The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Hertfordshire 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 27 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
East of England / Hertfordshire
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 44 36 53
Rank change year-on-year -8 +17  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 17 21 21
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Hertfordshire 2.69% 3.21% 2.39%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.35% 4.08% 3.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 9 5
Median daily rate £413 £475 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -13.15% +11.76%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £348 £410 £366
10% offered a daily rate of more than £495 £530 £470
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £32.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.25 £38.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +0.65% +8.57%  

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 Hertfordshire with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Hertfordshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 507 515 696
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Hertfordshire 80.35% 78.63% 79.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 251 273 357
Median daily rate £425 £425 £377
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +12.62%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £288 £295
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 18 60
Median hourly rate £18.00 £25.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -28.00% -23.07%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.20 £15.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £52.50 £47.50
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 Hertfordshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Hertfordshire 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 Hertfordshire

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Hertfordshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in Hertfordshire

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Hertfordshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in Hertfordshire over the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation in Hertfordshire

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Hertfordshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation in Hertfordshire

Test Automation
Contract Job Locations in Hertfordshire

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 Hertfordshire region over the 3 months to 27 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
Watford -9 4 £475 - 4
Rickmansworth +2 2 - -
Welwyn Garden City +5 1 - -
Royston - 1 £325 - 1
Test Automation
East of England

For the 6 months to 27 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 Hertfordshire region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 20 (54.05%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (37.84%) Selenium
2 14 (37.84%) Cucumber
3 12 (32.43%) Test Scripting
3 12 (32.43%) Scrum
4 11 (29.73%) Continuous Integration
4 11 (29.73%) BDD
5 10 (27.03%) Test Strategy
5 10 (27.03%) JIRA
6 9 (24.32%) Java
6 9 (24.32%) Python
6 9 (24.32%) TDD
7 8 (21.62%) SQL
7 8 (21.62%) PowerShell
7 8 (21.62%) WebDriver
8 7 (18.92%) VMware Infrastructure
8 7 (18.92%) Confluence
8 7 (18.92%) Jenkins
8 7 (18.92%) VirtualBox
8 7 (18.92%) Internet
8 7 (18.92%) Perl
8 7 (18.92%) VMS
8 7 (18.92%) VMware
8 7 (18.92%) Manual Testing
9 6 (16.22%) Performance Testing
9 6 (16.22%) Data Centre
9 6 (16.22%) Programme Delivery
10 5 (13.51%) Git (software)
10 5 (13.51%) Finance
10 5 (13.51%) Law

