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 24 April 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
24 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Automation Testing
Rank 342 409 439
Rank change year-on-year
+67 +30
Contract jobs citing Automation Testing 258 129 141
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.47% 0.27% 0.23%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.64% 0.37% 0.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 207 85 101
Average daily rate £350 £330 £351
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% -5.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £244 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £275 £289
% change year-on-year
+18.18% -4.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Average hourly rate £31.00 - £25.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £25.00
Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
40055 34550 41999
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 73.38% 72.44% 69.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 24990 20571 23942
Average daily rate £400 £408 £410
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.84% -0.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £575 £588
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £360 £370
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1138 1039 1411
Average hourly rate £30.00 £32.00 £27.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +18.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £54.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.50 £32.00 £26.50
% change year-on-year
-1.56% +20.75%

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 24 April 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 24 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England +52 240 £350 +4.86% 57
London +47 132 £400 +6.66% 23
South East +1 40 £325 +18.18% 8
City of London +19 34 £350 -15.15% 7
East of England -8 18 £350 +2.48% 4
Wales -14 15 £350 -
South West -2 13 £328 -18.12% 2
North East -9 13 £345 +27.77%
Tyne and Wear -16 12 £348 +28.70%
Cambridgeshire -2 11 £203 - 3
South Wales -8 11 £350 -
Newcastle upon Tyne -22 11 £345 +27.77%
East Midlands -6 9 £363 +11.53% 4
North West -15 8 £325 +10.63% 6
Berkshire -19 8 £265 -3.63% 2
Hampshire - 8 £388 - 1
West Yorkshire -9 6 £288 - 4
Yorkshire -11 6 £288 - 8
Oxfordshire +6 5 £350 -
East Sussex -2 5 £250 -28.57%
Brighton -6 5 £250 -28.57%
Bristol -7 5 £330 - 1
Reading -15 5 £265 -44.21% 1
Surrey -4 4 £345 +43.75% 4
Manchester -10 4 £300 +16.50% 2
Leeds -12 4 £275 - 2
Essex - 4 £350 -
Northamptonshire - 3 £450 - 2
Nottinghamshire - 3 £288 - 1
Somerset - 3 £306 -

Automation Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 April 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.

1 262 (58.22%) Selenium
2 186 (41.33%) Agile Software Development
3 175 (38.89%) QA
4 136 (30.22%) C#
5 134 (29.78%) WebDriver
6 126 (28.00%) Java
7 122 (27.11%) Test Automation
8 121 (26.89%) TDD
9 118 (26.22%) Scrum
10 113 (25.11%) Test Scripting
10 113 (25.11%) BDD
11 109 (24.22%) Cucumber
12 87 (19.33%) Finance
13 86 (19.11%) SQL
14 82 (18.22%) .NET
15 75 (16.67%) Microsoft
16 65 (14.44%) Automated Testing
17 60 (13.33%) Web Services
18 59 (13.11%) Team Foundation Server
19 58 (12.89%) ISEB
20 57 (12.67%) Ruby
20 57 (12.67%) FitNesse
21 56 (12.44%) Visual Studio
22 51 (11.33%) Software Testing
23 50 (11.11%) SOAP
