The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England 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 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
Test Automation
UK / England
Rank 183 228 263
Rank change year-on-year +45 +35  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 568 520 394
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.38% 1.06% 0.82%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.65% 1.28% 1.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 352 296 261
Median daily rate £395 £405 £398
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.46% +1.88%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £360 £375 £355
% change year-on-year -4.00% +5.63%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 6 8
Median hourly rate £36.25 £37.50 £38.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.33% -3.22%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.05 £35.00 £34.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £49.10 £41.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.25 £43.75 £37.50
% change year-on-year -17.14% +16.66%  

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 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%  

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England 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 England

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in England

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

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

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation in England

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation in England

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

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

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Test Automation in England

Test Automation
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 Test Automation 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 +59 262 £450 +5.88% 96
South East +46 87 £375 -2.59% 26
South West +29 73 £350 -12.22% 21
North East +11 42 £320 -20.98% 3
East of England +8 40 £450 +28.57% 18
West Midlands +12 18 £288 -9.80% 7
Yorkshire +11 18 £375 +10.29% 8
East Midlands +2 16 £373 -46.78% 7
North West -50 8 £450 +5.88% 10
Midlands +8 1 - -
Test Automation
UK

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 26 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 England region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 832 (72.28%) Agile Software Development
2 611 (53.08%) Selenium
3 479 (41.62%) Java
4 433 (37.62%) BDD
5 423 (36.75%) TDD
6 400 (34.75%) QA
7 337 (29.28%) Cucumber
8 314 (27.28%) Scrum
9 300 (26.06%) Continuous Integration
10 273 (23.72%) WebDriver
10 273 (23.72%) Jenkins
11 221 (19.20%) SQL
12 212 (18.42%) C#
13 200 (17.38%) Test Scripting
14 198 (17.20%) Automated Testing
14 198 (17.20%) Test Strategy
15 194 (16.85%) JIRA
15 194 (16.85%) Finance
16 185 (16.07%) Automation Testing
17 166 (14.42%) Gherkin
18 160 (13.90%) JavaScript
19 155 (13.47%) Python
20 153 (13.29%) Web Services
21 151 (13.12%) Git (software)
22 143 (12.42%) SoapUI
23 136 (11.82%) .NET
24 134 (11.64%) Ruby
25 132 (11.47%) Functional Testing
26 131 (11.38%) Regression Testing
27 129 (11.21%) Software Engineering

Test Automation
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 82 (7.12%) Confluence
2 27 (2.35%) CMS
3 24 (2.09%) Tomcat
4 13 (1.13%) Sitecore CMS
5 12 (1.04%) CICS
5 12 (1.04%) SharePoint
6 11 (0.96%) WebLogic
7 9 (0.78%) WebSphere
8 8 (0.70%) Apache Spark
9 7 (0.61%) Apache
9 7 (0.61%) Jetty
10 6 (0.52%) Drupal
10 6 (0.52%) Elasticsearch
11 5 (0.43%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 5 (0.43%) SharePoint 2010
11 5 (0.43%) SharePoint 2013
12 3 (0.26%) Apache Qpid
12 3 (0.26%) ATG Dynamo
12 3 (0.26%) JBoss
12 3 (0.26%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 41 (3.56%) MS Excel
2 10 (0.87%) MS Office
3 4 (0.35%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.26%) MS Project
5 2 (0.17%) Mingle
5 2 (0.17%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 26 (2.26%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 11 (0.96%) Oracle Applications
3 10 (0.87%) Dynamics CRM
4 6 (0.52%) Magento
5 3 (0.26%) ION MarketView
6 1 (0.087%) CODA-Financials
6 1 (0.087%) FLEXCUBE
6 1 (0.087%) Loan IQ
6 1 (0.087%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.087%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.087%) Oracle EBS R12
6 1 (0.087%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.087%) Temenos T24
6 1 (0.087%) Unit4 Business World
6 1 (0.087%) VisionPLUS
Cloud Services
1 53 (4.60%) Microsoft Azure
2 39 (3.39%) Amazon AWS
3 30 (2.61%) GitHub
4 13 (1.13%) SaaS
5 8 (0.70%) PaaS
6 7 (0.61%) TestFlight
7 5 (0.43%) Amazon EC2
7 5 (0.43%) Google Analytics
7 5 (0.43%) Google Cloud Platform
8 4 (0.35%) Amazon S3
8 4 (0.35%) IaaS
8 4 (0.35%) OpenShift
8 4 (0.35%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 2 (0.17%) Amazon EMR
9 2 (0.17%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
9 2 (0.17%) Cloud Computing
9 2 (0.17%) Google Play
9 2 (0.17%) Loggly
10 1 (0.087%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 1 (0.087%) CloudBees
Communications & Networking
1 32 (2.78%) HTTP
2 17 (1.48%) Internet
3 16 (1.39%) PuTTY
3 16 (1.39%) WinSCP
4 10 (0.87%) Firewall
5 5 (0.43%) Wi-Fi
5 5 (0.43%) WLAN
6 4 (0.35%) DVB
6 4 (0.35%) Wireshark
7 3 (0.26%) SNMP
7 3 (0.26%) TCP/IP
8 2 (0.17%) LDAP
8 2 (0.17%) OpenLDAP
9 1 (0.087%) DNS
9 1 (0.087%) Ethernet
9 1 (0.087%) FTP
9 1 (0.087%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 85 (7.38%) SQL Server
2 47 (4.08%) Big Data
3 46 (4.00%) Data Warehouse
4 38 (3.30%) Oracle Database
5 33 (2.87%) SQL Server 2012
6 32 (2.78%) MongoDB
7 27 (2.35%) Hadoop
8 26 (2.26%) MySQL
8 26 (2.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 25 (2.17%) Relational Database
10 22 (1.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 19 (1.65%) NoSQL
12 17 (1.48%) DB2
13 16 (1.39%) Oracle Database 10g
13 16 (1.39%) Oracle Database 11g
13 16 (1.39%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 14 (1.22%) CouchDB
15 13 (1.13%) PostgreSQL
15 13 (1.13%) SQL Server 2008
16 11 (0.96%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 611 (53.08%) Selenium
2 337 (29.28%) Cucumber
3 273 (23.72%) Jenkins
3 273 (23.72%) WebDriver
4 194 (16.85%) JIRA
5 151 (13.12%) Git (software)
6 143 (12.42%) SoapUI
7 124 (10.77%) HP UFT
8 108 (9.38%) JUnit
9 88 (7.65%) SpecFlow
10 80 (6.95%) TeamCity
11 71 (6.17%) Team Foundation Server
12 68 (5.91%) Maven
13 55 (4.78%) JMeter
14 49 (4.26%) RSpec
15 45 (3.91%) JBehave
16 41 (3.56%) Appium
17 38 (3.30%) Ant
18 37 (3.21%) NUnit
19 36 (3.13%) LoadRunner
General
1 194 (16.85%) Finance
2 79 (6.86%) Banking
3 49 (4.26%) Games
4 40 (3.48%) Marketing
5 38 (3.30%) Telecoms
6 37 (3.21%) Retail
7 29 (2.52%) Manufacturing
8 26 (2.26%) Electronics
9 22 (1.91%) Investment Banking
10 12 (1.04%) Back Office
10 12 (1.04%) Front Office
11 11 (0.96%) Legal
12 9 (0.78%) Advertising
13 8 (0.70%) Publishing
14 3 (0.26%) Financial Institution
14 3 (0.26%) Retail Banking
14 3 (0.26%) Wholesale Banking
15 2 (0.17%) Law
15 2 (0.17%) Multimedia
16 1 (0.087%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 274 (23.81%) Tester
2 246 (21.37%) Developer
3 189 (16.42%) Automation Tester
4 188 (16.33%) Analyst
5 159 (13.81%) Test Engineer
6 156 (13.55%) Test Analyst
7 99 (8.60%) QA Engineer
8 87 (7.56%) Developer in Test
9 85 (7.38%) Test Automation Engineer
10 78 (6.78%) Automation Test Analyst
11 73 (6.34%) Java Developer
12 70 (6.08%) Selenium Tester
13 65 (5.65%) Selenium Automation Tester
14 64 (5.56%) Test Manager
15 54 (4.69%) Test Automation Developer
16 53 (4.60%) QA Tester
17 47 (4.08%) Test Leader
18 46 (4.00%) Java Automation Tester
19 41 (3.56%) QA Test Engineer
20 37 (3.21%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 166 (14.42%) Gherkin
2 153 (13.29%) Web Services
3 136 (11.82%) .NET
4 110 (9.56%) RESTful
5 102 (8.86%) XML
6 95 (8.25%) JSON
7 94 (8.17%) SOAP
8 91 (7.91%) HTML
9 82 (7.12%) REST
10 71 (6.17%) AngularJS
11 67 (5.82%) Spring
12 66 (5.73%) CSS
13 54 (4.69%) Node.js
14 29 (2.52%) Hibernate
14 29 (2.52%) HTML5
15 25 (2.17%) ASP.NET
16 24 (2.09%) .NET Framework
16 24 (2.09%) React
17 23 (2.00%) CSS3
17 23 (2.00%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 73 (6.34%) Mobile App
2 63 (5.47%) Analytical Skills
3 19 (1.65%) Computer Science
4 16 (1.39%) User Experience
5 15 (1.30%) Client/Server
6 14 (1.22%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 14 (1.22%) Mainframe
6 14 (1.22%) Smartphone
7 13 (1.13%) Linux Command Line
8 12 (1.04%) Equities
8 12 (1.04%) iPad
9 10 (0.87%) Fixed Income
10 9 (0.78%) NHS
11 8 (0.70%) Data Structures
12 7 (0.61%) N-Tier
13 6 (0.52%) Derivative
13 6 (0.52%) Embedded Systems
13 6 (0.52%) Management Information System
13 6 (0.52%) W3C
14 5 (0.43%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 125 (10.86%) Linux
2 73 (6.34%) Unix
3 64 (5.56%) Windows
4 38 (3.30%) Apple iOS
5 22 (1.91%) Android
6 19 (1.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 11 (0.96%) Windows Server
7 11 (0.96%) Windows Server 2012
8 9 (0.78%) zOS
9 6 (0.52%) Ubuntu
10 5 (0.43%) Windows Server 2008
11 3 (0.26%) Windows Server 2003
12 2 (0.17%) Mac OS X
12 2 (0.17%) Oracle Linux
12 2 (0.17%) Windows 7
12 2 (0.17%) Windows 8
12 2 (0.17%) Windows Vista
12 2 (0.17%) Windows XP
13 1 (0.087%) CentOS
13 1 (0.087%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 832 (72.28%) Agile Software Development
2 433 (37.62%) BDD
3 423 (36.75%) TDD
4 314 (27.28%) Scrum
5 300 (26.06%) Continuous Integration
6 200 (17.38%) Test Scripting
7 198 (17.20%) Automated Testing
7 198 (17.20%) Test Strategy
8 185 (16.07%) Automation Testing
9 132 (11.47%) Functional Testing
10 131 (11.38%) Regression Testing
11 129 (11.21%) Software Engineering
12 126 (10.95%) Kanban
13 123 (10.69%) SDLC
14 117 (10.17%) DevOps
15 114 (9.90%) API Testing
15 114 (9.90%) Continuous Delivery
15 114 (9.90%) Performance Testing
16 112 (9.73%) User Stories
17 111 (9.64%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 479 (41.62%) Java
2 221 (19.20%) SQL
3 212 (18.42%) C#
4 160 (13.90%) JavaScript
5 155 (13.47%) Python
6 134 (11.64%) Ruby
7 104 (9.04%) Scala
8 72 (6.26%) Groovy
9 43 (3.74%) C++
10 41 (3.56%) Shell Script
11 36 (3.13%) Perl
12 31 (2.69%) C
13 29 (2.52%) PowerShell
14 24 (2.09%) F#
15 23 (2.00%) T-SQL
16 21 (1.82%) Bash Shell
17 18 (1.56%) PHP
17 18 (1.56%) PL/SQL
18 15 (1.30%) VB
18 15 (1.30%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 106 (9.21%) Security Cleared
2 103 (8.95%) ISEB
3 96 (8.34%) ISTQB
4 64 (5.56%) SC Cleared
5 40 (3.48%) Degree
6 27 (2.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 18 (1.56%) DV Cleared
8 17 (1.48%) BPSS Clearance
9 15 (1.30%) ISEB Practitioner
10 9 (0.78%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 3 (0.26%) HNC
12 2 (0.17%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 1 (0.087%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 400 (34.75%) QA
2 67 (5.82%) SDET
3 32 (2.78%) WCAG
4 8 (0.70%) Data Quality
4 8 (0.70%) Disclosure Scotland
5 5 (0.43%) MiFID
