Period
to 24 May 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 24 May 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
24 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 33 44 43
Rank change year-on-year +11 -1 +14
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 1,012 649 791
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 6.05% 4.24% 4.39%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.16% 5.10% 5.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 626 387 482
South East median daily rate £425 £385 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.53% -3.88% +14.29%
10th Percentile £319 £264 £263
90th Percentile £579 £508 £500
England median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 15 32
South East median hourly rate £61.50 £50.00 £42.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.00% +19.05% +12.00%
10th Percentile £37.00 £24.20 £32.50
90th Percentile £67.25 £74.34 £60.00
England median hourly rate £46.00 £37.50 £41.00
% change year-on-year +22.67% -8.54% +9.33%

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 14,142 12,737 14,854
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 84.57% 83.22% 82.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,343 7,399 9,177
South East median daily rate £438 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.42% +3.75% +6.67%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £250
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +4.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 463 499 558
South East median hourly rate £22.50 £21.00 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.14% -11.58% +5.56%
10th Percentile £10.64 £11.60 £11.62
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.75 £52.58
England median hourly rate £22.00 £25.06 £23.00
% change year-on-year -12.21% +8.96% +9.52%

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 24 May 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 24 May 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 24 May 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
Surrey +23 300 £475 +26.67% 47
Thames Valley -1 296 £425 +11.84% 128
Hampshire +24 235 £400 +6.67% 63
Berkshire -4 109 £375 +2.74% 60
West Sussex +18 103 £450 -9.98% 17
Buckinghamshire +3 103 £400 +12.68% 22
Oxfordshire +4 84 £425 +6.25% 46
Kent -2 24 £425 +13.71% 17
East Sussex -4 24 £388 +10.71% 11
Middlesex +1 11 £376 -5.29%
M4 Corridor - 8 - -
Sussex -1 2 - - 2
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 24 May 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.

1 647 (63.93%) Agile Software Development
2 369 (36.46%) Java
3 354 (34.98%) Selenium
4 299 (29.55%) Continuous Integration
5 282 (27.87%) JavaScript
6 279 (27.57%) TDD
7 276 (27.27%) Scrum
8 270 (26.68%) Jenkins
9 226 (22.33%) BDD
10 224 (22.13%) Git (software)
11 214 (21.15%) DevOps
12 203 (20.06%) C#
13 186 (18.38%) CSS
14 184 (18.18%) HTML
15 178 (17.59%) Web Services
16 177 (17.49%) Linux
17 175 (17.29%) RESTful
18 168 (16.60%) QA
18 168 (16.60%) JIRA
19 165 (16.30%) SQL
20 164 (16.21%) Continuous Delivery
