Period
to 20 November 2017

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 20 November 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
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 24 43 26
Rank change year-on-year +19 -17 +46
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 80 55 110
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 6.00% 3.78% 5.26%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.14% 4.39% 6.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 68 46 68
Cheshire median daily rate £440 £405 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.64% +8.00% -16.67%
10th Percentile £263 £313 £264
90th Percentile £575 £575 £486
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £378
% change year-on-year - +5.96% +7.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Cheshire median hourly rate - - -
North West median hourly rate £43.00 £41.50 £31.50
% change year-on-year +3.61% +31.75% -0.17%

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 1120 1254 1759
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 84.02% 86.19% 84.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 801 900 1160
Cheshire median daily rate £420 £400 £424
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% -5.60% +8.65%
10th Percentile £263 £248 £275
90th Percentile £619 £614 £600
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 31 58
Cheshire median hourly rate £13.00 £19.63 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -33.76% +12.14% -4.19%
10th Percentile £11.03 £13.00 £12.81
90th Percentile £35.00 £33.75 £35.75
North West median hourly rate £27.00 £22.42 £30.52
% change year-on-year +20.41% -26.53% +69.56%

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 20 November 2017.

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 20 November 2017. 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
Knutsford 0 24 £438 +6.06% 5
Warrington +28 23 £535 -2.73% 4
Macclesfield +4 3 £238 -1.04% 2
Chester +5 2 £338 -10.00% 4
Crewe - 2 £450 - 1
Wilmslow +5 1 £315 -28.00% 1
Test Automation
North West

For the 6 months to 20 November 2017, 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 Cheshire region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 45 (56.25%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (48.75%) Git (software)
3 29 (36.25%) Java
4 25 (31.25%) TDD
4 25 (31.25%) Unit Testing
4 25 (31.25%) Jenkins
5 22 (27.50%) Perforce
5 22 (27.50%) Web Services
6 21 (26.25%) SonarQube
7 19 (23.75%) Linux
7 19 (23.75%) JavaScript
7 19 (23.75%) Oracle
7 19 (23.75%) Scrum
7 19 (23.75%) Finance
8 18 (22.50%) Banking
8 18 (22.50%) Continuous Integration
9 17 (21.25%) SQL
9 17 (21.25%) SOAP
10 16 (20.00%) HTML
10 16 (20.00%) QA
11 15 (18.75%) JIRA
11 15 (18.75%) Relational Database
11 15 (18.75%) JUnit
11 15 (18.75%) Spring
11 15 (18.75%) Hibernate
12 14 (17.50%) CSS
12 14 (17.50%) OO
12 14 (17.50%) Data Modelling
12 14 (17.50%) RDBMS
12 14 (17.50%) REST

