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 average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Automation over the 3 months to 4 September 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
4 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Automation
Rank 114 107 95
Rank change year-on-year
-7 -12
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 34 36 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.02% 1.11% 0.68%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.35% 1.51% 0.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 20 7
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£363 £400 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.37% +23.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £323 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £438 £470 £336
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.57% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 2
Average hourly rate £30.00 £40.00 £28.63
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.00% +39.73%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.40 £40.00 £28.33
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.20 £40.00 £28.93
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.44 £39.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year
-19.38% +34.48%
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
2514 2381 1594
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 75.54% 73.33% 72.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 1674 1570 1057
Average daily rate £400 £399 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.37% +7.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 141 92 76
Average hourly rate £39.25 £34.85 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.62% +54.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £16.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.27 £42.50 £43.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £26.98 £30.50
% change year-on-year
+20.48% -11.55%

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 4 September 2015.

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 4 September 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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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
Gloucestershire -6 11 £438 -5.91% 3
Wiltshire +1 9 £300 -25.00%
Devon +9 4 £350 -6.04%
Bristol -9 4 £438 +9.37% 3
Somerset +8 3 £349 +16.16% 1
Dorset +1 3 £300 - 4
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 4 September 2015, 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 39 (63.93%) Agile Software Development
2 36 (59.02%) Selenium
3 23 (37.70%) Cucumber
4 22 (36.07%) Java
5 20 (32.79%) SQL
6 19 (31.15%) ISEB
6 19 (31.15%) Automated Testing
7 17 (27.87%) TDD
7 17 (27.87%) Jenkins
8 16 (26.23%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 16 (26.23%) Software Testing
9 15 (24.59%) ISTQB
9 15 (24.59%) Python
10 14 (22.95%) Security Cleared
11 13 (21.31%) QA
11 13 (21.31%) Scrum
12 12 (19.67%) JIRA
12 12 (19.67%) Test Scripting
13 11 (18.03%) Continuous Integration
13 11 (18.03%) Regression Testing
14 10 (16.39%) LoadRunner
14 10 (16.39%) C++
14 10 (16.39%) DV Cleared
14 10 (16.39%) JBehave
14 10 (16.39%) Test Planning
15 9 (14.75%) HTML
15 9 (14.75%) C#
15 9 (14.75%) JavaScript
15 9 (14.75%) Load Testing
16 8 (13.11%) Degree

