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 27 May 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
27 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Automation
Rank 223 196 251
Rank change year-on-year
-27 +55
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 554 596 346
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.00% 1.13% 0.75%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.30% 1.50% 1.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 388 391 193
Average daily rate
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£400 £400 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +8.10%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £288 £257
10% offered a daily rate of more than £560 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £325 £344
% change year-on-year
+15.38% -5.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 6 7
Average hourly rate £40.00 £36.75 £41.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.84% -11.44%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.80 £31.75 £26.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.50 £42.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £32.50
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +15.38%

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
42560 39708 34604
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 77.14% 75.30% 74.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 26984 25126 20661
Average daily rate £413 £400 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -3.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £365
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +2.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1224 1175 1047
Average hourly rate £29.00 £28.00 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.57% -12.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £12.75 £13.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%

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 27 May 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 27 May 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 27 May 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 -29 511 £400 - 178
London -37 239 £450 +2.85% 85
South East -21 76 £355 +9.23% 29
City of London -41 62 £475 +11.76% 30
North West -1 37 £496 +28.89% 16
Newcastle upon Tyne +12 36 £375 +8.69% 4
North East +10 36 £375 +7.91% 4
Tyne and Wear +9 36 £375 +7.91% 4
Yorkshire -11 30 £415 +36.06% 4
Hampshire -14 30 £339 +4.23% 12
Scotland +6 29 £375 +0.94% 4
South West +14 27 £350 - 14
Berkshire +9 26 £355 +24.01% 4
West Yorkshire -8 26 £415 +36.06% 4
West Midlands +9 25 £350 +47.36% 10
Leeds -6 23 £415 +36.06% 4
East of England +1 22 £313 -16.66% 11
Birmingham +11 19 £375 +114.28% 4
Edinburgh +5 19 £400 +45.45% 2
Reading +5 17 £355 +24.01% 1
Liverpool +1 17 £508 - 1
Merseyside +1 17 £508 - 2
Bristol +16 16 £350 -24.32% 6
Surrey +9 11 £378 +14.91% 5
Hertfordshire +7 11 £324 +1.17% 1
East Midlands -15 10 £350 +9.37% 4
Nottinghamshire - 10 £350 - 2
Nottingham - 10 £350 - 2
Manchester -1 8 £400 +3.89% 8
Watford - 8 - -

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 May 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.

1 622 (61.71%) Agile Software Development
2 402 (39.88%) Selenium
3 385 (38.19%) Java
4 338 (33.53%) SQL
5 316 (31.35%) TDD
6 302 (29.96%) QA
7 281 (27.88%) Scrum
8 269 (26.69%) BDD
9 242 (24.01%) Continuous Integration
10 235 (23.31%) Cucumber
11 196 (19.44%) Finance
12 194 (19.25%) C#
13 177 (17.56%) Test Scripting
14 169 (16.77%) WebDriver
15 153 (15.18%) Software Testing
16 148 (14.68%) .NET
17 141 (13.99%) Test Strategy
18 139 (13.79%) XML
19 135 (13.39%) Linux
