The table below looks at the statistics for the Automation Tester role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Automation Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 10 February 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.

Location
3 months to
10 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Automation Tester
Rank 495 472 472
Rank change year-on-year
-23 0
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Tester 131 140 116
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.25% 0.27% 0.23%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.27% 0.29% 0.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 93 98 77
Average daily rate £365 £350 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.28% -3.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £242 £296
10% offered a daily rate of more than £470 £440 £422
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £336 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.08% +5.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £170.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £170.00 - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
48618 48918 46871
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.51% 94.46% 94.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 31219 30411 27715
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £238 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1735 1925 2068
Average hourly rate £17.50 £16.84 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.95% -3.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -

Automation Tester
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Automation Tester in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Automation Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Automation Tester
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Automation Tester within the UK.

Automation Tester Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Automation Tester
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Automation Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 10 February 2016.

Automation Tester Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Automation Tester
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Automation Tester within the UK.

Automation Tester Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Automation Tester
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 Automation Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 10 February 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 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 -10 127 £368 +5.00% 45
London -12 52 £406 +8.33% 15
South East +6 18 £370 +13.40% 7
East of England +12 16 £350 -
Yorkshire -11 16 £320 +11.30% 8
West Yorkshire -1 15 £320 +11.30% 4
Leeds 0 14 £320 +23.07% 4
City of London +35 11 £375 -3.22% 2
South West +11 11 £350 +12.00% 2
Watford - 10 £413 -
Hertfordshire - 10 £413 -
Surrey -11 6 £370 +19.83%
Essex +5 5 £350 -
West Midlands -9 5 £363 +3.57%
North West -20 5 £303 +34.44% 10
Berkshire +6 4 £400 +23.07% 6
Scotland -4 4 £350 -6.66%
Manchester -14 4 £290 +28.88% 7
Wiltshire - 4 £350 -
Devon +2 3 £413 -
Reading -5 3 £400 +28.00% 3
North East -16 3 £315 -3.07%
Tyne and Wear -25 3 £315 -3.07%
Newcastle upon Tyne -28 3 £315 -3.07%
Plymouth - 3 £413 -
Edinburgh - 3 £350 -
Swindon - 3 £343 -
West Sussex - 3 £288 -
Leatherhead -13 2 £375 -
Oxford - 2 £398 -

Automation Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Automation Tester in their job title 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 with Automation Tester in their job title.

1 204 (67.11%) Agile Software Development
2 182 (59.87%) Selenium
3 130 (42.76%) BDD
4 110 (36.18%) Java
5 109 (35.86%) Cucumber
6 108 (35.53%) Test Automation
7 98 (32.24%) WebDriver
8 88 (28.95%) Automation Testing
9 81 (26.64%) Test Scripting
10 68 (22.37%) QA
11 64 (21.05%) C#
12 57 (18.75%) Scrum
13 55 (18.09%) TDD
14 52 (17.11%) Continuous Integration
15 49 (16.12%) SQL
15 49 (16.12%) HP UFT
16 45 (14.80%) Automated Testing
16 45 (14.80%) Ruby
17 43 (14.14%) JavaScript
18 42 (13.82%) .NET
18 42 (13.82%) JIRA
19 39 (12.83%) Security Cleared
19 39 (12.83%) Regression Testing
20 37 (12.17%) HP
21 35 (11.51%) SC Cleared
21 35 (11.51%) Manual Testing
22 34 (11.18%) Appium
23 33 (10.86%) User Stories
23 33 (10.86%) SpecFlow
23 33 (10.86%) XML

