Period
to 15 December 2017

The median contractor rate for a QA Automation Tester was £306 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 15 December 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 Tester
England > South East
6 months to
15 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 357 351 392
Rank change year-on-year -6 +41 -19
Contract jobs requiring a QA Automation Tester 18 16 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.11% 0.098% 0.005%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.11% 0.10% 0.005%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 9 1
South East median daily rate £306 £373 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -17.79% +24.17% +33.33%
England median daily rate £426 £375 £388
% change year-on-year +13.53% -3.23% +21.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
South East median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate - - -

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 15912 15294 18320
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.34% 93.78% 95.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 9494 9069 10839
South East median daily rate £420 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +3.23% +6.90%
10th Percentile £240 £225 £233
90th Percentile £575 £555 £531
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 623 776 935
South East median hourly rate £18.00 £18.96 £17.77
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.08% +6.71% +11.06%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.29 £10.00
90th Percentile £49.22 £48.75 £47.50
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%

QA Automation Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

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

Job vacancy trend for QA Automation Tester in the South East

QA 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 QA Automation Tester in the South East.

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

QA Automation Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA Automation Tester in the South East over the 6 months to 15 December 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA Automation Tester in the South East

QA 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 QA Automation Tester within the South East region over the 6 months to 15 December 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 -4 14 £325 -18.75% 1
Buckinghamshire - 13 £325 -
Kent -10 2 - -
Surrey -26 2 £288 - 2
Berkshire -3 1 - -
QA Automation Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 15 December 2017, QA 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 QA Automation Tester in the job title.

1 18 (100.00%) QA
1 18 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 14 (77.78%) JIRA
2 14 (77.78%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (77.78%) TDD
2 14 (77.78%) Java
2 14 (77.78%) SQL
3 13 (72.22%) Selenium
3 13 (72.22%) Cucumber
4 12 (66.67%) Continuous Integration
4 12 (66.67%) Git (software)
4 12 (66.67%) SOAP
4 12 (66.67%) Web Services
4 12 (66.67%) Windows
4 12 (66.67%) REST
4 12 (66.67%) Jenkins
4 12 (66.67%) Appium
5 11 (61.11%) Internet
5 11 (61.11%) WebDriver
6 10 (55.56%) Confluence
6 10 (55.56%) Apple iOS
6 10 (55.56%) Android
6 10 (55.56%) Mac OS X
6 10 (55.56%) Docker
6 10 (55.56%) Bitbucket
6 10 (55.56%) Apple Swift
6 10 (55.56%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 9 (50.00%) Redis
7 9 (50.00%) Mobile App
7 9 (50.00%) Cross-Browser Testing

QA 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 10 (55.56%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (5.56%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 9 (50.00%) Sauce Labs
2 7 (38.89%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 11 (61.11%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (50.00%) Redis
2 3 (16.67%) Big Data
2 3 (16.67%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 14 (77.78%) JIRA
2 13 (72.22%) Cucumber
2 13 (72.22%) Selenium
3 12 (66.67%) Appium
3 12 (66.67%) Git (software)
3 12 (66.67%) Jenkins
4 11 (61.11%) WebDriver
5 10 (55.56%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 10 (55.56%) Bitbucket
6 4 (22.22%) Calabash
6 4 (22.22%) SpecFlow
7 3 (16.67%) Eclipse
7 3 (16.67%) IntelliJ
7 3 (16.67%) NUnit
7 3 (16.67%) PhantomJS
7 3 (16.67%) Team Foundation Server
7 3 (16.67%) Visual Studio
8 2 (11.11%) Protractor
9 1 (5.56%) Jasmine
9 1 (5.56%) TestRail
General
1 5 (27.78%) Finance
2 4 (22.22%) Banking
2 4 (22.22%) Corporate Banking
2 4 (22.22%) Retail
3 3 (16.67%) Retail Banking
3 3 (16.67%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (66.67%) REST
1 12 (66.67%) SOAP
1 12 (66.67%) Web Services
2 3 (16.67%) JSON
2 3 (16.67%) RESTful
3 2 (11.11%) .NET
4 1 (5.56%) Gherkin
4 1 (5.56%) Node.js
4 1 (5.56%) React Native
Miscellaneous
1 9 (50.00%) Mobile App
2 2 (11.11%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 12 (66.67%) Windows
2 10 (55.56%) Android
2 10 (55.56%) Apple iOS
2 10 (55.56%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 14 (77.78%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (77.78%) TDD
3 12 (66.67%) Continuous Integration
4 9 (50.00%) Cross-Browser Testing
4 9 (50.00%) Open Source
5 5 (27.78%) E-Commerce
5 5 (27.78%) QA Automation
5 5 (27.78%) SDLC
6 4 (22.22%) BDD
6 4 (22.22%) Manual Testing
7 3 (16.67%) Continuous Delivery
7 3 (16.67%) Data Entry
7 3 (16.67%) Functional Testing
7 3 (16.67%) Mentoring
7 3 (16.67%) Test Strategy
8 2 (11.11%) Defect Management
8 2 (11.11%) Scrum
8 2 (11.11%) Test Scripting
8 2 (11.11%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 14 (77.78%) Java
1 14 (77.78%) SQL
2 10 (55.56%) Apple Swift
3 6 (33.33%) JavaScript
4 5 (27.78%) Ruby
5 4 (22.22%) C#
6 1 (5.56%) Python
6 1 (5.56%) VB
6 1 (5.56%) VBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (100.00%) QA
System Software
1 10 (55.56%) Docker
Systems Management
1 4 (22.22%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (22.22%) HP