Period
to 19 April 2019

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 19 April 2019 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
19 Apr 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 22 30 28
Rank change year-on-year +8 -2 +4
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 187 184 165
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 6.50% 6.13% 5.82%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.56% 7.11% 6.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 120 142 116
Manchester median daily rate £439 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.69% +6.67% +10.29%
10th Percentile £309 £292 £250
90th Percentile £603 £612 £581
North West median daily rate £425 £400 £394
% change year-on-year +6.25% +1.59% -1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Manchester median hourly rate - £37.50 -
North West median hourly rate £45.00 £40.25 £40.00
% change year-on-year +11.80% +0.63% -5.88%

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 2,473 2,588 2,378
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 86.02% 86.27% 83.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,623 1,698 1,478
Manchester median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £275 £263 £225
90th Percentile £600 £575 £550
North West median daily rate £425 £403 £400
% change year-on-year +5.59% +0.63% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 70 92 44
Manchester median hourly rate £19.59 £19.31 £21.10
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.46% -8.51% +11.05%
10th Percentile £12.99 £13.00 £11.75
90th Percentile £35.00 £41.80 £44.63
North West median hourly rate £25.67 £21.70 £35.00
% change year-on-year +18.29% -38.00% +4.48%

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 19 April 2019.

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 6 months to 19 April 2019. 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
Salford +3 4 £350 -20.00% 3
Altrincham - 3 £388 - 1
Cheadle - 2 £425 - 1
Stockport +6 1 £350 -40.43% 3
Heywood - 1 - -
Test Automation
North West

For the 6 months to 19 April 2019, 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.

1 115 (61.50%) Agile Software Development
2 91 (48.66%) Java
3 64 (34.22%) Jenkins
4 61 (32.62%) .NET
5 59 (31.55%) Selenium
5 59 (31.55%) DevOps
6 53 (28.34%) Amazon AWS
7 52 (27.81%) BDD
8 48 (25.67%) Continuous Integration
8 48 (25.67%) Linux
9 46 (24.60%) C#
9 46 (24.60%) TDD
10 41 (21.93%) Web Services
11 40 (21.39%) HTTP
12 39 (20.86%) Microsoft Azure
13 38 (20.32%) Puppet
14 36 (19.25%) Configuration Management
15 32 (17.11%) Microservices
16 30 (16.04%) TCP/IP
16 30 (16.04%) DNS
16 30 (16.04%) QA
17 29 (15.51%) JIRA
17 29 (15.51%) Opscode Chef
18 28 (14.97%) WebDriver
19 27 (14.44%) Test Scripting
19 27 (14.44%) DHCP
19 27 (14.44%) FTP
20 26 (13.90%) JavaScript
20 26 (13.90%) IPsec
20 26 (13.90%) Scrum

