The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Automated Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Automated Testing over the 3 months to 26 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
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Automated Testing
UK / England
Rank 152 206 259
Rank change year-on-year +54 +53  
Contract jobs citing Automated Testing 703 574 398
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.70% 1.17% 0.82%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.05% 1.41% 1.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 450 406 260
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £304 £300 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £625 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £386 £350
% change year-on-year +0.51% +10.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 6 3
Median hourly rate £67.89 £107.25 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -36.69% +197.91%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.59 £43.50 £26.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £73.76 £177.50 £37.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £67.89 £44.50 £36.00
% change year-on-year +52.56% +23.61%  

Automated 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 England with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 34360 40698 38684
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 83.28% 82.96% 80.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 22779 27017 24364
Median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +2.94%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £578
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £398
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.62%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 862 1001 1130
Median hourly rate £36.00 £37.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +36.36%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £55.00 £48.01
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.75 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.09% +29.16%  

Automated Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Automated Testing in England

Automated Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Automated Testing in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for Automated Testing in England

Automated Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Automated Testing in England over the 3 months to 26 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Automated Testing in England

Automated Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Automated Testing in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Automated Testing in England

Automated Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Automated Testing in England over the 3 months to 26 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Automated Testing in England

Automated Testing
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Automated Testing within the England region over the 3 months to 26 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +27 279 £488 +2.63% 81
South East +8 99 £436 +9.06% 21
Yorkshire +70 91 £400 +3.22% 23
North East +40 78 £350 +16.66% 1
South West +36 57 £350 +7.69% 24
East of England -1 32 £390 -2.50% 18
North West -7 23 £375 - 32
East Midlands +10 20 £413 -2.94% 9
West Midlands +13 19 £400 -13.51% 7
Automated Testing
UK

Automated Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 26 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Automated 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 England region with a requirement for Automated Testing.

1 954 (73.16%) Agile Software Development
2 623 (47.78%) Java
3 452 (34.66%) Continuous Integration
4 431 (33.05%) Selenium
5 420 (32.21%) TDD
6 415 (31.83%) Scrum
7 339 (26.00%) Jenkins
8 330 (25.31%) Git (software)
9 316 (24.23%) JavaScript
10 286 (21.93%) QA
11 274 (21.01%) HTML
12 263 (20.17%) C#
13 260 (19.94%) CSS
14 257 (19.71%) Python
15 256 (19.63%) JIRA
16 245 (18.79%) Cucumber
17 239 (18.33%) Ruby
18 236 (18.10%) DevOps
19 233 (17.87%) SQL
20 229 (17.56%) BDD
21 224 (17.18%) Scala
22 217 (16.64%) Linux
23 210 (16.10%) Web Services
24 198 (15.18%) Test Automation
25 191 (14.65%) Test Scripting
26 183 (14.03%) JSON
27 181 (13.88%) .NET
28 175 (13.42%) Software Engineering
28 175 (13.42%) RESTful
29 173 (13.27%) Manual Testing

