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 3 December 2016 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
3 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Automation Testing
Rank 320 396 421
Rank change year-on-year
+76 +25
Contract jobs citing Automation Testing 339 279 226
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.69% 0.50% 0.39%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.83% 0.62% 0.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 195 184 150
Median daily rate £375 £360 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £274 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 8
Median hourly rate - £43.50 £28.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +52.63%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £43.50 £28.50
% change year-on-year
- +52.63%

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
40818 44914 44371
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 82.53% 81.14% 76.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 27175 29114 28821
Median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% +1.19%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £298 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £385
% change year-on-year
+3.12% +3.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1081 1346 1227
Median hourly rate £30.00 £31.44 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.58% +25.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £49.93 £48.14
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.00 £34.95 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-11.30% +39.80%

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 3 December 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
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 3 December 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 +59 323 £375 +3.44% 120
London -6 128 £400 - 44
South East +48 48 £405 +24.61% 18
East of England +26 31 £325 -6.47% 13
North East -10 28 £333 -42.04% 3
Tyne and Wear -16 28 £333 -42.04% 3
Newcastle upon Tyne -16 27 £340 -40.86% 3
City of London 0 25 £413 +3.12% 5
Yorkshire +29 23 £394 +22.09% 9
West Yorkshire +25 21 £388 +21.09% 8
North West -18 21 £350 +7.69% 15
Leeds +28 20 £331 +3.51% 8
West Midlands -7 16 £350 +1.08% 10
South West +19 15 £363 +4.31% 4
Manchester -8 14 £388 +19.23% 7
Cambridgeshire +8 13 £306 -12.50% 6
West Sussex +22 11 £450 +35.33% 2
Hertfordshire +8 11 £315 - 3
East Midlands +4 11 £338 -3.22% 4
Scotland +9 9 £325 -5.79% 3
Peterborough - 9 £288 - 1
Hampshire +22 8 £444 +36.53% 6
Surrey +24 7 £350 -12.50% 4
Edinburgh +20 7 £325 -23.07% 2
Berkshire - 7 £450 - 1
Buckinghamshire +17 6 £275 -35.29% 1
Bedfordshire +8 6 £450 +16.88% 1
Gloucestershire +7 6 £390 -
Rickmansworth - 6 £350 -
Bedford +6 5 £450 +16.88%

Automation Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 December 2016, 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.

1 392 (59.94%) Agile Software Development
2 371 (56.73%) Selenium
3 251 (38.38%) Java
4 207 (31.65%) QA
5 194 (29.66%) Cucumber
6 172 (26.30%) Test Automation
7 170 (25.99%) TDD
8 168 (25.69%) BDD
9 167 (25.54%) Jenkins
10 160 (24.46%) Test Scripting
10 160 (24.46%) Scrum
11 147 (22.48%) WebDriver
12 125 (19.11%) Automated Testing
13 114 (17.43%) SQL
14 106 (16.21%) Continuous Integration
15 99 (15.14%) C#
16 94 (14.37%) Performance Testing
17 85 (13.00%) Manual Testing
18 83 (12.69%) JUnit
19 81 (12.39%) JavaScript
19 81 (12.39%) Finance
20 78 (11.93%) JSON
21 76 (11.62%) JIRA
21 76 (11.62%) Python
22 73 (11.16%) Regression Testing
23 71 (10.86%) Open Source
24 67 (10.24%) HTML
25 65 (9.94%) Git (software)
26 64 (9.79%) Scala
27 63 (9.63%) Linux

