Period
to 11 July 2020

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 11 July 2020 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
11 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 18 10 43
Rank change year-on-year -8 +33 -32
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 43 125 82
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the North East 9.21% 11.41% 6.11%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 10.26% 13.33% 7.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 89 64
Median daily rate £473 £375 £394
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +26.00% -4.76% +12.50%
10th Percentile £325 £283 £313
90th Percentile £575 £505 £595
England median daily rate £498 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +4.74% +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £42.50 - -
England median hourly rate £35.00 £43.00 £43.00
% change year-on-year -18.60% - +12.42%

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 419 938 1,172
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North East 89.72% 85.58% 87.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 269 622 796
Median daily rate £440 £425 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.53% +9.68% +3.33%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £257
90th Percentile £633 £575 £569
England median daily rate £480 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +1.05% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 46 29
Median hourly rate £35.00 £16.12 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +117.12% +15.14% -37.78%
10th Percentile £12.75 £10.96 £10.18
90th Percentile £57.75 £45.50 £43.75
Median hourly rate £31.94 £25.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year +27.76% +13.64% -12.00%

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in the North East

Job postings citing Test Automation as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Test Automation in the North East.

Daily rate trend for Test Automation in the North East

Test Automation
Daily Rate Histogram in the North East

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Test Automation in the North East over the 6 months to 11 July 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Test Automation in the North East

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North East

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Test Automation in the North East.

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 11 July 2020. 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 -4 35 £485 +34.72% 11
Durham -1 6 £443 +10.63% 8
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 11 July 2020, 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 25 (58.14%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (51.16%) Selenium
3 18 (41.86%) Cucumber
4 17 (39.53%) Jenkins
5 15 (34.88%) Java
6 14 (32.56%) SQL
6 14 (32.56%) Scrum
6 14 (32.56%) Docker
6 14 (32.56%) DevOps
7 13 (30.23%) JavaScript
7 13 (30.23%) Continuous Integration
7 13 (30.23%) AWS
8 12 (27.91%) Windows
8 12 (27.91%) Linux
9 11 (25.58%) Azure
9 11 (25.58%) BDD
9 11 (25.58%) Kubernetes
10 10 (23.26%) Python
11 9 (20.93%) Git (software)
11 9 (20.93%) JIRA
11 9 (20.93%) Terraform
11 9 (20.93%) Puppet
11 9 (20.93%) Bash Shell
11 9 (20.93%) GitLab
11 9 (20.93%) Ansible
12 8 (18.60%) GitHub
13 7 (16.28%) SoapUI
13 7 (16.28%) SonarQube
13 7 (16.28%) Microservices
13 7 (16.28%) Public Sector

