Period
to 24 May 2018

The median contractor rate for an Automation Tester was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 24 May 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
24 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 415 409 568
Rank change year-on-year -6 +159 +14
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Tester 551 516 330
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.55% 0.57% 0.31%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.58% 0.60% 0.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 404 282 227
UK median daily rate £400 £363 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.34% -3.33% +7.14%
10th Percentile £300 £269 £241
90th Percentile £525 £475 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £338 £350
% change year-on-year +18.52% -3.57% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 3
UK median hourly rate £36.00 - £170.00
10th Percentile £33.00 - £66.40
90th Percentile £39.00 - £175.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 - £170.00

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 95,587 85,750 100,408
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.86% 94.93% 95.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,753 55,622 65,088
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £252
90th Percentile £631 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,007 2,882 3,141
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.99% -6.26% +14.29%
10th Percentile £10.88 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £50.00 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year -2.78% -7.69% +16.70%

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 24 May 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 24 May 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 -16 493 £415 +14.48% 151
UK excluding London -22 307 £400 +18.52% 127
London -9 234 £425 +5.99% 35
North of England -47 95 £370 +13.85% 31
South East -15 68 £400 +23.08% 39
Yorkshire +4 62 £375 +7.14% 14
Midlands +11 42 £360 +2.86% 23
Scotland -24 36 £400 +28.51% 6
South West -7 30 £435 +20.83% 10
North West -24 28 £378 +4.86% 16
East of England +5 24 £475 +31.03% 13
West Midlands -6 22 £363 +3.57% 10
East Midlands +11 20 £328 -6.43% 13
Wales -4 6 £400 +18.52% 4
Northern Ireland - 6 £333 - 1
North East -34 5 £313 +4.17% 1

Automation Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 May 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.

1 551 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 379 (68.78%) Selenium
3 341 (61.89%) Agile Software Development
4 277 (50.27%) Java
5 246 (44.65%) Cucumber
6 212 (38.48%) BDD
7 159 (28.86%) QA
8 155 (28.13%) SQL
9 150 (27.22%) WebDriver
10 136 (24.68%) C#
10 136 (24.68%) TDD
11 135 (24.50%) Jenkins
12 122 (22.14%) Scrum
13 114 (20.69%) JIRA
14 108 (19.60%) Git (software)
15 102 (18.51%) Continuous Integration
16 101 (18.33%) Gherkin
17 99 (17.97%) Test Scripting
18 98 (17.79%) API Testing
19 97 (17.60%) Finance
20 96 (17.42%) JavaScript
21 94 (17.06%) SpecFlow
22 81 (14.70%) REST
23 75 (13.61%) .NET
24 72 (13.07%) Web Services
24 72 (13.07%) SoapUI
25 71 (12.89%) SDET
26 63 (11.43%) RESTful
27 62 (11.25%) Confluence
27 62 (11.25%) DevOps

