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 8 February 2016 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
8 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Automation Testing
Rank 141 131 124
Rank change year-on-year
-10 -7
Contract jobs citing Automation Testing 19 9 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.50% 0.28% 0.18%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.62% 0.37% 0.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 5 3
Average daily rate £350 £275 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+27.27% -18.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £284 £260 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £680 £305 £342
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £300 £338
% change year-on-year
+16.66% -11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £106.75 £28.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+274.56% +90.00%
Automation 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
3059 2455 2025
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 80.58% 76.36% 74.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 1875 1456 1031
Average daily rate £400 £385 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.89% +6.20%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 116 100 108
Average hourly rate £39.25 £32.50 £33.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.76% -1.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.50 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.40 £49.50 £46.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+45.45% -

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 8 February 2016.

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 8 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 12 £320 +16.36% 9
Cheshire +1 6 £613 +145.00% 4
Lancashire -5 1 £350 - 1
Automation Testing
England

Automation Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 8 February 2016, 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 41 (65.08%) Agile Software Development
2 40 (63.49%) Selenium
3 28 (44.44%) QA
4 20 (31.75%) Mobile App
5 14 (22.22%) JIRA
5 14 (22.22%) Cucumber
5 14 (22.22%) Apple iOS
6 13 (20.63%) Android
7 12 (19.05%) Test Automation
7 12 (19.05%) Java
7 12 (19.05%) Regression Testing
7 12 (19.05%) Automated Testing
7 12 (19.05%) Analytical Skills
8 11 (17.46%) WebDriver
8 11 (17.46%) BDD
9 10 (15.87%) Test Scripting
9 10 (15.87%) Microsoft
9 10 (15.87%) Scrum
10 9 (14.29%) Test Management
10 9 (14.29%) Software Testing
10 9 (14.29%) Functional Testing
11 8 (12.70%) iOS Development
11 8 (12.70%) Appium
11 8 (12.70%) User Acceptance Testing
11 8 (12.70%) TDD
11 8 (12.70%) HP
12 7 (11.11%) Software Engineering
12 7 (11.11%) Gherkin
12 7 (11.11%) Android Development
13 6 (9.52%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)

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

For the 6 months to 8 February 2016, 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 4 (6.35%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.59%) Apache
2 1 (1.59%) OpenStack
2 1 (1.59%) Tomcat
Business Applications
1 3 (4.76%) Dynamics AX
1 3 (4.76%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.59%) IaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (9.52%) Oracle Database
1 6 (9.52%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.59%) RDBMS
2 1 (1.59%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 40 (63.49%) Selenium
2 14 (22.22%) Cucumber
2 14 (22.22%) JIRA
3 11 (17.46%) WebDriver
4 8 (12.70%) Appium
5 6 (9.52%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 6 (9.52%) Team Foundation Server
5 6 (9.52%) Toad
6 5 (7.94%) HP UFT
6 5 (7.94%) Visual Studio
7 4 (6.35%) eggPlant
7 4 (6.35%) Git (software)
7 4 (6.35%) Jenkins
7 4 (6.35%) SoapUI
7 4 (6.35%) SpecFlow
8 1 (1.59%) Bitbucket
8 1 (1.59%) IntelliJ
8 1 (1.59%) JBehave
8 1 (1.59%) TeamCity
8 1 (1.59%) TestNG
General
1 6 (9.52%) Finance
2 3 (4.76%) Banking
2 3 (4.76%) Games
2 3 (4.76%) Retail
3 2 (3.17%) Legal
Job Titles
1 22 (34.92%) Analyst
1 22 (34.92%) Test Analyst
2 14 (22.22%) Tester
3 11 (17.46%) Developer
4 7 (11.11%) Android Developer
4 7 (11.11%) QA Tester
5 6 (9.52%) Test Manager
6 5 (7.94%) Agile Test Analyst
6 5 (7.94%) Automation Analyst
6 5 (7.94%) Automation Test Analyst
6 5 (7.94%) Automation Tester
6 5 (7.94%) iOS Developer
6 5 (7.94%) QA Leader
7 4 (6.35%) Agile Tester
7 4 (6.35%) QA Analyst
7 4 (6.35%) QA Engineer
7 4 (6.35%) QA Test Analyst
7 4 (6.35%) SharePoint Analyst
7 4 (6.35%) SQL Analyst
8 3 (4.76%) Mobile Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (11.11%) Gherkin
2 6 (9.52%) .NET
3 3 (4.76%) Android SDK
3 3 (4.76%) iOS SDK
4 2 (3.17%) .NET Framework
5 1 (1.59%) JSON
5 1 (1.59%) REST
5 1 (1.59%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 20 (31.75%) Mobile App
2 12 (19.05%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (6.35%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.59%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.59%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 14 (22.22%) Apple iOS
2 13 (20.63%) Android
3 4 (6.35%) Windows
4 3 (4.76%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (1.59%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (65.08%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (19.05%) Automated Testing
2 12 (19.05%) Regression Testing
2 12 (19.05%) Test Automation
3 11 (17.46%) BDD
4 10 (15.87%) Scrum
4 10 (15.87%) Test Scripting
5 9 (14.29%) Functional Testing
5 9 (14.29%) Software Testing
5 9 (14.29%) Test Management
6 8 (12.70%) iOS Development
6 8 (12.70%) TDD
6 8 (12.70%) User Acceptance Testing
7 7 (11.11%) Android Development
7 7 (11.11%) Software Engineering
8 6 (9.52%) Continuous Integration
8 6 (9.52%) Open Source
8 6 (9.52%) Waterfall
9 5 (7.94%) Kanban
9 5 (7.94%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 12 (19.05%) Java
2 4 (6.35%) SQL
3 3 (4.76%) C#
3 3 (4.76%) JavaScript
4 1 (1.59%) Scala
Qualifications
1 6 (9.52%) Degree
2 3 (4.76%) ISEB
2 3 (4.76%) Security Cleared
3 2 (3.17%) HND
4 1 (1.59%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (1.59%) ISTQB
4 1 (1.59%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (44.44%) QA
2 1 (1.59%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 1 (1.59%) KVM
Systems Management
1 2 (3.17%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 10 (15.87%) Microsoft
2 8 (12.70%) HP
3 6 (9.52%) Oracle
4 3 (4.76%) Google
5 2 (3.17%) Telerik
6 1 (1.59%) Rally
6 1 (1.59%) Red Hat
6 1 (1.59%) SAP
6 1 (1.59%) VMware
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