The median contractor rate for a Automation Specialist was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 27 March 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Automation Specialist
UK
3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 575 619 627
Rank change year-on-year +44 +8  
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Specialist 8 21 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.018% 0.039% 0.007%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.019% 0.041% 0.008%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 12 3
Median daily rate £450 £255 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +76.47% -32.00%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £255 -
% change year-on-year +76.47% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 42574 50675 51233
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.79% 95.19% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 27643 32785 30936
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £560
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1490 1588 2053
Median hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.26% +8.57%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.93 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

Automation Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Automation Specialist in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Automation Specialist in the UK

Automation Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Automation Specialist in the UK

Automation Specialist
Top 13 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Automation Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 27 March 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 +35 7 £450 +76.47% 1
South East 0 3 £425 +66.66% 1
West Yorkshire +18 2 - -
Yorkshire +18 2 - -
Berkshire +17 2 - - 1
Reading +10 2 - -
Bradford - 2 - -
London +32 1 £450 -20.00%
Winchester - 1 £425 -
Tyne and Wear - 1 £475 -
Hampshire - 1 £425 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 1 £475 -
North East - 1 £475 -

Automation Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 March 2017, 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 Automation Specialist in the job title.

1 20 (76.92%) Linux
2 14 (53.85%) Windows
3 10 (38.46%) Docker
3 10 (38.46%) vRealize
4 9 (34.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 9 (34.62%) VMware
5 8 (30.77%) Red Hat
5 8 (30.77%) Puppet
6 7 (26.92%) SCCM
6 7 (26.92%) VMware Infrastructure
6 7 (26.92%) ITIL
7 6 (23.08%) Unix
7 6 (23.08%) SQL
7 6 (23.08%) Build Automation
7 6 (23.08%) DevOps
8 5 (19.23%) Ansible
8 5 (19.23%) Server Hardening
8 5 (19.23%) Virtual Machines
8 5 (19.23%) Jenkins
8 5 (19.23%) ITIL V2
8 5 (19.23%) vCloud
8 5 (19.23%) PowerShell
8 5 (19.23%) Security Cleared
8 5 (19.23%) CentOS
8 5 (19.23%) Continuous Integration
8 5 (19.23%) Java
8 5 (19.23%) Python
8 5 (19.23%) Shell Script
8 5 (19.23%) Microsoft
8 5 (19.23%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)

Automation Specialist Skill Set
Co-occurring 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 (3.85%) Apache
1 1 (3.85%) CMS
1 1 (3.85%) Drupal
1 1 (3.85%) Elasticsearch
1 1 (3.85%) IIS
1 1 (3.85%) JBoss
Applications
1 4 (15.38%) MS Office
2 1 (3.85%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (7.69%) Eloqua
2 1 (3.85%) ION MarketView
2 1 (3.85%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 4 (15.38%) GitHub
2 3 (11.54%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (11.54%) IaaS
3 2 (7.69%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (3.85%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.85%) LAN
1 1 (3.85%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (11.54%) PostgreSQL
1 3 (11.54%) SQL Server
2 2 (7.69%) NoSQL
3 1 (3.85%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 5 (19.23%) Jenkins
2 4 (15.38%) Git (software)
2 4 (15.38%) JIRA
3 3 (11.54%) Cucumber
3 3 (11.54%) Octopus Deploy
3 3 (11.54%) Oracle APEX
3 3 (11.54%) Selenium
4 1 (3.85%) HP UFT
4 1 (3.85%) JMeter
4 1 (3.85%) JUnit
4 1 (3.85%) LoadRunner
4 1 (3.85%) Sahi
4 1 (3.85%) SoapUI
4 1 (3.85%) SpecFlow
4 1 (3.85%) TeamCity
4 1 (3.85%) TestRail
4 1 (3.85%) Vagrant
4 1 (3.85%) WATIR
4 1 (3.85%) WebDriver
4 1 (3.85%) Zephyr
General
1 3 (11.54%) Banking
2 2 (7.69%) Marketing
3 1 (3.85%) Back Office
3 1 (3.85%) Finance
3 1 (3.85%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (15.38%) SOAP
1 4 (15.38%) Web Services
2 3 (11.54%) Ajax
2 3 (11.54%) HTML
2 3 (11.54%) XHTML
2 3 (11.54%) XML
3 2 (7.69%) Elastic Stack
4 1 (3.85%) .NET
4 1 (3.85%) CGI
4 1 (3.85%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 4 (15.38%) Data Centre
2 3 (11.54%) Fixed Income
2 3 (11.54%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 2 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (3.85%) Handset
4 1 (3.85%) Mobile App
4 1 (3.85%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 20 (76.92%) Linux
2 14 (53.85%) Windows
3 9 (34.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 6 (23.08%) Unix
5 5 (19.23%) CentOS
6 2 (7.69%) Debian
7 1 (3.85%) Android
7 1 (3.85%) Apple iOS
7 1 (3.85%) Windows Server
7 1 (3.85%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (3.85%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (26.92%) ITIL
2 6 (23.08%) Build Automation
2 6 (23.08%) DevOps
3 5 (19.23%) Continuous Integration
3 5 (19.23%) ITIL V2
3 5 (19.23%) Server Hardening
4 4 (15.38%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (15.38%) Capacity Management
4 4 (15.38%) Performance Tuning
5 3 (11.54%) Application Packaging
5 3 (11.54%) Configuration Management
5 3 (11.54%) Prototyping
6 2 (7.69%) BDD
6 2 (7.69%) Lead Generation
6 2 (7.69%) Marketing Automation
6 2 (7.69%) Microservices
6 2 (7.69%) Project Management
6 2 (7.69%) SDLC
6 2 (7.69%) Software Delivery
6 2 (7.69%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 6 (23.08%) SQL
2 5 (19.23%) Java
2 5 (19.23%) PowerShell
2 5 (19.23%) Python
2 5 (19.23%) Shell Script
3 3 (11.54%) C
3 3 (11.54%) C++
3 3 (11.54%) JavaScript
3 3 (11.54%) Perl
3 3 (11.54%) PHP
4 2 (7.69%) Bash Shell
5 1 (3.85%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 5 (19.23%) Security Cleared
1 5 (19.23%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
2 4 (15.38%) SC Cleared
3 1 (3.85%) AWS Certification
3 1 (3.85%) DV Cleared
3 1 (3.85%) ISEB
3 1 (3.85%) ISTQB
3 1 (3.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (3.85%) PMP
3 1 (3.85%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.85%) QA
System Software
1 10 (38.46%) Docker
2 7 (26.92%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (19.23%) vCloud
3 5 (19.23%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (7.69%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 10 (38.46%) vRealize
2 8 (30.77%) Puppet
3 7 (26.92%) SCCM
4 5 (19.23%) Ansible
5 4 (15.38%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (7.69%) HP Quality Center
6 2 (7.69%) SCOM
7 1 (3.85%) Thomson Reuters DACS
Vendors
1 9 (34.62%) VMware
2 8 (30.77%) Red Hat
3 5 (19.23%) Microsoft
4 4 (15.38%) Oracle
5 3 (11.54%) Splunk
5 3 (11.54%) Sybase
6 2 (7.69%) HP
6 2 (7.69%) TOWER Software
7 1 (3.85%) Arqiva
7 1 (3.85%) ATG
7 1 (3.85%) ION Trading