The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West with a requirement for Automated Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Automated Testing over the 3 months to 29 March 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 West
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 88 114 121
Rank change year-on-year +26 +7  
Contract jobs citing Automated Testing 55 22 28
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 2.13% 0.76% 0.90%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.61% 0.95% 1.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 16 13
Median daily rate £350 £325 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% -7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £281 £305
10% offered a daily rate of more than £459 £405 £448
UK excluding London median daily rate £383 £383 £336
% change year-on-year -0.06% +13.82%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £37.50 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £67.89 £44.50 £36.00
% change year-on-year +52.56% +23.61%  

Automated Testing is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the South West with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
South West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 2104 2320 2464
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 81.58% 79.83% 79.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 1377 1534 1590
Median daily rate £400 £388 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.22% -3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £275 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 104 136 86
Median hourly rate £39.50 £42.25 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.50% +20.71%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £27.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £56.80 £46.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £38.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.14% +28.33%  

Automated Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South West citing Automated Testing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Automated Testing in the South West

Automated Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Automated Testing in the South West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Automated Testing in the South West

Automated Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Automated Testing in the South West over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Automated Testing in the South West

Automated Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Automated Testing in the South West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Automated Testing in the South West

Automated Testing
Contract Job Locations in the South West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Automated Testing within the South West region over the 3 months to 29 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Devon +17 21 £376 -8.57% 1
Bristol +7 11 £320 -16.33% 7
Somerset +12 9 £306 - 6
Gloucestershire +8 8 £306 -5.76% 3
Wiltshire 0 1 - -
Automated Testing
England

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Automated Testing 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 West region with a requirement for Automated Testing.

1 77 (77.00%) Agile Software Development
2 40 (40.00%) Scrum
3 39 (39.00%) Security Cleared
4 35 (35.00%) QA
5 33 (33.00%) .NET
6 28 (28.00%) C#
6 28 (28.00%) Unit Testing
7 27 (27.00%) Java
8 26 (26.00%) Selenium
8 26 (26.00%) SC Cleared
9 25 (25.00%) Manual Testing
10 23 (23.00%) Kanban
10 23 (23.00%) Software Engineering
11 22 (22.00%) ISEB
11 22 (22.00%) Cucumber
12 21 (21.00%) MVC
13 20 (20.00%) Software Testing
14 18 (18.00%) ISTQB
14 18 (18.00%) Team Foundation Server
14 18 (18.00%) Continuous Integration
15 17 (17.00%) Test Scripting
15 17 (17.00%) SQL
16 16 (16.00%) SQL Server
16 16 (16.00%) ASP.NET
16 16 (16.00%) Python
16 16 (16.00%) .NET Framework
16 16 (16.00%) TDD
16 16 (16.00%) WPF
17 15 (15.00%) Test Automation
17 15 (15.00%) BDD

