The table below looks at the statistics for Automated Testing skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Automated Testing over the 3 months to 9 December 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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
9 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Automated Testing
Rank 193 197 221
Rank change year-on-year
+4 +24
Contract jobs citing Automated Testing 672 684 579
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.36% 1.24% 1.03%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.64% 1.53% 1.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 438 468 414
Median daily rate £401 £375 £383
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.00% -1.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £289 £278 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £568 £533 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 15 1
Median hourly rate £44.00 £43.50 £57.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.14% -24.34%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.00 £44.25 £57.50
% change year-on-year
-0.56% -23.04%

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
40912 44753 43508
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 82.54% 81.19% 77.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 27248 29020 28335
Median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% +1.19%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £297 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £385
% change year-on-year
+3.12% +3.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1078 1335 1207
Median hourly rate £29.50 £30.15 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.15% +20.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.35 £11.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.25 £34.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-11.02% +36.00%

Automated Testing
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing Automated Testing as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 9 December 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 9 December 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Automated Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 9 December 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
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statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -10 615 £400 +6.66% 193
London +4 271 £450 +5.88% 61
South East +21 95 £420 +16.66% 21
City of London +26 57 £440 +9.87% 9
North West -12 45 £388 +24.49% 24
South West -33 39 £350 - 20
North East -7 37 £333 -23.08% 4
West Midlands +8 36 £385 +33.33% 13
Yorkshire +10 35 £389 +12.27% 28
Tyne and Wear -17 34 £313 -27.87% 4
Newcastle upon Tyne -19 34 £313 -30.55% 2
Wales +17 31 £469 +29.31% 1
West Yorkshire +16 29 £395 +9.72% 18
West Sussex +24 28 £500 +37.93% 2
Leeds +14 27 £395 +6.75% 15
East of England -4 26 £338 +12.50% 14
Scotland +15 21 £325 +23.80% 3
Manchester -14 18 £388 +29.16% 15
Hampshire +7 17 £319 -10.21% 3
Oxfordshire +11 16 £420 -6.66% 1
East Midlands +4 16 £375 +7.14% 8
Shropshire - 16 £425 - 1
Worthing - 16 £500 -
South Wales +12 14 £350 +5.66%
Somerset +5 14 £350 -6.66% 3
Telford - 14 £425 - 1
Essex +10 12 £350 -12.50% 3
Oxford +5 12 £440 -2.22% 1
Swansea - 12 £475 - 1
West Wales - 12 £475 - 1

