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 28 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
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 28 45 53
Rank change year-on-year +17 +8  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 166 118 98
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 6.06% 3.94% 3.18%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.40% 4.99% 4.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 124 81 71
Median daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £307 £263 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £452 £475 £500
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 £34.90
% change year-on-year +0.65% +8.88%  

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 2243 2364 2422
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 81.92% 78.91% 78.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 5200 5507 5650
Median daily rate £400 £390 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +0.64%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £613 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 314 283 297
Median hourly rate £42.50 £35.00 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.42% -5.40%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.00 £19.75 £15.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.75 £46.20 £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

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 3 months to 28 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 28 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 +9 50 £423 +32.18% 3
Somerset +16 36 £388 -3.12% 5
Wiltshire 0 25 £350 +5.66% 4
Bristol -19 18 £363 -3.33% 21
Gloucestershire +12 16 £314 -21.56% 8
Dorset +8 2 £345 +15.00% 6
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 28 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.

1 262 (70.43%) Agile Software Development
2 140 (37.63%) Java
3 125 (33.60%) Selenium
4 107 (28.76%) Continuous Integration
5 105 (28.23%) Scrum
6 101 (27.15%) QA
7 96 (25.81%) C#
7 96 (25.81%) SQL
8 95 (25.54%) Security Cleared
9 89 (23.92%) BDD
10 86 (23.12%) .NET
11 78 (20.97%) Cucumber
12 69 (18.55%) JavaScript
12 69 (18.55%) Jenkins
13 67 (18.01%) TDD
14 62 (16.67%) Team Foundation Server
15 60 (16.13%) Test Scripting
16 59 (15.86%) SC Cleared
17 55 (14.78%) WebDriver
18 51 (13.71%) Unit Testing
19 50 (13.44%) ISEB
20 49 (13.17%) CSS
20 49 (13.17%) Software Testing
21 48 (12.90%) HTML
22 47 (12.63%) Continuous Deployment
23 46 (12.37%) Python
24 44 (11.83%) Git (software)
25 43 (11.56%) SpecFlow
25 43 (11.56%) Software Engineering
26 41 (11.02%) 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 10 (2.69%) NServiceBus
2 9 (2.42%) CMS
3 7 (1.88%) IIS
4 4 (1.08%) Confluence
5 3 (0.81%) Apache Qpid
5 3 (0.81%) Apache Solr
5 3 (0.81%) SharePoint
5 3 (0.81%) 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 (2.69%) Oracle Applications
2 8 (2.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.54%) SAP ERP
3 2 (0.54%) SAP PM
4 1 (0.27%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 19 (5.11%) Microsoft Azure
2 15 (4.03%) Amazon AWS
3 14 (3.76%) GitHub
4 9 (2.42%) Google Cloud Platform
5 3 (0.81%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.27%) AWS CloudFormation
6 1 (0.27%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 17 (4.57%) Internet
2 10 (2.69%) HTTP
2 10 (2.69%) PuTTY
2 10 (2.69%) WinSCP
3 5 (1.34%) SMS
3 5 (1.34%) Wireshark
4 3 (0.81%) AMQP
4 3 (0.81%) VoIP
5 1 (0.27%) LDAP
5 1 (0.27%) MQTT
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (10.22%) SQL Server
2 19 (5.11%) Hadoop
2 19 (5.11%) SQL Server 2012
3 13 (3.49%) SQL Server 2008
4 12 (3.23%) Oracle Database
4 12 (3.23%) Oracle Reports
5 11 (2.96%) Relational Database
6 10 (2.69%) Oracle Database 10g
6 10 (2.69%) Oracle Database 11g
6 10 (2.69%) SQL Server 2005
7 9 (2.42%) PostgreSQL
8 8 (2.15%) Data Warehouse
9 4 (1.08%) Apache Cassandra
9 4 (1.08%) Big Data
9 4 (1.08%) MongoDB
9 4 (1.08%) RDBMS
10 3 (0.81%) Data Lake
10 3 (0.81%) Neo4j
10 3 (0.81%) OLTP
10 3 (0.81%) Oracle OLAP
Development Applications
1 125 (33.60%) Selenium
2 78 (20.97%) Cucumber
3 69 (18.55%) Jenkins
4 62 (16.67%) Team Foundation Server
5 55 (14.78%) WebDriver
6 44 (11.83%) Git (software)
7 43 (11.56%) SpecFlow
8 31 (8.33%) Visual Studio
9 29 (7.80%) JIRA
10 28 (7.53%) Ant
11 26 (6.99%) HP UFT
12 24 (6.45%) SoapUI
12 24 (6.45%) Vagrant
13 22 (5.91%) Eclipse
14 20 (5.38%) Maven
15 19 (5.11%) LoadRunner
16 18 (4.84%) Gradle
17 17 (4.57%) JMeter
18 16 (4.30%) TeamCity
19 14 (3.76%) IntelliJ
General
1 39 (10.48%) Finance
2 18 (4.84%) Banking
3 10 (2.69%) Retail
