The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London with a requirement for Automation Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Automation Testing over the 3 months to 23 March 2017 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Automation Testing
London / City of London
Rank 138 140 178
Rank change year-on-year +2 +38  
Contract jobs citing Automation Testing 15 21 18
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.50% 0.64% 0.36%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.59% 0.73% 0.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 17 15
Median daily rate £370 £400 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.50% -3.03%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £282 £305 £286
10% offered a daily rate of more than £579 £520 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £320 £300
% change year-on-year +1.56% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £170.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year - +300.00%  

Automation Testing is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
City of London
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 2560 2885 4153
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 85.48% 87.74% 82.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 2008 2312 3203
Median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £345 £325 £313
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £399
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.29%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 25 35
Median hourly rate £16.00 £19.99 £20.45
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.96% -2.21%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.84 £47.50 £92.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £39.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.69% +30.00%  

Automation Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the City of London citing Automation Testing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Automation Testing in the City of London

Automation Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Automation Testing in the City of London

Automation Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Automation Testing in the City of London over the 3 months to 23 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Automation Testing in the City of London

Automation Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 23 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Automation Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the City of London region with a requirement for Automation Testing.

1 18 (45.00%) Selenium
2 17 (42.50%) Agile Software Development
3 15 (37.50%) Finance
4 12 (30.00%) QA
5 10 (25.00%) Test Scripting
5 10 (25.00%) Jenkins
6 9 (22.50%) Banking
6 9 (22.50%) Automated Testing
7 8 (20.00%) C#
8 7 (17.50%) HTML
8 7 (17.50%) Java
8 7 (17.50%) SQL
8 7 (17.50%) WebDriver
8 7 (17.50%) User Acceptance Testing
9 6 (15.00%) TDD
9 6 (15.00%) ISEB
9 6 (15.00%) Cucumber
9 6 (15.00%) BDD
9 6 (15.00%) Functional Testing
9 6 (15.00%) SpecFlow
10 5 (12.50%) HTML5
10 5 (12.50%) Regression Testing
10 5 (12.50%) Scrum
10 5 (12.50%) Microsoft
10 5 (12.50%) JavaScript
10 5 (12.50%) Test Automation
11 4 (10.00%) Open Source
11 4 (10.00%) Maven
11 4 (10.00%) Dynamics CRM
11 4 (10.00%) SOAP

