Period
to 23 July 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 23 July 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
23 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 53 46 48
Rank change year-on-year -7 +2 -20
Contract jobs citing Test Scripting 14 9 23
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 2.08% 1.70% 2.69%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.41% 1.94% 3.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 5 14
Lancashire median daily rate £286 £400 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -28.62% +33.33% -18.37%
10th Percentile £200 £250 £256
90th Percentile £507 £436 £358
North West median daily rate £356 £325 £340
% change year-on-year +9.39% -4.41% -5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Lancashire median hourly rate - - -
North West median hourly rate £37.50 £29.35 £22.00
% change year-on-year +27.77% +33.41% -51.65%

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 582 463 647
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 86.35% 87.69% 75.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 375 242 391
Lancashire median daily rate £450 £420 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +8.39% -0.64%
10th Percentile £275 £308 £250
90th Percentile £575 £538 £513
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 68 80
Lancashire median hourly rate £36.13 £42.25 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.50% +12.67% +22.87%
10th Percentile £12.40 £19.65 £13.43
90th Percentile £64.38 £52.50 £56.09
North West median hourly rate £24.50 £36.74 £27.00
% change year-on-year -33.31% +36.06% -0.61%

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 23 July 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 23 July 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 -24 11 £210 -16.00%
Preston +11 2 £493 +23.13% 1
Test Scripting
North West

For the 6 months to 23 July 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Test Scripting also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Lancashire region with a requirement for Test Scripting.

1 8 (57.14%) Stakeholder Management
2 7 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
3 6 (42.86%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 6 (42.86%) Data Mapping
3 6 (42.86%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (42.86%) PRINCE2
3 6 (42.86%) MS Visio
3 6 (42.86%) Project Management
3 6 (42.86%) PMO
4 5 (35.71%) Test Automation
5 4 (28.57%) QA
5 4 (28.57%) Selenium
5 4 (28.57%) SQL
6 3 (21.43%) Use Case
6 3 (21.43%) Change Management
6 3 (21.43%) Software Delivery
6 3 (21.43%) Acceptance Criteria
6 3 (21.43%) Cucumber
6 3 (21.43%) BDD
6 3 (21.43%) Test Strategy
6 3 (21.43%) User Stories
6 3 (21.43%) Mentoring
6 3 (21.43%) SFIA
7 2 (14.29%) User Experience
7 2 (14.29%) SDLC
7 2 (14.29%) Target Operating Model
7 2 (14.29%) Defect Management
7 2 (14.29%) Process Improvement
7 2 (14.29%) Stakeholder Engagement
7 2 (14.29%) Scenario Testing

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:

Applications
1 6 (42.86%) Microsoft Excel
1 6 (42.86%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 6 (42.86%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (7.14%) SAP CRM
1 1 (7.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (7.14%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 4 (28.57%) Selenium
2 3 (21.43%) Cucumber
3 2 (14.29%) JIRA
3 2 (14.29%) JMeter
3 2 (14.29%) LoadRunner
4 1 (7.14%) ClearQuest
4 1 (7.14%) Gatling
4 1 (7.14%) HP UFT
4 1 (7.14%) Jenkins
4 1 (7.14%) Rational Team Concert
4 1 (7.14%) SpecFlow
4 1 (7.14%) TestDirector
4 1 (7.14%) The Grinder
4 1 (7.14%) Travis CI
4 1 (7.14%) WebDriver
General
1 2 (14.29%) Finance
2 1 (7.14%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 10 (71.43%) Analyst
2 8 (57.14%) Business Analyst
3 3 (21.43%) Tester
4 2 (14.29%) Automation Tester
4 2 (14.29%) QA Tester
4 2 (14.29%) Test Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Automation Consultant
5 1 (7.14%) Consultant
5 1 (7.14%) QA Automation Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) QA Automation Engineer
5 1 (7.14%) QA Automation Tester
5 1 (7.14%) QA Engineer
5 1 (7.14%) QA Test Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) QA Test Engineer
5 1 (7.14%) Selenium Tester
5 1 (7.14%) Senior Consultant
5 1 (7.14%) Systems Test Engineer
5 1 (7.14%) Test Automation Engineer
5 1 (7.14%) Test Engineer
5 1 (7.14%) Test Scripter
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (7.14%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 2 (14.29%) User Experience
2 1 (7.14%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (7.14%) Life Science
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (57.14%) Stakeholder Management
2 7 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
3 6 (42.86%) Data Mapping
3 6 (42.86%) PRINCE2
3 6 (42.86%) Project Management
4 5 (35.71%) Test Automation
5 3 (21.43%) Acceptance Criteria
5 3 (21.43%) BDD
5 3 (21.43%) Change Management
5 3 (21.43%) Mentoring
5 3 (21.43%) SFIA
5 3 (21.43%) Software Delivery
5 3 (21.43%) Test Strategy
5 3 (21.43%) Use Case
5 3 (21.43%) User Stories
6 2 (14.29%) Defect Management
6 2 (14.29%) QA Automation
6 2 (14.29%) Scenario Testing
6 2 (14.29%) SDLC
6 2 (14.29%) Target Operating Model
Programming Languages
1 4 (28.57%) SQL
2 2 (14.29%) Java
3 1 (7.14%) C#
3 1 (7.14%) Python
Qualifications
1 2 (14.29%) BPSS Clearance
1 2 (14.29%) DBS Check
2 1 (7.14%) SC Cleared
2 1 (7.14%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (42.86%) PMO
2 4 (28.57%) QA
Vendors
1 2 (14.29%) Atlassian
1 2 (14.29%) HP
2 1 (7.14%) SAP