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 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
Berkshire / Reading
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 31 52 33
Rank change year-on-year +21 -19  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 22 21 38
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Reading 3.78% 2.39% 4.56%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.74% 2.99% 5.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 18 31
Median daily rate £403 £360 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.80% +1.40%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £233 £347 £320
10% offered a daily rate of more than £532 £448 £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 1
Median hourly rate - - £37.50
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 Reading with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Reading
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 464 702 649
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Reading 79.73% 80.05% 77.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 235 420 320
Median daily rate £438 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.37% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £306 £225 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £569 £500 £509
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 24 36
Median hourly rate £29.75 £19.81 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +50.21% -8.09%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £19.61 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £33.58 £41.16
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 Reading

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Reading 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 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 3 months to 27 June 2017.

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 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 Reading region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 24 (68.57%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (51.43%) TDD
3 17 (48.57%) BDD
4 13 (37.14%) Continuous Integration
4 13 (37.14%) C#
5 11 (31.43%) Selenium
6 9 (25.71%) Degree
6 9 (25.71%) C++
6 9 (25.71%) Functional Testing
7 8 (22.86%) Computer Science
8 7 (20.00%) Java
8 7 (20.00%) SQL
8 7 (20.00%) User Stories
8 7 (20.00%) Unity DI Container
8 7 (20.00%) Unity (Game Engine)
8 7 (20.00%) Unreal Engine
9 6 (17.14%) Computer Science Degree
9 6 (17.14%) Scrum
9 6 (17.14%) JavaScript
9 6 (17.14%) .NET
9 6 (17.14%) Test Scripting
10 5 (14.29%) Security Cleared
10 5 (14.29%) Git (software)
10 5 (14.29%) JSON
10 5 (14.29%) SQL Server
10 5 (14.29%) XML
10 5 (14.29%) HTTP
10 5 (14.29%) Microsoft
10 5 (14.29%) SDLC
11 4 (11.43%) Mentoring

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 3 (8.57%) IIS
2 2 (5.71%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (2.86%) CMS
3 1 (2.86%) Confluence
3 1 (2.86%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (5.71%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (5.71%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.86%) OpenShift
1 1 (2.86%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 5 (14.29%) HTTP
2 2 (5.71%) Internet
3 1 (2.86%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (14.29%) SQL Server
2 2 (5.71%) MongoDB
2 2 (5.71%) NoSQL
2 2 (5.71%) Redis
2 2 (5.71%) Relational Database
3 1 (2.86%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 11 (31.43%) Selenium
2 5 (14.29%) Git (software)
3 4 (11.43%) Cucumber
3 4 (11.43%) JIRA
3 4 (11.43%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (8.57%) SoapUI
4 3 (8.57%) SpecFlow
4 3 (8.57%) WebDriver
5 2 (5.71%) Fiddler
5 2 (5.71%) Jenkins
5 2 (5.71%) JMeter
5 2 (5.71%) Visual Studio
6 1 (2.86%) Appium
6 1 (2.86%) Bitbucket
6 1 (2.86%) Calabash
6 1 (2.86%) TeamCity
General
1 4 (11.43%) Games
2 1 (2.86%) Publishing
2 1 (2.86%) Retail
Job Titles
1 7 (20.00%) Test Engineer
2 6 (17.14%) Developer
3 5 (14.29%) Tester
4 4 (11.43%) Software Engineer
4 4 (11.43%) Test Automation Engineer
5 3 (8.57%) Agile C# Developer
5 3 (8.57%) Agile Developer
5 3 (8.57%) C# Developer
5 3 (8.57%) C++ Developer
5 3 (8.57%) C++/C# Developer
5 3 (8.57%) DevOps Engineer
5 3 (8.57%) Scrum Master
6 2 (5.71%) Automation Tester
6 2 (5.71%) Designer
6 2 (5.71%) Development Engineer
6 2 (5.71%) Java Engineer
6 2 (5.71%) Performance Manager
6 2 (5.71%) Performance Test Manager
6 2 (5.71%) Software Development Engineer
6 2 (5.71%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (20.00%) Unity (Game Engine)
1 7 (20.00%) Unity DI Container
1 7 (20.00%) Unreal Engine
2 6 (17.14%) .NET
3 5 (14.29%) JSON
3 5 (14.29%) XML
4 4 (11.43%) REST
4 4 (11.43%) SOAP
5 3 (8.57%) .NET Framework
5 3 (8.57%) Web Services
6 2 (5.71%) Gherkin
6 2 (5.71%) Kafka
6 2 (5.71%) Node.js
6 2 (5.71%) RESTful
7 1 (2.86%) Celery
7 1 (2.86%) Django
7 1 (2.86%) RabbitMQ
7 1 (2.86%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 1 (2.86%) Velocity
7 1 (2.86%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 8 (22.86%) Computer Science
2 3 (8.57%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (8.57%) Greenfield Project
3 1 (2.86%) Driving Licence
3 1 (2.86%) Linux Command Line
3 1 (2.86%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 3 (8.57%) Android
1 3 (8.57%) Apple iOS
2 2 (5.71%) Linux
2 2 (5.71%) Windows
2 2 (5.71%) Windows Server
3 1 (2.86%) CentOS
3 1 (2.86%) Debian
3 1 (2.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (2.86%) Ubuntu
3 1 (2.86%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (68.57%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (51.43%) TDD
3 17 (48.57%) BDD
4 13 (37.14%) Continuous Integration
5 9 (25.71%) Functional Testing
6 7 (20.00%) User Stories
7 6 (17.14%) Scrum
7 6 (17.14%) Test Scripting
8 5 (14.29%) SDLC
9 4 (11.43%) Defect Management
9 4 (11.43%) Mentoring
9 4 (11.43%) Software Engineering
9 4 (11.43%) Software Testing
10 3 (8.57%) API Testing
10 3 (8.57%) Configuration Management
10 3 (8.57%) Customer Engagement
10 3 (8.57%) Integration Testing
10 3 (8.57%) Open Source
10 3 (8.57%) Scenario Testing
10 3 (8.57%) SDET
Programming Languages
1 13 (37.14%) C#
2 9 (25.71%) C++
3 7 (20.00%) Java
3 7 (20.00%) SQL
4 6 (17.14%) JavaScript
5 4 (11.43%) C
6 2 (5.71%) PL/SQL
6 2 (5.71%) Python
6 2 (5.71%) VB
7 1 (2.86%) Bash Shell
7 1 (2.86%) Scala
Qualifications
1 9 (25.71%) Degree
2 6 (17.14%) Computer Science Degree
3 5 (14.29%) Security Cleared
4 3 (8.57%) ISTQB
4 3 (8.57%) SC Cleared
5 2 (5.71%) ISEB
5 2 (5.71%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (8.57%) QA
System Software
1 2 (5.71%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (5.71%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (2.86%) SELinux
Vendors
1 5 (14.29%) Microsoft
2 4 (11.43%) Apigee
3 2 (5.71%) IBM
4 1 (2.86%) Google
4 1 (2.86%) HP
4 1 (2.86%) Red Hat
4 1 (2.86%) Twitter