Period
to 26 May 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 26 May 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
26 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 28 22 33
Rank change year-on-year -6 +11 +27
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 302 384 334
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 5.93% 7.32% 5.63%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.24% 8.77% 6.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 220 253 237
South West median daily rate £375 £365 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.74% -2.67% -6.25%
10th Percentile £299 £265 £278
90th Percentile £513 £494 £488
England median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 4 12
South West median hourly rate £41.00 £37.50 £43.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.33% -13.79% +3.57%
10th Percentile £35.00 £32.95 £33.88
90th Percentile £45.25 £65.88 £47.11
England median hourly rate £46.00 £37.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year +22.67% -6.25% +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 4,171 4,378 4,853
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 81.85% 83.44% 81.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,512 2,849 3,239
South West median daily rate £405 £390 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.85% +4.00% -3.23%
10th Percentile £270 £250 £253
90th Percentile £563 £550 £538
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 184 222 259
South West median hourly rate £31.00 £39.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.52% -1.25% +15.94%
10th Percentile £11.18 £14.00 £13.00
90th Percentile £47.50 £52.50 £52.25
England median hourly rate £22.00 £25.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year -13.73% +8.51% +11.90%

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 26 May 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 26 May 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 26 May 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 +3 81 £356 +1.79% 57
Devon -2 67 £395 -1.25% 10
Somerset -7 44 £425 +16.44% 26
Gloucestershire +9 42 £350 -11.11% 13
Wiltshire -16 29 £425 +21.43% 16
Dorset -4 18 £375 -24.09% 11
Cornwall - 1 £338 -
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 26 May 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.

1 200 (66.23%) Agile Software Development
2 117 (38.74%) C#
2 117 (38.74%) Java
3 97 (32.12%) .NET
4 87 (28.81%) Selenium
5 64 (21.19%) Security Cleared
5 64 (21.19%) BDD
6 61 (20.20%) Continuous Integration
7 58 (19.21%) TDD
8 57 (18.87%) JavaScript
8 57 (18.87%) Continuous Delivery
9 54 (17.88%) Cucumber
9 54 (17.88%) Scrum
10 53 (17.55%) Jenkins
11 52 (17.22%) JIRA
12 49 (16.23%) REST
13 44 (14.57%) Git (software)
13 44 (14.57%) SQL
13 44 (14.57%) QA
13 44 (14.57%) Unit Testing
14 43 (14.24%) Web Services
14 43 (14.24%) Microsoft Azure
15 42 (13.91%) DevOps
16 37 (12.25%) SC Cleared
17 36 (11.92%) Python
17 36 (11.92%) MVC
18 35 (11.59%) SQL Server
18 35 (11.59%) JSON
19 34 (11.26%) NUnit
19 34 (11.26%) Amazon AWS

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 19 (6.29%) Confluence
2 8 (2.65%) Apache Spark
3 5 (1.66%) Apache
4 4 (1.32%) Mule
5 2 (0.66%) CMS
5 2 (0.66%) NServiceBus
6 1 (0.33%) SharePoint
6 1 (0.33%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 2 (0.66%) Simulink
