The first table below looks at the demand 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 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.

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
Automated Testing
Rank 203 241 237
Rank change year-on-year
+38 -4
Contract jobs citing Automated Testing 558 401 435
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.02% 0.78% 0.75%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.38% 1.08% 1.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 353 258 243
Average daily rate
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£375 £375 £333
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +12.78%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £276 £270 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £506 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £355 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+9.23% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 10 16
Average hourly rate £59.75 £36.75 £40.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+62.58% -8.12%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £59.75 £33.25 £40.00
% change year-on-year
+79.69% -16.87%
Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
40487 37295 40755
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.10% 72.93% 70.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 25009 22626 23492
Average daily rate £400 £401 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.12% +0.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1153 1056 1466
Average hourly rate £23.00 £30.00 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-23.33% -3.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.51 £12.50 £13.42
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.50 £45.65
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £31.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-19.35% -

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 1 August 2014.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Automated Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 1 August 2014.

Automated Testing Hourly Rate Histogram 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 1 August 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
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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 +37 490 £375 -1.63% 184
London +1 222 £415 -2.35% 73
South East -11 74 £388 +19.23% 30
East of England +13 52 £350 -1.40% 14
South West +5 50 £350 +4.86% 12
City of London -1 39 £496 +16.64% 26
Scotland 0 30 £375 +8.69% 9
Tyne and Wear - 30 £360 - 10
North East - 30 £360 - 10
Newcastle upon Tyne - 30 £360 - 10
Cambridgeshire +15 29 £425 +28.78% 8
Yorkshire +7 28 £328 +12.93% 26
West Yorkshire +9 24 £334 +48.33% 15
Leeds +4 22 £334 +48.33% 13
Wales +2 21 £350 -5.40% 1
South Wales +1 21 £350 -5.40% 1
North West +6 20 £350 +7.69% 14
Buckinghamshire +6 17 £400 +23.07% 3
Hampshire -10 16 £438 +25.00% 9
Berkshire -29 16 £375 +7.14% 9
Somerset - 15 £350 - 3
Glasgow +9 14 £413 +3.12% 7
Bristol -9 14 £368 -8.12% 3
Milton Keynes +7 13 £400 +18.51% 1
Surrey -2 12 £375 -6.25% 3
Taunton - 12 £338 - 1
Cardiff -5 11 £400 +8.10% 1
Edinburgh -10 11 £250 -33.33% 1
Southampton -1 10 £388 +9.15% 3
East Midlands +2 9 £327 +15.10% 4

Automated Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 August 2014, 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.

1 347 (33.89%) Agile Software Development
2 301 (29.39%) SQL
3 298 (29.10%) TDD
4 284 (27.73%) Java
5 267 (26.07%) Scrum
6 257 (25.10%) Selenium
7 252 (24.61%) Continuous Integration
8 251 (24.51%) .NET
9 240 (23.44%) QA
10 228 (22.27%) BDD
