The median contractor rate for a Test Automation Architect was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 29 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 Test Architect
UK
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 595 635 -
Rank change year-on-year +40 -  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Automation Architect 10 13 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.022% 0.024% -
As % of the Job Titles category 0.023% 0.025% -
Number of daily rates quoted 6 7 0
Median daily rate £475 £475 -
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £450 -
% change year-on-year +5.55% -  
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 42875 51263 50687
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.79% 95.24% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 27839 33245 30600
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 £555
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1489 1590 2025
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.30 £11.30 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.83 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year -10.25% +14.70%  

Test Automation Architect
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation Architect in the UK

Test Automation Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation Architect in the UK

Test Automation Architect
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 Architect within the UK over the 3 months to 29 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 +46 10 £475 -
Luton +10 2 £488 -
Bedfordshire -1 2 £488 -
East of England -1 2 £488 -
South West -6 2 £475 -
Bristol - 2 £475 -
North West - 2 £450 -
London +27 1 £475 -14.60%
South East +14 1 - -
Yorkshire - 1 - -
East Midlands - 1 - -
Knutsford - 1 - -
Northampton - 1 - -
Leeds - 1 - -
West Yorkshire - 1 - -
Northamptonshire - 1 - -
Manchester - 1 £450 -
Cheshire - 1 - -
Home Counties - 1 - -

Test Automation Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, Test Automation Architect 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 Architect in the job title.

1 10 (83.33%) Test Automation
2 8 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (58.33%) BDD
4 5 (41.67%) Test Strategy
4 5 (41.67%) Selenium
4 5 (41.67%) QA
5 4 (33.33%) TDD
5 4 (33.33%) E-Commerce
5 4 (33.33%) Cucumber
6 3 (25.00%) SDET
6 3 (25.00%) REST
6 3 (25.00%) Continuous Delivery
6 3 (25.00%) API Testing
6 3 (25.00%) C#
6 3 (25.00%) Java
6 3 (25.00%) JavaScript
6 3 (25.00%) SpecFlow
6 3 (25.00%) ATDD
6 3 (25.00%) Feature Driven Development
6 3 (25.00%) TeamCity
7 2 (16.67%) Open Source
7 2 (16.67%) SoapUI
7 2 (16.67%) Groovy
7 2 (16.67%) Amazon AWS
7 2 (16.67%) Load Testing
7 2 (16.67%) Ruby
7 2 (16.67%) Marketing
7 2 (16.67%) .NET Framework
7 2 (16.67%) JMeter
7 2 (16.67%) NUnit

Test Automation Architect 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 (8.33%) Adobe Experience Manager
1 1 (8.33%) Commerce Server
1 1 (8.33%) WebSphere
Cloud Services
1 2 (16.67%) Amazon AWS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (8.33%) MySQL
1 1 (8.33%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 5 (41.67%) Selenium
2 4 (33.33%) Cucumber
3 3 (25.00%) SpecFlow
3 3 (25.00%) TeamCity
4 2 (16.67%) Jenkins
4 2 (16.67%) JMeter
4 2 (16.67%) NUnit
4 2 (16.67%) SoapUI
5 1 (8.33%) WebDriver
General
1 2 (16.67%) Finance
1 2 (16.67%) Marketing
2 1 (8.33%) Banking
2 1 (8.33%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (25.00%) REST
2 2 (16.67%) .NET
2 2 (16.67%) .NET Framework
3 1 (8.33%) J2EE
3 1 (8.33%) Java EE
3 1 (8.33%) JSP
3 1 (8.33%) JSTL
3 1 (8.33%) SOAP
3 1 (8.33%) Spring
3 1 (8.33%) Spring MVC
3 1 (8.33%) Web Services
3 1 (8.33%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (8.33%) Mobile Banking
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (83.33%) Test Automation
2 8 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (58.33%) BDD
4 5 (41.67%) Test Strategy
5 4 (33.33%) E-Commerce
5 4 (33.33%) TDD
6 3 (25.00%) API Testing
6 3 (25.00%) ATDD
6 3 (25.00%) Continuous Delivery
6 3 (25.00%) Feature Driven Development
7 2 (16.67%) Load Testing
7 2 (16.67%) Open Source
7 2 (16.67%) Stakeholder Management
7 2 (16.67%) Validation
8 1 (8.33%) Defect Management
8 1 (8.33%) Functional Testing
8 1 (8.33%) Integration Testing
8 1 (8.33%) MVC
8 1 (8.33%) Test Management
8 1 (8.33%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 3 (25.00%) C#
1 3 (25.00%) Java
1 3 (25.00%) JavaScript
2 2 (16.67%) Groovy
2 2 (16.67%) Ruby
3 1 (8.33%) SQL
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (41.67%) QA
2 3 (25.00%) SDET
Vendors
1 1 (8.33%) Adobe
1 1 (8.33%) ATG
1 1 (8.33%) hybris
1 1 (8.33%) IBM
1 1 (8.33%) Oracle