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 11 February 2016 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
11 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Automation Testing
Rank 375 407 387
Rank change year-on-year
+32 -20
Contract jobs citing Automation Testing 264 206 204
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.51% 0.40% 0.41%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.63% 0.51% 0.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 180 146 149
Average daily rate £375 £350 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £249
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £300 £344
% change year-on-year
+16.66% -12.72%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 3
Average hourly rate £106.75 £28.50 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+274.56% +90.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £106.75 £28.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+274.56% +90.00%

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
41792 40196 38042
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 81.24% 77.62% 76.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 27320 25624 23044
Average daily rate £425 £420 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.19% +5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £280 £273
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1199 1072 1163
Average hourly rate £40.00 £26.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+50.94% -3.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.00 £46.25 £52.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+45.45% -

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 11 February 2016.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Automation Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 11 February 2016.

Automation Testing Hourly Rate Histogram 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 11 February 2016. 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 +58 261 £375 +7.14% 134
London +7 99 £400 +3.22% 61
South East +34 49 £413 +30.15% 17
Yorkshire -15 22 £320 +16.36% 20
South West +9 21 £433 +39.51% 6
North West -6 21 £345 +25.45% 12
West Yorkshire -6 18 £318 +15.45% 14
North East -7 15 £350 -2.25% 4
Leeds -9 15 £318 +15.45% 14
Tyne and Wear -16 15 £350 -2.25% 4
Newcastle upon Tyne -19 15 £350 -2.25% 4
East Midlands -3 14 £258 -14.16% 6
City of London +30 13 £375 - 5
Manchester -6 13 £320 +16.36% 9
Hampshire +12 12 £370 +1.71% 2
West Midlands -2 12 £310 - 3
Oxfordshire - 12 £425 - 2
Oxford - 12 £425 - 1
Devon +3 11 £433 +8.12%
East of England -1 9 £363 +3.57% 5
Exeter +2 8 £433 +8.12%
Berkshire +9 7 £419 +39.53% 6
Cheshire -1 7 £575 +130.00% 2
Reading -1 7 £419 +26.56% 1
Leicestershire -5 7 £250 -16.66% 2
Surrey -11 7 £375 +12.35% 3
Essex -2 5 £350 - 2
Nottinghamshire -3 5 £310 - 3
Nottingham -8 5 £310 - 3
Warrington -6 4 £675 -

Automation Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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.

1 321 (58.79%) Agile Software Development
2 250 (45.79%) Selenium
3 142 (26.01%) BDD
4 139 (25.46%) Cucumber
5 133 (24.36%) Java
6 130 (23.81%) QA
7 129 (23.63%) Test Scripting
8 115 (21.06%) SQL
9 109 (19.96%) Test Automation
10 107 (19.60%) WebDriver
11 96 (17.58%) Scrum
12 89 (16.30%) Finance
12 89 (16.30%) TDD
13 87 (15.93%) C#
14 79 (14.47%) ISEB
15 76 (13.92%) Manual Testing
15 76 (13.92%) ISTQB
16 68 (12.45%) Performance Testing
17 67 (12.27%) JIRA
17 67 (12.27%) Automated Testing
18 65 (11.90%) .NET
19 61 (11.17%) Functional Testing
20 60 (10.99%) Software Testing
21 58 (10.62%) Microsoft
22 57 (10.44%) HP UFT
22 57 (10.44%) Team Foundation Server
23 55 (10.07%) Regression Testing
24 50 (9.16%) Mobile App
25 49 (8.97%) SpecFlow
25 49 (8.97%) Ruby

