Period
to 23 November 2017

The median contractor rate for an Automation Engineer was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies 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 Engineer
UK
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 615 658 775
Rank change year-on-year +43 +117 +9
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Engineer 277 236 120
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.27% 0.22% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.28% 0.24% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 194 168 82
UK median daily rate £450 £463 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.70% +8.82% +1.19%
10th Percentile £313 £321 £321
90th Percentile £602 £606 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -5.88% +6.25% -5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 2
UK median hourly rate - £53.50 £35.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +50.70% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £45.50 £35.50
% change year-on-year - +28.17% -

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 97742 99747 107875
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.80% 94.76% 94.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 64508 65028 68632
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2923 3319 4120
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £45.00
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 23 November 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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Automation Engineer.

Contractor hourly rate trend 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 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
England +63 267 £450 -5.26% 24
UK excluding London +52 142 £400 -5.88% 12
London +8 132 £500 - 17
South East +38 55 £425 -15.00% 2
North of England +39 29 £425 +3.66% 3
Midlands +32 25 £375 +3.45% 2
North West +38 22 £419 +0.90% 1
South West +8 19 £403 -15.26%
West Midlands +31 13 £375 - 1
East Midlands +3 12 £375 +7.14% 1
Yorkshire +17 5 £438 -16.67% 2
East of England -20 5 £338 -25.00%
Wales +16 4 - - 1
Scotland -21 4 £358 -15.88% 4
North East +28 2 £438 +10.76%
Northern Ireland - 1 £275 -

Automation Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 November 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.

1 124 (44.77%) Linux
2 123 (44.40%) DevOps
3 101 (36.46%) Python
4 96 (34.66%) Ansible
5 91 (32.85%) Amazon AWS
6 90 (32.49%) Agile Software Development
7 84 (30.32%) Jenkins
8 74 (26.71%) Git (software)
9 72 (25.99%) Windows
10 68 (24.55%) Test Automation
11 58 (20.94%) PowerShell
12 54 (19.49%) QA
13 51 (18.41%) Bash Shell
14 47 (16.97%) Finance
14 47 (16.97%) VMware
15 46 (16.61%) Continuous Integration
15 46 (16.61%) Java
15 46 (16.61%) Puppet
15 46 (16.61%) Opscode Chef
16 43 (15.52%) Selenium
17 42 (15.16%) Scrum
18 39 (14.08%) Microsoft Azure
19 38 (13.72%) Continuous Delivery
19 38 (13.72%) QA Automation
20 37 (13.36%) Unix
21 36 (13.00%) JIRA
22 35 (12.64%) Configuration Management
23 34 (12.27%) Docker
24 33 (11.91%) Cucumber
24 33 (11.91%) JavaScript

