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 22 February 2017 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
22 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Automation Test Specialist
UK
Rank 576 619 609
Rank change year-on-year
+43 -10
Contract jobs requiring a Test Automation Specialist 18 10 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.040% 0.019% 0.014%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.042% 0.020% 0.014%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 6 3
Median daily rate £410 £393 £277
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.45% +41.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £322 £354 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £490 £500 £360
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £277
% change year-on-year
+2.50% +44.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
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
42966 49399 48939
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.73% 94.99% 94.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 28025 31812 30247
Median daily rate £425 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.40% +3.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £260 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1562 1656 1895
Median hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.71% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.17 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £50.00 £40.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £16.75
% change year-on-year
-2.77% +7.46%

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 22 February 2017.

Test Automation Specialist Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Test Automation Specialist
Top 19 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 22 February 2017. 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 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 +50 16 £430 +9.55% 1
East of England +5 4 £475 +11.76%
Essex - 4 £475 -
South West - 4 £325 -
South East +26 3 £321 -16.75%
Hampshire - 3 £321 -
London +21 2 £500 +48.14% 1
Swindon - 2 £325 -
Devon - 2 - -
Exeter - 2 - -
Wiltshire - 2 £325 -
West Midlands - 2 £420 -
Yorkshire +15 1 - -
West Yorkshire +15 1 - -
Leeds +1 1 - -
City of London -3 1 £625 +85.18%
Warwickshire - 1 £430 -
Warwick - 1 £430 -
Coventry - 1 £410 -

Test Automation Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 February 2017, 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 25 (92.59%) Test Automation
2 21 (77.78%) Agile Software Development
3 16 (59.26%) Scrum
4 14 (51.85%) Finance
5 12 (44.44%) Selenium
6 11 (40.74%) SoapUI
6 11 (40.74%) DevOps
7 10 (37.04%) Integration Testing
7 10 (37.04%) TDD
7 10 (37.04%) Java
7 10 (37.04%) SOAP
8 9 (33.33%) Web Services
8 9 (33.33%) SAP
8 9 (33.33%) SOA
8 9 (33.33%) Business Intelligence
8 9 (33.33%) Electronics
8 9 (33.33%) Telecoms
8 9 (33.33%) Manufacturing
8 9 (33.33%) Programme Management
8 9 (33.33%) Marketing
8 9 (33.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 9 (33.33%) Digital Marketing
8 9 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
9 7 (25.93%) WebDriver
10 6 (22.22%) QA
11 5 (18.52%) ISTQB
11 5 (18.52%) ISEB
11 5 (18.52%) Regression Testing
11 5 (18.52%) Cucumber
11 5 (18.52%) Security Cleared

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:

Application Platforms
1 1 (3.70%) Confluence
Business Applications
1 9 (33.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (3.70%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.70%) GitHub
Development Applications
1 12 (44.44%) Selenium
2 11 (40.74%) SoapUI
3 7 (25.93%) WebDriver
4 5 (18.52%) Cucumber
5 4 (14.81%) HP UFT
5 4 (14.81%) JIRA
5 4 (14.81%) SpecFlow
6 3 (11.11%) Jenkins
6 3 (11.11%) Visual Studio
7 2 (7.41%) Appium
7 2 (7.41%) Calabash
7 2 (7.41%) CasperJS
7 2 (7.41%) JMeter
7 2 (7.41%) LoadRunner
7 2 (7.41%) NUnit
7 2 (7.41%) Zephyr
8 1 (3.70%) Capybara
8 1 (3.70%) JUnit
8 1 (3.70%) Sahi
8 1 (3.70%) WATIR
General
1 14 (51.85%) Finance
2 9 (33.33%) Electronics
2 9 (33.33%) Manufacturing
2 9 (33.33%) Marketing
2 9 (33.33%) Telecoms
3 4 (14.81%) Banking
4 2 (7.41%) Front Office
4 2 (7.41%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (37.04%) SOAP
2 9 (33.33%) Web Services
3 3 (11.11%) .NET
3 3 (11.11%) Gherkin
4 2 (7.41%) HTML
5 1 (3.70%) CSS
5 1 (3.70%) DOM
5 1 (3.70%) JSON
5 1 (3.70%) JSON Schema
5 1 (3.70%) Middleware
5 1 (3.70%) RESTful
5 1 (3.70%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 2 (7.41%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 2 (7.41%) Windows
2 1 (3.70%) Android
2 1 (3.70%) Apple iOS
2 1 (3.70%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (92.59%) Test Automation
2 21 (77.78%) Agile Software Development
3 16 (59.26%) Scrum
4 11 (40.74%) DevOps
5 10 (37.04%) Integration Testing
5 10 (37.04%) TDD
6 9 (33.33%) Business Intelligence
6 9 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
6 9 (33.33%) Digital Marketing
6 9 (33.33%) Programme Management
6 9 (33.33%) SOA
7 5 (18.52%) Regression Testing
8 4 (14.81%) BDD
9 3 (11.11%) Automated Testing
9 3 (11.11%) User Stories
10 2 (7.41%) Asset Management
10 2 (7.41%) Mathematics
10 2 (7.41%) Mentoring
10 2 (7.41%) Test Planning
10 2 (7.41%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 10 (37.04%) Java
2 4 (14.81%) Python
2 4 (14.81%) SQL
3 3 (11.11%) C#
4 1 (3.70%) C++
4 1 (3.70%) Groovy
4 1 (3.70%) Ruby
4 1 (3.70%) Shell Script
4 1 (3.70%) XPath
Qualifications
1 5 (18.52%) ISEB
1 5 (18.52%) ISTQB
1 5 (18.52%) Security Cleared
2 4 (14.81%) DV Cleared
3 2 (7.41%) PhD
3 2 (7.41%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (22.22%) QA
2 2 (7.41%) SDET
Systems Management
1 1 (3.70%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 9 (33.33%) SAP
2 2 (7.41%) Sybase
3 1 (3.70%) HP
3 1 (3.70%) Oracle
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