Period
to 23 November 2017

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 23 November 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 > South East
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 174 139 93
Rank change year-on-year -35 -46 +1
Contract jobs citing Test Scripting 228 292 466
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.35% 1.75% 2.41%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.64% 2.12% 2.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 146 186 282
South East median daily rate £350 £341 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% -2.50% +4.48%
10th Percentile £263 £200 £225
90th Percentile £470 £519 £475
England median daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year +3.45% +3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 9 7
South East median hourly rate £18.04 £37.00 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -51.24% +27.59% +104.08%
10th Percentile £17.06 £28.70 £19.23
90th Percentile £19.02 £42.80 £39.37
England median hourly rate £37.50 £35.25 £37.50
% change year-on-year +6.38% -6.00% +31.58%

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 13930 13767 15584
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 82.73% 82.56% 80.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 8344 8295 9308
South East median daily rate £425 £400 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +1.27% +5.33%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £256
90th Percentile £575 £563 £536
England median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 461 556 610
South East median hourly rate £23.00 £26.75 £26.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.02% +0.56% +52.00%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.80 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £51.13 £48.75
England median hourly rate £24.00 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +18.42%

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 23 November 2017.

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
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 23 November 2017. 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
Thames Valley -37 80 £350 - 8
Hampshire -8 70 £325 - 14
Buckinghamshire -22 38 £344 -8.33% 1
Surrey -5 29 £375 - 6
Berkshire -25 29 £363 +3.57% 6
West Sussex -13 17 £350 -5.37% 3
Oxfordshire -13 13 £350 +75.00% 1
East Sussex +9 10 £350 - 4
Kent -12 9 £371 +65.00% 2
Middlesex +4 2 - -
Sussex -4 2 £250 - 2
Test Scripting
England

For the 6 months to 23 November 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 South East region with a requirement for Test Scripting.

1 96 (42.11%) Test Automation
2 78 (34.21%) Agile Software Development
3 64 (28.07%) HP
4 59 (25.88%) User Acceptance Testing
5 50 (21.93%) Regression Testing
6 48 (21.05%) ISEB
7 47 (20.61%) Security Cleared
8 43 (18.86%) Scenario Testing
9 42 (18.42%) Finance
10 40 (17.54%) ISTQB
11 39 (17.11%) Functional Testing
12 38 (16.67%) QA
12 38 (16.67%) Test Strategy
13 36 (15.79%) SDLC
13 36 (15.79%) SQL
14 34 (14.91%) HP Quality Center
14 34 (14.91%) Selenium
15 33 (14.47%) Degree
15 33 (14.47%) JIRA
16 32 (14.04%) Software Testing
17 30 (13.16%) Microsoft
18 28 (12.28%) Test Planning
19 27 (11.84%) Test Management
19 27 (11.84%) SC Cleared
20 26 (11.40%) Integration Testing
20 26 (11.40%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
21 25 (10.96%) Migration
22 24 (10.53%) Validation
22 24 (10.53%) Analytical Skills
23 23 (10.09%) System Integration Testing

