The median contractor rate for a Automation Tester was £370 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 28 March 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
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 377 501 512
Rank change year-on-year +124 +11  
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Tester 241 138 130
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.53% 0.26% 0.24%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.56% 0.27% 0.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 138 94 89
Median daily rate £370 £350 £331
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.71% +5.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £225 £257
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £425 £439
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £325 £313
% change year-on-year - +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
Median hourly rate - £170.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £170.00 -

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 42733 51025 51236
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.78% 95.23% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 27760 33065 30937
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £560
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1481 1587 2052
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.63 £17.00
% change year-on-year -10.82% +15.44%  

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 28 March 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 28 March 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 +112 219 £375 +7.14% 67
London +68 94 £413 +3.12% 18
South West +19 30 £355 -3.40% 9
North East +10 27 £300 -4.76% 1
Tyne and Wear +11 25 £300 -4.76% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne +8 25 £300 -4.76% 1
South East +7 25 £325 +1.56% 12
North West +36 15 £375 +17.18% 7
Yorkshire +20 14 £338 +7.14% 11
Scotland +34 13 £420 +5.00% 2
Manchester +18 12 £375 +17.18% 6
West Yorkshire +16 11 £338 +7.14% 7
Leeds +14 11 £338 +7.14% 7
City of London -2 10 £426 +11.73% 1
Bristol - 9 £338 - 4
Swindon +6 7 £310 -15.64%
Wiltshire +4 7 £310 -15.64%
Edinburgh +26 6 £425 +6.25% 2
West Midlands +16 6 £333 +2.30% 2
Devon 0 6 £306 -26.26%
Buckinghamshire - 6 £300 - 2
Hampshire - 6 £325 - 1
Surrey +13 5 £325 -10.65% 1
Exeter -6 5 £306 -26.26%
East of England -8 5 £363 +3.57% 5
Oxfordshire - 5 £350 - 7
Milton Keynes - 4 £313 - 1
Osterley - 4 £450 -
South Wales +18 3 £344 +5.76% 1
Wales +15 3 £344 +5.76% 1

Automation Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 March 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.

1 399 (76.58%) Selenium
2 359 (68.91%) Agile Software Development
3 261 (50.10%) Java
4 221 (42.42%) Cucumber
5 212 (40.69%) BDD
6 201 (38.58%) Test Automation
7 186 (35.70%) WebDriver
8 159 (30.52%) QA
9 154 (29.56%) Automation Testing
10 153 (29.37%) Jenkins
11 139 (26.68%) TDD
11 139 (26.68%) Scrum
12 131 (25.14%) Automated Testing
13 113 (21.69%) Gherkin
14 111 (21.31%) JIRA
15 110 (21.11%) Test Scripting
16 109 (20.92%) Continuous Integration
17 105 (20.15%) C#
18 102 (19.58%) SQL
19 92 (17.66%) Python
20 80 (15.36%) JavaScript
21 77 (14.78%) Web Services
22 72 (13.82%) SpecFlow
23 68 (13.05%) SoapUI
24 67 (12.86%) Git (software)
25 66 (12.67%) Ruby
25 66 (12.67%) Regression Testing
26 64 (12.28%) API Testing
27 63 (12.09%) Performance Testing
28 59 (11.32%) Finance

