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 5 March 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
5 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Automation
Rank 237 186 292
Rank change year-on-year
-51 +106
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 454 545 256
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.88% 1.09% 0.58%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.15% 1.45% 0.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 304 365 148
Average daily rate
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£375 £388 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.22% +4.72%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 7 4
Average hourly rate £37.50 £40.00 £40.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% -1.23%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.00 £27.20 £24.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.75 £174.00 £46.03
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £38.75 £40.50
% change year-on-year
-3.22% -4.32%

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
39429 37564 32100
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 76.02% 75.01% 72.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 24726 22718 19169
Average daily rate £420 £401 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.86% +0.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £568 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1056 1102 1125
Average hourly rate £27.50 £27.50 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -8.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £12.25 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £27.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+9.09% -11.29%

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 5 March 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 5 March 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 5 March 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 -55 393 £383 -1.29% 162
London -40 235 £425 - 65
South East -9 85 £340 +14.28% 46
City of London +5 78 £450 - 20
Scotland +24 48 £362 +1.84% 5
Hampshire +16 44 £333 +14.65% 6
Edinburgh +22 26 £365 +32.72% 2
Yorkshire -10 23 £350 +16.66% 14
Leeds -3 20 £363 +15.07% 9
West Yorkshire -6 20 £363 +20.83% 10
Berkshire -8 20 £350 +47.36% 11
Southampton -6 15 £331 +52.29% 3
North West -18 12 £383 +9.28% 9
South West -27 12 £375 +7.14% 9
East of England -7 11 £313 -3.84% 7
Buckinghamshire +4 9 £338 +2.27% 6
Glasgow +1 9 £325 - 1
Surrey -5 9 £331 +6.00% 16
Manchester -6 9 £383 +39.09% 4
Reading -7 9 £355 +33.96% 6
East Midlands +1 8 £358 +14.40% 3
Tyne and Wear - 8 £363 - 5
North East - 8 £363 - 5
Newcastle upon Tyne - 8 £363 - 5
Milton Keynes -4 6 £425 - 2
Northamptonshire -6 6 £374 +24.58%
Northampton -7 6 £374 +24.58%
Bristol -12 6 £500 +51.51% 4
Cambridgeshire +6 5 £288 - 5
Winchester - 5 £300 - 1

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 March 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.

1 642 (60.23%) Agile Software Development
2 479 (44.93%) Java
3 390 (36.59%) Selenium
4 371 (34.80%) SQL
5 338 (31.71%) TDD
6 290 (27.20%) QA
7 282 (26.45%) Scrum
8 257 (24.11%) Cucumber
9 255 (23.92%) BDD
10 243 (22.80%) Continuous Integration
11 200 (18.76%) Ruby
12 198 (18.57%) Linux
13 173 (16.23%) QuickTest Pro
14 172 (16.14%) .NET
15 169 (15.85%) Web Services
16 167 (15.67%) C#
17 158 (14.82%) Finance
18 155 (14.54%) XML
18 155 (14.54%) Test Scripting
19 146 (13.70%) WebDriver
20 134 (12.57%) ISEB
21 133 (12.48%) Python
22 127 (11.91%) JavaScript
23 124 (11.63%) Oracle
24 123 (11.54%) Software Testing
24 123 (11.54%) ISTQB
