Period
to 15 October 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Manchester 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 15 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 > Manchester
6 months to
15 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 32 35 36
Rank change year-on-year +3 +1 +2
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 169 142 168
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 5.39% 5.02% 4.64%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.58% 6.08% 5.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 123 83 103
Manchester median daily rate £425 £375 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% -5.06% +5.33%
10th Percentile £313 £313 £263
90th Percentile £555 £600 £513
North West median daily rate £421 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +2.12% +3.13% +3.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 3
Manchester median hourly rate £101.25 £37.50 £29.53
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +170.00% +27.01% -3.98%
10th Percentile £44.13 £36.25 £26.24
90th Percentile £165.38 £38.75 £35.39
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 Manchester with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Manchester
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 2,570 2,334 3,071
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 81.98% 82.56% 84.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,622 1,450 1,909
Manchester median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £263 £263 £256
90th Percentile £575 £563 £538
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 104 81 64
Manchester median hourly rate £20.88 £19.50 £15.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.08% +23.81% -14.86%
10th Percentile £11.99 £11.75 £10.91
90th Percentile £35.00 £48.00 £41.05
North West median hourly rate £22.47 £30.00 £21.02
% change year-on-year -25.12% +42.70% -26.51%

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Manchester

Job postings citing Test Automation as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Manchester.

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation in Manchester

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in Manchester

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in Manchester over the 6 months to 15 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation in Manchester

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Automation in Manchester.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation in Manchester

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Manchester

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in Manchester over the 6 months to 15 October 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Test Automation in Manchester

Test Automation
Contract Job Locations in Manchester

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 Manchester region over the 6 months to 15 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
Stockport -3 4 £350 -12.50% 9
Altrincham - 3 - - 5
Cheadle - 2 £350 - 1
Wigan - 2 £475 -
Salford -5 1 - - 1
Sale - 1 £350 - 1
Test Automation
North West

For the 6 months to 15 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 Manchester region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 96 (56.80%) Selenium
2 94 (55.62%) Agile Software Development
3 81 (47.93%) Java
4 67 (39.64%) BDD
5 58 (34.32%) TDD
6 53 (31.36%) Jenkins
7 48 (28.40%) DevOps
8 44 (26.04%) C#
9 42 (24.85%) .NET
10 41 (24.26%) Scrum
10 41 (24.26%) JIRA
11 40 (23.67%) Python
12 35 (20.71%) Docker
13 34 (20.12%) JavaScript
14 33 (19.53%) QA
15 32 (18.93%) Software Engineering
15 32 (18.93%) Amazon AWS
16 30 (17.75%) Continuous Integration
16 30 (17.75%) Ansible
17 28 (16.57%) Spring
17 28 (16.57%) Web Services
18 26 (15.38%) SQL
19 23 (13.61%) Puppet
19 23 (13.61%) Java 8
20 22 (13.02%) Cucumber
20 22 (13.02%) RESTful
21 21 (12.43%) Microsoft Azure
21 21 (12.43%) Unit Testing
21 21 (12.43%) Linux
21 21 (12.43%) Kubernetes

