Period
to 23 September 2018

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 6 months to 23 September 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
South West > Bristol
6 months to
23 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 21 52 37
Rank change year-on-year +31 -15 +11
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 147 61 81
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bristol 7.38% 3.39% 4.58%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 8.79% 4.08% 5.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 105 35 54
Bristol median daily rate £375 £340 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.29% -15.00% +6.67%
10th Percentile £225 £194 £296
90th Percentile £488 £438 £546
South West median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 0
Bristol median hourly rate £40.88 - -
South West median hourly rate £40.75 £35.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year +16.43% -22.22% +40.63%

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 Bristol with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Bristol
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 1,672 1,496 1,502
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bristol 83.89% 83.25% 84.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,123 1,005 1,087
Bristol median daily rate £413 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.00% - -
10th Percentile £275 £256 £250
90th Percentile £538 £538 £550
South West median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 41 71
Bristol median hourly rate £42.50 £31.00 £29.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +37.10% +4.73% +17.23%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.38 £12.00
90th Percentile £68.75 £50.00 £46.00
South West median hourly rate £41.85 £38.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year +8.69% +10.00% -4.11%

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Bristol

Job postings citing Test Automation as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Bristol.

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 6 months to 23 September 2018.

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 September 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 Bristol region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 96 (65.31%) Agile Software Development
2 82 (55.78%) Selenium
3 50 (34.01%) SQL
4 48 (32.65%) Git (software)
5 44 (29.93%) Cucumber
6 42 (28.57%) C#
7 39 (26.53%) Scrum
8 38 (25.85%) Microsoft
8 38 (25.85%) Problem-Solving
9 37 (25.17%) SQL Server
10 36 (24.49%) Analytical Skills
11 34 (23.13%) Continuous Integration
12 33 (22.45%) Java
12 33 (22.45%) Oracle
13 32 (21.77%) HTML
13 32 (21.77%) SpecFlow
14 28 (19.05%) .NET
14 28 (19.05%) Gherkin
15 26 (17.69%) DevOps
16 25 (17.01%) Test Scripting
16 25 (17.01%) API Testing
17 24 (16.33%) Microsoft Azure
18 23 (15.65%) QA
19 21 (14.29%) CSS
19 21 (14.29%) WebDriver
19 21 (14.29%) Self-Motivation
20 20 (13.61%) ASP.NET
20 20 (13.61%) Python
20 20 (13.61%) Finance
21 19 (12.93%) Unix

