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 29 March 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.

Test Automation
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 54 47 54
Rank change year-on-year -7 +7  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 6 6 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 1.47% 1.34% 0.44%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.68% 1.59% 0.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 5 2
Median daily rate £325 £350 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.14% +12.00%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £375 £355
% change year-on-year -6.66% +5.63%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.25 £45.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year -19.44% +20.00%  

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 358 377 358
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Essex 87.75% 84.15% 78.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 255 204 192
Median daily rate £420 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 44 39
Median hourly rate £37.00 £16.50 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +124.24% -54.16%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.00 £16.50 £16.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £56.50 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £38.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.14% +28.33%  

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
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 29 March 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 - 5 £325 -
Test Automation
East of England

For the 6 months to 29 March 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 11 (91.67%) Scrum
1 11 (91.67%) Agile Software Development
1 11 (91.67%) TDD
1 11 (91.67%) SoapUI
2 7 (58.33%) Test Strategy
3 6 (50.00%) SDLC
3 6 (50.00%) Marketing
3 6 (50.00%) Digital Marketing
3 6 (50.00%) Continuous Integration
3 6 (50.00%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 6 (50.00%) Programme Management
3 6 (50.00%) Electronics
3 6 (50.00%) Telecoms
3 6 (50.00%) Finance
3 6 (50.00%) Manufacturing
3 6 (50.00%) SAP
3 6 (50.00%) SOAP
3 6 (50.00%) Web Services
3 6 (50.00%) SOA
3 6 (50.00%) Business Intelligence
4 5 (41.67%) LoadRunner
4 5 (41.67%) Oracle
4 5 (41.67%) WebLogic
4 5 (41.67%) Client/Server
4 5 (41.67%) Software Testing
4 5 (41.67%) JMeter
4 5 (41.67%) Confluence
4 5 (41.67%) BDD
4 5 (41.67%) Kanban
4 5 (41.67%) Integration Testing

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 5 (41.67%) Confluence
1 5 (41.67%) WebLogic
Business Applications
1 6 (50.00%) SAP Oil and Gas
Development Applications
1 11 (91.67%) SoapUI
2 5 (41.67%) JIRA
2 5 (41.67%) JMeter
2 5 (41.67%) LoadRunner
2 5 (41.67%) Selenium
3 1 (8.33%) Jenkins
General
1 6 (50.00%) Electronics
1 6 (50.00%) Finance
1 6 (50.00%) Manufacturing
1 6 (50.00%) Marketing
1 6 (50.00%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 6 (50.00%) Test Automation Specialist
1 6 (50.00%) Test Specialist
2 4 (33.33%) Tester
3 3 (25.00%) Analyst
3 3 (25.00%) Test Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Automation Tester
4 1 (8.33%) Senior Automation Tester
4 1 (8.33%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
4 1 (8.33%) Senior Test Automation Specialist
4 1 (8.33%) Senior Tester
4 1 (8.33%) SOA Specialist
4 1 (8.33%) SOA Tester
4 1 (8.33%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (50.00%) SOAP
1 6 (50.00%) Web Services
2 1 (8.33%) JSON
2 1 (8.33%) JSON Schema
2 1 (8.33%) Middleware
2 1 (8.33%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 5 (41.67%) Client/Server
2 2 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (91.67%) Agile Software Development
1 11 (91.67%) Scrum
1 11 (91.67%) TDD
2 7 (58.33%) Test Strategy
3 6 (50.00%) Business Intelligence
3 6 (50.00%) Continuous Integration
3 6 (50.00%) Digital Marketing
3 6 (50.00%) Programme Management
3 6 (50.00%) SDLC
3 6 (50.00%) SOA
4 5 (41.67%) BDD
4 5 (41.67%) DevOps
4 5 (41.67%) Integration Testing
4 5 (41.67%) Kanban
4 5 (41.67%) Software Testing
4 5 (41.67%) Test Management
5 4 (33.33%) Test Planning
5 4 (33.33%) Test Scripting
5 4 (33.33%) User Stories
6 3 (25.00%) API Design
Programming Languages
1 4 (33.33%) C
1 4 (33.33%) Java
2 1 (8.33%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 4 (33.33%) ISEB
1 4 (33.33%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (33.33%) Data Quality
2 1 (8.33%) ISO 9000
Vendors
1 6 (50.00%) SAP
2 5 (41.67%) Oracle