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 28 April 2015 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
28 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Automation
Rank 231 195 293
Rank change year-on-year
-36 +98
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 505 609 293
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.91% 1.12% 0.61%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.19% 1.49% 0.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 338 399 158
Average daily rate
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£395 £400 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.25% +10.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £271 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £517 £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £355 £330 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.57% +1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 5 3
Average hourly rate £40.00 £40.00 £40.00
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.15 £33.00 £22.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £125.40 £46.54
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.75 £41.75 £40.00
% change year-on-year
-7.18% +4.37%

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
42539 40813 35078
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 76.36% 74.79% 73.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 26548 25477 20902
Average daily rate £415 £400 £408
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.75% -1.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £560 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1220 1147 1066
Average hourly rate £29.00 £30.00 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% -6.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £52.50 £54.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.50 £31.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-1.61% -3.12%

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 28 April 2015.

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 28 April 2015.

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 28 April 2015. 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 -38 452 £395 -1.25% 182
London -58 239 £450 +3.80% 99
South East -9 85 £355 +9.23% 27
City of London -25 60 £475 +11.76% 36
Scotland +4 39 £375 -0.79% 6
Hampshire +6 38 £362 +11.24%
Berkshire +7 32 £355 +48.69% 5
Newcastle upon Tyne +24 27 £375 +7.91% 5
Tyne and Wear +15 27 £375 +7.14% 5
North East +10 27 £375 +7.14% 5
Yorkshire -22 25 £375 +20.96% 4
Edinburgh +2 21 £400 +45.45% 4
North West -12 21 £450 +16.88% 11
Leeds -6 20 £375 +20.96% 3
West Yorkshire -16 20 £375 +20.96% 4
Reading +8 19 £355 +32.09% 5
East of England +4 17 £313 -3.10% 14
South West -2 17 £350 +1.81% 13
Southampton -4 11 £370 +42.30%
Bristol +5 10 £350 +2.94% 8
Hertfordshire +8 9 £220 -21.42% 1
Surrey +5 9 £375 +14.15% 11
Manchester -5 9 £475 +43.93% 7
Glasgow -3 8 £325 - 2
East Midlands -3 8 £350 +7.69% 3
West Midlands +1 7 £300 +71.42% 5
Canary Wharf 0 6 £505 +6.31%
Watford - 6 £210 -
Bracknell +3 5 £500 +122.22%
Nottingham +2 5 £338 +60.71% 2

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 April 2015, 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.

1 626 (61.19%) Agile Software Development
2 423 (41.35%) Java
3 391 (38.22%) Selenium
4 353 (34.51%) SQL
5 316 (30.89%) TDD
6 294 (28.74%) QA
7 272 (26.59%) Scrum
8 259 (25.32%) BDD
9 246 (24.05%) Cucumber
10 236 (23.07%) Continuous Integration
11 181 (17.69%) C#
12 175 (17.11%) Finance
13 169 (16.52%) Test Scripting
14 163 (15.93%) Ruby
15 162 (15.84%) WebDriver
16 158 (15.44%) Linux
17 152 (14.86%) .NET
18 145 (14.17%) Software Testing
19 144 (14.08%) QuickTest Pro
20 142 (13.88%) XML
21 138 (13.49%) Web Services
22 130 (12.71%) Windows
23 127 (12.41%) Test Strategy
24 125 (12.22%) ISEB
25 122 (11.93%) Automated Testing
26 119 (11.63%) JIRA
26 119 (11.63%) HTML
27 118 (11.53%) JavaScript
28 115 (11.24%) ISTQB
29 109 (10.65%) Jenkins

