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 3 months to 30 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
England / North East
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 42 53 46
Rank change year-on-year +11 -7  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 42 20 16
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North East 5.79% 2.30% 2.47%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.59% 2.70% 3.31%
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 £376 £355
% change year-on-year -6.79% +5.77%  
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 the North East with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
North East
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 637 740 483
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North East 87.86% 85.16% 74.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 429 499 260
Median daily rate £388 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £548 £522
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 11 21
Median hourly rate £24.50 £18.00 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.11% +38.46%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.79 £12.97 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.70 £30.00 £28.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £38.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -5.92% +26.66%  

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in the North East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North East 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 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 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 3 months to 30 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Tyne and Wear +8 42 £320 -20.98% 5
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 30 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 North East region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 83 (92.22%) Selenium
2 67 (74.44%) Agile Software Development
3 63 (70.00%) QA
4 61 (67.78%) Scala
5 60 (66.67%) Automated Testing
6 59 (65.56%) Automation Testing
7 58 (64.44%) Java
8 57 (63.33%) Jenkins
9 53 (58.89%) TDD
10 48 (53.33%) Cucumber
11 46 (51.11%) User Stories
12 45 (50.00%) WebDriver
13 41 (45.56%) Gherkin
13 41 (45.56%) Test Scripting
14 36 (40.00%) BDD
14 36 (40.00%) RSpec
15 34 (37.78%) Web Testing
15 34 (37.78%) Defect Tracking
15 34 (37.78%) JUnit
15 34 (37.78%) Ruby
16 32 (35.56%) Web Services
17 29 (32.22%) Scrum
18 28 (31.11%) Software Engineering
19 27 (30.00%) API Testing
19 27 (30.00%) Kanban
19 27 (30.00%) Groovy
19 27 (30.00%) RESTful
19 27 (30.00%) Continuous Improvement
20 26 (28.89%) Test Strategy
20 26 (28.89%) HP UFT

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 19 (21.11%) Confluence
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.22%) Internet
Development Applications
1 83 (92.22%) Selenium
2 57 (63.33%) Jenkins
3 48 (53.33%) Cucumber
4 45 (50.00%) WebDriver
5 36 (40.00%) RSpec
6 34 (37.78%) JUnit
7 26 (28.89%) HP UFT
8 19 (21.11%) JIRA
8 19 (21.11%) SoapUI
9 13 (14.44%) Sahi
9 13 (14.44%) WATIR
10 6 (6.67%) LoadRunner
11 3 (3.33%) Git (software)
General
1 19 (21.11%) Games
2 2 (2.22%) Finance
Job Titles
1 49 (54.44%) Tester
2 38 (42.22%) Automation Tester
3 24 (26.67%) Test Engineer
4 23 (25.56%) QA Engineer
4 23 (25.56%) Selenium Automation Tester
4 23 (25.56%) Selenium Tester
5 17 (18.89%) QA Test Engineer
6 16 (17.78%) Quality Engineer
7 14 (15.56%) Agile Tester
8 11 (12.22%) Java Automation Tester
8 11 (12.22%) QA Tester
9 8 (8.89%) Test Automation Engineer
10 5 (5.56%) Analyst
10 5 (5.56%) QA Automation Engineer
10 5 (5.56%) QA Automation Tester
10 5 (5.56%) Test Analyst
11 4 (4.44%) Ruby Engineer
11 4 (4.44%) Systems Tester
12 3 (3.33%) Developer
12 3 (3.33%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (45.56%) Gherkin
2 32 (35.56%) Web Services
3 27 (30.00%) RESTful
4 16 (17.78%) JSON
5 13 (14.44%) .NET
5 13 (14.44%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 15 (16.67%) Smartphone
2 3 (3.33%) NHS
3 1 (1.11%) Mobile App
Processes & Methodologies
1 67 (74.44%) Agile Software Development
2 60 (66.67%) Automated Testing
3 59 (65.56%) Automation Testing
4 53 (58.89%) TDD
5 46 (51.11%) User Stories
6 41 (45.56%) Test Scripting
7 36 (40.00%) BDD
8 34 (37.78%) Defect Tracking
8 34 (37.78%) Web Testing
9 29 (32.22%) Scrum
10 28 (31.11%) Software Engineering
11 27 (30.00%) API Testing
11 27 (30.00%) Continuous Improvement
11 27 (30.00%) Kanban
12 26 (28.89%) Test Strategy
13 19 (21.11%) Continuous Delivery
13 19 (21.11%) Defect Management
13 19 (21.11%) Performance Testing
13 19 (21.11%) Security Testing
13 19 (21.11%) Usability Testing
Programming Languages
1 61 (67.78%) Scala
2 58 (64.44%) Java
3 34 (37.78%) Ruby
4 27 (30.00%) Groovy
5 18 (20.00%) C#
5 18 (20.00%) Python
6 13 (14.44%) SQL
Qualifications
1 10 (11.11%) BPSS Clearance
2 6 (6.67%) Security Cleared
3 5 (5.56%) ISEB
4 3 (3.33%) Degree
5 2 (2.22%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 63 (70.00%) QA
2 19 (21.11%) WCAG
3 6 (6.67%) Disclosure Scotland
Vendors
1 19 (21.11%) Atlassian
2 5 (5.56%) HP
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