The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the City of 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 3 months to 25 June 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.

Automated Testing
London / City of London
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 27 34 58
Rank change year-on-year +7 +24  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 214 182 188
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 6.53% 5.48% 3.23%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.41% 6.38% 3.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 177 141 155
Median daily rate £475 £475 £475
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £351 £330
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £550 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Median hourly rate - - £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £38.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -1.31% +8.57%  

Test Automation 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 2887 2854 4724
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 88.15% 85.89% 81.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 2218 2339 3709
Median daily rate £500 £475 £470
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +1.06%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £335 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 23 57
Median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.26% -22.44%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.75 £12.50 £14.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.00 £35.20 £55.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation in the City of London

Test Automation
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 Test Automation in the City of London.

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

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in the City of London over the 3 months to 25 June 2017.

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

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation in the City of London

For the 6 months to 25 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Test Automation 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 Test Automation.

1 229 (60.90%) Agile Software Development
2 144 (38.30%) Java
3 136 (36.17%) TDD
4 107 (28.46%) Scrum
5 105 (27.93%) Finance
6 97 (25.80%) Continuous Integration
7 94 (25.00%) BDD
8 93 (24.73%) Software Engineering
9 92 (24.47%) JavaScript
10 90 (23.94%) Banking
11 89 (23.67%) QA
12 86 (22.87%) Selenium
13 83 (22.07%) SQL
14 76 (20.21%) Git (software)
15 74 (19.68%) C#
16 64 (17.02%) HTML
16 64 (17.02%) DevOps
17 61 (16.22%) Jenkins
18 57 (15.16%) Kanban
19 56 (14.89%) CSS
20 55 (14.63%) Cucumber
21 54 (14.36%) Web Services
22 53 (14.10%) Linux
23 52 (13.83%) .NET
23 52 (13.83%) Pair Programming
24 49 (13.03%) REST
25 46 (12.23%) SQL Server
26 45 (11.97%) E-Commerce
27 44 (11.70%) Amazon AWS
27 44 (11.70%) Unit Testing

