The table below looks at the statistics for the Test 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 Test Automation Specialist in their job title over the 3 months to 19 September 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Automation Specialist
Rank 610 585 602
Rank change year-on-year
-25 +17
Contract jobs requiring a Test Automation Specialist 2 1 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.003% 0.002% 0.003%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.004% 0.002% 0.004%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 2
Average daily rate
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£315 - £388
UK excluding London average daily rate £315 - -
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
52430 48925 53586
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 91.02% 92.73% 92.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 32042 29264 29965
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £231 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £348
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +0.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2056 2117 2633
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £18.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -6.84%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -8.57%

Test Automation Specialist
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Test Automation Specialist Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Test Automation Specialist
Daily Rate Trend

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

Test Automation Specialist Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Test Automation Specialist
Top 6 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Automation Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 19 September 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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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 -8 2 £315 -
East of England - - - -
Brentwood - - - -
London - - - -
Essex - - - -
City of London - - - -

Test Automation Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Test 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 Test Automation Specialist in their job title.

1 12 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 9 (75.00%) Test Scripting
3 8 (66.67%) C#
4 7 (58.33%) ISTQB
5 6 (50.00%) SC Cleared
5 6 (50.00%) DV Cleared
5 6 (50.00%) Security Cleared
5 6 (50.00%) Knowledge Management
5 6 (50.00%) Functional Testing
5 6 (50.00%) HTML
5 6 (50.00%) JavaScript
5 6 (50.00%) VB
5 6 (50.00%) .NET
5 6 (50.00%) Oracle
5 6 (50.00%) ASP.NET
5 6 (50.00%) JSP
5 6 (50.00%) CRM
5 6 (50.00%) Oracle Reports
5 6 (50.00%) Microsoft
5 6 (50.00%) HP
5 6 (50.00%) QuickTest Pro
5 6 (50.00%) Project Management
5 6 (50.00%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 5 (41.67%) Agile Software Development
6 5 (41.67%) Selenium
7 4 (33.33%) Automated Testing
7 4 (33.33%) Jenkins
7 4 (33.33%) WebDriver
7 4 (33.33%) Java
8 3 (25.00%) JUnit

Test Automation Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Test 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 Test Automation Specialist in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (50.00%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 6 (50.00%) QuickTest Pro
2 5 (41.67%) Selenium
3 4 (33.33%) Jenkins
3 4 (33.33%) WebDriver
4 3 (25.00%) JUnit
5 2 (16.67%) Cucumber
5 2 (16.67%) RSpec
General
1 1 (8.33%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (50.00%) HTML
1 6 (50.00%) .NET
1 6 (50.00%) ASP.NET
1 6 (50.00%) JSP
2 1 (8.33%) Java EE
2 1 (8.33%) Drools
2 1 (8.33%) REST
2 1 (8.33%) SOAP
2 1 (8.33%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 1 (8.33%) Open Source
1 1 (8.33%) GIS
Operating Systems
1 1 (8.33%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 9 (75.00%) Test Scripting
3 6 (50.00%) Knowledge Management
3 6 (50.00%) Functional Testing
3 6 (50.00%) CRM
3 6 (50.00%) Project Management
4 5 (41.67%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (33.33%) Automated Testing
6 3 (25.00%) TDD
6 3 (25.00%) Automation Testing
7 2 (16.67%) Software Testing
7 2 (16.67%) Web Testing
8 1 (8.33%) Test Management
8 1 (8.33%) Technical Architecture
8 1 (8.33%) Performance Testing
8 1 (8.33%) Security Testing
8 1 (8.33%) Integration Testing
8 1 (8.33%) Continuous Integration
8 1 (8.33%) Manual Testing
8 1 (8.33%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 8 (66.67%) C#
2 6 (50.00%) JavaScript
2 6 (50.00%) VB
3 4 (33.33%) Java
4 3 (25.00%) Python
5 2 (16.67%) Scala
5 2 (16.67%) Ruby
6 1 (8.33%) Tcl
6 1 (8.33%) SQL
Qualifications
1 7 (58.33%) ISTQB
2 6 (50.00%) SC Cleared
2 6 (50.00%) DV Cleared
2 6 (50.00%) Security Cleared
2 6 (50.00%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 1 (8.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (25.00%) QA
Vendors
1 6 (50.00%) Oracle
1 6 (50.00%) Microsoft
1 6 (50.00%) HP
2 1 (8.33%) JBoss