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 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
UK / Northern Ireland
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 28 16 -
Rank change year-on-year -12 -  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 40 4 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 11.14% 3.92% -
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 13.11% 4.76% -
Number of daily rates quoted 40 2 0
Median daily rate £413 £288 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +43.47% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
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 Northern Ireland with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Northern Ireland
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 305 84 60
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Northern Ireland 84.96% 82.35% 69.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 261 44 28
Median daily rate £413 £375 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.00% -16.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £365 £250 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £470 £450 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 6 2
Median hourly rate £13.78 £17.00 £32.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.97% -46.87%  
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 Northern Ireland

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 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 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 3 months to 27 June 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 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
County Antrim -11 40 £413 +43.47% 4
Test Automation
UK

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 Northern Ireland region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 36 (90.00%) Finance
2 34 (85.00%) Data Structures
3 33 (82.50%) Banking
4 32 (80.00%) Agile Software Development
4 32 (80.00%) Java
5 31 (77.50%) OO
5 31 (77.50%) Investment Banking
5 31 (77.50%) Functional Programming
6 5 (12.50%) Performance Improvement
6 5 (12.50%) Continuous Integration
6 5 (12.50%) Multithreading
6 5 (12.50%) Asynchronous Programming
6 5 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
6 5 (12.50%) Low Latency
6 5 (12.50%) TDD
6 5 (12.50%) C#
6 5 (12.50%) C++
6 5 (12.50%) Visual Studio
7 4 (10.00%) Oracle
7 4 (10.00%) SQL Server
7 4 (10.00%) DB2
7 4 (10.00%) RDBMS
7 4 (10.00%) Relational Database
8 3 (7.50%) Refactoring
8 3 (7.50%) Resource Management
8 3 (7.50%) Shell Script
8 3 (7.50%) Korn
8 3 (7.50%) Metaprogramming
8 3 (7.50%) Bash Shell
8 3 (7.50%) Parallel Processing

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:

Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (10.00%) DB2
1 4 (10.00%) RDBMS
1 4 (10.00%) Relational Database
1 4 (10.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.50%) Big Data
2 1 (2.50%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 5 (12.50%) Visual Studio
2 1 (2.50%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 36 (90.00%) Finance
2 33 (82.50%) Banking
3 31 (77.50%) Investment Banking
4 3 (7.50%) Front Office
5 1 (2.50%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 40 (100.00%) Developer
2 34 (85.00%) Senior Developer
3 31 (77.50%) Agile Developer
3 31 (77.50%) Agile Java Developer
3 31 (77.50%) Investment Banking Java Developer
3 31 (77.50%) Java Developer
3 31 (77.50%) Senior Agile Developer
3 31 (77.50%) Senior Agile Java Developer
3 31 (77.50%) Senior Investment Banking Java Developer
3 31 (77.50%) Senior Java Developer
4 5 (12.50%) C# Developer
4 5 (12.50%) C++ Developer
4 5 (12.50%) C++/C# Developer
5 3 (7.50%) Ab Initio Developer
6 2 (5.00%) Real Time Developer
6 2 (5.00%) Senior C# Developer
6 2 (5.00%) Senior C++ Developer
7 1 (2.50%) Senior Ab Initio Developer
7 1 (2.50%) Talend Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (7.50%) JMS
1 3 (7.50%) Web Services
1 3 (7.50%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 34 (85.00%) Data Structures
2 5 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.50%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 1 (2.50%) Windows
1 1 (2.50%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (80.00%) Agile Software Development
2 31 (77.50%) Functional Programming
2 31 (77.50%) OO
3 5 (12.50%) Asynchronous Programming
3 5 (12.50%) Continuous Integration
3 5 (12.50%) Low Latency
3 5 (12.50%) Multithreading
3 5 (12.50%) Performance Improvement
3 5 (12.50%) TDD
4 3 (7.50%) Metaprogramming
4 3 (7.50%) Parallel Processing
4 3 (7.50%) Refactoring
4 3 (7.50%) Resource Management
5 1 (2.50%) Concurrent Programming
5 1 (2.50%) Data Transformation
5 1 (2.50%) Risk Management
5 1 (2.50%) SDLC
5 1 (2.50%) Systems Analysis
Programming Languages
1 32 (80.00%) Java
2 5 (12.50%) C#
2 5 (12.50%) C++
3 3 (7.50%) Bash Shell
3 3 (7.50%) Korn
3 3 (7.50%) Shell Script
4 2 (5.00%) R
Qualifications
1 1 (2.50%) Computer Science Degree
1 1 (2.50%) Degree
Vendors
1 4 (10.00%) Oracle
2 3 (7.50%) Ab Initio
3 1 (2.50%) Talend
Northern Ireland
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