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 26 January 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
26 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Automation
Rank 124 113 117
Rank change year-on-year
-11 +4
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 7 12 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.22% 0.44% 0.19%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.30% 0.60% 0.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 8 4
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£290 £441 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-34.27% +35.76%
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+15.38% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £36.25 £17.75
% change year-on-year
-3.44% +104.22%
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
2316 1990 1778
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 73.62% 73.13% 66.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 1381 1021 939
Average daily rate £375 £363 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% +7.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.00% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 92 102 86
Average hourly rate £25.00 £31.56 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.77% +40.24%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.67 £12.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £52.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.25 £27.00 £31.50
% change year-on-year
-6.48% -14.28%

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 26 January 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
Manchester -2 6 £290 - 6
Lancashire -17 1 - -
Cheshire - - - -
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 26 January 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 13 (54.17%) Agile Software Development
1 13 (54.17%) TDD
2 8 (33.33%) HTML
3 7 (29.17%) Java
3 7 (29.17%) CSS
3 7 (29.17%) Pair Programming
3 7 (29.17%) Test Management
4 6 (25.00%) Manual Testing
4 6 (25.00%) Selenium
5 5 (20.83%) Continuous Integration
5 5 (20.83%) Finance
5 5 (20.83%) Visual Studio
5 5 (20.83%) Refactoring
5 5 (20.83%) Web Services
5 5 (20.83%) JavaScript
5 5 (20.83%) J2EE
6 4 (16.67%) ISEB
6 4 (16.67%) C#
6 4 (16.67%) .NET
6 4 (16.67%) SQL
6 4 (16.67%) SOAP
6 4 (16.67%) SQL Server
6 4 (16.67%) JSON
6 4 (16.67%) Ajax
6 4 (16.67%) .NET Framework
6 4 (16.67%) NHibernate
6 4 (16.67%) MVC
6 4 (16.67%) Scrum
6 4 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing
7 3 (12.50%) Performance Testing

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

For the 6 months to 26 January 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 1 (4.17%) WebSphere
Business Applications
1 1 (4.17%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (4.17%) Dynamics CRM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (16.67%) SQL Server
2 1 (4.17%) RDBMS
2 1 (4.17%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (4.17%) Oracle Database
2 1 (4.17%) Relational Database
2 1 (4.17%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 6 (25.00%) Selenium
2 5 (20.83%) Visual Studio
3 3 (12.50%) SoapUI
4 2 (8.33%) Eclipse
4 2 (8.33%) JBehave
5 1 (4.17%) Toad
5 1 (4.17%) QuickTest Pro
5 1 (4.17%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 1 (4.17%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 5 (20.83%) Finance
2 2 (8.33%) Retail
3 1 (4.17%) Billing
3 1 (4.17%) Legal
3 1 (4.17%) Banking
Job Titles
1 8 (33.33%) Developer
2 5 (20.83%) Analyst
2 5 (20.83%) Test Manager
2 5 (20.83%) Test Analyst
3 3 (12.50%) Java Developer
3 3 (12.50%) .NET Developer
4 2 (8.33%) Test Engineer
4 2 (8.33%) Architect
4 2 (8.33%) Tester
4 2 (8.33%) QA Engineer
4 2 (8.33%) Technical Architect
4 2 (8.33%) Front-End Developer
4 2 (8.33%) Selenium Test Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) Automation Tester
5 1 (4.17%) Automation Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) Senior Automation Tester
5 1 (4.17%) Web Developer
5 1 (4.17%) Senior Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) Release Manager
5 1 (4.17%) .NET Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (33.33%) HTML
2 7 (29.17%) CSS
3 5 (20.83%) Web Services
3 5 (20.83%) J2EE
4 4 (16.67%) SOAP
4 4 (16.67%) .NET
4 4 (16.67%) Ajax
4 4 (16.67%) NHibernate
4 4 (16.67%) .NET Framework
4 4 (16.67%) JSON
5 3 (12.50%) LINQ
5 3 (12.50%) Django
5 3 (12.50%) XML
5 3 (12.50%) CSS3
6 2 (8.33%) XSLT
6 2 (8.33%) Struts
6 2 (8.33%) Struts2
6 2 (8.33%) HTML5
7 1 (4.17%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 1 (4.17%) Computer Science
1 1 (4.17%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 2 (8.33%) Windows
2 1 (4.17%) Windows Server 2012
2 1 (4.17%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (54.17%) Agile Software Development
1 13 (54.17%) TDD
2 7 (29.17%) Pair Programming
2 7 (29.17%) Test Management
3 6 (25.00%) Manual Testing
4 5 (20.83%) Continuous Integration
4 5 (20.83%) Refactoring
5 4 (16.67%) MVC
5 4 (16.67%) Scrum
5 4 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing
6 3 (12.50%) Performance Testing
6 3 (12.50%) Kanban
6 3 (12.50%) Test Strategy
6 3 (12.50%) Responsive Web Design
6 3 (12.50%) User Stories
7 2 (8.33%) Automation Testing
7 2 (8.33%) BDD
7 2 (8.33%) System Testing
7 2 (8.33%) Software Testing
7 2 (8.33%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 7 (29.17%) Java
2 5 (20.83%) JavaScript
3 4 (16.67%) SQL
3 4 (16.67%) C#
4 3 (12.50%) Python
4 3 (12.50%) T-SQL
5 1 (4.17%) VB
5 1 (4.17%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 4 (16.67%) ISEB
2 3 (12.50%) ISTQB
3 2 (8.33%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 1 (4.17%) Degree
4 1 (4.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (12.50%) QA
Systems Management
1 2 (8.33%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (8.33%) Oracle
1 2 (8.33%) Microsoft
2 1 (4.17%) HP
2 1 (4.17%) IBM
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