6 3 (0.26%) ISO 9000
6 3 (0.26%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.26%) SLA
7 2 (0.17%) WAI
8 1 (0.087%) Dodd-Frank
8 1 (0.087%) EMIR
8 1 (0.087%) GMP
8 1 (0.087%) PMO
8 1 (0.087%) TickIT
System Software
1 42 (3.65%) Docker
2 8 (0.70%) Virtual Machines
3 7 (0.61%) vSphere
4 6 (0.52%) Oracle RAC
5 4 (0.35%) Active Directory
6 3 (0.26%) HDFS
6 3 (0.26%) Shibboleth
7 2 (0.17%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 2 (0.17%) LXC
7 2 (0.17%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (0.17%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (0.087%) Firmware
8 1 (0.087%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.087%) KVM
8 1 (0.087%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 37 (3.21%) Puppet
2 28 (2.43%) HP Quality Center
3 20 (1.74%) Opscode Chef
4 14 (1.22%) Ansible
5 13 (1.13%) CA Service Virtualization
5 13 (1.13%) HockeyApp
5 13 (1.13%) OMEGAMON
6 10 (0.87%) Kubernetes
7 9 (0.78%) CA Endevor
8 7 (0.61%) Rancher
8 7 (0.61%) vRealize
9 3 (0.26%) Graphite
9 3 (0.26%) HP SiteScope
9 3 (0.26%) Kibana
9 3 (0.26%) logstash
9 3 (0.26%) Mesos
9 3 (0.26%) Oozie
10 2 (0.17%) Hadoop YARN
10 2 (0.17%) ITRS Geneos
10 2 (0.17%) Salt
Vendors
1 85 (7.38%) Oracle
2 82 (7.12%) HP
3 72 (6.26%) Microsoft
4 56 (4.87%) Atlassian
5 37 (3.21%) IBM
6 33 (2.87%) Splunk
7 32 (2.78%) SAP
8 21 (1.82%) Red Hat
9 18 (1.56%) Google
10 14 (1.22%) VMware
11 13 (1.13%) Apple
11 13 (1.13%) CA
11 13 (1.13%) Sitecore
11 13 (1.13%) Syncsort
12 12 (1.04%) hybris
13 10 (0.87%) ATG
13 10 (0.87%) Salesforce.com
14 9 (0.78%) Remedy
14 9 (0.78%) Sybase
14 9 (0.78%) Xamarin
City of London
Pearson Frank
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
East London
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £420 per day 6 Months initially
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: £375 - £425 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
IT Executive Ltd
Rate: £40000 - £55000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £600 - £700 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 2 days ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
Sopra Steria Recruitment Limited
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Proactive Appointments
Rate: £340 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Proactive Appointments
Rate: £340 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Redhill, Surrey
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £320 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Eames Consulting
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Newbury, Berkshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £250 - £320 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Rullion
Posted: 4 days ago
Newbury, Berkshire
Searchability
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Knowit
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £360 - £370 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Newcastle, County Down
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Intrinsic Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Market Rates + Bonus & Benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £300 - £430 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 6 days ago
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Solutions Recruitment
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City of London
Lawrence Harvey
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Sutton, Surrey
Reed Business Information Ltd
Rate: Comptetive Day Rate - 3 month contract with likely extensions
Posted: 11 days ago
City of London
Lawrence Harvey
Rate: £450.00 - £550.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Hampshire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 17 days ago
London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 27 days ago
London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £400 - £500 per annum
Posted: 25 days ago