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 30 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
30 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Automated Testing
Rank 213 256 254
Rank change year-on-year
+43 -2
Contract jobs citing Automated Testing 566 413 456
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.98% 0.78% 0.79%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.32% 1.06% 1.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 370 287 248
Average daily rate
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£350 £368 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.76% +8.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £251 £242 £241
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £316 £333
% change year-on-year
+9.09% -4.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 6 12
Average hourly rate £68.75 £35.00 £40.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+96.42% -12.50%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £68.75 £35.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year
+96.42% -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
42810 39105 41583
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 73.76% 74.07% 71.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 26917 24216 24104
Average daily rate £410 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.50% -
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 £367 £365
% change year-on-year
+2.18% +0.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1174 1096 1554
Average hourly rate £24.00 £27.80 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.66% -7.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.25 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £46.00 £46.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £30.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year
-11.66% +3.44%

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 30 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
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 30 September 2014.

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 30 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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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 +32 502 £350 -6.66% 190
London +4 219 £400 - 60
South West +35 84 £350 +7.69% 27
South East -10 65 £345 +5.74% 34
North East - 46 £360 - 9
Tyne and Wear - 46 £360 - 9
Newcastle upon Tyne - 46 £360 - 9
City of London +16 37 £458 +7.64% 12
Yorkshire +8 35 £334 +21.36% 19
Scotland -8 33 £310 +1.22% 3
West Yorkshire +15 31 £340 +23.63% 13
Somerset +19 28 £330 +1.53% 5
Leeds +20 27 £340 +23.63% 9
East of England -9 24 £323 -14.00% 13
North West +7 21 £350 +34.61% 22
Devon 0 20 £338 - 4
Bristol -1 20 £400 +14.28% 12
Wales -5 18 £325 +0.77%
Taunton - 16 £330 - 1
South Wales +3 15 £325 -1.51%
Surrey +2 15 £365 +2.81% 10
Edinburgh +1 14 £296 -5.20% 1
Exeter -7 14 £338 - 3
Buckinghamshire +7 13 £400 - 3
Manchester -4 13 £288 +10.57% 13
Berkshire -6 13 £308 -12.20% 9
Milton Keynes +4 11 £400 - 1
Glasgow -3 10 £375 -11.76%
Hertfordshire -16 10 £550 +53.84% 1
Newport - 8 £325 -

Automated Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 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.

1 690 (64.07%) Agile Software Development
2 339 (31.48%) TDD
3 324 (30.08%) Java
4 309 (28.69%) SQL
5 283 (26.28%) Continuous Integration
6 276 (25.63%) Scrum
7 272 (25.26%) .NET
8 269 (24.98%) Selenium
9 251 (23.31%) QA
10 245 (22.75%) C#
11 222 (20.61%) BDD
12 220 (20.43%) JavaScript
13 188 (17.46%) HTML
14 187 (17.36%) Test Scripting
