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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Automation over the 3 months to 24 August 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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
24 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Automation
Rank 123 127 133
Rank change year-on-year
+4 +6
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 26 39 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.73% 0.93% 0.22%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.90% 1.16% 0.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 24 6
Median daily rate £425 £366 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.04% +1.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £410 £280 £294
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £668 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £369 £350
% change year-on-year
+8.47% +5.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.75 £30.72 £39.50
% change year-on-year
+19.62% -22.22%
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
2874 3373 2368
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 81.23% 80.39% 75.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 1821 2035 1311
Median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £288 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £575 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £395 £375
% change year-on-year
+1.26% +5.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 86 139 106
Median hourly rate £22.00 £40.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-45.00% +45.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.17 £15.77 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.31 £59.50 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.50 £32.50 £25.75
% change year-on-year
-6.15% +26.21%

Test Automation
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing Test Automation as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Automation within the North West region over the 3 months to 24 August 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Cheshire +12 12 £425 +16.04% 1
Manchester -6 12 £450 +28.57% 7
Lancashire +6 1 £450 +78.21%
Merseyside -5 1 £425 -34.61% 1
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 August 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Test Automation also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 68 (60.18%) Microsoft
2 65 (57.52%) Software Engineering
3 62 (54.87%) Windows
4 56 (49.56%) Agile Software Development
5 54 (47.79%) Continuous Integration
6 46 (40.71%) Java
7 39 (34.51%) Security Cleared
7 39 (34.51%) PowerShell
8 38 (33.63%) Windows Server
9 37 (32.74%) Windows Server 2012
9 37 (32.74%) TDD
10 36 (31.86%) MS Excel
11 35 (30.97%) Active Directory
11 35 (30.97%) SCCM
11 35 (30.97%) SCOM
12 34 (30.09%) Migration
13 33 (29.20%) DevOps
14 32 (28.32%) SC Cleared
14 32 (28.32%) .NET
15 28 (24.78%) Team Foundation Server
16 27 (23.89%) SpecFlow
16 27 (23.89%) Code Coverage
16 27 (23.89%) Degree
17 25 (22.12%) Data Migration
18 23 (20.35%) TestComplete
18 23 (20.35%) Continuous Deployment
19 22 (19.47%) Skype for Business
19 22 (19.47%) Skype
20 21 (18.58%) SharePoint 2013
20 21 (18.58%) VMware Infrastructure

