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 25 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
England / South East
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 41 37 47
Rank change year-on-year -4 +10  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 351 431 360
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 4.60% 4.89% 3.80%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 5.53% 5.97% 4.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 206 267 221
Median daily rate £395 £400 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.25% +12.67%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £299 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £490 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 11 12
Median hourly rate £47.50 £45.00 £38.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.55% +16.12%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.80 £37.50 £33.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.18 £59.31 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £38.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -1.31% +8.57%  

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 6342 7222 7635
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 83.03% 81.98% 80.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 3718 4417 4412
Median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £288 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £538 £520
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 231 268 264
Median hourly rate £29.92 £32.00 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.50% +23.07%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £52.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

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 25 June 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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Automation in the South East.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation in the South East

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in the South East over the 3 months to 25 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 25 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
Surrey +30 71 £375 -16.66% 34
Berkshire +6 55 £365 -2.99% 17
Buckinghamshire +17 53 £325 -3.70% 8
Oxfordshire -6 53 £450 +5.88% 17
Hampshire -29 48 £325 -18.75% 32
East Sussex +3 27 £350 - 8
West Sussex -23 26 £488 +14.88% 6
Kent -9 11 £371 +85.62%
Middlesex +11 3 £385 -35.91%
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 25 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 South East region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 447 (65.07%) Agile Software Development
2 254 (36.97%) Continuous Integration
3 251 (36.54%) Selenium
4 238 (34.64%) Java
5 186 (27.07%) TDD
6 167 (24.31%) C#
7 156 (22.71%) JavaScript
8 155 (22.56%) Scrum
9 153 (22.27%) BDD
10 151 (21.98%) JIRA
11 144 (20.96%) SQL
12 139 (20.23%) Git (software)
13 129 (18.78%) Jenkins
14 128 (18.63%) Web Services
15 124 (18.05%) QA
16 115 (16.74%) Test Strategy
17 114 (16.59%) REST
18 110 (16.01%) ISTQB
19 108 (15.72%) Linux
20 102 (14.85%) Python
21 101 (14.70%) HP
21 101 (14.70%) Test Scripting
22 100 (14.56%) Open Source
23 94 (13.68%) DevOps
24 92 (13.39%) Regression Testing
25 90 (13.10%) ISEB
25 90 (13.10%) HTML
26 89 (12.95%) Functional Testing
27 84 (12.23%) CSS
28 81 (11.79%) SOAP