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 24 (3.67%) Confluence
2 22 (3.36%) Tomcat
3 11 (1.68%) JBoss
4 10 (1.53%) Apache
5 6 (0.92%) Apache Solr
5 6 (0.92%) Elasticsearch
6 5 (0.76%) CMS
6 5 (0.76%) nginx
7 4 (0.61%) Drupal
8 3 (0.46%) Jetty
8 3 (0.46%) Liferay
8 3 (0.46%) OpenStack
8 3 (0.46%) WordPress
9 2 (0.31%) BizTalk Server
9 2 (0.31%) WebLogic
10 1 (0.15%) Cloud Foundry
10 1 (0.15%) SharePoint
10 1 (0.15%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 14 (2.14%) MS Excel
2 2 (0.31%) MS Office
3 1 (0.15%) Simulink
3 1 (0.15%) SOLIDWORKS
3 1 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 16 (2.45%) Magento
2 4 (0.61%) FastStats
3 3 (0.46%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.46%) Oracle Applications
3 3 (0.46%) SAP CO
3 3 (0.46%) SAP FI
3 3 (0.46%) SAP FI/CO
4 2 (0.31%) FLEXCUBE
4 2 (0.31%) Loan IQ
4 2 (0.31%) SAP CRM
4 2 (0.31%) SAP HCM
4 2 (0.31%) Temenos T24
4 2 (0.31%) VisionPLUS
5 1 (0.15%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.15%) Oracle BPM
5 1 (0.15%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 25 (3.82%) Amazon AWS
2 15 (2.29%) GitHub
3 10 (1.53%) Google Play
3 10 (1.53%) Microsoft Azure
4 6 (0.92%) Amazon EC2
5 4 (0.61%) OpenShift
6 3 (0.46%) Datadog
6 3 (0.46%) Google Analytics
6 3 (0.46%) Google Tag Manager
6 3 (0.46%) Heroku
7 2 (0.31%) PaaS
8 1 (0.15%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 1 (0.15%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.15%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.15%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.15%) SaaS
8 1 (0.15%) Slack
8 1 (0.15%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 5 (0.76%) HTTP
2 4 (0.61%) Internet
3 1 (0.15%) 3G
3 1 (0.15%) 4G
3 1 (0.15%) Broadband
3 1 (0.15%) DHCP
3 1 (0.15%) DNS
3 1 (0.15%) Firewall
3 1 (0.15%) GPRS
3 1 (0.15%) IPv4
3 1 (0.15%) IPv6
3 1 (0.15%) Kerberos
3 1 (0.15%) LDAP
3 1 (0.15%) OpenLDAP
3 1 (0.15%) VPN
3 1 (0.15%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (5.96%) SQL Server
2 24 (3.67%) NoSQL
3 17 (2.60%) Data Warehouse
4 12 (1.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 10 (1.53%) Relational Database
6 9 (1.38%) MongoDB
6 9 (1.38%) PostgreSQL
6 9 (1.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 7 (1.07%) Oracle Database
8 6 (0.92%) RDBMS
9 5 (0.76%) Big Data
10 4 (0.61%) Oracle Reports
10 4 (0.61%) SQL Server 2008
10 4 (0.61%) SQL Server 2012
10 4 (0.61%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 3 (0.46%) MySQL
11 3 (0.46%) Redis
12 2 (0.31%) Azure SQL Database
12 2 (0.31%) GIS
12 2 (0.31%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 371 (56.73%) Selenium
2 194 (29.66%) Cucumber
3 167 (25.54%) Jenkins
4 147 (22.48%) WebDriver
5 83 (12.69%) JUnit
6 76 (11.62%) JIRA
7 65 (9.94%) Git (software)
8 57 (8.72%) HP UFT
8 57 (8.72%) JMeter
8 57 (8.72%) SoapUI
9 47 (7.19%) Appium
10 43 (6.57%) RSpec
11 40 (6.12%) Maven
12 38 (5.81%) SpecFlow
13 34 (5.20%) JBehave
14 28 (4.28%) LoadRunner
15 21 (3.21%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 20 (3.06%) Team Foundation Server
17 18 (2.75%) Mockito
17 18 (2.75%) NUnit
General
1 81 (12.39%) Finance
2 40 (6.12%) Banking
2 40 (6.12%) Games
3 26 (3.98%) Retail
4 22 (3.36%) Publishing
5 8 (1.22%) Back Office
5 8 (1.22%) Telecoms
6 7 (1.07%) Marketing
7 6 (0.92%) Investment Banking
8 3 (0.46%) Advertising
8 3 (0.46%) Retail Banking
9 2 (0.31%) Electronics
10 1 (0.15%) Czech Language
10 1 (0.15%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.15%) Front Office
10 1 (0.15%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.15%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 195 (29.82%) Tester
2 147 (22.48%) Analyst
3 144 (22.02%) Automation Tester
4 139 (21.25%) Test Analyst
5 115 (17.58%) Developer
6 112 (17.13%) Test Engineer
7 68 (10.40%) Automation Test Analyst
8 53 (8.10%) QA Engineer
9 48 (7.34%) Selenium Tester
10 46 (7.03%) Selenium Automation Tester
11 45 (6.88%) Java Developer
12 43 (6.57%) Test Automation Engineer
13 40 (6.12%) QA Test Engineer
14 38 (5.81%) Quality Engineer
15 34 (5.20%) Developer in Test
15 34 (5.20%) Test Manager
16 31 (4.74%) Java Automation Tester
17 27 (4.13%) QA Tester
18 25 (3.82%) Test Leader
19 24 (3.67%) Test Automation Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 78 (11.93%) JSON
2 67 (10.24%) HTML
3 62 (9.48%) Web Services
4 56 (8.56%) Gherkin
5 50 (7.65%) .NET
5 50 (7.65%) REST
