The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in 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 24 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
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Automation
England / London
Rank 173 238 210
Rank change year-on-year +65 -28  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 268 207 217
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 1.38% 0.94% 1.03%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.62% 1.10% 1.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 182 127 159
Median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £340 £300 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £355 £375 £350
% change year-on-year -5.33% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
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 London with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
London
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 16576 18773 17205
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in London 85.15% 85.14% 82.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 11916 13556 12086
Median daily rate £480 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.05% +5.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £325 £310
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £625 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 168 193 243
Median hourly rate £31.92 £22.50 £20.31
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +41.86% +10.78%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.20 £12.20 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £52.50 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £39.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.69% +30.00%  

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in 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 London

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in London

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in London over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation in London

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation in London

Test Automation
Contract Job Locations in London

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 London region over the 3 months to 24 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
City of London -2 32 £425 - 24
Croydon +9 4 - - 1
Osterley - 3 £450 -
Canary Wharf - 3 £400 -
Kingston Upon Thames - 1 - - 1
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 24 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 London region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 360 (69.90%) Agile Software Development
2 212 (41.17%) Selenium
3 201 (39.03%) Java
4 191 (37.09%) QA
5 181 (35.15%) BDD
6 173 (33.59%) TDD
7 144 (27.96%) Scrum
8 141 (27.38%) Continuous Integration
9 133 (25.83%) Cucumber
10 127 (24.66%) Jenkins
10 127 (24.66%) SQL
11 115 (22.33%) Finance
12 109 (21.17%) JavaScript
13 107 (20.78%) JIRA
14 95 (18.45%) WebDriver
15 90 (17.48%) Git (software)
16 82 (15.92%) Linux
17 78 (15.15%) C#
18 76 (14.76%) Functional Testing
19 74 (14.37%) Regression Testing
20 70 (13.59%) Test Strategy
21 66 (12.82%) DevOps
22 65 (12.62%) Banking
23 60 (11.65%) Python
24 59 (11.46%) E-Commerce
25 58 (11.26%) Unix
26 57 (11.07%) Open Source
27 56 (10.87%) Test Scripting
27 56 (10.87%) HTML
27 56 (10.87%) Continuous Delivery

