Period
to 20 August 2018

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 6 months to 20 August 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
England > South East
6 months to
20 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 31 40 39
Rank change year-on-year +9 -1 +15
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 1,048 756 872
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 6.30% 4.74% 4.80%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.36% 5.63% 5.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 593 425 522
South East median daily rate £425 £390 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.97% -2.50% +12.68%
10th Percentile £314 £275 £270
90th Percentile £585 £525 £503
England median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 15 36
South East median hourly rate £40.00 £45.00 £42.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.11% +7.14% +5.00%
10th Percentile £23.08 £16.64 £32.50
90th Percentile £54.78 £52.50 £59.31
England median hourly rate £41.00 £37.50 £38.94
% change year-on-year +9.33% -3.69% +3.83%

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 the South East with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
South East
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 14,242 13,417 15,186
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 85.65% 84.18% 83.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,490 7,785 9,318
South East median daily rate £430 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.61% +3.75% +5.26%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £256
90th Percentile £588 £570 £550
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 493 488 563
South East median hourly rate £25.00 £19.78 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +26.39% -12.09% -
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.25 £12.00
90th Percentile £51.00 £50.00 £49.49
England median hourly rate £21.37 £23.75 £23.50
% change year-on-year -10.03% +1.06% +9.05%

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing Test Automation as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

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 6 months to 20 August 2018.

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 6 months to 20 August 2018.

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 6 months to 20 August 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
Thames Valley +3 336 £400 - 85
Surrey +16 299 £475 +26.67% 55
Hampshire +18 206 £400 +15.11% 56
Berkshire +6 141 £375 - 38
West Sussex +22 120 £445 -6.32% 21
Buckinghamshire +1 104 £380 +15.15% 17
Oxfordshire -3 91 £425 -5.56% 30
East Sussex +4 48 £425 +21.43% 15
Kent 0 16 £400 +2.56% 9
M4 Corridor - 7 £450 -
Middlesex +4 4 £356 -14.62% 1
Sussex - 4 - -
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 South East region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 676 (64.50%) Agile Software Development
2 390 (37.21%) Java
3 326 (31.11%) Selenium
4 311 (29.68%) JavaScript
5 257 (24.52%) Continuous Integration
6 251 (23.95%) Scrum
7 246 (23.47%) Jenkins
8 241 (23.00%) C#
9 225 (21.47%) TDD
9 225 (21.47%) Git (software)
10 206 (19.66%) SQL
11 197 (18.80%) HTML
12 191 (18.23%) CSS
13 180 (17.18%) BDD
14 176 (16.79%) QA
15 172 (16.41%) RESTful
15 172 (16.41%) DevOps
16 170 (16.22%) Linux
17 169 (16.13%) JIRA
18 158 (15.08%) AngularJS
19 156 (14.89%) .NET
20 155 (14.79%) Cucumber
21 149 (14.22%) Web Services
22 147 (14.03%) Test Strategy
23 142 (13.55%) Microservices
24 133 (12.69%) Finance
25 123 (11.74%) Python
25 123 (11.74%) Node.js
26 122 (11.64%) Continuous Delivery
27 121 (11.55%) Test Scripting

