Period
to 18 November 2017

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 18 November 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
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 35 39 46
Rank change year-on-year +4 +7 +11
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 876 758 753
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 5.25% 4.53% 3.85%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.33% 5.48% 4.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 502 446 479
South East median daily rate £409 £390 £373
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.81% +4.56% +6.57%
10th Percentile £288 £261 £263
90th Percentile £538 £501 £475
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 20 30
South East median hourly rate £45.00 £52.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.46% +30.00% +6.67%
10th Percentile £31.25 £35.59 £32.38
90th Percentile £50.78 £59.31 £51.25
England median hourly rate £45.00 £40.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +12.50% +6.67% +7.14%

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 13836 13829 15777
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 82.87% 82.62% 80.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 8286 8360 9398
South East median daily rate £425 £400 £391
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.43% +4.13%
10th Percentile £263 £251 £255
90th Percentile £575 £563 £533
England median daily rate £450 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 458 551 603
South East median hourly rate £23.07 £26.50 £26.09
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.94% +1.57% +49.09%
10th Percentile £11.25 £12.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £48.65
England median hourly rate £24.00 £24.41 £22.50
% change year-on-year -1.68% +8.49% +18.42%

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 18 November 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 6 months to 18 November 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 6 months to 18 November 2017. 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 -2 390 £413 +3.13% 39
Hampshire +7 154 £325 -7.14% 28
Surrey +28 151 £450 +20.00% 14
Berkshire +1 149 £383 -1.29% 13
Buckinghamshire +23 127 £325 -25.71% 6
Oxfordshire -10 114 £450 +12.50% 20
West Sussex +9 109 £448 +11.88% 7
East Sussex 0 31 £375 +7.14% 5
Kent -4 16 £425 +97.67%
Middlesex +12 9 £438 -2.78% 1
Home Counties -4 2 - -
Sussex -8 1 £550 +57.14% 1
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 18 November 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.

1 556 (63.47%) Agile Software Development
2 295 (33.68%) Java
3 283 (32.31%) Continuous Integration
4 276 (31.51%) Scrum
5 251 (28.65%) Git (software)
6 236 (26.94%) Selenium
7 204 (23.29%) TDD
8 202 (23.06%) Jenkins
9 177 (20.21%) JIRA
10 176 (20.09%) QA
10 176 (20.09%) JavaScript
11 164 (18.72%) BDD
12 161 (18.38%) SQL
13 155 (17.69%) Linux
14 153 (17.47%) C#
15 145 (16.55%) CSS
16 141 (16.10%) DevOps
17 139 (15.87%) HTML
18 135 (15.41%) Finance
19 113 (12.90%) Web Services
20 106 (12.10%) REST
21 105 (11.99%) AngularJS
22 101 (11.53%) Open Source
23 99 (11.30%) Amazon AWS