15 165 (15.32%) Finance
16 163 (15.13%) Software Testing
17 153 (14.21%) Test Automation
18 149 (13.83%) Team Foundation Server
19 146 (13.56%) Git (software)
20 141 (13.09%) Manual Testing
21 139 (12.91%) Configuration Management
22 135 (12.53%) Microsoft
23 133 (12.35%) Cucumber
24 132 (12.26%) CSS
25 130 (12.07%) Visual Studio
26 126 (11.70%) XML
27 125 (11.61%) Web Services
27 125 (11.61%) Windows
28 123 (11.42%) Linux
29 118 (10.96%) HTML5

Automated Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 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 (5.85%) Node.js
2 45 (4.18%) Apache
3 42 (3.90%) CMS
4 36 (3.34%) WebSphere
5 22 (2.04%) Tomcat
5 22 (2.04%) IIS
5 22 (2.04%) SharePoint
5 22 (2.04%) Elasticsearch
6 20 (1.86%) nginx
7 19 (1.76%) Drupal
8 18 (1.67%) Jetty
9 14 (1.30%) MQSeries
10 12 (1.11%) EPiServer CMS
11 10 (0.93%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 9 (0.84%) Sitecore CMS
12 9 (0.84%) Apache Solr
13 5 (0.46%) Confluence
13 5 (0.46%) Oracle Workflow
14 4 (0.37%) Alfresco
14 4 (0.37%) WordPress
Applications
1 34 (3.16%) MS Excel
2 12 (1.11%) MS Office
3 3 (0.28%) MS Project
4 2 (0.19%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.19%) Mingle
5 1 (0.093%) Final Cut Pro
Business Applications
1 12 (1.11%) RMDS
2 11 (1.02%) ION MarketView
3 8 (0.74%) Oracle BPM
4 7 (0.65%) Magento
4 7 (0.65%) Summit
5 6 (0.56%) Dynamics CRM
6 4 (0.37%) Misys Midas
6 4 (0.37%) Oracle Financials
7 3 (0.28%) Dynamics AX
8 2 (0.19%) SAP Retail
8 2 (0.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 2 (0.19%) Google Analytics
8 2 (0.19%) Markit EDM
9 1 (0.093%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 26 (2.41%) Cloud Computing
2 22 (2.04%) Amazon EC2
3 16 (1.49%) Google App Engine
4 14 (1.30%) Office 365
5 7 (0.65%) Amazon AWS
6 6 (0.56%) Joyent
6 6 (0.56%) Microsoft Azure
7 4 (0.37%) PaaS
8 3 (0.28%) GitHub
9 2 (0.19%) IaaS
9 2 (0.19%) SaaS
10 1 (0.093%) Amazon S3
10 1 (0.093%) Amazon EMR
10 1 (0.093%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 54 (5.01%) HTTP
2 27 (2.51%) Internet
3 19 (1.76%) TCP/IP
4 18 (1.67%) SSL
5 12 (1.11%) FTP
5 12 (1.11%) DNS
6 11 (1.02%) IPsec
6 11 (1.02%) DHCP
7 8 (0.74%) MVNO
8 4 (0.37%) Asterisk PBX
8 4 (0.37%) Broadband
8 4 (0.37%) PBX
8 4 (0.37%) VoIP
9 2 (0.19%) WAN
9 2 (0.19%) Bluetooth
9 2 (0.19%) iBeacon
9 2 (0.19%) ZigBee
9 2 (0.19%) DVB
10 1 (0.093%) Wireless
10 1 (0.093%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 112 (10.40%) SQL Server
2 62 (5.76%) MySQL
3 53 (4.92%) Relational Database
4 48 (4.46%) Oracle Database
5 43 (3.99%) SSDT
6 28 (2.60%) MongoDB
7 27 (2.51%) Data Warehouse
8 26 (2.41%) DB2
9 23 (2.14%) Apache Cassandra
10 22 (2.04%) SQL Server 2008
11 19 (1.76%) RDBMS
11 19 (1.76%) NoSQL
11 19 (1.76%) Redis
12 11 (1.02%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 11 (1.02%) Oracle Database 11g
13 10 (0.93%) Big Data
13 10 (0.93%) DbVisualizer
14 8 (0.74%) PostgreSQL
15 6 (0.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 5 (0.46%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 269 (24.98%) Selenium
2 149 (13.83%) Team Foundation Server
3 146 (13.56%) Git (software)
4 133 (12.35%) Cucumber
5 130 (12.07%) Visual Studio
6 113 (10.49%) WebDriver
7 108 (10.03%) QuickTest Pro
8 107 (9.94%) Jenkins
9 95 (8.82%) Maven
10 83 (7.71%) JIRA
11 72 (6.69%) JUnit
12 70 (6.50%) Subversion
13 62 (5.76%) TeamCity
14 52 (4.83%) Gradle
15 46 (4.27%) LoadRunner
16 42 (3.90%) MSBuild
17 41 (3.81%) NuGet
18 40 (3.71%) Artifactory
18 40 (3.71%) Octopus Deploy
19 35 (3.25%) SpecFlow
General
1 165 (15.32%) Finance
2 74 (6.87%) Banking
3 45 (4.18%) Games
