The table below looks at the statistics for Automation 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 Automation Testing over the 3 months to 1 September 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
1 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Automation Testing
Rank 115 140 132
Rank change year-on-year
+25 -8
Contract jobs citing Automation Testing 48 3 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.09% 0.096% 0.10%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.38% 0.13% 0.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 2 3
Average daily rate
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£356 £331 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.54% +20.45%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £301 £326 £247
10% offered a daily rate of more than £415 £336 £285
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £340 £336
% change year-on-year
-4.41% +1.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.00 - £32.50
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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
3466 2318 2047
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 78.84% 74.18% 71.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 2129 1288 1045
Average daily rate £413 £373 £333
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.73% +12.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £265 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £525 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 134 102 103
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 £32.52 £25.75 £30.50
% change year-on-year
+26.29% -15.57%

Automation Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

Automation Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Automation 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 Automation Testing across the North West region.

Automation Testing Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Automation Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Automation Testing across the North West region over the 3 months to 1 September 2015.

Automation Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Automation 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 Automation Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 1 September 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
Cheshire - 23 £350 - 5
Manchester +4 16 £363 +7.40% 6
Cumbria - 4 £400 -
Lancashire - 1 £413 - 1
Automation Testing
England

Automation Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 1 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Automation 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 Automation Testing.

1 66 (81.48%) Agile Software Development
2 45 (55.56%) Mobile App
3 34 (41.98%) Android
3 34 (41.98%) Apple iOS
4 29 (35.80%) Android Development
4 29 (35.80%) iOS Development
5 25 (30.86%) Analytical Skills
6 21 (25.93%) QA
7 18 (22.22%) Selenium
8 14 (17.28%) Mobile Development
9 10 (12.35%) Scrum
9 10 (12.35%) Finance
9 10 (12.35%) Software Engineering
9 10 (12.35%) Manual Testing
10 9 (11.11%) BDD
10 9 (11.11%) Java
10 9 (11.11%) .NET
11 8 (9.88%) Test Scripting
11 8 (9.88%) Software Testing
12 7 (8.64%) Performance Testing
12 7 (8.64%) Test Management
12 7 (8.64%) TDD
12 7 (8.64%) Gherkin
13 6 (7.41%) SAP
13 6 (7.41%) ISTQB
13 6 (7.41%) JIRA
14 5 (6.17%) Automated Testing
14 5 (6.17%) Continuous Integration
14 5 (6.17%) WebDriver
14 5 (6.17%) IBM

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

For the 6 months to 1 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Automation 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 Automation Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 3 (3.70%) CMS
1 3 (3.70%) Umbraco
1 3 (3.70%) Sitecore CMS
Business Applications
1 4 (4.94%) Primavera
2 3 (3.70%) SAP PLM
3 2 (2.47%) Teamcenter
3 2 (2.47%) SAP HR
4 1 (1.23%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.47%) SuccessFactors
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (6.17%) Relational Database
2 3 (3.70%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.70%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (3.70%) RDBMS
2 3 (3.70%) Oracle BI EE
3 2 (2.47%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (1.23%) Oracle Database
4 1 (1.23%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (1.23%) MongoDB
4 1 (1.23%) DataStage
4 1 (1.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (1.23%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 18 (22.22%) Selenium
2 6 (7.41%) JIRA
3 5 (6.17%) WebDriver
3 5 (6.17%) SpecFlow
4 4 (4.94%) SoapUI
5 3 (3.70%) Appium
5 3 (3.70%) TeamCity
6 2 (2.47%) Cucumber
6 2 (2.47%) Xcode
6 2 (2.47%) HP UFT
7 1 (1.23%) LoadRunner
7 1 (1.23%) JMeter
7 1 (1.23%) Visual Studio
7 1 (1.23%) ClearCase
7 1 (1.23%) Eclipse
7 1 (1.23%) IntelliJ
7 1 (1.23%) Toad
7 1 (1.23%) Git (software)
7 1 (1.23%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (1.23%) Rational Performance Tester
General
1 10 (12.35%) Finance
2 1 (1.23%) Retail
2 1 (1.23%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 39 (48.15%) Developer
2 29 (35.80%) iOS Developer
3 26 (32.10%) Android Developer
4 22 (27.16%) Mobile Developer
5 16 (19.75%) Analyst
5 16 (19.75%) Test Analyst
6 13 (16.05%) Tester
7 9 (11.11%) Mobile Applications Developer
8 7 (8.64%) QA Tester
9 6 (7.41%) Mobile Test Analyst
10 5 (6.17%) Consultant
11 4 (4.94%) Test Manager
11 4 (4.94%) Selenium Tester
11 4 (4.94%) QA Consultant
12 3 (3.70%) Automation Tester
12 3 (3.70%) Mobile Tester
13 2 (2.47%) Lead Tester
13 2 (2.47%) Test Specialist
13 2 (2.47%) Data Analyst
14 1 (1.23%) Senior Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (11.11%) .NET
2 7 (8.64%) Gherkin
3 5 (6.17%) Android SDK
4 2 (2.47%) Cocoa Touch
4 2 (2.47%) ASP.NET
4 2 (2.47%) Cocoa
4 2 (2.47%) iOS SDK
5 1 (1.23%) HTML
5 1 (1.23%) Oracle Fusion
5 1 (1.23%) CSS
5 1 (1.23%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 45 (55.56%) Mobile App
2 25 (30.86%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (3.70%) Data Conversion
4 1 (1.23%) Mathematics
4 1 (1.23%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 34 (41.98%) Android
1 34 (41.98%) Apple iOS
2 3 (3.70%) VME
3 1 (1.23%) Windows
3 1 (1.23%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 66 (81.48%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (35.80%) Android Development
2 29 (35.80%) iOS Development
3 14 (17.28%) Mobile Development
4 10 (12.35%) Scrum
4 10 (12.35%) Software Engineering
4 10 (12.35%) Manual Testing
5 9 (11.11%) BDD
6 8 (9.88%) Test Scripting
6 8 (9.88%) Software Testing
7 7 (8.64%) Performance Testing
7 7 (8.64%) Test Management
7 7 (8.64%) TDD
8 5 (6.17%) PLM
8 5 (6.17%) Automated Testing
8 5 (6.17%) E-Commerce
8 5 (6.17%) Continuous Integration
8 5 (6.17%) Test Strategy
9 4 (4.94%) Integration Testing
9 4 (4.94%) ERP
Programming Languages
1 9 (11.11%) Java
2 4 (4.94%) C#
3 3 (3.70%) COBOL
3 3 (3.70%) SQL
4 2 (2.47%) Objective-C
5 1 (1.23%) T-SQL
5 1 (1.23%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 6 (7.41%) ISTQB
2 4 (4.94%) Security Cleared
3 3 (3.70%) Degree
3 3 (3.70%) SC Cleared
3 3 (3.70%) ISEB
4 1 (1.23%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (25.93%) QA
Systems Management
1 2 (2.47%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (7.41%) SAP
2 5 (6.17%) IBM
3 3 (3.70%) Oracle
3 3 (3.70%) HP
3 3 (3.70%) Sitecore
4 2 (2.47%) Microsoft
5 1 (1.23%) Tableau
5 1 (1.23%) Talend
5 1 (1.23%) Green Hat
5 1 (1.23%) Hyperion
5 1 (1.23%) Informatica
5 1 (1.23%) Telerik
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