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 26 January 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
26 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Automated Testing
Rank 216 238 299
Rank change year-on-year
+22 +61
Contract jobs citing Automated Testing 491 406 252
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.97% 0.83% 0.55%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.28% 1.12% 0.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 358 282 159
Average daily rate
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£425 £370 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.86% -2.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £540 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £325 £323
% change year-on-year
+15.38% +0.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 5 9
Average hourly rate £33.00 £35.00 £40.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.71% -12.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.15 £32.50 £27.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.05 £35.60 £43.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £35.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year
-5.71% -12.50%

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
38219 36146 32687
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 75.29% 74.26% 71.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 24558 22025 19397
Average daily rate £423 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.62% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £271 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.00% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1002 1117 1319
Average hourly rate £25.00 £26.50 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.66% -11.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.25 £27.00 £31.50
% change year-on-year
-6.48% -14.28%

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 26 January 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
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 26 January 2015.

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 26 January 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 +6 453 £425 +13.33% 215
London +9 242 £450 +15.38% 78
South East +11 99 £388 +24.00% 33
City of London +3 56 £488 +25.80% 18
South West -7 47 £428 +22.14% 26
Hampshire -5 29 £335 +26.41% 5
East of England +3 21 £475 +41.79% 16
Surrey +10 20 £375 +26.05% 7
Scotland +3 20 £328 +5.98% 11
Bristol +8 19 £438 +25.00% 9
Buckinghamshire -14 19 £414 +5.07% 4
Milton Keynes -1 17 £415 +3.75% 2
Yorkshire -5 17 £365 -2.60% 15
Edinburgh +6 14 £314 +0.40% 4
Cambridgeshire -4 14 £475 +49.60% 12
West Yorkshire -12 14 £375 - 10
Berkshire -4 12 £325 +9.24% 5
Leeds -13 12 £375 - 9
North West -8 11 £200 -36.50% 25
Southampton -3 10 £325 - 3
Devon -4 10 £425 +13.33% 1
Somerset -4 8 £319 -11.93% 1
Wales -10 8 - - 1
Reading +10 7 £331 +14.71% 3
East Midlands +6 7 £330 +20.00% 10
Gloucestershire -14 7 £439 - 5
Lancashire -14 6 £375 +87.50% 4
Cheltenham -14 6 £430 - 1
Woking +11 5 £475 +59.66% 2
South Wales -9 5 - - 1

Automated Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 January 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.

1 681 (62.94%) Agile Software Development
2 373 (34.47%) Java
3 354 (32.72%) Continuous Integration
4 307 (28.37%) SQL
5 305 (28.19%) Scrum
6 275 (25.42%) TDD
7 263 (24.31%) C#
8 259 (23.94%) Selenium
9 227 (20.98%) .NET
10 219 (20.24%) JavaScript
11 216 (19.96%) HTML
12 201 (18.58%) Linux
13 182 (16.82%) Git (software)
14 181 (16.73%) QA
15 177 (16.36%) BDD
16 152 (14.05%) Web Services
16 152 (14.05%) Jenkins
17 148 (13.68%) Security Cleared
17 148 (13.68%) Finance
18 136 (12.57%) Test Scripting
