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 24 July 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
24 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Automation
Rank 229 201 209
Rank change year-on-year
-28 +8
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 582 651 555
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.08% 1.14% 1.04%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.30% 1.43% 1.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 405 442 340
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 £296 £295 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 4 6
Median hourly rate £40.00 £34.47 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.04% -8.08%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.40 £30.43 £34.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.00 £39.25 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £34.47 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+16.04% -8.08%

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
44747 45474 41772
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 82.69% 79.85% 78.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 29561 29429 25946
Median daily rate £438 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £282 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1036 1183 1168
Median hourly rate £28.50 £28.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +14.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.50 £52.17 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.63 £30.50 £26.98
% change year-on-year
-6.14% +13.06%

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 24 July 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
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 24 July 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 -37 523 £425 +6.25% 196
London +1 266 £450 - 84
South East -40 84 £390 +8.33% 32
City of London +36 65 £475 - 14
Scotland +18 35 £325 -13.33% 8
West Midlands -15 34 £330 -5.71% 10
North East -38 32 £313 -10.71% 7
South West -1 28 £438 +25.00% 12
Tyne and Wear -46 27 £313 -10.71% 6
Newcastle upon Tyne -51 26 £313 -10.71% 6
Yorkshire -26 24 £425 +6.25% 14
North West -28 24 £425 -3.40% 12
East of England +22 23 £480 +128.57% 20
Leeds -22 22 £425 +6.25% 6
West Yorkshire -24 22 £425 +6.25% 10
Berkshire -4 21 £425 +19.71% 9
Birmingham -9 21 £330 -12.00% 2
Cheshire +15 20 £425 +16.43% 1
Wales +28 19 £475 +21.79% 2
South Wales +26 19 £475 +21.79% 2
Surrey 0 19 £450 +12.50% 8
Oxfordshire - 17 £390 - 2
Cardiff +27 16 £475 +24.18% 1
Knutsford +7 16 £425 +16.04%
Bristol +1 16 £450 +28.57% 6
Oxford - 15 £390 -
Edinburgh -6 10 £425 +17.24% 4
Glasgow +11 8 £370 -8.92% 3
Hertfordshire +11 8 £700 +94.44%
Reading +2 8 £375 +5.63% 3

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 July 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.

1 709 (56.81%) Agile Software Development
2 469 (37.58%) Selenium
3 433 (34.70%) Java
4 337 (27.00%) TDD
5 332 (26.60%) BDD
6 300 (24.04%) Continuous Integration
7 298 (23.88%) SQL
8 285 (22.84%) QA
9 260 (20.83%) Scrum
10 258 (20.67%) Cucumber
11 241 (19.31%) Finance
12 217 (17.39%) WebDriver
13 216 (17.31%) Security Cleared
14 204 (16.35%) JavaScript
15 198 (15.87%) Test Scripting
15 198 (15.87%) Jenkins
16 191 (15.30%) Microsoft
17 188 (15.06%) JIRA
18 182 (14.58%) Software Engineering
19 178 (14.26%) .NET
20 174 (13.94%) C#
20 174 (13.94%) Functional Testing
21 173 (13.86%) Web Services
22 166 (13.30%) HTML
23 161 (12.90%) SC Cleared
24 153 (12.26%) Git (software)
25 152 (12.18%) Windows
25 152 (12.18%) Banking
26 150 (12.02%) ISTQB
27 148 (11.86%) ISEB

