The median contractor rate for a Test Automation Developer was £415 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 27 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 Developer
UK
3 months to
27 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 579 594 592
Rank change year-on-year +15 -2  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Automation Developer 16 61 35
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.034% 0.11% 0.063%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.036% 0.11% 0.066%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 40 21
Median daily rate £415 £450 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.77% +20.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £397 £350 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £478 £650 £520
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £378 £313
% change year-on-year +5.96% +20.80%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 6
Median hourly rate £35.00 - £38.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 - £38.75

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 43948 53151 52856
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.58% 95.09% 94.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 28537 34639 32004
Median daily rate £430 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.17% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £263 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £391 £375
% change year-on-year +2.43% +4.13%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1440 1542 2110
Median hourly rate £18.33 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.74% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £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 £17.50 £16.72
% change year-on-year - +4.66%  

Test Automation Developer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation Developer in the UK

Test Automation Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation Developer in the UK

Test Automation Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation Developer over the 3 months to 27 April 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation Developer in the UK

Test Automation Developer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation Developer in the UK

Test Automation Developer
Top 17 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 Developer within the UK over the 3 months to 27 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 -11 16 £415 -7.77% 3
London +13 11 £438 -4.89% 1
City of London -2 3 £415 +3.75%
North West +30 2 £400 -3.61%
Manchester - 2 £385 -
South West +4 1 - -
East Midlands -1 1 - - 2
Bristol -1 1 - -
Leicester -4 1 - -
Leicestershire -4 1 - -
East of England -5 1 - -
Luton - 1 - -
Lancashire - 1 £400 -
Bedfordshire - 1 - -
Oldham - 1 £400 -
Fleetwood - 1 £400 -
Blackpool - 1 £400 -

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

For the 6 months to 27 April 2017, Test Automation Developer 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 Developer in the job title.

1 46 (70.77%) Test Automation
2 42 (64.62%) Selenium
3 34 (52.31%) Agile Software Development
4 29 (44.62%) Java
5 25 (38.46%) JavaScript
6 22 (33.85%) Cucumber
6 22 (33.85%) BDD
7 21 (32.31%) C#
8 19 (29.23%) WebDriver
9 18 (27.69%) TDD
10 16 (24.62%) Automation Testing
11 15 (23.08%) JIRA
12 14 (21.54%) Continuous Integration
13 13 (20.00%) Jenkins
14 12 (18.46%) SDET
14 12 (18.46%) Open Source
14 12 (18.46%) QA
14 12 (18.46%) E-Commerce
15 11 (16.92%) SQL
15 11 (16.92%) Gherkin
16 10 (15.38%) SoapUI
16 10 (15.38%) API Testing
16 10 (15.38%) Unit Testing
16 10 (15.38%) OO
16 10 (15.38%) Finance
17 9 (13.85%) Regression Testing
17 9 (13.85%) Python
17 9 (13.85%) Web Services
17 9 (13.85%) Test Strategy
18 8 (12.31%) GitHub

