Period
to 24 July 2017

The median contractor rate for an Automation Tester was £366 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South West during the 6 months to 24 July 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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.

Automation Tester
England > South West
6 months to
24 Jul 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 172 187 205
Rank change year-on-year +15 +18 -10
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Tester 32 18 13
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.58% 0.30% 0.20%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.61% 0.31% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 10 11
South West median daily rate £366 £359 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.02% -10.31% +14.29%
10th Percentile £272 £312 £213
90th Percentile £432 £428 £438
England median daily rate £365 £375 £355
% change year-on-year -2.67% +5.63% +1.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
South West median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate - £170.00 -

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in the South West. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
South West
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 5243 5768 6184
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 95.52% 95.61% 95.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 3290 3728 3897
South West median daily rate £385 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.67% - +4.17%
10th Percentile £220 £230 £225
90th Percentile £532 £550 £525
England median daily rate £440 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +3.53% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 276 322 370
South West median hourly rate £37.50 £34.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.29% +61.90% +8.75%
10th Percentile £11.42 £11.28 £11.00
90th Percentile £50.13 £48.60 £45.33
England median hourly rate £18.10 £19.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -4.74% +8.57% +2.94%

Automation Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

Job postings that featured Automation Tester in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South West.

Job vacancy trend for Automation Tester in the South West

Automation Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Automation Tester in the South West

Automation Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Automation Tester in the South West over the 6 months to 24 July 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Automation Tester in the South West

Automation Tester
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 Automation Tester in the South West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Automation Tester in the South West

Automation Tester
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 Automation Tester within the South West region over the 6 months to 24 July 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
Bristol +3 9 £399 - 2
Wiltshire +3 6 £320 -12.93%
Devon -14 6 £300 -27.71%
Somerset -5 3 £413 +26.92%
Dorset +12 2 £345 +6.15%
Gloucestershire +8 1 £313 -30.56%
Automation Tester
England

Automation Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 24 July 2017, Automation Tester contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the South West region featuring Automation Tester in the job title.

1 32 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 25 (78.13%) Agile Software Development
3 19 (59.38%) Selenium
3 19 (59.38%) Java
4 18 (56.25%) BDD
5 15 (46.88%) Scrum
6 13 (40.63%) SpecFlow
7 11 (34.38%) Cucumber
7 11 (34.38%) Web Services
8 10 (31.25%) Test Scripting
8 10 (31.25%) WebDriver
9 9 (28.13%) Continuous Integration
9 9 (28.13%) Regression Testing
9 9 (28.13%) SQL
9 9 (28.13%) .NET
10 8 (25.00%) Team Foundation Server
11 7 (21.88%) SC Cleared
11 7 (21.88%) Security Cleared
11 7 (21.88%) DevOps
11 7 (21.88%) Exploratory Testing
11 7 (21.88%) Windows
11 7 (21.88%) ISEB
12 6 (18.75%) HP UFT
12 6 (18.75%) Eclipse
12 6 (18.75%) Toad
12 6 (18.75%) Microsoft
12 6 (18.75%) Oracle Database 10g
12 6 (18.75%) HP
12 6 (18.75%) Red Hat
12 6 (18.75%) Linux

Automation Tester Skill Set
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 1 (3.13%) CMS
Business Applications
1 3 (9.38%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 6 (18.75%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (3.13%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (18.75%) PuTTY
1 6 (18.75%) WinSCP
2 1 (3.13%) Internet
2 1 (3.13%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (18.75%) Oracle Database
1 6 (18.75%) Oracle Database 10g
1 6 (18.75%) Oracle Database 11g
1 6 (18.75%) Oracle Reports
1 6 (18.75%) SQL Server
1 6 (18.75%) SQL Server 2005
1 6 (18.75%) SQL Server 2008
1 6 (18.75%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 19 (59.38%) Selenium
2 13 (40.63%) SpecFlow
3 11 (34.38%) Cucumber
4 10 (31.25%) WebDriver
5 8 (25.00%) Team Foundation Server
6 6 (18.75%) Ant
6 6 (18.75%) Eclipse
6 6 (18.75%) HP UFT
6 6 (18.75%) Jenkins
6 6 (18.75%) Oracle APEX
6 6 (18.75%) SoapUI
6 6 (18.75%) TeamCity
6 6 (18.75%) TestNG
6 6 (18.75%) Toad
7 5 (15.63%) LoadRunner
8 3 (9.38%) Git (software)
8 3 (9.38%) Spock
9 2 (6.25%) IntelliJ
9 2 (6.25%) JIRA
9 2 (6.25%) Robot Framework
General
1 5 (15.63%) Banking
2 4 (12.50%) Finance
3 1 (3.13%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (34.38%) Web Services
2 9 (28.13%) .NET
3 6 (18.75%) Gherkin
4 3 (9.38%) REST
4 3 (9.38%) SOAP
5 1 (3.13%) .NET Framework
5 1 (3.13%) AngularJS
5 1 (3.13%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (3.13%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 7 (21.88%) Windows
2 6 (18.75%) Linux
2 6 (18.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 6 (18.75%) Windows Server
2 6 (18.75%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (3.13%) Android
3 1 (3.13%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 25 (78.13%) Agile Software Development
3 18 (56.25%) BDD
4 15 (46.88%) Scrum
5 10 (31.25%) Test Scripting
6 9 (28.13%) Continuous Integration
6 9 (28.13%) Regression Testing
7 7 (21.88%) DevOps
7 7 (21.88%) Exploratory Testing
8 6 (18.75%) API Testing
8 6 (18.75%) Defect Tracking
8 6 (18.75%) Integration Testing
8 6 (18.75%) Performance Testing
8 6 (18.75%) Software Testing
8 6 (18.75%) System Integration Testing
8 6 (18.75%) Test Strategy
9 4 (12.50%) Kanban
10 3 (9.38%) Manual Testing
10 3 (9.38%) Project Management
11 2 (6.25%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 19 (59.38%) Java
2 9 (28.13%) SQL
3 6 (18.75%) C#
3 6 (18.75%) F#
4 3 (9.38%) Groovy
4 3 (9.38%) VB
4 3 (9.38%) VBScript
5 2 (6.25%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 7 (21.88%) ISEB
1 7 (21.88%) SC Cleared
1 7 (21.88%) Security Cleared
2 5 (15.63%) ISEB Practitioner
2 5 (15.63%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (6.25%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (9.38%) QA
System Software
1 6 (18.75%) Virtual Machines
1 6 (18.75%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 6 (18.75%) vRealize
Vendors
1 6 (18.75%) HP
1 6 (18.75%) Microsoft
1 6 (18.75%) Oracle
1 6 (18.75%) Red Hat
1 6 (18.75%) VMware
2 1 (3.13%) IBM
2 1 (3.13%) IBM Sterling
2 1 (3.13%) Sencha