Period
to 23 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a QA Automation Engineer was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 23 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
UK > England
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 772 813 826
Rank change year-on-year +41 +13 -19
Contract jobs requiring a QA Automation Engineer 85 60 45
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.090% 0.061% 0.043%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.095% 0.065% 0.046%
Number of daily rates quoted 66 47 34
England median daily rate £450 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +6.67% +3.45%
10th Percentile £334 £263 £229
90th Percentile £550 £553 £518
UK median daily rate £450 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +16.13% +3.33% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
England median hourly rate - - -
UK median hourly rate - £55.00 -

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 89884 92670 98656
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.76% 94.76% 95.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 59938 60988 63819
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 2667 3006 3819
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +2.78% +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.97 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.90 £47.00 £45.00
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%

QA Automation Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for QA Automation Engineer in England

QA Automation Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA Automation Engineer in England

QA Automation Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA Automation Engineer in England over the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA Automation Engineer in England

QA Automation Engineer
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 QA Automation Engineer within the England region over the 6 months to 23 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 +1 51 £500 +11.11% 15
South East +9 11 £363 +25.00% 7
North of England +57 8 £425 +15.25% 1
Midlands +29 7 £375 +5.26% 2
East Midlands - 7 £375 - 2
Yorkshire +24 6 £375 -18.92%
South West -1 5 £401 +0.31% 1
East of England -17 3 £338 - 2
North East +58 1 £438 +25.00%
North West +19 1 £425 +36.00% 1
QA Automation Engineer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 23 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 England region featuring QA Automation Engineer in the job title.

1 85 (100.00%) QA
2 78 (91.76%) Test Automation
3 63 (74.12%) Agile Software Development
4 59 (69.41%) Selenium
5 54 (63.53%) QA Automation
6 46 (54.12%) Cucumber
7 45 (52.94%) Java
8 42 (49.41%) Scrum
9 34 (40.00%) BDD
10 26 (30.59%) TDD
11 22 (25.88%) JavaScript
11 22 (25.88%) WebDriver
12 21 (24.71%) Jenkins
13 19 (22.35%) Git (software)
13 19 (22.35%) JIRA
14 17 (20.00%) C#
15 16 (18.82%) Kanban
16 15 (17.65%) SQL
17 14 (16.47%) Performance Testing
17 14 (16.47%) Amazon AWS
17 14 (16.47%) Test Strategy
18 12 (14.12%) Exploratory Testing
18 12 (14.12%) SDET
18 12 (14.12%) Banking
18 12 (14.12%) Computer Science
18 12 (14.12%) HTML
18 12 (14.12%) .NET
18 12 (14.12%) Web Services
18 12 (14.12%) E-Commerce
18 12 (14.12%) Regression Testing