Test Automation
Co-occurring 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 55 (8.01%) Confluence
2 28 (4.08%) JBoss
3 25 (3.64%) SharePoint
4 22 (3.20%) Apache
5 20 (2.91%) Tomcat
6 16 (2.33%) CMS
7 15 (2.18%) nginx
8 14 (2.04%) Sitecore CMS
9 13 (1.89%) WebLogic
10 11 (1.60%) IIS
11 5 (0.73%) SharePoint 2013
11 5 (0.73%) WebSphere
12 4 (0.58%) Apache Solr
12 4 (0.58%) MS Project Server
12 4 (0.58%) Oracle HTTP Server
13 3 (0.44%) Apache Spark
13 3 (0.44%) BizTalk Server
14 2 (0.29%) Elasticsearch
14 2 (0.29%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 1 (0.15%) OpenStack
Applications
1 4 (0.58%) Microsoft Excel
1 4 (0.58%) Microsoft Project
2 3 (0.44%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.15%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 10 (1.46%) Magento
2 6 (0.87%) Oracle Applications
3 4 (0.58%) SAP ERP
3 4 (0.58%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 3 (0.44%) Dynamics CRM
5 2 (0.29%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.29%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.15%) Maximo
6 1 (0.15%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.15%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 55 (8.01%) Amazon AWS
2 26 (3.78%) Microsoft Azure
3 24 (3.49%) GitHub
4 22 (3.20%) SaaS
5 14 (2.04%) OpenShift
6 12 (1.75%) Google Analytics
7 11 (1.60%) IaaS
7 11 (1.60%) PaaS
8 7 (1.02%) Sauce Labs
9 6 (0.87%) AWS CloudFormation
9 6 (0.87%) AWS Lambda
10 5 (0.73%) Amazon SQS
11 4 (0.58%) Amazon EC2
12 3 (0.44%) Google Play
12 3 (0.44%) Office 365
13 2 (0.29%) Amazon EMR
13 2 (0.29%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 71 (10.33%) HTTP
2 33 (4.80%) Internet
3 22 (3.20%) TCP/IP
4 17 (2.47%) PuTTY
4 17 (2.47%) WinSCP
5 15 (2.18%) LTE
6 14 (2.04%) SSL
7 12 (1.75%) 4G
7 12 (1.75%) LDAP
8 7 (1.02%) Wireless
9 6 (0.87%) Firewall
10 5 (0.73%) Cisco Nexus
11 4 (0.58%) Ethernet
11 4 (0.58%) IPv4
11 4 (0.58%) IPv6
11 4 (0.58%) Network Security
12 3 (0.44%) Bluetooth
12 3 (0.44%) DVB
12 3 (0.44%) MQTT
12 3 (0.44%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (6.70%) SQL Server
2 45 (6.55%) Relational Database
3 44 (6.40%) MongoDB
4 40 (5.82%) Oracle Database
5 28 (4.08%) Data Warehouse
5 28 (4.08%) NoSQL
6 23 (3.35%) Oracle Database 11g
7 18 (2.62%) Oracle Database 10g
8 17 (2.47%) PostgreSQL
9 15 (2.18%) Redis
10 12 (1.75%) Big Data
11 11 (1.60%) SQL Server 2008
12 10 (1.46%) SQL Server 2005
12 10 (1.46%) SQL Server 2012
13 9 (1.31%) Oracle Database 12c
13 9 (1.31%) Oracle Reports
14 8 (1.16%) MySQL
14 8 (1.16%) Oracle BI EE
15 6 (0.87%) Oracle OWB
15 6 (0.87%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 251 (36.54%) Selenium
2 151 (21.98%) JIRA
3 139 (20.23%) Git (software)
4 129 (18.78%) Jenkins
5 80 (11.64%) WebDriver
6 75 (10.92%) Cucumber
7 61 (8.88%) HP UFT
8 59 (8.59%) Team Foundation Server
9 52 (7.57%) Subversion
10 44 (6.40%) Protractor
11 43 (6.26%) JUnit
12 40 (5.82%) SoapUI
13 39 (5.68%) SpecFlow
14 35 (5.09%) LoadRunner
15 33 (4.80%) Ant
15 33 (4.80%) Gradle
16 31 (4.51%) Karma Test Runner
17 30 (4.37%) Gatling
18 29 (4.22%) JMeter
18 29 (4.22%) Maven
General
1 78 (11.35%) Finance
2 37 (5.39%) Banking
3 32 (4.66%) Retail
3 32 (4.66%) Telecoms
4 24 (3.49%) Publishing
5 14 (2.04%) Corporate Banking
6 12 (1.75%) Games
7 10 (1.46%) Marketing
8 7 (1.02%) Manufacturing
9 5 (0.73%) Legal
10 4 (0.58%) Advertising
10 4 (0.58%) Back Office
