Period
to 21 February 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Kent 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 February 2019 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
South East > Kent
6 months to
21 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 30 45 38
Rank change year-on-year +15 -7 +9
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 24 24 24
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Kent 5.61% 4.46% 4.80%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.63% 5.59% 5.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 9 13
Kent median daily rate £400 £500 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +81.82% -21.43%
10th Percentile £338 £386 £201
90th Percentile £525 £538 £468
South East median daily rate £450 £425 £385
% change year-on-year +5.88% +10.39% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Kent median hourly rate - - -
South East median hourly rate £45.00 £49.50 £50.00
% change year-on-year -9.09% -1.00% +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 Kent with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Kent
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 362 429 420
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Kent 84.58% 79.74% 84.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 219 310 306
Kent median daily rate £425 £350 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.43% -6.67% +10.29%
10th Percentile £196 £250 £201
90th Percentile £615 £626 £550
South East median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 9 7
Kent median hourly rate £39.75 £35.00 £21.78
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.57% +60.73% +11.67%
10th Percentile £15.17 £25.50 £9.61
90th Percentile £46.45 £40.71 £29.92
South East median hourly rate £26.65 £24.02 £22.50
% change year-on-year +10.95% +6.76% -25.00%

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Kent

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation in Kent

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Kent

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in Kent

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Kent

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in Kent over the 6 months to 21 February 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation in Kent

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Kent

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation in Kent

Test Automation
Contract Job Locations in Kent

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 Kent region over the 6 months to 21 February 2019. 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
Tunbridge Wells - 8 £400 -
Maidstone +12 3 £500 -4.76% 4
Chatham -2 3 - -
Tonbridge - 3 £375 - 2
West Malling -4 1 £413 -2.94% 4
Ramsgate - 1 - -
Test Automation
South East

For the 6 months to 21 February 2019, 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 Kent region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 21 (87.50%) .NET
2 19 (79.17%) Continuous Integration
3 18 (75.00%) C#
4 17 (70.83%) Agile Software Development
5 16 (66.67%) .NET Framework
5 16 (66.67%) ASP.NET
6 15 (62.50%) Scrum
7 14 (58.33%) SOA
7 14 (58.33%) Microsoft Azure
8 13 (54.17%) BDD
8 13 (54.17%) TDD
8 13 (54.17%) RESTful
8 13 (54.17%) Problem-Solving
9 12 (50.00%) OO
9 12 (50.00%) AngularJS
9 12 (50.00%) ASP.NET Web API
10 11 (45.83%) Entity Framework
10 11 (45.83%) SOLID
10 11 (45.83%) ASP.NET Core
10 11 (45.83%) TeamCity
10 11 (45.83%) CMS
10 11 (45.83%) Economics
10 11 (45.83%) Degree
10 11 (45.83%) Deployment Automation
11 7 (29.17%) Finance
12 6 (25.00%) Microsoft
12 6 (25.00%) Web Services
12 6 (25.00%) Selenium
12 6 (25.00%) REST
13 5 (20.83%) Continuous Deployment

