Period
to 25 November 2020

The median contractor rate for an Automation Tester was £423 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 25 November 2020.

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 Nov 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 416 457 351
Rank change year-on-year +41 -106 +96
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Tester 141 376 758
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.39% 0.46% 0.74%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.42% 0.49% 0.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 125 244 550
Median daily rate £423 £425 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.59% +2.41% +6.75%
10th Percentile £300 £313 £305
90th Percentile £541 £538 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £423 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +5.63% - +9.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 0
Median hourly rate £35.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 - -

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 33,735 77,173 97,060
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.34% 94.03% 94.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 21,104 50,432 64,158
Median daily rate £463 £460 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.54% +2.22% -
10th Percentile £256 £250 £270
90th Percentile £650 £644 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,459 2,909 3,031
Median hourly rate £30.00 £20.00 £18.44
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +50.00% +8.46% -1.38%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £56.25 £52.50 £48.75
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.40 £17.50
% change year-on-year +22.28% +5.14% -

Automation Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Automation Tester in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Automation Tester in the UK

Automation Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Automation Tester.

Daily rate trend for Automation Tester in the UK

Automation Tester
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Automation Tester over the 6 months to 25 November 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Automation Tester in the UK

Automation Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Automation Tester.

Hourly rate trend for Automation Tester in the UK

Automation Tester
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Automation Tester over the 6 months to 25 November 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Automation Tester in the UK

Automation Tester
Top 15 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 November 2020. 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 +55 111 £423 -0.59% 25
UK excluding London +82 63 £423 +5.63% 22
London +94 58 £423 -6.11% 6
Work from Home -115 33 £388 -13.78% 3
Midlands +58 14 £346 -18.71% 3
Scotland +70 12 £450 +38.46% 3
North of England +66 12 £423 +16.69% 9
South West +87 9 £475 +11.76% 1
East of England +72 9 £438 -7.89% 2
West Midlands +54 9 £350 -17.65% 1
South East +84 7 £450 +5.88% 4
North West +72 6 £425 +21.43% 4
East Midlands +43 5 £189 -55.53% 2
North East +35 4 £352 -12.13% 1
Yorkshire +26 2 £416 +15.63% 4

Automation Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 November 2020, 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.

1 141 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 79 (56.03%) Java
3 74 (52.48%) Selenium
4 67 (47.52%) Agile Software Development
5 65 (46.10%) Cucumber
6 59 (41.84%) BDD
7 47 (33.33%) Jenkins
8 37 (26.24%) QA
9 36 (25.53%) SQL
10 34 (24.11%) JIRA
11 32 (22.70%) Test Scripting
12 30 (21.28%) TDD
13 28 (19.86%) Security Cleared
13 28 (19.86%) REST
14 27 (19.15%) JMeter
14 27 (19.15%) Regression Testing
15 26 (18.44%) C#
15 26 (18.44%) SC Cleared
16 24 (17.02%) Continuous Integration
17 23 (16.31%) Python
18 22 (15.60%) Web Services
19 21 (14.89%) SOAP
19 21 (14.89%) ISTQB
19 21 (14.89%) API Testing
20 20 (14.18%) JavaScript
20 20 (14.18%) Scrum
21 19 (13.48%) XML
21 19 (13.48%) Integration Testing
21 19 (13.48%) Mobile App
22 18 (12.77%) Gherkin

