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 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
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 14 53 14
Rank change year-on-year +39 -39  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 69 5 49
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 16.16% 1.06% 7.77%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 17.78% 1.32% 9.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 3 25
Median daily rate £481 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.23% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £421 £325 £186
10% offered a daily rate of more than £596 £445 £430
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
Median hourly rate - £27.50 £38.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -28.57%  
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 Essex with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Essex
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 388 380 497
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Essex 90.87% 80.34% 78.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 249 185 291
Median daily rate £500 £355 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +40.84% -11.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £228 £281
10% offered a daily rate of more than £613 £500 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 92 39
Median hourly rate £36.00 £27.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +30.90% -26.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.72 £16.50 £16.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £62.50 £42.50 £46.40
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 Essex

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Essex 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 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 3 months to 24 June 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 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
Southend-on-Sea - 47 £500 -
Brentwood - 4 £310 -
Saffron Walden - 1 - -
Test Automation
East of 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 Essex region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 103 (82.40%) Agile Software Development
2 93 (74.40%) TDD
3 83 (66.40%) Linux
3 83 (66.40%) Continuous Integration
4 68 (54.40%) Jenkins
5 67 (53.60%) Scrum
6 66 (52.80%) DevOps
7 62 (49.60%) Git (software)
8 61 (48.80%) Java
8 61 (48.80%) Mentoring
9 58 (46.40%) Oracle
10 56 (44.80%) Relational Database
11 55 (44.00%) HTTP
12 51 (40.80%) Middleware
12 51 (40.80%) Configuration Management
13 49 (39.20%) Kanban
14 47 (37.60%) Open Source
15 46 (36.80%) TCP/IP
15 46 (36.80%) SSL
15 46 (36.80%) JBoss
16 45 (36.00%) SOA
17 43 (34.40%) Software Engineering
18 42 (33.60%) User Stories
18 42 (33.60%) Coaching
19 41 (32.80%) Microservices
20 40 (32.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
21 37 (29.60%) API Design
22 36 (28.80%) Continuous Deployment
22 36 (28.80%) Subversion
22 36 (28.80%) Unix

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 46 (36.80%) JBoss
2 29 (23.20%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 28 (22.40%) Apache
4 24 (19.20%) WebLogic
5 14 (11.20%) Confluence
6 6 (4.80%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 3 (2.40%) Mule
8 1 (0.80%) IIS
8 1 (0.80%) Jetty
8 1 (0.80%) Mongrel
8 1 (0.80%) nginx
8 1 (0.80%) Oracle HTTP Server
8 1 (0.80%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.80%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (0.80%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (0.80%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (4.00%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.80%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 9 (7.20%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (6.40%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (2.40%) IaaS
3 3 (2.40%) PaaS
3 3 (2.40%) SaaS
4 1 (0.80%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (0.80%) GitHub
4 1 (0.80%) Google App Engine
4 1 (0.80%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 55 (44.00%) HTTP
2 46 (36.80%) SSL
2 46 (36.80%) TCP/IP
3 13 (10.40%) LDAP
4 3 (2.40%) Broadband
4 3 (2.40%) NAS
4 3 (2.40%) Wireless
5 2 (1.60%) 802.11
5 2 (1.60%) ADSL
5 2 (1.60%) Bluetooth
5 2 (1.60%) Internet
5 2 (1.60%) IPv4
5 2 (1.60%) IPv6
5 2 (1.60%) UPnP
5 2 (1.60%) VDSL
5 2 (1.60%) WAN
5 2 (1.60%) Wireshark
6 1 (0.80%) DHCP
6 1 (0.80%) FTP
6 1 (0.80%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 56 (44.80%) Relational Database
2 16 (12.80%) MySQL
