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 27 August 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
27 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Automation Testing
Rank 344 424 388
Rank change year-on-year
+80 -36
Contract jobs citing Automation Testing 285 151 206
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.51% 0.28% 0.35%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.69% 0.39% 0.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 177 92 144
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£350 £370 £323
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.40% +14.72%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £261 £241 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £505 £470 £493
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £343 £275
% change year-on-year
-1.45% +24.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £32.50 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £32.50 -

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
41303 39122 41685
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.30% 73.30% 70.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 25558 24009 24155
Average daily rate £410 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.50% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £360
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1135 1071 1478
Average hourly rate £23.00 £29.00 £31.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.68% -7.93%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £48.84 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-16.66% -3.22%

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 27 August 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 27 August 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 +59 232 £364 -1.68% 69
London +18 124 £400 - 37
City of London +30 31 £438 +34.61% 11
South East -1 31 £300 -14.28% 12
Wales +1 17 £325 -18.23% 3
East of England -14 15 £475 +25.82% 4
Yorkshire +21 14 £368 +63.33% 3
West Yorkshire +17 13 £368 +63.33% 2
Cambridgeshire +8 13 - - 3
South Wales +4 13 £325 -18.23% 1
North East - 13 £347 - 1
Tyne and Wear - 13 £347 - 1
Newcastle upon Tyne - 13 £347 - 1
South West -21 12 £325 - 5
East Midlands +5 9 £303 -13.37% 2
Berkshire +14 8 £450 +37.93% 4
Leeds +10 8 £368 +63.33% 1
Scotland -15 8 £377 +16.00% 2
Kent - 8 £243 -
Newport - 7 £325 -
Brighton -5 5 £350 -3.44% 1
East Sussex -7 5 £350 -3.44% 2
Derbyshire - 5 £303 -
Nottingham +20 4 £313 - 1
Nottinghamshire +17 4 £313 - 1
Reading +13 4 £225 -27.41%
Glasgow -6 4 £363 -19.44%
Hampshire -9 4 £363 +18.85% 2
Bristol -18 4 £318 - 2
Slough - 4 £500 - 1

Automation Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 August 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.

1 277 (51.39%) Selenium
2 177 (32.84%) Java
3 170 (31.54%) QA
4 165 (30.61%) Agile Software Development
5 156 (28.94%) WebDriver
6 150 (27.83%) Scrum
7 140 (25.97%) C#
8 131 (24.30%) Test Scripting
9 126 (23.38%) SQL
10 122 (22.63%) TDD
11 121 (22.45%) Cucumber
12 119 (22.08%) Team Foundation Server
13 117 (21.71%) Automated Testing
14 115 (21.34%) Test Automation
15 111 (20.59%) .NET
16 108 (20.04%) Microsoft
16 108 (20.04%) BDD
17 99 (18.37%) Finance
18 96 (17.81%) Visual Studio
19 78 (14.47%) ISEB
20 77 (14.29%) Windows
21 70 (12.99%) TeamCity
22 69 (12.80%) Software Testing
23 68 (12.62%) Maven
23 68 (12.62%) Continuous Integration
24 66 (12.24%) .NET Framework
24 66 (12.24%) Git (software)
25 65 (12.06%) HP Quality Center
26 64 (11.87%) Ruby
27 61 (11.32%) Jenkins

