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 16 September 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
16 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Automated Testing
Rank 216 252 240
Rank change year-on-year
+36 -12
Contract jobs citing Automated Testing 555 417 486
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.97% 0.79% 0.83%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.30% 1.07% 1.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 357 285 271
Average daily rate
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£360 £380 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.26% +16.92%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £248 £240 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £474
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £320 £320
% change year-on-year
+9.37% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 7 16
Average hourly rate £80.00 £35.00 £40.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+128.57% -12.50%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £80.00 £34.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year
+131.88% -13.75%

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
42637 39139 42428
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.17% 74.09% 72.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 26610 24104 24590
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1188 1108 1539
Average hourly rate £24.00 £27.80 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.66% -10.32%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.56 £12.20 £12.63
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.50 £49.65 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-13.33% -

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 16 September 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 16 September 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 +36 489 £360 -7.09% 182
London -1 220 £400 -5.88% 49
South East -8 67 £355 +10.07% 36
South West +22 61 £368 +16.20% 28
Tyne and Wear - 47 £360 - 11
North East - 47 £360 - 11
Newcastle upon Tyne - 47 £360 - 11
Scotland 0 36 £363 +16.00% 5
City of London +5 34 £458 +6.08% 12
East of England -15 33 £333 -19.39% 13
Yorkshire +8 31 £340 +29.52% 18
West Yorkshire +11 27 £340 +39.48% 11
Leeds +11 24 £340 +47.02% 8
Somerset +6 23 £330 +1.53% 4
North West +13 22 £350 +12.00% 21
Wales -5 18 £325 +0.77% 3
Buckinghamshire +5 15 £405 +5.19% 2
South Wales +3 15 £325 -1.51% 3
Glasgow -2 15 £413 -2.94% 2
Bristol -4 15 £400 - 14
Taunton - 15 £325 -
Surrey +3 14 £375 +5.63% 11
Milton Keynes +7 12 £400 +50.94%
Manchester -1 12 £288 -8.00% 14
Edinburgh -2 12 £285 -10.58% 1
Hertfordshire -9 11 £550 +37.50%
Cambridgeshire +4 10 £340 +30.76% 9
East Sussex -6 10 £240 -40.00%
Berkshire -9 10 £325 -3.70% 10
Brighton -3 8 £240 -

Automated Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 September 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.

1 673 (63.85%) Agile Software Development
2 339 (32.16%) TDD
3 316 (29.98%) Java
4 311 (29.51%) SQL
5 280 (26.57%) Continuous Integration
6 271 (25.71%) Scrum
7 267 (25.33%) Selenium
8 266 (25.24%) .NET
9 257 (24.38%) QA
10 238 (22.58%) C#
11 225 (21.35%) BDD
12 212 (20.11%) JavaScript
13 186 (17.65%) Test Scripting
14 176 (16.70%) HTML
15 164 (15.56%) Finance
16 155 (14.71%) Software Testing
17 153 (14.52%) Team Foundation Server
18 148 (14.04%) Manual Testing
19 146 (13.85%) Test Automation
20 144 (13.66%) Microsoft
21 140 (13.28%) Configuration Management
21 140 (13.28%) Git (software)
22 136 (12.90%) Cucumber
