The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Wiltshire 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 28 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
South West / Wiltshire
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 38 38 52
Rank change year-on-year 0 +14  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 25 25 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wiltshire 3.67% 3.81% 0.95%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.32% 4.92% 1.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 16 2
Median daily rate £350 £331 £314
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.66% +5.57%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £309 £263 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £491 £396
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 £38.00 £34.90
% change year-on-year +0.65% +8.88%  

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 Wiltshire with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Wiltshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 579 508 505
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Wiltshire 84.90% 77.32% 80.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 1395 1262 1201
Median daily rate £425 £425 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +8.97%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £633 £700 £570
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 18 37
Median hourly rate £39.50 £37.50 £20.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.33% +85.78%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.25 £23.08 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.05 £51.20 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Wiltshire

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation in Wiltshire

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Wiltshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in Wiltshire

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Wiltshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in Wiltshire over the 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation in Wiltshire

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Wiltshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation in Wiltshire

Test Automation
Contract Job Locations in Wiltshire

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 Wiltshire region over the 3 months to 28 June 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
Swindon +6 19 £350 +3.32% 3
Malmesbury - 1 £450 -
Test Automation
South West

For the 6 months to 28 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 Wiltshire region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 33 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
2 32 (58.18%) Selenium
3 21 (38.18%) Java
4 20 (36.36%) Scrum
5 17 (30.91%) WebDriver
6 16 (29.09%) Finance
7 15 (27.27%) Test Scripting
8 14 (25.45%) QA
9 13 (23.64%) User Stories
10 12 (21.82%) Gherkin
10 12 (21.82%) BDD
11 11 (20.00%) Cucumber
11 11 (20.00%) Performance Testing
11 11 (20.00%) C#
12 10 (18.18%) SpecFlow
12 10 (18.18%) Test Strategy
12 10 (18.18%) Jenkins
13 8 (14.55%) Continuous Improvement
13 8 (14.55%) Visual Studio
13 8 (14.55%) LoadRunner
13 8 (14.55%) Security Cleared
14 7 (12.73%) SC Cleared
15 6 (10.91%) Banking
15 6 (10.91%) Web Services
16 5 (9.09%) Regression Testing
16 5 (9.09%) HP
16 5 (9.09%) ISEB
16 5 (9.09%) HTTP
16 5 (9.09%) Software Testing
16 5 (9.09%) JIRA

