The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East 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
England / South East
Rank 162 196 183
Rank change year-on-year +34 -13  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 83 66 84
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.07% 0.72% 0.86%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.31% 0.89% 1.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 31 44
Median daily rate £375 £381 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.63% +7.39%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £291 £268
10% offered a daily rate of more than £470 £450 £419
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £375 £350
% change year-on-year -6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 7
Median hourly rate £50.00 £39.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.20% -2.50%  
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 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 6315 7428 7722
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 81.49% 81.17% 79.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 3641 4585 4239
Median daily rate £425 £400 £398
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +0.62%  
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 £399
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.29%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 238 265 271
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 £48.51
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 the South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East 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 the South East

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in the South East

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation in the South East

Test Automation
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 Test Automation in the South East.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation in the South East

Test Automation
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 Test Automation within the South East 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
Hampshire +3 25 £375 +17.18% 4
Berkshire +30 22 £350 -17.64% 10
Surrey +19 14 £405 +4.51% 13
Buckinghamshire - 9 - - 3
Oxfordshire -4 6 £425 - 3
East Sussex +14 3 - -
West Sussex +2 2 - - 2
Kent +10 1 £450 -
Home Counties - 1 - -
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

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 South East region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 131 (74.86%) Agile Software Development
2 100 (57.14%) Selenium
3 73 (41.71%) Java
4 67 (38.29%) TDD
4 67 (38.29%) BDD
5 48 (27.43%) WebDriver
6 47 (26.86%) Test Strategy
7 46 (26.29%) Scrum
8 44 (25.14%) Automated Testing
9 42 (24.00%) Continuous Integration
10 39 (22.29%) QA
11 36 (20.57%) C#
12 34 (19.43%) Test Scripting
13 30 (17.14%) ISTQB
13 30 (17.14%) Jenkins
13 30 (17.14%) Cucumber
14 29 (16.57%) JIRA
14 29 (16.57%) Python
14 29 (16.57%) HP
15 28 (16.00%) ISEB
15 28 (16.00%) SQL
16 27 (15.43%) Project Management
17 25 (14.29%) XML
17 25 (14.29%) Performance Testing
17 25 (14.29%) Test Management
18 24 (13.71%) Git (software)
18 24 (13.71%) JSON
18 24 (13.71%) Ruby
18 24 (13.71%) Web Services
18 24 (13.71%) REST

