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 30 April 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.

3 months to
30 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Automation Tester
Rank 484 507 458
Rank change year-on-year
+23 -49
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Tester 175 124 160
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.31% 0.22% 0.29%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.33% 0.23% 0.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 117 83 123
Average daily rate £368 £345 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.52% -1.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £250 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £443 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £314 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.58% -3.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 1
Average hourly rate £170.00 - £31.00
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
53058 52916 51575
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.92% 94.76% 94.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 34561 32091 31451
Average daily rate £425 £400 £395
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +1.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1534 2122 2107
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.50 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.83 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+4.01% -1.02%

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 30 April 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
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Automation Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 30 April 2016.

Automation Tester Hourly Rate Histogram 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 30 April 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 +27 164 £373 +12.87% 60
London +19 75 £400 +6.66% 17
South East -2 41 £320 +6.66% 17
Hampshire +9 11 £363 +6.61% 2
West Midlands +2 11 £375 +36.36% 2
Kent -17 11 £210 -30.00%
West Sussex -7 10 £369 -
South West +14 9 £391 -2.18% 2
Yorkshire +5 9 £350 +14.28% 4
Scotland -17 8 £341 -12.00% 3
Glasgow +6 6 £325 -16.25% 2
East of England -2 6 £353 -1.05% 6
Croydon -6 6 £375 -
Worthing -30 6 £350 -
Manchester -4 5 £320 +16.36% 4
North West -4 5 £320 +8.93% 7
East Midlands +5 4 £295 -1.66% 2
Berkshire +1 4 £363 +15.81% 5
West Yorkshire +1 4 £294 +9.30% 2
Leeds -5 4 £294 +9.30% 2
South Yorkshire -6 4 £350 -6.66%
Surrey -8 4 £363 +20.83% 4
North East -30 4 £294 +10.94% 2
Tyne and Wear -33 4 £294 +10.94% 2
Newcastle upon Tyne -34 4 £294 +10.94% 2
Warwickshire - 4 £400 - 1
Devon - 4 £415 -
Wiltshire - 4 £368 - 1
City of London +39 3 £390 -5.45% 6
Newport +16 3 £325 -2.25%

Automation Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 April 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.

1 212 (67.52%) Agile Software Development
2 191 (60.83%) Selenium
3 135 (42.99%) BDD
4 127 (40.45%) Cucumber
5 126 (40.13%) Java
6 106 (33.76%) WebDriver
7 95 (30.25%) Test Automation
8 88 (28.03%) Automation Testing
9 83 (26.43%) Test Scripting
10 80 (25.48%) JIRA
10 80 (25.48%) QA
11 71 (22.61%) Scrum
12 67 (21.34%) Automated Testing
13 65 (20.70%) C#
14 62 (19.75%) JavaScript
14 62 (19.75%) SQL
14 62 (19.75%) TDD
15 51 (16.24%) Ruby
15 51 (16.24%) Continuous Integration
16 45 (14.33%) .NET
17 43 (13.69%) Finance
18 42 (13.38%) Security Cleared
18 42 (13.38%) Functional Testing
19 41 (13.06%) HP UFT
19 41 (13.06%) HTML
19 41 (13.06%) XML
20 40 (12.74%) ISEB
21 37 (11.78%) Unix
21 37 (11.78%) SC Cleared
21 37 (11.78%) Git (software)

