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 28 August 2014 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
28 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Automated Testing
Rank 222 232 229
Rank change year-on-year
+10 -3
Contract jobs citing Automated Testing 539 443 484
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.97% 0.84% 0.84%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.30% 1.15% 1.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 344 292 277
Average daily rate
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£375 £388 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.22% +14.81%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £266 £253 £237
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £355 £325 £311
% change year-on-year
+9.23% +4.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 8 15
Average hourly rate £80.00 £34.50 £40.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+131.88% -13.75%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £80.00 £34.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year
+135.29% -15.00%

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
41340 38593 41072
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.29% 73.27% 70.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 25582 23715 23832
Average daily rate £410 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.50% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £273 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £360
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1138 1054 1464
Average hourly rate £23.00 £28.00 £31.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.85% -11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £48.84 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-16.66% -3.22%

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 28 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
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 28 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 +2 473 £375 -6.25% 153
London -19 210 £400 -5.88% 54
South East -18 75 £375 +15.38% 26
South West +10 59 £368 +13.07% 23
East of England -8 41 £335 -10.66% 11
Tyne and Wear - 34 £360 - 2
North East - 34 £360 - 3
Newcastle upon Tyne - 34 £360 - 2
City of London -10 32 £483 +13.52% 16
Scotland -2 30 £375 +15.38% 5
Yorkshire +10 27 £340 +36.00% 14
West Yorkshire +11 23 £340 +47.02% 9
Somerset +9 23 £330 +1.53% 3
Leeds +4 20 £340 +47.02% 6
Wales -3 19 £325 -7.14% 2
South Wales +4 17 £325 -12.16% 1
Cambridgeshire +3 16 £425 +28.78% 8
Buckinghamshire +8 15 £410 +17.14% 4
Taunton - 15 £325 - 1
Glasgow - 15 £413 - 1
North West +3 14 £350 +7.69% 17
Bristol -5 14 £400 - 8
Berkshire -16 14 £375 - 3
Surrey -4 12 £375 - 8
Milton Keynes +2 11 £400 +18.51% 2
Hampshire -15 11 £438 +50.86% 5
East Sussex +1 10 £240 -40.00% 3
East Midlands +1 10 £300 +5.72% 4
Hertfordshire -11 10 £475 +18.75% 1
Edinburgh -8 9 £240 -36.00% 1

Automated Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 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.

1 340 (34.27%) Agile Software Development
2 301 (30.34%) TDD
3 296 (29.84%) SQL
4 281 (28.33%) Java
5 258 (26.01%) Selenium
6 255 (25.71%) Continuous Integration
7 249 (25.10%) .NET
8 244 (24.60%) Scrum
9 240 (24.19%) QA
10 217 (21.88%) C#
11 215 (21.67%) BDD
12 190 (19.15%) JavaScript
13 179 (18.04%) Test Scripting
14 156 (15.73%) Team Foundation Server
15 155 (15.63%) Finance
16 153 (15.42%) HTML
17 147 (14.82%) Software Testing
18 145 (14.62%) Microsoft
