The first table below looks at the demand 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 11 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles currently tracked.

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
11 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Automation Specialist
Rank 559 559 561
Rank change year-on-year
0 +2
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Specialist 21 11 24
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.040% 0.022% 0.042%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.043% 0.024% 0.045%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 7 15
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£325 £450 £475
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-27.77% -5.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £425 £385
10% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £490 £650
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £463 £800
% change year-on-year
-29.72% -42.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
48693 46426 52919
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.43% 92.61% 92.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 29668 27020 29360
Average daily rate £395 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.25% +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £235 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1991 2159 2630
Average hourly rate £16.50 £18.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.33% -5.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.80 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.47 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-5.55% -2.94%

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 11 July 2014.

Automation Specialist Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Automation Specialist
Top 11 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 11 July 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 -3 18 £325 -27.77% 4
South East -5 12 £325 -31.57% 2
Hampshire -2 11 £325 - 2
London -5 2 - - 2
City of London - 1 - - 2
West Yorkshire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -
Essex - - - -
Brentwood - - - -
Leeds - - - -
East of England - - - -

Automation Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 11 July 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 22 (62.86%) Test Automation
2 21 (60.00%) Test Scripting
3 19 (54.29%) SC Cleared
3 19 (54.29%) Security Cleared
3 19 (54.29%) QuickTest Pro
4 16 (45.71%) HP
4 16 (45.71%) Automated Testing
5 15 (42.86%) ISTQB
5 15 (42.86%) Oracle
6 14 (40.00%) CRM
7 13 (37.14%) VB
7 13 (37.14%) Microsoft
8 10 (28.57%) Software Testing
8 10 (28.57%) Selenium
8 10 (28.57%) C#
9 9 (25.71%) HTML
9 9 (25.71%) JavaScript
9 9 (25.71%) .NET
9 9 (25.71%) ASP.NET
9 9 (25.71%) JSP
10 8 (22.86%) WebDriver
10 8 (22.86%) DV Cleared
11 7 (20.00%) Project Management
11 7 (20.00%) Scrum
12 6 (17.14%) Knowledge Management
12 6 (17.14%) Oracle Reports
12 6 (17.14%) Automation Testing
12 6 (17.14%) QA
13 5 (14.29%) User Stories
14 4 (11.43%) Test Management

Automation Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 11 July 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.

Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (17.14%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (2.86%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (2.86%) Data Mining
2 1 (2.86%) QlikView
2 1 (2.86%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 19 (54.29%) QuickTest Pro
2 10 (28.57%) Selenium
3 8 (22.86%) WebDriver
4 3 (8.57%) Jenkins
5 2 (5.71%) JIRA
5 2 (5.71%) SoapUI
6 1 (2.86%) Capybara
6 1 (2.86%) Cucumber
6 1 (2.86%) RSpec
6 1 (2.86%) Ant
6 1 (2.86%) JUnit
6 1 (2.86%) LoadRunner
6 1 (2.86%) CruiseControl
6 1 (2.86%) Maven
General
1 2 (5.71%) Finance
1 2 (5.71%) Banking
2 1 (2.86%) Investment Banking
2 1 (2.86%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (25.71%) HTML
1 9 (25.71%) .NET
1 9 (25.71%) ASP.NET
1 9 (25.71%) JSP
2 2 (5.71%) Web Services
3 1 (2.86%) Java EE
3 1 (2.86%) Drools
3 1 (2.86%) REST
3 1 (2.86%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 1 (2.86%) GIS
1 1 (2.86%) Management Information System
1 1 (2.86%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 3 (8.57%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (62.86%) Test Automation
2 21 (60.00%) Test Scripting
3 16 (45.71%) Automated Testing
4 14 (40.00%) CRM
5 10 (28.57%) Software Testing
6 7 (20.00%) Scrum
6 7 (20.00%) Project Management
7 6 (17.14%) Knowledge Management
7 6 (17.14%) Automation Testing
8 5 (14.29%) User Stories
9 4 (11.43%) Test Management
9 4 (11.43%) User Acceptance Testing
10 3 (8.57%) Agile Software Development
10 3 (8.57%) Regression Testing
10 3 (8.57%) Problem Management
11 2 (5.71%) Integration Testing
11 2 (5.71%) Continuous Integration
11 2 (5.71%) BDD
11 2 (5.71%) Test Strategy
11 2 (5.71%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 13 (37.14%) VB
2 10 (28.57%) C#
3 9 (25.71%) JavaScript
4 4 (11.43%) Java
5 1 (2.86%) SQL
5 1 (2.86%) Python
5 1 (2.86%) Tcl
5 1 (2.86%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 19 (54.29%) SC Cleared
1 19 (54.29%) Security Cleared
2 15 (42.86%) ISTQB
3 8 (22.86%) DV Cleared
4 3 (8.57%) ISEB
5 1 (2.86%) Degree
5 1 (2.86%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (17.14%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (8.57%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (5.71%) BladeLogic
Vendors
1 16 (45.71%) HP
2 15 (42.86%) Oracle
3 13 (37.14%) Microsoft
4 4 (11.43%) Siebel
5 3 (8.57%) SAP
6 2 (5.71%) BMC
7 1 (2.86%) JBoss
7 1 (2.86%) Business Objects
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