3 15 (12.00%) MariaDB
4 5 (4.00%) MongoDB
4 5 (4.00%) Neo4j
5 3 (2.40%) NoSQL
5 3 (2.40%) RDBMS
6 2 (1.60%) Pentaho
7 1 (0.80%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.80%) Oracle Database 10g
7 1 (0.80%) Oracle Database 11g
7 1 (0.80%) Oracle Database 12c
7 1 (0.80%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 68 (54.40%) Jenkins
2 62 (49.60%) Git (software)
3 36 (28.80%) Subversion
4 25 (20.00%) SoapUI
5 20 (16.00%) JUnit
6 19 (15.20%) JIRA
7 15 (12.00%) Selenium
8 14 (11.20%) Mockito
9 11 (8.80%) JMeter
10 10 (8.00%) Maven
11 7 (5.60%) XDoclet
12 6 (4.80%) LoadRunner
13 4 (3.20%) Cucumber
14 3 (2.40%) Bugzilla
14 3 (2.40%) Redmine
14 3 (2.40%) Trac
15 2 (1.60%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 1 (0.80%) Team Foundation Server
16 1 (0.80%) Travis CI
16 1 (0.80%) Visual Studio
General
1 17 (13.60%) Finance
2 8 (6.40%) Marketing
3 6 (4.80%) Manufacturing
4 5 (4.00%) Electronics
4 5 (4.00%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.80%) Games
Job Titles
1 41 (32.80%) Developer
2 38 (30.40%) Java Developer
3 27 (21.60%) DevOps Engineer
4 15 (12.00%) Analyst
4 15 (12.00%) Test Analyst
5 11 (8.80%) Architect
6 8 (6.40%) Java Software Developer
6 8 (6.40%) Operations Engineer
7 7 (5.60%) Senior Developer
8 6 (4.80%) Lead DevOps
8 6 (4.80%) Tester
9 5 (4.00%) Agile Coach
9 5 (4.00%) Senior Analyst
9 5 (4.00%) Senior Java Developer
9 5 (4.00%) Senior Java Software Developer
9 5 (4.00%) Senior Software Developer
9 5 (4.00%) Senior Test Analyst
10 4 (3.20%) Infrastructure Architect
10 4 (3.20%) Software Developer
10 4 (3.20%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 51 (40.80%) Middleware
2 27 (21.60%) J2EE
3 23 (18.40%) Web Services
3 23 (18.40%) XML
4 21 (16.80%) HTML
5 20 (16.00%) REST
6 19 (15.20%) Spring
7 18 (14.40%) Hibernate
8 16 (12.80%) CSS
9 15 (12.00%) Spring MVC
10 14 (11.20%) JPA
10 14 (11.20%) SOAP
11 13 (10.40%) EclipseLink
11 13 (10.40%) JAAS
11 13 (10.40%) JAXB
12 12 (9.60%) JSON
13 10 (8.00%) Java EE
14 8 (6.40%) JAX-RPC
14 8 (6.40%) Struts2
14 8 (6.40%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 17 (13.60%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (12.80%) Enterprise Software
3 6 (4.80%) Client/Server
4 5 (4.00%) Computer Science
5 4 (3.20%) STB
6 3 (2.40%) RIA
7 2 (1.60%) Management Information System
8 1 (0.80%) Driving Licence
8 1 (0.80%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (0.80%) IPTV
Operating Systems
1 83 (66.40%) Linux
2 40 (32.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 36 (28.80%) Unix
4 30 (24.00%) Mac OS X
5 9 (7.20%) Windows
6 6 (4.80%) Android
6 6 (4.80%) Apple iOS
7 3 (2.40%) AIX
7 3 (2.40%) HPUX
7 3 (2.40%) Solaris
8 2 (1.60%) CentOS
8 2 (1.60%) Fedora
Processes & Methodologies
1 103 (82.40%) Agile Software Development
2 93 (74.40%) TDD
3 83 (66.40%) Continuous Integration
4 67 (53.60%) Scrum
5 66 (52.80%) DevOps
6 61 (48.80%) Mentoring
7 51 (40.80%) Configuration Management
8 49 (39.20%) Kanban
9 47 (37.60%) Open Source
10 45 (36.00%) SOA
11 43 (34.40%) Software Engineering
12 42 (33.60%) Coaching
12 42 (33.60%) User Stories
13 41 (32.80%) Microservices
14 37 (29.60%) API Design
15 36 (28.80%) Continuous Deployment
16 27 (21.60%) Continuous Delivery
17 17 (13.60%) Web Development
18 15 (12.00%) MVC
19 14 (11.20%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 61 (48.80%) Java
2 30 (24.00%) Perl
3 28 (22.40%) SQL
4 23 (18.40%) C
5 19 (15.20%) PL/SQL
6 15 (12.00%) Groovy
7 10 (8.00%) JavaScript
7 10 (8.00%) Python
8 7 (5.60%) PHP
9 5 (4.00%) XPath
10 3 (2.40%) Shell Script
10 3 (2.40%) VB.NET
11 2 (1.60%) Bash Shell
11 2 (1.60%) PowerShell
11 2 (1.60%) Ruby
12 1 (0.80%) C#
12 1 (0.80%) VB
12 1 (0.80%) VB6
Qualifications
1 8 (6.40%) Degree
2 7 (5.60%) BPSS Clearance
2 7 (5.60%) ISEB
2 7 (5.60%) ISTQB
2 7 (5.60%) Security Cleared
3 5 (4.00%) Computer Science Degree
4 1 (0.80%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (8.80%) QA
2 6 (4.80%) Disclosure Scotland
3 5 (4.00%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.80%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.80%) SLA
System Software
1 28 (22.40%) Docker
2 7 (5.60%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (2.40%) Firmware
4 1 (0.80%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.80%) Xen
Systems Management
1 36 (28.80%) Opscode Chef
1 36 (28.80%) Puppet
2 22 (17.60%) Ansible
Vendors
1 58 (46.40%) Oracle
2 32 (25.60%) WSO2
3 7 (5.60%) VMware
4 6 (4.80%) Adobe
5 5 (4.00%) SAP
6 3 (2.40%) Microsoft
6 3 (2.40%) Red Hat
6 3 (2.40%) webMethods
7 1 (0.80%) Atlassian
7 1 (0.80%) Google
7 1 (0.80%) HP