The median contractor rate for a Automation Tester was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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.

Automation Tester
England / North West
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 113 152 150
Rank change year-on-year +39 -2  
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Tester 15 6 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.58% 0.16% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.61% 0.16% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 4 2
Median daily rate £375 £323 £294
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.27% +9.78%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £320 £279
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £353 £309
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £325 £313
% change year-on-year - +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £170.00 -

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in the North West. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
North West
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 2454 3648 3409
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 94.97% 94.29% 94.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 1531 2178 1787
Median daily rate £375 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £530 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 147 172 206
Median hourly rate £16.18 £24.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -32.58% +26.31%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.00 £11.52
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £48.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year -10.25% +14.70%  

Automation Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West that featured Automation Tester in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Automation Tester in the North West

Automation Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Automation Tester in the North West

Automation Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Automation Tester in the North West over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Automation Tester in the North West

Automation Tester
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 Automation Tester within the North West region over the 3 months to 29 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 +26 12 £375 +17.18% 5
Cheshire +27 1 £275 -15.38% 1
Automation Tester
England

Automation Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, Automation Tester contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region featuring Automation Tester in the job title.

1 40 (93.02%) Selenium
2 27 (62.79%) Agile Software Development
3 24 (55.81%) Java
4 22 (51.16%) WebDriver
5 17 (39.53%) TDD
6 16 (37.21%) Python
7 15 (34.88%) QA
7 15 (34.88%) Automation Testing
8 14 (32.56%) Test Scripting
9 13 (30.23%) Cucumber
9 13 (30.23%) BDD
10 12 (27.91%) Gherkin
10 12 (27.91%) Automated Testing
11 11 (25.58%) XML
11 11 (25.58%) Jenkins
12 9 (20.93%) QA Automation
13 8 (18.60%) Test Automation
13 8 (18.60%) C#
14 7 (16.28%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 7 (16.28%) JIRA
14 7 (16.28%) GitHub
15 6 (13.95%) .NET
15 6 (13.95%) Finance
16 5 (11.63%) Regression Testing
16 5 (11.63%) ISEB
16 5 (11.63%) SQL
16 5 (11.63%) Scrum
17 4 (9.30%) Git (software)
17 4 (9.30%) SpecFlow
17 4 (9.30%) SoapUI

Automation Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring 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 1 (2.33%) CMS
1 1 (2.33%) Sitecore CMS
Cloud Services
1 7 (16.28%) GitHub
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.33%) MongoDB
1 1 (2.33%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 40 (93.02%) Selenium
2 22 (51.16%) WebDriver
3 13 (30.23%) Cucumber
4 11 (25.58%) Jenkins
5 7 (16.28%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 7 (16.28%) JIRA
6 4 (9.30%) Git (software)
6 4 (9.30%) SoapUI
6 4 (9.30%) SpecFlow
7 3 (6.98%) JMeter
8 2 (4.65%) Visual Studio
9 1 (2.33%) Appium
9 1 (2.33%) Bugzilla
9 1 (2.33%) IntelliJ
9 1 (2.33%) Log4j
9 1 (2.33%) MSTest
9 1 (2.33%) Octopus Deploy
9 1 (2.33%) PhantomJS
9 1 (2.33%) Protractor
9 1 (2.33%) Selenium IDE
General
1 6 (13.95%) Finance
2 3 (6.98%) Retail
3 1 (2.33%) Back Office
3 1 (2.33%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (27.91%) Gherkin
2 11 (25.58%) XML
3 6 (13.95%) .NET
4 2 (4.65%) Web Services
5 1 (2.33%) Chai
5 1 (2.33%) jQuery
5 1 (2.33%) JSON
5 1 (2.33%) Node.js
5 1 (2.33%) REST
5 1 (2.33%) RESTful
5 1 (2.33%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 2 (4.65%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (4.65%) Computer Science
1 2 (4.65%) Public Cloud
2 1 (2.33%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 2 (4.65%) Linux
1 2 (4.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (2.33%) Android
2 1 (2.33%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (62.79%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (39.53%) TDD
3 15 (34.88%) Automation Testing
4 14 (32.56%) Test Scripting
5 13 (30.23%) BDD
6 12 (27.91%) Automated Testing
7 9 (20.93%) QA Automation
8 8 (18.60%) Test Automation
9 5 (11.63%) Regression Testing
9 5 (11.63%) Scrum
10 4 (9.30%) Continuous Integration
10 4 (9.30%) Performance Testing
10 4 (9.30%) User Acceptance Testing
11 3 (6.98%) Exploratory Testing
11 3 (6.98%) Integration Testing
12 2 (4.65%) High Availability
12 2 (4.65%) Open Source
12 2 (4.65%) SDLC
12 2 (4.65%) System Testing
12 2 (4.65%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 24 (55.81%) Java
2 16 (37.21%) Python
3 8 (18.60%) C#
4 5 (11.63%) SQL
5 3 (6.98%) Ruby
6 2 (4.65%) PL/SQL
7 1 (2.33%) C
7 1 (2.33%) JavaScript
7 1 (2.33%) VB
Qualifications
1 5 (11.63%) ISEB
2 2 (4.65%) Degree
2 2 (4.65%) HND
3 1 (2.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (34.88%) QA
2 2 (4.65%) SLA
Vendors
1 2 (4.65%) Red Hat
2 1 (2.33%) Sitecore
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