Period
to 20 February 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 20 February 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
20 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 33 41 44
Rank change year-on-year +8 +3 +18
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 977 646 704
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 5.81% 4.20% 3.86%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.99% 5.12% 4.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 617 374 444
South East median daily rate £425 £385 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.39% +2.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £307 £232 £283
90th Percentile £567 £512 £488
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 11 34
South East median hourly rate £49.50 £50.00 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.00% +11.11% +28.57%
10th Percentile £35.13 £41.25 £35.38
90th Percentile £67.25 £74.34 £60.00
England median hourly rate £45.00 £40.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +12.50% - +14.29%

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 13,987 12,610 14,820
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 83.15% 81.93% 81.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,400 7,482 8,854
South East median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
10th Percentile £275 £250 £255
90th Percentile £588 £574 £538
England median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +4.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 428 512 614
South East median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £30.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -17.01% +50.63%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.06 £11.68
90th Percentile £50.75 £50.00 £52.93
England median hourly rate £24.09 £25.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year -3.64% +6.38% +17.50%

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 20 February 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 20 February 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 20 February 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
Thames Valley +6 370 £425 +9.68% 114
Surrey +35 220 £475 +21.79% 37
Hampshire +16 183 £394 +5.00% 51
Berkshire +6 156 £375 - 58
West Sussex +11 131 £450 +7.46% 26
Oxfordshire -7 110 £438 +9.38% 41
Buckinghamshire +18 104 £415 +9.21% 15
Kent -7 24 £500 +146.91% 7
East Sussex -20 16 £400 +14.29% 5
Middlesex +11 15 £408 -0.61%
Home Counties +3 2 - -
M4 Corridor - 2 - -
Sussex -3 1 £550 +57.14%
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 20 February 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.

1 607 (62.13%) Agile Software Development
2 337 (34.49%) Continuous Integration
3 316 (32.34%) Java
4 307 (31.42%) Scrum
5 305 (31.22%) Selenium
6 241 (24.67%) Git (software)
7 233 (23.85%) TDD
8 225 (23.03%) JavaScript
9 221 (22.62%) Jenkins
10 205 (20.98%) BDD
11 201 (20.57%) DevOps
12 186 (19.04%) CSS
13 184 (18.83%) SQL
14 181 (18.53%) C#
15 177 (18.12%) Linux
16 171 (17.50%) HTML
17 164 (16.79%) JIRA
18 162 (16.58%) QA
19 160 (16.38%) AngularJS
20 158 (16.17%) Finance
21 137 (14.02%) Web Services
22 136 (13.92%) Continuous Delivery