Automation Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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 15 (2.75%) Node.js
2 7 (1.28%) CMS
2 7 (1.28%) JBoss
2 7 (1.28%) SharePoint
3 6 (1.10%) WordPress
4 5 (0.92%) Apache
4 5 (0.92%) Confluence
4 5 (0.92%) OpenStack
5 4 (0.73%) WebLogic
6 2 (0.37%) ATG Dynamo
6 2 (0.37%) IIS
6 2 (0.37%) NetWeaver
6 2 (0.37%) Oracle Workflow
6 2 (0.37%) Umbraco
7 1 (0.18%) Drupal
7 1 (0.18%) nginx
7 1 (0.18%) Oracle Service Bus
7 1 (0.18%) SAS
7 1 (0.18%) Sitecore CMS
7 1 (0.18%) WebSphere
Applications
1 14 (2.56%) MS Excel
2 5 (0.92%) MS Office
3 1 (0.18%) Fireworks
3 1 (0.18%) HipChat
3 1 (0.18%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 12 (2.20%) Magento
2 5 (0.92%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.55%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.37%) Oracle ERP
4 2 (0.37%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.18%) FastStats
5 1 (0.18%) Orchard Housing
5 1 (0.18%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.18%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 15 (2.75%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (1.47%) GitHub
3 2 (0.37%) IaaS
4 1 (0.18%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.18%) SaaS
4 1 (0.18%) Sage Pay
Communications & Networking
1 7 (1.28%) Internet
2 3 (0.55%) DNS
2 3 (0.55%) HTTP
2 3 (0.55%) LDAP
3 2 (0.37%) Wireless
4 1 (0.18%) SAN
4 1 (0.18%) SNMP
4 1 (0.18%) TCP/IP
4 1 (0.18%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (7.33%) SQL Server
2 19 (3.48%) Data Warehouse
3 12 (2.20%) MySQL
4 11 (2.01%) Oracle Database
5 10 (1.83%) Data Mart
5 10 (1.83%) Relational Database
6 8 (1.47%) NoSQL
7 6 (1.10%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
7 6 (1.10%) RDBMS
8 5 (0.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 4 (0.73%) DB2
9 4 (0.73%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 3 (0.55%) MongoDB
11 2 (0.37%) Data Mining
11 2 (0.37%) Hadoop
11 2 (0.37%) Oracle Reports
11 2 (0.37%) SQL Navigator
11 2 (0.37%) SQL Server 2012
11 2 (0.37%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 1 (0.18%) Oracle ODI
Development Applications
1 250 (45.79%) Selenium
2 139 (25.46%) Cucumber
3 107 (19.60%) WebDriver
4 67 (12.27%) JIRA
5 57 (10.44%) HP UFT
5 57 (10.44%) Team Foundation Server
6 49 (8.97%) SpecFlow
7 47 (8.61%) Jenkins
8 33 (6.04%) Git (software)
9 30 (5.49%) Appium
9 30 (5.49%) SoapUI
10 24 (4.40%) Visual Studio
11 21 (3.85%) JBehave
12 19 (3.48%) JUnit
13 18 (3.30%) Calabash
13 18 (3.30%) Maven
14 17 (3.11%) FitNesse
15 13 (2.38%) JMeter
15 13 (2.38%) LoadRunner
15 13 (2.38%) TeamCity
General
1 89 (16.30%) Finance
2 36 (6.59%) Banking
3 12 (2.20%) Publishing
3 12 (2.20%) Retail
4 11 (2.01%) Billing
5 10 (1.83%) Games
6 8 (1.47%) Investment Banking
7 7 (1.28%) Marketing
7 7 (1.28%) Telecoms
8 5 (0.92%) Legal
8 5 (0.92%) Manufacturing
9 4 (0.73%) Retail Banking
10 3 (0.55%) Advertising
11 2 (0.37%) Electronics
11 2 (0.37%) Financial Institution
11 2 (0.37%) Private Banking
12 1 (0.18%) Automotive
12 1 (0.18%) Back Office
12 1 (0.18%) Corporate Banking
12 1 (0.18%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 188 (34.43%) Analyst
2 182 (33.33%) Test Analyst
3 141 (25.82%) Tester
4 88 (16.12%) Automation Tester
5 70 (12.82%) Developer
6 61 (11.17%) Automation Analyst
6 61 (11.17%) Automation Test Analyst
7 52 (9.52%) Test Engineer
8 37 (6.78%) Automation Engineer
9 32 (5.86%) Selenium Tester
10 31 (5.68%) Test Automation Engineer
11 29 (5.31%) Test Manager
12 27 (4.95%) QA Engineer
13 25 (4.58%) Selenium Test Analyst
13 25 (4.58%) Senior Analyst
13 25 (4.58%) Senior Test Analyst
13 25 (4.58%) Test Leader
14 24 (4.40%) Agile Test Analyst
15 23 (4.21%) Consultant
16 20 (3.66%) Developer in Test
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 65 (11.90%) .NET
2 41 (7.51%) Gherkin
2 41 (7.51%) Web Services
3 26 (4.76%) HTML
4 23 (4.21%) XML
5 22 (4.03%) SOAP
6 17 (3.11%) REST
7 15 (2.75%) CSS
