The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for Automated Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Automated Testing over the 3 months to 28 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Automated Testing
North West / Cheshire
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank - 56 71
Contract jobs citing Automated Testing 0 24 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire - 2.45% 0.23%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category - 2.92% 0.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 20 2
Median daily rate - £413 £356
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +15.78%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £380 £340
% change year-on-year +1.31% +11.76%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £67.89 £44.50 £36.00
% change year-on-year +52.56% +23.61%  

Automated Testing is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Cheshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 448 823 713
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 83.90% 83.89% 83.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 318 521 455
Median daily rate £400 £425 £408
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +4.29%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £300 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £563 £590
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 26 35
Median hourly rate £42.48 £22.54 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +88.44% -35.60%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.00 £13.00 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.95 £50.00 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.50 £30.20
% change year-on-year -6.49% +27.48%  

Automated Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cheshire citing Automated Testing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Automated Testing in Cheshire

Automated Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Automated Testing in Cheshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for Automated Testing in Cheshire

Automated Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Automated Testing in Cheshire.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Automated Testing in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 28 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Automated Testing 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 Cheshire region with a requirement for Automated Testing.

1 11 (73.33%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (53.33%) Scrum
2 8 (53.33%) Windows
2 8 (53.33%) Linux
2 8 (53.33%) High Availability
3 7 (46.67%) Amazon AWS
3 7 (46.67%) Puppet
3 7 (46.67%) Jenkins
3 7 (46.67%) Opscode Chef
3 7 (46.67%) DevOps
3 7 (46.67%) AWS CloudFormation
3 7 (46.67%) HTML
3 7 (46.67%) JSON
3 7 (46.67%) Amazon EC2
4 6 (40.00%) Selenium
4 6 (40.00%) YAML
4 6 (40.00%) Perl
4 6 (40.00%) Python
4 6 (40.00%) Virtual Machines
4 6 (40.00%) AWS Certification
4 6 (40.00%) boto
5 5 (33.33%) Salt
5 5 (33.33%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 5 (33.33%) Amazon S3
6 4 (26.67%) VPN
6 4 (26.67%) Active Directory
6 4 (26.67%) XML
6 4 (26.67%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 4 (26.67%) Kubernetes
6 4 (26.67%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk

Automated Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire 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 2 (13.33%) CMS
1 2 (13.33%) Confluence
2 1 (6.67%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 1 (6.67%) Umbraco
Applications
1 1 (6.67%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 7 (46.67%) Amazon AWS
1 7 (46.67%) Amazon EC2
1 7 (46.67%) AWS CloudFormation
2 5 (33.33%) Amazon S3
2 5 (33.33%) Virtual Private Cloud
3 4 (26.67%) Amazon CloudWatch
3 4 (26.67%) Amazon ELB
3 4 (26.67%) Amazon EMR
3 4 (26.67%) Amazon SQS
3 4 (26.67%) AWS CloudTrail
3 4 (26.67%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
3 4 (26.67%) AWS Lambda
4 1 (6.67%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 4 (26.67%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (26.67%) Amazon RDS
1 4 (26.67%) Amazon Redshift
2 2 (13.33%) SQL Server
3 1 (6.67%) Electronic Patient Records
3 1 (6.67%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 7 (46.67%) Jenkins
2 6 (40.00%) Selenium
3 3 (20.00%) JIRA
4 1 (6.67%) Bitbucket
4 1 (6.67%) Git (software)
4 1 (6.67%) JMeter
4 1 (6.67%) LoadRunner
4 1 (6.67%) LoadUI
4 1 (6.67%) MSBuild
4 1 (6.67%) Octopus Deploy
4 1 (6.67%) SoapUI
4 1 (6.67%) TeamCity
General
1 3 (20.00%) Pharmaceutical
2 2 (13.33%) Finance
3 1 (6.67%) Retail
Job Titles
1 5 (33.33%) AWS Engineer
1 5 (33.33%) Tester
2 3 (20.00%) Automation Tester
3 2 (13.33%) DevOps Engineer
3 2 (13.33%) Junior
3 2 (13.33%) Junior Automation Tester
3 2 (13.33%) Junior Tester
3 2 (13.33%) Web Tester
4 1 (6.67%) Analyst
4 1 (6.67%) AWS DevOps
4 1 (6.67%) Developer
4 1 (6.67%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
4 1 (6.67%) QA Tester
4 1 (6.67%) Selenium Automation Tester
4 1 (6.67%) Selenium Tester
4 1 (6.67%) Test Analyst
4 1 (6.67%) Test Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) Web Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (46.67%) HTML
1 7 (46.67%) JSON
2 6 (40.00%) boto
2 6 (40.00%) YAML
3 4 (26.67%) XML
4 3 (20.00%) Web Services
5 2 (13.33%) .NET
6 1 (6.67%) Ajax
6 1 (6.67%) AngularJS
6 1 (6.67%) CSS
6 1 (6.67%) CSS3
6 1 (6.67%) DOM
6 1 (6.67%) HTML5
6 1 (6.67%) jQuery
6 1 (6.67%) Node.js
6 1 (6.67%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 1 (6.67%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (26.67%) Linux Command Line
2 2 (13.33%) Computer Science
3 1 (6.67%) Management Information System
3 1 (6.67%) User Experience
3 1 (6.67%) Web 2.0
Operating Systems
1 8 (53.33%) Linux
1 8 (53.33%) Windows
2 1 (6.67%) Android
2 1 (6.67%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (73.33%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (53.33%) High Availability
2 8 (53.33%) Scrum
3 7 (46.67%) DevOps
4 3 (20.00%) Test Scripting
5 2 (13.33%) Content Management
5 2 (13.33%) Data Security
5 2 (13.33%) Integration Testing
5 2 (13.33%) QA Automation
5 2 (13.33%) Regression Testing
5 2 (13.33%) TDD
5 2 (13.33%) User Acceptance Testing
5 2 (13.33%) Workflow
6 1 (6.67%) Analytics
6 1 (6.67%) BDD
6 1 (6.67%) Case Management
6 1 (6.67%) Continuous Improvement
6 1 (6.67%) Defect Tracking
6 1 (6.67%) Exploratory Testing
6 1 (6.67%) Front End Development
Programming Languages
1 6 (40.00%) Perl
1 6 (40.00%) Python
2 3 (20.00%) SQL
3 2 (13.33%) C#
3 2 (13.33%) Java
3 2 (13.33%) PL/SQL
3 2 (13.33%) Ruby
4 1 (6.67%) ANSI SQL
4 1 (6.67%) JavaScript
4 1 (6.67%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 6 (40.00%) AWS Certification
2 2 (13.33%) Degree
2 2 (13.33%) HND
3 1 (6.67%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (20.00%) QA
System Software
1 6 (40.00%) Virtual Machines
2 4 (26.67%) Active Directory
2 4 (26.67%) Docker
Systems Management
1 7 (46.67%) Opscode Chef
1 7 (46.67%) Puppet
2 5 (33.33%) Salt
3 4 (26.67%) Docker Swarm
3 4 (26.67%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 1 (6.67%) Adobe