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 April 2015, 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 (2.54%) Tomcat
2 25 (2.44%) Confluence
3 19 (1.86%) Node.js
3 19 (1.86%) CMS
4 18 (1.76%) Apache
5 16 (1.56%) WebLogic
6 14 (1.37%) WebSphere
7 12 (1.17%) SharePoint
8 9 (0.88%) BizTalk Server
9 8 (0.78%) IIS
9 8 (0.78%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 8 (0.78%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 6 (0.59%) JBoss
11 5 (0.49%) Oracle Application Server
12 4 (0.39%) Oracle Coherence
12 4 (0.39%) nginx
13 3 (0.29%) OpenStack
14 2 (0.20%) GlassFish
14 2 (0.20%) Apache Spark
14 2 (0.20%) ATG Dynamo
Applications
1 42 (4.11%) MS Excel
2 32 (3.13%) MS Office
3 4 (0.39%) MS Project
4 3 (0.29%) Maya
5 1 (0.098%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 10 (0.98%) Oracle BPM
2 7 (0.68%) Dynamics CRM
3 6 (0.59%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 4 (0.39%) SimCorp Dimension
4 4 (0.39%) thinkFolio
4 4 (0.39%) Markit EDM
4 4 (0.39%) Eagle PACE
4 4 (0.39%) Magento
5 2 (0.20%) Oracle General Ledger
5 2 (0.20%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.20%) Oracle EBS
5 2 (0.20%) Oracle Applications
5 2 (0.20%) Summit
6 1 (0.098%) SAP AFS
6 1 (0.098%) SAP Retail
6 1 (0.098%) SAP HR
6 1 (0.098%) Findur
6 1 (0.098%) SAP HCM
6 1 (0.098%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.098%) SunGard GMI
Cloud Services
1 27 (2.64%) Amazon AWS
2 11 (1.08%) Amazon EC2
2 11 (1.08%) Amazon S3
2 11 (1.08%) Virtual Private Cloud
3 8 (0.78%) Amazon CloudWatch
3 8 (0.78%) AWS CloudFormation
3 8 (0.78%) GitHub
4 7 (0.68%) Microsoft Azure
4 7 (0.68%) Cloud Computing
4 7 (0.68%) SaaS
5 5 (0.49%) PaaS
5 5 (0.49%) IaaS
6 4 (0.39%) Route 53
6 4 (0.39%) Force.com
7 2 (0.20%) Heroku
8 1 (0.098%) Office 365
8 1 (0.098%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 35 (3.42%) Internet
2 22 (2.15%) HTTP
3 16 (1.56%) TCP/IP
4 12 (1.17%) SAN
5 10 (0.98%) iSCSI
6 9 (0.88%) Wireless
6 9 (0.88%) FCoE
6 9 (0.88%) Fibre Channel
7 7 (0.68%) FTP
8 6 (0.59%) ATM
8 6 (0.59%) GSM
9 5 (0.49%) LDAP
9 5 (0.49%) Broadband
9 5 (0.49%) HTTPS
9 5 (0.49%) Ethernet
10 4 (0.39%) VoIP
10 4 (0.39%) Bluetooth
10 4 (0.39%) Intrusion Detection
10 4 (0.39%) VLAN
10 4 (0.39%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 48 (4.69%) SQL Server
2 46 (4.50%) Data Warehouse
3 34 (3.32%) MongoDB
4 23 (2.25%) Relational Database
5 22 (2.15%) MySQL
6 20 (1.96%) NoSQL
7 18 (1.76%) Big Data
8 17 (1.66%) Oracle Database
9 16 (1.56%) RDBMS
10 13 (1.27%) Hadoop
11 12 (1.17%) DB2
11 12 (1.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 11 (1.08%) Oracle Reports
13 9 (0.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 9 (0.88%) SQL Server 2012
13 9 (0.88%) DbVisualizer
14 7 (0.68%) Apache Hive
14 7 (0.68%) Impala
15 6 (0.59%) Redis
15 6 (0.59%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 391 (38.22%) Selenium
2 246 (24.05%) Cucumber
3 162 (15.84%) WebDriver
4 144 (14.08%) QuickTest Pro
5 119 (11.63%) JIRA
6 109 (10.65%) Jenkins
7 80 (7.82%) Git (software)
8 69 (6.74%) JUnit
9 66 (6.45%) Maven
10 61 (5.96%) Subversion
11 55 (5.38%) JMeter
12 52 (5.08%) SpecFlow
13 44 (4.30%) SoapUI
13 44 (4.30%) WATIR
14 43 (4.20%) Calabash
15 41 (4.01%) Team Foundation Server
16 37 (3.62%) Visual Studio
17 36 (3.52%) RSpec
18 34 (3.32%) Hudson
18 34 (3.32%) Sahi
General
1 175 (17.11%) Finance
2 95 (9.29%) Banking
3 57 (5.57%) Investment Banking
4 35 (3.42%) Retail
5 31 (3.03%) Telecoms
6 28 (2.74%) Games
7 18 (1.76%) Electronics
8 15 (1.47%) Marketing
9 13 (1.27%) Front Office
10 12 (1.17%) Back Office
10 12 (1.17%) Manufacturing
11 8 (0.78%) Advertising
11 8 (0.78%) Publishing
12 7 (0.68%) Automotive
13 5 (0.49%) Billing
