The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the UK that had Test Automation Engineer featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 27 September 2016 with a comparison to same period over 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
27 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Automation Test Engineer
Rank 544 604 588
Rank change year-on-year
+60 -16
Contract jobs requiring a Test Automation Engineer 113 57 54
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.21% 0.100% 0.094%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.22% 0.10% 0.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 81 32 41
Median daily rate £425 £356 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+19.29% +1.78%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £289 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £314 £350
% change year-on-year
+43.42% -10.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 1 1
Median hourly rate £35.00 £25.50 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+37.25% -15.00%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £25.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+37.25% -15.00%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
50649 54325 53290
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.63% 94.96% 93.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 33107 34727 32509
Median daily rate £425 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.93% +1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £380 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.63% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1691 2060 2120
Median hourly rate £16.50 £17.33 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.78% +5.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £41.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.33 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-4.78% +5.03%

Test Automation Engineer
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of IT contracts that featured Test Automation Engineer in the job title.

Test Automation Engineer Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Test Automation Engineer
Daily Rate Trend

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

Test Automation Engineer Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Test Automation Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Automation Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 27 September 2016.

Test Automation Engineer Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Test Automation Engineer
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Test Automation Engineer Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Test Automation Engineer
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 Test Automation Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 27 September 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 +79 106 £431 +21.05% 50
London +20 46 £400 -5.88% 21
South East +31 21 £450 +38.46% 5
East of England +7 13 £475 +48.43% 5
Bedfordshire - 12 £475 - 1
Luton - 8 £480 - 1
North West +22 7 £413 - 5
South West +9 7 £475 +22.58% 3
Yorkshire +13 6 £250 -13.04% 9
Oxford - 6 £463 -
Leeds - 6 £250 - 6
West Yorkshire - 6 £250 - 7
Oxfordshire - 6 £463 -
Bristol - 5 £475 -
West Midlands - 5 £363 -
Berkshire +12 4 £450 +5.88% 1
Hampshire +15 3 - - 3
West Sussex +2 3 £275 -19.11%
Manchester -1 3 £450 - 4
Cardiff - 3 £375 -
Stafford - 3 - -
Croydon - 3 £375 -
Fareham - 3 - -
South Wales - 3 £375 - 1
Staffordshire - 3 - -
Wales - 3 £375 - 1
Milton Keynes +19 2 £380 +90.00%
Buckinghamshire +19 2 £380 +90.00%
Scotland +11 2 £438 +105.88% 1
City of London +10 2 £475 +19.49% 4

Test Automation Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 September 2016, Test Automation Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Test Automation Engineer in the job title.

1 127 (61.95%) Agile Software Development
2 125 (60.98%) Test Automation
3 110 (53.66%) Selenium
4 103 (50.24%) Java
5 92 (44.88%) Cucumber
6 77 (37.56%) QA
7 70 (34.15%) BDD
8 65 (31.71%) TDD
9 57 (27.80%) Jenkins
10 55 (26.83%) Continuous Integration
10 55 (26.83%) WebDriver
11 49 (23.90%) Ruby
12 48 (23.41%) C#
13 44 (21.46%) Python
14 41 (20.00%) Automated Testing
15 39 (19.02%) Scrum
16 37 (18.05%) Automation Testing
17 36 (17.56%) SDET
18 34 (16.59%) JIRA
19 32 (15.61%) Regression Testing
19 32 (15.61%) E-Commerce
20 31 (15.12%) Git (software)
20 31 (15.12%) SpecFlow
21 30 (14.63%) Performance Testing
22 29 (14.15%) Continuous Delivery
23 28 (13.66%) Functional Testing
23 28 (13.66%) SQL
23 28 (13.66%) Web Services
24 27 (13.17%) Finance
24 27 (13.17%) Maven

