Period
to 12 December 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for Test Automation skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Test Automation over the 6 months to 12 December 2018 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.

Automated Testing
England > North West
6 months to
12 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 23 29 38
Rank change year-on-year +6 +9 -3
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 390 317 296
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 6.48% 5.58% 4.53%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.82% 6.74% 5.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 275 238 208
North West median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £313 £275 £304
90th Percentile £542 £579 £539
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 3 4
North West median hourly rate £45.00 £43.00 £41.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.65% +3.61% +31.75%
10th Percentile £34.63 £28.60 £29.23
90th Percentile £47.85 £43.00 £44.00
England median hourly rate £40.00 £43.25 £40.00
% change year-on-year -7.51% +8.13% +4.58%

Test Automation is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following 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 or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 4,989 4,705 5,580
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 82.96% 82.76% 85.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,155 3,029 3,584
North West median daily rate £410 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% - -
10th Percentile £263 £263 £250
90th Percentile £575 £588 £563
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 280 205 169
North West median hourly rate £22.29 £27.00 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.44% +22.73% -25.98%
10th Percentile £11.55 £11.63 £11.25
90th Percentile £48.75 £52.70 £53.10
England median hourly rate £22.00 £25.00 £22.84
% change year-on-year -12.00% +9.48% +3.80%

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Test Automation as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation in the North West

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in the North West

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in the North West over the 6 months to 12 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation in the North West

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Automation in the North West

Test Automation
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in the North West over the 6 months to 12 December 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Test Automation in the North West

Test Automation
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 Test Automation within the North West region over the 6 months to 12 December 2018. 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 +9 191 £434 +8.44% 82
Cheshire +11 126 £425 +4.62% 36
Lancashire -20 32 £425 - 9
Merseyside -16 23 £410 +2.50% 7
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 12 December 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Test Automation also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the North West region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 214 (54.87%) Agile Software Development
2 205 (52.56%) Java
3 179 (45.90%) Selenium
4 115 (29.49%) Jenkins
5 113 (28.97%) BDD
6 108 (27.69%) C#
7 107 (27.44%) Continuous Integration
8 99 (25.38%) DevOps
9 98 (25.13%) TDD
10 97 (24.87%) .NET
11 95 (24.36%) JavaScript
12 85 (21.79%) JIRA
13 82 (21.03%) Scrum
14 77 (19.74%) SQL
15 72 (18.46%) QA
16 71 (18.21%) Web Services
17 69 (17.69%) Git (software)
18 68 (17.44%) JMeter
19 64 (16.41%) CSS
20 60 (15.38%) HTML
21 56 (14.36%) SOAP
22 53 (13.59%) Python
22 53 (13.59%) Spring
23 52 (13.33%) Unit Testing
24 51 (13.08%) Amazon AWS
24 51 (13.08%) Microsoft
25 50 (12.82%) AngularJS
26 49 (12.56%) CRM
27 48 (12.31%) Linux
27 48 (12.31%) Dynamics CRM

