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 30 August 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
30 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Automation
Rank 209 212 235
Rank change year-on-year
+3 +23
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 669 647 527
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.24% 1.12% 0.95%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.49% 1.40% 1.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 440 410 337
Median daily rate £425 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £280 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
+9.58% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 8 6
Median hourly rate £40.00 £31.44 £38.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+27.22% -18.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.00 £28.65 £32.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.25 £35.35 £40.00
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
44775 46207 43715
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 82.82% 80.33% 78.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 29547 30038 27060
Median daily rate £438 £425 £407
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% +4.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £288 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £595 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1127 1253 1181
Median hourly rate £28.50 £31.44 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.35% +31.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.00 £52.13 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £32.54 £25.75
% change year-on-year
-7.80% +26.36%

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 30 August 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 30 August 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 30 August 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 +1 604 £425 +6.25% 141
London -18 281 £450 +2.85% 67
South East -23 99 £400 +6.66% 16
City of London +9 55 £475 - 16
South West +18 41 £438 +22.80% 12
West Midlands -1 41 £340 +15.25% 3
North East +3 39 £300 -2.43% 3
East of England +37 37 £447 +82.34% 12
Newcastle upon Tyne -5 36 £300 -2.43% 3
Tyne and Wear -10 36 £300 -2.43% 3
Scotland +20 34 £350 -15.15% 6
Yorkshire -13 34 £425 +13.33% 10
Wales +32 30 £448 +19.33% 2
South Wales +30 29 £448 +19.33% 2
Leeds -5 29 £425 +13.33% 5
West Yorkshire -8 29 £425 +13.33% 7
Oxfordshire - 29 £390 -
Berkshire -4 27 £425 +19.71% 4
Oxford - 26 £390 -
North West +5 25 £425 +21.42% 11
Bristol +18 24 £475 +11.76% 3
Cardiff +22 16 £475 +26.66% 2
Birmingham +6 16 £330 -19.51%
Surrey +1 16 £375 -3.22% 4
Edinburgh +3 14 £400 -17.94% 5
Bedfordshire - 14 £483 - 4
Manchester -1 13 £450 +28.57% 9
Luton - 13 £485 - 3
Reading +11 12 £375 +5.63% 2
West Sussex +1 12 £350 +7.69% 1

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 August 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.

1 784 (58.99%) Agile Software Development
2 524 (39.43%) Selenium
3 510 (38.37%) Java
4 410 (30.85%) BDD
5 402 (30.25%) TDD
6 366 (27.54%) Continuous Integration
7 349 (26.26%) QA
8 329 (24.76%) Cucumber
9 304 (22.87%) Scrum
10 268 (20.17%) SQL
11 247 (18.59%) Jenkins
12 227 (17.08%) WebDriver
12 227 (17.08%) JavaScript
13 223 (16.78%) Finance
14 204 (15.35%) JIRA
15 197 (14.82%) Security Cleared
16 193 (14.52%) HTML
17 192 (14.45%) Git (software)
18 191 (14.37%) Web Services
19 190 (14.30%) C#
20 183 (13.77%) .NET
20 183 (13.77%) Software Engineering
21 179 (13.47%) Test Scripting
22 171 (12.87%) Python
23 168 (12.64%) Functional Testing
24 164 (12.34%) Microsoft
25 162 (12.19%) ISEB
26 159 (11.96%) Ruby
27 156 (11.74%) SpecFlow
28 154 (11.59%) DevOps

