The median contractor rate for a Senior Test Automation Engineer was £394 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 27 June 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.

Senior Automation Test Engineer
UK
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 603 644 641
Rank change year-on-year +41 -3  
Contract jobs requiring a Senior Test Automation Engineer 7 10 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.015% 0.019% 0.002%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.016% 0.020% 0.002%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 10 1
Median daily rate £394 £438 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.00% +9.37%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £381 £400 £400
% change year-on-year -4.68% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 44656 51218 52310
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.78% 94.87% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 28833 33387 32903
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £568
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1389 1533 1989
Median hourly rate £18.10 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.42% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.44 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.14
% change year-on-year - +8.42%  

Senior Test Automation Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Senior Test Automation Engineer in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Senior Test Automation Engineer in the UK

Senior Test Automation Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Senior Test Automation Engineer.

Contractor daily rate trend for Senior Test Automation Engineer in the UK

Senior Test Automation Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Senior Test Automation Engineer.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Senior Test Automation Engineer in the UK

Senior Test Automation Engineer
Top 8 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Senior Test Automation Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 27 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +18 6 £400 -8.57% 3
South West +7 4 £388 -3.12%
Taunton - 3 £376 -
Somerset - 3 £376 -
City of London -2 2 £475 +11.76% 1
London -4 2 £475 +5.55% 1
Glasgow - 1 £375 -
Scotland - 1 £375 -

Senior Test Automation Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 June 2017, Senior Test Automation Engineer 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 Senior Test Automation Engineer in the job title.

1 15 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 14 (93.33%) Agile Software Development
3 10 (66.67%) Scrum
4 7 (46.67%) Java
4 7 (46.67%) BDD
4 7 (46.67%) Continuous Delivery
5 6 (40.00%) SQL
5 6 (40.00%) C#
5 6 (40.00%) Finance
5 6 (40.00%) Banking
6 5 (33.33%) Microsoft
6 5 (33.33%) SQL Server
7 4 (26.67%) Continuous Deployment
7 4 (26.67%) Team Foundation Server
7 4 (26.67%) JIRA
8 3 (20.00%) QA
8 3 (20.00%) Selenium
8 3 (20.00%) TDD
8 3 (20.00%) JavaScript
8 3 (20.00%) E-Commerce
8 3 (20.00%) Feature Driven Development
8 3 (20.00%) TeamCity
8 3 (20.00%) SDET
8 3 (20.00%) API Testing
8 3 (20.00%) SpecFlow
8 3 (20.00%) ATDD
9 2 (13.33%) Jenkins
9 2 (13.33%) Exploratory Testing
9 2 (13.33%) Hadoop
9 2 (13.33%) WebDriver

Senior Test Automation Engineer 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:

Cloud Services
1 1 (6.67%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 1 (6.67%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (33.33%) SQL Server
2 2 (13.33%) Hadoop
3 1 (6.67%) Big Data
3 1 (6.67%) MySQL
3 1 (6.67%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 4 (26.67%) JIRA
1 4 (26.67%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (20.00%) Selenium
2 3 (20.00%) SpecFlow
2 3 (20.00%) TeamCity
3 2 (13.33%) Cucumber
3 2 (13.33%) Jenkins
3 2 (13.33%) JUnit
3 2 (13.33%) WebDriver
4 1 (6.67%) Git (software)
4 1 (6.67%) JMeter
4 1 (6.67%) LoadRunner
4 1 (6.67%) Selenium IDE
4 1 (6.67%) SoapUI
4 1 (6.67%) TestNG
4 1 (6.67%) TestRail
General
1 6 (40.00%) Banking
1 6 (40.00%) Finance
2 1 (6.67%) Retail
2 1 (6.67%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (13.33%) REST
2 1 (6.67%) JSON
Operating Systems
1 1 (6.67%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 14 (93.33%) Agile Software Development
3 10 (66.67%) Scrum
4 7 (46.67%) BDD
4 7 (46.67%) Continuous Delivery
5 4 (26.67%) Continuous Deployment
6 3 (20.00%) API Testing
6 3 (20.00%) ATDD
6 3 (20.00%) E-Commerce
6 3 (20.00%) Feature Driven Development
6 3 (20.00%) SDET
6 3 (20.00%) TDD
7 2 (13.33%) Exploratory Testing
8 1 (6.67%) Continuous Integration
8 1 (6.67%) Defect Management
8 1 (6.67%) Kanban
8 1 (6.67%) Manual Testing
8 1 (6.67%) Test Management
8 1 (6.67%) Test Scripting
8 1 (6.67%) Volume Testing
Programming Languages
1 7 (46.67%) Java
2 6 (40.00%) C#
2 6 (40.00%) SQL
3 3 (20.00%) JavaScript
4 2 (13.33%) Python
5 1 (6.67%) Perl
5 1 (6.67%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 1 (6.67%) SC Cleared
1 1 (6.67%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (20.00%) QA
Vendors
1 5 (33.33%) Microsoft