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 21 (7.58%) Confluence
2 20 (7.22%) OpenStack
3 8 (2.89%) Elasticsearch
4 5 (1.81%) Cloud Foundry
5 4 (1.44%) Tomcat
5 4 (1.44%) WebLogic
6 2 (0.72%) CMS
6 2 (0.72%) ColdFusion
6 2 (0.72%) IIS
7 1 (0.36%) Apache
7 1 (0.36%) Apache Spark
7 1 (0.36%) JBoss
7 1 (0.36%) Oracle Service Bus
7 1 (0.36%) Sitecore CMS
7 1 (0.36%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 1 (0.36%) HipChat
1 1 (0.36%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (0.36%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 2 (0.72%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.36%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 91 (32.85%) Amazon AWS
2 39 (14.08%) Microsoft Azure
3 24 (8.66%) AWS CloudFormation
4 16 (5.78%) Amazon EC2
5 14 (5.05%) Serverless
6 13 (4.69%) AWS Lambda
6 13 (4.69%) IaaS
7 11 (3.97%) Slack
7 11 (3.97%) Trello
8 10 (3.61%) PaaS
9 7 (2.53%) GitHub
9 7 (2.53%) OpenShift
10 5 (1.81%) Google Cloud Platform
11 4 (1.44%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 4 (1.44%) Amazon ELB
11 4 (1.44%) Amazon S3
12 2 (0.72%) BlazeMeter
12 2 (0.72%) SaaS
12 2 (0.72%) Sauce Labs
13 1 (0.36%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 17 (6.14%) Firewall
2 9 (3.25%) LAN
2 9 (3.25%) SAN
2 9 (3.25%) TCP/IP
2 9 (3.25%) WAN
3 8 (2.89%) DNS
3 8 (2.89%) HTTP
3 8 (2.89%) SSH
4 7 (2.53%) DHCP
5 6 (2.17%) VoIP
6 5 (1.81%) VPN
7 4 (1.44%) LDAP
7 4 (1.44%) NAS
8 3 (1.08%) Intrusion Detection
8 3 (1.08%) NetScaler
9 2 (0.72%) MPLS
9 2 (0.72%) Network Security
9 2 (0.72%) SMS
9 2 (0.72%) SMTP
9 2 (0.72%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (5.78%) MySQL
1 16 (5.78%) SQL Server
2 13 (4.69%) Amazon RDS
3 10 (3.61%) PostgreSQL
4 7 (2.53%) MongoDB
5 6 (2.17%) Apache Cassandra
5 6 (2.17%) DB2
6 5 (1.81%) DB2 UDB
6 5 (1.81%) Relational Database
7 4 (1.44%) NoSQL
8 3 (1.08%) RDBMS
8 3 (1.08%) Redis
9 2 (0.72%) Big Data
9 2 (0.72%) Hadoop
9 2 (0.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 1 (0.36%) BusinessObjects
10 1 (0.36%) Data Warehouse
10 1 (0.36%) HBase
10 1 (0.36%) Oracle Database
10 1 (0.36%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 84 (30.32%) Jenkins
2 74 (26.71%) Git (software)
3 43 (15.52%) Selenium
4 36 (13.00%) JIRA
5 33 (11.91%) Cucumber
6 27 (9.75%) TeamCity
7 26 (9.39%) Maven
8 21 (7.58%) Sonatype Nexus
9 17 (6.14%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 17 (6.14%) GitLab
10 14 (5.05%) WebDriver
11 12 (4.33%) Subversion
12 11 (3.97%) Team Foundation Server
13 10 (3.61%) Bitbucket
14 9 (3.25%) Artifactory
14 9 (3.25%) git-flow
15 8 (2.89%) SoapUI
15 8 (2.89%) WinAutomation
16 7 (2.53%) Appium
16 7 (2.53%) SonarQube
General
1 47 (16.97%) Finance
2 25 (9.03%) Banking
3 8 (2.89%) Manufacturing
4 7 (2.53%) Telecoms
5 5 (1.81%) Electronics
5 5 (1.81%) Pharmaceutical
5 5 (1.81%) Retail
6 4 (1.44%) Investment Banking
6 4 (1.44%) Marketing
7 3 (1.08%) Legal
8 1 (0.36%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.36%) Automotive
8 1 (0.36%) French Language
8 1 (0.36%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (10.11%) Web Services
2 20 (7.22%) .NET
3 12 (4.33%) HTML
4 10 (3.61%) RESTful
4 10 (3.61%) SOAP
5 9 (3.25%) Elastic Stack
6 6 (2.17%) CSS
6 6 (2.17%) Gherkin
6 6 (2.17%) Middleware
6 6 (2.17%) XML
7 5 (1.81%) AngularJS
7 5 (1.81%) Nightwatchjs
7 5 (1.81%) Node.js
7 5 (1.81%) pytest
7 5 (1.81%) YAML
8 4 (1.44%) .NET Framework
8 4 (1.44%) HTML5
8 4 (1.44%) RabbitMQ
8 4 (1.44%) React
8 4 (1.44%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 20 (7.22%) Data Centre
2 12 (4.33%) Computer Science
2 12 (4.33%) Private Cloud
3 9 (3.25%) Clustering
3 9 (3.25%) Greenfield Project
3 9 (3.25%) Public Cloud
4 8 (2.89%) Analytical Skills
4 8 (2.89%) FMCG
