Period
to 31 May 2020

The median contractor rate for an Automation Tester was £413 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 31 May 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 Tester
UK
6 months to
31 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 377 383 421
Rank change year-on-year +6 +38 -16
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Tester 239 591 553
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.51% 0.65% 0.55%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.55% 0.68% 0.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 168 349 412
Median daily rate £413 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.94% +6.25% +10.34%
10th Percentile £318 £313 £303
90th Percentile £530 £515 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £393 £388 £395
% change year-on-year +1.29% -1.90% +17.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £36.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £36.00

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 43,485 86,434 95,987
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.59% 94.54% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 27,350 56,800 62,912
Median daily rate £466 £473 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.37% +5.00% +5.88%
10th Percentile £250 £275 £265
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £413
% change year-on-year - +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,804 2,789 3,022
Median hourly rate £21.50 £19.03 £18.12
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.98% +5.04% -4.37%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £52.50 £51.00 £48.00
Median hourly rate £19.50 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +8.33% +2.86% -1.52%

Automation Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Automation Tester in the UK

Automation Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Automation Tester.

Daily rate trend for Automation Tester in the UK

Automation Tester
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Automation Tester over the 6 months to 31 May 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Automation Tester in the UK

Automation Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Automation Tester.

Hourly rate trend for Automation Tester in the UK

Automation Tester
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 Tester within the UK over the 6 months to 31 May 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 +6 225 £420 -1.18% 14
UK excluding London +23 144 £393 +1.29% 14
London +22 92 £425 -5.56% 1
South East +89 34 £373 -6.88% 2
Midlands +81 31 £360 -15.29%
North of England +38 31 £386 +8.80% 8
South West +34 23 £450 +5.88% 1
West Midlands +60 22 £360 -15.29%
East of England +59 12 £423 +23.36% 2
Scotland +31 12 £363 +7.41%
North West +24 12 £340 -9.33% 4
Yorkshire +45 10 £375 +7.14% 4
East Midlands +43 9 £304 -7.90%
North East +22 9 £419 +19.64%
Work from Home +10 7 £425 +6.25% 1
Wales +25 1 - -

Automation Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 May 2020, Automation Tester 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 Tester in the job title.

1 239 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 153 (64.02%) Selenium
3 135 (56.49%) Agile Software Development
4 115 (48.12%) Java
5 101 (42.26%) Cucumber
6 74 (30.96%) BDD
7 62 (25.94%) C#
8 61 (25.52%) JIRA
9 58 (24.27%) Test Scripting
10 57 (23.85%) Jenkins
11 55 (23.01%) SQL
12 54 (22.59%) DevOps
13 51 (21.34%) Continuous Integration
14 47 (19.67%) Scrum
15 43 (17.99%) SpecFlow
16 42 (17.57%) API Testing
17 41 (17.15%) TDD
18 40 (16.74%) WebDriver
19 38 (15.90%) QA
20 37 (15.48%) Security Cleared
21 35 (14.64%) Azure
21 35 (14.64%) JMeter
22 34 (14.23%) JavaScript
23 33 (13.81%) SC Cleared
24 32 (13.39%) ISTQB
25 31 (12.97%) .NET
26 30 (12.55%) Python
26 30 (12.55%) SoapUI
26 30 (12.55%) Gherkin
27 28 (11.72%) Git (software)

