The table below looks at the statistics for Test Automation skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Automation over the 3 months to 24 May 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
24 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Automation
Rank 211 227 210
Rank change year-on-year
+16 -17
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 654 533 592
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.22% 0.98% 1.11%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.49% 1.24% 1.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 413 375 380
Median daily rate £420 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £304 £288 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £531 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £325
% change year-on-year
- +15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 13 7
Median hourly rate £37.50 £40.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +6.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.20 £33.80 £32.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.10 £45.00 £41.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £40.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +6.66%

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
43851 42877 41677
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 81.90% 79.19% 77.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 29046 27097 26309
Median daily rate £438 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £280 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +2.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1017 1228 1245
Median hourly rate £29.00 £30.00 £28.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% +4.07%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.35 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.83 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £31.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+12.90% +3.33%

Test Automation
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing Test Automation as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 24 May 2016.

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 24 May 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Automation within the UK over the 3 months to 24 May 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +25 586 £425 +6.25% 199
London +21 285 £425 -5.55% 98
North West +46 87 £425 -13.26% 15
Cheshire - 76 £425 - 4
South East -8 74 £375 +5.63% 28
City of London +45 73 £425 -10.52% 19
Scotland +9 48 £325 -13.33% 6
South West +11 38 £400 +14.28% 17
Warrington - 33 £442 -
Yorkshire +4 31 £431 +3.91% 13
West Yorkshire -6 28 £441 +6.32% 9
West Midlands -3 26 £330 -5.71% 5
Leeds -15 25 £441 +6.32% 7
Berkshire -10 22 £378 +6.33% 11
Knutsford - 21 £425 - 1
Hampshire -8 19 £300 -11.43% 6
North East -69 19 £325 -13.33% 1
Surrey -3 17 £413 +10.00% 4
Tyne and Wear -68 17 £325 -13.33% 1
Glasgow +18 15 £332 -5.14% 3
Birmingham -3 15 £330 -12.00% 2
Newcastle upon Tyne -71 15 £325 -13.33% 1
Renfrewshire -29 14 £265 -25.35%
East Midlands +22 13 £563 +66.66% 2
East of England 0 13 £438 +29.62% 19
Erskine -26 13 £265 -25.35%
Edinburgh -19 12 £350 -12.50% 2
Wales +16 11 £375 +50.00% 1
South Wales +9 11 £375 +50.00% 1
Nottingham +4 11 £700 +107.40% 1

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 May 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Test Automation also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 729 (57.72%) Agile Software Development
2 461 (36.50%) Selenium
3 396 (31.35%) Java
4 331 (26.21%) SQL
5 306 (24.23%) BDD
6 304 (24.07%) QA
7 282 (22.33%) TDD
8 270 (21.38%) Scrum
9 261 (20.67%) Security Cleared
10 252 (19.95%) Finance
11 247 (19.56%) Continuous Integration
12 239 (18.92%) Cucumber
13 237 (18.76%) Test Scripting
14 220 (17.42%) Microsoft
15 203 (16.07%) JIRA
16 200 (15.84%) SC Cleared
17 194 (15.36%) WebDriver
18 185 (14.65%) JavaScript
19 181 (14.33%) Windows
20 179 (14.17%) C#
21 177 (14.01%) Jenkins
