automation Developer
9 13 (6.81%) Developer in Test
9 13 (6.81%) Test Automation Engineer
10 10 (5.24%) Test Leader
11 8 (4.19%) Test Automation Consultant
12 7 (3.66%) Automation Specialist
12 7 (3.66%) Senior Penetration Tester
12 7 (3.66%) Test Automation Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (19.90%) .NET
2 26 (13.61%) Web Services
3 23 (12.04%) HTML
4 20 (10.47%) XML
5 18 (9.42%) SOAP
6 16 (8.38%) REST
7 15 (7.85%) ASP.NET
8 11 (5.76%) Gherkin
9 10 (5.24%) JSON
9 10 (5.24%) XML Messaging
10 5 (2.62%) Android NDK
10 5 (2.62%) Android SDK
10 5 (2.62%) JNI
10 5 (2.62%) RoboGuice
11 4 (2.09%) RxJava
12 3 (1.57%) Java EE
12 3 (1.57%) Swing
12 3 (1.57%) WPF
13 2 (1.05%) CSS
13 2 (1.05%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 10 (5.24%) Smart Meter
2 9 (4.71%) Mobile App
3 8 (4.19%) Management Information System
4 4 (2.09%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (1.57%) Data Integration
6 2 (1.05%) Computer Science
6 2 (1.05%) Mainframe
6 2 (1.05%) N-Tier
6 2 (1.05%) Visualisation
7 1 (0.52%) Embedded Systems
7 1 (0.52%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 1 (0.52%) IPTV
7 1 (0.52%) Smart Energy
7 1 (0.52%) Social Media
7 1 (0.52%) STB
Operating Systems
1 22 (11.52%) Windows
2 20 (10.47%) Linux
3 8 (4.19%) Android
3 8 (4.19%) Unix
4 3 (1.57%) Apple iOS
5 2 (1.05%) Embedded Linux
6 1 (0.52%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 101 (52.88%) Agile Software Development
2 60 (31.41%) Functional Testing
3 55 (28.80%) Test Scripting
4 52 (27.23%) BDD
5 50 (26.18%) Scrum
6 40 (20.94%) Test Management
7 36 (18.85%) Automated Testing
8 28 (14.66%) Test Strategy
9 24 (12.57%) Regression Testing
10 23 (12.04%) Continuous Integration
10 23 (12.04%) CRM
10 23 (12.04%) Software Testing
11 21 (10.99%) Integration Testing
12 20 (10.47%) Defect Management
12 20 (10.47%) Manual Testing
13 17 (8.90%) Non-Functional Testing
13 17 (8.90%) TDD
13 17 (8.90%) Waterfall
14 15 (7.85%) Load Testing
14 15 (7.85%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 64 (33.51%) C#
2 49 (25.65%) Java
3 46 (24.08%) SQL
4 27 (14.14%) VB
5 26 (13.61%) JavaScript
6 15 (7.85%) C++
7 11 (5.76%) PowerShell
7 11 (5.76%) VBScript
8 10 (5.24%) VBA
9 6 (3.14%) F#
10 5 (2.62%) C
10 5 (2.62%) PHP
10 5 (2.62%) Python
11 4 (2.09%) Ruby
12 2 (1.05%) Perl
12 2 (1.05%) VB.NET
13 1 (0.52%) Erlang
13 1 (0.52%) PL/SQL
13 1 (0.52%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 55 (28.80%) Security Cleared
2 50 (26.18%) SC Cleared
3 43 (22.51%) ISTQB
4 25 (13.09%) ISEB
5 20 (10.47%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 16 (8.38%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 11 (5.76%) DV Cleared
8 9 (4.71%) Degree
9 5 (2.62%) ISEB Practitioner
10 1 (0.52%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (18.85%) QA
2 2 (1.05%) SDET
3 1 (0.52%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 4 (2.09%) Docker
1 4 (2.09%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (1.57%) Firmware
3 2 (1.05%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 19 (9.95%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.52%) BMC PATROL
2 1 (0.52%) CA Wily
Vendors
1 62 (32.46%) Microsoft
2 56 (29.32%) HP
3 44 (23.04%) Oracle
4 7 (3.66%) Telerik
5 4 (2.09%) VMware
6 2 (1.05%) Anite
6 2 (1.05%) SAP
7 1 (0.52%) AppDynamics
7 1 (0.52%) CA
7 1 (0.52%) Cadence
7 1 (0.52%) Dynatrace
7 1 (0.52%) Ericsson
7 1 (0.52%) Huawei
7 1 (0.52%) IBM
7 1 (0.52%) Nokia
7 1 (0.52%) Perforce
7 1 (0.52%) Rally
7 1 (0.52%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (0.52%) ServiceNow
7 1 (0.52%) webMethods
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