Period
to 12 December 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 12 December 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
12 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 131 128 123
Rank change year-on-year -3 -5 -45
Contract jobs citing Test Scripting 91 74 106
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.51% 1.30% 1.62%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.82% 1.57% 1.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 66 50 52
North West median daily rate £344 £350 £329
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.79% +6.46% -15.16%
10th Percentile £280 £204 £201
90th Percentile £519 £460 £438
England median daily rate £400 £375 £370
% change year-on-year +6.67% +1.35% +5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 7
North West median hourly rate £41.00 £37.50 £24.43
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.33% +53.50% -27.07%
England median hourly rate £20.80 £37.50 £34.44
% change year-on-year -44.54% +8.90% -7.56%

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 4,989 4,705 5,580
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 82.96% 82.76% 85.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,155 3,029 3,584
North West median daily rate £410 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% - -
10th Percentile £263 £263 £250
90th Percentile £575 £588 £563
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 280 205 169
North West median hourly rate £22.29 £27.00 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.44% +22.73% -25.98%
10th Percentile £11.55 £11.63 £11.25
90th Percentile £48.75 £52.70 £53.10
England median hourly rate £22.00 £25.00 £22.84
% change year-on-year -12.00% +9.48% +3.80%

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 12 December 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 12 December 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 +10 55 £325 +12.07% 26
Merseyside -3 10 £300 -7.69% 1
Cheshire -7 9 £402 -2.65% 12
Lancashire -24 9 £456 +14.06% 5
Cumbria - 7 £509 -
Test Scripting
England

For the 6 months to 12 December 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 31 (34.07%) Test Automation
2 27 (29.67%) Agile Software Development
3 21 (23.08%) SQL
4 16 (17.58%) JIRA
4 16 (17.58%) Defect Management
5 15 (16.48%) SAP
5 15 (16.48%) Regression Testing
5 15 (16.48%) Finance
6 14 (15.38%) C#
6 14 (15.38%) Windows
7 13 (14.29%) QA
7 13 (14.29%) Selenium
7 13 (14.29%) Scenario Testing
8 12 (13.19%) User Acceptance Testing
8 12 (13.19%) BDD
9 11 (12.09%) .NET
10 10 (10.99%) JavaScript
10 10 (10.99%) LAN
10 10 (10.99%) WAN
10 10 (10.99%) TCP/IP
10 10 (10.99%) Cisco
11 9 (9.89%) SOAP
12 8 (8.79%) Web Services
12 8 (8.79%) HTML
12 8 (8.79%) ASP.NET
12 8 (8.79%) CSS
12 8 (8.79%) WSDL
12 8 (8.79%) Retail
12 8 (8.79%) CSS3
12 8 (8.79%) HTML5