10 4 (0.58%) Electronics
10 4 (0.58%) Spanish Language
11 3 (0.44%) Automotive
11 3 (0.44%) German Language
12 2 (0.29%) Investment Banking
12 2 (0.29%) Law
12 2 (0.29%) Military
13 1 (0.15%) Billing
Job Titles
1 199 (28.97%) Developer
2 128 (18.63%) Analyst
3 122 (17.76%) Tester
4 117 (17.03%) Test Analyst
5 74 (10.77%) Automation Tester
6 57 (8.30%) Test Manager
7 56 (8.15%) Test Engineer
8 46 (6.70%) Automation Test Analyst
9 39 (5.68%) Scala Developer
10 31 (4.51%) DevOps Engineer
11 30 (4.37%) Java Developer
12 29 (4.22%) QA Tester
13 27 (3.93%) JavaScript Developer
14 24 (3.49%) Senior Analyst
14 24 (3.49%) Test Leader
15 23 (3.35%) QA Engineer
16 22 (3.20%) Developer in Test
16 22 (3.20%) QA Analyst
16 22 (3.20%) Software Engineer
16 22 (3.20%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 128 (18.63%) Web Services
2 114 (16.59%) REST
3 90 (13.10%) HTML
4 84 (12.23%) CSS
5 81 (11.79%) SOAP
6 76 (11.06%) AngularJS
7 73 (10.63%) Node.js
8 71 (10.33%) JSON
9 70 (10.19%) XML
10 66 (9.61%) RESTful
11 61 (8.88%) .NET
12 54 (7.86%) Spring
13 51 (7.42%) HTML5
14 39 (5.68%) CSS3
15 38 (5.53%) Play Framework
16 36 (5.24%) React
17 29 (4.22%) Ajax
18 28 (4.08%) Django
19 23 (3.35%) Guice
19 23 (3.35%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 55 (8.01%) Mobile App
2 42 (6.11%) Analytical Skills
3 32 (4.66%) Computer Science
4 17 (2.47%) User Experience
5 16 (2.33%) Greenfield Project
6 11 (1.60%) Algorithms
7 10 (1.46%) Enterprise Software
7 10 (1.46%) Management Information System
8 6 (0.87%) Data Centre
9 5 (0.73%) Client/Server
9 5 (0.73%) Driving Licence
9 5 (0.73%) Linux Command Line
9 5 (0.73%) STB
10 4 (0.58%) PKI
10 4 (0.58%) Replication
10 4 (0.58%) Virtual Team
11 3 (0.44%) Embedded Systems
11 3 (0.44%) Semantic Web
12 2 (0.29%) Contract for Difference
12 2 (0.29%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 108 (15.72%) Linux
2 68 (9.90%) Windows
3 30 (4.37%) Android
3 30 (4.37%) Unix
4 28 (4.08%) Apple iOS
5 19 (2.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 17 (2.47%) Windows Server
7 16 (2.33%) Ubuntu
8 11 (1.60%) Windows Server 2012
9 10 (1.46%) Mac OS X
10 5 (0.73%) Windows Server 2008
11 3 (0.44%) CentOS
12 2 (0.29%) Mac OS
12 2 (0.29%) Solaris
12 2 (0.29%) Windows Server 2003
13 1 (0.15%) AIX
13 1 (0.15%) Debian
13 1 (0.15%) Embedded Linux
13 1 (0.15%) ThreadX
13 1 (0.15%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 447 (65.07%) Agile Software Development
2 254 (36.97%) Continuous Integration
3 186 (27.07%) TDD
4 155 (22.56%) Scrum
5 153 (22.27%) BDD
6 115 (16.74%) Test Strategy
7 101 (14.70%) Test Scripting
8 100 (14.56%) Open Source
9 94 (13.68%) DevOps
10 92 (13.39%) Regression Testing
11 89 (12.95%) Functional Testing
12 75 (10.92%) Software Engineering
13 71 (10.33%) Test Management
14 62 (9.02%) Software Testing
15 59 (8.59%) SDLC
16 56 (8.15%) Configuration Management
17 48 (6.99%) Non-Functional Testing
17 48 (6.99%) OO
18 45 (6.55%) Performance Testing
19 44 (6.40%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 238 (34.64%) Java
2 167 (24.31%) C#
3 156 (22.71%) JavaScript
4 144 (20.96%) SQL
5 102 (14.85%) Python
6 79 (11.50%) Ruby
7 51 (7.42%) C++
8 47 (6.84%) Groovy
8 47 (6.84%) Scala
9 26 (3.78%) VB
10 25 (3.64%) F#
10 25 (3.64%) PHP
11 21 (3.06%) Perl
12 20 (2.91%) ES6
12 20 (2.91%) PL/SQL
13 18 (2.62%) C
14 16 (2.33%) PowerShell
15 15 (2.18%) Bash Shell
15 15 (2.18%) T-SQL
