In the past twelve to eighteen months there has been a very large trend to obtaining automatic licences.In my opinion people are taking the easiest and quickest route.Having said that the requirement for both licences, if the applicant is under 21 years of age is the log book containing proof of 120 hour of practice.
The automatic licence trend creates a problem for some when they find that a potential job needs a manual licence.
This in turn if the job applicant is on a probationary licence requires a manual driving test to be able to meet the employment criteria.
The quickest is not always the best but we do have the choice