The median contractor rate for a QA Automation Engineer was £313 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East 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 QA Engineer
England / South East
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 238 264 259
Rank change year-on-year +26 -5  
Contract jobs requiring a QA Automation Engineer 5 5 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.065% 0.056% 0.011%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.068% 0.059% 0.011%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 5 1
Median daily rate £313 £350 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.71% +2.94%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £294 £325 £320
10% offered a daily rate of more than £395 £375 £360
UK excluding London median daily rate £313 £350 £400
% change year-on-year -10.71% -12.50%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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 7309 8525 8846
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 94.59% 94.96% 95.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 15228 19064 18935
Median daily rate £410 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £399 £365
% change year-on-year +0.25% +9.31%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1093 1321 1745
Median hourly rate £18.00 £19.50 £16.14
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.69% +20.81%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £10.50 £10.88
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year - +9.37%  

QA Automation Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

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

Job vacancy trend for QA Automation Engineer in the South East

QA Automation Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA Automation Engineer in the South East

QA 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 QA Automation Engineer within the South East region over the 3 months to 28 June 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
Berkshire - 2 £313 -
Buckinghamshire - 2 - -
Oxfordshire - 2 £313 - 1
East Sussex -2 1 £425 +21.42% 1
QA Automation Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 28 June 2017, QA 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 South East region featuring QA Automation Engineer in the job title.

1 16 (100.00%) QA
1 16 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 15 (93.75%) Selenium
3 13 (81.25%) Agile Software Development
4 12 (75.00%) Java
4 12 (75.00%) Cucumber
5 9 (56.25%) Finance
6 7 (43.75%) Regression Testing
6 7 (43.75%) TDD
6 7 (43.75%) JIRA
7 6 (37.50%) Functional Testing
7 6 (37.50%) Mobile App
8 5 (31.25%) Jenkins
8 5 (31.25%) QA Automation
8 5 (31.25%) Git (software)
8 5 (31.25%) Continuous Integration
8 5 (31.25%) REST
8 5 (31.25%) SOAP
8 5 (31.25%) Web Services
8 5 (31.25%) Internet
9 4 (25.00%) SQL
9 4 (25.00%) JMeter
9 4 (25.00%) BDD
9 4 (25.00%) WebDriver
10 3 (18.75%) Manual Testing
10 3 (18.75%) API Testing
10 3 (18.75%) Behat
10 3 (18.75%) Scrum
10 3 (18.75%) Banking
10 3 (18.75%) XML

QA 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:

Cloud Services
1 1 (6.25%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (6.25%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 5 (31.25%) Internet
Development Applications
1 15 (93.75%) Selenium
2 12 (75.00%) Cucumber
3 7 (43.75%) JIRA
4 5 (31.25%) Git (software)
4 5 (31.25%) Jenkins
5 4 (25.00%) JMeter
5 4 (25.00%) WebDriver
6 2 (12.50%) Jasmine
6 2 (12.50%) Protractor
7 1 (6.25%) Calabash
General
1 9 (56.25%) Finance
2 3 (18.75%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (31.25%) REST
1 5 (31.25%) SOAP
1 5 (31.25%) Web Services
2 3 (18.75%) Behat
2 3 (18.75%) XML
3 2 (12.50%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 6 (37.50%) Mobile App
2 1 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 13 (81.25%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (43.75%) Regression Testing
3 7 (43.75%) TDD
4 6 (37.50%) Functional Testing
5 5 (31.25%) Continuous Integration
5 5 (31.25%) QA Automation
6 4 (25.00%) BDD
7 3 (18.75%) API Testing
7 3 (18.75%) Manual Testing
7 3 (18.75%) Scrum
8 2 (12.50%) Agile Testing
9 1 (6.25%) Integration Testing
9 1 (6.25%) Performance Testing
9 1 (6.25%) SDET
9 1 (6.25%) SDLC
9 1 (6.25%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 12 (75.00%) Java
2 4 (25.00%) SQL
3 3 (18.75%) PHP
4 2 (12.50%) JavaScript
5 1 (6.25%) C#
5 1 (6.25%) PL/SQL
5 1 (6.25%) Python
5 1 (6.25%) Ruby
5 1 (6.25%) VB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (100.00%) QA