Period
to 19 July 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 19 July 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
19 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 33 30 41
Rank change year-on-year -3 +11 +1
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 870 1,052 737
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 5.80% 6.17% 4.59%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.65% 7.18% 5.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 535 619 433
South East median daily rate £450 £425 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +8.97% -2.50%
10th Percentile £325 £314 £266
90th Percentile £575 £579 £525
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 17 16
South East median hourly rate £40.50 £42.50 £50.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.71% -15.00% +19.05%
10th Percentile £23.00 £29.70 £38.63
90th Percentile £46.92 £67.25 £74.34
England median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £39.00
% change year-on-year - +8.97% -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 13,091 14,648 13,489
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 87.31% 85.96% 84.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,808 8,719 7,847
South East median daily rate £450 £435 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.45% +4.82% +3.75%
10th Percentile £275 £281 £263
90th Percentile £606 £588 £560
England median daily rate £475 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 497 517 526
South East median hourly rate £30.00 £25.00 £19.95
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.00% +25.31% -14.65%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.17 £11.67
90th Percentile £59.91 £51.75 £50.25
England median hourly rate £25.00 £22.42 £24.86
% change year-on-year +11.51% -9.81% +5.79%

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 19 July 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 19 July 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 19 July 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 +11 306 £438 +7.69% 91
Hampshire +1 227 £430 +7.50% 60
Berkshire +14 151 £438 +16.67% 40
Surrey -12 147 £488 +2.63% 57
Buckinghamshire +2 93 £425 +10.39% 23
West Sussex -5 75 £460 +4.84% 27
East Sussex +10 72 £460 +15.00% 17
Oxfordshire +10 62 £450 +5.88% 28
Kent +16 33 £500 +25.00% 25
Middlesex +4 2 £575 +48.39%
M4 Corridor 0 1 - -
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 19 July 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.

1 497 (57.13%) Agile Software Development
2 271 (31.15%) Selenium
3 238 (27.36%) C#
4 200 (22.99%) Continuous Integration
5 197 (22.64%) Java
6 194 (22.30%) Microsoft Azure
7 189 (21.72%) DevOps
8 179 (20.57%) .NET
9 168 (19.31%) QA
10 166 (19.08%) JavaScript
11 165 (18.97%) JIRA
12 164 (18.85%) BDD
13 154 (17.70%) TDD
13 154 (17.70%) Scrum
14 149 (17.13%) Finance
15 147 (16.90%) SQL
16 142 (16.32%) Git (software)
17 138 (15.86%) Cucumber
18 129 (14.83%) Python
19 121 (13.91%) Jenkins
20 117 (13.45%) Microsoft
21 111 (12.76%) Amazon AWS
22 106 (12.18%) Test Scripting
23 101 (11.61%) SpecFlow
