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 22 August 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
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Automation
Rank 212 220 280
Rank change year-on-year
+8 +60
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 557 464 377
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.99% 0.87% 0.65%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.33% 1.19% 0.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 360 327 192
Average daily rate
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£390 £388 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.64% +19.23%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £265 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £310
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +4.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 4 2
Average hourly rate £39.00 £30.75 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+26.82% -18.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.00 £29.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+34.48% -22.66%

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
41835 39073 41091
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.23% 73.30% 70.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 25909 24001 23803
Average daily rate £410 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.50% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1148 1055 1460
Average hourly rate £23.00 £27.97 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.76% -9.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £46.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-16.66% -3.22%

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 22 August 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 22 August 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 +3 509 £400 - 176
London +17 281 £430 +1.17% 68
South East +13 111 £338 -7.53% 46
Hampshire +28 59 £325 -7.14% 7
City of London +4 48 £400 -5.88% 15
South West -15 35 £400 +23.07% 24
Scotland +6 30 £375 +5.63% 10
East of England -18 24 £350 -3.44% 11
Yorkshire +8 22 £325 +8.33% 7
West Yorkshire +12 19 £325 +8.33% 3
Buckinghamshire +5 15 £425 +31.78% 6
Leeds +5 13 £530 +76.66% 3
Wiltshire 0 13 £400 +33.33% 1
Berkshire -20 13 £375 -1.63% 8
Swindon +6 12 £400 -
Southampton +4 12 £315 +3.27%
East Midlands +2 11 £230 -8.00% 7
Glasgow -3 11 £356 - 4
Hertfordshire - 11 £413 - 4
Gloucestershire - 10 £458 - 13
Wales -8 9 £369 +19.83% 1
West Midlands -16 9 £288 -4.16% 5
Milton Keynes +9 8 £425 +31.78% 2
South Wales +1 8 £352 -11.44% 1
Kent +1 8 £250 -44.44% 3
Oxfordshire - 8 £338 - 9
West Lothian - 7 £375 -
North East - 7 £338 - 7
Tyne and Wear - 7 £338 - 7
Newcastle upon Tyne - 7 £338 - 6

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 August 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.

1 451 (39.74%) Agile Software Development
2 447 (39.38%) Java
3 425 (37.44%) Selenium
4 397 (34.98%) TDD
5 363 (31.98%) BDD
6 356 (31.37%) Cucumber
7 348 (30.66%) SQL
8 347 (30.57%) QA
9 307 (27.05%) Scrum
10 296 (26.08%) C#
11 251 (22.11%) .NET
12 246 (21.67%) Ruby
13 242 (21.32%) Continuous Integration
14 223 (19.65%) Web Services
15 211 (18.59%) QuickTest Pro
15 211 (18.59%) Oracle
16 206 (18.15%) WebDriver
17 198 (17.44%) HP
18 197 (17.36%) Test Scripting
19 174 (15.33%) ISTQB
20 165 (14.54%) JavaScript
21 164 (14.45%) HTML
22 161 (14.19%) XML
23 156 (13.74%) Finance
24 154 (13.57%) HP Quality Center
25 144 (12.69%) Software Testing
26 143 (12.60%) Automated Testing
27 137 (12.07%) Jenkins
28 136 (11.98%) ISEB
29 135 (11.89%) Security Cleared

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 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 (2.64%) Node.js
2 17 (1.50%) Apache
3 14 (1.23%) Tomcat
3 14 (1.23%) Confluence
4 11 (0.97%) WebLogic
5 9 (0.79%) SharePoint
6 6 (0.53%) SharePoint Server
7 5 (0.44%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 4 (0.35%) CMS
9 3 (0.26%) OpenStack
9 3 (0.26%) Jetty
9 3 (0.26%) Cloud Foundry
9 3 (0.26%) WebSphere
10 2 (0.18%) Oracle Application Server
10 2 (0.18%) IIS
10 2 (0.18%) MQSeries
10 2 (0.18%) CICS
10 2 (0.18%) SharePoint 2013
10 2 (0.18%) lighttpd
11 1 (0.088%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 28 (2.47%) MS Excel
2 13 (1.15%) MS Office
3 10 (0.88%) MS Visio
4 5 (0.44%) MS PowerPoint
5 4 (0.35%) Final Cut Pro
6 3 (0.26%) Mingle
6 3 (0.26%) MS Project
7 1 (0.088%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 20 (1.76%) Oracle EBS
2 6 (0.53%) Dynamics CRM
3 5 (0.44%) Oracle Financials
4 3 (0.26%) SAP FI
4 3 (0.26%) SAP CO
4 3 (0.26%) SAP FI/CO
5 2 (0.18%) RMDS
5 2 (0.18%) Magento
5 2 (0.18%) Oracle BRM
5 2 (0.18%) Oracle BPM
6 1 (0.088%) Oracle TCA
6 1 (0.088%) Endur
6 1 (0.088%) Oracle Applications
6 1 (0.088%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 9 (0.79%) SaaS
2 8 (0.70%) Cloud Computing
3 6 (0.53%) 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 (0.18%) PaaS
6 1 (0.088%) Office 365
6 1 (0.088%) Heroku
6 1 (0.088%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 72 (6.34%) HTTP
2 29 (2.56%) TCP/IP
3 24 (2.11%) DNS
4 21 (1.85%) Internet
5 20 (1.76%) HTTPS
6 15 (1.32%) 3G
7 13 (1.15%) 2G
8 12 (1.06%) Wireshark
8 12 (1.06%) 4G
9 11 (0.97%) SSL
10 10 (0.88%) IP Telephony
10 10 (0.88%) Firewall
11 9 (0.79%) LTE
12 7 (0.62%) Wireless
12 7 (0.62%) WCDMA
13 6 (0.53%) LDAP
13 6 (0.53%) LAN
14 5 (0.44%) Network Security
14 5 (0.44%) DVB
14 5 (0.44%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 61 (5.37%) SQL Server
2 54 (4.76%) Oracle Reports
3 52 (4.58%) Relational Database
4 43 (3.79%) Oracle Database
5 37 (3.26%) NoSQL
6 31 (2.73%) MongoDB
7 29 (2.56%) Data Warehouse
7 29 (2.56%) MySQL
8 18 (1.59%) Big Data
9 14 (1.23%) RDBMS
10 9 (0.79%) SQL Server 2008
11 8 (0.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 8 (0.70%) Oracle BI EE
12 7 (0.62%) PostgreSQL
12 7 (0.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 6 (0.53%) DB2
13 6 (0.53%) SQL Navigator
14 5 (0.44%) SQL Server 2012
15 4 (0.35%) Star Schema
16 3 (0.26%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
Development Applications
1 425 (37.44%) Selenium
2 356 (31.37%) Cucumber
3 211 (18.59%) QuickTest Pro
4 206 (18.15%) WebDriver
5 137 (12.07%) Jenkins
6 117 (10.31%) JUnit
7 99 (8.72%) JIRA
8 82 (7.22%) SoapUI
9 76 (6.70%) Git (software)
10 68 (5.99%) WATIR
11 64 (5.64%) RSpec
12 60 (5.29%) LoadRunner
13 59 (5.20%) Team Foundation Server
14 57 (5.02%) JBehave
15 53 (4.67%) Calabash
16 51 (4.49%) Visual Studio
17 50 (4.41%) Maven
18 49 (4.32%) JMeter
19 47 (4.14%) FitNesse
20 45 (3.96%) SpecFlow
General
1 156 (13.74%) Finance
2 77 (6.78%) Banking
3 38 (3.35%) Investment Banking
4 25 (2.20%) Retail
4 25 (2.20%) Telecoms
5 23 (2.03%) Games
6 17 (1.50%) Publishing
7 15 (1.32%) Marketing
8 14 (1.23%) Back Office
9 10 (0.88%) Legal
10 8 (0.70%) Manufacturing
11 7 (0.62%) Electronics
11 7 (0.62%) General Ledger
12 6 (0.53%) Advertising
12 6 (0.53%) Automotive
13 4 (0.35%) Billing
13 4 (0.35%) Pharmaceutical
14 3 (0.26%) Multimedia
14 3 (0.26%) Local Government
15 2 (0.18%) Military
Job Titles
1 250 (22.03%) Analyst
2 239 (21.06%) Tester
3 222 (19.56%) Test Analyst
4 203 (17.89%) Developer
5 123 (10.84%) Automation Tester
6 106 (9.34%) Test Engineer
7 84 (7.40%) Test Manager
8 81 (7.14%) Test Leader
9 50 (4.41%) Consultant
10 45 (3.96%) Automation Engineer
11 44 (3.88%) Test Consultant
12 42 (3.70%) Java Developer
13 40 (3.52%) Software Engineer
13 40 (3.52%) QA Analyst
13 40 (3.52%) QA Engineer
14 37 (3.26%) QA Tester
15 32 (2.82%) Agile Coach
16 31 (2.73%) Automation Analyst
17 27 (2.38%) Automation Test Analyst
18 26 (2.29%) Test Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 251 (22.11%) .NET
2 223 (19.65%) Web Services
3 164 (14.45%) HTML
4 161 (14.19%) XML
5 106 (9.34%) ASP.NET
6 102 (8.99%) SOAP
7 96 (8.46%) JSON
8 90 (7.93%) JSP
9 67 (5.90%) RESTful
10 58 (5.11%) Spring
11 55 (4.85%) REST
12 48 (4.23%) CSS
13 34 (3.00%) XSLT
14 26 (2.29%) HTML5
14 26 (2.29%) Gherkin
15 23 (2.03%) Sass
16 22 (1.94%) Spring MVC
16 22 (1.94%) CSS3
17 20 (1.76%) jQuery
18 19 (1.67%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 110 (9.69%) Open Source
2 87 (7.67%) Mobile App
3 34 (3.00%) Computer Science
4 19 (1.67%) Enterprise Software
5 15 (1.32%) Digital Media
5 15 (1.32%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 15 (1.32%) Handset
6 13 (1.15%) GIS
6 13 (1.15%) Clustering
7 12 (1.06%) Derivative
7 12 (1.06%) Management Information System
7 12 (1.06%) Video on Demand
8 11 (0.97%) Mobile Banking
8 11 (0.97%) Credit Risk
9 10 (0.88%) Credit Derivative
9 10 (0.88%) STB
9 10 (0.88%) IVR
9 10 (0.88%) Mathematics
10 9 (0.79%) Embedded Systems
10 9 (0.79%) IPTV
Operating Systems
1 104 (9.16%) UNIX
1 104 (9.16%) Linux
2 103 (9.07%) Windows
3 67 (5.90%) Apple iOS
4 58 (5.11%) Android
5 26 (2.29%) Windows XP
5 26 (2.29%) Windows Server 2003
6 21 (1.85%) Windows Server 2008
7 17 (1.50%) Windows 7
8 13 (1.15%) Windows 2000
8 13 (1.15%) AIX
9 10 (0.88%) Windows NT
10 6 (0.53%) Windows Server 2012
10 6 (0.53%) CentOS
11 5 (0.44%) Oracle Linux
12 4 (0.35%) VMS
12 4 (0.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 3 (0.26%) Debian
14 2 (0.18%) Windows Phone
15 1 (0.088%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 451 (39.74%) Agile Software Development
2 397 (34.98%) TDD
3 363 (31.98%) BDD
4 307 (27.05%) Scrum
5 242 (21.32%) Continuous Integration
6 197 (17.36%) Test Scripting
7 144 (12.69%) Software Testing
8 143 (12.60%) Automated Testing
9 120 (10.57%) Test Strategy
10 118 (10.40%) User Stories
11 115 (10.13%) Automation Testing
12 98 (8.63%) Regression Testing
13 97 (8.55%) Software Engineering
14 95 (8.37%) User Acceptance Testing
15 88 (7.75%) CRM
16 79 (6.96%) Integration Testing
17 78 (6.87%) Project Management
18 72 (6.34%) Performance Testing
19 71 (6.26%) Test Management
20 68 (5.99%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 447 (39.38%) Java
2 348 (30.66%) SQL
3 296 (26.08%) C#
4 246 (21.67%) Ruby
5 165 (14.54%) JavaScript
6 93 (8.19%) Python
7 90 (7.93%) VB
8 51 (4.49%) Shell Script
9 43 (3.79%) PHP
10 37 (3.26%) VBScript
11 33 (2.91%) Perl
12 28 (2.47%) Bash Shell
12 28 (2.47%) Groovy
13 25 (2.20%) C++
14 23 (2.03%) Scala
15 22 (1.94%) C
15 22 (1.94%) VB.NET
15 22 (1.94%) T-SQL
16 16 (1.41%) Objective-C
17 11 (0.97%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 174 (15.33%) ISTQB
2 136 (11.98%) ISEB
3 135 (11.89%) Security Cleared
4 104 (9.16%) SC Cleared
5 66 (5.81%) Degree
6 65 (5.73%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 64 (5.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 49 (4.32%) DV Cleared
9 19 (1.67%) ISEB Practitioner
10 7 (0.62%) Microsoft Certification
10 7 (0.62%) MCSE
10 7 (0.62%) MCSA
10 7 (0.62%) MCITP
10 7 (0.62%) MCTS
11 2 (0.18%) CTC Cleared
12 1 (0.088%) BC Cleared
12 1 (0.088%) CSSLP
12 1 (0.088%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 1 (0.088%) Sun Certification
12 1 (0.088%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 347 (30.57%) QA
2 5 (0.44%) Data Quality
3 3 (0.26%) ISO 9002
4 1 (0.088%) Solvency II
4 1 (0.088%) DO-160
4 1 (0.088%) JTAG
4 1 (0.088%) EMIR
4 1 (0.088%) Dodd-Frank
4 1 (0.088%) GAAP
System Software
1 8 (0.70%) Oracle RAC
1 8 (0.70%) Hyper-V
2 7 (0.62%) NDS
2 7 (0.62%) VMware ESX
3 6 (0.53%) Active Directory
3 6 (0.53%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (0.35%) Xen
4 4 (0.35%) VirtualBox
5 3 (0.26%) vCloud
6 2 (0.18%) Oracle RMAN
7 1 (0.088%) vSphere
7 1 (0.088%) Docker
Systems Management
1 154 (13.57%) HP Quality Center
2 23 (2.03%) Puppet
3 19 (1.67%) Vagrant
4 18 (1.59%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
5 13 (1.15%) McAfee ePO
5 13 (1.15%) Netcool
6 7 (0.62%) Opscode Chef
6 7 (0.62%) Cisco IPCC
7 6 (0.53%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 5 (0.44%) Nagios
9 4 (0.35%) WebInspect
10 2 (0.18%) Oracle EDQ
10 2 (0.18%) Data Guard
11 1 (0.088%) Capistrano
11 1 (0.088%) CA LISA
11 1 (0.088%) XenMobile
11 1 (0.088%) AppManager
Vendors
1 211 (18.59%) Oracle
2 198 (17.44%) HP
3 126 (11.10%) Microsoft
4 22 (1.94%) Informatica
5 17 (1.50%) Citrix
6 15 (1.32%) VMware
7 14 (1.23%) SAP
8 13 (1.15%) McAfee
8 13 (1.15%) Veritas
9 12 (1.06%) Apple
9 12 (1.06%) Sun
10 10 (0.88%) JBoss
10 10 (0.88%) Cisco
10 10 (0.88%) IBM
11 9 (0.79%) Sybase
12 7 (0.62%) Verint
12 7 (0.62%) ESRI
12 7 (0.62%) Siemens
12 7 (0.62%) Empirix
12 7 (0.62%) Genesys
Worcestershire
In Parallel Computer Staff Limited
Rate: From £37 to £39 per hour Dep on Exp
Posted: 13 hours ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350.00 - £390 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
City, London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £350 - £375 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £300 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol, Avon
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £400 to £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Roc Search
Posted: 2 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Scottish Government
Rate: Up to £65,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Gosport, Hampshire
LA International
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £270.00 - £300.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Oliver Bernard
Rate: From £450 to £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Warwick, Warwickshire
ARM Technology
Rate: £275 - £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
North West London
Optimus Search Ltd
Rate: From £450 to £650 per day Rate Dependant on Experience
Posted: 3 days ago
East London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: From £500 to £550 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Derbyshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £250 to £325 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Derby
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £250 - £325 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Mortimer Spinks
Posted: 4 days ago
Buckinghamshire
83Zero
Rate: From £350 to £375 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Austin Fraser Limited
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 7 days ago
Gloucestershire
Orgtel
Rate: £450 - £480 per day + competitive
Posted: 7 days ago