The table below looks at the statistics for Test Scripting skills in IT contracts advertised for the South 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 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Scripting (Test Scripts)
Rank 60 90 58
Rank change year-on-year
+30 -32
Contract jobs citing Test Scripting 90 30 77
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 2.75% 1.27% 2.89%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.80% 1.82% 4.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 14 42
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£370 £405 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.64% +22.72%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £315 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £496 £464 £409
UK excluding London average daily rate £326 £315 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -3.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 0 1
Average hourly rate £28.50 - £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £29.25 £35.00 £24.50
% change year-on-year
-16.42% +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 South West region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2368 1645 1817
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 72.48% 69.73% 68.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 1618 1077 1079
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £260 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £370 £365
% change year-on-year
+4.72% +1.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 126 111 116
Average hourly rate £35.00 £27.50 £36.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+27.27% -23.61%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £37.50 £47.50
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 South West

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

Test Scripting Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

Test Scripting
Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Test Scripting Daily Rate Trend in the South West

Test Scripting
Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

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

Test Scripting Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

Test Scripting
Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Test Scripting Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

Test Scripting
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Scripting across the South West region over the 3 months to 24 December 2014.

Test Scripting Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

Test Scripting
Contract Job Locations in the South 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 South West region over the 3 months to 24 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
Somerset +7 20 £363 -4.60% 1
Gloucestershire -2 19 £464 +16.00% 3
Bristol -1 17 £320 -28.49% 3
Wiltshire -5 13 £220 -34.81% 5
Devon -5 10 £354 +1.07%
Dorset -3 2 £450 - 1
Test Scripting
England

Test Scripting
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South 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 49 (31.41%) Security Cleared
2 48 (30.77%) Agile Software Development
3 44 (28.21%) SQL
4 39 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
5 33 (21.15%) Software Testing
5 33 (21.15%) ISTQB
6 32 (20.51%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 31 (19.87%) ISEB
8 29 (18.59%) HP Quality Center
9 28 (17.95%) Microsoft
10 26 (16.67%) Finance
11 24 (15.38%) Java
12 23 (14.74%) SC Cleared
12 23 (14.74%) Scrum
13 22 (14.10%) .NET
14 21 (13.46%) DV Cleared
14 21 (13.46%) Test Automation
15 20 (12.82%) Selenium
15 20 (12.82%) Linux
16 19 (12.18%) Test Strategy
17 18 (11.54%) LoadRunner
17 18 (11.54%) HP
18 17 (10.90%) C#
18 17 (10.90%) Test Management
19 16 (10.26%) Visual Studio
20 15 (9.62%) SQL Server
20 15 (9.62%) Python
20 15 (9.62%) Windows
20 15 (9.62%) Telecoms
20 15 (9.62%) JIRA

