The median contractor rate for a Automation Engineer was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies 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 Engineer
UK
Rank 425 568 564
Rank change year-on-year +143 -4  
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Engineer 171 74 57
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.38% 0.14% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.40% 0.15% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 125 64 42
Median daily rate £450 £450 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +12.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £375 £253
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £545
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £426 £363
% change year-on-year -0.29% +17.58%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 1
Median hourly rate £26.50 £22.84 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.04% -42.91%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.50 - £40.00

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. 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
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 42950 50452 49894
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.82% 95.19% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 27813 32635 30138
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £555
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1510 1582 1977
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.38
% change year-on-year -12.50% +15.10%  

Automation Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Automation Engineer in the UK

Automation Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Automation Engineer.

Contractor daily rate trend for Automation Engineer in the UK

Automation Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Automation Engineer over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Automation Engineer in the UK

Automation Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Automation Engineer in the UK

Automation Engineer
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Automation Engineer within the UK 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
England +115 143 £500 +5.35% 39
London +63 81 £513 +2.50% 15
South East +49 35 £450 +13.56% 10
Scotland +37 27 £350 -17.15%
Renfrewshire +27 16 £333 -23.34%
Erskine +25 15 £335 -22.76%
Hampshire +22 15 £500 +17.99% 4
North West +40 12 £295 -39.79% 7
Edinburgh +24 10 £450 +9.75%
Manchester +18 10 £295 -39.79% 4
City of London +5 10 £499 +2.30% 5
Surrey +17 7 £450 -10.00%
North East - 7 £410 -
Buckinghamshire - 6 £280 - 2
Newcastle upon Tyne - 5 £410 -
Tyne and Wear - 5 £410 -
Guildford - 4 £425 -
Berkshire +23 3 £400 +14.28% 2
Yorkshire +13 3 - - 2
Oxfordshire - 3 - - 2
West Yorkshire +11 2 - - 1
Southampton +7 2 £550 +31.73%
Milton Keynes - 2 £300 - 1
Maidenhead - 2 £400 -
Portsmouth - 2 £500 - 1
Oxford - 2 - -
Bradford - 2 - -
Fareham - 2 £475 -
Canary Wharf - 2 £400 -
East of England - 2 £494 - 1

Automation Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

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

1 119 (39.53%) DevOps
2 103 (34.22%) Windows
3 101 (33.55%) Linux
4 95 (31.56%) Agile Software Development
5 92 (30.56%) Puppet
6 89 (29.57%) Git (software)
7 74 (24.58%) Security Cleared
7 74 (24.58%) Java
8 71 (23.59%) QA
9 68 (22.59%) PowerShell
10 66 (21.93%) Jenkins
11 64 (21.26%) Python
12 63 (20.93%) Selenium
13 62 (20.60%) SC Cleared
14 61 (20.27%) SQL
15 57 (18.94%) Ansible
16 54 (17.94%) QA Automation
17 53 (17.61%) Windows Server
18 52 (17.28%) Finance
19 46 (15.28%) Continuous Integration
19 46 (15.28%) JIRA
20 44 (14.62%) VMware
21 42 (13.95%) Continuous Delivery
22 40 (13.29%) Ruby
22 40 (13.29%) .NET
22 40 (13.29%) Unix
23 39 (12.96%) Opscode Chef
24 38 (12.62%) JavaScript
25 37 (12.29%) Amazon AWS
26 36 (11.96%) Open Source

