Period
to 18 January 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 18 January 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
18 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 34 20 46
Rank change year-on-year -14 +26 +19
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 31 36 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bedfordshire 4.92% 6.21% 1.67%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 5.81% 7.23% 1.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 25 10
Bedfordshire median daily rate £463 £450 £270
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +66.67% -16.92%
10th Percentile £425 £283 £213
90th Percentile £500 £488 £375
East of England median daily rate £450 £425 £350
% change year-on-year +5.88% +21.43% -10.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Bedfordshire median hourly rate £49.65 - -
East of England median hourly rate £40.50 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +8.00% - -14.29%

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 534 498 511
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bedfordshire 84.76% 85.86% 85.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 378 326 344
Bedfordshire median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - -
10th Percentile £214 £234 £263
90th Percentile £613 £579 £606
East of England median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +1.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 7 59
Bedfordshire median hourly rate £15.50 £14.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.71% -62.67% +114.29%
10th Percentile £10.16 £10.72 £10.00
90th Percentile £50.48 £14.00 £50.68
East of England median hourly rate £33.33 £33.00 £29.75
% change year-on-year +1.00% +10.92% +19.00%

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 18 January 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 18 January 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 -2 21 £500 +5.26% 1
Bedford -7 2 £425 -5.56% 2
Test Automation
East of England

For the 6 months to 18 January 2018, 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 (87.10%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (83.87%) Cucumber
3 23 (74.19%) Selenium
3 23 (74.19%) Java
4 22 (70.97%) Ruby
5 19 (61.29%) C#
5 19 (61.29%) Perl
5 19 (61.29%) Python
5 19 (61.29%) JBehave
5 19 (61.29%) SoapUI
5 19 (61.29%) SpecFlow
6 18 (58.06%) QA
7 17 (54.84%) SDET
8 16 (51.61%) Jenkins
8 16 (51.61%) Continuous Integration
8 16 (51.61%) E-Commerce
8 16 (51.61%) JIRA
9 15 (48.39%) TDD
9 15 (48.39%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 15 (48.39%) WebDriver
10 14 (45.16%) Confluence
11 12 (38.71%) BDD
11 12 (38.71%) Retail
12 11 (35.48%) Maven
12 11 (35.48%) Ant
12 11 (35.48%) JUnit
12 11 (35.48%) Middleware
12 11 (35.48%) TestNG
12 11 (35.48%) TeamCity
13 10 (32.26%) Atlassian

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 (45.16%) Confluence
2 1 (3.23%) JBoss
Cloud Services
1 5 (16.13%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (12.90%) Sauce Labs
3 1 (3.23%) BlazeMeter
Communications & Networking
1 4 (12.90%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (12.90%) Redis
2 1 (3.23%) Big Data
2 1 (3.23%) Hadoop
2 1 (3.23%) InterSystems Cache
Development Applications
1 26 (83.87%) Cucumber
2 23 (74.19%) Selenium
3 19 (61.29%) JBehave
3 19 (61.29%) SoapUI
3 19 (61.29%) SpecFlow
4 16 (51.61%) Jenkins
4 16 (51.61%) JIRA
5 15 (48.39%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 15 (48.39%) WebDriver
6 11 (35.48%) Ant
6 11 (35.48%) JUnit
6 11 (35.48%) Maven
6 11 (35.48%) TeamCity
6 11 (35.48%) TestNG
7 5 (16.13%) Git (software)
8 4 (12.90%) Appium
8 4 (12.90%) Bitbucket
9 3 (9.68%) Calabash
10 2 (6.45%) Protractor
11 1 (3.23%) JMeter
General
1 12 (38.71%) Retail
2 5 (16.13%) Banking
3 4 (12.90%) Corporate Banking
4 1 (3.23%) Finance
4 1 (3.23%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 9 (29.03%) Test Engineer
2 8 (25.81%) Developer
3 7 (22.58%) Developer in Test
3 7 (22.58%) Software Developer
4 6 (19.35%) Consultant
4 6 (19.35%) Senior Developer
4 6 (19.35%) Software Test Engineer
4 6 (19.35%) Tester
5 5 (16.13%) Automation Tester
5 5 (16.13%) Senior Software Developer
6 4 (12.90%) Automation Consultant
6 4 (12.90%) Development Engineer
6 4 (12.90%) E-Commerce Consultant
6 4 (12.90%) QA Automation Tester
6 4 (12.90%) QA Tester
6 4 (12.90%) Test Development Engineer
7 3 (9.68%) Software Development Engineer
7 3 (9.68%) Software Engineer
7 3 (9.68%) Test Automation Developer
8 2 (6.45%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (35.48%) Middleware
2 5 (16.13%) REST
2 5 (16.13%) SOAP
3 4 (12.90%) Web Services
4 1 (3.23%) ActiveMQ
4 1 (3.23%) Gherkin
4 1 (3.23%) Taurus
Miscellaneous
1 8 (25.81%) RIA
2 7 (22.58%) Mobile App
3 1 (3.23%) Greenfield Project
3 1 (3.23%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 7 (22.58%) Android
1 7 (22.58%) Apple iOS
2 4 (12.90%) Mac OS X
2 4 (12.90%) Windows
3 1 (3.23%) Linux
3 1 (3.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (87.10%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (54.84%) SDET
3 16 (51.61%) Continuous Integration
3 16 (51.61%) E-Commerce
4 15 (48.39%) TDD
5 12 (38.71%) BDD
6 10 (32.26%) ATDD
6 10 (32.26%) Continuous Delivery
6 10 (32.26%) Defect Management
6 10 (32.26%) Feature Driven Development
7 9 (29.03%) Mentoring
8 8 (25.81%) Stakeholder Management
9 6 (19.35%) Functional Testing
10 4 (12.90%) Cross-Browser Testing
10 4 (12.90%) QA Automation
11 2 (6.45%) High Availability
11 2 (6.45%) Integration Testing
12 1 (3.23%) Performance Testing
12 1 (3.23%) Security Testing
12 1 (3.23%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 23 (74.19%) Java
2 22 (70.97%) Ruby
3 19 (61.29%) C#
3 19 (61.29%) Perl
3 19 (61.29%) Python
4 5 (16.13%) SQL
5 4 (12.90%) Apple Swift
6 2 (6.45%) JavaScript
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (58.06%) QA
2 1 (3.23%) Data Quality
System Software
1 4 (12.90%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (3.23%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 10 (32.26%) Atlassian
2 1 (3.23%) HP
2 1 (3.23%) Red Hat
2 1 (3.23%) Remedy
2 1 (3.23%) SAP
2 1 (3.23%) Xamarin