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 24 December 2014 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Automation
Rank 189 203 305
Rank change year-on-year
+14 +102
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 625 494 283
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.15% 0.96% 0.58%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.54% 1.31% 0.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 426 344 148
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £378 £328 £313
% change year-on-year
+15.26% +4.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 5 4
Average hourly rate £28.50 £37.50 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-24.00% +167.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.59 £34.25 £5.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.75 £39.00 £28.85
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.50 £37.50 £14.00
% change year-on-year
-24.00% +167.85%

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
40533 37796 34894
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.73% 73.83% 71.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 26554 23240 20514
Average daily rate £423 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.62% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £270 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £580 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £370 £365
% change year-on-year
+4.72% +1.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1096 1172 1415
Average hourly rate £24.00 £26.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% -13.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -10.00%

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 24 December 2014.

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 24 December 2014.

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 24 December 2014. 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 -3 563 £400 - 105
London +10 321 £401 -5.76% 45
South East -12 95 £355 +1.42% 25
City of London -4 90 £403 -10.50% 24
East of England +29 56 £450 +22.03% 5
Scotland +28 44 £390 +24.80% 7
South West 0 44 £350 - 13
Hampshire +7 41 £345 -8.00% 8
Edinburgh +12 30 £400 +73.91% 3
Surrey +16 26 £330 +32.00% 8
Wiltshire +2 18 £418 - 3
Southampton +10 17 £335 -16.25% 3
West Yorkshire -5 17 £544 +81.25% 5
Yorkshire -10 17 £544 +81.25% 7
Cambridgeshire -1 16 £425 +9.67% 2
Leeds -2 15 £544 +55.35% 5
Suffolk - 15 £413 - 1
Essex - 15 £625 -
North West -11 13 £289 -24.75% 5
Ipswich - 12 £415 -
East Midlands +9 11 £368 +56.38% 2
Berkshire -26 11 £438 +18.64% 6
Buckinghamshire -15 9 £319 +27.50% 2
Guildford -3 8 £330 +76.00%
Manchester -7 8 £288 - 5
Somerset - 8 £325 - 1
Hertfordshire +10 7 £310 -51.37% 2
Gloucestershire - 7 £456 - 3
Bristol -20 6 £425 +21.42% 5
Taunton - 6 £338 - 1

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, 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.

1 670 (59.77%) Agile Software Development
2 503 (44.87%) Java
3 402 (35.86%) Selenium
4 394 (35.15%) TDD
5 366 (32.65%) SQL
6 304 (27.12%) Scrum
7 292 (26.05%) QA
8 287 (25.60%) BDD
9 280 (24.98%) Cucumber
10 264 (23.55%) Continuous Integration
11 221 (19.71%) C#
12 216 (19.27%) .NET
12 216 (19.27%) Ruby
13 205 (18.29%) Web Services
14 180 (16.06%) Linux
15 173 (15.43%) QuickTest Pro
16 168 (14.99%) XML
17 166 (14.81%) Oracle
18 165 (14.72%) Test Scripting
19 162 (14.45%) WebDriver
20 153 (13.65%) JavaScript
21 151 (13.47%) HTML
22 148 (13.20%) Finance
23 145 (12.93%) Python
24 138 (12.31%) Automated Testing
25 132 (11.78%) ISEB
26 131 (11.69%) Software Engineering
26 131 (11.69%) ISTQB
27 129 (11.51%) Jenkins
28 126 (11.24%) UNIX

