Period
to 22 July 2017

The median contractor rate for a Test Automation Consultant was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 22 July 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.

Automation Test Consultant
UK
6 months to
22 Jul 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 813 839 865
Rank change year-on-year +26 +26 -62
Contract jobs requiring a Test Automation Consultant 32 48 24
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.033% 0.044% 0.021%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.035% 0.046% 0.022%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 37 12
UK median daily rate £375 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -16.67% +5.82% +21.50%
10th Percentile £358 £313 £369
90th Percentile £566 £750 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £425 £388
% change year-on-year -12.94% +9.68% +10.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
UK median hourly rate £37.50 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 - -

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 90939 104549 107173
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.84% 95.02% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 58948 68044 66295
UK median daily rate £428 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.59% +6.25% +0.76%
10th Percentile £263 £256 £233
90th Percentile £619 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.23% +3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2923 3102 4149
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £19.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.63% +8.57% +2.94%
10th Percentile £10.88 £10.44 £10.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.39 £44.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £16.93
% change year-on-year -7.89% +12.21% +2.62%

Test Automation Consultant
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Test Automation Consultant in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation Consultant in the UK

Test Automation Consultant
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation Consultant in the UK

Test Automation Consultant
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation Consultant over the 6 months to 22 July 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation Consultant in the UK

Test Automation Consultant
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation Consultant in the UK

Test Automation Consultant
Top 13 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Automation Consultant within the UK over the 6 months to 22 July 2017. 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 +40 24 £431 -4.17% 5
UK excluding London +52 20 £370 -12.94%
London 0 8 £475 +1.33% 5
South East +31 6 - -
South West +10 6 £460 +15.00%
North of England +64 2 £326 -15.81%
Scotland +35 2 - -
Wales -1 2 £370 -22.11%
Yorkshire +28 1 £365 -10.15%
Midlands +10 1 - -
East of England -7 1 - -
East Midlands -22 1 - -
North East - 1 £288 -

Test Automation Consultant Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 July 2017, Test Automation Consultant 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 Test Automation Consultant in the job title.

1 32 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 16 (50.00%) Selenium
3 14 (43.75%) Agile Software Development
4 13 (40.63%) Java
5 10 (31.25%) C#
5 10 (31.25%) BDD
6 9 (28.13%) Cucumber
6 9 (28.13%) Continuous Integration
6 9 (28.13%) Scrum
6 9 (28.13%) Regression Testing
7 8 (25.00%) ISEB
7 8 (25.00%) Integration Testing
7 8 (25.00%) SC Cleared
7 8 (25.00%) Security Cleared
7 8 (25.00%) WebDriver
8 7 (21.88%) Test Strategy
8 7 (21.88%) LoadRunner
8 7 (21.88%) Windows
8 7 (21.88%) Linux
9 6 (18.75%) Ruby
9 6 (18.75%) Jenkins
9 6 (18.75%) Test Scripting
9 6 (18.75%) Team Foundation Server
9 6 (18.75%) HP
10 5 (15.63%) JIRA
10 5 (15.63%) SpecFlow
10 5 (15.63%) Oracle
10 5 (15.63%) HP UFT
11 4 (12.50%) Microsoft
11 4 (12.50%) SQL

Test Automation Consultant 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 4 (12.50%) Confluence
2 3 (9.38%) SharePoint
Business Applications
1 2 (6.25%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 2 (6.25%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (3.13%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 2 (6.25%) PuTTY
1 2 (6.25%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (6.25%) Data Warehouse
1 2 (6.25%) Oracle Database
1 2 (6.25%) Oracle Database 10g
1 2 (6.25%) Oracle Database 11g
1 2 (6.25%) Oracle Reports
1 2 (6.25%) SQL Server
1 2 (6.25%) SQL Server 2005
1 2 (6.25%) SQL Server 2008
1 2 (6.25%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (3.13%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 16 (50.00%) Selenium
2 9 (28.13%) Cucumber
3 8 (25.00%) WebDriver
4 7 (21.88%) LoadRunner
5 6 (18.75%) Jenkins
5 6 (18.75%) Team Foundation Server
6 5 (15.63%) HP UFT
6 5 (15.63%) JIRA
6 5 (15.63%) SpecFlow
7 4 (12.50%) Git (software)
7 4 (12.50%) JMeter
7 4 (12.50%) SoapUI
7 4 (12.50%) TeamCity
8 3 (9.38%) Oracle APEX
9 2 (6.25%) Ant
9 2 (6.25%) Eclipse
9 2 (6.25%) Ranorex
9 2 (6.25%) Subversion
9 2 (6.25%) TestNG
9 2 (6.25%) Toad
General
1 3 (9.38%) Finance
2 2 (6.25%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (12.50%) Gherkin
2 3 (9.38%) .NET
2 3 (9.38%) Web Services
3 1 (3.13%) JSON
3 1 (3.13%) Node.js
3 1 (3.13%) REST
3 1 (3.13%) RESTful
3 1 (3.13%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 1 (3.13%) Credit Risk
1 1 (3.13%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
1 1 (3.13%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 7 (21.88%) Linux
1 7 (21.88%) Windows
2 2 (6.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 2 (6.25%) Windows Server
2 2 (6.25%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 14 (43.75%) Agile Software Development
3 10 (31.25%) BDD
4 9 (28.13%) Continuous Integration
4 9 (28.13%) Regression Testing
4 9 (28.13%) Scrum
5 8 (25.00%) Integration Testing
6 7 (21.88%) Test Strategy
7 6 (18.75%) Test Scripting
8 4 (12.50%) API Testing
8 4 (12.50%) Component Testing
8 4 (12.50%) Non-Functional Testing
8 4 (12.50%) Smoke Testing
9 3 (9.38%) Defect Tracking
9 3 (9.38%) Performance Testing
9 3 (9.38%) User Stories
10 2 (6.25%) Continuous Delivery
10 2 (6.25%) DevOps
10 2 (6.25%) Domain-Driven Design
10 2 (6.25%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 13 (40.63%) Java
2 10 (31.25%) C#
3 6 (18.75%) Ruby
4 4 (12.50%) SQL
5 3 (9.38%) Python
6 2 (6.25%) F#
6 2 (6.25%) JavaScript
6 2 (6.25%) VB
6 2 (6.25%) VBScript
7 1 (3.13%) Bash Shell
7 1 (3.13%) Korn
7 1 (3.13%) Perl
7 1 (3.13%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 8 (25.00%) ISEB
1 8 (25.00%) SC Cleared
1 8 (25.00%) Security Cleared
2 4 (12.50%) ISTQB
3 2 (6.25%) ISEB Practitioner
3 2 (6.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (9.38%) QA
System Software
1 2 (6.25%) Virtual Machines
1 2 (6.25%) vSphere
2 1 (3.13%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 4 (12.50%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (6.25%) vRealize
Vendors
1 6 (18.75%) HP
2 5 (15.63%) Oracle
3 4 (12.50%) Microsoft
4 3 (9.38%) Red Hat
5 2 (6.25%) SAP
5 2 (6.25%) VMware
6 1 (3.13%) IBM