Period
to 23 February 2020

The median contractor rate for an Automation Tester was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies in London during the 6 months to 23 February 2020.

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
England > London
6 months to
23 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 372 346 387
Rank change year-on-year -26 +41 +26
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Tester 109 293 259
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.39% 0.67% 0.55%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.42% 0.71% 0.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 91 196 194
London median daily rate £450 £463 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.70% +8.82% +3.91%
10th Percentile £356 £350 £300
90th Percentile £600 £538 £526
England median daily rate £423 £425 £425
% change year-on-year -0.59% - +13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
London median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate - - £48.50

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in London. 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
London
Contract vacancies in London with a recognized job title 26,225 41,390 44,539
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.61% 94.70% 94.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 18,641 29,729 32,420
London median daily rate £500 £500 £500
10th Percentile £300 £313 £300
90th Percentile £688 £675 £675
England median daily rate £463 £475 £450
% change year-on-year -2.63% +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 411 559 633
London median hourly rate £25.00 £22.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.64% +4.76% -2.33%
10th Percentile £13.50 £12.49 £12.00
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £48.75
England median hourly rate £19.00 £18.70 £18.70
% change year-on-year +1.60% - +1.08%

Automation Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in London

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

Job vacancy trend for Automation Tester in London

Automation Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Automation Tester in London

Automation Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Automation Tester in London over the 6 months to 23 February 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Automation Tester in London

Automation Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Automation Tester in London

Automation Tester
Contract Job Locations in London

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 London region over the 6 months to 23 February 2020. 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
Central London +14 18 £427 -14.60% 4
South London +10 12 £413 -17.50% 1
West London +23 2 £500 +18.34% 2
East London +57 1 £525 - 1
Automation Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 23 February 2020, Automation Tester contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the London region featuring Automation Tester in the job title.

1 109 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 68 (62.39%) Selenium
3 56 (51.38%) Agile Software Development
4 49 (44.95%) Java
5 44 (40.37%) Cucumber
6 34 (31.19%) BDD
6 34 (31.19%) SQL
7 31 (28.44%) C#
8 29 (26.61%) JIRA
9 28 (25.69%) DevOps
10 26 (23.85%) WebDriver
11 25 (22.94%) QA
12 24 (22.02%) Test Scripting
12 24 (22.02%) SpecFlow
12 24 (22.02%) Jenkins
13 23 (21.10%) Azure
14 21 (19.27%) Continuous Integration
14 21 (19.27%) API Testing
14 21 (19.27%) Scrum
15 20 (18.35%) TDD
15 20 (18.35%) SDET
16 18 (16.51%) Scenario Testing
16 18 (16.51%) Manual Testing
16 18 (16.51%) Security Cleared
16 18 (16.51%) JavaScript
17 17 (15.60%) SC Cleared
18 16 (14.68%) Git (software)
18 16 (14.68%) Postman
19 15 (13.76%) Gherkin
20 14 (12.84%) Appium

