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 6 December 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
6 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Automation
Rank 195 178 213
Rank change year-on-year
-17 +35
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 658 743 613
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.29% 1.36% 1.09%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.57% 1.67% 1.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 403 516 408
Median daily rate £413 £388 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.45% -3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £302 £298 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £350 £375
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 7 27
Median hourly rate £46.50 £40.00 £28.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.25% +40.35%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 £40.00 £28.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% +40.35%

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
42021 44388 43486
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 82.55% 81.15% 76.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 28019 28757 28290
Median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% +1.19%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £295 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £385
% change year-on-year
+3.12% +3.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1104 1336 1206
Median hourly rate £30.00 £31.44 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.58% +25.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £11.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.00 £34.95 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-11.30% +39.80%

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 6 December 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 6 December 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 6 December 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 -6 621 £414 +3.43% 171
London -20 274 £450 +5.88% 70
South East -3 88 £400 +10.72% 16
City of London +25 63 £500 +25.00% 11
East of England +25 50 £450 +28.57% 18
North East -12 50 £350 -28.57% 6
Newcastle upon Tyne -8 49 £350 -30.69% 6
Tyne and Wear -11 49 £350 -28.57% 6
Yorkshire +7 48 £388 -18.42% 20
West Yorkshire +33 42 £420 -11.57% 18
West Midlands -1 40 £374 +15.00% 8
North West -5 33 £360 +2.85% 13
Leeds +24 29 £420 -11.57% 15
Scotland -21 27 £400 +30.08% 4
South West -49 26 £325 -5.79% 13
Berkshire +18 23 £400 +14.28% 3
Edinburgh +26 21 £400 +16.78% 4
Hertfordshire +6 21 £375 -10.71% 2
Manchester +9 20 £363 +3.57% 11
West Sussex +25 19 £413 +14.58%
Oxfordshire +13 16 £450 +80.00% 4
Surrey +3 13 £405 +8.00% 5
Coventry -6 13 £424 +30.46% 3
Hampshire -19 12 £298 -21.71% 2
East Midlands +4 11 £300 -9.09% 7
Oxford +3 11 £450 +80.00% 1
Cambridgeshire -6 11 £300 -17.24% 10
Bedfordshire - 11 £450 - 1
Worthing - 11 £500 -
Rickmansworth - 9 £283 -

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 6 December 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.

1 881 (66.49%) Agile Software Development
2 626 (47.25%) Selenium
3 551 (41.58%) Java
4 465 (35.09%) BDD
5 452 (34.11%) TDD
6 426 (32.15%) QA
7 413 (31.17%) Continuous Integration
8 395 (29.81%) Cucumber
9 362 (27.32%) Scrum
