Period
to 22 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a QA Automation Engineer was £490 per day in advertised job vacancies in the City of London during the 6 months to 22 November 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
Central London > City of London
6 months to
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 245 235 264
Rank change year-on-year -10 +29 +33
Contract jobs requiring a QA Automation Engineer 12 9 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.17% 0.13% 0.078%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.18% 0.14% 0.082%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 7 2
City of London median daily rate £490 £550 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.91% +48.65% -12.94%
10th Percentile £425 £500 £326
90th Percentile £552 £594 £419
Central London median daily rate £495 £550 £400
% change year-on-year -10.00% +37.50% +1.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
City of London median hourly rate - - -
Central London median hourly rate - - -

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 6765 6392 8566
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.51% 95.45% 95.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 5343 5073 6726
City of London median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +2.86%
10th Percentile £313 £313 £275
90th Percentile £688 £663 £650
Central London median daily rate £500 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 93 78 124
City of London median hourly rate £17.00 £17.38 £18.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.16% -4.79% +4.29%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.50 £10.15
90th Percentile £29.40 £48.12 £39.63
Central London median hourly rate £18.10 £17.17 £18.00
% change year-on-year +5.45% -4.64% +5.88%

QA Automation Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

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

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 22 November 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 12 (100.00%) QA
2 11 (91.67%) Test Automation
3 9 (75.00%) Agile Software Development
4 8 (66.67%) Selenium
5 7 (58.33%) WebDriver
6 6 (50.00%) QA Automation
6 6 (50.00%) BDD
7 5 (41.67%) Scrum
7 5 (41.67%) Asset Management
7 5 (41.67%) Java
7 5 (41.67%) Finance
7 5 (41.67%) Cucumber
8 4 (33.33%) SDET
8 4 (33.33%) Appium
8 4 (33.33%) HTML
8 4 (33.33%) Investment Banking
8 4 (33.33%) Banking
8 4 (33.33%) JIRA
9 3 (25.00%) Git (software)
9 3 (25.00%) RESTful
9 3 (25.00%) TDD
9 3 (25.00%) Subversion
9 3 (25.00%) C#
9 3 (25.00%) Regression Testing
9 3 (25.00%) .NET
9 3 (25.00%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 3 (25.00%) Exploratory Testing
9 3 (25.00%) Greenfield Project
9 3 (25.00%) SpecFlow
9 3 (25.00%) HTML5

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 (8.33%) CMS
1 1 (8.33%) Confluence
Cloud Services
1 2 (16.67%) GitHub
2 1 (8.33%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (8.33%) BrowserStack
2 1 (8.33%) Sauce Labs
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (8.33%) RDBMS
1 1 (8.33%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 8 (66.67%) Selenium
2 7 (58.33%) WebDriver
3 5 (41.67%) Cucumber
4 4 (33.33%) Appium
4 4 (33.33%) JIRA
5 3 (25.00%) Git (software)
5 3 (25.00%) SpecFlow
5 3 (25.00%) Subversion
6 2 (16.67%) Jenkins
7 1 (8.33%) Capybara
7 1 (8.33%) Gradle
7 1 (8.33%) JBehave
7 1 (8.33%) JMeter
7 1 (8.33%) JUnit
7 1 (8.33%) Maven
7 1 (8.33%) Mocha
7 1 (8.33%) RSpec
7 1 (8.33%) TeamCity
7 1 (8.33%) TestNG
7 1 (8.33%) WATIR
General
1 5 (41.67%) Finance
2 4 (33.33%) Banking
2 4 (33.33%) Investment Banking
3 1 (8.33%) Back Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (33.33%) HTML
2 3 (25.00%) .NET
2 3 (25.00%) HTML5
2 3 (25.00%) RESTful
3 2 (16.67%) Gherkin
3 2 (16.67%) Node.js
3 2 (16.67%) Web Services
4 1 (8.33%) JDBC
4 1 (8.33%) PicoContainer
4 1 (8.33%) React Native
4 1 (8.33%) REST
4 1 (8.33%) Ruby on Rails
4 1 (8.33%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 3 (25.00%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
1 3 (25.00%) Greenfield Project
2 2 (16.67%) Mobile App
3 1 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (8.33%) User Experience
3 1 (8.33%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 2 (16.67%) Android
1 2 (16.67%) Apple iOS
1 2 (16.67%) Linux
1 2 (16.67%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (91.67%) Test Automation
2 9 (75.00%) Agile Software Development
3 6 (50.00%) BDD
3 6 (50.00%) QA Automation
4 5 (41.67%) Asset Management
4 5 (41.67%) Scrum
5 4 (33.33%) SDET
6 3 (25.00%) Exploratory Testing
6 3 (25.00%) Regression Testing
6 3 (25.00%) TDD
7 2 (16.67%) Continuous Improvement
7 2 (16.67%) Wealth Management
8 1 (8.33%) Build Automation
8 1 (8.33%) Continuous Delivery
8 1 (8.33%) Functional Testing
8 1 (8.33%) Low Latency
8 1 (8.33%) Performance Engineering
8 1 (8.33%) Process Improvement
8 1 (8.33%) Root Cause Analysis
8 1 (8.33%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 5 (41.67%) Java
2 3 (25.00%) C#
3 2 (16.67%) JavaScript
3 2 (16.67%) Ruby
4 1 (8.33%) Bash Shell
4 1 (8.33%) Python
4 1 (8.33%) SQL
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (100.00%) QA
System Software
1 1 (8.33%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (8.33%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (8.33%) Kibana
Vendors
1 2 (16.67%) Perforce
2 1 (8.33%) HP
2 1 (8.33%) IBM
2 1 (8.33%) New Relic