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 26 January 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
26 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Automation
Rank 209 200 295
Rank change year-on-year
-9 +95
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 524 499 262
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.03% 1.03% 0.58%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.37% 1.38% 0.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 358 343 139
Average daily rate
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£400 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £304 £260 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £464
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+15.38% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 7 6
Average hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £17.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% +111.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.67 £24.95 £7.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.75 £110.00 £37.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £36.25 £17.75
% change year-on-year
-3.44% +104.22%

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
38219 36146 32687
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 75.29% 74.26% 71.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 24558 22025 19397
Average daily rate £423 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.62% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £271 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.00% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1002 1117 1319
Average hourly rate £25.00 £26.50 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.66% -11.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.25 £27.00 £31.50
% change year-on-year
-6.48% -14.28%

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 26 January 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 26 January 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 26 January 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 -24 462 £400 - 181
London -21 270 £409 -3.82% 92
South East -3 91 £345 +10.40% 35
City of London +1 88 £423 -8.69% 43
Scotland +31 47 £365 +30.35% 9
Hampshire +9 42 £338 -3.57% 4
East of England +21 39 £500 +42.85% 18
South West -7 36 £409 +16.78% 12
Edinburgh +20 30 £389 +115.97% 6
Surrey +4 20 £335 +10.28% 10
Berkshire -12 15 £406 +56.25% 12
Cambridgeshire -4 14 £425 - 15
Essex +13 13 £625 - 2
Southampton -2 13 £330 +24.52% 1
Wiltshire -2 12 £418 - 1
Suffolk +6 10 £415 -
Bristol -5 8 £463 +42.30% 4
Buckinghamshire -13 8 £313 +4.16% 2
East Midlands +4 7 £365 +55.31% 2
Ipswich +2 7 £426 -
North West -11 7 £290 -34.27% 7
Gloucestershire - 7 £424 - 5
Milton Keynes 0 6 £425 +112.50% 1
Manchester -2 6 £290 - 6
Guildford -2 6 £330 +36.78%
Somerset -4 5 £325 -17.46% 1
Yorkshire -8 5 £313 +4.16% 10
Northampton -10 5 £383 +62.76% 1
Reading -10 5 £375 +44.23% 5
Northamptonshire -16 5 £383 +62.76% 1

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 January 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.

1 652 (59.87%) Agile Software Development
2 492 (45.18%) Java
3 401 (36.82%) Selenium
4 373 (34.25%) TDD
5 362 (33.24%) SQL
6 281 (25.80%) Scrum
7 276 (25.34%) QA
8 264 (24.24%) Continuous Integration
9 256 (23.51%) BDD
10 255 (23.42%) Cucumber
11 199 (18.27%) Ruby
12 194 (17.81%) C#
13 193 (17.72%) Linux
14 181 (16.62%) Web Services
15 176 (16.16%) .NET
16 161 (14.78%) Finance
17 159 (14.60%) Test Scripting
18 158 (14.51%) QuickTest Pro
19 155 (14.23%) XML
19 155 (14.23%) WebDriver
20 148 (13.59%) Python
21 142 (13.04%) Oracle
22 134 (12.30%) JavaScript