23 50 (11.11%) Jenkins
24 49 (10.89%) Manual Testing
25 48 (10.67%) E-Commerce
26 46 (10.22%) Continuous Integration
27 41 (9.11%) Maven

Automation Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 19 (4.22%) CMS
2 16 (3.56%) SharePoint
3 9 (2.00%) Alfresco
4 6 (1.33%) Confluence
4 6 (1.33%) Apache
5 4 (0.89%) SharePoint Server
6 3 (0.67%) Node.js
7 2 (0.44%) SharePoint 2010
7 2 (0.44%) WebSphere
7 2 (0.44%) SAS
8 1 (0.22%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.22%) Oracle Coherence
8 1 (0.22%) Drupal
8 1 (0.22%) WebLogic
Applications
1 17 (3.78%) MS Excel
2 2 (0.44%) MS Project
3 1 (0.22%) Final Cut Pro
3 1 (0.22%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 15 (3.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.67%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (0.67%) SAP FI/CO
2 3 (0.67%) SAP CO
2 3 (0.67%) Oracle Financials
2 3 (0.67%) SAP FI
3 1 (0.22%) SAP MM
3 1 (0.22%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.44%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (0.44%) PaaS
2 1 (0.22%) Heroku
2 1 (0.22%) Engine Yard
2 1 (0.22%) SaaS
2 1 (0.22%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.22%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 6 (1.33%) TCP/IP
1 6 (1.33%) Internet
2 5 (1.11%) 3G
2 5 (1.11%) 2G
2 5 (1.11%) 4G
2 5 (1.11%) Ethernet
3 4 (0.89%) SSL
4 3 (0.67%) HTTP
5 1 (0.22%) DVB
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (6.22%) SQL Server
2 9 (2.00%) MySQL
2 9 (2.00%) SSDT
3 7 (1.56%) Relational Database
3 7 (1.56%) Big Data
4 6 (1.33%) Oracle Database
5 5 (1.11%) MongoDB
6 4 (0.89%) Hadoop
7 3 (0.67%) SQL Server 2008
7 3 (0.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 3 (0.67%) RDBMS
7 3 (0.67%) Data Mining
8 2 (0.44%) Data Warehouse
8 2 (0.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 2 (0.44%) SQLite
8 2 (0.44%) SAS Enterprise Guide
9 1 (0.22%) Apache Cassandra
9 1 (0.22%) SQL Server 2012
9 1 (0.22%) SQLPlus
9 1 (0.22%) SQL Navigator
Development Applications
1 262 (58.22%) Selenium
2 134 (29.78%) WebDriver
3 109 (24.22%) Cucumber
4 59 (13.11%) Team Foundation Server
5 57 (12.67%) FitNesse
6 56 (12.44%) Visual Studio
7 50 (11.11%) Jenkins
8 41 (9.11%) Maven
9 40 (8.89%) QuickTest Pro
10 38 (8.44%) JIRA
11 37 (8.22%) JUnit
12 34 (7.56%) SpecFlow
13 33 (7.33%) JMeter
14 29 (6.44%) Git (software)
15 28 (6.22%) SoapUI
16 23 (5.11%) JBehave
16 23 (5.11%) Ant
17 20 (4.44%) TeamCity
17 20 (4.44%) Calabash
18 19 (4.22%) Subversion
General
1 87 (19.33%) Finance
2 36 (8.00%) Banking
3 17 (3.78%) Retail
4 10 (2.22%) Publishing
5 9 (2.00%) Investment Banking
6 6 (1.33%) Front Office
7 5 (1.11%) Telecoms
7 5 (1.11%) Marketing
7 5 (1.11%) Games
8 3 (0.67%) Military
8 3 (0.67%) Billing
9 2 (0.44%) Retail Banking
9 2 (0.44%) Advertising
10 1 (0.22%) Automotive
10 1 (0.22%) Back Office
10 1 (0.22%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.22%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 144 (32.00%) Analyst
2 110 (24.44%) Test Analyst
3 109 (24.22%) Tester
4 69 (15.33%) Developer
5 63 (14.00%) Automation Tester
6 53 (11.78%) Test Engineer
7 48 (10.67%) QA Analyst
8 32 (7.11%) QA Engineer
9 29 (6.44%) Automation Engineer
10 25 (5.56%) QA Tester
11 20 (4.44%) Test Leader
12 19 (4.22%) Automation Test Analyst
12 19 (4.22%) Automation Analyst
12 19 (4.22%) Consultant
13 16 (3.56%) Test Manager
13 16 (3.56%) Selenium Tester
14 15 (3.33%) Senior Analyst
14 15 (3.33%) QA Test Analyst