25 122 (11.44%) HTML
26 119 (11.16%) Windows
27 117 (10.98%) Jenkins
28 116 (10.88%) Software Engineering

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 5 March 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 27 (2.53%) Confluence
2 24 (2.25%) WebLogic
3 23 (2.16%) Node.js
4 21 (1.97%) CMS
5 19 (1.78%) Tomcat
6 18 (1.69%) Apache
7 15 (1.41%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 10 (0.94%) IIS
9 9 (0.84%) SharePoint
9 9 (0.84%) WebSphere
10 6 (0.56%) BizTalk Server
10 6 (0.56%) Adobe CQ
11 5 (0.47%) nginx
11 5 (0.47%) JBoss
11 5 (0.47%) Oracle Application Server
12 4 (0.38%) OpenStack
13 2 (0.19%) GlassFish
13 2 (0.19%) Apache ServiceMix
14 1 (0.094%) Cloud Foundry
14 1 (0.094%) Apache Spark
Applications
1 37 (3.47%) MS Excel
2 26 (2.44%) MS Office
3 5 (0.47%) MS Project
3 5 (0.47%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.094%) Final Cut Pro
4 1 (0.094%) Photoshop
4 1 (0.094%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 7 (0.66%) Oracle BPM
1 7 (0.66%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.47%) Summit
2 5 (0.47%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 4 (0.38%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.094%) Markit EDM
4 1 (0.094%) Findur
4 1 (0.094%) SAP HR
4 1 (0.094%) SAP Retail
4 1 (0.094%) SAP AFS
4 1 (0.094%) SAP HCM
4 1 (0.094%) Google Analytics
Cloud Services
1 23 (2.16%) Amazon AWS
2 14 (1.31%) Amazon EC2
2 14 (1.31%) Amazon S3
3 9 (0.84%) Microsoft Azure
4 8 (0.75%) GitHub
5 7 (0.66%) Cloud Computing
6 5 (0.47%) SaaS
6 5 (0.47%) Route 53
7 4 (0.38%) IaaS
7 4 (0.38%) PaaS
7 4 (0.38%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 28 (2.63%) Internet
2 18 (1.69%) HTTP
3 11 (1.03%) TCP/IP
4 9 (0.84%) Wireshark
5 7 (0.66%) iSCSI
5 7 (0.66%) Ethernet
5 7 (0.66%) ATM
5 7 (0.66%) Broadband
5 7 (0.66%) Wireless
5 7 (0.66%) SAN
6 6 (0.56%) FTP
6 6 (0.56%) FCoE
6 6 (0.56%) Fibre Channel
7 5 (0.47%) AMQP
7 5 (0.47%) HTTPS
7 5 (0.47%) DHCP
7 5 (0.47%) LDAP
7 5 (0.47%) Telnet
8 4 (0.38%) Intrusion Detection
8 4 (0.38%) GSM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (4.32%) SQL Server
2 32 (3.00%) Data Warehouse
3 29 (2.72%) MySQL
4 25 (2.35%) MongoDB
5 24 (2.25%) Big Data
5 24 (2.25%) Relational Database
6 20 (1.88%) Oracle Reports
6 20 (1.88%) NoSQL
6 20 (1.88%) Oracle Database
7 16 (1.50%) Hadoop
8 14 (1.31%) RDBMS
9 10 (0.94%) SQL Server 2012
10 8 (0.75%) DB2
11 7 (0.66%) SQLite
11 7 (0.66%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 6 (0.56%) Hazelcast
13 5 (0.47%) Impala
13 5 (0.47%) TKPROF
13 5 (0.47%) Amazon RDS
13 5 (0.47%) Jackrabbit
Development Applications
1 390 (36.59%) Selenium
2 257 (24.11%) Cucumber
3 173 (16.23%) QuickTest Pro
4 146 (13.70%) WebDriver
5 117 (10.98%) Jenkins
6 113 (10.60%) JIRA
7 74 (6.94%) Git (software)
8 69 (6.47%) Maven
8 69 (6.47%) JUnit
9 66 (6.19%) JMeter
10 65 (6.10%) Subversion
11 51 (4.78%) SoapUI
12 50 (4.69%) WATIR
12 50 (4.69%) SpecFlow
13 46 (4.32%) Visual Studio
14 43 (4.03%) Sahi
15 40 (3.75%) Calabash
16 39 (3.66%) LoadRunner
16 39 (3.66%) Grunt
17 38 (3.56%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 158 (14.82%) Finance
2 86 (8.07%) Banking
3 44 (4.13%) Investment Banking
4 32 (3.00%) Telecoms
5 27 (2.53%) Retail
6 24 (2.25%) Electronics
6 24 (2.25%) Games
7 11 (1.03%) Front Office
7 11 (1.03%) Marketing
8 10 (0.94%) Automotive
8 10 (0.94%) Back Office
9 8 (0.75%) Advertising
9 8 (0.75%) Publishing
10 7 (0.66%) Manufacturing
11 5 (0.47%) Legal
12 4 (0.38%) Multimedia
13 2 (0.19%) Billing
14 1 (0.094%) Law
14 1 (0.094%) Aerospace
14 1 (0.094%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 251 (23.55%) Developer
2 208 (19.51%) Analyst
