Period
to 18 June 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South 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 18 June 2019 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 West
6 months to
18 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 139 95 64
Rank change year-on-year -44 -31 +56
Contract jobs citing Test Scripting 81 99 172
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.35% 1.99% 3.28%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.59% 2.38% 3.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 62 116
South West median daily rate £350 £394 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.05% +15.74% -5.56%
10th Percentile £289 £260 £247
90th Percentile £499 £450 £488
England median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.11% -1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 9 1
South West median hourly rate £13.70 £42.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -67.76% +21.43% -17.16%
10th Percentile £11.85 £40.40 £34.00
90th Percentile £15.55 £50.15 £36.00
England median hourly rate £40.00 £42.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year -5.88% +13.33% -10.71%

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 West with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
South West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 5,090 4,155 4,411
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 84.93% 83.48% 84.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,228 2,504 2,836
South West median daily rate £450 £413 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.09% +7.14% +2.67%
10th Percentile £300 £263 £240
90th Percentile £625 £563 £538
England median daily rate £475 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 293 199 206
South West median hourly rate £42.50 £36.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.44% -8.75% -
10th Percentile £12.80 £11.73 £14.19
90th Percentile £52.17 £48.75 £53.75
England median hourly rate £25.00 £22.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +13.64% -12.00% -

Test Scripting
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Scripting in the South West

Test Scripting
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Scripting in the South West

Test Scripting
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Scripting in the South West over the 6 months to 18 June 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Scripting in the South West

Test Scripting
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Scripting in the South West

Test Scripting
Contract Job Locations in the South 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 South West region over the 6 months to 18 June 2019. 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
Wiltshire -42 25 £350 -17.65% 2
Bristol -21 23 £323 -2.27% 9
Gloucestershire -21 13 £358 +7.52% 3
Devon +3 11 £385 +2.67%
Somerset -11 4 - -
Dorset +6 3 £350 +3.70% 3
Test Scripting
England

For the 6 months to 18 June 2019, 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 West region with a requirement for Test Scripting.

1 34 (41.98%) Agile Software Development
2 32 (39.51%) Test Automation
3 27 (33.33%) Test Strategy
4 24 (29.63%) QA
5 21 (25.93%) SQL
6 17 (20.99%) Scrum
7 16 (19.75%) Java
8 15 (18.52%) Selenium
8 15 (18.52%) User Acceptance Testing
9 14 (17.28%) Mentoring
10 13 (16.05%) Security Cleared
10 13 (16.05%) HP
10 13 (16.05%) Finance
11 12 (14.81%) ISTQB
11 12 (14.81%) User Stories
11 12 (14.81%) Cucumber
11 12 (14.81%) DevOps
12 11 (13.58%) Scenario Testing
12 11 (13.58%) Microsoft
13 10 (12.35%) ISEB
13 10 (12.35%) Migration
13 10 (12.35%) Test Management
14 9 (11.11%) Problem-Solving
14 9 (11.11%) Defect Management
14 9 (11.11%) SAP
14 9 (11.11%) Oracle
15 8 (9.88%) Software Testing
15 8 (9.88%) Banking
15 8 (9.88%) Open Source
15 8 (9.88%) Functional Testing

