Period
to 19 September 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West 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 19 September 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)
England > North West
6 months to
19 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 130 149 111
Rank change year-on-year +19 -38 -35
Contract jobs citing Test Scripting 96 59 131
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.60% 1.01% 1.80%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.92% 1.23% 2.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 68 37 70
North West median daily rate £344 £325 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.77% -4.41% -15.00%
10th Percentile £239 £160 £255
90th Percentile £494 £426 £476
England median daily rate £400 £375 £368
% change year-on-year +6.67% +2.04% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 3
North West median hourly rate - £37.50 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +70.45% -4.35%
England median hourly rate £42.50 £37.50 £37.00
% change year-on-year +13.33% +1.35% -1.33%

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 the North West with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 5,001 4,785 6,132
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 83.54% 82.08% 84.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,157 2,932 3,859
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £263 £263 £258
90th Percentile £575 £550 £556
England median daily rate £465 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 270 195 179
North West median hourly rate £22.43 £30.00 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.23% +39.53% -27.65%
10th Percentile £11.24 £11.73 £12.15
90th Percentile £51.25 £52.80 £51.60
England median hourly rate £21.00 £23.14 £23.00
% change year-on-year -9.25% +0.61% +4.55%

Test Scripting
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Test Scripting as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for Test Scripting in the North West

Test Scripting
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Scripting in the North West

Test Scripting
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Scripting in the North West over the 6 months to 19 September 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Scripting in the North West

Test Scripting
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Scripting in the North West

Test Scripting
Contract Job Locations in the North West

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 West region over the 6 months to 19 September 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
Manchester 0 44 £350 +19.15% 17
Cheshire +11 24 £318 +3.25% 6
Merseyside +24 14 £319 -5.56% 4
Lancashire -7 12 £305 -23.75% 7
Cumbria - 2 £586 -
Test Scripting
England

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 North West region with a requirement for Test Scripting.

1 30 (31.25%) Test Automation
2 26 (27.08%) Agile Software Development
3 23 (23.96%) Finance
4 20 (20.83%) Selenium
5 17 (17.71%) User Acceptance Testing
6 16 (16.67%) JIRA
7 15 (15.63%) SQL
8 14 (14.58%) Project Management
8 14 (14.58%) Stakeholder Management
9 13 (13.54%) QA
9 13 (13.54%) Regression Testing
10 12 (12.50%) Migration
10 12 (12.50%) C#
11 11 (11.46%) Windows
11 11 (11.46%) Scenario Testing
12 10 (10.42%) BDD
12 10 (10.42%) Disaster Recovery
12 10 (10.42%) .NET
12 10 (10.42%) Security Cleared
13 9 (9.38%) Use Case
13 9 (9.38%) Integration Testing
13 9 (9.38%) CRM
13 9 (9.38%) MS Visio
13 9 (9.38%) User Stories
13 9 (9.38%) PMO
13 9 (9.38%) Windows Server
13 9 (9.38%) Problem-Solving
14 8 (8.33%) System Integration Testing
14 8 (8.33%) Cucumber
14 8 (8.33%) Data Modelling

