Period
to 21 August 2018

The median contractor rate for an Automation Tester was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 August 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 Tester
UK
6 months to
21 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 377 434 538
Rank change year-on-year +57 +104 +48
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Tester 672 513 404
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.66% 0.54% 0.37%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.69% 0.56% 0.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 493 293 266
UK median daily rate £400 £365 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.59% -2.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £263
90th Percentile £525 £468 £495
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +10.71% - +6.87%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 3
UK median hourly rate £36.00 - £43.50
10th Percentile £33.00 - £39.85
90th Percentile £39.00 - £149.05
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 - £43.50

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 96,865 91,044 103,041
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.87% 94.99% 94.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,367 59,123 67,175
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.25% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,128 2,788 3,125
UK median hourly rate £17.87 £18.70 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.47% -1.58% +6.38%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.25
90th Percentile £47.83 £48.75 £46.46
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -2.78% -5.26% +9.83%

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 21 August 2018.

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 21 August 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 +29 576 £413 +13.01% 152
UK excluding London +51 416 £388 +10.71% 117
London +12 249 £450 +12.50% 45
North of England -22 115 £378 +7.86% 36
South East -28 86 £400 +23.08% 21
Yorkshire -7 71 £370 +2.78% 11
Scotland +6 50 £375 +13.64% 7
Midlands +17 46 £375 +7.14% 22
East of England +13 46 £400 +12.28% 9
North West -5 38 £400 +8.11% 24
South West -3 35 £423 +13.12% 19
Wales +6 28 £388 +16.10%
West Midlands -8 24 £409 +10.85% 10
East Midlands +5 22 £340 -2.86% 12
Northern Ireland - 10 £325 - 3
North East -23 6 £375 +20.97% 1

Automation Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 August 2018, 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.

1 672 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 467 (69.49%) Selenium
3 408 (60.71%) Agile Software Development
4 331 (49.26%) Java
5 262 (38.99%) Cucumber
6 223 (33.18%) BDD
7 186 (27.68%) WebDriver
8 171 (25.45%) SQL
8 171 (25.45%) QA
9 161 (23.96%) C#
10 149 (22.17%) Jenkins
11 143 (21.28%) Scrum
12 133 (19.79%) API Testing
13 131 (19.49%) JIRA
14 127 (18.90%) JavaScript
15 124 (18.45%) TDD
16 119 (17.71%) Test Scripting
16 119 (17.71%) Git (software)
17 117 (17.41%) SpecFlow
18 113 (16.82%) Finance
19 112 (16.67%) SoapUI
20 110 (16.37%) Continuous Integration
21 92 (13.69%) Gherkin
22 85 (12.65%) Web Services
22 85 (12.65%) SDET
23 80 (11.90%) Security Cleared
24 78 (11.61%) .NET
25 75 (11.16%) SOAP
25 75 (11.16%) DevOps
26 73 (10.86%) REST

