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 7 July 2015 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
7 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Automation
Rank 200 196 229
Rank change year-on-year
-4 +33
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 624 580 435
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.14% 1.10% 0.87%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.47% 1.44% 1.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 419 346 265
Average daily rate
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£405 £385 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.19% +2.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £277 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £552 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £325 £338
% change year-on-year
+15.38% -3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 8 10
Average hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £37.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £32.45 £27.23
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £41.05 £42.05
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £30.75
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +21.95%

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
42498 40281 37334
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 77.50% 76.13% 74.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 27435 25058 22430
Average daily rate £413 £400 £410
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -2.43%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £568 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £365
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +2.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1149 1192 1110
Average hourly rate £29.00 £25.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.00% -16.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.93
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £27.50 £30.50
% change year-on-year
+9.09% -9.83%

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 7 July 2015.

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 7 July 2015.

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 7 July 2015. 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
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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 +9 593 £405 +3.84% 214
London -17 270 £450 - 100
South East -7 113 £350 +7.69% 38
City of London -6 76 £475 +5.55% 29
Hampshire -13 53 £350 +7.69% 10
Yorkshire +7 48 £400 +31.14% 8
North West +10 43 £483 +35.91% 16
West Yorkshire +3 43 £400 +31.14% 7
Leeds -1 39 £400 +31.14% 7
South West -9 28 £350 -4.10% 16
Newcastle upon Tyne -7 26 £373 +7.97% 3
Tyne and Wear -9 26 £373 +7.19% 3
North East -12 26 £373 +7.19% 4
Berkshire +20 25 £350 +16.66% 8
West Midlands +19 24 £363 +26.08% 11
Birmingham - 20 £375 - 8
East of England +2 19 £210 -44.00% 18
Scotland -10 19 £369 +6.88% 7
Merseyside +2 18 £508 -
Liverpool 0 17 £508 -
Bristol +12 16 £350 -12.50% 7
Buckinghamshire +11 15 £390 -6.58%
Edinburgh +2 14 £363 +48.71% 4
East Midlands -3 13 £350 +28.44% 2
Surrey +5 12 £400 +19.40% 13
Manchester -7 11 £350 -9.09% 12
Nottingham - 11 £350 - 2
Nottinghamshire - 11 £350 - 2
Hertfordshire +3 10 £360 +12.50% 3
Southampton -9 10 £328 +3.96% 1

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 7 July 2015, 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.

1 668 (59.06%) Agile Software Development
2 471 (41.64%) Selenium
3 398 (35.19%) Java
4 347 (30.68%) SQL
5 337 (29.80%) QA
6 329 (29.09%) TDD
7 303 (26.79%) BDD
8 267 (23.61%) Cucumber
9 259 (22.90%) Scrum
10 249 (22.02%) Continuous Integration
11 248 (21.93%) C#
12 233 (20.60%) Finance
13 216 (19.10%) WebDriver
14 211 (18.66%) Test Scripting
15 184 (16.27%) .NET
16 180 (15.92%) Software Testing
17 165 (14.59%) Test Strategy
18 153 (13.53%) Automated Testing
19 148 (13.09%) Ruby
20 147 (13.00%) JIRA
21 144 (12.73%) XML
22 139 (12.29%) Microsoft
23 138 (12.20%) Web Services
23 138 (12.20%) HP UFT
24 133 (11.76%) Linux
25 131 (11.58%) ISEB
26 123 (10.88%) Windows
26 123 (10.88%) Jenkins
27 116 (10.26%) Oracle
28 115 (10.17%) Banking

