The table below looks at the statistics for Test Scripting skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West 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 April 2015 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 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Scripting (Test Scripts)
Rank 85 84 66
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -18
Contract jobs citing Test Scripting 71 51 53
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.83% 1.64% 2.16%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.40% 2.26% 3.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 26 31
Average daily rate
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£325 £340 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.41% +13.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £226 £218 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £560 £535 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 3 0
Average hourly rate £46.00 £37.29 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+23.35% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £41.00 £37.29 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+9.94% +20.29%
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 West region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2963 2258 1759
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 76.33% 72.77% 71.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 1622 1187 865
Average daily rate £400 £375 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +10.29%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £234
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £535 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £393 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+4.66% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 140 124 86
Average hourly rate £38.00 £25.25 £28.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+50.49% -10.61%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £12.49 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.00 £45.00 £61.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.50 £30.50 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -4.68%

Test Scripting
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

Test Scripting Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Test Scripting
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Test Scripting Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Test Scripting
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Scripting across the North West region over the 3 months to 24 April 2015.

Test Scripting Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Test Scripting
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Test Scripting Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Test Scripting
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Scripting across the North West region over the 3 months to 24 April 2015.

Test Scripting Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

Test Scripting
Contract Job Locations in the North West

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 West region over the 3 months to 24 April 2015. 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
Manchester -8 38 £310 -8.14% 4
Lancashire +20 19 £375 -29.90% 4
Cheshire -10 7 £325 +30.00% 4
Merseyside - 4 £220 -
Test Scripting
England

Test Scripting
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 April 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 48 (38.71%) Oracle
2 36 (29.03%) SQL
3 33 (26.61%) Java
3 33 (26.61%) Security Cleared
4 31 (25.00%) ISEB
5 29 (23.39%) Agile Software Development
6 27 (21.77%) Linux
7 26 (20.97%) HP Quality Center
8 24 (19.35%) User Acceptance Testing
8 24 (19.35%) Windows
9 23 (18.55%) Finance
9 23 (18.55%) Software Engineering
10 22 (17.74%) JIRA
11 21 (16.94%) Software Testing
12 20 (16.13%) TDD
13 19 (15.32%) Integration Testing
14 17 (13.71%) SC Cleared
14 17 (13.71%) Eclipse
14 17 (13.71%) Oracle Database
14 17 (13.71%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 16 (12.90%) Test Planning
15 16 (12.90%) Test Strategy
15 16 (12.90%) ISTQB
16 15 (12.10%) HP
17 14 (11.29%) Functional Testing
18 13 (10.48%) Analytical Skills
18 13 (10.48%) Validation
18 13 (10.48%) .NET
18 13 (10.48%) QA
18 13 (10.48%) Team Foundation Server

