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 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
England / East of England
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 34 73 45
Rank change year-on-year +39 -28  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 130 56 123
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 5.65% 2.21% 4.02%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.71% 2.76% 5.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 72 27 62
Median daily rate £449 £425 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.58% +9.60%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £315 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £487 £473
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 6 3
Median hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +4.16%  
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 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 1938 2028 2440
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the East of England 84.26% 80.03% 79.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 1121 1169 1452
Median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £260 £273
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 136 152 179
Median hourly rate £35.00 £27.62 £33.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +26.71% -16.30%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £16.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £62.50 £47.50 £49.25
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 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 June 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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT 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 June 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
Essex +39 69 £481 +13.23%
Cambridgeshire +6 28 £338 +3.84% 34
Hertfordshire -4 17 £413 -13.15% 9
Bedfordshire -4 6 £328 -2.96% 2
Norfolk +5 5 £450 -8.62% 3
Suffolk +17 4 £413 - 5
East Anglia - 1 - -
Test Automation
England

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

1 186 (69.66%) Agile Software Development
2 124 (46.44%) TDD
3 117 (43.82%) Continuous Integration
4 99 (37.08%) Scrum
5 93 (34.83%) Linux
6 91 (34.08%) Jenkins
7 89 (33.33%) Java
8 76 (28.46%) Git (software)
9 74 (27.72%) DevOps
9 74 (27.72%) Mentoring
10 61 (22.85%) Python
11 60 (22.47%) SQL
11 60 (22.47%) Oracle
11 60 (22.47%) Selenium
12 56 (20.97%) Kanban
12 56 (20.97%) Relational Database
13 55 (20.60%) Configuration Management
13 55 (20.60%) HTTP
13 55 (20.60%) JIRA
14 53 (19.85%) Middleware
15 52 (19.48%) User Stories
15 52 (19.48%) Open Source
16 51 (19.10%) QA
17 50 (18.73%) Perl
18 48 (17.98%) SOA
18 48 (17.98%) TCP/IP
19 47 (17.60%) Test Scripting
20 46 (17.23%) SSL
20 46 (17.23%) JBoss
20 46 (17.23%) Software Engineering

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 46 (17.23%) JBoss
2 29 (10.86%) Apache
2 29 (10.86%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 27 (10.11%) Confluence
4 24 (8.99%) WebLogic
5 6 (2.25%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 4 (1.50%) Tomcat
7 3 (1.12%) Mule
7 3 (1.12%) WebSphere
8 2 (0.75%) CMS
9 1 (0.37%) Apache Solr
9 1 (0.37%) IIS
9 1 (0.37%) Jetty
9 1 (0.37%) Mongrel
9 1 (0.37%) nginx
9 1 (0.37%) Oracle HTTP Server
9 1 (0.37%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 3 (1.12%) Microsoft Excel
1 3 (1.12%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 2 (0.75%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (1.87%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.37%) Magento
