Period
to 15 November 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 15 November 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
15 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 26 38 38
Rank change year-on-year +12 0 +13
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 1,136 883 763
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 6.79% 5.23% 4.52%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.87% 6.22% 5.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 660 505 450
South East median daily rate £425 £403 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.59% +3.21% +5.41%
10th Percentile £313 £288 £262
90th Percentile £588 £538 £500
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 31 20
South East median hourly rate £41.25 £45.00 £52.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.33% -13.46% +30.00%
10th Percentile £21.68 £31.25 £35.59
90th Percentile £63.75 £50.78 £59.31
England median hourly rate £41.00 £45.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year -8.89% +12.50% +6.67%

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 14,428 14,200 14,178
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 86.20% 84.17% 84.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,730 8,484 8,537
South East median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% +2.56%
10th Percentile £279 £263 £250
90th Percentile £588 £575 £559
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 464 476 584
South East median hourly rate £28.50 £22.50 £24.11
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +26.67% -6.66% +0.44%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.00 £50.00
England median hourly rate £22.00 £23.50 £22.84
% change year-on-year -6.38% +2.91% +3.80%

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 15 November 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 15 November 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 15 November 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 +9 395 £425 +3.66% 132
Surrey +14 297 £488 +8.33% 62
Hampshire -5 187 £390 +20.00% 73
Berkshire +7 171 £398 +4.61% 57
West Sussex 0 137 £428 -4.47% 17
Oxfordshire +11 114 £425 -5.56% 48
Buckinghamshire +9 110 £413 +26.92% 27
East Sussex +11 60 £438 +16.67% 15
Kent +14 29 £400 -5.88% 15
Sussex +9 6 £450 -18.18%
Middlesex +4 3 £325 -25.71%
M4 Corridor - 3 £450 -
Home Counties +5 1 £420 -
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 15 November 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.

1 730 (64.26%) Agile Software Development
2 356 (31.34%) Java
3 344 (30.28%) Selenium
4 313 (27.55%) Continuous Integration
5 289 (25.44%) JavaScript
6 269 (23.68%) C#
7 263 (23.15%) Scrum
8 240 (21.13%) SQL
9 227 (19.98%) QA
9 227 (19.98%) BDD
10 220 (19.37%) Git (software)
11 218 (19.19%) JIRA
12 211 (18.57%) Cucumber
13 208 (18.31%) TDD
14 200 (17.61%) .NET
15 195 (17.17%) Jenkins
16 193 (16.99%) AngularJS
17 192 (16.90%) CSS
18 169 (14.88%) HTML
19 164 (14.44%) Microsoft Azure
20 162 (14.26%) DevOps
21 150 (13.20%) Finance
22 147 (12.94%) Test Strategy
23 142 (12.50%) Test Scripting
24 141 (12.41%) Microservices
25 137 (12.06%) Linux
26 132 (11.62%) RESTful
