Period
to 20 January 2019

The median contractor rate for an Automation Tester was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 January 2019.

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
20 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 329 448 427
Rank change year-on-year +119 -21 +122
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Tester 749 488 508
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.76% 0.49% 0.52%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.81% 0.52% 0.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 515 335 289
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +10.00% +3.45%
10th Percentile £311 £285 £263
90th Percentile £525 £525 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 3
UK median hourly rate - £48.50 £39.37
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +23.19% +35.76%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £48.50 £39.37
% 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 92,806 94,351 91,840
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.67% 94.89% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 61,342 62,670 59,948
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £269 £260 £253
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,828 2,778 3,240
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.08% +2.78% -4.48%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.83 £47.03
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 20 January 2019.

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 20 January 2019. 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 +136 683 £425 +1.19% 163
UK excluding London +125 451 £400 +6.67% 123
London +41 290 £463 +8.82% 51
North of England +24 117 £392 +5.95% 29
South East +57 114 £400 +3.23% 33
Midlands +68 80 £425 +30.77% 27
West Midlands +30 54 £425 +4.29% 18
North West +31 52 £425 +31.78% 20
South West +5 52 £425 -5.56% 17
Yorkshire -11 51 £375 - 6
Scotland +26 40 £358 -10.63% 7
East of England -5 29 £400 +6.67% 6
East Midlands +27 26 £450 +38.46% 9
North East +9 14 £371 +34.91% 3
Wales -17 10 £366 +92.76% 4
Northern Ireland +15 9 £340 +4.62%

Automation Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 January 2019, 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.

1 748 (99.87%) Test Automation
2 527 (70.36%) Selenium
3 431 (57.54%) Agile Software Development
4 400 (53.40%) Java
5 316 (42.19%) Cucumber
6 250 (33.38%) Jenkins
7 228 (30.44%) WebDriver
8 209 (27.90%) BDD
9 192 (25.63%) Scrum
10 180 (24.03%) Continuous Integration
11 169 (22.56%) C#
12 150 (20.03%) QA
13 149 (19.89%) JIRA
14 141 (18.83%) SQL
15 134 (17.89%) JavaScript
16 126 (16.82%) Finance
17 116 (15.49%) JMeter
18 109 (14.55%) DevOps
19 105 (14.02%) TDD
20 104 (13.89%) Maven
20 104 (13.89%) Web Services
21 102 (13.62%) SDET
22 100 (13.35%) SoapUI
23 91 (12.15%) SpecFlow
24 90 (12.02%) .NET
25 88 (11.75%) Python
26 86 (11.48%) Gherkin
26 86 (11.48%) Git (software)
27 83 (11.08%) Confluence
28 80 (10.68%) Continuous Delivery

