The median contractor rate for a Automation Tester was £325 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South 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 / South East
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 222 234 243
Rank change year-on-year +12 +9  
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Tester 26 32 25
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.33% 0.34% 0.25%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.35% 0.36% 0.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 23 15
Median daily rate £325 £320 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.56% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £246 £210 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £385 £400 £350
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £325 £313
% change year-on-year - +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Median hourly rate - £170.00 -
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 South 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
South East
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 7404 8887 9270
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 94.10% 95.11% 94.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 4201 5439 4953
Median daily rate £400 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £223 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 382 384 451
Median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% +8.10%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.75 £11.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.50 £50.00 £45.00
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 South East

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

Job vacancy trend for Automation Tester in the South East

Automation Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Automation Tester in the South East

Automation Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Automation Tester in the South East over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Automation Tester in the South East

Automation Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Automation Tester in the South East

Automation Tester
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 Tester within the South 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
Buckinghamshire - 7 £300 - 2
Hampshire +18 6 £325 - 1
Surrey 0 5 £325 -10.65% 1
Oxfordshire - 5 £350 - 7
Berkshire +24 2 £313 -21.87% 1
East Sussex - 1 - -
Automation Tester
England

Automation Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the South 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 South East region featuring Automation Tester in the job title.

1 59 (85.51%) Selenium
2 45 (65.22%) Agile Software Development
3 34 (49.28%) BDD
4 29 (42.03%) Java
5 25 (36.23%) C#
6 24 (34.78%) QA
7 23 (33.33%) SQL
8 22 (31.88%) JavaScript
8 22 (31.88%) JIRA
8 22 (31.88%) Cucumber
8 22 (31.88%) WebDriver
9 19 (27.54%) Automation Testing
9 19 (27.54%) Scrum
10 18 (26.09%) TDD
10 18 (26.09%) SpecFlow
11 15 (21.74%) Git (software)
12 14 (20.29%) Jenkins
12 14 (20.29%) Test Scripting
13 13 (18.84%) .NET
13 13 (18.84%) Oracle
13 13 (18.84%) Test Automation
14 11 (15.94%) Team Foundation Server
14 11 (15.94%) SOAP
14 11 (15.94%) Regression Testing
14 11 (15.94%) ISEB
14 11 (15.94%) Continuous Integration
14 11 (15.94%) SC Cleared
14 11 (15.94%) Security Cleared
15 10 (14.49%) Automated Testing
15 10 (14.49%) Defect Tracking

