The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for Automated Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Automated Testing over the 3 months to 26 March 2017 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Automated Testing
England / North West
Rank 105 98 135
Rank change year-on-year -7 +37  
Contract jobs citing Automated Testing 23 59 15
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.90% 1.54% 0.42%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.09% 1.87% 0.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 45 8
Median daily rate £375 £375 £356
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £254 £313 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £386 £350
% change year-on-year +0.51% +10.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
Median hourly rate - £44.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £67.89 £44.50 £36.00
% change year-on-year +52.56% +23.61%  

Automated Testing is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 2113 3163 2829
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 82.35% 82.43% 78.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 1340 1915 1539
Median daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £281 £290 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £538 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £398
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.62%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 109 122 127
Median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.66% -6.25%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £16.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.50 £50.00 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.75 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.09% +29.16%  

Automated Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing Automated Testing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Automated Testing in the North West

Automated Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Automated Testing in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Automated Testing in the North West

Automated Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Automated Testing in the North West over the 3 months to 26 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Automated Testing in the North West

Automated Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Automated Testing in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Automated Testing in the North West

Automated Testing
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Automated Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 26 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +13 16 £285 -16.17% 26
Merseyside +4 4 £488 +39.28% 1
Lancashire +5 1 £375 - 1
Automated Testing
England

Automated Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 26 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Automated Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for Automated Testing.

1 49 (62.82%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (50.00%) Selenium
3 35 (44.87%) Java
4 27 (34.62%) Scrum
5 26 (33.33%) QA
6 25 (32.05%) JavaScript
7 24 (30.77%) .NET
7 24 (30.77%) DevOps
8 19 (24.36%) Linux
8 19 (24.36%) TDD
9 18 (23.08%) XML
9 18 (23.08%) Test Scripting
10 17 (21.79%) Continuous Integration
10 17 (21.79%) Jenkins
10 17 (21.79%) SQL
10 17 (21.79%) C#
10 17 (21.79%) Python
11 16 (20.51%) High Availability
12 15 (19.23%) AngularJS
12 15 (19.23%) Security Cleared
12 15 (19.23%) Amazon AWS
12 15 (19.23%) Web Services
13 13 (16.67%) SC Cleared
13 13 (16.67%) JIRA
13 13 (16.67%) Puppet
14 12 (15.38%) Manual Testing
14 12 (15.38%) Unit Testing
14 12 (15.38%) Integration Testing
14 12 (15.38%) Perl
15 11 (14.10%) HTML

