Period
to 21 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Test Automation Engineer was £425 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 Test Engineer
UK > England
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 663 688 728
Rank change year-on-year +25 +40 +17
Contract jobs requiring a Test Automation Engineer 192 183 137
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.20% 0.19% 0.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.21% 0.20% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 145 130 98
England median daily rate £425 £423 £353
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.59% +19.86% +0.71%
10th Percentile £313 £263 £281
90th Percentile £568 £525 £500
UK median daily rate £425 £423 £350
% change year-on-year +0.59% +20.71% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 5 2
England median hourly rate £40.00 £40.00 £27.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +44.14% -7.50%
10th Percentile £38.60 £30.50 £25.13
90th Percentile £42.20 £41.80 £30.98
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £35.00 £27.75
% change year-on-year +14.29% +26.13% -7.50%

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%

Test Automation Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

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 6 months to 21 November 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 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 +3 101 £456 +8.63% 19
South East -8 28 £425 -1.16% 11
East of England -5 19 £375 -18.92% 7
Midlands +23 17 £350 - 4
South West -3 14 £335 -29.47% 1
North of England +41 13 £438 +16.67% 15
East Midlands +11 12 £350 - 1
North East +69 7 £438 +25.00% 3
West Midlands +14 5 £350 -1.75% 3
North West +18 3 £430 +14.67% 5
Yorkshire +12 3 £468 +24.67% 7
Test Automation Engineer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 21 November 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.

1 192 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 120 (62.50%) Java
3 119 (61.98%) Selenium
4 116 (60.42%) Agile Software Development
5 83 (43.23%) Cucumber
6 74 (38.54%) BDD
7 68 (35.42%) QA
8 66 (34.38%) Scrum
9 55 (28.65%) WebDriver
10 49 (25.52%) TDD
11 46 (23.96%) C#
12 41 (21.35%) Python
13 37 (19.27%) JavaScript
13 37 (19.27%) Jenkins
14 35 (18.23%) Test Scripting
15 34 (17.71%) Continuous Integration
16 32 (16.67%) SpecFlow
17 30 (15.63%) Linux
17 30 (15.63%) JIRA
18 29 (15.10%) JUnit
19 25 (13.02%) Gherkin
20 24 (12.50%) Test Strategy
20 24 (12.50%) DevOps
20 24 (12.50%) Git (software)
21 23 (11.98%) Performance Testing
21 23 (11.98%) SoapUI
22 22 (11.46%) Greenfield Project
22 22 (11.46%) Ruby
22 22 (11.46%) JMeter
23 21 (10.94%) Finance

