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 20 February 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
20 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Automation
UK
Rank 185 200 245
Rank change year-on-year
+15 +45
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 644 601 478
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.42% 1.18% 0.91%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.72% 1.42% 1.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 398 371 321
Median daily rate £400 £400 £398
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +0.62%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £297 £291
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £375 £358
% change year-on-year
-2.66% +4.72%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 16 15
Median hourly rate £37.50 £50.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.00% +33.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.00 £38.25 £28.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.00 £60.00 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £50.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
-25.00% +33.33%

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
37444 42299 41509
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 82.58% 82.71% 79.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 24822 27641 26311
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 £297 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £408 £400 £400
% change year-on-year
+2.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 965 1161 1101
Median hourly rate £35.00 £38.75 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.67% +49.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £57.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.88 £40.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-10.31% +45.45%

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 20 February 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 20 February 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 20 February 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 +27 573 £400 - 203
London +31 248 £445 +4.70% 80
South East +11 83 £400 +6.66% 41
South West -3 56 £325 -15.58% 22
East of England +8 48 £450 +28.57% 14
North East +2 48 £350 -13.58% 4
Scotland +22 47 £375 +20.48% 7
Newcastle upon Tyne +11 47 £345 -14.81% 4
Tyne and Wear +3 47 £345 -14.81% 4
Edinburgh +33 33 £394 +21.15% 6
City of London +2 32 £425 -2.85% 16
Yorkshire -10 26 £365 -18.88% 14
Berkshire +27 25 £358 -3.37% 10
West Midlands +2 21 £325 +1.96% 4
Hampshire -4 21 £375 +11.11% 9
East Midlands +13 20 £333 -5.00% 13
North West 0 20 £450 +5.88% 11
Leeds -3 20 £365 -21.50% 7
West Yorkshire -15 20 £365 -21.50% 10
Hertfordshire +4 17 £413 -8.33% 4
Bedfordshire +17 16 £450 +9.09% 2
Somerset +9 16 £363 +3.57% 7
Bracknell +14 12 £450 +24.13% 1
Manchester +1 12 £340 -11.11% 9
Nottinghamshire +12 11 £333 -52.50% 10
Wiltshire -9 11 £325 -2.25% 1
Swindon +7 10 £325 +4.83%
Bristol +5 10 £325 -18.75% 7
Taunton +3 9 £365 -8.75% 3
Luton +13 8 £475 +15.15% 1

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 February 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.

1 915 (71.93%) Agile Software Development
2 654 (51.42%) Selenium
3 555 (43.63%) Java
4 482 (37.89%) BDD
5 460 (36.16%) TDD
6 446 (35.06%) QA
7 389 (30.58%) Cucumber
8 362 (28.46%) Scrum
9 360 (28.30%) Continuous Integration
10 307 (24.14%) WebDriver
11 291 (22.88%) Jenkins
12 249 (19.58%) SQL
13 222 (17.45%) C#
14 218 (17.14%) Automated Testing
15 209 (16.43%) Automation Testing
15 209 (16.43%) Test Scripting
16 204 (16.04%) JIRA
17 201 (15.80%) Finance
18 185 (14.54%) JavaScript