14 4 (0.39%) Multimedia
14 4 (0.39%) Legal
14 4 (0.39%) General Ledger
15 2 (0.20%) German Language
16 1 (0.098%) Wholesale Banking
Job Titles
1 244 (23.85%) Developer
2 205 (20.04%) Analyst
3 184 (17.99%) Test Analyst
4 173 (16.91%) Tester
5 112 (10.95%) Test Engineer
6 73 (7.14%) Automation Tester
7 61 (5.96%) Test Manager
8 59 (5.77%) Test Leader
9 42 (4.11%) QA Analyst
10 41 (4.01%) QA Engineer
10 41 (4.01%) Java Developer
11 37 (3.62%) Automation Engineer
12 35 (3.42%) Software Tester
13 34 (3.32%) Senior Analyst
14 31 (3.03%) Senior Test Analyst
14 31 (3.03%) AWS Developer
15 29 (2.83%) Automation Analyst
15 29 (2.83%) Software Engineer
16 26 (2.54%) Consultant
16 26 (2.54%) QA Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 152 (14.86%) .NET
2 142 (13.88%) XML
3 138 (13.49%) Web Services
4 119 (11.63%) HTML
5 76 (7.43%) CSS
6 74 (7.23%) RESTful
7 60 (5.87%) JSON
8 51 (4.99%) SOAP
9 39 (3.81%) HTML5
9 39 (3.81%) Gherkin
10 37 (3.62%) jQuery
11 33 (3.23%) REST
12 31 (3.03%) Spring
13 28 (2.74%) CSS3
14 27 (2.64%) .NET Framework
15 24 (2.35%) J2EE
16 20 (1.96%) AngularJS
17 19 (1.86%) ASP.NET
18 18 (1.76%) Middleware
18 18 (1.76%) Backbone.js
Miscellaneous
1 92 (8.99%) Open Source
2 76 (7.43%) Analytical Skills
3 35 (3.42%) Mobile App
4 22 (2.15%) Clustering
5 21 (2.05%) PDA
6 17 (1.66%) Computer Science
7 14 (1.37%) Credit Risk
7 14 (1.37%) Equities
7 14 (1.37%) Derivative
7 14 (1.37%) Online Games
8 13 (1.27%) Digital Media
8 13 (1.27%) User Experience
8 13 (1.27%) Replication
9 12 (1.17%) Enterprise Software
9 12 (1.17%) iPhone
10 11 (1.08%) Client/Server
10 11 (1.08%) STB
11 10 (0.98%) Algorithms
12 9 (0.88%) iPad
12 9 (0.88%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 158 (15.44%) Linux
2 130 (12.71%) Windows
3 102 (9.97%) UNIX
4 61 (5.96%) Android
5 54 (5.28%) Apple iOS
6 33 (3.23%) AIX
7 27 (2.64%) Windows Server 2008
8 25 (2.44%) Windows Server 2003
9 24 (2.35%) Windows 7
10 22 (2.15%) Windows XP
11 7 (0.68%) Oracle Linux
12 5 (0.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 5 (0.49%) Embedded Linux
12 5 (0.49%) VME
13 4 (0.39%) Windows NT
13 4 (0.39%) Windows Phone
14 3 (0.29%) Windows Phone 8
14 3 (0.29%) Solaris
15 2 (0.20%) Mac OS X
15 2 (0.20%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 626 (61.19%) Agile Software Development
2 316 (30.89%) TDD
3 272 (26.59%) Scrum
4 259 (25.32%) BDD
5 236 (23.07%) Continuous Integration
6 169 (16.52%) Test Scripting
7 145 (14.17%) Software Testing
8 127 (12.41%) Test Strategy
9 122 (11.93%) Automated Testing
10 101 (9.87%) Software Engineering
11 92 (8.99%) Regression Testing
12 75 (7.33%) User Acceptance Testing
13 71 (6.94%) Performance Testing
14 70 (6.84%) OO
15 69 (6.74%) Test Management
16 65 (6.35%) User Stories
16 65 (6.35%) Continuous Delivery
17 64 (6.26%) Manual Testing
18 53 (5.18%) Kanban
19 50 (4.89%) Refactoring
Programming Languages
1 423 (41.35%) Java
2 353 (34.51%) SQL
3 181 (17.69%) C#
4 163 (15.93%) Ruby
5 118 (11.53%) JavaScript
6 102 (9.97%) Python
7 40 (3.91%) PHP
8 39 (3.81%) C++
9 37 (3.62%) Perl
9 37 (3.62%) C
10 27 (2.64%) Shell Script
11 25 (2.44%) Bash Shell
11 25 (2.44%) VB
12 23 (2.25%) VBScript
13 15 (1.47%) Scala
14 14 (1.37%) T-SQL
15 12 (1.17%) PowerShell
16 10 (0.98%) Groovy
16 10 (0.98%) XPath
17 8 (0.78%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 125 (12.22%) ISEB
2 115 (11.24%) ISTQB
3 83 (8.11%) Security Cleared
4 70 (6.84%) Degree
5 49 (4.79%) SC Cleared
6 30 (2.93%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 29 (2.83%) DV Cleared
8 21 (2.05%) Microsoft Certification
9 20 (1.96%) MCSE
9 20 (1.96%) MCSA
9 20 (1.96%) MCTS
9 20 (1.96%) MCITP
10 8 (0.78%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 7 (0.68%) ISEB Practitioner