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, 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 25 (2.23%) Node.js
2 24 (2.14%) WebLogic
3 23 (2.05%) Tomcat
4 21 (1.87%) Confluence
5 20 (1.78%) Apache
6 18 (1.61%) CMS
7 14 (1.25%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 9 (0.80%) SharePoint
8 9 (0.80%) IIS
9 8 (0.71%) WebSphere
10 6 (0.54%) OpenStack
10 6 (0.54%) BizTalk Server
11 5 (0.45%) JBoss
11 5 (0.45%) Adobe CQ
11 5 (0.45%) nginx
12 4 (0.36%) Oracle Application Server
13 3 (0.27%) Cloud Foundry
14 2 (0.18%) GlassFish
14 2 (0.18%) lighttpd
14 2 (0.18%) Apache ServiceMix
Applications
1 38 (3.39%) MS Excel
2 20 (1.78%) MS Office
3 6 (0.54%) MS Visio
4 5 (0.45%) MS Project
4 5 (0.45%) Final Cut Pro
5 2 (0.18%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.089%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 11 (0.98%) Oracle EBS
2 9 (0.80%) Dynamics CRM
3 6 (0.54%) Oracle BPM
4 5 (0.45%) Summit
5 4 (0.36%) Oracle Financials
6 2 (0.18%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 1 (0.089%) Markit EDM
7 1 (0.089%) Oracle TCA
7 1 (0.089%) SAP HR
7 1 (0.089%) Findur
7 1 (0.089%) Oracle Applications
7 1 (0.089%) SAP AFS
7 1 (0.089%) SAP Retail
7 1 (0.089%) Google Analytics
7 1 (0.089%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 22 (1.96%) Amazon AWS
2 13 (1.16%) Amazon EC2
2 13 (1.16%) Amazon S3
3 10 (0.89%) Microsoft Azure
4 7 (0.62%) Cloud Computing
5 5 (0.45%) Route 53
6 4 (0.36%) GitHub
7 3 (0.27%) IaaS
7 3 (0.27%) SaaS
7 3 (0.27%) PaaS
8 1 (0.089%) Heroku
Communications & Networking
1 31 (2.77%) HTTP
2 21 (1.87%) Internet
3 13 (1.16%) TCP/IP
4 12 (1.07%) Wireshark
5 10 (0.89%) Broadband
6 9 (0.80%) LTE
6 9 (0.80%) Wireless
7 8 (0.71%) WCDMA
7 8 (0.71%) DHCP
8 7 (0.62%) DNS
8 7 (0.62%) ATM
8 7 (0.62%) Firewall
9 6 (0.54%) NAS
10 5 (0.45%) IP Telephony
10 5 (0.45%) Telnet
10 5 (0.45%) HTTPS
11 4 (0.36%) LDAP
11 4 (0.36%) 3GPP
11 4 (0.36%) FTP
11 4 (0.36%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 53 (4.73%) SQL Server
2 37 (3.30%) Oracle Reports
3 34 (3.03%) MySQL
3 34 (3.03%) Oracle Database
4 30 (2.68%) Data Warehouse
5 27 (2.41%) MongoDB
6 24 (2.14%) NoSQL
6 24 (2.14%) Relational Database
7 23 (2.05%) Big Data
8 12 (1.07%) RDBMS
9 11 (0.98%) DB2
9 11 (0.98%) Hadoop
10 9 (0.80%) SQLite
10 9 (0.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 9 (0.80%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 8 (0.71%) PostgreSQL
11 8 (0.71%) SQL Server 2012
12 5 (0.45%) Redis
12 5 (0.45%) Amazon RDS
12 5 (0.45%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 402 (35.86%) Selenium
2 280 (24.98%) Cucumber
3 173 (15.43%) QuickTest Pro
4 162 (14.45%) WebDriver
5 129 (11.51%) Jenkins
6 111 (9.90%) JIRA
7 100 (8.92%) JUnit
8 83 (7.40%) Git (software)
9 76 (6.78%) Subversion
10 58 (5.17%) Maven
10 58 (5.17%) JMeter
10 58 (5.17%) SoapUI
11 57 (5.08%) SpecFlow
11 57 (5.08%) WATIR
12 50 (4.46%) Visual Studio
13 49 (4.37%) Team Foundation Server
14 45 (4.01%) LoadRunner
15 37 (3.30%) Sahi
16 36 (3.21%) Hudson
16 36 (3.21%) RSpec
General
1 148 (13.20%) Finance
2 69 (6.16%) Banking
3 36 (3.21%) Investment Banking
4 33 (2.94%) Telecoms
5 27 (2.41%) Games
6 26 (2.32%) Retail
7 23 (2.05%) Electronics
8 11 (0.98%) Automotive
9 9 (0.80%) Back Office
10 8 (0.71%) Legal
10 8 (0.71%) Publishing
11 6 (0.54%) Front Office
12 5 (0.45%) Marketing
13 3 (0.27%) Manufacturing
13 3 (0.27%) Advertising
14 2 (0.18%) Multimedia
