Period
to 22 April 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Bedfordshire 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 6 months to 22 April 2018 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.

Automated Testing
East of England > Bedfordshire
6 months to
22 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 31 23 41
Rank change year-on-year -8 +18 +11
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 31 35 16
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bedfordshire 4.89% 5.99% 2.45%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 5.52% 6.72% 2.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 27 10
Bedfordshire median daily rate £500 £445 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.36% +61.82% -42.11%
10th Percentile £425 £289 £213
90th Percentile £550 £488 £419
East of England median daily rate £475 £422 £375
% change year-on-year +12.56% +12.53% -3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Bedfordshire median hourly rate - - £32.50
East of England median hourly rate £43.00 £37.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +14.67% +25.00% -25.00%

Test Automation is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Bedfordshire with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Bedfordshire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 562 521 575
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bedfordshire 88.64% 89.21% 88.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 372 372 403
Bedfordshire median daily rate £450 £425 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% -5.56% -
10th Percentile £150 £263 £288
90th Percentile £600 £575 £613
East of England median daily rate £438 £405 £413
% change year-on-year +8.02% -1.82% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 12 46
Bedfordshire median hourly rate £17.25 £14.00 £45.11
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.21% -68.96% +120.05%
10th Percentile £10.16 £11.30 £16.75
90th Percentile £36.25 £18.00 £50.78
East of England median hourly rate £19.00 £34.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -44.12% +23.64% +10.00%

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Bedfordshire

Job postings citing Test Automation as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Bedfordshire.

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation in Bedfordshire

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in Bedfordshire

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Bedfordshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in Bedfordshire over the 6 months to 22 April 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation in Bedfordshire

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation in Bedfordshire

Test Automation
Contract Job Locations in Bedfordshire

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 Bedfordshire region over the 6 months to 22 April 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Luton -1 26 £500 +5.26% 1
Dunstable - 1 - -
Test Automation
East of England

For the 6 months to 22 April 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Test Automation also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Bedfordshire region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 27 (87.10%) Agile Software Development
1 27 (87.10%) Selenium
2 25 (80.65%) C#
3 24 (77.42%) Cucumber
4 23 (74.19%) SpecFlow
5 22 (70.97%) SoapUI
5 22 (70.97%) Java
6 21 (67.74%) SDET
7 20 (64.52%) JBehave
8 19 (61.29%) Jenkins
9 17 (54.84%) Perl
9 17 (54.84%) Python
9 17 (54.84%) TDD
9 17 (54.84%) Ruby
10 16 (51.61%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 16 (51.61%) TeamCity
11 15 (48.39%) BDD
12 14 (45.16%) Continuous Integration
12 14 (45.16%) Stakeholder Management
13 13 (41.94%) JIRA
13 13 (41.94%) QA
13 13 (41.94%) Mentoring
14 12 (38.71%) WebDriver
14 12 (38.71%) Confluence
15 11 (35.48%) E-Commerce
16 10 (32.26%) JUnit
16 10 (32.26%) Feature Driven Development
16 10 (32.26%) TestNG
16 10 (32.26%) ATDD
17 9 (29.03%) Continuous Delivery

Test Automation
Co-occurring IT Skills in Bedfordshire 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 12 (38.71%) Confluence
2 2 (6.45%) WebSphere
Business Applications
1 1 (3.23%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 4 (12.90%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (9.68%) Sauce Labs
3 1 (3.23%) GitHub
3 1 (3.23%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (3.23%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 3 (9.68%) Internet
2 2 (6.45%) AMQP
3 1 (3.23%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (9.68%) Redis
2 2 (6.45%) DB2
3 1 (3.23%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 27 (87.10%) Selenium
2 24 (77.42%) Cucumber
3 23 (74.19%) SpecFlow
4 22 (70.97%) SoapUI
5 20 (64.52%) JBehave
6 19 (61.29%) Jenkins
7 16 (51.61%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 16 (51.61%) TeamCity
8 13 (41.94%) JIRA
9 12 (38.71%) WebDriver
10 10 (32.26%) JUnit
10 10 (32.26%) TestNG
11 9 (29.03%) Maven
12 8 (25.81%) Ant
13 3 (9.68%) Appium
13 3 (9.68%) Bitbucket
13 3 (9.68%) Git (software)
14 1 (3.23%) NSubstitute
14 1 (3.23%) Protractor
14 1 (3.23%) Zephyr
General
1 9 (29.03%) Retail
2 3 (9.68%) Banking
2 3 (9.68%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 10 (32.26%) Developer
2 7 (22.58%) Developer in Test
2 7 (22.58%) Software Developer
3 6 (19.35%) Consultant
3 6 (19.35%) Senior Developer
4 5 (16.13%) Senior Software Developer
5 4 (12.90%) Automation Consultant
5 4 (12.90%) E-Commerce Consultant
5 4 (12.90%) Test Engineer
5 4 (12.90%) Tester
6 3 (9.68%) Automation Tester
6 3 (9.68%) QA Automation Tester
6 3 (9.68%) QA Tester
6 3 (9.68%) Test Automation Developer
7 2 (6.45%) Development Engineer
7 2 (6.45%) Software Test Engineer
7 2 (6.45%) Test Automation Consultant
7 2 (6.45%) Test Automation Engineer
7 2 (6.45%) Test Consultant
7 2 (6.45%) Test Development Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (25.81%) Middleware
2 5 (16.13%) REST
2 5 (16.13%) SOAP
2 5 (16.13%) Swagger
3 3 (9.68%) Web Services
4 2 (6.45%) .NET
4 2 (6.45%) JSON
4 2 (6.45%) XML
5 1 (3.23%) .NET Framework
5 1 (3.23%) AutoMapper
5 1 (3.23%) LINQ
5 1 (3.23%) Ninject
5 1 (3.23%) Node.js
5 1 (3.23%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 6 (19.35%) RIA
2 3 (9.68%) Mobile App
3 1 (3.23%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 3 (9.68%) Android
1 3 (9.68%) Apple iOS
1 3 (9.68%) Mac OS X
1 3 (9.68%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (87.10%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (67.74%) SDET
3 17 (54.84%) TDD
4 15 (48.39%) BDD
5 14 (45.16%) Continuous Integration
5 14 (45.16%) Stakeholder Management
6 13 (41.94%) Mentoring
7 11 (35.48%) E-Commerce
8 10 (32.26%) ATDD
8 10 (32.26%) Feature Driven Development
9 9 (29.03%) Continuous Delivery
9 9 (29.03%) Defect Management
10 5 (16.13%) Build Automation
11 4 (12.90%) Integration Testing
12 3 (9.68%) Cross-Browser Testing
12 3 (9.68%) Functional Testing
12 3 (9.68%) Manual Testing
12 3 (9.68%) QA Automation
13 2 (6.45%) Coaching
13 2 (6.45%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 25 (80.65%) C#
2 22 (70.97%) Java
3 17 (54.84%) Perl
3 17 (54.84%) Python
3 17 (54.84%) Ruby
4 4 (12.90%) SQL
5 3 (9.68%) Apple Swift
6 1 (3.23%) JavaScript
6 1 (3.23%) PHP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (41.94%) QA
System Software
1 3 (9.68%) Docker
Vendors
1 8 (25.81%) Atlassian
2 1 (3.23%) MuleSoft
2 1 (3.23%) Oracle