Period
to 22 April 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 22 April 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
22 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 29 29 32
Rank change year-on-year 0 +3 +29
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 185 165 186
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 6.17% 5.91% 5.00%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.20% 7.11% 5.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 142 116 117
Manchester median daily rate £400 £375 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +10.29% +4.62%
10th Percentile £292 £250 £258
90th Percentile £612 £600 £494
North West median daily rate £400 £388 £400
% change year-on-year +3.23% -3.13% +18.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Manchester median hourly rate £37.50 - -
North West median hourly rate £40.25 £40.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year +0.63% -5.88% +14.09%

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 2,570 2,320 3,123
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 85.75% 83.12% 83.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,682 1,439 1,837
Manchester median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £263 £225 £238
90th Percentile £575 £550 £538
North West median daily rate £402 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +0.46% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 92 44 68
Manchester median hourly rate £19.31 £21.10 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.51% +11.05% +31.03%
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.75 £12.68
90th Percentile £41.80 £44.63 £40.00
North West median hourly rate £21.50 £35.00 £34.25
% change year-on-year -38.57% +2.19% +52.22%

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 22 April 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 22 April 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 -4 6 £438 +2.34% 3
Bolton - 5 £300 - 1
Stockport -9 4 £588 +88.00% 14
Wigan - 2 £381 - 1
Test Automation
North West

For the 6 months to 22 April 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.

1 117 (63.24%) Agile Software Development
2 75 (40.54%) TDD
3 53 (28.65%) Continuous Integration
3 53 (28.65%) Java
3 53 (28.65%) Scrum
3 53 (28.65%) DevOps
4 51 (27.57%) JIRA
4 51 (27.57%) Selenium
5 49 (26.49%) JavaScript
6 48 (25.95%) BDD
7 45 (24.32%) C#
8 43 (23.24%) QA
9 38 (20.54%) Web Services
9 38 (20.54%) Python
10 35 (18.92%) .NET
10 35 (18.92%) Kanban
11 31 (16.76%) Jenkins
12 30 (16.22%) Puppet
13 29 (15.68%) Software Engineering
14 28 (15.14%) SQL
14 28 (15.14%) Linux
15 26 (14.05%) Finance
15 26 (14.05%) Confluence
16 25 (13.51%) Waterfall
16 25 (13.51%) REST
17 24 (12.97%) User Stories
17 24 (12.97%) CSS
17 24 (12.97%) HTML
18 23 (12.43%) Business Intelligence
18 23 (12.43%) Marketing

