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 28 January 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
28 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Automation Testing
Rank 388 372 399
Rank change year-on-year
-16 +27
Contract jobs citing Automation Testing 189 191 133
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.38% 0.39% 0.29%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.50% 0.53% 0.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 130 133 106
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£350 £375 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% +3.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £243 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £750
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £325 £250
% change year-on-year
-7.69% +30.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 3 2
Average hourly rate £28.50 £15.00 £31.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+90.00% -52.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.50 £15.00 £31.25
% change year-on-year
+90.00% -52.00%

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
37746 36266 32728
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 75.34% 74.25% 72.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 24225 22016 19460
Average daily rate £420 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+6.00% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 992 1106 1306
Average hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.40% -10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £46.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £27.50 £31.07
% change year-on-year
-5.45% -11.49%

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 28 January 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 28 January 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 -12 182 £350 -6.66% 92
London -7 97 £375 -7.40% 47
South East 0 31 £321 -9.82% 18
City of London +5 17 £375 +10.29% 21
South West -5 15 £270 -16.92% 1
East of England +5 13 £350 +27.27% 6
Surrey +11 12 £334 - 3
Essex +15 9 £350 - 2
North West +4 9 £275 -18.51% 10
Yorkshire -10 9 £263 -16.66% 5
West Yorkshire +1 8 £263 -8.69% 5
Devon +1 6 £450 +50.00%
Leeds -7 6 £263 -25.00% 4
Berkshire -2 5 £318 -17.87% 5
Hampshire -17 5 £364 +99.31% 4
East Sussex - 5 £300 - 2
Brighton - 5 £300 - 2
Manchester -1 4 £275 -10.20% 7
Bristol -4 4 £220 -37.14% 1
Scotland -12 4 £288 -4.16% 9
Tyne and Wear - 4 £358 -
Wiltshire - 4 - -
North East - 4 £358 -
Cambridge - 4 £363 - 1
Newcastle upon Tyne - 4 £358 -
Buckinghamshire - 4 £250 - 3
Cambridgeshire - 4 £363 - 4
Reading +4 3 £362 -6.70% 4
Lancashire - 3 - - 2
East Midlands +8 2 £300 -7.69% 3

Automation Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 January 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.

1 248 (59.05%) Agile Software Development
2 227 (54.05%) Selenium
3 161 (38.33%) Java
4 115 (27.38%) QA
5 111 (26.43%) Scrum
6 103 (24.52%) WebDriver
7 97 (23.10%) Test Scripting
8 95 (22.62%) Cucumber
8 95 (22.62%) SQL
9 92 (21.90%) C#
10 78 (18.57%) Finance
11 77 (18.33%) BDD
12 76 (18.10%) JIRA
13 75 (17.86%) TDD
14 67 (15.95%) .NET
14 67 (15.95%) Test Automation
15 63 (15.00%) Jenkins
16 62 (14.76%) ISEB
17 60 (14.29%) Software Testing
18 56 (13.33%) HP Quality Center
19 51 (12.14%) Security Cleared
20 48 (11.43%) Automated Testing
20 48 (11.43%) QuickTest Pro
21 47 (11.19%) Manual Testing
22 46 (10.95%) ISTQB
23 43 (10.24%) SC Cleared
24 41 (9.76%) Python
25 38 (9.05%) User Acceptance Testing
26 36 (8.57%) Ruby
27 35 (8.33%) Kanban

