The first table below looks at the demand for the Test Automation Engineer role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Automation Engineer in their job title over the 3 months to 17 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 Job Titles currently tracked.

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
17 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Automation Engineer
Rank 572 548 576
Rank change year-on-year
-24 +28
Contract jobs requiring a Test Automation Engineer 16 8 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.028% 0.017% 0.015%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.031% 0.018% 0.016%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 6 3
Average daily rate £350 £363 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.44% +20.83%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £316 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £433 £454 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £350 £425
% change year-on-year
-7.14% -17.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £32.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £32.25
Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
51988 44191 56201
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.28% 92.47% 92.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 31587 25300 30909
Average daily rate £390 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.50% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £238 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 2072 2201 2627
Average hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% -7.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.37
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £19.21
% change year-on-year
-2.85% -8.90%

Test Automation Engineer
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Test Automation Engineer in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Test Automation Engineer Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Test Automation Engineer
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Test Automation Engineer within the UK.

Test Automation Engineer Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Test Automation Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Automation Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 17 April 2014.

Test Automation Engineer Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Test Automation Engineer
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Test Automation Engineer within the UK.

Test Automation Engineer Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Test Automation Engineer
Top 23 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Automation Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 17 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 -27 16 £350 -3.44% 4
London -32 7 £375 - 2
South East -11 6 £325 - 1
East of England -29 3 £325 - 1
City of London - 1 £213 - 1
Suffolk - 1 £375 -
Ipswich - 1 £375 -
Warwickshire - - - -
West Sussex - - - -
Bristol - - - -
Cambridge - - - - 1
Gatwick - - - -
Newcastle upon Tyne - - - -
Nottingham - - - -
Warwick - - - -
Cambridgeshire - - - - 1
Gloucestershire - - - -
Nottinghamshire - - - -
East Midlands - - - -
North East - - - -
South West - - - -
Tyne and Wear - - - -
West Midlands - - - -

Test Automation Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 April 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Test Automation Engineer in their job title 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 with Test Automation Engineer in their job title.

1 33 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 19 (57.58%) .NET
3 18 (54.55%) C#
4 17 (51.52%) Selenium
5 15 (45.45%) QA
6 14 (42.42%) SQL
7 12 (36.36%) Java
7 12 (36.36%) Web Services
7 12 (36.36%) BDD
8 11 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
8 11 (33.33%) Python
9 10 (30.30%) Agile Software Development
9 10 (30.30%) REST
9 10 (30.30%) Jenkins
10 8 (24.24%) QuickTest Pro
10 8 (24.24%) Windows
10 8 (24.24%) JSON
10 8 (24.24%) Automated Testing
11 7 (21.21%) TDD
11 7 (21.21%) Automation Testing
11 7 (21.21%) ASP.NET Web API
12 6 (18.18%) Test Strategy
12 6 (18.18%) Telecoms
12 6 (18.18%) Linux
12 6 (18.18%) OO
12 6 (18.18%) Visual Studio
12 6 (18.18%) Banking
12 6 (18.18%) Cucumber
12 6 (18.18%) SpecFlow
12 6 (18.18%) TeamCity

Test Automation Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Test Automation Engineer in their job title 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 with Test Automation Engineer in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Applications
1 5 (15.15%) MS Excel
2 2 (6.06%) MS PowerPoint
2 2 (6.06%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (6.06%) Oracle 11i
Cloud Services
1 5 (15.15%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (3.03%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (15.15%) Internet
2 4 (12.12%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (12.12%) SQL Server
2 3 (9.09%) MySQL
3 2 (6.06%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (6.06%) Star Schema
3 2 (6.06%) Oracle Database 10g
3 2 (6.06%) Oracle Database
4 1 (3.03%) Relational Database
4 1 (3.03%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 17 (51.52%) Selenium
2 10 (30.30%) Jenkins
3 8 (24.24%) QuickTest Pro
4 6 (18.18%) Visual Studio
4 6 (18.18%) TeamCity
4 6 (18.18%) SpecFlow
4 6 (18.18%) Cucumber
5 5 (15.15%) Team Foundation Server
6 4 (12.12%) WATIR
6 4 (12.12%) RSpec
6 4 (12.12%) FitNesse
6 4 (12.12%) Subversion
6 4 (12.12%) JUnit
7 3 (9.09%) Eclipse
7 3 (9.09%) CruiseControl
7 3 (9.09%) JIRA
7 3 (9.09%) WebDriver
7 3 (9.09%) MSBuild
8 2 (6.06%) JBehave
8 2 (6.06%) Hudson
General
1 6 (18.18%) Telecoms
1 6 (18.18%) Banking
2 4 (12.12%) Finance
3 2 (6.06%) Investment Banking
3 2 (6.06%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (57.58%) .NET
2 12 (36.36%) Web Services
3 10 (30.30%) REST
4 8 (24.24%) JSON
5 7 (21.21%) ASP.NET Web API
6 4 (12.12%) Silverlight
6 4 (12.12%) ASP.NET
7 3 (9.09%) SOAP
7 3 (9.09%) XML
7 3 (9.09%) WPF
7 3 (9.09%) Gherkin
7 3 (9.09%) HTML
7 3 (9.09%) ASP.NET MVC
8 2 (6.06%) .NET Framework
9 1 (3.03%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 5 (15.15%) IPTV
2 2 (6.06%) Open Source
2 2 (6.06%) Digital Media
2 2 (6.06%) Equities
3 1 (3.03%) Embedded Systems
3 1 (3.03%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 8 (24.24%) Windows
2 6 (18.18%) Linux
3 2 (6.06%) UNIX
4 1 (3.03%) Windows XP
4 1 (3.03%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 12 (36.36%) BDD
3 11 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
4 10 (30.30%) Agile Software Development
5 8 (24.24%) Automated Testing
6 7 (21.21%) TDD
6 7 (21.21%) Automation Testing
7 6 (18.18%) Test Strategy
7 6 (18.18%) OO
8 5 (15.15%) OOD
8 5 (15.15%) Unit Testing
8 5 (15.15%) Test Scripting
9 4 (12.12%) Manual Testing
9 4 (12.12%) Software Testing
9 4 (12.12%) Scrum
9 4 (12.12%) User Stories
10 3 (9.09%) MVC
10 3 (9.09%) Test Management
11 2 (6.06%) Web Testing
11 2 (6.06%) ATDD
Programming Languages
1 18 (54.55%) C#
2 14 (42.42%) SQL
3 12 (36.36%) Java
4 11 (33.33%) Python
5 4 (12.12%) PowerShell
5 4 (12.12%) JavaScript
6 3 (9.09%) Perl
7 2 (6.06%) PL/SQL
7 2 (6.06%) Ruby
7 2 (6.06%) Groovy
8 1 (3.03%) Tcl
8 1 (3.03%) C
8 1 (3.03%) VB
8 1 (3.03%) C++
Qualifications
1 4 (12.12%) ISTQB
2 3 (9.09%) ISEB
3 1 (3.03%) SC Cleared
3 1 (3.03%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (45.45%) QA
System Software
1 1 (3.03%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 6 (18.18%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (6.06%) Puppet
2 2 (6.06%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (3.03%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 4 (12.12%) Microsoft
1 4 (12.12%) VMware
2 3 (9.09%) Oracle
2 3 (9.09%) HP