10 294 (22.19%) Jenkins
11 278 (20.98%) SQL
12 261 (19.70%) WebDriver
13 220 (16.60%) Automated Testing
14 212 (16.00%) JavaScript
14 212 (16.00%) C#
15 209 (15.77%) JIRA
16 200 (15.09%) Git (software)
17 189 (14.26%) Python
18 182 (13.74%) Test Scripting
19 178 (13.43%) Continuous Delivery
20 177 (13.36%) HTML
21 173 (13.06%) Finance
21 173 (13.06%) Automation Testing
22 169 (12.75%) .NET
23 165 (12.45%) Performance Testing
24 159 (12.00%) Web Services
25 153 (11.55%) Test Strategy
26 149 (11.25%) Gherkin
26 149 (11.25%) Ruby
27 147 (11.09%) Software Engineering

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 72 (5.43%) Confluence
2 36 (2.72%) CMS
3 35 (2.64%) Tomcat
4 13 (0.98%) Apache Spark
4 13 (0.98%) Cloud Foundry
4 13 (0.98%) SharePoint
5 12 (0.91%) Apache Solr
5 12 (0.91%) CICS
5 12 (0.91%) WebSphere
6 11 (0.83%) Elasticsearch
7 10 (0.75%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 10 (0.75%) nginx
8 9 (0.68%) Apache
9 8 (0.60%) Drupal
9 8 (0.60%) Jetty
9 8 (0.60%) WebLogic
10 6 (0.45%) Documentum
10 6 (0.45%) OpenStack
11 5 (0.38%) JBoss
11 5 (0.38%) Oracle Coherence
Applications
1 49 (3.70%) MS Excel
2 19 (1.43%) MS Office
3 18 (1.36%) MS PowerPoint
4 9 (0.68%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.23%) Mingle
6 1 (0.075%) Simulink
6 1 (0.075%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 14 (1.06%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 8 (0.60%) Magento
3 5 (0.38%) Dynamics CRM
4 4 (0.30%) Temenos T24
5 2 (0.15%) FLEXCUBE
5 2 (0.15%) Loan IQ
5 2 (0.15%) VisionPLUS
6 1 (0.075%) BusinessWorks
6 1 (0.075%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.075%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
6 1 (0.075%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.075%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 69 (5.21%) Amazon AWS
2 61 (4.60%) Microsoft Azure
3 47 (3.55%) PaaS
4 41 (3.09%) GitHub
5 37 (2.79%) Cloud Computing
6 23 (1.74%) TestFlight
7 18 (1.36%) SaaS
8 11 (0.83%) IaaS
9 8 (0.60%) CloudBees
9 8 (0.60%) OpenShift
10 6 (0.45%) Adobe Analytics
11 4 (0.30%) Google Analytics
11 4 (0.30%) Google Cloud Platform
11 4 (0.30%) Slack
12 2 (0.15%) Amazon EMR
12 2 (0.15%) Google App Engine
12 2 (0.15%) Google Play
12 2 (0.15%) Heroku
13 1 (0.075%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 1 (0.075%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 21 (1.58%) Internet
2 18 (1.36%) HTTP
3 4 (0.30%) DNS
3 4 (0.30%) DVB
3 4 (0.30%) SNMP
3 4 (0.30%) TCP/IP
3 4 (0.30%) VPN
4 3 (0.23%) ATM
4 3 (0.23%) FTP
5 2 (0.15%) Ethernet
5 2 (0.15%) RTSP
5 2 (0.15%) VLAN
5 2 (0.15%) Wi-Fi
5 2 (0.15%) Wireshark
5 2 (0.15%) ZigBee
6 1 (0.075%) Firewall
6 1 (0.075%) OpenLDAP
6 1 (0.075%) SSH
6 1 (0.075%) Wireless
6 1 (0.075%) xDSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 81 (6.11%) SQL Server
2 69 (5.21%) MongoDB
3 49 (3.70%) MySQL
4 44 (3.32%) Data Warehouse
5 38 (2.87%) Big Data
6 30 (2.26%) SQL Server 2012
7 29 (2.19%) NoSQL
8 27 (2.04%) CouchDB
9 25 (1.89%) Relational Database
10 23 (1.74%) Azure SQL Database
10 23 (1.74%) SQLite
11 19 (1.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 18 (1.36%) DB2
13 17 (1.28%) Hadoop
13 17 (1.28%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 16 (1.21%) SQL Server 2008
15 15 (1.13%) Oracle Database
16 14 (1.06%) SQL Server Analysis Services
17 13 (0.98%) Couchbase
