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 29 April 2016 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.

3 months to
29 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Automation
Rank 71 137 128
Rank change year-on-year
+66 -9
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 100 21 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.49% 0.54% 0.52%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.05% 0.69% 0.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 58 11 6
Average daily rate £425 £450 £385
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.55% +16.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £339 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £491 £600 £388
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £355 £330
% change year-on-year
+5.63% +7.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £38.75 £41.75
% change year-on-year
-3.22% -7.18%
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
3276 3033 2335
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 81.47% 78.13% 75.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 2028 1668 1228
Average daily rate £413 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £535
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 92 147 131
Average hourly rate £37.50 £37.00 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.35% +19.35%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £14.50 £12.76
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.91 £60.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £30.50 £31.50
% change year-on-year
+18.03% -3.17%

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 29 April 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Automation within the North West region over the 3 months to 29 April 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 - 76 £425 - 1
Manchester +1 17 £350 -26.31% 8
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, 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 62 (47.69%) Microsoft
2 60 (46.15%) Agile Software Development
2 60 (46.15%) Software Engineering
3 57 (43.85%) Windows
4 44 (33.85%) Continuous Integration
5 43 (33.08%) TDD
6 41 (31.54%) Security Cleared
7 39 (30.00%) PowerShell
8 38 (29.23%) Windows Server 2012
9 37 (28.46%) Windows Server
10 36 (27.69%) Migration
11 35 (26.92%) Active Directory
11 35 (26.92%) SCCM
11 35 (26.92%) SCOM
12 34 (26.15%) Java
13 32 (24.62%) SC Cleared
14 31 (23.85%) MS Excel
15 25 (19.23%) .NET
15 25 (19.23%) Data Migration
15 25 (19.23%) Selenium
16 24 (18.46%) Team Foundation Server
16 24 (18.46%) Finance
17 23 (17.69%) SQL
17 23 (17.69%) DevOps
18 22 (16.92%) BDD
18 22 (16.92%) Skype for Business
18 22 (16.92%) Skype
19 21 (16.15%) SpecFlow
19 21 (16.15%) SharePoint 2013
19 21 (16.15%) SharePoint

