The median contractor rate for an Automation Tester was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies in Leeds during the 3 months to 23 June 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
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 59 98 104
Rank change year-on-year +39 +6  
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Tester 31 5 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Leeds 2.83% 0.33% 0.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.87% 0.35% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 4 1
Median daily rate £350 £294 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +19.14% +6.81%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £330
% change year-on-year - +6.06%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in Leeds. 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
Leeds
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 1081 1449 1428
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Leeds 98.54% 95.96% 95.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 730 1026 1030
Median daily rate £400 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £508 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 21 35
Median hourly rate £16.00 £12.00 £12.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +33.33% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £10.20 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.56 £22.50 £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.45 £16.14
% change year-on-year +0.28% +8.11%  

Automation Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in Leeds

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

Job vacancy trend for Automation Tester in Leeds

Automation Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Leeds

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Automation Tester in Leeds

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

For the 6 months to 23 June 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 Leeds region featuring Automation Tester in the job title.

1 41 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 39 (95.12%) Selenium
3 30 (73.17%) Java
4 29 (70.73%) Agile Software Development
4 29 (70.73%) WebDriver
5 27 (65.85%) Cucumber
6 22 (53.66%) BDD
7 21 (51.22%) Jenkins
8 20 (48.78%) Test Scripting
9 19 (46.34%) Python
10 16 (39.02%) JavaScript
10 16 (39.02%) SDLC
10 16 (39.02%) Hudson
11 15 (36.59%) Bash Shell
11 15 (36.59%) HTML
12 14 (34.15%) XML
13 13 (31.71%) Unix
13 13 (31.71%) PHP
13 13 (31.71%) Analytical Skills
14 12 (29.27%) TDD
14 12 (29.27%) Stakeholder Management
15 8 (19.51%) API Testing
15 8 (19.51%) QA
16 7 (17.07%) Continuous Integration
16 7 (17.07%) Finance
16 7 (17.07%) C#
16 7 (17.07%) SoapUI
17 6 (14.63%) System Integration Testing
17 6 (14.63%) Configuration Management
17 6 (14.63%) Git (software)

Automation Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in Leeds 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:

Cloud Services
1 1 (2.44%) GitHub
1 1 (2.44%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.44%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 39 (95.12%) Selenium
2 29 (70.73%) WebDriver
3 27 (65.85%) Cucumber
4 21 (51.22%) Jenkins
5 16 (39.02%) Hudson
6 7 (17.07%) SoapUI
7 6 (14.63%) Git (software)
8 4 (9.76%) JMeter
9 3 (7.32%) FitNesse
9 3 (7.32%) JIRA
9 3 (7.32%) TeamCity
10 2 (4.88%) Gatling
10 2 (4.88%) HP UFT
10 2 (4.88%) Jasmine
10 2 (4.88%) JBehave
10 2 (4.88%) Mercurial
11 1 (2.44%) Appium
11 1 (2.44%) Genymotion
11 1 (2.44%) SpecFlow
11 1 (2.44%) UI Automator
General
1 7 (17.07%) Finance
2 2 (4.88%) Games
2 2 (4.88%) German Language
2 2 (4.88%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (36.59%) HTML
2 14 (34.15%) XML
3 4 (9.76%) REST
4 3 (7.32%) Gherkin
4 3 (7.32%) Web Services
5 2 (4.88%) CSS
5 2 (4.88%) SOAP
6 1 (2.44%) .NET
6 1 (2.44%) Apache CXF
6 1 (2.44%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 13 (31.71%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (4.88%) Mobile App
2 2 (4.88%) User Experience
3 1 (2.44%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 13 (31.71%) Unix
2 1 (2.44%) Android
2 1 (2.44%) Apple iOS
2 1 (2.44%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 29 (70.73%) Agile Software Development
3 22 (53.66%) BDD
4 20 (48.78%) Test Scripting
5 16 (39.02%) SDLC
6 12 (29.27%) Stakeholder Management
6 12 (29.27%) TDD
7 8 (19.51%) API Testing
8 7 (17.07%) Continuous Integration
9 6 (14.63%) Configuration Management
9 6 (14.63%) System Integration Testing
10 4 (9.76%) Continuous Delivery
10 4 (9.76%) Performance Testing
11 3 (7.32%) Integration Testing
11 3 (7.32%) Open Source
11 3 (7.32%) Test Strategy
11 3 (7.32%) Unit Testing
11 3 (7.32%) User Stories
12 2 (4.88%) Continuous Improvement
12 2 (4.88%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 30 (73.17%) Java
2 19 (46.34%) Python
3 16 (39.02%) JavaScript
4 15 (36.59%) Bash Shell
5 13 (31.71%) PHP
6 7 (17.07%) C#
7 3 (7.32%) Scala
8 1 (2.44%) C++
8 1 (2.44%) Groovy
8 1 (2.44%) Ruby
8 1 (2.44%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (4.88%) ISTQB
1 2 (4.88%) Security Cleared
2 1 (2.44%) CTC Cleared
2 1 (2.44%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (19.51%) QA
System Software
1 1 (2.44%) Docker