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 26 March 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Automation
England / North West
Rank 120 70 135
Rank change year-on-year -50 +65  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 8 92 15
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.31% 2.40% 0.42%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.38% 2.91% 0.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 53 9
Median daily rate £450 £425 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% -5.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £338 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £498 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £360 £375 £355
% change year-on-year -4.00% +5.63%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.25 £43.75 £37.50
% change year-on-year -17.14% +16.66%  

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 2113 3163 2829
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 82.35% 82.43% 78.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 1340 1915 1539
Median daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £281 £290 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £538 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £398
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.62%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 109 122 127
Median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.66% -6.25%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £16.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.50 £50.00 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.75 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.09% +29.16%  

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 26 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 26 March 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 -3 5 £375 +10.29% 9
Cheshire -21 1 £338 -20.58% 1
Test Automation
England

Test Automation
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 26 March 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 27 (72.97%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (67.57%) Selenium
3 23 (62.16%) TDD
3 23 (62.16%) BDD
4 22 (59.46%) Java
5 12 (32.43%) Python
5 12 (32.43%) QA
6 11 (29.73%) Cucumber
7 10 (27.03%) Continuous Integration
7 10 (27.03%) ISEB
7 10 (27.03%) Configuration Management
8 9 (24.32%) WebDriver
9 8 (21.62%) Scrum
10 7 (18.92%) Pair Programming
10 7 (18.92%) HP UFT
10 7 (18.92%) Waterfall
10 7 (18.92%) Jenkins
11 6 (16.22%) LoadRunner
11 6 (16.22%) JMeter
11 6 (16.22%) SQL
11 6 (16.22%) Git (software)
12 5 (13.51%) Test Management
12 5 (13.51%) User Acceptance Testing
12 5 (13.51%) Amazon AWS
12 5 (13.51%) Google
12 5 (13.51%) JavaScript
12 5 (13.51%) Finance
12 5 (13.51%) Stakeholder Management
13 4 (10.81%) PHP
13 4 (10.81%) C#