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

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, 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 22 (16.92%) Skype for Business
2 21 (16.15%) SharePoint
2 21 (16.15%) SharePoint 2013
3 20 (15.38%) MS Exchange
4 2 (1.54%) Apache
5 1 (0.77%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.77%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 31 (23.85%) MS Excel
2 16 (12.31%) MS Office
3 2 (1.54%) Mingle
4 1 (0.77%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.77%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.77%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.77%) Oracle Applications
1 1 (0.77%) Oracle Cash Management
1 1 (0.77%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (0.77%) Oracle EBS R12
1 1 (0.77%) Oracle iProcurement
1 1 (0.77%) Oracle Payables
1 1 (0.77%) Oracle Receivables
1 1 (0.77%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 7 (5.38%) Amazon AWS
1 7 (5.38%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (3.85%) Amazon S3
3 1 (0.77%) GitHub
3 1 (0.77%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 22 (16.92%) Skype
2 3 (2.31%) DHCP
2 3 (2.31%) DNS
2 3 (2.31%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (10.77%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.08%) Oracle Database
2 4 (3.08%) SQL Server 2008
2 4 (3.08%) SQL Server 2012
2 4 (3.08%) SQL Server 2014
3 3 (2.31%) Oracle Database 10g
3 3 (2.31%) RDBMS
3 3 (2.31%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.77%) MySQL
4 1 (0.77%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (0.77%) Oracle Discoverer
4 1 (0.77%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (0.77%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 25 (19.23%) Selenium
2 24 (18.46%) Team Foundation Server
3 21 (16.15%) SpecFlow
4 18 (13.85%) TestComplete
5 15 (11.54%) Cucumber
6 10 (7.69%) HP UFT
7 9 (6.92%) JIRA
8 6 (4.62%) eggPlant
8 6 (4.62%) Jenkins
8 6 (4.62%) TeamCity
8 6 (4.62%) WebDriver
9 5 (3.85%) Git (software)
9 5 (3.85%) Gradle
10 4 (3.08%) Visual Studio
11 3 (2.31%) JBehave
11 3 (2.31%) JUnit
12 2 (1.54%) Bitbucket
12 2 (1.54%) CMake
12 2 (1.54%) TestNG
12 2 (1.54%) WiX
General
1 24 (18.46%) Finance
2 9 (6.92%) Banking
3 1 (0.77%) Advertising
3 1 (0.77%) Local Government
3 1 (0.77%) Manufacturing
3 1 (0.77%) Retail
Job Titles
1 19 (14.62%) Consultant
2 18 (13.85%) Architect
3 13 (10.00%) DevOps Consultant
4 12 (9.23%) Analyst
4 12 (9.23%) Test Analyst
5 10 (7.69%) Designer
5 10 (7.69%) Developer
5 10 (7.69%) Test Manager
6 9 (6.92%) DevOps Engineer
6 9 (6.92%) Integration Consultant
6 9 (6.92%) Test Automation Engineer
6 9 (6.92%) Test Engineer
7 6 (4.62%) Automation Test Analyst
7 6 (4.62%) Ethical Hacker
7 6 (4.62%) Java Developer
7 6 (4.62%) Test Automation Manager
8 5 (3.85%) Tester
9 4 (3.08%) .NET Developer
9 4 (3.08%) Data Centre Manager
9 4 (3.08%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (19.23%) .NET
2 3 (2.31%) XML
3 2 (1.54%) Apache POI
3 2 (1.54%) Web Services
4 1 (0.77%) ADO.NET
4 1 (0.77%) ASP.NET
4 1 (0.77%) J2EE
4 1 (0.77%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 9 (6.92%) Public Cloud
2 4 (3.08%) Computer Science
2 4 (3.08%) Data Centre
3 3 (2.31%) Fat Client
3 3 (2.31%) Thin Client
4 2 (1.54%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (1.54%) Management Information System
5 1 (0.77%) Algorithms
5 1 (0.77%) Data Integration
5 1 (0.77%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 57 (43.85%) Windows
2 38 (29.23%) Windows Server 2012
3 37 (28.46%) Windows Server
4 19 (14.62%) Linux
5 15 (11.54%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.77%) Android
6 1 (0.77%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.77%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 60 (46.15%) Agile Software Development
1 60 (46.15%) Software Engineering
2 44 (33.85%) Continuous Integration
3 43 (33.08%) TDD
4 36 (27.69%) Migration
5 25 (19.23%) Data Migration
6 23 (17.69%) DevOps
7 22 (16.92%) BDD
8 21 (16.15%) Code Coverage
9 18 (13.85%) Test Scripting
10 15 (11.54%) Configuration Management
11 13 (10.00%) Scrum
12 11 (8.46%) Automated Testing
12 11 (8.46%) Software Testing
13 10 (7.69%) Automation Testing
13 10 (7.69%) Performance Testing
14 9 (6.92%) Cybersecurity
14 9 (6.92%) Ethical Hacking
14 9 (6.92%) OWASP
15 8 (6.15%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 39 (30.00%) PowerShell
2 34 (26.15%) Java
3 23 (17.69%) SQL
4 13 (10.00%) Ruby
5 11 (8.46%) Python
6 6 (4.62%) C#
7 3 (2.31%) C++
8 2 (1.54%) JavaScript
8 2 (1.54%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.77%) VB
Qualifications
1 41 (31.54%) Security Cleared
2 32 (24.62%) SC Cleared
3 19 (14.62%) Degree
4 8 (6.15%) ISTQB
5 7 (5.38%) ISEB
6 6 (4.62%) CCEA
6 6 (4.62%) Citrix Certification
7 2 (1.54%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 1 (0.77%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (10.77%) QA
2 1 (0.77%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (0.77%) SDET
System Software
1 35 (26.92%) Active Directory
2 19 (14.62%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (9.23%) vSphere
4 3 (2.31%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (1.54%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 35 (26.92%) SCCM
1 35 (26.92%) SCOM
2 10 (7.69%) HP Quality Center
3 9 (6.92%) Opscode Chef
4 8 (6.15%) Puppet
5 3 (2.31%) AirWatch
5 3 (2.31%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 3 (2.31%) vRealize
Vendors
1 62 (47.69%) Microsoft
2 19 (14.62%) VMware
3 10 (7.69%) Citrix
4 6 (4.62%) Oracle
5 4 (3.08%) HP
6 3 (2.31%) Cisco
6 3 (2.31%) NetApp
7 2 (1.54%) IBM
8 1 (0.77%) BMC
8 1 (0.77%) Kofax
8 1 (0.77%) Rally
8 1 (0.77%) Remedy
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