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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Automated Testing over the 3 months to 24 May 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
24 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Automated Testing
Rank 119 115 117
Rank change year-on-year
-4 +2
Contract jobs citing Automated Testing 47 42 20
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.21% 1.15% 0.65%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.48% 1.48% 0.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 36 15
Median daily rate £344 £350 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.78% +3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £220 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £529 £400 £350
UK excluding London median daily rate £373 £325 £335
% change year-on-year
+14.61% -2.98%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Median hourly rate £37.88 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 £38.75 £36.25
% change year-on-year
-13.54% +6.89%
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
3184 2840 2308
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 81.96% 77.47% 75.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 1975 1629 1216
Median daily rate £422 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.50% +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £525 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +2.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 68 131 115
Median hourly rate £36.00 £35.00 £31.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% +11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £14.50 £13.67
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.09 £60.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £31.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+12.90% +3.33%

Automated Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing Automated Testing as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 24 May 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Automated Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 24 May 2016. 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 see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Cheshire 0 19 £488 +56.00% 3
Manchester +4 16 £375 +63.93% 17
Lancashire -8 6 £263 -25.42% 2
Merseyside +1 5 £313 - 2
Automated Testing
England

Automated Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 May 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Automated Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for Automated Testing.

1 55 (53.40%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (37.86%) Java
3 31 (30.10%) Selenium
4 29 (28.16%) .NET
5 27 (26.21%) Test Scripting
6 26 (25.24%) Finance
7 25 (24.27%) C#
8 24 (23.30%) Continuous Integration
9 23 (22.33%) Scrum
10 21 (20.39%) Oracle
10 21 (20.39%) Unit Testing
11 20 (19.42%) C++
11 20 (19.42%) XML
11 20 (19.42%) BDD
12 18 (17.48%) .NET Framework
13 17 (16.50%) TDD
13 17 (16.50%) MySQL
14 15 (14.56%) Linux
15 14 (13.59%) JSON
15 14 (13.59%) JIRA
15 14 (13.59%) QA
15 14 (13.59%) Use Case
15 14 (13.59%) Games
15 14 (13.59%) SDLC
15 14 (13.59%) Translating Business Requirements
16 13 (12.62%) PostgreSQL
16 13 (12.62%) OOP
16 13 (12.62%) OO
16 13 (12.62%) JavaScript
16 13 (12.62%) Amazon AWS

