Period
to 20 January 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the North West 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 20 January 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Automated Testing
England > North West
6 months to
20 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 39 42 39
Rank change year-on-year +3 -3 +26
Permanent jobs citing Test Automation 819 724 672
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 6.48% 5.87% 5.55%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.17% 6.50% 6.25%
Number of salaries quoted 647 618 564
North West median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% +13.33% +7.14%
10th Percentile £31,250 £27,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £60,000 £64,125 £52,500
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +5.88%

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 the North West with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
North West
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 11,427 11,139 10,748
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 90.35% 90.34% 88.81%
Number of salaries quoted 9,072 9,320 8,935
North West median annual salary £45,000 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +12.50% - -
10th Percentile £27,261 £26,000 £25,000
90th Percentile £66,250 £62,500 £60,000
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%

Test Automation
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Test Automation as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for Test Automation in the North West

Test Automation
Salary Trend in the North West

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

Salary trend for Test Automation in the North West

Test Automation
Salary Histogram in the North West

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Test Automation in the North West over the 6 months to 20 January 2018.

Salary histogram for Test Automation in the North West

Test Automation
Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Test Automation within the North West region over the 6 months to 20 January 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
Manchester -1 552 £45,000 +5.88% 98
Cheshire +17 178 £40,000 +14.29% 36
Merseyside +22 41 £41,000 +36.67% 12
Lancashire +9 38 £42,250 +16.55% 11
Cumbria - 2 £35,000 -
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 20 January 2018, IT 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 job ads across the North West region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 572 (69.84%) Agile Software Development
2 424 (51.77%) Java
3 322 (39.32%) Selenium
4 244 (29.79%) TDD
5 219 (26.74%) C#
6 213 (26.01%) Finance
7 209 (25.52%) SQL
8 203 (24.79%) Scrum
9 201 (24.54%) QA
10 194 (23.69%) JavaScript
11 187 (22.83%) Cucumber
12 186 (22.71%) Continuous Integration
13 176 (21.49%) BDD
14 169 (20.63%) SDLC
15 150 (18.32%) Test Scripting
16 141 (17.22%) Software Engineering
17 140 (17.09%) Web Services
18 138 (16.85%) .NET
19 137 (16.73%) Degree
20 132 (16.12%) Jenkins
21 128 (15.63%) Git (software)
22 125 (15.26%) DevOps
23 123 (15.02%) WebDriver
23 123 (15.02%) OO
24 121 (14.77%) Python
25 108 (13.19%) Linux
26 107 (13.06%) MVC
27 104 (12.70%) SQL Server
28 101 (12.33%) Software Testing
28 101 (12.33%) Test Strategy