Test Automation
Top Related 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 4 (10.81%) CMS
2 3 (8.11%) Apache Spark
2 3 (8.11%) Drupal
2 3 (8.11%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (2.70%) Confluence
3 1 (2.70%) EPiServer
3 1 (2.70%) SAS
Applications
1 1 (2.70%) MS Excel
1 1 (2.70%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (5.41%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 5 (13.51%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (8.11%) GitHub
2 3 (8.11%) Google Analytics
3 2 (5.41%) Amazon EMR
3 2 (5.41%) Google Cloud Platform
3 2 (5.41%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (8.11%) Hadoop
1 3 (8.11%) HDInsight
1 3 (8.11%) Spark SQL
2 2 (5.41%) Big Data
2 2 (5.41%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (5.41%) Electronic Patient Records
3 1 (2.70%) MS Access
3 1 (2.70%) Oracle Database
3 1 (2.70%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 25 (67.57%) Selenium
2 11 (29.73%) Cucumber
3 9 (24.32%) WebDriver
4 7 (18.92%) HP UFT
4 7 (18.92%) Jenkins
5 6 (16.22%) Git (software)
5 6 (16.22%) JMeter
5 6 (16.22%) LoadRunner
6 4 (10.81%) Bitbucket
7 3 (8.11%) SoapUI
8 2 (5.41%) JIRA
9 1 (2.70%) IntelliJ
9 1 (2.70%) JBehave
9 1 (2.70%) JProfiler
9 1 (2.70%) JUnit
9 1 (2.70%) Rational Functional Tester
9 1 (2.70%) Sahi
9 1 (2.70%) SpecFlow
9 1 (2.70%) TestNG
9 1 (2.70%) WATIR
General
1 5 (13.51%) Finance
2 3 (8.11%) Marketing
3 2 (5.41%) Banking
3 2 (5.41%) Electronics
3 2 (5.41%) Manufacturing
3 2 (5.41%) Telecoms
4 1 (2.70%) Legal
Job Titles
1 10 (27.03%) Tester
2 9 (24.32%) Automation Tester
3 6 (16.22%) Analyst
3 6 (16.22%) Developer
3 6 (16.22%) Test Analyst
4 4 (10.81%) Consultant
5 3 (8.11%) Automation Engineer
5 3 (8.11%) Drupal Consultant
5 3 (8.11%) Selenium Automation Tester
5 3 (8.11%) Selenium Tester
6 2 (5.41%) Architect
6 2 (5.41%) Java Developer
6 2 (5.41%) Manual Tester
6 2 (5.41%) QA Analyst
6 2 (5.41%) QA Automation Engineer
6 2 (5.41%) QA Engineer
6 2 (5.41%) QA Test Analyst
6 2 (5.41%) Test Architect
6 2 (5.41%) Test Automation Engineer
6 2 (5.41%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (10.81%) .NET
1 4 (10.81%) AngularJS
1 4 (10.81%) Gherkin
2 3 (8.11%) CSS
2 3 (8.11%) CSS3
2 3 (8.11%) Dropwizard
2 3 (8.11%) Elastic Stack
2 3 (8.11%) HTML
2 3 (8.11%) HTML5
2 3 (8.11%) jQuery
2 3 (8.11%) JSON
2 3 (8.11%) RESTful
2 3 (8.11%) Spark Streaming
2 3 (8.11%) Spring
2 3 (8.11%) XML
3 1 (2.70%) J2EE
3 1 (2.70%) Node.js
3 1 (2.70%) REST
3 1 (2.70%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (8.11%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (5.41%) Public Cloud
3 1 (2.70%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 2 (5.41%) Linux
1 2 (5.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (2.70%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (72.97%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (62.16%) BDD
2 23 (62.16%) TDD
3 10 (27.03%) Configuration Management
3 10 (27.03%) Continuous Integration
4 8 (21.62%) Scrum
5 7 (18.92%) Pair Programming
5 7 (18.92%) Waterfall
6 5 (13.51%) Stakeholder Management
6 5 (13.51%) Test Management
6 5 (13.51%) User Acceptance Testing
7 4 (10.81%) Automation Testing
7 4 (10.81%) E-Commerce
7 4 (10.81%) Open Source
7 4 (10.81%) Operational Acceptance Testing
7 4 (10.81%) Test Scripting
7 4 (10.81%) Web Development
8 3 (8.11%) ATDD
8 3 (8.11%) Responsive Web Design
8 3 (8.11%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 22 (59.46%) Java
2 12 (32.43%) Python
3 6 (16.22%) SQL
4 5 (13.51%) JavaScript
5 4 (10.81%) C#
5 4 (10.81%) PHP
6 2 (5.41%) Bash Shell
6 2 (5.41%) C++
6 2 (5.41%) Perl
6 2 (5.41%) Ruby
6 2 (5.41%) VB
7 1 (2.70%) C
7 1 (2.70%) PL/SQL
7 1 (2.70%) Scala
7 1 (2.70%) VBA
7 1 (2.70%) VBScript
7 1 (2.70%) VC++
Qualifications
1 10 (27.03%) ISEB
2 3 (8.11%) Security Cleared
3 2 (5.41%) BPSS Clearance
3 2 (5.41%) ISTQB
4 1 (2.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (32.43%) QA
System Software
1 3 (8.11%) Docker
Systems Management
1 3 (8.11%) Ansible
1 3 (8.11%) Kibana
1 3 (8.11%) logstash
1 3 (8.11%) Opscode Chef
1 3 (8.11%) Puppet
Vendors
1 5 (13.51%) Google
2 3 (8.11%) ATG
2 3 (8.11%) hybris
2 3 (8.11%) Splunk
3 2 (5.41%) HP
3 2 (5.41%) Red Hat
3 2 (5.41%) SAP
4 1 (2.70%) Blue Prism
4 1 (2.70%) Microsoft
4 1 (2.70%) Oracle