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 23 June 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
South West / Bristol
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 55 38 34
Rank change year-on-year -17 -4  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 21 36 40
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bristol 2.48% 4.22% 4.39%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.03% 5.14% 5.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 24 29
Median daily rate £367 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.06% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £303 £325 £345
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £450 £440
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.25 £38.50 £34.90
% change year-on-year -0.64% +10.31%  

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 692 700 749
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Bristol 81.80% 82.06% 82.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 467 516 575
Median daily rate £388 £378 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.64% -3.20%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £295
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £383
% change year-on-year +3.75% +4.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 24 18
Median hourly rate £40.00 £39.50 £37.04
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.26% +6.64%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.25 £13.25 £18.46
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.50 £44.00 £41.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +17.54% -5.00%  

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 23 June 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 23 June 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 47 (65.28%) Agile Software Development
2 36 (50.00%) Selenium
3 27 (37.50%) Java
3 27 (37.50%) Cucumber
4 26 (36.11%) BDD
5 25 (34.72%) QA
6 21 (29.17%) C#
6 21 (29.17%) SQL
7 19 (26.39%) Scrum
7 19 (26.39%) Test Scripting
8 17 (23.61%) Continuous Integration
8 17 (23.61%) .NET
8 17 (23.61%) JavaScript
9 16 (22.22%) SOAP
9 16 (22.22%) WebDriver
10 15 (20.83%) CSS
11 14 (19.44%) Finance
11 14 (19.44%) REST
12 13 (18.06%) Jenkins
13 12 (16.67%) Git (software)
13 12 (16.67%) TDD
14 11 (15.28%) HTML
15 10 (13.89%) Windows
15 10 (13.89%) SoapUI
15 10 (13.89%) User Stories
15 10 (13.89%) DevOps
16 9 (12.50%) SDLC
16 9 (12.50%) CSS3
16 9 (12.50%) Unit Testing
16 9 (12.50%) SQL Server

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:

