The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the East Midlands 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 29 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.

Test Automation
England / East Midlands
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 86 82 87
Rank change year-on-year -4 +5  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 16 15 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East Midlands 1.06% 0.91% 0.48%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.33% 1.14% 0.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 10 3
Median daily rate £365 £700 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -47.85% +100.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £345 £340 £310
10% offered a daily rate of more than £393 £775 £366
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £375 £355
% change year-on-year -6.66% +5.63%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £48.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.25 £45.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year -19.44% +20.00%  

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 the East Midlands with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
East Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 1203 1321 1273
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the East Midlands 79.51% 80.16% 76.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 755 814 728
Median daily rate £388 £390 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.64% +4.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 29 43
Median hourly rate £35.00 £27.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +27.27% +71.87%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £43.50 £25.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £38.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.14% +28.33%  

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in the East Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the East Midlands 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 the East Midlands

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the East Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in the East Midlands

Test Automation
Contract Job Locations in the East Midlands

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 East Midlands region over the 3 months to 29 March 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
Nottinghamshire +4 7 £365 -47.85% 4
Leicestershire - 6 £380 - 4
Northamptonshire +1 3 £375 +50.00%
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 29 March 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 East Midlands region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 17 (58.62%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (41.38%) Selenium
3 9 (31.03%) SoapUI
4 8 (27.59%) Continuous Integration
4 8 (27.59%) TDD
4 8 (27.59%) Java
4 8 (27.59%) Test Strategy
5 7 (24.14%) Functional Testing
5 7 (24.14%) Jenkins
5 7 (24.14%) SDLC
5 7 (24.14%) SOAP
5 7 (24.14%) Load Testing
6 6 (20.69%) QA
6 6 (20.69%) Integration Testing
6 6 (20.69%) Test Scripting
6 6 (20.69%) C#
7 5 (17.24%) Scrum
7 5 (17.24%) Amazon AWS
7 5 (17.24%) ISTQB
8 4 (13.79%) JIRA
8 4 (13.79%) NUnit
8 4 (13.79%) Software Testing
8 4 (13.79%) Cucumber
8 4 (13.79%) BDD
8 4 (13.79%) Groovy
8 4 (13.79%) JMeter
8 4 (13.79%) Web Services
8 4 (13.79%) ISEB
8 4 (13.79%) Mentoring
8 4 (13.79%) Non-Functional Testing

Test Automation
Co-occurring IT Skills in the East Midlands 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 (3.45%) ArcGIS
Cloud Services
1 5 (17.24%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (6.90%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.45%) GIS
1 1 (3.45%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 12 (41.38%) Selenium
2 9 (31.03%) SoapUI
3 7 (24.14%) Jenkins
4 4 (13.79%) Cucumber
4 4 (13.79%) JIRA
4 4 (13.79%) JMeter
4 4 (13.79%) NUnit
5 3 (10.34%) HP UFT
6 2 (6.90%) Git (software)
6 2 (6.90%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (6.90%) WebDriver
7 1 (3.45%) LoadRunner
7 1 (3.45%) LoadUI
7 1 (3.45%) MSTest
7 1 (3.45%) Ranorex
7 1 (3.45%) Toad
General
1 3 (10.34%) Finance
2 2 (6.90%) Banking
2 2 (6.90%) Retail
2 2 (6.90%) Retail Banking
3 1 (3.45%) Legal
Job Titles
1 8 (27.59%) Analyst
1 8 (27.59%) Test Analyst
2 6 (20.69%) Developer
3 5 (17.24%) Automation Test Analyst
4 4 (13.79%) Architect
4 4 (13.79%) Automation Test Lead
4 4 (13.79%) Senior Developer
4 4 (13.79%) Test Leader
5 3 (10.34%) Tester
6 2 (6.90%) C# Software Engineer
6 2 (6.90%) C++ Software Engineer
6 2 (6.90%) Java Developer
6 2 (6.90%) QA Analyst
6 2 (6.90%) Senior Analyst
6 2 (6.90%) Senior Test Analyst
6 2 (6.90%) Software Engineer
6 2 (6.90%) Software Test Engineer
6 2 (6.90%) Test Development Engineer
6 2 (6.90%) Test Engineer
6 2 (6.90%) Test Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (24.14%) SOAP
2 4 (13.79%) REST
2 4 (13.79%) Web Services
3 3 (10.34%) RESTful
3 3 (10.34%) Unreal Engine
4 2 (6.90%) .NET
4 2 (6.90%) ASP.NET
4 2 (6.90%) CSS
4 2 (6.90%) Hibernate
4 2 (6.90%) HTML
4 2 (6.90%) JPA
4 2 (6.90%) JSF
4 2 (6.90%) Spring
4 2 (6.90%) Unity (Game Engine)
4 2 (6.90%) Unity DI Container
5 1 (3.45%) .NET Framework
5 1 (3.45%) Entity Framework
5 1 (3.45%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 1 (3.45%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 2 (6.90%) Linux
2 1 (3.45%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (58.62%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (27.59%) Continuous Integration
2 8 (27.59%) TDD
2 8 (27.59%) Test Strategy
3 7 (24.14%) Functional Testing
3 7 (24.14%) Load Testing
3 7 (24.14%) SDLC
4 6 (20.69%) Integration Testing
4 6 (20.69%) Test Scripting
5 5 (17.24%) Scrum
6 4 (13.79%) BDD
6 4 (13.79%) Mentoring
6 4 (13.79%) Non-Functional Testing
6 4 (13.79%) Software Testing
7 3 (10.34%) Build Automation
7 3 (10.34%) Coaching
7 3 (10.34%) Manual Testing
7 3 (10.34%) Software Engineering
7 3 (10.34%) System Testing
7 3 (10.34%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 8 (27.59%) Java
2 6 (20.69%) C#
3 4 (13.79%) Groovy
4 3 (10.34%) C++
4 3 (10.34%) JavaScript
5 2 (6.90%) SQL
6 1 (3.45%) PL/SQL
6 1 (3.45%) VB
6 1 (3.45%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 5 (17.24%) ISTQB
2 4 (13.79%) ISEB
3 2 (6.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (3.45%) Degree
4 1 (3.45%) ISEB Practitioner
4 1 (3.45%) SC Cleared
4 1 (3.45%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (20.69%) QA
2 3 (10.34%) SDET
System Software
1 2 (6.90%) Apache ZooKeeper
1 2 (6.90%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (6.90%) HP Quality Center
1 2 (6.90%) Opscode Chef
1 2 (6.90%) Puppet
2 1 (3.45%) Ansible
Vendors
1 2 (6.90%) Pega
2 1 (3.45%) ESRI
2 1 (3.45%) HP
2 1 (3.45%) Microsoft
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