Test Automation
Co-occurring IT Skills in Wiltshire 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 1 (1.82%) CMS
1 1 (1.82%) Confluence
1 1 (1.82%) Elasticsearch
1 1 (1.82%) Sitecore CMS
Business Applications
1 2 (3.64%) SAP ERP
1 2 (3.64%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 2 (3.64%) SAP PM
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.82%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (1.82%) AWS CloudFormation
1 1 (1.82%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (1.82%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 5 (9.09%) HTTP
2 1 (1.82%) MQTT
2 1 (1.82%) PuTTY
2 1 (1.82%) WinSCP
2 1 (1.82%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.82%) NoSQL
1 1 (1.82%) Oracle Database
1 1 (1.82%) Oracle Database 10g
1 1 (1.82%) Oracle Database 11g
1 1 (1.82%) Oracle Reports
1 1 (1.82%) SQL Server
1 1 (1.82%) SQL Server 2005
1 1 (1.82%) SQL Server 2008
1 1 (1.82%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 32 (58.18%) Selenium
2 17 (30.91%) WebDriver
3 11 (20.00%) Cucumber
4 10 (18.18%) Jenkins
4 10 (18.18%) SpecFlow
5 8 (14.55%) LoadRunner
5 8 (14.55%) Visual Studio
6 5 (9.09%) JIRA
7 3 (5.45%) JMeter
7 3 (5.45%) SoapUI
8 2 (3.64%) Ant
8 2 (3.64%) Git (software)
8 2 (3.64%) Robot Framework
9 1 (1.82%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 1 (1.82%) Eclipse
9 1 (1.82%) Maven
9 1 (1.82%) Oracle APEX
9 1 (1.82%) TeamCity
9 1 (1.82%) TestNG
9 1 (1.82%) Toad
General
1 16 (29.09%) Finance
2 6 (10.91%) Banking
3 2 (3.64%) Electronics
3 2 (3.64%) Manufacturing
3 2 (3.64%) Marketing
3 2 (3.64%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 20 (36.36%) Analyst
2 18 (32.73%) Test Analyst
3 15 (27.27%) Tester
4 11 (20.00%) Automation Test Analyst
5 10 (18.18%) Automation Tester
6 6 (10.91%) Test Engineer
7 5 (9.09%) Test Specialist
8 4 (7.27%) QA Engineer
8 4 (7.27%) Test Manager
9 3 (5.45%) Developer
9 3 (5.45%) Java Automation Tester
9 3 (5.45%) Performance Analyst
9 3 (5.45%) Performance Test Analyst
9 3 (5.45%) QA Manager
9 3 (5.45%) QA Test Engineer
9 3 (5.45%) Quality Manager
9 3 (5.45%) Test Automation Engineer
9 3 (5.45%) Test Automation Specialist
10 2 (3.64%) Java Developer
10 2 (3.64%) Selenium Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (21.82%) Gherkin
2 6 (10.91%) Web Services
3 4 (7.27%) SOAP
4 3 (5.45%) REST
5 2 (3.64%) .NET
5 2 (3.64%) AngularJS
5 2 (3.64%) Node.js
6 1 (1.82%) .NET Framework
6 1 (1.82%) ASP.NET
6 1 (1.82%) ASP.NET Web API
6 1 (1.82%) CSS
6 1 (1.82%) CSS3
6 1 (1.82%) Elastic Stack
6 1 (1.82%) Entity Framework
6 1 (1.82%) HTML
6 1 (1.82%) HTML5
6 1 (1.82%) React
6 1 (1.82%) Sass
6 1 (1.82%) Serverless Framework
6 1 (1.82%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 5 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (5.45%) NHS
3 1 (1.82%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 3 (5.45%) Linux
2 2 (3.64%) Windows
3 1 (1.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (1.82%) Windows Server
3 1 (1.82%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (36.36%) Scrum
3 15 (27.27%) Test Scripting
4 13 (23.64%) User Stories
5 12 (21.82%) BDD
6 11 (20.00%) Performance Testing
7 10 (18.18%) Test Strategy
8 8 (14.55%) Continuous Improvement
9 5 (9.09%) Integration Testing
9 5 (9.09%) Line Management
9 5 (9.09%) Regression Testing
9 5 (9.09%) Software Testing
9 5 (9.09%) Test Management
10 4 (7.27%) Continuous Integration
10 4 (7.27%) TDD
11 3 (5.45%) Kanban
11 3 (5.45%) Load Testing
11 3 (5.45%) Performance Metrics
11 3 (5.45%) System Integration Testing
12 2 (3.64%) API Testing
Programming Languages
1 21 (38.18%) Java
2 11 (20.00%) C#
3 2 (3.64%) SQL
4 1 (1.82%) F#
4 1 (1.82%) Go
4 1 (1.82%) JavaScript
4 1 (1.82%) Python
4 1 (1.82%) Ruby
4 1 (1.82%) TypeScript
4 1 (1.82%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 8 (14.55%) Security Cleared
2 7 (12.73%) SC Cleared
3 5 (9.09%) ISEB
4 4 (7.27%) ISTQB
5 3 (5.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (1.82%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (25.45%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.82%) Docker
1 1 (1.82%) Virtual Machines
1 1 (1.82%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 2 (3.64%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.82%) Ansible
2 1 (1.82%) Consul
2 1 (1.82%) Graphite
2 1 (1.82%) Kibana
2 1 (1.82%) logstash
2 1 (1.82%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (1.82%) Puppet
2 1 (1.82%) Terraform
2 1 (1.82%) vRealize
Vendors
1 5 (9.09%) HP
2 4 (7.27%) SAP
3 1 (1.82%) Microsoft
3 1 (1.82%) Oracle
3 1 (1.82%) Red Hat
3 1 (1.82%) Sitecore
3 1 (1.82%) Splunk
3 1 (1.82%) VMware