Period
to 23 November 2017

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 23 November 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
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 36 43 35
Rank change year-on-year +7 -8 -3
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 281 261 336
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 4.97% 4.56% 5.16%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.11% 5.70% 6.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 197 177 260
South West median daily rate £375 £375 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.17% +2.86%
10th Percentile £300 £281 £290
90th Percentile £500 £525 £489
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 13
South West median hourly rate £35.00 £45.00 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.22% +25.00% +26.32%
England median hourly rate £44.25 £40.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +10.63% +6.67% +7.14%

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 4598 4576 5194
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 81.25% 80.01% 79.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 2908 3087 3518
South West median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - -
10th Percentile £256 £241 £255
90th Percentile £558 £550 £525
England median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 189 267 259
South West median hourly rate £35.00 £31.50 £39.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.11% -19.23% +44.44%
10th Percentile £12.30 £12.00 £14.13
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £49.35
England median hourly rate £24.00 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +18.42%

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 23 November 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 6 months to 23 November 2017. 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 -6 89 £350 -14.63% 20
Somerset +12 55 £400 +12.68% 7
Devon +19 54 £400 +36.17% 1
Wiltshire -18 35 £350 -2.44% 9
Gloucestershire -5 29 £428 +8.57% 5
Dorset +1 3 £383 +21.43% 6
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 23 November 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.

1 158 (56.23%) Agile Software Development
2 107 (38.08%) Java
3 83 (29.54%) Selenium
4 81 (28.83%) QA
5 78 (27.76%) JavaScript
6 69 (24.56%) Jenkins
7 67 (23.84%) BDD
7 67 (23.84%) C#
8 65 (23.13%) Continuous Integration
9 63 (22.42%) Cucumber
10 61 (21.71%) Scrum
11 60 (21.35%) Security Cleared
12 56 (19.93%) Git (software)
13 55 (19.57%) TDD
14 52 (18.51%) .NET
15 51 (18.15%) SQL
16 47 (16.73%) HTML
16 47 (16.73%) Python
17 42 (14.95%) Linux
17 42 (14.95%) REST
18 40 (14.23%) CSS
18 40 (14.23%) Finance
19 38 (13.52%) SOAP
19 38 (13.52%) Continuous Deployment
20 37 (13.17%) Maven
21 36 (12.81%) SoapUI
22 34 (12.10%) Test Scripting
23 32 (11.39%) E-Commerce
23 32 (11.39%) SC Cleared
23 32 (11.39%) 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 16 (5.69%) Tomcat
2 14 (4.98%) WebSphere
3 13 (4.63%) JBoss
4 9 (3.20%) SharePoint
5 7 (2.49%) NServiceBus
6 6 (2.14%) Apache
7 5 (1.78%) Mule
8 3 (1.07%) nginx
9 2 (0.71%) Apache Spark
9 2 (0.71%) CMS
9 2 (0.71%) IIS
10 1 (0.36%) Jetty
10 1 (0.36%) Jupyter
10 1 (0.36%) Mongrel
10 1 (0.36%) WebLogic
Applications
1 3 (1.07%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (0.36%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.36%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 18 (6.41%) Amazon AWS
