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 3 months to 25 June 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
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 28 34 31
Rank change year-on-year +6 -3  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 30 51 49
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 4.76% 5.56% 4.92%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 5.69% 6.63% 5.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 34 28
Median daily rate £440 £430 £358
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.32% +20.27%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £346 £391 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £496 £405
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £38.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -1.31% +8.57%  

Test Automation 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 527 769 840
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 83.65% 83.86% 84.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 357 560 505
Median daily rate £400 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £325 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £600 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 13 32
Median hourly rate £32.00 £26.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.62% +52.85%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £15.00 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £65.00 £62.50 £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

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

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 3 months to 25 June 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 3 months to 25 June 2017. 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 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
Warrington +15 7 £550 +22.22% 2
Knutsford -5 7 £425 - 8
Chester +19 5 £343 -8.66% 5
Macclesfield -3 2 £440 +1.14% 1
Alderley Edge - 1 - -
Wilmslow - 1 £315 -
Test Automation
North West

For the 6 months to 25 June 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 29 (65.91%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (50.00%) Git (software)
3 19 (43.18%) Java
4 17 (38.64%) Jenkins
5 15 (34.09%) Scrum
5 15 (34.09%) Continuous Integration
6 14 (31.82%) JavaScript
7 13 (29.55%) JIRA
8 12 (27.27%) Banking
8 12 (27.27%) MongoDB
9 11 (25.00%) Unit Testing
9 11 (25.00%) SQL
9 11 (25.00%) CSS
10 10 (22.73%) HTML
10 10 (22.73%) QA
10 10 (22.73%) HTML5
10 10 (22.73%) CSS3
10 10 (22.73%) DevOps
11 9 (20.45%) Confluence
11 9 (20.45%) Selenium
11 9 (20.45%) Kanban
11 9 (20.45%) Web Services
12 8 (18.18%) C#
12 8 (18.18%) Finance
12 8 (18.18%) TDD
12 8 (18.18%) Node.js
12 8 (18.18%) Gradle
12 8 (18.18%) AngularJS
12 8 (18.18%) Static Code Analysis
13 7 (15.91%) Ajax

