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 4 September 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
4 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Automation
Rank 210 223 238
Rank change year-on-year
+13 +15
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 647 529 443
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.11% 0.95% 0.85%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.42% 1.25% 1.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 416 338 317
Average daily rate
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£400 £386 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.55% -0.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £279 £276 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.57% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 8 4
Average hourly rate £31.44 £39.50 £30.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.40% +28.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.10 £34.50 £28.48
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.90 £85.00 £37.05
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.44 £39.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year
-19.38% +34.48%

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
45685 42476 39076
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 78.18% 76.04% 74.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 29782 26353 24011
Average daily rate £425 £410 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.65% +2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1243 1161 1109
Average hourly rate £31.44 £25.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.76% -16.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.62 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.17 £55.00 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £26.98 £30.50
% change year-on-year
+20.48% -11.55%

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 4 September 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
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 4 September 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 +17 598 £400 - 198
London +17 299 £438 +2.94% 84
South East -3 128 £375 +15.38% 50
City of London +34 74 £463 +15.62% 17
Hampshire 0 55 £375 +19.04% 13
Yorkshire -4 45 £369 -30.42% 8
West Yorkshire -7 38 £375 -29.24% 6
Leeds -4 36 £375 -34.78% 6
South West -7 34 £363 -9.37% 12
Berkshire +20 33 £355 -5.33% 13
North West -5 32 £350 -12.50% 19
Scotland -10 28 £406 +8.33% 5
Newcastle upon Tyne -12 21 £308 -3.90% 3
Tyne and Wear -13 21 £308 -3.90% 3
North East -17 21 £308 -3.90% 3
Surrey +12 18 £386 +48.55% 11
East of England +1 17 £318 -16.72% 11
South Wales -3 15 £375 +17.18% 5
Wales -12 15 £375 +15.38% 7
Edinburgh -5 14 £488 +31.75% 2
Reading +4 12 £355 -32.38% 6
Cardiff +3 12 £375 +21.95% 4
Southampton -2 12 £340 +7.93% 3
Gloucestershire -6 11 £438 -5.91% 4
Andover 0 10 £350 +22.80%
East Midlands -6 10 £370 +42.30% 5
West Midlands +8 9 £298 +3.47% 4
Wiltshire +1 9 £300 -25.00%
Cheshire -6 9 £368 +3.15% 2
Newbury - 9 - - 1

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 September 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.

1 717 (59.01%) Agile Software Development
2 495 (40.74%) Selenium
3 432 (35.56%) Java
4 364 (29.96%) TDD
5 332 (27.33%) SQL
6 320 (26.34%) QA
7 306 (25.19%) BDD
8 298 (24.53%) Scrum
9 296 (24.36%) C#
10 294 (24.20%) Continuous Integration
11 274 (22.55%) Cucumber
12 228 (18.77%) Test Scripting
13 227 (18.68%) WebDriver
13 227 (18.68%) Finance
14 224 (18.44%) Software Testing
15 192 (15.80%) .NET
16 186 (15.31%) Automated Testing
17 176 (14.49%) Jenkins
18 172 (14.16%) JIRA
19 170 (13.99%) Web Services
19 170 (13.99%) Test Strategy
20 165 (13.58%) XML
21 162 (13.33%) Microsoft
22 152 (12.51%) ISEB
23 141 (11.60%) HTML
