Period
to 28 January 2020

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 28 January 2020 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
28 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 32 26 32
Rank change year-on-year -6 +6 +7
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 684 1,058 924
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 5.97% 6.69% 5.67%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.05% 7.66% 6.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 432 632 562
South East median daily rate £463 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +8.28%
10th Percentile £313 £313 £308
90th Percentile £575 £575 £550
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 10 34
South East median hourly rate £32.50 £45.00 £49.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -27.78% -9.09% +16.47%
10th Percentile £21.25 £26.65 £31.63
90th Percentile £68.59 £63.75 £67.25
England median hourly rate £35.00 £42.50 £45.00
% change year-on-year -17.65% -5.56% +14.30%

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 9,702 13,807 13,834
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 84.73% 87.33% 84.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,831 8,291 8,324
South East median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.66%
10th Percentile £263 £276 £263
90th Percentile £600 £600 £578
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +4.05%
Number of hourly rates quoted 431 487 426
South East median hourly rate £23.50 £26.65 £24.78
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.82% +7.55% +10.13%
10th Percentile £13.07 £11.85 £11.25
90th Percentile £57.50 £52.02 £50.25
England median hourly rate £22.50 £23.88 £24.00
% change year-on-year -5.78% -0.50% +1.05%

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 28 January 2020.

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 28 January 2020.

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 28 January 2020. 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 -4 233 £450 - 94
Hampshire +23 217 £469 +17.19% 67
Berkshire +11 157 £475 +11.76% 63
Surrey -15 96 £450 -7.69% 67
West Sussex +4 93 £530 +21.84% 22
Buckinghamshire -14 48 £413 -2.94% 12
East Sussex +6 41 £575 +35.29% 12
Oxfordshire -8 28 £450 - 19
Kent -1 15 £313 -21.88% 11
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 28 January 2020, 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.

1 379 (55.41%) Agile Software Development
2 207 (30.26%) Selenium
3 192 (28.07%) SQL
4 191 (27.92%) C#
5 179 (26.17%) Azure
6 177 (25.88%) DevOps
7 165 (24.12%) Continuous Integration
8 152 (22.22%) Security Cleared
9 151 (22.08%) Scrum
10 148 (21.64%) Microsoft
11 141 (20.61%) Java
12 136 (19.88%) JavaScript
13 132 (19.30%) .NET
14 121 (17.69%) JIRA
15 112 (16.37%) Python
16 111 (16.23%) Windows
16 111 (16.23%) SC Cleared
17 110 (16.08%) Cucumber
18 109 (15.94%) BDD
19 104 (15.20%) Git (software)
20 102 (14.91%) TDD
21 101 (14.77%) Jenkins
22 99 (14.47%) QA
23 90 (13.16%) Visual Studio
24 88 (12.87%) HTML
25 87 (12.72%) Continuous Delivery
26 86 (12.57%) Linux
27 83 (12.13%) Test Scripting
28 80 (11.70%) Analytics
29 73 (10.67%) CSS

