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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Automation over the 3 months to 30 May 2016 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
30 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Automation
Rank 81 112 125
Rank change year-on-year
+31 +13
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 85 37 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.18% 0.99% 0.50%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.67% 1.28% 0.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 26 7
Median daily rate £425 £493 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.70% +27.92%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £355 £289 £321
10% offered a daily rate of more than £468 £663 £393
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £325
% change year-on-year
- +15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
-12.50% +6.66%
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
3185 2895 2370
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 81.60% 77.53% 74.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 1995 1668 1250
Median daily rate £425 £393 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.28% +1.29%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +2.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 66 140 119
Median hourly rate £36.52 £35.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.34% +16.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.95 £14.50 £13.67
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.97 £60.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -

Test Automation
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing Test Automation as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 30 May 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Automation within the North West region over the 3 months to 30 May 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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
Cheshire - 74 £425 - 3
Manchester -14 5 £331 -17.18% 7
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 May 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Test Automation 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 Test Automation.

1 70 (55.12%) Microsoft
2 68 (53.54%) Software Engineering
3 63 (49.61%) Agile Software Development
4 62 (48.82%) Windows
5 54 (42.52%) Continuous Integration
6 47 (37.01%) TDD
7 40 (31.50%) MS Excel
7 40 (31.50%) Security Cleared
8 39 (30.71%) PowerShell
8 39 (30.71%) Java
9 37 (29.13%) Migration
9 37 (29.13%) Windows Server 2012
9 37 (29.13%) Windows Server
10 35 (27.56%) SCCM
10 35 (27.56%) SCOM
10 35 (27.56%) Active Directory
11 34 (26.77%) .NET
12 32 (25.20%) SC Cleared
12 32 (25.20%) DevOps
13 31 (24.41%) Team Foundation Server
14 29 (22.83%) Code Coverage
15 28 (22.05%) SpecFlow
16 26 (20.47%) Degree
17 25 (19.69%) Finance
17 25 (19.69%) Data Migration
18 24 (18.90%) TestComplete
19 22 (17.32%) Skype for Business
19 22 (17.32%) Skype
20 21 (16.54%) SharePoint 2013
20 21 (16.54%) VMware Infrastructure

