The table below looks at the statistics for Test Automation skills in IT contracts advertised for the Southampton region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Automation over the 3 months to 19 September 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Automation
Rank 32 34 38
Rank change year-on-year
+2 +4
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 13 1 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Southampton 3.46% 0.31% 0.88%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.45% 0.45% 1.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 1 3
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£315 £305 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.27% -23.75%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £332 £310
% change year-on-year
+5.42% +7.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.50 £30.75 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+25.20% -18.00%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the Southampton region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Southampton
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
292 223 247
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Southampton 77.66% 68.62% 72.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 214 165 121
Average daily rate £355 £413 £355
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.93% +16.19%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £460 £550 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 14 34
Average hourly rate £29.25 £11.75 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+148.93% -63.84%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.12 £10.50 £11.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £20.50 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.25 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-12.50% -

Test Automation
Jobs Demand Trend in Southampton

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

Test Automation Jobs Demand Trend in Southampton

Test Automation
Daily Rate Trend in Southampton

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

Test Automation Daily Rate Trend in Southampton

Test Automation
Daily Rate Histogram in Southampton

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Automation across the Southampton region over the 3 months to 19 September 2014.

Test Automation Daily Rate Histogram in Southampton

Test Automation
Hourly Rate Trend in Southampton

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

Test Automation Hourly Rate Trend in Southampton

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Southampton

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Southampton 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 (95.83%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (79.17%) Web Services
3 18 (75.00%) Scrum
3 18 (75.00%) Cucumber
4 16 (66.67%) Java
5 14 (58.33%) SQL
6 12 (50.00%) Jenkins
7 11 (45.83%) Test Strategy
8 10 (41.67%) SoapUI
9 9 (37.50%) Software Engineering
9 9 (37.50%) Ruby
9 9 (37.50%) SOAP
9 9 (37.50%) SpecFlow
9 9 (37.50%) Selenium
9 9 (37.50%) Integration Testing
10 8 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
10 8 (33.33%) Data Transformation
10 8 (33.33%) Puppet
10 8 (33.33%) Vagrant
10 8 (33.33%) .NET
10 8 (33.33%) Linux
11 7 (29.17%) TDD
11 7 (29.17%) RESTful
12 6 (25.00%) Bash Shell
13 5 (20.83%) User Stories
13 5 (20.83%) ESRI
13 5 (20.83%) JMeter
13 5 (20.83%) PostgreSQL
13 5 (20.83%) ISEB
13 5 (20.83%) Shell Script

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills in Southampton by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Southampton 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 4 (16.67%) WebLogic
1 4 (16.67%) Apache
1 4 (16.67%) Confluence
2 3 (12.50%) Node.js
2 3 (12.50%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 3 (12.50%) Tomcat
3 1 (4.17%) Oracle Spatial
3 1 (4.17%) Oracle BPEL
3 1 (4.17%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 1 (4.17%) MS Excel
1 1 (4.17%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 3 (12.50%) Amazon EC2
1 3 (12.50%) Amazon S3
1 3 (12.50%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (12.50%) Internet
2 1 (4.17%) TCP/IP
2 1 (4.17%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (20.83%) PostgreSQL
2 3 (12.50%) MongoDB
2 3 (12.50%) NoSQL
3 1 (4.17%) Oracle Database 11g
3 1 (4.17%) Oracle Database
3 1 (4.17%) Big Data
3 1 (4.17%) SQL Navigator
3 1 (4.17%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 18 (75.00%) Cucumber
2 12 (50.00%) Jenkins
3 10 (41.67%) SoapUI
4 9 (37.50%) SpecFlow
4 9 (37.50%) Selenium
5 5 (20.83%) JMeter
6 4 (16.67%) JUnit
6 4 (16.67%) LoadRunner
6 4 (16.67%) Maven
6 4 (16.67%) RSpec
6 4 (16.67%) Git (software)
6 4 (16.67%) JIRA
7 3 (12.50%) Grunt
7 3 (12.50%) Mockito
7 3 (12.50%) Subversion
7 3 (12.50%) Eclipse
8 2 (8.33%) FitNesse
9 1 (4.17%) PHPUnit
9 1 (4.17%) Zephyr
9 1 (4.17%) Toad
Job Titles
1 10 (41.67%) Analyst
1 10 (41.67%) Test Analyst
2 7 (29.17%) Software Engineer
3 4 (16.67%) Developer
3 4 (16.67%) Test Engineer
4 3 (12.50%) JavaScript Developer
4 3 (12.50%) Test Leader
5 2 (8.33%) Tester
5 2 (8.33%) Agile Test Analyst
5 2 (8.33%) Java Developer
6 1 (4.17%) Automation Tester
6 1 (4.17%) DevOps Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) Lead Software Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) Senior Software Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) Test Coordinator
6 1 (4.17%) Software Tester
6 1 (4.17%) Coordinator
6 1 (4.17%) Software Developer
6 1 (4.17%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (79.17%) Web Services
2 9 (37.50%) SOAP
3 8 (33.33%) .NET
4 7 (29.17%) RESTful
5 3 (12.50%) JSON
5 3 (12.50%) Spring MVC
5 3 (12.50%) JPA
5 3 (12.50%) jQuery
5 3 (12.50%) PostGIS
5 3 (12.50%) Spring
5 3 (12.50%) Ajax
5 3 (12.50%) Hibernate
5 3 (12.50%) JTS
5 3 (12.50%) CSS
6 1 (4.17%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 3 (12.50%) Open Source
1 3 (12.50%) Linked Data
1 3 (12.50%) GIS
2 1 (4.17%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 8 (33.33%) Linux
2 3 (12.50%) CentOS
2 3 (12.50%) Oracle Linux
3 1 (4.17%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (95.83%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (75.00%) Scrum
3 11 (45.83%) Test Strategy
4 9 (37.50%) Software Engineering
4 9 (37.50%) Integration Testing
5 8 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
5 8 (33.33%) Data Transformation
6 7 (29.17%) TDD
7 5 (20.83%) User Stories
8 4 (16.67%) SOA
8 4 (16.67%) Configuration Management
8 4 (16.67%) BPEL
8 4 (16.67%) Web Development
9 3 (12.50%) Kanban
9 3 (12.50%) Performance Testing
9 3 (12.50%) DevOps
9 3 (12.50%) MVC
10 2 (8.33%) Software Testing
10 2 (8.33%) BDD
11 1 (4.17%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 16 (66.67%) Java
2 14 (58.33%) SQL
3 9 (37.50%) Ruby
4 6 (25.00%) Bash Shell
5 5 (20.83%) Shell Script
6 3 (12.50%) JavaScript
7 2 (8.33%) Python
8 1 (4.17%) PHP
8 1 (4.17%) PL/SQL
8 1 (4.17%) C
8 1 (4.17%) C++
Qualifications
1 5 (20.83%) ISEB
2 2 (8.33%) ISTQB
3 1 (4.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
System Software
1 4 (16.67%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (12.50%) Oracle RAC
2 3 (12.50%) VirtualBox
2 3 (12.50%) vCloud
3 1 (4.17%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 8 (33.33%) Puppet
1 8 (33.33%) Vagrant
2 4 (16.67%) WebInspect
3 1 (4.17%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (20.83%) ESRI
1 5 (20.83%) Oracle
2 4 (16.67%) VMware
3 3 (12.50%) EMC
4 2 (8.33%) HP
5 1 (4.17%) Microsoft