Period
to 30 May 2020

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 30 May 2020 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
30 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 32 32 33
Rank change year-on-year 0 +1 -1
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 211 526 558
As % of all contract jobs advertised in Central London 5.62% 6.25% 6.11%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.47% 6.94% 6.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 158 393 446
Median daily rate £525 £500 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £346 £401 £350
90th Percentile £691 £650 £625
London median daily rate £525 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 1
Median hourly rate £48.50 - £65.00
10th Percentile £43.95 - £62.50
90th Percentile £55.65 - £67.50
London median hourly rate £35.00 £11.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year +204.35% -72.94% -

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 3,260 7,577 8,115
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Central London 86.89% 90.00% 88.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,300 5,799 6,322
Median daily rate £500 £525 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.76% +5.00% +4.17%
10th Percentile £325 £350 £325
90th Percentile £675 £675 £675
London median daily rate £525 £520 £500
% change year-on-year +0.96% +4.00% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 70 71 118
Median hourly rate £35.00 £20.65 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +69.53% +3.23% +25.00%
10th Percentile £12.49 £11.25 £12.50
90th Percentile £52.28 £56.50 £45.30
Median hourly rate £35.00 £25.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +37.25% +2.00% -

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Central London

Job postings citing Test Automation as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Test Automation in Central London.

Daily rate trend for Test Automation in Central London

Test Automation
Daily Rate Histogram in Central London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Test Automation in Central London over the 6 months to 30 May 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Test Automation in Central London

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Central London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Test Automation in Central London.

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 30 May 2020. 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 +6 167 £550 +7.32% 18
West End of London +8 5 £475 +5.56% 1
City of Westminster -11 5 £525 -4.55%
Camden - 2 - - 1
Southwark +48 1 £450 -
Test Automation
London

For the 6 months to 30 May 2020, 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.

1 114 (54.03%) Agile Software Development
2 77 (36.49%) Finance
3 70 (33.18%) Azure
4 68 (32.23%) Java
5 62 (29.38%) DevOps
6 58 (27.49%) C#
7 56 (26.54%) SQL
8 48 (22.75%) AWS
9 43 (20.38%) Selenium
10 42 (19.91%) JavaScript
11 41 (19.43%) SQL Server
11 41 (19.43%) Continuous Integration
12 37 (17.54%) Microservices
13 35 (16.59%) Docker
13 35 (16.59%) CSS
13 35 (16.59%) Scrum
14 32 (15.17%) TDD
14 32 (15.17%) React
15 31 (14.69%) Kubernetes
15 31 (14.69%) QA
15 31 (14.69%) Python
16 30 (14.22%) SDLC
17 28 (13.27%) .NET
18 27 (12.80%) Git (software)
18 27 (12.80%) Problem-Solving
19 26 (12.32%) BDD
20 25 (11.85%) JIRA
20 25 (11.85%) TypeScript
21 24 (11.37%) Analytical Skills
21 24 (11.37%) Continuous Delivery