19 140 (14.11%) Test Automation
20 137 (13.81%) Visual Studio
21 131 (13.21%) Cucumber
22 123 (12.40%) SQL Server
23 122 (12.30%) Web Services
23 122 (12.30%) Windows
24 119 (12.00%) Configuration Management
24 119 (12.00%) Git (software)
25 118 (11.90%) ISEB
26 116 (11.69%) Automation Testing
27 114 (11.49%) WebDriver
28 113 (11.39%) XML

Automated Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 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 65 (6.55%) Node.js
2 41 (4.13%) CMS
3 31 (3.13%) WebSphere
4 30 (3.02%) Apache
4 30 (3.02%) SharePoint
5 22 (2.22%) Elasticsearch
6 17 (1.71%) Tomcat
6 17 (1.71%) IIS
7 15 (1.51%) MQSeries
7 15 (1.51%) nginx
8 13 (1.31%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 13 (1.31%) Jetty
9 12 (1.21%) Drupal
9 12 (1.21%) Sitecore CMS
10 10 (1.01%) EPiServer CMS
11 5 (0.50%) Oracle Workflow
12 4 (0.40%) Alfresco
12 4 (0.40%) WordPress
12 4 (0.40%) WebLogic
12 4 (0.40%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 43 (4.33%) MS Excel
2 12 (1.21%) MS Office
3 6 (0.60%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.40%) MS Project
5 2 (0.20%) Mingle
6 1 (0.10%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.10%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.10%) Final Cut Pro
Business Applications
1 9 (0.91%) RMDS
1 9 (0.91%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.81%) ION MarketView
2 8 (0.81%) Oracle BPM
3 5 (0.50%) Summit
4 4 (0.40%) Oracle Financials
5 3 (0.30%) Misys Midas
5 3 (0.30%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 3 (0.30%) Magento
6 2 (0.20%) Markit EDM
6 2 (0.20%) Dynamics AX
6 2 (0.20%) SAP Retail
7 1 (0.10%) Remedy ITSM
7 1 (0.10%) Google Analytics
Cloud Services
1 21 (2.12%) Cloud Computing
2 14 (1.41%) Office 365
3 12 (1.21%) Amazon EC2
4 11 (1.11%) Google App Engine
5 8 (0.81%) Microsoft Azure
6 6 (0.60%) PaaS
6 6 (0.60%) Amazon AWS
7 4 (0.40%) IaaS
8 3 (0.30%) GitHub
8 3 (0.30%) SaaS
9 1 (0.10%) Amazon S3
9 1 (0.10%) Joyent
9 1 (0.10%) Amazon EMR
9 1 (0.10%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 44 (4.44%) HTTP
2 33 (3.33%) Internet
3 14 (1.41%) TCP/IP
3 14 (1.41%) SSL
4 10 (1.01%) FTP
5 9 (0.91%) DNS
6 8 (0.81%) IPsec
6 8 (0.81%) DHCP
7 6 (0.60%) Broadband
8 4 (0.40%) PBX
8 4 (0.40%) VoIP
8 4 (0.40%) ZigBee
8 4 (0.40%) Asterisk PBX
9 3 (0.30%) MVNO
9 3 (0.30%) VPN
10 2 (0.20%) GSM
10 2 (0.20%) Bluetooth
10 2 (0.20%) TETRA
10 2 (0.20%) DVB
10 2 (0.20%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 123 (12.40%) SQL Server
2 49 (4.94%) Relational Database
3 44 (4.44%) Oracle Database
4 43 (4.33%) SSDT
4 43 (4.33%) MySQL
5 30 (3.02%) Data Warehouse
6 25 (2.52%) MongoDB
7 24 (2.42%) DB2
8 23 (2.32%) SQL Server 2008
8 23 (2.32%) Apache Cassandra
9 21 (2.12%) NoSQL
10 20 (2.02%) Redis
11 18 (1.81%) RDBMS
12 16 (1.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 14 (1.41%) Oracle Database 11g
13 14 (1.41%) Big Data
14 12 (1.21%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 11 (1.11%) DbVisualizer
16 9 (0.91%) PostgreSQL
17 7 (0.71%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 258 (26.01%) Selenium
2 156 (15.73%) Team Foundation Server
3 137 (13.81%) Visual Studio
4 131 (13.21%) Cucumber
5 119 (12.00%) Git (software)
6 114 (11.49%) WebDriver
7 100 (10.08%) Maven
8 95 (9.58%) Jenkins
9 85 (8.57%) QuickTest Pro
10 72 (7.26%) JUnit
10 72 (7.26%) JIRA
11 62 (6.25%) Subversion
11 62 (6.25%) TeamCity
12 49 (4.94%) Gradle
13 45 (4.54%) LoadRunner
14 43 (4.33%) NuGet
15 40 (4.03%) Artifactory
15 40 (4.03%) MSBuild
