The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Buckinghamshire 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 28 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 East / Buckinghamshire
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 41 54 58
Rank change year-on-year +13 +4  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 54 23 32
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Buckinghamshire 5.31% 2.39% 2.66%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.57% 2.84% 3.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 14 24
Median daily rate £325 £356 £331
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.77% +7.54%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £207 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £390 £475 £445
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 £38.00 £34.90
% change year-on-year +0.65% +8.88%  

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 Buckinghamshire with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Buckinghamshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 822 810 975
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Buckinghamshire 80.83% 84.11% 80.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 1687 1806 2054
Median daily rate £411 £410 £383
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.24% +7.18%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £263 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £538 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 81 27 83
Median hourly rate £29.00 £12.00 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +141.66% -53.84%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £9.74 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £77.50 £58.00 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Buckinghamshire

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation in Buckinghamshire

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Buckinghamshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in Buckinghamshire

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Buckinghamshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in Buckinghamshire over the 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation in Buckinghamshire

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Buckinghamshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation in Buckinghamshire

Test Automation
Contract Job Locations in Buckinghamshire

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 Buckinghamshire region over the 3 months to 28 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Milton Keynes +16 44 £325 -1.88% 5
High Wycombe +1 1 - -
Test Automation
South East

For the 6 months to 28 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 Buckinghamshire region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 80 (82.47%) Agile Software Development
2 60 (61.86%) Java
3 51 (52.58%) Continuous Integration
4 50 (51.55%) Jenkins
5 48 (49.48%) QA
6 47 (48.45%) Selenium
6 47 (48.45%) SQL
7 45 (46.39%) JIRA
7 45 (46.39%) TDD
8 42 (43.30%) SOAP
9 39 (40.21%) Git (software)
10 37 (38.14%) REST
11 35 (36.08%) Finance
12 32 (32.99%) Web Services
13 29 (29.90%) Banking
14 28 (28.87%) Internet
15 27 (27.84%) Mobile App
16 22 (22.68%) SDLC
16 22 (22.68%) JavaScript
16 22 (22.68%) Scrum
17 21 (21.65%) AngularJS
18 20 (20.62%) Cucumber
18 20 (20.62%) Node.js
18 20 (20.62%) Retail
19 19 (19.59%) Ruby
19 19 (19.59%) Calabash
20 18 (18.56%) Protractor
20 18 (18.56%) BDD
20 18 (18.56%) VB
21 17 (17.53%) Functional Testing