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

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 22 (19.47%) Skype for Business
2 21 (18.58%) SharePoint
2 21 (18.58%) SharePoint 2013
3 20 (17.70%) MS Exchange
4 4 (3.54%) CMS
5 3 (2.65%) Drupal
6 2 (1.77%) Cloud Foundry
6 2 (1.77%) Elasticsearch
6 2 (1.77%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.88%) Confluence
7 1 (0.88%) JBoss
7 1 (0.88%) Tomcat
Applications
1 36 (31.86%) MS Excel
2 17 (15.04%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.88%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 5 (4.42%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (3.54%) GitHub
3 2 (1.77%) Cloud Computing
3 2 (1.77%) Engine Yard
3 2 (1.77%) Google Analytics
3 2 (1.77%) Heroku
3 2 (1.77%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 22 (19.47%) Skype
2 3 (2.65%) DHCP
2 3 (2.65%) DNS
2 3 (2.65%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (6.19%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.54%) SQL Server 2008
2 4 (3.54%) SQL Server 2012
2 4 (3.54%) SQL Server 2014
3 1 (0.88%) GIS
3 1 (0.88%) MongoDB
3 1 (0.88%) QGIS
3 1 (0.88%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.88%) Spatial Data
Development Applications
1 28 (24.78%) Team Foundation Server
2 27 (23.89%) SpecFlow
3 23 (20.35%) TestComplete
4 20 (17.70%) Jenkins
5 19 (16.81%) Selenium
6 17 (15.04%) Git (software)
7 13 (11.50%) Cucumber
8 9 (7.96%) Gradle
9 6 (5.31%) JMeter
9 6 (5.31%) JUnit
10 5 (4.42%) JIRA
10 5 (4.42%) TeamCity
10 5 (4.42%) Vagrant
10 5 (4.42%) Visual Studio
11 4 (3.54%) Bitbucket
11 4 (3.54%) Maven
12 3 (2.65%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 3 (2.65%) TestNG
13 2 (1.77%) Mercurial
13 2 (1.77%) WiX
General
1 18 (15.93%) Finance
2 9 (7.96%) Banking
3 1 (0.88%) Advertising
3 1 (0.88%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 25 (22.12%) Consultant
2 20 (17.70%) DevOps Consultant
3 18 (15.93%) Developer
4 16 (14.16%) Integration Consultant
5 14 (12.39%) DevOps Engineer
5 14 (12.39%) Java Developer
6 12 (10.62%) Architect
7 10 (8.85%) Continuous Deployment Engineer
7 10 (8.85%) Designer
8 6 (5.31%) Automation Tester
8 6 (5.31%) Developer in Test
8 6 (5.31%) Test Manager
8 6 (5.31%) Tester
9 5 (4.42%) Integration Engineer
10 4 (3.54%) .NET Developer
10 4 (3.54%) Agile .NET Developer
10 4 (3.54%) Agile Java Developer
10 4 (3.54%) Java Engineer
10 4 (3.54%) Solutions Architect
10 4 (3.54%) VMware Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (28.32%) .NET
2 11 (9.73%) HTML
3 8 (7.08%) CSS
4 7 (6.19%) HTML5
4 7 (6.19%) jQuery
5 6 (5.31%) AngularJS
6 5 (4.42%) CSS3
6 5 (4.42%) JSON
6 5 (4.42%) RESTful
6 5 (4.42%) Spring
7 4 (3.54%) Dropwizard
7 4 (3.54%) XML
8 2 (1.77%) ASP.NET Web API
8 2 (1.77%) Backbone.js
8 2 (1.77%) ELK Stack
8 2 (1.77%) MCollective
8 2 (1.77%) RabbitMQ
8 2 (1.77%) Web Services
9 1 (0.88%) Gherkin
9 1 (0.88%) PostGIS
Miscellaneous
1 6 (5.31%) Virtual Team
2 4 (3.54%) Data Centre
3 3 (2.65%) Computer Science
3 3 (2.65%) Fat Client
3 3 (2.65%) Thin Client
4 2 (1.77%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (1.77%) Clustering
4 2 (1.77%) Device Driver
5 1 (0.88%) Management Information System
5 1 (0.88%) SWIFT
5 1 (0.88%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 62 (54.87%) Windows
2 38 (33.63%) Windows Server
3 37 (32.74%) Windows Server 2012
4 15 (13.27%) Windows 10
5 12 (10.62%) Linux
6 2 (1.77%) CentOS
6 2 (1.77%) Ubuntu
6 2 (1.77%) Unix
7 1 (0.88%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 65 (57.52%) Software Engineering
2 56 (49.56%) Agile Software Development
3 54 (47.79%) Continuous Integration
4 37 (32.74%) TDD
5 34 (30.09%) Migration
6 33 (29.20%) DevOps
7 27 (23.89%) Code Coverage
8 25 (22.12%) Data Migration
9 23 (20.35%) Continuous Deployment
10 17 (15.04%) Configuration Management
11 14 (12.39%) Scrum
12 8 (7.08%) Automation Testing
12 8 (7.08%) BDD
13 7 (6.19%) SDLC
13 7 (6.19%) Unit Testing
14 6 (5.31%) Cost-Benefit Analysis
14 6 (5.31%) Identity Access Management
14 6 (5.31%) Identity Management
14 6 (5.31%) Web Development
15 5 (4.42%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 46 (40.71%) Java
2 39 (34.51%) PowerShell
3 13 (11.50%) Python
3 13 (11.50%) Ruby
4 8 (7.08%) SQL
5 7 (6.19%) JavaScript
6 5 (4.42%) C#
7 2 (1.77%) Bash Shell
7 2 (1.77%) C++
8 1 (0.88%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 39 (34.51%) Security Cleared
2 32 (28.32%) SC Cleared
3 27 (23.89%) Degree
4 7 (6.19%) ISEB
5 5 (4.42%) CCEA
5 5 (4.42%) Citrix Certification
6 3 (2.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 2 (1.77%) AWS Certification
8 1 (0.88%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (0.88%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (7.08%) QA
2 1 (0.88%) Data Quality
System Software
1 35 (30.97%) Active Directory
2 21 (18.58%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (10.62%) vSphere
4 3 (2.65%) Docker
4 3 (2.65%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (1.77%) Hyper-V
5 2 (1.77%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 35 (30.97%) SCCM
1 35 (30.97%) SCOM
2 15 (13.27%) Puppet
3 14 (12.39%) Opscode Chef
4 6 (5.31%) Ansible
5 3 (2.65%) AirWatch
5 3 (2.65%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 3 (2.65%) vRealize
6 2 (1.77%) BMC PATROL
6 2 (1.77%) Cobbler
6 2 (1.77%) Kibana
6 2 (1.77%) logstash
6 2 (1.77%) Nagios
Vendors
1 68 (60.18%) Microsoft
2 21 (18.58%) VMware
3 5 (4.42%) Citrix
4 4 (3.54%) ATG
4 4 (3.54%) hybris
5 3 (2.65%) BMC
5 3 (2.65%) Cisco
5 3 (2.65%) NetApp
5 3 (2.65%) ServiceNow
5 3 (2.65%) Splunk
6 2 (1.77%) Google
6 2 (1.77%) IBM
6 2 (1.77%) Red Hat
7 1 (0.88%) Atlassian
7 1 (0.88%) Rally
7 1 (0.88%) Remedy
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