The table below looks at the statistics for Automation Testing skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Automation Testing over the 3 months to 25 February 2017 with a comparison to the same period over 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
25 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Automation Testing
UK
Rank 324 376 420
Rank change year-on-year
+52 +44
Contract jobs citing Automation Testing 301 274 213
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.67% 0.53% 0.41%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.81% 0.64% 0.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 186 194 158
Median daily rate £370 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.33% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £275 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £350 £290
% change year-on-year
-7.14% +20.68%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
Median hourly rate - £170.00 £32.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +427.13%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £170.00 £32.25
% change year-on-year
- +427.13%

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
37058 43034 41664
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 82.78% 82.76% 79.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 24637 28159 26322
Median daily rate £450 £425 £422
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% +0.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £297 £277
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £408 £400 £400
% change year-on-year
+1.87% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 929 1182 1118
Median hourly rate £35.75 £38.50 £26.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.14% +45.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £56.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £40.00 £27.79
% change year-on-year
-10.00% +43.93%

Automation Testing
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing Automation Testing as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 25 February 2017.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Automation Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 25 February 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +43 280 £375 - 161
London +26 115 £415 +0.60% 50
South East +6 37 £318 -23.49% 25
Newcastle upon Tyne +8 32 £300 -10.44% 2
North East +5 32 £300 -10.44% 2
Tyne and Wear -2 32 £300 -10.44% 2
South West +7 24 £450 +4.04% 10
Scotland +33 18 £303 - 5
East of England +11 18 £310 -17.33% 12
City of London +10 16 £370 -6.03% 15
Yorkshire +19 15 £338 +7.14% 22
East Midlands +7 13 £400 +50.94% 12
West Midlands +6 13 £271 -12.50% 14
West Yorkshire +12 12 £325 +3.17% 12
Leeds +3 12 £325 +3.17% 11
Kent +11 11 £203 -55.00% 2
North West +11 11 £331 -2.57% 14
Buckinghamshire +8 10 £278 - 2
Edinburgh +25 9 £310 - 2
Wiltshire +12 9 £300 +9.58% 1
Swindon +9 9 £300 +9.58% 1
Nottingham +10 8 £400 +31.14% 5
Nottinghamshire +8 8 £400 +31.14% 5
Cambridgeshire +13 7 £275 -45.00% 5
Manchester +6 7 £305 -3.17% 8
Hertfordshire +3 7 £310 -17.33% 4
Gloucestershire +4 6 £475 -
Peterborough - 6 £275 -
Dunfermline - 6 £265 -
Fife - 6 £265 -

Automation Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 February 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Automation Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Automation Testing.

1 413 (64.23%) Agile Software Development
2 390 (60.65%) Selenium
3 253 (39.35%) Java
4 232 (36.08%) QA
5 214 (33.28%) Cucumber
6 205 (31.88%) Test Automation
7 188 (29.24%) BDD
8 172 (26.75%) WebDriver
9 169 (26.28%) Jenkins
10 168 (26.13%) Test Scripting
11 163 (25.35%) Scrum
12 156 (24.26%) TDD
13 142 (22.08%) Automated Testing
14 112 (17.42%) SQL
15 110 (17.11%) C#
16 103 (16.02%) JUnit
17 99 (15.40%) Finance
18 95 (14.77%) Python
18 95 (14.77%) JIRA
19 94 (14.62%) Continuous Integration
20 92 (14.31%) Manual Testing
21 89 (13.84%) Gherkin
22 87 (13.53%) Performance Testing
23 86 (13.37%) Regression Testing
24 81 (12.60%) Scala
25 79 (12.29%) User Stories
26 78 (12.13%) Software Testing
27 73 (11.35%) Kanban
28 72 (11.20%) SoapUI
29 70 (10.89%) JavaScript