3 193 (18.11%) Test Analyst
4 190 (17.82%) Tester
5 137 (12.85%) Test Engineer
6 77 (7.22%) Automation Tester
7 60 (5.63%) Test Manager
8 54 (5.07%) Test Leader
9 51 (4.78%) Software Engineer
10 50 (4.69%) Java Developer
11 42 (3.94%) QA Engineer
12 41 (3.85%) Automation Engineer
13 40 (3.75%) QA Analyst
14 34 (3.19%) Senior Analyst
15 33 (3.10%) Senior Test Analyst
15 33 (3.10%) Automation Analyst
16 32 (3.00%) Agile Coach
16 32 (3.00%) Software Tester
17 31 (2.91%) Test Automation Engineer
18 30 (2.81%) QA Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 172 (16.14%) .NET
2 169 (15.85%) Web Services
3 155 (14.54%) XML
4 122 (11.44%) HTML
5 85 (7.97%) CSS
6 79 (7.41%) RESTful
7 67 (6.29%) JSON
8 57 (5.35%) SOAP
9 50 (4.69%) jQuery
10 44 (4.13%) REST
11 37 (3.47%) Gherkin
12 35 (3.28%) HTML5
12 35 (3.28%) Spring
13 29 (2.72%) .NET Framework
14 28 (2.63%) CSS3
15 27 (2.53%) J2EE
16 24 (2.25%) ASP.NET
17 22 (2.06%) JSP
18 19 (1.78%) Ajax
19 17 (1.59%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 92 (8.63%) Open Source
2 66 (6.19%) Analytical Skills
3 48 (4.50%) Mobile App
4 26 (2.44%) Computer Science
5 21 (1.97%) PDA
5 21 (1.97%) Clustering
6 16 (1.50%) Digital Media
6 16 (1.50%) User Experience
7 15 (1.41%) Enterprise Software
7 15 (1.41%) Derivative
8 13 (1.22%) Video on Demand
8 13 (1.22%) Equities
9 12 (1.13%) Replication
9 12 (1.13%) Client/Server
9 12 (1.13%) iPhone
10 11 (1.03%) iPad
11 10 (0.94%) Blackberry
11 10 (0.94%) Algorithms
12 9 (0.84%) STB
12 9 (0.84%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 198 (18.57%) Linux
2 119 (11.16%) Windows
3 104 (9.76%) UNIX
4 58 (5.44%) Android
4 58 (5.44%) Apple iOS
5 28 (2.63%) AIX
6 23 (2.16%) Windows Server 2003
7 22 (2.06%) Windows XP
7 22 (2.06%) Windows Server 2008
8 21 (1.97%) Windows 7
9 14 (1.31%) Oracle Linux
10 7 (0.66%) Embedded Linux
11 6 (0.56%) Windows NT
12 4 (0.38%) Mac OS X
12 4 (0.38%) Windows Phone
13 3 (0.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 3 (0.28%) Windows Phone 8
14 2 (0.19%) Windows Server 2012
15 1 (0.094%) Windows 8
15 1 (0.094%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 642 (60.23%) Agile Software Development
2 338 (31.71%) TDD
3 282 (26.45%) Scrum
4 255 (23.92%) BDD
5 243 (22.80%) Continuous Integration
6 155 (14.54%) Test Scripting
7 123 (11.54%) Software Testing
8 116 (10.88%) Software Engineering
9 112 (10.51%) Test Strategy
10 111 (10.41%) Automated Testing
11 93 (8.72%) Regression Testing
12 92 (8.63%) User Stories
13 83 (7.79%) User Acceptance Testing
14 74 (6.94%) Manual Testing
15 73 (6.85%) Performance Testing
16 65 (6.10%) OO
16 65 (6.10%) Refactoring
17 62 (5.82%) Test Management
18 61 (5.72%) Waterfall
19 60 (5.63%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 479 (44.93%) Java
2 371 (34.80%) SQL
3 200 (18.76%) Ruby
4 167 (15.67%) C#
5 133 (12.48%) Python
6 127 (11.91%) JavaScript
7 50 (4.69%) PHP
8 47 (4.41%) C++
9 46 (4.32%) Perl
10 35 (3.28%) C
11 34 (3.19%) VB
12 28 (2.63%) Shell Script
13 22 (2.06%) Bash Shell
14 21 (1.97%) VBScript
15 15 (1.41%) Scala
15 15 (1.41%) T-SQL
16 14 (1.31%) XPath
17 10 (0.94%) Objective-C
18 7 (0.66%) PowerShell
18 7 (0.66%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 134 (12.57%) ISEB
2 123 (11.54%) ISTQB
3 100 (9.38%) Security Cleared
4 63 (5.91%) SC Cleared
5 60 (5.63%) Degree
6 36 (3.38%) DV Cleared
7 25 (2.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 20 (1.88%) MCITP
8 20 (1.88%) MCTS
8 20 (1.88%) Microsoft Certification
8 20 (1.88%) MCSE
8 20 (1.88%) MCSA
9 14 (1.31%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 9 (0.84%) VCP4
11 4 (0.38%) ISEB Practitioner