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 8 (3.79%) Confluence
2 4 (1.90%) Apache Spark
2 4 (1.90%) Elasticsearch
3 3 (1.42%) IIS
4 2 (0.95%) CMS
4 2 (0.95%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.47%) Camunda
5 1 (0.47%) nginx
5 1 (0.47%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 1 (0.47%) Tomcat
Applications
1 7 (3.32%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (2.37%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.47%) Figma
Business Applications
1 2 (0.95%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (0.95%) Maximo
2 1 (0.47%) NetSuite
2 1 (0.47%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (0.47%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
2 1 (0.47%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
2 1 (0.47%) SAP Business ByDesign
2 1 (0.47%) Workday HCM
2 1 (0.47%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 70 (33.18%) Azure
2 48 (22.75%) AWS
3 23 (10.90%) GCP
4 12 (5.69%) GitHub
5 7 (3.32%) Heroku
6 5 (2.37%) Azure Data Factory
7 4 (1.90%) Serverless
8 3 (1.42%) AWS Lambda
8 3 (1.42%) Cloud Computing
8 3 (1.42%) Tricentis Tosca
9 2 (0.95%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 2 (0.95%) Amazon EC2
9 2 (0.95%) Amazon S3
9 2 (0.95%) Azure Stack
9 2 (0.95%) Dynamics 365
9 2 (0.95%) IaaS
9 2 (0.95%) PaaS
9 2 (0.95%) Route 53
9 2 (0.95%) Slack
9 2 (0.95%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 9 (4.27%) HTTPS
2 8 (3.79%) SSL
3 4 (1.90%) TCP/IP
4 3 (1.42%) DHCP
4 3 (1.42%) Wi-Fi
5 2 (0.95%) 2G
5 2 (0.95%) 3G
5 2 (0.95%) 3GPP
5 2 (0.95%) 4G
5 2 (0.95%) BGP
5 2 (0.95%) DNS
5 2 (0.95%) GSM
5 2 (0.95%) HTTP
5 2 (0.95%) LTE
5 2 (0.95%) MPLS
5 2 (0.95%) OSPF
5 2 (0.95%) Radio Access Network
5 2 (0.95%) UMTS
5 2 (0.95%) Wireless
5 2 (0.95%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 41 (19.43%) SQL Server
2 19 (9.00%) NoSQL
3 10 (4.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 6 (2.84%) Data Warehouse
4 6 (2.84%) MongoDB
5 5 (2.37%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 5 (2.37%) PowerPivot
5 5 (2.37%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 5 (2.37%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 5 (2.37%) SSDT
6 4 (1.90%) Data Lake
6 4 (1.90%) Oracle Database
6 4 (1.90%) Relational Database
7 3 (1.42%) Azure SQL Database
7 3 (1.42%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (0.95%) MySQL
9 1 (0.47%) Apache Hive
9 1 (0.47%) Data Mart
9 1 (0.47%) InterSystems Cache
9 1 (0.47%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 43 (20.38%) Selenium
2 27 (12.80%) Git (software)
3 25 (11.85%) JIRA
4 23 (10.90%) Jenkins
5 21 (9.95%) Cucumber
6 13 (6.16%) SpecFlow
6 13 (6.16%) Team Foundation Server
7 12 (5.69%) Visual Studio
8 11 (5.21%) WebDriver
9 10 (4.74%) JMeter
10 9 (4.27%) JUnit
11 7 (3.32%) webpack
12 6 (2.84%) Postman
13 5 (2.37%) Maven
13 5 (2.37%) Protractor
13 5 (2.37%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 5 (2.37%) Visual Studio Team System
14 4 (1.90%) Appium
14 4 (1.90%) GitLab
14 4 (1.90%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 77 (36.49%) Finance
2 11 (5.21%) Banking
2 11 (5.21%) Front Office
3 10 (4.74%) Public Sector
4 4 (1.90%) Legal
5 3 (1.42%) Back Office
5 3 (1.42%) Retail
6 2 (0.95%) General Ledger
6 2 (0.95%) Marketing
6 2 (0.95%) Police
7 1 (0.47%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.47%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.47%) Law
Job Titles
1 88 (41.71%) Developer
2 26 (12.32%) C# Developer
3 23 (10.90%) Java Developer
4 19 (9.00%) Tester
5 15 (7.11%) Analyst
6 13 (6.16%) Architect
7 12 (5.69%) Test Manager
8 11 (5.21%) Automation Tester
8 11 (5.21%) Senior Developer
9 10 (4.74%) DevOps Engineer
9 10 (4.74%) Test Analyst
10 9 (4.27%) Software Developer
11 8 (3.79%) Python Developer
11 8 (3.79%) Test Engineer
12 7 (3.32%) QA Engineer
12 7 (3.32%) Test Automation Engineer
13 6 (2.84%) Automation Engineer
13 6 (2.84%) Digital Developer
13 6 (2.84%) Node.js Developer
13 6 (2.84%) React Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (16.59%) CSS
