Period
to 26 February 2021

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 6 months to 26 February 2021 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
England > East of England
6 months to
26 Feb 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 41 34 36
Rank change year-on-year -7 +2 +13
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 60 173 231
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the East of England 3.81% 5.06% 5.47%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.59% 6.19% 6.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 50 131 135
Median daily rate £425 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.56% - -4.00%
10th Percentile £300 £325 £285
90th Percentile £552 £625 £602
England median daily rate £475 £475 £475
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 7 6
Median hourly rate £26.50 £46.00 £41.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -42.39% +10.18% +0.60%
10th Percentile £26.25 £34.60 £37.50
90th Percentile £26.75 £49.00 £46.25
England median hourly rate £45.00 £43.25 £43.50
% change year-on-year +4.05% -0.57% -3.33%

Test Automation is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following 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 or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
East of England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 1,307 2,796 3,604
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 82.93% 81.78% 85.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 740 1,682 2,148
Median daily rate £426 £425 £445
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.29% -4.49% +4.71%
10th Percentile £174 £213 £250
90th Percentile £588 £593 £588
England median daily rate £475 £475 £475
Number of hourly rates quoted 149 186 179
Median hourly rate £23.75 £18.87 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.86% +7.83% -43.55%
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.89 £11.17
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.25 £50.50
Median hourly rate £26.27 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year +25.10% -4.55% -2.22%

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in the East of England

Job postings citing Test Automation as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the East of England.

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation in the East of England

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the East of England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Test Automation in the East of England.

Daily rate trend for Test Automation in the East of England

Test Automation
Daily Rate Histogram in the East of England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Test Automation in the East of England over the 6 months to 26 February 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Test Automation in the East of England

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the East of England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Test Automation in the East of England.

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 6 months to 26 February 2021. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Essex -13 20 £450 +9.09% 3
Hertfordshire -9 14 £550 +25.36% 12
Cambridgeshire -4 12 £325 -37.35% 38
Suffolk +20 10 £360 -28.00% 2
Bedfordshire +14 3 £340 -9.33% 3
Norfolk +3 1 £450 - 2
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 26 February 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Test Automation also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the East of England region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 29 (48.33%) Java
2 28 (46.67%) Agile Software Development
3 23 (38.33%) DevOps
4 21 (35.00%) JIRA
5 19 (31.67%) Jenkins
5 19 (31.67%) Linux
6 18 (30.00%) Python
6 18 (30.00%) Selenium
7 16 (26.67%) Continuous Integration
8 14 (23.33%) GitLab
8 14 (23.33%) Problem-Solving
9 13 (21.67%) SQL
10 12 (20.00%) Cucumber
10 12 (20.00%) Docker
10 12 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
11 10 (16.67%) Kubernetes
11 10 (16.67%) Node.js
11 10 (16.67%) BDD
11 10 (16.67%) Git (software)
11 10 (16.67%) Oracle
12 9 (15.00%) Configuration Management
12 9 (15.00%) Scrum
12 9 (15.00%) TDD
12 9 (15.00%) JavaScript
12 9 (15.00%) Perl
12 9 (15.00%) E-Commerce
12 9 (15.00%) AWS
13 8 (13.33%) Integration Testing
13 8 (13.33%) Security Cleared
13 8 (13.33%) Puppet