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 9 (20.45%) Confluence
2 4 (9.09%) nginx
3 3 (6.82%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 1 (2.27%) CMS
Business Applications
1 1 (2.27%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 6 (13.64%) GitHub
2 5 (11.36%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (9.09%) Slack
4 2 (4.55%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (2.27%) Amazon S3
5 1 (2.27%) Amazon SQS
5 1 (2.27%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 4 (9.09%) HTTP
2 1 (2.27%) Firewall
2 1 (2.27%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (27.27%) MongoDB
2 6 (13.64%) SQL Server
3 4 (9.09%) Apache Cassandra
3 4 (9.09%) MySQL
3 4 (9.09%) RDBMS
3 4 (9.09%) Relational Database
4 3 (6.82%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 3 (6.82%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 3 (6.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (4.55%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (4.55%) NoSQL
6 1 (2.27%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 1 (2.27%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 22 (50.00%) Git (software)
2 17 (38.64%) Jenkins
3 13 (29.55%) JIRA
4 9 (20.45%) Selenium
5 8 (18.18%) Gradle
6 6 (13.64%) Cucumber
6 6 (13.64%) SonarQube
7 5 (11.36%) Gatling
8 4 (9.09%) JUnit
9 3 (6.82%) gulp
9 3 (6.82%) Team Foundation Server
10 2 (4.55%) Eclipse
10 2 (4.55%) Grunt
10 2 (4.55%) IntelliJ
10 2 (4.55%) JProfiler
10 2 (4.55%) SoapUI
10 2 (4.55%) SpecFlow
10 2 (4.55%) Visual Studio
10 2 (4.55%) WebDriver
11 1 (2.27%) HP UFT
General
1 12 (27.27%) Banking
2 8 (18.18%) Finance
3 1 (2.27%) Investment Banking
3 1 (2.27%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 16 (36.36%) Developer
2 9 (20.45%) DevOps Engineer
3 6 (13.64%) Analyst
3 6 (13.64%) Test Analyst
3 6 (13.64%) Tester
4 5 (11.36%) Java Developer
5 4 (9.09%) Android Developer
5 4 (9.09%) Linux DevOps Engineer
5 4 (9.09%) Linux Engineer
5 4 (9.09%) Linux/Unix DevOps
5 4 (9.09%) Senior DevOps
5 4 (9.09%) Senior DevOps Engineer
6 3 (6.82%) QA Engineer
6 3 (6.82%) Senior Linux Engineer
6 3 (6.82%) SQL Analyst
7 2 (4.55%) Automation Tester
7 2 (4.55%) Data Warehouse Analyst
7 2 (4.55%) Manual Tester
7 2 (4.55%) Node.js Developer
7 2 (4.55%) SQL Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (25.00%) CSS
2 10 (22.73%) CSS3
2 10 (22.73%) HTML
2 10 (22.73%) HTML5
3 9 (20.45%) Web Services
4 8 (18.18%) AngularJS
4 8 (18.18%) Node.js
5 7 (15.91%) Ajax
5 7 (15.91%) SOAP
6 6 (13.64%) XML
7 5 (11.36%) jQuery
7 5 (11.36%) JSON
7 5 (11.36%) Spring
8 4 (9.09%) Android NDK
8 4 (9.09%) Android SDK
8 4 (9.09%) Hibernate
8 4 (9.09%) Ionic Framework
8 4 (9.09%) JPA
8 4 (9.09%) LEMP Stack
9 3 (6.82%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 4 (9.09%) Clustering
1 4 (9.09%) User Experience
2 3 (6.82%) Web 2.0
3 2 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (2.27%) Computer Science
4 1 (2.27%) Mobile App
4 1 (2.27%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 6 (13.64%) Linux
2 4 (9.09%) Android
2 4 (9.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (2.27%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (65.91%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (34.09%) Continuous Integration
2 15 (34.09%) Scrum
3 11 (25.00%) Unit Testing
4 10 (22.73%) DevOps
5 9 (20.45%) Kanban
6 8 (18.18%) Static Code Analysis
6 8 (18.18%) TDD
7 7 (15.91%) Data Protection
7 7 (15.91%) Software Testing
8 6 (13.64%) Exploratory Testing
8 6 (13.64%) Software Engineering
9 5 (11.36%) Continuous Delivery
9 5 (11.36%) Manual Testing
9 5 (11.36%) Microservices
9 5 (11.36%) Mobile Development
9 5 (11.36%) OO
10 4 (9.09%) Configuration Management
10 4 (9.09%) Data Modelling
10 4 (9.09%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 19 (43.18%) Java
2 14 (31.82%) JavaScript
3 11 (25.00%) SQL
4 8 (18.18%) C#
5 6 (13.64%) C++
5 6 (13.64%) Python
6 5 (11.36%) Bash Shell
6 5 (11.36%) C
7 4 (9.09%) Shell Script
8 2 (4.55%) PowerShell
9 1 (2.27%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 6 (13.64%) ISEB
2 3 (6.82%) ISTQB
3 1 (2.27%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (22.73%) QA
2 2 (4.55%) GDPR
System Software
1 6 (13.64%) Docker
2 4 (9.09%) Xen
3 1 (2.27%) VirtualBox
3 1 (2.27%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 5 (11.36%) Kubernetes
1 5 (11.36%) Opscode Chef
2 4 (9.09%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (9.09%) Puppet
2 4 (9.09%) Rancher
Vendors
1 6 (13.64%) Perforce
2 5 (11.36%) Oracle
3 3 (6.82%) Adobe
4 2 (4.55%) Workday
5 1 (2.27%) Atlassian
5 1 (2.27%) HP
5 1 (2.27%) JD Edwards
5 1 (2.27%) Microsoft
5 1 (2.27%) VMware
Chester, Cheshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £300 - £375 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Knutsford, Cheshire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
Icore Tech
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £500 to £600 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Macclesfield, Cheshire
Source Technology
Rate: From £450 to £600 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £520 to £550 per day
Posted: 5 days ago