15 40 (4.03%) Octopus Deploy
16 34 (3.43%) SpecFlow
General
1 155 (15.63%) Finance
2 64 (6.45%) Banking
3 35 (3.53%) Retail
3 35 (3.53%) Games
4 33 (3.33%) Investment Banking
5 22 (2.22%) Telecoms
6 20 (2.02%) Back Office
7 19 (1.92%) Manufacturing
8 17 (1.71%) Front Office
9 11 (1.11%) Advertising
10 10 (1.01%) Marketing
11 9 (0.91%) Electronics
12 8 (0.81%) Publishing
12 8 (0.81%) Legal
13 3 (0.30%) General Ledger
13 3 (0.30%) Pharmaceutical
13 3 (0.30%) Financial Institution
14 2 (0.20%) Multimedia
14 2 (0.20%) Retail Banking
15 1 (0.10%) Dutch Language
Job Titles
1 313 (31.55%) Developer
2 197 (19.86%) Analyst
3 173 (17.44%) Tester
4 169 (17.04%) Test Analyst
5 63 (6.35%) Test Engineer
6 59 (5.95%) Java Developer
7 55 (5.54%) .NET Developer
8 43 (4.33%) Consultant
9 39 (3.93%) Web Developer
9 39 (3.93%) Software Engineer
10 38 (3.83%) QA Analyst
11 35 (3.53%) Test Leader
11 35 (3.53%) Automation Tester
12 34 (3.43%) Build and Release Engineer
12 34 (3.43%) Release Engineer
13 33 (3.33%) QA Engineer
13 33 (3.33%) Test Manager
13 33 (3.33%) Senior Developer
13 33 (3.33%) Build Engineer
14 32 (3.23%) QA Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 249 (25.10%) .NET
2 153 (15.42%) HTML
3 122 (12.30%) Web Services
4 113 (11.39%) XML
5 109 (10.99%) CSS
6 96 (9.68%) .NET Framework
7 93 (9.38%) HTML5
8 74 (7.46%) ASP.NET
9 72 (7.26%) REST
10 70 (7.06%) AngularJS
11 62 (6.25%) jQuery
12 57 (5.75%) SOAP
13 53 (5.34%) WCF
14 50 (5.04%) ASP.NET MVC
15 47 (4.74%) CSS3
16 43 (4.33%) J2EE
17 40 (4.03%) Spring
18 39 (3.93%) JSON
19 37 (3.73%) Backbone.js
20 30 (3.02%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 80 (8.06%) Open Source
2 29 (2.92%) Computer Science
2 29 (2.92%) Wiki
3 27 (2.72%) Mobile App
4 23 (2.32%) Credit Risk
5 18 (1.81%) Derivative
5 18 (1.81%) Client/Server
6 15 (1.51%) Enterprise Software
7 14 (1.41%) Social Media
7 14 (1.41%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 13 (1.31%) Equities
9 12 (1.21%) Credit Derivative
9 12 (1.21%) NHS
9 12 (1.21%) Management Information System
10 11 (1.11%) EMV
10 11 (1.11%) N-Tier
10 11 (1.11%) Market Risk
11 10 (1.01%) Smartcard
12 9 (0.91%) Mainframe
12 9 (0.91%) Fixed Income
Operating Systems
1 122 (12.30%) Windows
2 99 (9.98%) Linux
3 83 (8.37%) UNIX
4 48 (4.84%) Windows Server 2012
5 33 (3.33%) Android
6 29 (2.92%) Apple iOS
7 8 (0.81%) Windows Server 2008
7 8 (0.81%) CentOS
8 6 (0.60%) Windows 7
9 5 (0.50%) Windows NT
10 4 (0.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 3 (0.30%) Windows Phone
11 3 (0.30%) Mac OS X
12 2 (0.20%) Embedded Linux
13 1 (0.10%) AIX
13 1 (0.10%) Solaris
13 1 (0.10%) Windows CE
13 1 (0.10%) Windows Mobile
13 1 (0.10%) SmartOS
13 1 (0.10%) BlackBerry OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 340 (34.27%) Agile Software Development
2 301 (30.34%) TDD
3 255 (25.71%) Continuous Integration
4 244 (24.60%) Scrum
5 215 (21.67%) BDD
6 179 (18.04%) Test Scripting
7 147 (14.82%) Software Testing
8 140 (14.11%) Test Automation
9 119 (12.00%) Configuration Management
10 116 (11.69%) Automation Testing
11 95 (9.58%) User Acceptance Testing
12 92 (9.27%) Unit Testing
13 85 (8.57%) Regression Testing
13 85 (8.57%) E-Commerce
14 72 (7.26%) OO
15 67 (6.75%) Software Engineering
16 66 (6.65%) Release Management
17 65 (6.55%) Performance Testing
18 64 (6.45%) Test Strategy
19 62 (6.25%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 296 (29.84%) SQL
2 281 (28.33%) Java
3 217 (21.88%) C#
4 190 (19.15%) JavaScript
5 82 (8.27%) Ruby
6 54 (5.44%) PHP
7 48 (4.84%) Python
