The median contractor rate for a QA Automation Engineer was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies in the City of London during the 3 months to 27 March 2017.

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 QA Engineer
London / City of London
3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 150 154 188
Rank change year-on-year +4 +34  
Contract jobs requiring a QA Automation Engineer 5 4 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.17% 0.12% 0.12%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.17% 0.13% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 3 6
Median daily rate £350 £400 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.50% -3.03%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £340 £380 £335
10% offered a daily rate of more than £370 £400 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £375 £381
% change year-on-year -20.00% -1.63%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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

Contract IT Job Roles
City of London
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 2871 3173 4972
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 95.22% 95.40% 96.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 2239 2525 3747
Median daily rate £500 £473 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.82% +5.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £312 £300 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 47 78
Median hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £17.98
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.97% +11.20%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.38 £45.40 £26.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

QA Automation Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the City of London that featured QA Automation Engineer in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for QA Automation Engineer in the City of London

QA Automation Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA Automation Engineer in the City of London

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

For the 6 months to 27 March 2017, QA 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 across the City of London region featuring QA Automation Engineer in the job title.

1 13 (100.00%) QA
2 12 (92.31%) QA Automation
3 10 (76.92%) Test Automation
4 9 (69.23%) Selenium
4 9 (69.23%) Agile Software Development
5 6 (46.15%) Release Management
5 6 (46.15%) Data Warehouse
5 6 (46.15%) DbUnit
5 6 (46.15%) Process Improvement
5 6 (46.15%) Big Data
5 6 (46.15%) Robot Framework
5 6 (46.15%) Continuous Delivery
5 6 (46.15%) SDLC
6 3 (23.08%) Build Automation
6 3 (23.08%) .NET
6 3 (23.08%) C#
6 3 (23.08%) HTML
6 3 (23.08%) JavaScript
7 2 (15.38%) CSS
7 2 (15.38%) .NET Framework
7 2 (15.38%) JSON
7 2 (15.38%) Finance
7 2 (15.38%) Functional Testing
7 2 (15.38%) Ajax
8 1 (7.69%) Derivative
8 1 (7.69%) Interest Rate Derivative
8 1 (7.69%) Test Strategy
8 1 (7.69%) Behat
8 1 (7.69%) Non-Functional Testing
8 1 (7.69%) Analytics

QA 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:

Application Platforms
1 1 (7.69%) Confluence
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (46.15%) Big Data
1 6 (46.15%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 9 (69.23%) Selenium
2 6 (46.15%) DbUnit
2 6 (46.15%) Robot Framework
3 1 (7.69%) Git (software)
3 1 (7.69%) JIRA
3 1 (7.69%) PHPUnit
3 1 (7.69%) Xcode
General
1 2 (15.38%) Finance
2 1 (7.69%) Back Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (23.08%) .NET
1 3 (23.08%) HTML
2 2 (15.38%) .NET Framework
2 2 (15.38%) Ajax
2 2 (15.38%) CSS
2 2 (15.38%) JSON
3 1 (7.69%) Behat
3 1 (7.69%) FIX Protocol
3 1 (7.69%) HTML5
3 1 (7.69%) RESTful
3 1 (7.69%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 1 (7.69%) Credit Derivative
1 1 (7.69%) Derivative
1 1 (7.69%) Fixed Income
1 1 (7.69%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
1 1 (7.69%) Interest Rate Derivative
1 1 (7.69%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 1 (7.69%) Apple iOS
1 1 (7.69%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (92.31%) QA Automation
2 10 (76.92%) Test Automation
3 9 (69.23%) Agile Software Development
4 6 (46.15%) Continuous Delivery
4 6 (46.15%) Process Improvement
4 6 (46.15%) Release Management
4 6 (46.15%) SDLC
5 3 (23.08%) Build Automation
6 2 (15.38%) Functional Testing
7 1 (7.69%) Analytics
7 1 (7.69%) Automated Testing
7 1 (7.69%) Automation Testing
7 1 (7.69%) Continuous Improvement
7 1 (7.69%) Exploratory Testing
7 1 (7.69%) Manual Testing
7 1 (7.69%) Non-Functional Testing
7 1 (7.69%) Scrum
7 1 (7.69%) Stakeholder Management
7 1 (7.69%) Test Scripting
7 1 (7.69%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 3 (23.08%) C#
1 3 (23.08%) JavaScript
2 1 (7.69%) Apple Swift
2 1 (7.69%) C++
2 1 (7.69%) Java
2 1 (7.69%) PHP
2 1 (7.69%) SQL
2 1 (7.69%) VBScript
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (100.00%) QA
2 1 (7.69%) SDET
Systems Management
1 1 (7.69%) HockeyApp
1 1 (7.69%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (7.69%) Apple
1 1 (7.69%) HP