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 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Automation Tester
Rank 507 455 498
Rank change year-on-year
-52 +43
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Tester 100 128 51
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.18% 0.24% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.20% 0.26% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 63 100 34
Average daily rate
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£350 £350 £355
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -1.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £275 £297
10% offered a daily rate of more than £448 £500 £426
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £310 £350
% change year-on-year
+12.90% -11.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

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
50008 48637 43579
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.32% 92.39% 92.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 30924 30184 25017
Average daily rate £400 £390 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% -2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £240
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 1983 2005 2160
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.00 £40.50 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -2.85%

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 22 May 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 22 May 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 -60 87 £350 - 18
London -48 44 £400 - 11
South East -11 18 £310 +3.33%
East of England +17 11 £400 +21.67% 1
Scotland 0 8 £375 +26.05% 4
Berkshire 0 8 £310 +3.33%
Hertfordshire +5 6 - - 1
Watford - 6 - -
South West +12 5 £393 +30.83%
City of London -14 5 £338 -3.57% 5
Buckinghamshire - 5 £225 -
Wales +8 4 £350 +6.87% 1
Edinburgh +1 4 £350 +17.64% 3
Croydon - 4 - -
Essex - 4 £400 -
South Wales +4 3 £350 +6.87% 1
Bristol +2 3 £400 +14.28%
Nottingham -5 3 £350 -
Nottinghamshire -7 3 £350 -
East Midlands -10 3 £350 +12.81%
Hampshire -12 3 £340 +0.74%
Yorkshire -19 3 £375 +22.95% 3
Basildon - 3 £400 -
Bracknell - 3 - -
Glasgow -5 2 £400 -
Newcastle upon Tyne -7 2 £265 -
Sheffield -7 2 £375 +66.66%
South Yorkshire -8 2 £375 +66.66%
Newport -11 2 £325 -0.76% 1
Tyne and Wear -11 2 £265 -24.28%

Automation Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 May 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.

1 148 (63.52%) Selenium
2 135 (57.94%) Agile Software Development
3 93 (39.91%) Java
4 77 (33.05%) Test Automation
5 72 (30.90%) Cucumber
5 72 (30.90%) BDD
6 68 (29.18%) QA
7 63 (27.04%) Automation Testing
8 62 (26.61%) WebDriver
8 62 (26.61%) Scrum
9 56 (24.03%) Test Scripting
10 49 (21.03%) SQL
11 46 (19.74%) TDD
12 41 (17.60%) JIRA
13 40 (17.17%) C#
14 35 (15.02%) Ruby
15 33 (14.16%) Continuous Integration
16 31 (13.30%) XML
17 27 (11.59%) E-Commerce
17 27 (11.59%) Automated Testing
17 27 (11.59%) Jenkins
18 26 (11.16%) ISEB
18 26 (11.16%) .NET
19 25 (10.73%) SoapUI
20 24 (10.30%) JavaScript
21 23 (9.87%) SOAP
21 23 (9.87%) Gherkin
22 22 (9.44%) Retail
22 22 (9.44%) Finance
23 21 (9.01%) Web Services

