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 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Automation
Rank 180 161 155
Rank change year-on-year
-19 -6
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 75 79 88
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.80% 0.88% 1.08%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.06% 1.23% 1.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 35 39
Average daily rate
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£355 £325 £373
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.23% -12.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £258 £250 £294
10% offered a daily rate of more than £420 £391 £455
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
+15.38% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 0 0
Average hourly rate £40.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £32.50
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +15.38%
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
7059 6436 5756
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 75.65% 71.88% 70.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 3994 3588 3039
Average daily rate £393 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £250 £264
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 261 263 240
Average hourly rate £27.25 £27.00 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.92% -1.81%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £55.00 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%

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 22 May 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 22 May 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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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 -23 30 £339 +4.23% 11
Berkshire +4 26 £355 +24.01% 4
Surrey +9 10 £375 +14.15% 7
Buckinghamshire +7 7 £304 -7.25% 3
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 91 (55.15%) Agile Software Development
2 69 (41.82%) Selenium
3 61 (36.97%) Java
4 45 (27.27%) Scrum
5 44 (26.67%) Software Testing
6 39 (23.64%) Linux
7 38 (23.03%) Test Scripting
8 36 (21.82%) C#
8 36 (21.82%) SQL
8 36 (21.82%) TDD
8 36 (21.82%) WebDriver
9 35 (21.21%) BDD
10 34 (20.61%) Cucumber
10 34 (20.61%) Jenkins
11 33 (20.00%) QA
12 32 (19.39%) ISEB
13 30 (18.18%) Continuous Integration
13 30 (18.18%) Test Strategy
14 28 (16.97%) Microsoft
15 27 (16.36%) QuickTest Pro
15 27 (16.36%) JIRA
16 26 (15.76%) Windows
17 25 (15.15%) ISTQB
18 23 (13.94%) Security Cleared
19 21 (12.73%) SC Cleared
19 21 (12.73%) Web Services
20 19 (11.52%) VMware
21 18 (10.91%) Ruby
21 18 (10.91%) Performance Testing
21 18 (10.91%) Oracle

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

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 10 (6.06%) Confluence
2 6 (3.64%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 6 (3.64%) WebLogic
3 4 (2.42%) Tomcat
3 4 (2.42%) WebSphere
4 3 (1.82%) SharePoint
4 3 (1.82%) OpenStack
5 2 (1.21%) CMS
6 1 (0.61%) SharePoint Server
6 1 (0.61%) Zope
6 1 (0.61%) Apache
6 1 (0.61%) SAS
6 1 (0.61%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 13 (7.88%) MS Excel
