Period
to 22 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Test Automation Engineer was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 22 November 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 Engineer
UK
6 months to
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 686 702 765
Rank change year-on-year +16 +63 -2
Contract jobs requiring a Test Automation Engineer 198 199 139
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.19% 0.19% 0.12%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.20% 0.20% 0.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 149 139 100
UK median daily rate £425 £420 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.19% +20.00% -
10th Percentile £307 £263 £276
90th Percentile £575 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £425 £340
% change year-on-year -11.76% +25.00% -2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 7 2
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £35.00 £27.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.29% +26.13% -7.50%
10th Percentile £38.60 £30.75 £25.13
90th Percentile £42.20 £41.70 £30.98
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £40.00 £27.75
% change year-on-year - +44.14% -7.50%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 97824 99914 107019
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.81% 94.76% 94.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 64542 65150 68083
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £392 £375
% change year-on-year +2.04% +4.53% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2932 3310 4089
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.88% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.77
% change year-on-year - -1.52% +9.96%

Test Automation Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 6 months to 22 November 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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Automation Engineer.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation Engineer in the UK

Test Automation Engineer
Top 16 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 6 months to 22 November 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 +15 189 £425 +1.19% 57
London -13 101 £456 +9.61% 20
UK excluding London +14 97 £375 -11.76% 40
South East 0 27 £438 +1.74% 10
East of England -12 19 £375 -18.92% 8
Midlands +27 17 £350 - 4
South West +10 13 £333 -30.00% 1
North of England +58 12 £434 +15.67% 14
East Midlands +7 12 £350 - 1
North East +72 7 £438 +25.00% 3
Northern Ireland - 6 £315 -
West Midlands +19 5 £350 -1.75% 3
North West +7 3 £430 +14.67% 4
Yorkshire +12 2 £446 +19.00% 7
Scotland -12 2 £550 +29.41% 3
Wales +17 1 £213 -43.33%

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

For the 6 months to 22 November 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.

1 198 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 123 (62.12%) Selenium
3 120 (60.61%) Agile Software Development
3 120 (60.61%) Java
4 83 (41.92%) Cucumber
5 76 (38.38%) BDD
6 73 (36.87%) QA
7 65 (32.83%) Scrum
8 57 (28.79%) WebDriver
9 50 (25.25%) TDD
10 45 (22.73%) C#
11 40 (20.20%) JavaScript
12 39 (19.70%) Python
13 38 (19.19%) Jenkins
14 34 (17.17%) Test Scripting
15 33 (16.67%) Continuous Integration
16 31 (15.66%) SpecFlow
16 31 (15.66%) JIRA
17 29 (14.65%) Linux
17 29 (14.65%) JUnit
18 25 (12.63%) Finance
18 25 (12.63%) Ruby
18 25 (12.63%) Performance Testing
18 25 (12.63%) Gherkin
19 24 (12.12%) Test Strategy
20 23 (11.62%) SoapUI
20 23 (11.62%) Git (software)
21 22 (11.11%) JMeter
21 22 (11.11%) Banking
21 22 (11.11%) DevOps

