Period
to 24 November 2017

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 24 November 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.

Automated Testing
East of England > Bedfordshire
6 months to
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 33 21 58
Rank change year-on-year -12 +37 +3
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 34 39 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bedfordshire 4.93% 6.12% 0.59%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 5.86% 7.40% 0.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 23 4
Bedfordshire median daily rate £450 £450 £341
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +31.87% +5.00%
10th Percentile £325 £263 £295
90th Percentile £500 £487 £417
East of England median daily rate £425 £413 £350
% change year-on-year +3.03% +17.86% -6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Bedfordshire median hourly rate £49.65 - -
East of England median hourly rate £40.50 £37.50 £38.50
% change year-on-year +8.00% -2.60% -12.00%

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 580 527 578
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bedfordshire 84.18% 82.73% 85.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 398 336 377
Bedfordshire median daily rate £450 £425 £403
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +5.34% -5.07%
10th Percentile £267 £210 £240
90th Percentile £597 £588 £575
East of England median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 7 49
Bedfordshire median hourly rate £22.50 £14.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +60.71% -60.00% +105.88%
10th Percentile £10.40 £11.02 £9.85
90th Percentile £50.48 £43.11 £50.68
East of England median hourly rate £31.50 £32.00 £23.63
% change year-on-year -1.56% +35.45% -1.56%

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 24 November 2017.

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 24 November 2017. 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 -14 13 £450 -6.74% 2
Bedford -3 6 £400 - 1
Test Automation
East of England

For the 6 months to 24 November 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 Bedfordshire region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 27 (79.41%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (73.53%) Cucumber
3 22 (64.71%) QA
4 20 (58.82%) Selenium
4 20 (58.82%) JIRA
4 20 (58.82%) Java
5 16 (47.06%) Continuous Integration
5 16 (47.06%) Ruby
5 16 (47.06%) WebDriver
5 16 (47.06%) Jenkins
5 16 (47.06%) Mobile App
6 15 (44.12%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 15 (44.12%) Apple iOS
6 15 (44.12%) Android
6 15 (44.12%) TDD
7 14 (41.18%) Retail
7 14 (41.18%) Confluence
8 12 (35.29%) SQL
9 11 (32.35%) Python
9 11 (32.35%) E-Commerce
9 11 (32.35%) SoapUI
9 11 (32.35%) Functional Testing
9 11 (32.35%) SDET
10 10 (29.41%) SpecFlow
10 10 (29.41%) C#
11 9 (26.47%) Perl
11 9 (26.47%) Windows
11 9 (26.47%) SOAP
11 9 (26.47%) Banking
11 9 (26.47%) JBehave

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 14 (41.18%) Confluence
2 1 (2.94%) JBoss
Applications
1 1 (2.94%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (2.94%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (2.94%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 1 (2.94%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 9 (26.47%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (23.53%) Sauce Labs
3 2 (5.88%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (2.94%) BlazeMeter
Communications & Networking
1 8 (23.53%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (23.53%) Redis
2 1 (2.94%) Big Data
2 1 (2.94%) Hadoop
2 1 (2.94%) InterSystems Cache
Development Applications
1 25 (73.53%) Cucumber
2 20 (58.82%) JIRA
2 20 (58.82%) Selenium
3 16 (47.06%) Jenkins
3 16 (47.06%) WebDriver
4 15 (44.12%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 11 (32.35%) SoapUI
6 10 (29.41%) SpecFlow
7 9 (26.47%) Appium
7 9 (26.47%) Git (software)
7 9 (26.47%) JBehave
8 8 (23.53%) Bitbucket
9 7 (20.59%) Ant
9 7 (20.59%) Calabash
9 7 (20.59%) JUnit
9 7 (20.59%) Maven
9 7 (20.59%) TeamCity
9 7 (20.59%) TestNG
10 6 (17.65%) Protractor
11 3 (8.82%) Jasmine
General
1 14 (41.18%) Retail
2 9 (26.47%) Banking
3 8 (23.53%) Corporate Banking
4 1 (2.94%) Finance
4 1 (2.94%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 13 (38.24%) Tester
2 11 (32.35%) Automation Tester
2 11 (32.35%) Test Engineer
3 8 (23.53%) QA Automation Tester
3 8 (23.53%) QA Tester
4 7 (20.59%) Software Test Engineer
5 5 (14.71%) Developer
6 4 (11.76%) Developer in Test
6 4 (11.76%) Software Developer
6 4 (11.76%) Test Automation Engineer
7 3 (8.82%) Analyst
7 3 (8.82%) Development Engineer
7 3 (8.82%) Ruby Automation Tester
7 3 (8.82%) Senior Developer
7 3 (8.82%) Senior Software Developer
7 3 (8.82%) Software Development Engineer
7 3 (8.82%) Software Engineer
7 3 (8.82%) Test Development Engineer
8 2 (5.88%) Consultant
8 2 (5.88%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (26.47%) REST
1 9 (26.47%) SOAP
2 8 (23.53%) Web Services
3 7 (20.59%) Middleware
4 3 (8.82%) Gherkin
5 2 (5.88%) .NET
5 2 (5.88%) .NET Framework
5 2 (5.88%) Node.js
6 1 (2.94%) ActiveMQ
6 1 (2.94%) Taurus
Miscellaneous
1 16 (47.06%) Mobile App
2 6 (17.65%) RIA
3 3 (8.82%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (2.94%) Client/Server
4 1 (2.94%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 15 (44.12%) Android
1 15 (44.12%) Apple iOS
2 9 (26.47%) Windows
3 8 (23.53%) Mac OS X
4 1 (2.94%) Linux
4 1 (2.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (79.41%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (47.06%) Continuous Integration
3 15 (44.12%) TDD
4 11 (32.35%) E-Commerce
4 11 (32.35%) Functional Testing
4 11 (32.35%) SDET
5 9 (26.47%) BDD
6 8 (23.53%) Cross-Browser Testing
6 8 (23.53%) QA Automation
7 6 (17.65%) ATDD
7 6 (17.65%) Continuous Delivery
7 6 (17.65%) Defect Management
7 6 (17.65%) Feature Driven Development
8 4 (11.76%) API Testing
9 3 (8.82%) Mentoring
9 3 (8.82%) Scrum
10 2 (5.88%) High Availability
10 2 (5.88%) Manual Testing
10 2 (5.88%) Migration
10 2 (5.88%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 20 (58.82%) Java
2 16 (47.06%) Ruby
3 12 (35.29%) SQL
4 11 (32.35%) Python
5 10 (29.41%) C#
6 9 (26.47%) Perl
7 8 (23.53%) Apple Swift
7 8 (23.53%) JavaScript
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (64.71%) QA
2 1 (2.94%) Data Quality
2 1 (2.94%) SLA
System Software
1 8 (23.53%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (2.94%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (17.65%) Atlassian
1 6 (17.65%) Microsoft
2 2 (5.88%) HP
2 2 (5.88%) Remedy
2 2 (5.88%) Xamarin
3 1 (2.94%) Red Hat
3 1 (2.94%) SAP