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 47 (6.87%) Confluence
2 34 (4.97%) Tomcat
3 25 (3.65%) Apache
4 21 (3.07%) WebLogic
5 11 (1.61%) SharePoint
5 11 (1.61%) Umbraco
6 8 (1.17%) nginx
7 7 (1.02%) JBoss
8 6 (0.88%) Apache Spark
8 6 (0.88%) CMS
9 5 (0.73%) Cloud Foundry
10 4 (0.58%) BizTalk Server
10 4 (0.58%) Drupal
10 4 (0.58%) IIS
11 2 (0.29%) Apache Solr
11 2 (0.29%) EPiServer
11 2 (0.29%) Headless CMS
11 2 (0.29%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 1 (0.15%) Mendix
12 1 (0.15%) Mule ESB
Applications
1 7 (1.02%) Microsoft Project
2 5 (0.73%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (0.73%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (0.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (0.44%) Windchill
4 1 (0.15%) Autodesk Inventor
4 1 (0.15%) CATIA
4 1 (0.15%) Simulink
4 1 (0.15%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 22 (3.22%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (1.90%) Oracle Applications
3 8 (1.17%) Oracle EBS
4 5 (0.73%) SAP Hybris
5 1 (0.15%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.15%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 1 (0.15%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.15%) SAP S/4HANA
5 1 (0.15%) SAP WM
Cloud Services
1 179 (26.17%) Azure
2 57 (8.33%) PaaS
3 49 (7.16%) Power Platform
4 39 (5.70%) IaaS
5 37 (5.41%) AWS
6 36 (5.26%) GitHub
7 16 (2.34%) SaaS
8 14 (2.05%) Cloud Computing
8 14 (2.05%) GCP
8 14 (2.05%) OpenShift
9 13 (1.90%) Serverless
10 12 (1.75%) Google Analytics
11 8 (1.17%) AWS Lambda
11 8 (1.17%) BlazeMeter
11 8 (1.17%) Dynamics 365
12 7 (1.02%) Amazon S3
12 7 (1.02%) Heroku
12 7 (1.02%) npm
13 6 (0.88%) Tricentis Tosca
14 5 (0.73%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 38 (5.56%) HTTP
2 17 (2.49%) TCP/IP
3 15 (2.19%) SSL
4 9 (1.32%) DNS
5 7 (1.02%) Fibre Channel
5 7 (1.02%) iSCSI
6 6 (0.88%) Internet
7 5 (0.73%) AMQP
7 5 (0.73%) VPN
8 4 (0.58%) DHCP
8 4 (0.58%) DVB
8 4 (0.58%) SSH
9 3 (0.44%) ATM
9 3 (0.44%) PPP
9 3 (0.44%) PuTTY
9 3 (0.44%) WinSCP
10 2 (0.29%) DSL
10 2 (0.29%) Firewall
11 1 (0.15%) 4G
11 1 (0.15%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 55 (8.04%) SQL Server
1 55 (8.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 53 (7.75%) Data Lake
3 49 (7.16%) Power BI
4 42 (6.14%) HDInsight
4 42 (6.14%) NoSQL
5 41 (5.99%) MongoDB
6 38 (5.56%) Relational Database
7 29 (4.24%) Data Warehouse
8 17 (2.49%) Oracle Database
9 16 (2.34%) Big Data
9 16 (2.34%) Redis
10 13 (1.90%) PostgreSQL
11 11 (1.61%) Apache Cassandra
12 10 (1.46%) MariaDB
12 10 (1.46%) MySQL
13 9 (1.32%) Azure SQL Database
13 9 (1.32%) Oracle Database 12c
13 9 (1.32%) Oracle ODI
14 8 (1.17%) EDRMS
Development Applications
1 207 (30.26%) Selenium
2 121 (17.69%) JIRA
3 110 (16.08%) Cucumber
4 104 (15.20%) Git (software)
5 101 (14.77%) Jenkins
6 90 (13.16%) Visual Studio
7 49 (7.16%) Visual Studio Team System
8 46 (6.73%) SpecFlow
8 46 (6.73%) WebDriver
9 45 (6.58%) JMeter
10 30 (4.39%) Subversion
