Period
to 26 February 2020

The median contractor rate for an Automation Engineer was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 26 February 2020.

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
26 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 525 599 660
Rank change year-on-year +74 +61 -94
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Engineer 203 289 223
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.30% 0.29% 0.22%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.32% 0.31% 0.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 139 194 163
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% - +3.26%
10th Percentile £374 £363 £350
90th Percentile £675 £650 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £465 £475
% change year-on-year +2.15% -2.11% +15.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 0
UK median hourly rate £48.50 £41.53 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.78% - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £33.77 -
% change year-on-year -43.73% - -

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 63,863 93,864 95,657
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.92% 94.70% 94.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 41,142 62,143 63,489
UK median daily rate £450 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £238 £275 £263
90th Percentile £650 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,553 2,945 2,831
UK median hourly rate £19.48 £18.70 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.17% - +3.89%
10th Percentile £11.63 £11.00 £11.00
90th Percentile £51.75 £49.50 £48.57
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.40 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +5.14% - -

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 26 February 2020.

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 26 February 2020.

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 26 February 2020. 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 +106 194 £500 +5.26% 76
UK excluding London +122 121 £475 +2.15% 59
London +69 79 £533 +12.11% 19
South West +60 58 £500 -9.09% 17
South East +61 23 £450 +9.09% 8
North of England +67 15 £375 -18.48% 15
Midlands +48 10 £445 +15.58% 8
East of England +37 9 £563 +32.35% 9
East Midlands +42 6 £313 -14.97% 2
North West +36 6 £400 -27.27% 5
North East +19 6 £350 -23.91%
Scotland 0 5 £463 -7.50% 1
West Midlands +49 4 £570 +20.00% 6
Yorkshire +52 3 - - 10
Wales - 1 - -

Automation Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 February 2020, 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 79 (38.92%) Agile Software Development
2 74 (36.45%) PowerShell
3 69 (33.99%) DevOps
4 66 (32.51%) Security Cleared
5 64 (31.53%) SC Cleared
5 64 (31.53%) VMware
6 63 (31.03%) Python
7 53 (26.11%) Test Automation
7 53 (26.11%) Ansible
8 52 (25.62%) Git (software)
8 52 (25.62%) Windows
9 44 (21.67%) Linux
10 43 (21.18%) Jenkins
11 39 (19.21%) JIRA
12 37 (18.23%) Azure
13 36 (17.73%) Continuous Integration
13 36 (17.73%) Infrastructure Automation
14 35 (17.24%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 35 (17.24%) QA
15 32 (15.76%) AWS
16 31 (15.27%) Cisco
17 30 (14.78%) Selenium
17 30 (14.78%) Docker
18 29 (14.29%) Windows Server
18 29 (14.29%) VMware Infrastructure
18 29 (14.29%) Java
19 28 (13.79%) Finance
20 27 (13.30%) Scrum
20 27 (13.30%) BDD
21 26 (12.81%) PowerCLI