Test Automation
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 22 (17.32%) Skype for Business
2 21 (16.54%) SharePoint
2 21 (16.54%) SharePoint 2013
3 20 (15.75%) MS Exchange
4 2 (1.57%) Apache
4 2 (1.57%) Cloud Foundry
4 2 (1.57%) OpenStack
5 1 (0.79%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.79%) Confluence
5 1 (0.79%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 40 (31.50%) MS Excel
2 16 (12.60%) MS Office
3 1 (0.79%) Mingle
3 1 (0.79%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.79%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.79%) Oracle Applications
1 1 (0.79%) Oracle Cash Management
1 1 (0.79%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (0.79%) Oracle EBS R12
1 1 (0.79%) Oracle iProcurement
1 1 (0.79%) Oracle Payables
1 1 (0.79%) Oracle Receivables
1 1 (0.79%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 9 (7.09%) Amazon AWS
1 9 (7.09%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (3.94%) Amazon S3
3 3 (2.36%) GitHub
4 2 (1.57%) Cloud Computing
4 2 (1.57%) Engine Yard
4 2 (1.57%) Heroku
5 1 (0.79%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 22 (17.32%) Skype
2 3 (2.36%) DHCP
2 3 (2.36%) DNS
2 3 (2.36%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (7.09%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.15%) SQL Server 2008
2 4 (3.15%) SQL Server 2012
2 4 (3.15%) SQL Server 2014
3 3 (2.36%) Oracle Database
3 3 (2.36%) Oracle Database 10g
4 2 (1.57%) RDBMS
4 2 (1.57%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.79%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (0.79%) Oracle Discoverer
5 1 (0.79%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 31 (24.41%) Team Foundation Server
2 28 (22.05%) SpecFlow
3 24 (18.90%) TestComplete
4 20 (15.75%) Selenium
5 11 (8.66%) Cucumber
6 10 (7.87%) Jenkins
7 9 (7.09%) Git (software)
8 8 (6.30%) JIRA
9 7 (5.51%) Gradle
9 7 (5.51%) TeamCity
10 5 (3.94%) WebDriver
11 4 (3.15%) Vagrant
12 3 (2.36%) HP UFT
12 3 (2.36%) JUnit
12 3 (2.36%) Visual Studio
13 2 (1.57%) Bitbucket
13 2 (1.57%) CMake
13 2 (1.57%) InstallShield
13 2 (1.57%) Mercurial
13 2 (1.57%) WiX
General
1 25 (19.69%) Finance
2 9 (7.09%) Banking
3 1 (0.79%) Advertising
3 1 (0.79%) Local Government
3 1 (0.79%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 26 (20.47%) Consultant
2 19 (14.96%) DevOps Consultant
3 17 (13.39%) Architect
4 15 (11.81%) Integration Consultant
5 12 (9.45%) DevOps Engineer
6 11 (8.66%) Developer
7 10 (7.87%) Designer
8 9 (7.09%) Test Automation Engineer
8 9 (7.09%) Test Engineer
8 9 (7.09%) Test Manager
9 7 (5.51%) Java Developer
10 6 (4.72%) Ethical Hacker
10 6 (4.72%) Test Automation Manager
11 5 (3.94%) .NET Developer
11 5 (3.94%) Analyst
11 5 (3.94%) Java Consultant
11 5 (3.94%) Test Analyst
12 4 (3.15%) Integration Engineer
12 4 (3.15%) Software Developer
12 4 (3.15%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (26.77%) .NET
2 3 (2.36%) Web Services
2 3 (2.36%) XML
3 2 (1.57%) Apache POI
3 2 (1.57%) MCollective
4 1 (0.79%) ADO.NET
4 1 (0.79%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 9 (7.09%) Public Cloud
2 4 (3.15%) Data Centre
3 3 (2.36%) Computer Science
3 3 (2.36%) Fat Client
3 3 (2.36%) Thin Client
4 2 (1.57%) Clustering
4 2 (1.57%) Device Driver
5 1 (0.79%) Algorithms
5 1 (0.79%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (0.79%) Data Integration
5 1 (0.79%) Management Information System
5 1 (0.79%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 62 (48.82%) Windows
2 37 (29.13%) Windows Server
2 37 (29.13%) Windows Server 2012
3 21 (16.54%) Linux
4 15 (11.81%) Windows 10
5 2 (1.57%) CentOS
5 2 (1.57%) Ubuntu
5 2 (1.57%) Unix
6 1 (0.79%) Android
6 1 (0.79%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.79%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 68 (53.54%) Software Engineering
2 63 (49.61%) Agile Software Development
3 54 (42.52%) Continuous Integration
4 47 (37.01%) TDD
5 37 (29.13%) Migration
6 32 (25.20%) DevOps
7 29 (22.83%) Code Coverage
8 25 (19.69%) Data Migration
9 19 (14.96%) BDD
10 17 (13.39%) Configuration Management
11 16 (12.60%) Test Scripting
12 10 (7.87%) Automated Testing
12 10 (7.87%) SDLC
13 9 (7.09%) Cybersecurity
13 9 (7.09%) Ethical Hacking
13 9 (7.09%) OWASP
13 9 (7.09%) Scrum
14 7 (5.51%) System Integration Testing
15 6 (4.72%) Automation Testing
15 6 (4.72%) Identity Access Management
Programming Languages
1 39 (30.71%) Java
1 39 (30.71%) PowerShell
2 20 (15.75%) SQL
3 15 (11.81%) Ruby
4 13 (10.24%) Python
5 7 (5.51%) C#
6 3 (2.36%) C++
7 2 (1.57%) Bash Shell
7 2 (1.57%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.79%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.79%) VB
Qualifications
1 40 (31.50%) Security Cleared
2 32 (25.20%) SC Cleared
3 26 (20.47%) Degree
4 7 (5.51%) CCEA
4 7 (5.51%) Citrix Certification
5 5 (3.94%) ISEB
5 5 (3.94%) ISTQB
6 2 (1.57%) AWS Certification
7 1 (0.79%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (0.79%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (6.30%) QA
2 1 (0.79%) SDET
System Software
1 35 (27.56%) Active Directory
2 21 (16.54%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (9.45%) vSphere
4 3 (2.36%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (1.57%) Hyper-V
5 2 (1.57%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 35 (27.56%) SCCM
1 35 (27.56%) SCOM
2 11 (8.66%) Opscode Chef
2 11 (8.66%) Puppet
3 3 (2.36%) AirWatch
3 3 (2.36%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 3 (2.36%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (2.36%) vRealize
4 2 (1.57%) Ansible
4 2 (1.57%) BMC PATROL
4 2 (1.57%) Cobbler
4 2 (1.57%) Nagios
Vendors
1 70 (55.12%) Microsoft
2 21 (16.54%) VMware
3 7 (5.51%) Citrix
4 4 (3.15%) Oracle
5 3 (2.36%) BMC
5 3 (2.36%) Cisco
5 3 (2.36%) NetApp
6 2 (1.57%) IBM
6 2 (1.57%) Rally
6 2 (1.57%) Red Hat
7 1 (0.79%) Atlassian
7 1 (0.79%) HP
7 1 (0.79%) Kofax
7 1 (0.79%) Remedy
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