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 25 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
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 39 44 34
Rank change year-on-year +5 -10  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 118 147 160
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 4.07% 3.92% 4.30%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 5.02% 4.77% 5.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 81 89 109
Median daily rate £400 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £261 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £506
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 £37.50 £38.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -1.31% +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 2349 3084 2925
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 81.00% 82.20% 78.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 1388 1942 1710
Median daily rate £410 £415 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.20% +9.21%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 98 77 125
Median hourly rate £40.00 £29.25 £33.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.75% -12.68%  
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 £54.67
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 25 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 25 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 +6 69 £375 +5.63% 61
Cheshire +6 30 £440 +2.32% 21
Merseyside +5 13 £450 +40.62% 6
Lancashire +3 4 £400 +54.58% 6
Cumbria - 1 - -
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 25 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.

1 134 (62.33%) Agile Software Development
2 102 (47.44%) Java
3 77 (35.81%) Selenium
4 74 (34.42%) JavaScript
5 62 (28.84%) QA
6 61 (28.37%) TDD
7 60 (27.91%) Git (software)
8 58 (26.98%) Jenkins
9 54 (25.12%) Continuous Integration
10 52 (24.19%) Scrum
11 51 (23.72%) JIRA
12 50 (23.26%) Unit Testing
13 49 (22.79%) SQL
14 44 (20.47%) .NET
15 42 (19.53%) CSS
16 40 (18.60%) C#
17 38 (17.67%) Web Services
18 35 (16.28%) DevOps
19 34 (15.81%) WebDriver
19 34 (15.81%) Cucumber
20 33 (15.35%) BDD
20 33 (15.35%) Linux
21 32 (14.88%) HTML
21 32 (14.88%) Finance
22 28 (13.02%) Python
22 28 (13.02%) jQuery
22 28 (13.02%) AngularJS
23 26 (12.09%) XML
23 26 (12.09%) Software Engineering
24 25 (11.63%) MongoDB

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 17 (7.91%) Confluence
2 8 (3.72%) CMS
3 5 (2.33%) Sitecore CMS
4 4 (1.86%) Apache
4 4 (1.86%) Apache Spark
4 4 (1.86%) nginx
4 4 (1.86%) SharePoint
4 4 (1.86%) WebSphere
5 3 (1.40%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 3 (1.40%) ColdFusion
5 3 (1.40%) Elasticsearch
5 3 (1.40%) WebSphere Application Server
6 2 (0.93%) Drupal
6 2 (0.93%) Tomcat
6 2 (0.93%) Umbraco
7 1 (0.47%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.47%) CICS
7 1 (0.47%) IIS
Applications
1 1 (0.47%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (0.47%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (0.47%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 4 (1.86%) Dynamics CRM
1 4 (1.86%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.93%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.47%) Magento
3 1 (0.47%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.47%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 21 (9.77%) Amazon AWS
2 17 (7.91%) GitHub
3 10 (4.65%) Microsoft Azure
4 4 (1.86%) Google Cloud Platform
4 4 (1.86%) PaaS
4 4 (1.86%) Slack
5 3 (1.40%) Amazon S3
