Period
to 23 May 2019

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 May 2019 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 May 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 28 27 22
Rank change year-on-year -1 -5 +8
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 364 298 374
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 6.11% 5.89% 7.21%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.21% 7.09% 8.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 261 216 246
South West median daily rate £425 £375 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% +2.74% -2.67%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £269
90th Percentile £575 £504 £494
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 7 4
South West median hourly rate £45.00 £41.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.76% +9.33% -13.79%
10th Percentile £35.68 £35.00 £32.95
90th Percentile £46.88 £45.25 £65.88
England median hourly rate £41.50 £46.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year -9.78% +22.67% -8.54%

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 5,050 4,205 4,368
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 84.70% 83.07% 84.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,224 2,530 2,836
South West median daily rate £450 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +2.56% +4.00%
10th Percentile £288 £263 £250
90th Percentile £619 £561 £550
England median daily rate £475 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 301 183 224
South West median hourly rate £42.50 £31.00 £39.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +37.10% -21.52% +1.28%
10th Percentile £11.85 £11.18 £14.00
90th Percentile £51.00 £47.50 £51.83
England median hourly rate £24.75 £22.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +12.51% -12.00% +8.70%

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 May 2019.

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 23 May 2019.

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 23 May 2019. 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 +8 126 £425 +17.24% 31
Wiltshire +5 92 £425 - 5
Somerset +8 44 £475 +11.76% 2
Devon -11 42 £390 -1.27% 5
Gloucestershire -18 31 £475 +35.71% 15
Dorset +4 13 £360 -4.00% 6
Cornwall -2 1 £375 +11.11%
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 23 May 2019, 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.

1 242 (66.48%) Agile Software Development
2 133 (36.54%) Selenium
2 133 (36.54%) Java
3 112 (30.77%) Scrum
4 107 (29.40%) Cucumber
5 103 (28.30%) JavaScript
6 88 (24.18%) Jenkins
7 85 (23.35%) Git (software)
8 80 (21.98%) BDD
9 79 (21.70%) Continuous Integration
10 75 (20.60%) Finance
11 70 (19.23%) TDD
11 70 (19.23%) QA
12 64 (17.58%) C#
13 63 (17.31%) DevOps
14 56 (15.38%) JIRA
14 56 (15.38%) Security Cleared
15 55 (15.11%) Problem-Solving
16 54 (14.84%) Python
17 52 (14.29%) REST
18 51 (14.01%) Relational Database
19 50 (13.74%) Linux
20 48 (13.19%) Test Strategy
21 47 (12.91%) Web Services
22 46 (12.64%) Manual Testing
23 45 (12.36%) RESTful
24 42 (11.54%) HTML
25 41 (11.26%) Ruby
25 41 (11.26%) Continuous Deployment
26 39 (10.71%) CSS

