The table below looks at the statistics for Test Automation 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 Test Automation over the 3 months to 16 September 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
16 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Automation
Rank 132 128 133
Rank change year-on-year
-4 +5
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 7 8 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.22% 0.27% 0.26%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.30% 0.37% 0.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 2 0
Average daily rate
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£406 £260 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+56.25% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £356 £325 £317
% change year-on-year
+9.61% +2.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.50 £30.75 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+25.20% -18.00%
Test Automation
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
2309 2138 2252
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 72.72% 71.84% 65.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 1328 1080 1189
Average daily rate £375 £325 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% -4.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £230 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 107 112 113
Average hourly rate £30.00 £21.47 £26.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+39.76% -19.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.51 £12.22 £12.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £78.00 £45.00 £49.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-13.33% -

Test Automation
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

Test Automation Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Test Automation
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Test Automation across the North West region.

Test Automation Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Test Automation
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Automation across the North West region over the 3 months to 16 September 2014.

Test Automation Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Test Automation
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Test Automation across the North West region.

Test Automation Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Test Automation
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 Test Automation within the North West region over the 3 months to 16 September 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 -8 3 £456 +75.48%
Cheshire - 3 £313 - 2
Lancashire - - - - 1
Merseyside - - - -
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 16 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Test Automation 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 Test Automation.

1 11 (47.83%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (43.48%) TDD
3 9 (39.13%) SQL
4 8 (34.78%) QA
4 8 (34.78%) Selenium
5 7 (30.43%) HTML
5 7 (30.43%) ISEB
6 6 (26.09%) JavaScript
6 6 (26.09%) CSS
6 6 (26.09%) Software Testing
7 5 (21.74%) Automated Testing
7 5 (21.74%) Pair Programming
7 5 (21.74%) Finance
7 5 (21.74%) C#
7 5 (21.74%) .NET
7 5 (21.74%) QuickTest Pro
7 5 (21.74%) Load Testing
7 5 (21.74%) Continuous Integration
7 5 (21.74%) Automation Testing
7 5 (21.74%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 4 (17.39%) Line Management
8 4 (17.39%) Security Testing
8 4 (17.39%) TestComplete
8 4 (17.39%) Relational Database
8 4 (17.39%) Analytical Skills
8 4 (17.39%) Visual Studio
8 4 (17.39%) MVC
8 4 (17.39%) Refactoring
9 3 (13.04%) Ajax
9 3 (13.04%) .NET Framework

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

For the 6 months to 16 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Test Automation 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 Test Automation. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (4.35%) WebSphere
Business Applications
1 1 (4.35%) Oracle EBS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.35%) HTTP
1 1 (4.35%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (17.39%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 8 (34.78%) Selenium
2 5 (21.74%) QuickTest Pro
3 4 (17.39%) TestComplete
3 4 (17.39%) Visual Studio
4 3 (13.04%) Cucumber
5 1 (4.35%) Calabash
5 1 (4.35%) LoadUI
5 1 (4.35%) LoadRunner
5 1 (4.35%) JMeter
5 1 (4.35%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (4.35%) OpenSTA
General
1 5 (21.74%) Finance
2 2 (8.70%) Telecoms
3 1 (4.35%) Legal
Job Titles
1 7 (30.43%) Tester
1 7 (30.43%) Analyst
1 7 (30.43%) Test Analyst
2 6 (26.09%) Developer
3 4 (17.39%) QA Analyst
3 4 (17.39%) Software Test Analyst
3 4 (17.39%) QA Tester
3 4 (17.39%) QA Test Analyst
4 3 (13.04%) Test Manager
5 2 (8.70%) Web Developer
5 2 (8.70%) .NET Developer
5 2 (8.70%) Test Leader
5 2 (8.70%) Automation Test Analyst
5 2 (8.70%) Automation Tester
5 2 (8.70%) Automation Analyst
6 1 (4.35%) Automation Engineer
6 1 (4.35%) Selenium Tester
6 1 (4.35%) Architect
6 1 (4.35%) UAT Test Manager
6 1 (4.35%) Front-End Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (30.43%) HTML
2 6 (26.09%) CSS
3 5 (21.74%) .NET
4 3 (13.04%) HTML5
4 3 (13.04%) CSS3
4 3 (13.04%) Ajax
4 3 (13.04%) NHibernate
4 3 (13.04%) .NET Framework
4 3 (13.04%) JSON
5 2 (8.70%) LINQ
5 2 (8.70%) Django
5 2 (8.70%) ASP.NET
6 1 (4.35%) JSP
6 1 (4.35%) SOAP
6 1 (4.35%) Web Services
6 1 (4.35%) XML
6 1 (4.35%) Flash
6 1 (4.35%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 4 (17.39%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (8.70%) Mainframe
3 1 (4.35%) IVR
3 1 (4.35%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 2 (8.70%) Windows
2 1 (4.35%) Linux
2 1 (4.35%) Android
2 1 (4.35%) Windows Server 2008
2 1 (4.35%) Apple iOS
2 1 (4.35%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (47.83%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (43.48%) TDD
3 6 (26.09%) Software Testing
4 5 (21.74%) Load Testing
4 5 (21.74%) Pair Programming
4 5 (21.74%) Automated Testing
4 5 (21.74%) Continuous Integration
4 5 (21.74%) Automation Testing
5 4 (17.39%) Line Management
5 4 (17.39%) MVC
5 4 (17.39%) Security Testing
5 4 (17.39%) Refactoring
6 3 (13.04%) Test Management
6 3 (13.04%) Scrum
6 3 (13.04%) User Stories
7 2 (8.70%) Coaching
7 2 (8.70%) BDD
7 2 (8.70%) Test Strategy
7 2 (8.70%) Test Scripting
7 2 (8.70%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 9 (39.13%) SQL
2 6 (26.09%) JavaScript
3 5 (21.74%) C#
4 2 (8.70%) Java
4 2 (8.70%) T-SQL
4 2 (8.70%) Python
5 1 (4.35%) Ruby
5 1 (4.35%) PowerShell
5 1 (4.35%) VB
Qualifications
1 7 (30.43%) ISEB
2 5 (21.74%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (8.70%) ISTQB
3 2 (8.70%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (34.78%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (13.04%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (8.70%) Oracle
2 1 (4.35%) IBM
2 1 (4.35%) Microsoft
2 1 (4.35%) HP
2 1 (4.35%) Avaya
2 1 (4.35%) Xamarin