Period
to 20 September 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 20 September 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
20 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 33 35 43
Rank change year-on-year +2 +8 -10
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 334 277 294
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 5.61% 4.75% 3.99%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.72% 5.79% 4.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 239 203 190
North West median daily rate £413 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £313 £290 £274
90th Percentile £551 £575 £500
England median daily rate £463 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +5.11% +3.53% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 5
North West median hourly rate £46.00 £31.25 £33.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +47.20% -6.72% +6.35%
10th Percentile £34.63 £26.13 £26.37
90th Percentile £140.40 £37.38 £40.45
England median hourly rate £40.88 £40.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +2.19% - +6.67%

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 4,973 4,786 6,194
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 83.48% 82.02% 84.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,142 2,936 3,904
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £263 £263 £260
90th Percentile £575 £550 £556
England median daily rate £465 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 269 195 180
North West median hourly rate £22.00 £30.00 £21.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -26.67% +37.93% -26.82%
10th Percentile £11.23 £11.73 £12.16
90th Percentile £51.25 £52.80 £53.00
England median hourly rate £21.00 £23.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -8.70% - +4.55%

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 20 September 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 20 September 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 20 September 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 -3 178 £425 +13.33% 77
Cheshire +8 97 £400 -11.11% 33
Lancashire +4 30 £453 -15.37% 9
Merseyside +1 14 £400 +6.67% 14
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 20 September 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.

1 178 (53.29%) Agile Software Development
2 157 (47.01%) Selenium
3 153 (45.81%) Java
4 101 (30.24%) BDD
5 92 (27.54%) Jenkins
6 87 (26.05%) Continuous Integration
6 87 (26.05%) TDD
7 83 (24.85%) Scrum
8 82 (24.55%) JIRA
9 81 (24.25%) DevOps
10 75 (22.46%) C#
11 74 (22.16%) JavaScript
12 72 (21.56%) QA
13 71 (21.26%) Web Services
14 63 (18.86%) .NET
15 58 (17.37%) Cucumber
16 57 (17.07%) Git (software)
17 52 (15.57%) SQL
18 50 (14.97%) Python
19 45 (13.47%) Confluence
20 42 (12.57%) JMeter
21 40 (11.98%) SOAP
21 40 (11.98%) Docker
22 39 (11.68%) Amazon AWS
22 39 (11.68%) CSS
23 37 (11.08%) Linux
23 37 (11.08%) Puppet
24 36 (10.78%) Unit Testing
24 36 (10.78%) HTML
24 36 (10.78%) Software Engineering

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 45 (13.47%) Confluence
2 14 (4.19%) Apache
3 12 (3.59%) SharePoint
4 10 (2.99%) CMS
5 7 (2.10%) BizTalk Server
6 6 (1.80%) Apache Spark
6 6 (1.80%) Umbraco
7 5 (1.50%) JBoss
8 4 (1.20%) Apache Pig
8 4 (1.20%) WebLogic
9 3 (0.90%) Drupal
9 3 (0.90%) Elasticsearch
10 2 (0.60%) Apache Solr
10 2 (0.60%) Mule
10 2 (0.60%) nginx
10 2 (0.60%) Tomcat
11 1 (0.30%) CICS
11 1 (0.30%) Liferay
11 1 (0.30%) Oracle Workflow
11 1 (0.30%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (0.30%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 19 (5.69%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.90%) Distributed Ledger