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 13 (6.95%) nginx
2 12 (6.42%) Apache
2 12 (6.42%) Confluence
3 10 (5.35%) IIS
3 10 (5.35%) Jetty
3 10 (5.35%) Mongrel
3 10 (5.35%) Tomcat
3 10 (5.35%) WebSphere
4 3 (1.60%) Cloud Foundry
4 3 (1.60%) CMS
5 2 (1.07%) BizTalk Server
5 2 (1.07%) Drupal
5 2 (1.07%) WebSphere Application Server
Business Applications
1 4 (2.14%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.53%) SAP Payroll
Cloud Services
1 53 (28.34%) Amazon AWS
2 39 (20.86%) Microsoft Azure
3 19 (10.16%) Cloud Computing
3 19 (10.16%) Google Cloud Platform
4 14 (7.49%) Amazon EC2
5 10 (5.35%) Google App Engine
6 9 (4.81%) AWS CloudFormation
7 3 (1.60%) Boomi
7 3 (1.60%) Dynamics 365
7 3 (1.60%) GitHub
8 2 (1.07%) Amazon S3
8 2 (1.07%) BrowserStack
8 2 (1.07%) PaaS
8 2 (1.07%) SaaS
8 2 (1.07%) Sauce Labs
8 2 (1.07%) Serverless
9 1 (0.53%) Amazon Kinesis
9 1 (0.53%) AWS Lambda
9 1 (0.53%) IaaS
9 1 (0.53%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 40 (21.39%) HTTP
2 30 (16.04%) DNS
2 30 (16.04%) TCP/IP
3 27 (14.44%) DHCP
3 27 (14.44%) FTP
4 26 (13.90%) IPsec
5 20 (10.70%) SSL
6 7 (3.74%) Internet
7 1 (0.53%) Firewall
7 1 (0.53%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (13.90%) MongoDB
2 12 (6.42%) Relational Database
3 11 (5.88%) MySQL
3 11 (5.88%) RDBMS
4 10 (5.35%) SQL Server
5 8 (4.28%) NoSQL
5 8 (4.28%) RavenDB
6 5 (2.67%) PostgreSQL
7 2 (1.07%) Amazon Redshift
7 2 (1.07%) Apache Cassandra
7 2 (1.07%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (0.53%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 1 (0.53%) DB2
Development Applications
1 64 (34.22%) Jenkins
2 59 (31.55%) Selenium
3 29 (15.51%) JIRA
4 28 (14.97%) WebDriver
5 20 (10.70%) Cucumber
6 19 (10.16%) JMeter
7 18 (9.63%) Git (software)
7 18 (9.63%) Travis CI
8 11 (5.88%) Jasmine
9 10 (5.35%) Visual Studio
10 9 (4.81%) Mockito
11 8 (4.28%) Gatling
12 7 (3.74%) Bitbucket
12 7 (3.74%) SonarQube
13 6 (3.21%) eggPlant
13 6 (3.21%) HP UFT
14 5 (2.67%) Gradle
14 5 (2.67%) JUnit
14 5 (2.67%) Maven
14 5 (2.67%) SpecFlow
General
1 9 (4.81%) Law
2 8 (4.28%) Finance
3 7 (3.74%) Banking
4 6 (3.21%) Retail
5 4 (2.14%) Games
6 2 (1.07%) Billing
7 1 (0.53%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.53%) Publishing
7 1 (0.53%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 36 (19.25%) Developer
1 36 (19.25%) Tester
2 34 (18.18%) DevOps Engineer
3 20 (10.70%) Automation Tester
4 19 (10.16%) Java Developer
5 18 (9.63%) Analyst
6 17 (9.09%) Test Analyst
7 15 (8.02%) AWS Engineer
8 11 (5.88%) AWS DevOps
8 11 (5.88%) AWS DevOps Engineer
9 9 (4.81%) Java Engineer
10 8 (4.28%) Automation Test Analyst
10 8 (4.28%) Consultant
11 7 (3.74%) Full Stack Developer
11 7 (3.74%) Test Engineer
11 7 (3.74%) Test Leader
12 6 (3.21%) C# Developer
12 6 (3.21%) Test Manager
13 5 (2.67%) .NET Developer
13 5 (2.67%) QA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 61 (32.62%) .NET
2 41 (21.93%) Web Services
3 22 (11.76%) ASP.NET
3 22 (11.76%) CSS
4 21 (11.23%) HTML
5 17 (9.09%) HTML5
6 16 (8.56%) SOAP
7 15 (8.02%) jQuery
7 15 (8.02%) REST
8 14 (7.49%) ActiveMQ
8 14 (7.49%) JSON
9 13 (6.95%) Servlets
10 12 (6.42%) AngularJS
10 12 (6.42%) CSS3
10 12 (6.42%) J2EE
