The median contractor rate for an Automation Tester was £360 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 26 June 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
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 360 449 477
Rank change year-on-year +89 +28  
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Tester 262 203 164
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.56% 0.38% 0.29%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.59% 0.40% 0.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 153 143 118
Median daily rate £360 £378 £369
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.63% +2.37%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £250 £258
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £514 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £330
% change year-on-year - +6.06%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 44561 50348 53046
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.78% 94.85% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 28813 32834 33338
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £568
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1376 1496 2028
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.42 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.45 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.28% +9.06%  

Automation Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Automation Tester in the job title.

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 3 months to 26 June 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 30 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 3 months to 26 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +76 251 £363 -4.60% 68
London +1 107 £400 - 18
South East +44 52 £330 -5.71% 13
Yorkshire +58 38 £350 +7.69% 6
Leeds +51 32 £350 +12.00% 3
West Yorkshire +45 32 £350 +12.00% 3
Buckinghamshire - 27 £325 - 2
Milton Keynes - 24 £325 - 2
North East +74 15 £300 +20.00% 3
Newcastle upon Tyne +85 13 £288 +15.00% 2
Tyne and Wear +82 13 £288 +15.00% 2
South West +10 12 £355 -7.18% 5
North West +24 11 £365 -29.80% 10
Manchester +14 11 £365 -29.80% 7
Oxfordshire - 10 £369 - 2
Scotland +35 8 £310 -6.62% 2
East of England -5 8 £378 +0.66% 4
City of London -9 8 £425 -15.00% 1
Glasgow +8 6 £310 -6.62% 2
East Midlands -3 6 £350 +11.11% 5
Surrey +8 5 £388 +29.16% 1
Nottinghamshire -1 5 £350 +11.11% 4
Osterley - 5 £450 -
Sheffield +13 4 £375 +7.14% 1
South Yorkshire +9 4 £375 +7.14% 1
Nottingham +2 4 £350 +11.11% 4
Hampshire -9 4 £325 -7.14% 5
Berkshire +15 3 £313 -12.58% 2
Wiltshire +6 3 £375 -
Swindon +2 3 £375 -

Automation Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 June 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.

1 505 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 368 (72.87%) Selenium
3 352 (69.70%) Agile Software Development
4 258 (51.09%) Java
5 211 (41.78%) Cucumber
6 196 (38.81%) BDD
7 191 (37.82%) Jenkins
8 184 (36.44%) WebDriver
9 160 (31.68%) QA
10 145 (28.71%) TDD
11 143 (28.32%) Scrum
12 131 (25.94%) Continuous Integration
13 119 (23.56%) JIRA
14 105 (20.79%) Test Scripting
14 105 (20.79%) Web Services
15 99 (19.60%) SQL
16 96 (19.01%) Gherkin
17 93 (18.42%) Python
18 89 (17.62%) C#
19 86 (17.03%) Git (software)
20 83 (16.44%) API Testing
21 80 (15.84%) Finance
22 72 (14.26%) JavaScript
22 72 (14.26%) RESTful
23 71 (14.06%) Regression Testing
24 66 (13.07%) Exploratory Testing
25 61 (12.08%) TeamCity
26 59 (11.68%) Ruby
27 57 (11.29%) SOAP
27 57 (11.29%) SoapUI