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 43 (3.24%) Confluence
2 41 (3.09%) Tomcat
3 35 (2.63%) SharePoint
4 33 (2.48%) Jetty
5 29 (2.18%) nginx
6 22 (1.66%) JBoss
6 22 (1.66%) SharePoint 2013
6 22 (1.66%) Skype for Business
7 20 (1.50%) MS Exchange
8 16 (1.20%) CMS
9 14 (1.05%) Cloud Foundry
10 12 (0.90%) WebSphere
11 9 (0.68%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 9 (0.68%) IIS
12 8 (0.60%) Apache
12 8 (0.60%) WebLogic
13 7 (0.53%) Apache Solr
13 7 (0.53%) Drupal
13 7 (0.53%) Elasticsearch
13 7 (0.53%) OpenStack
Applications
1 79 (5.94%) MS Excel
2 45 (3.39%) MS Office
3 20 (1.50%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (0.30%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.23%) Mingle
6 1 (0.075%) MS Project
6 1 (0.075%) Simulink
6 1 (0.075%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 10 (0.75%) Magento
2 8 (0.60%) Oracle EBS
3 5 (0.38%) Oracle Assets
3 5 (0.38%) Oracle Receivables
4 3 (0.23%) Dynamics CRM
4 3 (0.23%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
4 3 (0.23%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 3 (0.23%) Temenos T24
5 2 (0.15%) BusinessWorks
5 2 (0.15%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.075%) Loan IQ
6 1 (0.075%) Markit EDM
6 1 (0.075%) Maximo
6 1 (0.075%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 68 (5.12%) Amazon AWS
2 47 (3.54%) Microsoft Azure
3 40 (3.01%) PaaS
4 34 (2.56%) Cloud Computing
5 26 (1.96%) GitHub
6 17 (1.28%) SaaS
6 17 (1.28%) TestFlight
7 8 (0.60%) IaaS
8 7 (0.53%) Amazon S3
8 7 (0.53%) CloudBees
8 7 (0.53%) OpenShift
9 6 (0.45%) Adobe Analytics
10 5 (0.38%) Heroku
11 4 (0.30%) Slack
12 3 (0.23%) Engine Yard
12 3 (0.23%) Google Analytics
13 2 (0.15%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 2 (0.15%) Google App Engine
13 2 (0.15%) Google Cloud Platform
13 2 (0.15%) Google Play
Communications & Networking
1 24 (1.81%) HTTP
2 23 (1.73%) Skype
3 17 (1.28%) Internet
4 7 (0.53%) DNS
4 7 (0.53%) DVB
4 7 (0.53%) VPN
5 6 (0.45%) SAN
6 3 (0.23%) DHCP
6 3 (0.23%) Firewall
6 3 (0.23%) VLAN
6 3 (0.23%) ZigBee
7 2 (0.15%) FTP
7 2 (0.15%) NAS
7 2 (0.15%) Network Security
7 2 (0.15%) SSH
7 2 (0.15%) TCP/IP
8 1 (0.075%) CTI
8 1 (0.075%) Ethernet
8 1 (0.075%) HTTPS
8 1 (0.075%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 71 (5.34%) MySQL
2 64 (4.82%) SQL Server
3 59 (4.44%) MongoDB
4 58 (4.36%) NoSQL
5 31 (2.33%) Relational Database
6 28 (2.11%) Big Data
7 27 (2.03%) Apache Hive
7 27 (2.03%) Impala
7 27 (2.03%) Neo4j
8 22 (1.66%) Hadoop
9 19 (1.43%) Data Mining
10 18 (1.35%) SQL Server 2008
10 18 (1.35%) SQL Server 2012
11 17 (1.28%) Azure SQL Database
11 17 (1.28%) CouchDB
11 17 (1.28%) SQLite
12 14 (1.05%) Oracle Reports
13 13 (0.98%) Couchbase
14 10 (0.75%) DB2
14 10 (0.75%) VoltDB
Development Applications
1 524 (39.43%) Selenium
2 329 (24.76%) Cucumber
3 247 (18.59%) Jenkins
4 227 (17.08%) WebDriver
5 204 (15.35%) JIRA
6 192 (14.45%) Git (software)
7 156 (11.74%) SpecFlow
8 134 (10.08%) JUnit
9 116 (8.73%) HP UFT
10 106 (7.98%) SoapUI
10 106 (7.98%) TeamCity
11 97 (7.30%) Maven
12 84 (6.32%) JMeter
13 73 (5.49%) Team Foundation Server
14 64 (4.82%) Visual Studio
15 60 (4.51%) Appium
15 60 (4.51%) Subversion
16 53 (3.99%) NUnit
17 50 (3.76%) Ant
18 44 (3.31%) TestComplete
General
1 223 (16.78%) Finance
2 140 (10.53%) Banking
3 58 (4.36%) Retail
4 28 (2.11%) Investment Banking
5 25 (1.88%) Games
6 22 (1.66%) Telecoms
7 16 (1.20%) Publishing
8 11 (0.83%) Front Office
9 10 (0.75%) Legal
10 8 (0.60%) Electronics
10 8 (0.60%) Retail Banking
11 4 (0.30%) Back Office
11 4 (0.30%) Law
12 3 (0.23%) Corporate Banking
12 3 (0.23%) Financial Institution
12 3 (0.23%) Manufacturing
12 3 (0.23%) Marketing
12 3 (0.23%) Multimedia