Automation Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 August 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 25 (4.64%) SharePoint
2 9 (1.67%) Apache
2 9 (1.67%) CMS
3 6 (1.11%) Oracle Service Bus
4 4 (0.74%) SharePoint Server
5 3 (0.56%) Tomcat
6 2 (0.37%) SAS
6 2 (0.37%) Oracle Coherence
6 2 (0.37%) Node.js
6 2 (0.37%) WebLogic
7 1 (0.19%) SharePoint 2013
7 1 (0.19%) SharePoint 2010
7 1 (0.19%) Drupal
7 1 (0.19%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 14 (2.60%) MS Excel
2 8 (1.48%) MS Office
3 1 (0.19%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 6 (1.11%) Oracle Financials
1 6 (1.11%) Oracle BPM
2 3 (0.56%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.56%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (0.56%) SAP FI/CO
2 3 (0.56%) SAP CO
2 3 (0.56%) SAP FI
3 1 (0.19%) SAP MM
3 1 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.19%) SAP Payroll
3 1 (0.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.19%) SAP HR
3 1 (0.19%) SAP SD
3 1 (0.19%) Oracle General Ledger
3 1 (0.19%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.19%) Oracle iProcurement
3 1 (0.19%) Oracle Payables
3 1 (0.19%) Oracle Receivables
3 1 (0.19%) Oracle E-Business Tax
3 1 (0.19%) Oracle Internet Expenses
Cloud Services
1 3 (0.56%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (0.37%) Amazon EC2
2 2 (0.37%) Amazon S3
2 2 (0.37%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (0.37%) Amazon ELB
3 1 (0.19%) SaaS
3 1 (0.19%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (1.30%) 3G
1 7 (1.30%) 2G
1 7 (1.30%) 4G
2 4 (0.74%) Internet
3 3 (0.56%) HTTP
3 3 (0.56%) SSL
4 1 (0.19%) Ethernet
4 1 (0.19%) TCP/IP
4 1 (0.19%) DNS
4 1 (0.19%) Intrusion Detection
4 1 (0.19%) Wireshark
4 1 (0.19%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (7.42%) SSDT
2 36 (6.68%) SQL Server
3 17 (3.15%) Relational Database
4 8 (1.48%) MySQL
5 5 (0.93%) SQL Server 2012
5 5 (0.93%) Data Warehouse
6 4 (0.74%) RDBMS
6 4 (0.74%) SQL Server 2008
7 3 (0.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 2 (0.37%) Oracle Database 11g
8 2 (0.37%) SAS Enterprise Guide
8 2 (0.37%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 2 (0.37%) NoSQL
8 2 (0.37%) Star Schema
8 2 (0.37%) Data Mining
8 2 (0.37%) DB2
8 2 (0.37%) SAS Data Integration Studio
8 2 (0.37%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 2 (0.37%) Amazon RDS
8 2 (0.37%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 277 (51.39%) Selenium
2 156 (28.94%) WebDriver
3 121 (22.45%) Cucumber
4 119 (22.08%) Team Foundation Server
5 96 (17.81%) Visual Studio
6 70 (12.99%) TeamCity
7 68 (12.62%) Maven
8 66 (12.24%) Git (software)
9 61 (11.32%) Jenkins
10 60 (11.13%) Artifactory
11 59 (10.95%) JIRA
12 53 (9.83%) JUnit
12 53 (9.83%) QuickTest Pro
13 42 (7.79%) Octopus Deploy
14 41 (7.61%) FitNesse
15 40 (7.42%) Gradle
15 40 (7.42%) MSBuild
15 40 (7.42%) NuGet
16 36 (6.68%) SpecFlow
17 32 (5.94%) JMeter
General
1 99 (18.37%) Finance
2 25 (4.64%) Banking
3 17 (3.15%) Retail
4 12 (2.23%) Games
5 9 (1.67%) Telecoms
6 7 (1.30%) Investment Banking
7 4 (0.74%) Front Office
7 4 (0.74%) Legal
8 3 (0.56%) Military
9 2 (0.37%) Publishing
9 2 (0.37%) Back Office
9 2 (0.37%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.19%) Electronics
10 1 (0.19%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.19%) Advertising
10 1 (0.19%) Automotive
10 1 (0.19%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.19%) Marketing
10 1 (0.19%) Billing
Job Titles
1 146 (27.09%) Analyst
2 139 (25.79%) Tester
3 129 (23.93%) Test Analyst
4 80 (14.84%) Automation Tester
5 69 (12.80%) Developer
6 43 (7.98%) Test Engineer
7 35 (6.49%) QA Analyst
8 33 (6.12%) Build Engineer
8 33 (6.12%) Build and Release Engineer
8 33 (6.12%) Release Engineer
9 31 (5.75%) QA Tester
9 31 (5.75%) Automation Engineer
10 28 (5.19%) Automation Analyst
11 27 (5.01%) Automation Test Analyst
12 21 (3.90%) Consultant
12 21 (3.90%) Release Manager
13 20 (3.71%) Senior Analyst
13 20 (3.71%) Selenium Tester
14 19 (3.53%) Senior Test Analyst
15 18 (3.34%) Test Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 111 (20.59%) .NET
2 66 (12.24%) .NET Framework
3 54 (10.02%) Web Services
4 36 (6.68%) SOAP
5 30 (5.57%) HTML
5 30 (5.57%) ASP.NET
