Period
to 20 September 2019

The median contractor rate for an Automation Engineer was £509 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 September 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
20 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 569 564 602
Rank change year-on-year -5 +38 +105
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Engineer 261 358 287
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.29% 0.35% 0.29%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.31% 0.37% 0.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 152 249 203
UK median daily rate £509 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.11% +5.56% -5.26%
10th Percentile £360 £363 £320
90th Percentile £659 £603 £602
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £463 £410
% change year-on-year -2.70% +12.80% -8.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 6 1
UK median hourly rate £60.00 £43.00 £55.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +39.53% -21.82% +46.67%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £60.00 £43.00 £55.00
% change year-on-year +39.53% -21.82% +46.67%

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 83,584 97,583 93,848
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.21% 94.78% 94.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 54,866 64,069 61,292
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £263 £269 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,904 3,176 2,821
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £17.93 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.58% -4.14% -1.58%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year +5.71% -2.78% -2.70%

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 20 September 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
Top 15 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 20 September 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 -17 239 £525 +10.53% 57
London +11 135 £550 +10.00% 15
UK excluding London -12 123 £450 -2.70% 43
North of England +30 30 £450 -3.23% 11
South East -11 30 £438 -2.78% 8
Midlands +48 17 £400 -27.27% 8
South West -30 17 £450 -5.26% 4
Scotland +35 15 £450 -5.26% 1
North West +19 13 £550 +15.79% 6
East of England +14 10 £525 +20.00% 11
West Midlands +46 9 £410 -5.75% 6
North East +17 9 £419 +3.40% 1
East Midlands +28 8 £400 -27.27% 2
Yorkshire +26 8 £413 -15.82% 4
Wales +22 4 £425 -5.56%

Automation Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 September 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.

1 131 (50.19%) DevOps
2 103 (39.46%) Agile Software Development
3 92 (35.25%) Python
4 89 (34.10%) Ansible
5 77 (29.50%) Linux
6 74 (28.35%) Jenkins
6 74 (28.35%) PowerShell
7 71 (27.20%) Test Automation
8 68 (26.05%) Azure
9 66 (25.29%) Git (software)
9 66 (25.29%) Windows
10 61 (23.37%) Puppet
11 54 (20.69%) Selenium
12 51 (19.54%) AWS
13 49 (18.77%) Terraform
14 48 (18.39%) Java
15 47 (18.01%) Continuous Integration
15 47 (18.01%) QA
16 45 (17.24%) VMware
17 41 (15.71%) Bash Shell
18 40 (15.33%) Opscode Chef
18 40 (15.33%) Configuration Management
19 39 (14.94%) Microsoft
20 37 (14.18%) Windows Server
21 35 (13.41%) Finance
21 35 (13.41%) IaaS
22 34 (13.03%) QA Automation
22 34 (13.03%) Docker
22 34 (13.03%) Deployment Automation
23 32 (12.26%) Infrastructure Automation