2 1 (0.37%) Maximo
2 1 (0.37%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 19 (7.12%) Microsoft Azure
2 15 (5.62%) Amazon AWS
3 5 (1.87%) SaaS
4 3 (1.12%) BrowserStack
4 3 (1.12%) GitHub
4 3 (1.12%) IaaS
4 3 (1.12%) PaaS
5 2 (0.75%) Sauce Labs
6 1 (0.37%) Amazon CloudSearch
6 1 (0.37%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.37%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.37%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.37%) Google App Engine
6 1 (0.37%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 55 (20.60%) HTTP
2 48 (17.98%) TCP/IP
3 46 (17.23%) SSL
4 19 (7.12%) Wireless
5 15 (5.62%) Internet
6 13 (4.87%) LDAP
7 7 (2.62%) WLAN
8 6 (2.25%) Bluetooth
8 6 (2.25%) Wi-Fi
9 4 (1.50%) Network Security
9 4 (1.50%) Wireshark
10 3 (1.12%) Broadband
10 3 (1.12%) NAS
11 2 (0.75%) 802.11
11 2 (0.75%) ADSL
11 2 (0.75%) IPv4
11 2 (0.75%) IPv6
11 2 (0.75%) UPnP
11 2 (0.75%) VDSL
11 2 (0.75%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 56 (20.97%) Relational Database
2 18 (6.74%) MySQL
3 15 (5.62%) MariaDB
4 10 (3.75%) SQL Server
5 6 (2.25%) MongoDB
6 5 (1.87%) Data Warehouse
6 5 (1.87%) Neo4j
7 4 (1.50%) NoSQL
8 3 (1.12%) Pentaho
8 3 (1.12%) RDBMS
9 2 (0.75%) Redis
9 2 (0.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 1 (0.37%) Big Data
10 1 (0.37%) DB2
10 1 (0.37%) DbVisualizer
10 1 (0.37%) Oracle Database 10g
10 1 (0.37%) Oracle Database 11g
10 1 (0.37%) PostgreSQL
10 1 (0.37%) SQL Server 2012
10 1 (0.37%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 91 (34.08%) Jenkins
2 76 (28.46%) Git (software)
3 60 (22.47%) Selenium
4 55 (20.60%) JIRA
5 44 (16.48%) Cucumber
6 40 (14.98%) SoapUI
7 38 (14.23%) Subversion
8 28 (10.49%) JUnit
9 20 (7.49%) Appium
10 18 (6.74%) WebDriver
11 17 (6.37%) Calabash
11 17 (6.37%) Maven
11 17 (6.37%) SpecFlow
12 16 (5.99%) JMeter
12 16 (5.99%) Mockito
13 11 (4.12%) TeamCity
14 10 (3.75%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 9 (3.37%) Capybara
16 8 (3.00%) JBehave
17 7 (2.62%) LoadRunner
General
1 31 (11.61%) Finance
2 19 (7.12%) Telecoms
3 18 (6.74%) Electronics
4 8 (3.00%) Marketing
5 7 (2.62%) Manufacturing
6 6 (2.25%) Law
7 4 (1.50%) Retail
8 3 (1.12%) Back Office
8 3 (1.12%) Pharmaceutical
9 2 (0.75%) Banking
9 2 (0.75%) Corporate Banking
9 2 (0.75%) Games
10 1 (0.37%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 65 (24.34%) Developer
2 54 (20.22%) Test Engineer
3 42 (15.73%) Java Developer
4 34 (12.73%) Analyst
5 33 (12.36%) Test Analyst
5 33 (12.36%) Tester
6 27 (10.11%) DevOps Engineer
7 23 (8.61%) Software Test Engineer
8 16 (5.99%) Automation Tester
9 15 (5.62%) Architect
10 14 (5.24%) Embedded Engineer
10 14 (5.24%) Test Automation Engineer
11 12 (4.49%) Senior Test Engineer
12 11 (4.12%) Applications Engineer
12 11 (4.12%) Test Manager
13 10 (3.75%) Audio Engineer
13 10 (3.75%) Mobile Engineer
14 9 (3.37%) Automation Test Analyst
14 9 (3.37%) Java Software Developer
15 8 (3.00%) Operations Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (19.85%) Middleware
2 39 (14.61%) Web Services
3 32 (11.99%) XML
4 31 (11.61%) J2EE
5 26 (9.74%) HTML
5 26 (9.74%) REST
6 24 (8.99%) Spring
7 22 (8.24%) Hibernate
8 20 (7.49%) CSS
9 18 (6.74%) SOAP
10 17 (6.37%) .NET
11 16 (5.99%) JSON
12 15 (5.62%) Spring MVC
13 14 (5.24%) JPA
14 13 (4.87%) EclipseLink
14 13 (4.87%) Gherkin
14 13 (4.87%) JAAS
14 13 (4.87%) JAXB
15 12 (4.49%) RESTful
16 10 (3.75%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 24 (8.99%) Mobile App
