Period
to 22 June 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 22 June 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
22 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 31 44 21
Rank change year-on-year +13 -23 +35
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 79 44 149
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 6.07% 3.77% 7.81%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.13% 4.45% 9.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 36 97
Cheshire median daily rate £350 £440 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -20.45% +3.53% +32.81%
10th Percentile £241 £286 £317
90th Percentile £536 £556 £518
North West median daily rate £400 £388 £400
% change year-on-year +3.23% -3.13% +8.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Cheshire median hourly rate - - -
North West median hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £42.25
% change year-on-year - -11.24% -

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 1,108 989 1,614
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 85.17% 84.75% 84.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 696 687 1,083
Cheshire median daily rate £400 £400 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £263
90th Percentile £550 £525 £575
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 54 46 40
Cheshire median hourly rate £19.27 £30.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -35.78% +57.89% +2.70%
10th Percentile £10.91 £13.00 £13.00
90th Percentile £56.13 £52.50 £38.73
North West median hourly rate £23.20 £35.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year -33.71% +7.69% +30.00%

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 22 June 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 22 June 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
Knutsford +3 23 £388 -8.82% 5
Warrington -1 13 £418 -20.48% 9
Macclesfield +9 11 £288 -34.66% 1
Chester -2 8 £310 -8.15% 5
Crewe - 5 £405 - 2
Alderley Edge -2 1 £238 -
Widnes - 1 £288 -
Test Automation
North West

For the 6 months to 22 June 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 41 (51.90%) Agile Software Development
2 37 (46.84%) Java
3 28 (35.44%) JavaScript
4 26 (32.91%) Jenkins
5 25 (31.65%) Selenium
5 25 (31.65%) Git (software)
6 23 (29.11%) JIRA
7 20 (25.32%) DevOps
8 19 (24.05%) jQuery
9 18 (22.78%) Continuous Integration
9 18 (22.78%) XML
10 16 (20.25%) Finance
10 16 (20.25%) Opscode Chef
11 15 (18.99%) Scrum
11 15 (18.99%) JSON
12 14 (17.72%) BDD
12 14 (17.72%) Python
13 13 (16.46%) Cucumber
13 13 (16.46%) Confluence
14 12 (15.19%) QA
14 12 (15.19%) Banking
14 12 (15.19%) Docker
14 12 (15.19%) Kubernetes
14 12 (15.19%) Self-Motivation
15 11 (13.92%) Unit Testing
15 11 (13.92%) Amazon AWS
16 10 (12.66%) Gradle
16 10 (12.66%) Ajax
16 10 (12.66%) Apache
16 10 (12.66%) OO

