Period
to 9 August 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 9 August 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
9 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 43 35 31
Rank change year-on-year -8 -4 +10
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 224 849 1,040
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 4.51% 5.71% 6.19%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 5.34% 6.55% 7.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 133 521 596
Median daily rate £453 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.59% +5.88% +8.97%
10th Percentile £350 £325 £313
90th Percentile £559 £575 £577
England median daily rate £495 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +4.21% +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 9 13
Median hourly rate £33.00 £38.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.16% -5.00% -15.79%
10th Percentile £25.25 £23.00 £24.40
90th Percentile £41.25 £46.84 £65.00
England median hourly rate £35.00 £42.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year -17.65% - +13.33%

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 4,197 12,952 14,470
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 84.58% 87.15% 86.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,442 7,670 8,574
Median daily rate £451 £450 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.17% +4.65% +3.61%
10th Percentile £256 £275 £275
90th Percentile £625 £606 £588
England median daily rate £488 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +2.63% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 224 495 507
Median hourly rate £31.61 £31.50 £23.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.35% +34.04% +17.50%
10th Percentile £12.83 £12.00 £11.17
90th Percentile £55.88 £60.78 £51.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year +40.00% +16.28% -8.43%

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing Test Automation as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Test Automation in the South East.

Daily rate trend for Test Automation in the South East

Test Automation
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Test Automation in the South East over the 6 months to 9 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Test Automation in the South East

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Test Automation in the South East.

Hourly rate trend for Test Automation in the South East

Test Automation
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Test Automation in the South East over the 6 months to 9 August 2020.

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 9 August 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 -5 81 £470 +10.59% 23
Hampshire 0 80 £475 +10.14% 19
Berkshire +14 54 £520 +18.86% 10
Surrey +4 36 £425 -8.11% 10
West Sussex -7 24 £400 -15.79% 7
Buckinghamshire -9 18 £453 +9.73% 4
Oxfordshire +3 9 £375 -16.67% 9
East Sussex -6 2 £450 -5.26% 4
Kent +4 1 £375 -25.00% 1
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 9 August 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.

1 131 (58.48%) Agile Software Development
2 92 (41.07%) DevOps
3 74 (33.04%) Continuous Integration
4 68 (30.36%) Selenium
5 65 (29.02%) Azure
5 65 (29.02%) Java
6 61 (27.23%) Git (software)
7 60 (26.79%) SQL
8 58 (25.89%) Windows
9 57 (25.45%) Linux
10 48 (21.43%) C#
11 47 (20.98%) Python
12 45 (20.09%) Microsoft
12 45 (20.09%) Scrum
13 40 (17.86%) JavaScript
13 40 (17.86%) JIRA
14 39 (17.41%) Test Scripting
14 39 (17.41%) Security Cleared
15 38 (16.96%) QA
16 34 (15.18%) Cucumber
17 33 (14.73%) Jenkins
18 31 (13.84%) SC Cleared
19 30 (13.39%) Continuous Delivery
20 29 (12.95%) Software Engineering
20 29 (12.95%) Visual Studio
21 27 (12.05%) Security Testing
22 26 (11.61%) ISTQB
23 25 (11.16%) TDD
23 25 (11.16%) Business Intelligence
23 25 (11.16%) Analytics