2 22 (8.24%) Analytical Skills
3 16 (5.99%) Enterprise Software
4 7 (2.62%) Client/Server
4 7 (2.62%) Computer Science
4 7 (2.62%) Data Centre
4 7 (2.62%) Greenfield Project
5 4 (1.50%) Cyber Kill Chain
5 4 (1.50%) STB
6 3 (1.12%) Embedded Systems
6 3 (1.12%) Internet of Things
6 3 (1.12%) RIA
7 2 (0.75%) IPTV
7 2 (0.75%) Management Information System
7 2 (0.75%) NHS
7 2 (0.75%) Reference Data
8 1 (0.37%) Driving Licence
8 1 (0.37%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 93 (34.83%) Linux
2 40 (14.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 40 (14.98%) Unix
3 32 (11.99%) Mac OS X
4 29 (10.86%) Android
4 29 (10.86%) Apple iOS
5 23 (8.61%) Windows
6 7 (2.62%) VMS
7 3 (1.12%) AIX
7 3 (1.12%) HPUX
7 3 (1.12%) Solaris
8 2 (0.75%) CentOS
8 2 (0.75%) Fedora
8 2 (0.75%) Windows 8
8 2 (0.75%) Windows Server
8 2 (0.75%) Windows Server 2003
8 2 (0.75%) Windows Server 2008
8 2 (0.75%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.75%) Windows Vista
8 2 (0.75%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 186 (69.66%) Agile Software Development
2 124 (46.44%) TDD
3 117 (43.82%) Continuous Integration
4 99 (37.08%) Scrum
5 74 (27.72%) DevOps
5 74 (27.72%) Mentoring
6 56 (20.97%) Kanban
7 55 (20.60%) Configuration Management
8 52 (19.48%) Open Source
8 52 (19.48%) User Stories
9 48 (17.98%) SOA
10 47 (17.60%) Test Scripting
11 46 (17.23%) Software Engineering
12 43 (16.10%) Coaching
12 43 (16.10%) Continuous Deployment
12 43 (16.10%) Microservices
13 42 (15.73%) BDD
14 39 (14.61%) Continuous Delivery
15 37 (13.86%) API Design
16 28 (10.49%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 89 (33.33%) Java
2 61 (22.85%) Python
3 60 (22.47%) SQL
4 50 (18.73%) Perl
5 32 (11.99%) C#
6 31 (11.61%) JavaScript
7 24 (8.99%) C
8 20 (7.49%) PL/SQL
8 20 (7.49%) Ruby
8 20 (7.49%) Tcl
9 16 (5.99%) Groovy
10 11 (4.12%) PowerShell
11 8 (3.00%) PHP
11 8 (3.00%) Shell Script
12 5 (1.87%) XPath
13 4 (1.50%) C++
14 3 (1.12%) VB.NET
15 2 (0.75%) Apple Swift
15 2 (0.75%) Bash Shell
15 2 (0.75%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 25 (9.36%) Degree
2 22 (8.24%) ISTQB
3 19 (7.12%) ISEB
4 12 (4.49%) Security Cleared
5 8 (3.00%) BPSS Clearance
6 5 (1.87%) Computer Science Degree
6 5 (1.87%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 5 (1.87%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 51 (19.10%) QA
2 7 (2.62%) Data Quality
2 7 (2.62%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (1.12%) SLA
4 1 (0.37%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.37%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 30 (11.24%) Docker
2 14 (5.24%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (4.87%) Firmware
4 7 (2.62%) VirtualBox
5 2 (0.75%) Active Directory
5 2 (0.75%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (0.75%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (0.37%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.37%) Xen
Systems Management
1 36 (13.48%) Opscode Chef
1 36 (13.48%) Puppet
2 22 (8.24%) Ansible
3 6 (2.25%) HP Quality Center
4 2 (0.75%) BladeLogic
4 2 (0.75%) SCCM
Vendors
1 60 (22.47%) Oracle
2 33 (12.36%) WSO2
3 20 (7.49%) Microsoft
4 15 (5.62%) Xamarin
5 14 (5.24%) VMware
6 7 (2.62%) Atlassian
7 6 (2.25%) Adobe
8 5 (1.87%) HP
8 5 (1.87%) SAP
9 4 (1.50%) Telerik
10 3 (1.12%) Google
10 3 (1.12%) IBM
10 3 (1.12%) Red Hat
10 3 (1.12%) webMethods
11 2 (0.75%) BMC
11 2 (0.75%) Informatica
12 1 (0.37%) Computacenter
12 1 (0.37%) hybris
12 1 (0.37%) Mercator
12 1 (0.37%) Siemens
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