The table below looks at the statistics for Test Automation skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Automation over the 3 months to 17 January 2017 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
17 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Automation
UK
Rank 186 180 200
Rank change year-on-year
-6 +20
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 625 676 556
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.40% 1.35% 1.11%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.70% 1.66% 1.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 384 456 374
Median daily rate £413 £385 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -3.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £288 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £503 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £366 £360 £375
% change year-on-year
+1.73% -4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 15 28
Median hourly rate £46.50 £50.00 £28.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.00% +75.43%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.30 £39.00 £24.13
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.30 £60.00 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.75 £50.00 £28.50
% change year-on-year
-12.50% +75.43%

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
36798 40775 39191
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 82.20% 81.72% 78.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 24365 26369 25350
Median daily rate £450 £425 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% +0.59%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £293 £282
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £390
% change year-on-year
+2.50% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 942 1196 1044
Median hourly rate £33.00 £37.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.00% +50.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £55.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.50 £39.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year
-11.53% +52.94%

Test Automation
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing Test Automation as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Test Automation Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Test Automation
Daily Rate Trend

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

Test Automation Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Test Automation
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Automation within the UK over the 3 months to 17 January 2017.

Test Automation Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Test Automation
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Test Automation Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Test Automation
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Automation within the UK over the 3 months to 17 January 2017.

Test Automation Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Test Automation
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 Test Automation within the UK over the 3 months to 17 January 2017. 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 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 -9 578 £413 +5.76% 196
London +1 252 £450 +5.88% 80
South East -10 77 £408 +7.94% 33
North East +6 50 £340 -15.00% 5
Tyne and Wear +6 49 £340 -15.00% 5
Newcastle upon Tyne -2 49 £340 -15.00% 5
South West -32 46 £325 -10.65% 19
City of London +3 45 £488 +17.75% 13
East of England +15 40 £450 +28.57% 15
Yorkshire -4 36 £369 -19.39% 17
Scotland +24 34 £350 +12.90% 8
West Midlands +1 32 £370 +18.40% 9
West Yorkshire +3 29 £375 -21.05% 13
Edinburgh +29 26 £375 +18.11% 6
North West +5 25 £360 +2.85% 10
Berkshire +12 23 £420 +16.66% 8
Leeds -5 19 £375 -20.21% 9
East Midlands +20 17 £300 -12.40% 8
Hertfordshire +7 16 £413 -8.33% 2
Manchester +9 15 £338 -3.57% 8
West Sussex +9 13 £406 +5.51% 2
Somerset +8 13 £365 +5.79% 5
Surrey +5 13 £410 +2.50% 7
Coventry -7 13 £424 +126.13% 4
Wiltshire -24 11 £325 -2.25% 1
Swindon +8 10 £325 +4.83%
Hampshire -18 10 £325 -9.72% 5
Bedfordshire - 10 £450 - 2
Bristol +13 9 £325 -18.75% 6
Bracknell +9 9 £450 +24.13% 2

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 January 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Test Automation 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 Test Automation.

1 944 (70.61%) Agile Software Development
2 677 (50.64%) Selenium
3 574 (42.93%) Java
4 513 (38.37%) BDD
5 502 (37.55%) TDD
6 455 (34.03%) QA
7 427 (31.94%) Cucumber
8 408 (30.52%) Continuous Integration
9 394 (29.47%) Scrum
10 302 (22.59%) Jenkins
11 294 (21.99%) WebDriver
12 260 (19.45%) SQL
13 227 (16.98%) C#
13 227 (16.98%) Automated Testing
14 209 (15.63%) JavaScript
15 208 (15.56%) JIRA
16 205 (15.33%) Automation Testing
17 203 (15.18%) Test Scripting
18 193 (14.44%) Git (software)
19 186 (13.91%) Python
20 180 (13.46%) Finance
21 165 (12.34%) HTML
21 165 (12.34%) Gherkin
22 162 (12.12%) Web Services
23 161 (12.04%) JUnit
24 159 (11.89%) .NET
25 157 (11.74%) Continuous Delivery
26 156 (11.67%) Performance Testing
27 155 (11.59%) SoapUI
27 155 (11.59%) Ruby

