Period
to 21 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Northern Ireland 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 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
UK > Northern Ireland
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 9 37 -
Rank change year-on-year +28 - +32
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 149 4 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 23.73% 1.34% -
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 26.42% 1.71% -
Number of daily rates quoted 137 2 0
Northern Ireland median daily rate £413 £288 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +43.48% - -
UK median daily rate £445 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +4.71% +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Northern Ireland median hourly rate - - -
UK median hourly rate £43.00 £40.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +7.50% +6.67% +13.64%

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 Northern Ireland with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Northern Ireland
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 564 234 99
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 89.81% 78.26% 71.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 445 137 57
Northern Ireland median daily rate £413 £360 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.58% +10.77% +1.56%
10th Percentile £303 £140 £102
90th Percentile £500 £438 £525
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 25 2
Northern Ireland median hourly rate £14.00 £14.25 £15.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.75% -6.56% +17.31%
10th Percentile £10.45 £10.00 £14.13
90th Percentile £23.75 £35.00 £16.38
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -2.08% +6.67% +18.42%

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Northern Ireland

Job postings citing Test Automation as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland.

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation in Northern Ireland

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Northern Ireland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Test Automation in Northern Ireland.

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in Northern Ireland

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Northern Ireland

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in Northern Ireland over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Automation in Northern Ireland

Test Automation
Contract Job Locations in Northern Ireland

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 Northern Ireland region over the 6 months to 21 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
County Antrim +27 142 £413 +43.48% 2
Test Automation
UK

For the 6 months to 21 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 Northern Ireland region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 118 (79.19%) Finance
2 114 (76.51%) Agile Software Development
3 109 (73.15%) Banking
4 105 (70.47%) Java
5 84 (56.38%) Data Structures
6 68 (45.64%) Investment Banking
6 68 (45.64%) OO
6 68 (45.64%) Functional Programming
7 44 (29.53%) TDD
8 35 (23.49%) JavaScript
9 29 (19.46%) SQL
10 27 (18.12%) Low Latency
11 25 (16.78%) AngularJS
11 25 (16.78%) XML
12 23 (15.44%) Continuous Integration
13 22 (14.77%) Oracle
13 22 (14.77%) DB2
13 22 (14.77%) Web Services
14 21 (14.09%) C#
14 21 (14.09%) C++
14 21 (14.09%) Visual Studio
14 21 (14.09%) Multithreading
14 21 (14.09%) Performance Improvement
14 21 (14.09%) Asynchronous Programming
15 20 (13.42%) Relational Database
15 20 (13.42%) RESTful
15 20 (13.42%) Spring
15 20 (13.42%) Hibernate
15 20 (13.42%) JUnit
15 20 (13.42%) RDBMS