11 225 (21.97%) C#
12 204 (19.92%) JavaScript
13 188 (18.36%) Test Scripting
14 159 (15.53%) Team Foundation Server
15 158 (15.43%) Software Testing
16 154 (15.04%) Finance
17 152 (14.84%) Microsoft
18 151 (14.75%) Test Automation
19 149 (14.55%) HTML
20 147 (14.36%) Visual Studio
21 144 (14.06%) Web Services
22 136 (13.28%) Cucumber
23 135 (13.18%) ISEB
24 133 (12.99%) XML
25 129 (12.60%) SQL Server
26 126 (12.30%) Configuration Management
27 123 (12.01%) Windows
28 121 (11.82%) Git (software)
29 118 (11.52%) WebDriver
29 118 (11.52%) Automation Testing

Automated Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 August 2014, 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 61 (5.96%) Node.js
2 37 (3.61%) CMS
3 32 (3.13%) WebSphere
3 32 (3.13%) SharePoint
4 28 (2.73%) Apache
5 23 (2.25%) Drupal
6 22 (2.15%) Elasticsearch
7 17 (1.66%) IIS
8 16 (1.56%) MQSeries
8 16 (1.56%) Tomcat
9 15 (1.46%) nginx
10 14 (1.37%) Sitecore CMS
11 13 (1.27%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 12 (1.17%) Jetty
13 7 (0.68%) Apache Solr
14 5 (0.49%) Confluence
14 5 (0.49%) SharePoint 2010
14 5 (0.49%) Lync
14 5 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2010
14 5 (0.49%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 45 (4.39%) MS Excel
2 13 (1.27%) MS Office
3 8 (0.78%) MS Visio
4 5 (0.49%) MS Project
5 2 (0.20%) Mingle
5 2 (0.20%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.098%) Final Cut Pro
6 1 (0.098%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 11 (1.07%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.78%) Oracle BPM
3 7 (0.68%) RMDS
4 5 (0.49%) ION MarketView
4 5 (0.49%) Summit
5 4 (0.39%) Oracle Financials
6 3 (0.29%) Magento
6 3 (0.29%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 2 (0.20%) SAP Retail
7 2 (0.20%) Misys Midas
7 2 (0.20%) Dynamics AX
7 2 (0.20%) Markit EDM
8 1 (0.098%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 21 (2.05%) Cloud Computing
2 16 (1.56%) Amazon EC2
3 12 (1.17%) Office 365
4 11 (1.07%) Google App Engine
5 10 (0.98%) Microsoft Azure
6 6 (0.59%) SaaS
6 6 (0.59%) PaaS
6 6 (0.59%) Amazon AWS
7 5 (0.49%) Joyent
8 4 (0.39%) IaaS
9 3 (0.29%) GitHub
9 3 (0.29%) Heroku
10 1 (0.098%) Amazon EMR
10 1 (0.098%) Trello
10 1 (0.098%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 49 (4.79%) HTTP
2 36 (3.52%) Internet
3 17 (1.66%) SSL
4 16 (1.56%) TCP/IP
5 11 (1.07%) FTP
6 9 (0.88%) DNS
7 8 (0.78%) DHCP
7 8 (0.78%) IPsec
8 6 (0.59%) Broadband
9 4 (0.39%) ZigBee
10 3 (0.29%) Asterisk PBX
10 3 (0.29%) Firewall
10 3 (0.29%) PBX
10 3 (0.29%) VoIP
10 3 (0.29%) VPN
11 2 (0.20%) TETRA
11 2 (0.20%) GSM
11 2 (0.20%) Bluetooth
11 2 (0.20%) MVNO
12 1 (0.098%) HSPA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 129 (12.60%) SQL Server
2 46 (4.49%) Relational Database
3 43 (4.20%) MySQL
3 43 (4.20%) SSDT
4 39 (3.81%) Oracle Database
5 37 (3.61%) Data Warehouse
6 34 (3.32%) MongoDB
7 24 (2.34%) Apache Cassandra
8 23 (2.25%) SQL Server 2008
8 23 (2.25%) DB2
9 21 (2.05%) NoSQL
10 20 (1.95%) Redis
11 16 (1.56%) RDBMS
12 14 (1.37%) Oracle Database 11g
12 14 (1.37%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 14 (1.37%) Big Data
13 13 (1.27%) DbVisualizer
14 11 (1.07%) Hadoop
14 11 (1.07%) PostgreSQL
15 9 (0.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 257 (25.10%) Selenium
2 159 (15.53%) Team Foundation Server
3 147 (14.36%) Visual Studio
4 136 (13.28%) Cucumber
5 121 (11.82%) Git (software)
6 118 (11.52%) WebDriver
7 104 (10.16%) Maven
8 98 (9.57%) Jenkins
9 89 (8.69%) QuickTest Pro
10 83 (8.11%) JIRA
11 75 (7.32%) JUnit
11 75 (7.32%) Subversion
12 63 (6.15%) TeamCity
13 47 (4.59%) Gradle
14 43 (4.20%) NuGet
15 40 (3.91%) MSBuild
