Period
to 21 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 21 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
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 39 39 47
Rank change year-on-year 0 +8 +10
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 879 753 744
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 5.22% 4.53% 3.86%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.31% 5.48% 4.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 502 446 478
South East median daily rate £409 £390 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.81% +5.41% +5.71%
10th Percentile £288 £260 £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 13933 13731 15560
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 82.79% 82.58% 80.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 8355 8291 9281
South East median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56% +4.00%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £256
90th Percentile £575 £563 £535
England median daily rate £450 £425 £423
% change year-on-year +5.88% +0.47% +5.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 462 544 605
South East median hourly rate £22.75 £27.13 £26.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.13% +2.36% +51.43%
10th Percentile £11.25 £12.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £51.58 £48.75
England median hourly rate £23.75 £24.42 £22.50
% change year-on-year -2.74% +8.53% +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 21 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 21 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 21 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 -4 394 £413 +3.13% 68
Hampshire +4 157 £325 -7.14% 33
Berkshire +3 152 £383 -1.29% 27
Surrey +26 150 £450 +20.00% 19
Buckinghamshire +28 127 £325 -25.71% 9
Oxfordshire -12 115 £450 +12.50% 32
West Sussex +6 109 £445 +11.25% 10
East Sussex -1 30 £400 +14.29% 6
Kent -7 15 £425 +97.67% 1
Middlesex +11 9 £438 -2.78% 1
Home Counties -4 2 - -
Sussex -8 1 £550 +57.14% 2
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 21 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.

1 557 (63.37%) Agile Software Development
2 292 (33.22%) Java
3 281 (31.97%) Continuous Integration
4 277 (31.51%) Scrum
5 249 (28.33%) Git (software)
6 236 (26.85%) Selenium
7 204 (23.21%) TDD
8 200 (22.75%) Jenkins
9 178 (20.25%) QA
10 176 (20.02%) JIRA
10 176 (20.02%) JavaScript
11 162 (18.43%) SQL
11 162 (18.43%) BDD
12 155 (17.63%) Linux
13 153 (17.41%) C#
14 145 (16.50%) CSS
15 143 (16.27%) DevOps
16 139 (15.81%) HTML
17 134 (15.24%) Finance
18 114 (12.97%) Web Services
19 105 (11.95%) REST
20 104 (11.83%) AngularJS
21 102 (11.60%) Open Source
22 100 (11.38%) Amazon AWS
23 99 (11.26%) Subversion
24 98 (11.15%) Test Scripting
25 96 (10.92%) Test Strategy
26 94 (10.69%) Cucumber
27 89 (10.13%) Docker
28 88 (10.01%) 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 88 (10.01%) Confluence
2 16 (1.82%) JBoss
3 15 (1.71%) SharePoint
4 14 (1.59%) Apache
5 13 (1.48%) CMS
6 12 (1.37%) WebSphere
7 11 (1.25%) WebLogic
8 10 (1.14%) Apache Spark
8 10 (1.14%) Drupal
8 10 (1.14%) OpenStack
8 10 (1.14%) Tomcat
9 9 (1.02%) IIS
10 8 (0.91%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 7 (0.80%) WordPress
12 6 (0.68%) Apache Airflow
12 6 (0.68%) BizTalk Server
12 6 (0.68%) Luigi
13 5 (0.57%) Alfresco
13 5 (0.57%) Cloud Foundry
14 4 (0.46%) Apache Pig
Applications
1 10 (1.14%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (1.02%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (0.68%) Microsoft Project
3 6 (0.68%) Pipeline Pilot