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 88 (8.40%) Confluence
2 27 (2.58%) Cloud Foundry
3 23 (2.19%) Tomcat
4 21 (2.00%) Apache
4 21 (2.00%) CMS
5 19 (1.81%) Apache Spark
6 18 (1.72%) JBoss
6 18 (1.72%) nginx
7 14 (1.34%) GlassFish
8 12 (1.15%) WebLogic
9 10 (0.95%) Elasticsearch
9 10 (0.95%) GemFire
9 10 (0.95%) Liferay
9 10 (0.95%) WebSphere
10 9 (0.86%) BizTalk Server
11 7 (0.67%) IIS
12 6 (0.57%) CICS
13 5 (0.48%) OpenStack
13 5 (0.48%) WebSphere Application Server
14 3 (0.29%) SAS
Applications
1 18 (1.72%) Microsoft Excel
2 15 (1.43%) Microsoft Office
3 9 (0.86%) Microsoft Project
4 6 (0.57%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.29%) Chatbot
5 3 (0.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.29%) Simulink
6 2 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 11 (1.05%) Remedy ITSM
2 5 (0.48%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (0.38%) Magento
4 2 (0.19%) Adobe Campaign
4 2 (0.19%) Oracle ERP
4 2 (0.19%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 2 (0.19%) SAP FI
4 2 (0.19%) SAP Hybris
4 2 (0.19%) SAP MM
4 2 (0.19%) SAP SD
4 2 (0.19%) Unica
5 1 (0.095%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.095%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.095%) Oracle EBS R12
5 1 (0.095%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 114 (10.88%) Microsoft Azure
2 110 (10.50%) Amazon AWS
3 54 (5.15%) GitHub
4 47 (4.48%) OpenShift
5 45 (4.29%) PaaS
6 37 (3.53%) Serverless
7 17 (1.62%) Amazon SQS
8 16 (1.53%) Google Analytics
9 12 (1.15%) AWS Lambda
9 12 (1.15%) BrowserStack
10 11 (1.05%) npm
11 10 (0.95%) Force.com
12 9 (0.86%) SaaS
12 9 (0.86%) Sauce Labs
13 8 (0.76%) Google Cloud Platform
14 7 (0.67%) IaaS
15 5 (0.48%) Cloud Computing
16 4 (0.38%) Amazon EC2
16 4 (0.38%) AWS CloudFormation
17 3 (0.29%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 64 (6.11%) HTTP
2 23 (2.19%) Internet
2 23 (2.19%) PuTTY
2 23 (2.19%) WinSCP
3 21 (2.00%) TCP/IP
4 19 (1.81%) SSL
5 8 (0.76%) WAN
6 6 (0.57%) Bluetooth
6 6 (0.57%) Firewall
6 6 (0.57%) LAN
7 5 (0.48%) DSL
8 3 (0.29%) DNS
8 3 (0.29%) Fibre Channel
8 3 (0.29%) iSCSI
8 3 (0.29%) SMS
9 2 (0.19%) DVB
9 2 (0.19%) HTTPS
9 2 (0.19%) MQTT
9 2 (0.19%) VLAN
9 2 (0.19%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 103 (9.83%) SQL Server
2 69 (6.58%) Relational Database
3 65 (6.20%) MongoDB
4 42 (4.01%) Oracle Database
4 42 (4.01%) PostgreSQL
5 40 (3.82%) NoSQL
6 30 (2.86%) MySQL
7 29 (2.77%) SQL Server 2016
8 28 (2.67%) SQL Server 2012
9 26 (2.48%) Oracle Database 10g
9 26 (2.48%) Oracle Database 11g
10 25 (2.39%) Hadoop
10 25 (2.39%) HBase
11 23 (2.19%) Redis
12 14 (1.34%) Big Data
13 13 (1.24%) Amazon RDS
13 13 (1.24%) Oracle Reports
14 12 (1.15%) Oracle Database 12c
14 12 (1.15%) RDBMS
15 10 (0.95%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 326 (31.11%) Selenium
2 246 (23.47%) Jenkins
3 225 (21.47%) Git (software)
4 169 (16.13%) JIRA
5 155 (14.79%) Cucumber
6 120 (11.45%) SoapUI
7 81 (7.73%) Team Foundation Server
8 75 (7.16%) JUnit
9 73 (6.97%) SpecFlow
10 66 (6.30%) Subversion
11 63 (6.01%) HP UFT
12 51 (4.87%) Ant
