Period
to 21 January 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Reading 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 21 January 2019 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
Berkshire > Reading
6 months to
21 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 33 28 52
Rank change year-on-year -5 +24 -13
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 76 73 43
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Reading 5.12% 5.91% 3.08%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 5.94% 7.06% 3.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 55 15
Reading median daily rate £425 £365 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.44% -5.81% -3.13%
10th Percentile £309 £313 £278
90th Percentile £602 £540 £518
Berkshire median daily rate £425 £375 £390
% change year-on-year +13.33% -3.85% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Reading median hourly rate £47.50 - -
Berkshire median hourly rate £45.00 - -

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 Reading with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Reading
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 1,280 1,034 1,141
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Reading 86.25% 83.66% 81.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 702 637 574
Reading median daily rate £450 £401 £402
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.36% -0.25% +0.38%
10th Percentile £230 £263 £235
90th Percentile £600 £575 £575
Berkshire median daily rate £438 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 27 41
Reading median hourly rate £45.00 £14.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +210.34% -35.56% -27.18%
10th Percentile £18.50 £11.05 £13.00
90th Percentile £63.75 £39.75 £55.00
Berkshire median hourly rate £20.00 £14.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year +37.93% -19.44% -30.82%

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Reading

Job postings citing Test Automation as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Reading.

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation in Reading

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Reading

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in Reading

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Reading

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in Reading over the 6 months to 21 January 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation in Reading

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Reading

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation in Reading

For the 6 months to 21 January 2019, 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 Reading region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 38 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (44.74%) Selenium
3 28 (36.84%) SQL
4 26 (34.21%) Microsoft Azure
5 22 (28.95%) Microsoft
6 21 (27.63%) DevOps
7 20 (26.32%) Cucumber
7 20 (26.32%) Java
8 19 (25.00%) Continuous Integration
9 17 (22.37%) Continuous Delivery
9 17 (22.37%) .NET
10 16 (21.05%) IaaS
10 16 (21.05%) PaaS
11 15 (19.74%) Web Services
11 15 (19.74%) Business Intelligence
12 14 (18.42%) C#
12 14 (18.42%) Scrum
12 14 (18.42%) Git (software)
13 13 (17.11%) Security Testing
13 13 (17.11%) Data Management
13 13 (17.11%) XML
14 12 (15.79%) ITIL
14 12 (15.79%) JUnit
14 12 (15.79%) TDD
14 12 (15.79%) JSON
14 12 (15.79%) BDD
15 11 (14.47%) Visual Studio Team System
15 11 (14.47%) Analytics
15 11 (14.47%) Jenkins
15 11 (14.47%) Power BI