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 35 (9.62%) Confluence
2 7 (1.92%) WildFly
3 6 (1.65%) Apache
4 5 (1.37%) Apache Spark
4 5 (1.37%) SharePoint
5 4 (1.10%) Apache Solr
5 4 (1.10%) IIS
5 4 (1.10%) Mule
6 3 (0.82%) Tomcat
7 2 (0.55%) CMS
7 2 (0.55%) Elasticsearch
7 2 (0.55%) JBoss
7 2 (0.55%) SharePoint 2010
7 2 (0.55%) Umbraco
8 1 (0.27%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.27%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 2 (0.55%) InfoPath
1 2 (0.55%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (0.55%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 9 (2.47%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.27%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 38 (10.44%) Amazon AWS
2 27 (7.42%) Microsoft Azure
3 13 (3.57%) GitHub
4 12 (3.30%) SaaS
4 12 (3.30%) Sauce Labs
4 12 (3.30%) Serverless
5 10 (2.75%) Dynamics 365
6 8 (2.20%) BrowserStack
7 7 (1.92%) IaaS
7 7 (1.92%) PaaS
8 6 (1.65%) Azure Functions
9 4 (1.10%) Amazon EC2
9 4 (1.10%) Amazon ELB
9 4 (1.10%) Amazon S3
9 4 (1.10%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
9 4 (1.10%) AWS OpsWorks
9 4 (1.10%) Office 365
10 3 (0.82%) Boomi
10 3 (0.82%) Power Platform
11 2 (0.55%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 24 (6.59%) HTTP
2 6 (1.65%) Bluetooth
3 3 (0.82%) Kerberos
3 3 (0.82%) Wi-Fi
4 2 (0.55%) 3G
4 2 (0.55%) 4G
4 2 (0.55%) HTTPS
4 2 (0.55%) NFC
5 1 (0.27%) 802.15
5 1 (0.27%) Internet
5 1 (0.27%) PBX
5 1 (0.27%) Remote Desktop
5 1 (0.27%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.27%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 51 (14.01%) Relational Database
2 21 (5.77%) SQL Server
3 17 (4.67%) RDBMS
4 13 (3.57%) GIS
5 8 (2.20%) PostgreSQL
6 7 (1.92%) MongoDB
7 6 (1.65%) Oracle Database
8 5 (1.37%) MySQL
9 3 (0.82%) Apache Accumulo
9 3 (0.82%) Data Lake
9 3 (0.82%) Hadoop
9 3 (0.82%) MariaDB
9 3 (0.82%) Power BI
10 2 (0.55%) Amazon Aurora
10 2 (0.55%) Apache Cassandra
10 2 (0.55%) Data Warehouse
10 2 (0.55%) Oracle Reports
11 1 (0.27%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 1 (0.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 1 (0.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 133 (36.54%) Selenium
2 107 (29.40%) Cucumber
3 88 (24.18%) Jenkins
4 85 (23.35%) Git (software)
5 56 (15.38%) JIRA
6 39 (10.71%) WebDriver
7 35 (9.62%) JMeter
7 35 (9.62%) JUnit
8 28 (7.69%) Maven
8 28 (7.69%) SoapUI
9 25 (6.87%) Subversion
9 25 (6.87%) Team Foundation Server
10 23 (6.32%) Hudson
11 21 (5.77%) HP UFT
12 16 (4.40%) Visual Studio
13 13 (3.57%) Bitbucket Server
13 13 (3.57%) SonarQube
13 13 (3.57%) SpecFlow
14 12 (3.30%) Bitbucket
15 10 (2.75%) Vagrant
General
1 75 (20.60%) Finance
2 28 (7.69%) Telecoms
3 25 (6.87%) Banking
4 22 (6.04%) Electronics
5 19 (5.22%) Manufacturing
5 19 (5.22%) Marketing
6 15 (4.12%) Retail
7 6 (1.65%) Financial Institution
8 5 (1.37%) Billing
9 4 (1.10%) Back Office
10 2 (0.55%) Legal
10 2 (0.55%) Retail Banking
11 1 (0.27%) Advertising
11 1 (0.27%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.27%) International Banking
11 1 (0.27%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 110 (30.22%) Developer
2 64 (17.58%) Test Engineer
3 62 (17.03%) Analyst
4 60 (16.48%) Tester
5 58 (15.93%) Test Analyst
6 47 (12.91%) Automation Tester
7 30 (8.24%) Test Automation Engineer
8 29 (7.97%) Test Leader
9 27 (7.42%) Java Developer
10 24 (6.59%) Agile Developer
11 21 (5.77%) Automation Test Analyst
12 18 (4.95%) Scala Developer
13 17 (4.67%) .NET Developer
14 15 (4.12%) Automation Test Lead
14 15 (4.12%) Senior Developer
15 14 (3.85%) Software Test Engineer
16 13 (3.57%) C# Developer
17 12 (3.30%) C# .NET Developer
17 12 (3.30%) Software Engineer
18 10 (2.75%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 52 (14.29%) REST
2 47 (12.91%) Web Services