Test Automation
Co-occurring 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 19 (11.24%) Confluence
2 7 (4.14%) Drupal
3 6 (3.55%) CMS
4 3 (1.78%) JBoss
5 2 (1.18%) Apache
5 2 (1.18%) Apache Spark
5 2 (1.18%) WebLogic
6 1 (0.59%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (0.59%) CICS
6 1 (0.59%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.59%) Liferay
6 1 (0.59%) SharePoint
6 1 (0.59%) WebSphere
Business Applications
1 11 (6.51%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.18%) Distributed Ledger
3 1 (0.59%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 32 (18.93%) Amazon AWS
2 21 (12.43%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (5.92%) Dynamics 365
4 9 (5.33%) Amazon EC2
4 9 (5.33%) Amazon SQS
4 9 (5.33%) SaaS
5 7 (4.14%) GitHub
6 6 (3.55%) Boomi
6 6 (3.55%) Google Cloud Platform
7 5 (2.96%) AWS CloudFormation
8 3 (1.78%) BrowserStack
8 3 (1.78%) Cloud Computing
8 3 (1.78%) IaaS
8 3 (1.78%) OpenShift
8 3 (1.78%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 5 (2.96%) TCP/IP
2 4 (2.37%) HTTP
3 3 (1.78%) DHCP
3 3 (1.78%) DNS
3 3 (1.78%) FTP
3 3 (1.78%) IPsec
4 2 (1.18%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (10.65%) MySQL
2 15 (8.88%) PostgreSQL
3 11 (6.51%) MongoDB
3 11 (6.51%) SQL Server
4 9 (5.33%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 4 (2.37%) Azure SQL Database
5 4 (2.37%) Big Data
5 4 (2.37%) NoSQL
5 4 (2.37%) Oracle Database
6 2 (1.18%) Apache Cassandra
6 2 (1.18%) Blockchain
6 2 (1.18%) Hadoop
6 2 (1.18%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.59%) CouchDB
7 1 (0.59%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.59%) DB2
7 1 (0.59%) GIS
7 1 (0.59%) KDB
7 1 (0.59%) Kdb+
7 1 (0.59%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 96 (56.80%) Selenium
2 53 (31.36%) Jenkins
3 41 (24.26%) JIRA
4 22 (13.02%) Cucumber
5 20 (11.83%) Git (software)
5 20 (11.83%) JMeter
6 19 (11.24%) JUnit
7 17 (10.06%) WebDriver
8 15 (8.88%) Gatling
8 15 (8.88%) SpecFlow
9 14 (8.28%) Maven
10 13 (7.69%) Gradle
11 11 (6.51%) Spock
12 9 (5.33%) SoapUI
13 8 (4.73%) Jasmine
13 8 (4.73%) Visual Studio
14 7 (4.14%) Octopus Deploy
15 6 (3.55%) Bitbucket
15 6 (3.55%) Mockito
15 6 (3.55%) TestNG
General
1 16 (9.47%) Finance
2 8 (4.73%) Retail
3 6 (3.55%) Banking
4 4 (2.37%) Manufacturing
5 3 (1.78%) Electronics
5 3 (1.78%) Marketing
5 3 (1.78%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.18%) Automotive
6 2 (1.18%) Law
6 2 (1.18%) Military
7 1 (0.59%) Games
7 1 (0.59%) Legal
Job Titles
1 52 (30.77%) Developer
2 27 (15.98%) Tester
3 22 (13.02%) Automation Tester
4 19 (11.24%) Analyst
5 18 (10.65%) Test Analyst
6 14 (8.28%) Java Developer
7 13 (7.69%) .NET Developer
7 13 (7.69%) Consultant
8 12 (7.10%) DevOps Engineer
9 11 (6.51%) Java Engineer
10 9 (5.33%) QA Engineer
10 9 (5.33%) Software Engineer
11 8 (4.73%) Automation Test Analyst
11 8 (4.73%) Developer in Test
11 8 (4.73%) Software Developer
12 7 (4.14%) JavaScript Developer
12 7 (4.14%) Test Automation Engineer
12 7 (4.14%) Test Engineer
13 6 (3.55%) Senior DevOps
14 5 (2.96%) Automation Test Lead
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (24.85%) .NET
2 28 (16.57%) Spring
2 28 (16.57%) Web Services
3 22 (13.02%) RESTful
4 19 (11.24%) Node.js
5 17 (10.06%) JSON
