The median contractor rate for a Test Automation Engineer was £380 per day in advertised job vacancies in Reading during the 3 months to 28 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 Test Engineer
Berkshire / Reading
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 55 68 63
Rank change year-on-year +13 -5  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Automation Engineer 1 1 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Reading 0.17% 0.11% 0.84%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.19% 0.12% 0.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 3
Median daily rate £380 £500 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -24.00% +40.84%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £368 £375 £381
% change year-on-year -2.00% -1.63%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £40.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year - +6.66%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in Reading. 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
Reading
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 527 822 776
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Reading 91.33% 93.73% 93.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 924 1592 1529
Median daily rate £400 £413 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.03% +10.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £250 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £530 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £399 £365
% change year-on-year +0.25% +9.31%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 126 126 219
Median hourly rate £16.00 £21.33 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.98% -1.02%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.25 £9.13 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.75 £33.75 £30.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year - +9.37%  

Test Automation Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in Reading

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation Engineer in Reading

Test Automation Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Reading

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation Engineer in Reading

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

For the 6 months to 28 June 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 Reading region featuring Test Automation Engineer in the job title.

1 4 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 4 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 3 (75.00%) REST
2 3 (75.00%) Web Services
2 3 (75.00%) JSON
2 3 (75.00%) JIRA
3 2 (50.00%) Computer Science
3 2 (50.00%) Internet
3 2 (50.00%) C#
3 2 (50.00%) Java
3 2 (50.00%) JavaScript
3 2 (50.00%) SQL
3 2 (50.00%) Cucumber
3 2 (50.00%) BDD
3 2 (50.00%) Apple iOS
3 2 (50.00%) Root Cause Analysis
3 2 (50.00%) Android
3 2 (50.00%) Cybersecurity
3 2 (50.00%) API Testing
3 2 (50.00%) Degree
4 1 (25.00%) Driving Licence
4 1 (25.00%) Sauce Labs
4 1 (25.00%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (25.00%) Software Delivery
4 1 (25.00%) Apigee
4 1 (25.00%) TeamCity
4 1 (25.00%) WebDriver
4 1 (25.00%) TDD
4 1 (25.00%) Requirements Analysis
4 1 (25.00%) .NET Framework

Test Automation Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in Reading 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 (25.00%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 2 (50.00%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (25.00%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 3 (75.00%) JIRA
2 2 (50.00%) Cucumber
3 1 (25.00%) Jenkins
3 1 (25.00%) Selenium
3 1 (25.00%) SpecFlow
3 1 (25.00%) TeamCity
3 1 (25.00%) WebDriver
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (75.00%) JSON
1 3 (75.00%) REST
1 3 (75.00%) Web Services
2 1 (25.00%) .NET
2 1 (25.00%) .NET Framework
2 1 (25.00%) SOAP
2 1 (25.00%) XML
2 1 (25.00%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (50.00%) Computer Science
2 1 (25.00%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (25.00%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 2 (50.00%) Android
1 2 (50.00%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 4 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 2 (50.00%) API Testing
2 2 (50.00%) BDD
2 2 (50.00%) Cybersecurity
2 2 (50.00%) Root Cause Analysis
3 1 (25.00%) Continuous Improvement
3 1 (25.00%) Continuous Integration
3 1 (25.00%) Functional Testing
3 1 (25.00%) Requirements Analysis
3 1 (25.00%) Risk Analysis
3 1 (25.00%) Software Delivery
3 1 (25.00%) TDD
3 1 (25.00%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 2 (50.00%) C#
1 2 (50.00%) Java
1 2 (50.00%) JavaScript
1 2 (50.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (50.00%) Degree
2 1 (25.00%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (25.00%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (25.00%) Apigee