4 40 (3.71%) Investment Banking
5 29 (2.69%) Retail
6 22 (2.04%) Front Office
6 22 (2.04%) Back Office
7 19 (1.76%) Telecoms
8 18 (1.67%) Manufacturing
9 12 (1.11%) Marketing
10 11 (1.02%) Advertising
11 8 (0.74%) Legal
12 6 (0.56%) Electronics
12 6 (0.56%) Publishing
13 3 (0.28%) General Ledger
13 3 (0.28%) Pharmaceutical
13 3 (0.28%) Financial Institution
14 2 (0.19%) Retail Banking
14 2 (0.19%) Multimedia
15 1 (0.093%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 373 (34.63%) Developer
2 194 (18.01%) Analyst
3 176 (16.34%) Tester
4 167 (15.51%) Test Analyst
5 73 (6.78%) .NET Developer
6 66 (6.13%) Test Engineer
7 60 (5.57%) Java Developer
8 44 (4.09%) Web Developer
8 44 (4.09%) Senior Developer
9 43 (3.99%) Automation Tester
10 42 (3.90%) Consultant
10 42 (3.90%) Software Engineer
11 38 (3.53%) QA Analyst
12 35 (3.25%) QA Tester
13 34 (3.16%) ScrumMaster
13 34 (3.16%) Build Engineer
14 33 (3.06%) Build and Release Engineer
14 33 (3.06%) Release Engineer
15 32 (2.97%) QA Engineer
16 31 (2.88%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 272 (25.26%) .NET
2 188 (17.46%) HTML
3 132 (12.26%) CSS
4 126 (11.70%) XML
5 125 (11.61%) Web Services
6 118 (10.96%) HTML5
7 104 (9.66%) .NET Framework
8 82 (7.61%) ASP.NET
8 82 (7.61%) REST
9 76 (7.06%) jQuery
10 73 (6.78%) AngularJS
11 63 (5.85%) ASP.NET MVC
12 59 (5.48%) CSS3
13 56 (5.20%) WCF
13 56 (5.20%) JSON
13 56 (5.20%) SOAP
14 47 (4.36%) RESTful
15 44 (4.09%) J2EE
16 43 (3.99%) Spring
17 33 (3.06%) Backbone.js
Miscellaneous
1 96 (8.91%) Open Source
2 91 (8.45%) Analytical Skills
3 52 (4.83%) Data Structures
4 32 (2.97%) Computer Science
5 29 (2.69%) Mobile App
5 29 (2.69%) Wiki
6 27 (2.51%) Credit Risk
7 26 (2.41%) Derivative
8 20 (1.86%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 18 (1.67%) NHS
9 18 (1.67%) User Experience
10 17 (1.58%) Enterprise Software
11 16 (1.49%) Client/Server
11 16 (1.49%) Equities
11 16 (1.49%) Credit Derivative
12 15 (1.39%) Fixed Income
13 14 (1.30%) Market Risk
13 14 (1.30%) Social Media
14 12 (1.11%) Management Information System
14 12 (1.11%) EMV
Operating Systems
1 125 (11.61%) Windows
2 123 (11.42%) Linux
3 96 (8.91%) UNIX
4 47 (4.36%) Windows Server 2012
5 34 (3.16%) Android
6 31 (2.88%) Apple iOS
7 18 (1.67%) CentOS
8 13 (1.21%) Mac OS X
9 6 (0.56%) Windows NT
9 6 (0.56%) Windows 7
10 5 (0.46%) Windows Server 2008
11 3 (0.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 3 (0.28%) AIX
12 2 (0.19%) Solaris
12 2 (0.19%) Embedded Linux
13 1 (0.093%) BlackBerry OS
13 1 (0.093%) HPUX
13 1 (0.093%) Windows CE
13 1 (0.093%) Windows Mobile
13 1 (0.093%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 690 (64.07%) Agile Software Development
2 339 (31.48%) TDD
3 283 (26.28%) Continuous Integration
4 276 (25.63%) Scrum
5 222 (20.61%) BDD
6 187 (17.36%) Test Scripting
7 163 (15.13%) Software Testing
8 153 (14.21%) Test Automation
9 141 (13.09%) Manual Testing
10 139 (12.91%) Configuration Management
11 115 (10.68%) Automation Testing
12 112 (10.40%) Unit Testing
13 87 (8.08%) User Acceptance Testing
13 87 (8.08%) E-Commerce
14 81 (7.52%) Regression Testing
15 80 (7.43%) OO
16 79 (7.34%) User Stories
17 74 (6.87%) Software Engineering
18 70 (6.50%) Web Development
19 69 (6.41%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 324 (30.08%) Java
2 309 (28.69%) SQL
3 245 (22.75%) C#
4 220 (20.43%) JavaScript
5 98 (9.10%) Ruby
6 75 (6.96%) PHP
7 63 (5.85%) Python
8 42 (3.90%) T-SQL
8 42 (3.90%) Scala
9 35 (3.25%) C++
10 24 (2.23%) VB
11 21 (1.95%) Shell Script
12 20 (1.86%) Perl
13 18 (1.67%) C
14 12 (1.11%) VBScript
15 11 (1.02%) Objective-C
15 11 (1.02%) Groovy
16 8 (0.74%) LINC