22 136 (12.90%) Visual Studio
23 130 (12.33%) Web Services
24 126 (11.95%) XML
25 125 (11.86%) CSS
26 123 (11.67%) Windows
27 118 (11.20%) Linux
28 116 (11.01%) SQL Server

Automated Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 16 September 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 63 (5.98%) Node.js
2 43 (4.08%) CMS
3 41 (3.89%) Apache
4 36 (3.42%) WebSphere
5 25 (2.37%) SharePoint
6 23 (2.18%) Tomcat
7 22 (2.09%) IIS
7 22 (2.09%) Elasticsearch
8 20 (1.90%) nginx
9 19 (1.80%) Jetty
10 16 (1.52%) Drupal
11 15 (1.42%) MQSeries
12 14 (1.33%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 12 (1.14%) Sitecore CMS
14 11 (1.04%) EPiServer CMS
15 6 (0.57%) Apache Solr
16 5 (0.47%) Oracle Workflow
17 4 (0.38%) Alfresco
17 4 (0.38%) WordPress
17 4 (0.38%) WebLogic
Applications
1 37 (3.51%) MS Excel
2 11 (1.04%) MS Office
3 5 (0.47%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.38%) MS Project
5 2 (0.19%) Mingle
6 1 (0.095%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.095%) Final Cut Pro
Business Applications
1 9 (0.85%) RMDS
1 9 (0.85%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.76%) ION MarketView
2 8 (0.76%) Oracle BPM
3 7 (0.66%) Magento
4 5 (0.47%) Summit
5 4 (0.38%) Oracle Financials
6 3 (0.28%) Dynamics AX
6 3 (0.28%) Misys Midas
6 3 (0.28%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 2 (0.19%) Google Analytics
7 2 (0.19%) Markit EDM
7 2 (0.19%) SAP Retail
8 1 (0.095%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 26 (2.47%) Cloud Computing
2 20 (1.90%) Amazon EC2
3 16 (1.52%) Google App Engine
4 14 (1.33%) Office 365
5 8 (0.76%) Microsoft Azure
6 6 (0.57%) Amazon AWS
7 4 (0.38%) SaaS
7 4 (0.38%) PaaS
7 4 (0.38%) Joyent
8 3 (0.28%) GitHub
9 2 (0.19%) IaaS
10 1 (0.095%) Amazon EMR
10 1 (0.095%) Trello
10 1 (0.095%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 52 (4.93%) HTTP
2 32 (3.04%) Internet
3 19 (1.80%) TCP/IP
4 18 (1.71%) SSL
5 12 (1.14%) FTP
5 12 (1.14%) DNS
6 11 (1.04%) IPsec
6 11 (1.04%) DHCP
7 6 (0.57%) MVNO
8 5 (0.47%) Broadband
9 4 (0.38%) PBX
9 4 (0.38%) VoIP
9 4 (0.38%) Asterisk PBX
10 2 (0.19%) DVB
10 2 (0.19%) ZigBee
10 2 (0.19%) WAN
11 1 (0.095%) 3GPP
11 1 (0.095%) UMTS
11 1 (0.095%) GPRS
11 1 (0.095%) LAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 116 (11.01%) SQL Server
2 58 (5.50%) Relational Database
3 57 (5.41%) MySQL
4 51 (4.84%) Oracle Database
5 43 (4.08%) SSDT
6 28 (2.66%) MongoDB
7 26 (2.47%) DB2
8 25 (2.37%) Data Warehouse
9 23 (2.18%) Apache Cassandra
10 21 (1.99%) NoSQL
10 21 (1.99%) SQL Server 2008
11 20 (1.90%) Redis
12 19 (1.80%) RDBMS
13 15 (1.42%) Oracle Database 11g
14 12 (1.14%) Big Data
14 12 (1.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 11 (1.04%) DbVisualizer
16 10 (0.95%) PostgreSQL
17 8 (0.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
18 6 (0.57%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 267 (25.33%) Selenium
2 153 (14.52%) Team Foundation Server
3 140 (13.28%) Git (software)
4 136 (12.90%) Cucumber
4 136 (12.90%) Visual Studio
5 115 (10.91%) WebDriver
6 105 (9.96%) Jenkins
7 98 (9.30%) QuickTest Pro
8 97 (9.20%) Maven
9 75 (7.12%) Subversion
9 75 (7.12%) JUnit
10 71 (6.74%) JIRA
11 65 (6.17%) TeamCity
12 52 (4.93%) Gradle
13 47 (4.46%) LoadRunner
14 42 (3.98%) MSBuild
15 41 (3.89%) NuGet
16 40 (3.80%) Artifactory
16 40 (3.80%) Octopus Deploy
17 38 (3.61%) SpecFlow
General
1 164 (15.56%) Finance
2 73 (6.93%) Banking
3 42 (3.98%) Games
4 40 (3.80%) Investment Banking
5 37 (3.51%) Retail
6 25 (2.37%) Telecoms
7 20 (1.90%) Front Office
7 20 (1.90%) Manufacturing
8 19 (1.80%) Back Office
