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 1 July 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
1 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Automation
Rank 112 123 98
Rank change year-on-year
+11 -25
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 42 12 25
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.13% 0.39% 1.02%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.48% 0.53% 1.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 6 11
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£483 £355 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+35.91% +9.23%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £320 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £653 £393 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £325 £338
% change year-on-year
+15.38% -3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £30.75
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +21.95%
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
2844 2249 1784
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 76.51% 73.21% 72.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 1693 1194 875
Average daily rate £388 £388 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +10.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £265 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £455
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £365
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +2.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 121 98 84
Average hourly rate £33.00 £27.50 £20.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% +34.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £15.00 £12.78
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.23 £45.00 £75.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £28.99 £30.50
% change year-on-year
+3.48% -4.95%

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 1 July 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 1 July 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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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
Merseyside -1 17 £508 -
Manchester -4 10 £350 -9.09% 13
Cheshire -10 6 £366 +16.26% 5
Lancashire - 4 - - 1
Cumbria - 1 £540 -
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 1 July 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 46 (79.31%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (43.10%) Test Strategy
3 21 (36.21%) QA
4 20 (34.48%) User Acceptance Testing
4 20 (34.48%) ISEB
5 18 (31.03%) Scrum
6 16 (27.59%) Test Scripting
7 14 (24.14%) Supplier Management
7 14 (24.14%) Test Planning
7 14 (24.14%) Security Cleared
7 14 (24.14%) Waterfall
8 12 (20.69%) Finance
8 12 (20.69%) Test Management
8 12 (20.69%) Software Testing
8 12 (20.69%) PRINCE2
9 11 (18.97%) .NET
9 11 (18.97%) TDD
10 10 (17.24%) Oracle
10 10 (17.24%) SDLC
11 9 (15.52%) SC Cleared
11 9 (15.52%) Windows
11 9 (15.52%) Migration
12 8 (13.79%) SQL
12 8 (13.79%) Continuous Integration
12 8 (13.79%) Kanban
12 8 (13.79%) Cucumber
13 7 (12.07%) BDD
13 7 (12.07%) Team Foundation Server
13 7 (12.07%) Appium
13 7 (12.07%) Non-Functional Testing

