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 31 July 2015 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Automation Tester
Rank 464 467 515
Rank change year-on-year
+3 +48
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Tester 157 146 64
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.28% 0.27% 0.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.30% 0.29% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 108 112 45
Average daily rate
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£393 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £427 £473 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £323 £301
% change year-on-year
+8.52% +7.32%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 1
Average hourly rate £28.00 £137.50 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-79.63% +343.54%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.00 - £31.00

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
52581 50525 47327
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.47% 92.45% 92.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 33383 30630 27733
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1941 1999 2141
Average hourly rate £17.00 £16.56 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.65% -5.37%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £37.80 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
- -2.94%

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 31 July 2015.

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 31 July 2015. 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 -10 147 £400 +14.28% 32
London +3 93 £400 - 22
South East +1 24 £355 +23.47% 1
Berkshire +14 11 £360 +20.00% 1
City of London -15 11 £350 -6.66% 5
Reading +7 10 £358 - 1
Scotland -9 9 £375 +2.73%
East of England +3 8 £275 -35.29% 1
South West -7 7 £375 +25.00%
Hertfordshire - 7 - -
Watford - 7 - -
Manchester -6 4 £356 +9.61% 3
East Midlands -6 4 £375 +17.18% 2
Hampshire -10 4 £360 +24.67%
North West -25 4 £356 +9.61% 3
Glasgow +4 3 £363 -6.45%
East Sussex -4 3 £325 -
Nottinghamshire -7 3 £350 - 2
Edinburgh -7 3 £363 +5.07%
Nottingham -11 3 £350 - 2
Newcastle upon Tyne -22 3 £238 -33.56%
North East -25 3 £238 -33.56%
Tyne and Wear -26 3 £238 -33.56%
Yorkshire -27 3 £288 -10.15% 3
Croydon - 3 - -
Buckinghamshire 0 2 £288 -8.00%
Livingston -4 2 £375 +2.73%
Bristol -4 2 £400 +14.28%
Brighton -5 2 £344 -
West Lothian -7 2 £375 +2.73%

Automation Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, 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.

1 166 (64.34%) Selenium
2 154 (59.69%) Agile Software Development
3 111 (43.02%) Java
4 93 (36.05%) Test Automation
5 83 (32.17%) Cucumber
6 80 (31.01%) Automation Testing
7 78 (30.23%) WebDriver
8 75 (29.07%) BDD
9 74 (28.68%) QA
10 62 (24.03%) Test Scripting
11 53 (20.54%) Scrum
12 52 (20.16%) SQL
13 49 (18.99%) JIRA
14 48 (18.60%) TDD
15 46 (17.83%) C#
16 45 (17.44%) XML
17 43 (16.67%) Automated Testing
18 39 (15.12%) Ruby
18 39 (15.12%) Continuous Integration
19 34 (13.18%) SoapUI
20 33 (12.79%) UNIX
21 32 (12.40%) SOAP
21 32 (12.40%) Web Services
22 29 (11.24%) HP UFT
23 28 (10.85%) E-Commerce
23 28 (10.85%) Finance
24 26 (10.08%) JavaScript
24 26 (10.08%) .NET
25 25 (9.69%) Python
25 25 (9.69%) System Testing