23 123 (12.59%) Windows
24 122 (12.49%) .NET
25 118 (12.08%) Oracle
26 112 (11.46%) Cucumber
27 111 (11.36%) HTML5
28 110 (11.26%) REST
29 107 (10.95%) Configuration Management
29 107 (10.95%) Unit Testing

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 87 (8.90%) Confluence
2 22 (2.25%) Tomcat
3 21 (2.15%) WebLogic
4 18 (1.84%) Apache
4 18 (1.84%) SharePoint
5 17 (1.74%) GlassFish
6 15 (1.54%) Liferay
7 14 (1.43%) BizTalk Server
7 14 (1.43%) CMS
7 14 (1.43%) JBoss
8 11 (1.13%) nginx
8 11 (1.13%) WebSphere
9 9 (0.92%) Apache Spark
10 8 (0.82%) Cloud Foundry
10 8 (0.82%) OpenStack
10 8 (0.82%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 5 (0.51%) Alfresco
12 4 (0.41%) Elasticsearch
13 3 (0.31%) Apache Airflow
13 3 (0.31%) Luigi
Applications
1 18 (1.84%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (0.82%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (0.51%) Simulink
4 3 (0.31%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (0.31%) Pipeline Pilot
5 2 (0.20%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.10%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.10%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.10%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 9 (0.92%) Oracle EBS
2 7 (0.72%) Magento
3 2 (0.20%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.10%) Maximo
4 1 (0.10%) Payment Gateway
4 1 (0.10%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.10%) SAP CO
4 1 (0.10%) SAP FI
4 1 (0.10%) SAP FI/CO
4 1 (0.10%) SAP MM
4 1 (0.10%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 100 (10.24%) Microsoft Azure
2 86 (8.80%) Amazon AWS
3 53 (5.42%) npm
4 33 (3.38%) GitHub
5 23 (2.35%) OpenShift
6 20 (2.05%) Google Cloud Platform
7 19 (1.94%) Cloud Computing
7 19 (1.94%) PaaS
8 16 (1.64%) IaaS
9 15 (1.54%) Sauce Labs
10 13 (1.33%) Serverless
11 9 (0.92%) AWS CloudFormation
11 9 (0.92%) Google Analytics
12 8 (0.82%) SaaS
13 7 (0.72%) Slack
13 7 (0.72%) Trello
14 6 (0.61%) BrowserStack
14 6 (0.61%) Yarn
15 5 (0.51%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 5 (0.51%) FinancialForce
Communications & Networking
1 70 (7.16%) HTTP
2 27 (2.76%) Internet
3 16 (1.64%) PuTTY
3 16 (1.64%) TCP/IP
3 16 (1.64%) WinSCP
4 11 (1.13%) SSL
5 4 (0.41%) MVNO
6 3 (0.31%) DHCP
6 3 (0.31%) DMZ
6 3 (0.31%) DNS
6 3 (0.31%) Firewall
6 3 (0.31%) Intranet
6 3 (0.31%) IPsec
6 3 (0.31%) Wireless
7 2 (0.20%) 2G
7 2 (0.20%) 3G
7 2 (0.20%) DVB
7 2 (0.20%) IKE
7 2 (0.20%) Radio Access Network
7 2 (0.20%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 97 (9.93%) Relational Database
2 69 (7.06%) SQL Server
3 65 (6.65%) MongoDB
4 42 (4.30%) Oracle Database
5 39 (3.99%) PostgreSQL
6 35 (3.58%) Redis
7 28 (2.87%) NoSQL
8 20 (2.05%) Big Data
8 20 (2.05%) RDBMS
9 17 (1.74%) Hadoop
10 15 (1.54%) Oracle Database 10g
10 15 (1.54%) Oracle Database 11g
10 15 (1.54%) Oracle Database 12c
10 15 (1.54%) SQL Server 2012
10 15 (1.54%) SQL Server 2016
11 10 (1.02%) MySQL
12 7 (0.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 5 (0.51%) HBase
13 5 (0.51%) Oracle Reports
14 4 (0.41%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 305 (31.22%) Selenium
2 241 (24.67%) Git (software)
3 221 (22.62%) Jenkins
4 164 (16.79%) JIRA
5 112 (11.46%) Cucumber
