Period
to 19 September 2017

The median contractor rate for an Automation Tester was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 September 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
19 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 430 499 565
Rank change year-on-year +69 +66 -26
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Tester 510 433 356
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.52% 0.40% 0.31%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.55% 0.43% 0.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 300 278 268
UK median daily rate £375 £375 £373
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +0.67% +6.43%
10th Percentile £280 £259 £250
90th Percentile £488 £520 £463
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
UK median hourly rate - £39.37 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +40.61% -66.77%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £39.37 £28.00
% change year-on-year - +40.61% -

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 93561 101498 107666
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.80% 94.83% 94.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 61101 66325 68182
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £263 £255 £243
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2818 3137 4100
UK median hourly rate £18.81 £19.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.00% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.31 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £46.50 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £18.80 £17.50
% change year-on-year -4.26% +7.43% +4.04%

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 September 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 19 September 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 +86 493 £375 - 90
UK excluding London +86 285 £350 - 56
London +25 225 £415 +3.75% 34
North of England +134 111 £360 +12.94% 20
South East +22 93 £350 - 15
Yorkshire +69 64 £364 +3.93% 8
East of England -11 29 £375 +7.14% 6
North West +35 26 £363 +3.57% 10
North East +80 21 £300 +20.00% 2
Midlands +21 20 £350 +3.70% 10
South West -2 20 £372 -7.00% 5
Scotland +27 12 £330 +4.10%
East Midlands +4 11 £350 +9.38% 7
West Midlands +15 8 £388 +10.71% 3
Wales -3 1 £330 -
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

Automation Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 September 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.

1 510 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 346 (67.84%) Selenium
2 346 (67.84%) Agile Software Development
3 267 (52.35%) Java
4 220 (43.14%) Cucumber
5 211 (41.37%) BDD
6 194 (38.04%) Jenkins
7 185 (36.27%) WebDriver
8 160 (31.37%) QA
9 158 (30.98%) TDD
10 152 (29.80%) Continuous Integration
11 135 (26.47%) Scrum
12 129 (25.29%) JIRA
13 117 (22.94%) Web Services
14 109 (21.37%) SQL
15 104 (20.39%) Git (software)
16 99 (19.41%) C#
17 89 (17.45%) Gherkin
18 87 (17.06%) Python
19 86 (16.86%) Test Scripting
20 84 (16.47%) JavaScript
21 79 (15.49%) Finance
22 78 (15.29%) SOAP
22 78 (15.29%) API Testing
23 75 (14.71%) REST
24 68 (13.33%) Functional Testing
25 65 (12.75%) RESTful
26 64 (12.55%) Regression Testing
27 57 (11.18%) Exploratory Testing
28 56 (10.98%) SDLC