11 29 (4.24%) TeamCity
12 26 (3.80%) JUnit
13 23 (3.36%) gulp
13 23 (3.36%) SoapUI
14 20 (2.92%) Gatling
15 19 (2.78%) Team Foundation Server
16 18 (2.63%) Maven
17 17 (2.49%) Eclipse
18 16 (2.34%) Jasmine
General
1 67 (9.80%) Finance
2 28 (4.09%) Public Sector
3 18 (2.63%) Retail
3 18 (2.63%) Telecoms
4 15 (2.19%) Manufacturing
5 7 (1.02%) Automotive
6 5 (0.73%) Aerospace
6 5 (0.73%) Legal
7 4 (0.58%) Banking
8 3 (0.44%) Back Office
8 3 (0.44%) Electronics
8 3 (0.44%) Front Office
8 3 (0.44%) Marketing
8 3 (0.44%) Military
8 3 (0.44%) Publishing
9 2 (0.29%) Billing
9 2 (0.29%) Games
10 1 (0.15%) Advertising
10 1 (0.15%) German Language
10 1 (0.15%) Law
Job Titles
1 187 (27.34%) Developer
2 108 (15.79%) Analyst
3 107 (15.64%) Tester
4 100 (14.62%) Test Analyst
5 69 (10.09%) DevOps Engineer
6 64 (9.36%) Test Engineer
7 61 (8.92%) Automation Tester
8 47 (6.87%) Automation Test Analyst
9 32 (4.68%) .NET Developer
10 30 (4.39%) Scala Developer
10 30 (4.39%) Software Developer
11 29 (4.24%) Test Leader
12 25 (3.65%) Azure Engineer
13 24 (3.51%) C# Developer
14 22 (3.22%) Senior Developer
15 21 (3.07%) Azure DevOps Engineer
16 19 (2.78%) Test Manager
17 17 (2.49%) C# .NET Developer
18 16 (2.34%) Data Engineer
18 16 (2.34%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 132 (19.30%) .NET
2 88 (12.87%) HTML
3 73 (10.67%) CSS
4 58 (8.48%) REST
5 48 (7.02%) HTML5
6 47 (6.87%) JSON
6 47 (6.87%) RESTful
7 45 (6.58%) Web Services
8 44 (6.43%) AngularJS
9 43 (6.29%) XML
10 41 (5.99%) Spring
11 38 (5.56%) Node.js
12 35 (5.12%) Gherkin
13 30 (4.39%) SOAP
14 28 (4.09%) .NET Framework
15 26 (3.80%) Play Framework
16 25 (3.65%) .NET Core
17 24 (3.51%) ASP.NET
18 23 (3.36%) React
19 22 (3.22%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 41 (5.99%) Analytical Skills
2 18 (2.63%) Self-Motivation
3 14 (2.05%) Data Structures
3 14 (2.05%) Linux Command Line
4 13 (1.90%) Embedded Systems
4 13 (1.90%) EPoS
5 12 (1.75%) Mobile App
5 12 (1.75%) User Experience
6 9 (1.32%) Derivative
7 8 (1.17%) Greenfield Project
8 7 (1.02%) Management Information System
9 6 (0.88%) Algorithms
10 4 (0.58%) IPTV
10 4 (0.58%) Smart Meter
10 4 (0.58%) STB
11 3 (0.44%) Blog
11 3 (0.44%) Life Science
11 3 (0.44%) SWIFT
11 3 (0.44%) Virtual Team
12 2 (0.29%) IBM Storwize
Operating Systems
1 111 (16.23%) Windows
2 86 (12.57%) Linux
3 37 (5.41%) Unix
4 23 (3.36%) Ubuntu
5 21 (3.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 20 (2.92%) Windows Server
7 14 (2.05%) CentOS
8 12 (1.75%) Debian
9 9 (1.32%) Oracle Linux
10 7 (1.02%) VMS
11 5 (0.73%) Apple iOS
11 5 (0.73%) Windows 10
12 4 (0.58%) Android
12 4 (0.58%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
12 4 (0.58%) Windows Server 2012
13 2 (0.29%) CoreOS
13 2 (0.29%) Windows 8
14 1 (0.15%) OpenVMS
14 1 (0.15%) Windows 7
14 1 (0.15%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 379 (55.41%) Agile Software Development
2 177 (25.88%) DevOps
3 165 (24.12%) Continuous Integration
4 151 (22.08%) Scrum
5 109 (15.94%) BDD
