Period
to 1 March 2021

The median contractor rate for an Automation Engineer was £387 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 1 March 2021.

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 Engineer
England > South East
6 months to
1 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 182 273 344
Rank change year-on-year +91 +71 -26
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Engineer 6 23 42
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 0.13% 0.22% 0.26%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.14% 0.23% 0.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 14 24
Median daily rate £387 £450 £406
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.00% +10.77% -14.47%
10th Percentile £367 £354 £283
90th Percentile £427 £543 £509
England median daily rate £450 £500 £475
% change year-on-year -10.00% +5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £40.00 - -
England median hourly rate £40.00 £48.50 £33.77
% change year-on-year -17.53% +43.64% -32.47%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East. 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
South East
Contract vacancies in the South East with a recognized job title 4,412 9,813 15,102
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.48% 93.66% 94.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,719 6,035 9,240
Median daily rate £440 £430 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.33% -1.71% +2.94%
10th Percentile £208 £200 £250
90th Percentile £619 £595 £595
England median daily rate £475 £465 £475
% change year-on-year +2.15% -2.11% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 342 523 615
Median hourly rate £24.00 £18.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +29.73% -7.50% +11.11%
10th Percentile £10.25 £12.00 £11.00
90th Percentile £57.17 £51.59 £51.00
Median hourly rate £22.00 £18.36 £18.00
% change year-on-year +19.86% +1.97% -

Automation Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings that featured Automation Engineer in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

Job vacancy trend for Automation Engineer in the South East

Automation Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Automation Engineer in the South East.

Daily rate trend for Automation Engineer in the South East

Automation Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Automation Engineer in the South East.

Hourly rate trend for Automation Engineer in the South East

Automation Engineer
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Automation Engineer within the South East region over the 6 months to 1 March 2021. 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
Thames Valley +56 6 £387 -14.00% 3
Berkshire +51 4 £387 -18.53% 2
Buckinghamshire +31 2 - - 1
Automation Engineer
England

Automation Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 1 March 2021, Automation Engineer 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 South East region featuring Automation Engineer in the job title.

1 5 (83.33%) Python
2 3 (50.00%) Ansible
2 3 (50.00%) Windows
2 3 (50.00%) Cisco
3 2 (33.33%) Robotics
3 2 (33.33%) SQL
3 2 (33.33%) .NET
3 2 (33.33%) C#
3 2 (33.33%) Pharmaceutical
3 2 (33.33%) DevOps
3 2 (33.33%) PowerShell
3 2 (33.33%) Bash Shell
4 1 (16.67%) Puppet
4 1 (16.67%) Network Management
4 1 (16.67%) F5
4 1 (16.67%) REST
4 1 (16.67%) Continuous Improvement
4 1 (16.67%) Capacity Management
4 1 (16.67%) Big Data
4 1 (16.67%) Functional Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Non-Functional Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (16.67%) YAML
4 1 (16.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (16.67%) Git (software)
4 1 (16.67%) Test Automation
4 1 (16.67%) SolarWinds
4 1 (16.67%) Infoblox
4 1 (16.67%) Azure
4 1 (16.67%) AWS

Automation Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South 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:

Applications
1 1 (16.67%) Pipeline Pilot
Cloud Services
1 1 (16.67%) AWS
1 1 (16.67%) Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (16.67%) Cisco IOS
1 1 (16.67%) DNS
1 1 (16.67%) Firewall
1 1 (16.67%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (16.67%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 1 (16.67%) Git (software)
1 1 (16.67%) Selenium
General
1 2 (33.33%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (33.33%) .NET
2 1 (16.67%) JSON
2 1 (16.67%) REST
2 1 (16.67%) XML
2 1 (16.67%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (33.33%) Robotics
2 1 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (16.67%) Mainframe
2 1 (16.67%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 3 (50.00%) Windows
2 1 (16.67%) Linux
2 1 (16.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (16.67%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (33.33%) DevOps
2 1 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (16.67%) Capacity Management
2 1 (16.67%) Configuration Management
2 1 (16.67%) Continuous Improvement
2 1 (16.67%) Data Analysis
2 1 (16.67%) Data Science
2 1 (16.67%) Exploratory Testing
2 1 (16.67%) Functional Testing
2 1 (16.67%) Network Load Balancing
2 1 (16.67%) Network Management
2 1 (16.67%) Non-Functional Testing
2 1 (16.67%) QA Automation
2 1 (16.67%) Scrum
2 1 (16.67%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 5 (83.33%) Python
2 2 (33.33%) Bash Shell
2 2 (33.33%) C#
2 2 (33.33%) PowerShell
2 2 (33.33%) SQL
3 1 (16.67%) Java
3 1 (16.67%) JavaScript
3 1 (16.67%) Perl
Qualifications
1 1 (16.67%) CCNA
1 1 (16.67%) Cisco Certification
1 1 (16.67%) DV Cleared
1 1 (16.67%) ISEB
1 1 (16.67%) ISTQB
1 1 (16.67%) JNCIA
1 1 (16.67%) SC Cleared
1 1 (16.67%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (16.67%) QA
System Software
1 1 (16.67%) VMware Infrastructure
1 1 (16.67%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 3 (50.00%) Ansible
2 1 (16.67%) Puppet
2 1 (16.67%) Terraform
Vendors
1 3 (50.00%) Cisco
2 1 (16.67%) CheckPoint
2 1 (16.67%) Dell
2 1 (16.67%) EMC
2 1 (16.67%) Extreme Networks
2 1 (16.67%) F5
2 1 (16.67%) Infoblox
2 1 (16.67%) Juniper
2 1 (16.67%) ServiceNow
2 1 (16.67%) SolarWinds
2 1 (16.67%) VMware