5 3 (1.40%) AWS CloudFormation
6 2 (0.93%) Amazon EC2
6 2 (0.93%) Amazon SQS
6 2 (0.93%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
6 2 (0.93%) Google Analytics
7 1 (0.47%) AWS Lambda
7 1 (0.47%) BrowserStack
7 1 (0.47%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.47%) Dynamics 365
7 1 (0.47%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 10 (4.65%) HTTP
2 7 (3.26%) Internet
3 4 (1.86%) Firewall
3 4 (1.86%) LDAP
4 3 (1.40%) TCP/IP
5 2 (0.93%) SSL
6 1 (0.47%) DNS
6 1 (0.47%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (11.63%) MongoDB
2 21 (9.77%) SQL Server
3 20 (9.30%) Relational Database
4 10 (4.65%) MySQL
5 8 (3.72%) Apache Cassandra
5 8 (3.72%) Hadoop
5 8 (3.72%) NoSQL
5 8 (3.72%) PostgreSQL
6 6 (2.79%) RDBMS
7 5 (2.33%) Big Data
8 4 (1.86%) DB2
9 3 (1.40%) Redis
9 3 (1.40%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 3 (1.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 3 (1.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 2 (0.93%) Data Warehouse
11 1 (0.47%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 1 (0.47%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 77 (35.81%) Selenium
2 60 (27.91%) Git (software)
3 58 (26.98%) Jenkins
4 51 (23.72%) JIRA
5 34 (15.81%) Cucumber
5 34 (15.81%) WebDriver
6 18 (8.37%) gulp
7 17 (7.91%) JUnit
8 13 (6.05%) Gradle
9 8 (3.72%) SoapUI
9 8 (3.72%) Team Foundation Server
10 7 (3.26%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 7 (3.26%) Bitbucket
10 7 (3.26%) Eclipse
10 7 (3.26%) SonarQube
11 6 (2.79%) SpecFlow
11 6 (2.79%) Subversion
11 6 (2.79%) Visual Studio
12 5 (2.33%) Jasmine
12 5 (2.33%) TeamCity
General
1 32 (14.88%) Finance
2 20 (9.30%) Banking
3 6 (2.79%) Manufacturing
3 6 (2.79%) Marketing
3 6 (2.79%) Retail
4 5 (2.33%) Telecoms
5 4 (1.86%) Electronics
5 4 (1.86%) Games
6 2 (0.93%) Back Office
7 1 (0.47%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.47%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.47%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 80 (37.21%) Developer
2 39 (18.14%) Tester
3 27 (12.56%) Analyst
4 26 (12.09%) Automation Tester
4 26 (12.09%) Test Analyst
5 25 (11.63%) Java Developer
6 19 (8.84%) DevOps Engineer
7 14 (6.51%) .NET Developer
8 13 (6.05%) QA Engineer
9 12 (5.58%) Software Developer
10 11 (5.12%) C# Developer
10 11 (5.12%) Selenium Tester
11 10 (4.65%) Selenium Automation Tester
12 9 (4.19%) Android Developer
12 9 (4.19%) C# .NET Developer
12 9 (4.19%) Java Engineer
12 9 (4.19%) QA Automation Engineer
13 8 (3.72%) Automation Engineer
13 8 (3.72%) JavaScript Developer
14 7 (3.26%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (20.47%) .NET
2 42 (19.53%) CSS
3 38 (17.67%) Web Services
4 32 (14.88%) HTML
5 28 (13.02%) AngularJS
5 28 (13.02%) jQuery
6 26 (12.09%) XML
7 25 (11.63%) HTML5
7 25 (11.63%) REST
8 24 (11.16%) ASP.NET
9 23 (10.70%) Node.js
10 21 (9.77%) ASP.NET MVC
10 21 (9.77%) SOAP
11 18 (8.37%) CSS3
12 16 (7.44%) Gherkin
12 16 (7.44%) J2EE
13 15 (6.98%) Sass
14 14 (6.51%) .NET Core
14 14 (6.51%) Spring
15 12 (5.58%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 13 (6.05%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (3.26%) Public Cloud
3 6 (2.79%) Web 2.0
4 4 (1.86%) Clustering
4 4 (1.86%) Computer Science
4 4 (1.86%) Greenfield Project
4 4 (1.86%) Mobile App
4 4 (1.86%) User Experience
4 4 (1.86%) Video on Demand
5 3 (1.40%) Interactive TV
5 3 (1.40%) iPad
5 3 (1.40%) Management Information System
5 3 (1.40%) MHEG
5 3 (1.40%) Streaming Video
6 2 (0.93%) IPTV
6 2 (0.93%) Mobile Banking
