Period
to 21 February 2020

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 February 2020 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 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 41 28 30
Rank change year-on-year -13 +2 +3
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 97 167 150
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 4.01% 5.70% 5.48%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.86% 6.71% 6.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 67 106 107
Manchester median daily rate £425 £450 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.56% +20.00% -6.25%
10th Percentile £313 £288 £275
90th Percentile £534 £575 £600
North West median daily rate £425 £425 £375
% change year-on-year - +13.33% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 2
Manchester median hourly rate £41.75 £32.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.46% -13.33% -
10th Percentile £36.18 £31.25 £36.25
90th Percentile £48.73 £33.75 £38.75
North West median hourly rate £41.75 £45.00 £40.25
% change year-on-year -7.22% +11.80% -4.17%

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 1,997 2,488 2,303
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 82.66% 84.94% 84.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,335 1,619 1,493
Manchester median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £250 £280 £256
90th Percentile £575 £588 £583
North West median daily rate £425 £425 £413
% change year-on-year - +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 94 91
Manchester median hourly rate £20.50 £18.59 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.29% -7.06% +11.11%
10th Percentile £13.84 £12.85 £13.00
90th Percentile £35.00 £33.00 £45.50
North West median hourly rate £27.17 £24.63 £24.56
% change year-on-year +10.31% +0.26% -9.45%

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 February 2020.

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 February 2020. 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
Altrincham -3 2 £463 +19.35% 4
Stockport +3 1 £470 +34.29% 6
Cheadle +1 1 - - 4
Bury - 1 £313 -
Test Automation
North West

For the 6 months to 21 February 2020, 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 48 (49.48%) Agile Software Development
2 32 (32.99%) Selenium
3 31 (31.96%) C#
3 31 (31.96%) Java
4 25 (25.77%) DevOps
5 22 (22.68%) .NET
6 20 (20.62%) JavaScript
7 19 (19.59%) QA
7 19 (19.59%) Mentoring
8 17 (17.53%) Docker
8 17 (17.53%) Continuous Integration
8 17 (17.53%) SQL
9 16 (16.49%) Azure
9 16 (16.49%) Jenkins
10 15 (15.46%) Test Strategy
10 15 (15.46%) Finance
11 14 (14.43%) Scrum
11 14 (14.43%) Python
11 14 (14.43%) Terraform
11 14 (14.43%) Problem-Solving
12 13 (13.40%) Unit Testing
12 13 (13.40%) AWS
12 13 (13.40%) Waterfall
12 13 (13.40%) REST
13 12 (12.37%) MongoDB
13 12 (12.37%) BDD
13 12 (12.37%) Kubernetes
13 12 (12.37%) Test Scripting
13 12 (12.37%) Linux
14 11 (11.34%) Stakeholder Management