12 2 (0.19%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 2 (0.19%) Postgraduate
12 2 (0.19%) IIBA
13 1 (0.094%) CBAP
13 1 (0.094%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 290 (27.20%) QA
2 5 (0.47%) Dodd-Frank
2 5 (0.47%) Data Quality
3 4 (0.38%) ISO 9001
4 3 (0.28%) Basel III
4 3 (0.28%) ISO 14001
5 2 (0.19%) EMIR
6 1 (0.094%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.094%) Solvency II
6 1 (0.094%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 1 (0.094%) GCP
System Software
1 21 (1.97%) VMware ESX
2 20 (1.88%) Hyper-V
3 19 (1.78%) Oracle RAC
4 13 (1.22%) VMware Infrastructure
5 9 (0.84%) Docker
5 9 (0.84%) Varnish
5 9 (0.84%) VirtualBox
6 5 (0.47%) Firmware
6 5 (0.47%) Oracle RMAN
7 4 (0.38%) Apache Flume
8 3 (0.28%) HDFS
8 3 (0.28%) NDS
9 2 (0.19%) Active Directory
10 1 (0.094%) NFS
Systems Management
1 103 (9.66%) HP Quality Center
2 46 (4.32%) Puppet
3 33 (3.10%) Vagrant
4 22 (2.06%) McAfee ePO
5 19 (1.78%) Netcool
6 14 (1.31%) Opscode Chef
7 6 (0.56%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
7 6 (0.56%) Ansible
8 5 (0.47%) HAProxy
8 5 (0.47%) Data Guard
9 3 (0.28%) Oozie
9 3 (0.28%) Salt
10 1 (0.094%) Oracle Identity Management
10 1 (0.094%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 124 (11.63%) Oracle
2 100 (9.38%) Microsoft
3 85 (7.97%) HP
4 30 (2.81%) VMware
5 28 (2.63%) Veritas
6 23 (2.16%) Citrix
7 22 (2.06%) McAfee
8 21 (1.97%) Google
9 20 (1.88%) SAP
10 15 (1.41%) Sybase
11 11 (1.03%) IBM
12 7 (0.66%) Salesforce.com
13 5 (0.47%) Progress
14 4 (0.38%) Atlassian
14 4 (0.38%) Green Hat
15 3 (0.28%) Maxymiser
15 3 (0.28%) Adobe
15 3 (0.28%) Remedy
15 3 (0.28%) Red Hat
15 3 (0.28%) Zend
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Rate: £300.00 - £340.00 per day
Posted: 7 hours ago
City, London
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Rate: £350 - £400 per day
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Be-IT Resourcing
Posted: Yesterday
Coventry
Interquest - IQ Telecom
Rate: £150 - £300 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: From £400 to £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City of London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £380.00 - £425.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Hertfordshire
Nicoll Curtin
Rate: £275 - £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
East Riding
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £200 - £250 per day + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Central London / West End
Oliver Bernard
Rate: From £400 to £425 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Redhill
Computer Futures
Rate: £30 - £35 per hour + competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
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Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £350 - £360 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £125 - £145 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Surrey
Salt
Rate: £300 - £350 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
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Robert Half
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
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Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 - £390 per day
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Scotland
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Rate: £200 - £300 per day
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Leeds
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £300.00 - £400.00 per day + Negotiable
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Leeds
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