8 12 (2.20%) .NET Framework
8 12 (2.20%) HTML5
9 11 (2.01%) AngularJS
10 10 (1.83%) JSON
11 9 (1.65%) ASP.NET
12 8 (1.47%) RESTful
13 7 (1.28%) WPF
14 6 (1.10%) JSP
14 6 (1.10%) Spring
15 5 (0.92%) ASP.NET MVC
15 5 (0.92%) Sass
15 5 (0.92%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 50 (9.16%) Mobile App
2 35 (6.41%) Analytical Skills
3 18 (3.30%) Computer Science
4 8 (1.47%) Smart Meter
5 6 (1.10%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 6 (1.10%) User Experience
6 4 (0.73%) Enterprise Software
6 4 (0.73%) Management Information System
6 4 (0.73%) Mathematics
6 4 (0.73%) Streaming Music
7 3 (0.55%) Client/Server
7 3 (0.55%) iPad
7 3 (0.55%) IVR
7 3 (0.55%) Mainframe
7 3 (0.55%) NHS
7 3 (0.55%) Private Cloud
7 3 (0.55%) Smartcard
8 2 (0.37%) Data Centre
8 2 (0.37%) EPoS
8 2 (0.37%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 42 (7.69%) Apple iOS
2 35 (6.41%) Android
3 22 (4.03%) Linux
4 20 (3.66%) Windows
5 9 (1.65%) Unix
6 4 (0.73%) Windows Server
7 3 (0.55%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.18%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.18%) Solaris
8 1 (0.18%) Windows CE
8 1 (0.18%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (0.18%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 321 (58.79%) Agile Software Development
2 142 (26.01%) BDD
3 129 (23.63%) Test Scripting
4 109 (19.96%) Test Automation
5 96 (17.58%) Scrum
6 89 (16.30%) TDD
7 76 (13.92%) Manual Testing
8 68 (12.45%) Performance Testing
9 67 (12.27%) Automated Testing
10 61 (11.17%) Functional Testing
11 60 (10.99%) Software Testing
12 55 (10.07%) Regression Testing
13 48 (8.79%) Continuous Integration
13 48 (8.79%) Test Strategy
14 47 (8.61%) Non-Functional Testing
15 42 (7.69%) User Stories
16 41 (7.51%) E-Commerce
17 40 (7.33%) User Acceptance Testing
18 38 (6.96%) Test Management
19 31 (5.68%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 133 (24.36%) Java
2 115 (21.06%) SQL
3 87 (15.93%) C#
4 49 (8.97%) Ruby
5 38 (6.96%) JavaScript
6 25 (4.58%) Python
7 20 (3.66%) PHP
8 12 (2.20%) Groovy
9 11 (2.01%) C++
9 11 (2.01%) PL/SQL
10 10 (1.83%) Scala
11 8 (1.47%) Perl
12 6 (1.10%) C
13 5 (0.92%) VB
13 5 (0.92%) VBScript
14 4 (0.73%) T-SQL
15 3 (0.55%) Bash Shell
15 3 (0.55%) Korn
16 2 (0.37%) F#
16 2 (0.37%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 79 (14.47%) ISEB
2 76 (13.92%) ISTQB
3 32 (5.86%) Security Cleared
4 29 (5.31%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 24 (4.40%) SC Cleared
6 22 (4.03%) Degree
7 5 (0.92%) BPSS Clearance
8 4 (0.73%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 3 (0.55%) DV Cleared
10 2 (0.37%) CTC Cleared
10 2 (0.37%) HND
10 2 (0.37%) ISEB Practitioner
11 1 (0.18%) MCSA
11 1 (0.18%) MCSE
11 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Certification
11 1 (0.18%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 130 (23.81%) QA
2 12 (2.20%) SDET
3 7 (1.28%) ISO 14001
3 7 (1.28%) ISO 9001
4 4 (0.73%) WCAG
5 3 (0.55%) Disclosure Scotland
6 2 (0.37%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 7 (1.28%) Docker
2 2 (0.37%) KVM
3 1 (0.18%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.18%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 42 (7.69%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (0.55%) Opscode Chef
2 3 (0.55%) Puppet
3 2 (0.37%) HP Operations Orchestration
4 1 (0.18%) Business Desktop Deployment
4 1 (0.18%) CA Wily
4 1 (0.18%) Capistrano
4 1 (0.18%) Kibana
4 1 (0.18%) logstash
4 1 (0.18%) Nagios
4 1 (0.18%) Terraform
Vendors
1 58 (10.62%) Microsoft
2 45 (8.24%) HP
3 39 (7.14%) Oracle
4 9 (1.65%) SAP
5 8 (1.47%) MuleSoft
5 8 (1.47%) Telerik
6 4 (0.73%) ATG
6 4 (0.73%) Google
7 3 (0.55%) hybris
7 3 (0.55%) Perforce
7 3 (0.55%) WorldPay
8 2 (0.37%) IBM
8 2 (0.37%) PeopleSoft
8 2 (0.37%) Rally
8 2 (0.37%) Red Hat
8 2 (0.37%) Remedy
8 2 (0.37%) Siebel
8 2 (0.37%) Zend
9 1 (0.18%) EPiServer
9 1 (0.18%) Orchard
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