The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Newcastle upon Tyne 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 29 March 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.

Test Automation
Tyne and Wear / Newcastle upon Tyne
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 34 44 31
Rank change year-on-year +10 -13  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 41 19 16
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Newcastle upon Tyne 7.74% 2.92% 4.13%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 8.49% 3.30% 5.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 13 9
Median daily rate £320 £405 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -20.98% +8.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £301 £335
10% offered a daily rate of more than £366 £441 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £375 £355
% change year-on-year -6.66% +5.63%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.25 £45.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year -19.44% +20.00%  

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 Newcastle upon Tyne with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Newcastle upon Tyne
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 483 575 302
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Newcastle upon Tyne 91.13% 88.33% 78.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 336 399 181
Median daily rate £390 £375 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.00% +1.35%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £550 £515
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 5 14
Median hourly rate £35.00 £18.50 £11.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +89.18% +56.05%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.04 £12.43 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £21.00 £27.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £38.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.14% +28.33%  

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Newcastle upon Tyne

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Newcastle upon Tyne 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 Newcastle upon Tyne

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Newcastle upon Tyne

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in Newcastle upon Tyne

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Newcastle upon Tyne

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation in Newcastle upon Tyne

For the 6 months to 29 March 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 Newcastle upon Tyne region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 81 (92.05%) Selenium
2 65 (73.86%) Agile Software Development
3 61 (69.32%) QA
4 60 (68.18%) Scala
5 59 (67.05%) Automation Testing
5 59 (67.05%) Automated Testing
6 57 (64.77%) Java
7 56 (63.64%) Jenkins
8 52 (59.09%) TDD
9 48 (54.55%) Cucumber
10 45 (51.14%) WebDriver
10 45 (51.14%) User Stories
11 41 (46.59%) Test Scripting
12 40 (45.45%) Gherkin
13 36 (40.91%) RSpec
14 35 (39.77%) BDD
15 34 (38.64%) Web Testing
15 34 (38.64%) Defect Tracking
15 34 (38.64%) JUnit
15 34 (38.64%) Ruby
16 31 (35.23%) Web Services
17 28 (31.82%) Scrum
18 27 (30.68%) Software Engineering
19 26 (29.55%) API Testing
19 26 (29.55%) Kanban
19 26 (29.55%) Groovy
19 26 (29.55%) RESTful
19 26 (29.55%) Continuous Improvement
19 26 (29.55%) Test Strategy
20 25 (28.41%) HP UFT

Test Automation
Co-occurring IT Skills in Newcastle upon Tyne 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 18 (20.45%) Confluence
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.27%) Internet
Development Applications
1 81 (92.05%) Selenium
2 56 (63.64%) Jenkins
3 48 (54.55%) Cucumber
4 45 (51.14%) WebDriver
5 36 (40.91%) RSpec
6 34 (38.64%) JUnit
7 25 (28.41%) HP UFT
8 18 (20.45%) JIRA
8 18 (20.45%) SoapUI
9 13 (14.77%) Sahi
9 13 (14.77%) WATIR
10 5 (5.68%) LoadRunner
11 3 (3.41%) Git (software)
General
1 19 (21.59%) Games
2 2 (2.27%) Finance
Job Titles
1 48 (54.55%) Tester
2 37 (42.05%) Automation Tester
3 24 (27.27%) Test Engineer
4 23 (26.14%) QA Engineer
4 23 (26.14%) Selenium Automation Tester
4 23 (26.14%) Selenium Tester
5 17 (19.32%) QA Test Engineer
6 16 (18.18%) Quality Engineer
7 14 (15.91%) Agile Tester
8 11 (12.50%) Java Automation Tester
8 11 (12.50%) QA Tester
9 8 (9.09%) Test Automation Engineer
10 5 (5.68%) Analyst
10 5 (5.68%) QA Automation Engineer
10 5 (5.68%) QA Automation Tester
10 5 (5.68%) Test Analyst
11 4 (4.55%) Ruby Engineer
11 4 (4.55%) Systems Tester
12 3 (3.41%) Developer
12 3 (3.41%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (45.45%) Gherkin
2 31 (35.23%) Web Services
3 26 (29.55%) RESTful
4 16 (18.18%) JSON
5 13 (14.77%) .NET
5 13 (14.77%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 15 (17.05%) Smartphone
2 3 (3.41%) NHS
3 1 (1.14%) Mobile App
Processes & Methodologies
1 65 (73.86%) Agile Software Development
2 59 (67.05%) Automated Testing
2 59 (67.05%) Automation Testing
3 52 (59.09%) TDD
4 45 (51.14%) User Stories
5 41 (46.59%) Test Scripting
6 35 (39.77%) BDD
7 34 (38.64%) Defect Tracking
7 34 (38.64%) Web Testing
8 28 (31.82%) Scrum
9 27 (30.68%) Software Engineering
10 26 (29.55%) API Testing
10 26 (29.55%) Continuous Improvement
10 26 (29.55%) Kanban
10 26 (29.55%) Test Strategy
11 18 (20.45%) Continuous Delivery
11 18 (20.45%) Defect Management
11 18 (20.45%) Performance Testing
11 18 (20.45%) Security Testing
11 18 (20.45%) Usability Testing
Programming Languages
1 60 (68.18%) Scala
2 57 (64.77%) Java
3 34 (38.64%) Ruby
4 26 (29.55%) Groovy
5 18 (20.45%) C#
5 18 (20.45%) Python
6 13 (14.77%) SQL
Qualifications
1 9 (10.23%) BPSS Clearance
2 6 (6.82%) Security Cleared
3 4 (4.55%) ISEB
4 3 (3.41%) Degree
5 2 (2.27%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 61 (69.32%) QA
2 19 (21.59%) WCAG
3 6 (6.82%) Disclosure Scotland
Vendors
1 18 (20.45%) Atlassian
2 5 (5.68%) HP
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
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Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear
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