Test Automation
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 42 (10.77%) Confluence
2 22 (5.64%) CMS
3 18 (4.62%) Apache
3 18 (4.62%) SharePoint
4 16 (4.10%) nginx
5 15 (3.85%) BizTalk Server
6 12 (3.08%) Umbraco
7 10 (2.56%) IIS
7 10 (2.56%) Jetty
7 10 (2.56%) Mongrel
7 10 (2.56%) Tomcat
7 10 (2.56%) WebSphere
8 8 (2.05%) Drupal
9 7 (1.79%) Elasticsearch
10 6 (1.54%) Apache Solr
10 6 (1.54%) Mule
11 3 (0.77%) Apache Spark
11 3 (0.77%) JBoss
12 2 (0.51%) WebLogic
12 2 (0.51%) WebSphere Application Server
Business Applications
1 48 (12.31%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (1.28%) BASE24
3 3 (0.77%) Distributed Ledger
4 1 (0.26%) Exstream
4 1 (0.26%) SAP FI
Cloud Services
1 51 (13.08%) Amazon AWS
2 36 (9.23%) Microsoft Azure
3 21 (5.38%) Amazon EC2
3 21 (5.38%) Dynamics 365
4 16 (4.10%) Cloud Computing
4 16 (4.10%) Google Cloud Platform
5 12 (3.08%) BrowserStack
6 10 (2.56%) Amazon SQS
6 10 (2.56%) Google App Engine
7 9 (2.31%) AWS CloudFormation
7 9 (2.31%) Boomi
7 9 (2.31%) SaaS
8 6 (1.54%) Apigee
8 6 (1.54%) Slack
9 5 (1.28%) GitHub
9 5 (1.28%) IaaS
10 4 (1.03%) BlazeMeter
11 3 (0.77%) npm
11 3 (0.77%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 2 (0.51%) Yarn
Communications & Networking
1 25 (6.41%) HTTP
2 23 (5.90%) TCP/IP
3 22 (5.64%) DNS
4 17 (4.36%) SSL
5 16 (4.10%) DHCP
5 16 (4.10%) FTP
5 16 (4.10%) IPsec
6 10 (2.56%) Internet
7 7 (1.79%) ATM
8 1 (0.26%) Firewall
8 1 (0.26%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (8.97%) PostgreSQL
2 30 (7.69%) MySQL
3 27 (6.92%) SQL Server
4 22 (5.64%) MongoDB
5 14 (3.59%) Relational Database
6 11 (2.82%) RDBMS
7 9 (2.31%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 8 (2.05%) RavenDB
9 7 (1.79%) Amazon Redshift
9 7 (1.79%) Apache Cassandra
9 7 (1.79%) Big Data
10 6 (1.54%) NoSQL
11 4 (1.03%) Apache Hive
11 4 (1.03%) Hadoop
12 3 (0.77%) Azure SQL Database
12 3 (0.77%) Blockchain
12 3 (0.77%) Oracle Database
12 3 (0.77%) ZAP BI
13 2 (0.51%) HBase
13 2 (0.51%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 179 (45.90%) Selenium
2 115 (29.49%) Jenkins
3 85 (21.79%) JIRA
4 69 (17.69%) Git (software)
5 68 (17.44%) JMeter
6 48 (12.31%) Cucumber
7 45 (11.54%) WebDriver
8 43 (11.03%) JUnit
9 37 (9.49%) Gradle
10 34 (8.72%) Maven
11 32 (8.21%) Visual Studio
12 27 (6.92%) Gatling
13 25 (6.41%) SpecFlow
14 21 (5.38%) Octopus Deploy
15 20 (5.13%) TeamCity
16 19 (4.87%) SoapUI
16 19 (4.87%) Visual Studio Team System
17 17 (4.36%) Bitbucket
18 16 (4.10%) gulp
18 16 (4.10%) Spock
General
1 26 (6.67%) Finance
2 17 (4.36%) Retail
3 11 (2.82%) Manufacturing
4 10 (2.56%) Banking
4 10 (2.56%) Electronics
4 10 (2.56%) Marketing
4 10 (2.56%) Telecoms
5 2 (0.51%) Front Office
5 2 (0.51%) Law
5 2 (0.51%) Publishing
6 1 (0.26%) Automotive
6 1 (0.26%) Back Office
6 1 (0.26%) Billing
6 1 (0.26%) Games
6 1 (0.26%) Legal
6 1 (0.26%) Military
Job Titles
1 109 (27.95%) Developer
2 86 (22.05%) Tester
3 54 (13.85%) Automation Tester
4 51 (13.08%) Analyst
5 48 (12.31%) Test Analyst
6 27 (6.92%) Java Engineer
6 27 (6.92%) Test Leader
7 24 (6.15%) DevOps Engineer
7 24 (6.15%) Java Developer
8 22 (5.64%) Android Developer
8 22 (5.64%) Automation Test Analyst
8 22 (5.64%) Consultant
9 17 (4.36%) Test Engineer
10 14 (3.59%) CRM Developer
10 14 (3.59%) Developer in Test
10 14 (3.59%) Dynamics CRM Developer
11 13 (3.33%) QA Engineer
12 12 (3.08%) .NET Developer
12 12 (3.08%) QA Tester
12 12 (3.08%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 97 (24.87%) .NET
2 71 (18.21%) Web Services
3 64 (16.41%) CSS
4 60 (15.38%) HTML
5 56 (14.36%) SOAP
6 53 (13.59%) Spring
7 50 (12.82%) AngularJS
8 45 (11.54%) RESTful
9 41 (10.51%) Node.js
10 35 (8.97%) Hibernate
11 32 (8.21%) REST
12 30 (7.69%) HTML5
13 27 (6.92%) CSS3
13 27 (6.92%) JSON