Automation Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, 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 13 (5.04%) Confluence
2 11 (4.26%) WebSphere
3 7 (2.71%) SharePoint
4 3 (1.16%) CMS
5 2 (0.78%) Documentum
5 2 (0.78%) WebSphere Application Server
5 2 (0.78%) WebLogic
5 2 (0.78%) Apache
6 1 (0.39%) Sitecore CMS
6 1 (0.39%) Apache Spark
Applications
1 5 (1.94%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.39%) MS Project
2 1 (0.39%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 7 (2.71%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.78%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (0.78%) GitHub
2 1 (0.39%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.39%) SaaS
2 1 (0.39%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 4 (1.55%) TCP/IP
1 4 (1.55%) Wireshark
2 1 (0.39%) ATM
2 1 (0.39%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (6.59%) DB2
2 14 (5.43%) DbVisualizer
3 4 (1.55%) SQL Server
4 3 (1.16%) Relational Database
5 2 (0.78%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.39%) Data Mining
6 1 (0.39%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.39%) Hadoop
6 1 (0.39%) Apache Hive
6 1 (0.39%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.39%) Apache Cassandra
6 1 (0.39%) MySQL
6 1 (0.39%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 166 (64.34%) Selenium
2 83 (32.17%) Cucumber
3 78 (30.23%) WebDriver
4 49 (18.99%) JIRA
5 34 (13.18%) SoapUI
6 29 (11.24%) HP UFT
7 25 (9.69%) Jenkins
8 23 (8.91%) JUnit
8 23 (8.91%) Subversion
9 21 (8.14%) SpecFlow
10 14 (5.43%) Maven
11 13 (5.04%) JMeter
11 13 (5.04%) JBehave
11 13 (5.04%) Git (software)
11 13 (5.04%) Calabash
12 9 (3.49%) Appium
13 8 (3.10%) Team Foundation Server
14 7 (2.71%) TeamCity
14 7 (2.71%) Capybara
15 6 (2.33%) PHPUnit
General
1 28 (10.85%) Finance
2 24 (9.30%) Retail
3 9 (3.49%) Banking
4 5 (1.94%) Telecoms
5 4 (1.55%) Games
6 2 (0.78%) Front Office
6 2 (0.78%) Automotive
6 2 (0.78%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.39%) Billing
7 1 (0.39%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.39%) Law
7 1 (0.39%) Legal
7 1 (0.39%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.39%) Advertising
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (17.44%) XML
2 32 (12.40%) SOAP
2 32 (12.40%) Web Services
3 26 (10.08%) .NET
4 25 (9.69%) Gherkin
5 23 (8.91%) RESTful
5 23 (8.91%) HTML
6 20 (7.75%) JSON
7 17 (6.59%) REST
8 14 (5.43%) Flash
9 9 (3.49%) J2EE
10 7 (2.71%) Spring
11 4 (1.55%) Middleware
11 4 (1.55%) CSS
11 4 (1.55%) WPF
12 3 (1.16%) XSL
12 3 (1.16%) WSDL
13 2 (0.78%) XML Schema
13 2 (0.78%) XML Messaging
13 2 (0.78%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 20 (7.75%) Analytical Skills
2 18 (6.98%) Mobile App
3 7 (2.71%) Wiki
4 5 (1.94%) Enterprise Software
5 3 (1.16%) SWIFT
6 2 (0.78%) Digital Media
6 2 (0.78%) Data Extraction
6 2 (0.78%) iPhone
6 2 (0.78%) DataPower
6 2 (0.78%) Mobile Payment
6 2 (0.78%) Blackberry
7 1 (0.39%) Replication
7 1 (0.39%) Fixed Income
7 1 (0.39%) STB
7 1 (0.39%) Derivative
7 1 (0.39%) Computer Science
7 1 (0.39%) Credit Risk
7 1 (0.39%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.39%) W3C
7 1 (0.39%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 33 (12.79%) UNIX
2 22 (8.53%) Apple iOS
3 20 (7.75%) Android
4 14 (5.43%) Linux
5 9 (3.49%) Windows
6 2 (0.78%) Windows Phone 8
6 2 (0.78%) Windows Phone
7 1 (0.39%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 154 (59.69%) Agile Software Development
2 93 (36.05%) Test Automation
3 80 (31.01%) Automation Testing
4 75 (29.07%) BDD
5 62 (24.03%) Test Scripting
6 53 (20.54%) Scrum
7 48 (18.60%) TDD
8 43 (16.67%) Automated Testing
9 39 (15.12%) Continuous Integration
10 28 (10.85%) E-Commerce
11 25 (9.69%) System Testing
12 23 (8.91%) Regression Testing
13 17 (6.59%) Software Testing
13 17 (6.59%) Integration Testing
13 17 (6.59%) User Stories
13 17 (6.59%) API Testing
14 15 (5.81%) Manual Testing
14 15 (5.81%) Document Management
15 14 (5.43%) Software Engineering
15 14 (5.43%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 111 (43.02%) Java
2 52 (20.16%) SQL
3 46 (17.83%) C#
4 39 (15.12%) Ruby
5 26 (10.08%) JavaScript
6 25 (9.69%) Python
7 23 (8.91%) Groovy
8 13 (5.04%) PHP
9 8 (3.10%) VBScript
10 5 (1.94%) VB
10 5 (1.94%) VBA
10 5 (1.94%) PowerShell
10 5 (1.94%) XPath
10 5 (1.94%) C
11 3 (1.16%) PL/SQL
11 3 (1.16%) Perl
12 2 (0.78%) C++
12 2 (0.78%) Shell Script
13 1 (0.39%) Scala
13 1 (0.39%) Bourne shell
Qualifications
1 22 (8.53%) ISEB
2 18 (6.98%) ISTQB
3 17 (6.59%) Security Cleared
3 17 (6.59%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 11 (4.26%) DV Cleared
5 9 (3.49%) Degree
6 8 (3.10%) SC Cleared
7 5 (1.94%) HND
8 4 (1.55%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 4 (1.55%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 74 (28.68%) QA
2 2 (0.78%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 5 (1.94%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.39%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 10 (3.88%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.39%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 15 (5.81%) HP
2 13 (5.04%) Microsoft
3 10 (3.88%) Oracle
4 5 (1.94%) VMware
5 3 (1.16%) IBM
6 2 (0.78%) Cadence
6 2 (0.78%) webMethods
6 2 (0.78%) Google
6 2 (0.78%) Atlassian
6 2 (0.78%) Green Hat
7 1 (0.39%) ForgeRock
7 1 (0.39%) Tradeweb
7 1 (0.39%) Sitecore
7 1 (0.39%) hybris
7 1 (0.39%) Venda
7 1 (0.39%) Tableau
7 1 (0.39%) Twitter
7 1 (0.39%) Bloomberg
7 1 (0.39%) Ab Initio
7 1 (0.39%) Telerik
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