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 (3.95%) Confluence
2 7 (3.07%) SAS
3 6 (2.63%) Documentum
3 6 (2.63%) SharePoint
4 3 (1.32%) CMS
5 2 (0.88%) JBoss
5 2 (0.88%) SharePoint 2013
5 2 (0.88%) WebLogic
6 1 (0.44%) Apache
6 1 (0.44%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.44%) WebSphere
Applications
1 21 (9.21%) Microsoft Excel
1 21 (9.21%) MS Visio
2 12 (5.26%) Microsoft Office
3 7 (3.07%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (2.63%) Microsoft Project
5 5 (2.19%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 5 (2.19%) Maximo
2 4 (1.75%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (1.32%) NetSuite
3 3 (1.32%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (1.32%) SAP MM
4 2 (0.88%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.88%) Oracle Manufacturing
4 2 (0.88%) SAP CO
4 2 (0.88%) SAP CRM
4 2 (0.88%) SAP FI
4 2 (0.88%) SAP FI/CO
4 2 (0.88%) Temenos T24
5 1 (0.44%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.44%) Oracle ASCP
5 1 (0.44%) Oracle iProcurement
5 1 (0.44%) Oracle SCM
5 1 (0.44%) PeopleSoft HCM
5 1 (0.44%) SAP CCM
5 1 (0.44%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 5 (2.19%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (1.75%) Dynamics 365
2 4 (1.75%) Taleo
3 2 (0.88%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (0.88%) GitHub
3 2 (0.88%) SaaS
4 1 (0.44%) Amazon EMR
4 1 (0.44%) Azure Data Factory
4 1 (0.44%) BrowserStack
4 1 (0.44%) CallidusCloud
4 1 (0.44%) IaaS
4 1 (0.44%) PaaS
4 1 (0.44%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 10 (4.39%) LTE
2 7 (3.07%) 4G
2 7 (3.07%) Firewall
2 7 (3.07%) Wireless
3 5 (2.19%) HTTP
4 4 (1.75%) TCP/IP
5 3 (1.32%) Wireshark
6 2 (0.88%) MVNO
6 2 (0.88%) SMS
7 1 (0.44%) DSL
7 1 (0.44%) DVB
7 1 (0.44%) Internet
7 1 (0.44%) iSCSI
7 1 (0.44%) SAN
7 1 (0.44%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (6.14%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.32%) BusinessObjects
2 3 (1.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3 (1.32%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (0.88%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (0.88%) SAP BW
4 1 (0.44%) Apache Cassandra
4 1 (0.44%) BODI
4 1 (0.44%) EDRMS
4 1 (0.44%) IDOL
4 1 (0.44%) InfluxDB
4 1 (0.44%) Lumira
4 1 (0.44%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.44%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (0.44%) Power BI
4 1 (0.44%) QlikView
4 1 (0.44%) Redis
4 1 (0.44%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.44%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 34 (14.91%) Selenium
2 33 (14.47%) JIRA
3 17 (7.46%) SoapUI
4 13 (5.70%) Team Foundation Server
5 11 (4.82%) Cucumber
6 10 (4.39%) HP UFT
6 10 (4.39%) WebDriver
7 9 (3.95%) LoadRunner
8 8 (3.51%) JMeter
9 6 (2.63%) CANoe
9 6 (2.63%) JUnit
9 6 (2.63%) MSI
9 6 (2.63%) Visual Studio
10 4 (1.75%) Git (software)
10 4 (1.75%) TestRail
11 3 (1.32%) RubyMine
12 2 (0.88%) Jenkins
12 2 (0.88%) SpecFlow
12 2 (0.88%) TestNG
12 2 (0.88%) Toad
General
1 42 (18.42%) Finance
2 13 (5.70%) Telecoms
3 11 (4.82%) Manufacturing
4 10 (4.39%) Automotive
4 10 (4.39%) Banking
4 10 (4.39%) Retail
5 7 (3.07%) Marketing
6 6 (2.63%) Retail Banking
7 5 (2.19%) Back Office
8 3 (1.32%) Electronics
8 3 (1.32%) Publishing
9 1 (0.44%) Advertising
9 1 (0.44%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.44%) Billing
9 1 (0.44%) Front Office
9 1 (0.44%) German Language
9 1 (0.44%) Legal
9 1 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 112 (49.12%) Analyst
2 74 (32.46%) Test Analyst
3 39 (17.11%) Tester
4 26 (11.40%) Business Analyst
5 22 (9.65%) Test Engineer
6 11 (4.82%) Automation Tester
7 10 (4.39%) Test Leader
7 10 (4.39%) Test Manager
8 9 (3.95%) Consultant
9 7 (3.07%) Agile Test Analyst
9 7 (3.07%) Automation Test Analyst
10 6 (2.63%) Financial Analyst
10 6 (2.63%) Service Analyst
10 6 (2.63%) Software Validation Engineer
10 6 (2.63%) Software Verification Engineer
10 6 (2.63%) Validation Engineer
10 6 (2.63%) Verification Engineer
11 5 (2.19%) Credit Analyst
11 5 (2.19%) Risk Analyst
11 5 (2.19%) Senior Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (6.58%) SOAP
2 12 (5.26%) .NET