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 39 (7.72%) Confluence
2 14 (2.77%) WebSphere
3 5 (0.99%) CMS
4 3 (0.59%) Tomcat
5 2 (0.40%) Sitecore CMS
6 1 (0.20%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 1 (0.20%) Apache
6 1 (0.20%) Drupal
6 1 (0.20%) JBoss
6 1 (0.20%) SharePoint
6 1 (0.20%) SharePoint 2013
Business Applications
1 13 (2.57%) Magento
2 7 (1.39%) Oracle Applications
3 5 (0.99%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.40%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.20%) CSG Singleview
Cloud Services
1 19 (3.76%) Microsoft Azure
2 15 (2.97%) GitHub
3 13 (2.57%) Amazon AWS
4 8 (1.58%) OpenShift
5 6 (1.19%) BrowserStack
6 4 (0.79%) Sauce Labs
7 2 (0.40%) vREST
8 1 (0.20%) SaaS
8 1 (0.20%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 20 (3.96%) Internet
2 10 (1.98%) PuTTY
2 10 (1.98%) WinSCP
3 7 (1.39%) HTTP
4 1 (0.20%) SMS
4 1 (0.20%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (3.96%) MongoDB
2 18 (3.56%) SQL Server
3 15 (2.97%) Relational Database
4 13 (2.57%) DB2
4 13 (2.57%) DbVisualizer
5 10 (1.98%) Oracle Database
5 10 (1.98%) Oracle Database 10g
5 10 (1.98%) Oracle Database 11g
5 10 (1.98%) Oracle Reports
5 10 (1.98%) SQL Server 2005
5 10 (1.98%) SQL Server 2008
5 10 (1.98%) SQL Server 2012
6 9 (1.78%) Redis
7 6 (1.19%) MySQL
8 5 (0.99%) NoSQL
9 4 (0.79%) RDBMS
10 3 (0.59%) Big Data
11 2 (0.40%) Hadoop
12 1 (0.20%) Blockchain
12 1 (0.20%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 368 (72.87%) Selenium
2 211 (41.78%) Cucumber
3 191 (37.82%) Jenkins
4 184 (36.44%) WebDriver
5 119 (23.56%) JIRA
6 86 (17.03%) Git (software)
7 61 (12.08%) TeamCity
8 57 (11.29%) SoapUI
9 53 (10.50%) SpecFlow
10 33 (6.53%) JUnit
11 32 (6.34%) HP UFT
11 32 (6.34%) Protractor
12 30 (5.94%) Hudson
12 30 (5.94%) JMeter
13 20 (3.96%) CruiseControl
13 20 (3.96%) RSpec
14 19 (3.76%) Appium
15 18 (3.56%) Jasmine
15 18 (3.56%) Team Foundation Server
16 17 (3.37%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 80 (15.84%) Finance
2 40 (7.92%) Retail
3 38 (7.52%) Banking
4 27 (5.35%) Games
5 12 (2.38%) Corporate Banking
6 11 (2.18%) Marketing
7 7 (1.39%) Retail Banking
8 6 (1.19%) Telecoms
9 5 (0.99%) Investment Banking
10 3 (0.59%) Financial Institution
10 3 (0.59%) Manufacturing
10 3 (0.59%) Publishing
11 2 (0.40%) Advertising
11 2 (0.40%) Electronics
11 2 (0.40%) German Language
12 1 (0.20%) Billing
12 1 (0.20%) Front Office
12 1 (0.20%) iGaming
12 1 (0.20%) Military
12 1 (0.20%) Wholesale Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 105 (20.79%) Web Services
2 96 (19.01%) Gherkin
3 72 (14.26%) RESTful
4 57 (11.29%) SOAP
5 56 (11.09%) REST
6 41 (8.12%) XML
7 39 (7.72%) .NET
8 35 (6.93%) JSON
9 34 (6.73%) HTML
10 32 (6.34%) Node.js
11 22 (4.36%) AngularJS
12 15 (2.97%) Chai
13 13 (2.57%) CSS
14 12 (2.38%) RESTEasy
15 11 (2.18%) Behat
16 8 (1.58%) Spring
17 7 (1.39%) HTML5
18 6 (1.19%) ActiveMQ
19 5 (0.99%) J2EE
20 4 (0.79%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 45 (8.91%) Analytical Skills
2 38 (7.52%) Mobile App
3 14 (2.77%) Smartphone
4 7 (1.39%) STB
5 6 (1.19%) Greenfield Project
6 4 (0.79%) Fintech
6 4 (0.79%) Online Games
7 3 (0.59%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 3 (0.59%) User Experience