4 5 (0.57%) Simulink
5 3 (0.34%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 3 (0.34%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.34%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.11%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 13 (1.48%) Magento
2 6 (0.68%) Oracle EBS
3 4 (0.46%) WebTrends
4 3 (0.34%) Oracle Applications
5 2 (0.23%) 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
1 100 (11.38%) Amazon AWS
2 53 (6.03%) Microsoft Azure
3 28 (3.19%) npm
3 28 (3.19%) SaaS
4 20 (2.28%) OpenShift
5 19 (2.16%) PaaS
6 15 (1.71%) IaaS
7 14 (1.59%) Sauce Labs
8 12 (1.37%) Slack
9 9 (1.02%) GitHub
10 8 (0.91%) Amazon SQS
10 8 (0.91%) FinancialForce
10 8 (0.91%) Google Cloud Platform
11 7 (0.80%) AWS CloudFormation
11 7 (0.80%) BlazeMeter
11 7 (0.80%) Trello
12 6 (0.68%) Amazon EC2
12 6 (0.68%) AWS Lambda
12 6 (0.68%) Serverless
13 4 (0.46%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 69 (7.85%) HTTP
2 21 (2.39%) Internet
3 18 (2.05%) LTE
4 15 (1.71%) PuTTY
4 15 (1.71%) TCP/IP
4 15 (1.71%) WinSCP
5 14 (1.59%) 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 62 (7.05%) MongoDB
2 61 (6.94%) Relational Database
3 53 (6.03%) SQL Server
4 43 (4.89%) Redis
5 34 (3.87%) Big Data
6 31 (3.53%) Hadoop
7 27 (3.07%) NoSQL
8 26 (2.96%) PostgreSQL
9 19 (2.16%) Oracle Database
9 19 (2.16%) SQL Server 2016
10 18 (2.05%) SQL Server 2012
11 16 (1.82%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 15 (1.71%) Oracle Database 10g
12 15 (1.71%) Oracle Database 11g
13 14 (1.59%) MySQL
14 11 (1.25%) Data Warehouse
15 9 (1.02%) SQL Server 2008
15 9 (1.02%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 7 (0.80%) Oracle Reports
17 6 (0.68%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 249 (28.33%) Git (software)
2 236 (26.85%) Selenium
3 200 (22.75%) Jenkins
4 176 (20.02%) JIRA
5 99 (11.26%) Subversion
6 94 (10.69%) Cucumber
7 66 (7.51%) SoapUI
8 62 (7.05%) JUnit
8 62 (7.05%) WebDriver
9 61 (6.94%) Team Foundation Server
10 55 (6.26%) Maven
11 50 (5.69%) Bitbucket
12 47 (5.35%) SpecFlow
13 46 (5.23%) HP UFT
14 45 (5.12%) Ant
15 44 (5.01%) Protractor
16 38 (4.32%) Karma Test Runner
17 37 (4.21%) JMeter
18 36 (4.10%) gulp
19 35 (3.98%) LoadRunner
General
1 134 (15.24%) Finance
2 52 (5.92%) Banking
3 41 (4.66%) Telecoms
4 20 (2.28%) Retail
5 16 (1.82%) Publishing
6 12 (1.37%) Marketing
7 11 (1.25%) Games
7 11 (1.25%) 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
1 295 (33.56%) Developer
2 136 (15.47%) Analyst
3 129 (14.68%) Tester
4 106 (12.06%) Test Analyst
5 80 (9.10%) Automation Tester
6 70 (7.96%) DevOps Engineer
7 67 (7.62%) Test Engineer
8 48 (5.46%) Java Developer
9 42 (4.78%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
10 41 (4.66%) Test Manager
11 40 (4.55%) Architect
12 38 (4.32%) Automation Test Analyst
13 37 (4.21%) JavaScript Developer
14 35 (3.98%) Senior Developer
15 33 (3.75%) Agile Developer
15 33 (3.75%) QA Tester
16 29 (3.30%) Node.js Developer
17 28 (3.19%) Test Automation Engineer
18 27 (3.07%) QA Engineer
18 27 (3.07%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 145 (16.50%) CSS
2 139 (15.81%) HTML
3 114 (12.97%) Web Services
4 105 (11.95%) REST
5 104 (11.83%) AngularJS
6 83 (9.44%) .NET
7 82 (9.33%) HTML5
8 72 (8.19%) Node.js
8 72 (8.19%) SOAP
9 69 (7.85%) JSON
10 63 (7.17%) RESTful
11 53 (6.03%) CSS3
12 48 (5.46%) Spring
13 45 (5.12%) Ajax
14 38 (4.32%) Play Framework
15 37 (4.21%) Sass
16 36 (4.10%) React
16 36 (4.10%) XML
17 31 (3.53%) Gherkin
18 24 (2.73%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 51 (5.80%) Computer Science
2 47 (5.35%) Mobile App
