Period
to 17 December 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 17 December 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
17 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 24 37 37
Rank change year-on-year +13 0 -6
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 189 148 173
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 5.87% 5.09% 5.13%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.15% 6.13% 5.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 136 91 115
Manchester median daily rate £434 £375 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.67% -11.76% +21.43%
10th Percentile £291 £275 £300
90th Percentile £548 £600 £541
North West median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Manchester median hourly rate £32.50 - £29.53
10th Percentile £31.25 - £26.11
90th Percentile £33.75 - £32.94
North West median hourly rate £45.00 £43.00 £41.50
% change year-on-year +4.65% +3.61% +31.75%

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 2,645 2,413 2,897
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 82.17% 82.95% 85.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,694 1,570 1,826
Manchester median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £263 £263 £251
90th Percentile £575 £575 £538
North West median daily rate £413 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +3.13% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 100 83 60
Manchester median hourly rate £17.75 £19.00 £15.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.58% +20.63% -17.11%
10th Percentile £12.44 £11.75 £11.25
90th Percentile £33.88 £45.00 £40.38
North West median hourly rate £22.47 £27.00 £24.22
% change year-on-year -16.80% +11.50% -16.50%

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 17 December 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 17 December 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
Stockport -3 3 £350 -22.22% 12
Altrincham - 3 - - 2
Salford -3 1 £400 - 3
Sale - 1 £350 - 1
Wigan - 1 £475 -
Test Automation
North West

For the 6 months to 17 December 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.

1 110 (58.20%) Agile Software Development
2 103 (54.50%) Java
3 97 (51.32%) Selenium
4 73 (38.62%) BDD
5 62 (32.80%) .NET
6 61 (32.28%) TDD
7 59 (31.22%) DevOps
8 57 (30.16%) Jenkins
8 57 (30.16%) C#
9 44 (23.28%) Amazon AWS
10 43 (22.75%) QA
11 41 (21.69%) Scrum
12 40 (21.16%) JIRA
13 38 (20.11%) Python
14 36 (19.05%) SQL
15 35 (18.52%) Docker
16 33 (17.46%) Web Services
16 33 (17.46%) Spring
16 33 (17.46%) Ansible
17 32 (16.93%) Continuous Integration
18 31 (16.40%) JavaScript
19 30 (15.87%) Puppet
20 29 (15.34%) Node.js
20 29 (15.34%) Java 8
20 29 (15.34%) Linux
21 28 (14.81%) Test Scripting
22 27 (14.29%) Unit Testing
23 26 (13.76%) Software Engineering
24 25 (13.23%) Microsoft Azure
24 25 (13.23%) Microsoft