8 2 (0.40%) Contactless
8 2 (0.40%) Derivative
8 2 (0.40%) Public Cloud
8 2 (0.40%) Reference Data
9 1 (0.20%) Computer Science
9 1 (0.20%) Credit Risk
9 1 (0.20%) IVR
9 1 (0.20%) Mainframe
9 1 (0.20%) Market Risk
9 1 (0.20%) NHS
9 1 (0.20%) OTC Derivatives
Operating Systems
1 46 (9.11%) Linux
1 46 (9.11%) Unix
2 23 (4.55%) Android
2 23 (4.55%) Apple iOS
2 23 (4.55%) Windows
3 14 (2.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 10 (1.98%) Mac OS X
4 10 (1.98%) Windows Server
4 10 (1.98%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (0.20%) CentOS
5 1 (0.20%) Debian
5 1 (0.20%) Ubuntu
5 1 (0.20%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 505 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 352 (69.70%) Agile Software Development
3 196 (38.81%) BDD
4 145 (28.71%) TDD
5 143 (28.32%) Scrum
6 131 (25.94%) Continuous Integration
7 105 (20.79%) Test Scripting
8 83 (16.44%) API Testing
9 71 (14.06%) Regression Testing
10 66 (13.07%) Exploratory Testing
11 55 (10.89%) Performance Testing
12 54 (10.69%) Functional Testing
12 54 (10.69%) Test Strategy
13 44 (8.71%) E-Commerce
13 44 (8.71%) Kanban
14 42 (8.32%) SDLC
15 38 (7.52%) User Stories
16 37 (7.33%) Continuous Delivery
17 35 (6.93%) QA Automation
17 35 (6.93%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 258 (51.09%) Java
2 99 (19.60%) SQL
3 93 (18.42%) Python
4 89 (17.62%) C#
5 72 (14.26%) JavaScript
6 59 (11.68%) Ruby
7 51 (10.10%) Scala
8 37 (7.33%) Groovy
9 31 (6.14%) Shell Script
10 27 (5.35%) PHP
11 20 (3.96%) Bash Shell
12 17 (3.37%) VB
13 13 (2.57%) F#
14 11 (2.18%) VBScript
15 5 (0.99%) R
16 4 (0.79%) Apple Swift
16 4 (0.79%) C++
17 2 (0.40%) VB.NET
18 1 (0.20%) Perl
18 1 (0.20%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 33 (6.53%) ISTQB
1 33 (6.53%) Security Cleared
2 26 (5.15%) SC Cleared
3 21 (4.16%) ISEB
4 16 (3.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 10 (1.98%) ISEB Practitioner
6 7 (1.39%) BPSS Clearance
7 4 (0.79%) Degree
7 4 (0.79%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.20%) Computer Science Degree
8 1 (0.20%) CTC Cleared
8 1 (0.20%) HND
8 1 (0.20%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 160 (31.68%) QA
2 5 (0.99%) WCAG
3 2 (0.40%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.20%) Dodd-Frank
4 1 (0.20%) EMIR
4 1 (0.20%) MiFID
System Software
1 16 (3.17%) Docker
2 10 (1.98%) Virtual Machines
2 10 (1.98%) vSphere
3 1 (0.20%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 10 (1.98%) vRealize
2 9 (1.78%) HP Quality Center
3 7 (1.39%) Puppet
4 4 (0.79%) Grafana
4 4 (0.79%) Rancher
4 4 (0.79%) StatsD
5 3 (0.59%) Ansible
5 3 (0.59%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.20%) Kibana
6 1 (0.20%) SELinux
Vendors
1 34 (6.73%) HP
2 32 (6.34%) Oracle
3 24 (4.75%) Microsoft
4 22 (4.36%) IBM
5 21 (4.16%) Atlassian
6 13 (2.57%) hybris
6 13 (2.57%) Red Hat
7 10 (1.98%) VMware
8 8 (1.58%) Salesforce.com
9 6 (1.19%) Xamarin
10 4 (0.79%) Splunk
11 3 (0.59%) New Relic
12 2 (0.40%) SaltStack
12 2 (0.40%) SAP
12 2 (0.40%) Sitecore
13 1 (0.20%) Apple
13 1 (0.20%) ATG
13 1 (0.20%) IBM Sterling
13 1 (0.20%) Infragistics
13 1 (0.20%) Murex
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