Test Automation Engineer 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 9 (4.55%) Confluence
2 2 (1.01%) Apache Pig
2 2 (1.01%) Apache Spark
2 2 (1.01%) Cloud Foundry
3 1 (0.51%) JBoss
3 1 (0.51%) Tomcat
3 1 (0.51%) WebSphere
Cloud Services
1 13 (6.57%) Microsoft Azure
2 11 (5.56%) Amazon AWS
3 9 (4.55%) GitHub
4 5 (2.53%) BrowserStack
5 4 (2.02%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (1.01%) PaaS
6 2 (1.01%) Sauce Labs
7 1 (0.51%) vREST
Communications & Networking
1 10 (5.05%) Wireless
2 7 (3.54%) PuTTY
2 7 (3.54%) WinSCP
3 5 (2.53%) Wi-Fi
4 4 (2.02%) Bluetooth
5 2 (1.01%) HTTP
5 2 (1.01%) Internet
5 2 (1.01%) NAS
6 1 (0.51%) 3G
6 1 (0.51%) 4G
6 1 (0.51%) Broadband
6 1 (0.51%) DNS
6 1 (0.51%) LTE
6 1 (0.51%) MQTT
6 1 (0.51%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (3.54%) SQL Server
2 6 (3.03%) Oracle Database
2 6 (3.03%) Oracle Database 10g
2 6 (3.03%) Oracle Database 11g
2 6 (3.03%) SQL Server 2012
2 6 (3.03%) SQL Server 2016
3 4 (2.02%) HBase
4 3 (1.52%) Big Data
4 3 (1.52%) Hadoop
5 2 (1.01%) Apache Hive
5 2 (1.01%) Impala
5 2 (1.01%) NoSQL
5 2 (1.01%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.51%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 123 (62.12%) Selenium
2 83 (41.92%) Cucumber
3 57 (28.79%) WebDriver
4 38 (19.19%) Jenkins
5 31 (15.66%) JIRA
5 31 (15.66%) SpecFlow
6 29 (14.65%) JUnit
7 23 (11.62%) Git (software)
7 23 (11.62%) SoapUI
8 22 (11.11%) JMeter
9 18 (9.09%) HP UFT
10 16 (8.08%) TestNG
11 15 (7.58%) Ant
12 14 (7.07%) Appium
12 14 (7.07%) Maven
13 13 (6.57%) Gradle
14 12 (6.06%) Eclipse
14 12 (6.06%) Protractor
15 10 (5.05%) Team Foundation Server
15 10 (5.05%) TeamCity
General
1 25 (12.63%) Finance
2 22 (11.11%) Banking
3 12 (6.06%) Telecoms
4 10 (5.05%) Law
4 10 (5.05%) Retail
5 6 (3.03%) Electronics
5 6 (3.03%) Games
6 5 (2.53%) Investment Banking
7 2 (1.01%) Front Office
7 2 (1.01%) Marketing
7 2 (1.01%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.51%) Advertising
8 1 (0.51%) Back Office
8 1 (0.51%) Corporate Banking
8 1 (0.51%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.51%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.51%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (12.63%) Gherkin
2 18 (9.09%) .NET
3 15 (7.58%) Web Services
4 11 (5.56%) Node.js
4 11 (5.56%) REST
5 10 (5.05%) RESTful
5 10 (5.05%) SOAP
6 7 (3.54%) Ajax
7 6 (3.03%) Kafka
7 6 (3.03%) Spring
8 5 (2.53%) JSON
8 5 (2.53%) XML
9 4 (2.02%) AngularJS
9 4 (2.02%) CSS
9 4 (2.02%) jQuery
10 3 (1.52%) JDBC
10 3 (1.52%) RESTEasy
11 2 (1.01%) Chai
11 2 (1.01%) RabbitMQ
11 2 (1.01%) Spring Cloud
Miscellaneous
1 22 (11.11%) Greenfield Project
2 10 (5.05%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (5.05%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 9 (4.55%) Embedded Systems
3 9 (4.55%) Mobile App
4 6 (3.03%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
5 5 (2.53%) Device Driver
5 5 (2.53%) Verilog
6 4 (2.02%) Computer Science
7 3 (1.52%) User Experience
8 2 (1.01%) Fintech
9 1 (0.51%) Analytical Mindset
9 1 (0.51%) Client/Server
9 1 (0.51%) iSeries
9 1 (0.51%) RIA
9 1 (0.51%) Smartphone
9 1 (0.51%) STB
Operating Systems
1 29 (14.65%) Linux
2 19 (9.60%) Windows
3 13 (6.57%) Android
4 12 (6.06%) Apple iOS
5 11 (5.56%) Unix
6 5 (2.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 5 (2.53%) Ubuntu
6 5 (2.53%) Windows Server
6 5 (2.53%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.51%) Mac OS X
7 1 (0.51%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 198 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 120 (60.61%) Agile Software Development
3 76 (38.38%) BDD
4 65 (32.83%) Scrum
5 50 (25.25%) TDD
6 34 (17.17%) Test Scripting
7 33 (16.67%) Continuous Integration
8 25 (12.63%) Performance Testing
9 24 (12.12%) Test Strategy
10 22 (11.11%) DevOps
11 21 (10.61%) SDET
12 20 (10.10%) API Testing
12 20 (10.10%) QA Automation
13 19 (9.60%) Regression Testing
13 19 (9.60%) Software Testing
14 18 (9.09%) Exploratory Testing
15 17 (8.59%) Acceptance Criteria
15 17 (8.59%) SDLC
16 16 (8.08%) Non-Functional Testing
16 16 (8.08%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 120 (60.61%) Java
2 45 (22.73%) C#
3 40 (20.20%) JavaScript
4 39 (19.70%) Python
5 25 (12.63%) Ruby
6 15 (7.58%) SQL
7 11 (5.56%) Scala
8 7 (3.54%) C
8 7 (3.54%) C++
8 7 (3.54%) F#
9 5 (2.53%) Perl
9 5 (2.53%) T-SQL
10 4 (2.02%) PHP
10 4 (2.02%) VB
11 3 (1.52%) TypeScript
12 1 (0.51%) Bash Shell
12 1 (0.51%) Groovy
12 1 (0.51%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 17 (8.59%) Security Cleared
2 14 (7.07%) ISEB
2 14 (7.07%) ISTQB
2 14 (7.07%) SC Cleared
3 10 (5.05%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 9 (4.55%) Degree
5 4 (2.02%) ISEB Practitioner
6 3 (1.52%) Computer Science Degree
6 3 (1.52%) DV Cleared
7 2 (1.01%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 73 (36.87%) QA
2 6 (3.03%) WCAG
3 1 (0.51%) Data Quality
System Software
1 9 (4.55%) Docker
2 5 (2.53%) vSphere
3 4 (2.02%) Firmware
4 2 (1.01%) HDFS
5 1 (0.51%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 4 (2.02%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.51%) Ansible
2 1 (0.51%) Puppet
Vendors
1 13 (6.57%) HP
2 12 (6.06%) Microsoft
3 7 (3.54%) Atlassian
3 7 (3.54%) Oracle
4 5 (2.53%) Perforce
4 5 (2.53%) Red Hat
4 5 (2.53%) Software AG
4 5 (2.53%) VMware
4 5 (2.53%) webMethods
5 3 (1.52%) IBM
6 2 (1.01%) Xamarin
7 1 (0.51%) Google
7 1 (0.51%) MuleSoft
7 1 (0.51%) Perfecto Mobile
7 1 (0.51%) SAP
7 1 (0.51%) Telerik