Period
to 25 February 2018

The median contractor rate for an Automation Tester was £420 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 25 February 2018.

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
25 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 428 429 560
Rank change year-on-year +1 +131 +16
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Tester 510 509 337
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.51% 0.53% 0.31%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.54% 0.56% 0.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 356 291 251
UK median daily rate £420 £375 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.00% +2.74% +4.29%
10th Percentile £300 £263 £263
90th Percentile £525 £494 £463
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +7.14% - +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 2
UK median hourly rate £48.50 £37.25 £100.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +30.20% -62.75% -
10th Percentile £42.55 £32.03 £42.15
90th Percentile £49.25 £42.68 £160.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £48.50 £37.25 £100.00
% change year-on-year +30.20% -62.75% -

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 94,775 90,228 102,589
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.79% 94.78% 95.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,914 58,845 65,670
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £263 £255 £250
90th Percentile £625 £608 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,806 3,205 3,716
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% -5.26% +15.15%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.63 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.52 £47.50 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year - -2.78% +9.09%

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 25 February 2018.

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 25 February 2018. 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 -31 454 £425 +13.33% 119
London +32 257 £425 +3.66% 36
UK excluding London -48 245 £375 +7.14% 88
North of England -19 61 £339 +3.04% 31
South East -21 60 £415 +18.57% 16
Yorkshire -6 41 £375 - 15
Midlands +21 33 £355 +5.19% 17
East of England -22 27 £505 +49.63% 10
Scotland -9 26 £400 +6.67% 3
West Midlands +13 18 £365 +4.29% 7
South West -7 18 £450 +26.76% 9
Northern Ireland - 17 £325 - 1
East Midlands +5 14 £350 +5.66% 10
North West -9 12 £320 - 15
North East +37 8 £275 -8.33% 1
Wales +6 4 £190 -45.71% 1

Automation Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 February 2018, 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.

1 510 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 326 (63.92%) Agile Software Development
3 314 (61.57%) Selenium
4 252 (49.41%) Java
5 232 (45.49%) Cucumber
6 195 (38.24%) BDD
7 164 (32.16%) QA
8 143 (28.04%) TDD
8 143 (28.04%) Jenkins
9 140 (27.45%) WebDriver
10 125 (24.51%) Scrum
11 124 (24.31%) SQL
12 117 (22.94%) JIRA
13 105 (20.59%) Continuous Integration
13 105 (20.59%) Gherkin
14 103 (20.20%) Git (software)
15 93 (18.24%) JavaScript
15 93 (18.24%) C#
16 82 (16.08%) Finance
17 80 (15.69%) REST
18 79 (15.49%) RESTful
19 76 (14.90%) Test Scripting
20 73 (14.31%) E-Commerce
21 69 (13.53%) API Testing
22 67 (13.14%) Ruby
23 64 (12.55%) Continuous Delivery
24 60 (11.76%) Confluence
24 60 (11.76%) Functional Testing
25 58 (11.37%) Kanban
26 57 (11.18%) Web Services