27 128 (11.27%) OO
28 125 (11.00%) Open Source
29 124 (10.92%) Confluence

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
1 124 (10.92%) Confluence
2 30 (2.64%) CMS
3 23 (2.02%) Tomcat
4 21 (1.85%) Cloud Foundry
5 18 (1.58%) nginx
6 15 (1.32%) Elasticsearch
7 14 (1.23%) Apache Spark
8 13 (1.14%) WebSphere
9 12 (1.06%) Apache
9 12 (1.06%) WebLogic
10 10 (0.88%) WebSphere Application Server
11 9 (0.79%) JBoss
12 4 (0.35%) IIS
12 4 (0.35%) Liferay
12 4 (0.35%) OpenStack
13 3 (0.26%) CICS
13 3 (0.26%) SAS
14 2 (0.18%) Adobe Experience Manager
14 2 (0.18%) GemFire
14 2 (0.18%) GlassFish
Applications
1 7 (0.62%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (0.53%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (0.53%) Microsoft Project
3 4 (0.35%) Chatbot
4 2 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.088%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 11 (0.97%) Remedy ITSM
2 9 (0.79%) Magento
3 8 (0.70%) Dynamics CRM
4 6 (0.53%) Oracle EBS
5 3 (0.26%) Dynamics NAV
6 2 (0.18%) Adobe Campaign
6 2 (0.18%) Dynamics AX
6 2 (0.18%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
6 2 (0.18%) SAP FI
6 2 (0.18%) SAP MM
6 2 (0.18%) SAP SD
6 2 (0.18%) Unica
7 1 (0.088%) NetSuite
7 1 (0.088%) Oracle Applications
7 1 (0.088%) Oracle EBS R12
7 1 (0.088%) Oracle ERP
7 1 (0.088%) Oracle HRMS
7 1 (0.088%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
7 1 (0.088%) Sonata
Cloud Services
1 164 (14.44%) Microsoft Azure
2 105 (9.24%) Amazon AWS
3 49 (4.31%) GitHub
4 41 (3.61%) PaaS
5 34 (2.99%) BrowserStack
6 25 (2.20%) OpenShift
7 24 (2.11%) IaaS
8 17 (1.50%) Google Analytics
8 17 (1.50%) SaaS
9 15 (1.32%) Cloud Computing
10 12 (1.06%) Serverless
11 11 (0.97%) Lucidchart
12 8 (0.70%) Google Cloud Platform
13 7 (0.62%) Amazon SQS
13 7 (0.62%) AWS CloudFormation
13 7 (0.62%) AWS Lambda
13 7 (0.62%) Sauce Labs
14 6 (0.53%) npm
15 5 (0.44%) Amazon EC2
16 4 (0.35%) Heroku
Communications & Networking
1 67 (5.90%) HTTP
2 19 (1.67%) SSL
3 18 (1.58%) TCP/IP
4 16 (1.41%) Internet
5 11 (0.97%) Firewall
6 9 (0.79%) DSL
6 9 (0.79%) MPLS
7 8 (0.70%) DNS
8 5 (0.44%) Reverse Proxy
8 5 (0.44%) VPN
9 4 (0.35%) PuTTY
9 4 (0.35%) WinSCP
10 3 (0.26%) MQTT
10 3 (0.26%) SMS
10 3 (0.26%) VPLS
11 2 (0.18%) BGP
11 2 (0.18%) DVB
11 2 (0.18%) HTTPS
11 2 (0.18%) MVNO
11 2 (0.18%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 65 (5.72%) SQL Server
2 56 (4.93%) MongoDB
3 54 (4.75%) Relational Database
4 51 (4.49%) NoSQL
5 36 (3.17%) PostgreSQL
6 24 (2.11%) Oracle Reports
7 21 (1.85%) Redis
8 19 (1.67%) Oracle Database
9 17 (1.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 16 (1.41%) Hadoop
10 16 (1.41%) MySQL
11 15 (1.32%) Data Warehouse
11 15 (1.32%) SQL Server 2016
12 14 (1.23%) Big Data
13 13 (1.14%) Data Lake
14 12 (1.06%) Amazon RDS
14 12 (1.06%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 10 (0.88%) Apache Cassandra
15 10 (0.88%) HBase
15 10 (0.88%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 344 (30.28%) Selenium
2 220 (19.37%) Git (software)
3 218 (19.19%) JIRA
4 211 (18.57%) Cucumber
5 195 (17.17%) Jenkins
6 115 (10.12%) SoapUI
7 84 (7.39%) Visual Studio Team System
8 80 (7.04%) JMeter
9 78 (6.87%) JUnit