Test Automation
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 13 (7.43%) CMS
2 12 (6.86%) Sitecore CMS
3 8 (4.57%) Confluence
4 7 (4.00%) SharePoint
5 2 (1.14%) Apache Solr
5 2 (1.14%) Apache Spark
5 2 (1.14%) Elasticsearch
5 2 (1.14%) WebLogic
5 2 (1.14%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.57%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 4 (2.29%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.57%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 3 (1.71%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (0.57%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 5 (2.86%) Amazon AWS
1 5 (2.86%) SaaS
2 3 (1.71%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.57%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.57%) GitHub
3 1 (0.57%) OpenShift
3 1 (0.57%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 15 (8.57%) HTTP
2 11 (6.29%) PuTTY
2 11 (6.29%) WinSCP
3 5 (2.86%) Internet
4 1 (0.57%) Ethernet
4 1 (0.57%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (10.29%) Oracle Database
2 12 (6.86%) Data Warehouse
3 11 (6.29%) Oracle Database 10g
3 11 (6.29%) Oracle Database 11g
4 8 (4.57%) Oracle BI EE
4 8 (4.57%) Oracle Database 12c
5 6 (3.43%) Oracle OWB
6 5 (2.86%) Big Data
6 5 (2.86%) MongoDB
6 5 (2.86%) Oracle Reports
7 4 (2.29%) Relational Database
7 4 (2.29%) SQL Server
8 3 (1.71%) Hadoop
8 3 (1.71%) RDBMS
9 2 (1.14%) SQL Server 2005
9 2 (1.14%) SQL Server 2008
9 2 (1.14%) SQL Server 2012
10 1 (0.57%) MySQL
10 1 (0.57%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 100 (57.14%) Selenium
2 48 (27.43%) WebDriver
3 30 (17.14%) Cucumber
3 30 (17.14%) Jenkins
4 29 (16.57%) JIRA
5 24 (13.71%) Git (software)
6 21 (12.00%) HP UFT
7 18 (10.29%) Ant
7 18 (10.29%) Maven
8 17 (9.71%) JMeter
8 17 (9.71%) SoapUI
9 15 (8.57%) Team Foundation Server
10 14 (8.00%) Bitbucket
10 14 (8.00%) Gradle
11 13 (7.43%) Apache Ivy
11 13 (7.43%) SpecFlow
12 12 (6.86%) eggPlant
12 12 (6.86%) TeamCity
13 11 (6.29%) JUnit
13 11 (6.29%) Oracle APEX
General
1 19 (10.86%) Finance
2 6 (3.43%) Publishing
3 5 (2.86%) Games
3 5 (2.86%) Telecoms
4 4 (2.29%) Retail
5 3 (1.71%) Manufacturing
5 3 (1.71%) Marketing
6 2 (1.14%) Banking
6 2 (1.14%) Legal
7 1 (0.57%) Advertising
7 1 (0.57%) Electronics
7 1 (0.57%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 47 (26.86%) Analyst
2 41 (23.43%) Test Analyst
3 32 (18.29%) Developer
4 28 (16.00%) Tester
5 24 (13.71%) Test Engineer
6 23 (13.14%) Automation Test Analyst
7 20 (11.43%) Developer in Test
8 18 (10.29%) Test Manager
9 11 (6.29%) Automation Tester
9 11 (6.29%) Selenium Test Analyst
10 10 (5.71%) Test Automation Engineer
11 9 (5.14%) QA Engineer
12 8 (4.57%) Test Leader
13 7 (4.00%) Consultant
13 7 (4.00%) Java Developer
13 7 (4.00%) QA Analyst
13 7 (4.00%) QA Automation Analyst
13 7 (4.00%) QA Test Analyst
13 7 (4.00%) Quality Engineer
13 7 (4.00%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (14.29%) XML
2 24 (13.71%) JSON
2 24 (13.71%) REST
2 24 (13.71%) Web Services
3 20 (11.43%) SOAP
4 19 (10.86%) RESTful
5 16 (9.14%) .NET
6 9 (5.14%) HTML
7 8 (4.57%) Gherkin
8 6 (3.43%) AngularJS
9 5 (2.86%) CSS
9 5 (2.86%) Java EE
10 4 (2.29%) Node.js
10 4 (2.29%) Unreal Engine
11 3 (1.71%) HTML5
11 3 (1.71%) Spring
11 3 (1.71%) Unity (Game Engine)
11 3 (1.71%) Unity DI Container
12 2 (1.14%) J2EE
12 2 (1.14%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 15 (8.57%) Mobile App
2 8 (4.57%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (3.43%) Computer Science
4 3 (1.71%) Driving Licence
4 3 (1.71%) User Experience
5 2 (1.14%) Semantic Web
6 1 (0.57%) Linux Command Line
6 1 (0.57%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.57%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 15 (8.57%) Linux
2 13 (7.43%) Windows
3 8 (4.57%) Android
4 7 (4.00%) Apple iOS
5 4 (2.29%) Unix
5 4 (2.29%) Windows Server
5 4 (2.29%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (1.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 3 (1.71%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.57%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 131 (74.86%) Agile Software Development
2 67 (38.29%) BDD
2 67 (38.29%) TDD
3 47 (26.86%) Test Strategy
4 46 (26.29%) Scrum
5 44 (25.14%) Automated Testing
6 42 (24.00%) Continuous Integration
7 34 (19.43%) Test Scripting
8 27 (15.43%) Project Management
9 25 (14.29%) Performance Testing
9 25 (14.29%) Test Management
10 20 (11.43%) Manual Testing
10 20 (11.43%) Security Testing
11 18 (10.29%) Automation Testing
11 18 (10.29%) Continuous Improvement
11 18 (10.29%) SDLC
12 17 (9.71%) Functional Testing
12 17 (9.71%) Integration Testing
13 16 (9.14%) Kanban
13 16 (9.14%) OOP
Programming Languages
1 73 (41.71%) Java
2 36 (20.57%) C#
3 29 (16.57%) Python
4 28 (16.00%) SQL
5 24 (13.71%) Ruby
6 21 (12.00%) C++
7 20 (11.43%) Groovy
8 15 (8.57%) JavaScript
9 12 (6.86%) F#
9 12 (6.86%) Scala
10 8 (4.57%) VB
11 6 (3.43%) PowerShell
12 4 (2.29%) C
12 4 (2.29%) T-SQL
13 3 (1.71%) PHP
13 3 (1.71%) VBScript
14 2 (1.14%) Apple Swift
14 2 (1.14%) Bash Shell
14 2 (1.14%) Objective-C
15 1 (0.57%) VBA
Qualifications
1 30 (17.14%) ISTQB
2 28 (16.00%) ISEB
3 20 (11.43%) Security Cleared
4 18 (10.29%) SC Cleared
5 12 (6.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 8 (4.57%) Degree
7 7 (4.00%) ISEB Practitioner
8 6 (3.43%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 2 (1.14%) HNC
10 1 (0.57%) BPSS Clearance
10 1 (0.57%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (22.29%) QA
2 7 (4.00%) WCAG
3 5 (2.86%) SDET
4 2 (1.14%) WAI
5 1 (0.57%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 7 (4.00%) Docker
2 6 (3.43%) Oracle RAC
3 2 (1.14%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (1.14%) vSphere
4 1 (0.57%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 5 (2.86%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.14%) Oozie
2 2 (1.14%) vRealize
3 1 (0.57%) HP Fortify
3 1 (0.57%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 29 (16.57%) HP
2 21 (12.00%) Oracle
3 15 (8.57%) Microsoft
4 12 (6.86%) Sitecore
4 12 (6.86%) Splunk
5 8 (4.57%) VMware
6 6 (3.43%) Remedy
7 4 (2.29%) Atlassian
7 4 (2.29%) Red Hat
7 4 (2.29%) Salesforce.com
7 4 (2.29%) Talend
8 2 (1.14%) Apigee
8 2 (1.14%) IBM
8 2 (1.14%) SAP
9 1 (0.57%) Alias
9 1 (0.57%) ATG
9 1 (0.57%) Sophos
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