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 28 August 2015 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Automation
Rank 136 131 125
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -6
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 31 5 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.72% 0.16% 0.38%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.91% 0.22% 0.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 4 3
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£350 £363 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.44% +20.83%
UK excluding London average daily rate £366 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.64% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.44 £38.50 £29.00
% change year-on-year
-18.33% +32.75%
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
3408 2293 2052
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 78.80% 74.33% 71.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 2092 1270 1045
Average daily rate £413 £370 £333
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.48% +11.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £265 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 134 101 103
Average hourly rate £40.00 £25.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+60.00% +25.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.16 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.50 £67.00 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £25.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+30.00% -16.66%

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 28 August 2015.

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 28 August 2015. 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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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
Cheshire -1 9 £368 +3.15% 3
Manchester -13 7 £350 +7.69% 7
Lancashire - 5 £253 -
Merseyside - 5 £340 - 3
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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 48 (70.59%) Agile Software Development
2 32 (47.06%) Test Strategy
3 23 (33.82%) Scrum
4 22 (32.35%) QA
5 20 (29.41%) ISEB
6 18 (26.47%) Software Testing
6 18 (26.47%) User Acceptance Testing
7 17 (25.00%) Test Planning
8 15 (22.06%) Waterfall
9 14 (20.59%) Cucumber
9 14 (20.59%) Test Scripting
9 14 (20.59%) Supplier Management
10 13 (19.12%) PRINCE2
11 12 (17.65%) SQL
11 12 (17.65%) TDD
11 12 (17.65%) Finance
11 12 (17.65%) Security Cleared
12 11 (16.18%) Test Management
12 11 (16.18%) Continuous Integration
13 10 (14.71%) Oracle
13 10 (14.71%) BDD
13 10 (14.71%) Apple iOS
13 10 (14.71%) Non-Functional Testing
13 10 (14.71%) Mobile App
13 10 (14.71%) SDLC
14 9 (13.24%) Appium
14 9 (13.24%) Calabash
14 9 (13.24%) SoapUI
14 9 (13.24%) Kanban
14 9 (13.24%) SC Cleared