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 35 (6.72%) Confluence
2 7 (1.34%) Tomcat
3 6 (1.15%) CMS
4 5 (0.96%) WebSphere
5 2 (0.38%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 2 (0.38%) Drupal
5 2 (0.38%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.19%) Apache
6 1 (0.19%) Apache Spark
6 1 (0.19%) JBoss
6 1 (0.19%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 9 (1.73%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 8 (1.54%) Oracle Applications
2 5 (0.96%) Magento
2 5 (0.96%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 4 (0.77%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.19%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 20 (3.84%) GitHub
2 18 (3.45%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (2.11%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (0.96%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (1.34%) PuTTY
1 7 (1.34%) WinSCP
2 6 (1.15%) Internet
3 5 (0.96%) HTTP
4 2 (0.38%) SSH
5 1 (0.19%) Ethernet
5 1 (0.19%) Kerberos
5 1 (0.19%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (3.45%) SQL Server
2 11 (2.11%) Relational Database
3 9 (1.73%) Oracle Reports
4 8 (1.54%) Oracle Database
5 7 (1.34%) MongoDB
5 7 (1.34%) Oracle Database 10g
5 7 (1.34%) Oracle Database 11g
5 7 (1.34%) SQL Server 2005
5 7 (1.34%) SQL Server 2008
5 7 (1.34%) SQL Server 2012
6 6 (1.15%) GIS
6 6 (1.15%) NoSQL
7 5 (0.96%) DB2
7 5 (0.96%) DbVisualizer
7 5 (0.96%) QGIS
8 4 (0.77%) MySQL
8 4 (0.77%) RDBMS
9 3 (0.58%) Spatial Data
10 2 (0.38%) Big Data
10 2 (0.38%) Redis
Development Applications
1 399 (76.58%) Selenium
2 221 (42.42%) Cucumber
3 186 (35.70%) WebDriver
4 153 (29.37%) Jenkins
5 111 (21.31%) JIRA
6 72 (13.82%) SpecFlow
7 68 (13.05%) SoapUI
8 67 (12.86%) Git (software)
9 52 (9.98%) TeamCity
10 46 (8.83%) HP UFT
11 40 (7.68%) JUnit
12 27 (5.18%) Protractor
13 24 (4.61%) Team Foundation Server
14 22 (4.22%) JMeter
15 18 (3.45%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 18 (3.45%) CruiseControl
15 18 (3.45%) Hudson
16 17 (3.26%) RSpec
17 13 (2.50%) Maven
17 13 (2.50%) NUnit
General
1 59 (11.32%) Finance
2 19 (3.65%) Retail
3 15 (2.88%) Banking
4 13 (2.50%) Games
5 9 (1.73%) Marketing
6 6 (1.15%) Telecoms
7 5 (0.96%) Electronics
7 5 (0.96%) Manufacturing
8 3 (0.58%) Investment Banking
8 3 (0.58%) Publishing
9 2 (0.38%) German Language
10 1 (0.19%) Automotive
10 1 (0.19%) Back Office
10 1 (0.19%) Corporate Banking
10 1 (0.19%) iGaming
10 1 (0.19%) Law
10 1 (0.19%) Military
10 1 (0.19%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.19%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.19%) Wholesale Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 113 (21.69%) Gherkin
2 77 (14.78%) Web Services
3 53 (10.17%) .NET
3 53 (10.17%) RESTful
4 52 (9.98%) XML
5 48 (9.21%) SOAP
6 43 (8.25%) REST
7 35 (6.72%) JSON
8 28 (5.37%) HTML
9 23 (4.41%) Node.js
10 19 (3.65%) AngularJS
11 13 (2.50%) CSS
11 13 (2.50%) Spring
12 10 (1.92%) Chai
13 9 (1.73%) .NET Framework
14 7 (1.34%) Hibernate
15 6 (1.15%) Behat
15 6 (1.15%) J2EE
15 6 (1.15%) XSD
16 5 (0.96%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 26 (4.99%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (2.69%) Mobile App
2 14 (2.69%) Smartphone
3 4 (0.77%) Computer Science
4 3 (0.58%) Fintech
4 3 (0.58%) Linux Command Line
4 3 (0.58%) User Experience
4 3 (0.58%) Video on Demand
5 2 (0.38%) Contactless
5 2 (0.38%) Public Cloud
5 2 (0.38%) Reference Data
6 1 (0.19%) Data Centre
6 1 (0.19%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 1 (0.19%) iPad
6 1 (0.19%) Mainframe
6 1 (0.19%) NHS
6 1 (0.19%) Online Games
6 1 (0.19%) Replication
6 1 (0.19%) SWIFT
6 1 (0.19%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 56 (10.75%) Linux
2 42 (8.06%) Unix
3 22 (4.22%) Windows
4 13 (2.50%) Apple iOS
5 12 (2.30%) Android
