Period
to 22 January 2022

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 22 January 2022 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
22 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 49 35 38
Rank change year-on-year -14 +3 -7
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 104 71 178
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the East of England 4.24% 4.89% 4.93%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 5.24% 5.90% 5.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 64 45 129
10th Percentile £344 £300 £325
25th Percentile £363 £325 £383
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £469 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +4.17% - -3.74%
75th Percentile £574 £500 £548
90th Percentile £598 £540 £621
England median daily rate £525 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +10.53% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 1 7
10th Percentile £45.50 - £34.60
25th Percentile £47.19 £26.25 £42.50
Median hourly rate £48.50 £26.50 £46.00
Median % change year-on-year +83.02% -42.39% +8.24%
75th Percentile £49.25 £26.75 £49.00
90th Percentile £49.33 - -
England median hourly rate £49.75 £45.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +10.56% +12.50% -11.11%

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 1,985 1,204 3,021
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 80.95% 82.98% 83.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,136 699 1,832
10th Percentile £185 £200 £208
25th Percentile £341 £310 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £464 £425 £425
Median % change year-on-year +9.12% - -5.56%
75th Percentile £550 £518 £520
90th Percentile £638 £588 £600
England median daily rate £525 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +10.53% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 236 122 192
10th Percentile £12.25 £13.00 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.25 £15.00 £13.88
Median hourly rate £16.88 £33.00 £17.75
Median % change year-on-year -48.86% +85.92% +0.85%
75th Percentile £39.55 £45.88 £46.00
90th Percentile £56.50 £50.00 £49.95
England median hourly rate £25.50 £26.80 £20.50
% change year-on-year -4.84% +30.72% -5.41%

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 22 January 2022.

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 22 January 2022. 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
Jobs
Essex 0 47 £540 +20.00% 5
Hertfordshire -2 28 £450 -19.28% 28
Cambridgeshire -23 21 £375 +7.14% 57
Suffolk -13 8 £480 +35.21% 3
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 22 January 2022, 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 52 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 50 (48.08%) Software Engineering
3 44 (42.31%) Java
4 41 (39.42%) Continuous Integration
5 40 (38.46%) CI/CD
6 37 (35.58%) Social Skills
7 35 (33.65%) JIRA
8 34 (32.69%) Scrum
9 33 (31.73%) Confluence
10 29 (27.88%) AWS
10 29 (27.88%) Continuous Deployment
11 28 (26.92%) Software Testing
12 26 (25.00%) DevOps
13 24 (23.08%) SQL
14 23 (22.12%) XML
14 23 (22.12%) Spring
14 23 (22.12%) Selenium
14 23 (22.12%) Jenkins
15 22 (21.15%) BDD
15 22 (21.15%) Test Scripting
15 22 (21.15%) Git (software)
16 21 (20.19%) Spring Boot
17 20 (19.23%) Data Management
17 20 (19.23%) Software Architecture
17 20 (19.23%) Python
18 18 (17.31%) Oracle
18 18 (17.31%) TDD
18 18 (17.31%) Degree
19 17 (16.35%) QA
19 17 (16.35%) Azure