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 20 (8.93%) Confluence
2 7 (3.13%) Tomcat
3 6 (2.68%) Apache Spark
4 5 (2.23%) CMS
5 4 (1.79%) Umbraco
6 3 (1.34%) Elasticsearch
6 3 (1.34%) SharePoint
6 3 (1.34%) WebLogic
7 2 (0.89%) Apache
7 2 (0.89%) BizTalk Server
7 2 (0.89%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.45%) ArcGIS
8 1 (0.45%) Oracle Service Bus
8 1 (0.45%) Oracle Spatial
8 1 (0.45%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 6 (2.68%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.34%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.45%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.45%) Sketch
3 1 (0.45%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (1.79%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.89%) NetSuite
2 2 (0.89%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
2 2 (0.89%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.89%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.45%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (0.45%) SAP Hybris
3 1 (0.45%) Shopify
3 1 (0.45%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 65 (29.02%) Azure
2 24 (10.71%) AWS
2 24 (10.71%) Power Platform
3 21 (9.38%) PaaS
4 17 (7.59%) IaaS
5 14 (6.25%) GitHub
6 8 (3.57%) GCP
7 7 (3.13%) Amazon S3
7 7 (3.13%) Logic Apps
7 7 (3.13%) Serverless
8 6 (2.68%) BrowserStack
8 6 (2.68%) Cloud Computing
9 4 (1.79%) Coveralls
9 4 (1.79%) npm
9 4 (1.79%) OpenShift
10 3 (1.34%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 3 (1.34%) AWS Lambda
10 3 (1.34%) Azure Functions
10 3 (1.34%) BlazeMeter
10 3 (1.34%) Firebase
Communications & Networking
1 9 (4.02%) HTTP
2 7 (3.13%) Fibre Channel
3 6 (2.68%) Firewall
4 5 (2.23%) DNS
4 5 (2.23%) iSCSI
5 3 (1.34%) LAN
5 3 (1.34%) TCP/IP
5 3 (1.34%) WAN
6 2 (0.89%) AMQP
6 2 (0.89%) DHCP
6 2 (0.89%) Wireless
7 1 (0.45%) 4G
7 1 (0.45%) BIG-IP
7 1 (0.45%) Network Security
7 1 (0.45%) NFC
7 1 (0.45%) PuTTY
7 1 (0.45%) Radio Access Network
7 1 (0.45%) WinSCP
7 1 (0.45%) Wireless Security
7 1 (0.45%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (10.71%) Data Lake
1 24 (10.71%) Power BI
2 19 (8.48%) SQL Server
3 17 (7.59%) HDInsight
3 17 (7.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 15 (6.70%) Relational Database
5 14 (6.25%) NoSQL
6 11 (4.91%) Big Data
6 11 (4.91%) Hadoop
7 10 (4.46%) MySQL
8 8 (3.57%) Cosmos DB
9 7 (3.13%) MongoDB
9 7 (3.13%) PostgreSQL
10 5 (2.23%) Apache Cassandra
11 4 (1.79%) DB2
11 4 (1.79%) DB2 UDB
11 4 (1.79%) RDBMS
11 4 (1.79%) Redis
12 3 (1.34%) Data Mining
12 3 (1.34%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 68 (30.36%) Selenium
2 61 (27.23%) Git (software)
3 40 (17.86%) JIRA
4 34 (15.18%) Cucumber
5 33 (14.73%) Jenkins
6 29 (12.95%) Visual Studio
7 20 (8.93%) SpecFlow
8 14 (6.25%) JMeter
8 14 (6.25%) JUnit
9 13 (5.80%) SoapUI
10 12 (5.36%) Ant
10 12 (5.36%) Maven
11 10 (4.46%) WebDriver
12 9 (4.02%) Travis CI
12 9 (4.02%) webpack
13 8 (3.57%) TeamCity
14 7 (3.13%) Eclipse
14 7 (3.13%) GitLab
14 7 (3.13%) gulp
14 7 (3.13%) SonarQube
General
1 21 (9.38%) Finance
2 17 (7.59%) Public Sector
3 6 (2.68%) Banking
4 4 (1.79%) Automotive
4 4 (1.79%) Telecoms
5 3 (1.34%) Police
6 2 (0.89%) Law
6 2 (0.89%) Legal
7 1 (0.45%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.45%) Electronics
7 1 (0.45%) General Ledger
7 1 (0.45%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.45%) Marketing
7 1 (0.45%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 54 (24.11%) Developer
2 32 (14.29%) Test Engineer
3 30 (13.39%) DevOps Engineer
4 26 (11.61%) Tester
5 25 (11.16%) Analyst
6 20 (8.93%) Software Engineer
7 18 (8.04%) Test Analyst
8 16 (7.14%) Automation Tester
9 12 (5.36%) .NET Developer
9 12 (5.36%) Test Automation Engineer
10 11 (4.91%) Azure Engineer
11 8 (3.57%) Senior Developer
11 8 (3.57%) Test Manager
12 7 (3.13%) Agile Developer
12 7 (3.13%) Scala Developer
12 7 (3.13%) Storage Engineer
12 7 (3.13%) Test Leader
13 6 (2.68%) C# Developer
13 6 (2.68%) Software Test Engineer
13 6 (2.68%) Technical Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (10.71%) .NET
1 24 (10.71%) HTML
2 23 (10.27%) Web Services
3 22 (9.82%) RESTful
4 19 (8.48%) Node.js
5 18 (8.04%) SOAP
6 17 (7.59%) CSS
7 15 (6.70%) XML
8 12 (5.36%) AngularJS
8 12 (5.36%) Swagger
9 11 (4.91%) ASP.NET
10 10 (4.46%) React
10 10 (4.46%) Redux
11 9 (4.02%) ASP.NET MVC