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 52 (10.20%) Confluence
2 16 (3.14%) WebSphere
3 3 (0.59%) SharePoint
4 2 (0.39%) BizTalk Server
4 2 (0.39%) SAS
4 2 (0.39%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (0.20%) Apache Spark
5 1 (0.20%) CMS
5 1 (0.20%) IIS
5 1 (0.20%) JBoss
5 1 (0.20%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 3 (0.59%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 12 (2.35%) Magento
2 4 (0.78%) Oracle Applications
3 2 (0.39%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.20%) CSG Singleview
4 1 (0.20%) IntelliMatch
Cloud Services
1 26 (5.10%) Amazon AWS
2 14 (2.75%) GitHub
2 14 (2.75%) Microsoft Azure
2 14 (2.75%) Sauce Labs
3 8 (1.57%) npm
3 8 (1.57%) OpenShift
4 5 (0.98%) BrowserStack
5 3 (0.59%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.20%) Google Analytics
6 1 (0.20%) Salesforce Service Cloud
6 1 (0.20%) vREST
Communications & Networking
1 31 (6.08%) Internet
2 7 (1.37%) HTTP
3 5 (0.98%) PuTTY
3 5 (0.98%) WinSCP
4 4 (0.78%) Bluetooth
4 4 (0.78%) Wireless
5 2 (0.39%) NAS
6 1 (0.20%) DSL
6 1 (0.20%) Firewall
6 1 (0.20%) HTTPS
6 1 (0.20%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (4.31%) MongoDB
1 22 (4.31%) Redis
2 18 (3.53%) DB2
3 13 (2.55%) SQL Server
4 12 (2.35%) DbVisualizer
4 12 (2.35%) Relational Database
5 10 (1.96%) Big Data
6 8 (1.57%) NoSQL
7 7 (1.37%) MySQL
8 6 (1.18%) Hadoop
9 5 (0.98%) Oracle Database
9 5 (0.98%) Oracle Database 10g
9 5 (0.98%) Oracle Database 11g
9 5 (0.98%) Oracle Reports
9 5 (0.98%) SQL Server 2005
9 5 (0.98%) SQL Server 2008
9 5 (0.98%) SQL Server 2012
10 3 (0.59%) RDBMS
11 2 (0.39%) Firebird
12 1 (0.20%) Blockchain
Development Applications
1 346 (67.84%) Selenium
2 220 (43.14%) Cucumber
3 194 (38.04%) Jenkins
4 185 (36.27%) WebDriver
5 129 (25.29%) JIRA
6 104 (20.39%) Git (software)
7 54 (10.59%) SoapUI
8 47 (9.22%) SpecFlow
9 44 (8.63%) TeamCity
10 42 (8.24%) Protractor
11 40 (7.84%) JMeter
12 38 (7.45%) Appium
13 25 (4.90%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 25 (4.90%) Calabash
14 24 (4.71%) JUnit
15 23 (4.51%) Hudson
15 23 (4.51%) Jasmine
16 20 (3.92%) CruiseControl
17 18 (3.53%) Visual Studio
18 17 (3.33%) HP UFT
General
1 79 (15.49%) Finance
2 54 (10.59%) Banking
3 52 (10.20%) Retail
4 29 (5.69%) Games
5 20 (3.92%) Corporate Banking
6 13 (2.55%) Telecoms
7 9 (1.76%) Marketing
7 9 (1.76%) Retail Banking
8 8 (1.57%) Investment Banking
9 4 (0.78%) Manufacturing
10 3 (0.59%) Financial Institution
10 3 (0.59%) Publishing
11 2 (0.39%) Advertising
11 2 (0.39%) Back Office
11 2 (0.39%) Electronics
11 2 (0.39%) Front Office
12 1 (0.20%) Automotive
12 1 (0.20%) Billing
12 1 (0.20%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 117 (22.94%) Web Services
2 89 (17.45%) Gherkin
3 78 (15.29%) SOAP
4 75 (14.71%) REST
5 65 (12.75%) RESTful
6 40 (7.84%) JSON
7 35 (6.86%) .NET
8 34 (6.67%) Node.js
8 34 (6.67%) XML
9 33 (6.47%) HTML
10 23 (4.51%) AngularJS
11 17 (3.33%) RESTEasy
12 13 (2.55%) Chai
12 13 (2.55%) CSS
13 10 (1.96%) Middleware
14 8 (1.57%) Behat
15 7 (1.37%) ActiveMQ
15 7 (1.37%) HTML5
16 6 (1.18%) Spring
17 4 (0.78%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 51 (10.00%) Mobile App
2 45 (8.82%) Analytical Skills
3 15 (2.94%) Greenfield Project
4 9 (1.76%) STB
5 6 (1.18%) Online Games
