The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England 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 25 April 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.

Automation Testing
UK / England
3 months to
25 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 310 368 426
Rank change year-on-year +58 +58  
Contract jobs citing Automation Testing 298 269 205
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.70% 0.52% 0.40%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.83% 0.63% 0.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 194 185 155
Median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £274 £275 £262
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £500 £506
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £338 £301
% change year-on-year +0.74% +12.12%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 1
Median hourly rate - £170.00 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +300.00%  
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 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 35803 42671 41378
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 83.74% 82.97% 80.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 23683 28585 26139
Median daily rate £450 £445 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.12% +5.95%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £305 £300 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £393
% change year-on-year +3.12% +1.91%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 905 954 1224
Median hourly rate £35.00 £32.50 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.69% +12.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £48.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £36.52 £30.35
% change year-on-year -1.42% +20.32%  

Automation Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England 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 England

Automation Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Automation Testing in England

Automation Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Automation Testing in England over the 3 months to 25 April 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Automation Testing in England

Automation Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Automation Testing in England

Automation 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 Automation Testing within the England region over the 3 months to 25 April 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 +20 124 £425 - 32
South East +31 48 £345 -18.82% 16
North East +46 40 £320 +3.22% 3
North West +29 29 £365 +5.79% 8
South West +7 15 £428 +48.69% 4
Yorkshire +34 13 £351 +12.40% 21
West Midlands +21 12 £276 -10.96% 6
East Midlands -11 8 £305 +2.09% 11
East of England -12 8 £425 +13.33% 10
Automation Testing
UK

For the 6 months to 25 April 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 England region with a requirement for Automation Testing.

1 384 (65.87%) Agile Software Development
2 347 (59.52%) Selenium
3 230 (39.45%) Java
4 217 (37.22%) QA
5 179 (30.70%) BDD
6 173 (29.67%) Cucumber
7 169 (28.99%) Test Automation
8 161 (27.62%) WebDriver
9 152 (26.07%) Jenkins
10 136 (23.33%) TDD
11 132 (22.64%) Scrum
12 128 (21.96%) Test Scripting
13 104 (17.84%) C#
14 101 (17.32%) Automated Testing
15 98 (16.81%) Python
16 93 (15.95%) Test Strategy
17 89 (15.27%) Finance
18 88 (15.09%) JavaScript
18 88 (15.09%) JIRA
19 85 (14.58%) Continuous Integration
19 85 (14.58%) SQL
20 82 (14.07%) Gherkin
21 76 (13.04%) Scala
22 71 (12.18%) Software Testing
22 71 (12.18%) .NET
22 71 (12.18%) JUnit
22 71 (12.18%) API Testing
23 70 (12.01%) Kanban
24 68 (11.66%) Manual Testing
24 68 (11.66%) User Stories

Automation Testing
Co-occurring 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 37 (6.35%) Confluence
2 19 (3.26%) Tomcat
3 13 (2.23%) CMS
4 7 (1.20%) SharePoint
5 6 (1.03%) IIS
6 4 (0.69%) Moodle
6 4 (0.69%) OpenStack
7 3 (0.51%) Apache
7 3 (0.51%) JBoss
7 3 (0.51%) Sitecore CMS
8 2 (0.34%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 2 (0.34%) Drupal
9 1 (0.17%) Apache Spark
9 1 (0.17%) BizTalk Server
9 1 (0.17%) Elasticsearch
9 1 (0.17%) nginx
9 1 (0.17%) SAS
Applications
1 2 (0.34%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.17%) Simulink
2 1 (0.17%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 6 (1.03%) Dynamics CRM
1 6 (1.03%) FastStats
2 4 (0.69%) Magento
3 1 (0.17%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.17%) SAP FI
3 1 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 30 (5.15%) GitHub
2 27 (4.63%) Amazon AWS
3 18 (3.09%) Microsoft Azure
4 4 (0.69%) Datadog
4 4 (0.69%) Heroku
4 4 (0.69%) OpenShift
5 3 (0.51%) Google Cloud Platform
6 2 (0.34%) SaaS
7 1 (0.17%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.17%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.17%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 14 (2.40%) Internet
2 7 (1.20%) LDAP
2 7 (1.20%) PuTTY
2 7 (1.20%) WinSCP
3 3 (0.51%) HTTP
4 2 (0.34%) OpenLDAP
5 1 (0.17%) 3G
5 1 (0.17%) 4G
5 1 (0.17%) DVB
5 1 (0.17%) GPRS
5 1 (0.17%) Kerberos
5 1 (0.17%) MQTT
5 1 (0.17%) Skype
5 1 (0.17%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (0.17%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 47 (8.06%) SQL Server
2 25 (4.29%) Data Warehouse
3 22 (3.77%) Relational Database
4 16 (2.74%) RDBMS
5 12 (2.06%) SQL Server 2012
6 11 (1.89%) SQL Server 2008
6 11 (1.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 10 (1.72%) NoSQL
7 10 (1.72%) Oracle Database
7 10 (1.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 8 (1.37%) MongoDB
9 7 (1.20%) Oracle Database 10g
9 7 (1.20%) Oracle Database 11g
10 6 (1.03%) SQL Server 2005
11 5 (0.86%) DB2
11 5 (0.86%) Redis
12 4 (0.69%) MySQL
12 4 (0.69%) PostgreSQL
12 4 (0.69%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 3 (0.51%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 347 (59.52%) Selenium
2 173 (29.67%) Cucumber
3 161 (27.62%) WebDriver
4 152 (26.07%) Jenkins
5 88 (15.09%) JIRA
6 71 (12.18%) JUnit
7 66 (11.32%) SoapUI
8 53 (9.09%) Git (software)
9 46 (7.89%) RSpec
10 44 (7.55%) SpecFlow
11 40 (6.86%) HP UFT
12 31 (5.32%) JBehave
12 31 (5.32%) Team Foundation Server
13 29 (4.97%) TeamCity
14 27 (4.63%) Maven
15 26 (4.46%) Appium
16 21 (3.60%) Mocha
17 20 (3.43%) Atlassian Bamboo
18 16 (2.74%) Mockito
18 16 (2.74%) Protractor
General
1 89 (15.27%) Finance
2 48 (8.23%) Banking
3 31 (5.32%) Games
4 19 (3.26%) Retail
5 13 (2.23%) Investment Banking
6 12 (2.06%) Publishing
7 7 (1.20%) Back Office
7 7 (1.20%) Marketing
8 6 (1.03%) Front Office
8 6 (1.03%) Retail Banking
9 4 (0.69%) Financial Institution
10 3 (0.51%) Advertising
10 3 (0.51%) Billing
10 3 (0.51%) Legal
11 2 (0.34%) Electronics
11 2 (0.34%) Music Industry
11 2 (0.34%) Telecoms
12 1 (0.17%) Corporate Banking
12 1 (0.17%) Manufacturing
12 1 (0.17%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 215 (36.88%) Tester
2 147 (25.21%) Automation Tester
3 114 (19.55%) Analyst
4 106 (18.18%) Test Analyst
5 92 (15.78%) Developer
6 78 (13.38%) Test Engineer
7 64 (10.98%) Selenium Tester
8 63 (10.81%) Automation Test Analyst
8 63 (10.81%) Selenium Automation Tester
9 54 (9.26%) QA Engineer
10 36 (6.17%) QA Tester
11 35 (6.00%) Test Automation Engineer
12 34 (5.83%) Test Manager
13 31 (5.32%) Test Leader
14 30 (5.15%) QA Test Engineer
15 29 (4.97%) Agile Tester
15 29 (4.97%) Java Automation Tester
16 25 (4.29%) Developer in Test
17 24 (4.12%) Automation Test Lead
18 23 (3.95%) JavaScript Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 82 (14.07%) Gherkin
2 71 (12.18%) .NET
3 58 (9.95%) Web Services
4 57 (9.78%) RESTful
5 43 (7.38%) HTML
6 39 (6.69%) JSON
7 36 (6.17%) Node.js
8 35 (6.00%) REST
9 34 (5.83%) CSS
10 32 (5.49%) XML
11 31 (5.32%) SOAP
12 28 (4.80%) HTML5
13 27 (4.63%) Spring
14 24 (4.12%) AngularJS
15 16 (2.74%) Hibernate
15 16 (2.74%) jQuery
16 13 (2.23%) React
17 12 (2.06%) Sass
18 11 (1.89%) Redux
19 10 (1.72%) Behat
Miscellaneous
1 18 (3.09%) Mobile App
2 15 (2.57%) Smartphone
2 15 (2.57%) User Experience
3 13 (2.23%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 12 (2.06%) Analytical Skills
5 9 (1.54%) Algorithms
5 9 (1.54%) Management Information System
