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 3 months to 24 June 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 / Manchester
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 32 35 50
Rank change year-on-year +3 +15  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 69 72 46
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 5.05% 3.99% 3.03%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.29% 4.83% 3.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 36 31
Median daily rate £375 £355 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.63% +1.42%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £250 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £520 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 0
Median hourly rate £37.50 £32.25 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.27% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £38.00 £34.90
% change year-on-year -1.31% +8.88%  

Test Automation is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Manchester with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Manchester
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 1097 1491 1168
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Manchester 80.25% 82.70% 76.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 629 896 690
Median daily rate £400 £400 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.12% +10.34%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 20 33
Median hourly rate £19.50 £16.00 £15.98
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.87% +0.15%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.30 £11.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £41.80 £23.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Manchester

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Manchester citing Test Automation as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

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 3 months to 24 June 2017.

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
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 3 months to 24 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Stockport +12 12 £355 +42.00% 6
Oldham - 2 - -
Salford +3 1 £413 +14.98% 1
Test Automation
North West

For the 6 months to 24 June 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 Manchester region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 84 (60.87%) Agile Software Development
2 64 (46.38%) Java
3 53 (38.41%) Selenium
4 49 (35.51%) JavaScript
5 48 (34.78%) TDD
6 47 (34.06%) QA
7 37 (26.81%) .NET
8 36 (26.09%) Unit Testing
9 33 (23.91%) JIRA
10 32 (23.19%) Git (software)
10 32 (23.19%) SQL
11 31 (22.46%) Jenkins
12 27 (19.57%) Scrum
12 27 (19.57%) Continuous Integration
13 26 (18.84%) C#
14 25 (18.12%) CSS
14 25 (18.12%) WebDriver
15 22 (15.94%) Cucumber
15 22 (15.94%) BDD
16 20 (14.49%) jQuery
16 20 (14.49%) Web Services
16 20 (14.49%) REST
17 19 (13.77%) ASP.NET
17 19 (13.77%) Finance
17 19 (13.77%) User Acceptance Testing
17 19 (13.77%) Software Engineering
18 18 (13.04%) ASP.NET MVC
18 18 (13.04%) MVC
18 18 (13.04%) Linux
18 18 (13.04%) Python

