Period
to 19 August 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 19 August 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
19 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 26 27 43
Rank change year-on-year +1 +16 +7
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 369 343 265
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 6.74% 6.26% 4.52%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.98% 7.50% 5.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 243 236 173
South West median daily rate £388 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% - -
10th Percentile £263 £303 £280
90th Percentile £513 £475 £508
England median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 3 9
South West median hourly rate £41.00 £35.00 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.14% -22.22% +20.00%
10th Percentile £35.28 £34.20 £34.35
90th Percentile £44.88 £35.80 £47.16
England median hourly rate £41.00 £37.50 £38.94
% change year-on-year +9.33% -3.69% +3.83%

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 4,625 4,573 4,777
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 84.54% 83.45% 81.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,866 2,898 3,157
South West median daily rate £420 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £269 £250 £250
90th Percentile £563 £538 £560
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 218 198 267
South West median hourly rate £41.00 £39.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.80% +5.33% +4.17%
10th Percentile £12.60 £12.94 £12.90
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.93 £48.00
England median hourly rate £21.50 £24.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -10.42% +4.35% +6.73%

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 19 August 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 19 August 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 19 August 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 +27 128 £350 -9.68% 70
Devon 0 60 £375 -6.25% 17
Wiltshire +5 52 £463 +32.14% 14
Gloucestershire +14 48 £350 +5.26% 17
Somerset -6 42 £450 +16.88% 25
Dorset +5 15 £388 -8.28% 15
Cornwall - 1 £338 - 1
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 19 August 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.

1 248 (67.21%) Agile Software Development
2 142 (38.48%) Selenium
3 137 (37.13%) C#
4 107 (29.00%) .NET
5 100 (27.10%) Java
6 97 (26.29%) SQL
7 82 (22.22%) Cucumber
8 80 (21.68%) Scrum
9 79 (21.41%) Git (software)
10 76 (20.60%) Continuous Integration
11 75 (20.33%) JavaScript
12 70 (18.97%) SQL Server
13 68 (18.43%) DevOps
14 63 (17.07%) Security Cleared
15 61 (16.53%) TDD
16 60 (16.26%) BDD
17 58 (15.72%) Jenkins
17 58 (15.72%) HTML
18 54 (14.63%) QA
19 53 (14.36%) Analytical Skills
19 53 (14.36%) Microsoft Azure
20 51 (13.82%) Gherkin
20 51 (13.82%) Continuous Delivery
20 51 (13.82%) JIRA
21 49 (13.28%) Microsoft
22 48 (13.01%) Problem-Solving
23 46 (12.47%) ASP.NET
23 46 (12.47%) SpecFlow
24 45 (12.20%) Web Services
24 45 (12.20%) Unit Testing

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 22 (5.96%) Confluence
2 11 (2.98%) CMS
3 10 (2.71%) Drupal
4 6 (1.63%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 5 (1.36%) Mule
6 4 (1.08%) Apache Spark
7 2 (0.54%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.27%) Apache Solr
8 1 (0.27%) NServiceBus
8 1 (0.27%) SAS
8 1 (0.27%) SharePoint
8 1 (0.27%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 2 (0.54%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (0.54%) Microsoft Office