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 2 (4.65%) Confluence
2 1 (2.33%) IIS
2 1 (2.33%) SAS
Applications
1 3 (6.98%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (2.33%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (2.33%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 13 (30.23%) AWS
2 11 (25.58%) Azure
3 8 (18.60%) GitHub
4 5 (11.63%) Amazon CloudWatch
4 5 (11.63%) Amazon EC2
4 5 (11.63%) Amazon S3
4 5 (11.63%) OpenShift
4 5 (11.63%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 3 (6.98%) Power Platform
6 2 (4.65%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (4.65%) Slack
7 1 (2.33%) BrowserStack
7 1 (2.33%) Datadog
7 1 (2.33%) IBM Cloud
7 1 (2.33%) Sauce Labs
7 1 (2.33%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 4 (9.30%) Internet
2 1 (2.33%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (13.95%) MongoDB
1 6 (13.95%) NoSQL
1 6 (13.95%) PostgreSQL
2 5 (11.63%) Amazon RDS
3 3 (6.98%) Power BI
4 2 (4.65%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (2.33%) Amazon Redshift
5 1 (2.33%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (2.33%) MySQL
5 1 (2.33%) Oracle Database
5 1 (2.33%) PowerCenter
5 1 (2.33%) SQL Server
5 1 (2.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 22 (51.16%) Selenium
2 18 (41.86%) Cucumber
3 17 (39.53%) Jenkins
4 9 (20.93%) Git (software)
4 9 (20.93%) GitLab
4 9 (20.93%) JIRA
5 7 (16.28%) JMeter
5 7 (16.28%) SoapUI
5 7 (16.28%) SonarQube
6 6 (13.95%) Postman
7 5 (11.63%) WebDriver
8 4 (9.30%) Gatling
8 4 (9.30%) Sonatype Nexus
9 3 (6.98%) Bitbucket
9 3 (6.98%) IBM UrbanCode
9 3 (6.98%) JUnit
9 3 (6.98%) REST Assured
10 2 (4.65%) HP UFT
10 2 (4.65%) Hudson
10 2 (4.65%) Travis CI
General
1 7 (16.28%) Public Sector
2 3 (6.98%) Finance
3 2 (4.65%) Banking
3 2 (4.65%) Retail Banking
4 1 (2.33%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 8 (18.60%) DevOps Engineer
2 7 (16.28%) Tester
3 6 (13.95%) Automation Tester
4 5 (11.63%) Developer
5 4 (9.30%) Analyst
5 4 (9.30%) Test Analyst
6 3 (6.98%) AWS DevOps
6 3 (6.98%) AWS DevOps Engineer
6 3 (6.98%) AWS Engineer
6 3 (6.98%) PowerShell Scripter
6 3 (6.98%) Scala Developer
6 3 (6.98%) Test Specialist
7 2 (4.65%) Automation Test Analyst
7 2 (4.65%) Java Developer
7 2 (4.65%) QA Specialist
7 2 (4.65%) Senior Test Engineer
7 2 (4.65%) Software Engineer
7 2 (4.65%) Test Engineer
7 2 (4.65%) Test Leader
7 2 (4.65%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (13.95%) .NET
1 6 (13.95%) Gherkin
2 4 (9.30%) REST
3 3 (6.98%) Play Framework
3 3 (6.98%) Web Services
3 3 (6.98%) WebdriverIO
3 3 (6.98%) YAML
4 2 (4.65%) CSS
4 2 (4.65%) HTML
4 2 (4.65%) HTML5
4 2 (4.65%) RESTful
4 2 (4.65%) SOAP
4 2 (4.65%) Swagger
5 1 (2.33%) AngularJS
5 1 (2.33%) ASP.NET Web Forms
5 1 (2.33%) Express
5 1 (2.33%) Node.js
5 1 (2.33%) React
5 1 (2.33%) Spring Boot
5 1 (2.33%) WireMock
Miscellaneous
1 5 (11.63%) Linux Command Line
2 3 (6.98%) Management Information System
3 2 (4.65%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (2.33%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (2.33%) Data Centre
4 1 (2.33%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (2.33%) Mobile App
4 1 (2.33%) Private Cloud
4 1 (2.33%) Public Cloud
4 1 (2.33%) SCADA
4 1 (2.33%) STB
Operating Systems
1 12 (27.91%) Linux
1 12 (27.91%) Windows
2 4 (9.30%) Unix
3 3 (6.98%) Windows Server
3 3 (6.98%) Windows Server 2008
3 3 (6.98%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (2.33%) Mac OS X
4 1 (2.33%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (58.14%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (32.56%) DevOps
2 14 (32.56%) Scrum
3 13 (30.23%) Continuous Integration
4 11 (25.58%) BDD
5 7 (16.28%) Microservices
6 6 (13.95%) Configuration Management
6 6 (13.95%) Defect Management
7 5 (11.63%) API Testing
7 5 (11.63%) Deployment Automation
7 5 (11.63%) Regression Testing
7 5 (11.63%) Site Reliability Engineering
7 5 (11.63%) TDD
7 5 (11.63%) Test Strategy
8 4 (9.30%) SDLC
8 4 (9.30%) User Acceptance Testing
8 4 (9.30%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
8 4 (9.30%) Waterfall
9 3 (6.98%) Manual Testing
9 3 (6.98%) Pair Programming
Programming Languages
1 15 (34.88%) Java
2 14 (32.56%) SQL
3 13 (30.23%) JavaScript
4 10 (23.26%) Python
5 9 (20.93%) Bash Shell
6 5 (11.63%) Ruby
7 4 (9.30%) C#
7 4 (9.30%) PowerShell
7 4 (9.30%) Scala
7 4 (9.30%) Shell Script
8 3 (6.98%) T-SQL
9 2 (4.65%) C
9 2 (4.65%) C++
10 1 (2.33%) COBOL
10 1 (2.33%) Perl
10 1 (2.33%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 5 (11.63%) ISTQB
1 5 (11.63%) SC Cleared
1 5 (11.63%) Security Cleared
2 4 (9.30%) BPSS Clearance
2 4 (9.30%) ISEB
3 3 (6.98%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (4.65%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (11.63%) QA
2 1 (2.33%) GMP
System Software
1 14 (32.56%) Docker
Systems Management
1 11 (25.58%) Kubernetes
2 9 (20.93%) Ansible
2 9 (20.93%) Puppet
2 9 (20.93%) Terraform
3 6 (13.95%) Packer
4 5 (11.63%) Grafana
4 5 (11.63%) Prometheus
5 4 (9.30%) Nagios
5 4 (9.30%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (6.98%) ZABBIX
7 1 (2.33%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 5 (11.63%) Zscaler
2 3 (6.98%) Guidewire
3 2 (4.65%) Oracle
4 1 (2.33%) HP
4 1 (2.33%) IBM
4 1 (2.33%) Informatica
4 1 (2.33%) Micro Focus
4 1 (2.33%) Microsoft
4 1 (2.33%) New Relic
4 1 (2.33%) Rockwell
4 1 (2.33%) Siemens
4 1 (2.33%) Splunk