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 8 (3.94%) Confluence
2 4 (1.97%) Apache Spark
3 3 (1.48%) Apache
4 2 (0.99%) Exchange Server 2013
4 2 (0.99%) IIS
4 2 (0.99%) OpenStack
4 2 (0.99%) SharePoint
4 2 (0.99%) Skype for Business
4 2 (0.99%) Tomcat
4 2 (0.99%) WebLogic
5 1 (0.49%) Oracle Workflow
5 1 (0.49%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 3 (1.48%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.49%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 37 (18.23%) Azure
2 32 (15.76%) AWS
3 15 (7.39%) GCP
4 12 (5.91%) GitHub
5 9 (4.43%) IaaS
6 7 (3.45%) Cloud Computing
7 6 (2.96%) Amazon S3
8 5 (2.46%) PaaS
9 3 (1.48%) Amazon EMR
9 3 (1.48%) Amazon SQS
9 3 (1.48%) Serverless
10 2 (0.99%) Azure Active Directory
10 2 (0.99%) Tricentis Tosca
11 1 (0.49%) Azure Functions
11 1 (0.49%) Office 365
11 1 (0.49%) OneDrive
11 1 (0.49%) OpenShift
11 1 (0.49%) Power Platform
11 1 (0.49%) PowerApps
11 1 (0.49%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 10 (4.93%) TCP/IP
2 9 (4.43%) VSAN
3 6 (2.96%) HTTP
3 6 (2.96%) NX-OS
4 5 (2.46%) Firewall
4 5 (2.46%) Network Security
5 3 (1.48%) Cisco IOS
5 3 (1.48%) DNS
5 3 (1.48%) HTTPS
5 3 (1.48%) SSL
6 2 (0.99%) BGP
6 2 (0.99%) Cisco Nexus
6 2 (0.99%) Junos
6 2 (0.99%) MPLS
6 2 (0.99%) OSPF
6 2 (0.99%) SAN
6 2 (0.99%) VPN
6 2 (0.99%) Wireshark
7 1 (0.49%) Cisco ISE
7 1 (0.49%) Multicast
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (3.45%) SQL Server
2 5 (2.46%) Amazon Redshift
2 5 (2.46%) MySQL
3 4 (1.97%) Data Warehouse
3 4 (1.97%) Hadoop
4 3 (1.48%) Amazon Aurora
4 3 (1.48%) Apache Hive
4 3 (1.48%) Big Data
4 3 (1.48%) Electronic Patient Records
4 3 (1.48%) Oracle BI EE
4 3 (1.48%) PostgreSQL
4 3 (1.48%) Relational Database
4 3 (1.48%) Snowflake Schema
4 3 (1.48%) Star Schema
5 2 (0.99%) Data Mining
6 1 (0.49%) Azure SQL Database
6 1 (0.49%) HBase
6 1 (0.49%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.49%) Power BI
6 1 (0.49%) Redis
Development Applications
1 52 (25.62%) Git (software)
2 43 (21.18%) Jenkins
3 39 (19.21%) JIRA
4 30 (14.78%) Selenium
5 19 (9.36%) Bitbucket
6 12 (5.91%) Cucumber
6 12 (5.91%) Sonatype Nexus
7 10 (4.93%) WebDriver
8 9 (4.43%) SoapUI
9 8 (3.94%) SpecFlow
9 8 (3.94%) Visual Studio
10 7 (3.45%) Team Foundation Server
10 7 (3.45%) Vagrant
10 7 (3.45%) Visual Studio Team System
11 6 (2.96%) Mocha
11 6 (2.96%) Protractor
12 5 (2.46%) Jasmine
13 4 (1.97%) GitLab
13 4 (1.97%) JMeter
14 3 (1.48%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 28 (13.79%) Finance
2 10 (4.93%) Banking
3 7 (3.45%) Public Sector
4 5 (2.46%) Retail
4 5 (2.46%) Telecoms
5 2 (0.99%) Investment Banking
5 2 (0.99%) Manufacturing
5 2 (0.99%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.49%) Back Office
6 1 (0.49%) Front Office
6 1 (0.49%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (5.91%) Middleware
1 12 (5.91%) REST
2 7 (3.45%) .NET
2 7 (3.45%) JSON
3 6 (2.96%) Web Services
3 6 (2.96%) YAML
4 5 (2.46%) Nightwatchjs
5 4 (1.97%) Django
5 4 (1.97%) Gherkin
5 4 (1.97%) Node.js
5 4 (1.97%) RESTful
5 4 (1.97%) SOAP
6 2 (0.99%) .NET Core
6 2 (0.99%) .NET Framework
6 2 (0.99%) JMS
6 2 (0.99%) Lambda Expressions
6 2 (0.99%) OAuth
6 2 (0.99%) OpenID
6 2 (0.99%) RabbitMQ
6 2 (0.99%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 10 (4.93%) Analytical Skills
1 10 (4.93%) Data Centre
2 9 (4.43%) Enterprise Software
2 9 (4.43%) Public Cloud
3 6 (2.96%) Hedge funds
3 6 (2.96%) Mobile App
4 5 (2.46%) Client/Server
4 5 (2.46%) Private Cloud
5 4 (1.97%) Blog
5 4 (1.97%) Self-Motivation
6 3 (1.48%) Data Structures
6 3 (1.48%) Greenfield Project
6 3 (1.48%) User Experience
7 2 (0.99%) Cloud Native
7 2 (0.99%) Clustering
7 2 (0.99%) Derivative
7 2 (0.99%) Life Science
7 2 (0.99%) OTC Derivatives
7 2 (0.99%) PKI
7 2 (0.99%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 52 (25.62%) Windows
