The first table below looks at the demand for Test Automation skills in IT contracts advertised for the South West 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 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the South West region.

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 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Automation
Rank 107 93 121
Rank change year-on-year
-14 +28
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 31 17 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.06% 0.79% 0.40%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.45% 1.11% 0.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 4 5
Average daily rate
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£365 £338 £270
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.14% +25.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £293 £308 £155
10% offered a daily rate of more than £470 £352 £349
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £350 £300
% change year-on-year
-7.14% +16.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
Average hourly rate - £29.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £30.75 £40.00
% change year-on-year
+21.95% -23.12%
Processes & Methodologies Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2141 1527 2081
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 73.12% 70.76% 69.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 1439 989 1268
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £256 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 93 72 122
Average hourly rate £33.84 £17.75 £30.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+90.64% -41.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £11.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.50 £42.50 £43.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £31.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-14.51% -
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Test Automation across the South West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Test Automation Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

Test Automation
Daily Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Test Automation across the South West region.

Test Automation Daily Rate Trend in the South West

Test Automation
Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Automation across the South West region over the 3 months to 22 July 2014.

Test Automation Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

Test Automation
Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Test Automation across the South West region.

Test Automation Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

Test Automation
Contract Job Locations in the South West

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 West region over the 3 months to 22 July 2014. 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
Wiltshire 0 10 £470 +56.66% 4
Gloucestershire - 8 £304 - 7
Bristol -13 4 £400 +23.07% 5
Somerset -13 3 £300 - 2
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 22 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South West 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 23 (35.38%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (33.85%) Scrum
2 22 (33.85%) HP Quality Center
3 21 (32.31%) Selenium
4 20 (30.77%) Security Cleared
5 19 (29.23%) HP
6 18 (27.69%) C#
6 18 (27.69%) User Acceptance Testing
7 17 (26.15%) SQL
7 17 (26.15%) Software Testing
8 16 (24.62%) Java
8 16 (24.62%) QA
9 15 (23.08%) Performance Testing
9 15 (23.08%) SC Cleared
10 13 (20.00%) Windows
10 13 (20.00%) Test Scripting
10 13 (20.00%) Waterfall
11 11 (16.92%) Oracle
12 10 (15.38%) .NET
12 10 (15.38%) SoapUI
13 9 (13.85%) Cucumber
13 9 (13.85%) BDD
13 9 (13.85%) Windows 7
13 9 (13.85%) System Testing
13 9 (13.85%) Matrix Management
13 9 (13.85%) WFM
13 9 (13.85%) Verint
13 9 (13.85%) User Stories
13 9 (13.85%) Genesys
13 9 (13.85%) Empirix

