The median contractor rate for a Test Automation Engineer was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 25 June 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
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 501 563 574
Rank change year-on-year +62 +11  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Automation Engineer 86 89 62
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.19% 0.17% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.20% 0.18% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 71 61 46
Median daily rate £400 £425 £361
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +17.64%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £325 £319
10% offered a daily rate of more than £585 £500 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £364 £375 £363
% change year-on-year -3.00% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
Median hourly rate - £40.00 £35.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +12.67%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £40.00 £35.50
% change year-on-year - +12.67%  

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 43855 50329 53147
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.75% 94.86% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 28363 32827 33406
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £568
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1353 1495 2037
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.45 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.28% +9.06%  

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 June 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 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 June 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 +42 81 £400 -5.88% 59
London +12 43 £425 - 18
South East +33 15 £335 -7.58% 10
City of London +7 12 £550 +29.41% 4
South West +2 8 £400 -5.88% 4
Tyne and Wear - 6 £360 - 1
Newcastle upon Tyne - 6 £360 - 1
North East - 6 £360 - 1
Berkshire +21 5 £313 -30.55% 1
Surrey +5 5 £363 -3.33%
West End of London +12 4 £400 -
East of England -7 4 £363 - 9
Taunton - 4 £388 -
Somerset - 4 £388 -
Scotland +43 3 £370 +13.84% 1
Glasgow +5 3 £370 +13.84%
Oxfordshire -6 3 £313 -21.87% 3
Woking - 3 £375 -
Yorkshire +14 2 £425 +21.42% 5
Nottingham +1 2 £350 +2.94% 1
South Wales -4 2 £305 -32.22% 1
Nottinghamshire -5 2 £350 +2.94% 1
Wales -5 2 £305 -32.22% 1
East Midlands -10 2 £350 +2.94% 1
Hampshire - 2 £329 - 3
Norwich - 2 £450 -
Newbury - 2 £293 -
Norfolk - 2 £450 -
West Yorkshire +14 1 £500 +42.85% 4
Reading +13 1 £380 -24.00% 1

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

For the 6 months to 25 June 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.

1 163 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 106 (65.03%) Agile Software Development
3 104 (63.80%) Selenium
4 84 (51.53%) Java
5 77 (47.24%) Cucumber
6 69 (42.33%) BDD
7 63 (38.65%) WebDriver
8 47 (28.83%) QA
9 43 (26.38%) Jenkins
10 41 (25.15%) Scrum
11 36 (22.09%) TDD
11 36 (22.09%) C#
12 32 (19.63%) Continuous Integration
13 27 (16.56%) Test Scripting
13 27 (16.56%) JIRA
13 27 (16.56%) Git (software)
13 27 (16.56%) Python
13 27 (16.56%) API Testing
14 26 (15.95%) JavaScript
14 26 (15.95%) Ruby
15 25 (15.34%) Finance
15 25 (15.34%) SQL
16 20 (12.27%) Banking
17 19 (11.66%) SoapUI
17 19 (11.66%) Gherkin
17 19 (11.66%) Software Testing
17 19 (11.66%) Web Services
18 18 (11.04%) SDET
18 18 (11.04%) Greenfield Project
19 17 (10.43%) Exploratory Testing

