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 12 February 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.

Location
3 months to
12 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Automation
Rank 124 133 121
Rank change year-on-year
+9 -12
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 34 8 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.90% 0.24% 0.43%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.11% 0.32% 0.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 4 7
Average daily rate £425 £290 £418
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+46.55% -30.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £339 £280 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £507 £502
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £365 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.73% +12.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £50.00 £36.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+36.98% -2.66%
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
3059 2504 2089
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 80.71% 76.55% 74.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 1876 1471 1065
Average daily rate £400 £388 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +6.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 119 100 111
Average hourly rate £38.00 £32.50 £33.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.92% -1.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.50 £13.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £49.50 £46.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+45.45% -

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 12 February 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 12 February 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
Manchester 0 21 £350 +20.68% 8
Cheshire - 10 £494 - 6
Lancashire +2 2 £350 - 2
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 12 February 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 44 (61.11%) Agile Software Development
2 27 (37.50%) TDD
3 26 (36.11%) Selenium
4 24 (33.33%) BDD
5 22 (30.56%) SQL
6 21 (29.17%) Cucumber
7 20 (27.78%) QA
7 20 (27.78%) Automated Testing
8 19 (26.39%) Software Testing
9 18 (25.00%) Continuous Integration
10 16 (22.22%) Kanban
11 14 (19.44%) Scrum
11 14 (19.44%) Microsoft
12 13 (18.06%) Finance
12 13 (18.06%) Automation Testing
13 12 (16.67%) Test Scripting
13 12 (16.67%) ISTQB
14 11 (15.28%) Performance Testing
15 10 (13.89%) HP Quality Center
15 10 (13.89%) Test Strategy
15 10 (13.89%) Functional Testing
15 10 (13.89%) ISEB
15 10 (13.89%) HP UFT
15 10 (13.89%) .NET
15 10 (13.89%) SQL Server
16 9 (12.50%) MS Excel
16 9 (12.50%) Team Foundation Server
17 8 (11.11%) WebDriver
17 8 (11.11%) JIRA
17 8 (11.11%) SOAP

