The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 28 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.

Automation Testing
UK
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 322 384 429
Rank change year-on-year +62 +45  
Contract jobs citing Automation Testing 310 268 219
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.69% 0.50% 0.41%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.83% 0.60% 0.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 198 187 169
Median daily rate £370 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.33% +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £264 £264 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £472 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £323 £300
% change year-on-year +0.77% +7.50%  
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 with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 37483 44400 43069
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 83.14% 82.87% 79.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 24787 29149 26680
Median daily rate £450 £425 £419
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.55%  
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 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 946 1114 1248
Median hourly rate £35.75 £37.50 £28.69
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.66% +30.70%  
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 £38.50 £30.20
% change year-on-year -6.49% +27.48%  

Automation Testing
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised 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 the UK

Automation Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Automation Testing in the UK

Automation Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Automation Testing over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Automation Testing in the UK

Automation Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Automation Testing in the UK

Automation 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 Automation Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 28 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 +49 288 £370 -1.33% 128
London +22 112 £425 +1.19% 44
South East +9 47 £352 -15.89% 17
Tyne and Wear +16 35 £320 +4.91% 2
North East +13 35 £320 +4.91% 2
Newcastle upon Tyne +12 35 £320 +4.91% 1
South West -4 21 £453 +4.62% 8
North West +29 20 £351 +3.30% 14
Scotland +40 18 £310 - 3
Yorkshire +21 16 £338 +7.14% 18
Manchester +15 16 £333 +3.90% 10
City of London -14 15 £370 -7.50% 16
East Midlands -9 14 £400 +60.00% 9
West Midlands +13 12 £271 -12.50% 11
Edinburgh +31 11 £310 - 2
Kent +18 11 £203 -50.90%
West Yorkshire +12 11 £325 +3.17% 10
Leeds +12 11 £325 +3.17% 9
Buckinghamshire +4 10 £278 - 1
East of England +1 10 £363 +11.53% 5
Oxfordshire -3 10 £438 +2.94% 2
Hampshire +8 9 £385 -9.41% 8
Wiltshire +1 8 £308 +20.00% 1
Nottinghamshire +9 6 £400 +31.14% 5
Nottingham +7 6 £400 +31.14% 5
Swindon +1 6 £260 +1.46%
Dunfermline - 5 £289 -
Fife - 5 £289 -
Surrey +10 4 £388 +3.33% 1
Cambridgeshire +8 4 £275 -37.14% 1

Automation Testing
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 March 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 with a requirement for Automation Testing.

1 406 (64.86%) Agile Software Development
2 387 (61.82%) Selenium
3 256 (40.89%) Java
4 239 (38.18%) QA
5 202 (32.27%) Test Automation
6 195 (31.15%) Cucumber
7 182 (29.07%) BDD
8 179 (28.59%) WebDriver
9 171 (27.32%) Jenkins
10 156 (24.92%) Test Scripting
11 149 (23.80%) Scrum
12 148 (23.64%) TDD
13 131 (20.93%) Automated Testing
14 115 (18.37%) Test Strategy
15 114 (18.21%) SQL
16 108 (17.25%) C#
17 105 (16.77%) Finance
18 93 (14.86%) JUnit
19 91 (14.54%) JIRA
20 89 (14.22%) Python
21 87 (13.90%) Continuous Integration
22 82 (13.10%) Scala
23 80 (12.78%) Gherkin
23 80 (12.78%) Regression Testing
24 79 (12.62%) Manual Testing
25 78 (12.46%) JavaScript
26 77 (12.30%) User Stories
27 74 (11.82%) Software Testing
28 69 (11.02%) Performance Testing
29 68 (10.86%) .NET

