Period
to 19 September 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 19 September 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Automated Testing
England > North West
6 months to
19 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 30 43 54
Rank change year-on-year +13 +11 -5
Permanent jobs citing Test Automation 900 847 549
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 7.56% 6.41% 4.65%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 8.30% 7.03% 5.14%
Number of salaries quoted 674 684 480
North West median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £30,000 £28,750 £26,250
90th Percentile £62,500 £60,000 £56,250
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%

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 10,849 12,050 10,688
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 91.08% 91.14% 90.48%
Number of salaries quoted 8,716 9,618 8,955
North West median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £25,500
90th Percentile £67,500 £65,000 £62,500
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £50,000

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 19 September 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 19 September 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 +7 620 £42,500 -5.56% 81
Cheshire +3 218 £47,500 +31.03% 28
Lancashire +10 30 £37,500 +17.19% 10
Merseyside +12 29 £32,500 -13.33% 16
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 North West region with a requirement for Test Automation.

1 548 (60.89%) Agile Software Development
2 349 (38.78%) Java
3 346 (38.44%) Selenium
4 260 (28.89%) Finance
5 252 (28.00%) SQL
6 248 (27.56%) JavaScript
7 230 (25.56%) C#
8 226 (25.11%) Continuous Integration
9 202 (22.44%) Scrum
10 192 (21.33%) TDD
11 181 (20.11%) Git (software)
12 171 (19.00%) BDD
13 169 (18.78%) QA
14 163 (18.11%) DevOps
15 159 (17.67%) Software Engineering
16 157 (17.44%) Test Scripting
17 155 (17.22%) .NET
18 142 (15.78%) JIRA
19 134 (14.89%) Cucumber
20 132 (14.67%) HTML
21 127 (14.11%) Python
22 126 (14.00%) Linux
22 126 (14.00%) Amazon AWS
23 121 (13.44%) Degree
23 121 (13.44%) SDLC
24 117 (13.00%) OO
25 115 (12.78%) REST
26 114 (12.67%) CSS
27 113 (12.56%) PHP
27 113 (12.56%) Web Services

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 25 (2.78%) Confluence
2 22 (2.44%) Apache Solr
3 15 (1.67%) Cloud Foundry
4 14 (1.56%) Sitefinity
5 12 (1.33%) IIS
5 12 (1.33%) Tomcat
5 12 (1.33%) WebSphere
6 11 (1.22%) CMS
7 10 (1.11%) Apache Pig
8 8 (0.89%) Elasticsearch
8 8 (0.89%) WebLogic
9 7 (0.78%) JBoss
10 6 (0.67%) Apache Spark
10 6 (0.67%) Jetty
11 4 (0.44%) WordPress
12 3 (0.33%) Alfresco
12 3 (0.33%) Apache
12 3 (0.33%) Drupal
12 3 (0.33%) Kentico
12 3 (0.33%) SharePoint
Applications
1 6 (0.67%) MS Visio
2 5 (0.56%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.33%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 2 (0.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.11%) Blender
5 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.11%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 7 (0.78%) Magento
2 5 (0.56%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.33%) Elite 3E
4 1 (0.11%) BusinessWorks
4 1 (0.11%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 126 (14.00%) Amazon AWS
2 55 (6.11%) Microsoft Azure
3 38 (4.22%) SaaS
4 32 (3.56%) GitHub
5 30 (3.33%) Cloud Computing
6 27 (3.00%) AWS CloudFormation
7 19 (2.11%) Google Cloud Platform
8 17 (1.89%) npm
9 15 (1.67%) Twilio
10 13 (1.44%) BrowserStack
11 9 (1.00%) DigitalOcean
11 9 (1.00%) PaaS
12 6 (0.67%) Amazon ElastiCache
12 6 (0.67%) OpenShift
