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 29 December 2014 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
29 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Automation Testing
Rank 374 384 417
Rank change year-on-year
+10 +33
Contract jobs citing Automation Testing 228 187 139
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.42% 0.37% 0.29%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.57% 0.49% 0.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 152 137 108
Average daily rate
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£350 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £237 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £475 £750
UK excluding London average daily rate £320 £325 £275
% change year-on-year
-1.53% +18.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 0 2
Average hourly rate £28.50 - £31.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.50 - £31.25

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
40297 37796 34889
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.71% 73.83% 71.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 26364 23238 20512
Average daily rate £425 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £270 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £578 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £370 £365
% change year-on-year
+5.40% +1.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1094 1171 1415
Average hourly rate £24.00 £26.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% -13.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -10.00%

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 29 December 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 29 December 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
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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 +11 208 £350 -6.66% 42
London +1 114 £375 -6.25% 15
South East -6 36 £309 -5.00% 4
City of London +11 29 £375 -9.09% 10
South West -11 22 £325 +36.84% 5
Surrey +6 19 £334 -7.29% 2
Wales -5 17 £325 -14.75% 3
South Wales +4 16 £325 -14.75% 1
East of England +3 13 £350 -15.15% 4
Newport - 13 £325 -
North West +2 10 £275 -16.34% 9
Yorkshire -14 10 £250 -9.09% 6
Essex -1 9 £350 -15.15% 1
West Yorkshire -9 9 £250 -13.04% 4
Leeds -8 8 £263 -25.00% 2
Hampshire -12 8 £323 +69.73% 1
Wiltshire - 7 - - 3
Manchester -11 5 £275 -14.06% 5
Bristol -14 5 £220 -7.36% 1
Devon - 5 £325 -
Berkshire -5 4 £275 -29.26% 1
Scotland -14 4 £263 -23.91% 5
Cambridgeshire - 4 £363 - 1
Cambridge - 4 £363 -
Buckinghamshire -20 3 £350 +48.93%
Taunton - 3 £350 -
Lancashire - 3 - - 2
Somerset - 3 £350 -
Reading +12 2 £388 - 1
Cheshire +9 2 £250 -27.00% 2

Automation Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 December 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.

1 261 (55.65%) Agile Software Development
2 254 (54.16%) Selenium
3 183 (39.02%) Java
4 133 (28.36%) QA
5 125 (26.65%) Scrum
6 117 (24.95%) WebDriver
7 112 (23.88%) Test Scripting
8 105 (22.39%) C#
9 103 (21.96%) Cucumber
10 98 (20.90%) SQL
11 93 (19.83%) BDD
12 90 (19.19%) TDD
13 85 (18.12%) Finance
14 84 (17.91%) Test Automation
15 73 (15.57%) JIRA
16 70 (14.93%) ISEB
17 68 (14.50%) .NET
18 67 (14.29%) Software Testing
18 67 (14.29%) Jenkins
19 61 (13.01%) HP Quality Center
20 59 (12.58%) Automated Testing
21 55 (11.73%) Security Cleared
22 53 (11.30%) Manual Testing
22 53 (11.30%) Team Foundation Server
23 51 (10.87%) ISTQB
23 51 (10.87%) QuickTest Pro
24 47 (10.02%) Ruby
24 47 (10.02%) Microsoft
25 44 (9.38%) Android
26 43 (9.17%) SC Cleared

