The first table below looks at the demand for Test Automation skills in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Automation over the 3 months to 18 April 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 England 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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Automation
Rank 191 271 346
Rank change year-on-year
+80 +75
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 576 251 242
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.12% 0.58% 0.43%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.52% 0.80% 0.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 381 140 137
Average daily rate £400 £375 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £509 £500 £462
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £350 £400
% change year-on-year
-5.71% -12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 3 7
Average hourly rate £38.75 £40.00 £42.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.12% -5.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.25 £22.00 £23.18
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £131.00 £46.54 £54.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £105.00 £40.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year
+162.50% -5.88%
Processes & Methodologies Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
37958 31464 38928
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 73.95% 73.02% 69.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 23972 19227 22646
Average daily rate £405 £413 £415
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.81% -0.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £360 £370
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1118 981 1339
Average hourly rate £27.88 £32.00 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.89% +16.36%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.25 £13.50 £13.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £54.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £32.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +16.36%
Test Automation
UK

Test Automation
Jobs Demand Trend in England

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

Test Automation Jobs Demand Trend in England

Test Automation
Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Test Automation Daily Rate Trend in England

Test Automation
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Automation across the England region over the 3 months to 18 April 2014.

Test Automation Daily Rate Histogram in England

Test Automation
Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Test Automation Hourly Rate Trend in England

Test Automation
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Automation across the England region over the 3 months to 18 April 2014.

Test Automation Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Test Automation
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Automation within the England region over the 3 months to 18 April 2014. 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
(Click each for more statistics)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Find
Job
Vacancies
London +130 369 £425 +6.25% 106
South East +3 83 £325 -12.16% 36
South West +9 35 £334 +2.69% 8
East of England -18 29 £323 -4.44% 10
Yorkshire -18 21 £315 +14.54% 5
North West -13 14 £385 +14.49% 8
East Midlands -1 10 £325 - 6
North East - 10 £350 -
West Midlands -11 5 £175 -61.11% 6
Test Automation
UK

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the England 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.

1 468 (44.66%) Selenium
2 390 (37.21%) Java
3 382 (36.45%) Agile Software Development
4 334 (31.87%) TDD
5 311 (29.68%) Cucumber
6 303 (28.91%) Scrum
7 297 (28.34%) QA
8 296 (28.24%) BDD
9 289 (27.58%) C#
10 285 (27.19%) SQL
11 230 (21.95%) Continuous Integration
12 222 (21.18%) Ruby
13 208 (19.85%) WebDriver
14 196 (18.70%) Web Services
15 180 (17.18%) .NET
16 173 (16.51%) Test Scripting
17 161 (15.36%) Test Strategy
18 158 (15.08%) Finance
19 151 (14.41%) Automated Testing
20 146 (13.93%) XML
21 145 (13.84%) Software Testing
22 144 (13.74%) QuickTest Pro
23 141 (13.45%) HP Quality Center
24 134 (12.79%) Jenkins
25 130 (12.40%) Oracle
26 124 (11.83%) SOAP
27 122 (11.64%) ISEB
28 119 (11.35%) JUnit
29 115 (10.97%) Automation Testing
30 113 (10.78%) Banking

