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 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Automated Tester
Rank 597 548 531
Rank change year-on-year
-49 -17
Contract jobs requiring an Automated Tester 10 34 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.018% 0.065% 0.038%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.020% 0.070% 0.041%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 25 14
Average daily rate
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£363 £350 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.57% +16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £239 £260 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £535
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £350 £300
% change year-on-year
-14.28% +16.66%
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
50008 48637 43579
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.32% 92.39% 92.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 30924 30184 25017
Average daily rate £400 £390 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% -2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £240
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 1983 2005 2160
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.00 £40.50 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -2.85%

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 22 May 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 11 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 22 May 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 -47 10 £363 +3.57% 5
South West +8 3 £400 +45.45%
London -16 3 £450 +9.09% 1
Bristol - 3 £400 -
West Midlands - 3 £250 -
Staffordshire - 2 £250 -
Burton-upon-Trent - 2 £250 -
City of London +5 1 £450 +5.88%
South East -14 1 £300 -9.09%
Tonbridge - 1 £300 -
Kent - 1 £300 -

Automated Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 10 (71.43%) C#
2 9 (64.29%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (57.14%) Automated Testing
4 6 (42.86%) QA
4 6 (42.86%) Selenium
4 6 (42.86%) Scrum
4 6 (42.86%) Java
4 6 (42.86%) SpecFlow
5 5 (35.71%) E-Commerce
5 5 (35.71%) Test Scripting
5 5 (35.71%) Continuous Integration
5 5 (35.71%) Cucumber
5 5 (35.71%) BDD
6 4 (28.57%) Apple iOS
6 4 (28.57%) Android
6 4 (28.57%) QuickTest Pro
6 4 (28.57%) TDD
7 3 (21.43%) Objective-C
7 3 (21.43%) SQL
7 3 (21.43%) SQL Server
7 3 (21.43%) Test Automation
7 3 (21.43%) Mobile App
7 3 (21.43%) Automation Testing
7 3 (21.43%) Calabash
7 3 (21.43%) Kanban
7 3 (21.43%) Ruby
7 3 (21.43%) Mobile Development
8 2 (14.29%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 2 (14.29%) Test Management
8 2 (14.29%) TestComplete

Automated Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 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.

Applications
1 2 (14.29%) MS Office
1 2 (14.29%) MS Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (21.43%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 6 (42.86%) Selenium
1 6 (42.86%) SpecFlow
2 5 (35.71%) Cucumber
3 4 (28.57%) QuickTest Pro
4 3 (21.43%) Calabash
5 2 (14.29%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 2 (14.29%) TestComplete
6 1 (7.14%) JUnit
6 1 (7.14%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (7.14%) WebDriver
6 1 (7.14%) SoapUI
6 1 (7.14%) JIRA
6 1 (7.14%) Visual Studio Team System
6 1 (7.14%) FitNesse
General
1 2 (14.29%) Finance
2 1 (7.14%) Banking
2 1 (7.14%) Retail
2 1 (7.14%) Financial Institution
2 1 (7.14%) Investment Banking
2 1 (7.14%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (7.14%) SOAP
1 1 (7.14%) .NET
1 1 (7.14%) WPF
1 1 (7.14%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 3 (21.43%) Mobile App
2 1 (7.14%) Fixed Income
2 1 (7.14%) Equities
2 1 (7.14%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 1 (7.14%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 4 (28.57%) Apple iOS
1 4 (28.57%) Android
2 1 (7.14%) UNIX
2 1 (7.14%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (64.29%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (57.14%) Automated Testing
3 6 (42.86%) Scrum
4 5 (35.71%) E-Commerce
4 5 (35.71%) Test Scripting
4 5 (35.71%) Continuous Integration
4 5 (35.71%) BDD
5 4 (28.57%) TDD
6 3 (21.43%) Test Automation
6 3 (21.43%) Automation Testing
6 3 (21.43%) Kanban
6 3 (21.43%) Mobile Development
7 2 (14.29%) Test Management
7 2 (14.29%) Project Management
8 1 (7.14%) OO
8 1 (7.14%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 10 (71.43%) C#
2 6 (42.86%) Java
3 3 (21.43%) Objective-C
3 3 (21.43%) SQL
3 3 (21.43%) Ruby
4 2 (14.29%) JavaScript
4 2 (14.29%) C++
5 1 (7.14%) Scala
5 1 (7.14%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 1 (7.14%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (42.86%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (7.14%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (14.29%) MKS
2 1 (7.14%) Microsoft
2 1 (7.14%) Sybase