Period
to 20 November 2017

The median contractor rate for an Automation Tester was £388 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 November 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
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 430 482 531
Rank change year-on-year +52 +49 +35
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Tester 525 453 391
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.51% 0.44% 0.34%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.54% 0.46% 0.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 337 279 293
UK median daily rate £388 £375 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +2.74% +4.29%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £263
90th Percentile £514 £525 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £364 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +3.93% - +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 2
UK median hourly rate £48.50 £39.37 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.19% +35.76% -78.91%
10th Percentile £42.55 £32.67 £27.60
90th Percentile £49.25 £42.87 £31.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £48.50 £39.37 £29.00
% 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 96939 98568 108531
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.79% 94.76% 94.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 63924 64295 69051
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £393 £375
% change year-on-year +1.91% +4.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2896 3271 4142
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £45.00
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 November 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 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 November 2017. 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 +50 492 £400 +6.67% 83
UK excluding London +43 263 £364 +3.93% 58
London +42 260 £425 +6.25% 27
North of England +68 82 £365 -2.67% 22
South East -4 80 £375 +6.38% 10
Yorkshire +40 60 £368 -5.16% 9
East of England -7 37 £375 +3.45% 6
South West +7 20 £366 -8.50% 3
Midlands +17 18 £350 +7.69% 15
Northern Ireland - 13 £325 -
North West +4 12 £363 +3.57% 11
Scotland -18 12 £375 +15.38% 1
North East +61 10 £275 -9.09% 2
East Midlands +9 9 £350 +7.69% 10
West Midlands +13 8 £450 +28.57% 5
Wales +14 3 £190 - 1

Automation Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 November 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.

1 525 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 366 (69.71%) Agile Software Development
3 324 (61.71%) Selenium
4 266 (50.67%) Java
5 242 (46.10%) Cucumber
6 220 (41.90%) BDD
7 176 (33.52%) WebDriver
8 172 (32.76%) Jenkins
9 156 (29.71%) QA
10 147 (28.00%) TDD
11 129 (24.57%) Continuous Integration
12 126 (24.00%) Scrum
13 121 (23.05%) JIRA
14 111 (21.14%) Git (software)
15 103 (19.62%) SQL
16 101 (19.24%) C#
17 95 (18.10%) JavaScript
18 92 (17.52%) Web Services
18 92 (17.52%) Gherkin
19 76 (14.48%) REST
20 74 (14.10%) API Testing
21 72 (13.71%) Python
22 71 (13.52%) E-Commerce
22 71 (13.52%) Finance
23 70 (13.33%) Test Scripting
24 69 (13.14%) SOAP
24 69 (13.14%) RESTful
25 68 (12.95%) Functional Testing
26 59 (11.24%) Banking
27 57 (10.86%) JMeter

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 54 (10.29%) Confluence
