Period
to 17 January 2019

The median contractor rate for an Automation Engineer was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 January 2019.

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 Engineer
UK
6 months to
17 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 588 668 623
Rank change year-on-year +80 -45 +134
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Engineer 297 240 252
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.30% 0.24% 0.26%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.32% 0.25% 0.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 202 177 171
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% -5.26% +11.76%
10th Percentile £363 £310 £305
90th Percentile £650 £575 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £413 £423
% change year-on-year +9.09% -2.37% +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 3
UK median hourly rate £41.53 - £53.50
10th Percentile £29.84 - £51.75
90th Percentile £90.10 - £57.05
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.53 - £53.50

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. 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
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 94,110 95,205 92,318
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.67% 94.91% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,187 63,263 60,274
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £269 £260 £254
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,883 2,786 3,243
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.08% +2.78% -2.70%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.83 £47.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

Automation Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 6 months to 17 January 2019.

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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Automation Engineer.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Automation Engineer in the UK

Automation Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Automation Engineer over the 6 months to 17 January 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Automation Engineer in the UK

Automation Engineer
Top 16 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 6 months to 17 January 2019. 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
England +39 264 £475 +5.56% 71
London +39 148 £475 -1.55% 28
UK excluding London -4 145 £450 +9.09% 47
South East -6 45 £425 -5.56% 11
North of England -6 28 £463 +8.82% 7
South West -8 28 £550 +36.65% 10
Scotland +21 23 £488 -7.14% 2
North East +7 16 £460 +8.24% 2
North West -13 10 £513 +13.89% 4
Midlands -6 9 £385 +2.67% 7
East of England +16 8 £425 +47.83% 8
West Midlands -18 6 £475 +28.38% 3
Northern Ireland +28 3 £315 +14.55%
Wales -11 3 £425 - 2
East Midlands +1 2 £368 -2.00% 4
Yorkshire -19 2 £438 +16.67% 1

Automation Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 January 2019, Automation Engineer 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 featuring Automation Engineer in the job title.

1 94 (31.65%) Agile Software Development
1 94 (31.65%) Test Automation
2 83 (27.95%) DevOps
3 80 (26.94%) Linux
4 78 (26.26%) Python
5 74 (24.92%) Windows
6 70 (23.57%) Security Cleared
6 70 (23.57%) Ansible
7 68 (22.90%) Selenium
8 66 (22.22%) JavaScript
9 65 (21.89%) Java
10 63 (21.21%) SC Cleared
11 58 (19.53%) SQL
12 56 (18.86%) QA
12 56 (18.86%) Jenkins
13 55 (18.52%) BDD
14 49 (16.50%) VMware
15 46 (15.49%) Finance
16 44 (14.81%) PowerShell
16 44 (14.81%) Problem-Solving
17 41 (13.80%) Scrum
18 36 (12.12%) QA Automation
18 36 (12.12%) Cucumber
19 35 (11.78%) Amazon AWS
20 34 (11.45%) Continuous Integration
20 34 (11.45%) C#
21 33 (11.11%) Cisco
22 32 (10.77%) Firewall
22 32 (10.77%) Git (software)
22 32 (10.77%) Infrastructure Engineering