18 12 (0.91%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 626 (47.25%) Selenium
2 395 (29.81%) Cucumber
3 294 (22.19%) Jenkins
4 261 (19.70%) WebDriver
5 209 (15.77%) JIRA
6 200 (15.09%) Git (software)
7 134 (10.11%) JUnit
7 134 (10.11%) SoapUI
8 127 (9.58%) SpecFlow
9 108 (8.15%) HP UFT
10 100 (7.55%) Maven
11 87 (6.57%) TeamCity
12 77 (5.81%) JMeter
13 69 (5.21%) Appium
14 66 (4.98%) NUnit
15 64 (4.83%) Team Foundation Server
16 63 (4.75%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 61 (4.60%) JBehave
18 57 (4.30%) Visual Studio
19 41 (3.09%) RSpec
General
1 173 (13.06%) Finance
2 85 (6.42%) Banking
3 55 (4.15%) Retail
4 51 (3.85%) Games
5 34 (2.57%) Telecoms
6 26 (1.96%) Investment Banking
7 24 (1.81%) Publishing
8 20 (1.51%) Marketing
9 18 (1.36%) Front Office
10 17 (1.28%) Electronics
11 14 (1.06%) Manufacturing
12 9 (0.68%) Back Office
13 6 (0.45%) Law
13 6 (0.45%) Multimedia
14 5 (0.38%) Legal
14 5 (0.38%) Retail Banking
15 4 (0.30%) Advertising
15 4 (0.30%) Financial Institution
16 2 (0.15%) Billing
16 2 (0.15%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 353 (26.64%) Developer
2 245 (18.49%) Tester
3 227 (17.13%) Test Engineer
4 212 (16.00%) Analyst
5 175 (13.21%) Test Analyst
6 152 (11.47%) Automation Tester
7 131 (9.89%) Test Automation Engineer
8 124 (9.36%) Developer in Test
9 98 (7.40%) Java Developer
10 96 (7.25%) QA Engineer
11 83 (6.26%) Test Automation Developer
12 68 (5.13%) Automation Test Analyst
12 68 (5.13%) Senior Developer
13 65 (4.91%) Test Leader
14 57 (4.30%) Test Manager
15 56 (4.23%) Consultant
16 55 (4.15%) QA Test Engineer
17 50 (3.77%) Software Developer
18 46 (3.47%) Selenium Tester
19 44 (3.32%) QA Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 177 (13.36%) HTML
2 169 (12.75%) .NET
3 159 (12.00%) Web Services
4 149 (11.25%) Gherkin
5 124 (9.36%) JSON
6 123 (9.28%) XML
7 112 (8.45%) RESTful
8 109 (8.23%) CSS
9 108 (8.15%) AngularJS
10 92 (6.94%) SOAP
11 86 (6.49%) HTML5
11 86 (6.49%) REST
12 78 (5.89%) Node.js
13 74 (5.58%) Spring
14 59 (4.45%) CSS3
15 57 (4.30%) jQuery
16 38 (2.87%) React
17 26 (1.96%) Cocoa
17 26 (1.96%) Cocoa Touch
18 25 (1.89%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 86 (6.49%) Analytical Skills
2 85 (6.42%) Mobile App
3 24 (1.81%) User Experience
4 19 (1.43%) Virtual Team
5 18 (1.36%) Computer Science
6 16 (1.21%) Equities
7 15 (1.13%) Fixed Income
7 15 (1.13%) Mainframe
8 13 (0.98%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 12 (0.91%) Data Integration
9 12 (0.91%) iPad
10 10 (0.75%) Management Information System
11 9 (0.68%) Derivative
12 8 (0.60%) Client/Server
12 8 (0.60%) Fintech
12 8 (0.60%) NHS
13 7 (0.53%) Blog
13 7 (0.53%) Embedded Systems
13 7 (0.53%) EPoS
14 6 (0.45%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 107 (8.08%) Linux
2 90 (6.79%) Unix
3 68 (5.13%) Apple iOS
4 59 (4.45%) Windows
5 51 (3.85%) Android
6 12 (0.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 9 (0.68%) zOS
8 4 (0.30%) Mac OS X
8 4 (0.30%) Windows Server
9 2 (0.15%) Windows NT
10 1 (0.075%) AIX
10 1 (0.075%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.075%) Windows Server 2003
10 1 (0.075%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.075%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 881 (66.49%) Agile Software Development
2 465 (35.09%) BDD
3 452 (34.11%) TDD
