Period
to 19 November 2017

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 19 November 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
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 26 35 28
Rank change year-on-year +9 -7 +12
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 26 30 52
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 5.80% 4.55% 5.66%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.03% 5.57% 6.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 25 39
Lancashire median daily rate £451 £375 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +20.20% -11.76% +13.33%
10th Percentile £348 £325 £231
90th Percentile £645 £440 £506
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £378
% change year-on-year - +5.96% +7.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 1
Lancashire median hourly rate £43.00 £44.00 £34.95
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.27% +25.89% -
North West median hourly rate £43.00 £41.50 £31.50
% change year-on-year +3.61% +31.75% -0.17%

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 370 539 768
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 82.59% 81.79% 83.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 237 358 516
Lancashire median daily rate £425 £388 £441
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.68% -12.08% +16.75%
10th Percentile £300 £213 £279
90th Percentile £604 £556 £645
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 55 83
Lancashire median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +8.11% +37.91%
10th Percentile £15.14 £11.77 £16.74
90th Percentile £65.89 £63.77 £49.07
North West median hourly rate £27.00 £22.42 £30.52
% change year-on-year +20.41% -26.53% +67.60%

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 19 November 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 6 months to 19 November 2017. 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 +11 15 £535 +36.74% 1
Preston -4 6 £400 -11.11% 3
Blackburn -1 2 £375 -
Chorley - 1 £300 - 3
Test Automation
North West

For the 6 months to 19 November 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 18 (69.23%) SQL
2 17 (65.38%) JavaScript
2 17 (65.38%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (65.38%) TDD
2 17 (65.38%) Software Engineering
3 16 (61.54%) Git (software)
4 15 (57.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 15 (57.69%) MySQL
4 15 (57.69%) Linux
4 15 (57.69%) Mentoring
4 15 (57.69%) Coaching
5 14 (53.85%) Microservices
5 14 (53.85%) SDLC
5 14 (53.85%) Java
5 14 (53.85%) Open Source
5 14 (53.85%) MongoDB
6 13 (50.00%) Jenkins
7 12 (46.15%) NoSQL
7 12 (46.15%) Node.js
7 12 (46.15%) REST
7 12 (46.15%) BDD
7 12 (46.15%) JIRA
7 12 (46.15%) Kanban
7 12 (46.15%) PostgreSQL
7 12 (46.15%) Scrum
7 12 (46.15%) SFIA
8 11 (42.31%) Slack
8 11 (42.31%) Confluence
8 11 (42.31%) Cucumber
9 10 (38.46%) Apache Cassandra