1 2 (0.54%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (0.81%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 53 (14.36%) Microsoft Azure
2 30 (8.13%) Amazon AWS
3 14 (3.79%) npm
4 13 (3.52%) NuGet
5 11 (2.98%) Sauce Labs
6 9 (2.44%) SaaS
7 6 (1.63%) GitHub
8 5 (1.36%) Amazon EC2
8 5 (1.36%) Amazon S3
8 5 (1.36%) Cloud Computing
9 4 (1.08%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 3 (0.81%) AWS CloudFormation
11 2 (0.54%) Amazon ElastiCache
11 2 (0.54%) AWS Lambda
11 2 (0.54%) BrowserStack
11 2 (0.54%) OpenShift
11 2 (0.54%) PaaS
11 2 (0.54%) Route 53
11 2 (0.54%) Serverless
12 1 (0.27%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 23 (6.23%) HTTP
2 5 (1.36%) SMS
2 5 (1.36%) TCP/IP
3 3 (0.81%) Firewall
4 2 (0.54%) Cisco ASA
4 2 (0.54%) Kerberos
4 2 (0.54%) Network Security
4 2 (0.54%) SSL
4 2 (0.54%) tcpdump
4 2 (0.54%) Wireshark
5 1 (0.27%) PuTTY
5 1 (0.27%) Skype
5 1 (0.27%) SSH
5 1 (0.27%) WinSCP
5 1 (0.27%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 70 (18.97%) SQL Server
2 15 (4.07%) Relational Database
3 9 (2.44%) Data Warehouse
3 9 (2.44%) RDBMS
4 7 (1.90%) Big Data
5 6 (1.63%) MySQL
6 5 (1.36%) Hadoop
6 5 (1.36%) PostgreSQL
6 5 (1.36%) SQL Server 2012
7 4 (1.08%) Apache Accumulo
8 3 (0.81%) Geospatial Data
8 3 (0.81%) MongoDB
8 3 (0.81%) NoSQL
8 3 (0.81%) Oracle Database
9 2 (0.54%) Amazon RDS
9 2 (0.54%) Redis
10 1 (0.27%) Azure SQL Database
10 1 (0.27%) IBM InfoSphere
10 1 (0.27%) Oracle ODI
10 1 (0.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 142 (38.48%) Selenium
2 82 (22.22%) Cucumber
3 79 (21.41%) Git (software)
4 58 (15.72%) Jenkins
5 51 (13.82%) JIRA
6 46 (12.47%) SpecFlow
7 40 (10.84%) Team Foundation Server
8 34 (9.21%) NUnit
9 24 (6.50%) JMeter
10 22 (5.96%) Visual Studio Team System
11 21 (5.69%) WebDriver
12 20 (5.42%) JUnit
13 19 (5.15%) SoapUI
14 18 (4.88%) TeamCity
15 14 (3.79%) Bitbucket
16 13 (3.52%) Moq
16 13 (3.52%) Visual Studio
16 13 (3.52%) XMLUnit
16 13 (3.52%) xUnit.net
17 12 (3.25%) Maven
General
1 43 (11.65%) Finance
2 17 (4.61%) Banking
3 13 (3.52%) Telecoms
4 10 (2.71%) Back Office
5 8 (2.17%) Retail
6 7 (1.90%) Advertising
7 4 (1.08%) Aerospace
7 4 (1.08%) Manufacturing
7 4 (1.08%) Marketing
8 2 (0.54%) Billing
8 2 (0.54%) Electronics
8 2 (0.54%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.27%) Games
9 1 (0.27%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.27%) Law
Job Titles
1 93 (25.20%) Developer
2 66 (17.89%) Analyst
3 60 (16.26%) Tester
4 55 (14.91%) Test Analyst
5 39 (10.57%) Test Engineer
6 36 (9.76%) .NET Developer
6 36 (9.76%) Automation Tester
7 26 (7.05%) Architect
8 24 (6.50%) Automation Test Analyst
9 22 (5.96%) Test Leader
10 19 (5.15%) Test Automation Engineer
11 17 (4.61%) Software Tester
12 15 (4.07%) C# Developer
12 15 (4.07%) Java Developer
13 12 (3.25%) C# .NET Developer
14 11 (2.98%) Automation Test Lead
14 11 (2.98%) Software Developer
15 10 (2.71%) Senior Developer
16 9 (2.44%) Technical Leader
16 9 (2.44%) Test Automation Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 107 (29.00%) .NET
2 58 (15.72%) HTML
3 51 (13.82%) Gherkin
4 46 (12.47%) ASP.NET
5 45 (12.20%) Web Services
6 44 (11.92%) JSON
7 41 (11.11%) XML
8 38 (10.30%) CSS
9 32 (8.67%) ASP.NET Web API
10 30 (8.13%) REST
11 28 (7.59%) .NET Framework
12 26 (7.05%) RESTful
13 21 (5.69%) React
14 20 (5.42%) ASP.NET Core
15 18 (4.88%) Node.js
16 17 (4.61%) AngularJS
17 15 (4.07%) Entity Framework
18 14 (3.79%) HTML5
18 14 (3.79%) Redux
