Period
to 26 January 2020

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 26 January 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Automated Testing
North West > Cheshire
6 months to
26 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 30 31 45
Rank change year-on-year +1 +14 +22
Permanent jobs citing Test Automation 120 165 181
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 7.51% 7.88% 5.58%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 8.26% 8.38% 6.08%
Number of salaries quoted 101 144 106
Cheshire median annual salary £40,500 £49,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -18.18% +23.75% +14.29%
10th Percentile £30,500 £31,250 £27,500
90th Percentile £60,000 £62,500 £56,875
North West median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000

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 1,453 1,970 2,976
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 90.93% 94.12% 91.74%
Number of salaries quoted 1,145 1,484 2,214
Cheshire median annual salary £42,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -5.56% - +20.00%
10th Percentile £23,750 £26,250 £27,500
90th Percentile £63,750 £70,000 £66,250
North West median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000

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 26 January 2020.

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 26 January 2020. 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
Chester +18 69 £42,500 -22.73% 9
Warrington -1 28 £35,250 -32.86% 8
Knutsford +7 8 £32,500 -32.29% 2
Wilmslow 0 6 £57,500 +27.78% 1
Ellesmere Port -1 2 - -
Alderley Edge - 2 £50,000 - 2
Nantwich -1 1 £35,000 +14.75%
Crewe -15 1 £35,000 - 2
Test Automation
North West

For the 6 months to 26 January 2020, 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 97 (80.83%) Agile Software Development
2 78 (65.00%) C#
3 74 (61.67%) Java
4 70 (58.33%) Selenium
5 68 (56.67%) REST
6 65 (54.17%) Scrum
7 62 (51.67%) JavaScript
8 58 (48.33%) SOAP
8 58 (48.33%) Continuous Integration
8 58 (48.33%) Jenkins
9 54 (45.00%) Hudson
9 54 (45.00%) QA
10 53 (44.17%) WebDriver
11 48 (40.00%) BDD
12 45 (37.50%) SQL
13 43 (35.83%) .NET
14 40 (33.33%) JUnit
15 36 (30.00%) Shell Script
15 36 (30.00%) Maven
15 36 (30.00%) Cucumber
15 36 (30.00%) SpecFlow
16 32 (26.67%) JIRA
16 32 (26.67%) HTML
17 30 (25.00%) Bitbucket
17 30 (25.00%) Team Foundation Server
17 30 (25.00%) Docker
18 29 (24.17%) Microservices
18 29 (24.17%) TestNG
18 29 (24.17%) GitHub
18 29 (24.17%) NUnit