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 13 (16.46%) Confluence
2 10 (12.66%) Apache
3 9 (11.39%) CMS
3 9 (11.39%) JBoss
4 8 (10.13%) Tomcat
5 7 (8.86%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 3 (3.80%) Apache Pig
6 3 (3.80%) Apache Solr
6 3 (3.80%) Apache Spark
6 3 (3.80%) Elasticsearch
6 3 (3.80%) WebLogic
6 3 (3.80%) WebSphere
7 2 (2.53%) Mongoose
7 2 (2.53%) SharePoint
7 2 (2.53%) WebSphere Application Server
8 1 (1.27%) Jetty
8 1 (1.27%) OpenStack
8 1 (1.27%) Oracle Workflow
Business Applications
1 1 (1.27%) Oracle Applications
1 1 (1.27%) Oracle Cash Management
1 1 (1.27%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (1.27%) Oracle EBS R12
1 1 (1.27%) Oracle Internet Expenses
1 1 (1.27%) Oracle iProcurement
1 1 (1.27%) Oracle Payables
1 1 (1.27%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 11 (13.92%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (7.59%) AWS CloudFormation
3 5 (6.33%) BrowserStack
3 5 (6.33%) OpenShift
3 5 (6.33%) PaaS
4 4 (5.06%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 3 (3.80%) GitHub
5 3 (3.80%) Serverless
6 2 (2.53%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 2 (2.53%) Amazon EC2
6 2 (2.53%) Amazon ELB
6 2 (2.53%) Amazon EMR
6 2 (2.53%) Amazon S3
6 2 (2.53%) Amazon SQS
6 2 (2.53%) AtomSphere
6 2 (2.53%) AWS CloudTrail
6 2 (2.53%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
6 2 (2.53%) AWS Lambda
6 2 (2.53%) Boomi
6 2 (2.53%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.53%) HTTP
1 2 (2.53%) Internet
1 2 (2.53%) SMS
1 2 (2.53%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (7.59%) Hadoop
2 4 (5.06%) SQL Server
3 3 (3.80%) Apache Hive
3 3 (3.80%) Big Data
3 3 (3.80%) HBase
4 2 (2.53%) Amazon RDS
4 2 (2.53%) Amazon Redshift
4 2 (2.53%) Relational Database
5 1 (1.27%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 1 (1.27%) Crystal Reports
5 1 (1.27%) Electronic Patient Records
5 1 (1.27%) MariaDB
5 1 (1.27%) MongoDB
5 1 (1.27%) MySQL
5 1 (1.27%) NoSQL
5 1 (1.27%) Oracle Discoverer
5 1 (1.27%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (1.27%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (1.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (1.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 26 (32.91%) Jenkins
2 25 (31.65%) Git (software)
2 25 (31.65%) Selenium
3 23 (29.11%) JIRA
4 13 (16.46%) Cucumber
5 10 (12.66%) Gradle
5 10 (12.66%) JUnit
6 7 (8.86%) SoapUI
7 6 (7.59%) Hudson
8 5 (6.33%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 5 (6.33%) Eclipse
8 5 (6.33%) JProfiler
8 5 (6.33%) Subversion
9 4 (5.06%) Bitbucket
9 4 (5.06%) GitLab
9 4 (5.06%) JMeter
9 4 (5.06%) Maven
9 4 (5.06%) Team Foundation Server
9 4 (5.06%) WebDriver
10 3 (3.80%) SonarQube
General
1 16 (20.25%) Finance
2 12 (15.19%) Banking
3 4 (5.06%) Pharmaceutical
4 3 (3.80%) Retail
5 2 (2.53%) Publishing
6 1 (1.27%) Advertising
6 1 (1.27%) Billing
6 1 (1.27%) Local Government
6 1 (1.27%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 26 (32.91%) Developer
2 10 (12.66%) Tester
3 8 (10.13%) Analyst
3 8 (10.13%) Automation Tester
3 8 (10.13%) Test Analyst
3 8 (10.13%) Test Engineer
4 7 (8.86%) DevOps Engineer
5 6 (7.59%) Java Developer
6 5 (6.33%) Author
6 5 (6.33%) Middleware Engineer
6 5 (6.33%) Web Author
7 4 (5.06%) DevOps Developer
7 4 (5.06%) Selenium Automation Tester
7 4 (5.06%) Selenium Tester
7 4 (5.06%) Test Automation Engineer
8 3 (3.80%) Android Developer
8 3 (3.80%) Automation Test Lead
8 3 (3.80%) Cloud Developer
8 3 (3.80%) Developer in Test
8 3 (3.80%) Development Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (24.05%) jQuery
2 18 (22.78%) XML
3 15 (18.99%) JSON
4 10 (12.66%) Ajax
5 9 (11.39%) HTML
6 8 (10.13%) Node.js
7 7 (8.86%) AngularJS
7 7 (8.86%) CSS
7 7 (8.86%) CSS3
7 7 (8.86%) Gherkin
7 7 (8.86%) HTML5
7 7 (8.86%) Middleware
7 7 (8.86%) Spring
7 7 (8.86%) Web Services
8 6 (7.59%) .NET
8 6 (7.59%) Hibernate
8 6 (7.59%) J2EE
8 6 (7.59%) Twitter Bootstrap
9 5 (6.33%) REST
9 5 (6.33%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 12 (15.19%) Self-Motivation
2 7 (8.86%) User Experience
3 6 (7.59%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (5.06%) Web 2.0
5 3 (3.80%) Online Banking
6 2 (2.53%) Clustering
6 2 (2.53%) Computer Science
6 2 (2.53%) Public Cloud
7 1 (1.27%) Algorithms
7 1 (1.27%) Client/Server
7 1 (1.27%) Data Structures
7 1 (1.27%) Linux Command Line
7 1 (1.27%) Mainframe
7 1 (1.27%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.27%) Mobile App
7 1 (1.27%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 7 (8.86%) Linux
2 6 (7.59%) Windows
3 3 (3.80%) Android
3 3 (3.80%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (2.53%) Unix
4 2 (2.53%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (51.90%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (25.32%) DevOps
3 18 (22.78%) Continuous Integration
4 15 (18.99%) Scrum
5 14 (17.72%) BDD
6 11 (13.92%) Unit Testing
7 10 (12.66%) OO
8 8 (10.13%) Configuration Management
8 8 (10.13%) Content Management
8 8 (10.13%) Problem-Solving
9 7 (8.86%) Continuous Delivery
9 7 (8.86%) SDLC
9 7 (8.86%) TDD
9 7 (8.86%) Wireframes
10 6 (7.59%) Kanban
10 6 (7.59%) Manual Testing
10 6 (7.59%) Stakeholder Management
10 6 (7.59%) Waterfall
10 6 (7.59%) Workflow
11 5 (6.33%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 37 (46.84%) Java
2 28 (35.44%) JavaScript
3 14 (17.72%) Python
4 8 (10.13%) Ruby
4 8 (10.13%) SQL
5 6 (7.59%) Bash Shell
5 6 (7.59%) C#
5 6 (7.59%) PowerShell
6 3 (3.80%) C
6 3 (3.80%) Perl
7 2 (2.53%) Java 8
7 2 (2.53%) T-SQL
8 1 (1.27%) Go
8 1 (1.27%) Groovy
8 1 (1.27%) PHP
8 1 (1.27%) PL/SQL
8 1 (1.27%) Shell Script
8 1 (1.27%) TypeScript
8 1 (1.27%) VB
8 1 (1.27%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 5 (6.33%) ISEB
1 5 (6.33%) ISTQB
2 4 (5.06%) AWS Certification
3 2 (2.53%) Computer Science Degree
3 2 (2.53%) Degree
3 2 (2.53%) Security Cleared
4 1 (1.27%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (15.19%) QA
System Software
1 12 (15.19%) Docker
2 3 (3.80%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (2.53%) VirtualBox
3 2 (2.53%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (1.27%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 16 (20.25%) Opscode Chef
2 12 (15.19%) Kubernetes
3 7 (8.86%) Ansible
3 7 (8.86%) Puppet
4 6 (7.59%) Salt
5 5 (6.33%) Docker Swarm
6 3 (3.80%) logstash
7 2 (2.53%) Terraform
8 1 (1.27%) Business Desktop Deployment
Vendors
1 7 (8.86%) Adobe
2 5 (6.33%) Perforce
2 5 (6.33%) Red Hat
3 3 (3.80%) Ab Initio
3 3 (3.80%) Google
3 3 (3.80%) IBM
4 2 (2.53%) Dell
4 2 (2.53%) Microsoft
4 2 (2.53%) Oracle
4 2 (2.53%) VMware
5 1 (1.27%) SAP
5 1 (1.27%) Splunk
5 1 (1.27%) Twitter
5 1 (1.27%) Workday