Period
to 18 September 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Central London with a requirement for Test Automation skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Test Automation over the 6 months to 18 September 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Automated Testing
London > Central London
6 months to
18 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 28 31 36
Rank change year-on-year +3 +5 +12
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 617 481 474
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Central London 6.76% 6.04% 5.80%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.73% 6.79% 6.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 496 375 355
Central London median daily rate £500 £475 £470
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +1.06% +4.44%
10th Percentile £350 £322 £326
90th Percentile £625 £638 £588
London median daily rate £500 £481 £450
% change year-on-year +3.90% +6.94% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Central London median hourly rate £35.00 - £32.50
London median hourly rate £49.75 £26.00 £47.50
% change year-on-year +91.35% -45.26% +35.71%

Test Automation is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Central London with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Central London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 7,981 7,084 7,180
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Central London 87.42% 88.93% 87.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,216 5,430 5,655
Central London median daily rate £500 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £313
90th Percentile £675 £675 £650
London median daily rate £500 £500 £463
% change year-on-year - +8.11% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 115 74 62
Central London median hourly rate £18.70 £19.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.58% -5.00% -
10th Percentile £13.24 £12.91 £11.25
90th Percentile £32.60 £31.28 £55.00
London median hourly rate £22.42 £23.88 £21.75
% change year-on-year -6.09% +9.77% +5.05%

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Central London

Job postings citing Test Automation as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Central London.

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation in Central London

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Central London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Test Automation in Central London.

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in Central London

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Central London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in Central London over the 6 months to 18 September 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation in Central London

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Central London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Automation in Central London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation in Central London

Test Automation
Contract Job Locations in Central London

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 Central London region over the 6 months to 18 September 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
City of London 0 432 £500 +5.26% 151
West End of London -3 41 £500 +25.00% 30
Southwark - 33 £525 -
City of Westminster +17 23 £550 - 2
Camden -1 4 £500 +56.25%
Kensington and Chelsea - 1 £475 -
Test Automation
London

For the 6 months to 18 September 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Test Automation also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Central London region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 390 (63.21%) Agile Software Development
2 255 (41.33%) Java
3 212 (34.36%) Selenium
4 162 (26.26%) Finance
5 159 (25.77%) JavaScript
6 155 (25.12%) TDD
7 141 (22.85%) QA
8 139 (22.53%) Amazon AWS
9 133 (21.56%) Git (software)
10 130 (21.07%) Scrum
10 130 (21.07%) BDD
11 119 (19.29%) Continuous Integration
12 115 (18.64%) Python
13 112 (18.15%) SQL
14 110 (17.83%) Cucumber
15 108 (17.50%) Jenkins
16 101 (16.37%) HTML
17 100 (16.21%) .NET
17 100 (16.21%) DevOps
18 98 (15.88%) Docker
19 95 (15.40%) C#
20 87 (14.10%) REST
21 84 (13.61%) Linux
22 80 (12.97%) Banking
23 79 (12.80%) OO
24 74 (11.99%) JIRA
25 71 (11.51%) Microservices
26 70 (11.35%) Unix
27 68 (11.02%) RESTful
28 65 (10.53%) Web Services

