The table below looks at the statistics for the Automation Specialist role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Automation Specialist in their job title over the 3 months to 28 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
28 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Automation Specialist
Rank 591 560 584
Rank change year-on-year
-31 +24
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Specialist 21 14 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.038% 0.027% 0.017%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.041% 0.029% 0.019%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 10 8
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£388 £450 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.88% +15.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £311 £423 £173
10% offered a daily rate of more than £455 £479 £483
UK excluding London average daily rate £377 £475 £166
% change year-on-year
-20.63% +185.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
51314 48841 53723
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.21% 92.73% 92.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 31055 29011 30174
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £233 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1971 2118 2640
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -5.55%

Automation Specialist
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Automation Specialist in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Automation Specialist Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Automation Specialist
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Automation Specialist within the UK.

Automation Specialist Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Automation Specialist
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Automation Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 28 August 2014.

Automation Specialist Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Automation Specialist
Top 14 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Automation Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 28 August 2014. 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
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -13 17 £390 -13.33% 2
South East -2 9 - - 1
Hampshire -2 7 - -
London +3 3 £445 -1.11%
City of London - 1 £445 -
South West - - - -
East of England - - - - 1
Swindon - - - -
Cambridgeshire - - - - 1
Essex - - - -
Wiltshire - - - -
Basingstoke - - - -
Brentwood - - - -
Cambridge - - - - 1

Automation Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Automation Specialist in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Automation Specialist in their job title.

1 18 (54.55%) QuickTest Pro
1 18 (54.55%) Test Scripting
2 16 (48.48%) Test Automation
2 16 (48.48%) Oracle
2 16 (48.48%) HP
3 15 (45.45%) CRM
4 13 (39.39%) VB
4 13 (39.39%) ISTQB
5 12 (36.36%) Security Cleared
5 12 (36.36%) SC Cleared
5 12 (36.36%) C#
6 10 (30.30%) JavaScript
6 10 (30.30%) Microsoft
7 9 (27.27%) HTML
7 9 (27.27%) .NET
7 9 (27.27%) ASP.NET
7 9 (27.27%) JSP
7 9 (27.27%) Automated Testing
7 9 (27.27%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 8 (24.24%) DV Cleared
8 8 (24.24%) Agile Software Development
8 8 (24.24%) Java
9 7 (21.21%) Software Testing
9 7 (21.21%) Automation Testing
10 6 (18.18%) WebDriver
10 6 (18.18%) QA
10 6 (18.18%) Selenium
10 6 (18.18%) Knowledge Management
10 6 (18.18%) Project Management
10 6 (18.18%) Oracle Reports

Automation Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Automation Specialist in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Automation Specialist in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Applications
1 1 (3.03%) MS Office
1 1 (3.03%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.03%) VLAN
1 1 (3.03%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (18.18%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (3.03%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (3.03%) Data Mining
2 1 (3.03%) QlikView
2 1 (3.03%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 18 (54.55%) QuickTest Pro
2 6 (18.18%) Selenium
2 6 (18.18%) WebDriver
3 5 (15.15%) Jenkins
4 4 (12.12%) Cucumber
4 4 (12.12%) JUnit
5 3 (9.09%) RSpec
6 1 (3.03%) Ant
6 1 (3.03%) Calabash
6 1 (3.03%) SoapUI
6 1 (3.03%) Concordion
6 1 (3.03%) Robotium
6 1 (3.03%) Capybara
6 1 (3.03%) Eclipse
6 1 (3.03%) FitNesse
6 1 (3.03%) LoadRunner
6 1 (3.03%) Subversion
6 1 (3.03%) Maven
6 1 (3.03%) JIRA
General
1 3 (9.09%) Banking
2 2 (6.06%) Investment Banking
2 2 (6.06%) Finance
3 1 (3.03%) Games
3 1 (3.03%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (27.27%) HTML
1 9 (27.27%) .NET
1 9 (27.27%) ASP.NET
1 9 (27.27%) JSP
2 1 (3.03%) SOAP
2 1 (3.03%) Web Services
2 1 (3.03%) Java EE
2 1 (3.03%) jQuery
2 1 (3.03%) Drools
2 1 (3.03%) RESTful
2 1 (3.03%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 1 (3.03%) GIS
1 1 (3.03%) Handset
1 1 (3.03%) Open Source
1 1 (3.03%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 3 (9.09%) Linux
2 1 (3.03%) Android
2 1 (3.03%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (54.55%) Test Scripting
2 16 (48.48%) Test Automation
3 15 (45.45%) CRM
4 9 (27.27%) Automated Testing
5 8 (24.24%) Agile Software Development
6 7 (21.21%) Software Testing
6 7 (21.21%) Automation Testing
7 6 (18.18%) Knowledge Management
7 6 (18.18%) Project Management
8 5 (15.15%) TDD
9 4 (12.12%) Problem Management
9 4 (12.12%) Regression Testing
9 4 (12.12%) BDD
10 2 (6.06%) Web Testing
10 2 (6.06%) Continuous Integration
10 2 (6.06%) Configuration Management
11 1 (3.03%) Keyword-Driven Testing
11 1 (3.03%) Test Management
11 1 (3.03%) Technical Architecture
11 1 (3.03%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 13 (39.39%) VB
2 12 (36.36%) C#
3 10 (30.30%) JavaScript
4 8 (24.24%) Java
5 3 (9.09%) Python
6 2 (6.06%) Ruby
6 2 (6.06%) Scala
6 2 (6.06%) SQL
7 1 (3.03%) Tcl
7 1 (3.03%) Shell Script
7 1 (3.03%) Perl
Qualifications
1 13 (39.39%) ISTQB
2 12 (36.36%) SC Cleared
2 12 (36.36%) Security Cleared
3 9 (27.27%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 8 (24.24%) DV Cleared
5 3 (9.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (6.06%) Degree
7 1 (3.03%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (18.18%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (9.09%) BladeLogic
2 1 (3.03%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 16 (48.48%) Oracle
1 16 (48.48%) HP
2 10 (30.30%) Microsoft
3 5 (15.15%) Siebel
4 3 (9.09%) BMC
5 1 (3.03%) Sony
5 1 (3.03%) Eloqua
5 1 (3.03%) Cisco
5 1 (3.03%) Business Objects
5 1 (3.03%) JBoss