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 30 July 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
30 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Scripting (Test Scripts)
Rank 59 102 95
Rank change year-on-year
+43 -7
Contract jobs citing Test Scripting 103 32 37
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.69% 1.06% 1.37%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.50% 1.46% 1.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 55 19 9
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£388 £323 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.15% -0.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £289 £245 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £518 £380 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £326 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+0.30% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 4
Average hourly rate £23.00 - £20.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.25 £30.00 £29.25
% change year-on-year
+0.83% +2.56%
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
2945 2198 1942
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 76.81% 72.83% 72.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 1751 1187 968
Average daily rate £400 £375 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +11.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £262 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £525 £455
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 122 103 90
Average hourly rate £38.43 £27.50 £22.54
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+39.74% +22.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £13.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.75 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £26.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+13.20% -14.51%

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 30 July 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
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 30 July 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 +11 35 £328 +1.55% 21
Lancashire +26 22 £369 +4.75% 1
Cheshire 0 20 £450 +83.67% 2
Merseyside +1 16 £500 +92.30% 7
Cumbria - 4 - - 1
Test Scripting
England

Test Scripting
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 July 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 (27.27%) Security Cleared
2 47 (26.70%) Agile Software Development
3 46 (26.14%) Test Strategy
4 44 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 44 (25.00%) Oracle
5 43 (24.43%) HP Quality Center
6 41 (23.30%) QA
7 38 (21.59%) Integration Testing
8 37 (21.02%) ISEB
9 33 (18.75%) SQL
9 33 (18.75%) ISTQB
10 32 (18.18%) HP
11 28 (15.91%) Java
12 27 (15.34%) Windows
12 27 (15.34%) SC Cleared
13 26 (14.77%) Linux
14 24 (13.64%) Scrum
14 24 (13.64%) Software Testing
14 24 (13.64%) Waterfall
15 23 (13.07%) Analytical Skills
15 23 (13.07%) Regression Testing
16 22 (12.50%) Finance
17 21 (11.93%) Migration
17 21 (11.93%) SDLC
18 19 (10.80%) PRINCE2
18 19 (10.80%) JIRA
19 18 (10.23%) Performance Testing
19 18 (10.23%) System Integration Testing
20 17 (9.66%) Test Automation
20 17 (9.66%) Oracle Database