2 3 (0.90%) SAP FI
3 1 (0.30%) Exstream
3 1 (0.30%) Magento
3 1 (0.30%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.30%) Oracle Cash Management
3 1 (0.30%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.30%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.30%) Oracle Internet Expenses
3 1 (0.30%) Oracle iProcurement
3 1 (0.30%) Oracle Payables
3 1 (0.30%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 39 (11.68%) Amazon AWS
2 23 (6.89%) Microsoft Azure
3 17 (5.09%) BrowserStack
4 12 (3.59%) AWS CloudFormation
5 11 (3.29%) GitHub
6 10 (2.99%) Amazon EC2
6 10 (2.99%) Amazon SQS
7 9 (2.69%) Google Cloud Platform
7 9 (2.69%) SaaS
8 8 (2.40%) Dynamics 365
9 7 (2.10%) Slack
10 6 (1.80%) OpenShift
11 5 (1.50%) Cloud Computing
11 5 (1.50%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 4 (1.20%) BlazeMeter
13 3 (0.90%) Boomi
13 3 (0.90%) IaaS
14 2 (0.60%) Amazon ELB
14 2 (0.60%) Amazon EMR
14 2 (0.60%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 10 (2.99%) HTTP
2 8 (2.40%) TCP/IP
3 5 (1.50%) DNS
3 5 (1.50%) Internet
4 3 (0.90%) DHCP
4 3 (0.90%) FTP
4 3 (0.90%) IPsec
4 3 (0.90%) SMS
5 2 (0.60%) SSL
5 2 (0.60%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (5.39%) MySQL
1 18 (5.39%) PostgreSQL
2 17 (5.09%) MongoDB
2 17 (5.09%) SQL Server
3 11 (3.29%) Big Data
4 8 (2.40%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 8 (2.40%) NoSQL
5 7 (2.10%) Relational Database
6 6 (1.80%) Apache Hive
6 6 (1.80%) Hadoop
6 6 (1.80%) RavenDB
7 5 (1.50%) Apache Cassandra
7 5 (1.50%) Oracle Database
8 4 (1.20%) Amazon Redshift
8 4 (1.20%) Azure SQL Database
8 4 (1.20%) HBase
9 3 (0.90%) Blockchain
9 3 (0.90%) Data Warehouse
9 3 (0.90%) RDBMS
9 3 (0.90%) ZAP BI
Development Applications
1 157 (47.01%) Selenium
2 92 (27.54%) Jenkins
3 82 (24.55%) JIRA
4 58 (17.37%) Cucumber
5 57 (17.07%) Git (software)
6 42 (12.57%) JMeter
7 28 (8.38%) JUnit
7 28 (8.38%) WebDriver
8 26 (7.78%) SpecFlow
9 24 (7.19%) SoapUI
10 18 (5.39%) Bitbucket
11 17 (5.09%) Gradle
11 17 (5.09%) Maven
11 17 (5.09%) Visual Studio
12 16 (4.79%) Gatling
13 15 (4.49%) Octopus Deploy
14 13 (3.89%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 13 (3.89%) TeamCity
15 10 (2.99%) Jasmine
15 10 (2.99%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 32 (9.58%) Finance
2 13 (3.89%) Banking
3 9 (2.69%) Retail
4 6 (1.80%) Manufacturing
5 5 (1.50%) Electronics
5 5 (1.50%) Marketing
5 5 (1.50%) Telecoms
6 2 (0.60%) Automotive
6 2 (0.60%) Games
6 2 (0.60%) Law
6 2 (0.60%) Military
7 1 (0.30%) Back Office
7 1 (0.30%) Legal
7 1 (0.30%) Local Government
7 1 (0.30%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.30%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 101 (30.24%) Developer
2 60 (17.96%) Tester
3 47 (14.07%) Analyst
4 46 (13.77%) Automation Tester
5 45 (13.47%) Test Analyst
6 27 (8.08%) Java Developer
6 27 (8.08%) Test Leader
7 23 (6.89%) Automation Test Analyst
8 20 (5.99%) DevOps Engineer
9 19 (5.69%) Test Engineer
10 17 (5.09%) QA Engineer
11 15 (4.49%) .NET Developer
11 15 (4.49%) Consultant
12 14 (4.19%) Android Developer
12 14 (4.19%) Software Engineer
13 12 (3.59%) Automation Test Lead
13 12 (3.59%) Test Automation Engineer
14 11 (3.29%) Selenium Automation Tester
14 11 (3.29%) Selenium Tester
15 10 (2.99%) Developer in Test
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 71 (21.26%) Web Services
2 63 (18.86%) .NET
3 40 (11.98%) SOAP
4 39 (11.68%) CSS
5 36 (10.78%) HTML
6 32 (9.58%) RESTful
6 32 (9.58%) Spring
7 31 (9.28%) AngularJS
7 31 (9.28%) JSON
8 27 (8.08%) Spring Boot
9 26 (7.78%) jQuery
