The median contractor rate for an Automation Tester was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 3 months to 28 June 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
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 126 149 151
Rank change year-on-year +23 +2  
Contract jobs requiring an Automation Tester 10 10 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.34% 0.27% 0.027%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.36% 0.28% 0.029%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 7 1
Median daily rate £350 £520 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -32.69% +89.09%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £330
% change year-on-year - +6.06%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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 2771 3574 3449
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 93.84% 94.80% 94.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 1635 2225 1997
Median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £263 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £519
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 135 132 194
Median hourly rate £19.50 £15.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +30.00% -6.25%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.90 £12.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £43.00 £43.43
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.14
% change year-on-year - +8.42%  

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
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 28 June 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 +14 10 £350 -32.69% 6
Automation Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 28 June 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 25 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 20 (80.00%) Selenium
3 13 (52.00%) Agile Software Development
4 12 (48.00%) WebDriver
5 10 (40.00%) Cucumber
5 10 (40.00%) Java
6 8 (32.00%) Gherkin
6 8 (32.00%) Jenkins
6 8 (32.00%) Python
7 7 (28.00%) TDD
7 7 (28.00%) JIRA
7 7 (28.00%) GitHub
8 6 (24.00%) QA
8 6 (24.00%) Test Scripting
9 5 (20.00%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 5 (20.00%) BDD
9 5 (20.00%) XML
10 4 (16.00%) .NET
10 4 (16.00%) Git (software)
10 4 (16.00%) User Acceptance Testing
10 4 (16.00%) QA Automation
11 3 (12.00%) Scenario Testing
11 3 (12.00%) SpecFlow
11 3 (12.00%) SQL
11 3 (12.00%) Regression Testing
11 3 (12.00%) Finance
11 3 (12.00%) Scrum
12 2 (8.00%) CMS
12 2 (8.00%) Dynamics CRM
12 2 (8.00%) ISTQB

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 2 (8.00%) CMS
1 2 (8.00%) Sitecore CMS
Business Applications
1 2 (8.00%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 7 (28.00%) GitHub
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.00%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 20 (80.00%) Selenium
2 12 (48.00%) WebDriver
3 10 (40.00%) Cucumber
4 8 (32.00%) Jenkins
5 7 (28.00%) JIRA
6 5 (20.00%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 4 (16.00%) Git (software)
8 3 (12.00%) SpecFlow
9 2 (8.00%) Octopus Deploy
9 2 (8.00%) TeamCity
10 1 (4.00%) Appium
10 1 (4.00%) Bugzilla
10 1 (4.00%) MSTest
10 1 (4.00%) Selenium IDE
10 1 (4.00%) SoapUI
10 1 (4.00%) Team Foundation Server
10 1 (4.00%) TestComplete
General
1 3 (12.00%) Finance
2 1 (4.00%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (32.00%) Gherkin
2 5 (20.00%) XML
3 4 (16.00%) .NET
4 1 (4.00%) Chai
4 1 (4.00%) jQuery
4 1 (4.00%) JSON
4 1 (4.00%) REST
4 1 (4.00%) SOAP
4 1 (4.00%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (8.00%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (8.00%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 2 (8.00%) Linux
1 2 (8.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (4.00%) Android
2 1 (4.00%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 13 (52.00%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (28.00%) TDD
4 6 (24.00%) Test Scripting
5 5 (20.00%) BDD
6 4 (16.00%) QA Automation
6 4 (16.00%) User Acceptance Testing
7 3 (12.00%) Regression Testing
7 3 (12.00%) Scenario Testing
7 3 (12.00%) Scrum
8 2 (8.00%) Agile Testing
8 2 (8.00%) Coaching
8 2 (8.00%) Continuous Integration
8 2 (8.00%) CRM
8 2 (8.00%) Exploratory Testing
8 2 (8.00%) ITIL
8 2 (8.00%) Performance Testing
8 2 (8.00%) System Testing
8 2 (8.00%) Test Management
8 2 (8.00%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 10 (40.00%) Java
2 8 (32.00%) Python
3 3 (12.00%) SQL
4 2 (8.00%) C#
5 1 (4.00%) JavaScript
5 1 (4.00%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 2 (8.00%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (24.00%) QA
Vendors
1 2 (8.00%) Microsoft
1 2 (8.00%) Red Hat
1 2 (8.00%) Sitecore