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

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South 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 1 (0.64%) Apache
1 1 (0.64%) SAS
Applications
1 7 (4.49%) MS Office
2 3 (1.92%) MS Excel
3 2 (1.28%) MS Visio
3 2 (1.28%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (2.56%) Summit
2 2 (1.28%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (1.28%) SAP SD
3 1 (0.64%) SAP HCM
3 1 (0.64%) SAP PM
3 1 (0.64%) Agresso
3 1 (0.64%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.64%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (1.92%) Ethernet
1 3 (1.92%) Internet
2 2 (1.28%) Wireshark
3 1 (0.64%) Firewall
3 1 (0.64%) HTTP
3 1 (0.64%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (9.62%) SQL Server
2 5 (3.21%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (1.92%) SQLite
4 2 (1.28%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (1.28%) Big Data
5 1 (0.64%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.64%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 20 (12.82%) Selenium
2 18 (11.54%) LoadRunner
3 16 (10.26%) Visual Studio
4 15 (9.62%) JIRA
5 14 (8.97%) QuickTest Pro
6 10 (6.41%) Rational DOORS
6 10 (6.41%) GoogleTest
7 9 (5.77%) Team Foundation Server
8 6 (3.85%) WebDriver
8 6 (3.85%) Cucumber
9 5 (3.21%) Eclipse
9 5 (3.21%) Git (software)
10 4 (2.56%) SpecFlow
10 4 (2.56%) TestDirector
10 4 (2.56%) Maven
11 3 (1.92%) MSI
11 3 (1.92%) Subversion
11 3 (1.92%) VSS/SourceSafe
11 3 (1.92%) ClearCase
11 3 (1.92%) Ant
General
1 26 (16.67%) Finance
2 15 (9.62%) Telecoms
3 9 (5.77%) Electronics
4 7 (4.49%) Automotive
5 6 (3.85%) Banking
6 4 (2.56%) Retail
7 3 (1.92%) Back Office
8 2 (1.28%) Retail Banking
8 2 (1.28%) Marketing
8 2 (1.28%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.64%) Military
9 1 (0.64%) Avionics
9 1 (0.64%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 56 (35.90%) Analyst
2 48 (30.77%) Test Analyst
3 27 (17.31%) Developer
4 24 (15.38%) Tester
5 18 (11.54%) Test Manager
6 16 (10.26%) Test Engineer
7 12 (7.69%) Software Engineer
8 10 (6.41%) Software Tester
9 9 (5.77%) Business Analyst
10 8 (5.13%) .NET Developer
10 8 (5.13%) Software Test Engineer
11 7 (4.49%) Database Developer
11 7 (4.49%) Test Leader
12 6 (3.85%) Senior Test Analyst
12 6 (3.85%) Automation Tester
12 6 (3.85%) Senior Test Engineer
12 6 (3.85%) Senior Analyst
13 4 (2.56%) Java Developer
13 4 (2.56%) Consultant
14 3 (1.92%) Customer Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (14.10%) .NET
2 12 (7.69%) .NET Framework
3 5 (3.21%) XML
3 5 (3.21%) HTML
4 3 (1.92%) OpenGL
4 3 (1.92%) QML
4 3 (1.92%) SOAP
4 3 (1.92%) Web Services
4 3 (1.92%) J2EE
4 3 (1.92%) CSS
4 3 (1.92%) Qt
4 3 (1.92%) CORBA
5 2 (1.28%) XHTML
5 2 (1.28%) Gherkin
5 2 (1.28%) WinForms
6 1 (0.64%) JMS
6 1 (0.64%) POSIX
6 1 (0.64%) JAXB
6 1 (0.64%) RESTful
6 1 (0.64%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 4 (2.56%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (1.92%) User Experience
3 2 (1.28%) Mobile Banking
3 2 (1.28%) NHS
3 2 (1.28%) DTV
3 2 (1.28%) Management Information System
3 2 (1.28%) Open Source
4 1 (0.64%) Embedded Systems
4 1 (0.64%) Mobile App
4 1 (0.64%) Clustering
4 1 (0.64%) PDA
4 1 (0.64%) Mainframe
4 1 (0.64%) NPfIT
4 1 (0.64%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 20 (12.82%) Linux
2 15 (9.62%) Windows
3 8 (5.13%) Windows 7
4 6 (3.85%) UNIX
5 1 (0.64%) AIX
5 1 (0.64%) Windows XP
5 1 (0.64%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (0.64%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (30.77%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 33 (21.15%) Software Testing
4 23 (14.74%) Scrum
5 21 (13.46%) Test Automation
6 19 (12.18%) Test Strategy
7 17 (10.90%) Test Management
8 15 (9.62%) Automation Testing
8 15 (9.62%) Test Planning
9 14 (8.97%) Automated Testing
10 13 (8.33%) Validation
10 13 (8.33%) V-Model
11 12 (7.69%) Software Engineering
12 11 (7.05%) Waterfall
12 11 (7.05%) Integration Testing
12 11 (7.05%) User Stories
13 10 (6.41%) Regression Testing
14 9 (5.77%) BDD
15 8 (5.13%) Web Accessibility
15 8 (5.13%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 44 (28.21%) SQL
2 24 (15.38%) Java
3 17 (10.90%) C#
4 15 (9.62%) Python
5 9 (5.77%) JavaScript
6 6 (3.85%) Ruby
6 6 (3.85%) C
6 6 (3.85%) Scala
7 4 (2.56%) Bash Shell
7 4 (2.56%) Lua
8 3 (1.92%) C++
8 3 (1.92%) Perl
8 3 (1.92%) PHP
9 2 (1.28%) VB
9 2 (1.28%) VB.NET
9 2 (1.28%) ABAP
10 1 (0.64%) XPath
Qualifications
1 49 (31.41%) Security Cleared
2 33 (21.15%) ISTQB
3 32 (20.51%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 31 (19.87%) ISEB
5 23 (14.74%) SC Cleared
6 21 (13.46%) DV Cleared
7 10 (6.41%) HND
8 7 (4.49%) Degree
9 3 (1.92%) Sun Certification
9 3 (1.92%) OCPJP
10 1 (0.64%) MCTS
10 1 (0.64%) MCITP
10 1 (0.64%) MCSE
10 1 (0.64%) MCSA
10 1 (0.64%) Microsoft Certification
10 1 (0.64%) BC Cleared
10 1 (0.64%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (7.05%) QA
2 4 (2.56%) ISO 14001
2 4 (2.56%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.64%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (1.92%) Microsoft App-V
1 3 (1.92%) XenDesktop
2 1 (0.64%) VMware ESX
2 1 (0.64%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 29 (18.59%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (1.92%) SCCM
3 1 (0.64%) Netcool
3 1 (0.64%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 28 (17.95%) Microsoft
2 18 (11.54%) HP
3 10 (6.41%) SAP
3 10 (6.41%) Google
4 9 (5.77%) IBM
5 6 (3.85%) Oracle
6 4 (2.56%) Citrix
7 3 (1.92%) Progress
7 3 (1.92%) Sun
7 3 (1.92%) Open Text
8 2 (1.28%) Computacenter
9 1 (0.64%) VMware
9 1 (0.64%) Telerik
9 1 (0.64%) Business Objects
9 1 (0.64%) Veritas
9 1 (0.64%) McAfee
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