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 22 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
Oxfordshire / Oxford
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 13 16 30
Rank change year-on-year +3 +14  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 37 28 16
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Oxford 11.38% 9.62% 4.76%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 13.36% 12.17% 5.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 27 15
Median daily rate £450 £450 £403
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +11.80%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £414 £375 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £516 £450
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 £38.50 £34.90
% change year-on-year -0.64% +10.31%  

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 277 230 282
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Oxford 85.23% 79.04% 83.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 217 175 226
Median daily rate £475 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.76% +4.93%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £320 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £580 £520 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 5 7
Median hourly rate £15.50 £16.00 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.12% -64.44%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +17.54% -5.00%  

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
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Oxford

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in Oxford over the 3 months to 22 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation in Oxford

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Oxford

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation in Oxford

For the 6 months to 22 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 Oxford region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 40 (75.47%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (43.40%) TDD
3 21 (39.62%) Continuous Integration
4 19 (35.85%) Java
5 18 (33.96%) Open Source
6 17 (32.08%) Amazon AWS
6 17 (32.08%) JavaScript
7 16 (30.19%) Web Services
7 16 (30.19%) BDD
8 15 (28.30%) AngularJS
9 14 (26.42%) Software Engineering
9 14 (26.42%) HTML
9 14 (26.42%) CSS
9 14 (26.42%) Scrum
10 13 (24.53%) Pair Programming
10 13 (24.53%) JIRA
10 13 (24.53%) Web Development
10 13 (24.53%) Kanban
11 12 (22.64%) Test Management
11 12 (22.64%) Git (software)
11 12 (22.64%) SaaS
12 11 (20.75%) Confluence
12 11 (20.75%) Salesforce.com
12 11 (20.75%) Test Strategy
13 10 (18.87%) Node.js
13 10 (18.87%) DevOps
13 10 (18.87%) Regression Testing
13 10 (18.87%) PHP
13 10 (18.87%) Waterfall
13 10 (18.87%) QA

