Period
to 15 August 2018

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 15 August 2018 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
15 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 32 33 29
Rank change year-on-year +1 -4 +29
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 16 32 38
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Kent 3.78% 5.97% 5.53%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.64% 7.13% 7.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 21 33
Kent median daily rate £400 £375 £210
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +78.57% -32.80%
10th Percentile £198 £201 £180
90th Percentile £488 £450 £296
South East median daily rate £425 £388 £400
% change year-on-year +9.68% -3.13% +12.68%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Kent median hourly rate - - £170.00
South East median hourly rate £40.00 £47.50 £42.00
% change year-on-year -15.79% +13.10% +5.00%

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 345 449 541
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Kent 81.56% 83.77% 78.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 223 329 393
Kent median daily rate £400 £350 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.29% -6.67% +11.11%
10th Percentile £252 £205 £193
90th Percentile £624 £539 £575
South East median daily rate £430 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +3.61% +3.75% +5.96%
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 19 10
Kent median hourly rate £38.75 £27.38 £36.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +41.53% -24.47% +93.33%
10th Percentile £11.65 £12.53 £16.38
90th Percentile £49.65 £45.50 £141.25
South East median hourly rate £24.75 £19.56 £22.75
% change year-on-year +26.52% -14.01% +1.11%

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 15 August 2018.

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 15 August 2018. 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
Dartford - 3 £400 - 4
Tunbridge Wells - 3 £400 - 3
Maidstone +4 1 £425 +112.50%
Dover +2 1 £400 +8.84%
West Malling - 1 £475 - 1
Test Automation
South East

For the 6 months to 15 August 2018, 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 9 (56.25%) C#
1 9 (56.25%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (50.00%) Selenium
3 6 (37.50%) .NET
4 5 (31.25%) SQL
4 5 (31.25%) Microsoft Azure
4 5 (31.25%) TeamCity
4 5 (31.25%) AngularJS
4 5 (31.25%) ASP.NET Web API
5 4 (25.00%) Cybersecurity
5 4 (25.00%) REST
5 4 (25.00%) WebDriver
5 4 (25.00%) Continuous Integration
5 4 (25.00%) JavaScript
5 4 (25.00%) ASP.NET
5 4 (25.00%) SOA
5 4 (25.00%) Microsoft
5 4 (25.00%) Internet
5 4 (25.00%) Software Engineering
5 4 (25.00%) DevOps
5 4 (25.00%) SOLID
5 4 (25.00%) GDPR
5 4 (25.00%) Problem-Solving
6 3 (18.75%) Deployment Automation
6 3 (18.75%) RESTful
6 3 (18.75%) TDD
6 3 (18.75%) HP
6 3 (18.75%) HP UFT
6 3 (18.75%) OO
6 3 (18.75%) Test Scripting

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 2 (12.50%) CMS
Cloud Services
1 5 (31.25%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (6.25%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (25.00%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (12.50%) Relational Database
2 1 (6.25%) Azure SQL Database
2 1 (6.25%) Oracle Database
2 1 (6.25%) RDBMS
2 1 (6.25%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 8 (50.00%) Selenium
2 5 (31.25%) TeamCity
3 4 (25.00%) WebDriver
4 3 (18.75%) HP UFT
4 3 (18.75%) TestComplete
5 2 (12.50%) JIRA
5 2 (12.50%) Visual Studio
6 1 (6.25%) Appium
6 1 (6.25%) Cucumber
6 1 (6.25%) Git (software)
6 1 (6.25%) Jenkins
6 1 (6.25%) LoadRunner
6 1 (6.25%) MSTest
6 1 (6.25%) NUnit
6 1 (6.25%) Octopus Deploy
6 1 (6.25%) SpecFlow
6 1 (6.25%) TestRail
6 1 (6.25%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 1 (6.25%) Advertising
1 1 (6.25%) Games
1 1 (6.25%) Law
Job Titles
1 4 (25.00%) Developer
2 3 (18.75%) .NET Developer
2 3 (18.75%) Analyst
2 3 (18.75%) ASP.NET Developer
2 3 (18.75%) Automation Test Analyst
2 3 (18.75%) Azure Developer
2 3 (18.75%) C# .NET Developer
2 3 (18.75%) C# ASP.NET Developer
2 3 (18.75%) C# Developer
2 3 (18.75%) Test Analyst
2 3 (18.75%) Tester
3 2 (12.50%) Automation Engineer
3 2 (12.50%) Automation Tester
3 2 (12.50%) Installations Engineer
3 2 (12.50%) QA Tester
3 2 (12.50%) Selenium Tester
3 2 (12.50%) Test Manager
4 1 (6.25%) C# Software Engineer
4 1 (6.25%) Lead Developer
4 1 (6.25%) Senior Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (37.50%) .NET
2 5 (31.25%) AngularJS
2 5 (31.25%) ASP.NET Web API
3 4 (25.00%) ASP.NET
3 4 (25.00%) REST
4 3 (18.75%) .NET Framework
4 3 (18.75%) Entity Framework
4 3 (18.75%) RESTful
4 3 (18.75%) WCF
5 2 (12.50%) ASP.NET Core
5 2 (12.50%) ASP.NET MVC
5 2 (12.50%) CSS
5 2 (12.50%) CSS3
5 2 (12.50%) HTML
5 2 (12.50%) HTML5
5 2 (12.50%) KnockoutJS
6 1 (6.25%) Fluent NHibernate
6 1 (6.25%) Web Services
6 1 (6.25%) WinForms
6 1 (6.25%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 1 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (6.25%) Computer Science
1 1 (6.25%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 2 (12.50%) Windows
2 1 (6.25%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (56.25%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (25.00%) Continuous Integration
2 4 (25.00%) Cybersecurity
2 4 (25.00%) DevOps
2 4 (25.00%) Problem-Solving
2 4 (25.00%) SOA
2 4 (25.00%) Software Engineering
2 4 (25.00%) SOLID
3 3 (18.75%) Deployment Automation
3 3 (18.75%) OO
3 3 (18.75%) TDD
3 3 (18.75%) Test Scripting
4 2 (12.50%) BDD
4 2 (12.50%) Continuous Improvement
4 2 (12.50%) Economics
4 2 (12.50%) Mentoring
4 2 (12.50%) MVC
4 2 (12.50%) QA Automation
4 2 (12.50%) Scrum
4 2 (12.50%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 9 (56.25%) C#
2 5 (31.25%) SQL
3 4 (25.00%) JavaScript
4 2 (12.50%) Java
4 2 (12.50%) TypeScript
4 2 (12.50%) VB
5 1 (6.25%) Bash Shell
5 1 (6.25%) C++
5 1 (6.25%) Lua
5 1 (6.25%) Python
5 1 (6.25%) T-SQL
5 1 (6.25%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 3 (18.75%) Degree
2 1 (6.25%) ISTQB
2 1 (6.25%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (25.00%) GDPR
2 3 (18.75%) QA
System Software
1 1 (6.25%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (6.25%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (6.25%) Opscode Chef
1 1 (6.25%) Puppet
Vendors
1 4 (25.00%) Microsoft
2 3 (18.75%) HP
3 1 (6.25%) Oracle