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 3 months to 27 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 / Lancashire
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 38 44 13
Rank change year-on-year +6 -31  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 6 5 33
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 1.80% 1.13% 8.57%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.08% 1.54% 10.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 2 24
Median daily rate £413 £259 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +59.42% -31.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £319 £256 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £262 £404
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Median hourly rate - £37.88 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.25 £38.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +0.65% +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 Lancashire with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Lancashire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 289 325 314
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Lancashire 86.79% 73.53% 81.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 147 201 207
Median daily rate £425 £418 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.79% +11.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £299 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £640 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 28 31
Median hourly rate £41.00 £37.50 £31.40
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.33% +19.42%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £20.50 £16.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.20 £53.00 £57.07
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 Lancashire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Lancashire 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 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 3 months to 27 June 2017.

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 3 months to 27 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
Blackburn - 3 £400 -
Blackpool +25 1 £535 +106.76%
Preston -19 1 £525 -
Test Automation
North West

For the 6 months to 27 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 Lancashire region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 8 (80.00%) Java
2 7 (70.00%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (50.00%) QA
4 4 (40.00%) Finance
4 4 (40.00%) Retail
4 4 (40.00%) WebSphere
4 4 (40.00%) OO
4 4 (40.00%) IBM
4 4 (40.00%) J2EE
4 4 (40.00%) SQL Server
4 4 (40.00%) DB2
4 4 (40.00%) Selenium
4 4 (40.00%) Relational Database
5 3 (30.00%) Jenkins
5 3 (30.00%) Continuous Integration
5 3 (30.00%) WebDriver
5 3 (30.00%) WebSphere Application Server
5 3 (30.00%) Linux
6 2 (20.00%) SQL
6 2 (20.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (20.00%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (20.00%) Git (software)
6 2 (20.00%) Puppet
6 2 (20.00%) Microservices
6 2 (20.00%) DevOps
6 2 (20.00%) Greenfield Project
7 1 (10.00%) Digital Transformation Programme
7 1 (10.00%) Scenario Testing
7 1 (10.00%) Test Planning
7 1 (10.00%) Mentoring

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 (40.00%) WebSphere
2 3 (30.00%) WebSphere Application Server
3 1 (10.00%) Cloud Foundry
3 1 (10.00%) Confluence
3 1 (10.00%) nginx
3 1 (10.00%) OpenStack
Cloud Services
1 1 (10.00%) Cloud Computing
1 1 (10.00%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 1 (10.00%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (40.00%) DB2
1 4 (40.00%) Relational Database
1 4 (40.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (10.00%) Apache Cassandra
2 1 (10.00%) MongoDB
2 1 (10.00%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 4 (40.00%) Selenium
2 3 (30.00%) Jenkins
2 3 (30.00%) WebDriver
3 2 (20.00%) Git (software)
4 1 (10.00%) Cucumber
4 1 (10.00%) JIRA
4 1 (10.00%) SonarQube
General
1 4 (40.00%) Finance
1 4 (40.00%) Retail
2 1 (10.00%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 5 (50.00%) Developer
1 5 (50.00%) Java Developer
2 3 (30.00%) Senior Developer
2 3 (30.00%) Senior Java Developer
3 2 (20.00%) DevOps Engineer
3 2 (20.00%) SQL Developer
4 1 (10.00%) Developer in Test
4 1 (10.00%) Manual Tester
4 1 (10.00%) Senior DevOps
4 1 (10.00%) Senior DevOps Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Senior SQL Developer
4 1 (10.00%) Test Automation Developer
4 1 (10.00%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (40.00%) J2EE
2 1 (10.00%) Gherkin
2 1 (10.00%) LEMP Stack
2 1 (10.00%) REST
2 1 (10.00%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (20.00%) Greenfield Project
2 1 (10.00%) Clustering
2 1 (10.00%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 3 (30.00%) Linux
2 2 (20.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (10.00%) CentOS
3 1 (10.00%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (70.00%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (40.00%) OO
3 3 (30.00%) Continuous Integration
4 2 (20.00%) DevOps
4 2 (20.00%) Microservices
5 1 (10.00%) API Testing
5 1 (10.00%) BDD
5 1 (10.00%) Coaching
5 1 (10.00%) Configuration Management
5 1 (10.00%) Continuous Delivery
5 1 (10.00%) Digital Transformation Programme
5 1 (10.00%) Guerrilla Testing
5 1 (10.00%) Kanban
5 1 (10.00%) Manual Testing
5 1 (10.00%) Mentoring
5 1 (10.00%) Scenario Testing
5 1 (10.00%) SDET
5 1 (10.00%) Static Code Analysis
5 1 (10.00%) Test Planning
5 1 (10.00%) V-Model
Programming Languages
1 8 (80.00%) Java
2 2 (20.00%) SQL
3 1 (10.00%) Bash Shell
3 1 (10.00%) Python
3 1 (10.00%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 1 (10.00%) SC Cleared
1 1 (10.00%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (50.00%) QA
System Software
1 1 (10.00%) Docker
1 1 (10.00%) VMware Infrastructure
1 1 (10.00%) Xen
Systems Management
1 2 (20.00%) Opscode Chef
1 2 (20.00%) Puppet
2 1 (10.00%) Ansible
2 1 (10.00%) Kubernetes
2 1 (10.00%) Rancher
Vendors
1 4 (40.00%) IBM
2 1 (10.00%) Red Hat
2 1 (10.00%) VMware