Test Automation
Co-occurring IT Skills in Central London 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 38 (6.16%) Confluence
2 21 (3.40%) Apache
3 10 (1.62%) Apache Spark
3 10 (1.62%) CMS
4 8 (1.30%) JBoss
5 5 (0.81%) Drupal
5 5 (0.81%) Tomcat
6 4 (0.65%) Elasticsearch
6 4 (0.65%) WebSphere
7 3 (0.49%) Apache Solr
7 3 (0.49%) nginx
7 3 (0.49%) NServiceBus
7 3 (0.49%) OpenStack
8 2 (0.32%) Hubot
8 2 (0.32%) Jetty
8 2 (0.32%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 2 (0.32%) SharePoint
8 2 (0.32%) Sitecore CMS
9 1 (0.16%) Content Management Server
9 1 (0.16%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 18 (2.92%) Microsoft Excel
2 17 (2.76%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.32%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.16%) HipChat
4 1 (0.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (0.81%) ION MarketView
1 5 (0.81%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (0.65%) SAP Hybris
3 3 (0.49%) Markit EDM
3 3 (0.49%) Summit
4 2 (0.32%) Magento
4 2 (0.32%) thinkFolio
5 1 (0.16%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 139 (22.53%) Amazon AWS
2 59 (9.56%) Microsoft Azure
3 54 (8.75%) GitHub
4 22 (3.57%) Amazon EC2
5 21 (3.40%) Amazon S3
5 21 (3.40%) Heroku
6 15 (2.43%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 13 (2.11%) IaaS
8 12 (1.94%) PaaS
9 11 (1.78%) Google Cloud Platform
10 9 (1.46%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 7 (1.13%) SaaS
12 6 (0.97%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 6 (0.97%) AWS Lambda
12 6 (0.97%) Serverless
12 6 (0.97%) Slack
13 5 (0.81%) Akamai
13 5 (0.81%) Amazon SQS
14 4 (0.65%) OpenShift
15 3 (0.49%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 36 (5.83%) HTTP
2 19 (3.08%) TCP/IP
3 10 (1.62%) DNS
4 9 (1.46%) Internet
5 7 (1.13%) AMQP
6 6 (0.97%) Skype
6 6 (0.97%) SSL
7 5 (0.81%) DHCP
7 5 (0.81%) FTP
7 5 (0.81%) Kerberos
8 4 (0.65%) SMS
8 4 (0.65%) X.509
9 3 (0.49%) ICMP
9 3 (0.49%) Junos
9 3 (0.49%) MQTT
9 3 (0.49%) Software-Defined Networking
10 2 (0.32%) Firewall
10 2 (0.32%) IPsec
10 2 (0.32%) SCCP
10 2 (0.32%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 45 (7.29%) SQL Server
2 43 (6.97%) NoSQL
3 42 (6.81%) Relational Database
4 34 (5.51%) MongoDB
5 27 (4.38%) Big Data
6 21 (3.40%) PostgreSQL
7 20 (3.24%) Hadoop
8 19 (3.08%) MySQL
9 18 (2.92%) Apache Hive
10 16 (2.59%) Apache Cassandra
10 16 (2.59%) Data Warehouse
11 15 (2.43%) Impala
12 13 (2.11%) Redis
12 13 (2.11%) Sqoop
13 12 (1.94%) Neo4j
14 11 (1.78%) RDBMS
15 9 (1.46%) Data Lake
16 6 (0.97%) SQL Server 2012
17 5 (0.81%) HBase
17 5 (0.81%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 212 (34.36%) Selenium
2 133 (21.56%) Git (software)
3 110 (17.83%) Cucumber
4 108 (17.50%) Jenkins
5 74 (11.99%) JIRA
6 61 (9.89%) Maven
7 53 (8.59%) WebDriver
8 46 (7.46%) SpecFlow
9 33 (5.35%) JUnit
10 30 (4.86%) Appium
11 26 (4.21%) Gradle
11 26 (4.21%) Mockito
11 26 (4.21%) webpack
12 24 (3.89%) Visual Studio
13 21 (3.40%) Team Foundation Server
14 20 (3.24%) TeamCity
15 17 (2.76%) JMeter
16 16 (2.59%) PostCSS
17 14 (2.27%) GitLab
17 14 (2.27%) Subversion
General
1 162 (26.26%) Finance
2 80 (12.97%) Banking
3 35 (5.67%) Retail
4 24 (3.89%) Front Office
5 13 (2.11%) Telecoms
6 12 (1.94%) Financial Institution
7 11 (1.78%) Investment Banking
8 10 (1.62%) Advertising
8 10 (1.62%) Marketing
9 9 (1.46%) Back Office
9 9 (1.46%) Games
10 7 (1.13%) Retail Banking
11 5 (0.81%) Legal
12 4 (0.65%) Law
13 3 (0.49%) Pharmaceutical
14 1 (0.16%) Electronics
14 1 (0.16%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 238 (38.57%) Developer
2 67 (10.86%) Java Developer
3 61 (9.89%) Analyst
4 52 (8.43%) Tester
5 45 (7.29%) QA Engineer
6 44 (7.13%) Test Engineer
7 42 (6.81%) DevOps Engineer
8 38 (6.16%) Test Analyst
9 37 (6.00%) Automation Tester
9 37 (6.00%) Senior Developer
10 33 (5.35%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
11 31 (5.02%) React Developer
12 26 (4.21%) Architect
12 26 (4.21%) Developer in Test
13 25 (4.05%) Senior DevOps
14 24 (3.89%) C# Developer
14 24 (3.89%) Senior DevOps Engineer
15 22 (3.57%) Automation Engineer
16 21 (3.40%) QA Automation Engineer
17 19 (3.08%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 101 (16.37%) HTML
2 100 (16.21%) .NET
3 87 (14.10%) REST
4 68 (11.02%) RESTful
5 65 (10.53%) Web Services