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 16 (8.47%) Confluence
2 13 (6.88%) Apache
3 12 (6.35%) nginx
4 10 (5.29%) IIS
4 10 (5.29%) Jetty
4 10 (5.29%) Mongrel
4 10 (5.29%) Tomcat
4 10 (5.29%) WebSphere
5 8 (4.23%) Drupal
6 7 (3.70%) CMS
7 3 (1.59%) JBoss
8 2 (1.06%) WebLogic
8 2 (1.06%) WebSphere Application Server
9 1 (0.53%) BizTalk Server
9 1 (0.53%) CICS
9 1 (0.53%) SharePoint
Business Applications
1 12 (6.35%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.06%) Distributed Ledger
Cloud Services
1 44 (23.28%) Amazon AWS
2 25 (13.23%) Microsoft Azure
3 21 (11.11%) Amazon EC2
4 15 (7.94%) Google Cloud Platform
5 14 (7.41%) Cloud Computing
6 11 (5.82%) Dynamics 365
7 10 (5.29%) Google App Engine
8 9 (4.76%) Amazon SQS
8 9 (4.76%) SaaS
9 7 (3.70%) Boomi
10 5 (2.65%) AWS CloudFormation
10 5 (2.65%) GitHub
11 3 (1.59%) IaaS
11 3 (1.59%) Slack
12 2 (1.06%) BrowserStack
13 1 (0.53%) Amazon S3
13 1 (0.53%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 18 (9.52%) TCP/IP
2 17 (8.99%) DNS
2 17 (8.99%) HTTP
3 15 (7.94%) DHCP
3 15 (7.94%) FTP
3 15 (7.94%) IPsec
4 13 (6.88%) SSL
5 4 (2.12%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (11.11%) PostgreSQL
2 20 (10.58%) MySQL
3 11 (5.82%) MongoDB
4 10 (5.29%) SQL Server
5 9 (4.76%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 8 (4.23%) RavenDB
7 5 (2.65%) RDBMS
7 5 (2.65%) Relational Database
8 4 (2.12%) NoSQL
9 3 (1.59%) Apache Cassandra
9 3 (1.59%) Azure SQL Database
10 2 (1.06%) Amazon Redshift
10 2 (1.06%) Big Data
10 2 (1.06%) Blockchain
10 2 (1.06%) Oracle Database
11 1 (0.53%) CouchDB
11 1 (0.53%) Data Warehouse
11 1 (0.53%) DB2
11 1 (0.53%) GIS
11 1 (0.53%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 97 (51.32%) Selenium
2 57 (30.16%) Jenkins
3 40 (21.16%) JIRA
4 24 (12.70%) JUnit
5 22 (11.64%) WebDriver
6 21 (11.11%) JMeter
7 20 (10.58%) Gatling
8 19 (10.05%) Cucumber
8 19 (10.05%) Maven
9 17 (8.99%) Gradle
9 17 (8.99%) SpecFlow
10 16 (8.47%) Spock
11 14 (7.41%) Git (software)
12 13 (6.88%) Travis CI
13 11 (5.82%) Jasmine
14 9 (4.76%) SoapUI
15 7 (3.70%) Visual Studio
15 7 (3.70%) Visual Studio Team System
16 6 (3.17%) Mockito
16 6 (3.17%) TestNG
General
1 16 (8.47%) Retail
2 7 (3.70%) Finance
3 4 (2.12%) Banking
4 3 (1.59%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.06%) Electronics
5 2 (1.06%) Law
5 2 (1.06%) Marketing
5 2 (1.06%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.53%) Automotive
6 1 (0.53%) Games
6 1 (0.53%) Legal
6 1 (0.53%) Military
Job Titles
1 42 (22.22%) Developer
2 34 (17.99%) Tester
3 25 (13.23%) Analyst
4 24 (12.70%) Test Analyst
5 19 (10.05%) DevOps Engineer
5 19 (10.05%) Java Engineer
6 18 (9.52%) Automation Tester
7 15 (7.94%) Consultant
8 11 (5.82%) Java Developer
9 10 (5.29%) .NET Developer
10 9 (4.76%) Automation Test Analyst
11 8 (4.23%) Developer in Test
11 8 (4.23%) Software Engineer
12 7 (3.70%) AWS Engineer
12 7 (3.70%) JavaScript Developer
12 7 (3.70%) QA Analyst
12 7 (3.70%) QA Test Analyst
12 7 (3.70%) Senior Consultant
12 7 (3.70%) Software Developer
13 6 (3.17%) QA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 62 (32.80%) .NET
2 33 (17.46%) Spring
2 33 (17.46%) Web Services
3 29 (15.34%) Node.js
4 24 (12.70%) SOAP
5 21 (11.11%) CSS
6 19 (10.05%) HTML
7 18 (9.52%) Hibernate
7 18 (9.52%) RESTful
8 16 (8.47%) jQuery
8 16 (8.47%) JSON
9 15 (7.94%) WSDL
9 15 (7.94%) XML
10 14 (7.41%) ASP.NET
10 14 (7.41%) REST
11 13 (6.88%) Gherkin