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 83 (11.08%) Confluence
2 23 (3.07%) Documentum
3 19 (2.54%) CMS
4 11 (1.47%) CoreMedia CMS
5 9 (1.20%) SharePoint
6 7 (0.93%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 3 (0.40%) Elasticsearch
7 3 (0.40%) JBoss
7 3 (0.40%) NServiceBus
7 3 (0.40%) SAS
8 1 (0.13%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.13%) Tomcat
Applications
1 3 (0.40%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 15 (2.00%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.13%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.13%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.13%) Magento
2 1 (0.13%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (0.13%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 64 (8.54%) BrowserStack
2 46 (6.14%) Microsoft Azure
3 35 (4.67%) Amazon AWS
4 26 (3.47%) GitHub
5 22 (2.94%) Sauce Labs
6 9 (1.20%) SaaS
7 5 (0.67%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.27%) Boomi
8 2 (0.27%) Dynamics 365
8 2 (0.27%) Google Cloud Platform
8 2 (0.27%) Lucidchart
8 2 (0.27%) OpenShift
8 2 (0.27%) PaaS
8 2 (0.27%) Trello
9 1 (0.13%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 1 (0.13%) AWS CloudFormation
9 1 (0.13%) Azure Active Directory
9 1 (0.13%) BlazeMeter
9 1 (0.13%) Datadog
9 1 (0.13%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 10 (1.34%) Internet
2 5 (0.67%) HTTP
3 1 (0.13%) ATM
3 1 (0.13%) HTTPS
3 1 (0.13%) MPLS
3 1 (0.13%) VoIP
3 1 (0.13%) VPLS
3 1 (0.13%) VPN
3 1 (0.13%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (1.60%) Relational Database
2 9 (1.20%) SQL Server
3 8 (1.07%) MySQL
4 7 (0.93%) Data Warehouse
5 5 (0.67%) PostgreSQL
5 5 (0.67%) ZAP BI
6 4 (0.53%) Data Mining
6 4 (0.53%) DB2
6 4 (0.53%) NoSQL
6 4 (0.53%) Redis
7 3 (0.40%) MongoDB
7 3 (0.40%) Oracle Database
8 2 (0.27%) Couchbase
8 2 (0.27%) Data Lake
8 2 (0.27%) Flink
8 2 (0.27%) SAP HANA
9 1 (0.13%) Big Data
9 1 (0.13%) Hadoop
9 1 (0.13%) Oracle Reports
9 1 (0.13%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 527 (70.36%) Selenium
2 316 (42.19%) Cucumber
3 250 (33.38%) Jenkins
4 228 (30.44%) WebDriver
5 149 (19.89%) JIRA
6 116 (15.49%) JMeter
7 104 (13.89%) Maven
8 100 (13.35%) SoapUI
9 91 (12.15%) SpecFlow
10 86 (11.48%) Git (software)
11 65 (8.68%) Visual Studio Team System
12 55 (7.34%) JUnit
13 43 (5.74%) Ant
14 37 (4.94%) Appium
15 36 (4.81%) TeamCity
16 30 (4.01%) HP UFT
17 29 (3.87%) Team Foundation Server
18 28 (3.74%) Gatling
19 21 (2.80%) NUnit
20 20 (2.67%) Visual Studio
General
1 126 (16.82%) Finance
2 53 (7.08%) Banking
3 37 (4.94%) Retail
4 25 (3.34%) Telecoms
5 24 (3.20%) Manufacturing
6 23 (3.07%) Electronics
6 23 (3.07%) Marketing
7 11 (1.47%) Games
7 11 (1.47%) Online Betting
8 6 (0.80%) Investment Banking
9 5 (0.67%) Advertising
10 4 (0.53%) Back Office
11 2 (0.27%) Corporate Banking
11 2 (0.27%) Front Office
12 1 (0.13%) International Banking
12 1 (0.13%) Law
12 1 (0.13%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 104 (13.89%) Web Services
2 90 (12.02%) .NET
3 86 (11.48%) Gherkin
4 74 (9.88%) REST
5 59 (7.88%) SOAP
6 55 (7.34%) JSON
7 44 (5.87%) RESTful
8 40 (5.34%) XML
9 34 (4.54%) CSS
10 30 (4.01%) Node.js
11 23 (3.07%) HTML
12 21 (2.80%) AngularJS
13 18 (2.40%) React
14 17 (2.27%) Taurus
15 15 (2.00%) .NET Framework
15 15 (2.00%) Kafka
16 13 (1.74%) Spring
17 12 (1.60%) Chai
18 11 (1.47%) J2EE
18 11 (1.47%) WebdriverIO
Miscellaneous
1 56 (7.48%) Analytical Skills
2 32 (4.27%) Mobile App
3 31 (4.14%) Self-Motivation
