The first table below looks at the demand 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 30 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category.

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
30 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Automation
Rank 204 220 292
Rank change year-on-year
+16 +72
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 543 455 352
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.99% 0.89% 0.61%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.34% 1.22% 0.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 342 307 182
Average daily rate
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£375 £375 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +15.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £253 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £516 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
- +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 8 2
Average hourly rate £37.50 £37.00 £40.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.35% -7.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.50 £28.78 £38.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £41.80 £42.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £32.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year
+15.38% -18.75%
Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
40471 37295 40749
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.06% 72.95% 70.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 25021 22614 23464
Average daily rate £400 £403 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.62% +0.62%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £268
10% offered a daily rate of more than £560 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1157 1059 1464
Average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% -3.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.55 £12.50 £13.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £31.00 £31.50
% change year-on-year
-14.51% -1.58%

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 30 July 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
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 30 July 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 -2 494 £375 -3.28% 161
London +30 284 £425 - 57
South East -20 98 £325 -10.95% 49
Hampshire +18 63 £325 -13.33% 6
City of London +4 58 £450 +5.88% 23
South West -4 31 £365 +12.30% 14
Scotland +1 29 £375 - 6
Yorkshire +7 17 £305 +1.66% 6
Southampton +7 15 £315 +3.27% 1
West Yorkshire 0 15 £305 +1.66% 3
Berkshire -35 15 £308 -18.00% 8
East of England -26 13 £350 -6.66% 12
Wales -6 12 £400 +45.45% 2
South Wales - 12 £400 - 2
Glasgow +7 11 £356 - 3
East Midlands +5 11 £273 +9.00% 6
Wiltshire +1 11 £470 +56.66% 5
Swindon +8 10 £470 - 4
Leeds -10 10 £308 +2.50% 3
Kent +3 8 £250 -44.44% 2
North West -8 8 £325 +0.77% 9
West Midlands -10 8 £288 -4.16% 3
Gloucestershire - 8 £304 - 4
West Lothian - 7 £375 -
Tyne and Wear - 7 - - 8
North East - 7 - - 8
Newcastle upon Tyne - 7 - - 8
Cardiff - 7 £400 - 2
Edinburgh -14 6 £315 -16.00% 3
Derbyshire +5 5 £320 +28.00% 1

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 July 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.

1 462 (39.90%) Selenium
2 458 (39.55%) Java
3 454 (39.21%) Agile Software Development
4 397 (34.28%) TDD
5 379 (32.73%) Cucumber