12 3 (0.23%) Pharmaceutical
13 1 (0.075%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 309 (23.25%) Developer
2 227 (17.08%) Analyst
3 209 (15.73%) Test Engineer
4 194 (14.60%) Tester
5 193 (14.52%) Test Analyst
6 132 (9.93%) Java Developer
7 125 (9.41%) Test Automation Engineer
8 121 (9.10%) Automation Tester
9 104 (7.83%) Developer in Test
10 89 (6.70%) Test Manager
11 72 (5.42%) Automation Test Analyst
12 69 (5.19%) Consultant
13 63 (4.74%) Test Automation Developer
14 61 (4.59%) QA Engineer
15 59 (4.44%) Senior Developer
16 55 (4.14%) Test Leader
17 50 (3.76%) Architect
18 48 (3.61%) QA Analyst
19 43 (3.24%) Java Engineer
20 34 (2.56%) Automation Test Lead
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 193 (14.52%) HTML
2 191 (14.37%) Web Services
3 183 (13.77%) .NET
4 127 (9.56%) XML
5 126 (9.48%) JSON
6 123 (9.26%) SOAP
7 119 (8.95%) CSS
8 108 (8.13%) AngularJS
8 108 (8.13%) Gherkin
9 105 (7.90%) HTML5
10 100 (7.52%) REST
11 92 (6.92%) Node.js
12 71 (5.34%) CSS3
13 70 (5.27%) Spring
14 64 (4.82%) RESTful
15 47 (3.54%) jQuery
16 33 (2.48%) ASP.NET
17 31 (2.33%) JDBC
18 29 (2.18%) Java EE
19 28 (2.11%) GWT
Miscellaneous
1 99 (7.45%) Analytical Skills
2 59 (4.44%) Mobile App
3 40 (3.01%) User Experience
4 28 (2.11%) Computer Science
5 26 (1.96%) Virtual Team
6 20 (1.50%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 16 (1.20%) Clustering
8 15 (1.13%) Fixed Income
9 12 (0.90%) Management Information System
9 12 (0.90%) PDA
10 11 (0.83%) Biometrics
11 10 (0.75%) Enterprise Software
12 8 (0.60%) Algorithms
12 8 (0.60%) Embedded Systems
13 7 (0.53%) Blackberry
13 7 (0.53%) Equities
13 7 (0.53%) Fintech
13 7 (0.53%) Inversion of Control
13 7 (0.53%) IPTV
13 7 (0.53%) STB
Operating Systems
1 142 (10.68%) Windows
2 115 (8.65%) Linux
3 94 (7.07%) Unix
4 65 (4.89%) Apple iOS
5 54 (4.06%) Android
6 46 (3.46%) Windows Server
7 37 (2.78%) Windows Server 2012
8 19 (1.43%) Windows 10
9 16 (1.20%) Windows Server 2003
9 16 (1.20%) Windows Server 2008
10 14 (1.05%) Windows 7
10 14 (1.05%) Windows XP
11 13 (0.98%) AIX
12 7 (0.53%) Ubuntu
13 5 (0.38%) CentOS
13 5 (0.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 4 (0.30%) Mac OS X
15 2 (0.15%) VME
15 2 (0.15%) Windows NT
16 1 (0.075%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 784 (58.99%) Agile Software Development
2 410 (30.85%) BDD
3 402 (30.25%) TDD
4 366 (27.54%) Continuous Integration
5 304 (22.87%) Scrum
6 183 (13.77%) Software Engineering
7 179 (13.47%) Test Scripting
8 168 (12.64%) Functional Testing
9 154 (11.59%) Automated Testing
9 154 (11.59%) DevOps
10 151 (11.36%) Test Strategy
11 141 (10.61%) Exploratory Testing
12 130 (9.78%) Performance Testing
13 121 (9.10%) Regression Testing
14 117 (8.80%) Automation Testing
15 116 (8.73%) SDLC
16 114 (8.58%) Continuous Delivery
17 109 (8.20%) Unit Testing
18 108 (8.13%) Software Testing
19 105 (7.90%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 510 (38.37%) Java
2 268 (20.17%) SQL
3 227 (17.08%) JavaScript
4 190 (14.30%) C#
5 171 (12.87%) Python
6 159 (11.96%) Ruby
7 59 (4.44%) Scala
8 54 (4.06%) PowerShell
9 44 (3.31%) C
10 42 (3.16%) Perl
11 33 (2.48%) C++
12 28 (2.11%) Objective-C
13 27 (2.03%) Groovy
14 25 (1.88%) Apple Swift
15 24 (1.81%) VB
16 19 (1.43%) PHP
17 17 (1.28%) Shell Script
18 16 (1.20%) VBA
19 12 (0.90%) T-SQL
19 12 (0.90%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 197 (14.82%) Security Cleared
2 162 (12.19%) ISEB
3 153 (11.51%) ISTQB
4 140 (10.53%) SC Cleared
5 89 (6.70%) Degree
6 45 (3.39%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 36 (2.71%) DV Cleared
8 21 (1.58%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 16 (1.20%) BPSS Clearance
10 14 (1.05%) MCSA
10 14 (1.05%) MCSE
