Period
to 19 October 2018

The median contractor rate for an Automation Tester was £408 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 October 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
19 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 358 451 509
Rank change year-on-year +93 +58 +32
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Tester 713 502 440
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.69% 0.50% 0.41%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.73% 0.53% 0.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 514 316 275
UK median daily rate £408 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.67% - +0.67%
10th Percentile £300 £281 £253
90th Percentile £525 £513 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £363 £350
% change year-on-year +10.34% +3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
UK median hourly rate - - £35.69
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £35.69

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 97,664 94,376 100,916
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.74% 94.92% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 64,189 61,985 65,717
UK median daily rate £450 £440 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +6.25%
10th Percentile £268 £263 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.75% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,134 2,810 3,301
UK median hourly rate £17.99 £18.70 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.82% +3.89% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.44
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -2.78% +2.86% -

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 19 October 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 19 October 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 +48 614 £414 +10.33% 128
UK excluding London +113 452 £400 +10.34% 111
London +1 254 £450 +7.14% 23
North of England +10 121 £395 +8.97% 32
South East +12 102 £400 +10.34% 23
Yorkshire -10 62 £375 +2.74% 10
Midlands +33 57 £405 +11.72% 30
Scotland +19 54 £375 +13.64% 5
North West +17 50 £411 +13.45% 21
East of England +17 47 £415 +10.67% 8
South West -6 33 £413 +14.58% 12
West Midlands +1 31 £408 -4.12% 16
East Midlands +24 26 £355 +9.23% 14
Wales +10 26 £381 +100.66%
Northern Ireland +44 12 £325 -12.16% 1
North East -1 9 £413 +50.00% 1

Automation Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 October 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.

1 713 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 509 (71.39%) Selenium
3 413 (57.92%) Agile Software Development
4 371 (52.03%) Java
5 270 (37.87%) Cucumber
6 225 (31.56%) BDD
7 210 (29.45%) WebDriver
8 177 (24.82%) C#
9 175 (24.54%) QA
10 169 (23.70%) Jenkins
11 153 (21.46%) Scrum
12 146 (20.48%) SQL
13 143 (20.06%) Finance
14 138 (19.35%) JIRA
15 136 (19.07%) JavaScript
16 132 (18.51%) Continuous Integration
17 115 (16.13%) TDD
18 113 (15.85%) SoapUI
19 111 (15.57%) API Testing
20 106 (14.87%) Test Scripting
21 105 (14.73%) Git (software)
22 98 (13.74%) SpecFlow
23 89 (12.48%) SOAP
24 88 (12.34%) SDET
25 87 (12.20%) Web Services
25 87 (12.20%) JMeter
26 85 (11.92%) DevOps
27 81 (11.36%) Gherkin
27 81 (11.36%) .NET
28 76 (10.66%) Open Source