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 1 (1.10%) Apache Spark
1 1 (1.10%) Confluence
1 1 (1.10%) JBoss
1 1 (1.10%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 1 (1.10%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (1.10%) MS Visio
1 1 (1.10%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (6.59%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (4.40%) HFM
3 2 (2.20%) Oracle EBS R12
3 2 (2.20%) SAP FI
3 2 (2.20%) SAP HR
4 1 (1.10%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (1.10%) Hyperion Planning
4 1 (1.10%) Oracle Cash Management
4 1 (1.10%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (1.10%) Oracle Receivables
4 1 (1.10%) SAP CO
4 1 (1.10%) SAP FI/CO
4 1 (1.10%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 6 (6.59%) Dynamics 365
2 5 (5.49%) Office 365
3 1 (1.10%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.10%) AWS Lambda
3 1 (1.10%) Azure Active Directory
3 1 (1.10%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (1.10%) Serverless
3 1 (1.10%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 10 (10.99%) LAN
1 10 (10.99%) TCP/IP
1 10 (10.99%) WAN
2 2 (2.20%) Firewall
3 1 (1.10%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (7.69%) RavenDB
2 5 (5.49%) Relational Database
3 4 (4.40%) RDBMS
4 3 (3.30%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (3.30%) Oracle Reports
5 2 (2.20%) Power BI
5 2 (2.20%) SQL Server
5 2 (2.20%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (2.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (1.10%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 1 (1.10%) Apache Hive
6 1 (1.10%) HBase
6 1 (1.10%) MongoDB
6 1 (1.10%) NoSQL
6 1 (1.10%) Oracle Database
6 1 (1.10%) Oracle Database 11g
6 1 (1.10%) Oracle ODI
6 1 (1.10%) Oracle Smart View
6 1 (1.10%) PowerCenter
6 1 (1.10%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 16 (17.58%) JIRA
2 13 (14.29%) Selenium
3 5 (5.49%) Cucumber
3 5 (5.49%) SpecFlow
4 3 (3.30%) JMeter
4 3 (3.30%) WebDriver
5 2 (2.20%) Jenkins
5 2 (2.20%) LoadRunner
5 2 (2.20%) NUnit
5 2 (2.20%) SoapUI
5 2 (2.20%) TestRail
5 2 (2.20%) Visual Studio Coded UI
6 1 (1.10%) Gatling
6 1 (1.10%) Git (software)
6 1 (1.10%) Hudson
6 1 (1.10%) Rational DOORS
6 1 (1.10%) Rational Statemate
6 1 (1.10%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (1.10%) The Grinder
6 1 (1.10%) Travis CI
General
1 15 (16.48%) Finance
2 8 (8.79%) Retail
3 3 (3.30%) Pharmaceutical
4 2 (2.20%) Banking
4 2 (2.20%) Legal
5 1 (1.10%) Aerospace
5 1 (1.10%) Avionics
5 1 (1.10%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 33 (36.26%) Analyst
2 26 (28.57%) Test Analyst
3 15 (16.48%) Tester
4 10 (10.99%) Developer
5 8 (8.79%) Consultant
6 7 (7.69%) QA Analyst
6 7 (7.69%) QA Test Analyst
7 5 (5.49%) Test Leader
8 4 (4.40%) Business Analyst
8 4 (4.40%) E-Commerce Analyst
8 4 (4.40%) E-Commerce Test Analyst
8 4 (4.40%) SAP Developer
8 4 (4.40%) SAPUI5 Developer
8 4 (4.40%) Support Engineer
9 3 (3.30%) Automation Tester
9 3 (3.30%) Functional Consultant
9 3 (3.30%) SAP Consultant
9 3 (3.30%) Test Manager
10 2 (2.20%) QA Consultant
10 2 (2.20%) Risk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (12.09%) .NET
2 9 (9.89%) SOAP
3 8 (8.79%) ASP.NET
3 8 (8.79%) ASP.NET Core
3 8 (8.79%) CSS
3 8 (8.79%) CSS3
3 8 (8.79%) HTML
3 8 (8.79%) HTML5
3 8 (8.79%) jQuery
3 8 (8.79%) Web Services
3 8 (8.79%) WSDL
4 7 (7.69%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 6 (6.59%) Node.js
6 5 (5.49%) SAPUI5
7 3 (3.30%) React
8 2 (2.20%) Gherkin
9 1 (1.10%) .NET Framework
9 1 (1.10%) LAMP
9 1 (1.10%) Middleware
9 1 (1.10%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 6 (6.59%) CCTV
2 5 (5.49%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (5.49%) NHS
2 5 (5.49%) Semantic Web
3 4 (4.40%) User Experience
4 2 (2.20%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.10%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 14 (15.38%) Windows
2 6 (6.59%) Windows 10
3 5 (5.49%) Windows Server
4 1 (1.10%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (34.07%) Test Automation
2 27 (29.67%) Agile Software Development
3 16 (17.58%) Defect Management
4 15 (16.48%) Regression Testing
5 13 (14.29%) Scenario Testing
6 12 (13.19%) BDD
6 12 (13.19%) User Acceptance Testing
7 8 (8.79%) Exploratory Testing
7 8 (8.79%) Integration Testing
8 7 (7.69%) Acceptance Criteria
8 7 (7.69%) Data Modelling
8 7 (7.69%) Release Management
8 7 (7.69%) System Integration Testing
8 7 (7.69%) User Stories
9 6 (6.59%) CRM
9 6 (6.59%) Disaster Recovery
9 6 (6.59%) E-Commerce
9 6 (6.59%) Migration
9 6 (6.59%) SOA
9 6 (6.59%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 21 (23.08%) SQL
2 14 (15.38%) C#
3 10 (10.99%) JavaScript
4 7 (7.69%) ABAP
4 7 (7.69%) PHP
5 3 (3.30%) Java
6 2 (2.20%) C
6 2 (2.20%) T-SQL
7 1 (1.10%) C++
7 1 (1.10%) Go
7 1 (1.10%) PL/SQL
7 1 (1.10%) Python
7 1 (1.10%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 8 (8.79%) Security Cleared
2 6 (6.59%) SC Cleared
3 4 (4.40%) CCNA
3 4 (4.40%) Cisco Certification
3 4 (4.40%) ISTQB
3 4 (4.40%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 3 (3.30%) ISEB
5 1 (1.10%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (1.10%) DBS Check
5 1 (1.10%) Degree
5 1 (1.10%) HNC
5 1 (1.10%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (14.29%) QA
2 8 (8.79%) WAI
3 5 (5.49%) GxP
System Software
1 6 (6.59%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.10%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 1 (1.10%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 15 (16.48%) SAP
2 10 (10.99%) Cisco
3 6 (6.59%) Oracle
4 5 (5.49%) Acronis
4 5 (5.49%) Hyperion
5 3 (3.30%) Microsoft
6 2 (2.20%) Informatica
7 1 (1.10%) Cognos
7 1 (1.10%) Cypress Semiconductor
7 1 (1.10%) Google
7 1 (1.10%) IBM
7 1 (1.10%) Tableau
7 1 (1.10%) Telerik
7 1 (1.10%) VMware