The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheltenham with a requirement for Automated Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Automated Testing over the 3 months to 30 March 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
Gloucestershire / Cheltenham
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 10 13 30
Rank change year-on-year +3 +17  
Contract jobs citing Automated Testing 5 4 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheltenham 9.80% 5.19% 1.36%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 15.15% 7.84% 1.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 3 2
Median daily rate £300 £325 £394
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.69% -17.46%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £325 £359
10% offered a daily rate of more than £308 £325 £429
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £386 £331
% change year-on-year -1.42% +16.37%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £67.89 £44.50 £36.00
% change year-on-year +52.56% +23.61%  

Automated Testing 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 Cheltenham with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Cheltenham
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 33 51 119
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheltenham 64.71% 66.23% 80.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 24 75
Median daily rate £365 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.11% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £324 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £500 £491
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 5 9
Median hourly rate £42.50 £42.25 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.59% -0.58%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £38.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -5.92% +26.66%  

Automated Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheltenham

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

Job vacancy trend for Automated Testing in Cheltenham

Automated Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheltenham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Automated Testing in Cheltenham.

Contractor daily rate trend for Automated Testing in Cheltenham

For the 6 months to 30 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Automated Testing 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 Cheltenham region with a requirement for Automated Testing.

1 5 (71.43%) SQL
1 5 (71.43%) Windows
1 5 (71.43%) E-Commerce
1 5 (71.43%) Internet
1 5 (71.43%) CMS
1 5 (71.43%) Content Management
1 5 (71.43%) JIRA
1 5 (71.43%) Manual Testing
1 5 (71.43%) Android
1 5 (71.43%) Apple iOS
1 5 (71.43%) Issue Tracking
2 3 (42.86%) IBM
2 3 (42.86%) Regression Testing
2 3 (42.86%) Test Planning
2 3 (42.86%) IBM Sterling
2 3 (42.86%) Smoke Testing
3 2 (28.57%) Multichannel Retail
3 2 (28.57%) ISTQB
3 2 (28.57%) DV Cleared
3 2 (28.57%) Security Cleared
3 2 (28.57%) QA
3 2 (28.57%) Selenium
3 2 (28.57%) SDLC
3 2 (28.57%) Java
3 2 (28.57%) Ruby
3 2 (28.57%) ISEB
3 2 (28.57%) Python
4 1 (14.29%) Retail

Automated Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheltenham 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 5 (71.43%) CMS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (71.43%) Internet
Development Applications
1 5 (71.43%) JIRA
2 2 (28.57%) Selenium
General
1 1 (14.29%) Retail
Job Titles
1 4 (57.14%) Analyst
1 4 (57.14%) Test Analyst
2 3 (42.86%) Tester
3 2 (28.57%) E-Commerce Analyst
3 2 (28.57%) E-Commerce Test Analyst
3 2 (28.57%) E-Commerce Tester
3 2 (28.57%) Software Test Engineer
3 2 (28.57%) Support Analyst
3 2 (28.57%) Test Engineer
3 2 (28.57%) Web Analyst
3 2 (28.57%) Web Test Analyst
3 2 (28.57%) Web Tester
4 1 (14.29%) Automation Tester
Operating Systems
1 5 (71.43%) Android
1 5 (71.43%) Apple iOS
1 5 (71.43%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (71.43%) Content Management
1 5 (71.43%) E-Commerce
1 5 (71.43%) Issue Tracking
1 5 (71.43%) Manual Testing
2 3 (42.86%) Regression Testing
2 3 (42.86%) Smoke Testing
2 3 (42.86%) Test Planning
3 2 (28.57%) Multichannel Retail
3 2 (28.57%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 5 (71.43%) SQL
2 2 (28.57%) Java
2 2 (28.57%) Python
2 2 (28.57%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 2 (28.57%) DV Cleared
1 2 (28.57%) ISEB
1 2 (28.57%) ISTQB
1 2 (28.57%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (28.57%) QA
Vendors
1 3 (42.86%) IBM
1 3 (42.86%) IBM Sterling