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 25 July 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
25 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Automation
Rank 126 110 128
Rank change year-on-year
-16 +18
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 23 47 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.63% 1.24% 0.30%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.77% 1.59% 0.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 32 5
Median daily rate £425 £440 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.40% +35.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £365 £286 £284
10% offered a daily rate of more than £460 £650 £370
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £34.47 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+16.04% -8.08%
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
2974 2948 2247
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 81.04% 78.07% 74.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 1862 1737 1227
Median daily rate £413 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £259
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 89 126 94
Median hourly rate £23.50 £37.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-36.48% +34.54%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.58 £14.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.31 £57.75 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £30.50 £26.98
% change year-on-year
-1.63% +13.06%

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 25 July 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Automation within the North West region over the 3 months to 25 July 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 +14 19 £425 +16.43% 1
Manchester -17 4 £281 -19.64% 8
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 25 July 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 73 (59.84%) Microsoft
2 71 (58.20%) Software Engineering
3 65 (53.28%) Agile Software Development
4 64 (52.46%) Windows
5 56 (45.90%) Continuous Integration
6 46 (37.70%) TDD
7 42 (34.43%) MS Excel
8 41 (33.61%) Java
9 39 (31.97%) Security Cleared
9 39 (31.97%) PowerShell
10 37 (30.33%) Windows Server 2012
10 37 (30.33%) .NET
10 37 (30.33%) Migration
10 37 (30.33%) Windows Server
11 35 (28.69%) Active Directory
11 35 (28.69%) DevOps
11 35 (28.69%) SCCM
11 35 (28.69%) SCOM
12 34 (27.87%) Team Foundation Server
13 32 (26.23%) Code Coverage
14 31 (25.41%) SC Cleared
14 31 (25.41%) SpecFlow
15 29 (23.77%) Degree
16 26 (21.31%) TestComplete
17 24 (19.67%) Data Migration
17 24 (19.67%) Finance
18 22 (18.03%) Skype for Business
18 22 (18.03%) Skype
19 21 (17.21%) SharePoint 2013
19 21 (17.21%) 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 (18.03%) Skype for Business
2 21 (17.21%) SharePoint
2 21 (17.21%) SharePoint 2013
3 20 (16.39%) MS Exchange
4 2 (1.64%) Apache
4 2 (1.64%) Cloud Foundry
4 2 (1.64%) OpenStack
5 1 (0.82%) Confluence
5 1 (0.82%) JBoss
5 1 (0.82%) Tomcat
Applications
1 42 (34.43%) MS Excel
2 16 (13.11%) MS Office
3 1 (0.82%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.82%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 8 (6.56%) Amazon AWS
1 8 (6.56%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (4.10%) Amazon S3
3 3 (2.46%) GitHub
4 2 (1.64%) Cloud Computing
4 2 (1.64%) Engine Yard
4 2 (1.64%) Heroku
5 1 (0.82%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 22 (18.03%) Skype
2 3 (2.46%) DHCP
2 3 (2.46%) DNS
2 3 (2.46%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (8.20%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.28%) SQL Server 2008
2 4 (3.28%) SQL Server 2012
2 4 (3.28%) SQL Server 2014
3 3 (2.46%) Relational Database
4 2 (1.64%) Oracle Database
4 2 (1.64%) Oracle Database 10g
4 2 (1.64%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.82%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 34 (27.87%) Team Foundation Server
2 31 (25.41%) SpecFlow
3 26 (21.31%) TestComplete
4 17 (13.93%) Selenium
5 13 (10.66%) Git (software)
6 12 (9.84%) Cucumber
7 11 (9.02%) Jenkins
8 9 (7.38%) Gradle
