Period
to 21 August 2018

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 21 August 2018 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
21 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 33 32 44
Rank change year-on-year -1 +12 +5
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 181 162 144
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 5.56% 5.63% 3.88%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.60% 6.83% 4.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 139 101 76
Manchester median daily rate £418 £375 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.33% +4.17% +2.86%
10th Percentile £315 £275 £253
90th Percentile £625 £563 £516
North West median daily rate £414 £400 £403
% change year-on-year +3.44% -0.62% +8.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 3
Manchester median hourly rate £170.00 £37.50 £29.53
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +353.33% +27.01% -6.27%
10th Percentile £160.00 £36.25 £26.24
90th Percentile £180.00 £38.75 £35.39
North West median hourly rate £170.00 £31.25 £33.50
% change year-on-year +444.00% -6.72% +6.35%

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 2,741 2,373 3,098
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 84.23% 82.40% 83.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,776 1,453 1,891
Manchester median daily rate £400 £388 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.23% -3.13% +9.59%
10th Percentile £263 £235 £250
90th Percentile £575 £543 £538
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 84 72 55
Manchester median hourly rate £24.48 £18.75 £15.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +30.57% +22.95% -1.61%
10th Percentile £12.74 £11.75 £10.70
90th Percentile £41.40 £45.00 £40.90
North West median hourly rate £23.65 £34.00 £27.00
% change year-on-year -30.44% +25.93% -5.63%

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 21 August 2018.

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 21 August 2018. 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 -2 6 £425 +1.49% 2
Stockport -6 4 £350 -10.26% 13
Wigan - 3 £381 -
Cheadle - 2 £350 - 1
Altrincham - 1 - - 3
Test Automation
North West

For the 6 months to 21 August 2018, 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.

1 103 (56.91%) Agile Software Development
2 76 (41.99%) Selenium
3 71 (39.23%) Java
4 70 (38.67%) TDD
5 56 (30.94%) BDD
6 54 (29.83%) JIRA
7 48 (26.52%) Jenkins
8 47 (25.97%) JavaScript
9 45 (24.86%) .NET
9 45 (24.86%) DevOps
10 44 (24.31%) C#
11 43 (23.76%) Continuous Integration
12 41 (22.65%) Web Services
13 40 (22.10%) Scrum
14 39 (21.55%) QA
15 36 (19.89%) SQL
16 31 (17.13%) Puppet
16 31 (17.13%) Confluence
17 30 (16.57%) Python
18 29 (16.02%) Linux
19 27 (14.92%) Software Engineering
19 27 (14.92%) RESTful
19 27 (14.92%) Amazon AWS
20 26 (14.36%) Kubernetes
21 25 (13.81%) Docker
22 24 (13.26%) Microservices
23 23 (12.71%) Cucumber
23 23 (12.71%) Finance
24 22 (12.15%) HTML
24 22 (12.15%) Unit Testing