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 35 (2.80%) Jetty
2 34 (2.72%) SharePoint
3 33 (2.64%) Tomcat
4 32 (2.56%) Confluence
5 29 (2.32%) nginx
6 23 (1.84%) JBoss
7 22 (1.76%) SharePoint 2013
7 22 (1.76%) Skype for Business
8 20 (1.60%) MS Exchange
9 10 (0.80%) CMS
10 9 (0.72%) IIS
10 9 (0.72%) WebSphere
11 8 (0.64%) Apache
11 8 (0.64%) Cloud Foundry
12 7 (0.56%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 7 (0.56%) OpenStack
13 5 (0.40%) MQSeries
13 5 (0.40%) WebLogic
14 4 (0.32%) BizTalk Server
14 4 (0.32%) Documentum
Applications
1 88 (7.05%) MS Excel
2 47 (3.77%) MS Office
3 17 (1.36%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (0.24%) Mingle
5 2 (0.16%) MS Project
6 1 (0.080%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.080%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 9 (0.72%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.64%) Magento
2 8 (0.64%) Oracle EBS
3 5 (0.40%) Oracle Assets
3 5 (0.40%) Oracle Receivables
4 4 (0.32%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 3 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
5 3 (0.24%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
5 3 (0.24%) Markit EDM
5 3 (0.24%) Temenos T24
6 2 (0.16%) BusinessWorks
7 1 (0.080%) Global One
7 1 (0.080%) Loan IQ
7 1 (0.080%) Maximo
7 1 (0.080%) Remedy ITSM
7 1 (0.080%) SunGard Martini
Cloud Services
1 49 (3.93%) Amazon AWS
2 37 (2.96%) Microsoft Azure
3 21 (1.68%) Cloud Computing
4 17 (1.36%) PaaS
5 13 (1.04%) GitHub
5 13 (1.04%) TestFlight
6 12 (0.96%) Amazon S3
7 6 (0.48%) Adobe Analytics
7 6 (0.48%) SaaS
8 3 (0.24%) Engine Yard
8 3 (0.24%) Heroku
9 2 (0.16%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 2 (0.16%) Trello
10 1 (0.080%) Bluemix
10 1 (0.080%) Boomi
10 1 (0.080%) IaaS
10 1 (0.080%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 24 (1.92%) HTTP
2 23 (1.84%) Skype
3 16 (1.28%) Internet
4 7 (0.56%) DVB
4 7 (0.56%) SAN
5 6 (0.48%) VPN
6 5 (0.40%) DNS
6 5 (0.40%) VLAN
6 5 (0.40%) ZigBee
7 4 (0.32%) ATM
7 4 (0.32%) Firewall
8 3 (0.24%) DHCP
8 3 (0.24%) TCP/IP
9 2 (0.16%) Bluetooth
9 2 (0.16%) NAS
9 2 (0.16%) Network Security
9 2 (0.16%) PuTTY
9 2 (0.16%) SSL
9 2 (0.16%) Wi-Fi
10 1 (0.080%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 66 (5.29%) SQL Server
2 56 (4.49%) MySQL
3 54 (4.33%) NoSQL
4 40 (3.21%) MongoDB
4 40 (3.21%) Relational Database
5 28 (2.24%) Apache Hive
5 28 (2.24%) Impala
5 28 (2.24%) Neo4j
6 20 (1.60%) Hadoop
7 19 (1.52%) Big Data
8 15 (1.20%) Data Mining
8 15 (1.20%) Oracle Reports
9 14 (1.12%) SQL Server 2008
9 14 (1.12%) SQL Server 2012
10 13 (1.04%) Azure SQL Database
10 13 (1.04%) CouchDB
10 13 (1.04%) SQLite
11 10 (0.80%) Couchbase
11 10 (0.80%) VoltDB
12 9 (0.72%) Amazon DynamoDB
Development Applications
1 469 (37.58%) Selenium
2 258 (20.67%) Cucumber
3 217 (17.39%) WebDriver
4 198 (15.87%) Jenkins
5 188 (15.06%) JIRA
6 153 (12.26%) Git (software)
7 128 (10.26%) SpecFlow
8 127 (10.18%) HP UFT
9 105 (8.41%) JUnit
10 95 (7.61%) TeamCity
11 78 (6.25%) Team Foundation Server
12 76 (6.09%) Maven
12 76 (6.09%) SoapUI
13 63 (5.05%) JMeter
13 63 (5.05%) Subversion
14 60 (4.81%) Visual Studio
15 55 (4.41%) Appium
16 43 (3.45%) Ant
17 39 (3.13%) JBehave
18 38 (3.04%) Capybara
General
1 241 (19.31%) Finance
2 152 (12.18%) Banking
3 53 (4.25%) Retail
4 39 (3.13%) Investment Banking
5 18 (1.44%) Telecoms
6 14 (1.12%) Games
7 11 (0.88%) Front Office
8 10 (0.80%) Electronics
9 9 (0.72%) Legal
10 7 (0.56%) Manufacturing
10 7 (0.56%) Retail Banking
11 6 (0.48%) Back Office
12 5 (0.40%) Publishing
13 4 (0.32%) Law
13 4 (0.32%) Marketing
14 2 (0.16%) Advertising
14 2 (0.16%) Corporate Banking
14 2 (0.16%) Military
14 2 (0.16%) Pharmaceutical
