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 29 April 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.

3 months to
29 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Automation
Rank 209 179 172
Rank change year-on-year
-30 -7
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 69 85 77
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.72% 0.85% 0.83%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.90% 1.10% 1.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 39 52 36
Average daily rate £373 £355 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.92% +9.23%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £345 £253 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £466 £412 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £355 £330
% change year-on-year
+5.63% +7.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 7 0
Average hourly rate £43.75 £40.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+9.37% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £38.75 £41.75
% change year-on-year
-3.22% -7.18%
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
7656 7738 6987
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 79.46% 77.76% 74.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 4726 4347 3890
Average daily rate £400 £393 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.91% +4.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £281 £270 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £548 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 244 280 275
Average hourly rate £35.00 £32.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% +18.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.35 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.50 £55.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £30.50 £31.50
% change year-on-year
+18.03% -3.17%

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 29 April 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 29 April 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 29 April 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 -13 26 £300 -17.02% 12
Berkshire -6 18 £378 +6.33% 7
Surrey -12 10 £385 +2.66% 9
East Sussex +8 9 £350 -
Kent - 2 - -
Middlesex - 2 £600 -
Buckinghamshire +14 1 £400 +18.51% 2
Oxfordshire - 1 £425 - 3
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 29 April 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 87 (51.48%) Agile Software Development
2 63 (37.28%) Selenium
3 48 (28.40%) BDD
4 46 (27.22%) Java
5 43 (25.44%) Test Scripting
6 42 (24.85%) SQL
6 42 (24.85%) Scrum
7 41 (24.26%) C#
8 40 (23.67%) Microsoft
9 34 (20.12%) Functional Testing
10 33 (19.53%) Cucumber
10 33 (19.53%) QA
11 32 (18.93%) Web Services
12 30 (17.75%) JIRA
13 29 (17.16%) Security Cleared
14 28 (16.57%) Team Foundation Server
14 28 (16.57%) ISTQB
15 25 (14.79%) SC Cleared
15 25 (14.79%) Windows
15 25 (14.79%) SoapUI
16 24 (14.20%) Test Management
16 24 (14.20%) Automated Testing
17 23 (13.61%) Finance
17 23 (13.61%) Test Strategy
18 22 (13.02%) Waterfall
18 22 (13.02%) Continuous Integration
19 21 (12.43%) Software Testing
19 21 (12.43%) JUnit
20 20 (11.83%) Defect Management
20 20 (11.83%) HP

