Period
to 17 December 2018

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 6 months to 17 December 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 West
6 months to
17 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 23 35 41
Rank change year-on-year +12 +6 -13
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 469 270 267
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 7.19% 4.89% 4.78%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 8.38% 5.87% 5.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 311 193 183
South West median daily rate £413 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.00% - -
10th Percentile £285 £300 £281
90th Percentile £572 £500 £525
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 4 3
South West median hourly rate £45.00 £37.50 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.00% -16.67% +24.14%
10th Percentile £33.75 £35.00 £31.90
90th Percentile £48.50 £42.50 £71.20
England median hourly rate £41.75 £43.25 £40.00
% change year-on-year -3.47% +8.13% +6.67%

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 West with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
South West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 5,597 4,599 4,624
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 85.79% 83.36% 82.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,585 2,894 3,089
South West median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £276 £253 £238
90th Percentile £575 £560 £550
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 232 197 297
South West median hourly rate £41.00 £33.00 £33.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.24% - -15.92%
10th Percentile £13.05 £11.53 £12.00
90th Percentile £51.13 £49.25 £47.50
England median hourly rate £22.10 £25.00 £23.10
% change year-on-year -11.61% +8.25% +4.98%

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

Job postings citing Test Automation as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South West.

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 6 months to 17 December 2018.

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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in the South West over the 6 months to 17 December 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 6 months to 17 December 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 +16 184 £395 +12.86% 69
Wiltshire +10 75 £450 +24.14% 16
Somerset +2 69 £494 +22.67% 41
Gloucestershire +11 67 £443 -11.50% 22
Devon +2 45 £350 -12.50% 25
Dorset +4 8 £388 +3.33% 12
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 17 December 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 West region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 305 (65.03%) Agile Software Development
2 181 (38.59%) Selenium
3 144 (30.70%) C#
4 135 (28.78%) Java
5 132 (28.14%) Scrum
6 125 (26.65%) Git (software)
7 113 (24.09%) SQL
7 113 (24.09%) Cucumber
8 107 (22.81%) BDD
9 106 (22.60%) Continuous Integration
10 103 (21.96%) JavaScript
11 87 (18.55%) .NET
12 86 (18.34%) DevOps
13 84 (17.91%) JIRA
14 82 (17.48%) Security Cleared
15 79 (16.84%) QA
15 79 (16.84%) TDD
16 71 (15.14%) Microsoft
16 71 (15.14%) Linux
16 71 (15.14%) Problem-Solving
17 69 (14.71%) Analytical Skills
17 69 (14.71%) HTML
17 69 (14.71%) Jenkins
18 64 (13.65%) SQL Server
19 62 (13.22%) Test Strategy
19 62 (13.22%) Microsoft Azure
20 59 (12.58%) Finance
21 58 (12.37%) Python
21 58 (12.37%) Manual Testing
22 57 (12.15%) Team Foundation Server