12 2 (0.20%) Postgraduate
12 2 (0.20%) IIBA
13 1 (0.098%) CBAP
13 1 (0.098%) BC Cleared
13 1 (0.098%) CSQA
13 1 (0.098%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 294 (28.74%) QA
2 5 (0.49%) Data Quality
2 5 (0.49%) Dodd-Frank
3 3 (0.29%) PCI DSS
3 3 (0.29%) Basel III
4 2 (0.20%) ISO 9001
4 2 (0.20%) ISO 14001
4 2 (0.20%) EMIR
5 1 (0.098%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 1 (0.098%) GCP
5 1 (0.098%) HL7
System Software
1 23 (2.25%) VMware ESX
2 20 (1.96%) VMware Infrastructure
2 20 (1.96%) Hyper-V
3 12 (1.17%) Oracle RAC
4 8 (0.78%) Active Directory
5 7 (0.68%) Varnish
5 7 (0.68%) VirtualBox
5 7 (0.68%) Docker
6 6 (0.59%) Apache Flume
7 5 (0.49%) HDFS
7 5 (0.49%) Oracle Clusterware
8 4 (0.39%) Firmware
9 1 (0.098%) NFS
9 1 (0.098%) NDS
Systems Management
1 85 (8.31%) HP Quality Center
2 37 (3.62%) Puppet
3 23 (2.25%) McAfee ePO
3 23 (2.25%) Vagrant
4 19 (1.86%) Netcool
5 15 (1.47%) Opscode Chef
6 8 (0.78%) Ansible
7 6 (0.59%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
8 5 (0.49%) Oracle Flashback
8 5 (0.49%) Oozie
8 5 (0.49%) Oracle RMAN
8 5 (0.49%) Data Guard
9 4 (0.39%) HAProxy
10 3 (0.29%) Iperf
10 3 (0.29%) Salt
11 1 (0.098%) ITRS Geneos
11 1 (0.098%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 1 (0.098%) Oracle Identity Management
Vendors
1 107 (10.46%) Microsoft
2 105 (10.26%) Oracle
3 59 (5.77%) HP
4 39 (3.81%) VMware
5 33 (3.23%) Veritas
6 24 (2.35%) IBM
7 23 (2.25%) Citrix
7 23 (2.25%) McAfee
8 20 (1.96%) SAP
9 16 (1.56%) Sybase
10 13 (1.27%) Google
11 10 (0.98%) Salesforce.com
12 6 (0.59%) Perforce
13 5 (0.49%) Red Hat
13 5 (0.49%) Business Objects
13 5 (0.49%) ICL
14 4 (0.39%) SimCorp
14 4 (0.39%) Atlassian
14 4 (0.39%) hybris
14 4 (0.39%) Green Hat
City, London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £450 - £550 per annum + Bonus + Benefits
Posted: 3 hours ago
Newcastle
Templeton and Partners - SAP & UK Account
Rate: £345 - 400 per day
Posted: 7 hours ago
North London
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
London
Novate IT Ltd
Rate: £250 - £400 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Scottish Government
Rate: From £44,174 to £53,918 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
Aston Carter
Rate: £450 - £550 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol, Somerset
Recruitment Partnership
Posted: Yesterday
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Nationwide People Ltd
Rate: £300 - £400 Per Day Limited Company Basis
Posted: 3 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear
Mercator IT Solutions
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £500.00 - £550.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Maclean Moore Consulting
Rate: Unspecified Excellent
Posted: 5 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Square One Resources
Rate: From £225 to £250 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Nottingham
Claremont Consulting Limited
Rate: £350 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: From £450 to £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
City of London
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Posted: 7 days ago
City of London
Lawrence Harvey
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
London
Huxley Banking & Financial Services
Rate: £550 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
Edinburgh
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £325.00 - £375.00 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
London
Interquest - ITQ Financial - Tunbridge Wells
Rate: £450 - £500 per day + Flexible
Posted: 14 days ago
Cheltenham
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £320 per day
Posted: 15 days ago