Test Automation
Co-occurring IT Skills in Reading 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 1 (1.32%) CMS
1 1 (1.32%) Confluence
1 1 (1.32%) NServiceBus
1 1 (1.32%) OpenStack
Business Applications
1 3 (3.95%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (1.32%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (1.32%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.32%) Sonata
Cloud Services
1 26 (34.21%) Microsoft Azure
2 16 (21.05%) IaaS
2 16 (21.05%) PaaS
3 6 (7.89%) Boomi
4 4 (5.26%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (2.63%) SaaS
6 1 (1.32%) BrowserStack
6 1 (1.32%) Dynamics 365
6 1 (1.32%) G Suite
6 1 (1.32%) npm
6 1 (1.32%) Sauce Labs
6 1 (1.32%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.95%) Radio Access Network
2 1 (1.32%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (14.47%) Power BI
2 10 (13.16%) Data Lake
2 10 (13.16%) HDInsight
2 10 (13.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 4 (5.26%) Azure SQL Database
3 4 (5.26%) Cosmos DB
3 4 (5.26%) SQL Server
4 2 (2.63%) Relational Database
5 1 (1.32%) NoSQL
5 1 (1.32%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 34 (44.74%) Selenium
2 20 (26.32%) Cucumber
3 14 (18.42%) Git (software)
4 12 (15.79%) JUnit
5 11 (14.47%) Gatling
5 11 (14.47%) Jenkins
5 11 (14.47%) Visual Studio
5 11 (14.47%) Visual Studio Team System
6 10 (13.16%) Geb
7 8 (10.53%) JMeter
8 7 (9.21%) JIRA
8 7 (9.21%) SpecFlow
9 6 (7.89%) SoapUI
9 6 (7.89%) SonarQube
9 6 (7.89%) Subversion
10 5 (6.58%) WebDriver
11 3 (3.95%) gulp
11 3 (3.95%) Jasmine
11 3 (3.95%) Octopus Deploy
11 3 (3.95%) webpack
General
1 6 (7.89%) Telecoms
2 5 (6.58%) Electronics
2 5 (6.58%) Finance
3 4 (5.26%) Manufacturing
3 4 (5.26%) Marketing
4 3 (3.95%) Billing
Job Titles
1 16 (21.05%) Tester
2 13 (17.11%) Developer
3 10 (13.16%) DevOps Engineer
3 10 (13.16%) Senior Tester
4 9 (11.84%) Analyst
5 8 (10.53%) Azure Engineer
5 8 (10.53%) Performance Tester
5 8 (10.53%) Senior Performance Tester
6 7 (9.21%) Architect
6 7 (9.21%) Test Analyst
7 6 (7.89%) Azure DevOps
7 6 (7.89%) Technical Architect
7 6 (7.89%) Test Engineer
8 5 (6.58%) Automation Tester
8 5 (6.58%) Azure DevOps Engineer
8 5 (6.58%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
8 5 (6.58%) Test Manager
9 4 (5.26%) Full Stack Developer
9 4 (5.26%) Technical Engineer
10 3 (3.95%) Manual Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (22.37%) .NET
2 15 (19.74%) Web Services
3 13 (17.11%) XML
4 12 (15.79%) JSON
5 10 (13.16%) EDI
6 8 (10.53%) CSS
6 8 (10.53%) HTML
7 7 (9.21%) HTML5
8 6 (7.89%) LESS
8 6 (7.89%) Sass
9 5 (6.58%) AngularJS
9 5 (6.58%) Node.js
10 4 (5.26%) .NET Core
10 4 (5.26%) RabbitMQ
11 3 (3.95%) Chai
11 3 (3.95%) CSS3
11 3 (3.95%) Gherkin
11 3 (3.95%) React
11 3 (3.95%) RESTful
11 3 (3.95%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 3 (3.95%) Mainframe
1 3 (3.95%) Management Information System
1 3 (3.95%) Public Cloud
1 3 (3.95%) Robotics
2 2 (2.63%) Virtual Team
3 1 (1.32%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.32%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (1.32%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 1 (1.32%) Smart Meter
3 1 (1.32%) Verilog
3 1 (1.32%) VHDL
Operating Systems
1 11 (14.47%) Windows
2 2 (2.63%) Linux
2 2 (2.63%) Unix
3 1 (1.32%) Android
3 1 (1.32%) Apple iOS
3 1 (1.32%) CentOS
3 1 (1.32%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (27.63%) DevOps
3 19 (25.00%) Continuous Integration
4 17 (22.37%) Continuous Delivery
5 15 (19.74%) Business Intelligence
6 14 (18.42%) Scrum
7 13 (17.11%) Data Management
7 13 (17.11%) Security Testing
8 12 (15.79%) BDD
8 12 (15.79%) ITIL
8 12 (15.79%) TDD
9 11 (14.47%) Analytics
10 10 (13.16%) CRM
10 10 (13.16%) Data-Driven Testing
10 10 (13.16%) Procedural Programming
11 9 (11.84%) Service Delivery
12 7 (9.21%) Continuous Deployment
12 7 (9.21%) Test Management
13 6 (7.89%) Data Science
13 6 (7.89%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 28 (36.84%) SQL
2 20 (26.32%) Java
3 14 (18.42%) C#
4 11 (14.47%) C++
5 10 (13.16%) Groovy
5 10 (13.16%) PowerShell
5 10 (13.16%) Scala
6 7 (9.21%) JavaScript
7 5 (6.58%) Python
8 2 (2.63%) C
9 1 (1.32%) Embedded C
9 1 (1.32%) Java 8
9 1 (1.32%) Ruby
9 1 (1.32%) Tcl
9 1 (1.32%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 6 (7.89%) Security Cleared
2 5 (6.58%) Degree
3 4 (5.26%) ISEB
4 3 (3.95%) BPSS Clearance
4 3 (3.95%) SC Cleared
5 2 (2.63%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (7.89%) QA
System Software
1 10 (13.16%) Virtual Machines
2 5 (6.58%) Docker
3 1 (1.32%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 5 (6.58%) Kubernetes
2 2 (2.63%) Ansible
3 1 (1.32%) Grafana
3 1 (1.32%) HP ALM
3 1 (1.32%) HP Fortify
3 1 (1.32%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (1.32%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (1.32%) Prometheus
3 1 (1.32%) Puppet
3 1 (1.32%) SCCM
3 1 (1.32%) Terraform
Vendors
1 22 (28.95%) Microsoft
2 6 (7.89%) Dell
3 4 (5.26%) HP
3 4 (5.26%) SAP
4 3 (3.95%) BMC
4 3 (3.95%) ComArch
4 3 (3.95%) Huawei
4 3 (3.95%) Remedy
5 2 (2.63%) Google
6 1 (1.32%) Micro Focus
6 1 (1.32%) Oracle
6 1 (1.32%) VMware
6 1 (1.32%) Xilinx