6 98 (10.03%) Subversion
7 90 (9.21%) Team Foundation Server
8 80 (8.19%) SoapUI
9 79 (8.09%) Maven
9 79 (8.09%) WebDriver
10 67 (6.86%) Bitbucket
11 65 (6.65%) JUnit
12 64 (6.55%) Karma Test Runner
13 58 (5.94%) SpecFlow
14 57 (5.83%) gulp
15 54 (5.53%) Visual Studio
16 53 (5.42%) HP UFT
17 52 (5.32%) Protractor
18 50 (5.12%) Ant
19 49 (5.02%) webpack
General
1 158 (16.17%) Finance
2 50 (5.12%) Banking
3 28 (2.87%) Telecoms
4 19 (1.94%) Retail
5 15 (1.54%) Manufacturing
6 13 (1.33%) Marketing
7 12 (1.23%) Retail Banking
8 11 (1.13%) Advertising
8 11 (1.13%) Publishing
9 9 (0.92%) Games
10 8 (0.82%) Corporate Banking
11 7 (0.72%) Automotive
12 5 (0.51%) Billing
13 3 (0.31%) Back Office
13 3 (0.31%) Financial Institution
13 3 (0.31%) Law
13 3 (0.31%) Spanish Language
14 2 (0.20%) Digital Economy
14 2 (0.20%) Electronics
14 2 (0.20%) Military
Job Titles
1 384 (39.30%) Developer
2 128 (13.10%) Tester
3 124 (12.69%) Analyst
4 106 (10.85%) Test Analyst
5 98 (10.03%) DevOps Engineer
6 85 (8.70%) Java Developer
7 66 (6.76%) Test Engineer
8 64 (6.55%) Automation Tester
9 51 (5.22%) Automation Test Analyst
10 49 (5.02%) Senior Developer
11 40 (4.09%) Architect
11 40 (4.09%) Node.js Developer
12 39 (3.99%) QA Engineer
13 38 (3.89%) JavaScript Developer
14 37 (3.79%) Test Automation Engineer
15 34 (3.48%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
15 34 (3.48%) Scala Developer
16 33 (3.38%) Full Stack Developer
16 33 (3.38%) Senior DevOps
16 33 (3.38%) Senior DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 186 (19.04%) CSS
2 171 (17.50%) HTML
3 160 (16.38%) AngularJS
4 137 (14.02%) Web Services
5 122 (12.49%) .NET
6 111 (11.36%) HTML5
7 110 (11.26%) REST
8 94 (9.62%) Node.js
9 92 (9.42%) RESTful
10 78 (7.98%) SOAP
11 74 (7.57%) JSON
12 61 (6.24%) Sass
13 57 (5.83%) CSS3
14 56 (5.73%) Spring
15 52 (5.32%) Twitter Bootstrap
16 46 (4.71%) Gherkin
17 44 (4.50%) .NET Framework
18 43 (4.40%) Ajax
19 42 (4.30%) jQuery
20 40 (4.09%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 73 (7.47%) Computer Science
2 51 (5.22%) Mobile App
3 43 (4.40%) User Experience
4 38 (3.89%) Enterprise Software
5 32 (3.28%) Analytical Skills
6 29 (2.97%) Greenfield Project
7 10 (1.02%) Clustering
7 10 (1.02%) Management Information System
8 8 (0.82%) Client/Server
8 8 (0.82%) Life Science
9 6 (0.61%) Analytical Mindset
10 5 (0.51%) Cloud Native
10 5 (0.51%) Data Centre
10 5 (0.51%) Fat Client
10 5 (0.51%) PKI
10 5 (0.51%) Public Cloud
10 5 (0.51%) Thin Client
11 4 (0.41%) Driving Licence
11 4 (0.41%) N-Tier
11 4 (0.41%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 177 (18.12%) Linux
2 123 (12.59%) Windows
3 69 (7.06%) Unix
4 35 (3.58%) Mac OS X
5 32 (3.28%) Android
5 32 (3.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 30 (3.07%) Apple iOS
7 19 (1.94%) Windows Server 2012
8 17 (1.74%) Windows Server
9 11 (1.13%) Ubuntu
10 7 (0.72%) CentOS
11 3 (0.31%) Debian
11 3 (0.31%) HPUX
11 3 (0.31%) VxWorks
12 2 (0.20%) Embedded Linux
12 2 (0.20%) VMS
13 1 (0.10%) Windows 7
13 1 (0.10%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 607 (62.13%) Agile Software Development
2 337 (34.49%) Continuous Integration
3 307 (31.42%) Scrum
4 233 (23.85%) TDD
5 205 (20.98%) BDD
6 201 (20.57%) DevOps
