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 26 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)
England / North East
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 41 81 52
Rank change year-on-year +40 -29  
Contract jobs citing Test Scripting 15 44 20
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North East 2.64% 2.75% 2.41%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.07% 3.19% 3.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 31 10
Median daily rate £338 £323 £333
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.72% -3.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £255 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £479 £400 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £350 £330
% change year-on-year -2.85% +6.06%  
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 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 488 1379 659
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North East 85.76% 86.08% 79.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 312 887 419
Median daily rate £375 £325 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.38% -18.75%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £225 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £565 £510 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 71 39
Median hourly rate £28.50 £28.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.78% +55.55%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £26.00 £12.31
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £36.00 £40.00
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 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 26 June 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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT 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 26 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
Tyne and Wear +49 14 £338 +5.54% 1
Test Scripting
England

For the 6 months to 26 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 North East region with a requirement for Test Scripting.

1 36 (78.26%) Selenium
2 34 (73.91%) Test Automation
2 34 (73.91%) Agile Software Development
3 32 (69.57%) TDD
4 29 (63.04%) Scala
4 29 (63.04%) WebDriver
4 29 (63.04%) Cucumber
5 28 (60.87%) Jenkins
6 27 (58.70%) Defect Tracking
7 25 (54.35%) RSpec
7 25 (54.35%) Web Testing
7 25 (54.35%) Java
7 25 (54.35%) JUnit
8 21 (45.65%) Ruby
9 20 (43.48%) Python
9 20 (43.48%) C#
10 18 (39.13%) QA
11 16 (34.78%) User Stories
12 15 (32.61%) Smartphone
13 14 (30.43%) Test Strategy
14 13 (28.26%) WCAG
14 13 (28.26%) Games
14 13 (28.26%) Gherkin
15 9 (19.57%) JSON
16 8 (17.39%) Open Source
17 7 (15.22%) ISTQB
18 6 (13.04%) HP
19 5 (10.87%) Scrum
19 5 (10.87%) Cisco IPCC
19 5 (10.87%) JIRA

Test Scripting
Co-occurring 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 3 (6.52%) Confluence
Applications
1 2 (4.35%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (4.35%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (2.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (2.17%) MS Visio
2 1 (2.17%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (2.17%) Infor CloudSuite Industrial (formerly SyteLine)
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (6.52%) Relational Database
2 2 (4.35%) Apache Cassandra
2 2 (4.35%) MongoDB
2 2 (4.35%) MySQL
2 2 (4.35%) NoSQL
2 2 (4.35%) Oracle Database
2 2 (4.35%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 36 (78.26%) Selenium
2 29 (63.04%) Cucumber
2 29 (63.04%) WebDriver
3 28 (60.87%) Jenkins
4 25 (54.35%) JUnit
4 25 (54.35%) RSpec
5 5 (10.87%) JIRA
6 2 (4.35%) HP UFT
6 2 (4.35%) SpecFlow
7 1 (2.17%) Git (software)
7 1 (2.17%) JIRA Agile
7 1 (2.17%) LoadRunner
7 1 (2.17%) Zephyr
General
1 13 (28.26%) Games
2 2 (4.35%) Finance
3 1 (2.17%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 22 (47.83%) Tester
2 20 (43.48%) Automation Tester
3 16 (34.78%) Selenium Automation Tester
3 16 (34.78%) Selenium Tester
4 14 (30.43%) Agile Tester
5 12 (26.09%) QA Engineer
6 11 (23.91%) Analyst
7 10 (21.74%) Test Engineer
8 9 (19.57%) Test Analyst
9 8 (17.39%) QA Test Engineer
10 7 (15.22%) Quality Engineer
11 5 (10.87%) QA Tester
12 4 (8.70%) QA Automation Tester
12 4 (8.70%) Telephony Analyst
13 3 (6.52%) Test Automation Engineer
14 2 (4.35%) Automation Test Analyst
14 2 (4.35%) Cisco Analyst
14 2 (4.35%) Lead Test Analyst
14 2 (4.35%) Senior Tester
14 2 (4.35%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (28.26%) Gherkin
2 9 (19.57%) JSON
3 2 (4.35%) .NET
3 2 (4.35%) Ajax
3 2 (4.35%) CSS
3 2 (4.35%) CSS3
3 2 (4.35%) Django
3 2 (4.35%) HTML
3 2 (4.35%) HTML5
3 2 (4.35%) REST
3 2 (4.35%) RESTful
3 2 (4.35%) SOAP
3 2 (4.35%) Spring
3 2 (4.35%) Web Services
4 1 (2.17%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 15 (32.61%) Smartphone
2 2 (4.35%) User Experience
3 1 (2.17%) IVR
3 1 (2.17%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 3 (6.52%) Windows
2 2 (4.35%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (73.91%) Agile Software Development
1 34 (73.91%) Test Automation
2 32 (69.57%) TDD
3 27 (58.70%) Defect Tracking
4 25 (54.35%) Web Testing
5 16 (34.78%) User Stories
6 14 (30.43%) Test Strategy
7 8 (17.39%) Open Source
8 5 (10.87%) BDD
8 5 (10.87%) Functional Testing
8 5 (10.87%) Scrum
9 4 (8.70%) Use Case
10 3 (6.52%) Coaching
10 3 (6.52%) Defect Management
10 3 (6.52%) Kanban
10 3 (6.52%) Mentoring
10 3 (6.52%) Prototyping
10 3 (6.52%) QA Automation
10 3 (6.52%) Scenario Testing
10 3 (6.52%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 29 (63.04%) Scala
2 25 (54.35%) Java
3 21 (45.65%) Ruby
4 20 (43.48%) C#
4 20 (43.48%) Python
5 2 (4.35%) VB
6 1 (2.17%) C
6 1 (2.17%) Perl
6 1 (2.17%) PL/SQL
6 1 (2.17%) SQL
6 1 (2.17%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 7 (15.22%) ISTQB
2 5 (10.87%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 3 (6.52%) Security Cleared
4 2 (4.35%) SC Cleared
5 1 (2.17%) ISEB
5 1 (2.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (39.13%) QA
2 13 (28.26%) WCAG
System Software
1 2 (4.35%) Docker
1 2 (4.35%) LXC
Systems Management
1 5 (10.87%) Cisco IPCC
2 4 (8.70%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (4.35%) Cisco CUCM
3 2 (4.35%) Cisco UCCE
3 2 (4.35%) Opscode Chef
3 2 (4.35%) Puppet
Vendors
1 6 (13.04%) HP
2 2 (4.35%) Cisco
2 2 (4.35%) Oracle
2 2 (4.35%) Sitecore
3 1 (2.17%) Infor
3 1 (2.17%) Microsoft