19 134 (12.38%) CSS
20 129 (11.92%) Manual Testing
21 128 (11.83%) HTML5
21 128 (11.83%) DevOps
22 122 (11.28%) SC Cleared
23 119 (11.00%) Test Automation
23 119 (11.00%) Ruby
24 114 (10.54%) MySQL
25 111 (10.26%) Puppet
26 110 (10.17%) SQL Server

Automated Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 26 January 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 70 (6.47%) Apache
2 45 (4.16%) CMS
3 30 (2.77%) Tomcat
4 29 (2.68%) SharePoint
5 27 (2.50%) JBoss
6 20 (1.85%) Node.js
7 18 (1.66%) IIS
8 17 (1.57%) Drupal
9 16 (1.48%) Apache Solr
10 14 (1.29%) WebSphere
11 12 (1.11%) Kentico
12 11 (1.02%) EPiServer CMS
13 10 (0.92%) Confluence
13 10 (0.92%) Jetty
14 9 (0.83%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 8 (0.74%) Sitecore CMS
15 8 (0.74%) nginx
16 7 (0.65%) SharePoint 2010
17 6 (0.55%) Alfresco
18 5 (0.46%) OpenStack
Applications
1 62 (5.73%) MS Excel
2 19 (1.76%) MS Office
3 5 (0.46%) MS Project
4 3 (0.28%) Mingle
5 2 (0.18%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.092%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 9 (0.83%) Summit
1 9 (0.83%) Magento
2 7 (0.65%) ION MarketView
2 7 (0.65%) RMDS
3 5 (0.46%) SAP SD
3 5 (0.46%) SAP PP
4 3 (0.28%) Dynamics CRM
5 2 (0.18%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.18%) Misys Midas
5 2 (0.18%) SAP ERP
5 2 (0.18%) Google Analytics
5 2 (0.18%) SAP ECC
5 2 (0.18%) SAP CRM
6 1 (0.092%) SAP FI/CO
6 1 (0.092%) SAP R/3
6 1 (0.092%) SAP FI
6 1 (0.092%) Hyperion Enterprise
6 1 (0.092%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 1 (0.092%) SAP CO
6 1 (0.092%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 60 (5.55%) PaaS
2 19 (1.76%) Amazon EC2
3 13 (1.20%) Cloud Computing
3 13 (1.20%) SaaS
4 12 (1.11%) Joyent
5 8 (0.74%) Amazon AWS
6 7 (0.65%) GitHub
7 6 (0.55%) Google Cloud Platform
7 6 (0.55%) Google App Engine
8 5 (0.46%) Microsoft Azure
9 3 (0.28%) Trello
10 2 (0.18%) IaaS
10 2 (0.18%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 41 (3.79%) HTTP
2 24 (2.22%) Internet
3 18 (1.66%) TCP/IP
4 13 (1.20%) SSL
5 12 (1.11%) FTP
5 12 (1.11%) DNS
6 11 (1.02%) DHCP
6 11 (1.02%) IPsec
7 9 (0.83%) MVNO
8 4 (0.37%) iBeacon
8 4 (0.37%) Wi-Fi
8 4 (0.37%) Ethernet
8 4 (0.37%) Bluetooth
9 2 (0.18%) PBX
9 2 (0.18%) VoIP
9 2 (0.18%) ATM
9 2 (0.18%) HTTPS
9 2 (0.18%) Intranet
9 2 (0.18%) Asterisk PBX
9 2 (0.18%) DVB
Database & Business Intelligence
1 114 (10.54%) MySQL
2 110 (10.17%) SQL Server
3 58 (5.36%) Relational Database
4 48 (4.44%) Oracle Database
5 34 (3.14%) MongoDB
6 31 (2.87%) RDBMS
7 22 (2.03%) DB2
8 21 (1.94%) Data Warehouse
8 21 (1.94%) Oracle Database 11g
9 19 (1.76%) PostgreSQL
10 18 (1.66%) SQL Server 2008
11 17 (1.57%) NoSQL
12 10 (0.92%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 7 (0.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 6 (0.55%) CouchDB
14 6 (0.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 6 (0.55%) OLTP
15 5 (0.46%) Apache Cassandra
15 5 (0.46%) SQL Server 2012
16 4 (0.37%) Couchbase
Development Applications
1 259 (23.94%) Selenium
2 182 (16.82%) Git (software)
3 152 (14.05%) Jenkins
4 109 (10.07%) Cucumber
5 104 (9.61%) JIRA
6 96 (8.87%) Team Foundation Server
7 88 (8.13%) Subversion
8 77 (7.12%) Maven
9 76 (7.02%) QuickTest Pro
10 62 (5.73%) WebDriver
11 59 (5.45%) Visual Studio
12 54 (4.99%) PHPUnit
13 49 (4.53%) JUnit
14 42 (3.88%) SpecFlow
15 37 (3.42%) SoapUI
16 31 (2.87%) LoadRunner
16 31 (2.87%) NUnit
17 29 (2.68%) TeamCity
17 29 (2.68%) Appium
18 28 (2.59%) JMeter
General
1 148 (13.68%) Finance
2 71 (6.56%) Banking
3 54 (4.99%) Games
4 45 (4.16%) Investment Banking
5 26 (2.40%) Telecoms
6 24 (2.22%) Front Office
7 18 (1.66%) Back Office
7 18 (1.66%) Publishing
8 15 (1.39%) Marketing
9 14 (1.29%) Retail