5 6 (1.18%) Virtual Team
6 4 (0.78%) Embedded Systems
6 4 (0.78%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 3 (0.59%) Credit Risk
7 3 (0.59%) Derivative
7 3 (0.59%) Enterprise Software
7 3 (0.59%) Fintech
8 2 (0.39%) Computer Science
8 2 (0.39%) Equities
8 2 (0.39%) Mainframe
8 2 (0.39%) Management Information System
8 2 (0.39%) OTC Derivatives
8 2 (0.39%) Smartphone
9 1 (0.20%) Fixed Income
9 1 (0.20%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 46 (9.02%) Unix
2 41 (8.04%) Android
2 41 (8.04%) Apple iOS
3 34 (6.67%) Linux
4 29 (5.69%) Windows
5 23 (4.51%) Mac OS X
6 6 (1.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 5 (0.98%) Windows Server
7 5 (0.98%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.39%) Windows 10
9 1 (0.20%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 510 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 346 (67.84%) Agile Software Development
3 211 (41.37%) BDD
4 158 (30.98%) TDD
5 152 (29.80%) Continuous Integration
6 135 (26.47%) Scrum
7 86 (16.86%) Test Scripting
8 78 (15.29%) API Testing
9 68 (13.33%) Functional Testing
10 64 (12.55%) Regression Testing
11 57 (11.18%) Exploratory Testing
12 56 (10.98%) SDLC
13 55 (10.78%) E-Commerce
14 52 (10.20%) Test Strategy
15 39 (7.65%) Open Source
16 38 (7.45%) Performance Testing
17 34 (6.67%) QA Automation
18 33 (6.47%) Manual Testing
18 33 (6.47%) Scenario Testing
18 33 (6.47%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 267 (52.35%) Java
2 109 (21.37%) SQL
3 99 (19.41%) C#
4 87 (17.06%) Python
5 84 (16.47%) JavaScript
6 37 (7.25%) Ruby
7 33 (6.47%) Groovy
8 27 (5.29%) Scala
9 23 (4.51%) PHP
9 23 (4.51%) Shell Script
10 16 (3.14%) Bash Shell
11 15 (2.94%) Apple Swift
12 14 (2.75%) VB
13 6 (1.18%) F#
13 6 (1.18%) R
14 5 (0.98%) VBScript
15 4 (0.78%) C
15 4 (0.78%) Embedded C
16 3 (0.59%) C++
16 3 (0.59%) VBA
Qualifications
1 29 (5.69%) ISTQB
1 29 (5.69%) Security Cleared
2 22 (4.31%) SC Cleared
3 21 (4.12%) ISEB
4 10 (1.96%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 7 (1.37%) BPSS Clearance
5 7 (1.37%) Degree
5 7 (1.37%) DV Cleared
6 4 (0.78%) ISEB Practitioner
7 2 (0.39%) Master's Degree
8 1 (0.20%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 160 (31.37%) QA
2 5 (0.98%) WCAG
3 2 (0.39%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (0.39%) MiFID
4 1 (0.20%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.20%) Dodd-Frank
4 1 (0.20%) EMIR
4 1 (0.20%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.20%) WAI
System Software
1 27 (5.29%) Docker
2 5 (0.98%) Virtual Machines
2 5 (0.98%) vSphere
3 1 (0.20%) HDFS
3 1 (0.20%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 19 (3.73%) HP Quality Center
2 8 (1.57%) Puppet
3 7 (1.37%) Ansible
4 5 (0.98%) Kibana
4 5 (0.98%) vRealize
5 4 (0.78%) Grafana
5 4 (0.78%) StatsD
6 3 (0.59%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.20%) Rancher
Vendors
1 34 (6.67%) HP
2 29 (5.69%) Oracle
3 21 (4.12%) IBM
4 20 (3.92%) Atlassian
5 18 (3.53%) hybris
6 15 (2.94%) Microsoft
7 8 (1.57%) Xamarin
8 6 (1.18%) Red Hat
9 5 (0.98%) Salesforce.com
9 5 (0.98%) VMware
10 4 (0.78%) Perforce
10 4 (0.78%) Splunk
11 2 (0.39%) Fidessa
11 2 (0.39%) Murex
11 2 (0.39%) SAP
11 2 (0.39%) WSO2
12 1 (0.20%) Apple
12 1 (0.20%) Google
12 1 (0.20%) ION Trading
12 1 (0.20%) Serena