6 373 (32.21%) BDD
7 364 (31.43%) SQL
8 353 (30.48%) QA
9 337 (29.10%) Scrum
10 292 (25.22%) C#
11 255 (22.02%) Ruby
12 253 (21.85%) .NET
13 243 (20.98%) Continuous Integration
14 238 (20.55%) Web Services
15 218 (18.83%) WebDriver
16 212 (18.31%) QuickTest Pro
16 212 (18.31%) Test Scripting
17 202 (17.44%) Oracle
18 196 (16.93%) HP
19 180 (15.54%) ISTQB
20 169 (14.59%) HP Quality Center
21 161 (13.90%) JavaScript
22 160 (13.82%) XML
23 158 (13.64%) HTML
24 156 (13.47%) Automated Testing
25 153 (13.21%) Software Testing
26 152 (13.13%) Jenkins
27 150 (12.95%) Finance
28 139 (12.00%) Test Strategy
29 138 (11.92%) ISEB

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 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 30 (2.59%) Node.js
2 20 (1.73%) Apache
3 13 (1.12%) Confluence
4 11 (0.95%) Tomcat
5 7 (0.60%) WebLogic
6 6 (0.52%) SharePoint Server
6 6 (0.52%) SharePoint
7 5 (0.43%) CMS
7 5 (0.43%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 3 (0.26%) WebSphere
8 3 (0.26%) SharePoint 2013
8 3 (0.26%) Jetty
9 2 (0.17%) Cloud Foundry
9 2 (0.17%) Oracle Application Server
9 2 (0.17%) CICS
9 2 (0.17%) IIS
9 2 (0.17%) MQSeries
10 1 (0.086%) BizTalk Server
10 1 (0.086%) Oracle Workflow
10 1 (0.086%) Oracle Spatial
Applications
1 31 (2.68%) MS Excel
2 13 (1.12%) MS Visio
3 11 (0.95%) MS Office
4 6 (0.52%) MS PowerPoint
5 3 (0.26%) MS Project
5 3 (0.26%) Final Cut Pro
5 3 (0.26%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 17 (1.47%) Oracle EBS
2 5 (0.43%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (0.35%) Oracle Financials
4 3 (0.26%) SAP FI
4 3 (0.26%) SAP CO
4 3 (0.26%) SAP FI/CO
5 2 (0.17%) Oracle BPM
5 2 (0.17%) Magento
5 2 (0.17%) Oracle BRM
5 2 (0.17%) RMDS
5 2 (0.17%) Oracle Applications
6 1 (0.086%) Endur
6 1 (0.086%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 9 (0.78%) SaaS
2 8 (0.69%) Cloud Computing
3 7 (0.60%) GitHub
4 4 (0.35%) Microsoft Azure
4 4 (0.35%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (0.35%) Amazon EC2
4 4 (0.35%) Amazon S3
5 2 (0.17%) PaaS
6 1 (0.086%) Force.com
6 1 (0.086%) Heroku
6 1 (0.086%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 72 (6.22%) HTTP
2 32 (2.76%) TCP/IP
3 26 (2.25%) DNS
4 24 (2.07%) Internet
5 22 (1.90%) HTTPS
6 18 (1.55%) 3G
7 17 (1.47%) SSL
8 16 (1.38%) 2G
9 15 (1.30%) 4G
10 12 (1.04%) Wireshark
10 12 (1.04%) IP Telephony
11 10 (0.86%) LAN
12 9 (0.78%) LDAP
12 9 (0.78%) Firewall
13 8 (0.69%) WAN
14 7 (0.60%) LTE
15 5 (0.43%) WCDMA
15 5 (0.43%) Wireless
15 5 (0.43%) DVB
16 4 (0.35%) Multicast
Database & Business Intelligence
1 70 (6.04%) SQL Server
2 52 (4.49%) Relational Database
3 43 (3.71%) Oracle Reports
4 37 (3.20%) Oracle Database
5 31 (2.68%) NoSQL
6 29 (2.50%) Data Warehouse
7 28 (2.42%) MongoDB
8 27 (2.33%) MySQL
9 16 (1.38%) RDBMS
10 15 (1.30%) Big Data
11 9 (0.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 9 (0.78%) SQL Server 2008
12 8 (0.69%) Oracle BI EE
12 8 (0.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 5 (0.43%) SQL Navigator
13 5 (0.43%) DB2
13 5 (0.43%) SQL Server 2012
14 4 (0.35%) PostgreSQL
15 3 (0.26%) Informix
15 3 (0.26%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 462 (39.90%) Selenium
2 379 (32.73%) Cucumber
3 218 (18.83%) WebDriver
4 212 (18.31%) QuickTest Pro
5 152 (13.13%) Jenkins
6 131 (11.31%) JUnit
7 114 (9.84%) JIRA
8 96 (8.29%) SoapUI
9 82 (7.08%) Git (software)
10 77 (6.65%) JBehave