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

For the 6 months to 22 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South West 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 2 (3.08%) CMS
1 2 (3.08%) Sitecore CMS
2 1 (1.54%) Oracle Application Server
2 1 (1.54%) WebLogic
Applications
1 9 (13.85%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.54%) Oracle BPM
1 1 (1.54%) Oracle EBS
Communications & Networking
1 9 (13.85%) IP Telephony
2 2 (3.08%) Broadband
2 2 (3.08%) LAN
2 2 (3.08%) WCDMA
2 2 (3.08%) DHCP
2 2 (3.08%) HTTP
2 2 (3.08%) DNS
2 2 (3.08%) 3G
2 2 (3.08%) Internet
2 2 (3.08%) 2G
2 2 (3.08%) Firewall
2 2 (3.08%) IPsec
2 2 (3.08%) LTE
3 1 (1.54%) VSAT
3 1 (1.54%) Wireless
3 1 (1.54%) LDAP
3 1 (1.54%) DVB
3 1 (1.54%) 3GPP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (13.85%) SQL Server
2 3 (4.62%) Oracle Database
3 2 (3.08%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (3.08%) MySQL
4 1 (1.54%) TKPROF
4 1 (1.54%) ProClarity
4 1 (1.54%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (1.54%) OLTP
Development Applications
1 21 (32.31%) Selenium
2 10 (15.38%) SoapUI
3 9 (13.85%) Cucumber
3 9 (13.85%) QuickTest Pro
4 8 (12.31%) JUnit
4 8 (12.31%) JBehave
4 8 (12.31%) Team Foundation Server
5 7 (10.77%) JIRA
5 7 (10.77%) Visual Studio
6 5 (7.69%) SpecFlow
6 5 (7.69%) LoadRunner
7 4 (6.15%) JMeter
7 4 (6.15%) MSTest
8 3 (4.62%) Mercurial
8 3 (4.62%) jMock
9 2 (3.08%) NUnit
9 2 (3.08%) TeamCity
9 2 (3.08%) MSBuild
9 2 (3.08%) Jenkins
10 1 (1.54%) eggPlant
General
1 6 (9.23%) Finance
2 1 (1.54%) Avionics
2 1 (1.54%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 15 (23.08%) Analyst
1 15 (23.08%) Test Analyst
2 12 (18.46%) Test Manager
3 10 (15.38%) Developer
4 7 (10.77%) Test Engineer
5 6 (9.23%) Consultant
5 6 (9.23%) Test Consultant
6 5 (7.69%) Java Developer
6 5 (7.69%) Tester
7 4 (6.15%) Test Specialist
7 4 (6.15%) Automation Specialist
8 3 (4.62%) Automation Analyst
8 3 (4.62%) Test Automation Specialist
8 3 (4.62%) QA Engineer
9 2 (3.08%) Team Leader
9 2 (3.08%) Hardware Engineer
9 2 (3.08%) C# Developer
9 2 (3.08%) Senior Test Analyst
9 2 (3.08%) Senior Analyst
9 2 (3.08%) Performance Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (15.38%) .NET
2 8 (12.31%) SOAP
3 7 (10.77%) Web Services
4 4 (6.15%) Gherkin
5 3 (4.62%) Spring
6 2 (3.08%) XML
6 2 (3.08%) WCF
7 1 (1.54%) ASP.NET Web API
7 1 (1.54%) Oracle Fusion
7 1 (1.54%) JPA
7 1 (1.54%) XSD
7 1 (1.54%) XSLT
7 1 (1.54%) HTML
7 1 (1.54%) ASP.NET
7 1 (1.54%) Middleware
7 1 (1.54%) XML Schema
Miscellaneous
1 9 (13.85%) IVR
2 8 (12.31%) Open Source
3 6 (9.23%) Mobile App
4 2 (3.08%) Embedded Systems
5 1 (1.54%) Mathematics
5 1 (1.54%) Physics
5 1 (1.54%) Replication
5 1 (1.54%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 13 (20.00%) Windows
2 9 (13.85%) Windows 7
3 6 (9.23%) Apple iOS
3 6 (9.23%) Android
4 5 (7.69%) Linux
5 4 (6.15%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (35.38%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (33.85%) Scrum
3 18 (27.69%) User Acceptance Testing
4 17 (26.15%) Software Testing
5 15 (23.08%) Performance Testing
6 13 (20.00%) Test Scripting
6 13 (20.00%) Waterfall
7 9 (13.85%) BDD
7 9 (13.85%) System Testing
7 9 (13.85%) Matrix Management
7 9 (13.85%) WFM
7 9 (13.85%) User Stories
7 9 (13.85%) Disaster Recovery
7 9 (13.85%) Automated Testing
7 9 (13.85%) Penetration Testing
8 8 (12.31%) Test Management
8 8 (12.31%) Kanban
8 8 (12.31%) Test Strategy
9 6 (9.23%) Automation Testing
10 5 (7.69%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 18 (27.69%) C#
2 17 (26.15%) SQL
3 16 (24.62%) Java
4 5 (7.69%) Python
4 5 (7.69%) Perl
5 4 (6.15%) C++
6 3 (4.62%) C
7 2 (3.08%) Ruby
7 2 (3.08%) Bash Shell
8 1 (1.54%) XPath
8 1 (1.54%) VB
8 1 (1.54%) PL/SQL
8 1 (1.54%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 20 (30.77%) Security Cleared
2 15 (23.08%) SC Cleared
3 9 (13.85%) ISTQB
4 7 (10.77%) ISEB
5 6 (9.23%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 5 (7.69%) DV Cleared
7 4 (6.15%) Degree
8 1 (1.54%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 1 (1.54%) BC Cleared
8 1 (1.54%) CTC Cleared
8 1 (1.54%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (24.62%) QA
2 2 (3.08%) ISO 9002
3 1 (1.54%) DO-160
3 1 (1.54%) Data Quality
System Software
1 1 (1.54%) Oracle RAC
1 1 (1.54%) Oracle RMAN
Systems Management
1 22 (33.85%) HP Quality Center
2 9 (13.85%) Cisco IPCC
3 1 (1.54%) Data Guard
3 1 (1.54%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 19 (29.23%) HP
2 11 (16.92%) Oracle
3 9 (13.85%) Verint
3 9 (13.85%) Genesys
3 9 (13.85%) Empirix
3 9 (13.85%) Siemens
4 3 (4.62%) Microsoft
5 2 (3.08%) Citrix
5 2 (3.08%) Capita
5 2 (3.08%) Sitecore
6 1 (1.54%) Telerik
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