The median contractor rate for a Test Automation Engineer was £395 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 Test Engineer
UK / England
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 511 542 546
Rank change year-on-year +31 +4  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Automation Engineer 65 82 55
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.15% 0.16% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.16% 0.17% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 58 56 35
Median daily rate £395 £400 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.25% +23.07%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £296 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £650 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £340 £325
% change year-on-year +6.61% +4.61%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 3
Median hourly rate £45.87 - £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.87 - £37.50

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%  

Test Automation Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation Engineer in England

Test Automation Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation Engineer in England

Test Automation Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

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

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation Engineer in England

Test Automation Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation Engineer in England

Test 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 Test Automation Engineer 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 +37 31 £425 -10.52% 13
South East +21 9 £300 -29.41% 3
East of England +7 9 £450 +47.54% 9
South West -7 5 £300 -7.69% 9
North West +22 4 £291 -14.33% 3
North East -10 4 £360 +21.51%
Yorkshire +10 2 £400 +17.64% 4
West Midlands +18 1 £475 +52.00%
East Midlands - 1 £450 -
Test Automation Engineer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 30 March 2017, Test 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 Test Automation Engineer in the job title.

1 123 (83.11%) Agile Software Development
2 112 (75.68%) Selenium
3 92 (62.16%) Cucumber
4 84 (56.76%) Test Automation
5 83 (56.08%) BDD
6 75 (50.68%) Java
7 67 (45.27%) WebDriver
8 65 (43.92%) QA
9 54 (36.49%) TDD
10 41 (27.70%) SQL
11 37 (25.00%) Jenkins
12 36 (24.32%) Continuous Integration
12 36 (24.32%) C#
13 32 (21.62%) API Testing
14 31 (20.95%) Automation Testing
14 31 (20.95%) Finance
14 31 (20.95%) Automated Testing
14 31 (20.95%) Test Scripting
15 26 (17.57%) Ruby
16 25 (16.89%) JIRA
17 24 (16.22%) Scrum
18 23 (15.54%) Banking
18 23 (15.54%) Test Strategy
19 22 (14.86%) SpecFlow
19 22 (14.86%) Gherkin
19 22 (14.86%) SDET
20 20 (13.51%) Python
21 19 (12.84%) JUnit
21 19 (12.84%) JavaScript
21 19 (12.84%) Git (software)