Automated Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the North West 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 (6.41%) SharePoint
2 4 (5.13%) CMS
3 2 (2.56%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 2 (2.56%) Confluence
3 2 (2.56%) Oracle Application Server
3 2 (2.56%) Umbraco
3 2 (2.56%) WebSphere
4 1 (1.28%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (1.28%) IIS
4 1 (1.28%) Jetty
4 1 (1.28%) Mongrel
4 1 (1.28%) nginx
4 1 (1.28%) Tomcat
Applications
1 2 (2.56%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 6 (7.69%) Oracle EBS
1 6 (7.69%) Oracle EBS R12
2 3 (3.85%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (2.56%) Oracle Cash Management
3 2 (2.56%) Oracle Payables
Cloud Services
1 15 (19.23%) Amazon AWS
2 11 (14.10%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (11.54%) AWS CloudFormation
4 8 (10.26%) Amazon EC2
5 6 (7.69%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
5 6 (7.69%) PaaS
6 5 (6.41%) Amazon S3
6 5 (6.41%) SaaS
6 5 (6.41%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 4 (5.13%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 4 (5.13%) Amazon ELB
7 4 (5.13%) Amazon EMR
7 4 (5.13%) Amazon SQS
7 4 (5.13%) AWS CloudTrail
7 4 (5.13%) AWS Lambda
7 4 (5.13%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (2.56%) IaaS
9 1 (1.28%) Google App Engine
9 1 (1.28%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 6 (7.69%) LDAP
2 4 (5.13%) VPN
3 2 (2.56%) HTTP
4 1 (1.28%) DHCP
4 1 (1.28%) DNS
4 1 (1.28%) FTP
4 1 (1.28%) IPsec
4 1 (1.28%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (11.54%) SQL Server
2 5 (6.41%) Oracle Reports
3 4 (5.13%) Amazon RDS
3 4 (5.13%) Amazon Redshift
3 4 (5.13%) Relational Database
4 2 (2.56%) Oracle Database
4 2 (2.56%) Oracle Database 11g
4 2 (2.56%) Oracle Database 12c
5 1 (1.28%) Big Data
5 1 (1.28%) DB2
5 1 (1.28%) Electronic Patient Records
5 1 (1.28%) Hadoop
5 1 (1.28%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 39 (50.00%) Selenium
2 17 (21.79%) Jenkins
3 13 (16.67%) JIRA
4 9 (11.54%) Git (software)
5 7 (8.97%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 7 (8.97%) Cucumber
6 5 (6.41%) gulp
7 4 (5.13%) SoapUI
8 3 (3.85%) Mercurial
8 3 (3.85%) Subversion
8 3 (3.85%) Visual Studio
9 2 (2.56%) Bitbucket
9 2 (2.56%) JMeter
9 2 (2.56%) LoadRunner
9 2 (2.56%) Octopus Deploy
9 2 (2.56%) TeamCity
10 1 (1.28%) Appium
10 1 (1.28%) LoadUI
10 1 (1.28%) MSBuild
10 1 (1.28%) Travis CI
General
1 5 (6.41%) Finance
2 3 (3.85%) Pharmaceutical
3 2 (2.56%) General Ledger
3 2 (2.56%) Retail
4 1 (1.28%) Advertising
4 1 (1.28%) Banking
4 1 (1.28%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 19 (24.36%) Tester
2 18 (23.08%) Developer
3 12 (15.38%) Automation Tester
4 9 (11.54%) QA Engineer
5 8 (10.26%) Consultant
5 8 (10.26%) DevOps Engineer
6 7 (8.97%) Test Engineer
7 6 (7.69%) Analyst
7 6 (7.69%) Automation Engineer
7 6 (7.69%) QA Automation Engineer
8 5 (6.41%) Architect
8 5 (6.41%) AWS Engineer
8 5 (6.41%) Java Engineer
8 5 (6.41%) Senior Consultant
8 5 (6.41%) Test Analyst
9 4 (5.13%) Automation Consultant
9 4 (5.13%) Senior Test Engineer
9 4 (5.13%) ServiceNow Developer
10 3 (3.85%) Full Stack Developer
10 3 (3.85%) Senior Full Stack Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (30.77%) .NET
2 18 (23.08%) XML
3 15 (19.23%) AngularJS
3 15 (19.23%) Web Services
4 11 (14.10%) HTML
5 9 (11.54%) CSS
5 9 (11.54%) jQuery
6 8 (10.26%) ASP.NET
7 7 (8.97%) JSON
7 7 (8.97%) Sass
7 7 (8.97%) Twitter Bootstrap
8 6 (7.69%) boto
8 6 (7.69%) Node.js
8 6 (7.69%) YAML
9 4 (5.13%) .NET Core
9 4 (5.13%) ASP.NET MVC
10 3 (3.85%) Durandal
10 3 (3.85%) Gherkin
10 3 (3.85%) KnockoutJS
10 3 (3.85%) LESS
Miscellaneous
1 7 (8.97%) Web 2.0
2 6 (7.69%) Virtual Team
3 5 (6.41%) User Experience
4 4 (5.13%) Linux Command Line
5 3 (3.85%) Data Structures
6 2 (2.56%) Computer Science
6 2 (2.56%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.28%) iPhone
7 1 (1.28%) Mobile App
7 1 (1.28%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 19 (24.36%) Linux
2 11 (14.10%) Windows
3 4 (5.13%) CentOS
3 4 (5.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 3 (3.85%) Android
5 1 (1.28%) Apple iOS
5 1 (1.28%) Ubuntu
5 1 (1.28%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (62.82%) Agile Software Development
2 27 (34.62%) Scrum
3 24 (30.77%) DevOps
4 19 (24.36%) TDD
5 18 (23.08%) Test Scripting
6 17 (21.79%) Continuous Integration
7 16 (20.51%) High Availability
8 12 (15.38%) Integration Testing
8 12 (15.38%) Manual Testing
8 12 (15.38%) Unit Testing
9 9 (11.54%) BDD
9 9 (11.54%) Defect Management
9 9 (11.54%) ITIL
9 9 (11.54%) Workflow
10 8 (10.26%) Open Source
10 8 (10.26%) QA Automation
10 8 (10.26%) Security Testing
10 8 (10.26%) User Acceptance Testing
11 7 (8.97%) Performance Testing
11 7 (8.97%) Usability Testing
Programming Languages
1 35 (44.87%) Java
2 25 (32.05%) JavaScript
3 17 (21.79%) C#
3 17 (21.79%) Python
3 17 (21.79%) SQL
4 12 (15.38%) Perl
5 11 (14.10%) Ruby
6 8 (10.26%) PL/SQL
7 7 (8.97%) Shell Script
8 6 (7.69%) C
9 3 (3.85%) PHP
9 3 (3.85%) TypeScript
10 2 (2.56%) ANSI SQL
11 1 (1.28%) PowerShell
11 1 (1.28%) Scala
Qualifications
1 15 (19.23%) Security Cleared
2 13 (16.67%) SC Cleared
3 6 (7.69%) AWS Certification
4 3 (3.85%) Degree
5 2 (2.56%) BPSS Clearance
5 2 (2.56%) HND
6 1 (1.28%) ISEB
6 1 (1.28%) ISTQB
6 1 (1.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (33.33%) QA
2 1 (1.28%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 10 (12.82%) Docker
2 6 (7.69%) Virtual Machines
3 4 (5.13%) Active Directory
4 1 (1.28%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 13 (16.67%) Puppet
2 9 (11.54%) Opscode Chef
3 6 (7.69%) Kubernetes
4 5 (6.41%) Salt
5 4 (5.13%) Docker Swarm
6 1 (1.28%) Ansible
Vendors
1 11 (14.10%) Oracle
2 6 (7.69%) ServiceNow
3 4 (5.13%) Red Hat
3 4 (5.13%) Siebel
4 3 (3.85%) Microsoft
5 2 (2.56%) Adobe
6 1 (1.28%) Google
6 1 (1.28%) IBM
6 1 (1.28%) VMware
6 1 (1.28%) Xamarin
Greater Manchester
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: £300 - £301 per day + competitive
Posted: 3 days ago