The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 25 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
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Automated Testing
UK
Rank 157 216 269
Rank change year-on-year +59 +53  
Contract jobs citing Automated Testing 767 599 429
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.69% 1.13% 0.81%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.04% 1.36% 1.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 497 421 277
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £625 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £387 £350
% change year-on-year +0.25% +10.42%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 7 3
Median hourly rate £67.89 £44.50 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +52.56% +23.61%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.90 £30.50 £26.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £73.47 £176.00 £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 with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 37646 44098 42190
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 83.11% 82.88% 79.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 24821 28901 26121
Median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.06%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 953 1111 1212
Median hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £27.85
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.66% +34.67%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £55.00 £49.50
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

The job posting trend of jobs advertised 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 the UK

Automated Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Automated Testing in the UK

Automated Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Automated Testing over the 3 months to 25 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Automated Testing in the UK

Automated Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Automated Testing in the UK

Automated Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Automated Testing over the 3 months to 25 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Automated Testing in the UK

Automated Testing
Top 30 Contract Locations

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 UK over the 3 months to 25 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
England +56 714 £425 - 217
London +32 282 £490 +3.15% 81
South East +4 100 £436 +9.06% 22
Yorkshire +69 92 £400 +3.22% 23
North East +41 78 £350 +16.66% 1
Tyne and Wear +40 76 £350 +19.14% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne +36 76 £350 +19.14% 1
West Yorkshire +45 63 £400 +3.22% 20
Leeds +44 61 £400 +3.22% 19
South West +37 57 £350 +7.69% 24
City of London -6 48 £450 -8.86% 17
East of England +1 33 £400 - 18
South Yorkshire +24 25 £438 -7.89% 2
Sheffield +23 25 £450 -5.26% 1
North West -6 25 £375 -3.22% 31
Scotland +34 24 £370 -9.79% 5
East Midlands +6 22 £413 -2.94% 9
Devon +14 21 £376 -8.57% 2
Essex +8 21 £423 -0.58% 1
West Sussex -26 21 £512 +21.06% 2
West Midlands +13 20 £400 -13.51% 8
Edinburgh +31 19 £373 -14.85% 4
Manchester +12 17 £285 -16.17% 25
Oxfordshire - 17 £438 - 7
Hampshire +11 16 £400 -5.88% 4
Buckinghamshire - 15 £400 - 1
Surrey +15 13 £388 -20.51% 4
Berkshire +14 13 £450 +12.50% 3
Plymouth +8 13 £400 -5.88% 2
Milton Keynes - 13 £400 - 1

Automated Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 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 with a requirement for Automated Testing.

1 1051 (73.91%) Agile Software Development
2 686 (48.24%) Java
3 486 (34.18%) Selenium
4 484 (34.04%) Continuous Integration
5 463 (32.56%) Scrum
6 444 (31.22%) TDD
7 372 (26.16%) Jenkins
8 360 (25.32%) Git (software)
9 339 (23.84%) JavaScript
10 323 (22.71%) QA
11 316 (22.22%) HTML
12 302 (21.24%) CSS
13 288 (20.25%) SQL
13 288 (20.25%) Cucumber
14 278 (19.55%) C#
15 270 (18.99%) Python
16 269 (18.92%) JIRA
17 251 (17.65%) Ruby
18 249 (17.51%) Linux
19 246 (17.30%) DevOps
20 240 (16.88%) BDD
21 233 (16.39%) Scala
22 232 (16.32%) Web Services
23 215 (15.12%) JSON
23 215 (15.12%) Test Automation
24 198 (13.92%) Test Scripting
25 196 (13.78%) JUnit
26 194 (13.64%) .NET
27 189 (13.29%) Spring
28 187 (13.15%) Manual Testing

Automated Testing
Top Related IT Skills 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
1 137 (9.63%) Confluence
2 47 (3.31%) WebLogic
3 44 (3.09%) Apache Spark
4 42 (2.95%) CMS
5 38 (2.67%) Apache
6 34 (2.39%) Tomcat
7 27 (1.90%) JBoss
8 23 (1.62%) SharePoint
9 22 (1.55%) WebSphere
10 18 (1.27%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 17 (1.20%) nginx
12 13 (0.91%) Apache Qpid
12 13 (0.91%) Sitecore CMS
13 10 (0.70%) IIS
14 9 (0.63%) Elasticsearch
15 7 (0.49%) Jetty
15 7 (0.49%) NServiceBus
15 7 (0.49%) SharePoint 2010
16 5 (0.35%) MQSeries
17 4 (0.28%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 39 (2.74%) MS Excel
2 9 (0.63%) MS Office
3 3 (0.21%) Photoshop
4 2 (0.14%) HipChat
4 2 (0.14%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (0.14%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 13 (0.91%) Oracle Applications
2 12 (0.84%) Dynamics CRM
3 6 (0.42%) Endur
3 6 (0.42%) Oracle EBS
3 6 (0.42%) Oracle EBS R12
3 6 (0.42%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 4 (0.28%) Magento
5 2 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.14%) Oracle Cash Management
5 2 (0.14%) Oracle Payables
6 1 (0.070%) FLEXCUBE
6 1 (0.070%) Maximo
6 1 (0.070%) Payment Gateway
6 1 (0.070%) Temenos T24
6 1 (0.070%) VisionPLUS
Cloud Services
1 85 (5.98%) Amazon AWS
2 54 (3.80%) GitHub
3 35 (2.46%) Microsoft Azure
4 25 (1.76%) AWS CloudFormation
5 18 (1.27%) PaaS
6 17 (1.20%) SaaS
7 15 (1.05%) Amazon EC2
7 15 (1.05%) Google Analytics
8 13 (0.91%) Cloud Computing
9 10 (0.70%) OpenShift
10 9 (0.63%) IaaS
11 7 (0.49%) Basecamp
12 6 (0.42%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 6 (0.42%) AWS Lambda
12 6 (0.42%) Office 365
13 5 (0.35%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 5 (0.35%) Amazon S3
13 5 (0.35%) Azure Machine Learning
13 5 (0.35%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 4 (0.28%) AWS CloudTrail
Communications & Networking
1 159 (11.18%) HTTP
2 54 (3.80%) TCP/IP
3 33 (2.32%) Internet
4 21 (1.48%) LDAP
4 21 (1.48%) SSL
5 18 (1.27%) Wireshark
6 16 (1.13%) Network Security
7 13 (0.91%) AMQP
7 13 (0.91%) VoIP
8 7 (0.49%) RTP
8 7 (0.49%) RTSP
9 6 (0.42%) DNS
9 6 (0.42%) VPN
10 5 (0.35%) Bluetooth
10 5 (0.35%) DVB
10 5 (0.35%) Wireless
11 4 (0.28%) DHCP
11 4 (0.28%) Ethernet
11 4 (0.28%) FTP
11 4 (0.28%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 151 (10.62%) Relational Database
2 107 (7.52%) SQL Server
3 78 (5.49%) NoSQL
4 62 (4.36%) MongoDB
5 52 (3.66%) PostgreSQL
6 42 (2.95%) MySQL
7 40 (2.81%) RDBMS
8 33 (2.32%) Big Data
8 33 (2.32%) Data Warehouse
8 33 (2.32%) Hadoop
9 32 (2.25%) DB2
10 17 (1.20%) Redis
11 14 (0.98%) Oracle Database
12 11 (0.77%) Amazon RDS
13 10 (0.70%) Apache Hive
14 9 (0.63%) Oracle Reports
15 8 (0.56%) Oracle BI EE
15 8 (0.56%) SQL Server 2012
16 7 (0.49%) Amazon Redshift
17 6 (0.42%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 486 (34.18%) Selenium
2 372 (26.16%) Jenkins
3 360 (25.32%) Git (software)
4 288 (20.25%) Cucumber
5 269 (18.92%) JIRA
6 196 (13.78%) JUnit
7 179 (12.59%) WebDriver
8 137 (9.63%) Subversion
9 94 (6.61%) SoapUI
10 88 (6.19%) Maven
10 88 (6.19%) Team Foundation Server
11 68 (4.78%) RSpec
12 62 (4.36%) Ant
13 59 (4.15%) Gradle
14 56 (3.94%) JMeter
15 55 (3.87%) JBehave
16 51 (3.59%) SpecFlow
17 44 (3.09%) TeamCity
18 41 (2.88%) Bitbucket
18 41 (2.88%) Visual Studio
General
1 166 (11.67%) Finance
2 98 (6.89%) Banking
3 66 (4.64%) Games
4 40 (2.81%) Retail
5 29 (2.04%) Investment Banking
5 29 (2.04%) Marketing
6 20 (1.41%) Telecoms
7 17 (1.20%) Front Office
8 16 (1.13%) Publishing
9 11 (0.77%) Electronics
9 11 (0.77%) Pharmaceutical
10 9 (0.63%) Back Office
11 8 (0.56%) Advertising
11 8 (0.56%) Manufacturing
12 6 (0.42%) Automotive
13 4 (0.28%) German Language
14 3 (0.21%) Legal
14 3 (0.21%) Multimedia
15 2 (0.14%) Financial Institution
15 2 (0.14%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 643 (45.22%) Developer
2 236 (16.60%) Java Developer
3 209 (14.70%) Tester
4 130 (9.14%) Automation Tester
5 116 (8.16%) Analyst
6 112 (7.88%) Test Engineer
7 107 (7.52%) Test Analyst
8 94 (6.61%) Scala Developer
9 89 (6.26%) QA Engineer
10 76 (5.34%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
11 65 (4.57%) DevOps Engineer
12 64 (4.50%) Senior Developer
13 59 (4.15%) C# Developer
14 56 (3.94%) Selenium Tester
15 55 (3.87%) QA Test Engineer
16 51 (3.59%) Selenium Automation Tester
17 50 (3.52%) .NET Developer
18 48 (3.38%) Test Manager
19 46 (3.23%) Test Leader
20 43 (3.02%) JavaScript Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 316 (22.22%) HTML
2 302 (21.24%) CSS
3 232 (16.32%) Web Services
4 215 (15.12%) JSON
5 194 (13.64%) .NET
6 189 (13.29%) Spring
7 181 (12.73%) RESTful
8 178 (12.52%) REST
9 167 (11.74%) HTML5
10 163 (11.46%) XML
11 124 (8.72%) AngularJS
12 123 (8.65%) Gherkin
13 113 (7.95%) Play Framework
14 109 (7.67%) CSS3
15 100 (7.03%) Ruby on Rails
16 97 (6.82%) Ajax
17 93 (6.54%) Node.js
18 78 (5.49%) ASP.NET
18 78 (5.49%) jQuery
18 78 (5.49%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 102 (7.17%) Analytical Skills
2 61 (4.29%) User Experience
3 51 (3.59%) Computer Science
3 51 (3.59%) Mobile App
4 40 (2.81%) Data Structures
5 37 (2.60%) Algorithms
6 27 (1.90%) iPhone
7 17 (1.20%) Fintech
8 15 (1.05%) iPad
8 15 (1.05%) Linux Command Line
8 15 (1.05%) MPEG
9 14 (0.98%) Enterprise Software
9 14 (0.98%) Smartphone
10 12 (0.84%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 12 (0.84%) Virtual Team
11 11 (0.77%) Mainframe
11 11 (0.77%) STB
12 9 (0.63%) Derivative
12 9 (0.63%) Fixed Income
13 8 (0.56%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 249 (17.51%) Linux
2 129 (9.07%) Unix
3 95 (6.68%) Windows
4 85 (5.98%) Apple iOS
5 63 (4.43%) Android
6 25 (1.76%) Mac OS X
6 25 (1.76%) Ubuntu
7 20 (1.41%) CentOS
8 17 (1.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 4 (0.28%) Solaris
10 2 (0.14%) Debian
10 2 (0.14%) MVS
10 2 (0.14%) VME
10 2 (0.14%) Windows Server
11 1 (0.070%) CoreOS
11 1 (0.070%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.070%) Windows 10
11 1 (0.070%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 1051 (73.91%) Agile Software Development
2 484 (34.04%) Continuous Integration
