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 1 May 2015 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
1 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Automation Testing
Rank 390 348 423
Rank change year-on-year
-42 +75
Contract jobs citing Automation Testing 227 259 132
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.41% 0.48% 0.27%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.53% 0.63% 0.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 173 207 90
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£350 £350 £344
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +1.81%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £239
10% offered a daily rate of more than £499 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £275
% change year-on-year
- +18.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Average hourly rate £42.50 £31.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+37.09% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.50 - -

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
42679 40798 35545
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 76.47% 74.90% 73.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 26665 25518 21197
Average daily rate £413 £400 £408
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -1.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1239 1169 1080
Average hourly rate £29.00 £30.00 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% -6.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £50.00 £53.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.50 £30.75 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-0.81% -3.90%

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 1 May 2015.

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 1 May 2015. 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 -37 202 £350 - 92
London -59 74 £425 +6.25% 50
South East +4 50 £300 - 13
Yorkshire +8 23 £325 +13.04% 3
North West -8 20 £338 +3.84% 14
Wales 0 17 £275 -21.42% 2
West Yorkshire -1 17 £325 +13.04% 2
South Wales +6 16 £275 -21.42% 2
South West +5 14 £350 +6.87% 2
East of England -2 13 £400 +14.28% 3
Berkshire 0 12 £300 +13.20% 6
City of London -24 12 £425 +21.42% 18
Hampshire +4 11 £290 -22.66% 1
East Sussex -4 10 £300 +20.00%
Brighton -4 10 £300 +20.00%
Leeds -11 10 £325 +18.18% 2
Chester - 9 £350 - 1
Cheshire - 9 £350 - 4
Cardiff +17 8 £256 -35.93% 1
Manchester -9 8 £325 - 8
Newport -11 8 £325 - 1
Scotland +4 7 £325 -3.70% 7
East Midlands -7 7 £313 -13.79% 2
Bradford -14 7 £325 +8.33%
Devon +7 6 £200 -40.74%
Exeter +6 6 £200 -42.85%
Essex +4 6 £400 +14.28%
Bristol +6 5 £350 +6.06% 2
Reading -4 5 £225 -15.09% 4
Buckinghamshire -10 5 £225 -35.71%

Automation Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 May 2015, 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.

1 254 (59.07%) Agile Software Development
2 201 (46.74%) Selenium
3 126 (29.30%) Java
4 111 (25.81%) Scrum
5 109 (25.35%) QA
6 97 (22.56%) Cucumber
7 84 (19.53%) Test Scripting
8 81 (18.84%) C#
9 80 (18.60%) BDD
10 77 (17.91%) SQL
11 76 (17.67%) Finance
12 73 (16.98%) .NET
13 71 (16.51%) User Acceptance Testing
14 68 (15.81%) WebDriver
15 65 (15.12%) TDD
16 62 (14.42%) JIRA
17 46 (10.70%) Automated Testing
18 44 (10.23%) Test Automation
18 44 (10.23%) Manual Testing
19 42 (9.77%) Microsoft
20 41 (9.53%) E-Commerce
21 40 (9.30%) Python
21 40 (9.30%) Oracle
22 39 (9.07%) Jenkins
23 38 (8.84%) QuickTest Pro
23 38 (8.84%) Regression Testing
23 38 (8.84%) Software Testing
24 37 (8.60%) SpecFlow
25 36 (8.37%) ISEB
25 36 (8.37%) JavaScript

