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 3 months to 27 June 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
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 39 42 32
Rank change year-on-year +3 -10  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 123 146 159
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 4.18% 3.85% 4.37%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 5.17% 4.69% 5.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 86 88 108
Median daily rate £425 £394 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.93% +5.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £323 £260 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £500 £507
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 0
Median hourly rate £31.25 £34.75 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.07% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.25 £38.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +0.65% +8.57%  

Test Automation 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 2381 3115 2862
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 80.85% 82.06% 78.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 1410 1960 1689
Median daily rate £410 £415 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.20% +7.79%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 99 78 122
Median hourly rate £40.00 £28.50 £34.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.35% -16.17%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.58 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £53.00 £56.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

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

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 3 months to 27 June 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
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 3 months to 27 June 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 +4 69 £375 +5.63% 61
Cheshire +7 34 £450 +4.65% 17
Merseyside +3 13 £450 +42.29% 5
Lancashire +6 6 £413 +59.42% 4
Cumbria - 1 - -
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 27 June 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.

1 132 (61.97%) Agile Software Development
2 103 (48.36%) Java
3 72 (33.80%) Selenium
4 71 (33.33%) JavaScript
5 61 (28.64%) TDD
5 61 (28.64%) Git (software)
6 60 (28.17%) Jenkins
6 60 (28.17%) QA
7 55 (25.82%) Continuous Integration
8 52 (24.41%) JIRA
9 51 (23.94%) Unit Testing
9 51 (23.94%) Scrum
10 50 (23.47%) SQL
11 45 (21.13%) .NET
12 41 (19.25%) CSS
13 38 (17.84%) C#
14 36 (16.90%) Web Services
15 35 (16.43%) Linux
16 34 (15.96%) Finance
16 34 (15.96%) Cucumber
17 33 (15.49%) WebDriver
17 33 (15.49%) DevOps
18 32 (15.02%) BDD
19 31 (14.55%) HTML
20 29 (13.62%) Python
21 28 (13.15%) jQuery
22 26 (12.21%) Software Engineering
22 26 (12.21%) XML
22 26 (12.21%) MongoDB
22 26 (12.21%) REST