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

For the 6 months to 29 April 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 10 (5.92%) JBoss
2 6 (3.55%) Confluence
2 6 (3.55%) Node.js
2 6 (3.55%) SharePoint
3 5 (2.96%) IIS
4 4 (2.37%) BizTalk Server
5 2 (1.18%) CMS
6 1 (0.59%) Apache Solr
6 1 (0.59%) K2 blackpearl
6 1 (0.59%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.59%) Zope
Applications
1 10 (5.92%) MS Office
2 8 (4.73%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 6 (3.55%) Oracle EBS
2 5 (2.96%) Oracle Assets
2 5 (2.96%) Oracle Receivables
3 4 (2.37%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (2.37%) Magento
4 2 (1.18%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.59%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 6 (3.55%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (2.37%) Cloud Computing
2 4 (2.37%) GitHub
3 3 (1.78%) SaaS
4 1 (0.59%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 7 (4.14%) VLAN
2 5 (2.96%) PuTTY
2 5 (2.96%) ZigBee
3 3 (1.78%) WAN
4 2 (1.18%) ATM
5 1 (0.59%) GPRS
5 1 (0.59%) LAN
5 1 (0.59%) RS-232
5 1 (0.59%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.59%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (2.96%) Oracle Database
1 5 (2.96%) VoltDB
2 4 (2.37%) Apache Accumulo
2 4 (2.37%) Hadoop
3 3 (1.78%) Data Mining
3 3 (1.78%) GIS
3 3 (1.78%) SQL Server
4 2 (1.18%) HBase
4 2 (1.18%) MySQL
4 2 (1.18%) Oracle Reports
4 2 (1.18%) Redis
Development Applications
1 63 (37.28%) Selenium
2 33 (19.53%) Cucumber
3 30 (17.75%) JIRA
4 28 (16.57%) Team Foundation Server
5 25 (14.79%) SoapUI
6 21 (12.43%) JUnit
7 19 (11.24%) SpecFlow
7 19 (11.24%) WebDriver
8 18 (10.65%) Jenkins
9 16 (9.47%) HP UFT
9 16 (9.47%) Maven
10 13 (7.69%) JMeter
11 12 (7.10%) Git (software)
11 12 (7.10%) Subversion
11 12 (7.10%) TestNG
11 12 (7.10%) Visual Studio
12 10 (5.92%) Ant
12 10 (5.92%) Gradle
13 8 (4.73%) Appium
14 7 (4.14%) Eclipse
General
1 23 (13.61%) Finance
2 9 (5.33%) Telecoms
3 7 (4.14%) Banking
4 5 (2.96%) Electronics
4 5 (2.96%) Publishing
5 4 (2.37%) Retail
6 3 (1.78%) Manufacturing
7 2 (1.18%) Games
7 2 (1.18%) Marketing
7 2 (1.18%) Military
8 1 (0.59%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 42 (24.85%) Analyst
1 42 (24.85%) Test Analyst
2 34 (20.12%) Developer
3 30 (17.75%) Test Engineer
4 23 (13.61%) Test Automation Developer
5 21 (12.43%) Developer in Test
6 20 (11.83%) Automation Test Analyst
7 18 (10.65%) Test Manager
7 18 (10.65%) Tester
8 16 (9.47%) Test Leader
9 14 (8.28%) Java Developer
9 14 (8.28%) Test Automation Engineer
10 12 (7.10%) Consultant
10 12 (7.10%) Test Consultant
11 9 (5.33%) Automation Test Lead
12 8 (4.73%) Architect
12 8 (4.73%) Integration Engineer
12 8 (4.73%) Test Architect
13 7 (4.14%) Analyst Developer
13 7 (4.14%) QA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (18.93%) Web Services
2 19 (11.24%) REST
3 15 (8.88%) .NET
4 14 (8.28%) SOAP
4 14 (8.28%) XML
5 13 (7.69%) Gherkin
5 13 (7.69%) Java EE
6 12 (7.10%) JSON
7 5 (2.96%) Ajax
7 5 (2.96%) Android NDK
7 5 (2.96%) Android SDK
7 5 (2.96%) Hibernate
7 5 (2.96%) HTML
7 5 (2.96%) JMS
7 5 (2.96%) JNI
7 5 (2.96%) RoboGuice
7 5 (2.96%) Spring
7 5 (2.96%) WebSphere MQ
8 4 (2.37%) RxJava
8 4 (2.37%) Swing
Miscellaneous
1 17 (10.06%) Smart Meter
2 12 (7.10%) Mobile App
3 10 (5.92%) Analytical Skills
4 9 (5.33%) Computer Science
5 6 (3.55%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 6 (3.55%) Management Information System
6 3 (1.78%) Algorithms
6 3 (1.78%) Smart Energy
7 2 (1.18%) Data Integration
7 2 (1.18%) Mainframe
7 2 (1.18%) Visualisation
8 1 (0.59%) Data Centre
8 1 (0.59%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 25 (14.79%) Windows
2 18 (10.65%) Linux
3 10 (5.92%) Android
4 9 (5.33%) Unix
5 6 (3.55%) Windows Server
5 6 (3.55%) Windows Server 2008
5 6 (3.55%) Windows Server 2012
6 5 (2.96%) Apple iOS
7 2 (1.18%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.59%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 87 (51.48%) Agile Software Development
2 48 (28.40%) BDD
3 43 (25.44%) Test Scripting
4 42 (24.85%) Scrum
5 34 (20.12%) Functional Testing
6 24 (14.20%) Automated Testing
6 24 (14.20%) Test Management
7 23 (13.61%) Test Strategy
8 22 (13.02%) Continuous Integration
8 22 (13.02%) Waterfall
9 21 (12.43%) Software Testing
10 20 (11.83%) Defect Management
10 20 (11.83%) User Acceptance Testing
11 19 (11.24%) Performance Testing
12 18 (10.65%) Load Testing
12 18 (10.65%) Regression Testing
13 17 (10.06%) Integration Testing
14 16 (9.47%) TDD
15 15 (8.88%) Software Engineering
15 15 (8.88%) Stress Testing
Programming Languages
1 46 (27.22%) Java
2 42 (24.85%) SQL
3 41 (24.26%) C#
4 7 (4.14%) C++
5 6 (3.55%) JavaScript
5 6 (3.55%) Ruby
6 5 (2.96%) C
6 5 (2.96%) Groovy
6 5 (2.96%) PowerShell
6 5 (2.96%) VB
7 4 (2.37%) Python
8 2 (1.18%) PHP
8 2 (1.18%) VBA
8 2 (1.18%) VBScript
9 1 (0.59%) Embedded C++
9 1 (0.59%) Erlang
9 1 (0.59%) F#
Qualifications
1 29 (17.16%) Security Cleared
2 28 (16.57%) ISTQB
3 25 (14.79%) SC Cleared
4 19 (11.24%) ISEB
5 12 (7.10%) Degree
5 12 (7.10%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 2 (1.18%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 1 (0.59%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (19.53%) QA
2 1 (0.59%) JSP 440
2 1 (0.59%) SDET
System Software
1 5 (2.96%) Active Directory
1 5 (2.96%) Docker
2 3 (1.78%) Firmware
3 2 (1.18%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 14 (8.28%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (2.96%) SCCM
2 5 (2.96%) SCOM
3 1 (0.59%) CA Wily
3 1 (0.59%) Cacti
3 1 (0.59%) Nagios
Vendors
1 40 (23.67%) Microsoft
2 20 (11.83%) HP
3 17 (10.06%) Oracle
4 7 (4.14%) Telerik
5 6 (3.55%) Rally
6 5 (2.96%) Atlassian
7 3 (1.78%) SAP
8 2 (1.18%) Salesforce.com
9 1 (0.59%) AppDynamics
9 1 (0.59%) CA
9 1 (0.59%) Capita
9 1 (0.59%) Dynatrace
9 1 (0.59%) IBM
9 1 (0.59%) Pega
9 1 (0.59%) Perforce
9 1 (0.59%) webMethods
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