Test Automation Developer 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 (6.15%) Confluence
2 2 (3.08%) Apache Spark
2 2 (3.08%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (1.54%) Tomcat
3 1 (1.54%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1 (1.54%) Simulink
Cloud Services
1 8 (12.31%) GitHub
2 5 (7.69%) BrowserStack
2 5 (7.69%) vREST
3 1 (1.54%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.54%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (1.54%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.54%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (4.62%) Big Data
2 2 (3.08%) Hadoop
3 1 (1.54%) RDBMS
3 1 (1.54%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 42 (64.62%) Selenium
2 22 (33.85%) Cucumber
3 19 (29.23%) WebDriver
4 15 (23.08%) JIRA
5 13 (20.00%) Jenkins
6 10 (15.38%) SoapUI
7 8 (12.31%) JUnit
8 7 (10.77%) Git (software)
8 7 (10.77%) Maven
8 7 (10.77%) Protractor
9 6 (9.23%) Ant
9 6 (9.23%) Mockito
10 5 (7.69%) Jasmine
10 5 (7.69%) Moq
11 4 (6.15%) Appium
11 4 (6.15%) Calabash
11 4 (6.15%) NUnit
12 3 (4.62%) Gerrit
12 3 (4.62%) SpecFlow
13 2 (3.08%) JBehave
General
1 10 (15.38%) Finance
2 8 (12.31%) Banking
3 2 (3.08%) Investment Banking
3 2 (3.08%) Legal
3 2 (3.08%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (16.92%) Gherkin
2 9 (13.85%) Web Services
3 8 (12.31%) XML
4 7 (10.77%) AngularJS
4 7 (10.77%) Node.js
4 7 (10.77%) Spring
5 6 (9.23%) .NET
5 6 (9.23%) RESTful
6 3 (4.62%) .NET Framework
6 3 (4.62%) Chai
6 3 (4.62%) Java EE
6 3 (4.62%) JDBC
6 3 (4.62%) JMS
6 3 (4.62%) React
6 3 (4.62%) SOAP
7 2 (3.08%) Angular 2
7 2 (3.08%) JSON
7 2 (3.08%) REST
8 1 (1.54%) Velocity
8 1 (1.54%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 8 (12.31%) Greenfield Project
2 5 (7.69%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 4 (6.15%) Mobile App
4 3 (4.62%) Data Structures
5 2 (3.08%) Fintech
5 2 (3.08%) Linux Command Line
6 1 (1.54%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (1.54%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 5 (7.69%) Linux
2 4 (6.15%) Unix
2 4 (6.15%) Windows
3 1 (1.54%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (70.77%) Test Automation
2 34 (52.31%) Agile Software Development
3 22 (33.85%) BDD
4 18 (27.69%) TDD
5 16 (24.62%) Automation Testing
6 14 (21.54%) Continuous Integration
7 12 (18.46%) E-Commerce
7 12 (18.46%) Open Source
8 10 (15.38%) API Testing
8 10 (15.38%) OO
8 10 (15.38%) Unit Testing
9 9 (13.85%) Regression Testing
9 9 (13.85%) Test Strategy
10 8 (12.31%) Microservices
10 8 (12.31%) Software Engineering
11 6 (9.23%) OOP
11 6 (9.23%) Security Testing
11 6 (9.23%) Web Accessibility
12 5 (7.69%) Scrum
12 5 (7.69%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 29 (44.62%) Java
2 25 (38.46%) JavaScript
3 21 (32.31%) C#
4 11 (16.92%) SQL
5 9 (13.85%) Python
6 5 (7.69%) Ruby
7 4 (6.15%) Shell Script
8 3 (4.62%) Bash Shell
8 3 (4.62%) ES6
8 3 (4.62%) PL/SQL
9 2 (3.08%) Groovy
9 2 (3.08%) PowerShell
10 1 (1.54%) Apple Swift
10 1 (1.54%) AspectJ
10 1 (1.54%) C++
10 1 (1.54%) MATLAB
10 1 (1.54%) Perl
10 1 (1.54%) Scala
10 1 (1.54%) TypeScript
10 1 (1.54%) VB
Qualifications
1 4 (6.15%) ISEB
1 4 (6.15%) ISTQB
2 3 (4.62%) Security Cleared
3 2 (3.08%) Degree
4 1 (1.54%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (18.46%) QA
1 12 (18.46%) SDET
System Software
1 1 (1.54%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (3.08%) Oozie
Vendors
1 3 (4.62%) WorldPay
2 2 (3.08%) Google
2 2 (3.08%) Oracle
3 1 (1.54%) Cognizant
3 1 (1.54%) Infragistics
3 1 (1.54%) MuleSoft
3 1 (1.54%) Pega
3 1 (1.54%) Red Hat
3 1 (1.54%) Xamarin