9 12 (1.14%) Advertising
9 12 (1.14%) Marketing
10 8 (0.76%) Legal
11 7 (0.66%) Electronics
11 7 (0.66%) Publishing
12 3 (0.28%) General Ledger
12 3 (0.28%) Retail Banking
12 3 (0.28%) Pharmaceutical
12 3 (0.28%) Financial Institution
13 2 (0.19%) Multimedia
14 1 (0.095%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 351 (33.30%) Developer
2 194 (18.41%) Analyst
3 177 (16.79%) Tester
4 164 (15.56%) Test Analyst
5 65 (6.17%) Test Engineer
6 64 (6.07%) .NET Developer
7 61 (5.79%) Java Developer
8 42 (3.98%) Software Engineer
8 42 (3.98%) Consultant
9 41 (3.89%) Web Developer
9 41 (3.89%) Senior Developer
10 37 (3.51%) QA Analyst
10 37 (3.51%) Automation Tester
11 35 (3.32%) QA Tester
12 34 (3.23%) Release Engineer
12 34 (3.23%) Build and Release Engineer
13 33 (3.13%) Build Engineer
14 32 (3.04%) Test Leader
14 32 (3.04%) QA Engineer
15 31 (2.94%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 266 (25.24%) .NET
2 176 (16.70%) HTML
3 130 (12.33%) Web Services
4 126 (11.95%) XML
5 125 (11.86%) CSS
6 108 (10.25%) HTML5
7 102 (9.68%) .NET Framework
8 82 (7.78%) REST
9 77 (7.31%) ASP.NET
10 71 (6.74%) jQuery
10 71 (6.74%) AngularJS
11 58 (5.50%) SOAP
12 57 (5.41%) WCF
12 57 (5.41%) CSS3
13 54 (5.12%) ASP.NET MVC
14 52 (4.93%) JSON
15 46 (4.36%) J2EE
16 44 (4.17%) Spring
17 39 (3.70%) RESTful
18 35 (3.32%) Backbone.js
Miscellaneous
1 94 (8.92%) Open Source
2 88 (8.35%) Analytical Skills
3 31 (2.94%) Computer Science
4 29 (2.75%) Wiki
5 27 (2.56%) Credit Risk
6 26 (2.47%) Derivative
7 25 (2.37%) Mobile App
8 17 (1.61%) User Experience
8 17 (1.61%) Client/Server
8 17 (1.61%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 17 (1.61%) NHS
9 16 (1.52%) Credit Derivative
9 16 (1.52%) Enterprise Software
10 15 (1.42%) Social Media
10 15 (1.42%) Equities
11 13 (1.23%) Market Risk
12 12 (1.14%) N-Tier
12 12 (1.14%) EMV
12 12 (1.14%) Management Information System
13 11 (1.04%) Fixed Income
Operating Systems
1 123 (11.67%) Windows
2 118 (11.20%) Linux
3 93 (8.82%) UNIX
4 47 (4.46%) Windows Server 2012
5 31 (2.94%) Android
6 26 (2.47%) Apple iOS
7 12 (1.14%) CentOS
7 12 (1.14%) Mac OS X
8 6 (0.57%) Windows Server 2008
8 6 (0.57%) Windows 7
9 5 (0.47%) Windows NT
10 4 (0.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 2 (0.19%) AIX
11 2 (0.19%) Embedded Linux
12 1 (0.095%) Windows CE
12 1 (0.095%) Windows Mobile
12 1 (0.095%) Solaris
12 1 (0.095%) BlackBerry OS
12 1 (0.095%) Windows Phone
12 1 (0.095%) SmartOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 673 (63.85%) Agile Software Development
2 339 (32.16%) TDD
3 280 (26.57%) Continuous Integration
4 271 (25.71%) Scrum
5 225 (21.35%) BDD
6 186 (17.65%) Test Scripting
7 155 (14.71%) Software Testing
8 148 (14.04%) Manual Testing
9 146 (13.85%) Test Automation
10 140 (13.28%) Configuration Management
11 115 (10.91%) Automation Testing
12 104 (9.87%) Unit Testing
13 91 (8.63%) User Acceptance Testing
14 90 (8.54%) E-Commerce
15 87 (8.25%) Regression Testing
16 78 (7.40%) OO
17 70 (6.64%) Software Engineering
17 70 (6.64%) Performance Testing
18 68 (6.45%) Web Development
18 68 (6.45%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 316 (29.98%) Java
2 311 (29.51%) SQL
3 238 (22.58%) C#
4 212 (20.11%) JavaScript
5 95 (9.01%) Ruby
6 69 (6.55%) PHP
7 60 (5.69%) Python
8 41 (3.89%) Scala
9 36 (3.42%) T-SQL
10 35 (3.32%) C++
11 24 (2.28%) VB
12 20 (1.90%) Shell Script
12 20 (1.90%) Perl
13 16 (1.52%) C
14 11 (1.04%) Groovy
14 11 (1.04%) VBScript
15 10 (0.95%) Objective-C
16 8 (0.76%) LINC
17 7 (0.66%) PL/SQL
18 6 (0.57%) Clojure
Qualifications
1 114 (10.82%) ISEB
2 90 (8.54%) Security Cleared