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 14 (5.36%) Confluence
2 13 (4.98%) SharePoint
3 9 (3.45%) IIS
4 5 (1.92%) Apache
5 4 (1.53%) WebSphere
6 3 (1.15%) Apache Spark
6 3 (1.15%) Exchange Server 2013
6 3 (1.15%) OpenStack
6 3 (1.15%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 3 (1.15%) Skype for Business
6 3 (1.15%) Tomcat
6 3 (1.15%) WebLogic
6 3 (1.15%) WebSphere Application Server
7 2 (0.77%) Cloud Foundry
7 2 (0.77%) Elasticsearch
7 2 (0.77%) Exchange Server 2003
7 2 (0.77%) MS Exchange
8 1 (0.38%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 1 (0.38%) Commerce Server
8 1 (0.38%) Jetty
Applications
1 3 (1.15%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (1.15%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.77%) Actimize
2 2 (0.77%) NetSuite
2 2 (0.77%) Oracle BPM
3 1 (0.38%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 68 (26.05%) Azure
2 51 (19.54%) AWS
3 35 (13.41%) IaaS
4 32 (12.26%) GitHub
5 15 (5.75%) PaaS
6 13 (4.98%) Dynamics 365
7 11 (4.21%) Amazon ECS
8 9 (3.45%) AWS CloudFormation
8 9 (3.45%) Cloud Computing
8 9 (3.45%) SaaS
9 7 (2.68%) Amazon EC2
10 6 (2.30%) Amazon S3
10 6 (2.30%) OpenShift
10 6 (2.30%) Serverless
11 5 (1.92%) AWS CodePipeline
11 5 (1.92%) GCP
12 4 (1.53%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 4 (1.53%) Amazon ELB
12 4 (1.53%) AWS Lambda
13 3 (1.15%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 18 (6.90%) DNS
2 11 (4.21%) TCP/IP
3 9 (3.45%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
3 9 (3.45%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 9 (3.45%) Firewall
3 9 (3.45%) Network Security
4 8 (3.07%) BIG-IP
5 7 (2.68%) SAN
5 7 (2.68%) SSL
6 4 (1.53%) BGP
6 4 (1.53%) Cisco ASA
6 4 (1.53%) Cisco Nexus
6 4 (1.53%) IPv4
6 4 (1.53%) Wireless
7 3 (1.15%) DHCP
7 3 (1.15%) HTTP
7 3 (1.15%) Multicast
7 3 (1.15%) VPN
7 3 (1.15%) Wireshark
8 2 (0.77%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (5.75%) SQL Server
2 12 (4.60%) Big Data
2 12 (4.60%) Data Warehouse
3 7 (2.68%) MySQL
4 6 (2.30%) Amazon RDS
5 5 (1.92%) Hadoop
5 5 (1.92%) Oracle Database
5 5 (1.92%) Oracle Database 12c
6 4 (1.53%) NoSQL
7 3 (1.15%) Azure SQL Database
7 3 (1.15%) Oracle Database 10g
7 3 (1.15%) Oracle Database 11g
7 3 (1.15%) PostgreSQL
7 3 (1.15%) RDBMS
7 3 (1.15%) Relational Database
8 2 (0.77%) Power BI
9 1 (0.38%) Apache Cassandra
9 1 (0.38%) Blockchain
9 1 (0.38%) HBase
9 1 (0.38%) MariaDB
Development Applications
1 74 (28.35%) Jenkins
2 66 (25.29%) Git (software)
3 54 (20.69%) Selenium
4 28 (10.73%) Visual Studio Team System
5 24 (9.20%) Cucumber
6 22 (8.43%) Bitbucket
7 21 (8.05%) Visual Studio
8 20 (7.66%) JIRA
9 17 (6.51%) SoapUI
10 15 (5.75%) Team Foundation Server
11 14 (5.36%) Maven
12 13 (4.98%) SpecFlow
13 11 (4.21%) WebDriver
14 10 (3.83%) GitLab
15 8 (3.07%) Appium
15 8 (3.07%) JMeter
16 7 (2.68%) Sonatype Nexus
16 7 (2.68%) Travis CI
17 6 (2.30%) GoCD
17 6 (2.30%) Visual Studio Code
General
1 35 (13.41%) Finance
2 14 (5.36%) Banking
3 7 (2.68%) Retail
4 6 (2.30%) Public Sector
5 3 (1.15%) Telecoms
6 2 (0.77%) Games
6 2 (0.77%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.38%) Electronics
7 1 (0.38%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.38%) French Language
7 1 (0.38%) Front Office
7 1 (0.38%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.38%) Law
7 1 (0.38%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (10.34%) JSON
2 19 (7.28%) .NET
3 16 (6.13%) Node.js
4 15 (5.75%) Web Services
5 12 (4.60%) REST
6 11 (4.21%) SAML
7 10 (3.83%) RESTful
8 9 (3.45%) Gherkin
9 8 (3.07%) Django
10 7 (2.68%) Middleware
10 7 (2.68%) SOAP
11 5 (1.92%) AngularJS
11 5 (1.92%) YAML
12 4 (1.53%) .NET Core
12 4 (1.53%) Elastic Stack
13 3 (1.15%) Flask
13 3 (1.15%) XML
14 2 (0.77%) .NET Framework
14 2 (0.77%) LDAP
14 2 (0.77%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 20 (7.66%) Public Cloud
2 16 (6.13%) Linux Command Line
3 13 (4.98%) Enterprise Software
4 9 (3.45%) Data Centre
5 8 (3.07%) Greenfield Project
6 6 (2.30%) Private Cloud
7 5 (1.92%) Analytical Skills
8 4 (1.53%) Clustering
9 3 (1.15%) Self-Motivation
