The first table below looks at the demand 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 31 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category.

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 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Automation Testing
Rank 328 429 393
Rank change year-on-year
+101 -36
Contract jobs citing Automation Testing 290 141 198
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.53% 0.28% 0.34%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.72% 0.38% 0.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 179 87 135
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£350 £363 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.44% +13.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £248 £231 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £504 £453 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £330 £286
% change year-on-year
-1.51% +15.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Average hourly rate - £34.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £34.00 -
Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
40519 37298 40761
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.05% 72.96% 70.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 25042 22618 23491
Average daily rate £400 £403 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.62% +0.62%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £555 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1163 1058 1467
Average hourly rate £24.00 £30.00 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% -3.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.42
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.50 £45.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £31.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-16.12% -

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 31 July 2014.

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 31 July 2014. 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 +54 237 £355 -2.06% 83
London +49 118 £400 +1.58% 41
South East -5 34 £275 -19.70% 14
City of London +32 31 £419 +28.84% 15
East of England -1 26 £438 +15.89% 6
Cambridgeshire +14 23 £400 +21.21% 2
Wales - 19 £325 - 2
South Wales - 16 £325 - 1
Yorkshire - 15 £340 - 7
South West -14 13 £318 +35.10% 7
West Yorkshire - 13 £340 - 5
Berkshire +4 10 £273 -20.43% 8
East Midlands +2 9 £300 -7.69% 4
North East - 9 £358 - 3
Tyne and Wear - 9 £358 - 3
Newcastle upon Tyne - 9 £358 - 3
Leeds - 9 £340 - 3
Kent - 8 £243 - 2
Hampshire -11 7 £350 +14.75% 1
Newport - 7 £325 - 1
Scotland -16 6 £375 +15.38% 2
Derbyshire - 6 £302 - 2
Bristol -16 5 £310 - 5
Reading +11 4 £225 - 3
Glasgow +1 4 £375 -16.66% 1
North West 0 4 £325 +13.04% 3
Cardiff - 4 £400 -
Nottingham +15 3 £250 - 1
Nottinghamshire +14 3 £250 - 1
Hertfordshire -1 3 £475 - 3

Automation Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 July 2014, 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.

1 281 (50.91%) Selenium
2 181 (32.79%) QA
3 173 (31.34%) Agile Software Development
4 171 (30.98%) Java
5 155 (28.08%) C#
6 154 (27.90%) Scrum
7 146 (26.45%) WebDriver
8 129 (23.37%) Team Foundation Server
8 129 (23.37%) Test Scripting
9 128 (23.19%) SQL
10 127 (23.01%) TDD
10 127 (23.01%) Test Automation
10 127 (23.01%) Cucumber
11 119 (21.56%) BDD
11 119 (21.56%) Automated Testing
12 113 (20.47%) Microsoft
13 112 (20.29%) .NET
14 105 (19.02%) Finance
15 104 (18.84%) Visual Studio
16 82 (14.86%) ISEB
17 81 (14.67%) Windows
18 71 (12.86%) TeamCity
19 69 (12.50%) Continuous Integration
19 69 (12.50%) Maven
20 68 (12.32%) Software Testing
21 67 (12.14%) Git (software)
22 66 (11.96%) .NET Framework
23 65 (11.78%) ISTQB
23 65 (11.78%) Ruby
24 64 (11.59%) HP Quality Center

