The table below looks at the statistics for Automation 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 Automation Testing 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 Testing
Rank 402 352 415
Rank change year-on-year
-50 +63
Contract jobs citing Automation Testing 215 256 134
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.40% 0.49% 0.28%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.52% 0.65% 0.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 162 195 83
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£350 £350 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £266 £258 £236
10% offered a daily rate of more than £494 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £313
% change year-on-year
- +3.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 1
Average hourly rate £37.50 £31.00 £35.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.96% -12.67%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 - £35.50

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
41485 39369 34836
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 76.59% 74.79% 73.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 26264 24909 20841
Average daily rate £413 £400 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -3.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £555 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1203 1184 1052
Average hourly rate £29.00 £28.75 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.86% -10.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.50 £48.56
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%

Automation Testing
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Automation Testing within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Automation Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Automation Testing
Daily Rate Trend

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

Automation Testing Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Automation Testing
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Automation Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 22 May 2015.

Automation Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Automation Testing
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Automation Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Automation 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 Automation Testing 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 -52 196 £350 - 93
London -59 73 £450 +12.50% 39
South East -8 43 £300 +13.20% 12
North West -3 26 £350 +7.69% 12
Yorkshire +5 24 £325 +8.33% 9
West Yorkshire +3 17 £325 +7.43% 7
Cheshire - 14 £350 - 1
East of England -8 13 £400 +14.28% 11
Chester - 13 £350 -
South West +14 12 £350 +7.69% 2
City of London -17 12 £450 +28.57% 13
East Sussex -6 11 £300 +20.00%
Brighton -6 11 £300 +20.00%
Wales +1 10 £325 -7.14% 5
Leeds -6 10 £325 +6.55% 4
South Wales -1 9 £325 -7.14% 5
Hampshire -5 9 £373 -0.66% 5
Newport -9 8 £325 - 1
Bristol +6 7 £350 - 1
Scotland 0 7 £313 -7.40% 2
Manchester -7 7 £331 +1.92% 5
Berkshire -7 7 £301 +13.58% 1
Essex +6 6 £400 +14.28% 1
Edinburgh +3 5 £313 - 1
Bradford - 5 £325 -
Surrey +6 4 £375 +36.36% 5
Buckinghamshire -2 4 £225 -35.71% 1
East Midlands -11 4 £313 -3.84% 4
Bedfordshire - 4 £513 - 2
Basingstoke +5 3 - -

Automation Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Automation 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 Automation Testing.

1 256 (59.81%) Agile Software Development
2 199 (46.50%) Selenium
3 123 (28.74%) Java
4 115 (26.87%) Scrum
5 105 (24.53%) QA
6 96 (22.43%) Cucumber
7 83 (19.39%) BDD
8 82 (19.16%) Test Scripting
9 79 (18.46%) Finance
10 76 (17.76%) C#
11 69 (16.12%) SQL
11 69 (16.12%) User Acceptance Testing
11 69 (16.12%) WebDriver
12 67 (15.65%) TDD
13 66 (15.42%) JIRA
14 62 (14.49%) .NET
15 45 (10.51%) Automated Testing
16 42 (9.81%) Regression Testing
17 41 (9.58%) Test Automation
17 41 (9.58%) Manual Testing
17 41 (9.58%) Jenkins
18 39 (9.11%) Microsoft
18 39 (9.11%) Oracle
19 38 (8.88%) E-Commerce
19 38 (8.88%) SpecFlow
20 37 (8.64%) Python
21 36 (8.41%) QuickTest Pro
22 35 (8.18%) ISEB
22 35 (8.18%) Web Services
23 34 (7.94%) Gherkin

