Period
to 28 March 2020

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 28 March 2020 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
28 Mar 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 45 34 28
Rank change year-on-year -11 -6 -2
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 83 153 178
As % of all contract jobs advertised in Manchester 3.82% 5.28% 6.18%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.72% 6.16% 7.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 59 99 134
Median daily rate £425 £450 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.56% +12.50% -
10th Percentile £313 £288 £278
90th Percentile £532 £575 £625
North West median daily rate £411 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -3.24% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 2
Median hourly rate £41.75 - £37.50
10th Percentile £36.18 - £36.25
90th Percentile £48.73 - £38.75
North West median hourly rate £41.75 £45.00 £40.25
% change year-on-year -7.22% +11.80% +0.63%

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 1,759 2,482 2,472
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 80.99% 85.73% 85.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,147 1,624 1,612
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +2.56%
10th Percentile £235 £275 £263
90th Percentile £575 £600 £575
North West median daily rate £425 £425 £413
% change year-on-year - +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 81 88
Median hourly rate £23.35 £20.00 £18.57
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.74% +7.73% -12.01%
10th Percentile £13.76 £12.88 £13.21
90th Percentile £35.00 £35.00 £43.05
Median hourly rate £30.00 £25.50 £21.78
% change year-on-year +17.64% +17.09% -24.90%

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Manchester

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation in Manchester

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Test Automation in Manchester.

Daily rate trend for Test Automation in Manchester

Test Automation
Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Test Automation in Manchester over the 6 months to 28 March 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Test Automation in Manchester

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Test Automation in Manchester.

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 6 months to 28 March 2020. 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
Altrincham -1 2 £463 +19.35% 1
Stockport +3 1 £470 +34.29% 1
Cheadle -3 1 - - 1
Test Automation
North West

For the 6 months to 28 March 2020, 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 43 (51.81%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (34.94%) Selenium
2 29 (34.94%) Java
3 28 (33.73%) C#
4 25 (30.12%) DevOps
5 20 (24.10%) .NET
6 19 (22.89%) Mentoring
6 19 (22.89%) Docker
7 18 (21.69%) Continuous Integration
8 17 (20.48%) AWS
8 17 (20.48%) Jenkins
9 16 (19.28%) Python
9 16 (19.28%) Finance
10 14 (16.87%) Linux
10 14 (16.87%) Test Strategy
10 14 (16.87%) Azure
11 13 (15.66%) REST
11 13 (15.66%) Kubernetes
11 13 (15.66%) QA
11 13 (15.66%) Problem-Solving
12 12 (14.46%) Terraform
12 12 (14.46%) Scrum
12 12 (14.46%) Microservices
12 12 (14.46%) Waterfall
12 12 (14.46%) Bash Shell
12 12 (14.46%) Cucumber
12 12 (14.46%) Test Scripting
12 12 (14.46%) Unit Testing
13 11 (13.25%) Ansible
13 11 (13.25%) Stakeholder Management

