Period
to 22 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 22 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
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 36 41 32
Rank change year-on-year +5 -9 +35
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 293 280 392
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 5.13% 4.08% 4.62%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.33% 4.87% 5.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 218 193 235
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 £591 £519 £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 4628 5750 6896
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 81.06% 83.83% 81.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 2961 3702 4181
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £263 £263 £255
90th Percentile £588 £556 £575
England median daily rate £450 £425 £423
% change year-on-year +5.88% +0.47% +5.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 202 166 282
North West median hourly rate £27.00 £22.42 £30.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.41% -26.53% +74.40%
10th Percentile £11.56 £12.13 £12.37
90th Percentile £53.00 £53.00 £52.47
England median hourly rate £24.00 £24.43 £22.50
% change year-on-year -1.76% +8.58% +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 22 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 22 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 22 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 -3 137 £400 -5.88% 56
Cheshire +21 80 £428 +5.56% 21
Merseyside +29 37 £400 +19.40% 5
Lancashire +13 26 £451 +20.20% 8
Cumbria - 1 - -
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 22 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 (59.04%) Agile Software Development
2 125 (42.66%) TDD
3 120 (40.96%) Java
4 103 (35.15%) JavaScript
5 102 (34.81%) Git (software)
6 81 (27.65%) Scrum
7 75 (25.60%) SQL
7 75 (25.60%) BDD
8 69 (23.55%) Continuous Integration
9 68 (23.21%) JIRA
9 68 (23.21%) Jenkins
10 64 (21.84%) Node.js
11 61 (20.82%) Unit Testing
12 60 (20.48%) Selenium
13 58 (19.80%) Linux
14 56 (19.11%) Software Engineering
15 54 (18.43%) CSS
16 53 (18.09%) Web Services
16 53 (18.09%) REST
17 52 (17.75%) MongoDB
17 52 (17.75%) Cucumber
18 51 (17.41%) C#
19 50 (17.06%) Kanban
20 48 (16.38%) HTML
21 47 (16.04%) .NET
21 47 (16.04%) QA
21 47 (16.04%) DevOps
21 47 (16.04%) Mentoring
22 46 (15.70%) Open Source
23 45 (15.36%) 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 39 (13.31%) Confluence
2 12 (4.10%) Apache
3 9 (3.07%) Elasticsearch
4 7 (2.39%) CMS
4 7 (2.39%) nginx
5 6 (2.05%) Apache Spark
6 5 (1.71%) BizTalk Server
6 5 (1.71%) SharePoint
7 3 (1.02%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 3 (1.02%) Drupal
8 2 (0.68%) IIS
8 2 (0.68%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 2 (0.68%) Umbraco
8 2 (0.68%) WebSphere
9 1 (0.34%) ArchestrA
9 1 (0.34%) Cloud Foundry
9 1 (0.34%) OpenStack
9 1 (0.34%) Sitecore CMS
9 1 (0.34%) WebLogic
Applications
1 7 (2.39%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.68%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 6 (2.05%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.34%) Oracle SCM
Cloud Services
1 28 (9.56%) Slack
2 21 (7.17%) Amazon AWS
3 20 (6.83%) npm
4 16 (5.46%) GitHub
5 11 (3.75%) Microsoft Azure
6 5 (1.71%) AWS Lambda
6 5 (1.71%) Serverless
7 4 (1.37%) Amazon S3
7 4 (1.37%) 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 EC2
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%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 14 (4.78%) HTTP
2 5 (1.71%) 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 52 (17.75%) MongoDB
2 41 (13.99%) MySQL
3 40 (13.65%) NoSQL
4 29 (9.90%) PostgreSQL
4 29 (9.90%) Relational Database
5 21 (7.17%) RDBMS
6 19 (6.48%) Apache Cassandra
6 19 (6.48%) SQL Server
7 8 (2.73%) Hadoop
8 5 (1.71%) Redis
9 4 (1.37%) Oracle Database
10 3 (1.02%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 3 (1.02%) Amazon RDS
10 3 (1.02%) Big Data
11 2 (0.68%) Data Warehouse
11 2 (0.68%) DB2
12 1 (0.34%) CouchDB
12 1 (0.34%) SQL Server 2000
12 1 (0.34%) SQL Server 2016
12 1 (0.34%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 102 (34.81%) Git (software)
2 68 (23.21%) Jenkins
2 68 (23.21%) JIRA
3 60 (20.48%) Selenium
4 52 (17.75%) Cucumber
5 40 (13.65%) JUnit
6 21 (7.17%) SonarQube
7 20 (6.83%) Gradle
8 19 (6.48%) gulp
8 19 (6.48%) WebDriver