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 12 (15.00%) Confluence
2 8 (10.00%) nginx
3 6 (7.50%) CMS
4 3 (3.75%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 2 (2.50%) BizTalk Server
5 2 (2.50%) SharePoint
5 2 (2.50%) Umbraco
Business Applications
1 4 (5.00%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.25%) Oracle SCM
Cloud Services
1 8 (10.00%) npm
1 8 (10.00%) Slack
2 5 (6.25%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (6.25%) GitHub
3 3 (3.75%) Amazon S3
3 3 (3.75%) Amazon SQS
3 3 (3.75%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (2.50%) Dynamics 365
5 1 (1.25%) OpenShift
5 1 (1.25%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 9 (11.25%) HTTP
2 3 (3.75%) NAS
3 2 (2.50%) Internet
4 1 (1.25%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (18.75%) Relational Database
2 14 (17.50%) RDBMS
3 11 (13.75%) MongoDB
4 8 (10.00%) Apache Cassandra
4 8 (10.00%) MySQL
5 4 (5.00%) Oracle Database
5 4 (5.00%) SQL Server
6 3 (3.75%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 3 (3.75%) Amazon RDS
7 1 (1.25%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (1.25%) DB2
7 1 (1.25%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (1.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (1.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 39 (48.75%) Git (software)
2 25 (31.25%) Jenkins
3 21 (26.25%) SonarQube
4 15 (18.75%) JIRA
4 15 (18.75%) JUnit
5 11 (13.75%) Gradle
5 11 (13.75%) gulp
6 8 (10.00%) Grunt
7 7 (8.75%) Eclipse
7 7 (8.75%) JProfiler
7 7 (8.75%) Selenium
8 6 (7.50%) JMeter
9 5 (6.25%) Bitbucket
9 5 (6.25%) IntelliJ
9 5 (6.25%) Maven
9 5 (6.25%) SpecFlow
9 5 (6.25%) Visual Studio
9 5 (6.25%) WebDriver
10 4 (5.00%) Cucumber
10 4 (5.00%) HP UFT
General
1 19 (23.75%) Finance
2 18 (22.50%) Banking
3 1 (1.25%) Billing
3 1 (1.25%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (1.25%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 38 (47.50%) Developer
2 15 (18.75%) Java Developer
3 12 (15.00%) Analyst
3 12 (15.00%) Test Analyst
4 9 (11.25%) DevOps Engineer
5 8 (10.00%) Senior DevOps
5 8 (10.00%) Senior DevOps Engineer
5 8 (10.00%) UI Developer
6 5 (6.25%) Automation Test Analyst
7 4 (5.00%) CRM Developer
7 4 (5.00%) Linux DevOps Engineer
7 4 (5.00%) Linux Engineer
7 4 (5.00%) Linux/Unix DevOps
7 4 (5.00%) Senior Linux Engineer
7 4 (5.00%) Test Leader
8 3 (3.75%) Automation Engineer
8 3 (3.75%) Developer in Test
8 3 (3.75%) Test Automation Developer
8 3 (3.75%) Test Manager
9 2 (2.50%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (27.50%) Web Services
2 17 (21.25%) SOAP
3 16 (20.00%) HTML
4 15 (18.75%) Hibernate
4 15 (18.75%) Spring
5 14 (17.50%) CSS
5 14 (17.50%) CSS3
5 14 (17.50%) JPA
5 14 (17.50%) REST
6 13 (16.25%) Ajax
6 13 (16.25%) HTML5
7 12 (15.00%) Java EE
7 12 (15.00%) Spring Boot
8 11 (13.75%) JSON
8 11 (13.75%) Node.js
9 9 (11.25%) .NET
9 9 (11.25%) Twitter Bootstrap
10 8 (10.00%) LEMP Stack
11 7 (8.75%) React
11 7 (8.75%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 8 (10.00%) Clustering
2 5 (6.25%) User Experience
3 3 (3.75%) Reference Data
3 3 (3.75%) Robotics
3 3 (3.75%) Web 2.0
4 2 (2.50%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.25%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.25%) Mainframe
5 1 (1.25%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.25%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 19 (23.75%) Linux
2 9 (11.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 6 (7.50%) Windows
4 4 (5.00%) Android
4 4 (5.00%) Unix
5 3 (3.75%) Apple iOS
5 3 (3.75%) Mac OS X
5 3 (3.75%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (56.25%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (31.25%) TDD
2 25 (31.25%) Unit Testing
3 19 (23.75%) Scrum
4 18 (22.50%) Continuous Integration
5 14 (17.50%) Data Modelling
5 14 (17.50%) OO
6 13 (16.25%) BDD
6 13 (16.25%) Continuous Delivery
6 13 (16.25%) DevOps
6 13 (16.25%) Microservices
6 13 (16.25%) Software Engineering
7 12 (15.00%) Kanban
8 10 (12.50%) Mentoring
9 9 (11.25%) Coaching
9 9 (11.25%) Configuration Management
9 9 (11.25%) Responsive Web Design
10 8 (10.00%) Data Protection
10 8 (10.00%) Load Balancing
10 8 (10.00%) Static Code Analysis
Programming Languages
1 29 (36.25%) Java
2 19 (23.75%) JavaScript
3 17 (21.25%) SQL
4 13 (16.25%) C#
5 10 (12.50%) Bash Shell
6 9 (11.25%) Python
6 9 (11.25%) Shell Script
7 6 (7.50%) ES6
8 4 (5.00%) C++
8 4 (5.00%) PowerShell
8 4 (5.00%) VB
8 4 (5.00%) VB.NET
8 4 (5.00%) VBScript
9 2 (2.50%) Groovy
10 1 (1.25%) C
10 1 (1.25%) Go
10 1 (1.25%) Jython
10 1 (1.25%) Perl
10 1 (1.25%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 6 (7.50%) ISEB
2 4 (5.00%) MCSA
2 4 (5.00%) MCSE
2 4 (5.00%) Microsoft Certification
3 2 (2.50%) Degree
3 2 (2.50%) ITIL Certification
4 1 (1.25%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (20.00%) QA
System Software
1 12 (15.00%) Docker
2 8 (10.00%) Xen
3 2 (2.50%) VirtualBox
3 2 (2.50%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 10 (12.50%) Opscode Chef
2 9 (11.25%) HP Quality Center
2 9 (11.25%) Kubernetes
2 9 (11.25%) Puppet
3 8 (10.00%) Rancher
Vendors
1 22 (27.50%) Perforce
2 19 (23.75%) Oracle
3 9 (11.25%) HP
4 5 (6.25%) Microsoft
5 4 (5.00%) Fortinet
6 3 (3.75%) Adobe
6 3 (3.75%) Blue Prism
7 2 (2.50%) Atlassian
7 2 (2.50%) VMware
8 1 (1.25%) Capita
8 1 (1.25%) Red Hat