Automated Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 9 December 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Automated Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Automated Testing.

1 997 (71.01%) Agile Software Development
2 595 (42.38%) Java
3 502 (35.75%) Scrum
4 434 (30.91%) Selenium
5 417 (29.70%) Continuous Integration
6 389 (27.71%) TDD
7 356 (25.36%) JavaScript
8 347 (24.72%) Jenkins
9 331 (23.58%) QA
10 316 (22.51%) HTML
11 306 (21.79%) Git (software)
12 288 (20.51%) JIRA
13 287 (20.44%) SQL
14 264 (18.80%) C#
15 263 (18.73%) Cucumber
16 262 (18.66%) CSS
17 254 (18.09%) BDD
18 235 (16.74%) Ruby
19 233 (16.60%) Linux
20 230 (16.38%) Web Services
21 224 (15.95%) Test Automation
22 222 (15.81%) Python
23 210 (14.96%) JSON
24 206 (14.67%) DevOps
25 201 (14.32%) Test Scripting
26 199 (14.17%) HTML5
27 195 (13.89%) Software Engineering
28 182 (12.96%) REST
29 178 (12.68%) Kanban
30 177 (12.61%) Scala

Automated Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 116 (8.26%) Confluence
2 40 (2.85%) Apache Spark
3 39 (2.78%) CMS
4 30 (2.14%) WebSphere
5 28 (1.99%) nginx
5 28 (1.99%) WebLogic
6 27 (1.92%) IIS
7 23 (1.64%) Tomcat
8 20 (1.42%) Apache
9 18 (1.28%) Elasticsearch
10 16 (1.14%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 16 (1.14%) JBoss
11 14 (1.00%) NServiceBus
11 14 (1.00%) OpenStack
12 10 (0.71%) Jetty
12 10 (0.71%) SAS
12 10 (0.71%) SharePoint
13 9 (0.64%) Cloud Foundry
13 9 (0.64%) Sitecore CMS
14 8 (0.57%) K2 blackpearl
Applications
1 25 (1.78%) MS Excel
2 11 (0.78%) MS Office
3 8 (0.57%) Photoshop
4 7 (0.50%) PaintShop Pro
5 5 (0.36%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.14%) Mingle
7 1 (0.071%) HipChat
Business Applications
1 21 (1.50%) Oracle EBS
2 14 (1.00%) Dynamics CRM
2 14 (1.00%) Eloqua
3 7 (0.50%) Magento
3 7 (0.50%) Oracle EBS R12
3 7 (0.50%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 6 (0.43%) Oracle Applications
5 2 (0.14%) FLEXCUBE
5 2 (0.14%) Oracle Cash Management
5 2 (0.14%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.14%) Temenos T24
5 2 (0.14%) VisionPLUS
6 1 (0.071%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.071%) Hyperion Planning
6 1 (0.071%) Maximo
6 1 (0.071%) RMDS
6 1 (0.071%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 137 (9.76%) Amazon AWS
2 60 (4.27%) Microsoft Azure
3 40 (2.85%) GitHub
4 26 (1.85%) SaaS
5 21 (1.50%) AWS CloudFormation
5 21 (1.50%) PaaS
6 20 (1.42%) Cloud Computing
7 14 (1.00%) Google Cloud Platform
8 10 (0.71%) Amazon EC2
8 10 (0.71%) IaaS
9 7 (0.50%) Google Play
10 6 (0.43%) Google App Engine
11 5 (0.36%) AWS Lambda
11 5 (0.36%) Google Compute Engine
11 5 (0.36%) Heroku
12 4 (0.28%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 4 (0.28%) Azure Machine Learning
12 4 (0.28%) CloudBees
12 4 (0.28%) OpenShift
12 4 (0.28%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 109 (7.76%) HTTP
2 37 (2.64%) Internet
3 30 (2.14%) TCP/IP
4 19 (1.35%) LDAP
5 11 (0.78%) DVB
6 9 (0.64%) DNS
6 9 (0.64%) Firewall
7 8 (0.57%) Wireshark
8 7 (0.50%) DHCP
8 7 (0.50%) Kerberos
8 7 (0.50%) VPN
9 6 (0.43%) AMQP
9 6 (0.43%) Skype
9 6 (0.43%) SSL
9 6 (0.43%) VoIP
10 5 (0.36%) Network Security
10 5 (0.36%) RTSP
11 4 (0.28%) Ethernet
11 4 (0.28%) FTP
11 4 (0.28%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 110 (7.83%) SQL Server
2 88 (6.27%) Relational Database
3 84 (5.98%) NoSQL
4 80 (5.70%) MongoDB
5 75 (5.34%) PostgreSQL
