The median contractor rate for a Automation Tester was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 3 months to 30 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 Tester
UK / England
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 363 490 489
Rank change year-on-year +127 -1  
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Tester 223 134 112
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.53% 0.27% 0.23%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.56% 0.28% 0.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 126 90 79
Median daily rate £375 £356 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +9.61%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £224 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £425 £439
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £338 £313
% change year-on-year -3.70% +8.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Median hourly rate - £170.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £170.00 -

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in England. 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
England
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 39809 47592 46241
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 94.81% 95.25% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 25961 31270 28439
Median daily rate £435 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.35% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £263 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1355 1455 1881
Median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +5.71%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.33 £11.25 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £47.50 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -7.89% +11.76%  

Automation Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England that featured Automation Tester in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Automation Tester in England

Automation Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Automation Tester in England

Automation Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Automation Tester in England over the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Automation Tester in England

Automation Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Automation Tester in England

Automation Tester
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Automation Tester within the England region over the 3 months to 30 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
London +77 96 £413 +3.12% 21
South West +23 29 £365 -0.68% 7
North East +15 29 £300 -4.76% 1
South East +14 26 £325 -2.98% 11
North West +39 15 £375 +16.27% 6
Yorkshire +22 14 £338 +5.46% 12
West Midlands +17 6 £333 -8.27% 1
East of England -2 5 £363 +3.57% 5
East Midlands -9 2 £365 +39.04% 2
Automation Tester
UK

Automation Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 30 March 2017, Automation Tester 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 England region featuring Automation Tester in the job title.

1 373 (77.07%) Selenium
2 330 (68.18%) Agile Software Development
3 240 (49.59%) Java
4 199 (41.12%) Cucumber
5 193 (39.88%) BDD
5 193 (39.88%) Test Automation
6 178 (36.78%) WebDriver
7 150 (30.99%) Jenkins
8 148 (30.58%) QA
9 147 (30.37%) Automation Testing
10 138 (28.51%) TDD
11 131 (27.07%) Scrum
12 129 (26.65%) Automated Testing
13 112 (23.14%) JIRA
14 109 (22.52%) Test Scripting
15 107 (22.11%) Gherkin
16 105 (21.69%) Continuous Integration
17 101 (20.87%) C#
18 88 (18.18%) SQL
19 83 (17.15%) Python
20 74 (15.29%) JavaScript
21 73 (15.08%) Web Services
22 68 (14.05%) Regression Testing
22 68 (14.05%) SpecFlow
23 66 (13.64%) SoapUI
23 66 (13.64%) Ruby
24 64 (13.22%) API Testing
25 62 (12.81%) Git (software)
26 61 (12.60%) Performance Testing
27 54 (11.16%) Finance

