The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Bristol 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 3 months to 27 April 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.

Test Automation
South West / Bristol
3 months to
27 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 59 59 62
Rank change year-on-year 0 +3  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 8 12 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bristol 0.98% 1.34% 0.91%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.21% 1.65% 1.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 11 6
Median daily rate £413 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.12% +14.28%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £375 £355
% change year-on-year -3.33% +5.63%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £35.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £41.25 £37.50
% change year-on-year -9.09% +10.00%  

Test Automation is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Bristol with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Bristol
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 659 726 703
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Bristol 80.56% 81.12% 80.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 442 520 518
Median daily rate £400 £375 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% -3.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £286
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £495 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £393
% change year-on-year +3.75% +1.91%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 27 14
Median hourly rate £40.00 £41.50 £37.04
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.61% +12.04%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £30.00 £33.03
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.69 £52.00 £41.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.24 £36.00 £30.50
% change year-on-year +3.43% +18.03%  

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Bristol

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Bristol citing Test Automation as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation in Bristol

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Bristol

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in Bristol

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Bristol

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in Bristol over the 3 months to 27 April 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation in Bristol

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Bristol

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation in Bristol

For the 6 months to 27 April 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 Bristol region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 16 (88.89%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (77.78%) QA
3 12 (66.67%) Selenium
3 12 (66.67%) Test Scripting
3 12 (66.67%) .NET
3 12 (66.67%) BDD
4 10 (55.56%) Cucumber
5 9 (50.00%) SoapUI
5 9 (50.00%) C#
6 8 (44.44%) SAP
6 8 (44.44%) SOAP
6 8 (44.44%) Business Intelligence
6 8 (44.44%) Programme Management
6 8 (44.44%) Electronics
6 8 (44.44%) Telecoms
6 8 (44.44%) Finance
6 8 (44.44%) Manufacturing
6 8 (44.44%) Compatibility Testing
6 8 (44.44%) Digital Marketing
6 8 (44.44%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 8 (44.44%) Marketing
6 8 (44.44%) WebDriver
6 8 (44.44%) SDLC
6 8 (44.44%) Cross-Browser Compatibility
6 8 (44.44%) Greenfield Project
7 4 (22.22%) Test Strategy
7 4 (22.22%) Microsoft
8 3 (16.67%) ISEB
8 3 (16.67%) Regression Testing
8 3 (16.67%) Manual Testing

Test Automation
Co-occurring IT Skills in Bristol 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:

Business Applications
1 8 (44.44%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (5.56%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (5.56%) PuTTY
1 1 (5.56%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (11.11%) SQL Server
2 1 (5.56%) Oracle Database
2 1 (5.56%) Oracle Database 10g
2 1 (5.56%) Oracle Database 11g
2 1 (5.56%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (5.56%) SQL Server 2005
2 1 (5.56%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (5.56%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (5.56%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 12 (66.67%) Selenium
2 10 (55.56%) Cucumber
3 9 (50.00%) SoapUI
4 8 (44.44%) WebDriver
5 2 (11.11%) HP UFT
5 2 (11.11%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (5.56%) Ant
6 1 (5.56%) Eclipse
6 1 (5.56%) Git (software)
6 1 (5.56%) Jenkins
6 1 (5.56%) LoadRunner
6 1 (5.56%) NUnit
6 1 (5.56%) Oracle APEX
6 1 (5.56%) SpecFlow
6 1 (5.56%) TeamCity
6 1 (5.56%) TestComplete
6 1 (5.56%) TestNG
6 1 (5.56%) Toad
6 1 (5.56%) Visual Studio
General
1 8 (44.44%) Electronics
1 8 (44.44%) Finance
1 8 (44.44%) Manufacturing
1 8 (44.44%) Marketing
1 8 (44.44%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 11 (61.11%) Tester
2 10 (55.56%) QA Tester
3 8 (44.44%) Software QA Tester
3 8 (44.44%) Software Tester
4 2 (11.11%) Agile Tester
4 2 (11.11%) Analyst
4 2 (11.11%) Architect
4 2 (11.11%) Test Analyst
4 2 (11.11%) Test Architect
4 2 (11.11%) Test Automation Architect
5 1 (5.56%) Automation Tester
5 1 (5.56%) Developer
5 1 (5.56%) Developer in Test
5 1 (5.56%) Migration Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) Migration Engineer
5 1 (5.56%) Quality Manager
5 1 (5.56%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) Software Developer
5 1 (5.56%) Test Automation Developer
5 1 (5.56%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (66.67%) .NET
2 8 (44.44%) SOAP
3 2 (11.11%) .NET Framework
4 1 (5.56%) Gherkin
4 1 (5.56%) JSON
4 1 (5.56%) Web Services
4 1 (5.56%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 8 (44.44%) Greenfield Project
2 1 (5.56%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (5.56%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 1 (5.56%) Linux
1 1 (5.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
1 1 (5.56%) Windows
1 1 (5.56%) Windows Server
1 1 (5.56%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (88.89%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (66.67%) BDD
2 12 (66.67%) Test Scripting
3 8 (44.44%) Business Intelligence
3 8 (44.44%) Compatibility Testing
3 8 (44.44%) Cross-Browser Compatibility
3 8 (44.44%) Digital Marketing
3 8 (44.44%) Programme Management
3 8 (44.44%) SDLC
4 4 (22.22%) Test Strategy
5 3 (16.67%) Manual Testing
5 3 (16.67%) Regression Testing
6 2 (11.11%) API Testing
6 2 (11.11%) Continuous Integration
6 2 (11.11%) Migration
6 2 (11.11%) Scrum
6 2 (11.11%) Stakeholder Management
6 2 (11.11%) User Acceptance Testing
6 2 (11.11%) Validation
7 1 (5.56%) Defect Tracking
Programming Languages
1 9 (50.00%) C#
2 2 (11.11%) Java
2 2 (11.11%) JavaScript
2 2 (11.11%) Ruby
3 1 (5.56%) F#
3 1 (5.56%) SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (16.67%) ISEB
2 2 (11.11%) SC Cleared
2 2 (11.11%) Security Cleared
3 1 (5.56%) ISEB Practitioner
3 1 (5.56%) ISTQB
3 1 (5.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (77.78%) QA
System Software
1 1 (5.56%) Virtual Machines
1 1 (5.56%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 1 (5.56%) vRealize
Vendors
1 8 (44.44%) SAP
2 4 (22.22%) Microsoft
3 1 (5.56%) HP
3 1 (5.56%) Oracle
3 1 (5.56%) Red Hat
3 1 (5.56%) VMware