12 51 (4.87%) Eclipse
13 49 (4.68%) Maven
14 48 (4.58%) Visual Studio
15 45 (4.29%) LoadRunner
16 44 (4.20%) Protractor
17 42 (4.01%) JMeter
18 41 (3.91%) Visual Studio Team System
19 40 (3.82%) WebDriver
General
1 133 (12.69%) Finance
2 46 (4.39%) Banking
3 25 (2.39%) Retail
4 20 (1.91%) Telecoms
5 17 (1.62%) Marketing
6 13 (1.24%) Back Office
7 10 (0.95%) Automotive
7 10 (0.95%) Electronics
7 10 (0.95%) Front Office
7 10 (0.95%) Games
8 7 (0.67%) Manufacturing
9 5 (0.48%) Pharmaceutical
10 4 (0.38%) Billing
10 4 (0.38%) Law
10 4 (0.38%) Retail Banking
11 3 (0.29%) Legal
12 2 (0.19%) Digital Economy
12 2 (0.19%) Financial Institution
12 2 (0.19%) Publishing
13 1 (0.095%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 407 (38.84%) Developer
2 166 (15.84%) Analyst
3 155 (14.79%) Test Analyst
4 132 (12.60%) Tester
5 86 (8.21%) Java Developer
6 84 (8.02%) Automation Tester
7 75 (7.16%) Test Engineer
8 68 (6.49%) Automation Test Analyst
9 53 (5.06%) Node.js Developer
10 51 (4.87%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
10 51 (4.87%) Test Automation Engineer
11 49 (4.68%) JavaScript Developer
12 43 (4.10%) DevOps Engineer
12 43 (4.10%) Full Stack Developer
13 41 (3.91%) Test Manager
14 39 (3.72%) Software Engineer
15 37 (3.53%) C# Developer
15 37 (3.53%) React Developer
16 34 (3.24%) Web Developer
17 32 (3.05%) .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 197 (18.80%) HTML
2 191 (18.23%) CSS
3 172 (16.41%) RESTful
4 158 (15.08%) AngularJS
5 156 (14.89%) .NET
6 149 (14.22%) Web Services
7 123 (11.74%) Node.js
8 102 (9.73%) REST
9 98 (9.35%) HTML5
10 91 (8.68%) JSON
11 85 (8.11%) Spring
12 79 (7.54%) SOAP
12 79 (7.54%) XML
13 75 (7.16%) Gherkin
14 72 (6.87%) CSS3
15 69 (6.58%) jQuery
16 62 (5.92%) .NET Framework
17 61 (5.82%) React
18 58 (5.53%) ASP.NET
19 39 (3.72%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 83 (7.92%) User Experience
2 63 (6.01%) Computer Science
3 48 (4.58%) Mobile App
4 47 (4.48%) Greenfield Project
5 42 (4.01%) Self-Motivation
6 34 (3.24%) Analytical Skills
7 28 (2.67%) Enterprise Software
8 21 (2.00%) Linux Command Line
9 20 (1.91%) Algorithms
9 20 (1.91%) Virtual Team
10 14 (1.34%) Data Structures
11 12 (1.15%) Life Science
11 12 (1.15%) Smart Meter
12 11 (1.05%) Robotics
13 10 (0.95%) iPad
14 9 (0.86%) Blog
14 9 (0.86%) Mainframe
15 8 (0.76%) Management Information System
16 7 (0.67%) Data Centre
17 5 (0.48%) Infotainment
Operating Systems
1 170 (16.22%) Linux
2 114 (10.88%) Windows
3 76 (7.25%) Unix
4 32 (3.05%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 30 (2.86%) Windows Server
6 22 (2.10%) Apple iOS
6 22 (2.10%) Windows Server 2012
7 21 (2.00%) Android
8 17 (1.62%) Ubuntu
9 7 (0.67%) Mac OS X
9 7 (0.67%) Solaris
10 6 (0.57%) AIX
10 6 (0.57%) CentOS
11 4 (0.38%) Windows 10
12 3 (0.29%) Windows 7
13 2 (0.19%) Mac OS
13 2 (0.19%) OpenVMS
13 2 (0.19%) Windows Server 2003
14 1 (0.095%) Debian
14 1 (0.095%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 676 (64.50%) Agile Software Development
2 257 (24.52%) Continuous Integration
3 251 (23.95%) Scrum
4 225 (21.47%) TDD
