Period
to 23 November 2017

The median contractor rate for an Automation Tester was £390 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 Tester
UK
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 437 482 537
Rank change year-on-year +45 +55 +36
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Tester 519 470 391
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.50% 0.45% 0.34%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.53% 0.47% 0.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 335 288 295
UK median daily rate £390 £375 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.00% +3.45% +3.57%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £263
90th Percentile £515 £525 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £353 £350
% change year-on-year +3.55% +0.71% +6.87%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 2
UK median hourly rate £48.50 £39.37 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.19% +35.76% -78.91%
10th Percentile £42.55 £32.67 £27.60
90th Percentile £49.25 £42.87 £31.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £48.50 £39.37 £29.00
% change year-on-year +23.19% +35.76% -

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 Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Automation Tester in the UK

Automation Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Automation Tester.

Contractor daily rate trend for Automation Tester in the UK

Automation Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Automation Tester over the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Automation Tester in the UK

Automation Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Automation Tester.

Contractor 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 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 +34 486 £400 +6.67% 83
UK excluding London +30 260 £365 +3.55% 56
London +32 257 £425 +8.97% 28
North of England +65 80 £365 -2.67% 17
South East -11 79 £388 +8.39% 13
Yorkshire +41 57 £370 -4.52% 9
East of England -10 37 £375 +3.45% 8
South West -11 20 £400 +3.23% 4
Midlands +22 18 £350 +5.66% 13
North West +4 13 £363 +3.57% 6
Northern Ireland - 13 £325 -
Scotland -7 11 £375 +15.38% 1
North East +60 10 £275 -11.29% 2
East Midlands -1 9 £350 +7.69% 8
West Midlands +23 8 £450 +28.57% 5
Wales +16 4 £190 -

Automation Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 November 2017, Automation Tester 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 Tester in the job title.

1 519 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 366 (70.52%) Agile Software Development
3 319 (61.46%) Selenium
4 258 (49.71%) Java
5 241 (46.44%) Cucumber
6 218 (42.00%) BDD
7 181 (34.87%) WebDriver
8 166 (31.98%) Jenkins
9 154 (29.67%) QA
10 145 (27.94%) TDD
11 125 (24.08%) Continuous Integration
12 124 (23.89%) Scrum
13 120 (23.12%) JIRA
14 112 (21.58%) Git (software)
15 100 (19.27%) C#
16 99 (19.08%) JavaScript
16 99 (19.08%) SQL
17 92 (17.73%) Gherkin
18 90 (17.34%) Web Services
19 77 (14.84%) REST
20 74 (14.26%) E-Commerce
20 74 (14.26%) Finance
21 73 (14.07%) API Testing
22 71 (13.68%) Python
23 70 (13.49%) RESTful
24 68 (13.10%) SOAP
25 65 (12.52%) Functional Testing
26 64 (12.33%) Test Scripting
27 59 (11.37%) Banking
27 59 (11.37%) JMeter