Automation Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 January 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 16 (3.81%) SharePoint
2 8 (1.90%) Confluence
2 8 (1.90%) CMS
3 6 (1.43%) Oracle Service Bus
4 5 (1.19%) Sitecore CMS
5 4 (0.95%) OpenStack
5 4 (0.95%) Drupal
5 4 (0.95%) WebLogic
6 3 (0.71%) WebSphere
6 3 (0.71%) Joomla!
6 3 (0.71%) Umbraco
6 3 (0.71%) Adobe CQ
7 1 (0.24%) IIS
7 1 (0.24%) Apache
7 1 (0.24%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.24%) JBoss
7 1 (0.24%) Oracle Coherence
7 1 (0.24%) Apache Spark
7 1 (0.24%) Node.js
Applications
1 19 (4.52%) MS Excel
2 6 (1.43%) MS Office
3 1 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (0.24%) FastStats
Business Applications
1 4 (0.95%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 3 (0.71%) Oracle BPM
3 2 (0.48%) Summit
3 2 (0.48%) SAP HR
4 1 (0.24%) Agresso
4 1 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.24%) BASE24
4 1 (0.24%) SAP Payroll
4 1 (0.24%) VisionPLUS
Cloud Services
1 9 (2.14%) SaaS
2 7 (1.67%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (0.95%) IaaS
3 4 (0.95%) Force.com
4 2 (0.48%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 5 (1.19%) TCP/IP
1 5 (1.19%) Internet
2 4 (0.95%) HTTP
3 2 (0.48%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (0.24%) GPRS
4 1 (0.24%) GSM
4 1 (0.24%) Firewall
4 1 (0.24%) Wireshark
4 1 (0.24%) iBeacon
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (5.00%) SQL Server
2 10 (2.38%) MongoDB
3 8 (1.90%) NoSQL
3 8 (1.90%) Data Warehouse
4 7 (1.67%) Azure SQL Database
5 6 (1.43%) Oracle Database
5 6 (1.43%) SQL Server 2012
5 6 (1.43%) MySQL
6 4 (0.95%) Relational Database
6 4 (0.95%) SQL Server 2008
6 4 (0.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 3 (0.71%) Oracle Database 11g
7 3 (0.71%) Big Data
7 3 (0.71%) Oracle ODI
8 2 (0.48%) Apache Cassandra
8 2 (0.48%) Hadoop
8 2 (0.48%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (0.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 2 (0.48%) RDBMS
8 2 (0.48%) DB2
Development Applications
1 227 (54.05%) Selenium
2 103 (24.52%) WebDriver
3 95 (22.62%) Cucumber
4 76 (18.10%) JIRA
5 63 (15.00%) Jenkins
6 48 (11.43%) QuickTest Pro
7 34 (8.10%) Team Foundation Server
8 31 (7.38%) JUnit
9 26 (6.19%) SoapUI
10 25 (5.95%) SpecFlow
11 23 (5.48%) Calabash
12 22 (5.24%) Visual Studio
13 20 (4.76%) Maven
13 20 (4.76%) Bugzilla
14 19 (4.52%) Subversion
15 18 (4.29%) Git (software)
16 15 (3.57%) JMeter
17 13 (3.10%) TortoiseSVN
18 11 (2.62%) TeamCity
19 10 (2.38%) TestNG
General
1 78 (18.57%) Finance
2 23 (5.48%) Banking
3 13 (3.10%) Retail
4 11 (2.62%) Electronics
5 9 (2.14%) Telecoms
5 9 (2.14%) Games
6 8 (1.90%) Investment Banking
7 7 (1.67%) Automotive
8 6 (1.43%) Manufacturing
9 5 (1.19%) Financial Institution
10 4 (0.95%) Marketing
10 4 (0.95%) Advertising
11 3 (0.71%) Front Office
12 2 (0.48%) Retail Banking
12 2 (0.48%) Publishing
13 1 (0.24%) Back Office
13 1 (0.24%) Billing
Job Titles
1 145 (34.52%) Tester
2 141 (33.57%) Analyst
3 131 (31.19%) Test Analyst
4 87 (20.71%) Automation Tester
5 50 (11.90%) Test Engineer
6 44 (10.48%) Automation Analyst
7 43 (10.24%) Developer
8 41 (9.76%) Automation Test Analyst
9 28 (6.67%) Automation Engineer
10 19 (4.52%) QA Analyst
11 15 (3.57%) QA Tester
11 15 (3.57%) Test Manager
12 14 (3.33%) Software Engineer
12 14 (3.33%) QA Engineer
12 14 (3.33%) Software Tester
12 14 (3.33%) Selenium Tester
13 11 (2.62%) QA Test Analyst
13 11 (2.62%) Test Leader
13 11 (2.62%) Agile Test Analyst
14 10 (2.38%) Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 67 (15.95%) .NET
2 29 (6.90%) Web Services
3 21 (5.00%) .NET Framework
4 20 (4.76%) XML