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 56 (8.33%) Confluence
2 8 (1.19%) CMS
3 6 (0.89%) SharePoint
4 5 (0.74%) Oracle Service Bus
4 5 (0.74%) Sitecore CMS
5 4 (0.60%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 4 (0.60%) Umbraco
6 3 (0.45%) Cloud Foundry
6 3 (0.45%) Elasticsearch
7 2 (0.30%) Apache
7 2 (0.30%) Apache Spark
7 2 (0.30%) NServiceBus
8 1 (0.15%) CoreMedia CMS
8 1 (0.15%) Documentum
8 1 (0.15%) EPiServer
8 1 (0.15%) GemFire
8 1 (0.15%) JBoss
8 1 (0.15%) Telligent Community
8 1 (0.15%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.15%) WebSphere
Applications
1 12 (1.79%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (0.45%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.15%) HipChat
3 1 (0.15%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (0.45%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.15%) Adobe Campaign
2 1 (0.15%) Magento
2 1 (0.15%) Markit EDM
Cloud Services
1 34 (5.06%) Amazon AWS
2 31 (4.61%) Microsoft Azure
3 21 (3.13%) GitHub
4 16 (2.38%) BrowserStack
4 16 (2.38%) Sauce Labs
5 6 (0.89%) SaaS
6 5 (0.74%) BlazeMeter
6 5 (0.74%) OpenShift
6 5 (0.74%) PaaS
7 4 (0.60%) npm
8 3 (0.45%) AWS Lambda
9 2 (0.30%) IaaS
9 2 (0.30%) Slack
10 1 (0.15%) Google Cloud Platform
10 1 (0.15%) Salesforce Service Cloud
10 1 (0.15%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 13 (1.93%) Internet
2 8 (1.19%) HTTP
3 4 (0.60%) DSL
3 4 (0.60%) PuTTY
3 4 (0.60%) WinSCP
4 2 (0.30%) SMS
5 1 (0.15%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (5.51%) SQL Server
2 18 (2.68%) PostgreSQL
3 13 (1.93%) MongoDB
4 11 (1.64%) Oracle Database
5 9 (1.34%) MySQL
5 9 (1.34%) Oracle Database 11g
5 9 (1.34%) Relational Database
5 9 (1.34%) SQL Server 2012
5 9 (1.34%) SQL Server 2016
6 8 (1.19%) Oracle Database 10g
7 7 (1.04%) Data Warehouse
8 6 (0.89%) NoSQL
9 5 (0.74%) Big Data
10 4 (0.60%) Hadoop
10 4 (0.60%) RDBMS
11 3 (0.45%) HBase
11 3 (0.45%) Oracle Reports
11 3 (0.45%) Redis
12 2 (0.30%) DB2
12 2 (0.30%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 467 (69.49%) Selenium
2 262 (38.99%) Cucumber
3 186 (27.68%) WebDriver
4 149 (22.17%) Jenkins
5 131 (19.49%) JIRA
6 119 (17.71%) Git (software)
7 117 (17.41%) SpecFlow
8 112 (16.67%) SoapUI
9 58 (8.63%) JMeter
10 44 (6.55%) JUnit
11 41 (6.10%) Maven
12 31 (4.61%) HP UFT
13 28 (4.17%) Appium
13 28 (4.17%) Visual Studio Team System
14 26 (3.87%) Team Foundation Server
15 25 (3.72%) Gatling
15 25 (3.72%) Visual Studio
16 24 (3.57%) Protractor
17 23 (3.42%) Ant
17 23 (3.42%) GitLab
General
1 113 (16.82%) Finance
2 65 (9.67%) Banking
3 21 (3.13%) Retail
4 17 (2.53%) Manufacturing
4 17 (2.53%) Marketing
5 16 (2.38%) Telecoms
6 15 (2.23%) Electronics
7 12 (1.79%) Back Office
8 5 (0.74%) Games
8 5 (0.74%) Investment Banking
9 3 (0.45%) Advertising
9 3 (0.45%) Law
9 3 (0.45%) Pharmaceutical
10 2 (0.30%) Financial Institution
10 2 (0.30%) Retail Banking
11 1 (0.15%) Automotive
11 1 (0.15%) Corporate Banking
11 1 (0.15%) Legal
11 1 (0.15%) Online Betting
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 92 (13.69%) Gherkin
2 85 (12.65%) Web Services
3 78 (11.61%) .NET
4 75 (11.16%) SOAP
5 73 (10.86%) REST
6 68 (10.12%) RESTful
7 62 (9.23%) XML
8 36 (5.36%) JSON
9 23 (3.42%) AngularJS
10 22 (3.27%) Node.js
11 18 (2.68%) Kafka
12 14 (2.08%) CSS
12 14 (2.08%) HTML
13 13 (1.93%) React
14 12 (1.79%) Spring
15 10 (1.49%) .NET Framework
16 9 (1.34%) Chai
16 9 (1.34%) WebdriverIO
17 8 (1.19%) jQuery
18 6 (0.89%) Nightwatchjs
Miscellaneous
1 36 (5.36%) Mobile App
2 26 (3.87%) Greenfield Project
3 24 (3.57%) Analytical Skills
4 16 (2.38%) Self-Motivation
5 14 (2.08%) Computer Science
6 8 (1.19%) User Experience
