The table below looks at the statistics for Test Scripting skills in IT contracts advertised for the Manchester region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Scripting over the 3 months to 24 October 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
24 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Scripting (Test Scripts)
Rank 67 66 64
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -2
Contract jobs citing Test Scripting 17 16 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 1.22% 1.37% 1.64%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.65% 1.86% 2.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 9 18
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£264 £253 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.65% +1.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £216 £218
10% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £281 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £13.50 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.62 £35.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year
-52.52% -2.77%
Test Scripting
North West

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the Manchester region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Manchester
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
1032 861 899
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 74.19% 73.78% 67.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 660 439 419
Average daily rate £350 £335 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.47% -0.74%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £499 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -2.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 48 51
Average hourly rate £15.00 £17.50 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-14.28% -5.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.13 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.13 £32.50 £82.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.38 £29.00 £26.90
% change year-on-year
-12.50% +7.80%

Test Scripting
Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Test Scripting across the Manchester region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Test Scripting Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

Test Scripting
Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Test Scripting across the Manchester region.

Test Scripting Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

Test Scripting
Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Scripting across the Manchester region over the 3 months to 24 October 2014.

Test Scripting Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

Test Scripting
Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Test Scripting across the Manchester region.

Test Scripting Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

Test Scripting
Contract Job Locations in Manchester

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Scripting within the Manchester region over the 3 months to 24 October 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Bolton - - - - 1
Cheadle - - - -
Salford - - - -
Stockport - - - -
Wigan - - - - 1
Test Scripting
North West

Test Scripting
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 24 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester region citing Test Scripting also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Test Scripting.

1 11 (37.93%) User Acceptance Testing
2 9 (31.03%) Integration Testing
2 9 (31.03%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (31.03%) ISEB
3 8 (27.59%) SOA
4 7 (24.14%) Microsoft
4 7 (24.14%) ISTQB
4 7 (24.14%) HP Quality Center
5 6 (20.69%) Security Testing
5 6 (20.69%) Scrum
5 6 (20.69%) HP
5 6 (20.69%) MS Excel
6 5 (17.24%) MS Access
6 5 (17.24%) HPUX
6 5 (17.24%) Linux
6 5 (17.24%) Apache
6 5 (17.24%) Tomcat
6 5 (17.24%) VB
6 5 (17.24%) Oracle
6 5 (17.24%) SQL Server
6 5 (17.24%) WebLogic
6 5 (17.24%) FoxPro (VFP)
6 5 (17.24%) FTP
6 5 (17.24%) E-Commerce
6 5 (17.24%) N-Tier
6 5 (17.24%) SUSE
6 5 (17.24%) WebLogic Integration
6 5 (17.24%) TIBCO
6 5 (17.24%) Release Management
6 5 (17.24%) Performance Testing

Test Scripting
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 24 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester region citing Test Scripting also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Test Scripting. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 5 (17.24%) WebLogic
1 5 (17.24%) Apache
1 5 (17.24%) Tomcat
1 5 (17.24%) WebLogic Integration
2 1 (3.45%) SharePoint 2010
2 1 (3.45%) SharePoint
2 1 (3.45%) CICS
Applications
1 6 (20.69%) MS Excel
2 4 (13.79%) MS Visio
3 2 (6.90%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (3.45%) Agresso
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.45%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (17.24%) FTP
2 4 (13.79%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (17.24%) SQL Server
1 5 (17.24%) MS Access
1 5 (17.24%) Oracle Database
2 2 (6.90%) Relational Database
2 2 (6.90%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 4 (13.79%) Selenium
2 2 (6.90%) QuickTest Pro
3 1 (3.45%) JIRA
3 1 (3.45%) Visual Studio
3 1 (3.45%) TestDirector
3 1 (3.45%) Cucumber
General
1 3 (10.34%) Finance
2 1 (3.45%) Advertising
2 1 (3.45%) Banking
2 1 (3.45%) Retail
2 1 (3.45%) Billing
Job Titles
1 18 (62.07%) Analyst
2 9 (31.03%) Tester
3 7 (24.14%) Business Analyst
3 7 (24.14%) Test Analyst
4 6 (20.69%) Systems Analyst
5 5 (17.24%) Non-Functional Tester
6 4 (13.79%) Operations Analyst
7 3 (10.34%) Business Systems Analyst
7 3 (10.34%) Operations Business Analyst
8 2 (6.90%) Agile Test Analyst
8 2 (6.90%) Agile Business Analyst
9 1 (3.45%) Web Tester
9 1 (3.45%) Web Engineer
9 1 (3.45%) Test Manager
9 1 (3.45%) Test Consultant
9 1 (3.45%) QA Test Analyst
9 1 (3.45%) Business Support Analyst
9 1 (3.45%) Systems Test Analyst
9 1 (3.45%) QA Analyst
9 1 (3.45%) Lead Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (13.79%) Web Services
2 2 (6.90%) J2EE
2 2 (6.90%) Gherkin
3 1 (3.45%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 5 (17.24%) N-Tier
1 5 (17.24%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (6.90%) Mainframe
2 2 (6.90%) Life Science
2 2 (6.90%) Open Source
2 2 (6.90%) Digital Media
3 1 (3.45%) IBM Mainframe
3 1 (3.45%) Management Information System
3 1 (3.45%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 5 (17.24%) HPUX
1 5 (17.24%) Linux
1 5 (17.24%) SUSE
2 3 (10.34%) Windows
3 1 (3.45%) Windows Mobile
3 1 (3.45%) Android
3 1 (3.45%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (37.93%) User Acceptance Testing
2 9 (31.03%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (31.03%) Integration Testing
3 8 (27.59%) SOA
4 6 (20.69%) Scrum
4 6 (20.69%) Security Testing
5 5 (17.24%) Statistical Analysis
5 5 (17.24%) Release Management
5 5 (17.24%) E-Commerce
5 5 (17.24%) Performance Testing
6 4 (13.79%) Stakeholder Management
7 3 (10.34%) Regression Testing
7 3 (10.34%) SEO
7 3 (10.34%) TDD
7 3 (10.34%) Systems Analysis
7 3 (10.34%) Waterfall
8 1 (3.45%) Agile Testing
8 1 (3.45%) Mentoring
8 1 (3.45%) Coaching
8 1 (3.45%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (17.24%) VB
1 5 (17.24%) FoxPro (VFP)
2 2 (6.90%) Java
3 1 (3.45%) C#
3 1 (3.45%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 9 (31.03%) ISEB
2 7 (24.14%) ISTQB
3 5 (17.24%) ISEB Practitioner
3 5 (17.24%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 1 (3.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (10.34%) QA
2 1 (3.45%) WCAG
Systems Management
1 7 (24.14%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (24.14%) Microsoft
2 6 (20.69%) HP
3 5 (17.24%) Oracle
3 5 (17.24%) TIBCO
4 2 (6.90%) Siebel
5 1 (3.45%) IBM
5 1 (3.45%) Intel
5 1 (3.45%) Remedy
5 1 (3.45%) Nintex
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