Automated Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South West 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 8 (8.00%) NServiceBus
2 7 (7.00%) CMS
3 6 (6.00%) Confluence
4 3 (3.00%) Apache Qpid
5 2 (2.00%) WebLogic
6 1 (1.00%) ATG Dynamo
6 1 (1.00%) IIS
6 1 (1.00%) K2 blackpearl
6 1 (1.00%) Sitecore CMS
6 1 (1.00%) Umbraco
Business Applications
1 3 (3.00%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 7 (7.00%) GitHub
2 2 (2.00%) AWS CloudFormation
3 1 (1.00%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (1.00%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 5 (5.00%) Internet
2 3 (3.00%) AMQP
2 3 (3.00%) VoIP
2 3 (3.00%) Wireshark
3 2 (2.00%) BGP
3 2 (2.00%) HSRP
3 2 (2.00%) MPLS
3 2 (2.00%) NAS
3 2 (2.00%) OSPF
3 2 (2.00%) PPP
3 2 (2.00%) SAN
4 1 (1.00%) TCP/IP
4 1 (1.00%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (16.00%) SQL Server
2 5 (5.00%) SQL Server 2012
3 4 (4.00%) Hadoop
4 2 (2.00%) Big Data
4 2 (2.00%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (2.00%) dBASE
4 2 (2.00%) MySQL
4 2 (2.00%) Oracle BI EE
4 2 (2.00%) Oracle ODI
4 2 (2.00%) Relational Database
5 1 (1.00%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (1.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 26 (26.00%) Selenium
2 22 (22.00%) Cucumber
3 18 (18.00%) Team Foundation Server
4 14 (14.00%) JIRA
5 10 (10.00%) Git (software)
5 10 (10.00%) Jenkins
5 10 (10.00%) WebDriver
6 9 (9.00%) JMeter
6 9 (9.00%) SpecFlow
7 8 (8.00%) Visual Studio
8 6 (6.00%) Bitbucket
8 6 (6.00%) Maven
9 4 (4.00%) SoapUI
10 3 (3.00%) Ant
10 3 (3.00%) CMake
10 3 (3.00%) GitLab
10 3 (3.00%) GoogleTest
10 3 (3.00%) Gradle
10 3 (3.00%) LoadRunner
10 3 (3.00%) Vagrant
General
1 7 (7.00%) Finance
2 2 (2.00%) Games
3 1 (1.00%) Back Office
3 1 (1.00%) Multimedia
3 1 (1.00%) Retail
Job Titles
1 30 (30.00%) Developer
2 21 (21.00%) Analyst
2 21 (21.00%) Test Analyst
3 14 (14.00%) Tester
4 11 (11.00%) .NET Developer
5 10 (10.00%) Automation Test Analyst
6 9 (9.00%) Test Leader
7 8 (8.00%) C# Developer
7 8 (8.00%) Test Manager
8 7 (7.00%) Test Engineer
9 6 (6.00%) Automation Tester
10 5 (5.00%) Senior Analyst
10 5 (5.00%) Senior Test Analyst
11 4 (4.00%) Applications Developer
11 4 (4.00%) Architect
11 4 (4.00%) WPF Developer
12 3 (3.00%) Automation Test Lead
12 3 (3.00%) Java Engineer
12 3 (3.00%) Software Tester
12 3 (3.00%) Technical Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (33.00%) .NET
2 16 (16.00%) .NET Framework
2 16 (16.00%) ASP.NET
2 16 (16.00%) WPF
3 14 (14.00%) ASP.NET MVC
4 13 (13.00%) CSS
4 13 (13.00%) HTML
5 7 (7.00%) Gherkin
5 7 (7.00%) RESTful
6 5 (5.00%) JDBC
6 5 (5.00%) Spring
6 5 (5.00%) XML
7 3 (3.00%) AngularJS
7 3 (3.00%) JSON
7 3 (3.00%) REST
8 2 (2.00%) ASP.NET Web API
8 2 (2.00%) Backbone.js
8 2 (2.00%) Flask
8 2 (2.00%) Node.js
8 2 (2.00%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 2 (2.00%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (2.00%) Data Centre
1 2 (2.00%) Mobile App
2 1 (1.00%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 7 (7.00%) Windows
2 5 (5.00%) Android
2 5 (5.00%) Apple iOS
3 4 (4.00%) Linux
4 2 (2.00%) Debian
4 2 (2.00%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 77 (77.00%) Agile Software Development
2 40 (40.00%) Scrum
3 28 (28.00%) Unit Testing
4 25 (25.00%) Manual Testing
5 23 (23.00%) Kanban
5 23 (23.00%) Software Engineering
6 21 (21.00%) MVC
7 20 (20.00%) Software Testing
8 18 (18.00%) Continuous Integration
9 17 (17.00%) Test Scripting
10 16 (16.00%) TDD
11 15 (15.00%) BDD
11 15 (15.00%) Test Automation
12 13 (13.00%) Continuous Delivery
13 11 (11.00%) Mentoring
13 11 (11.00%) Pair Programming
13 11 (11.00%) Test Strategy
14 9 (9.00%) E-Commerce
15 8 (8.00%) Continuous Improvement
15 8 (8.00%) Operational Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 28 (28.00%) C#
2 27 (27.00%) Java
3 17 (17.00%) SQL
4 16 (16.00%) Python
5 14 (14.00%) Ruby
6 12 (12.00%) JavaScript
7 5 (5.00%) Bash Shell
8 4 (4.00%) Perl
9 3 (3.00%) PL/SQL
9 3 (3.00%) PowerShell
10 2 (2.00%) C
11 1 (1.00%) C++
11 1 (1.00%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 39 (39.00%) Security Cleared
2 26 (26.00%) SC Cleared
3 22 (22.00%) ISEB
4 18 (18.00%) ISTQB
5 8 (8.00%) DV Cleared
6 7 (7.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 5 (5.00%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 3 (3.00%) BPSS Clearance
9 2 (2.00%) CCNA
9 2 (2.00%) CCNP
9 2 (2.00%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (35.00%) QA
2 2 (2.00%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (1.00%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.00%) WCAG
System Software
1 6 (6.00%) Docker
2 3 (3.00%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (2.00%) Hyper-V
3 2 (2.00%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (3.00%) Ansible
1 3 (3.00%) Puppet
2 2 (2.00%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (2.00%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (2.00%) Packer
2 2 (2.00%) PowerCLI
2 2 (2.00%) Terraform
Vendors
1 9 (9.00%) Microsoft
2 6 (6.00%) Google
3 4 (4.00%) ATG
4 3 (3.00%) hybris
4 3 (3.00%) IBM
4 3 (3.00%) IBM Sterling
4 3 (3.00%) Oracle
4 3 (3.00%) VMware
5 2 (2.00%) HP
6 1 (1.00%) Atlassian
6 1 (1.00%) Sitecore
Taunton, Somerset
Experis Ltd
Rate: £325 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Sanderson
Posted: 5 days ago
South West
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £300 - £320 per day + working inside IR35
Posted: 6 days ago