Automation Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 May 2015, 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 9 (2.09%) CMS
2 7 (1.63%) SharePoint
2 7 (1.63%) WebLogic
2 7 (1.63%) Sitecore CMS
3 5 (1.16%) Umbraco
3 5 (1.16%) Confluence
4 4 (0.93%) Oracle Service Bus
5 3 (0.70%) Joomla!
5 3 (0.70%) JBoss
6 2 (0.47%) Node.js
6 2 (0.47%) Drupal
6 2 (0.47%) GlassFish
6 2 (0.47%) Apache
6 2 (0.47%) Tomcat
6 2 (0.47%) Oracle Coherence
7 1 (0.23%) WebSphere
Applications
1 9 (2.09%) MS Excel
2 2 (0.47%) MS Office
3 1 (0.23%) MS Project
3 1 (0.23%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (0.23%) FastStats
Business Applications
1 3 (0.70%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 3 (0.70%) Summit
2 2 (0.47%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.23%) BASE24
3 1 (0.23%) VisionPLUS
3 1 (0.23%) Agresso
3 1 (0.23%) SAP HR
3 1 (0.23%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 10 (2.33%) SaaS
2 3 (0.70%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (0.70%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.23%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.23%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 7 (1.63%) HTTP
2 6 (1.40%) TCP/IP
3 3 (0.70%) Internet
4 2 (0.47%) GSM
5 1 (0.23%) VLAN
5 1 (0.23%) Firewall
5 1 (0.23%) DVB
5 1 (0.23%) SS7
5 1 (0.23%) Ethernet
5 1 (0.23%) FTP
5 1 (0.23%) SMTP
5 1 (0.23%) PSTN
5 1 (0.23%) GPRS
5 1 (0.23%) iBeacon
5 1 (0.23%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (5.81%) SQL Server
2 11 (2.56%) MongoDB
3 8 (1.86%) NoSQL
4 7 (1.63%) Data Warehouse
5 6 (1.40%) Oracle Database
6 5 (1.16%) MySQL
6 5 (1.16%) SQL Server 2012
7 4 (0.93%) Oracle ODI
7 4 (0.93%) SQL Server 2008
7 4 (0.93%) PostgreSQL
7 4 (0.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 3 (0.70%) RDBMS
8 3 (0.70%) DB2
8 3 (0.70%) Relational Database
8 3 (0.70%) Big Data
9 2 (0.47%) Azure SQL Database
9 2 (0.47%) Apache Cassandra
9 2 (0.47%) Hadoop
10 1 (0.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 1 (0.23%) Data Mart
Development Applications
1 201 (46.74%) Selenium
2 97 (22.56%) Cucumber
3 68 (15.81%) WebDriver
4 62 (14.42%) JIRA
5 39 (9.07%) Jenkins
6 38 (8.84%) QuickTest Pro
7 37 (8.60%) SpecFlow
8 26 (6.05%) JUnit
9 25 (5.81%) Git (software)
10 24 (5.58%) SoapUI
11 19 (4.42%) Team Foundation Server
12 17 (3.95%) Subversion
13 16 (3.72%) Maven
14 14 (3.26%) JMeter
15 13 (3.02%) LoadRunner
15 13 (3.02%) Visual Studio
16 11 (2.56%) TestNG
17 10 (2.33%) Spock
18 9 (2.09%) TeamCity
19 8 (1.86%) Calabash
General
1 76 (17.67%) Finance
2 24 (5.58%) Banking
3 19 (4.42%) Retail
4 10 (2.33%) Telecoms
5 9 (2.09%) Investment Banking
6 8 (1.86%) Front Office
7 7 (1.63%) Automotive
7 7 (1.63%) Manufacturing
7 7 (1.63%) Electronics
8 6 (1.40%) Publishing
8 6 (1.40%) Games
9 5 (1.16%) Back Office
10 4 (0.93%) Advertising
10 4 (0.93%) Marketing
11 3 (0.70%) Financial Institution
12 2 (0.47%) Billing
12 2 (0.47%) Retail Banking
13 1 (0.23%) Corporate Banking
13 1 (0.23%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 148 (34.42%) Tester
2 131 (30.47%) Analyst
3 115 (26.74%) Test Analyst
4 67 (15.58%) Automation Tester
5 64 (14.88%) Developer
6 47 (10.93%) Test Engineer
7 32 (7.44%) Automation Analyst
7 32 (7.44%) Automation Engineer
8 31 (7.21%) Automation Test Analyst
9 21 (4.88%) Software Tester
10 19 (4.42%) QA Analyst
11 18 (4.19%) Software Engineer
12 17 (3.95%) Agile Tester
13 15 (3.49%) Senior Tester
14 14 (3.26%) Selenium Tester
14 14 (3.26%) QA Engineer
15 13 (3.02%) QA Tester
15 13 (3.02%) Agile Test Analyst
16 12 (2.79%) Test Manager
16 12 (2.79%) C++ Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 73 (16.98%) .NET
2 35 (8.14%) Web Services
3 31 (7.21%) Gherkin
4 24 (5.58%) HTML
5 23 (5.35%) XML
6 20 (4.65%) SOAP
7 19 (4.42%) RESTful
8 17 (3.95%) Spring
9 16 (3.72%) .NET Framework
10 15 (3.49%) CSS
10 15 (3.49%) AngularJS
11 12 (2.79%) jQuery
11 12 (2.79%) JSON
12 11 (2.56%) WPF
12 11 (2.56%) REST
13 9 (2.09%) ActiveMQ
13 9 (2.09%) Spring Boot
13 9 (2.09%) Apache Camel
14 7 (1.63%) HTML5
15 6 (1.40%) LESS
Miscellaneous
1 31 (7.21%) Mobile App
2 18 (4.19%) Open Source
3 15 (3.49%) Client/Server
