Period
to 23 September 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for Test Automation skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Test Automation over the 6 months to 23 September 2018 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
6 months to
23 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 21 29 36
Rank change year-on-year +8 +7 -6
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 96 69 91
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 7.59% 5.57% 5.29%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 8.64% 6.76% 6.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 68 64 69
Cheshire median daily rate £400 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.11% +5.88% +13.33%
10th Percentile £291 £304 £360
90th Percentile £575 £571 £518
North West median daily rate £413 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +3.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Cheshire median hourly rate £45.00 - -
North West median hourly rate £46.00 £31.25 £34.75
% change year-on-year +47.20% -10.07% +10.32%

Test Automation is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Cheshire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 1,111 1,020 1,497
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 87.90% 82.39% 87.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 737 710 1,079
Cheshire median daily rate £400 £400 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -3.03% -
10th Percentile £280 £263 £263
90th Percentile £540 £531 £600
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 69 44 33
Cheshire median hourly rate £19.00 £19.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +11.76% -1.90%
10th Percentile £12.50 £11.63 £13.00
90th Percentile £45.50 £52.00 £38.35
North West median hourly rate £22.00 £30.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year -26.67% +39.53% -27.66%

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

Job postings citing Test Automation as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Cheshire.

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation in Cheshire

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in Cheshire

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in Cheshire over the 6 months to 23 September 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation in Cheshire

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation in Cheshire

Test Automation
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

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 Cheshire region over the 6 months to 23 September 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Crewe +6 28 £475 +5.56% 3
Knutsford +3 24 £357 -20.60% 8
Warrington -2 13 £400 -25.23% 6
Chester +2 8 £318 -7.30% 11
Macclesfield 0 4 £550 +25.00%
Wilmslow -6 1 £350 +11.11%
Widnes - 1 £288 -
Test Automation
North West

For the 6 months to 23 September 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Test Automation also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Cheshire region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 47 (48.96%) Java
2 41 (42.71%) Continuous Integration
3 35 (36.46%) Selenium
4 31 (32.29%) Jenkins
5 30 (31.25%) Agile Software Development
6 25 (26.04%) Git (software)
7 24 (25.00%) JIRA
8 23 (23.96%) JavaScript
9 22 (22.92%) Scrum
9 22 (22.92%) DevOps
10 19 (19.79%) Confluence
11 18 (18.75%) Cucumber
12 17 (17.71%) BDD
13 16 (16.67%) AngularJS
13 16 (16.67%) JMeter
14 15 (15.63%) CSS
15 14 (14.58%) Python
16 13 (13.54%) Performance Testing
16 13 (13.54%) Unit Testing
16 13 (13.54%) Web Services
16 13 (13.54%) Finance
16 13 (13.54%) BrowserStack
17 12 (12.50%) Opscode Chef
17 12 (12.50%) HTML
17 12 (12.50%) Configuration Management
17 12 (12.50%) JSON
18 11 (11.46%) Android
18 11 (11.46%) QA
18 11 (11.46%) Non-Functional Testing
18 11 (11.46%) Gradle