21 161 (15.91%) AngularJS
22 157 (15.51%) .NET
23 155 (15.32%) Finance
24 145 (14.33%) Oracle
25 131 (12.94%) Unit Testing
26 129 (12.75%) Node.js
27 126 (12.45%) Windows
28 124 (12.25%) Microsoft Azure
29 123 (12.15%) Microservices

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 81 (8.00%) Confluence
2 28 (2.77%) GlassFish
3 26 (2.57%) Cloud Foundry
4 25 (2.47%) Apache
4 25 (2.47%) Liferay
5 20 (1.98%) JBoss
6 19 (1.88%) BizTalk Server
6 19 (1.88%) Tomcat
7 15 (1.48%) Apache Spark
7 15 (1.48%) WebLogic
8 11 (1.09%) nginx
8 11 (1.09%) WebSphere
9 10 (0.99%) GemFire
9 10 (0.99%) SharePoint
10 8 (0.79%) Elasticsearch
11 7 (0.69%) CMS
12 5 (0.49%) IIS
12 5 (0.49%) OpenStack
13 4 (0.40%) CICS
14 3 (0.30%) Mule
Applications
1 23 (2.27%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (1.58%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (0.59%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.30%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (0.30%) Simulink
5 1 (0.099%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (0.30%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.20%) SAP Hybris
3 1 (0.099%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.099%) Magento
3 1 (0.099%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.099%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (0.099%) Oracle Retail
3 1 (0.099%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 124 (12.25%) Microsoft Azure
2 109 (10.77%) Amazon AWS
3 55 (5.43%) GitHub
4 42 (4.15%) PaaS
4 42 (4.15%) Serverless
5 41 (4.05%) OpenShift
6 36 (3.56%) npm
7 23 (2.27%) Google Cloud Platform
8 20 (1.98%) Cloud Computing
9 15 (1.48%) Amazon SQS
10 10 (0.99%) AWS CloudFormation
10 10 (0.99%) AWS Lambda
10 10 (0.99%) Sauce Labs
11 8 (0.79%) BrowserStack
11 8 (0.79%) Force.com
11 8 (0.79%) Google Analytics
12 7 (0.69%) IaaS
12 7 (0.69%) NuGet
12 7 (0.69%) Yarn
13 4 (0.40%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 57 (5.63%) HTTP
2 31 (3.06%) Internet
3 23 (2.27%) PuTTY
3 23 (2.27%) WinSCP
4 12 (1.19%) TCP/IP
5 10 (0.99%) SSL
5 10 (0.99%) WAN
6 7 (0.69%) LAN
7 6 (0.59%) Bluetooth
8 5 (0.49%) Firewall
8 5 (0.49%) MVNO
9 4 (0.40%) Wireless
10 3 (0.30%) DHCP
10 3 (0.30%) DNS
11 2 (0.20%) 2G
11 2 (0.20%) 3G
11 2 (0.20%) DSL
11 2 (0.20%) DVB
11 2 (0.20%) IKE
11 2 (0.20%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 108 (10.67%) SQL Server
2 90 (8.89%) Relational Database
3 63 (6.23%) Oracle Database
4 58 (5.73%) MongoDB
5 56 (5.53%) PostgreSQL
6 29 (2.87%) RDBMS
7 28 (2.77%) SQL Server 2012
7 28 (2.77%) SQL Server 2016
8 26 (2.57%) HBase
8 26 (2.57%) Oracle Database 10g
8 26 (2.57%) Oracle Database 11g
9 25 (2.47%) Oracle Database 12c
9 25 (2.47%) Redis
10 24 (2.37%) MySQL
11 20 (1.98%) Hadoop
11 20 (1.98%) NoSQL
12 18 (1.78%) Big Data
13 10 (0.99%) Amazon RDS
13 10 (0.99%) Apache Hive
14 7 (0.69%) Amazon DynamoDB
Development Applications
1 354 (34.98%) Selenium
2 270 (26.68%) Jenkins
3 224 (22.13%) Git (software)
4 168 (16.60%) JIRA
5 121 (11.96%) Cucumber
6 103 (10.18%) SoapUI
7 92 (9.09%) Team Foundation Server
8 79 (7.81%) SpecFlow
