The first table below looks at the demand for Test Automation skills in IT contracts advertised for the City of London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Automation over the 3 months to 1 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the City of London region.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
1 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Automation
Rank 135 152 194
Rank change year-on-year
+17 +42
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 57 69 32
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.99% 0.97% 0.41%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.31% 1.28% 0.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 49 27
Average daily rate
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£450 £425 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% +14.86%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £341 £311 £279
10% offered a daily rate of more than £613 £500 £675
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+1.53% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
Average hourly rate - £41.50 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £32.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year
+15.38% -18.75%
Processes & Methodologies Category
City of London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
4343 5387 5824
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 75.37% 76.00% 74.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 3231 4024 4330
Average daily rate £450 £450 £460
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -2.17%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £300 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £625
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 92 87
Average hourly rate £23.50 £27.97 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.98% +1.70%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.10 £16.90 £16.81
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £52.50 £52.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £31.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-19.35% -
Test Automation
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Test Automation
Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Test Automation across the City of London region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Test Automation Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

Test Automation
Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Test Automation across the City of London region.

Test Automation Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

Test Automation
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Automation across the City of London region over the 3 months to 1 August 2014.

Test Automation Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

Test Automation
Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Test Automation across the City of London region.

Test Automation Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 1 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the City of London region citing Test Automation also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Test Automation.

1 84 (49.12%) Java
2 82 (47.95%) TDD
3 81 (47.37%) Selenium
4 74 (43.27%) Agile Software Development
5 73 (42.69%) BDD
6 67 (39.18%) Cucumber
7 63 (36.84%) QA
8 57 (33.33%) SQL
9 56 (32.75%) Continuous Integration
10 51 (29.82%) Web Services
11 46 (26.90%) Scrum
12 42 (24.56%) Ruby
12 42 (24.56%) WebDriver
13 36 (21.05%) C#
14 35 (20.47%) Finance
15 34 (19.88%) XML
16 29 (16.96%) .NET
16 29 (16.96%) Banking
17 25 (14.62%) Apple iOS
17 25 (14.62%) Mobile App
18 24 (14.04%) Test Strategy
18 24 (14.04%) SOAP
19 23 (13.45%) Software Engineering
19 23 (13.45%) Test Scripting
19 23 (13.45%) Jenkins
20 22 (12.87%) Android
20 22 (12.87%) JSON
21 21 (12.28%) User Acceptance Testing
21 21 (12.28%) Git (software)
21 21 (12.28%) JBehave

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills in the City of London by Category