QA Automation Engineer 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 6 (7.06%) Confluence
2 2 (2.35%) CMS
2 2 (2.35%) ColdFusion
3 1 (1.18%) Apache Spark
3 1 (1.18%) Cloud Foundry
3 1 (1.18%) Sitecore CMS
Business Applications
1 1 (1.18%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 14 (16.47%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (8.24%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (2.35%) BrowserStack
3 2 (2.35%) GitHub
4 1 (1.18%) Basecamp
4 1 (1.18%) Google Cloud Platform
4 1 (1.18%) PaaS
4 1 (1.18%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 7 (8.24%) HTTP
2 2 (2.35%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.53%) Relational Database
2 2 (2.35%) Hadoop
2 2 (2.35%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (1.18%) Big Data
3 1 (1.18%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.18%) HBase
3 1 (1.18%) NoSQL
3 1 (1.18%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 59 (69.41%) Selenium
2 46 (54.12%) Cucumber
3 22 (25.88%) WebDriver
4 21 (24.71%) Jenkins
5 19 (22.35%) Git (software)
5 19 (22.35%) JIRA
6 11 (12.94%) JUnit
7 9 (10.59%) SoapUI
8 8 (9.41%) JMeter
8 8 (9.41%) Mocha
9 6 (7.06%) Appium
9 6 (7.06%) Maven
9 6 (7.06%) SpecFlow
10 5 (5.88%) Calabash
10 5 (5.88%) Protractor
11 4 (4.71%) Capybara
11 4 (4.71%) Jasmine
11 4 (4.71%) Subversion
11 4 (4.71%) Team Foundation Server
11 4 (4.71%) TeamCity
General
1 12 (14.12%) Banking
1 12 (14.12%) Finance
2 5 (5.88%) Investment Banking
3 3 (3.53%) Retail
4 2 (2.35%) Front Office
5 1 (1.18%) Back Office
5 1 (1.18%) Corporate Banking
5 1 (1.18%) Games
5 1 (1.18%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (14.12%) .NET
1 12 (14.12%) HTML
1 12 (14.12%) Web Services
2 8 (9.41%) Gherkin
2 8 (9.41%) Node.js
3 7 (8.24%) RESTful
4 6 (7.06%) CSS
5 5 (5.88%) AngularJS
5 5 (5.88%) Nightwatchjs
6 4 (4.71%) HTML5
6 4 (4.71%) React
6 4 (4.71%) SOAP
7 3 (3.53%) Backbone.js
7 3 (3.53%) Chai
7 3 (3.53%) REST
7 3 (3.53%) XML
8 2 (2.35%) JDBC
9 1 (1.18%) .NET Framework
9 1 (1.18%) JSON
9 1 (1.18%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 12 (14.12%) Computer Science
2 8 (9.41%) Greenfield Project
3 4 (4.71%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 3 (3.53%) Client/Server
4 3 (3.53%) Mobile App
5 2 (2.35%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (2.35%) Fintech
5 2 (2.35%) Life Science
5 2 (2.35%) Video\Live Streaming
6 1 (1.18%) Digital Media
6 1 (1.18%) Smartphone
6 1 (1.18%) User Experience
6 1 (1.18%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 7 (8.24%) Linux
2 4 (4.71%) Apple iOS
2 4 (4.71%) Windows
3 3 (3.53%) Unix
4 2 (2.35%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 78 (91.76%) Test Automation
2 63 (74.12%) Agile Software Development
3 54 (63.53%) QA Automation
4 42 (49.41%) Scrum
5 34 (40.00%) BDD
6 26 (30.59%) TDD
7 16 (18.82%) Kanban
8 14 (16.47%) Performance Testing
8 14 (16.47%) Test Strategy
9 12 (14.12%) E-Commerce
9 12 (14.12%) Exploratory Testing
9 12 (14.12%) Regression Testing
9 12 (14.12%) SDET
10 11 (12.94%) Continuous Integration
11 10 (11.76%) Asset Management
12 9 (10.59%) API Testing
12 9 (10.59%) Scenario Testing
12 9 (10.59%) User Stories
13 8 (9.41%) DevOps
13 8 (9.41%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 45 (52.94%) Java
2 22 (25.88%) JavaScript
3 17 (20.00%) C#
4 15 (17.65%) SQL
5 10 (11.76%) Ruby
6 9 (10.59%) Python
7 5 (5.88%) Scala
8 3 (3.53%) VB
9 2 (2.35%) Bash Shell
10 1 (1.18%) Apple Swift
10 1 (1.18%) Groovy
10 1 (1.18%) Korn
10 1 (1.18%) Perl
10 1 (1.18%) PHP
10 1 (1.18%) PL/SQL
10 1 (1.18%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (7.06%) Degree
2 5 (5.88%) Computer Science Degree
2 5 (5.88%) ISTQB
3 4 (4.71%) ISEB
4 3 (3.53%) SC Cleared
4 3 (3.53%) Security Cleared
5 2 (2.35%) Numerate Degree
6 1 (1.18%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (1.18%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 85 (100.00%) QA
2 1 (1.18%) WCAG
System Software
1 7 (8.24%) Docker
2 1 (1.18%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 3 (3.53%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (2.35%) Kibana
Vendors
1 4 (4.71%) Microsoft
2 2 (2.35%) ATG
2 2 (2.35%) Atlassian
2 2 (2.35%) hybris
2 2 (2.35%) Perforce
2 2 (2.35%) Twitter
3 1 (1.18%) Charles River
3 1 (1.18%) Google
3 1 (1.18%) HP
3 1 (1.18%) IBM
3 1 (1.18%) New Relic
3 1 (1.18%) Oracle
3 1 (1.18%) Salesforce.com
3 1 (1.18%) Sitecore
3 1 (1.18%) Talend