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

For the 6 months to 12 February 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 3 (4.17%) BizTalk Server
2 2 (2.78%) Confluence
2 2 (2.78%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.39%) Apache
3 1 (1.39%) Oracle Workflow
3 1 (1.39%) SAS
Applications
1 9 (12.50%) MS Excel
2 2 (2.78%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 2 (2.78%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (1.39%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.39%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (1.39%) Oracle Cash Management
2 1 (1.39%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (1.39%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (1.39%) Oracle iProcurement
2 1 (1.39%) Oracle Payables
2 1 (1.39%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 4 (5.56%) Amazon AWS
1 4 (5.56%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (2.78%) Amazon S3
3 1 (1.39%) GitHub
3 1 (1.39%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.78%) Internet
1 2 (2.78%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (13.89%) SQL Server
2 5 (6.94%) Relational Database
3 4 (5.56%) Oracle Database
4 2 (2.78%) Oracle Database 10g
4 2 (2.78%) RDBMS
5 1 (1.39%) Data Mining
5 1 (1.39%) MySQL
5 1 (1.39%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (1.39%) Oracle Discoverer
5 1 (1.39%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (1.39%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 26 (36.11%) Selenium
2 21 (29.17%) Cucumber
3 10 (13.89%) HP UFT
4 9 (12.50%) Team Foundation Server
5 8 (11.11%) JIRA
5 8 (11.11%) WebDriver
6 7 (9.72%) Visual Studio
7 6 (8.33%) eggPlant
7 6 (8.33%) SpecFlow
8 5 (6.94%) Calabash
9 4 (5.56%) Appium
9 4 (5.56%) SoapUI
10 3 (4.17%) Git (software)
10 3 (4.17%) JBehave
10 3 (4.17%) TeamCity
10 3 (4.17%) TestComplete
10 3 (4.17%) TestDirector
10 3 (4.17%) WATIR
11 2 (2.78%) LoadRunner
11 2 (2.78%) Toad
General
1 13 (18.06%) Finance
2 3 (4.17%) Banking
3 2 (2.78%) Retail
4 1 (1.39%) Advertising
4 1 (1.39%) Games
4 1 (1.39%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 21 (29.17%) Analyst
2 19 (26.39%) Test Analyst
3 9 (12.50%) Consultant
3 9 (12.50%) Test Engineer
4 8 (11.11%) Automation Analyst
4 8 (11.11%) Automation Test Analyst
4 8 (11.11%) Test Consultant
4 8 (11.11%) Test Manager
5 7 (9.72%) Architect
5 7 (9.72%) Automation Engineer
5 7 (9.72%) Test Automation Engineer
6 6 (8.33%) Developer
6 6 (8.33%) Test Automation Manager
7 5 (6.94%) QA Engineer
7 5 (6.94%) Test Automation Consultant
8 4 (5.56%) Agile Test Manager
8 4 (5.56%) Ethical Hacker
8 4 (5.56%) QA Analyst
8 4 (5.56%) Tester
9 3 (4.17%) Automation Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (13.89%) .NET
2 8 (11.11%) SOAP
2 8 (11.11%) XML
3 6 (8.33%) Web Services
4 4 (5.56%) HTML
5 3 (4.17%) J2EE
5 3 (4.17%) JSON
5 3 (4.17%) REST
5 3 (4.17%) XSLT
6 2 (2.78%) AngularJS
6 2 (2.78%) Gherkin
6 2 (2.78%) JDBC
6 2 (2.78%) JSP
6 2 (2.78%) Servlets
6 2 (2.78%) WSDL
7 1 (1.39%) ADO.NET
7 1 (1.39%) Apache POI
7 1 (1.39%) ASP.NET
7 1 (1.39%) CSS
7 1 (1.39%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 5 (6.94%) Mobile App
1 5 (6.94%) Public Cloud
2 3 (4.17%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (4.17%) Data Integration
3 1 (1.39%) Computer Science
3 1 (1.39%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (1.39%) Management Information System
3 1 (1.39%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 7 (9.72%) Windows
2 6 (8.33%) Linux
3 5 (6.94%) Android
3 5 (6.94%) Apple iOS
4 2 (2.78%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (1.39%) Mac OS X
5 1 (1.39%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (61.11%) Agile Software Development
2 27 (37.50%) TDD
3 24 (33.33%) BDD
4 20 (27.78%) Automated Testing
5 19 (26.39%) Software Testing
6 18 (25.00%) Continuous Integration
7 16 (22.22%) Kanban
8 14 (19.44%) Scrum
9 13 (18.06%) Automation Testing
10 12 (16.67%) Test Scripting
11 11 (15.28%) Performance Testing
12 10 (13.89%) Functional Testing
12 10 (13.89%) Test Strategy
13 7 (9.72%) E-Commerce
13 7 (9.72%) Manual Testing
13 7 (9.72%) System Integration Testing
13 7 (9.72%) Test Planning
14 6 (8.33%) Defect Management
14 6 (8.33%) System Testing
14 6 (8.33%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 22 (30.56%) SQL
2 8 (11.11%) C#
2 8 (11.11%) Java
3 4 (5.56%) JavaScript
4 3 (4.17%) Ruby
5 1 (1.39%) C++
5 1 (1.39%) PL/SQL
5 1 (1.39%) Scala
5 1 (1.39%) T-SQL
5 1 (1.39%) VB
Qualifications
1 12 (16.67%) ISTQB
2 10 (13.89%) ISEB
3 5 (6.94%) Degree
3 5 (6.94%) Security Cleared
4 3 (4.17%) CCEA
4 3 (4.17%) Citrix Certification
5 2 (2.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (2.78%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (27.78%) QA
2 1 (1.39%) Disclosure Scotland
Systems Management
1 10 (13.89%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (2.78%) CA Service Virtualization
Vendors
1 14 (19.44%) Microsoft
2 7 (9.72%) Citrix
2 7 (9.72%) HP
3 6 (8.33%) Oracle
4 1 (1.39%) Kofax
4 1 (1.39%) Rally
4 1 (1.39%) SAP
4 1 (1.39%) VMware
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