2 25 (4.76%) WebSphere
3 3 (0.57%) SharePoint
4 2 (0.38%) BizTalk Server
4 2 (0.38%) Cloud Foundry
4 2 (0.38%) CMS
4 2 (0.38%) SAS
4 2 (0.38%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (0.19%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 1 (0.19%) Apache Spark
5 1 (0.19%) IIS
5 1 (0.19%) JBoss
5 1 (0.19%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 3 (0.57%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.19%) HipChat
Business Applications
1 12 (2.29%) Magento
2 2 (0.38%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.19%) CSG Singleview
3 1 (0.19%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.19%) IntelliMatch
Cloud Services
1 33 (6.29%) Amazon AWS
2 18 (3.43%) Sauce Labs
3 15 (2.86%) Microsoft Azure
4 9 (1.71%) GitHub
5 7 (1.33%) BrowserStack
6 3 (0.57%) Cloud Computing
6 3 (0.57%) npm
6 3 (0.57%) Salesforce Service Cloud
7 2 (0.38%) BlazeMeter
7 2 (0.38%) Heroku
7 2 (0.38%) vREST
8 1 (0.19%) Google Analytics
8 1 (0.19%) OpenShift
8 1 (0.19%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 22 (4.19%) Internet
2 11 (2.10%) HTTP
3 10 (1.90%) Bluetooth
4 9 (1.71%) Wireless
5 3 (0.57%) PuTTY
5 3 (0.57%) WinSCP
6 2 (0.38%) NAS
7 1 (0.19%) DSL
7 1 (0.19%) Extranet
7 1 (0.19%) Firewall
7 1 (0.19%) HTTPS
7 1 (0.19%) Intranet
7 1 (0.19%) SMS
7 1 (0.19%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (6.86%) Redis
2 23 (4.38%) MongoDB
3 21 (4.00%) NoSQL
4 20 (3.81%) DB2
5 18 (3.43%) Relational Database
6 14 (2.67%) SQL Server
7 13 (2.48%) Big Data
7 13 (2.48%) DbVisualizer
7 13 (2.48%) MySQL
8 5 (0.95%) Hadoop
9 4 (0.76%) Oracle Database
10 3 (0.57%) Blockchain
10 3 (0.57%) Oracle Database 10g
10 3 (0.57%) Oracle Database 11g
10 3 (0.57%) Oracle Reports
10 3 (0.57%) SQL Server 2005
10 3 (0.57%) SQL Server 2008
10 3 (0.57%) SQL Server 2012
11 2 (0.38%) Firebird
11 2 (0.38%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 324 (61.71%) Selenium
2 242 (46.10%) Cucumber
3 176 (33.52%) WebDriver
4 172 (32.76%) Jenkins
5 121 (23.05%) JIRA
6 111 (21.14%) Git (software)
7 57 (10.86%) JMeter
8 50 (9.52%) SoapUI
9 46 (8.76%) SpecFlow
10 40 (7.62%) Appium
11 34 (6.48%) Protractor
12 26 (4.95%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 25 (4.76%) JUnit
14 22 (4.19%) Calabash
15 21 (4.00%) Team Foundation Server
15 21 (4.00%) TeamCity
16 20 (3.81%) Bitbucket
17 18 (3.43%) HP UFT
17 18 (3.43%) Hudson
17 18 (3.43%) Visual Studio
General
1 71 (13.52%) Finance
2 59 (11.24%) Banking
3 45 (8.57%) Retail
4 35 (6.67%) Games
5 20 (3.81%) Telecoms
6 14 (2.67%) Corporate Banking
7 12 (2.29%) Retail Banking
8 10 (1.90%) Investment Banking
9 6 (1.14%) Advertising
9 6 (1.14%) Marketing
10 5 (0.95%) Front Office
11 3 (0.57%) Financial Institution
11 3 (0.57%) Manufacturing
12 2 (0.38%) Back Office
12 2 (0.38%) Electronics
13 1 (0.19%) Automotive
13 1 (0.19%) Billing
13 1 (0.19%) Legal
13 1 (0.19%) Pharmaceutical
13 1 (0.19%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 92 (17.52%) Gherkin
1 92 (17.52%) Web Services
2 76 (14.48%) REST
3 69 (13.14%) RESTful
3 69 (13.14%) SOAP
4 43 (8.19%) JSON
5 35 (6.67%) .NET
6 24 (4.57%) XML
7 22 (4.19%) HTML
7 22 (4.19%) RESTEasy
8 19 (3.62%) AngularJS
9 18 (3.43%) ActiveMQ
10 17 (3.24%) Node.js
11 12 (2.29%) Middleware
12 8 (1.52%) CSS
13 7 (1.33%) FIX Protocol
13 7 (1.33%) Spring
14 6 (1.14%) Apache Flex
14 6 (1.14%) React