13 5 (0.56%) BlazeMeter
14 4 (0.44%) Serverless
14 4 (0.44%) Yarn
15 3 (0.33%) Google Analytics
16 2 (0.22%) Amazon SQS
16 2 (0.22%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 19 (2.11%) HTTP
2 16 (1.78%) TCP/IP
3 11 (1.22%) Internet
4 10 (1.11%) Firewall
4 10 (1.11%) SSL
5 3 (0.33%) PPP
5 3 (0.33%) SMS
6 2 (0.22%) ATM
7 1 (0.11%) AMQP
7 1 (0.11%) Broadband
7 1 (0.11%) DNS
7 1 (0.11%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 103 (11.44%) SQL Server
2 85 (9.44%) MySQL
3 57 (6.33%) NoSQL
4 54 (6.00%) MongoDB
5 42 (4.67%) Hadoop
6 37 (4.11%) Big Data
7 29 (3.22%) Relational Database
8 23 (2.56%) Apache Cassandra
8 23 (2.56%) MariaDB
8 23 (2.56%) PostgreSQL
9 13 (1.44%) RDBMS
10 12 (1.33%) Data Warehouse
10 12 (1.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 10 (1.11%) Apache Hive
12 9 (1.00%) Couchbase
12 9 (1.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 8 (0.89%) Redis
14 7 (0.78%) Oracle Database
15 6 (0.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 5 (0.56%) Amazon DynamoDB
Development Applications
1 346 (38.44%) Selenium
2 181 (20.11%) Git (software)
3 142 (15.78%) JIRA
4 134 (14.89%) Cucumber
5 110 (12.22%) Jenkins
6 87 (9.67%) WebDriver
7 71 (7.89%) SoapUI
8 48 (5.33%) Team Foundation Server
9 38 (4.22%) SpecFlow
10 35 (3.89%) gulp
11 33 (3.67%) TeamCity
11 33 (3.67%) Visual Studio
12 30 (3.33%) Maven
13 29 (3.22%) Jasmine
14 26 (2.89%) JMeter
14 26 (2.89%) JUnit
14 26 (2.89%) Subversion
15 23 (2.56%) NUnit
15 23 (2.56%) PHPUnit
16 21 (2.33%) Gradle
General
1 260 (28.89%) Finance
2 93 (10.33%) Retail
3 59 (6.56%) Banking
4 54 (6.00%) Marketing
5 45 (5.00%) Electronics
6 38 (4.22%) Manufacturing
7 34 (3.78%) Advertising
8 33 (3.67%) Telecoms
9 30 (3.33%) Investment Banking
9 30 (3.33%) Law
10 19 (2.11%) Games
11 18 (2.00%) Retail Banking
12 14 (1.56%) Military
13 7 (0.78%) Back Office
14 4 (0.44%) Automotive
15 3 (0.33%) Pharmaceutical
16 2 (0.22%) Financial Institution
17 1 (0.11%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 260 (28.89%) Developer
2 160 (17.78%) Tester
3 131 (14.56%) Test Engineer
4 116 (12.89%) Analyst
5 104 (11.56%) Test Analyst
6 101 (11.22%) Software Engineer
7 90 (10.00%) Automation Tester
8 51 (5.67%) Software Tester
9 50 (5.56%) PHP Developer
10 46 (5.11%) Software Test Engineer
11 43 (4.78%) .NET Developer
11 43 (4.78%) Senior Developer
12 42 (4.67%) Test Automation Engineer
13 41 (4.56%) Java Engineer
14 39 (4.33%) Developer in Test
15 38 (4.22%) Software Developer
16 36 (4.00%) DevOps Engineer
17 35 (3.89%) Java Developer
18 33 (3.67%) Architect
19 31 (3.44%) C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 155 (17.22%) .NET
2 132 (14.67%) HTML
3 115 (12.78%) REST
4 114 (12.67%) CSS
5 113 (12.56%) Web Services
6 99 (11.00%) AngularJS
7 79 (8.78%) RESTful
8 76 (8.44%) React
9 68 (7.56%) Spring
10 64 (7.11%) ASP.NET
11 60 (6.67%) SOAP
12 58 (6.44%) jQuery
13 55 (6.11%) XML
14 53 (5.89%) HTML5
15 47 (5.22%) Node.js
16 45 (5.00%) JSON
17 44 (4.89%) .NET Framework
17 44 (4.89%) Laravel
18 43 (4.78%) Gherkin
18 43 (4.78%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 86 (9.56%) Analytical Skills
2 54 (6.00%) Computer Science
3 50 (5.56%) User Experience
4 42 (4.67%) Mobile App
5 33 (3.67%) Management Information System
6 29 (3.22%) Self-Motivation
7 27 (3.00%) Greenfield Project
8 26 (2.89%) Data Structures
9 23 (2.56%) Algorithms
9 23 (2.56%) Cloud Native
10 19 (2.11%) Linux Command Line
11 18 (2.00%) Enterprise Software
12 15 (1.67%) Fixed Income
13 14 (1.56%) Blog
14 10 (1.11%) Fintech
15 7 (0.78%) Cyber Defence
16 5 (0.56%) Industrial Internet of Things