Automation Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 April 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 19 (6.05%) Confluence
2 6 (1.91%) Node.js
3 2 (0.64%) Apache Pig
3 2 (0.64%) Apache Spark
3 2 (0.64%) JBoss
3 2 (0.64%) Tomcat
3 2 (0.64%) WebSphere
4 1 (0.32%) Apache
4 1 (0.32%) ColdFusion
4 1 (0.32%) IIS
4 1 (0.32%) SAS
4 1 (0.32%) WebLogic
Applications
1 6 (1.91%) MS Office
2 4 (1.27%) MS Excel
3 1 (0.32%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 16 (5.10%) Magento
2 3 (0.96%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 4 (1.27%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (0.64%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (0.64%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.32%) GitHub
3 1 (0.32%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 11 (3.50%) HTTP
2 6 (1.91%) Internet
3 3 (0.96%) Extranet
3 3 (0.96%) Intranet
4 2 (0.64%) H.323
4 2 (0.64%) Telepresence
4 2 (0.64%) Wireshark
5 1 (0.32%) DSL
5 1 (0.32%) Kerberos
5 1 (0.32%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (5.73%) DB2
2 12 (3.82%) SQL Server
3 8 (2.55%) Oracle Reports
4 5 (1.59%) Big Data
4 5 (1.59%) Hadoop
4 5 (1.59%) Relational Database
4 5 (1.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 3 (0.96%) Data Warehouse
5 3 (0.96%) DbVisualizer
5 3 (0.96%) NoSQL
5 3 (0.96%) Star Schema
6 2 (0.64%) Apache Hive
6 2 (0.64%) MySQL
6 2 (0.64%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (0.64%) RDBMS
6 2 (0.64%) Sqoop
7 1 (0.32%) GIS
7 1 (0.32%) SQL Navigator
7 1 (0.32%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 191 (60.83%) Selenium
2 127 (40.45%) Cucumber
3 106 (33.76%) WebDriver
4 80 (25.48%) JIRA
5 41 (13.06%) HP UFT
6 37 (11.78%) Git (software)
7 35 (11.15%) Jenkins
8 31 (9.87%) Appium
9 28 (8.92%) SpecFlow
10 26 (8.28%) JMeter
11 21 (6.69%) Subversion
12 20 (6.37%) Capybara
13 19 (6.05%) Team Foundation Server
14 18 (5.73%) Calabash
15 17 (5.41%) JUnit
16 15 (4.78%) SoapUI
17 14 (4.46%) TestComplete
18 12 (3.82%) Gatling
18 12 (3.82%) Protractor
18 12 (3.82%) Visual Studio
General
1 43 (13.69%) Finance
2 29 (9.24%) Retail
3 14 (4.46%) Banking
4 5 (1.59%) Electronics
4 5 (1.59%) Manufacturing
4 5 (1.59%) Marketing
4 5 (1.59%) Telecoms
5 4 (1.27%) Investment Banking
6 3 (0.96%) Legal
7 2 (0.64%) Financial Institution
7 2 (0.64%) Games
7 2 (0.64%) Military
7 2 (0.64%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.32%) Back Office
8 1 (0.32%) Billing
8 1 (0.32%) Local Government
8 1 (0.32%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (14.33%) .NET
2 41 (13.06%) HTML
2 41 (13.06%) XML
3 34 (10.83%) RESTful
4 23 (7.32%) Gherkin
4 23 (7.32%) Web Services
5 14 (4.46%) REST
6 12 (3.82%) Behat
7 11 (3.50%) SOAP
8 10 (3.18%) JSON
9 9 (2.87%) CSS
10 6 (1.91%) ASP.NET
11 4 (1.27%) Spring
12 3 (0.96%) .NET Framework
12 3 (0.96%) Flash
12 3 (0.96%) Hibernate
12 3 (0.96%) HTML5
12 3 (0.96%) J2EE
13 2 (0.64%) iOS SDK
13 2 (0.64%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 21 (6.69%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (5.41%) Mobile App
3 6 (1.91%) User Experience
4 3 (0.96%) Blackberry
4 3 (0.96%) Wiki
5 2 (0.64%) Client/Server
5 2 (0.64%) Digital Media
5 2 (0.64%) Driving Licence
5 2 (0.64%) EPoS
5 2 (0.64%) IPTV
5 2 (0.64%) IVR
5 2 (0.64%) Learning Management System
5 2 (0.64%) Mobile Banking
5 2 (0.64%) Mobile Payment
5 2 (0.64%) Over-the-Top Content
5 2 (0.64%) Private Cloud
5 2 (0.64%) STB
5 2 (0.64%) Video on Demand
6 1 (0.32%) Embedded Systems
6 1 (0.32%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 37 (11.78%) Unix
2 15 (4.78%) Android
3 13 (4.14%) Windows
4 11 (3.50%) Linux
5 9 (2.87%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.32%) Mac OS X
6 1 (0.32%) Solaris
6 1 (0.32%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.32%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.32%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 212 (67.52%) Agile Software Development
2 135 (42.99%) BDD
3 95 (30.25%) Test Automation
4 88 (28.03%) Automation Testing
5 83 (26.43%) Test Scripting
6 71 (22.61%) Scrum
7 67 (21.34%) Automated Testing
8 62 (19.75%) TDD
9 51 (16.24%) Continuous Integration
10 42 (13.38%) Functional Testing
11 34 (10.83%) Software Testing
11 34 (10.83%) Test Strategy
12 31 (9.87%) E-Commerce
12 31 (9.87%) Performance Testing
12 31 (9.87%) User Stories
13 27 (8.60%) Open Source
13 27 (8.60%) Regression Testing
14 26 (8.28%) Manual Testing
15 20 (6.37%) Non-Functional Testing
16 17 (5.41%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 126 (40.13%) Java
2 65 (20.70%) C#
3 62 (19.75%) JavaScript
3 62 (19.75%) SQL
4 51 (16.24%) Ruby
5 19 (6.05%) Python
6 18 (5.73%) PHP
7 11 (3.50%) Groovy
8 10 (3.18%) F#
9 9 (2.87%) VB
10 8 (2.55%) C++
10 8 (2.55%) Perl
11 6 (1.91%) Shell Script
12 5 (1.59%) Bash Shell
12 5 (1.59%) C
12 5 (1.59%) Scala
13 3 (0.96%) PL/SQL
14 2 (0.64%) VBScript
15 1 (0.32%) Apple Swift
15 1 (0.32%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 42 (13.38%) Security Cleared
2 40 (12.74%) ISEB
3 37 (11.78%) SC Cleared
4 29 (9.24%) ISTQB
5 25 (7.96%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 5 (1.59%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 3 (0.96%) BPSS Clearance
7 3 (0.96%) DBS Check
7 3 (0.96%) Degree
8 2 (0.64%) ISEB Practitioner
9 1 (0.32%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 80 (25.48%) QA
2 11 (3.50%) SDET
3 3 (0.96%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (0.64%) FedRAMP
4 2 (0.64%) MiFID
System Software
1 2 (0.64%) Active Directory
1 2 (0.64%) Docker
1 2 (0.64%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 11 (3.50%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (1.27%) Puppet
3 2 (0.64%) Oozie
4 1 (0.32%) Ansible
4 1 (0.32%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.32%) Oracle Identity Management
Vendors
1 27 (8.60%) Oracle
2 24 (7.64%) HP
3 22 (7.01%) Microsoft
4 6 (1.91%) Telerik
5 5 (1.59%) Atlassian
6 4 (1.27%) ATG
6 4 (1.27%) SAP
6 4 (1.27%) SOASTA, Inc
6 4 (1.27%) VMware
7 1 (0.32%) Demandware
7 1 (0.32%) ForgeRock
7 1 (0.32%) hybris
7 1 (0.32%) IBM
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