The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the East of England 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 24 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Automation
England / East of England
Rank 86 93 119
Rank change year-on-year +7 +26  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 40 30 13
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 1.84% 1.23% 0.50%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.23% 1.52% 0.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 15 8
Median daily rate £450 £350 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +28.57% +12.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £218
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £413 £420
UK excluding London median daily rate £355 £375 £350
% change year-on-year -5.33% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 0 1
Median hourly rate £33.50 - £35.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.25 £43.75 £37.50
% change year-on-year -17.14% +16.66%  

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 of England with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
East of England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 1796 1971 2038
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the East of England 82.69% 80.71% 78.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 1100 1172 1182
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £300 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £550 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 108 134 160
Median hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +50.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £15.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.30 £50.68 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £39.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.69% +30.00%  

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in the East of England

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

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the East of England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in the East of England

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the East of England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in the East of England over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation in the East of England

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the East of England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation in the East of England

Test Automation
Contract Job Locations in the East of England

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 of England region over the 3 months to 24 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
Hertfordshire +9 12 £363 - 4
Bedfordshire +4 11 £450 +9.09%
Cambridgeshire +8 8 £275 -14.06% 12
Essex -10 6 £325 -7.14% 1
Suffolk -6 3 £538 +19.44%
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the East of England

For the 6 months to 24 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 of England region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 69 (81.18%) Agile Software Development
2 40 (47.06%) Selenium
3 39 (45.88%) Cucumber
3 39 (45.88%) BDD
4 37 (43.53%) TDD
5 35 (41.18%) QA
6 30 (35.29%) Scrum
7 29 (34.12%) SoapUI
8 26 (30.59%) WebDriver
8 26 (30.59%) Continuous Integration
8 26 (30.59%) Java
9 24 (28.24%) Finance
10 23 (27.06%) Ruby
11 22 (25.88%) Python
12 21 (24.71%) JIRA
12 21 (24.71%) Test Scripting
12 21 (24.71%) Test Strategy
12 21 (24.71%) Automation Testing
12 21 (24.71%) SDET
13 20 (23.53%) ATDD
13 20 (23.53%) Software Testing
13 20 (23.53%) C#
14 18 (21.18%) Gherkin
14 18 (21.18%) API Testing
14 18 (21.18%) Continuous Delivery
15 16 (18.82%) TeamCity
15 16 (18.82%) JBehave
16 15 (17.65%) Jenkins
16 15 (17.65%) Appium
17 14 (16.47%) Regression Testing

