The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Luton 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 23 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
Bedfordshire / Luton
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 24 22 24
Rank change year-on-year -2 +2  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 4 1 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Luton 2.55% 0.68% 1.36%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.61% 0.79% 1.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 1 2
Median daily rate £319 £425 £494
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -25.00% -13.92%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £251 £425 £479
10% offered a daily rate of more than £570 £425 £509
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 £38.50 £34.90
% change year-on-year -0.64% +10.31%  

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 Luton with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Luton
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 153 126 133
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Luton 97.45% 85.71% 90.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 108 90 99
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £290 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £606 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £383
% change year-on-year +3.75% +4.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 9
Median hourly rate £14.00 £50.78 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -72.43% +26.95%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +17.54% -5.00%  

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Luton

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Luton 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 Luton

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Luton

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Test Automation in Luton.

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in Luton

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Luton

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in Luton over the 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation in Luton

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Luton

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Automation in Luton.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation in Luton

For the 6 months to 23 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 Luton region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 10 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (46.67%) C#
2 7 (46.67%) E-Commerce
2 7 (46.67%) SpecFlow
3 6 (40.00%) ATDD
3 6 (40.00%) Feature Driven Development
3 6 (40.00%) BDD
3 6 (40.00%) TeamCity
3 6 (40.00%) TDD
3 6 (40.00%) QA
3 6 (40.00%) Continuous Delivery
3 6 (40.00%) SDET
4 5 (33.33%) API Testing
4 5 (33.33%) Xamarin
4 5 (33.33%) Android Development
4 5 (33.33%) iOS Development
4 5 (33.33%) Mentoring
4 5 (33.33%) Android
4 5 (33.33%) Apple iOS
5 4 (26.67%) Xamarin.iOS
5 4 (26.67%) Continuous Integration
5 4 (26.67%) JIRA
5 4 (26.67%) Cucumber
6 3 (20.00%) Defect Management
6 3 (20.00%) Scrum
6 3 (20.00%) Ruby
6 3 (20.00%) JUnit
6 3 (20.00%) Python
6 3 (20.00%) Perl
6 3 (20.00%) Manual Testing

Test Automation
Co-occurring IT Skills in Luton 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 1 (6.67%) Confluence
Development Applications
1 7 (46.67%) SpecFlow
2 6 (40.00%) TeamCity
3 4 (26.67%) Cucumber
3 4 (26.67%) JIRA
4 3 (20.00%) JUnit
4 3 (20.00%) TestNG
5 2 (13.33%) SoapUI
5 2 (13.33%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (6.67%) Ant
6 1 (6.67%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 1 (6.67%) JBehave
6 1 (6.67%) Jenkins
6 1 (6.67%) Maven
6 1 (6.67%) Selenium
6 1 (6.67%) WebDriver
Job Titles
1 6 (40.00%) Developer
2 5 (33.33%) Android Developer
2 5 (33.33%) iOS Android Developer
2 5 (33.33%) iOS Developer
2 5 (33.33%) Xamarin Developer
3 4 (26.67%) Test Engineer
4 3 (20.00%) Test Automation Engineer
5 2 (13.33%) Agile Test Analyst
5 2 (13.33%) Analyst
5 2 (13.33%) Architect
5 2 (13.33%) Digital Analyst
5 2 (13.33%) Senior Test Automation Engineer
5 2 (13.33%) Senior Test Engineer
5 2 (13.33%) Test Analyst
5 2 (13.33%) Test Automation Architect
5 2 (13.33%) Web Analyst
5 2 (13.33%) Web Test Analyst
6 1 (6.67%) Agile Coach
6 1 (6.67%) Developer in Test
6 1 (6.67%) Test Automation Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (26.67%) Xamarin.iOS
2 2 (13.33%) REST
3 1 (6.67%) Middleware
3 1 (6.67%) SOAP
3 1 (6.67%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (13.33%) Mobile App
2 1 (6.67%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 5 (33.33%) Android
1 5 (33.33%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (46.67%) E-Commerce
3 6 (40.00%) ATDD
3 6 (40.00%) BDD
3 6 (40.00%) Continuous Delivery
3 6 (40.00%) Feature Driven Development
3 6 (40.00%) SDET
3 6 (40.00%) TDD
4 5 (33.33%) Android Development
4 5 (33.33%) API Testing
4 5 (33.33%) iOS Development
4 5 (33.33%) Mentoring
5 4 (26.67%) Continuous Integration
6 3 (20.00%) Defect Management
6 3 (20.00%) Manual Testing
6 3 (20.00%) Scrum
7 2 (13.33%) Case Management
7 2 (13.33%) Load Testing
7 2 (13.33%) Regression Testing
7 2 (13.33%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 7 (46.67%) C#
2 3 (20.00%) Perl
2 3 (20.00%) Python
2 3 (20.00%) Ruby
3 1 (6.67%) Java
3 1 (6.67%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (6.67%) Degree
1 1 (6.67%) ISEB
1 1 (6.67%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (40.00%) QA
Vendors
1 5 (33.33%) Xamarin
2 2 (13.33%) Microsoft
3 1 (6.67%) Atlassian