For the 6 months to 1 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the City of London region citing Test Automation also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Test Automation. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 10 (5.85%) Node.js
2 5 (2.92%) Confluence
3 4 (2.34%) Tomcat
4 2 (1.17%) Apache
5 1 (0.58%) SharePoint 2010
5 1 (0.58%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (0.58%) Jetty
5 1 (0.58%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (0.58%) Mingle
1 1 (0.58%) Final Cut Pro
1 1 (0.58%) MS Visio
1 1 (0.58%) MS Excel
1 1 (0.58%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 5 (2.92%) Cloud Computing
2 3 (1.75%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (1.17%) GitHub
4 1 (0.58%) SaaS
4 1 (0.58%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 18 (10.53%) HTTP
2 7 (4.09%) SSL
3 5 (2.92%) Internet
3 5 (2.92%) TCP/IP
4 4 (2.34%) DNS
4 4 (2.34%) HTTPS
5 3 (1.75%) Firewall
5 3 (1.75%) LDAP
5 3 (1.75%) LAN
5 3 (1.75%) WAN
6 2 (1.17%) 3G
6 2 (1.17%) 2G
6 2 (1.17%) 4G
7 1 (0.58%) Network Security
7 1 (0.58%) LTE
7 1 (0.58%) Wireless
7 1 (0.58%) Bluetooth
7 1 (0.58%) CDMA
7 1 (0.58%) WCDMA
7 1 (0.58%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (5.26%) Relational Database
2 8 (4.68%) NoSQL
3 7 (4.09%) MongoDB
3 7 (4.09%) MySQL
4 6 (3.51%) SQL Server
5 4 (2.34%) Data Warehouse
6 3 (1.75%) Oracle Database
6 3 (1.75%) SQL Server 2008
7 2 (1.17%) DB2
7 2 (1.17%) RDBMS
7 2 (1.17%) Star Schema
7 2 (1.17%) Big Data
8 1 (0.58%) SQL Server 2005
8 1 (0.58%) SQL Navigator
8 1 (0.58%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 81 (47.37%) Selenium
2 67 (39.18%) Cucumber
3 42 (24.56%) WebDriver
4 23 (13.45%) Jenkins
5 21 (12.28%) Git (software)
5 21 (12.28%) JBehave
6 20 (11.70%) QuickTest Pro
7 19 (11.11%) JIRA
8 18 (10.53%) WATIR
9 17 (9.94%) Calabash
10 16 (9.36%) SoapUI
11 13 (7.60%) Robotium
11 13 (7.60%) JUnit
12 11 (6.43%) Hudson
12 11 (6.43%) eggPlant
13 10 (5.85%) Visual Studio
13 10 (5.85%) FitNesse
14 9 (5.26%) TeamCity
14 9 (5.26%) Sahi
15 8 (4.68%) LoadRunner
General
1 35 (20.47%) Finance
2 29 (16.96%) Banking
3 13 (7.60%) Investment Banking
4 6 (3.51%) Marketing
5 4 (2.34%) Legal
6 3 (1.75%) Local Government
7 2 (1.17%) Advertising
7 2 (1.17%) Telecoms
7 2 (1.17%) Games
7 2 (1.17%) Retail
8 1 (0.58%) Electronics
8 1 (0.58%) Publishing
8 1 (0.58%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 44 (25.73%) Tester
2 36 (21.05%) Analyst
3 35 (20.47%) Developer
4 32 (18.71%) Test Analyst
5 26 (15.20%) Automation Tester
6 12 (7.02%) QA Engineer
6 12 (7.02%) Software Engineer
7 10 (5.85%) Test Manager
7 10 (5.85%) QA Tester
7 10 (5.85%) Automation Engineer
7 10 (5.85%) Test Leader
8 8 (4.68%) Software Developer
8 8 (4.68%) Java Developer
8 8 (4.68%) Test Engineer
9 7 (4.09%) Mobile Tester
10 6 (3.51%) QA Analyst
10 6 (3.51%) QA Specialist
10 6 (3.51%) iOS Developer
11 5 (2.92%) Automation Analyst
11 5 (2.92%) Selenium Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 51 (29.82%) Web Services
2 34 (19.88%) XML
3 29 (16.96%) .NET
4 24 (14.04%) SOAP
5 22 (12.87%) JSON
6 14 (8.19%) REST
7 12 (7.02%) RESTful
8 11 (6.43%) HTML
9 10 (5.85%) Sass
10 7 (4.09%) Mustache
10 7 (4.09%) Spring
11 6 (3.51%) CSS
11 6 (3.51%) MSMQ
12 5 (2.92%) JMX
13 4 (2.34%) XSLT
13 4 (2.34%) Grails
13 4 (2.34%) Spring MVC
13 4 (2.34%) Gherkin
13 4 (2.34%) HTML5
13 4 (2.34%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 25 (14.62%) Mobile App
2 19 (11.11%) Computer Science
3 17 (9.94%) Open Source
4 9 (5.26%) Mathematics
4 9 (5.26%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 7 (4.09%) Mobile Banking
6 6 (3.51%) Hedge funds
7 5 (2.92%) Enterprise Software
7 5 (2.92%) Data Integration
8 4 (2.34%) Blackberry
8 4 (2.34%) Data Conversion
9 3 (1.75%) STB
9 3 (1.75%) Handset
9 3 (1.75%) Management Information System
10 2 (1.17%) Client/Server
10 2 (1.17%) GIS
10 2 (1.17%) Streaming Video
10 2 (1.17%) Video on Demand
11 1 (0.58%) Digital Media
11 1 (0.58%) New Media
Operating Systems
1 25 (14.62%) Apple iOS
2 22 (12.87%) Android
3 16 (9.36%) Linux
4 10 (5.85%) Windows
5 9 (5.26%) UNIX
6 4 (2.34%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 82 (47.95%) TDD
2 74 (43.27%) Agile Software Development
3 73 (42.69%) BDD
4 56 (32.75%) Continuous Integration
5 46 (26.90%) Scrum
6 24 (14.04%) Test Strategy
7 23 (13.45%) Software Engineering
7 23 (13.45%) Test Scripting
8 21 (12.28%) User Acceptance Testing
9 18 (10.53%) Automation Testing
10 17 (9.94%) Regression Testing
10 17 (9.94%) Kanban
10 17 (9.94%) Automated Testing
11 16 (9.36%) Test Management
12 15 (8.77%) Integration Testing
13 14 (8.19%) E-Commerce
14 13 (7.60%) OO
15 12 (7.02%) Software Testing
15 12 (7.02%) Project Management
16 10 (5.85%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 84 (49.12%) Java
2 57 (33.33%) SQL
3 42 (24.56%) Ruby
4 36 (21.05%) C#
5 17 (9.94%) Groovy
6 13 (7.60%) JavaScript
7 10 (5.85%) Objective-C
8 8 (4.68%) Python
9 4 (2.34%) Shell Script
9 4 (2.34%) Bash Shell
10 3 (1.75%) PL/SQL
10 3 (1.75%) C++
10 3 (1.75%) Perl
11 2 (1.17%) PHP
11 2 (1.17%) C
11 2 (1.17%) T-SQL
11 2 (1.17%) VB.NET
11 2 (1.17%) XQuery
11 2 (1.17%) XPath
11 2 (1.17%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 20 (11.70%) Degree
2 9 (5.26%) ISTQB
3 8 (4.68%) ISEB
3 8 (4.68%) Security Cleared
4 5 (2.92%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 4 (2.34%) SC Cleared
5 4 (2.34%) ISEB Practitioner
6 1 (0.58%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 1 (0.58%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 63 (36.84%) QA
2 1 (0.58%) JTAG
System Software
1 3 (1.75%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 17 (9.94%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.17%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 1 (0.58%) AppManager
Vendors
1 13 (7.60%) Oracle
1 13 (7.60%) HP
2 6 (3.51%) Sybase
3 4 (2.34%) Informatica
3 4 (2.34%) Microsoft
4 3 (1.75%) Apple
5 2 (1.17%) Sun
5 2 (1.17%) Teradata
6 1 (0.58%) Red Gate
6 1 (0.58%) Facebook
6 1 (0.58%) Xamarin
6 1 (0.58%) Telerik
6 1 (0.58%) Google
6 1 (0.58%) Atlassian
6 1 (0.58%) Adobe
6 1 (0.58%) NetIQ
6 1 (0.58%) CheckPoint