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills in the East of England 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 (11.76%) Confluence
2 6 (7.06%) Tomcat
3 5 (5.88%) WebLogic
4 2 (2.35%) WebSphere
5 1 (1.18%) Apache
Applications
1 4 (4.71%) MS Excel
2 2 (2.35%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 7 (8.24%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (2.35%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.53%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.18%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 5 (5.88%) Wi-Fi
1 5 (5.88%) WLAN
2 3 (3.53%) TCP/IP
3 2 (2.35%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.71%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.35%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (2.35%) DB2
2 2 (2.35%) DbVisualizer
2 2 (2.35%) NoSQL
3 1 (1.18%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 40 (47.06%) Selenium
2 39 (45.88%) Cucumber
3 29 (34.12%) SoapUI
4 26 (30.59%) WebDriver
5 21 (24.71%) JIRA
6 16 (18.82%) JBehave
6 16 (18.82%) TeamCity
7 15 (17.65%) Appium
7 15 (17.65%) Jenkins
8 12 (14.12%) Git (software)
8 12 (14.12%) JUnit
9 11 (12.94%) SpecFlow
10 10 (11.76%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 8 (9.41%) Calabash
11 8 (9.41%) Maven
12 7 (8.24%) JMeter
13 6 (7.06%) TestNG
14 5 (5.88%) Eclipse
14 5 (5.88%) LoadRunner
15 3 (3.53%) Moq
General
1 24 (28.24%) Finance
2 9 (10.59%) Telecoms
3 7 (8.24%) Electronics
3 7 (8.24%) Manufacturing
3 7 (8.24%) Marketing
4 5 (5.88%) Back Office
5 4 (4.71%) Banking
6 2 (2.35%) Retail
7 1 (1.18%) Games
Job Titles
1 25 (29.41%) Test Engineer
2 18 (21.18%) Analyst
2 18 (21.18%) Test Analyst
3 17 (20.00%) Test Automation Engineer
4 14 (16.47%) Tester
5 11 (12.94%) Senior Test Engineer
6 10 (11.76%) Developer
7 9 (10.59%) Automation Test Analyst
8 8 (9.41%) Automation Tester
8 8 (9.41%) Test Leader
9 7 (8.24%) Applications Engineer
9 7 (8.24%) Automation Test Lead
9 7 (8.24%) Test Automation Specialist
9 7 (8.24%) Test Manager
9 7 (8.24%) Test Specialist
10 6 (7.06%) Developer in Test
10 6 (7.06%) Software Developer
11 5 (5.88%) .NET Developer
11 5 (5.88%) Test Automation Developer
12 4 (4.71%) Java Automation Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (21.18%) Gherkin
2 12 (14.12%) Web Services
3 7 (8.24%) SOAP
4 6 (7.06%) Hibernate
4 6 (7.06%) REST
4 6 (7.06%) RESTful
4 6 (7.06%) Spring
5 5 (5.88%) .NET
6 4 (4.71%) XML
7 3 (3.53%) ASP.NET Web API
7 3 (3.53%) JSON
7 3 (3.53%) WCF
8 2 (2.35%) HTML
8 2 (2.35%) J2EE
9 1 (1.18%) JSON Schema
9 1 (1.18%) Middleware
9 1 (1.18%) WPF
9 1 (1.18%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 10 (11.76%) Mobile App
2 9 (10.59%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (5.88%) Client/Server
4 2 (2.35%) Reference Data
5 1 (1.18%) Linux Command Line
5 1 (1.18%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 7 (8.24%) Linux
2 6 (7.06%) Unix
3 5 (5.88%) Windows
4 2 (2.35%) Android
4 2 (2.35%) Apple iOS
4 2 (2.35%) Windows 7
4 2 (2.35%) Windows 8
4 2 (2.35%) Windows Server
4 2 (2.35%) Windows Server 2003
4 2 (2.35%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (2.35%) Windows Server 2012
4 2 (2.35%) Windows Vista
4 2 (2.35%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 69 (81.18%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (45.88%) BDD
3 37 (43.53%) TDD
4 30 (35.29%) Scrum
5 26 (30.59%) Continuous Integration
6 21 (24.71%) Automation Testing
6 21 (24.71%) Test Scripting
6 21 (24.71%) Test Strategy
7 20 (23.53%) ATDD
7 20 (23.53%) Software Testing
8 18 (21.18%) API Testing
8 18 (21.18%) Continuous Delivery
9 14 (16.47%) Regression Testing
10 13 (15.29%) Kanban
11 12 (14.12%) Defect Management
11 12 (14.12%) E-Commerce
11 12 (14.12%) Integration Testing
12 11 (12.94%) Feature Driven Development
13 10 (11.76%) Manual Testing
13 10 (11.76%) Non-Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 26 (30.59%) Java
2 23 (27.06%) Ruby
3 22 (25.88%) Python
4 20 (23.53%) C#
5 13 (15.29%) Perl
6 9 (10.59%) SQL
7 4 (4.71%) C
7 4 (4.71%) JavaScript
7 4 (4.71%) Shell Script
8 3 (3.53%) Tcl
9 2 (2.35%) C++
9 2 (2.35%) PowerShell
10 1 (1.18%) Groovy
10 1 (1.18%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 7 (8.24%) ISTQB
2 6 (7.06%) ISEB
3 2 (2.35%) Degree
4 1 (1.18%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.18%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (41.18%) QA
2 21 (24.71%) SDET
3 6 (7.06%) Data Quality
4 2 (2.35%) SLA
5 1 (1.18%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 2 (2.35%) Active Directory
1 2 (2.35%) Microsoft App-V
1 2 (2.35%) Virtual Desktop
2 1 (1.18%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 2 (2.35%) BladeLogic
1 2 (2.35%) HP Quality Center
1 2 (2.35%) SCCM
Vendors
1 7 (8.24%) SAP
2 6 (7.06%) Oracle
2 6 (7.06%) Xamarin
3 5 (5.88%) Atlassian
4 4 (4.71%) HP
4 4 (4.71%) IBM
4 4 (4.71%) Microsoft
5 2 (2.35%) BMC
5 2 (2.35%) hybris
5 2 (2.35%) Informatica
6 1 (1.18%) Computacenter