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 5 (3.07%) Confluence
2 2 (1.23%) Apache Spark
Cloud Services
1 11 (6.75%) Sauce Labs
2 7 (4.29%) Amazon AWS
3 5 (3.07%) BrowserStack
3 5 (3.07%) Microsoft Azure
4 3 (1.84%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 13 (7.98%) Internet
2 2 (1.23%) Wireless
3 1 (0.61%) 4G
3 1 (0.61%) Broadband
3 1 (0.61%) Ethernet
3 1 (0.61%) LTE
3 1 (0.61%) NAS
3 1 (0.61%) PuTTY
3 1 (0.61%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.61%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (0.61%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (5.52%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.45%) Hadoop
2 4 (2.45%) MySQL
3 3 (1.84%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (1.23%) Big Data
5 1 (0.61%) DB2
5 1 (0.61%) Geospatial Data
5 1 (0.61%) KDB
5 1 (0.61%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.61%) Oracle Database 10g
5 1 (0.61%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (0.61%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.61%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.61%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.61%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (0.61%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.61%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 104 (63.80%) Selenium
2 77 (47.24%) Cucumber
3 63 (38.65%) WebDriver
4 43 (26.38%) Jenkins
5 27 (16.56%) Git (software)
5 27 (16.56%) JIRA
6 19 (11.66%) SoapUI
7 14 (8.59%) JUnit
7 14 (8.59%) SpecFlow
8 12 (7.36%) TeamCity
9 11 (6.75%) Calabash
9 11 (6.75%) RSpec
10 10 (6.13%) Appium
10 10 (6.13%) Team Foundation Server
11 9 (5.52%) JMeter
12 8 (4.91%) Visual Studio
13 7 (4.29%) Capybara
13 7 (4.29%) Selenium IDE
13 7 (4.29%) Subversion
14 6 (3.68%) HP UFT
General
1 25 (15.34%) Finance
2 20 (12.27%) Banking
3 11 (6.75%) Games
4 10 (6.13%) Retail
5 7 (4.29%) Retail Banking
6 3 (1.84%) Front Office
6 3 (1.84%) Law
7 2 (1.23%) Advertising
7 2 (1.23%) Back Office
7 2 (1.23%) Marketing
7 2 (1.23%) Music Industry
8 1 (0.61%) Dutch Language
8 1 (0.61%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.61%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.61%) Legal
8 1 (0.61%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.61%) Publishing
8 1 (0.61%) Telecoms
8 1 (0.61%) Wholesale Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (11.66%) Gherkin
1 19 (11.66%) Web Services
2 14 (8.59%) JSON
3 13 (7.98%) .NET
4 11 (6.75%) XML
5 10 (6.13%) RESTful
6 9 (5.52%) REST
7 8 (4.91%) Node.js
8 6 (3.68%) SOAP
9 4 (2.45%) HTML
9 4 (2.45%) HTML5
10 3 (1.84%) Behat
11 2 (1.23%) .NET Framework
11 2 (1.23%) AngularJS
11 2 (1.23%) JDBC
12 1 (0.61%) ActiveMQ
12 1 (0.61%) SAML
12 1 (0.61%) WebSockets
12 1 (0.61%) WinForms
12 1 (0.61%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 18 (11.04%) Greenfield Project
2 12 (7.36%) Mobile App
3 11 (6.75%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 5 (3.07%) Computer Science
5 3 (1.84%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (1.84%) Linux Command Line
6 2 (1.23%) Driving Licence
6 2 (1.23%) iPad
6 2 (1.23%) Online Games
6 2 (1.23%) User Experience
7 1 (0.61%) Digital TV
7 1 (0.61%) Embedded Systems
7 1 (0.61%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.61%) Equities
7 1 (0.61%) IPTV
7 1 (0.61%) Over-the-Top Content
7 1 (0.61%) Smartphone
7 1 (0.61%) STB
7 1 (0.61%) Video on Demand
7 1 (0.61%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 11 (6.75%) Linux
2 9 (5.52%) Android
2 9 (5.52%) Apple iOS
3 3 (1.84%) Unix
4 2 (1.23%) Windows
5 1 (0.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (0.61%) Windows Server
5 1 (0.61%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 163 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 106 (65.03%) Agile Software Development
3 69 (42.33%) BDD
4 41 (25.15%) Scrum
5 36 (22.09%) TDD
6 32 (19.63%) Continuous Integration
7 27 (16.56%) API Testing
7 27 (16.56%) Test Scripting
8 19 (11.66%) Software Testing
9 18 (11.04%) SDET
10 17 (10.43%) E-Commerce
10 17 (10.43%) Exploratory Testing
10 17 (10.43%) Functional Testing
11 16 (9.82%) Test Strategy
12 14 (8.59%) Continuous Delivery
12 14 (8.59%) Regression Testing
13 13 (7.98%) OO
14 12 (7.36%) Cybersecurity
14 12 (7.36%) User Stories
15 11 (6.75%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 84 (51.53%) Java
2 36 (22.09%) C#
3 27 (16.56%) Python
4 26 (15.95%) JavaScript
4 26 (15.95%) Ruby
5 25 (15.34%) SQL
6 12 (7.36%) Scala
7 4 (2.45%) Perl
8 3 (1.84%) PHP
8 3 (1.84%) Shell Script
9 2 (1.23%) Bash Shell
9 2 (1.23%) C++
9 2 (1.23%) Groovy
9 2 (1.23%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.61%) Clojure
10 1 (0.61%) Embedded C++
10 1 (0.61%) F#
10 1 (0.61%) Korn
10 1 (0.61%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 11 (6.75%) ISEB
2 9 (5.52%) ISTQB
3 8 (4.91%) Security Cleared
4 7 (4.29%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 5 (3.07%) SC Cleared
6 3 (1.84%) Degree
7 2 (1.23%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.61%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (28.83%) QA
2 4 (2.45%) WCAG
3 1 (0.61%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.61%) ISO 13485
3 1 (0.61%) MiFID
System Software
1 6 (3.68%) Docker
2 1 (0.61%) Firmware
2 1 (0.61%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (0.61%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.61%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 3 (1.84%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.61%) Kubernetes
2 1 (0.61%) vRealize
Vendors
1 12 (7.36%) Microsoft
2 7 (4.29%) Xamarin
3 5 (3.07%) HP
4 2 (1.23%) Atlassian
4 2 (1.23%) CA Agile Central
4 2 (1.23%) Oracle
4 2 (1.23%) Salesforce.com
4 2 (1.23%) Sybase
5 1 (0.61%) Apiary
5 1 (0.61%) Apigee
5 1 (0.61%) IBM
5 1 (0.61%) MuleSoft
5 1 (0.61%) Red Hat
5 1 (0.61%) VMware
South Wales
CPS Group UK
Rate: £200 - £225 per day
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