Period
to 20 February 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South 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 6 months to 20 February 2020 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 > South East
6 months to
20 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 99 126 155
Rank change year-on-year +27 +29 -11
Contract jobs citing Test Scripting 237 340 267
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 2.20% 2.12% 1.59%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.61% 2.43% 1.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 140 203 153
South East median daily rate £404 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.94% +14.29% +1.08%
10th Percentile £273 £296 £263
90th Percentile £500 £563 £488
England median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 4 4
South East median hourly rate £45.00 £20.50 £46.44
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +119.51% -55.86% +23.84%
10th Percentile £14.78 £18.25 £25.72
90th Percentile £73.75 £22.75 £46.69
England median hourly rate £40.00 £20.60 £40.00
% change year-on-year +94.17% -48.50% +7.74%

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 South East with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
South East
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 9,071 14,003 14,305
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 84.04% 87.51% 85.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,405 8,441 8,580
South East median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £258 £275 £275
90th Percentile £600 £600 £586
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 401 524 440
South East median hourly rate £22.50 £26.58 £24.01
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.33% +10.68% +6.71%
10th Percentile £12.86 £11.85 £11.25
90th Percentile £57.50 £52.50 £50.30
England median hourly rate £22.86 £23.86 £24.00
% change year-on-year -4.17% -0.59% -2.04%

Test Scripting
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Scripting in the South East

Test Scripting
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Scripting in the South East

Test Scripting
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Scripting in the South East over the 6 months to 20 February 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Scripting in the South East

Test Scripting
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Scripting in the South East

Test Scripting
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Scripting in the South East over the 6 months to 20 February 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Test Scripting in the South East

Test Scripting
Contract Job Locations in the South 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 South East region over the 6 months to 20 February 2020. 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
Hampshire +29 121 £425 +14.86% 11
Thames Valley +17 75 £375 -11.76% 14
Berkshire +9 50 £400 -8.57% 6
Surrey +18 19 £425 -5.56% 7
West Sussex +5 18 £445 +5.33% 11
Buckinghamshire +22 17 £325 -10.34% 2
Oxfordshire +19 8 £375 -25.00% 6
Kent +16 7 £325 -38.10% 5
East Sussex +7 1 £375 +15.38% 1
Test Scripting
England

For the 6 months to 20 February 2020, 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 South East region with a requirement for Test Scripting.

1 88 (37.13%) Test Automation
2 81 (34.18%) Security Cleared
3 68 (28.69%) Agile Software Development
4 50 (21.10%) SC Cleared
5 44 (18.57%) ISTQB
6 38 (16.03%) Selenium
7 37 (15.61%) User Acceptance Testing
8 32 (13.50%) Scenario Testing
9 31 (13.08%) QA
9 31 (13.08%) JIRA
10 30 (12.66%) Degree
11 29 (12.24%) ISEB
11 29 (12.24%) SAP
11 29 (12.24%) Defect Management
11 29 (12.24%) System Testing
12 28 (11.81%) Manual Testing
12 28 (11.81%) Project Management
13 27 (11.39%) DV Cleared
14 26 (10.97%) Windows
15 25 (10.55%) Oracle
15 25 (10.55%) Test Strategy
15 25 (10.55%) Mentoring
16 24 (10.13%) Business Continuity
16 24 (10.13%) SQL
17 22 (9.28%) Java
17 22 (9.28%) SAP Payroll
17 22 (9.28%) DevOps
17 22 (9.28%) Public Sector
17 22 (9.28%) Continuous Integration
18 21 (8.86%) Waterfall