2 15 (5.34%) GitHub
3 12 (4.27%) Microsoft Azure
4 9 (3.20%) Google Cloud Platform
5 5 (1.78%) Cloud Computing
5 5 (1.78%) FinancialForce
6 3 (1.07%) Amazon EC2
7 2 (0.71%) AWS Lambda
7 2 (0.71%) Sauce Labs
7 2 (0.71%) Serverless
8 1 (0.36%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.36%) BrowserStack
8 1 (0.36%) Google App Engine
8 1 (0.36%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 1 (0.36%) vREST
Communications & Networking
1 15 (5.34%) HTTP
2 13 (4.63%) SMS
3 7 (2.49%) Internet
4 1 (0.36%) DHCP
4 1 (0.36%) DNS
4 1 (0.36%) Ethernet
4 1 (0.36%) Extranet
4 1 (0.36%) FTP
4 1 (0.36%) Intranet
4 1 (0.36%) IPsec
4 1 (0.36%) PuTTY
4 1 (0.36%) Skype
4 1 (0.36%) SSL
4 1 (0.36%) TCP/IP
4 1 (0.36%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (0.36%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (9.25%) SQL Server
2 13 (4.63%) DB2
2 13 (4.63%) Relational Database
3 9 (3.20%) NoSQL
4 8 (2.85%) MongoDB
5 6 (2.14%) Neo4j
5 6 (2.14%) RDBMS
5 6 (2.14%) SQL Server 2012
6 4 (1.42%) Power BI
7 3 (1.07%) Amazon Redshift
7 3 (1.07%) Big Data
7 3 (1.07%) Firebird
7 3 (1.07%) Hadoop
7 3 (1.07%) Oracle BI EE
7 3 (1.07%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (0.71%) Apache Cassandra
8 2 (0.71%) MySQL
8 2 (0.71%) Oracle Database
9 1 (0.36%) Amazon RDS
9 1 (0.36%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 83 (29.54%) Selenium
2 69 (24.56%) Jenkins
3 63 (22.42%) Cucumber
4 56 (19.93%) Git (software)
5 37 (13.17%) Maven
6 36 (12.81%) SoapUI
7 32 (11.39%) Team Foundation Server
8 30 (10.68%) WebDriver
9 27 (9.61%) Gradle
10 25 (8.90%) Ant
10 25 (8.90%) JIRA
11 22 (7.83%) SpecFlow
12 20 (7.12%) Subversion
12 20 (7.12%) TeamCity
12 20 (7.12%) Visual Studio
13 17 (6.05%) Bitbucket
14 13 (4.63%) HP UFT
14 13 (4.63%) JMeter
15 10 (3.56%) JUnit
15 10 (3.56%) LoadRunner
General
1 40 (14.23%) Finance
2 17 (6.05%) Marketing
3 14 (4.98%) Banking
4 12 (4.27%) Telecoms
5 11 (3.91%) Electronics
5 11 (3.91%) Manufacturing
6 8 (2.85%) Back Office
7 4 (1.42%) Retail
7 4 (1.42%) Retail Banking
8 2 (0.71%) Military
9 1 (0.36%) Advertising
9 1 (0.36%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.36%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.36%) Legal
Job Titles
1 84 (29.89%) Developer
2 50 (17.79%) Tester
3 47 (16.73%) Analyst
4 40 (14.23%) Test Analyst
5 33 (11.74%) Java Developer
6 23 (8.19%) Automation Test Analyst
7 20 (7.12%) .NET Developer
7 20 (7.12%) Automation Tester
8 19 (6.76%) QA Tester
9 18 (6.41%) Consultant
10 17 (6.05%) Software Tester
10 17 (6.05%) Test Engineer
11 15 (5.34%) Test Leader
12 14 (4.98%) Python Developer
13 13 (4.63%) Architect
13 13 (4.63%) Test Automation Engineer
14 12 (4.27%) Software Developer
15 11 (3.91%) QA Engineer
16 10 (3.56%) Software QA Tester
16 10 (3.56%) Test Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 52 (18.51%) .NET
2 47 (16.73%) HTML
3 42 (14.95%) REST
4 40 (14.23%) CSS
5 38 (13.52%) SOAP
6 27 (9.61%) JSON
6 27 (9.61%) XML
7 22 (7.83%) Web Services
8 20 (7.12%) Spring
9 19 (6.76%) RESTful
10 18 (6.41%) ASP.NET
11 17 (6.05%) jQuery
12 15 (5.34%) EJB
12 15 (5.34%) Struts
13 14 (4.98%) AngularJS
14 13 (4.63%) ASP.NET MVC
14 13 (4.63%) Gherkin
14 13 (4.63%) Java EE
15 12 (4.27%) Ajax
15 12 (4.27%) React
Miscellaneous
1 15 (5.34%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (4.27%) Greenfield Project
3 10 (3.56%) Mobile App
