Period
to 19 February 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 February 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 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 33 27 23
Rank change year-on-year -6 -4 +18
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 269 318 438
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 5.20% 5.91% 7.06%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.47% 7.22% 8.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 208 208 336
South West median daily rate £375 £350 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% -6.67% +3.45%
10th Percentile £310 £259 £282
90th Percentile £531 £513 £488
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 3 16
South West median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - +31.58%
10th Percentile £37.50 £33.25 £28.25
90th Percentile £43.38 £69.75 £45.63
England median hourly rate £45.00 £40.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +12.50% - +14.29%

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 4,156 4,404 5,055
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 80.29% 81.90% 81.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,579 2,950 3,467
South West median daily rate £400 £376 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.38% +0.27% -3.85%
10th Percentile £263 £235 £256
90th Percentile £575 £550 £515
England median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +4.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 172 269 251
South West median hourly rate £30.75 £37.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.00% -6.25% +35.59%
10th Percentile £11.80 £12.00 £14.13
90th Percentile £48.68 £47.50 £50.00
England median hourly rate £24.09 £25.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year -3.64% +6.38% +17.50%

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 February 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
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 February 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 +7 103 £350 -3.45% 38
Devon +6 41 £400 +6.38% 18
Somerset -3 41 £425 +30.77% 14
Gloucestershire +2 36 £500 +11.11% 20
Wiltshire -23 24 £400 +15.94% 12
Dorset -7 11 £375 -24.09% 15
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 19 February 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.

1 158 (58.74%) Agile Software Development
2 112 (41.64%) Java
3 92 (34.20%) Selenium
4 90 (33.46%) C#
5 83 (30.86%) BDD
6 80 (29.74%) .NET
7 63 (23.42%) TDD
8 58 (21.56%) Cucumber
9 54 (20.07%) Security Cleared
10 52 (19.33%) QA
10 52 (19.33%) JavaScript
10 52 (19.33%) REST
11 47 (17.47%) Continuous Integration
12 46 (17.10%) Scrum
13 43 (15.99%) Jenkins
14 42 (15.61%) Finance
14 42 (15.61%) Python
15 41 (15.24%) SOAP
16 40 (14.87%) Unit Testing
17 38 (14.13%) SQL
17 38 (14.13%) WebDriver
18 37 (13.75%) JIRA
19 36 (13.38%) Continuous Delivery
20 35 (13.01%) SoapUI
20 35 (13.01%) Git (software)
21 34 (12.64%) Maven
22 32 (11.90%) Test Scripting
22 32 (11.90%) DevOps
23 30 (11.15%) JSON
24 29 (10.78%) MVC

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 9 (3.35%) Apache Spark
2 6 (2.23%) Apache
3 5 (1.86%) Confluence
3 5 (1.86%) Mule
4 4 (1.49%) NServiceBus
5 2 (0.74%) CMS
6 1 (0.37%) IIS
6 1 (0.37%) SharePoint
6 1 (0.37%) Tomcat
