Period
to 23 November 2017

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 23 November 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
South East > Kent
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 49 44 54
Rank change year-on-year -5 +10 -29
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 15 10 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Kent 2.81% 2.05% 1.25%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.51% 2.47% 1.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 4 5
Kent median daily rate £450 £215 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +109.30% -33.85% -
10th Percentile £361 £180 £260
90th Percentile £525 £284 £354
South East median daily rate £413 £390 £370
% change year-on-year +5.77% +5.41% +5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Kent median hourly rate - - -
South East median hourly rate £45.20 £52.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year -13.09% +30.00% +6.67%

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 427 405 452
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Kent 79.96% 82.99% 80.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 326 279 285
Kent median daily rate £350 £375 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.67% +11.11% -3.57%
10th Percentile £231 £193 £204
90th Percentile £625 £551 £488
South East median daily rate £425 £400 £395
% change year-on-year +6.25% +1.27% +5.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 7 21
Kent median hourly rate £25.69 £21.00 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.33% -19.23% +8.33%
10th Percentile £20.61 £15.25 £12.25
90th Percentile £46.00 £114.40 £40.25
South East median hourly rate £23.00 £26.75 £26.60
% change year-on-year -14.02% +0.56% +52.00%

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 23 November 2017.

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 23 November 2017. 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
Maidstone - 3 - -
Chatham 0 1 - -
Dover - 1 £368 -
Test Automation
South East

For the 6 months to 23 November 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 13 (86.67%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (60.00%) Selenium
3 8 (53.33%) Cucumber
3 8 (53.33%) BDD
4 6 (40.00%) Regression Testing
4 6 (40.00%) Advertising
4 6 (40.00%) .NET
5 5 (33.33%) C#
5 5 (33.33%) Windows
5 5 (33.33%) ISEB
5 5 (33.33%) RESTful
5 5 (33.33%) WebDriver
5 5 (33.33%) JSON
5 5 (33.33%) Functional Testing
6 4 (26.67%) Mobile App
6 4 (26.67%) Test Strategy
6 4 (26.67%) HP
6 4 (26.67%) HP Quality Center
6 4 (26.67%) Git (software)
6 4 (26.67%) User Acceptance Testing
6 4 (26.67%) JMeter
6 4 (26.67%) CSS
6 4 (26.67%) HTML
7 3 (20.00%) SQL
7 3 (20.00%) OO
7 3 (20.00%) Client/Server
7 3 (20.00%) Scrum
7 3 (20.00%) XML
7 3 (20.00%) Integration Testing
7 3 (20.00%) Team Foundation Server

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 (13.33%) Confluence
Applications
1 2 (13.33%) Adobe Creative Suite
1 2 (13.33%) Photoshop
Communications & Networking
1 2 (13.33%) HTTP
Development Applications
1 9 (60.00%) Selenium
2 8 (53.33%) Cucumber
3 5 (33.33%) WebDriver
4 4 (26.67%) Git (software)
4 4 (26.67%) JMeter
5 3 (20.00%) JIRA
5 3 (20.00%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (13.33%) LoadRunner
6 2 (13.33%) MSTest
6 2 (13.33%) NUnit
6 2 (13.33%) SpecFlow
6 2 (13.33%) Visual Studio
7 1 (6.67%) HP UFT
7 1 (6.67%) SoapUI
General
1 6 (40.00%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 8 (53.33%) Tester
2 7 (46.67%) Automation Tester
3 3 (20.00%) Developer
3 3 (20.00%) QA Automation Engineer
3 3 (20.00%) QA Engineer
4 2 (13.33%) Analyst
4 2 (13.33%) Consultant
4 2 (13.33%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
4 2 (13.33%) HTML CSS Developer
4 2 (13.33%) HTML Developer
4 2 (13.33%) JavaScript Developer
4 2 (13.33%) QA Automation Tester
4 2 (13.33%) QA Tester
4 2 (13.33%) Senior Developer
4 2 (13.33%) Senior Front-End Developer
4 2 (13.33%) Senior JavaScript Developer
4 2 (13.33%) Software Tester
4 2 (13.33%) Test Analyst
4 2 (13.33%) Test Automation Consultant
4 2 (13.33%) Test Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (40.00%) .NET
2 5 (33.33%) JSON
2 5 (33.33%) RESTful
3 4 (26.67%) CSS
3 4 (26.67%) HTML
4 3 (20.00%) .NET Core
4 3 (20.00%) ASP.NET Web API
4 3 (20.00%) Gherkin
4 3 (20.00%) XML
5 2 (13.33%) .NET Framework
5 2 (13.33%) AngularJS
5 2 (13.33%) Backbone.js
5 2 (13.33%) CSS3
5 2 (13.33%) Ember.js
5 2 (13.33%) HTML5
5 2 (13.33%) KnockoutJS
6 1 (6.67%) REST
6 1 (6.67%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 4 (26.67%) Mobile App
2 3 (20.00%) Client/Server
3 2 (13.33%) Social Media
3 2 (13.33%) User Experience
4 1 (6.67%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 5 (33.33%) Windows
2 2 (13.33%) Android
2 2 (13.33%) Apple iOS
2 2 (13.33%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (86.67%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (53.33%) BDD
3 6 (40.00%) Regression Testing
4 5 (33.33%) Functional Testing
5 4 (26.67%) Test Strategy
5 4 (26.67%) User Acceptance Testing
6 3 (20.00%) Integration Testing
6 3 (20.00%) Non-Functional Testing
6 3 (20.00%) OO
6 3 (20.00%) Scrum
6 3 (20.00%) Smoke Testing
6 3 (20.00%) TDD
7 2 (13.33%) API Integration
7 2 (13.33%) Component Testing
7 2 (13.33%) Front End Development
7 2 (13.33%) Mobile Development
7 2 (13.33%) Performance Optimisation
7 2 (13.33%) Responsive Web Design
7 2 (13.33%) Test Management
7 2 (13.33%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 5 (33.33%) C#
2 3 (20.00%) SQL
3 2 (13.33%) Java
3 2 (13.33%) JavaScript
3 2 (13.33%) Ruby
4 1 (6.67%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 5 (33.33%) ISEB
2 3 (20.00%) ISTQB
3 1 (6.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (20.00%) QA
Systems Management
1 4 (26.67%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (26.67%) HP
2 3 (20.00%) Xamarin
3 2 (13.33%) Adobe
4 1 (6.67%) Microsoft