The median contractor rate for a Automation Tester was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies in Manchester during the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Automation Tester
North West / Manchester
Rank 81 95 95
Rank change year-on-year +14 0  
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Tester 11 6 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 0.83% 0.34% 0.062%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.88% 0.36% 0.065%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 4 1
Median daily rate £375 £320 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.18% +16.36%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £323 £325 £305
% change year-on-year -0.76% +6.55%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £170.00 -

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in Manchester. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
Manchester
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 1256 1684 1531
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Manchester 94.86% 94.45% 95.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 790 977 803
Median daily rate £375 £390 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.84% +11.42%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 34 46
Median hourly rate £15.50 £15.64 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.89% +11.71%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.32 £13.50 £10.01
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £48.00 £32.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.38
% change year-on-year -12.50% +15.10%  

Automation Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in Manchester

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Manchester that featured Automation Tester in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Automation Tester in Manchester

Automation Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Automation Tester in Manchester

Automation Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 24 March 2017, Automation Tester contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Manchester region featuring Automation Tester in the job title.

1 31 (96.88%) Selenium
2 21 (65.63%) Agile Software Development
3 20 (62.50%) WebDriver
4 17 (53.13%) Java
5 15 (46.88%) Python
6 13 (40.63%) TDD
6 13 (40.63%) Cucumber
7 10 (31.25%) Automation Testing
8 9 (28.13%) BDD
8 9 (28.13%) QA
9 8 (25.00%) Gherkin
9 8 (25.00%) Automated Testing
9 8 (25.00%) Jenkins
10 7 (21.88%) GitHub
10 7 (21.88%) XML
10 7 (21.88%) C#
10 7 (21.88%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 6 (18.75%) Test Automation
11 6 (18.75%) Test Scripting
12 5 (15.63%) JIRA
12 5 (15.63%) ISEB
13 4 (12.50%) SoapUI
13 4 (12.50%) QA Automation
14 3 (9.38%) SpecFlow
14 3 (9.38%) Configuration Management
14 3 (9.38%) Retail
14 3 (9.38%) Regression Testing
14 3 (9.38%) Finance
15 2 (6.25%) JMeter
15 2 (6.25%) Ruby

Automation Tester Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester 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 1 (3.13%) CMS
1 1 (3.13%) Sitecore CMS
Cloud Services
1 7 (21.88%) GitHub
Development Applications
1 31 (96.88%) Selenium
2 20 (62.50%) WebDriver
3 13 (40.63%) Cucumber
4 8 (25.00%) Jenkins
5 7 (21.88%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 5 (15.63%) JIRA
7 4 (12.50%) SoapUI
8 3 (9.38%) SpecFlow
9 2 (6.25%) JMeter
9 2 (6.25%) Visual Studio
10 1 (3.13%) Bugzilla
10 1 (3.13%) Git (software)
10 1 (3.13%) IntelliJ
10 1 (3.13%) LoadRunner
10 1 (3.13%) Log4j
10 1 (3.13%) PhantomJS
10 1 (3.13%) Rational Functional Tester
10 1 (3.13%) Team Foundation Server
10 1 (3.13%) TeamCity
10 1 (3.13%) TestNG
General
1 3 (9.38%) Finance
1 3 (9.38%) Retail
2 1 (3.13%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (25.00%) Gherkin
2 7 (21.88%) XML
3 2 (6.25%) .NET
3 2 (6.25%) Web Services
4 1 (3.13%) Chai
4 1 (3.13%) jQuery
4 1 (3.13%) JSON
4 1 (3.13%) Node.js
4 1 (3.13%) REST
4 1 (3.13%) RESTful
4 1 (3.13%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 1 (3.13%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.13%) Android
1 1 (3.13%) Apple iOS
1 1 (3.13%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (65.63%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (40.63%) TDD
3 10 (31.25%) Automation Testing
4 9 (28.13%) BDD
5 8 (25.00%) Automated Testing
6 6 (18.75%) Test Automation
6 6 (18.75%) Test Scripting
7 4 (12.50%) QA Automation
8 3 (9.38%) Configuration Management
8 3 (9.38%) Regression Testing
9 2 (6.25%) Continuous Integration
9 2 (6.25%) Functional Testing
9 2 (6.25%) Scrum
9 2 (6.25%) User Acceptance Testing
10 1 (3.13%) Performance Testing
10 1 (3.13%) Security Testing
10 1 (3.13%) System Integration Testing
10 1 (3.13%) Test Management
10 1 (3.13%) Waterfall
10 1 (3.13%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 17 (53.13%) Java
2 15 (46.88%) Python
3 7 (21.88%) C#
4 2 (6.25%) Ruby
4 2 (6.25%) SQL
5 1 (3.13%) Bash Shell
5 1 (3.13%) C++
5 1 (3.13%) JavaScript
5 1 (3.13%) Perl
Qualifications
1 5 (15.63%) ISEB
2 1 (3.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (28.13%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (3.13%) HP
1 1 (3.13%) Sitecore