15 40 (3.91%) Artifactory
15 40 (3.91%) Octopus Deploy
16 39 (3.81%) LoadRunner
17 37 (3.61%) RSpec
General
1 154 (15.04%) Finance
2 63 (6.15%) Banking
3 36 (3.52%) Retail
4 31 (3.03%) Games
4 31 (3.03%) Investment Banking
5 26 (2.54%) Telecoms
6 22 (2.15%) Back Office
7 21 (2.05%) Manufacturing
8 20 (1.95%) Front Office
9 11 (1.07%) Publishing
10 9 (0.88%) Legal
10 9 (0.88%) Marketing
11 8 (0.78%) Advertising
11 8 (0.78%) Electronics
12 3 (0.29%) Pharmaceutical
12 3 (0.29%) Financial Institution
12 3 (0.29%) General Ledger
13 2 (0.20%) Multimedia
13 2 (0.20%) Retail Banking
13 2 (0.20%) Law
Job Titles
1 319 (31.15%) Developer
2 218 (21.29%) Analyst
3 194 (18.95%) Test Analyst
4 179 (17.48%) Tester
5 67 (6.54%) Test Engineer
6 57 (5.57%) Java Developer
7 47 (4.59%) .NET Developer
8 43 (4.20%) Software Engineer
8 43 (4.20%) Consultant
8 43 (4.20%) QA Analyst
9 42 (4.10%) Automation Tester
10 37 (3.61%) Test Leader
11 36 (3.52%) Senior Developer
12 34 (3.32%) Build and Release Engineer
12 34 (3.32%) Build Engineer
12 34 (3.32%) Release Engineer
12 34 (3.32%) Test Manager
13 32 (3.13%) QA Tester
14 31 (3.03%) Web Developer
15 30 (2.93%) QA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 251 (24.51%) .NET
2 149 (14.55%) HTML
3 144 (14.06%) Web Services
4 133 (12.99%) XML
5 108 (10.55%) CSS
6 106 (10.35%) .NET Framework
7 88 (8.59%) HTML5
8 77 (7.52%) REST
9 72 (7.03%) ASP.NET
10 63 (6.15%) SOAP
10 63 (6.15%) AngularJS
11 59 (5.76%) WCF
12 57 (5.57%) jQuery
13 51 (4.98%) CSS3
14 48 (4.69%) JSON
15 47 (4.59%) J2EE
16 46 (4.49%) ASP.NET MVC
17 40 (3.91%) Spring
18 39 (3.81%) Backbone.js
19 29 (2.83%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 85 (8.30%) Open Source
2 34 (3.32%) Mobile App
3 33 (3.22%) Computer Science
4 29 (2.83%) Wiki
5 22 (2.15%) Client/Server
6 20 (1.95%) Credit Risk
7 18 (1.76%) Social Media
8 16 (1.56%) Management Information System
8 16 (1.56%) NHS
8 16 (1.56%) Enterprise Software
9 15 (1.46%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 13 (1.27%) Derivative
11 11 (1.07%) Smartcard
11 11 (1.07%) N-Tier
11 11 (1.07%) Equities
11 11 (1.07%) Market Risk
12 9 (0.88%) EMV
13 7 (0.68%) Digital Media
13 7 (0.68%) GIS
13 7 (0.68%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 123 (12.01%) Windows
2 96 (9.38%) Linux
3 92 (8.98%) UNIX
4 49 (4.79%) Windows Server 2012
5 39 (3.81%) Android
6 35 (3.42%) Apple iOS
7 8 (0.78%) Windows Server 2008
8 7 (0.68%) CentOS
9 6 (0.59%) Windows 7
10 4 (0.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 3 (0.29%) Windows Phone
11 3 (0.29%) Mac OS X
11 3 (0.29%) Windows NT
12 2 (0.20%) Embedded Linux
13 1 (0.098%) SmartOS
13 1 (0.098%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.098%) BlackBerry OS
13 1 (0.098%) Debian
13 1 (0.098%) Solaris
13 1 (0.098%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 347 (33.89%) Agile Software Development
2 298 (29.10%) TDD
3 267 (26.07%) Scrum
4 252 (24.61%) Continuous Integration
5 228 (22.27%) BDD
6 188 (18.36%) Test Scripting
7 158 (15.43%) Software Testing
8 151 (14.75%) Test Automation
9 126 (12.30%) Configuration Management
10 118 (11.52%) Automation Testing
11 102 (9.96%) User Acceptance Testing
12 90 (8.79%) E-Commerce
13 84 (8.20%) Unit Testing
14 78 (7.62%) OO
15 72 (7.03%) Test Strategy
16 70 (6.84%) Software Engineering
16 70 (6.84%) Web Development
17 68 (6.64%) Release Management
18 62 (6.05%) Kanban
19 61 (5.96%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 301 (29.39%) SQL
2 284 (27.73%) Java
3 225 (21.97%) C#
4 204 (19.92%) JavaScript
5 78 (7.62%) Ruby
6 61 (5.96%) PHP
7 47 (4.59%) Python
8 31 (3.03%) C++
9 26 (2.54%) T-SQL
10 23 (2.25%) Scala
10 23 (2.25%) VB