6 58 (4.13%) Big Data
7 44 (3.13%) Hadoop
8 36 (2.56%) RDBMS
9 33 (2.35%) MySQL
10 27 (1.92%) Apache Cassandra
11 23 (1.64%) Data Warehouse
12 22 (1.57%) Redis
13 16 (1.14%) Apache Hive
14 15 (1.07%) DB2
15 14 (1.00%) CouchDB
15 14 (1.00%) SQL Server 2012
16 11 (0.78%) Oracle BI EE
16 11 (0.78%) Oracle Reports
16 11 (0.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 10 (0.71%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 434 (30.91%) Selenium
2 347 (24.72%) Jenkins
3 306 (21.79%) Git (software)
4 288 (20.51%) JIRA
5 263 (18.73%) Cucumber
6 174 (12.39%) WebDriver
7 169 (12.04%) JUnit
8 107 (7.62%) Subversion
9 106 (7.55%) Maven
10 94 (6.70%) SoapUI
11 75 (5.34%) Team Foundation Server
12 67 (4.77%) RSpec
13 59 (4.20%) SpecFlow
14 57 (4.06%) JMeter
15 55 (3.92%) Gradle
16 51 (3.63%) Travis CI
17 46 (3.28%) Ant
18 45 (3.21%) Visual Studio
19 44 (3.13%) Appium
20 40 (2.85%) JBehave
General
1 167 (11.89%) Finance
2 86 (6.13%) Banking
3 66 (4.70%) Games
4 62 (4.42%) Retail
5 59 (4.20%) Marketing
6 30 (2.14%) Investment Banking
7 20 (1.42%) Publishing
8 19 (1.35%) Telecoms
9 15 (1.07%) Manufacturing
10 14 (1.00%) Back Office
11 12 (0.85%) Front Office
12 7 (0.50%) Electronics
13 6 (0.43%) Advertising
14 5 (0.36%) Pharmaceutical
15 4 (0.28%) Multimedia
16 3 (0.21%) Danish Language
16 3 (0.21%) Financial Institution
17 2 (0.14%) French Language
17 2 (0.14%) General Ledger
17 2 (0.14%) Legal
Job Titles
1 557 (39.67%) Developer
2 222 (15.81%) Tester
3 177 (12.61%) Java Developer
4 139 (9.90%) Test Engineer
5 131 (9.33%) Analyst
6 116 (8.26%) Test Analyst
7 115 (8.19%) Automation Tester
8 88 (6.27%) QA Engineer
9 70 (4.99%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
10 69 (4.91%) Senior Developer
11 61 (4.34%) QA Test Engineer
12 53 (3.77%) JavaScript Developer
13 51 (3.63%) DevOps Engineer
14 50 (3.56%) Architect
14 50 (3.56%) C# Developer
14 50 (3.56%) Test Automation Engineer
15 48 (3.42%) Test Leader
16 47 (3.35%) Agile Developer
17 46 (3.28%) Full Stack Developer
18 45 (3.21%) .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 316 (22.51%) HTML
2 262 (18.66%) CSS
3 230 (16.38%) Web Services
4 210 (14.96%) JSON
5 199 (14.17%) HTML5
6 182 (12.96%) REST
7 176 (12.54%) .NET
8 167 (11.89%) XML
9 158 (11.25%) RESTful
10 147 (10.47%) AngularJS
11 131 (9.33%) Spring
12 118 (8.40%) Node.js
13 113 (8.05%) CSS3
14 95 (6.77%) Gherkin
15 84 (5.98%) jQuery
16 72 (5.13%) Ruby on Rails
17 64 (4.56%) Play Framework
17 64 (4.56%) Sass
17 64 (4.56%) SOAP
18 61 (4.34%) React
Miscellaneous
1 91 (6.48%) Analytical Skills
2 73 (5.20%) Mobile App
3 67 (4.77%) User Experience
4 59 (4.20%) Computer Science
5 35 (2.49%) Virtual Team
6 32 (2.28%) Algorithms
7 25 (1.78%) Data Structures
7 25 (1.78%) Management Information System
8 20 (1.42%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 19 (1.35%) MPEG
10 15 (1.07%) Fintech
11 12 (0.85%) Embedded Systems
11 12 (0.85%) iPhone
12 11 (0.78%) iPad
12 11 (0.78%) STB
13 9 (0.64%) Data Centre
13 9 (0.64%) Visualisation
14 8 (0.57%) Equities
15 7 (0.50%) Interactive TV
15 7 (0.50%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 233 (16.60%) Linux
2 116 (8.26%) Windows
3 103 (7.34%) Unix
4 91 (6.48%) Apple iOS
5 90 (6.41%) Android
6 35 (2.49%) CentOS
7 24 (1.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 23 (1.64%) Ubuntu
9 12 (0.85%) CoreOS
10 9 (0.64%) Windows Server