14 26 (6.67%) Spring Boot
15 25 (6.41%) Gherkin
16 24 (6.15%) XML
17 21 (5.38%) jQuery
18 20 (5.13%) Android SDK
19 19 (4.87%) Servlets
Miscellaneous
1 17 (4.36%) Mobile App
2 14 (3.59%) Analytical Skills
3 12 (3.08%) User Experience
4 8 (2.05%) Management Information System
5 6 (1.54%) NHS
5 6 (1.54%) Self-Motivation
6 5 (1.28%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 5 (1.28%) EMV
6 5 (1.28%) Greenfield Project
6 5 (1.28%) Semantic Web
7 3 (0.77%) Data Structures
8 2 (0.51%) Blog
8 2 (0.51%) Enterprise Software
8 2 (0.51%) Equities
8 2 (0.51%) Virtual Team
9 1 (0.26%) IBM Mainframe
9 1 (0.26%) Mainframe
9 1 (0.26%) Smartcard
9 1 (0.26%) SWIFT
9 1 (0.26%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 48 (12.31%) Linux
2 22 (5.64%) Android
3 14 (3.59%) Windows
4 10 (2.56%) Unix
5 5 (1.28%) Kali Linux
6 4 (1.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 3 (0.77%) Windows Server
8 2 (0.51%) CentOS
8 2 (0.51%) Windows 7
8 2 (0.51%) Windows Server 2003
8 2 (0.51%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.26%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 214 (54.87%) Agile Software Development
2 113 (28.97%) BDD
3 107 (27.44%) Continuous Integration
4 99 (25.38%) DevOps
5 98 (25.13%) TDD
6 82 (21.03%) Scrum
7 52 (13.33%) Unit Testing
8 49 (12.56%) CRM
9 40 (10.26%) Configuration Management
9 40 (10.26%) Deployment Automation
10 38 (9.74%) Software Engineering
11 35 (8.97%) Manual Testing
11 35 (8.97%) Performance Testing
12 34 (8.72%) Integration Testing
13 33 (8.46%) SDET
14 32 (8.21%) Regression Testing
15 31 (7.95%) Test Scripting
16 29 (7.44%) Microservices
16 29 (7.44%) OO
17 28 (7.18%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 205 (52.56%) Java
2 108 (27.69%) C#
3 95 (24.36%) JavaScript
4 77 (19.74%) SQL
5 53 (13.59%) Python
6 36 (9.23%) Java 8
7 23 (5.90%) PHP
8 19 (4.87%) C++
9 18 (4.62%) C
10 15 (3.85%) Bash Shell
11 8 (2.05%) PL/SQL
11 8 (2.05%) Ruby
12 5 (1.28%) Scala
13 4 (1.03%) Shell Script
13 4 (1.03%) VBScript
14 3 (0.77%) ES6
14 3 (0.77%) TypeScript
15 2 (0.51%) T-SQL
16 1 (0.26%) VB
16 1 (0.26%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 12 (3.08%) Degree
2 9 (2.31%) Computer Science Degree
3 8 (2.05%) Microsoft Certification
4 7 (1.79%) BPSS Clearance
4 7 (1.79%) ISEB
4 7 (1.79%) Security Cleared
5 6 (1.54%) ISTQB
6 5 (1.28%) DBS Check
6 5 (1.28%) SC Cleared
7 3 (0.77%) AWS Certification
8 2 (0.51%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 1 (0.26%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (0.26%) MCSA
9 1 (0.26%) MCSE
9 1 (0.26%) PMI Certification
9 1 (0.26%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 72 (18.46%) QA
2 8 (2.05%) WAI
System Software
1 38 (9.74%) Docker
2 11 (2.82%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (2.56%) Xen
4 4 (1.03%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.26%) Active Directory
5 1 (0.26%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 41 (10.51%) Ansible
2 40 (10.26%) Puppet
3 28 (7.18%) Opscode Chef
4 25 (6.41%) Terraform
5 16 (4.10%) Kubernetes
6 14 (3.59%) Salt
7 6 (1.54%) Kibana
7 6 (1.54%) logstash
8 5 (1.28%) Packer
9 3 (0.77%) Docker Swarm
9 3 (0.77%) HP Quality Center
10 2 (0.51%) Grafana
10 2 (0.51%) Graylog
10 2 (0.51%) SCCM
10 2 (0.51%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 1 (0.26%) Consul
Vendors
1 51 (13.08%) Microsoft
2 27 (6.92%) Oracle
3 23 (5.90%) Google
4 15 (3.85%) SAP
5 11 (2.82%) VMware
6 9 (2.31%) Dell
7 7 (1.79%) Informatica
7 7 (1.79%) MuleSoft
8 3 (0.77%) Automation Anywhere
8 3 (0.77%) Xamarin
9 2 (0.51%) Cloudera
9 2 (0.51%) Cypress Semiconductor
9 2 (0.51%) HP
10 1 (0.26%) EnterpriseDB
10 1 (0.26%) IFS
10 1 (0.26%) Red Hat
10 1 (0.26%) ServiceNow
10 1 (0.26%) Talend
10 1 (0.26%) Vertica
10 1 (0.26%) Workday