2 1 (0.33%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.33%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (0.33%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 43 (14.24%) Microsoft Azure
2 34 (11.26%) Amazon AWS
3 12 (3.97%) GitHub
4 8 (2.65%) Amazon EC2
4 8 (2.65%) AWS CloudFormation
5 7 (2.32%) AWS Lambda
5 7 (2.32%) PaaS
5 7 (2.32%) Sauce Labs
5 7 (2.32%) Serverless
6 6 (1.99%) Amazon S3
6 6 (1.99%) SaaS
7 5 (1.66%) IaaS
7 5 (1.66%) OpenShift
8 3 (0.99%) Cloud Computing
9 1 (0.33%) Azure Active Directory
9 1 (0.33%) BrowserStack
9 1 (0.33%) npm
9 1 (0.33%) Office 365
9 1 (0.33%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 1 (0.33%) Yarn
Communications & Networking
1 17 (5.63%) HTTP
2 10 (3.31%) Firewall
2 10 (3.31%) SMS
3 4 (1.32%) TCP/IP
4 3 (0.99%) Internet
5 2 (0.66%) Cisco ASA
5 2 (0.66%) Kerberos
5 2 (0.66%) Network Security
5 2 (0.66%) tcpdump
5 2 (0.66%) Wireshark
6 1 (0.33%) PuTTY
6 1 (0.33%) Skype
6 1 (0.33%) SSH
6 1 (0.33%) SSL
6 1 (0.33%) WinSCP
6 1 (0.33%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (11.59%) SQL Server
2 15 (4.97%) Relational Database
3 11 (3.64%) NoSQL
4 8 (2.65%) Hadoop
4 8 (2.65%) SQL Server 2012
5 7 (2.32%) Big Data
6 6 (1.99%) MongoDB
7 5 (1.66%) CouchDB
7 5 (1.66%) Data Warehouse
7 5 (1.66%) MySQL
7 5 (1.66%) Neo4j
7 5 (1.66%) PostgreSQL
7 5 (1.66%) RDBMS
7 5 (1.66%) Riak
8 4 (1.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 2 (0.66%) Apache Accumulo
9 2 (0.66%) Geospatial Data
9 2 (0.66%) Oracle Database
10 1 (0.33%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
10 1 (0.33%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 87 (28.81%) Selenium
2 54 (17.88%) Cucumber
3 53 (17.55%) Jenkins
4 52 (17.22%) JIRA
5 44 (14.57%) Git (software)
6 34 (11.26%) NUnit
7 31 (10.26%) Team Foundation Server
8 26 (8.61%) SpecFlow
9 21 (6.95%) JMeter
9 21 (6.95%) WebDriver
10 18 (5.96%) Maven
11 17 (5.63%) Bitbucket
12 16 (5.30%) Visual Studio Team System
13 14 (4.64%) Visual Studio
14 13 (4.30%) TeamCity
15 12 (3.97%) Ant
15 12 (3.97%) Artifactory
15 12 (3.97%) LoadRunner
15 12 (3.97%) SonarQube
16 11 (3.64%) HP UFT
General
1 28 (9.27%) Finance
2 15 (4.97%) Banking
3 8 (2.65%) Retail
4 7 (2.32%) Telecoms
5 5 (1.66%) Back Office
5 5 (1.66%) Manufacturing
6 2 (0.66%) Advertising
6 2 (0.66%) Aerospace
6 2 (0.66%) Billing
6 2 (0.66%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.33%) Electronics
7 1 (0.33%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 96 (31.79%) Developer
2 61 (20.20%) Analyst
3 51 (16.89%) Test Analyst
4 36 (11.92%) Tester
5 31 (10.26%) Test Engineer
6 30 (9.93%) Automation Tester
7 28 (9.27%) .NET Developer
8 25 (8.28%) Test Automation Engineer
9 24 (7.95%) Automation Test Analyst
10 19 (6.29%) C# Developer
11 13 (4.30%) Software Engineer
12 12 (3.97%) Architect
12 12 (3.97%) Senior Developer
13 11 (3.64%) Selenium Test Analyst
14 10 (3.31%) Java Developer
14 10 (3.31%) Senior Software Engineer
15 9 (2.98%) C# .NET Developer
15 9 (2.98%) DV Cleared Test Analyst
15 9 (2.98%) Software Developer
16 8 (2.65%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 97 (32.12%) .NET
2 49 (16.23%) REST
3 43 (14.24%) Web Services
4 35 (11.59%) JSON
5 30 (9.93%) XML
6 29 (9.60%) ASP.NET
7 28 (9.27%) Gherkin
7 28 (9.27%) HTML
8 23 (7.62%) React
9 21 (6.95%) RESTful
10 20 (6.62%) AngularJS
11 19 (6.29%) CSS
12 17 (5.63%) ASP.NET Web API
13 16 (5.30%) SOAP
14 14 (4.64%) Spring
15 13 (4.30%) .NET Core
15 13 (4.30%) jQuery
16 12 (3.97%) .NET Framework
17 9 (2.98%) ASP.NET MVC
17 9 (2.98%) Elastic Stack
Miscellaneous