Automation Testing
Co-occurring 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 37 (5.91%) Confluence
2 20 (3.19%) Tomcat
3 11 (1.76%) CMS
4 7 (1.12%) SharePoint
5 6 (0.96%) IIS
6 4 (0.64%) Moodle
6 4 (0.64%) OpenStack
7 3 (0.48%) Apache
7 3 (0.48%) Drupal
7 3 (0.48%) JBoss
7 3 (0.48%) Liferay
8 2 (0.32%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 2 (0.32%) Sitecore CMS
9 1 (0.16%) Apache Spark
9 1 (0.16%) BizTalk Server
9 1 (0.16%) Cloud Foundry
9 1 (0.16%) SAS
Applications
1 15 (2.40%) MS Excel
2 3 (0.48%) MS Office
3 1 (0.16%) Simulink
3 1 (0.16%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 6 (0.96%) Dynamics CRM
1 6 (0.96%) FastStats
2 4 (0.64%) Magento
3 2 (0.32%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.16%) FLEXCUBE
4 1 (0.16%) Loan IQ
4 1 (0.16%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.16%) SAP FI
4 1 (0.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.16%) Temenos T24
4 1 (0.16%) VisionPLUS
Cloud Services
1 25 (3.99%) GitHub
2 17 (2.72%) Amazon AWS
2 17 (2.72%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (0.64%) Datadog
3 4 (0.64%) Heroku
3 4 (0.64%) OpenShift
4 3 (0.48%) Google Cloud Platform
5 2 (0.32%) SaaS
6 1 (0.16%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.16%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.16%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (1.12%) Internet
1 7 (1.12%) LDAP
1 7 (1.12%) PuTTY
1 7 (1.12%) WinSCP
2 4 (0.64%) HTTP
3 2 (0.32%) OpenLDAP
4 1 (0.16%) 3G
4 1 (0.16%) 4G
4 1 (0.16%) DVB
4 1 (0.16%) GPRS
4 1 (0.16%) Kerberos
4 1 (0.16%) Skype
4 1 (0.16%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 52 (8.31%) SQL Server
2 27 (4.31%) Data Warehouse
3 24 (3.83%) Relational Database
4 19 (3.04%) RDBMS
5 17 (2.72%) Oracle Database
6 12 (1.92%) Oracle Database 11g
6 12 (1.92%) SQL Server 2012
7 11 (1.76%) SQL Server 2008
7 11 (1.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 10 (1.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 8 (1.28%) NoSQL
9 8 (1.28%) Oracle Database 10g
10 6 (0.96%) SQL Server 2005
11 5 (0.80%) DB2
11 5 (0.80%) Oracle Database 12c
11 5 (0.80%) PostgreSQL
12 4 (0.64%) MongoDB
12 4 (0.64%) Oracle Reports
12 4 (0.64%) Redis
12 4 (0.64%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 387 (61.82%) Selenium
2 195 (31.15%) Cucumber
3 179 (28.59%) WebDriver
4 171 (27.32%) Jenkins
5 93 (14.86%) JUnit
6 91 (14.54%) JIRA
7 62 (9.90%) SoapUI
8 56 (8.95%) RSpec
9 54 (8.63%) HP UFT
10 49 (7.83%) Git (software)
11 48 (7.67%) SpecFlow
12 40 (6.39%) JBehave
13 37 (5.91%) Maven
14 35 (5.59%) Team Foundation Server
14 35 (5.59%) TeamCity
15 34 (5.43%) Appium
16 27 (4.31%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 23 (3.67%) Mockito
18 21 (3.35%) Mocha
19 18 (2.88%) JMeter
General
1 105 (16.77%) Finance
2 51 (8.15%) Banking
3 38 (6.07%) Games
4 21 (3.35%) Retail
5 12 (1.92%) Investment Banking
5 12 (1.92%) Publishing
6 10 (1.60%) Back Office
7 8 (1.28%) Marketing
8 6 (0.96%) Retail Banking
8 6 (0.96%) Telecoms
9 5 (0.80%) Front Office
10 4 (0.64%) Advertising
10 4 (0.64%) Financial Institution
11 3 (0.48%) Billing
12 2 (0.32%) Electronics
12 2 (0.32%) Music Industry
13 1 (0.16%) Corporate Banking
13 1 (0.16%) Dutch Language
13 1 (0.16%) Local Government
13 1 (0.16%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 221 (35.30%) Tester
2 154 (24.60%) Automation Tester
3 135 (21.57%) Analyst
4 129 (20.61%) Test Analyst
5 100 (15.97%) Developer
6 88 (14.06%) Test Engineer
7 74 (11.82%) Automation Test Analyst
8 61 (9.74%) QA Engineer
8 61 (9.74%) Selenium Tester
9 60 (9.58%) Selenium Automation Tester
10 38 (6.07%) QA Test Engineer
11 35 (5.59%) QA Tester
11 35 (5.59%) Test Automation Engineer
12 34 (5.43%) Test Manager
13 32 (5.11%) Java Automation Tester
14 31 (4.95%) Agile Tester
14 31 (4.95%) Quality Engineer
14 31 (4.95%) Test Leader
15 30 (4.79%) Developer in Test
16 26 (4.15%) Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 80 (12.78%) Gherkin
2 68 (10.86%) .NET
3 53 (8.47%) RESTful
4 52 (8.31%) Web Services
5 50 (7.99%) JSON
6 48 (7.67%) HTML
7 40 (6.39%) XML
8 36 (5.75%) REST
9 35 (5.59%) CSS
10 32 (5.11%) Node.js
11 30 (4.79%) Spring
12 29 (4.63%) HTML5
13 27 (4.31%) SOAP
14 21 (3.35%) AngularJS
15 17 (2.72%) Hibernate
16 16 (2.56%) jQuery
17 13 (2.08%) Sass
18 11 (1.76%) Redux
19 10 (1.60%) React
20 9 (1.44%) Express
Miscellaneous
1 26 (4.15%) Mobile App
2 16 (2.56%) Analytical Skills
3 14 (2.24%) Smartphone