4 9 (2.42%) Marketing
5 8 (2.15%) Electronics
5 8 (2.15%) Manufacturing
5 8 (2.15%) 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 (30.38%) Developer
2 82 (22.04%) Analyst
3 75 (20.16%) Test Analyst
4 71 (19.09%) Tester
5 43 (11.56%) Automation Test Analyst
6 42 (11.29%) Automation Tester
7 37 (9.95%) .NET Developer
8 26 (6.99%) Test Engineer
9 19 (5.11%) Test Leader
10 17 (4.57%) Java Developer
10 17 (4.57%) SQL Developer
11 15 (4.03%) Python Developer
12 14 (3.76%) Architect
12 14 (3.76%) C# Developer
12 14 (3.76%) Test Automation Engineer
12 14 (3.76%) Test Manager
13 13 (3.49%) Software Developer
13 13 (3.49%) Software Tester
13 13 (3.49%) Test Specialist
14 11 (2.96%) QA Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 86 (23.12%) .NET
2 49 (13.17%) CSS
3 48 (12.90%) HTML
4 39 (10.48%) Web Services
5 36 (9.68%) REST
6 31 (8.33%) Gherkin
6 31 (8.33%) SOAP
7 29 (7.80%) XML
8 27 (7.26%) ASP.NET
9 23 (6.18%) JSON
10 22 (5.91%) .NET Framework
11 20 (5.38%) Spring
12 19 (5.11%) RESTful
13 16 (4.30%) WPF
14 15 (4.03%) React
15 14 (3.76%) ASP.NET MVC
16 13 (3.49%) Ajax
16 13 (3.49%) AngularJS
17 12 (3.23%) RabbitMQ
18 11 (2.96%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 22 (5.91%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (2.15%) Greenfield Project
2 8 (2.15%) RIA
3 7 (1.88%) Web 2.0
4 5 (1.34%) User Experience
5 4 (1.08%) Linked Data
5 4 (1.08%) NHS
5 4 (1.08%) N-Tier
6 3 (0.81%) Mobile App
6 3 (0.81%) Reference Data
6 3 (0.81%) 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 (11.02%) Linux
2 34 (9.14%) Windows
3 27 (7.26%) Unix
4 15 (4.03%) Windows Server
5 12 (3.23%) Windows Server 2012
6 11 (2.96%) Mac OS
6 11 (2.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 6 (1.61%) Android
7 6 (1.61%) Apple iOS
8 3 (0.81%) Mac OS X
9 2 (0.54%) Debian
10 1 (0.27%) CentOS
10 1 (0.27%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 262 (70.43%) Agile Software Development
2 107 (28.76%) Continuous Integration
3 105 (28.23%) Scrum
4 89 (23.92%) BDD
5 67 (18.01%) TDD
6 60 (16.13%) Test Scripting
7 51 (13.71%) Unit Testing
8 49 (13.17%) Software Testing
9 47 (12.63%) Continuous Deployment
10 43 (11.56%) Software Engineering
11 40 (10.75%) MVC
12 39 (10.48%) User Stories
13 38 (10.22%) Continuous Delivery
14 33 (8.87%) Test Strategy
15 32 (8.60%) Pair Programming
16 29 (7.80%) E-Commerce
16 29 (7.80%) Integration Testing
16 29 (7.80%) Manual Testing
16 29 (7.80%) Performance Testing
17 28 (7.53%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 140 (37.63%) Java
2 96 (25.81%) C#
2 96 (25.81%) SQL
3 69 (18.55%) JavaScript
4 46 (12.37%) Python
5 33 (8.87%) Ruby
6 14 (3.76%) F#
7 12 (3.23%) C
8 11 (2.96%) Groovy
9 10 (2.69%) Perl
9 10 (2.69%) VBScript
10 7 (1.88%) ES6
11 6 (1.61%) Bash Shell
11 6 (1.61%) PowerShell
12 4 (1.08%) C++
12 4 (1.08%) VB
13 3 (0.81%) PL/SQL
13 3 (0.81%) Scala
13 3 (0.81%) T-SQL
14 2 (0.54%) SPARQL
Qualifications
1 95 (25.54%) Security Cleared
2 59 (15.86%) SC Cleared
3 50 (13.44%) ISEB
4 33 (8.87%) ISTQB
5 23 (6.18%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 14 (3.76%) BPSS Clearance
7 10 (2.69%) 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
1 101 (27.15%) QA
2 11 (2.96%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (0.81%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.27%) SLA
4 1 (0.27%) WCAG
System Software
1 28 (7.53%) Docker
2 18 (4.84%) VirtualBox
3 11 (2.96%) Virtual Machines
4 10 (2.69%) vSphere
5 3 (0.81%) LXC
6 2 (0.54%) Active Directory
6 2 (0.54%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 11 (2.96%) Ansible
2 10 (2.69%) vRealize
3 4 (1.08%) Puppet
4 3 (0.81%) 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 (11.02%) Oracle
2 25 (6.72%) Microsoft
3 18 (4.84%) HP
4 15 (4.03%) ATG
5 13 (3.49%) hybris
6 12 (3.23%) Google
7 11 (2.96%) VMware
8 10 (2.69%) Red Hat
8 10 (2.69%) SAP
9 4 (1.08%) Talend
10 3 (0.81%) IBM
10 3 (0.81%) IBM Sterling
10 3 (0.81%) Informatica
11 2 (0.54%) Cloudera
11 2 (0.54%) Sitecore
12 1 (0.27%) BEA
12 1 (0.27%) Capita
12 1 (0.27%) Cognos
12 1 (0.27%) Splunk
South West
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £235 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Gloucestershire
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £325 - £375 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
South West
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £410 per day + SC Clearance granted
Posted: 6 days ago
Gloucestershire
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £300 - £325 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
Gloucestershire
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £325 - £375 per day
Posted: 19 days ago