Test Automation
Co-occurring IT Skills in Buckinghamshire 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 7 (7.22%) Confluence
2 1 (1.03%) Apache
2 1 (1.03%) Apache Spark
2 1 (1.03%) Cloud Foundry
2 1 (1.03%) MQSeries
2 1 (1.03%) OpenStack
2 1 (1.03%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (1.03%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (1.03%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (1.03%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 1 (1.03%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (2.06%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (1.03%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 12 (12.37%) OpenShift
2 11 (11.34%) Amazon AWS
3 7 (7.22%) Microsoft Azure
4 6 (6.19%) GitHub
5 2 (2.06%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 28 (28.87%) Internet
2 1 (1.03%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (12.37%) MongoDB
2 7 (7.22%) Redis
3 4 (4.12%) SQL Server
4 3 (3.09%) Hadoop
5 2 (2.06%) Big Data
6 1 (1.03%) RDBMS
6 1 (1.03%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 50 (51.55%) Jenkins
2 47 (48.45%) Selenium
3 45 (46.39%) JIRA
4 39 (40.21%) Git (software)
5 20 (20.62%) Cucumber
6 19 (19.59%) Calabash
7 18 (18.56%) Protractor
8 14 (14.43%) GitLab
8 14 (14.43%) Karma Test Runner
8 14 (14.43%) Mocha
8 14 (14.43%) WebDriver
9 8 (8.25%) Appium
9 8 (8.25%) Bitbucket
9 8 (8.25%) Gradle
9 8 (8.25%) JUnit
10 7 (7.22%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 6 (6.19%) SoapUI
12 5 (5.15%) HP UFT
12 5 (5.15%) Team Foundation Server
13 4 (4.12%) LoadRunner
General
1 35 (36.08%) Finance
2 29 (29.90%) Banking
3 20 (20.62%) Retail
4 15 (15.46%) Corporate Banking
5 4 (4.12%) Spanish Language
6 3 (3.09%) Automotive
6 3 (3.09%) German Language
7 2 (2.06%) Telecoms
8 1 (1.03%) Games
8 1 (1.03%) Investment Banking
8 1 (1.03%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 39 (40.21%) Tester
2 33 (34.02%) Automation Tester
3 19 (19.59%) QA Tester
4 15 (15.46%) QA Automation Tester
5 13 (13.40%) Developer
6 11 (11.34%) Analyst
7 9 (9.28%) Automation Engineer
7 9 (9.28%) QA Automation Engineer
7 9 (9.28%) QA Engineer
8 8 (8.25%) Test Analyst
9 6 (6.19%) Automation Test Analyst
10 5 (5.15%) Java Automation Tester
10 5 (5.15%) Test Leader
11 4 (4.12%) Architect
11 4 (4.12%) DevOps Engineer
11 4 (4.12%) Java Developer
11 4 (4.12%) Senior Automation Tester
11 4 (4.12%) Senior Tester
11 4 (4.12%) Web Tester
12 3 (3.09%) Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (43.30%) SOAP
2 37 (38.14%) REST
3 32 (32.99%) Web Services
4 21 (21.65%) AngularJS
5 20 (20.62%) Node.js
6 14 (14.43%) Chai
7 12 (12.37%) RESTful
8 10 (10.31%) .NET
9 5 (5.15%) Spring
9 5 (5.15%) Spring Security
10 4 (4.12%) XML
11 3 (3.09%) ASP.NET Web API
11 3 (3.09%) ASP.NET Web Forms
11 3 (3.09%) Entity Framework
11 3 (3.09%) Fluent NHibernate
11 3 (3.09%) jQuery
11 3 (3.09%) KnockoutJS
11 3 (3.09%) Spring Boot
11 3 (3.09%) Velocity
12 2 (2.06%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 27 (27.84%) Mobile App
2 12 (12.37%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (6.19%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.03%) Digital Media
4 1 (1.03%) iPad
4 1 (1.03%) Mobile Banking
4 1 (1.03%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 9 (9.28%) Android
1 9 (9.28%) Apple iOS
2 8 (8.25%) Windows
3 7 (7.22%) Mac OS X
4 1 (1.03%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 80 (82.47%) Agile Software Development
2 51 (52.58%) Continuous Integration
3 45 (46.39%) TDD
4 22 (22.68%) Scrum
4 22 (22.68%) SDLC
5 18 (18.56%) BDD
6 17 (17.53%) Functional Testing
6 17 (17.53%) Open Source
7 13 (13.40%) QA Automation
8 12 (12.37%) Workflow
9 11 (11.34%) Build Automation
9 11 (11.34%) Dependency Management
9 11 (11.34%) DevOps
9 11 (11.34%) OO
10 10 (10.31%) Continuous Delivery
11 9 (9.28%) OOP
12 7 (7.22%) Regression Testing
12 7 (7.22%) Software Testing
12 7 (7.22%) Test Strategy
12 7 (7.22%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 60 (61.86%) Java
2 47 (48.45%) SQL
3 22 (22.68%) JavaScript
4 19 (19.59%) Ruby
5 18 (18.56%) VB
6 16 (16.49%) C#
7 15 (15.46%) Python
8 9 (9.28%) C++
9 7 (7.22%) Apple Swift
10 5 (5.15%) PL/SQL
11 4 (4.12%) PowerShell
12 3 (3.09%) TypeScript
13 2 (2.06%) VBA
14 1 (1.03%) F#
14 1 (1.03%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 8 (8.25%) ISTQB
2 6 (6.19%) Degree
2 6 (6.19%) ISEB
3 4 (4.12%) Master's Degree
4 3 (3.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 3 (3.09%) SC Cleared
4 3 (3.09%) Security Cleared
5 2 (2.06%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 1 (1.03%) Computer Science Degree
6 1 (1.03%) HND
6 1 (1.03%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 48 (49.48%) QA
2 1 (1.03%) SLA
System Software
1 15 (15.46%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (2.06%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.03%) Mesos
Vendors
1 10 (10.31%) IBM
2 6 (6.19%) AppDynamics
2 6 (6.19%) Splunk
3 5 (5.15%) Microsoft
4 4 (4.12%) Oracle
4 4 (4.12%) Salesforce.com
5 2 (2.06%) Citrix
6 1 (1.03%) BMC
6 1 (1.03%) HP
6 1 (1.03%) Perforce
6 1 (1.03%) Remedy
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