14 6 (1.14%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 35 (6.67%) Mobile App
2 33 (6.29%) Analytical Skills
3 21 (4.00%) Greenfield Project
4 14 (2.67%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 12 (2.29%) Online Games
6 9 (1.71%) Computer Science
6 9 (1.71%) Embedded Systems
7 7 (1.33%) User Experience
8 6 (1.14%) Fintech
8 6 (1.14%) Mainframe
8 6 (1.14%) Virtual Team
9 5 (0.95%) Enterprise Software
9 5 (0.95%) STB
10 4 (0.76%) Linux Command Line
11 3 (0.57%) Derivative
11 3 (0.57%) Equities
12 2 (0.38%) Client/Server
12 2 (0.38%) Credit Risk
12 2 (0.38%) Management Information System
12 2 (0.38%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 46 (8.76%) Unix
2 36 (6.86%) Apple iOS
3 34 (6.48%) Android
4 32 (6.10%) Mac OS X
5 30 (5.71%) Windows
6 29 (5.52%) Linux
7 4 (0.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 3 (0.57%) Windows Server
8 3 (0.57%) Windows Server 2012
9 2 (0.38%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 525 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 366 (69.71%) Agile Software Development
3 220 (41.90%) BDD
4 147 (28.00%) TDD
5 129 (24.57%) Continuous Integration
6 126 (24.00%) Scrum
7 74 (14.10%) API Testing
8 71 (13.52%) E-Commerce
9 70 (13.33%) Test Scripting
10 68 (12.95%) Functional Testing
11 53 (10.10%) Test Strategy
12 51 (9.71%) Regression Testing
13 49 (9.33%) Performance Testing
14 45 (8.57%) Kanban
15 44 (8.38%) Continuous Delivery
16 42 (8.00%) Integration Testing
16 42 (8.00%) Open Source
17 41 (7.81%) Exploratory Testing
18 40 (7.62%) Scenario Testing
19 39 (7.43%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 266 (50.67%) Java
2 103 (19.62%) SQL
3 101 (19.24%) C#
4 95 (18.10%) JavaScript
5 72 (13.71%) Python
6 52 (9.90%) Ruby
7 29 (5.52%) Groovy
7 29 (5.52%) Scala
8 19 (3.62%) Apple Swift
9 14 (2.67%) Bash Shell
10 13 (2.48%) Shell Script
11 12 (2.29%) R
12 11 (2.10%) C
13 10 (1.90%) PHP
14 9 (1.71%) Embedded C
15 7 (1.33%) Perl
16 6 (1.14%) VB
17 4 (0.76%) C++
17 4 (0.76%) F#
18 3 (0.57%) VBA
Qualifications
1 38 (7.24%) Security Cleared
2 27 (5.14%) SC Cleared
3 26 (4.95%) ISTQB
4 22 (4.19%) ISEB
5 12 (2.29%) Degree
6 6 (1.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 5 (0.95%) BPSS Clearance
8 4 (0.76%) DV Cleared
9 2 (0.38%) ISEB Practitioner
9 2 (0.38%) Master's Degree
10 1 (0.19%) BC Cleared
10 1 (0.19%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 156 (29.71%) QA
2 6 (1.14%) PCI DSS
3 5 (0.95%) WCAG
4 2 (0.38%) MiFID
5 1 (0.19%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.19%) Dodd-Frank
5 1 (0.19%) EMIR
5 1 (0.19%) WAI
System Software
1 35 (6.67%) Docker
2 4 (0.76%) Virtual Machines
3 3 (0.57%) vSphere
4 1 (0.19%) HDFS
4 1 (0.19%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 20 (3.81%) HP Quality Center
2 19 (3.62%) Puppet
3 11 (2.10%) Ansible
4 7 (1.33%) Grafana
4 7 (1.33%) StatsD
5 6 (1.14%) Kibana
6 3 (0.57%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (0.57%) vRealize
7 1 (0.19%) Rancher
Vendors
1 34 (6.48%) HP
2 27 (5.14%) Oracle
3 20 (3.81%) IBM
3 20 (3.81%) Microsoft
4 19 (3.62%) Atlassian
5 18 (3.43%) hybris
6 9 (1.71%) Perforce
7 7 (1.33%) Splunk
8 6 (1.14%) Salesforce.com
9 5 (0.95%) Perfecto Mobile
9 5 (0.95%) Xamarin
10 4 (0.76%) Red Hat
11 3 (0.57%) Fidessa
11 3 (0.57%) VMware
12 2 (0.38%) Murex
12 2 (0.38%) SAP
12 2 (0.38%) WSO2
13 1 (0.19%) Infor
13 1 (0.19%) Maxymiser
13 1 (0.19%) Sencha