The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Watford 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 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
Hertfordshire / Watford
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 19 19 22
Rank change year-on-year 0 +3  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 4 4 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Watford 3.33% 4.17% 4.00%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.26% 5.33% 5.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 0 1
Median daily rate £450 - £210
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £375 £355
% change year-on-year -6.66% +5.63%  
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 Watford with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Watford
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 94 75 97
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Watford 78.33% 78.13% 77.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 39 47
Median daily rate £450 £438 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +16.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £300 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £613 £533 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 7
Median hourly rate £15.50 £37.50 £16.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -58.66% +123.88%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £38.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.14% +28.33%  

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Watford

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Watford 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 Watford

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Watford

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in Watford

For the 6 months to 29 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 Watford region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 9 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 9 (100.00%) Selenium
1 9 (100.00%) Test Scripting
1 9 (100.00%) WebDriver
1 9 (100.00%) Cucumber
2 7 (77.78%) Scrum
2 7 (77.78%) Manual Testing
2 7 (77.78%) Ruby
2 7 (77.78%) Finance
3 2 (22.22%) Retail
3 2 (22.22%) Document Management
3 2 (22.22%) Automated Testing
3 2 (22.22%) HTML
3 2 (22.22%) Java
3 2 (22.22%) JavaScript
3 2 (22.22%) SQL
3 2 (22.22%) J2EE
3 2 (22.22%) DB2
3 2 (22.22%) Web Services
3 2 (22.22%) XML
3 2 (22.22%) Unix
3 2 (22.22%) E-Commerce
3 2 (22.22%) IBM
3 2 (22.22%) WebSphere
3 2 (22.22%) JIRA
3 2 (22.22%) QA
3 2 (22.22%) Continuous Integration
3 2 (22.22%) hybris
3 2 (22.22%) System Testing
3 2 (22.22%) Magento

Test Automation
Co-occurring IT Skills in Watford 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 (22.22%) WebSphere
Business Applications
1 2 (22.22%) Magento
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (22.22%) DB2
1 2 (22.22%) DbVisualizer
Development Applications
1 9 (100.00%) Cucumber
1 9 (100.00%) Selenium
1 9 (100.00%) WebDriver
2 2 (22.22%) Appium
2 2 (22.22%) Git (software)
2 2 (22.22%) JIRA
2 2 (22.22%) SoapUI
General
1 7 (77.78%) Finance
2 2 (22.22%) Retail
3 1 (11.11%) Games
Job Titles
1 4 (44.44%) Automation Test Lead
1 4 (44.44%) Test Leader
2 3 (33.33%) Analyst
2 3 (33.33%) Automation Test Analyst
2 3 (33.33%) Test Analyst
3 2 (22.22%) Automation Tester
3 2 (22.22%) Java Automation Tester
3 2 (22.22%) Selenium Automation Tester
3 2 (22.22%) Selenium Tester
3 2 (22.22%) Tester
4 1 (11.11%) Web Automation Tester
4 1 (11.11%) Web Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (22.22%) Gherkin
1 2 (22.22%) HTML
1 2 (22.22%) J2EE
1 2 (22.22%) Web Services
1 2 (22.22%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (22.22%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 2 (22.22%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 9 (100.00%) Test Scripting
2 7 (77.78%) Manual Testing
2 7 (77.78%) Scrum
3 2 (22.22%) Automated Testing
3 2 (22.22%) BDD
3 2 (22.22%) Coaching
3 2 (22.22%) Continuous Integration
3 2 (22.22%) Document Management
3 2 (22.22%) E-Commerce
3 2 (22.22%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 7 (77.78%) Ruby
2 2 (22.22%) Java
2 2 (22.22%) JavaScript
2 2 (22.22%) SQL
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (22.22%) QA
Vendors
1 2 (22.22%) hybris
1 2 (22.22%) IBM