15 1 (0.080%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 255 (20.43%) Developer
2 225 (18.03%) Analyst
3 195 (15.63%) Test Analyst
4 194 (15.54%) Test Engineer
5 171 (13.70%) Tester
6 117 (9.38%) Java Developer
7 110 (8.81%) Test Automation Engineer
8 99 (7.93%) Automation Tester
9 89 (7.13%) Test Manager
10 74 (5.93%) Developer in Test
11 70 (5.61%) Automation Test Analyst
12 66 (5.29%) Consultant
13 58 (4.65%) Architect
14 56 (4.49%) Test Leader
15 52 (4.17%) QA Engineer
16 51 (4.09%) Senior Developer
17 48 (3.85%) Test Automation Developer
18 37 (2.96%) Java Engineer
18 37 (2.96%) QA Tester
19 36 (2.88%) QA Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 178 (14.26%) .NET
2 173 (13.86%) Web Services
3 166 (13.30%) HTML
4 116 (9.29%) XML
5 102 (8.17%) SOAP
6 100 (8.01%) CSS
7 95 (7.61%) JSON
8 91 (7.29%) Gherkin
9 90 (7.21%) AngularJS
10 84 (6.73%) HTML5
10 84 (6.73%) REST
11 71 (5.69%) Node.js
12 59 (4.73%) Spring
13 55 (4.41%) CSS3
14 47 (3.77%) RESTful
15 37 (2.96%) ASP.NET
16 34 (2.72%) Java EE
17 32 (2.56%) JDBC
18 31 (2.48%) jQuery
19 29 (2.32%) GWT
Miscellaneous
1 106 (8.49%) Analytical Skills
2 54 (4.33%) Mobile App
3 33 (2.64%) User Experience
4 27 (2.16%) Computer Science
5 26 (2.08%) Clustering
6 24 (1.92%) Virtual Team
7 22 (1.76%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 21 (1.68%) PDA
9 12 (0.96%) Management Information System
10 11 (0.88%) Biometrics
10 11 (0.88%) Enterprise Software
10 11 (0.88%) Fixed Income
10 11 (0.88%) Public Cloud
11 10 (0.80%) Derivative
11 10 (0.80%) Smart Meter
12 9 (0.72%) Algorithms
13 8 (0.64%) Data Centre
13 8 (0.64%) Inversion of Control
13 8 (0.64%) STB
14 7 (0.56%) IPTV
Operating Systems
1 152 (12.18%) Windows
2 114 (9.13%) Linux
3 87 (6.97%) Unix
4 63 (5.05%) Apple iOS
5 54 (4.33%) Android
6 50 (4.01%) Windows Server
7 43 (3.45%) Windows Server 2012
8 33 (2.64%) Windows Server 2008
9 27 (2.16%) Windows Server 2003
10 25 (2.00%) Windows 7
10 25 (2.00%) Windows XP
11 23 (1.84%) AIX
12 19 (1.52%) Windows 10
13 7 (0.56%) Ubuntu
14 6 (0.48%) CentOS
14 6 (0.48%) Mac OS X
15 3 (0.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 3 (0.24%) VME
16 2 (0.16%) Windows NT
17 1 (0.080%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 709 (56.81%) Agile Software Development
2 337 (27.00%) TDD
3 332 (26.60%) BDD
4 300 (24.04%) Continuous Integration
5 260 (20.83%) Scrum
6 198 (15.87%) Test Scripting
7 182 (14.58%) Software Engineering
8 174 (13.94%) Functional Testing
9 140 (11.22%) Automated Testing
10 132 (10.58%) Test Strategy
11 128 (10.26%) Software Testing
12 125 (10.02%) DevOps
13 120 (9.62%) Regression Testing
14 116 (9.29%) Exploratory Testing
15 115 (9.21%) User Acceptance Testing
16 107 (8.57%) SDLC
17 101 (8.09%) Automation Testing
18 93 (7.45%) OO
19 92 (7.37%) Integration Testing
20 91 (7.29%) Defect Management
Programming Languages
1 433 (34.70%) Java
2 298 (23.88%) SQL
3 204 (16.35%) JavaScript
4 174 (13.94%) C#
5 142 (11.38%) Ruby
6 139 (11.14%) Python
7 48 (3.85%) PowerShell
8 45 (3.61%) Perl
9 38 (3.04%) Scala
10 35 (2.80%) C
11 27 (2.16%) VB
12 25 (2.00%) C++
13 22 (1.76%) Objective-C
14 21 (1.68%) Groovy
15 20 (1.60%) Apple Swift
16 19 (1.52%) Shell Script
17 18 (1.44%) PHP
18 15 (1.20%) VBA
19 14 (1.12%) PL/SQL
20 11 (0.88%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 216 (17.31%) Security Cleared
2 161 (12.90%) SC Cleared
3 150 (12.02%) ISTQB
4 148 (11.86%) ISEB
5 87 (6.97%) Degree
6 35 (2.80%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 31 (2.48%) DV Cleared
8 25 (2.00%) MCSA
8 25 (2.00%) MCSE
8 25 (2.00%) MCTS
8 25 (2.00%) Microsoft Certification
9 23 (1.84%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 23 (1.84%) MCITP