Automated Testing
Top Related IT Skills in England 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
1 130 (9.97%) Confluence
2 44 (3.37%) Apache Spark
3 37 (2.84%) CMS
4 30 (2.30%) Apache
4 30 (2.30%) Tomcat
5 25 (1.92%) JBoss
6 22 (1.69%) SharePoint
6 22 (1.69%) WebSphere
7 18 (1.38%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 18 (1.38%) WebLogic
8 17 (1.30%) nginx
9 13 (1.00%) Apache Qpid
9 13 (1.00%) Sitecore CMS
10 10 (0.77%) IIS
11 9 (0.69%) Elasticsearch
12 7 (0.54%) Jetty
12 7 (0.54%) NServiceBus
12 7 (0.54%) SharePoint 2010
13 5 (0.38%) MQSeries
14 4 (0.31%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 33 (2.53%) MS Excel
2 5 (0.38%) MS Office
3 2 (0.15%) HipChat
3 2 (0.15%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (0.15%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.077%) Photoshop
4 1 (0.077%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 13 (1.00%) Oracle Applications
2 12 (0.92%) Dynamics CRM
3 6 (0.46%) Endur
3 6 (0.46%) Oracle EBS
3 6 (0.46%) Oracle EBS R12
4 4 (0.31%) Magento
4 4 (0.31%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 2 (0.15%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.15%) Oracle Cash Management
5 2 (0.15%) Oracle Payables
6 1 (0.077%) FLEXCUBE
6 1 (0.077%) Maximo
6 1 (0.077%) Temenos T24
6 1 (0.077%) VisionPLUS
Cloud Services
1 83 (6.37%) Amazon AWS
2 52 (3.99%) GitHub
3 32 (2.45%) Microsoft Azure
4 25 (1.92%) AWS CloudFormation
5 18 (1.38%) PaaS
6 17 (1.30%) SaaS
7 15 (1.15%) Amazon EC2
7 15 (1.15%) Google Analytics
8 12 (0.92%) Cloud Computing
9 10 (0.77%) OpenShift
10 9 (0.69%) IaaS
11 6 (0.46%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
11 6 (0.46%) AWS Lambda
11 6 (0.46%) Basecamp
11 6 (0.46%) Office 365
12 5 (0.38%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 5 (0.38%) Amazon S3
12 5 (0.38%) Azure Machine Learning
12 5 (0.38%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 4 (0.31%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 151 (11.58%) HTTP
2 53 (4.06%) TCP/IP
3 33 (2.53%) Internet
4 20 (1.53%) SSL
5 18 (1.38%) LDAP
5 18 (1.38%) Wireshark
6 16 (1.23%) Network Security
7 13 (1.00%) AMQP
7 13 (1.00%) VoIP
8 7 (0.54%) RTP
8 7 (0.54%) RTSP
9 6 (0.46%) DNS
9 6 (0.46%) VPN
10 5 (0.38%) Bluetooth
10 5 (0.38%) DVB
10 5 (0.38%) Wireless
11 4 (0.31%) DHCP
11 4 (0.31%) Ethernet
11 4 (0.31%) Firewall
11 4 (0.31%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 136 (10.43%) Relational Database
2 90 (6.90%) SQL Server
3 74 (5.67%) NoSQL
4 56 (4.29%) MongoDB
5 44 (3.37%) PostgreSQL
6 35 (2.68%) MySQL
6 35 (2.68%) RDBMS
7 33 (2.53%) Big Data
7 33 (2.53%) Hadoop
8 32 (2.45%) Data Warehouse
9 26 (1.99%) DB2
10 17 (1.30%) Redis
11 14 (1.07%) Oracle Database
12 11 (0.84%) Amazon RDS
13 10 (0.77%) Apache Hive
14 9 (0.69%) Oracle Reports
15 8 (0.61%) Oracle BI EE
15 8 (0.61%) SQL Server 2012
16 7 (0.54%) Amazon Redshift
17 6 (0.46%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 431 (33.05%) Selenium
2 339 (26.00%) Jenkins
3 330 (25.31%) Git (software)
4 256 (19.63%) JIRA
5 245 (18.79%) Cucumber
6 168 (12.88%) WebDriver
7 158 (12.12%) JUnit
8 120 (9.20%) Subversion