16 12 (1.75%) Haskell
Qualifications
1 110 (16.01%) ISTQB
2 90 (13.10%) ISEB
3 66 (9.61%) Security Cleared
4 50 (7.28%) SC Cleared
5 48 (6.99%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 39 (5.68%) Degree
7 12 (1.75%) Computer Science Degree
8 10 (1.46%) ISEB Practitioner
9 9 (1.31%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 6 (0.87%) BPSS Clearance
11 4 (0.58%) CISSP
11 4 (0.58%) CompTIA Security+
11 4 (0.58%) CSQA
11 4 (0.58%) DV Cleared
11 4 (0.58%) Master's Degree
11 4 (0.58%) RHCE
11 4 (0.58%) Security+ Certification
12 3 (0.44%) HNC
13 2 (0.29%) HND
13 2 (0.29%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 124 (18.05%) QA
2 8 (1.16%) Data Quality
3 5 (0.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.29%) ISO 9001
4 2 (0.29%) SLA
5 1 (0.15%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.15%) DO-178B
5 1 (0.15%) FATCA
5 1 (0.15%) ISO 9000
5 1 (0.15%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 58 (8.44%) Docker
2 14 (2.04%) vSphere
3 10 (1.46%) Virtual Machines
4 9 (1.31%) VMware Infrastructure
5 8 (1.16%) Active Directory
6 7 (1.02%) Oracle RAC
7 6 (0.87%) VMware Workstation
8 4 (0.58%) Terminal Services
9 3 (0.44%) VMware ESXi
9 3 (0.44%) XenServer
10 2 (0.29%) Apache ZooKeeper
11 1 (0.15%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.15%) Shibboleth
11 1 (0.15%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 42 (6.11%) HP Quality Center
2 20 (2.91%) Puppet
3 14 (2.04%) Opscode Chef
4 12 (1.75%) Ansible
4 12 (1.75%) Grafana
4 12 (1.75%) Kibana
5 10 (1.46%) Terraform
6 9 (1.31%) HP Fortify
7 8 (1.16%) vRealize
8 3 (0.44%) Kubernetes
9 1 (0.15%) CA Service Virtualization
9 1 (0.15%) Docker Swarm
9 1 (0.15%) Mesos
9 1 (0.15%) Netcool
9 1 (0.15%) SELinux
9 1 (0.15%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 101 (14.70%) HP
2 74 (10.77%) Oracle
3 69 (10.04%) Microsoft
4 41 (5.97%) Google
5 25 (3.64%) VMware
6 23 (3.35%) Red Hat
7 21 (3.06%) Salesforce.com
7 21 (3.06%) Splunk
8 19 (2.77%) IBM
9 14 (2.04%) Sitecore
10 12 (1.75%) Talend
11 10 (1.46%) New Relic
12 9 (1.31%) ServiceNow
12 9 (1.31%) Xamarin
13 8 (1.16%) Adobe
13 8 (1.16%) Citrix
13 8 (1.16%) Remedy
13 8 (1.16%) SAP
14 7 (1.02%) Twitter
14 7 (1.02%) webMethods
Surrey
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
AMS contingency
Posted: 4 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Rullion
Posted: 4 days ago
Winchester, Hampshire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Woking, Surrey
Venturi
Rate: £200 - £275 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Staines, Middlesex
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 6 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £349 - £501 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Abingdon, Oxfordshire
MARS Technical Recruitment
Rate: From £275 to £275 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Hampshire
CPS Group UK
Rate: £390 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
Stott & May
Rate: £270 - £310 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Southampton
Spectrum IT
Posted: 16 days ago
Winchester, Hampshire
IBM Client Innovation Centre
Rate: From £28,000 to £57,000 per annum dependent on experience & assessment
Posted: 9 days ago
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Square One Resources
Rate: Unspecified Market Rates
Posted: 5 days ago
Basingstoke
Spectrum IT
Posted: 26 days ago