8 39 (3.93%) T-SQL
9 35 (3.53%) C++
10 27 (2.72%) Scala
11 24 (2.42%) VB
12 20 (2.02%) Perl
13 19 (1.92%) Shell Script
14 17 (1.71%) C
15 13 (1.31%) Groovy
16 11 (1.11%) VBScript
17 10 (1.01%) Objective-C
18 8 (0.81%) LINC
19 5 (0.50%) XPath
19 5 (0.50%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 118 (11.90%) ISEB
2 88 (8.87%) Security Cleared
3 84 (8.47%) ISTQB
4 66 (6.65%) SC Cleared
5 54 (5.44%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 51 (5.14%) Degree
7 8 (0.81%) BC Cleared
8 3 (0.30%) ISEB Practitioner
9 2 (0.20%) CEH
9 2 (0.20%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 2 (0.20%) DV Cleared
10 1 (0.10%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 1 (0.10%) HND
10 1 (0.10%) PMP
10 1 (0.10%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 240 (24.19%) QA
2 6 (0.60%) Basel III
3 4 (0.40%) ISO 9001
3 4 (0.40%) ISO 14001
4 3 (0.30%) Solvency II
4 3 (0.30%) EMIR
4 3 (0.30%) Dodd-Frank
5 2 (0.20%) SLA
6 1 (0.10%) ISO 9000
6 1 (0.10%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 11 (1.11%) VMware Infrastructure
2 7 (0.71%) Active Directory
3 5 (0.50%) Xen
4 3 (0.30%) Hyper-V
4 3 (0.30%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 1 (0.10%) Platform Symphony
5 1 (0.10%) RHEV
Systems Management
1 74 (7.46%) HP Quality Center
2 25 (2.52%) Puppet
3 16 (1.61%) SCCM
3 16 (1.61%) Opscode Chef
4 6 (0.60%) Ansible
5 5 (0.50%) Nagios
6 4 (0.40%) Ganglia
6 4 (0.40%) Vagrant
6 4 (0.40%) collectd
7 2 (0.20%) CA LISA
7 2 (0.20%) Nessus
8 1 (0.10%) Data Guard
8 1 (0.10%) Control-M
8 1 (0.10%) Ambari
8 1 (0.10%) HAProxy
8 1 (0.10%) OpenIDM
8 1 (0.10%) OpenAM
8 1 (0.10%) logstash
8 1 (0.10%) Kibana
Vendors
1 145 (14.62%) Microsoft
2 95 (9.58%) Oracle
3 64 (6.45%) HP
4 42 (4.23%) Red Gate
5 24 (2.42%) IBM
6 23 (2.32%) Google
7 17 (1.71%) hybris
8 15 (1.51%) SAP
9 14 (1.41%) Zend
10 13 (1.31%) VMware
11 12 (1.21%) Sitecore
12 11 (1.11%) EPiServer
13 10 (1.01%) ATG
14 8 (0.81%) ION Trading
15 7 (0.71%) Perforce
15 7 (0.71%) JBoss
15 7 (0.71%) Salesforce.com
15 7 (0.71%) TIBCO
16 6 (0.60%) Telerik
16 6 (0.60%) 29West
London
Purple Consultancy
Rate: £330 per annum
Posted: 1 hour ago
City, London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: £600 per day - initial 6 month contract
Posted: 21 hours ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £450.00 - £480.00 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
East Riding of Yorkshire
Real Staffing
Rate: £250 - £350 per day + competitive
Posted: 22 hours ago
Dunfermline, Fife
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £180 - £200 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Somerset
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Circle Recruitment
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Burns Sheehan
Rate: £350 - £390 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Dunfermline
Capita - ITPS
Rate: £160 - £200 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol, Somerset
Kainos Software
Posted: 5 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Search Consultancy
Rate: DOE
Posted: 5 days ago
Yorkshire and the Humber
Real Staffing
Rate: £150 - £175 per day + competitive
Posted: 15 days ago
South East London
Totaljobs Group.
Rate: Competitive Market Rates
Posted: 16 days ago
Bristol
Kainos
Rate: £400 - £475 per day
Posted: 21 days ago
South East London
Totaljobs Group.
Rate: Competitive Market Rates
Posted: 21 days ago
City of London
Interquest - Fulcrum Telecom
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 23 days ago