9 86 (6.60%) Team Foundation Server
10 85 (6.52%) SoapUI
11 74 (5.67%) Maven
12 63 (4.83%) RSpec
13 56 (4.29%) Gradle
14 55 (4.22%) Ant
14 55 (4.22%) JMeter
15 50 (3.83%) SpecFlow
16 41 (3.14%) Bitbucket
17 40 (3.07%) TeamCity
18 39 (2.99%) Visual Studio
19 35 (2.68%) HP UFT
General
1 151 (11.58%) Finance
2 89 (6.83%) Banking
3 64 (4.91%) Games
4 40 (3.07%) Retail
5 28 (2.15%) Investment Banking
6 22 (1.69%) Marketing
7 17 (1.30%) Front Office
7 17 (1.30%) Telecoms
8 16 (1.23%) Publishing
9 11 (0.84%) Pharmaceutical
10 9 (0.69%) Electronics
11 8 (0.61%) Advertising
11 8 (0.61%) Back Office
12 6 (0.46%) Automotive
12 6 (0.46%) Manufacturing
13 4 (0.31%) German Language
14 3 (0.23%) Legal
14 3 (0.23%) Multimedia
15 2 (0.15%) General Ledger
15 2 (0.15%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 576 (44.17%) Developer
2 206 (15.80%) Tester
3 198 (15.18%) Java Developer
4 128 (9.82%) Automation Tester
5 107 (8.21%) Analyst
6 99 (7.59%) Test Analyst
7 98 (7.52%) Test Engineer
8 90 (6.90%) Scala Developer
9 79 (6.06%) QA Engineer
10 69 (5.29%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
11 61 (4.68%) DevOps Engineer
12 59 (4.52%) Senior Developer
13 56 (4.29%) Selenium Tester
14 55 (4.22%) C# Developer
15 51 (3.91%) Selenium Automation Tester
16 50 (3.83%) QA Test Engineer
17 46 (3.53%) Test Manager
18 42 (3.22%) .NET Developer
18 42 (3.22%) Java Scala Developer
19 39 (2.99%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 274 (21.01%) HTML
2 260 (19.94%) CSS
3 210 (16.10%) Web Services
4 183 (14.03%) JSON
5 181 (13.88%) .NET
6 175 (13.42%) RESTful
7 167 (12.81%) Spring
8 164 (12.58%) REST
9 155 (11.89%) HTML5
10 132 (10.12%) XML
11 117 (8.97%) Gherkin
12 111 (8.51%) AngularJS
13 108 (8.28%) Play Framework
14 101 (7.75%) CSS3
15 92 (7.06%) Ajax
15 92 (7.06%) Ruby on Rails
16 88 (6.75%) Node.js
17 74 (5.67%) SOAP
18 72 (5.52%) ASP.NET
19 64 (4.91%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 77 (5.90%) Analytical Skills
2 59 (4.52%) User Experience
3 50 (3.83%) Computer Science
4 47 (3.60%) Mobile App
5 40 (3.07%) Data Structures
6 37 (2.84%) Algorithms
7 28 (2.15%) iPhone
8 16 (1.23%) iPad
9 15 (1.15%) MPEG
10 14 (1.07%) Linux Command Line
10 14 (1.07%) Smartphone
11 13 (1.00%) Fintech
12 12 (0.92%) Enterprise Software
12 12 (0.92%) Virtual Team
13 11 (0.84%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 11 (0.84%) Mainframe
13 11 (0.84%) STB
14 9 (0.69%) Fixed Income
15 8 (0.61%) Derivative
15 8 (0.61%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 217 (16.64%) Linux
2 102 (7.82%) Unix
3 86 (6.60%) Apple iOS
4 69 (5.29%) Windows
5 63 (4.83%) Android
6 24 (1.84%) Ubuntu
7 23 (1.76%) Mac OS X
8 19 (1.46%) CentOS
9 17 (1.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 4 (0.31%) Solaris
11 2 (0.15%) Debian
11 2 (0.15%) MVS
11 2 (0.15%) VME
11 2 (0.15%) Windows Server
12 1 (0.077%) CoreOS
12 1 (0.077%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.077%) Windows 10
12 1 (0.077%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 954 (73.16%) Agile Software Development
2 452 (34.66%) Continuous Integration
3 420 (32.21%) TDD