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 7 July 2015, 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 29 (2.56%) Tomcat
2 21 (1.86%) WebSphere
2 21 (1.86%) Confluence
3 16 (1.41%) Node.js
4 15 (1.33%) Apache
4 15 (1.33%) CMS
4 15 (1.33%) SharePoint
5 9 (0.80%) JBoss
6 7 (0.62%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 7 (0.62%) nginx
7 6 (0.53%) WebLogic
8 5 (0.44%) BizTalk Server
9 4 (0.35%) LiveLink
9 4 (0.35%) Oracle Application Server
9 4 (0.35%) IIS
9 4 (0.35%) Documentum
9 4 (0.35%) Oracle Coherence
10 3 (0.27%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 3 (0.27%) ATG Dynamo
11 2 (0.18%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 49 (4.33%) MS Excel
2 27 (2.39%) MS Office
3 5 (0.44%) Maya
4 1 (0.088%) Pro/ENGINEER
4 1 (0.088%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.088%) HipChat
4 1 (0.088%) PTC Creo
4 1 (0.088%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 8 (0.71%) Oracle BPM
2 7 (0.62%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 6 (0.53%) Dynamics CRM
4 5 (0.44%) Magento
5 4 (0.35%) Markit EDM
5 4 (0.35%) thinkFolio
5 4 (0.35%) Eagle PACE
5 4 (0.35%) Oracle EBS
5 4 (0.35%) SimCorp Dimension
6 2 (0.18%) Oracle Financials
6 2 (0.18%) Oracle Applications
6 2 (0.18%) Oracle General Ledger
6 2 (0.18%) Oracle Payables
7 1 (0.088%) Oracle EBS R12
7 1 (0.088%) Dynamics AX
7 1 (0.088%) SunGard GMI
Cloud Services
1 21 (1.86%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (0.71%) Cloud Computing
2 8 (0.71%) Amazon EC2
2 8 (0.71%) Amazon S3
2 8 (0.71%) Virtual Private Cloud
3 7 (0.62%) Route 53
3 7 (0.62%) GitHub
3 7 (0.62%) SaaS
4 6 (0.53%) Heroku
4 6 (0.53%) Microsoft Azure
5 4 (0.35%) Force.com
5 4 (0.35%) Engine Yard
5 4 (0.35%) Google Cloud Platform
6 3 (0.27%) IaaS
6 3 (0.27%) PaaS
7 1 (0.088%) Office 365
7 1 (0.088%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.088%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 1 (0.088%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 33 (2.92%) HTTP
2 31 (2.74%) Internet
3 16 (1.41%) GSM
4 15 (1.33%) TCP/IP
5 13 (1.15%) UMTS
5 13 (1.15%) SAN
5 13 (1.15%) LTE
6 10 (0.88%) Wireshark
6 10 (0.88%) iSCSI
7 9 (0.80%) RNC
7 9 (0.80%) HSDPA
7 9 (0.80%) FCoE
7 9 (0.80%) Fibre Channel
7 9 (0.80%) 4G
7 9 (0.80%) VoLTE
7 9 (0.80%) Diameter Protocol
7 9 (0.80%) GPRS
8 8 (0.71%) 3G
9 7 (0.62%) Wireless
9 7 (0.62%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 76 (6.72%) SQL Server
2 56 (4.95%) MongoDB
3 48 (4.24%) Data Warehouse
4 43 (3.80%) MySQL
5 40 (3.54%) NoSQL
6 35 (3.09%) Relational Database
7 22 (1.95%) RDBMS
8 20 (1.77%) DB2
9 19 (1.68%) Oracle Database
10 18 (1.59%) PostgreSQL
11 14 (1.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 13 (1.15%) Big Data
12 13 (1.15%) DbVisualizer
13 11 (0.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 11 (0.97%) Oracle Reports
14 9 (0.80%) Redis
15 8 (0.71%) SQL Server 2008
15 8 (0.71%) Hadoop
16 7 (0.62%) SimpleDB
16 7 (0.62%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 471 (41.64%) Selenium
2 267 (23.61%) Cucumber
3 216 (19.10%) WebDriver
4 147 (13.00%) JIRA
5 138 (12.20%) HP UFT
6 123 (10.88%) Jenkins
7 97 (8.58%) Git (software)
8 70 (6.19%) SpecFlow
9 68 (6.01%) SoapUI
10 66 (5.84%) Team Foundation Server
10 66 (5.84%) Subversion
11 63 (5.57%) JMeter
12 60 (5.31%) JUnit
13 55 (4.86%) Maven
14 40 (3.54%) RSpec
15 37 (3.27%) Visual Studio
16 35 (3.09%) WATIR
17 32 (2.83%) Calabash
18 30 (2.65%) FitNesse
19 29 (2.56%) Appium
General
1 233 (20.60%) Finance
2 115 (10.17%) Banking
3 62 (5.48%) Investment Banking
4 49 (4.33%) Telecoms
5 35 (3.09%) Retail
6 26 (2.30%) Games
7 17 (1.50%) Marketing
8 15 (1.33%) Manufacturing
9 13 (1.15%) Back Office
10 12 (1.06%) Front Office
11 11 (0.97%) Electronics