6 10 (1.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 7 (1.34%) Windows Server
7 7 (1.34%) Windows Server 2012
8 3 (0.58%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.19%) CentOS
9 1 (0.19%) Debian
9 1 (0.19%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.19%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 359 (68.91%) Agile Software Development
2 212 (40.69%) BDD
3 201 (38.58%) Test Automation
4 154 (29.56%) Automation Testing
5 139 (26.68%) Scrum
5 139 (26.68%) TDD
6 131 (25.14%) Automated Testing
7 110 (21.11%) Test Scripting
8 109 (20.92%) Continuous Integration
9 66 (12.67%) Regression Testing
10 64 (12.28%) API Testing
11 63 (12.09%) Performance Testing
12 57 (10.94%) Test Strategy
13 52 (9.98%) Kanban
14 51 (9.79%) Exploratory Testing
15 46 (8.83%) Software Engineering
16 45 (8.64%) Functional Testing
17 44 (8.45%) User Stories
18 42 (8.06%) Defect Tracking
18 42 (8.06%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 261 (50.10%) Java
2 105 (20.15%) C#
3 102 (19.58%) SQL
4 92 (17.66%) Python
5 80 (15.36%) JavaScript
6 66 (12.67%) Ruby
7 50 (9.60%) Scala
8 35 (6.72%) Groovy
9 31 (5.95%) Shell Script
10 20 (3.84%) PHP
11 15 (2.88%) VB
12 14 (2.69%) Bash Shell
13 13 (2.50%) F#
14 10 (1.92%) VBScript
15 5 (0.96%) C++
15 5 (0.96%) PL/SQL
16 4 (0.77%) Perl
17 3 (0.58%) TypeScript
17 3 (0.58%) VB.NET
18 2 (0.38%) R
Qualifications
1 37 (7.10%) ISTQB
2 36 (6.91%) ISEB
3 34 (6.53%) Security Cleared
4 24 (4.61%) SC Cleared
5 20 (3.84%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 8 (1.54%) DV Cleared
6 8 (1.54%) ISEB Practitioner
7 6 (1.15%) Degree
8 3 (0.58%) HND
9 2 (0.38%) BPSS Clearance
9 2 (0.38%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 1 (0.19%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 159 (30.52%) QA
2 15 (2.88%) SDET
3 4 (0.77%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.38%) SLA
4 2 (0.38%) WCAG
5 1 (0.19%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 8 (1.54%) Docker
2 7 (1.34%) Virtual Machines
2 7 (1.34%) vSphere
3 1 (0.19%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 7 (1.34%) Puppet
1 7 (1.34%) vRealize
2 6 (1.15%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (1.15%) Opscode Chef
3 5 (0.96%) Ansible
4 4 (0.77%) Rancher
5 2 (0.38%) Grafana
5 2 (0.38%) StatsD
6 1 (0.19%) Ambari
6 1 (0.19%) Hadoop YARN
6 1 (0.19%) SELinux
Vendors
1 33 (6.33%) Microsoft
2 28 (5.37%) Oracle
3 26 (4.99%) Atlassian
4 19 (3.65%) HP
5 9 (1.73%) Red Hat
6 8 (1.54%) IBM
7 7 (1.34%) VMware
8 6 (1.15%) Salesforce.com
8 6 (1.15%) SAP
9 5 (0.96%) hybris
10 4 (0.77%) Green Hat
11 3 (0.58%) New Relic
11 3 (0.58%) Xamarin
12 2 (0.38%) Dynatrace
12 2 (0.38%) SaltStack
12 2 (0.38%) Splunk
13 1 (0.19%) Apple
13 1 (0.19%) CA Agile Central
13 1 (0.19%) Infragistics
13 1 (0.19%) Sitecore
Leeds, West Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 8 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
Buckinghamshire
Rullion
Posted: 10 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: Yesterday
London
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: From £400 to £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Norwich, Norfolk
Sanderson
Posted: Yesterday
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
TEKsystems
Rate: £299 - £361 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
TEKsystems
Rate: £350 - £500 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 5 days ago
East London
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £420 per day 6 Months initially
Posted: 4 days ago
West London
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Oxfordshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 4 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Sanderson
Posted: 4 days ago
York, North Yorkshire
Candour Solutions
Rate: Market Rates +
Posted: 6 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Rullion
Posted: 6 days ago