The table below looks at the statistics for Automated Testing skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Automated Testing over the 3 months to 4 September 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
4 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Automated Testing
Rank 233 224 247
Rank change year-on-year
-9 +23
Contract jobs citing Automated Testing 585 528 426
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.00% 0.95% 0.82%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.28% 1.24% 1.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 414 334 281
Average daily rate
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£400 £368 £381
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.84% -3.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £351 £325
% change year-on-year
-0.28% +8.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 7
Average hourly rate £42.50 £80.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-46.87% +128.57%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.50 £80.00 £34.50
% change year-on-year
-46.87% +131.88%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
45685 42476 39076
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 78.18% 76.04% 74.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 29782 26353 24011
Average daily rate £425 £410 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.65% +2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1243 1161 1109
Average hourly rate £31.44 £25.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.76% -16.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.62 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.17 £55.00 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £26.98 £30.50
% change year-on-year
+20.48% -11.55%

Automated Testing
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Automated Testing within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Automated Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Automated Testing
Daily Rate Trend

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

Automated Testing Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Automated Testing
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Automated Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 4 September 2015.

Automated Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Automated Testing
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Automated Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Automated Testing
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Automated Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 4 September 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 +13 552 £400 +9.58% 243
London +38 273 £450 +16.12% 95
South East -9 88 £345 -8.00% 47
City of London +30 54 £450 -2.70% 28
North West +4 51 £394 +12.50% 36
South West -27 36 £400 +11.11% 7
Hampshire +23 33 £320 -22.42% 12
Yorkshire -23 33 £400 +19.85% 8
East of England +1 32 £300 -14.28% 21
Tyne and Wear -31 26 £308 -14.58% 7
North East -36 26 £308 -14.58% 7
Newcastle upon Tyne -31 25 £308 -14.58% 6
Manchester -5 22 £400 +14.28% 21
Scotland -27 19 £338 -10.00% 6
Cambridgeshire +3 18 £300 -29.41% 12
Cambridge +5 16 £275 -35.29% 10
Oxford -5 16 £400 +24.03% 1
Oxfordshire -7 16 £400 +26.98% 2
West Yorkshire -34 16 £350 +2.94% 6
Cheshire 0 15 £400 - 5
South Yorkshire -3 15 £400 +25.78% 1
Berkshire 0 14 £363 -3.33% 9
Sheffield -10 13 £400 +25.78% 1
Leeds -35 13 £350 +2.94% 4
Somerset -4 12 £398 +20.45%
Taunton +5 11 £398 +22.40%
Lancashire -7 10 £315 -25.44% 3
Hertfordshire 0 9 - - 7
Edinburgh -16 9 £338 +29.80% 3
West Midlands +16 8 £295 -12.59% 17

Automated Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 September 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Automated Testing 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 Automated Testing.

1 705 (62.06%) Agile Software Development
2 409 (36.00%) Java
3 399 (35.12%) Continuous Integration
4 318 (27.99%) Scrum
5 314 (27.64%) TDD
6 307 (27.02%) Selenium
7 304 (26.76%) JavaScript
8 292 (25.70%) SQL
9 269 (23.68%) QA
10 259 (22.80%) HTML
11 248 (21.83%) C#
12 218 (19.19%) .NET
13 204 (17.96%) Test Scripting
14 186 (16.37%) Test Automation
15 184 (16.20%) Jenkins
16 177 (15.58%) CSS
17 173 (15.23%) Finance
18 168 (14.79%) Cucumber
19 165 (14.52%) XML
20 163 (14.35%) Linux
21 158 (13.91%) Web Services
22 155 (13.64%) JIRA
23 150 (13.20%) Git (software)
24 144 (12.68%) BDD
25 140 (12.32%) SQL Server
26 139 (12.24%) Oracle
27 138 (12.15%) Windows
28 134 (11.80%) Unit Testing
29 125 (11.00%) Manual Testing
30 124 (10.92%) HTML5