Test Automation
Co-occurring 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 7 (11.67%) IBM Domino
2 4 (6.67%) Apache Spark
2 4 (6.67%) Confluence
2 4 (6.67%) Elasticsearch
2 4 (6.67%) WebSphere
3 3 (5.00%) JBoss
3 3 (5.00%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 2 (3.33%) Apache
4 2 (3.33%) CMS
5 1 (1.67%) WebLogic
Applications
1 2 (3.33%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (3.33%) Microsoft Office
1 2 (3.33%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 5 (8.33%) Magento
2 1 (1.67%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 9 (15.00%) AWS
2 8 (13.33%) GitHub
3 7 (11.67%) Azure
4 6 (10.00%) GCP
5 5 (8.33%) Amazon EKS
6 2 (3.33%) Power Platform
7 1 (1.67%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 1 (1.67%) Amazon Cognito
7 1 (1.67%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (1.67%) Amazon ECS
7 1 (1.67%) Amazon ElastiCache
7 1 (1.67%) Amazon ELB
7 1 (1.67%) Amazon S3
7 1 (1.67%) Amazon SQS
7 1 (1.67%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (1.67%) AWS Lambda
7 1 (1.67%) Azure Data Factory
7 1 (1.67%) Route 53
7 1 (1.67%) Serverless
7 1 (1.67%) Stackdriver
Communications & Networking
1 6 (10.00%) TCP/IP
2 4 (6.67%) Kerberos
2 4 (6.67%) Wi-Fi
3 3 (5.00%) IPv4
3 3 (5.00%) IPv6
3 3 (5.00%) Wireless
4 2 (3.33%) ADSL
4 2 (3.33%) DSL
4 2 (3.33%) HTTP
4 2 (3.33%) SSL
4 2 (3.33%) UPnP
4 2 (3.33%) VDSL
4 2 (3.33%) WAN
4 2 (3.33%) Wireshark
5 1 (1.67%) 802.11
5 1 (1.67%) Bluetooth
5 1 (1.67%) Broadband
5 1 (1.67%) DECT
5 1 (1.67%) DLNA
5 1 (1.67%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (13.33%) MySQL
2 7 (11.67%) Relational Database
3 4 (6.67%) Apache Hive
3 4 (6.67%) HBase
3 4 (6.67%) Impala
4 3 (5.00%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (5.00%) SQL Server
5 2 (3.33%) Amazon RDS
5 2 (3.33%) Big Data
5 2 (3.33%) DB2
5 2 (3.33%) DbVisualizer
5 2 (3.33%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
5 2 (3.33%) Power BI
5 2 (3.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (3.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (3.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (1.67%) Amazon Aurora
6 1 (1.67%) Amazon Redshift
6 1 (1.67%) BigQuery
6 1 (1.67%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 21 (35.00%) JIRA
2 19 (31.67%) Jenkins
3 18 (30.00%) Selenium
4 14 (23.33%) GitLab
5 12 (20.00%) Cucumber
6 10 (16.67%) Git (software)
7 7 (11.67%) JUnit
7 7 (11.67%) Maven
7 7 (11.67%) SoapUI
8 6 (10.00%) Cypress.io
9 5 (8.33%) REST Assured
10 4 (6.67%) Appium
10 4 (6.67%) WebDriver
11 3 (5.00%) JMeter
11 3 (5.00%) Subversion
12 2 (3.33%) Jasmine
12 2 (3.33%) LabVIEW
13 1 (1.67%) GDB
13 1 (1.67%) Gerrit
13 1 (1.67%) Hudson
General
1 4 (6.67%) Retail
2 3 (5.00%) Public Sector
3 2 (3.33%) Games
3 2 (3.33%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.67%) Finance
Job Titles
1 10 (16.67%) Tester
2 9 (15.00%) Automation Tester
2 9 (15.00%) Developer
3 8 (13.33%) Test Engineer
4 7 (11.67%) Cloud Engineer
5 6 (10.00%) Test Automation Engineer
6 4 (6.67%) Data Engineer
6 4 (6.67%) Senior Developer
7 3 (5.00%) Analyst
7 3 (5.00%) Automation Engineer
7 3 (5.00%) DevOps Engineer
7 3 (5.00%) Software Engineer
8 2 (3.33%) Architect
8 2 (3.33%) E-Commerce Manager
8 2 (3.33%) Java Developer
8 2 (3.33%) Senior Automation Tester
