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 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 92 84 72
Rank change year-on-year
-8 -12
Contract jobs citing Test Scripting 53 27 66
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.57% 1.26% 2.21%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.14% 1.78% 3.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 18 34
Average daily rate
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£325 £375 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.33% +13.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £243 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £515 £407
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 0 0
Average hourly rate £22.56 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.62 £35.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year
-52.52% -2.77%
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
2472 1521 2041
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 73.33% 70.78% 68.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 1676 1008 1187
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -2.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 102 96 148
Average hourly rate £28.50 £30.00 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% -3.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.66 £12.75 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £41.50 £47.50
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 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 October 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 October 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 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
Bristol -12 15 £325 -4.20% 6
Somerset -6 9 £325 -13.33% 7
Wiltshire -8 8 £500 -4.76% 2
Devon -9 8 £338 +3.84%
Gloucestershire -14 8 £413 +83.33% 7
Dorset - 4 £290 -
Test Scripting
England

Test Scripting
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 24 October 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 60 (37.04%) User Acceptance Testing
2 56 (34.57%) Security Cleared
3 43 (26.54%) Agile Software Development
4 35 (21.60%) Software Testing
4 35 (21.60%) ISEB
5 33 (20.37%) SQL
5 33 (20.37%) Microsoft
6 32 (19.75%) SC Cleared
7 29 (17.90%) Test Management
7 29 (17.90%) Finance
7 29 (17.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 28 (17.28%) ISTQB
9 27 (16.67%) Scrum
9 27 (16.67%) SAP
9 27 (16.67%) Test Strategy
10 22 (13.58%) Selenium
10 22 (13.58%) Team Foundation Server
11 19 (11.73%) Business Analysis
12 16 (9.88%) ITIL
12 16 (9.88%) Java
13 14 (8.64%) MS Office
13 14 (8.64%) Validation
13 14 (8.64%) DV Cleared
13 14 (8.64%) HP Quality Center
14 12 (7.41%) Automated Testing
14 12 (7.41%) Test Automation
14 12 (7.41%) Windows
14 12 (7.41%) BDD
14 12 (7.41%) User Stories
15 11 (6.79%) SpecFlow