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 63 (8.84%) Confluence
2 8 (1.12%) CMS
3 7 (0.98%) Documentum
3 7 (0.98%) SharePoint
4 5 (0.70%) Oracle Service Bus
5 4 (0.56%) CoreMedia CMS
6 3 (0.42%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 3 (0.42%) Elasticsearch
6 3 (0.42%) NServiceBus
6 3 (0.42%) SAS
7 2 (0.28%) Apache Spark
7 2 (0.28%) Cloud Foundry
8 1 (0.14%) Apache
8 1 (0.14%) JBoss
Applications
1 10 (1.40%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (0.42%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.14%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 10 (1.40%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.14%) Adobe Campaign
2 1 (0.14%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.14%) Markit EDM
Cloud Services
1 39 (5.47%) BrowserStack
2 36 (5.05%) Amazon AWS
3 32 (4.49%) Microsoft Azure
4 22 (3.09%) Sauce Labs
5 17 (2.38%) GitHub
6 6 (0.84%) SaaS
7 4 (0.56%) BlazeMeter
7 4 (0.56%) Cloud Computing
7 4 (0.56%) PaaS
8 3 (0.42%) AWS Lambda
8 3 (0.42%) npm
8 3 (0.42%) OpenShift
9 2 (0.28%) Dynamics 365
9 2 (0.28%) IaaS
9 2 (0.28%) Lucidchart
10 1 (0.14%) Amazon EMR
10 1 (0.14%) IBM Cloud
10 1 (0.14%) Salesforce Service Cloud
10 1 (0.14%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 14 (1.96%) Internet
2 9 (1.26%) HTTP
3 1 (0.14%) HTTPS
3 1 (0.14%) MPLS
3 1 (0.14%) SMS
3 1 (0.14%) VoIP
3 1 (0.14%) VPLS
3 1 (0.14%) VPN
3 1 (0.14%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (2.95%) SQL Server
2 14 (1.96%) PostgreSQL
3 10 (1.40%) MongoDB
4 9 (1.26%) MySQL
4 9 (1.26%) Relational Database
5 7 (0.98%) Oracle Database
6 6 (0.84%) Oracle Database 11g
6 6 (0.84%) SQL Server 2012
6 6 (0.84%) SQL Server 2016
7 5 (0.70%) Big Data
7 5 (0.70%) Hadoop
7 5 (0.70%) Oracle Database 10g
8 4 (0.56%) Data Warehouse
8 4 (0.56%) DB2
8 4 (0.56%) Redis
8 4 (0.56%) ZAP BI
9 3 (0.42%) NoSQL
9 3 (0.42%) Oracle Reports
10 2 (0.28%) HBase
10 2 (0.28%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 509 (71.39%) Selenium
2 270 (37.87%) Cucumber
3 210 (29.45%) WebDriver
4 169 (23.70%) Jenkins
5 138 (19.35%) JIRA
6 113 (15.85%) SoapUI
7 105 (14.73%) Git (software)
8 98 (13.74%) SpecFlow
9 87 (12.20%) JMeter
10 61 (8.56%) Maven
11 51 (7.15%) JUnit
12 47 (6.59%) Visual Studio Team System
13 37 (5.19%) Appium
14 31 (4.35%) Ant
15 27 (3.79%) HP UFT
16 25 (3.51%) Gatling
16 25 (3.51%) Visual Studio
17 24 (3.37%) Team Foundation Server
18 23 (3.23%) Protractor
19 22 (3.09%) GitLab
General
1 143 (20.06%) Finance
2 69 (9.68%) Banking
3 29 (4.07%) Manufacturing
3 29 (4.07%) Marketing
4 28 (3.93%) Telecoms
5 27 (3.79%) Electronics
6 22 (3.09%) Retail
7 5 (0.70%) Back Office
7 5 (0.70%) Investment Banking
8 4 (0.56%) Advertising
8 4 (0.56%) Games
8 4 (0.56%) Online Betting
9 3 (0.42%) Corporate Banking
9 3 (0.42%) Pharmaceutical
9 3 (0.42%) Retail Banking
10 2 (0.28%) Law
11 1 (0.14%) Automotive
11 1 (0.14%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.14%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 89 (12.48%) SOAP
2 87 (12.20%) Web Services
3 81 (11.36%) .NET
3 81 (11.36%) Gherkin
4 71 (9.96%) REST
5 64 (8.98%) RESTful
6 49 (6.87%) XML
7 32 (4.49%) JSON
8 28 (3.93%) Node.js
9 26 (3.65%) AngularJS
9 26 (3.65%) CSS
9 26 (3.65%) Kafka
10 17 (2.38%) React
11 15 (2.10%) .NET Framework
11 15 (2.10%) HTML
12 13 (1.82%) Spring
13 10 (1.40%) WebdriverIO
14 9 (1.26%) Jest
14 9 (1.26%) Nightwatchjs
15 8 (1.12%) Taurus
Miscellaneous
1 40 (5.61%) Analytical Skills
1 40 (5.61%) Mobile App
2 33 (4.63%) Greenfield Project
