Period
to 21 June 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 21 June 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
21 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 38 46 36
Rank change year-on-year +8 -10 +17
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 302 214 384
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 5.16% 3.90% 4.98%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.02% 4.72% 5.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 218 156 241
North West median daily rate £400 £388 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.23% -3.13% +8.84%
10th Percentile £289 £250 £284
90th Percentile £575 £541 £513
England median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 7
North West median hourly rate £37.50 £38.75 £42.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.23% -8.28% -
10th Percentile £36.25 £36.38 £28.25
90th Percentile £151.75 £42.13 £45.20
England median hourly rate £43.00 £39.00 £42.00
% change year-on-year +10.26% -7.14% +12.00%

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 5,014 4,530 6,411
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 85.61% 82.60% 83.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,152 2,768 3,935
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £263 £250 £256
90th Percentile £575 £550 £550
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 248 209 216
North West median hourly rate £23.20 £32.56 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -28.74% +0.17% +30.00%
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.75 £13.00
90th Percentile £53.50 £53.00 £50.63
England median hourly rate £22.00 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -12.00% - +19.05%

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 June 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 21 June 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 21 June 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 +1 176 £400 +6.67% 115
Cheshire +16 81 £350 -20.45% 27
Lancashire -2 19 £415 +3.75% 8
Merseyside +6 9 £350 -22.22% 7
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 21 June 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 (58.94%) Agile Software Development
2 116 (38.41%) Java
3 98 (32.45%) Selenium
4 87 (28.81%) JavaScript
5 82 (27.15%) DevOps
6 80 (26.49%) TDD
7 79 (26.16%) Continuous Integration
8 78 (25.83%) Jenkins
9 76 (25.17%) JIRA
10 72 (23.84%) Scrum
11 68 (22.52%) BDD
12 60 (19.87%) QA
13 56 (18.54%) Python
14 54 (17.88%) Web Services
15 52 (17.22%) C#
16 51 (16.89%) Git (software)
17 49 (16.23%) Finance
18 47 (15.56%) SQL
19 44 (14.57%) Kanban
20 42 (13.91%) Confluence
20 42 (13.91%) Software Engineering
21 41 (13.58%) Linux
22 40 (13.25%) .NET
22 40 (13.25%) Puppet
22 40 (13.25%) Kubernetes
23 39 (12.91%) HTML
24 38 (12.58%) Opscode Chef
24 38 (12.58%) Docker
24 38 (12.58%) Cucumber
24 38 (12.58%) jQuery

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 (13.91%) Confluence
2 25 (8.28%) Apache
3 18 (5.96%) CMS
4 11 (3.64%) JBoss
5 10 (3.31%) Apache Spark
6 9 (2.98%) Tomcat
7 7 (2.32%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 7 (2.32%) WebLogic
8 6 (1.99%) SharePoint
9 5 (1.66%) Elasticsearch
9 5 (1.66%) WebSphere
10 4 (1.32%) Oracle Beehive
10 4 (1.32%) WildFly
11 3 (0.99%) Apache Pig
11 3 (0.99%) Apache Solr
11 3 (0.99%) EPiServer
11 3 (0.99%) WebSphere Application Server
12 2 (0.66%) Mongoose
12 2 (0.66%) Tornado
13 1 (0.33%) Amazon Alexa
Applications
1 3 (0.99%) Microsoft Excel