Automation Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in London 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 11 (10.09%) Confluence
2 3 (2.75%) IIS
3 1 (0.92%) CMS
3 1 (0.92%) Drupal
3 1 (0.92%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (2.75%) Zeplin
2 1 (0.92%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.92%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (2.75%) Maximo
2 1 (0.92%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.92%) Magento
2 1 (0.92%) MoSes
Cloud Services
1 23 (21.10%) Azure
2 6 (5.50%) GitHub
3 5 (4.59%) AWS
4 2 (1.83%) GCP
5 1 (0.92%) AWS Lambda
5 1 (0.92%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.92%) Dynamics 365
5 1 (0.92%) Sauce Labs
5 1 (0.92%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 5 (4.59%) HTTP
2 2 (1.83%) HTTPS
3 1 (0.92%) 802.11
3 1 (0.92%) Broadband
3 1 (0.92%) DOCSIS
3 1 (0.92%) DSL
3 1 (0.92%) Ethernet
3 1 (0.92%) Firewall
3 1 (0.92%) Internet
3 1 (0.92%) IPv4
3 1 (0.92%) IPv6
3 1 (0.92%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.92%) Telnet
3 1 (0.92%) UPnP
3 1 (0.92%) Wireless
3 1 (0.92%) Wireshark
3 1 (0.92%) WLAN
3 1 (0.92%) WPA
3 1 (0.92%) WPA2
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (4.59%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.67%) Azure SQL Database
3 3 (2.75%) Big Data
3 3 (2.75%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (2.75%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (1.83%) Data Mining
4 2 (1.83%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.92%) Cosmos DB
5 1 (0.92%) DB2
5 1 (0.92%) DbVisualizer
5 1 (0.92%) Neo4j
5 1 (0.92%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 68 (62.39%) Selenium
2 44 (40.37%) Cucumber
3 29 (26.61%) JIRA
4 26 (23.85%) WebDriver
5 24 (22.02%) Jenkins
5 24 (22.02%) SpecFlow
6 16 (14.68%) Git (software)
6 16 (14.68%) Postman
7 14 (12.84%) Appium
7 14 (12.84%) JMeter
8 8 (7.34%) REST Assured
8 8 (7.34%) SoapUI
9 6 (5.50%) NUnit
9 6 (5.50%) Protractor
9 6 (5.50%) Team Foundation Server
10 5 (4.59%) Cypress.io
11 4 (3.67%) Charles Proxy
11 4 (3.67%) TeamCity
11 4 (3.67%) Visual Studio Team System
11 4 (3.67%) Zephyr
General
1 11 (10.09%) Finance
2 8 (7.34%) Banking
3 5 (4.59%) Public Sector
4 4 (3.67%) Retail
5 2 (1.83%) Games
5 2 (1.83%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.92%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (13.76%) Gherkin
2 13 (11.93%) .NET
3 11 (10.09%) AngularJS
4 9 (8.26%) RESTful
5 8 (7.34%) JSON
5 8 (7.34%) Spring
5 8 (7.34%) Web Services
6 6 (5.50%) Middleware
6 6 (5.50%) Node.js
6 6 (5.50%) REST
7 5 (4.59%) CSS
7 5 (4.59%) XML
8 4 (3.67%) React
8 4 (3.67%) SOAP
9 3 (2.75%) .NET Core
9 3 (2.75%) Jest
10 2 (1.83%) Express
10 2 (1.83%) GraphQL
10 2 (1.83%) Twitter Bootstrap
10 2 (1.83%) WebdriverIO
Miscellaneous
1 12 (11.01%) Analytical Skills
1 12 (11.01%) Mobile App
2 5 (4.59%) Enterprise Software
2 5 (4.59%) Greenfield Project
2 5 (4.59%) N-Tier
3 4 (3.67%) Virtual Team
4 3 (2.75%) Mainframe
5 2 (1.83%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 1 (0.92%) Clustering
6 1 (0.92%) Embedded Systems
6 1 (0.92%) IPTV
6 1 (0.92%) NHS
6 1 (0.92%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 9 (8.26%) Android
2 8 (7.34%) Apple iOS
3 3 (2.75%) Windows
4 2 (1.83%) Unix
5 1 (0.92%) Linux
5 1 (0.92%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 109 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 56 (51.38%) Agile Software Development
3 34 (31.19%) BDD
4 28 (25.69%) DevOps
5 24 (22.02%) Test Scripting
6 21 (19.27%) API Testing
6 21 (19.27%) Continuous Integration
6 21 (19.27%) Scrum
7 20 (18.35%) SDET
7 20 (18.35%) TDD
8 18 (16.51%) Manual Testing
8 18 (16.51%) Scenario Testing
9 13 (11.93%) Performance Testing
9 13 (11.93%) Problem-Solving
10 12 (11.01%) Defect Management
10 12 (11.01%) Regression Testing
10 12 (11.01%) Software Testing
11 9 (8.26%) Exploratory Testing
11 9 (8.26%) Integration Testing
12 8 (7.34%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 49 (44.95%) Java
2 34 (31.19%) SQL
3 31 (28.44%) C#
4 18 (16.51%) JavaScript
5 12 (11.01%) Python
6 5 (4.59%) Java 8
6 5 (4.59%) PowerShell
7 3 (2.75%) Groovy
7 3 (2.75%) PL/SQL
7 3 (2.75%) Ruby
7 3 (2.75%) Shell Script
8 2 (1.83%) Scala
8 2 (1.83%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.92%) PHP
9 1 (0.92%) XPath
Qualifications
1 18 (16.51%) Security Cleared
2 17 (15.60%) SC Cleared
3 9 (8.26%) ISTQB
4 7 (6.42%) ISEB
5 3 (2.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (0.92%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (22.94%) QA
2 1 (0.92%) PMO
System Software
1 13 (11.93%) Docker
Systems Management
1 3 (2.75%) Kubernetes
2 2 (1.83%) Terraform
3 1 (0.92%) Ansible
3 1 (0.92%) HP ALM
3 1 (0.92%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.92%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (0.92%) Puppet
Vendors
1 6 (5.50%) Microsoft
2 5 (4.59%) Oracle
3 3 (2.75%) Atlassian
4 2 (1.83%) HP
5 1 (0.92%) Cisco
5 1 (0.92%) Google
5 1 (0.92%) hybris
5 1 (0.92%) IBM
5 1 (0.92%) Veracode