Period
to 22 May 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for Test Automation skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Test Automation over the 6 months to 22 May 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Automated Testing
North West > Cheshire
6 months to
22 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 35 46 35
Rank change year-on-year +11 -11 +24
Permanent jobs citing Test Automation 226 120 136
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 7.33% 5.10% 5.71%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.94% 5.75% 6.44%
Number of salaries quoted 111 81 133
Cheshire median annual salary £37,500 £36,000 £35,780
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.17% +0.61% +10.09%
10th Percentile £25,000 £27,500 £25,650
90th Percentile £60,000 £57,500 £45,000
North West median annual salary £45,000 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year +12.50% +6.67% +5.63%

Test Automation is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Cheshire
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 2,847 2,086 2,111
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 92.38% 88.73% 88.59%
Number of salaries quoted 2,064 1,622 1,801
Cheshire median annual salary £45,000 £40,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +12.50% +6.67% -6.25%
10th Percentile £27,500 £25,000 £21,750
90th Percentile £68,750 £61,250 £55,500
North West median annual salary £45,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +12.50% - -

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation in Cheshire

Test Automation
Salary Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Test Automation in Cheshire.

Salary trend for Test Automation in Cheshire

Test Automation
Salary Histogram in Cheshire

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in Cheshire over the 6 months to 22 May 2018.

Salary histogram for Test Automation in Cheshire

Test Automation
Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Test Automation within the Cheshire region over the 6 months to 22 May 2018. 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Knutsford 0 64 £40,000 -16.23% 1
Crewe +5 28 £34,000 -38.18% 3
Wilmslow +12 18 £35,000 +2.01% 3
Warrington +11 14 £40,000 +37.93% 4
Northwich - 9 £33,750 - 1
Chester -27 8 £47,500 +35.71% 6
Macclesfield -1 6 £33,750 +56.98%
Nantwich - 6 £25,000 - 1
Runcorn - 2 £32,500 - 3
Test Automation
North West

For the 6 months to 22 May 2018, IT jobs citing Test Automation also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads across the Cheshire region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 126 (55.75%) Agile Software Development
2 116 (51.33%) Java
3 95 (42.04%) SQL
4 87 (38.50%) Finance
5 76 (33.63%) Web Services
6 73 (32.30%) Continuous Integration
7 61 (26.99%) MVC
8 60 (26.55%) JavaScript
9 59 (26.11%) Selenium
10 56 (24.78%) Degree
11 54 (23.89%) Git (software)
12 53 (23.45%) Jenkins
13 52 (23.01%) REST
14 50 (22.12%) Banking
15 46 (20.35%) Software Engineering
15 46 (20.35%) C#
16 44 (19.47%) PHP
17 42 (18.58%) JIRA
18 41 (18.14%) .NET
19 40 (17.70%) Scrum
19 40 (17.70%) Linux
19 40 (17.70%) Problem-Solving
20 38 (16.81%) HTML
20 38 (16.81%) Analytical Skills
21 37 (16.37%) DevOps
21 37 (16.37%) SQL Server
22 36 (15.93%) CSS
22 36 (15.93%) Management Information System
23 34 (15.04%) Team Foundation Server
24 33 (14.60%) SDLC

