Period
to 23 February 2019

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 23 February 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Automated Testing
England > North West
6 months to
23 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 39 40 41
Rank change year-on-year +1 +1 +1
Permanent jobs citing Test Automation 656 852 753
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 6.39% 6.66% 6.07%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.00% 7.20% 6.58%
Number of salaries quoted 532 670 645
North West median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.88% +13.33%
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,250 £27,500
90th Percentile £63,750 £60,000 £66,250
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 9,368 11,827 11,452
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 91.25% 92.46% 92.37%
Number of salaries quoted 7,500 9,479 9,536
North West median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +12.50% -
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,000 £25,750
90th Percentile £70,000 £66,250 £62,500
England median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%

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 23 February 2019.

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 23 February 2019. 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 -4 412 £45,000 - 98
Cheshire +17 161 £49,000 +22.50% 48
Merseyside +2 41 £37,500 -6.25% 10
Lancashire +10 36 £42,500 -15.00% 19
Test Automation
England

For the 6 months to 23 February 2019, 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.

1 431 (65.70%) Agile Software Development
2 295 (44.97%) Java
3 272 (41.46%) Selenium
4 181 (27.59%) SQL
5 156 (23.78%) TDD
6 148 (22.56%) Software Engineering
7 146 (22.26%) BDD
8 144 (21.95%) QA
9 131 (19.97%) Continuous Integration
10 122 (18.60%) C#
11 121 (18.45%) Finance
12 119 (18.14%) Scrum
13 118 (17.99%) Git (software)
13 118 (17.99%) Cucumber
13 118 (17.99%) DevOps
14 113 (17.23%) JavaScript
15 111 (16.92%) JIRA
16 105 (16.01%) Test Scripting
17 104 (15.85%) .NET
18 102 (15.55%) SDLC
19 98 (14.94%) Jenkins
20 94 (14.33%) Python
20 94 (14.33%) Test Strategy
20 94 (14.33%) Manual Testing
21 84 (12.80%) Software Testing
22 82 (12.50%) WebDriver
23 81 (12.35%) Degree
24 78 (11.89%) Web Services
25 77 (11.74%) Linux
26 76 (11.59%) SoapUI