4 12 (2.79%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 10 (2.33%) Computer Science
6 9 (2.09%) Derivative
6 9 (2.09%) Linked Data
7 6 (1.40%) Analytical Skills
8 4 (0.93%) Mobile Payment
8 4 (0.93%) FMCG
8 4 (0.93%) Fixed Income
8 4 (0.93%) Equities
9 3 (0.70%) IPTV
9 3 (0.70%) DTV
10 2 (0.47%) Digital Media
10 2 (0.47%) User Experience
10 2 (0.47%) Market Risk
10 2 (0.47%) Streaming Media
10 2 (0.47%) STB
11 1 (0.23%) Online Banking
Operating Systems
1 30 (6.98%) Linux
2 26 (6.05%) Android
3 25 (5.81%) Apple iOS
4 19 (4.42%) Windows
5 8 (1.86%) UNIX
6 5 (1.16%) Solaris
7 2 (0.47%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.23%) OS/400
8 1 (0.23%) VME
8 1 (0.23%) webOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 254 (59.07%) Agile Software Development
2 111 (25.81%) Scrum
3 84 (19.53%) Test Scripting
4 80 (18.60%) BDD
5 71 (16.51%) User Acceptance Testing
6 65 (15.12%) TDD
7 46 (10.70%) Automated Testing
8 44 (10.23%) Test Automation
8 44 (10.23%) Manual Testing
9 41 (9.53%) E-Commerce
10 38 (8.84%) Regression Testing
10 38 (8.84%) Software Testing
11 30 (6.98%) Waterfall
11 30 (6.98%) Continuous Integration
12 28 (6.51%) Test Strategy
13 27 (6.28%) Performance Testing
14 24 (5.58%) Software Engineering
15 20 (4.65%) Load Testing
15 20 (4.65%) Integration Testing
16 16 (3.72%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 126 (29.30%) Java
2 81 (18.84%) C#
3 77 (17.91%) SQL
4 40 (9.30%) Python
5 36 (8.37%) JavaScript
6 24 (5.58%) Ruby
7 20 (4.65%) Groovy
7 20 (4.65%) C++
8 10 (2.33%) PHP
8 10 (2.33%) PL/SQL
9 9 (2.09%) VC++
10 6 (1.40%) VBA
10 6 (1.40%) Perl
11 5 (1.16%) PowerShell
11 5 (1.16%) Bash Shell
11 5 (1.16%) Scala
12 4 (0.93%) C
12 4 (0.93%) VBScript
12 4 (0.93%) VB
13 2 (0.47%) Bourne shell
Qualifications
1 36 (8.37%) ISEB
2 28 (6.51%) ISTQB
3 25 (5.81%) Security Cleared
4 21 (4.88%) SC Cleared
5 20 (4.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 19 (4.42%) Degree
7 1 (0.23%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 109 (25.35%) QA
2 3 (0.70%) MiFID
2 3 (0.70%) ISO 14001
2 3 (0.70%) ISO 9001
2 3 (0.70%) EMIR
2 3 (0.70%) Basel III
3 1 (0.23%) SLA
3 1 (0.23%) Solvency II
System Software
1 2 (0.47%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 29 (6.74%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 42 (9.77%) Microsoft
2 40 (9.30%) Oracle
3 18 (4.19%) HP
4 10 (2.33%) Telerik
5 9 (2.09%) hybris
6 8 (1.86%) Sitecore
7 7 (1.63%) SAP
8 6 (1.40%) Google
9 4 (0.93%) Salesforce.com
9 4 (0.93%) IBM
10 2 (0.47%) Twitter
10 2 (0.47%) Zend
10 2 (0.47%) Infragistics
10 2 (0.47%) Perforce
10 2 (0.47%) VMware
11 1 (0.23%) Ab Initio
11 1 (0.23%) ATG
11 1 (0.23%) Murex
11 1 (0.23%) Apple
11 1 (0.23%) Atlassian
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Rate: Competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
Central London / West End
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Rate: From £700 to £800 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Yorkshire
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Rate: Unspecified Market - Please Quote
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Rate: DOE
Posted: 3 days ago
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Rate: £550 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City of London
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Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
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Rate: From £400 to £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
CodeSource Recruitment Limited
Rate: From £350 to £450 per day (Depending on experience)
Posted: 5 days ago
Oxfordshire
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £460 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Livingston
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 20 days ago
London
The Creative Emporium
Rate: £500 - £520 per day
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North West England
Real Staffing
Rate: £300 - £345 per day + competitive
Posted: 23 days ago
Chester
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Rate: £300 - £330 per day
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Livingston
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