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 1 October 2016 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
1 Oct 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Automation
Rank 189 206 249
Rank change year-on-year
+17 +43
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 727 667 504
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.38% 1.16% 0.87%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.66% 1.42% 1.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 467 429 336
Median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £288 £287
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £423 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+20.71% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 12 7
Median hourly rate £41.25 £31.44 £39.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+31.20% -19.38%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.80 £30.14 £30.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.50 £38.05 £100.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £31.44 £38.50
% change year-on-year
+27.22% -18.33%

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
43784 46844 44845
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 83.15% 81.14% 77.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 29028 30621 28126
Median daily rate £438 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.05% +3.65%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £288 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £590 £585 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1146 1304 1230
Median hourly rate £30.50 £32.00 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.68% +33.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £52.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £34.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year
-4.41% +30.76%

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 1 October 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 1 October 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Automation within the UK over the 3 months to 1 October 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 +28 668 £435 +8.75% 164
London +8 306 £450 +5.88% 75
South East +9 99 £390 +5.40% 24
City of London +20 62 £525 +16.66% 20
East of England +44 57 £450 +21.62% 18
Yorkshire +21 47 £425 +21.42% 10
Leeds +25 43 £425 +17.24% 5
West Yorkshire +22 43 £425 +21.42% 9
South West -3 40 £475 +35.71% 12
West Midlands +13 39 £375 +21.95% 5
North East -5 37 £340 +11.93% 4
North West +14 36 £425 +25.00% 12
Tyne and Wear -4 36 £335 +10.28% 4
Newcastle upon Tyne -7 36 £335 +8.94% 4
Wales +29 31 £445 +12.65% 2
South Wales +32 29 £445 +12.65% 2
Berkshire +17 28 £425 +19.71% 3
Scotland -19 27 £400 +19.40% 4
Oxfordshire - 25 £390 - 2
Bristol +21 23 £488 +32.65% 1
Oxford - 23 £390 - 1
Bedfordshire - 22 £463 - 2
Hertfordshire +9 18 £438 +34.61% 3
Manchester +3 18 £450 +38.46% 10
Luton - 17 £485 - 2
West Sussex +8 16 £500 +53.84% 2
Reading +17 15 £375 +5.63% 2
Surrey +9 15 £365 -3.94% 5
Cardiff +18 14 £425 +7.59%
Edinburgh +16 13 £400 -11.11% 1

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 October 2016, 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.

1 844 (63.79%) Agile Software Development
2 572 (43.24%) Selenium
3 547 (41.35%) Java
4 430 (32.50%) BDD
5 428 (32.35%) TDD
6 402 (30.39%) Continuous Integration
7 391 (29.55%) QA
8 367 (27.74%) Cucumber
9 351 (26.53%) Scrum
10 288 (21.77%) Jenkins
11 268 (20.26%) SQL
12 246 (18.59%) JavaScript
12 246 (18.59%) WebDriver
13 216 (16.33%) HTML
14 211 (15.95%) JIRA
15 210 (15.87%) Git (software)
16 209 (15.80%) Finance
17 204 (15.42%) C#
18 184 (13.91%) .NET
18 184 (13.91%) Test Scripting
19 183 (13.83%) Python
