The median contractor rate for a Automation Tester was £300 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North East during the 3 months to 29 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 Tester
England / North East
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 55 73 58
Rank change year-on-year +18 -15  
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Tester 28 3 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North East 3.88% 0.34% 0.15%
As % of the Job Titles category 4.09% 0.36% 0.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 3 1
Median daily rate £300 £315 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.76% -3.07%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £325 £313
% change year-on-year - +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £170.00 -

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in the North East. 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
North East
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 685 831 609
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North East 95.01% 95.52% 94.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 456 555 334
Median daily rate £358 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.66% +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £265 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £530 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 18 35
Median hourly rate £13.13 £15.25 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.93% +17.30%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.79 £11.83 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.50 £27.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year -10.25% +14.70%  

Automation Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the North East

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

Job vacancy trend for Automation Tester in the North East

Automation Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Automation Tester in the North East

Automation Tester
Contract Job Locations in the North East

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 North East region over the 3 months to 29 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
Tyne and Wear +12 26 £300 -4.76% 1
Automation Tester
England

Automation Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the North East

For the 6 months to 29 March 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 North East region featuring Automation Tester in the job title.

1 40 (100.00%) Java
1 40 (100.00%) Selenium
2 37 (92.50%) Agile Software Development
2 37 (92.50%) Test Automation
3 36 (90.00%) Scala
4 34 (85.00%) Gherkin
5 33 (82.50%) Automation Testing
6 32 (80.00%) Jenkins
7 28 (70.00%) Automated Testing
8 27 (67.50%) Cucumber
9 25 (62.50%) WebDriver
10 24 (60.00%) QA
11 22 (55.00%) User Stories
12 21 (52.50%) Scrum
13 20 (50.00%) Software Engineering
13 20 (50.00%) Continuous Improvement
13 20 (50.00%) API Testing
13 20 (50.00%) RESTful
13 20 (50.00%) Kanban
13 20 (50.00%) Groovy
14 19 (47.50%) Test Scripting
15 18 (45.00%) BDD
15 18 (45.00%) TDD
16 17 (42.50%) Ruby
17 16 (40.00%) Web Testing
17 16 (40.00%) C#
17 16 (40.00%) Python
17 16 (40.00%) JUnit
17 16 (40.00%) RSpec
17 16 (40.00%) Defect Tracking

Automation Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North East 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 12 (30.00%) Confluence
Development Applications
1 40 (100.00%) Selenium
2 32 (80.00%) Jenkins
3 27 (67.50%) Cucumber
4 25 (62.50%) WebDriver
5 16 (40.00%) JUnit
5 16 (40.00%) RSpec
6 12 (30.00%) JIRA
6 12 (30.00%) SoapUI
7 1 (2.50%) HP UFT
7 1 (2.50%) Hudson
7 1 (2.50%) Jasmine
7 1 (2.50%) Protractor
7 1 (2.50%) Sahi
7 1 (2.50%) WATIR
General
1 2 (5.00%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (85.00%) Gherkin
2 20 (50.00%) RESTful
3 13 (32.50%) Web Services
4 2 (5.00%) XML
5 1 (2.50%) .NET
5 1 (2.50%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 15 (37.50%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 2 (5.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (92.50%) Agile Software Development
1 37 (92.50%) Test Automation
2 33 (82.50%) Automation Testing
3 28 (70.00%) Automated Testing
4 22 (55.00%) User Stories
5 21 (52.50%) Scrum
6 20 (50.00%) API Testing
6 20 (50.00%) Continuous Improvement
6 20 (50.00%) Kanban
6 20 (50.00%) Software Engineering
7 19 (47.50%) Test Scripting
8 18 (45.00%) BDD
8 18 (45.00%) TDD
9 16 (40.00%) Defect Tracking
9 16 (40.00%) Web Testing
10 12 (30.00%) Defect Management
10 12 (30.00%) Performance Testing
10 12 (30.00%) Security Testing
10 12 (30.00%) Unit Testing
10 12 (30.00%) Usability Testing
Programming Languages
1 40 (100.00%) Java
2 36 (90.00%) Scala
3 20 (50.00%) Groovy
4 17 (42.50%) Ruby
5 16 (40.00%) C#
5 16 (40.00%) Python
6 1 (2.50%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (2.50%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (60.00%) QA
2 2 (5.00%) WCAG
Vendors
1 12 (30.00%) Atlassian