Period
to 14 November 2018

The median contractor rate for an Automation Engineer was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 14 November 2018.

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
14 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 559 599 661
Rank change year-on-year +40 +62 +120
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Engineer 359 295 232
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.34% 0.29% 0.22%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.36% 0.30% 0.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 248 204 168
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £465
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% -3.28% +9.47%
10th Percentile £363 £314 £321
90th Percentile £650 £602 £606
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £413 £425
% change year-on-year +15.15% -2.94% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 0 3
UK median hourly rate £42.52 - £53.50
10th Percentile £34.96 - £39.35
90th Percentile £65.83 - £57.05
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.53 - £45.50

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 98,884 97,779 100,179
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.76% 94.91% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 65,251 64,406 65,253
UK median daily rate £450 £445 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.12% +4.71% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £262 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,108 2,926 3,323
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.74% +3.89% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.96 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.92 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.77 £17.50
% change year-on-year -1.52% +1.54% -

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 14 November 2018.

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 14 November 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 14 November 2018. 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 +35 320 £480 +3.23% 93
UK excluding London +25 202 £475 +15.15% 69
London +8 152 £500 - 28
South East +5 71 £450 +4.35% 18
North of England +1 41 £463 +8.82% 13
South West -12 35 £525 +30.43% 5
Scotland +12 30 £500 +39.86% 3
North East +13 16 £455 +4.00% 1
East of England +20 15 £438 +2.94% 11
North West -18 15 £485 +14.12% 6
Yorkshire -7 10 £450 +2.86% 6
Midlands -26 8 £550 +46.67% 18
West Midlands -37 5 £550 +46.67% 16
Wales -21 4 £438 - 1
East Midlands +4 2 £468 +24.67% 2

Automation Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 14 November 2018, 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.

1 126 (35.10%) Agile Software Development
2 113 (31.48%) Linux
3 112 (31.20%) DevOps
4 111 (30.92%) Test Automation
5 102 (28.41%) Ansible
5 102 (28.41%) Windows
6 95 (26.46%) Python
7 91 (25.35%) Java
8 77 (21.45%) Security Cleared
9 74 (20.61%) Jenkins
10 70 (19.50%) SC Cleared
11 68 (18.94%) VMware
12 66 (18.38%) PowerShell
13 63 (17.55%) Selenium
14 61 (16.99%) JavaScript
15 59 (16.43%) Puppet
16 55 (15.32%) SQL
17 54 (15.04%) Finance
18 52 (14.48%) Scrum
18 52 (14.48%) QA
19 50 (13.93%) Continuous Integration
19 50 (13.93%) Docker
19 50 (13.93%) Problem-Solving
20 45 (12.53%) Amazon AWS
21 44 (12.26%) Terraform
22 42 (11.70%) Windows Server
22 42 (11.70%) BDD
23 41 (11.42%) Opscode Chef
24 40 (11.14%) Cucumber
24 40 (11.14%) Microsoft Azure