16 5 (0.56%) Internet of Things
16 5 (0.56%) Online Banking
17 4 (0.44%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 126 (14.00%) Linux
2 54 (6.00%) Windows
3 43 (4.78%) Unix
4 34 (3.78%) Android
5 32 (3.56%) Apple iOS
6 13 (1.44%) Windows Server
7 10 (1.11%) Mac OS X
8 3 (0.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 3 (0.33%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.11%) AIX
9 1 (0.11%) CentOS
9 1 (0.11%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.11%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.11%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 548 (60.89%) Agile Software Development
2 226 (25.11%) Continuous Integration
3 202 (22.44%) Scrum
4 192 (21.33%) TDD
5 171 (19.00%) BDD
6 163 (18.11%) DevOps
7 159 (17.67%) Software Engineering
8 157 (17.44%) Test Scripting
9 121 (13.44%) SDLC
10 117 (13.00%) OO
11 110 (12.22%) Software Testing
12 94 (10.44%) Problem-Solving
13 92 (10.22%) MVC
14 91 (10.11%) Mentoring
15 84 (9.33%) API Testing
16 76 (8.44%) Microservices
17 74 (8.22%) Manual Testing
18 68 (7.56%) Open Source
19 64 (7.11%) Kanban
20 61 (6.78%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 349 (38.78%) Java
2 252 (28.00%) SQL
3 248 (27.56%) JavaScript
4 230 (25.56%) C#
5 127 (14.11%) Python
6 113 (12.56%) PHP
7 52 (5.78%) Bash Shell
8 48 (5.33%) C++
9 46 (5.11%) PowerShell
9 46 (5.11%) Ruby
10 42 (4.67%) T-SQL
11 41 (4.56%) C
12 30 (3.33%) Perl
13 24 (2.67%) Java 8
14 23 (2.56%) VB.NET
15 16 (1.78%) Go
15 16 (1.78%) TypeScript
16 15 (1.67%) ES6
17 11 (1.22%) Objective-C
18 8 (0.89%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 121 (13.44%) Degree
2 73 (8.11%) ISTQB
3 66 (7.33%) ISEB
4 49 (5.44%) Security Cleared
5 30 (3.33%) DV Cleared
6 25 (2.78%) Computer Science Degree
7 14 (1.56%) Numerate Degree
8 11 (1.22%) CISSP
8 11 (1.22%) MCSE
8 11 (1.22%) Microsoft Certification
9 10 (1.11%) CCNA
9 10 (1.11%) Cisco Certification
9 10 (1.11%) CompTIA Security+
9 10 (1.11%) GIAC
9 10 (1.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 10 (1.11%) Linux+ Certification
9 10 (1.11%) Network+ Certification
9 10 (1.11%) SANS
9 10 (1.11%) SSCP
10 9 (1.00%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 169 (18.78%) QA
2 9 (1.00%) GCP
3 3 (0.33%) Web Application Security Consortium
4 2 (0.22%) PMO
5 1 (0.11%) GDPR
5 1 (0.11%) ISO 15765
5 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.11%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 81 (9.00%) Docker
2 36 (4.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 26 (2.89%) Hyper-V
4 11 (1.22%) vSphere
5 7 (0.78%) Active Directory
6 1 (0.11%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.11%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 74 (8.22%) Puppet
2 50 (5.56%) Opscode Chef
3 41 (4.56%) Kubernetes
4 37 (4.11%) Ansible
5 21 (2.33%) Salt
6 13 (1.44%) Terraform
7 10 (1.11%) Docker Swarm
8 9 (1.00%) Packer
9 8 (0.89%) Mesos
10 5 (0.56%) SQL Sentry
11 4 (0.44%) Istio
11 4 (0.44%) Kibana
11 4 (0.44%) Single Sign-On
12 3 (0.33%) HP Quality Center
12 3 (0.33%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 2 (0.22%) logstash
13 2 (0.22%) Prometheus
13 2 (0.22%) Rancher
14 1 (0.11%) HP ALM
14 1 (0.11%) Nagios
Vendors
1 61 (6.78%) Microsoft
2 41 (4.56%) Google
3 37 (4.11%) VMware
4 29 (3.22%) Oracle
4 29 (3.22%) SAP
5 26 (2.89%) Zend
6 22 (2.44%) Atlassian
7 19 (2.11%) New Relic
8 17 (1.89%) Capita
9 11 (1.22%) Xamarin
10 10 (1.11%) Splunk
11 8 (0.89%) Cypress Semiconductor
12 7 (0.78%) WorldPay
13 6 (0.67%) Cognizant
14 5 (0.56%) HP
14 5 (0.56%) IBM
14 5 (0.56%) Siemens
15 4 (0.44%) Intapp
15 4 (0.44%) Pega
15 4 (0.44%) Twitter