Period
to 18 October 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 18 October 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
18 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 35 29 41
Rank change year-on-year -6 +12 -19
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 35 19 27
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 5.31% 3.88% 3.55%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.24% 4.58% 4.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 31 23
Lancashire median daily rate £453 £535 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -15.37% +38.06% -3.13%
10th Percentile £318 £313 £325
90th Percentile £545 £645 £440
North West median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 3
Lancashire median hourly rate £47.00 - £44.00
North West median hourly rate £46.00 £31.25 £37.50
% change year-on-year +47.20% -16.67% +19.05%

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 561 415 614
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 85.13% 84.69% 80.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 365 241 396
Lancashire median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -5.88%
10th Percentile £260 £305 £250
90th Percentile £575 £570 £575
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 58 34 62
Lancashire median hourly rate £37.63 £42.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.47% +6.25% +18.52%
10th Percentile £11.10 £11.93 £12.25
90th Percentile £58.43 £47.13 £59.31
North West median hourly rate £22.43 £30.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year -25.23% +42.86% -29.33%

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 18 October 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 18 October 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 -11 20 £475 -11.21%
Preston +11 8 £425 +6.25% 5
Test Automation
North West

For the 6 months to 18 October 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 26 (74.29%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (54.29%) Java
3 16 (45.71%) BDD
4 15 (42.86%) Cucumber
4 15 (42.86%) QA
4 15 (42.86%) Selenium
5 12 (34.29%) JIRA
5 12 (34.29%) TDD
6 11 (31.43%) C#
6 11 (31.43%) SQL
7 8 (22.86%) User Stories
7 8 (22.86%) DevOps
8 7 (20.00%) Software Engineering
8 7 (20.00%) JavaScript
9 6 (17.14%) JUnit
9 6 (17.14%) Kanban
9 6 (17.14%) Git (software)
9 6 (17.14%) Coaching
9 6 (17.14%) Jenkins
9 6 (17.14%) SDLC
10 5 (14.29%) QA Automation
10 5 (14.29%) Gatling
10 5 (14.29%) The Grinder
10 5 (14.29%) Continuous Integration
10 5 (14.29%) Open Source
10 5 (14.29%) Confluence
10 5 (14.29%) Test Strategy
10 5 (14.29%) SpecFlow
10 5 (14.29%) JMeter
11 4 (11.43%) PostgreSQL

