Period
to 16 November 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 16 November 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
16 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 46 28 41
Rank change year-on-year -18 +13 -1
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 106 182 134
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 3.88% 5.82% 4.53%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.57% 7.08% 5.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 65 135 77
Manchester median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £311 £296 £281
90th Percentile £575 £542 £600
North West median daily rate £438 £425 £411
% change year-on-year +2.94% +3.34% +2.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 0
Manchester median hourly rate £41.75 £32.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.46% - -
North West median hourly rate £41.75 £45.00 £43.00
% change year-on-year -7.22% +4.65% +3.61%

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 2,319 2,570 2,447
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 84.88% 82.24% 82.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,563 1,652 1,552
Manchester median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - -
10th Percentile £275 £263 £263
90th Percentile £575 £575 £575
North West median daily rate £425 £403 £400
% change year-on-year +5.59% +0.63% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 102 87
Manchester median hourly rate £16.74 £19.59 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.56% +3.09% +22.58%
10th Percentile £11.68 £11.91 £11.75
90th Percentile £26.05 £34.88 £45.00
North West median hourly rate £20.50 £21.38 £27.00
% change year-on-year -4.12% -20.81% +22.73%

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 16 November 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 16 November 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
Bolton - 4 - - 1
Wigan -1 3 £375 -21.05%
Altrincham -2 1 £450 - 3
Bury - 1 £313 -
Cheadle - 1 - - 1
Test Automation
North West

For the 6 months to 16 November 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 63 (59.43%) Agile Software Development
2 38 (35.85%) Java
3 32 (30.19%) JavaScript
3 32 (30.19%) DevOps
4 29 (27.36%) Selenium
5 23 (21.70%) Scrum
6 22 (20.75%) C#
7 21 (19.81%) SQL
7 21 (19.81%) Continuous Integration
8 20 (18.87%) QA
8 20 (18.87%) TDD
9 18 (16.98%) Software Engineering
9 18 (16.98%) Sprint Planning
10 17 (16.04%) .NET
10 17 (16.04%) Test Scripting
10 17 (16.04%) BDD
10 17 (16.04%) Jenkins
11 16 (15.09%) Test Strategy
12 15 (14.15%) Artifactory
12 15 (14.15%) HTML
12 15 (14.15%) Linux
12 15 (14.15%) OO
13 14 (13.21%) CSS
13 14 (13.21%) GitHub
13 14 (13.21%) Cucumber
13 14 (13.21%) Continuous Improvement
13 14 (13.21%) Git (software)
13 14 (13.21%) Terraform
13 14 (13.21%) SDLC
14 13 (12.26%) Problem-Solving

