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 8 December 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
8 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Automation
Rank 150 165 175
Rank change year-on-year
+15 +10
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 90 111 92
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 1.16% 1.17% 0.93%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.45% 1.47% 1.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 64 55
Median daily rate £400 £363 £359
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.34% +0.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £304 £279 £311
10% offered a daily rate of more than £493 £450 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £375
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 1
Median hourly rate £50.00 £55.00 £40.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.09% +35.80%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £52.50 £42.50 £28.50
% change year-on-year
+23.52% +49.12%
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
6197 7568 7549
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 79.98% 79.76% 76.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 3672 4467 4224
Median daily rate £425 £400 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +3.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £385
% change year-on-year
+3.12% +3.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 260 311 285
Median hourly rate £35.00 £37.09 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.63% +64.84%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.75 £12.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £54.50 £55.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.00 £35.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-11.42% +40.00%

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 8 December 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 8 December 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 +22 24 £400 +12.67% 2
West Sussex +29 20 £413 +14.58% 2
Oxfordshire +19 16 £450 +80.00% 4
Hampshire -12 13 £298 -21.71% 5
Surrey -6 12 £410 +3.79% 5
East Sussex +2 3 £400 -8.57%
Buckinghamshire +15 1 £385 +92.50% 3
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 8 December 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.

1 112 (57.14%) Agile Software Development
2 92 (46.94%) Selenium
3 86 (43.88%) Java
4 55 (28.06%) QA
5 53 (27.04%) Python
6 52 (26.53%) Scrum
6 52 (26.53%) Continuous Integration
7 50 (25.51%) Performance Testing
8 44 (22.45%) BDD
9 43 (21.94%) Continuous Delivery
10 42 (21.43%) C#
10 42 (21.43%) Automated Testing
11 41 (20.92%) WebDriver
12 39 (19.90%) Jenkins
13 38 (19.39%) PaaS
14 37 (18.88%) XML
14 37 (18.88%) TDD
14 37 (18.88%) Git (software)
15 35 (17.86%) SpecFlow
16 34 (17.35%) Microservices
17 33 (16.84%) JSON
17 33 (16.84%) Gradle
18 32 (16.33%) Docker
18 32 (16.33%) TeamCity
19 31 (15.82%) Test Strategy
20 30 (15.31%) Cloud Computing
20 30 (15.31%) Scala
21 29 (14.80%) Security Testing
21 29 (14.80%) Cucumber
22 28 (14.29%) User Stories