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 25 (6.96%) Confluence
2 18 (5.01%) Tomcat
3 16 (4.46%) Elasticsearch
4 15 (4.18%) Apache
4 15 (4.18%) IIS
5 12 (3.34%) nginx
6 7 (1.95%) OpenStack
7 6 (1.67%) Apache Spark
8 4 (1.11%) BizTalk Server
9 3 (0.84%) Cloud Foundry
10 2 (0.56%) CMS
11 1 (0.28%) JBoss
11 1 (0.28%) Jupyter
11 1 (0.28%) NServiceBus
11 1 (0.28%) SAS
11 1 (0.28%) Sitecore CMS
11 1 (0.28%) Tuxedo
11 1 (0.28%) Umbraco
11 1 (0.28%) WebSphere
11 1 (0.28%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 5 (1.39%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (0.84%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.28%) HipChat
4 1 (0.28%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 15 (4.18%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 45 (12.53%) Amazon AWS
2 40 (11.14%) Microsoft Azure
3 36 (10.03%) IaaS
4 22 (6.13%) PaaS
5 14 (3.90%) GitHub
6 10 (2.79%) AWS CloudFormation
6 10 (2.79%) OpenShift
6 10 (2.79%) Serverless
7 9 (2.51%) Google Cloud Platform
8 8 (2.23%) AWS Lambda
9 6 (1.67%) Cloud Computing
10 5 (1.39%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 4 (1.11%) Amazon EC2
12 2 (0.56%) Azure Active Directory
12 2 (0.56%) Office 365
12 2 (0.56%) Route 53
12 2 (0.56%) SaaS
13 1 (0.28%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 1 (0.28%) AWS CloudTrail
13 1 (0.28%) Datadog
Communications & Networking
1 33 (9.19%) Firewall
2 13 (3.62%) VSAN
3 12 (3.34%) BIG-IP
3 12 (3.34%) DMZ
3 12 (3.34%) HTTPS
4 11 (3.06%) HTTP
5 7 (1.95%) SAN
6 6 (1.67%) BGP
6 6 (1.67%) iSCSI
6 6 (1.67%) Junos
6 6 (1.67%) NAS
6 6 (1.67%) VPN
7 5 (1.39%) LAN
7 5 (1.39%) MPLS
7 5 (1.39%) WAN
8 4 (1.11%) HSPA
9 3 (0.84%) MRTG
9 3 (0.84%) OSPF
9 3 (0.84%) SNMP
9 3 (0.84%) TACACS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (3.90%) Big Data
2 11 (3.06%) SQL Server
3 9 (2.51%) Hadoop
4 8 (2.23%) MongoDB
4 8 (2.23%) PostgreSQL
5 7 (1.95%) MySQL
6 6 (1.67%) HBase
6 6 (1.67%) NoSQL
6 6 (1.67%) Relational Database
7 5 (1.39%) Redis
8 3 (0.84%) NuoDB
8 3 (0.84%) SQLite
9 2 (0.56%) Amazon RDS
9 2 (0.56%) Hazelcast
9 2 (0.56%) SQL Server 2012
10 1 (0.28%) Amazon Redshift
10 1 (0.28%) Apache Cassandra
10 1 (0.28%) Azure SQL Database
10 1 (0.28%) PowerPivot
10 1 (0.28%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 74 (20.61%) Jenkins
2 63 (17.55%) Selenium
3 40 (11.14%) Cucumber
3 40 (11.14%) Git (software)
4 30 (8.36%) JIRA
5 18 (5.01%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 12 (3.34%) Appium
7 11 (3.06%) GitLab
7 11 (3.06%) TeamCity
8 9 (2.51%) Gradle
8 9 (2.51%) WebDriver
9 8 (2.23%) Octopus Deploy
10 6 (1.67%) Jasmine
10 6 (1.67%) JBehave
10 6 (1.67%) Protractor
11 5 (1.39%) JUnit
11 5 (1.39%) Visual Studio
12 4 (1.11%) Maven
12 4 (1.11%) Mocha
12 4 (1.11%) SpecFlow
General
1 54 (15.04%) Finance
2 21 (5.85%) Telecoms
3 17 (4.74%) Banking
4 11 (3.06%) Back Office
5 10 (2.79%) Front Office
5 10 (2.79%) Manufacturing
5 10 (2.79%) Marketing
6 9 (2.51%) Electronics
7 4 (1.11%) Retail
8 3 (0.84%) Publishing
9 2 (0.56%) Advertising
9 2 (0.56%) Games
9 2 (0.56%) Online Betting
9 2 (0.56%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.28%) Automotive
10 1 (0.28%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.28%) Law
10 1 (0.28%) Legal
10 1 (0.28%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (8.36%) Web Services
2 26 (7.24%) SOAP
3 25 (6.96%) REST
4 19 (5.29%) Middleware
5 17 (4.74%) RESTful
6 16 (4.46%) .NET
7 13 (3.62%) JSON
8 7 (1.95%) Node.js
8 7 (1.95%) RabbitMQ
9 6 (1.67%) .NET Core
9 6 (1.67%) Gherkin
9 6 (1.67%) Kafka
10 5 (1.39%) HTML
10 5 (1.39%) WebdriverIO
10 5 (1.39%) YAML
11 4 (1.11%) .NET Framework
11 4 (1.11%) CGI
11 4 (1.11%) Drools
11 4 (1.11%) Elastic Stack
11 4 (1.11%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 23 (6.41%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (4.18%) Greenfield Project