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 7 (5.07%) Confluence
2 5 (3.62%) CMS
3 4 (2.90%) Apache
3 4 (2.90%) Apache Spark
3 4 (2.90%) Sitecore CMS
4 3 (2.17%) SharePoint
5 2 (1.45%) Drupal
5 2 (1.45%) Elasticsearch
5 2 (1.45%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.72%) CICS
Applications
1 1 (0.72%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 4 (2.90%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (1.45%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (1.45%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.72%) Magento
3 1 (0.72%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 17 (12.32%) Amazon AWS
2 11 (7.97%) GitHub
3 4 (2.90%) Google Cloud Platform
3 4 (2.90%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (2.90%) PaaS
4 2 (1.45%) Amazon EC2
4 2 (1.45%) Amazon S3
4 2 (1.45%) AWS CloudFormation
4 2 (1.45%) Google Analytics
5 1 (0.72%) Amazon SQS
5 1 (0.72%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
5 1 (0.72%) AWS Lambda
5 1 (0.72%) BrowserStack
5 1 (0.72%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.72%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (3.62%) HTTP
2 4 (2.90%) LDAP
3 3 (2.17%) Firewall
3 3 (2.17%) TCP/IP
4 2 (1.45%) Internet
4 2 (1.45%) SSL
5 1 (0.72%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (5.80%) Hadoop
1 8 (5.80%) PostgreSQL
1 8 (5.80%) Relational Database
1 8 (5.80%) SQL Server
2 7 (5.07%) MongoDB
3 5 (3.62%) Big Data
3 5 (3.62%) MySQL
4 4 (2.90%) Apache Cassandra
4 4 (2.90%) NoSQL
5 3 (2.17%) Redis
6 2 (1.45%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 53 (38.41%) Selenium
2 33 (23.91%) JIRA
3 32 (23.19%) Git (software)
4 31 (22.46%) Jenkins
5 25 (18.12%) WebDriver
6 22 (15.94%) Cucumber
7 13 (9.42%) gulp
7 13 (9.42%) JUnit
8 6 (4.35%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 5 (3.62%) Bitbucket
9 5 (3.62%) Eclipse
9 5 (3.62%) Gradle
9 5 (3.62%) SoapUI
9 5 (3.62%) Subversion
9 5 (3.62%) Team Foundation Server
10 4 (2.90%) Appium
10 4 (2.90%) Hudson
10 4 (2.90%) Jasmine
10 4 (2.90%) JMeter
10 4 (2.90%) SpecFlow
General
1 19 (13.77%) Finance
2 8 (5.80%) Banking
3 6 (4.35%) Manufacturing
4 5 (3.62%) Marketing
5 4 (2.90%) Electronics
5 4 (2.90%) Games
5 4 (2.90%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.45%) Back Office
6 2 (1.45%) Retail
7 1 (0.72%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 52 (37.68%) Developer
2 28 (20.29%) Tester
3 22 (15.94%) Automation Tester
4 15 (10.87%) Java Developer
5 14 (10.14%) Analyst
6 13 (9.42%) Test Analyst
7 11 (7.97%) .NET Developer
8 10 (7.25%) QA Engineer
8 10 (7.25%) Selenium Tester
8 10 (7.25%) Software Developer
9 9 (6.52%) QA Automation Engineer
9 9 (6.52%) Selenium Automation Tester
10 8 (5.80%) Automation Engineer
10 8 (5.80%) C# Developer
10 8 (5.80%) Java Engineer
11 7 (5.07%) C# .NET Developer
11 7 (5.07%) JavaScript Developer
12 5 (3.62%) Automation Test Analyst
12 5 (3.62%) DevOps Engineer
12 5 (3.62%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (26.81%) .NET
2 25 (18.12%) CSS
3 20 (14.49%) jQuery
3 20 (14.49%) REST
3 20 (14.49%) Web Services
4 19 (13.77%) ASP.NET
5 18 (13.04%) ASP.NET MVC
6 17 (12.32%) AngularJS
7 16 (11.59%) XML
8 15 (10.87%) Node.js
9 14 (10.14%) HTML
10 13 (9.42%) .NET Core
10 13 (9.42%) Sass
11 12 (8.70%) HTML5
12 11 (7.97%) SOAP
13 8 (5.80%) Gherkin
13 8 (5.80%) RESTful
13 8 (5.80%) Spring
14 7 (5.07%) CSS3
14 7 (5.07%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 6 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (2.90%) Public Cloud
2 4 (2.90%) Video on Demand
3 3 (2.17%) Computer Science
3 3 (2.17%) Interactive TV
3 3 (2.17%) iPad
3 3 (2.17%) Management Information System
3 3 (2.17%) MHEG
3 3 (2.17%) Streaming Video
3 3 (2.17%) Web 2.0
4 2 (1.45%) IPTV
4 2 (1.45%) Mobile App
4 2 (1.45%) Mobile Banking
5 1 (0.72%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (0.72%) Linux Command Line
5 1 (0.72%) Mainframe
5 1 (0.72%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 18 (13.04%) Linux
2 7 (5.07%) Android
2 7 (5.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 5 (3.62%) Unix
3 5 (3.62%) Windows
4 4 (2.90%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.72%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 84 (60.87%) Agile Software Development
2 48 (34.78%) TDD
3 36 (26.09%) Unit Testing
4 27 (19.57%) Continuous Integration
4 27 (19.57%) Scrum
5 22 (15.94%) BDD
6 19 (13.77%) Software Engineering
6 19 (13.77%) User Acceptance Testing
7 18 (13.04%) DevOps
7 18 (13.04%) MVC
8 16 (11.59%) Refactoring
9 15 (10.87%) Open Source
9 15 (10.87%) SMACSS
10 14 (10.14%) Progressive Enhancement
10 14 (10.14%) QA Automation
11 13 (9.42%) Test Scripting
12 12 (8.70%) OO
12 12 (8.70%) Regression Testing
13 11 (7.97%) Continuous Delivery
13 11 (7.97%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 64 (46.38%) Java
2 49 (35.51%) JavaScript
3 32 (23.19%) SQL
4 26 (18.84%) C#
5 18 (13.04%) Python
6 7 (5.07%) C
7 6 (4.35%) C++
8 5 (3.62%) PL/SQL
9 4 (2.90%) Scala
9 4 (2.90%) Shell Script
10 3 (2.17%) Go
10 3 (2.17%) VB.NET
11 2 (1.45%) PHP
12 1 (0.72%) Apple Swift
12 1 (0.72%) COBOL
12 1 (0.72%) MATLAB
12 1 (0.72%) X++
Qualifications
1 8 (5.80%) Degree
2 5 (3.62%) SC Cleared
2 5 (3.62%) Security Cleared
3 4 (2.90%) ISTQB
4 3 (2.17%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (34.06%) QA
2 3 (2.17%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 1 (0.72%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 9 (6.52%) Docker
Systems Management
1 11 (7.97%) Ansible
2 8 (5.80%) Opscode Chef
3 6 (4.35%) Puppet
4 3 (2.17%) Mesos
5 2 (1.45%) Kibana
5 2 (1.45%) logstash
6 1 (0.72%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (5.07%) Red Hat
2 6 (4.35%) Google
3 5 (3.62%) SAP
4 4 (2.90%) Microsoft
4 4 (2.90%) Pega
4 4 (2.90%) ServiceNow
4 4 (2.90%) Sitecore
5 3 (2.17%) OpenTV
5 3 (2.17%) VMware
6 2 (1.45%) Oracle
6 2 (1.45%) Perforce
6 2 (1.45%) Splunk
7 1 (0.72%) HP
7 1 (0.72%) Xamarin
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