6 16 (9.47%) SOAP
6 16 (9.47%) Spring Boot
6 16 (9.47%) XML
7 15 (8.88%) Hibernate
8 14 (8.28%) CSS
9 13 (7.69%) HTML
9 13 (7.69%) REST
10 11 (6.51%) Gherkin
11 10 (5.92%) Elastic Stack
12 9 (5.33%) AngularJS
13 8 (4.73%) jQuery
13 8 (4.73%) Kafka
14 6 (3.55%) WSDL
15 5 (2.96%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 17 (10.06%) Mobile App
2 8 (4.73%) Computer Science
3 6 (3.55%) Management Information System
4 5 (2.96%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (2.37%) Blog
6 3 (1.78%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 3 (1.78%) Robotics
6 3 (1.78%) User Experience
7 2 (1.18%) Public Cloud
8 1 (0.59%) Cyber Defence
8 1 (0.59%) Cyberattack
8 1 (0.59%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.59%) Fintech
8 1 (0.59%) IBM Mainframe
8 1 (0.59%) Linux Command Line
8 1 (0.59%) Mainframe
8 1 (0.59%) Smartcard
8 1 (0.59%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 21 (12.43%) Linux
2 7 (4.14%) Unix
2 7 (4.14%) Windows
3 6 (3.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 5 (2.96%) CentOS
5 2 (1.18%) Android
5 2 (1.18%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 94 (55.62%) Agile Software Development
2 67 (39.64%) BDD
3 58 (34.32%) TDD
4 48 (28.40%) DevOps
5 41 (24.26%) Scrum
6 32 (18.93%) Software Engineering
7 30 (17.75%) Continuous Integration
8 21 (12.43%) Unit Testing
9 18 (10.65%) Microservices
9 18 (10.65%) Performance Testing
10 17 (10.06%) SDLC
11 16 (9.47%) Functional Testing
11 16 (9.47%) Manual Testing
11 16 (9.47%) User Stories
12 15 (8.88%) SDET
13 14 (8.28%) Continuous Delivery
13 14 (8.28%) Deployment Automation
14 13 (7.69%) Configuration Management
14 13 (7.69%) Test Scripting
15 12 (7.10%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 81 (47.93%) Java
2 44 (26.04%) C#
3 40 (23.67%) Python
4 34 (20.12%) JavaScript
5 26 (15.38%) SQL
6 23 (13.61%) Java 8
7 18 (10.65%) PHP
8 8 (4.73%) Bash Shell
9 7 (4.14%) Shell Script
10 6 (3.55%) C++
11 4 (2.37%) Groovy
12 3 (1.78%) C
12 3 (1.78%) Ruby
13 2 (1.18%) PHP 5
13 2 (1.18%) PHP 7
13 2 (1.18%) PL/SQL
13 2 (1.18%) VBScript
14 1 (0.59%) Go
14 1 (0.59%) Java 9
14 1 (0.59%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 9 (5.33%) Degree
2 7 (4.14%) Computer Science Degree
3 6 (3.55%) ISEB
3 6 (3.55%) Microsoft Certification
4 4 (2.37%) ISTQB
5 3 (1.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (1.78%) Security Cleared
6 1 (0.59%) DBS Check
6 1 (0.59%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (19.53%) QA
System Software
1 35 (20.71%) Docker
2 2 (1.18%) Virtual Machines
2 2 (1.18%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 30 (17.75%) Ansible
2 23 (13.61%) Puppet
3 21 (12.43%) Kubernetes
4 18 (10.65%) Terraform
5 13 (7.69%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (1.78%) Salt
7 2 (1.18%) Consul
7 2 (1.18%) Packer
8 1 (0.59%) Grafana
8 1 (0.59%) Graylog
8 1 (0.59%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 18 (10.65%) Oracle
2 15 (8.88%) Microsoft
3 6 (3.55%) Dell
3 6 (3.55%) Google
3 6 (3.55%) Informatica
3 6 (3.55%) MuleSoft
4 4 (2.37%) SAP
5 2 (1.18%) Cloudera
5 2 (1.18%) Zend
6 1 (0.59%) Cypress Semiconductor
6 1 (0.59%) IBM
6 1 (0.59%) Pega
6 1 (0.59%) Perforce
6 1 (0.59%) Red Hat
6 1 (0.59%) Sitecore
6 1 (0.59%) WorldPay