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 33 (31.73%) Confluence
2 2 (1.92%) Tomcat
3 1 (0.96%) JBoss
3 1 (0.96%) SAS
3 1 (0.96%) WebLogic
Applications
1 7 (6.73%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (2.88%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.96%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.96%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 5 (4.81%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 3 (2.88%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 29 (27.88%) AWS
2 17 (16.35%) Azure
3 5 (4.81%) GitHub
4 3 (2.88%) Amazon S3
4 3 (2.88%) SuccessFactors
5 2 (1.92%) GCP
5 2 (1.92%) OpenShift
6 1 (0.96%) Amazon EKS
6 1 (0.96%) AWS CodeCommit
6 1 (0.96%) Azure ExpressRoute
6 1 (0.96%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.96%) SaaS
6 1 (0.96%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 13 (12.50%) Wi-Fi
2 9 (8.65%) Bluetooth
3 6 (5.77%) Wireless
4 5 (4.81%) HTTP
5 3 (2.88%) Broadband
5 3 (2.88%) DNS
5 3 (2.88%) Firewall
6 2 (1.92%) 5G
6 2 (1.92%) DECT
6 2 (1.92%) IPv4
6 2 (1.92%) IPv6
6 2 (1.92%) MPLS
6 2 (1.92%) Multicast
6 2 (1.92%) PPP
6 2 (1.92%) SSH
6 2 (1.92%) UPnP
6 2 (1.92%) WAN
7 1 (0.96%) GSM
7 1 (0.96%) TCP/IP
7 1 (0.96%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (12.50%) MySQL
2 12 (11.54%) Oracle Database
3 8 (7.69%) Relational Database
4 3 (2.88%) Hadoop
4 3 (2.88%) SQLPlus
5 2 (1.92%) InfluxDB
5 2 (1.92%) Pentaho
6 1 (0.96%) Ingres
6 1 (0.96%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.96%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.96%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 35 (33.65%) JIRA
2 23 (22.12%) Jenkins
2 23 (22.12%) Selenium
3 22 (21.15%) Git (software)
4 13 (12.50%) Cucumber
5 12 (11.54%) JMeter
5 12 (11.54%) SoapUI
6 9 (8.65%) Checkstyle
7 8 (7.69%) JUnit
8 7 (6.73%) REST Assured
9 6 (5.77%) Bitbucket
10 5 (4.81%) Artifactory
10 5 (4.81%) Bitbucket Server
10 5 (4.81%) LoadRunner
10 5 (4.81%) Postman
11 3 (2.88%) Gatling
11 3 (2.88%) GDB
11 3 (2.88%) GitLab
11 3 (2.88%) MSTest
11 3 (2.88%) PHPUnit
General
1 37 (35.58%) Social Skills
2 15 (14.42%) Public Sector
3 10 (9.62%) Analytical Skills
4 8 (7.69%) Pharmaceutical
4 8 (7.69%) Retail
5 3 (2.88%) Banking
5 3 (2.88%) Corporate Banking
5 3 (2.88%) Games
5 3 (2.88%) Influencing Skills
6 2 (1.92%) Finance
6 2 (1.92%) Marketing
7 1 (0.96%) Automotive
7 1 (0.96%) Documentation Skills
7 1 (0.96%) Electronics
7 1 (0.96%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.96%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 35 (33.65%) Developer
2 29 (27.88%) Java Developer
3 24 (23.08%) Senior Developer
4 21 (20.19%) Senior Java Developer
5 16 (15.38%) Test Engineer
6 11 (10.58%) Software Engineer
7 10 (9.62%) Tester
8 9 (8.65%) Analyst
8 9 (8.65%) Python Engineer
9 8 (7.69%) .NET Software Engineer
9 8 (7.69%) Bluetooth Engineer
9 8 (7.69%) C# Software Engineer
10 7 (6.73%) Software Test Engineer
10 7 (6.73%) Test Analyst
11 6 (5.77%) Senior Tester
12 5 (4.81%) DevOps Manager
13 4 (3.85%) Automation Tester
13 4 (3.85%) Environment Manager
13 4 (3.85%) Functional Tester
13 4 (3.85%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (22.12%) Spring
1 23 (22.12%) XML
2 21 (20.19%) Spring Boot
3 15 (14.42%) REST
4 12 (11.54%) SOAP
5 10 (9.62%) .NET
5 10 (9.62%) JSON
6 9 (8.65%) J2SE
6 9 (8.65%) WCF
6 9 (8.65%) WinForms