Test 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 4 (2.70%) Confluence
2 2 (1.35%) WebSphere
3 1 (0.68%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 1 (0.68%) Apache Spark
3 1 (0.68%) Commerce Server
3 1 (0.68%) JBoss
3 1 (0.68%) Tomcat
Business Applications
1 1 (0.68%) FLEXCUBE
1 1 (0.68%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 1 (0.68%) Temenos T24
1 1 (0.68%) VisionPLUS
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.03%) Amazon AWS
1 3 (2.03%) GitHub
2 2 (1.35%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.68%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 16 (10.81%) Internet
2 2 (1.35%) Ethernet
2 2 (1.35%) SSH
2 2 (1.35%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.68%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (3.38%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.70%) Big Data
3 3 (2.03%) MySQL
3 3 (2.03%) Oracle Database
4 2 (1.35%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.68%) DB2
5 1 (0.68%) Hadoop
5 1 (0.68%) KDB
5 1 (0.68%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.68%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.68%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.68%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 112 (75.68%) Selenium
2 92 (62.16%) Cucumber
3 67 (45.27%) WebDriver
4 37 (25.00%) Jenkins
5 25 (16.89%) JIRA
6 22 (14.86%) SpecFlow
7 19 (12.84%) Git (software)
7 19 (12.84%) JUnit
8 17 (11.49%) JMeter
9 13 (8.78%) TeamCity
10 12 (8.11%) SoapUI
11 11 (7.43%) Appium
11 11 (7.43%) NUnit
11 11 (7.43%) Team Foundation Server
12 10 (6.76%) Selenium IDE
13 9 (6.08%) Calabash
13 9 (6.08%) RSpec
14 8 (5.41%) HP UFT
15 7 (4.73%) Hudson
15 7 (4.73%) JBehave
General
1 31 (20.95%) Finance
2 23 (15.54%) Banking
3 15 (10.14%) Retail
4 12 (8.11%) Games
4 12 (8.11%) Retail Banking
5 6 (4.05%) Marketing
6 3 (2.03%) Advertising
7 2 (1.35%) Back Office
7 2 (1.35%) Music Industry
7 2 (1.35%) Publishing
7 2 (1.35%) Telecoms
8 1 (0.68%) Electronics
8 1 (0.68%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.68%) Front Office
8 1 (0.68%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.68%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.68%) Wholesale Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (14.86%) Gherkin
2 17 (11.49%) SOAP
3 15 (10.14%) XML
4 13 (8.78%) REST
5 11 (7.43%) RESTful
5 11 (7.43%) Web Services
6 9 (6.08%) .NET
7 8 (5.41%) JSON
8 7 (4.73%) Node.js
9 6 (4.05%) HTML
10 3 (2.03%) AngularJS
10 3 (2.03%) HTML5
11 2 (1.35%) .NET Framework
11 2 (1.35%) CSS
11 2 (1.35%) J2EE
11 2 (1.35%) Spring
12 1 (0.68%) ActiveMQ
12 1 (0.68%) Java EE
12 1 (0.68%) JSP
12 1 (0.68%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 12 (8.11%) Mobile App
2 4 (2.70%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 3 (2.03%) Credit Risk
3 3 (2.03%) Linux Command Line
4 2 (1.35%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (1.35%) Computer Science
4 2 (1.35%) Driving Licence
4 2 (1.35%) iPad
4 2 (1.35%) Online Games
4 2 (1.35%) User Experience
5 1 (0.68%) BBC
5 1 (0.68%) Digital Media
5 1 (0.68%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (0.68%) Equities
5 1 (0.68%) Mainframe
5 1 (0.68%) NHS
5 1 (0.68%) Smartphone
5 1 (0.68%) Video on Demand
5 1 (0.68%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 8 (5.41%) Android
1 8 (5.41%) Apple iOS
2 7 (4.73%) Linux
2 7 (4.73%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 123 (83.11%) Agile Software Development
2 84 (56.76%) Test Automation
3 83 (56.08%) BDD
4 54 (36.49%) TDD
5 36 (24.32%) Continuous Integration
6 32 (21.62%) API Testing
7 31 (20.95%) Automated Testing
7 31 (20.95%) Automation Testing
7 31 (20.95%) Test Scripting
8 24 (16.22%) Scrum
9 23 (15.54%) Test Strategy
10 16 (10.81%) E-Commerce
11 15 (10.14%) Kanban
12 14 (9.46%) Cybersecurity
12 14 (9.46%) Manual Testing
12 14 (9.46%) Performance Testing
13 13 (8.78%) Continuous Delivery
13 13 (8.78%) Defect Tracking
13 13 (8.78%) Regression Testing
14 11 (7.43%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 75 (50.68%) Java
2 41 (27.70%) SQL
3 36 (24.32%) C#
4 26 (17.57%) Ruby
5 20 (13.51%) Python
6 19 (12.84%) JavaScript
6 19 (12.84%) Scala
7 9 (6.08%) PHP
8 6 (4.05%) T-SQL
9 5 (3.38%) PL/SQL
9 5 (3.38%) PowerShell
10 3 (2.03%) Perl
11 1 (0.68%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.68%) C
11 1 (0.68%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 10 (6.76%) ISEB
2 9 (6.08%) Security Cleared
3 7 (4.73%) ISTQB
4 5 (3.38%) SC Cleared
5 4 (2.70%) Degree
6 1 (0.68%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 65 (43.92%) QA
2 22 (14.86%) SDET
3 4 (2.70%) WCAG
4 1 (0.68%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.68%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.68%) MiFID
System Software
1 5 (3.38%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (0.68%) Kubernetes
1 1 (0.68%) Zenoss
Vendors
1 16 (10.81%) Microsoft
2 8 (5.41%) HP
3 7 (4.73%) IBM
3 7 (4.73%) Xamarin
4 6 (4.05%) Oracle
5 2 (1.35%) Salesforce.com
5 2 (1.35%) Sybase
6 1 (0.68%) Adobe
6 1 (0.68%) Apiary
6 1 (0.68%) ATG
6 1 (0.68%) Atlassian
6 1 (0.68%) CA Agile Central
6 1 (0.68%) Calypso
6 1 (0.68%) Guidewire
6 1 (0.68%) hybris
6 1 (0.68%) MuleSoft
6 1 (0.68%) SAP
6 1 (0.68%) Temenos
South West
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Taunton, Somerset
Experis Ltd
Rate: £375 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Norwich, Norfolk
Sanderson
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £600 - £700 per day
Posted: 6 days ago