1 3 (0.99%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 3 (0.99%) Magento
2 2 (0.66%) SAP FI
3 1 (0.33%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.33%) Oracle Cash Management
3 1 (0.33%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.33%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.33%) Oracle Internet Expenses
3 1 (0.33%) Oracle iProcurement
3 1 (0.33%) Oracle Payables
3 1 (0.33%) Oracle Receivables
3 1 (0.33%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 34 (11.26%) Amazon AWS
2 20 (6.62%) GitHub
3 12 (3.97%) Google Cloud Platform
4 10 (3.31%) BrowserStack
5 9 (2.98%) AWS CloudFormation
5 9 (2.98%) OpenShift
6 7 (2.32%) Microsoft Azure
6 7 (2.32%) SaaS
7 6 (1.99%) PaaS
7 6 (1.99%) Slack
8 4 (1.32%) npm
8 4 (1.32%) Serverless
8 4 (1.32%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 3 (0.99%) Amazon EC2
9 3 (0.99%) AWS Lambda
10 2 (0.66%) Amazon ELB
10 2 (0.66%) Amazon EMR
10 2 (0.66%) Amazon S3
10 2 (0.66%) Amazon SQS
10 2 (0.66%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 8 (2.65%) HTTP
2 6 (1.99%) SMS
3 4 (1.32%) TCP/IP
4 2 (0.66%) DNS
4 2 (0.66%) Internet
4 2 (0.66%) VPN
5 1 (0.33%) DHCP
5 1 (0.33%) FTP
5 1 (0.33%) IPsec
5 1 (0.33%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (7.28%) Big Data
2 16 (5.30%) NoSQL
3 14 (4.64%) SQL Server
4 13 (4.30%) MySQL
5 12 (3.97%) PostgreSQL
5 12 (3.97%) Relational Database
6 10 (3.31%) MongoDB
7 7 (2.32%) Amazon RDS
7 7 (2.32%) Apache Cassandra
7 7 (2.32%) Hadoop
8 6 (1.99%) RavenDB
9 4 (1.32%) Oracle Database
9 4 (1.32%) RDBMS
10 3 (0.99%) Apache Hive
10 3 (0.99%) HBase
11 2 (0.66%) Amazon Redshift
11 2 (0.66%) CouchDB
11 2 (0.66%) Oracle Database 11g
12 1 (0.33%) Riak
12 1 (0.33%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 98 (32.45%) Selenium
2 78 (25.83%) Jenkins
3 76 (25.17%) JIRA
4 51 (16.89%) Git (software)
5 38 (12.58%) Cucumber
6 27 (8.94%) JMeter
7 22 (7.28%) JUnit
8 20 (6.62%) Bitbucket
9 18 (5.96%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 17 (5.63%) SoapUI
11 13 (4.30%) GitLab
11 13 (4.30%) Gradle
11 13 (4.30%) TeamCity
12 12 (3.97%) Gatling
12 12 (3.97%) WebDriver
13 11 (3.64%) eggPlant
13 11 (3.64%) SonarQube
13 11 (3.64%) SpecFlow
13 11 (3.64%) Visual Studio
14 10 (3.31%) Maven
General
1 49 (16.23%) Finance
2 19 (6.29%) Marketing
2 19 (6.29%) Telecoms
3 18 (5.96%) Banking
4 17 (5.63%) Electronics
4 17 (5.63%) Manufacturing
5 13 (4.30%) Games
6 9 (2.98%) Retail
7 4 (1.32%) Pharmaceutical
8 3 (0.99%) Legal
9 2 (0.66%) Law
9 2 (0.66%) Publishing
10 1 (0.33%) Advertising
10 1 (0.33%) Automotive
10 1 (0.33%) Billing
10 1 (0.33%) Local Government
10 1 (0.33%) Military
10 1 (0.33%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 85 (28.15%) Developer
2 42 (13.91%) Tester
3 39 (12.91%) Analyst
3 39 (12.91%) DevOps Engineer
4 37 (12.25%) Test Analyst
5 32 (10.60%) Automation Tester
6 29 (9.60%) Java Developer
7 21 (6.95%) Software Engineer
7 21 (6.95%) Test Engineer
8 20 (6.62%) Automation Test Analyst
9 13 (4.30%) Test Automation Engineer
10 11 (3.64%) Consultant
11 9 (2.98%) Automation Test Lead
11 9 (2.98%) Cloud Engineer
12 8 (2.65%) Architect
12 8 (2.65%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
12 8 (2.65%) Scrum Master
12 8 (2.65%) Selenium Tester
13 7 (2.32%) .NET Developer
13 7 (2.32%) Technical Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (17.88%) Web Services
2 40 (13.25%) .NET
3 39 (12.91%) HTML
4 38 (12.58%) jQuery
5 36 (11.92%) CSS
6 33 (10.93%) JSON
7 28 (9.27%) XML
8 27 (8.94%) REST
9 26 (8.61%) HTML5