Test Automation
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire 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 18 (7.96%) Tomcat
2 14 (6.19%) Apache
2 14 (6.19%) Sitefinity
3 10 (4.42%) nginx
3 10 (4.42%) WebSphere
4 9 (3.98%) JBoss
5 7 (3.10%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 7 (3.10%) WebLogic
6 5 (2.21%) Elasticsearch
7 4 (1.77%) Confluence
8 3 (1.33%) Jetty
8 3 (1.33%) Resin
9 2 (0.88%) Anypoint
9 2 (0.88%) CMS
9 2 (0.88%) Tuxedo
10 1 (0.44%) CICS
Applications
1 6 (2.65%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.44%) Adobe Illustrator
2 1 (0.44%) Blender
2 1 (0.44%) OmniGraffle
2 1 (0.44%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 6 (2.65%) BASE24
2 1 (0.44%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
Cloud Services
1 30 (13.27%) Amazon AWS
2 21 (9.29%) DigitalOcean
2 21 (9.29%) GitHub
3 6 (2.65%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (2.65%) OpenShift
4 4 (1.77%) npm
5 3 (1.33%) AWS CloudFormation
5 3 (1.33%) Serverless
6 2 (0.88%) PaaS
7 1 (0.44%) BrowserStack
7 1 (0.44%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 19 (8.41%) HTTP
2 16 (7.08%) Internet
3 13 (5.75%) DNS
3 13 (5.75%) TCP/IP
4 10 (4.42%) SSL
5 1 (0.44%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (16.37%) SQL Server
2 31 (13.72%) MySQL
3 25 (11.06%) MongoDB
4 9 (3.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 8 (3.54%) Hadoop
6 7 (3.10%) Data Warehouse
6 7 (3.10%) PostgreSQL
7 6 (2.65%) Apache Cassandra
8 5 (2.21%) HBase
8 5 (2.21%) NoSQL
9 4 (1.77%) Crystal Reports
9 4 (1.77%) MariaDB
9 4 (1.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 3 (1.33%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 3 (1.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 2 (0.88%) DB2
11 2 (0.88%) Oracle Database
12 1 (0.44%) Big Data
12 1 (0.44%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 59 (26.11%) Selenium
2 54 (23.89%) Git (software)
3 53 (23.45%) Jenkins
4 42 (18.58%) JIRA
5 34 (15.04%) Team Foundation Server
6 26 (11.50%) MSBuild
6 26 (11.50%) Octopus Deploy
7 23 (10.18%) Cucumber
8 21 (9.29%) PHPUnit
9 18 (7.96%) Maven
10 15 (6.64%) Gradle
11 11 (4.87%) JUnit
12 10 (4.42%) SoapUI
13 8 (3.54%) Ant
14 7 (3.10%) CA Release Automation
15 6 (2.65%) Visual Studio
15 6 (2.65%) WebDriver
16 5 (2.21%) IntelliJ
17 4 (1.77%) HP UFT
18 3 (1.33%) NUnit
General
1 87 (38.50%) Finance
2 50 (22.12%) Banking
3 29 (12.83%) Retail
3 29 (12.83%) Retail Banking
4 23 (10.18%) Advertising
5 21 (9.29%) Investment Banking
6 16 (7.08%) Law
7 2 (0.88%) General Ledger
7 2 (0.88%) Telecoms
8 1 (0.44%) Automotive
8 1 (0.44%) Corporate Banking
8 1 (0.44%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.44%) Games
Job Titles
1 62 (27.43%) Developer
2 41 (18.14%) Analyst
3 39 (17.26%) Test Analyst
4 38 (16.81%) Tester
5 28 (12.39%) Software Engineer
6 21 (9.29%) Automation Tester
6 21 (9.29%) MySQL Developer
6 21 (9.29%) PHP Developer
6 21 (9.29%) PHP MySQL Developer
7 20 (8.85%) .NET Software Engineer
7 20 (8.85%) MongoDB Developer
8 17 (7.52%) Java Developer
9 16 (7.08%) Automation Test Lead
9 16 (7.08%) Software Tester
9 16 (7.08%) Test Leader
10 13 (5.75%) DevOps Engineer
10 13 (5.75%) Mid-Level PHP Developer
11 12 (5.31%) .NET Developer
11 12 (5.31%) Backend Developer
11 12 (5.31%) Senior .NET Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 76 (33.63%) Web Services
2 52 (23.01%) REST
3 41 (18.14%) .NET
4 38 (16.81%) HTML
5 36 (15.93%) CSS
6 32 (14.16%) RESTful
7 30 (13.27%) ASP.NET Web API
7 30 (13.27%) jQuery
7 30 (13.27%) Middleware
8 28 (12.39%) Twitter Bootstrap