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 31 (17.13%) Confluence
2 7 (3.87%) Apache
3 4 (2.21%) CMS
4 3 (1.66%) SharePoint
5 2 (1.10%) Apache Spark
5 2 (1.10%) Drupal
6 1 (0.55%) CICS
6 1 (0.55%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.55%) Liferay
6 1 (0.55%) Orchard CMS
6 1 (0.55%) WebSphere
Business Applications
1 5 (2.76%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.10%) Distributed Ledger
3 1 (0.55%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 27 (14.92%) Amazon AWS
2 16 (8.84%) Microsoft Azure
3 14 (7.73%) GitHub
4 10 (5.52%) Google Cloud Platform
5 9 (4.97%) SaaS
6 6 (3.31%) AWS CloudFormation
6 6 (3.31%) BrowserStack
7 5 (2.76%) Amazon EC2
7 5 (2.76%) Amazon SQS
7 5 (2.76%) Dynamics 365
8 4 (2.21%) Slack
9 3 (1.66%) Cloud Computing
9 3 (1.66%) IaaS
9 3 (1.66%) OpenShift
10 2 (1.10%) Boomi
Communications & Networking
1 6 (3.31%) TCP/IP
2 5 (2.76%) HTTP
3 3 (1.66%) DHCP
3 3 (1.66%) DNS
3 3 (1.66%) FTP
3 3 (1.66%) IPsec
3 3 (1.66%) SMS
4 2 (1.10%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (7.18%) SQL Server
2 12 (6.63%) MongoDB
3 11 (6.08%) Big Data
4 9 (4.97%) MySQL
5 8 (4.42%) NoSQL
6 7 (3.87%) PostgreSQL
7 6 (3.31%) RavenDB
8 5 (2.76%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 4 (2.21%) Azure SQL Database
9 4 (2.21%) Relational Database
10 3 (1.66%) Apache Cassandra
11 2 (1.10%) Blockchain
11 2 (1.10%) CouchDB
11 2 (1.10%) Hadoop
11 2 (1.10%) Oracle Database
11 2 (1.10%) RDBMS
12 1 (0.55%) Kdb+
12 1 (0.55%) Neo4j
12 1 (0.55%) Riak
12 1 (0.55%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 76 (41.99%) Selenium
2 54 (29.83%) JIRA
3 48 (26.52%) Jenkins
4 23 (12.71%) Cucumber
5 19 (10.50%) Git (software)
5 19 (10.50%) JMeter
6 13 (7.18%) Bitbucket
7 12 (6.63%) SpecFlow
8 11 (6.08%) WebDriver
9 10 (5.52%) JUnit
10 9 (4.97%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 9 (4.97%) eggPlant
10 9 (4.97%) Gatling
10 9 (4.97%) Visual Studio
11 8 (4.42%) Jasmine
11 8 (4.42%) TeamCity
12 7 (3.87%) Octopus Deploy
12 7 (3.87%) SoapUI
13 6 (3.31%) Mockito
13 6 (3.31%) TestNG
General
1 23 (12.71%) Finance
2 9 (4.97%) Manufacturing
3 8 (4.42%) Electronics
3 8 (4.42%) Marketing
3 8 (4.42%) Telecoms
4 6 (3.31%) Banking
5 5 (2.76%) Games
6 3 (1.66%) Law
6 3 (1.66%) Legal
7 2 (1.10%) Automotive
7 2 (1.10%) Retail
8 1 (0.55%) Military
Job Titles
1 56 (30.94%) Developer
2 31 (17.13%) Tester
3 24 (13.26%) DevOps Engineer
4 23 (12.71%) Automation Tester
5 19 (10.50%) Analyst
6 17 (9.39%) Test Analyst
7 16 (8.84%) Java Developer
8 13 (7.18%) .NET Developer
9 12 (6.63%) Consultant
10 9 (4.97%) QA Engineer
10 9 (4.97%) Software Engineer
10 9 (4.97%) Test Automation Engineer
10 9 (4.97%) Test Engineer
11 8 (4.42%) Automation Test Analyst
12 7 (3.87%) JavaScript Developer
12 7 (3.87%) Senior DevOps
13 6 (3.31%) Automation Test Lead
13 6 (3.31%) Cloud Engineer
13 6 (3.31%) Developer in Test
13 6 (3.31%) Senior Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (24.86%) .NET
2 41 (22.65%) Web Services
3 27 (14.92%) RESTful
4 22 (12.15%) HTML
5 21 (11.60%) CSS
6 20 (11.05%) jQuery
6 20 (11.05%) Spring
6 20 (11.05%) Spring Boot
7 19 (10.50%) JSON
8 17 (9.39%) SOAP
8 17 (9.39%) XML
9 16 (8.84%) ASP.NET
