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 3 months to 26 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Automation
South East / Kent
Rank 44 50 41
Rank change year-on-year +6 -9  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 1 5 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Kent 0.35% 1.08% 0.38%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.42% 1.42% 0.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 3 1
Median daily rate £450 £450 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +28.57%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £360 £375 £355
% change year-on-year -4.00% +5.63%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.25 £43.75 £37.50
% change year-on-year -17.14% +16.66%  

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 Kent with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Kent
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 238 351 192
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Kent 84.40% 76.14% 73.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 170 270 108
Median daily rate £375 £338 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% -10.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £203 £210 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £398
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.62%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 9 9
Median hourly rate £27.38 £170.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -83.89% +325.00%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.75 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.09% +29.16%  

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Kent

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Kent 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 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
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 3 months to 26 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
Dover - 1 £450 -
Test Automation
South East

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Kent

For the 6 months to 26 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 Kent region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 3 (100.00%) Selenium
1 3 (100.00%) Test Strategy
2 2 (66.67%) SpecFlow
2 2 (66.67%) Mobile App
2 2 (66.67%) Test Management
2 2 (66.67%) Test Scripting
2 2 (66.67%) Performance Testing
2 2 (66.67%) WebDriver
2 2 (66.67%) User Acceptance Testing
2 2 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (66.67%) Microsoft
3 1 (33.33%) HP
3 1 (33.33%) HP UFT
3 1 (33.33%) LoadRunner
3 1 (33.33%) Configuration Management
3 1 (33.33%) Project Management
3 1 (33.33%) Legal
3 1 (33.33%) Advertising
3 1 (33.33%) Stakeholder Management
3 1 (33.33%) Supplier Management
3 1 (33.33%) Software Testing
3 1 (33.33%) ISTQB
3 1 (33.33%) Degree
3 1 (33.33%) JIRA
3 1 (33.33%) QA
3 1 (33.33%) Usability Testing
3 1 (33.33%) C#
3 1 (33.33%) SQL
3 1 (33.33%) .NET
3 1 (33.33%) SOAP

Test Automation
Top Related 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:

Cloud Services
1 1 (33.33%) Microsoft Azure
Development Applications
1 3 (100.00%) Selenium
2 2 (66.67%) SpecFlow
2 2 (66.67%) WebDriver
3 1 (33.33%) HP UFT
3 1 (33.33%) JIRA
3 1 (33.33%) LoadRunner
3 1 (33.33%) Octopus Deploy
3 1 (33.33%) SoapUI
3 1 (33.33%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (33.33%) TeamCity
General
1 1 (33.33%) Advertising
1 1 (33.33%) Legal
Job Titles
1 1 (33.33%) C# Developer
1 1 (33.33%) C# Software Developer
1 1 (33.33%) Developer
1 1 (33.33%) Developer in Test
1 1 (33.33%) E-Commerce Manager
1 1 (33.33%) Performance Manager
1 1 (33.33%) Performance Test Manager
1 1 (33.33%) QA Automation Engineer
1 1 (33.33%) QA Engineer
1 1 (33.33%) QA Test Engineer
1 1 (33.33%) Quality Engineer
1 1 (33.33%) Senior QA Engineer
1 1 (33.33%) Senior Quality Engineer
1 1 (33.33%) Senior Test Automation Engineer
1 1 (33.33%) Senior Test Engineer
1 1 (33.33%) Software Developer
1 1 (33.33%) Test Automation Engineer
1 1 (33.33%) Test Automation Manager
1 1 (33.33%) Test Engineer
1 1 (33.33%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (33.33%) .NET
1 1 (33.33%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 2 (66.67%) Mobile App
2 1 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (100.00%) Test Strategy
2 2 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (66.67%) Performance Testing
2 2 (66.67%) Test Management
2 2 (66.67%) Test Scripting
2 2 (66.67%) User Acceptance Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Automation Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Configuration Management
3 1 (33.33%) Domain-Driven Design
3 1 (33.33%) E-Commerce
3 1 (33.33%) Integration Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Load Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Process Improvement
3 1 (33.33%) Project Management
3 1 (33.33%) Software Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Stakeholder Management
3 1 (33.33%) Supplier Management
3 1 (33.33%) Test Planning
3 1 (33.33%) Usability Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 1 (33.33%) C#
1 1 (33.33%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (33.33%) Degree
1 1 (33.33%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (33.33%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (33.33%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (66.67%) Microsoft
2 1 (33.33%) HP