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 (4.72%) OpenStack
2 4 (3.77%) WebSphere
2 4 (3.77%) WebSphere Application Server
3 3 (2.83%) nginx
4 2 (1.89%) Confluence
4 2 (1.89%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.94%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.94%) Drupal
5 1 (0.94%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 1 (0.94%) WebLogic
Applications
1 9 (8.49%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.89%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.94%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 14 (13.21%) GitHub
2 10 (9.43%) AWS
2 10 (9.43%) Azure
3 6 (5.66%) IaaS
3 6 (5.66%) PaaS
4 3 (2.83%) npm
5 2 (1.89%) AWS CloudTrail
5 2 (1.89%) AWS Lambda
5 2 (1.89%) BrowserStack
5 2 (1.89%) GCP
5 2 (1.89%) Serverless
6 1 (0.94%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.94%) Amazon Kinesis
6 1 (0.94%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.94%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 6 (5.66%) Firewall
1 6 (5.66%) TCP/IP
1 6 (5.66%) VPN
2 3 (2.83%) HTTP
2 3 (2.83%) Internet
3 1 (0.94%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (11.32%) MongoDB
2 11 (10.38%) NoSQL
3 6 (5.66%) Relational Database
3 6 (5.66%) SQL Server
4 5 (4.72%) MySQL
4 5 (4.72%) Oracle Database
5 3 (2.83%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 3 (2.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 3 (2.83%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 2 (1.89%) Apache Cassandra
7 1 (0.94%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 1 (0.94%) Crystal Reports
7 1 (0.94%) Neo4j
7 1 (0.94%) Oracle Database 11g
7 1 (0.94%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.94%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 29 (27.36%) Selenium
2 17 (16.04%) Jenkins
3 15 (14.15%) Artifactory
4 14 (13.21%) Cucumber
4 14 (13.21%) Git (software)
5 11 (10.38%) JIRA
6 10 (9.43%) Sonatype Nexus
7 9 (8.49%) Robot Framework
7 9 (8.49%) Subversion
8 8 (7.55%) Maven
9 7 (6.60%) WebDriver
10 6 (5.66%) Ant
10 6 (5.66%) JUnit
10 6 (5.66%) SoapUI
11 5 (4.72%) Gerrit
11 5 (4.72%) Gradle
11 5 (4.72%) Vagrant
11 5 (4.72%) Visual Studio
11 5 (4.72%) Visual Studio Team System
12 4 (3.77%) SonarQube
General
1 13 (12.26%) Finance
2 11 (10.38%) Banking
3 6 (5.66%) Public Sector
4 5 (4.72%) Publishing
5 3 (2.83%) Games
5 3 (2.83%) Retail
6 2 (1.89%) Legal
6 2 (1.89%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 27 (25.47%) Developer
2 18 (16.98%) Tester
3 14 (13.21%) DevOps Engineer
4 11 (10.38%) Analyst
4 11 (10.38%) Java Developer
5 8 (7.55%) Automation Tester
6 7 (6.60%) Test Analyst
7 6 (5.66%) Azure Engineer
8 5 (4.72%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
8 5 (4.72%) Software Engineer
8 5 (4.72%) Software Tester
9 4 (3.77%) .NET Developer
9 4 (3.77%) Cloud Engineer
9 4 (3.77%) QA Engineer
10 3 (2.83%) Automation Test Analyst
10 3 (2.83%) Azure DevOps
10 3 (2.83%) Azure DevOps Engineer
10 3 (2.83%) Business Analyst
11 2 (1.89%) Business IT Analyst
11 2 (1.89%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (16.04%) .NET
2 15 (14.15%) HTML
3 14 (13.21%) CSS
4 13 (12.26%) AngularJS
5 11 (10.38%) Spring
6 10 (9.43%) React
7 8 (7.55%) Web Services
8 7 (6.60%) HTML5
8 7 (6.60%) Java EE
8 7 (6.60%) REST
9 6 (5.66%) CSS3
9 6 (5.66%) Node.js
10 5 (4.72%) Gherkin
10 5 (4.72%) jQuery
10 5 (4.72%) Twitter Bootstrap
11 4 (3.77%) SOAP
11 4 (3.77%) Spring MVC
11 4 (3.77%) XML
12 3 (2.83%) ASP.NET
12 3 (2.83%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 11 (10.38%) User Experience
2 10 (9.43%) Mobile App
3 5 (4.72%) Self-Motivation
4 4 (3.77%) EPoS
5 3 (2.83%) Linux Command Line
5 3 (2.83%) Virtual Team
6 2 (1.89%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (1.89%) Online Banking
6 2 (1.89%) Security Operations Centre
7 1 (0.94%) Data Centre
7 1 (0.94%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.94%) Hybrid Cloud
7 1 (0.94%) Mobile Payment
Operating Systems
1 15 (14.15%) Linux
2 7 (6.60%) Unix
3 2 (1.89%) Windows
4 1 (0.94%) Mac OS X
4 1 (0.94%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 63 (59.43%) Agile Software Development
2 32 (30.19%) DevOps
3 23 (21.70%) Scrum
4 21 (19.81%) Continuous Integration
5 20 (18.87%) TDD
6 18 (16.98%) Software Engineering
6 18 (16.98%) Sprint Planning
7 17 (16.04%) BDD
7 17 (16.04%) Test Scripting
8 16 (15.09%) Test Strategy
9 15 (14.15%) OO
10 14 (13.21%) Continuous Improvement
10 14 (13.21%) SDLC
11 13 (12.26%) Problem-Solving
12 12 (11.32%) Unit Testing
13 9 (8.49%) SDET
14 8 (7.55%) Mentoring
14 8 (7.55%) Microservices
14 8 (7.55%) Software Delivery
14 8 (7.55%) Web Application Development
Programming Languages
1 38 (35.85%) Java
2 32 (30.19%) JavaScript
3 22 (20.75%) C#
4 21 (19.81%) SQL
5 13 (12.26%) Python
6 9 (8.49%) VBA
7 8 (7.55%) Bash Shell
8 6 (5.66%) PowerShell
9 5 (4.72%) Go
10 4 (3.77%) C
11 3 (2.83%) C++
11 3 (2.83%) ES6
11 3 (2.83%) ES7
11 3 (2.83%) Scala
12 2 (1.89%) Fortran
12 2 (1.89%) Shell Script
12 2 (1.89%) VB
13 1 (0.94%) PHP
13 1 (0.94%) T-SQL
13 1 (0.94%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 5 (4.72%) Degree
1 5 (4.72%) ISTQB
1 5 (4.72%) Security Cleared
2 3 (2.83%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 3 (2.83%) SC Cleared
3 1 (0.94%) ISEB
3 1 (0.94%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (18.87%) QA
2 1 (0.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.94%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.94%) WCAG
System Software
1 11 (10.38%) Docker
2 4 (3.77%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (1.89%) Snort
Systems Management
1 14 (13.21%) Terraform
2 10 (9.43%) Kubernetes
3 8 (7.55%) Ansible
4 6 (5.66%) Puppet
5 3 (2.83%) Grafana
5 3 (2.83%) Kibana
6 2 (1.89%) HAProxy
6 2 (1.89%) Host Intrusion Detection System
6 2 (1.89%) Network Intrusion Detection System
6 2 (1.89%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.94%) HP ALM
7 1 (0.94%) HP Quality Center
7 1 (0.94%) Nessus
Vendors
1 8 (7.55%) Oracle
2 4 (3.77%) IBM
3 3 (2.83%) Coverity
4 2 (1.89%) Cypress Semiconductor
4 2 (1.89%) Google
4 2 (1.89%) Microsoft
4 2 (1.89%) Tableau
5 1 (0.94%) DevExpress
5 1 (0.94%) HP
5 1 (0.94%) Infragistics
5 1 (0.94%) SAP