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

For the 6 months to 24 October 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 (0.62%) JBoss
1 1 (0.62%) Apache
1 1 (0.62%) SAS
Applications
1 14 (8.64%) MS Office
2 8 (4.94%) MS Excel
3 3 (1.85%) MS Visio
4 2 (1.23%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.62%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 9 (5.56%) SAP SD
2 2 (1.23%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (1.23%) assyst
3 1 (0.62%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.62%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.62%) SAP HCM
3 1 (0.62%) Oracle General Ledger
3 1 (0.62%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
3 1 (0.62%) Oracle Assets
3 1 (0.62%) Summit
3 1 (0.62%) SAP PM
3 1 (0.62%) Agresso
3 1 (0.62%) SAP HR
Communications & Networking
1 3 (1.85%) Internet
2 2 (1.23%) Ethernet
3 1 (0.62%) HTTP
3 1 (0.62%) Firewall
3 1 (0.62%) Wireshark
3 1 (0.62%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.23%) SQL Server
1 2 (1.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
1 2 (1.23%) SQLite
2 1 (0.62%) Oracle Database
2 1 (0.62%) Relational Database
2 1 (0.62%) SQL Server 2005
2 1 (0.62%) Oracle Database 11g
2 1 (0.62%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 22 (13.58%) Selenium
1 22 (13.58%) Team Foundation Server
2 11 (6.79%) Rational DOORS
2 11 (6.79%) SpecFlow
2 11 (6.79%) JIRA
3 10 (6.17%) QuickTest Pro
4 9 (5.56%) Visual Studio
5 7 (4.32%) LoadRunner
6 6 (3.70%) WebDriver
7 5 (3.09%) Maven
8 4 (2.47%) GoogleTest
9 3 (1.85%) Cucumber
9 3 (1.85%) Git (software)
9 3 (1.85%) MSI
10 2 (1.23%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 2 (1.23%) ClearCase
10 2 (1.23%) Eclipse
10 2 (1.23%) TestDirector
10 2 (1.23%) TestNG
10 2 (1.23%) Subversion
General
1 29 (17.90%) Finance
2 9 (5.56%) Telecoms
3 6 (3.70%) Banking
4 5 (3.09%) Retail
5 4 (2.47%) Electronics
6 2 (1.23%) Automotive
6 2 (1.23%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.23%) Retail Banking
6 2 (1.23%) Marketing
7 1 (0.62%) Avionics
7 1 (0.62%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.62%) General Ledger
7 1 (0.62%) Military
7 1 (0.62%) Legal
7 1 (0.62%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 67 (41.36%) Analyst
2 52 (32.10%) Test Analyst
3 21 (12.96%) Test Manager
3 21 (12.96%) Tester
4 16 (9.88%) Business Analyst
5 14 (8.64%) Senior Analyst
5 14 (8.64%) Test Engineer
5 14 (8.64%) Developer
6 13 (8.02%) Senior Test Analyst
7 11 (6.79%) Test Leader
8 8 (4.94%) Software Engineer
9 6 (3.70%) ABAP Developer
9 6 (3.70%) SAP Analyst
10 5 (3.09%) Agile Test Analyst
10 5 (3.09%) Senior Test Engineer
10 5 (3.09%) Configuration Analyst
10 5 (3.09%) SAP Business Analyst
11 4 (2.47%) Software Tester
11 4 (2.47%) Consultant
11 4 (2.47%) Automation Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (6.79%) .NET
2 9 (5.56%) Gherkin
3 6 (3.70%) .NET Framework
4 5 (3.09%) HTML
5 4 (2.47%) XML
6 3 (1.85%) CSS
7 2 (1.23%) J2EE
7 2 (1.23%) SOAP
7 2 (1.23%) Web Services
7 2 (1.23%) WinForms
7 2 (1.23%) OpenGL
7 2 (1.23%) CORBA
7 2 (1.23%) XHTML
7 2 (1.23%) Qt
7 2 (1.23%) QML
8 1 (0.62%) RESTful
8 1 (0.62%) JMS
8 1 (0.62%) POSIX
8 1 (0.62%) JAXB
8 1 (0.62%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 11 (6.79%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (3.70%) User Experience
3 3 (1.85%) Management Information System
3 3 (1.85%) NHS
4 2 (1.23%) DTV
4 2 (1.23%) Client/Server
4 2 (1.23%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (0.62%) Open Source
5 1 (0.62%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 1 (0.62%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 12 (7.41%) Windows
2 11 (6.79%) Linux
3 7 (4.32%) Windows 7
4 5 (3.09%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 60 (37.04%) User Acceptance Testing
2 43 (26.54%) Agile Software Development
3 35 (21.60%) Software Testing
4 29 (17.90%) Test Management
5 27 (16.67%) Test Strategy
5 27 (16.67%) Scrum
6 19 (11.73%) Business Analysis
7 16 (9.88%) ITIL
8 14 (8.64%) Validation
9 12 (7.41%) Automated Testing
9 12 (7.41%) Test Automation
9 12 (7.41%) BDD
9 12 (7.41%) User Stories
10 11 (6.79%) Integration Testing
10 11 (6.79%) Software Engineering
10 11 (6.79%) PRINCE2
10 11 (6.79%) Change Management
11 10 (6.17%) Regression Testing
11 10 (6.17%) Automation Testing
12 9 (5.56%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 33 (20.37%) SQL
2 16 (9.88%) Java
3 10 (6.17%) C#
4 9 (5.56%) JavaScript
5 8 (4.94%) Python
6 6 (3.70%) ABAP
7 5 (3.09%) C
7 5 (3.09%) Ruby
8 4 (2.47%) Bash Shell
9 3 (1.85%) Lua
10 2 (1.23%) VBScript
10 2 (1.23%) VB.NET
10 2 (1.23%) Perl
10 2 (1.23%) PHP
10 2 (1.23%) C++
11 1 (0.62%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.62%) XPath
Qualifications
1 56 (34.57%) Security Cleared
2 35 (21.60%) ISEB
3 32 (19.75%) SC Cleared
4 29 (17.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 28 (17.28%) ISTQB
6 14 (8.64%) DV Cleared
7 8 (4.94%) HND
8 6 (3.70%) Degree
9 3 (1.85%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 2 (1.23%) Sun Certification
10 2 (1.23%) OCPJP
11 1 (0.62%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (4.32%) QA
2 1 (0.62%) ISO 9001
2 1 (0.62%) SLA
2 1 (0.62%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (0.62%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 3 (1.85%) Microsoft App-V
1 3 (1.85%) XenDesktop
2 2 (1.23%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 14 (8.64%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (1.85%) SCCM
Vendors
1 33 (20.37%) Microsoft
2 27 (16.67%) SAP
3 9 (5.56%) HP
3 9 (5.56%) IBM
4 4 (2.47%) Oracle
4 4 (2.47%) Google
5 3 (1.85%) Open Text
5 3 (1.85%) Citrix
6 2 (1.23%) VMware
6 2 (1.23%) Computacenter
6 2 (1.23%) Sun
6 2 (1.23%) Siebel
6 2 (1.23%) Progress
7 1 (0.62%) Business Objects
7 1 (0.62%) Cognos
7 1 (0.62%) Telerik
7 1 (0.62%) CA
7 1 (0.62%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (0.62%) Nimsoft
7 1 (0.62%) ServiceNow
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