The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Merseyside 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 24 June 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.

Test Scripting (Test Scripts)
North West / Merseyside
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 44 43 27
Rank change year-on-year -1 -16  
Contract jobs citing Test Scripting 1 2 15
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Merseyside 0.30% 0.60% 3.89%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.37% 0.73% 5.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 12
Median daily rate £375 £288 £504
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +30.43% -42.92%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £348 £338
% change year-on-year -2.15% +2.96%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £37.00 £30.50
% change year-on-year +1.35% +21.31%  

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 Merseyside with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Merseyside
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 267 275 271
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Merseyside 81.16% 82.83% 70.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 182 160 132
Median daily rate £425 £380 £468
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.84% -18.71%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 1
Median hourly rate £13.50 £18.80 £51.67
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -28.19% -63.61%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

Test Scripting
Job Vacancy Trend in Merseyside

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Merseyside 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 Merseyside

Test Scripting
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Merseyside

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Scripting in Merseyside

Test Scripting
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Merseyside

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Scripting in Merseyside

Test Scripting
Contract Job Locations in Merseyside

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 Merseyside region over the 3 months to 24 June 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
Liverpool -1 1 £375 +30.43% 1
Test Scripting
North West

For the 6 months to 24 June 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 Merseyside region with a requirement for Test Scripting.

1 3 (100.00%) User Acceptance Testing
2 2 (66.67%) WFM
2 2 (66.67%) Logistics
2 2 (66.67%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (66.67%) MS Visio
2 2 (66.67%) Data Mining
2 2 (66.67%) Smart Meter
2 2 (66.67%) Open Source
2 2 (66.67%) User Experience
3 1 (33.33%) Defect Management
3 1 (33.33%) Scenario Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Functional Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Non-Functional Testing
3 1 (33.33%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (33.33%) HP
3 1 (33.33%) JIRA

Test Scripting
Co-occurring IT Skills in Merseyside 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 2 (66.67%) Microsoft Office
1 2 (66.67%) MS Visio
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (66.67%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 1 (33.33%) JIRA
Job Titles
1 3 (100.00%) Analyst
2 2 (66.67%) Business Process Analyst
2 2 (66.67%) Business Systems Analyst
2 2 (66.67%) Process Analyst
2 2 (66.67%) Systems Analyst
3 1 (33.33%) Systems Tester
3 1 (33.33%) Test Analyst
3 1 (33.33%) Tester
3 1 (33.33%) UAT Analyst
3 1 (33.33%) UAT Test Analyst
3 1 (33.33%) UAT Tester
Miscellaneous
1 2 (66.67%) Smart Meter
1 2 (66.67%) User Experience
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (100.00%) User Acceptance Testing
2 2 (66.67%) Logistics
2 2 (66.67%) Open Source
2 2 (66.67%) WFM
3 1 (33.33%) Defect Management
3 1 (33.33%) Functional Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Non-Functional Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Scenario Testing
Systems Management
1 1 (33.33%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (33.33%) HP