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 6 July 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
6 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Automation
Rank 66 66 59
Rank change year-on-year
0 -7
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 6 2 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 0.65% 0.26% 1.51%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.81% 0.34% 1.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 1 1
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£366 £315 £435
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.26% -27.58%
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
+15.38% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £30.75
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +21.95%
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
744 583 565
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 80.87% 74.36% 77.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 445 308 237
Average daily rate £400 £390 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £296 £245 £239
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £540 £455
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 25 22
Average hourly rate £33.00 £35.00 £40.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.71% -12.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £15.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.50 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £27.50 £30.50
% change year-on-year
+9.09% -9.83%

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 6 July 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 6 July 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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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
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IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
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Job
Vacancies
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Test Automation
North West

Test Automation
Top 20 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 6 July 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 6 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 6 (100.00%) Continuous Integration
2 5 (83.33%) .NET
2 5 (83.33%) MS Excel
2 5 (83.33%) Microsoft
2 5 (83.33%) Team Foundation Server
3 4 (66.67%) SpecFlow
3 4 (66.67%) Migration
3 4 (66.67%) Code Coverage
3 4 (66.67%) Windows
3 4 (66.67%) TestComplete
3 4 (66.67%) TeamCity
3 4 (66.67%) TDD
3 4 (66.67%) Software Engineering
4 3 (50.00%) Degree
4 3 (50.00%) Computer Science
5 1 (16.67%) Finance
5 1 (16.67%) Cost-Benefit Analysis
5 1 (16.67%) Banking
5 1 (16.67%) DevOps

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 6 July 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 (83.33%) MS Excel
Development Applications
1 5 (83.33%) Team Foundation Server
2 4 (66.67%) SpecFlow
2 4 (66.67%) TestComplete
2 4 (66.67%) TeamCity
General
1 1 (16.67%) Finance
1 1 (16.67%) Banking
Job Titles
1 5 (83.33%) Architect
2 3 (50.00%) Integration Architect
3 1 (16.67%) Consultant
3 1 (16.67%) DevOps Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (83.33%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 3 (50.00%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 4 (66.67%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 6 (100.00%) Continuous Integration
2 4 (66.67%) Code Coverage
2 4 (66.67%) Migration
2 4 (66.67%) TDD
2 4 (66.67%) Software Engineering
3 1 (16.67%) Cost-Benefit Analysis
3 1 (16.67%) DevOps
Qualifications
1 3 (50.00%) Degree
Vendors
1 5 (83.33%) Microsoft