9 22 (9.73%) Laravel
10 21 (9.29%) RabbitMQ
10 21 (9.29%) SOAP
11 19 (8.41%) Spring
12 18 (7.96%) Servlets
13 17 (7.52%) .NET Framework
14 16 (7.08%) J2EE
15 12 (5.31%) AngularJS
15 12 (5.31%) Castle Windsor
15 12 (5.31%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 38 (16.81%) Analytical Skills
2 36 (15.93%) Management Information System
3 21 (9.29%) Linux Command Line
4 18 (7.96%) Mobile App
5 14 (6.19%) Self-Motivation
6 9 (3.98%) Enterprise Software
7 7 (3.10%) Computer Science
8 6 (2.65%) Fixed Income
8 6 (2.65%) IVR
9 5 (2.21%) Cyber Defence
10 4 (1.77%) Mainframe
10 4 (1.77%) PMI
11 3 (1.33%) Fintech
11 3 (1.33%) Internet of Things
11 3 (1.33%) Online Banking
11 3 (1.33%) User Experience
11 3 (1.33%) VSAM
12 2 (0.88%) Mobile Payment
13 1 (0.44%) RIA
13 1 (0.44%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 40 (17.70%) Linux
2 30 (13.27%) Unix
3 19 (8.41%) Apple iOS
4 18 (7.96%) Android
5 16 (7.08%) Windows
6 4 (1.77%) AIX
7 3 (1.33%) Mac OS
7 3 (1.33%) Windows Vista
7 3 (1.33%) Windows XP
8 1 (0.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.44%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 126 (55.75%) Agile Software Development
2 73 (32.30%) Continuous Integration
3 61 (26.99%) MVC
4 46 (20.35%) Software Engineering
5 40 (17.70%) Problem-Solving
5 40 (17.70%) Scrum
6 37 (16.37%) DevOps
7 33 (14.60%) SDLC
8 31 (13.72%) Continuous Improvement
8 31 (13.72%) Information Security
8 31 (13.72%) OO
8 31 (13.72%) SOLID
9 29 (12.83%) Wealth Management
10 28 (12.39%) Software Testing
11 26 (11.50%) Customer Engagement
11 26 (11.50%) Secure Coding
12 25 (11.06%) Collaborative Working
12 25 (11.06%) Process Improvement
13 24 (10.62%) Test Strategy
14 23 (10.18%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 116 (51.33%) Java
2 95 (42.04%) SQL
3 60 (26.55%) JavaScript
4 46 (20.35%) C#
5 44 (19.47%) PHP
6 29 (12.83%) T-SQL
7 15 (6.64%) Python
8 14 (6.19%) VB.NET
9 12 (5.31%) VB
10 11 (4.87%) Bash Shell
10 11 (4.87%) Java 8
11 5 (2.21%) PowerShell
11 5 (2.21%) Shell Script
12 4 (1.77%) Perl
13 3 (1.33%) REXX
14 2 (0.88%) C
14 2 (0.88%) C++
14 2 (0.88%) Groovy
15 1 (0.44%) BeanShell
15 1 (0.44%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 56 (24.78%) Degree
2 22 (9.73%) ISTQB
3 18 (7.96%) ISEB
4 11 (4.87%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 9 (3.98%) Computer Science Degree
6 7 (3.10%) PMI Certification
6 7 (3.10%) Sun Certification
7 4 (1.77%) CSQA
8 3 (1.33%) PMP
9 1 (0.44%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (14.16%) QA
2 8 (3.54%) GDPR
2 8 (3.54%) MiFID
3 2 (0.88%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.44%) IEC 61508
4 1 (0.44%) ISO 22301
4 1 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 9 (3.98%) Docker
2 6 (2.65%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.44%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (0.44%) VirtualBox
3 1 (0.44%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 17 (7.52%) Opscode Chef
2 7 (3.10%) Puppet
3 6 (2.65%) HP Quality Center
3 6 (2.65%) Kubernetes
3 6 (2.65%) Salt
4 5 (2.21%) Single Sign-On
5 3 (1.33%) Ansible
5 3 (1.33%) Nagios
5 3 (1.33%) Terraform
6 1 (0.44%) Tivoli Identity Manager
Vendors
1 22 (9.73%) Oracle
1 22 (9.73%) Xamarin
2 21 (9.29%) New Relic
3 8 (3.54%) Adobe
3 8 (3.54%) Splunk
3 8 (3.54%) Sun
4 7 (3.10%) HP
5 5 (2.21%) Cloudera
5 5 (2.21%) Microsoft
6 4 (1.77%) CA Agile Central
6 4 (1.77%) Google
6 4 (1.77%) MuleSoft
7 3 (1.33%) Ab Initio
7 3 (1.33%) ATG
7 3 (1.33%) IBM
7 3 (1.33%) Informatica
8 2 (0.88%) Facebook
8 2 (0.88%) Red Hat
9 1 (0.44%) Twitter
9 1 (0.44%) VMware