The table below looks at the statistics for Test Automation skills 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 over the 3 months to 10 February 2016 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
10 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Automation
Rank 205 238 204
Rank change year-on-year
+33 -34
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 624 478 520
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.21% 0.92% 1.05%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.49% 1.19% 1.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 395 322 350
Average daily rate £400 £400 £385
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £595 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £365 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.73% +12.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 20 6
Average hourly rate £50.00 £36.50 £53.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+36.98% -32.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.00 £28.50 £22.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.00 £43.75 £175.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £50.00 £36.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+36.98% -2.66%

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
41792 40196 38042
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 81.24% 77.62% 76.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 27320 25624 23044
Average daily rate £425 £420 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.19% +5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £280 £273
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1199 1072 1163
Average hourly rate £40.00 £26.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+50.94% -3.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.00 £46.25 £52.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+45.45% -

Test Automation
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Test Automation within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within 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 10 February 2016.

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 10 February 2016.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Automation within the UK over the 3 months to 10 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 +53 570 £400 - 205
London -8 220 £425 - 93
South East +17 91 £375 +10.29% 30
South West +57 75 £385 -7.78% 18
Yorkshire +30 58 £458 +45.81% 18
West Yorkshire +34 48 £470 +49.20% 11
Scotland 0 45 £318 -12.29% 6
East of England +9 37 £350 -39.13% 12
North West +9 34 £425 +46.55% 15
City of London -10 33 £413 -2.94% 23
Leeds +17 32 £465 +47.61% 9
North East +8 29 £405 +18.94% 5
Tyne and Wear -1 29 £405 +18.94% 3
Newcastle upon Tyne -4 29 £405 +18.94% 3
Hampshire -7 28 £339 +0.37% 8
Wiltshire +11 22 £333 -20.35% 3
West Midlands +5 21 £313 -10.71% 9
Manchester 0 21 £350 +20.68% 7
Surrey -8 21 £388 +17.42% 9
Devon +18 20 £415 - 1
Edinburgh -18 20 £325 -10.95% 3
Berkshire +10 18 £365 -5.80% 8
Renfrewshire +4 17 £305 -14.82%
Erskine +3 17 £305 -14.82%
Gloucestershire +20 15 £420 +18.30% 3
Essex +2 12 £350 -44.00% 1
Winchester -2 11 £295 -1.66% 6
Hertfordshire +16 10 £450 - 3
Watford - 10 £450 -
Cheshire - 10 £494 - 6

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Test Automation 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 Test Automation.

1 808 (59.94%) Agile Software Development
2 525 (38.95%) Selenium
3 405 (30.04%) Java
4 362 (26.85%) BDD
5 348 (25.82%) SQL
6 346 (25.67%) QA
7 332 (24.63%) Scrum
8 331 (24.55%) Cucumber
9 312 (23.15%) TDD
10 274 (20.33%) Test Scripting
11 252 (18.69%) Continuous Integration
12 248 (18.40%) Security Cleared
13 241 (17.88%) Software Testing
14 239 (17.73%) HP UFT
15 237 (17.58%) C#
16 234 (17.36%) JIRA
17 233 (17.28%) Microsoft
18 227 (16.84%) ISTQB
19 219 (16.25%) Jenkins
20 212 (15.73%) Functional Testing
21 203 (15.06%) Automated Testing
22 198 (14.69%) Finance
23 189 (14.02%) .NET
24 186 (13.80%) SC Cleared
25 185 (13.72%) WebDriver
26 179 (13.28%) Windows