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 53 (10.21%) Confluence
2 25 (4.82%) WebSphere
3 3 (0.58%) SharePoint
4 2 (0.39%) BizTalk Server
4 2 (0.39%) Cloud Foundry
4 2 (0.39%) CMS
4 2 (0.39%) SAS
4 2 (0.39%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (0.19%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 1 (0.19%) Apache Spark
5 1 (0.19%) IIS
5 1 (0.19%) JBoss
5 1 (0.19%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 3 (0.58%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.19%) HipChat
Business Applications
1 12 (2.31%) Magento
2 1 (0.19%) CSG Singleview
2 1 (0.19%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.19%) IntelliMatch
Cloud Services
1 34 (6.55%) Amazon AWS
2 18 (3.47%) Sauce Labs
3 12 (2.31%) Microsoft Azure
4 9 (1.73%) GitHub
5 8 (1.54%) BrowserStack
6 3 (0.58%) Cloud Computing
6 3 (0.58%) npm
6 3 (0.58%) Salesforce Service Cloud
7 2 (0.39%) BlazeMeter
7 2 (0.39%) Heroku
7 2 (0.39%) vREST
8 1 (0.19%) Google Analytics
8 1 (0.19%) OpenShift
8 1 (0.19%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 22 (4.24%) Internet
2 11 (2.12%) HTTP
3 10 (1.93%) Bluetooth
4 9 (1.73%) Wireless
5 2 (0.39%) NAS
6 1 (0.19%) DSL
6 1 (0.19%) Extranet
6 1 (0.19%) Firewall
6 1 (0.19%) HTTPS
6 1 (0.19%) Intranet
6 1 (0.19%) SMS
6 1 (0.19%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (7.13%) Redis
2 24 (4.62%) MongoDB
3 22 (4.24%) NoSQL
4 20 (3.85%) DB2
5 18 (3.47%) Relational Database
6 14 (2.70%) MySQL
7 13 (2.50%) Big Data
7 13 (2.50%) DbVisualizer
8 11 (2.12%) SQL Server
9 5 (0.96%) Hadoop
10 3 (0.58%) Blockchain
11 2 (0.39%) Firebird
11 2 (0.39%) RDBMS
12 1 (0.19%) HBase
12 1 (0.19%) Oracle Database
12 1 (0.19%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 319 (61.46%) Selenium
2 241 (46.44%) Cucumber
3 181 (34.87%) WebDriver
4 166 (31.98%) Jenkins
5 120 (23.12%) JIRA
6 112 (21.58%) Git (software)
7 59 (11.37%) JMeter
8 48 (9.25%) SoapUI
9 43 (8.29%) SpecFlow
10 40 (7.71%) Appium
11 34 (6.55%) Protractor
12 26 (5.01%) JUnit
13 25 (4.82%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 23 (4.43%) Calabash
15 20 (3.85%) Bitbucket
16 19 (3.66%) Team Foundation Server
17 18 (3.47%) Visual Studio
18 17 (3.28%) Hudson
18 17 (3.28%) TeamCity
19 16 (3.08%) Jasmine
General
1 74 (14.26%) Finance
2 59 (11.37%) Banking
3 45 (8.67%) Retail
4 36 (6.94%) Games
5 20 (3.85%) Telecoms
6 14 (2.70%) Corporate Banking
7 12 (2.31%) Retail Banking
8 11 (2.12%) Investment Banking
9 7 (1.35%) Advertising
10 6 (1.16%) Marketing
11 4 (0.77%) Front Office
12 3 (0.58%) Financial Institution
12 3 (0.58%) Manufacturing
13 2 (0.39%) Back Office
13 2 (0.39%) Electronics
14 1 (0.19%) Automotive
14 1 (0.19%) Billing
14 1 (0.19%) Legal
14 1 (0.19%) Pharmaceutical
14 1 (0.19%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 92 (17.73%) Gherkin
2 90 (17.34%) Web Services
3 77 (14.84%) REST
4 70 (13.49%) RESTful
5 68 (13.10%) SOAP
6 44 (8.48%) JSON
7 30 (5.78%) .NET
8 22 (4.24%) RESTEasy
8 22 (4.24%) XML
9 21 (4.05%) HTML
10 19 (3.66%) ActiveMQ
10 19 (3.66%) AngularJS
11 17 (3.28%) Node.js
12 12 (2.31%) Middleware
13 8 (1.54%) CSS
14 7 (1.35%) FIX Protocol
15 6 (1.16%) Apache Flex
15 6 (1.16%) React
15 6 (1.16%) Spring
