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 13 February 2016 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
13 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Automation Test Specialist
Rank 613 590 562
Rank change year-on-year
-23 -28
Contract jobs requiring a Test Automation Specialist 10 3 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.020% 0.006% 0.028%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.021% 0.006% 0.030%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 2 10
Average daily rate £385 £321 £369
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.12% -13.08%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £351 £272 £348
10% offered a daily rate of more than £415 £369 £415
UK excluding London average daily rate £393 £321 £375
% change year-on-year
+22.46% -14.53%
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
47935 48321 46997
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.58% 94.47% 94.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 30815 30072 27703
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £565
UK excluding London average daily rate £378 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+0.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1687 1903 2072
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.22 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.62% -1.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -

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
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 11 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 13 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 +11 10 £385 +20.12%
London - 5 £338 -
City of London - 3 £338 -
West Yorkshire - 3 £385 -
Yorkshire - 3 £385 -
Leeds - 2 £385 -
South East +9 1 £385 -
East of England +2 1 £425 +63.46%
West Sussex - 1 £385 -
Cambridge - 1 £425 -
Cambridgeshire - 1 £425 -

Test Automation Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 13 February 2016, 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 20 (83.33%) Test Automation
2 14 (58.33%) Agile Software Development
3 12 (50.00%) Cucumber
4 11 (45.83%) Security Cleared
5 9 (37.50%) Test Scripting
5 9 (37.50%) SC Cleared
5 9 (37.50%) ISTQB
5 9 (37.50%) C#
5 9 (37.50%) HP
6 8 (33.33%) HTML
6 8 (33.33%) JavaScript
6 8 (33.33%) JBehave
6 8 (33.33%) Functional Testing
7 7 (29.17%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 7 (29.17%) Oracle
7 7 (29.17%) HP UFT
7 7 (29.17%) Selenium
7 7 (29.17%) Regression Testing
8 6 (25.00%) Banking
8 6 (25.00%) Automated Testing
8 6 (25.00%) Knowledge Management
8 6 (25.00%) Project Management
8 6 (25.00%) CRM
8 6 (25.00%) Microsoft
8 6 (25.00%) Oracle Reports
8 6 (25.00%) ASP.NET
8 6 (25.00%) VB
8 6 (25.00%) .NET
8 6 (25.00%) Java
8 6 (25.00%) Appium

Test Automation Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 13 February 2016, 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.

Applications
1 2 (8.33%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (12.50%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (4.17%) Summit
2 1 (4.17%) SunGard Martini
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (25.00%) Oracle Reports
2 2 (8.33%) OLTP
3 1 (4.17%) DB2
3 1 (4.17%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 12 (50.00%) Cucumber
2 8 (33.33%) JBehave
3 7 (29.17%) HP UFT
3 7 (29.17%) Selenium
4 6 (25.00%) Appium
5 5 (20.83%) JIRA
5 5 (20.83%) JMeter
6 4 (16.67%) Calabash
6 4 (16.67%) Jenkins
6 4 (16.67%) Zephyr
7 3 (12.50%) Git (software)
7 3 (12.50%) Liquibase
8 2 (8.33%) FitNesse
8 2 (8.33%) JUnit
8 2 (8.33%) Mercurial
8 2 (8.33%) WebDriver
9 1 (4.17%) LoadRunner
9 1 (4.17%) Maven
9 1 (4.17%) SoapUI
9 1 (4.17%) TeamCity
General
1 6 (25.00%) Banking
2 3 (12.50%) Finance
3 1 (4.17%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (33.33%) HTML
2 6 (25.00%) .NET
2 6 (25.00%) ASP.NET
3 2 (8.33%) CSS
3 2 (8.33%) CSS3
3 2 (8.33%) HTML5
3 2 (8.33%) jQuery
4 1 (4.17%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 4 (16.67%) Mobile App
1 4 (16.67%) Mobile Payment
2 2 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (8.33%) Blackberry
2 2 (8.33%) Mobile Banking
3 1 (4.17%) Derivative
3 1 (4.17%) Equities
3 1 (4.17%) Equity Derivative
3 1 (4.17%) Fixed Income
3 1 (4.17%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 2 (8.33%) Android
1 2 (8.33%) Apple iOS
1 2 (8.33%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (83.33%) Test Automation
2 14 (58.33%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (37.50%) Test Scripting
4 8 (33.33%) Functional Testing
5 7 (29.17%) Regression Testing
6 6 (25.00%) Automated Testing
6 6 (25.00%) BDD
6 6 (25.00%) CRM
6 6 (25.00%) Knowledge Management
6 6 (25.00%) Project Management
7 4 (16.67%) Automation Testing
7 4 (16.67%) Continuous Improvement
7 4 (16.67%) Continuous Integration
8 3 (12.50%) DevOps
8 3 (12.50%) Scrum
8 3 (12.50%) TDD
9 2 (8.33%) Agile Testing
9 2 (8.33%) Non-Functional Testing
9 2 (8.33%) Requirements Analysis
9 2 (8.33%) UML
Programming Languages
1 9 (37.50%) C#
2 8 (33.33%) JavaScript
3 6 (25.00%) Java
3 6 (25.00%) VB
4 3 (12.50%) Python
5 2 (8.33%) C++
6 1 (4.17%) Bash Shell
6 1 (4.17%) ECMAScript
6 1 (4.17%) Korn
6 1 (4.17%) Perl
6 1 (4.17%) Ruby
6 1 (4.17%) Scala
6 1 (4.17%) SQL
Qualifications
1 11 (45.83%) Security Cleared
2 9 (37.50%) ISTQB
2 9 (37.50%) SC Cleared
3 7 (29.17%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 5 (20.83%) DV Cleared
5 3 (12.50%) ISEB
6 2 (8.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (12.50%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (12.50%) Puppet
2 1 (4.17%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 9 (37.50%) HP
2 7 (29.17%) Oracle
3 6 (25.00%) Microsoft
4 1 (4.17%) Atlassian
4 1 (4.17%) Bloomberg
4 1 (4.17%) Calypso
4 1 (4.17%) SunGard