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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Automation Testing over the 3 months to 19 February 2017 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
19 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Automation Testing
England / North West
Rank 116 135 139
Rank change year-on-year
+19 +4
Contract jobs citing Automation Testing 11 23 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.42% 0.61% 0.30%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.52% 0.75% 0.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 18 5
Median daily rate £381 £345 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.50% +25.45%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £305 £306 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £665 £305
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £350 £300
% change year-on-year
-7.14% +16.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £106.75 £32.25
% change year-on-year
- +231.00%

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
2127 3084 2595
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 81.81% 81.98% 77.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 1344 1872 1510
Median daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £530 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £408 £400 £400
% change year-on-year
+2.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 93 131 112
Median hourly rate £42.48 £39.00 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.91% +8.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £16.00 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.71 £53.00 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £40.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-10.00% +45.45%

Automation Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing Automation Testing as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 19 February 2017.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Automation Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 19 February 2017. 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 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
Manchester +8 7 £375 +17.18% 5
Merseyside - 2 - -
Cheshire +16 1 £338 -32.50% 1
Automation Testing
England

Automation Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 19 February 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Automation 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 Automation Testing.

1 17 (62.96%) Selenium
2 16 (59.26%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (33.33%) Python
3 9 (33.33%) Performance Testing
3 9 (33.33%) Test Scripting
3 9 (33.33%) Manual Testing
4 8 (29.63%) BDD
4 8 (29.63%) Jenkins
5 7 (25.93%) Gherkin
5 7 (25.93%) WebDriver
5 7 (25.93%) Java
5 7 (25.93%) Scrum
6 6 (22.22%) SQL
6 6 (22.22%) .NET
6 6 (22.22%) GitHub
7 5 (18.52%) SDLC
7 5 (18.52%) API Testing
7 5 (18.52%) Security Testing
7 5 (18.52%) Automated Testing
8 4 (14.81%) TDD
8 4 (14.81%) Unit Testing
8 4 (14.81%) Linux
8 4 (14.81%) Build Automation
8 4 (14.81%) Usability Testing
9 3 (11.11%) HP Quality Center
9 3 (11.11%) QA Automation
9 3 (11.11%) JMeter
9 3 (11.11%) Visual Studio
9 3 (11.11%) Test Management
9 3 (11.11%) QA

Automation 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 2 (7.41%) Drupal
2 1 (3.70%) Apache Spark
Cloud Services
1 6 (22.22%) GitHub
2 1 (3.70%) Amazon S3
2 1 (3.70%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.70%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.70%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 17 (62.96%) Selenium
2 8 (29.63%) Jenkins
3 7 (25.93%) WebDriver
4 3 (11.11%) JMeter
4 3 (11.11%) Visual Studio
5 2 (7.41%) Cucumber
5 2 (7.41%) JIRA
6 1 (3.70%) Firebug
6 1 (3.70%) Git (software)
6 1 (3.70%) JProfiler
6 1 (3.70%) JUnit
6 1 (3.70%) LoadRunner
6 1 (3.70%) SpecFlow
6 1 (3.70%) TestRail
General
1 2 (7.41%) Marketing
2 1 (3.70%) Banking
Job Titles
1 13 (48.15%) Tester
2 10 (37.04%) Automation Tester
3 6 (22.22%) Selenium Automation Tester
3 6 (22.22%) Selenium Tester
4 4 (14.81%) Automation Consultant
4 4 (14.81%) Consultant
4 4 (14.81%) Senior Consultant
4 4 (14.81%) Senior Tester
5 3 (11.11%) QA Automation Tester
5 3 (11.11%) QA Tester
6 2 (7.41%) Automation Test Lead
6 2 (7.41%) Developer
6 2 (7.41%) Senior Automation Tester
6 2 (7.41%) Senior Developer
6 2 (7.41%) Senior QA Tester
6 2 (7.41%) Test Leader
7 1 (3.70%) Agile Test Manager
7 1 (3.70%) Performance Manager
7 1 (3.70%) Performance Test Manager
7 1 (3.70%) QA Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (25.93%) Gherkin
2 6 (22.22%) .NET
3 2 (7.41%) Behat
3 2 (7.41%) XML
4 1 (3.70%) Ajax
4 1 (3.70%) HTML
4 1 (3.70%) HTML5
4 1 (3.70%) JAAS
4 1 (3.70%) Java SE
4 1 (3.70%) jQuery
4 1 (3.70%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 1 (3.70%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (3.70%) NHS
1 1 (3.70%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 4 (14.81%) Linux
2 2 (7.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 2 (7.41%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (59.26%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (33.33%) Manual Testing
2 9 (33.33%) Performance Testing
2 9 (33.33%) Test Scripting
3 8 (29.63%) BDD
4 7 (25.93%) Scrum
5 5 (18.52%) API Testing
5 5 (18.52%) Automated Testing
5 5 (18.52%) SDLC
5 5 (18.52%) Security Testing
6 4 (14.81%) Build Automation
6 4 (14.81%) TDD
6 4 (14.81%) Unit Testing
6 4 (14.81%) Usability Testing
7 3 (11.11%) QA Automation
7 3 (11.11%) Software Testing
7 3 (11.11%) Test Management
8 2 (7.41%) Agile Testing
8 2 (7.41%) Exploratory Testing
8 2 (7.41%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 9 (33.33%) Python
2 7 (25.93%) Java
3 6 (22.22%) SQL
4 2 (7.41%) PHP
5 1 (3.70%) C#
5 1 (3.70%) Go
5 1 (3.70%) JavaScript
5 1 (3.70%) Perl
5 1 (3.70%) Ruby
5 1 (3.70%) Scala
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (11.11%) QA
2 2 (7.41%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (3.70%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (11.11%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (3.70%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 2 (7.41%) Red Hat
2 1 (3.70%) JD Edwards