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 62 (11.25%) Confluence
2 13 (2.36%) WebSphere
3 9 (1.63%) SharePoint
4 6 (1.09%) CMS
5 5 (0.91%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 5 (0.91%) Sitecore CMS
6 4 (0.73%) BizTalk Server
6 4 (0.73%) Cloud Foundry
6 4 (0.73%) Umbraco
7 3 (0.54%) Apache Spark
7 3 (0.54%) Tomcat
8 2 (0.36%) Documentum
8 2 (0.36%) JBoss
9 1 (0.18%) Apache
9 1 (0.18%) EPiServer
9 1 (0.18%) GemFire
9 1 (0.18%) SharePoint 2010
9 1 (0.18%) SharePoint 2013
9 1 (0.18%) Telligent Community
Applications
1 7 (1.27%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.18%) HipChat
2 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 7 (1.27%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.91%) Magento
3 1 (0.18%) Adobe Campaign
3 1 (0.18%) Markit EDM
Cloud Services
1 23 (4.17%) Amazon AWS
2 22 (3.99%) Microsoft Azure
3 14 (2.54%) GitHub
4 11 (2.00%) BrowserStack
4 11 (2.00%) Sauce Labs
5 4 (0.73%) Slack
6 3 (0.54%) AWS Lambda
6 3 (0.54%) npm
6 3 (0.54%) PaaS
7 2 (0.36%) BlazeMeter
7 2 (0.36%) Google Cloud Platform
7 2 (0.36%) OpenShift
7 2 (0.36%) TestFlight
8 1 (0.18%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 1 (0.18%) Heroku
8 1 (0.18%) Salesforce Service Cloud
8 1 (0.18%) vREST
Communications & Networking
1 17 (3.09%) HTTP
2 15 (2.72%) DSL
3 12 (2.18%) Internet
4 4 (0.73%) PuTTY
4 4 (0.73%) WinSCP
5 2 (0.36%) SMS
6 1 (0.18%) DVB
6 1 (0.18%) HTTPS
6 1 (0.18%) RTMP
6 1 (0.18%) RTSP
6 1 (0.18%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (5.44%) SQL Server
2 14 (2.54%) Relational Database
3 12 (2.18%) NoSQL
3 12 (2.18%) PostgreSQL
4 11 (2.00%) Oracle Database
5 10 (1.81%) MySQL
6 9 (1.63%) Oracle Database 11g
6 9 (1.63%) SQL Server 2012
6 9 (1.63%) SQL Server 2016
7 8 (1.45%) MongoDB
7 8 (1.45%) Oracle Database 10g
7 8 (1.45%) Redis
8 7 (1.27%) RDBMS
9 6 (1.09%) Big Data
9 6 (1.09%) DB2
9 6 (1.09%) DbVisualizer
10 4 (0.73%) BusinessObjects
10 4 (0.73%) Crystal Reports
11 3 (0.54%) Data Warehouse
11 3 (0.54%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 379 (68.78%) Selenium
2 246 (44.65%) Cucumber
3 150 (27.22%) WebDriver
4 135 (24.50%) Jenkins
5 114 (20.69%) JIRA
6 108 (19.60%) Git (software)
7 94 (17.06%) SpecFlow
8 72 (13.07%) SoapUI
9 49 (8.89%) Appium
10 36 (6.53%) HP UFT
11 35 (6.35%) Eclipse
11 35 (6.35%) JMeter
12 28 (5.08%) JUnit
13 26 (4.72%) Maven
14 23 (4.17%) Zephyr
15 22 (3.99%) Team Foundation Server
16 21 (3.81%) NUnit
16 21 (3.81%) Protractor
16 21 (3.81%) Visual Studio
17 20 (3.63%) Gatling
General
1 97 (17.60%) Finance
2 37 (6.72%) Banking
3 34 (6.17%) Retail
4 10 (1.81%) Games
4 10 (1.81%) Marketing
4 10 (1.81%) Telecoms
5 9 (1.63%) Manufacturing
6 8 (1.45%) Electronics
7 7 (1.27%) Back Office
8 6 (1.09%) Advertising
9 5 (0.91%) Law
10 4 (0.73%) Financial Institution
11 3 (0.54%) Investment Banking
12 2 (0.36%) Front Office
12 2 (0.36%) Military
13 1 (0.18%) Corporate Banking
13 1 (0.18%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 101 (18.33%) Gherkin
2 81 (14.70%) REST
3 75 (13.61%) .NET
4 72 (13.07%) Web Services
5 63 (11.43%) RESTful
6 48 (8.71%) XML
7 42 (7.62%) SOAP
8 36 (6.53%) JSON
9 20 (3.63%) HTML
10 19 (3.45%) Node.js
11 15 (2.72%) AngularJS
12 14 (2.54%) Spring
13 11 (2.00%) React
14 10 (1.81%) Kafka
15 9 (1.63%) Apache Flex
15 9 (1.63%) CSS
16 8 (1.45%) ASP.NET Web API
17 7 (1.27%) jQuery
17 7 (1.27%) RESTEasy
17 7 (1.27%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 33 (5.99%) Mobile App
2 25 (4.54%) Greenfield Project