9 7 (5.74%) TeamCity
10 6 (4.92%) JIRA
11 5 (4.10%) Vagrant
12 4 (3.28%) Visual Studio
13 3 (2.46%) HP UFT
13 3 (2.46%) JUnit
13 3 (2.46%) WebDriver
14 2 (1.64%) Bitbucket
14 2 (1.64%) CMake
14 2 (1.64%) Octopus Deploy
14 2 (1.64%) Sonatype Nexus
14 2 (1.64%) WiX
General
1 24 (19.67%) Finance
2 10 (8.20%) Banking
3 1 (0.82%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 26 (21.31%) Consultant
2 20 (16.39%) DevOps Consultant
3 17 (13.93%) Architect
4 16 (13.11%) Integration Consultant
5 14 (11.48%) DevOps Engineer
6 10 (8.20%) Designer
6 10 (8.20%) Developer
7 7 (5.74%) Java Developer
8 6 (4.92%) Ethical Hacker
8 6 (4.92%) Test Manager
9 5 (4.10%) Analyst
9 5 (4.10%) Integration Engineer
9 5 (4.10%) Java Consultant
9 5 (4.10%) Test Analyst
9 5 (4.10%) Tester
10 4 (3.28%) .NET Developer
10 4 (3.28%) Data Centre Manager
10 4 (3.28%) Software Developer
10 4 (3.28%) Solutions Architect
10 4 (3.28%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (30.33%) .NET
2 3 (2.46%) CSS
2 3 (2.46%) HTML
2 3 (2.46%) HTML5
2 3 (2.46%) jQuery
3 2 (1.64%) AngularJS
3 2 (1.64%) Apache POI
3 2 (1.64%) ASP.NET Web API
3 2 (1.64%) Backbone.js
3 2 (1.64%) MCollective
3 2 (1.64%) RabbitMQ
3 2 (1.64%) Web Services
3 2 (1.64%) XML
4 1 (0.82%) Akka
4 1 (0.82%) CSS3
4 1 (0.82%) JSON
4 1 (0.82%) OSGi
4 1 (0.82%) RESTful
4 1 (0.82%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 8 (6.56%) Public Cloud
2 6 (4.92%) Virtual Team
3 4 (3.28%) Data Centre
4 3 (2.46%) Computer Science
4 3 (2.46%) Fat Client
4 3 (2.46%) Thin Client
5 2 (1.64%) Clustering
5 2 (1.64%) Device Driver
6 1 (0.82%) Algorithms
6 1 (0.82%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (0.82%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.82%) SWIFT
6 1 (0.82%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 64 (52.46%) Windows
2 37 (30.33%) Windows Server
2 37 (30.33%) Windows Server 2012
3 20 (16.39%) Linux
4 15 (12.30%) Windows 10
5 2 (1.64%) CentOS
5 2 (1.64%) Ubuntu
5 2 (1.64%) Unix
6 1 (0.82%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 71 (58.20%) Software Engineering
2 65 (53.28%) Agile Software Development
3 56 (45.90%) Continuous Integration
4 46 (37.70%) TDD
5 37 (30.33%) Migration
6 35 (28.69%) DevOps
7 32 (26.23%) Code Coverage
8 24 (19.67%) Data Migration
9 14 (11.48%) Configuration Management
10 13 (10.66%) BDD
11 9 (7.38%) Scrum
11 9 (7.38%) Test Scripting
12 8 (6.56%) Cybersecurity
12 8 (6.56%) Ethical Hacking
12 8 (6.56%) OWASP
13 7 (5.74%) SDLC
14 6 (4.92%) Automated Testing
14 6 (4.92%) Automation Testing
14 6 (4.92%) Cost-Benefit Analysis
14 6 (4.92%) Identity Access Management
Programming Languages
1 41 (33.61%) Java
2 39 (31.97%) PowerShell
3 17 (13.93%) SQL
4 15 (12.30%) Ruby
5 13 (10.66%) Python
6 7 (5.74%) C#
7 3 (2.46%) C++
7 3 (2.46%) JavaScript
8 2 (1.64%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.82%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.82%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.82%) VB
Qualifications
1 39 (31.97%) Security Cleared
2 31 (25.41%) SC Cleared
3 29 (23.77%) Degree
4 8 (6.56%) CCEA
4 8 (6.56%) Citrix Certification
5 4 (3.28%) ISEB
6 2 (1.64%) AWS Certification
6 2 (1.64%) ISTQB
7 1 (0.82%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (4.92%) QA
2 1 (0.82%) SDET
System Software
1 35 (28.69%) Active Directory
2 21 (17.21%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (9.84%) vSphere
4 3 (2.46%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (1.64%) Hyper-V
5 2 (1.64%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 35 (28.69%) SCCM
1 35 (28.69%) SCOM
2 12 (9.84%) Puppet
3 11 (9.02%) Opscode Chef
4 3 (2.46%) AirWatch
4 3 (2.46%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 3 (2.46%) vRealize
5 2 (1.64%) Ansible
5 2 (1.64%) BMC PATROL
5 2 (1.64%) Cobbler
5 2 (1.64%) Nagios
6 1 (0.82%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 73 (59.84%) Microsoft
2 21 (17.21%) VMware
3 8 (6.56%) Citrix
4 3 (2.46%) BMC
4 3 (2.46%) Cisco
4 3 (2.46%) NetApp
5 2 (1.64%) IBM
5 2 (1.64%) Oracle
5 2 (1.64%) Rally
5 2 (1.64%) Red Hat
6 1 (0.82%) Atlassian
6 1 (0.82%) HP
6 1 (0.82%) Remedy