20 178 (13.45%) Automated Testing
21 174 (13.15%) Web Services
22 161 (12.17%) Functional Testing
23 159 (12.02%) Software Engineering
24 157 (11.87%) Exploratory Testing
25 156 (11.79%) Continuous Delivery
25 156 (11.79%) Security Cleared
26 155 (11.72%) ISEB
27 151 (11.41%) SpecFlow

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 60 (4.54%) Confluence
2 43 (3.25%) Tomcat
3 27 (2.04%) CMS
4 24 (1.81%) nginx
5 18 (1.36%) JBoss
5 18 (1.36%) Jetty
6 16 (1.21%) Cloud Foundry
7 15 (1.13%) SharePoint
8 13 (0.98%) Apache
9 12 (0.91%) Apache Solr
10 11 (0.83%) Apache Spark
10 11 (0.83%) WebSphere
11 10 (0.76%) Elasticsearch
12 9 (0.68%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 9 (0.68%) IIS
13 8 (0.60%) Drupal
13 8 (0.60%) WebLogic
14 7 (0.53%) OpenStack
15 6 (0.45%) Documentum
16 5 (0.38%) Oracle Coherence
Applications
1 63 (4.76%) MS Excel
2 26 (1.97%) MS Office
3 22 (1.66%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (0.38%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.23%) Mingle
6 1 (0.076%) MS Project
6 1 (0.076%) Simulink
6 1 (0.076%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 11 (0.83%) Magento
2 5 (0.38%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 4 (0.30%) Temenos T24
4 3 (0.23%) Dynamics CRM
4 3 (0.23%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
4 3 (0.23%) Oracle EBS
5 2 (0.15%) BusinessWorks
5 2 (0.15%) Loan IQ
6 1 (0.076%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.076%) FLEXCUBE
6 1 (0.076%) Markit EDM
6 1 (0.076%) Maximo
6 1 (0.076%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.076%) VisionPLUS
Cloud Services
1 66 (4.99%) Amazon AWS
2 50 (3.78%) Microsoft Azure
3 45 (3.40%) PaaS
4 38 (2.87%) GitHub
5 37 (2.80%) Cloud Computing
6 20 (1.51%) TestFlight
7 16 (1.21%) SaaS
8 10 (0.76%) IaaS
9 8 (0.60%) CloudBees
9 8 (0.60%) OpenShift
10 6 (0.45%) Adobe Analytics
10 6 (0.45%) Amazon S3
11 5 (0.38%) Heroku
12 4 (0.30%) Slack
13 3 (0.23%) Engine Yard
13 3 (0.23%) Google Analytics
14 2 (0.15%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 2 (0.15%) Google App Engine
14 2 (0.15%) Google Cloud Platform
14 2 (0.15%) Google Play
Communications & Networking
1 29 (2.19%) Internet
2 19 (1.44%) HTTP
3 6 (0.45%) VPN
4 4 (0.30%) DNS
4 4 (0.30%) TCP/IP
5 3 (0.23%) Firewall
5 3 (0.23%) FTP
5 3 (0.23%) Skype
5 3 (0.23%) VLAN
5 3 (0.23%) ZigBee
6 2 (0.15%) ATM
6 2 (0.15%) DVB
6 2 (0.15%) NAS
6 2 (0.15%) Network Security
6 2 (0.15%) RTSP
6 2 (0.15%) SAN
6 2 (0.15%) SNMP
7 1 (0.076%) Broadband
7 1 (0.076%) GPRS
7 1 (0.076%) LAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 70 (5.29%) MongoDB
2 69 (5.22%) SQL Server
3 66 (4.99%) MySQL
4 44 (3.33%) NoSQL
5 33 (2.49%) Big Data
6 30 (2.27%) Relational Database
7 23 (1.74%) Hadoop
8 20 (1.51%) Azure SQL Database
8 20 (1.51%) CouchDB
8 20 (1.51%) SQLite
9 17 (1.28%) Data Mining
10 15 (1.13%) SQL Server 2012
11 14 (1.06%) Data Warehouse
11 14 (1.06%) Oracle Reports
11 14 (1.06%) SQL Server 2008
12 13 (0.98%) Apache Hive
12 13 (0.98%) Couchbase
12 13 (0.98%) DB2
12 13 (0.98%) Impala
12 13 (0.98%) Neo4j
Development Applications
1 572 (43.24%) Selenium
2 367 (27.74%) Cucumber
3 288 (21.77%) Jenkins
4 246 (18.59%) WebDriver
5 211 (15.95%) JIRA
6 210 (15.87%) Git (software)
7 151 (11.41%) SpecFlow
8 145 (10.96%) JUnit
9 126 (9.52%) SoapUI
10 113 (8.54%) HP UFT
11 111 (8.39%) TeamCity
12 109 (8.24%) Maven
13 84 (6.35%) JMeter
14 71 (5.37%) Team Foundation Server
15 66 (4.99%) Appium
15 66 (4.99%) NUnit
15 66 (4.99%) Visual Studio
16 53 (4.01%) JBehave
16 53 (4.01%) Subversion
17 50 (3.78%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 209 (15.80%) Finance
2 136 (10.28%) Banking
3 59 (4.46%) Retail
4 38 (2.87%) Games
5 34 (2.57%) Investment Banking
6 20 (1.51%) Telecoms