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 19 (8.92%) Confluence
2 8 (3.76%) CMS
3 5 (2.35%) nginx
3 5 (2.35%) Sitecore CMS
4 4 (1.88%) Apache
4 4 (1.88%) Apache Spark
4 4 (1.88%) WebSphere
5 3 (1.41%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 3 (1.41%) ColdFusion
5 3 (1.41%) Elasticsearch
5 3 (1.41%) WebSphere Application Server
6 2 (0.94%) Drupal
6 2 (0.94%) SharePoint
6 2 (0.94%) Tomcat
6 2 (0.94%) Umbraco
7 1 (0.47%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.47%) CICS
7 1 (0.47%) Cloud Foundry
7 1 (0.47%) IIS
7 1 (0.47%) OpenStack
Applications
1 1 (0.47%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (0.47%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (0.47%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 4 (1.88%) Dynamics CRM
1 4 (1.88%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.94%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.47%) Magento
3 1 (0.47%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.47%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 21 (9.86%) Amazon AWS
2 17 (7.98%) GitHub
3 8 (3.76%) Microsoft Azure
4 5 (2.35%) Slack
5 4 (1.88%) Google Cloud Platform
5 4 (1.88%) PaaS
6 3 (1.41%) Amazon S3
6 3 (1.41%) AWS CloudFormation
7 2 (0.94%) Amazon EC2
7 2 (0.94%) Amazon SQS
7 2 (0.94%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
7 2 (0.94%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (0.94%) Google Analytics
8 1 (0.47%) AWS Lambda
8 1 (0.47%) BrowserStack
8 1 (0.47%) Dynamics 365
8 1 (0.47%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 11 (5.16%) HTTP
2 7 (3.29%) Internet
3 4 (1.88%) Firewall
4 3 (1.41%) TCP/IP
5 2 (0.94%) SSL
6 1 (0.47%) DNS
6 1 (0.47%) LDAP
6 1 (0.47%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (12.21%) MongoDB
2 22 (10.33%) Relational Database
3 21 (9.86%) SQL Server
4 10 (4.69%) MySQL
5 9 (4.23%) Apache Cassandra
6 8 (3.76%) Hadoop
6 8 (3.76%) NoSQL
6 8 (3.76%) PostgreSQL
6 8 (3.76%) RDBMS
7 5 (2.35%) Big Data
8 4 (1.88%) DB2
9 3 (1.41%) Redis
9 3 (1.41%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 3 (1.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 3 (1.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 2 (0.94%) Data Warehouse
11 1 (0.47%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 1 (0.47%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 72 (33.80%) Selenium
2 61 (28.64%) Git (software)
3 60 (28.17%) Jenkins
4 52 (24.41%) JIRA
5 34 (15.96%) Cucumber
6 33 (15.49%) WebDriver
7 18 (8.45%) gulp
7 18 (8.45%) JUnit
8 13 (6.10%) Gradle
9 9 (4.23%) SoapUI
9 9 (4.23%) SonarQube
10 8 (3.76%) Team Foundation Server
11 7 (3.29%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 7 (3.29%) Bitbucket
11 7 (3.29%) Eclipse
11 7 (3.29%) SpecFlow
12 6 (2.82%) Visual Studio
13 5 (2.35%) Jasmine
13 5 (2.35%) Subversion
13 5 (2.35%) TeamCity
General
1 34 (15.96%) Finance
2 20 (9.39%) Banking
3 6 (2.82%) Manufacturing
3 6 (2.82%) Marketing
3 6 (2.82%) Retail
4 5 (2.35%) Telecoms
5 4 (1.88%) Electronics
6 3 (1.41%) Games
7 2 (0.94%) Back Office
8 1 (0.47%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.47%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.47%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 78 (36.62%) Developer
2 37 (17.37%) Tester
3 29 (13.62%) Analyst
4 28 (13.15%) Test Analyst
5 25 (11.74%) Automation Tester
5 25 (11.74%) Java Developer
6 19 (8.92%) DevOps Engineer
7 15 (7.04%) .NET Developer
8 13 (6.10%) QA Engineer
8 13 (6.10%) Software Developer
9 12 (5.63%) C# Developer
10 10 (4.69%) C# .NET Developer
11 9 (4.23%) Android Developer
11 9 (4.23%) Java Engineer
11 9 (4.23%) QA Automation Engineer
11 9 (4.23%) Selenium Automation Tester
11 9 (4.23%) Selenium Tester
12 8 (3.76%) Automation Engineer
12 8 (3.76%) Automation Test Analyst
12 8 (3.76%) JavaScript Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (21.13%) .NET
2 41 (19.25%) CSS
3 36 (16.90%) Web Services
4 31 (14.55%) HTML
5 28 (13.15%) jQuery
6 26 (12.21%) REST
6 26 (12.21%) XML
7 24 (11.27%) ASP.NET
7 24 (11.27%) HTML5
8 23 (10.80%) AngularJS
9 22 (10.33%) Node.js
9 22 (10.33%) SOAP
10 21 (9.86%) ASP.NET MVC
11 17 (7.98%) CSS3
12 15 (7.04%) Gherkin
12 15 (7.04%) J2EE
12 15 (7.04%) Sass
13 14 (6.57%) .NET Core
13 14 (6.57%) Spring
14 12 (5.63%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 12 (5.63%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (3.29%) Public Cloud
3 5 (2.35%) Clustering
4 4 (1.88%) Computer Science
4 4 (1.88%) Greenfield Project
4 4 (1.88%) Mobile App
4 4 (1.88%) User Experience
4 4 (1.88%) Video on Demand
4 4 (1.88%) Web 2.0
5 3 (1.41%) Interactive TV
5 3 (1.41%) iPad
5 3 (1.41%) Management Information System
5 3 (1.41%) MHEG
5 3 (1.41%) Streaming Video
6 2 (0.94%) IPTV
6 2 (0.94%) Mobile Banking
6 2 (0.94%) PlayStation
7 1 (0.47%) Linux Command Line
7 1 (0.47%) Mainframe
7 1 (0.47%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 35 (16.43%) Linux
2 19 (8.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 14 (6.57%) Android
4 7 (3.29%) Windows
5 6 (2.82%) Unix
6 5 (2.35%) Apple iOS
6 5 (2.35%) CentOS
7 1 (0.47%) VxWorks
7 1 (0.47%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 132 (61.97%) Agile Software Development
2 61 (28.64%) TDD
3 55 (25.82%) Continuous Integration
4 51 (23.94%) Scrum
4 51 (23.94%) Unit Testing
5 33 (15.49%) DevOps
6 32 (15.02%) BDD
7 26 (12.21%) Software Engineering
8 24 (11.27%) OO
9 23 (10.80%) Software Testing
10 22 (10.33%) MVC
11 19 (8.92%) Continuous Delivery
11 19 (8.92%) User Acceptance Testing
12 18 (8.45%) Open Source
12 18 (8.45%) Refactoring
13 17 (7.98%) Kanban
13 17 (7.98%) Regression Testing
14 16 (7.51%) Integration Testing
14 16 (7.51%) SMACSS
15 15 (7.04%) QA Automation
Programming Languages
1 103 (48.36%) Java
2 71 (33.33%) JavaScript
3 50 (23.47%) SQL
4 38 (17.84%) C#
5 29 (13.62%) Python
6 14 (6.57%) C++
7 13 (6.10%) C
8 9 (4.23%) Shell Script
9 6 (2.82%) Bash Shell
10 5 (2.35%) PL/SQL
11 4 (1.88%) Scala
12 3 (1.41%) Go
12 3 (1.41%) PowerShell
12 3 (1.41%) VB.NET
13 2 (0.94%) Apple Swift
13 2 (0.94%) PHP
14 1 (0.47%) COBOL
14 1 (0.47%) Groovy
14 1 (0.47%) MATLAB
14 1 (0.47%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 9 (4.23%) Degree
2 8 (3.76%) SC Cleared
2 8 (3.76%) Security Cleared
3 7 (3.29%) ISTQB
4 6 (2.82%) ISEB
5 3 (1.41%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 60 (28.17%) QA
2 2 (0.94%) GDPR
3 1 (0.47%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 1 (0.47%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 25 (11.74%) Docker
2 5 (2.35%) Xen
3 2 (0.94%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.47%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 17 (7.98%) Puppet
2 16 (7.51%) Opscode Chef
3 13 (6.10%) Ansible
4 8 (3.76%) Kubernetes
5 5 (2.35%) HP Quality Center
5 5 (2.35%) Rancher
6 3 (1.41%) Mesos
7 2 (0.94%) Kibana
7 2 (0.94%) logstash
Vendors
1 14 (6.57%) Red Hat
2 13 (6.10%) Oracle
3 10 (4.69%) Perforce
4 7 (3.29%) Microsoft
5 6 (2.82%) Google
6 5 (2.35%) HP
6 5 (2.35%) SAP
6 5 (2.35%) Sitecore
6 5 (2.35%) VMware
7 4 (1.88%) IBM
7 4 (1.88%) Pega
8 3 (1.41%) Adobe
8 3 (1.41%) OpenTV
9 2 (0.94%) Splunk
9 2 (0.94%) Workday
9 2 (0.94%) Xamarin
10 1 (0.47%) Atlassian
10 1 (0.47%) JD Edwards
10 1 (0.47%) ServiceNow
Knutsford, Cheshire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 18 hours ago
Greater Manchester
Verticality Ltd
Rate: Day rate £330-£350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Spring Technology
Posted: 4 days ago
Greater Manchester
Spier Consulting Ltd
Rate: £300 - £320 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
TEKsystems
Posted: 6 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
Icore Tech
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £425 - £475 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £500 to £600 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £520 to £550 per day
Posted: 6 days ago