Period
to 14 December 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 14 December 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
14 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 10 23 39
Rank change year-on-year +13 +16 -12
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 122 80 59
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 9.82% 6.05% 4.31%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 11.46% 7.15% 4.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 84 70 50
Cheshire median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56% -2.50%
10th Percentile £342 £256 £306
90th Percentile £543 £543 £600
North West median daily rate £425 £400 £405
% change year-on-year +6.25% -1.23% +8.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Cheshire median hourly rate £45.00 - -
North West median hourly rate £45.00 £43.00 £41.50
% change year-on-year +4.65% +3.61% +31.75%

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 1,065 1,119 1,191
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 85.75% 84.58% 86.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 698 812 856
Cheshire median daily rate £400 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.76% +5.00% -5.88%
10th Percentile £263 £258 £235
90th Percentile £538 £625 £600
North West median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 63 33 34
Cheshire median hourly rate £17.50 £15.84 £20.14
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.48% -21.36% +13.35%
10th Percentile £13.45 £9.45 £13.00
90th Percentile £44.60 £35.00 £42.48
North West median hourly rate £22.40 £27.00 £22.85
% change year-on-year -17.05% +18.19% -23.11%

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 14 December 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 14 December 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 +20 47 £475 +5.56% 5
Knutsford +3 36 £365 -18.99% 5
Warrington -7 12 £480 -10.28% 8
Chester 0 3 £350 +1.08% 4
Macclesfield -7 2 £288 +21.05%
Wilmslow -5 1 £350 +11.11% 1
Test Automation
North West

For the 6 months to 14 December 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 68 (55.74%) Java
2 48 (39.34%) Continuous Integration
3 43 (35.25%) Agile Software Development
4 42 (34.43%) Jenkins
5 39 (31.97%) Selenium
6 37 (30.33%) JavaScript
7 31 (25.41%) JMeter
8 30 (24.59%) CSS
9 29 (23.77%) JIRA
9 29 (23.77%) Git (software)
10 27 (22.13%) HTML
11 25 (20.49%) AngularJS
12 24 (19.67%) Scrum
13 23 (18.85%) DevOps
14 22 (18.03%) C#
15 20 (16.39%) SQL
15 20 (16.39%) SOAP
16 19 (15.57%) HTML5
16 19 (15.57%) OWASP
16 19 (15.57%) Unit Testing
17 18 (14.75%) CRM
17 18 (14.75%) Dynamics CRM
18 17 (13.93%) C
18 17 (13.93%) Android
18 17 (13.93%) Confluence
18 17 (13.93%) CSS3
18 17 (13.93%) Android SDK
18 17 (13.93%) Android Development
18 17 (13.93%) Gradle
18 17 (13.93%) Ionic Framework

