The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Milton Keynes 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
Buckinghamshire / Milton Keynes
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 35 51 51
Rank change year-on-year +16 0  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 44 11 20
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Milton Keynes 5.97% 1.64% 2.43%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.06% 1.97% 3.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 6 16
Median daily rate £325 £331 £381
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.88% -13.11%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £200 £231
10% offered a daily rate of more than £389 £425 £536
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 £37.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year +2.00% +7.14%  

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 Milton Keynes with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Milton Keynes
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 623 559 666
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Milton Keynes 84.53% 83.18% 81.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 297 320 385
Median daily rate £400 £410 £391
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.43% +4.99%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £291 £275 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 14 8
Median hourly rate £16.25 £11.25 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +44.44% -50.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.04 £9.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.70 £13.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.75 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +21.92% -5.00%  

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Milton Keynes

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Milton Keynes 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 Milton Keynes

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Milton Keynes

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in Milton Keynes

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Milton Keynes

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in Milton Keynes over the 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation in Milton Keynes

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 Milton Keynes region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 62 (82.67%) Agile Software Development
2 44 (58.67%) Java
3 40 (53.33%) Jenkins
4 37 (49.33%) Continuous Integration
5 36 (48.00%) SQL
6 35 (46.67%) TDD
7 34 (45.33%) JIRA
8 33 (44.00%) QA
9 31 (41.33%) Selenium
10 30 (40.00%) Git (software)
11 29 (38.67%) SOAP
12 28 (37.33%) REST
13 26 (34.67%) Finance
13 26 (34.67%) Banking
14 24 (32.00%) Web Services
15 21 (28.00%) Scrum
16 20 (26.67%) Internet
16 20 (26.67%) Retail
17 19 (25.33%) AngularJS
17 19 (25.33%) Mobile App
18 17 (22.67%) Node.js
19 16 (21.33%) Protractor
20 15 (20.00%) SDLC
20 15 (20.00%) BDD
20 15 (20.00%) Open Source
20 15 (20.00%) Calabash
20 15 (20.00%) Ruby
20 15 (20.00%) Corporate Banking
20 15 (20.00%) VB
20 15 (20.00%) JavaScript

