The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Northamptonshire 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 25 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
East Midlands / Northamptonshire
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 41 30 31
Rank change year-on-year -11 +1  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 3 11 11
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Northamptonshire 0.83% 2.90% 3.12%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.97% 3.31% 4.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 9 11
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 £37.50 £38.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -1.31% +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 Northamptonshire with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Northamptonshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 309 332 270
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Northamptonshire 85.36% 87.60% 76.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 204 242 190
Median daily rate £425 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.55% +5.88%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £325 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 3 4
Median hourly rate £11.75 £18.75 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -37.33% -1.31%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.50 £11.50 £16.83
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £65.95 £32.50 £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 Northamptonshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Northamptonshire 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 Northamptonshire

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Northamptonshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in Northamptonshire

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Northamptonshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation in Northamptonshire

Test Automation
Contract Job Locations in Northamptonshire

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 Northamptonshire region over the 3 months to 25 June 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
Northampton -2 3 £338 +3.84% 3
Test Automation
East Midlands

For the 6 months to 25 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 Northamptonshire region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 11 (50.00%) Banking
1 11 (50.00%) Jenkins
2 10 (45.45%) TDD
2 10 (45.45%) SQL
2 10 (45.45%) JUnit
2 10 (45.45%) SOAP
3 9 (40.91%) Finance
3 9 (40.91%) Unit Testing
4 8 (36.36%) Continuous Integration
4 8 (36.36%) JPA
4 8 (36.36%) Selenium
4 8 (36.36%) Hibernate
4 8 (36.36%) Spring
4 8 (36.36%) Data Modelling
4 8 (36.36%) OO
4 8 (36.36%) XML
4 8 (36.36%) SQL Server
4 8 (36.36%) J2EE
4 8 (36.36%) Java
4 8 (36.36%) JavaScript
5 7 (31.82%) Oracle
5 7 (31.82%) XSLT
5 7 (31.82%) RAD
5 7 (31.82%) Eclipse
5 7 (31.82%) IntelliJ
5 7 (31.82%) RDBMS
5 7 (31.82%) Perforce
5 7 (31.82%) Ajax
5 7 (31.82%) jQuery
5 7 (31.82%) JSON

Test Automation
Co-occurring IT Skills in Northamptonshire 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 (9.09%) Amazon AWS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (36.36%) SQL Server
2 7 (31.82%) MongoDB
2 7 (31.82%) RDBMS
2 7 (31.82%) Relational Database
3 3 (13.64%) DB2
4 1 (4.55%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 11 (50.00%) Jenkins
2 10 (45.45%) JUnit
3 8 (36.36%) Selenium
4 7 (31.82%) Eclipse
4 7 (31.82%) Git (software)
4 7 (31.82%) Gradle
4 7 (31.82%) IntelliJ
4 7 (31.82%) JIRA
4 7 (31.82%) JProfiler
5 6 (27.27%) SoapUI
6 3 (13.64%) WebDriver
7 2 (9.09%) JMeter
7 2 (9.09%) NUnit
7 2 (9.09%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (9.09%) TestNG
8 1 (4.55%) HP UFT
8 1 (4.55%) LoadRunner
8 1 (4.55%) LoadUI
General
1 11 (50.00%) Banking
2 9 (40.91%) Finance
3 2 (9.09%) Retail
3 2 (9.09%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 9 (40.91%) Developer
2 8 (36.36%) Java Developer
3 5 (22.73%) Analyst
3 5 (22.73%) Test Analyst
4 4 (18.18%) Test Leader
5 2 (9.09%) Agile Developer
5 2 (9.09%) Agile Java Developer
5 2 (9.09%) Architect
5 2 (9.09%) Automation Test Lead
5 2 (9.09%) Banking Analyst
5 2 (9.09%) Senior Analyst
5 2 (9.09%) Senior Test Analyst
5 2 (9.09%) Test Automation Engineer
5 2 (9.09%) Test Engineer
6 1 (4.55%) Automation Architect
6 1 (4.55%) Lead Architect
6 1 (4.55%) Payments Analyst
6 1 (4.55%) SQL Developer
6 1 (4.55%) Test Architect
6 1 (4.55%) Test Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (45.45%) SOAP
2 8 (36.36%) Hibernate
2 8 (36.36%) J2EE
2 8 (36.36%) JPA
2 8 (36.36%) Spring
2 8 (36.36%) XML
3 7 (31.82%) Ajax
3 7 (31.82%) jQuery
3 7 (31.82%) JSON
3 7 (31.82%) XSLT
4 5 (22.73%) FIX Protocol
5 3 (13.64%) AngularJS
5 3 (13.64%) CSS
5 3 (13.64%) CSS3
5 3 (13.64%) HTML
5 3 (13.64%) HTML5
5 3 (13.64%) REST
6 1 (4.55%) Java EE
6 1 (4.55%) Spring Boot
6 1 (4.55%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 4 (18.18%) Mainframe
2 3 (13.64%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 2 (9.09%) Android
1 2 (9.09%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (45.45%) TDD
2 9 (40.91%) Unit Testing
3 8 (36.36%) Continuous Integration
3 8 (36.36%) Data Modelling
3 8 (36.36%) OO
4 7 (31.82%) RAD
5 6 (27.27%) Agile Software Development
6 4 (18.18%) Functional Testing
6 4 (18.18%) Manual Testing
7 3 (13.64%) Scenario Testing
7 3 (13.64%) Scrum
7 3 (13.64%) Smoke Testing
7 3 (13.64%) Software Engineering
7 3 (13.64%) Test Scripting
8 2 (9.09%) API Testing
8 2 (9.09%) BDD
8 2 (9.09%) Defect Management
8 2 (9.09%) DevOps
8 2 (9.09%) Load Testing
8 2 (9.09%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 10 (45.45%) SQL
2 8 (36.36%) Java
2 8 (36.36%) JavaScript
3 3 (13.64%) COBOL
3 3 (13.64%) JCL
4 2 (9.09%) Groovy
5 1 (4.55%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 5 (22.73%) ISTQB
2 2 (9.09%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.55%) QA
System Software
1 1 (4.55%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (4.55%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (31.82%) Oracle
1 7 (31.82%) Perforce