Period
to 17 October 2019

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 17 October 2019 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
17 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 33 30 39
Rank change year-on-year -3 +9 0
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 822 1,061 792
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 5.93% 6.44% 4.87%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.86% 7.44% 5.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 492 610 444
South East median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +2.56%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £280
90th Percentile £575 £588 £525
England median daily rate £475 £473 £450
% change year-on-year +0.53% +5.00% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 8 25
South East median hourly rate £33.00 £40.00 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.50% -11.11% -13.46%
10th Percentile £21.60 £21.53 £16.81
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.43 £57.31
England median hourly rate £43.25 £40.38 £40.50
% change year-on-year +7.12% -0.31% +1.25%

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 11,990 14,260 13,780
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 86.52% 86.57% 84.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,095 8,577 8,211
South East median daily rate £450 £434 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.81% +2.00% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £275 £260
90th Percentile £606 £588 £575
England median daily rate £475 £470 £450
% change year-on-year +1.06% +4.44% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 482 505 471
South East median hourly rate £31.50 £27.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.67% +20.00% -
10th Percentile £13.05 £11.85 £11.25
90th Percentile £72.38 £51.15 £49.50
England median hourly rate £24.35 £21.00 £24.72
% change year-on-year +15.98% -15.05% +9.84%

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 17 October 2019.

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 17 October 2019.

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 17 October 2019. 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 -8 284 £450 +5.88% 97
Hampshire +16 225 £450 +13.92% 51
Berkshire -2 151 £450 +16.13% 55
Surrey -10 141 £450 -5.26% 53
West Sussex +1 101 £475 +9.83% 29
Buckinghamshire -2 82 £425 +5.92% 19
East Sussex +5 61 £525 +21.74% 10
Oxfordshire -1 51 £450 +5.88% 23
Kent -4 15 £348 -13.13% 15
M4 Corridor +2 1 - -
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 17 October 2019, 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.

1 456 (55.47%) Agile Software Development
2 274 (33.33%) Selenium
3 248 (30.17%) C#
4 197 (23.97%) Azure
5 189 (22.99%) DevOps
6 186 (22.63%) Continuous Integration
6 186 (22.63%) .NET
7 176 (21.41%) Java
8 166 (20.19%) JIRA
9 165 (20.07%) JavaScript
10 163 (19.83%) SQL
11 162 (19.71%) Git (software)
12 154 (18.73%) QA
13 153 (18.61%) Microsoft
13 153 (18.61%) Scrum
14 143 (17.40%) Cucumber
15 133 (16.18%) Finance
16 129 (15.69%) Python
16 129 (15.69%) TDD
16 129 (15.69%) BDD
17 121 (14.72%) Jenkins
18 114 (13.87%) Security Cleared
19 101 (12.29%) Windows
20 96 (11.68%) Test Scripting
21 90 (10.95%) Linux
22 89 (10.83%) Software Engineering
23 87 (10.58%) HTML
24 84 (10.22%) ISTQB
24 84 (10.22%) SC Cleared
25 82 (9.98%) Web Services

