Period
to 22 October 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 22 October 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
22 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 26 33 47
Rank change year-on-year +7 +14 -4
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 403 287 261
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 6.60% 5.21% 4.51%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.72% 6.27% 5.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 260 204 176
South West median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - -
10th Percentile £268 £302 £285
90th Percentile £550 £479 £519
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 3 3
South West median hourly rate £40.75 £35.00 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.43% -22.22% +40.63%
10th Percentile £31.25 £35.00 £34.20
90th Percentile £47.50 £41.00 £46.00
England median hourly rate £40.38 £41.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year -1.52% +2.50% +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 5,222 4,574 4,733
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 85.48% 83.10% 81.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,229 2,890 3,141
South West median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £275 £255 £238
90th Percentile £575 £538 £550
England median daily rate £473 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.00% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 230 190 262
South West median hourly rate £41.53 £35.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.66% - -6.67%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.79 £12.63
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.88 £47.50
England median hourly rate £21.00 £24.82 £22.50
% change year-on-year -15.39% +10.31% +3.97%

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 22 October 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 22 October 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 22 October 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 +23 159 £395 +16.61% 79
Wiltshire +16 74 £475 +35.71% 20
Gloucestershire +15 51 £400 +14.29% 22
Somerset -8 43 £440 +10.00% 44
Devon -10 41 £340 -15.00% 22
Dorset +11 12 £388 +12.32% 19
Cornwall - 1 £338 - 8
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 22 October 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.

1 260 (64.52%) Agile Software Development
2 162 (40.20%) Selenium
3 130 (32.26%) C#
4 110 (27.30%) Java
5 107 (26.55%) .NET
6 103 (25.56%) SQL
7 99 (24.57%) Git (software)
8 93 (23.08%) Scrum
9 92 (22.83%) Cucumber
10 76 (18.86%) Continuous Integration
10 76 (18.86%) JavaScript
11 72 (17.87%) DevOps
12 70 (17.37%) BDD
13 68 (16.87%) SQL Server
13 68 (16.87%) Microsoft
14 66 (16.38%) Security Cleared
15 65 (16.13%) JIRA
16 62 (15.38%) TDD
16 62 (15.38%) Microsoft Azure
17 61 (15.14%) QA
17 61 (15.14%) Jenkins
18 59 (14.64%) Analytical Skills
19 58 (14.39%) HTML
20 55 (13.65%) Finance
21 52 (12.90%) Python
21 52 (12.90%) Problem-Solving
22 47 (11.66%) Linux
22 47 (11.66%) ISTQB
23 46 (11.41%) ISEB
24 45 (11.17%) ASP.NET

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 23 (5.71%) Confluence
2 12 (2.98%) CMS
3 10 (2.48%) Drupal
4 6 (1.49%) Apache Spark
4 6 (1.49%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 6 (1.49%) Mule
4 6 (1.49%) Tomcat
5 4 (0.99%) Apache
5 4 (0.99%) Jetty
5 4 (0.99%) SharePoint
6 3 (0.74%) Elasticsearch
6 3 (0.74%) WebSphere
7 2 (0.50%) Apache Solr
7 2 (0.50%) JBoss
7 2 (0.50%) WildFly
8 1 (0.25%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 1 (0.25%) Apache Pig
8 1 (0.25%) NServiceBus
8 1 (0.25%) SAS
Applications
1 5 (1.24%) Microsoft Excel
1 5 (1.24%) MS Visio
