Period
to 20 July 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 20 July 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
20 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 36 29 33
Rank change year-on-year -7 +4 +18
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 27 32 24
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bedfordshire 4.42% 4.76% 3.59%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.95% 5.28% 4.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 22 12
Bedfordshire median daily rate £500 £350 £345
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +42.86% +1.45% -27.37%
10th Percentile £355 £307 £263
90th Percentile £550 £484 £485
East of England median daily rate £450 £422 £400
% change year-on-year +6.64% +5.50% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Bedfordshire median hourly rate - - £32.50
East of England median hourly rate £40.50 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +8.00% - -

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 546 606 562
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bedfordshire 89.36% 90.18% 84.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 363 427 389
Bedfordshire median daily rate £450 £438 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% -2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £263 £300 £280
90th Percentile £588 £575 £606
East of England median daily rate £435 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +2.35% +3.03% +6.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 10 15
Bedfordshire median hourly rate £17.00 £18.00 £46.07
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.56% -60.93% +104.76%
10th Percentile £13.27 £13.69 £15.80
90th Percentile £35.00 £33.90 £50.78
East of England median hourly rate £17.50 £30.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -41.67% +33.33% -

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 20 July 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 20 July 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 -3 12 £519 +29.69% 3
Dunstable - 7 £300 -
Bedford 0 6 £375 -9.09% 1
Test Automation
East of England

For the 6 months to 20 July 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 15 (55.56%) Agile Software Development
1 15 (55.56%) SoapUI
2 13 (48.15%) C#
3 12 (44.44%) Java
3 12 (44.44%) Selenium
4 10 (37.04%) QA
4 10 (37.04%) SpecFlow
4 10 (37.04%) SDET
5 9 (33.33%) Jenkins
5 9 (33.33%) BDD
5 9 (33.33%) TeamCity
6 8 (29.63%) Cucumber
6 8 (29.63%) Manual Testing
7 7 (25.93%) Stakeholder Management
7 7 (25.93%) Integration Testing
7 7 (25.93%) Test Scripting
7 7 (25.93%) JSON
7 7 (25.93%) TDD
7 7 (25.93%) REST
7 7 (25.93%) Scenario Testing
8 6 (22.22%) Mentoring
8 6 (22.22%) MuleSoft
8 6 (22.22%) System Integration Testing
8 6 (22.22%) Continuous Improvement
8 6 (22.22%) Unit Testing
8 6 (22.22%) JBehave
8 6 (22.22%) Data Management
8 6 (22.22%) Regression Testing
8 6 (22.22%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 6 (22.22%) Test Management

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 5 (18.52%) Mule
1 5 (18.52%) Oracle Service Bus
2 2 (7.41%) Confluence
2 2 (7.41%) WebSphere
Business Applications
1 1 (3.70%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.70%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (3.70%) GitHub
1 1 (3.70%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (3.70%) Slack
1 1 (3.70%) vREST
Communications & Networking
1 2 (7.41%) AMQP
2 1 (3.70%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (7.41%) DB2
2 1 (3.70%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 15 (55.56%) SoapUI
2 12 (44.44%) Selenium
3 10 (37.04%) SpecFlow
4 9 (33.33%) Jenkins
4 9 (33.33%) TeamCity
5 8 (29.63%) Cucumber
6 6 (22.22%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 6 (22.22%) JBehave
7 4 (14.81%) WebDriver
8 3 (11.11%) JIRA
8 3 (11.11%) JUnit
8 3 (11.11%) TestNG
9 2 (7.41%) Maven
10 1 (3.70%) Ant
10 1 (3.70%) Log4Net
10 1 (3.70%) NSubstitute
10 1 (3.70%) Robot Framework
10 1 (3.70%) Zephyr
General
1 1 (3.70%) Retail
Job Titles
1 8 (29.63%) Developer
1 8 (29.63%) Tester
2 7 (25.93%) Automation Tester
3 4 (14.81%) Integration Developer
4 2 (7.41%) Architect
4 2 (7.41%) Test Engineer
5 1 (3.70%) Automation Developer
5 1 (3.70%) Automation Test Analyst
5 1 (3.70%) Development Engineer
5 1 (3.70%) Integration Architect
5 1 (3.70%) Java Engineer
5 1 (3.70%) Senior Software Developer
5 1 (3.70%) Software Developer
5 1 (3.70%) Software Development Engineer
5 1 (3.70%) Software Engineer
5 1 (3.70%) Software Test Engineer
5 1 (3.70%) Test Automation Engineer
5 1 (3.70%) Test Automation Manager
5 1 (3.70%) Test Development Engineer
5 1 (3.70%) WebSphere Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (25.93%) JSON
1 7 (25.93%) REST
2 6 (22.22%) RESTful
3 5 (18.52%) J2EE
3 5 (18.52%) Swagger
3 5 (18.52%) Web Services
4 4 (14.81%) SOAP
5 2 (7.41%) .NET
5 2 (7.41%) XML
6 1 (3.70%) .NET Framework
6 1 (3.70%) AutoMapper
6 1 (3.70%) Behat
6 1 (3.70%) LINQ
6 1 (3.70%) Middleware
6 1 (3.70%) Ninject
6 1 (3.70%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 1 (3.70%) Mobile App
1 1 (3.70%) RIA
1 1 (3.70%) User Experience
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (55.56%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (37.04%) SDET
3 9 (33.33%) BDD
4 8 (29.63%) Manual Testing
5 7 (25.93%) Integration Testing
5 7 (25.93%) Scenario Testing
5 7 (25.93%) Stakeholder Management
5 7 (25.93%) TDD
5 7 (25.93%) Test Scripting
6 6 (22.22%) Continuous Improvement
6 6 (22.22%) Data Management
6 6 (22.22%) E-Commerce
6 6 (22.22%) Mentoring
6 6 (22.22%) Regression Testing
6 6 (22.22%) System Integration Testing
6 6 (22.22%) Test Management
6 6 (22.22%) Unit Testing
7 5 (18.52%) API Testing
7 5 (18.52%) Build Automation
7 5 (18.52%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 13 (48.15%) C#
2 12 (44.44%) Java
3 5 (18.52%) Groovy
4 4 (14.81%) Python
4 4 (14.81%) Ruby
5 3 (11.11%) Perl
6 1 (3.70%) PHP
6 1 (3.70%) SQL
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (37.04%) QA
Vendors
1 6 (22.22%) MuleSoft
2 1 (3.70%) Atlassian
2 1 (3.70%) Oracle