22 174 (13.78%) Software Engineering
23 172 (13.62%) Web Services
24 168 (13.30%) Functional Testing
25 165 (13.06%) .NET
26 164 (12.98%) ISTQB
27 163 (12.91%) HP UFT
28 155 (12.27%) Software Testing
29 147 (11.64%) ISEB
30 143 (11.32%) Automated Testing

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 68 (5.38%) Node.js
2 46 (3.64%) Confluence
3 36 (2.85%) Jetty
3 36 (2.85%) Tomcat
4 35 (2.77%) SharePoint
5 32 (2.53%) JBoss
6 30 (2.38%) nginx
7 22 (1.74%) Skype for Business
8 21 (1.66%) SharePoint 2013
9 20 (1.58%) MS Exchange
10 13 (1.03%) Apache
11 8 (0.63%) IIS
12 7 (0.55%) BizTalk Server
12 7 (0.55%) CMS
12 7 (0.55%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 7 (0.55%) WebSphere
13 6 (0.48%) MQSeries
14 4 (0.32%) Elasticsearch
14 4 (0.32%) OpenStack
15 3 (0.24%) Cloud Foundry
Applications
1 79 (6.25%) MS Excel
2 50 (3.96%) MS Office
3 8 (0.63%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (0.24%) MS Project
5 2 (0.16%) Mingle
6 1 (0.079%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.079%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 20 (1.58%) Magento
2 13 (1.03%) Dynamics CRM
3 9 (0.71%) Oracle EBS
4 7 (0.55%) Oracle Receivables
5 6 (0.48%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 5 (0.40%) Oracle Assets
7 4 (0.32%) Dynamics AX
8 3 (0.24%) Markit EDM
9 2 (0.16%) Oracle Applications
9 2 (0.16%) Oracle Cash Management
9 2 (0.16%) Oracle EBS R12
9 2 (0.16%) Oracle Payables
10 1 (0.079%) Global One
10 1 (0.079%) Maximo
10 1 (0.079%) Oracle BPM
10 1 (0.079%) Oracle General Ledger
10 1 (0.079%) Oracle iProcurement
10 1 (0.079%) Remedy ITSM
10 1 (0.079%) Summit
10 1 (0.079%) SunGard Martini
Cloud Services
1 34 (2.69%) Amazon AWS
2 20 (1.58%) Microsoft Azure
3 18 (1.43%) GitHub
4 13 (1.03%) Amazon S3
5 7 (0.55%) Cloud Computing
5 7 (0.55%) IaaS
5 7 (0.55%) SaaS
6 4 (0.32%) Office 365
6 4 (0.32%) PaaS
7 2 (0.16%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 2 (0.16%) Engine Yard
7 2 (0.16%) Heroku
7 2 (0.16%) Trello
8 1 (0.079%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.079%) Google App Engine
8 1 (0.079%) Google Cloud Platform
8 1 (0.079%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 27 (2.14%) HTTP
2 22 (1.74%) Skype
3 14 (1.11%) Internet
4 9 (0.71%) SNMP
5 7 (0.55%) ATM
5 7 (0.55%) SAN
5 7 (0.55%) VLAN
6 5 (0.40%) DVB
6 5 (0.40%) Firewall
6 5 (0.40%) TCP/IP
6 5 (0.40%) ZigBee
7 4 (0.32%) DNS
7 4 (0.32%) VPN
7 4 (0.32%) WAN
8 3 (0.24%) DHCP
8 3 (0.24%) PuTTY
9 2 (0.16%) HTTPS
9 2 (0.16%) NAS
9 2 (0.16%) Network Security
9 2 (0.16%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 79 (6.25%) SQL Server
2 57 (4.51%) MySQL
3 48 (3.80%) NoSQL
4 38 (3.01%) Relational Database
5 31 (2.45%) Apache Hive
6 29 (2.30%) Big Data
7 28 (2.22%) Impala
7 28 (2.22%) Neo4j
8 24 (1.90%) MongoDB
9 23 (1.82%) Hadoop
10 22 (1.74%) DB2
11 14 (1.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 13 (1.03%) Oracle Reports
13 12 (0.95%) PostgreSQL
14 11 (0.87%) RDBMS
15 10 (0.79%) Amazon DynamoDB
15 10 (0.79%) Data Mining
15 10 (0.79%) Data Warehouse
15 10 (0.79%) VoltDB
16 7 (0.55%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 461 (36.50%) Selenium
2 239 (18.92%) Cucumber
3 203 (16.07%) JIRA
4 194 (15.36%) WebDriver
5 177 (14.01%) Jenkins
6 163 (12.91%) HP UFT
7 127 (10.06%) Git (software)
8 105 (8.31%) JUnit
9 98 (7.76%) SpecFlow
10 89 (7.05%) Team Foundation Server
11 76 (6.02%) Maven
11 76 (6.02%) SoapUI
12 72 (5.70%) Subversion
12 72 (5.70%) Visual Studio
13 68 (5.38%) JMeter
14 57 (4.51%) Appium
15 56 (4.43%) TeamCity
16 45 (3.56%) Capybara
17 42 (3.33%) LoadRunner
18 39 (3.09%) WinRunner
General
1 252 (19.95%) Finance
2 141 (11.16%) Banking
3 52 (4.12%) Retail
4 42 (3.33%) Investment Banking
5 27 (2.14%) Telecoms
6 12 (0.95%) Games
7 10 (0.79%) Electronics
8 9 (0.71%) Front Office
8 9 (0.71%) Manufacturing
9 8 (0.63%) Marketing
10 7 (0.55%) Legal
10 7 (0.55%) Publishing
11 6 (0.48%) Retail Banking
12 4 (0.32%) Back Office
12 4 (0.32%) Law
12 4 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
13 3 (0.24%) Financial Institution
14 2 (0.16%) Advertising
14 2 (0.16%) Military
15 1 (0.079%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 250 (19.79%) Analyst
2 243 (19.24%) Developer
3 224 (17.74%) Test Analyst
4 187 (14.81%) Tester
5 182 (14.41%) Test Engineer
6 102 (8.08%) Java Developer
7 99 (7.84%) Test Manager
8 97 (7.68%) Automation Tester
9 94 (7.44%) Test Automation Engineer
10 83 (6.57%) Automation Test Analyst
11 75 (5.94%) Developer in Test
12 71 (5.62%) Architect
13 69 (5.46%) Test Leader
14 58 (4.59%) Consultant
15 54 (4.28%) QA Engineer
16 53 (4.20%) Test Automation Developer
17 39 (3.09%) Senior Developer
18 36 (2.85%) QA Analyst
19 34 (2.69%) Senior Analyst
20 33 (2.61%) QA Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 172 (13.62%) Web Services
2 165 (13.06%) .NET
3 137 (10.85%) HTML
4 129 (10.21%) XML
5 106 (8.39%) SOAP
6 77 (6.10%) Gherkin
7 76 (6.02%) REST
8 74 (5.86%) JSON
9 70 (5.54%) CSS
10 66 (5.23%) AngularJS
11 61 (4.83%) Spring
12 58 (4.59%) RESTful
13 48 (3.80%) HTML5
14 42 (3.33%) Java EE
15 39 (3.09%) CSS3
16 34 (2.69%) GWT
17 30 (2.38%) JDBC
18 29 (2.30%) ASP.NET
18 29 (2.30%) Struts
18 29 (2.30%) Struts2
Miscellaneous
1 117 (9.26%) Analytical Skills
2 38 (3.01%) Mobile App
3 33 (2.61%) Clustering
4 27 (2.14%) Computer Science
4 27 (2.14%) PDA
4 27 (2.14%) User Experience
5 19 (1.50%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 17 (1.35%) Smart Meter
7 15 (1.19%) Enterprise Software
7 15 (1.19%) Management Information System
8 12 (0.95%) Biometrics
9 10 (0.79%) Data Centre
10 9 (0.71%) Derivative
10 9 (0.71%) PKI
10 9 (0.71%) Public Cloud
10 9 (0.71%) Visualisation
11 7 (0.55%) Fixed Income
11 7 (0.55%) Inversion of Control
11 7 (0.55%) Mathematics
11 7 (0.55%) STB
Operating Systems
1 181 (14.33%) Windows
2 122 (9.66%) Linux
3 82 (6.49%) Unix
4 51 (4.04%) Windows Server
5 43 (3.40%) Windows Server 2012
6 41 (3.25%) Windows Server 2008
7 39 (3.09%) Android
8 38 (3.01%) Apple iOS
9 35 (2.77%) Windows Server 2003
10 33 (2.61%) Windows 7
10 33 (2.61%) Windows XP
11 31 (2.45%) AIX
12 19 (1.50%) Windows 10
13 13 (1.03%) Mac OS X
14 9 (0.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 7 (0.55%) CentOS
15 7 (0.55%) Ubuntu
16 3 (0.24%) VME
17 2 (0.16%) Solaris
18 1 (0.079%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 729 (57.72%) Agile Software Development
2 306 (24.23%) BDD
3 282 (22.33%) TDD
4 270 (21.38%) Scrum
5 247 (19.56%) Continuous Integration
6 237 (18.76%) Test Scripting
7 174 (13.78%) Software Engineering
8 168 (13.30%) Functional Testing
9 155 (12.27%) Software Testing
10 143 (11.32%) Automated Testing
11 118 (9.34%) Test Strategy
12 117 (9.26%) DevOps
13 107 (8.47%) Regression Testing
14 104 (8.23%) User Acceptance Testing
15 102 (8.08%) Automation Testing
16 101 (8.00%) Integration Testing
17 100 (7.92%) SDLC
18 94 (7.44%) Defect Management
19 89 (7.05%) Test Management
20 81 (6.41%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 396 (31.35%) Java
2 331 (26.21%) SQL
3 185 (14.65%) JavaScript
4 179 (14.17%) C#
5 136 (10.77%) Ruby
6 114 (9.03%) Python
7 51 (4.04%) PowerShell
8 45 (3.56%) Perl
9 38 (3.01%) C
10 30 (2.38%) PHP
10 30 (2.38%) VB
11 27 (2.14%) Scala
12 23 (1.82%) Shell Script
13 21 (1.66%) C++
14 17 (1.35%) PL/SQL
15 15 (1.19%) Groovy
16 14 (1.11%) VBScript
17 13 (1.03%) VBA
18 12 (0.95%) Bash Shell
19 11 (0.87%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 261 (20.67%) Security Cleared
2 200 (15.84%) SC Cleared
3 164 (12.98%) ISTQB
4 147 (11.64%) ISEB
5 78 (6.18%) Degree
6 51 (4.04%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 33 (2.61%) MCSA
7 33 (2.61%) MCSE
7 33 (2.61%) MCTS
7 33 (2.61%) Microsoft Certification
8 31 (2.45%) MCITP
9 30 (2.38%) DV Cleared
10 25 (1.98%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 14 (1.11%) PhD
12 7 (0.55%) PMI Certification
12 7 (0.55%) PMP
13 6 (0.48%) BPSS Clearance
13 6 (0.48%) CCEA
13 6 (0.48%) Citrix Certification
13 6 (0.48%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 304 (24.07%) QA
2 33 (2.61%) SDET
3 9 (0.71%) Disclosure Scotland
3 9 (0.71%) WCAG
4 5 (0.40%) GPG13
4 5 (0.40%) WAI
5 4 (0.32%) ISO 14001
5 4 (0.32%) ISO 9001
6 2 (0.16%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.16%) Dodd-Frank
6 2 (0.16%) EMIR
6 2 (0.16%) MiFID
6 2 (0.16%) SLA
7 1 (0.079%) CRD IV
7 1 (0.079%) FINREP
7 1 (0.079%) JSP 440
7 1 (0.079%) Solvency II
System Software
1 77 (6.10%) Active Directory
2 36 (2.85%) VMware Infrastructure
3 35 (2.77%) Hyper-V
4 31 (2.45%) VMware ESX
5 27 (2.14%) Docker
6 12 (0.95%) vSphere
7 4 (0.32%) Firmware
8 3 (0.24%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (0.16%) Oracle RAC
9 2 (0.16%) Veritas Cluster Server
9 2 (0.16%) VirtualBox
10 1 (0.079%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 113 (8.95%) HP Quality Center
2 70 (5.54%) Puppet
3 40 (3.17%) SCCM
3 40 (3.17%) SCOM
4 31 (2.45%) McAfee ePO
4 31 (2.45%) Netcool
5 22 (1.74%) Opscode Chef
6 18 (1.43%) logstash
6 18 (1.43%) Piwik
7 16 (1.27%) Ansible
8 12 (0.95%) yum
9 10 (0.79%) Bareos
10 9 (0.71%) Nagios
11 3 (0.24%) AirWatch
11 3 (0.24%) BMC PATROL
11 3 (0.24%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 3 (0.24%) Kubernetes
11 3 (0.24%) vRealize
12 2 (0.16%) Cobbler
12 2 (0.16%) HAProxy
Vendors
1 220 (17.42%) Microsoft
2 132 (10.45%) Oracle
3 117 (9.26%) HP
4 66 (5.23%) VMware
5 39 (3.09%) Citrix
6 35 (2.77%) Veritas
7 33 (2.61%) Atlassian
8 31 (2.45%) Intel Security
9 22 (1.74%) Rally
10 19 (1.50%) IBM
11 16 (1.27%) Informatica
11 16 (1.27%) Red Hat
12 11 (0.87%) Hortonworks
12 11 (0.87%) Sybase
13 10 (0.79%) SAP
14 9 (0.71%) Siebel
14 9 (0.71%) Telerik
14 9 (0.71%) Twitter
15 7 (0.55%) Pega
16 6 (0.48%) Google
Chester, Cheshire
Reed Technology
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 1 hour ago
West London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £450.00 - £490.00 per day
Posted: 3 hours ago
City, London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 hours ago
City, London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £375.00 - £425.00 per annum
Posted: 22 hours ago
City, London
Client Server
Rate: £500 to £550 p/day
Posted: 23 hours ago
London
Hydrogen Group
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol, Avon
Venturi
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Rate: £48.00 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
London
Client Server
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: £300 - £425 per day + 3 - 6 MONTH EXTENSION!!
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Burns Sheehan
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
AAP3
Rate: £300 - £368 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Hertfordshire
Volt
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £550 to £600 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: £450 - £500 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Gloucestershire
Lawrence Harvey Enterprise
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Cheshire
Lawrence Harvey Enterprise
Rate: £425 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Staffworx Ltd
Rate: market rates or excellent salary
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Proteus Europe
Rate: £266.99 per day + None
Posted: 6 days ago
East London
Polar Recruitment
Rate: £275 - £320 per day + none
Posted: 6 days ago
North West London
Intelletec
Rate: From £500 to £600 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Client Server
Rate: £500 to £550 p/day
Posted: 11 days ago
Scotland
Vivid Resourcing
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: 12 days ago
UK
Computer Recruitment Services
Rate: £40 - £50 per hour
Posted: 12 days ago
Leeds
Real Staffing
Rate: £325 - £375 per day
Posted: 15 days ago
London
Client Server
Rate: £500 to £550 p/day
Posted: 18 days ago
Gloucestershire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 19 days ago
London
Venturi
Rate: £400 - £435 per day
Posted: 21 days ago
Berkshire
Lawrence Harvey
Rate: £275 - £375 per day
Posted: 26 days ago