The table below looks at the statistics for Test Automation skills in IT contracts advertised for the Manchester region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Automation over the 3 months to 17 April 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
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Automation
Rank 88 85 71
Rank change year-on-year
-3 -14
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 8 5 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 0.49% 0.35% 0.50%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.66% 0.48% 0.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 3 4
Average daily rate
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£538 £275 £323
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+95.45% -14.72%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £335 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.47% -4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £105.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year
-64.28% +162.50%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the Manchester region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Manchester
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
1207 1039 709
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 74.05% 73.27% 70.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 652 527 347
Average daily rate £375 £350 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +6.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £246 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £450 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £393 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+4.66% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 37 44
Average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% -21.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £10.65 £13.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.75 £22.38 £61.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.44 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
+4.80% -6.25%

Test Automation
Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

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

Test Automation Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

Test Automation
Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Test Automation Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

Test Automation
Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Automation across the Manchester region over the 3 months to 17 April 2015.

Test Automation Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

Test Automation
Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Test Automation across the Manchester region.

Test Automation Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 17 April 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester 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 (64.29%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (42.86%) QA
2 6 (42.86%) Java
2 6 (42.86%) Test Strategy
3 5 (35.71%) Oracle
3 5 (35.71%) Windows
3 5 (35.71%) Test Management
3 5 (35.71%) TDD
4 4 (28.57%) Test Scripting
4 4 (28.57%) User Acceptance Testing
4 4 (28.57%) Finance
4 4 (28.57%) ISEB
4 4 (28.57%) Manual Testing
5 3 (21.43%) Kanban
5 3 (21.43%) SoapUI
5 3 (21.43%) HP Quality Center
5 3 (21.43%) Capacity Planning
5 3 (21.43%) Performance Engineering
5 3 (21.43%) Regression Testing
5 3 (21.43%) Linux
5 3 (21.43%) SOAP
5 3 (21.43%) Web Services
5 3 (21.43%) SQL
5 3 (21.43%) .NET
5 3 (21.43%) J2EE
5 3 (21.43%) Performance Testing
5 3 (21.43%) Stress Testing
5 3 (21.43%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 3 (21.43%) DV Cleared
5 3 (21.43%) Security Cleared

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester 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.

Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (14.29%) SQL Server
1 2 (14.29%) Oracle Database
2 1 (7.14%) Relational Database
2 1 (7.14%) RDBMS
2 1 (7.14%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (7.14%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 3 (21.43%) JIRA
1 3 (21.43%) Atlassian Bamboo
1 3 (21.43%) SoapUI
2 2 (14.29%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 2 (14.29%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (14.29%) Selenium
2 2 (14.29%) Visual Studio
2 2 (14.29%) Toad
3 1 (7.14%) JBehave
3 1 (7.14%) WebDriver
3 1 (7.14%) Cucumber
3 1 (7.14%) Appium
3 1 (7.14%) Calabash
General
1 4 (28.57%) Finance
2 3 (21.43%) Banking
3 2 (14.29%) Retail
3 2 (14.29%) Billing
4 1 (7.14%) Investment Banking
4 1 (7.14%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (7.14%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 5 (35.71%) Analyst
1 5 (35.71%) Test Analyst
2 3 (21.43%) Test Manager
2 3 (21.43%) Performance Analyst
2 3 (21.43%) Performance Test Analyst
3 2 (14.29%) Test Engineer
3 2 (14.29%) QA Engineer
4 1 (7.14%) Senior Tester
4 1 (7.14%) Release Manager
4 1 (7.14%) Tester
4 1 (7.14%) Developer
4 1 (7.14%) SAP Manager
4 1 (7.14%) Front-End Developer
4 1 (7.14%) Test Leader
4 1 (7.14%) UAT Manager
4 1 (7.14%) Automation Tester
4 1 (7.14%) Senior Automation Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (21.43%) .NET
1 3 (21.43%) J2EE
1 3 (21.43%) SOAP
1 3 (21.43%) Web Services
2 1 (7.14%) Django
2 1 (7.14%) CSS
2 1 (7.14%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (7.14%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 5 (35.71%) Windows
2 3 (21.43%) Linux
3 2 (14.29%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (64.29%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (42.86%) Test Strategy
3 5 (35.71%) Test Management
3 5 (35.71%) TDD
4 4 (28.57%) User Acceptance Testing
4 4 (28.57%) Test Scripting
4 4 (28.57%) Manual Testing
5 3 (21.43%) Kanban
5 3 (21.43%) V-Model
5 3 (21.43%) Capacity Planning
5 3 (21.43%) Performance Engineering
5 3 (21.43%) Performance Testing
5 3 (21.43%) Stress Testing
5 3 (21.43%) Regression Testing
6 2 (14.29%) Migration
6 2 (14.29%) Software Testing
6 2 (14.29%) Technical Analysis
6 2 (14.29%) Non-Functional Testing
6 2 (14.29%) Automation Testing
6 2 (14.29%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (42.86%) Java
2 3 (21.43%) SQL
3 1 (7.14%) Python
3 1 (7.14%) Groovy
3 1 (7.14%) C
Qualifications
1 4 (28.57%) ISEB
2 3 (21.43%) DV Cleared
2 3 (21.43%) Security Cleared
3 2 (14.29%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 2 (14.29%) ISTQB
4 1 (7.14%) Degree
4 1 (7.14%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (42.86%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (21.43%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (35.71%) Oracle
2 2 (14.29%) Microsoft
3 1 (7.14%) SAP