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 33 (7.04%) Confluence
2 12 (2.56%) CMS
3 9 (1.92%) Drupal
4 8 (1.71%) Mule
4 8 (1.71%) Tomcat
5 7 (1.49%) Apache Spark
6 6 (1.28%) Apache
6 6 (1.28%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 4 (0.85%) Jetty
7 4 (0.85%) SharePoint
8 3 (0.64%) Apache Solr
8 3 (0.64%) Elasticsearch
8 3 (0.64%) JBoss
8 3 (0.64%) WebSphere
9 2 (0.43%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 2 (0.43%) WildFly
10 1 (0.21%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 1 (0.21%) Apache Pig
10 1 (0.21%) SAS
10 1 (0.21%) Umbraco
Applications
1 5 (1.07%) Microsoft Excel
1 5 (1.07%) MS Visio
2 2 (0.43%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.21%) GNU Octave
3 1 (0.21%) HipChat
Business Applications
1 5 (1.07%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.43%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.21%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 62 (13.22%) Microsoft Azure
2 46 (9.81%) Amazon AWS
3 14 (2.99%) npm
4 13 (2.77%) NuGet
5 11 (2.35%) GitHub
6 10 (2.13%) Sauce Labs
6 10 (2.13%) Serverless
7 9 (1.92%) BrowserStack
7 9 (1.92%) SaaS
8 7 (1.49%) Amazon EC2
8 7 (1.49%) Amazon S3
8 7 (1.49%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 5 (1.07%) IaaS
9 5 (1.07%) PaaS
10 4 (0.85%) Dynamics 365
11 3 (0.64%) AWS Lambda
11 3 (0.64%) Cloud Computing
12 2 (0.43%) Apigee
12 2 (0.43%) Office 365
12 2 (0.43%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 35 (7.46%) HTTP
2 5 (1.07%) TCP/IP
3 4 (0.85%) SSL
4 3 (0.64%) Firewall
5 2 (0.43%) Bluetooth
5 2 (0.43%) DNS
5 2 (0.43%) Internet
5 2 (0.43%) Wi-Fi
6 1 (0.21%) DHCP
6 1 (0.21%) HTTPS
6 1 (0.21%) IPv6
6 1 (0.21%) iSCSI
6 1 (0.21%) LAN
6 1 (0.21%) NAS
6 1 (0.21%) SAN
6 1 (0.21%) SMS
6 1 (0.21%) SSH
6 1 (0.21%) VPN
6 1 (0.21%) Wireless
6 1 (0.21%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (13.65%) SQL Server
2 25 (5.33%) Relational Database
3 20 (4.26%) GIS
4 10 (2.13%) Big Data
4 10 (2.13%) MySQL
5 9 (1.92%) Data Warehouse
5 9 (1.92%) RDBMS
6 8 (1.71%) MongoDB
7 7 (1.49%) PostgreSQL
8 5 (1.07%) Data Lake
8 5 (1.07%) Hadoop
9 4 (0.85%) Apache Accumulo
10 3 (0.64%) Apache Cassandra
10 3 (0.64%) Oracle Database
10 3 (0.64%) Oracle Reports
11 2 (0.43%) Amazon RDS
11 2 (0.43%) Azure SQL Database
11 2 (0.43%) Redis
11 2 (0.43%) SQL Server 2012
11 2 (0.43%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 181 (38.59%) Selenium
2 125 (26.65%) Git (software)
3 113 (24.09%) Cucumber
4 84 (17.91%) JIRA
5 69 (14.71%) Jenkins
6 57 (12.15%) Team Foundation Server
7 49 (10.45%) SpecFlow
8 41 (8.74%) WebDriver
9 37 (7.89%) SoapUI
10 36 (7.68%) JUnit
11 34 (7.25%) JMeter
12 30 (6.40%) Maven
13 25 (5.33%) Visual Studio
14 21 (4.48%) Subversion
15 20 (4.26%) Bitbucket
15 20 (4.26%) Visual Studio Team System
16 19 (4.05%) Hudson
16 19 (4.05%) NUnit
16 19 (4.05%) Visual Studio Coded UI
17 17 (3.62%) Ant
General
1 59 (12.58%) Finance
2 19 (4.05%) Banking
3 15 (3.20%) Telecoms
4 12 (2.56%) Back Office
4 12 (2.56%) Retail
5 11 (2.35%) Marketing
6 8 (1.71%) Advertising
7 7 (1.49%) Electronics
8 6 (1.28%) Manufacturing
9 3 (0.64%) Law
10 2 (0.43%) Games
11 1 (0.21%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.21%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.21%) Legal
Job Titles
1 121 (25.80%) Developer
2 73 (15.57%) Analyst
3 69 (14.71%) Tester
4 65 (13.86%) Test Analyst
5 57 (12.15%) Test Engineer
6 56 (11.94%) Test Leader
7 37 (7.89%) Automation Tester
8 32 (6.82%) Architect
9 31 (6.61%) .NET Developer
9 31 (6.61%) Automation Test Analyst
10 24 (5.12%) Automation Test Lead
11 23 (4.90%) Java Developer
12 22 (4.69%) Test Automation Engineer
13 16 (3.41%) Software Tester
14 15 (3.20%) C# Developer
15 14 (2.99%) Agile Developer
16 12 (2.56%) C# .NET Developer
16 12 (2.56%) Scala Developer
16 12 (2.56%) Software Test Engineer
16 12 (2.56%) Test Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 87 (18.55%) .NET
2 69 (14.71%) HTML
3 56 (11.94%) CSS
4 55 (11.73%) REST
4 55 (11.73%) Web Services
5 50 (10.66%) Gherkin
6 48 (10.23%) JSON
7 41 (8.74%) SOAP
8 36 (7.68%) ASP.NET
8 36 (7.68%) RESTful
9 32 (6.82%) XML
10 31 (6.61%) ASP.NET Web API
10 31 (6.61%) Node.js