1 19 (6.29%) Greenfield Project
2 16 (5.30%) Analytical Skills
3 14 (4.64%) Self-Motivation
4 8 (2.65%) Enterprise Software
5 7 (2.32%) iPad
6 6 (1.99%) Digital Media
7 4 (1.32%) Linked Data
7 4 (1.32%) Mobile App
7 4 (1.32%) User Experience
8 3 (0.99%) Embedded Systems
9 2 (0.66%) CAN bus
9 2 (0.66%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
9 2 (0.66%) Mainframe
9 2 (0.66%) Public Cloud
9 2 (0.66%) Robotics
10 1 (0.33%) Computer Science
10 1 (0.33%) Data Structures
10 1 (0.33%) Digital TV
10 1 (0.33%) Fintech
10 1 (0.33%) MPEG
Operating Systems
1 29 (9.60%) Linux
2 17 (5.63%) Windows
3 11 (3.64%) Unix
4 5 (1.66%) Android
4 5 (1.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 4 (1.32%) Ubuntu
6 3 (0.99%) CentOS
7 1 (0.33%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.33%) DC/OS
7 1 (0.33%) Debian
7 1 (0.33%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 200 (66.23%) Agile Software Development
2 64 (21.19%) BDD
3 61 (20.20%) Continuous Integration
4 58 (19.21%) TDD
5 57 (18.87%) Continuous Delivery
6 54 (17.88%) Scrum
7 44 (14.57%) Unit Testing
8 42 (13.91%) DevOps
9 36 (11.92%) MVC
10 33 (10.93%) Microservices
10 33 (10.93%) Open Source
11 27 (8.94%) Performance Testing
12 23 (7.62%) Continuous Deployment
12 23 (7.62%) Software Engineering
13 21 (6.95%) Test Scripting
14 20 (6.62%) Deployment Automation
14 20 (6.62%) User Acceptance Testing
15 19 (6.29%) E-Commerce
16 17 (5.63%) Cybersecurity
16 17 (5.63%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 117 (38.74%) C#
1 117 (38.74%) Java
2 57 (18.87%) JavaScript
3 44 (14.57%) SQL
4 36 (11.92%) Python
5 23 (7.62%) Ruby
6 22 (7.28%) PowerShell
7 15 (4.97%) Groovy
7 15 (4.97%) T-SQL
8 14 (4.64%) C++
9 12 (3.97%) Scala
10 9 (2.98%) Bash Shell
11 8 (2.65%) C
11 8 (2.65%) Shell Script
11 8 (2.65%) VBScript
12 6 (1.99%) VB.NET
13 5 (1.66%) VB
14 4 (1.32%) Java 8
14 4 (1.32%) TypeScript
15 3 (0.99%) Perl
Qualifications
1 64 (21.19%) Security Cleared
2 37 (12.25%) SC Cleared
3 21 (6.95%) ISTQB
4 19 (6.29%) ISEB
5 17 (5.63%) DV Cleared
6 10 (3.31%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 9 (2.98%) Degree
8 1 (0.33%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (0.33%) HND
8 1 (0.33%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 44 (14.57%) QA
2 4 (1.32%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (0.99%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.33%) GDPR
4 1 (0.33%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.33%) SLA
System Software
1 22 (7.28%) Docker
2 5 (1.66%) Firmware
3 4 (1.32%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.33%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 15 (4.97%) Puppet
2 13 (4.30%) Ansible
2 13 (4.30%) Kubernetes
3 9 (2.98%) Nagios
4 4 (1.32%) Business Desktop Deployment
4 4 (1.32%) HP ALM
5 3 (0.99%) CA Service Virtualization
5 3 (0.99%) Terraform
6 2 (0.66%) FreeIPA
6 2 (0.66%) SELinux
7 1 (0.33%) Docker Swarm
7 1 (0.33%) HP Quality Center
7 1 (0.33%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.33%) Packer
7 1 (0.33%) Perfmon
Vendors
1 21 (6.95%) Microsoft
2 15 (4.97%) Atlassian
3 9 (2.98%) Oracle
4 8 (2.65%) Blue Prism
4 8 (2.65%) hybris
5 6 (1.99%) Google
6 5 (1.66%) CA
6 5 (1.66%) MuleSoft
7 4 (1.32%) HP
7 4 (1.32%) Sitecore
7 4 (1.32%) Talend
8 3 (0.99%) Automation Anywhere
9 2 (0.66%) CA Agile Central
9 2 (0.66%) CheckPoint
9 2 (0.66%) Cisco
9 2 (0.66%) F5
9 2 (0.66%) Serena
10 1 (0.33%) New Relic
10 1 (0.33%) Veracode
10 1 (0.33%) VMware