Test Scripting
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South 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 9 (3.80%) Confluence
2 2 (0.84%) Apache
2 2 (0.84%) JBoss
3 1 (0.42%) CMS
3 1 (0.42%) Drupal
3 1 (0.42%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.42%) Sitecore CMS
3 1 (0.42%) Skype for Business
3 1 (0.42%) SugarCRM
3 1 (0.42%) WordPress
Applications
1 19 (8.02%) Microsoft Excel
2 9 (3.80%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (1.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.42%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 22 (9.28%) SAP Payroll
2 21 (8.86%) SAP HCM
3 8 (3.38%) SAP HR
4 6 (2.53%) Dynamics CRM
5 4 (1.69%) Oracle HRMS
6 2 (0.84%) Oracle ERP
6 2 (0.84%) Oracle Retail
7 1 (0.42%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 1 (0.42%) Payment Gateway
7 1 (0.42%) SAP CO
7 1 (0.42%) SAP FI
7 1 (0.42%) SAP FI/CO
7 1 (0.42%) SAP Hybris
7 1 (0.42%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 1 (0.42%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 9 (3.80%) Azure
2 2 (0.84%) AWS
2 2 (0.84%) GitHub
3 1 (0.42%) Office 365
3 1 (0.42%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
3 1 (0.42%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 5 (2.11%) DNS
1 5 (2.11%) IPv6
2 3 (1.27%) SpaceWire
2 3 (1.27%) WAN
3 2 (0.84%) ATM
3 2 (0.84%) Firewall
3 2 (0.84%) HTTP
3 2 (0.84%) iSCSI
3 2 (0.84%) MPLS
4 1 (0.42%) 3GPP
4 1 (0.42%) 4G
4 1 (0.42%) 802.15
4 1 (0.42%) BGP
4 1 (0.42%) DVB
4 1 (0.42%) LAN
4 1 (0.42%) OSPF
4 1 (0.42%) PPP
4 1 (0.42%) SAN
4 1 (0.42%) Software-Defined Networking
4 1 (0.42%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (5.91%) SAP BW
2 5 (2.11%) Oracle Reports
3 3 (1.27%) SQL Server
4 2 (0.84%) Apache Cassandra
4 2 (0.84%) Big Data
4 2 (0.84%) Cosmos DB
4 2 (0.84%) Data Lake
4 2 (0.84%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (0.84%) NoSQL
4 2 (0.84%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.42%) Oracle ODI
Development Applications
1 38 (16.03%) Selenium
2 31 (13.08%) JIRA
3 11 (4.64%) Cucumber
4 10 (4.22%) SoapUI
5 9 (3.80%) JMeter
6 8 (3.38%) StarTeam
7 7 (2.95%) Jenkins
8 6 (2.53%) Gatling
8 6 (2.53%) Git (software)
9 4 (1.69%) WebDriver
10 3 (1.27%) Appium
10 3 (1.27%) Team Foundation Server
11 2 (0.84%) ClearCase
11 2 (0.84%) ClearQuest
11 2 (0.84%) HP UFT
11 2 (0.84%) MSI
11 2 (0.84%) Rational DOORS
11 2 (0.84%) SilkTest
11 2 (0.84%) TestRail
11 2 (0.84%) Travis CI
General
1 22 (9.28%) Public Sector
2 17 (7.17%) Finance
3 11 (4.64%) Military
3 11 (4.64%) Retail
4 5 (2.11%) Electronics
4 5 (2.11%) Telecoms
5 3 (1.27%) Automotive
5 3 (1.27%) Local Government
6 2 (0.84%) Marketing
7 1 (0.42%) Billing
7 1 (0.42%) General Ledger
7 1 (0.42%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 72 (30.38%) Analyst
2 51 (21.52%) Test Analyst
3 35 (14.77%) Tester
4 27 (11.39%) Test Leader
5 25 (10.55%) Test Engineer
6 22 (9.28%) Test Manager
7 21 (8.86%) Consultant
8 20 (8.44%) Business Analyst
9 17 (7.17%) SAP Consultant
10 13 (5.49%) Automation Tester
11 12 (5.06%) HR Consultant
11 12 (5.06%) SAP HR Consultant
11 12 (5.06%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
12 9 (3.80%) Infrastructure Tester
12 9 (3.80%) SAP Functional Consultant
12 9 (3.80%) Technical Analyst
13 8 (3.38%) Technical Business Analyst
14 7 (2.95%) Automation Test Analyst
14 7 (2.95%) Functional Consultant
14 7 (2.95%) SAP HR Functional Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (8.02%) XML
2 13 (5.49%) SAP Fiori
3 12 (5.06%) .NET
4 8 (3.38%) .NET Framework
5 4 (1.69%) JSON
5 4 (1.69%) Oracle Fusion
5 4 (1.69%) SOAP
6 3 (1.27%) AngularJS
6 3 (1.27%) CSS
6 3 (1.27%) HTML
6 3 (1.27%) JMS
6 3 (1.27%) Qt
6 3 (1.27%) Spring
7 2 (0.84%) ASP.NET MVC
7 2 (0.84%) Entity Framework
7 2 (0.84%) jQuery
7 2 (0.84%) Kafka
7 2 (0.84%) REST
7 2 (0.84%) Swagger