27 175 (12.98%) ISEB
28 165 (12.24%) JavaScript
29 163 (12.09%) Web Services
30 158 (11.72%) Ruby

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Test Automation 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 Test Automation. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 68 (5.04%) Confluence
2 34 (2.52%) JBoss
3 23 (1.71%) Node.js
4 18 (1.34%) SharePoint
5 13 (0.96%) Tomcat
6 12 (0.89%) Apache
7 10 (0.74%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 8 (0.59%) BizTalk Server
8 8 (0.59%) IIS
9 5 (0.37%) CMS
9 5 (0.37%) WebLogic
9 5 (0.37%) WebSphere
10 4 (0.30%) Elasticsearch
11 3 (0.22%) Jetty
11 3 (0.22%) MQSeries
11 3 (0.22%) Oracle Workflow
12 2 (0.15%) Apache Solr
12 2 (0.15%) Moodle
12 2 (0.15%) SAS
12 2 (0.15%) WordPress
Applications
1 58 (4.30%) MS Excel
2 50 (3.71%) MS Office
3 6 (0.45%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (0.37%) MS Project
5 3 (0.22%) HipChat
5 3 (0.22%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.15%) Mingle
7 1 (0.074%) OmniGraffle
7 1 (0.074%) Simulink
7 1 (0.074%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.074%) Stateflow
7 1 (0.074%) TargetLink
Business Applications
1 17 (1.26%) Magento
2 16 (1.19%) Dynamics CRM
3 6 (0.45%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.45%) Oracle EBS
3 6 (0.45%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 5 (0.37%) Markit EDM
4 5 (0.37%) Payment Gateway
5 2 (0.15%) Oracle Applications
5 2 (0.15%) Oracle Cash Management
5 2 (0.15%) Oracle EBS R12
5 2 (0.15%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.15%) Oracle Receivables
5 2 (0.15%) Summit
5 2 (0.15%) SunGard Martini
6 1 (0.074%) Global One
6 1 (0.074%) Odyssey Triple'A Plus
6 1 (0.074%) Oracle General Ledger
6 1 (0.074%) Oracle Internet Expenses
6 1 (0.074%) Oracle iProcurement
6 1 (0.074%) SimCorp Dimension
Cloud Services
1 44 (3.26%) Amazon AWS
2 42 (3.12%) GitHub
3 17 (1.26%) Heroku
4 13 (0.96%) Microsoft Azure
4 13 (0.96%) Office 365
5 9 (0.67%) Cloud Computing
6 8 (0.59%) IaaS
7 7 (0.52%) SaaS
8 6 (0.45%) PaaS
9 4 (0.30%) Amazon S3
10 2 (0.15%) CloudFront
10 2 (0.15%) Trello
11 1 (0.074%) Amazon EC2
11 1 (0.074%) AWS Lambda
11 1 (0.074%) Google App Engine
11 1 (0.074%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 40 (2.97%) HTTP
2 29 (2.15%) SNMP
3 11 (0.82%) Internet
4 5 (0.37%) ATM
4 5 (0.37%) TCP/IP
4 5 (0.37%) VLAN
4 5 (0.37%) WAN
5 4 (0.30%) Firewall
5 4 (0.30%) HTTPS
5 4 (0.30%) PuTTY
5 4 (0.30%) Wireless
6 3 (0.22%) Broadband
6 3 (0.22%) FlexRay
6 3 (0.22%) LAN
6 3 (0.22%) Network Security
6 3 (0.22%) Wi-Fi
6 3 (0.22%) ZigBee
7 2 (0.15%) 3GPP
7 2 (0.15%) GSM
7 2 (0.15%) UMTS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 122 (9.05%) SQL Server
2 39 (2.89%) MySQL
3 35 (2.60%) Relational Database
4 28 (2.08%) MongoDB
5 21 (1.56%) DB2
6 20 (1.48%) Data Warehouse
6 20 (1.48%) Oracle Reports
6 20 (1.48%) PostgreSQL
7 18 (1.34%) NoSQL
8 17 (1.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 16 (1.19%) Oracle Database
10 13 (0.96%) Big Data
11 10 (0.74%) Data Mining
11 10 (0.74%) Hadoop
11 10 (0.74%) Redis
11 10 (0.74%) SQLite
12 8 (0.59%) Apache Cassandra
12 8 (0.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 7 (0.52%) RDBMS
13 7 (0.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 525 (38.95%) Selenium
2 331 (24.55%) Cucumber
3 239 (17.73%) HP UFT
4 234 (17.36%) JIRA
5 219 (16.25%) Jenkins
6 185 (13.72%) WebDriver
7 156 (11.57%) Git (software)
8 121 (8.98%) Team Foundation Server
9 106 (7.86%) SpecFlow
10 97 (7.20%) SoapUI
11 84 (6.23%) Visual Studio
12 75 (5.56%) Appium
13 71 (5.27%) JMeter
13 71 (5.27%) Subversion
14 61 (4.53%) JUnit
15 60 (4.45%) WinRunner
16 55 (4.08%) Capybara
16 55 (4.08%) TestDirector
17 53 (3.93%) Maven
18 51 (3.78%) LoadRunner
General
1 198 (14.69%) Finance
2 82 (6.08%) Banking
3 48 (3.56%) Retail
4 39 (2.89%) Telecoms
5 34 (2.52%) Investment Banking
6 20 (1.48%) Publishing
7 19 (1.41%) Front Office
7 19 (1.41%) Games
8 15 (1.11%) Electronics
9 11 (0.82%) Legal
9 11 (0.82%) Manufacturing
10 10 (0.74%) Financial Institution
10 10 (0.74%) Marketing