Test Automation
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 (2.20%) Confluence
2 16 (1.95%) JBoss
3 14 (1.71%) WebSphere
4 12 (1.47%) Apache Solr
4 12 (1.47%) Tomcat
5 11 (1.34%) CMS
6 9 (1.10%) nginx
7 8 (0.98%) Apache Spark
8 7 (0.85%) Apache
9 6 (0.73%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 6 (0.73%) BizTalk Server
9 6 (0.73%) WebLogic
10 5 (0.61%) Oracle Application Server
10 5 (0.61%) Oracle Workflow
11 4 (0.49%) IIS
12 3 (0.37%) CICS
12 3 (0.37%) Cloud Foundry
12 3 (0.37%) SharePoint
13 2 (0.24%) Anypoint
13 2 (0.24%) Tuxedo
Applications
1 3 (0.37%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.24%) Photoshop
2 2 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
3 1 (0.12%) Chatbot
3 1 (0.12%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.12%) OmniGraffle
Business Applications
1 12 (1.47%) BASE24
2 8 (0.98%) Magento
3 4 (0.49%) Unit4 Business World
4 2 (0.24%) Payment Gateway
4 2 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.12%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
Cloud Services
1 82 (10.01%) Amazon AWS
2 43 (5.25%) Microsoft Azure
3 39 (4.76%) GitHub
4 29 (3.54%) SaaS
5 17 (2.08%) OpenShift
6 15 (1.83%) Cloud Computing
7 13 (1.59%) AWS CloudFormation
8 12 (1.47%) Amazon ElastiCache
9 7 (0.85%) npm
10 6 (0.73%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 6 (0.73%) DigitalOcean
11 4 (0.49%) BlazeMeter
11 4 (0.49%) BrowserStack
11 4 (0.49%) Google Cloud Platform
12 3 (0.37%) Slack
13 2 (0.24%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
13 2 (0.24%) AWS Lambda
13 2 (0.24%) PaaS
13 2 (0.24%) Route 53
13 2 (0.24%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 49 (5.98%) HTTP
2 27 (3.30%) Internet
3 10 (1.22%) Broadband
4 9 (1.10%) TCP/IP
5 8 (0.98%) ATM
6 7 (0.85%) DNS
7 5 (0.61%) IPsec
8 3 (0.37%) DHCP
8 3 (0.37%) FTP
8 3 (0.37%) Intranet
8 3 (0.37%) SSL
9 2 (0.24%) AMQP
9 2 (0.24%) OpenVPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 104 (12.70%) SQL Server
2 47 (5.74%) Big Data
3 42 (5.13%) NoSQL
4 41 (5.01%) MySQL
5 37 (4.52%) Hadoop
6 32 (3.91%) Relational Database
7 19 (2.32%) DB2
8 17 (2.08%) MongoDB
9 16 (1.95%) Redis
10 15 (1.83%) Apache Cassandra
10 15 (1.83%) Data Warehouse
11 13 (1.59%) Oracle Database
12 12 (1.47%) RDBMS
13 7 (0.85%) SQL Server 2012
14 4 (0.49%) Couchbase
14 4 (0.49%) SQL Server 2014
15 3 (0.37%) Electronic Patient Records
15 3 (0.37%) HDInsight
15 3 (0.37%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 2 (0.24%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 322 (39.32%) Selenium
2 187 (22.83%) Cucumber
3 132 (16.12%) Jenkins
4 128 (15.63%) Git (software)
5 123 (15.02%) WebDriver
6 97 (11.84%) JIRA
7 65 (7.94%) SoapUI
8 56 (6.84%) Subversion
9 42 (5.13%) Visual Studio
10 38 (4.64%) SpecFlow
11 31 (3.79%) TeamCity
12 30 (3.66%) JUnit
13 28 (3.42%) Team Foundation Server
14 27 (3.30%) JMeter
15 24 (2.93%) Mercurial
16 23 (2.81%) Bitbucket
16 23 (2.81%) Jasmine
17 19 (2.32%) Gradle
17 19 (2.32%) SonarQube
18 18 (2.20%) Grunt
General
1 213 (26.01%) Finance
2 95 (11.60%) Retail
3 64 (7.81%) Banking
4 40 (4.88%) Telecoms
5 33 (4.03%) Marketing
6 32 (3.91%) Law
7 30 (3.66%) Advertising
8 28 (3.42%) Manufacturing
9 27 (3.30%) Electronics
10 25 (3.05%) Investment Banking
11 10 (1.22%) Military
11 10 (1.22%) Retail Banking
12 9 (1.10%) Automotive
12 9 (1.10%) Legal
13 8 (0.98%) Games
14 6 (0.73%) French Language
14 6 (0.73%) German Language
14 6 (0.73%) Japanese Language
15 3 (0.37%) Back Office
16 2 (0.24%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 208 (25.40%) Developer
2 179 (21.86%) Tester
3 136 (16.61%) Automation Tester
4 94 (11.48%) Test Engineer
5 82 (10.01%) Analyst
6 80 (9.77%) Software Engineer
7 78 (9.52%) Java Engineer
8 75 (9.16%) Test Analyst
9 67 (8.18%) Java Developer
10 49 (5.98%) Senior Tester
11 45 (5.49%) Senior Automation Tester
11 45 (5.49%) Software Tester
12 41 (5.01%) .NET Developer
13 40 (4.88%) Java Software Engineer
13 40 (4.88%) QA Engineer
14 38 (4.64%) Senior Java Engineer
14 38 (4.64%) Software Developer
15 37 (4.52%) Test Leader
16 35 (4.27%) Test Manager
17 34 (4.15%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 140 (17.09%) Web Services