Automation Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Automation Tester in their job title 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 with Automation Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 8 (2.63%) Confluence
2 6 (1.97%) Node.js
3 5 (1.64%) NetWeaver
4 3 (0.99%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 1 (0.33%) Apache
5 1 (0.33%) IIS
5 1 (0.33%) JBoss
5 1 (0.33%) Oracle Spatial
5 1 (0.33%) SAS
5 1 (0.33%) WebSphere
Applications
1 5 (1.64%) MS Office
2 2 (0.66%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 16 (5.26%) Magento
2 2 (0.66%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.66%) GitHub
2 1 (0.33%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.33%) Office 365
2 1 (0.33%) SaaS
2 1 (0.33%) Sage Pay
Communications & Networking
1 6 (1.97%) Internet
2 3 (0.99%) Extranet
2 3 (0.99%) Intranet
3 2 (0.66%) Wireshark
4 1 (0.33%) DSL
4 1 (0.33%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (6.25%) DB2
2 14 (4.61%) SQL Server
3 7 (2.30%) Oracle Reports
4 6 (1.97%) DbVisualizer
4 6 (1.97%) Relational Database
5 5 (1.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 3 (0.99%) MySQL
6 3 (0.99%) NoSQL
6 3 (0.99%) RDBMS
7 2 (0.66%) Oracle Database
7 2 (0.66%) SQL Server 2008
8 1 (0.33%) Big Data
8 1 (0.33%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.33%) GIS
8 1 (0.33%) Hadoop
8 1 (0.33%) PostgreSQL
8 1 (0.33%) QlikView
8 1 (0.33%) SQL Navigator
8 1 (0.33%) Triplestore
Development Applications
1 182 (59.87%) Selenium
2 109 (35.86%) Cucumber
3 98 (32.24%) WebDriver
4 49 (16.12%) HP UFT
5 42 (13.82%) JIRA
6 34 (11.18%) Appium
7 33 (10.86%) SpecFlow
8 32 (10.53%) Jenkins
9 31 (10.20%) Git (software)
10 28 (9.21%) SoapUI
11 23 (7.57%) Calabash
12 18 (5.92%) Team Foundation Server
13 17 (5.59%) Subversion
14 14 (4.61%) Capybara
15 13 (4.28%) JMeter
16 10 (3.29%) PHPUnit
17 9 (2.96%) Oracle APEX
17 9 (2.96%) Protractor
18 8 (2.63%) JBehave
18 8 (2.63%) JUnit
General
1 30 (9.87%) Finance
2 28 (9.21%) Retail
3 12 (3.95%) Banking
4 4 (1.32%) Marketing
4 4 (1.32%) Military
5 3 (0.99%) Retail Banking
6 2 (0.66%) Electronics
6 2 (0.66%) Financial Institution
6 2 (0.66%) Legal
6 2 (0.66%) Manufacturing
6 2 (0.66%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.33%) Advertising
7 1 (0.33%) Automotive
7 1 (0.33%) Back Office
7 1 (0.33%) Billing
7 1 (0.33%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (13.82%) .NET
2 33 (10.86%) XML
3 32 (10.53%) HTML
4 27 (8.88%) RESTful
5 21 (6.91%) Web Services
6 20 (6.58%) Gherkin
6 20 (6.58%) SOAP
7 11 (3.62%) REST
8 10 (3.29%) Behat
9 7 (2.30%) CSS
10 6 (1.97%) ASP.NET
10 6 (1.97%) Flash
11 5 (1.64%) Ruby on Rails
12 3 (0.99%) AngularJS
12 3 (0.99%) J2EE
12 3 (0.99%) JSON
12 3 (0.99%) WPF
12 3 (0.99%) WSDL
13 2 (0.66%) XML Messaging
13 2 (0.66%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 25 (8.22%) Mobile App
2 22 (7.24%) Analytical Skills
3 9 (2.96%) User Experience
4 4 (1.32%) Private Cloud
4 4 (1.32%) Streaming Music
5 3 (0.99%) Blackberry
5 3 (0.99%) STB
6 2 (0.66%) Computer Science
6 2 (0.66%) Digital Media
6 2 (0.66%) EPoS
6 2 (0.66%) iPhone
6 2 (0.66%) IPTV
6 2 (0.66%) Mathematics
6 2 (0.66%) Mobile Banking
6 2 (0.66%) Mobile Payment
6 2 (0.66%) Over-the-Top Content
6 2 (0.66%) Social Media
6 2 (0.66%) Video on Demand
7 1 (0.33%) Embedded Systems
7 1 (0.33%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 25 (8.22%) Android
1 25 (8.22%) Apple iOS
1 25 (8.22%) Unix
2 8 (2.63%) Linux
2 8 (2.63%) Windows
3 2 (0.66%) Windows Server
3 2 (0.66%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (0.33%) Windows 7
4 1 (0.33%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 204 (67.11%) Agile Software Development
2 130 (42.76%) BDD
3 108 (35.53%) Test Automation
4 88 (28.95%) Automation Testing
5 81 (26.64%) Test Scripting
6 57 (18.75%) Scrum
7 55 (18.09%) TDD
8 52 (17.11%) Continuous Integration
9 45 (14.80%) Automated Testing
10 39 (12.83%) Regression Testing
11 35 (11.51%) Manual Testing
12 33 (10.86%) User Stories
13 32 (10.53%) E-Commerce
14 30 (9.87%) Test Strategy
15 26 (8.55%) Functional Testing
16 23 (7.57%) Software Testing
17 18 (5.92%) Data Protection
17 18 (5.92%) Web Testing
18 17 (5.59%) Build Automation
18 17 (5.59%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 110 (36.18%) Java
2 64 (21.05%) C#
3 49 (16.12%) SQL
4 45 (14.80%) Ruby
5 43 (14.14%) JavaScript
6 23 (7.57%) C++
7 20 (6.58%) PHP
8 14 (4.61%) Python
8 14 (4.61%) VB
9 12 (3.95%) VBScript
10 9 (2.96%) F#
11 6 (1.97%) Groovy
12 5 (1.64%) ABAP
13 3 (0.99%) C
13 3 (0.99%) Perl
13 3 (0.99%) Scala
14 2 (0.66%) PowerShell
14 2 (0.66%) VBA
15 1 (0.33%) MATLAB
15 1 (0.33%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 39 (12.83%) Security Cleared
2 35 (11.51%) SC Cleared
3 31 (10.20%) ISEB
4 22 (7.24%) ISTQB
5 21 (6.91%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 7 (2.30%) ISEB Practitioner
7 5 (1.64%) DV Cleared
8 2 (0.66%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (0.66%) Degree
8 2 (0.66%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 1 (0.33%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 68 (22.37%) QA
2 9 (2.96%) SDET
3 1 (0.33%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.33%) MiFID
System Software
1 1 (0.33%) Active Directory
1 1 (0.33%) Docker
Systems Management
1 11 (3.62%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (1.64%) Puppet
3 1 (0.33%) Ansible
3 1 (0.33%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 37 (12.17%) HP
2 27 (8.88%) Microsoft
3 23 (7.57%) Oracle
4 8 (2.63%) SAP
5 6 (1.97%) Telerik
6 5 (1.64%) Atlassian
7 3 (0.99%) Adobe
7 3 (0.99%) ATG
8 2 (0.66%) hybris
8 2 (0.66%) Remedy
9 1 (0.33%) Apple
9 1 (0.33%) Demandware
9 1 (0.33%) Informatica
9 1 (0.33%) Pega
9 1 (0.33%) Sonatype
9 1 (0.33%) Venda
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