Period
to 21 January 2018

The median contractor rate for an Automation Tester was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South West during the 6 months to 21 January 2018.

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
21 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 180 159 204
Rank change year-on-year -21 +45 -20
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Tester 15 41 20
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.29% 0.77% 0.32%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.30% 0.81% 0.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 14 14
South West median daily rate £450 £358 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +25.87% +2.14% +7.69%
10th Percentile £300 £267 £313
90th Percentile £550 £496 £476
England median daily rate £420 £375 £360
% change year-on-year +12.00% +4.17% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
South West median hourly rate - - £28.00
England median hourly rate £48.50 £39.37 £29.00
% change year-on-year +23.19% +35.76% -

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

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
South West
Contract vacancies in the South West with a recognized job title 4,928 5,054 5,967
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.95% 95.14% 95.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,088 3,281 3,970
South West median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - -
10th Percentile £213 £213 £225
90th Percentile £550 £550 £525
England median daily rate £450 £425 £415
% change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 241 364 357
South West median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.09% -15.38% +62.50%
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.25 £11.40
90th Percentile £48.00 £47.28 £47.16
England median hourly rate £18.44 £18.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year -0.34% - +12.12%

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 21 January 2018.

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 21 January 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
Bristol -13 5 £340 -15.00% 3
Gloucestershire +20 4 £500 +20.48%
Devon +4 2 £400 +30.72%
Somerset -6 2 - - 3
Wiltshire -9 2 £453 +27.46%
Automation Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 21 January 2018, 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 15 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 6 (40.00%) Selenium
3 4 (26.67%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (26.67%) QA
3 4 (26.67%) Security Cleared
3 4 (26.67%) BDD
4 3 (20.00%) Functional Testing
4 3 (20.00%) DV Cleared
4 3 (20.00%) WebDriver
4 3 (20.00%) JavaScript
4 3 (20.00%) Microsoft
5 2 (13.33%) HP UFT
5 2 (13.33%) Windows
5 2 (13.33%) Python
5 2 (13.33%) Project Management
5 2 (13.33%) SQL
5 2 (13.33%) SQL Server
5 2 (13.33%) Delphi
5 2 (13.33%) Java
5 2 (13.33%) Visual Studio
5 2 (13.33%) E-business
5 2 (13.33%) Finance
5 2 (13.33%) Firebird
5 2 (13.33%) Retail
5 2 (13.33%) REST
5 2 (13.33%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (13.33%) Continuous Integration
5 2 (13.33%) Ruby
5 2 (13.33%) Jenkins
5 2 (13.33%) Microservices

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:

Cloud Services
1 1 (6.67%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (6.67%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 1 (6.67%) Extranet
1 1 (6.67%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (13.33%) Firebird
1 2 (13.33%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 6 (40.00%) Selenium
2 3 (20.00%) WebDriver
3 2 (13.33%) HP UFT
3 2 (13.33%) Jenkins
3 2 (13.33%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (13.33%) Visual Studio
4 1 (6.67%) Cucumber
4 1 (6.67%) Fiddler
4 1 (6.67%) JMeter
4 1 (6.67%) JUnit
4 1 (6.67%) SoapUI
4 1 (6.67%) SpecFlow
4 1 (6.67%) TestNG
General
1 2 (13.33%) Finance
1 2 (13.33%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (13.33%) REST
2 1 (6.67%) Gherkin
2 1 (6.67%) JSON
2 1 (6.67%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 1 (6.67%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 2 (13.33%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 4 (26.67%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (26.67%) BDD
3 3 (20.00%) Functional Testing
4 2 (13.33%) Continuous Integration
4 2 (13.33%) E-business
4 2 (13.33%) Microservices
4 2 (13.33%) Project Management
5 1 (6.67%) API Testing
5 1 (6.67%) E-Commerce
5 1 (6.67%) Exploratory Testing
5 1 (6.67%) Non-Functional Testing
5 1 (6.67%) Penetration Testing
5 1 (6.67%) Process Improvement
5 1 (6.67%) QA Automation
5 1 (6.67%) Release Management
5 1 (6.67%) Scenario Testing
5 1 (6.67%) Scrum
5 1 (6.67%) TDD
5 1 (6.67%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 3 (20.00%) JavaScript
2 2 (13.33%) Delphi
2 2 (13.33%) Java
2 2 (13.33%) Python
2 2 (13.33%) Ruby
2 2 (13.33%) SQL
3 1 (6.67%) C#
Qualifications
1 4 (26.67%) Security Cleared
2 3 (20.00%) DV Cleared
3 1 (6.67%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (26.67%) QA
System Software
1 1 (6.67%) Virtual Machines
Vendors
1 3 (20.00%) Microsoft