The table below looks at the statistics for Automated Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Automated Testing over the 3 months to 28 August 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Automated Testing
Rank 117 122 127
Rank change year-on-year
+5 +5
Contract jobs citing Automated Testing 51 14 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.18% 0.45% 0.31%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.50% 0.61% 0.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 11 5
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£394 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% +7.69%
UK excluding London average daily rate £355 £355 £325
% change year-on-year
- +9.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.50 £80.00 £34.00
% change year-on-year
-46.87% +135.29%
Automated Testing
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the North West region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
3408 2293 2052
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 78.80% 74.33% 71.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 2092 1270 1045
Average daily rate £413 £370 £333
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.48% +11.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £265 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 134 101 103
Average hourly rate £40.00 £25.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+60.00% +25.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.16 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.50 £67.00 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £25.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+30.00% -16.66%

Automated Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Automated Testing across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Automated Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Automated Testing
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Automated Testing across the North West region.

Automated Testing Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Automated Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Automated Testing across the North West region over the 3 months to 28 August 2015.

Automated Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Automated Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Automated Testing across the North West region.

Automated Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Automated Testing
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Automated Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 28 August 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
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -5 21 £388 +10.71% 23
Cheshire +5 15 £400 - 8
Lancashire -5 11 £350 -1.40% 2
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Automated Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Automated Testing 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 Automated Testing.

1 52 (55.91%) Agile Software Development
2 36 (38.71%) Continuous Integration
3 35 (37.63%) QA
4 23 (24.73%) Java
4 23 (24.73%) Jenkins
5 21 (22.58%) Linux
6 19 (20.43%) HTML
6 19 (20.43%) Mobile App
7 18 (19.35%) Test Strategy
7 18 (19.35%) Security Cleared
8 17 (18.28%) CSS
8 17 (18.28%) HTTP
8 17 (18.28%) Configuration Management
8 17 (18.28%) Migration
9 16 (17.20%) RDBMS
9 16 (17.20%) Windows
9 16 (17.20%) JavaScript
9 16 (17.20%) .NET
9 16 (17.20%) COBOL
9 16 (17.20%) Data Conversion
9 16 (17.20%) Test Scripting
9 16 (17.20%) VME
9 16 (17.20%) Relational Database
10 15 (16.13%) Cucumber
10 15 (16.13%) TDD
10 15 (16.13%) WebSphere
11 14 (15.05%) Degree
11 14 (15.05%) IIS
11 14 (15.05%) Unit Testing
12 13 (13.98%) J2EE

