Period
to 21 November 2017

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 21 November 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.

Automated Testing
England > North West
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 36 44 32
Rank change year-on-year +8 -12 +36
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 294 275 394
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 5.13% 4.03% 4.61%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.31% 4.81% 5.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 219 190 237
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +8.57%
10th Percentile £281 £306 £263
90th Percentile £590 £513 £513
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 4 3
North West median hourly rate £43.00 £41.50 £31.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.61% +31.75% -0.17%
England median hourly rate £45.00 £40.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +12.50% +6.67% +7.14%

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 4662 5717 6933
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 81.28% 83.84% 81.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 2977 3683 4206
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £263 £263 £255
90th Percentile £586 £556 £575
England median daily rate £450 £425 £423
% change year-on-year +5.88% +0.47% +5.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 204 166 282
North West median hourly rate £27.00 £22.42 £30.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.41% -26.53% +69.56%
10th Percentile £11.60 £12.13 £12.37
90th Percentile £53.00 £53.00 £52.47
England median hourly rate £23.75 £24.42 £22.50
% change year-on-year -2.74% +8.53% +18.42%

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 21 November 2017.

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 21 November 2017.

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 21 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 +1 138 £400 -4.48% 59
Cheshire +18 80 £440 +8.64% 23
Merseyside +29 37 £400 +19.40% 5
Lancashire +10 26 £451 +20.20% 6
Cumbria - 1 - -
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 21 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Test Automation 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 Test Automation.

1 173 (58.84%) Agile Software Development
2 124 (42.18%) TDD
3 121 (41.16%) Java
4 104 (35.37%) Git (software)
5 103 (35.03%) JavaScript
6 82 (27.89%) Scrum
7 75 (25.51%) BDD
8 74 (25.17%) SQL
9 70 (23.81%) JIRA
9 70 (23.81%) Continuous Integration
10 69 (23.47%) Jenkins
11 64 (21.77%) Node.js
12 61 (20.75%) Unit Testing
13 60 (20.41%) Selenium
14 59 (20.07%) Linux
15 57 (19.39%) Software Engineering
16 55 (18.71%) CSS
17 53 (18.03%) Web Services
17 53 (18.03%) MongoDB
17 53 (18.03%) REST
18 52 (17.69%) Cucumber
19 51 (17.35%) Kanban
19 51 (17.35%) C#
20 49 (16.67%) HTML
21 48 (16.33%) QA
21 48 (16.33%) DevOps
21 48 (16.33%) Mentoring
22 47 (15.99%) .NET
23 46 (15.65%) Open Source
24 44 (14.97%) Finance

