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 3 months to 30 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.

Test Scripting (Test Scripts)
England / North West
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 87 93 84
Rank change year-on-year +6 -9  
Contract jobs citing Test Scripting 44 68 72
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.69% 1.75% 1.99%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.06% 2.12% 2.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 40 37
Median daily rate £320 £340 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +4.61%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £274 £214
10% offered a daily rate of more than £474 £475 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £340 £325
% change year-on-year +2.94% +4.61%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 4
Median hourly rate £21.20 - £46.05
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £43.00 £41.00
% change year-on-year -20.93% +4.87%  

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 West with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 2131 3202 2836
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 81.93% 82.31% 78.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 1345 1944 1535
Median daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £290 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 109 116 133
Median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.66% -6.25%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £16.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £38.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -5.92% +26.66%  

Test Scripting
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West 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 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 3 months to 30 March 2017.

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 3 months to 30 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
Manchester +2 25 £330 -0.37% 13
Cheshire +35 9 £313 -33.51% 1
Lancashire +17 4 £250 -16.66%
Merseyside -6 2 £350 -24.73% 1
Test Scripting
England

For the 6 months to 30 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 West region with a requirement for Test Scripting.

1 38 (35.85%) SQL
2 31 (29.25%) Selenium
3 30 (28.30%) Java
4 28 (26.42%) JIRA
5 26 (24.53%) User Acceptance Testing
6 24 (22.64%) QA
6 24 (22.64%) Agile Software Development
7 20 (18.87%) Finance
8 17 (16.04%) Automated Testing
8 17 (16.04%) QA Automation
8 17 (16.04%) Defect Management
9 16 (15.09%) BDD
10 15 (14.15%) Project Management
11 14 (13.21%) Scrum
11 14 (13.21%) Automation Testing
11 14 (13.21%) Performance Testing
12 13 (12.26%) ISEB
12 13 (12.26%) .NET
12 13 (12.26%) Oracle
13 12 (11.32%) Unit Testing
14 11 (10.38%) Manual Testing
14 11 (10.38%) WebDriver
14 11 (10.38%) Stakeholder Management
15 10 (9.43%) Regression Testing
15 10 (9.43%) XML
15 10 (9.43%) MS Visio
15 10 (9.43%) Data Modelling
16 9 (8.49%) Degree
16 9 (8.49%) PL/SQL
16 9 (8.49%) TDD