Test Automation
Co-occurring IT Skills in Hertfordshire 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 7 (18.92%) Confluence
2 2 (5.41%) Tomcat
2 2 (5.41%) WebSphere
3 1 (2.70%) Apache
3 1 (2.70%) CMS
3 1 (2.70%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 3 (8.11%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (5.41%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (2.70%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (2.70%) Magento
1 1 (2.70%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.70%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (2.70%) BrowserStack
1 1 (2.70%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 7 (18.92%) Internet
2 4 (10.81%) Network Security
3 1 (2.70%) TCP/IP
3 1 (2.70%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (13.51%) SQL Server
2 3 (8.11%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (2.70%) Big Data
3 1 (2.70%) Data Lake
3 1 (2.70%) DB2
3 1 (2.70%) DbVisualizer
3 1 (2.70%) MongoDB
3 1 (2.70%) MySQL
3 1 (2.70%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (2.70%) Power BI
3 1 (2.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (2.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 14 (37.84%) Cucumber
1 14 (37.84%) Selenium
2 10 (27.03%) JIRA
3 8 (21.62%) WebDriver
4 7 (18.92%) Jenkins
5 5 (13.51%) Git (software)
6 4 (10.81%) Maven
7 3 (8.11%) JBehave
7 3 (8.11%) SoapUI
8 2 (5.41%) Appium
8 2 (5.41%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 2 (5.41%) FitNesse
8 2 (5.41%) JUnit
8 2 (5.41%) Mockito
8 2 (5.41%) Moq
8 2 (5.41%) TeamCity
9 1 (2.70%) IntelliJ
9 1 (2.70%) JMeter
9 1 (2.70%) LoadRunner
9 1 (2.70%) MSI
General
1 5 (13.51%) Finance
1 5 (13.51%) Law
2 2 (5.41%) Retail
2 2 (5.41%) Telecoms
3 1 (2.70%) Advertising
3 1 (2.70%) Games
3 1 (2.70%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 10 (27.03%) Tester
2 8 (21.62%) Developer
3 6 (16.22%) Analyst
3 6 (16.22%) Test Analyst
3 6 (16.22%) Test Manager
4 4 (10.81%) .NET Developer
4 4 (10.81%) Automation Tester
4 4 (10.81%) Portfolio Manager
4 4 (10.81%) Portfolio Test Manager
4 4 (10.81%) Test Engineer
5 3 (8.11%) Audio Visual Engineer
5 3 (8.11%) Consultant
5 3 (8.11%) Java Automation Tester
5 3 (8.11%) Java Developer
5 3 (8.11%) Security Consultant
5 3 (8.11%) Security Engineer
5 3 (8.11%) Security Specialist
5 3 (8.11%) Security Tester
5 3 (8.11%) Selenium Automation Tester
5 3 (8.11%) Selenium Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (13.51%) .NET
2 4 (10.81%) Gherkin
3 3 (8.11%) HTML
3 3 (8.11%) J2EE
3 3 (8.11%) RESTful
3 3 (8.11%) Spring
3 3 (8.11%) Web Services
3 3 (8.11%) XML
4 2 (5.41%) CSS
4 2 (5.41%) Hibernate
4 2 (5.41%) WPF
5 1 (2.70%) AngularJS
5 1 (2.70%) HTML5
5 1 (2.70%) JDBC
5 1 (2.70%) Middleware
5 1 (2.70%) Play Framework
5 1 (2.70%) REST
5 1 (2.70%) Scalatra
5 1 (2.70%) Servlets
5 1 (2.70%) Spring Batch
Miscellaneous
1 6 (16.22%) Data Centre
2 4 (10.81%) Cyber Kill Chain
3 3 (8.11%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (5.41%) NHS
5 1 (2.70%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (2.70%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 7 (18.92%) VMS
2 4 (10.81%) Unix
2 4 (10.81%) Windows
3 2 (5.41%) Linux
4 1 (2.70%) Windows 7
4 1 (2.70%) Windows 8
4 1 (2.70%) Windows Server
4 1 (2.70%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (2.70%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (2.70%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (2.70%) Windows Vista
4 1 (2.70%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (54.05%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (32.43%) Scrum
2 12 (32.43%) Test Scripting
3 11 (29.73%) BDD
3 11 (29.73%) Continuous Integration
4 10 (27.03%) Test Strategy
5 9 (24.32%) TDD
6 7 (18.92%) Manual Testing
7 6 (16.22%) Performance Testing
7 6 (16.22%) Programme Delivery
8 5 (13.51%) Integration Testing
8 5 (13.51%) Software Testing
9 4 (10.81%) Continuous Delivery
9 4 (10.81%) Kanban
9 4 (10.81%) People Management
9 4 (10.81%) SDLC
9 4 (10.81%) Test Management
9 4 (10.81%) Usability Testing
10 3 (8.11%) Defect Management
10 3 (8.11%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 9 (24.32%) Java
1 9 (24.32%) Python
2 8 (21.62%) PowerShell
2 8 (21.62%) SQL
3 7 (18.92%) Perl
4 4 (10.81%) JavaScript
5 3 (8.11%) C#
5 3 (8.11%) Ruby
6 2 (5.41%) C++
6 2 (5.41%) Tcl
7 1 (2.70%) Groovy
7 1 (2.70%) Shell Script
7 1 (2.70%) T-SQL
7 1 (2.70%) VBA
Qualifications
1 5 (13.51%) ISTQB
2 2 (5.41%) Degree
2 2 (5.41%) ISEB
2 2 (5.41%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (2.70%) SC Cleared
3 1 (2.70%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (10.81%) QA
2 1 (2.70%) PCI DSS
2 1 (2.70%) SLA
System Software
1 7 (18.92%) VirtualBox
1 7 (18.92%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (2.70%) Active Directory
2 1 (2.70%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (2.70%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 1 (2.70%) BladeLogic
1 1 (2.70%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (2.70%) SCCM
Vendors
1 7 (18.92%) VMware
2 3 (8.11%) Atlassian
3 2 (5.41%) Microsoft
4 1 (2.70%) BMC
4 1 (2.70%) HP
4 1 (2.70%) hybris
4 1 (2.70%) IBM
4 1 (2.70%) New Relic
4 1 (2.70%) Oracle
4 1 (2.70%) Sonatype