Test Automation
Co-occurring IT Skills in Milton Keynes 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 6 (8.00%) Confluence
2 1 (1.33%) Apache
2 1 (1.33%) Apache Spark
2 1 (1.33%) Cloud Foundry
2 1 (1.33%) MQSeries
2 1 (1.33%) OpenStack
2 1 (1.33%) WebSphere
Business Applications
1 2 (2.67%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 11 (14.67%) OpenShift
2 7 (9.33%) Amazon AWS
3 6 (8.00%) GitHub
4 3 (4.00%) Microsoft Azure
5 2 (2.67%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 20 (26.67%) Internet
2 1 (1.33%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (13.33%) MongoDB
2 6 (8.00%) Redis
3 3 (4.00%) Hadoop
4 2 (2.67%) Big Data
5 1 (1.33%) RDBMS
5 1 (1.33%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 40 (53.33%) Jenkins
2 34 (45.33%) JIRA
3 31 (41.33%) Selenium
4 30 (40.00%) Git (software)
5 16 (21.33%) Protractor
6 15 (20.00%) Calabash
7 14 (18.67%) Cucumber
7 14 (18.67%) GitLab
8 12 (16.00%) Karma Test Runner
8 12 (16.00%) Mocha
9 9 (12.00%) WebDriver
10 8 (10.67%) Gradle
10 8 (10.67%) JUnit
11 7 (9.33%) Appium
11 7 (9.33%) Bitbucket
12 6 (8.00%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 5 (6.67%) HP UFT
13 5 (6.67%) Team Foundation Server
14 3 (4.00%) Maven
14 3 (4.00%) SpecFlow
General
1 26 (34.67%) Banking
1 26 (34.67%) Finance
2 20 (26.67%) Retail
3 15 (20.00%) Corporate Banking
4 4 (5.33%) Spanish Language
5 3 (4.00%) Automotive
5 3 (4.00%) German Language
6 2 (2.67%) Telecoms
7 1 (1.33%) Games
7 1 (1.33%) Investment Banking
7 1 (1.33%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 29 (38.67%) Tester
2 28 (37.33%) Automation Tester
3 12 (16.00%) QA Automation Tester
3 12 (16.00%) QA Tester
4 11 (14.67%) Developer
5 8 (10.67%) Analyst
6 6 (8.00%) Test Analyst
7 5 (6.67%) Java Automation Tester
8 4 (5.33%) Architect
8 4 (5.33%) Automation Test Analyst
8 4 (5.33%) DevOps Engineer
8 4 (5.33%) Java Developer
8 4 (5.33%) Senior Automation Tester
8 4 (5.33%) Senior Tester
8 4 (5.33%) Test Leader
9 3 (4.00%) .NET Developer
9 3 (4.00%) QA Automation Engineer
9 3 (4.00%) QA Engineer
9 3 (4.00%) Selenium Automation Tester
9 3 (4.00%) Selenium Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (38.67%) SOAP
2 28 (37.33%) REST
3 24 (32.00%) Web Services
4 19 (25.33%) AngularJS
5 17 (22.67%) Node.js
6 12 (16.00%) Chai
7 10 (13.33%) RESTful
8 5 (6.67%) Spring
8 5 (6.67%) Spring Security
9 4 (5.33%) .NET
10 3 (4.00%) ASP.NET Web API
10 3 (4.00%) ASP.NET Web Forms
10 3 (4.00%) Entity Framework
10 3 (4.00%) Fluent NHibernate
10 3 (4.00%) jQuery
10 3 (4.00%) KnockoutJS
10 3 (4.00%) Spring Boot
10 3 (4.00%) Velocity
10 3 (4.00%) XML
11 2 (2.67%) JPA
Miscellaneous
1 19 (25.33%) Mobile App
2 11 (14.67%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (6.67%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.33%) Digital Media
4 1 (1.33%) iPad
4 1 (1.33%) Mobile Banking
4 1 (1.33%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 8 (10.67%) Android
1 8 (10.67%) Apple iOS
2 7 (9.33%) Windows
3 6 (8.00%) Mac OS X
4 1 (1.33%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 62 (82.67%) Agile Software Development
2 37 (49.33%) Continuous Integration
3 35 (46.67%) TDD
4 21 (28.00%) Scrum
5 15 (20.00%) BDD
5 15 (20.00%) Open Source
5 15 (20.00%) SDLC
6 12 (16.00%) Functional Testing
7 10 (13.33%) Build Automation
7 10 (13.33%) Dependency Management
7 10 (13.33%) DevOps
7 10 (13.33%) OO
7 10 (13.33%) Workflow
8 9 (12.00%) QA Automation
9 8 (10.67%) Continuous Delivery
9 8 (10.67%) OOP
10 7 (9.33%) Test Strategy
11 6 (8.00%) Creative Problem-Solving
11 6 (8.00%) User Stories
12 5 (6.67%) Defect Management
Programming Languages
1 44 (58.67%) Java
2 36 (48.00%) SQL
3 15 (20.00%) JavaScript
3 15 (20.00%) Ruby
3 15 (20.00%) VB
4 12 (16.00%) Python
5 9 (12.00%) C#
6 8 (10.67%) C++
7 6 (8.00%) Apple Swift
8 5 (6.67%) PL/SQL
9 3 (4.00%) TypeScript
10 2 (2.67%) VBA
11 1 (1.33%) F#
11 1 (1.33%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 7 (9.33%) ISTQB
2 6 (8.00%) ISEB
3 5 (6.67%) Degree
4 4 (5.33%) Master's Degree
5 3 (4.00%) SC Cleared
5 3 (4.00%) Security Cleared
6 2 (2.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (2.67%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (44.00%) QA
System Software
1 14 (18.67%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (2.67%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.33%) Mesos
Vendors
1 9 (12.00%) IBM
2 6 (8.00%) AppDynamics
2 6 (8.00%) Splunk
3 4 (5.33%) Microsoft
3 4 (5.33%) Oracle
4 3 (4.00%) Salesforce.com
5 2 (2.67%) Citrix
6 1 (1.33%) Perforce
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