6 102 (14.91%) TDD
7 87 (12.72%) Continuous Delivery
8 83 (12.13%) Test Scripting
9 80 (11.70%) Analytics
10 60 (8.77%) Software Engineering
11 57 (8.33%) Web Development
12 56 (8.19%) Business Intelligence
12 56 (8.19%) Problem-Solving
12 56 (8.19%) Security Testing
12 56 (8.19%) User Stories
13 54 (7.89%) Open Source
14 51 (7.46%) Data Management
14 51 (7.46%) Scenario Testing
15 47 (6.87%) MVC
15 47 (6.87%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 192 (28.07%) SQL
2 191 (27.92%) C#
3 141 (20.61%) Java
4 136 (19.88%) JavaScript
5 112 (16.37%) Python
6 69 (10.09%) Scala
7 62 (9.06%) PowerShell
8 43 (6.29%) Ruby
9 23 (3.36%) C++
9 23 (3.36%) Perl
10 20 (2.92%) TypeScript
11 18 (2.63%) T-SQL
12 15 (2.19%) PL/SQL
13 13 (1.90%) Groovy
14 12 (1.75%) R
15 11 (1.61%) C
16 10 (1.46%) Bash Shell
16 10 (1.46%) PHP
17 8 (1.17%) Haskell
18 7 (1.02%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 152 (22.22%) Security Cleared
2 111 (16.23%) SC Cleared
3 67 (9.80%) ISTQB
4 58 (8.48%) ISEB
5 48 (7.02%) Degree
6 37 (5.41%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 20 (2.92%) Master's Degree
8 18 (2.63%) Computer Science Degree
9 17 (2.49%) DV Cleared
10 6 (0.88%) BPSS Clearance
11 5 (0.73%) ISEB Practitioner
12 4 (0.58%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 3 (0.44%) HND
14 2 (0.29%) BC Cleared
14 2 (0.29%) CISSP
15 1 (0.15%) AWS Certification
15 1 (0.15%) CISA
15 1 (0.15%) DBS Check
15 1 (0.15%) SSCP
15 1 (0.15%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 99 (14.47%) QA
2 5 (0.73%) GDPR
3 4 (0.58%) WCAG
4 2 (0.29%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.29%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (0.29%) SLA
5 1 (0.15%) ISO 26262
5 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.15%) PMO
System Software
1 52 (7.60%) Docker
2 38 (5.56%) Virtual Machines
3 16 (2.34%) Active Directory
3 16 (2.34%) vSphere
4 11 (1.61%) HDFS
5 6 (0.88%) VMware Infrastructure
6 4 (0.58%) NFS
7 3 (0.44%) Firmware
7 3 (0.44%) LXC
8 2 (0.29%) Hyper-V
9 1 (0.15%) Apache ZooKeeper
9 1 (0.15%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 36 (5.26%) Kubernetes
2 31 (4.53%) Ansible
3 22 (3.22%) HP Quality Center
4 21 (3.07%) HP ALM
5 20 (2.92%) Puppet
6 12 (1.75%) Grafana
6 12 (1.75%) Kibana
6 12 (1.75%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 10 (1.46%) Opscode Chef
8 7 (1.02%) Terraform
9 2 (0.29%) Packer
10 1 (0.15%) OpenNebula
10 1 (0.15%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
10 1 (0.15%) Single Sign-On
10 1 (0.15%) vRealize
Vendors
1 148 (21.64%) Microsoft
2 47 (6.87%) Oracle
3 43 (6.29%) Google
4 27 (3.95%) HP
5 26 (3.80%) VMware
6 18 (2.63%) Atlassian
7 15 (2.19%) ServiceNow
8 12 (1.75%) SAP
9 11 (1.61%) Informatica
10 10 (1.46%) webMethods
11 8 (1.17%) Adobe
11 8 (1.17%) CA Agile Central
11 8 (1.17%) hybris
11 8 (1.17%) IBM
11 8 (1.17%) Micro Focus
12 7 (1.02%) Databricks
12 7 (1.02%) Xamarin
13 6 (0.88%) Salesforce.com
14 5 (0.73%) DevExpress
14 5 (0.73%) Red Hat