Test Automation Engineer Skill Set
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 7 (3.41%) Confluence
2 6 (2.93%) IIS
3 5 (2.44%) JBoss
3 5 (2.44%) Tomcat
4 4 (1.95%) WebLogic
5 3 (1.46%) Apache
5 3 (1.46%) WebSphere
6 2 (0.98%) Apache Spark
6 2 (0.98%) Cloud Foundry
6 2 (0.98%) nginx
7 1 (0.49%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 1 (0.49%) CMS
7 1 (0.49%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 2 (0.98%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 2 (0.98%) FLEXCUBE
1 2 (0.98%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 2 (0.98%) Temenos T24
1 2 (0.98%) VisionPLUS
Cloud Services
1 16 (7.80%) PaaS
2 15 (7.32%) Amazon AWS
3 7 (3.41%) Cloud Computing
3 7 (3.41%) SaaS
4 2 (0.98%) CloudBees
4 2 (0.98%) GitHub
4 2 (0.98%) IaaS
4 2 (0.98%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (0.98%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 2 (0.98%) Wireless
2 1 (0.49%) Broadband
2 1 (0.49%) Ethernet
2 1 (0.49%) HTTP
2 1 (0.49%) Internet
2 1 (0.49%) Network Security
2 1 (0.49%) SSH
2 1 (0.49%) Telnet
2 1 (0.49%) xDSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (3.90%) MongoDB
2 7 (3.41%) Relational Database
2 7 (3.41%) SQL Server
3 4 (1.95%) Data Mining
3 4 (1.95%) DB2
3 4 (1.95%) MySQL
4 2 (0.98%) Apache Cassandra
4 2 (0.98%) Big Data
4 2 (0.98%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (0.98%) Hadoop
4 2 (0.98%) Oracle Database
4 2 (0.98%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (0.98%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.49%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 110 (53.66%) Selenium
2 92 (44.88%) Cucumber
3 57 (27.80%) Jenkins
4 55 (26.83%) WebDriver
5 34 (16.59%) JIRA
6 31 (15.12%) Git (software)
6 31 (15.12%) SpecFlow
7 27 (13.17%) Maven
8 26 (12.68%) JUnit
9 22 (10.73%) Appium
10 19 (9.27%) Ant
10 19 (9.27%) SoapUI
10 19 (9.27%) TeamCity
11 16 (7.80%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 16 (7.80%) JBehave
12 15 (7.32%) Calabash
13 13 (6.34%) Gradle
13 13 (6.34%) JMeter
14 12 (5.85%) HP UFT
15 11 (5.37%) TestNG
General
1 27 (13.17%) Finance
2 9 (4.39%) Banking
3 8 (3.90%) Games
4 6 (2.93%) Telecoms
5 4 (1.95%) Investment Banking
5 4 (1.95%) Retail
6 3 (1.46%) Advertising
6 3 (1.46%) Electronics
6 3 (1.46%) Marketing
7 2 (0.98%) Front Office
7 2 (0.98%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.49%) Automotive
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (13.66%) Web Services
2 24 (11.71%) .NET
3 22 (10.73%) Gherkin
4 16 (7.80%) REST
5 14 (6.83%) HTML
6 12 (5.85%) Node.js
7 11 (5.37%) RESTful
7 11 (5.37%) XML
8 9 (4.39%) ASP.NET
8 9 (4.39%) SOAP
9 8 (3.90%) AngularJS
9 8 (3.90%) CSS
10 7 (3.41%) Hibernate
10 7 (3.41%) RabbitMQ
10 7 (3.41%) Spring
11 5 (2.44%) Ajax
11 5 (2.44%) Java EE
11 5 (2.44%) JMS
11 5 (2.44%) WebSphere MQ
12 3 (1.46%) Drools
Miscellaneous
1 9 (4.39%) Analytical Skills
1 9 (4.39%) Computer Science
2 7 (3.41%) Mobile App
3 6 (2.93%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 5 (2.44%) Algorithms