4 413 (31.17%) Continuous Integration
5 362 (27.32%) Scrum
6 220 (16.60%) Automated Testing
7 182 (13.74%) Test Scripting
8 178 (13.43%) Continuous Delivery
9 173 (13.06%) Automation Testing
10 165 (12.45%) Performance Testing
11 153 (11.55%) Test Strategy
12 147 (11.09%) Software Engineering
13 146 (11.02%) Unit Testing
14 139 (10.49%) Exploratory Testing
15 137 (10.34%) Functional Testing
15 137 (10.34%) SDLC
16 129 (9.74%) DevOps
16 129 (9.74%) User Stories
17 123 (9.28%) E-Commerce
17 123 (9.28%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 551 (41.58%) Java
2 278 (20.98%) SQL
3 212 (16.00%) C#
3 212 (16.00%) JavaScript
4 189 (14.26%) Python
5 149 (11.25%) Ruby
6 113 (8.53%) Scala
7 51 (3.85%) C
8 48 (3.62%) Perl
9 42 (3.17%) C++
10 41 (3.09%) Groovy
11 36 (2.72%) Objective-C
12 32 (2.42%) Apple Swift
13 25 (1.89%) Shell Script
14 24 (1.81%) PowerShell
14 24 (1.81%) T-SQL
15 18 (1.36%) Bash Shell
16 15 (1.13%) PHP
16 15 (1.13%) VB
17 14 (1.06%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 115 (8.68%) ISTQB
2 112 (8.45%) ISEB
3 110 (8.30%) Security Cleared
4 55 (4.15%) Degree
5 54 (4.08%) SC Cleared
6 32 (2.42%) DV Cleared
7 31 (2.34%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 24 (1.81%) BPSS Clearance
9 11 (0.83%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 4 (0.30%) PhD
10 4 (0.30%) PMI Certification
11 3 (0.23%) ISEB Practitioner
12 1 (0.075%) A+ Certification
12 1 (0.075%) CCEA
12 1 (0.075%) Citrix Certification
12 1 (0.075%) MCITP
12 1 (0.075%) MCSA
12 1 (0.075%) MCSE
12 1 (0.075%) MCTS
12 1 (0.075%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 426 (32.15%) QA
2 109 (8.23%) SDET
3 31 (2.34%) WCAG
4 25 (1.89%) Disclosure Scotland
5 5 (0.38%) Data Quality
5 5 (0.38%) ISO 9001
6 4 (0.30%) IEC 61508
6 4 (0.30%) ISO 14001
7 2 (0.15%) ISO 9000
7 2 (0.15%) TickIT
7 2 (0.15%) WAI
8 1 (0.075%) Basel III
8 1 (0.075%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 60 (4.53%) Docker
2 8 (0.60%) Virtual Machines
2 8 (0.60%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (0.45%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 5 (0.38%) Active Directory
4 5 (0.38%) HDFS
5 4 (0.30%) Varnish
6 3 (0.23%) Hyper-V
6 3 (0.23%) Shibboleth
7 2 (0.15%) VirtualBox
8 1 (0.075%) Apache Flume
8 1 (0.075%) iptables
8 1 (0.075%) Oracle RAC
8 1 (0.075%) VMware ESX
8 1 (0.075%) vSphere
8 1 (0.075%) Xen
Systems Management
1 63 (4.75%) Puppet
2 62 (4.68%) HP Quality Center
3 41 (3.09%) Ansible
4 39 (2.94%) Opscode Chef
5 13 (0.98%) CA Service Virtualization
5 13 (0.98%) OMEGAMON
6 9 (0.68%) CA Endevor
7 7 (0.53%) logstash
8 6 (0.45%) HP SiteScope
9 5 (0.38%) Graphite
9 5 (0.38%) Kibana
9 5 (0.38%) Oozie
9 5 (0.38%) Terraform
10 3 (0.23%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
11 2 (0.15%) Capistrano
11 2 (0.15%) Cisco IPCC
11 2 (0.15%) Nagios
12 1 (0.075%) McAfee ePO
12 1 (0.075%) yum
12 1 (0.075%) Zenoss
Vendors
1 78 (5.89%) HP
2 73 (5.51%) Microsoft
3 66 (4.98%) Oracle
4 56 (4.23%) Atlassian
5 44 (3.32%) IBM
6 36 (2.72%) hybris
7 31 (2.34%) SAP
8 30 (2.26%) Splunk
9 18 (1.36%) Perforce
10 17 (1.28%) ATG
11 14 (1.06%) VMware
12 13 (0.98%) CA
12 13 (0.98%) Google
12 13 (0.98%) Syncsort
13 12 (0.91%) Sybase
13 12 (0.91%) Xamarin
14 11 (0.83%) Pega
14 11 (0.83%) Red Hat
15 9 (0.68%) AppDynamics
16 8 (0.60%) Informatica
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