The median contractor rate for a Test Automation Engineer was £410 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
Automation Test Engineer
UK
Rank 516 562 568
Rank change year-on-year +46 +6  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Automation Engineer 77 82 56
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.17% 0.15% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.18% 0.16% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 67 56 36
Median daily rate £410 £400 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% +23.07%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £296 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £600 £438
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £340 £325
% change year-on-year +8.82% +4.61%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Median hourly rate £45.87 - £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.87 - £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 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%  

Test Automation Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation Engineer in the UK

Test Automation Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation Engineer in the UK

Test Automation Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation Engineer over the 3 months to 25 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation Engineer in the UK

Test Automation Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation Engineer in the UK

Test Automation Engineer
Top 30 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 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 +15 62 £408 +3.16% 46
London +36 27 £425 -10.52% 16
Scotland +33 13 £388 -8.82% 2
Edinburgh +26 10 £413 -2.94% 1
East of England +4 10 £450 +47.54% 7
Bedfordshire - 9 £450 -
South East +20 7 £350 -17.64% 7
South West -5 6 £300 -7.69% 8
City of London +6 5 £475 +18.75% 3
Berkshire - 5 £350 - 4
Bedford - 5 £450 -
North West +18 4 £291 -14.33% 4
Manchester +6 4 £291 -14.33% 2
Bristol -5 4 £300 -7.69% 4
Newcastle upon Tyne -10 4 £360 +21.51%
North East -10 4 £360 +21.51%
Tyne and Wear -11 4 £360 +21.51%
Reading - 3 £363 -
Luton - 3 £475 -
Yorkshire +8 2 £400 +17.64% 3
Wiltshire - 2 £265 -
East Midlands - 2 £450 -
Fife - 2 £300 -
Northamptonshire - 2 £450 -
Dunfermline - 2 £300 -
Swindon - 2 £265 -
West Midlands +11 1 £475 +52.00% 1
Cambridgeshire +5 1 £350 +14.75% 5
Leeds +4 1 £375 +10.29% 3
West Yorkshire +2 1 £375 +10.29% 3

Test Automation Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 March 2017, 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 Test Automation Engineer in the job title.

1 140 (80.46%) Agile Software Development
2 127 (72.99%) Selenium
3 106 (60.92%) Test Automation
4 96 (55.17%) Cucumber
5 90 (51.72%) Java
6 89 (51.15%) BDD
7 77 (44.25%) WebDriver
8 72 (41.38%) QA
9 59 (33.91%) TDD
10 50 (28.74%) Jenkins
11 48 (27.59%) Continuous Integration
12 46 (26.44%) SQL
13 44 (25.29%) C#
14 40 (22.99%) Automated Testing
15 38 (21.84%) Finance
15 38 (21.84%) Automation Testing
16 34 (19.54%) Test Scripting
17 33 (18.97%) API Testing
18 32 (18.39%) Scrum
19 28 (16.09%) Git (software)
19 28 (16.09%) Test Strategy
20 27 (15.52%) JIRA
20 27 (15.52%) Python
21 26 (14.94%) Ruby
22 25 (14.37%) SpecFlow
22 25 (14.37%) Gherkin
22 25 (14.37%) SDET
23 23 (13.22%) Banking
24 21 (12.07%) SOAP
24 21 (12.07%) SoapUI