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 9 (4.69%) Confluence
2 2 (1.04%) Apache Pig
2 2 (1.04%) Apache Spark
2 2 (1.04%) Cloud Foundry
3 1 (0.52%) JBoss
3 1 (0.52%) Tomcat
3 1 (0.52%) WebSphere
Cloud Services
1 14 (7.29%) Microsoft Azure
2 12 (6.25%) Amazon AWS
3 9 (4.69%) GitHub
4 5 (2.60%) BrowserStack
5 4 (2.08%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (1.04%) PaaS
6 2 (1.04%) Sauce Labs
7 1 (0.52%) vREST
Communications & Networking
1 10 (5.21%) Wireless
2 8 (4.17%) PuTTY
2 8 (4.17%) WinSCP
3 4 (2.08%) Wi-Fi
4 3 (1.56%) Bluetooth
5 2 (1.04%) HTTP
5 2 (1.04%) Internet
5 2 (1.04%) NAS
6 1 (0.52%) 3G
6 1 (0.52%) 4G
6 1 (0.52%) Broadband
6 1 (0.52%) DNS
6 1 (0.52%) LTE
6 1 (0.52%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (4.17%) SQL Server
2 7 (3.65%) Oracle Database
2 7 (3.65%) Oracle Database 10g
2 7 (3.65%) Oracle Database 11g
2 7 (3.65%) SQL Server 2012
3 6 (3.13%) SQL Server 2016
4 4 (2.08%) HBase
5 3 (1.56%) Big Data
5 3 (1.56%) Hadoop
5 3 (1.56%) Oracle Reports
6 2 (1.04%) Apache Hive
6 2 (1.04%) Impala
6 2 (1.04%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.52%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.52%) SQL Server 2005
7 1 (0.52%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (0.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 119 (61.98%) Selenium
2 83 (43.23%) Cucumber
3 55 (28.65%) WebDriver
4 37 (19.27%) Jenkins
5 32 (16.67%) SpecFlow
6 30 (15.63%) JIRA
7 29 (15.10%) JUnit
8 24 (12.50%) Git (software)
9 23 (11.98%) SoapUI
10 22 (11.46%) JMeter
11 18 (9.38%) HP UFT
12 17 (8.85%) TestNG
13 16 (8.33%) Ant
14 14 (7.29%) Appium
14 14 (7.29%) Maven
15 13 (6.77%) Eclipse
15 13 (6.77%) Gradle
16 12 (6.25%) Protractor
16 12 (6.25%) Team Foundation Server
17 11 (5.73%) TeamCity
General
1 21 (10.94%) Banking
1 21 (10.94%) Finance
2 12 (6.25%) Telecoms
3 10 (5.21%) Retail
4 9 (4.69%) Law
5 6 (3.13%) Games
6 5 (2.60%) Electronics
6 5 (2.60%) Investment Banking
7 2 (1.04%) Front Office
7 2 (1.04%) Marketing
7 2 (1.04%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.52%) Advertising
8 1 (0.52%) Back Office
8 1 (0.52%) Corporate Banking
8 1 (0.52%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.52%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.52%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (13.02%) Gherkin
2 18 (9.38%) .NET
3 16 (8.33%) Web Services
4 11 (5.73%) Node.js
4 11 (5.73%) REST
5 10 (5.21%) RESTful
6 9 (4.69%) SOAP
7 7 (3.65%) Ajax
8 6 (3.13%) Kafka
8 6 (3.13%) Spring
9 5 (2.60%) JSON
10 4 (2.08%) AngularJS
10 4 (2.08%) CSS
10 4 (2.08%) jQuery
10 4 (2.08%) XML
11 3 (1.56%) JDBC
11 3 (1.56%) RESTEasy
12 2 (1.04%) Chai
12 2 (1.04%) PicoContainer
12 2 (1.04%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 22 (11.46%) Greenfield Project
2 10 (5.21%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (5.21%) Embedded Systems
3 9 (4.69%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 9 (4.69%) Mobile App
4 6 (3.13%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
5 5 (2.60%) Device Driver
5 5 (2.60%) Verilog
6 4 (2.08%) Computer Science
7 3 (1.56%) User Experience
8 2 (1.04%) Fintech
9 1 (0.52%) Client/Server
9 1 (0.52%) Digital TV
9 1 (0.52%) IPTV
9 1 (0.52%) Over-the-Top Content
9 1 (0.52%) RIA
9 1 (0.52%) Smartphone
9 1 (0.52%) STB
Operating Systems
1 30 (15.63%) Linux
2 20 (10.42%) Windows
3 13 (6.77%) Android
4 12 (6.25%) Apple iOS
5 11 (5.73%) Unix
6 6 (3.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 6 (3.13%) Windows Server
6 6 (3.13%) Windows Server 2012
7 5 (2.60%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.52%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.52%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 192 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 116 (60.42%) Agile Software Development
3 74 (38.54%) BDD
4 66 (34.38%) Scrum
5 49 (25.52%) TDD
6 35 (18.23%) Test Scripting
7 34 (17.71%) Continuous Integration
8 24 (12.50%) DevOps
8 24 (12.50%) Test Strategy
9 23 (11.98%) Performance Testing
10 21 (10.94%) API Testing
10 21 (10.94%) SDET
11 20 (10.42%) Regression Testing
11 20 (10.42%) Software Testing
12 19 (9.90%) Exploratory Testing
12 19 (9.90%) QA Automation
13 18 (9.38%) Acceptance Criteria
14 16 (8.33%) Scenario Testing
14 16 (8.33%) SDLC
14 16 (8.33%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 120 (62.50%) Java
2 46 (23.96%) C#
3 41 (21.35%) Python
4 37 (19.27%) JavaScript
5 22 (11.46%) Ruby
6 16 (8.33%) SQL
7 11 (5.73%) Scala
8 8 (4.17%) C++
8 8 (4.17%) F#
9 7 (3.65%) C
10 5 (2.60%) Perl
10 5 (2.60%) T-SQL
11 4 (2.08%) PHP
11 4 (2.08%) VB
12 3 (1.56%) TypeScript
13 1 (0.52%) Bash Shell
13 1 (0.52%) Groovy
13 1 (0.52%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 17 (8.85%) Security Cleared
2 15 (7.81%) ISEB
3 14 (7.29%) ISTQB
3 14 (7.29%) SC Cleared
4 11 (5.73%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 9 (4.69%) Degree
6 5 (2.60%) ISEB Practitioner
7 3 (1.56%) Computer Science Degree
7 3 (1.56%) DV Cleared
8 2 (1.04%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 68 (35.42%) QA
2 6 (3.13%) WCAG
3 1 (0.52%) Data Quality
System Software
1 9 (4.69%) Docker
2 6 (3.13%) vSphere
3 3 (1.56%) Firmware
4 2 (1.04%) HDFS
5 1 (0.52%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.52%) VirtualBox
5 1 (0.52%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 4 (2.08%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.52%) Ansible
2 1 (0.52%) Puppet
2 1 (0.52%) vRealize
Vendors
1 14 (7.29%) HP
2 13 (6.77%) Microsoft
3 8 (4.17%) Oracle
4 7 (3.65%) Atlassian
5 6 (3.13%) Red Hat
5 6 (3.13%) VMware
6 5 (2.60%) Perforce
6 5 (2.60%) Software AG
6 5 (2.60%) webMethods
7 2 (1.04%) IBM
7 2 (1.04%) Xamarin
8 1 (0.52%) Google
8 1 (0.52%) MuleSoft
8 1 (0.52%) Perfecto Mobile
8 1 (0.52%) SAP
8 1 (0.52%) Telerik