Period
to 20 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Test Automation Specialist was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 November 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 Specialist
UK
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 854 871 859
Rank change year-on-year +17 -12 +12
Contract jobs requiring a Test Automation Specialist 25 17 27
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.024% 0.016% 0.024%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.026% 0.017% 0.025%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 10 19
UK median daily rate £475 £401 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.38% -2.73% +8.84%
10th Percentile £365 £323 £315
90th Percentile £537 £488 £555
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £444 £375
% change year-on-year -7.61% +18.33% +15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
UK median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 96939 98568 108531
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.79% 94.76% 94.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 63924 64295 69051
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £393 £375
% change year-on-year +1.91% +4.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2896 3271 4142
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

Test Automation Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Test Automation Specialist in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation Specialist in the UK

Test Automation Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation Specialist in the UK

Test Automation Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation Specialist over the 6 months to 20 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation Specialist in the UK

Test Automation Specialist
Top 10 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 6 months to 20 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +35 23 £475 +15.15% 1
London -8 14 £475 +46.15%
UK excluding London +37 11 £410 -7.61% 2
North of England +59 3 - -
East of England -18 3 £505 +6.32%
North West - 3 - -
Midlands +21 2 £343 -2.14%
Scotland -12 2 £350 -5.41% 1
East Midlands - 2 £343 -
South East - 1 £400 - 1

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

For the 6 months to 20 November 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 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 16 (64.00%) Agile Software Development
3 15 (60.00%) Selenium
4 14 (56.00%) Cucumber
5 12 (48.00%) Java
6 10 (40.00%) BDD
7 8 (32.00%) Gherkin
8 7 (28.00%) Scenario Testing
8 7 (28.00%) Scrum
9 6 (24.00%) TDD
9 6 (24.00%) C#
9 6 (24.00%) QA
10 5 (20.00%) Finance
10 5 (20.00%) Kanban
10 5 (20.00%) Test Scripting
10 5 (20.00%) JavaScript
10 5 (20.00%) Python
10 5 (20.00%) JIRA
11 4 (16.00%) Ruby
11 4 (16.00%) Software Testing
11 4 (16.00%) Banking
11 4 (16.00%) Linux
11 4 (16.00%) DevOps
11 4 (16.00%) Robot Framework
11 4 (16.00%) Functional Testing
11 4 (16.00%) Security Cleared
11 4 (16.00%) Test Management
12 3 (12.00%) Atlassian
12 3 (12.00%) WebDriver
12 3 (12.00%) Protractor

Test 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:

Cloud Services
1 3 (12.00%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.00%) HTTP
1 1 (4.00%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.00%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 15 (60.00%) Selenium
2 14 (56.00%) Cucumber
3 5 (20.00%) JIRA
4 4 (16.00%) Robot Framework
5 3 (12.00%) GitLab
5 3 (12.00%) Protractor
5 3 (12.00%) WebDriver
6 2 (8.00%) Git (software)
6 2 (8.00%) Jenkins
6 2 (8.00%) JMeter
6 2 (8.00%) Maven
6 2 (8.00%) Toad
7 1 (4.00%) Ant
7 1 (4.00%) Eclipse
7 1 (4.00%) HP UFT
7 1 (4.00%) JUnit
7 1 (4.00%) LoadRunner
7 1 (4.00%) SpecFlow
7 1 (4.00%) Subversion
7 1 (4.00%) Visual Studio
General
1 5 (20.00%) Finance
2 4 (16.00%) Banking
3 2 (8.00%) Back Office
3 2 (8.00%) Investment Banking
4 1 (4.00%) Front Office
4 1 (4.00%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (32.00%) Gherkin
2 2 (8.00%) .NET
2 2 (8.00%) REST
3 1 (4.00%) HTML
3 1 (4.00%) JSON
3 1 (4.00%) Kafka
3 1 (4.00%) Node.js
3 1 (4.00%) RESTful
3 1 (4.00%) SOAP
3 1 (4.00%) Spring
3 1 (4.00%) Spring Cloud
3 1 (4.00%) Web Services
3 1 (4.00%) WinForms
3 1 (4.00%) WPF
3 1 (4.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (12.00%) Computer Science
2 1 (4.00%) Fintech
2 1 (4.00%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 1 (4.00%) Greenfield Project
2 1 (4.00%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 4 (16.00%) Linux
2 1 (4.00%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 16 (64.00%) Agile Software Development
3 10 (40.00%) BDD
4 7 (28.00%) Scenario Testing
4 7 (28.00%) Scrum
5 6 (24.00%) TDD
6 5 (20.00%) Kanban
6 5 (20.00%) Test Scripting
7 4 (16.00%) DevOps
7 4 (16.00%) Functional Testing
7 4 (16.00%) Software Testing
7 4 (16.00%) Test Management
8 3 (12.00%) Agile Testing
8 3 (12.00%) Build Automation
8 3 (12.00%) Configuration Management
8 3 (12.00%) ITIL
8 3 (12.00%) Non-Functional Testing
8 3 (12.00%) Software Delivery
8 3 (12.00%) Software Engineering
9 1 (4.00%) API Testing
Programming Languages
1 12 (48.00%) Java
2 6 (24.00%) C#
3 5 (20.00%) JavaScript
3 5 (20.00%) Python
4 4 (16.00%) Ruby
5 3 (12.00%) Perl
5 3 (12.00%) SQL
5 3 (12.00%) VB
6 1 (4.00%) Groovy
6 1 (4.00%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 4 (16.00%) Security Cleared
2 3 (12.00%) Computer Science Degree
2 3 (12.00%) Degree
3 1 (4.00%) DV Cleared
3 1 (4.00%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (24.00%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (12.00%) Ansible
Vendors
1 3 (12.00%) Atlassian
1 3 (12.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (4.00%) HP
2 1 (4.00%) Oracle