11 9 (4.02%) Middleware
11 9 (4.02%) REST
12 8 (3.57%) .NET Framework
12 8 (3.57%) jQuery
12 8 (3.57%) Twitter Bootstrap
13 7 (3.13%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 17 (7.59%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (3.57%) User Experience
3 7 (3.13%) Mobile App
3 7 (3.13%) Public Cloud
4 6 (2.68%) Mainframe
4 6 (2.68%) Self-Motivation
5 5 (2.23%) Greenfield Project
6 4 (1.79%) Linux Command Line
7 3 (1.34%) Algorithms
7 3 (1.34%) Enterprise Software
8 2 (0.89%) CMDB
8 2 (0.89%) Management Information System
8 2 (0.89%) Replication
9 1 (0.45%) AS400
9 1 (0.45%) Clustering
9 1 (0.45%) FMCG
9 1 (0.45%) Life Science
9 1 (0.45%) Reference Data
9 1 (0.45%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 58 (25.89%) Windows
2 57 (25.45%) Linux
3 19 (8.48%) Unix
4 10 (4.46%) Android
5 6 (2.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 5 (2.23%) Windows Server
7 4 (1.79%) Apple iOS
8 3 (1.34%) CentOS
8 3 (1.34%) Solaris
9 2 (0.89%) CoreOS
10 1 (0.45%) HPUX
10 1 (0.45%) Kali Linux
10 1 (0.45%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.45%) Ubuntu
10 1 (0.45%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.45%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 131 (58.48%) Agile Software Development
2 92 (41.07%) DevOps
3 74 (33.04%) Continuous Integration
4 45 (20.09%) Scrum
5 39 (17.41%) Test Scripting
6 30 (13.39%) Continuous Delivery
7 29 (12.95%) Software Engineering
8 27 (12.05%) Security Testing
9 25 (11.16%) Analytics
9 25 (11.16%) Business Intelligence
9 25 (11.16%) TDD
10 24 (10.71%) BDD
11 21 (9.38%) Data Management
11 21 (9.38%) Project Delivery
12 20 (8.93%) Problem-Solving
13 18 (8.04%) Performance Testing
14 17 (7.59%) Data-Driven Testing
15 16 (7.14%) Functional Testing
15 16 (7.14%) Mentoring
16 15 (6.70%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 65 (29.02%) Java
2 60 (26.79%) SQL
3 48 (21.43%) C#
4 47 (20.98%) Python
5 40 (17.86%) JavaScript
6 15 (6.70%) PowerShell
7 12 (5.36%) Perl
8 10 (4.46%) Java 8
8 10 (4.46%) Scala
8 10 (4.46%) Shell Script
9 9 (4.02%) T-SQL
10 8 (3.57%) Bash Shell
11 7 (3.13%) Kotlin
12 5 (2.23%) Apple Swift
12 5 (2.23%) C
12 5 (2.23%) Korn
12 5 (2.23%) Objective-C
12 5 (2.23%) XAML
13 4 (1.79%) Groovy
13 4 (1.79%) PHP
Qualifications
1 39 (17.41%) Security Cleared
2 31 (13.84%) SC Cleared
3 26 (11.61%) ISTQB
4 15 (6.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 14 (6.25%) ISEB
6 12 (5.36%) Degree
7 5 (2.23%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 4 (1.79%) DV Cleared
9 3 (1.34%) PhD
10 2 (0.89%) Computer Science Degree
10 2 (0.89%) DBS Check
10 2 (0.89%) ITIL Certification
10 2 (0.89%) Microsoft Certification
11 1 (0.45%) BPSS Clearance
11 1 (0.45%) CHECK Team Leader
11 1 (0.45%) CHECK Team Member
11 1 (0.45%) CREST Certified
11 1 (0.45%) GPEN
11 1 (0.45%) SANS
11 1 (0.45%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (16.96%) QA
2 3 (1.34%) GDPR
3 2 (0.89%) WCAG
4 1 (0.45%) IEC 62304
4 1 (0.45%) ISO 13485
4 1 (0.45%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.45%) ISO/IEC 17025
4 1 (0.45%) PMO
4 1 (0.45%) SLA
System Software
1 21 (9.38%) Docker
2 19 (8.48%) Virtual Machines
3 9 (4.02%) Active Directory
4 4 (1.79%) RACF
5 3 (1.34%) vSphere
6 1 (0.45%) Firmware
6 1 (0.45%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 20 (8.93%) Kubernetes
2 18 (8.04%) Terraform
3 12 (5.36%) Ansible
4 5 (2.23%) Kibana
4 5 (2.23%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.89%) Grafana
5 2 (0.89%) logstash
5 2 (0.89%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 2 (0.89%) Prometheus
5 2 (0.89%) Puppet
6 1 (0.45%) Docker Swarm
6 1 (0.45%) HP ALM
6 1 (0.45%) HP Fortify
6 1 (0.45%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (0.45%) Nessus
6 1 (0.45%) Nmap
6 1 (0.45%) OpenNebula
6 1 (0.45%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 1 (0.45%) Packer
6 1 (0.45%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 45 (20.09%) Microsoft
2 21 (9.38%) Oracle
3 16 (7.14%) Informatica
4 12 (5.36%) Xamarin
5 11 (4.91%) SAP
5 11 (4.91%) VMware
6 8 (3.57%) Hortonworks
7 7 (3.13%) Red Hat
8 6 (2.68%) Google
8 6 (2.68%) IBM
8 6 (2.68%) Salesforce.com
9 4 (1.79%) Ariba
9 4 (1.79%) Atlassian
9 4 (1.79%) Databricks
9 4 (1.79%) Tableau
10 3 (1.34%) Blue Prism
10 3 (1.34%) OutSystems
10 3 (1.34%) Remedy
10 3 (1.34%) ServiceNow
10 3 (1.34%) Talend