6 45 (6.88%) Node.js
6 45 (6.88%) RESTful
7 43 (6.57%) XML
8 41 (6.27%) AngularJS
9 37 (5.66%) CSS
10 34 (5.20%) HTML5
10 34 (5.20%) Spring
11 30 (4.59%) SOAP
12 24 (3.67%) Sass
13 23 (3.52%) CSS3
14 18 (2.75%) jQuery
15 12 (1.83%) J2EE
16 11 (1.68%) Ajax
17 8 (1.22%) iOS SDK
Miscellaneous
1 21 (3.21%) Mobile App
2 17 (2.60%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (1.99%) Computer Science
4 10 (1.53%) Management Information System
5 5 (0.76%) Data Integration
5 5 (0.76%) Enterprise Software
5 5 (0.76%) Fintech
5 5 (0.76%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 5 (0.76%) User Experience
6 4 (0.61%) Client/Server
6 4 (0.61%) N-Tier
6 4 (0.61%) Replication
7 3 (0.46%) Data Centre
7 3 (0.46%) Data Structures
7 3 (0.46%) IVR
7 3 (0.46%) Reference Data
7 3 (0.46%) STB
8 2 (0.31%) Derivative
8 2 (0.31%) iPad
8 2 (0.31%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 63 (9.63%) Linux
2 27 (4.13%) Android
3 24 (3.67%) Apple iOS
4 23 (3.52%) Unix
5 20 (3.06%) Windows
6 4 (0.61%) Windows Server
7 2 (0.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.15%) CentOS
8 1 (0.15%) MVS
8 1 (0.15%) Solaris
8 1 (0.15%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.15%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 392 (59.94%) Agile Software Development
2 172 (26.30%) Test Automation
3 170 (25.99%) TDD
4 168 (25.69%) BDD
5 160 (24.46%) Scrum
5 160 (24.46%) Test Scripting
6 125 (19.11%) Automated Testing
7 106 (16.21%) Continuous Integration
8 94 (14.37%) Performance Testing
9 85 (13.00%) Manual Testing
10 73 (11.16%) Regression Testing
11 71 (10.86%) Open Source
12 61 (9.33%) Defect Tracking
12 61 (9.33%) Software Testing
12 61 (9.33%) User Stories
13 60 (9.17%) Kanban
14 56 (8.56%) Functional Testing
15 53 (8.10%) Web Testing
16 52 (7.95%) Non-Functional Testing
17 48 (7.34%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 251 (38.38%) Java
2 114 (17.43%) SQL
3 99 (15.14%) C#
4 81 (12.39%) JavaScript
5 76 (11.62%) Python
6 64 (9.79%) Scala
7 47 (7.19%) Ruby
8 30 (4.59%) PHP
9 19 (2.91%) Perl
10 18 (2.75%) VBScript
11 15 (2.29%) C++
11 15 (2.29%) Groovy
12 13 (1.99%) Bash Shell
13 11 (1.68%) Shell Script
14 10 (1.53%) C
14 10 (1.53%) VB
15 9 (1.38%) T-SQL
16 7 (1.07%) PL/SQL
17 4 (0.61%) Go
18 3 (0.46%) Apple Swift
Qualifications
1 46 (7.03%) ISEB
2 41 (6.27%) ISTQB
3 37 (5.66%) Security Cleared
4 19 (2.91%) Degree
5 17 (2.60%) DV Cleared
5 17 (2.60%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 15 (2.29%) SC Cleared
7 5 (0.76%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (0.31%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 1 (0.15%) HND
9 1 (0.15%) HP ASE
9 1 (0.15%) ISEB Practitioner
9 1 (0.15%) PMI Certification
9 1 (0.15%) PMP
9 1 (0.15%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 207 (31.65%) QA
2 29 (4.43%) SDET
3 27 (4.13%) WCAG
4 2 (0.31%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (0.31%) ISO 9000
4 2 (0.31%) SLA
5 1 (0.15%) COBIT
5 1 (0.15%) Dodd-Frank
5 1 (0.15%) EMIR
5 1 (0.15%) IEC 61508
System Software
1 7 (1.07%) Docker
2 2 (0.31%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.15%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.15%) Gluster
3 1 (0.15%) vCloud
3 1 (0.15%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 26 (3.98%) HP Quality Center
2 12 (1.83%) Puppet
3 9 (1.38%) Ansible
4 5 (0.76%) Kubernetes
4 5 (0.76%) Opscode Chef
5 3 (0.46%) Graphite
5 3 (0.46%) Packer
6 1 (0.15%) HAProxy
6 1 (0.15%) Rundeck
6 1 (0.15%) Salt
Vendors
1 41 (6.27%) HP
2 38 (5.81%) Microsoft
3 34 (5.20%) Oracle
4 23 (3.52%) Atlassian
5 18 (2.75%) VMware
6 13 (1.99%) Google
6 13 (1.99%) IBM
6 13 (1.99%) Xamarin
7 11 (1.68%) Facebook
8 9 (1.38%) SAP
9 8 (1.22%) Optimizely
10 7 (1.07%) Splunk
11 5 (0.76%) Red Hat
12 4 (0.61%) CA Agile Central
12 4 (0.61%) Salesforce.com
12 4 (0.61%) ServiceNow
13 3 (0.46%) Apigee
13 3 (0.46%) MuleSoft
13 3 (0.46%) Software AG
14 2 (0.31%) Temenos
City, London
Stratospherec
Rate: From £350 to £440 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Maclean Moore Consulting
Rate: Up to £32,000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 3 days ago
Newcastle, County Down
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: 3 days ago
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £250.00 - £300.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Wenham Carter
Rate: From £200 to £300 per day TBC
Posted: 4 days ago