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 4 (2.30%) Confluence
2 2 (1.15%) WebSphere
3 1 (0.57%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 1 (0.57%) Apache Spark
3 1 (0.57%) Commerce Server
3 1 (0.57%) JBoss
3 1 (0.57%) Tomcat
Applications
1 2 (1.15%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.57%) FLEXCUBE
1 1 (0.57%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (0.57%) Oracle EBS R12
1 1 (0.57%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 1 (0.57%) Temenos T24
1 1 (0.57%) VisionPLUS
Cloud Services
1 4 (2.30%) GitHub
1 4 (2.30%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (1.15%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.57%) Amazon CloudWatch
3 1 (0.57%) IaaS
3 1 (0.57%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 16 (9.20%) Internet
2 2 (1.15%) Ethernet
2 2 (1.15%) SSH
2 2 (1.15%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.57%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (3.45%) MySQL
1 6 (3.45%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.30%) Big Data
3 3 (1.72%) Oracle Database
3 3 (1.72%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (1.15%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.57%) DB2
5 1 (0.57%) Geospatial Data
5 1 (0.57%) Hadoop
5 1 (0.57%) KDB
5 1 (0.57%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.57%) NonStop SQL
5 1 (0.57%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.57%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.57%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.57%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 127 (72.99%) Selenium
2 96 (55.17%) Cucumber
3 77 (44.25%) WebDriver
4 50 (28.74%) Jenkins
5 28 (16.09%) Git (software)
6 27 (15.52%) JIRA
7 25 (14.37%) SpecFlow
8 21 (12.07%) SoapUI
9 20 (11.49%) JUnit
10 17 (9.77%) JMeter
10 17 (9.77%) TeamCity
11 16 (9.20%) Team Foundation Server
12 14 (8.05%) NUnit
13 12 (6.90%) Appium
13 12 (6.90%) HP UFT
14 11 (6.32%) JBehave
14 11 (6.32%) Subversion
15 10 (5.75%) Hudson
15 10 (5.75%) Maven
15 10 (5.75%) Selenium IDE
General
1 38 (21.84%) Finance
2 23 (13.22%) Banking
3 14 (8.05%) Retail
4 13 (7.47%) Games
5 12 (6.90%) Retail Banking
6 6 (3.45%) Marketing
7 3 (1.72%) Advertising
8 2 (1.15%) Back Office
8 2 (1.15%) Music Industry
8 2 (1.15%) Publishing
8 2 (1.15%) Telecoms
9 1 (0.57%) Dutch Language
9 1 (0.57%) Electronics
9 1 (0.57%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.57%) Front Office
9 1 (0.57%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.57%) Wholesale Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (14.37%) Gherkin
2 21 (12.07%) SOAP
3 17 (9.77%) REST
4 16 (9.20%) Web Services
5 15 (8.62%) XML
6 13 (7.47%) .NET
7 12 (6.90%) JSON
7 12 (6.90%) RESTful
8 8 (4.60%) Node.js
9 7 (4.02%) HTML
10 6 (3.45%) Spring
11 5 (2.87%) AngularJS
11 5 (2.87%) J2EE
12 3 (1.72%) HTML5
13 2 (1.15%) .NET Framework
13 2 (1.15%) CSS
14 1 (0.57%) FIX Protocol
14 1 (0.57%) Java EE
14 1 (0.57%) JSP
14 1 (0.57%) JSTL
Miscellaneous
1 13 (7.47%) Mobile App
2 7 (4.02%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (2.87%) Linux Command Line
4 4 (2.30%) Computer Science
4 4 (2.30%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 3 (1.72%) Credit Risk
6 2 (1.15%) iPad
6 2 (1.15%) Online Games
6 2 (1.15%) User Experience
7 1 (0.57%) BBC
7 1 (0.57%) CESG
7 1 (0.57%) Digital Media
7 1 (0.57%) Driving Licence
7 1 (0.57%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.57%) Equities
7 1 (0.57%) Mainframe
7 1 (0.57%) NHS
7 1 (0.57%) Video on Demand
7 1 (0.57%) Virtual Team
7 1 (0.57%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 12 (6.90%) Linux
2 8 (4.60%) Android
2 8 (4.60%) Apple iOS
3 7 (4.02%) Unix
4 1 (0.57%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 140 (80.46%) Agile Software Development
2 106 (60.92%) Test Automation
3 89 (51.15%) BDD
4 59 (33.91%) TDD
5 48 (27.59%) Continuous Integration
6 40 (22.99%) Automated Testing
7 38 (21.84%) Automation Testing
8 34 (19.54%) Test Scripting
9 33 (18.97%) API Testing
10 32 (18.39%) Scrum
11 28 (16.09%) Test Strategy
12 20 (11.49%) Manual Testing
13 18 (10.34%) E-Commerce
14 16 (9.20%) Kanban
15 15 (8.62%) Continuous Delivery
15 15 (8.62%) Functional Testing
15 15 (8.62%) Performance Testing
16 14 (8.05%) Cybersecurity
16 14 (8.05%) Defect Tracking
17 13 (7.47%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 90 (51.72%) Java
2 46 (26.44%) SQL
3 44 (25.29%) C#
4 27 (15.52%) Python
5 26 (14.94%) Ruby
6 20 (11.49%) JavaScript
7 19 (10.92%) Scala
8 9 (5.17%) PHP
9 7 (4.02%) T-SQL
10 6 (3.45%) Perl
10 6 (3.45%) PowerShell
11 5 (2.87%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.57%) Bash Shell
12 1 (0.57%) C
12 1 (0.57%) C++
12 1 (0.57%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.57%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 13 (7.47%) ISEB
2 11 (6.32%) Security Cleared
3 7 (4.02%) ISTQB
3 7 (4.02%) SC Cleared
4 4 (2.30%) Degree
5 1 (0.57%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (0.57%) CISSP
5 1 (0.57%) CLAS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 72 (41.38%) QA
2 25 (14.37%) SDET
3 4 (2.30%) WCAG
4 1 (0.57%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.57%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.57%) MiFID
System Software
1 4 (2.30%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (0.57%) Kubernetes
1 1 (0.57%) Puppet
1 1 (0.57%) Zenoss
Vendors
1 20 (11.49%) Microsoft
2 8 (4.60%) HP
3 7 (4.02%) IBM
3 7 (4.02%) Oracle
3 7 (4.02%) Xamarin
4 3 (1.72%) CA Agile Central
5 2 (1.15%) Salesforce.com
5 2 (1.15%) Sybase
6 1 (0.57%) Adobe
6 1 (0.57%) Apiary
6 1 (0.57%) ATG
6 1 (0.57%) Atlassian
6 1 (0.57%) Calypso
6 1 (0.57%) Guidewire
6 1 (0.57%) hybris
6 1 (0.57%) MuleSoft
6 1 (0.57%) SAP
6 1 (0.57%) Temenos
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