11 73 (6.30%) WATIR
12 66 (5.70%) RSpec
13 65 (5.61%) Maven
14 64 (5.53%) Calabash
15 63 (5.44%) Team Foundation Server
15 63 (5.44%) LoadRunner
16 61 (5.27%) FitNesse
17 55 (4.75%) Visual Studio
18 49 (4.23%) SpecFlow
19 45 (3.89%) TeamCity
General
1 150 (12.95%) Finance
2 85 (7.34%) Banking
3 38 (3.28%) Investment Banking
4 27 (2.33%) Retail
5 23 (1.99%) Telecoms
6 22 (1.90%) Games
7 20 (1.73%) Marketing
8 16 (1.38%) Publishing
9 13 (1.12%) Back Office
10 12 (1.04%) General Ledger
11 11 (0.95%) Advertising
12 10 (0.86%) Legal
13 8 (0.69%) Manufacturing
14 6 (0.52%) Electronics
15 4 (0.35%) Billing
15 4 (0.35%) Automotive
16 3 (0.26%) Pharmaceutical
16 3 (0.26%) Multimedia
16 3 (0.26%) Local Government
17 2 (0.17%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 248 (21.42%) Analyst
2 245 (21.16%) Tester
3 218 (18.83%) Test Analyst
4 213 (18.39%) Developer
5 127 (10.97%) Automation Tester
6 113 (9.76%) Test Engineer
7 88 (7.60%) Test Manager
8 76 (6.56%) Test Leader
9 57 (4.92%) Consultant
10 51 (4.40%) Automation Engineer
11 49 (4.23%) Test Consultant
12 45 (3.89%) QA Engineer
12 45 (3.89%) Java Developer
13 43 (3.71%) QA Analyst
14 37 (3.20%) QA Tester
15 36 (3.11%) Software Engineer
16 35 (3.02%) Automation Analyst
17 29 (2.50%) Automation Test Analyst
18 27 (2.33%) Test Specialist
19 25 (2.16%) Agile Coach
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 253 (21.85%) .NET
2 238 (20.55%) Web Services
3 160 (13.82%) XML
4 158 (13.64%) HTML
5 115 (9.93%) SOAP
6 101 (8.72%) JSON
7 97 (8.38%) ASP.NET
8 84 (7.25%) JSP
9 68 (5.87%) RESTful
10 61 (5.27%) REST
11 53 (4.58%) Spring
12 49 (4.23%) CSS
13 32 (2.76%) XSLT
14 28 (2.42%) Gherkin
14 28 (2.42%) HTML5
15 26 (2.25%) Sass
16 25 (2.16%) CSS3
17 20 (1.73%) Mustache
18 19 (1.64%) jQuery
18 19 (1.64%) Spring MVC
Miscellaneous
1 116 (10.02%) Open Source
2 97 (8.38%) Mobile App
3 38 (3.28%) Computer Science
4 21 (1.81%) Enterprise Software
5 17 (1.47%) Handset
5 17 (1.47%) Mobile Banking
6 15 (1.30%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 15 (1.30%) Management Information System
6 15 (1.30%) Video on Demand
6 15 (1.30%) Digital Media
7 13 (1.12%) Clustering
7 13 (1.12%) IVR
7 13 (1.12%) IPTV
8 11 (0.95%) Mathematics
9 10 (0.86%) Credit Risk
9 10 (0.86%) GIS
10 8 (0.69%) Data Integration
10 8 (0.69%) Derivative
11 7 (0.60%) Client/Server
11 7 (0.60%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 108 (9.33%) Linux
2 105 (9.07%) Windows
3 104 (8.98%) UNIX
4 68 (5.87%) Apple iOS
5 61 (5.27%) Android
6 25 (2.16%) Windows Server 2003
7 24 (2.07%) Windows XP
8 20 (1.73%) Windows Server 2008
9 19 (1.64%) Windows 7
10 13 (1.12%) AIX
11 12 (1.04%) Windows 2000
12 6 (0.52%) CentOS
12 6 (0.52%) Windows Server 2012
13 5 (0.43%) Windows NT
13 5 (0.43%) Oracle Linux
14 4 (0.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 4 (0.35%) VMS
15 3 (0.26%) Debian
16 2 (0.17%) Solaris
17 1 (0.086%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 454 (39.21%) Agile Software Development
2 397 (34.28%) TDD
3 373 (32.21%) BDD
4 337 (29.10%) Scrum
5 243 (20.98%) Continuous Integration
6 212 (18.31%) Test Scripting
7 156 (13.47%) Automated Testing
8 153 (13.21%) Software Testing
9 139 (12.00%) Test Strategy
10 128 (11.05%) Automation Testing
11 113 (9.76%) User Stories
12 94 (8.12%) User Acceptance Testing
13 89 (7.69%) Test Management
14 83 (7.17%) CRM
14 83 (7.17%) Software Engineering