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 44 (6.71%) Confluence
2 12 (1.83%) BizTalk Server
3 10 (1.52%) Drupal
4 7 (1.07%) Liferay
4 7 (1.07%) WebSphere
5 6 (0.91%) Apache
5 6 (0.91%) Apache Spark
5 6 (0.91%) Cloud Foundry
6 4 (0.61%) CMS
7 3 (0.46%) Apache Solr
7 3 (0.46%) IIS
7 3 (0.46%) Kentico
7 3 (0.46%) SharePoint
7 3 (0.46%) Umbraco
8 2 (0.30%) Elasticsearch
8 2 (0.30%) Mule
9 1 (0.15%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 1 (0.15%) JBoss
9 1 (0.15%) OpenStack
9 1 (0.15%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 4 (0.61%) Microsoft Excel
1 4 (0.61%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 3 (0.46%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.30%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.15%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 1 (0.15%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (0.61%) BusinessWorks
2 1 (0.15%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.15%) Magento
2 1 (0.15%) SDL Web 8
Cloud Services
1 63 (9.60%) Amazon AWS
2 27 (4.12%) Microsoft Azure
3 21 (3.20%) SaaS
4 16 (2.44%) Cloud Computing
5 14 (2.13%) npm
6 12 (1.83%) GitHub
7 10 (1.52%) Yarn
8 8 (1.22%) Google Cloud Platform
9 7 (1.07%) Amazon S3
9 7 (1.07%) AWS CloudFormation
9 7 (1.07%) Serverless
10 6 (0.91%) AWS Lambda
10 6 (0.91%) OpenShift
11 4 (0.61%) BrowserStack
12 2 (0.30%) Amazon EC2
12 2 (0.30%) Amazon SageMaker
12 2 (0.30%) BlazeMeter
12 2 (0.30%) IaaS
12 2 (0.30%) PaaS
13 1 (0.15%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 12 (1.83%) HTTP
2 8 (1.22%) Internet
3 3 (0.46%) ATM
3 3 (0.46%) Broadband
4 1 (0.15%) Cisco ISE
4 1 (0.15%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (7.01%) NoSQL
2 45 (6.86%) MySQL
3 43 (6.55%) SQL Server
4 42 (6.40%) PostgreSQL
5 28 (4.27%) MongoDB
5 28 (4.27%) Relational Database
6 16 (2.44%) Big Data
7 7 (1.07%) RDBMS
7 7 (1.07%) SQL Server 2014
8 6 (0.91%) Amazon Redshift
8 6 (0.91%) Data Warehouse
8 6 (0.91%) Hadoop
9 5 (0.76%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 3 (0.46%) Apache Cassandra
10 3 (0.46%) Data Lake
10 3 (0.46%) Oracle Database
10 3 (0.46%) SQL Server 2008
10 3 (0.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 3 (0.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 2 (0.30%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 272 (41.46%) Selenium
2 118 (17.99%) Cucumber
2 118 (17.99%) Git (software)
3 111 (16.92%) JIRA
4 98 (14.94%) Jenkins
5 82 (12.50%) WebDriver
6 76 (11.59%) SoapUI
7 38 (5.79%) Subversion
8 35 (5.34%) Maven
8 35 (5.34%) Team Foundation Server
9 30 (4.57%) Appium
9 30 (4.57%) HP UFT
9 30 (4.57%) Mercurial
10 28 (4.27%) JUnit
11 27 (4.12%) Gatling
12 26 (3.96%) JMeter
13 25 (3.81%) Gradle
14 23 (3.51%) Protractor
14 23 (3.51%) Visual Studio
15 20 (3.05%) TeamCity
General
1 121 (18.45%) Finance
2 45 (6.86%) Banking
3 43 (6.55%) Retail
4 33 (5.03%) Marketing
5 23 (3.51%) Manufacturing
6 22 (3.35%) Electronics
7 18 (2.74%) Law
7 18 (2.74%) Telecoms
8 16 (2.44%) Investment Banking
9 10 (1.52%) Pharmaceutical
10 9 (1.37%) Advertising
10 9 (1.37%) Games
10 9 (1.37%) Retail Banking
11 8 (1.22%) Back Office
12 3 (0.46%) Financial Institution
13 1 (0.15%) Automotive
13 1 (0.15%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 141 (21.49%) Developer
2 101 (15.40%) Tester
3 95 (14.48%) Analyst
4 94 (14.33%) Software Engineer
5 85 (12.96%) Test Analyst
6 70 (10.67%) Test Engineer
7 58 (8.84%) Automation Tester
8 54 (8.23%) Java Engineer
9 51 (7.77%) QA Engineer
9 51 (7.77%) Software Tester
10 49 (7.47%) Java Software Engineer
11 45 (6.86%) Senior Software Engineer
12 39 (5.95%) Senior Java Engineer
13 38 (5.79%) Test Automation Engineer
14 37 (5.64%) Senior Java Software Engineer
15 30 (4.57%) DevOps Engineer
15 30 (4.57%) Java Developer
16 25 (3.81%) Software Test Engineer
16 25 (3.81%) Test Manager
