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 24 December 2014 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Automation
Rank 103 103 122
Rank change year-on-year
0 +19
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 44 17 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.35% 0.72% 0.23%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.86% 1.03% 0.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 12 4
Average daily rate
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£350 £350 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +12.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £244 £166
10% offered a daily rate of more than £493 £350 £393
UK excluding London average daily rate £378 £328 £313
% change year-on-year
+15.26% +4.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 0 0
Average hourly rate £28.50 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.50 £37.50 £14.00
% change year-on-year
-24.00% +167.85%
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
2368 1645 1817
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 72.48% 69.73% 68.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 1618 1077 1079
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £260 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £370 £365
% change year-on-year
+4.72% +1.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 126 111 116
Average hourly rate £35.00 £27.50 £36.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+27.27% -23.61%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £37.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -10.00%

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 24 December 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 24 December 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 +2 18 £418 - 3
Somerset - 8 £325 - 1
Gloucestershire - 7 £456 - 3
Bristol -20 6 £425 +21.42% 5
Devon -10 3 £341 +13.75%
Dorset - - - - 1
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 49 (57.65%) Agile Software Development
2 35 (41.18%) SQL
3 30 (35.29%) Linux
4 28 (32.94%) Java
5 25 (29.41%) Python
6 23 (27.06%) Selenium
7 21 (24.71%) Test Scripting
8 18 (21.18%) Jenkins
9 17 (20.00%) Cucumber
9 17 (20.00%) Electronics
10 16 (18.82%) Scrum
10 16 (18.82%) UNIX
10 16 (18.82%) Automated Testing
11 15 (17.65%) Security Cleared
12 14 (16.47%) ISEB
12 14 (16.47%) Web Services
12 14 (16.47%) Software Testing
13 13 (15.29%) Continuous Integration
13 13 (15.29%) Perl
14 12 (14.12%) BDD
15 11 (12.94%) User Stories
15 11 (12.94%) Relational Database
15 11 (12.94%) ISTQB
15 11 (12.94%) C#
16 10 (11.76%) QuickTest Pro
16 10 (11.76%) Telecoms
16 10 (11.76%) Google
16 10 (11.76%) User Acceptance Testing
16 10 (11.76%) Automation Testing
16 10 (11.76%) GoogleTest