7 136 (13.92%) Continuous Delivery
8 107 (10.95%) Configuration Management
8 107 (10.95%) Kanban
8 107 (10.95%) Unit Testing
9 95 (9.72%) Test Scripting
10 92 (9.42%) SDLC
11 89 (9.11%) Web Development
12 84 (8.60%) Software Engineering
13 82 (8.39%) Open Source
14 81 (8.29%) User Stories
15 77 (7.88%) Test Strategy
16 75 (7.68%) Front End Development
17 70 (7.16%) OO
18 69 (7.06%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 316 (32.34%) Java
2 225 (23.03%) JavaScript
3 184 (18.83%) SQL
4 181 (18.53%) C#
5 100 (10.24%) Python
6 57 (5.83%) Ruby
7 55 (5.63%) Scala
8 50 (5.12%) Groovy
9 49 (5.02%) ES6
10 36 (3.68%) C++
11 34 (3.48%) PL/SQL
12 28 (2.87%) ES7
12 28 (2.87%) PowerShell
13 26 (2.66%) TypeScript
14 22 (2.25%) PHP
15 20 (2.05%) Bash Shell
16 19 (1.94%) T-SQL
17 18 (1.84%) Perl
18 15 (1.54%) F#
19 12 (1.23%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 93 (9.52%) Degree
2 62 (6.35%) Security Cleared
3 61 (6.24%) ISTQB
4 49 (5.02%) SC Cleared
5 44 (4.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 39 (3.99%) ISEB
7 37 (3.79%) Computer Science Degree
8 20 (2.05%) BPSS Clearance
9 11 (1.13%) Master's Degree
10 10 (1.02%) ISEB Practitioner
11 8 (0.82%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 4 (0.41%) Numerate Degree
13 3 (0.31%) HNC
13 3 (0.31%) PhD
14 2 (0.20%) BC Cleared
14 2 (0.20%) DV Cleared
14 2 (0.20%) HND
14 2 (0.20%) Microsoft Certification
14 2 (0.20%) PMP
15 1 (0.10%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 162 (16.58%) QA
2 5 (0.51%) ISO 26262
3 4 (0.41%) IEC 62304
4 3 (0.31%) DO-178B
5 2 (0.20%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.20%) GAMP
5 2 (0.20%) GDPR
5 2 (0.20%) ISO 13485
5 2 (0.20%) ISO 9001
5 2 (0.20%) MiFID
5 2 (0.20%) MISRA
5 2 (0.20%) MISRA C
6 1 (0.10%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.10%) WCAG
System Software
1 103 (10.54%) Docker
2 17 (1.74%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (1.54%) vSphere
4 8 (0.82%) Active Directory
4 8 (0.82%) Virtual Servers
5 7 (0.72%) Hyper-V
5 7 (0.72%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 7 (0.72%) Virtual Machines
6 6 (0.61%) oVirt
6 6 (0.61%) RHEV
7 3 (0.31%) HDFS
8 1 (0.10%) Firmware
8 1 (0.10%) LXC
8 1 (0.10%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 73 (7.47%) Puppet
2 55 (5.63%) Opscode Chef
3 53 (5.42%) Ansible
4 40 (4.09%) HP Quality Center
5 23 (2.35%) Terraform
6 21 (2.15%) Kubernetes
7 13 (1.33%) Salt
8 12 (1.23%) Kibana
9 9 (0.92%) Grafana
10 7 (0.72%) BladeLogic
11 4 (0.41%) MOM
12 3 (0.31%) logstash
12 3 (0.31%) NSN NetAct
13 2 (0.20%) Packer
14 1 (0.10%) CFEngine
14 1 (0.10%) Graphite
14 1 (0.10%) Mesos
14 1 (0.10%) Nagios
14 1 (0.10%) Netcool
14 1 (0.10%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 118 (12.08%) Oracle
2 91 (9.31%) HP
3 85 (8.70%) Microsoft
4 50 (5.12%) Salesforce.com
5 40 (4.09%) Google
6 35 (3.58%) VMware
7 29 (2.97%) Twitter
8 27 (2.76%) Red Hat
9 20 (2.05%) Atlassian
10 19 (1.94%) webMethods
11 18 (1.84%) SAP
12 15 (1.54%) IBM
12 15 (1.54%) Talend
13 13 (1.33%) Software AG
14 12 (1.23%) New Relic
15 8 (0.82%) DevExpress
16 7 (0.72%) Splunk
17 6 (0.61%) Cisco
17 6 (0.61%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
18 4 (0.41%) Tableau