Period
to 21 September 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 21 September 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
21 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 6 32 30
Rank change year-on-year +26 -2 +19
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 115 93 74
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North East 11.86% 7.65% 5.97%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 13.56% 8.76% 7.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 74 59 46
North East median daily rate £411 £377 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.08% +7.71% +6.87%
10th Percentile £300 £311 £266
90th Percentile £508 £473 £488
England median daily rate £475 £463 £440
% change year-on-year +2.70% +5.11% +3.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
North East median hourly rate - - £47.50
England median hourly rate £42.50 £40.88 £40.00
% change year-on-year +3.98% +2.19% -

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 848 1,062 1,056
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North East 87.42% 87.34% 85.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 517 686 679
North East median daily rate £425 £400 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +9.59% +10.61%
10th Percentile £263 £258 £250
90th Percentile £575 £588 £550
England median daily rate £475 £465 £450
% change year-on-year +2.15% +3.33% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 29 46
North East median hourly rate £15.76 £13.50 £26.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.74% -48.57% -6.25%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.43 £10.31
90th Percentile £43.75 £31.80 £47.67
England median hourly rate £24.65 £21.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year +17.39% -8.71% -

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 21 September 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 21 September 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 +23 71 £400 +3.90% 22
Durham +6 25 £425 +21.95% 6
Teesside - 11 £550 -
Cleveland - 1 £338 -
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 21 September 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 71 (61.74%) Agile Software Development
2 67 (58.26%) Selenium
3 44 (38.26%) Cucumber
4 42 (36.52%) C#
5 41 (35.65%) Jenkins
6 35 (30.43%) DevOps
6 35 (30.43%) SQL
7 34 (29.57%) JavaScript
7 34 (29.57%) QA
8 31 (26.96%) Open Source
9 29 (25.22%) GitHub
10 26 (22.61%) Java
11 25 (21.74%) JIRA
12 24 (20.87%) Microservices
12 24 (20.87%) Continuous Integration
13 23 (20.00%) ISTQB
13 23 (20.00%) Scrum
14 22 (19.13%) JUnit
14 22 (19.13%) Azure
14 22 (19.13%) Test Strategy
15 21 (18.26%) Git (software)
16 20 (17.39%) TDD
16 20 (17.39%) Integration Testing
16 20 (17.39%) Performance Testing
17 19 (16.52%) Test Management
17 19 (16.52%) Regression Testing
18 18 (15.65%) CSS
18 18 (15.65%) JMeter
18 18 (15.65%) Test Scripting
18 18 (15.65%) BDD

