The table below looks at the statistics for the Automated Tester role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Automated Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 29 July 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

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
29 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Automated Tester
Rank 595 585 564
Rank change year-on-year
-10 -21
Contract jobs requiring an Automated Tester 16 15 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.028% 0.027% 0.016%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.030% 0.030% 0.017%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 12 6
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£331 £375 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.66% +11.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £283 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £425 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £358 £325
% change year-on-year
-5.59% +10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
52776 50579 47249
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.47% 92.50% 92.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 33542 30709 27642
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1943 1998 2143
Average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% -8.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £37.80 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
- -2.94%

Automated Tester
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Automated Tester in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Automated Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Automated Tester
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Automated Tester within the UK.

Automated Tester Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Automated Tester
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Automated Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 29 July 2015.

Automated Tester Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Automated Tester
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Automated Tester within the UK.

Automated Tester Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Automated Tester
Top 20 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Automated Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 29 July 2015. 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
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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
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -12 14 £344 -8.33% 6
London +7 5 £329 -22.64%
South East -19 4 £350 +26.12%
Reading - 3 £350 -
Berkshire - 3 £350 -
South West +2 2 £400 +6.66%
Wales -1 2 £320 -
South Wales -4 2 £320 -
Cardiff - 2 £320 -
Bristol - 2 £400 -
West Midlands - 2 £325 -
East Midlands - 2 £363 - 3
Wolverhampton - 1 £325 -
Staffordshire - 1 £325 -
Derby - 1 £325 -
Nottingham - 1 £400 - 3
Burton-upon-Trent - 1 £325 -
Derbyshire - 1 £325 -
Nottinghamshire - 1 £400 - 3
Surrey - 1 - -

Automated Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 July 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Automated Tester in their job title 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 with Automated Tester in their job title.

1 16 (66.67%) Selenium
2 15 (62.50%) C#
3 11 (45.83%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (45.83%) BDD
4 10 (41.67%) SpecFlow
5 9 (37.50%) Automated Testing
6 7 (29.17%) Scrum
6 7 (29.17%) Java
7 6 (25.00%) Finance
7 6 (25.00%) HP UFT
7 6 (25.00%) TDD
7 6 (25.00%) Test Scripting
7 6 (25.00%) WebDriver
8 5 (20.83%) Cucumber
8 5 (20.83%) QA
8 5 (20.83%) E-Commerce
9 4 (16.67%) JMeter
9 4 (16.67%) Continuous Integration
9 4 (16.67%) Test Automation
10 3 (12.50%) Android
10 3 (12.50%) Apple iOS
10 3 (12.50%) Mobile App
10 3 (12.50%) Automation Testing
10 3 (12.50%) Calabash
10 3 (12.50%) Mobile Development
10 3 (12.50%) Objective-C
10 3 (12.50%) Kanban
10 3 (12.50%) SC Cleared
10 3 (12.50%) Security Cleared
10 3 (12.50%) Ruby

Automated Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 July 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Automated Tester in their job title 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 with Automated Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (8.33%) JBoss
Applications
1 2 (8.33%) MS Office
1 2 (8.33%) MS Excel
2 1 (4.17%) Pro/ENGINEER
2 1 (4.17%) PTC Creo
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.17%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (8.33%) SQL Server
1 2 (8.33%) Oracle Database
2 1 (4.17%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 16 (66.67%) Selenium
2 10 (41.67%) SpecFlow
3 6 (25.00%) WebDriver
3 6 (25.00%) HP UFT
4 5 (20.83%) Cucumber
5 4 (16.67%) JMeter
6 3 (12.50%) Calabash
7 2 (8.33%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 2 (8.33%) SoapUI
7 2 (8.33%) Jenkins
7 2 (8.33%) Maven
7 2 (8.33%) JIRA
7 2 (8.33%) TestComplete
8 1 (4.17%) Team Foundation Server
8 1 (4.17%) FitNesse
8 1 (4.17%) Visual Studio Team System
8 1 (4.17%) NUnit
8 1 (4.17%) JUnit
General
1 6 (25.00%) Finance
2 2 (8.33%) Telecoms
2 2 (8.33%) Retail
3 1 (4.17%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (12.50%) SOAP
1 3 (12.50%) .NET
2 1 (4.17%) ASP.NET
2 1 (4.17%) Web Services
2 1 (4.17%) WPF
2 1 (4.17%) RESTful
2 1 (4.17%) REST
2 1 (4.17%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 3 (12.50%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 3 (12.50%) Android
1 3 (12.50%) Apple iOS
2 2 (8.33%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (45.83%) Agile Software Development
1 11 (45.83%) BDD
2 9 (37.50%) Automated Testing
3 7 (29.17%) Scrum
4 6 (25.00%) TDD
4 6 (25.00%) Test Scripting
5 5 (20.83%) E-Commerce
6 4 (16.67%) Continuous Integration
6 4 (16.67%) Test Automation
7 3 (12.50%) Automation Testing
7 3 (12.50%) Mobile Development
7 3 (12.50%) Kanban
7 3 (12.50%) Regression Testing
8 2 (8.33%) Project Management
8 2 (8.33%) Test Management
8 2 (8.33%) SDLC
9 1 (4.17%) DevOps
9 1 (4.17%) Coaching
9 1 (4.17%) User Stories
9 1 (4.17%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 15 (62.50%) C#
2 7 (29.17%) Java
3 3 (12.50%) JavaScript
3 3 (12.50%) VB
3 3 (12.50%) Objective-C
3 3 (12.50%) Ruby
4 2 (8.33%) VBA
4 2 (8.33%) PHP
4 2 (8.33%) SQL
5 1 (4.17%) VBScript
5 1 (4.17%) C++
Qualifications
1 3 (12.50%) SC Cleared
1 3 (12.50%) Security Cleared
2 1 (4.17%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (20.83%) QA
Vendors
1 2 (8.33%) Oracle
1 2 (8.33%) MKS
2 1 (4.17%) Microsoft
2 1 (4.17%) HP