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 27 March 2015 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
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Automation
Rank 132 120 113
Rank change year-on-year
-12 -7
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 16 14 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.44% 0.49% 0.21%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.59% 0.68% 0.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 7 4
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£375 £388 £323
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.22% +20.15%
UK excluding London average daily rate £355 £325 £341
% change year-on-year
+9.23% -4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £40.00 £40.50
% change year-on-year
-6.25% -1.23%
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
2697 2048 1649
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 74.77% 72.27% 70.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 1464 1047 809
Average daily rate £400 £375 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +13.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £241
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £510 £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £396 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+5.60% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 126 128 80
Average hourly rate £41.00 £31.56 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+29.93% +14.74%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £12.58 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.00 £45.00 £60.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.44 £27.50 £32.00
% change year-on-year
+14.32% -14.06%

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 27 March 2015.

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 27 March 2015. 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
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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 -4 10 £463 +68.18% 1
Lancashire - 2 £300 -
Merseyside - - - -
Cheshire - - - - 2
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 27 March 2015, 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 17 (58.62%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (37.93%) TDD
3 10 (34.48%) Java
4 9 (31.03%) Selenium
4 9 (31.03%) Test Strategy
5 7 (24.14%) Finance
5 7 (24.14%) Test Management
5 7 (24.14%) Manual Testing
5 7 (24.14%) QA
6 6 (20.69%) Kanban
6 6 (20.69%) SQL
6 6 (20.69%) Windows
7 5 (17.24%) Web Services
7 5 (17.24%) ISEB
7 5 (17.24%) Oracle
7 5 (17.24%) .NET
7 5 (17.24%) J2EE
7 5 (17.24%) User Acceptance Testing
7 5 (17.24%) Software Testing
8 4 (13.79%) Continuous Integration
8 4 (13.79%) Test Scripting
8 4 (13.79%) HP Quality Center
8 4 (13.79%) BDD
8 4 (13.79%) SQL Server
8 4 (13.79%) Visual Studio
8 4 (13.79%) HTML
8 4 (13.79%) E-Commerce
8 4 (13.79%) Pair Programming
9 3 (10.34%) Banking
9 3 (10.34%) Scrum

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

For the 6 months to 27 March 2015, 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.

Business Applications
1 1 (3.45%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 1 (3.45%) Dynamics CRM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (13.79%) SQL Server
2 2 (6.90%) Oracle Database
3 1 (3.45%) Relational Database
3 1 (3.45%) MySQL
3 1 (3.45%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (3.45%) RDBMS
3 1 (3.45%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (3.45%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 9 (31.03%) Selenium
2 4 (13.79%) Visual Studio
3 3 (10.34%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 3 (10.34%) JBehave
3 3 (10.34%) Cucumber
3 3 (10.34%) SoapUI
3 3 (10.34%) Calabash
3 3 (10.34%) JIRA
3 3 (10.34%) Appium
4 2 (6.90%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 2 (6.90%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (6.90%) Eclipse
4 2 (6.90%) Toad
5 1 (3.45%) QuickTest Pro
5 1 (3.45%) WebDriver
General
1 7 (24.14%) Finance
2 3 (10.34%) Banking
3 2 (6.90%) Retail
3 2 (6.90%) Billing
4 1 (3.45%) Investment Banking
4 1 (3.45%) Marketing
4 1 (3.45%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (3.45%) Front Office
4 1 (3.45%) Electronics
4 1 (3.45%) Telecoms
4 1 (3.45%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 8 (27.59%) Analyst
1 8 (27.59%) Test Analyst
2 5 (17.24%) Developer
3 4 (13.79%) Test Manager
3 4 (13.79%) Tester
4 3 (10.34%) Consultant
4 3 (10.34%) Java Developer
4 3 (10.34%) Test Consultant
4 3 (10.34%) QA Engineer
4 3 (10.34%) Performance Analyst
4 3 (10.34%) Performance Test Analyst
5 2 (6.90%) Selenium Test Analyst
5 2 (6.90%) Test Engineer
6 1 (3.45%) Senior Test Analyst
6 1 (3.45%) Senior Tester
6 1 (3.45%) QA Tester
6 1 (3.45%) .NET Developer
6 1 (3.45%) Technical Architect
6 1 (3.45%) Technical Consultant
6 1 (3.45%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (17.24%) Web Services
1 5 (17.24%) .NET
1 5 (17.24%) J2EE
2 4 (13.79%) HTML
3 3 (10.34%) CSS
3 3 (10.34%) SOAP
4 2 (6.90%) Struts
4 2 (6.90%) CSS3
4 2 (6.90%) Struts2
4 2 (6.90%) XML
4 2 (6.90%) XSLT
4 2 (6.90%) Ajax
4 2 (6.90%) NHibernate
4 2 (6.90%) .NET Framework
4 2 (6.90%) JSON
4 2 (6.90%) LINQ
5 1 (3.45%) Django
5 1 (3.45%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 2 (6.90%) Mobile App
2 1 (3.45%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (3.45%) DTV
2 1 (3.45%) Computer Science
2 1 (3.45%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 6 (20.69%) Windows
2 3 (10.34%) Linux
3 2 (6.90%) Android
3 2 (6.90%) Apple iOS
3 2 (6.90%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (58.62%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (37.93%) TDD
3 9 (31.03%) Test Strategy
4 7 (24.14%) Test Management
4 7 (24.14%) Manual Testing
5 6 (20.69%) Kanban
6 5 (17.24%) User Acceptance Testing
6 5 (17.24%) Software Testing
7 4 (13.79%) Pair Programming
7 4 (13.79%) E-Commerce
7 4 (13.79%) Test Scripting
7 4 (13.79%) Continuous Integration
7 4 (13.79%) BDD
8 3 (10.34%) Test Planning
8 3 (10.34%) Performance Engineering
8 3 (10.34%) V-Model
8 3 (10.34%) Capacity Planning
8 3 (10.34%) Non-Functional Testing
8 3 (10.34%) Scrum
8 3 (10.34%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 10 (34.48%) Java
2 6 (20.69%) SQL
3 3 (10.34%) T-SQL
4 2 (6.90%) JavaScript
4 2 (6.90%) C#
4 2 (6.90%) COBOL
5 1 (3.45%) Python
5 1 (3.45%) Groovy
5 1 (3.45%) C
Qualifications
1 5 (17.24%) ISEB
2 3 (10.34%) ISTQB
2 3 (10.34%) DV Cleared
2 3 (10.34%) Security Cleared
2 3 (10.34%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 1 (3.45%) Degree
3 1 (3.45%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (24.14%) QA
Systems Management
1 4 (13.79%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (17.24%) Oracle
2 3 (10.34%) Microsoft
3 2 (6.90%) SAP
4 1 (3.45%) Ab Initio
4 1 (3.45%) hybris