Test Automation
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 19 (19.79%) Confluence
2 7 (7.29%) SharePoint
3 4 (4.17%) Apache
3 4 (4.17%) Apache Pig
3 4 (4.17%) Apache Spark
4 3 (3.13%) BizTalk Server
4 3 (3.13%) CMS
4 3 (3.13%) Umbraco
5 2 (2.08%) JBoss
5 2 (2.08%) nginx
5 2 (2.08%) Tomcat
5 2 (2.08%) WebLogic
6 1 (1.04%) OpenStack
6 1 (1.04%) Oracle Workflow
Business Applications
1 9 (9.38%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.04%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (1.04%) Oracle Cash Management
2 1 (1.04%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (1.04%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (1.04%) Oracle Internet Expenses
2 1 (1.04%) Oracle iProcurement
2 1 (1.04%) Oracle Payables
2 1 (1.04%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 13 (13.54%) BrowserStack
2 10 (10.42%) Amazon AWS
3 6 (6.25%) AWS CloudFormation
4 5 (5.21%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 4 (4.17%) BlazeMeter
6 3 (3.13%) OpenShift
7 2 (2.08%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 2 (2.08%) Amazon EC2
7 2 (2.08%) Amazon ELB
7 2 (2.08%) Amazon EMR
7 2 (2.08%) Amazon S3
7 2 (2.08%) Amazon SQS
7 2 (2.08%) AWS CloudTrail
7 2 (2.08%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
7 2 (2.08%) AWS Lambda
7 2 (2.08%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (2.08%) GitHub
7 2 (2.08%) Google Cloud Platform
7 2 (2.08%) PaaS
7 2 (2.08%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 4 (4.17%) HTTP
2 3 (3.13%) Internet
3 2 (2.08%) DNS
3 2 (2.08%) SSL
3 2 (2.08%) TCP/IP
3 2 (2.08%) VPN
4 1 (1.04%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (5.21%) Big Data
2 4 (4.17%) Amazon Redshift
2 4 (4.17%) Apache Hive
2 4 (4.17%) Hadoop
2 4 (4.17%) HBase
3 3 (3.13%) PostgreSQL
3 3 (3.13%) SQL Server
3 3 (3.13%) ZAP BI
4 2 (2.08%) Amazon RDS
4 2 (2.08%) Apache Cassandra
4 2 (2.08%) Oracle Reports
4 2 (2.08%) Relational Database
4 2 (2.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (1.04%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (1.04%) MongoDB
5 1 (1.04%) Oracle Discoverer
5 1 (1.04%) QlikView
5 1 (1.04%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (1.04%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (1.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 35 (36.46%) Selenium
2 31 (32.29%) Jenkins
3 25 (26.04%) Git (software)
4 24 (25.00%) JIRA
5 18 (18.75%) Cucumber
6 16 (16.67%) JMeter
7 11 (11.46%) Gradle
8 7 (7.29%) JUnit
9 6 (6.25%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 6 (6.25%) Bitbucket
9 6 (6.25%) Hudson
9 6 (6.25%) Maven
9 6 (6.25%) SoapUI
9 6 (6.25%) TeamCity
10 5 (5.21%) Octopus Deploy
10 5 (5.21%) Team Foundation Server
10 5 (5.21%) WebDriver
11 4 (4.17%) Subversion
11 4 (4.17%) Visual Studio
11 4 (4.17%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 13 (13.54%) Finance
2 6 (6.25%) Banking
3 2 (2.08%) Electronics
3 2 (2.08%) Manufacturing
3 2 (2.08%) Marketing
3 2 (2.08%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.04%) Back Office
4 1 (1.04%) Local Government
4 1 (1.04%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (1.04%) Retail
4 1 (1.04%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 29 (30.21%) Developer
2 20 (20.83%) Test Leader
3 18 (18.75%) Tester
4 14 (14.58%) Automation Tester
5 12 (12.50%) Analyst
6 11 (11.46%) Android Developer
6 11 (11.46%) Test Analyst
7 7 (7.29%) Test Engineer