17 7 (0.65%) PL/SQL
18 6 (0.56%) Clojure
Qualifications
1 114 (10.58%) ISEB
2 110 (10.21%) Security Cleared
3 93 (8.64%) ISTQB
4 87 (8.08%) SC Cleared
5 50 (4.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 49 (4.55%) Degree
7 8 (0.74%) BC Cleared
8 5 (0.46%) ISEB Practitioner
9 3 (0.28%) HND
10 2 (0.19%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 2 (0.19%) CEH
10 2 (0.19%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 1 (0.093%) DV Cleared
11 1 (0.093%) ACSP
11 1 (0.093%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 1 (0.093%) ACSA
11 1 (0.093%) MCDST
11 1 (0.093%) MCTS
11 1 (0.093%) MCITP
11 1 (0.093%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 251 (23.31%) QA
2 8 (0.74%) Basel III
3 5 (0.46%) ISO 9001
3 5 (0.46%) ISO 14001
4 2 (0.19%) SLA
4 2 (0.19%) EMIR
4 2 (0.19%) Dodd-Frank
4 2 (0.19%) UCITS
5 1 (0.093%) ISO 9000
5 1 (0.093%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.093%) Solvency II
5 1 (0.093%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 17 (1.58%) VMware Infrastructure
2 8 (0.74%) Xen
3 6 (0.56%) Varnish
4 5 (0.46%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 4 (0.37%) Active Directory
6 3 (0.28%) Firmware
7 1 (0.093%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.093%) Platform Symphony
7 1 (0.093%) RHEV
Systems Management
1 95 (8.82%) HP Quality Center
2 35 (3.25%) Puppet
3 22 (2.04%) Opscode Chef
4 11 (1.02%) SCCM
5 8 (0.74%) Ansible
6 6 (0.56%) Nagios
7 4 (0.37%) Ganglia
7 4 (0.37%) Vagrant
7 4 (0.37%) collectd
8 2 (0.19%) CA LISA
8 2 (0.19%) Nessus
9 1 (0.093%) Data Guard
9 1 (0.093%) Ambari
9 1 (0.093%) HAProxy
9 1 (0.093%) logstash
9 1 (0.093%) Kibana
Vendors
1 135 (12.53%) Microsoft
2 100 (9.29%) Oracle
3 71 (6.59%) HP
4 42 (3.90%) Red Gate
5 29 (2.69%) Google
6 25 (2.32%) IBM
7 24 (2.23%) Zend
8 17 (1.58%) VMware
9 13 (1.21%) EPiServer
10 12 (1.11%) hybris
10 12 (1.11%) SAP
11 11 (1.02%) ION Trading
12 10 (0.93%) ATG
12 10 (0.93%) TIBCO
13 9 (0.84%) Sitecore
14 7 (0.65%) Salesforce.com
14 7 (0.65%) Perforce
14 7 (0.65%) Telerik
15 6 (0.56%) Red Hat
15 6 (0.56%) JBoss
London
X4 Group
Rate: £200 - 325 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
City, London
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
UK
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £450 to £750 per day - dependent on experience
Posted: Yesterday
London
Huxley Associates
Rate: competitive
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Proteus Europe
Posted: Yesterday
London
Spargonet Consulting Plc
Rate: £400 to £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Spargonet Consulting Plc
Rate: £400 to £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol, Somerset
Kainos Software
Posted: 3 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Church International
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
West London
Austin Fraser
Rate: £300 - £340 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
Croydon, Surrey
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £250.00 - £320.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £400 to £475 per day - dependent on experience
Posted: 5 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear
SmartSourcing plc
Posted: 5 days ago
Buckinghamshire
Arrows Group
Rate: £375 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Novate IT Ltd
Rate: £250 to £300 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Kyna Associates
Rate: £300 - £350 Per Day
Posted: 6 days ago
Surrey
Experis Ltd
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Huxley Associates
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 7 days ago