11 5 (0.37%) Automotive
11 5 (0.37%) Pharmaceutical
12 4 (0.30%) Advertising
12 4 (0.30%) Back Office
13 3 (0.22%) Billing
13 3 (0.22%) Law
14 2 (0.15%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 321 (23.81%) Analyst
2 303 (22.48%) Test Analyst
3 256 (18.99%) Developer
4 249 (18.47%) Tester
5 148 (10.98%) Test Engineer
6 116 (8.61%) Test Manager
7 111 (8.23%) Automation Analyst
8 110 (8.16%) Automation Test Analyst
9 108 (8.01%) Automation Tester
10 105 (7.79%) Test Leader
11 100 (7.42%) Automation Engineer
12 80 (5.93%) Test Automation Engineer
13 74 (5.49%) Developer in Test
14 70 (5.19%) QA Engineer
15 60 (4.45%) Consultant
16 55 (4.08%) Java Developer
17 54 (4.01%) Test Consultant
18 46 (3.41%) Senior Analyst
19 43 (3.19%) Senior Test Analyst
20 41 (3.04%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 189 (14.02%) .NET
2 163 (12.09%) Web Services
3 122 (9.05%) HTML
4 117 (8.68%) XML
5 99 (7.34%) SOAP
6 84 (6.23%) Gherkin
7 81 (6.01%) RESTful
8 67 (4.97%) REST
9 51 (3.78%) CSS
10 48 (3.56%) ASP.NET
11 41 (3.04%) Spring
12 39 (2.89%) JSON
13 34 (2.52%) AngularJS
14 27 (2.00%) Middleware
15 26 (1.93%) Ruby on Rails
16 24 (1.78%) HTML5
16 24 (1.78%) J2EE
16 24 (1.78%) Java EE
17 21 (1.56%) Hibernate
18 19 (1.41%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 101 (7.49%) Analytical Skills
2 75 (5.56%) Mobile App
3 48 (3.56%) Clustering
4 46 (3.41%) PDA
5 37 (2.74%) Computer Science
6 26 (1.93%) PKI
7 19 (1.41%) Derivative
8 16 (1.19%) Enterprise Software
9 15 (1.11%) User Experience
10 13 (0.96%) Client/Server
10 13 (0.96%) Management Information System
11 12 (0.89%) Equities
12 11 (0.82%) Mathematics
12 11 (0.82%) Smart Meter
13 10 (0.74%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 9 (0.67%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
15 8 (0.59%) Data Centre
15 8 (0.59%) Data Integration
15 8 (0.59%) Device Driver
15 8 (0.59%) STB
Operating Systems
1 179 (13.28%) Windows
2 124 (9.20%) Linux
3 89 (6.60%) Unix
4 71 (5.27%) Android
5 63 (4.67%) Apple iOS
6 56 (4.15%) Windows Server 2003
7 53 (3.93%) Windows Server 2008
8 52 (3.86%) Windows 7
8 52 (3.86%) Windows XP
9 46 (3.41%) AIX
10 28 (2.08%) Mac OS X
11 20 (1.48%) Windows Server
12 7 (0.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 4 (0.30%) CentOS
14 2 (0.15%) Embedded Linux
14 2 (0.15%) Windows Server 2012
15 1 (0.074%) Kali Linux
15 1 (0.074%) Solaris
15 1 (0.074%) Ubuntu
15 1 (0.074%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 808 (59.94%) Agile Software Development
2 362 (26.85%) BDD
3 332 (24.63%) Scrum
4 312 (23.15%) TDD
5 274 (20.33%) Test Scripting
6 252 (18.69%) Continuous Integration
7 241 (17.88%) Software Testing
8 212 (15.73%) Functional Testing
9 203 (15.06%) Automated Testing
10 142 (10.53%) Test Strategy
11 128 (9.50%) Regression Testing
12 126 (9.35%) Test Management
13 120 (8.90%) Non-Functional Testing
14 109 (8.09%) Automation Testing
14 109 (8.09%) Manual Testing
15 105 (7.79%) Defect Management
16 97 (7.20%) Kanban
16 97 (7.20%) SDLC
17 96 (7.12%) User Acceptance Testing
18 88 (6.53%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 405 (30.04%) Java
2 348 (25.82%) SQL
3 237 (17.58%) C#
4 165 (12.24%) JavaScript
5 158 (11.72%) Ruby
6 106 (7.86%) Python
7 63 (4.67%) C++
8 54 (4.01%) PHP
9 40 (2.97%) VB
10 39 (2.89%) C
11 35 (2.60%) Shell Script
12 29 (2.15%) Perl
13 25 (1.85%) VBScript
14 24 (1.78%) Scala
15 20 (1.48%) PL/SQL
16 19 (1.41%) PowerShell
17 17 (1.26%) Bash Shell
18 13 (0.96%) Groovy
18 13 (0.96%) VBA
19 12 (0.89%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 248 (18.40%) Security Cleared
2 227 (16.84%) ISTQB
3 186 (13.80%) SC Cleared
4 175 (12.98%) ISEB
5 95 (7.05%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 83 (6.16%) Degree
7 52 (3.86%) Microsoft Certification
8 51 (3.78%) MCITP
8 51 (3.78%) MCSA
8 51 (3.78%) MCSE
8 51 (3.78%) MCTS
9 32 (2.37%) DV Cleared
10 24 (1.78%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 11 (0.82%) ISEB Practitioner
12 10 (0.74%) PhD
13 7 (0.52%) BPSS Clearance
14 5 (0.37%) BC Cleared
15 4 (0.30%) HND
16 3 (0.22%) PMI Certification