15 6 (1.16%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 35 (6.74%) Mobile App
2 32 (6.17%) Analytical Skills
3 22 (4.24%) Greenfield Project
4 13 (2.50%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 13 (2.50%) Online Games
5 9 (1.73%) Computer Science
5 9 (1.73%) Embedded Systems
6 7 (1.35%) Mainframe
7 6 (1.16%) Fintech
7 6 (1.16%) User Experience
7 6 (1.16%) Virtual Team
8 5 (0.96%) Enterprise Software
8 5 (0.96%) STB
9 4 (0.77%) Linux Command Line
10 3 (0.58%) Derivative
10 3 (0.58%) Equities
11 2 (0.39%) Client/Server
11 2 (0.39%) Credit Risk
11 2 (0.39%) Management Information System
11 2 (0.39%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 46 (8.86%) Unix
2 36 (6.94%) Apple iOS
3 34 (6.55%) Android
4 33 (6.36%) Mac OS X
5 27 (5.20%) Windows
6 24 (4.62%) Linux
7 2 (0.39%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 519 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 366 (70.52%) Agile Software Development
3 218 (42.00%) BDD
4 145 (27.94%) TDD
5 125 (24.08%) Continuous Integration
6 124 (23.89%) Scrum
7 74 (14.26%) E-Commerce
8 73 (14.07%) API Testing
9 65 (12.52%) Functional Testing
10 64 (12.33%) Test Scripting
11 48 (9.25%) Test Strategy
12 47 (9.06%) Performance Testing
13 46 (8.86%) Continuous Delivery
13 46 (8.86%) Kanban
13 46 (8.86%) Regression Testing
14 42 (8.09%) Open Source
15 41 (7.90%) Scenario Testing
16 40 (7.71%) Integration Testing
16 40 (7.71%) Software Testing
17 37 (7.13%) Exploratory Testing
Programming Languages
1 258 (49.71%) Java
2 100 (19.27%) C#
3 99 (19.08%) JavaScript
3 99 (19.08%) SQL
4 71 (13.68%) Python
5 56 (10.79%) Ruby
6 29 (5.59%) Scala
7 28 (5.39%) Groovy
8 19 (3.66%) Apple Swift
9 13 (2.50%) R
10 12 (2.31%) Bash Shell
10 12 (2.31%) Shell Script
11 11 (2.12%) C
12 9 (1.73%) Embedded C
12 9 (1.73%) PHP
13 6 (1.16%) Perl
14 4 (0.77%) C++
14 4 (0.77%) VB
15 3 (0.58%) VBA
16 2 (0.39%) Delphi
Qualifications
1 33 (6.36%) Security Cleared
2 26 (5.01%) ISTQB
3 23 (4.43%) SC Cleared
4 20 (3.85%) ISEB
5 12 (2.31%) Degree
6 5 (0.96%) BPSS Clearance
7 4 (0.77%) DV Cleared
7 4 (0.77%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 2 (0.39%) Master's Degree
9 1 (0.19%) BC Cleared
9 1 (0.19%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 154 (29.67%) QA
2 6 (1.16%) PCI DSS
3 5 (0.96%) WCAG
4 2 (0.39%) MiFID
5 1 (0.19%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.19%) Dodd-Frank
5 1 (0.19%) EMIR
5 1 (0.19%) WAI
System Software
1 34 (6.55%) Docker
2 1 (0.19%) HDFS
2 1 (0.19%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 20 (3.85%) HP Quality Center
1 20 (3.85%) Puppet
2 11 (2.12%) Ansible
3 8 (1.54%) Grafana
3 8 (1.54%) StatsD
4 6 (1.16%) Kibana
5 3 (0.58%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.19%) Rancher
Vendors
1 28 (5.39%) HP
2 22 (4.24%) Oracle
3 20 (3.85%) IBM
4 18 (3.47%) Atlassian
4 18 (3.47%) hybris
5 17 (3.28%) Microsoft
6 9 (1.73%) Perforce
7 8 (1.54%) Splunk
8 6 (1.16%) Salesforce.com
9 5 (0.96%) Perfecto Mobile
9 5 (0.96%) Xamarin
10 3 (0.58%) Fidessa
11 2 (0.39%) Murex
11 2 (0.39%) SAP
11 2 (0.39%) WSO2
12 1 (0.19%) Maxymiser
12 1 (0.19%) SaltStack
12 1 (0.19%) Sencha
12 1 (0.19%) Tealium
12 1 (0.19%) WorldPay