Period
to 15 July 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 July 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 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 372 341 385
Rank change year-on-year -31 +44 +8
Contract jobs requiring a QA Automation Tester 19 22 11
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.11% 0.14% 0.059%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.12% 0.15% 0.062%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 10 11
South East median daily rate £350 £313 £210
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.00% +48.81% -19.08%
10th Percentile £315 £278 £205
90th Percentile £385 £391 £405
England median daily rate £450 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +28.57% - -12.50%
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 16,177 15,169 17,776
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.64% 94.62% 95.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,568 8,731 10,730
South East median daily rate £425 £408 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.29% +1.88% +6.67%
10th Percentile £261 £244 £230
90th Percentile £581 £550 £544
England median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 694 727 787
South East median hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.57% -12.50% +15.11%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.65 £10.28
90th Percentile £51.00 £47.50 £48.75
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year +1.08% -2.63% +8.57%

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
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 July 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 +6 14 £325 +1.56%
Thames Valley -26 14 £325 +4.00% 5
Hampshire - 5 £363 -
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 July 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 19 (100.00%) QA
1 19 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 18 (94.74%) Java
3 15 (78.95%) Agile Software Development
4 14 (73.68%) TDD
5 13 (68.42%) JIRA
6 12 (63.16%) Selenium
6 12 (63.16%) Continuous Integration
6 12 (63.16%) SQL
6 12 (63.16%) Web Services
6 12 (63.16%) Git (software)
6 12 (63.16%) Jenkins
7 11 (57.89%) Mobile App
7 11 (57.89%) Internet
8 10 (52.63%) SOAP
8 10 (52.63%) Cucumber
8 10 (52.63%) REST
8 10 (52.63%) Self-Motivation
9 8 (42.11%) QA Automation
10 7 (36.84%) Windows
10 7 (36.84%) Ruby
11 6 (31.58%) WebDriver
11 6 (31.58%) SDLC
12 5 (26.32%) Apple Swift
12 5 (26.32%) Apple iOS
12 5 (26.32%) Bitbucket
12 5 (26.32%) Calabash
12 5 (26.32%) Docker
12 5 (26.32%) Appium
12 5 (26.32%) Open Source

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 5 (26.32%) Confluence
Cloud Services
1 4 (21.05%) Amazon AWS
1 4 (21.05%) Sauce Labs
2 2 (10.53%) OpenShift
3 1 (5.26%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (5.26%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 11 (57.89%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (21.05%) Redis
2 2 (10.53%) MongoDB
2 2 (10.53%) SQL Server
2 2 (10.53%) SQL Server 2012
2 2 (10.53%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 13 (68.42%) JIRA
2 12 (63.16%) Git (software)
2 12 (63.16%) Jenkins
2 12 (63.16%) Selenium
3 10 (52.63%) Cucumber
4 6 (31.58%) WebDriver
5 5 (26.32%) Appium
5 5 (26.32%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 5 (26.32%) Bitbucket
5 5 (26.32%) Calabash
6 3 (15.79%) Eclipse
6 3 (15.79%) Protractor
7 2 (10.53%) Ant
7 2 (10.53%) GitLab
7 2 (10.53%) HP UFT
7 2 (10.53%) Karma Test Runner
7 2 (10.53%) LoadRunner
7 2 (10.53%) Oracle APEX
7 2 (10.53%) SpecFlow
7 2 (10.53%) TestNG
General
1 3 (15.79%) Finance
2 1 (5.26%) Banking
2 1 (5.26%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (63.16%) Web Services
2 10 (52.63%) REST
2 10 (52.63%) SOAP
3 5 (26.32%) .NET
4 4 (21.05%) AngularJS
5 3 (15.79%) Node.js
6 2 (10.53%) Chai
7 1 (5.26%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 11 (57.89%) Mobile App
2 10 (52.63%) Self-Motivation
3 1 (5.26%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 7 (36.84%) Windows
2 5 (26.32%) Android
2 5 (26.32%) Apple iOS
2 5 (26.32%) Mac OS X
3 2 (10.53%) Linux
3 2 (10.53%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 15 (78.95%) Agile Software Development
3 14 (73.68%) TDD
4 12 (63.16%) Continuous Integration
5 8 (42.11%) QA Automation
6 6 (31.58%) SDLC
7 5 (26.32%) Open Source
8 4 (21.05%) Cross-Browser Testing
9 3 (15.79%) BDD
9 3 (15.79%) Build Automation
9 3 (15.79%) Functional Testing
10 2 (10.53%) API Testing
10 2 (10.53%) Dependency Management
10 2 (10.53%) E-Commerce
10 2 (10.53%) Performance Testing
10 2 (10.53%) Scrum
10 2 (10.53%) Software Testing
10 2 (10.53%) Test Strategy
11 1 (5.26%) Stakeholder Management
11 1 (5.26%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 18 (94.74%) Java
2 12 (63.16%) SQL
3 7 (36.84%) Ruby
4 5 (26.32%) Apple Swift
4 5 (26.32%) Python
4 5 (26.32%) VB
5 2 (10.53%) C#
5 2 (10.53%) F#
5 2 (10.53%) JavaScript
6 1 (5.26%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 2 (10.53%) SC Cleared
1 2 (10.53%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (100.00%) QA
System Software
1 5 (26.32%) Docker
Vendors
1 2 (10.53%) HP
1 2 (10.53%) Oracle
1 2 (10.53%) Software AG
1 2 (10.53%) webMethods
2 1 (5.26%) IBM