Test Scripting
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South 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 (4.94%) Confluence
2 1 (1.23%) Apache Spark
2 1 (1.23%) CMS
2 1 (1.23%) Drupal
2 1 (1.23%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.23%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 5 (6.17%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (4.94%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (2.47%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.23%) Actimize
2 1 (1.23%) Maximo
2 1 (1.23%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 7 (8.64%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (4.94%) Office 365
2 4 (4.94%) SaaS
3 3 (3.70%) Sauce Labs
4 2 (2.47%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (2.47%) Dynamics 365
5 1 (1.23%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (1.23%) IaaS
5 1 (1.23%) PaaS
5 1 (1.23%) Qubole
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.47%) Internet
1 2 (2.47%) NetScaler
2 1 (1.23%) PBX
2 1 (1.23%) Remote Desktop
2 1 (1.23%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (6.17%) Relational Database
2 4 (4.94%) SQL Server
3 3 (3.70%) Oracle Database
3 3 (3.70%) Oracle Database 12c
4 1 (1.23%) Big Data
4 1 (1.23%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.23%) Hadoop
4 1 (1.23%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 15 (18.52%) Selenium
2 12 (14.81%) Cucumber
3 7 (8.64%) Jenkins
4 6 (7.41%) HP UFT
4 6 (7.41%) JIRA
5 5 (6.17%) LoadRunner
5 5 (6.17%) SoapUI
6 4 (4.94%) Eclipse
6 4 (4.94%) Git (software)
6 4 (4.94%) JUnit
7 3 (3.70%) Bitbucket
7 3 (3.70%) SonarQube
7 3 (3.70%) SpecFlow
7 3 (3.70%) Visual Studio
7 3 (3.70%) WebDriver
8 2 (2.47%) Team Foundation Server
9 1 (1.23%) IntelliJ
9 1 (1.23%) Subversion
9 1 (1.23%) TestNG
9 1 (1.23%) WATIR
General
1 13 (16.05%) Finance
2 8 (9.88%) Banking
3 3 (3.70%) Retail Banking
4 2 (2.47%) Legal
4 2 (2.47%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.23%) Aerospace
5 1 (1.23%) Avionics
5 1 (1.23%) Law
Job Titles
1 48 (59.26%) Analyst
2 36 (44.44%) Test Analyst
3 9 (11.11%) Test Automation Engineer
3 9 (11.11%) Test Engineer
4 8 (9.88%) Tester
5 4 (4.94%) Configuration Analyst
5 4 (4.94%) QA Analyst
5 4 (4.94%) Test Leader
5 4 (4.94%) Test Specialist
6 3 (3.70%) Data Analyst
6 3 (3.70%) Developer
6 3 (3.70%) DevOps Specialist
6 3 (3.70%) DV Cleared Test Analyst
6 3 (3.70%) Technical Analyst
6 3 (3.70%) Test Automation Specialist
6 3 (3.70%) Test Manager
7 2 (2.47%) Business Analyst
7 2 (2.47%) Manual Tester
7 2 (2.47%) Senior Analyst
7 2 (2.47%) Systems Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (6.17%) Gherkin
1 5 (6.17%) SOAP
2 3 (3.70%) REST
2 3 (3.70%) Spring
3 2 (2.47%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 6 (7.41%) Self-Motivation
2 5 (6.17%) NHS
3 1 (1.23%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.23%) Data Centre
3 1 (1.23%) Greenfield Project
3 1 (1.23%) Management Information System
3 1 (1.23%) Mobile App
3 1 (1.23%) Online Banking
3 1 (1.23%) SWIFT
3 1 (1.23%) User Experience
3 1 (1.23%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 1 (1.23%) HPUX
1 1 (1.23%) Linux
1 1 (1.23%) Windows
1 1 (1.23%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (41.98%) Agile Software Development
2 32 (39.51%) Test Automation
3 27 (33.33%) Test Strategy
4 17 (20.99%) Scrum
5 15 (18.52%) User Acceptance Testing
6 14 (17.28%) Mentoring
7 12 (14.81%) DevOps
7 12 (14.81%) User Stories
8 11 (13.58%) Scenario Testing
9 10 (12.35%) Migration
9 10 (12.35%) Test Management
10 9 (11.11%) Defect Management
10 9 (11.11%) Problem-Solving
11 8 (9.88%) Data Migration
11 8 (9.88%) Functional Testing
11 8 (9.88%) Open Source
11 8 (9.88%) Software Testing
12 7 (8.64%) Manual Testing
12 7 (8.64%) Strategic Thinking
13 6 (7.41%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 21 (25.93%) SQL
2 16 (19.75%) Java
3 6 (7.41%) C
3 6 (7.41%) PL/SQL
3 6 (7.41%) VB
4 3 (3.70%) C#
5 1 (1.23%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.23%) Ruby
5 1 (1.23%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 13 (16.05%) Security Cleared
2 12 (14.81%) ISTQB
3 10 (12.35%) ISEB
4 7 (8.64%) DV Cleared
5 6 (7.41%) Microsoft Certification
6 5 (6.17%) MCP
6 5 (6.17%) OCP
6 5 (6.17%) Oracle Certification
6 5 (6.17%) SAP Certification
6 5 (6.17%) SC Cleared
7 2 (2.47%) BPSS Clearance
7 2 (2.47%) DBS Check
7 2 (2.47%) Degree
7 2 (2.47%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 1 (1.23%) BC Cleared
8 1 (1.23%) CEH
8 1 (1.23%) MCSA
8 1 (1.23%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (29.63%) QA
2 3 (3.70%) Data Quality
3 2 (2.47%) PSD2
4 1 (1.23%) Section 508
4 1 (1.23%) SEPA
4 1 (1.23%) WAI
Systems Management
1 7 (8.64%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (7.41%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 13 (16.05%) HP
2 11 (13.58%) Microsoft
3 9 (11.11%) Oracle
3 9 (11.11%) SAP
4 4 (4.94%) hybris
5 2 (2.47%) Citrix
5 2 (2.47%) Lumesse
5 2 (2.47%) NGA Human Resources
5 2 (2.47%) Northgate
6 1 (1.23%) Google
6 1 (1.23%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (1.23%) Serena
6 1 (1.23%) Sun
6 1 (1.23%) Teradata