6 2 (0.93%) PlayStation
7 1 (0.47%) Linux Command Line
7 1 (0.47%) Mainframe
7 1 (0.47%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 33 (15.35%) Linux
2 17 (7.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 14 (6.51%) Android
4 7 (3.26%) Windows
5 6 (2.79%) Unix
6 5 (2.33%) Apple iOS
7 4 (1.86%) CentOS
8 1 (0.47%) VxWorks
8 1 (0.47%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 134 (62.33%) Agile Software Development
2 61 (28.37%) TDD
3 54 (25.12%) Continuous Integration
4 52 (24.19%) Scrum
5 50 (23.26%) Unit Testing
6 35 (16.28%) DevOps
7 33 (15.35%) BDD
8 26 (12.09%) Software Engineering
9 23 (10.70%) OO
10 22 (10.23%) MVC
10 22 (10.23%) Software Testing
11 20 (9.30%) Continuous Delivery
11 20 (9.30%) User Acceptance Testing
12 18 (8.37%) Open Source
12 18 (8.37%) Refactoring
12 18 (8.37%) Regression Testing
13 16 (7.44%) Integration Testing
13 16 (7.44%) Kanban
13 16 (7.44%) SMACSS
14 15 (6.98%) QA Automation
Programming Languages
1 102 (47.44%) Java
2 74 (34.42%) JavaScript
3 49 (22.79%) SQL
4 40 (18.60%) C#
5 28 (13.02%) Python
6 14 (6.51%) C++
7 13 (6.05%) C
8 8 (3.72%) Shell Script
9 5 (2.33%) Bash Shell
9 5 (2.33%) PL/SQL
10 4 (1.86%) Scala
11 3 (1.40%) Go
11 3 (1.40%) PowerShell
11 3 (1.40%) VB.NET
12 2 (0.93%) Apple Swift
12 2 (0.93%) PHP
13 1 (0.47%) COBOL
13 1 (0.47%) Groovy
13 1 (0.47%) MATLAB
13 1 (0.47%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 9 (4.19%) Degree
1 9 (4.19%) SC Cleared
1 9 (4.19%) Security Cleared
2 7 (3.26%) ISTQB
3 6 (2.79%) ISEB
4 3 (1.40%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 62 (28.84%) QA
2 3 (1.40%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 2 (0.93%) GDPR
4 1 (0.47%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.47%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 24 (11.16%) Docker
2 4 (1.86%) Xen
3 1 (0.47%) VirtualBox
3 1 (0.47%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 15 (6.98%) Puppet
2 14 (6.51%) Opscode Chef
3 12 (5.58%) Ansible
4 7 (3.26%) Kubernetes
5 5 (2.33%) HP Quality Center
6 4 (1.86%) Rancher
7 3 (1.40%) Mesos
8 2 (0.93%) Kibana
8 2 (0.93%) logstash
Vendors
1 13 (6.05%) Red Hat
2 11 (5.12%) Oracle
3 8 (3.72%) Perforce
4 7 (3.26%) Microsoft
5 6 (2.79%) Google
6 5 (2.33%) HP
6 5 (2.33%) SAP
6 5 (2.33%) Sitecore
7 4 (1.86%) IBM
7 4 (1.86%) Pega
7 4 (1.86%) ServiceNow
7 4 (1.86%) VMware
8 3 (1.40%) Adobe
8 3 (1.40%) OpenTV
9 2 (0.93%) Splunk
9 2 (0.93%) Workday
9 2 (0.93%) Xamarin
10 1 (0.47%) Atlassian
10 1 (0.47%) JD Edwards
Greater Manchester
Verticality Ltd
Rate: Day rate £330-£350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £300 - £375 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
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Spring Technology
Posted: 3 days ago
Greater Manchester
Spier Consulting Ltd
Rate: £300 - £320 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
TEKsystems
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Knutsford, Cheshire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
Icore Tech
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £425 - £475 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £500 to £600 per day
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Macclesfield, Cheshire
Source Technology
Rate: From £450 to £600 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £520 to £550 per day
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Preston, Lancashire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
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