The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for Automation Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Automation Testing over the 3 months to 29 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.

Automation Testing
England / North West
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 108 137 148
Rank change year-on-year +29 +11  
Contract jobs citing Automation Testing 20 21 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.77% 0.54% 0.17%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.94% 0.66% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 11 4
Median daily rate £351 £340 £286
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.30% +18.77%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £268 £313 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £425 £326
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £340 £300
% change year-on-year -4.41% +13.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £170.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year - +300.00%  

Automation 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 2120 3183 2847
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 82.04% 82.27% 78.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 1337 1929 1547
Median daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £290 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 109 118 130
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 £50.00 £50.00 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £38.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.14% +28.33%  

Automation Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

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

Job vacancy trend for Automation Testing in the North West

Automation 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 Automation Testing in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Automation Testing in the North West

Automation Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate histogram for Automation Testing in the North West

Automation 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 Automation Testing 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 +23 16 £333 +3.90% 9
Cheshire +23 1 £338 -7.21% 4
Merseyside - 1 £190 -
Automation Testing
England

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Automation 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 Automation Testing.

1 29 (76.32%) Selenium
2 18 (47.37%) Java
3 17 (44.74%) Agile Software Development
3 17 (44.74%) WebDriver
4 14 (36.84%) QA
4 14 (36.84%) Test Scripting
5 13 (34.21%) SQL
5 13 (34.21%) .NET
5 13 (34.21%) Python
6 12 (31.58%) JIRA
6 12 (31.58%) BDD
7 11 (28.95%) QA Automation
8 10 (26.32%) Jenkins
9 8 (21.05%) Gherkin
9 8 (21.05%) Scrum
10 7 (18.42%) Finance
10 7 (18.42%) GitHub
11 6 (15.79%) Performance Testing
11 6 (15.79%) Manual Testing
11 6 (15.79%) Linux
11 6 (15.79%) XML
12 5 (13.16%) Automated Testing
12 5 (13.16%) Security Testing
13 4 (10.53%) Build Automation
13 4 (10.53%) Unit Testing
13 4 (10.53%) Usability Testing
13 4 (10.53%) Test Automation
13 4 (10.53%) JavaScript
13 4 (10.53%) SDLC
14 3 (7.89%) Functional Testing

Automation Testing
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 (5.26%) Confluence
1 2 (5.26%) Drupal
2 1 (2.63%) Apache Spark
2 1 (2.63%) CMS
2 1 (2.63%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 1 (2.63%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 1 (2.63%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 7 (18.42%) GitHub
2 1 (2.63%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (2.63%) Amazon S3
2 1 (2.63%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.63%) Internet
1 1 (2.63%) Kerberos
1 1 (2.63%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.63%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 29 (76.32%) Selenium
2 17 (44.74%) WebDriver
3 12 (31.58%) JIRA
4 10 (26.32%) Jenkins
5 3 (7.89%) Cucumber
5 3 (7.89%) JMeter
6 2 (5.26%) Appium
6 2 (5.26%) Bitbucket
6 2 (5.26%) Bugzilla
6 2 (5.26%) Git (software)
6 2 (5.26%) SoapUI
6 2 (5.26%) SpecFlow
6 2 (5.26%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (5.26%) Visual Studio
7 1 (2.63%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 1 (2.63%) JProfiler
7 1 (2.63%) JUnit
7 1 (2.63%) LoadRunner
7 1 (2.63%) Octopus Deploy
7 1 (2.63%) TeamCity
General
1 7 (18.42%) Finance
2 2 (5.26%) Games
2 2 (5.26%) Marketing
3 1 (2.63%) Banking
Job Titles
1 18 (47.37%) Tester
2 15 (39.47%) Automation Tester
3 9 (23.68%) Selenium Automation Tester
3 9 (23.68%) Selenium Tester
4 5 (13.16%) QA Automation Engineer
4 5 (13.16%) QA Engineer
5 4 (10.53%) Automation Consultant
5 4 (10.53%) Automation Engineer
5 4 (10.53%) Consultant
5 4 (10.53%) QA Tester
5 4 (10.53%) Senior Consultant
6 3 (7.89%) Developer
6 3 (7.89%) Java Automation Tester
6 3 (7.89%) QA Automation Tester
6 3 (7.89%) Senior Tester
7 2 (5.26%) Analyst
7 2 (5.26%) Manual Tester
7 2 (5.26%) QA Analyst
7 2 (5.26%) Senior Developer
7 2 (5.26%) Senior QA Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (34.21%) .NET
2 8 (21.05%) Gherkin
3 6 (15.79%) XML
4 3 (7.89%) jQuery
4 3 (7.89%) JSON
5 2 (5.26%) .NET Framework
5 2 (5.26%) Behat
5 2 (5.26%) HTML
5 2 (5.26%) REST
5 2 (5.26%) SOAP
5 2 (5.26%) Web Services
6 1 (2.63%) Ajax
6 1 (2.63%) HTML5
6 1 (2.63%) JAAS
6 1 (2.63%) Java SE
Miscellaneous
1 2 (5.26%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (5.26%) iPad
1 2 (5.26%) Public Cloud
2 1 (2.63%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 6 (15.79%) Linux
2 3 (7.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 2 (5.26%) Windows
4 1 (2.63%) Android
4 1 (2.63%) Apple iOS
4 1 (2.63%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (44.74%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (36.84%) Test Scripting
3 12 (31.58%) BDD
4 11 (28.95%) QA Automation
5 8 (21.05%) Scrum
6 6 (15.79%) Manual Testing
6 6 (15.79%) Performance Testing
7 5 (13.16%) Automated Testing
7 5 (13.16%) Security Testing
8 4 (10.53%) Build Automation
8 4 (10.53%) SDLC
8 4 (10.53%) Test Automation
8 4 (10.53%) Unit Testing
8 4 (10.53%) Usability Testing
9 3 (7.89%) API Testing
9 3 (7.89%) Continuous Integration
9 3 (7.89%) Functional Testing
9 3 (7.89%) Regression Testing
9 3 (7.89%) Software Testing
9 3 (7.89%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 18 (47.37%) Java
2 13 (34.21%) Python
2 13 (34.21%) SQL
3 4 (10.53%) JavaScript
4 2 (5.26%) PHP
4 2 (5.26%) PL/SQL
5 1 (2.63%) C#
5 1 (2.63%) Go
5 1 (2.63%) MATLAB
5 1 (2.63%) Perl
5 1 (2.63%) Ruby
5 1 (2.63%) Scala
Qualifications
1 1 (2.63%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (36.84%) QA
2 2 (5.26%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (2.63%) Active Directory
1 1 (2.63%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (5.26%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (2.63%) Ansible
2 1 (2.63%) Kubernetes
2 1 (2.63%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 3 (7.89%) Red Hat
2 1 (2.63%) JD Edwards
2 1 (2.63%) Sitecore
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