11 13 (6.88%) Servlets
12 12 (6.35%) J2EE
12 12 (6.35%) Spring Boot
13 11 (5.82%) Elastic Stack
Miscellaneous
1 13 (6.88%) Mobile App
2 6 (3.17%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (3.17%) Management Information System
2 6 (3.17%) NHS
3 5 (2.65%) Greenfield Project
3 5 (2.65%) Semantic Web
4 3 (1.59%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 2 (1.06%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (1.06%) User Experience
5 2 (1.06%) Video on Demand
6 1 (0.53%) Blog
6 1 (0.53%) Cyber Defence
6 1 (0.53%) Cyberattack
6 1 (0.53%) Fintech
6 1 (0.53%) IBM Mainframe
6 1 (0.53%) Mainframe
6 1 (0.53%) Robotics
6 1 (0.53%) Smartcard
6 1 (0.53%) SWIFT
6 1 (0.53%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 29 (15.34%) Linux
2 10 (5.29%) Windows
3 6 (3.17%) Unix
4 2 (1.06%) Android
4 2 (1.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (1.06%) Windows 7
4 2 (1.06%) Windows Server
4 2 (1.06%) Windows Server 2003
4 2 (1.06%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (0.53%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 110 (58.20%) Agile Software Development
2 73 (38.62%) BDD
3 61 (32.28%) TDD
4 59 (31.22%) DevOps
5 41 (21.69%) Scrum
6 32 (16.93%) Continuous Integration
7 28 (14.81%) Test Scripting
8 27 (14.29%) Unit Testing
9 26 (13.76%) Software Engineering
10 25 (13.23%) Configuration Management
11 19 (10.05%) SDET
12 18 (9.52%) Microservices
12 18 (9.52%) Regression Testing
13 17 (8.99%) User Stories
14 16 (8.47%) Integration Testing
14 16 (8.47%) Open Source
14 16 (8.47%) Problem-Solving
15 15 (7.94%) Continuous Delivery
15 15 (7.94%) Deployment Automation
16 14 (7.41%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 103 (54.50%) Java
2 57 (30.16%) C#
3 38 (20.11%) Python
4 36 (19.05%) SQL
5 31 (16.40%) JavaScript
6 29 (15.34%) Java 8
7 22 (11.64%) PHP
8 8 (4.23%) Bash Shell
9 3 (1.59%) C++
9 3 (1.59%) Shell Script
9 3 (1.59%) VBScript
10 1 (0.53%) C
10 1 (0.53%) JCL
10 1 (0.53%) Lua
10 1 (0.53%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.53%) Ruby
10 1 (0.53%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 7 (3.70%) Degree
1 7 (3.70%) Microsoft Certification
2 6 (3.17%) Computer Science Degree
3 5 (2.65%) Security Cleared
4 4 (2.12%) SC Cleared
5 3 (1.59%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (1.06%) ISEB
6 2 (1.06%) ISTQB
7 1 (0.53%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.53%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 1 (0.53%) PMI Certification
7 1 (0.53%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (22.75%) QA
2 8 (4.23%) WAI
System Software
1 35 (18.52%) Docker
2 10 (5.29%) VMware Infrastructure
2 10 (5.29%) Xen
3 2 (1.06%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.53%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 33 (17.46%) Ansible
2 30 (15.87%) Puppet
3 23 (12.17%) Terraform
4 19 (10.05%) Opscode Chef
5 13 (6.88%) Kubernetes
6 6 (3.17%) Salt
7 5 (2.65%) Packer
8 2 (1.06%) SCCM
8 2 (1.06%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 1 (0.53%) Consul
9 1 (0.53%) Grafana
9 1 (0.53%) Graylog
9 1 (0.53%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 25 (13.23%) Microsoft
2 16 (8.47%) Google
2 16 (8.47%) Oracle
3 10 (5.29%) VMware
4 7 (3.70%) Dell
4 7 (3.70%) Informatica
4 7 (3.70%) MuleSoft
5 3 (1.59%) SAP
6 2 (1.06%) Cypress Semiconductor
7 1 (0.53%) Cloudera
7 1 (0.53%) IBM
7 1 (0.53%) Perforce
7 1 (0.53%) Red Hat