Period
to 21 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Essex 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 21 November 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
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 37 51 31
Rank change year-on-year +14 -20 -1
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 69 33 71
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 8.63% 3.77% 5.88%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 10.07% 4.42% 7.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 25 43
Essex median daily rate £500 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% - +8.26%
10th Percentile £313 £350 £313
90th Percentile £600 £568 £600
East of England median daily rate £425 £419 £355
% change year-on-year +1.49% +17.96% -5.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 6
Essex median hourly rate - - £36.25
East of England median hourly rate £40.50 £37.50 £38.00
% change year-on-year +8.00% -1.32% -13.14%

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 Essex with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Essex
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 685 747 955
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 85.63% 85.37% 79.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 472 451 526
Essex median daily rate £500 £350 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +42.86% -12.50% -
10th Percentile £300 £225 £250
90th Percentile £600 £525 £538
East of England median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 60 142 145
Essex median hourly rate £31.27 £31.48 £31.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.67% -0.08% +6.78%
10th Percentile £12.22 £15.75 £15.75
90th Percentile £63.75 £43.68 £43.75
East of England median hourly rate £31.03 £31.50 £25.50
% change year-on-year -1.49% +23.53% +3.83%

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Essex

Job postings citing Test Automation as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Essex.

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation in Essex

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Essex

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in Essex

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Essex

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in Essex over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation in Essex

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Essex

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation in Essex

Test Automation
Contract Job Locations in Essex

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 Essex region over the 6 months to 21 November 2017. 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
Southend-on-Sea -2 51 £505 +1.00% 2
Brentwood - 7 £325 -
Saffron Walden - 1 - -
Test Automation
East of England

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 Essex region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 58 (84.06%) Agile Software Development
2 56 (81.16%) Linux
3 48 (69.57%) Continuous Integration
4 46 (66.67%) TDD
5 41 (59.42%) HTTP
5 41 (59.42%) Mentoring
6 40 (57.97%) Relational Database
6 40 (57.97%) Scrum
7 39 (56.52%) DevOps
8 38 (55.07%) Configuration Management
9 36 (52.17%) Jenkins
9 36 (52.17%) Kanban
10 35 (50.72%) Middleware
11 34 (49.28%) SSL
11 34 (49.28%) TCP/IP
11 34 (49.28%) Java
12 33 (47.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 29 (42.03%) Git (software)
13 29 (42.03%) SOA
14 28 (40.58%) JBoss
14 28 (40.58%) Open Source
15 27 (39.13%) User Stories
15 27 (39.13%) Ansible
16 26 (37.68%) Oracle
16 26 (37.68%) Software Engineering
17 25 (36.23%) API Design
18 24 (34.78%) Coaching
18 24 (34.78%) Perl
18 24 (34.78%) Unix
19 23 (33.33%) Microservices