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

For the 6 months to 4 September 2015, 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 3 (4.92%) ATG Dynamo
2 1 (1.64%) Drupal
2 1 (1.64%) IIS
Applications
1 2 (3.28%) MS Office
1 2 (3.28%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (3.28%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.64%) Cloud Computing
1 1 (1.64%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.64%) 3GPP
1 1 (1.64%) UMTS
1 1 (1.64%) VoIP
1 1 (1.64%) Ethernet
1 1 (1.64%) FTP
1 1 (1.64%) RTP
1 1 (1.64%) Telnet
1 1 (1.64%) Wireless
1 1 (1.64%) VLAN
1 1 (1.64%) LTE
1 1 (1.64%) 4G
1 1 (1.64%) Multicast
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (6.56%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.28%) MySQL
2 2 (3.28%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 2 (3.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (1.64%) SQLite
3 1 (1.64%) CouchDB
3 1 (1.64%) MongoDB
3 1 (1.64%) Azure SQL Database
3 1 (1.64%) Big Data
3 1 (1.64%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (1.64%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 36 (59.02%) Selenium
2 23 (37.70%) Cucumber
3 17 (27.87%) Jenkins
4 12 (19.67%) JIRA
5 10 (16.39%) JBehave
5 10 (16.39%) LoadRunner
6 8 (13.11%) JMeter
6 8 (13.11%) WebDriver
6 8 (13.11%) SpecFlow
7 5 (8.20%) Team Foundation Server
8 4 (6.56%) MSTest
8 4 (6.56%) Git (software)
9 3 (4.92%) JUnit
9 3 (4.92%) Visual Studio
9 3 (4.92%) NUnit
9 3 (4.92%) FitNesse
9 3 (4.92%) Capybara
10 2 (3.28%) Behat
10 2 (3.28%) PhpStorm
10 2 (3.28%) GitLab
General
1 5 (8.20%) Electronics
1 5 (8.20%) Finance
2 4 (6.56%) Telecoms
3 2 (3.28%) Manufacturing
3 2 (3.28%) Marketing
4 1 (1.64%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 19 (31.15%) Analyst
2 18 (29.51%) Test Analyst
3 12 (19.67%) Test Manager
4 10 (16.39%) Tester
5 9 (14.75%) Software Tester
6 8 (13.11%) Developer
7 7 (11.48%) Test Engineer
8 5 (8.20%) Senior Test Analyst
8 5 (8.20%) Senior Analyst
8 5 (8.20%) Agile Test Analyst
9 4 (6.56%) Test Leader
9 4 (6.56%) Automation Test Analyst
9 4 (6.56%) Software Manager
9 4 (6.56%) Software Test Manager
9 4 (6.56%) Software Engineer
9 4 (6.56%) Automation Analyst
10 3 (4.92%) Software Test Engineer
10 3 (4.92%) Technical Analyst
10 3 (4.92%) Technical Test Analyst
11 2 (3.28%) QA Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (14.75%) HTML
2 8 (13.11%) XML
3 5 (8.20%) SOAP
3 5 (8.20%) REST
4 4 (6.56%) .NET
5 3 (4.92%) Gherkin
5 3 (4.92%) Web Services
6 1 (1.64%) .NET Compact Framework
6 1 (1.64%) J2EE
6 1 (1.64%) CSS
6 1 (1.64%) DOM
6 1 (1.64%) Middleware
6 1 (1.64%) Spring
6 1 (1.64%) .NET Framework
6 1 (1.64%) RESTful
6 1 (1.64%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 7 (11.48%) Mathematics
2 2 (3.28%) Data Integration
2 2 (3.28%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (3.28%) Client/Server
2 2 (3.28%) DTV
2 2 (3.28%) Management Information System
3 1 (1.64%) Streaming Video
3 1 (1.64%) Enterprise Cloud
3 1 (1.64%) Data Centre
3 1 (1.64%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 5 (8.20%) Linux
2 4 (6.56%) Windows
3 3 (4.92%) Embedded Linux
4 2 (3.28%) UNIX
5 1 (1.64%) Windows CE
5 1 (1.64%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (63.93%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (31.15%) Automated Testing
3 17 (27.87%) TDD
4 16 (26.23%) Software Testing
5 13 (21.31%) Scrum
6 12 (19.67%) Test Scripting
7 11 (18.03%) Continuous Integration
7 11 (18.03%) Regression Testing
8 10 (16.39%) Test Planning
9 9 (14.75%) Load Testing
10 8 (13.11%) SDLC
10 8 (13.11%) Automation Testing
10 8 (13.11%) Manual Testing
10 8 (13.11%) BDD
11 7 (11.48%) Test Management
11 7 (11.48%) Software Engineering
11 7 (11.48%) User Acceptance Testing
12 6 (9.84%) E-Commerce
13 5 (8.20%) Waterfall
13 5 (8.20%) Line Management
Programming Languages
1 22 (36.07%) Java
2 20 (32.79%) SQL
3 15 (24.59%) Python
4 10 (16.39%) C++
5 9 (14.75%) C#
5 9 (14.75%) JavaScript
6 8 (13.11%) Ruby
7 3 (4.92%) Bash Shell
7 3 (4.92%) Perl
8 2 (3.28%) PHP
9 1 (1.64%) C
9 1 (1.64%) VB
9 1 (1.64%) Apple Swift
9 1 (1.64%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 19 (31.15%) ISEB
2 16 (26.23%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 15 (24.59%) ISTQB
4 14 (22.95%) Security Cleared
5 10 (16.39%) DV Cleared
6 8 (13.11%) Degree
7 3 (4.92%) SC Cleared
8 1 (1.64%) ISEB Practitioner
8 1 (1.64%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (21.31%) QA
2 3 (4.92%) PCI DSS
Systems Management
1 1 (1.64%) Iperf
Vendors
1 5 (8.20%) Microsoft
2 3 (4.92%) ATG
2 3 (4.92%) Oracle
3 2 (3.28%) SAP
3 2 (3.28%) Talend
4 1 (1.64%) Atlassian