Period
to 17 January 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North East 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 17 January 2019 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
England > North East
6 months to
17 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 13 38 29
Rank change year-on-year +25 -9 +5
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 138 68 185
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North East 10.29% 5.64% 7.80%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 11.70% 6.56% 8.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 88 54 124
North East median daily rate £431 £413 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.55% +17.86% -22.22%
10th Percentile £300 £313 £277
90th Percentile £538 £484 £476
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
North East median hourly rate - £46.25 -
England median hourly rate £42.50 £44.25 £40.00
% change year-on-year -3.95% +10.63% +1.60%

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 the North East with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
North East
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 1,179 1,037 2,088
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North East 87.92% 85.99% 88.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 794 698 1,447
North East median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -9.64%
10th Percentile £286 £250 £263
90th Percentile £563 £575 £533
England median daily rate £475 £450 £430
% change year-on-year +5.56% +4.65% +1.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 41 38 73
North East median hourly rate £14.77 £27.50 £26.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -46.29% +3.77% +51.43%
10th Percentile £10.75 £9.78 £11.01
90th Percentile £45.25 £50.00 £38.75
England median hourly rate £23.50 £23.38 £23.72
% change year-on-year +0.53% -1.43% +5.40%

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in the North East

Job postings citing Test Automation as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North East.

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation in the North East

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in the North East

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in the North East over the 6 months to 17 January 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation in the North East

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation in the North East

Test Automation
Contract Job Locations in the North East

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 North East region over the 6 months to 17 January 2019. 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
Tyne and Wear +21 90 £481 +13.24% 34
Durham +3 42 £375 -9.09% 4
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 17 January 2019, 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 North East region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 65 (47.10%) Agile Software Development
2 63 (45.65%) Continuous Integration
3 52 (37.68%) Selenium
4 42 (30.43%) JavaScript
5 41 (29.71%) DevOps
6 40 (28.99%) Java
6 40 (28.99%) Scrum
7 39 (28.26%) TDD
7 39 (28.26%) Test Scripting
7 39 (28.26%) JIRA
8 38 (27.54%) CSS
9 36 (26.09%) Jenkins
10 35 (25.36%) Cucumber
11 33 (23.91%) Open Source
12 32 (23.19%) Confluence
12 32 (23.19%) Linux
12 32 (23.19%) SQL
13 31 (22.46%) .NET
14 30 (21.74%) Windows
15 29 (21.01%) HTML
15 29 (21.01%) Software Engineering
16 26 (18.84%) Puppet
16 26 (18.84%) Task Automation
17 24 (17.39%) Docker
17 24 (17.39%) Microservices
17 24 (17.39%) Problem-Solving
17 24 (17.39%) BDD
17 24 (17.39%) HTML5
17 24 (17.39%) Ruby
17 24 (17.39%) Python

