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 23 March 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Automation
England / South West
Rank 65 89 135
Rank change year-on-year +24 +46  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 72 46 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 2.81% 1.60% 0.29%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.45% 2.01% 0.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 26 7
Median daily rate £338 £385 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.33% +10.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £266 £316 £292
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £488 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £375 £350
% change year-on-year -6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 1
Median hourly rate £35.00 £36.25 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.44% -3.33%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £43.75 £37.50
% change year-on-year -20.00% +16.66%  

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 2086 2294 2439
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 81.52% 79.99% 78.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 1361 1516 1589
Median daily rate £400 £388 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.22% -3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £275 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £399
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.29%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 108 134 82
Median hourly rate £39.00 £42.25 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.69% +20.71%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £27.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £57.00 £46.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £39.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.69% +30.00%  

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South West citing Test Automation as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

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 23 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 23 March 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
Somerset +15 18 £331 +4.33% 7
Wiltshire +3 14 £325 -7.14%
Devon -4 13 £350 -26.31% 2
Bristol +6 12 £325 -18.75% 9
Gloucestershire +2 4 £475 - 2
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 23 March 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 87 (84.47%) Agile Software Development
2 75 (72.82%) Selenium
3 41 (39.81%) BDD
3 41 (39.81%) Java
4 39 (37.86%) C#
5 38 (36.89%) Security Cleared
6 37 (35.92%) .NET
7 35 (33.98%) Cucumber
8 34 (33.01%) Continuous Integration
9 31 (30.10%) SpecFlow
10 27 (26.21%) SC Cleared
10 27 (26.21%) Scrum
10 27 (26.21%) QA
11 26 (25.24%) WebDriver
12 25 (24.27%) Gherkin
12 25 (24.27%) TDD
13 22 (21.36%) Test Scripting
14 19 (18.45%) SQL Server
14 19 (18.45%) Team Foundation Server
14 19 (18.45%) SDLC
15 18 (17.48%) Test Planning
15 18 (17.48%) Oracle
15 18 (17.48%) Software Engineering
16 17 (16.50%) ISEB
16 17 (16.50%) Automation Testing
17 16 (15.53%) HP UFT
17 16 (15.53%) Regression Testing
18 15 (14.56%) Software Testing
18 15 (14.56%) Automated Testing
18 15 (14.56%) Finance

