Period
to 17 October 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 17 October 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
17 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 46 39 22
Rank change year-on-year -7 -17 +31
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 16 26 37
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bedfordshire 2.79% 3.89% 5.79%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.12% 4.41% 6.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 16 22
Bedfordshire median daily rate £383 £400 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.38% -11.11% +30.43%
10th Percentile £314 £319 £263
90th Percentile £397 £513 £487
East of England median daily rate £463 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +8.82% - +18.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Bedfordshire median hourly rate - £49.65 -
East of England median hourly rate £42.50 £40.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +4.94% +8.00% -1.32%

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 513 590 539
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bedfordshire 89.53% 88.19% 84.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 347 414 350
Bedfordshire median daily rate £425 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £245 £282 £255
90th Percentile £588 £575 £594
East of England median daily rate £438 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 10 6
Bedfordshire median hourly rate £16.58 £27.75 £35.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -40.24% -21.83% +54.35%
10th Percentile £13.79 £10.87 £11.59
90th Percentile £20.14 £50.51 £47.89
East of England median hourly rate £17.50 £31.02 £27.00
% change year-on-year -43.58% +14.87% +5.88%

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 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 17 October 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
Bedford +5 9 £388 -3.13% 1
Dunstable - 6 £300 - 1
Test Automation
East of England

For the 6 months to 17 October 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 8 (50.00%) Java
1 8 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
1 8 (50.00%) QA
2 7 (43.75%) SoapUI
3 6 (37.50%) REST
3 6 (37.50%) RESTful
3 6 (37.50%) Scenario Testing
3 6 (37.50%) Mule
3 6 (37.50%) Integration Testing
3 6 (37.50%) Test Management
3 6 (37.50%) JSON
3 6 (37.50%) Regression Testing
3 6 (37.50%) J2EE
3 6 (37.50%) Web Services
3 6 (37.50%) E-Commerce
4 5 (31.25%) SOA
4 5 (31.25%) Data Management
4 5 (31.25%) Test Scripting
4 5 (31.25%) Manual Testing
4 5 (31.25%) Groovy
4 5 (31.25%) Unit Testing
4 5 (31.25%) Oracle Service Bus
4 5 (31.25%) MuleSoft
4 5 (31.25%) System Integration Testing
4 5 (31.25%) API Testing
4 5 (31.25%) Continuous Improvement
5 4 (25.00%) Selenium
6 3 (18.75%) C#
6 3 (18.75%) WebDriver
7 2 (12.50%) Scrum

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 6 (37.50%) Mule
2 5 (31.25%) Oracle Service Bus
Cloud Services
1 1 (6.25%) vREST
Development Applications
1 7 (43.75%) SoapUI
2 4 (25.00%) Selenium
3 3 (18.75%) WebDriver
4 1 (6.25%) Cucumber
4 1 (6.25%) Git (software)
4 1 (6.25%) JIRA
4 1 (6.25%) Robot Framework
4 1 (6.25%) SpecFlow
Job Titles
1 8 (50.00%) Automation Tester
1 8 (50.00%) Tester
2 6 (37.50%) Developer
3 5 (31.25%) Integration Developer
4 3 (18.75%) Analyst
4 3 (18.75%) Test Analyst
5 2 (12.50%) Architect
5 2 (12.50%) Automation Test Analyst
6 1 (6.25%) Integration Architect
6 1 (6.25%) Manual Tester
6 1 (6.25%) Selenium Test Analyst
6 1 (6.25%) Test Automation Engineer
6 1 (6.25%) Test Engineer
6 1 (6.25%) Web Analyst
6 1 (6.25%) Web Applications Analyst
6 1 (6.25%) Web Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (37.50%) J2EE
1 6 (37.50%) JSON
1 6 (37.50%) REST
1 6 (37.50%) RESTful
1 6 (37.50%) Web Services
2 2 (12.50%) SOAP
3 1 (6.25%) Behat
Miscellaneous
1 1 (6.25%) Mobile App
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (37.50%) E-Commerce
2 6 (37.50%) Integration Testing
2 6 (37.50%) Regression Testing
2 6 (37.50%) Scenario Testing
2 6 (37.50%) Test Management
3 5 (31.25%) API Testing
3 5 (31.25%) Continuous Improvement
3 5 (31.25%) Data Management
3 5 (31.25%) Manual Testing
3 5 (31.25%) SOA
3 5 (31.25%) System Integration Testing
3 5 (31.25%) Test Scripting
3 5 (31.25%) Unit Testing
4 2 (12.50%) Scrum
5 1 (6.25%) Functional Testing
5 1 (6.25%) Open Source
5 1 (6.25%) Software Testing
5 1 (6.25%) System Testing
5 1 (6.25%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 8 (50.00%) Java
2 5 (31.25%) Groovy
3 3 (18.75%) C#
4 1 (6.25%) Python
4 1 (6.25%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 1 (6.25%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (50.00%) QA
Vendors
1 5 (31.25%) MuleSoft