Automated Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Automated Testing 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 Automated Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 15 (16.13%) WebSphere
2 14 (15.05%) IIS
3 12 (12.90%) Tomcat
3 12 (12.90%) nginx
4 10 (10.75%) Jetty
4 10 (10.75%) Apache
5 4 (4.30%) SharePoint 2010
5 4 (4.30%) Node.js
5 4 (4.30%) SharePoint
6 2 (2.15%) JBoss
6 2 (2.15%) OpenStack
Applications
1 3 (3.23%) MS Excel
2 2 (2.15%) Maya
2 2 (2.15%) 3ds Max
2 2 (2.15%) Adobe Illustrator
2 2 (2.15%) CINEMA 4D
2 2 (2.15%) MODO
2 2 (2.15%) Photoshop
Cloud Services
1 12 (12.90%) Cloud Computing
1 12 (12.90%) Amazon AWS
2 10 (10.75%) Google Cloud Platform
2 10 (10.75%) Amazon EC2
2 10 (10.75%) Google App Engine
3 2 (2.15%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 17 (18.28%) HTTP
2 13 (13.98%) FTP
3 10 (10.75%) IPsec
3 10 (10.75%) DHCP
3 10 (10.75%) TCP/IP
3 10 (10.75%) DNS
4 4 (4.30%) SSL
4 4 (4.30%) Internet
4 4 (4.30%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (17.20%) RDBMS
1 16 (17.20%) Relational Database
2 11 (11.83%) MongoDB
3 6 (6.45%) PostgreSQL
4 5 (5.38%) SQL Server
5 4 (4.30%) Apache Cassandra
5 4 (4.30%) SQLite
5 4 (4.30%) SQL Server 2008
5 4 (4.30%) MySQL
5 4 (4.30%) Redis
6 2 (2.15%) DB2
7 1 (1.08%) Data Mining
7 1 (1.08%) NoSQL
7 1 (1.08%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 23 (24.73%) Jenkins
2 15 (16.13%) Cucumber
3 8 (8.60%) Git (software)
4 7 (7.53%) JUnit
5 6 (6.45%) Visual Studio
5 6 (6.45%) Subversion
5 6 (6.45%) Selenium
6 5 (5.38%) Team Foundation Server
6 5 (5.38%) Appium
7 4 (4.30%) PHPUnit
7 4 (4.30%) Mocha
7 4 (4.30%) Calabash
7 4 (4.30%) NUnit
7 4 (4.30%) Eclipse
8 3 (3.23%) JIRA
8 3 (3.23%) TeamCity
8 3 (3.23%) SoapUI
9 2 (2.15%) FishEye
9 2 (2.15%) SpecFlow
9 2 (2.15%) Rational Performance Tester
General
1 12 (12.90%) Finance
2 4 (4.30%) Banking
3 1 (1.08%) Retail
3 1 (1.08%) Games
Job Titles
1 27 (29.03%) Developer
2 16 (17.20%) Test Manager
3 9 (9.68%) Analyst
3 9 (9.68%) Tester
4 8 (8.60%) Test Analyst
5 7 (7.53%) Test Leader
6 6 (6.45%) DevOps Consultant
6 6 (6.45%) UX Designer
6 6 (6.45%) Designer
6 6 (6.45%) Senior Consultant
6 6 (6.45%) Consultant
7 4 (4.30%) Mobile Developer
7 4 (4.30%) iOS Developer
8 3 (3.23%) Android Developer
8 3 (3.23%) Front-End Developer
8 3 (3.23%) Integration Tester
8 3 (3.23%) ScrumMaster
8 3 (3.23%) Software Tester
9 2 (2.15%) C# Developer
9 2 (2.15%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (20.43%) HTML
2 17 (18.28%) CSS
3 16 (17.20%) .NET
4 13 (13.98%) J2EE
5 12 (12.90%) Servlets
6 11 (11.83%) jQuery
7 10 (10.75%) JSON
8 8 (8.60%) HTML5
9 7 (7.53%) AngularJS
10 6 (6.45%) RESTful
11 5 (5.38%) CSS3
11 5 (5.38%) Web Services
11 5 (5.38%) XML
12 4 (4.30%) ASP.NET
12 4 (4.30%) Backbone.js
12 4 (4.30%) CAML
12 4 (4.30%) Ruby on Rails
12 4 (4.30%) Django
12 4 (4.30%) Twitter Bootstrap
12 4 (4.30%) Ember.js
Miscellaneous
1 19 (20.43%) Mobile App
2 16 (17.20%) Data Conversion
3 11 (11.83%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (6.45%) User Experience
5 4 (4.30%) Computer Science
6 3 (3.23%) iPhone
6 3 (3.23%) iPad
7 2 (2.15%) Management Information System
7 2 (2.15%) Data Structures
7 2 (2.15%) Algorithms
7 2 (2.15%) Data Centre
8 1 (1.08%) Cryptography
8 1 (1.08%) Animation
8 1 (1.08%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 21 (22.58%) Linux
2 16 (17.20%) Windows
2 16 (17.20%) VME
3 12 (12.90%) Apple iOS
4 11 (11.83%) Android
5 9 (9.68%) UNIX
6 4 (4.30%) Mac OS X
7 3 (3.23%) Windows Mobile
8 1 (1.08%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (55.91%) Agile Software Development
2 36 (38.71%) Continuous Integration
3 18 (19.35%) Test Strategy
4 17 (18.28%) Migration
4 17 (18.28%) Configuration Management
5 16 (17.20%) Test Scripting
6 15 (16.13%) TDD
7 14 (15.05%) Unit Testing
8 12 (12.90%) Integration Testing
8 12 (12.90%) Scrum
9 10 (10.75%) ITIL
10 9 (9.68%) Software Delivery
11 8 (8.60%) iOS Development
11 8 (8.60%) DevOps
11 8 (8.60%) Manual Testing
12 7 (7.53%) Responsive Web Design
12 7 (7.53%) Coaching
12 7 (7.53%) Continuous Improvement
12 7 (7.53%) Android Development
12 7 (7.53%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 23 (24.73%) Java
2 16 (17.20%) JavaScript
2 16 (17.20%) COBOL
3 11 (11.83%) C#
4 8 (8.60%) SQL
4 8 (8.60%) Python
5 7 (7.53%) Objective-C
6 5 (5.38%) Ruby
6 5 (5.38%) C
7 4 (4.30%) C++
7 4 (4.30%) VBScript
7 4 (4.30%) VB
7 4 (4.30%) VB.NET
7 4 (4.30%) VBA
7 4 (4.30%) PowerShell
7 4 (4.30%) PHP
7 4 (4.30%) FQL
8 2 (2.15%) Bash Shell
9 1 (1.08%) Scala
Qualifications
1 18 (19.35%) Security Cleared
2 14 (15.05%) Degree
3 9 (9.68%) ISEB
4 5 (5.38%) ISTQB
5 3 (3.23%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (2.15%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (1.08%) SC Cleared
7 1 (1.08%) DV Cleared
7 1 (1.08%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (37.63%) QA
System Software
1 12 (12.90%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (4.30%) Active Directory
2 4 (4.30%) Xen
2 4 (4.30%) BitLocker
3 2 (2.15%) vCloud
3 2 (2.15%) QEMU
3 2 (2.15%) KVM
Systems Management
1 11 (11.83%) Puppet
1 11 (11.83%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (2.15%) logstash
2 2 (2.15%) Nagios
2 2 (2.15%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 13 (13.98%) Microsoft
2 12 (12.90%) VMware
3 10 (10.75%) Google
4 3 (3.23%) Apple
4 3 (3.23%) Oracle
4 3 (3.23%) Apigee
5 2 (2.15%) Green Hat
5 2 (2.15%) IBM
5 2 (2.15%) HP
6 1 (1.08%) JD Edwards
6 1 (1.08%) Twitter
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