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 21 August 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
21 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Automated Testing
Rank 118 124 120
Rank change year-on-year
+6 -4
Contract jobs citing Automated Testing 14 9 20
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.44% 0.31% 0.61%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.62% 0.44% 0.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 5 12
Average daily rate
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£350 £325 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% +30.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £300 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £423 £325 £299
UK excluding London average daily rate £355 £330 £300
% change year-on-year
+7.57% +10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £80.00 £34.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year
+131.88% -13.75%
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
2270 2024 2121
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 71.36% 70.55% 64.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 1251 1028 1141
Average daily rate £375 £330 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.63% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £268 £245 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £460
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 104 95 105
Average hourly rate £26.50 £19.50 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+35.89% -35.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £10.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.00 £45.00 £51.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-16.66% -3.22%

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 21 August 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 21 August 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 -9 7 £350 +7.69% 13
Lancashire - 5 £355 - 1
Cheshire - 2 - - 4
Merseyside - - - - 3
Automated Testing
England

Automated Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 21 August 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 11 (33.33%) TDD
1 11 (33.33%) QA
2 10 (30.30%) ISEB
2 10 (30.30%) Selenium
3 9 (27.27%) Data Warehouse
3 9 (27.27%) Software Testing
3 9 (27.27%) Cucumber
4 8 (24.24%) SQL
4 8 (24.24%) Agile Software Development
5 7 (21.21%) SQL Server
5 7 (21.21%) QuickTest Pro
5 7 (21.21%) Test Scripting
6 6 (18.18%) Scrum
6 6 (18.18%) Android
6 6 (18.18%) HP Quality Center
6 6 (18.18%) Apple iOS
6 6 (18.18%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 5 (15.15%) OOP
7 5 (15.15%) Objective-C
7 5 (15.15%) Test Automation
7 5 (15.15%) Dependency Injection
7 5 (15.15%) BDD
7 5 (15.15%) Calabash
7 5 (15.15%) iOS Development
8 4 (12.12%) Java
8 4 (12.12%) E-Commerce
8 4 (12.12%) ETL
8 4 (12.12%) HP
8 4 (12.12%) Service Delivery
8 4 (12.12%) Pair Programming

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

For the 6 months to 21 August 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 1 (3.03%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (3.03%) MS Visio
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (27.27%) Data Warehouse
2 7 (21.21%) SQL Server
3 4 (12.12%) SQL Server 2008
3 4 (12.12%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 10 (30.30%) Selenium
2 9 (27.27%) Cucumber
3 7 (21.21%) QuickTest Pro
4 5 (15.15%) Calabash
5 4 (12.12%) TestComplete
6 3 (9.09%) CaliberRM
7 2 (6.06%) Git (software)
7 2 (6.06%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (6.06%) MSTest
7 2 (6.06%) Subversion
8 1 (3.03%) JIRA
8 1 (3.03%) Bugzilla
Job Titles
1 14 (42.42%) Tester
2 13 (39.39%) Analyst
3 12 (36.36%) Test Analyst
4 5 (15.15%) Developer
4 5 (15.15%) iOS Developer
5 4 (12.12%) Lead Tester
5 4 (12.12%) QA Tester
5 4 (12.12%) QA Test Analyst
5 4 (12.12%) QA Analyst
5 4 (12.12%) Software Test Analyst
6 2 (6.06%) Integration Engineer
6 2 (6.06%) Integration Tester
6 2 (6.06%) ScrumMaster
6 2 (6.06%) Senior Analyst
6 2 (6.06%) Test Engineer
6 2 (6.06%) Senior Test Analyst
6 2 (6.06%) Automated Test Analyst
7 1 (3.03%) Automated Tester
7 1 (3.03%) Test Manager
7 1 (3.03%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (3.03%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 2 (6.06%) iPhone
1 2 (6.06%) iPad
2 1 (3.03%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 6 (18.18%) Android
1 6 (18.18%) Apple iOS
2 2 (6.06%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (33.33%) TDD
2 9 (27.27%) Software Testing
3 8 (24.24%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (21.21%) Test Scripting
5 6 (18.18%) Scrum
6 5 (15.15%) OOP
6 5 (15.15%) Test Automation
6 5 (15.15%) Dependency Injection
6 5 (15.15%) BDD
6 5 (15.15%) iOS Development
7 4 (12.12%) Automation Testing
7 4 (12.12%) Load Testing
7 4 (12.12%) Security Testing
7 4 (12.12%) Integration Testing
7 4 (12.12%) E-Commerce
7 4 (12.12%) ETL
7 4 (12.12%) Service Delivery
7 4 (12.12%) Pair Programming
7 4 (12.12%) Software Engineering
7 4 (12.12%) Knowledge Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (24.24%) SQL
2 5 (15.15%) Objective-C
3 4 (12.12%) Java
Qualifications
1 10 (30.30%) ISEB
2 6 (18.18%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 4 (12.12%) ISTQB
4 3 (9.09%) Security Cleared
5 2 (6.06%) SC Cleared
6 1 (3.03%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (33.33%) QA
Systems Management
1 6 (18.18%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (12.12%) HP
2 2 (6.06%) Curam