The table below looks at the statistics for Test Scripting skills in IT contracts advertised for the North East region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Scripting over the 3 months to 17 December 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
17 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Scripting (Test Scripts)
Rank 50 39 44
Rank change year-on-year
-11 +5
Contract jobs citing Test Scripting 20 5 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 2.46% 1.32% 0.44%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.33% 1.82% 0.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 5 1
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£358 £200 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+79.04% -20.00%
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £315 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.17% -3.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.50 £35.00 £24.50
% change year-on-year
-18.57% +42.85%
Test Scripting
England

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

Processes & Methodologies Category
North East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
600 275 284
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 73.71% 72.56% 62.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 410 129 120
Average daily rate £400 £350 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% +16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £207 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £498 £461
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £363 £365
% change year-on-year
+6.89% -0.68%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 23 22
Average hourly rate £28.50 £23.75 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -13.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £12.50 £13.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.00 £34.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -10.00%

Test Scripting
Jobs Demand Trend in the North East

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

Test Scripting Jobs Demand Trend in the North East

Test Scripting
Daily Rate Trend in the North East

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

Test Scripting Daily Rate Trend in the North East

Test Scripting
Daily Rate Histogram in the North East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Scripting across the North East region over the 3 months to 17 December 2014.

Test Scripting Daily Rate Histogram in the North East

Test Scripting
Hourly Rate Trend in the North East

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

Test Scripting Hourly Rate Trend in the North East

Test Scripting
Contract Job Locations in the North East

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 North East region over the 3 months to 17 December 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
Tyne and Wear -19 14 £358 +88.46% 1
Durham -9 4 - -
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England

Test Scripting
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North East

For the 6 months to 17 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North East 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 24 (45.28%) Automated Testing
2 22 (41.51%) QA
3 20 (37.74%) Problem Management
3 20 (37.74%) HP Quality Center
4 18 (33.96%) Agile Software Development
4 18 (33.96%) ISTQB
4 18 (33.96%) Regression Testing
5 17 (32.08%) Configuration Management
6 16 (30.19%) Software Testing
7 14 (26.42%) Security Cleared
7 14 (26.42%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 14 (26.42%) QuickTest Pro
8 13 (24.53%) Test Strategy
9 12 (22.64%) LoadRunner
9 12 (22.64%) ISEB
10 11 (20.75%) Java
10 11 (20.75%) Facilita Forecast
11 10 (18.87%) Performance Testing
11 10 (18.87%) Knowledge Management
12 9 (16.98%) HP
12 9 (16.98%) Automation Testing
13 8 (15.09%) Data Structures
13 8 (15.09%) User Acceptance Testing
13 8 (15.09%) Finance
14 7 (13.21%) Oracle
14 7 (13.21%) SQL Server
14 7 (13.21%) Integration Testing
14 7 (13.21%) SC Cleared
15 6 (11.32%) JPA
15 6 (11.32%) Relational Database

Test Scripting
Top Related IT Skills in the North East by Category

For the 6 months to 17 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North East 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 6 (11.32%) JBoss
2 3 (5.66%) Lync
3 1 (1.89%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.89%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (5.66%) MS Excel
1 3 (5.66%) MS Office
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (13.21%) SQL Server
2 6 (11.32%) Relational Database
2 6 (11.32%) RDBMS
3 1 (1.89%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 14 (26.42%) QuickTest Pro
2 12 (22.64%) LoadRunner
3 11 (20.75%) Facilita Forecast
4 5 (9.43%) JUnit
4 5 (9.43%) Jenkins
4 5 (9.43%) Selenium
4 5 (9.43%) RSpec
4 5 (9.43%) WebDriver
4 5 (9.43%) Cucumber
5 4 (7.55%) JIRA
General
1 8 (15.09%) Finance
2 5 (9.43%) Manufacturing
3 2 (3.77%) Games
Job Titles
1 16 (30.19%) Analyst
2 12 (22.64%) Test Analyst
3 11 (20.75%) Test Engineer
4 9 (16.98%) Performance Engineer
4 9 (16.98%) Tester
4 9 (16.98%) Performance Test Engineer
5 4 (7.55%) Performance Tester
5 4 (7.55%) Business Analyst
6 3 (5.66%) Developer
6 3 (5.66%) IT Business Analyst
6 3 (5.66%) Test Specialist
6 3 (5.66%) Automation Tester
6 3 (5.66%) Automation Specialist
6 3 (5.66%) Test Leader
7 2 (3.77%) Test Automation Specialist
7 2 (3.77%) Test Consultant
7 2 (3.77%) Consultant
8 1 (1.89%) Coordinator
8 1 (1.89%) Architect
8 1 (1.89%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (11.32%) JPA
1 6 (11.32%) SOAP
1 6 (11.32%) J2EE
2 1 (1.89%) Web Services
2 1 (1.89%) Java SE
2 1 (1.89%) Java EE
2 1 (1.89%) Java EE 5
Miscellaneous
1 8 (15.09%) Data Structures
2 3 (5.66%) SCADA
3 2 (3.77%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.89%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.89%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 6 (11.32%) Linux
2 3 (5.66%) VME
3 1 (1.89%) UNIX
3 1 (1.89%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (45.28%) Automated Testing
2 20 (37.74%) Problem Management
3 18 (33.96%) Agile Software Development
3 18 (33.96%) Regression Testing
4 17 (32.08%) Configuration Management
5 16 (30.19%) Software Testing
6 13 (24.53%) Test Strategy
7 10 (18.87%) Performance Testing
7 10 (18.87%) Knowledge Management
8 9 (16.98%) Automation Testing
9 8 (15.09%) User Acceptance Testing
10 7 (13.21%) Integration Testing
11 6 (11.32%) Mentoring
12 5 (9.43%) TDD
12 5 (9.43%) System Testing
12 5 (9.43%) Test Automation
12 5 (9.43%) Waterfall
13 4 (7.55%) Web Testing
13 4 (7.55%) User Stories
14 3 (5.66%) Stakeholder Engagement
Programming Languages
1 11 (20.75%) Java
2 5 (9.43%) Ruby
3 3 (5.66%) SQL
3 3 (5.66%) VB
3 3 (5.66%) COBOL
4 2 (3.77%) Scala
4 2 (3.77%) C#
4 2 (3.77%) Python
Qualifications
1 18 (33.96%) ISTQB
2 14 (26.42%) Security Cleared
2 14 (26.42%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 12 (22.64%) ISEB
4 7 (13.21%) SC Cleared
5 2 (3.77%) BC Cleared
5 2 (3.77%) DV Cleared
6 1 (1.89%) MCSE
6 1 (1.89%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (1.89%) OCP
6 1 (1.89%) OCA
6 1 (1.89%) Oracle Certification
6 1 (1.89%) OCAJ
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (41.51%) QA
Systems Management
1 20 (37.74%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 9 (16.98%) HP
2 7 (13.21%) Oracle
3 2 (3.77%) EnterpriseDB
4 1 (1.89%) Microsoft