15 1 (0.089%) Retail Banking
15 1 (0.089%) Military
15 1 (0.089%) Law
15 1 (0.089%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 263 (23.46%) Developer
2 200 (17.84%) Tester
3 199 (17.75%) Analyst
4 184 (16.41%) Test Analyst
5 155 (13.83%) Test Engineer
6 89 (7.94%) Automation Tester
7 73 (6.51%) Test Manager
8 64 (5.71%) Software Engineer
9 57 (5.08%) Java Developer
10 51 (4.55%) Automation Engineer
11 50 (4.46%) Test Leader
12 40 (3.57%) Agile Coach
13 35 (3.12%) Consultant
14 34 (3.03%) QA Engineer
15 31 (2.77%) Test Consultant
15 31 (2.77%) Test Automation Engineer
16 30 (2.68%) Software Test Engineer
17 29 (2.59%) Senior Analyst
17 29 (2.59%) Automation Analyst
18 28 (2.50%) Senior Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 216 (19.27%) .NET
2 205 (18.29%) Web Services
3 168 (14.99%) XML
4 151 (13.47%) HTML
5 90 (8.03%) CSS
6 85 (7.58%) RESTful
7 78 (6.96%) JSON
8 66 (5.89%) SOAP
9 57 (5.08%) REST
10 56 (5.00%) Spring
10 56 (5.00%) jQuery
11 52 (4.64%) ASP.NET
12 51 (4.55%) JSP
13 38 (3.39%) HTML5
14 36 (3.21%) Gherkin
15 33 (2.94%) CSS3
16 29 (2.59%) .NET Framework
17 28 (2.50%) J2EE
18 24 (2.14%) Spring MVC
19 23 (2.05%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 92 (8.21%) Open Source
2 57 (5.08%) Analytical Skills
3 53 (4.73%) Mobile App
4 27 (2.41%) Computer Science
5 24 (2.14%) Derivative
6 20 (1.78%) Enterprise Software
7 19 (1.69%) Video on Demand
8 18 (1.61%) User Experience
9 14 (1.25%) Data Structures
9 14 (1.25%) Algorithms
9 14 (1.25%) PDA
9 14 (1.25%) STB
9 14 (1.25%) Credit Derivative
9 14 (1.25%) Client/Server
10 13 (1.16%) Clustering
10 13 (1.16%) Digital Media
11 12 (1.07%) Credit Risk
11 12 (1.07%) Equities
12 10 (0.89%) Embedded Systems
13 9 (0.80%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 180 (16.06%) Linux
2 126 (11.24%) UNIX
3 101 (9.01%) Windows
4 53 (4.73%) Apple iOS
5 50 (4.46%) Android
6 19 (1.69%) Windows 7
7 17 (1.52%) Windows XP
8 16 (1.43%) Windows Server 2008
8 16 (1.43%) Windows Server 2003
9 14 (1.25%) Windows NT
10 13 (1.16%) AIX
10 13 (1.16%) Oracle Linux
11 7 (0.62%) Embedded Linux
12 4 (0.36%) Mac OS X
13 2 (0.18%) Windows 2000
13 2 (0.18%) Windows Mobile
13 2 (0.18%) Windows Server 2012
13 2 (0.18%) Windows Phone
14 1 (0.089%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
14 1 (0.089%) Windows Phone 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 670 (59.77%) Agile Software Development
2 394 (35.15%) TDD
3 304 (27.12%) Scrum
4 287 (25.60%) BDD
5 264 (23.55%) Continuous Integration
6 165 (14.72%) Test Scripting
7 138 (12.31%) Automated Testing
8 131 (11.69%) Software Engineering
9 120 (10.70%) Software Testing
10 111 (9.90%) User Stories
11 104 (9.28%) Test Strategy
12 84 (7.49%) Automation Testing
13 83 (7.40%) User Acceptance Testing
13 83 (7.40%) Regression Testing
14 79 (7.05%) Performance Testing
15 77 (6.87%) Manual Testing
16 73 (6.51%) Kanban
16 73 (6.51%) Refactoring
17 67 (5.98%) OO
18 63 (5.62%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 503 (44.87%) Java
2 366 (32.65%) SQL
3 221 (19.71%) C#
4 216 (19.27%) Ruby
5 153 (13.65%) JavaScript
6 145 (12.93%) Python
7 56 (5.00%) C++
8 52 (4.64%) PHP
9 50 (4.46%) Perl
9 50 (4.46%) VB
10 32 (2.85%) Bash Shell
11 31 (2.77%) Shell Script
12 30 (2.68%) C
13 29 (2.59%) VBScript
14 25 (2.23%) Scala
15 18 (1.61%) T-SQL
16 17 (1.52%) VB.NET
17 12 (1.07%) Objective-C
17 12 (1.07%) XPath
18 10 (0.89%) Golang
