The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Bedford with a requirement for Test Automation skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Test Automation over the 3 months to 23 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Automation
Bedfordshire / Bedford
Rank 6 - -
Rank change year-on-year - 0  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 5 0 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bedford 12.50% - -
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 14.29% - -
Number of daily rates quoted 5 0 0
Median daily rate £450 - -
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £375 £350
% change year-on-year -6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £43.75 £37.50
% change year-on-year -20.00% +16.66%  

Test Automation is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Bedford with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Bedford
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 35 28 27
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Bedford 87.50% 77.78% 75.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 22 19
Median daily rate £310 £400 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -22.50% -15.78%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £286 £314
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £531 £576
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £399
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.29%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 1
Median hourly rate £18.00 £14.00 £42.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.57% -66.86%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £39.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.69% +30.00%  

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Bedford

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Bedford citing Test Automation as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation in Bedford

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Bedford

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in Bedford

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Bedford

For the 6 months to 23 March 2017, 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 Bedford region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 9 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 9 (100.00%) API Testing
2 8 (88.89%) SDET
2 8 (88.89%) Mobile App
2 8 (88.89%) Calabash
2 8 (88.89%) Appium
2 8 (88.89%) Ruby
2 8 (88.89%) Python
2 8 (88.89%) QA
2 8 (88.89%) Cucumber
3 7 (77.78%) BDD
3 7 (77.78%) Gherkin
4 6 (66.67%) Continuous Integration
4 6 (66.67%) Automation Testing
4 6 (66.67%) Xamarin
5 3 (33.33%) Selenium
5 3 (33.33%) SoapUI
5 3 (33.33%) SQL
6 2 (22.22%) Java
6 2 (22.22%) JavaScript
6 2 (22.22%) Microsoft
6 2 (22.22%) Apple iOS
6 2 (22.22%) JIRA
6 2 (22.22%) Android
6 2 (22.22%) Microsoft Azure
6 2 (22.22%) Capybara
7 1 (11.11%) Exploratory Testing
7 1 (11.11%) Continuous Delivery
7 1 (11.11%) Data Protection
7 1 (11.11%) SpecFlow

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills in Bedford 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:

Cloud Services
1 2 (22.22%) Microsoft Azure
Development Applications
1 8 (88.89%) Appium
1 8 (88.89%) Calabash
1 8 (88.89%) Cucumber
2 3 (33.33%) Selenium
2 3 (33.33%) SoapUI
3 2 (22.22%) Capybara
3 2 (22.22%) JIRA
4 1 (11.11%) NUnit
4 1 (11.11%) SpecFlow
Job Titles
1 7 (77.78%) Applications Engineer
1 7 (77.78%) Test Automation Engineer
1 7 (77.78%) Test Engineer
2 2 (22.22%) Web Applications Engineer
2 2 (22.22%) Web Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Automation Test Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Automation Tester
3 1 (11.11%) Mobile Test Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Test Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (77.78%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 8 (88.89%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 2 (22.22%) Android
1 2 (22.22%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 9 (100.00%) API Testing
2 7 (77.78%) BDD
3 6 (66.67%) Automation Testing
3 6 (66.67%) Continuous Integration
4 1 (11.11%) Agile Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Continuous Delivery
4 1 (11.11%) Data Modelling
4 1 (11.11%) Data Protection
4 1 (11.11%) Exploratory Testing
4 1 (11.11%) OO
4 1 (11.11%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 8 (88.89%) Python
1 8 (88.89%) Ruby
2 3 (33.33%) SQL
3 2 (22.22%) Java
3 2 (22.22%) JavaScript
4 1 (11.11%) C#
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (88.89%) QA
1 8 (88.89%) SDET
Vendors
1 6 (66.67%) Xamarin
2 2 (22.22%) Microsoft