Automation Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Automation 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 Automation Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 8 (1.87%) CMS
2 7 (1.64%) SharePoint
3 6 (1.40%) WebLogic
3 6 (1.40%) Sitecore CMS
4 5 (1.17%) Umbraco
5 4 (0.93%) Oracle Service Bus
6 3 (0.70%) Confluence
6 3 (0.70%) Joomla!
7 2 (0.47%) Apache
7 2 (0.47%) Tomcat
7 2 (0.47%) JBoss
7 2 (0.47%) Oracle Coherence
7 2 (0.47%) Node.js
7 2 (0.47%) GlassFish
8 1 (0.23%) Drupal
8 1 (0.23%) WebSphere
Applications
1 5 (1.17%) MS Excel
2 2 (0.47%) MS Office
3 1 (0.23%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (0.23%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 3 (0.70%) Summit
2 2 (0.47%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.47%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.23%) Magento
3 1 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.23%) SAP HR
3 1 (0.23%) Agresso
Cloud Services
1 5 (1.17%) SaaS
2 3 (0.70%) Cloud Computing
2 3 (0.70%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.23%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.23%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 8 (1.87%) HTTP
2 4 (0.93%) TCP/IP
3 3 (0.70%) Internet
4 1 (0.23%) Skype
4 1 (0.23%) VLAN
4 1 (0.23%) Firewall
4 1 (0.23%) DVB
4 1 (0.23%) SS7
4 1 (0.23%) GSM
4 1 (0.23%) PSTN
4 1 (0.23%) Ethernet
4 1 (0.23%) FTP
4 1 (0.23%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (5.37%) SQL Server
2 12 (2.80%) MongoDB
3 9 (2.10%) NoSQL
4 5 (1.17%) Oracle Database
4 5 (1.17%) PostgreSQL
4 5 (1.17%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (0.93%) MySQL
5 4 (0.93%) Oracle ODI
5 4 (0.93%) SQL Server 2012
6 3 (0.70%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (0.70%) Relational Database
6 3 (0.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 3 (0.70%) RDBMS
6 3 (0.70%) DB2
7 2 (0.47%) Big Data
7 2 (0.47%) Azure SQL Database
7 2 (0.47%) Apache Cassandra
8 1 (0.23%) Hadoop
8 1 (0.23%) Data Mart
Development Applications
1 199 (46.50%) Selenium
2 96 (22.43%) Cucumber
3 69 (16.12%) WebDriver
4 66 (15.42%) JIRA
5 41 (9.58%) Jenkins
6 38 (8.88%) SpecFlow
7 36 (8.41%) QuickTest Pro
8 26 (6.07%) SoapUI
9 25 (5.84%) Git (software)
10 24 (5.61%) JUnit
11 17 (3.97%) Team Foundation Server
12 15 (3.50%) Subversion
13 14 (3.27%) Maven
13 14 (3.27%) LoadRunner
13 14 (3.27%) JMeter
14 11 (2.57%) TestNG
15 10 (2.34%) Spock
16 9 (2.10%) Visual Studio
17 8 (1.87%) Hudson
17 8 (1.87%) TeamCity
General
1 79 (18.46%) Finance
2 23 (5.37%) Banking
3 18 (4.21%) Retail
4 8 (1.87%) Front Office
4 8 (1.87%) Investment Banking
5 7 (1.64%) Telecoms
6 6 (1.40%) Games
7 5 (1.17%) Advertising
7 5 (1.17%) Publishing
7 5 (1.17%) Back Office
8 4 (0.93%) Electronics
8 4 (0.93%) Automotive
8 4 (0.93%) Manufacturing
9 3 (0.70%) Marketing
9 3 (0.70%) Financial Institution
10 2 (0.47%) Billing
11 1 (0.23%) Retail Banking
11 1 (0.23%) Corporate Banking
11 1 (0.23%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 137 (32.01%) Tester
2 123 (28.74%) Analyst
3 104 (24.30%) Test Analyst
4 66 (15.42%) Developer
5 63 (14.72%) Automation Tester
6 45 (10.51%) Test Engineer
7 29 (6.78%) Automation Analyst
7 29 (6.78%) Automation Engineer
7 29 (6.78%) Automation Test Analyst
8 20 (4.67%) QA Analyst
9 18 (4.21%) Software Tester
9 18 (4.21%) Agile Tester
10 17 (3.97%) Software Engineer
11 14 (3.27%) C++ Software Engineer
11 14 (3.27%) Senior Tester
11 14 (3.27%) iOS Developer
11 14 (3.27%) Selenium Tester
12 13 (3.04%) Test Manager
12 13 (3.04%) QA Tester
13 12 (2.80%) QA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 62 (14.49%) .NET
2 35 (8.18%) Web Services
3 34 (7.94%) Gherkin
4 23 (5.37%) HTML
5 22 (5.14%) SOAP
6 19 (4.44%) RESTful
6 19 (4.44%) XML
7 18 (4.21%) Spring
8 15 (3.50%) AngularJS
8 15 (3.50%) .NET Framework
9 14 (3.27%) CSS
10 13 (3.04%) JSON
11 11 (2.57%) REST
12 10 (2.34%) WPF
12 10 (2.34%) jQuery
13 9 (2.10%) Spring Boot
13 9 (2.10%) Apache Camel
13 9 (2.10%) ActiveMQ
14 6 (1.40%) Hibernate
14 6 (1.40%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 34 (7.94%) Mobile App