2 12 (7.27%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.61%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 1 (0.61%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 8 (4.85%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (2.42%) AWS CloudFormation
2 4 (2.42%) Virtual Private Cloud
2 4 (2.42%) Amazon CloudWatch
2 4 (2.42%) Amazon EC2
2 4 (2.42%) Amazon S3
3 3 (1.82%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (1.82%) Cloud Computing
3 3 (1.82%) SaaS
3 3 (1.82%) PaaS
3 3 (1.82%) IaaS
4 1 (0.61%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 12 (7.27%) SAN
2 10 (6.06%) iSCSI
3 9 (5.45%) FCoE
3 9 (5.45%) Fibre Channel
4 6 (3.64%) Internet
4 6 (3.64%) GSM
5 5 (3.03%) TCP/IP
6 3 (1.82%) CDMA
6 3 (1.82%) UMTS
6 3 (1.82%) 3G
6 3 (1.82%) LTE
6 3 (1.82%) 4G
7 2 (1.21%) Radio Access Network
8 1 (0.61%) Wireshark
8 1 (0.61%) 2G
8 1 (0.61%) VoIP
8 1 (0.61%) DNS
8 1 (0.61%) Ethernet
8 1 (0.61%) FTP
8 1 (0.61%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (6.06%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.42%) Hazelcast
2 4 (2.42%) DB2
3 3 (1.82%) DbVisualizer
4 2 (1.21%) Oracle Database
4 2 (1.21%) MongoDB
4 2 (1.21%) NoSQL
4 2 (1.21%) MySQL
5 1 (0.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.61%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.61%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 69 (41.82%) Selenium
2 36 (21.82%) WebDriver
3 34 (20.61%) Cucumber
3 34 (20.61%) Jenkins
4 27 (16.36%) QuickTest Pro
4 27 (16.36%) JIRA
5 17 (10.30%) Maven
6 16 (9.70%) JUnit
6 16 (9.70%) JMeter
6 16 (9.70%) SoapUI
7 15 (9.09%) RSpec
8 13 (7.88%) Subversion
9 8 (4.85%) Git (software)
9 8 (4.85%) Appium
10 7 (4.24%) IntelliJ
10 7 (4.24%) Team Foundation Server
10 7 (4.24%) eggPlant
11 6 (3.64%) Zephyr
12 5 (3.03%) Xcode
12 5 (3.03%) JBehave
General
1 12 (7.27%) Finance
2 10 (6.06%) Telecoms
3 7 (4.24%) Retail
4 3 (1.82%) Banking
4 3 (1.82%) Automotive
4 3 (1.82%) Games
4 3 (1.82%) Electronics
5 2 (1.21%) Legal
5 2 (1.21%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.21%) Publishing
6 1 (0.61%) German Language
6 1 (0.61%) Marketing
6 1 (0.61%) Aerospace
6 1 (0.61%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 41 (24.85%) Analyst
2 40 (24.24%) Test Analyst
3 37 (22.42%) Tester
4 35 (21.21%) Developer
5 21 (12.73%) Test Engineer
6 17 (10.30%) Automation Tester
7 14 (8.48%) Software Tester
7 14 (8.48%) Test Leader
8 13 (7.88%) Automation Engineer
9 11 (6.67%) Test Manager
10 8 (4.85%) Test Automation Engineer
10 8 (4.85%) Java Developer
11 7 (4.24%) QA Engineer
11 7 (4.24%) Automation Analyst
12 6 (3.64%) Automation Test Analyst
13 5 (3.03%) Perl Developer
13 5 (3.03%) Software Engineer
14 4 (2.42%) AWS Developer
14 4 (2.42%) Selenium Test Analyst
14 4 (2.42%) Mobile Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (12.73%) Web Services
2 17 (10.30%) XML
2 17 (10.30%) .NET
3 13 (7.88%) HTML
4 12 (7.27%) SOAP
5 11 (6.67%) RESTful
6 7 (4.24%) Ajax
6 7 (4.24%) CSS
7 6 (3.64%) Gherkin
7 6 (3.64%) Spring
7 6 (3.64%) JSON
8 5 (3.03%) Hibernate
8 5 (3.03%) J2EE
9 4 (2.42%) PostGIS
9 4 (2.42%) JPA
9 4 (2.42%) JTS
9 4 (2.42%) Flash
9 4 (2.42%) .NET Framework
9 4 (2.42%) Spring MVC
9 4 (2.42%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 10 (6.06%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (4.85%) Open Source