5 19 (4.52%) SOAP
6 17 (4.05%) REST
7 13 (3.10%) Gherkin
7 13 (3.10%) HTML
8 10 (2.38%) RESTful
8 10 (2.38%) Spring
9 9 (2.14%) JSON
10 8 (1.90%) Middleware
10 8 (1.90%) CSS
11 6 (1.43%) jQuery
12 5 (1.19%) ASP.NET
12 5 (1.19%) ActiveMQ
12 5 (1.19%) Apache Camel
12 5 (1.19%) AngularJS
13 4 (0.95%) WPF
13 4 (0.95%) Spring MVC
Miscellaneous
1 29 (6.90%) Open Source
2 22 (5.24%) Mobile App
3 19 (4.52%) Client/Server
4 15 (3.57%) Derivative
5 14 (3.33%) Computer Science
6 7 (1.67%) iPad
7 5 (1.19%) Management Information System
7 5 (1.19%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 5 (1.19%) Smart Meter
7 5 (1.19%) iPhone
7 5 (1.19%) Linked Data
8 4 (0.95%) Analytical Skills
8 4 (0.95%) Fixed Income
8 4 (0.95%) DTV
9 3 (0.71%) Streaming Media
9 3 (0.71%) IPTV
9 3 (0.71%) Equities
9 3 (0.71%) Replication
9 3 (0.71%) STB
9 3 (0.71%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 33 (7.86%) Linux
2 29 (6.90%) Android
3 27 (6.43%) Apple iOS
4 17 (4.05%) Windows
5 15 (3.57%) UNIX
6 4 (0.95%) Solaris
7 2 (0.48%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.24%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.24%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.24%) Windows Mobile
8 1 (0.24%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.24%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.24%) webOS
8 1 (0.24%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 248 (59.05%) Agile Software Development
2 111 (26.43%) Scrum
3 97 (23.10%) Test Scripting
4 77 (18.33%) BDD
5 75 (17.86%) TDD
6 67 (15.95%) Test Automation
7 60 (14.29%) Software Testing
8 48 (11.43%) Automated Testing
9 47 (11.19%) Manual Testing
10 38 (9.05%) User Acceptance Testing
11 35 (8.33%) Kanban
12 33 (7.86%) E-Commerce
13 29 (6.90%) Continuous Integration
14 24 (5.71%) Regression Testing
14 24 (5.71%) Load Testing
15 23 (5.48%) Test Management
15 23 (5.48%) Waterfall
16 21 (5.00%) User Stories
17 20 (4.76%) Integration Testing
17 20 (4.76%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 161 (38.33%) Java
2 95 (22.62%) SQL
3 92 (21.90%) C#
4 41 (9.76%) Python
5 36 (8.57%) Ruby
6 34 (8.10%) JavaScript
7 17 (4.05%) Groovy
7 17 (4.05%) PHP
8 16 (3.81%) C++
9 10 (2.38%) Scala
10 9 (2.14%) VB
11 6 (1.43%) PL/SQL
12 5 (1.19%) Perl
13 4 (0.95%) Objective-C
13 4 (0.95%) Shell Script
13 4 (0.95%) C
14 3 (0.71%) VBScript
14 3 (0.71%) VC++
15 2 (0.48%) Bash Shell
15 2 (0.48%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 62 (14.76%) ISEB
2 51 (12.14%) Security Cleared
3 46 (10.95%) ISTQB
4 43 (10.24%) SC Cleared
5 18 (4.29%) Degree
6 16 (3.81%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 2 (0.48%) IBM Certification
8 1 (0.24%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 1 (0.24%) BC Cleared
8 1 (0.24%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 115 (27.38%) QA
2 4 (0.95%) ISO 9001
3 3 (0.71%) MiFID
3 3 (0.71%) EMIR
3 3 (0.71%) Basel III
4 2 (0.48%) ISO 14001
5 1 (0.24%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (0.95%) KVM
2 1 (0.24%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 56 (13.33%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (0.48%) HP SiteScope
2 2 (0.48%) Puppet
3 1 (0.24%) Vagrant
Vendors
1 32 (7.62%) Microsoft
2 25 (5.95%) HP
3 21 (5.00%) Oracle
4 10 (2.38%) Google
4 10 (2.38%) SAP
5 7 (1.67%) Telerik
6 6 (1.43%) Sitecore
6 6 (1.43%) Perforce
7 5 (1.19%) Salesforce.com
7 5 (1.19%) hybris
8 4 (0.95%) Red Hat
8 4 (0.95%) IBM
9 3 (0.71%) ATG
9 3 (0.71%) Apple
10 2 (0.48%) Demandware
10 2 (0.48%) Infragistics
11 1 (0.24%) Sybase
11 1 (0.24%) Murex
11 1 (0.24%) Remedy
11 1 (0.24%) BMC
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