23 99 (11.30%) Test Strategy
23 99 (11.30%) Subversion
24 98 (11.19%) Test Scripting
25 91 (10.39%) Cucumber
26 89 (10.16%) Confluence
26 89 (10.16%) Docker

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 89 (10.16%) Confluence
2 17 (1.94%) JBoss
3 15 (1.71%) Apache
3 15 (1.71%) SharePoint
4 13 (1.48%) CMS
5 12 (1.37%) WebLogic
5 12 (1.37%) WebSphere
6 11 (1.26%) Tomcat
7 10 (1.14%) Apache Spark
7 10 (1.14%) Drupal
7 10 (1.14%) OpenStack
8 9 (1.03%) IIS
9 8 (0.91%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 7 (0.80%) WordPress
11 6 (0.68%) Apache Airflow
11 6 (0.68%) BizTalk Server
11 6 (0.68%) Luigi
12 5 (0.57%) Alfresco
12 5 (0.57%) Cloud Foundry
12 5 (0.57%) nginx
Applications
1 11 (1.26%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (1.14%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (0.68%) Microsoft Project
3 6 (0.68%) Pipeline Pilot
4 5 (0.57%) Simulink
5 4 (0.46%) MS Visio
6 3 (0.34%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 3 (0.34%) Photoshop
7 2 (0.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
8 1 (0.11%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 12 (1.37%) Magento
2 6 (0.68%) Oracle EBS
3 4 (0.46%) WebTrends
4 3 (0.34%) Oracle Applications
4 3 (0.34%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.23%) SAP ERP
5 2 (0.23%) SAP MM
6 1 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.11%) Maximo
6 1 (0.11%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 1 (0.11%) SAP CO
6 1 (0.11%) SAP FI
6 1 (0.11%) SAP FI/CO
6 1 (0.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 99 (11.30%) Amazon AWS
2 51 (5.82%) Microsoft Azure
3 28 (3.20%) npm
3 28 (3.20%) SaaS
4 20 (2.28%) OpenShift
5 19 (2.17%) PaaS
6 15 (1.71%) IaaS
7 14 (1.60%) Sauce Labs
8 12 (1.37%) Slack
9 10 (1.14%) GitHub
10 8 (0.91%) Amazon SQS
10 8 (0.91%) FinancialForce
10 8 (0.91%) Google Cloud Platform
11 7 (0.80%) BlazeMeter
11 7 (0.80%) Trello
12 6 (0.68%) AWS CloudFormation
13 5 (0.57%) Amazon EC2
13 5 (0.57%) AWS Lambda
13 5 (0.57%) Serverless
14 4 (0.46%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 70 (7.99%) HTTP
2 21 (2.40%) Internet
3 18 (2.05%) LTE
4 16 (1.83%) TCP/IP
5 14 (1.60%) PuTTY
5 14 (1.60%) WinSCP
5 14 (1.60%) Wireless
6 13 (1.48%) 4G
7 6 (0.68%) DNS
8 5 (0.57%) Firewall
9 4 (0.46%) SSL
10 3 (0.34%) DMZ
10 3 (0.34%) Intranet
10 3 (0.34%) IPsec
10 3 (0.34%) Wireshark
11 2 (0.23%) Ethernet
11 2 (0.23%) Network Security
11 2 (0.23%) SMS
12 1 (0.11%) DVB
12 1 (0.11%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (7.31%) MongoDB
2 61 (6.96%) Relational Database
3 52 (5.94%) SQL Server
4 43 (4.91%) Redis
5 34 (3.88%) Big Data
6 31 (3.54%) Hadoop
7 27 (3.08%) NoSQL
8 26 (2.97%) PostgreSQL
9 18 (2.05%) Oracle Database
9 18 (2.05%) SQL Server 2016
10 17 (1.94%) SQL Server 2012
11 16 (1.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 14 (1.60%) MySQL
12 14 (1.60%) Oracle Database 10g
12 14 (1.60%) Oracle Database 11g
13 11 (1.26%) Data Warehouse
14 9 (1.03%) SQL Server 2008
14 9 (1.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 7 (0.80%) Oracle Reports
16 6 (0.68%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 251 (28.65%) Git (software)
