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 28 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.

Test Automation
London / City of London
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 128 110 132
Rank change year-on-year -18 +22  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 34 44 61
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 1.11% 1.31% 1.18%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.30% 1.49% 1.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 34 46
Median daily rate £425 £425 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -10.52%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £338 £300 £335
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £543 £594
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £375 £355
% change year-on-year -6.66% +5.63%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.25 £45.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year -19.44% +20.00%  

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 2620 2945 4264
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 85.56% 87.81% 82.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 2057 2356 3294
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 £344 £325 £320
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 28 36
Median hourly rate £16.00 £20.00 £20.45
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% -2.17%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.35 £47.50 £92.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.50 £30.20
% change year-on-year -6.49% +27.48%  

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 28 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Test Automation in the City of London.

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

Test Automation
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 28 March 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 62 (77.50%) Agile Software Development
2 37 (46.25%) Selenium
3 35 (43.75%) QA
4 33 (41.25%) TDD
4 33 (41.25%) Scrum
4 33 (41.25%) Java
5 25 (31.25%) SQL
6 24 (30.00%) BDD
7 21 (26.25%) Cucumber
8 19 (23.75%) JIRA
9 18 (22.50%) WebDriver
9 18 (22.50%) JavaScript
9 18 (22.50%) E-Commerce
9 18 (22.50%) Mobile App
10 17 (21.25%) Finance
11 16 (20.00%) Software Engineering
11 16 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
11 16 (20.00%) Git (software)
12 14 (17.50%) Node.js
12 14 (17.50%) REST
12 14 (17.50%) SOAP
12 14 (17.50%) SDLC
13 12 (15.00%) AngularJS
13 12 (15.00%) Big Data
13 12 (15.00%) Apple iOS
13 12 (15.00%) Kanban
13 12 (15.00%) Automated Testing
14 11 (13.75%) Banking
14 11 (13.75%) Continuous Delivery
14 11 (13.75%) API 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 6 (7.50%) Confluence
2 5 (6.25%) Jetty
3 3 (3.75%) CMS
4 1 (1.25%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 1 (1.25%) ATG Dynamo
4 1 (1.25%) Drupal
4 1 (1.25%) WebLogic
4 1 (1.25%) WordPress
Applications
1 1 (1.25%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (1.25%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (1.25%) Loan IQ
Cloud Services
1 7 (8.75%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (7.50%) GitHub
2 6 (7.50%) TestFlight
3 2 (2.50%) Google Play
4 1 (1.25%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (1.25%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (1.25%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.50%) HTTP
2 1 (1.25%) DVB
2 1 (1.25%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (15.00%) Big Data
2 10 (12.50%) MongoDB
3 8 (10.00%) SQL Server
4 6 (7.50%) Azure SQL Database
4 6 (7.50%) CouchDB
4 6 (7.50%) Data Warehouse
4 6 (7.50%) MySQL
4 6 (7.50%) SQLite
5 3 (3.75%) DB2
5 3 (3.75%) Oracle Database
6 2 (2.50%) Apache Cassandra
6 2 (2.50%) Relational Database
6 2 (2.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (1.25%) NoSQL
7 1 (1.25%) RDBMS
7 1 (1.25%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 37 (46.25%) Selenium
2 21 (26.25%) Cucumber
3 19 (23.75%) JIRA
4 18 (22.50%) WebDriver
5 16 (20.00%) Git (software)
6 9 (11.25%) Jenkins
7 8 (10.00%) JUnit
8 6 (7.50%) Appium