23 133 (12.21%) Software Engineering
24 131 (12.03%) ISEB
25 129 (11.85%) HTML
26 126 (11.57%) Jenkins
27 124 (11.39%) Software Testing
28 120 (11.02%) UNIX
29 119 (10.93%) Automated Testing

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 26 January 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 25 (2.30%) WebLogic
2 24 (2.20%) Tomcat
3 22 (2.02%) Node.js
4 21 (1.93%) Confluence
5 19 (1.74%) Apache
6 18 (1.65%) CMS
7 14 (1.29%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 11 (1.01%) IIS
9 9 (0.83%) SharePoint
10 8 (0.73%) WebSphere
11 7 (0.64%) OpenStack
12 6 (0.55%) Adobe CQ
12 6 (0.55%) BizTalk Server
12 6 (0.55%) JBoss
13 5 (0.46%) nginx
14 3 (0.28%) Oracle Application Server
15 2 (0.18%) Apache ServiceMix
15 2 (0.18%) Cloud Foundry
15 2 (0.18%) GlassFish
15 2 (0.18%) lighttpd
Applications
1 38 (3.49%) MS Excel
2 21 (1.93%) MS Office
3 5 (0.46%) MS Visio
3 5 (0.46%) MS Project
4 2 (0.18%) Photoshop
4 2 (0.18%) Final Cut Pro
5 1 (0.092%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 8 (0.73%) Oracle EBS
2 6 (0.55%) Dynamics CRM
3 5 (0.46%) Summit
3 5 (0.46%) Oracle BPM
4 4 (0.37%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 2 (0.18%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.092%) SAP HR
6 1 (0.092%) Findur
6 1 (0.092%) Google Analytics
6 1 (0.092%) SAP HCM
6 1 (0.092%) SAP AFS
6 1 (0.092%) SAP Retail
6 1 (0.092%) Markit EDM
6 1 (0.092%) Oracle TCA
Cloud Services
1 23 (2.11%) Amazon AWS
2 14 (1.29%) Amazon EC2
2 14 (1.29%) Amazon S3
3 11 (1.01%) Microsoft Azure
4 8 (0.73%) Cloud Computing
5 6 (0.55%) SaaS
6 5 (0.46%) Route 53
7 4 (0.37%) GitHub
7 4 (0.37%) IaaS
7 4 (0.37%) PaaS
8 2 (0.18%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 27 (2.48%) HTTP
2 26 (2.39%) Internet
3 11 (1.01%) Wireshark
3 11 (1.01%) TCP/IP
4 10 (0.92%) Broadband
4 10 (0.92%) Wireless
5 8 (0.73%) DHCP
6 7 (0.64%) FTP
6 7 (0.64%) ATM
6 7 (0.64%) LTE
6 7 (0.64%) SAN
6 7 (0.64%) Telnet
6 7 (0.64%) Firewall
7 6 (0.55%) NAS
7 6 (0.55%) WCDMA
7 6 (0.55%) DNS
7 6 (0.55%) HTTPS
7 6 (0.55%) FCoE
7 6 (0.55%) Fibre Channel
7 6 (0.55%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (4.22%) SQL Server
2 36 (3.31%) MySQL
3 32 (2.94%) Data Warehouse
4 31 (2.85%) Oracle Database
5 29 (2.66%) Relational Database
6 28 (2.57%) Oracle Reports
7 25 (2.30%) Big Data
8 22 (2.02%) MongoDB
9 18 (1.65%) NoSQL
10 15 (1.38%) RDBMS
11 14 (1.29%) Hadoop
12 12 (1.10%) DB2
13 10 (0.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 10 (0.92%) SQL Server 2012
14 9 (0.83%) SQLite
15 8 (0.73%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 7 (0.64%) PostgreSQL
17 6 (0.55%) Hazelcast
18 5 (0.46%) Amazon RDS
18 5 (0.46%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
Development Applications
1 401 (36.82%) Selenium
2 255 (23.42%) Cucumber
3 158 (14.51%) QuickTest Pro
4 155 (14.23%) WebDriver
5 126 (11.57%) Jenkins
6 113 (10.38%) JIRA
7 81 (7.44%) JUnit
8 76 (6.98%) Git (software)
9 67 (6.15%) Subversion
10 62 (5.69%) JMeter
11 59 (5.42%) Maven
12 53 (4.87%) Visual Studio
13 50 (4.59%) SoapUI
14 47 (4.32%) SpecFlow
14 47 (4.32%) LoadRunner
14 47 (4.32%) WATIR
15 43 (3.95%) Team Foundation Server
16 37 (3.40%) Calabash
17 36 (3.31%) Sahi
18 34 (3.12%) Eclipse
General
1 161 (14.78%) Finance
2 78 (7.16%) Banking
3 39 (3.58%) Telecoms
3 39 (3.58%) Investment Banking
4 27 (2.48%) Games
5 24 (2.20%) Retail
6 23 (2.11%) Electronics
7 10 (0.92%) Back Office
7 10 (0.92%) Automotive
8 8 (0.73%) Front Office
8 8 (0.73%) Publishing
8 8 (0.73%) Marketing
9 7 (0.64%) Legal
10 6 (0.55%) Manufacturing
11 4 (0.37%) Advertising
11 4 (0.37%) Multimedia
12 1 (0.092%) Billing
12 1 (0.092%) Military
12 1 (0.092%) Law
12 1 (0.092%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 259 (23.78%) Developer
