The table below looks at the statistics for Test Automation skills in IT contracts advertised for the Cheshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Automation over the 3 months to 28 August 2015 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Automation
Rank 69 68 -
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 9 2 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 0.82% 0.24% -
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.00% 0.33% -
Number of daily rates quoted 7 2 0
Average daily rate
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£368 £356 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.15% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £366 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.64% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.44 £38.50 £29.00
% change year-on-year
-18.33% +32.75%
Test Automation
North West

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the Cheshire region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
903 615 617
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 82.62% 74.91% 74.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 595 332 292
Average daily rate £425 £400 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +23.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £324 £275 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £540 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 33 35
Average hourly rate £17.42 £28.25 £31.56
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-38.35% -10.47%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £13.25 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.75 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £25.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+30.00% -16.66%

Test Automation
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Test Automation across the Cheshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Test Automation Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

Test Automation
Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Test Automation Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

Test Automation
Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Automation across the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 28 August 2015.

Test Automation Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

Test Automation
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Automation within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 28 August 2015. 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
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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
Knutsford - 8 £384 -
Chester -6 1 £310 +18.09%
Test Automation
North West

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region citing Test Automation also 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 that cited Test Automation.

1 7 (77.78%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (66.67%) Continuous Integration
3 5 (55.56%) .NET
3 5 (55.56%) MS Excel
3 5 (55.56%) Microsoft
3 5 (55.56%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (44.44%) TestComplete
4 4 (44.44%) SpecFlow
4 4 (44.44%) TeamCity
4 4 (44.44%) Code Coverage
4 4 (44.44%) Windows
4 4 (44.44%) Software Engineering
4 4 (44.44%) TDD
4 4 (44.44%) Migration
5 3 (33.33%) Degree
5 3 (33.33%) Computer Science
6 2 (22.22%) QA
6 2 (22.22%) Validation
6 2 (22.22%) BPEL
6 2 (22.22%) UML
6 2 (22.22%) OO
6 2 (22.22%) HTML
6 2 (22.22%) SQL
6 2 (22.22%) SOA
6 2 (22.22%) WSDL
6 2 (22.22%) J2EE
6 2 (22.22%) JDBC
6 2 (22.22%) JSP
6 2 (22.22%) Servlets
6 2 (22.22%) SOAP

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region citing Test Automation also 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 that cited Test Automation. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Applications
1 5 (55.56%) MS Excel
Development Applications
1 5 (55.56%) Team Foundation Server
2 4 (44.44%) SpecFlow
2 4 (44.44%) TestComplete
2 4 (44.44%) TeamCity
General
1 1 (11.11%) Finance
1 1 (11.11%) Banking
Job Titles
1 7 (77.78%) Architect
2 3 (33.33%) Integration Architect
3 2 (22.22%) Virtualisation Architect
4 1 (11.11%) DevOps Consultant
4 1 (11.11%) Tester
4 1 (11.11%) Consultant
4 1 (11.11%) Technical Tester
4 1 (11.11%) Applications Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (55.56%) .NET
2 2 (22.22%) J2EE
2 2 (22.22%) JDBC
2 2 (22.22%) JSP
2 2 (22.22%) Servlets
2 2 (22.22%) SOAP
2 2 (22.22%) Web Services
2 2 (22.22%) XML
2 2 (22.22%) WSDL
2 2 (22.22%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (33.33%) Computer Science
2 1 (11.11%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 4 (44.44%) Windows
2 1 (11.11%) Android
2 1 (11.11%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (77.78%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (66.67%) Continuous Integration
3 4 (44.44%) Migration
3 4 (44.44%) TDD
3 4 (44.44%) Software Engineering
3 4 (44.44%) Code Coverage
4 2 (22.22%) Validation
4 2 (22.22%) UML
4 2 (22.22%) OO
4 2 (22.22%) SOA
4 2 (22.22%) BPEL
4 2 (22.22%) Mentoring
5 1 (11.11%) Manual Testing
5 1 (11.11%) User Stories
5 1 (11.11%) Automation Testing
5 1 (11.11%) DevOps
5 1 (11.11%) Cost-Benefit Analysis
Programming Languages
1 2 (22.22%) SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (33.33%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (22.22%) QA
Systems Management
1 2 (22.22%) CA LISA
Vendors
1 5 (55.56%) Microsoft
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