9 16 (8.84%) REST
10 12 (6.63%) HTML5
11 11 (6.08%) AngularJS
11 11 (6.08%) Hibernate
12 9 (4.97%) Gherkin
13 8 (4.42%) CSS3
13 8 (4.42%) WCF
13 8 (4.42%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 14 (7.73%) Mobile App
2 11 (6.08%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (3.31%) Linux Command Line
4 5 (2.76%) Management Information System
4 5 (2.76%) Semantic Web
4 5 (2.76%) User Experience
5 4 (2.21%) Blog
5 4 (2.21%) Computer Science
5 4 (2.21%) Web 2.0
6 3 (1.66%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 3 (1.66%) Public Cloud
7 2 (1.10%) Algorithms
7 2 (1.10%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (1.10%) Greenfield Project
7 2 (1.10%) NHS
7 2 (1.10%) Robotics
8 1 (0.55%) IBM Mainframe
8 1 (0.55%) Mainframe
8 1 (0.55%) Smartcard
8 1 (0.55%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 29 (16.02%) Linux
2 8 (4.42%) Unix
3 7 (3.87%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 6 (3.31%) Windows
5 5 (2.76%) CentOS
6 2 (1.10%) Android
6 2 (1.10%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 103 (56.91%) Agile Software Development
2 70 (38.67%) TDD
3 56 (30.94%) BDD
4 45 (24.86%) DevOps
5 43 (23.76%) Continuous Integration
6 40 (22.10%) Scrum
7 27 (14.92%) Software Engineering
8 24 (13.26%) Microservices
9 22 (12.15%) Unit Testing
10 21 (11.60%) Test Scripting
11 20 (11.05%) Continuous Delivery
11 20 (11.05%) User Stories
12 17 (9.39%) SDLC
13 16 (8.84%) Functional Testing
13 16 (8.84%) Kanban
13 16 (8.84%) MVC
13 16 (8.84%) Pair Programming
13 16 (8.84%) Regression Testing
14 15 (8.29%) Waterfall
15 14 (7.73%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 71 (39.23%) Java
2 47 (25.97%) JavaScript
3 44 (24.31%) C#
4 36 (19.89%) SQL
5 30 (16.57%) Python
6 13 (7.18%) Java 8
7 9 (4.97%) Bash Shell
7 9 (4.97%) Go
8 7 (3.87%) Shell Script
9 6 (3.31%) C++
9 6 (3.31%) Ruby
10 5 (2.76%) Groovy
10 5 (2.76%) PHP
11 3 (1.66%) C
11 3 (1.66%) Java 9
12 2 (1.10%) PHP 5
12 2 (1.10%) PHP 7
12 2 (1.10%) PL/SQL
12 2 (1.10%) Scala
12 2 (1.10%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 7 (3.87%) Degree
2 6 (3.31%) ISEB
3 5 (2.76%) ISTQB
3 5 (2.76%) Security Cleared
4 4 (2.21%) Computer Science Degree
5 3 (1.66%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (1.66%) SC Cleared
6 2 (1.10%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (21.55%) QA
2 6 (3.31%) WAI
3 4 (2.21%) GCP
System Software
1 25 (13.81%) Docker
2 2 (1.10%) Virtual Machines
2 2 (1.10%) VirtualBox
3 1 (0.55%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 31 (17.13%) Puppet
2 26 (14.36%) Kubernetes
3 20 (11.05%) Opscode Chef
4 19 (10.50%) Ansible
5 7 (3.87%) Terraform
6 5 (2.76%) Single Sign-On
7 3 (1.66%) Consul
7 3 (1.66%) Packer
7 3 (1.66%) Salt
8 1 (0.55%) Grafana
8 1 (0.55%) Graylog
8 1 (0.55%) HP Quality Center
8 1 (0.55%) Kibana
Vendors
1 12 (6.63%) Oracle
2 10 (5.52%) Atlassian
2 10 (5.52%) Google
3 9 (4.97%) Microsoft
3 9 (4.97%) SAP
4 5 (2.76%) Capita
4 5 (2.76%) ServiceNow
5 2 (1.10%) Cloudera
5 2 (1.10%) Dell
5 2 (1.10%) Informatica
5 2 (1.10%) MuleSoft
5 2 (1.10%) Red Hat
5 2 (1.10%) Zend
6 1 (0.55%) IBM
6 1 (0.55%) Pega
6 1 (0.55%) Perforce
6 1 (0.55%) Sitecore
6 1 (0.55%) WorldPay