The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West 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 3 months to 27 June 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
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 26 46 52
Rank change year-on-year +20 +6  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 168 118 99
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 6.15% 3.96% 3.21%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.51% 5.02% 4.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 123 81 71
Median daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £275 £310
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £45.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.25 £38.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +0.65% +8.57%  

Test Automation 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 2236 2349 2424
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 81.87% 78.80% 78.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 1418 1554 1645
Median daily rate £400 £388 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.22% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £285 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £588 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 93 107 109
Median hourly rate £45.00 £35.50 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +26.76% -4.05%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.00 £21.50 £16.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £47.50 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation in the South West

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in the South West

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in the South West over the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation in the South West

Test Automation
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 Test Automation in the South West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation in the South West

Test Automation
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 Test Automation within the South West region over the 3 months to 27 June 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 +10 50 £423 +32.18% 5
Somerset +19 36 £388 -3.12% 6
Wiltshire +1 26 £350 +3.70% 7
Bristol -15 21 £363 -3.33% 19
Gloucestershire +10 15 £313 -21.87% 11
Dorset +6 2 £345 +15.00% 5
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 27 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Test Automation 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 Test Automation.

1 263 (70.51%) Agile Software Development
2 139 (37.27%) Java
3 126 (33.78%) Selenium
4 106 (28.42%) Scrum
4 106 (28.42%) Continuous Integration
5 102 (27.35%) QA
6 96 (25.74%) C#
7 95 (25.47%) SQL
7 95 (25.47%) Security Cleared
8 89 (23.86%) BDD
9 86 (23.06%) .NET
10 78 (20.91%) Cucumber
11 69 (18.50%) Jenkins
12 68 (18.23%) JavaScript
13 67 (17.96%) TDD
14 64 (17.16%) Team Foundation Server
15 61 (16.35%) Test Scripting
16 60 (16.09%) SC Cleared
17 55 (14.75%) WebDriver
18 51 (13.67%) Unit Testing
19 50 (13.40%) ISEB
20 49 (13.14%) CSS
20 49 (13.14%) Software Testing
21 48 (12.87%) HTML
22 47 (12.60%) Continuous Deployment
23 46 (12.33%) Python
24 44 (11.80%) Software Engineering
24 44 (11.80%) Git (software)
25 43 (11.53%) SpecFlow
26 41 (10.99%) Linux

