Period
to 5 July 2020

The median contractor rate for an Automation Engineer was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 5 July 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 Engineer
England > South East
6 months to
5 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 201 328 317
Rank change year-on-year +127 -11 -13
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Engineer 15 34 63
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 0.25% 0.22% 0.37%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.26% 0.24% 0.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 15 49
Median daily rate £450 £425 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% -10.53% +5.56%
10th Percentile £363 £375 £325
90th Percentile £584 £580 £538
England median daily rate £488 £485 £488
% change year-on-year +0.52% -0.51% +2.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £35.00 - £45.25

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 5,726 14,403 16,251
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.59% 95.00% 94.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,332 8,580 9,575
Median daily rate £450 £442 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.87% +3.94% +4.29%
10th Percentile £213 £255 £261
90th Percentile £603 £600 £578
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 353 635 693
Median hourly rate £21.50 £22.50 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.44% +20.32% +6.86%
10th Percentile £12.50 £11.25 £10.80
90th Percentile £52.35 £55.00 £51.00
Median hourly rate £22.82 £20.00 £18.70
% change year-on-year +14.10% +6.95% +0.03%

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
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Automation Engineer in the South East over the 6 months to 5 July 2020.

Daily rate histogram 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 5 July 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
Thames Valley +81 11 £519 +25.76% 1
Berkshire +76 11 £519 +22.06%
Surrey +66 3 £375 -33.63%
Hampshire +68 1 - -
Automation Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 5 July 2020, 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 11 (73.33%) Windows
2 10 (66.67%) Continuous Integration
2 10 (66.67%) PowerShell
2 10 (66.67%) DevOps
3 9 (60.00%) Ansible
3 9 (60.00%) Jenkins
3 9 (60.00%) Git (software)
3 9 (60.00%) Python
3 9 (60.00%) VMware
4 8 (53.33%) Workflow
4 8 (53.33%) VMware Infrastructure
4 8 (53.33%) Vagrant
4 8 (53.33%) vRealize
4 8 (53.33%) vRealize Orchestrator
4 8 (53.33%) Systems Engineering
4 8 (53.33%) Infrastructure as Code
5 7 (46.67%) Infrastructure Automation
5 7 (46.67%) Deployment Automation
5 7 (46.67%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 7 (46.67%) Sonatype Nexus
5 7 (46.67%) Private Cloud
5 7 (46.67%) Middleware
6 4 (26.67%) Agile Software Development
7 3 (20.00%) Retail
7 3 (20.00%) Test Automation
7 3 (20.00%) Linux
7 3 (20.00%) BDD
7 3 (20.00%) Greenfield Project
8 2 (13.33%) Nightwatchjs
8 2 (13.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux

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:

Application Platforms
1 1 (6.67%) Apache Spark
1 1 (6.67%) Confluence
Cloud Services
1 2 (13.33%) GitHub
2 1 (6.67%) Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (6.67%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (6.67%) Hadoop
1 1 (6.67%) HBase
Development Applications
1 9 (60.00%) Git (software)
1 9 (60.00%) Jenkins
2 8 (53.33%) Vagrant
3 7 (46.67%) Sonatype Nexus
4 2 (13.33%) Cypress.io
4 2 (13.33%) Protractor
5 1 (6.67%) Cucumber
5 1 (6.67%) JBehave
5 1 (6.67%) JIRA
5 1 (6.67%) Mocha
5 1 (6.67%) Subversion
5 1 (6.67%) TestCafe
General
1 3 (20.00%) Retail
2 1 (6.67%) Back Office
2 1 (6.67%) Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (46.67%) Middleware
2 2 (13.33%) JSON
2 2 (13.33%) Nightwatchjs
3 1 (6.67%) Chai
Miscellaneous
1 7 (46.67%) Private Cloud
2 3 (20.00%) Greenfield Project
3 1 (6.67%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 11 (73.33%) Windows
2 3 (20.00%) Linux
3 2 (13.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (6.67%) Windows Server
4 1 (6.67%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (6.67%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (66.67%) Continuous Integration
1 10 (66.67%) DevOps
2 8 (53.33%) Infrastructure as Code
2 8 (53.33%) Systems Engineering
2 8 (53.33%) Workflow
3 7 (46.67%) Deployment Automation
3 7 (46.67%) Infrastructure Automation
3 7 (46.67%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 4 (26.67%) Agile Software Development
5 3 (20.00%) BDD
5 3 (20.00%) Test Automation
6 2 (13.33%) API Testing
6 2 (13.33%) QA Automation
7 1 (6.67%) Change Control
7 1 (6.67%) Continuous Delivery
7 1 (6.67%) Digital Transformation Strategy
7 1 (6.67%) Patch Management
7 1 (6.67%) Scrum
7 1 (6.67%) Security Patching
7 1 (6.67%) Strategic Roadmap
Programming Languages
1 10 (66.67%) PowerShell
2 9 (60.00%) Python
3 2 (13.33%) Bash Shell
3 2 (13.33%) JavaScript
4 1 (6.67%) Java
4 1 (6.67%) Shell Script
4 1 (6.67%) SQL
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (13.33%) QA
System Software
1 8 (53.33%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (6.67%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 9 (60.00%) Ansible
2 8 (53.33%) vRealize
2 8 (53.33%) vRealize Orchestrator
3 1 (6.67%) BladeLogic
3 1 (6.67%) Kibana
3 1 (6.67%) Netcool
3 1 (6.67%) Red Hat Satellite
3 1 (6.67%) SCOM
Vendors
1 9 (60.00%) VMware
2 2 (13.33%) Red Hat
3 1 (6.67%) Automation Anywhere
3 1 (6.67%) Blue Prism
3 1 (6.67%) Citrix
3 1 (6.67%) MicroStrategy