Automation Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 2014, 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 25 (4.53%) SharePoint
2 9 (1.63%) Apache
2 9 (1.63%) CMS
3 5 (0.91%) Oracle Service Bus
4 4 (0.72%) SharePoint Server
5 3 (0.54%) Tomcat
6 2 (0.36%) SAS
6 2 (0.36%) Oracle Coherence
6 2 (0.36%) Node.js
6 2 (0.36%) WebLogic
7 1 (0.18%) SharePoint 2013
7 1 (0.18%) SharePoint 2010
7 1 (0.18%) Drupal
7 1 (0.18%) Confluence
7 1 (0.18%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.18%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 13 (2.36%) MS Excel
2 7 (1.27%) MS Office
3 1 (0.18%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 6 (1.09%) Oracle Financials
2 5 (0.91%) Oracle BPM
3 3 (0.54%) SAP FI
3 3 (0.54%) SAP FI/CO
3 3 (0.54%) SAP CO
3 3 (0.54%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.54%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.18%) Oracle General Ledger
4 1 (0.18%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.18%) Oracle iProcurement
4 1 (0.18%) SAP MM
4 1 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.18%) SAP SD
4 1 (0.18%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.18%) Oracle Receivables
4 1 (0.18%) Oracle E-Business Tax
4 1 (0.18%) Oracle Internet Expenses
4 1 (0.18%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
4 1 (0.18%) Oracle TCA
Cloud Services
1 3 (0.54%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (0.36%) Amazon EC2
2 2 (0.36%) Amazon S3
2 2 (0.36%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (0.36%) Amazon ELB
3 1 (0.18%) SaaS
3 1 (0.18%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (1.27%) 3G
1 7 (1.27%) 2G
1 7 (1.27%) 4G
2 5 (0.91%) Internet
3 4 (0.72%) HTTP
3 4 (0.72%) SSL
4 2 (0.36%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.18%) DNS
5 1 (0.18%) Ethernet
5 1 (0.18%) Intrusion Detection
5 1 (0.18%) Wireshark
5 1 (0.18%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (7.25%) SSDT
2 36 (6.52%) SQL Server
3 17 (3.08%) Relational Database
4 12 (2.17%) MySQL
5 5 (0.91%) RDBMS
6 4 (0.72%) Data Warehouse
6 4 (0.72%) SQL Server 2008
6 4 (0.72%) MongoDB
6 4 (0.72%) Oracle Database
7 3 (0.54%) Big Data
7 3 (0.54%) SQL Server 2012
8 2 (0.36%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 2 (0.36%) Amazon RDS
8 2 (0.36%) SAS Data Integration Studio
8 2 (0.36%) NoSQL
8 2 (0.36%) Hadoop
8 2 (0.36%) SAS Enterprise Guide
8 2 (0.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 2 (0.36%) Data Mining
8 2 (0.36%) DB2
Development Applications
1 281 (50.91%) Selenium
2 146 (26.45%) WebDriver
3 129 (23.37%) Team Foundation Server
4 127 (23.01%) Cucumber
5 104 (18.84%) Visual Studio
6 71 (12.86%) TeamCity
7 69 (12.50%) Maven
8 67 (12.14%) Git (software)
9 60 (10.87%) JIRA
9 60 (10.87%) Artifactory
10 56 (10.14%) Jenkins
11 54 (9.78%) QuickTest Pro
11 54 (9.78%) FitNesse
12 50 (9.06%) JUnit
13 42 (7.61%) Octopus Deploy
14 40 (7.25%) Gradle
14 40 (7.25%) MSBuild
14 40 (7.25%) NuGet
15 38 (6.88%) JMeter
16 37 (6.70%) SpecFlow
General
1 105 (19.02%) Finance
2 34 (6.16%) Banking
3 19 (3.44%) Retail
4 11 (1.99%) Games
4 11 (1.99%) Investment Banking
5 9 (1.63%) Telecoms
6 7 (1.27%) Front Office
7 4 (0.72%) Legal
7 4 (0.72%) Publishing
8 3 (0.54%) Military
9 2 (0.36%) Retail Banking
9 2 (0.36%) Back Office
10 1 (0.18%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.18%) Automotive
10 1 (0.18%) Billing
Job Titles
1 152 (27.54%) Analyst
2 142 (25.72%) Tester
3 128 (23.19%) Test Analyst
4 81 (14.67%) Automation Tester
5 78 (14.13%) Developer
6 48 (8.70%) Test Engineer
7 45 (8.15%) QA Analyst
8 34 (6.16%) QA Tester
9 33 (5.98%) Release Engineer
9 33 (5.98%) Build Engineer
9 33 (5.98%) Build and Release Engineer
10 32 (5.80%) Automation Engineer
11 24 (4.35%) Consultant
12 23 (4.17%) Senior Analyst
13 22 (3.99%) QA Engineer
14 21 (3.80%) Release Manager
14 21 (3.80%) Automation Analyst
14 21 (3.80%) Automation Test Analyst
15 20 (3.62%) Test Leader
15 20 (3.62%) Selenium Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 112 (20.29%) .NET
2 66 (11.96%) .NET Framework
3 55 (9.96%) Web Services
4 41 (7.43%) SOAP
5 32 (5.80%) ASP.NET
6 30 (5.43%) XML
6 30 (5.43%) HTML
6 30 (5.43%) REST
7 21 (3.80%) JSON
8 19 (3.44%) ASP.NET MVC
9 18 (3.26%) WCF
10 16 (2.90%) CSS
11 15 (2.72%) RESTful
12 14 (2.54%) HTML5
13 12 (2.17%) Ajax
14 10 (1.81%) jQuery
14 10 (1.81%) Gherkin
15 9 (1.63%) CSS3
15 9 (1.63%) Twitter Bootstrap
15 9 (1.63%) ASP.NET Web Forms
Miscellaneous
1 47 (8.51%) Open Source
2 34 (6.16%) Client/Server
3 30 (5.43%) Mobile App
4 20 (3.62%) Computer Science