Applications
1 2 (0.74%) Simulink
2 1 (0.37%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.37%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.37%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (0.74%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 27 (10.04%) Amazon AWS
2 24 (8.92%) Microsoft Azure
3 17 (6.32%) GitHub
4 9 (3.35%) Amazon EC2
4 9 (3.35%) AWS CloudFormation
4 9 (3.35%) AWS Lambda
4 9 (3.35%) Serverless
5 5 (1.86%) Amazon S3
5 5 (1.86%) IaaS
5 5 (1.86%) PaaS
6 3 (1.12%) Cloud Computing
6 3 (1.12%) FinancialForce
6 3 (1.12%) OpenShift
7 2 (0.74%) Sauce Labs
7 2 (0.74%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 1 (0.37%) BrowserStack
8 1 (0.37%) Google Cloud Platform
8 1 (0.37%) npm
8 1 (0.37%) vREST
8 1 (0.37%) Yarn
Communications & Networking
1 13 (4.83%) HTTP
2 11 (4.09%) Internet
3 9 (3.35%) SMS
4 7 (2.60%) Firewall
5 1 (0.37%) Ethernet
5 1 (0.37%) Extranet
5 1 (0.37%) Intranet
5 1 (0.37%) PuTTY
5 1 (0.37%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (0.37%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (6.69%) SQL Server
2 14 (5.20%) NoSQL
3 9 (3.35%) Relational Database
4 8 (2.97%) Hadoop
5 6 (2.23%) MongoDB
5 6 (2.23%) SQL Server 2012
6 5 (1.86%) Big Data
6 5 (1.86%) CouchDB
6 5 (1.86%) MySQL
6 5 (1.86%) Neo4j
6 5 (1.86%) PostgreSQL
6 5 (1.86%) Riak
7 4 (1.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 3 (1.12%) RDBMS
9 2 (0.74%) Amazon RDS
9 2 (0.74%) Amazon Redshift
9 2 (0.74%) Oracle BI EE
9 2 (0.74%) Oracle Database
9 2 (0.74%) Power BI
9 2 (0.74%) Redis
Development Applications
1 92 (34.20%) Selenium
2 58 (21.56%) Cucumber
3 43 (15.99%) Jenkins
4 38 (14.13%) WebDriver
5 37 (13.75%) JIRA
6 35 (13.01%) Git (software)
6 35 (13.01%) SoapUI
7 34 (12.64%) Maven
8 27 (10.04%) SpecFlow
9 21 (7.81%) Ant
9 21 (7.81%) JMeter
10 19 (7.06%) Visual Studio
11 18 (6.69%) NUnit
11 18 (6.69%) Team Foundation Server
12 17 (6.32%) Gradle
12 17 (6.32%) TeamCity
13 15 (5.58%) HP UFT
13 15 (5.58%) JUnit
14 12 (4.46%) Eclipse
14 12 (4.46%) LoadRunner
General
1 42 (15.61%) Finance
2 18 (6.69%) Banking
3 15 (5.58%) Manufacturing
3 15 (5.58%) Telecoms
4 14 (5.20%) Marketing
5 12 (4.46%) Electronics
6 8 (2.97%) Back Office
6 8 (2.97%) Retail
7 3 (1.12%) Advertising
8 2 (0.74%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 79 (29.37%) Developer
2 51 (18.96%) Analyst
3 46 (17.10%) Test Analyst
4 35 (13.01%) Tester
5 29 (10.78%) Automation Test Analyst
6 24 (8.92%) Test Engineer
7 22 (8.18%) Test Automation Engineer
8 17 (6.32%) Automation Tester
9 16 (5.95%) .NET Developer
10 15 (5.58%) QA Tester
11 14 (5.20%) Java Developer
12 13 (4.83%) Consultant
12 13 (4.83%) Selenium Test Analyst
12 13 (4.83%) Software Tester
13 12 (4.46%) Architect
13 12 (4.46%) C# Developer
14 10 (3.72%) Software QA Tester
14 10 (3.72%) Technical Architect
15 9 (3.35%) Senior Developer
15 9 (3.35%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 80 (29.74%) .NET
2 52 (19.33%) REST
3 41 (15.24%) SOAP
4 30 (11.15%) JSON
5 29 (10.78%) CSS
5 29 (10.78%) HTML
6 28 (10.41%) Web Services
7 20 (7.43%) XML
8 18 (6.69%) jQuery
9 17 (6.32%) Ajax
10 15 (5.58%) AngularJS
10 15 (5.58%) RESTful
10 15 (5.58%) Spring
11 14 (5.20%) ASP.NET
11 14 (5.20%) React
12 13 (4.83%) Gherkin
13 9 (3.35%) ASP.NET Web API
14 8 (2.97%) .NET Core