3 87 (8.25%) ISTQB
4 67 (6.36%) SC Cleared
5 52 (4.93%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 52 (4.93%) Degree
6 8 (0.76%) BC Cleared
7 5 (0.47%) ISEB Practitioner
8 3 (0.28%) HND
9 2 (0.19%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 2 (0.19%) CEH
10 1 (0.095%) ACSA
10 1 (0.095%) MCDST
10 1 (0.095%) MCTS
10 1 (0.095%) MCITP
10 1 (0.095%) Cisco Certification
10 1 (0.095%) Microsoft Certification
10 1 (0.095%) RHCE
10 1 (0.095%) PMP
10 1 (0.095%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 257 (24.38%) QA
2 8 (0.76%) Basel III
3 4 (0.38%) ISO 9001
3 4 (0.38%) ISO 14001
4 3 (0.28%) EMIR
4 3 (0.28%) Dodd-Frank
5 2 (0.19%) SLA
5 2 (0.19%) Solvency II
6 1 (0.095%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.095%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.095%) UCITS
6 1 (0.095%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 16 (1.52%) VMware Infrastructure
2 8 (0.76%) Xen
3 5 (0.47%) Active Directory
3 5 (0.47%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 3 (0.28%) Varnish
5 1 (0.095%) Platform Symphony
5 1 (0.095%) RHEV
5 1 (0.095%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 81 (7.69%) HP Quality Center
2 31 (2.94%) Puppet
3 19 (1.80%) Opscode Chef
4 15 (1.42%) SCCM
5 8 (0.76%) Ansible
6 5 (0.47%) Nagios
7 4 (0.38%) Ganglia
7 4 (0.38%) Vagrant
7 4 (0.38%) collectd
8 2 (0.19%) CA LISA
8 2 (0.19%) Nessus
9 1 (0.095%) Data Guard
9 1 (0.095%) Ambari
9 1 (0.095%) HAProxy
9 1 (0.095%) OpenIDM
9 1 (0.095%) OpenAM
9 1 (0.095%) logstash
9 1 (0.095%) Kibana
Vendors
1 144 (13.66%) Microsoft
2 106 (10.06%) Oracle
3 62 (5.88%) HP
4 42 (3.98%) Red Gate
5 30 (2.85%) Google
6 26 (2.47%) IBM
7 19 (1.80%) Zend
8 17 (1.61%) hybris
9 16 (1.52%) VMware
10 13 (1.23%) SAP
11 12 (1.14%) EPiServer
11 12 (1.14%) Sitecore
12 10 (0.95%) ATG
13 8 (0.76%) ION Trading
14 7 (0.66%) Telerik
14 7 (0.66%) Perforce
14 7 (0.66%) Salesforce.com
14 7 (0.66%) TIBCO
14 7 (0.66%) JBoss
15 6 (0.57%) Red Hat
Leeds, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £450 per day 3 Months Initially + extension
Posted: 11 hours ago
City, London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £500 - £625 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £550 - £600 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
London
Open Select Recruitment
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
Devon
Sanderson
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: Yesterday
Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol, Somerset
Kainos Software
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Computer People
Posted: 4 days ago
Hampshire
Synergize Consulting
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 4 days ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
TDX Group
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 5 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £255.00 - £355.00 per day + Negotiable upon skills
Posted: 5 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Nationwide People Ltd
Rate: £325 - £355 Per Day Ltd Co Basis
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Bristol
Kainos
Rate: £400 - £475 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
Hammersmith and Fulham
Recruitment Genius
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 12 days ago
Dundee
Cathcart Associates
Rate: £180 - £200 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
Cambridge
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £300 - £380 per day
Posted: 14 days ago
Manchester
Real Staffing
Rate: £200 - £250 per day + competitive
Posted: 14 days ago