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 18 September 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
18 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Automation
Rank 231 247 271
Rank change year-on-year
+16 +24
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 506 424 422
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.88% 0.82% 0.73%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.19% 1.10% 1.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 339 315 220
Average daily rate
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£375 £400 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +23.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £463
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £332 £310
% change year-on-year
+5.42% +7.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 3 4
Average hourly rate £39.00 £32.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -13.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.50 £29.70 £32.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £100.30 £37.70 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.50 £30.75 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+25.20% -18.00%

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
42685 38525 41504
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.19% 74.10% 72.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 26682 23752 24020
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £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 1176 1101 1519
Average hourly rate £23.83 £27.50 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.35% -11.29%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.51 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.50 £50.00 £45.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-13.33% -

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 18 September 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 18 September 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 18 September 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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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 +2 461 £400 - 136
London -12 234 £425 - 46
South East +14 104 £350 - 44
Hampshire +23 46 £320 -6.56% 7
City of London -6 41 £400 -5.88% 17
South West -9 41 £400 +23.07% 18
Scotland -5 31 £375 +6.76% 4
Yorkshire +10 23 £428 +42.50% 6
East of England -8 22 £350 -26.31% 6
West Yorkshire 0 19 £530 +76.66% 1
Buckinghamshire -3 18 £418 +19.28% 6
Bristol -4 15 £375 +15.38% 5
Berkshire -18 14 £375 +1.69% 6
Southampton +5 13 £315 +3.27% 1
Leeds -5 13 £575 +91.66% 1
Oxfordshire - 13 £375 - 5
Swindon +5 12 £400 -
Wiltshire -4 12 £400 +33.33%
West Midlands -10 11 £344 +34.80% 3
Hertfordshire - 11 £413 - 1
East Midlands +3 10 £319 +27.50% 2
Milton Keynes -3 10 £425 +21.42% 4
Gloucestershire - 10 £458 - 12
Edinburgh +1 9 £375 - 3
Glasgow -7 9 £350 +3.70% 1
North West -7 7 £406 +56.25% 6
Wales -17 7 £355 +4.41% 2
North East - 7 £320 - 5
Tyne and Wear - 7 £320 - 5
Newcastle upon Tyne - 7 £320 - 5

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 September 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.

1 660 (59.78%) Agile Software Development
2 432 (39.13%) Java
3 395 (35.78%) Selenium
4 366 (33.15%) TDD
5 347 (31.43%) SQL
6 336 (30.43%) BDD
7 320 (28.99%) Cucumber
8 312 (28.26%) QA
9 288 (26.09%) Scrum
10 282 (25.54%) C#
11 251 (22.74%) .NET
12 223 (20.20%) Continuous Integration
13 212 (19.20%) Oracle
14 211 (19.11%) Ruby
15 206 (18.66%) Web Services
16 205 (18.57%) QuickTest Pro
17 191 (17.30%) Test Scripting
18 190 (17.21%) HP
19 185 (16.76%) WebDriver
20 171 (15.49%) ISTQB
21 163 (14.76%) Finance
22 157 (14.22%) HTML
22 157 (14.22%) JavaScript
23 151 (13.68%) XML
24 147 (13.32%) Automated Testing
25 143 (12.95%) HP Quality Center
26 136 (12.32%) Software Testing
27 130 (11.78%) Jenkins
28 129 (11.68%) ISEB
29 128 (11.59%) Security Cleared

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 September 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 26 (2.36%) Node.js
2 16 (1.45%) Tomcat
3 15 (1.36%) Apache
4 13 (1.18%) Confluence
5 11 (1.00%) WebLogic
6 9 (0.82%) SharePoint
7 5 (0.45%) SharePoint Server
7 5 (0.45%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 4 (0.36%) CMS
9 3 (0.27%) WebSphere
9 3 (0.27%) OpenStack
9 3 (0.27%) Cloud Foundry
10 2 (0.18%) lighttpd
10 2 (0.18%) SharePoint 2013
10 2 (0.18%) Jetty
10 2 (0.18%) Oracle Application Server
10 2 (0.18%) CICS
10 2 (0.18%) IIS
11 1 (0.091%) MQSeries
11 1 (0.091%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 34 (3.08%) MS Excel
2 15 (1.36%) MS Office
3 9 (0.82%) MS Visio
4 5 (0.45%) MS PowerPoint
5 4 (0.36%) Final Cut Pro
6 3 (0.27%) Mingle
6 3 (0.27%) MS Project
7 2 (0.18%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 21 (1.90%) Oracle EBS
2 5 (0.45%) Oracle Financials
2 5 (0.45%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.27%) SAP FI
3 3 (0.27%) SAP FI/CO
3 3 (0.27%) SAP CO
4 2 (0.18%) Magento
4 2 (0.18%) Oracle BPM
5 1 (0.091%) Markit EDM
5 1 (0.091%) Oracle TCA
5 1 (0.091%) Google Analytics
5 1 (0.091%) Oracle BRM
5 1 (0.091%) RMDS
5 1 (0.091%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.091%) Endur
5 1 (0.091%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 9 (0.82%) SaaS
2 7 (0.63%) Cloud Computing
3 6 (0.54%) Amazon EC2
3 6 (0.54%) Amazon S3
3 6 (0.54%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (0.45%) Microsoft Azure
5 4 (0.36%) GitHub
6 2 (0.18%) PaaS
7 1 (0.091%) Heroku
7 1 (0.091%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 54 (4.89%) HTTP
2 27 (2.45%) TCP/IP
3 22 (1.99%) DNS
4 19 (1.72%) Internet
5 18 (1.63%) HTTPS
6 14 (1.27%) Wireshark
7 12 (1.09%) LTE
8 11 (1.00%) 3G
8 11 (1.00%) Firewall
9 9 (0.82%) Wireless
9 9 (0.82%) SSL
9 9 (0.82%) WCDMA
9 9 (0.82%) 2G
10 8 (0.72%) IP Telephony
10 8 (0.72%) 4G
11 7 (0.63%) DHCP
12 6 (0.54%) 3GPP
12 6 (0.54%) LDAP
12 6 (0.54%) LAN
13 5 (0.45%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 60 (5.43%) SQL Server
2 57 (5.16%) Oracle Reports
3 53 (4.80%) Relational Database
4 40 (3.62%) Oracle Database
5 34 (3.08%) NoSQL
6 32 (2.90%) Data Warehouse
7 31 (2.81%) MySQL
8 28 (2.54%) MongoDB
9 20 (1.81%) RDBMS
10 18 (1.63%) Big Data
11 10 (0.91%) SQL Server 2008
11 10 (0.91%) DB2
11 10 (0.91%) PostgreSQL
12 9 (0.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 8 (0.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 7 (0.63%) Oracle BI EE
15 5 (0.45%) SQL Server 2012
15 5 (0.45%) SQL Navigator
16 4 (0.36%) Star Schema
16 4 (0.36%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 395 (35.78%) Selenium
2 320 (28.99%) Cucumber
3 205 (18.57%) QuickTest Pro
4 185 (16.76%) WebDriver
5 130 (11.78%) Jenkins
6 116 (10.51%) JUnit
7 90 (8.15%) JIRA
8 74 (6.70%) SoapUI
9 63 (5.71%) Git (software)
10 58 (5.25%) RSpec
11 56 (5.07%) WATIR
12 54 (4.89%) LoadRunner
12 54 (4.89%) JBehave
13 51 (4.62%) Team Foundation Server
14 50 (4.53%) Visual Studio
15 49 (4.44%) FitNesse
15 49 (4.44%) SpecFlow
16 48 (4.35%) Maven
16 48 (4.35%) Calabash
17 41 (3.71%) JMeter
General
1 163 (14.76%) Finance
2 71 (6.43%) Banking
3 39 (3.53%) Investment Banking
4 30 (2.72%) Telecoms
5 27 (2.45%) Games
6 22 (1.99%) Retail
7 14 (1.27%) Publishing
8 11 (1.00%) Legal
8 11 (1.00%) Back Office
9 8 (0.72%) Electronics
10 7 (0.63%) Manufacturing
10 7 (0.63%) General Ledger
11 6 (0.54%) Marketing
11 6 (0.54%) Advertising
11 6 (0.54%) Automotive
12 4 (0.36%) Pharmaceutical
13 3 (0.27%) Multimedia
13 3 (0.27%) Local Government
14 2 (0.18%) Aerospace
15 1 (0.091%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 244 (22.10%) Analyst
2 223 (20.20%) Test Analyst
3 219 (19.84%) Tester
4 212 (19.20%) Developer
5 120 (10.87%) Automation Tester
6 116 (10.51%) Test Engineer
7 77 (6.97%) Test Manager
8 72 (6.52%) Test Leader
9 49 (4.44%) Java Developer
10 46 (4.17%) Software Engineer
10 46 (4.17%) Automation Engineer
11 44 (3.99%) Consultant
12 41 (3.71%) Test Consultant
13 37 (3.35%) QA Tester
14 34 (3.08%) Automation Analyst
15 33 (2.99%) QA Engineer
16 32 (2.90%) QA Analyst
17 27 (2.45%) Automation Test Analyst
17 27 (2.45%) Senior Developer
18 26 (2.36%) Agile Coach
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 251 (22.74%) .NET
2 206 (18.66%) Web Services
3 157 (14.22%) HTML
4 151 (13.68%) XML
5 104 (9.42%) ASP.NET
6 90 (8.15%) JSP
7 87 (7.88%) SOAP
8 81 (7.34%) JSON
9 61 (5.53%) RESTful
10 59 (5.34%) Spring
11 51 (4.62%) CSS
12 47 (4.26%) REST
13 28 (2.54%) XSLT
14 25 (2.26%) jQuery
15 23 (2.08%) HTML5
15 23 (2.08%) Gherkin
16 22 (1.99%) Spring MVC
17 19 (1.72%) .NET Framework
17 19 (1.72%) Sass
18 18 (1.63%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 104 (9.42%) Open Source
2 78 (7.07%) Mobile App
3 72 (6.52%) Analytical Skills
4 32 (2.90%) Computer Science
5 25 (2.26%) User Experience
6 16 (1.45%) Derivative
7 15 (1.36%) Enterprise Software
7 15 (1.36%) Credit Risk
8 14 (1.27%) STB
8 14 (1.27%) Credit Derivative
8 14 (1.27%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 13 (1.18%) GIS
9 13 (1.18%) Video on Demand
10 11 (1.00%) Digital Media
10 11 (1.00%) Embedded Systems
10 11 (1.00%) Handset
11 10 (0.91%) Clustering
11 10 (0.91%) Management Information System
11 10 (0.91%) Mathematics
11 10 (0.91%) Over-the-Top Content
Operating Systems
1 111 (10.05%) Linux
2 109 (9.87%) UNIX
3 92 (8.33%) Windows
4 58 (5.25%) Apple iOS
5 51 (4.62%) Android
6 22 (1.99%) Windows Server 2003
6 22 (1.99%) Windows XP
7 18 (1.63%) Windows Server 2008
8 13 (1.18%) Windows 7
9 12 (1.09%) Windows 2000
10 10 (0.91%) Windows NT
10 10 (0.91%) AIX
11 6 (0.54%) CentOS
12 5 (0.45%) VMS
12 5 (0.45%) Oracle Linux
12 5 (0.45%) Windows Server 2012
13 4 (0.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 3 (0.27%) Debian
15 2 (0.18%) Windows Phone
16 1 (0.091%) Windows Phone 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 660 (59.78%) Agile Software Development
2 366 (33.15%) TDD
3 336 (30.43%) BDD
4 288 (26.09%) Scrum
5 223 (20.20%) Continuous Integration
6 191 (17.30%) Test Scripting
7 147 (13.32%) Automated Testing
8 136 (12.32%) Software Testing
9 112 (10.14%) Test Strategy
9 112 (10.14%) Automation Testing
10 108 (9.78%) User Stories
11 96 (8.70%) Software Engineering
12 88 (7.97%) Functional Testing
13 87 (7.88%) User Acceptance Testing
13 87 (7.88%) CRM
14 86 (7.79%) Regression Testing
15 76 (6.88%) Project Management
16 75 (6.79%) Integration Testing
17 66 (5.98%) Performance Testing
18 62 (5.62%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 432 (39.13%) Java
2 347 (31.43%) SQL
3 282 (25.54%) C#
4 211 (19.11%) Ruby
5 157 (14.22%) JavaScript
6 102 (9.24%) Python
7 92 (8.33%) VB
8 54 (4.89%) PHP
9 42 (3.80%) Shell Script
10 38 (3.44%) Perl
11 37 (3.35%) C++
12 32 (2.90%) VBScript
13 30 (2.72%) Scala
14 28 (2.54%) Bash Shell
14 28 (2.54%) C
15 22 (1.99%) VB.NET
16 21 (1.90%) Groovy
17 18 (1.63%) T-SQL
18 15 (1.36%) Objective-C
19 10 (0.91%) Golang
Qualifications
1 171 (15.49%) ISTQB
2 129 (11.68%) ISEB
3 128 (11.59%) Security Cleared
4 98 (8.88%) SC Cleared
5 66 (5.98%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 64 (5.80%) Degree
7 52 (4.71%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 50 (4.53%) DV Cleared
9 15 (1.36%) ISEB Practitioner
10 5 (0.45%) MCTS
10 5 (0.45%) MCITP
10 5 (0.45%) MCSE
10 5 (0.45%) MCSA
10 5 (0.45%) Microsoft Certification
11 2 (0.18%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 2 (0.18%) HND
12 1 (0.091%) CSSLP
12 1 (0.091%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 1 (0.091%) Sun Certification
12 1 (0.091%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 312 (28.26%) QA
2 5 (0.45%) Data Quality
3 2 (0.18%) Solvency II
4 1 (0.091%) EMIR
4 1 (0.091%) Dodd-Frank
4 1 (0.091%) JTAG
4 1 (0.091%) DO-160
4 1 (0.091%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.091%) GAAP
System Software
1 7 (0.63%) NDS
1 7 (0.63%) Oracle RAC
2 6 (0.54%) Hyper-V
2 6 (0.54%) Active Directory
3 5 (0.45%) VMware ESX
3 5 (0.45%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (0.45%) VirtualBox
4 4 (0.36%) Xen
5 3 (0.27%) vCloud
6 2 (0.18%) Docker
6 2 (0.18%) Oracle RMAN
7 1 (0.091%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 143 (12.95%) HP Quality Center
2 27 (2.45%) Puppet
3 19 (1.72%) Vagrant
4 17 (1.54%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
5 10 (0.91%) Netcool
5 10 (0.91%) McAfee ePO
5 10 (0.91%) Opscode Chef
6 6 (0.54%) WebInspect
7 5 (0.45%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 5 (0.45%) Nagios
7 5 (0.45%) Cisco IPCC
8 2 (0.18%) Data Guard
8 2 (0.18%) Oracle EDQ
8 2 (0.18%) Ansible
9 1 (0.091%) Salt
9 1 (0.091%) XenMobile
9 1 (0.091%) CA LISA
9 1 (0.091%) HAProxy
9 1 (0.091%) Capistrano
9 1 (0.091%) AppManager
Vendors
1 212 (19.20%) Oracle
2 190 (17.21%) HP
3 124 (11.23%) Microsoft
4 19 (1.72%) Informatica
5 12 (1.09%) SAP
5 12 (1.09%) VMware
6 11 (1.00%) JBoss
6 11 (1.00%) Citrix
7 10 (0.91%) Cisco
7 10 (0.91%) Veritas
7 10 (0.91%) McAfee
8 9 (0.82%) Apple
8 9 (0.82%) IBM
8 9 (0.82%) Sybase
9 8 (0.72%) Siebel
9 8 (0.72%) Sun
9 8 (0.72%) Atlassian
10 7 (0.63%) ESRI
11 6 (0.54%) JD Edwards
12 5 (0.45%) Siemens
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 - £405 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400 - £440 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
Devon
Interaction Recruitment PLC
Rate: £250 - 350 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
Gosport, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: market rates
Posted: Yesterday
Gosport, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: market rate value
Posted: Yesterday
North West
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Calibre Search Ltd
Rate: £300 - £340 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Chester, Cheshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: Competitive
Posted: Yesterday
Worcestershire
In Parallel Computer Staff Limited
Rate: From £37 to £39 per hour Dep on Exp
Posted: 2 days ago
Surrey
Stott & May
Rate: From £0 to £0 per day £competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £350 to £450 per day - dependent on experience
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Tiro Partners
Rate: From £250 to £325 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 - £390 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £30 - £35 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Sanderson
Rate: £300 - £330 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Bristol, Avon
G2 Recruitment Solutions Ltd.
Rate: Excellent market rate paid weekly
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Genomics England
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 7 days ago
City of London
Energize Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Posted: 8 days ago
City of London
Deerfoot IT
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
City of London
Energize Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Posted: 9 days ago