11 4 (0.28%) Solaris
12 3 (0.21%) Debian
12 3 (0.21%) Windows Mobile
13 2 (0.14%) Mac OS X
13 2 (0.14%) VMS
14 1 (0.071%) AIX
14 1 (0.071%) Windows 10
14 1 (0.071%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 997 (71.01%) Agile Software Development
2 502 (35.75%) Scrum
3 417 (29.70%) Continuous Integration
4 389 (27.71%) TDD
5 254 (18.09%) BDD
6 224 (15.95%) Test Automation
7 206 (14.67%) DevOps
8 201 (14.32%) Test Scripting
9 195 (13.89%) Software Engineering
10 178 (12.68%) Kanban
11 167 (11.89%) Open Source
12 164 (11.68%) Manual Testing
13 149 (10.61%) Continuous Delivery
14 141 (10.04%) Pair Programming
15 136 (9.69%) Unit Testing
16 128 (9.12%) Automation Testing
17 127 (9.05%) User Stories
18 124 (8.83%) MVC
19 118 (8.40%) Configuration Management
20 114 (8.12%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 595 (42.38%) Java
2 356 (25.36%) JavaScript
3 287 (20.44%) SQL
4 264 (18.80%) C#
5 235 (16.74%) Ruby
6 222 (15.81%) Python
7 177 (12.61%) Scala
8 71 (5.06%) PHP
9 58 (4.13%) C++
10 50 (3.56%) Perl
11 44 (3.13%) Groovy
12 39 (2.78%) C
13 37 (2.64%) Objective-C
13 37 (2.64%) TypeScript
14 35 (2.49%) Shell Script
15 32 (2.28%) Apple Swift
16 30 (2.14%) Bash Shell
17 20 (1.42%) PowerShell
17 20 (1.42%) T-SQL
18 18 (1.28%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 154 (10.97%) Security Cleared
2 104 (7.41%) Degree
3 81 (5.77%) SC Cleared
4 76 (5.41%) ISEB
5 52 (3.70%) DV Cleared
6 51 (3.63%) ISTQB
7 26 (1.85%) BPSS Clearance
8 18 (1.28%) CHECK Team Member
8 18 (1.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 9 (0.64%) CISSP
10 8 (0.57%) CEH
10 8 (0.57%) CREST Certified
11 6 (0.43%) HND
11 6 (0.43%) PMI Certification
12 5 (0.36%) AWS Certification
12 5 (0.36%) HNC
12 5 (0.36%) ISEB Practitioner
12 5 (0.36%) PMP
13 4 (0.28%) PhD
14 2 (0.14%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 331 (23.58%) QA
2 29 (2.07%) WCAG
3 17 (1.21%) Disclosure Scotland
4 16 (1.14%) SDET
5 15 (1.07%) PCI DSS
6 7 (0.50%) Data Quality
7 4 (0.28%) SLA
8 3 (0.21%) GCP
9 2 (0.14%) 21 CFR Part 11
9 2 (0.14%) GMP
9 2 (0.14%) ISO 9000
10 1 (0.071%) MiFID
10 1 (0.071%) WAI
System Software
1 79 (5.63%) Docker
2 17 (1.21%) Virtual Machines
3 12 (0.85%) Apache Flume
4 11 (0.78%) Active Directory
5 10 (0.71%) VMware Infrastructure
6 4 (0.28%) HDFS
7 3 (0.21%) vSphere
7 3 (0.21%) Xen
8 2 (0.14%) Hyper-V
8 2 (0.14%) Varnish
9 1 (0.071%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 91 (6.48%) Puppet
2 57 (4.06%) Opscode Chef
3 52 (3.70%) Ansible
4 37 (2.64%) HP Quality Center
5 15 (1.07%) Kubernetes
6 12 (0.85%) Salt
6 12 (0.85%) Terraform
7 8 (0.57%) Graphite
8 7 (0.50%) Grafana
8 7 (0.50%) Mesos
9 5 (0.36%) Kibana
10 4 (0.28%) Packer
11 3 (0.21%) Oracle Identity Management
12 2 (0.14%) HP SiteScope
12 2 (0.14%) logstash
12 2 (0.14%) Nagios
12 2 (0.14%) PowerCLI
12 2 (0.14%) Tivoli
13 1 (0.071%) HP Fortify
13 1 (0.071%) Marathon
Vendors
1 86 (6.13%) Microsoft
2 76 (5.41%) Google
3 74 (5.27%) Oracle
4 61 (4.34%) Atlassian
5 35 (2.49%) HP
6 22 (1.57%) Red Hat
7 21 (1.50%) IBM
7 21 (1.50%) Salesforce.com
8 19 (1.35%) Splunk
9 17 (1.21%) Adobe
9 17 (1.21%) SAP
10 16 (1.14%) New Relic
11 14 (1.00%) Hyperion
12 13 (0.93%) CA Agile Central
13 12 (0.85%) ServiceNow
13 12 (0.85%) Twitter
13 12 (0.85%) VMware
14 11 (0.78%) Apple
15 10 (0.71%) AppDynamics
16 9 (0.64%) Sitecore
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