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 26 (14.05%) Confluence
2 17 (9.19%) Apache
3 10 (5.41%) Apache Spark
4 7 (3.78%) CMS
4 7 (3.78%) Oracle Beehive
4 7 (3.78%) WebLogic
4 7 (3.78%) WildFly
5 3 (1.62%) SharePoint
6 2 (1.08%) Tornado
7 1 (0.54%) Amazon Alexa
7 1 (0.54%) Drupal
7 1 (0.54%) Elasticsearch
7 1 (0.54%) EPiServer
7 1 (0.54%) JBoss
7 1 (0.54%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 1 (0.54%) Orchard CMS
Applications
1 3 (1.62%) Microsoft Office
1 3 (1.62%) Photoshop
2 1 (0.54%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (2.16%) Magento
2 1 (0.54%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 21 (11.35%) Amazon AWS
2 17 (9.19%) GitHub
3 9 (4.86%) Google Cloud Platform
3 9 (4.86%) SaaS
4 5 (2.70%) Microsoft Azure
4 5 (2.70%) npm
4 5 (2.70%) Slack
5 4 (2.16%) BrowserStack
6 2 (1.08%) Boomi
6 2 (1.08%) IaaS
6 2 (1.08%) iPaaS
7 1 (0.54%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.54%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.54%) AWS Lambda
7 1 (0.54%) Google Analytics
7 1 (0.54%) Office 365
7 1 (0.54%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 5 (2.70%) TCP/IP
2 4 (2.16%) HTTP
2 4 (2.16%) SMS
3 3 (1.62%) Wireshark
4 1 (0.54%) DNS
4 1 (0.54%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (11.35%) Big Data
2 20 (10.81%) SQL Server
3 15 (8.11%) NoSQL
4 12 (6.49%) MongoDB
5 10 (5.41%) PostgreSQL
6 8 (4.32%) Amazon RDS
6 8 (4.32%) Relational Database
7 7 (3.78%) CouchDB
7 7 (3.78%) MySQL
8 6 (3.24%) RavenDB
9 5 (2.70%) RDBMS
10 4 (2.16%) Hadoop
10 4 (2.16%) Oracle Database
11 3 (1.62%) Apache Cassandra
11 3 (1.62%) SQL Server 2000
11 3 (1.62%) SQL Server 2016
12 2 (1.08%) BusinessObjects
12 2 (1.08%) Oracle Database 11g
13 1 (0.54%) Electronic Patient Records
13 1 (0.54%) HDInsight
Development Applications
1 51 (27.57%) JIRA
1 51 (27.57%) Selenium
2 31 (16.76%) Jenkins
3 22 (11.89%) Git (software)
3 22 (11.89%) JMeter
4 16 (8.65%) TeamCity
5 15 (8.11%) Bitbucket
5 15 (8.11%) Cucumber
6 14 (7.57%) Visual Studio
7 11 (5.95%) SpecFlow
8 10 (5.41%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 10 (5.41%) Gatling
8 10 (5.41%) GitLab
8 10 (5.41%) PyCharm
9 9 (4.86%) eggPlant
10 7 (3.78%) JUnit
11 6 (3.24%) Jasmine
11 6 (3.24%) Maven
11 6 (3.24%) SonarQube
12 5 (2.70%) Grunt
General
1 26 (14.05%) Finance
2 23 (12.43%) Marketing
3 22 (11.89%) Telecoms
4 20 (10.81%) Electronics
4 20 (10.81%) Manufacturing
5 15 (8.11%) Games
6 4 (2.16%) Banking
7 3 (1.62%) Back Office
7 3 (1.62%) Legal
8 2 (1.08%) Law
8 2 (1.08%) Retail
9 1 (0.54%) Advertising
9 1 (0.54%) Automotive
9 1 (0.54%) Military
9 1 (0.54%) Private Banking
9 1 (0.54%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 48 (25.95%) Developer
2 32 (17.30%) Tester
3 26 (14.05%) DevOps Engineer
4 19 (10.27%) Automation Tester
4 19 (10.27%) Software Engineer
5 13 (7.03%) Java Developer
6 11 (5.95%) Scrum Master
6 11 (5.95%) Test Engineer
7 10 (5.41%) .NET Developer
8 9 (4.86%) Analyst
8 9 (4.86%) Senior Software Engineer
9 8 (4.32%) Agile Scrum Master
9 8 (4.32%) Architect
9 8 (4.32%) Cloud Engineer
9 8 (4.32%) Java Engineer
9 8 (4.32%) Java Software Engineer
10 7 (3.78%) Cloud Software Engineer
10 7 (3.78%) Kubernetes Engineer
10 7 (3.78%) Test Analyst
10 7 (3.78%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (20.54%) Web Services
2 35 (18.92%) .NET
3 25 (13.51%) REST
4 24 (12.97%) CSS
4 24 (12.97%) HTML
5 22 (11.89%) ASP.NET
6 20 (10.81%) AngularJS
6 20 (10.81%) RESTful
7 17 (9.19%) HTML5
7 17 (9.19%) jQuery
8 15 (8.11%) ASP.NET Web API
9 14 (7.57%) JSON
10 13 (7.03%) Node.js
10 13 (7.03%) SOAP