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 60 (11.76%) Confluence
2 26 (5.10%) WebSphere
3 6 (1.18%) SharePoint
4 4 (0.78%) BizTalk Server
5 3 (0.59%) Cloud Foundry
6 2 (0.39%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 2 (0.39%) CMS
6 2 (0.39%) Documentum
6 2 (0.39%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.20%) Apache Spark
7 1 (0.20%) JBoss
7 1 (0.20%) SharePoint 2010
7 1 (0.20%) SharePoint 2013
7 1 (0.20%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 3 (0.59%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.20%) HipChat
Business Applications
1 8 (1.57%) Magento
2 6 (1.18%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.20%) IntelliMatch
Cloud Services
1 24 (4.71%) Amazon AWS
2 15 (2.94%) Microsoft Azure
3 13 (2.55%) Sauce Labs
4 12 (2.35%) GitHub
5 7 (1.37%) BrowserStack
6 3 (0.59%) BlazeMeter
6 3 (0.59%) Heroku
6 3 (0.59%) Salesforce Service Cloud
6 3 (0.59%) Slack
7 2 (0.39%) npm
7 2 (0.39%) vREST
8 1 (0.20%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 1 (0.20%) Google Analytics
8 1 (0.20%) Google Cloud Platform
8 1 (0.20%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 17 (3.33%) HTTP
2 13 (2.55%) Internet
3 11 (2.16%) DSL
4 8 (1.57%) Bluetooth
5 7 (1.37%) Wireless
6 1 (0.20%) DVB
6 1 (0.20%) Extranet
6 1 (0.20%) HTTPS
6 1 (0.20%) Intranet
6 1 (0.20%) RTSP
6 1 (0.20%) TCP/IP
6 1 (0.20%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (6.27%) Redis
2 28 (5.49%) NoSQL
3 26 (5.10%) MongoDB
3 26 (5.10%) Relational Database
4 20 (3.92%) MySQL
5 12 (2.35%) Big Data
6 11 (2.16%) DB2
7 10 (1.96%) DbVisualizer
8 9 (1.76%) SQL Server
9 8 (1.57%) PostgreSQL
10 5 (0.98%) Hadoop
11 4 (0.78%) BusinessObjects
11 4 (0.78%) Crystal Reports
11 4 (0.78%) RDBMS
12 2 (0.39%) Blockchain
13 1 (0.20%) Amazon DynamoDB
13 1 (0.20%) BigQuery
13 1 (0.20%) Oracle Database
13 1 (0.20%) Pentaho
Development Applications
1 314 (61.57%) Selenium
2 232 (45.49%) Cucumber
3 143 (28.04%) Jenkins
4 140 (27.45%) WebDriver
5 117 (22.94%) JIRA
6 103 (20.20%) Git (software)
7 54 (10.59%) JMeter
8 51 (10.00%) Appium
9 48 (9.41%) SpecFlow
10 36 (7.06%) SoapUI
11 24 (4.71%) HP UFT
11 24 (4.71%) Visual Studio
12 23 (4.51%) Eclipse
13 22 (4.31%) Calabash
13 22 (4.31%) NUnit
13 22 (4.31%) Protractor
14 20 (3.92%) JUnit
14 20 (3.92%) Team Foundation Server
15 19 (3.73%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 19 (3.73%) Gatling
General
1 82 (16.08%) Finance
2 38 (7.45%) Banking
2 38 (7.45%) Retail
3 25 (4.90%) Games
4 22 (4.31%) Telecoms
5 10 (1.96%) Advertising
6 9 (1.76%) Manufacturing
6 9 (1.76%) Marketing
7 8 (1.57%) Corporate Banking
8 7 (1.37%) Electronics
9 6 (1.18%) Front Office
9 6 (1.18%) Investment Banking
9 6 (1.18%) Retail Banking
10 4 (0.78%) Law
11 3 (0.59%) Financial Institution
12 2 (0.39%) Military
13 1 (0.20%) Automotive
13 1 (0.20%) Back Office
13 1 (0.20%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 105 (20.59%) Gherkin
2 80 (15.69%) REST
3 79 (15.49%) RESTful
4 57 (11.18%) Web Services
5 48 (9.41%) .NET
6 42 (8.24%) JSON
7 41 (8.04%) SOAP
8 23 (4.51%) XML
9 22 (4.31%) ActiveMQ
10 20 (3.92%) RESTEasy
11 18 (3.53%) HTML
12 17 (3.33%) AngularJS
13 13 (2.55%) Apache Flex
13 13 (2.55%) Spring
14 11 (2.16%) Node.js
15 10 (1.96%) ASP.NET Web API
