Period
to 21 February 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 21 February 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
21 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 45 38 47
Rank change year-on-year -7 +9 +5
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 24 24 21
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Kent 4.46% 4.80% 3.50%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 5.67% 5.77% 4.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 13 15
Kent median daily rate £500 £275 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +81.82% -21.43% -
10th Percentile £386 £201 £205
90th Percentile £538 £468 £425
South East median daily rate £425 £385 £375
% change year-on-year +10.39% +2.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Kent median hourly rate - - £177.50
South East median hourly rate £49.50 £50.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year -1.00% +11.11% +28.57%

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 423 416 474
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Kent 78.62% 83.20% 79.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 304 303 348
Kent median daily rate £350 £375 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.67% +11.11% -10.00%
10th Percentile £253 £201 £198
90th Percentile £634 £550 £502
South East median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 7 29
Kent median hourly rate £35.00 £21.78 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +60.73% +11.67% -18.75%
10th Percentile £25.50 £9.61 £12.25
90th Percentile £40.71 £29.92 £40.25
South East median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year - -16.67% +50.00%

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 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 21 February 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
Maidstone - 4 £525 - 1
West Malling -6 3 £425 +54.55% 4
Dartford - 2 £365 - 1
Chatham +2 1 - -
Test Automation
South East

For the 6 months to 21 February 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 16 (66.67%) .NET
1 16 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (62.50%) SQL
3 13 (54.17%) Team Foundation Server
3 13 (54.17%) Microsoft Azure
4 12 (50.00%) Selenium
4 12 (50.00%) Microsoft
5 11 (45.83%) Windows
5 11 (45.83%) DevOps
6 10 (41.67%) Visual Studio
7 9 (37.50%) .NET Framework
7 9 (37.50%) Continuous Integration
7 9 (37.50%) Manual Testing
7 9 (37.50%) Visual Studio Team System
7 9 (37.50%) Git (software)
7 9 (37.50%) Microservices
8 8 (33.33%) SDLC
8 8 (33.33%) QA
9 7 (29.17%) C#
9 7 (29.17%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 7 (29.17%) VMware
9 7 (29.17%) Management Information System
9 7 (29.17%) Information Security
9 7 (29.17%) Puppet
9 7 (29.17%) IaaS
9 7 (29.17%) NuGet
9 7 (29.17%) Opscode Chef
9 7 (29.17%) Relational Database
9 7 (29.17%) Bower
9 7 (29.17%) VMware Infrastructure

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:

Cloud Services
1 13 (54.17%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (29.17%) Cloud Computing
2 7 (29.17%) IaaS
2 7 (29.17%) npm
2 7 (29.17%) PaaS
3 3 (12.50%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (8.33%) DHCP
1 2 (8.33%) DNS
1 2 (8.33%) Internet
2 1 (4.17%) HTTP
2 1 (4.17%) SMTP
2 1 (4.17%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (29.17%) Relational Database
2 1 (4.17%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 13 (54.17%) Team Foundation Server
2 12 (50.00%) Selenium
3 10 (41.67%) Visual Studio
4 9 (37.50%) Git (software)
4 9 (37.50%) Visual Studio Team System
5 7 (29.17%) Bower
5 7 (29.17%) NuGet
5 7 (29.17%) WebDriver
6 5 (20.83%) SpecFlow
7 4 (16.67%) SoapUI
8 3 (12.50%) Cucumber
8 3 (12.50%) JMeter
8 3 (12.50%) MSTest
8 3 (12.50%) NUnit
9 2 (8.33%) Appium
9 2 (8.33%) Calabash
9 2 (8.33%) HP UFT
9 2 (8.33%) JIRA
10 1 (4.17%) Octopus Deploy
10 1 (4.17%) TestRail
General
1 6 (25.00%) Advertising
1 6 (25.00%) Finance
2 1 (4.17%) Retail
Job Titles
1 8 (33.33%) Automation Tester
1 8 (33.33%) Tester
2 7 (29.17%) DevOps Engineer
2 7 (29.17%) QA Engineer
2 7 (29.17%) Senior DevOps
2 7 (29.17%) Senior DevOps Engineer
3 6 (25.00%) Platform Engineer
3 6 (25.00%) Senior Platform Engineer
4 5 (20.83%) QA Automation Engineer
4 5 (20.83%) Senior QA Engineer
5 3 (12.50%) Analyst
5 3 (12.50%) Test Analyst
6 2 (8.33%) .NET Developer
6 2 (8.33%) Automation Engineer
6 2 (8.33%) Azure DevOps
6 2 (8.33%) Azure Engineer
6 2 (8.33%) Developer
6 2 (8.33%) QA Automation Tester
6 2 (8.33%) QA Tester
6 2 (8.33%) Senior Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (66.67%) .NET
2 9 (37.50%) .NET Framework
3 6 (25.00%) ASP.NET Web API
4 5 (20.83%) Gherkin
5 4 (16.67%) CSS
5 4 (16.67%) HTML
5 4 (16.67%) SOAP
6 3 (12.50%) JSON
6 3 (12.50%) REST
6 3 (12.50%) RESTful
7 2 (8.33%) ASP.NET
7 2 (8.33%) ASP.NET MVC
7 2 (8.33%) CSS3
7 2 (8.33%) HTML5
8 1 (4.17%) CGI
8 1 (4.17%) EDI
8 1 (4.17%) SGML
8 1 (4.17%) VRML
8 1 (4.17%) Web Services
8 1 (4.17%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 7 (29.17%) Management Information System
2 4 (16.67%) Mobile App
3 3 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (12.50%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 11 (45.83%) Windows
2 1 (4.17%) Apple iOS
2 1 (4.17%) Windows 7
2 1 (4.17%) Windows 8
2 1 (4.17%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (45.83%) DevOps
3 9 (37.50%) Continuous Integration
3 9 (37.50%) Manual Testing
3 9 (37.50%) Microservices
4 8 (33.33%) SDLC
5 7 (29.17%) Continuous Delivery
5 7 (29.17%) Information Security
6 6 (25.00%) Task Automation
7 5 (20.83%) Defect Management
7 5 (20.83%) Scrum
7 5 (20.83%) Test Scripting
7 5 (20.83%) User Acceptance Testing
8 4 (16.67%) Test Management
9 3 (12.50%) BDD
9 3 (12.50%) Functional Testing
9 3 (12.50%) Mobile Development
9 3 (12.50%) MVC
9 3 (12.50%) Non-Functional Testing
9 3 (12.50%) UML
Programming Languages
1 15 (62.50%) SQL
2 7 (29.17%) C#
2 7 (29.17%) PowerShell
3 4 (16.67%) T-SQL
4 2 (8.33%) JavaScript
4 2 (8.33%) VB.NET
5 1 (4.17%) Java
5 1 (4.17%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 4 (16.67%) ISEB
2 3 (12.50%) ISTQB
3 1 (4.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (33.33%) QA
2 1 (4.17%) GDPR
System Software
1 7 (29.17%) Microsoft Virtual Server
1 7 (29.17%) Virtual Servers
1 7 (29.17%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (12.50%) Docker
3 2 (8.33%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 7 (29.17%) Opscode Chef
1 7 (29.17%) Puppet
2 2 (8.33%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 12 (50.00%) Microsoft
2 7 (29.17%) VMware
3 1 (4.17%) HP
3 1 (4.17%) Xamarin