6 28 (5.19%) REST
7 26 (4.82%) XML
8 19 (3.53%) JSON
8 19 (3.53%) ASP.NET MVC
9 17 (3.15%) CSS
10 16 (2.97%) WCF
11 14 (2.60%) HTML5
11 14 (2.60%) RESTful
12 12 (2.23%) Ajax
13 11 (2.04%) Gherkin
14 10 (1.86%) jQuery
15 9 (1.67%) LINQ
15 9 (1.67%) CSS3
15 9 (1.67%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 41 (7.61%) Open Source
2 34 (6.31%) Mobile App
3 30 (5.57%) Client/Server
4 20 (3.71%) Computer Science
5 8 (1.48%) Mobile Banking
6 7 (1.30%) Handset
7 4 (0.74%) Enterprise Software
7 4 (0.74%) iPad
7 4 (0.74%) iPhone
8 3 (0.56%) iSeries
8 3 (0.56%) Digital Media
8 3 (0.56%) AS400
8 3 (0.56%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 3 (0.56%) Derivative
9 2 (0.37%) Management Information System
9 2 (0.37%) Equities
9 2 (0.37%) NHS
9 2 (0.37%) Data Conversion
9 2 (0.37%) Data Integration
10 1 (0.19%) Mobile Payment
Operating Systems
1 77 (14.29%) Windows
2 51 (9.46%) Windows Server 2012
3 43 (7.98%) Android
4 36 (6.68%) Apple iOS
5 27 (5.01%) UNIX
6 18 (3.34%) Linux
7 5 (0.93%) Windows 7
8 4 (0.74%) Windows XP
9 2 (0.37%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.19%) Windows Mobile
10 1 (0.19%) FreeBSD
10 1 (0.19%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 165 (30.61%) Agile Software Development
2 150 (27.83%) Scrum
3 131 (24.30%) Test Scripting
4 122 (22.63%) TDD
5 117 (21.71%) Automated Testing
6 115 (21.34%) Test Automation
7 108 (20.04%) BDD
8 69 (12.80%) Software Testing
9 68 (12.62%) Continuous Integration
10 60 (11.13%) E-Commerce
11 56 (10.39%) Configuration Management
12 52 (9.65%) Manual Testing
13 46 (8.53%) User Acceptance Testing
14 45 (8.35%) Release Management
15 38 (7.05%) Kanban
16 36 (6.68%) Regression Testing
17 35 (6.49%) Performance Testing
17 35 (6.49%) Test Management
18 31 (5.75%) Load Testing
18 31 (5.75%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 177 (32.84%) Java
2 140 (25.97%) C#
3 126 (23.38%) SQL
4 64 (11.87%) Ruby
5 32 (5.94%) Python
6 27 (5.01%) JavaScript
7 20 (3.71%) VB
8 18 (3.34%) T-SQL
9 17 (3.15%) C++
10 16 (2.97%) VBScript
11 14 (2.60%) Perl
12 12 (2.23%) PHP
13 11 (2.04%) VB.NET
13 11 (2.04%) Groovy
14 8 (1.48%) C
15 7 (1.30%) Scala
15 7 (1.30%) Bash Shell
16 5 (0.93%) Shell Script
16 5 (0.93%) Objective-C
17 4 (0.74%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 78 (14.47%) ISEB
2 60 (11.13%) ISTQB
3 50 (9.28%) Security Cleared
4 42 (7.79%) SC Cleared
5 16 (2.97%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 11 (2.04%) Degree
7 3 (0.56%) MBA
8 2 (0.37%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 1 (0.19%) CTC Cleared
9 1 (0.19%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 170 (31.54%) QA
2 1 (0.19%) EMIR
2 1 (0.19%) Dodd-Frank
2 1 (0.19%) SLA
2 1 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 1 (0.19%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 65 (12.06%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (0.56%) Puppet
3 2 (0.37%) Opscode Chef
3 2 (0.37%) Capistrano
3 2 (0.37%) Nagios
4 1 (0.19%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 108 (20.04%) Microsoft
2 43 (7.98%) Oracle
3 42 (7.79%) Red Gate
4 27 (5.01%) HP
5 11 (2.04%) Sun
6 10 (1.86%) SAP
7 7 (1.30%) Apple
8 6 (1.11%) Perforce
8 6 (1.11%) IBM
9 5 (0.93%) Informatica
10 3 (0.56%) VMware
11 2 (0.37%) Teradata
11 2 (0.37%) Salesforce.com
11 2 (0.37%) Sybase
11 2 (0.37%) Intel
11 2 (0.37%) 29West
12 1 (0.19%) Twitter
12 1 (0.19%) Xamarin
12 1 (0.19%) Adobe
12 1 (0.19%) MicroStrategy
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Rate: £450.00 - £480.00 per day
Posted: 2 hours ago
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Rate: From £300 to £325 per day
Posted: Yesterday
South Yorkshire
CoreCom Consulting
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Posted: Yesterday
South West England
Computer Futures
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London
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London
CoreCom Consulting
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CoreCom Consulting
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West London
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Milton Keynes
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London
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