Automation Tester 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 6 (8.70%) Confluence
2 1 (1.45%) Drupal
2 1 (1.45%) JBoss
Applications
1 2 (2.90%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (5.80%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (1.45%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 4 (5.80%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.45%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.45%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (7.25%) Internet
2 2 (2.90%) PuTTY
2 2 (2.90%) WinSCP
3 1 (1.45%) Ethernet
3 1 (1.45%) SSH
3 1 (1.45%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (5.80%) Oracle Reports
2 3 (4.35%) SQL Server
3 2 (2.90%) Oracle Database
3 2 (2.90%) Oracle Database 10g
3 2 (2.90%) Oracle Database 11g
3 2 (2.90%) SQL Server 2005
3 2 (2.90%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (2.90%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (1.45%) Azure SQL Database
4 1 (1.45%) MongoDB
4 1 (1.45%) MySQL
4 1 (1.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 59 (85.51%) Selenium
2 22 (31.88%) Cucumber
2 22 (31.88%) JIRA
2 22 (31.88%) WebDriver
3 18 (26.09%) SpecFlow
4 15 (21.74%) Git (software)
5 14 (20.29%) Jenkins
6 11 (15.94%) Team Foundation Server
7 9 (13.04%) Protractor
8 8 (11.59%) SoapUI
9 7 (10.14%) HP UFT
10 5 (7.25%) Calabash
10 5 (7.25%) LoadRunner
10 5 (7.25%) Subversion
10 5 (7.25%) TeamCity
11 3 (4.35%) FitNesse
11 3 (4.35%) Oracle APEX
11 3 (4.35%) QADirector
11 3 (4.35%) QARun
11 3 (4.35%) Visual Studio
General
1 7 (10.14%) Finance
2 2 (2.90%) Marketing
3 1 (1.45%) Banking
3 1 (1.45%) Corporate Banking
3 1 (1.45%) Electronics
3 1 (1.45%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.45%) Military
3 1 (1.45%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (1.45%) Publishing
3 1 (1.45%) Retail
3 1 (1.45%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (18.84%) .NET
2 11 (15.94%) SOAP
3 9 (13.04%) XML
4 8 (11.59%) Web Services
5 5 (7.25%) Behat
5 5 (7.25%) REST
6 4 (5.80%) AngularJS
6 4 (5.80%) Gherkin
7 3 (4.35%) .NET Framework
7 3 (4.35%) CSS
7 3 (4.35%) HTML
8 2 (2.90%) Node.js
8 2 (2.90%) RESTful
8 2 (2.90%) Twitter Bootstrap
9 1 (1.45%) ASP.NET
9 1 (1.45%) Chai
Miscellaneous
1 5 (7.25%) Mobile App
2 1 (1.45%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (1.45%) Computer Science
2 1 (1.45%) Linux Command Line
2 1 (1.45%) Mainframe
2 1 (1.45%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 8 (11.59%) Windows
2 7 (10.14%) Unix
3 4 (5.80%) Linux
4 3 (4.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (2.90%) Windows Server
5 2 (2.90%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (1.45%) Android
6 1 (1.45%) Apple iOS
6 1 (1.45%) CentOS
6 1 (1.45%) Debian
6 1 (1.45%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (65.22%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (49.28%) BDD
3 19 (27.54%) Automation Testing
3 19 (27.54%) Scrum
4 18 (26.09%) TDD
5 14 (20.29%) Test Scripting
6 13 (18.84%) Test Automation
7 11 (15.94%) Continuous Integration
7 11 (15.94%) Regression Testing
8 10 (14.49%) Automated Testing
8 10 (14.49%) Defect Tracking
9 9 (13.04%) Software Testing
10 8 (11.59%) Performance Testing
11 7 (10.14%) API Testing
11 7 (10.14%) Open Source
11 7 (10.14%) QA Automation
11 7 (10.14%) SDLC
11 7 (10.14%) Test Strategy
12 6 (8.70%) Manual Testing
13 5 (7.25%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 29 (42.03%) Java
2 25 (36.23%) C#
3 23 (33.33%) SQL
4 22 (31.88%) JavaScript
5 8 (11.59%) F#
5 8 (11.59%) Ruby
6 7 (10.14%) PHP
6 7 (10.14%) VB
7 5 (7.25%) Python
8 3 (4.35%) C++
9 2 (2.90%) TypeScript
9 2 (2.90%) VB.NET
9 2 (2.90%) VBScript
10 1 (1.45%) Bash Shell
10 1 (1.45%) PL/SQL
10 1 (1.45%) PowerShell
10 1 (1.45%) Scala
10 1 (1.45%) T-SQL
10 1 (1.45%) XPath
Qualifications
1 11 (15.94%) ISEB
1 11 (15.94%) SC Cleared
1 11 (15.94%) Security Cleared
2 5 (7.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 4 (5.80%) ISTQB
4 3 (4.35%) ISEB Practitioner
5 1 (1.45%) Degree
5 1 (1.45%) HND
5 1 (1.45%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (34.78%) QA
2 1 (1.45%) Data Quality
2 1 (1.45%) SDET
System Software
1 2 (2.90%) Virtual Machines
1 2 (2.90%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 5 (7.25%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (4.35%) Opscode Chef
2 3 (4.35%) Puppet
3 2 (2.90%) vRealize
4 1 (1.45%) SELinux
Vendors
1 13 (18.84%) Oracle
2 7 (10.14%) HP
3 6 (8.70%) Microsoft
4 3 (4.35%) New Relic
5 2 (2.90%) Red Hat
5 2 (2.90%) VMware
6 1 (1.45%) SAP
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