Test Automation
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North East 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 32 (23.19%) Confluence
2 8 (5.80%) SharePoint
3 7 (5.07%) NServiceBus
3 7 (5.07%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 4 (2.90%) Apache
4 4 (2.90%) JBoss
4 4 (2.90%) nginx
4 4 (2.90%) Tomcat
4 4 (2.90%) WebLogic
5 3 (2.17%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (0.72%) SAS
Business Applications
1 8 (5.80%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 20 (14.49%) Amazon AWS
2 17 (12.32%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (6.52%) Cloud Computing
3 9 (6.52%) Slack
4 6 (4.35%) Amazon EC2
4 6 (4.35%) Amazon ELB
4 6 (4.35%) Amazon S3
4 6 (4.35%) Route 53
4 6 (4.35%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 4 (2.90%) GitHub
5 4 (2.90%) Google Analytics
6 3 (2.17%) BrowserStack
7 2 (1.45%) IaaS
8 1 (0.72%) Datadog
8 1 (0.72%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 13 (9.42%) HTTP
2 9 (6.52%) Firewall
3 7 (5.07%) VLAN
4 4 (2.90%) SSL
4 4 (2.90%) TCP/IP
5 2 (1.45%) Internet
5 2 (1.45%) SMS
6 1 (0.72%) DSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (11.59%) MongoDB
2 12 (8.70%) NoSQL
3 10 (7.25%) Data Mining
4 9 (6.52%) MySQL
5 8 (5.80%) Oracle Database
6 7 (5.07%) Apache Cassandra
7 5 (3.62%) PostgreSQL
7 5 (3.62%) SQL Server
8 3 (2.17%) Big Data
8 3 (2.17%) Sqoop
8 3 (2.17%) ZAP BI
9 2 (1.45%) RDBMS
9 2 (1.45%) Relational Database
10 1 (0.72%) Amazon Redshift
10 1 (0.72%) Azure SQL Database
10 1 (0.72%) BusinessObjects
10 1 (0.72%) Data Warehouse
10 1 (0.72%) KDB
10 1 (0.72%) PowerCenter
Development Applications
1 52 (37.68%) Selenium
2 39 (28.26%) JIRA
3 36 (26.09%) Jenkins
4 35 (25.36%) Cucumber
5 22 (15.94%) Git (software)
6 20 (14.49%) Maven
7 19 (13.77%) JMeter
8 18 (13.04%) SoapUI
9 17 (12.32%) Protractor
10 14 (10.14%) JUnit
11 12 (8.70%) HP UFT
11 12 (8.70%) Sonatype Nexus
12 10 (7.25%) Gatling
12 10 (7.25%) Grunt
13 9 (6.52%) WebDriver
14 8 (5.80%) LoadRunner
15 6 (4.35%) Bower
15 6 (4.35%) GitLab
15 6 (4.35%) MSTest
15 6 (4.35%) SonarQube
General
1 13 (9.42%) Finance
2 3 (2.17%) Banking
2 3 (2.17%) Electronics
2 3 (2.17%) Manufacturing
2 3 (2.17%) Marketing
2 3 (2.17%) Telecoms
3 1 (0.72%) Legal
3 1 (0.72%) Retail
Job Titles
1 36 (26.09%) Developer
2 28 (20.29%) Analyst
3 27 (19.57%) Test Analyst
4 26 (18.84%) DevOps Engineer
5 21 (15.22%) Tester
6 14 (10.14%) Automation Tester
6 14 (10.14%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
7 12 (8.70%) Automation Test Analyst
8 11 (7.97%) .NET Developer
9 10 (7.25%) C# .NET Developer
9 10 (7.25%) C# Developer
10 8 (5.80%) Software Developer
10 8 (5.80%) Test Engineer
11 7 (5.07%) AWS DevOps
11 7 (5.07%) AWS DevOps Engineer
11 7 (5.07%) AWS Engineer
12 6 (4.35%) .NET Software Developer
12 6 (4.35%) Azure Developer
12 6 (4.35%) C# Software Developer
12 6 (4.35%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (27.54%) CSS
2 31 (22.46%) .NET
3 29 (21.01%) HTML
4 24 (17.39%) HTML5
5 21 (15.22%) AngularJS
5 21 (15.22%) ASP.NET
5 21 (15.22%) ASP.NET MVC
6 20 (14.49%) Web Services
7 19 (13.77%) Elastic Stack
7 19 (13.77%) Node.js
8 16 (11.59%) React
9 13 (9.42%) YAML
10 11 (7.97%) jQuery
10 11 (7.97%) REST
10 11 (7.97%) XML
11 9 (6.52%) CSS3
11 9 (6.52%) SOAP
12 8 (5.80%) Gherkin
12 8 (5.80%) JSON
13 7 (5.07%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 15 (10.87%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (10.14%) User Experience
3 12 (8.70%) Hybrid Cloud
4 5 (3.62%) Virtual Team
5 2 (1.45%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 2 (1.45%) Management Information System
5 2 (1.45%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (0.72%) Algorithms
6 1 (0.72%) Data Centre
6 1 (0.72%) Data Structures
6 1 (0.72%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 32 (23.19%) Linux
2 30 (21.74%) Windows
3 11 (7.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 9 (6.52%) Unix
5 8 (5.80%) CentOS
6 4 (2.90%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 65 (47.10%) Agile Software Development
2 63 (45.65%) Continuous Integration
3 41 (29.71%) DevOps
4 40 (28.99%) Scrum
5 39 (28.26%) TDD
5 39 (28.26%) Test Scripting
6 33 (23.91%) Open Source
7 29 (21.01%) Software Engineering
8 26 (18.84%) Task Automation
9 24 (17.39%) BDD
9 24 (17.39%) Configuration Management
9 24 (17.39%) Microservices
9 24 (17.39%) Problem-Solving
10 22 (15.94%) Test Strategy
11 21 (15.22%) MVC
12 20 (14.49%) Multithreading
13 18 (13.04%) Kanban
14 17 (12.32%) Non-Blocking Code
14 17 (12.32%) Regression Testing
15 16 (11.59%) Mobile Development
Programming Languages
1 42 (30.43%) JavaScript
2 40 (28.99%) Java
3 32 (23.19%) SQL
4 24 (17.39%) Python
4 24 (17.39%) Ruby
5 22 (15.94%) C#
6 16 (11.59%) Perl
7 10 (7.25%) VB
8 8 (5.80%) Scala
9 7 (5.07%) TypeScript
10 6 (4.35%) Groovy
11 4 (2.90%) Haskell
11 4 (2.90%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.72%) Bash Shell
12 1 (0.72%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.72%) PowerShell
12 1 (0.72%) R
Qualifications
1 11 (7.97%) ISTQB
2 10 (7.25%) Degree
2 10 (7.25%) ISEB
3 8 (5.80%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 6 (4.35%) BPSS Clearance
5 4 (2.90%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 3 (2.17%) ISEB Practitioner
7 1 (0.72%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (16.67%) QA
2 6 (4.35%) WCAG
3 1 (0.72%) PSD2
System Software
1 24 (17.39%) Docker
2 3 (2.17%) Apache Flume
2 3 (2.17%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 26 (18.84%) Puppet
2 16 (11.59%) Ansible
3 13 (9.42%) Nagios
4 12 (8.70%) Docker Swarm
4 12 (8.70%) ZABBIX
5 10 (7.25%) Grafana
6 9 (6.52%) Terraform
7 8 (5.80%) HP ALM
7 8 (5.80%) Kubernetes
8 7 (5.07%) Packer
9 6 (4.35%) Opscode Chef
9 6 (4.35%) Prometheus
9 6 (4.35%) Rancher
10 4 (2.90%) Kibana
11 3 (2.17%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 17 (12.32%) Oracle
2 12 (8.70%) Riverbed
3 8 (5.80%) HP
3 8 (5.80%) Microsoft
4 6 (4.35%) Black Duck
5 5 (3.62%) Google
6 4 (2.90%) Adobe
6 4 (2.90%) webMethods
7 3 (2.17%) SAP
8 2 (1.45%) EnterpriseDB
8 2 (1.45%) Pega
8 2 (1.45%) ServiceNow
9 1 (0.72%) Atlassian
9 1 (0.72%) FIS
9 1 (0.72%) Guidewire
9 1 (0.72%) Micro Focus
9 1 (0.72%) New Relic
9 1 (0.72%) SOASTA, Inc
9 1 (0.72%) Splunk
9 1 (0.72%) Sybase