Period
to 24 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 24 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
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 39 38 48
Rank change year-on-year -1 +10 +7
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 876 757 755
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 5.21% 4.55% 3.87%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.29% 5.51% 4.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 507 450 484
South East median daily rate £413 £388 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.45% +4.73% +5.71%
10th Percentile £289 £260 £263
90th Percentile £538 £500 £475
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 20 30
South East median hourly rate £45.20 £52.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.09% +30.00% +6.67%
10th Percentile £29.83 £35.59 £32.38
90th Percentile £51.87 £59.31 £51.25
England median hourly rate £44.25 £40.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +10.63% +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 13922 13735 15731
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 82.74% 82.52% 80.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 8340 8261 9392
South East median daily rate £425 £400 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +1.27% +5.33%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £256
90th Percentile £575 £563 £538
England median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 456 557 611
South East median hourly rate £23.00 £26.00 £26.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.54% -2.26% +52.00%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.53 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £48.75
England median hourly rate £24.00 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +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 24 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 24 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 24 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 -3 394 £413 +3.13% 64
Berkshire +6 156 £390 +2.30% 26
Surrey +32 153 £450 +20.00% 23
Hampshire +4 153 £325 -7.14% 32
Buckinghamshire +25 128 £328 -27.22% 10
West Sussex +7 110 £445 +11.25% 9
Oxfordshire -11 110 £450 +12.50% 28
East Sussex -4 27 £375 +7.14% 9
Kent -2 15 £450 +109.30% 2
Middlesex +9 8 £438 -2.78%
Home Counties -4 2 - -
Sussex -9 1 £550 +57.14% 2
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 24 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.

1 554 (63.24%) Agile Software Development
2 285 (32.53%) Java
3 281 (32.08%) Continuous Integration
4 278 (31.74%) Scrum
5 247 (28.20%) Git (software)
6 236 (26.94%) Selenium
7 203 (23.17%) TDD
8 199 (22.72%) Jenkins
9 177 (20.21%) JavaScript
10 174 (19.86%) QA
11 173 (19.75%) JIRA
12 162 (18.49%) SQL
12 162 (18.49%) BDD
13 157 (17.92%) C#
14 150 (17.12%) Linux
15 146 (16.67%) CSS
16 144 (16.44%) DevOps
17 139 (15.87%) HTML
18 136 (15.53%) Finance
19 111 (12.67%) Web Services
20 106 (12.10%) AngularJS
21 105 (11.99%) REST
22 101 (11.53%) Open Source
23 98 (11.19%) Amazon AWS
23 98 (11.19%) Subversion
24 97 (11.07%) Test Scripting
25 94 (10.73%) Cucumber
26 89 (10.16%) Test Strategy
26 89 (10.16%) Docker
27 87 (9.93%) SDLC

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 85 (9.70%) Confluence
2 16 (1.83%) JBoss
3 15 (1.71%) Apache
3 15 (1.71%) SharePoint
4 13 (1.48%) CMS
4 13 (1.48%) WebSphere
5 11 (1.26%) Tomcat
5 11 (1.26%) WebLogic
6 10 (1.14%) Apache Spark
6 10 (1.14%) Drupal
6 10 (1.14%) OpenStack
7 9 (1.03%) IIS
8 8 (0.91%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 7 (0.80%) WordPress
10 6 (0.68%) Apache Airflow
10 6 (0.68%) BizTalk Server
10 6 (0.68%) Luigi
11 5 (0.57%) Alfresco
11 5 (0.57%) Cloud Foundry
11 5 (0.57%) nginx
Applications
