The median contractor rate for a Test Automation Consultant was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 24 April 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
3 months to
24 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 587 630 639
Rank change year-on-year +43 +9  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Automation Consultant 8 27 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.017% 0.048% 0.016%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.018% 0.051% 0.017%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 17 6
Median daily rate £375 £450 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -16.66% -10.00%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £575 -
% change year-on-year -34.78% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
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 43793 53164 53820
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.58% 95.11% 94.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 28457 34706 32620
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £263 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1456 1552 2147
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +2.85%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.33 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.50 £16.60
% change year-on-year -5.40% +11.44%  

Test Automation Consultant
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 3 months to 24 April 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 3 months to 24 April 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 +38 6 £375 -16.66% 4
London +30 2 £438 +36.71% 1
South West 0 2 £460 +15.00%
Scotland - 2 - -
Dunfermline - 2 - -
Fife - 2 - -
West Yorkshire - 1 £365 -
Yorkshire - 1 £365 -
City of London - 1 £500 - 1
Leeds - 1 £365 -
Cambridgeshire - 1 - -
East of England - 1 - -
Cambridge - 1 - -

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

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 13 (72.22%) Test Automation
2 12 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (61.11%) Selenium
4 10 (55.56%) BDD
4 10 (55.56%) Java
5 8 (44.44%) SQL
6 7 (38.89%) Python
6 7 (38.89%) Cucumber
7 6 (33.33%) Performance Testing
7 6 (33.33%) Scrum
8 5 (27.78%) Regression Testing
8 5 (27.78%) LoadRunner
8 5 (27.78%) SpecFlow
9 4 (22.22%) SoapUI
9 4 (22.22%) Jenkins
9 4 (22.22%) API Testing
9 4 (22.22%) Defect Tracking
9 4 (22.22%) Continuous Integration
9 4 (22.22%) Windows
9 4 (22.22%) .NET
9 4 (22.22%) Oracle
9 4 (22.22%) Test Strategy
10 3 (16.67%) Web Services
10 3 (16.67%) Linux
10 3 (16.67%) Microsoft
10 3 (16.67%) HP
10 3 (16.67%) HP UFT
10 3 (16.67%) QA
10 3 (16.67%) Test Scripting
10 3 (16.67%) TeamCity

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:

Business Applications
1 2 (11.11%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 2 (11.11%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (11.11%) PuTTY
1 2 (11.11%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (11.11%) Oracle Database
1 2 (11.11%) Oracle Database 10g
1 2 (11.11%) Oracle Database 11g
1 2 (11.11%) Oracle Reports
1 2 (11.11%) Relational Database
1 2 (11.11%) SQL Server
1 2 (11.11%) SQL Server 2005
1 2 (11.11%) SQL Server 2008
1 2 (11.11%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (5.56%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 11 (61.11%) Selenium
2 7 (38.89%) Cucumber
3 5 (27.78%) LoadRunner
3 5 (27.78%) SpecFlow
4 4 (22.22%) Jenkins
4 4 (22.22%) SoapUI
5 3 (16.67%) HP UFT
5 3 (16.67%) TeamCity
6 2 (11.11%) Ant
6 2 (11.11%) Eclipse
6 2 (11.11%) Git (software)
6 2 (11.11%) JIRA
6 2 (11.11%) JMeter
6 2 (11.11%) JUnit
6 2 (11.11%) Maven
6 2 (11.11%) NUnit
6 2 (11.11%) Oracle APEX
6 2 (11.11%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (11.11%) TestNG
6 2 (11.11%) Toad
General
1 1 (5.56%) Banking
1 1 (5.56%) Finance
1 1 (5.56%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (22.22%) .NET
2 3 (16.67%) Web Services
3 2 (11.11%) REST
3 2 (11.11%) Spring
4 1 (5.56%) ASP.NET
4 1 (5.56%) CSS
4 1 (5.56%) HTML
4 1 (5.56%) JSON
4 1 (5.56%) SOAP
4 1 (5.56%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (5.56%) Credit Risk
1 1 (5.56%) Data Centre
1 1 (5.56%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 4 (22.22%) Windows
2 3 (16.67%) Linux
3 2 (11.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 2 (11.11%) Unix
3 2 (11.11%) Windows Server
3 2 (11.11%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (72.22%) Test Automation
2 12 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
3 10 (55.56%) BDD
4 6 (33.33%) Performance Testing
4 6 (33.33%) Scrum
5 5 (27.78%) Regression Testing
6 4 (22.22%) API Testing
6 4 (22.22%) Continuous Integration
6 4 (22.22%) Defect Tracking
6 4 (22.22%) Test Strategy
7 3 (16.67%) DevOps
7 3 (16.67%) Test Scripting
8 2 (11.11%) Functional Testing
8 2 (11.11%) Integration Testing
8 2 (11.11%) Kanban
8 2 (11.11%) Manual Testing
8 2 (11.11%) Project Management
8 2 (11.11%) Software Delivery
8 2 (11.11%) Test Management
8 2 (11.11%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 10 (55.56%) Java
2 8 (44.44%) SQL
3 7 (38.89%) Python
4 2 (11.11%) Bash Shell
4 2 (11.11%) C#
4 2 (11.11%) F#
4 2 (11.11%) VB
4 2 (11.11%) VBScript
5 1 (5.56%) JavaScript
5 1 (5.56%) Korn
5 1 (5.56%) Perl
5 1 (5.56%) Shell Script
5 1 (5.56%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 2 (11.11%) ISEB
1 2 (11.11%) ISEB Practitioner
1 2 (11.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
1 2 (11.11%) SC Cleared
1 2 (11.11%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (16.67%) QA
2 1 (5.56%) WAI
2 1 (5.56%) WCAG
System Software
1 2 (11.11%) Virtual Machines
1 2 (11.11%) vSphere
2 1 (5.56%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 2 (11.11%) vRealize
2 1 (5.56%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (22.22%) Oracle
2 3 (16.67%) HP
2 3 (16.67%) Microsoft
3 2 (11.11%) Red Hat
3 2 (11.11%) VMware
4 1 (5.56%) Google
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