19 184 (14.47%) Python
20 180 (14.15%) Git (software)
21 173 (13.60%) Gherkin
22 153 (12.03%) Web Services
23 147 (11.56%) Software Engineering
24 145 (11.40%) SDLC
24 145 (11.40%) SoapUI
25 141 (11.08%) Continuous Delivery
25 141 (11.08%) Functional Testing
25 141 (11.08%) Ruby
26 140 (11.01%) HTML

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 88 (6.92%) Confluence
2 44 (3.46%) CMS
3 38 (2.99%) Tomcat
4 14 (1.10%) SharePoint
5 13 (1.02%) Apache
5 13 (1.02%) Apache Spark
5 13 (1.02%) Sitecore CMS
6 12 (0.94%) CICS
7 11 (0.86%) nginx
8 10 (0.79%) Elasticsearch
8 10 (0.79%) WebSphere
9 8 (0.63%) Drupal
10 7 (0.55%) Apache Solr
10 7 (0.55%) Jetty
11 6 (0.47%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 5 (0.39%) SharePoint 2010
12 5 (0.39%) SharePoint 2013
12 5 (0.39%) WebLogic
13 4 (0.31%) OpenStack
13 4 (0.31%) Oracle Coherence
Applications
1 39 (3.07%) MS Excel
2 10 (0.79%) MS Office
3 5 (0.39%) Mingle
3 5 (0.39%) MS PowerPoint
3 5 (0.39%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.24%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 25 (1.97%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 8 (0.63%) Dynamics CRM
3 6 (0.47%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.47%) Oracle Applications
4 5 (0.39%) Magento
5 3 (0.24%) ION MarketView
6 2 (0.16%) FLEXCUBE
6 2 (0.16%) Loan IQ
6 2 (0.16%) Temenos T24
6 2 (0.16%) VisionPLUS
7 1 (0.079%) CODA-Financials
7 1 (0.079%) SAP ERP
7 1 (0.079%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 51 (4.01%) Microsoft Azure
2 45 (3.54%) Amazon AWS
3 39 (3.07%) GitHub
4 18 (1.42%) SaaS
5 15 (1.18%) PaaS
6 10 (0.79%) Cloud Computing
6 10 (0.79%) TestFlight
7 6 (0.47%) Google Analytics
8 5 (0.39%) Google Cloud Platform
9 4 (0.31%) IaaS
10 3 (0.24%) OpenShift
11 2 (0.16%) Amazon EC2
11 2 (0.16%) Amazon EMR
11 2 (0.16%) CloudBees
11 2 (0.16%) Google Play
12 1 (0.079%) Amazon S3
12 1 (0.079%) AWS CloudFormation
12 1 (0.079%) Google App Engine
12 1 (0.079%) Heroku
12 1 (0.079%) Loggly
Communications & Networking
1 25 (1.97%) HTTP
1 25 (1.97%) Internet
2 8 (0.63%) PuTTY
2 8 (0.63%) WinSCP
3 4 (0.31%) DVB
3 4 (0.31%) Firewall
3 4 (0.31%) SNMP
3 4 (0.31%) TCP/IP
3 4 (0.31%) Wireshark
4 3 (0.24%) ATM
4 3 (0.24%) Wi-Fi
5 2 (0.16%) Ethernet
5 2 (0.16%) LDAP
5 2 (0.16%) OpenLDAP
5 2 (0.16%) RTSP
5 2 (0.16%) WLAN
6 1 (0.079%) FTP
6 1 (0.079%) SSH
6 1 (0.079%) xDSL
6 1 (0.079%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 77 (6.05%) SQL Server
2 55 (4.32%) Data Warehouse
3 50 (3.93%) Big Data
4 44 (3.46%) MongoDB
5 37 (2.91%) MySQL
6 30 (2.36%) Oracle Database
7 24 (1.89%) SQL Server 2012
8 23 (1.81%) Hadoop
8 23 (1.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 21 (1.65%) Relational Database
10 20 (1.57%) NoSQL
10 20 (1.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 16 (1.26%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 15 (1.18%) CouchDB
12 15 (1.18%) Oracle Database 11g
12 15 (1.18%) Oracle Database 12c
13 14 (1.10%) DB2
14 13 (1.02%) Apache Cassandra
15 12 (0.94%) PostgreSQL
16 11 (0.86%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 654 (51.42%) Selenium
2 389 (30.58%) Cucumber
3 307 (24.14%) WebDriver
4 291 (22.88%) Jenkins
5 204 (16.04%) JIRA
6 180 (14.15%) Git (software)
7 145 (11.40%) SoapUI
8 133 (10.46%) JUnit
9 111 (8.73%) HP UFT
10 96 (7.55%) SpecFlow
11 94 (7.39%) Maven
12 80 (6.29%) TeamCity
13 62 (4.87%) Team Foundation Server
14 61 (4.80%) JMeter
15 56 (4.40%) Appium
15 56 (4.40%) JBehave
16 52 (4.09%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 51 (4.01%) NUnit
18 50 (3.93%) RSpec
19 40 (3.14%) Visual Studio
General
1 201 (15.80%) Finance
2 89 (7.00%) Banking
3 52 (4.09%) Games
4 39 (3.07%) Retail
