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 23 June 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
Wiltshire / Swindon
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 22 32 36
Rank change year-on-year +10 +4  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 19 12 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Swindon 5.69% 3.46% 1.39%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.64% 4.63% 1.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 6 2
Median daily rate £350 £339 £314
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.32% +7.96%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £322 £275 £243
10% offered a daily rate of more than £429 £388 £385
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.25 £38.50 £34.90
% change year-on-year -0.64% +10.31%  

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 286 259 285
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Swindon 85.63% 74.64% 79.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 180 180 218
Median daily rate £400 £400 £412
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -2.79%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £323 £300 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £563 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £383
% change year-on-year +3.75% +4.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 15
Median hourly rate £13.86 £38.50 £15.66
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -64.00% +145.81%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +17.54% -5.00%  

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 Daily Rate Histogram in Swindon

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in Swindon over the 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram 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 23 June 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 31 (72.09%) Selenium
2 21 (48.84%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (48.84%) Java
3 17 (39.53%) Scrum
3 17 (39.53%) WebDriver
4 14 (32.56%) Finance
5 12 (27.91%) Cucumber
5 12 (27.91%) BDD
5 12 (27.91%) Gherkin
6 10 (23.26%) User Stories
6 10 (23.26%) Performance Testing
7 9 (20.93%) QA
7 9 (20.93%) C#
7 9 (20.93%) SpecFlow
7 9 (20.93%) Jenkins
8 8 (18.60%) Continuous Improvement
8 8 (18.60%) Test Scripting
8 8 (18.60%) Visual Studio
9 6 (13.95%) Banking
9 6 (13.95%) Test Strategy
10 5 (11.63%) SOAP
10 5 (11.63%) Web Services
10 5 (11.63%) HTTP
10 5 (11.63%) LoadRunner
11 4 (9.30%) Regression Testing
11 4 (9.30%) TDD
11 4 (9.30%) Software Testing
11 4 (9.30%) JIRA
11 4 (9.30%) REST
11 4 (9.30%) Continuous Integration

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:

Business Applications
1 2 (4.65%) SAP ERP
1 2 (4.65%) SAP PM
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.33%) GitHub
1 1 (2.33%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 5 (11.63%) HTTP
Development Applications
1 31 (72.09%) Selenium
2 17 (39.53%) WebDriver
3 12 (27.91%) Cucumber
4 9 (20.93%) Jenkins
4 9 (20.93%) SpecFlow
5 8 (18.60%) Visual Studio
6 5 (11.63%) LoadRunner
7 4 (9.30%) JIRA
8 3 (6.98%) Git (software)
8 3 (6.98%) JMeter
8 3 (6.98%) Maven
8 3 (6.98%) SoapUI
9 2 (4.65%) Ant
9 2 (4.65%) GitLab
9 2 (4.65%) Robot Framework
10 1 (2.33%) Bitbucket
General
1 14 (32.56%) Finance
2 6 (13.95%) Banking
Job Titles
1 14 (32.56%) Analyst
1 14 (32.56%) Test Analyst
1 14 (32.56%) Tester
2 10 (23.26%) Automation Tester
3 8 (18.60%) Automation Test Analyst
4 6 (13.95%) Test Engineer
5 5 (11.63%) Test Specialist
6 4 (9.30%) QA Engineer
7 3 (6.98%) Developer
7 3 (6.98%) Java Automation Tester
7 3 (6.98%) Performance Analyst
7 3 (6.98%) Performance Test Analyst
7 3 (6.98%) QA Test Engineer
7 3 (6.98%) Test Automation Engineer
7 3 (6.98%) Test Automation Specialist
7 3 (6.98%) Test Leader
8 2 (4.65%) Automation Test Lead
8 2 (4.65%) Java Engineer
8 2 (4.65%) SAP PM Analyst
8 2 (4.65%) Test Automation Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (27.91%) Gherkin
2 5 (11.63%) SOAP
2 5 (11.63%) Web Services
3 4 (9.30%) REST
4 2 (4.65%) AngularJS
4 2 (4.65%) Spring
5 1 (2.33%) .NET
5 1 (2.33%) .NET Framework
5 1 (2.33%) ASP.NET
5 1 (2.33%) ASP.NET Web API
5 1 (2.33%) CSS
5 1 (2.33%) CSS3
5 1 (2.33%) Ember.js
5 1 (2.33%) Entity Framework
5 1 (2.33%) HTML
5 1 (2.33%) HTML5
5 1 (2.33%) LESS
5 1 (2.33%) Node.js
5 1 (2.33%) React
5 1 (2.33%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 1 (2.33%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 1 (2.33%) Linux
1 1 (2.33%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (48.84%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (39.53%) Scrum
3 12 (27.91%) BDD
4 10 (23.26%) Performance Testing
4 10 (23.26%) User Stories
5 8 (18.60%) Continuous Improvement
5 8 (18.60%) Test Scripting
6 6 (13.95%) Test Strategy
7 4 (9.30%) Continuous Integration
7 4 (9.30%) Regression Testing
7 4 (9.30%) Software Testing
7 4 (9.30%) TDD
8 3 (6.98%) Open Source
8 3 (6.98%) Performance Metrics
9 2 (4.65%) API Testing
9 2 (4.65%) ERP
9 2 (4.65%) Kanban
9 2 (4.65%) Load Testing
9 2 (4.65%) Manual Testing
10 1 (2.33%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 21 (48.84%) Java
2 9 (20.93%) C#
3 1 (2.33%) JavaScript
3 1 (2.33%) SQL
3 1 (2.33%) TypeScript
3 1 (2.33%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 3 (6.98%) ISEB
1 3 (6.98%) ISTQB
2 2 (4.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (2.33%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (20.93%) QA
Vendors
1 2 (4.65%) SAP
2 1 (2.33%) Google