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 21 February 2017 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
21 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Automation
England / North West
Rank 114 122 133
Rank change year-on-year
+8 +11
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 19 35 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.72% 0.94% 0.30%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.88% 1.14% 0.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 27 7
Median daily rate £450 £425 £290
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% +46.55%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £316 £339 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £530 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £375 £358
% change year-on-year
-2.66% +4.72%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £50.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
-25.00% +33.33%

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
2163 3070 2568
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 82.31% 82.39% 78.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 1373 1856 1487
Median daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £530 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year
+2.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 95 135 108
Median hourly rate £42.48 £38.00 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.77% +2.70%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £15.70 £14.64
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.71 £53.00 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £40.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-10.62% +45.45%

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
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 21 February 2017.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Automation within the North West region over the 3 months to 21 February 2017. 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 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
Manchester +2 11 £340 -11.11% 8
Lancashire +12 4 £475 +35.71% 1
Cheshire +15 3 £313 -35.89% 1
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 21 February 2017, 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 34 (68.00%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (60.00%) Selenium
3 29 (58.00%) TDD
4 27 (54.00%) Java
5 23 (46.00%) BDD
6 19 (38.00%) Cucumber
6 19 (38.00%) QA
7 17 (34.00%) Continuous Integration
7 17 (34.00%) Configuration Management
8 13 (26.00%) Pair Programming
9 12 (24.00%) Scrum
9 12 (24.00%) ISEB
10 11 (22.00%) JavaScript
10 11 (22.00%) HTML
10 11 (22.00%) Python
11 10 (20.00%) SQL
11 10 (20.00%) CMS
11 10 (20.00%) Web Development
11 10 (20.00%) AngularJS
12 9 (18.00%) Jenkins
12 9 (18.00%) Responsive Web Design
12 9 (18.00%) hybris
12 9 (18.00%) CSS3
12 9 (18.00%) RESTful
12 9 (18.00%) Dependency Injection
12 9 (18.00%) HTML5
12 9 (18.00%) SDLC
12 9 (18.00%) Dropwizard
12 9 (18.00%) JSON
12 9 (18.00%) Enterprise Architecture