20 131 (13.00%) Web Services
21 129 (12.80%) Automated Testing
22 128 (12.70%) Ruby
22 128 (12.70%) JIRA
23 123 (12.20%) Microsoft
24 121 (12.00%) ISEB
25 120 (11.90%) QuickTest Pro
26 115 (11.41%) Windows
27 107 (10.62%) HTML
27 107 (10.62%) Jenkins
28 104 (10.32%) Oracle

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 May 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 (2.88%) Tomcat
2 22 (2.18%) Confluence
3 18 (1.79%) WebSphere
3 18 (1.79%) Apache
4 17 (1.69%) CMS
5 16 (1.59%) Node.js
6 12 (1.19%) WebLogic
6 12 (1.19%) SharePoint
7 8 (0.79%) BizTalk Server
7 8 (0.79%) nginx
8 6 (0.60%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 6 (0.60%) JBoss
9 5 (0.50%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 4 (0.40%) Oracle Coherence
10 4 (0.40%) IIS
10 4 (0.40%) Documentum
10 4 (0.40%) Oracle Application Server
11 3 (0.30%) LiveLink
11 3 (0.30%) ATG Dynamo
12 2 (0.20%) OpenStack
Applications
1 42 (4.17%) MS Excel
2 29 (2.88%) MS Office
3 4 (0.40%) Maya
4 1 (0.099%) HipChat
4 1 (0.099%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 8 (0.79%) Oracle BPM
2 7 (0.69%) Dynamics CRM
3 5 (0.50%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 4 (0.40%) SimCorp Dimension
4 4 (0.40%) Markit EDM
4 4 (0.40%) Magento
4 4 (0.40%) thinkFolio
4 4 (0.40%) Eagle PACE
5 3 (0.30%) Oracle EBS
6 2 (0.20%) Oracle Applications
6 2 (0.20%) Oracle General Ledger
6 2 (0.20%) Oracle Payables
7 1 (0.099%) SAP HCM
7 1 (0.099%) SAP AFS
7 1 (0.099%) SAP Retail
7 1 (0.099%) Dynamics AX
7 1 (0.099%) SunGard GMI
Cloud Services
1 24 (2.38%) Amazon AWS
2 12 (1.19%) Amazon EC2
2 12 (1.19%) Amazon S3
2 12 (1.19%) Virtual Private Cloud
3 8 (0.79%) Route 53
3 8 (0.79%) Cloud Computing
4 7 (0.69%) Microsoft Azure
4 7 (0.69%) GitHub
5 6 (0.60%) SaaS
6 5 (0.50%) AWS CloudFormation
6 5 (0.50%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 4 (0.40%) IaaS
7 4 (0.40%) PaaS
7 4 (0.40%) Force.com
8 2 (0.20%) Heroku
9 1 (0.099%) Office 365
9 1 (0.099%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 37 (3.67%) Internet
2 26 (2.58%) HTTP
3 15 (1.49%) TCP/IP
4 13 (1.29%) SAN
5 10 (0.99%) iSCSI
6 9 (0.89%) GSM
6 9 (0.89%) FCoE
6 9 (0.89%) Fibre Channel
7 8 (0.79%) Intrusion Detection
8 7 (0.69%) Wireless
9 6 (0.60%) FTP
10 5 (0.50%) HTTPS
10 5 (0.50%) Ethernet
10 5 (0.50%) 4G
11 4 (0.40%) PSTN
11 4 (0.40%) UMTS
11 4 (0.40%) VoIP
11 4 (0.40%) LDAP
11 4 (0.40%) Bluetooth
11 4 (0.40%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 67 (6.65%) SQL Server
2 48 (4.76%) MongoDB
3 47 (4.66%) Data Warehouse
4 33 (3.27%) NoSQL
5 32 (3.17%) MySQL
5 32 (3.17%) Relational Database
6 22 (2.18%) RDBMS
7 18 (1.79%) PostgreSQL
8 17 (1.69%) DB2
8 17 (1.69%) Big Data
8 17 (1.69%) Oracle Database
9 14 (1.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 12 (1.19%) DbVisualizer
10 12 (1.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 11 (1.09%) Hadoop
12 10 (0.99%) Redis
13 9 (0.89%) Oracle Reports
14 8 (0.79%) SQL Server 2012
14 8 (0.79%) Amazon RDS
15 7 (0.69%) Impala
Development Applications
1 402 (39.88%) Selenium
2 235 (23.31%) Cucumber
3 169 (16.77%) WebDriver
4 128 (12.70%) JIRA
5 120 (11.90%) QuickTest Pro
6 107 (10.62%) Jenkins
7 93 (9.23%) Git (software)
8 67 (6.65%) Subversion
9 60 (5.95%) JUnit
10 58 (5.75%) JMeter
11 57 (5.65%) Maven
12 56 (5.56%) Team Foundation Server
13 52 (5.16%) SoapUI
14 50 (4.96%) SpecFlow
15 40 (3.97%) Calabash
16 38 (3.77%) RSpec
17 33 (3.27%) WATIR
18 32 (3.17%) Visual Studio
19 29 (2.88%) Hudson
20 28 (2.78%) Appium
General
1 196 (19.44%) Finance
2 97 (9.62%) Banking
3 57 (5.65%) Investment Banking
4 34 (3.37%) Retail
4 34 (3.37%) Telecoms
5 25 (2.48%) Games
6 12 (1.19%) Front Office