Test Automation
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 85 (6.36%) Confluence
2 42 (3.14%) Tomcat
3 41 (3.07%) CMS
4 16 (1.20%) Apache Spark
5 12 (0.90%) Apache
5 12 (0.90%) CICS
5 12 (0.90%) Cloud Foundry
5 12 (0.90%) Elasticsearch
6 11 (0.82%) Apache Solr
6 11 (0.82%) nginx
7 10 (0.75%) WebSphere
8 9 (0.67%) SharePoint
8 9 (0.67%) Sitecore CMS
9 8 (0.60%) Drupal
9 8 (0.60%) Jetty
10 7 (0.52%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 7 (0.52%) WebLogic
11 5 (0.37%) JBoss
11 5 (0.37%) Oracle Coherence
12 4 (0.30%) OpenStack
Applications
1 46 (3.44%) MS Excel
2 14 (1.05%) MS Office
3 11 (0.82%) MS PowerPoint
4 9 (0.67%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.22%) MS Project
6 2 (0.15%) Mingle
7 1 (0.075%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 19 (1.42%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 6 (0.45%) Magento
3 3 (0.22%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.22%) ION MarketView
3 3 (0.22%) Oracle Applications
4 2 (0.15%) FLEXCUBE
4 2 (0.15%) Loan IQ
4 2 (0.15%) Temenos T24
4 2 (0.15%) VisionPLUS
5 1 (0.075%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.075%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.075%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 59 (4.41%) Amazon AWS
2 54 (4.04%) Microsoft Azure
3 48 (3.59%) GitHub
4 35 (2.62%) PaaS
5 23 (1.72%) Cloud Computing
6 17 (1.27%) SaaS
7 14 (1.05%) TestFlight
8 11 (0.82%) IaaS
9 9 (0.67%) CloudBees
9 9 (0.67%) OpenShift
10 5 (0.37%) Google Analytics
10 5 (0.37%) Google Cloud Platform
11 3 (0.22%) Google App Engine
11 3 (0.22%) Google Play
11 3 (0.22%) Heroku
12 2 (0.15%) Adobe Analytics
12 2 (0.15%) Amazon EMR
12 2 (0.15%) Slack
13 1 (0.075%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 1 (0.075%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 22 (1.65%) Internet
2 20 (1.50%) HTTP
3 5 (0.37%) TCP/IP
4 4 (0.30%) DVB
4 4 (0.30%) SNMP
5 3 (0.22%) ATM
5 3 (0.22%) FTP
5 3 (0.22%) Wireshark
6 2 (0.15%) DNS
6 2 (0.15%) Ethernet
6 2 (0.15%) Firewall
6 2 (0.15%) LDAP
6 2 (0.15%) OpenLDAP
6 2 (0.15%) RTSP
6 2 (0.15%) VPN
6 2 (0.15%) Wi-Fi
7 1 (0.075%) Skype
7 1 (0.075%) SSH
7 1 (0.075%) Telnet
7 1 (0.075%) xDSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 76 (5.68%) SQL Server
2 55 (4.11%) MongoDB
3 51 (3.81%) Big Data
4 45 (3.37%) Data Warehouse
5 40 (2.99%) MySQL
6 26 (1.94%) NoSQL
6 26 (1.94%) SQL Server 2012
7 24 (1.80%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 22 (1.65%) Hadoop
8 22 (1.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 20 (1.50%) CouchDB
10 19 (1.42%) Oracle Database
10 19 (1.42%) Relational Database
11 17 (1.27%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 16 (1.20%) DB2
13 15 (1.12%) SQLite
14 14 (1.05%) Azure SQL Database
15 13 (0.97%) Apache Cassandra
16 12 (0.90%) SQL Server 2008
17 11 (0.82%) GIS
Development Applications
1 677 (50.64%) Selenium
2 427 (31.94%) Cucumber
3 302 (22.59%) Jenkins
4 294 (21.99%) WebDriver
5 208 (15.56%) JIRA
6 193 (14.44%) Git (software)
7 161 (12.04%) JUnit
8 155 (11.59%) SoapUI
9 119 (8.90%) SpecFlow
10 116 (8.68%) HP UFT
11 109 (8.15%) Maven
12 77 (5.76%) JMeter
13 76 (5.68%) TeamCity
14 75 (5.61%) NUnit