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

For the 6 months to 24 April 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 10 (8.06%) SharePoint
2 9 (7.26%) WebLogic
3 7 (5.65%) Confluence
4 5 (4.03%) WebSphere
5 2 (1.61%) Tomcat
5 2 (1.61%) JBoss
5 2 (1.61%) Apache
5 2 (1.61%) WebLogic Integration
6 1 (0.81%) CMS
6 1 (0.81%) Drupal
6 1 (0.81%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 3 (2.42%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.61%) MS Project
3 1 (0.81%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 1 (0.81%) Fireworks
3 1 (0.81%) Adobe Illustrator
3 1 (0.81%) MS Office
3 1 (0.81%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 10 (8.06%) Oracle EBS
2 9 (7.26%) Oracle EBS R12
3 7 (5.65%) Oracle CRM
3 7 (5.65%) Oracle General Ledger
4 4 (3.23%) Oracle Financials
5 2 (1.61%) Dynamics CRM
5 2 (1.61%) Agresso
6 1 (0.81%) SAP HR
6 1 (0.81%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.81%) Siebel Analytics
6 1 (0.81%) Oracle Retail
6 1 (0.81%) SAP HCM
Communications & Networking
1 9 (7.26%) Internet
2 7 (5.65%) AMQP
3 5 (4.03%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (13.71%) Oracle Database
2 7 (5.65%) Big Data
2 7 (5.65%) MongoDB
2 7 (5.65%) NoSQL
2 7 (5.65%) Hadoop
3 6 (4.84%) RDBMS
3 6 (4.84%) Relational Database
4 4 (3.23%) SQL Server
4 4 (3.23%) MySQL
5 2 (1.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (1.61%) MS Access
6 1 (0.81%) Crystal Reports
6 1 (0.81%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 22 (17.74%) JIRA
2 17 (13.71%) Eclipse
3 13 (10.48%) Team Foundation Server
4 12 (9.68%) Selenium
5 10 (8.06%) Git (software)
6 9 (7.26%) Ant
6 9 (7.26%) Cucumber
7 8 (6.45%) Subversion
7 8 (6.45%) JUnit
8 7 (5.65%) Gradle
8 7 (5.65%) Mercurial
9 4 (3.23%) QAComplete
10 3 (2.42%) QuickTest Pro
10 3 (2.42%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 2 (1.61%) WebDriver
11 2 (1.61%) Jenkins
12 1 (0.81%) Apache Ivy
12 1 (0.81%) Dreamweaver
12 1 (0.81%) ClearCase
12 1 (0.81%) Visual Studio
General
1 23 (18.55%) Finance
2 11 (8.87%) Banking
3 7 (5.65%) Marketing
4 6 (4.84%) Retail
5 3 (2.42%) Billing
6 2 (1.61%) Investment Banking
6 2 (1.61%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.81%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.81%) Back Office
7 1 (0.81%) Legal
7 1 (0.81%) General Ledger
7 1 (0.81%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 39 (31.45%) Analyst
2 36 (29.03%) Test Analyst
3 24 (19.35%) Developer
4 22 (17.74%) Tester
5 14 (11.29%) Consultant
6 8 (6.45%) Java Developer
7 7 (5.65%) Oracle Consultant
7 7 (5.65%) Oracle CRM Consultant
7 7 (5.65%) CRM Consultant
8 6 (4.84%) Test Manager
8 6 (4.84%) Systems Engineer
8 6 (4.84%) AWS Developer
9 5 (4.03%) Test Engineer
9 5 (4.03%) Software Engineer
10 4 (3.23%) Functional Tester
10 4 (3.23%) Applications Tester
10 4 (3.23%) Senior Test Engineer
10 4 (3.23%) Web Developer
11 3 (2.42%) Software Developer
11 3 (2.42%) Test Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (10.48%) .NET
2 9 (7.26%) Web Services
2 9 (7.26%) HTML
3 8 (6.45%) XML
4 7 (5.65%) JMS
4 7 (5.65%) EJB
4 7 (5.65%) Java EE
4 7 (5.65%) JSON
5 4 (3.23%) jQuery
5 4 (3.23%) Oracle Fusion
5 4 (3.23%) Middleware
5 4 (3.23%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 2 (1.61%) RESTful
6 2 (1.61%) SOAP
7 1 (0.81%) Flash
7 1 (0.81%) EDI
7 1 (0.81%) CSS
7 1 (0.81%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 13 (10.48%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (5.65%) Management Information System
2 7 (5.65%) Open Source
3 2 (1.61%) N-Tier
3 2 (1.61%) Mainframe
3 2 (1.61%) NHS
4 1 (0.81%) User Experience
4 1 (0.81%) Copywriting
Operating Systems
1 27 (21.77%) Linux
2 24 (19.35%) Windows
3 8 (6.45%) UNIX
4 7 (5.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 4 (3.23%) Windows 7
6 2 (1.61%) HPUX
6 2 (1.61%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (23.39%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (19.35%) User Acceptance Testing
3 23 (18.55%) Software Engineering
4 21 (16.94%) Software Testing
5 20 (16.13%) TDD
6 19 (15.32%) Integration Testing
7 16 (12.90%) Test Planning
7 16 (12.90%) Test Strategy
8 14 (11.29%) Functional Testing
9 13 (10.48%) Validation
9 13 (10.48%) V-Model
10 12 (9.68%) Waterfall
10 12 (9.68%) ERP
10 12 (9.68%) Regression Testing
11 11 (8.87%) CRM
11 11 (8.87%) Test Management
12 10 (8.06%) Continuous Integration
12 10 (8.06%) Scrum
13 9 (7.26%) BDD
14 8 (6.45%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 36 (29.03%) SQL
2 33 (26.61%) Java
3 8 (6.45%) PL/SQL
4 5 (4.03%) PHP
4 5 (4.03%) C#
5 4 (3.23%) C
6 3 (2.42%) Python
6 3 (2.42%) VB
6 3 (2.42%) Perl
6 3 (2.42%) Ruby
7 2 (1.61%) JavaScript
7 2 (1.61%) FoxPro (VFP)
8 1 (0.81%) VBScript
8 1 (0.81%) Lua
8 1 (0.81%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 33 (26.61%) Security Cleared
2 31 (25.00%) ISEB
3 17 (13.71%) SC Cleared
3 17 (13.71%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 16 (12.90%) ISTQB
5 11 (8.87%) DV Cleared
6 10 (8.06%) HND
7 7 (5.65%) Degree
8 2 (1.61%) ISEB Practitioner
8 2 (1.61%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 1 (0.81%) Sun Certification
9 1 (0.81%) OCPJP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (10.48%) QA
System Software
1 4 (3.23%) Active Directory
2 2 (1.61%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 26 (20.97%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (5.65%) Vagrant
2 7 (5.65%) Puppet
3 4 (3.23%) SCCM
Vendors
1 48 (38.71%) Oracle
2 15 (12.10%) HP
3 7 (5.65%) Red Hat
3 7 (5.65%) Atlassian
4 6 (4.84%) VMware
5 4 (3.23%) Cisco
6 3 (2.42%) Microsoft
7 2 (1.61%) SAP
7 2 (1.61%) Adobe
7 2 (1.61%) Sun
7 2 (1.61%) TIBCO
8 1 (0.81%) IBM
8 1 (0.81%) Siebel
8 1 (0.81%) Business Objects
8 1 (0.81%) Sitecore
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