1 11 (1.26%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (1.03%) 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 2 (0.23%) Oracle Applications
4 2 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.23%) SAP ERP
4 2 (0.23%) SAP MM
5 1 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.11%) Maximo
5 1 (0.11%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 1 (0.11%) SAP CO
5 1 (0.11%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.11%) SAP FI/CO
5 1 (0.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 98 (11.19%) Amazon AWS
2 51 (5.82%) Microsoft Azure
3 30 (3.42%) npm
4 26 (2.97%) SaaS
5 20 (2.28%) OpenShift
6 19 (2.17%) PaaS
7 15 (1.71%) IaaS
7 15 (1.71%) Sauce Labs
8 12 (1.37%) Slack
9 10 (1.14%) GitHub
10 8 (0.91%) Amazon SQS
10 8 (0.91%) FinancialForce
10 8 (0.91%) Google Cloud Platform
11 7 (0.80%) BlazeMeter
11 7 (0.80%) Trello
12 6 (0.68%) Amazon EC2
12 6 (0.68%) AWS CloudFormation
12 6 (0.68%) AWS Lambda
12 6 (0.68%) Serverless
13 4 (0.46%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 70 (7.99%) HTTP
2 20 (2.28%) Internet
3 18 (2.05%) LTE
4 16 (1.83%) TCP/IP
5 14 (1.60%) Wireless
6 13 (1.48%) 4G
6 13 (1.48%) PuTTY
6 13 (1.48%) WinSCP
7 6 (0.68%) DNS
8 5 (0.57%) Firewall
8 5 (0.57%) SSL
9 3 (0.34%) DMZ
9 3 (0.34%) Intranet
9 3 (0.34%) IPsec
9 3 (0.34%) Wireshark
10 2 (0.23%) Ethernet
10 2 (0.23%) Network Security
10 2 (0.23%) SMS
11 1 (0.11%) DVB
11 1 (0.11%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 61 (6.96%) MongoDB
1 61 (6.96%) Relational Database
2 53 (6.05%) SQL Server
3 43 (4.91%) Redis
4 34 (3.88%) Big Data
5 31 (3.54%) Hadoop
6 28 (3.20%) NoSQL
7 26 (2.97%) PostgreSQL
8 19 (2.17%) SQL Server 2016
9 16 (1.83%) Oracle Database
9 16 (1.83%) SQL Server 2012
9 16 (1.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 14 (1.60%) MySQL
11 13 (1.48%) Oracle Database 10g
11 13 (1.48%) Oracle Database 11g
12 11 (1.26%) Data Warehouse
13 9 (1.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 7 (0.80%) SQL Server 2008
15 6 (0.68%) Data Mining
15 6 (0.68%) KNIME
Development Applications
1 247 (28.20%) Git (software)
2 236 (26.94%) Selenium
3 199 (22.72%) Jenkins
4 173 (19.75%) JIRA
5 98 (11.19%) Subversion
6 94 (10.73%) Cucumber
7 65 (7.42%) SoapUI
8 64 (7.31%) WebDriver
9 62 (7.08%) JUnit
10 61 (6.96%) Team Foundation Server
11 57 (6.51%) Maven
12 50 (5.71%) Bitbucket
13 48 (5.48%) SpecFlow
14 45 (5.14%) Protractor
15 44 (5.02%) Ant
15 44 (5.02%) HP UFT
16 39 (4.45%) Karma Test Runner
17 38 (4.34%) gulp
17 38 (4.34%) JMeter
18 35 (4.00%) Visual Studio
General
1 136 (15.53%) Finance
2 51 (5.82%) Banking
3 41 (4.68%) Telecoms
4 21 (2.40%) Retail
5 16 (1.83%) Publishing
6 12 (1.37%) Marketing
7 11 (1.26%) Games
7 11 (1.26%) Manufacturing
8 10 (1.14%) Retail Banking
9 8 (0.91%) Advertising
10 7 (0.80%) Automotive
10 7 (0.80%) Corporate Banking
11 5 (0.57%) Back Office
12 3 (0.34%) Electronics
13 2 (0.23%) Billing
14 1 (0.11%) Aerospace
14 1 (0.11%) Law
14 1 (0.11%) Local Government
14 1 (0.11%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 298 (34.02%) Developer
2 135 (15.41%) Analyst
3 128 (14.61%) Tester
4 105 (11.99%) Test Analyst
5 79 (9.02%) Automation Tester
6 71 (8.11%) DevOps Engineer
7 66 (7.53%) Test Engineer
8 48 (5.48%) Java Developer
9 44 (5.02%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
10 40 (4.57%) Architect
11 38 (4.34%) Automation Test Analyst
11 38 (4.34%) Test Manager
12 36 (4.11%) JavaScript Developer
12 36 (4.11%) Senior Developer
13 33 (3.77%) Agile Developer
14 32 (3.65%) QA Tester
15 29 (3.31%) Test Automation Engineer
16 28 (3.20%) Node.js Developer
17 27 (3.08%) Test Leader
18 26 (2.97%) Scala Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 146 (16.67%) CSS
2 139 (15.87%) HTML
3 111 (12.67%) Web Services
4 106 (12.10%) AngularJS
5 105 (11.99%) REST
