Period
to 18 November 2018

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 6 months to 18 November 2018 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
6 months to
18 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 13 11 22
Rank change year-on-year -2 +11 -5
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 57 63 27
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Somerset 11.70% 12.23% 5.88%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 13.54% 15.67% 7.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 47 24
Somerset median daily rate £488 £388 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +25.81% +10.71% -
10th Percentile £363 £330 £244
90th Percentile £595 £464 £480
South West median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Somerset median hourly rate - - -
South West median hourly rate £41.00 £35.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year +17.14% -22.22% +30.43%

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 Somerset with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Somerset
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 421 402 348
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Somerset 86.45% 78.06% 75.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 283 266 190
Somerset median daily rate £413 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.00% +7.14% -3.45%
10th Percentile £234 £159 £194
90th Percentile £538 £511 £500
South West median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 22 57
Somerset median hourly rate £41.83 £40.25 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.91% +11.81% -14.29%
10th Percentile £38.50 £13.00 £11.70
90th Percentile £45.25 £53.75 £43.00
South West median hourly rate £41.53 £35.00 £29.60
% change year-on-year +18.66% +18.24% -22.11%

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Somerset

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

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 6 months to 18 November 2018.

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 6 months to 18 November 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Taunton +1 27 £488 +33.56% 20
Bath -11 13 £475 +24.59% 8
Street 0 3 £400 -3.03% 4
Test Automation
South West

For the 6 months to 18 November 2018, 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 Somerset region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 37 (64.91%) Agile Software Development
2 35 (61.40%) C#
3 26 (45.61%) Scrum
3 26 (45.61%) Security Cleared
4 23 (40.35%) Continuous Delivery
5 21 (36.84%) Continuous Deployment
6 19 (33.33%) Team Foundation Server
7 17 (29.82%) DV Cleared
7 17 (29.82%) Microsoft Azure
8 16 (28.07%) BDD
9 15 (26.32%) Git (software)
9 15 (26.32%) .NET
10 13 (22.81%) QA
11 12 (21.05%) Continuous Integration
12 11 (19.30%) Selenium
12 11 (19.30%) GIS
12 11 (19.30%) Java
13 10 (17.54%) TDD
14 9 (15.79%) Security Testing
14 9 (15.79%) Cucumber
14 9 (15.79%) Test Strategy
15 8 (14.04%) REST
15 8 (14.04%) SC Cleared
15 8 (14.04%) SQL
15 8 (14.04%) Acceptance Criteria
15 8 (14.04%) Jenkins
15 8 (14.04%) User Stories
15 8 (14.04%) DevOps
16 7 (12.28%) JavaScript
16 7 (12.28%) ASP.NET