3 7 (4.24%) Mobile App
4 5 (3.03%) Robotics
5 3 (1.82%) Computer Science
5 3 (1.82%) Clustering
5 3 (1.82%) Handset
5 3 (1.82%) GIS
5 3 (1.82%) iPhone
5 3 (1.82%) iPad
5 3 (1.82%) Digital Media
5 3 (1.82%) Enterprise Software
5 3 (1.82%) Algorithms
6 2 (1.21%) PDA
7 1 (0.61%) Online Games
7 1 (0.61%) PKI
7 1 (0.61%) STB
7 1 (0.61%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.61%) N-Tier
7 1 (0.61%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 39 (23.64%) Linux
2 26 (15.76%) Windows
3 15 (9.09%) AIX
4 14 (8.48%) UNIX
4 14 (8.48%) Android
5 11 (6.67%) Apple iOS
6 6 (3.64%) Windows Server 2003
7 5 (3.03%) Windows Server 2008
7 5 (3.03%) Oracle Linux
8 3 (1.82%) Windows XP
9 2 (1.21%) Windows 7
9 2 (1.21%) Windows NT
10 1 (0.61%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 91 (55.15%) Agile Software Development
2 45 (27.27%) Scrum
3 44 (26.67%) Software Testing
4 38 (23.03%) Test Scripting
5 36 (21.82%) TDD
6 35 (21.21%) BDD
7 30 (18.18%) Continuous Integration
7 30 (18.18%) Test Strategy
8 18 (10.91%) Performance Testing
9 17 (10.30%) OO
9 17 (10.30%) User Acceptance Testing
9 17 (10.30%) Software Engineering
10 16 (9.70%) Test Management
11 14 (8.48%) Configuration Management
11 14 (8.48%) Load Testing
12 13 (7.88%) Automated Testing
13 12 (7.27%) Regression Testing
14 11 (6.67%) Unit Testing
14 11 (6.67%) Continuous Delivery
15 9 (5.45%) Automation Testing
Programming Languages
1 61 (36.97%) Java
2 36 (21.82%) C#
2 36 (21.82%) SQL
3 18 (10.91%) Ruby
4 16 (9.70%) JavaScript
4 16 (9.70%) Perl
5 9 (5.45%) VBScript
5 9 (5.45%) Python
5 9 (5.45%) Shell Script
6 8 (4.85%) VB
7 7 (4.24%) C
8 6 (3.64%) PowerShell
9 4 (2.42%) C++
9 4 (2.42%) PHP
10 2 (1.21%) Bash Shell
10 2 (1.21%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.61%) Erlang
11 1 (0.61%) XPath
11 1 (0.61%) AWK
11 1 (0.61%) VBA
Qualifications
1 32 (19.39%) ISEB
2 25 (15.15%) ISTQB
3 23 (13.94%) Security Cleared
4 21 (12.73%) SC Cleared
5 15 (9.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 12 (7.27%) Degree
7 2 (1.21%) Microsoft Certification
7 2 (1.21%) MCSE
7 2 (1.21%) MCSA
7 2 (1.21%) MCTS
7 2 (1.21%) MCITP
8 1 (0.61%) ISEB Practitioner
8 1 (0.61%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.61%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (20.00%) QA
2 1 (0.61%) 21 CFR Part 11
2 1 (0.61%) GCP
System Software
1 14 (8.48%) VMware Infrastructure
2 5 (3.03%) Oracle RAC
2 5 (3.03%) VMware ESX
3 4 (2.42%) Docker
3 4 (2.42%) VirtualBox
4 3 (1.82%) Active Directory
5 2 (1.21%) Hyper-V
5 2 (1.21%) Firmware
6 1 (0.61%) NFS
Systems Management
1 18 (10.91%) Puppet
2 17 (10.30%) HP Quality Center
3 15 (9.09%) Vagrant
4 5 (3.03%) McAfee ePO
5 2 (1.21%) Netcool
6 1 (0.61%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 1 (0.61%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 1 (0.61%) Oracle Identity Management
Vendors
1 28 (16.97%) Microsoft
2 19 (11.52%) VMware
3 18 (10.91%) Oracle
3 18 (10.91%) HP
4 15 (9.09%) Veritas
5 7 (4.24%) IBM
6 5 (3.03%) McAfee
7 3 (1.82%) Citrix
7 3 (1.82%) Salesforce.com
8 2 (1.21%) Nokia
8 2 (1.21%) Ericsson
8 2 (1.21%) Telerik
9 1 (0.61%) Google
9 1 (0.61%) Coremetrics
9 1 (0.61%) SAP
9 1 (0.61%) Coverity