24 138 (11.36%) SDLC
25 136 (11.19%) SOAP
26 132 (10.86%) JavaScript
26 132 (10.86%) ISTQB
27 130 (10.70%) Python

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 4 September 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 32 (2.63%) Tomcat
2 23 (1.89%) Confluence
3 22 (1.81%) WebSphere
4 17 (1.40%) Apache
4 17 (1.40%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 15 (1.23%) Node.js
6 11 (0.91%) SharePoint
6 11 (0.91%) CMS
7 9 (0.74%) BizTalk Server
8 8 (0.66%) JBoss
9 6 (0.49%) nginx
10 4 (0.33%) LiveLink
10 4 (0.33%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 4 (0.33%) WebSphere Application Server
10 4 (0.33%) WebLogic
10 4 (0.33%) IIS
10 4 (0.33%) Documentum
10 4 (0.33%) Oracle Coherence
11 3 (0.25%) Drupal
11 3 (0.25%) ATG Dynamo
Applications
1 61 (5.02%) MS Excel
2 27 (2.22%) MS Office
3 6 (0.49%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (0.41%) Maya
5 1 (0.082%) Pro/ENGINEER
5 1 (0.082%) MS Project
5 1 (0.082%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.082%) Simulink
5 1 (0.082%) Stateflow
5 1 (0.082%) TargetLink
5 1 (0.082%) HipChat
5 1 (0.082%) PTC Creo
Business Applications
1 8 (0.66%) Magento
2 6 (0.49%) Oracle BPM
2 6 (0.49%) Markit EDM
3 4 (0.33%) thinkFolio
3 4 (0.33%) Eagle PACE
3 4 (0.33%) SimCorp Dimension
3 4 (0.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 4 (0.33%) Dynamics CRM
4 3 (0.25%) Oracle EBS
5 2 (0.16%) Oracle Applications
5 2 (0.16%) Oracle Financials
5 2 (0.16%) MultiFonds
5 2 (0.16%) Oracle General Ledger
5 2 (0.16%) Oracle Payables
6 1 (0.082%) Radian6
6 1 (0.082%) Oracle EBS R12
6 1 (0.082%) Summit
6 1 (0.082%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.082%) SunGard GMI
6 1 (0.082%) SunGard Martini
Cloud Services
1 34 (2.80%) Amazon AWS
2 11 (0.91%) Heroku
3 8 (0.66%) GitHub
4 7 (0.58%) Microsoft Azure
5 6 (0.49%) Amazon EC2
5 6 (0.49%) Amazon S3
5 6 (0.49%) Route 53
5 6 (0.49%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 5 (0.41%) SaaS
7 4 (0.33%) Cloud Computing
7 4 (0.33%) Google Cloud Platform
7 4 (0.33%) Engine Yard
8 2 (0.16%) IaaS
8 2 (0.16%) PaaS
9 1 (0.082%) Google Analytics
9 1 (0.082%) Force.com
9 1 (0.082%) Amazon EMR
9 1 (0.082%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 41 (3.37%) HTTP
2 26 (2.14%) Internet
3 15 (1.23%) GSM
4 13 (1.07%) UMTS
4 13 (1.07%) LTE
5 12 (0.99%) TCP/IP
6 10 (0.82%) Wireshark
7 9 (0.74%) RNC
7 9 (0.74%) HSDPA
7 9 (0.74%) 4G
7 9 (0.74%) VoLTE
7 9 (0.74%) Diameter Protocol
7 9 (0.74%) GPRS
8 8 (0.66%) 3G
9 7 (0.58%) 2G
10 6 (0.49%) Intrusion Detection
10 6 (0.49%) NAS
10 6 (0.49%) SAN
11 5 (0.41%) HTTPS
11 5 (0.41%) PSTN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 101 (8.31%) SQL Server
2 60 (4.94%) MongoDB
3 42 (3.46%) MySQL
3 42 (3.46%) Data Warehouse
4 39 (3.21%) NoSQL
5 31 (2.55%) Relational Database
6 24 (1.98%) DB2
7 20 (1.65%) RDBMS
8 18 (1.48%) PostgreSQL
8 18 (1.48%) Oracle Database
9 16 (1.32%) DbVisualizer
9 16 (1.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 14 (1.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 13 (1.07%) SQLite
11 13 (1.07%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 11 (0.91%) Apache Cassandra
12 11 (0.91%) Big Data
12 11 (0.91%) BusinessObjects
13 10 (0.82%) QlikView
13 10 (0.82%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 495 (40.74%) Selenium
2 274 (22.55%) Cucumber
3 227 (18.68%) WebDriver
4 176 (14.49%) Jenkins
5 172 (14.16%) JIRA
6 126 (10.37%) Git (software)
7 111 (9.14%) SoapUI
8 100 (8.23%) HP UFT
9 97 (7.98%) Team Foundation Server
10 88 (7.24%) Subversion
11 83 (6.83%) SpecFlow
12 70 (5.76%) JUnit
13 58 (4.77%) Maven
14 52 (4.28%) JMeter
15 48 (3.95%) Visual Studio
16 47 (3.87%) Hudson
17 40 (3.29%) TeamCity
18 39 (3.21%) Appium
19 37 (3.05%) RSpec
20 36 (2.96%) JBehave
General
1 227 (18.68%) Finance