Automated Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 4 September 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Automated Testing 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 Automated Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 85 (7.48%) WebSphere
2 57 (5.02%) IIS
3 55 (4.84%) Apache
4 54 (4.75%) Tomcat
5 52 (4.58%) Node.js
6 46 (4.05%) Confluence
7 41 (3.61%) nginx
8 36 (3.17%) Jetty
9 31 (2.73%) SharePoint
10 26 (2.29%) JBoss
11 23 (2.02%) CMS
12 13 (1.14%) MQSeries
13 12 (1.06%) WebLogic
14 9 (0.79%) Drupal
15 7 (0.62%) OpenStack
16 5 (0.44%) Apache Spark
16 5 (0.44%) SharePoint 2010
17 4 (0.35%) uiautomator
17 4 (0.35%) SharePoint 2013
17 4 (0.35%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 31 (2.73%) MS Office
2 28 (2.46%) MS Excel
3 4 (0.35%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.18%) Maya
4 2 (0.18%) 3ds Max
4 2 (0.18%) Adobe Illustrator
4 2 (0.18%) CINEMA 4D
4 2 (0.18%) MODO
4 2 (0.18%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.088%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 19 (1.67%) Magento
2 9 (0.79%) Dynamics CRM
3 5 (0.44%) SAP HR
4 4 (0.35%) Summit
5 3 (0.26%) MultiFonds
5 3 (0.26%) Oracle EBS
6 2 (0.18%) ION MarketView
6 2 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
7 1 (0.088%) Oracle General Ledger
7 1 (0.088%) Oracle Payables
7 1 (0.088%) Oracle Applications
7 1 (0.088%) Teamcenter
7 1 (0.088%) SAP R/3
7 1 (0.088%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 1 (0.088%) Dynamics AX
7 1 (0.088%) JDE EnterpriseOne
Cloud Services
1 70 (6.16%) Amazon AWS
2 38 (3.35%) Cloud Computing
2 38 (3.35%) Amazon EC2
3 34 (2.99%) Google Cloud Platform
4 33 (2.90%) Google App Engine
5 13 (1.14%) Microsoft Azure
6 10 (0.88%) SaaS
7 4 (0.35%) IaaS
8 3 (0.26%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 3 (0.26%) GitHub
9 2 (0.18%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
10 1 (0.088%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 1 (0.088%) AWS CloudFormation
10 1 (0.088%) Amazon ELB
10 1 (0.088%) Google Compute Engine
10 1 (0.088%) Amazon ElastiCache
10 1 (0.088%) PaaS
10 1 (0.088%) Heroku
10 1 (0.088%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 66 (5.81%) HTTP
2 44 (3.87%) DNS
3 40 (3.52%) TCP/IP
4 37 (3.26%) IPsec
4 37 (3.26%) FTP
5 36 (3.17%) DHCP
6 29 (2.55%) Internet
7 22 (1.94%) SSL
8 7 (0.62%) VPN
8 7 (0.62%) SMTP
9 6 (0.53%) LDAP
9 6 (0.53%) Bluetooth
9 6 (0.53%) Firewall
10 5 (0.44%) HTTPS
11 3 (0.26%) SNMP
11 3 (0.26%) IMAP
11 3 (0.26%) OpenVPN
12 2 (0.18%) OpenLDAP
12 2 (0.18%) SSH
12 2 (0.18%) Extranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 140 (12.32%) SQL Server
2 72 (6.34%) MySQL
3 62 (5.46%) MongoDB
3 62 (5.46%) Relational Database
4 48 (4.23%) DB2
5 42 (3.70%) RDBMS
6 38 (3.35%) Oracle Database
7 35 (3.08%) NoSQL
8 29 (2.55%) DbVisualizer
8 29 (2.55%) PostgreSQL
9 20 (1.76%) Apache Cassandra
10 19 (1.67%) Hadoop
11 14 (1.23%) SQL Server 2005
11 14 (1.23%) Data Warehouse
11 14 (1.23%) SQL Server 2008
12 13 (1.14%) Big Data
12 13 (1.14%) SQL Server 2012
13 11 (0.97%) Oracle Database 11g