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 (3.77%) GlassFish
1 4 (3.77%) JBoss
1 4 (3.77%) Tomcat
1 4 (3.77%) WebLogic
1 4 (3.77%) WebSphere
2 3 (2.83%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.94%) CMS
3 1 (0.94%) Confluence
3 1 (0.94%) SAP Portal
Applications
1 10 (9.43%) MS Visio
2 5 (4.72%) MS Office
2 5 (4.72%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (0.94%) MS Excel
3 1 (0.94%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 5 (4.72%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (1.89%) Visualfiles
3 1 (0.94%) SAP HCM
3 1 (0.94%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.83%) Office 365
2 1 (0.94%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.94%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (5.66%) Oracle Database
1 6 (5.66%) Oracle Database 11g
1 6 (5.66%) Oracle Reports
2 4 (3.77%) BusinessObjects
2 4 (3.77%) QlikView
3 1 (0.94%) Data Mining
3 1 (0.94%) DB2
3 1 (0.94%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.94%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 31 (29.25%) Selenium
2 28 (26.42%) JIRA
3 11 (10.38%) WebDriver
4 6 (5.66%) Oracle Forms
5 5 (4.72%) Jenkins
6 4 (3.77%) Cucumber
6 4 (3.77%) JMeter
6 4 (3.77%) Visual Studio
7 3 (2.83%) Git (software)
7 3 (2.83%) IntelliJ
7 3 (2.83%) TestNG
8 2 (1.89%) Log4j
8 2 (1.89%) SoapUI
8 2 (1.89%) Team Foundation Server
9 1 (0.94%) NUnit
9 1 (0.94%) Oracle APEX
9 1 (0.94%) PhantomJS
9 1 (0.94%) Selenium IDE
9 1 (0.94%) Toad
General
1 20 (18.87%) Finance
2 8 (7.55%) Retail
3 7 (6.60%) Marketing
4 3 (2.83%) Banking
4 3 (2.83%) Legal
5 2 (1.89%) Games
5 2 (1.89%) Law
5 2 (1.89%) Retail Banking
6 1 (0.94%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 36 (33.96%) Analyst
2 23 (21.70%) Tester
3 14 (13.21%) Automation Tester
3 14 (13.21%) Business Analyst
4 12 (11.32%) Test Analyst
5 11 (10.38%) Consultant
5 11 (10.38%) QA Engineer
6 10 (9.43%) QA Automation Engineer
7 9 (8.49%) Automation Engineer
8 7 (6.60%) CRM Analyst
8 7 (6.60%) CRM Business Analyst
8 7 (6.60%) Developer
8 7 (6.60%) Java Engineer
9 6 (5.66%) Oracle Developer
9 6 (5.66%) Test Manager
10 5 (4.72%) Selenium Tester
10 5 (4.72%) Senior Consultant
11 4 (3.77%) Automation Consultant
11 4 (3.77%) Java Automation Tester
11 4 (3.77%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (12.26%) .NET
2 10 (9.43%) XML
3 8 (7.55%) Gherkin
4 6 (5.66%) Web Services
5 5 (4.72%) SOAP
6 4 (3.77%) J2EE
6 4 (3.77%) JSTL
6 4 (3.77%) REST
6 4 (3.77%) Spring
7 2 (1.89%) Struts
8 1 (0.94%) .NET Framework
8 1 (0.94%) Chai
8 1 (0.94%) Node.js
8 1 (0.94%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 6 (5.66%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (3.77%) Computer Science
3 3 (2.83%) Data Centre
3 3 (2.83%) NHS
4 2 (1.89%) FMCG
4 2 (1.89%) Public Cloud
4 2 (1.89%) User Experience
5 1 (0.94%) AS400
5 1 (0.94%) Data Structures
5 1 (0.94%) Learning Management System
5 1 (0.94%) Management Information System
5 1 (0.94%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 2 (1.89%) Linux
1 2 (1.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (0.94%) Android
2 1 (0.94%) Apple iOS
2 1 (0.94%) OS/400
2 1 (0.94%) Unix
2 1 (0.94%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (24.53%) User Acceptance Testing
2 24 (22.64%) Agile Software Development
3 17 (16.04%) Automated Testing
3 17 (16.04%) Defect Management
3 17 (16.04%) QA Automation
4 16 (15.09%) BDD
5 15 (14.15%) Project Management
6 14 (13.21%) Automation Testing
6 14 (13.21%) Performance Testing
6 14 (13.21%) Scrum
7 12 (11.32%) Unit Testing
8 11 (10.38%) Manual Testing
8 11 (10.38%) Stakeholder Management
9 10 (9.43%) Data Modelling
9 10 (9.43%) Regression Testing
10 9 (8.49%) TDD
11 8 (7.55%) High Availability
11 8 (7.55%) Test Strategy
12 7 (6.60%) Software Engineering
12 7 (6.60%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 38 (35.85%) SQL
2 30 (28.30%) Java
3 9 (8.49%) PL/SQL
4 3 (2.83%) C#
4 3 (2.83%) Python
5 2 (1.89%) Ruby
6 1 (0.94%) ANSI SQL
6 1 (0.94%) C
6 1 (0.94%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.94%) RPG
6 1 (0.94%) RPG IV
6 1 (0.94%) Scala
Qualifications
1 13 (12.26%) ISEB
2 9 (8.49%) Degree
3 3 (2.83%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 3 (2.83%) SC Cleared
3 3 (2.83%) Security Cleared
4 2 (1.89%) HND
4 2 (1.89%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (22.64%) QA
2 6 (5.66%) PMO
3 2 (1.89%) SLA
4 1 (0.94%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 1 (0.94%) GAMP
4 1 (0.94%) GMP
Systems Management
1 3 (2.83%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.94%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 13 (12.26%) Oracle
2 5 (4.72%) Microsoft
3 4 (3.77%) hybris
3 4 (3.77%) Tableau
4 3 (2.83%) HP
4 3 (2.83%) IBM
4 3 (2.83%) SAP
5 2 (1.89%) Hyperion
5 2 (1.89%) Red Hat
6 1 (0.94%) Apple
6 1 (0.94%) CheckPoint
6 1 (0.94%) Saba
6 1 (0.94%) WorldPay