14 8 (2.97%) Elastic Stack
14 8 (2.97%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 18 (6.69%) Greenfield Project
2 10 (3.72%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (3.72%) Mobile App
3 4 (1.49%) Algorithms
4 3 (1.12%) N-Tier
4 3 (1.12%) RIA
4 3 (1.12%) Robotics
4 3 (1.12%) User Experience
4 3 (1.12%) Web 2.0
5 2 (0.74%) CAN bus
5 2 (0.74%) Cloud Native
5 2 (0.74%) Digital Media
5 2 (0.74%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (0.74%) iPad
5 2 (0.74%) Mainframe
5 2 (0.74%) SWIFT
6 1 (0.37%) Embedded Systems
6 1 (0.37%) Fintech
6 1 (0.37%) Smartphone
6 1 (0.37%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 28 (10.41%) Linux
2 18 (6.69%) Windows
3 7 (2.60%) Android
3 7 (2.60%) Ubuntu
3 7 (2.60%) Unix
4 5 (1.86%) CentOS
5 4 (1.49%) Windows Server
6 3 (1.12%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (0.74%) DC/OS
8 1 (0.37%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.37%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 158 (58.74%) Agile Software Development
2 83 (30.86%) BDD
3 63 (23.42%) TDD
4 47 (17.47%) Continuous Integration
5 46 (17.10%) Scrum
6 40 (14.87%) Unit Testing
7 36 (13.38%) Continuous Delivery
8 32 (11.90%) DevOps
8 32 (11.90%) Test Scripting
9 29 (10.78%) MVC
10 28 (10.41%) Open Source
11 25 (9.29%) E-Commerce
12 22 (8.18%) Performance Testing
13 20 (7.43%) Continuous Deployment
13 20 (7.43%) Microservices
13 20 (7.43%) Software Engineering
13 20 (7.43%) User Acceptance Testing
14 18 (6.69%) Pair Programming
14 18 (6.69%) SDLC
15 17 (6.32%) Cybersecurity
Programming Languages
1 112 (41.64%) Java
2 90 (33.46%) C#
3 52 (19.33%) JavaScript
4 42 (15.61%) Python
5 38 (14.13%) SQL
6 28 (10.41%) Ruby
7 21 (7.81%) Groovy
8 19 (7.06%) Scala
9 14 (5.20%) C++
10 10 (3.72%) PowerShell
11 9 (3.35%) Bash Shell
11 9 (3.35%) VBScript
12 8 (2.97%) Shell Script
12 8 (2.97%) VB.NET
13 7 (2.60%) Jython
14 6 (2.23%) T-SQL
15 4 (1.49%) C
16 3 (1.12%) TypeScript
17 2 (0.74%) ES6
17 2 (0.74%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 54 (20.07%) Security Cleared
2 25 (9.29%) SC Cleared
3 22 (8.18%) DV Cleared
4 14 (5.20%) ISTQB
5 10 (3.72%) Degree
6 9 (3.35%) ISEB
7 4 (1.49%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 2 (0.74%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 52 (19.33%) QA
2 4 (1.49%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 19 (7.06%) Docker
2 3 (1.12%) Active Directory
2 3 (1.12%) Firmware
3 1 (0.37%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (0.37%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 19 (7.06%) Ansible
2 11 (4.09%) Puppet
3 8 (2.97%) CA Service Virtualization
3 8 (2.97%) Nagios
4 6 (2.23%) Kubernetes
5 4 (1.49%) HP Quality Center
5 4 (1.49%) Terraform
6 3 (1.12%) Business Desktop Deployment
7 2 (0.74%) Docker Swarm
7 2 (0.74%) Rancher
8 1 (0.37%) HockeyApp
8 1 (0.37%) SELinux
Vendors
1 13 (4.83%) Microsoft
1 13 (4.83%) SAP
2 11 (4.09%) HP
2 11 (4.09%) hybris
3 9 (3.35%) Blue Prism
4 8 (2.97%) Atlassian
4 8 (2.97%) CA
5 5 (1.86%) ATG
5 5 (1.86%) Google
5 5 (1.86%) Oracle
6 3 (1.12%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
6 3 (1.12%) Salesforce.com
7 2 (0.74%) New Relic
7 2 (0.74%) Serena
8 1 (0.37%) CA Agile Central
8 1 (0.37%) Red Hat
8 1 (0.37%) Software AG
8 1 (0.37%) Veracode
8 1 (0.37%) VMware
8 1 (0.37%) webMethods