8 2 (3.33%) Senior Tester
8 2 (3.33%) Test Architect
8 2 (3.33%) Test Automation Architect
8 2 (3.33%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (16.67%) Node.js
2 8 (13.33%) Web Services
3 7 (11.67%) React
3 7 (11.67%) XML
4 6 (10.00%) SOAP
4 6 (10.00%) Spring
5 5 (8.33%) Spring Boot
6 4 (6.67%) Jest
6 4 (6.67%) Kafka
6 4 (6.67%) Middleware
6 4 (6.67%) Next.js
6 4 (6.67%) SAML
6 4 (6.67%) Swagger
7 3 (5.00%) .NET
7 3 (5.00%) AngularJS
7 3 (5.00%) Apache NiFi
7 3 (5.00%) HTML
7 3 (5.00%) J2EE
7 3 (5.00%) JSON
7 3 (5.00%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 12 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (11.67%) Mobile App
3 3 (5.00%) Analytical Mindset
4 2 (3.33%) Embedded Systems
5 1 (1.67%) Cloud Native
5 1 (1.67%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (1.67%) Hybrid Cloud
5 1 (1.67%) Linux Command Line
5 1 (1.67%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.67%) Reinsurance
Operating Systems
1 19 (31.67%) Linux
2 7 (11.67%) Unix
3 6 (10.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (3.33%) Apple iOS
4 2 (3.33%) Mac OS X
4 2 (3.33%) Windows
5 1 (1.67%) CentOS
5 1 (1.67%) OpenWrt
5 1 (1.67%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (46.67%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (38.33%) DevOps
3 16 (26.67%) Continuous Integration
4 14 (23.33%) Problem-Solving
5 10 (16.67%) BDD
6 9 (15.00%) Configuration Management
6 9 (15.00%) E-Commerce
6 9 (15.00%) Scrum
6 9 (15.00%) TDD
7 8 (13.33%) Continuous Deployment
7 8 (13.33%) Deployment Automation
7 8 (13.33%) ETL
7 8 (13.33%) Integration Testing
7 8 (13.33%) Software Engineering
8 6 (10.00%) API Testing
8 6 (10.00%) Mentoring
8 6 (10.00%) Open Source
8 6 (10.00%) Test Scripting
9 5 (8.33%) Kanban
9 5 (8.33%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 29 (48.33%) Java
2 18 (30.00%) Python
3 13 (21.67%) SQL
4 9 (15.00%) JavaScript
4 9 (15.00%) Perl
5 7 (11.67%) Bash Shell
5 7 (11.67%) Ruby
6 6 (10.00%) C
7 5 (8.33%) C#
7 5 (8.33%) TypeScript
8 4 (6.67%) C++
8 4 (6.67%) PHP
8 4 (6.67%) Scala
9 2 (3.33%) Groovy
9 2 (3.33%) PowerShell
9 2 (3.33%) Tcl
10 1 (1.67%) Go
10 1 (1.67%) PL/SQL
10 1 (1.67%) Shell Script
10 1 (1.67%) XAML
Qualifications
1 8 (13.33%) Security Cleared
2 4 (6.67%) SC Cleared
3 3 (5.00%) Degree
4 2 (3.33%) ISEB
4 2 (3.33%) ISTQB
5 1 (1.67%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (1.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (1.67%) Master's Degree
5 1 (1.67%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.33%) QA
2 1 (1.67%) JTAG
System Software
1 12 (20.00%) Docker
2 4 (6.67%) HDFS
3 1 (1.67%) Firmware
3 1 (1.67%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 10 (16.67%) Kubernetes
2 8 (13.33%) Puppet
3 7 (11.67%) Ansible
3 7 (11.67%) Terraform
4 4 (6.67%) Kibana
5 3 (5.00%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (1.67%) HP ALM
6 1 (1.67%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (1.67%) Salt
6 1 (1.67%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 10 (16.67%) Oracle
2 7 (11.67%) Xerox
3 5 (8.33%) Atlassian
4 4 (6.67%) Cloudera
4 4 (6.67%) hybris
4 4 (6.67%) Microsoft
5 3 (5.00%) IBM
6 2 (3.33%) BT
6 2 (3.33%) T-Plan
6 2 (3.33%) WSO2
7 1 (1.67%) Databricks
7 1 (1.67%) HP
7 1 (1.67%) Incapsula
7 1 (1.67%) Talend
7 1 (1.67%) Virgin Media