3 8 (3.51%) Gherkin
4 7 (3.07%) XML
5 6 (2.63%) Oracle Fusion
6 4 (1.75%) REST
7 3 (1.32%) Middleware
8 2 (0.88%) .NET Framework
8 2 (0.88%) CSS
8 2 (0.88%) RESTful
9 1 (0.44%) Backbone.js
9 1 (0.44%) DOM
9 1 (0.44%) Elastic Stack
9 1 (0.44%) Ext JS
9 1 (0.44%) HTML
9 1 (0.44%) JSON
9 1 (0.44%) SAP Core Interface
9 1 (0.44%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 24 (10.53%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (2.63%) Credit Risk
2 6 (2.63%) Mobile App
3 4 (1.75%) Client/Server
3 4 (1.75%) Management Information System
3 4 (1.75%) User Experience
4 3 (1.32%) Data Structures
4 3 (1.32%) Smart Meter
5 2 (0.88%) Analytical Mindset
5 2 (0.88%) AS400
5 2 (0.88%) Reference Data
5 2 (0.88%) Smartphone
6 1 (0.44%) BBC
6 1 (0.44%) EPoS
6 1 (0.44%) Equities
6 1 (0.44%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (0.44%) Mainframe
6 1 (0.44%) NHS
6 1 (0.44%) N-Tier
6 1 (0.44%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 22 (9.65%) Windows
2 6 (2.63%) Windows Server 2008
2 6 (2.63%) Windows Vista
3 5 (2.19%) Linux
4 4 (1.75%) Unix
5 3 (1.32%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (0.88%) Windows 10
6 2 (0.88%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.44%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 96 (42.11%) Test Automation
2 78 (34.21%) Agile Software Development
3 59 (25.88%) User Acceptance Testing
4 50 (21.93%) Regression Testing
5 43 (18.86%) Scenario Testing
6 39 (17.11%) Functional Testing
7 38 (16.67%) Test Strategy
8 36 (15.79%) SDLC
9 32 (14.04%) Software Testing
10 28 (12.28%) Test Planning
11 27 (11.84%) Test Management
12 26 (11.40%) Integration Testing
13 25 (10.96%) Migration
14 24 (10.53%) Validation
15 23 (10.09%) System Integration Testing
16 22 (9.65%) Scrum
16 22 (9.65%) Stakeholder Management
16 22 (9.65%) Waterfall
17 20 (8.77%) Data Migration
18 19 (8.33%) Defect Management
Programming Languages
1 36 (15.79%) SQL
2 22 (9.65%) Java
3 14 (6.14%) C#
4 8 (3.51%) PowerShell
5 7 (3.07%) Python
5 7 (3.07%) T-SQL
6 6 (2.63%) C++
6 6 (2.63%) VBScript
7 5 (2.19%) MATLAB
8 3 (1.32%) JavaScript
8 3 (1.32%) Ruby
8 3 (1.32%) VBA
9 2 (0.88%) ABAP
9 2 (0.88%) C
9 2 (0.88%) Groovy
9 2 (0.88%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.44%) Go
10 1 (0.44%) Perl
10 1 (0.44%) VB
Qualifications
1 48 (21.05%) ISEB
2 47 (20.61%) Security Cleared
3 40 (17.54%) ISTQB
4 33 (14.47%) Degree
5 27 (11.84%) SC Cleared
6 26 (11.40%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 11 (4.82%) BPSS Clearance
8 8 (3.51%) DV Cleared
9 6 (2.63%) Numerate Degree
10 5 (2.19%) Master's Degree
11 4 (1.75%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 2 (0.88%) MCSE
12 2 (0.88%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (16.67%) QA
2 6 (2.63%) Basel II
2 6 (2.63%) IFRS
2 6 (2.63%) IFRS 9
3 5 (2.19%) ISO 26262
4 4 (1.75%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 3 (1.32%) MiFID
6 2 (0.88%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.88%) GAMP
6 2 (0.88%) ISO/IEC 19770
6 2 (0.88%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 2 (0.88%) PMO
6 2 (0.88%) SLA
7 1 (0.44%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.44%) GDPR
System Software
1 8 (3.51%) Active Directory
2 6 (2.63%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.44%) Docker
3 1 (0.44%) Hyper-V
3 1 (0.44%) NFS
3 1 (0.44%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 34 (14.91%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (3.07%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 2 (0.88%) Ansible
4 1 (0.44%) Grafana
4 1 (0.44%) HAProxy
4 1 (0.44%) Kibana
4 1 (0.44%) logstash
4 1 (0.44%) Marathon
4 1 (0.44%) Mesos
4 1 (0.44%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.44%) Puppet
4 1 (0.44%) Terraform
Vendors
1 64 (28.07%) HP
2 30 (13.16%) Microsoft
3 22 (9.65%) Oracle
4 21 (9.21%) SAP
5 9 (3.95%) Motorola
6 7 (3.07%) VMware
7 6 (2.63%) IBM
7 6 (2.63%) Lumension
7 6 (2.63%) McAfee
8 3 (1.32%) JD Edwards
8 3 (1.32%) OpenText
8 3 (1.32%) Salesforce.com
8 3 (1.32%) Tableau
9 2 (0.88%) Ariba
9 2 (0.88%) Concur
9 2 (0.88%) MuleSoft
10 1 (0.44%) Callidus
10 1 (0.44%) Marketo
10 1 (0.44%) ServiceNow
10 1 (0.44%) Zoho