2 44 (21.67%) Linux
3 29 (14.29%) Windows Server
4 19 (9.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 15 (7.39%) Unix
6 11 (5.42%) CentOS
7 10 (4.93%) Windows Server 2012
8 8 (3.94%) Windows 10
9 6 (2.96%) Windows Server 2008
10 3 (1.48%) Windows 7
10 3 (1.48%) Windows Server 2003
10 3 (1.48%) Windows XP
11 2 (0.99%) Android
11 2 (0.99%) Mac OS X
11 2 (0.99%) Ubuntu
12 1 (0.49%) Apple iOS
12 1 (0.49%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 79 (38.92%) Agile Software Development
2 69 (33.99%) DevOps
3 53 (26.11%) Test Automation
4 36 (17.73%) Continuous Integration
4 36 (17.73%) Infrastructure Automation
5 35 (17.24%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 27 (13.30%) BDD
6 27 (13.30%) Scrum
7 22 (10.84%) Deployment Automation
8 21 (10.34%) Software Engineering
8 21 (10.34%) TDD
9 20 (9.85%) Application Packaging
10 19 (9.36%) QA Automation
11 15 (7.39%) Continuous Delivery
11 15 (7.39%) Task Automation
11 15 (7.39%) Workflow
12 14 (6.90%) Continuous Deployment
12 14 (6.90%) Problem-Solving
12 14 (6.90%) Test Strategy
13 13 (6.40%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 74 (36.45%) PowerShell
2 63 (31.03%) Python
3 29 (14.29%) Java
4 23 (11.33%) C#
5 21 (10.34%) SQL
6 18 (8.87%) Bash Shell
7 15 (7.39%) JavaScript
8 7 (3.45%) VB
9 5 (2.46%) Groovy
9 5 (2.46%) PHP
9 5 (2.46%) VBScript
10 4 (1.97%) Perl
10 4 (1.97%) Shell Script
11 3 (1.48%) REXX
11 3 (1.48%) Tcl
11 3 (1.48%) TypeScript
12 2 (0.99%) C++
12 2 (0.99%) Ruby
12 2 (0.99%) Scala
13 1 (0.49%) VBA
Qualifications
1 66 (32.51%) Security Cleared
2 64 (31.53%) SC Cleared
3 25 (12.32%) DV Cleared
4 8 (3.94%) ISTQB
5 7 (3.45%) Degree
6 5 (2.46%) Cisco Certification
7 4 (1.97%) CCNA
7 4 (1.97%) Computer Science Degree
8 3 (1.48%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 3 (1.48%) MCSA
8 3 (1.48%) MCSE
8 3 (1.48%) Microsoft Certification
8 3 (1.48%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 2 (0.99%) ISEB
10 1 (0.49%) BPSS Clearance
10 1 (0.49%) CCIE
10 1 (0.49%) CCIE Routing and Switching
10 1 (0.49%) CCNP
10 1 (0.49%) CISSP
10 1 (0.49%) CRISC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (17.24%) QA
2 5 (2.46%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 2 (0.99%) COBIT
3 2 (0.99%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.99%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.99%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 30 (14.78%) Docker
2 29 (14.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 24 (11.82%) VMware NSX
4 18 (8.87%) vSphere
5 14 (6.90%) Active Directory
6 11 (5.42%) Virtual Machines
7 9 (4.43%) VMware ESXi
8 4 (1.97%) Microsoft App-V
8 4 (1.97%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.49%) Gluster
9 1 (0.49%) HDFS
9 1 (0.49%) Hyper-V
9 1 (0.49%) NFS
9 1 (0.49%) VMFS
Systems Management
1 53 (26.11%) Ansible
2 26 (12.81%) PowerCLI
3 23 (11.33%) Puppet
4 22 (10.84%) Opscode Chef
5 21 (10.34%) Kubernetes
6 15 (7.39%) Terraform
7 14 (6.90%) vRealize
8 12 (5.91%) vRealize Orchestrator
9 10 (4.93%) SCCM
9 10 (4.93%) vCenter Server
10 6 (2.96%) CFEngine
11 3 (1.48%) HP Operations Orchestration
11 3 (1.48%) SCOM
11 3 (1.48%) SCOrch
12 2 (0.99%) HP Fortify
12 2 (0.99%) Microsoft Clustering
12 2 (0.99%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 2 (0.99%) Nagios
12 2 (0.99%) Nessus
12 2 (0.99%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 64 (31.53%) VMware
2 31 (15.27%) Cisco
3 26 (12.81%) Microsoft
4 12 (5.91%) Citrix
4 12 (5.91%) Google
4 12 (5.91%) Red Hat
5 7 (3.45%) Oracle
6 6 (2.96%) SaltStack
7 5 (2.46%) Atlassian
7 5 (2.46%) HP
8 4 (1.97%) Juniper
8 4 (1.97%) MicroStrategy
8 4 (1.97%) UiPath
9 3 (1.48%) Dell
9 3 (1.48%) MuleSoft
9 3 (1.48%) Talend
10 2 (0.99%) EMC
10 2 (0.99%) IBM
10 2 (0.99%) NetApp
10 2 (0.99%) Teradata