Period
to 21 November 2017

The median contractor rate for an Automation Tester was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 21 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 Tester
UK > England
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 436 477 523
Rank change year-on-year +41 +46 +19
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Tester 494 441 375
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.52% 0.45% 0.36%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.55% 0.48% 0.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 315 271 280
England median daily rate £400 £375 £364
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +3.09% +3.93%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £263
90th Percentile £522 £525 £451
UK median daily rate £388 £375 £365
% change year-on-year +3.33% +2.74% +4.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 2
England median hourly rate £48.50 £39.37 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.19% +35.76% -78.91%
10th Percentile £42.55 £32.67 £27.60
90th Percentile £49.25 £42.87 £31.20
UK median hourly rate £48.50 £39.37 £29.00
% change year-on-year +23.19% +35.76% -78.91%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England. 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
England
Contract vacancies in England with a recognized job title 89873 92200 98570
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.75% 94.76% 94.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 59900 60696 63752
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £263 £256 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2662 2972 3818
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +2.78% +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.00 £45.00
UK median hourly rate £18.69 £18.03 £18.00
% change year-on-year +3.66% +0.17% +9.09%

Automation Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings that featured Automation Tester in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

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 6 months to 21 November 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 6 months to 21 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +38 261 £425 +6.25% 31
North of England +64 83 £365 -2.67% 20
South East -13 80 £375 +6.38% 11
Yorkshire +49 61 £370 -4.52% 8
East of England +4 37 £375 +3.45% 6
South West -12 20 £366 -8.50% 3
Midlands +17 18 £350 +7.69% 15
North West +6 12 £363 +3.57% 10
North East +64 10 £275 -9.09% 2
East Midlands +7 9 £350 +7.69% 10
West Midlands +11 8 £450 +28.57% 5
Automation Tester
UK

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

For the 6 months to 21 November 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.

1 494 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 345 (69.84%) Agile Software Development
3 310 (62.75%) Selenium
4 248 (50.20%) Java
5 232 (46.96%) Cucumber
6 209 (42.31%) BDD
7 169 (34.21%) WebDriver
8 163 (33.00%) Jenkins
9 144 (29.15%) QA
10 141 (28.54%) TDD
11 126 (25.51%) Continuous Integration
12 123 (24.90%) Scrum
13 114 (23.08%) JIRA
14 107 (21.66%) Git (software)
15 98 (19.84%) SQL
16 97 (19.64%) C#
17 89 (18.02%) Web Services
18 87 (17.61%) Gherkin
19 84 (17.00%) JavaScript
20 73 (14.78%) REST
21 72 (14.57%) API Testing
22 69 (13.97%) E-Commerce
23 68 (13.77%) SOAP
24 67 (13.56%) Python
25 66 (13.36%) Test Scripting
25 66 (13.36%) RESTful
26 63 (12.75%) Finance
27 62 (12.55%) Functional Testing
28 57 (11.54%) JMeter
29 54 (10.93%) Confluence