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 17 (14.78%) Confluence
2 4 (3.48%) Jetty
2 4 (3.48%) Tomcat
3 1 (0.87%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (0.87%) nginx
Applications
1 6 (5.22%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (2.61%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.87%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.87%) Infor M3
Cloud Services
1 29 (25.22%) GitHub
2 22 (19.13%) Azure
3 8 (6.96%) BrowserStack
3 8 (6.96%) Google Analytics
4 7 (6.09%) AWS
5 6 (5.22%) Slack
6 5 (4.35%) Serverless
7 4 (3.48%) Amazon EC2
8 3 (2.61%) Amazon ELB
8 3 (2.61%) Amazon S3
8 3 (2.61%) Route 53
8 3 (2.61%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 2 (1.74%) Dynamics 365
10 1 (0.87%) Amazon Kinesis
10 1 (0.87%) AWS Lambda
10 1 (0.87%) OpenShift
10 1 (0.87%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 12 (10.43%) HTTP
2 8 (6.96%) SSL
2 8 (6.96%) TCP/IP
3 6 (5.22%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (6.09%) MongoDB
1 7 (6.09%) MySQL
2 6 (5.22%) Apache Cassandra
2 6 (5.22%) SQL Server
3 5 (4.35%) NoSQL
4 4 (3.48%) PostgreSQL
5 2 (1.74%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (1.74%) ZAP BI
6 1 (0.87%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 1 (0.87%) Amazon RDS
6 1 (0.87%) Azure SQL Database
6 1 (0.87%) Cosmos DB
6 1 (0.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 67 (58.26%) Selenium
2 44 (38.26%) Cucumber
3 41 (35.65%) Jenkins
4 25 (21.74%) JIRA
5 22 (19.13%) JUnit
6 21 (18.26%) Git (software)
7 18 (15.65%) Gatling
7 18 (15.65%) JMeter
8 17 (14.78%) Maven
9 15 (13.04%) SoapUI
9 15 (13.04%) Visual Studio Team System
10 10 (8.70%) SonarQube
10 10 (8.70%) SpecFlow
11 8 (6.96%) Team Foundation Server
11 8 (6.96%) WebDriver
12 6 (5.22%) Appium
12 6 (5.22%) LoadRunner
13 5 (4.35%) Hudson
14 4 (3.48%) Gradle
14 4 (3.48%) Mockito
General
1 16 (13.91%) Finance
2 11 (9.57%) Public Sector
3 8 (6.96%) Banking
4 6 (5.22%) Retail Banking
5 3 (2.61%) Back Office
5 3 (2.61%) Front Office
5 3 (2.61%) Publishing
6 1 (0.87%) Legal
6 1 (0.87%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 23 (20.00%) Analyst
2 22 (19.13%) Test Analyst
3 21 (18.26%) Developer
4 16 (13.91%) Test Engineer
5 13 (11.30%) Test Automation Engineer
6 11 (9.57%) DevOps Engineer
6 11 (9.57%) Test Manager
7 10 (8.70%) QA Engineer
8 9 (7.83%) Tester
9 8 (6.96%) Automation Engineer
10 7 (6.09%) Automation Test Analyst
10 7 (6.09%) Automation Test Lead
10 7 (6.09%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
10 7 (6.09%) QA Analyst
10 7 (6.09%) QA Test Analyst
10 7 (6.09%) Test Automation Manager
11 6 (5.22%) DevOps Automation Engineer
12 5 (4.35%) QA Tester
12 5 (4.35%) Test Leader
13 4 (3.48%) Automation Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (15.65%) CSS
2 17 (14.78%) .NET
2 17 (14.78%) XML
3 16 (13.91%) Gherkin
3 16 (13.91%) HTML
4 15 (13.04%) JSON
4 15 (13.04%) Node.js
5 13 (11.30%) REST
5 13 (11.30%) Web Services
6 8 (6.96%) .NET Core
6 8 (6.96%) CSS3
6 8 (6.96%) HTML5
6 8 (6.96%) Play Framework
6 8 (6.96%) Sass
6 8 (6.96%) SOAP
7 5 (4.35%) ASP.NET
7 5 (4.35%) Elastic Stack
8 4 (3.48%) Spring Boot
8 4 (3.48%) Spring MVC
8 4 (3.48%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 5 (4.35%) Enterprise Software
2 4 (3.48%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (2.61%) Self-Motivation
4 2 (1.74%) Mobile App
4 2 (1.74%) User Experience
5 1 (0.87%) Blog
5 1 (0.87%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 13 (11.30%) Windows
2 9 (7.83%) Linux
3 8 (6.96%) Unix
4 7 (6.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 3 (2.61%) CentOS
6 1 (0.87%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 71 (61.74%) Agile Software Development
2 35 (30.43%) DevOps
3 31 (26.96%) Open Source
4 24 (20.87%) Continuous Integration
4 24 (20.87%) Microservices
5 23 (20.00%) Scrum
6 22 (19.13%) Test Strategy
7 20 (17.39%) Integration Testing
7 20 (17.39%) Performance Testing
7 20 (17.39%) TDD
8 19 (16.52%) Regression Testing
8 19 (16.52%) Test Management
9 18 (15.65%) BDD
9 18 (15.65%) Test Scripting
10 17 (14.78%) Software Engineering
11 13 (11.30%) Defect Management
11 13 (11.30%) User Acceptance Testing
12 12 (10.43%) QA Automation
12 12 (10.43%) Web Development
13 11 (9.57%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 42 (36.52%) C#
2 35 (30.43%) SQL
3 34 (29.57%) JavaScript
4 26 (22.61%) Java
5 15 (13.04%) Scala
6 14 (12.17%) PowerShell
7 13 (11.30%) Python
8 8 (6.96%) Ruby
9 7 (6.09%) Bash Shell
10 5 (4.35%) T-SQL
11 3 (2.61%) Perl
11 3 (2.61%) PHP
12 2 (1.74%) TypeScript
13 1 (0.87%) C
13 1 (0.87%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 23 (20.00%) ISTQB
2 17 (14.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 16 (13.91%) ISEB
4 5 (4.35%) BPSS Clearance
4 5 (4.35%) Security Cleared
5 2 (1.74%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 1 (0.87%) DBS Check
6 1 (0.87%) Degree
6 1 (0.87%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (29.57%) QA
2 8 (6.96%) WCAG
3 1 (0.87%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.87%) GDPR
System Software
1 9 (7.83%) Docker
Systems Management
1 11 (9.57%) Grafana
2 9 (7.83%) Kibana
3 5 (4.35%) Ansible
3 5 (4.35%) Kubernetes
3 5 (4.35%) Opscode Chef
3 5 (4.35%) Puppet
4 3 (2.61%) Packer
4 3 (2.61%) Prometheus
4 3 (2.61%) Rancher
4 3 (2.61%) Terraform
5 1 (0.87%) HAProxy
5 1 (0.87%) HP ALM
5 1 (0.87%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 13 (11.30%) Microsoft
2 8 (6.96%) Google
2 8 (6.96%) Oracle
3 3 (2.61%) Black Duck
3 3 (2.61%) Guidewire
3 3 (2.61%) Red Hat
4 2 (1.74%) Micro Focus
5 1 (0.87%) Atlassian
5 1 (0.87%) HP
5 1 (0.87%) Infor