Automation Engineer Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills 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 25 (8.31%) IIS
2 13 (4.32%) Confluence
3 9 (2.99%) Cloud Foundry
3 9 (2.99%) OpenStack
4 6 (1.99%) Elasticsearch
5 4 (1.33%) JBoss
5 4 (1.33%) SharePoint
5 4 (1.33%) WebLogic
6 3 (1.00%) Tomcat
6 3 (1.00%) WebSphere
6 3 (1.00%) WebSphere Application Server
7 2 (0.66%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.33%) Apache
8 1 (0.33%) ArchestrA
8 1 (0.33%) Drupal
8 1 (0.33%) nginx
Applications
1 20 (6.64%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 37 (12.29%) Amazon AWS
2 30 (9.97%) Microsoft Azure
3 27 (8.97%) IaaS
4 23 (7.64%) PaaS
5 6 (1.99%) GitHub
6 4 (1.33%) Basecamp
7 3 (1.00%) AWS CloudFormation
8 2 (0.66%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.66%) HP Helion
9 1 (0.33%) Google Cloud Platform
9 1 (0.33%) iTunes
9 1 (0.33%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 21 (6.98%) TCP/IP
2 12 (3.99%) Firewall
3 9 (2.99%) DNS
3 9 (2.99%) LDAP
4 7 (2.33%) HTTPS
4 7 (2.33%) SAN
4 7 (2.33%) SSL
5 6 (1.99%) HTTP
5 6 (1.99%) Internet
6 5 (1.66%) NAS
7 3 (1.00%) Cisco Nexus
7 3 (1.00%) NetScaler
8 2 (0.66%) iSCSI
9 1 (0.33%) ATM
9 1 (0.33%) DMZ
9 1 (0.33%) Ethernet
9 1 (0.33%) Modbus
9 1 (0.33%) SNMP
9 1 (0.33%) VLAN
9 1 (0.33%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (5.32%) Redis
2 13 (4.32%) SQL Server
3 9 (2.99%) Big Data
3 9 (2.99%) Data Warehouse
4 6 (1.99%) MongoDB
4 6 (1.99%) NoSQL
5 3 (1.00%) Relational Database
6 2 (0.66%) Apache Cassandra
6 2 (0.66%) MySQL
6 2 (0.66%) Oracle Database
6 2 (0.66%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.33%) BusinessObjects
7 1 (0.33%) DB2
7 1 (0.33%) GIS
7 1 (0.33%) HBase
7 1 (0.33%) Oracle Database 11g
7 1 (0.33%) Oracle Exadata
7 1 (0.33%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.33%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (0.33%) Sybase ASE
Development Applications
1 89 (29.57%) Git (software)
2 66 (21.93%) Jenkins
3 63 (20.93%) Selenium
4 46 (15.28%) JIRA
5 34 (11.30%) Team Foundation Server
6 28 (9.30%) Maven
7 27 (8.97%) Cucumber
8 23 (7.64%) WebDriver
9 10 (3.32%) Bitbucket
10 9 (2.99%) DbUnit
10 9 (2.99%) Robot Framework
10 9 (2.99%) TeamCity
10 9 (2.99%) Vagrant
11 7 (2.33%) Octopus Deploy
12 6 (1.99%) Subversion
13 5 (1.66%) GitLab
13 5 (1.66%) JUnit
13 5 (1.66%) MSI
13 5 (1.66%) Sonatype Nexus
13 5 (1.66%) TestNG
General
1 52 (17.28%) Finance
2 15 (4.98%) Banking
3 5 (1.66%) Financial Institution
3 5 (1.66%) Legal
4 3 (1.00%) Games
5 2 (0.66%) Advertising
5 2 (0.66%) Marketing
6 1 (0.33%) Automotive
6 1 (0.33%) Back Office
6 1 (0.33%) Front Office
6 1 (0.33%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.33%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.33%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.33%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (13.29%) .NET
2 24 (7.97%) XML
3 18 (5.98%) Web Services
4 15 (4.98%) SOAP
5 13 (4.32%) HTML
5 13 (4.32%) REST
5 13 (4.32%) RESTful
6 9 (2.99%) JSON
6 9 (2.99%) Middleware
7 6 (1.99%) .NET Framework
7 6 (1.99%) CSS
7 6 (1.99%) RabbitMQ
8 5 (1.66%) Ajax
8 5 (1.66%) Elastic Stack
8 5 (1.66%) Node.js
9 4 (1.33%) YAML
10 3 (1.00%) LAMP
10 3 (1.00%) WebSphere MQ
10 3 (1.00%) XSLT
11 2 (0.66%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 11 (3.65%) Private Cloud
2 8 (2.66%) Wiki
3 7 (2.33%) Data Centre
3 7 (2.33%) Mobile App
3 7 (2.33%) YubiKey
4 5 (1.66%) Analytical Skills
4 5 (1.66%) Linux Command Line
4 5 (1.66%) Public Cloud
5 4 (1.33%) Clustering
6 3 (1.00%) CMDB
6 3 (1.00%) EMC VNX
6 3 (1.00%) Fintech
6 3 (1.00%) Replication
6 3 (1.00%) Taxonomies
6 3 (1.00%) User Experience
6 3 (1.00%) VxBlock/Vblock
7 2 (0.66%) Hedge funds
7 2 (0.66%) Management Information System
7 2 (0.66%) SCADA
8 1 (0.33%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 103 (34.22%) Windows
2 101 (33.55%) Linux