2 198 (18.18%) Analyst
3 189 (17.36%) Tester
4 185 (16.99%) Test Analyst
5 144 (13.22%) Test Engineer
6 83 (7.62%) Automation Tester
7 67 (6.15%) Test Manager
8 61 (5.60%) Software Engineer
9 56 (5.14%) Java Developer
10 50 (4.59%) Test Leader
11 49 (4.50%) Automation Engineer
12 45 (4.13%) Agile Coach
13 36 (3.31%) QA Engineer
14 33 (3.03%) Senior Analyst
14 33 (3.03%) Test Automation Engineer
15 32 (2.94%) Senior Test Analyst
16 31 (2.85%) Software Test Engineer
16 31 (2.85%) Automation Analyst
17 30 (2.75%) Consultant
18 27 (2.48%) Test Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 181 (16.62%) Web Services
2 176 (16.16%) .NET
3 155 (14.23%) XML
4 129 (11.85%) HTML
5 85 (7.81%) CSS
6 83 (7.62%) RESTful
7 72 (6.61%) JSON
8 56 (5.14%) SOAP
9 51 (4.68%) jQuery
10 49 (4.50%) REST
11 48 (4.41%) Spring
12 35 (3.21%) Gherkin
13 34 (3.12%) ASP.NET
14 33 (3.03%) JSP
15 31 (2.85%) HTML5
16 29 (2.66%) J2EE
17 26 (2.39%) .NET Framework
17 26 (2.39%) CSS3
18 21 (1.93%) XSLT
19 20 (1.84%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 84 (7.71%) Open Source
2 58 (5.33%) Analytical Skills
3 52 (4.78%) Mobile App
4 28 (2.57%) Computer Science
5 23 (2.11%) Derivative
6 19 (1.74%) Video on Demand
7 17 (1.56%) Credit Risk
7 17 (1.56%) User Experience
8 15 (1.38%) Enterprise Software
8 15 (1.38%) PDA
8 15 (1.38%) Clustering
9 14 (1.29%) STB
9 14 (1.29%) Digital Media
10 13 (1.19%) Equities
11 12 (1.10%) Client/Server
12 11 (1.01%) Credit Derivative
12 11 (1.01%) iPad
13 10 (0.92%) iPhone
13 10 (0.92%) Embedded Systems
13 10 (0.92%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 193 (17.72%) Linux
2 120 (11.02%) UNIX
3 111 (10.19%) Windows
4 58 (5.33%) Apple iOS
5 56 (5.14%) Android
6 21 (1.93%) AIX
7 18 (1.65%) Windows XP
7 18 (1.65%) Windows Server 2003
8 17 (1.56%) Windows Server 2008
9 16 (1.47%) Windows 7
10 13 (1.19%) Oracle Linux
11 11 (1.01%) Windows NT
12 7 (0.64%) Embedded Linux
13 4 (0.37%) Mac OS X
14 3 (0.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 2 (0.18%) Windows Mobile
15 2 (0.18%) Windows Server 2012
15 2 (0.18%) Windows Phone
16 1 (0.092%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
16 1 (0.092%) Windows Phone 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 652 (59.87%) Agile Software Development
2 373 (34.25%) TDD
3 281 (25.80%) Scrum
4 264 (24.24%) Continuous Integration
5 256 (23.51%) BDD
6 159 (14.60%) Test Scripting
7 133 (12.21%) Software Engineering
8 124 (11.39%) Software Testing
9 119 (10.93%) Automated Testing
10 103 (9.46%) User Stories
11 102 (9.37%) Test Strategy
12 88 (8.08%) Regression Testing
13 87 (7.99%) User Acceptance Testing
14 77 (7.07%) Performance Testing
15 76 (6.98%) Refactoring
16 74 (6.80%) Manual Testing
17 69 (6.34%) Automation Testing
18 66 (6.06%) OO
19 62 (5.69%) Kanban
20 61 (5.60%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 492 (45.18%) Java
2 362 (33.24%) SQL
3 199 (18.27%) Ruby
4 194 (17.81%) C#
5 148 (13.59%) Python
6 134 (12.30%) JavaScript
7 62 (5.69%) C++
8 57 (5.23%) Perl
9 54 (4.96%) PHP
10 38 (3.49%) C
10 38 (3.49%) VB
11 37 (3.40%) Shell Script
12 30 (2.75%) Bash Shell
13 24 (2.20%) VBScript
14 20 (1.84%) Scala
15 14 (1.29%) T-SQL
16 13 (1.19%) Objective-C
17 10 (0.92%) XPath
17 10 (0.92%) PowerShell
18 9 (0.83%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 131 (12.03%) ISEB
2 115 (10.56%) ISTQB
3 89 (8.17%) Security Cleared
4 61 (5.60%) SC Cleared
5 60 (5.51%) Degree
6 28 (2.57%) DV Cleared
7 23 (2.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 21 (1.93%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 14 (1.29%) MCTS
9 14 (1.29%) MCITP
9 14 (1.29%) Microsoft Certification
9 14 (1.29%) MCSE