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 5 (6.02%) nginx
1 5 (6.02%) OpenStack
2 3 (3.61%) Confluence
3 2 (2.41%) MS Exchange
4 1 (1.20%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (1.20%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (2.41%) SAP CO
1 2 (2.41%) SAP FI
1 2 (2.41%) SAP FI/CO
2 1 (1.20%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.20%) Magento
2 1 (1.20%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 17 (20.48%) AWS
2 14 (16.87%) Azure
3 6 (7.23%) IaaS
3 6 (7.23%) PaaS
4 5 (6.02%) AWS Lambda
4 5 (6.02%) Serverless
5 4 (4.82%) Amazon EC2
5 4 (4.82%) Amazon Kinesis
6 3 (3.61%) SaaS
7 2 (2.41%) AWS CloudFormation
7 2 (2.41%) BrowserStack
7 2 (2.41%) GitHub
7 2 (2.41%) Slack
8 1 (1.20%) AWS CodePipeline
8 1 (1.20%) GCP
8 1 (1.20%) npm
8 1 (1.20%) Trello
8 1 (1.20%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 1 (1.20%) Yarn
Communications & Networking
1 4 (4.82%) TCP/IP
2 3 (3.61%) Firewall
2 3 (3.61%) VPN
3 2 (2.41%) HTTP
4 1 (1.20%) DHCP
4 1 (1.20%) DNS
4 1 (1.20%) FTP
4 1 (1.20%) IPsec
4 1 (1.20%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (9.64%) SQL Server
2 5 (6.02%) Amazon DynamoDB
3 4 (4.82%) MongoDB
4 3 (3.61%) MySQL
4 3 (3.61%) Relational Database
5 2 (2.41%) Apache Cassandra
5 2 (2.41%) Big Data
5 2 (2.41%) Crystal Reports
5 2 (2.41%) NoSQL
5 2 (2.41%) RDBMS
6 1 (1.20%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (1.20%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 29 (34.94%) Selenium
2 17 (20.48%) Jenkins
3 12 (14.46%) Cucumber
4 11 (13.25%) JIRA
5 9 (10.84%) Git (software)
5 9 (10.84%) WebDriver
6 7 (8.43%) GitLab
6 7 (8.43%) REST Assured
7 6 (7.23%) JMeter
8 5 (6.02%) Artifactory
8 5 (6.02%) Gerrit
8 5 (6.02%) Robot Framework
8 5 (6.02%) SoapUI
8 5 (6.02%) Vagrant
9 4 (4.82%) SonarQube
9 4 (4.82%) Visual Studio
10 3 (3.61%) Buildbot
10 3 (3.61%) Selenium IDE
10 3 (3.61%) Visual Studio Team System
11 2 (2.41%) Katalon Studio
General
1 16 (19.28%) Finance
2 10 (12.05%) Public Sector
3 4 (4.82%) Games
4 2 (2.41%) Banking
4 2 (2.41%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.20%) Automotive
5 1 (1.20%) Electronics
5 1 (1.20%) Marketing
5 1 (1.20%) Retail
5 1 (1.20%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 14 (16.87%) Developer
1 14 (16.87%) DevOps Engineer
2 9 (10.84%) Tester
3 8 (9.64%) .NET Developer
3 8 (9.64%) Automation Tester
3 8 (9.64%) QA Engineer
4 5 (6.02%) Analyst
4 5 (6.02%) Test Analyst
4 5 (6.02%) Test Leader
5 4 (4.82%) Automation Test Lead
5 4 (4.82%) Consultant
5 4 (4.82%) Test Automation Consultant
5 4 (4.82%) Test Automation Engineer
5 4 (4.82%) Test Consultant
5 4 (4.82%) Test Engineer
6 3 (3.61%) Architect
6 3 (3.61%) Automation Test Analyst
6 3 (3.61%) Azure Engineer
6 3 (3.61%) QA Automation Engineer
6 3 (3.61%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (24.10%) .NET
2 13 (15.66%) REST
3 10 (12.05%) Web Services
4 9 (10.84%) Node.js
5 8 (9.64%) Gherkin
6 5 (6.02%) SOAP
7 4 (4.82%) CSS
7 4 (4.82%) HTML
7 4 (4.82%) HTML5
7 4 (4.82%) React
8 3 (3.61%) .NET Core
8 3 (3.61%) CSS3
8 3 (3.61%) RESTful
8 3 (3.61%) Spring
8 3 (3.61%) Twitter Bootstrap
8 3 (3.61%) XML
9 2 (2.41%) ASP.NET Web Forms
9 2 (2.41%) Spring Boot
9 2 (2.41%) WinForms
10 1 (1.20%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 7 (8.43%) Self-Motivation
2 5 (6.02%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (3.61%) Management Information System
3 3 (3.61%) Mobile App
4 2 (2.41%) Linux Command Line
4 2 (2.41%) Mainframe
4 2 (2.41%) Virtual Team
5 1 (1.20%) Clustering
5 1 (1.20%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 14 (16.87%) Linux
2 6 (7.23%) Windows
3 4 (4.82%) Unix
3 4 (4.82%) Windows Server
4 3 (3.61%) Windows 10
5 2 (2.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (2.41%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (1.20%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 43 (51.81%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (30.12%) DevOps
3 19 (22.89%) Mentoring
4 18 (21.69%) Continuous Integration
5 14 (16.87%) Test Strategy
6 13 (15.66%) Problem-Solving
7 12 (14.46%) Microservices
7 12 (14.46%) Scrum
7 12 (14.46%) Test Scripting
7 12 (14.46%) Unit Testing
7 12 (14.46%) Waterfall
8 11 (13.25%) Stakeholder Management
9 10 (12.05%) BDD
10 9 (10.84%) API Testing
11 8 (9.64%) Configuration Management
11 8 (9.64%) Continuous Improvement
11 8 (9.64%) Software Engineering
12 7 (8.43%) Cross-Browser Testing
12 7 (8.43%) OO
12 7 (8.43%) Technology Roadmap
Programming Languages
1 29 (34.94%) Java
2 28 (33.73%) C#
3 16 (19.28%) Python
4 12 (14.46%) Bash Shell
5 11 (13.25%) JavaScript
6 9 (10.84%) SQL
7 4 (4.82%) ES6
7 4 (4.82%) PowerShell
7 4 (4.82%) Ruby
7 4 (4.82%) Scala
8 3 (3.61%) Go
8 3 (3.61%) Shell Script
9 2 (2.41%) C
9 2 (2.41%) ES7
9 2 (2.41%) PHP
10 1 (1.20%) C++
10 1 (1.20%) Perl
10 1 (1.20%) T-SQL
10 1 (1.20%) VB
10 1 (1.20%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 6 (7.23%) Security Cleared
2 5 (6.02%) Degree
3 3 (3.61%) BPSS Clearance
4 2 (2.41%) Computer Science Degree
4 2 (2.41%) ISEB
4 2 (2.41%) SC Cleared
5 1 (1.20%) ISTQB
5 1 (1.20%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (1.20%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (15.66%) QA
System Software
1 19 (22.89%) Docker
2 3 (3.61%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (2.41%) Active Directory
3 2 (2.41%) Virtual Servers
3 2 (2.41%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 13 (15.66%) Kubernetes
2 12 (14.46%) Terraform
3 11 (13.25%) Ansible
4 9 (10.84%) Puppet
5 5 (6.02%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (3.61%) Grafana
7 2 (2.41%) Jamf Pro
7 2 (2.41%) Kibana
7 2 (2.41%) Norton AntiVirus
7 2 (2.41%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 2 (2.41%) Rancher
7 2 (2.41%) SCCM
7 2 (2.41%) WSUS
8 1 (1.20%) HP Quality Center
8 1 (1.20%) Istio
8 1 (1.20%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 8 (9.64%) SAP
2 5 (6.02%) Microsoft
3 4 (4.82%) VMware
4 3 (3.61%) Tableau
5 2 (2.41%) AppDynamics
5 2 (2.41%) Citrix
5 2 (2.41%) Coverity
5 2 (2.41%) Dynatrace
5 2 (2.41%) MuleSoft
5 2 (2.41%) Okta
5 2 (2.41%) Splunk
5 2 (2.41%) Symantec
5 2 (2.41%) Zscaler
6 1 (1.20%) Atlassian
6 1 (1.20%) HP
6 1 (1.20%) Oracle
6 1 (1.20%) Pega
6 1 (1.20%) Remedy