Automation Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 7 (3.00%) WebSphere
2 5 (2.15%) CMS
3 4 (1.72%) SharePoint
4 2 (0.86%) Joomla!
4 2 (0.86%) Sitecore CMS
4 2 (0.86%) Umbraco
4 2 (0.86%) WebLogic
4 2 (0.86%) Documentum
5 1 (0.43%) Apache Spark
5 1 (0.43%) Confluence
Applications
1 2 (0.86%) MS Office
1 2 (0.86%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.43%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 5 (2.15%) Magento
2 1 (0.43%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 4 (1.72%) GitHub
2 3 (1.29%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (0.86%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.43%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 7 (3.00%) TCP/IP
2 6 (2.58%) HTTP
3 4 (1.72%) Wireshark
4 3 (1.29%) Wi-Fi
4 3 (1.29%) Bluetooth
4 3 (1.29%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (4.72%) DbVisualizer
1 11 (4.72%) DB2
2 4 (1.72%) MySQL
2 4 (1.72%) SQL Server
3 3 (1.29%) Relational Database
4 2 (0.86%) Azure SQL Database
4 2 (0.86%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.43%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.43%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.43%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.43%) Big Data
5 1 (0.43%) Apache Cassandra
5 1 (0.43%) Apache Hive
5 1 (0.43%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 148 (63.52%) Selenium
2 72 (30.90%) Cucumber
3 62 (26.61%) WebDriver
4 41 (17.60%) JIRA
5 27 (11.59%) Jenkins
6 25 (10.73%) SoapUI
7 21 (9.01%) JUnit
7 21 (9.01%) QuickTest Pro
8 19 (8.15%) Calabash
9 17 (7.30%) SpecFlow
9 17 (7.30%) Subversion
10 15 (6.44%) JMeter
11 13 (5.58%) Maven
12 12 (5.15%) TeamCity
13 11 (4.72%) JBehave
13 11 (4.72%) Appium
14 10 (4.29%) Capybara
15 8 (3.43%) Behat
15 8 (3.43%) Team Foundation Server
15 8 (3.43%) RSpec
General
1 22 (9.44%) Retail
1 22 (9.44%) Finance
2 5 (2.15%) Telecoms
3 4 (1.72%) Banking
3 4 (1.72%) Games
4 2 (0.86%) Billing
4 2 (0.86%) Front Office
4 2 (0.86%) Automotive
5 1 (0.43%) Legal
5 1 (0.43%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.43%) Advertising
5 1 (0.43%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (13.30%) XML
2 26 (11.16%) .NET
3 23 (9.87%) SOAP
3 23 (9.87%) Gherkin
4 21 (9.01%) Web Services
5 19 (8.15%) RESTful
6 18 (7.73%) JSON
7 12 (5.15%) HTML
8 11 (4.72%) Flash
9 8 (3.43%) REST
10 7 (3.00%) J2EE
11 4 (1.72%) Ruby on Rails
11 4 (1.72%) WPF
11 4 (1.72%) XML Schema
12 3 (1.29%) Spring
12 3 (1.29%) .NET Framework
13 2 (0.86%) JRuby
13 2 (0.86%) WSDL
13 2 (0.86%) Middleware
14 1 (0.43%) Android SDK
Miscellaneous
1 16 (6.87%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (5.58%) Open Source
3 9 (3.86%) Mobile App
4 7 (3.00%) Blackberry
4 7 (3.00%) iPhone
5 5 (2.15%) Digital Media
6 4 (1.72%) Robotics
6 4 (1.72%) STB
6 4 (1.72%) User Experience
6 4 (1.72%) Enterprise Software
7 3 (1.29%) iPad
7 3 (1.29%) Computer Science
8 2 (0.86%) Derivative
9 1 (0.43%) Data Structures
9 1 (0.43%) Algorithms
9 1 (0.43%) Fixed Income
9 1 (0.43%) Client/Server
9 1 (0.43%) W3C
9 1 (0.43%) Video on Demand
9 1 (0.43%) Data Extraction
Operating Systems
1 20 (8.58%) Android
1 20 (8.58%) UNIX
2 17 (7.30%) Apple iOS
3 14 (6.01%) Linux
4 11 (4.72%) Windows
5 2 (0.86%) Windows Phone 8
5 2 (0.86%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 135 (57.94%) Agile Software Development
2 77 (33.05%) Test Automation
3 72 (30.90%) BDD
4 63 (27.04%) Automation Testing
5 62 (26.61%) Scrum
6 56 (24.03%) Test Scripting
7 46 (19.74%) TDD
8 33 (14.16%) Continuous Integration
9 27 (11.59%) E-Commerce
9 27 (11.59%) Automated Testing
10 20 (8.58%) Regression Testing
11 19 (8.15%) Software Testing
12 16 (6.87%) Performance Testing
12 16 (6.87%) System Testing
13 13 (5.58%) Software Engineering
14 12 (5.15%) OO
14 12 (5.15%) User Acceptance Testing
15 11 (4.72%) Integration Testing
15 11 (4.72%) Document Management
15 11 (4.72%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 93 (39.91%) Java
2 49 (21.03%) SQL
3 40 (17.17%) C#
4 35 (15.02%) Ruby
5 24 (10.30%) JavaScript
6 21 (9.01%) Python
7 16 (6.87%) PHP
8 14 (6.01%) Groovy
9 5 (2.15%) XPath
10 4 (1.72%) VB
10 4 (1.72%) C++
10 4 (1.72%) Perl
11 3 (1.29%) VBScript
12 2 (0.86%) PowerShell
12 2 (0.86%) Scala
12 2 (0.86%) PL/SQL
12 2 (0.86%) C
12 2 (0.86%) Jython
12 2 (0.86%) Shell Script
12 2 (0.86%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 26 (11.16%) ISEB
2 20 (8.58%) ISTQB
3 15 (6.44%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 15 (6.44%) Degree
4 12 (5.15%) Security Cleared
5 6 (2.58%) DV Cleared
6 5 (2.15%) HND
6 5 (2.15%) SC Cleared
7 4 (1.72%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 2 (0.86%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 68 (29.18%) QA
2 1 (0.43%) ISO 14001
2 1 (0.43%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 2 (0.86%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 6 (2.58%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 14 (6.01%) Microsoft
2 11 (4.72%) HP
3 10 (4.29%) Oracle
4 7 (3.00%) Google
5 3 (1.29%) hybris
6 2 (0.86%) Sitecore
6 2 (0.86%) webMethods
6 2 (0.86%) VMware
7 1 (0.43%) Bloomberg
7 1 (0.43%) Telerik
7 1 (0.43%) IBM
7 1 (0.43%) Twitter
7 1 (0.43%) Venda
7 1 (0.43%) Tableau
7 1 (0.43%) Tradeweb
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