The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Tyne and Wear 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 29 April 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
North East / Tyne and Wear
3 months to
29 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 23 76 30
Rank change year-on-year +53 -46  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 49 15 27
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Tyne and Wear 9.28% 1.55% 4.75%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 10.56% 1.74% 6.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 9 19
Median daily rate £320 £305 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.91% -18.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £258 £295
10% offered a daily rate of more than £370 £389 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £375 £355
% change year-on-year -3.33% +5.63%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £38.75
% change year-on-year - -3.22%  

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 Tyne and Wear with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Tyne and Wear
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 464 863 433
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Tyne and Wear 87.88% 88.97% 76.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 319 574 271
Median daily rate £390 £325 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +20.00% -7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £248 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £500 £515
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.75% +2.56%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 23 29
Median hourly rate £34.25 £28.00 £13.71
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.32% +104.23%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.25 £19.10 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £35.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.00 £36.00 £30.50
% change year-on-year +2.77% +18.03%  

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Tyne and Wear

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Tyne and Wear 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 Tyne and Wear

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Tyne and Wear

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in Tyne and Wear

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Tyne and Wear

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in Tyne and Wear over the 3 months to 29 April 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation in Tyne and Wear

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Tyne and Wear

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation in Tyne and Wear

Test Automation
Contract Job Locations in Tyne and Wear

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 Tyne and Wear region over the 3 months to 29 April 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Newcastle upon Tyne +52 49 £320 +4.91% 7
Test Automation
North East

For the 6 months to 29 April 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 Tyne and Wear region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 89 (98.89%) Selenium
2 70 (77.78%) Agile Software Development
3 65 (72.22%) Java
4 63 (70.00%) QA
5 62 (68.89%) Scala
6 60 (66.67%) Jenkins
7 56 (62.22%) Automation Testing
8 53 (58.89%) Automated Testing
9 50 (55.56%) TDD
10 47 (52.22%) WebDriver
11 46 (51.11%) Cucumber
12 45 (50.00%) BDD
12 45 (50.00%) User Stories
12 45 (50.00%) Gherkin
13 40 (44.44%) Ruby
14 36 (40.00%) Web Services
14 36 (40.00%) RSpec
15 34 (37.78%) Scrum
16 32 (35.56%) Software Engineering
16 32 (35.56%) API Testing
17 31 (34.44%) JUnit
17 31 (34.44%) Continuous Improvement
17 31 (34.44%) Kanban
17 31 (34.44%) Groovy
17 31 (34.44%) Web Testing
17 31 (34.44%) RESTful
18 30 (33.33%) Test Scripting
19 29 (32.22%) Defect Tracking
20 24 (26.67%) Exploratory Testing
20 24 (26.67%) Performance Testing

Test Automation
Co-occurring IT Skills in Tyne and Wear 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 21 (23.33%) Confluence
2 2 (2.22%) CMS
2 2 (2.22%) Sitecore CMS
3 1 (1.11%) IIS
Cloud Services
1 6 (6.67%) Sauce Labs
2 5 (5.56%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 5 (5.56%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.11%) MySQL
1 1 (1.11%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 89 (98.89%) Selenium
2 60 (66.67%) Jenkins
3 47 (52.22%) WebDriver
4 46 (51.11%) Cucumber
5 36 (40.00%) RSpec
6 31 (34.44%) JUnit
7 22 (24.44%) JIRA
7 22 (24.44%) SoapUI
8 19 (21.11%) HP UFT
9 14 (15.56%) Sahi
10 13 (14.44%) WATIR
11 7 (7.78%) Git (software)
12 5 (5.56%) LoadRunner
13 1 (1.11%) JIRA Agile
General
1 16 (17.78%) Games
2 2 (2.22%) Finance
3 1 (1.11%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 51 (56.67%) Tester
2 44 (48.89%) Automation Tester
3 25 (27.78%) Selenium Automation Tester
3 25 (27.78%) Selenium Tester
4 23 (25.56%) Test Engineer
5 20 (22.22%) QA Engineer
6 16 (17.78%) Agile Tester
7 13 (14.44%) Java Automation Tester
7 13 (14.44%) QA Test Engineer
8 12 (13.33%) QA Tester
8 12 (13.33%) Quality Engineer
9 11 (12.22%) Test Automation Engineer
10 7 (7.78%) Ruby Engineer
11 5 (5.56%) Analyst
11 5 (5.56%) QA Automation Tester
11 5 (5.56%) Test Analyst
12 4 (4.44%) Developer
12 4 (4.44%) QA Automation Engineer
13 3 (3.33%) Senior Tester
13 3 (3.33%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (50.00%) Gherkin
2 36 (40.00%) Web Services
3 31 (34.44%) RESTful
4 14 (15.56%) .NET
4 14 (15.56%) XML
5 11 (12.22%) JSON
6 1 (1.11%) .NET Framework
6 1 (1.11%) ASP.NET
6 1 (1.11%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (1.11%) Classic ASP
6 1 (1.11%) REST
6 1 (1.11%) SOAP
6 1 (1.11%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 15 (16.67%) Smartphone
2 3 (3.33%) NHS
Processes & Methodologies
1 70 (77.78%) Agile Software Development
2 56 (62.22%) Automation Testing
3 53 (58.89%) Automated Testing
4 50 (55.56%) TDD
5 45 (50.00%) BDD
5 45 (50.00%) User Stories
6 34 (37.78%) Scrum
7 32 (35.56%) API Testing
7 32 (35.56%) Software Engineering
8 31 (34.44%) Continuous Improvement
8 31 (34.44%) Kanban
8 31 (34.44%) Web Testing
9 30 (33.33%) Test Scripting
10 29 (32.22%) Defect Tracking
11 24 (26.67%) Exploratory Testing
11 24 (26.67%) Performance Testing
12 23 (25.56%) Unit Testing
13 22 (24.44%) Continuous Delivery
13 22 (24.44%) Defect Management
13 22 (24.44%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 65 (72.22%) Java
2 62 (68.89%) Scala
3 40 (44.44%) Ruby
4 31 (34.44%) Groovy
5 20 (22.22%) C#
6 18 (20.00%) Python
7 14 (15.56%) SQL
8 1 (1.11%) JavaScript
8 1 (1.11%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 9 (10.00%) BPSS Clearance
2 4 (4.44%) ISEB
3 3 (3.33%) Security Cleared
4 1 (1.11%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 63 (70.00%) QA
2 16 (17.78%) WCAG
3 6 (6.67%) Disclosure Scotland
Vendors
1 21 (23.33%) Atlassian
2 2 (2.22%) Sitecore
3 1 (1.11%) Microsoft
3 1 (1.11%) Oracle
3 1 (1.11%) SAP
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £460 to £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
NCC Group
Posted: 4 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Talent International
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago