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 3 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
3 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Automation
Rank 212 248 200
Rank change year-on-year
+36 -48
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 658 514 615
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.18% 0.92% 1.11%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.45% 1.17% 1.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 402 345 397
Median daily rate £420 £386 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.73% -3.43%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £550 £518
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £355 £333
% change year-on-year
+5.63% +6.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 14 6
Median hourly rate £37.50 £40.00 £38.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +3.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.60 £33.15 £33.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £45.00 £111.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £38.75 £40.00
% change year-on-year
-3.22% -3.12%

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
45374 44011 42946
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 81.60% 78.86% 77.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 29986 27420 26807
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 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1055 1279 1235
Median hourly rate £35.00 £29.82 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.37% -0.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.75 £12.35 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £47.83 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £31.00 £31.50
% change year-on-year
+16.12% -1.58%

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 3 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 3 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 3 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 +25 587 £425 +9.67% 186
London +13 285 £425 -5.55% 88
North West +64 96 £425 -5.55% 11
Cheshire - 73 £425 - 1
City of London +45 70 £438 -7.89% 21
South East -17 70 £378 +6.33% 36
Scotland -3 54 £313 -16.66% 9
South West +20 37 £400 +14.28% 10
Warrington - 33 £442 -
Yorkshire +7 28 £438 +16.66% 16
Hampshire -11 27 £300 -17.02% 9
West Yorkshire +17 25 £445 +18.66% 11
West Midlands +1 25 £333 -5.00% 7
Leeds -3 22 £445 +18.66% 10
Renfrewshire -22 20 £271 -20.44%
Erskine -22 19 £271 -20.44%
Knutsford - 19 £425 -
East of England +5 18 £369 +18.00% 11
Berkshire -6 18 £401 +13.02% 10
Manchester +3 16 £363 -23.68% 9
Edinburgh -17 16 £350 -12.50% 2
East Midlands +14 15 £700 +100.00% 2
Glasgow +12 15 £332 +2.15% 6
Nottingham +7 14 £700 +107.40%
Nottinghamshire +6 14 £700 +107.40%
North East -54 14 £305 -21.29% 2
Tyne and Wear -53 13 £305 -21.29% 2
Birmingham +1 12 £333 -11.33% 2
Surrey -4 11 £400 +6.66% 9
Newcastle upon Tyne -58 11 £305 -21.29% 1

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 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.

1 734 (57.03%) Agile Software Development
2 476 (36.99%) Selenium
3 417 (32.40%) Java
4 353 (27.43%) SQL
5 334 (25.95%) BDD
6 307 (23.85%) QA
7 291 (22.61%) Scrum
8 288 (22.38%) TDD
9 274 (21.29%) Cucumber
10 259 (20.12%) Security Cleared
11 258 (20.05%) Test Scripting
12 247 (19.19%) Continuous Integration
13 241 (18.73%) Finance
14 225 (17.48%) Microsoft
15 212 (16.47%) JIRA
16 196 (15.23%) SC Cleared
17 195 (15.15%) Windows
18 193 (15.00%) C#
19 188 (14.61%) HP UFT
20 185 (14.37%) WebDriver
21 183 (14.22%) JavaScript
22 181 (14.06%) Web Services
23 176 (13.68%) .NET
24 172 (13.36%) Software Testing
25 167 (12.98%) Jenkins
26 166 (12.90%) ISTQB
27 160 (12.43%) Automated Testing
27 160 (12.43%) Functional Testing
28 159 (12.35%) Software Engineering
29 152 (11.81%) Ruby

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 67 (5.21%) Node.js
2 46 (3.57%) Confluence
3 37 (2.87%) JBoss
3 37 (2.87%) SharePoint
4 35 (2.72%) Tomcat
5 34 (2.64%) Jetty
6 28 (2.18%) nginx
7 22 (1.71%) Skype for Business
8 21 (1.63%) SharePoint 2013
9 20 (1.55%) MS Exchange
10 13 (1.01%) Apache
11 7 (0.54%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 6 (0.47%) IIS
12 6 (0.47%) MQSeries
13 5 (0.39%) BizTalk Server
13 5 (0.39%) CMS
13 5 (0.39%) WebSphere
14 4 (0.31%) Elasticsearch
15 3 (0.23%) SAS
16 2 (0.16%) WebLogic
Applications
1 74 (5.75%) MS Excel
2 53 (4.12%) MS Office
3 6 (0.47%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (0.23%) Mingle
4 3 (0.23%) MS Project
5 1 (0.078%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.078%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 18 (1.40%) Magento
2 15 (1.17%) Dynamics CRM
3 9 (0.70%) Oracle EBS
4 7 (0.54%) Oracle Receivables
4 7 (0.54%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 5 (0.39%) Dynamics AX
5 5 (0.39%) Oracle Assets
6 3 (0.23%) Markit EDM
7 2 (0.16%) Oracle Applications
7 2 (0.16%) Oracle Cash Management
7 2 (0.16%) Oracle EBS R12
7 2 (0.16%) Oracle Payables
7 2 (0.16%) Payment Gateway
8 1 (0.078%) Global One
8 1 (0.078%) Oracle BPM
8 1 (0.078%) Oracle General Ledger
8 1 (0.078%) Oracle iProcurement
8 1 (0.078%) SimCorp Dimension
8 1 (0.078%) Summit
8 1 (0.078%) SunGard Martini
Cloud Services
1 36 (2.80%) Amazon AWS
2 20 (1.55%) GitHub
3 19 (1.48%) Microsoft Azure
4 12 (0.93%) Amazon S3
5 8 (0.62%) IaaS
5 8 (0.62%) SaaS
6 7 (0.54%) Cloud Computing
6 7 (0.54%) Office 365
7 6 (0.47%) PaaS
8 3 (0.23%) Heroku
9 2 (0.16%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 1 (0.078%) Amazon EC2
10 1 (0.078%) Google App Engine
10 1 (0.078%) Google Cloud Platform
10 1 (0.078%) SuccessFactors
10 1 (0.078%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 32 (2.49%) HTTP
2 22 (1.71%) Skype
3 9 (0.70%) SNMP
4 7 (0.54%) ATM
4 7 (0.54%) Internet
4 7 (0.54%) SAN
4 7 (0.54%) VLAN
5 6 (0.47%) Firewall
5 6 (0.47%) TCP/IP
6 5 (0.39%) DVB
6 5 (0.39%) PuTTY
6 5 (0.39%) ZigBee
7 4 (0.31%) DHCP
7 4 (0.31%) DNS
7 4 (0.31%) VPN
7 4 (0.31%) WAN
8 3 (0.23%) NAS
8 3 (0.23%) Wi-Fi
8 3 (0.23%) Wireless
9 2 (0.16%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 92 (7.15%) SQL Server
2 57 (4.43%) MySQL
3 47 (3.65%) NoSQL
4 38 (2.95%) Relational Database
5 30 (2.33%) Apache Hive
6 27 (2.10%) Impala
6 27 (2.10%) Neo4j
7 23 (1.79%) MongoDB
8 21 (1.63%) DB2
9 18 (1.40%) Big Data
10 14 (1.09%) PostgreSQL
10 14 (1.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 13 (1.01%) Data Mining
11 13 (1.01%) Hadoop
12 11 (0.85%) Oracle Reports
12 11 (0.85%) RDBMS
13 10 (0.78%) Amazon DynamoDB
13 10 (0.78%) Data Warehouse
14 8 (0.62%) Oracle Database
15 7 (0.54%) Oracle BI EE
Development Applications
1 476 (36.99%) Selenium
2 274 (21.29%) Cucumber
3 212 (16.47%) JIRA
4 188 (14.61%) HP UFT
5 185 (14.37%) WebDriver
6 167 (12.98%) Jenkins
7 145 (11.27%) Git (software)
8 100 (7.77%) SpecFlow
9 95 (7.38%) JUnit
10 90 (6.99%) Team Foundation Server
11 74 (5.75%) SoapUI
11 74 (5.75%) Subversion
11 74 (5.75%) Visual Studio
12 73 (5.67%) Maven
13 66 (5.13%) Appium
14 62 (4.82%) JMeter
15 52 (4.04%) TeamCity
16 49 (3.81%) Capybara
17 44 (3.42%) WinRunner
18 42 (3.26%) TestDirector
General
1 241 (18.73%) Finance
2 137 (10.64%) Banking
3 49 (3.81%) Retail
4 44 (3.42%) Investment Banking
5 28 (2.18%) Telecoms
6 12 (0.93%) Front Office
7 11 (0.85%) Electronics
7 11 (0.85%) Games
8 10 (0.78%) Manufacturing
9 9 (0.70%) Marketing
9 9 (0.70%) Publishing
10 6 (0.47%) Financial Institution
10 6 (0.47%) Legal
10 6 (0.47%) Retail Banking
11 4 (0.31%) Back Office
11 4 (0.31%) Law
11 4 (0.31%) Pharmaceutical
12 2 (0.16%) Advertising
12 2 (0.16%) Military
13 1 (0.078%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 263 (20.44%) Analyst
2 250 (19.43%) Developer
3 243 (18.88%) Test Analyst
4 200 (15.54%) Tester
5 175 (13.60%) Test Engineer
6 98 (7.61%) Automation Tester
7 93 (7.23%) Java Developer
8 92 (7.15%) Automation Test Analyst
9 90 (6.99%) Test Automation Engineer
10 89 (6.92%) Test Manager
11 75 (5.83%) Developer in Test
12 73 (5.67%) Test Leader
13 72 (5.59%) Architect
14 63 (4.90%) Consultant
15 59 (4.58%) QA Engineer
16 52 (4.04%) Test Automation Developer
17 41 (3.19%) Senior Developer
17 41 (3.19%) Test Consultant
18 34 (2.64%) Automation Test Lead
19 33 (2.56%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 181 (14.06%) Web Services
2 176 (13.68%) .NET
3 132 (10.26%) HTML
4 126 (9.79%) XML
5 100 (7.77%) SOAP
6 86 (6.68%) REST
7 85 (6.60%) Gherkin
8 71 (5.52%) JSON
9 66 (5.13%) CSS
10 61 (4.74%) AngularJS
10 61 (4.74%) RESTful
11 54 (4.20%) Spring
12 47 (3.65%) HTML5
13 41 (3.19%) Java EE
14 37 (2.87%) CSS3
15 32 (2.49%) GWT
16 31 (2.41%) ASP.NET
17 29 (2.25%) JDBC
18 27 (2.10%) Struts
18 27 (2.10%) Struts2
Miscellaneous
1 110 (8.55%) Analytical Skills
2 43 (3.34%) Mobile App
3 36 (2.80%) Clustering
4 32 (2.49%) PDA
5 26 (2.02%) Computer Science
6 18 (1.40%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 17 (1.32%) Smart Meter
8 16 (1.24%) Management Information System
8 16 (1.24%) User Experience
9 15 (1.17%) Enterprise Software
10 12 (0.93%) Derivative
11 10 (0.78%) Data Centre
12 9 (0.70%) PKI
12 9 (0.70%) Public Cloud
12 9 (0.70%) STB
12 9 (0.70%) Visualisation
13 8 (0.62%) Equities
13 8 (0.62%) Fixed Income
14 7 (0.54%) Inversion of Control
14 7 (0.54%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 195 (15.15%) Windows
2 116 (9.01%) Linux
3 87 (6.76%) Unix
4 51 (3.96%) Windows Server
5 46 (3.57%) Android
5 46 (3.57%) Windows Server 2008
6 44 (3.42%) Apple iOS
6 44 (3.42%) Windows Server 2012
7 40 (3.11%) Windows Server 2003
8 38 (2.95%) Windows 7
8 38 (2.95%) Windows XP
9 35 (2.72%) AIX
10 18 (1.40%) Windows 10
11 12 (0.93%) Mac OS X
12 10 (0.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 6 (0.47%) CentOS
14 5 (0.39%) Ubuntu
15 3 (0.23%) VME
16 1 (0.078%) Embedded Linux
16 1 (0.078%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 734 (57.03%) Agile Software Development
2 334 (25.95%) BDD
3 291 (22.61%) Scrum
4 288 (22.38%) TDD
5 258 (20.05%) Test Scripting
6 247 (19.19%) Continuous Integration
7 172 (13.36%) Software Testing
8 160 (12.43%) Automated Testing
8 160 (12.43%) Functional Testing
9 159 (12.35%) Software Engineering
10 120 (9.32%) Test Strategy
11 108 (8.39%) User Acceptance Testing
12 99 (7.69%) Regression Testing
13 98 (7.61%) DevOps
14 95 (7.38%) Defect Management
14 95 (7.38%) SDLC
15 89 (6.92%) Automation Testing
16 88 (6.84%) Test Management
17 84 (6.53%) User Stories
18 82 (6.37%) OO
Programming Languages
1 417 (32.40%) Java
2 353 (27.43%) SQL
3 193 (15.00%) C#
4 183 (14.22%) JavaScript
5 152 (11.81%) Ruby
6 115 (8.94%) Python
7 56 (4.35%) PowerShell
8 48 (3.73%) Perl
9 35 (2.72%) PHP
10 33 (2.56%) C
10 33 (2.56%) VB
11 26 (2.02%) Scala
11 26 (2.02%) Shell Script
12 19 (1.48%) C++
12 19 (1.48%) Groovy
12 19 (1.48%) PL/SQL
13 14 (1.09%) Bash Shell
13 14 (1.09%) VBScript
14 13 (1.01%) VBA
15 11 (0.85%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 259 (20.12%) Security Cleared
2 196 (15.23%) SC Cleared
3 166 (12.90%) ISTQB
4 136 (10.57%) ISEB
5 78 (6.06%) Degree
6 51 (3.96%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 38 (2.95%) MCSA
7 38 (2.95%) MCSE
7 38 (2.95%) MCTS
7 38 (2.95%) Microsoft Certification
8 36 (2.80%) MCITP
9 33 (2.56%) DV Cleared
10 26 (2.02%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 14 (1.09%) PhD
12 6 (0.47%) BPSS Clearance
12 6 (0.47%) CCEA
12 6 (0.47%) Citrix Certification
12 6 (0.47%) ISEB Practitioner
13 5 (0.39%) BC Cleared
14 2 (0.16%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 307 (23.85%) QA
2 37 (2.87%) SDET
3 11 (0.85%) Disclosure Scotland
4 9 (0.70%) WCAG
5 7 (0.54%) ISO 14001
5 7 (0.54%) ISO 9001
6 5 (0.39%) GPG13
6 5 (0.39%) WAI
7 3 (0.23%) Dodd-Frank
8 2 (0.16%) Data Quality
8 2 (0.16%) EMIR
8 2 (0.16%) MiFID
8 2 (0.16%) SLA
9 1 (0.078%) CRD IV
9 1 (0.078%) FINREP
9 1 (0.078%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 1 (0.078%) JSP 440
9 1 (0.078%) Solvency II
System Software
1 85 (6.60%) Active Directory
2 39 (3.03%) Hyper-V
3 35 (2.72%) VMware ESX
3 35 (2.72%) VMware Infrastructure
4 13 (1.01%) Docker
5 12 (0.93%) vSphere
6 5 (0.39%) Firmware
7 3 (0.23%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (0.16%) Oracle RAC
8 2 (0.16%) Veritas Cluster Server
8 2 (0.16%) VirtualBox
9 1 (0.078%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 118 (9.17%) HP Quality Center
2 58 (4.51%) Puppet
3 40 (3.11%) SCCM
3 40 (3.11%) SCOM
4 35 (2.72%) McAfee ePO
4 35 (2.72%) Netcool
5 22 (1.71%) Opscode Chef
6 17 (1.32%) logstash
6 17 (1.32%) Piwik
7 12 (0.93%) yum
8 10 (0.78%) Bareos
9 4 (0.31%) Nagios
10 3 (0.23%) AirWatch
10 3 (0.23%) Ansible
10 3 (0.23%) Capistrano
10 3 (0.23%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 3 (0.23%) Kubernetes
10 3 (0.23%) vRealize
11 2 (0.16%) HAProxy
11 2 (0.16%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 225 (17.48%) Microsoft
2 131 (10.18%) Oracle
3 111 (8.62%) HP
4 69 (5.36%) VMware
5 48 (3.73%) Citrix
6 39 (3.03%) Veritas
7 35 (2.72%) Intel Security
8 20 (1.55%) IBM
9 19 (1.48%) Atlassian
10 16 (1.24%) Informatica
10 16 (1.24%) Rally
11 14 (1.09%) Red Hat
12 11 (0.85%) SAP
12 11 (0.85%) Sybase
12 11 (0.85%) Twitter
13 9 (0.70%) Siebel
13 9 (0.70%) Telerik
14 7 (0.54%) Pega
15 6 (0.47%) Google
16 5 (0.39%) Cisco
Egham, Surrey
Canary Wharf and City
Rate: Up to £370 per day
Posted: 2 hours ago
London
Venturi
Rate: £400 - £435 per day
Posted: 5 hours ago
Berkshire
Austin Fraser
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 6 hours ago
Berkshire
Lawrence Harvey Enterprise
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Egham, Surrey
Spargonet Consulting Plc
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Spencer Knight Recruitment
Posted: 3 days ago
London
PCR
Rate: £375 - £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Berkshire
Lawrence Harvey Enterprise
Rate: £275 - £375 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £500 - £575 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
North London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: Market rates
Posted: 5 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £30000 per annum + Pro rata
Posted: 6 days ago
City of London
iKas International
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
Hammersmith and Fulham
Lawrence Harvey
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 12 days ago
City of London
Hays Specialist Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £380.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
Berkshire
Lawrence Harvey
Rate: £425.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
Surrey
Vivid Resourcing
Rate: £340 - 360 per day
Posted: 14 days ago
Cambridgeshire
Nigel Frank International
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 18 days ago
Bristol
Arrows Group Ltd
Rate: £400 - £475 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 19 days ago
City of London
aap3
Rate: £350 - £368 per day
Posted: 20 days ago
City of London
Arrows Group Ltd
Rate: £375 - £450 per day
Posted: 20 days ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £400 per day + competitive
Posted: 22 days ago
Cheshire
Computer Futures
Rate: £375 - £400 per day + competitive
Posted: 25 days ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + competitive
Posted: 25 days ago
City of London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 26 days ago
Central London / West End
Gamesys
Posted: 27 days ago
Edinburgh
Hays Specialist Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £300.00 - £350 per day
Posted: 27 days ago