Automation Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring 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 23 (7.74%) Confluence
2 16 (5.39%) Elasticsearch
3 15 (5.05%) IIS
4 14 (4.71%) Apache
4 14 (4.71%) Tomcat
5 13 (4.38%) nginx
6 4 (1.35%) OpenStack
7 3 (1.01%) Apache Spark
8 2 (0.67%) Appian
8 2 (0.67%) CMS
8 2 (0.67%) JBoss
9 1 (0.34%) Cloud Foundry
9 1 (0.34%) Jupyter
9 1 (0.34%) NServiceBus
9 1 (0.34%) SAS
9 1 (0.34%) SharePoint
9 1 (0.34%) Sitecore CMS
9 1 (0.34%) Umbraco
9 1 (0.34%) WebSphere
9 1 (0.34%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 4 (1.35%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.67%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.67%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.34%) HipChat
Business Applications
1 10 (3.37%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 35 (11.78%) Amazon AWS
2 30 (10.10%) IaaS
3 22 (7.41%) Microsoft Azure
4 14 (4.71%) PaaS
5 10 (3.37%) AWS CloudFormation
6 9 (3.03%) Serverless
7 8 (2.69%) AWS Lambda
8 6 (2.02%) GitHub
8 6 (2.02%) OpenShift
9 4 (1.35%) Google Cloud Platform
9 4 (1.35%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 3 (1.01%) Amazon EC2
11 1 (0.34%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 1 (0.34%) Amazon S3
11 1 (0.34%) AWS CloudTrail
11 1 (0.34%) Azure Active Directory
11 1 (0.34%) Cloud Computing
11 1 (0.34%) CloudFront
11 1 (0.34%) Route 53
11 1 (0.34%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 32 (10.77%) Firewall
2 13 (4.38%) BIG-IP
2 13 (4.38%) DMZ
2 13 (4.38%) HTTPS
2 13 (4.38%) VSAN
3 12 (4.04%) HTTP
4 8 (2.69%) iSCSI
4 8 (2.69%) NAS
4 8 (2.69%) SAN
5 7 (2.36%) LAN
6 5 (1.68%) WAN
7 4 (1.35%) Junos
7 4 (1.35%) VPN
8 3 (1.01%) BGP
8 3 (1.01%) MPLS
8 3 (1.01%) Radio Access Network
9 2 (0.67%) Internet
9 2 (0.67%) Network Security
9 2 (0.67%) Wi-Fi
10 1 (0.34%) 3G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (4.04%) SQL Server
2 10 (3.37%) Big Data
3 7 (2.36%) MySQL
3 7 (2.36%) NoSQL
4 6 (2.02%) Relational Database
5 5 (1.68%) Hadoop
5 5 (1.68%) PostgreSQL
6 4 (1.35%) Redis
7 3 (1.01%) MongoDB
7 3 (1.01%) NuoDB
7 3 (1.01%) Power BI
8 2 (0.67%) Hazelcast
8 2 (0.67%) HBase
8 2 (0.67%) QlikView
9 1 (0.34%) Amazon Athena
9 1 (0.34%) Amazon RDS
9 1 (0.34%) Amazon Redshift
9 1 (0.34%) Apache Zeppelin
9 1 (0.34%) SQLite
9 1 (0.34%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 68 (22.90%) Selenium
2 56 (18.86%) Jenkins
3 36 (12.12%) Cucumber
4 32 (10.77%) Git (software)
5 31 (10.44%) JIRA
6 16 (5.39%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 15 (5.05%) Gradle
8 14 (4.71%) WebDriver
9 11 (3.70%) TeamCity
10 10 (3.37%) Appium
10 10 (3.37%) Maven
10 10 (3.37%) SpecFlow
11 9 (3.03%) Team Foundation Server
11 9 (3.03%) Visual Studio
11 9 (3.03%) Visual Studio Team System
12 8 (2.69%) GitLab
13 6 (2.02%) Octopus Deploy
14 5 (1.68%) Protractor
15 4 (1.35%) JUnit
16 3 (1.01%) TestComplete
General
1 46 (15.49%) Finance
2 17 (5.72%) Banking
3 11 (3.70%) Marketing
3 11 (3.70%) Telecoms
4 10 (3.37%) Electronics
4 10 (3.37%) Manufacturing
5 5 (1.68%) Retail
6 3 (1.01%) Publishing
7 2 (0.67%) Pharmaceutical
7 2 (0.67%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.34%) Advertising
8 1 (0.34%) Automotive
8 1 (0.34%) Games
8 1 (0.34%) Online Betting
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (7.41%) Web Services
2 21 (7.07%) RESTful
3 20 (6.73%) Middleware
4 19 (6.40%) .NET
5 17 (5.72%) REST
5 17 (5.72%) SOAP
6 11 (3.70%) JSON
7 6 (2.02%) .NET Core
7 6 (2.02%) CGI
7 6 (2.02%) Gherkin
7 6 (2.02%) HTML
7 6 (2.02%) Node.js
8 5 (1.68%) RabbitMQ
9 4 (1.35%) .NET Framework
9 4 (1.35%) Elastic Stack
9 4 (1.35%) WebdriverIO
9 4 (1.35%) YAML
10 3 (1.01%) Kafka
11 2 (0.67%) Chai
11 2 (0.67%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 25 (8.42%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (3.70%) Data Centre
