The median contractor rate for a Test Automation Engineer was £291 per day in advertised job vacancies in Manchester during the 3 months to 25 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
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Automation Test Engineer
North West / Manchester
Rank 88 94 -
Rank change year-on-year +6 -  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Automation Engineer 4 12 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 0.30% 0.67% -
As % of the Job Titles category 0.32% 0.71% -
Number of daily rates quoted 4 12 0
Median daily rate £291 £340 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.33% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £340 £325
% change year-on-year +8.82% +4.61%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.87 - £37.50

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 1697 1545
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Manchester 94.86% 94.54% 95.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 791 982 808
Median daily rate £375 £395 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.06% +12.85%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £232
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 48
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 £17.22
% change year-on-year -12.50% +16.14%  

Test Automation Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in Manchester

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation Engineer in Manchester

Test Automation Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation Engineer in Manchester

Test Automation Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 25 March 2017, Test Automation Engineer 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 Test Automation Engineer in the job title.

1 6 (100.00%) Selenium
2 4 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (66.67%) Java
2 4 (66.67%) Cucumber
3 3 (50.00%) JIRA
3 3 (50.00%) QA
3 3 (50.00%) WebDriver
3 3 (50.00%) QA Automation
3 3 (50.00%) SQL
3 3 (50.00%) XML
4 2 (33.33%) .NET
4 2 (33.33%) Regression Testing
4 2 (33.33%) Finance
4 2 (33.33%) Confluence
4 2 (33.33%) Functional Testing
4 2 (33.33%) Bitbucket
4 2 (33.33%) Automation Testing
4 2 (33.33%) BDD
4 2 (33.33%) Test Automation
5 1 (16.67%) High Availability
5 1 (16.67%) C#
5 1 (16.67%) SDLC
5 1 (16.67%) API Testing
5 1 (16.67%) iPad
5 1 (16.67%) Continuous Deployment
5 1 (16.67%) Games
5 1 (16.67%) Scrum
5 1 (16.67%) TDD
5 1 (16.67%) NUnit
5 1 (16.67%) Software Testing

Test Automation Engineer 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 2 (33.33%) Confluence
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (16.67%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 6 (100.00%) Selenium
2 4 (66.67%) Cucumber
3 3 (50.00%) JIRA
3 3 (50.00%) WebDriver
4 2 (33.33%) Bitbucket
5 1 (16.67%) Git (software)
5 1 (16.67%) HP UFT
5 1 (16.67%) JMeter
5 1 (16.67%) JUnit
5 1 (16.67%) LoadRunner
5 1 (16.67%) NUnit
5 1 (16.67%) Rational Functional Tester
5 1 (16.67%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (16.67%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (33.33%) Finance
2 1 (16.67%) Games
2 1 (16.67%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (50.00%) XML
2 2 (33.33%) .NET
3 1 (16.67%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 1 (16.67%) iPad
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (50.00%) QA Automation
3 2 (33.33%) Automation Testing
3 2 (33.33%) BDD
3 2 (33.33%) Functional Testing
3 2 (33.33%) Regression Testing
3 2 (33.33%) Test Automation
4 1 (16.67%) API Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Continuous Integration
4 1 (16.67%) E-Commerce
4 1 (16.67%) High Availability
4 1 (16.67%) OO
4 1 (16.67%) OOP
4 1 (16.67%) Scrum
4 1 (16.67%) SDLC
4 1 (16.67%) Security Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Software Testing
4 1 (16.67%) System Testing
4 1 (16.67%) TDD
4 1 (16.67%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 4 (66.67%) Java
2 3 (50.00%) SQL
3 1 (16.67%) C#
3 1 (16.67%) PHP
3 1 (16.67%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (16.67%) ISEB
1 1 (16.67%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (50.00%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (16.67%) HP