5 37 (2.91%) Telecoms
6 34 (2.67%) Marketing
7 30 (2.36%) Manufacturing
8 27 (2.12%) Investment Banking
9 25 (1.97%) Electronics
10 19 (1.49%) Front Office
11 11 (0.86%) Publishing
12 9 (0.71%) Back Office
13 6 (0.47%) Advertising
13 6 (0.47%) Retail Banking
14 5 (0.39%) Legal
15 4 (0.31%) Law
16 3 (0.24%) Multimedia
17 2 (0.16%) Billing
17 2 (0.16%) Financial Institution
18 1 (0.079%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 317 (24.92%) Developer
2 272 (21.38%) Tester
3 203 (15.96%) Test Engineer
4 190 (14.94%) Analyst
5 180 (14.15%) Automation Tester
6 165 (12.97%) Test Analyst
7 116 (9.12%) Test Automation Engineer
8 113 (8.88%) Developer in Test
8 113 (8.88%) QA Engineer
9 96 (7.55%) Java Developer
10 81 (6.37%) Automation Test Analyst
11 75 (5.90%) Test Automation Developer
12 67 (5.27%) Selenium Tester
13 61 (4.80%) Selenium Automation Tester
14 58 (4.56%) QA Test Engineer
15 56 (4.40%) Test Leader
15 56 (4.40%) Test Manager
16 55 (4.32%) Senior Developer
17 50 (3.93%) QA Tester
18 47 (3.69%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 173 (13.60%) Gherkin
2 153 (12.03%) Web Services
3 140 (11.01%) HTML
4 138 (10.85%) .NET
5 129 (10.14%) RESTful
6 119 (9.36%) XML
7 111 (8.73%) CSS
7 111 (8.73%) JSON
8 103 (8.10%) Spring
9 97 (7.63%) SOAP
10 96 (7.55%) AngularJS
11 87 (6.84%) REST
12 73 (5.74%) Node.js
13 45 (3.54%) CSS3
14 44 (3.46%) jQuery
15 43 (3.38%) HTML5
16 34 (2.67%) React
17 27 (2.12%) Hibernate
18 23 (1.81%) ASP.NET
19 22 (1.73%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 79 (6.21%) Mobile App
2 75 (5.90%) Analytical Skills
3 18 (1.42%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 16 (1.26%) Computer Science
5 15 (1.18%) Equities
5 15 (1.18%) Mainframe
6 14 (1.10%) Linux Command Line
6 14 (1.10%) User Experience
7 12 (0.94%) Fixed Income
7 12 (0.94%) iPad
8 9 (0.71%) Smartphone
9 8 (0.63%) Derivative
10 7 (0.55%) Blog
10 7 (0.55%) Client/Server
10 7 (0.55%) Embedded Systems
10 7 (0.55%) Fintech
10 7 (0.55%) N-Tier
11 6 (0.47%) Data Structures
11 6 (0.47%) NHS
11 6 (0.47%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 130 (10.22%) Linux
2 80 (6.29%) Unix
3 57 (4.48%) Windows
4 42 (3.30%) Apple iOS
5 26 (2.04%) Android
6 13 (1.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 9 (0.71%) zOS
8 5 (0.39%) Ubuntu
8 5 (0.39%) Windows Server 2008
9 4 (0.31%) Windows Server
9 4 (0.31%) Windows Server 2012
10 3 (0.24%) Windows Server 2003
11 2 (0.16%) Mac OS X
11 2 (0.16%) Oracle Linux
11 2 (0.16%) Windows 7
11 2 (0.16%) Windows 8
11 2 (0.16%) Windows Vista
11 2 (0.16%) Windows XP
12 1 (0.079%) CentOS
12 1 (0.079%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 915 (71.93%) Agile Software Development
2 482 (37.89%) BDD
3 460 (36.16%) TDD
4 362 (28.46%) Scrum
5 360 (28.30%) Continuous Integration
6 218 (17.14%) Automated Testing
7 209 (16.43%) Automation Testing
7 209 (16.43%) Test Scripting
8 147 (11.56%) Software Engineering
9 145 (11.40%) SDLC
10 141 (11.08%) Continuous Delivery
10 141 (11.08%) Functional Testing
11 137 (10.77%) Kanban
12 133 (10.46%) Regression Testing
13 125 (9.83%) Test Strategy
14 122 (9.59%) Performance Testing
15 120 (9.43%) Open Source
15 120 (9.43%) User Stories
16 115 (9.04%) E-Commerce
17 113 (8.88%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 555 (43.63%) Java
2 249 (19.58%) SQL
3 222 (17.45%) C#
4 185 (14.54%) JavaScript
5 184 (14.47%) Python
6 141 (11.08%) Ruby
7 118 (9.28%) Scala
8 60 (4.72%) Groovy
9 51 (4.01%) C++
10 47 (3.69%) Perl
11 39 (3.07%) C
12 36 (2.83%) Shell Script
13 30 (2.36%) PowerShell
14 24 (1.89%) T-SQL
15 21 (1.65%) PHP
16 20 (1.57%) Bash Shell
17 17 (1.34%) Apple Swift
17 17 (1.34%) PL/SQL
18 15 (1.18%) F#