10 13 (7.03%) Twitter Bootstrap
10 13 (7.03%) XML
11 12 (6.49%) .NET Framework
11 12 (6.49%) WCF
12 11 (5.95%) J2EE
13 10 (5.41%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 20 (10.81%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (5.41%) Linux Command Line
3 8 (4.32%) User Experience
4 6 (3.24%) Mobile App
4 6 (3.24%) Virtual Team
5 5 (2.70%) Semantic Web
6 4 (2.16%) Data Structures
6 4 (2.16%) Management Information System
6 4 (2.16%) Web 2.0
7 3 (1.62%) Greenfield Project
7 3 (1.62%) Mainframe
7 3 (1.62%) Self-Motivation
8 2 (1.08%) Algorithms
8 2 (1.08%) Digital Media
8 2 (1.08%) NHS
9 1 (0.54%) Enterprise Software
9 1 (0.54%) Minimum Viable Product
9 1 (0.54%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 28 (15.14%) Linux
2 11 (5.95%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 5 (2.70%) Unix
3 5 (2.70%) Windows
4 4 (2.16%) Android
4 4 (2.16%) Apple iOS
4 4 (2.16%) Windows Server
4 4 (2.16%) Windows Server 2012
5 3 (1.62%) Windows 10
5 3 (1.62%) Windows 8
5 3 (1.62%) Windows Server 2003
5 3 (1.62%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (1.62%) Windows Vista
6 1 (0.54%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 117 (63.24%) Agile Software Development
2 75 (40.54%) TDD
3 53 (28.65%) Continuous Integration
3 53 (28.65%) DevOps
3 53 (28.65%) Scrum
4 48 (25.95%) BDD
5 35 (18.92%) Kanban
6 29 (15.68%) Software Engineering
7 25 (13.51%) Waterfall
8 24 (12.97%) User Stories
9 23 (12.43%) Business Intelligence
9 23 (12.43%) Microservices
10 22 (11.89%) Test Scripting
11 21 (11.35%) Open Source
11 21 (11.35%) Programme Management
11 21 (11.35%) Regression Testing
12 20 (10.81%) Digital Marketing
13 19 (10.27%) Machine Learning
13 19 (10.27%) Performance Testing
14 18 (9.73%) Continuous Delivery
Programming Languages
1 53 (28.65%) Java
2 49 (26.49%) JavaScript
3 45 (24.32%) C#
4 38 (20.54%) Python
5 28 (15.14%) SQL
6 10 (5.41%) Ruby
7 8 (4.32%) Go
8 7 (3.78%) Java 8
8 7 (3.78%) PHP
8 7 (3.78%) PL/SQL
9 4 (2.16%) PowerShell
9 4 (2.16%) Scala
10 3 (1.62%) Java 9
10 3 (1.62%) XPath
11 2 (1.08%) Bash Shell
11 2 (1.08%) Kotlin
11 2 (1.08%) R
12 1 (0.54%) Apple Swift
12 1 (0.54%) Groovy
12 1 (0.54%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 10 (5.41%) PMI Certification
1 10 (5.41%) PMP
2 4 (2.16%) ISTQB
3 3 (1.62%) Degree
4 2 (1.08%) ISEB
4 2 (1.08%) SC Cleared
4 2 (1.08%) Security Cleared
5 1 (0.54%) AWS Certification
5 1 (0.54%) CCNA
5 1 (0.54%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (0.54%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (0.54%) MCSE
5 1 (0.54%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (0.54%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (23.24%) QA
2 7 (3.78%) GCP
3 6 (3.24%) WAI
System Software
1 20 (10.81%) Docker
2 3 (1.62%) Active Directory
2 3 (1.62%) Microsoft App-V
2 3 (1.62%) Virtual Desktop
3 1 (0.54%) Varnish
3 1 (0.54%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 30 (16.22%) Puppet
2 23 (12.43%) Opscode Chef
3 22 (11.89%) Kubernetes
4 17 (9.19%) Ansible
5 7 (3.78%) Single Sign-On
6 5 (2.70%) Terraform
7 3 (1.62%) HP ALM
8 2 (1.08%) Kibana
9 1 (0.54%) Consul
9 1 (0.54%) HP Quality Center
9 1 (0.54%) logstash
9 1 (0.54%) Packer
Vendors
1 21 (11.35%) SAP
2 17 (9.19%) Atlassian
3 11 (5.95%) Google
4 10 (5.41%) Oracle
5 7 (3.78%) Microsoft
5 7 (3.78%) Red Hat
6 5 (2.70%) ServiceNow
7 4 (2.16%) Zend
8 3 (1.62%) Adobe
8 3 (1.62%) HP
9 2 (1.08%) Blue Prism
9 2 (1.08%) CA
9 2 (1.08%) Capita
9 2 (1.08%) Informatica
9 2 (1.08%) MuleSoft
9 2 (1.08%) Okta
9 2 (1.08%) Rackspace
9 2 (1.08%) SnapLogic
10 1 (0.54%) CA Agile Central
10 1 (0.54%) WorldPay