15 61 (4.56%) Appium
16 60 (4.49%) JBehave
17 59 (4.41%) Team Foundation Server
18 57 (4.26%) Atlassian Bamboo
19 52 (3.89%) RSpec
20 47 (3.52%) Visual Studio
General
1 180 (13.46%) Finance
2 94 (7.03%) Banking
3 56 (4.19%) Games
4 48 (3.59%) Retail
5 34 (2.54%) Telecoms
6 27 (2.02%) Investment Banking
6 27 (2.02%) Marketing
7 21 (1.57%) Publishing
8 20 (1.50%) Manufacturing
9 19 (1.42%) Electronics
10 17 (1.27%) Front Office
11 10 (0.75%) Back Office
12 7 (0.52%) Advertising
12 7 (0.52%) Retail Banking
13 6 (0.45%) Multimedia
14 5 (0.37%) Legal
15 4 (0.30%) Law
16 3 (0.22%) Billing
16 3 (0.22%) Financial Institution
17 1 (0.075%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 355 (26.55%) Developer
2 271 (20.27%) Tester
3 217 (16.23%) Test Engineer
4 214 (16.01%) Analyst
5 182 (13.61%) Automation Tester
6 180 (13.46%) Test Analyst
7 134 (10.02%) Developer in Test
8 120 (8.98%) Test Automation Engineer
9 108 (8.08%) QA Engineer
10 105 (7.85%) Java Developer
11 90 (6.73%) Test Automation Developer
12 81 (6.06%) Automation Test Analyst
13 64 (4.79%) Selenium Tester
14 62 (4.64%) Senior Developer
15 61 (4.56%) QA Test Engineer
15 61 (4.56%) Test Leader
16 58 (4.34%) Selenium Automation Tester
17 52 (3.89%) Consultant
18 51 (3.81%) Test Manager
19 47 (3.52%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 165 (12.34%) Gherkin
1 165 (12.34%) HTML
2 162 (12.12%) Web Services
3 159 (11.89%) .NET
4 138 (10.32%) XML
5 133 (9.95%) JSON
6 129 (9.65%) RESTful
7 119 (8.90%) CSS
8 108 (8.08%) AngularJS
8 108 (8.08%) SOAP
9 100 (7.48%) REST
10 97 (7.26%) Spring
11 85 (6.36%) Node.js
12 71 (5.31%) HTML5
13 59 (4.41%) CSS3
14 57 (4.26%) jQuery
15 43 (3.22%) React
16 27 (2.02%) ASP.NET
17 23 (1.72%) J2EE
18 22 (1.65%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 80 (5.98%) Analytical Skills
2 78 (5.83%) Mobile App
3 23 (1.72%) User Experience
4 18 (1.35%) Equities
5 17 (1.27%) Computer Science
6 16 (1.20%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 15 (1.12%) Mainframe
8 14 (1.05%) Fixed Income
9 13 (0.97%) Data Integration
10 12 (0.90%) iPad
10 12 (0.90%) Virtual Team
10 12 (0.90%) Visualisation
11 9 (0.67%) Fintech
12 8 (0.60%) Client/Server
12 8 (0.60%) Derivative
12 8 (0.60%) NHS
13 7 (0.52%) Blog
13 7 (0.52%) Embedded Systems
13 7 (0.52%) N-Tier
14 6 (0.45%) Inversion of Control
Operating Systems
1 125 (9.35%) Linux
2 87 (6.51%) Unix
3 53 (3.96%) Windows
4 45 (3.37%) Apple iOS
5 33 (2.47%) Android
6 15 (1.12%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 9 (0.67%) zOS
8 3 (0.22%) Windows Server
9 2 (0.15%) Mac OS X
9 2 (0.15%) Ubuntu
10 1 (0.075%) CentOS
10 1 (0.075%) Embedded Linux
10 1 (0.075%) Oracle Linux
10 1 (0.075%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.075%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.075%) Windows Server 2003
10 1 (0.075%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.075%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.075%) Windows Vista
10 1 (0.075%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 944 (70.61%) Agile Software Development
2 513 (38.37%) BDD
3 502 (37.55%) TDD
4 408 (30.52%) Continuous Integration
5 394 (29.47%) Scrum
6 227 (16.98%) Automated Testing