Test Automation
Co-occurring 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 19 (5.05%) Confluence
2 11 (2.93%) Tomcat
3 7 (1.86%) JBoss
4 5 (1.33%) SharePoint
5 4 (1.06%) Apache
6 3 (0.80%) CMS
7 2 (0.53%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 2 (0.53%) Cloud Foundry
7 2 (0.53%) LiveCycle
7 2 (0.53%) nginx
8 1 (0.27%) Apache Spark
8 1 (0.27%) ATG Dynamo
8 1 (0.27%) Jetty
8 1 (0.27%) MQSeries
8 1 (0.27%) Mule
8 1 (0.27%) Sitecore CMS
8 1 (0.27%) Umbraco
8 1 (0.27%) WebLogic
Applications
1 7 (1.86%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (1.06%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.53%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (0.53%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.27%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 6 (1.60%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.27%) Markit EDM
2 1 (0.27%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 44 (11.70%) Amazon AWS
2 17 (4.52%) GitHub
3 13 (3.46%) Microsoft Azure
4 10 (2.66%) OpenShift
5 8 (2.13%) Amazon EC2
5 8 (2.13%) AWS CloudFormation
5 8 (2.13%) AWS Lambda
5 8 (2.13%) Slack
6 4 (1.06%) BrowserStack
6 4 (1.06%) TestFlight
7 3 (0.80%) Google Play
7 3 (0.80%) Heroku
7 3 (0.80%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 2 (0.53%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.53%) Dynamics 365
8 2 (0.53%) IaaS
8 2 (0.53%) vREST
9 1 (0.27%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
9 1 (0.27%) Salesforce Service Cloud
9 1 (0.27%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 8 (2.13%) HTTP
2 6 (1.60%) SSL
3 5 (1.33%) Internet
4 3 (0.80%) DNS
4 3 (0.80%) FTP
4 3 (0.80%) Network Security
4 3 (0.80%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.27%) Firewall
5 1 (0.27%) Intranet
5 1 (0.27%) LDAP
5 1 (0.27%) RTP
5 1 (0.27%) RTSP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (12.23%) SQL Server
2 41 (10.90%) MongoDB
3 19 (5.05%) MySQL
4 18 (4.79%) NoSQL
4 18 (4.79%) Relational Database
5 13 (3.46%) PostgreSQL
6 9 (2.39%) RDBMS
7 8 (2.13%) Redis
7 8 (2.13%) SQL Server 2008
7 8 (2.13%) SQL Server 2012
8 7 (1.86%) Apache Cassandra
8 7 (1.86%) Big Data
8 7 (1.86%) Data Warehouse
8 7 (1.86%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 6 (1.60%) KDB
9 6 (1.60%) SQL Server 2016
10 5 (1.33%) Hadoop
11 4 (1.06%) Azure SQL Database
11 4 (1.06%) CouchDB
11 4 (1.06%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 86 (22.87%) Selenium
2 76 (20.21%) Git (software)
3 61 (16.22%) Jenkins
4 55 (14.63%) Cucumber
5 42 (11.17%) JIRA
6 41 (10.90%) WebDriver
7 29 (7.71%) SpecFlow
8 26 (6.91%) JUnit
9 23 (6.12%) Grunt
9 23 (6.12%) gulp
10 22 (5.85%) IntelliJ
11 19 (5.05%) Visual Studio
12 16 (4.26%) Maven
13 14 (3.72%) Team Foundation Server
14 10 (2.66%) Mockito
14 10 (2.66%) Moq
14 10 (2.66%) Xcode
15 9 (2.39%) Ant
15 9 (2.39%) Appium
16 8 (2.13%) webpack
General
1 105 (27.93%) Finance
2 90 (23.94%) Banking
3 24 (6.38%) Investment Banking
4 17 (4.52%) Games
5 15 (3.99%) Retail
6 12 (3.19%) Front Office
7 8 (2.13%) Law
7 8 (2.13%) Telecoms
8 5 (1.33%) Advertising
9 4 (1.06%) Back Office
9 4 (1.06%) Manufacturing
10 3 (0.80%) Publishing
11 2 (0.53%) Corporate Banking
11 2 (0.53%) International Banking
11 2 (0.53%) Legal
11 2 (0.53%) Retail Banking
12 1 (0.27%) Marketing
12 1 (0.27%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 180 (47.87%) Developer
2 64 (17.02%) Java Developer
3 59 (15.69%) Analyst
4 45 (11.97%) Test Analyst
5 36 (9.57%) Senior Developer
6 29 (7.71%) C# Developer
7 28 (7.45%) DevOps Engineer
8 27 (7.18%) Test Engineer
9 26 (6.91%) Automation Test Analyst
10 25 (6.65%) QA Engineer
10 25 (6.65%) Tester
11 22 (5.85%) .NET Developer
12 17 (4.52%) Automation Tester
12 17 (4.52%) Test Automation Engineer
13 15 (3.99%) Senior Java Developer
14 14 (3.72%) Full Stack Developer
14 14 (3.72%) iOS Developer
14 14 (3.72%) Senior Analyst
14 14 (3.72%) Software Developer
15 13 (3.46%) Developer in Test
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 64 (17.02%) HTML
2 56 (14.89%) CSS