17 23 (3.51%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 104 (15.85%) .NET
2 78 (11.89%) Web Services
3 72 (10.98%) Gherkin
4 69 (10.52%) Node.js
4 69 (10.52%) Spring
5 61 (9.30%) HTML
6 58 (8.84%) REST
7 47 (7.16%) SOAP
8 46 (7.01%) AngularJS
9 44 (6.71%) RESTful
10 43 (6.55%) CSS
10 43 (6.55%) XML
11 42 (6.40%) React
12 32 (4.88%) Hibernate
13 25 (3.81%) HTML5
13 25 (3.81%) jQuery
14 23 (3.51%) ASP.NET
15 22 (3.35%) React Native
16 16 (2.44%) JSON
17 15 (2.29%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 61 (9.30%) Analytical Skills
2 33 (5.03%) Data Structures
3 31 (4.73%) Fintech
4 28 (4.27%) Algorithms
5 27 (4.12%) Mobile App
6 23 (3.51%) Greenfield Project
6 23 (3.51%) User Experience
7 18 (2.74%) Cloud Native
8 13 (1.98%) Self-Motivation
9 11 (1.68%) Mainframe
10 10 (1.52%) Infotainment
11 9 (1.37%) Life Science
12 8 (1.22%) Fixed Income
12 8 (1.22%) NHS
13 7 (1.07%) APACS
14 5 (0.76%) Enterprise Software
15 4 (0.61%) Public Cloud
16 3 (0.46%) Acoustics
16 3 (0.46%) Cyber Defence
16 3 (0.46%) Cyberattack
Operating Systems
1 77 (11.74%) Linux
2 55 (8.38%) Windows
3 29 (4.42%) Unix
4 23 (3.51%) Apple iOS
5 20 (3.05%) Android
6 12 (1.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 11 (1.68%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 431 (65.70%) Agile Software Development
2 156 (23.78%) TDD
3 148 (22.56%) Software Engineering
4 146 (22.26%) BDD
5 131 (19.97%) Continuous Integration
6 119 (18.14%) Scrum
7 118 (17.99%) DevOps
8 105 (16.01%) Test Scripting
9 102 (15.55%) SDLC
10 94 (14.33%) Manual Testing
10 94 (14.33%) Test Strategy
11 84 (12.80%) Software Testing
12 67 (10.21%) API Testing
13 60 (9.15%) Mentoring
14 59 (8.99%) Regression Testing
15 57 (8.69%) Microservices
15 57 (8.69%) Unit Testing
16 56 (8.54%) Problem-Solving
17 50 (7.62%) Defect Management
18 47 (7.16%) OO
Programming Languages
1 295 (44.97%) Java
2 181 (27.59%) SQL
3 122 (18.60%) C#
4 113 (17.23%) JavaScript
5 94 (14.33%) Python
6 50 (7.62%) PHP
7 33 (5.03%) Java 8
8 29 (4.42%) Ruby
9 26 (3.96%) Bash Shell
10 22 (3.35%) C++
11 15 (2.29%) PowerShell
12 12 (1.83%) Perl
13 11 (1.68%) ES6
14 7 (1.07%) TypeScript
15 6 (0.91%) Scala
16 5 (0.76%) Go
17 4 (0.61%) VBScript
18 3 (0.46%) C
18 3 (0.46%) T-SQL
19 2 (0.30%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 81 (12.35%) Degree
2 65 (9.91%) ISTQB
3 37 (5.64%) ISEB
4 34 (5.18%) Computer Science Degree
5 17 (2.59%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 6 (0.91%) Security Cleared
7 5 (0.76%) Master's Degree
8 4 (0.61%) PMI Certification
9 3 (0.46%) Numerate Degree
9 3 (0.46%) SC Cleared
10 2 (0.30%) DV Cleared
10 2 (0.30%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 1 (0.15%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 144 (21.95%) QA
2 5 (0.76%) GDPR
2 5 (0.76%) ISO 9001
3 3 (0.46%) PMO
4 2 (0.30%) MiFID
5 1 (0.15%) Data Quality
System Software
1 67 (10.21%) Docker
2 14 (2.13%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (0.61%) Hyper-V
4 3 (0.46%) Active Directory
5 2 (0.30%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 47 (7.16%) Ansible
2 37 (5.64%) Puppet
3 33 (5.03%) Opscode Chef
4 19 (2.90%) Terraform
5 18 (2.74%) Kubernetes
6 9 (1.37%) Docker Swarm
7 8 (1.22%) Mesos
8 4 (0.61%) CA Service Virtualization
8 4 (0.61%) HP ALM
8 4 (0.61%) HP Quality Center
9 2 (0.30%) Packer
10 1 (0.15%) CA Spectrum
10 1 (0.15%) Consul
10 1 (0.15%) FortiGate
10 1 (0.15%) Nessus
Vendors
1 28 (4.27%) Oracle
2 20 (3.05%) SAP
3 17 (2.59%) Microsoft
4 16 (2.44%) WorldPay
5 15 (2.29%) VMware
6 12 (1.83%) Atlassian
6 12 (1.83%) CA Agile Central
7 9 (1.37%) Google
8 6 (0.91%) CA
8 6 (0.91%) HP
9 4 (0.61%) IBM
9 4 (0.61%) TIBCO
10 3 (0.46%) Cadence
10 3 (0.46%) Cypress Semiconductor
10 3 (0.46%) Green Hat
10 3 (0.46%) NetApp
11 2 (0.30%) New Relic
11 2 (0.30%) RedGate
11 2 (0.30%) Tufin
11 2 (0.30%) Twitter