Test Automation
Top Related 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 2 (1.94%) WebLogic
2 1 (0.97%) Apache
2 1 (0.97%) ATG Dynamo
2 1 (0.97%) NServiceBus
Applications
1 12 (11.65%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 8 (7.77%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 6 (5.83%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 7 (6.80%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (2.91%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.97%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 4 (3.88%) PuTTY
1 4 (3.88%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (18.45%) SQL Server
2 7 (6.80%) SQL Server 2008
2 7 (6.80%) SQL Server 2012
3 4 (3.88%) Hadoop
3 4 (3.88%) Oracle Database
3 4 (3.88%) Oracle Database 10g
3 4 (3.88%) Oracle Database 11g
3 4 (3.88%) Oracle Reports
3 4 (3.88%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (0.97%) MySQL
4 1 (0.97%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.97%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.97%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 75 (72.82%) Selenium
2 35 (33.98%) Cucumber
3 31 (30.10%) SpecFlow
4 26 (25.24%) WebDriver
5 19 (18.45%) Team Foundation Server
6 16 (15.53%) HP UFT
7 14 (13.59%) SoapUI
8 10 (9.71%) Visual Studio
9 9 (8.74%) Jenkins
10 7 (6.80%) Git (software)
11 6 (5.83%) Ant
11 6 (5.83%) WATIR
12 5 (4.85%) Eclipse
12 5 (4.85%) Sahi
13 4 (3.88%) Oracle APEX
13 4 (3.88%) Spock
13 4 (3.88%) TeamCity
13 4 (3.88%) TestNG
13 4 (3.88%) Toad
14 3 (2.91%) Maven
General
1 15 (14.56%) Finance
2 8 (7.77%) Electronics
2 8 (7.77%) Manufacturing
2 8 (7.77%) Marketing
2 8 (7.77%) Telecoms
3 2 (1.94%) Banking
4 1 (0.97%) Billing
4 1 (0.97%) Games
4 1 (0.97%) Publishing
4 1 (0.97%) Retail
Job Titles
1 27 (26.21%) Developer
2 25 (24.27%) Tester
3 22 (21.36%) Analyst
4 20 (19.42%) Test Analyst
5 16 (15.53%) Automation Test Analyst
6 15 (14.56%) Automation Tester
7 14 (13.59%) Developer in Test
8 13 (12.62%) Test Engineer
9 11 (10.68%) QA Tester
10 10 (9.71%) C# Developer
10 10 (9.71%) Software Tester
11 9 (8.74%) Test Specialist
12 8 (7.77%) Integration Engineer
12 8 (7.77%) Software QA Tester
12 8 (7.77%) Test and Integration Engineer
12 8 (7.77%) Test Automation Specialist
13 7 (6.80%) Agile Test Analyst
13 7 (6.80%) Java Developer
13 7 (6.80%) Test Automation Developer
14 6 (5.83%) .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (35.92%) .NET
2 25 (24.27%) Gherkin
3 13 (12.62%) Web Services
4 11 (10.68%) SOAP
5 10 (9.71%) .NET Framework
6 7 (6.80%) XML
7 4 (3.88%) ASP.NET
7 4 (3.88%) ASP.NET Web API
8 3 (2.91%) HTML
8 3 (2.91%) Spring
8 3 (2.91%) WCF
9 2 (1.94%) AngularJS
9 2 (1.94%) CSS
9 2 (1.94%) JSON
9 2 (1.94%) REST
10 1 (0.97%) ASP.NET MVC
10 1 (0.97%) ASP.NET MVC 4
10 1 (0.97%) Entity Framework
10 1 (0.97%) HTML5
10 1 (0.97%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 5 (4.85%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (2.91%) NHS
3 1 (0.97%) Mobile App
3 1 (0.97%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 12 (11.65%) Linux
1 12 (11.65%) Windows
2 4 (3.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 4 (3.88%) Windows Server
2 4 (3.88%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (0.97%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 87 (84.47%) Agile Software Development
2 41 (39.81%) BDD
3 34 (33.01%) Continuous Integration
4 27 (26.21%) Scrum
5 25 (24.27%) TDD
6 22 (21.36%) Test Scripting
7 19 (18.45%) SDLC
8 18 (17.48%) Software Engineering
8 18 (17.48%) Test Planning
9 17 (16.50%) Automation Testing
10 16 (15.53%) Regression Testing
11 15 (14.56%) Automated Testing
11 15 (14.56%) Software Testing
12 14 (13.59%) Performance Testing
13 13 (12.62%) Integration Testing
13 13 (12.62%) System Integration Testing
14 12 (11.65%) Continuous Improvement
14 12 (11.65%) Defect Tracking
14 12 (11.65%) Manual Testing
14 12 (11.65%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 41 (39.81%) Java
2 39 (37.86%) C#
3 14 (13.59%) SQL
4 9 (8.74%) F#
5 8 (7.77%) C
5 8 (7.77%) Perl
5 8 (7.77%) Python
5 8 (7.77%) Ruby
6 6 (5.83%) VBScript
7 4 (3.88%) Groovy
7 4 (3.88%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.97%) VB
Qualifications
1 38 (36.89%) Security Cleared
2 27 (26.21%) SC Cleared
3 17 (16.50%) ISEB
4 12 (11.65%) ISTQB
5 9 (8.74%) DV Cleared
6 3 (2.91%) ISEB Practitioner
6 3 (2.91%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 2 (1.94%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (26.21%) QA
2 1 (0.97%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (0.97%) ISO 9000
2 1 (0.97%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.97%) TickIT
System Software
1 4 (3.88%) Virtual Machines
1 4 (3.88%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 4 (3.88%) vRealize
2 1 (0.97%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.97%) Puppet
Vendors
1 18 (17.48%) Oracle
2 10 (9.71%) HP
3 9 (8.74%) Microsoft
4 8 (7.77%) SAP
5 4 (3.88%) Red Hat
5 4 (3.88%) VMware
6 2 (1.94%) ATG
7 1 (0.97%) BEA
7 1 (0.97%) Google