2 108 (8.89%) Banking
3 54 (4.44%) Investment Banking
4 52 (4.28%) Telecoms
5 35 (2.88%) Retail
6 31 (2.55%) Games
7 14 (1.15%) Manufacturing
8 13 (1.07%) Front Office
8 13 (1.07%) Back Office
8 13 (1.07%) Marketing
9 11 (0.91%) Electronics
9 11 (0.91%) Automotive
10 7 (0.58%) Billing
11 5 (0.41%) Advertising
11 5 (0.41%) Publishing
12 4 (0.33%) General Ledger
13 3 (0.25%) French Language
13 3 (0.25%) Legal
13 3 (0.25%) Aerospace
14 2 (0.16%) German Language
Job Titles
1 266 (21.89%) Developer
2 251 (20.66%) Analyst
3 222 (18.27%) Test Analyst
3 222 (18.27%) Tester
4 122 (10.04%) Test Engineer
5 113 (9.30%) Test Manager
6 105 (8.64%) Automation Tester
7 76 (6.26%) Test Leader
8 54 (4.44%) Automation Engineer
9 49 (4.03%) Test Automation Engineer
10 48 (3.95%) AWS Developer
11 47 (3.87%) Senior Analyst
12 46 (3.79%) Java Developer
13 41 (3.37%) QA Engineer
14 38 (3.13%) Software Engineer
15 37 (3.05%) QA Analyst
16 36 (2.96%) Senior Test Analyst
17 35 (2.88%) Automation Analyst
18 33 (2.72%) Consultant
19 29 (2.39%) Test Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 192 (15.80%) .NET
2 170 (13.99%) Web Services
3 165 (13.58%) XML
4 141 (11.60%) HTML
5 136 (11.19%) SOAP
6 83 (6.83%) RESTful
7 60 (4.94%) REST
8 58 (4.77%) CSS
9 46 (3.79%) Gherkin
10 45 (3.70%) Middleware
11 44 (3.62%) Spring
12 42 (3.46%) JSON
13 35 (2.88%) J2EE
14 34 (2.80%) HTML5
15 33 (2.72%) ASP.NET
16 28 (2.30%) AngularJS
17 27 (2.22%) Hibernate
18 22 (1.81%) WPF
19 20 (1.65%) .NET Framework
19 20 (1.65%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 82 (6.75%) Analytical Skills
2 63 (5.19%) Mobile App
3 27 (2.22%) Computer Science
4 18 (1.48%) Client/Server
4 18 (1.48%) User Experience
5 17 (1.40%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 14 (1.15%) Mathematics
6 14 (1.15%) STB
7 12 (0.99%) Management Information System
7 12 (0.99%) Credit Risk
8 11 (0.91%) Enterprise Software
8 11 (0.91%) Equities
8 11 (0.91%) Derivative
9 10 (0.82%) IPTV
9 10 (0.82%) Fixed Income
9 10 (0.82%) Online Games
10 9 (0.74%) Video on Demand
10 9 (0.74%) Data Integration
10 9 (0.74%) Digital Media
10 9 (0.74%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 117 (9.63%) UNIX
1 117 (9.63%) Linux
2 95 (7.82%) Windows
3 63 (5.19%) Android
4 62 (5.10%) Apple iOS
5 14 (1.15%) Debian
5 14 (1.15%) Ubuntu
6 11 (0.91%) Windows Server 2008
7 9 (0.74%) AIX
7 9 (0.74%) Solaris
8 8 (0.66%) Windows 7
9 6 (0.49%) Windows Server 2003
9 6 (0.49%) Embedded Linux
9 6 (0.49%) VME
10 5 (0.41%) Mac OS X
11 4 (0.33%) Windows NT
12 3 (0.25%) Windows XP
12 3 (0.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 1 (0.082%) Windows CE
13 1 (0.082%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 717 (59.01%) Agile Software Development
2 364 (29.96%) TDD
3 306 (25.19%) BDD
4 298 (24.53%) Scrum
5 294 (24.20%) Continuous Integration
6 228 (18.77%) Test Scripting
7 224 (18.44%) Software Testing
8 186 (15.31%) Automated Testing
9 170 (13.99%) Test Strategy
10 138 (11.36%) SDLC
11 118 (9.71%) Test Management
12 113 (9.30%) Regression Testing
13 109 (8.97%) Software Engineering
14 101 (8.31%) Open Source
15 100 (8.23%) Performance Testing
16 99 (8.15%) User Acceptance Testing
17 92 (7.57%) Automation Testing
18 91 (7.49%) Manual Testing
19 79 (6.50%) Waterfall
20 78 (6.42%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 432 (35.56%) Java
2 332 (27.33%) SQL
3 296 (24.36%) C#
4 132 (10.86%) JavaScript
5 130 (10.70%) Python
6 127 (10.45%) Ruby
7 51 (4.20%) C++
8 36 (2.96%) PHP
9 34 (2.80%) VBScript
10 31 (2.55%) PowerShell
11 30 (2.47%) Scala
11 30 (2.47%) Perl
12 29 (2.39%) PL/SQL
13 28 (2.30%) Shell Script
13 28 (2.30%) Bash Shell
13 28 (2.30%) C
14 27 (2.22%) VB
15 19 (1.56%) VB.NET
15 19 (1.56%) Groovy
16 17 (1.40%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 152 (12.51%) ISEB