16 3 (0.22%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 346 (25.67%) QA
2 20 (1.48%) SDET
3 13 (0.96%) Disclosure Scotland
4 10 (0.74%) WCAG
5 7 (0.52%) ISO 14001
5 7 (0.52%) ISO 9001
6 6 (0.45%) GPG13
6 6 (0.45%) WAI
7 3 (0.22%) Dodd-Frank
7 3 (0.22%) IEC 61508
7 3 (0.22%) ISO26262
7 3 (0.22%) MiFID
8 2 (0.15%) EMIR
8 2 (0.15%) SLA
9 1 (0.074%) Data Quality
9 1 (0.074%) FATCA
9 1 (0.074%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 1 (0.074%) MISRA
System Software
1 63 (4.67%) Active Directory
2 48 (3.56%) Hyper-V
3 46 (3.41%) VMware ESX
4 17 (1.26%) VMware Infrastructure
5 11 (0.82%) Docker
6 5 (0.37%) Firmware
7 1 (0.074%) HDFS
7 1 (0.074%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 128 (9.50%) HP Quality Center
2 47 (3.49%) Puppet
3 46 (3.41%) McAfee ePO
3 46 (3.41%) Netcool
4 20 (1.48%) Opscode Chef
5 17 (1.26%) Capistrano
6 14 (1.04%) logstash
6 14 (1.04%) Piwik
7 10 (0.74%) Bareos
7 10 (0.74%) yum
8 4 (0.30%) Ansible
9 3 (0.22%) Nagios
10 2 (0.15%) BMC PATROL
10 2 (0.15%) CA Service Virtualization
10 2 (0.15%) Kubernetes
11 1 (0.074%) Data Guard
11 1 (0.074%) DBAmp
11 1 (0.074%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
11 1 (0.074%) Oracle Flashback
11 1 (0.074%) Oracle RMAN
Vendors
1 233 (17.28%) Microsoft
2 140 (10.39%) HP
3 114 (8.46%) Oracle
4 58 (4.30%) VMware
5 57 (4.23%) Citrix
6 46 (3.41%) Intel Security
6 46 (3.41%) Veritas
7 27 (2.00%) IBM
8 20 (1.48%) SAP
9 18 (1.34%) Informatica
9 18 (1.34%) Sybase
10 15 (1.11%) Twitter
11 9 (0.67%) Telerik
12 8 (0.59%) Red Hat
12 8 (0.59%) Siebel
13 7 (0.52%) Google
14 5 (0.37%) Facebook
14 5 (0.37%) ILOG
15 4 (0.30%) Salesforce.com
15 4 (0.30%) TIBCO
Edinburgh
Parity Professionals
Rate: Excellent Salary +Benefits
Posted: 18 hours ago
Glasgow
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + competitive
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
The Bridge Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Croydon, Surrey
LA International
Posted: 2 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
LA International
Rate: £270 - £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
East London
Polar Recruitment
Rate: £290 - £300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Cathcart Associates Ltd
Rate: £150 - £160 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Arrows Group
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Suffolk
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: MARKET RATE
Posted: 5 days ago
Central London / West End
Digital Pursuit Ltd
Rate: From £400 to £430 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Rullion IT Plus
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Understanding Recruitment
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Swindon, Wiltshire
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Fareham, Hampshire
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £45 to £50 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £350 to £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Pro-Quest Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £300 - £375 Per Day £300-375 / day
Posted: 6 days ago
Berkshire
CACI Network Services
Rate: Highly Attractive
Posted: 7 days ago
City of London
Arrows Group Ltd
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
City of London
Arrows Group Ltd
Rate: £500 - £550 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 9 days ago
City of London
Arrows Group Ltd
Rate: £400 - £475 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 9 days ago
West Midlands
Nigel Frank International
Posted: 13 days ago
Manchester
Cathcart Associates
Rate: £250 - £300 per day + Long Term Contract
Posted: 15 days ago
Gloucestershire
Capita Defence & Security Resourcing
Posted: 15 days ago
Leeds
Pro-Quest
Rate: 30000-45000 Per Annum + share options
Posted: 16 days ago
London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: £400 - £500+ per day
Posted: 27 days ago
Newcastle
Edward Carter Solutions
Rate: Excellent
Posted: 28 days ago
Newcastle upon Tyne
Nigel Frank International
Posted: 28 days ago