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills in 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 41 (7.96%) Confluence
2 15 (2.91%) Tomcat
3 10 (1.94%) CMS
4 5 (0.97%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 5 (0.97%) Jetty
4 5 (0.97%) WebSphere
5 3 (0.58%) Apache Qpid
5 3 (0.58%) Apache Spark
5 3 (0.58%) Drupal
5 3 (0.58%) JBoss
5 3 (0.58%) MS Project Server
5 3 (0.58%) SharePoint
5 3 (0.58%) SharePoint 2010
5 3 (0.58%) SharePoint 2013
6 2 (0.39%) Apache
6 2 (0.39%) ATG Dynamo
6 2 (0.39%) nginx
6 2 (0.39%) OpenStack
6 2 (0.39%) WebLogic
7 1 (0.19%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 17 (3.30%) MS Excel
2 7 (1.36%) MS Office
3 3 (0.58%) MS Project
3 3 (0.58%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.39%) Mingle
4 2 (0.39%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 8 (1.55%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 6 (1.17%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (0.78%) Magento
4 3 (0.58%) ION MarketView
5 1 (0.19%) FLEXCUBE
5 1 (0.19%) Loan IQ
5 1 (0.19%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.19%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.19%) Oracle EBS R12
5 1 (0.19%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.19%) Temenos T24
5 1 (0.19%) Unit4 Business World
5 1 (0.19%) VisionPLUS
Cloud Services
1 30 (5.83%) Microsoft Azure
2 20 (3.88%) Amazon AWS
3 17 (3.30%) GitHub
4 7 (1.36%) PaaS
4 7 (1.36%) SaaS
4 7 (1.36%) TestFlight
5 5 (0.97%) Amazon EC2
6 4 (0.78%) Amazon S3
6 4 (0.78%) IaaS
6 4 (0.78%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 3 (0.58%) Google Cloud Platform
7 3 (0.58%) OpenShift
8 2 (0.39%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
8 2 (0.39%) Google Play
8 2 (0.39%) Loggly
9 1 (0.19%) Adobe Analytics
9 1 (0.19%) Azure Active Directory
9 1 (0.19%) CloudBees
9 1 (0.19%) FinancialForce.com
9 1 (0.19%) Google App Engine
Communications & Networking
1 15 (2.91%) HTTP
2 9 (1.75%) Firewall
3 8 (1.55%) Internet
4 4 (0.78%) DVB
5 3 (0.58%) SNMP
6 1 (0.19%) DNS
6 1 (0.19%) FTP
6 1 (0.19%) SSL
6 1 (0.19%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (7.38%) Big Data
2 37 (7.18%) SQL Server
3 24 (4.66%) MongoDB
4 21 (4.08%) Data Warehouse
5 17 (3.30%) Hadoop
5 17 (3.30%) MySQL
6 15 (2.91%) Relational Database
6 15 (2.91%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 14 (2.72%) CouchDB
8 12 (2.33%) NoSQL
8 12 (2.33%) Oracle Database
9 11 (2.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 10 (1.94%) PostgreSQL
11 9 (1.75%) Power BI
12 8 (1.55%) SQLite
13 7 (1.36%) Apache Cassandra
13 7 (1.36%) DB2
13 7 (1.36%) SQL Server 2012
14 6 (1.17%) Azure SQL Database
15 5 (0.97%) Redis
Development Applications
1 212 (41.17%) Selenium
2 133 (25.83%) Cucumber
3 127 (24.66%) Jenkins
4 107 (20.78%) JIRA
5 95 (18.45%) WebDriver
6 90 (17.48%) Git (software)
7 47 (9.13%) TeamCity
8 42 (8.16%) SoapUI
9 40 (7.77%) JUnit
10 39 (7.57%) Maven
11 38 (7.38%) HP UFT
12 24 (4.66%) SpecFlow
13 23 (4.47%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 22 (4.27%) NUnit
15 21 (4.08%) CruiseControl
16 20 (3.88%) Robot Framework
17 19 (3.69%) Appium
18 18 (3.50%) Protractor
18 18 (3.50%) Team Foundation Server
18 18 (3.50%) Visual Studio
General
1 115 (22.33%) Finance
2 65 (12.62%) Banking
3 26 (5.05%) Retail
4 20 (3.88%) Investment Banking
5 19 (3.69%) Games
6 18 (3.50%) Marketing
7 14 (2.72%) Telecoms
8 12 (2.33%) Front Office
9 9 (1.75%) Manufacturing
10 8 (1.55%) Electronics
11 7 (1.36%) Advertising
11 7 (1.36%) Back Office
11 7 (1.36%) Legal
12 3 (0.58%) Financial Institution
12 3 (0.58%) Wholesale Banking
13 2 (0.39%) Law
13 2 (0.39%) Multimedia
14 1 (0.19%) Pharmaceutical
14 1 (0.19%) Publishing
14 1 (0.19%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 139 (26.99%) Developer
2 111 (21.55%) Tester
3 79 (15.34%) Automation Tester
4 67 (13.01%) Analyst
5 58 (11.26%) QA Engineer
6 56 (10.87%) Test Engineer
7 51 (9.90%) Java Developer
7 51 (9.90%) Test Analyst
8 40 (7.77%) Developer in Test
9 39 (7.57%) Test Automation Engineer
10 31 (6.02%) Test Automation Developer
11 28 (5.44%) Senior Developer
12 26 (5.05%) Test Manager
13 23 (4.47%) Java Engineer
14 22 (4.27%) Selenium Tester
15 19 (3.69%) QA Tester
16 18 (3.50%) Agile Developer
16 18 (3.50%) QA Automation Engineer
16 18 (3.50%) Selenium Automation Tester
16 18 (3.50%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 56 (10.87%) HTML
2 54 (10.49%) Web Services
3 53 (10.29%) AngularJS
4 52 (10.10%) Gherkin
5 46 (8.93%) Spring
6 45 (8.74%) .NET
6 45 (8.74%) SOAP
7 44 (8.54%) Node.js
8 43 (8.35%) XML
9 40 (7.77%) RESTful
10 38 (7.38%) CSS
11 37 (7.18%) REST
12 34 (6.60%) JSON
13 22 (4.27%) React
14 19 (3.69%) HTML5
15 17 (3.30%) Hibernate
16 16 (3.11%) CSS3
17 13 (2.52%) ASP.NET
17 13 (2.52%) jQuery
18 12 (2.33%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 41 (7.96%) Mobile App
2 33 (6.41%) Analytical Skills
3 14 (2.72%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 12 (2.33%) Equities
5 11 (2.14%) Computer Science
6 10 (1.94%) Fixed Income
7 9 (1.75%) Linux Command Line
8 8 (1.55%) Data Structures
8 8 (1.55%) User Experience
9 7 (1.36%) N-Tier
10 6 (1.17%) Client/Server
10 6 (1.17%) Derivative
10 6 (1.17%) Embedded Systems
11 5 (0.97%) Digital Media
11 5 (0.97%) W3C
12 4 (0.78%) IPTV
12 4 (0.78%) Life Science
12 4 (0.78%) Management Information System
12 4 (0.78%) STB
13 3 (0.58%) Semantic Web
Operating Systems
1 82 (15.92%) Linux
2 58 (11.26%) Unix
3 28 (5.44%) Apple iOS
3 28 (5.44%) Windows
4 10 (1.94%) Android
5 7 (1.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 6 (1.17%) Ubuntu
7 2 (0.39%) Mac OS X
7 2 (0.39%) Oracle Linux
8 1 (0.19%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 360 (69.90%) Agile Software Development
2 181 (35.15%) BDD
3 173 (33.59%) TDD
4 144 (27.96%) Scrum
5 141 (27.38%) Continuous Integration
6 76 (14.76%) Functional Testing
7 74 (14.37%) Regression Testing
8 70 (13.59%) Test Strategy
9 66 (12.82%) DevOps
10 59 (11.46%) E-Commerce
11 57 (11.07%) Open Source
12 56 (10.87%) Continuous Delivery
12 56 (10.87%) Test Scripting
13 54 (10.49%) Software Engineering
14 49 (9.51%) Automated Testing
15 48 (9.32%) Exploratory Testing
16 46 (8.93%) Kanban
16 46 (8.93%) SDLC
17 44 (8.54%) API Testing
18 43 (8.35%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 201 (39.03%) Java
2 127 (24.66%) SQL
3 109 (21.17%) JavaScript
4 78 (15.15%) C#
5 60 (11.65%) Python
6 39 (7.57%) Ruby
7 37 (7.18%) Shell Script
8 21 (4.08%) PowerShell
9 16 (3.11%) Bash Shell
10 15 (2.91%) C++
10 15 (2.91%) Scala
11 13 (2.52%) Apple Swift
11 13 (2.52%) C
11 13 (2.52%) Perl
12 12 (2.33%) PL/SQL
13 9 (1.75%) Objective-C
14 8 (1.55%) T-SQL
15 6 (1.17%) Groovy
15 6 (1.17%) PHP
16 3 (0.58%) SPARQL
Qualifications
1 32 (6.21%) Security Cleared
2 26 (5.05%) Degree
3 25 (4.85%) ISTQB
4 21 (4.08%) ISEB
5 14 (2.72%) SC Cleared
6 8 (1.55%) DV Cleared
7 5 (0.97%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 3 (0.58%) BPSS Clearance
8 3 (0.58%) ISEB Practitioner
9 2 (0.39%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 2 (0.39%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 191 (37.09%) QA
2 37 (7.18%) SDET
3 5 (0.97%) MiFID
4 2 (0.39%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.39%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.39%) WCAG
5 1 (0.19%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.19%) Dodd-Frank
5 1 (0.19%) EMIR
5 1 (0.19%) GMP
5 1 (0.19%) PMO
5 1 (0.19%) SLA
System Software
1 26 (5.05%) Docker
2 3 (0.58%) HDFS
2 3 (0.58%) Shibboleth
3 2 (0.39%) LXC
4 1 (0.19%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.19%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.19%) KVM
4 1 (0.19%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 28 (5.44%) Puppet
2 13 (2.52%) HockeyApp
2 13 (2.52%) HP Quality Center
3 12 (2.33%) Opscode Chef
4 10 (1.94%) Ansible
5 9 (1.75%) Kubernetes
6 7 (1.36%) Rancher
7 3 (0.58%) Graphite
7 3 (0.58%) HP SiteScope
7 3 (0.58%) Mesos
8 2 (0.39%) Hadoop YARN
8 2 (0.39%) ITRS Geneos
8 2 (0.39%) Salt
9 1 (0.19%) Capistrano
9 1 (0.19%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 1 (0.19%) Nagios
9 1 (0.19%) Oozie
9 1 (0.19%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 34 (6.60%) Microsoft
2 33 (6.41%) Oracle
3 26 (5.05%) Atlassian
4 23 (4.47%) HP
5 16 (3.11%) IBM
6 11 (2.14%) Apple
6 11 (2.14%) SAP
7 9 (1.75%) Sybase
8 8 (1.55%) Red Hat
9 7 (1.36%) Google
9 7 (1.36%) hybris
10 5 (0.97%) AppDynamics
10 5 (0.97%) Charles River
10 5 (0.97%) Cloudera
10 5 (0.97%) Informatica
10 5 (0.97%) Splunk
11 4 (0.78%) Salesforce.com
11 4 (0.78%) SaltStack
11 4 (0.78%) WorldPay
12 3 (0.58%) ATG
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