9 16 (5.46%) Jasmine
10 15 (5.12%) SpecFlow
11 13 (4.44%) Eclipse
11 13 (4.44%) Grunt
11 13 (4.44%) JMeter
12 12 (4.10%) Subversion
13 11 (3.75%) Bitbucket
13 11 (3.75%) JProfiler
14 10 (3.41%) IntelliJ
15 9 (3.07%) SoapUI
General
1 45 (15.36%) Finance
2 28 (9.56%) Banking
3 16 (5.46%) Manufacturing
4 11 (3.75%) Games
5 10 (3.41%) Marketing
6 6 (2.05%) Telecoms
7 4 (1.37%) Electronics
7 4 (1.37%) 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 (46.42%) Developer
2 48 (16.38%) Java Developer
3 46 (15.70%) Analyst
3 46 (15.70%) Test Analyst
4 24 (8.19%) Tester
5 21 (7.17%) .NET Developer
5 21 (7.17%) Software Engineer
6 20 (6.83%) C# Developer
7 19 (6.48%) Software Developer
8 18 (6.14%) Automation Test Analyst
9 17 (5.80%) C# .NET Developer
10 15 (5.12%) Java Engineer
10 15 (5.12%) JavaScript Developer
10 15 (5.12%) Scrum Master
11 14 (4.78%) Web Developer
12 13 (4.44%) Java Software Engineer
13 12 (4.10%) Agile Scrum Master
13 12 (4.10%) Automation Tester
13 12 (4.10%) Java Software Developer
14 10 (3.41%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 64 (21.84%) Node.js
2 54 (18.43%) CSS
3 53 (18.09%) REST
3 53 (18.09%) Web Services
4 48 (16.38%) HTML
5 47 (16.04%) .NET
6 31 (10.58%) SOAP
7 29 (9.90%) HTML5
7 29 (9.90%) JSON
8 27 (9.22%) Spring
9 26 (8.87%) CSS3
10 24 (8.19%) Hibernate
11 21 (7.17%) Spring Boot
12 20 (6.83%) JPA
12 20 (6.83%) jQuery
12 20 (6.83%) Sass
12 20 (6.83%) XML
13 19 (6.48%) Ajax
14 18 (6.14%) ASP.NET
15 17 (5.80%) Express
Miscellaneous
1 10 (3.41%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (2.39%) Clustering
2 7 (2.39%) Interactive TV
3 6 (2.05%) Robotics
3 6 (2.05%) User Experience
3 6 (2.05%) Video on Demand
3 6 (2.05%) Virtual Team
4 5 (1.71%) Computer Science
4 5 (1.71%) Credit Risk
5 4 (1.37%) Fintech
5 4 (1.37%) Management Information System
5 4 (1.37%) Public Cloud
6 3 (1.02%) Digital Media
6 3 (1.02%) Equities
6 3 (1.02%) Fixed Income
6 3 (1.02%) Greenfield Project
6 3 (1.02%) MHEG
6 3 (1.02%) Reference Data
6 3 (1.02%) Web 2.0
7 2 (0.68%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 58 (19.80%) Linux
2 34 (11.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 19 (6.48%) Windows
4 13 (4.44%) Unix
5 12 (4.10%) Android
6 6 (2.05%) Windows 10
7 5 (1.71%) Apple iOS
7 5 (1.71%) Mac OS X
8 3 (1.02%) Windows Server
9 2 (0.68%) Kali Linux
9 2 (0.68%) Ubuntu
10 1 (0.34%) CentOS
10 1 (0.34%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 173 (59.04%) Agile Software Development
2 125 (42.66%) TDD
3 81 (27.65%) Scrum
4 75 (25.60%) BDD
5 69 (23.55%) Continuous Integration
6 61 (20.82%) Unit Testing
7 56 (19.11%) Software Engineering
8 50 (17.06%) Kanban
9 47 (16.04%) DevOps
9 47 (16.04%) Mentoring
10 46 (15.70%) Open Source
11 42 (14.33%) Microservices
12 39 (13.31%) Coaching
12 39 (13.31%) SDLC
13 35 (11.95%) User Stories
14 31 (10.58%) OO
15 28 (9.56%) Software Testing
16 26 (8.87%) Continuous Delivery
17 22 (7.51%) Test Scripting
18 21 (7.17%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 120 (40.96%) Java
2 103 (35.15%) JavaScript
3 75 (25.60%) SQL
4 51 (17.41%) C#
5 23 (7.85%) Python
6 15 (5.12%) C++
7 13 (4.44%) ES6
7 13 (4.44%) Shell Script
8 10 (3.41%) Bash Shell
8 10 (3.41%) C
9 9 (3.07%) PowerShell
9 9 (3.07%) VBScript
10 8 (2.73%) Ruby
10 8 (2.73%) VB
11 6 (2.05%) VB.NET
12 5 (1.71%) PHP
13 4 (1.37%) Go
13 4 (1.37%) Scala
14 3 (1.02%) F#
14 3 (1.02%) VBA
Qualifications
1 13 (4.44%) PMI Certification
1 13 (4.44%) PMP
2 12 (4.10%) ISEB
3 11 (3.75%) SC Cleared
3 11 (3.75%) Security Cleared
4 9 (3.07%) Degree
5 6 (2.05%) Microsoft Certification
6 5 (1.71%) MCSE
7 4 (1.37%) ISTQB
7 4 (1.37%) 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 47 (16.04%) QA
2 2 (0.68%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.34%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.34%) MiFID
System Software
1 18 (6.14%) Docker
2 7 (2.39%) 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 15 (5.12%) Opscode Chef
2 14 (4.78%) Puppet
3 11 (3.75%) HP Quality Center
4 10 (3.41%) Ansible
5 8 (2.73%) Kubernetes
6 7 (2.39%) 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 29 (9.90%) Oracle
2 26 (8.87%) Perforce
3 19 (6.48%) Microsoft
4 16 (5.46%) Red Hat
5 12 (4.10%) HP
6 6 (2.05%) Blue Prism
6 6 (2.05%) Google
6 6 (2.05%) Pega
7 5 (1.71%) SAP
7 5 (1.71%) Splunk
7 5 (1.71%) VMware
8 4 (1.37%) Atlassian
8 4 (1.37%) 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%) MuleSoft