Test Automation
Co-occurring IT Skills in Essex 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 28 (40.58%) JBoss
2 16 (23.19%) Apache
2 16 (23.19%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 14 (20.29%) WebLogic
4 5 (7.25%) Confluence
4 5 (7.25%) Mule
5 1 (1.45%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (1.45%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (1.45%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 14 (20.29%) Amazon AWS
2 11 (15.94%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (11.59%) GitHub
4 5 (7.25%) IaaS
4 5 (7.25%) PaaS
4 5 (7.25%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 41 (59.42%) HTTP
2 34 (49.28%) SSL
2 34 (49.28%) TCP/IP
3 7 (10.14%) Broadband
3 7 (10.14%) LDAP
3 7 (10.14%) Wireless
4 6 (8.70%) NAS
5 5 (7.25%) 802.11
5 5 (7.25%) ADSL
5 5 (7.25%) Bluetooth
5 5 (7.25%) IPv4
5 5 (7.25%) IPv6
5 5 (7.25%) UPnP
5 5 (7.25%) VDSL
5 5 (7.25%) WAN
5 5 (7.25%) Wireshark
6 1 (1.45%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (57.97%) Relational Database
2 8 (11.59%) MySQL
3 6 (8.70%) MariaDB
4 5 (7.25%) NoSQL
4 5 (7.25%) RDBMS
5 2 (2.90%) Pentaho
6 1 (1.45%) MongoDB
6 1 (1.45%) Neo4j
6 1 (1.45%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 36 (52.17%) Jenkins
2 29 (42.03%) Git (software)
3 22 (31.88%) Subversion
4 20 (28.99%) JIRA
5 12 (17.39%) JUnit
6 9 (13.04%) Selenium
7 7 (10.14%) GitLab
7 7 (10.14%) Mockito
8 6 (8.70%) Bugzilla
8 6 (8.70%) Maven
8 6 (8.70%) Redmine
8 6 (8.70%) Trac
9 5 (7.25%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 5 (7.25%) SoapUI
10 3 (4.35%) Robot Framework
11 1 (1.45%) Cucumber
11 1 (1.45%) JMeter
11 1 (1.45%) Visual Studio
11 1 (1.45%) Zephyr
General
1 7 (10.14%) Finance
2 6 (8.70%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 18 (26.09%) DevOps Engineer
2 17 (24.64%) Architect
3 12 (17.39%) Developer
4 10 (14.49%) Java Developer
5 9 (13.04%) Linux/Unix DevOps
5 9 (13.04%) Technical Architect
6 8 (11.59%) Linux DevOps Engineer
6 8 (11.59%) Linux Engineer
6 8 (11.59%) Tester
7 6 (8.70%) Analyst
7 6 (8.70%) Test Analyst
8 5 (7.25%) Software Tester
9 4 (5.80%) Test Engineer
10 3 (4.35%) Operations Engineer
10 3 (4.35%) Test Automation Specialist
10 3 (4.35%) Test Specialist
11 2 (2.90%) Automation Tester
11 2 (2.90%) AWS DevOps Engineer
11 2 (2.90%) AWS Engineer
11 2 (2.90%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (50.72%) Middleware
2 15 (21.74%) J2EE
3 14 (20.29%) Web Services
4 13 (18.84%) XML
5 12 (17.39%) Spring
6 9 (13.04%) REST
7 8 (11.59%) Hibernate
7 8 (11.59%) HTML
8 7 (10.14%) .NET
8 7 (10.14%) CSS
8 7 (10.14%) JAAS
8 7 (10.14%) JAXB
8 7 (10.14%) JPA
8 7 (10.14%) SOAP
8 7 (10.14%) Spring MVC
9 6 (8.70%) EclipseLink
9 6 (8.70%) JAX-RPC
10 5 (7.25%) Struts
10 5 (7.25%) WSDL
10 5 (7.25%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 10 (14.49%) Enterprise Software
2 7 (10.14%) STB
3 5 (7.25%) Management Information System
3 5 (7.25%) N-Tier
4 3 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (4.35%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.45%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (1.45%) IPTV
5 1 (1.45%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 56 (81.16%) Linux
2 33 (47.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 24 (34.78%) Unix
4 19 (27.54%) Mac OS X
5 11 (15.94%) Windows
6 5 (7.25%) AIX
6 5 (7.25%) HPUX
6 5 (7.25%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (84.06%) Agile Software Development
2 48 (69.57%) Continuous Integration
3 46 (66.67%) TDD
4 41 (59.42%) Mentoring
5 40 (57.97%) Scrum
6 39 (56.52%) DevOps
7 38 (55.07%) Configuration Management
8 36 (52.17%) Kanban
9 29 (42.03%) SOA
10 28 (40.58%) Open Source
11 27 (39.13%) User Stories
12 26 (37.68%) Software Engineering
13 25 (36.23%) API Design
14 24 (34.78%) Coaching
15 23 (33.33%) Microservices
16 21 (30.43%) Continuous Deployment
17 17 (24.64%) Software Testing
18 11 (15.94%) Critical Success Factor
19 9 (13.04%) Non-Functional Testing
19 9 (13.04%) Software Delivery
Programming Languages
1 34 (49.28%) Java
2 24 (34.78%) Perl
3 19 (27.54%) C
4 15 (21.74%) SQL
5 13 (18.84%) Ruby
6 12 (17.39%) PL/SQL
7 10 (14.49%) JavaScript
8 9 (13.04%) Python
9 6 (8.70%) Groovy
9 6 (8.70%) VB.NET
10 5 (7.25%) Bash Shell
10 5 (7.25%) PHP
10 5 (7.25%) PowerShell
10 5 (7.25%) XPath
11 1 (1.45%) C#
11 1 (1.45%) VB
11 1 (1.45%) VB6
Qualifications
1 5 (7.25%) Degree
2 4 (5.80%) ISEB
2 4 (5.80%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (14.49%) QA
2 2 (2.90%) Data Quality
2 2 (2.90%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 16 (23.19%) Docker
2 7 (10.14%) Firmware
3 2 (2.90%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (1.45%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 27 (39.13%) Ansible
2 22 (31.88%) Opscode Chef
2 22 (31.88%) Puppet
3 1 (1.45%) Terraform
Vendors
1 26 (37.68%) Oracle
2 21 (30.43%) WSO2
3 8 (11.59%) Atlassian
4 5 (7.25%) webMethods
5 2 (2.90%) HP
5 2 (2.90%) Microsoft
6 1 (1.45%) IBM
6 1 (1.45%) VMware