11 29 (6.18%) .NET Framework
12 26 (5.54%) Spring
13 20 (4.26%) AngularJS
14 19 (4.05%) React
15 16 (3.41%) Entity Framework
15 16 (3.41%) Middleware
16 15 (3.20%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 69 (14.71%) Analytical Skills
2 32 (6.82%) Self-Motivation
3 13 (2.77%) Linux Command Line
4 8 (1.71%) Digital Media
4 8 (1.71%) User Experience
5 7 (1.49%) Management Information System
6 6 (1.28%) Enterprise Software
7 5 (1.07%) DataPower
7 5 (1.07%) Fintech
7 5 (1.07%) NHS
7 5 (1.07%) N-Tier
7 5 (1.07%) Wiki
8 3 (0.64%) Algorithms
8 3 (0.64%) Data Structures
8 3 (0.64%) Mobile App
8 3 (0.64%) Virtual Team
9 2 (0.43%) IPTV
9 2 (0.43%) Replication
9 2 (0.43%) Smart Meter
9 2 (0.43%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 71 (15.14%) Linux
2 41 (8.74%) Windows
3 30 (6.40%) Unix
4 11 (2.35%) Mac OS X
5 5 (1.07%) Windows Server
6 3 (0.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (0.43%) Android
7 2 (0.43%) VMS
7 2 (0.43%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.21%) AIX
8 1 (0.21%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.21%) CentOS
8 1 (0.21%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 305 (65.03%) Agile Software Development
2 132 (28.14%) Scrum
3 107 (22.81%) BDD
4 106 (22.60%) Continuous Integration
5 86 (18.34%) DevOps
6 79 (16.84%) TDD
7 71 (15.14%) Problem-Solving
8 62 (13.22%) Test Strategy
9 58 (12.37%) Manual Testing
10 48 (10.23%) Continuous Deployment
11 46 (9.81%) Continuous Delivery
12 45 (9.59%) Acceptance Criteria
12 45 (9.59%) Test Scripting
13 43 (9.17%) MVC
13 43 (9.17%) Unit Testing
14 42 (8.96%) Web Development
15 40 (8.53%) API Testing
16 35 (7.46%) User Stories
17 33 (7.04%) SDLC
18 32 (6.82%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 144 (30.70%) C#
2 135 (28.78%) Java
3 113 (24.09%) SQL
4 103 (21.96%) JavaScript
5 58 (12.37%) Python
6 29 (6.18%) C
7 25 (5.33%) Ruby
8 23 (4.90%) Bash Shell
8 23 (4.90%) C++
9 19 (4.05%) PowerShell
10 16 (3.41%) T-SQL
11 15 (3.20%) Scala
12 10 (2.13%) VBScript
13 9 (1.92%) Java 8
14 7 (1.49%) PHP
15 6 (1.28%) Perl
15 6 (1.28%) Shell Script
15 6 (1.28%) VB
16 5 (1.07%) Korn
17 4 (0.85%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 82 (17.48%) Security Cleared
2 49 (10.45%) ISTQB
3 48 (10.23%) ISEB
4 42 (8.96%) DV Cleared
5 37 (7.89%) SC Cleared
6 20 (4.26%) BPSS Clearance
6 20 (4.26%) Degree
7 15 (3.20%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 6 (1.28%) DBS Check
9 3 (0.64%) Computer Science Degree
9 3 (0.64%) Numerate Degree
10 1 (0.21%) Cisco Certification
10 1 (0.21%) CISSP
10 1 (0.21%) CompTIA Security+
10 1 (0.21%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 1 (0.21%) Linux+ Certification
10 1 (0.21%) Microsoft Certification
10 1 (0.21%) Network+ Certification
10 1 (0.21%) SANS
10 1 (0.21%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 79 (16.84%) QA
2 9 (1.92%) WCAG
3 2 (0.43%) Data Quality
3 2 (0.43%) HL7
4 1 (0.21%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.21%) GDPR
4 1 (0.21%) JTAG
4 1 (0.21%) PMO
System Software
1 29 (6.18%) Docker
2 3 (0.64%) Active Directory
3 2 (0.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.43%) vSphere
4 1 (0.21%) Firmware
4 1 (0.21%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 17 (3.62%) Kubernetes
2 12 (2.56%) Puppet
3 11 (2.35%) Ansible
3 11 (2.35%) Opscode Chef
4 9 (1.92%) CA Service Virtualization
4 9 (1.92%) WMI
5 7 (1.49%) HP Quality Center
6 3 (0.64%) Kibana
6 3 (0.64%) Single Sign-On
6 3 (0.64%) Terraform
7 2 (0.43%) logstash
7 2 (0.43%) NetIQ Identity Manager
7 2 (0.43%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 1 (0.21%) Business Desktop Deployment
8 1 (0.21%) HP ALM
8 1 (0.21%) Red Hat Satellite
8 1 (0.21%) Salt
8 1 (0.21%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 71 (15.14%) Microsoft
2 42 (8.96%) Oracle
3 17 (3.62%) Atlassian
4 14 (2.99%) Google
5 13 (2.77%) hybris
6 11 (2.35%) Serena
7 9 (1.92%) CA
8 7 (1.49%) Cadence
8 7 (1.49%) SAP
8 7 (1.49%) Splunk
9 5 (1.07%) VMware
10 4 (0.85%) CA Agile Central
10 4 (0.85%) IBM
10 4 (0.85%) Micro Focus
10 4 (0.85%) Veracode
11 3 (0.64%) Adobe
11 3 (0.64%) Cisco
11 3 (0.64%) HP
11 3 (0.64%) Red Hat
11 3 (0.64%) Twitter