The first table below looks at the demand 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 16 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the Cheshire region.

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
16 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Automation
Rank 66 63 56
Rank change year-on-year
-3 -7
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 7 3 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 0.82% 0.40% 0.29%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.06% 0.55% 0.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 1 1
Average daily rate £388 £435 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.91% +2.35%
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £350 £400
% change year-on-year
-5.71% -12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £105.00 £40.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year
+162.50% -5.88%
Processes & Methodologies Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
663 548 429
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 77.82% 73.46% 61.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 301 253 221
Average daily rate £400 £351 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.12% -3.31%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £230 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £536 £470 £465
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £361 £370
% change year-on-year
+4.02% -2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 52 26 13
Average hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.49 £14.25 £13.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £55.75 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £32.00 £27.00
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +18.51%
Test Automation
North West

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
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 16 April 2014. 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Chester - 3 - -
Knutsford - - - -
Northwich - - - -
Warrington - - - - 2
Wilmslow - - - -
Test Automation
North West

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, 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 9 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 9 (100.00%) TDD
2 8 (88.89%) Pair Programming
2 8 (88.89%) Scrum
2 8 (88.89%) .NET
3 7 (77.78%) HTML
3 7 (77.78%) JavaScript
3 7 (77.78%) CSS
3 7 (77.78%) Refactoring
3 7 (77.78%) Continuous Integration
3 7 (77.78%) HTML5
3 7 (77.78%) CSS3
4 6 (66.67%) JSON
4 6 (66.67%) C#
4 6 (66.67%) SQL
5 5 (55.56%) MVC
6 4 (44.44%) T-SQL
6 4 (44.44%) Visual Studio
6 4 (44.44%) Kanban
6 4 (44.44%) RESTful
6 4 (44.44%) User Stories
7 3 (33.33%) Cucumber
7 3 (33.33%) Relational Database
7 3 (33.33%) Dependency Injection
7 3 (33.33%) Selenium
7 3 (33.33%) LINQ
7 3 (33.33%) jQuery
7 3 (33.33%) NHibernate
7 3 (33.33%) Enterprise Architecture
7 3 (33.33%) Requirements Management

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, 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.

Application Platforms
1 2 (22.22%) Apache
2 1 (11.11%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (22.22%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 1 (11.11%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (22.22%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (33.33%) Relational Database
2 2 (22.22%) RDBMS
3 1 (11.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (11.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (11.11%) NoSQL
3 1 (11.11%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 4 (44.44%) Visual Studio
2 3 (33.33%) Selenium
2 3 (33.33%) Cucumber
3 2 (22.22%) Subversion
4 1 (11.11%) JIRA
Job Titles
1 8 (88.89%) Developer
2 3 (33.33%) Java Developer
3 2 (22.22%) .NET Developer
3 2 (22.22%) Web Developer
4 1 (11.11%) Development Manager
4 1 (11.11%) C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (88.89%) .NET
2 7 (77.78%) CSS
2 7 (77.78%) HTML
2 7 (77.78%) HTML5
2 7 (77.78%) CSS3
3 6 (66.67%) JSON
4 4 (44.44%) RESTful
5 3 (33.33%) LINQ
5 3 (33.33%) jQuery
5 3 (33.33%) Spring
5 3 (33.33%) Ajax
5 3 (33.33%) NHibernate
5 3 (33.33%) .NET Framework
6 2 (22.22%) JDBC
7 1 (11.11%) Web Services
7 1 (11.11%) ASP.NET
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 9 (100.00%) TDD
2 8 (88.89%) Pair Programming
2 8 (88.89%) Scrum
3 7 (77.78%) Continuous Integration
3 7 (77.78%) Refactoring
4 5 (55.56%) MVC
5 4 (44.44%) Kanban
5 4 (44.44%) User Stories
6 3 (33.33%) Dependency Injection
6 3 (33.33%) Enterprise Architecture
6 3 (33.33%) Requirements Management
6 3 (33.33%) Technical Architecture
6 3 (33.33%) Web Development
6 3 (33.33%) Configuration Management
7 2 (22.22%) E-Commerce
8 1 (11.11%) Business Intelligence
8 1 (11.11%) Project Management
8 1 (11.11%) Content Management
8 1 (11.11%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (77.78%) JavaScript
2 6 (66.67%) SQL
2 6 (66.67%) C#
3 4 (44.44%) T-SQL
4 3 (33.33%) Java
Vendors
1 2 (22.22%) Vertica
2 1 (11.11%) ATG
2 1 (11.11%) hybris
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