18 14 (3.79%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 53 (14.36%) Analytical Skills
2 31 (8.40%) Self-Motivation
3 11 (2.98%) Digital Media
3 11 (2.98%) Greenfield Project
4 7 (1.90%) Enterprise Software
4 7 (1.90%) User Experience
5 6 (1.63%) Mobile App
6 5 (1.36%) Fintech
6 5 (1.36%) iPad
6 5 (1.36%) Linux Command Line
7 4 (1.08%) DataPower
7 4 (1.08%) Linked Data
7 4 (1.08%) Management Information System
7 4 (1.08%) Public Cloud
8 2 (0.54%) Algorithms
8 2 (0.54%) Embedded Systems
8 2 (0.54%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
8 2 (0.54%) NHS
8 2 (0.54%) N-Tier
8 2 (0.54%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 33 (8.94%) Linux
2 23 (6.23%) Windows
3 16 (4.34%) Unix
4 4 (1.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (0.54%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.27%) CentOS
6 1 (0.27%) Debian
6 1 (0.27%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 248 (67.21%) Agile Software Development
2 80 (21.68%) Scrum
3 76 (20.60%) Continuous Integration
4 68 (18.43%) DevOps
5 61 (16.53%) TDD
6 60 (16.26%) BDD
7 51 (13.82%) Continuous Delivery
8 48 (13.01%) Problem-Solving
9 45 (12.20%) Unit Testing
10 37 (10.03%) MVC
11 36 (9.76%) Test Strategy
12 34 (9.21%) Microservices
13 33 (8.94%) SDLC
14 29 (7.86%) Test Scripting
15 26 (7.05%) Web Development
16 24 (6.50%) Manual Testing
17 23 (6.23%) Migration
17 23 (6.23%) Performance Testing
17 23 (6.23%) Software Testing
18 22 (5.96%) API Testing
Programming Languages
1 137 (37.13%) C#
2 100 (27.10%) Java
3 97 (26.29%) SQL
4 75 (20.33%) JavaScript
5 34 (9.21%) Python
6 31 (8.40%) PowerShell
7 21 (5.69%) T-SQL
8 18 (4.88%) C
8 18 (4.88%) C++
9 13 (3.52%) VBScript
10 10 (2.71%) Bash Shell
11 8 (2.17%) Ruby
11 8 (2.17%) VB
12 7 (1.90%) PHP
13 5 (1.36%) Java 8
13 5 (1.36%) Perl
14 3 (0.81%) Shell Script
15 2 (0.54%) Korn
15 2 (0.54%) PL/SQL
16 1 (0.27%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 63 (17.07%) Security Cleared
2 44 (11.92%) ISTQB
3 43 (11.65%) ISEB
4 40 (10.84%) SC Cleared
5 18 (4.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 15 (4.07%) DV Cleared
7 11 (2.98%) Degree
8 4 (1.08%) BPSS Clearance
9 3 (0.81%) DBS Check
10 1 (0.27%) HND
10 1 (0.27%) ISEB Practitioner
10 1 (0.27%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 54 (14.63%) QA
2 9 (2.44%) WCAG
3 5 (1.36%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.27%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.27%) GDPR
4 1 (0.27%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.27%) PMO
4 1 (0.27%) SLA
System Software
1 27 (7.32%) Docker
2 2 (0.54%) Firmware
3 1 (0.27%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.27%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 21 (5.69%) Kubernetes
2 12 (3.25%) Puppet
3 9 (2.44%) Ansible
3 9 (2.44%) Opscode Chef
3 9 (2.44%) WMI
4 5 (1.36%) CA Service Virtualization
5 4 (1.08%) Business Desktop Deployment
6 3 (0.81%) Terraform
7 2 (0.54%) FreeIPA
7 2 (0.54%) HP Quality Center
8 1 (0.27%) HP ALM
8 1 (0.27%) Kibana
8 1 (0.27%) logstash
8 1 (0.27%) Nagios
8 1 (0.27%) Packer
8 1 (0.27%) Perfmon
8 1 (0.27%) SELinux
Vendors
1 49 (13.28%) Microsoft
2 40 (10.84%) Oracle
3 10 (2.71%) Atlassian
4 7 (1.90%) CA
4 7 (1.90%) MuleSoft
5 6 (1.63%) Cadence
5 6 (1.63%) hybris
5 6 (1.63%) Sitecore
6 4 (1.08%) CA Agile Central
6 4 (1.08%) Talend
7 3 (0.81%) Cisco
7 3 (0.81%) Google
7 3 (0.81%) Micro Focus
7 3 (0.81%) Veracode
8 2 (0.54%) CheckPoint
8 2 (0.54%) F5
8 2 (0.54%) HP
8 2 (0.54%) SAP
8 2 (0.54%) Siebel
9 1 (0.27%) Twitter