3 22 (3.99%) User Experience
4 20 (3.63%) Analytical Skills
5 12 (2.18%) Self-Motivation
6 10 (1.81%) Linux Command Line
7 7 (1.27%) Fintech
7 7 (1.27%) Mainframe
7 7 (1.27%) Video on Demand
8 6 (1.09%) Online Games
9 5 (0.91%) Computer Science
10 3 (0.54%) Enterprise Software
10 3 (0.54%) Fixed Income
10 3 (0.54%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 3 (0.54%) Video\Live Streaming
11 2 (0.36%) Online Banking
11 2 (0.36%) Over-the-Top Content
12 1 (0.18%) Equities
12 1 (0.18%) Interactive TV
12 1 (0.18%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 45 (8.17%) Apple iOS
2 34 (6.17%) Linux
3 30 (5.44%) Android
4 29 (5.26%) Unix
5 23 (4.17%) Windows
6 15 (2.72%) Mac OS X
7 9 (1.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 8 (1.45%) Windows Server
9 4 (0.73%) Ubuntu
10 2 (0.36%) Windows Server 2012
11 1 (0.18%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 551 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 341 (61.89%) Agile Software Development
3 212 (38.48%) BDD
4 136 (24.68%) TDD
5 122 (22.14%) Scrum
6 102 (18.51%) Continuous Integration
7 99 (17.97%) Test Scripting
8 98 (17.79%) API Testing
9 71 (12.89%) SDET
10 62 (11.25%) DevOps
11 61 (11.07%) Performance Testing
12 59 (10.71%) Functional Testing
13 50 (9.07%) Kanban
13 50 (9.07%) Regression Testing
14 42 (7.62%) Test Strategy
15 41 (7.44%) E-Commerce
16 40 (7.26%) Continuous Delivery
16 40 (7.26%) Scenario Testing
16 40 (7.26%) User Acceptance Testing
17 34 (6.17%) Acceptance Criteria
Programming Languages
1 277 (50.27%) Java
2 155 (28.13%) SQL
3 136 (24.68%) C#
4 96 (17.42%) JavaScript
5 43 (7.80%) Ruby
6 38 (6.90%) Python
7 16 (2.90%) Groovy
8 12 (2.18%) Apple Swift
9 11 (2.00%) VB
10 10 (1.81%) Scala
10 10 (1.81%) VBScript
11 9 (1.63%) C
12 8 (1.45%) C++
12 8 (1.45%) F#
13 7 (1.27%) PHP
13 7 (1.27%) PL/SQL
14 6 (1.09%) Shell Script
14 6 (1.09%) T-SQL
14 6 (1.09%) VBA
15 4 (0.73%) R
Qualifications
1 62 (11.25%) Security Cleared
2 50 (9.07%) SC Cleared
3 21 (3.81%) ISTQB
4 18 (3.27%) ISEB
5 16 (2.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 11 (2.00%) Degree
7 8 (1.45%) ISEB Practitioner
8 5 (0.91%) DV Cleared
9 4 (0.73%) Computer Science Degree
10 2 (0.36%) BC Cleared
10 2 (0.36%) Master's Degree
11 1 (0.18%) AWS Certification
11 1 (0.18%) BPSS Clearance
11 1 (0.18%) DBS Check
11 1 (0.18%) PMI Certification
11 1 (0.18%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 159 (28.86%) QA
2 4 (0.73%) WCAG
3 1 (0.18%) 21 CFR Part 11
3 1 (0.18%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.18%) GMP
3 1 (0.18%) WAI
System Software
1 27 (4.90%) Docker
2 6 (1.09%) vSphere
3 3 (0.54%) HDFS
4 1 (0.18%) ACF2
4 1 (0.18%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 1 (0.18%) RACF
Systems Management
1 12 (2.18%) Puppet
2 10 (1.81%) HP Quality Center
3 9 (1.63%) Grafana
4 6 (1.09%) Kibana
5 5 (0.91%) HP ALM
6 4 (0.73%) StatsD
7 3 (0.54%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (0.36%) Business Desktop Deployment
8 2 (0.36%) HockeyApp
8 2 (0.36%) Terraform
9 1 (0.18%) Ansible
9 1 (0.18%) logstash
9 1 (0.18%) Rancher
Vendors
1 36 (6.53%) Oracle
2 22 (3.99%) HP
3 14 (2.54%) Microsoft
4 12 (2.18%) Software AG
4 12 (2.18%) webMethods
5 9 (1.63%) Red Hat
5 9 (1.63%) SAP
6 8 (1.45%) Atlassian
6 8 (1.45%) Capita
7 6 (1.09%) IBM
7 6 (1.09%) Sitecore
7 6 (1.09%) VMware
8 5 (0.91%) Adobe
8 5 (0.91%) hybris
8 5 (0.91%) Splunk
9 4 (0.73%) Salesforce.com
10 3 (0.54%) CA Agile Central
10 3 (0.54%) Google
10 3 (0.54%) Pega
11 2 (0.36%) MuleSoft