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 10 (6.80%) CMS
1 10 (6.80%) Drupal
2 6 (4.08%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 4 (2.72%) Apache
3 4 (2.72%) Jetty
3 4 (2.72%) Tomcat
4 2 (1.36%) Confluence
5 1 (0.68%) Adobe Experience Manager
Applications
1 5 (3.40%) Microsoft Excel
1 5 (3.40%) MS Visio
2 2 (1.36%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (1.36%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.68%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 24 (16.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 18 (12.24%) Amazon AWS
3 14 (9.52%) npm
4 13 (8.84%) NuGet
5 8 (5.44%) BrowserStack
6 5 (3.40%) Amazon EC2
6 5 (3.40%) Amazon S3
6 5 (3.40%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 4 (2.72%) IaaS
7 4 (2.72%) PaaS
8 3 (2.04%) Office 365
8 3 (2.04%) Sauce Labs
9 2 (1.36%) GitHub
10 1 (0.68%) Azure Active Directory
10 1 (0.68%) SaaS
10 1 (0.68%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 15 (10.20%) HTTP
2 1 (0.68%) SSL
2 1 (0.68%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (25.17%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.68%) MySQL
2 1 (0.68%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 82 (55.78%) Selenium
2 48 (32.65%) Git (software)
3 44 (29.93%) Cucumber
4 32 (21.77%) SpecFlow
5 21 (14.29%) WebDriver
6 19 (12.93%) Jenkins
7 16 (10.88%) Team Foundation Server
8 14 (9.52%) XMLUnit
9 13 (8.84%) JUnit
9 13 (8.84%) Moq
9 13 (8.84%) NUnit
9 13 (8.84%) xUnit.net
10 9 (6.12%) SoapUI
11 8 (5.44%) JIRA
11 8 (5.44%) TeamCity
12 6 (4.08%) CruiseControl
12 6 (4.08%) Hudson
12 6 (4.08%) JMeter
12 6 (4.08%) Maven
12 6 (4.08%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 20 (13.61%) Finance
2 7 (4.76%) Advertising
3 6 (4.08%) Back Office
3 6 (4.08%) Banking
4 5 (3.40%) Marketing
5 4 (2.72%) Aerospace
5 4 (2.72%) Retail
6 3 (2.04%) Telecoms
7 2 (1.36%) Electronics
7 2 (1.36%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.68%) Billing
8 1 (0.68%) Games
8 1 (0.68%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.68%) Law
Job Titles
1 34 (23.13%) Tester
2 33 (22.45%) Analyst
3 30 (20.41%) Test Analyst
4 24 (16.33%) Developer
5 17 (11.56%) Automation Test Analyst
6 16 (10.88%) Automation Tester
7 11 (7.48%) Software Tester
7 11 (7.48%) Test Leader
8 9 (6.12%) .NET Developer
8 9 (6.12%) Selenium Automation Tester
8 9 (6.12%) Selenium Tester
9 8 (5.44%) Test Engineer
10 7 (4.76%) Java Automation Tester
11 6 (4.08%) DevOps Engineer
11 6 (4.08%) Lead Developer
12 5 (3.40%) Architect
12 5 (3.40%) AWS DevOps
12 5 (3.40%) AWS DevOps Engineer
12 5 (3.40%) AWS Engineer
12 5 (3.40%) QA Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (21.77%) HTML
2 28 (19.05%) .NET
2 28 (19.05%) Gherkin
3 21 (14.29%) CSS
4 20 (13.61%) ASP.NET
5 17 (11.56%) Node.js
5 17 (11.56%) XML
6 16 (10.88%) ASP.NET Web API
7 15 (10.20%) JSON
8 14 (9.52%) .NET Framework
8 14 (9.52%) ASP.NET Core
9 13 (8.84%) Autofac
9 13 (8.84%) Code First Entity Framework
9 13 (8.84%) D3.js
9 13 (8.84%) Entity Framework
9 13 (8.84%) React
9 13 (8.84%) Redux
10 6 (4.08%) Web Services
11 5 (3.40%) HTML5
12 4 (2.72%) OSGi
Miscellaneous
1 36 (24.49%) Analytical Skills
2 21 (14.29%) Self-Motivation
3 11 (7.48%) Linux Command Line
4 5 (3.40%) Fintech
4 5 (3.40%) Wiki
5 2 (1.36%) Management Information System
5 2 (1.36%) User Experience
6 1 (0.68%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (0.68%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 19 (12.93%) Unix
2 15 (10.20%) Linux
2 15 (10.20%) Windows
3 2 (1.36%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 96 (65.31%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (26.53%) Scrum
3 38 (25.85%) Problem-Solving
4 34 (23.13%) Continuous Integration
5 26 (17.69%) DevOps
6 25 (17.01%) API Testing
6 25 (17.01%) Test Scripting
7 18 (12.24%) Migration
8 17 (11.56%) Unit Testing
9 16 (10.88%) Manual Testing
9 16 (10.88%) MVC
9 16 (10.88%) SDET
9 16 (10.88%) Web Development
10 15 (10.20%) Acceptance Criteria
10 15 (10.20%) Test Strategy
11 14 (9.52%) Dependency Injection
11 14 (9.52%) Strategic Thinking
12 13 (8.84%) Front End Development
12 13 (8.84%) SDLC
12 13 (8.84%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 50 (34.01%) SQL
2 42 (28.57%) C#
3 33 (22.45%) Java
4 20 (13.61%) Python
5 19 (12.93%) JavaScript
6 17 (11.56%) PowerShell
7 12 (8.16%) VBScript
8 8 (5.44%) C++
9 5 (3.40%) Bash Shell
9 5 (3.40%) C
9 5 (3.40%) Korn
9 5 (3.40%) Shell Script
10 3 (2.04%) Java 8
10 3 (2.04%) Ruby
10 3 (2.04%) VB
11 2 (1.36%) T-SQL
12 1 (0.68%) PHP
12 1 (0.68%) TypeScript
12 1 (0.68%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 15 (10.20%) ISEB
2 9 (6.12%) Degree
2 9 (6.12%) ISTQB
2 9 (6.12%) Security Cleared
3 6 (4.08%) SC Cleared
4 5 (3.40%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (1.36%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (15.65%) QA
2 9 (6.12%) WCAG
System Software
1 14 (9.52%) Docker
2 1 (0.68%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 9 (6.12%) WMI
2 8 (5.44%) Kubernetes
3 6 (4.08%) Ansible
4 5 (3.40%) Opscode Chef
4 5 (3.40%) Puppet
5 1 (0.68%) Kibana
5 1 (0.68%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 38 (25.85%) Microsoft
2 33 (22.45%) Oracle
3 6 (4.08%) Cadence
4 2 (1.36%) SAP
5 1 (0.68%) Adobe
5 1 (0.68%) Cisco
5 1 (0.68%) Google
5 1 (0.68%) hybris
5 1 (0.68%) Juniper
5 1 (0.68%) Ruckus Wireless
5 1 (0.68%) Siemens