3 9 (3.03%) Mobile App
4 8 (2.69%) Greenfield Project
5 7 (2.36%) Public Cloud
5 7 (2.36%) Self-Motivation
6 5 (1.68%) Linux Command Line
7 4 (1.35%) Fintech
7 4 (1.35%) Virtual Team
8 3 (1.01%) Robotics
9 2 (0.67%) Fixed Income
9 2 (0.67%) Private Cloud
9 2 (0.67%) User Experience
10 1 (0.34%) Algorithms
10 1 (0.34%) Clustering
10 1 (0.34%) CMDB
10 1 (0.34%) Data Structures
10 1 (0.34%) Enterprise Cloud
10 1 (0.34%) RIA
10 1 (0.34%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 80 (26.94%) Linux
2 74 (24.92%) Windows
3 31 (10.44%) Unix
4 27 (9.09%) Windows Server
5 13 (4.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 4 (1.35%) CentOS
7 3 (1.01%) Apple iOS
8 2 (0.67%) Android
9 1 (0.34%) Debian
9 1 (0.34%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.34%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 94 (31.65%) Agile Software Development
1 94 (31.65%) Test Automation
2 83 (27.95%) DevOps
3 55 (18.52%) BDD
4 44 (14.81%) Problem-Solving
5 41 (13.80%) Scrum
6 36 (12.12%) QA Automation
7 34 (11.45%) Continuous Integration
8 32 (10.77%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 29 (9.76%) TDD
10 27 (9.09%) ITIL
11 25 (8.42%) Runbook
12 24 (8.08%) Deployment Automation
13 23 (7.74%) OO
14 22 (7.41%) Continuous Delivery
15 20 (6.73%) Load Balancing
16 19 (6.40%) Open Source
17 18 (6.06%) ITSM
17 18 (6.06%) Reverse Engineering
17 18 (6.06%) Task Automation
Programming Languages
1 78 (26.26%) Python
2 66 (22.22%) JavaScript
3 65 (21.89%) Java
4 58 (19.53%) SQL
5 44 (14.81%) PowerShell
6 34 (11.45%) C#
7 24 (8.08%) Bash Shell
8 14 (4.71%) Ruby
9 10 (3.37%) Perl
10 7 (2.36%) VB
11 6 (2.02%) Groovy
11 6 (2.02%) Shell Script
12 5 (1.68%) PHP
12 5 (1.68%) VBScript
13 3 (1.01%) Go
13 3 (1.01%) T-SQL
14 1 (0.34%) Apple Swift
14 1 (0.34%) Objective-C
14 1 (0.34%) TypeScript
14 1 (0.34%) XPath
Qualifications
1 70 (23.57%) Security Cleared
2 63 (21.21%) SC Cleared
3 12 (4.04%) Cisco Certification
4 11 (3.70%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 10 (3.37%) CCNA
6 9 (3.03%) DV Cleared
6 9 (3.03%) MCSA
6 9 (3.03%) MCSE
6 9 (3.03%) Microsoft Certification
6 9 (3.03%) OCA
6 9 (3.03%) Oracle Certification
7 8 (2.69%) ISEB
8 7 (2.36%) Degree
8 7 (2.36%) ISTQB
9 2 (0.67%) CCNP
9 2 (0.67%) VCP6
10 1 (0.34%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 1 (0.34%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 56 (18.86%) QA
2 2 (0.67%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.34%) GDPR
3 1 (0.34%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.34%) PMO
System Software
1 31 (10.44%) Docker
2 21 (7.07%) VMware NSX
3 18 (6.06%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (6.06%) vSphere
4 13 (4.38%) NFS
5 11 (3.70%) Active Directory
6 6 (2.02%) Virtual Machines
7 3 (1.01%) HDFS
8 1 (0.34%) KVM
8 1 (0.34%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 70 (23.57%) Ansible
2 28 (9.43%) Puppet
3 27 (9.09%) Terraform
4 26 (8.75%) Kubernetes
5 24 (8.08%) vRealize
6 22 (7.41%) Opscode Chef
7 18 (6.06%) HP Operations Orchestration
8 14 (4.71%) BladeLogic
9 13 (4.38%) ITRS Geneos
9 13 (4.38%) Rancher
10 11 (3.70%) vCenter Server
11 10 (3.37%) vRealize Orchestrator
12 9 (3.03%) PowerCLI
13 7 (2.36%) Salt
14 4 (1.35%) NetBackup
14 4 (1.35%) Packer
14 4 (1.35%) Tivoli Storage Manager
15 3 (1.01%) HP ALM
16 2 (0.67%) Kibana
16 2 (0.67%) Nagios
Vendors
1 49 (16.50%) VMware
2 33 (11.11%) Cisco
3 25 (8.42%) HP
3 25 (8.42%) Microsoft
4 20 (6.73%) Juniper
5 19 (6.40%) F5
6 18 (6.06%) NetApp
7 16 (5.39%) Splunk
8 14 (4.71%) Red Hat
9 12 (4.04%) SAP
10 11 (3.70%) Remedy
11 10 (3.37%) BMC
12 9 (3.03%) Atlassian
12 9 (3.03%) Oracle
13 5 (1.68%) CA
14 4 (1.35%) Cypress Semiconductor
14 4 (1.35%) Huawei
14 4 (1.35%) IBM
14 4 (1.35%) Isilon
15 3 (1.01%) Tableau