Qualifications
1 132 (11.78%) ISEB
2 131 (11.69%) ISTQB
3 99 (8.83%) Security Cleared
4 72 (6.42%) SC Cleared
5 64 (5.71%) Degree
6 30 (2.68%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 27 (2.41%) DV Cleared
8 25 (2.23%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 13 (1.16%) MCTS
9 13 (1.16%) MCITP
9 13 (1.16%) Microsoft Certification
9 13 (1.16%) MCSE
9 13 (1.16%) MCSA
10 5 (0.45%) ISEB Practitioner
11 2 (0.18%) HND
11 2 (0.18%) Postgraduate
11 2 (0.18%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 1 (0.089%) Sun Certification
12 1 (0.089%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (0.089%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 292 (26.05%) QA
2 6 (0.54%) Data Quality
3 4 (0.36%) ISO 9001
4 3 (0.27%) ISO 14001
5 2 (0.18%) Dodd-Frank
6 1 (0.089%) GAAP
6 1 (0.089%) EMIR
6 1 (0.089%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.089%) DO-160
6 1 (0.089%) Basel III
6 1 (0.089%) Solvency II
System Software
1 17 (1.52%) Oracle RAC
2 13 (1.16%) VMware ESX
2 13 (1.16%) Hyper-V
3 9 (0.80%) Varnish
4 8 (0.71%) VirtualBox
4 8 (0.71%) Firmware
5 7 (0.62%) Docker
6 6 (0.54%) VMware Infrastructure
7 4 (0.36%) Oracle RMAN
8 3 (0.27%) Xen
8 3 (0.27%) NDS
9 1 (0.089%) vCloud
9 1 (0.089%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 101 (9.01%) HP Quality Center
2 42 (3.75%) Puppet
3 29 (2.59%) Vagrant
4 15 (1.34%) Opscode Chef
5 13 (1.16%) McAfee ePO
5 13 (1.16%) Netcool
6 7 (0.62%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
7 5 (0.45%) HAProxy
7 5 (0.45%) WebInspect
8 4 (0.36%) Data Guard
8 4 (0.36%) Nagios
8 4 (0.36%) Ansible
9 3 (0.27%) Salt
10 2 (0.18%) Oracle EDQ
10 2 (0.18%) Cisco IPCC
11 1 (0.089%) Oracle Identity Management
Vendors
1 166 (14.81%) Oracle
2 125 (11.15%) HP
3 106 (9.46%) Microsoft
4 19 (1.69%) SAP
5 18 (1.61%) Google
6 17 (1.52%) VMware
7 15 (1.34%) Citrix
8 13 (1.16%) Veritas
8 13 (1.16%) McAfee
9 9 (0.80%) Atlassian
10 8 (0.71%) IBM
11 7 (0.62%) ESRI
11 7 (0.62%) Sybase
12 6 (0.54%) Adobe
12 6 (0.54%) Progress
13 5 (0.45%) Informatica
13 5 (0.45%) Salesforce.com
14 4 (0.36%) Business Objects
15 3 (0.27%) Cisco
16 2 (0.18%) Siemens
Reading
Computer Futures
Rate: £35 - £41 per annum + competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
Hampshire
Synergize Consulting
Rate: Up to £300 per hour DOE
Posted: 3 days ago
Hampshire
Synergize Consulting
Rate: Up to £345 per day DOE
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Explore Group
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Explore Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £420 - £460 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Yoh
Posted: 4 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
ENTERPRISE RECRUITMENT LTD
Rate: £neg
Posted: 7 days ago
Conwy, Gwynedd
Supertemps
Posted: 7 days ago
Central London / West End
Oliver Bernard
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
London
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £425 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
City, London
RedCat Solutions
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
83Zero
Rate: From £300 to £350 per annum
Posted: 10 days ago
City of London
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Posted: 15 days ago
Newcastle upon Tyne
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 23 days ago
London
Gamesys
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 25 days ago