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

For the 6 months to 1 July 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 (3.45%) WebSphere
2 1 (1.72%) Node.js
2 1 (1.72%) JBoss
Applications
1 5 (8.62%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (3.45%) Oracle Financials
2 1 (1.72%) SAP Oil and Gas
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.72%) FTP
1 1 (1.72%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (5.17%) MySQL
1 3 (5.17%) RDBMS
1 3 (5.17%) Oracle Database
1 3 (5.17%) Relational Database
2 2 (3.45%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.45%) DB2
3 1 (1.72%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.72%) Oracle Database 10g
3 1 (1.72%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (1.72%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 8 (13.79%) Cucumber
2 7 (12.07%) Team Foundation Server
2 7 (12.07%) Selenium
2 7 (12.07%) Calabash
2 7 (12.07%) Appium
3 5 (8.62%) SoapUI
4 4 (6.90%) SpecFlow
4 4 (6.90%) TestComplete
4 4 (6.90%) TeamCity
5 3 (5.17%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 3 (5.17%) HP UFT
5 3 (5.17%) JIRA
6 2 (3.45%) Toad
6 2 (3.45%) Visual Studio
6 2 (3.45%) Rational Performance Tester
6 2 (3.45%) Rational Functional Tester
6 2 (3.45%) JBehave
6 2 (3.45%) WebDriver
6 2 (3.45%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 1 (1.72%) ClearCase
General
1 12 (20.69%) Finance
2 6 (10.34%) Banking
3 2 (3.45%) Retail
3 2 (3.45%) Billing
4 1 (1.72%) Investment Banking
4 1 (1.72%) Marketing
4 1 (1.72%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (1.72%) Front Office
4 1 (1.72%) Electronics
4 1 (1.72%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.72%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 15 (25.86%) Test Manager
2 12 (20.69%) Test Leader
3 8 (13.79%) Analyst
3 8 (13.79%) Test Analyst
3 8 (13.79%) Consultant
4 7 (12.07%) Test Consultant
5 6 (10.34%) Architect
6 4 (6.90%) Tester
7 3 (5.17%) Integration Architect
7 3 (5.17%) QA Engineer
7 3 (5.17%) Performance Analyst
7 3 (5.17%) Performance Test Analyst
7 3 (5.17%) Developer
8 2 (3.45%) UAT Manager
8 2 (3.45%) Test Engineer
9 1 (1.72%) Team Leader
9 1 (1.72%) Test Specialist
9 1 (1.72%) QA Tester
9 1 (1.72%) Test Architect
9 1 (1.72%) Automation Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (18.97%) .NET
2 3 (5.17%) J2EE
2 3 (5.17%) SOAP
2 3 (5.17%) Web Services
2 3 (5.17%) XML
2 3 (5.17%) HTML
3 2 (3.45%) Middleware
4 1 (1.72%) Ajax
4 1 (1.72%) .NET Framework
4 1 (1.72%) JSON
4 1 (1.72%) HTML5
4 1 (1.72%) Xamarin.iOS
4 1 (1.72%) REST
4 1 (1.72%) CSS3
4 1 (1.72%) AngularJS
4 1 (1.72%) React
4 1 (1.72%) XHTML
4 1 (1.72%) CSS
4 1 (1.72%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 5 (8.62%) Computer Science
1 5 (8.62%) Mobile App
2 1 (1.72%) DTV
2 1 (1.72%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 9 (15.52%) Windows
2 6 (10.34%) Apple iOS
3 5 (8.62%) Android
4 4 (6.90%) Linux
5 3 (5.17%) UNIX
6 2 (3.45%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (1.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (1.72%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (79.31%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (43.10%) Test Strategy
3 20 (34.48%) User Acceptance Testing
4 18 (31.03%) Scrum
5 16 (27.59%) Test Scripting
6 14 (24.14%) Waterfall
6 14 (24.14%) Test Planning
6 14 (24.14%) Supplier Management
7 12 (20.69%) Software Testing
7 12 (20.69%) PRINCE2
7 12 (20.69%) Test Management
8 11 (18.97%) TDD
9 10 (17.24%) SDLC
10 9 (15.52%) Migration
11 8 (13.79%) Continuous Integration
11 8 (13.79%) Kanban
12 7 (12.07%) BDD
12 7 (12.07%) Non-Functional Testing
12 7 (12.07%) E-Commerce
13 6 (10.34%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 8 (13.79%) SQL
2 7 (12.07%) Java
3 3 (5.17%) C
4 2 (3.45%) C#
4 2 (3.45%) COBOL
5 1 (1.72%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.72%) PL/SQL
5 1 (1.72%) T-SQL
5 1 (1.72%) Shell Script
5 1 (1.72%) Groovy
5 1 (1.72%) Scala
Qualifications
1 20 (34.48%) ISEB
2 14 (24.14%) Security Cleared
3 9 (15.52%) SC Cleared
4 6 (10.34%) Degree
5 5 (8.62%) ISTQB
5 5 (8.62%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 5 (8.62%) DV Cleared
6 1 (1.72%) BC Cleared
6 1 (1.72%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 1 (1.72%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (36.21%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (5.17%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 10 (17.24%) Oracle
2 7 (12.07%) Microsoft
3 3 (5.17%) HP
3 3 (5.17%) IBM
4 2 (3.45%) Sybase
4 2 (3.45%) SAP
4 2 (3.45%) Hyperion
5 1 (1.72%) Apple
5 1 (1.72%) Ab Initio
5 1 (1.72%) hybris
5 1 (1.72%) Xamarin
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