9 3 (1.15%) Social Network
10 2 (0.77%) Algorithms
10 2 (0.77%) AS400
10 2 (0.77%) CMDB
10 2 (0.77%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 2 (0.77%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 2 (0.77%) iSeries
10 2 (0.77%) Mainframe
10 2 (0.77%) Management Information System
10 2 (0.77%) Mobile App
10 2 (0.77%) Online Gambling
Operating Systems
1 77 (29.50%) Linux
2 66 (25.29%) Windows
3 37 (14.18%) Windows Server
4 15 (5.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 10 (3.83%) Unix
6 6 (2.30%) CentOS
7 3 (1.15%) Android
7 3 (1.15%) Apple iOS
7 3 (1.15%) Solaris
7 3 (1.15%) Ubuntu
8 2 (0.77%) Debian
8 2 (0.77%) Windows Server 2003
8 2 (0.77%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.38%) AIX
9 1 (0.38%) HPUX
9 1 (0.38%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.38%) SUSE
9 1 (0.38%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 131 (50.19%) DevOps
2 103 (39.46%) Agile Software Development
3 71 (27.20%) Test Automation
4 47 (18.01%) Continuous Integration
5 40 (15.33%) Configuration Management
6 34 (13.03%) Deployment Automation
6 34 (13.03%) QA Automation
7 32 (12.26%) Infrastructure Automation
8 27 (10.34%) Continuous Deployment
9 26 (9.96%) TDD
10 25 (9.58%) SDLC
11 23 (8.81%) BDD
11 23 (8.81%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 22 (8.43%) Scrum
13 21 (8.05%) Infrastructure as Code
14 18 (6.90%) Problem-Solving
14 18 (6.90%) Unit Testing
15 17 (6.51%) Integration Testing
16 16 (6.13%) Microservices
17 15 (5.75%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 92 (35.25%) Python
2 74 (28.35%) PowerShell
3 48 (18.39%) Java
4 41 (15.71%) Bash Shell
5 31 (11.88%) C#
6 26 (9.96%) SQL
7 21 (8.05%) JavaScript
8 8 (3.07%) Perl
9 7 (2.68%) Ruby
10 5 (1.92%) Groovy
10 5 (1.92%) Scala
11 4 (1.53%) VBA
12 3 (1.15%) Go
12 3 (1.15%) Korn
12 3 (1.15%) PL/SQL
12 3 (1.15%) Shell Script
12 3 (1.15%) VB
13 2 (0.77%) C
14 1 (0.38%) C++
14 1 (0.38%) PHP
Qualifications
1 29 (11.11%) Security Cleared
2 18 (6.90%) Cisco Certification
2 18 (6.90%) SC Cleared
3 13 (4.98%) ISTQB
4 12 (4.60%) CCNP
5 11 (4.21%) CCNA
5 11 (4.21%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 6 (2.30%) Degree
6 6 (2.30%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 5 (1.92%) BPSS Clearance
7 5 (1.92%) MCSA
7 5 (1.92%) Microsoft Certification
8 4 (1.53%) CCIE
8 4 (1.53%) MCSE
9 3 (1.15%) DV Cleared
9 3 (1.15%) JNCIP
9 3 (1.15%) OCA
9 3 (1.15%) Oracle Certification
10 2 (0.77%) DBS Check
10 2 (0.77%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (18.01%) QA
2 2 (0.77%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.38%) COBIT
3 1 (0.38%) GDPR
3 1 (0.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.38%) NCSC
3 1 (0.38%) NIST
System Software
1 34 (13.03%) Docker
2 29 (11.11%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (7.66%) Active Directory
4 19 (7.28%) Virtual Machines
5 7 (2.68%) VMware ESXi
5 7 (2.68%) VMware NSX
6 5 (1.92%) Hyper-V
6 5 (1.92%) vSphere
7 3 (1.15%) Oracle RAC
8 2 (0.77%) vCloud
8 2 (0.77%) XenApp
9 1 (0.38%) Apache ZooKeeper
9 1 (0.38%) Gluster
9 1 (0.38%) HDFS
9 1 (0.38%) KVM
9 1 (0.38%) LXC
9 1 (0.38%) PowerDNS
9 1 (0.38%) Xen
Systems Management
1 89 (34.10%) Ansible
2 61 (23.37%) Puppet
3 49 (18.77%) Terraform
4 40 (15.33%) Opscode Chef
5 29 (11.11%) Kubernetes
6 12 (4.60%) SCCM
7 9 (3.45%) vRealize
8 7 (2.68%) Salt
8 7 (2.68%) vCenter Server
9 6 (2.30%) vRealize Orchestrator
10 5 (1.92%) Grafana
10 5 (1.92%) Packer
10 5 (1.92%) PowerCLI
11 4 (1.53%) BladeLogic
11 4 (1.53%) SCOM
12 3 (1.15%) Data Guard
12 3 (1.15%) Microsoft Clustering
12 3 (1.15%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 3 (1.15%) Oracle RMAN
12 3 (1.15%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 45 (17.24%) VMware
2 39 (14.94%) Microsoft
3 29 (11.11%) Cisco
4 17 (6.51%) Red Hat
5 12 (4.60%) Citrix
5 12 (4.60%) F5
6 11 (4.21%) Oracle
7 9 (3.45%) Juniper
8 8 (3.07%) Aruba
8 8 (3.07%) MuleSoft
9 6 (2.30%) Atlassian
9 6 (2.30%) Splunk
10 5 (1.92%) CheckPoint
10 5 (1.92%) Dell
10 5 (1.92%) EMC
10 5 (1.92%) NetApp
10 5 (1.92%) New Relic
11 4 (1.53%) Altiris
11 4 (1.53%) HP
11 4 (1.53%) SAP