12 9 (0.80%) Advertising
13 8 (0.71%) Automotive
14 6 (0.53%) Billing
15 4 (0.35%) Publishing
15 4 (0.35%) General Ledger
16 3 (0.27%) French Language
16 3 (0.27%) German Language
16 3 (0.27%) Multimedia
17 2 (0.18%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 254 (22.46%) Analyst
2 227 (20.07%) Developer
3 224 (19.81%) Test Analyst
4 185 (16.36%) Tester
5 111 (9.81%) Test Engineer
6 89 (7.87%) Test Manager
7 84 (7.43%) Automation Tester
8 80 (7.07%) Test Leader
9 54 (4.77%) QA Analyst
10 50 (4.42%) QA Engineer
11 43 (3.80%) Senior Analyst
11 43 (3.80%) Automation Engineer
12 39 (3.45%) Test Automation Engineer
13 36 (3.18%) Automation Analyst
14 34 (3.01%) AWS Developer
15 33 (2.92%) Senior Test Analyst
16 32 (2.83%) QA Test Analyst
17 29 (2.56%) Automation Test Analyst
17 29 (2.56%) Software Tester
18 28 (2.48%) Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 184 (16.27%) .NET
2 144 (12.73%) XML
3 138 (12.20%) Web Services
4 102 (9.02%) HTML
5 92 (8.13%) RESTful
6 79 (6.98%) SOAP
7 50 (4.42%) CSS
8 46 (4.07%) Gherkin
9 40 (3.54%) JSON
10 38 (3.36%) REST
11 33 (2.92%) HTML5
12 28 (2.48%) Middleware
13 27 (2.39%) Spring
13 27 (2.39%) .NET Framework
14 26 (2.30%) ASP.NET
15 24 (2.12%) J2EE
16 22 (1.95%) AngularJS
17 21 (1.86%) CSS3
18 18 (1.59%) Django
19 16 (1.41%) Flask
Miscellaneous
1 88 (7.78%) Analytical Skills
2 42 (3.71%) Mobile App
3 18 (1.59%) Client/Server
3 18 (1.59%) Clustering
4 16 (1.41%) User Experience
5 15 (1.33%) STB
6 14 (1.24%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 14 (1.24%) Credit Risk
7 13 (1.15%) Digital Media
7 13 (1.15%) PDA
7 13 (1.15%) Computer Science
8 11 (0.97%) Video on Demand
8 11 (0.97%) Online Games
9 10 (0.88%) Enterprise Software
9 10 (0.88%) Derivative
9 10 (0.88%) IPTV
9 10 (0.88%) Management Information System
10 9 (0.80%) Fixed Income
11 8 (0.71%) DTV
11 8 (0.71%) MPEG
Operating Systems
1 133 (11.76%) Linux
2 123 (10.88%) Windows
3 107 (9.46%) UNIX
4 48 (4.24%) Android
5 42 (3.71%) Apple iOS
6 27 (2.39%) AIX
7 22 (1.95%) Windows Server 2008
8 18 (1.59%) Windows Server 2003
8 18 (1.59%) Windows 7
9 15 (1.33%) Debian
10 14 (1.24%) Ubuntu
10 14 (1.24%) Windows XP
11 9 (0.80%) Solaris
12 6 (0.53%) VME
13 5 (0.44%) Mac OS X
13 5 (0.44%) Windows NT
14 4 (0.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 3 (0.27%) Windows Phone 8
15 3 (0.27%) Windows Phone
16 2 (0.18%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 668 (59.06%) Agile Software Development
2 329 (29.09%) TDD
3 303 (26.79%) BDD
4 259 (22.90%) Scrum
5 249 (22.02%) Continuous Integration
6 211 (18.66%) Test Scripting
7 180 (15.92%) Software Testing
8 165 (14.59%) Test Strategy
9 153 (13.53%) Automated Testing
10 108 (9.55%) SDLC
11 104 (9.20%) Test Management
11 104 (9.20%) User Acceptance Testing
12 99 (8.75%) Regression Testing
13 97 (8.58%) Open Source
14 90 (7.96%) Software Engineering
15 77 (6.81%) Performance Testing
16 70 (6.19%) Mentoring
17 69 (6.10%) Waterfall
18 60 (5.31%) Continuous Delivery
18 60 (5.31%) Automation Testing
Programming Languages
1 398 (35.19%) Java
2 347 (30.68%) SQL
3 248 (21.93%) C#
4 148 (13.09%) Ruby
5 111 (9.81%) JavaScript
6 100 (8.84%) Python
7 43 (3.80%) PHP
8 37 (3.27%) C
9 34 (3.01%) Perl
10 29 (2.56%) C++
11 27 (2.39%) VB
12 26 (2.30%) Bash Shell
13 25 (2.21%) VBScript
14 21 (1.86%) Shell Script
15 19 (1.68%) Groovy
15 19 (1.68%) Scala
16 17 (1.50%) PowerShell
16 17 (1.50%) T-SQL
17 13 (1.15%) VBA
18 12 (1.06%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 131 (11.58%) ISEB
2 112 (9.90%) ISTQB
3 96 (8.49%) Security Cleared
4 62 (5.48%) Degree
5 55 (4.86%) SC Cleared
6 43 (3.80%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 35 (3.09%) DV Cleared
8 14 (1.24%) Microsoft Certification
9 13 (1.15%) MCTS
9 13 (1.15%) MCITP