2 236 (26.94%) Selenium
3 202 (23.06%) Jenkins
4 177 (20.21%) JIRA
5 99 (11.30%) Subversion
6 91 (10.39%) Cucumber
7 65 (7.42%) WebDriver
8 64 (7.31%) SoapUI
9 63 (7.19%) JUnit
10 62 (7.08%) Team Foundation Server
11 55 (6.28%) Maven
12 49 (5.59%) Bitbucket
13 47 (5.37%) SpecFlow
14 45 (5.14%) Ant
14 45 (5.14%) HP UFT
15 44 (5.02%) Protractor
16 39 (4.45%) Karma Test Runner
17 38 (4.34%) gulp
17 38 (4.34%) JMeter
18 36 (4.11%) LoadRunner
General
1 135 (15.41%) Finance
2 52 (5.94%) Banking
3 40 (4.57%) Telecoms
4 20 (2.28%) Retail
5 17 (1.94%) Publishing
6 12 (1.37%) Marketing
7 11 (1.26%) Games
8 10 (1.14%) Manufacturing
8 10 (1.14%) Retail Banking
9 7 (0.80%) Advertising
9 7 (0.80%) Automotive
9 7 (0.80%) Corporate Banking
10 5 (0.57%) Back Office
11 3 (0.34%) Electronics
12 2 (0.23%) Billing
13 1 (0.11%) Aerospace
13 1 (0.11%) Law
13 1 (0.11%) Local Government
13 1 (0.11%) Military
13 1 (0.11%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 294 (33.56%) Developer
2 138 (15.75%) Analyst
3 129 (14.73%) Tester
4 108 (12.33%) Test Analyst
5 79 (9.02%) Automation Tester
6 69 (7.88%) DevOps Engineer
7 67 (7.65%) Test Engineer
8 48 (5.48%) Java Developer
9 42 (4.79%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
10 41 (4.68%) Test Manager
11 40 (4.57%) Architect
12 39 (4.45%) Automation Test Analyst
13 36 (4.11%) JavaScript Developer
13 36 (4.11%) Senior Developer
14 33 (3.77%) QA Tester
15 32 (3.65%) Agile Developer
16 29 (3.31%) Test Automation Engineer
17 28 (3.20%) Node.js Developer
18 27 (3.08%) QA Engineer
18 27 (3.08%) Scala Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 145 (16.55%) CSS
2 139 (15.87%) HTML
3 113 (12.90%) Web Services
4 106 (12.10%) REST
5 105 (11.99%) AngularJS
6 83 (9.47%) .NET
6 83 (9.47%) HTML5
7 74 (8.45%) SOAP
8 72 (8.22%) Node.js
9 69 (7.88%) JSON
10 63 (7.19%) RESTful
11 52 (5.94%) CSS3
12 49 (5.59%) Spring
13 44 (5.02%) Ajax
14 40 (4.57%) Play Framework
15 37 (4.22%) React
15 37 (4.22%) XML
16 36 (4.11%) Sass
17 31 (3.54%) Gherkin
18 24 (2.74%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 52 (5.94%) Computer Science
2 47 (5.37%) Mobile App
3 31 (3.54%) User Experience
4 30 (3.42%) Analytical Skills
5 19 (2.17%) Greenfield Project
6 9 (1.03%) Client/Server
7 6 (0.68%) Life Science
8 5 (0.57%) Enterprise Software
8 5 (0.57%) Management Information System
8 5 (0.57%) PKI
9 4 (0.46%) Data Structures
9 4 (0.46%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 4 (0.46%) N-Tier
9 4 (0.46%) Public Cloud
10 3 (0.34%) Fintech
10 3 (0.34%) W3C
11 2 (0.23%) Cloud Native
11 2 (0.23%) Smart Home
11 2 (0.23%) Social Media
11 2 (0.23%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 155 (17.69%) Linux
2 86 (9.82%) Windows
3 59 (6.74%) Unix
4 34 (3.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 32 (3.65%) Mac OS X
6 21 (2.40%) Android
6 21 (2.40%) Apple iOS
6 21 (2.40%) Windows Server
7 15 (1.71%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (0.57%) Ubuntu
9 3 (0.34%) HPUX
9 3 (0.34%) VxWorks
10 2 (0.23%) Embedded Linux
10 2 (0.23%) VMS
10 2 (0.23%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 556 (63.47%) Agile Software Development