5 6 (2.17%) Replication
6 3 (1.08%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 3 (1.08%) Hybrid Cloud
6 3 (1.08%) Mobile App
6 3 (1.08%) SCADA
6 3 (1.08%) VxBlock/Vblock
7 2 (0.72%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (0.72%) Fintech
7 2 (0.72%) Life Science
7 2 (0.72%) STB
7 2 (0.72%) Video\Live Streaming
8 1 (0.36%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 124 (44.77%) Linux
2 72 (25.99%) Windows
3 37 (13.36%) Unix
4 19 (6.86%) Windows Server
5 12 (4.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 12 (4.33%) Windows Server 2012
6 8 (2.89%) Apple iOS
6 8 (2.89%) CentOS
7 6 (2.17%) Android
7 6 (2.17%) Windows Server 2003
8 5 (1.81%) Solaris
9 3 (1.08%) Debian
9 3 (1.08%) Windows Server 2008
10 2 (0.72%) Mac OS X
10 2 (0.72%) Ubuntu
10 2 (0.72%) Windows 10
11 1 (0.36%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 123 (44.40%) DevOps
2 90 (32.49%) Agile Software Development
3 68 (24.55%) Test Automation
4 46 (16.61%) Continuous Integration
5 42 (15.16%) Scrum
6 38 (13.72%) Continuous Delivery
6 38 (13.72%) QA Automation
7 35 (12.64%) Configuration Management
8 25 (9.03%) BDD
9 21 (7.58%) Task Automation
10 18 (6.50%) E-Commerce
11 17 (6.14%) User Stories
12 15 (5.42%) Open Source
12 15 (5.42%) TDD
13 14 (5.05%) Workflow
14 13 (4.69%) SDET
15 12 (4.33%) Migration
15 12 (4.33%) Test Strategy
16 11 (3.97%) Collaborative Working
16 11 (3.97%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 101 (36.46%) Python
2 58 (20.94%) PowerShell
3 51 (18.41%) Bash Shell
4 46 (16.61%) Java
5 33 (11.91%) JavaScript
6 28 (10.11%) Ruby
7 27 (9.75%) SQL
8 25 (9.03%) C#
9 21 (7.58%) Perl
10 16 (5.78%) Groovy
11 12 (4.33%) Shell Script
12 9 (3.25%) VB
13 8 (2.89%) PHP
14 6 (2.17%) Korn
15 4 (1.44%) C++
15 4 (1.44%) Jython
16 3 (1.08%) T-SQL
16 3 (1.08%) VB.NET
17 2 (0.72%) Go
18 1 (0.36%) Scala
Qualifications
1 26 (9.39%) Security Cleared
2 25 (9.03%) SC Cleared
3 16 (5.78%) Degree
4 6 (2.17%) Computer Science Degree
5 4 (1.44%) ITIL Certification
6 2 (0.72%) AWS Certification
6 2 (0.72%) Numerate Degree
7 1 (0.36%) DV Cleared
7 1 (0.36%) RHCA
7 1 (0.36%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 54 (19.49%) QA
2 3 (1.08%) GCP
3 1 (0.36%) 21 CFR Part 11
3 1 (0.36%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.36%) GAMP
3 1 (0.36%) MISRA
3 1 (0.36%) MISRA C
3 1 (0.36%) SLA
System Software
1 34 (12.27%) Docker
2 24 (8.66%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (6.14%) Active Directory
4 15 (5.42%) Hyper-V
5 8 (2.89%) VMware ESXi
5 8 (2.89%) vSphere
6 6 (2.17%) Samba
7 5 (1.81%) VMware NSX
7 5 (1.81%) XenDesktop
8 3 (1.08%) LXC
8 3 (1.08%) XenApp
9 2 (0.72%) KVM
9 2 (0.72%) vCloud
9 2 (0.72%) Veritas Cluster Server
9 2 (0.72%) Virtual Machines
9 2 (0.72%) Xen
10 1 (0.36%) BIND 9
10 1 (0.36%) ISA Server
10 1 (0.36%) NFS
10 1 (0.36%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 96 (34.66%) Ansible
2 46 (16.61%) Opscode Chef
2 46 (16.61%) Puppet
3 19 (6.86%) Kubernetes
4 14 (5.05%) Terraform
5 7 (2.53%) vRealize
6 6 (2.17%) ITRS Geneos
6 6 (2.17%) Salt
6 6 (2.17%) WMI
7 4 (1.44%) BladeLogic
7 4 (1.44%) Docker Swarm
7 4 (1.44%) ZABBIX
8 3 (1.08%) Grafana
8 3 (1.08%) HP Quality Center
8 3 (1.08%) Rundeck
8 3 (1.08%) SCOM
9 2 (0.72%) Kibana
9 2 (0.72%) Nagios
9 2 (0.72%) SCCM
9 2 (0.72%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 47 (16.97%) VMware
2 21 (7.58%) Microsoft
3 18 (6.50%) Red Hat
4 13 (4.69%) Cisco
5 12 (4.33%) Oracle
6 11 (3.97%) IBM
6 11 (3.97%) Splunk
7 10 (3.61%) Atlassian
8 9 (3.25%) HP
9 8 (2.89%) CA
10 6 (2.17%) Fortinet
10 6 (2.17%) Juniper
10 6 (2.17%) Mitel
10 6 (2.17%) SAP
10 6 (2.17%) SolarWinds
11 5 (1.81%) Citrix
12 4 (1.44%) BMC
12 4 (1.44%) NetApp
12 4 (1.44%) SaltStack
13 3 (1.08%) New Relic