5 9 (1.63%) Mobile Banking
6 7 (1.27%) Handset
7 4 (0.72%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 4 (0.72%) Equities
8 3 (0.54%) Derivative
8 3 (0.54%) AS400
8 3 (0.54%) iSeries
9 2 (0.36%) Data Conversion
9 2 (0.36%) Data Integration
9 2 (0.36%) iPhone
9 2 (0.36%) iPad
9 2 (0.36%) Digital Media
9 2 (0.36%) Enterprise Software
9 2 (0.36%) NHS
9 2 (0.36%) IPTV
10 1 (0.18%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 81 (14.67%) Windows
2 52 (9.42%) Windows Server 2012
3 33 (5.98%) Android
4 31 (5.62%) UNIX
5 28 (5.07%) Apple iOS
6 24 (4.35%) Linux
7 6 (1.09%) Windows 7
8 4 (0.72%) Windows XP
9 2 (0.36%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.18%) FreeBSD
10 1 (0.18%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 173 (31.34%) Agile Software Development
2 154 (27.90%) Scrum
3 129 (23.37%) Test Scripting
4 127 (23.01%) TDD
4 127 (23.01%) Test Automation
5 119 (21.56%) BDD
5 119 (21.56%) Automated Testing
6 69 (12.50%) Continuous Integration
7 68 (12.32%) Software Testing
8 56 (10.14%) Configuration Management
9 55 (9.96%) E-Commerce
10 51 (9.24%) Manual Testing
11 45 (8.15%) Release Management
12 42 (7.61%) User Acceptance Testing
13 38 (6.88%) Test Management
13 38 (6.88%) Kanban
14 33 (5.98%) Performance Testing
15 30 (5.43%) Load Testing
16 29 (5.25%) Web Testing
17 27 (4.89%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 171 (30.98%) Java
2 155 (28.08%) C#
3 128 (23.19%) SQL
4 65 (11.78%) Ruby
5 26 (4.71%) Python
6 24 (4.35%) JavaScript
7 21 (3.80%) VB
8 17 (3.08%) T-SQL
8 17 (3.08%) VBScript
9 14 (2.54%) Perl
9 14 (2.54%) PHP
10 13 (2.36%) C++
10 13 (2.36%) Groovy
11 12 (2.17%) VB.NET
12 7 (1.27%) Bash Shell
13 6 (1.09%) Scala
13 6 (1.09%) C
13 6 (1.09%) Shell Script
14 4 (0.72%) Objective-C
14 4 (0.72%) XPath
Qualifications
1 82 (14.86%) ISEB
2 65 (11.78%) ISTQB
3 51 (9.24%) Security Cleared
4 43 (7.79%) SC Cleared
5 13 (2.36%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 13 (2.36%) Degree
6 3 (0.54%) CTC Cleared
6 3 (0.54%) MBA
7 2 (0.36%) DV Cleared
7 2 (0.36%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 1 (0.18%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 181 (32.79%) QA
2 1 (0.18%) EMIR
2 1 (0.18%) Dodd-Frank
2 1 (0.18%) SLA
2 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 2 (0.36%) HDFS
2 1 (0.18%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 64 (11.59%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (0.54%) Puppet
3 2 (0.36%) Opscode Chef
3 2 (0.36%) Capistrano
3 2 (0.36%) Nagios
4 1 (0.18%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 113 (20.47%) Microsoft
2 50 (9.06%) Oracle
3 42 (7.61%) Red Gate
4 28 (5.07%) HP
5 11 (1.99%) Sun
6 7 (1.27%) SAP
6 7 (1.27%) Apple
7 6 (1.09%) IBM
8 5 (0.91%) Informatica
8 5 (0.91%) Perforce
9 4 (0.72%) VMware
10 2 (0.36%) Teradata
10 2 (0.36%) Salesforce.com
10 2 (0.36%) Sybase
10 2 (0.36%) Intel
10 2 (0.36%) hybris
10 2 (0.36%) 29West
11 1 (0.18%) Twitter
11 1 (0.18%) Xamarin
11 1 (0.18%) Adobe
London
Vantage Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: From £230 to £275 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
Northampton, Northamptonshire
ENTERPRISE RECRUITMENT LTD
Rate: £0 to £240 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
Slough, Berkshire
Oliver Bernard
Rate: From £500 to £550 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £300.00 - £320.00 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Argyll Scott
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Hydrogen Group
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Explore Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £300 - £375 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £400.00 - £425.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Derby, Derbyshire
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Surrey
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £250 to £300 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Devon
Roc Search
Posted: 6 days ago
Swansea
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 9 days ago
City of London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 12 days ago
City of London
esynergy Solutions - UK
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 16 days ago
Newbury
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £200.00 - £250.00 per day
Posted: 16 days ago
London
esynergy Solutions - UK
Rate: £500 - £600 per month + benefits
Posted: 16 days ago
Bradford
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £400 - £425 per day
Posted: 27 days ago