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 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
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 31 36 47
Rank change year-on-year +5 +11  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 69 72 45
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 4.94% 4.07% 2.99%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.19% 4.93% 3.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 36 30
Median daily rate £375 £355 £344
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.63% +3.27%  
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 1114 1459 1159
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Manchester 79.80% 82.57% 76.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 636 878 693
Median daily rate £400 £400 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.06% +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 30 20 34
Median hourly rate £29.00 £16.00 £17.16
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +81.25% -6.77%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.33 £11.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £41.80 £40.00
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 26 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 26 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 +13 12 £355 +42.00% 5
Oldham - 2 - -
Salford +3 1 £413 +14.98% 1
Test Automation
North West

For the 6 months to 26 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 83 (61.03%) Agile Software Development
2 63 (46.32%) Java
3 52 (38.24%) Selenium
4 48 (35.29%) JavaScript
5 47 (34.56%) TDD
5 47 (34.56%) QA
6 37 (27.21%) .NET
7 35 (25.74%) Unit Testing
8 33 (24.26%) JIRA
9 32 (23.53%) Git (software)
10 31 (22.79%) SQL
10 31 (22.79%) Jenkins
11 27 (19.85%) Scrum
11 27 (19.85%) Continuous Integration
12 26 (19.12%) C#
13 25 (18.38%) WebDriver
14 24 (17.65%) CSS
15 22 (16.18%) Cucumber
15 22 (16.18%) BDD
16 20 (14.71%) jQuery
17 19 (13.97%) User Acceptance Testing
17 19 (13.97%) ASP.NET
17 19 (13.97%) Web Services
17 19 (13.97%) REST
18 18 (13.24%) DevOps
18 18 (13.24%) Linux
18 18 (13.24%) Python
18 18 (13.24%) MVC
18 18 (13.24%) Finance
18 18 (13.24%) Software Engineering

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 (5.15%) Confluence
2 5 (3.68%) CMS
3 4 (2.94%) Apache
3 4 (2.94%) Apache Spark
3 4 (2.94%) Sitecore CMS
4 3 (2.21%) SharePoint
5 2 (1.47%) Drupal
5 2 (1.47%) Elasticsearch
5 2 (1.47%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.74%) CICS
Applications
1 1 (0.74%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 4 (2.94%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (1.47%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (1.47%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.74%) Magento
3 1 (0.74%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 17 (12.50%) Amazon AWS
2 11 (8.09%) GitHub
3 4 (2.94%) Google Cloud Platform
3 4 (2.94%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (2.94%) PaaS
4 2 (1.47%) Amazon EC2
4 2 (1.47%) Amazon S3
4 2 (1.47%) AWS CloudFormation
4 2 (1.47%) Google Analytics
5 1 (0.74%) Amazon SQS
5 1 (0.74%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
5 1 (0.74%) AWS Lambda
5 1 (0.74%) BrowserStack
5 1 (0.74%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.74%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (3.68%) HTTP
2 3 (2.21%) Firewall
2 3 (2.21%) LDAP
2 3 (2.21%) TCP/IP
3 2 (1.47%) Internet
3 2 (1.47%) SSL
4 1 (0.74%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (5.88%) Hadoop
1 8 (5.88%) PostgreSQL
1 8 (5.88%) Relational Database
1 8 (5.88%) SQL Server
2 7 (5.15%) MongoDB
3 5 (3.68%) Big Data
3 5 (3.68%) MySQL
4 4 (2.94%) Apache Cassandra
4 4 (2.94%) NoSQL
5 3 (2.21%) Redis
6 2 (1.47%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 52 (38.24%) Selenium
2 33 (24.26%) JIRA
3 32 (23.53%) Git (software)
4 31 (22.79%) Jenkins
5 25 (18.38%) WebDriver
6 22 (16.18%) Cucumber
7 13 (9.56%) gulp
8 12 (8.82%) JUnit
9 6 (4.41%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 5 (3.68%) Bitbucket
10 5 (3.68%) Eclipse
10 5 (3.68%) Gradle
10 5 (3.68%) SoapUI
10 5 (3.68%) Subversion
10 5 (3.68%) Team Foundation Server
11 4 (2.94%) Appium
11 4 (2.94%) Hudson
11 4 (2.94%) Jasmine
11 4 (2.94%) JMeter
11 4 (2.94%) SpecFlow
General
1 18 (13.24%) Finance
2 7 (5.15%) Banking
3 6 (4.41%) Manufacturing
