Period
to 23 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Test Automation Engineer was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 23 November 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 Test Engineer
England > South East
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 348 345 372
Rank change year-on-year -3 +27 -1
Contract jobs requiring a Test Automation Engineer 28 36 31
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.17% 0.22% 0.16%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.18% 0.23% 0.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 25 28
South East median daily rate £450 £430 £398
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.65% +8.18% +20.45%
10th Percentile £310 £308 £313
90th Percentile £500 £504 £500
England median daily rate £425 £420 £353
% change year-on-year +1.19% +19.15% +0.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
South East median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £40.00 £40.00 £27.75
% change year-on-year - +44.14% -7.50%

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 15913 15669 18329
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.51% 93.96% 94.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 9442 9313 10771
South East median daily rate £415 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.75% +3.23% +6.90%
10th Percentile £238 £225 £230
90th Percentile £575 £550 £525
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 648 785 923
South East median hourly rate £18.00 £19.63 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.28% +6.08% +15.63%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.25 £10.28
90th Percentile £48.75 £49.46 £47.50
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year - +2.78% +9.09%

Test Automation Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

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

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 Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation Engineer in the South East over the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram 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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT 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 6 months to 23 November 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 -7 10 £433 -3.89% 9
Hampshire +18 9 £425 - 1
Surrey -9 7 £475 +16.56% 3
Berkshire -3 6 £450 - 4
Oxfordshire -2 2 £525 +13.51% 4
Buckinghamshire -21 2 £315 -17.11% 1
West Sussex -9 1 - -
Kent - 1 - -
Test Automation Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 23 November 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 28 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 20 (71.43%) Selenium
3 18 (64.29%) Java
4 15 (53.57%) Agile Software Development
5 14 (50.00%) Scrum
6 11 (39.29%) SpecFlow
7 10 (35.71%) SoapUI
7 10 (35.71%) C#
7 10 (35.71%) Eclipse
8 9 (32.14%) HP
8 9 (32.14%) SQL
9 8 (28.57%) QA
9 8 (28.57%) System Integration Testing
10 7 (25.00%) API Testing
10 7 (25.00%) .NET
10 7 (25.00%) Web Services
10 7 (25.00%) HP UFT
10 7 (25.00%) WebDriver
11 6 (21.43%) Team Foundation Server
11 6 (21.43%) F#
11 6 (21.43%) TestNG
11 6 (21.43%) Performance Testing
11 6 (21.43%) Unit Testing
11 6 (21.43%) Microsoft
11 6 (21.43%) Linux
11 6 (21.43%) Oracle
11 6 (21.43%) Ant
11 6 (21.43%) Oracle APEX
11 6 (21.43%) JMeter
11 6 (21.43%) SDLC

Test 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:

Application Platforms
1 2 (7.14%) Apache Spark
1 2 (7.14%) Cloud Foundry
1 2 (7.14%) Confluence
2 1 (3.57%) JBoss
2 1 (3.57%) WebSphere
Cloud Services
1 4 (14.29%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (7.14%) PaaS
3 1 (3.57%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (21.43%) PuTTY
1 6 (21.43%) WinSCP
2 2 (7.14%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (17.86%) Oracle Database
1 5 (17.86%) Oracle Database 10g
1 5 (17.86%) Oracle Database 11g
1 5 (17.86%) SQL Server
1 5 (17.86%) SQL Server 2012
1 5 (17.86%) SQL Server 2016
2 2 (7.14%) Hadoop
2 2 (7.14%) HBase
3 1 (3.57%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 20 (71.43%) Selenium
2 11 (39.29%) SpecFlow
3 10 (35.71%) Eclipse
3 10 (35.71%) SoapUI
4 7 (25.00%) HP UFT
4 7 (25.00%) WebDriver
5 6 (21.43%) Ant
5 6 (21.43%) JMeter
5 6 (21.43%) Oracle APEX
5 6 (21.43%) Team Foundation Server
5 6 (21.43%) TestNG
6 5 (17.86%) Cucumber
6 5 (17.86%) Git (software)
6 5 (17.86%) JIRA
6 5 (17.86%) LoadRunner
6 5 (17.86%) Visual Studio
7 4 (14.29%) PyCharm
8 3 (10.71%) Bitbucket
9 2 (7.14%) Appium
10 1 (3.57%) UI Automator
General
1 2 (7.14%) Banking
2 1 (3.57%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (25.00%) .NET
1 7 (25.00%) Web Services
2 4 (14.29%) Ajax
2 4 (14.29%) AngularJS
2 4 (14.29%) CSS
2 4 (14.29%) jQuery
3 3 (10.71%) RESTful
3 3 (10.71%) SOAP
3 3 (10.71%) XML
4 2 (7.14%) Gherkin
4 2 (7.14%) JSON
4 2 (7.14%) Kafka
4 2 (7.14%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 2 (7.14%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (7.14%) Greenfield Project
1 2 (7.14%) Mobile App
2 1 (3.57%) Analytical Mindset
2 1 (3.57%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 6 (21.43%) Linux
2 5 (17.86%) Windows
3 4 (14.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 4 (14.29%) Windows Server
3 4 (14.29%) Windows Server 2012
4 3 (10.71%) Unix
5 1 (3.57%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 15 (53.57%) Agile Software Development
3 14 (50.00%) Scrum
4 8 (28.57%) System Integration Testing
5 7 (25.00%) API Testing
6 6 (21.43%) Performance Testing
6 6 (21.43%) SDLC
6 6 (21.43%) Unit Testing
7 5 (17.86%) Acceptance Criteria
7 5 (17.86%) Kanban
7 5 (17.86%) Manual Testing
8 4 (14.29%) Continuous Delivery
8 4 (14.29%) Continuous Integration
8 4 (14.29%) Database Optimisation
8 4 (14.29%) Defect Tracking
8 4 (14.29%) DevOps
8 4 (14.29%) SDET
8 4 (14.29%) Test Planning
8 4 (14.29%) Test Scripting
8 4 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 18 (64.29%) Java
2 10 (35.71%) C#
3 9 (32.14%) SQL
4 6 (21.43%) F#
5 5 (17.86%) JavaScript
5 5 (17.86%) Python
5 5 (17.86%) T-SQL
6 1 (3.57%) Groovy
6 1 (3.57%) Ruby
6 1 (3.57%) Scala
Qualifications
1 5 (17.86%) ISEB
1 5 (17.86%) ISTQB
1 5 (17.86%) SC Cleared
1 5 (17.86%) Security Cleared
2 4 (14.29%) ISEB Practitioner
2 4 (14.29%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (7.14%) Degree
4 1 (3.57%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (28.57%) QA
2 1 (3.57%) Data Quality
System Software
1 4 (14.29%) vSphere
2 2 (7.14%) HDFS
Vendors
1 9 (32.14%) HP
2 6 (21.43%) Microsoft
2 6 (21.43%) Oracle
3 4 (14.29%) Red Hat
3 4 (14.29%) Software AG
3 4 (14.29%) VMware
3 4 (14.29%) webMethods
4 1 (3.57%) Atlassian