3 53 (17.61%) Windows Server
4 40 (13.29%) Unix
5 31 (10.30%) Windows Server 2012
6 12 (3.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 8 (2.66%) Ubuntu
8 6 (1.99%) Windows Server 2003
9 5 (1.66%) Solaris
10 4 (1.33%) Windows Server 2008
11 3 (1.00%) Android
12 2 (0.66%) AIX
12 2 (0.66%) Apple iOS
13 1 (0.33%) CentOS
13 1 (0.33%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 119 (39.53%) DevOps
2 95 (31.56%) Agile Software Development
3 54 (17.94%) QA Automation
4 46 (15.28%) Continuous Integration
5 42 (13.95%) Continuous Delivery
6 36 (11.96%) Configuration Management
6 36 (11.96%) Open Source
7 30 (9.97%) Test Automation
8 27 (8.97%) ITIL
9 24 (7.97%) BDD
10 20 (6.64%) Automated Testing
10 20 (6.64%) SDLC
11 19 (6.31%) Regression Testing
12 16 (5.32%) Test Scripting
13 15 (4.98%) Server Monitoring
13 15 (4.98%) TDD
14 14 (4.65%) Workflow
15 13 (4.32%) Automation Testing
16 12 (3.99%) OO
16 12 (3.99%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 74 (24.58%) Java
2 68 (22.59%) PowerShell
3 64 (21.26%) Python
4 61 (20.27%) SQL
5 40 (13.29%) Ruby
6 38 (12.62%) JavaScript
7 36 (11.96%) C#
8 29 (9.63%) Bash Shell
9 27 (8.97%) Shell Script
10 25 (8.31%) Perl
11 20 (6.64%) VB
12 18 (5.98%) XAML
13 17 (5.65%) PHP
14 14 (4.65%) PL/SQL
15 10 (3.32%) Groovy
16 3 (1.00%) Jython
16 3 (1.00%) VBScript
17 2 (0.66%) C++
17 2 (0.66%) VB.NET
17 2 (0.66%) VB6
Qualifications
1 74 (24.58%) Security Cleared
2 62 (20.60%) SC Cleared
3 14 (4.65%) Degree
4 11 (3.65%) DV Cleared
5 6 (1.99%) CCA
6 2 (0.66%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (0.66%) ITIL Certification
6 2 (0.66%) VCAP
6 2 (0.66%) VCP6
6 2 (0.66%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 1 (0.33%) HNC
7 1 (0.33%) MCSE
7 1 (0.33%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (0.33%) OCA
7 1 (0.33%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 71 (23.59%) QA
2 8 (2.66%) SDET
3 2 (0.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.33%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.33%) GAMP
4 1 (0.33%) GMP
4 1 (0.33%) MiFID
4 1 (0.33%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 25 (8.31%) Docker
2 14 (4.65%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (3.32%) Active Directory
4 7 (2.33%) vSphere
5 4 (1.33%) Virtual Machines
5 4 (1.33%) XenApp
5 4 (1.33%) XenDesktop
6 2 (0.66%) Hyper-V
6 2 (0.66%) NFS
6 2 (0.66%) VMware ESX
7 1 (0.33%) ISA Server
7 1 (0.33%) Oracle RAC
7 1 (0.33%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.33%) Xen
Systems Management
1 92 (30.56%) Puppet
2 57 (18.94%) Ansible
3 39 (12.96%) Opscode Chef
4 17 (5.65%) HP SiteScope
5 12 (3.99%) Tivoli
6 11 (3.65%) SCCM
6 11 (3.65%) vRealize
7 9 (2.99%) HP Operations Orchestration
7 9 (2.99%) Kubernetes
7 9 (2.99%) SCOM
7 9 (2.99%) SCOrch
8 8 (2.66%) Salt
9 6 (1.99%) SCVMM
10 5 (1.66%) Kibana
10 5 (1.66%) logstash
10 5 (1.66%) Rsyslog
11 4 (1.33%) Terraform
11 4 (1.33%) yum
12 3 (1.00%) Packer
12 3 (1.00%) SELinux
Vendors
1 44 (14.62%) VMware
2 32 (10.63%) Microsoft
3 30 (9.97%) HP
4 21 (6.98%) Oracle
5 15 (4.98%) CA
6 13 (4.32%) Cisco
7 11 (3.65%) Splunk
8 8 (2.66%) Red Hat
9 7 (2.33%) Atlassian
9 7 (2.33%) Citrix
10 6 (1.99%) EMC
11 5 (1.66%) BMC
11 5 (1.66%) LANDesk
11 5 (1.66%) SolarWinds
12 3 (1.00%) Charles River
12 3 (1.00%) Dell
12 3 (1.00%) F5
12 3 (1.00%) Infoblox
12 3 (1.00%) NetApp
13 2 (0.66%) Hitachi
York
Piksel
Rate: Highly Competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Westbourne Partners
Rate: From £500 to £600 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Milton Keynes
VASSIT
Rate: £0 - £85,000 per year
Posted: 3 days ago
Hook, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £500 - £650 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Hatstand Limited
Rate: £400 - £550 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Knutsford, Cheshire
IPsoft
Rate: Excellent day rate on offer
Posted: 24 days ago