7 7 (1.04%) Enterprise Software
7 7 (1.04%) Fintech
8 5 (0.74%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 5 (0.74%) Linux Command Line
8 5 (0.74%) Virtual Team
9 4 (0.60%) Fixed Income
10 3 (0.45%) Client/Server
10 3 (0.45%) Derivative
10 3 (0.45%) NHS
11 2 (0.30%) Data Centre
11 2 (0.30%) Life Science
11 2 (0.30%) Market Risk
11 2 (0.30%) Online Banking
12 1 (0.15%) Cloud Native
Operating Systems
1 47 (6.99%) Linux
2 33 (4.91%) Apple iOS
3 30 (4.46%) Android
3 30 (4.46%) Windows
4 15 (2.23%) Unix
5 12 (1.79%) Ubuntu
6 8 (1.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 8 (1.19%) Windows Server
7 4 (0.60%) Mac OS X
8 2 (0.30%) Solaris
8 2 (0.30%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.15%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 672 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 408 (60.71%) Agile Software Development
3 223 (33.18%) BDD
4 143 (21.28%) Scrum
5 133 (19.79%) API Testing
6 124 (18.45%) TDD
7 119 (17.71%) Test Scripting
8 110 (16.37%) Continuous Integration
9 85 (12.65%) SDET
10 75 (11.16%) DevOps
11 66 (9.82%) Functional Testing
12 65 (9.67%) Performance Testing
13 62 (9.23%) Test Strategy
14 54 (8.04%) Open Source
15 53 (7.89%) Regression Testing
16 47 (6.99%) Kanban
16 47 (6.99%) Manual Testing
17 42 (6.25%) OO
18 36 (5.36%) Continuous Delivery
19 35 (5.21%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 331 (49.26%) Java
2 171 (25.45%) SQL
3 161 (23.96%) C#
4 127 (18.90%) JavaScript
5 52 (7.74%) Python
6 30 (4.46%) Groovy
7 29 (4.32%) Ruby
8 17 (2.53%) C
9 15 (2.23%) VB
10 12 (1.79%) VBA
10 12 (1.79%) VBScript
11 11 (1.64%) PHP
11 11 (1.64%) PL/SQL
12 10 (1.49%) C++
12 10 (1.49%) F#
13 8 (1.19%) Java 8
14 6 (0.89%) Apple Swift
15 4 (0.60%) Perl
15 4 (0.60%) Scala
15 4 (0.60%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 80 (11.90%) Security Cleared
2 65 (9.67%) SC Cleared
3 38 (5.65%) ISTQB
4 29 (4.32%) ISEB
5 22 (3.27%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 13 (1.93%) Degree
7 10 (1.49%) Computer Science Degree
8 7 (1.04%) BPSS Clearance
9 5 (0.74%) ISEB Practitioner
10 2 (0.30%) BC Cleared
10 2 (0.30%) DBS Check
11 1 (0.15%) MCP
11 1 (0.15%) Microsoft Certification
11 1 (0.15%) OCP
11 1 (0.15%) Oracle Certification
11 1 (0.15%) PMI Certification
11 1 (0.15%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 171 (25.45%) QA
2 4 (0.60%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (0.30%) PMO
4 1 (0.15%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 1 (0.15%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.15%) GDPR
4 1 (0.15%) GMP
4 1 (0.15%) WAI
4 1 (0.15%) WCAG
System Software
1 35 (5.21%) Docker
2 6 (0.89%) vSphere
3 3 (0.45%) HDFS
4 1 (0.15%) ACF2
4 1 (0.15%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.15%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 1 (0.15%) RACF
Systems Management
1 13 (1.93%) Puppet
2 10 (1.49%) Grafana
3 9 (1.34%) HP Quality Center
3 9 (1.34%) Kibana
4 5 (0.74%) HP ALM
5 4 (0.60%) Ansible
6 3 (0.45%) CA Service Virtualization
6 3 (0.45%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (0.45%) Rancher
7 2 (0.30%) Business Desktop Deployment
7 2 (0.30%) Terraform
8 1 (0.15%) HockeyApp
8 1 (0.15%) Kubernetes
8 1 (0.15%) logstash
Vendors
1 37 (5.51%) Oracle
2 20 (2.98%) HP
3 18 (2.68%) Microsoft
4 17 (2.53%) SAP
5 16 (2.38%) Atlassian
6 12 (1.79%) Software AG
6 12 (1.79%) webMethods
7 9 (1.34%) Capita
7 9 (1.34%) IBM
8 8 (1.19%) Red Hat
9 7 (1.04%) MuleSoft
9 7 (1.04%) Sitecore
10 6 (0.89%) VMware
11 5 (0.74%) Salesforce.com
12 4 (0.60%) Adobe
12 4 (0.60%) CA Agile Central
12 4 (0.60%) Google
13 3 (0.45%) CA
13 3 (0.45%) Micro Focus
13 3 (0.45%) Veracode