The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North East 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 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
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Scripting (Test Scripts)
England / North East
Rank 54 33 48
Rank change year-on-year -21 +15  
Contract jobs citing Test Scripting 31 40 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North East 4.22% 4.60% 1.42%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.81% 5.39% 1.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 25 5
Median daily rate £310 £310 £358
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -13.42%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £269 £338
10% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £441 £421
UK excluding London median daily rate £339 £340 £325
% change year-on-year -0.36% +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 the North East with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
North East
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 644 742 470
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North East 87.62% 85.39% 74.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 432 506 263
Median daily rate £388 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.12% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £280 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £550 £518
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 11 19
Median hourly rate £32.50 £18.00 £12.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +80.55% +50.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.71 £12.97 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £30.00 £29.90
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 the North East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North East 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 the North East

Test Scripting
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Scripting in the North East

Test Scripting
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Scripting in the North East over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Scripting in the North East

Test Scripting
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Scripting in the North East

Test Scripting
Contract Job Locations in the North East

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 North East region over the 3 months to 24 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
Tyne and Wear -17 28 £310 - 6
Durham -4 1 - -
Test Scripting
England

Test Scripting
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North East

For the 6 months to 24 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 North East region with a requirement for Test Scripting.

1 43 (69.35%) Agile Software Development
1 43 (69.35%) Automated Testing
1 43 (69.35%) Automation Testing
2 41 (66.13%) Test Automation
3 40 (64.52%) Selenium
4 37 (59.68%) Cucumber
4 37 (59.68%) TDD
4 37 (59.68%) Jenkins
5 36 (58.06%) Scala
5 36 (58.06%) WebDriver
6 34 (54.84%) Web Testing
6 34 (54.84%) JUnit
6 34 (54.84%) RSpec
6 34 (54.84%) Defect Tracking
7 29 (46.77%) Test Strategy
8 23 (37.10%) Java
9 22 (35.48%) User Stories
10 21 (33.87%) QA
11 20 (32.26%) WCAG
11 20 (32.26%) JSON
11 20 (32.26%) Games
12 19 (30.65%) Python
12 19 (30.65%) Ruby
13 18 (29.03%) C#
14 14 (22.58%) Smartphone
15 13 (20.97%) Gherkin
16 12 (19.35%) HP
17 11 (17.74%) Security Cleared
18 9 (14.52%) Risk Analysis
18 9 (14.52%) HP UFT

Test Scripting
Top Related IT Skills in the North East 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 (6.45%) SAS
2 2 (3.23%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (1.61%) MS Excel
1 1 (1.61%) MS Office
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (6.45%) SQL Server
1 4 (6.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3 (4.84%) Relational Database
3 2 (3.23%) Apache Cassandra
3 2 (3.23%) MongoDB
3 2 (3.23%) MySQL
3 2 (3.23%) NoSQL
3 2 (3.23%) Oracle Database
3 2 (3.23%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (1.61%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 40 (64.52%) Selenium
2 37 (59.68%) Cucumber
2 37 (59.68%) Jenkins
3 36 (58.06%) WebDriver
4 34 (54.84%) JUnit
4 34 (54.84%) RSpec
5 9 (14.52%) HP UFT
6 2 (3.23%) JIRA
7 1 (1.61%) Hudson
7 1 (1.61%) Jasmine
7 1 (1.61%) LoadRunner
7 1 (1.61%) Protractor
7 1 (1.61%) SpecFlow
General
1 20 (32.26%) Games
Job Titles
1 25 (40.32%) Tester
2 23 (37.10%) Test Engineer
3 18 (29.03%) Automation Tester
3 18 (29.03%) QA Engineer
3 18 (29.03%) QA Test Engineer
4 17 (27.42%) Quality Engineer
5 13 (20.97%) Agile Tester
5 13 (20.97%) Selenium Automation Tester
5 13 (20.97%) Selenium Tester
6 9 (14.52%) Analyst
6 9 (14.52%) Test Analyst
7 5 (8.06%) Systems Tester
7 5 (8.06%) Test Automation Engineer
8 4 (6.45%) .NET Developer
8 4 (6.45%) ASP.NET Developer
8 4 (6.45%) Developer
8 4 (6.45%) Microsoft Developer
8 4 (6.45%) Telephony Analyst
9 3 (4.84%) QA Tester
9 3 (4.84%) Senior Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (32.26%) JSON
2 13 (20.97%) Gherkin
3 5 (8.06%) .NET
3 5 (8.06%) XML
4 4 (6.45%) ASP.NET
5 2 (3.23%) Ajax
5 2 (3.23%) CSS
5 2 (3.23%) CSS3
5 2 (3.23%) Django
5 2 (3.23%) HTML
5 2 (3.23%) HTML5
5 2 (3.23%) REST
5 2 (3.23%) RESTful
5 2 (3.23%) SOAP
5 2 (3.23%) Spring
5 2 (3.23%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 14 (22.58%) Smartphone
2 2 (3.23%) User Experience
3 1 (1.61%) IVR
3 1 (1.61%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 2 (3.23%) Linux
1 2 (3.23%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 43 (69.35%) Agile Software Development
1 43 (69.35%) Automated Testing
1 43 (69.35%) Automation Testing
2 41 (66.13%) Test Automation
3 37 (59.68%) TDD
4 34 (54.84%) Defect Tracking
4 34 (54.84%) Web Testing
5 29 (46.77%) Test Strategy
6 22 (35.48%) User Stories
7 9 (14.52%) Risk Analysis
8 8 (12.90%) Knowledge Management
9 7 (11.29%) Scrum
10 5 (8.06%) Functional Testing
10 5 (8.06%) Open Source
11 4 (6.45%) Defect Management
12 3 (4.84%) Migration
12 3 (4.84%) Non-Functional Testing
12 3 (4.84%) Project Management
13 2 (3.23%) Configuration Management
13 2 (3.23%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 36 (58.06%) Scala
2 23 (37.10%) Java
3 19 (30.65%) Python
3 19 (30.65%) Ruby
4 18 (29.03%) C#
5 1 (1.61%) C
5 1 (1.61%) PL/SQL
5 1 (1.61%) SQL
5 1 (1.61%) VB
Qualifications
1 11 (17.74%) Security Cleared
2 8 (12.90%) SC Cleared
3 6 (9.68%) ISTQB
4 5 (8.06%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 4 (6.45%) BPSS Clearance
6 3 (4.84%) Degree
7 1 (1.61%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (33.87%) QA
2 20 (32.26%) WCAG
System Software
1 2 (3.23%) Docker
1 2 (3.23%) LXC
Systems Management
1 5 (8.06%) Cisco IPCC
1 5 (8.06%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (3.23%) Cisco CUCM
2 2 (3.23%) Cisco UCCE
2 2 (3.23%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (3.23%) Puppet
Vendors
1 12 (19.35%) HP
2 4 (6.45%) Microsoft
3 2 (3.23%) Cisco
3 2 (3.23%) Oracle
4 1 (1.61%) Sitecore
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