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

For the 6 months to 30 July 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 12 (6.82%) SharePoint
2 8 (4.55%) WebLogic
3 7 (3.98%) WebSphere
4 5 (2.84%) JBoss
5 4 (2.27%) Confluence
6 2 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (1.14%) Apache
6 2 (1.14%) Tomcat
6 2 (1.14%) SAS
6 2 (1.14%) WebLogic Integration
7 1 (0.57%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 5 (2.84%) MS Office
2 4 (2.27%) MS Excel
3 1 (0.57%) Fireworks
3 1 (0.57%) Adobe Illustrator
3 1 (0.57%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 1 (0.57%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 7 (3.98%) SAP HR
2 6 (3.41%) Oracle EBS
3 4 (2.27%) Oracle CRM
4 3 (1.70%) Oracle EBS R12
5 2 (1.14%) Dynamics CRM
6 1 (0.57%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.57%) SAP HCM
6 1 (0.57%) Oracle General Ledger
6 1 (0.57%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 6 (3.41%) SuccessFactors
2 2 (1.14%) SaaS
3 1 (0.57%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 6 (3.41%) Internet
2 5 (2.84%) FTP
3 4 (2.27%) AMQP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (9.66%) Oracle Database
2 16 (9.09%) Relational Database
3 14 (7.95%) RDBMS
4 6 (3.41%) SQL Server
5 4 (2.27%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (2.27%) Hadoop
5 4 (2.27%) MongoDB
5 4 (2.27%) NoSQL
5 4 (2.27%) Big Data
6 2 (1.14%) MS Access
6 2 (1.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.57%) QlikView
7 1 (0.57%) Oracle Database 11g
7 1 (0.57%) BusinessObjects
7 1 (0.57%) Crystal Reports
7 1 (0.57%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 19 (10.80%) JIRA
2 8 (4.55%) LoadRunner
2 8 (4.55%) Visual Studio
3 7 (3.98%) Selenium
3 7 (3.98%) HP UFT
4 6 (3.41%) Facilita Forecast
4 6 (3.41%) Cucumber
4 6 (3.41%) Ant
4 6 (3.41%) JUnit
5 5 (2.84%) Eclipse
5 5 (2.84%) Subversion
6 4 (2.27%) Gradle
6 4 (2.27%) Jenkins
6 4 (2.27%) Team Foundation Server
6 4 (2.27%) Mercurial
7 3 (1.70%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 2 (1.14%) FitNesse
8 2 (1.14%) JMeter
8 2 (1.14%) Oracle Forms
8 2 (1.14%) SoapUI
General
1 22 (12.50%) Finance
2 12 (6.82%) Banking
3 6 (3.41%) Manufacturing
4 5 (2.84%) Pharmaceutical
5 3 (1.70%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.14%) Retail
6 2 (1.14%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.57%) Local Government
7 1 (0.57%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.57%) Marketing
7 1 (0.57%) Billing
7 1 (0.57%) Back Office
7 1 (0.57%) Legal
Job Titles
1 58 (32.95%) Analyst
2 52 (29.55%) Test Analyst
3 33 (18.75%) Test Manager
4 22 (12.50%) Tester
5 14 (7.95%) Consultant
6 13 (7.39%) Test Leader
7 11 (6.25%) Developer
8 7 (3.98%) Java Developer
9 6 (3.41%) Performance Tester
9 6 (3.41%) Systems Engineer
10 5 (2.84%) Software Engineer
11 4 (2.27%) Business Analyst
11 4 (2.27%) Administrator
11 4 (2.27%) Test Engineer
11 4 (2.27%) Applications Tester
11 4 (2.27%) CRM Consultant
11 4 (2.27%) WebSphere Administrator
11 4 (2.27%) Oracle Consultant
11 4 (2.27%) Oracle CRM Consultant
11 4 (2.27%) Functional Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (9.09%) .NET
2 13 (7.39%) HTML
3 10 (5.68%) Web Services
4 9 (5.11%) XML
5 5 (2.84%) Java EE
6 4 (2.27%) JSON
6 4 (2.27%) JMS
6 4 (2.27%) Middleware
6 4 (2.27%) EJB
7 3 (1.70%) SOAP
8 2 (1.14%) Gherkin
8 2 (1.14%) RESTful
8 2 (1.14%) Apache Camel
8 2 (1.14%) CSS
9 1 (0.57%) J2EE
9 1 (0.57%) ODBC
9 1 (0.57%) Flash
9 1 (0.57%) EDI
9 1 (0.57%) Hibernate
9 1 (0.57%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 23 (13.07%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (6.25%) Data Conversion
3 8 (4.55%) Management Information System
4 7 (3.98%) Data Structures
5 6 (3.41%) Performance Metrics
6 3 (1.70%) NHS
7 2 (1.14%) Client/Server
7 2 (1.14%) N-Tier
8 1 (0.57%) Mainframe
8 1 (0.57%) E-Learning
8 1 (0.57%) Life Science
8 1 (0.57%) Copywriting
8 1 (0.57%) Mobile App
8 1 (0.57%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 27 (15.34%) Windows
2 26 (14.77%) Linux
3 15 (8.52%) UNIX
4 7 (3.98%) VME
4 7 (3.98%) Windows 7
5 4 (2.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 3 (1.70%) AIX
7 2 (1.14%) HPUX
7 2 (1.14%) SUSE
8 1 (0.57%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (26.70%) Agile Software Development
2 46 (26.14%) Test Strategy
3 44 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 38 (21.59%) Integration Testing
5 24 (13.64%) Software Testing
5 24 (13.64%) Waterfall
5 24 (13.64%) Scrum
6 23 (13.07%) Regression Testing
7 21 (11.93%) Migration
7 21 (11.93%) SDLC
8 19 (10.80%) PRINCE2
9 18 (10.23%) Performance Testing
9 18 (10.23%) System Integration Testing
10 17 (9.66%) Test Automation
11 16 (9.09%) Continuous Integration
11 16 (9.09%) Test Planning
12 15 (8.52%) ERP
12 15 (8.52%) Automated Testing
12 15 (8.52%) Software Engineering
13 14 (7.95%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 33 (18.75%) SQL
2 28 (15.91%) Java
3 9 (5.11%) PL/SQL
4 7 (3.98%) COBOL
5 5 (2.84%) Perl
5 5 (2.84%) C
5 5 (2.84%) Python
6 4 (2.27%) VB
6 4 (2.27%) C#
7 3 (1.70%) Ruby
8 2 (1.14%) FoxPro (VFP)
8 2 (1.14%) JavaScript
9 1 (0.57%) PHP
9 1 (0.57%) Lua
9 1 (0.57%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 48 (27.27%) Security Cleared
2 37 (21.02%) ISEB
3 33 (18.75%) ISTQB
4 27 (15.34%) SC Cleared
5 12 (6.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 12 (6.82%) DV Cleared
6 11 (6.25%) Degree
7 10 (5.68%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 9 (5.11%) ISEB Practitioner
9 4 (2.27%) BC Cleared
10 1 (0.57%) HND
10 1 (0.57%) OCAJ
10 1 (0.57%) OCP
10 1 (0.57%) OCA
10 1 (0.57%) Oracle Certification
10 1 (0.57%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 1 (0.57%) Sun Certification
10 1 (0.57%) OCPJP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 41 (23.30%) QA
2 4 (2.27%) GMP
2 4 (2.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.57%) SLA
3 1 (0.57%) P3O
System Software
1 5 (2.84%) Active Directory
2 4 (2.27%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 43 (24.43%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (2.84%) SCCM
3 4 (2.27%) Puppet
3 4 (2.27%) Vagrant
Vendors
1 44 (25.00%) Oracle
2 32 (18.18%) HP
3 13 (7.39%) SAP
4 10 (5.68%) Microsoft
5 8 (4.55%) VMware
6 7 (3.98%) IBM
7 4 (2.27%) Cisco
7 4 (2.27%) Red Hat
7 4 (2.27%) Atlassian
8 2 (1.14%) TIBCO
8 2 (1.14%) Adobe
8 2 (1.14%) Siebel
9 1 (0.57%) Sun
9 1 (0.57%) JD Edwards
9 1 (0.57%) BT
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