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

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 1 (1.18%) WebLogic
1 1 (1.18%) BizTalk Server
1 1 (1.18%) Oracle Application Server
Applications
1 2 (2.35%) MS Office
1 2 (2.35%) MS Excel
1 2 (2.35%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (2.35%) Summit
2 1 (1.18%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (1.18%) Oracle BPM
2 1 (1.18%) Findur
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.18%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 8 (9.41%) WCDMA
1 8 (9.41%) LTE
2 3 (3.53%) Ethernet
2 3 (3.53%) 3GPP
2 3 (3.53%) Wireless
3 2 (2.35%) 2G
3 2 (2.35%) IP Telephony
3 2 (2.35%) 3G
4 1 (1.18%) DVB
4 1 (1.18%) LDAP
4 1 (1.18%) Internet
4 1 (1.18%) VSAT
4 1 (1.18%) AMQP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (12.94%) Relational Database
2 5 (5.88%) RDBMS
3 3 (3.53%) SQLite
3 3 (3.53%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
4 2 (2.35%) BusinessObjects XI
5 1 (1.18%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (1.18%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (1.18%) OLTP
5 1 (1.18%) Oracle Database
5 1 (1.18%) TKPROF
Development Applications
1 23 (27.06%) Selenium
2 18 (21.18%) Jenkins
3 17 (20.00%) Cucumber
4 10 (11.76%) GoogleTest
4 10 (11.76%) QuickTest Pro
5 9 (10.59%) FitNesse
5 9 (10.59%) SpecFlow
6 8 (9.41%) WebDriver
7 5 (5.88%) Hudson
7 5 (5.88%) JIRA
8 4 (4.71%) SoapUI
8 4 (4.71%) Git (software)
8 4 (4.71%) Team Foundation Server
9 3 (3.53%) Maven
9 3 (3.53%) Rational Functional Tester
9 3 (3.53%) LoadRunner
9 3 (3.53%) Visual Studio
9 3 (3.53%) Eclipse
9 3 (3.53%) Toad
10 2 (2.35%) JUnit
General
1 17 (20.00%) Electronics
2 10 (11.76%) Telecoms
3 9 (10.59%) Finance
4 7 (8.24%) Automotive
5 3 (3.53%) Banking
5 3 (3.53%) Retail
6 1 (1.18%) Retail Banking
6 1 (1.18%) Marketing
6 1 (1.18%) Avionics
6 1 (1.18%) Law
6 1 (1.18%) Legal
6 1 (1.18%) Manufacturing
6 1 (1.18%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 29 (34.12%) Tester
2 25 (29.41%) Test Engineer
3 19 (22.35%) Developer
4 18 (21.18%) Analyst
5 16 (18.82%) Test Analyst
6 15 (17.65%) Software Tester
7 14 (16.47%) Software Test Engineer
7 14 (16.47%) Software Engineer
8 8 (9.41%) Hardware Engineer
9 7 (8.24%) Java Developer
9 7 (8.24%) Development Engineer
9 7 (8.24%) Automation Tester
10 6 (7.06%) Senior Analyst
10 6 (7.06%) Senior Test Analyst
11 4 (4.71%) Agile Java Developer
11 4 (4.71%) Automation Engineer
11 4 (4.71%) Test Automation Engineer
12 3 (3.53%) Agile Tester
12 3 (3.53%) Software Developer
12 3 (3.53%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (16.47%) Web Services
2 9 (10.59%) RESTful
3 6 (7.06%) .NET
4 4 (4.71%) SOAP
4 4 (4.71%) Gherkin
5 3 (3.53%) CORBA
5 3 (3.53%) REST
5 3 (3.53%) QML
5 3 (3.53%) Qt
5 3 (3.53%) OpenGL
6 2 (2.35%) XML
7 1 (1.18%) XSD
7 1 (1.18%) XSLT
7 1 (1.18%) XML Schema
7 1 (1.18%) Middleware
7 1 (1.18%) JPA
7 1 (1.18%) Oracle Fusion
7 1 (1.18%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (3.53%) Replication
1 3 (3.53%) Open Source
1 3 (3.53%) Mobile App
2 2 (2.35%) Client/Server
2 2 (2.35%) IVR
3 1 (1.18%) PDA
3 1 (1.18%) Derivative
3 1 (1.18%) Mathematics
3 1 (1.18%) Physics
3 1 (1.18%) W3C
3 1 (1.18%) DTV
3 1 (1.18%) Clustering
3 1 (1.18%) Equities
3 1 (1.18%) User Experience
3 1 (1.18%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.18%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 30 (35.29%) Linux
2 16 (18.82%) UNIX
3 7 (8.24%) Embedded Linux
4 5 (5.88%) Windows
5 3 (3.53%) Android
5 3 (3.53%) Windows 7
5 3 (3.53%) Apple iOS
6 1 (1.18%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (1.18%) AIX
6 1 (1.18%) Windows XP
6 1 (1.18%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (57.65%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (24.71%) Test Scripting
3 16 (18.82%) Scrum
3 16 (18.82%) Automated Testing
4 14 (16.47%) Software Testing
5 13 (15.29%) Continuous Integration
6 12 (14.12%) BDD
7 11 (12.94%) User Stories
8 10 (11.76%) Automation Testing
8 10 (11.76%) User Acceptance Testing
9 8 (9.41%) Integration Testing
9 8 (9.41%) TDD
10 7 (8.24%) Manual Testing
11 6 (7.06%) OO
11 6 (7.06%) Regression Testing
12 5 (5.88%) Software Engineering
12 5 (5.88%) Test Management
12 5 (5.88%) Security Testing
13 4 (4.71%) Waterfall
13 4 (4.71%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 35 (41.18%) SQL
2 28 (32.94%) Java
3 25 (29.41%) Python
4 13 (15.29%) Perl
5 11 (12.94%) C#
6 7 (8.24%) Ruby
7 6 (7.06%) Bash Shell
8 5 (5.88%) C++
9 3 (3.53%) PHP
10 2 (2.35%) C
10 2 (2.35%) Shell Script
11 1 (1.18%) Tcl
11 1 (1.18%) XPath
11 1 (1.18%) Groovy
11 1 (1.18%) PL/SQL
11 1 (1.18%) VB
Qualifications
1 15 (17.65%) Security Cleared
2 14 (16.47%) ISEB
3 11 (12.94%) ISTQB
4 9 (10.59%) SC Cleared
5 6 (7.06%) DV Cleared
6 1 (1.18%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (1.18%) Degree
6 1 (1.18%) HND
6 1 (1.18%) MCSE
6 1 (1.18%) MCSA
6 1 (1.18%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (1.18%) MCTS
6 1 (1.18%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (10.59%) QA
2 2 (2.35%) ISO 9001
2 2 (2.35%) ISO 14001
3 1 (1.18%) DO-160
3 1 (1.18%) Data Quality
System Software
1 1 (1.18%) VMware ESX
1 1 (1.18%) Oracle RMAN
1 1 (1.18%) Oracle RAC
1 1 (1.18%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 7 (8.24%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (2.35%) Cisco IPCC
3 1 (1.18%) Data Guard
3 1 (1.18%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 1 (1.18%) Netcool
3 1 (1.18%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 10 (11.76%) Google
2 9 (10.59%) Microsoft
3 6 (7.06%) HP
4 3 (3.53%) Business Objects
4 3 (3.53%) Progress
5 2 (2.35%) Genesys
5 2 (2.35%) Empirix
5 2 (2.35%) Siemens
5 2 (2.35%) ATG
5 2 (2.35%) Teradata
5 2 (2.35%) Verint
6 1 (1.18%) Telerik
6 1 (1.18%) VMware
6 1 (1.18%) Veritas
6 1 (1.18%) McAfee
6 1 (1.18%) Oracle
6 1 (1.18%) SAP
6 1 (1.18%) Citrix
6 1 (1.18%) Murex