The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East with a requirement for Automation Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Automation Testing over the 3 months to 24 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
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Automation Testing
England / South East
Rank 197 218 223
Rank change year-on-year +21 +5  
Contract jobs citing Automation Testing 44 50 41
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.56% 0.54% 0.42%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.69% 0.67% 0.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 39 31
Median daily rate £354 £417 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -15.05% +38.91%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £203 £288 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £451 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £320 £300
% change year-on-year +1.56% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Median hourly rate - £170.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £170.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year - +300.00%  

Automation Testing 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 the South East with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
South East
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 6400 7467 7755
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 81.51% 81.17% 79.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 3691 4586 4265
Median daily rate £425 £400 £396
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +1.01%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 240 268 275
Median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £33.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.20% +21.21%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £13.75 £13.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £61.00 £47.79
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £39.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.69% +30.00%  

Automation Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East citing Automation Testing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Automation Testing in the South East

Automation Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Automation Testing in the South East.

Contractor daily rate trend for Automation Testing in the South East

Automation Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Automation Testing in the South East over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Automation Testing in the South East

Automation Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Automation Testing in the South East

Automation Testing
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Automation Testing within the South East region over the 3 months to 24 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
Kent +11 11 £203 -50.90%
Buckinghamshire +2 9 £278 - 1
Oxfordshire -14 9 £438 +2.94% 1
Hampshire +9 8 £425 +9.67% 8
Surrey +8 4 £388 +3.33% 3
Berkshire +19 2 £354 -15.43% 5
East Sussex - 1 - -
Automation Testing
England

Automation Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 24 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Automation Testing 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 South East region with a requirement for Automation Testing.

1 55 (62.50%) Selenium
2 46 (52.27%) Agile Software Development
3 29 (32.95%) Java
4 26 (29.55%) BDD
5 25 (28.41%) Test Strategy
5 25 (28.41%) Test Scripting
5 25 (28.41%) QA
6 24 (27.27%) .NET
7 23 (26.14%) C#
8 21 (23.86%) TDD
9 18 (20.45%) Test Automation
10 16 (18.18%) SQL Server
11 15 (17.05%) JavaScript
11 15 (17.05%) Continuous Integration
11 15 (17.05%) API Testing
12 14 (15.91%) WebDriver
12 14 (15.91%) Functional Testing
12 14 (15.91%) Automated Testing
12 14 (15.91%) Scrum
13 13 (14.77%) Migration
13 13 (14.77%) Regression Testing
13 13 (14.77%) Web Services
13 13 (14.77%) Team Foundation Server
13 13 (14.77%) Jenkins
14 12 (13.64%) SpecFlow
14 12 (13.64%) SQL
14 12 (13.64%) Finance
14 12 (13.64%) HP
14 12 (13.64%) Microsoft
15 11 (12.50%) SDLC