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the England 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 19 (1.81%) Node.js
2 13 (1.24%) CMS
3 12 (1.15%) Confluence
3 12 (1.15%) Apache
4 10 (0.95%) SharePoint Server
5 8 (0.76%) IIS
6 7 (0.67%) SharePoint
7 6 (0.57%) Tomcat
7 6 (0.57%) Drupal
7 6 (0.57%) WebSphere
8 4 (0.38%) Sitecore CMS
9 3 (0.29%) Jetty
9 3 (0.29%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 3 (0.29%) NServiceBus
10 2 (0.19%) Kentico
10 2 (0.19%) Adobe CQ
10 2 (0.19%) MS Exchange
10 2 (0.19%) IBM Notes
10 2 (0.19%) WebLogic
11 1 (0.095%) Oracle Coherence
Applications
1 35 (3.34%) MS Excel
2 15 (1.43%) MS Visio
3 10 (0.95%) MS Office
4 7 (0.67%) MS PowerPoint
5 4 (0.38%) Mingle
6 2 (0.19%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 6 (0.57%) Oracle EBS
1 6 (0.57%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.19%) Oracle BRM
2 2 (0.19%) SiteCatalyst
2 2 (0.19%) RMDS
3 1 (0.095%) SAP Retail
3 1 (0.095%) Summit
3 1 (0.095%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.095%) ProductWriter
3 1 (0.095%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 28 (2.67%) Microsoft Azure
2 20 (1.91%) Cloud Computing
3 14 (1.34%) SaaS
4 3 (0.29%) GitHub
5 2 (0.19%) PaaS
6 1 (0.095%) Office 365
6 1 (0.095%) Force.com
6 1 (0.095%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 79 (7.54%) HTTP
2 24 (2.29%) TCP/IP
3 21 (2.00%) Internet
4 18 (1.72%) DNS
5 17 (1.62%) HTTPS
6 15 (1.43%) SSL
7 9 (0.86%) LAN
7 9 (0.86%) WAN
7 9 (0.86%) Firewall
8 7 (0.67%) IP Telephony
8 7 (0.67%) 3G
8 7 (0.67%) 4G
9 6 (0.57%) 2G
9 6 (0.57%) LDAP
10 3 (0.29%) Network Security
10 3 (0.29%) VPN
10 3 (0.29%) LTE
11 2 (0.19%) Unified Communications
11 2 (0.19%) Wireless
11 2 (0.19%) Q.931
Database & Business Intelligence
1 67 (6.39%) SQL Server
2 57 (5.44%) Relational Database
3 32 (3.05%) Oracle Database
4 23 (2.19%) RDBMS
5 22 (2.10%) MySQL
6 20 (1.91%) MongoDB
7 18 (1.72%) NoSQL
8 14 (1.34%) Data Warehouse
9 13 (1.24%) Big Data
10 10 (0.95%) Oracle Reports
11 8 (0.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 6 (0.57%) DB2
13 5 (0.48%) PostgreSQL
14 4 (0.38%) Hadoop
14 4 (0.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 3 (0.29%) SQL Server 2005
15 3 (0.29%) Oracle Database 11g
15 3 (0.29%) Data Mining
15 3 (0.29%) RavenDB
16 2 (0.19%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 468 (44.66%) Selenium
2 311 (29.68%) Cucumber
3 208 (19.85%) WebDriver
4 144 (13.74%) QuickTest Pro
5 134 (12.79%) Jenkins
6 119 (11.35%) JUnit
7 94 (8.97%) JIRA
8 92 (8.78%) JBehave
9 90 (8.59%) Git (software)
10 88 (8.40%) SoapUI
11 75 (7.16%) FitNesse
12 72 (6.87%) Visual Studio
12 72 (6.87%) Calabash
13 71 (6.77%) Team Foundation Server
14 68 (6.49%) Maven
15 65 (6.20%) SpecFlow
16 64 (6.11%) WATIR
17 49 (4.68%) CruiseControl
18 47 (4.48%) Subversion
18 47 (4.48%) TeamCity
General
1 158 (15.08%) Finance
2 113 (10.78%) Banking
3 44 (4.20%) Investment Banking
4 33 (3.15%) Telecoms
5 31 (2.96%) Retail
6 30 (2.86%) Games
7 18 (1.72%) Marketing
8 16 (1.53%) Publishing
9 15 (1.43%) Advertising
10 13 (1.24%) Front Office
11 9 (0.86%) Legal
12 7 (0.67%) General Ledger
12 7 (0.67%) Back Office
13 6 (0.57%) Manufacturing
14 5 (0.48%) Law
15 4 (0.38%) Billing
16 3 (0.29%) Local Government
16 3 (0.29%) Multimedia
17 2 (0.19%) Pharmaceutical
17 2 (0.19%) Military
Job Titles
1 220 (20.99%) Analyst
2 210 (20.04%) Tester
3 185 (17.65%) Test Analyst
4 177 (16.89%) Developer