2 2 (0.50%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.25%) GNU Octave
Business Applications
1 3 (0.74%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.50%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.25%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 62 (15.38%) Microsoft Azure
2 38 (9.43%) Amazon AWS
3 15 (3.72%) npm
4 13 (3.23%) NuGet
5 12 (2.98%) Sauce Labs
6 10 (2.48%) GitHub
7 9 (2.23%) BrowserStack
8 8 (1.99%) SaaS
9 7 (1.74%) Amazon EC2
9 7 (1.74%) Amazon S3
9 7 (1.74%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 5 (1.24%) Cloud Computing
11 4 (0.99%) IaaS
11 4 (0.99%) PaaS
12 3 (0.74%) AWS Lambda
12 3 (0.74%) Office 365
12 3 (0.74%) Serverless
13 2 (0.50%) Apigee
13 2 (0.50%) Azure Active Directory
13 2 (0.50%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 23 (5.71%) HTTP
2 4 (0.99%) TCP/IP
3 3 (0.74%) SSL
4 2 (0.50%) Firewall
4 2 (0.50%) SMS
4 2 (0.50%) Wireless
5 1 (0.25%) Bluetooth
5 1 (0.25%) DHCP
5 1 (0.25%) DNS
5 1 (0.25%) PuTTY
5 1 (0.25%) SSH
5 1 (0.25%) WebEx
5 1 (0.25%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (0.25%) WinSCP
5 1 (0.25%) ZigBee
5 1 (0.25%) Z-Wave
Database & Business Intelligence
1 68 (16.87%) SQL Server
2 14 (3.47%) Relational Database
3 9 (2.23%) RDBMS
4 8 (1.99%) MySQL
5 6 (1.49%) Data Warehouse
5 6 (1.49%) Hadoop
5 6 (1.49%) PostgreSQL
6 5 (1.24%) Big Data
7 4 (0.99%) Apache Accumulo
7 4 (0.99%) MongoDB
8 3 (0.74%) Geospatial Data
8 3 (0.74%) Oracle Database
8 3 (0.74%) SQL Server 2012
9 2 (0.50%) Amazon RDS
9 2 (0.50%) Apache Cassandra
9 2 (0.50%) Azure SQL Database
9 2 (0.50%) Redis
9 2 (0.50%) SQL Server 2014
10 1 (0.25%) Apache Hive
10 1 (0.25%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 162 (40.20%) Selenium
2 99 (24.57%) Git (software)
3 92 (22.83%) Cucumber
4 65 (16.13%) JIRA
5 61 (15.14%) Jenkins
6 45 (11.17%) SpecFlow
7 42 (10.42%) Team Foundation Server
8 34 (8.44%) WebDriver
9 26 (6.45%) JMeter
10 25 (6.20%) SoapUI
11 24 (5.96%) Maven
12 23 (5.71%) JUnit
13 18 (4.47%) Ant
13 18 (4.47%) Bitbucket
13 18 (4.47%) NUnit
13 18 (4.47%) TeamCity
14 17 (4.22%) Visual Studio
15 16 (3.97%) Visual Studio Team System
16 14 (3.47%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 14 (3.47%) XMLUnit
General
1 55 (13.65%) Finance
2 21 (5.21%) Banking
3 12 (2.98%) Telecoms
4 10 (2.48%) Back Office
5 7 (1.74%) Advertising
5 7 (1.74%) Marketing
6 6 (1.49%) Retail
7 4 (0.99%) Aerospace
8 3 (0.74%) Law
8 3 (0.74%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.50%) Electronics
9 2 (0.50%) Financial Institution
9 2 (0.50%) Games
10 1 (0.25%) Billing
10 1 (0.25%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 102 (25.31%) Developer
2 62 (15.38%) Tester
3 57 (14.14%) Analyst
4 52 (12.90%) Test Engineer
5 51 (12.66%) Test Analyst
6 33 (8.19%) .NET Developer
6 33 (8.19%) Architect
6 33 (8.19%) Automation Tester
7 27 (6.70%) Automation Test Analyst
8 26 (6.45%) Test Leader
9 22 (5.46%) Test Automation Engineer
10 18 (4.47%) Java Developer
11 17 (4.22%) Software Tester
12 15 (3.72%) C# Developer
13 12 (2.98%) C# .NET Developer
13 12 (2.98%) Test Architect
14 11 (2.73%) Selenium Automation Tester
14 11 (2.73%) Selenium Tester
14 11 (2.73%) Test Automation Architect
15 10 (2.48%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 107 (26.55%) .NET
2 58 (14.39%) HTML
3 45 (11.17%) ASP.NET
3 45 (11.17%) CSS
4 43 (10.67%) REST
5 42 (10.42%) Gherkin
6 40 (9.93%) JSON
7 39 (9.68%) Web Services
8 33 (8.19%) .NET Framework
9 31 (7.69%) XML
10 30 (7.44%) ASP.NET Web API
11 26 (6.45%) React
12 25 (6.20%) Node.js
13 24 (5.96%) RESTful
13 24 (5.96%) SOAP
14 21 (5.21%) ASP.NET Core
15 20 (4.96%) AngularJS
16 15 (3.72%) D3.js
16 15 (3.72%) Entity Framework
16 15 (3.72%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 59 (14.64%) Analytical Skills