3 29 (4.07%) Computer Science
4 19 (2.66%) Self-Motivation
5 10 (1.40%) Fintech
6 8 (1.12%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 7 (0.98%) Virtual Team
8 6 (0.84%) Enterprise Software
9 5 (0.70%) User Experience
10 4 (0.56%) NHS
10 4 (0.56%) Online Games
11 3 (0.42%) Client/Server
11 3 (0.42%) Credit Risk
11 3 (0.42%) Derivative
11 3 (0.42%) Management Information System
12 2 (0.28%) Data Centre
12 2 (0.28%) Fixed Income
12 2 (0.28%) Life Science
12 2 (0.28%) Market Risk
Operating Systems
1 40 (5.61%) Linux
2 27 (3.79%) Android
3 26 (3.65%) Windows
4 24 (3.37%) Apple iOS
5 16 (2.24%) Unix
6 10 (1.40%) Ubuntu
7 5 (0.70%) Mac OS X
7 5 (0.70%) Windows Server
8 4 (0.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (0.28%) Solaris
10 1 (0.14%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.14%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 713 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 413 (57.92%) Agile Software Development
3 225 (31.56%) BDD
4 153 (21.46%) Scrum
5 132 (18.51%) Continuous Integration
6 115 (16.13%) TDD
7 111 (15.57%) API Testing
8 106 (14.87%) Test Scripting
9 88 (12.34%) SDET
10 85 (11.92%) DevOps
11 76 (10.66%) Open Source
12 70 (9.82%) Test Strategy
13 65 (9.12%) Performance Testing
14 62 (8.70%) Functional Testing
15 59 (8.27%) OO
15 59 (8.27%) Regression Testing
16 58 (8.13%) Manual Testing
17 51 (7.15%) Continuous Delivery
17 51 (7.15%) QA Automation
18 50 (7.01%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 371 (52.03%) Java
2 177 (24.82%) C#
3 146 (20.48%) SQL
4 136 (19.07%) JavaScript
5 73 (10.24%) Python
6 48 (6.73%) Groovy
7 23 (3.23%) Ruby
8 16 (2.24%) C
9 14 (1.96%) Java 8
10 13 (1.82%) C++
10 13 (1.82%) VB
11 11 (1.54%) VBA
12 10 (1.40%) PHP
13 9 (1.26%) VBScript
14 7 (0.98%) F#
14 7 (0.98%) T-SQL
15 6 (0.84%) Apple Swift
15 6 (0.84%) PL/SQL
16 5 (0.70%) Scala
17 4 (0.56%) Perl
Qualifications
1 66 (9.26%) Security Cleared
2 54 (7.57%) SC Cleared
3 42 (5.89%) ISTQB
4 32 (4.49%) Degree
5 29 (4.07%) ISEB
6 21 (2.95%) Computer Science Degree
7 17 (2.38%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 8 (1.12%) BPSS Clearance
9 7 (0.98%) Master's Degree
10 2 (0.28%) DBS Check
11 1 (0.14%) ISEB Practitioner
11 1 (0.14%) MCP
11 1 (0.14%) Microsoft Certification
11 1 (0.14%) OCP
11 1 (0.14%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 175 (24.54%) QA
2 4 (0.56%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (0.28%) PMO
4 1 (0.14%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 1 (0.14%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.14%) GDPR
4 1 (0.14%) GMP
System Software
1 57 (7.99%) Docker
2 3 (0.42%) vSphere
3 2 (0.28%) HDFS
4 1 (0.14%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 16 (2.24%) Puppet
2 11 (1.54%) HP Quality Center
3 9 (1.26%) Grafana
4 7 (0.98%) Ansible
4 7 (0.98%) Kibana
5 5 (0.70%) CA Service Virtualization
6 4 (0.56%) HP ALM
6 4 (0.56%) Terraform
7 3 (0.42%) Kubernetes
7 3 (0.42%) Rancher
8 2 (0.28%) Opscode Chef
9 1 (0.14%) Automic
9 1 (0.14%) Business Desktop Deployment
9 1 (0.14%) logstash
Vendors
1 30 (4.21%) Oracle
2 28 (3.93%) SAP
3 26 (3.65%) Microsoft
4 25 (3.51%) Atlassian
5 19 (2.66%) HP
6 8 (1.12%) MuleSoft
6 8 (1.12%) Software AG
6 8 (1.12%) webMethods
7 7 (0.98%) IBM
7 7 (0.98%) Pega
8 6 (0.84%) Salesforce.com
9 5 (0.70%) CA
9 5 (0.70%) Veracode
10 4 (0.56%) hybris
10 4 (0.56%) Red Hat
11 3 (0.42%) Adobe
11 3 (0.42%) CA Agile Central
11 3 (0.42%) Micro Focus
11 3 (0.42%) VMware
12 2 (0.28%) Google