The table below looks at the statistics for Test Automation skills in IT contracts advertised for the South West region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Automation over the 3 months to 28 May 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
28 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Automation
Rank 107 110 124
Rank change year-on-year
+3 +14
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 37 27 23
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.24% 0.88% 0.78%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.59% 1.15% 0.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 18 19
Median daily rate £400 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £321 £298
10% offered a daily rate of more than £464 £458 £470
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £325
% change year-on-year
- +15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £35.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £40.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +6.66%
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 West region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2333 2357 2357
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 78.42% 76.78% 79.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 1517 1571 1569
Median daily rate £391 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.18% +14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £288 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £538 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +2.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 133 101 121
Median hourly rate £40.00 £37.00 £33.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.10% +9.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.50 £17.00 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.50 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -

Test Automation
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the South West 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 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 28 May 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Automation within the South West region over the 3 months to 28 May 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
Bristol -6 10 £425 +21.42% 10
Devon - 8 £374 -
Wiltshire 0 7 £495 -
Gloucestershire +6 6 £388 -4.32% 7
Somerset - 6 - - 4
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 28 May 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 West region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 68 (67.33%) Agile Software Development
2 49 (48.51%) Security Cleared
3 41 (40.59%) Scrum
4 37 (36.63%) SC Cleared
5 36 (35.64%) Selenium
5 36 (35.64%) Cucumber
6 28 (27.72%) BDD
7 26 (25.74%) Java
8 23 (22.77%) SQL
9 22 (21.78%) Ruby
10 21 (20.79%) WebDriver
11 19 (18.81%) Software Testing
12 18 (17.82%) Software Engineering
13 17 (16.83%) ISEB
13 17 (16.83%) JavaScript
14 16 (15.84%) C#
14 16 (15.84%) Web Services
14 16 (15.84%) SpecFlow
14 16 (15.84%) QA
14 16 (15.84%) ISTQB
14 16 (15.84%) Git (software)
15 15 (14.85%) SQL Server
16 14 (13.86%) RESTful
16 14 (13.86%) JIRA
16 14 (13.86%) Continuous Improvement
16 14 (13.86%) Capybara
17 13 (12.87%) Continuous Integration
17 13 (12.87%) Microsoft
18 12 (11.88%) Validation
18 12 (11.88%) Functional Testing

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills in the South West 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 4 (3.96%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 6 (5.94%) MS Office
2 5 (4.95%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 5 (4.95%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 4 (3.96%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (2.97%) IaaS
2 3 (2.97%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.98%) HTTP
1 2 (1.98%) SAN
2 1 (0.99%) Internet
2 1 (0.99%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (14.85%) SQL Server
2 5 (4.95%) Big Data
2 5 (4.95%) SSDT
3 3 (2.97%) Relational Database
4 2 (1.98%) Oracle BI EE
4 2 (1.98%) RDBMS
4 2 (1.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.99%) Azure SQL Database
5 1 (0.99%) CouchDB
5 1 (0.99%) Crystal Reports
5 1 (0.99%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.99%) MySQL