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 66 (8.03%) Confluence
2 32 (3.89%) Tomcat
3 24 (2.92%) Apache
4 22 (2.68%) SharePoint
5 17 (2.07%) WebLogic
6 13 (1.58%) Umbraco
7 11 (1.34%) Apache Spark
8 9 (1.09%) Drupal
8 9 (1.09%) JBoss
9 7 (0.85%) nginx
10 6 (0.73%) Cloud Foundry
11 5 (0.61%) IIS
12 4 (0.49%) BizTalk Server
12 4 (0.49%) NServiceBus
13 3 (0.36%) Liferay
14 2 (0.24%) CMS
14 2 (0.24%) Mule
14 2 (0.24%) Mule ESB
14 2 (0.24%) WebSphere
15 1 (0.12%) OpenStack
Applications
1 9 (1.09%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (0.61%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.24%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.12%) Simulink
5 1 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 14 (1.70%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.85%) Oracle Applications
3 5 (0.61%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 2 (0.24%) SAP Hybris
4 2 (0.24%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 2 (0.24%) SAP S/4HANA
5 1 (0.12%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.12%) SAP CO
5 1 (0.12%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.12%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.12%) SAP FI/CO
5 1 (0.12%) SAP MM
5 1 (0.12%) SAP WM
5 1 (0.12%) Sonata
Cloud Services
1 197 (23.97%) Azure
2 75 (9.12%) AWS
3 39 (4.74%) PaaS
4 29 (3.53%) GitHub
5 24 (2.92%) GCP
6 21 (2.55%) OpenShift
7 19 (2.31%) IaaS
7 19 (2.31%) Power Platform
8 14 (1.70%) SaaS
9 13 (1.58%) Cloud Computing
10 12 (1.46%) BrowserStack
11 11 (1.34%) Heroku
12 9 (1.09%) Serverless
13 7 (0.85%) Google Analytics
14 6 (0.73%) BlazeMeter
14 6 (0.73%) npm
15 5 (0.61%) Azure Data Factory
15 5 (0.61%) Loggly
15 5 (0.61%) Lucidchart
15 5 (0.61%) NuGet
Communications & Networking
1 24 (2.92%) HTTP
2 7 (0.85%) iSCSI
2 7 (0.85%) SSL
2 7 (0.85%) TCP/IP
3 6 (0.73%) Fibre Channel
4 5 (0.61%) ATM
4 5 (0.61%) DVB
5 4 (0.49%) DSL
5 4 (0.49%) LTE
5 4 (0.49%) MQTT
5 4 (0.49%) Wireless
6 3 (0.36%) FTP
6 3 (0.36%) H.323
6 3 (0.36%) Internet
6 3 (0.36%) OpenLDAP
6 3 (0.36%) PuTTY
6 3 (0.36%) Skype
6 3 (0.36%) WinSCP
7 2 (0.24%) DNS
7 2 (0.24%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 73 (8.88%) SQL Server
2 32 (3.89%) NoSQL
3 30 (3.65%) MongoDB
4 28 (3.41%) Relational Database
5 26 (3.16%) PostgreSQL
6 24 (2.92%) Redis
7 20 (2.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 19 (2.31%) Power BI
9 18 (2.19%) Oracle Database
10 17 (2.07%) Data Lake
11 16 (1.95%) Hadoop
12 15 (1.82%) Big Data
13 14 (1.70%) Data Warehouse
14 12 (1.46%) HDInsight
14 12 (1.46%) MySQL
15 8 (0.97%) Azure SQL Database
15 8 (0.97%) Oracle Database 12c
16 7 (0.85%) MariaDB
16 7 (0.85%) Oracle ODI
17 6 (0.73%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 274 (33.33%) Selenium
2 166 (20.19%) JIRA
3 162 (19.71%) Git (software)
4 143 (17.40%) Cucumber
5 121 (14.72%) Jenkins
6 74 (9.00%) SpecFlow
6 74 (9.00%) Visual Studio
7 71 (8.64%) WebDriver
8 63 (7.66%) JMeter
9 56 (6.81%) Visual Studio Team System
10 46 (5.60%) Team Foundation Server
11 43 (5.23%) TeamCity
12 35 (4.26%) Protractor