24 95 (10.92%) Web Services
25 94 (10.80%) CSS
26 93 (10.69%) Security Cleared
27 89 (10.23%) AngularJS
28 86 (9.89%) HTML
29 85 (9.77%) Test Strategy

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 82 (9.43%) Confluence
2 29 (3.33%) Apache Spark
3 24 (2.76%) SharePoint
4 22 (2.53%) Tomcat
5 14 (1.61%) Apache
6 12 (1.38%) Umbraco
7 10 (1.15%) Apache Airflow
7 10 (1.15%) Luigi
8 8 (0.92%) IIS
9 7 (0.80%) Cloud Foundry
9 7 (0.80%) WebSphere
10 6 (0.69%) Liferay
10 6 (0.69%) MS Exchange
10 6 (0.69%) WebLogic
11 5 (0.57%) Drupal
11 5 (0.57%) JBoss
12 4 (0.46%) nginx
12 4 (0.46%) NServiceBus
13 3 (0.34%) Elasticsearch
13 3 (0.34%) Mule
Applications
1 11 (1.26%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (0.57%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.23%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (0.69%) Dynamics CRM
1 6 (0.69%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
2 2 (0.23%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.11%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (0.11%) SAP CO
3 1 (0.11%) SAP FI
3 1 (0.11%) SAP FI/CO
3 1 (0.11%) SAP MM
3 1 (0.11%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 194 (22.30%) Microsoft Azure
2 111 (12.76%) Amazon AWS
3 65 (7.47%) PaaS
4 36 (4.14%) IaaS
5 24 (2.76%) Google Cloud Platform
6 21 (2.41%) Amazon EC2
7 17 (1.95%) BrowserStack
7 17 (1.95%) Cloud Computing
8 16 (1.84%) Amazon EMR
9 15 (1.72%) Amazon S3
9 15 (1.72%) OpenShift
10 14 (1.61%) Amazon SQS
10 14 (1.61%) Power Platform
11 13 (1.49%) AWS CloudFormation
11 13 (1.49%) NuGet
11 13 (1.49%) SaaS
12 12 (1.38%) GitHub
13 11 (1.26%) Loggly
13 11 (1.26%) npm
14 10 (1.15%) Amazon Kinesis
Communications & Networking
1 19 (2.18%) MQTT
2 12 (1.38%) HTTP
3 9 (1.03%) DNS
4 8 (0.92%) H.323
4 8 (0.92%) LAN
5 7 (0.80%) DSL
5 7 (0.80%) iSCSI
5 7 (0.80%) Network Security
5 7 (0.80%) Skype
5 7 (0.80%) VLAN
5 7 (0.80%) VPN
5 7 (0.80%) WAN
6 6 (0.69%) ATM
6 6 (0.69%) Fibre Channel
7 5 (0.57%) Wireless
8 4 (0.46%) LTE
8 4 (0.46%) Wireshark
9 3 (0.34%) DVB
9 3 (0.34%) Internet
9 3 (0.34%) OpenLDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 72 (8.28%) SQL Server
2 36 (4.14%) NoSQL
2 36 (4.14%) PostgreSQL
3 34 (3.91%) Hadoop
4 33 (3.79%) Big Data
5 28 (3.22%) Redis
6 22 (2.53%) MySQL
7 20 (2.30%) Data Warehouse
8 18 (2.07%) MongoDB
9 15 (1.72%) Amazon RDS
9 15 (1.72%) Data Lake
10 14 (1.61%) Power BI
11 13 (1.49%) Amazon Athena
11 13 (1.49%) Amazon Redshift
11 13 (1.49%) Relational Database
11 13 (1.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 12 (1.38%) Amazon Aurora
12 12 (1.38%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 12 (1.38%) Azure SQL Database
13 10 (1.15%) Azkaban
Development Applications
1 271 (31.15%) Selenium
2 165 (18.97%) JIRA
3 142 (16.32%) Git (software)
4 138 (15.86%) Cucumber
5 121 (13.91%) Jenkins
6 101 (11.61%) SpecFlow
7 76 (8.74%) WebDriver
8 72 (8.28%) Visual Studio
9 67 (7.70%) JMeter
10 53 (6.09%) Visual Studio Team System
11 52 (5.98%) Team Foundation Server
12 44 (5.06%) Maven
13 40 (4.60%) Subversion
14 39 (4.48%) SoapUI
15 36 (4.14%) Jasmine
15 36 (4.14%) Protractor