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 10 (20.00%) CMS
2 4 (8.00%) Drupal
2 4 (8.00%) Elasticsearch
3 3 (6.00%) Apache Spark
3 3 (6.00%) SAS
4 1 (2.00%) EPiServer
Applications
1 1 (2.00%) MS Excel
1 1 (2.00%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (4.00%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 6 (12.00%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (8.00%) GitHub
2 4 (8.00%) Google Analytics
3 2 (4.00%) Amazon EMR
3 2 (4.00%) Google Cloud Platform
3 2 (4.00%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (8.00%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (6.00%) Hadoop
2 3 (6.00%) HDInsight
2 3 (6.00%) Oracle Database
2 3 (6.00%) Spark SQL
3 2 (4.00%) Big Data
3 2 (4.00%) Electronic Patient Records
4 1 (2.00%) GIS
4 1 (2.00%) MS Access
4 1 (2.00%) QGIS
4 1 (2.00%) Spatial Data
Development Applications
1 30 (60.00%) Selenium
2 19 (38.00%) Cucumber
3 9 (18.00%) Jenkins
4 8 (16.00%) WebDriver
5 7 (14.00%) HP UFT
5 7 (14.00%) JMeter
6 6 (12.00%) Git (software)
6 6 (12.00%) LoadRunner
7 4 (8.00%) Bitbucket
8 3 (6.00%) JIRA
8 3 (6.00%) SoapUI
9 2 (4.00%) JUnit
10 1 (2.00%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 1 (2.00%) IntelliJ
10 1 (2.00%) JProfiler
10 1 (2.00%) NUnit
10 1 (2.00%) Rational Functional Tester
10 1 (2.00%) Visual Studio
10 1 (2.00%) Visual Studio Team System
10 1 (2.00%) WATIR
General
1 4 (8.00%) Finance
2 2 (4.00%) Banking
2 2 (4.00%) Electronics
2 2 (4.00%) Manufacturing
2 2 (4.00%) Marketing
2 2 (4.00%) Telecoms
3 1 (2.00%) Legal
Job Titles
1 12 (24.00%) Developer
2 11 (22.00%) Tester
3 9 (18.00%) Automation Tester
4 8 (16.00%) Java Developer
5 6 (12.00%) Analyst
5 6 (12.00%) Test Analyst
6 5 (10.00%) Consultant
7 4 (8.00%) Drupal Consultant
8 3 (6.00%) Architect
8 3 (6.00%) QA Tester
8 3 (6.00%) Selenium Automation Tester
8 3 (6.00%) Selenium Tester
8 3 (6.00%) Senior Manager
8 3 (6.00%) Senior Test Manager
8 3 (6.00%) Test Engineer
8 3 (6.00%) Test Manager
9 2 (4.00%) QA Analyst
9 2 (4.00%) QA Automation Engineer
9 2 (4.00%) QA Engineer
9 2 (4.00%) QA Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (22.00%) HTML
2 10 (20.00%) AngularJS
3 9 (18.00%) CSS
3 9 (18.00%) CSS3
3 9 (18.00%) Dropwizard
3 9 (18.00%) HTML5
3 9 (18.00%) jQuery
3 9 (18.00%) JSON
3 9 (18.00%) RESTful
3 9 (18.00%) Spring
4 4 (8.00%) Elastic Stack
4 4 (8.00%) Gherkin
4 4 (8.00%) XML
5 3 (6.00%) .NET
5 3 (6.00%) Spark Streaming
6 2 (4.00%) JDBC
6 2 (4.00%) JSP
6 2 (4.00%) Servlets
6 2 (4.00%) SOAP
6 2 (4.00%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 1 (2.00%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (2.00%) Public Cloud
1 1 (2.00%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 1 (2.00%) Linux
1 1 (2.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
1 1 (2.00%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (68.00%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (58.00%) TDD
3 23 (46.00%) BDD
4 17 (34.00%) Configuration Management
4 17 (34.00%) Continuous Integration
5 13 (26.00%) Pair Programming
6 12 (24.00%) Scrum
7 10 (20.00%) Web Development
8 9 (18.00%) Content Management
8 9 (18.00%) Dependency Injection
8 9 (18.00%) E-Commerce
8 9 (18.00%) Enterprise Architecture
8 9 (18.00%) Kanban
8 9 (18.00%) Responsive Web Design
8 9 (18.00%) SDLC
8 9 (18.00%) Technical Architecture
9 6 (12.00%) Test Management
9 6 (12.00%) Test Scripting
9 6 (12.00%) Waterfall
10 5 (10.00%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 27 (54.00%) Java
2 11 (22.00%) JavaScript
2 11 (22.00%) Python
3 10 (20.00%) SQL
4 5 (10.00%) C#
5 4 (8.00%) PHP
6 2 (4.00%) Bash Shell
6 2 (4.00%) C++
6 2 (4.00%) Perl
6 2 (4.00%) Ruby
6 2 (4.00%) Scala
6 2 (4.00%) VB
7 1 (2.00%) C
7 1 (2.00%) PL/SQL
7 1 (2.00%) VBA
7 1 (2.00%) VBScript
7 1 (2.00%) VC++
Qualifications
1 12 (24.00%) ISEB
2 5 (10.00%) Security Cleared
3 4 (8.00%) ISTQB
4 3 (6.00%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (2.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (2.00%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (38.00%) QA
2 1 (2.00%) Data Quality
2 1 (2.00%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (2.00%) SDET
System Software
1 4 (8.00%) Docker
Systems Management
1 5 (10.00%) Ansible
2 4 (8.00%) Kibana
2 4 (8.00%) logstash
2 4 (8.00%) Opscode Chef
2 4 (8.00%) Puppet
3 2 (4.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 9 (18.00%) ATG
1 9 (18.00%) hybris
2 6 (12.00%) Google
3 4 (8.00%) Splunk
4 3 (6.00%) HP
4 3 (6.00%) Oracle
5 2 (4.00%) Microsoft
5 2 (4.00%) SAP
6 1 (2.00%) Blue Prism
6 1 (2.00%) Red Hat