10 11 (0.88%) BPSS Clearance
11 9 (0.72%) PMP
12 8 (0.64%) CCEA
12 8 (0.64%) Citrix Certification
13 6 (0.48%) PhD
14 3 (0.24%) AWS Certification
14 3 (0.24%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 285 (22.84%) QA
2 55 (4.41%) SDET
3 7 (0.56%) Disclosure Scotland
4 4 (0.32%) IEC 61508
5 2 (0.16%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.16%) Dodd-Frank
5 2 (0.16%) EMIR
5 2 (0.16%) ISO 9001
5 2 (0.16%) MiFID
5 2 (0.16%) WCAG
6 1 (0.080%) CRD IV
6 1 (0.080%) FINREP
6 1 (0.080%) GPG13
6 1 (0.080%) ISO 14001
6 1 (0.080%) JSP 440
6 1 (0.080%) Solvency II
6 1 (0.080%) WAI
System Software
1 69 (5.53%) Active Directory
2 39 (3.13%) Docker
3 37 (2.96%) VMware Infrastructure
4 28 (2.24%) Hyper-V
5 23 (1.84%) VMware ESX
6 12 (0.96%) vSphere
7 9 (0.72%) Virtual Machines
8 4 (0.32%) Varnish
9 3 (0.24%) Microsoft App-V
10 2 (0.16%) Veritas Cluster Server
10 2 (0.16%) VirtualBox
11 1 (0.080%) Firmware
11 1 (0.080%) Oracle RAC
11 1 (0.080%) Shibboleth
Systems Management
1 107 (8.57%) HP Quality Center
2 57 (4.57%) Puppet
3 40 (3.21%) SCCM
3 40 (3.21%) SCOM
4 27 (2.16%) Ansible
5 24 (1.92%) Opscode Chef
6 23 (1.84%) McAfee ePO
6 23 (1.84%) Netcool
7 11 (0.88%) Nagios
8 9 (0.72%) logstash
9 8 (0.64%) Piwik
10 6 (0.48%) yum
11 4 (0.32%) Terraform
12 3 (0.24%) AirWatch
12 3 (0.24%) BMC PATROL
12 3 (0.24%) Cobbler
12 3 (0.24%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 3 (0.24%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
12 3 (0.24%) vRealize
13 2 (0.16%) Cisco IPCC
Vendors
1 191 (15.30%) Microsoft
2 127 (10.18%) Oracle
3 113 (9.05%) HP
4 65 (5.21%) VMware
5 41 (3.29%) Atlassian
6 37 (2.96%) IBM
7 33 (2.64%) Citrix
8 27 (2.16%) Veritas
9 23 (1.84%) Intel Security
9 23 (1.84%) Rally
10 15 (1.20%) Informatica
11 14 (1.12%) SAP
12 11 (0.88%) Hortonworks
12 11 (0.88%) Pega
12 11 (0.88%) Red Hat
13 8 (0.64%) Twitter
14 7 (0.56%) TIBCO
15 6 (0.48%) EMC
16 5 (0.40%) Adobe
16 5 (0.40%) Sybase
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £350 to £425 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £350.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
West London
Optima Connections
Rate: From £180 to £250 per day 6months+
Posted: 3 days ago
South West
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Harris Global
Rate: Up to £280 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Camberley, Surrey
Metaskil
Rate: Circa £365 pd
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Coal IT Services
Rate: From £400 to £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Bristol
Arrows Group Ltd
Rate: £500 - £600 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 3 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
IntaPeople
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
South Wales
CPS Group UK
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Reed Technology
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Holborn, London, UK
Reed Business Information
Posted: 3 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
LA International
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Hydrogen
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Sutton, London UK
Reed Business Information
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 12 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 5 days ago
London
IBS Consulting
Posted: 23 days ago
Coventry
Bluefire Professional Services
Rate: £340 per day, Initial contract until December 16'
Posted: 19 days ago
Milton Keynes
People Source Consulting
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 19 days ago
London
Eligo Recruitment
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 26 days ago