Period
to 15 October 2018

The median contractor rate for a QA Automation Tester was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 15 October 2018.

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 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 355 356 366
Rank change year-on-year +1 +10 +33
Contract jobs requiring a QA Automation Tester 23 20 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.14% 0.12% 0.041%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.15% 0.13% 0.044%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 5 1
South East median daily rate £350 £290 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +20.69% -17.14% +16.67%
10th Percentile £290 £281 £338
90th Percentile £479 £374 £363
England median daily rate £450 £408 £375
% change year-on-year +10.43% +8.67% -7.69%
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 15,537 15,284 15,981
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.47% 94.68% 94.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,303 9,046 9,576
South East median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +4.58%
10th Percentile £255 £243 £230
90th Percentile £576 £570 £550
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 658 634 783
South East median hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £19.44
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.11% -7.38% +7.97%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.26
90th Percentile £51.00 £48.75 £48.75
England median hourly rate £18.06 £18.70 £18.50
% change year-on-year -3.44% +1.08% +2.89%

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 October 2018.

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 October 2018. 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
Buckinghamshire +9 12 £300 -14.29% 1
Thames Valley +6 12 £300 -14.29% 3
Surrey -17 4 £350 +21.74% 1
Hampshire - 4 £363 - 2
Kent +5 1 £400 -
East Sussex - 1 £475 -
West Sussex - 1 - - 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 October 2018, QA Automation Tester 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 QA Automation Tester in the job title.

1 23 (100.00%) QA
1 23 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 17 (73.91%) Selenium
3 16 (69.57%) Agile Software Development
3 16 (69.57%) Java
4 13 (56.52%) TDD
5 12 (52.17%) Continuous Integration
6 11 (47.83%) JIRA
6 11 (47.83%) SQL
7 10 (43.48%) QA Automation
8 9 (39.13%) Cucumber
8 9 (39.13%) Open Source
8 9 (39.13%) Web Services
9 8 (34.78%) SOAP
9 8 (34.78%) Internet
9 8 (34.78%) BDD
9 8 (34.78%) REST
9 8 (34.78%) Git (software)
9 8 (34.78%) Jenkins
9 8 (34.78%) Mobile App
10 7 (30.43%) Self-Motivation
10 7 (30.43%) Confluence
10 7 (30.43%) Windows
10 7 (30.43%) JavaScript
11 6 (26.09%) C#
11 6 (26.09%) Ruby
11 6 (26.09%) Appium
12 5 (21.74%) Docker
12 5 (21.74%) Calabash
12 5 (21.74%) WebDriver

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 7 (30.43%) Confluence
Cloud Services
1 4 (17.39%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (13.04%) Sauce Labs
3 2 (8.70%) BrowserStack
4 1 (4.35%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 8 (34.78%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (17.39%) Redis
2 3 (13.04%) SQL Server
3 2 (8.70%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (8.70%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 17 (73.91%) Selenium
2 11 (47.83%) JIRA
3 9 (39.13%) Cucumber
4 8 (34.78%) Git (software)
4 8 (34.78%) Jenkins
5 6 (26.09%) Appium
6 5 (21.74%) Calabash
6 5 (21.74%) WebDriver
7 4 (17.39%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 4 (17.39%) Bitbucket
7 4 (17.39%) Eclipse
7 4 (17.39%) SoapUI
8 3 (13.04%) SpecFlow
9 2 (8.70%) Ant
9 2 (8.70%) HP UFT
9 2 (8.70%) IntelliJ
9 2 (8.70%) JMeter
9 2 (8.70%) LoadRunner
9 2 (8.70%) Oracle APEX
9 2 (8.70%) TestNG
General
1 3 (13.04%) Finance
2 2 (8.70%) Back Office
3 1 (4.35%) Banking
3 1 (4.35%) Corporate Banking
3 1 (4.35%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (39.13%) Web Services
2 8 (34.78%) REST
2 8 (34.78%) SOAP
3 4 (17.39%) .NET
4 2 (8.70%) CSS
4 2 (8.70%) Gherkin
5 1 (4.35%) AngularJS
5 1 (4.35%) Node.js
5 1 (4.35%) Spring
5 1 (4.35%) Swagger
5 1 (4.35%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 8 (34.78%) Mobile App
2 7 (30.43%) Self-Motivation
3 3 (13.04%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (13.04%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 7 (30.43%) Windows
2 4 (17.39%) Android
2 4 (17.39%) Apple iOS
2 4 (17.39%) Mac OS X
3 2 (8.70%) Linux
3 2 (8.70%) Windows Server
4 1 (4.35%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 16 (69.57%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (56.52%) TDD
4 12 (52.17%) Continuous Integration
5 10 (43.48%) QA Automation
6 9 (39.13%) Open Source
7 8 (34.78%) BDD
8 4 (17.39%) API Testing
8 4 (17.39%) Continuous Delivery
8 4 (17.39%) Deployment Automation
8 4 (17.39%) Functional Testing
8 4 (17.39%) OO
8 4 (17.39%) OOP
8 4 (17.39%) SDLC
9 3 (13.04%) Cross-Browser Testing
9 3 (13.04%) E-Commerce
9 3 (13.04%) Performance Testing
9 3 (13.04%) Problem-Solving
10 2 (8.70%) DevOps
10 2 (8.70%) Enterprise Architecture
Programming Languages
1 16 (69.57%) Java
2 11 (47.83%) SQL
3 7 (30.43%) JavaScript
4 6 (26.09%) C#
4 6 (26.09%) Ruby
5 4 (17.39%) Apple Swift
5 4 (17.39%) C++
5 4 (17.39%) Python
5 4 (17.39%) VB
6 2 (8.70%) F#
6 2 (8.70%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 3 (13.04%) Degree
1 3 (13.04%) Master's Degree
2 2 (8.70%) SC Cleared
2 2 (8.70%) Security Cleared
3 1 (4.35%) ISEB
3 1 (4.35%) ISTQB
3 1 (4.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (100.00%) QA
System Software
1 5 (21.74%) Docker
Vendors
1 3 (13.04%) Oracle
2 2 (8.70%) HP
2 2 (8.70%) Software AG
2 2 (8.70%) webMethods
3 1 (4.35%) Microsoft