Application Platforms
1 1 (1.39%) Apache
1 1 (1.39%) CMS
1 1 (1.39%) Elasticsearch
1 1 (1.39%) nginx
Business Applications
1 5 (6.94%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (1.39%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 5 (6.94%) GitHub
2 3 (4.17%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (4.17%) Cloud Computing
3 2 (2.78%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (1.39%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 4 (5.56%) Internet
2 2 (2.78%) HTTP
2 2 (2.78%) PuTTY
2 2 (2.78%) WinSCP
3 1 (1.39%) BGP
3 1 (1.39%) HSRP
3 1 (1.39%) MPLS
3 1 (1.39%) OSPF
3 1 (1.39%) PPP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (12.50%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.78%) Oracle Database
2 2 (2.78%) Oracle Database 10g
2 2 (2.78%) Oracle Database 11g
2 2 (2.78%) Oracle Reports
2 2 (2.78%) Relational Database
2 2 (2.78%) SQL Server 2005
2 2 (2.78%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (2.78%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (1.39%) Apache Cassandra
3 1 (1.39%) MongoDB
3 1 (1.39%) MySQL
3 1 (1.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (1.39%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 36 (50.00%) Selenium
2 27 (37.50%) Cucumber
3 16 (22.22%) WebDriver
4 13 (18.06%) Jenkins
5 12 (16.67%) Git (software)
6 10 (13.89%) SoapUI
7 9 (12.50%) Ant
8 8 (11.11%) JMeter
9 7 (9.72%) Gradle
9 7 (9.72%) Maven
10 6 (8.33%) HP UFT
10 6 (8.33%) Karma Test Runner
10 6 (8.33%) Mocha
10 6 (8.33%) Team Foundation Server
10 6 (8.33%) TeamCity
11 5 (6.94%) Bitbucket
11 5 (6.94%) Selenium IDE
12 4 (5.56%) Robot Framework
13 3 (4.17%) SpecFlow
13 3 (4.17%) TestComplete
General
1 14 (19.44%) Finance
2 8 (11.11%) Banking
3 6 (8.33%) Retail
3 6 (8.33%) Retail Banking
4 5 (6.94%) Electronics
4 5 (6.94%) Manufacturing
4 5 (6.94%) Marketing
4 5 (6.94%) Telecoms
5 2 (2.78%) Games
6 1 (1.39%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 22 (30.56%) Developer
1 22 (30.56%) Tester
2 13 (18.06%) Automation Tester
3 9 (12.50%) Analyst
3 9 (12.50%) Software Tester
4 7 (9.72%) Selenium Automation Tester
4 7 (9.72%) Selenium Tester
5 6 (8.33%) C# Developer
5 6 (8.33%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
5 6 (8.33%) QA Tester
6 5 (6.94%) Agile Tester
6 5 (6.94%) Java Developer
6 5 (6.94%) Software QA Tester
6 5 (6.94%) Test Analyst
6 5 (6.94%) Test Engineer
6 5 (6.94%) UI Developer
7 4 (5.56%) Automation Test Analyst
7 4 (5.56%) Java Automation Tester
7 4 (5.56%) Java Engineer
7 4 (5.56%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (23.61%) .NET
2 16 (22.22%) SOAP
3 15 (20.83%) CSS
4 14 (19.44%) REST
5 11 (15.28%) HTML
6 9 (12.50%) CSS3
7 8 (11.11%) React
7 8 (11.11%) Spring
8 6 (8.33%) Chai
8 6 (8.33%) Redux
8 6 (8.33%) Web Services
8 6 (8.33%) XML
9 5 (6.94%) .NET Framework
10 4 (5.56%) AngularJS
10 4 (5.56%) HTML5
11 3 (4.17%) ASP.NET MVC
11 3 (4.17%) Gherkin
11 3 (4.17%) Kafka
11 3 (4.17%) RabbitMQ
11 3 (4.17%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 5 (6.94%) Greenfield Project
1 5 (6.94%) User Experience
2 2 (2.78%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.39%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 10 (13.89%) Windows
2 7 (9.72%) Linux
3 4 (5.56%) Windows Server 2012
4 3 (4.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 3 (4.17%) Unix
5 2 (2.78%) Debian
5 2 (2.78%) Windows Server
6 1 (1.39%) CentOS
6 1 (1.39%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (65.28%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (36.11%) BDD
3 19 (26.39%) Scrum
3 19 (26.39%) Test Scripting
4 17 (23.61%) Continuous Integration
5 12 (16.67%) TDD
6 10 (13.89%) DevOps
6 10 (13.89%) User Stories
7 9 (12.50%) SDLC
7 9 (12.50%) Unit Testing
8 8 (11.11%) E-Commerce
9 7 (9.72%) Front End Development
9 7 (9.72%) MVC
9 7 (9.72%) Test Strategy
9 7 (9.72%) Web Development
10 6 (8.33%) API Testing
10 6 (8.33%) Business Intelligence
10 6 (8.33%) Coaching
10 6 (8.33%) Performance Testing
10 6 (8.33%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 27 (37.50%) Java
2 21 (29.17%) C#
2 21 (29.17%) SQL
3 17 (23.61%) JavaScript
4 7 (9.72%) ES6
5 6 (8.33%) Python
6 3 (4.17%) Ruby
6 3 (4.17%) Scala
7 2 (2.78%) F#
7 2 (2.78%) VB
7 2 (2.78%) VBScript
8 1 (1.39%) C
8 1 (1.39%) PHP
8 1 (1.39%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 5 (6.94%) ISEB
1 5 (6.94%) SC Cleared
1 5 (6.94%) Security Cleared
2 2 (2.78%) ISEB Practitioner
2 2 (2.78%) ISTQB
2 2 (2.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (34.72%) QA
2 1 (1.39%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (4.17%) Docker
1 3 (4.17%) LXC
2 2 (2.78%) Virtual Machines
2 2 (2.78%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 2 (2.78%) Puppet
1 2 (2.78%) vRealize
2 1 (1.39%) Ansible
2 1 (1.39%) Graphite
2 1 (1.39%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.39%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (1.39%) Terraform
Vendors
1 8 (11.11%) hybris
1 8 (11.11%) Microsoft
2 5 (6.94%) SAP
3 3 (4.17%) ATG
3 3 (4.17%) HP
4 2 (2.78%) Oracle
4 2 (2.78%) Red Hat
4 2 (2.78%) VMware
5 1 (1.39%) Cognos