10 23 (2.25%) Shell Script
11 21 (2.05%) C
12 20 (1.95%) Perl
13 18 (1.76%) Groovy
14 10 (0.98%) Objective-C
14 10 (0.98%) VBScript
14 10 (0.98%) PHP5
15 8 (0.78%) LINC
15 8 (0.78%) XPath
Qualifications
1 135 (13.18%) ISEB
2 89 (8.69%) Security Cleared
3 88 (8.59%) ISTQB
4 62 (6.05%) SC Cleared
4 62 (6.05%) Degree
5 60 (5.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 8 (0.78%) BC Cleared
7 5 (0.49%) DV Cleared
8 4 (0.39%) ISEB Practitioner
9 2 (0.20%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 1 (0.098%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 1 (0.098%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 1 (0.098%) CTC Cleared
10 1 (0.098%) Microsoft Certification
10 1 (0.098%) PMP
10 1 (0.098%) PMI Certification
10 1 (0.098%) MCSD
10 1 (0.098%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 240 (23.44%) QA
2 4 (0.39%) ISO 9001
2 4 (0.39%) ISO 14001
2 4 (0.39%) Basel III
3 3 (0.29%) EMIR
3 3 (0.29%) Dodd-Frank
3 3 (0.29%) Solvency II
4 2 (0.20%) SLA
5 1 (0.098%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.098%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 11 (1.07%) VMware Infrastructure
2 7 (0.68%) Active Directory
3 5 (0.49%) Xen
4 4 (0.39%) Varnish
5 3 (0.29%) Hyper-V
6 2 (0.20%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 2 (0.20%) HDFS
7 1 (0.098%) Platform Symphony
7 1 (0.098%) RHEV
7 1 (0.098%) Nmap
Systems Management
1 85 (8.30%) HP Quality Center
2 33 (3.22%) Puppet
3 26 (2.54%) Opscode Chef
4 16 (1.56%) SCCM
5 7 (0.68%) Vagrant
6 5 (0.49%) Ansible
6 5 (0.49%) Nagios
7 4 (0.39%) Ganglia
7 4 (0.39%) collectd
8 2 (0.20%) Nessus
8 2 (0.20%) CA LISA
9 1 (0.098%) Ambari
9 1 (0.098%) HAProxy
9 1 (0.098%) logstash
9 1 (0.098%) OpenIDM
9 1 (0.098%) OpenAM
9 1 (0.098%) Kibana
9 1 (0.098%) Data Guard
9 1 (0.098%) Control-M
9 1 (0.098%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 152 (14.84%) Microsoft
2 97 (9.47%) Oracle
3 71 (6.93%) HP
4 42 (4.10%) Red Gate
5 26 (2.54%) IBM
6 21 (2.05%) Google
7 17 (1.66%) hybris
8 15 (1.46%) SAP
9 14 (1.37%) Sitecore
10 13 (1.27%) VMware
11 11 (1.07%) ATG
11 11 (1.07%) Zend
12 10 (0.98%) Salesforce.com
13 9 (0.88%) JBoss
14 7 (0.68%) Perforce
15 6 (0.59%) Telerik
15 6 (0.59%) Red Hat
15 6 (0.59%) 29West
16 5 (0.49%) Rackspace
16 5 (0.49%) EPiServer
London
Roc Search
Posted: 56 minutes ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £150.00 - £175.00 per day
Posted: 3 hours ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £150.00 - £175.00 per day
Posted: 3 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 7 hours ago
City, London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £600 - £625 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £500.00 - £550.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Bromley, Kent
JM
Posted: Yesterday
South West
Sanderson
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 2 days ago
Northampton, Northamptonshire
IT Connections
Rate: £230 Per Day
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear
SmartSourcing plc
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Explore Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Burns Sheehan
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Parallel Consulting
Rate: £300 - £330 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
South West
Sanderson
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Northern Recruitment Group
Rate: From £400 to £400 per day Contract Length: 5 months
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Aston Carter
Rate: £500 - £520 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £300.00 - £320.00 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago