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 1 May 2016 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.

3 months to
1 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Automated Testing
Rank 193 257 256
Rank change year-on-year
+64 -1
Contract jobs citing Automated Testing 690 495 464
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.23% 0.87% 0.85%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.51% 1.11% 1.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 476 303 301
Average daily rate £425 £365 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.43% +1.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £325 £338
% change year-on-year
+11.53% -3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 3 8
Average hourly rate £42.25 £45.00 £36.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.11% +24.13%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £39.00 £28.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £170.00 £45.00 £39.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.25 £37.50 £36.25
% change year-on-year
+12.66% +3.44%

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
45575 44729 42342
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 81.54% 78.84% 77.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 30101 27892 26461
Average daily rate £438 £413 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £280 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £551
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1047 1297 1209
Average hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.35 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.82 £47.83 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £30.50 £31.50
% change year-on-year
+18.03% -3.17%

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 May 2016.

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 May 2016.

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 May 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 +63 665 £425 +13.33% 215
London +27 287 £494 +12.80% 76
South East +47 151 £400 +14.28% 39
West Sussex +40 78 £425 +24.08% 4
Worthing +5 59 £425 -15.00% 4
North West +9 57 £375 +2.73% 25
City of London +55 54 £500 +5.26% 14
Yorkshire -2 40 £388 +29.16% 33
West Yorkshire -11 36 £388 +29.16% 22
Leeds -3 35 £388 +29.16% 18
West Midlands +8 32 £375 +27.11% 9
North East -20 30 £300 -15.26% 4
South West +1 29 £325 -7.14% 14
Tyne and Wear -24 29 £300 -15.26% 3
Newcastle upon Tyne -30 28 £295 -16.67% 3
East of England +22 27 £400 +28.00% 13
Cheshire +12 26 £425 +16.43% 2
Hampshire -2 25 £325 -2.25% 16
Cambridgeshire - 18 £375 - 6
Berkshire -8 15 £380 +8.64% 5
Manchester +1 14 £340 -11.68% 19
Basingstoke +4 13 £313 - 1
East Midlands +12 12 £525 +75.00% 2
Wales +6 12 £365 +20.66%
Kent - 12 £210 - 3
Oxfordshire +14 11 £450 +50.00% 4
Lancashire -5 11 £375 +6.53% 1
Wiltshire +5 10 £300 - 1
Macclesfield - 10 £488 - 1
Scotland -17 9 £438 +34.61% 10

Automated Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 May 2016, 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.

1 801 (63.27%) Agile Software Development
2 500 (39.49%) Java
3 426 (33.65%) Continuous Integration
4 379 (29.94%) Scrum
5 306 (24.17%) TDD
6 300 (23.70%) Selenium
7 261 (20.62%) SQL
8 258 (20.38%) Jenkins
9 256 (20.22%) QA
10 255 (20.14%) Git (software)
10 255 (20.14%) HTML
11 245 (19.35%) Linux
12 242 (19.12%) JavaScript
13 240 (18.96%) Finance
14 239 (18.88%) C#
15 219 (17.30%) CSS
16 212 (16.75%) JIRA
17 191 (15.09%) .NET
18 190 (15.01%) Python
19 188 (14.85%) BDD
20 177 (13.98%) REST
21 169 (13.35%) Web Services
22 162 (12.80%) Ruby
23 160 (12.64%) Microsoft
23 160 (12.64%) Test Automation
24 159 (12.56%) Oracle
25 155 (12.24%) Test Scripting
26 153 (12.09%) HTML5
27 151 (11.93%) Open Source
27 151 (11.93%) Subversion

Automated Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 May 2016, 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 79 (6.24%) Confluence
2 53 (4.19%) IIS
3 43 (3.40%) Node.js
3 43 (3.40%) Tomcat
4 41 (3.24%) WebSphere
5 40 (3.16%) Apache Spark
6 35 (2.76%) JBoss
7 34 (2.69%) Apache
8 33 (2.61%) CMS
9 32 (2.53%) Jetty
10 28 (2.21%) nginx
11 15 (1.18%) SharePoint
12 12 (0.95%) Oracle 10gAS
12 12 (0.95%) Oracle Application Server
12 12 (0.95%) Oracle HTTP Server
12 12 (0.95%) WebLogic
12 12 (0.95%) WebSphere Application Server
13 11 (0.87%) Elasticsearch
13 11 (0.87%) PowerExchange
14 7 (0.55%) Oracle Coherence
Applications
1 40 (3.16%) MS Excel
2 19 (1.50%) HipChat
3 18 (1.42%) MS Office
4 4 (0.32%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.32%) Spreadsheet
5 3 (0.24%) PaintShop Pro
5 3 (0.24%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.079%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.079%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 18 (1.42%) Magento
2 14 (1.11%) Dynamics CRM
3 9 (0.71%) Payment Gateway
3 9 (0.71%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 7 (0.55%) SAP MDM
5 4 (0.32%) Oracle EBS
5 4 (0.32%) TradeThru
6 3 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
6 3 (0.24%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 2 (0.16%) Beauchamp
7 2 (0.16%) Endur
7 2 (0.16%) Markit EDM
7 2 (0.16%) OpenText Process Suite
7 2 (0.16%) Oracle Applications
7 2 (0.16%) Oracle ERP
8 1 (0.079%) Oracle BPM
8 1 (0.079%) Oracle Payables
8 1 (0.079%) Remedy ITSM
8 1 (0.079%) SAP BPC
8 1 (0.079%) SAP Business ByDesign
Cloud Services
1 91 (7.19%) Amazon AWS
2 43 (3.40%) GitHub
3 37 (2.92%) Microsoft Azure
4 32 (2.53%) IaaS
5 30 (2.37%) PaaS
6 19 (1.50%) Cloud Computing
7 16 (1.26%) AWS CloudFormation
8 13 (1.03%) Google Cloud Platform
8 13 (1.03%) Heroku
9 11 (0.87%) Amazon S3
10 10 (0.79%) Amazon Kinesis
10 10 (0.79%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
10 10 (0.79%) Force.com
11 8 (0.63%) Amazon EC2
12 7 (0.55%) Google App Engine
12 7 (0.55%) Veeva
13 6 (0.47%) SaaS
14 3 (0.24%) Azure Active Directory
14 3 (0.24%) Google Analytics
14 3 (0.24%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 149 (11.77%) HTTP
2 52 (4.11%) TCP/IP
3 37 (2.92%) FTP
4 34 (2.69%) DHCP
4 34 (2.69%) DNS
4 34 (2.69%) IPsec
5 33 (2.61%) Internet
6 29 (2.29%) SSL
7 17 (1.34%) H.323
8 13 (1.03%) Telepresence
9 8 (0.63%) HTTPS
10 7 (0.55%) Kerberos
11 6 (0.47%) Firewall
12 5 (0.39%) LAN
12 5 (0.39%) Network Security
13 4 (0.32%) BIG-IP
13 4 (0.32%) LDAP
13 4 (0.32%) VPN
13 4 (0.32%) WAN
13 4 (0.32%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 136 (10.74%) SQL Server
2 105 (8.29%) Relational Database
3 91 (7.19%) MySQL
4 55 (4.34%) Big Data
5 53 (4.19%) MongoDB
6 47 (3.71%) Oracle Database
7 45 (3.55%) Hadoop
7 45 (3.55%) NoSQL
8 38 (3.00%) RDBMS
9 36 (2.84%) PostgreSQL
10 35 (2.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 33 (2.61%) Data Warehouse
12 31 (2.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 24 (1.90%) DB2
14 23 (1.82%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 17 (1.34%) SQL Server 2008
16 15 (1.18%) BusinessObjects
17 14 (1.11%) HBase
17 14 (1.11%) Oracle Reports
17 14 (1.11%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 300 (23.70%) Selenium
2 258 (20.38%) Jenkins
3 255 (20.14%) Git (software)
4 212 (16.75%) JIRA
5 151 (11.93%) Subversion
6 127 (10.03%) Cucumber
7 118 (9.32%) JUnit
8 117 (9.24%) WebDriver
9 79 (6.24%) Team Foundation Server
10 77 (6.08%) HP UFT
11 73 (5.77%) Maven
12 63 (4.98%) SpecFlow
13 54 (4.27%) Visual Studio
14 53 (4.19%) Travis CI
15 41 (3.24%) Appium
16 34 (2.69%) Gradle
17 31 (2.45%) Ant
18 29 (2.29%) TeamCity
19 28 (2.21%) Atlassian Bamboo
19 28 (2.21%) Grunt
General
1 240 (18.96%) Finance
2 105 (8.29%) Banking
3 43 (3.40%) Investment Banking
4 41 (3.24%) Games
5 36 (2.84%) Retail
6 25 (1.97%) Publishing
7 22 (1.74%) Front Office
8 17 (1.34%) Marketing
9 16 (1.26%) Telecoms
10 13 (1.03%) Manufacturing
11 11 (0.87%) Electronics
12 8 (0.63%) Back Office
12 8 (0.63%) Pharmaceutical
13 5 (0.39%) Financial Institution
14 4 (0.32%) Law
14 4 (0.32%) Legal
15 3 (0.24%) Advertising
16 2 (0.16%) Arabic Language
16 2 (0.16%) Automotive
16 2 (0.16%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 497 (39.26%) Developer
2 178 (14.06%) Analyst
3 173 (13.67%) Test Analyst
4 159 (12.56%) Tester
5 113 (8.93%) Java Developer
6 111 (8.77%) Test Engineer
7 73 (5.77%) Senior Developer
8 72 (5.69%) Scala Developer
9 70 (5.53%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
10 67 (5.29%) Automation Tester
11 65 (5.13%) Automation Test Analyst
11 65 (5.13%) C# Developer
12 62 (4.90%) Test Automation Engineer
13 60 (4.74%) QA Engineer
14 56 (4.42%) Consultant
15 50 (3.95%) QA Tester
16 49 (3.87%) .NET Developer
17 47 (3.71%) Test Manager
18 41 (3.24%) Software Engineer
19 40 (3.16%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 255 (20.14%) HTML
2 219 (17.30%) CSS
3 191 (15.09%) .NET
4 177 (13.98%) REST
5 169 (13.35%) Web Services
6 153 (12.09%) HTML5
7 148 (11.69%) JSON
8 140 (11.06%) RESTful
9 139 (10.98%) XML
10 136 (10.74%) Spring
11 107 (8.45%) CSS3
12 102 (8.06%) Ajax
13 94 (7.42%) AngularJS
14 74 (5.85%) SOAP
15 69 (5.45%) jQuery
16 66 (5.21%) Play Framework
16 66 (5.21%) Ruby on Rails
17 65 (5.13%) Django
18 63 (4.98%) Guice
19 58 (4.58%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 73 (5.77%) Mobile App
2 64 (5.06%) User Experience
3 50 (3.95%) Analytical Skills
4 32 (2.53%) Computer Science
5 31 (2.45%) Data Structures
5 31 (2.45%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 20 (1.58%) iPad
7 19 (1.50%) Algorithms
7 19 (1.50%) Derivative
8 18 (1.42%) Cryptography
8 18 (1.42%) Data Centre
8 18 (1.42%) Management Information System
9 17 (1.34%) Client/Server
10 16 (1.26%) Enterprise Software
11 15 (1.18%) Market Risk
12 14 (1.11%) Animation
12 14 (1.11%) iPhone
13 13 (1.03%) Fintech
13 13 (1.03%) Mainframe
14 12 (0.95%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 245 (19.35%) Linux
2 126 (9.95%) Windows
3 106 (8.37%) Unix
4 75 (5.92%) Android
5 71 (5.61%) Apple iOS
6 24 (1.90%) Windows Server
7 18 (1.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 17 (1.34%) AIX
9 15 (1.18%) Solaris
10 10 (0.79%) VME
11 9 (0.71%) Windows Server 2003
12 5 (0.39%) Mac OS
13 4 (0.32%) Mac OS X
13 4 (0.32%) Windows 7
14 3 (0.24%) VMS
14 3 (0.24%) Windows Phone
15 2 (0.16%) CentOS
15 2 (0.16%) Debian
15 2 (0.16%) SUSE
15 2 (0.16%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 801 (63.27%) Agile Software Development
2 426 (33.65%) Continuous Integration
3 379 (29.94%) Scrum
4 306 (24.17%) TDD
5 188 (14.85%) BDD
6 160 (12.64%) Test Automation
7 155 (12.24%) Test Scripting
8 151 (11.93%) Open Source
9 149 (11.77%) DevOps
10 142 (11.22%) Configuration Management
11 141 (11.14%) Manual Testing
12 131 (10.35%) Kanban
13 124 (9.79%) OO
14 120 (9.48%) Unit Testing
15 118 (9.32%) Software Testing
16 114 (9.00%) Software Engineering
17 107 (8.45%) Mentoring
18 105 (8.29%) Functional Testing
19 96 (7.58%) Continuous Delivery
19 96 (7.58%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 500 (39.49%) Java
2 261 (20.62%) SQL
3 242 (19.12%) JavaScript
4 239 (18.88%) C#
5 190 (15.01%) Python
6 162 (12.80%) Ruby
7 132 (10.43%) Scala
8 62 (4.90%) C++
9 58 (4.58%) PHP
10 41 (3.24%) Bash Shell
11 31 (2.45%) PowerShell
12 30 (2.37%) Perl
13 26 (2.05%) PL/SQL
14 25 (1.97%) Groovy
15 24 (1.90%) Apex Code
16 21 (1.66%) SOQL
17 20 (1.58%) Shell Script
18 19 (1.50%) VB
19 17 (1.34%) T-SQL
20 14 (1.11%) Go
Qualifications
1 117 (9.24%) ISTQB
2 112 (8.85%) ISEB
3 104 (8.21%) Security Cleared
4 69 (5.45%) Degree
5 68 (5.37%) SC Cleared
6 37 (2.92%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 28 (2.21%) BPSS Clearance
8 10 (0.79%) PhD
9 7 (0.55%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 6 (0.47%) DV Cleared
10 6 (0.47%) PMI Certification
11 5 (0.39%) Sun Certification
12 4 (0.32%) HND
12 4 (0.32%) ISEB Practitioner
12 4 (0.32%) Microsoft Certification
13 2 (0.16%) BC Cleared
13 2 (0.16%) MCSD
14 1 (0.079%) CISSP
14 1 (0.079%) OCP
14 1 (0.079%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 256 (20.22%) QA
2 12 (0.95%) Disclosure Scotland
2 12 (0.95%) FedRAMP
3 5 (0.39%) SDET
4 4 (0.32%) WCAG
5 3 (0.24%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.24%) SLA
6 2 (0.16%) HL7
6 2 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.079%) 21 CFR Part 11
7 1 (0.079%) GMP
7 1 (0.079%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 47 (3.71%) Docker
2 37 (2.92%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (1.58%) Xen
4 11 (0.87%) Active Directory
5 8 (0.63%) HDFS
6 7 (0.55%) Oracle RAC
7 3 (0.24%) Varnish
8 2 (0.16%) Apache Flume
8 2 (0.16%) BitLocker
8 2 (0.16%) Hyper-V
8 2 (0.16%) KVM
8 2 (0.16%) VirtualBox
9 1 (0.079%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 88 (6.95%) Puppet
2 55 (4.34%) Opscode Chef
3 37 (2.92%) HP Quality Center
4 21 (1.66%) Ansible
5 9 (0.71%) HP SiteScope
6 7 (0.55%) Mesos
6 7 (0.55%) Netcool
7 5 (0.39%) Terraform
8 3 (0.24%) Windows Intune
9 2 (0.16%) CA Wily
9 2 (0.16%) logstash
9 2 (0.16%) Nagios
9 2 (0.16%) Tivoli
9 2 (0.16%) Zenoss
10 1 (0.079%) BMC PATROL
10 1 (0.079%) Control-M
10 1 (0.079%) Data Guard
10 1 (0.079%) Ganglia
10 1 (0.079%) Nessus
10 1 (0.079%) Oracle RMAN
Vendors
1 160 (12.64%) Microsoft
2 159 (12.56%) Oracle
3 83 (6.56%) Google
4 52 (4.11%) HP
5 43 (3.40%) SAP
6 38 (3.00%) Salesforce.com
6 38 (3.00%) VMware
7 32 (2.53%) Atlassian
8 21 (1.66%) Red Hat
9 17 (1.34%) Apple
10 16 (1.26%) Talend
11 15 (1.18%) Siebel
11 15 (1.18%) Sybase
12 14 (1.11%) Adobe
12 14 (1.11%) IBM
12 14 (1.11%) Informatica
13 12 (0.95%) Axway
14 11 (0.87%) Genesys
15 9 (0.71%) Mercator
15 9 (0.71%) Sun
London
Oscar
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: From £340 to £375 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, Yorkshire
Mercator IT Solutions
Rate: / day
Posted: Yesterday
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Coburg Banks IT
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £650 per day + depending on experience
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Vantage Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: From £450 to £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Stirlingshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £300.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
North London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: Market rates
Posted: 3 days ago
City Of London
HFG
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £30000 per annum + Pro rata
Posted: 4 days ago
Stirlingshire
Hydrogen Group
Posted: 4 days ago
United Kingdom
Vivid Resourcing
Rate: £600 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Arrows Group
Rate: From £450 to £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £400 - £550 per day + Excellent daily rates
Posted: 4 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Experis Ltd
Rate: £200 - £265 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £500 - £600 per day + Travel etc
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Mercator IT Solutions
Rate: £Market
Posted: 5 days ago
Portsmouth
Volt
Rate: £425.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Portsmouth, UK
Arrows Group
Rate: £0 - £500+ per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Intapeople
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Square One Resources
Rate: Up to £500 per day for 6 months
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Square One Resources
Rate: Up to £400 per day 12 months contract
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Novate IT Ltd
Rate: £280 - £300 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Worthing
Edward Carter Solutions
Rate: £475 - £550+ per day
Posted: 6 days ago
North West London
MegaNexus Limited
Rate: From £100 to £200 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
Worthing
Edward Carter Solutions
Rate: £0 - £400 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
Worthing
Edward Carter Solutions
Rate: EXCELLENT RATES
Posted: 10 days ago
UK
Edward Carter Solutions
Rate: EXCELLENT RATES
Posted: 10 days ago
Hampshire
TDA Group
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 11 days ago
Basingstoke
TDA Group
Posted: 11 days ago