3 463 (32.56%) Scrum
4 444 (31.22%) TDD
5 246 (17.30%) DevOps
6 240 (16.88%) BDD
7 215 (15.12%) Test Automation
8 198 (13.92%) Test Scripting
9 187 (13.15%) Manual Testing
10 185 (13.01%) Open Source
11 182 (12.80%) Software Engineering
12 180 (12.66%) Kanban
13 154 (10.83%) Test Strategy
14 150 (10.55%) Unit Testing
15 141 (9.92%) MVC
16 140 (9.85%) OO
17 137 (9.63%) User Stories
18 134 (9.42%) Continuous Delivery
19 133 (9.35%) Configuration Management
20 131 (9.21%) Automation Testing
Programming Languages
1 686 (48.24%) Java
2 339 (23.84%) JavaScript
3 288 (20.25%) SQL
4 278 (19.55%) C#
5 270 (18.99%) Python
6 251 (17.65%) Ruby
7 233 (16.39%) Scala
8 90 (6.33%) Groovy
9 68 (4.78%) Perl
10 46 (3.23%) C++
11 43 (3.02%) Shell Script
12 41 (2.88%) Bash Shell
13 32 (2.25%) Apple Swift
14 31 (2.18%) PL/SQL
15 25 (1.76%) C
16 22 (1.55%) PHP
17 19 (1.34%) Go
17 19 (1.34%) Objective-C
18 17 (1.20%) Haskell
18 17 (1.20%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 147 (10.34%) Security Cleared
2 89 (6.26%) SC Cleared
3 86 (6.05%) ISEB
4 81 (5.70%) ISTQB
5 74 (5.20%) Degree
6 38 (2.67%) DV Cleared
7 32 (2.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 23 (1.62%) BPSS Clearance
9 8 (0.56%) HND
10 7 (0.49%) ISEB Practitioner
11 6 (0.42%) AWS Certification
11 6 (0.42%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 5 (0.35%) HNC
13 4 (0.28%) PMI Certification
13 4 (0.28%) PMP
14 3 (0.21%) CFA
15 2 (0.14%) BC Cleared
15 2 (0.14%) CCNA
15 2 (0.14%) CCNP
15 2 (0.14%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 323 (22.71%) QA
2 33 (2.32%) WCAG
3 17 (1.20%) Disclosure Scotland
4 14 (0.98%) MiFID
5 12 (0.84%) Dodd-Frank
5 12 (0.84%) EMIR
6 9 (0.63%) SDET
7 8 (0.56%) 21 CFR Part 11
7 8 (0.56%) GMP
8 7 (0.49%) PCI DSS
9 5 (0.35%) Data Quality
10 3 (0.21%) HL7
10 3 (0.21%) WAI
11 2 (0.14%) ISO 9000
12 1 (0.070%) GxP
12 1 (0.070%) SLA
System Software
1 108 (7.59%) Docker
2 21 (1.48%) Apache Flume
3 19 (1.34%) Virtual Machines
4 6 (0.42%) Active Directory
4 6 (0.42%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (0.28%) vSphere
6 3 (0.21%) Hyper-V
7 2 (0.14%) HDFS
8 1 (0.070%) KVM
Systems Management
1 72 (5.06%) Puppet
2 53 (3.73%) Opscode Chef
3 42 (2.95%) Ansible
4 26 (1.83%) HP Quality Center
5 19 (1.34%) Grafana
6 18 (1.27%) Kibana
6 18 (1.27%) Salt
7 14 (0.98%) Kubernetes
8 9 (0.63%) Mesos
8 9 (0.63%) Terraform
9 4 (0.28%) Docker Swarm
10 3 (0.21%) Packer
11 2 (0.14%) Graphite
11 2 (0.14%) Hadoop YARN
11 2 (0.14%) HockeyApp
11 2 (0.14%) HP SiteScope
11 2 (0.14%) Nagios
11 2 (0.14%) PowerCLI
12 1 (0.070%) CloudForms
12 1 (0.070%) Consul
Vendors
1 102 (7.17%) Oracle
2 100 (7.03%) Google
3 92 (6.47%) Microsoft
4 47 (3.31%) Atlassian
5 27 (1.90%) HP
6 26 (1.83%) Red Hat
7 25 (1.76%) Splunk
8 22 (1.55%) Adobe
9 16 (1.13%) Perforce
10 15 (1.05%) IBM
11 13 (0.91%) New Relic
11 13 (0.91%) Sitecore
12 12 (0.84%) ServiceNow
13 10 (0.70%) Salesforce.com
13 10 (0.70%) SAP
14 9 (0.63%) VMware
15 8 (0.56%) Sybase
15 8 (0.56%) TIBCO
16 7 (0.49%) hybris
16 7 (0.49%) RedGate
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