Test Scripting
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 (4.17%) Skype for Business
2 3 (3.13%) Confluence
3 2 (2.08%) IIS
4 1 (1.04%) Apache Spark
4 1 (1.04%) JBoss
4 1 (1.04%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 9 (9.38%) MS Visio
2 8 (8.33%) Microsoft Excel
2 8 (8.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (6.25%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (4.17%) HFM
2 4 (4.17%) Oracle EBS R12
3 2 (2.08%) Oracle Cash Management
3 2 (2.08%) Oracle ERP
3 2 (2.08%) Oracle Financials
3 2 (2.08%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
3 2 (2.08%) Oracle Receivables
3 2 (2.08%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
3 2 (2.08%) SAP HR
3 2 (2.08%) Visualfiles
4 1 (1.04%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (1.04%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (1.04%) SAP CRM
4 1 (1.04%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 7 (7.29%) Office 365
2 5 (5.21%) Dynamics 365
2 5 (5.21%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (2.08%) SaaS
4 1 (1.04%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (1.04%) AWS Lambda
4 1 (1.04%) GitHub
4 1 (1.04%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 7 (7.29%) LAN
1 7 (7.29%) TCP/IP
1 7 (7.29%) WAN
2 6 (6.25%) SAN
3 4 (4.17%) Firewall
3 4 (4.17%) MPLS
3 4 (4.17%) Skype
3 4 (4.17%) VoIP
3 4 (4.17%) VPN
4 2 (2.08%) DMZ
4 2 (2.08%) Ethernet
4 2 (2.08%) IPsec
4 2 (2.08%) NAS
5 1 (1.04%) HTTP
5 1 (1.04%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (6.25%) SQL Server
2 5 (5.21%) RavenDB
3 3 (3.13%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (3.13%) Oracle Reports
4 2 (2.08%) Oracle Database
4 2 (2.08%) Power BI
4 2 (2.08%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 2 (2.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (1.04%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 1 (1.04%) Apache Hive
5 1 (1.04%) Data Mart
5 1 (1.04%) HBase
5 1 (1.04%) MongoDB
5 1 (1.04%) NoSQL
5 1 (1.04%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (1.04%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (1.04%) PowerCenter
5 1 (1.04%) Relational Database
5 1 (1.04%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 20 (20.83%) Selenium
2 16 (16.67%) JIRA
3 8 (8.33%) Cucumber
4 5 (5.21%) SpecFlow
4 5 (5.21%) Visual Studio
5 3 (3.13%) NUnit
5 3 (3.13%) WebDriver
6 2 (2.08%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 2 (2.08%) Bitbucket
6 2 (2.08%) eggPlant
6 2 (2.08%) Jenkins
6 2 (2.08%) JMeter
6 2 (2.08%) LoadRunner
6 2 (2.08%) SoapUI
6 2 (2.08%) SonarQube
6 2 (2.08%) TestRail
7 1 (1.04%) Gatling
7 1 (1.04%) HP UFT
7 1 (1.04%) The Grinder
7 1 (1.04%) Travis CI
General
1 23 (23.96%) Finance
2 6 (6.25%) Legal
3 4 (4.17%) Banking
4 2 (2.08%) Games
5 1 (1.04%) Law
5 1 (1.04%) Local Government
5 1 (1.04%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.04%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (1.04%) Retail
Job Titles
1 42 (43.75%) Analyst
2 23 (23.96%) Test Analyst
3 15 (15.63%) Business Analyst
4 13 (13.54%) Tester
5 11 (11.46%) Consultant
6 6 (6.25%) Automation Tester
6 6 (6.25%) Test Leader
7 5 (5.21%) Developer
8 4 (4.17%) Automation Test Analyst
8 4 (4.17%) DevOps Engineer
8 4 (4.17%) Functional Consultant
8 4 (4.17%) Oracle Consultant
8 4 (4.17%) Server Engineer
9 3 (3.13%) Financial Analyst
9 3 (3.13%) Oracle Functional Consultant
9 3 (3.13%) Service Analyst
9 3 (3.13%) Support Engineer
10 2 (2.08%) Manual Test Analyst
10 2 (2.08%) Senior Consultant
10 2 (2.08%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (10.42%) .NET
2 8 (8.33%) Web Services
3 7 (7.29%) ASP.NET
4 6 (6.25%) CSS
4 6 (6.25%) HTML
4 6 (6.25%) HTML5
4 6 (6.25%) jQuery
4 6 (6.25%) SOAP
4 6 (6.25%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 5 (5.21%) ASP.NET Core
5 5 (5.21%) CSS3
5 5 (5.21%) WSDL
6 4 (4.17%) LDAP
7 3 (3.13%) .NET Framework
7 3 (3.13%) WCF
8 2 (2.08%) ADO.NET
8 2 (2.08%) ASP.NET Web API
8 2 (2.08%) JSON
8 2 (2.08%) LINQ
8 2 (2.08%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 7 (7.29%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (5.21%) Semantic Web
3 4 (4.17%) Public Cloud
3 4 (4.17%) User Experience
4 3 (3.13%) Management Information System
5 2 (2.08%) Algorithms
5 2 (2.08%) NHS
6 1 (1.04%) Data Structures
6 1 (1.04%) Life Science
6 1 (1.04%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 11 (11.46%) Windows
2 9 (9.38%) Windows Server
3 4 (4.17%) Linux
3 4 (4.17%) Windows 10
4 2 (2.08%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (2.08%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (1.04%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (31.25%) Test Automation
2 26 (27.08%) Agile Software Development
3 17 (17.71%) User Acceptance Testing
4 14 (14.58%) Project Management
4 14 (14.58%) Stakeholder Management
5 13 (13.54%) Regression Testing
6 12 (12.50%) Migration
7 11 (11.46%) Scenario Testing
8 10 (10.42%) BDD
8 10 (10.42%) Disaster Recovery
9 9 (9.38%) CRM
9 9 (9.38%) Integration Testing
9 9 (9.38%) Problem-Solving
9 9 (9.38%) Use Case
9 9 (9.38%) User Stories
10 8 (8.33%) Data Mapping
10 8 (8.33%) Data Modelling
10 8 (8.33%) System Integration Testing
11 7 (7.29%) Business Intelligence
11 7 (7.29%) ERP
Programming Languages
1 15 (15.63%) SQL
2 12 (12.50%) C#
3 5 (5.21%) Java
3 5 (5.21%) JavaScript
4 4 (4.17%) PowerShell
5 3 (3.13%) C
6 2 (2.08%) C++
6 2 (2.08%) T-SQL
7 1 (1.04%) Go
7 1 (1.04%) PL/SQL
7 1 (1.04%) Python
7 1 (1.04%) Shell Script
7 1 (1.04%) VBScript
7 1 (1.04%) XPath
Qualifications
1 10 (10.42%) Security Cleared
2 8 (8.33%) SC Cleared
3 7 (7.29%) ISEB
4 6 (6.25%) ISTQB
5 2 (2.08%) BPSS Clearance
5 2 (2.08%) DBS Check
5 2 (2.08%) Degree
5 2 (2.08%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (13.54%) QA
2 9 (9.38%) PMO
3 5 (5.21%) WAI
4 3 (3.13%) GDPR
4 3 (3.13%) GxP
System Software
1 7 (7.29%) Active Directory
2 6 (6.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (4.17%) Hyper-V
4 2 (2.08%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (2.08%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 4 (4.17%) Microsoft Intune
2 3 (3.13%) Opscode Chef
3 2 (2.08%) Norton AntiVirus
3 2 (2.08%) Puppet
3 2 (2.08%) SCCM
Vendors
1 8 (8.33%) Oracle
2 7 (7.29%) SAP
3 6 (6.25%) Microsoft
3 6 (6.25%) VMware
4 5 (5.21%) Cisco
5 4 (4.17%) Atlassian
5 4 (4.17%) HP
5 4 (4.17%) Hyperion
6 3 (3.13%) Acronis
7 2 (2.08%) Citrix
7 2 (2.08%) Google
7 2 (2.08%) Informatica
7 2 (2.08%) Symantec
8 1 (1.04%) Capita
8 1 (1.04%) Cognos
8 1 (1.04%) IBM
8 1 (1.04%) Tableau
8 1 (1.04%) Twitter
8 1 (1.04%) WorldPay