The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the North West region.

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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Automation
Rank 122 109 131
Rank change year-on-year
-13 +22
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 14 11 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.44% 0.46% 0.16%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.62% 0.65% 0.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 8 2
Average daily rate £385 £336 £345
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.49% -2.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £323 £281
10% offered a daily rate of more than £388 £428 £409
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £350 £400
% change year-on-year
-5.71% -12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £105.00 £40.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year
+162.50% -5.88%
Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2259 1696 1940
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 71.19% 70.43% 63.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 1165 841 965
Average daily rate £375 £338 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% -3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £226 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £475 £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £360 £370
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 124 82 91
Average hourly rate £28.50 £27.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.63% +37.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.35 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £61.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £32.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +16.36%
Test Automation
England

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
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 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Cheshire -8 7 £388 -10.91% 7
Manchester -12 6 £330 +2.32%
Merseyside +4 1 - -
Lancashire - - - -
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 14 (48.28%) Agile Software Development
1 14 (48.28%) TDD
2 11 (37.93%) Selenium
3 10 (34.48%) Scrum
4 9 (31.03%) .NET
4 9 (31.03%) Security Cleared
5 8 (27.59%) Relational Database
5 8 (27.59%) JavaScript
5 8 (27.59%) SQL
5 8 (27.59%) Pair Programming
6 7 (24.14%) HTML
6 7 (24.14%) CSS
6 7 (24.14%) SOAP
6 7 (24.14%) Cucumber
6 7 (24.14%) CSS3
6 7 (24.14%) Test Strategy
6 7 (24.14%) Test Management
6 7 (24.14%) Continuous Integration
6 7 (24.14%) SC Cleared
6 7 (24.14%) HTML5
6 7 (24.14%) Refactoring
7 6 (20.69%) JSON
7 6 (20.69%) Web Services
7 6 (20.69%) XML
7 6 (20.69%) Visual Studio
7 6 (20.69%) Java
7 6 (20.69%) C#
7 6 (20.69%) RDBMS
8 5 (17.24%) MVC
8 5 (17.24%) QA

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

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 2 (6.90%) Apache
2 1 (3.45%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (6.90%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.45%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (6.90%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (27.59%) Relational Database
2 6 (20.69%) RDBMS
3 4 (13.79%) MySQL
3 4 (13.79%) PostgreSQL
4 3 (10.34%) SQL Server
5 2 (6.90%) Oracle Database
6 1 (3.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (3.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (3.45%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 11 (37.93%) Selenium
2 7 (24.14%) Cucumber
3 6 (20.69%) Visual Studio
4 4 (13.79%) SoapUI
5 3 (10.34%) Rational Rose
5 3 (10.34%) Rational Robot
5 3 (10.34%) Team Foundation Server
5 3 (10.34%) Rational Performance Tester
6 2 (6.90%) SpecFlow
6 2 (6.90%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 2 (6.90%) Toad
6 2 (6.90%) QuickTest Pro
6 2 (6.90%) JUnit
6 2 (6.90%) Subversion
7 1 (3.45%) Calabash
7 1 (3.45%) JIRA
7 1 (3.45%) TestComplete
General
1 2 (6.90%) Retail
1 2 (6.90%) Telecoms
1 2 (6.90%) Finance
Job Titles
1 9 (31.03%) Developer
2 6 (20.69%) Tester
3 5 (17.24%) Test Analyst
3 5 (17.24%) Analyst
4 4 (13.79%) Test Manager
5 3 (10.34%) Java Developer
6 2 (6.90%) Test Leader
6 2 (6.90%) Automation Test Analyst
6 2 (6.90%) Automated Tester
6 2 (6.90%) Automation Analyst
6 2 (6.90%) Senior Tester
6 2 (6.90%) .NET Developer
6 2 (6.90%) Software Tester
6 2 (6.90%) Web Developer
7 1 (3.45%) Consultant
7 1 (3.45%) Development Manager
7 1 (3.45%) C# Developer
7 1 (3.45%) QA Analyst
7 1 (3.45%) QA Tester
7 1 (3.45%) Test Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (31.03%) .NET
2 7 (24.14%) HTML
2 7 (24.14%) CSS
2 7 (24.14%) SOAP
2 7 (24.14%) CSS3
2 7 (24.14%) HTML5
3 6 (20.69%) JSON
3 6 (20.69%) Web Services
3 6 (20.69%) XML
4 4 (13.79%) RESTful
5 3 (10.34%) Spring
5 3 (10.34%) Ajax
5 3 (10.34%) .NET Framework
5 3 (10.34%) NHibernate
5 3 (10.34%) LINQ
5 3 (10.34%) jQuery
6 2 (6.90%) EDI
6 2 (6.90%) JDBC
6 2 (6.90%) EDIFACT
7 1 (3.45%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 2 (6.90%) TRADACOMS
1 2 (6.90%) Mathematics
1 2 (6.90%) Computer Science
1 2 (6.90%) Mainframe
2 1 (3.45%) Mobile App
2 1 (3.45%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 2 (6.90%) Windows Server 2012
1 2 (6.90%) Windows
2 1 (3.45%) Apple iOS
2 1 (3.45%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (48.28%) Agile Software Development
1 14 (48.28%) TDD
2 10 (34.48%) Scrum
3 8 (27.59%) Pair Programming
4 7 (24.14%) Test Strategy
4 7 (24.14%) Test Management
4 7 (24.14%) Continuous Integration
4 7 (24.14%) Refactoring
5 5 (17.24%) MVC
6 4 (13.79%) Kanban
6 4 (13.79%) User Stories
6 4 (13.79%) Stakeholder Management
7 3 (10.34%) Automated Testing
7 3 (10.34%) Software Testing
7 3 (10.34%) E-Commerce
7 3 (10.34%) Configuration Management
7 3 (10.34%) Technical Analysis
7 3 (10.34%) Automation Testing
7 3 (10.34%) Technical Architecture
7 3 (10.34%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 8 (27.59%) JavaScript
1 8 (27.59%) SQL
2 6 (20.69%) Java
2 6 (20.69%) C#
3 4 (13.79%) T-SQL
4 2 (6.90%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 9 (31.03%) Security Cleared
2 7 (24.14%) SC Cleared
3 4 (13.79%) Degree
4 3 (10.34%) ISEB
5 2 (6.90%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (17.24%) QA
Systems Management
1 2 (6.90%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (13.79%) IBM
2 3 (10.34%) Microsoft
3 2 (6.90%) Vertica
3 2 (6.90%) Oracle
4 1 (3.45%) ATG
4 1 (3.45%) Xamarin
4 1 (3.45%) hybris
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