2 32 (15.17%) React
3 28 (13.27%) .NET
4 23 (10.90%) AngularJS
5 21 (9.95%) HTML
6 20 (9.48%) Redux
6 20 (9.48%) REST
6 20 (9.48%) RESTful
7 17 (8.06%) Node.js
8 15 (7.11%) Web Services
9 13 (6.16%) Spring
10 12 (5.69%) WCF
11 10 (4.74%) FIX Protocol
12 9 (4.27%) GraphQL
12 9 (4.27%) HTML5
13 8 (3.79%) Guice
13 8 (3.79%) JAAS
13 8 (3.79%) Reactive Extensions
13 8 (3.79%) Spring Security
14 7 (3.32%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 24 (11.37%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (7.58%) User Experience
3 8 (3.79%) Algorithms
3 8 (3.79%) Data Structures
4 7 (3.32%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 7 (3.32%) Mobile App
5 5 (2.37%) Cloud Native
5 5 (2.37%) Derivative
5 5 (2.37%) Virtual Team
6 4 (1.90%) Greenfield Project
6 4 (1.90%) Self-Motivation
6 4 (1.90%) W3C
7 3 (1.42%) Enterprise Software
7 3 (1.42%) Fixed Income
7 3 (1.42%) Hedge funds
7 3 (1.42%) SCORM
7 3 (1.42%) Social Media
8 2 (0.95%) Equities
8 2 (0.95%) Market Risk
8 2 (0.95%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 21 (9.95%) Windows
2 16 (7.58%) Linux
3 10 (4.74%) Unix
4 8 (3.79%) Apple iOS
5 7 (3.32%) Android
6 3 (1.42%) Mac OS X
7 2 (0.95%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (0.95%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (0.95%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (0.95%) Windows Server 2016
8 1 (0.47%) AIX
8 1 (0.47%) Mac OS
8 1 (0.47%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 114 (54.03%) Agile Software Development
2 62 (29.38%) DevOps
3 41 (19.43%) Continuous Integration
4 37 (17.54%) Microservices
5 35 (16.59%) Scrum
6 32 (15.17%) TDD
7 30 (14.22%) SDLC
8 27 (12.80%) Problem-Solving
9 26 (12.32%) BDD
10 24 (11.37%) Computer Science
10 24 (11.37%) Continuous Delivery
11 22 (10.43%) OO
12 20 (9.48%) Test Scripting
13 17 (8.06%) Test Strategy
14 16 (7.58%) Kanban
14 16 (7.58%) Regression Testing
15 15 (7.11%) Open Source
16 14 (6.64%) Continuous Deployment
16 14 (6.64%) Software Engineering
16 14 (6.64%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 68 (32.23%) Java
2 58 (27.49%) C#
3 56 (26.54%) SQL
4 42 (19.91%) JavaScript
5 31 (14.69%) Python
6 25 (11.85%) TypeScript
7 13 (6.16%) Java 8
8 9 (4.27%) T-SQL
9 8 (3.79%) C
9 8 (3.79%) C++
9 8 (3.79%) ES6
10 6 (2.84%) Kotlin
10 6 (2.84%) Ruby
11 5 (2.37%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 5 (2.37%) PowerShell
11 5 (2.37%) R
11 5 (2.37%) Scala
12 4 (1.90%) XPath
13 3 (1.42%) PHP
14 2 (0.95%) Perl
Qualifications
1 20 (9.48%) Degree
2 18 (8.53%) Security Cleared
3 15 (7.11%) SC Cleared
4 13 (6.16%) ISTQB
5 9 (4.27%) ISEB
6 5 (2.37%) Computer Science Degree
7 4 (1.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 2 (0.95%) BPSS Clearance
9 1 (0.47%) AWS Certification
9 1 (0.47%) CHECK Team Member
9 1 (0.47%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 1 (0.47%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (0.47%) Master's Degree
9 1 (0.47%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (14.69%) QA
2 3 (1.42%) WCAG
3 2 (0.95%) GDPR
3 2 (0.95%) IFRS
3 2 (0.95%) Solvency II
4 1 (0.47%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.47%) EMIR
4 1 (0.47%) MiFID
System Software
1 35 (16.59%) Docker
2 4 (1.90%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 31 (14.69%) Kubernetes
2 15 (7.11%) Terraform
3 9 (4.27%) Ansible
4 6 (2.84%) Opscode Chef
4 6 (2.84%) Puppet
5 4 (1.90%) HP Quality Center
5 4 (1.90%) Prometheus
6 3 (1.42%) Grafana
6 3 (1.42%) Kibana
6 3 (1.42%) Zipkin
7 2 (0.95%) Salt
7 2 (0.95%) Single Sign-On
8 1 (0.47%) Graphite
8 1 (0.47%) HP ALM
8 1 (0.47%) ITRS Geneos
8 1 (0.47%) logstash
Vendors
1 24 (11.37%) Microsoft
2 16 (7.58%) Oracle
3 7 (3.32%) HP
4 6 (2.84%) Google
5 3 (1.42%) Red Hat
5 3 (1.42%) SAP
6 2 (0.95%) Atlassian
6 2 (0.95%) CyberArk
6 2 (0.95%) IBM
6 2 (0.95%) SaltStack
6 2 (0.95%) Splunk
7 1 (0.47%) AppDynamics
7 1 (0.47%) Bloomberg
7 1 (0.47%) DevExpress
7 1 (0.47%) HubSpot
7 1 (0.47%) Nintex
7 1 (0.47%) Novell
7 1 (0.47%) Pega
7 1 (0.47%) PeopleSoft
7 1 (0.47%) TIBCO