5 180 (17.18%) BDD
6 172 (16.41%) DevOps
7 147 (14.03%) Test Strategy
8 142 (13.55%) Microservices
9 122 (11.64%) Continuous Delivery
10 121 (11.55%) Test Scripting
11 120 (11.45%) OO
12 118 (11.26%) Software Engineering
13 103 (9.83%) SDLC
14 101 (9.64%) Open Source
15 99 (9.45%) Kanban
16 94 (8.97%) API Testing
17 90 (8.59%) Configuration Management
18 89 (8.49%) Problem-Solving
19 87 (8.30%) Unit Testing
20 84 (8.02%) Defect Management
Programming Languages
1 390 (37.21%) Java
2 311 (29.68%) JavaScript
3 241 (23.00%) C#
4 206 (19.66%) SQL
5 123 (11.74%) Python
6 85 (8.11%) Ruby
6 85 (8.11%) Scala
7 71 (6.77%) Groovy
8 48 (4.58%) ES6
9 42 (4.01%) C++
10 37 (3.53%) Java 8
10 37 (3.53%) TypeScript
11 34 (3.24%) F#
11 34 (3.24%) Go
12 30 (2.86%) Perl
13 26 (2.48%) C
14 25 (2.39%) Bash Shell
15 23 (2.19%) PL/SQL
16 21 (2.00%) Shell Script
17 18 (1.72%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 92 (8.78%) Security Cleared
2 87 (8.30%) ISTQB
3 80 (7.63%) SC Cleared
4 71 (6.77%) ISEB
5 68 (6.49%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 63 (6.01%) Degree
7 28 (2.67%) ISEB Practitioner
8 19 (1.81%) BPSS Clearance
9 15 (1.43%) Computer Science Degree
10 9 (0.86%) PMP
11 8 (0.76%) DV Cleared
12 5 (0.48%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 5 (0.48%) PMI Certification
12 5 (0.48%) TOGAF Certification
13 2 (0.19%) CISSP
13 2 (0.19%) ITIL Certification
13 2 (0.19%) Master's Degree
13 2 (0.19%) OCA
13 2 (0.19%) Oracle Certification
13 2 (0.19%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 176 (16.79%) QA
2 11 (1.05%) SLA
3 7 (0.67%) GDPR
4 2 (0.19%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.19%) PMO
4 2 (0.19%) WCAG
5 1 (0.095%) GCP
System Software
1 101 (9.64%) Docker
2 27 (2.58%) HDFS
3 26 (2.48%) vSphere
4 12 (1.15%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 10 (0.95%) Active Directory
5 10 (0.95%) oVirt
5 10 (0.95%) RHEV
6 7 (0.67%) VMware Infrastructure
7 6 (0.57%) Hyper-V
8 4 (0.38%) Virtual Machines
9 2 (0.19%) ACF2
9 2 (0.19%) Apache Flume
9 2 (0.19%) RACF
10 1 (0.095%) Firmware
10 1 (0.095%) Snort
10 1 (0.095%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.095%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 57 (5.44%) HP ALM
2 48 (4.58%) Puppet
3 31 (2.96%) Kubernetes
3 31 (2.96%) Opscode Chef
4 29 (2.77%) Ansible
5 24 (2.29%) Kibana
6 20 (1.91%) HP Quality Center
7 19 (1.81%) Grafana
8 18 (1.72%) Terraform
9 6 (0.57%) Perfmon
9 6 (0.57%) vRealize
10 4 (0.38%) Packer
10 4 (0.38%) Salt
10 4 (0.38%) SCCM
10 4 (0.38%) SCOM
11 2 (0.19%) Graphite
11 2 (0.19%) Mesos
11 2 (0.19%) Nagios
11 2 (0.19%) StatsD
11 2 (0.19%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 110 (10.50%) Oracle
2 94 (8.97%) Microsoft
3 82 (7.82%) HP
4 48 (4.58%) Google
5 40 (3.82%) webMethods
6 36 (3.44%) VMware
7 32 (3.05%) Atlassian
7 32 (3.05%) Red Hat
8 31 (2.96%) Software AG
9 17 (1.62%) IBM
9 17 (1.62%) UiPath
10 16 (1.53%) Adobe
10 16 (1.53%) SAP
11 12 (1.15%) Automation Anywhere
11 12 (1.15%) Salesforce.com
12 11 (1.05%) BMC
12 11 (1.05%) Remedy
13 9 (0.86%) ComArch
13 9 (0.86%) TIBCO
14 8 (0.76%) Blue Prism