4 25 (3.34%) Greenfield Project
5 11 (1.47%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 11 (1.47%) Online Games
6 7 (0.93%) NHS
7 6 (0.80%) Fintech
7 6 (0.80%) Virtual Team
8 4 (0.53%) User Experience
9 3 (0.40%) Credit Risk
9 3 (0.40%) Derivative
9 3 (0.40%) Hybrid Cloud
9 3 (0.40%) Management Information System
9 3 (0.40%) Market Risk
10 2 (0.27%) BBC
11 1 (0.13%) Client/Server
11 1 (0.13%) Fat Client
11 1 (0.13%) STB
11 1 (0.13%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 41 (5.47%) Linux
2 23 (3.07%) Unix
3 15 (2.00%) Windows
4 13 (1.74%) Android
5 11 (1.47%) Apple iOS
6 4 (0.53%) Mac OS X
7 2 (0.27%) Solaris
7 2 (0.27%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.13%) CentOS
8 1 (0.13%) Mac OS
8 1 (0.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.13%) Windows Server
8 1 (0.13%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (0.13%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 748 (99.87%) Test Automation
2 431 (57.54%) Agile Software Development
3 209 (27.90%) BDD
4 192 (25.63%) Scrum
5 180 (24.03%) Continuous Integration
6 109 (14.55%) DevOps
7 105 (14.02%) TDD
8 102 (13.62%) SDET
9 80 (10.68%) Continuous Delivery
9 80 (10.68%) Performance Testing
10 78 (10.41%) Open Source
11 77 (10.28%) Test Scripting
12 76 (10.15%) Functional Testing
13 73 (9.75%) Test Strategy
14 70 (9.35%) OO
15 69 (9.21%) API Testing
16 68 (9.08%) Regression Testing
17 67 (8.95%) Manual Testing
17 67 (8.95%) QA Automation
18 63 (8.41%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 400 (53.40%) Java
2 169 (22.56%) C#
3 141 (18.83%) SQL
4 134 (17.89%) JavaScript
5 88 (11.75%) Python
6 33 (4.41%) Groovy
7 30 (4.01%) Java 8
8 23 (3.07%) Ruby
9 18 (2.40%) Shell Script
10 14 (1.87%) VB
11 10 (1.34%) C++
12 9 (1.20%) VBScript
13 7 (0.93%) T-SQL
14 6 (0.80%) VBA
15 5 (0.67%) Apple Swift
15 5 (0.67%) C
15 5 (0.67%) Scala
16 3 (0.40%) Bash Shell
16 3 (0.40%) Perl
17 2 (0.27%) PHP
Qualifications
1 45 (6.01%) Security Cleared
2 40 (5.34%) SC Cleared
3 37 (4.94%) Degree
4 22 (2.94%) Computer Science Degree
5 21 (2.80%) ISTQB
6 16 (2.14%) ISEB
7 9 (1.20%) Master's Degree
8 7 (0.93%) BPSS Clearance
9 5 (0.67%) DBS Check
9 5 (0.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 3 (0.40%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 150 (20.03%) QA
2 3 (0.40%) Disclosure Scotland
2 3 (0.40%) PMO
3 1 (0.13%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.13%) GDPR
3 1 (0.13%) MiFID
3 1 (0.13%) PSD2
3 1 (0.13%) SLA
3 1 (0.13%) WAI
System Software
1 77 (10.28%) Docker
2 2 (0.27%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (0.13%) Hyper-V
3 1 (0.13%) VirtualBox
3 1 (0.13%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 25 (3.34%) Puppet
2 11 (1.47%) HP ALM
3 10 (1.34%) Ansible
4 9 (1.20%) HP Quality Center
4 9 (1.20%) Kubernetes
5 8 (1.07%) CA Service Virtualization
5 8 (1.07%) Terraform
6 6 (0.80%) Grafana
7 4 (0.53%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.13%) Automic
8 1 (0.13%) Kibana
8 1 (0.13%) logstash
8 1 (0.13%) Packer
8 1 (0.13%) Rancher
8 1 (0.13%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 37 (4.94%) Microsoft
2 36 (4.81%) Atlassian
3 25 (3.34%) SAP
4 23 (3.07%) Pega
5 22 (2.94%) Oracle
6 17 (2.27%) HP
7 8 (1.07%) Adobe
7 8 (1.07%) CA
8 6 (0.80%) hybris
9 3 (0.40%) IBM
9 3 (0.40%) Salesforce.com
9 3 (0.40%) Xamarin
10 2 (0.27%) CA Agile Central
10 2 (0.27%) Citrix
10 2 (0.27%) Dell
10 2 (0.27%) Google
10 2 (0.27%) Netezza
10 2 (0.27%) TOWER Software
10 2 (0.27%) Veracode
11 1 (0.13%) Xerox