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 41 (13.95%) Confluence
2 12 (4.08%) Apache
3 9 (3.06%) Elasticsearch
4 8 (2.72%) nginx
5 7 (2.38%) CMS
6 6 (2.04%) Apache Spark
7 5 (1.70%) BizTalk Server
7 5 (1.70%) SharePoint
8 3 (1.02%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 3 (1.02%) Drupal
9 2 (0.68%) IIS
9 2 (0.68%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 2 (0.68%) Umbraco
9 2 (0.68%) WebSphere
10 1 (0.34%) ArchestrA
10 1 (0.34%) Cloud Foundry
10 1 (0.34%) OpenStack
10 1 (0.34%) Sitecore CMS
10 1 (0.34%) WebLogic
Applications
1 7 (2.38%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.68%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 6 (2.04%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.34%) Oracle SCM
Cloud Services
1 29 (9.86%) Slack
2 21 (7.14%) Amazon AWS
3 20 (6.80%) npm
4 16 (5.44%) GitHub
5 11 (3.74%) Microsoft Azure
6 5 (1.70%) AWS Lambda
6 5 (1.70%) Serverless
7 4 (1.36%) Amazon S3
7 4 (1.36%) PaaS
8 3 (1.02%) Amazon SQS
8 3 (1.02%) Google Analytics
8 3 (1.02%) Google Cloud Platform
9 2 (0.68%) Dynamics 365
10 1 (0.34%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 1 (0.34%) Amazon ELB
10 1 (0.34%) AWS CloudFormation
10 1 (0.34%) BlazeMeter
10 1 (0.34%) BrowserStack
10 1 (0.34%) Office 365
10 1 (0.34%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 15 (5.10%) HTTP
2 5 (1.70%) NAS
3 3 (1.02%) DNS
3 3 (1.02%) Internet
3 3 (1.02%) PuTTY
3 3 (1.02%) SMS
3 3 (1.02%) WinSCP
4 2 (0.68%) SSH
5 1 (0.34%) 802.15
5 1 (0.34%) Broadband
5 1 (0.34%) Firewall
5 1 (0.34%) Intranet
5 1 (0.34%) Intrusion Detection
5 1 (0.34%) IPv6
5 1 (0.34%) Skype
5 1 (0.34%) VPN
5 1 (0.34%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 53 (18.03%) MongoDB
2 42 (14.29%) MySQL
3 40 (13.61%) NoSQL
4 29 (9.86%) PostgreSQL
5 28 (9.52%) Relational Database
6 20 (6.80%) Apache Cassandra
6 20 (6.80%) RDBMS
7 18 (6.12%) SQL Server
8 8 (2.72%) Hadoop
9 5 (1.70%) Redis
10 4 (1.36%) Oracle Database
11 3 (1.02%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 3 (1.02%) Amazon RDS
11 3 (1.02%) Big Data
12 2 (0.68%) Data Warehouse
12 2 (0.68%) DB2
13 1 (0.34%) SQL Server 2000
13 1 (0.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 1 (0.34%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 1 (0.34%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 104 (35.37%) Git (software)
2 70 (23.81%) JIRA
3 69 (23.47%) Jenkins
4 60 (20.41%) Selenium
5 52 (17.69%) Cucumber
6 39 (13.27%) JUnit
7 22 (7.48%) SonarQube
8 20 (6.80%) Gradle
9 19 (6.46%) gulp
9 19 (6.46%) WebDriver
10 16 (5.44%) Jasmine
11 15 (5.10%) SpecFlow
12 13 (4.42%) Eclipse
12 13 (4.42%) Grunt
12 13 (4.42%) JMeter
13 12 (4.08%) Subversion
14 11 (3.74%) Bitbucket
15 10 (3.40%) IntelliJ
15 10 (3.40%) JProfiler
16 9 (3.06%) Visual Studio
General
1 44 (14.97%) Finance
2 28 (9.52%) Banking
3 16 (5.44%) Manufacturing
4 11 (3.74%) Games
5 10 (3.40%) Marketing
6 6 (2.04%) Telecoms
7 4 (1.36%) Electronics
7 4 (1.36%) Retail
8 3 (1.02%) Automotive
9 2 (0.68%) Back Office
9 2 (0.68%) Financial Institution
9 2 (0.68%) Online Betting
9 2 (0.68%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.34%) Advertising
10 1 (0.34%) Billing
10 1 (0.34%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.34%) Legal
10 1 (0.34%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 136 (46.26%) Developer
2 47 (15.99%) Java Developer
3 46 (15.65%) Analyst
3 46 (15.65%) Test Analyst
4 24 (8.16%) Tester
5 21 (7.14%) .NET Developer
5 21 (7.14%) Software Engineer
6 20 (6.80%) C# Developer
7 19 (6.46%) Software Developer
8 18 (6.12%) Automation Test Analyst
9 17 (5.78%) C# .NET Developer
10 16 (5.44%) Java Engineer
11 15 (5.10%) JavaScript Developer
11 15 (5.10%) Scrum Master
12 14 (4.76%) Web Developer
13 13 (4.42%) Java Software Engineer
14 12 (4.08%) Agile Scrum Master
14 12 (4.08%) Automation Tester
14 12 (4.08%) Java Software Developer
15 11 (3.74%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 64 (21.77%) Node.js
2 55 (18.71%) CSS
