The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheltenham 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 26 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
Gloucestershire / Cheltenham
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 16 22 16
Rank change year-on-year +6 -6  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 2 3 11
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheltenham 2.56% 2.44% 7.86%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.57% 3.23% 9.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 3 11
Median daily rate £270 £438 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -38.28% +8.02%  
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 £37.50 £38.00 £34.90
% change year-on-year -1.31% +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 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 56 93 118
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheltenham 71.79% 75.61% 84.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 43 89
Median daily rate £410 £400 £449
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% -10.86%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £300 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £650 £579
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 6 4
Median hourly rate £17.50 £42.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -58.82% -  
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 Cheltenham

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cheltenham 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 Cheltenham

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheltenham

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in Cheltenham

For the 6 months to 26 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 Cheltenham region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 7 (100.00%) E-Commerce
1 7 (100.00%) JIRA
1 7 (100.00%) Manual Testing
2 6 (85.71%) Android
2 6 (85.71%) Apple iOS
2 6 (85.71%) Issue Tracking
2 6 (85.71%) CMS
2 6 (85.71%) Content Management
2 6 (85.71%) SQL
2 6 (85.71%) Windows
2 6 (85.71%) Internet
3 4 (57.14%) Test Planning
3 4 (57.14%) Smoke Testing
3 4 (57.14%) Regression Testing
4 3 (42.86%) IBM
4 3 (42.86%) IBM Sterling
5 2 (28.57%) QA
5 2 (28.57%) Multichannel Retail
6 1 (14.29%) Retail

Test Automation
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 6 (85.71%) CMS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (85.71%) Internet
Development Applications
1 7 (100.00%) JIRA
General
1 1 (14.29%) Retail
Job Titles
1 6 (85.71%) Analyst
1 6 (85.71%) Test Analyst
2 3 (42.86%) E-Commerce Analyst
2 3 (42.86%) E-Commerce Test Analyst
2 3 (42.86%) Support Analyst
2 3 (42.86%) Tester
3 2 (28.57%) E-Commerce Tester
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 6 (85.71%) Android
1 6 (85.71%) Apple iOS
1 6 (85.71%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (100.00%) E-Commerce
1 7 (100.00%) Manual Testing
2 6 (85.71%) Content Management
2 6 (85.71%) Issue Tracking
3 4 (57.14%) Regression Testing
3 4 (57.14%) Smoke Testing
3 4 (57.14%) Test Planning
4 2 (28.57%) Multichannel Retail
Programming Languages
1 6 (85.71%) SQL
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (28.57%) QA
Vendors
1 3 (42.86%) IBM
1 3 (42.86%) IBM Sterling