2 283 (32.31%) Continuous Integration
3 276 (31.51%) Scrum
4 204 (23.29%) TDD
5 164 (18.72%) BDD
6 141 (16.10%) DevOps
7 101 (11.53%) Open Source
8 99 (11.30%) Test Strategy
9 98 (11.19%) Test Scripting
10 87 (9.93%) Regression Testing
11 86 (9.82%) SDLC
12 85 (9.70%) Configuration Management
13 73 (8.33%) Software Engineering
13 73 (8.33%) Web Development
14 72 (8.22%) Kanban
15 69 (7.88%) Continuous Delivery
16 68 (7.76%) Unit Testing
17 66 (7.53%) Functional Testing
17 66 (7.53%) Performance Testing
18 64 (7.31%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 295 (33.68%) Java
2 176 (20.09%) JavaScript
3 161 (18.38%) SQL
4 153 (17.47%) C#
5 72 (8.22%) Python
6 62 (7.08%) Ruby
7 51 (5.82%) Scala
8 50 (5.71%) Groovy
9 33 (3.77%) PHP
10 32 (3.65%) ES6
11 31 (3.54%) C++
12 26 (2.97%) PowerShell
12 26 (2.97%) T-SQL
13 20 (2.28%) F#
14 18 (2.05%) ECMAScript
15 17 (1.94%) Bash Shell
16 15 (1.71%) Perl
16 15 (1.71%) PL/SQL
17 13 (1.48%) TypeScript
18 11 (1.26%) Apple Swift
Qualifications
1 86 (9.82%) ISTQB
2 84 (9.59%) Degree
3 70 (7.99%) ISEB
3 70 (7.99%) Security Cleared
4 55 (6.28%) SC Cleared
5 49 (5.59%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 20 (2.28%) Computer Science Degree
7 19 (2.17%) BPSS Clearance
8 9 (1.03%) ISEB Practitioner
9 6 (0.68%) Master's Degree
9 6 (0.68%) PhD
10 2 (0.23%) BC Cleared
10 2 (0.23%) CESG Certified Professional
10 2 (0.23%) CSQA
10 2 (0.23%) DV Cleared
10 2 (0.23%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 2 (0.23%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 176 (20.09%) QA
2 10 (1.14%) Data Quality
3 7 (0.80%) SLA
4 5 (0.57%) ISO 26262
5 3 (0.34%) DO-178B
6 2 (0.23%) Disclosure Scotland
6 2 (0.23%) GAMP
6 2 (0.23%) GDPR
6 2 (0.23%) IEC 62304
6 2 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.23%) MiFID
6 2 (0.23%) MISRA
6 2 (0.23%) MISRA C
6 2 (0.23%) WAI
6 2 (0.23%) WCAG
7 1 (0.11%) GCP
7 1 (0.11%) JSP 440
7 1 (0.11%) PMO
System Software
1 89 (10.16%) Docker
2 13 (1.48%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (1.37%) vSphere
4 8 (0.91%) oVirt
4 8 (0.91%) RHEV
5 7 (0.80%) Hyper-V
6 5 (0.57%) Virtual Machines
7 4 (0.46%) Active Directory
7 4 (0.46%) Apache Flume
8 2 (0.23%) HDFS
9 1 (0.11%) LXC
9 1 (0.11%) Squid
Systems Management
1 66 (7.53%) Puppet
2 58 (6.62%) Ansible
3 45 (5.14%) HP Quality Center
4 43 (4.91%) Opscode Chef
5 25 (2.85%) Terraform
6 24 (2.74%) Kubernetes
7 13 (1.48%) Salt
8 5 (0.57%) Grafana
8 5 (0.57%) Kibana
9 4 (0.46%) Oozie
10 3 (0.34%) Docker Swarm
11 2 (0.23%) HP Fortify
11 2 (0.23%) Mesos
11 2 (0.23%) Netcool
11 2 (0.23%) vRealize
12 1 (0.11%) BladeLogic
12 1 (0.11%) Graphite
12 1 (0.11%) logstash
12 1 (0.11%) MOM
12 1 (0.11%) Nagios
Vendors
1 86 (9.82%) HP
2 76 (8.68%) Microsoft
3 57 (6.51%) Oracle
4 46 (5.25%) Salesforce.com
5 37 (4.22%) Red Hat
6 34 (3.88%) Google
7 27 (3.08%) VMware
8 22 (2.51%) SAP
9 20 (2.28%) Twitter
10 17 (1.94%) New Relic
11 16 (1.83%) Talend
12 14 (1.60%) webMethods
13 12 (1.37%) Motorola
14 10 (1.14%) Atlassian
14 10 (1.14%) Software AG
15 9 (1.03%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
16 7 (0.80%) DevExpress
17 6 (0.68%) Netezza
17 6 (0.68%) RapidMiner
17 6 (0.68%) Xamarin