6 9 (8.65%) WPF
7 8 (7.69%) .NET Framework
8 7 (6.73%) JMS
8 7 (6.73%) RabbitMQ
8 7 (6.73%) WireMock
9 5 (4.81%) RESTful
9 5 (4.81%) Spring Batch
10 3 (2.88%) LAMP
10 3 (2.88%) Symfony
10 3 (2.88%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 17 (16.35%) User Experience
2 14 (13.46%) Embedded Systems
3 9 (8.65%) Hybrid Cloud
4 6 (5.77%) Biotechnology
5 3 (2.88%) Data Structures
5 3 (2.88%) Public Cloud
6 2 (1.92%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (1.92%) NHS
6 2 (1.92%) Online Games
6 2 (1.92%) STB
7 1 (0.96%) Data Centre
7 1 (0.96%) Legacy Applications
7 1 (0.96%) Legacy Systems
7 1 (0.96%) Life Science
7 1 (0.96%) Mobile App
7 1 (0.96%) Renewable Energy
Operating Systems
1 15 (14.42%) Windows
2 14 (13.46%) Linux
3 12 (11.54%) Unix
4 8 (7.69%) Android
5 5 (4.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 3 (2.88%) OpenWrt
7 1 (0.96%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 50 (48.08%) Software Engineering
3 41 (39.42%) Continuous Integration
4 40 (38.46%) CI/CD
5 34 (32.69%) Scrum
6 29 (27.88%) Continuous Deployment
7 28 (26.92%) Software Testing
8 26 (25.00%) DevOps
9 22 (21.15%) BDD
9 22 (21.15%) Test Scripting
10 20 (19.23%) Data Management
10 20 (19.23%) Software Architecture
11 18 (17.31%) TDD
12 14 (13.46%) OO
12 14 (13.46%) Problem-Solving
12 14 (13.46%) Scenario Testing
12 14 (13.46%) User Stories
13 13 (12.50%) Open Source
14 12 (11.54%) Computer Science
14 12 (11.54%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 44 (42.31%) Java
2 24 (23.08%) SQL
3 20 (19.23%) Python
4 13 (12.50%) C
4 13 (12.50%) C#
5 12 (11.54%) Java 8
6 11 (10.58%) C++
6 11 (10.58%) Java 11
7 6 (5.77%) JavaScript
8 5 (4.81%) Bash
8 5 (4.81%) Shell Script
9 3 (2.88%) PHP
9 3 (2.88%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.96%) ES6
10 1 (0.96%) MATLAB
10 1 (0.96%) PowerShell
10 1 (0.96%) Ruby
10 1 (0.96%) XAML
Qualifications
1 18 (17.31%) Degree
2 12 (11.54%) Computer Science Degree
3 8 (7.69%) ISTQB
3 8 (7.69%) Master's Degree
3 8 (7.69%) OCPJP
3 8 (7.69%) Sun Certification
4 7 (6.73%) Security Cleared
5 6 (5.77%) SC Cleared
6 4 (3.85%) ISEB
6 4 (3.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 1 (0.96%) AWS Certification
7 1 (0.96%) CISSP
7 1 (0.96%) GIAC
7 1 (0.96%) PhD
7 1 (0.96%) RHCA
7 1 (0.96%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (16.35%) QA
2 2 (1.92%) JTAG
3 1 (0.96%) SLA
System Software
1 11 (10.58%) Docker
1 11 (10.58%) Firmware
2 2 (1.92%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.96%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.96%) Virtual Desktop
3 1 (0.96%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 12 (11.54%) Ansible
2 4 (3.85%) Terraform
3 3 (2.88%) HP ALM
3 3 (2.88%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (2.88%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 2 (1.92%) Prometheus
5 1 (0.96%) Kubernetes
5 1 (0.96%) Puppet
5 1 (0.96%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 18 (17.31%) Oracle
2 8 (7.69%) Sun
3 7 (6.73%) Atlassian
3 7 (6.73%) Microsoft
4 6 (5.77%) Red Hat
5 5 (4.81%) AppDynamics
5 5 (4.81%) Salesforce.com
6 4 (3.85%) VMware
7 3 (2.88%) HP
7 3 (2.88%) SAP
7 3 (2.88%) Siemens
8 2 (1.92%) Checkmarx
9 1 (0.96%) Barracuda Networks
9 1 (0.96%) Dynatrace
9 1 (0.96%) Keysight
9 1 (0.96%) Mavenir
9 1 (0.96%) Netsparker
9 1 (0.96%) Qualys
9 1 (0.96%) SolarWinds
9 1 (0.96%) Zscaler