8 6 (7.50%) DbUnit
8 6 (7.50%) Robot Framework
8 6 (7.50%) SoapUI
9 4 (5.00%) Android Studio
9 4 (5.00%) Ant
9 4 (5.00%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 4 (5.00%) Gerrit
9 4 (5.00%) Maven
9 4 (5.00%) Mockito
10 3 (3.75%) SpecFlow
10 3 (3.75%) Toad
10 3 (3.75%) Xcode
General
1 17 (21.25%) Finance
2 11 (13.75%) Banking
3 5 (6.25%) Advertising
3 5 (6.25%) Games
4 3 (3.75%) Marketing
5 2 (2.50%) Investment Banking
6 1 (1.25%) Back Office
6 1 (1.25%) Front Office
6 1 (1.25%) Publishing
6 1 (1.25%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 27 (33.75%) Developer
2 21 (26.25%) QA Engineer
3 12 (15.00%) Analyst
4 11 (13.75%) Automation Engineer
4 11 (13.75%) Senior Developer
5 10 (12.50%) QA Automation Engineer
5 10 (12.50%) Test Engineer
6 9 (11.25%) Test Automation Developer
7 8 (10.00%) iOS Developer
7 8 (10.00%) Tester
8 7 (8.75%) Automation Tester
8 7 (8.75%) Test Analyst
9 5 (6.25%) Developer in Test
9 5 (6.25%) Java Developer
9 5 (6.25%) Senior iOS Developer
10 4 (5.00%) DevOps Engineer
10 4 (5.00%) QA Test Engineer
10 4 (5.00%) Senior Test Automation Developer
10 4 (5.00%) Senior Test Engineer
10 4 (5.00%) Software Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (17.50%) Node.js
1 14 (17.50%) REST
1 14 (17.50%) SOAP
2 12 (15.00%) AngularJS
3 10 (12.50%) XML
4 9 (11.25%) Web Services
5 7 (8.75%) HTML
5 7 (8.75%) React
6 6 (7.50%) Cocoa
6 6 (7.50%) Cocoa Touch
6 6 (7.50%) CSS
7 5 (6.25%) .NET
7 5 (6.25%) Gherkin
7 5 (6.25%) jQuery
7 5 (6.25%) JSON
7 5 (6.25%) RabbitMQ
7 5 (6.25%) React Native
8 4 (5.00%) .NET Framework
8 4 (5.00%) Java EE
8 4 (5.00%) JDBC
Miscellaneous
1 18 (22.50%) Mobile App
2 7 (8.75%) Data Structures
3 5 (6.25%) User Experience
4 4 (5.00%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (3.75%) Client/Server
6 2 (2.50%) Fintech
6 2 (2.50%) Hedge funds
7 1 (1.25%) Computer Science
7 1 (1.25%) Credit Derivative
7 1 (1.25%) Derivative
7 1 (1.25%) Embedded Systems
7 1 (1.25%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 1 (1.25%) Interest Rate Derivative
7 1 (1.25%) IPTV
7 1 (1.25%) Life Science
7 1 (1.25%) Linux Command Line
7 1 (1.25%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.25%) Mobile Banking
7 1 (1.25%) STB
7 1 (1.25%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 12 (15.00%) Apple iOS
2 7 (8.75%) Unix
3 6 (7.50%) Linux
3 6 (7.50%) Windows
4 5 (6.25%) Android
5 3 (3.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 62 (77.50%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (41.25%) Scrum
2 33 (41.25%) TDD
3 24 (30.00%) BDD
4 18 (22.50%) E-Commerce
5 16 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
5 16 (20.00%) Software Engineering
6 14 (17.50%) SDLC
7 12 (15.00%) Automated Testing
7 12 (15.00%) Kanban
8 11 (13.75%) API Testing
8 11 (13.75%) Continuous Delivery
9 9 (11.25%) DevOps
9 9 (11.25%) QA Automation
10 8 (10.00%) iOS Development
10 8 (10.00%) Software Delivery
10 8 (10.00%) Test Scripting
10 8 (10.00%) Unit Testing
11 7 (8.75%) Microservices
11 7 (8.75%) Pair Programming
Programming Languages
1 33 (41.25%) Java
2 25 (31.25%) SQL
3 18 (22.50%) JavaScript
4 9 (11.25%) Apple Swift
4 9 (11.25%) C#
5 8 (10.00%) Objective-C
6 7 (8.75%) Bash Shell
7 6 (7.50%) Ruby
7 6 (7.50%) Shell Script
8 5 (6.25%) Python
9 4 (5.00%) PL/SQL
9 4 (5.00%) PowerShell
10 3 (3.75%) C++
11 2 (2.50%) Scala
12 1 (1.25%) Perl
12 1 (1.25%) PHP
12 1 (1.25%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 3 (3.75%) DV Cleared
1 3 (3.75%) Security Cleared
2 1 (1.25%) Degree
2 1 (1.25%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (43.75%) QA
2 8 (10.00%) SDET
3 1 (1.25%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (1.25%) PCI DSS
Systems Management
1 5 (6.25%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (3.75%) HockeyApp
3 1 (1.25%) Puppet
Vendors
1 6 (7.50%) Apple
2 5 (6.25%) HP
3 4 (5.00%) WorldPay
4 3 (3.75%) Atlassian
4 3 (3.75%) Charles River
4 3 (3.75%) Microsoft
4 3 (3.75%) Oracle
4 3 (3.75%) Red Hat
4 3 (3.75%) Telerik
4 3 (3.75%) Xamarin
5 2 (2.50%) Google
6 1 (1.25%) ATG
6 1 (1.25%) Sybase
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