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 17 (13.93%) Confluence
2 7 (5.74%) SharePoint
3 5 (4.10%) CMS
4 4 (3.28%) Apache
4 4 (3.28%) BizTalk Server
4 4 (3.28%) nginx
5 3 (2.46%) Umbraco
6 2 (1.64%) Apache Pig
6 2 (1.64%) Apache Spark
7 1 (0.82%) Adobe Experience Manager
Business Applications
1 18 (14.75%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (3.28%) BASE24
Cloud Services
1 10 (8.20%) BrowserStack
2 7 (5.74%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (3.28%) BlazeMeter
4 3 (2.46%) AWS CloudFormation
4 3 (2.46%) npm
4 3 (2.46%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 2 (1.64%) AtomSphere
5 2 (1.64%) Boomi
5 2 (1.64%) Yarn
6 1 (0.82%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 1 (0.82%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.82%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.82%) Amazon SQS
6 1 (0.82%) AWS CloudTrail
6 1 (0.82%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
6 1 (0.82%) AWS Lambda
6 1 (0.82%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.82%) Dynamics 365
6 1 (0.82%) Microsoft Azure
6 1 (0.82%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 6 (4.92%) ATM
2 5 (4.10%) HTTP
3 4 (3.28%) DNS
3 4 (3.28%) Internet
3 4 (3.28%) SSL
3 4 (3.28%) TCP/IP
4 1 (0.82%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (4.92%) SQL Server
2 5 (4.10%) Amazon Redshift
2 5 (4.10%) PostgreSQL
3 4 (3.28%) Apache Cassandra
4 3 (2.46%) Big Data
4 3 (2.46%) Relational Database
4 3 (2.46%) ZAP BI
5 2 (1.64%) Apache Hive
5 2 (1.64%) Hadoop
5 2 (1.64%) HBase
5 2 (1.64%) MongoDB
5 2 (1.64%) QlikView
5 2 (1.64%) SQL Server 2014
5 2 (1.64%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (1.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.82%) Amazon RDS
6 1 (0.82%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.82%) Electronic Patient Records
6 1 (0.82%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.82%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 42 (34.43%) Jenkins
2 39 (31.97%) Selenium
3 31 (25.41%) JMeter
4 29 (23.77%) Git (software)
4 29 (23.77%) JIRA
5 17 (13.93%) Gradle
6 14 (11.48%) JUnit
6 14 (11.48%) WebDriver
7 11 (9.02%) Cucumber
7 11 (9.02%) Visual Studio Team System
8 9 (7.38%) Maven
9 8 (6.56%) TeamCity
10 6 (4.92%) Octopus Deploy
10 6 (4.92%) Visual Studio
11 5 (4.10%) Mockito
12 4 (3.28%) Bitbucket
12 4 (3.28%) gulp
13 3 (2.46%) Subversion
13 3 (2.46%) Zephyr
14 2 (1.64%) SoapUI
General
1 15 (12.30%) Finance
2 8 (6.56%) Electronics
2 8 (6.56%) Manufacturing
2 8 (6.56%) Marketing
2 8 (6.56%) Telecoms
3 6 (4.92%) Banking
4 2 (1.64%) Front Office
4 2 (1.64%) Publishing
5 1 (0.82%) Back Office
5 1 (0.82%) Billing
Job Titles
1 42 (34.43%) Developer
2 41 (33.61%) Tester
3 25 (20.49%) Automation Tester
4 20 (16.39%) Test Leader
5 17 (13.93%) Android Developer
6 15 (12.30%) Analyst
7 13 (10.66%) Test Analyst
8 6 (4.92%) Automation Test Analyst
8 6 (4.92%) Full Stack Developer
8 6 (4.92%) Java Engineer
8 6 (4.92%) Software Tester
9 5 (4.10%) Developer in Test
9 5 (4.10%) Java Developer
9 5 (4.10%) QA Automation Tester
9 5 (4.10%) QA Tester
9 5 (4.10%) Selenium Automation Tester
9 5 (4.10%) Selenium Tester
9 5 (4.10%) Test Engineer
10 4 (3.28%) Senior Test Engineer
10 4 (3.28%) Software Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (24.59%) CSS
2 27 (22.13%) HTML
3 25 (20.49%) AngularJS
4 20 (16.39%) SOAP
5 19 (15.57%) HTML5
6 17 (13.93%) Android SDK
6 17 (13.93%) CSS3
6 17 (13.93%) Ionic Framework
7 16 (13.11%) Android NDK
8 14 (11.48%) REST
9 13 (10.66%) Spring
9 13 (10.66%) Web Services
10 12 (9.84%) Hibernate
10 12 (9.84%) Taurus
11 11 (9.02%) RESTful
11 11 (9.02%) Spring Boot
12 9 (7.38%) .NET
12 9 (7.38%) Gherkin
12 9 (7.38%) React
13 8 (6.56%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 6 (4.92%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (4.10%) Self-Motivation
3 4 (3.28%) EMV
4 3 (2.46%) Data Structures
4 3 (2.46%) User Experience
5 2 (1.64%) Equities
6 1 (0.82%) Linux Command Line
6 1 (0.82%) Web 2.0
Operating Systems
1 17 (13.93%) Android
2 15 (12.30%) Linux
3 5 (4.10%) Kali Linux
4 4 (3.28%) Unix
5 2 (1.64%) Windows
6 1 (0.82%) Mac OS X
6 1 (0.82%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (39.34%) Continuous Integration
2 43 (35.25%) Agile Software Development
3 24 (19.67%) Scrum
4 23 (18.85%) DevOps
5 19 (15.57%) OWASP
5 19 (15.57%) Unit Testing
6 18 (14.75%) CRM
7 17 (13.93%) Android Development
8 16 (13.11%) Cryptography
8 16 (13.11%) Performance Testing
8 16 (13.11%) Secure Coding
9 15 (12.30%) Security Testing
10 14 (11.48%) Integration Testing
10 14 (11.48%) Manual Testing
11 13 (10.66%) BDD
11 13 (10.66%) OO
12 12 (9.84%) Deployment Automation
12 12 (9.84%) Non-Functional Testing
13 11 (9.02%) Regression Testing
13 11 (9.02%) SDET
Programming Languages
1 68 (55.74%) Java
2 37 (30.33%) JavaScript
3 22 (18.03%) C#
4 20 (16.39%) SQL
5 17 (13.93%) C
6 16 (13.11%) C++
7 11 (9.02%) Python
8 6 (4.92%) Java 8
9 5 (4.10%) Bash Shell
10 3 (2.46%) ES6
10 3 (2.46%) Ruby
11 2 (1.64%) TypeScript
12 1 (0.82%) Assembly Language
12 1 (0.82%) Perl
12 1 (0.82%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.82%) PowerShell
12 1 (0.82%) T-SQL
12 1 (0.82%) VB
12 1 (0.82%) VB.NET
12 1 (0.82%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 3 (2.46%) AWS Certification
1 3 (2.46%) Computer Science Degree
1 3 (2.46%) Degree
1 3 (2.46%) ISEB
2 2 (1.64%) BPSS Clearance
2 2 (1.64%) DBS Check
2 2 (1.64%) ISTQB
3 1 (0.82%) ITIL Certification
3 1 (0.82%) MCSA
3 1 (0.82%) MCSE
3 1 (0.82%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (0.82%) SC Cleared
3 1 (0.82%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (9.84%) QA
System Software
1 3 (2.46%) Docker
2 2 (1.64%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (0.82%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.82%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 8 (6.56%) Opscode Chef
2 7 (5.74%) Puppet
2 7 (5.74%) Salt
3 6 (4.92%) Ansible
4 3 (2.46%) Docker Swarm
4 3 (2.46%) Kubernetes
5 1 (0.82%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (6.56%) SAP
2 7 (5.74%) Microsoft
3 3 (2.46%) Oracle
4 2 (1.64%) Dell
4 2 (1.64%) Xamarin
5 1 (0.82%) Ab Initio
5 1 (0.82%) Adobe
5 1 (0.82%) Fortinet
5 1 (0.82%) HP
5 1 (0.82%) Talend
5 1 (0.82%) Telerik
5 1 (0.82%) Vertica
5 1 (0.82%) VMware
5 1 (0.82%) Workday