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 26 March 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Automation
North West / Manchester
Rank 85 82 88
Rank change year-on-year -3 +6  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 5 24 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 0.38% 1.34% 0.61%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.47% 1.60% 0.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 19 8
Median daily rate £375 £340 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.29% -26.48%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £309 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £435 £488 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £360 £375 £355
% change year-on-year -4.00% +5.63%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.25 £43.75 £37.50
% change year-on-year -17.14% +16.66%  

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 1059 1500 1272
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Manchester 81.03% 83.61% 78.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 681 906 678
Median daily rate £390 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.50% +3.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £284 £291 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £526
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £398
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.62%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 27 25
Median hourly rate £40.00 £27.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +48.14% +54.28%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.50 £15.10 £11.22
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £40.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.75 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.09% +29.16%  

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 26 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation in Manchester

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 26 March 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 16 (69.57%) Java
1 16 (69.57%) BDD
2 15 (65.22%) Agile Software Development
3 14 (60.87%) Selenium
4 12 (52.17%) TDD
5 10 (43.48%) Python
6 9 (39.13%) WebDriver
7 8 (34.78%) Cucumber
8 7 (30.43%) QA
8 7 (30.43%) Configuration Management
9 6 (26.09%) JMeter
9 6 (26.09%) ISEB
10 5 (21.74%) Amazon AWS
10 5 (21.74%) SQL
10 5 (21.74%) Google
11 4 (17.39%) Pair Programming
11 4 (17.39%) C#
11 4 (17.39%) PHP
11 4 (17.39%) Git (software)
11 4 (17.39%) Continuous Integration
11 4 (17.39%) Bitbucket
11 4 (17.39%) Jenkins
12 3 (13.04%) Analytics
12 3 (13.04%) Functional Testing
12 3 (13.04%) GitHub
12 3 (13.04%) Ansible
12 3 (13.04%) Docker
12 3 (13.04%) logstash
12 3 (13.04%) Kibana
12 3 (13.04%) SoapUI

Test Automation
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 3 (13.04%) Apache Spark
1 3 (13.04%) Drupal
1 3 (13.04%) Elasticsearch
2 1 (4.35%) CMS
2 1 (4.35%) Confluence
2 1 (4.35%) EPiServer
Applications
1 1 (4.35%) MS Excel
1 1 (4.35%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (8.70%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 5 (21.74%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (13.04%) GitHub
2 3 (13.04%) Google Analytics
3 2 (8.70%) Amazon EMR
3 2 (8.70%) Google Cloud Platform
3 2 (8.70%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (13.04%) Hadoop
1 3 (13.04%) HDInsight
1 3 (13.04%) Spark SQL
2 2 (8.70%) Big Data
2 2 (8.70%) Electronic Patient Records
3 1 (4.35%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (4.35%) MS Access
3 1 (4.35%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 14 (60.87%) Selenium
2 9 (39.13%) WebDriver
3 8 (34.78%) Cucumber
4 6 (26.09%) JMeter
5 4 (17.39%) Bitbucket
5 4 (17.39%) Git (software)
5 4 (17.39%) Jenkins
6 3 (13.04%) SoapUI
7 2 (8.70%) JIRA
7 2 (8.70%) LoadRunner
8 1 (4.35%) HP UFT
8 1 (4.35%) IntelliJ
8 1 (4.35%) JBehave
8 1 (4.35%) JProfiler
8 1 (4.35%) JUnit
8 1 (4.35%) Rational Functional Tester
8 1 (4.35%) SpecFlow
8 1 (4.35%) TestNG
8 1 (4.35%) Zephyr
General
1 3 (13.04%) Marketing
2 2 (8.70%) Electronics
2 2 (8.70%) Finance
2 2 (8.70%) Manufacturing
2 2 (8.70%) Telecoms
3 1 (4.35%) Banking
3 1 (4.35%) Legal
Job Titles
1 7 (30.43%) Tester
2 6 (26.09%) Automation Tester
3 3 (13.04%) Automation Engineer
3 3 (13.04%) Consultant
3 3 (13.04%) Developer
3 3 (13.04%) Drupal Consultant
4 2 (8.70%) Architect
4 2 (8.70%) QA Automation Engineer
4 2 (8.70%) QA Engineer
4 2 (8.70%) Selenium Automation Tester
4 2 (8.70%) Selenium Tester
4 2 (8.70%) Test Architect
4 2 (8.70%) Test Automation Engineer
4 2 (8.70%) Test Engineer
5 1 (4.35%) Agile Test Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) Agile Tester
5 1 (4.35%) Integration Consultant
5 1 (4.35%) Java Engineer
5 1 (4.35%) Lead Architect
5 1 (4.35%) Web Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (13.04%) .NET
1 3 (13.04%) Elastic Stack
1 3 (13.04%) Spark Streaming
2 2 (8.70%) Gherkin
2 2 (8.70%) XML
3 1 (4.35%) AngularJS
3 1 (4.35%) J2EE
3 1 (4.35%) Node.js
3 1 (4.35%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 1 (4.35%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 1 (4.35%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (69.57%) BDD
2 15 (65.22%) Agile Software Development
3 12 (52.17%) TDD
4 7 (30.43%) Configuration Management
5 4 (17.39%) Continuous Integration
5 4 (17.39%) Pair Programming
6 3 (13.04%) Analytics
6 3 (13.04%) ATDD
6 3 (13.04%) Automated Testing
6 3 (13.04%) Continuous Improvement
6 3 (13.04%) ETL
6 3 (13.04%) Functional Testing
6 3 (13.04%) Open Source
6 3 (13.04%) Regression Testing
6 3 (13.04%) Scrum
6 3 (13.04%) Unit Testing
7 2 (8.70%) Automation Testing
7 2 (8.70%) Business Intelligence
7 2 (8.70%) Programme Management
7 2 (8.70%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 16 (69.57%) Java
2 10 (43.48%) Python
3 5 (21.74%) SQL
4 4 (17.39%) C#
4 4 (17.39%) PHP
5 2 (8.70%) Bash Shell
5 2 (8.70%) C++
5 2 (8.70%) JavaScript
5 2 (8.70%) Perl
6 1 (4.35%) PL/SQL
6 1 (4.35%) Ruby
6 1 (4.35%) Scala
6 1 (4.35%) VB
6 1 (4.35%) VBA
6 1 (4.35%) VBScript
6 1 (4.35%) VC++
Qualifications
1 6 (26.09%) ISEB
2 1 (4.35%) ISTQB
2 1 (4.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (4.35%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (30.43%) QA
System Software
1 3 (13.04%) Docker
Systems Management
1 3 (13.04%) Ansible
1 3 (13.04%) Kibana
1 3 (13.04%) logstash
1 3 (13.04%) Opscode Chef
1 3 (13.04%) Puppet
Vendors
1 5 (21.74%) Google
2 3 (13.04%) Splunk
3 2 (8.70%) HP
3 2 (8.70%) SAP
4 1 (4.35%) Blue Prism
4 1 (4.35%) Microsoft