Automation Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 43 (6.69%) Confluence
2 31 (4.82%) Tomcat
3 7 (1.09%) Apache
4 6 (0.93%) CMS
5 4 (0.62%) Drupal
5 4 (0.62%) JBoss
5 4 (0.62%) Moodle
5 4 (0.62%) OpenStack
6 3 (0.47%) Apache Solr
6 3 (0.47%) Elasticsearch
6 3 (0.47%) Liferay
6 3 (0.47%) nginx
7 2 (0.31%) BizTalk Server
7 2 (0.31%) Jetty
8 1 (0.16%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 1 (0.16%) Apache Spark
8 1 (0.16%) Cloud Foundry
8 1 (0.16%) SharePoint
8 1 (0.16%) Sitecore CMS
8 1 (0.16%) WebLogic
Applications
1 19 (2.95%) MS Excel
2 3 (0.47%) MS Office
3 1 (0.16%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 7 (1.09%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.78%) FastStats
3 3 (0.47%) Oracle Applications
4 2 (0.31%) FLEXCUBE
4 2 (0.31%) Loan IQ
4 2 (0.31%) SAP FI
4 2 (0.31%) Temenos T24
4 2 (0.31%) VisionPLUS
5 1 (0.16%) Oracle BPM
5 1 (0.16%) SAP CO
5 1 (0.16%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.16%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 21 (3.27%) GitHub
2 12 (1.87%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (1.56%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (0.78%) OpenShift
5 4 (0.62%) Datadog
5 4 (0.62%) Heroku
6 3 (0.47%) Amazon EC2
6 3 (0.47%) Google Cloud Platform
7 2 (0.31%) Google Analytics
7 2 (0.31%) Google Tag Manager
7 2 (0.31%) PaaS
7 2 (0.31%) SaaS
8 1 (0.16%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 1 (0.16%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.16%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.16%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.16%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 4 (0.62%) HTTP
1 4 (0.62%) Internet
2 2 (0.31%) LDAP
2 2 (0.31%) OpenLDAP
3 1 (0.16%) 3G
3 1 (0.16%) 4G
3 1 (0.16%) Firewall
3 1 (0.16%) GPRS
3 1 (0.16%) Kerberos
3 1 (0.16%) VPN
3 1 (0.16%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 49 (7.62%) SQL Server
2 26 (4.04%) Data Warehouse
3 20 (3.11%) Relational Database
4 15 (2.33%) RDBMS
5 12 (1.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 10 (1.56%) Oracle Database
7 9 (1.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 8 (1.24%) NoSQL
9 6 (0.93%) MongoDB
9 6 (0.93%) PostgreSQL
9 6 (0.93%) SQL Server 2008
10 5 (0.78%) Oracle Database 11g
10 5 (0.78%) Oracle Database 12c
10 5 (0.78%) SQL Server 2012
11 4 (0.62%) Redis
11 4 (0.62%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 3 (0.47%) Big Data
13 2 (0.31%) Azure SQL Database
13 2 (0.31%) DataStage
13 2 (0.31%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 390 (60.65%) Selenium
2 214 (33.28%) Cucumber
3 172 (26.75%) WebDriver
4 169 (26.28%) Jenkins
5 103 (16.02%) JUnit
6 95 (14.77%) JIRA
7 72 (11.20%) SoapUI
8 58 (9.02%) Git (software)
8 58 (9.02%) RSpec
9 55 (8.55%) HP UFT
10 50 (7.78%) JBehave
11 47 (7.31%) Maven
12 44 (6.84%) SpecFlow
13 35 (5.44%) Appium
14 33 (5.13%) Team Foundation Server
15 32 (4.98%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 31 (4.82%) JMeter
17 29 (4.51%) TeamCity
18 25 (3.89%) Mockito
19 21 (3.27%) Visual Studio
General
1 99 (15.40%) Finance
2 53 (8.24%) Banking
3 38 (5.91%) Games
4 19 (2.95%) Retail
5 12 (1.87%) Investment Banking
6 10 (1.56%) Back Office
7 9 (1.40%) Publishing
8 8 (1.24%) Marketing
9 5 (0.78%) Front Office
9 5 (0.78%) Retail Banking
9 5 (0.78%) Telecoms
10 4 (0.62%) Advertising
11 2 (0.31%) Billing
12 1 (0.16%) Electronics
12 1 (0.16%) Financial Institution
12 1 (0.16%) Law
12 1 (0.16%) Legal
12 1 (0.16%) Local Government
12 1 (0.16%) Music Industry
12 1 (0.16%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 226 (35.15%) Tester
2 162 (25.19%) Automation Tester
3 133 (20.68%) Analyst
4 126 (19.60%) Test Analyst
5 108 (16.80%) Developer
6 101 (15.71%) Test Engineer
7 66 (10.26%) Automation Test Analyst
8 62 (9.64%) Selenium Tester
9 61 (9.49%) Selenium Automation Tester
10 59 (9.18%) QA Engineer
11 40 (6.22%) QA Test Engineer
12 39 (6.07%) Test Automation Engineer
13 36 (5.60%) Developer in Test
13 36 (5.60%) Test Manager
14 34 (5.29%) Java Developer
14 34 (5.29%) Quality Engineer
15 33 (5.13%) Java Automation Tester
15 33 (5.13%) QA Tester
16 31 (4.82%) Agile Tester
17 29 (4.51%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 89 (13.84%) Gherkin
2 60 (9.33%) RESTful
3 56 (8.71%) .NET
4 50 (7.78%) HTML
4 50 (7.78%) JSON
5 47 (7.31%) Web Services
6 44 (6.84%) Spring
7 38 (5.91%) REST
8 36 (5.60%) CSS
8 36 (5.60%) XML
9 35 (5.44%) HTML5
10 31 (4.82%) Node.js
11 24 (3.73%) AngularJS
11 24 (3.73%) SOAP
12 20 (3.11%) jQuery
13 17 (2.64%) Hibernate
14 16 (2.49%) Sass
15 11 (1.71%) Redux
16 10 (1.56%) React
17 9 (1.40%) Express
Miscellaneous
1 28 (4.35%) Mobile App
2 17 (2.64%) Analytical Skills