13 11 (0.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 11 (0.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 307 (27.02%) Selenium
2 184 (16.20%) Jenkins
3 168 (14.79%) Cucumber
4 155 (13.64%) JIRA
5 150 (13.20%) Git (software)
6 119 (10.48%) WebDriver
7 90 (7.92%) JUnit
8 80 (7.04%) Subversion
9 73 (6.43%) Maven
10 71 (6.25%) Team Foundation Server
11 60 (5.28%) SoapUI
11 60 (5.28%) HP UFT
12 52 (4.58%) SpecFlow
13 51 (4.49%) Visual Studio
14 39 (3.43%) NUnit
15 34 (2.99%) Ant
16 29 (2.55%) LoadRunner
17 27 (2.38%) TeamCity
18 25 (2.20%) Eclipse
19 24 (2.11%) MSTest
General
1 173 (15.23%) Finance
2 105 (9.24%) Banking
3 60 (5.28%) Retail
4 37 (3.26%) Investment Banking
5 34 (2.99%) Games
6 24 (2.11%) Front Office
7 20 (1.76%) Publishing
8 18 (1.58%) Marketing
9 17 (1.50%) Telecoms
10 15 (1.32%) Back Office
10 15 (1.32%) Legal
11 11 (0.97%) Automotive
12 5 (0.44%) Electronics
13 4 (0.35%) Manufacturing
13 4 (0.35%) Wholesale Banking
14 3 (0.26%) Financial Institution
14 3 (0.26%) Corporate Banking
15 2 (0.18%) Law
15 2 (0.18%) Retail Banking
15 2 (0.18%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 418 (36.80%) Developer
2 204 (17.96%) Analyst
3 189 (16.64%) Test Analyst
4 156 (13.73%) Tester
5 82 (7.22%) Java Developer
6 58 (5.11%) Test Engineer
7 51 (4.49%) .NET Developer
8 50 (4.40%) Senior Developer
9 45 (3.96%) Web Developer
10 44 (3.87%) Front-End Developer
10 44 (3.87%) Automation Tester
11 43 (3.79%) ScrumMaster
11 43 (3.79%) Test Manager
12 35 (3.08%) Software Engineer
12 35 (3.08%) Test Leader
13 34 (2.99%) C# Developer
14 33 (2.90%) DevOps Engineer
15 30 (2.64%) Automation Engineer
16 28 (2.46%) Test Automation Engineer
16 28 (2.46%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 259 (22.80%) HTML
2 218 (19.19%) .NET
3 177 (15.58%) CSS
4 165 (14.52%) XML
5 158 (13.91%) Web Services
6 124 (10.92%) HTML5
7 112 (9.86%) jQuery
8 88 (7.75%) AngularJS
9 87 (7.66%) J2EE
10 84 (7.39%) SOAP
11 83 (7.31%) ASP.NET
12 76 (6.69%) RESTful
13 59 (5.19%) Twitter Bootstrap
14 57 (5.02%) JSON
15 56 (4.93%) .NET Framework
15 56 (4.93%) REST
16 50 (4.40%) Servlets
17 49 (4.31%) Spring
18 46 (4.05%) Ajax
19 40 (3.52%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 85 (7.48%) Analytical Skills
2 65 (5.72%) Mobile App
3 60 (5.28%) Computer Science
4 40 (3.52%) User Experience
5 27 (2.38%) Management Information System
6 22 (1.94%) Data Structures
7 17 (1.50%) Algorithms
7 17 (1.50%) Data Conversion
8 14 (1.23%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 11 (0.97%) Wiki
10 10 (0.88%) Market Risk
11 9 (0.79%) Mathematics
11 9 (0.79%) Physics
11 9 (0.79%) N-Tier
11 9 (0.79%) Equities
11 9 (0.79%) Credit Risk
11 9 (0.79%) Social Media
12 8 (0.70%) NHS
13 7 (0.62%) RIA
14 6 (0.53%) Blog
Operating Systems
1 163 (14.35%) Linux
2 138 (12.15%) Windows
3 106 (9.33%) UNIX
4 64 (5.63%) Android
5 54 (4.75%) Apple iOS
6 21 (1.85%) VME
7 20 (1.76%) Windows Server 2003
8 17 (1.50%) AIX
8 17 (1.50%) Windows Server 2008
9 13 (1.14%) Windows Server 2012
10 12 (1.06%) CentOS
10 12 (1.06%) Ubuntu
11 7 (0.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 6 (0.53%) Solaris
13 5 (0.44%) Mac OS X