3 45 (12.36%) RESTful
4 42 (11.54%) HTML
5 39 (10.71%) CSS
6 37 (10.16%) SOAP
7 35 (9.62%) .NET
8 27 (7.42%) Gherkin
9 24 (6.59%) JSON
10 23 (6.32%) Spring
11 22 (6.04%) Ruby on Rails
12 18 (4.95%) Play Framework
13 14 (3.85%) AngularJS
14 13 (3.57%) Django
14 13 (3.57%) Guice
14 13 (3.57%) Spring MVC
15 12 (3.30%) ASP.NET
15 12 (3.30%) jQuery
15 12 (3.30%) Node.js
16 11 (3.02%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 37 (10.16%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (4.67%) Self-Motivation
3 11 (3.02%) Linux Command Line
4 8 (2.20%) Digital Media
4 8 (2.20%) Mobile App
5 5 (1.37%) NHS
6 4 (1.10%) Embedded Systems
6 4 (1.10%) Greenfield Project
6 4 (1.10%) Hedge funds
6 4 (1.10%) Management Information System
6 4 (1.10%) Public Cloud
6 4 (1.10%) W3C
7 3 (0.82%) Device Driver
7 3 (0.82%) User Experience
8 2 (0.55%) CESG
8 2 (0.55%) Digital TV
8 2 (0.55%) EPoS
8 2 (0.55%) IPTV
8 2 (0.55%) MPEG
8 2 (0.55%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 50 (13.74%) Linux
2 26 (7.14%) Unix
3 23 (6.32%) Windows
4 9 (2.47%) Mac OS X
5 7 (1.92%) Android
5 7 (1.92%) VMS
6 4 (1.10%) Windows Server
7 3 (0.82%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.55%) Apple iOS
9 1 (0.27%) CentOS
9 1 (0.27%) Windows 10
9 1 (0.27%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 242 (66.48%) Agile Software Development
2 112 (30.77%) Scrum
3 80 (21.98%) BDD
4 79 (21.70%) Continuous Integration
5 70 (19.23%) TDD
6 63 (17.31%) DevOps
7 55 (15.11%) Problem-Solving
8 48 (13.19%) Test Strategy
9 46 (12.64%) Manual Testing
10 41 (11.26%) Continuous Deployment
11 38 (10.44%) Open Source
12 35 (9.62%) Configuration Management
13 34 (9.34%) Kanban
14 33 (9.07%) Acceptance Criteria
14 33 (9.07%) Test Scripting
15 29 (7.97%) Test Management
16 28 (7.69%) OO
16 28 (7.69%) Performance Testing
16 28 (7.69%) Responsive Web Design
17 27 (7.42%) Web Design
Programming Languages
1 133 (36.54%) Java
2 103 (28.30%) JavaScript
3 64 (17.58%) C#
4 54 (14.84%) Python
5 41 (11.26%) Ruby
6 38 (10.44%) SQL
7 22 (6.04%) C++
8 20 (5.49%) C
8 20 (5.49%) Scala
9 9 (2.47%) Java 8
9 9 (2.47%) Perl
10 8 (2.20%) Bash Shell
10 8 (2.20%) VB
10 8 (2.20%) VBScript
11 7 (1.92%) JPQL
11 7 (1.92%) PHP
12 3 (0.82%) TypeScript
13 2 (0.55%) VBA
14 1 (0.27%) Shell Script
14 1 (0.27%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 56 (15.38%) Security Cleared
2 33 (9.07%) ISTQB
3 32 (8.79%) DV Cleared
4 26 (7.14%) ISEB
5 23 (6.32%) BPSS Clearance
6 22 (6.04%) SC Cleared
7 17 (4.67%) Degree
8 7 (1.92%) Computer Science Degree
9 6 (1.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 2 (0.55%) CEH
10 2 (0.55%) DBS Check
10 2 (0.55%) MCSA
10 2 (0.55%) MCSE
10 2 (0.55%) Microsoft Certification
11 1 (0.27%) CREST Certified
11 1 (0.27%) CTC Cleared
11 1 (0.27%) OSCP
11 1 (0.27%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 70 (19.23%) QA
2 3 (0.82%) JTAG
3 2 (0.55%) GDPR
3 2 (0.55%) HL7
4 1 (0.27%) PMO
4 1 (0.27%) Section 508
System Software
1 21 (5.77%) Docker
2 4 (1.10%) Active Directory
3 3 (0.82%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 10 (2.75%) Ansible
2 9 (2.47%) CA Service Virtualization
2 9 (2.47%) HP ALM
2 9 (2.47%) Opscode Chef
3 8 (2.20%) Kubernetes
3 8 (2.20%) Puppet
4 6 (1.65%) SCOM
5 5 (1.37%) Kibana
5 5 (1.37%) Nagios
5 5 (1.37%) Tivoli
6 4 (1.10%) Terraform
7 3 (0.82%) HP Quality Center
7 3 (0.82%) Single Sign-On
8 2 (0.55%) AirWatch
9 1 (0.27%) HockeyApp
9 1 (0.27%) MIIS
9 1 (0.27%) SCCM
Vendors
1 34 (9.34%) Microsoft
2 22 (6.04%) SAP
3 16 (4.40%) Oracle
4 15 (4.12%) Google
4 15 (4.12%) hybris
5 10 (2.75%) HP
6 9 (2.47%) CA
6 9 (2.47%) Serena
7 6 (1.65%) Atlassian
8 3 (0.82%) CA Agile Central
8 3 (0.82%) Dell
8 3 (0.82%) Splunk
9 2 (0.55%) Cadence
9 2 (0.55%) ESRI
9 2 (0.55%) Perforce
10 1 (0.27%) ATG
10 1 (0.27%) PayPal
10 1 (0.27%) Veracode