5 1 (0.99%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.99%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.99%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (0.99%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.99%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (0.99%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 36 (35.64%) Cucumber
1 36 (35.64%) Selenium
2 21 (20.79%) WebDriver
3 16 (15.84%) Git (software)
3 16 (15.84%) SpecFlow
4 14 (13.86%) Capybara
4 14 (13.86%) JIRA
5 10 (9.90%) WATIR
6 7 (6.93%) Visual Studio
7 6 (5.94%) Team Foundation Server
8 5 (4.95%) Rational DOORS
9 4 (3.96%) Jenkins
10 2 (1.98%) JMeter
10 2 (1.98%) LoadRunner
11 1 (0.99%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 1 (0.99%) FitNesse
11 1 (0.99%) HP UFT
11 1 (0.99%) Maven
11 1 (0.99%) NUnit
11 1 (0.99%) TestComplete
General
1 10 (9.90%) Finance
1 10 (9.90%) Telecoms
2 6 (5.94%) Manufacturing
3 5 (4.95%) Electronics
3 5 (4.95%) Marketing
4 3 (2.97%) Games
5 2 (1.98%) Law
6 1 (0.99%) Banking
6 1 (0.99%) Retail
Job Titles
1 36 (35.64%) Test Engineer
2 19 (18.81%) Tester
3 15 (14.85%) Analyst
3 15 (14.85%) Test Analyst
4 13 (12.87%) Developer
4 13 (12.87%) Test Automation Engineer
5 10 (9.90%) Software Test Engineer
6 9 (8.91%) Test Leader
7 8 (7.92%) Developer in Test
8 6 (5.94%) Automation Tester
8 6 (5.94%) Software Tester
8 6 (5.94%) Test Manager
9 5 (4.95%) Architect
9 5 (4.95%) Automation Test Analyst
9 5 (4.95%) Automation Test Lead
9 5 (4.95%) Lead Test Analyst
9 5 (4.95%) Network Engineer
9 5 (4.95%) QA Tester
9 5 (4.95%) Test Automation Developer
10 4 (3.96%) QA Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (15.84%) Web Services
2 14 (13.86%) RESTful
3 11 (10.89%) .NET
3 11 (10.89%) Behat
4 7 (6.93%) Gherkin
5 5 (4.95%) REST
5 5 (4.95%) SOAP
6 4 (3.96%) Middleware
6 4 (3.96%) Oracle Fusion
7 3 (2.97%) HTML
8 2 (1.98%) JSON
8 2 (1.98%) XML
9 1 (0.99%) ASP.NET
9 1 (0.99%) ASP.NET MVC
9 1 (0.99%) Cocoa
9 1 (0.99%) CSS
9 1 (0.99%) Entity Framework
9 1 (0.99%) Hibernate
9 1 (0.99%) HTML5
9 1 (0.99%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 4 (3.96%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (1.98%) Data Centre
2 2 (1.98%) Mobile App
3 1 (0.99%) Blog
3 1 (0.99%) Client/Server
3 1 (0.99%) Driving Licence
3 1 (0.99%) Inversion of Control
Operating Systems
1 8 (7.92%) Linux
2 5 (4.95%) Windows
3 2 (1.98%) Apple iOS
4 1 (0.99%) Android
4 1 (0.99%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 68 (67.33%) Agile Software Development
2 41 (40.59%) Scrum
3 28 (27.72%) BDD
4 19 (18.81%) Software Testing
5 18 (17.82%) Software Engineering
6 14 (13.86%) Continuous Improvement
7 13 (12.87%) Continuous Integration
8 12 (11.88%) Defect Tracking
8 12 (11.88%) Functional Testing
8 12 (11.88%) Validation
9 9 (8.91%) Regression Testing
10 8 (7.92%) GAP Analysis
10 8 (7.92%) OO
10 8 (7.92%) Programme Management
10 8 (7.92%) SDLC
10 8 (7.92%) Service Management
10 8 (7.92%) Software Delivery
10 8 (7.92%) Test Management
10 8 (7.92%) V-Model
11 7 (6.93%) Defect Management
Programming Languages
1 26 (25.74%) Java
2 23 (22.77%) SQL
3 22 (21.78%) Ruby
4 17 (16.83%) JavaScript
5 16 (15.84%) C#
6 5 (4.95%) Groovy
6 5 (4.95%) Python
7 4 (3.96%) Perl
8 3 (2.97%) C
9 2 (1.98%) PHP
10 1 (0.99%) Apple Swift
10 1 (0.99%) Bash Shell
10 1 (0.99%) C++
10 1 (0.99%) Objective-C
10 1 (0.99%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 49 (48.51%) Security Cleared
2 37 (36.63%) SC Cleared
3 17 (16.83%) ISEB
4 16 (15.84%) ISTQB
5 10 (9.90%) DV Cleared
6 5 (4.95%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 4 (3.96%) Degree
8 2 (1.98%) ISEB Practitioner
9 1 (0.99%) BPSS Clearance
9 1 (0.99%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (15.84%) QA
2 4 (3.96%) ISO 14001
2 4 (3.96%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.99%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.99%) SDET
System Software
1 2 (1.98%) Active Directory
1 2 (1.98%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (0.99%) Ansible
1 1 (0.99%) DBAmp
1 1 (0.99%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (0.99%) Nagios
1 1 (0.99%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 13 (12.87%) Microsoft
2 11 (10.89%) Rally
3 8 (7.92%) Oracle
4 5 (4.95%) SAP
5 4 (3.96%) IBM
5 4 (3.96%) Siebel
6 2 (1.98%) Informatica
7 1 (0.99%) Cisco
7 1 (0.99%) HP
7 1 (0.99%) Salesforce.com
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