The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 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 Manchester 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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Automation
Rank 80 68 89
Rank change year-on-year
-12 +21
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 6 5 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 0.42% 0.52% 0.14%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.59% 0.74% 0.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 4 1
Average daily rate £330 £323 £265
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.32% +21.69%
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
Manchester
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
1014 678 911
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 71.66% 70.26% 65.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 521 330 434
Average daily rate £350 £330 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +1.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £471 £457 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £360 £370
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 44 51
Average hourly rate £16.50 £21.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-21.42% +20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.10 £13.38 £13.07
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.34 £77.50 £37.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £32.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +16.36%
Test Automation
North West

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 18 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
Altrincham - - - -
Bolton - - - -
Salford - - - -
Stockport - - - -
Test Automation
North West

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 (55.56%) Selenium
2 4 (44.44%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (33.33%) TDD
3 3 (33.33%) Degree
3 3 (33.33%) PostgreSQL
3 3 (33.33%) RDBMS
3 3 (33.33%) Microsoft
3 3 (33.33%) MySQL
3 3 (33.33%) SOAP
3 3 (33.33%) Web Services
3 3 (33.33%) User Acceptance Testing
3 3 (33.33%) Test Management
3 3 (33.33%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (33.33%) SoapUI
3 3 (33.33%) Test Strategy
3 3 (33.33%) Cucumber
3 3 (33.33%) Relational Database
3 3 (33.33%) QA
4 2 (22.22%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 2 (22.22%) Oracle Database
4 2 (22.22%) Technical Analysis
4 2 (22.22%) Automation Testing
4 2 (22.22%) SpecFlow
4 2 (22.22%) Windows Server 2012
4 2 (22.22%) TRADACOMS
4 2 (22.22%) HP Quality Center
4 2 (22.22%) Security Cleared
4 2 (22.22%) XML
4 2 (22.22%) Windows
4 2 (22.22%) EDI

Test Automation
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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.

Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (33.33%) PostgreSQL
1 3 (33.33%) RDBMS
1 3 (33.33%) MySQL
1 3 (33.33%) Relational Database
2 2 (22.22%) Oracle Database
2 2 (22.22%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 5 (55.56%) Selenium
2 3 (33.33%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (33.33%) SoapUI
2 3 (33.33%) Cucumber
3 2 (22.22%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 2 (22.22%) SpecFlow
3 2 (22.22%) Toad
3 2 (22.22%) Visual Studio
4 1 (11.11%) JUnit
4 1 (11.11%) Calabash
General
1 2 (22.22%) Telecoms
1 2 (22.22%) Finance
1 2 (22.22%) Retail
Job Titles
1 4 (44.44%) Tester
2 2 (22.22%) Automated Tester
2 2 (22.22%) Test Leader
2 2 (22.22%) Software Tester
2 2 (22.22%) Senior Tester
3 1 (11.11%) Developer
3 1 (11.11%) Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Test Manager
3 1 (11.11%) Test Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Selenium Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (33.33%) SOAP
1 3 (33.33%) Web Services
2 2 (22.22%) XML
2 2 (22.22%) EDI
2 2 (22.22%) EDIFACT
Miscellaneous
1 2 (22.22%) TRADACOMS
1 2 (22.22%) Mainframe
1 2 (22.22%) Mathematics
2 1 (11.11%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 2 (22.22%) Windows Server 2012
1 2 (22.22%) Windows
2 1 (11.11%) Android
2 1 (11.11%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (44.44%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (33.33%) TDD
2 3 (33.33%) User Acceptance Testing
2 3 (33.33%) Test Management
2 3 (33.33%) Test Strategy
3 2 (22.22%) Technical Analysis
3 2 (22.22%) Automation Testing
3 2 (22.22%) Software Testing
3 2 (22.22%) Automated Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Scrum
4 1 (11.11%) Waterfall
4 1 (11.11%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 1 (11.11%) Ruby
1 1 (11.11%) Java
Qualifications
1 3 (33.33%) Degree
2 2 (22.22%) Security Cleared
2 2 (22.22%) ISEB
2 2 (22.22%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (33.33%) QA
Systems Management
1 2 (22.22%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (33.33%) Microsoft
2 2 (22.22%) Oracle
3 1 (11.11%) Xamarin