The median contractor rate for a Senior Test Automation Engineer was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 25 March 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Senior Automation Test Engineer
UK
Rank 585 641 621
Rank change year-on-year +56 -20  
Contract jobs requiring a Senior Test Automation Engineer 8 3 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.018% 0.006% 0.006%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.019% 0.006% 0.006%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 2 2
Median daily rate £475 £425 £356
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.76% +19.29%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 - £400
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 42948 50649 50145
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.81% 95.19% 94.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 27820 32762 30258
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1510 1586 1994
Median hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.26% +8.57%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.22
% change year-on-year -12.50% +16.14%  

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 25 March 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 +34 7 £475 +11.76% 11
London +36 5 £475 +11.76% 5
City of London +5 3 £475 +11.76% 1
Luton - 2 £475 -
Bedfordshire - 2 £475 -
East of England - 2 £475 - 2
Scotland - 1 - -
Edinburgh - 1 - -

Senior Test Automation Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 March 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 17 (89.47%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (63.16%) Test Automation
3 10 (52.63%) SQL
4 9 (47.37%) Java
4 9 (47.37%) BDD
5 8 (42.11%) Jenkins
5 8 (42.11%) QA
5 8 (42.11%) Selenium
5 8 (42.11%) Continuous Integration
6 7 (36.84%) WebDriver
6 7 (36.84%) Cucumber
6 7 (36.84%) C#
6 7 (36.84%) Finance
7 6 (31.58%) Scrum
7 6 (31.58%) Banking
7 6 (31.58%) TDD
7 6 (31.58%) JUnit
7 6 (31.58%) SpecFlow
7 6 (31.58%) ATDD
7 6 (31.58%) Continuous Delivery
7 6 (31.58%) SDET
7 6 (31.58%) TeamCity
8 5 (26.32%) Feature Driven Development
8 5 (26.32%) Test Strategy
8 5 (26.32%) SoapUI
8 5 (26.32%) Python
8 5 (26.32%) E-Commerce
8 5 (26.32%) Automated Testing
9 4 (21.05%) Spring
9 4 (21.05%) Maven

Senior Test Automation Engineer Skill Set
Top Related 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 1 (5.26%) Confluence
1 1 (5.26%) Tomcat
Business Applications
1 1 (5.26%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (5.26%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 1 (5.26%) IaaS
1 1 (5.26%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (10.53%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (15.79%) SQL Server
2 1 (5.26%) MySQL
2 1 (5.26%) NonStop SQL
2 1 (5.26%) NoSQL
2 1 (5.26%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (5.26%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 8 (42.11%) Jenkins
1 8 (42.11%) Selenium
2 7 (36.84%) Cucumber
2 7 (36.84%) WebDriver
3 6 (31.58%) JUnit
3 6 (31.58%) SpecFlow
3 6 (31.58%) TeamCity
4 5 (26.32%) SoapUI
5 4 (21.05%) JIRA
5 4 (21.05%) Maven
6 3 (15.79%) JBehave
6 3 (15.79%) JMeter
6 3 (15.79%) Subversion
6 3 (15.79%) TestNG
7 2 (10.53%) Git (software)
7 2 (10.53%) Selenium IDE
8 1 (5.26%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 1 (5.26%) FitNesse
8 1 (5.26%) NUnit
8 1 (5.26%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 7 (36.84%) Finance
2 6 (31.58%) Banking
3 3 (15.79%) Retail
4 2 (10.53%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (21.05%) REST
1 4 (21.05%) Spring
2 3 (15.79%) J2EE
3 1 (5.26%) Gherkin
3 1 (5.26%) JSON
3 1 (5.26%) RESTful
3 1 (5.26%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 4 (21.05%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (5.26%) CESG
2 1 (5.26%) CESG CLAS
2 1 (5.26%) Mobile App
2 1 (5.26%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 1 (5.26%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (89.47%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (63.16%) Test Automation
3 9 (47.37%) BDD
4 8 (42.11%) Continuous Integration
5 6 (31.58%) ATDD
5 6 (31.58%) Continuous Delivery
5 6 (31.58%) Scrum
5 6 (31.58%) TDD
6 5 (26.32%) Automated Testing
6 5 (26.32%) E-Commerce
6 5 (26.32%) Feature Driven Development
6 5 (26.32%) Test Strategy
7 4 (21.05%) API Testing
7 4 (21.05%) Configuration Management
7 4 (21.05%) Defect Management
7 4 (21.05%) Functional Testing
7 4 (21.05%) Test Scripting
8 3 (15.79%) CRM
8 3 (15.79%) Project Planning
8 3 (15.79%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (52.63%) SQL
2 9 (47.37%) Java
3 7 (36.84%) C#
4 5 (26.32%) Python
5 4 (21.05%) Perl
6 3 (15.79%) Ruby
7 2 (10.53%) JavaScript
8 1 (5.26%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 1 (5.26%) CISSP
1 1 (5.26%) CLAS
1 1 (5.26%) Degree
1 1 (5.26%) ISEB
1 1 (5.26%) SC Cleared
1 1 (5.26%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (42.11%) QA
2 6 (31.58%) SDET
3 1 (5.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
Vendors
1 4 (21.05%) Microsoft
2 1 (5.26%) Atlassian
2 1 (5.26%) Oracle