Automation Tester 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 (8.79%) Confluence
2 7 (2.93%) IIS
3 5 (2.09%) JBoss
4 2 (0.84%) ArcGIS
4 2 (0.84%) Oracle Spatial
5 1 (0.42%) CMS
5 1 (0.42%) Drupal
5 1 (0.42%) WebSphere
Applications
1 2 (0.84%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (0.84%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.42%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 5 (2.09%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.26%) Maximo
3 1 (0.42%) BASE24
3 1 (0.42%) Oracle Cash Management
3 1 (0.42%) Oracle Financials
3 1 (0.42%) Oracle General Ledger
3 1 (0.42%) Oracle Payables
3 1 (0.42%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 35 (14.64%) Azure
2 20 (8.37%) AWS
3 19 (7.95%) GitHub
4 6 (2.51%) SaaS
5 5 (2.09%) BrowserStack
6 2 (0.84%) AWS CloudFormation
6 2 (0.84%) Slack
7 1 (0.42%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.42%) Dynamics 365
7 1 (0.42%) GCP
7 1 (0.42%) IBM Cloud
7 1 (0.42%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 8 (3.35%) HTTP
2 5 (2.09%) DSL
2 5 (2.09%) Internet
3 3 (1.26%) DNS
3 3 (1.26%) HTTPS
4 2 (0.84%) 802.11
4 2 (0.84%) Broadband
4 2 (0.84%) DOCSIS
4 2 (0.84%) Ethernet
4 2 (0.84%) Firewall
4 2 (0.84%) IPv4
4 2 (0.84%) IPv6
4 2 (0.84%) TCP/IP
4 2 (0.84%) Telnet
4 2 (0.84%) UPnP
4 2 (0.84%) Wireless
4 2 (0.84%) Wireshark
4 2 (0.84%) WLAN
4 2 (0.84%) WPA
4 2 (0.84%) WPA2
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (2.51%) Azure SQL Database
2 3 (1.26%) MongoDB
2 3 (1.26%) SQL Server
3 2 (0.84%) MySQL
4 1 (0.42%) CouchDB
4 1 (0.42%) Geospatial Data
4 1 (0.42%) GIS
4 1 (0.42%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.42%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (0.42%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (0.42%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 153 (64.02%) Selenium
2 101 (42.26%) Cucumber
3 61 (25.52%) JIRA
4 57 (23.85%) Jenkins
5 43 (17.99%) SpecFlow
6 40 (16.74%) WebDriver
7 35 (14.64%) JMeter
8 30 (12.55%) SoapUI
9 28 (11.72%) Git (software)
10 23 (9.62%) Postman
11 19 (7.95%) Appium
12 17 (7.11%) REST Assured
13 15 (6.28%) Maven
14 14 (5.86%) Cypress.io
15 12 (5.02%) JUnit
16 11 (4.60%) Gatling
16 11 (4.60%) GitLab
16 11 (4.60%) Protractor
17 10 (4.18%) Jasmine
18 9 (3.77%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 28 (11.72%) Finance
2 18 (7.53%) Public Sector
3 7 (2.93%) Telecoms
4 6 (2.51%) Banking
4 6 (2.51%) Retail
5 3 (1.26%) Manufacturing
6 2 (0.84%) Electronics
6 2 (0.84%) Games
6 2 (0.84%) Marketing
6 2 (0.84%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.42%) Automotive
7 1 (0.42%) Corporate Banking
7 1 (0.42%) Front Office
7 1 (0.42%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.42%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (12.97%) .NET
2 30 (12.55%) Gherkin
3 26 (10.88%) REST
3 26 (10.88%) Web Services
4 20 (8.37%) SOAP
5 19 (7.95%) AngularJS
6 15 (6.28%) JSON
7 12 (5.02%) Node.js
7 12 (5.02%) RESTful
7 12 (5.02%) XML
8 7 (2.93%) WebdriverIO
9 6 (2.51%) Jest
9 6 (2.51%) Middleware
10 5 (2.09%) .NET Core
10 5 (2.09%) Ajax
10 5 (2.09%) Java EE
10 5 (2.09%) Spring
11 4 (1.67%) HTML
12 3 (1.26%) CSS
12 3 (1.26%) FIX Protocol
Miscellaneous
1 16 (6.69%) Mobile App
2 8 (3.35%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (3.35%) Greenfield Project
3 4 (1.67%) Self-Motivation
3 4 (1.67%) Virtual Team
4 3 (1.26%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 2 (0.84%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (0.84%) IPTV
5 2 (0.84%) Robotics
6 1 (0.42%) Clustering
6 1 (0.42%) EMV
6 1 (0.42%) Linux Command Line
6 1 (0.42%) Replication
6 1 (0.42%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 11 (4.60%) Windows
2 8 (3.35%) Linux
3 7 (2.93%) Unix
4 4 (1.67%) Android
4 4 (1.67%) Apple iOS
5 2 (0.84%) Solaris
6 1 (0.42%) Mac OS X
6 1 (0.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.42%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.42%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 239 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 135 (56.49%) Agile Software Development
3 74 (30.96%) BDD
4 58 (24.27%) Test Scripting
5 54 (22.59%) DevOps
6 51 (21.34%) Continuous Integration
7 47 (19.67%) Scrum
8 42 (17.57%) API Testing
9 41 (17.15%) TDD
10 25 (10.46%) Regression Testing
10 25 (10.46%) Scenario Testing
11 24 (10.04%) Integration Testing
11 24 (10.04%) Test Strategy
12 21 (8.79%) Microservices
12 21 (8.79%) Performance Testing
12 21 (8.79%) Problem-Solving
13 20 (8.37%) Kanban
13 20 (8.37%) SDLC
14 18 (7.53%) Manual Testing
15 17 (7.11%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 115 (48.12%) Java
2 62 (25.94%) C#
3 55 (23.01%) SQL
4 34 (14.23%) JavaScript
5 30 (12.55%) Python
6 11 (4.60%) PowerShell
7 7 (2.93%) Groovy
8 6 (2.51%) C
8 6 (2.51%) Scala
9 5 (2.09%) Java 8
10 4 (1.67%) Bash Shell
10 4 (1.67%) Kotlin
10 4 (1.67%) PL/SQL
10 4 (1.67%) Ruby
11 2 (0.84%) Shell Script
11 2 (0.84%) TypeScript
12 1 (0.42%) C++
12 1 (0.42%) Go
12 1 (0.42%) Perl
12 1 (0.42%) PHP
Qualifications
1 37 (15.48%) Security Cleared
2 33 (13.81%) SC Cleared
3 32 (13.39%) ISTQB
4 17 (7.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 13 (5.44%) ISEB
6 3 (1.26%) BPSS Clearance
6 3 (1.26%) Degree
7 2 (0.84%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.42%) (ISC)2 CCSP
8 1 (0.42%) Cisco Certification
8 1 (0.42%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 1 (0.42%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (15.90%) QA
2 1 (0.42%) ISO 8583
2 1 (0.42%) ISO 9001
2 1 (0.42%) JSP 440
2 1 (0.42%) SLA
2 1 (0.42%) WCAG
System Software
1 20 (8.37%) Docker
2 1 (0.42%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (0.42%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 11 (4.60%) Terraform
2 10 (4.18%) Opscode Chef
3 9 (3.77%) Kubernetes
4 5 (2.09%) Ansible
5 3 (1.26%) HP ALM
5 3 (1.26%) Puppet
6 2 (0.84%) HP Quality Center
6 2 (0.84%) Nessus
Vendors
1 19 (7.95%) Microsoft
2 14 (5.86%) Oracle
3 7 (2.93%) HP
4 6 (2.51%) Atlassian
5 2 (0.84%) Cisco
5 2 (0.84%) SAP
5 2 (0.84%) Veracode
6 1 (0.42%) IBM
6 1 (0.42%) Qualys
6 1 (0.42%) Red Hat
6 1 (0.42%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (0.42%) Software AG
6 1 (0.42%) Splunk
6 1 (0.42%) VMware