12 35 (4.26%) SoapUI
12 35 (4.26%) Subversion
13 33 (4.01%) Maven
14 29 (3.53%) Bitbucket
15 26 (3.16%) Ant
15 26 (3.16%) JUnit
16 23 (2.80%) webpack
General
1 133 (16.18%) Finance
2 28 (3.41%) Retail
3 24 (2.92%) Banking
4 22 (2.68%) Telecoms
5 21 (2.55%) Public Sector
6 20 (2.43%) Manufacturing
7 10 (1.22%) Legal
8 7 (0.85%) Games
9 5 (0.61%) Automotive
9 5 (0.61%) Publishing
10 4 (0.49%) Aerospace
10 4 (0.49%) Front Office
10 4 (0.49%) Marketing
10 4 (0.49%) Pharmaceutical
11 3 (0.36%) Electronics
11 3 (0.36%) Military
12 2 (0.24%) Billing
12 2 (0.24%) Financial Institution
12 2 (0.24%) Police
13 1 (0.12%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 225 (27.37%) Developer
2 140 (17.03%) Tester
3 133 (16.18%) Analyst
4 122 (14.84%) Test Analyst
5 94 (11.44%) Automation Tester
6 91 (11.07%) Test Engineer
7 60 (7.30%) Automation Test Analyst
8 46 (5.60%) Software Developer
8 46 (5.60%) Software Engineer
9 45 (5.47%) DevOps Engineer
9 45 (5.47%) Test Automation Engineer
10 44 (5.35%) Test Manager
11 35 (4.26%) .NET Developer
12 32 (3.89%) C# Developer
12 32 (3.89%) Senior Developer
13 25 (3.04%) Developer in Test
14 24 (2.92%) React Developer
15 23 (2.80%) Azure Engineer
15 23 (2.80%) Scala Developer
15 23 (2.80%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 186 (22.63%) .NET
2 87 (10.58%) HTML
3 82 (9.98%) Web Services
4 79 (9.61%) CSS
5 76 (9.25%) AngularJS
6 75 (9.12%) REST
7 69 (8.39%) React
8 67 (8.15%) Node.js
9 63 (7.66%) RESTful
10 60 (7.30%) SOAP
11 48 (5.84%) JSON
11 48 (5.84%) XML
12 43 (5.23%) .NET Framework
13 41 (4.99%) HTML5
14 39 (4.74%) .NET Core
14 39 (4.74%) Spring
15 36 (4.38%) ASP.NET
16 31 (3.77%) Gherkin
17 26 (3.16%) ASP.NET Web API
18 22 (2.68%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 39 (4.74%) Analytical Skills
2 38 (4.62%) User Experience
3 29 (3.53%) Self-Motivation
4 23 (2.80%) EPoS
5 19 (2.31%) Embedded Systems
6 18 (2.19%) Data Structures
6 18 (2.19%) Linux Command Line
6 18 (2.19%) Management Information System
7 15 (1.82%) Algorithms
7 15 (1.82%) Greenfield Project
8 11 (1.34%) Mobile App
9 10 (1.22%) Life Science
10 6 (0.73%) Derivative
11 5 (0.61%) IPTV
11 5 (0.61%) Mainframe
11 5 (0.61%) Reference Data
11 5 (0.61%) STB
11 5 (0.61%) Virtual Team
12 3 (0.36%) Enterprise Software
12 3 (0.36%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 101 (12.29%) Windows
2 90 (10.95%) Linux
3 40 (4.87%) Unix
4 24 (2.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 21 (2.55%) Windows 10
6 15 (1.82%) Android
6 15 (1.82%) Apple iOS
6 15 (1.82%) Ubuntu
6 15 (1.82%) Windows Server
7 12 (1.46%) CentOS
8 8 (0.97%) Debian
9 7 (0.85%) Oracle Linux
10 6 (0.73%) VMS
10 6 (0.73%) Windows 8
11 4 (0.49%) Windows Server 2012
12 1 (0.12%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.12%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.12%) OpenVMS
12 1 (0.12%) Windows 7
12 1 (0.12%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 456 (55.47%) Agile Software Development
2 189 (22.99%) DevOps
3 186 (22.63%) Continuous Integration
4 153 (18.61%) Scrum
5 129 (15.69%) BDD
