Period
to 22 January 2022

The median contractor rate for an Automation Engineer was £490 per day in advertised job vacancies in the City of London during the 6 months to 22 January 2022.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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 Engineer
Central London > City of London
6 months to
22 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 184 115 181
Rank change year-on-year -69 +66 +46
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Engineer 6 10 16
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the City of London 0.15% 0.48% 0.32%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.16% 0.52% 0.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 4 7
10th Percentile £446 £219 £425
25th Percentile £480 £247 £463
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £490 £313 £550
Median % change year-on-year +56.80% -43.18% +22.22%
75th Percentile £542 £375 £616
90th Percentile £572 - £638
Central London median daily rate £490 £313 £525
% change year-on-year +56.80% -40.48% +14.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
10th Percentile - - -
25th Percentile - - £44.75
Median hourly rate - - £48.50
75th Percentile - - £52.25
90th Percentile - - -
Central London median hourly rate - - £48.50

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
City of London
Contract vacancies in the City of London with a recognized job title 3,665 1,929 4,652
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.34% 92.39% 93.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,840 1,457 3,664
10th Percentile £358 £306 £300
25th Percentile £463 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £515 £500
Median % change year-on-year +6.80% +3.00% -
75th Percentile £650 £603 £600
90th Percentile £750 £688 £675
Central London median daily rate £550 £510 £500
% change year-on-year +7.84% +2.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 20 60
10th Percentile £13.88 £16.58 £12.38
25th Percentile £18.63 £20.74 £14.19
Median hourly rate £34.75 £24.75 £19.75
Median % change year-on-year +40.40% +25.32% +5.61%
75th Percentile £51.50 £36.69 £25.50
90th Percentile £62.50 £46.18 £49.50
Central London median hourly rate £35.00 £26.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +32.08% +32.50% +6.95%

Automation Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

Job postings that featured Automation Engineer in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the City of London.

Job vacancy trend for Automation Engineer in the City of London

Automation Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Automation Engineer in the City of London.

Daily rate trend for Automation Engineer in the City of London

Automation Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Automation Engineer in the City of London over the 6 months to 22 January 2022.

Daily rate histogram for Automation Engineer in the City of London

Automation Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 22 January 2022, Automation Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the City of London region featuring Automation Engineer in the job title.

1 3 (50.00%) Degree
1 3 (50.00%) Test Automation
2 2 (33.33%) Cucumber
2 2 (33.33%) SoapUI
2 2 (33.33%) Gherkin
2 2 (33.33%) Jenkins
2 2 (33.33%) CA Service Virtualization
2 2 (33.33%) eggPlant
2 2 (33.33%) NeoLoad
2 2 (33.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 2 (33.33%) Computer Science Degree
2 2 (33.33%) Tricentis Tosca
2 2 (33.33%) JIRA
2 2 (33.33%) SilkTest
2 2 (33.33%) ISTQB
2 2 (33.33%) Computer Science
2 2 (33.33%) Selenium
2 2 (33.33%) Atlassian
2 2 (33.33%) Performance Testing
2 2 (33.33%) Borland
2 2 (33.33%) Rational Robot
2 2 (33.33%) JMeter
2 2 (33.33%) Java
2 2 (33.33%) Perl
2 2 (33.33%) VB
2 2 (33.33%) C#
2 2 (33.33%) Python
2 2 (33.33%) IBM
2 2 (33.33%) HP
2 2 (33.33%) CA

Automation Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of 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:

Cloud Services
1 2 (33.33%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 1 (16.67%) Ethernet
1 1 (16.67%) Internet
1 1 (16.67%) Intranet
1 1 (16.67%) Modbus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (16.67%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 2 (33.33%) Cucumber
1 2 (33.33%) eggPlant
1 2 (33.33%) HP UFT
1 2 (33.33%) Jenkins
1 2 (33.33%) JIRA
1 2 (33.33%) JMeter
1 2 (33.33%) LoadRunner
1 2 (33.33%) NeoLoad
1 2 (33.33%) Rational Robot
1 2 (33.33%) Selenium
1 2 (33.33%) SilkTest
1 2 (33.33%) SoapUI
2 1 (16.67%) Cypress.io
General
1 1 (16.67%) Banking
1 1 (16.67%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (33.33%) Gherkin
2 1 (16.67%) .NET
2 1 (16.67%) Classic ASP
Miscellaneous
1 1 (16.67%) Management Information System
1 1 (16.67%) SCADA
1 1 (16.67%) Self-Motivation
1 1 (16.67%) Virtual Team
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (50.00%) Test Automation
2 2 (33.33%) Computer Science
2 2 (33.33%) Performance Testing
3 1 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (16.67%) Computer Vision
3 1 (16.67%) Creative Thinking
3 1 (16.67%) Cybersecurity
3 1 (16.67%) DevOps
3 1 (16.67%) GAP Analysis
3 1 (16.67%) Infrastructure as Code
3 1 (16.67%) Problem-Solving
3 1 (16.67%) Prototyping
3 1 (16.67%) Software Engineering
3 1 (16.67%) Stakeholder Management
3 1 (16.67%) Task Automation
3 1 (16.67%) Test Strategy
3 1 (16.67%) Virtual Team Management
3 1 (16.67%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 2 (33.33%) C#
1 2 (33.33%) Java
1 2 (33.33%) Perl
1 2 (33.33%) Python
1 2 (33.33%) VB
2 1 (16.67%) C
2 1 (16.67%) C++
2 1 (16.67%) Ladder Logic
2 1 (16.67%) PowerShell
2 1 (16.67%) SQL
2 1 (16.67%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 3 (50.00%) Degree
2 2 (33.33%) Computer Science Degree
2 2 (33.33%) ISTQB
2 2 (33.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Systems Management
1 2 (33.33%) CA Service Virtualization
2 1 (16.67%) Ansible
2 1 (16.67%) SCCM
Vendors
1 2 (33.33%) Atlassian
1 2 (33.33%) Borland
1 2 (33.33%) CA
1 2 (33.33%) HP
1 2 (33.33%) IBM
2 1 (16.67%) NVIDIA
2 1 (16.67%) Rockwell
2 1 (16.67%) Siemens