6 12 (1.19%) Back Office
7 11 (1.09%) Advertising
7 11 (1.09%) Marketing
8 10 (0.99%) Manufacturing
9 7 (0.69%) Electronics
10 6 (0.60%) Publishing
11 5 (0.50%) Billing
12 4 (0.40%) General Ledger
13 3 (0.30%) Automotive
13 3 (0.30%) Legal
14 2 (0.20%) Multimedia
14 2 (0.20%) German Language
15 1 (0.099%) French Language
Job Titles
1 231 (22.92%) Developer
2 209 (20.73%) Analyst
3 184 (18.25%) Test Analyst
4 164 (16.27%) Tester
5 94 (9.33%) Test Engineer
6 77 (7.64%) Automation Tester
7 73 (7.24%) Test Leader
8 71 (7.04%) Test Manager
9 46 (4.56%) QA Analyst
10 42 (4.17%) QA Engineer
11 35 (3.47%) Automation Engineer
12 33 (3.27%) Java Developer
13 31 (3.08%) Automation Analyst
13 31 (3.08%) AWS Developer
14 30 (2.98%) Senior Analyst
15 29 (2.88%) Senior Developer
16 28 (2.78%) Software Tester
16 28 (2.78%) QA Test Analyst
17 26 (2.58%) Test Automation Engineer
18 25 (2.48%) Senior Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 148 (14.68%) .NET
2 139 (13.79%) XML
3 131 (13.00%) Web Services
4 107 (10.62%) HTML
5 91 (9.03%) RESTful
6 61 (6.05%) SOAP
7 59 (5.85%) CSS
8 56 (5.56%) JSON
9 42 (4.17%) Gherkin
10 35 (3.47%) HTML5
11 31 (3.08%) REST
12 27 (2.68%) J2EE
13 26 (2.58%) Spring
14 25 (2.48%) Middleware
15 24 (2.38%) .NET Framework
16 23 (2.28%) jQuery
16 23 (2.28%) CSS3
17 21 (2.08%) Django
18 19 (1.88%) ASP.NET
18 19 (1.88%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 79 (7.84%) Analytical Skills
2 38 (3.77%) Mobile App
3 19 (1.88%) Clustering
4 17 (1.69%) Credit Risk
5 16 (1.59%) PDA
6 15 (1.49%) User Experience
7 14 (1.39%) Digital Media
7 14 (1.39%) Client/Server
7 14 (1.39%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 13 (1.29%) Derivative
9 12 (1.19%) Computer Science
10 11 (1.09%) Online Games
10 11 (1.09%) STB
10 11 (1.09%) Enterprise Software
10 11 (1.09%) iPhone
10 11 (1.09%) Video on Demand
11 10 (0.99%) Algorithms
11 10 (0.99%) Equities
11 10 (0.99%) Replication
12 9 (0.89%) Fixed Income
Operating Systems
1 135 (13.39%) Linux
2 115 (11.41%) Windows
3 98 (9.72%) UNIX
4 59 (5.85%) Android
5 54 (5.36%) Apple iOS
6 29 (2.88%) AIX
7 23 (2.28%) Windows Server 2008
8 20 (1.98%) Windows Server 2003
8 20 (1.98%) Windows 7
9 17 (1.69%) Windows XP
10 15 (1.49%) Debian
11 14 (1.39%) Ubuntu
12 7 (0.69%) Solaris
13 6 (0.60%) VME
13 6 (0.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 5 (0.50%) Oracle Linux
15 4 (0.40%) Windows NT
15 4 (0.40%) Windows Phone
16 3 (0.30%) Windows Phone 8
17 2 (0.20%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 622 (61.71%) Agile Software Development
2 316 (31.35%) TDD
3 281 (27.88%) Scrum
4 269 (26.69%) BDD
5 242 (24.01%) Continuous Integration
6 177 (17.56%) Test Scripting
7 153 (15.18%) Software Testing
8 141 (13.99%) Test Strategy
9 129 (12.80%) Automated Testing
10 99 (9.82%) User Acceptance Testing
11 95 (9.42%) SDLC
12 90 (8.93%) Software Engineering
13 86 (8.53%) Regression Testing
14 85 (8.43%) Open Source
15 72 (7.14%) Test Management
16 67 (6.65%) Performance Testing
17 59 (5.85%) Waterfall
17 59 (5.85%) OO
18 56 (5.56%) Kanban
18 56 (5.56%) Continuous Delivery
Programming Languages
1 385 (38.19%) Java
2 338 (33.53%) SQL
3 194 (19.25%) C#
4 128 (12.70%) Ruby
5 103 (10.22%) JavaScript
6 92 (9.13%) Python
7 38 (3.77%) PHP
8 32 (3.17%) C
9 29 (2.88%) Perl
10 28 (2.78%) C++
11 25 (2.48%) Bash Shell
12 24 (2.38%) Shell Script
13 23 (2.28%) VBScript
14 22 (2.18%) VB
15 15 (1.49%) T-SQL
16 14 (1.39%) Scala
16 14 (1.39%) Groovy
16 14 (1.39%) PowerShell
17 10 (0.99%) VB.NET
17 10 (0.99%) VBA
Qualifications
1 121 (12.00%) ISEB
2 102 (10.12%) ISTQB
3 84 (8.33%) Security Cleared
4 62 (6.15%) Degree
5 52 (5.16%) SC Cleared