3 54 (14.36%) Web Services
4 52 (13.83%) .NET
5 49 (13.03%) REST
6 44 (11.70%) AngularJS
7 41 (10.90%) React
8 40 (10.64%) HTML5
9 30 (7.98%) jQuery
10 27 (7.18%) RESTful
10 27 (7.18%) SOAP
11 26 (6.91%) Spring
12 24 (6.38%) Dropwizard
12 24 (6.38%) Node.js
13 23 (6.12%) JSON
14 22 (5.85%) Hystrix
15 21 (5.59%) Play Framework
15 21 (5.59%) Scalatra
16 19 (5.05%) .NET Framework
17 18 (4.79%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 30 (7.98%) Mobile App
2 29 (7.71%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 24 (6.38%) Computer Science
4 21 (5.59%) Analytical Skills
5 18 (4.79%) Greenfield Project
6 16 (4.26%) User Experience
7 14 (3.72%) Derivative
8 12 (3.19%) Data Structures
9 8 (2.13%) Enterprise Software
9 8 (2.13%) Equities
10 7 (1.86%) Fintech
10 7 (1.86%) iPad
11 6 (1.60%) Fixed Income
11 6 (1.60%) iPhone
12 4 (1.06%) Algorithms
12 4 (1.06%) Public Cloud
12 4 (1.06%) Virtual Team
13 3 (0.80%) Contactless
13 3 (0.80%) Mobile Banking
13 3 (0.80%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 53 (14.10%) Linux
2 32 (8.51%) Apple iOS
3 25 (6.65%) Unix
4 18 (4.79%) Android
4 18 (4.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 16 (4.26%) Windows
6 6 (1.60%) Solaris
7 3 (0.80%) CoreOS
7 3 (0.80%) Mac OS
7 3 (0.80%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.27%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 229 (60.90%) Agile Software Development
2 136 (36.17%) TDD
3 107 (28.46%) Scrum
4 97 (25.80%) Continuous Integration
5 94 (25.00%) BDD
6 93 (24.73%) Software Engineering
7 64 (17.02%) DevOps
8 57 (15.16%) Kanban
9 52 (13.83%) Pair Programming
10 45 (11.97%) E-Commerce
11 44 (11.70%) Unit Testing
12 39 (10.37%) Front End Development
13 38 (10.11%) Web Development
14 37 (9.84%) OO
15 34 (9.04%) MVC
16 32 (8.51%) Test Scripting
17 28 (7.45%) SOLID
17 28 (7.45%) Test Strategy
18 27 (7.18%) Refactoring
18 27 (7.18%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 144 (38.30%) Java
2 92 (24.47%) JavaScript
3 83 (22.07%) SQL
4 74 (19.68%) C#
5 36 (9.57%) Python
6 26 (6.91%) Groovy
7 23 (6.12%) Bash Shell
8 22 (5.85%) Apple Swift
9 18 (4.79%) Ruby
9 18 (4.79%) Shell Script
10 15 (3.99%) Objective-C
11 11 (2.93%) C++
12 9 (2.39%) Scala
13 7 (1.86%) ES6
14 5 (1.33%) PowerShell
14 5 (1.33%) VBA
15 3 (0.80%) PHP
15 3 (0.80%) PL/SQL
16 2 (0.53%) C
16 2 (0.53%) PHP 5
Qualifications
1 29 (7.71%) Degree
2 12 (3.19%) Computer Science Degree
2 12 (3.19%) ISTQB
3 8 (2.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 7 (1.86%) Numerate Degree
5 6 (1.60%) ISEB
6 3 (0.80%) BPSS Clearance
6 3 (0.80%) SC Cleared
6 3 (0.80%) Security Cleared
7 2 (0.53%) CFA
7 2 (0.53%) MBA
8 1 (0.27%) CEH
8 1 (0.27%) CHECK Team Member
8 1 (0.27%) CREST Certified
8 1 (0.27%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 89 (23.67%) QA
2 8 (2.13%) MiFID
3 7 (1.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (1.06%) HL7
5 2 (0.53%) Dodd-Frank
6 1 (0.27%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.27%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.27%) IFRS
6 1 (0.27%) IFRS 9
System Software
1 39 (10.37%) Docker
2 3 (0.80%) Shibboleth
3 2 (0.53%) HDFS
3 2 (0.53%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 28 (7.45%) Kubernetes
2 20 (5.32%) Puppet
3 18 (4.79%) Ansible
4 13 (3.46%) Terraform
5 11 (2.93%) Rancher
6 9 (2.39%) Grafana
6 9 (2.39%) Kibana
6 9 (2.39%) Opscode Chef
6 9 (2.39%) Prometheus
7 8 (2.13%) HockeyApp
8 4 (1.06%) Docker Swarm
8 4 (1.06%) HP Quality Center
9 2 (0.53%) Backup Exec
9 2 (0.53%) NetBackup
10 1 (0.27%) CA Service Virtualization
Vendors
1 30 (7.98%) Microsoft
1 30 (7.98%) New Relic
2 15 (3.99%) Apple
2 15 (3.99%) Oracle
3 13 (3.46%) Red Hat
4 11 (2.93%) TIBCO
5 10 (2.66%) Splunk
6 9 (2.39%) Sybase
7 7 (1.86%) Google
8 6 (1.60%) Xamarin
9 5 (1.33%) Facebook
9 5 (1.33%) Telerik
10 4 (1.06%) HP
10 4 (1.06%) TOWER Software
11 3 (0.80%) CA Agile Central
11 3 (0.80%) WorldPay
12 2 (0.53%) Adobe
12 2 (0.53%) FXall
12 2 (0.53%) Salesforce.com
12 2 (0.53%) Veritas
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