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

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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 (2.94%) WebSphere
2 1 (1.47%) Node.js
2 1 (1.47%) JBoss
2 1 (1.47%) SAS
Applications
1 6 (8.82%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (2.94%) Oracle Financials
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.47%) FTP
1 1 (1.47%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (4.41%) MySQL
1 3 (4.41%) RDBMS
1 3 (4.41%) Relational Database
2 2 (2.94%) Oracle Database
2 2 (2.94%) DB2
3 1 (1.47%) Data Mining
3 1 (1.47%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.47%) Oracle Database 10g
3 1 (1.47%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (1.47%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 14 (20.59%) Cucumber
2 9 (13.24%) SoapUI
2 9 (13.24%) Calabash
2 9 (13.24%) Appium
2 9 (13.24%) Selenium
3 6 (8.82%) Team Foundation Server
4 5 (7.35%) SpecFlow
5 4 (5.88%) eggPlant
5 4 (5.88%) TeamCity
5 4 (5.88%) TestComplete
6 3 (4.41%) JUnit
7 2 (2.94%) HP UFT
7 2 (2.94%) LoadRunner
7 2 (2.94%) Rational Performance Tester
7 2 (2.94%) Rational Functional Tester
7 2 (2.94%) JIRA
8 1 (1.47%) JBehave
8 1 (1.47%) WebDriver
8 1 (1.47%) ProC
8 1 (1.47%) ClearQuest
General
1 12 (17.65%) Finance
2 6 (8.82%) Banking
3 1 (1.47%) Retail
3 1 (1.47%) Marketing
3 1 (1.47%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (1.47%) Automotive
3 1 (1.47%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.47%) Games
Job Titles
1 16 (23.53%) Test Manager
2 11 (16.18%) Test Leader
2 11 (16.18%) Consultant
3 10 (14.71%) Analyst
3 10 (14.71%) Test Consultant
3 10 (14.71%) Test Analyst
4 8 (11.76%) Architect
5 6 (8.82%) Tester
6 3 (4.41%) Integration Architect
6 3 (4.41%) Developer
7 2 (2.94%) Junior
7 2 (2.94%) Test Engineer
7 2 (2.94%) QA Engineer
7 2 (2.94%) SAP Manager
7 2 (2.94%) Non-Functional Test Analyst
7 2 (2.94%) UAT Manager
7 2 (2.94%) Virtualisation Architect
8 1 (1.47%) Test Architect
8 1 (1.47%) Automation Analyst
8 1 (1.47%) Automation Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (13.24%) .NET
2 8 (11.76%) SOAP
3 6 (8.82%) HTML
3 6 (8.82%) XML
4 5 (7.35%) Middleware
5 4 (5.88%) Oracle Fusion
5 4 (5.88%) J2EE
5 4 (5.88%) Web Services
6 3 (4.41%) JSP
7 2 (2.94%) Servlets
7 2 (2.94%) JDBC
7 2 (2.94%) WSDL
7 2 (2.94%) JSON
8 1 (1.47%) CSS
8 1 (1.47%) HTML5
8 1 (1.47%) Xamarin.iOS
8 1 (1.47%) REST
8 1 (1.47%) CSS3
8 1 (1.47%) AngularJS
8 1 (1.47%) React
Miscellaneous
1 10 (14.71%) Mobile App
2 5 (7.35%) Computer Science
3 1 (1.47%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.47%) Management Information System
3 1 (1.47%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 10 (14.71%) Apple iOS
2 9 (13.24%) Android
3 5 (7.35%) Windows
4 3 (4.41%) UNIX
5 1 (1.47%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (1.47%) Solaris
5 1 (1.47%) Linux
5 1 (1.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (70.59%) Agile Software Development
2 32 (47.06%) Test Strategy
3 23 (33.82%) Scrum
4 18 (26.47%) Software Testing
4 18 (26.47%) User Acceptance Testing
5 17 (25.00%) Test Planning
6 15 (22.06%) Waterfall
7 14 (20.59%) Test Scripting
7 14 (20.59%) Supplier Management
8 13 (19.12%) PRINCE2
9 12 (17.65%) TDD
10 11 (16.18%) Continuous Integration
10 11 (16.18%) Test Management
11 10 (14.71%) BDD
11 10 (14.71%) SDLC
11 10 (14.71%) Non-Functional Testing
12 9 (13.24%) Kanban
13 8 (11.76%) Mobile Application Development
13 8 (11.76%) Performance Testing
13 8 (11.76%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 12 (17.65%) SQL
2 7 (10.29%) Java
3 6 (8.82%) C#
4 4 (5.88%) C++
5 2 (2.94%) COBOL
5 2 (2.94%) C
6 1 (1.47%) JavaScript
6 1 (1.47%) PL/SQL
6 1 (1.47%) T-SQL
6 1 (1.47%) Shell Script
6 1 (1.47%) Scala
Qualifications
1 20 (29.41%) ISEB
2 12 (17.65%) Security Cleared
3 9 (13.24%) SC Cleared
4 7 (10.29%) ISTQB
4 7 (10.29%) Degree
5 6 (8.82%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 2 (2.94%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 2 (2.94%) DV Cleared
7 1 (1.47%) ISEB Practitioner
7 1 (1.47%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (32.35%) QA
Systems Management
1 2 (2.94%) CA LISA
Vendors
1 10 (14.71%) Oracle
2 7 (10.29%) Microsoft
3 4 (5.88%) HP
4 3 (4.41%) IBM
5 2 (2.94%) Sybase
5 2 (2.94%) SAP
5 2 (2.94%) Hyperion
6 1 (1.47%) Apple
6 1 (1.47%) Xamarin
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