6 31 (3.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 29 (2.88%) DV Cleared
8 17 (1.69%) Microsoft Certification
9 16 (1.59%) MCSE
9 16 (1.59%) MCSA
9 16 (1.59%) MCTS
9 16 (1.59%) MCITP
10 7 (0.69%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 5 (0.50%) ISEB Practitioner
12 2 (0.20%) BC Cleared
13 1 (0.099%) CSQA
13 1 (0.099%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 1 (0.099%) ITIL Certification
13 1 (0.099%) MCAD
13 1 (0.099%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 302 (29.96%) QA
2 5 (0.50%) Dodd-Frank
3 4 (0.40%) PCI DSS
3 4 (0.40%) Basel III
3 4 (0.40%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.20%) EMIR
5 1 (0.099%) HL7
5 1 (0.099%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 1 (0.099%) GCP
System Software
1 19 (1.88%) VMware ESX
1 19 (1.88%) VMware Infrastructure
2 16 (1.59%) Hyper-V
3 9 (0.89%) Oracle RAC
3 9 (0.89%) Active Directory
4 6 (0.60%) Apache Flume
5 5 (0.50%) Docker
5 5 (0.50%) HDFS
6 4 (0.40%) Oracle Clusterware
6 4 (0.40%) VirtualBox
7 3 (0.30%) Varnish
8 2 (0.20%) Firmware
9 1 (0.099%) NFS
Systems Management
1 90 (8.93%) HP Quality Center
2 36 (3.57%) Puppet
3 31 (3.08%) Vagrant
4 19 (1.88%) Opscode Chef
4 19 (1.88%) McAfee ePO
5 15 (1.49%) Netcool
6 12 (1.19%) Ansible
7 8 (0.79%) HAProxy
8 7 (0.69%) Salt
9 5 (0.50%) Oozie
10 4 (0.40%) Oracle Flashback
10 4 (0.40%) Oracle RMAN
10 4 (0.40%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
10 4 (0.40%) Data Guard
11 3 (0.30%) Iperf
12 1 (0.099%) Mesos
12 1 (0.099%) ITRS Geneos
12 1 (0.099%) CA Endevor
12 1 (0.099%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 123 (12.20%) Microsoft
2 104 (10.32%) Oracle
3 57 (5.65%) HP
4 34 (3.37%) VMware
5 29 (2.88%) Veritas
6 24 (2.38%) IBM
7 19 (1.88%) McAfee
8 18 (1.79%) Citrix
9 17 (1.69%) Sybase
10 16 (1.59%) SAP
11 14 (1.39%) Salesforce.com
12 8 (0.79%) Google
12 8 (0.79%) hybris
13 7 (0.69%) Perforce
14 6 (0.60%) Business Objects
15 5 (0.50%) Red Hat
15 5 (0.50%) Atlassian
15 5 (0.50%) ICL
16 4 (0.40%) SimCorp
16 4 (0.40%) Green Hat
Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300.00 - £380.00 per day
Posted: 3 hours ago
Hampshire
Venn Group
Posted: 4 hours ago
Reading, Berkshire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £350 - £360 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Hudson IT
Rate: £500 - £765 per day
Posted: 5 hours ago
City of London
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 11 hours ago
London
Initi8 Recruitment
Posted: 12 hours ago
City, London
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £550.00 - £600.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
Mortimer Spinks
Posted: Yesterday
London
Total Recruitment Specialists Limited / TRG / Total recruitment group
Rate: £300 - £400 Per Day
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol Area
Total Recruitment Specialists Limited / TRG / Total recruitment group
Rate: £300 - £400 Per Day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Eames Consulting
Rate: Up to £550 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Liverpool
Templeton and Partners - SAP & UK Account
Rate: Market related
Posted: 6 days ago
Alness, Ross-Shire
Adroit People Limited
Rate: From £250 to £380 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £450 - £550 per annum + Bonus + Benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
Cambridge
Explore Group
Rate: £200 - £220 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
London
Edward Carter Solutions
Rate: £Excellent
Posted: 8 days ago
Bristol
CPS Group
Rate: £300 - 400 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
City of London
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £375 - £400 per day
Posted: 9 days ago