The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Salford 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 29 May 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
Manchester / Salford
3 months to
29 May 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 7 15 4
Rank change year-on-year +8 -11  
Contract jobs citing Test Automation 2 1 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Salford 10.00% 2.78% 22.22%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 11.11% 3.03% 26.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 0 4
Median daily rate £419 - £369
90% offered a daily rate of more than £414 - £354
10% offered a daily rate of more than £424 - £393
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +1.33% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £37.50

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 Salford with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Salford
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 18 33 15
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Salford 90.00% 91.67% 83.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 16 12
Median daily rate £413 £388 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.45% -3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £120 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £488 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.12% +3.22%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £13.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £32.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +7.69% +8.33%  

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Salford

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Salford 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 Salford

Test Automation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Salford

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Automation in Salford

For the 6 months to 29 May 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 Salford region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 8 (100.00%) JavaScript
1 8 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (75.00%) DevOps
2 6 (75.00%) Continuous Delivery
3 5 (62.50%) Issue Tracking
3 5 (62.50%) Twitter Bootstrap
3 5 (62.50%) ServiceNow
3 5 (62.50%) ITIL V3
3 5 (62.50%) AngularJS
3 5 (62.50%) Identity Management
3 5 (62.50%) Workflow
3 5 (62.50%) Scrum
3 5 (62.50%) Web Services
3 5 (62.50%) ITIL
3 5 (62.50%) PRINCE2
3 5 (62.50%) LDAP
3 5 (62.50%) Web 2.0
3 5 (62.50%) QA
3 5 (62.50%) Selenium
3 5 (62.50%) Release Management
4 4 (50.00%) SharePoint
5 3 (37.50%) Linux
5 3 (37.50%) HTML
5 3 (37.50%) Use Case
5 3 (37.50%) SC Cleared
5 3 (37.50%) Security Cleared
5 3 (37.50%) Degree
5 3 (37.50%) TDD
5 3 (37.50%) Software Engineering
5 3 (37.50%) HTML5

Test Automation
Co-occurring IT Skills in Salford 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 (50.00%) SharePoint
Cloud Services
1 1 (12.50%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (62.50%) LDAP
2 1 (12.50%) DNS
2 1 (12.50%) HTTP
Development Applications
1 5 (62.50%) Selenium
2 1 (12.50%) Hudson
2 1 (12.50%) Jenkins
Job Titles
1 7 (87.50%) Developer
2 3 (37.50%) ServiceNow Developer
3 2 (25.00%) JavaScript Developer
3 2 (25.00%) Linux Developer
3 2 (25.00%) Node.js Developer
3 2 (25.00%) Software Developer
4 1 (12.50%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (62.50%) AngularJS
1 5 (62.50%) Twitter Bootstrap
1 5 (62.50%) Web Services
2 3 (37.50%) GStreamer
2 3 (37.50%) HTML
2 3 (37.50%) HTML5
2 3 (37.50%) Node.js
3 2 (25.00%) REST
4 1 (12.50%) FFmpeg
4 1 (12.50%) JSON
4 1 (12.50%) RESTful
4 1 (12.50%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (62.50%) Web 2.0
2 3 (37.50%) Computer Science
3 2 (25.00%) IPTV
3 2 (25.00%) Streaming Video
Operating Systems
1 3 (37.50%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (75.00%) Continuous Delivery
2 6 (75.00%) DevOps
3 5 (62.50%) Identity Management
3 5 (62.50%) Issue Tracking
3 5 (62.50%) ITIL
3 5 (62.50%) ITIL V3
3 5 (62.50%) PRINCE2
3 5 (62.50%) Release Management
3 5 (62.50%) Scrum
3 5 (62.50%) Workflow
4 3 (37.50%) Software Engineering
4 3 (37.50%) TDD
4 3 (37.50%) Use Case
5 2 (25.00%) Continuous Deployment
5 2 (25.00%) Supplier Management
6 1 (12.50%) Performance Testing
6 1 (12.50%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 8 (100.00%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 3 (37.50%) Computer Science Degree
1 3 (37.50%) Degree
1 3 (37.50%) SC Cleared
1 3 (37.50%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (62.50%) QA
Vendors
1 5 (62.50%) ServiceNow