6 7 (1.20%) Greenfield Project
7 6 (1.03%) NHS
8 5 (0.86%) Equities
8 5 (0.86%) Replication
9 4 (0.69%) Computer Science
9 4 (0.69%) Data Centre
9 4 (0.69%) iPad
10 3 (0.51%) Client/Server
10 3 (0.51%) EPoS
10 3 (0.51%) Fintech
10 3 (0.51%) Public Cloud
11 2 (0.34%) Hedge funds
11 2 (0.34%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 58 (9.95%) Linux
2 26 (4.46%) Unix
3 21 (3.60%) Windows
4 15 (2.57%) Android
4 15 (2.57%) Apple iOS
5 12 (2.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 6 (1.03%) Windows Server
6 6 (1.03%) Windows Server 2012
7 4 (0.69%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.17%) CentOS
8 1 (0.17%) Embedded Linux
8 1 (0.17%) Solaris
8 1 (0.17%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.17%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 384 (65.87%) Agile Software Development
2 179 (30.70%) BDD
3 169 (28.99%) Test Automation
4 136 (23.33%) TDD
5 132 (22.64%) Scrum
6 128 (21.96%) Test Scripting
7 101 (17.32%) Automated Testing
8 93 (15.95%) Test Strategy
9 85 (14.58%) Continuous Integration
10 71 (12.18%) API Testing
10 71 (12.18%) Software Testing
11 70 (12.01%) Kanban
12 68 (11.66%) Manual Testing
12 68 (11.66%) Regression Testing
12 68 (11.66%) User Stories
13 64 (10.98%) Performance Testing
14 56 (9.61%) Functional Testing
15 54 (9.26%) Defect Tracking
15 54 (9.26%) DevOps
15 54 (9.26%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 230 (39.45%) Java
2 104 (17.84%) C#
3 98 (16.81%) Python
4 88 (15.09%) JavaScript
5 85 (14.58%) SQL
6 76 (13.04%) Scala
7 60 (10.29%) Ruby
8 27 (4.63%) Groovy
9 22 (3.77%) Perl
10 17 (2.92%) PHP
11 15 (2.57%) Shell Script
12 11 (1.89%) ES6
13 8 (1.37%) C
14 7 (1.20%) Bash Shell
14 7 (1.20%) F#
14 7 (1.20%) PowerShell
15 6 (1.03%) C++
15 6 (1.03%) PL/SQL
16 5 (0.86%) T-SQL
16 5 (0.86%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 35 (6.00%) ISEB
2 34 (5.83%) ISTQB
3 24 (4.12%) Security Cleared
4 17 (2.92%) Degree
5 11 (1.89%) SC Cleared
6 10 (1.72%) DV Cleared
6 10 (1.72%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 4 (0.69%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (0.17%) ISEB Practitioner
8 1 (0.17%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 217 (37.22%) QA
2 22 (3.77%) WCAG
3 21 (3.60%) SDET
4 8 (1.37%) Data Quality
5 6 (1.03%) MiFID
6 2 (0.34%) SLA
7 1 (0.17%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.17%) Dodd-Frank
7 1 (0.17%) EMIR
7 1 (0.17%) GDPR
System Software
1 27 (4.63%) Docker
2 7 (1.20%) Active Directory
2 7 (1.20%) vSphere
3 6 (1.03%) Terminal Services
4 1 (0.17%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.17%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 21 (3.60%) HP Quality Center
2 13 (2.23%) Opscode Chef
3 12 (2.06%) Ansible
4 11 (1.89%) Puppet
5 6 (1.03%) vRealize
6 5 (0.86%) Graphite
6 5 (0.86%) Kubernetes
7 4 (0.69%) Docker Swarm
7 4 (0.69%) Packer
7 4 (0.69%) Terraform
8 3 (0.51%) Grafana
8 3 (0.51%) StatsD
9 2 (0.34%) HockeyApp
10 1 (0.17%) Consul
10 1 (0.17%) Kibana
10 1 (0.17%) logstash
10 1 (0.17%) Nagios
Vendors
1 34 (5.83%) Oracle
2 32 (5.49%) Atlassian
3 28 (4.80%) Microsoft
4 22 (3.77%) HP
5 13 (2.23%) Red Hat
6 11 (1.89%) VMware
7 10 (1.72%) Salesforce.com
8 8 (1.37%) Google
8 8 (1.37%) Splunk
9 7 (1.20%) Sybase
10 4 (0.69%) Apigee
10 4 (0.69%) Informatica
10 4 (0.69%) SAP
10 4 (0.69%) Sitecore
10 4 (0.69%) Software AG
10 4 (0.69%) Solace
10 4 (0.69%) Xamarin
11 3 (0.51%) Apple
11 3 (0.51%) IBM
11 3 (0.51%) Remedy
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Posted: 14 hours ago
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Posted: 11 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
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Rate: From £350 to £380 per day 12 months
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Amsource Technology Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £380 per day 12 months
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Net Talent
Posted: Yesterday
Leicester, Leicestershire
Reed Technology
Rate: £350 - £400 per day + negotiable
Posted: Yesterday
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Total Recruitment Specialists Limited / TRG / Total recruitment group
Rate: £400 - £450 Per Day
Posted: 2 days ago
South Yorkshire
Modis International
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: Yesterday
Southend-On-Sea, Essex
Experis Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
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