7 17 (1.28%) Front Office
7 17 (1.28%) Publishing
8 8 (0.60%) Electronics
9 7 (0.53%) Legal
9 7 (0.53%) Retail Banking
10 6 (0.45%) Marketing
11 5 (0.38%) Manufacturing
12 4 (0.30%) Back Office
12 4 (0.30%) Financial Institution
12 4 (0.30%) Multimedia
13 3 (0.23%) Corporate Banking
13 3 (0.23%) Law
13 3 (0.23%) Pharmaceutical
14 2 (0.15%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 357 (26.98%) Developer
2 218 (16.48%) Tester
3 211 (15.95%) Analyst
4 207 (15.65%) Test Engineer
5 177 (13.38%) Test Analyst
6 138 (10.43%) Automation Tester
7 135 (10.20%) Java Developer
8 124 (9.37%) Test Automation Engineer
9 122 (9.22%) Developer in Test
10 89 (6.73%) Test Manager
11 75 (5.67%) Test Automation Developer
12 72 (5.44%) Senior Developer
13 69 (5.22%) QA Engineer
14 67 (5.06%) Automation Test Analyst
15 62 (4.69%) Test Leader
16 60 (4.54%) Consultant
17 51 (3.85%) QA Analyst
18 44 (3.33%) Software Developer
19 43 (3.25%) QA Test Engineer
20 41 (3.10%) Java Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 216 (16.33%) HTML
2 184 (13.91%) .NET
3 174 (13.15%) Web Services
4 138 (10.43%) CSS
5 134 (10.13%) JSON
6 131 (9.90%) XML
7 113 (8.54%) Gherkin
8 109 (8.24%) AngularJS
9 108 (8.16%) SOAP
10 102 (7.71%) HTML5
11 94 (7.11%) REST
12 93 (7.03%) RESTful
13 85 (6.42%) Spring
14 84 (6.35%) Node.js
15 71 (5.37%) CSS3
16 57 (4.31%) jQuery
17 33 (2.49%) ASP.NET
18 30 (2.27%) React
19 28 (2.12%) .NET Framework
20 25 (1.89%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 105 (7.94%) Analytical Skills
2 73 (5.52%) Mobile App
3 37 (2.80%) User Experience
4 26 (1.97%) Computer Science
5 23 (1.74%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 22 (1.66%) Virtual Team
7 17 (1.28%) Fixed Income
8 11 (0.83%) Biometrics
9 9 (0.68%) Clustering
9 9 (0.68%) Equities
9 9 (0.68%) Management Information System
10 8 (0.60%) Algorithms
11 7 (0.53%) Blackberry
11 7 (0.53%) Fintech
11 7 (0.53%) PDA
12 6 (0.45%) Blog
12 6 (0.45%) Derivative
12 6 (0.45%) Inversion of Control
12 6 (0.45%) iPhone
12 6 (0.45%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 125 (9.45%) Linux
2 99 (7.48%) Unix
3 97 (7.33%) Windows
4 65 (4.91%) Apple iOS
5 52 (3.93%) Android
6 10 (0.76%) Windows Server
7 8 (0.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 8 (0.60%) Windows Server 2003
7 8 (0.60%) Windows Server 2008
8 7 (0.53%) Ubuntu
8 7 (0.53%) Windows 7
8 7 (0.53%) Windows XP
9 6 (0.45%) AIX
10 5 (0.38%) CentOS
10 5 (0.38%) Mac OS X
11 4 (0.30%) Windows 10
12 2 (0.15%) VME
12 2 (0.15%) Windows NT
12 2 (0.15%) Windows Server 2012
13 1 (0.076%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 844 (63.79%) Agile Software Development
2 430 (32.50%) BDD
3 428 (32.35%) TDD
4 402 (30.39%) Continuous Integration
5 351 (26.53%) Scrum
6 184 (13.91%) Test Scripting
7 178 (13.45%) Automated Testing
8 161 (12.17%) Functional Testing
9 159 (12.02%) Software Engineering
10 157 (11.87%) Exploratory Testing
11 156 (11.79%) Continuous Delivery
12 151 (11.41%) Test Strategy
13 149 (11.26%) DevOps
14 147 (11.11%) Automation Testing
15 146 (11.04%) Performance Testing
16 139 (10.51%) Unit Testing
17 122 (9.22%) Regression Testing
18 118 (8.92%) E-Commerce
19 117 (8.84%) SDLC
20 113 (8.54%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 547 (41.35%) Java
2 268 (20.26%) SQL
3 246 (18.59%) JavaScript
4 204 (15.42%) C#
5 183 (13.83%) Python
6 146 (11.04%) Ruby
7 90 (6.80%) Scala
8 48 (3.63%) C
8 48 (3.63%) Perl
9 37 (2.80%) C++
10 32 (2.42%) Groovy
10 32 (2.42%) Objective-C
11 29 (2.19%) Apple Swift
12 22 (1.66%) VB
13 21 (1.59%) Shell Script
14 20 (1.51%) PowerShell
15 18 (1.36%) PHP
16 13 (0.98%) Bash Shell
16 13 (0.98%) VBScript
17 12 (0.91%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 156 (11.79%) Security Cleared