2 31 (7.69%) Self-Motivation
3 14 (3.47%) Linux Command Line
4 9 (2.23%) Digital Media
5 7 (1.74%) User Experience
6 5 (1.24%) Computer Science
6 5 (1.24%) DataPower
6 5 (1.24%) Enterprise Software
6 5 (1.24%) Fintech
6 5 (1.24%) Wiki
7 4 (0.99%) Algorithms
7 4 (0.99%) Management Information System
7 4 (0.99%) N-Tier
8 3 (0.74%) Mobile App
8 3 (0.74%) NHS
9 2 (0.50%) Data Structures
9 2 (0.50%) Public Cloud
9 2 (0.50%) Smart Meter
10 1 (0.25%) Cybercrime
10 1 (0.25%) Cyberthreat
Operating Systems
1 47 (11.66%) Linux
2 32 (7.94%) Windows
3 26 (6.45%) Unix
4 5 (1.24%) Mac OS X
5 3 (0.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (0.50%) VMS
6 2 (0.50%) Windows Server
7 1 (0.25%) AIX
7 1 (0.25%) Android
7 1 (0.25%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.25%) CentOS
7 1 (0.25%) Debian
7 1 (0.25%) Solaris
7 1 (0.25%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 260 (64.52%) Agile Software Development
2 93 (23.08%) Scrum
3 76 (18.86%) Continuous Integration
4 72 (17.87%) DevOps
5 70 (17.37%) BDD
6 62 (15.38%) TDD
7 52 (12.90%) Problem-Solving
8 44 (10.92%) Test Strategy
9 42 (10.42%) Unit Testing
10 39 (9.68%) Manual Testing
11 38 (9.43%) Test Scripting
12 34 (8.44%) API Testing
12 34 (8.44%) MVC
13 33 (8.19%) Migration
14 32 (7.94%) Microservices
14 32 (7.94%) Web Development
15 31 (7.69%) Continuous Delivery
16 27 (6.70%) SDLC
17 26 (6.45%) Performance Testing
18 25 (6.20%) Acceptance Criteria
Programming Languages
1 130 (32.26%) C#
2 110 (27.30%) Java
3 103 (25.56%) SQL
4 76 (18.86%) JavaScript
5 52 (12.90%) Python
6 31 (7.69%) PowerShell
7 27 (6.70%) C
8 23 (5.71%) C++
9 19 (4.71%) Bash Shell
10 18 (4.47%) T-SQL
11 12 (2.98%) Ruby
12 10 (2.48%) VBScript
13 9 (2.23%) Java 8
14 6 (1.49%) Shell Script
14 6 (1.49%) VB
15 5 (1.24%) Embedded C
15 5 (1.24%) Korn
15 5 (1.24%) Perl
15 5 (1.24%) PHP
16 4 (0.99%) Scala
Qualifications
1 66 (16.38%) Security Cleared
2 47 (11.66%) ISTQB
3 46 (11.41%) ISEB
4 40 (9.93%) SC Cleared
5 17 (4.22%) DV Cleared
6 16 (3.97%) Degree
7 15 (3.72%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 7 (1.74%) BPSS Clearance
9 5 (1.24%) DBS Check
10 3 (0.74%) Computer Science Degree
10 3 (0.74%) Numerate Degree
11 1 (0.25%) Cisco Certification
11 1 (0.25%) CISSP
11 1 (0.25%) CompTIA Security+
11 1 (0.25%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 1 (0.25%) Linux+ Certification
11 1 (0.25%) Microsoft Certification
11 1 (0.25%) Network+ Certification
11 1 (0.25%) SANS
11 1 (0.25%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 61 (15.14%) QA
2 9 (2.23%) WCAG
3 5 (1.24%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.50%) PMO
5 1 (0.25%) HL7
System Software
1 32 (7.94%) Docker
2 3 (0.74%) Active Directory
3 2 (0.50%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 19 (4.71%) Kubernetes
2 13 (3.23%) Puppet
3 12 (2.98%) Opscode Chef
4 10 (2.48%) Ansible
5 9 (2.23%) WMI
6 8 (1.99%) CA Service Virtualization
7 6 (1.49%) HP Quality Center
8 3 (0.74%) Kibana
8 3 (0.74%) Single Sign-On
9 2 (0.50%) Business Desktop Deployment
9 2 (0.50%) logstash
9 2 (0.50%) NetIQ Identity Manager
9 2 (0.50%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 2 (0.50%) Terraform
10 1 (0.25%) HP ALM
10 1 (0.25%) Perfmon
10 1 (0.25%) Red Hat Satellite
10 1 (0.25%) Salt
10 1 (0.25%) SELinux
Vendors
1 68 (16.87%) Microsoft
2 40 (9.93%) Oracle
3 14 (3.47%) Atlassian
4 8 (1.99%) CA
5 7 (1.74%) Cadence
5 7 (1.74%) Google
6 6 (1.49%) hybris
7 5 (1.24%) MuleSoft
7 5 (1.24%) Serena
7 5 (1.24%) Sitecore
7 5 (1.24%) Veracode
8 4 (0.99%) CA Agile Central
8 4 (0.99%) IBM
8 4 (0.99%) Micro Focus
9 3 (0.74%) Adobe
9 3 (0.74%) Twitter
10 2 (0.50%) HP
10 2 (0.50%) NetIQ
10 2 (0.50%) Omniture
10 2 (0.50%) Splunk