4 5 (2.44%) Fixed Income
4 5 (2.44%) User Experience
5 2 (0.98%) Cryptography
5 2 (0.98%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (0.98%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
5 2 (0.98%) IVR
5 2 (0.98%) Mainframe
5 2 (0.98%) Management Information System
5 2 (0.98%) Mobile Payment
6 1 (0.49%) Blackberry
6 1 (0.49%) Digital Media
6 1 (0.49%) Embedded Systems
6 1 (0.49%) Mathematics
6 1 (0.49%) Mobile Banking
6 1 (0.49%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 16 (7.80%) Linux
2 13 (6.34%) Android
2 13 (6.34%) Apple iOS
3 10 (4.88%) Windows
4 3 (1.46%) Unix
5 1 (0.49%) Solaris
5 1 (0.49%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 127 (61.95%) Agile Software Development
2 125 (60.98%) Test Automation
3 70 (34.15%) BDD
4 65 (31.71%) TDD
5 55 (26.83%) Continuous Integration
6 41 (20.00%) Automated Testing
7 39 (19.02%) Scrum
8 37 (18.05%) Automation Testing
9 32 (15.61%) E-Commerce
9 32 (15.61%) Regression Testing
10 30 (14.63%) Performance Testing
11 29 (14.15%) Continuous Delivery
12 28 (13.66%) Functional Testing
13 25 (12.20%) Software Engineering
14 22 (10.73%) Software Testing
15 21 (10.24%) Open Source
16 20 (9.76%) OO
16 20 (9.76%) User Stories
17 19 (9.27%) Exploratory Testing
17 19 (9.27%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 103 (50.24%) Java
2 49 (23.90%) Ruby
3 48 (23.41%) C#
4 44 (21.46%) Python
5 28 (13.66%) SQL
6 20 (9.76%) JavaScript
7 13 (6.34%) Scala
8 11 (5.37%) Groovy
8 11 (5.37%) Perl
9 6 (2.93%) Objective-C
9 6 (2.93%) PHP
9 6 (2.93%) VBA
10 5 (2.44%) C++
10 5 (2.44%) PowerShell
11 2 (0.98%) C
11 2 (0.98%) MATLAB
11 2 (0.98%) PL/SQL
11 2 (0.98%) VB
12 1 (0.49%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.49%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 25 (12.20%) ISEB
2 23 (11.22%) ISTQB
3 11 (5.37%) Security Cleared
4 10 (4.88%) Degree
4 10 (4.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 4 (1.95%) DV Cleared
5 4 (1.95%) SC Cleared
6 3 (1.46%) BPSS Clearance
7 2 (0.98%) CHECK Team Member
7 2 (0.98%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 2 (0.98%) PhD
8 1 (0.49%) AWS Certification
8 1 (0.49%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 77 (37.56%) QA
2 36 (17.56%) SDET
3 5 (2.44%) IEC 61508
4 2 (0.98%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 10 (4.88%) Docker
2 1 (0.49%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 9 (4.39%) Puppet
2 8 (3.90%) HP Quality Center
2 8 (3.90%) Opscode Chef
3 7 (3.41%) Ansible
4 1 (0.49%) Oracle Identity Management
Vendors
1 14 (6.83%) HP
2 13 (6.34%) Oracle
3 11 (5.37%) Microsoft
4 8 (3.90%) Atlassian
4 8 (3.90%) Rally
5 7 (3.41%) Perforce
6 3 (1.46%) MuleSoft
6 3 (1.46%) ServiceNow
7 2 (0.98%) Calypso
7 2 (0.98%) Guidewire
7 2 (0.98%) IBM
7 2 (0.98%) SAP
7 2 (0.98%) Sybase
7 2 (0.98%) Temenos
7 2 (0.98%) Xamarin
8 1 (0.49%) Adobe
8 1 (0.49%) Avaya
8 1 (0.49%) Blue Prism
8 1 (0.49%) ForgeRock
8 1 (0.49%) Telerik
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