6 61 (9.89%) CSS
7 55 (8.91%) AngularJS
8 52 (8.43%) Node.js
9 47 (7.62%) JSON
10 41 (6.65%) Gherkin
10 41 (6.65%) Spring
11 36 (5.83%) React
12 33 (5.35%) HTML5
13 27 (4.38%) XML
14 24 (3.89%) Dropwizard
15 21 (3.40%) Hibernate
15 21 (3.40%) Redux
15 21 (3.40%) Swagger
15 21 (3.40%) WCF
16 19 (3.08%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 51 (8.27%) Greenfield Project
2 40 (6.48%) User Experience
3 39 (6.32%) Analytical Skills
4 36 (5.83%) Computer Science
5 35 (5.67%) Fintech
6 31 (5.02%) Mobile App
7 27 (4.38%) Algorithms
8 26 (4.21%) Data Structures
9 18 (2.92%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 17 (2.76%) Fixed Income
11 15 (2.43%) Derivative
12 13 (2.11%) Hedge funds
12 13 (2.11%) Virtual Team
12 13 (2.11%) Wiki
13 12 (1.94%) Equities
13 12 (1.94%) Linux Command Line
14 8 (1.30%) Self-Motivation
15 6 (0.97%) Data Centre
15 6 (0.97%) N-Tier
16 4 (0.65%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 84 (13.61%) Linux
2 70 (11.35%) Unix
3 29 (4.70%) Android
4 27 (4.38%) Apple iOS
5 20 (3.24%) Windows
6 15 (2.43%) Mac OS X
7 11 (1.78%) CentOS
8 7 (1.13%) Ubuntu
9 4 (0.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 3 (0.49%) CoreOS
10 3 (0.49%) VMS
11 1 (0.16%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.16%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.16%) Windows Server
11 1 (0.16%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 390 (63.21%) Agile Software Development
2 155 (25.12%) TDD
3 130 (21.07%) BDD
3 130 (21.07%) Scrum
4 119 (19.29%) Continuous Integration
5 100 (16.21%) DevOps
6 79 (12.80%) OO
7 71 (11.51%) Microservices
8 61 (9.89%) Problem-Solving
8 61 (9.89%) Test Scripting
9 54 (8.75%) Front End Development
10 52 (8.43%) API Testing
10 52 (8.43%) SDET
11 51 (8.27%) Unit Testing
12 49 (7.94%) SDLC
13 48 (7.78%) Open Source
14 45 (7.29%) Software Engineering
15 42 (6.81%) Configuration Management
16 38 (6.16%) Deployment Automation
17 35 (5.67%) Continuous Delivery
Programming Languages
1 255 (41.33%) Java
2 159 (25.77%) JavaScript
3 115 (18.64%) Python
4 112 (18.15%) SQL
5 95 (15.40%) C#
6 64 (10.37%) Bash Shell
7 58 (9.40%) Ruby
8 39 (6.32%) Java 8
9 25 (4.05%) ES6
9 25 (4.05%) Groovy
10 22 (3.57%) PowerShell
10 22 (3.57%) Shell Script
11 21 (3.40%) TypeScript
12 17 (2.76%) C++
13 16 (2.59%) Korn
14 12 (1.94%) PHP
15 11 (1.78%) Apple Swift
16 10 (1.62%) T-SQL
17 9 (1.46%) R
17 9 (1.46%) Scala
Qualifications
1 35 (5.67%) Degree
2 31 (5.02%) Security Cleared
3 19 (3.08%) ISEB
3 19 (3.08%) ISTQB
4 18 (2.92%) SC Cleared
5 12 (1.94%) DV Cleared
6 6 (0.97%) Computer Science Degree
7 4 (0.65%) CEH
7 4 (0.65%) CISA
7 4 (0.65%) CISSP
7 4 (0.65%) CSSLP
7 4 (0.65%) GIAC
7 4 (0.65%) Numerate Degree
7 4 (0.65%) OSCP
7 4 (0.65%) SANS
8 2 (0.32%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (0.32%) DBS Check
9 1 (0.16%) CESG Certified Professional
9 1 (0.16%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 141 (22.85%) QA
2 4 (0.65%) Data Quality
2 4 (0.65%) GCP
3 3 (0.49%) GDPR
3 3 (0.49%) MiFID
4 2 (0.32%) PSD2
5 1 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.16%) Dodd-Frank
5 1 (0.16%) EMIR
5 1 (0.16%) HL7
5 1 (0.16%) PMO
System Software
1 98 (15.88%) Docker
2 13 (2.11%) HDFS
3 5 (0.81%) Varnish
4 4 (0.65%) Virtual Machines
5 3 (0.49%) VirtualBox
6 2 (0.32%) Active Directory
6 2 (0.32%) ProxySG
7 1 (0.16%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 43 (6.97%) Kubernetes
2 36 (5.83%) Ansible
2 36 (5.83%) Puppet
3 23 (3.73%) Opscode Chef
4 16 (2.59%) Hadoop YARN
5 14 (2.27%) Prometheus
6 10 (1.62%) HP ALM
7 9 (1.46%) Terraform
8 8 (1.30%) HP Quality Center
9 4 (0.65%) Business Desktop Deployment
9 4 (0.65%) HockeyApp
10 3 (0.49%) Docker Swarm
11 2 (0.32%) Consul
11 2 (0.32%) Kibana
11 2 (0.32%) logstash
11 2 (0.32%) Mesos
11 2 (0.32%) Oozie
11 2 (0.32%) Rancher
11 2 (0.32%) StackStorm
12 1 (0.16%) CA Service Virtualization
Vendors
1 46 (7.46%) Oracle
2 31 (5.02%) Microsoft
3 19 (3.08%) Google
4 16 (2.59%) Cloudera
5 14 (2.27%) New Relic
5 14 (2.27%) Twitter
6 13 (2.11%) HP
7 11 (1.78%) SAP
8 8 (1.30%) Salesforce.com
9 7 (1.13%) ION Trading
9 7 (1.13%) Rollbar
10 6 (0.97%) Alteryx
10 6 (0.97%) Cadence
10 6 (0.97%) Splunk
10 6 (0.97%) TIBCO
11 5 (0.81%) Apple
11 5 (0.81%) Atlassian
11 5 (0.81%) Blue Prism
11 5 (0.81%) UiPath
12 4 (0.65%) Demandware