3 31 (3.53%) User Experience
4 30 (3.41%) Analytical Skills
5 18 (2.05%) Greenfield Project
6 9 (1.02%) 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%) Enterprise Cloud
11 2 (0.23%) Smart Home
11 2 (0.23%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 155 (17.63%) Linux
2 87 (9.90%) Windows
3 58 (6.60%) Unix
4 36 (4.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 32 (3.64%) Mac OS X
6 22 (2.50%) Windows Server
7 21 (2.39%) Android
7 21 (2.39%) Apple iOS
8 17 (1.93%) Windows Server 2012
9 4 (0.46%) Ubuntu
10 3 (0.34%) HPUX
10 3 (0.34%) VxWorks
11 2 (0.23%) Embedded Linux
11 2 (0.23%) VMS
11 2 (0.23%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 557 (63.37%) Agile Software Development
2 281 (31.97%) Continuous Integration
3 277 (31.51%) Scrum
4 204 (23.21%) TDD
5 162 (18.43%) BDD
6 143 (16.27%) DevOps
7 102 (11.60%) Open Source
8 98 (11.15%) Test Scripting
9 96 (10.92%) Test Strategy
10 86 (9.78%) Configuration Management
10 86 (9.78%) Regression Testing
10 86 (9.78%) SDLC
11 75 (8.53%) Kanban
12 74 (8.42%) Web Development
13 73 (8.30%) Software Engineering
14 71 (8.08%) Continuous Delivery
15 70 (7.96%) Unit Testing
16 67 (7.62%) Performance Testing
17 66 (7.51%) Functional Testing
18 65 (7.39%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 292 (33.22%) Java
2 176 (20.02%) JavaScript
3 162 (18.43%) SQL
4 153 (17.41%) C#
5 72 (8.19%) Python
6 60 (6.83%) Ruby
7 50 (5.69%) Scala
8 49 (5.57%) Groovy
9 35 (3.98%) PHP
10 32 (3.64%) ES6
11 30 (3.41%) C++
12 25 (2.84%) PowerShell
12 25 (2.84%) T-SQL
13 21 (2.39%) F#
14 18 (2.05%) ECMAScript
15 17 (1.93%) Bash Shell
16 15 (1.71%) PL/SQL
17 14 (1.59%) Perl
18 13 (1.48%) TypeScript
19 11 (1.25%) Apple Swift
Qualifications
1 84 (9.56%) Degree
2 83 (9.44%) ISTQB
3 71 (8.08%) Security Cleared
4 69 (7.85%) ISEB
5 56 (6.37%) SC Cleared
6 47 (5.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 20 (2.28%) Computer Science Degree
8 19 (2.16%) BPSS Clearance
9 9 (1.02%) ISEB Practitioner
10 6 (0.68%) Master's Degree
10 6 (0.68%) PhD
11 2 (0.23%) BC Cleared
11 2 (0.23%) CESG Certified Professional
11 2 (0.23%) CSQA
11 2 (0.23%) DV Cleared
11 2 (0.23%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 2 (0.23%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 178 (20.25%) QA
2 10 (1.14%) Data Quality
3 6 (0.68%) 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 (10.13%) Docker
2 13 (1.48%) VMware Infrastructure
2 13 (1.48%) vSphere
3 8 (0.91%) oVirt
3 8 (0.91%) RHEV
4 7 (0.80%) Hyper-V
5 6 (0.68%) Virtual Machines
6 5 (0.57%) Active Directory
7 4 (0.46%) Apache Flume
8 2 (0.23%) HDFS
9 1 (0.11%) LXC
9 1 (0.11%) Squid
9 1 (0.11%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 66 (7.51%) Puppet
2 58 (6.60%) Ansible
3 44 (5.01%) HP Quality Center
4 43 (4.89%) Opscode Chef
5 27 (3.07%) Terraform
6 23 (2.62%) Kubernetes
7 13 (1.48%) Salt
8 4 (0.46%) Grafana
8 4 (0.46%) Kibana
8 4 (0.46%) Oozie
9 3 (0.34%) Docker Swarm
10 2 (0.23%) HP Fortify
10 2 (0.23%) Mesos
10 2 (0.23%) MOM
10 2 (0.23%) Netcool
10 2 (0.23%) vRealize
11 1 (0.11%) BladeLogic
11 1 (0.11%) Graphite
11 1 (0.11%) logstash
11 1 (0.11%) Nagios
Vendors
1 85 (9.67%) HP
2 76 (8.65%) Microsoft
3 58 (6.60%) Oracle
4 46 (5.23%) Salesforce.com
5 38 (4.32%) Red Hat
6 33 (3.75%) Google
7 28 (3.19%) VMware
8 22 (2.50%) SAP
9 20 (2.28%) Twitter
10 16 (1.82%) New Relic
10 16 (1.82%) Talend
11 14 (1.59%) webMethods
12 12 (1.37%) Motorola
13 11 (1.25%) Software AG
14 10 (1.14%) Atlassian
15 9 (1.02%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
16 7 (0.80%) DevExpress
17 6 (0.68%) Netezza
17 6 (0.68%) RapidMiner
17 6 (0.68%) Xamarin