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 14 (9.93%) Confluence
2 7 (4.96%) WebLogic
3 6 (4.26%) Apache Spark
4 1 (0.71%) Anypoint
4 1 (0.71%) EPiServer
4 1 (0.71%) SharePoint
Applications
1 4 (2.84%) Chatbot
2 2 (1.42%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 7 (4.96%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.71%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 13 (9.22%) Azure
2 10 (7.09%) AWS
3 7 (4.96%) GitHub
4 6 (4.26%) Slack
5 3 (2.13%) BrowserStack
5 3 (2.13%) GCP
5 3 (2.13%) IaaS
5 3 (2.13%) SaaS
6 2 (1.42%) BlazeMeter
6 2 (1.42%) Dynamics 365
7 1 (0.71%) Azure Functions
7 1 (0.71%) Logic Apps
7 1 (0.71%) PaaS
7 1 (0.71%) Sauce Labs
7 1 (0.71%) Serverless
7 1 (0.71%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.42%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (4.96%) Big Data
2 6 (4.26%) Hadoop
3 1 (0.71%) BigQuery
3 1 (0.71%) DB2
3 1 (0.71%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.71%) ZAP BI
Development Applications
1 74 (52.48%) Selenium
2 65 (46.10%) Cucumber
3 47 (33.33%) Jenkins
4 34 (24.11%) JIRA
5 27 (19.15%) JMeter
6 17 (12.06%) Postman
6 17 (12.06%) WebDriver
7 16 (11.35%) REST Assured
7 16 (11.35%) SoapUI
8 15 (10.64%) Cypress.io
9 11 (7.80%) Git (software)
10 10 (7.09%) Maven
11 9 (6.38%) JUnit
12 8 (5.67%) HP UFT
12 8 (5.67%) SpecFlow
12 8 (5.67%) TeamCity
13 7 (4.96%) Toad
14 6 (4.26%) GitLab
15 5 (3.55%) Gatling
15 5 (3.55%) NeoLoad
General
1 18 (12.77%) Public Sector
2 15 (10.64%) Finance
3 13 (9.22%) Banking
4 5 (3.55%) Retail Banking
5 2 (1.42%) Electronics
5 2 (1.42%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.42%) Marketing
5 2 (1.42%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.71%) Front Office
6 1 (0.71%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.71%) Law
6 1 (0.71%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (19.86%) REST
2 22 (15.60%) Web Services
3 21 (14.89%) SOAP
4 19 (13.48%) XML
5 18 (12.77%) Gherkin
6 12 (8.51%) .NET
7 11 (7.80%) WebdriverIO
8 9 (6.38%) Spring
9 8 (5.67%) Spring Boot
9 8 (5.67%) WireMock
10 6 (4.26%) JSON
10 6 (4.26%) RabbitMQ
10 6 (4.26%) RESTful
11 3 (2.13%) AngularJS
11 3 (2.13%) CSS
11 3 (2.13%) Jest
12 2 (1.42%) .NET Core
12 2 (1.42%) .NET Framework
12 2 (1.42%) HTML
12 2 (1.42%) React
Miscellaneous
1 19 (13.48%) Mobile App
2 5 (3.55%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (3.55%) User Experience
3 4 (2.84%) IVR
4 2 (1.42%) Client/Server
4 2 (1.42%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (1.42%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (0.71%) Derivative
5 1 (0.71%) Equities
5 1 (0.71%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 1 (0.71%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 13 (9.22%) Unix
2 10 (7.09%) Linux
3 9 (6.38%) Windows
4 5 (3.55%) Apple iOS
5 3 (2.13%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 141 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 67 (47.52%) Agile Software Development
3 59 (41.84%) BDD
4 32 (22.70%) Test Scripting
5 30 (21.28%) TDD
6 27 (19.15%) Regression Testing
7 24 (17.02%) Continuous Integration
8 21 (14.89%) API Testing
9 20 (14.18%) Scrum
10 19 (13.48%) Integration Testing
11 18 (12.77%) Open Source
12 17 (12.06%) Microservices
13 16 (11.35%) Scenario Testing
14 15 (10.64%) Performance Testing
15 14 (9.93%) DevOps
16 13 (9.22%) Functional Testing
17 11 (7.80%) Exploratory Testing
18 10 (7.09%) Test Strategy
19 9 (6.38%) Customer Requirements
19 9 (6.38%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 79 (56.03%) Java
2 36 (25.53%) SQL
3 26 (18.44%) C#
4 23 (16.31%) Python
5 20 (14.18%) JavaScript
6 8 (5.67%) Ruby
7 7 (4.96%) Shell Script
8 6 (4.26%) Scala
9 4 (2.84%) VBScript
10 3 (2.13%) PowerShell
10 3 (2.13%) VB
11 2 (1.42%) Apple Swift
11 2 (1.42%) C++
11 2 (1.42%) Groovy
11 2 (1.42%) TypeScript
12 1 (0.71%) Kotlin
12 1 (0.71%) Objective-C
12 1 (0.71%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.71%) R
12 1 (0.71%) VBA
Qualifications
1 28 (19.86%) Security Cleared
2 26 (18.44%) SC Cleared
3 21 (14.89%) ISTQB
4 18 (12.77%) ISEB
5 13 (9.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 3 (2.13%) BPSS Clearance
7 2 (1.42%) Degree
8 1 (0.71%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (26.24%) QA
System Software
1 14 (9.93%) Docker
Systems Management
1 6 (4.26%) Kubernetes
2 4 (2.84%) Ansible
2 4 (2.84%) Grafana
2 4 (2.84%) Kibana
2 4 (2.84%) Terraform
3 3 (2.13%) HP Quality Center
4 2 (1.42%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 10 (7.09%) Oracle
2 8 (5.67%) Microsoft
3 7 (4.96%) webMethods
4 4 (2.84%) AppDynamics
4 4 (2.84%) New Relic
5 3 (2.13%) CA Agile Central
5 3 (2.13%) SAP
6 2 (1.42%) Google
6 2 (1.42%) HP
7 1 (0.71%) Atlassian
7 1 (0.71%) Blue Prism
7 1 (0.71%) IBM
7 1 (0.71%) MuleSoft