4 5 (3.68%) Marketing
5 4 (2.94%) Electronics
5 4 (2.94%) Games
5 4 (2.94%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.47%) Back Office
6 2 (1.47%) Retail
7 1 (0.74%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 50 (36.76%) Developer
2 28 (20.59%) Tester
3 22 (16.18%) Automation Tester
4 14 (10.29%) Analyst
4 14 (10.29%) Java Developer
5 13 (9.56%) Test Analyst
6 11 (8.09%) .NET Developer
7 10 (7.35%) QA Engineer
7 10 (7.35%) Selenium Tester
7 10 (7.35%) Software Developer
8 9 (6.62%) QA Automation Engineer
8 9 (6.62%) Selenium Automation Tester
9 8 (5.88%) Automation Engineer
9 8 (5.88%) C# Developer
9 8 (5.88%) Java Engineer
10 7 (5.15%) C# .NET Developer
10 7 (5.15%) JavaScript Developer
11 5 (3.68%) Automation Test Analyst
11 5 (3.68%) C# Web Developer
11 5 (3.68%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (27.21%) .NET
2 24 (17.65%) CSS
3 20 (14.71%) jQuery
4 19 (13.97%) ASP.NET
4 19 (13.97%) REST
4 19 (13.97%) Web Services
5 18 (13.24%) ASP.NET MVC
6 16 (11.76%) AngularJS
6 16 (11.76%) XML
7 15 (11.03%) Node.js
8 13 (9.56%) .NET Core
8 13 (9.56%) HTML
8 13 (9.56%) Sass
9 11 (8.09%) HTML5
10 10 (7.35%) SOAP
11 8 (5.88%) Gherkin
11 8 (5.88%) RESTful
12 7 (5.15%) Spring
13 6 (4.41%) .NET Framework
13 6 (4.41%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 5 (3.68%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (2.94%) Public Cloud
2 4 (2.94%) Video on Demand
3 3 (2.21%) Computer Science
3 3 (2.21%) Interactive TV
3 3 (2.21%) iPad
3 3 (2.21%) Management Information System
3 3 (2.21%) MHEG
3 3 (2.21%) Streaming Video
3 3 (2.21%) Web 2.0
4 2 (1.47%) IPTV
4 2 (1.47%) Mobile App
4 2 (1.47%) Mobile Banking
5 1 (0.74%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (0.74%) Linux Command Line
5 1 (0.74%) Mainframe
5 1 (0.74%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 18 (13.24%) Linux
2 7 (5.15%) Android
2 7 (5.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 5 (3.68%) Unix
3 5 (3.68%) Windows
4 4 (2.94%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.74%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 83 (61.03%) Agile Software Development
2 47 (34.56%) TDD
3 35 (25.74%) Unit Testing
4 27 (19.85%) Continuous Integration
4 27 (19.85%) Scrum
5 22 (16.18%) BDD
6 19 (13.97%) User Acceptance Testing
7 18 (13.24%) DevOps
7 18 (13.24%) MVC
7 18 (13.24%) Software Engineering
8 16 (11.76%) Refactoring
9 15 (11.03%) Open Source
9 15 (11.03%) SMACSS
10 14 (10.29%) Progressive Enhancement
10 14 (10.29%) QA Automation
11 13 (9.56%) Test Scripting
12 12 (8.82%) Regression Testing
13 11 (8.09%) Continuous Delivery
13 11 (8.09%) OO
13 11 (8.09%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 63 (46.32%) Java
2 48 (35.29%) JavaScript
3 31 (22.79%) SQL
4 26 (19.12%) C#
5 18 (13.24%) Python
6 7 (5.15%) C
7 6 (4.41%) C++
8 5 (3.68%) PL/SQL
9 4 (2.94%) Scala
9 4 (2.94%) Shell Script
10 3 (2.21%) Go
10 3 (2.21%) VB.NET
11 2 (1.47%) PHP
12 1 (0.74%) Apple Swift
12 1 (0.74%) COBOL
12 1 (0.74%) MATLAB
12 1 (0.74%) X++
Qualifications
1 8 (5.88%) Degree
2 4 (2.94%) ISTQB
2 4 (2.94%) SC Cleared
2 4 (2.94%) Security Cleared
3 3 (2.21%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (34.56%) QA
2 3 (2.21%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 1 (0.74%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 9 (6.62%) Docker
Systems Management
1 11 (8.09%) Ansible
2 8 (5.88%) Opscode Chef
3 6 (4.41%) Puppet
4 3 (2.21%) Mesos
5 2 (1.47%) Kibana
5 2 (1.47%) logstash
6 1 (0.74%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (5.15%) Red Hat
2 6 (4.41%) Google
3 5 (3.68%) SAP
4 4 (2.94%) Microsoft
4 4 (2.94%) Pega
4 4 (2.94%) Sitecore
5 3 (2.21%) OpenTV
5 3 (2.21%) ServiceNow
5 3 (2.21%) VMware
6 2 (1.47%) Oracle
6 2 (1.47%) Perforce
6 2 (1.47%) Splunk
7 1 (0.74%) HP
7 1 (0.74%) Xamarin
Greater Manchester
Verticality Ltd
Rate: Day rate £330-£350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
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Spring Technology
Posted: 4 days ago
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Spier Consulting Ltd
Rate: £300 - £320 per day
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TEKsystems
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Manchester, Lancashire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £425 - £475 per day
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