Test Automation
Co-occurring IT Skills in Northern Ireland 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 (12.75%) WebLogic
1 19 (12.75%) WebSphere
Communications & Networking
1 6 (4.03%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (14.77%) DB2
2 20 (13.42%) RDBMS
2 20 (13.42%) Relational Database
3 17 (11.41%) DB2 UDB
4 5 (3.36%) MongoDB
5 3 (2.01%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 21 (14.09%) Visual Studio
2 20 (13.42%) JUnit
3 19 (12.75%) Bower
3 19 (12.75%) Cucumber
3 19 (12.75%) Eclipse
3 19 (12.75%) Grunt
3 19 (12.75%) Jasmine
4 15 (10.07%) Selenium
5 11 (7.38%) JIRA
6 9 (6.04%) Hudson
6 9 (6.04%) Jenkins
7 4 (2.68%) Zephyr
8 1 (0.67%) HP UFT
8 1 (0.67%) JIRA Agile
8 1 (0.67%) LoadRunner
8 1 (0.67%) SoapUI
General
1 118 (79.19%) Finance
2 109 (73.15%) Banking
3 68 (45.64%) Investment Banking
4 8 (5.37%) Front Office
5 1 (0.67%) Dutch Language
5 1 (0.67%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 115 (77.18%) Developer
2 91 (61.07%) Java Developer
3 85 (57.05%) Senior Developer
4 71 (47.65%) Senior Java Developer
5 66 (44.30%) Agile Developer
5 66 (44.30%) Agile Java Developer
6 65 (43.62%) Investment Banking Java Developer
6 65 (43.62%) Senior Agile Developer
6 65 (43.62%) Senior Agile Java Developer
6 65 (43.62%) Senior Investment Banking Java Developer
7 21 (14.09%) C# Developer
8 19 (12.75%) Tester
9 17 (11.41%) C++ Developer
9 17 (11.41%) C++/C# Developer
10 13 (8.72%) Automation Tester
10 13 (8.72%) Senior C# Developer
10 13 (8.72%) Senior C++ Developer
11 8 (5.37%) Analyst
11 8 (5.37%) Test Analyst
12 7 (4.70%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (16.78%) AngularJS
1 25 (16.78%) XML
2 22 (14.77%) Web Services
3 20 (13.42%) Hibernate
3 20 (13.42%) RESTful
3 20 (13.42%) Spring
4 19 (12.75%) Ajax
4 19 (12.75%) Backbone.js
4 19 (12.75%) CSS
4 19 (12.75%) JSP
4 19 (12.75%) Struts
4 19 (12.75%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 18 (12.08%) Gherkin
5 18 (12.08%) Spring Integration
6 15 (10.07%) FIX Protocol
7 10 (6.71%) REST
8 9 (6.04%) JMS
9 6 (4.03%) Spring Batch
10 4 (2.68%) JSON
10 4 (2.68%) WebSockets
Miscellaneous
1 84 (56.38%) Data Structures
2 13 (8.72%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 9 (6.04%) Derivative
4 8 (5.37%) Analytical Skills
4 8 (5.37%) Mobile App
5 6 (4.03%) SWIFT
6 5 (3.36%) Enterprise Software
7 4 (2.68%) Computer Science
8 2 (1.34%) User Experience
9 1 (0.67%) Equities
9 1 (0.67%) Equity Derivative
9 1 (0.67%) Greenfield Project
9 1 (0.67%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 8 (5.37%) Unix
2 1 (0.67%) Windows
2 1 (0.67%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 114 (76.51%) Agile Software Development
2 68 (45.64%) Functional Programming
2 68 (45.64%) OO
3 44 (29.53%) TDD
4 27 (18.12%) Low Latency
5 23 (15.44%) Continuous Integration
6 21 (14.09%) Asynchronous Programming
6 21 (14.09%) Multithreading
6 21 (14.09%) Performance Improvement
7 19 (12.75%) MVC
7 19 (12.75%) Waterfall
8 15 (10.07%) Functional Testing
8 15 (10.07%) Non-Functional Testing
8 15 (10.07%) Refactoring
9 13 (8.72%) Risk Management
10 12 (8.05%) User Acceptance Testing
11 9 (6.04%) Performance Testing
12 8 (5.37%) Project Management
12 8 (5.37%) Time Management
13 6 (4.03%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 105 (70.47%) Java
2 35 (23.49%) JavaScript
3 29 (19.46%) SQL
4 21 (14.09%) C#
4 21 (14.09%) C++
5 12 (8.05%) Ruby
6 6 (4.03%) R
7 5 (3.36%) Python
8 4 (2.68%) C
9 3 (2.01%) Bash Shell
9 3 (2.01%) Korn
9 3 (2.01%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 15 (10.07%) Degree
2 9 (6.04%) ISEB
2 9 (6.04%) ISTQB
3 1 (0.67%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (12.75%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (0.67%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 22 (14.77%) Oracle
2 10 (6.71%) HP
3 3 (2.01%) Ab Initio
3 3 (2.01%) TIBCO