Test Automation
Co-occurring 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 11 (20.75%) Confluence
2 3 (5.66%) Apache
3 2 (3.77%) JBoss
3 2 (3.77%) nginx
4 1 (1.89%) Apache Solr
4 1 (1.89%) Apache Spark
4 1 (1.89%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (1.89%) IIS
4 1 (1.89%) Tomcat
4 1 (1.89%) WebSphere
Business Applications
1 7 (13.21%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 17 (32.08%) Amazon AWS
2 12 (22.64%) SaaS
3 4 (7.55%) GitHub
4 2 (3.77%) Amazon SQS
5 1 (1.89%) Amazon EMR
5 1 (1.89%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (1.89%) Microsoft Azure
5 1 (1.89%) OpenShift
5 1 (1.89%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (7.55%) IPv4
1 4 (7.55%) IPv6
1 4 (7.55%) Network Security
2 2 (3.77%) HTTP
3 1 (1.89%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (15.09%) MongoDB
1 8 (15.09%) NoSQL
2 6 (11.32%) PostgreSQL
3 4 (7.55%) MySQL
3 4 (7.55%) Oracle Database
4 3 (5.66%) Big Data
5 2 (3.77%) Relational Database
5 2 (3.77%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 13 (24.53%) JIRA
2 12 (22.64%) Git (software)
3 10 (18.87%) Selenium
4 7 (13.21%) Grunt
4 7 (13.21%) gulp
5 6 (11.32%) IntelliJ
6 5 (9.43%) Cucumber
6 5 (9.43%) Subversion
7 4 (7.55%) Talend Open Studio
7 4 (7.55%) WebDriver
8 3 (5.66%) Jenkins
9 2 (3.77%) Jasmine
9 2 (3.77%) Maven
9 2 (3.77%) Protractor
10 1 (1.89%) Gradle
10 1 (1.89%) JMeter
10 1 (1.89%) JUnit
10 1 (1.89%) LoadRunner
10 1 (1.89%) Mocha
General
1 8 (15.09%) Publishing
2 2 (3.77%) Banking
2 2 (3.77%) Finance
Job Titles
1 20 (37.74%) Developer
2 9 (16.98%) Test Manager
3 8 (15.09%) Node.js Developer
4 7 (13.21%) Agile Developer
4 7 (13.21%) AWS Developer
4 7 (13.21%) JavaScript Developer
4 7 (13.21%) Tester
5 6 (11.32%) Java Developer
5 6 (11.32%) Test Leader
6 5 (9.43%) Analyst
6 5 (9.43%) DevOps Engineer
6 5 (9.43%) Test Analyst
7 4 (7.55%) Automation Tester
7 4 (7.55%) DevOps Administrator
7 4 (7.55%) DevOps Systems Engineer
7 4 (7.55%) E-Commerce Developer
7 4 (7.55%) HTML CSS Developer
7 4 (7.55%) Linux DevOps Engineer
7 4 (7.55%) Linux Systems Engineer
7 4 (7.55%) Linux/Unix DevOps
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (30.19%) Web Services
2 15 (28.30%) AngularJS
3 14 (26.42%) CSS
3 14 (26.42%) HTML
4 10 (18.87%) Node.js
5 8 (15.09%) CSS3
5 8 (15.09%) JSON
5 8 (15.09%) LESS
5 8 (15.09%) Sass
6 7 (13.21%) HTML5
6 7 (13.21%) React
7 6 (11.32%) Dropwizard
7 6 (11.32%) Hystrix
7 6 (11.32%) Play Framework
7 6 (11.32%) Scalatra
8 3 (5.66%) Behat
8 3 (5.66%) Kafka
8 3 (5.66%) REST
8 3 (5.66%) Spring
8 3 (5.66%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 4 (7.55%) Replication
2 2 (3.77%) Contract for Difference
2 2 (3.77%) Semantic Web
3 1 (1.89%) Algorithms
3 1 (1.89%) Computer Science
3 1 (1.89%) Data Structures
3 1 (1.89%) Linked Data
Operating Systems
1 5 (9.43%) Linux
2 1 (1.89%) Android
2 1 (1.89%) Apple iOS
2 1 (1.89%) Windows
2 1 (1.89%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (75.47%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (43.40%) TDD
3 21 (39.62%) Continuous Integration
4 18 (33.96%) Open Source
5 16 (30.19%) BDD
6 14 (26.42%) Scrum
6 14 (26.42%) Software Engineering
7 13 (24.53%) Kanban
7 13 (24.53%) Pair Programming
7 13 (24.53%) Web Development
8 12 (22.64%) Test Management
9 11 (20.75%) Test Strategy
10 10 (18.87%) DevOps
10 10 (18.87%) Regression Testing
10 10 (18.87%) Waterfall
11 9 (16.98%) ITIL
11 9 (16.98%) SOA
12 8 (15.09%) E-Commerce
12 8 (15.09%) Unit Testing
13 7 (13.21%) Matrix Management
Programming Languages
1 19 (35.85%) Java
2 17 (32.08%) JavaScript
3 10 (18.87%) PHP
4 9 (16.98%) SQL
5 7 (13.21%) Python
6 6 (11.32%) Groovy
7 5 (9.43%) Scala
8 1 (1.89%) C
Qualifications
1 8 (15.09%) ISEB
1 8 (15.09%) ISTQB
2 1 (1.89%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (18.87%) QA
2 1 (1.89%) SLA
System Software
1 9 (16.98%) Docker
2 1 (1.89%) Apache ZooKeeper
Systems Management
1 7 (13.21%) Terraform
2 4 (7.55%) Opscode Chef
2 4 (7.55%) Puppet
3 1 (1.89%) Ansible
3 1 (1.89%) Docker Swarm
3 1 (1.89%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 11 (20.75%) Salesforce.com
2 6 (11.32%) New Relic
3 4 (7.55%) Infor
3 4 (7.55%) Oracle
3 4 (7.55%) Talend
4 2 (3.77%) Sun
5 1 (1.89%) Google
5 1 (1.89%) HP
5 1 (1.89%) Red Hat