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 28 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
South East / Kent
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 30 19 42
Rank change year-on-year -11 +23  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 11 19 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Kent 4.53% 5.90% 1.10%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 5.42% 7.51% 1.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 16 3
Median daily rate £371 £190 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +95.39% -47.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £205 £180 £251
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £369 £408
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.25 £38.00 £34.90
% change year-on-year +0.65% +8.88%  

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 203 253 211
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Kent 83.54% 78.57% 77.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 542 634 391
Median daily rate £363 £453 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -19.88% +20.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £206 £225 £269
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £895 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 12 12
Median hourly rate £22.52 £55.00 £11.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -59.05% +378.26%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.71 £13.00 £11.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.92 £137.50 £40.13
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 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 3 months to 28 June 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 3 months to 28 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
Dover - 1 £368 -
Maidstone - 1 - -
Test Automation
South East

For the 6 months to 28 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 Kent region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 21 (63.64%) Test Strategy
2 20 (60.61%) Selenium
3 16 (48.48%) LoadRunner
4 15 (45.45%) HP
5 13 (39.39%) Performance Testing
5 13 (39.39%) Functional Testing
5 13 (39.39%) API Testing
6 12 (36.36%) .NET
7 11 (33.33%) JIRA
8 10 (30.30%) ISTQB
8 10 (30.30%) Test Scripting
8 10 (30.30%) HP UFT
8 10 (30.30%) HP Quality Center
9 9 (27.27%) Team Foundation Server
9 9 (27.27%) Algorithms
9 9 (27.27%) Management Information System
9 9 (27.27%) Migration
9 9 (27.27%) SQL Server
9 9 (27.27%) Web Services
9 9 (27.27%) Data Warehouse
9 9 (27.27%) Microsoft
9 9 (27.27%) Data Migration
9 9 (27.27%) Requirements Analysis
9 9 (27.27%) Agile Software Development
9 9 (27.27%) Data Management
10 8 (24.24%) Test Management
10 8 (24.24%) E-Commerce
10 8 (24.24%) C#
10 8 (24.24%) ISEB
10 8 (24.24%) Data Quality

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 4 (12.12%) Confluence
Communications & Networking
1 2 (6.06%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (27.27%) Data Warehouse
1 9 (27.27%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 20 (60.61%) Selenium
2 16 (48.48%) LoadRunner
3 11 (33.33%) JIRA
4 10 (30.30%) HP UFT
5 9 (27.27%) Team Foundation Server
6 7 (21.21%) Cucumber
7 5 (15.15%) WebDriver
8 4 (12.12%) JMeter
9 2 (6.06%) Git (software)
General
1 3 (9.09%) Advertising
2 1 (3.03%) Legal
Job Titles
1 15 (45.45%) Test Manager
2 13 (39.39%) Tester
3 7 (21.21%) Test Automation Manager
4 5 (15.15%) Performance Manager
4 5 (15.15%) Performance Test Manager
5 4 (12.12%) Consultant
5 4 (12.12%) E-Commerce Manager
5 4 (12.12%) Test Automation Consultant
5 4 (12.12%) Test Consultant
6 3 (9.09%) Technical Manager
6 3 (9.09%) Technical Test Manager
7 2 (6.06%) Analyst
7 2 (6.06%) Automation Tester
7 2 (6.06%) Software Manager
7 2 (6.06%) Software Test Manager
7 2 (6.06%) Software Tester
7 2 (6.06%) Test Analyst
8 1 (3.03%) Developer
8 1 (3.03%) QA Tester
8 1 (3.03%) Senior Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (36.36%) .NET
2 9 (27.27%) Web Services
3 3 (9.09%) .NET Core
3 3 (9.09%) JSON
3 3 (9.09%) XML
4 2 (6.06%) CSS
4 2 (6.06%) HTML
4 2 (6.06%) RESTful
5 1 (3.03%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 9 (27.27%) Algorithms
1 9 (27.27%) Management Information System
2 4 (12.12%) Mobile App
3 1 (3.03%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 4 (12.12%) Linux
1 4 (12.12%) Windows
2 2 (6.06%) Android
2 2 (6.06%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (63.64%) Test Strategy
2 13 (39.39%) API Testing
2 13 (39.39%) Functional Testing
2 13 (39.39%) Performance Testing
3 10 (30.30%) Test Scripting
4 9 (27.27%) Agile Software Development
4 9 (27.27%) Data Management
4 9 (27.27%) Data Migration
4 9 (27.27%) Migration
4 9 (27.27%) Requirements Analysis
5 8 (24.24%) E-Commerce
5 8 (24.24%) Test Management
6 7 (21.21%) BDD
6 7 (21.21%) Non-Functional Testing
6 7 (21.21%) Regression Testing
6 7 (21.21%) Software Testing
6 7 (21.21%) Stakeholder Management
6 7 (21.21%) User Acceptance Testing
7 6 (18.18%) Process Improvement
8 5 (15.15%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 8 (24.24%) C#
2 5 (15.15%) Java
3 4 (12.12%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 10 (30.30%) ISTQB
2 8 (24.24%) ISEB
3 1 (3.03%) Degree
3 1 (3.03%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (24.24%) Data Quality
2 1 (3.03%) QA
Systems Management
1 10 (30.30%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 15 (45.45%) HP
2 9 (27.27%) Microsoft
3 2 (6.06%) Xamarin