9 14 (1.29%) MCSA
10 3 (0.28%) ISEB Practitioner
11 2 (0.18%) Postgraduate
11 2 (0.18%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 1 (0.092%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (0.092%) HND
12 1 (0.092%) PhD
12 1 (0.092%) IIBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 276 (25.34%) QA
2 5 (0.46%) Data Quality
3 4 (0.37%) ISO 9001
3 4 (0.37%) Dodd-Frank
4 3 (0.28%) ISO 14001
4 3 (0.28%) Basel III
5 1 (0.092%) Solvency II
5 1 (0.092%) EMIR
5 1 (0.092%) GAAP
5 1 (0.092%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 16 (1.47%) Oracle RAC
2 15 (1.38%) VMware ESX
3 14 (1.29%) Hyper-V
4 11 (1.01%) VMware Infrastructure
5 9 (0.83%) Docker
5 9 (0.83%) Varnish
5 9 (0.83%) VirtualBox
6 8 (0.73%) Firmware
7 3 (0.28%) Apache Flume
7 3 (0.28%) Oracle RMAN
7 3 (0.28%) Xen
7 3 (0.28%) NDS
8 2 (0.18%) HDFS
9 1 (0.092%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 96 (8.82%) HP Quality Center
2 42 (3.86%) Puppet
3 30 (2.75%) Vagrant
4 17 (1.56%) Opscode Chef
5 16 (1.47%) McAfee ePO
6 14 (1.29%) Netcool
7 5 (0.46%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
7 5 (0.46%) HAProxy
8 4 (0.37%) Ansible
8 4 (0.37%) WebInspect
9 3 (0.28%) Data Guard
9 3 (0.28%) Nagios
9 3 (0.28%) Salt
10 2 (0.18%) Oracle EDQ
10 2 (0.18%) Oozie
11 1 (0.092%) Oracle Identity Management
11 1 (0.092%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 142 (13.04%) Oracle
2 102 (9.37%) HP
3 95 (8.72%) Microsoft
4 23 (2.11%) VMware
5 21 (1.93%) Veritas
6 19 (1.74%) Google
6 19 (1.74%) SAP
7 17 (1.56%) Citrix
8 16 (1.47%) McAfee
9 10 (0.92%) Atlassian
9 10 (0.92%) IBM
10 7 (0.64%) Salesforce.com
10 7 (0.64%) Sybase
11 5 (0.46%) Progress
12 4 (0.37%) Business Objects
13 3 (0.28%) Informatica
13 3 (0.28%) Adobe
13 3 (0.28%) Red Hat
14 2 (0.18%) ESRI
14 2 (0.18%) ATG
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Roc Search
Rate: £40000 - £56000 per annum + Pension, Benefits
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South West London
Coal IT Services
Rate: From £400 to £450 per annum
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London
Coal IT Services
Rate: From £400 to £450 per day
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West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £450.00 - £490.00 per day
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Maidenhead
Capita - ITPS
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Cambridgeshire
Explore Group
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
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North West England
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: competitive
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West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £250 - £265 per day
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Dover, Kent
LA International
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West London
Experis Ltd
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Gloucestershire
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £320 per day
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City, London
Oliver James Associates
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Edinburgh, Midlothian
FPSG Connect
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City, London
Oliver Bernard
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London
Testing Circle Ltd
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Search Consultancy
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Edinburgh
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
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Central London / West End
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