15 79 (6.82%) Performance Testing
16 75 (6.48%) E-Commerce
17 74 (6.39%) Project Management
17 74 (6.39%) Integration Testing
17 74 (6.39%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 458 (39.55%) Java
2 364 (31.43%) SQL
3 292 (25.22%) C#
4 255 (22.02%) Ruby
5 161 (13.90%) JavaScript
6 92 (7.94%) Python
7 86 (7.43%) VB
8 49 (4.23%) Shell Script
9 38 (3.28%) VBScript
10 37 (3.20%) PHP
11 32 (2.76%) Groovy
12 28 (2.42%) Perl
13 25 (2.16%) T-SQL
14 24 (2.07%) Bash Shell
15 22 (1.90%) Scala
16 19 (1.64%) VB.NET
16 19 (1.64%) C
16 19 (1.64%) C++
17 15 (1.30%) Objective-C
18 12 (1.04%) XPath
Qualifications
1 180 (15.54%) ISTQB
2 138 (11.92%) ISEB
3 135 (11.66%) Security Cleared
4 107 (9.24%) SC Cleared
5 76 (6.56%) Degree
6 64 (5.53%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 60 (5.18%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 47 (4.06%) DV Cleared
9 20 (1.73%) ISEB Practitioner
10 8 (0.69%) Microsoft Certification
11 7 (0.60%) MCSE
11 7 (0.60%) MCSA
11 7 (0.60%) MCITP
11 7 (0.60%) MCTS
12 2 (0.17%) CTC Cleared
13 1 (0.086%) PhD
13 1 (0.086%) HND
13 1 (0.086%) Sun Certification
13 1 (0.086%) CISSP
13 1 (0.086%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 353 (30.48%) QA
2 3 (0.26%) ISO 9002
2 3 (0.26%) Data Quality
3 2 (0.17%) JTAG
4 1 (0.086%) SLA
4 1 (0.086%) EMIR
4 1 (0.086%) Dodd-Frank
4 1 (0.086%) DO-160
4 1 (0.086%) Solvency II
System Software
1 9 (0.78%) Active Directory
2 8 (0.69%) Hyper-V
2 8 (0.69%) Oracle RAC
3 7 (0.60%) NDS
3 7 (0.60%) VMware ESX
4 6 (0.52%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (0.35%) VirtualBox
6 3 (0.26%) vCloud
7 2 (0.17%) Oracle RMAN
8 1 (0.086%) Xen
8 1 (0.086%) Docker
8 1 (0.086%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 169 (14.59%) HP Quality Center
2 21 (1.81%) Puppet
3 17 (1.47%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 15 (1.30%) Vagrant
5 13 (1.12%) Netcool
5 13 (1.12%) McAfee ePO
6 10 (0.86%) Cisco IPCC
7 6 (0.52%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 5 (0.43%) Opscode Chef
9 4 (0.35%) Nagios
10 3 (0.26%) Capistrano
11 2 (0.17%) Data Guard
11 2 (0.17%) WebInspect
12 1 (0.086%) AppManager
12 1 (0.086%) XenMobile
12 1 (0.086%) CA LISA
12 1 (0.086%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 202 (17.44%) Oracle
2 196 (16.93%) HP
3 124 (10.71%) Microsoft
4 26 (2.25%) Informatica
5 17 (1.47%) Citrix
5 17 (1.47%) VMware
6 16 (1.38%) Apple
7 15 (1.30%) Sun
7 15 (1.30%) IBM
8 13 (1.12%) JBoss
8 13 (1.12%) SAP
8 13 (1.12%) Veritas
8 13 (1.12%) McAfee
9 11 (0.95%) Sybase
9 11 (0.95%) Empirix
9 11 (0.95%) Verint
10 10 (0.86%) Genesys
10 10 (0.86%) Siemens
10 10 (0.86%) Cisco
11 7 (0.60%) Siebel
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Gosport, Hampshire
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IT Connections
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LA International
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LA International
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Buckinghamshire
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Brentwood, Essex
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Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £300.00 - £320.00 per annum
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Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
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