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 6 (6.19%) OpenStack
2 3 (3.09%) nginx
3 2 (2.06%) Confluence
3 2 (2.06%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 9 (9.28%) MS Visio
2 1 (1.03%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (2.06%) SAP CO
1 2 (2.06%) SAP FI
1 2 (2.06%) SAP FI/CO
2 1 (1.03%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.03%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 16 (16.49%) Azure
2 13 (13.40%) AWS
3 9 (9.28%) IaaS
3 9 (9.28%) PaaS
4 3 (3.09%) Amazon EC2
4 3 (3.09%) Amazon Kinesis
4 3 (3.09%) AWS Lambda
4 3 (3.09%) SaaS
4 3 (3.09%) Serverless
5 2 (2.06%) BrowserStack
5 2 (2.06%) GitHub
6 1 (1.03%) GCP
6 1 (1.03%) npm
6 1 (1.03%) Slack
6 1 (1.03%) Trello
6 1 (1.03%) Yarn
Communications & Networking
1 7 (7.22%) TCP/IP
2 6 (6.19%) Firewall
2 6 (6.19%) VPN
3 1 (1.03%) DHCP
3 1 (1.03%) DNS
3 1 (1.03%) FTP
3 1 (1.03%) HTTP
3 1 (1.03%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (12.37%) MongoDB
2 10 (10.31%) NoSQL
3 8 (8.25%) SQL Server
4 3 (3.09%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 3 (3.09%) MySQL
5 2 (2.06%) Apache Cassandra
5 2 (2.06%) Big Data
5 2 (2.06%) Crystal Reports
5 2 (2.06%) Relational Database
6 1 (1.03%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (1.03%) RDBMS
6 1 (1.03%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 32 (32.99%) Selenium
2 16 (16.49%) Jenkins
3 11 (11.34%) Cucumber
4 10 (10.31%) JIRA
5 9 (9.28%) WebDriver
6 8 (8.25%) Git (software)
6 8 (8.25%) REST Assured
7 6 (6.19%) Artifactory
7 6 (6.19%) Gerrit
7 6 (6.19%) GitLab
7 6 (6.19%) JMeter
7 6 (6.19%) Robot Framework
7 6 (6.19%) Vagrant
8 5 (5.15%) SoapUI
9 4 (4.12%) SonarQube
10 3 (3.09%) Buildbot
10 3 (3.09%) Selenium IDE
10 3 (3.09%) Sonatype Nexus
10 3 (3.09%) Visual Studio
10 3 (3.09%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 15 (15.46%) Finance
2 10 (10.31%) Public Sector
3 5 (5.15%) Games
3 5 (5.15%) Publishing
4 2 (2.06%) Banking
5 1 (1.03%) Automotive
5 1 (1.03%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 14 (14.43%) Developer
1 14 (14.43%) Tester
2 12 (12.37%) DevOps Engineer
3 8 (8.25%) .NET Developer
3 8 (8.25%) Analyst
3 8 (8.25%) QA Engineer
4 7 (7.22%) Automation Tester
5 6 (6.19%) Azure Engineer
5 6 (6.19%) Test Analyst
6 5 (5.15%) Software Tester
6 5 (5.15%) Test Engineer
6 5 (5.15%) Test Leader
7 4 (4.12%) Automation Test Analyst
7 4 (4.12%) Automation Test Lead
7 4 (4.12%) Consultant
7 4 (4.12%) Test Automation Consultant
7 4 (4.12%) Test Automation Engineer
7 4 (4.12%) Test Consultant
8 3 (3.09%) QA Tester
8 3 (3.09%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (22.68%) .NET
2 13 (13.40%) REST
3 9 (9.28%) Web Services
4 8 (8.25%) Gherkin
4 8 (8.25%) Node.js
5 4 (4.12%) CSS
5 4 (4.12%) HTML
5 4 (4.12%) HTML5
5 4 (4.12%) React
5 4 (4.12%) SOAP
6 3 (3.09%) .NET Core
6 3 (3.09%) AngularJS
6 3 (3.09%) CSS3
6 3 (3.09%) RESTful
6 3 (3.09%) Spring
6 3 (3.09%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 3 (3.09%) XML
7 2 (2.06%) ASP.NET Web Forms
7 2 (2.06%) Spring Boot
7 2 (2.06%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 8 (8.25%) Self-Motivation
2 4 (4.12%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (3.09%) Linux Command Line
3 3 (3.09%) Management Information System
3 3 (3.09%) Mobile App
3 3 (3.09%) Virtual Team
4 2 (2.06%) Mainframe
5 1 (1.03%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 12 (12.37%) Linux
2 5 (5.15%) Windows
3 4 (4.12%) Unix
3 4 (4.12%) Windows Server
4 3 (3.09%) Windows 10
5 2 (2.06%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (1.03%) CentOS
6 1 (1.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (49.48%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (25.77%) DevOps
3 19 (19.59%) Mentoring
4 17 (17.53%) Continuous Integration
5 15 (15.46%) Test Strategy
6 14 (14.43%) Problem-Solving
6 14 (14.43%) Scrum
7 13 (13.40%) Unit Testing
7 13 (13.40%) Waterfall
8 12 (12.37%) BDD
8 12 (12.37%) Test Scripting
9 11 (11.34%) Stakeholder Management
10 9 (9.28%) Microservices
10 9 (9.28%) Software Engineering
10 9 (9.28%) Sprint Planning
11 8 (8.25%) API Testing
11 8 (8.25%) Continuous Improvement
11 8 (8.25%) Cross-Browser Testing
12 7 (7.22%) SDET
12 7 (7.22%) Technology Roadmap
Programming Languages
1 31 (31.96%) C#
1 31 (31.96%) Java
2 20 (20.62%) JavaScript
3 17 (17.53%) SQL
4 14 (14.43%) Python
5 10 (10.31%) Bash Shell
6 9 (9.28%) VBA
7 6 (6.19%) C
7 6 (6.19%) PowerShell
8 5 (5.15%) Scala
9 4 (4.12%) ES6
10 3 (3.09%) ES7
10 3 (3.09%) Go
10 3 (3.09%) Ruby
10 3 (3.09%) Shell Script
11 1 (1.03%) C++
11 1 (1.03%) ES8
11 1 (1.03%) F#
11 1 (1.03%) Groovy
11 1 (1.03%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 7 (7.22%) Degree
1 7 (7.22%) Security Cleared
2 3 (3.09%) BPSS Clearance
3 2 (2.06%) Computer Science Degree
3 2 (2.06%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.03%) ISEB
4 1 (1.03%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (1.03%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (19.59%) QA
System Software
1 17 (17.53%) Docker
2 4 (4.12%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (2.06%) Active Directory
3 2 (2.06%) Virtual Servers
3 2 (2.06%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 14 (14.43%) Terraform
2 12 (12.37%) Kubernetes
3 10 (10.31%) Ansible
4 6 (6.19%) Puppet
5 4 (4.12%) Grafana
6 3 (3.09%) Kibana
6 3 (3.09%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (2.06%) Jamf Pro
7 2 (2.06%) Norton AntiVirus
7 2 (2.06%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 2 (2.06%) Rancher
7 2 (2.06%) SCCM
7 2 (2.06%) WSUS
8 1 (1.03%) HP Quality Center
8 1 (1.03%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 7 (7.22%) SAP
2 5 (5.15%) Microsoft
3 4 (4.12%) VMware
4 3 (3.09%) Coverity
4 3 (3.09%) Tableau
5 2 (2.06%) AppDynamics
5 2 (2.06%) Citrix
5 2 (2.06%) Dynatrace
5 2 (2.06%) MuleSoft
5 2 (2.06%) Okta
5 2 (2.06%) Splunk
5 2 (2.06%) Symantec
5 2 (2.06%) Zscaler
6 1 (1.03%) Atlassian
6 1 (1.03%) DevExpress
6 1 (1.03%) HP
6 1 (1.03%) Infragistics
6 1 (1.03%) Oracle
6 1 (1.03%) Pega
6 1 (1.03%) Remedy