5 114 (10.88%) Test Engineer
6 80 (7.63%) Test Manager
7 78 (7.44%) Automation Tester
8 58 (5.53%) Test Leader
9 55 (5.25%) Software Engineer
10 51 (4.87%) Automation Engineer
11 48 (4.58%) QA Engineer
12 43 (4.10%) Java Developer
13 41 (3.91%) QA Analyst
14 37 (3.53%) Consultant
15 36 (3.44%) Automation Analyst
16 35 (3.34%) Senior Tester
17 33 (3.15%) QA Tester
18 31 (2.96%) Test Automation Engineer
19 30 (2.86%) Test Consultant
20 29 (2.77%) Automation Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 196 (18.70%) Web Services
2 180 (17.18%) .NET
3 146 (13.93%) XML
4 124 (11.83%) SOAP
5 105 (10.02%) HTML
6 79 (7.54%) JSON
7 70 (6.68%) RESTful
8 59 (5.63%) REST
9 48 (4.58%) Spring
10 45 (4.29%) CSS
11 37 (3.53%) ASP.NET
12 29 (2.77%) WCF
13 28 (2.67%) Gherkin
14 27 (2.58%) Grails
15 26 (2.48%) .NET Framework
15 26 (2.48%) HTML5
16 25 (2.39%) XSLT
17 24 (2.29%) Spring MVC
17 24 (2.29%) CSS3
18 23 (2.19%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 90 (8.59%) Mobile App
2 83 (7.92%) Open Source
3 34 (3.24%) Computer Science
4 31 (2.96%) Enterprise Software
5 23 (2.19%) Mobile Banking
6 22 (2.10%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 17 (1.62%) IPTV
7 17 (1.62%) Digital Media
8 13 (1.24%) Derivative
8 13 (1.24%) Credit Risk
9 12 (1.15%) Equities
10 11 (1.05%) Clustering
10 11 (1.05%) Blackberry
10 11 (1.05%) Video on Demand
11 9 (0.86%) Mathematics
11 9 (0.86%) Fixed Income
11 9 (0.86%) IVR
11 9 (0.86%) Management Information System
11 9 (0.86%) Mobile Payment
11 9 (0.86%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 103 (9.83%) Windows
2 98 (9.35%) Linux
3 67 (6.39%) UNIX
4 64 (6.11%) Apple iOS
5 61 (5.82%) Android
6 17 (1.62%) Windows XP
6 17 (1.62%) Windows Server 2003
7 11 (1.05%) AIX
8 10 (0.95%) Windows 7
9 9 (0.86%) Windows 2000
10 6 (0.57%) Windows Server 2008
11 5 (0.48%) VMS
12 4 (0.38%) Windows Phone
12 4 (0.38%) Mac OS X
13 3 (0.29%) Windows Vista
13 3 (0.29%) Solaris
13 3 (0.29%) Oracle Linux
13 3 (0.29%) Windows Server 2012
13 3 (0.29%) Mac OS
14 2 (0.19%) Windows CE
Processes & Methodologies
1 382 (36.45%) Agile Software Development
2 334 (31.87%) TDD
3 303 (28.91%) Scrum
4 296 (28.24%) BDD
5 230 (21.95%) Continuous Integration
6 173 (16.51%) Test Scripting
7 161 (15.36%) Test Strategy
8 151 (14.41%) Automated Testing
9 145 (13.84%) Software Testing
10 115 (10.97%) Automation Testing
11 101 (9.64%) Test Management
12 84 (8.02%) User Stories
12 84 (8.02%) User Acceptance Testing
13 77 (7.35%) E-Commerce
14 72 (6.87%) Performance Testing
15 69 (6.58%) Kanban
16 66 (6.30%) Software Engineering
17 60 (5.73%) Integration Testing
18 57 (5.44%) Pair Programming
19 51 (4.87%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 390 (37.21%) Java
2 289 (27.58%) C#
3 285 (27.19%) SQL
4 222 (21.18%) Ruby
5 113 (10.78%) JavaScript
6 73 (6.97%) Python
7 43 (4.10%) C++
8 39 (3.72%) Groovy
9 35 (3.34%) VBScript
10 33 (3.15%) Shell Script
11 29 (2.77%) VB
12 27 (2.58%) Bash Shell
13 24 (2.29%) Perl
14 22 (2.10%) XPath
15 21 (2.00%) XQuery
16 20 (1.91%) C
17 16 (1.53%) Scala
18 15 (1.43%) PHP
18 15 (1.43%) T-SQL
19 10 (0.95%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 122 (11.64%) ISEB
2 97 (9.26%) ISTQB
3 77 (7.35%) Security Cleared
4 72 (6.87%) Degree
5 66 (6.30%) SC Cleared
6 18 (1.72%) ISEB Practitioner
7 10 (0.95%) DV Cleared
8 2 (0.19%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 2 (0.19%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 2 (0.19%) Sun Certification
