The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the UK that had Test Automation Specialist featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 26 May 2016 with a comparison to same period over 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.

3 months to
26 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Automation Test Specialist
Rank 632 611 605
Rank change year-on-year
-21 -6
Contract jobs requiring a Test Automation Specialist 16 16 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.030% 0.029% 0.019%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.031% 0.031% 0.020%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 5 9
Median daily rate £375 £450 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% +38.46%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £311 £342 £298
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £500 £455
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £354 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.18% +8.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
Median hourly rate - £45.00 -
UK excluding London median 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
50931 51412 49753
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.75% 94.74% 94.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 33245 31720 30748
Median daily rate £425 £400 £393
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +1.91%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £570 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1466 2048 2093
Median hourly rate £18.00 £16.83 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.98% -1.02%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.57 £40.15 £39.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £16.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+9.37% -3.03%

Test Automation Specialist
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of IT contracts that featured Test Automation Specialist in the job title.

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
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Automation Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 26 May 2016.

Test Automation Specialist Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Test Automation Specialist
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Test Automation Specialist Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Test Automation Specialist
Top 17 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 Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 26 May 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 -10 13 £475 +5.55% 2
London -7 9 £475 -5.00%
City of London +42 5 £525 +5.00%
Bath - 2 - -
Cardiff - 2 £375 -
Somerset - 2 - -
South Wales - 2 £375 -
Wales - 2 £375 -
Docklands, London - 2 £538 -
South West - 2 - -
Hampshire -1 1 £365 +23.72%
South East -12 1 £365 +3.18%
Glasgow - 1 £365 -
Scotland - 1 £365 -
Yorkshire - 1 £320 - 1
Leeds - 1 £320 - 1
West Yorkshire - 1 £320 - 1

Test Automation Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 May 2016, Test Automation Specialist 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 Specialist in the job title.

1 18 (72.00%) Test Automation
2 15 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (52.00%) Selenium
3 13 (52.00%) Security Cleared
4 10 (40.00%) Test Scripting
4 10 (40.00%) Java
5 9 (36.00%) HP
5 9 (36.00%) Functional Testing
6 8 (32.00%) WebDriver
6 8 (32.00%) Cucumber
6 8 (32.00%) BDD
6 8 (32.00%) SC Cleared
6 8 (32.00%) DV Cleared
7 7 (28.00%) ISTQB
7 7 (28.00%) LoadRunner
8 6 (24.00%) Python
8 6 (24.00%) JIRA
8 6 (24.00%) HP Quality Center
8 6 (24.00%) Non-Functional Testing
8 6 (24.00%) Selenium IDE
9 5 (20.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 5 (20.00%) Software Delivery
9 5 (20.00%) Software Testing
9 5 (20.00%) Atlassian
9 5 (20.00%) ISEB
9 5 (20.00%) JMeter
10 4 (16.00%) Regression Testing
10 4 (16.00%) C#
10 4 (16.00%) Automated Testing
10 4 (16.00%) Puppet

Test Automation Specialist Skill Set
Top Related 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:

Business Applications
1 2 (8.00%) Oracle EBS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (8.00%) OLTP
1 2 (8.00%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 13 (52.00%) Selenium
2 8 (32.00%) Cucumber
2 8 (32.00%) WebDriver
3 7 (28.00%) LoadRunner
4 6 (24.00%) JIRA
4 6 (24.00%) Selenium IDE
5 5 (20.00%) JMeter
6 3 (12.00%) JBehave
6 3 (12.00%) Jenkins
6 3 (12.00%) Liquibase
7 2 (8.00%) FitNesse
7 2 (8.00%) HP UFT
7 2 (8.00%) Visual Studio
8 1 (4.00%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 1 (4.00%) Eclipse
8 1 (4.00%) Git (software)
8 1 (4.00%) Mercurial
8 1 (4.00%) Rational Functional Tester
8 1 (4.00%) TeamCity
8 1 (4.00%) TestComplete
General
1 3 (12.00%) Finance
2 2 (8.00%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (12.00%) .NET
1 3 (12.00%) HTML
2 2 (8.00%) ASP.NET
2 2 (8.00%) Gherkin
3 1 (4.00%) CSS
3 1 (4.00%) CSS3
3 1 (4.00%) HTML5
3 1 (4.00%) jQuery
3 1 (4.00%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 1 (4.00%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 1 (4.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (72.00%) Test Automation
2 15 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
3 10 (40.00%) Test Scripting
4 9 (36.00%) Functional Testing
5 8 (32.00%) BDD
6 6 (24.00%) Non-Functional Testing
7 5 (20.00%) Software Delivery
7 5 (20.00%) Software Testing
8 4 (16.00%) Automated Testing
8 4 (16.00%) Regression Testing
9 3 (12.00%) DevOps
10 2 (8.00%) CRM
10 2 (8.00%) Knowledge Management
10 2 (8.00%) Project Management
10 2 (8.00%) Proprietary Trading
10 2 (8.00%) QA Automation
10 2 (8.00%) Scrum
10 2 (8.00%) Service Management
10 2 (8.00%) UML
10 2 (8.00%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 10 (40.00%) Java
2 6 (24.00%) Python
3 4 (16.00%) C#
4 3 (12.00%) JavaScript
5 2 (8.00%) VB
6 1 (4.00%) ECMAScript
Qualifications
1 13 (52.00%) Security Cleared
2 8 (32.00%) DV Cleared
2 8 (32.00%) SC Cleared
3 7 (28.00%) ISTQB
4 5 (20.00%) ISEB
4 5 (20.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (8.00%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (12.00%) QA
Systems Management
1 6 (24.00%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (16.00%) Puppet
Vendors
1 9 (36.00%) HP
2 5 (20.00%) Atlassian
3 2 (8.00%) Microsoft
3 2 (8.00%) Oracle