The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Somerset 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 23 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
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Automation
South West / Somerset
Rank 18 33 -
Rank change year-on-year +15 -  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 18 5 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Somerset 8.65% 1.90% -
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 11.04% 2.35% -
Number of daily rates quoted 12 2 0
Median daily rate £331 £318 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.33% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £375 £350
% change year-on-year -6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £37.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £43.75 £37.50
% change year-on-year -20.00% +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 Somerset with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Somerset
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 163 213 258
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Somerset 78.37% 80.99% 77.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 98 110 171
Median daily rate £365 £400 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.75% -3.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £288 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £698
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £399
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.29%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 44 15
Median hourly rate £40.75 £42.25 £38.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.55% +10.45%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £36.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £57.00 £47.00
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 Somerset

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Somerset 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 Somerset

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Somerset

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in Somerset

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Somerset

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in Somerset over the 3 months to 23 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation in Somerset

Test Automation
Contract Job Locations in Somerset

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 Somerset region over the 3 months to 23 March 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
Taunton - 10 £303 - 2
Bath 0 4 £338 +3.84% 4
Test Automation
South West

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Somerset

For the 6 months to 23 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 Somerset region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 23 (85.19%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (77.78%) Selenium
3 17 (62.96%) .NET
4 16 (59.26%) C#
4 16 (59.26%) Test Planning
5 15 (55.56%) Gherkin
5 15 (55.56%) BDD
5 15 (55.56%) TDD
6 14 (51.85%) Continuous Integration
6 14 (51.85%) SpecFlow
7 13 (48.15%) Java
8 8 (29.63%) SQL
8 8 (29.63%) .NET Framework
9 7 (25.93%) Cucumber
9 7 (25.93%) SC Cleared
9 7 (25.93%) Security Cleared
9 7 (25.93%) Team Foundation Server
10 6 (22.22%) Automated Testing
10 6 (22.22%) QA
10 6 (22.22%) WATIR
10 6 (22.22%) Web Services
10 6 (22.22%) XML
10 6 (22.22%) HP UFT
11 5 (18.52%) Unit Testing
11 5 (18.52%) Software Engineering
11 5 (18.52%) Ruby
11 5 (18.52%) Scrum
11 5 (18.52%) Sahi
11 5 (18.52%) Open Source
12 4 (14.81%) Automation Testing

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills in Somerset 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 (3.70%) Apache
1 1 (3.70%) NServiceBus
1 1 (3.70%) WebLogic
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (14.81%) Hadoop
2 3 (11.11%) SQL Server
3 1 (3.70%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 21 (77.78%) Selenium
2 14 (51.85%) SpecFlow
3 7 (25.93%) Cucumber
3 7 (25.93%) Team Foundation Server
4 6 (22.22%) HP UFT
4 6 (22.22%) WATIR
5 5 (18.52%) Sahi
6 3 (11.11%) Git (software)
7 2 (7.41%) Visual Studio
7 2 (7.41%) WebDriver
8 1 (3.70%) Ant
8 1 (3.70%) Apache Buildr
8 1 (3.70%) Eclipse
8 1 (3.70%) jMock
8 1 (3.70%) JUnit
8 1 (3.70%) Maven
8 1 (3.70%) Mercurial
8 1 (3.70%) Subversion
8 1 (3.70%) WebLogic Workshop
General
1 2 (7.41%) Finance
2 1 (3.70%) Billing
2 1 (3.70%) Retail
Job Titles
1 17 (62.96%) Developer
2 11 (40.74%) Developer in Test
3 10 (37.04%) C# Developer
4 5 (18.52%) Automation Tester
4 5 (18.52%) Tester
5 3 (11.11%) .NET Developer
5 3 (11.11%) Java Automation Tester
5 3 (11.11%) Java Engineer
6 2 (7.41%) Java Developer
6 2 (7.41%) Mobile Tester
6 2 (7.41%) Senior C# Developer
6 2 (7.41%) Senior Developer
6 2 (7.41%) Software Tester
6 2 (7.41%) SQL Developer
6 2 (7.41%) Test Automation Developer
7 1 (3.70%) Automation Test Lead
7 1 (3.70%) Full Stack Developer
7 1 (3.70%) QA Automation Tester
7 1 (3.70%) Senior Automation Tester
7 1 (3.70%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (62.96%) .NET
2 15 (55.56%) Gherkin
3 8 (29.63%) .NET Framework
4 6 (22.22%) Web Services
4 6 (22.22%) XML
5 2 (7.41%) CSS
5 2 (7.41%) HTML
6 1 (3.70%) Ajax
6 1 (3.70%) AngularJS
6 1 (3.70%) ASP.NET
6 1 (3.70%) ASP.NET MVC 4
6 1 (3.70%) ASP.NET Web API
6 1 (3.70%) EJB
6 1 (3.70%) Entity Framework
6 1 (3.70%) Hibernate
6 1 (3.70%) JSF
6 1 (3.70%) JSP
6 1 (3.70%) SOAP
6 1 (3.70%) Spring
6 1 (3.70%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 1 (3.70%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.70%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (85.19%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (59.26%) Test Planning
3 15 (55.56%) BDD
3 15 (55.56%) TDD
4 14 (51.85%) Continuous Integration
5 6 (22.22%) Automated Testing
6 5 (18.52%) Open Source
6 5 (18.52%) Scrum
6 5 (18.52%) Software Engineering
6 5 (18.52%) Unit Testing
7 4 (14.81%) Automation Testing
7 4 (14.81%) Continuous Delivery
7 4 (14.81%) System Testing
8 3 (11.11%) SDLC
9 2 (7.41%) Functional Testing
9 2 (7.41%) Mentoring
9 2 (7.41%) MVC
9 2 (7.41%) Regression Testing
9 2 (7.41%) Software Testing
9 2 (7.41%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 16 (59.26%) C#
2 13 (48.15%) Java
3 8 (29.63%) SQL
4 5 (18.52%) Ruby
5 2 (7.41%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 7 (25.93%) SC Cleared
1 7 (25.93%) Security Cleared
2 2 (7.41%) BPSS Clearance
2 2 (7.41%) ISEB
2 2 (7.41%) ISTQB
3 1 (3.70%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (22.22%) QA
Vendors
1 2 (7.41%) Microsoft
2 1 (3.70%) ATG
2 1 (3.70%) BEA
2 1 (3.70%) Oracle