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 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
South West / Somerset
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 8 25 29
Rank change year-on-year +17 +4  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 38 9 17
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Somerset 18.10% 3.66% 4.87%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 23.03% 4.79% 6.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 3 14
Median daily rate £388 £375 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +10.29%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £360 £315 £307
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £425 £393
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 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 165 188 272
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Somerset 78.57% 76.42% 77.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 108 96 158
Median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £345 £275 £305
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £383
% change year-on-year +3.75% +4.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 26 29
Median hourly rate £50.00 £38.75 £38.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +29.03% +1.30%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £21.83 £30.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £42.45 £55.00
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 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 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation in Somerset

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Somerset

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

Contractor hourly rate trend 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 June 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 - 25 £385 - 2
Bath +5 7 £425 +25.92% 2
Yeovil - 2 £475 -
Test Automation
South West

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

1 60 (81.08%) Agile Software Development
2 41 (55.41%) Java
3 37 (50.00%) Scrum
4 32 (43.24%) .NET
4 32 (43.24%) Team Foundation Server
5 30 (40.54%) C#
6 29 (39.19%) BDD
7 28 (37.84%) TDD
8 25 (33.78%) Selenium
9 24 (32.43%) SQL
10 23 (31.08%) JavaScript
10 23 (31.08%) Continuous Delivery
11 22 (29.73%) Security Cleared
12 20 (27.03%) SC Cleared
13 18 (24.32%) Continuous Deployment
14 17 (22.97%) XML
15 16 (21.62%) Unit Testing
16 15 (20.27%) Web Services
17 14 (18.92%) MVC
17 14 (18.92%) CSS
17 14 (18.92%) Continuous Integration
17 14 (18.92%) Hadoop
17 14 (18.92%) Cucumber
18 13 (17.57%) Git (software)
18 13 (17.57%) QA
18 13 (17.57%) Pair Programming
18 13 (17.57%) HTML
19 12 (16.22%) Ant
19 12 (16.22%) E-Commerce
19 12 (16.22%) Eclipse

Test Automation
Co-occurring 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 3 (4.05%) NServiceBus
2 2 (2.70%) Apache Pig
2 2 (2.70%) Apache Spark
3 1 (1.35%) Apache
3 1 (1.35%) CMS
3 1 (1.35%) IIS
3 1 (1.35%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.35%) Sitecore CMS
3 1 (1.35%) Umbraco
3 1 (1.35%) WebLogic
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.70%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (2.70%) GitHub
1 2 (2.70%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 7 (9.46%) Internet
2 2 (2.70%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (18.92%) Hadoop
2 5 (6.76%) SQL Server
3 4 (5.41%) Big Data
4 2 (2.70%) Apache Accumulo
4 2 (2.70%) Apache Hive
4 2 (2.70%) HBase
4 2 (2.70%) Oracle Database
5 1 (1.35%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 32 (43.24%) Team Foundation Server
2 25 (33.78%) Selenium
3 14 (18.92%) Cucumber
4 13 (17.57%) Git (software)
5 12 (16.22%) Ant
5 12 (16.22%) Eclipse
5 12 (16.22%) Jenkins
5 12 (16.22%) Maven
5 12 (16.22%) SpecFlow
6 11 (14.86%) Gradle
6 11 (14.86%) IntelliJ
7 8 (10.81%) Apache Buildr
7 8 (10.81%) HP UFT
7 8 (10.81%) jMock
7 8 (10.81%) JUnit
7 8 (10.81%) Mercurial
7 8 (10.81%) Subversion
8 7 (9.46%) JIRA
9 6 (8.11%) Visual Studio
9 6 (8.11%) WATIR
General
1 3 (4.05%) Finance
2 2 (2.70%) Retail
3 1 (1.35%) Back Office
3 1 (1.35%) Billing
Job Titles
1 28 (37.84%) Developer
2 15 (20.27%) .NET Developer
3 10 (13.51%) Analyst
3 10 (13.51%) Test Analyst
4 9 (12.16%) Developer in Test
4 9 (12.16%) SQL Developer
5 8 (10.81%) Architect
5 8 (10.81%) C# Developer
6 7 (9.46%) Automation Test Analyst
6 7 (9.46%) Technical Architect
7 6 (8.11%) Test Engineer
8 4 (5.41%) Automation Engineer
8 4 (5.41%) Consultant
8 4 (5.41%) Java Engineer
8 4 (5.41%) Test Automation Engineer
8 4 (5.41%) Test Consultant
9 3 (4.05%) Automation Tester
9 3 (4.05%) Manual Test Analyst
9 3 (4.05%) Senior Automation Engineer
9 3 (4.05%) Senior Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (43.24%) .NET
2 17 (22.97%) XML
3 15 (20.27%) Web Services
4 14 (18.92%) CSS
5 13 (17.57%) HTML
6 12 (16.22%) Gherkin
7 10 (13.51%) RESTful
7 10 (13.51%) SOAP
7 10 (13.51%) Spring
8 9 (12.16%) .NET Framework
9 8 (10.81%) Ajax
9 8 (10.81%) EJB
9 8 (10.81%) Hibernate
9 8 (10.81%) JSF
9 8 (10.81%) JSP
9 8 (10.81%) Struts
10 7 (9.46%) JSON
11 6 (8.11%) ASP.NET
12 5 (6.76%) WPF
13 3 (4.05%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 7 (9.46%) RIA
1 7 (9.46%) Web 2.0
2 2 (2.70%) Enterprise Software
2 2 (2.70%) Greenfield Project
3 1 (1.35%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.35%) Animation
3 1 (1.35%) Client/Server
3 1 (1.35%) HTC Vive
3 1 (1.35%) Oculus Rift
Operating Systems
1 2 (2.70%) Linux
1 2 (2.70%) Unix
2 1 (1.35%) Windows
2 1 (1.35%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 60 (81.08%) Agile Software Development
2 37 (50.00%) Scrum
3 29 (39.19%) BDD
4 28 (37.84%) TDD
5 23 (31.08%) Continuous Delivery
6 18 (24.32%) Continuous Deployment
7 16 (21.62%) Unit Testing
8 14 (18.92%) Continuous Integration
8 14 (18.92%) MVC
9 13 (17.57%) Pair Programming
10 12 (16.22%) E-Commerce
10 12 (16.22%) Open Source
10 12 (16.22%) Test Planning
11 9 (12.16%) Software Engineering
12 8 (10.81%) Refactoring
12 8 (10.81%) XML Parsing
13 7 (9.46%) Technical Architecture
13 7 (9.46%) User Acceptance Testing
13 7 (9.46%) User Stories
14 5 (6.76%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 41 (55.41%) Java
2 30 (40.54%) C#
3 24 (32.43%) SQL
4 23 (31.08%) JavaScript
5 5 (6.76%) Ruby
6 2 (2.70%) VBScript
7 1 (1.35%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 22 (29.73%) Security Cleared
2 20 (27.03%) SC Cleared
3 4 (5.41%) BPSS Clearance
4 3 (4.05%) ISEB
5 2 (2.70%) DV Cleared
5 2 (2.70%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (17.57%) QA
System Software
1 11 (14.86%) Docker
Systems Management
1 9 (12.16%) Ansible
2 2 (2.70%) Oozie
3 1 (1.35%) Business Desktop Deployment
Vendors
1 11 (14.86%) ATG
2 10 (13.51%) Oracle
3 8 (10.81%) Microsoft
4 5 (6.76%) hybris
5 2 (2.70%) Cloudera
6 1 (1.35%) BEA
6 1 (1.35%) Sitecore