Period
to 21 January 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Lancashire 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 21 January 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 > Lancashire
6 months to
21 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 25 23 29
Rank change year-on-year -2 +6 +6
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 29 42 54
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 6.61% 7.39% 5.68%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.92% 8.52% 6.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 37 41
Lancashire median daily rate £425 £395 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.59% -9.71% +16.67%
10th Percentile £311 £325 £319
90th Percentile £535 £575 £519
North West median daily rate £375 £400 £400
% change year-on-year -6.25% - +14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 3
Lancashire median hourly rate £43.00 £44.00 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.27% +3.53% +14.86%
North West median hourly rate £43.00 £41.50 £38.73
% change year-on-year +3.61% +7.17% +10.64%

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 Lancashire with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Lancashire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 366 493 797
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 83.37% 86.80% 83.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 228 350 546
Lancashire median daily rate £423 £400 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.63% -11.11% +12.50%
10th Percentile £267 £230 £276
90th Percentile £607 £575 £653
North West median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% - +8.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 43 88
Lancashire median hourly rate £40.50 £40.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.25% - +23.08%
10th Percentile £11.48 £11.80 £21.44
90th Percentile £53.00 £53.40 £56.12
North West median hourly rate £21.60 £23.30 £33.00
% change year-on-year -7.29% -29.40% +73.68%

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Lancashire

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation in Lancashire

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in Lancashire

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Lancashire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in Lancashire over the 6 months to 21 January 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation in Lancashire

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation in Lancashire

Test Automation
Contract Job Locations in Lancashire

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 Lancashire region over the 6 months to 21 January 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
Blackpool 0 20 £425 +6.25%
Blackburn +5 3 £375 -
Preston -4 2 £238 -15.18% 3
Chorley - 1 £300 - 2
Test Automation
North West

For the 6 months to 21 January 2018, 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 Lancashire region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 24 (82.76%) SQL
2 21 (72.41%) JavaScript
3 19 (65.52%) Agile Software Development
4 18 (62.07%) TDD
4 18 (62.07%) Software Engineering
4 18 (62.07%) Java
5 16 (55.17%) SFIA
6 15 (51.72%) SDLC
6 15 (51.72%) Open Source
7 14 (48.28%) BDD
7 14 (48.28%) MySQL
7 14 (48.28%) Mentoring
8 13 (44.83%) Coaching
8 13 (44.83%) Microservices
8 13 (44.83%) PostgreSQL
8 13 (44.83%) Linux
8 13 (44.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 13 (44.83%) Git (software)
8 13 (44.83%) MongoDB
8 13 (44.83%) NoSQL
8 13 (44.83%) Cucumber
8 13 (44.83%) Node.js
8 13 (44.83%) REST
8 13 (44.83%) JIRA
9 12 (41.38%) Confluence
9 12 (41.38%) Slack
10 10 (34.48%) User Stories
10 10 (34.48%) Jasmine
11 9 (31.03%) Apache Cassandra
11 9 (31.03%) Kanban

Test Automation
Co-occurring IT Skills in Lancashire 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 (41.38%) Confluence
2 1 (3.45%) WebSphere
Applications
1 5 (17.24%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 12 (41.38%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 2 (6.90%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (48.28%) MySQL
2 13 (44.83%) MongoDB
2 13 (44.83%) NoSQL
2 13 (44.83%) PostgreSQL
3 9 (31.03%) Apache Cassandra
4 6 (20.69%) Relational Database
5 3 (10.34%) SQL Server
6 2 (6.90%) RDBMS
7 1 (3.45%) DB2
7 1 (3.45%) Oracle Database
7 1 (3.45%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (3.45%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 13 (44.83%) Cucumber
1 13 (44.83%) Git (software)
1 13 (44.83%) JIRA
2 10 (34.48%) Jasmine
3 9 (31.03%) Jenkins
3 9 (31.03%) JUnit
4 4 (13.79%) TestDirector
5 3 (10.34%) ClearQuest
6 2 (6.90%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 2 (6.90%) Visual Studio
7 1 (3.45%) HP UFT
7 1 (3.45%) Sahi
7 1 (3.45%) Selenium
7 1 (3.45%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (3.45%) TestComplete
7 1 (3.45%) WATIR
General
1 2 (6.90%) Finance
1 2 (6.90%) Manufacturing
1 2 (6.90%) Retail
2 1 (3.45%) Advertising
2 1 (3.45%) Law
2 1 (3.45%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 14 (48.28%) Developer
2 9 (31.03%) Software Engineer
3 7 (24.14%) Java Engineer
3 7 (24.14%) Java Software Engineer
3 7 (24.14%) Software Developer
4 6 (20.69%) Java Developer
5 5 (17.24%) Java Software Developer
6 4 (13.79%) QA Tester
6 4 (13.79%) Tester
7 3 (10.34%) SQL Developer
8 2 (6.90%) .NET Developer
8 2 (6.90%) C# Developer
8 2 (6.90%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
8 2 (6.90%) JavaScript Engineer
8 2 (6.90%) MySQL Developer
8 2 (6.90%) NoSQL Developer
8 2 (6.90%) React Developer
8 2 (6.90%) Test Engineer
9 1 (3.45%) C# .NET Developer
9 1 (3.45%) Full Stack Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (44.83%) Node.js
1 13 (44.83%) REST
2 6 (20.69%) CSS
2 6 (20.69%) HTML
3 5 (17.24%) Web Services
3 5 (17.24%) XML
4 4 (13.79%) .NET
4 4 (13.79%) WCF
4 4 (13.79%) WinForms
5 3 (10.34%) RESTful
6 2 (6.90%) .NET Framework
6 2 (6.90%) Ajax
6 2 (6.90%) ASP.NET
6 2 (6.90%) ASP.NET MVC
6 2 (6.90%) KnockoutJS
6 2 (6.90%) React
6 2 (6.90%) Redux
6 2 (6.90%) SOAP
7 1 (3.45%) EDI
7 1 (3.45%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 3 (10.34%) Analytical Skills
1 3 (10.34%) Greenfield Project
1 3 (10.34%) User Experience
2 1 (3.45%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 13 (44.83%) Linux
1 13 (44.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 2 (6.90%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (65.52%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (62.07%) Software Engineering
2 18 (62.07%) TDD
3 16 (55.17%) SFIA
4 15 (51.72%) Open Source
4 15 (51.72%) SDLC
5 14 (48.28%) BDD
5 14 (48.28%) Mentoring
6 13 (44.83%) Coaching
6 13 (44.83%) Microservices
7 10 (34.48%) User Stories
8 9 (31.03%) Kanban
8 9 (31.03%) Scrum
9 5 (17.24%) Defect Management
10 4 (13.79%) Continuous Delivery
10 4 (13.79%) MVC
10 4 (13.79%) Quality Management
10 4 (13.79%) Scenario Testing
11 3 (10.34%) Change Management
11 3 (10.34%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 24 (82.76%) SQL
2 21 (72.41%) JavaScript
3 18 (62.07%) Java
4 5 (17.24%) C#
4 5 (17.24%) VB
5 4 (13.79%) VBA
6 3 (10.34%) Python
7 2 (6.90%) C++
8 1 (3.45%) ES6
8 1 (3.45%) PHP
8 1 (3.45%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 3 (10.34%) SC Cleared
1 3 (10.34%) Security Cleared
2 2 (6.90%) Degree
3 1 (3.45%) ISEB
3 1 (3.45%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (20.69%) QA
Vendors
1 9 (31.03%) Red Hat
2 7 (24.14%) Microsoft
3 1 (3.45%) IBM
3 1 (3.45%) Oracle