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 11 (42.31%) Confluence
2 2 (7.69%) nginx
3 1 (3.85%) Apache
3 1 (3.85%) Cloud Foundry
3 1 (3.85%) OpenStack
3 1 (3.85%) WebSphere
Applications
1 4 (15.38%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 11 (42.31%) Slack
2 1 (3.85%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 4 (15.38%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (57.69%) MySQL
2 14 (53.85%) MongoDB
3 12 (46.15%) NoSQL
3 12 (46.15%) PostgreSQL
4 10 (38.46%) Apache Cassandra
5 3 (11.54%) Relational Database
5 3 (11.54%) SQL Server
6 2 (7.69%) RDBMS
7 1 (3.85%) DB2
7 1 (3.85%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (3.85%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 16 (61.54%) Git (software)
2 13 (50.00%) Jenkins
3 12 (46.15%) JIRA
4 11 (42.31%) Cucumber
5 10 (38.46%) Jasmine
6 9 (34.62%) JUnit
7 2 (7.69%) Hudson
7 2 (7.69%) Protractor
7 2 (7.69%) Selenium
7 2 (7.69%) SonarQube
7 2 (7.69%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 2 (7.69%) Subversion
7 2 (7.69%) Visual Studio
7 2 (7.69%) WebDriver
8 1 (3.85%) Team Foundation Server
8 1 (3.85%) TestDirector
General
1 2 (7.69%) Finance
1 2 (7.69%) Manufacturing
1 2 (7.69%) Retail
2 1 (3.85%) Advertising
2 1 (3.85%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 12 (46.15%) Developer
2 8 (30.77%) Software Engineer
3 7 (26.92%) Java Developer
4 6 (23.08%) Java Engineer
4 6 (23.08%) Java Software Engineer
4 6 (23.08%) Software Developer
5 5 (19.23%) Java Software Developer
6 3 (11.54%) DevOps Engineer
6 3 (11.54%) Lead Software Engineer
6 3 (11.54%) SQL Developer
7 2 (7.69%) C# Developer
7 2 (7.69%) MySQL Developer
7 2 (7.69%) NoSQL Developer
7 2 (7.69%) Senior DevOps
7 2 (7.69%) Senior DevOps Engineer
8 1 (3.85%) .NET Developer
8 1 (3.85%) Lead Developer
8 1 (3.85%) Senior Developer
8 1 (3.85%) Test Engineer
8 1 (3.85%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (46.15%) Node.js
1 12 (46.15%) REST
2 6 (23.08%) Web Services
2 6 (23.08%) XML
3 4 (15.38%) RESTful
3 4 (15.38%) WCF
3 4 (15.38%) WinForms
4 3 (11.54%) CSS
4 3 (11.54%) HTML
5 2 (7.69%) .NET
5 2 (7.69%) .NET Framework
5 2 (7.69%) Ajax
5 2 (7.69%) ASP.NET
5 2 (7.69%) ASP.NET MVC
5 2 (7.69%) JSON
5 2 (7.69%) KnockoutJS
5 2 (7.69%) LEMP Stack
5 2 (7.69%) SOAP
6 1 (3.85%) Apache Camel
6 1 (3.85%) Redux
Miscellaneous
1 3 (11.54%) Greenfield Project
2 2 (7.69%) Clustering
3 1 (3.85%) Management Information System
3 1 (3.85%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 15 (57.69%) Linux
1 15 (57.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 2 (7.69%) Windows
3 1 (3.85%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (65.38%) Agile Software Development
1 17 (65.38%) Software Engineering
1 17 (65.38%) TDD
2 15 (57.69%) Coaching
2 15 (57.69%) Mentoring
3 14 (53.85%) Microservices
3 14 (53.85%) Open Source
3 14 (53.85%) SDLC
4 12 (46.15%) BDD
4 12 (46.15%) Kanban
4 12 (46.15%) Scrum
4 12 (46.15%) SFIA
5 9 (34.62%) User Stories
6 6 (23.08%) Continuous Delivery
7 5 (19.23%) DevOps
8 4 (15.38%) Continuous Integration
8 4 (15.38%) MVC
9 3 (11.54%) Integration Testing
9 3 (11.54%) Scenario Testing
10 2 (7.69%) Issue Tracking
Programming Languages
1 18 (69.23%) SQL
2 17 (65.38%) JavaScript
3 14 (53.85%) Java
4 4 (15.38%) C#
4 4 (15.38%) VB
5 3 (11.54%) VBA
6 2 (7.69%) Bash Shell
6 2 (7.69%) C++
6 2 (7.69%) Python
6 2 (7.69%) Shell Script
7 1 (3.85%) ES6
7 1 (3.85%) PHP
Qualifications
1 3 (11.54%) SC Cleared
1 3 (11.54%) Security Cleared
2 1 (3.85%) ISEB
2 1 (3.85%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (15.38%) QA
System Software
1 2 (7.69%) Docker
1 2 (7.69%) Xen
2 1 (3.85%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (11.54%) Opscode Chef
1 3 (11.54%) Puppet
2 2 (7.69%) Kubernetes
2 2 (7.69%) Rancher
3 1 (3.85%) Ansible
Vendors
1 9 (34.62%) Red Hat
2 6 (23.08%) Microsoft
3 1 (3.85%) IBM
3 1 (3.85%) VMware