The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Northampton 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 27 June 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.

Automated Testing
Northamptonshire / Northampton
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 27 22 21
Rank change year-on-year -5 -1  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 3 9 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Northampton 1.22% 4.02% 4.21%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.44% 4.43% 6.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 7 9
Median daily rate £338 £325 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.84% -35.00%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.25 £38.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +0.65% +8.57%  

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 Northampton with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Northampton
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 208 203 149
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Northampton 84.55% 90.63% 69.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 132 154 109
Median daily rate £410 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.88% +5.88%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £325 £277
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 2
Median hourly rate £10.50 £11.50 £20.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.69% -44.57%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.50 £11.50 £19.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £82.80 £17.30 £22.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Northampton

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Northampton 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 Northampton

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Northampton

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in Northampton

For the 6 months to 27 June 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 Northampton region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 10 (66.67%) Jenkins
2 9 (60.00%) SOAP
3 8 (53.33%) SQL
3 8 (53.33%) Unit Testing
4 7 (46.67%) Continuous Integration
4 7 (46.67%) JPA
4 7 (46.67%) Hibernate
4 7 (46.67%) TDD
4 7 (46.67%) Banking
4 7 (46.67%) Spring
4 7 (46.67%) OO
4 7 (46.67%) Data Modelling
4 7 (46.67%) J2EE
4 7 (46.67%) Java
4 7 (46.67%) JavaScript
4 7 (46.67%) SQL Server
4 7 (46.67%) JUnit
5 6 (40.00%) XML
5 6 (40.00%) XSLT
5 6 (40.00%) Oracle
5 6 (40.00%) Eclipse
5 6 (40.00%) IntelliJ
5 6 (40.00%) RDBMS
5 6 (40.00%) RAD
5 6 (40.00%) Ajax
5 6 (40.00%) JSON
5 6 (40.00%) JIRA
5 6 (40.00%) Perforce
5 6 (40.00%) jQuery
5 6 (40.00%) Relational Database

Test Automation
Co-occurring IT Skills in Northampton 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:

Cloud Services
1 2 (13.33%) Amazon AWS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (46.67%) SQL Server
2 6 (40.00%) MongoDB
2 6 (40.00%) RDBMS
2 6 (40.00%) Relational Database
3 1 (6.67%) DB2
3 1 (6.67%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 10 (66.67%) Jenkins
2 7 (46.67%) JUnit
3 6 (40.00%) Eclipse
3 6 (40.00%) Git (software)
3 6 (40.00%) Gradle
3 6 (40.00%) IntelliJ
3 6 (40.00%) JIRA
3 6 (40.00%) JProfiler
4 5 (33.33%) Selenium
5 4 (26.67%) SoapUI
6 2 (13.33%) JMeter
6 2 (13.33%) NUnit
7 1 (6.67%) LoadRunner
7 1 (6.67%) LoadUI
7 1 (6.67%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (6.67%) WebDriver
General
1 7 (46.67%) Banking
2 5 (33.33%) Finance
Job Titles
1 8 (53.33%) Developer
2 7 (46.67%) Java Developer
3 3 (20.00%) Test Leader
4 2 (13.33%) Agile Developer
4 2 (13.33%) Agile Java Developer
4 2 (13.33%) Analyst
4 2 (13.33%) Architect
4 2 (13.33%) Automation Test Lead
4 2 (13.33%) Test Analyst
5 1 (6.67%) Automation Architect
5 1 (6.67%) Banking Analyst
5 1 (6.67%) Lead Architect
5 1 (6.67%) Non-Functional Test Analyst
5 1 (6.67%) Payments Analyst
5 1 (6.67%) SQL Developer
5 1 (6.67%) Test Architect
5 1 (6.67%) Test Automation Architect
5 1 (6.67%) Test Automation Specialist
5 1 (6.67%) Test Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (60.00%) SOAP
2 7 (46.67%) Hibernate
2 7 (46.67%) J2EE
2 7 (46.67%) JPA
2 7 (46.67%) Spring
3 6 (40.00%) Ajax
3 6 (40.00%) jQuery
3 6 (40.00%) JSON
3 6 (40.00%) XML
3 6 (40.00%) XSLT
4 5 (33.33%) FIX Protocol
5 3 (20.00%) AngularJS
5 3 (20.00%) CSS
5 3 (20.00%) CSS3
5 3 (20.00%) HTML
5 3 (20.00%) HTML5
5 3 (20.00%) REST
6 1 (6.67%) Java EE
6 1 (6.67%) Spring Boot
6 1 (6.67%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (6.67%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 2 (13.33%) Android
1 2 (13.33%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (53.33%) Unit Testing
2 7 (46.67%) Continuous Integration
2 7 (46.67%) Data Modelling
2 7 (46.67%) OO
2 7 (46.67%) TDD
3 6 (40.00%) RAD
4 4 (26.67%) Agile Software Development
5 3 (20.00%) Software Engineering
6 2 (13.33%) DevOps
6 2 (13.33%) Load Testing
6 2 (13.33%) Test Strategy
7 1 (6.67%) Digital Transformation Programme
7 1 (6.67%) Functional Testing
7 1 (6.67%) Mentoring
7 1 (6.67%) Non-Functional Testing
7 1 (6.67%) Operational Acceptance Testing
7 1 (6.67%) Scenario Testing
7 1 (6.67%) SDLC
7 1 (6.67%) Smoke Testing
7 1 (6.67%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 8 (53.33%) SQL
2 7 (46.67%) Java
2 7 (46.67%) JavaScript
3 2 (13.33%) Groovy
4 1 (6.67%) COBOL
4 1 (6.67%) JCL
4 1 (6.67%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (13.33%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (6.67%) QA
System Software
1 1 (6.67%) Docker
Vendors
1 6 (40.00%) Oracle
1 6 (40.00%) Perforce