3 53 (18.03%) REST
3 53 (18.03%) Web Services
4 49 (16.67%) HTML
5 47 (15.99%) .NET
6 31 (10.54%) SOAP
7 30 (10.20%) HTML5
8 28 (9.52%) JSON
9 27 (9.18%) CSS3
10 26 (8.84%) Spring
11 23 (7.82%) Hibernate
12 21 (7.14%) Spring Boot
13 20 (6.80%) Sass
13 20 (6.80%) XML
14 19 (6.46%) JPA
14 19 (6.46%) jQuery
15 18 (6.12%) Ajax
15 18 (6.12%) ASP.NET
16 17 (5.78%) Express
Miscellaneous
1 10 (3.40%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (2.72%) Clustering
3 7 (2.38%) Interactive TV
4 6 (2.04%) Robotics
4 6 (2.04%) User Experience
4 6 (2.04%) Video on Demand
4 6 (2.04%) Virtual Team
5 5 (1.70%) Computer Science
5 5 (1.70%) Credit Risk
6 4 (1.36%) Fintech
6 4 (1.36%) Management Information System
6 4 (1.36%) Public Cloud
7 3 (1.02%) Digital Media
7 3 (1.02%) Equities
7 3 (1.02%) Fixed Income
7 3 (1.02%) Greenfield Project
7 3 (1.02%) MHEG
7 3 (1.02%) Mobile Banking
7 3 (1.02%) Reference Data
7 3 (1.02%) Web 2.0
Operating Systems
1 59 (20.07%) Linux
2 35 (11.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 19 (6.46%) Windows
4 13 (4.42%) Android
4 13 (4.42%) Unix
5 6 (2.04%) Windows 10
6 5 (1.70%) Apple iOS
6 5 (1.70%) Mac OS X
7 3 (1.02%) Windows Server
8 2 (0.68%) Kali Linux
8 2 (0.68%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.34%) CentOS
9 1 (0.34%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 173 (58.84%) Agile Software Development
2 124 (42.18%) TDD
3 82 (27.89%) Scrum
4 75 (25.51%) BDD
5 70 (23.81%) Continuous Integration
6 61 (20.75%) Unit Testing
7 57 (19.39%) Software Engineering
8 51 (17.35%) Kanban
9 48 (16.33%) DevOps
9 48 (16.33%) Mentoring
10 46 (15.65%) Open Source
11 43 (14.63%) Microservices
12 40 (13.61%) Coaching
13 38 (12.93%) SDLC
14 35 (11.90%) User Stories
15 31 (10.54%) OO
16 28 (9.52%) Software Testing
17 27 (9.18%) Continuous Delivery
18 22 (7.48%) Test Scripting
19 21 (7.14%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 121 (41.16%) Java
2 103 (35.03%) JavaScript
3 74 (25.17%) SQL
4 51 (17.35%) C#
5 24 (8.16%) Python
6 16 (5.44%) C++
7 14 (4.76%) Shell Script
8 13 (4.42%) ES6
9 11 (3.74%) Bash Shell
9 11 (3.74%) C
10 9 (3.06%) PowerShell
10 9 (3.06%) VBScript
11 8 (2.72%) Ruby
11 8 (2.72%) VB
12 6 (2.04%) VB.NET
13 5 (1.70%) PHP
14 4 (1.36%) Go
14 4 (1.36%) Scala
15 3 (1.02%) F#
15 3 (1.02%) VBA
Qualifications
1 13 (4.42%) PMI Certification
1 13 (4.42%) PMP
2 12 (4.08%) ISEB
3 11 (3.74%) SC Cleared
3 11 (3.74%) Security Cleared
4 9 (3.06%) Degree
5 6 (2.04%) Microsoft Certification
6 5 (1.70%) MCSE
7 4 (1.36%) ISTQB
7 4 (1.36%) MCSA
8 3 (1.02%) Computer Science Degree
9 2 (0.68%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 2 (0.68%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.34%) CCNA
10 1 (0.34%) Cisco Certification
10 1 (0.34%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 48 (16.33%) QA
2 2 (0.68%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.34%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.34%) MiFID
System Software
1 19 (6.46%) Docker
2 8 (2.72%) Xen
3 3 (1.02%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.68%) VirtualBox
5 1 (0.34%) Active Directory
5 1 (0.34%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.34%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 16 (5.44%) Opscode Chef
2 15 (5.10%) Puppet
3 11 (3.74%) HP Quality Center
4 10 (3.40%) Ansible
5 9 (3.06%) Kubernetes
6 8 (2.72%) Rancher
7 3 (1.02%) Kibana
7 3 (1.02%) logstash
7 3 (1.02%) Mesos
8 2 (0.68%) Nessus
8 2 (0.68%) Nexpose
9 1 (0.34%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 1 (0.34%) Salt
9 1 (0.34%) Terraform
9 1 (0.34%) Wonderware InTouch
Vendors
1 28 (9.52%) Oracle
2 26 (8.84%) Perforce
3 19 (6.46%) Microsoft
4 16 (5.44%) Red Hat
5 12 (4.08%) HP
6 6 (2.04%) Blue Prism
6 6 (2.04%) Google
6 6 (2.04%) Pega
7 5 (1.70%) SAP
7 5 (1.70%) Splunk
7 5 (1.70%) VMware
8 4 (1.36%) Atlassian
8 4 (1.36%) Fortinet
9 3 (1.02%) Adobe
9 3 (1.02%) OpenTV
10 2 (0.68%) IBM
10 2 (0.68%) Imperva
10 2 (0.68%) Rapid7
10 2 (0.68%) Sitecore
11 1 (0.34%) WSO2