2 132 (10.86%) ISTQB
3 119 (9.79%) Security Cleared
4 88 (7.24%) Degree
5 76 (6.26%) SC Cleared
6 71 (5.84%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 33 (2.72%) DV Cleared
8 14 (1.15%) ISEB Practitioner
9 13 (1.07%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 6 (0.49%) Microsoft Certification
11 5 (0.41%) MCSE
12 3 (0.25%) MCSA
12 3 (0.25%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 3 (0.25%) MCTS
12 3 (0.25%) MCITP
12 3 (0.25%) HP AIS
13 2 (0.16%) PMI Certification
13 2 (0.16%) BC Cleared
14 1 (0.082%) CSQA
14 1 (0.082%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 320 (26.34%) QA
2 4 (0.33%) IEC 61508
2 4 (0.33%) Dodd-Frank
3 3 (0.25%) EMIR
3 3 (0.25%) MiFID
3 3 (0.25%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.16%) Basel III
4 2 (0.16%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.082%) SLA
5 1 (0.082%) HL7
System Software
1 14 (1.15%) VMware Infrastructure
2 9 (0.74%) Active Directory
3 7 (0.58%) HDFS
4 6 (0.49%) VMware ESX
5 5 (0.41%) Hyper-V
6 4 (0.33%) Apache Flume
7 2 (0.16%) Docker
7 2 (0.16%) Oracle RAC
7 2 (0.16%) Firmware
8 1 (0.082%) Oracle Clusterware
Systems Management
1 97 (7.98%) HP Quality Center
2 18 (1.48%) Puppet
2 18 (1.48%) Opscode Chef
3 13 (1.07%) Vagrant
4 12 (0.99%) Ansible
5 6 (0.49%) HAProxy
5 6 (0.49%) Salt
6 5 (0.41%) Capistrano
7 4 (0.33%) Oozie
7 4 (0.33%) McAfee ePO
8 3 (0.25%) Nagios
9 2 (0.16%) Oracle RMAN
9 2 (0.16%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
9 2 (0.16%) Netcool
9 2 (0.16%) Data Guard
9 2 (0.16%) CA LISA
9 2 (0.16%) Oracle Flashback
10 1 (0.082%) Iperf
10 1 (0.082%) Mesos
10 1 (0.082%) ITRS Geneos
Vendors
1 162 (13.33%) Microsoft
2 123 (10.12%) Oracle
3 96 (7.90%) HP
4 30 (2.47%) IBM
5 24 (1.98%) VMware
6 20 (1.65%) Sybase
7 16 (1.32%) SAP
8 13 (1.07%) Salesforce.com
9 12 (0.99%) Twitter
10 11 (0.91%) Perforce
11 9 (0.74%) Informatica
12 8 (0.66%) Veritas
12 8 (0.66%) Google
12 8 (0.66%) Atlassian
13 7 (0.58%) hybris
14 6 (0.49%) Green Hat
15 5 (0.41%) Cadence
15 5 (0.41%) ICL
15 5 (0.41%) OpenText
15 5 (0.41%) McAfee
Scotland
Synergize Consulting
Posted: 3 hours ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £275 - £325 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
Solihull, West Midlands (County)
Kingfisher Consultancy
Rate: £300 - £330 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + doe
Posted: Yesterday
Stockport
Capita - ITIN
Rate: £300 - £344 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Rate: £400 - £500 per day + competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £440 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Central London / West End
Nationwide People Ltd
Rate: £400 - £500 Per Day Ltd./Umbrella Company Basis
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Up to £475 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Up to £475 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Wales
Total Recruitment Specialists Limited / TRG / Total recruitment group
Rate: £300 - £425 Per Day
Posted: 2 days ago
Newbury, Berkshire
Preferred Choice
Rate: £180 - £220 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £300.00 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Glamorgan
TRG
Rate: 300-425 Per Day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Burns Sheehan
Rate: £0.00 per annum + Negotiable
Posted: 6 days ago
East Sussex
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £320 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
City of London
Arrows Group
Rate: £500 - £600 per day + negotiable
Posted: 10 days ago
Wales
TRG
Rate: 325-400 Per Day
Posted: 18 days ago
Warrington
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + DOE
Posted: 21 days ago
City of London
Arrows Group
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 23 days ago