10 14 (1.05%) MCTS
10 14 (1.05%) Microsoft Certification
11 13 (0.98%) MCITP
12 9 (0.68%) PMP
13 5 (0.38%) CCEA
13 5 (0.38%) Citrix Certification
14 4 (0.30%) PMI Certification
15 3 (0.23%) AWS Certification
15 3 (0.23%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 349 (26.26%) QA
2 87 (6.55%) SDET
3 15 (1.13%) Disclosure Scotland
4 5 (0.38%) ISO 9001
4 5 (0.38%) WCAG
5 4 (0.30%) IEC 61508
5 4 (0.30%) ISO 14001
6 2 (0.15%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.075%) Basel III
7 1 (0.075%) Dodd-Frank
7 1 (0.075%) EMIR
7 1 (0.075%) ISO 9000
7 1 (0.075%) Solvency II
7 1 (0.075%) TickIT
System Software
1 56 (4.21%) Docker
2 55 (4.14%) Active Directory
3 35 (2.63%) VMware Infrastructure
4 20 (1.50%) Hyper-V
5 13 (0.98%) VMware ESX
6 12 (0.90%) vSphere
7 10 (0.75%) Virtual Machines
8 4 (0.30%) Varnish
8 4 (0.30%) VirtualBox
9 3 (0.23%) Microsoft App-V
10 2 (0.15%) Apache ZooKeeper
10 2 (0.15%) HDFS
10 2 (0.15%) Veritas Cluster Server
11 1 (0.075%) Apache Flume
11 1 (0.075%) Firmware
11 1 (0.075%) Oracle RAC
11 1 (0.075%) Shibboleth
Systems Management
1 96 (7.22%) HP Quality Center
2 80 (6.02%) Puppet
3 44 (3.31%) Ansible
4 40 (3.01%) Opscode Chef
5 35 (2.63%) SCCM
5 35 (2.63%) SCOM
6 13 (0.98%) McAfee ePO
6 13 (0.98%) Netcool
7 12 (0.90%) logstash
8 10 (0.75%) Nagios
9 7 (0.53%) Piwik
10 6 (0.45%) yum
11 4 (0.30%) HP SiteScope
11 4 (0.30%) Terraform
12 3 (0.23%) AirWatch
12 3 (0.23%) Cobbler
12 3 (0.23%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 3 (0.23%) Graphite
12 3 (0.23%) Kibana
12 3 (0.23%) vRealize
Vendors
1 164 (12.34%) Microsoft
2 121 (9.10%) Oracle
3 103 (7.75%) HP
4 54 (4.06%) VMware
5 45 (3.39%) Atlassian
6 37 (2.78%) IBM
7 20 (1.50%) Citrix
8 19 (1.43%) Rally
9 18 (1.35%) hybris
10 16 (1.20%) Veritas
11 15 (1.13%) Perforce
12 13 (0.98%) Intel Security
12 13 (0.98%) Pega
12 13 (0.98%) SAP
13 12 (0.90%) Informatica
13 12 (0.90%) Red Hat
14 11 (0.83%) Hortonworks
15 8 (0.60%) Google
15 8 (0.60%) Splunk
16 7 (0.53%) AppDynamics
Surrey
TEKsystems
Rate: £320 - £370 per day
Posted: 1 hour ago
Central London / West End
Data Idols
Rate: From £300 to £400 per day
Posted: 1 hour ago
Cheshire
Oscar
Rate: £360 per day
Posted: 2 hours ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Tomorrow People
Posted: 3 days ago
Woking, Surrey
IntaPeople
Rate: £350 - £380 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Luton, Bedfordshire
Ventula Consulting Ltd
Rate: From £475 to £500 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300.00 - £360.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Arrows Group
Rate: £500 - £550 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 4 days ago
Worthing, West Sussex
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Coal IT Services
Rate: From £400 to £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Swindon, Wiltshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Competitive Rates.
Posted: 6 days ago
Maidenhead, Berkshire
Digitech Resourcing Ltd
Rate: From £400 to £550 per day for 6 Months rolling
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Fuse
Posted: 5 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Arrows Group
Rate: £500 - £600 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Arrows Group
Rate: £500 - £600 per day + negotiable
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: £500 - £525 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Client Server
Rate: £450 to £500 p/day
Posted: 12 days ago
West London
Eligo Recruitment
Rate: £375 - £425 per day
Posted: 19 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Cambridge Assessment
Rate: Up to £77,000 per annum
Posted: 19 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Aim Hire Jobs
Posted: 27 days ago