Automation Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the City of 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 3 (7.50%) JBoss
2 1 (2.50%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 1 (2.50%) CMS
2 1 (2.50%) Moodle
Business Applications
1 4 (10.00%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (2.50%) Loan IQ
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.50%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.50%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (7.50%) Data Warehouse
1 3 (7.50%) SQL Server
2 2 (5.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (2.50%) DataStage
3 1 (2.50%) Essbase
3 1 (2.50%) KDB
3 1 (2.50%) RDBMS
3 1 (2.50%) Relational Database
3 1 (2.50%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 18 (45.00%) Selenium
2 10 (25.00%) Jenkins
3 7 (17.50%) WebDriver
4 6 (15.00%) Cucumber
4 6 (15.00%) SpecFlow
5 4 (10.00%) Appium
5 4 (10.00%) Maven
5 4 (10.00%) SoapUI
6 3 (7.50%) Ant
6 3 (7.50%) Xcode
7 2 (5.00%) HP UFT
7 2 (5.00%) Hudson
7 2 (5.00%) Team Foundation Server
8 1 (2.50%) Android Studio
8 1 (2.50%) Geb
8 1 (2.50%) gulp
8 1 (2.50%) Jasmine
8 1 (2.50%) JBehave
8 1 (2.50%) Mocha
8 1 (2.50%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 15 (37.50%) Finance
2 9 (22.50%) Banking
3 3 (7.50%) Investment Banking
4 2 (5.00%) Retail
5 1 (2.50%) Advertising
5 1 (2.50%) Front Office
5 1 (2.50%) Games
5 1 (2.50%) Marketing
5 1 (2.50%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 9 (22.50%) Analyst
1 9 (22.50%) Test Leader
2 8 (20.00%) Test Analyst
3 6 (15.00%) Developer
3 6 (15.00%) Tester
4 5 (12.50%) Automation Test Lead
4 5 (12.50%) Automation Tester
5 4 (10.00%) QA Engineer
5 4 (10.00%) Test Manager
6 3 (7.50%) Automation Test Analyst
7 2 (5.00%) Java Developer
7 2 (5.00%) Java Web Developer
7 2 (5.00%) Selenium Automation Tester
7 2 (5.00%) Selenium Test Analyst
7 2 (5.00%) Selenium Tester
7 2 (5.00%) Test Automation Manager
7 2 (5.00%) Test Engineer
7 2 (5.00%) Web Developer
8 1 (2.50%) Full Stack Developer
8 1 (2.50%) FX Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (17.50%) HTML
2 5 (12.50%) HTML5
3 4 (10.00%) REST
3 4 (10.00%) SOAP
4 2 (5.00%) .NET
4 2 (5.00%) Apache Camel
4 2 (5.00%) CSS
4 2 (5.00%) J2EE
4 2 (5.00%) Node.js
4 2 (5.00%) Spring
4 2 (5.00%) Web Services
5 1 (2.50%) AngularJS
5 1 (2.50%) CSS3
5 1 (2.50%) Express
5 1 (2.50%) Flash
5 1 (2.50%) Redux
5 1 (2.50%) Ruby on Rails
5 1 (2.50%) Sass
5 1 (2.50%) WebSockets
5 1 (2.50%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (7.50%) Mobile App
2 2 (5.00%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 2 (5.00%) N-Tier
2 2 (5.00%) User Experience
3 1 (2.50%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.50%) Computer Science
3 1 (2.50%) Data Structures
3 1 (2.50%) e-Learning
3 1 (2.50%) EPoS
3 1 (2.50%) Fintech
3 1 (2.50%) Management Information System
3 1 (2.50%) Online Banking
Operating Systems
1 4 (10.00%) Apple iOS
2 3 (7.50%) Android
3 1 (2.50%) Linux
3 1 (2.50%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (42.50%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (25.00%) Test Scripting
3 9 (22.50%) Automated Testing
4 7 (17.50%) User Acceptance Testing
5 6 (15.00%) BDD
5 6 (15.00%) Functional Testing
5 6 (15.00%) TDD
6 5 (12.50%) Regression Testing
6 5 (12.50%) Scrum
6 5 (12.50%) Test Automation
7 4 (10.00%) CRM
7 4 (10.00%) Non-Functional Testing
7 4 (10.00%) Open Source
8 3 (7.50%) Load Testing
8 3 (7.50%) Manual Testing
8 3 (7.50%) Test Strategy
9 2 (5.00%) Data Integration
9 2 (5.00%) Performance Testing
9 2 (5.00%) Release Management
9 2 (5.00%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 8 (20.00%) C#
2 7 (17.50%) Java
2 7 (17.50%) SQL
3 5 (12.50%) JavaScript
4 2 (5.00%) Apple Swift
4 2 (5.00%) Ruby
5 1 (2.50%) C++
5 1 (2.50%) ES6
5 1 (2.50%) Python
5 1 (2.50%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 6 (15.00%) ISEB
2 2 (5.00%) Degree
2 2 (5.00%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (30.00%) QA
2 3 (7.50%) SDET
3 1 (2.50%) Dodd-Frank
3 1 (2.50%) EMIR
Systems Management
1 2 (5.00%) HockeyApp
2 1 (2.50%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (12.50%) Microsoft
2 3 (7.50%) Apple
3 2 (5.00%) Oracle
4 1 (2.50%) Assembla
4 1 (2.50%) GoldenSource
4 1 (2.50%) HP
4 1 (2.50%) IBM