Period
to 24 November 2017

The median contractor rate for an Automation Tester was £388 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 24 November 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
6 months to
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 296 282 328
Rank change year-on-year -14 +46 +15
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Tester 79 97 69
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.47% 0.58% 0.35%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.50% 0.62% 0.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 46 55 58
South East median daily rate £388 £355 £361
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.15% -1.73% +3.21%
10th Percentile £286 £253 £304
90th Percentile £494 £525 £436
England median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.67% +3.45% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
South East median hourly rate - £40.94 -
England median hourly rate £48.50 £39.37 £29.00
% change year-on-year +23.19% +35.76% -78.91%

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 15902 15635 18500
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.50% 93.94% 94.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 9436 9281 10868
South East median daily rate £415 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.75% +3.23% +6.90%
10th Percentile £238 £225 £230
90th Percentile £575 £550 £525
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 641 786 927
South East median hourly rate £18.00 £19.50 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.69% +5.41% +15.63%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.25 £10.33
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £47.50
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year - +2.78% +9.09%

Automation Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

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

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 6 months to 24 November 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 6 months to 24 November 2017. 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 +19 44 £330 -8.33% 9
Buckinghamshire +11 37 £314 +12.05% 3
Hampshire -14 9 £388 +16.98% 4
Surrey -16 9 £338 -3.57% 1
Kent -1 7 £500 +100.00%
East Sussex +2 4 £395 -
Berkshire +2 4 £425 +13.33% 3
West Sussex -18 4 £310 -38.00% 1
Oxfordshire +9 3 £395 -1.25% 3
Middlesex +7 2 £438 -
Automation Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 24 November 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 79 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 58 (73.42%) Agile Software Development
3 56 (70.89%) Selenium
4 36 (45.57%) Cucumber
5 35 (44.30%) QA
6 31 (39.24%) Java
6 31 (39.24%) SQL
7 30 (37.97%) TDD
7 30 (37.97%) WebDriver
8 28 (35.44%) BDD
9 27 (34.18%) Continuous Integration
9 27 (34.18%) SOAP
9 27 (34.18%) Jenkins
10 24 (30.38%) REST
10 24 (30.38%) C#
10 24 (30.38%) JIRA
11 21 (26.58%) SDLC
12 20 (25.32%) Git (software)
13 19 (24.05%) JavaScript
14 18 (22.78%) Scrum
15 17 (21.52%) Web Services
15 17 (21.52%) Mobile App
16 16 (20.25%) Appium
17 15 (18.99%) Finance
18 14 (17.72%) Internet
18 14 (17.72%) Banking
18 14 (17.72%) Confluence
18 14 (17.72%) Gherkin
19 13 (16.46%) Regression Testing
19 13 (16.46%) Windows

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 14 (17.72%) Confluence
2 2 (2.53%) SharePoint
2 2 (2.53%) SharePoint 2013
3 1 (1.27%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (1.27%) IIS
3 1 (1.27%) JBoss
3 1 (1.27%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (1.27%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 10 (12.66%) Sauce Labs
2 8 (10.13%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (3.80%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (1.27%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (1.27%) npm
4 1 (1.27%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 14 (17.72%) Internet
2 2 (2.53%) HTTP
3 1 (1.27%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (12.66%) Redis
2 4 (5.06%) Hadoop
3 3 (3.80%) Big Data
4 1 (1.27%) MongoDB
4 1 (1.27%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 56 (70.89%) Selenium
2 36 (45.57%) Cucumber
3 30 (37.97%) WebDriver
4 27 (34.18%) Jenkins
5 24 (30.38%) JIRA
6 20 (25.32%) Git (software)
7 16 (20.25%) Appium
8 11 (13.92%) JMeter
9 10 (12.66%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 10 (12.66%) Bitbucket
9 10 (12.66%) LoadRunner
9 10 (12.66%) SoapUI
9 10 (12.66%) Team Foundation Server
10 8 (10.13%) NUnit
10 8 (10.13%) Protractor
11 7 (8.86%) Calabash
11 7 (8.86%) SpecFlow
11 7 (8.86%) Visual Studio
12 4 (5.06%) Jasmine
12 4 (5.06%) TestRail
General
1 15 (18.99%) Finance
2 14 (17.72%) Banking
3 9 (11.39%) Retail
4 6 (7.59%) Corporate Banking
4 6 (7.59%) Telecoms
5 5 (6.33%) Advertising
5 5 (6.33%) Retail Banking
6 1 (1.27%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (34.18%) SOAP
2 24 (30.38%) REST
3 17 (21.52%) Web Services
4 14 (17.72%) Gherkin
5 10 (12.66%) .NET
5 10 (12.66%) Node.js
5 10 (12.66%) RESTful
6 7 (8.86%) JSON
7 5 (6.33%) XML
8 3 (3.80%) AngularJS
8 3 (3.80%) ASP.NET Web API
9 2 (2.53%) .NET Core
9 2 (2.53%) .NET Framework
10 1 (1.27%) Chai
10 1 (1.27%) CSS
10 1 (1.27%) HTML
10 1 (1.27%) J2EE
10 1 (1.27%) Middleware
10 1 (1.27%) React Native
Miscellaneous
1 17 (21.52%) Mobile App
2 3 (3.80%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (2.53%) Analytical Mindset
3 2 (2.53%) Client/Server
4 1 (1.27%) Digital Media
4 1 (1.27%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 13 (16.46%) Windows
2 11 (13.92%) Android
2 11 (13.92%) Apple iOS
3 10 (12.66%) Mac OS X
4 1 (1.27%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 79 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 58 (73.42%) Agile Software Development
3 30 (37.97%) TDD
4 28 (35.44%) BDD
5 27 (34.18%) Continuous Integration
6 21 (26.58%) SDLC
7 18 (22.78%) Scrum
8 13 (16.46%) Regression Testing
9 12 (15.19%) API Testing
9 12 (15.19%) E-Commerce
10 11 (13.92%) Open Source
10 11 (13.92%) Test Scripting
11 10 (12.66%) Cross-Browser Testing
11 10 (12.66%) Functional Testing
12 8 (10.13%) Kanban
13 7 (8.86%) Continuous Delivery
14 6 (7.59%) Scenario Testing
14 6 (7.59%) User Acceptance Testing
15 5 (6.33%) Exploratory Testing
15 5 (6.33%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 31 (39.24%) Java
1 31 (39.24%) SQL
2 24 (30.38%) C#
3 19 (24.05%) JavaScript
4 11 (13.92%) Ruby
5 10 (12.66%) Apple Swift
6 4 (5.06%) Groovy
7 3 (3.80%) VB
8 2 (2.53%) Python
9 1 (1.27%) PowerShell
9 1 (1.27%) Scala
9 1 (1.27%) VBA
Qualifications
1 4 (5.06%) ISTQB
2 2 (2.53%) Degree
2 2 (2.53%) ISEB
2 2 (2.53%) SC Cleared
2 2 (2.53%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (44.30%) QA
System Software
1 10 (12.66%) Docker
Systems Management
1 6 (7.59%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (2.53%) Ansible
Vendors
1 8 (10.13%) HP
2 7 (8.86%) Microsoft
3 4 (5.06%) Perfecto Mobile
4 3 (3.80%) Xamarin
5 1 (1.27%) IBM
5 1 (1.27%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (1.27%) Veracode