18 15 (1.18%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 105 (8.25%) Security Cleared
2 96 (7.55%) ISEB
3 89 (7.00%) ISTQB
4 51 (4.01%) SC Cleared
5 43 (3.38%) Degree
6 28 (2.20%) DV Cleared
7 24 (1.89%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 22 (1.73%) BPSS Clearance
9 8 (0.63%) ISEB Practitioner
10 4 (0.31%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 4 (0.31%) PhD
11 2 (0.16%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 1 (0.079%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 446 (35.06%) QA
2 96 (7.55%) SDET
3 35 (2.75%) WCAG
4 18 (1.42%) Disclosure Scotland
5 7 (0.55%) Data Quality
6 4 (0.31%) MiFID
6 4 (0.31%) PCI DSS
7 3 (0.24%) ISO 9000
8 2 (0.16%) SLA
8 2 (0.16%) WAI
9 1 (0.079%) Dodd-Frank
9 1 (0.079%) EMIR
9 1 (0.079%) TickIT
System Software
1 49 (3.85%) Docker
2 7 (0.55%) Oracle RAC
3 6 (0.47%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 5 (0.39%) HDFS
5 3 (0.24%) Active Directory
5 3 (0.24%) Shibboleth
5 3 (0.24%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (0.16%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.16%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (0.079%) Firmware
7 1 (0.079%) iptables
7 1 (0.079%) LXC
7 1 (0.079%) VMware Infrastructure
7 1 (0.079%) vSphere
7 1 (0.079%) Xen
Systems Management
1 47 (3.69%) Puppet
2 35 (2.75%) HP Quality Center
3 25 (1.97%) Ansible
4 24 (1.89%) Opscode Chef
5 13 (1.02%) CA Service Virtualization
5 13 (1.02%) OMEGAMON
6 11 (0.86%) HockeyApp
7 9 (0.71%) CA Endevor
8 7 (0.55%) Rancher
9 5 (0.39%) Kibana
9 5 (0.39%) Kubernetes
9 5 (0.39%) logstash
9 5 (0.39%) Oozie
10 3 (0.24%) Mesos
11 2 (0.16%) BladeLogic
11 2 (0.16%) Graphite
11 2 (0.16%) HP SiteScope
11 2 (0.16%) ITRS Geneos
11 2 (0.16%) Salt
11 2 (0.16%) SCCM
Vendors
1 75 (5.90%) Oracle
2 70 (5.50%) Microsoft
3 66 (5.19%) Atlassian
4 65 (5.11%) HP
5 37 (2.91%) SAP
6 36 (2.83%) Splunk
7 35 (2.75%) IBM
8 25 (1.97%) hybris
9 19 (1.49%) ATG
9 19 (1.49%) Google
10 14 (1.10%) Xamarin
11 13 (1.02%) CA
11 13 (1.02%) Red Hat
11 13 (1.02%) Sitecore
11 13 (1.02%) Sybase
11 13 (1.02%) Syncsort
12 11 (0.86%) Apple
13 9 (0.71%) Salesforce.com
14 8 (0.63%) Remedy
14 8 (0.63%) VMware
Bristol, Avon
Experis Ltd
Rate: £375 - £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
NCC Group
Rate: From £375 to £375 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle, County Down
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: 3 days ago
City of London
Arrows Group Ltd
Rate: £550 - £650 per day + negotiable
Posted: 3 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Harris Global
Rate: From £400 to £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Bedford, Bedfordshire
Pimlico Banks Recruitment
Rate: Up to £450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
City of London
Nigel Frank International
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Croydon, Surrey
LA International
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Data Idols
Rate: From £450 to £550 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Maclean Moore Consulting
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Croydon, Surrey
LA International
Posted: 4 days ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Synergize Consulting
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 4 days ago
Sutton, Surrey
Reed Business Information Ltd
Rate: Comptetive Day Rate - 3 month contract with likely extensions
Posted: 12 days ago
Yorkshire
RP International
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol
People Source Consulting
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 16 days ago
Basingstoke
Spectrum IT
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 24 days ago