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 7 (5.83%) Confluence
2 2 (1.67%) CMS
2 2 (1.67%) nginx
2 2 (1.67%) Sitecore CMS
2 2 (1.67%) Umbraco
Business Applications
1 2 (1.67%) SDL Web 8
Cloud Services
1 29 (24.17%) GitHub
2 4 (3.33%) AWS
3 3 (2.50%) Azure
3 3 (2.50%) Serverless
4 2 (1.67%) GCP
5 1 (0.83%) npm
5 1 (0.83%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.67%) Cisco ISE
2 1 (0.83%) Firewall
2 1 (0.83%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (7.50%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.33%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (1.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 2 (1.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (0.83%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.83%) RDBMS
4 1 (0.83%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 70 (58.33%) Selenium
2 58 (48.33%) Jenkins
3 54 (45.00%) Hudson
4 53 (44.17%) WebDriver
5 40 (33.33%) JUnit
6 36 (30.00%) Cucumber
6 36 (30.00%) Maven
6 36 (30.00%) SpecFlow
7 32 (26.67%) JIRA
8 30 (25.00%) Bitbucket
8 30 (25.00%) Team Foundation Server
9 29 (24.17%) NUnit
9 29 (24.17%) TestNG
10 20 (16.67%) Appium
11 18 (15.00%) SoapUI
11 18 (15.00%) Visual Studio Team System
12 13 (10.83%) Postman
13 9 (7.50%) JMeter
14 7 (5.83%) Git (software)
14 7 (5.83%) webpack
General
1 10 (8.33%) Banking
2 7 (5.83%) Retail
3 5 (4.17%) Finance
4 1 (0.83%) Games
4 1 (0.83%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.83%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 29 (24.17%) QA Engineer
2 27 (22.50%) Automation Engineer
3 26 (21.67%) Tester
4 23 (19.17%) Analyst
5 14 (11.67%) QA Analyst
5 14 (11.67%) Software QA Engineer
6 13 (10.83%) Automation Tester
7 12 (10.00%) Developer
8 9 (7.50%) Senior QA Engineer
8 9 (7.50%) Test Analyst
9 7 (5.83%) QA Automation Analyst
10 6 (5.00%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
10 6 (5.00%) Junior
10 6 (5.00%) Performance Tester
10 6 (5.00%) QA Automation Tester
10 6 (5.00%) QA Tester
11 5 (4.17%) Integration Tester
11 5 (4.17%) Junior Analyst
11 5 (4.17%) Junior QA Analyst
12 4 (3.33%) Front End Web Developer (Client-Side Developer)
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 68 (56.67%) REST
2 58 (48.33%) SOAP
3 43 (35.83%) .NET
4 32 (26.67%) HTML
5 25 (20.83%) XML
6 23 (19.17%) Gherkin
7 18 (15.00%) ASP.NET Web API
7 18 (15.00%) Web Services
8 10 (8.33%) CSS
9 9 (7.50%) React
10 8 (6.67%) React Native
11 7 (5.83%) JSON
12 6 (5.00%) AngularJS
12 6 (5.00%) Redux
13 4 (3.33%) .NET Core
13 4 (3.33%) .NET Framework
14 3 (2.50%) Apache Flex
14 3 (2.50%) ASP.NET
14 3 (2.50%) ASP.NET MVC
14 3 (2.50%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 14 (11.67%) PMI
2 13 (10.83%) Self-Motivation
3 12 (10.00%) Robotics
4 7 (5.83%) User Experience
5 6 (5.00%) Analytical Skills
5 6 (5.00%) Client/Server
6 5 (4.17%) FMCG
7 2 (1.67%) Cloud Native
7 2 (1.67%) Mobile App
7 2 (1.67%) Virtual Team
8 1 (0.83%) Fixed Income
8 1 (0.83%) Social Media
8 1 (0.83%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 3 (2.50%) Linux
1 3 (2.50%) Unix
1 3 (2.50%) Windows
2 1 (0.83%) Android
2 1 (0.83%) Apple iOS
2 1 (0.83%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 97 (80.83%) Agile Software Development
2 65 (54.17%) Scrum
3 58 (48.33%) Continuous Integration
4 48 (40.00%) BDD
5 29 (24.17%) Microservices
6 23 (19.17%) Defect Management
7 22 (18.33%) Performance Testing
8 21 (17.50%) Acceptance Criteria
8 21 (17.50%) User Acceptance Testing
9 19 (15.83%) Scenario Testing
9 19 (15.83%) TDD
10 17 (14.17%) Test Scripting
11 16 (13.33%) SDLC
12 12 (10.00%) Artificial Intelligence
13 11 (9.17%) Software Engineering
14 10 (8.33%) Defect Tracking
14 10 (8.33%) Integration Testing
14 10 (8.33%) Kanban
14 10 (8.33%) Test Strategy
15 9 (7.50%) Line Management
Programming Languages
1 78 (65.00%) C#
2 74 (61.67%) Java
3 62 (51.67%) JavaScript
4 45 (37.50%) SQL
5 36 (30.00%) Shell Script
6 19 (15.83%) VBScript
7 11 (9.17%) Python
8 8 (6.67%) Groovy
9 3 (2.50%) Bash Shell
10 2 (1.67%) C++
10 2 (1.67%) Go
10 2 (1.67%) PHP
10 2 (1.67%) PowerShell
11 1 (0.83%) ES6
11 1 (0.83%) ES7
11 1 (0.83%) Ruby
11 1 (0.83%) VB
Qualifications
1 14 (11.67%) PMI Certification
2 8 (6.67%) ISTQB
3 5 (4.17%) ISEB
4 1 (0.83%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 54 (45.00%) QA
System Software
1 30 (25.00%) Docker
2 1 (0.83%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 4 (3.33%) Ansible
1 4 (3.33%) CA Service Virtualization
2 2 (1.67%) CA Spectrum
2 2 (1.67%) FortiGate
3 1 (0.83%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (0.83%) Puppet
3 1 (0.83%) Terraform
Vendors
1 6 (5.00%) CA
1 6 (5.00%) IBM
2 4 (3.33%) Green Hat
2 4 (3.33%) Microsoft
2 4 (3.33%) Parasoft
3 2 (1.67%) Cisco
3 2 (1.67%) F5
3 2 (1.67%) Juniper
3 2 (1.67%) Sitecore
3 2 (1.67%) Tufin
4 1 (0.83%) Apple
4 1 (0.83%) Oracle
4 1 (0.83%) VMware