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 11 (5.61%) Confluence
2 7 (3.57%) CMS
3 6 (3.06%) Elasticsearch
4 5 (2.55%) Apache Spark
4 5 (2.55%) Sitecore CMS
5 3 (1.53%) WebSphere
6 2 (1.02%) JBoss
6 2 (1.02%) Tomcat
6 2 (1.02%) WebLogic
7 1 (0.51%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.51%) IIS
7 1 (0.51%) Mule
7 1 (0.51%) nginx
7 1 (0.51%) SharePoint
7 1 (0.51%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 2 (1.02%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.51%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (1.02%) Temenos T24
2 1 (0.51%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.51%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 38 (19.39%) PaaS
2 30 (15.31%) Cloud Computing
3 13 (6.63%) Amazon AWS
4 7 (3.57%) SaaS
5 1 (0.51%) AWS CloudFormation
5 1 (0.51%) IaaS
5 1 (0.51%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 9 (4.59%) HTTP
2 2 (1.02%) ATM
3 1 (0.51%) Ethernet
3 1 (0.51%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.51%) VLAN
3 1 (0.51%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (6.12%) MongoDB
2 8 (4.08%) MySQL
3 6 (3.06%) Big Data
3 6 (3.06%) Oracle Database
4 5 (2.55%) Hadoop
4 5 (2.55%) SQL Server
5 3 (1.53%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (1.02%) Oracle Reports
6 2 (1.02%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.51%) Apache Cassandra
7 1 (0.51%) DB2
7 1 (0.51%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 92 (46.94%) Selenium
2 41 (20.92%) WebDriver
3 39 (19.90%) Jenkins
4 37 (18.88%) Git (software)
5 35 (17.86%) SpecFlow
6 33 (16.84%) Gradle
7 32 (16.33%) TeamCity
8 29 (14.80%) Cucumber
9 22 (11.22%) NUnit
10 19 (9.69%) JIRA
10 19 (9.69%) SoapUI
11 18 (9.18%) MSBuild
12 16 (8.16%) Team Foundation Server
13 15 (7.65%) JUnit
14 11 (5.61%) CMake
14 11 (5.61%) JMeter
14 11 (5.61%) Maven
15 10 (5.10%) Visual Studio
16 9 (4.59%) HP UFT
16 9 (4.59%) TestComplete
General
1 15 (7.65%) Finance
2 5 (2.55%) Games
2 5 (2.55%) Publishing
3 4 (2.04%) Telecoms
4 3 (1.53%) Retail
5 1 (0.51%) Back Office
5 1 (0.51%) Banking
5 1 (0.51%) Corporate Banking
5 1 (0.51%) Electronics
5 1 (0.51%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.51%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 45 (22.96%) Developer
2 39 (19.90%) Tester
3 37 (18.88%) Test Engineer
4 34 (17.35%) Analyst
5 27 (13.78%) Test Analyst
6 25 (12.76%) Automation Tester
7 24 (12.24%) Test Automation Engineer
8 19 (9.69%) Automation Test Analyst
9 18 (9.18%) Build Engineer
10 15 (7.65%) Test Automation Developer
11 13 (6.63%) Consultant
12 12 (6.12%) Developer in Test
12 12 (6.12%) Java Developer
12 12 (6.12%) Test Leader
12 12 (6.12%) Web Developer
13 10 (5.10%) QA Analyst
13 10 (5.10%) Test Consultant
14 9 (4.59%) Test Automation Consultant
15 8 (4.08%) QA Test Analyst
15 8 (4.08%) Selenium Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (18.88%) XML
2 33 (16.84%) JSON
3 25 (12.76%) RESTful
4 24 (12.24%) AngularJS
5 22 (11.22%) Gherkin
6 21 (10.71%) .NET
6 21 (10.71%) HTML
7 15 (7.65%) Web Services
8 12 (6.12%) HTML5
8 12 (6.12%) XSLT
9 10 (5.10%) .NET Framework
9 10 (5.10%) Node.js
10 9 (4.59%) SOAP
11 8 (4.08%) REST
12 7 (3.57%) Django
12 7 (3.57%) web2py
13 5 (2.55%) Angular 2
14 4 (2.04%) Spring
15 3 (1.53%) Ajax
15 3 (1.53%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 11 (5.61%) Mobile App
2 10 (5.10%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (3.06%) Visualisation
4 3 (1.53%) Data Integration
4 3 (1.53%) Social Network
5 2 (1.02%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (1.02%) iPhone
5 2 (1.02%) Smartphone
6 1 (0.51%) AS400
6 1 (0.51%) Client/Server
6 1 (0.51%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.51%) Data Structures
6 1 (0.51%) IVR
6 1 (0.51%) Performance Metrics
6 1 (0.51%) Physics
6 1 (0.51%) Private Cloud
6 1 (0.51%) Smart Meter
6 1 (0.51%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 15 (7.65%) Linux
2 7 (3.57%) Android
2 7 (3.57%) Unix
3 6 (3.06%) Windows
4 5 (2.55%) Apple iOS
5 2 (1.02%) Windows NT
5 2 (1.02%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 112 (57.14%) Agile Software Development
2 52 (26.53%) Continuous Integration
2 52 (26.53%) Scrum
3 50 (25.51%) Performance Testing
4 44 (22.45%) BDD
5 43 (21.94%) Continuous Delivery
6 42 (21.43%) Automated Testing
7 37 (18.88%) TDD
8 34 (17.35%) Microservices
9 31 (15.82%) Test Strategy
10 29 (14.80%) Security Testing
11 28 (14.29%) User Stories
12 24 (12.24%) Kanban
13 22 (11.22%) Continuous Improvement
13 22 (11.22%) Test Scripting
14 20 (10.20%) User Acceptance Testing
15 19 (9.69%) Software Engineering
16 17 (8.67%) Unit Testing
17 16 (8.16%) DevOps
18 15 (7.65%) Automation Testing
Programming Languages
1 86 (43.88%) Java
2 53 (27.04%) Python
3 42 (21.43%) C#
4 30 (15.31%) Scala
5 21 (10.71%) JavaScript
5 21 (10.71%) SQL
6 18 (9.18%) Groovy
7 15 (7.65%) Ruby
8 12 (6.12%) C++
9 7 (3.57%) C
10 5 (2.55%) PowerShell
11 4 (2.04%) T-SQL
11 4 (2.04%) VBScript
12 3 (1.53%) Perl
13 2 (1.02%) Tcl
13 2 (1.02%) VB
13 2 (1.02%) VBA
14 1 (0.51%) F#
14 1 (0.51%) RPG
14 1 (0.51%) XPath
Qualifications
1 18 (9.18%) ISTQB
2 16 (8.16%) ISEB
3 11 (5.61%) Security Cleared
4 9 (4.59%) SC Cleared
5 7 (3.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 5 (2.55%) Degree
7 4 (2.04%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (1.02%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 55 (28.06%) QA
2 8 (4.08%) SDET
3 7 (3.57%) WCAG
4 2 (1.02%) WAI
System Software
1 32 (16.33%) Docker
2 2 (1.02%) Hyper-V
2 2 (1.02%) VirtualBox
3 1 (0.51%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (0.51%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.51%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 21 (10.71%) Ansible
2 19 (9.69%) Opscode Chef
3 18 (9.18%) Puppet
4 6 (3.06%) HP Quality Center
5 5 (2.55%) Oozie
6 1 (0.51%) Kibana
6 1 (0.51%) logstash
6 1 (0.51%) Terraform
Vendors
1 18 (9.18%) Perforce
2 15 (7.65%) Microsoft
3 12 (6.12%) Atlassian
4 11 (5.61%) HP
5 10 (5.10%) Oracle
6 5 (2.55%) Sitecore
6 5 (2.55%) Splunk
7 4 (2.04%) IBM
7 4 (2.04%) Talend
8 3 (1.53%) T-Plan
9 2 (1.02%) SAP
9 2 (1.02%) Temenos
9 2 (1.02%) VMware
10 1 (0.51%) Alias
10 1 (0.51%) ATG
10 1 (0.51%) Avaya
10 1 (0.51%) Google
10 1 (0.51%) NetSuite
10 1 (0.51%) Salesforce.com
10 1 (0.51%) Sophos
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