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 4 (7.02%) Mule
2 2 (3.51%) Apache Solr
2 2 (3.51%) Elasticsearch
Cloud Services
1 17 (29.82%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (3.51%) Apigee
2 2 (3.51%) GitHub
3 1 (1.75%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.75%) BrowserStack
3 1 (1.75%) SaaS
3 1 (1.75%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.75%) HTTP
1 1 (1.75%) SMS
1 1 (1.75%) SSL
1 1 (1.75%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (19.30%) GIS
2 4 (7.02%) Big Data
3 3 (5.26%) SQL Server
4 2 (3.51%) Azure SQL Database
4 2 (3.51%) Geospatial Data
4 2 (3.51%) MongoDB
4 2 (3.51%) MySQL
4 2 (3.51%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (3.51%) RDBMS
4 2 (3.51%) Relational Database
5 1 (1.75%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 19 (33.33%) Team Foundation Server
2 15 (26.32%) Git (software)
3 11 (19.30%) Selenium
4 9 (15.79%) Cucumber
5 8 (14.04%) Jenkins
6 7 (12.28%) Maven
7 5 (8.77%) JIRA
7 5 (8.77%) Visual Studio Team System
8 3 (5.26%) JMeter
8 3 (5.26%) SoapUI
8 3 (5.26%) TeamCity
9 2 (3.51%) Ant
9 2 (3.51%) Bitbucket
9 2 (3.51%) Cobertura
9 2 (3.51%) Eclipse
9 2 (3.51%) Gradle
9 2 (3.51%) Mercurial
9 2 (3.51%) NeoLoad
10 1 (1.75%) JBehave
10 1 (1.75%) WebDriver
General
1 2 (3.51%) Back Office
2 1 (1.75%) Finance
Job Titles
1 17 (29.82%) Test Leader
2 13 (22.81%) Developer
3 10 (17.54%) Automation Test Lead
4 8 (14.04%) Test Automation Engineer
4 8 (14.04%) Test Engineer
5 7 (12.28%) .NET Developer
6 4 (7.02%) Automation Engineer
6 4 (7.02%) Java Developer
6 4 (7.02%) Scrum Master
7 3 (5.26%) Analyst
7 3 (5.26%) Senior Developer
7 3 (5.26%) Senior Java Developer
7 3 (5.26%) Test Analyst
7 3 (5.26%) Tester
8 2 (3.51%) Customer Engineer
8 2 (3.51%) QA Engineer
8 2 (3.51%) QA Tester
8 2 (3.51%) Senior Software Engineer
8 2 (3.51%) Senior Test Engineer
8 2 (3.51%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (26.32%) .NET
2 8 (14.04%) REST
3 7 (12.28%) ASP.NET
3 7 (12.28%) CSS
3 7 (12.28%) Gherkin
4 6 (10.53%) HTML
5 4 (7.02%) ASP.NET Core
5 4 (7.02%) RESTful
5 4 (7.02%) Spring
6 3 (5.26%) AngularJS
6 3 (5.26%) JSON
6 3 (5.26%) WPF
7 2 (3.51%) ASP.NET MVC
7 2 (3.51%) GWT
7 2 (3.51%) JMS
7 2 (3.51%) JPA
7 2 (3.51%) SOAP
7 2 (3.51%) Spring Batch
7 2 (3.51%) Web Services
7 2 (3.51%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (1.75%) Analytical Skills
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (64.91%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (45.61%) Scrum
3 23 (40.35%) Continuous Delivery
4 21 (36.84%) Continuous Deployment
5 16 (28.07%) BDD
6 12 (21.05%) Continuous Integration
7 10 (17.54%) TDD
8 9 (15.79%) Security Testing
8 9 (15.79%) Test Strategy
9 8 (14.04%) Acceptance Criteria
9 8 (14.04%) DevOps
9 8 (14.04%) User Stories
10 6 (10.53%) Continuous Improvement
11 5 (8.77%) Deployment Automation
11 5 (8.77%) E-Commerce
12 4 (7.02%) Manual Testing
12 4 (7.02%) Pair Programming
13 3 (5.26%) Microservices
13 3 (5.26%) User Acceptance Testing
13 3 (5.26%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 35 (61.40%) C#
2 11 (19.30%) Java
3 8 (14.04%) SQL
4 7 (12.28%) JavaScript
5 6 (10.53%) PowerShell
6 2 (3.51%) Bash Shell
6 2 (3.51%) PL/SQL
7 1 (1.75%) Python
7 1 (1.75%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 26 (45.61%) Security Cleared
2 17 (29.82%) DV Cleared
3 8 (14.04%) SC Cleared
4 3 (5.26%) DBS Check
5 2 (3.51%) ISEB
5 2 (3.51%) ISTQB
5 2 (3.51%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (22.81%) QA
Systems Management
1 2 (3.51%) Kibana
1 2 (3.51%) logstash
2 1 (1.75%) Business Desktop Deployment
Vendors
1 3 (5.26%) hybris
1 3 (5.26%) Oracle
2 2 (3.51%) Google
3 1 (1.75%) Splunk