5 129 (15.69%) TDD
6 96 (11.68%) Test Scripting
7 89 (10.83%) Software Engineering
8 81 (9.85%) Test Strategy
9 70 (8.52%) Continuous Delivery
10 64 (7.79%) Computer Science
10 64 (7.79%) Microservices
11 62 (7.54%) User Acceptance Testing
12 61 (7.42%) Functional Testing
13 60 (7.30%) Non-Functional Testing
13 60 (7.30%) Unit Testing
14 59 (7.18%) Performance Testing
15 58 (7.06%) User Stories
16 55 (6.69%) System Integration Testing
17 53 (6.45%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 248 (30.17%) C#
2 176 (21.41%) Java
3 165 (20.07%) JavaScript
4 163 (19.83%) SQL
5 129 (15.69%) Python
6 52 (6.33%) PowerShell
7 37 (4.50%) Scala
8 34 (4.14%) Ruby
9 30 (3.65%) C++
10 23 (2.80%) Perl
10 23 (2.80%) TypeScript
11 19 (2.31%) PHP
12 18 (2.19%) Groovy
13 17 (2.07%) C
13 17 (2.07%) PL/SQL
14 13 (1.58%) Java 8
15 12 (1.46%) Go
16 10 (1.22%) VB.NET
17 9 (1.09%) Bash Shell
18 8 (0.97%) ES6
Qualifications
1 114 (13.87%) Security Cleared
2 84 (10.22%) ISTQB
2 84 (10.22%) SC Cleared
3 59 (7.18%) Degree
4 55 (6.69%) ISEB
5 50 (6.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 31 (3.77%) Computer Science Degree
7 9 (1.09%) Master's Degree
8 7 (0.85%) DV Cleared
9 5 (0.61%) CISSP
9 5 (0.61%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 5 (0.61%) SSCP
9 5 (0.61%) TOGAF Certification
10 3 (0.36%) BPSS Clearance
10 3 (0.36%) ISEB Practitioner
11 2 (0.24%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (0.12%) BC Cleared
12 1 (0.12%) DBS Check
12 1 (0.12%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 154 (18.73%) QA
2 4 (0.49%) PMO
3 3 (0.36%) GDPR
3 3 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.24%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.24%) ISO 9001
4 2 (0.24%) SLA
5 1 (0.12%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.12%) GAMP
5 1 (0.12%) GxP
5 1 (0.12%) ISO 26262
System Software
1 82 (9.98%) Docker
2 20 (2.43%) Virtual Machines
3 19 (2.31%) VMware Infrastructure
4 15 (1.82%) Active Directory
5 10 (1.22%) vSphere
6 7 (0.85%) LXC
7 5 (0.61%) RACF
8 4 (0.49%) HDFS
9 2 (0.24%) Hyper-V
10 1 (0.12%) BIND 9
10 1 (0.12%) KVM
10 1 (0.12%) NFS
10 1 (0.12%) oVirt
10 1 (0.12%) Postfix
10 1 (0.12%) RHEV
10 1 (0.12%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 44 (5.35%) Kubernetes
2 31 (3.77%) Ansible
3 17 (2.07%) HP Quality Center
3 17 (2.07%) Puppet
4 16 (1.95%) HP ALM
5 8 (0.97%) Opscode Chef
6 7 (0.85%) Grafana
6 7 (0.85%) Kibana
6 7 (0.85%) Terraform
7 6 (0.73%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 3 (0.36%) ZABBIX
9 2 (0.24%) Packer
10 1 (0.12%) CA Service Virtualization
10 1 (0.12%) vRealize
Vendors
1 153 (18.61%) Microsoft
2 52 (6.33%) Oracle
3 42 (5.11%) Google
4 35 (4.26%) VMware
5 30 (3.65%) HP
6 24 (2.92%) Cypress Semiconductor
7 21 (2.55%) Atlassian
8 15 (1.82%) SAP
9 13 (1.58%) IBM
9 13 (1.58%) Red Hat
9 13 (1.58%) webMethods
10 12 (1.46%) Xamarin
11 10 (1.22%) NCR
11 10 (1.22%) ServiceNow
12 9 (1.09%) Blue Prism
12 9 (1.09%) Databricks
13 8 (0.97%) Adobe
14 6 (0.73%) CA Agile Central
14 6 (0.73%) New Relic
14 6 (0.73%) Salesforce.com