10 9 (0.83%) Advertising
11 8 (0.74%) Manufacturing
12 5 (0.46%) Legal
13 4 (0.37%) Electronics
14 3 (0.28%) Retail Banking
15 1 (0.092%) Pharmaceutical
15 1 (0.092%) Financial Institution
15 1 (0.092%) Automotive
15 1 (0.092%) Law
15 1 (0.092%) Dutch Language
Job Titles
1 422 (39.00%) Developer
2 162 (14.97%) Analyst
3 140 (12.94%) Tester
4 137 (12.66%) Test Analyst
5 97 (8.96%) .NET Developer
6 67 (6.19%) Senior Developer
7 60 (5.55%) Java Developer
8 59 (5.45%) DevOps Engineer
9 51 (4.71%) Test Engineer
10 44 (4.07%) ScrumMaster
11 41 (3.79%) Automation Tester
12 35 (3.23%) SQL Developer
13 34 (3.14%) Test Leader
14 32 (2.96%) C# Developer
15 30 (2.77%) PHP Developer
16 29 (2.68%) Software Engineer
16 29 (2.68%) Front-End Developer
16 29 (2.68%) Senior DevOps Engineer
17 28 (2.59%) Test Manager
17 28 (2.59%) QA Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 227 (20.98%) .NET
2 216 (19.96%) HTML
3 152 (14.05%) Web Services
4 134 (12.38%) CSS
5 128 (11.83%) HTML5
6 100 (9.24%) XML
7 96 (8.87%) jQuery
8 94 (8.69%) REST
9 93 (8.60%) ASP.NET
10 79 (7.30%) RESTful
11 76 (7.02%) ASP.NET MVC
12 68 (6.28%) JSON
13 64 (5.91%) .NET Framework
14 60 (5.55%) SOAP
15 56 (5.18%) Spring
16 55 (5.08%) CSS3
17 50 (4.62%) WCF
18 40 (3.70%) Ajax
19 39 (3.60%) Doctrine
20 37 (3.42%) Zend Framework
Miscellaneous
1 81 (7.49%) Open Source
2 65 (6.01%) Analytical Skills
3 37 (3.42%) Mobile App
4 32 (2.96%) Computer Science
5 23 (2.13%) Data Structures
6 22 (2.03%) NHS
7 21 (1.94%) Derivative
8 18 (1.66%) Equities
9 15 (1.39%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 13 (1.20%) Taxonomies
10 13 (1.20%) User Experience
10 13 (1.20%) Credit Risk
11 12 (1.11%) Fixed Income
11 12 (1.11%) Credit Derivative
12 9 (0.83%) Streaming Media
12 9 (0.83%) Client/Server
12 9 (0.83%) Visualisation
12 9 (0.83%) Enterprise Software
13 8 (0.74%) Market Risk
13 8 (0.74%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 201 (18.58%) Linux
2 97 (8.96%) UNIX
3 80 (7.39%) Windows
4 69 (6.38%) CentOS
5 41 (3.79%) Apple iOS
5 41 (3.79%) Android
6 30 (2.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 27 (2.50%) Ubuntu
8 18 (1.66%) Mac OS X
9 10 (0.92%) Windows Server 2008
10 7 (0.65%) AIX
11 6 (0.55%) Windows NT
12 4 (0.37%) Windows 7
13 2 (0.18%) Solaris
13 2 (0.18%) Windows Phone
14 1 (0.092%) Windows Phone 8
14 1 (0.092%) Windows Mobile
14 1 (0.092%) Windows CE
14 1 (0.092%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 681 (62.94%) Agile Software Development
2 354 (32.72%) Continuous Integration
3 305 (28.19%) Scrum
4 275 (25.42%) TDD
5 177 (16.36%) BDD
6 136 (12.57%) Test Scripting
7 129 (11.92%) Manual Testing
8 128 (11.83%) DevOps
9 119 (11.00%) Test Automation
10 108 (9.98%) Software Testing
10 108 (9.98%) Configuration Management
11 107 (9.89%) Mentoring
12 105 (9.70%) OO
12 105 (9.70%) Unit Testing
13 85 (7.86%) User Stories
14 83 (7.67%) Software Engineering
15 82 (7.58%) MVC
16 77 (7.12%) User Acceptance Testing
17 68 (6.28%) Test Strategy
18 66 (6.10%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 373 (34.47%) Java
2 307 (28.37%) SQL
3 263 (24.31%) C#
4 219 (20.24%) JavaScript
5 119 (11.00%) Ruby
6 101 (9.33%) Python
7 97 (8.96%) PHP
8 43 (3.97%) Scala
9 40 (3.70%) T-SQL
10 38 (3.51%) Bash Shell
11 33 (3.05%) C++
12 30 (2.77%) Perl
13 25 (2.31%) PL/SQL
14 22 (2.03%) C
15 13 (1.20%) VB
16 12 (1.11%) PowerShell
17 10 (0.92%) Shell Script
18 9 (0.83%) VBScript
19 6 (0.55%) Objective-C
20 5 (0.46%) PHP5
Qualifications
1 148 (13.68%) Security Cleared
2 122 (11.28%) SC Cleared
3 101 (9.33%) ISEB
4 73 (6.75%) ISTQB
5 58 (5.36%) Degree
6 27 (2.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 10 (0.92%) DV Cleared
8 4 (0.37%) ISEB Practitioner
9 3 (0.28%) HND