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 5 (14.29%) Confluence
2 4 (11.43%) Apache
3 1 (2.86%) NServiceBus
Applications
1 1 (2.86%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (2.86%) Distributed Ledger
1 1 (2.86%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (2.86%) Exstream
Cloud Services
1 4 (11.43%) Slack
2 2 (5.71%) IaaS
3 1 (2.86%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.71%) Internet
2 1 (2.86%) Firewall
2 1 (2.86%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (11.43%) PostgreSQL
2 3 (8.57%) MySQL
3 2 (5.71%) MongoDB
3 2 (5.71%) NoSQL
4 1 (2.86%) Apache Cassandra
4 1 (2.86%) Apache Hive
4 1 (2.86%) Big Data
4 1 (2.86%) Blockchain
4 1 (2.86%) Redis
4 1 (2.86%) SQL Server
4 1 (2.86%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 15 (42.86%) Cucumber
1 15 (42.86%) Selenium
2 12 (34.29%) JIRA
3 6 (17.14%) Git (software)
3 6 (17.14%) Jenkins
3 6 (17.14%) JUnit
4 5 (14.29%) Gatling
4 5 (14.29%) JMeter
4 5 (14.29%) SpecFlow
4 5 (14.29%) The Grinder
5 3 (8.57%) HP UFT
5 3 (8.57%) WebDriver
6 2 (5.71%) Travis CI
6 2 (5.71%) Visual Studio
7 1 (2.86%) Artifactory
7 1 (2.86%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 1 (2.86%) Jasmine
7 1 (2.86%) LoadRunner
7 1 (2.86%) SonarQube
7 1 (2.86%) Toad
Job Titles
1 9 (25.71%) Developer
2 8 (22.86%) QA Engineer
3 5 (14.29%) Analyst
3 5 (14.29%) Automation Tester
3 5 (14.29%) Software Engineer
3 5 (14.29%) Test Analyst
3 5 (14.29%) Tester
4 4 (11.43%) Automation Test Analyst
4 4 (11.43%) Java Developer
5 3 (8.57%) Automation Developer
5 3 (8.57%) Java Engineer
5 3 (8.57%) QA Analyst
5 3 (8.57%) QA Test Analyst
5 3 (8.57%) Senior Java Engineer
5 3 (8.57%) Senior QA Engineer
5 3 (8.57%) Test Engineer
6 2 (5.71%) Automation Consultant
6 2 (5.71%) QA Automation Analyst
6 2 (5.71%) QA Consultant
6 2 (5.71%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (11.43%) Web Services
2 3 (8.57%) Apache Camel
2 3 (8.57%) Apache CXF
2 3 (8.57%) REST
3 2 (5.71%) .NET
3 2 (5.71%) CSS
3 2 (5.71%) HTML
3 2 (5.71%) Node.js
3 2 (5.71%) RESTful
3 2 (5.71%) Spring
3 2 (5.71%) Spring Boot
3 2 (5.71%) Spring Security
4 1 (2.86%) ActiveMQ
4 1 (2.86%) Entity Framework
4 1 (2.86%) jQuery
4 1 (2.86%) Kafka
4 1 (2.86%) RabbitMQ
4 1 (2.86%) SignalR
4 1 (2.86%) SOAP
4 1 (2.86%) Spring Batch
Miscellaneous
1 2 (5.71%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (5.71%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
1 2 (5.71%) Management Information System
2 1 (2.86%) Blog
2 1 (2.86%) User Experience
2 1 (2.86%) Virtual Team
2 1 (2.86%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 4 (11.43%) Linux
2 3 (8.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (2.86%) CentOS
3 1 (2.86%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (74.29%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (45.71%) BDD
3 12 (34.29%) TDD
4 8 (22.86%) DevOps
4 8 (22.86%) User Stories
5 7 (20.00%) Software Engineering
6 6 (17.14%) Coaching
6 6 (17.14%) Kanban
6 6 (17.14%) SDLC
7 5 (14.29%) Continuous Integration
7 5 (14.29%) Open Source
7 5 (14.29%) QA Automation
7 5 (14.29%) Test Strategy
8 4 (11.43%) Pair Programming
8 4 (11.43%) Performance Testing
8 4 (11.43%) Scrum
8 4 (11.43%) Test Scripting
9 3 (8.57%) ERP
9 3 (8.57%) User Acceptance Testing
9 3 (8.57%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 19 (54.29%) Java
2 11 (31.43%) C#
2 11 (31.43%) SQL
3 7 (20.00%) JavaScript
4 1 (2.86%) Bash Shell
4 1 (2.86%) Java 8
4 1 (2.86%) PHP
4 1 (2.86%) Shell Script
4 1 (2.86%) T-SQL
4 1 (2.86%) VB
4 1 (2.86%) VBA
Qualifications
1 3 (8.57%) BPSS Clearance
1 3 (8.57%) DBS Check
2 1 (2.86%) Degree
2 1 (2.86%) ISEB
2 1 (2.86%) ISTQB
2 1 (2.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (42.86%) QA
Systems Management
1 2 (5.71%) Puppet
2 1 (2.86%) Ansible
2 1 (2.86%) Grafana
2 1 (2.86%) Graylog
2 1 (2.86%) Terraform
Vendors
1 4 (11.43%) Microsoft
2 3 (8.57%) Automation Anywhere
2 3 (8.57%) SAP
3 2 (5.71%) Atlassian
4 1 (2.86%) EnterpriseDB
4 1 (2.86%) HP
4 1 (2.86%) IFS
4 1 (2.86%) OpenText
4 1 (2.86%) Pega
4 1 (2.86%) Red Hat
4 1 (2.86%) ServiceNow