Automation Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the South East 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 5 (5.68%) SharePoint
2 4 (4.55%) IIS
3 2 (2.27%) BizTalk Server
3 2 (2.27%) Drupal
4 1 (1.14%) CMS
4 1 (1.14%) Confluence
4 1 (1.14%) Sitecore CMS
Business Applications
1 3 (3.41%) Magento
2 1 (1.14%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 6 (6.82%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (4.55%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (2.27%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (5.68%) PuTTY
1 5 (5.68%) WinSCP
2 4 (4.55%) LDAP
3 1 (1.14%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (18.18%) SQL Server
2 9 (10.23%) Data Warehouse
3 5 (5.68%) Oracle Database
3 5 (5.68%) Oracle Database 10g
3 5 (5.68%) Oracle Database 11g
4 4 (4.55%) SQL Server 2005
4 4 (4.55%) SQL Server 2012
5 3 (3.41%) NoSQL
5 3 (3.41%) Oracle Reports
6 2 (2.27%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 55 (62.50%) Selenium
2 14 (15.91%) WebDriver
3 13 (14.77%) Jenkins
3 13 (14.77%) Team Foundation Server
4 12 (13.64%) SpecFlow
5 10 (11.36%) JIRA
6 9 (10.23%) Cucumber
7 8 (9.09%) HP UFT
8 7 (7.95%) LoadRunner
9 6 (6.82%) TeamCity
10 5 (5.68%) JUnit
10 5 (5.68%) Oracle APEX
10 5 (5.68%) Protractor
10 5 (5.68%) RSpec
10 5 (5.68%) SoapUI
11 2 (2.27%) Ant
11 2 (2.27%) Appium
11 2 (2.27%) NUnit
12 1 (1.14%) Apache Ivy
12 1 (1.14%) eggPlant
General
1 12 (13.64%) Finance
2 7 (7.95%) Games
3 4 (4.55%) Publishing
4 3 (3.41%) Marketing
5 2 (2.27%) Banking
6 1 (1.14%) Advertising
6 1 (1.14%) Electronics
6 1 (1.14%) Law
6 1 (1.14%) Local Government
6 1 (1.14%) Manufacturing
6 1 (1.14%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (1.14%) Retail
6 1 (1.14%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 37 (42.05%) Tester
2 18 (20.45%) Analyst
3 17 (19.32%) Automation Tester
3 17 (19.32%) Test Analyst
4 14 (15.91%) Developer
5 13 (14.77%) Automation Test Analyst
6 10 (11.36%) QA Engineer
6 10 (11.36%) Test Engineer
7 8 (9.09%) Selenium Tester
7 8 (9.09%) Test Manager
8 7 (7.95%) Java Automation Tester
8 7 (7.95%) Quality Engineer
8 7 (7.95%) Selenium Automation Tester
9 6 (6.82%) Developer in Test
9 6 (6.82%) Java Developer
10 5 (5.68%) Automation Engineer
10 5 (5.68%) QA Automation Engineer
10 5 (5.68%) QA Test Engineer
10 5 (5.68%) QA Tester
10 5 (5.68%) Selenium Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (27.27%) .NET
2 13 (14.77%) Web Services
3 10 (11.36%) XML
4 9 (10.23%) JSON
5 6 (6.82%) SOAP
6 5 (5.68%) Behat
7 4 (4.55%) AngularJS
8 3 (3.41%) CSS
8 3 (3.41%) CSS3
8 3 (3.41%) HTML
8 3 (3.41%) LESS
8 3 (3.41%) Node.js
8 3 (3.41%) Sass
9 2 (2.27%) REST
10 1 (1.14%) .NET Framework
10 1 (1.14%) Gherkin
10 1 (1.14%) PrimeFaces
10 1 (1.14%) Spring
10 1 (1.14%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 9 (10.23%) Algorithms
1 9 (10.23%) Management Information System
2 2 (2.27%) iPad
3 1 (1.14%) IVR
3 1 (1.14%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 10 (11.36%) Linux
2 8 (9.09%) Windows
3 5 (5.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 4 (4.55%) Windows Server
4 4 (4.55%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (1.14%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (52.27%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (29.55%) BDD
3 25 (28.41%) Test Scripting
3 25 (28.41%) Test Strategy
4 21 (23.86%) TDD
5 18 (20.45%) Test Automation
6 15 (17.05%) API Testing
6 15 (17.05%) Continuous Integration
7 14 (15.91%) Automated Testing
7 14 (15.91%) Functional Testing
7 14 (15.91%) Scrum
8 13 (14.77%) Migration
8 13 (14.77%) Regression Testing
9 11 (12.50%) SDLC
10 9 (10.23%) Data Management
10 9 (10.23%) Data Migration
10 9 (10.23%) Defect Tracking
10 9 (10.23%) Manual Testing
10 9 (10.23%) Requirements Analysis
11 7 (7.95%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 29 (32.95%) Java
2 23 (26.14%) C#
3 15 (17.05%) JavaScript
4 12 (13.64%) SQL
5 8 (9.09%) PHP
6 6 (6.82%) Scala
7 5 (5.68%) F#
8 4 (4.55%) Python
9 3 (3.41%) PowerShell
10 2 (2.27%) PL/SQL
10 2 (2.27%) Ruby
11 1 (1.14%) Bash Shell
11 1 (1.14%) C++
11 1 (1.14%) Groovy
11 1 (1.14%) VB
11 1 (1.14%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 7 (7.95%) Security Cleared
2 4 (4.55%) ISTQB
2 4 (4.55%) SC Cleared
3 3 (3.41%) ISEB
4 1 (1.14%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (28.41%) QA
2 8 (9.09%) Data Quality
3 5 (5.68%) WCAG
4 2 (2.27%) SDET
System Software
1 4 (4.55%) Active Directory
1 4 (4.55%) Terminal Services
1 4 (4.55%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 7 (7.95%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (4.55%) vRealize
3 3 (3.41%) Terraform
Vendors
1 12 (13.64%) HP
1 12 (13.64%) Microsoft
2 8 (9.09%) Oracle
3 5 (5.68%) Red Hat
4 4 (4.55%) VMware
5 2 (2.27%) New Relic
6 1 (1.14%) Avaya
6 1 (1.14%) SAP
6 1 (1.14%) Sitecore
6 1 (1.14%) Splunk
6 1 (1.14%) Talend
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