4 415 (31.83%) Scrum
5 236 (18.10%) DevOps
6 229 (17.56%) BDD
7 198 (15.18%) Test Automation
8 191 (14.65%) Test Scripting
9 175 (13.42%) Software Engineering
10 173 (13.27%) Kanban
10 173 (13.27%) Manual Testing
11 170 (13.04%) Open Source
12 147 (11.27%) Unit Testing
13 141 (10.81%) Test Strategy
14 136 (10.43%) OO
15 133 (10.20%) MVC
16 125 (9.59%) Automation Testing
16 125 (9.59%) User Stories
17 124 (9.51%) Continuous Delivery
18 122 (9.36%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 623 (47.78%) Java
2 316 (24.23%) JavaScript
3 263 (20.17%) C#
4 257 (19.71%) Python
5 239 (18.33%) Ruby
6 233 (17.87%) SQL
7 224 (17.18%) Scala
8 84 (6.44%) Groovy
9 65 (4.98%) Perl
10 44 (3.37%) C++
11 37 (2.84%) Bash Shell
12 36 (2.76%) Shell Script
13 33 (2.53%) Apple Swift
14 27 (2.07%) PL/SQL
15 25 (1.92%) C
16 22 (1.69%) PHP
17 20 (1.53%) Objective-C
18 19 (1.46%) Go
19 17 (1.30%) Haskell
20 16 (1.23%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 126 (9.66%) Security Cleared
2 83 (6.37%) ISEB
3 78 (5.98%) ISTQB
4 72 (5.52%) SC Cleared
5 71 (5.44%) Degree
6 36 (2.76%) DV Cleared
7 31 (2.38%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 22 (1.69%) BPSS Clearance
9 8 (0.61%) HND
10 7 (0.54%) ISEB Practitioner
11 6 (0.46%) AWS Certification
11 6 (0.46%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 5 (0.38%) HNC
13 4 (0.31%) PMI Certification
13 4 (0.31%) PMP
14 3 (0.23%) CFA
15 2 (0.15%) BC Cleared
15 2 (0.15%) CCNA
15 2 (0.15%) CCNP
15 2 (0.15%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 286 (21.93%) QA
2 30 (2.30%) WCAG
3 13 (1.00%) Disclosure Scotland
3 13 (1.00%) MiFID
4 12 (0.92%) Dodd-Frank
4 12 (0.92%) EMIR
5 9 (0.69%) SDET
6 8 (0.61%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 8 (0.61%) GMP
7 7 (0.54%) PCI DSS
8 5 (0.38%) Data Quality
9 3 (0.23%) HL7
10 2 (0.15%) ISO 9000
11 1 (0.077%) GxP
11 1 (0.077%) SLA
11 1 (0.077%) WAI
System Software
1 104 (7.98%) Docker
2 21 (1.61%) Apache Flume
3 18 (1.38%) Virtual Machines
4 6 (0.46%) Active Directory
4 6 (0.46%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (0.31%) vSphere
6 3 (0.23%) Hyper-V
7 2 (0.15%) HDFS
8 1 (0.077%) KVM
Systems Management
1 70 (5.37%) Puppet
2 52 (3.99%) Opscode Chef
3 41 (3.14%) Ansible
4 26 (1.99%) HP Quality Center
5 19 (1.46%) Grafana
6 18 (1.38%) Kibana
6 18 (1.38%) Salt
7 14 (1.07%) Kubernetes
8 9 (0.69%) Mesos
8 9 (0.69%) Terraform
9 4 (0.31%) Docker Swarm
10 3 (0.23%) Packer
11 2 (0.15%) Graphite
11 2 (0.15%) Hadoop YARN
11 2 (0.15%) HockeyApp
11 2 (0.15%) HP SiteScope
11 2 (0.15%) Nagios
11 2 (0.15%) PowerCLI
12 1 (0.077%) SCOrch
12 1 (0.077%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 95 (7.29%) Google
2 88 (6.75%) Oracle
3 86 (6.60%) Microsoft
4 45 (3.45%) Atlassian
5 27 (2.07%) HP
6 25 (1.92%) Red Hat
7 22 (1.69%) Adobe
7 22 (1.69%) Splunk
8 14 (1.07%) IBM
9 13 (1.00%) New Relic
9 13 (1.00%) Perforce
9 13 (1.00%) Sitecore
10 12 (0.92%) ServiceNow
11 10 (0.77%) Salesforce.com
12 9 (0.69%) VMware
13 8 (0.61%) SAP
13 8 (0.61%) Sybase
14 7 (0.54%) AppDynamics
14 7 (0.54%) Brightcove
14 7 (0.54%) TIBCO
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