10 2 (0.18%) Microsoft Certification
10 2 (0.18%) CTC Cleared
10 2 (0.18%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 1 (0.092%) RHCSA
11 1 (0.092%) ACSP
11 1 (0.092%) BC Cleared
11 1 (0.092%) RHCE
11 1 (0.092%) PMP
11 1 (0.092%) PMI Certification
11 1 (0.092%) IBM Certification
11 1 (0.092%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 181 (16.73%) QA
2 8 (0.74%) ISO 14001
2 8 (0.74%) ISO 9001
3 5 (0.46%) Basel III
4 2 (0.18%) UCITS
5 1 (0.092%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.092%) SLA
5 1 (0.092%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 1 (0.092%) GMP
5 1 (0.092%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 15 (1.39%) Varnish
2 9 (0.83%) Active Directory
3 8 (0.74%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (0.37%) Xen
5 3 (0.28%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 3 (0.28%) vCloud
6 2 (0.18%) Docker
7 1 (0.092%) RHEV
7 1 (0.092%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 111 (10.26%) Puppet
2 88 (8.13%) Opscode Chef
3 74 (6.84%) HP Quality Center
4 33 (3.05%) Ansible
5 7 (0.65%) Nagios
6 4 (0.37%) Ganglia
6 4 (0.37%) collectd
7 3 (0.28%) SCCM
8 2 (0.18%) Control-M
9 1 (0.092%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
9 1 (0.092%) Nessus
9 1 (0.092%) ZABBIX
9 1 (0.092%) Cacti
9 1 (0.092%) Munin
9 1 (0.092%) logstash
9 1 (0.092%) CA LISA
9 1 (0.092%) HAProxy
9 1 (0.092%) Cobbler
9 1 (0.092%) Vagrant
Vendors
1 104 (9.61%) Microsoft
2 95 (8.78%) Oracle
3 66 (6.10%) HP
4 43 (3.97%) Zend
5 23 (2.13%) Google
6 16 (1.48%) Rackspace
7 15 (1.39%) IBM
8 11 (1.02%) Sybase
8 11 (1.02%) SAP
8 11 (1.02%) EPiServer
9 9 (0.83%) VMware
10 8 (0.74%) Sitecore
11 7 (0.65%) ION Trading
11 7 (0.65%) Telerik
11 7 (0.65%) Salesforce.com
11 7 (0.65%) TIBCO
12 6 (0.55%) Red Hat
13 4 (0.37%) Apple
13 4 (0.37%) Atlassian
13 4 (0.37%) Facebook
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LA International
Rate: £375 - £425 per day
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Rate: £400 - £500 per day
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London
Spargonet Consulting Plc
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
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London
Spargonet Consulting Plc
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Alexander Mann Solutions
Posted: Yesterday
Central London / West End
Westbourne Partners
Rate: From £500 to £600 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Austin Fraser Limited
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Twenty Recruitment Group
Rate: From £500 to £600 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
AB Recruit
Rate: £350 - £400 Per Day
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South West London
Nationwide People Ltd
Rate: £500 - £700 Per Day to £700/day (Ltd Co. basis)
Posted: 4 days ago
Reading
Searchability
Rate: £200 - £325 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Bristol
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Templeton and Partners - SAP & UK Account
Rate: £500 - 700 per day
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Crawley, West Sussex
Gold Group
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
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Bedfordshire
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Bournemouth, Dorset
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Rate: £400 - £500 per day
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City of London
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Rate: Market related
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Templeton and Partners - SAP & UK Account
Rate: £425 - 450 per day
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