4 6 (2.14%) N-Tier
5 5 (1.78%) Cloud Native
6 4 (1.42%) Algorithms
6 4 (1.42%) User Experience
7 3 (1.07%) Computer Science
7 3 (1.07%) RIA
8 2 (0.71%) SWIFT
8 2 (0.71%) Web 2.0
9 1 (0.36%) Digital Media
9 1 (0.36%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 1 (0.36%) Management Information System
9 1 (0.36%) Robotics
9 1 (0.36%) Semantic Web
9 1 (0.36%) Smartphone
9 1 (0.36%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 42 (14.95%) Linux
2 16 (5.69%) CentOS
2 16 (5.69%) Unix
3 14 (4.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 11 (3.91%) Windows
5 5 (1.78%) Mac OS X
5 5 (1.78%) Ubuntu
6 4 (1.42%) Mac OS
6 4 (1.42%) Windows Server
7 2 (0.71%) Android
7 2 (0.71%) Debian
7 2 (0.71%) VMS
8 1 (0.36%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 158 (56.23%) Agile Software Development
2 67 (23.84%) BDD
3 65 (23.13%) Continuous Integration
4 61 (21.71%) Scrum
5 55 (19.57%) TDD
6 38 (13.52%) Continuous Deployment
7 34 (12.10%) Test Scripting
8 32 (11.39%) DevOps
8 32 (11.39%) E-Commerce
9 30 (10.68%) Software Engineering
9 30 (10.68%) Unit Testing
10 26 (9.25%) MVC
11 25 (8.90%) Manual Testing
12 24 (8.54%) SDLC
13 23 (8.19%) Continuous Delivery
13 23 (8.19%) Pair Programming
14 22 (7.83%) Acceptance Criteria
14 22 (7.83%) Web Development
15 20 (7.12%) Functional Testing
15 20 (7.12%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 107 (38.08%) Java
2 78 (27.76%) JavaScript
3 67 (23.84%) C#
4 51 (18.15%) SQL
5 47 (16.73%) Python
6 15 (5.34%) Ruby
7 13 (4.63%) Groovy
8 10 (3.56%) C
9 9 (3.20%) Scala
10 8 (2.85%) Bash Shell
11 7 (2.49%) C++
12 5 (1.78%) Kotlin
12 5 (1.78%) PHP
13 4 (1.42%) VBScript
14 3 (1.07%) Delphi
14 3 (1.07%) Jython
15 2 (0.71%) ES6
15 2 (0.71%) VB.NET
16 1 (0.36%) F#
16 1 (0.36%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 60 (21.35%) Security Cleared
2 32 (11.39%) SC Cleared
3 16 (5.69%) DV Cleared
4 15 (5.34%) ISTQB
5 14 (4.98%) ISEB
6 9 (3.20%) BPSS Clearance
7 7 (2.49%) Degree
7 7 (2.49%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 2 (0.71%) Computer Science Degree
9 1 (0.36%) CEH
9 1 (0.36%) MCSA
9 1 (0.36%) MCSE
9 1 (0.36%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 81 (28.83%) QA
2 8 (2.85%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.36%) ISO 14001
3 1 (0.36%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 15288
System Software
1 15 (5.34%) Docker
2 8 (2.85%) VirtualBox
3 4 (1.42%) VMware ESXi
3 4 (1.42%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.71%) LXC
4 2 (0.71%) vSphere
5 1 (0.36%) vCloud
5 1 (0.36%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.36%) Xen
Systems Management
1 11 (3.91%) Ansible
2 7 (2.49%) Kubernetes
3 6 (2.14%) Business Desktop Deployment
4 5 (1.78%) Rancher
5 4 (1.42%) CA Service Virtualization
5 4 (1.42%) HP Quality Center
5 4 (1.42%) Puppet
6 3 (1.07%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (0.71%) Docker Swarm
8 1 (0.36%) HockeyApp
8 1 (0.36%) Mesos
8 1 (0.36%) Terraform
Vendors
1 24 (8.54%) Microsoft
2 18 (6.41%) hybris
3 13 (4.63%) IBM
4 11 (3.91%) SAP
5 9 (3.20%) Google
6 8 (2.85%) ATG
6 8 (2.85%) HP
7 7 (2.49%) VMware
8 6 (2.14%) Atlassian
9 5 (1.78%) Oracle
9 5 (1.78%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
9 5 (1.78%) Salesforce.com
10 4 (1.42%) CA
11 3 (1.07%) Citrix
12 2 (0.71%) Veracode
13 1 (0.36%) Blue Prism
13 1 (0.36%) New Relic
13 1 (0.36%) Red Hat
13 1 (0.36%) Sencha
13 1 (0.36%) webMethods