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 29 January 2015 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
29 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Automation Specialist
Rank 562 547 526
Rank change year-on-year
-15 -21
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Specialist 9 12 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.018% 0.025% 0.011%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.019% 0.027% 0.012%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 10 4
Average daily rate
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£405 £375 £358
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.00% +4.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £353 £361 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £446 £398
UK excluding London average daily rate £381 £388 -
% change year-on-year
-1.67% -
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
46318 45203 42184
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.45% 92.55% 92.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 29063 26904 23919
Average daily rate £400 £400 £378
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.82%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1785 1961 2473
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.48 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.57% -5.54%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.25 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.21 £16.50 £17.56
% change year-on-year
-1.78% -6.03%

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 29 January 2015.

Automation Specialist Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Automation Specialist
Top 10 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 29 January 2015. 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 -21 9 £405 +8.00% 8
London +12 3 £600 +62.71% 8
City of London +15 2 £600 +33.33% 5
South West -23 1 - -
South East - 1 - -
Hampshire - 1 - -
Basingstoke - - - -
Bristol - - - -
South Wales - - - -
Wales - - - -

Automation Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 January 2015, 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 12 (57.14%) Test Automation
2 8 (38.10%) Java
3 7 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (33.33%) Automated Testing
3 7 (33.33%) Test Scripting
4 6 (28.57%) Selenium
4 6 (28.57%) C#
4 6 (28.57%) QuickTest Pro
4 6 (28.57%) Automation Testing
5 5 (23.81%) WebDriver
5 5 (23.81%) SC Cleared
5 5 (23.81%) Security Cleared
5 5 (23.81%) HTML
5 5 (23.81%) Oracle
6 4 (19.05%) SQL
6 4 (19.05%) JavaScript
6 4 (19.05%) HP
6 4 (19.05%) .NET
6 4 (19.05%) Continuous Integration
6 4 (19.05%) ISTQB
6 4 (19.05%) Regression Testing
7 3 (14.29%) Cucumber
7 3 (14.29%) Django
7 3 (14.29%) QA
7 3 (14.29%) JRuby
7 3 (14.29%) Functional Testing
7 3 (14.29%) RabbitMQ
7 3 (14.29%) DevOps
7 3 (14.29%) Software Deployment
7 3 (14.29%) Jenkins

Automation Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 January 2015, 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 (4.76%) MS Excel
1 1 (4.76%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 2 (9.52%) Broadband
2 1 (4.76%) Cisco Nexus
2 1 (4.76%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (14.29%) SQL Server Analysis Services
1 3 (14.29%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (4.76%) Relational Database
2 1 (4.76%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 6 (28.57%) Selenium
1 6 (28.57%) QuickTest Pro
2 5 (23.81%) WebDriver
3 3 (14.29%) Cucumber
3 3 (14.29%) Jenkins
3 3 (14.29%) Subversion
3 3 (14.29%) Maven
3 3 (14.29%) JUnit
4 2 (9.52%) JIRA
4 2 (9.52%) RSpec
5 1 (4.76%) TestComplete
5 1 (4.76%) Concordion
5 1 (4.76%) RIATest
5 1 (4.76%) Robotium
5 1 (4.76%) Calabash
5 1 (4.76%) Appium
5 1 (4.76%) FitNesse
5 1 (4.76%) Eclipse
5 1 (4.76%) Ant
General
1 2 (9.52%) Banking
1 2 (9.52%) Telecoms
2 1 (4.76%) Investment Banking
2 1 (4.76%) Finance
2 1 (4.76%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (23.81%) HTML
2 4 (19.05%) .NET
3 3 (14.29%) Django
3 3 (14.29%) JRuby
3 3 (14.29%) RabbitMQ
3 3 (14.29%) ASP.NET
3 3 (14.29%) JSP
4 2 (9.52%) XML
5 1 (4.76%) RESTful
5 1 (4.76%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 1 (4.76%) Mobile App
1 1 (4.76%) Handset
1 1 (4.76%) Derivative
1 1 (4.76%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 3 (14.29%) UNIX
1 3 (14.29%) Linux
2 1 (4.76%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (57.14%) Test Automation
2 7 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (33.33%) Automated Testing
2 7 (33.33%) Test Scripting
3 6 (28.57%) Automation Testing
4 4 (19.05%) Continuous Integration
4 4 (19.05%) Regression Testing
5 3 (14.29%) Functional Testing
5 3 (14.29%) DevOps
5 3 (14.29%) Software Deployment
5 3 (14.29%) TDD
5 3 (14.29%) Knowledge Management
5 3 (14.29%) Software Testing
5 3 (14.29%) CRM
5 3 (14.29%) Project Management
6 2 (9.52%) BDD
7 1 (4.76%) Web Testing
7 1 (4.76%) User Stories
7 1 (4.76%) Mentoring
7 1 (4.76%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 8 (38.10%) Java
2 6 (28.57%) C#
3 4 (19.05%) SQL
3 4 (19.05%) JavaScript
4 3 (14.29%) Jython
4 3 (14.29%) Perl
4 3 (14.29%) VB
5 2 (9.52%) Python
5 2 (9.52%) Ruby
5 2 (9.52%) Bash Shell
5 2 (9.52%) Scala
6 1 (4.76%) Shell Script
6 1 (4.76%) VBScript
6 1 (4.76%) C++
Qualifications
1 5 (23.81%) SC Cleared
1 5 (23.81%) Security Cleared
2 4 (19.05%) ISTQB
3 3 (14.29%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 2 (9.52%) ISEB
5 1 (4.76%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (4.76%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (14.29%) QA
Systems Management
1 2 (9.52%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (4.76%) BladeLogic
Vendors
1 5 (23.81%) Oracle
2 4 (19.05%) HP
3 3 (14.29%) Microsoft
4 1 (4.76%) Infragistics
4 1 (4.76%) Cisco
4 1 (4.76%) BMC