10 69 (6.07%) Visual Studio
10 69 (6.07%) WebDriver
11 66 (5.81%) Subversion
12 50 (4.40%) Team Foundation Server
13 49 (4.31%) Protractor
14 47 (4.14%) SpecFlow
15 44 (3.87%) Maven
16 40 (3.52%) Gatling
17 36 (3.17%) HP UFT
18 27 (2.38%) Jasmine
18 27 (2.38%) TeamCity
General
1 150 (13.20%) Finance
2 33 (2.90%) Retail
3 27 (2.38%) Telecoms
4 25 (2.20%) Banking
5 16 (1.41%) Games
6 13 (1.14%) Back Office
6 13 (1.14%) Billing
7 11 (0.97%) Manufacturing
8 10 (0.88%) Front Office
9 8 (0.70%) Marketing
10 5 (0.44%) Law
10 5 (0.44%) Legal
10 5 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
11 3 (0.26%) Corporate Banking
11 3 (0.26%) Publishing
11 3 (0.26%) Retail Banking
12 2 (0.18%) Advertising
12 2 (0.18%) Automotive
12 2 (0.18%) Investment Banking
13 1 (0.088%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 400 (35.21%) Developer
2 187 (16.46%) Tester
3 170 (14.96%) Analyst
4 157 (13.82%) Test Analyst
5 112 (9.86%) Automation Tester
6 110 (9.68%) Test Engineer
7 64 (5.63%) Java Developer
8 62 (5.46%) Automation Test Analyst
9 59 (5.19%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
10 57 (5.02%) Test Automation Engineer
11 55 (4.84%) C# Developer
11 55 (4.84%) Test Manager
12 54 (4.75%) .NET Developer
13 48 (4.23%) DevOps Engineer
14 39 (3.43%) JavaScript Developer
14 39 (3.43%) Scala Developer
15 38 (3.35%) C# .NET Developer
15 38 (3.35%) QA Tester
16 36 (3.17%) Software Engineer
17 34 (2.99%) Developer in Test
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 200 (17.61%) .NET
2 193 (16.99%) AngularJS
3 192 (16.90%) CSS
4 169 (14.88%) HTML
5 132 (11.62%) RESTful
6 114 (10.04%) Node.js
7 110 (9.68%) Web Services
8 108 (9.51%) REST
9 99 (8.71%) JSON
10 88 (7.75%) Spring
11 79 (6.95%) SOAP
12 77 (6.78%) ASP.NET
13 75 (6.60%) XML
14 73 (6.43%) HTML5
15 70 (6.16%) .NET Framework
16 69 (6.07%) Gherkin
16 69 (6.07%) jQuery
17 52 (4.58%) CSS3
18 49 (4.31%) ASP.NET Web API
18 49 (4.31%) Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 104 (9.15%) User Experience
2 71 (6.25%) Computer Science
3 48 (4.23%) Analytical Skills
4 39 (3.43%) Self-Motivation
5 33 (2.90%) Greenfield Project
6 24 (2.11%) Mobile App
7 18 (1.58%) Algorithms
8 15 (1.32%) Life Science
9 14 (1.23%) iPad
10 13 (1.14%) Robotics
11 12 (1.06%) Virtual Team
12 10 (0.88%) Data Structures
13 9 (0.79%) Data Centre
13 9 (0.79%) Enterprise Software
13 9 (0.79%) Fintech
13 9 (0.79%) Reference Data
14 8 (0.70%) Linux Command Line
15 7 (0.62%) Blog
15 7 (0.62%) Management Information System
16 5 (0.44%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 137 (12.06%) Linux
2 100 (8.80%) Windows
3 40 (3.52%) Unix
4 25 (2.20%) Android
5 23 (2.02%) Apple iOS
6 17 (1.50%) Ubuntu
7 16 (1.41%) Windows Server
8 10 (0.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 7 (0.62%) Solaris
9 7 (0.62%) VMS
10 6 (0.53%) AIX
10 6 (0.53%) Mac OS X
11 5 (0.44%) Windows Server 2012
12 3 (0.26%) Windows Server 2003
13 2 (0.18%) OpenVMS
13 2 (0.18%) Windows 10
14 1 (0.088%) Windows 7
14 1 (0.088%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 730 (64.26%) Agile Software Development
2 313 (27.55%) Continuous Integration
3 263 (23.15%) Scrum
4 227 (19.98%) BDD
5 208 (18.31%) TDD