7 205 (15.33%) Automation Testing
8 203 (15.18%) Test Scripting
9 157 (11.74%) Continuous Delivery
10 156 (11.67%) Performance Testing
11 154 (11.52%) Software Engineering
12 143 (10.70%) SDLC
13 136 (10.17%) Test Strategy
14 134 (10.02%) User Stories
15 131 (9.80%) Kanban
16 130 (9.72%) DevOps
16 130 (9.72%) Open Source
17 128 (9.57%) Regression Testing
17 128 (9.57%) Unit Testing
18 127 (9.50%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 574 (42.93%) Java
2 260 (19.45%) SQL
3 227 (16.98%) C#
4 209 (15.63%) JavaScript
5 186 (13.91%) Python
6 155 (11.59%) Ruby
7 122 (9.12%) Scala
8 52 (3.89%) Groovy
9 47 (3.52%) C
9 47 (3.52%) Perl
10 44 (3.29%) C++
11 32 (2.39%) PowerShell
12 31 (2.32%) Shell Script
13 29 (2.17%) T-SQL
14 25 (1.87%) Objective-C
15 23 (1.72%) Apple Swift
16 21 (1.57%) Bash Shell
17 17 (1.27%) PHP
18 14 (1.05%) PL/SQL
19 13 (0.97%) VB
Qualifications
1 108 (8.08%) ISEB
2 102 (7.63%) ISTQB
3 100 (7.48%) Security Cleared
4 49 (3.66%) Degree
5 43 (3.22%) SC Cleared
6 30 (2.24%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 29 (2.17%) DV Cleared
8 28 (2.09%) BPSS Clearance
9 7 (0.52%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 4 (0.30%) ISEB Practitioner
10 4 (0.30%) PhD
10 4 (0.30%) PMI Certification
11 1 (0.075%) CTC Cleared
11 1 (0.075%) HND
11 1 (0.075%) HP ASE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 455 (34.03%) QA
2 108 (8.08%) SDET
3 38 (2.84%) WCAG
4 25 (1.87%) Disclosure Scotland
5 4 (0.30%) Data Quality
5 4 (0.30%) ISO 14001
5 4 (0.30%) ISO 9000
5 4 (0.30%) ISO 9001
5 4 (0.30%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.22%) MiFID
7 2 (0.15%) TickIT
7 2 (0.15%) WAI
8 1 (0.075%) Basel III
8 1 (0.075%) SLA
System Software
1 53 (3.96%) Docker
2 7 (0.52%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 5 (0.37%) HDFS
3 5 (0.37%) Virtual Machines
4 4 (0.30%) VMware Infrastructure
5 3 (0.22%) Active Directory
5 3 (0.22%) Shibboleth
6 2 (0.15%) Hyper-V
6 2 (0.15%) Varnish
6 2 (0.15%) VirtualBox
7 1 (0.075%) Apache Flume
7 1 (0.075%) iptables
7 1 (0.075%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.075%) Oracle RAC
7 1 (0.075%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (0.075%) vSphere
7 1 (0.075%) Xen
Systems Management
1 58 (4.34%) Puppet
2 48 (3.59%) HP Quality Center
3 33 (2.47%) Opscode Chef
4 31 (2.32%) Ansible
5 13 (0.97%) CA Service Virtualization
5 13 (0.97%) OMEGAMON
6 9 (0.67%) CA Endevor
7 7 (0.52%) Oozie
8 6 (0.45%) logstash
9 5 (0.37%) Graphite
9 5 (0.37%) HP SiteScope
9 5 (0.37%) Kibana
10 4 (0.30%) Rancher
11 3 (0.22%) Terraform
12 2 (0.15%) Capistrano
12 2 (0.15%) Nagios
13 1 (0.075%) HAProxy
13 1 (0.075%) ITRS Geneos
13 1 (0.075%) SCCM
13 1 (0.075%) Zenoss
Vendors
1 75 (5.61%) Microsoft
2 68 (5.09%) HP
3 65 (4.86%) Oracle
4 62 (4.64%) Atlassian
5 36 (2.69%) IBM
6 35 (2.62%) hybris
7 34 (2.54%) Splunk
8 32 (2.39%) SAP
9 22 (1.65%) ATG
10 19 (1.42%) Google
11 17 (1.27%) Xamarin
12 15 (1.12%) Red Hat
13 13 (0.97%) CA
13 13 (0.97%) Perforce
13 13 (0.97%) Sybase
13 13 (0.97%) Syncsort
14 9 (0.67%) Sitecore
15 8 (0.60%) AppDynamics
16 7 (0.52%) Telerik
17 6 (0.45%) CA Agile Central
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