Automation Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 36 (7.44%) Confluence
2 7 (1.45%) Tomcat
3 6 (1.24%) CMS
4 5 (1.03%) WebSphere
5 2 (0.41%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 2 (0.41%) Drupal
6 1 (0.21%) Apache
6 1 (0.21%) Apache Spark
6 1 (0.21%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.21%) JBoss
6 1 (0.21%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 9 (1.86%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 8 (1.65%) Oracle Applications
2 5 (1.03%) Magento
2 5 (1.03%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 4 (0.83%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.21%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 20 (4.13%) GitHub
2 16 (3.31%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (1.86%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (1.03%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (1.45%) Internet
1 7 (1.45%) PuTTY
1 7 (1.45%) WinSCP
2 6 (1.24%) HTTP
3 2 (0.41%) SSH
4 1 (0.21%) Ethernet
4 1 (0.21%) Kerberos
4 1 (0.21%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (3.51%) SQL Server
2 11 (2.27%) Relational Database
3 9 (1.86%) Oracle Reports
4 8 (1.65%) Oracle Database
5 7 (1.45%) MongoDB
5 7 (1.45%) Oracle Database 10g
5 7 (1.45%) Oracle Database 11g
5 7 (1.45%) SQL Server 2005
5 7 (1.45%) SQL Server 2008
5 7 (1.45%) SQL Server 2012
6 6 (1.24%) NoSQL
7 5 (1.03%) DB2
7 5 (1.03%) DbVisualizer
8 4 (0.83%) MySQL
8 4 (0.83%) RDBMS
9 2 (0.41%) Big Data
9 2 (0.41%) Redis
10 1 (0.21%) Azure SQL Database
10 1 (0.21%) Hadoop
10 1 (0.21%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 373 (77.07%) Selenium
2 199 (41.12%) Cucumber
3 178 (36.78%) WebDriver
4 150 (30.99%) Jenkins
5 112 (23.14%) JIRA
6 68 (14.05%) SpecFlow
7 66 (13.64%) SoapUI
8 62 (12.81%) Git (software)
9 53 (10.95%) TeamCity
10 42 (8.68%) HP UFT
11 38 (7.85%) JUnit
12 24 (4.96%) Team Foundation Server
13 23 (4.75%) Protractor
14 20 (4.13%) JMeter
15 19 (3.93%) CruiseControl
16 18 (3.72%) Hudson
16 18 (3.72%) RSpec
17 15 (3.10%) Atlassian Bamboo
18 13 (2.69%) NUnit
19 12 (2.48%) Maven
General
1 54 (11.16%) Finance
2 18 (3.72%) Retail
3 14 (2.89%) Banking
4 13 (2.69%) Games
5 8 (1.65%) Marketing
6 6 (1.24%) Telecoms
7 5 (1.03%) Electronics
7 5 (1.03%) Manufacturing
8 3 (0.62%) Investment Banking
8 3 (0.62%) Publishing
9 2 (0.41%) German Language
10 1 (0.21%) Back Office
10 1 (0.21%) Corporate Banking
10 1 (0.21%) iGaming
10 1 (0.21%) Law
10 1 (0.21%) Military
10 1 (0.21%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.21%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.21%) Wholesale Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 107 (22.11%) Gherkin
2 73 (15.08%) Web Services
3 53 (10.95%) RESTful
4 50 (10.33%) .NET
4 50 (10.33%) XML
5 48 (9.92%) SOAP
6 43 (8.88%) REST
7 33 (6.82%) JSON
8 28 (5.79%) HTML
9 22 (4.55%) Node.js
10 17 (3.51%) AngularJS
11 13 (2.69%) CSS
12 12 (2.48%) Spring
13 10 (2.07%) Chai
14 8 (1.65%) .NET Framework
15 7 (1.45%) Hibernate
16 6 (1.24%) Behat
16 6 (1.24%) XSD
17 5 (1.03%) HTML5
17 5 (1.03%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 24 (4.96%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (3.10%) Smartphone
3 14 (2.89%) Mobile App
4 4 (0.83%) Computer Science
5 3 (0.62%) Linux Command Line
5 3 (0.62%) User Experience
5 3 (0.62%) Video on Demand
6 2 (0.41%) Contactless
6 2 (0.41%) Fintech
6 2 (0.41%) Public Cloud
6 2 (0.41%) Reference Data
7 1 (0.21%) Data Centre
7 1 (0.21%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 1 (0.21%) iPad
7 1 (0.21%) Mainframe
7 1 (0.21%) NHS
7 1 (0.21%) Online Games
7 1 (0.21%) Replication
7 1 (0.21%) SWIFT
7 1 (0.21%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 54 (11.16%) Linux
2 40 (8.26%) Unix
3 22 (4.55%) Windows
4 12 (2.48%) Apple iOS
5 11 (2.27%) Android
6 10 (2.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 7 (1.45%) Windows Server
7 7 (1.45%) Windows Server 2012
8 3 (0.62%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.21%) CentOS
9 1 (0.21%) Debian
9 1 (0.21%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.21%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 330 (68.18%) Agile Software Development
2 193 (39.88%) BDD
2 193 (39.88%) Test Automation
3 147 (30.37%) Automation Testing
4 138 (28.51%) TDD
5 131 (27.07%) Scrum
6 129 (26.65%) Automated Testing
7 109 (22.52%) Test Scripting
8 105 (21.69%) Continuous Integration
9 68 (14.05%) Regression Testing
10 64 (13.22%) API Testing
11 61 (12.60%) Performance Testing
12 53 (10.95%) Test Strategy
13 52 (10.74%) Exploratory Testing
14 48 (9.92%) Kanban
15 46 (9.50%) Functional Testing
16 44 (9.09%) Software Engineering
17 42 (8.68%) Defect Tracking
18 41 (8.47%) Open Source
19 40 (8.26%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 240 (49.59%) Java
2 101 (20.87%) C#
3 88 (18.18%) SQL
4 83 (17.15%) Python
5 74 (15.29%) JavaScript
6 66 (13.64%) Ruby
7 50 (10.33%) Scala
8 35 (7.23%) Groovy
9 31 (6.40%) Shell Script
10 18 (3.72%) PHP
11 16 (3.31%) VB
12 13 (2.69%) Bash Shell
12 13 (2.69%) F#
13 10 (2.07%) VBScript
14 5 (1.03%) C++
14 5 (1.03%) PL/SQL
15 4 (0.83%) Perl
16 3 (0.62%) TypeScript
16 3 (0.62%) VB.NET
17 2 (0.41%) R
Qualifications
1 37 (7.64%) ISTQB
2 36 (7.44%) ISEB
3 31 (6.40%) Security Cleared
4 21 (4.34%) SC Cleared
5 20 (4.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 8 (1.65%) DV Cleared
6 8 (1.65%) ISEB Practitioner
7 6 (1.24%) Degree
8 3 (0.62%) BPSS Clearance
8 3 (0.62%) HND
9 2 (0.41%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 1 (0.21%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 148 (30.58%) QA
2 15 (3.10%) SDET
3 2 (0.41%) SLA
3 2 (0.41%) WCAG
4 1 (0.21%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.21%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 8 (1.65%) Docker
2 7 (1.45%) Virtual Machines
2 7 (1.45%) vSphere
3 1 (0.21%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 7 (1.45%) Puppet
1 7 (1.45%) vRealize
2 6 (1.24%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (1.24%) Opscode Chef
3 4 (0.83%) Rancher
4 2 (0.41%) Ansible
4 2 (0.41%) Grafana
4 2 (0.41%) StatsD
5 1 (0.21%) Ambari
5 1 (0.21%) Hadoop YARN
5 1 (0.21%) SELinux
Vendors
1 32 (6.61%) Microsoft
2 28 (5.79%) Oracle
3 27 (5.58%) Atlassian
4 18 (3.72%) HP
5 9 (1.86%) Red Hat
6 8 (1.65%) IBM
7 7 (1.45%) VMware
8 6 (1.24%) Salesforce.com
8 6 (1.24%) SAP
9 5 (1.03%) hybris
10 4 (0.83%) Green Hat
11 3 (0.62%) New Relic
11 3 (0.62%) Xamarin
12 2 (0.41%) Dynatrace
12 2 (0.41%) SaltStack
12 2 (0.41%) Splunk
13 1 (0.21%) Apple
13 1 (0.21%) ATG
13 1 (0.21%) CA Agile Central
13 1 (0.21%) Infragistics
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The Bridge Ltd
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