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 20 October 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
20 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Automated Testing
Rank 124 123 106
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -17
Contract jobs citing Automated Testing 16 7 30
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.50% 0.25% 0.94%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.68% 0.34% 1.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 4 12
Average daily rate
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£288 £315 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.73% +26.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £210 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £325 £408
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £68.75 £35.00 £38.00
% change year-on-year
+96.42% -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
2367 2069 2095
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 73.37% 72.47% 65.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 1373 1013 1069
Average daily rate £375 £333 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.78% -5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £254 £240 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £488 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £368
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -1.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 111 124 89
Average hourly rate £30.00 £22.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £78.00 £44.00 £51.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £29.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-13.79% +5.45%

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 20 October 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 20 October 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 -2 8 £275 +30.95% 19
Lancashire - 5 £523 -
Cheshire +6 3 - - 3
Merseyside - - - - 4
Automated Testing
England

Automated Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 20 October 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 (44.74%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (31.58%) QA
3 10 (26.32%) TDD
4 9 (23.68%) ISEB
4 9 (23.68%) Java
5 8 (21.05%) SQL
5 8 (21.05%) Software Testing
5 8 (21.05%) Cucumber
6 7 (18.42%) Selenium
6 7 (18.42%) Test Scripting
6 7 (18.42%) Continuous Integration
6 7 (18.42%) Android
6 7 (18.42%) QuickTest Pro
7 6 (15.79%) Scrum
7 6 (15.79%) E-Commerce
7 6 (15.79%) Microsoft
7 6 (15.79%) HP Quality Center
7 6 (15.79%) Apple iOS
8 5 (13.16%) Behat
8 5 (13.16%) Jenkins
8 5 (13.16%) BDD
8 5 (13.16%) Dependency Injection
8 5 (13.16%) Calabash
8 5 (13.16%) iOS Development
8 5 (13.16%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 5 (13.16%) Analytical Skills
8 5 (13.16%) Test Automation
8 5 (13.16%) nginx
8 5 (13.16%) Jetty
8 5 (13.16%) Unit Testing

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

For the 6 months to 20 October 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 5 (13.16%) IIS
1 5 (13.16%) Apache
1 5 (13.16%) Tomcat
1 5 (13.16%) CMS
1 5 (13.16%) WebSphere
1 5 (13.16%) Jetty
1 5 (13.16%) nginx
2 2 (5.26%) Drupal
3 1 (2.63%) SharePoint
Business Applications
1 3 (7.89%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 3 (7.89%) Cloud Computing
1 3 (7.89%) Amazon EC2
1 3 (7.89%) Google App Engine
2 1 (2.63%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (13.16%) HTTP
1 5 (13.16%) TCP/IP
1 5 (13.16%) SSL
2 3 (7.89%) IPsec
2 3 (7.89%) DNS
2 3 (7.89%) DHCP
2 3 (7.89%) FTP
3 1 (2.63%) Network Security
3 1 (2.63%) DMZ
3 1 (2.63%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (13.16%) MySQL
1 5 (13.16%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (7.89%) Relational Database
2 3 (7.89%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 8 (21.05%) Cucumber
2 7 (18.42%) Selenium
2 7 (18.42%) QuickTest Pro
3 5 (13.16%) Behat
3 5 (13.16%) Jenkins
3 5 (13.16%) Calabash
4 3 (7.89%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (7.89%) MSTest
4 3 (7.89%) CaliberRM
4 3 (7.89%) TestComplete
5 2 (5.26%) Git (software)
5 2 (5.26%) Subversion
General
1 1 (2.63%) Telecoms
1 1 (2.63%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 12 (31.58%) Analyst
1 12 (31.58%) Test Analyst
2 10 (26.32%) Developer
3 8 (21.05%) Tester
4 5 (13.16%) iOS Developer
5 3 (7.89%) Lead Tester
5 3 (7.89%) Magento Developer
5 3 (7.89%) QA Tester
5 3 (7.89%) QA Test Analyst
5 3 (7.89%) QA Analyst
5 3 (7.89%) Software Test Analyst
6 2 (5.26%) Integration Engineer
6 2 (5.26%) Senior Analyst
6 2 (5.26%) Test Engineer
6 2 (5.26%) Senior Test Analyst
6 2 (5.26%) Automated Test Analyst
6 2 (5.26%) Integration Tester
6 2 (5.26%) ScrumMaster
6 2 (5.26%) Drupal Developer
7 1 (2.63%) Automation Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (13.16%) HTML
1 5 (13.16%) .NET
1 5 (13.16%) J2EE
1 5 (13.16%) CSS
1 5 (13.16%) Servlets
1 5 (13.16%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 5 (13.16%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (7.89%) User Experience
2 3 (7.89%) Open Source
3 2 (5.26%) iPad
3 2 (5.26%) iPhone
4 1 (2.63%) IVR
4 1 (2.63%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 7 (18.42%) Android
2 6 (15.79%) Apple iOS
3 5 (13.16%) Linux
4 4 (10.53%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (44.74%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (26.32%) TDD
3 8 (21.05%) Software Testing
4 7 (18.42%) Test Scripting
4 7 (18.42%) Continuous Integration
5 6 (15.79%) Scrum
5 6 (15.79%) E-Commerce
6 5 (13.16%) OOP
6 5 (13.16%) Configuration Management
6 5 (13.16%) Test Automation
6 5 (13.16%) Dependency Injection
6 5 (13.16%) BDD
6 5 (13.16%) Unit Testing
6 5 (13.16%) iOS Development
7 4 (10.53%) Integration Testing
7 4 (10.53%) Service Delivery
7 4 (10.53%) Pair Programming
7 4 (10.53%) Software Engineering
7 4 (10.53%) Knowledge Management
8 3 (7.89%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (23.68%) Java
2 8 (21.05%) SQL
3 5 (13.16%) Objective-C
3 5 (13.16%) JavaScript
3 5 (13.16%) PHP
Qualifications
1 9 (23.68%) ISEB
2 5 (13.16%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 4 (10.53%) Security Cleared
4 3 (7.89%) ISTQB
4 3 (7.89%) SC Cleared
5 1 (2.63%) BC Cleared
5 1 (2.63%) ACSP
5 1 (2.63%) MCSE
5 1 (2.63%) MCSA
5 1 (2.63%) CCNP
5 1 (2.63%) CCIP
5 1 (2.63%) CCNA
5 1 (2.63%) CCDP
5 1 (2.63%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (2.63%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (2.63%) RHCE
5 1 (2.63%) IBM Certification
5 1 (2.63%) ACSA
5 1 (2.63%) MCDST
5 1 (2.63%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (31.58%) QA
2 1 (2.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 3 (7.89%) Xen
1 3 (7.89%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 6 (15.79%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (7.89%) Puppet
Vendors
1 6 (15.79%) Microsoft
2 5 (13.16%) HP
3 3 (7.89%) VMware
3 3 (7.89%) Google
4 2 (5.26%) Curam
5 1 (2.63%) Cisco
5 1 (2.63%) IBM
5 1 (2.63%) EMC
5 1 (2.63%) Avaya
5 1 (2.63%) Red Hat
5 1 (2.63%) Apple
5 1 (2.63%) SolarWinds