Period
to 17 January 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Lancashire 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 6 months to 17 January 2018 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.

Test Scripting (Test Scripts)
North West > Lancashire
6 months to
17 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 43 48 46
Rank change year-on-year +5 -2 +7
Contract jobs citing Test Scripting 9 15 32
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 2.01% 2.64% 3.39%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.40% 3.03% 4.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 9 51
Lancashire median daily rate £400 £250 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +60.00% -52.38% +31.25%
10th Percentile £288 £250 £406
90th Percentile £441 £416 £600
North West median daily rate £375 £320 £400
% change year-on-year +17.19% -20.00% +25.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 1
Lancashire median hourly rate - £44.00 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +18.92% -
North West median hourly rate £37.50 £41.50 £33.50
% change year-on-year -9.64% +23.88% -

Test Scripting is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Lancashire with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Lancashire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 375 495 790
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 83.71% 87.15% 83.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 234 346 546
Lancashire median daily rate £424 £400 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.94% -11.11% +15.38%
10th Percentile £271 £229 £280
90th Percentile £609 £575 £658
North West median daily rate £405 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +1.25% - +8.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 48 84
Lancashire median hourly rate £41.00 £42.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.38% +12.00% +15.38%
10th Percentile £14.24 £12.55 £20.92
90th Percentile £53.00 £67.45 £55.53
North West median hourly rate £21.70 £23.75 £30.52
% change year-on-year -8.63% -22.18% +64.97%

Test Scripting
Job Vacancy Trend in Lancashire

Job postings citing Test Scripting as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Lancashire.

Job vacancy trend for Test Scripting in Lancashire

Test Scripting
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Scripting in Lancashire

Test Scripting
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Lancashire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Scripting in Lancashire over the 6 months to 17 January 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Scripting in Lancashire

Test Scripting
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Scripting in Lancashire

Test Scripting
Contract Job Locations in Lancashire

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 Lancashire region over the 6 months to 17 January 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Blackpool +7 5 £326 +8.50% 1
Preston -2 3 £400 -
Skelmersdale - 1 - -
Test Scripting
North West

For the 6 months to 17 January 2018, 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 Lancashire region with a requirement for Test Scripting.

1 5 (55.56%) Validation
2 4 (44.44%) Security Cleared
2 4 (44.44%) Change Management
2 4 (44.44%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (44.44%) Software Delivery
2 4 (44.44%) Finance
2 4 (44.44%) Acceptance Criteria
3 3 (33.33%) Scenario Testing
3 3 (33.33%) Data Centre
3 3 (33.33%) Quality Management
3 3 (33.33%) Java
3 3 (33.33%) SQL
3 3 (33.33%) AIX
3 3 (33.33%) Solaris
3 3 (33.33%) Python
3 3 (33.33%) TestDirector
3 3 (33.33%) ClearQuest
3 3 (33.33%) Test Automation
3 3 (33.33%) Migration
3 3 (33.33%) QA
3 3 (33.33%) Test Strategy
3 3 (33.33%) Relational Database
3 3 (33.33%) Use Case
3 3 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (33.33%) Defect Management
3 3 (33.33%) Defect Tracking
4 2 (22.22%) SC Cleared
4 2 (22.22%) Stakeholder Management
4 2 (22.22%) Configuration Management
4 2 (22.22%) MS Visio

Test Scripting
Co-occurring IT Skills in Lancashire 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 1 (11.11%) Confluence
Applications
1 2 (22.22%) MS Visio
2 1 (11.11%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (11.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (33.33%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 3 (33.33%) ClearQuest
1 3 (33.33%) TestDirector
2 1 (11.11%) JIRA
General
1 4 (44.44%) Finance
Job Titles
1 3 (33.33%) Analyst
1 3 (33.33%) QA Tester
1 3 (33.33%) Test Manager
1 3 (33.33%) Tester
2 2 (22.22%) Business Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Data Centre Manager
3 1 (11.11%) Defect Manager
3 1 (11.11%) Functional Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Functional Test Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Infrastructure Manager
3 1 (11.11%) Infrastructure Test Manager
3 1 (11.11%) Test Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 3 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
1 3 (33.33%) Data Centre
2 1 (11.11%) Management Information System
2 1 (11.11%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 3 (33.33%) AIX
1 3 (33.33%) Solaris
2 2 (22.22%) HPUX
3 1 (11.11%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (55.56%) Validation
2 4 (44.44%) Acceptance Criteria
2 4 (44.44%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (44.44%) Change Management
2 4 (44.44%) Software Delivery
3 3 (33.33%) Defect Management
3 3 (33.33%) Defect Tracking
3 3 (33.33%) Migration
3 3 (33.33%) Quality Management
3 3 (33.33%) Scenario Testing
3 3 (33.33%) Test Automation
3 3 (33.33%) Test Strategy
3 3 (33.33%) Use Case
4 2 (22.22%) Configuration Management
4 2 (22.22%) Stakeholder Management
5 1 (11.11%) Data Modelling
5 1 (11.11%) PRINCE2
5 1 (11.11%) Project Management
5 1 (11.11%) Scrum
5 1 (11.11%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 3 (33.33%) Java
1 3 (33.33%) Python
1 3 (33.33%) SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (44.44%) Security Cleared
2 2 (22.22%) SC Cleared
3 1 (11.11%) ISTQB
3 1 (11.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (33.33%) QA
2 1 (11.11%) PMO
Vendors
1 1 (11.11%) Avaya
1 1 (11.11%) Red Hat