13 5 (0.44%) Windows 7
13 5 (0.44%) Windows 8
14 4 (0.35%) Windows Mobile
14 4 (0.35%) Debian
15 2 (0.18%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 705 (62.06%) Agile Software Development
2 399 (35.12%) Continuous Integration
3 318 (27.99%) Scrum
4 314 (27.64%) TDD
5 204 (17.96%) Test Scripting
6 186 (16.37%) Test Automation
7 144 (12.68%) BDD
8 134 (11.80%) Unit Testing
9 125 (11.00%) Manual Testing
10 116 (10.21%) Software Engineering
10 116 (10.21%) E-Commerce
11 112 (9.86%) SDLC
12 96 (8.45%) User Acceptance Testing
12 96 (8.45%) Test Strategy
13 95 (8.36%) Regression Testing
14 94 (8.27%) Configuration Management
14 94 (8.27%) Kanban
14 94 (8.27%) DevOps
15 92 (8.10%) Continuous Delivery
15 92 (8.10%) OO
Programming Languages
1 409 (36.00%) Java
2 304 (26.76%) JavaScript
3 292 (25.70%) SQL
4 248 (21.83%) C#
5 98 (8.63%) Python
6 76 (6.69%) PHP
7 48 (4.23%) Ruby
8 47 (4.14%) C++
9 40 (3.52%) Perl
10 38 (3.35%) PL/SQL
11 28 (2.46%) T-SQL
12 25 (2.20%) C
13 24 (2.11%) Scala
14 22 (1.94%) Objective-C
15 20 (1.76%) Groovy
16 18 (1.58%) Bash Shell
17 17 (1.50%) COBOL
18 12 (1.06%) VB
18 12 (1.06%) Shell Script
19 8 (0.70%) VBA
Qualifications
1 110 (9.68%) Degree
2 105 (9.24%) ISEB
3 91 (8.01%) Security Cleared
4 77 (6.78%) ISTQB
5 40 (3.52%) SC Cleared
6 39 (3.43%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 12 (1.06%) DV Cleared
8 10 (0.88%) ISEB Practitioner
9 3 (0.26%) Sun Certification
10 2 (0.18%) ITIL Certification
10 2 (0.18%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 1 (0.088%) PMI Certification
11 1 (0.088%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 269 (23.68%) QA
2 8 (0.70%) PCI DSS
3 5 (0.44%) COREP
3 5 (0.44%) FINREP
3 5 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.26%) ISO 9001
5 2 (0.18%) ISO 14001
6 1 (0.088%) Basel II
6 1 (0.088%) HL7
System Software
1 44 (3.87%) VMware Infrastructure
2 23 (2.02%) Docker
3 18 (1.58%) Xen
4 11 (0.97%) Varnish
5 9 (0.79%) Active Directory
6 5 (0.44%) VMware ESX
6 5 (0.44%) vCloud
6 5 (0.44%) QEMU
6 5 (0.44%) KVM
7 4 (0.35%) BitLocker
8 3 (0.26%) NFS
8 3 (0.26%) FreeRADIUS
9 1 (0.088%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 75 (6.60%) Puppet
2 60 (5.28%) Opscode Chef
3 57 (5.02%) HP Quality Center
4 13 (1.14%) logstash
5 12 (1.06%) Nagios
6 11 (0.97%) Vagrant
7 10 (0.88%) Ansible
8 8 (0.70%) ZABBIX
9 7 (0.62%) Cacti
9 7 (0.62%) Control-M
10 6 (0.53%) CA LISA
11 4 (0.35%) SmokePing
11 4 (0.35%) BMC PATROL
12 3 (0.26%) Salt
12 3 (0.26%) Mesos
13 2 (0.18%) Graphite
13 2 (0.18%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
13 2 (0.18%) McAfee ePO
14 1 (0.088%) Netcool
14 1 (0.088%) Business Desktop Deployment
Vendors
1 139 (12.24%) Oracle
2 114 (10.04%) Microsoft
3 81 (7.13%) HP
4 49 (4.31%) Google
5 45 (3.96%) IBM
6 44 (3.87%) VMware
7 23 (2.02%) New Relic
8 15 (1.32%) Sybase
9 12 (1.06%) Sitecore
10 11 (0.97%) Zend
10 11 (0.97%) SAP
11 10 (0.88%) Atlassian
12 9 (0.79%) Red Hat
13 7 (0.62%) Talend
13 7 (0.62%) WSO2
14 6 (0.53%) WorldPay
14 6 (0.53%) Apigee
14 6 (0.53%) Endeca
14 6 (0.53%) Ab Initio
14 6 (0.53%) JD Edwards
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