10 24 (7.95%) SOAP
11 23 (7.62%) AngularJS
12 22 (7.28%) RESTful
13 19 (6.29%) ASP.NET
13 19 (6.29%) Spring
13 19 (6.29%) Twitter Bootstrap
14 18 (5.96%) CSS3
14 18 (5.96%) Node.js
15 17 (5.63%) Hibernate
16 16 (5.30%) Spring Boot
17 14 (4.64%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 25 (8.28%) Analytical Skills
2 18 (5.96%) User Experience
3 14 (4.64%) Mobile App
4 12 (3.97%) Self-Motivation
5 11 (3.64%) Linux Command Line
6 9 (2.98%) Web 2.0
7 5 (1.66%) Semantic Web
7 5 (1.66%) Virtual Team
8 4 (1.32%) Computer Science
8 4 (1.32%) Public Cloud
9 3 (0.99%) Algorithms
9 3 (0.99%) Blog
9 3 (0.99%) Data Structures
9 3 (0.99%) Mainframe
9 3 (0.99%) Management Information System
9 3 (0.99%) Online Banking
10 2 (0.66%) Clustering
10 2 (0.66%) Enterprise Software
10 2 (0.66%) NHS
10 2 (0.66%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 41 (13.58%) Linux
2 18 (5.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 8 (2.65%) Windows
4 7 (2.32%) Android
4 7 (2.32%) Unix
5 4 (1.32%) Apple iOS
5 4 (1.32%) CentOS
6 2 (0.66%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 178 (58.94%) Agile Software Development
2 82 (27.15%) DevOps
3 80 (26.49%) TDD
4 79 (26.16%) Continuous Integration
5 72 (23.84%) Scrum
6 68 (22.52%) BDD
7 44 (14.57%) Kanban
8 42 (13.91%) Software Engineering
9 33 (10.93%) Open Source
10 31 (10.26%) Microservices
11 29 (9.60%) Test Scripting
12 27 (8.94%) Continuous Delivery
12 27 (8.94%) Unit Testing
13 26 (8.61%) User Stories
14 25 (8.28%) Performance Testing
15 23 (7.62%) Waterfall
16 21 (6.95%) Business Intelligence
16 21 (6.95%) Configuration Management
16 21 (6.95%) Regression Testing
16 21 (6.95%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 116 (38.41%) Java
2 87 (28.81%) JavaScript
3 56 (18.54%) Python
4 52 (17.22%) C#
5 47 (15.56%) SQL
6 16 (5.30%) Ruby
7 13 (4.30%) Groovy
8 12 (3.97%) Bash Shell
9 11 (3.64%) Scala
10 10 (3.31%) Go
10 10 (3.31%) Java 8
11 9 (2.98%) PHP
12 7 (2.32%) PowerShell
13 6 (1.99%) C
13 6 (1.99%) PL/SQL
13 6 (1.99%) Shell Script
14 4 (1.32%) C++
14 4 (1.32%) Perl
15 3 (0.99%) VB
15 3 (0.99%) XPath
Qualifications
1 12 (3.97%) ISEB
1 12 (3.97%) ISTQB
2 10 (3.31%) Degree
3 9 (2.98%) Security Cleared
4 7 (2.32%) PMI Certification
4 7 (2.32%) PMP
5 6 (1.99%) SC Cleared
6 5 (1.66%) AWS Certification
7 4 (1.32%) Computer Science Degree
7 4 (1.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 2 (0.66%) DBS Check
9 1 (0.33%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 60 (19.87%) QA
2 7 (2.32%) GCP
3 6 (1.99%) WAI
System Software
1 38 (12.58%) Docker
2 5 (1.66%) Virtual Machines
3 4 (1.32%) VirtualBox
4 2 (0.66%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.33%) Active Directory
5 1 (0.33%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 40 (13.25%) Kubernetes
1 40 (13.25%) Puppet
2 38 (12.58%) Opscode Chef
3 27 (8.94%) Ansible
4 9 (2.98%) Terraform
5 7 (2.32%) Salt
6 6 (1.99%) Single Sign-On
7 5 (1.66%) Docker Swarm
8 4 (1.32%) logstash
9 2 (0.66%) Consul
9 2 (0.66%) Kibana
9 2 (0.66%) Packer
10 1 (0.33%) Business Desktop Deployment
10 1 (0.33%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 22 (7.28%) SAP
2 18 (5.96%) Atlassian
3 16 (5.30%) Red Hat
4 14 (4.64%) Google
5 11 (3.64%) Oracle
6 10 (3.31%) Adobe
6 10 (3.31%) Microsoft
7 6 (1.99%) Perforce
7 6 (1.99%) ServiceNow
8 4 (1.32%) IBM
8 4 (1.32%) Zend
9 3 (0.99%) Ab Initio
9 3 (0.99%) Capita
10 2 (0.66%) CA
10 2 (0.66%) Dell
10 2 (0.66%) HP
10 2 (0.66%) Siebel
10 2 (0.66%) Splunk
10 2 (0.66%) TIBCO
10 2 (0.66%) VMware