9 76 (7.51%) Subversion
10 74 (7.31%) WebDriver
11 69 (6.82%) JUnit
12 67 (6.62%) Maven
13 61 (6.03%) Mocha
14 60 (5.93%) HP UFT
15 59 (5.83%) Eclipse
16 58 (5.73%) Bitbucket
17 55 (5.43%) Protractor
18 54 (5.34%) webpack
19 53 (5.24%) SonarQube
20 52 (5.14%) Visual Studio
General
1 155 (15.32%) Finance
2 54 (5.34%) Banking
3 22 (2.17%) Retail
4 19 (1.88%) Marketing
5 15 (1.48%) Telecoms
6 13 (1.28%) Games
7 10 (0.99%) Electronics
8 9 (0.89%) Automotive
9 8 (0.79%) Advertising
10 7 (0.69%) Billing
11 6 (0.59%) Manufacturing
12 5 (0.49%) Corporate Banking
12 5 (0.49%) Publishing
12 5 (0.49%) Retail Banking
13 4 (0.40%) Digital Economy
13 4 (0.40%) Financial Institution
14 3 (0.30%) Spanish Language
15 2 (0.20%) Back Office
15 2 (0.20%) Law
15 2 (0.20%) Military
Job Titles
1 406 (40.12%) Developer
2 133 (13.14%) Analyst
3 129 (12.75%) Tester
4 125 (12.35%) Test Analyst
5 100 (9.88%) Java Developer
6 80 (7.91%) DevOps Engineer
7 77 (7.61%) Test Engineer
8 68 (6.72%) Automation Tester
9 64 (6.32%) Node.js Developer
10 57 (5.63%) Automation Test Analyst
11 47 (4.64%) Full Stack Developer
11 47 (4.64%) React Developer
11 47 (4.64%) Senior Developer
12 45 (4.45%) JavaScript Developer
12 45 (4.45%) Test Automation Engineer
13 38 (3.75%) Architect
14 34 (3.36%) .NET Developer
14 34 (3.36%) Senior DevOps
14 34 (3.36%) Senior DevOps Engineer
15 33 (3.26%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 186 (18.38%) CSS
2 184 (18.18%) HTML
3 178 (17.59%) Web Services
4 175 (17.29%) RESTful
5 161 (15.91%) AngularJS
6 157 (15.51%) .NET
7 129 (12.75%) Node.js
8 118 (11.66%) HTML5
9 112 (11.07%) REST
10 85 (8.40%) JSON
11 79 (7.81%) CSS3
12 76 (7.51%) Spring
13 74 (7.31%) SOAP
14 70 (6.92%) React
15 68 (6.72%) .NET Framework
16 60 (5.93%) Gherkin
16 60 (5.93%) XML
17 50 (4.94%) Chai
18 48 (4.74%) jQuery
19 41 (4.05%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 69 (6.82%) Mobile App
2 65 (6.42%) Computer Science
2 65 (6.42%) Enterprise Software
3 56 (5.53%) Greenfield Project
4 46 (4.55%) User Experience
5 30 (2.96%) Self-Motivation
6 23 (2.27%) Analytical Skills
7 21 (2.08%) Linux Command Line
8 13 (1.28%) Virtual Team
9 12 (1.19%) Management Information System
9 12 (1.19%) Smart Meter
10 10 (0.99%) Clustering
11 8 (0.79%) Data Centre
11 8 (0.79%) iPad
12 7 (0.69%) Life Science
12 7 (0.69%) Mainframe
13 6 (0.59%) Blog
13 6 (0.59%) Cloud Native
13 6 (0.59%) Driving Licence
14 5 (0.49%) Infotainment
Operating Systems
1 177 (17.49%) Linux
2 126 (12.45%) Windows
3 68 (6.72%) Unix
4 36 (3.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 35 (3.46%) Android
6 34 (3.36%) Apple iOS
7 30 (2.96%) Windows Server
8 24 (2.37%) Windows Server 2012
9 13 (1.28%) CentOS
9 13 (1.28%) Mac OS X
10 11 (1.09%) Ubuntu
11 4 (0.40%) Debian
12 3 (0.30%) Windows 7
13 2 (0.20%) Mac OS
13 2 (0.20%) Windows 10
14 1 (0.099%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 647 (63.93%) Agile Software Development
2 299 (29.55%) Continuous Integration
3 279 (27.57%) TDD
4 276 (27.27%) Scrum
5 226 (22.33%) BDD
6 214 (21.15%) DevOps
7 164 (16.21%) Continuous Delivery