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 54 (10.93%) Confluence
2 23 (4.66%) WebSphere
3 3 (0.61%) SharePoint
4 2 (0.40%) BizTalk Server
4 2 (0.40%) Cloud Foundry
4 2 (0.40%) CMS
4 2 (0.40%) SAS
4 2 (0.40%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (0.20%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 1 (0.20%) Apache Spark
5 1 (0.20%) IIS
5 1 (0.20%) JBoss
5 1 (0.20%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 3 (0.61%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.20%) HipChat
Business Applications
1 10 (2.02%) Magento
2 2 (0.40%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.20%) CSG Singleview
3 1 (0.20%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.20%) IntelliMatch
Cloud Services
1 33 (6.68%) Amazon AWS
2 18 (3.64%) Sauce Labs
3 13 (2.63%) Microsoft Azure
4 9 (1.82%) GitHub
5 7 (1.42%) BrowserStack
6 3 (0.61%) Cloud Computing
6 3 (0.61%) npm
6 3 (0.61%) Salesforce Service Cloud
7 2 (0.40%) BlazeMeter
7 2 (0.40%) Heroku
7 2 (0.40%) vREST
8 1 (0.20%) Google Analytics
8 1 (0.20%) OpenShift
8 1 (0.20%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 22 (4.45%) Internet
2 11 (2.23%) HTTP
3 10 (2.02%) Bluetooth
4 9 (1.82%) Wireless
5 3 (0.61%) PuTTY
5 3 (0.61%) WinSCP
6 2 (0.40%) NAS
7 1 (0.20%) DSL
7 1 (0.20%) Extranet
7 1 (0.20%) Firewall
7 1 (0.20%) HTTPS
7 1 (0.20%) Intranet
7 1 (0.20%) SMS
7 1 (0.20%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (7.29%) Redis
2 21 (4.25%) MongoDB
2 21 (4.25%) NoSQL
3 18 (3.64%) DB2
3 18 (3.64%) Relational Database
4 14 (2.83%) SQL Server
5 13 (2.63%) MySQL
6 12 (2.43%) Big Data
7 11 (2.23%) DbVisualizer
8 5 (1.01%) Hadoop
9 4 (0.81%) Oracle Database
10 3 (0.61%) Blockchain
10 3 (0.61%) Oracle Database 10g
10 3 (0.61%) Oracle Database 11g
10 3 (0.61%) Oracle Reports
10 3 (0.61%) SQL Server 2005
10 3 (0.61%) SQL Server 2008
10 3 (0.61%) SQL Server 2012
11 2 (0.40%) Firebird
11 2 (0.40%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 310 (62.75%) Selenium
2 232 (46.96%) Cucumber
3 169 (34.21%) WebDriver
4 163 (33.00%) Jenkins
5 114 (23.08%) JIRA
6 107 (21.66%) Git (software)
7 57 (11.54%) JMeter
8 50 (10.12%) SoapUI
9 43 (8.70%) SpecFlow
10 39 (7.89%) Appium
11 34 (6.88%) Protractor
12 26 (5.26%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 25 (5.06%) JUnit
14 22 (4.45%) Calabash
15 21 (4.25%) TeamCity
16 20 (4.05%) Bitbucket
16 20 (4.05%) Team Foundation Server
17 19 (3.85%) HP UFT
18 16 (3.24%) Jasmine
18 16 (3.24%) Visual Studio
General
1 63 (12.75%) Finance
2 53 (10.73%) Banking
3 43 (8.70%) Retail
4 35 (7.09%) Games
5 20 (4.05%) Telecoms
6 14 (2.83%) Corporate Banking
7 11 (2.23%) Investment Banking
7 11 (2.23%) Retail Banking
8 6 (1.21%) Advertising
8 6 (1.21%) Marketing
9 5 (1.01%) Front Office
10 3 (0.61%) Financial Institution
10 3 (0.61%) Manufacturing
11 2 (0.40%) Back Office
11 2 (0.40%) Electronics
12 1 (0.20%) Automotive
12 1 (0.20%) Billing
12 1 (0.20%) Legal
12 1 (0.20%) Pharmaceutical
12 1 (0.20%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 89 (18.02%) Web Services
2 87 (17.61%) Gherkin
3 73 (14.78%) REST
4 68 (13.77%) SOAP
5 66 (13.36%) RESTful
6 42 (8.50%) JSON
7 30 (6.07%) .NET
8 24 (4.86%) XML
9 22 (4.45%) HTML
10 20 (4.05%) RESTEasy
11 18 (3.64%) ActiveMQ
12 16 (3.24%) AngularJS
12 16 (3.24%) Node.js
13 12 (2.43%) Middleware
14 8 (1.62%) CSS
15 7 (1.42%) Spring
16 6 (1.21%) Apache Flex
16 6 (1.21%) React
