The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Essex with a requirement for Test Scripting skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Test Scripting over the 3 months to 23 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Scripting (Test Scripts)
Rank 56 38 45
Rank change year-on-year -18 +7  
Contract jobs citing Test Scripting 5 12 11
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 1.18% 2.68% 2.49%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.34% 3.17% 3.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 10 6
Median daily rate £325 £240 £225
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +35.41% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £340 £255 £288
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £340 £325
% change year-on-year -0.73% +4.61%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £43.50 £40.50
% change year-on-year -21.83% +7.40%  

Test Scripting is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Essex with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Essex
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 374 378 354
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Essex 88.42% 84.38% 80.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 265 208 190
Median daily rate £420 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £399
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.29%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 44 41
Median hourly rate £37.50 £19.00 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +97.36% -47.22%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.00 £16.50 £16.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £62.50 £42.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £39.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.69% +30.00%  

Test Scripting
Job Vacancy Trend in Essex

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Essex citing Test Scripting as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Test Scripting in Essex

Test Scripting
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Essex

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Test Scripting in Essex.

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Scripting in Essex

Test Scripting
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Essex

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Scripting in Essex

Test Scripting
Contract Job Locations in Essex

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Scripting within the Essex region over the 3 months to 23 March 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Southend-on-Sea - 4 £325 -
Test Scripting
East of England

Test Scripting
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Essex

For the 6 months to 23 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Test Scripting also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Essex region with a requirement for Test Scripting.

1 6 (85.71%) Agile Software Development
1 6 (85.71%) User Stories
2 5 (71.43%) Oracle
3 4 (57.14%) WebLogic
3 4 (57.14%) Client/Server
3 4 (57.14%) LoadRunner
3 4 (57.14%) TDD
3 4 (57.14%) JMeter
3 4 (57.14%) Scrum
3 4 (57.14%) Software Testing
3 4 (57.14%) Test Management
3 4 (57.14%) Kanban
3 4 (57.14%) Test Automation
3 4 (57.14%) Confluence
3 4 (57.14%) Test Planning
3 4 (57.14%) BDD
3 4 (57.14%) SoapUI
3 4 (57.14%) SDLC
3 4 (57.14%) JIRA
3 4 (57.14%) Selenium
3 4 (57.14%) Data Quality
4 3 (42.86%) API Design
4 3 (42.86%) ISTQB
4 3 (42.86%) Software Engineering
4 3 (42.86%) ISEB
4 3 (42.86%) C
5 2 (28.57%) SQL
5 2 (28.57%) SQL Server
5 2 (28.57%) Windows
5 2 (28.57%) Business Analysis

Test Scripting
Top Related IT Skills in Essex by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 4 (57.14%) Confluence
1 4 (57.14%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1 (14.29%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (14.29%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 1 (14.29%) Taleo
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (28.57%) SQL Server
2 1 (14.29%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 4 (57.14%) JIRA
1 4 (57.14%) JMeter
1 4 (57.14%) LoadRunner
1 4 (57.14%) Selenium
1 4 (57.14%) SoapUI
General
1 2 (28.57%) Finance
Job Titles
1 4 (57.14%) Analyst
2 3 (42.86%) Tester
3 2 (28.57%) Business Analyst
3 2 (28.57%) Infrastructure Analyst
3 2 (28.57%) Infrastructure Business Analyst
3 2 (28.57%) Test Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 4 (57.14%) Client/Server
2 2 (28.57%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (28.57%) Data Centre
2 2 (28.57%) Reinsurance
Operating Systems
1 2 (28.57%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (85.71%) Agile Software Development
1 6 (85.71%) User Stories
2 4 (57.14%) BDD
2 4 (57.14%) Kanban
2 4 (57.14%) Scrum
2 4 (57.14%) SDLC
2 4 (57.14%) Software Testing
2 4 (57.14%) TDD
2 4 (57.14%) Test Automation
2 4 (57.14%) Test Management
2 4 (57.14%) Test Planning
3 3 (42.86%) API Design
3 3 (42.86%) Software Engineering
4 2 (28.57%) Business Analysis
4 2 (28.57%) Continuous Improvement
4 2 (28.57%) Disaster Recovery
4 2 (28.57%) Test Strategy
4 2 (28.57%) Waterfall
5 1 (14.29%) Service Delivery
5 1 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 3 (42.86%) C
2 2 (28.57%) SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (42.86%) ISEB
1 3 (42.86%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (57.14%) Data Quality
Vendors
1 5 (71.43%) Oracle
2 1 (14.29%) Fujitsu