Test Automation
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 11 (2.95%) NServiceBus
2 9 (2.41%) CMS
3 7 (1.88%) IIS
4 4 (1.07%) Confluence
5 3 (0.80%) Apache Qpid
5 3 (0.80%) Apache Solr
5 3 (0.80%) SharePoint
5 3 (0.80%) WebLogic
6 2 (0.54%) Apache
6 2 (0.54%) Apache Pig
6 2 (0.54%) Apache Spark
6 2 (0.54%) Elasticsearch
6 2 (0.54%) Sitecore CMS
7 1 (0.27%) ATG Dynamo
7 1 (0.27%) nginx
7 1 (0.27%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 1 (0.27%) Umbraco
Business Applications
1 10 (2.68%) Oracle Applications
2 8 (2.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.54%) SAP ERP
3 2 (0.54%) SAP PM
4 1 (0.27%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 18 (4.83%) Microsoft Azure
2 14 (3.75%) Amazon AWS
2 14 (3.75%) GitHub
3 8 (2.14%) Google Cloud Platform
4 3 (0.80%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.27%) AWS CloudFormation
5 1 (0.27%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 17 (4.56%) Internet
2 10 (2.68%) HTTP
2 10 (2.68%) PuTTY
2 10 (2.68%) WinSCP
3 5 (1.34%) SMS
3 5 (1.34%) Wireshark
4 3 (0.80%) AMQP
4 3 (0.80%) VoIP
5 1 (0.27%) LDAP
5 1 (0.27%) MQTT
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (10.72%) SQL Server
2 19 (5.09%) Hadoop
3 18 (4.83%) SQL Server 2012
4 13 (3.49%) SQL Server 2008
5 12 (3.22%) Oracle Database
5 12 (3.22%) Oracle Reports
6 11 (2.95%) Relational Database
7 10 (2.68%) Oracle Database 10g
7 10 (2.68%) Oracle Database 11g
7 10 (2.68%) SQL Server 2005
8 9 (2.41%) PostgreSQL
9 8 (2.14%) Data Warehouse
10 4 (1.07%) Apache Cassandra
10 4 (1.07%) Big Data
10 4 (1.07%) MongoDB
10 4 (1.07%) RDBMS
11 3 (0.80%) Neo4j
11 3 (0.80%) OLAP
11 3 (0.80%) OLTP
11 3 (0.80%) Pentaho
Development Applications
1 126 (33.78%) Selenium
2 78 (20.91%) Cucumber
3 69 (18.50%) Jenkins
4 64 (17.16%) Team Foundation Server
5 55 (14.75%) WebDriver
6 44 (11.80%) Git (software)
7 43 (11.53%) SpecFlow
8 30 (8.04%) Visual Studio
9 29 (7.77%) JIRA
10 28 (7.51%) Ant
11 27 (7.24%) HP UFT
12 24 (6.43%) SoapUI
12 24 (6.43%) Vagrant
13 22 (5.90%) Eclipse
14 20 (5.36%) Maven
15 19 (5.09%) LoadRunner
16 18 (4.83%) Gradle
17 17 (4.56%) JMeter
18 16 (4.29%) TeamCity
19 14 (3.75%) IntelliJ
General
1 39 (10.46%) Finance
2 18 (4.83%) Banking
3 10 (2.68%) Retail
4 9 (2.41%) Marketing
5 8 (2.14%) Electronics
5 8 (2.14%) Manufacturing
5 8 (2.14%) Telecoms
6 7 (1.88%) Retail Banking
7 2 (0.54%) Games
7 2 (0.54%) Local Government
7 2 (0.54%) Wholesale Banking
8 1 (0.27%) Advertising
8 1 (0.27%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 113 (30.29%) Developer
2 82 (21.98%) Analyst
3 75 (20.11%) Test Analyst
4 72 (19.30%) Tester
5 43 (11.53%) Automation Test Analyst
5 43 (11.53%) Automation Tester
6 36 (9.65%) .NET Developer
7 26 (6.97%) Test Engineer
8 19 (5.09%) Test Leader
9 17 (4.56%) Java Developer
9 17 (4.56%) SQL Developer
10 15 (4.02%) C# Developer
10 15 (4.02%) Python Developer
11 14 (3.75%) Architect
11 14 (3.75%) Software Developer
11 14 (3.75%) Test Automation Engineer
11 14 (3.75%) Test Manager
12 13 (3.49%) Software Tester
12 13 (3.49%) Test Specialist
13 11 (2.95%) QA Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 86 (23.06%) .NET
2 49 (13.14%) CSS
3 48 (12.87%) HTML
4 39 (10.46%) Web Services
5 36 (9.65%) REST
6 31 (8.31%) Gherkin
6 31 (8.31%) SOAP
7 29 (7.77%) XML
8 27 (7.24%) ASP.NET
9 23 (6.17%) .NET Framework
9 23 (6.17%) JSON
10 20 (5.36%) Spring
11 19 (5.09%) RESTful
12 17 (4.56%) WPF
13 15 (4.02%) ASP.NET MVC
14 14 (3.75%) React
15 13 (3.49%) Ajax
16 12 (3.22%) AngularJS
16 12 (3.22%) RabbitMQ
17 11 (2.95%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 22 (5.90%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (2.14%) Greenfield Project
2 8 (2.14%) RIA
3 7 (1.88%) Web 2.0
4 5 (1.34%) User Experience
5 4 (1.07%) Linked Data
5 4 (1.07%) NHS
5 4 (1.07%) N-Tier
6 3 (0.80%) Mobile App
6 3 (0.80%) Reference Data
6 3 (0.80%) Taxonomies
7 2 (0.54%) Animation
7 2 (0.54%) Client/Server
7 2 (0.54%) Computer Science
7 2 (0.54%) Data Structures