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

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 7 (6.80%) JBoss
1 7 (6.80%) WebSphere
2 6 (5.83%) IIS
2 6 (5.83%) Tuxedo
3 5 (4.85%) CICS
3 5 (4.85%) WebLogic
4 4 (3.88%) CMS
4 4 (3.88%) Tomcat
5 3 (2.91%) Node.js
6 2 (1.94%) Apache
6 2 (1.94%) ArcGIS
6 2 (1.94%) Drupal
6 2 (1.94%) GeoServer
6 2 (1.94%) Jetty
6 2 (1.94%) nginx
6 2 (1.94%) SharePoint
6 2 (1.94%) SharePoint 2010
7 1 (0.97%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.97%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 5 (4.85%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.94%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 7 (6.80%) SAP MDM
2 1 (0.97%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 13 (12.62%) Amazon AWS
2 10 (9.71%) Amazon Kinesis
2 10 (9.71%) Amazon S3
2 10 (9.71%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
3 7 (6.80%) Veeva
4 2 (1.94%) Amazon EC2
4 2 (1.94%) Cloud Computing
4 2 (1.94%) Google App Engine
4 2 (1.94%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (0.97%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (4.85%) HTTP
2 2 (1.94%) DHCP
2 2 (1.94%) DNS
2 2 (1.94%) FTP
2 2 (1.94%) Internet
2 2 (1.94%) IPsec
2 2 (1.94%) PuTTY
2 2 (1.94%) SMTP
2 2 (1.94%) TCP/IP
2 2 (1.94%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (16.50%) MySQL
2 13 (12.62%) PostgreSQL
3 10 (9.71%) Amazon Redshift
3 10 (9.71%) Star Schema
4 5 (4.85%) DB2
4 5 (4.85%) Oracle Reports
4 5 (4.85%) SQL Server
5 4 (3.88%) Relational Database
6 3 (2.91%) MongoDB
7 2 (1.94%) GIS
7 2 (1.94%) NoSQL
7 2 (1.94%) SQL Server 2008
8 1 (0.97%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.97%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.97%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 31 (30.10%) Selenium
2 14 (13.59%) JIRA
3 12 (11.65%) Talend Open Studio
4 10 (9.71%) ERwin
5 9 (8.74%) Cucumber
5 9 (8.74%) Jenkins
5 9 (8.74%) Visual Studio
6 8 (7.77%) Git (software)
6 8 (7.77%) Subversion
7 6 (5.83%) JUnit
7 6 (5.83%) WebDriver
8 5 (4.85%) ClearCase
9 4 (3.88%) Eclipse
9 4 (3.88%) Travis CI
10 3 (2.91%) SpecFlow
11 2 (1.94%) Ant
11 2 (1.94%) Appium
11 2 (1.94%) JMeter
11 2 (1.94%) PHPUnit
11 2 (1.94%) SonarQube
General
1 26 (25.24%) Finance
2 14 (13.59%) Games
3 6 (5.83%) Banking
3 6 (5.83%) Pharmaceutical
4 4 (3.88%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.94%) Legal
5 2 (1.94%) Online Betting
6 1 (0.97%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 42 (40.78%) Developer
2 15 (14.56%) C# Developer
3 13 (12.62%) Analyst
3 13 (12.62%) Test Analyst
3 13 (12.62%) Test Engineer
4 12 (11.65%) Senior Developer
4 12 (11.65%) Test Automation Engineer
4 12 (11.65%) Test Manager
5 11 (10.68%) ETL Developer
6 10 (9.71%) Software Developer
7 9 (8.74%) Senior ETL Developer
8 6 (5.83%) Test Assurance Manager
8 6 (5.83%) Tester
9 5 (4.85%) C# WPF Developer
9 5 (4.85%) Java Developer
9 5 (4.85%) Talend Developer
9 5 (4.85%) WPF Developer
10 4 (3.88%) .NET Developer
10 4 (3.88%) C# .NET Developer
10 4 (3.88%) QA Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (28.16%) .NET
2 20 (19.42%) XML
3 18 (17.48%) .NET Framework
4 14 (13.59%) JSON
5 12 (11.65%) SOAP
5 12 (11.65%) Web Services
6 10 (9.71%) WCF
7 8 (7.77%) CSS
8 7 (6.80%) Hibernate
8 7 (6.80%) J2EE
8 7 (6.80%) Servlets
8 7 (6.80%) XSD
9 6 (5.83%) HTML
9 6 (5.83%) WPF
10 5 (4.85%) EJB
10 5 (4.85%) JMS
10 5 (4.85%) JSP
10 5 (4.85%) REST
10 5 (4.85%) Struts
10 5 (4.85%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 11 (10.68%) Data Integration
1 11 (10.68%) Mainframe
2 6 (5.83%) Computer Science
2 6 (5.83%) Mobile App
3 5 (4.85%) IBM Mainframe
3 5 (4.85%) Management Information System
3 5 (4.85%) PMI
4 4 (3.88%) User Experience
5 3 (2.91%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (1.94%) Inversion of Control
6 2 (1.94%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 15 (14.56%) Linux
2 7 (6.80%) Windows
3 6 (5.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 6 (5.83%) VME
4 4 (3.88%) Unix
4 4 (3.88%) Windows Server
5 1 (0.97%) Mac OS
5 1 (0.97%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (53.40%) Agile Software Development
2 27 (26.21%) Test Scripting
3 24 (23.30%) Continuous Integration
4 23 (22.33%) Scrum
5 21 (20.39%) Unit Testing
6 20 (19.42%) BDD
7 17 (16.50%) TDD
8 14 (13.59%) SDLC
8 14 (13.59%) Translating Business Requirements
8 14 (13.59%) Use Case
9 13 (12.62%) OO
9 13 (12.62%) OOP
9 13 (12.62%) Waterfall
10 12 (11.65%) Data Modelling
10 12 (11.65%) ETL
10 12 (11.65%) Manual Testing
10 12 (11.65%) Mentoring
11 11 (10.68%) SOA
12 10 (9.71%) Integration Testing
12 10 (9.71%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 39 (37.86%) Java
2 25 (24.27%) C#
3 20 (19.42%) C++
4 13 (12.62%) JavaScript
5 12 (11.65%) SQL
6 11 (10.68%) COBOL
7 5 (4.85%) Assembly Language
8 4 (3.88%) PHP
8 4 (3.88%) PowerShell
9 2 (1.94%) Ruby
9 2 (1.94%) VB
10 1 (0.97%) Embedded C++
10 1 (0.97%) FQL
10 1 (0.97%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.97%) Python
Qualifications
1 11 (10.68%) Degree
2 10 (9.71%) Security Cleared
3 5 (4.85%) PMI Certification
4 4 (3.88%) SC Cleared
5 3 (2.91%) BPSS Clearance
5 3 (2.91%) HND
5 3 (2.91%) ISTQB
5 3 (2.91%) Sun Certification
6 2 (1.94%) ISEB
6 2 (1.94%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (13.59%) QA
2 1 (0.97%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 10 (9.71%) Docker
2 2 (1.94%) Active Directory
2 2 (1.94%) BitLocker
2 2 (1.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.97%) KVM
Systems Management
1 3 (2.91%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.94%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (1.94%) Puppet
Vendors
1 21 (20.39%) Oracle
2 12 (11.65%) Talend
3 10 (9.71%) Microsoft
4 7 (6.80%) Concur
4 7 (6.80%) Infor
4 7 (6.80%) Micro Focus
4 7 (6.80%) Red Hat
4 7 (6.80%) Salesforce.com
4 7 (6.80%) SAP
5 5 (4.85%) Chordiant
5 5 (4.85%) IBM
6 3 (2.91%) HP
6 3 (2.91%) Sun
7 2 (1.94%) ESRI
7 2 (1.94%) Google
7 2 (1.94%) VMware
8 1 (0.97%) Rally
8 1 (0.97%) Sitecore
8 1 (0.97%) Telerik