16 6 (1.21%) WebSphere MQ
17 5 (1.01%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 35 (7.09%) Mobile App
2 33 (6.68%) Analytical Skills
3 19 (3.85%) Greenfield Project
4 12 (2.43%) Online Games
5 9 (1.82%) Embedded Systems
5 9 (1.82%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 8 (1.62%) Computer Science
7 7 (1.42%) Mainframe
7 7 (1.42%) User Experience
8 6 (1.21%) Fintech
8 6 (1.21%) Virtual Team
9 5 (1.01%) STB
10 4 (0.81%) Linux Command Line
11 3 (0.61%) Derivative
11 3 (0.61%) Equities
12 2 (0.40%) Client/Server
12 2 (0.40%) Credit Risk
12 2 (0.40%) Management Information System
12 2 (0.40%) OTC Derivatives
12 2 (0.40%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 42 (8.50%) Unix
2 35 (7.09%) Apple iOS
3 34 (6.88%) Android
4 32 (6.48%) Mac OS X
5 30 (6.07%) Windows
6 29 (5.87%) Linux
7 4 (0.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 3 (0.61%) Windows Server
8 3 (0.61%) Windows Server 2012
9 2 (0.40%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 494 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 345 (69.84%) Agile Software Development
3 209 (42.31%) BDD
4 141 (28.54%) TDD
5 126 (25.51%) Continuous Integration
6 123 (24.90%) Scrum
7 72 (14.57%) API Testing
8 69 (13.97%) E-Commerce
9 66 (13.36%) Test Scripting
10 62 (12.55%) Functional Testing
11 51 (10.32%) Test Strategy
12 48 (9.72%) Regression Testing
13 45 (9.11%) Kanban
13 45 (9.11%) Performance Testing
14 44 (8.91%) Continuous Delivery
15 41 (8.30%) Exploratory Testing
15 41 (8.30%) Integration Testing
15 41 (8.30%) Open Source
16 38 (7.69%) Scenario Testing
16 38 (7.69%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 248 (50.20%) Java
2 98 (19.84%) SQL
3 97 (19.64%) C#
4 84 (17.00%) JavaScript
5 67 (13.56%) Python
6 43 (8.70%) Ruby
7 29 (5.87%) Groovy
7 29 (5.87%) Scala
8 19 (3.85%) Apple Swift
9 14 (2.83%) Bash Shell
10 13 (2.63%) Shell Script
11 12 (2.43%) R
12 11 (2.23%) C
13 10 (2.02%) PHP
14 9 (1.82%) Embedded C
15 7 (1.42%) Perl
16 6 (1.21%) VB
17 4 (0.81%) C++
17 4 (0.81%) F#
18 3 (0.61%) VBA
Qualifications
1 38 (7.69%) Security Cleared
2 27 (5.47%) SC Cleared
3 21 (4.25%) ISTQB
4 17 (3.44%) ISEB
5 11 (2.23%) Degree
6 6 (1.21%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 5 (1.01%) BPSS Clearance
8 4 (0.81%) DV Cleared
9 2 (0.40%) ISEB Practitioner
9 2 (0.40%) Master's Degree
10 1 (0.20%) BC Cleared
10 1 (0.20%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 144 (29.15%) QA
2 6 (1.21%) PCI DSS
3 5 (1.01%) WCAG
4 2 (0.40%) MiFID
5 1 (0.20%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.20%) Dodd-Frank
5 1 (0.20%) EMIR
5 1 (0.20%) WAI
System Software
1 35 (7.09%) Docker
2 4 (0.81%) Virtual Machines
3 3 (0.61%) vSphere
4 1 (0.20%) HDFS
4 1 (0.20%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 20 (4.05%) HP Quality Center
2 19 (3.85%) Puppet
3 11 (2.23%) Ansible
4 7 (1.42%) Grafana
4 7 (1.42%) StatsD
5 6 (1.21%) Kibana
6 3 (0.61%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (0.61%) vRealize
7 1 (0.20%) Rancher
Vendors
1 29 (5.87%) HP
2 25 (5.06%) Oracle
3 20 (4.05%) Microsoft
4 19 (3.85%) Atlassian
5 18 (3.64%) IBM
6 16 (3.24%) hybris
7 9 (1.82%) Perforce
8 7 (1.42%) Splunk
9 6 (1.21%) Salesforce.com
10 5 (1.01%) Xamarin
11 4 (0.81%) Perfecto Mobile
11 4 (0.81%) Red Hat
12 3 (0.61%) Fidessa
12 3 (0.61%) VMware
13 2 (0.40%) Murex
13 2 (0.40%) SAP
13 2 (0.40%) WSO2
14 1 (0.20%) Infor
14 1 (0.20%) Maxymiser
14 1 (0.20%) Sencha