Period
to 18 November 2017

The median contractor rate for an Automation Tester was £363 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 18 November 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
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 189 199 226
Rank change year-on-year +10 +27 -37
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Tester 12 29 14
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.21% 0.42% 0.16%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.22% 0.45% 0.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 13 13
North West median daily rate £363 £350 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.57% +16.67% -2.04%
10th Percentile £306 £305 £233
90th Percentile £419 £520 £403
England median daily rate £393 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +4.67% +3.45% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
North West median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £48.50 £39.37 £29.00
% change year-on-year +23.19% +35.76% -78.91%

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

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
North West
Contract vacancies in the North West with a recognized job title 5392 6506 8112
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.86% 94.36% 94.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 3395 4186 4845
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £250 £250 £234
90th Percentile £588 £550 £571
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 252 240 403
North West median hourly rate £18.75 £16.11 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.41% -21.43% +28.13%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.04 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £45.91 £50.06
England median hourly rate £18.66 £18.50 £17.89
% change year-on-year +0.84% +3.41% +8.42%

Automation Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings that featured Automation Tester in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

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
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 6 months to 18 November 2017. 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
Manchester +3 7 £363 +8.21% 6
Lancashire +16 1 £400 +6.67% 1
Cheshire +10 1 £310 +208.46% 2
Merseyside +5 1 £413 -2.94% 1
Automation Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 18 November 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 12 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 7 (58.33%) Selenium
3 5 (41.67%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (41.67%) WebDriver
4 4 (33.33%) Banking
5 3 (25.00%) Subversion
5 3 (25.00%) Finance
5 3 (25.00%) Java
5 3 (25.00%) Web Services
5 3 (25.00%) Cucumber
5 3 (25.00%) Git (software)
5 3 (25.00%) Jenkins
6 2 (16.67%) Apple iOS
6 2 (16.67%) High Availability
6 2 (16.67%) Gherkin
6 2 (16.67%) Mobile Development
6 2 (16.67%) Defect Management
6 2 (16.67%) Windows 10
6 2 (16.67%) NAS
6 2 (16.67%) Mercurial
6 2 (16.67%) Test Scripting
6 2 (16.67%) Manual Testing
6 2 (16.67%) Android
6 2 (16.67%) Windows
6 2 (16.67%) Linux
6 2 (16.67%) Mac OS X
6 2 (16.67%) Configuration Management
6 2 (16.67%) C#
6 2 (16.67%) Regression Testing
7 1 (8.33%) Continuous Deployment

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:

Business Applications
1 1 (8.33%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (8.33%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 2 (16.67%) NAS
Development Applications
1 7 (58.33%) Selenium
2 5 (41.67%) WebDriver
3 3 (25.00%) Cucumber
3 3 (25.00%) Git (software)
3 3 (25.00%) Jenkins
3 3 (25.00%) Subversion
4 2 (16.67%) Mercurial
5 1 (8.33%) Eclipse
5 1 (8.33%) Hudson
5 1 (8.33%) IntelliJ
5 1 (8.33%) Jasmine
5 1 (8.33%) JIRA
5 1 (8.33%) JUnit
5 1 (8.33%) Protractor
5 1 (8.33%) TestNG
General
1 4 (33.33%) Banking
2 3 (25.00%) Finance
3 1 (8.33%) Automotive
3 1 (8.33%) Investment Banking
3 1 (8.33%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (25.00%) Web Services
2 2 (16.67%) Gherkin
3 1 (8.33%) .NET
3 1 (8.33%) JSON
3 1 (8.33%) RESTful
3 1 (8.33%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (8.33%) Fintech
1 1 (8.33%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 2 (16.67%) Android
1 2 (16.67%) Apple iOS
1 2 (16.67%) Linux
1 2 (16.67%) Mac OS X
1 2 (16.67%) Windows
1 2 (16.67%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 5 (41.67%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (16.67%) Configuration Management
3 2 (16.67%) Defect Management
3 2 (16.67%) High Availability
3 2 (16.67%) Manual Testing
3 2 (16.67%) Mobile Development
3 2 (16.67%) Regression Testing
3 2 (16.67%) Test Scripting
4 1 (8.33%) API Testing
4 1 (8.33%) BDD
4 1 (8.33%) Cash Management
4 1 (8.33%) Coaching
4 1 (8.33%) Data Protection
4 1 (8.33%) Kanban
4 1 (8.33%) Performance Testing
4 1 (8.33%) Test Planning
4 1 (8.33%) Test Strategy
4 1 (8.33%) Usability Testing
4 1 (8.33%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 3 (25.00%) Java
2 2 (16.67%) C#
Qualifications
1 1 (8.33%) ISTQB
Vendors
1 1 (8.33%) Microsoft