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 24 December 2014 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Automation
Rank 84 77 78
Rank change year-on-year
-7 +1
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 8 3 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 0.57% 0.26% 0.42%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.80% 0.36% 0.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 0 3
Average daily rate
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£288 - £325
UK excluding London average daily rate £378 £328 £313
% change year-on-year
+15.26% +4.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.50 £37.50 £14.00
% change year-on-year
-24.00% +167.85%
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 Manchester region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Manchester
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
1002 843 855
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 71.37% 73.75% 71.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 627 449 443
Average daily rate £350 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £251 £248 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £477 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £370 £365
% change year-on-year
+4.72% +1.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 44 46
Average hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% -28.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £9.50 £10.09
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.13 £48.70 £87.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -10.00%

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
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
Contract Job Locations in Manchester

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 Manchester region over the 3 months to 24 December 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
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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
Salford - 1 £275 -
Stockport - - - -
Bolton - - - - 1
Bury - - - -
Test Automation
North West

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, 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 5 (45.45%) Agile Software Development
1 5 (45.45%) TDD
1 5 (45.45%) Manual Testing
2 4 (36.36%) Selenium
3 3 (27.27%) HTML
3 3 (27.27%) CSS
3 3 (27.27%) SOAP
3 3 (27.27%) Python
3 3 (27.27%) Django
3 3 (27.27%) Pair Programming
3 3 (27.27%) Test Management
4 2 (18.18%) Continuous Integration
4 2 (18.18%) Non-Functional Testing
4 2 (18.18%) SoapUI
4 2 (18.18%) Test Strategy
4 2 (18.18%) Responsive Web Design
4 2 (18.18%) System Testing
4 2 (18.18%) Kanban
4 2 (18.18%) HP Quality Center
4 2 (18.18%) ISTQB
4 2 (18.18%) Performance Testing
4 2 (18.18%) Software Testing
4 2 (18.18%) Refactoring
4 2 (18.18%) J2EE
4 2 (18.18%) PRINCE2
4 2 (18.18%) Web Services
4 2 (18.18%) Java
4 2 (18.18%) ISEB
4 2 (18.18%) Project Management
4 2 (18.18%) Finance

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, 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.

Application Platforms
1 1 (9.09%) WebSphere
Business Applications
1 1 (9.09%) Dynamics CRM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (9.09%) MySQL
1 1 (9.09%) SQL Server
1 1 (9.09%) RDBMS
1 1 (9.09%) PostgreSQL
1 1 (9.09%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 4 (36.36%) Selenium
2 2 (18.18%) SoapUI
3 1 (9.09%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 2 (18.18%) Finance
Job Titles
1 4 (36.36%) Test Analyst
1 4 (36.36%) Analyst
2 2 (18.18%) Test Manager
2 2 (18.18%) Front-End Developer
2 2 (18.18%) Developer
2 2 (18.18%) Selenium Test Analyst
3 1 (9.09%) Automation Tester
3 1 (9.09%) Automation Analyst
3 1 (9.09%) Senior Automation Tester
3 1 (9.09%) Architect
3 1 (9.09%) Tester
3 1 (9.09%) Technical Architect
3 1 (9.09%) Senior Analyst
3 1 (9.09%) Test Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Senior Test Analyst
3 1 (9.09%) Senior Tester
3 1 (9.09%) QA Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Automation Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (27.27%) CSS
1 3 (27.27%) SOAP
1 3 (27.27%) HTML
1 3 (27.27%) Django
2 2 (18.18%) J2EE
2 2 (18.18%) Web Services
3 1 (9.09%) XML
3 1 (9.09%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 1 (9.09%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 1 (9.09%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (45.45%) Agile Software Development
1 5 (45.45%) TDD
1 5 (45.45%) Manual Testing
2 3 (27.27%) Test Management
2 3 (27.27%) Pair Programming
3 2 (18.18%) PRINCE2
3 2 (18.18%) Project Management
3 2 (18.18%) Software Testing
3 2 (18.18%) Refactoring
3 2 (18.18%) Continuous Integration
3 2 (18.18%) Performance Testing
3 2 (18.18%) System Testing
3 2 (18.18%) Kanban
3 2 (18.18%) Test Strategy
3 2 (18.18%) Responsive Web Design
3 2 (18.18%) Non-Functional Testing
4 1 (9.09%) Automation Testing
4 1 (9.09%) Coaching
4 1 (9.09%) Build Automation
4 1 (9.09%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 3 (27.27%) Python
2 2 (18.18%) Java
3 1 (9.09%) SQL
3 1 (9.09%) VB
Qualifications
1 2 (18.18%) ISEB
1 2 (18.18%) ISTQB
1 2 (18.18%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
2 1 (9.09%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (9.09%) QA
Systems Management
1 2 (18.18%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (9.09%) IBM
1 1 (9.09%) Microsoft
1 1 (9.09%) HP