2 138 (16.85%) .NET
3 100 (12.21%) HTML
4 88 (10.74%) CSS
5 76 (9.28%) SOAP
6 75 (9.16%) REST
7 73 (8.91%) Gherkin
8 65 (7.94%) Spring
9 62 (7.57%) XML
10 57 (6.96%) AngularJS
11 50 (6.11%) HTML5
11 50 (6.11%) RESTful
12 49 (5.98%) ASP.NET
12 49 (5.98%) J2EE
12 49 (5.98%) jQuery
13 48 (5.86%) Hibernate
14 45 (5.49%) ASP.NET Web API
15 41 (5.01%) JSON
16 40 (4.88%) .NET Framework
17 39 (4.76%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 66 (8.06%) Analytical Skills
2 53 (6.47%) Mobile App
3 46 (5.62%) Computer Science
4 40 (4.88%) User Experience
5 30 (3.66%) Algorithms
6 25 (3.05%) Greenfield Project
7 24 (2.93%) Data Structures
8 20 (2.44%) Management Information System
9 18 (2.20%) Fintech
10 17 (2.08%) Enterprise Software
10 17 (2.08%) Linux Command Line
11 13 (1.59%) RIA
12 12 (1.47%) N-Tier
13 9 (1.10%) Life Science
14 8 (0.98%) Mainframe
15 7 (0.85%) iPad
16 6 (0.73%) IVR
16 6 (0.73%) Online Banking
16 6 (0.73%) Tandem
17 4 (0.49%) Internet of Things
Operating Systems
1 108 (13.19%) Linux
2 59 (7.20%) Windows
3 36 (4.40%) Unix
4 29 (3.54%) Android
5 23 (2.81%) Apple iOS
6 7 (0.85%) Mac OS
7 6 (0.73%) Windows Server 2012
8 4 (0.49%) CentOS
8 4 (0.49%) Windows Server
9 3 (0.37%) AIX
9 3 (0.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 3 (0.37%) Windows Vista
9 3 (0.37%) Windows XP
10 2 (0.24%) Ubuntu
10 2 (0.24%) Windows Server 2008
11 1 (0.12%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 572 (69.84%) Agile Software Development
2 244 (29.79%) TDD
3 203 (24.79%) Scrum
4 186 (22.71%) Continuous Integration
5 176 (21.49%) BDD
6 169 (20.63%) SDLC
7 150 (18.32%) Test Scripting
8 141 (17.22%) Software Engineering
9 125 (15.26%) DevOps
10 123 (15.02%) OO
11 107 (13.06%) MVC
12 101 (12.33%) Software Testing
12 101 (12.33%) Test Strategy
13 87 (10.62%) Mentoring
14 75 (9.16%) E-Commerce
15 73 (8.91%) Kanban
16 64 (7.81%) Manual Testing
17 60 (7.33%) OOP
18 54 (6.59%) Waterfall
19 51 (6.23%) Continuous Delivery
Programming Languages
1 424 (51.77%) Java
2 219 (26.74%) C#
3 209 (25.52%) SQL
4 194 (23.69%) JavaScript
5 121 (14.77%) Python
6 70 (8.55%) PHP
7 65 (7.94%) Ruby
8 47 (5.74%) C
8 47 (5.74%) C++
9 31 (3.79%) Bash Shell
10 13 (1.59%) Go
10 13 (1.59%) Perl
11 11 (1.34%) VB.NET
12 10 (1.22%) COBOL
12 10 (1.22%) T-SQL
13 9 (1.10%) VB
14 6 (0.73%) TypeScript
15 5 (0.61%) Groovy
15 5 (0.61%) PowerShell
15 5 (0.61%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 137 (16.73%) Degree
2 79 (9.65%) ISEB
3 60 (7.33%) ISTQB
4 34 (4.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 31 (3.79%) Security Cleared
6 24 (2.93%) Computer Science Degree
7 19 (2.32%) DV Cleared
8 10 (1.22%) Master's Degree
8 10 (1.22%) Numerate Degree
8 10 (1.22%) SC Cleared
9 9 (1.10%) Sun Certification
10 7 (0.85%) PMI Certification
11 4 (0.49%) HND
12 3 (0.37%) PMP
13 1 (0.12%) CSQA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 201 (24.54%) QA
2 10 (1.22%) Web Application Security Consortium
3 8 (0.98%) GDPR
4 7 (0.85%) MiFID
4 7 (0.85%) PCI DSS
5 5 (0.61%) SLA
6 4 (0.49%) PA-DSS
7 2 (0.24%) PMO
8 1 (0.12%) GCP
8 1 (0.12%) HIPAA
8 1 (0.12%) IEC 61508
8 1 (0.12%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 39 (4.76%) Docker
2 10 (1.22%) Hyper-V
2 10 (1.22%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.24%) Varnish
3 2 (0.24%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (0.24%) VirtualBox
4 1 (0.12%) LXC
Systems Management
1 31 (3.79%) Opscode Chef
2 29 (3.54%) Puppet
3 24 (2.93%) Kubernetes
4 22 (2.69%) Ansible
5 10 (1.22%) HP Quality Center
5 10 (1.22%) Kibana
6 8 (0.98%) Prometheus
7 6 (0.73%) Salt
7 6 (0.73%) Terraform
7 6 (0.73%) ZABBIX
8 5 (0.61%) Simian Army
9 4 (0.49%) Cobbler
10 1 (0.12%) Nagios
10 1 (0.12%) Packer
Vendors
1 85 (10.38%) Oracle
2 51 (6.23%) Microsoft
3 30 (3.66%) Capita
4 26 (3.17%) SAP
5 20 (2.44%) Google
6 19 (2.32%) VMware
7 17 (2.08%) HP
7 17 (2.08%) WorldPay
8 9 (1.10%) Sun
9 8 (0.98%) Atlassian
9 8 (0.98%) New Relic
10 7 (0.85%) Adobe
11 6 (0.73%) IBM
11 6 (0.73%) MuleSoft
11 6 (0.73%) Twitter
12 5 (0.61%) ServiceNow
13 4 (0.49%) OpenText
13 4 (0.49%) Siebel
13 4 (0.49%) Sitecore
13 4 (0.49%) Tableau