The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Swindon 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 30 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.

Test Automation
Wiltshire / Swindon
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 35 40 -
Rank change year-on-year +5 -  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 8 1 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Swindon 2.31% 0.31% -
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.93% 0.40% -
Number of daily rates quoted 4 1 0
Median daily rate £325 £320 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.56% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £376 £355
% change year-on-year -6.79% +5.77%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.25 £45.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year -19.44% +20.00%  

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 Swindon with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Swindon
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 273 253 312
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Swindon 78.90% 77.61% 82.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 185 174 222
Median daily rate £425 £400 £439
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -8.88%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £293 £277 £313
10% offered a daily rate of more than £560 £563 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 6 8
Median hourly rate £55.00 £27.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +100.00% +61.76%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £38.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -5.92% +26.66%  

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Swindon

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Swindon 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 Swindon

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Swindon

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in Swindon

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Swindon

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation in Swindon

For the 6 months to 30 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 Swindon region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 14 (100.00%) Selenium
2 11 (78.57%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (57.14%) Java
4 7 (50.00%) Gherkin
5 6 (42.86%) SpecFlow
5 6 (42.86%) WebDriver
5 6 (42.86%) Cucumber
5 6 (42.86%) Scrum
6 5 (35.71%) Finance
6 5 (35.71%) User Stories
6 5 (35.71%) Automation Testing
7 4 (28.57%) BDD
7 4 (28.57%) Visual Studio
7 4 (28.57%) C#
8 3 (21.43%) Regression Testing
8 3 (21.43%) Continuous Improvement
9 2 (14.29%) Jenkins
9 2 (14.29%) Bitbucket
9 2 (14.29%) API Testing
9 2 (14.29%) Open Source
9 2 (14.29%) QA
9 2 (14.29%) Continuous Integration
9 2 (14.29%) Git (software)
9 2 (14.29%) JMeter
9 2 (14.29%) OO
9 2 (14.29%) Software Testing
9 2 (14.29%) Automated Testing
9 2 (14.29%) TDD
9 2 (14.29%) Banking
10 1 (7.14%) Maven

Test Automation
Co-occurring IT Skills in Swindon 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:

Cloud Services
1 1 (7.14%) GitHub
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (7.14%) MySQL
1 1 (7.14%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 14 (100.00%) Selenium
2 6 (42.86%) Cucumber
2 6 (42.86%) SpecFlow
2 6 (42.86%) WebDriver
3 4 (28.57%) Visual Studio
4 2 (14.29%) Bitbucket
4 2 (14.29%) Git (software)
4 2 (14.29%) Jenkins
4 2 (14.29%) JMeter
5 1 (7.14%) Ant
5 1 (7.14%) Capybara
5 1 (7.14%) GitLab
5 1 (7.14%) JBehave
5 1 (7.14%) JIRA
5 1 (7.14%) Maven
5 1 (7.14%) RSpec
5 1 (7.14%) SoapUI
5 1 (7.14%) SonarQube
General
1 5 (35.71%) Finance
2 2 (14.29%) Banking
3 1 (7.14%) Games
3 1 (7.14%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 5 (35.71%) Developer
2 4 (28.57%) Analyst
2 4 (28.57%) Automation Tester
2 4 (28.57%) Java Developer
2 4 (28.57%) Test Analyst
2 4 (28.57%) Test Automation Developer
2 4 (28.57%) Tester
3 3 (21.43%) Automation Test Analyst
3 3 (21.43%) Java Automation Tester
3 3 (21.43%) Test Specialist
4 2 (14.29%) Developer in Test
4 2 (14.29%) Test Automation Specialist
4 2 (14.29%) Web Specialist
5 1 (7.14%) QA Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) QA Test Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Quality Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Senior Automation Test Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Software Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Test Automation Engineer
5 1 (7.14%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (50.00%) Gherkin
2 1 (7.14%) SOAP
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (78.57%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (42.86%) Scrum
3 5 (35.71%) Automation Testing
3 5 (35.71%) User Stories
4 4 (28.57%) BDD
5 3 (21.43%) Continuous Improvement
5 3 (21.43%) Regression Testing
6 2 (14.29%) API Testing
6 2 (14.29%) Automated Testing
6 2 (14.29%) Continuous Integration
6 2 (14.29%) OO
6 2 (14.29%) Open Source
6 2 (14.29%) Software Testing
6 2 (14.29%) TDD
7 1 (7.14%) Cross-Browser Compatibility
7 1 (7.14%) Exploratory Testing
7 1 (7.14%) Front End Development
7 1 (7.14%) Issue Tracking
7 1 (7.14%) Performance Testing
7 1 (7.14%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 8 (57.14%) Java
2 4 (28.57%) C#
3 1 (7.14%) SQL
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (14.29%) QA
2 1 (7.14%) Disclosure Scotland