9 13 (1.15%) MCSE
9 13 (1.15%) MCSA
10 12 (1.06%) ISEB Practitioner
11 8 (0.71%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 3 (0.27%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 2 (0.18%) BC Cleared
14 1 (0.088%) CSQA
14 1 (0.088%) IIBA
14 1 (0.088%) MCAD
14 1 (0.088%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 337 (29.80%) QA
2 4 (0.35%) Data Quality
3 3 (0.27%) PCI DSS
3 3 (0.27%) Basel III
3 3 (0.27%) Dodd-Frank
4 1 (0.088%) IEC 61508
4 1 (0.088%) EMIR
4 1 (0.088%) HL7
4 1 (0.088%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 1 (0.088%) GCP
4 1 (0.088%) SLA
System Software
1 19 (1.68%) VMware Infrastructure
2 17 (1.50%) VMware ESX
3 13 (1.15%) Hyper-V
4 11 (0.97%) Active Directory
5 5 (0.44%) Oracle RAC
5 5 (0.44%) Apache Flume
5 5 (0.44%) HDFS
6 3 (0.27%) Oracle Clusterware
7 2 (0.18%) Docker
7 2 (0.18%) Firmware
8 1 (0.088%) VirtualBox
8 1 (0.088%) NFS
Systems Management
1 104 (9.20%) HP Quality Center
2 27 (2.39%) Puppet
3 22 (1.95%) Vagrant
4 18 (1.59%) Opscode Chef
5 17 (1.50%) McAfee ePO
6 12 (1.06%) Netcool
6 12 (1.06%) Ansible
7 7 (0.62%) HAProxy
7 7 (0.62%) Salt
8 5 (0.44%) Oozie
9 4 (0.35%) Oracle RMAN
9 4 (0.35%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
9 4 (0.35%) Data Guard
9 4 (0.35%) Oracle Flashback
10 3 (0.27%) Iperf
11 1 (0.088%) Mesos
11 1 (0.088%) CA Endevor
11 1 (0.088%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 1 (0.088%) logstash
11 1 (0.088%) ITRS Geneos
Vendors
1 139 (12.29%) Microsoft
2 116 (10.26%) Oracle
3 80 (7.07%) HP
4 35 (3.09%) VMware
5 28 (2.48%) IBM
6 26 (2.30%) Veritas
7 21 (1.86%) Sybase
8 18 (1.59%) SAP
9 17 (1.50%) Salesforce.com
9 17 (1.50%) McAfee
10 14 (1.24%) Citrix
11 9 (0.80%) Business Objects
11 9 (0.80%) Google
12 8 (0.71%) hybris
12 8 (0.71%) Green Hat
12 8 (0.71%) Perforce
13 7 (0.62%) Atlassian
14 5 (0.44%) ICL
14 5 (0.44%) OpenText
15 4 (0.35%) Metastorm
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £325 - £350 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Reading, Berkshire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £350 - £360 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
South Yorkshire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £320 - £340 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
Coventry
Interquest - IQ Telecom
Rate: £150 - £300 per day
Posted: 20 hours ago
Central London / West End
Nationwide People Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 Per Day Ltd Co Basis
Posted: 20 hours ago
City, London
Dawson & Walsh
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
Dundee, Angus
Harvey Nash plc
Posted: Yesterday
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Computer People
Rate: Negotiable Depandant on Skills
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Burns Sheehan
Rate: £400 - £475 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Computer People
Rate: £320 - £340 per day + Good depandant on skills
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Preferred Choice
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £300.00 - £315.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Leatherhead, Surrey
Stott & May
Rate: From £350 to £450 per day £350-£450
Posted: 6 days ago
Leatherhead, Surrey
Stott & May
Rate: From £325 to £425 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Austin Fraser
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: From £375 to £425 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Central London / West End
Coal IT Services
Rate: From £400 to £450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Leeds
Capita - ITPS
Rate: £315 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Stockport
Capita - ITIN
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 7 days ago