The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Oxford 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 24 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Automation
Oxfordshire / Oxford
Rank 38 32 -
Rank change year-on-year -6 -  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 3 1 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Oxford 1.07% 0.42% -
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.37% 0.52% -
Number of daily rates quoted 3 0 0
Median daily rate £425 - -
UK excluding London median daily rate £355 £375 £350
% change year-on-year -5.33% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.25 £43.75 £37.50
% change year-on-year -17.14% +16.66%  

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 Oxford with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Oxford
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 219 194 321
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Oxford 78.21% 82.20% 87.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 158 154 234
Median daily rate £475 £410 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.85% -3.52%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £185 £140 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £560 £525 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 5 11
Median hourly rate £55.00 £35.00 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +57.14% +47.36%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £39.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.69% +30.00%  

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Oxford

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Oxford 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 Oxford

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Oxford

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in Oxford

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Oxford

For the 6 months to 24 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 Oxford region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 10 (90.91%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (72.73%) Java
3 7 (63.64%) BDD
4 4 (36.36%) Cucumber
4 4 (36.36%) TDD
4 4 (36.36%) Selenium
5 3 (27.27%) FitNesse
5 3 (27.27%) Matrix Management
5 3 (27.27%) Automated Testing
5 3 (27.27%) Ruby
5 3 (27.27%) JIRA
5 3 (27.27%) Integration Testing
5 3 (27.27%) Test Management
5 3 (27.27%) Continuous Integration
5 3 (27.27%) Talend Open Studio
5 3 (27.27%) JBehave
5 3 (27.27%) SaaS
5 3 (27.27%) Data Management
5 3 (27.27%) Publishing
5 3 (27.27%) Oracle
5 3 (27.27%) Data Warehouse
5 3 (27.27%) ETL
5 3 (27.27%) ITIL
5 3 (27.27%) Project Management
5 3 (27.27%) Waterfall
5 3 (27.27%) Confluence
5 3 (27.27%) Continuous Improvement
5 3 (27.27%) Test Strategy
5 3 (27.27%) Talend
5 3 (27.27%) Kimball Methodology

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills in Oxford 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 3 (27.27%) Confluence
Cloud Services
1 3 (27.27%) SaaS
2 1 (9.09%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (9.09%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (9.09%) PaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (27.27%) Data Warehouse
1 3 (27.27%) Oracle Database
2 2 (18.18%) Big Data
2 2 (18.18%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 4 (36.36%) Cucumber
1 4 (36.36%) Selenium
2 3 (27.27%) FitNesse
2 3 (27.27%) JBehave
2 3 (27.27%) Jenkins
2 3 (27.27%) JIRA
2 3 (27.27%) Talend Open Studio
3 2 (18.18%) Git (software)
3 2 (18.18%) Subversion
4 1 (9.09%) Gradle
4 1 (9.09%) TeamCity
General
1 3 (27.27%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 3 (27.27%) Analyst
1 3 (27.27%) Developer
1 3 (27.27%) Test Analyst
1 3 (27.27%) Test Leader
2 2 (18.18%) ETL Developer
2 2 (18.18%) Test Engineer
2 2 (18.18%) Test Manager
3 1 (9.09%) Applications Developer
3 1 (9.09%) Automation Test Analyst
3 1 (9.09%) Consultant
3 1 (9.09%) Data Consultant
3 1 (9.09%) Data Warehouse Consultant
3 1 (9.09%) ETL Consultant
3 1 (9.09%) Java Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Lead Test Analyst
3 1 (9.09%) Selenium Test Analyst
3 1 (9.09%) Software Test Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Testing Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Web Applications Developer
3 1 (9.09%) Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (9.09%) AngularJS
1 1 (9.09%) Gherkin
1 1 (9.09%) HTML
1 1 (9.09%) HTML5
1 1 (9.09%) JSON
1 1 (9.09%) XML
1 1 (9.09%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 2 (18.18%) Semantic Web
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (90.91%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (63.64%) BDD
3 4 (36.36%) TDD
4 3 (27.27%) Automated Testing
4 3 (27.27%) Continuous Improvement
4 3 (27.27%) Continuous Integration
4 3 (27.27%) Data Management
4 3 (27.27%) ETL
4 3 (27.27%) Integration Testing
4 3 (27.27%) ITIL
4 3 (27.27%) Kimball Methodology
4 3 (27.27%) Matrix Management
4 3 (27.27%) Matrix Organization
4 3 (27.27%) Performance Tuning
4 3 (27.27%) Project Management
4 3 (27.27%) Test Management
4 3 (27.27%) Test Strategy
4 3 (27.27%) Waterfall
5 2 (18.18%) Kanban
5 2 (18.18%) Process Improvement
Programming Languages
1 8 (72.73%) Java
2 3 (27.27%) Ruby
3 1 (9.09%) JavaScript
3 1 (9.09%) Python
3 1 (9.09%) Scala
Qualifications
1 2 (18.18%) ISEB
1 2 (18.18%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (18.18%) QA
System Software
1 1 (9.09%) Docker
Vendors
1 3 (27.27%) Oracle
1 3 (27.27%) Talend
2 2 (18.18%) Salesforce.com