Test Automation
Co-occurring IT Skills in Kent 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 11 (45.83%) CMS
Cloud Services
1 14 (58.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (12.50%) npm
3 2 (8.33%) Azure Data Factory
3 2 (8.33%) Cloud Computing
3 2 (8.33%) IaaS
3 2 (8.33%) NuGet
3 2 (8.33%) PaaS
4 1 (4.17%) GitHub
4 1 (4.17%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 3 (12.50%) AMQP
2 1 (4.17%) Firewall
2 1 (4.17%) HTTP
2 1 (4.17%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (12.50%) Relational Database
2 2 (8.33%) Azure SQL Database
2 2 (8.33%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 11 (45.83%) TeamCity
2 6 (25.00%) Selenium
3 4 (16.67%) WebDriver
4 3 (12.50%) SpecFlow
4 3 (12.50%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (12.50%) Visual Studio
4 3 (12.50%) Visual Studio Team System
5 2 (8.33%) Bower
5 2 (8.33%) JIRA
5 2 (8.33%) JMeter
5 2 (8.33%) MSTest
5 2 (8.33%) NUnit
5 2 (8.33%) Visual Studio Coded UI
6 1 (4.17%) Appium
6 1 (4.17%) Cucumber
6 1 (4.17%) Fiddler
6 1 (4.17%) git-flow
6 1 (4.17%) GitLab
6 1 (4.17%) SoapUI
6 1 (4.17%) Vagrant
General
1 7 (29.17%) Finance
2 1 (4.17%) Law
2 1 (4.17%) Legal
Job Titles
1 13 (54.17%) Developer
2 12 (50.00%) .NET Developer
3 11 (45.83%) C# .NET Developer
3 11 (45.83%) C# Developer
4 6 (25.00%) ASP.NET Developer
4 6 (25.00%) Automation Tester
4 6 (25.00%) C# ASP.NET Developer
4 6 (25.00%) Tester
5 5 (20.83%) Azure Developer
6 4 (16.67%) Selenium Automation Tester
6 4 (16.67%) Selenium Tester
7 3 (12.50%) DevOps Engineer
7 3 (12.50%) Senior .NET Developer
7 3 (12.50%) Senior C# .NET Developer
7 3 (12.50%) Senior C# Developer
7 3 (12.50%) Senior Developer
8 2 (8.33%) Azure Engineer
8 2 (8.33%) Platform Engineer
8 2 (8.33%) PowerShell Engineer
8 2 (8.33%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (87.50%) .NET
2 16 (66.67%) .NET Framework
2 16 (66.67%) ASP.NET
3 13 (54.17%) RESTful
4 12 (50.00%) AngularJS
4 12 (50.00%) ASP.NET Web API
5 11 (45.83%) ASP.NET Core
5 11 (45.83%) Entity Framework
6 6 (25.00%) REST
6 6 (25.00%) Web Services
7 5 (20.83%) .NET Core
8 3 (12.50%) ASP.NET MVC
8 3 (12.50%) React
9 2 (8.33%) Enzyme
9 2 (8.33%) Jest
10 1 (4.17%) Gherkin
10 1 (4.17%) JSON
10 1 (4.17%) JSON Schema
10 1 (4.17%) Node.js
10 1 (4.17%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 2 (8.33%) Management Information System
2 1 (4.17%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 2 (8.33%) Windows
2 1 (4.17%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (79.17%) Continuous Integration
2 17 (70.83%) Agile Software Development
3 15 (62.50%) Scrum
4 14 (58.33%) SOA
5 13 (54.17%) BDD
5 13 (54.17%) Problem-Solving
5 13 (54.17%) TDD
6 12 (50.00%) OO
7 11 (45.83%) Deployment Automation
7 11 (45.83%) Economics
7 11 (45.83%) SOLID
8 5 (20.83%) Continuous Deployment
8 5 (20.83%) DevOps
9 4 (16.67%) Manual Testing
9 4 (16.67%) Software Engineering
10 3 (12.50%) MVC
10 3 (12.50%) SDLC
10 3 (12.50%) Unit Testing
11 2 (8.33%) API Testing
11 2 (8.33%) QA Automation
Programming Languages
1 18 (75.00%) C#
2 4 (16.67%) SQL
3 2 (8.33%) Java
3 2 (8.33%) JavaScript
3 2 (8.33%) PowerShell
4 1 (4.17%) ES6
4 1 (4.17%) Perl
4 1 (4.17%) Python
4 1 (4.17%) Ruby
4 1 (4.17%) T-SQL
4 1 (4.17%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 11 (45.83%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (8.33%) QA
2 1 (4.17%) GDPR
System Software
1 3 (12.50%) Docker
2 1 (4.17%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 3 (12.50%) Opscode Chef
1 3 (12.50%) Puppet
2 1 (4.17%) Ansible
2 1 (4.17%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 6 (25.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (4.17%) SaltStack
2 1 (4.17%) Xamarin