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 25 November 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
25 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Automated Testing
Rank 113 118 117
Rank change year-on-year
+5 -1
Contract jobs citing Automated Testing 23 12 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.72% 0.43% 0.55%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.98% 0.58% 0.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 8 5
Average daily rate
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£275 £315 £288
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.69% +9.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £200 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £523 £350 £349
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £321 £370
% change year-on-year
+5.83% -13.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £57.50 £35.00 £38.00
% change year-on-year
+64.28% -7.89%
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
2337 2053 2041
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 73.44% 74.04% 65.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 1373 1012 1025
Average daily rate £375 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £486 £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £363 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.20% -2.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 103 112 86
Average hourly rate £28.00 £23.25 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.43% +3.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £13.65 £12.82
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £67.00 £44.90 £75.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £29.40 £29.00
% change year-on-year
-14.96% +1.37%

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 25 November 2014.

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 25 November 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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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 13 £225 -10.44% 13
Lancashire -17 9 £517 +158.25%
Cheshire +9 1 - - 2
Merseyside - - - - 4
Automated Testing
England

Automated Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 25 November 2014, 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 17 (45.95%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (35.14%) Java
3 10 (27.03%) .NET
4 8 (21.62%) TDD
4 8 (21.62%) Google
4 8 (21.62%) Continuous Integration
5 7 (18.92%) Android
5 7 (18.92%) HP Quality Center
5 7 (18.92%) Software Engineering
5 7 (18.92%) Linux
5 7 (18.92%) Microsoft
5 7 (18.92%) Cucumber
6 6 (16.22%) BDD
6 6 (16.22%) Apple iOS
6 6 (16.22%) Jenkins
6 6 (16.22%) Configuration Management
6 6 (16.22%) Scrum
6 6 (16.22%) Servlets
6 6 (16.22%) J2EE
6 6 (16.22%) IIS
6 6 (16.22%) JavaScript
6 6 (16.22%) Apache
6 6 (16.22%) Tomcat
6 6 (16.22%) HTTP
6 6 (16.22%) TCP/IP
6 6 (16.22%) SSL
6 6 (16.22%) WebSphere
6 6 (16.22%) QA
6 6 (16.22%) nginx
6 6 (16.22%) Jetty

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

For the 6 months to 25 November 2014, 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 6 (16.22%) IIS
1 6 (16.22%) Apache
1 6 (16.22%) Tomcat
1 6 (16.22%) WebSphere
1 6 (16.22%) nginx
1 6 (16.22%) Jetty
2 5 (13.51%) CMS
3 2 (5.41%) Drupal
4 1 (2.70%) SharePoint
Business Applications
1 3 (8.11%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 4 (10.81%) Google Cloud Platform
1 4 (10.81%) Amazon EC2
1 4 (10.81%) Google App Engine
1 4 (10.81%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (2.70%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (16.22%) HTTP
1 6 (16.22%) TCP/IP
1 6 (16.22%) SSL
2 4 (10.81%) IPsec
2 4 (10.81%) DHCP
2 4 (10.81%) FTP
2 4 (10.81%) DNS
3 1 (2.70%) Network Security
3 1 (2.70%) DMZ
3 1 (2.70%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (13.51%) MySQL
2 1 (2.70%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 7 (18.92%) Cucumber
2 6 (16.22%) Jenkins
3 5 (13.51%) Calabash
3 5 (13.51%) Behat
4 4 (10.81%) Selenium
5 3 (8.11%) CaliberRM
5 3 (8.11%) Team Foundation Server
5 3 (8.11%) QuickTest Pro
5 3 (8.11%) MSTest
6 2 (5.41%) Subversion
6 2 (5.41%) Git (software)
7 1 (2.70%) WebDriver
General
1 1 (2.70%) Games
1 1 (2.70%) Telecoms
1 1 (2.70%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 13 (35.14%) Developer
2 7 (18.92%) Analyst
2 7 (18.92%) Test Analyst
3 5 (13.51%) Tester
3 5 (13.51%) iOS Developer
4 3 (8.11%) Senior Java Developer
4 3 (8.11%) Performance Tester
4 3 (8.11%) Java Developer
4 3 (8.11%) Test Engineer
4 3 (8.11%) Senior Developer
4 3 (8.11%) Magento Developer
4 3 (8.11%) Java Engineer
4 3 (8.11%) Senior Java Engineer
5 2 (5.41%) Senior Analyst
5 2 (5.41%) Senior Test Analyst
5 2 (5.41%) Integration Engineer
5 2 (5.41%) ScrumMaster
5 2 (5.41%) Drupal Developer
6 1 (2.70%) Integration Tester
6 1 (2.70%) Network Security Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (27.03%) .NET
2 6 (16.22%) Servlets
2 6 (16.22%) J2EE
3 5 (13.51%) jQuery
3 5 (13.51%) CSS
3 5 (13.51%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (10.81%) Open Source
2 3 (8.11%) User Experience
3 2 (5.41%) iPad
3 2 (5.41%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (5.41%) iPhone
4 1 (2.70%) IVR
4 1 (2.70%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 7 (18.92%) Android
1 7 (18.92%) Linux
2 6 (16.22%) Apple iOS
3 4 (10.81%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (45.95%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (21.62%) TDD
2 8 (21.62%) Continuous Integration
3 7 (18.92%) Software Engineering
4 6 (16.22%) BDD
4 6 (16.22%) Configuration Management
4 6 (16.22%) Scrum
4 6 (16.22%) Unit Testing
4 6 (16.22%) Test Scripting
5 5 (13.51%) E-Commerce
5 5 (13.51%) OOP
5 5 (13.51%) iOS Development
5 5 (13.51%) Dependency Injection
6 4 (10.81%) Service Delivery
6 4 (10.81%) Pair Programming
7 3 (8.11%) Refactoring
7 3 (8.11%) Performance Testing
7 3 (8.11%) Integration Testing
7 3 (8.11%) Manual Testing
7 3 (8.11%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 13 (35.14%) Java
2 6 (16.22%) JavaScript
3 5 (13.51%) PHP
3 5 (13.51%) Objective-C
4 3 (8.11%) SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (10.81%) ISEB
1 4 (10.81%) Security Cleared
2 3 (8.11%) SC Cleared
2 3 (8.11%) Degree
3 1 (2.70%) ACSP
3 1 (2.70%) BC Cleared
3 1 (2.70%) MCDST
3 1 (2.70%) MCTS
3 1 (2.70%) MCITP
3 1 (2.70%) ISTQB
3 1 (2.70%) ACSA
3 1 (2.70%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (2.70%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (2.70%) RHCE
3 1 (2.70%) IBM Certification
3 1 (2.70%) CCNP
3 1 (2.70%) CCIP
3 1 (2.70%) CCNA
3 1 (2.70%) CCDP
3 1 (2.70%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (16.22%) QA
2 1 (2.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 4 (10.81%) Xen
1 4 (10.81%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 7 (18.92%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (10.81%) Puppet
Vendors
1 8 (21.62%) Google
2 7 (18.92%) Microsoft
3 4 (10.81%) VMware
3 4 (10.81%) HP
3 4 (10.81%) Telerik
4 1 (2.70%) SolarWinds
4 1 (2.70%) Curam
4 1 (2.70%) EMC
4 1 (2.70%) Red Hat
4 1 (2.70%) Apple
4 1 (2.70%) Avaya
4 1 (2.70%) Cisco
4 1 (2.70%) IBM