8 2 (0.19%) CCIE
8 2 (0.19%) Cisco Certification
8 2 (0.19%) CCVP
9 1 (0.095%) MCDST
9 1 (0.095%) Microsoft Certification
9 1 (0.095%) BC Cleared
9 1 (0.095%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 297 (28.34%) QA
2 4 (0.38%) ISO 9002
3 3 (0.29%) ISO 9001
3 3 (0.29%) Basel III
4 2 (0.19%) Dodd-Frank
4 2 (0.19%) EMIR
5 1 (0.095%) SLA
5 1 (0.095%) ISO 14001
5 1 (0.095%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.095%) CRD IV
5 1 (0.095%) JTAG
System Software
1 7 (0.67%) Active Directory
2 5 (0.48%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (0.38%) NDS
3 4 (0.38%) Oracle RAC
4 2 (0.19%) Hyper-V
4 2 (0.19%) KVM
5 1 (0.095%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 141 (13.45%) HP Quality Center
2 15 (1.43%) Puppet
3 12 (1.15%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 11 (1.05%) Netcool
4 11 (1.05%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 11 (1.05%) McAfee ePO
5 7 (0.67%) Cisco IPCC
5 7 (0.67%) Opscode Chef
6 6 (0.57%) Vagrant
7 3 (0.29%) Nagios
7 3 (0.29%) Capistrano
8 2 (0.19%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 130 (12.40%) Oracle
2 110 (10.50%) HP
3 93 (8.87%) Microsoft
4 18 (1.72%) IBM
4 18 (1.72%) Citrix
5 14 (1.34%) SAP
6 11 (1.05%) VMware
6 11 (1.05%) McAfee
6 11 (1.05%) Veritas
7 10 (0.95%) Informatica
7 10 (0.95%) Sybase
8 9 (0.86%) Verint
9 8 (0.76%) Empirix
10 7 (0.67%) Sun
10 7 (0.67%) Genesys
10 7 (0.67%) Siemens
10 7 (0.67%) Apple
11 6 (0.57%) Green Hat
11 6 (0.57%) JBoss
12 5 (0.48%) Ab Initio
City of London
Argyll Scott
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
London
Experis IT
Rate: £250 - £315 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Central London / West End
Oliver Bernard
Rate: From £500 to £550 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Cheshire
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: Yesterday
City of London
Huxley Associates
Rate: £600 - £700 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Central London / West End
Oliver Bernard
Rate: From £400 to £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City of London
Real Staffing
Rate: £350 - £400 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Central London / West End
Oliver Bernard
Rate: From £350 to £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheshire
Uniting Ambition
Rate: 300-350
Posted: 2 days ago
West London
Experis IT
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
AMsource Technology
Rate: From £280 to £330 per day depending on experience
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Connectus
Rate: £500 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Focus Select Ltd
Rate: £25 - £35 Per Hour
Posted: 3 days ago
City of London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £275.00 - £325.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Basingstoke
Capita - ITIN
Rate: £20000.00 - £25000.00 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Eligo Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £400 - £600 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Berkshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
West Midlands
Proactive Appointments
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 6 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Blue Personnel
Rate: From £550 to £600 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Gosport, Hampshire
Experis IT
Posted: 6 days ago