3 12 (1.87%) User Experience
4 11 (1.71%) Smartphone
5 10 (1.56%) Management Information System
6 9 (1.40%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 7 (1.09%) Algorithms
8 6 (0.93%) Client/Server
8 6 (0.93%) Fintech
9 5 (0.78%) NHS
9 5 (0.78%) Replication
10 4 (0.62%) Data Centre
10 4 (0.62%) Enterprise Software
11 3 (0.47%) Equities
11 3 (0.47%) iPad
11 3 (0.47%) IVR
11 3 (0.47%) Reference Data
12 2 (0.31%) Derivative
12 2 (0.31%) Online Banking
12 2 (0.31%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 67 (10.42%) Linux
2 35 (5.44%) Unix
3 20 (3.11%) Windows
4 18 (2.80%) Android
5 17 (2.64%) Apple iOS
6 4 (0.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.16%) CentOS
7 1 (0.16%) Mac OS X
7 1 (0.16%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 413 (64.23%) Agile Software Development
2 205 (31.88%) Test Automation
3 188 (29.24%) BDD
4 168 (26.13%) Test Scripting
5 163 (25.35%) Scrum
6 156 (24.26%) TDD
7 142 (22.08%) Automated Testing
8 94 (14.62%) Continuous Integration
9 92 (14.31%) Manual Testing
10 87 (13.53%) Performance Testing
11 86 (13.37%) Regression Testing
12 79 (12.29%) User Stories
13 78 (12.13%) Software Testing
14 73 (11.35%) Kanban
15 68 (10.58%) Defect Tracking
15 68 (10.58%) Functional Testing
15 68 (10.58%) Test Strategy
16 64 (9.95%) API Testing
17 56 (8.71%) Open Source
18 55 (8.55%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 253 (39.35%) Java
2 112 (17.42%) SQL
3 110 (17.11%) C#
4 95 (14.77%) Python
5 81 (12.60%) Scala
6 70 (10.89%) JavaScript
7 57 (8.86%) Ruby
8 28 (4.35%) Perl
9 22 (3.42%) Groovy
10 18 (2.80%) Shell Script
11 13 (2.02%) VBScript
12 12 (1.87%) Bash Shell
12 12 (1.87%) C
12 12 (1.87%) C++
13 11 (1.71%) ES6
14 10 (1.56%) PHP
15 8 (1.24%) PL/SQL
16 7 (1.09%) T-SQL
17 5 (0.78%) PowerShell
17 5 (0.78%) VB
Qualifications
1 41 (6.38%) ISEB
2 40 (6.22%) ISTQB
3 31 (4.82%) Security Cleared
4 19 (2.95%) Degree
5 16 (2.49%) DV Cleared
6 14 (2.18%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 7 (1.09%) BPSS Clearance
7 7 (1.09%) SC Cleared
8 2 (0.31%) DBS Check
9 1 (0.16%) ISEB Practitioner
9 1 (0.16%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 1 (0.16%) PMI Certification
9 1 (0.16%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 232 (36.08%) QA
2 31 (4.82%) SDET
2 31 (4.82%) WCAG
3 7 (1.09%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.47%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.31%) ISO 9000
5 2 (0.31%) SLA
6 1 (0.16%) Dodd-Frank
6 1 (0.16%) EMIR
System Software
1 14 (2.18%) Docker
2 1 (0.16%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.16%) Gluster
2 1 (0.16%) vCloud
2 1 (0.16%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (0.16%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 22 (3.42%) HP Quality Center
2 11 (1.71%) Puppet
3 10 (1.56%) Ansible
4 6 (0.93%) Kubernetes
4 6 (0.93%) Opscode Chef
5 4 (0.62%) Docker Swarm
5 4 (0.62%) Graphite
5 4 (0.62%) Packer
6 1 (0.16%) Grafana
6 1 (0.16%) HAProxy
6 1 (0.16%) HockeyApp
6 1 (0.16%) Rundeck
6 1 (0.16%) Salt
6 1 (0.16%) StatsD
Vendors
1 43 (6.69%) Oracle
2 40 (6.22%) Atlassian
2 40 (6.22%) Microsoft
3 32 (4.98%) HP
4 12 (1.87%) VMware
5 10 (1.56%) Xamarin
6 9 (1.40%) Splunk
7 8 (1.24%) IBM
8 7 (1.09%) Red Hat
9 6 (0.93%) Google
10 5 (0.78%) Sybase
11 4 (0.62%) Apigee
11 4 (0.62%) CA Agile Central
11 4 (0.62%) Salesforce.com
11 4 (0.62%) Software AG
12 3 (0.47%) Apple
12 3 (0.47%) SAP
12 3 (0.47%) ServiceNow
13 2 (0.31%) Avaya
13 2 (0.31%) Informatica
Hampshire
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: Yesterday
Shropshire
Oscar
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle, County Down
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: 2 days ago
South East London
AdRoc Group
Rate: From £375 to £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Kent
Stott & May
Rate: £360 - £400 per day
Posted: 21 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar
Rate: £225 - £325 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Posted: 21 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
TEKsystems
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Harvey Nash plc
Posted: 5 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: day rate only
Posted: 3 days ago
Hertfordshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 3 days ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Spencer Rose
Rate: Up to £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
NCC Group
Rate: From £375 to £400 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
Leicestershire
Searchability
Rate: £280 - £330 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Hereford
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £250 - £260 per day
Posted: 22 days ago