7 2 (0.84%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 20 (8.44%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (3.80%) Data Centre
3 8 (3.38%) Private Cloud
3 8 (3.38%) Smart Meter
4 5 (2.11%) Data Structures
4 5 (2.11%) Management Information System
5 3 (1.27%) User Experience
6 2 (0.84%) Self-Motivation
6 2 (0.84%) SWIFT
7 1 (0.42%) Algorithms
7 1 (0.42%) Analytical Mindset
7 1 (0.42%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
7 1 (0.42%) Greenfield Project
7 1 (0.42%) Handset
7 1 (0.42%) IVR
7 1 (0.42%) Mobile App
7 1 (0.42%) NHS
7 1 (0.42%) PMI
7 1 (0.42%) VHDL
Operating Systems
1 26 (10.97%) Windows
2 18 (7.59%) Linux
3 14 (5.91%) Unix
4 8 (3.38%) Windows Server 2008
5 6 (2.53%) Windows 7
5 6 (2.53%) Windows Server
5 6 (2.53%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (1.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 3 (1.27%) Windows 10
8 2 (0.84%) Windows Vista
9 1 (0.42%) AIX
9 1 (0.42%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 88 (37.13%) Test Automation
2 68 (28.69%) Agile Software Development
3 37 (15.61%) User Acceptance Testing
4 32 (13.50%) Scenario Testing
5 29 (12.24%) Defect Management
5 29 (12.24%) System Testing
6 28 (11.81%) Manual Testing
6 28 (11.81%) Project Management
7 25 (10.55%) Mentoring
7 25 (10.55%) Test Strategy
8 24 (10.13%) Business Continuity
9 22 (9.28%) Continuous Integration
9 22 (9.28%) DevOps
10 21 (8.86%) Waterfall
11 18 (7.59%) Validation
12 17 (7.17%) SDLC
13 16 (6.75%) Problem-Solving
14 15 (6.33%) Migration
14 15 (6.33%) Performance Testing
14 15 (6.33%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 24 (10.13%) SQL
2 22 (9.28%) Java
3 17 (7.17%) C#
4 12 (5.06%) Python
5 10 (4.22%) JavaScript
6 8 (3.38%) C
7 3 (1.27%) C++
7 3 (1.27%) Java 8
7 3 (1.27%) PowerShell
7 3 (1.27%) Tcl
7 3 (1.27%) T-SQL
8 2 (0.84%) Groovy
8 2 (0.84%) Shell Script
8 2 (0.84%) XAML
9 1 (0.42%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.42%) ES6
9 1 (0.42%) Perl
9 1 (0.42%) Scala
9 1 (0.42%) VB
9 1 (0.42%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 81 (34.18%) Security Cleared
2 50 (21.10%) SC Cleared
3 44 (18.57%) ISTQB
4 30 (12.66%) Degree
5 29 (12.24%) ISEB
6 27 (11.39%) DV Cleared
7 18 (7.59%) Master's Degree
8 14 (5.91%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 7 (2.95%) CBAP
9 7 (2.95%) CCNA
9 7 (2.95%) Cisco Certification
9 7 (2.95%) IIBA
10 5 (2.11%) HND
11 2 (0.84%) ACCA
11 2 (0.84%) CIMA
11 2 (0.84%) ISEB Practitioner
11 2 (0.84%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 2 (0.84%) PMI Certification
12 1 (0.42%) PMP
12 1 (0.42%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (13.08%) QA
2 3 (1.27%) ECSS
3 2 (0.84%) Data Quality
3 2 (0.84%) GDPR
3 2 (0.84%) IFRS
3 2 (0.84%) ISO/IEC 15288
3 2 (0.84%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.84%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.42%) GAMP
4 1 (0.42%) SLA
System Software
1 9 (3.80%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (0.84%) Active Directory
2 2 (0.84%) Docker
2 2 (0.84%) NFS
2 2 (0.84%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (0.42%) Hyper-V
3 1 (0.42%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 12 (5.06%) HP ALM
2 6 (2.53%) Ansible
3 5 (2.11%) Terraform
4 4 (1.69%) HP Quality Center
4 4 (1.69%) Kubernetes
5 2 (0.84%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 2 (0.84%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.84%) Puppet
6 1 (0.42%) Endace
6 1 (0.42%) MOM
Vendors
1 29 (12.24%) SAP
2 25 (10.55%) Oracle
3 20 (8.44%) Microsoft
4 19 (8.02%) Cisco
5 16 (6.75%) HP
6 11 (4.64%) VMware
7 10 (4.22%) Blue Coat
7 10 (4.22%) Riverbed
8 9 (3.80%) FNZ
9 6 (2.53%) Adobe
10 4 (1.69%) Ceridian
10 4 (1.69%) Red Hat
11 3 (1.27%) hybris
11 3 (1.27%) Mitel
11 3 (1.27%) Workday
12 2 (0.84%) Lumension
12 2 (0.84%) McAfee
12 2 (0.84%) Parasoft
12 2 (0.84%) Salesforce.com
12 2 (0.84%) Xamarin