Automation Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 December 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 18 (3.84%) SharePoint
2 8 (1.71%) Oracle Service Bus
3 5 (1.07%) Confluence
4 4 (0.85%) OpenStack
4 4 (0.85%) Drupal
4 4 (0.85%) CMS
5 3 (0.64%) WebSphere
5 3 (0.64%) WebLogic
6 2 (0.43%) Sitecore CMS
6 2 (0.43%) Node.js
6 2 (0.43%) uiautomator
7 1 (0.21%) Apache Spark
7 1 (0.21%) IIS
7 1 (0.21%) JBoss
7 1 (0.21%) Apache
7 1 (0.21%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.21%) Oracle Coherence
Applications
1 23 (4.90%) MS Excel
2 12 (2.56%) MS Office
3 1 (0.21%) FastStats
Business Applications
1 8 (1.71%) Oracle BPM
2 3 (0.64%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.43%) Oracle Financials
3 2 (0.43%) SAP HR
4 1 (0.21%) SAP Payroll
4 1 (0.21%) BASE24
4 1 (0.21%) Summit
4 1 (0.21%) VisionPLUS
4 1 (0.21%) Agresso
4 1 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 7 (1.49%) SaaS
2 6 (1.28%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (0.85%) IaaS
3 4 (0.85%) Force.com
4 2 (0.43%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 5 (1.07%) TCP/IP
1 5 (1.07%) Internet
2 3 (0.64%) HTTP
3 2 (0.43%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (0.21%) Wireshark
4 1 (0.21%) iBeacon
4 1 (0.21%) Firewall
4 1 (0.21%) GPRS
4 1 (0.21%) GSM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (4.69%) SQL Server
2 8 (1.71%) Data Warehouse
3 7 (1.49%) MongoDB
4 6 (1.28%) NoSQL
4 6 (1.28%) Azure SQL Database
4 6 (1.28%) MySQL
4 6 (1.28%) Relational Database
5 5 (1.07%) Oracle Database
6 4 (0.85%) SQL Server 2012
7 3 (0.64%) Big Data
7 3 (0.64%) Oracle Database 11g
8 2 (0.43%) SQL Server 2008
8 2 (0.43%) Hadoop
8 2 (0.43%) RDBMS
8 2 (0.43%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (0.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 2 (0.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 1 (0.21%) Apache Hive
9 1 (0.21%) SSDT
9 1 (0.21%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 254 (54.16%) Selenium
2 117 (24.95%) WebDriver
3 103 (21.96%) Cucumber
4 73 (15.57%) JIRA
5 67 (14.29%) Jenkins
6 53 (11.30%) Team Foundation Server
7 51 (10.87%) QuickTest Pro
8 35 (7.46%) JUnit
9 33 (7.04%) Visual Studio
10 28 (5.97%) SpecFlow
11 27 (5.76%) Calabash
12 25 (5.33%) Bugzilla
13 24 (5.12%) TeamCity
14 23 (4.90%) Git (software)
15 22 (4.69%) Subversion
15 22 (4.69%) SoapUI
16 21 (4.48%) Maven
17 16 (3.41%) JMeter
17 16 (3.41%) Appium
18 15 (3.20%) Hudson
General
1 85 (18.12%) Finance
2 19 (4.05%) Banking
3 10 (2.13%) Retail
3 10 (2.13%) Electronics
3 10 (2.13%) Telecoms
4 9 (1.92%) Games
5 7 (1.49%) Investment Banking
5 7 (1.49%) Automotive
6 5 (1.07%) Manufacturing
7 4 (0.85%) Advertising
8 3 (0.64%) Publishing
8 3 (0.64%) Financial Institution
8 3 (0.64%) Marketing
9 2 (0.43%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.21%) Front Office
10 1 (0.21%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 160 (34.12%) Tester
2 152 (32.41%) Analyst
3 140 (29.85%) Test Analyst
4 93 (19.83%) Automation Tester
5 48 (10.23%) Test Engineer
6 45 (9.59%) Developer
7 44 (9.38%) Automation Analyst
8 41 (8.74%) Automation Test Analyst
9 28 (5.97%) Automation Engineer
10 23 (4.90%) QA Analyst
11 18 (3.84%) QA Tester
12 17 (3.62%) Test Manager
13 16 (3.41%) Software Engineer
14 14 (2.99%) Selenium Tester
15 13 (2.77%) Configuration Manager
15 13 (2.77%) Software Tester
15 13 (2.77%) QA Engineer
16 12 (2.56%) Agile Test Analyst
17 11 (2.35%) Test Leader
17 11 (2.35%) QA Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 68 (14.50%) .NET
2 34 (7.25%) Web Services
3 23 (4.90%) XML
4 22 (4.69%) .NET Framework
5 19 (4.05%) REST
6 17 (3.62%) SOAP
7 14 (2.99%) JSON
8 13 (2.77%) HTML
8 13 (2.77%) Middleware
9 11 (2.35%) Gherkin
10 9 (1.92%) Spring
11 8 (1.71%) RESTful
12 7 (1.49%) ASP.NET
13 6 (1.28%) CSS
14 5 (1.07%) ASP.NET MVC
14 5 (1.07%) jQuery
14 5 (1.07%) Oracle Fusion
15 4 (0.85%) Spring MVC
15 4 (0.85%) WCF