15 14 (3.11%) Test Consultant
15 14 (3.11%) Agile Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 82 (18.22%) .NET
2 60 (13.33%) Web Services
3 50 (11.11%) SOAP
4 40 (8.89%) XML
5 27 (6.00%) .NET Framework
6 26 (5.78%) REST
7 21 (4.67%) RESTful
8 20 (4.44%) HTML
9 19 (4.22%) JSON
10 18 (4.00%) ASP.NET
11 13 (2.89%) CSS
11 13 (2.89%) WCF
11 13 (2.89%) HTML5
12 12 (2.67%) jQuery
13 11 (2.44%) ASP.NET MVC
14 10 (2.22%) LINQ
14 10 (2.22%) Ajax
15 9 (2.00%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
15 9 (2.00%) CSS3
15 9 (2.00%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 31 (6.89%) Open Source
2 30 (6.67%) Mobile App
3 20 (4.44%) Client/Server
4 15 (3.33%) Computer Science
5 12 (2.67%) Mobile Banking
6 6 (1.33%) iPhone
7 5 (1.11%) iPad
7 5 (1.11%) Derivative
7 5 (1.11%) Handset
7 5 (1.11%) Equities
8 4 (0.89%) Device Driver
9 3 (0.67%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 3 (0.67%) Social Network
9 3 (0.67%) Embedded Systems
9 3 (0.67%) Enterprise Software
10 2 (0.44%) Mathematics
10 2 (0.44%) Digital Media
10 2 (0.44%) TRADACOMS
10 2 (0.44%) Fixed Income
10 2 (0.44%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 33 (7.33%) Windows
2 24 (5.33%) Linux
3 22 (4.89%) Android
4 18 (4.00%) Apple iOS
5 15 (3.33%) UNIX
6 11 (2.44%) Windows Server 2012
7 4 (0.89%) FreeBSD
7 4 (0.89%) Windows XP
8 3 (0.67%) Solaris
9 1 (0.22%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 186 (41.33%) Agile Software Development
2 122 (27.11%) Test Automation
3 121 (26.89%) TDD
4 118 (26.22%) Scrum
5 113 (25.11%) Test Scripting
5 113 (25.11%) BDD
6 65 (14.44%) Automated Testing
7 51 (11.33%) Software Testing
8 49 (10.89%) Manual Testing
9 48 (10.67%) E-Commerce
10 46 (10.22%) Continuous Integration
11 32 (7.11%) Performance Testing
11 32 (7.11%) Test Management
12 28 (6.22%) User Acceptance Testing
13 26 (5.78%) Test Strategy
14 25 (5.56%) User Stories
15 21 (4.67%) Regression Testing
16 20 (4.44%) Web Testing
16 20 (4.44%) Kanban
17 19 (4.22%) Content Management
Programming Languages
1 136 (30.22%) C#
2 126 (28.00%) Java
3 86 (19.11%) SQL
4 57 (12.67%) Ruby
5 38 (8.44%) Python
6 29 (6.44%) JavaScript
7 12 (2.67%) C++
7 12 (2.67%) VBScript
8 11 (2.44%) Perl
9 10 (2.22%) VB
9 10 (2.22%) C
9 10 (2.22%) Groovy
10 9 (2.00%) PHP
11 8 (1.78%) T-SQL
11 8 (1.78%) Bash Shell
12 7 (1.56%) Scala
12 7 (1.56%) XPath
12 7 (1.56%) XQuery
13 4 (0.89%) VB.NET
14 3 (0.67%) Delphi
Qualifications
1 58 (12.89%) ISEB
2 41 (9.11%) ISTQB
3 30 (6.67%) Security Cleared
4 27 (6.00%) SC Cleared
5 11 (2.44%) Degree
6 5 (1.11%) CTC Cleared
7 3 (0.67%) MBA
8 2 (0.44%) DV Cleared
9 1 (0.22%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 175 (38.89%) QA
2 1 (0.22%) Basel III
2 1 (0.22%) EMIR
2 1 (0.22%) Dodd-Frank
Systems Management
1 36 (8.00%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (0.44%) Puppet
2 2 (0.44%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 1 (0.22%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 75 (16.67%) Microsoft
2 41 (9.11%) Oracle
3 16 (3.56%) HP
4 9 (2.00%) Red Gate
5 8 (1.78%) Salesforce.com
6 7 (1.56%) SAP
6 7 (1.56%) Siebel
7 6 (1.33%) Sun
8 5 (1.11%) Apple
9 4 (0.89%) Coverity
9 4 (0.89%) VMware
10 3 (0.67%) Informatica
10 3 (0.67%) IBM
10 3 (0.67%) Green Hat
11 2 (0.44%) hybris
11 2 (0.44%) JBoss
12 1 (0.22%) Sybase
12 1 (0.22%) Adobe
12 1 (0.22%) MicroStrategy
12 1 (0.22%) Nokia
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