7 2 (0.54%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (0.54%) HTC Vive
7 2 (0.54%) Management Information System
7 2 (0.54%) Oculus Rift
8 1 (0.27%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 41 (10.99%) Linux
2 34 (9.12%) Windows
3 27 (7.24%) Unix
4 15 (4.02%) Windows Server
5 12 (3.22%) Windows Server 2012
6 11 (2.95%) Mac OS
6 11 (2.95%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 6 (1.61%) Android
7 6 (1.61%) Apple iOS
8 3 (0.80%) Mac OS X
9 2 (0.54%) Debian
10 1 (0.27%) CentOS
10 1 (0.27%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 263 (70.51%) Agile Software Development
2 106 (28.42%) Continuous Integration
2 106 (28.42%) Scrum
3 89 (23.86%) BDD
4 67 (17.96%) TDD
5 61 (16.35%) Test Scripting
6 51 (13.67%) Unit Testing
7 49 (13.14%) Software Testing
8 47 (12.60%) Continuous Deployment
9 44 (11.80%) Software Engineering
10 40 (10.72%) MVC
11 39 (10.46%) Continuous Delivery
11 39 (10.46%) User Stories
12 33 (8.85%) Test Strategy
13 31 (8.31%) Pair Programming
14 29 (7.77%) E-Commerce
14 29 (7.77%) Integration Testing
14 29 (7.77%) Manual Testing
14 29 (7.77%) Performance Testing
15 28 (7.51%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 139 (37.27%) Java
2 96 (25.74%) C#
3 95 (25.47%) SQL
4 68 (18.23%) JavaScript
5 46 (12.33%) Python
6 33 (8.85%) Ruby
7 14 (3.75%) F#
8 12 (3.22%) C
9 11 (2.95%) Groovy
9 11 (2.95%) VBScript
10 10 (2.68%) Perl
11 7 (1.88%) ES6
12 6 (1.61%) Bash Shell
12 6 (1.61%) PowerShell
13 5 (1.34%) VB
14 4 (1.07%) C++
15 3 (0.80%) PL/SQL
15 3 (0.80%) Scala
15 3 (0.80%) T-SQL
16 2 (0.54%) SPARQL
Qualifications
1 95 (25.47%) Security Cleared
2 60 (16.09%) SC Cleared
3 50 (13.40%) ISEB
4 33 (8.85%) ISTQB
5 23 (6.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 14 (3.75%) BPSS Clearance
7 10 (2.68%) DV Cleared
8 6 (1.61%) ISEB Practitioner
9 5 (1.34%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 1 (0.27%) A+ Certification
10 1 (0.27%) Computer Science Degree
10 1 (0.27%) DBS Check
10 1 (0.27%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 102 (27.35%) QA
2 11 (2.95%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (0.80%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.27%) SLA
4 1 (0.27%) WCAG
System Software
1 28 (7.51%) Docker
2 18 (4.83%) VirtualBox
3 11 (2.95%) Virtual Machines
4 10 (2.68%) vSphere
5 3 (0.80%) LXC
6 2 (0.54%) Active Directory
6 2 (0.54%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 11 (2.95%) Ansible
2 10 (2.68%) vRealize
3 4 (1.07%) Puppet
4 3 (0.80%) HP Quality Center
5 2 (0.54%) Graphite
5 2 (0.54%) Oozie
5 2 (0.54%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.54%) Terraform
6 1 (0.27%) Business Desktop Deployment
6 1 (0.27%) Consul
6 1 (0.27%) Kibana
6 1 (0.27%) logstash
Vendors
1 41 (10.99%) Oracle
2 25 (6.70%) Microsoft
3 18 (4.83%) HP
4 15 (4.02%) ATG
5 13 (3.49%) hybris
6 11 (2.95%) Google
6 11 (2.95%) VMware
7 10 (2.68%) Red Hat
7 10 (2.68%) SAP
8 4 (1.07%) Talend
9 3 (0.80%) IBM
9 3 (0.80%) IBM Sterling
9 3 (0.80%) Informatica
10 2 (0.54%) Cloudera
10 2 (0.54%) Sitecore
11 1 (0.27%) BEA
11 1 (0.27%) Capita
11 1 (0.27%) Cognos
11 1 (0.27%) Splunk
South West
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £235 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
South West
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £320 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
South West England
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
South West
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £410 per day + SC Clearance granted
Posted: 4 days ago
Gloucestershire
CPS Group UK
Rate: £325 - £375 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Gloucestershire
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £300 - £325 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
Gloucestershire
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Posted: 6 days ago
Gloucestershire
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £325 - £375 per day
Posted: 18 days ago