The median contractor rate for a Test Automation Engineer was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 3 months to 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Automation Test Engineer
England / South East
Rank 234 262 247
Rank change year-on-year +28 -15  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Automation Engineer 7 6 17
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.089% 0.065% 0.17%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.095% 0.069% 0.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 3 9
Median daily rate £350 £425 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -17.64% +32.81%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £291 £425 £185
10% offered a daily rate of more than £368 £485 £420
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £340 £325
% change year-on-year +8.82% +4.61%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £45.87 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.87 - £37.50

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 7384 8741 9195
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 94.04% 95.02% 94.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 4172 5330 4925
Median daily rate £400 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 381 376 447
Median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.89% +2.70%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.50 £11.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.30 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.38
% change year-on-year -12.50% +15.10%  

Test Automation Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East that featured Test Automation Engineer in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation Engineer in the South East

Test 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 Test Automation Engineer in the South East.

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

Test Automation Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Test Automation Engineer in the South East.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation Engineer in the South East

Test 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 Test Automation Engineer within the South East region over the 3 months to 24 March 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 - 5 £350 - 5
Buckinghamshire - 1 £295 -
Oxfordshire - 1 £350 -
West Sussex - 1 - - 2
Test Automation Engineer
England

Test Automation Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 24 March 2017, Test 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 Test Automation Engineer in the job title.

1 19 (90.48%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (80.95%) Selenium
3 15 (71.43%) WebDriver
4 13 (61.90%) BDD
5 10 (47.62%) Test Automation
6 9 (42.86%) Git (software)
6 9 (42.86%) Continuous Integration
6 9 (42.86%) C#
6 9 (42.86%) Cucumber
7 8 (38.10%) SQL
7 8 (38.10%) JIRA
8 7 (33.33%) TDD
8 7 (33.33%) Test Strategy
8 7 (33.33%) SpecFlow
9 6 (28.57%) SOAP
9 6 (28.57%) Java
9 6 (28.57%) QA
10 5 (23.81%) Team Foundation Server
10 5 (23.81%) RESTful
10 5 (23.81%) JavaScript
10 5 (23.81%) XML
10 5 (23.81%) Microsoft
10 5 (23.81%) Non-Functional Testing
10 5 (23.81%) Test Scripting
10 5 (23.81%) API Testing
11 4 (19.05%) MVVM
11 4 (19.05%) MSTest
11 4 (19.05%) Jenkins
11 4 (19.05%) T-SQL
11 4 (19.05%) NUnit

Test Automation Engineer Skill Set
Top Related 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 1 (4.76%) JBoss
1 1 (4.76%) WebSphere
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.76%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (9.52%) Ethernet
1 2 (9.52%) Internet
1 2 (9.52%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.76%) MongoDB
1 1 (4.76%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 17 (80.95%) Selenium
2 15 (71.43%) WebDriver
3 9 (42.86%) Cucumber
3 9 (42.86%) Git (software)
4 8 (38.10%) JIRA
5 7 (33.33%) SpecFlow
6 5 (23.81%) Team Foundation Server
7 4 (19.05%) Jenkins
7 4 (19.05%) MSTest
7 4 (19.05%) NUnit
8 3 (14.29%) Protractor
9 2 (9.52%) Jasmine
10 1 (4.76%) Appium
10 1 (4.76%) Calabash
10 1 (4.76%) FitNesse
10 1 (4.76%) JBehave
10 1 (4.76%) SoapUI
10 1 (4.76%) Subversion
10 1 (4.76%) TeamCity
General
1 2 (9.52%) Publishing
2 1 (4.76%) Finance
2 1 (4.76%) Games
2 1 (4.76%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (28.57%) SOAP
2 5 (23.81%) RESTful
2 5 (23.81%) XML
3 2 (9.52%) Gherkin
3 2 (9.52%) JSON
3 2 (9.52%) Node.js
3 2 (9.52%) REST
3 2 (9.52%) Web Services
4 1 (4.76%) Behat
Miscellaneous
1 2 (9.52%) Computer Science
1 2 (9.52%) Mobile App
2 1 (4.76%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (4.76%) Driving Licence
2 1 (4.76%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 3 (14.29%) Android
1 3 (14.29%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (90.48%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (61.90%) BDD
3 10 (47.62%) Test Automation
4 9 (42.86%) Continuous Integration
5 7 (33.33%) TDD
5 7 (33.33%) Test Strategy
6 5 (23.81%) API Testing
6 5 (23.81%) Non-Functional Testing
6 5 (23.81%) Test Scripting
7 4 (19.05%) Automated Testing
7 4 (19.05%) Kanban
7 4 (19.05%) MVVM
7 4 (19.05%) Regression Testing
8 3 (14.29%) Automation Testing
8 3 (14.29%) Test Management
9 2 (9.52%) Pair Programming
9 2 (9.52%) Risk Assessment
9 2 (9.52%) Software Engineering
9 2 (9.52%) Software Testing
9 2 (9.52%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 9 (42.86%) C#
2 8 (38.10%) SQL
3 6 (28.57%) Java
4 5 (23.81%) JavaScript
5 4 (19.05%) PowerShell
5 4 (19.05%) T-SQL
6 3 (14.29%) PHP
7 2 (9.52%) Python
7 2 (9.52%) Ruby
8 1 (4.76%) PL/SQL
8 1 (4.76%) Scala
Qualifications
1 3 (14.29%) Degree
2 2 (9.52%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (28.57%) QA
2 2 (9.52%) SDET
3 1 (4.76%) Data Quality
Vendors
1 5 (23.81%) Microsoft
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