2 155 (11.72%) ISEB
3 143 (10.81%) ISTQB
4 95 (7.18%) SC Cleared
5 80 (6.05%) Degree
6 36 (2.72%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 34 (2.57%) DV Cleared
8 23 (1.74%) BPSS Clearance
9 20 (1.51%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 9 (0.68%) PMP
11 7 (0.53%) MCSA
11 7 (0.53%) MCSE
11 7 (0.53%) MCTS
11 7 (0.53%) Microsoft Certification
12 6 (0.45%) MCITP
13 4 (0.30%) PhD
13 4 (0.30%) PMI Certification
14 3 (0.23%) CCEA
14 3 (0.23%) Citrix Certification
14 3 (0.23%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 391 (29.55%) QA
2 103 (7.79%) SDET
3 23 (1.74%) Disclosure Scotland
4 14 (1.06%) WCAG
5 5 (0.38%) ISO 9001
6 4 (0.30%) IEC 61508
6 4 (0.30%) ISO 14001
7 2 (0.15%) Data Quality
8 1 (0.076%) Basel III
8 1 (0.076%) ISO 9000
8 1 (0.076%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.076%) Solvency II
8 1 (0.076%) TickIT
System Software
1 67 (5.06%) Docker
2 14 (1.06%) Active Directory
2 14 (1.06%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (0.91%) Hyper-V
4 11 (0.83%) Virtual Machines
5 6 (0.45%) VMware ESX
6 5 (0.38%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 5 (0.38%) HDFS
7 4 (0.30%) Varnish
8 2 (0.15%) Veritas Cluster Server
8 2 (0.15%) VirtualBox
9 1 (0.076%) Apache Flume
9 1 (0.076%) iptables
9 1 (0.076%) Oracle RAC
9 1 (0.076%) Shibboleth
9 1 (0.076%) vSphere
9 1 (0.076%) Xen
Systems Management
1 89 (6.73%) HP Quality Center
2 81 (6.12%) Puppet
3 50 (3.78%) Ansible
4 36 (2.72%) Opscode Chef
5 13 (0.98%) logstash
6 10 (0.76%) Nagios
7 7 (0.53%) Piwik
8 6 (0.45%) McAfee ePO
8 6 (0.45%) Netcool
9 5 (0.38%) Terraform
9 5 (0.38%) yum
10 4 (0.30%) HP SiteScope
10 4 (0.30%) Kibana
10 4 (0.30%) Oozie
11 3 (0.23%) BMC PATROL
11 3 (0.23%) Cobbler
11 3 (0.23%) Graphite
11 3 (0.23%) HAProxy
11 3 (0.23%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
12 2 (0.15%) Cisco IPCC
Vendors
1 116 (8.77%) Microsoft
2 103 (7.79%) Oracle
3 94 (7.11%) HP
4 56 (4.23%) Atlassian
5 35 (2.65%) IBM
6 33 (2.49%) hybris
7 29 (2.19%) VMware
8 19 (1.44%) SAP
9 18 (1.36%) Perforce
10 17 (1.28%) Rally
11 14 (1.06%) ATG
12 13 (0.98%) Pega
13 12 (0.91%) Informatica
14 11 (0.83%) Hortonworks
14 11 (0.83%) Red Hat
14 11 (0.83%) Xamarin
15 10 (0.76%) Citrix
15 10 (0.76%) Splunk
16 9 (0.68%) Google
16 9 (0.68%) Veritas
City, London
Hatstand Limited
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
IntaPeople
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £350 to £480 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £400.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £400.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Brighton, East Sussex
I4 Recruitment
Rate: £250 - 300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
South East London
Intelletec
Rate: From £450 to £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
South Wales
CPS Group UK
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
West London
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Rate: £400.00 - £500.00 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Brightred Resourcing Limited
Rate: Up to £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Horsham, UK
Axiom Software Solutions UK
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Explore Recruitment Solutions
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Thornton Gregory Ltd.
Posted: 15 days ago
Essex
People Source Consulting
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
Preston, Lancashire
IBM Client Innovation Centre - Preston
Rate: From £25,600 to £44,600 per annum Dependant on Experience
Posted: 19 days ago
London
Client Server
Rate: £450 to £500 p/day
Posted: 18 days ago
East Midlands
People Source Consulting
Posted: 16 days ago