16 32 (3.68%) TeamCity
17 31 (3.56%) webpack
18 26 (2.99%) LoadRunner
19 25 (2.87%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 149 (17.13%) Finance
2 30 (3.45%) Retail
3 26 (2.99%) Manufacturing
4 24 (2.76%) Banking
5 23 (2.64%) Telecoms
6 15 (1.72%) Marketing
7 13 (1.49%) Electronics
8 9 (1.03%) Legal
9 7 (0.80%) Billing
9 7 (0.80%) Games
10 5 (0.57%) Aerospace
10 5 (0.57%) Automotive
10 5 (0.57%) Pharmaceutical
11 2 (0.23%) Back Office
11 2 (0.23%) Front Office
11 2 (0.23%) German Language
11 2 (0.23%) Publishing
12 1 (0.11%) Advertising
12 1 (0.11%) Military
12 1 (0.11%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 237 (27.24%) Developer
2 135 (15.52%) Tester
3 134 (15.40%) Analyst
4 113 (12.99%) Test Analyst
5 109 (12.53%) Test Engineer
6 91 (10.46%) Automation Tester
7 63 (7.24%) Test Automation Engineer
8 59 (6.78%) Automation Test Analyst
9 53 (6.09%) Test Manager
10 51 (5.86%) DevOps Engineer
11 45 (5.17%) Software Developer
12 40 (4.60%) Software Engineer
13 39 (4.48%) .NET Developer
14 36 (4.14%) Developer in Test
15 33 (3.79%) Senior Developer
16 30 (3.45%) React Developer
17 27 (3.10%) Azure Engineer
18 26 (2.99%) JavaScript Developer
19 25 (2.87%) Java Developer
20 24 (2.76%) QA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 179 (20.57%) .NET
2 95 (10.92%) Web Services
3 94 (10.80%) CSS
4 89 (10.23%) AngularJS
5 86 (9.89%) HTML
6 75 (8.62%) React
7 70 (8.05%) Node.js
8 68 (7.82%) REST
9 63 (7.24%) RESTful
10 53 (6.09%) JSON
10 53 (6.09%) SOAP
11 43 (4.94%) ASP.NET
12 41 (4.71%) HTML5
13 40 (4.60%) .NET Core
13 40 (4.60%) .NET Framework
14 39 (4.48%) Sass
15 38 (4.37%) XML
16 34 (3.91%) Spring
17 28 (3.22%) Swagger
18 27 (3.10%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 43 (4.94%) Self-Motivation
2 33 (3.79%) Analytical Skills
2 33 (3.79%) User Experience
3 22 (2.53%) Management Information System
4 20 (2.30%) Mobile App
5 18 (2.07%) Public Cloud
6 16 (1.84%) EPoS
7 15 (1.72%) Embedded Systems
8 14 (1.61%) Greenfield Project
9 13 (1.49%) Algorithms
10 11 (1.26%) Linux Command Line
11 9 (1.03%) Data Structures
12 8 (0.92%) Life Science
12 8 (0.92%) Virtual Team
13 7 (0.80%) Enterprise Software
13 7 (0.80%) Video Conferencing
14 6 (0.69%) Cloud Native
14 6 (0.69%) Mainframe
14 6 (0.69%) Reference Data
14 6 (0.69%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 82 (9.43%) Linux
2 67 (7.70%) Windows
3 24 (2.76%) Android
4 22 (2.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 22 (2.53%) Unix
5 21 (2.41%) Apple iOS
6 15 (1.72%) Windows 10
7 12 (1.38%) Ubuntu
8 11 (1.26%) CentOS
8 11 (1.26%) VMS
9 8 (0.92%) Debian
10 6 (0.69%) Windows Server
11 4 (0.46%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.11%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.11%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.11%) OpenVMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 497 (57.13%) Agile Software Development
2 200 (22.99%) Continuous Integration
3 189 (21.72%) DevOps
4 164 (18.85%) BDD
5 154 (17.70%) Scrum
5 154 (17.70%) TDD
6 106 (12.18%) Test Scripting
7 85 (9.77%) Test Strategy
8 78 (8.97%) Continuous Delivery