8 5 (5.21%) Selenium Automation Tester
8 5 (5.21%) Selenium Tester
9 4 (4.17%) Automation Test Lead
9 4 (4.17%) Cloud Developer
9 4 (4.17%) DevOps Developer
9 4 (4.17%) Java Developer
9 4 (4.17%) Performance Test Leader
9 4 (4.17%) QA Automation Tester
9 4 (4.17%) QA Tester
10 3 (3.13%) CRM Developer
10 3 (3.13%) Development Engineer
10 3 (3.13%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (16.67%) AngularJS
2 15 (15.63%) CSS
3 13 (13.54%) Web Services
4 12 (12.50%) HTML
4 12 (12.50%) JSON
5 11 (11.46%) Android SDK
5 11 (11.46%) SOAP
6 9 (9.38%) .NET
6 9 (9.38%) Gherkin
6 9 (9.38%) jQuery
6 9 (9.38%) XML
7 8 (8.33%) Ionic Framework
7 8 (8.33%) React
8 7 (7.29%) Android NDK
8 7 (7.29%) CSS3
8 7 (7.29%) HTML5
8 7 (7.29%) REST
8 7 (7.29%) Taurus
9 6 (6.25%) RESTful
10 5 (5.21%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 7 (7.29%) Self-Motivation
2 4 (4.17%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (3.13%) Computer Science
4 2 (2.08%) Clustering
4 2 (2.08%) Online Banking
5 1 (1.04%) Data Structures
5 1 (1.04%) Linux Command Line
5 1 (1.04%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.04%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 11 (11.46%) Android
1 11 (11.46%) Linux
2 4 (4.17%) Kali Linux
2 4 (4.17%) Windows
3 3 (3.13%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (42.71%) Continuous Integration
2 30 (31.25%) Agile Software Development
3 22 (22.92%) DevOps
3 22 (22.92%) Scrum
4 17 (17.71%) BDD
5 13 (13.54%) Performance Testing
5 13 (13.54%) Unit Testing
6 12 (12.50%) Configuration Management
7 11 (11.46%) Android Development
7 11 (11.46%) Non-Functional Testing
8 10 (10.42%) Workflow
9 9 (9.38%) CRM
9 9 (9.38%) Secure Coding
10 8 (8.33%) Deployment Automation
10 8 (8.33%) Integration Testing
10 8 (8.33%) OO
10 8 (8.33%) Test Strategy
11 7 (7.29%) Continuous Delivery
11 7 (7.29%) Cryptography
11 7 (7.29%) OWASP
Programming Languages
1 47 (48.96%) Java
2 23 (23.96%) JavaScript
3 14 (14.58%) Python
4 10 (10.42%) C
5 8 (8.33%) Ruby
6 7 (7.29%) C#
6 7 (7.29%) C++
7 6 (6.25%) SQL
8 4 (4.17%) Bash Shell
9 3 (3.13%) Java 8
9 3 (3.13%) T-SQL
10 2 (2.08%) Perl
10 2 (2.08%) VB
10 2 (2.08%) VB.NET
11 1 (1.04%) ES6
11 1 (1.04%) Groovy
11 1 (1.04%) PHP
11 1 (1.04%) PL/SQL
11 1 (1.04%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 6 (6.25%) ISEB
2 5 (5.21%) AWS Certification
2 5 (5.21%) ISTQB
3 3 (3.13%) Computer Science Degree
3 3 (3.13%) Degree
4 1 (1.04%) DBS Check
4 1 (1.04%) ITIL Certification
4 1 (1.04%) MCSA
4 1 (1.04%) MCSE
4 1 (1.04%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (1.04%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (11.46%) QA
System Software
1 9 (9.38%) Docker
2 3 (3.13%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (2.08%) VirtualBox
3 2 (2.08%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (1.04%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 12 (12.50%) Opscode Chef
2 10 (10.42%) Puppet
3 9 (9.38%) Ansible
3 9 (9.38%) Kubernetes
3 9 (9.38%) Salt
4 6 (6.25%) Docker Swarm
5 1 (1.04%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (1.04%) Terraform
Vendors
1 5 (5.21%) Microsoft
2 3 (3.13%) Google
2 3 (3.13%) Oracle
3 2 (2.08%) IBM
3 2 (2.08%) Red Hat
3 2 (2.08%) SAP
3 2 (2.08%) VMware
4 1 (1.04%) Ab Initio
4 1 (1.04%) Fortinet
4 1 (1.04%) HP
4 1 (1.04%) Talend
4 1 (1.04%) Twitter
4 1 (1.04%) Vertica
4 1 (1.04%) Workday
4 1 (1.04%) Xamarin