2 16 (3.74%) Open Source
3 14 (3.27%) Client/Server
4 13 (3.04%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 9 (2.10%) Analytical Skills
5 9 (2.10%) Linked Data
5 9 (2.10%) Computer Science
6 7 (1.64%) Derivative
7 6 (1.40%) Fixed Income
8 5 (1.17%) Equities
9 4 (0.93%) Mobile Payment
9 4 (0.93%) FMCG
10 3 (0.70%) IPTV
11 2 (0.47%) DTV
11 2 (0.47%) AS400
11 2 (0.47%) Streaming Media
11 2 (0.47%) STB
11 2 (0.47%) User Experience
11 2 (0.47%) Enterprise Software
11 2 (0.47%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 26 (6.07%) Linux
1 26 (6.07%) Apple iOS
2 25 (5.84%) Android
3 20 (4.67%) Windows
4 7 (1.64%) UNIX
5 5 (1.17%) Solaris
6 2 (0.47%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (0.47%) VME
7 1 (0.23%) OS/400
Processes & Methodologies
1 256 (59.81%) Agile Software Development
2 115 (26.87%) Scrum
3 83 (19.39%) BDD
4 82 (19.16%) Test Scripting
5 69 (16.12%) User Acceptance Testing
6 67 (15.65%) TDD
7 45 (10.51%) Automated Testing
8 42 (9.81%) Regression Testing
9 41 (9.58%) Test Automation
9 41 (9.58%) Manual Testing
10 38 (8.88%) E-Commerce
11 33 (7.71%) Software Testing
12 31 (7.24%) Continuous Integration
13 30 (7.01%) Test Strategy
14 26 (6.07%) Performance Testing
15 25 (5.84%) Software Engineering
16 23 (5.37%) Waterfall
16 23 (5.37%) Load Testing
16 23 (5.37%) Integration Testing
17 17 (3.97%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 123 (28.74%) Java
2 76 (17.76%) C#
3 69 (16.12%) SQL
4 37 (8.64%) Python
5 33 (7.71%) JavaScript
6 21 (4.91%) C++
7 20 (4.67%) Ruby
7 20 (4.67%) Groovy
8 11 (2.57%) VC++
9 10 (2.34%) PL/SQL
10 9 (2.10%) PHP
11 7 (1.64%) Bash Shell
12 6 (1.40%) VBA
12 6 (1.40%) Perl
12 6 (1.40%) Scala
12 6 (1.40%) PowerShell
13 4 (0.93%) C
13 4 (0.93%) VBScript
13 4 (0.93%) VB
14 3 (0.70%) Lua
Qualifications
1 35 (8.18%) ISEB
2 26 (6.07%) ISTQB
3 23 (5.37%) Security Cleared
4 19 (4.44%) SC Cleared
4 19 (4.44%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 18 (4.21%) Degree
6 1 (0.23%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 105 (24.53%) QA
2 3 (0.70%) Basel III
2 3 (0.70%) EMIR
2 3 (0.70%) MiFID
2 3 (0.70%) ISO 14001
2 3 (0.70%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.23%) Solvency II
3 1 (0.23%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (0.70%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 24 (5.61%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 39 (9.11%) Microsoft
1 39 (9.11%) Oracle
2 17 (3.97%) HP
3 9 (2.10%) hybris
3 9 (2.10%) Telerik
4 6 (1.40%) SAP
4 6 (1.40%) Sitecore
5 4 (0.93%) Salesforce.com
5 4 (0.93%) IBM
6 3 (0.70%) VMware
7 2 (0.47%) Google
7 2 (0.47%) Perforce
7 2 (0.47%) Twitter
7 2 (0.47%) Zend
8 1 (0.23%) Venda
8 1 (0.23%) Demandware
8 1 (0.23%) DataCash
8 1 (0.23%) ATG
8 1 (0.23%) Ab Initio
8 1 (0.23%) Infragistics
North West
Initi8 Recruitment
Rate: £450 Per Day
Posted: 9 hours ago
North West
Initi8 Recruitment
Posted: 2 days ago
North West
Initi8 Recruitment
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Connectus
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Bridge Noble
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Yodel
Posted: 3 days ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Vertical IT
Rate: £275 - £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
West Yorkshire
CoreCom Consulting
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Hampshire
Stott & May
Rate: From £0 to £1 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Hertfordshire
Quantica Technology - London
Rate: £30 - £35 per hour
Posted: 7 days ago
East London
Energize Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
City of London
Energize Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 14 days ago
Sutton, Surrey
Reed Business Information Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day direct - no agency margin
Posted: 15 days ago
City of London
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £325 - £360 per day
Posted: 17 days ago
London
Huxley Banking & Financial Services
Rate: £550 per day
Posted: 23 days ago