16 9 (1.76%) FIX Protocol
17 8 (1.57%) React
17 8 (1.57%) Swagger
18 6 (1.18%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 25 (4.90%) Mobile App
2 23 (4.51%) Analytical Skills
2 23 (4.51%) Greenfield Project
2 23 (4.51%) User Experience
3 18 (3.53%) Online Games
4 12 (2.35%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 12 (2.35%) Mainframe
5 10 (1.96%) Linux Command Line
6 9 (1.76%) Computer Science
6 9 (1.76%) Fintech
7 8 (1.57%) Video on Demand
8 7 (1.37%) Embedded Systems
9 4 (0.78%) Enterprise Software
9 4 (0.78%) Equities
9 4 (0.78%) Video\Live Streaming
10 3 (0.59%) Over-the-Top Content
11 2 (0.39%) Analytical Mindset
11 2 (0.39%) Client/Server
11 2 (0.39%) Replication
11 2 (0.39%) STB
Operating Systems
1 42 (8.24%) Unix
2 41 (8.04%) Apple iOS
3 32 (6.27%) Mac OS X
4 28 (5.49%) Android
5 19 (3.73%) Windows
6 18 (3.53%) Linux
7 1 (0.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.20%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 510 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 326 (63.92%) Agile Software Development
3 195 (38.24%) BDD
4 143 (28.04%) TDD
5 125 (24.51%) Scrum
6 105 (20.59%) Continuous Integration
7 76 (14.90%) Test Scripting
8 73 (14.31%) E-Commerce
9 69 (13.53%) API Testing
10 64 (12.55%) Continuous Delivery
11 60 (11.76%) Functional Testing
12 58 (11.37%) Kanban
13 50 (9.80%) Performance Testing
14 47 (9.22%) Regression Testing
14 47 (9.22%) Scenario Testing
14 47 (9.22%) SDET
15 46 (9.02%) User Acceptance Testing
16 41 (8.04%) DevOps
17 39 (7.65%) Open Source
18 37 (7.25%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 252 (49.41%) Java
2 124 (24.31%) SQL
3 93 (18.24%) C#
3 93 (18.24%) JavaScript
4 67 (13.14%) Ruby
5 52 (10.20%) Python
6 29 (5.69%) Scala
7 19 (3.73%) Groovy
8 16 (3.14%) Apple Swift
8 16 (3.14%) R
9 13 (2.55%) C
10 9 (1.76%) Shell Script
11 7 (1.37%) Embedded C
12 6 (1.18%) Perl
13 5 (0.98%) C++
14 4 (0.78%) Bash Shell
14 4 (0.78%) T-SQL
14 4 (0.78%) VBScript
15 3 (0.59%) PL/SQL
15 3 (0.59%) VB
Qualifications
1 48 (9.41%) Security Cleared
2 33 (6.47%) SC Cleared
3 20 (3.92%) ISTQB
4 15 (2.94%) ISEB
5 12 (2.35%) Degree
6 7 (1.37%) DV Cleared
7 6 (1.18%) BPSS Clearance
7 6 (1.18%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 3 (0.59%) ISEB Practitioner
9 2 (0.39%) Computer Science Degree
9 2 (0.39%) Master's Degree
10 1 (0.20%) AWS Certification
10 1 (0.20%) BC Cleared
10 1 (0.20%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 164 (32.16%) QA
2 6 (1.18%) PCI DSS
3 5 (0.98%) WCAG
4 1 (0.20%) MiFID
4 1 (0.20%) WAI
System Software
1 28 (5.49%) Docker
2 1 (0.20%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 26 (5.10%) Puppet
2 16 (3.14%) HP Quality Center
3 14 (2.75%) Grafana
4 12 (2.35%) StatsD
5 10 (1.96%) Ansible
6 8 (1.57%) Kibana
7 7 (1.37%) HP ALM
8 1 (0.20%) HockeyApp
8 1 (0.20%) logstash
Vendors
1 21 (4.12%) HP
2 17 (3.33%) Oracle
3 15 (2.94%) IBM
4 14 (2.75%) Atlassian
5 12 (2.35%) Splunk
6 11 (2.16%) Microsoft
7 8 (1.57%) hybris
7 8 (1.57%) SAP
8 7 (1.37%) Perforce
9 5 (0.98%) Capita
9 5 (0.98%) Salesforce.com
10 3 (0.59%) Fidessa
10 3 (0.59%) Perfecto Mobile
11 2 (0.39%) Adobe
11 2 (0.39%) Google
11 2 (0.39%) Pega
11 2 (0.39%) Xamarin
12 1 (0.20%) ION Trading
12 1 (0.20%) Murex
12 1 (0.20%) Serena