15 4 (0.85%) ASP.NET Web Forms
Miscellaneous
1 32 (6.82%) Open Source
2 24 (5.12%) Mobile App
3 22 (4.69%) Client/Server
4 12 (2.56%) Computer Science
5 9 (1.92%) Derivative
5 9 (1.92%) iPad
6 7 (1.49%) iPhone
7 5 (1.07%) Smart Meter
7 5 (1.07%) Analytical Skills
8 4 (0.85%) Digital Media
8 4 (0.85%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 4 (0.85%) Management Information System
9 3 (0.64%) DTV
9 3 (0.64%) Replication
9 3 (0.64%) STB
9 3 (0.64%) Streaming Media
9 3 (0.64%) IPTV
9 3 (0.64%) Linked Data
10 2 (0.43%) User Experience
10 2 (0.43%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 44 (9.38%) Android
2 38 (8.10%) Apple iOS
3 29 (6.18%) Linux
4 24 (5.12%) UNIX
5 23 (4.90%) Windows
6 6 (1.28%) Windows 7
7 3 (0.64%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.21%) Windows Phone
8 1 (0.21%) webOS
8 1 (0.21%) Solaris
8 1 (0.21%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.21%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.21%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.21%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 261 (55.65%) Agile Software Development
2 125 (26.65%) Scrum
3 112 (23.88%) Test Scripting
4 93 (19.83%) BDD
5 90 (19.19%) TDD
6 84 (17.91%) Test Automation
7 67 (14.29%) Software Testing
8 59 (12.58%) Automated Testing
9 53 (11.30%) Manual Testing
10 43 (9.17%) User Acceptance Testing
11 42 (8.96%) Kanban
12 37 (7.89%) Continuous Integration
12 37 (7.89%) E-Commerce
13 31 (6.61%) Load Testing
14 27 (5.76%) Test Management
15 25 (5.33%) Performance Testing
16 22 (4.69%) Regression Testing
16 22 (4.69%) Waterfall
16 22 (4.69%) User Stories
17 21 (4.48%) OO
Programming Languages
1 183 (39.02%) Java
2 105 (22.39%) C#
3 98 (20.90%) SQL
4 47 (10.02%) Ruby
5 42 (8.96%) Python
6 33 (7.04%) JavaScript
7 21 (4.48%) PHP
8 16 (3.41%) Groovy
9 13 (2.77%) C++
10 11 (2.35%) VB
11 9 (1.92%) Scala
12 6 (1.28%) Objective-C
12 6 (1.28%) T-SQL
13 5 (1.07%) VBScript
13 5 (1.07%) Perl
13 5 (1.07%) VB.NET
13 5 (1.07%) C
13 5 (1.07%) Shell Script
14 4 (0.85%) PL/SQL
15 3 (0.64%) Delphi
Qualifications
1 70 (14.93%) ISEB
2 55 (11.73%) Security Cleared
3 51 (10.87%) ISTQB
4 43 (9.17%) SC Cleared
5 17 (3.62%) Degree
6 15 (3.20%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 2 (0.43%) IBM Certification
8 1 (0.21%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 1 (0.21%) BC Cleared
8 1 (0.21%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.21%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 1 (0.21%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 133 (28.36%) QA
2 3 (0.64%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.21%) ISO 14001
3 1 (0.21%) MiFID
3 1 (0.21%) Basel III
3 1 (0.21%) EMIR
System Software
1 4 (0.85%) KVM
2 1 (0.21%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 61 (13.01%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (0.43%) Puppet
2 2 (0.43%) HP SiteScope
3 1 (0.21%) Vagrant
Vendors
1 47 (10.02%) Microsoft
2 25 (5.33%) Oracle
3 23 (4.90%) HP
4 11 (2.35%) Perforce
5 10 (2.13%) Google
6 9 (1.92%) SAP
7 6 (1.28%) IBM
8 5 (1.07%) Salesforce.com
8 5 (1.07%) Telerik
9 4 (0.85%) Red Hat
10 3 (0.64%) Apple
10 3 (0.64%) Sitecore
10 3 (0.64%) Red Gate
10 3 (0.64%) ATG
11 2 (0.43%) Demandware
11 2 (0.43%) hybris
11 2 (0.43%) Informatica
11 2 (0.43%) Infragistics
11 2 (0.43%) Sybase
12 1 (0.21%) BMC
City, London
Pioneer Search
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Volt
Rate: £400.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Esher, Surrey
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Rate: Market
Posted: 5 days ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300.00 - £350 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
West Lothian
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 9 days ago
Conwy, Gwynedd
Supertemps
Posted: 9 days ago
Glasgow
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £300.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: 17 days ago