6 162 (14.26%) DevOps
7 147 (12.94%) Test Strategy
8 142 (12.50%) Test Scripting
9 141 (12.41%) Microservices
10 128 (11.27%) OO
11 125 (11.00%) Open Source
12 118 (10.39%) Problem-Solving
13 109 (9.60%) Software Engineering
14 103 (9.07%) Continuous Delivery
14 103 (9.07%) User Stories
15 95 (8.36%) Kanban
16 94 (8.27%) API Testing
17 85 (7.48%) Manual Testing
18 84 (7.39%) SDLC
19 78 (6.87%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 356 (31.34%) Java
2 289 (25.44%) JavaScript
3 269 (23.68%) C#
4 240 (21.13%) SQL
5 118 (10.39%) Python
6 103 (9.07%) Scala
7 76 (6.69%) Ruby
8 69 (6.07%) Groovy
9 45 (3.96%) C++
10 40 (3.52%) Go
11 30 (2.64%) PowerShell
12 29 (2.55%) Perl
12 29 (2.55%) T-SQL
13 28 (2.46%) Java 8
14 26 (2.29%) PL/SQL
15 24 (2.11%) PHP
16 18 (1.58%) Bash Shell
16 18 (1.58%) C
16 18 (1.58%) ES6
16 18 (1.58%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 111 (9.77%) Security Cleared
2 99 (8.71%) SC Cleared
3 92 (8.10%) ISTQB
4 62 (5.46%) Degree
5 61 (5.37%) ISEB
6 56 (4.93%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 38 (3.35%) BPSS Clearance
8 9 (0.79%) ISEB Practitioner
8 9 (0.79%) Master's Degree
9 8 (0.70%) Computer Science Degree
9 8 (0.70%) DV Cleared
10 5 (0.44%) CISSP
10 5 (0.44%) TOGAF Certification
11 4 (0.35%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 4 (0.35%) PMP
11 4 (0.35%) SSCP
12 3 (0.26%) PMI Certification
13 2 (0.18%) HND
14 1 (0.088%) HNC
14 1 (0.088%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 227 (19.98%) QA
2 11 (0.97%) SLA
2 11 (0.97%) WCAG
3 10 (0.88%) Data Quality
4 6 (0.53%) PMO
5 5 (0.44%) GDPR
6 1 (0.088%) GAMP
6 1 (0.088%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.088%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 110 (9.68%) Docker
2 18 (1.58%) Virtual Machines
3 13 (1.14%) HDFS
3 13 (1.14%) oVirt
3 13 (1.14%) RHEV
4 11 (0.97%) Active Directory
5 10 (0.88%) VMware Infrastructure
6 8 (0.70%) vSphere
7 5 (0.44%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 5 (0.44%) OpenAM
7 5 (0.44%) OpenDJ
8 4 (0.35%) Apache Flume
9 2 (0.18%) Hyper-V
9 2 (0.18%) KVM
9 2 (0.18%) VirtualBox
10 1 (0.088%) ACF2
10 1 (0.088%) RACF
10 1 (0.088%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.088%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 63 (5.55%) Puppet
2 54 (4.75%) Kubernetes
3 41 (3.61%) Ansible
4 32 (2.82%) Opscode Chef
5 26 (2.29%) Grafana
6 24 (2.11%) Kibana
7 22 (1.94%) HP ALM
8 18 (1.58%) Terraform
9 16 (1.41%) HP Quality Center
10 7 (0.62%) Single Sign-On
11 6 (0.53%) Graphite
11 6 (0.53%) SCCM
12 3 (0.26%) Mesos
12 3 (0.26%) Nagios
12 3 (0.26%) Salt
12 3 (0.26%) StatsD
12 3 (0.26%) ZABBIX
13 2 (0.18%) Failover Clustering
13 2 (0.18%) logstash
13 2 (0.18%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 116 (10.21%) Microsoft
2 91 (8.01%) Oracle
3 65 (5.72%) Google
4 49 (4.31%) Atlassian
5 45 (3.96%) HP
6 20 (1.76%) VMware
7 18 (1.58%) webMethods
8 16 (1.41%) Adobe
9 15 (1.32%) IBM
9 15 (1.32%) Red Hat
10 11 (0.97%) BMC
10 11 (0.97%) Remedy
10 11 (0.97%) Salesforce.com
10 11 (0.97%) ServiceNow
10 11 (0.97%) UiPath
11 10 (0.88%) ComArch
11 10 (0.88%) Juniper
12 9 (0.79%) ATG
12 9 (0.79%) Software AG
12 9 (0.79%) TIBCO