3 13 (3.62%) Data Centre
4 11 (3.06%) Robotics
5 10 (2.79%) Computer Science
6 9 (2.51%) Enterprise Software
7 8 (2.23%) Linux Command Line
8 6 (1.67%) Private Cloud
9 5 (1.39%) Mobile App
9 5 (1.39%) Public Cloud
9 5 (1.39%) Self-Motivation
10 4 (1.11%) Virtual Team
11 3 (0.84%) Fixed Income
12 2 (0.56%) Fintech
12 2 (0.56%) Hybrid Cloud
12 2 (0.56%) PKI
12 2 (0.56%) RIA
12 2 (0.56%) User Experience
13 1 (0.28%) Cloud Native
13 1 (0.28%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 113 (31.48%) Linux
2 102 (28.41%) Windows
3 42 (11.70%) Windows Server
4 32 (8.91%) Unix
5 30 (8.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 6 (1.67%) CentOS
7 5 (1.39%) Windows Server 2012
8 3 (0.84%) Android
8 3 (0.84%) Apple iOS
8 3 (0.84%) Debian
8 3 (0.84%) Ubuntu
9 2 (0.56%) Solaris
9 2 (0.56%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.28%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 126 (35.10%) Agile Software Development
2 112 (31.20%) DevOps
3 111 (30.92%) Test Automation
4 52 (14.48%) Scrum
5 50 (13.93%) Continuous Integration
5 50 (13.93%) Problem-Solving
6 42 (11.70%) BDD
7 36 (10.03%) Task Automation
8 35 (9.75%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 34 (9.47%) Continuous Delivery
10 31 (8.64%) QA Automation
11 28 (7.80%) Configuration Management
11 28 (7.80%) ITIL
12 27 (7.52%) Open Source
13 26 (7.24%) Runbook
13 26 (7.24%) Software Engineering
14 25 (6.96%) TDD
14 25 (6.96%) Workflow
15 22 (6.13%) OO
15 22 (6.13%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 95 (26.46%) Python
2 91 (25.35%) Java
3 66 (18.38%) PowerShell
4 61 (16.99%) JavaScript
5 55 (15.32%) SQL
6 38 (10.58%) Bash Shell
7 26 (7.24%) C#
8 18 (5.01%) Ruby
9 12 (3.34%) Perl
10 11 (3.06%) Shell Script
11 10 (2.79%) Go
12 9 (2.51%) Groovy
12 9 (2.51%) PHP
13 5 (1.39%) VB
14 3 (0.84%) Bourne shell
14 3 (0.84%) T-SQL
15 2 (0.56%) C
15 2 (0.56%) XPath
16 1 (0.28%) Objective-C
16 1 (0.28%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 77 (21.45%) Security Cleared
2 70 (19.50%) SC Cleared
3 15 (4.18%) Cisco Certification
4 13 (3.62%) CCNA
5 12 (3.34%) MCSA
5 12 (3.34%) MCSE
5 12 (3.34%) Microsoft Certification
5 12 (3.34%) OCA
5 12 (3.34%) Oracle Certification
5 12 (3.34%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 8 (2.23%) Degree
7 7 (1.95%) DV Cleared
8 4 (1.11%) ISTQB
9 2 (0.56%) CCNP
9 2 (0.56%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 52 (14.48%) QA
2 10 (2.79%) SLA
3 1 (0.28%) GDPR
3 1 (0.28%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.28%) PMO
System Software
1 50 (13.93%) Docker
2 27 (7.52%) VMware Infrastructure
3 23 (6.41%) vSphere
4 21 (5.85%) VMware NSX
5 17 (4.74%) Active Directory
6 12 (3.34%) NFS
7 6 (1.67%) HDFS
8 5 (1.39%) Virtual Machines
9 4 (1.11%) VMware ESXi
10 3 (0.84%) KVM
11 2 (0.56%) XenApp
12 1 (0.28%) Hyper-V
12 1 (0.28%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 102 (28.41%) Ansible
2 59 (16.43%) Puppet
3 44 (12.26%) Terraform
4 41 (11.42%) Opscode Chef
5 33 (9.19%) Kubernetes
6 24 (6.69%) vRealize
7 16 (4.46%) HP Operations Orchestration
7 16 (4.46%) vCenter Server
8 14 (3.90%) vRealize Orchestrator
9 12 (3.34%) BladeLogic
9 12 (3.34%) ITRS Geneos
9 12 (3.34%) Rancher
10 11 (3.06%) PowerCLI
11 10 (2.79%) Packer
11 10 (2.79%) Salt
12 8 (2.23%) Nagios
13 7 (1.95%) SCOM
14 5 (1.39%) NetBackup
15 4 (1.11%) SCCM
15 4 (1.11%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 68 (18.94%) VMware
2 39 (10.86%) Microsoft
3 38 (10.58%) Cisco
4 25 (6.96%) Red Hat
5 24 (6.69%) HP
6 21 (5.85%) Splunk
7 19 (5.29%) Juniper
8 18 (5.01%) F5
9 17 (4.74%) NetApp
10 16 (4.46%) BMC
10 16 (4.46%) Remedy
11 14 (3.90%) Oracle
12 13 (3.62%) Atlassian
13 10 (2.79%) ComArch
13 10 (2.79%) SAP
14 9 (2.51%) TIBCO
14 9 (2.51%) UiPath
15 7 (1.95%) CA
16 6 (1.67%) Google
17 5 (1.39%) TOWER Software