8 131 (12.94%) Unit Testing
9 123 (12.15%) Microservices
10 108 (10.67%) Test Strategy
11 107 (10.57%) SDLC
11 107 (10.57%) Test Scripting
12 106 (10.47%) Configuration Management
13 102 (10.08%) Software Engineering
14 101 (9.98%) Kanban
15 89 (8.79%) OO
16 87 (8.60%) Web Development
17 78 (7.71%) User Stories
18 77 (7.61%) Front End Development
19 75 (7.41%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 369 (36.46%) Java
2 282 (27.87%) JavaScript
3 203 (20.06%) C#
4 165 (16.30%) SQL
5 106 (10.47%) Python
6 72 (7.11%) Ruby
7 61 (6.03%) ES6
8 60 (5.93%) Scala
9 53 (5.24%) Groovy
10 45 (4.45%) TypeScript
11 40 (3.95%) Java 8
12 37 (3.66%) PL/SQL
13 31 (3.06%) C++
14 26 (2.57%) F#
14 26 (2.57%) PowerShell
15 22 (2.17%) VB.NET
16 21 (2.08%) Bash Shell
16 21 (2.08%) Perl
17 20 (1.98%) C
17 20 (1.98%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 83 (8.20%) Security Cleared
2 77 (7.61%) Degree
3 71 (7.02%) ISTQB
4 67 (6.62%) SC Cleared
5 60 (5.93%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 44 (4.35%) ISEB
7 32 (3.16%) Computer Science Degree
8 23 (2.27%) ISEB Practitioner
9 16 (1.58%) BPSS Clearance
10 10 (0.99%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 8 (0.79%) PMP
12 7 (0.69%) DV Cleared
12 7 (0.69%) Master's Degree
13 5 (0.49%) Numerate Degree
14 4 (0.40%) PMI Certification
14 4 (0.40%) TOGAF Certification
15 3 (0.30%) HNC
15 3 (0.30%) Microsoft Certification
16 2 (0.20%) HND
16 2 (0.20%) OCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 168 (16.60%) QA
2 4 (0.40%) GDPR
3 2 (0.20%) IEC 62304
3 2 (0.20%) ISO 13485
3 2 (0.20%) ISO 9001
3 2 (0.20%) WCAG
4 1 (0.099%) SLA
System Software
1 116 (11.46%) Docker
2 26 (2.57%) vSphere
3 23 (2.27%) HDFS
4 13 (1.28%) VMware Infrastructure
5 10 (0.99%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 7 (0.69%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 7 (0.69%) Virtual Servers
7 5 (0.49%) Active Directory
7 5 (0.49%) Virtual Machines
8 4 (0.40%) Hyper-V
9 3 (0.30%) oVirt
9 3 (0.30%) RHEV
10 2 (0.20%) Firmware
11 1 (0.099%) ACF2
11 1 (0.099%) RACF
11 1 (0.099%) Snort
11 1 (0.099%) VMware ESXi
11 1 (0.099%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 79 (7.81%) HP ALM
2 47 (4.64%) Puppet
3 43 (4.25%) Opscode Chef
4 33 (3.26%) HP Quality Center
5 29 (2.87%) Ansible
6 25 (2.47%) Kubernetes
7 17 (1.68%) Terraform
8 14 (1.38%) Kibana
9 8 (0.79%) Grafana
10 6 (0.59%) BladeLogic
11 5 (0.49%) logstash
11 5 (0.49%) Packer
11 5 (0.49%) Perfmon
11 5 (0.49%) vRealize
12 4 (0.40%) SCCM
12 4 (0.40%) SCOM
13 2 (0.20%) MOM
13 2 (0.20%) NSN NetAct
13 2 (0.20%) Salt
14 1 (0.099%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 145 (14.33%) Oracle
2 106 (10.47%) Microsoft
3 103 (10.18%) HP
4 44 (4.35%) VMware
5 41 (4.05%) Google
6 35 (3.46%) webMethods
7 32 (3.16%) Atlassian
8 30 (2.96%) Red Hat
8 30 (2.96%) Software AG
9 26 (2.57%) Salesforce.com
10 17 (1.68%) IBM
10 17 (1.68%) SAP
11 10 (0.99%) Automation Anywhere
12 8 (0.79%) Twitter
13 7 (0.69%) Blue Prism
14 6 (0.59%) Adobe
14 6 (0.59%) New Relic
14 6 (0.59%) Splunk
15 4 (0.40%) Cisco
16 3 (0.30%) Apple