4 12 (1.92%) User Experience
5 10 (1.60%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 10 (1.60%) Management Information System
6 9 (1.44%) Algorithms
7 6 (0.96%) NHS
8 5 (0.80%) Equities
8 5 (0.80%) Replication
9 4 (0.64%) Client/Server
9 4 (0.64%) Data Centre
9 4 (0.64%) Fintech
9 4 (0.64%) iPad
10 3 (0.48%) Computer Science
10 3 (0.48%) EPoS
10 3 (0.48%) Public Cloud
11 2 (0.32%) Credit Risk
11 2 (0.32%) N-Tier
11 2 (0.32%) Online Banking
Operating Systems
1 61 (9.74%) Linux
2 33 (5.27%) Unix
3 23 (3.67%) Windows
4 19 (3.04%) Android
4 19 (3.04%) Apple iOS
5 12 (1.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 6 (0.96%) Windows Server
6 6 (0.96%) Windows Server 2012
7 3 (0.48%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.16%) CentOS
8 1 (0.16%) Solaris
8 1 (0.16%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.16%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 406 (64.86%) Agile Software Development
2 202 (32.27%) Test Automation
3 182 (29.07%) BDD
4 156 (24.92%) Test Scripting
5 149 (23.80%) Scrum
6 148 (23.64%) TDD
7 131 (20.93%) Automated Testing
8 115 (18.37%) Test Strategy
9 87 (13.90%) Continuous Integration
10 80 (12.78%) Regression Testing
11 79 (12.62%) Manual Testing
12 77 (12.30%) User Stories
13 74 (11.82%) Software Testing
14 69 (11.02%) Performance Testing
15 68 (10.86%) Defect Tracking
16 67 (10.70%) Kanban
17 65 (10.38%) API Testing
18 60 (9.58%) Functional Testing
19 56 (8.95%) Unit Testing
20 54 (8.63%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 256 (40.89%) Java
2 114 (18.21%) SQL
3 108 (17.25%) C#
4 89 (14.22%) Python
5 82 (13.10%) Scala
6 78 (12.46%) JavaScript
7 56 (8.95%) Ruby
8 26 (4.15%) Groovy
9 24 (3.83%) Perl
10 20 (3.19%) Shell Script
11 14 (2.24%) PHP
12 11 (1.76%) ES6
12 11 (1.76%) PL/SQL
13 10 (1.60%) C
14 8 (1.28%) C++
15 7 (1.12%) Bash Shell
15 7 (1.12%) F#
15 7 (1.12%) VBScript
16 6 (0.96%) PowerShell
16 6 (0.96%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 39 (6.23%) ISEB
2 37 (5.91%) ISTQB
3 28 (4.47%) Security Cleared
4 20 (3.19%) Degree
5 12 (1.92%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 11 (1.76%) DV Cleared
6 11 (1.76%) SC Cleared
7 6 (0.96%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (0.32%) DBS Check
8 2 (0.32%) ISEB Practitioner
9 1 (0.16%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 239 (38.18%) QA
2 30 (4.79%) WCAG
3 24 (3.83%) SDET
4 8 (1.28%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.48%) Disclosure Scotland
6 2 (0.32%) SLA
7 1 (0.16%) Dodd-Frank
7 1 (0.16%) EMIR
7 1 (0.16%) MiFID
System Software
1 20 (3.19%) Docker
2 7 (1.12%) Active Directory
2 7 (1.12%) vSphere
3 6 (0.96%) Terminal Services
4 1 (0.16%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 20 (3.19%) HP Quality Center
2 10 (1.60%) Puppet
3 9 (1.44%) Ansible
4 8 (1.28%) Opscode Chef
5 6 (0.96%) vRealize
6 5 (0.80%) Kubernetes
7 4 (0.64%) Docker Swarm
7 4 (0.64%) Graphite
7 4 (0.64%) Packer
8 3 (0.48%) Terraform
9 2 (0.32%) Grafana
9 2 (0.32%) HockeyApp
9 2 (0.32%) StatsD
Vendors
1 44 (7.03%) Oracle
2 36 (5.75%) Microsoft
3 33 (5.27%) Atlassian
3 33 (5.27%) HP
4 13 (2.08%) Red Hat
5 10 (1.60%) Splunk
5 10 (1.60%) VMware
6 9 (1.44%) Salesforce.com
7 7 (1.12%) Google
7 7 (1.12%) IBM
7 7 (1.12%) Sybase
7 7 (1.12%) Xamarin
8 5 (0.80%) Apple
9 4 (0.64%) Apigee
9 4 (0.64%) Informatica
9 4 (0.64%) Software AG
10 3 (0.48%) Remedy
10 3 (0.48%) SAP
11 2 (0.32%) ATG
11 2 (0.32%) Facebook
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
TEKsystems
Rate: £299 - £361 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 19 hours ago
Solihull, West Midlands (County)
Big Red Recruitment
Rate: £375 - £425 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
TEKsystems
Rate: £299 - £361 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
South West London
Understanding Recruitment
Rate: £550.00 - £600.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Oxfordshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 3 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Milton Keynes
VASSIT
Rate: £0 - £85,000 per year
Posted: 7 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: 6 days ago
Wiltshire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
York
Piksel
Rate: Highly Competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £276 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Hampshire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 19 days ago