6 82 (9.36%) HTML5
7 81 (9.25%) .NET
8 74 (8.45%) SOAP
9 72 (8.22%) JSON
10 71 (8.11%) Node.js
11 62 (7.08%) RESTful
12 53 (6.05%) CSS3
13 48 (5.48%) Spring
14 45 (5.14%) Ajax
15 40 (4.57%) Sass
16 37 (4.22%) Play Framework
16 37 (4.22%) React
16 37 (4.22%) XML
17 34 (3.88%) Gherkin
18 28 (3.20%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 53 (6.05%) Computer Science
2 45 (5.14%) Mobile App
3 31 (3.54%) User Experience
4 30 (3.42%) Analytical Skills
5 18 (2.05%) Greenfield Project
6 9 (1.03%) Client/Server
7 6 (0.68%) Life Science
8 5 (0.57%) Analytical Mindset
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%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 150 (17.12%) Linux
2 85 (9.70%) Windows
3 58 (6.62%) Unix
4 32 (3.65%) Mac OS X
4 32 (3.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 21 (2.40%) Android
5 21 (2.40%) Apple iOS
6 20 (2.28%) Windows Server
7 15 (1.71%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (0.57%) Ubuntu
9 3 (0.34%) HPUX
9 3 (0.34%) VxWorks
10 2 (0.23%) Embedded Linux
10 2 (0.23%) VMS
10 2 (0.23%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 554 (63.24%) Agile Software Development
2 281 (32.08%) Continuous Integration
3 278 (31.74%) Scrum
4 203 (23.17%) TDD
5 162 (18.49%) BDD
6 144 (16.44%) DevOps
7 101 (11.53%) Open Source
8 97 (11.07%) Test Scripting
9 89 (10.16%) Test Strategy
10 87 (9.93%) SDLC
11 85 (9.70%) Configuration Management
12 81 (9.25%) Regression Testing
13 76 (8.68%) Kanban
14 73 (8.33%) Continuous Delivery
14 73 (8.33%) Software Engineering
14 73 (8.33%) Web Development
15 71 (8.11%) Unit Testing
16 66 (7.53%) User Stories
17 64 (7.31%) Performance Testing
18 63 (7.19%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 285 (32.53%) Java
2 177 (20.21%) JavaScript
3 162 (18.49%) SQL
4 157 (17.92%) C#
5 74 (8.45%) Python
6 60 (6.85%) Ruby
7 50 (5.71%) Scala
8 49 (5.59%) Groovy
9 35 (4.00%) PHP
10 34 (3.88%) ES6
11 30 (3.42%) C++
12 25 (2.85%) PowerShell
12 25 (2.85%) T-SQL
13 20 (2.28%) ECMAScript
14 18 (2.05%) F#
15 16 (1.83%) Bash Shell
16 15 (1.71%) Perl
16 15 (1.71%) PL/SQL
17 13 (1.48%) TypeScript
18 11 (1.26%) Apple Swift
Qualifications
1 86 (9.82%) Degree
2 80 (9.13%) ISTQB
3 68 (7.76%) Security Cleared
4 62 (7.08%) ISEB
5 53 (6.05%) SC Cleared
6 45 (5.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 22 (2.51%) Computer Science Degree
8 19 (2.17%) BPSS Clearance
9 7 (0.80%) 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
1 174 (19.86%) 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 (10.16%) Docker
2 11 (1.26%) VMware Infrastructure
2 11 (1.26%) vSphere
3 8 (0.91%) oVirt
3 8 (0.91%) RHEV
4 7 (0.80%) Hyper-V
5 5 (0.57%) Active Directory
6 4 (0.46%) Apache Flume
6 4 (0.46%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (0.23%) HDFS
8 1 (0.11%) LXC
8 1 (0.11%) Squid
8 1 (0.11%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 66 (7.53%) Puppet
2 57 (6.51%) Ansible
3 45 (5.14%) HP Quality Center
4 43 (4.91%) Opscode Chef
5 27 (3.08%) Terraform
6 23 (2.63%) Kubernetes
7 13 (1.48%) Salt
8 5 (0.57%) Grafana
8 5 (0.57%) Kibana
9 4 (0.46%) Oozie
10 3 (0.34%) Docker Swarm
11 2 (0.23%) HP Fortify
11 2 (0.23%) Mesos
11 2 (0.23%) MOM
11 2 (0.23%) Netcool
12 1 (0.11%) BladeLogic
12 1 (0.11%) Graphite
12 1 (0.11%) logstash
12 1 (0.11%) Nagios
12 1 (0.11%) Packer
Vendors
1 83 (9.47%) HP
2 76 (8.68%) Microsoft
3 52 (5.94%) Oracle
4 46 (5.25%) Salesforce.com
5 33 (3.77%) Google
5 33 (3.77%) Red Hat
6 26 (2.97%) VMware
7 22 (2.51%) SAP
7 22 (2.51%) Twitter
8 15 (1.71%) New Relic
8 15 (1.71%) Talend
9 14 (1.60%) webMethods
10 12 (1.37%) Motorola
11 11 (1.26%) Software AG
12 10 (1.14%) Atlassian
13 9 (1.03%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
14 7 (0.80%) DevExpress
14 7 (0.80%) IBM
15 6 (0.68%) Netezza
15 6 (0.68%) RapidMiner