Period
to 21 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Southampton 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 21 November 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
Hampshire > Southampton
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 24 45 17
Rank change year-on-year +21 -28 +2
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 22 7 59
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Southampton 4.62% 1.39% 8.55%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.47% 1.89% 10.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 5 37
Southampton median daily rate £375 £275 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +36.36% -12.00% -6.72%
10th Percentile £283 £225 £216
90th Percentile £431 £410 £433
Hampshire median daily rate £325 £350 £370
% change year-on-year -7.14% -5.41% +5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 4
Southampton median hourly rate £47.89 - £37.50
10th Percentile £43.45 - £33.63
90th Percentile £50.49 - £44.88
Hampshire median hourly rate £45.39 £53.50 £39.69
% change year-on-year -15.16% +34.81% +5.83%

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 Southampton with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Southampton
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 340 370 566
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Southampton 71.43% 73.41% 82.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 212 261 393
Southampton median daily rate £394 £400 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.56% +11.11% -
10th Percentile £263 £218 £263
90th Percentile £575 £550 £525
Hampshire median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 29 41
Southampton median hourly rate £45.00 £14.00 £25.44
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +221.43% -44.97% +11.82%
10th Percentile £17.50 £11.50 £12.75
90th Percentile £50.49 £35.20 £47.50
Hampshire median hourly rate £40.00 £38.75 £27.50
% change year-on-year +3.23% +40.91% +17.02%

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Southampton

Job postings citing Test Automation as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Southampton.

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation in Southampton

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Southampton

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Test Automation in Southampton.

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in Southampton

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Southampton

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in Southampton over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation in Southampton

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Southampton

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Automation in Southampton.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation in Southampton

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 Southampton region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 11 (50.00%) TDD
2 10 (45.45%) C#
2 10 (45.45%) Microsoft
3 9 (40.91%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (40.91%) BDD
4 8 (36.36%) Retail
5 7 (31.82%) Software Testing
5 7 (31.82%) Selenium
5 7 (31.82%) Scrum
5 7 (31.82%) SoapUI
5 7 (31.82%) Performance Testing
5 7 (31.82%) Continuous Integration
6 6 (27.27%) SDLC
6 6 (27.27%) Software Engineering
6 6 (27.27%) .NET
7 5 (22.73%) ISEB
7 5 (22.73%) Windows
7 5 (22.73%) Regression Testing
7 5 (22.73%) Back Office
7 5 (22.73%) Git (software)
8 4 (18.18%) Test Scripting
8 4 (18.18%) Test Planning
8 4 (18.18%) JavaScript
8 4 (18.18%) SQL
8 4 (18.18%) T-SQL
8 4 (18.18%) Exploratory Testing
9 3 (13.64%) C++
9 3 (13.64%) Java
9 3 (13.64%) SQL Server
9 3 (13.64%) OO

Test Automation
Co-occurring IT Skills in Southampton 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 (9.09%) SharePoint
Cloud Services
1 3 (13.64%) Cloud Computing
1 3 (13.64%) Microsoft Azure
1 3 (13.64%) PaaS
2 1 (4.55%) Slack
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (13.64%) SQL Server
2 1 (4.55%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 7 (31.82%) Selenium
1 7 (31.82%) SoapUI
2 5 (22.73%) Git (software)
3 3 (13.64%) Cucumber
3 3 (13.64%) Gatling
3 3 (13.64%) Jenkins
3 3 (13.64%) JMeter
3 3 (13.64%) LoadRunner
3 3 (13.64%) Maven
3 3 (13.64%) Rational DOORS
3 3 (13.64%) VectorCAST
3 3 (13.64%) Visual Studio Team System
4 2 (9.09%) NuGet
5 1 (4.55%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 1 (4.55%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 8 (36.36%) Retail
2 5 (22.73%) Back Office
3 2 (9.09%) Finance
4 1 (4.55%) Aerospace
4 1 (4.55%) Banking
4 1 (4.55%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 6 (27.27%) Developer
2 5 (22.73%) Test Engineer
3 3 (13.64%) Automation Tester
3 3 (13.64%) Azure Engineer
3 3 (13.64%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 3 (13.64%) Microsoft Engineer
3 3 (13.64%) Senior Developer
3 3 (13.64%) Software Test Engineer
3 3 (13.64%) Tester
4 2 (9.09%) .NET Developer
4 2 (9.09%) C# Developer
4 2 (9.09%) Software Engineer
4 2 (9.09%) Test Manager
5 1 (4.55%) Analyst
5 1 (4.55%) Senior .NET Developer
5 1 (4.55%) Senior C# Developer
5 1 (4.55%) Software Developer
5 1 (4.55%) Test Analyst
5 1 (4.55%) UAT Manager
5 1 (4.55%) WPF Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (27.27%) .NET
2 3 (13.64%) SOAP
2 3 (13.64%) WPF
3 2 (9.09%) .NET Framework
3 2 (9.09%) AngularJS
3 2 (9.09%) ASP.NET Web API
3 2 (9.09%) Node.js
3 2 (9.09%) REST
4 1 (4.55%) ASP.NET
4 1 (4.55%) ASP.NET Web Forms
4 1 (4.55%) CSS
4 1 (4.55%) HTML
4 1 (4.55%) JSON
4 1 (4.55%) WCF
4 1 (4.55%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 1 (4.55%) Fintech
1 1 (4.55%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 5 (22.73%) Windows
2 3 (13.64%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (50.00%) TDD
2 9 (40.91%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (40.91%) BDD
3 7 (31.82%) Continuous Integration
3 7 (31.82%) Performance Testing
3 7 (31.82%) Scrum
3 7 (31.82%) Software Testing
4 6 (27.27%) SDLC
4 6 (27.27%) Software Engineering
5 5 (22.73%) Regression Testing
6 4 (18.18%) Exploratory Testing
6 4 (18.18%) Test Planning
6 4 (18.18%) Test Scripting
7 3 (13.64%) API Testing
7 3 (13.64%) DevOps
7 3 (13.64%) Kanban
7 3 (13.64%) Requirements Engineering
7 3 (13.64%) SOLID
7 3 (13.64%) Test Strategy
7 3 (13.64%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 10 (45.45%) C#
2 4 (18.18%) JavaScript
2 4 (18.18%) SQL
2 4 (18.18%) T-SQL
3 3 (13.64%) C++
3 3 (13.64%) Groovy
3 3 (13.64%) Java
3 3 (13.64%) PowerShell
4 2 (9.09%) TypeScript
5 1 (4.55%) C
5 1 (4.55%) F#
5 1 (4.55%) PHP
Qualifications
1 5 (22.73%) ISEB
2 2 (9.09%) BC Cleared
2 2 (9.09%) SC Cleared
2 2 (9.09%) Security Cleared
3 1 (4.55%) Degree
3 1 (4.55%) ISTQB
3 1 (4.55%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (13.64%) DO-178B
2 1 (4.55%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (4.55%) Terraform
Vendors
1 10 (45.45%) Microsoft
2 1 (4.55%) Green Hills
2 1 (4.55%) IBM
2 1 (4.55%) Wind River