9 75 (8.62%) Software Engineering
10 72 (8.28%) Non-Functional Testing
11 68 (7.82%) Manual Testing
12 66 (7.59%) Functional Testing
13 64 (7.36%) Problem-Solving
13 64 (7.36%) User Acceptance Testing
14 62 (7.13%) Microservices
15 61 (7.01%) Regression Testing
16 59 (6.78%) User Stories
17 57 (6.55%) Computer Science
17 57 (6.55%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 238 (27.36%) C#
2 197 (22.64%) Java
3 166 (19.08%) JavaScript
4 147 (16.90%) SQL
5 129 (14.83%) Python
6 49 (5.63%) PowerShell
7 28 (3.22%) Scala
7 28 (3.22%) TypeScript
8 25 (2.87%) C++
9 22 (2.53%) C
10 21 (2.41%) Groovy
11 20 (2.30%) Java 8
12 18 (2.07%) Perl
13 16 (1.84%) PL/SQL
14 15 (1.72%) Ruby
15 14 (1.61%) PHP
16 13 (1.49%) ES6
17 12 (1.38%) Go
18 9 (1.03%) VB.NET
19 7 (0.80%) Apple Swift
Qualifications
1 93 (10.69%) Security Cleared
2 75 (8.62%) ISTQB
2 75 (8.62%) SC Cleared
3 67 (7.70%) Degree
4 57 (6.55%) ISEB
5 36 (4.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 27 (3.10%) Computer Science Degree
7 9 (1.03%) DV Cleared
8 8 (0.92%) Master's Degree
9 6 (0.69%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 5 (0.57%) BPSS Clearance
11 4 (0.46%) CISSP
11 4 (0.46%) SSCP
11 4 (0.46%) TOGAF Certification
12 2 (0.23%) AWS Certification
12 2 (0.23%) ITIL Certification
13 1 (0.11%) PMI Certification
13 1 (0.11%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 168 (19.31%) QA
2 6 (0.69%) GDPR
3 4 (0.46%) PMO
4 3 (0.34%) SLA
5 2 (0.23%) ISO 9001
5 2 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.23%) WCAG
6 1 (0.11%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.11%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.11%) GAMP
6 1 (0.11%) GxP
System Software
1 78 (8.97%) Docker
2 22 (2.53%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (2.07%) Active Directory
4 11 (1.26%) Virtual Machines
5 10 (1.15%) Apache Flume
6 6 (0.69%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 6 (0.69%) RACF
6 6 (0.69%) Virtual Servers
7 4 (0.46%) LXC
7 4 (0.46%) vSphere
8 3 (0.34%) HDFS
9 2 (0.23%) oVirt
9 2 (0.23%) RHEV
9 2 (0.23%) VMware ESXi
10 1 (0.11%) BIND 9
10 1 (0.11%) Hyper-V
10 1 (0.11%) KVM
10 1 (0.11%) NFS
10 1 (0.11%) Postfix
Systems Management
1 40 (4.60%) Ansible
2 33 (3.79%) Kubernetes
3 23 (2.64%) Puppet
4 22 (2.53%) Opscode Chef
5 19 (2.18%) HP ALM
6 15 (1.72%) Terraform
7 10 (1.15%) HP Quality Center
8 4 (0.46%) Kibana
8 4 (0.46%) Packer
8 4 (0.46%) Single Sign-On
8 4 (0.46%) WebInspect
9 3 (0.34%) Grafana
9 3 (0.34%) ZABBIX
10 1 (0.11%) CA Service Virtualization
10 1 (0.11%) Cisco CUCM
10 1 (0.11%) CloudHub
10 1 (0.11%) Failover Clustering
10 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Clustering
10 1 (0.11%) Nagios
Vendors
1 117 (13.45%) Microsoft
2 40 (4.60%) HP
3 39 (4.48%) Oracle
4 30 (3.45%) VMware
5 29 (3.33%) Google
6 28 (3.22%) Atlassian
7 23 (2.64%) Xamarin
8 22 (2.53%) Cypress Semiconductor
9 21 (2.41%) SAP
10 15 (1.72%) IBM
11 13 (1.49%) New Relic
12 12 (1.38%) Red Hat
13 9 (1.03%) Salesforce.com
13 9 (1.03%) webMethods
14 8 (0.92%) Blue Prism
14 8 (0.92%) CA Agile Central
14 8 (0.92%) Cisco
15 7 (0.80%) Databricks
15 7 (0.80%) Pega
16 6 (0.69%) NCR