9 26 (7.78%) XML
10 23 (6.89%) REST
11 21 (6.29%) Gherkin
12 18 (5.39%) Node.js
13 17 (5.09%) Hibernate
13 17 (5.09%) HTML5
14 15 (4.49%) CSS3
15 13 (3.89%) ASP.NET
15 13 (3.89%) React
Miscellaneous
1 21 (6.29%) Mobile App
2 10 (2.99%) Computer Science
3 9 (2.69%) Analytical Skills
4 7 (2.10%) Management Information System
4 7 (2.10%) Self-Motivation
5 6 (1.80%) User Experience
6 5 (1.50%) Semantic Web
7 4 (1.20%) Blog
8 3 (0.90%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 3 (0.90%) Linux Command Line
8 3 (0.90%) Public Cloud
8 3 (0.90%) Web 2.0
9 2 (0.60%) Algorithms
9 2 (0.60%) Clustering
9 2 (0.60%) Data Structures
9 2 (0.60%) Enterprise Software
9 2 (0.60%) NHS
9 2 (0.60%) Online Banking
9 2 (0.60%) Robotics
10 1 (0.30%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 37 (11.08%) Linux
2 14 (4.19%) Android
3 11 (3.29%) Windows
4 10 (2.99%) Unix
5 7 (2.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 5 (1.50%) CentOS
7 4 (1.20%) Kali Linux
8 2 (0.60%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (0.30%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 178 (53.29%) Agile Software Development
2 101 (30.24%) BDD
3 87 (26.05%) Continuous Integration
3 87 (26.05%) TDD
4 83 (24.85%) Scrum
5 81 (24.25%) DevOps
6 36 (10.78%) Software Engineering
6 36 (10.78%) Unit Testing
7 33 (9.88%) Performance Testing
8 30 (8.98%) Test Scripting
9 29 (8.68%) SDLC
10 28 (8.38%) Kanban
11 27 (8.08%) Continuous Delivery
11 27 (8.08%) Microservices
11 27 (8.08%) Test Strategy
12 26 (7.78%) API Testing
12 26 (7.78%) Configuration Management
13 25 (7.49%) User Stories
14 24 (7.19%) Manual Testing
14 24 (7.19%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 153 (45.81%) Java
2 75 (22.46%) C#
3 74 (22.16%) JavaScript
4 52 (15.57%) SQL
5 50 (14.97%) Python
6 23 (6.89%) Java 8
7 14 (4.19%) C
8 13 (3.89%) C++
8 13 (3.89%) Groovy
8 13 (3.89%) Ruby
9 12 (3.59%) Bash Shell
10 11 (3.29%) PHP
11 8 (2.40%) Scala
11 8 (2.40%) Shell Script
12 5 (1.50%) PL/SQL
13 4 (1.20%) T-SQL
14 3 (0.90%) Java 9
14 3 (0.90%) VB
14 3 (0.90%) VBScript
15 2 (0.60%) PHP 7
Qualifications
1 13 (3.89%) ISEB
2 12 (3.59%) Degree
3 11 (3.29%) ISTQB
4 10 (2.99%) Computer Science Degree
5 5 (1.50%) AWS Certification
5 5 (1.50%) Security Cleared
6 4 (1.20%) DBS Check
6 4 (1.20%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 4 (1.20%) Microsoft Certification
7 3 (0.90%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (0.60%) SC Cleared
9 1 (0.30%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (0.30%) MCSA
9 1 (0.30%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 72 (21.56%) QA
2 6 (1.80%) WAI
3 1 (0.30%) GCP
System Software
1 40 (11.98%) Docker
2 5 (1.50%) Virtual Machines
3 4 (1.20%) VirtualBox
4 2 (0.60%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.30%) Active Directory
5 1 (0.30%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 37 (11.08%) Puppet
2 32 (9.58%) Ansible
3 31 (9.28%) Kubernetes
4 27 (8.08%) Opscode Chef
5 14 (4.19%) Terraform
6 12 (3.59%) Salt
7 6 (1.80%) Docker Swarm
8 3 (0.90%) Consul
8 3 (0.90%) HP Quality Center
8 3 (0.90%) Kibana
8 3 (0.90%) Packer
8 3 (0.90%) Single Sign-On
9 2 (0.60%) Grafana
9 2 (0.60%) Graylog
9 2 (0.60%) logstash
Vendors
1 23 (6.89%) Microsoft
2 20 (5.99%) Oracle
3 12 (3.59%) Google
3 12 (3.59%) SAP
4 5 (1.50%) Capita
5 4 (1.20%) Atlassian
5 4 (1.20%) Red Hat
6 3 (0.90%) Automation Anywhere
6 3 (0.90%) Dell
6 3 (0.90%) HP
6 3 (0.90%) IBM
6 3 (0.90%) Informatica
6 3 (0.90%) MuleSoft
6 3 (0.90%) ServiceNow
6 3 (0.90%) Siebel
6 3 (0.90%) TIBCO
7 2 (0.60%) Apigee
7 2 (0.60%) Cloudera
7 2 (0.60%) Perforce
7 2 (0.60%) VMware