10 12 (6.42%) Node.js
11 11 (5.88%) Twitter Bootstrap
11 11 (5.88%) WSDL
11 11 (5.88%) XML
12 10 (5.35%) ASP.NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 7 (3.74%) Greenfield Project
2 6 (3.21%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (3.21%) NHS
3 5 (2.67%) Public Cloud
3 5 (2.67%) Semantic Web
4 4 (2.14%) Self-Motivation
5 3 (1.60%) Enterprise Software
5 3 (1.60%) Mobile App
5 3 (1.60%) Smartphone
5 3 (1.60%) User Experience
5 3 (1.60%) Video on Demand
6 2 (1.07%) Virtual Team
7 1 (0.53%) Analytical Mindset
7 1 (0.53%) Fintech
7 1 (0.53%) Hybrid Cloud
7 1 (0.53%) Mainframe
7 1 (0.53%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 48 (25.67%) Linux
2 16 (8.56%) Mac OS X
2 16 (8.56%) Unix
3 11 (5.88%) Windows
4 2 (1.07%) Android
4 2 (1.07%) Apple iOS
4 2 (1.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (1.07%) Windows 7
4 2 (1.07%) Windows Server
4 2 (1.07%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (0.53%) MVS
5 1 (0.53%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 115 (61.50%) Agile Software Development
2 59 (31.55%) DevOps
3 52 (27.81%) BDD
4 48 (25.67%) Continuous Integration
5 46 (24.60%) TDD
6 36 (19.25%) Configuration Management
7 32 (17.11%) Microservices
8 27 (14.44%) Test Scripting
9 26 (13.90%) Problem-Solving
9 26 (13.90%) Scrum
10 24 (12.83%) Unit Testing
11 19 (10.16%) Deployment Automation
12 18 (9.63%) Open Source
13 17 (9.09%) SDET
13 17 (9.09%) Web Development
14 16 (8.56%) Continuous Deployment
14 16 (8.56%) Test Strategy
15 15 (8.02%) Continuous Delivery
15 15 (8.02%) Non-Functional Testing
15 15 (8.02%) Responsive Web Design
Programming Languages
1 91 (48.66%) Java
2 46 (24.60%) C#
3 26 (13.90%) JavaScript
4 23 (12.30%) SQL
5 21 (11.23%) Java 8
6 19 (10.16%) Python
7 14 (7.49%) Bash Shell
8 10 (5.35%) Groovy
9 5 (2.67%) Scala
9 5 (2.67%) Shell Script
9 5 (2.67%) XPath
10 4 (2.14%) PHP
11 2 (1.07%) T-SQL
11 2 (1.07%) VBA
11 2 (1.07%) VBScript
12 1 (0.53%) JCL
12 1 (0.53%) PowerShell
12 1 (0.53%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 12 (6.42%) Security Cleared
2 10 (5.35%) BPSS Clearance
2 10 (5.35%) SC Cleared
3 3 (1.60%) Computer Science Degree
3 3 (1.60%) Degree
3 3 (1.60%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (0.53%) ISEB
4 1 (0.53%) ISTQB
4 1 (0.53%) PMI Certification
4 1 (0.53%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (16.04%) QA
2 8 (4.28%) WAI
3 4 (2.14%) GDPR
System Software
1 26 (13.90%) Docker
2 10 (5.35%) Virtual Machines
2 10 (5.35%) VMware Infrastructure
2 10 (5.35%) Xen
3 1 (0.53%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 38 (20.32%) Puppet
2 29 (15.51%) Opscode Chef
3 17 (9.09%) Ansible
3 17 (9.09%) Kubernetes
4 14 (7.49%) Terraform
5 11 (5.88%) Salt
6 6 (3.21%) Packer
7 4 (2.14%) HP ALM
8 2 (1.07%) SCCM
8 2 (1.07%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 1 (0.53%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 19 (10.16%) Google
2 18 (9.63%) Microsoft
3 11 (5.88%) VMware
4 6 (3.21%) Atlassian
5 4 (2.14%) Oracle
6 3 (1.60%) Dell
6 3 (1.60%) Informatica
6 3 (1.60%) MuleSoft
7 2 (1.07%) Red Hat
8 1 (0.53%) Cypress Semiconductor
8 1 (0.53%) HP
8 1 (0.53%) iManage
8 1 (0.53%) Micro Focus
8 1 (0.53%) NetApp
8 1 (0.53%) SAP