Period
to 22 July 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 22 July 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
22 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 39 38 44
Rank change year-on-year -1 +6 -18
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 28 16 27
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 4.12% 2.99% 3.16%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.77% 3.41% 4.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 26 17
Lancashire median daily rate £438 £530 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -17.45% +30.86% +35.00%
10th Percentile £363 £375 £256
90th Percentile £510 £645 £458
North West median daily rate £403 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +0.63% - +9.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Lancashire median hourly rate - - £42.25
North West median hourly rate £103.75 £37.50 £36.00
% change year-on-year +176.67% +4.17% +14.29%

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 587 469 647
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 86.45% 87.50% 75.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 377 246 391
Lancashire median daily rate £450 £423 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.51% +9.03% -0.64%
10th Percentile £275 £310 £250
90th Percentile £575 £538 £513
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 69 80
Lancashire median hourly rate £36.13 £42.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.00% +13.33% +22.87%
10th Percentile £12.40 £20.60 £13.43
90th Percentile £64.38 £52.60 £56.09
North West median hourly rate £25.00 £36.74 £27.00
% change year-on-year -31.95% +36.06% +0.63%

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 22 July 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 22 July 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 -18 20 £438 -18.22%
Preston +16 4 £493 -6.19% 1
Test Automation
North West

For the 6 months to 22 July 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 Lancashire region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 23 (82.14%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (67.86%) Java
3 14 (50.00%) Cucumber
4 13 (46.43%) BDD
4 13 (46.43%) QA
5 11 (39.29%) Selenium
5 11 (39.29%) TDD
5 11 (39.29%) SQL
6 8 (28.57%) C#
6 8 (28.57%) JIRA
6 8 (28.57%) Coaching
7 7 (25.00%) Open Source
7 7 (25.00%) DevOps
7 7 (25.00%) Kanban
7 7 (25.00%) Scrum
7 7 (25.00%) JUnit
8 6 (21.43%) Jenkins
8 6 (21.43%) Test Strategy
9 5 (17.86%) User Stories
9 5 (17.86%) Mentoring
9 5 (17.86%) Git (software)
9 5 (17.86%) SFIA
9 5 (17.86%) Gatling
9 5 (17.86%) The Grinder
9 5 (17.86%) JavaScript
9 5 (17.86%) PostgreSQL
9 5 (17.86%) Test Scripting
9 5 (17.86%) Performance Testing
10 4 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
10 4 (14.29%) JMeter

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 4 (14.29%) Confluence
2 3 (10.71%) Apache
Applications
1 2 (7.14%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 4 (14.29%) Slack
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (17.86%) PostgreSQL
2 4 (14.29%) Apache Cassandra
2 4 (14.29%) MongoDB
2 4 (14.29%) MySQL
2 4 (14.29%) NoSQL
3 3 (10.71%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 14 (50.00%) Cucumber
2 11 (39.29%) Selenium
3 8 (28.57%) JIRA
4 7 (25.00%) JUnit
5 6 (21.43%) Jenkins
6 5 (17.86%) Gatling
6 5 (17.86%) Git (software)
6 5 (17.86%) The Grinder
7 4 (14.29%) Jasmine
7 4 (14.29%) JMeter
7 4 (14.29%) SpecFlow
8 3 (10.71%) Rational Team Concert
9 2 (7.14%) Travis CI
9 2 (7.14%) WebDriver
10 1 (3.57%) ClearQuest
10 1 (3.57%) HP UFT
10 1 (3.57%) LoadRunner
10 1 (3.57%) SonarQube
10 1 (3.57%) TestDirector
Job Titles
1 8 (28.57%) QA Engineer
2 6 (21.43%) Developer
3 5 (17.86%) Tester
4 4 (14.29%) Java Engineer
4 4 (14.29%) Software Engineer
5 3 (10.71%) Analyst
5 3 (10.71%) Automation Developer
5 3 (10.71%) Automation Tester
5 3 (10.71%) Java Developer
5 3 (10.71%) QA Tester
5 3 (10.71%) Senior Java Engineer
5 3 (10.71%) Senior QA Engineer
5 3 (10.71%) Test Analyst
6 2 (7.14%) Automation Consultant
6 2 (7.14%) Automation Test Analyst
6 2 (7.14%) Consultant
6 2 (7.14%) QA Consultant
6 2 (7.14%) Senior Consultant
7 1 (3.57%) QA Automation Engineer
7 1 (3.57%) Test Automation Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (14.29%) Node.js
1 4 (14.29%) REST
2 3 (10.71%) Apache Camel
2 3 (10.71%) Apache CXF
2 3 (10.71%) Web Services
3 1 (3.57%) .NET
3 1 (3.57%) Spring
3 1 (3.57%) Spring Boot
3 1 (3.57%) Spring Security
Miscellaneous
1 1 (3.57%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (3.57%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 4 (14.29%) Linux
1 4 (14.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (82.14%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (46.43%) BDD
3 11 (39.29%) TDD
4 8 (28.57%) Coaching
5 7 (25.00%) DevOps
5 7 (25.00%) Kanban
5 7 (25.00%) Open Source
5 7 (25.00%) Scrum
6 6 (21.43%) Test Strategy
7 5 (17.86%) Mentoring
7 5 (17.86%) Performance Testing
7 5 (17.86%) SFIA
7 5 (17.86%) Test Scripting
7 5 (17.86%) User Stories
8 4 (14.29%) Microservices
8 4 (14.29%) QA Automation
8 4 (14.29%) Scenario Testing
8 4 (14.29%) SDLC
8 4 (14.29%) Software Engineering
8 4 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 19 (67.86%) Java
2 11 (39.29%) SQL
3 8 (28.57%) C#
4 5 (17.86%) JavaScript
5 3 (10.71%) Python
6 2 (7.14%) VB
6 2 (7.14%) VBA
7 1 (3.57%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 3 (10.71%) BPSS Clearance
1 3 (10.71%) DBS Check
1 3 (10.71%) SC Cleared
1 3 (10.71%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (46.43%) QA
Vendors
1 4 (14.29%) Red Hat
2 3 (10.71%) Automation Anywhere
2 3 (10.71%) SAP
3 2 (7.14%) Atlassian
3 2 (7.14%) Microsoft
4 1 (3.57%) HP