Period
to 23 October 2018

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 23 October 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 > South West
6 months to
23 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 111 86 97
Rank change year-on-year -25 +11 +19
Contract jobs citing Test Scripting 120 133 119
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.96% 2.41% 2.05%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.30% 2.89% 2.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 69 85 85
South West median daily rate £375 £325 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.38% -7.14% +7.69%
10th Percentile £213 £256 £235
90th Percentile £450 £402 £475
England median daily rate £389 £375 £364
% change year-on-year +3.67% +3.09% +3.93%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 0 1
South West median hourly rate £43.75 - £42.00
10th Percentile £39.98 - £41.00
90th Percentile £50.23 - £43.00
England median hourly rate £38.00 £39.00 £37.00
% change year-on-year -2.56% +5.41% -1.33%

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 5,227 4,595 4,733
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 85.56% 83.09% 81.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,239 2,905 3,141
South West median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £275 £255 £238
90th Percentile £575 £538 £550
England median daily rate £473 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.00% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 225 191 262
South West median hourly rate £41.53 £35.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.66% - -6.67%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.79 £12.63
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £47.50
England median hourly rate £21.00 £24.93 £22.50
% change year-on-year -15.75% +10.78% +3.97%

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 23 October 2018.

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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Scripting in the South West over the 6 months to 23 October 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 23 October 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
Bristol -12 56 £350 +7.69% 8
Gloucestershire -16 25 £343 +14.17% 5
Wiltshire -9 24 £425 +11.11% 3
Devon +11 4 £350 -10.26% 6
Cornwall - 4 £300 -
Somerset -5 3 £350 -4.76%
Test Scripting
England

For the 6 months to 23 October 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 South West region with a requirement for Test Scripting.

1 41 (34.17%) Agile Software Development
2 37 (30.83%) Test Automation
3 26 (21.67%) Microsoft
4 24 (20.00%) Microsoft Azure
5 23 (19.17%) Selenium
6 22 (18.33%) Functional Testing
6 22 (18.33%) Finance
7 21 (17.50%) Analytical Skills
7 21 (17.50%) QA
8 20 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing
8 20 (16.67%) Security Cleared
8 20 (16.67%) Problem-Solving
9 19 (15.83%) PowerShell
9 19 (15.83%) ISEB
9 19 (15.83%) Windows
10 18 (15.00%) SQL Server
11 17 (14.17%) Oracle
11 17 (14.17%) C#
12 16 (13.33%) SQL
12 16 (13.33%) SC Cleared
12 16 (13.33%) Test Strategy
13 14 (11.67%) Business Intelligence
13 14 (11.67%) Migration
14 13 (10.83%) Acceptance Criteria
15 12 (10.00%) API Testing
15 12 (10.00%) Linux
15 12 (10.00%) Test Management
16 11 (9.17%) ISTQB
16 11 (9.17%) MOLAP
16 11 (9.17%) ROLAP

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 9 (7.50%) CMS
2 8 (6.67%) Drupal
3 6 (5.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 2 (1.67%) SAS
5 1 (0.83%) Confluence
Applications
1 4 (3.33%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.67%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.83%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.83%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.83%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.67%) Teamcenter
2 1 (0.83%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 24 (20.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.83%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (5.83%) DNS
1 7 (5.83%) Firewall
1 7 (5.83%) VPN
2 6 (5.00%) NetScaler
3 3 (2.50%) Broadband
4 1 (0.83%) Internet
4 1 (0.83%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (15.00%) SQL Server
2 11 (9.17%) MOLAP
2 11 (9.17%) ROLAP
3 3 (2.50%) Oracle Reports
4 2 (1.67%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (1.67%) Relational Database
4 2 (1.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.83%) DataStage
5 1 (0.83%) DB2
5 1 (0.83%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.83%) IBM InfoSphere
5 1 (0.83%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.83%) Oracle ODI
5 1 (0.83%) QualityStage
5 1 (0.83%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 23 (19.17%) Selenium
2 9 (7.50%) Rational DOORS
3 8 (6.67%) SoapUI
3 8 (6.67%) WebDriver
4 7 (5.83%) JIRA
5 6 (5.00%) Visual Studio
6 4 (3.33%) SpecFlow
6 4 (3.33%) Team Foundation Server
7 3 (2.50%) Visual Studio Team System
8 2 (1.67%) Bugzilla
8 2 (1.67%) Cucumber
8 2 (1.67%) HP UFT
8 2 (1.67%) LoadRunner
8 2 (1.67%) Redmine
8 2 (1.67%) Subversion
8 2 (1.67%) TestComplete
8 2 (1.67%) TestRail
9 1 (0.83%) Bitbucket
9 1 (0.83%) JMeter
9 1 (0.83%) Zephyr
General
1 22 (18.33%) Finance
2 10 (8.33%) Aerospace
2 10 (8.33%) Banking
3 7 (5.83%) Automotive
3 7 (5.83%) Manufacturing
4 4 (3.33%) Avionics
4 4 (3.33%) Retail
4 4 (3.33%) Retail Banking
5 3 (2.50%) Law
5 3 (2.50%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.83%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 35 (29.17%) Analyst
2 21 (17.50%) Test Analyst
3 15 (12.50%) Tester
4 12 (10.00%) Test Engineer
5 11 (9.17%) Test Leader
6 10 (8.33%) Developer
7 9 (7.50%) Software Tester
8 7 (5.83%) Azure Engineer
8 7 (5.83%) Software Engineer
8 7 (5.83%) Systems Engineer
8 7 (5.83%) Test Manager
9 6 (5.00%) Business Analyst
9 6 (5.00%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 6 (5.00%) Citrix Engineer
10 5 (4.17%) Test Automation Engineer
10 5 (4.17%) Verification Engineer
11 4 (3.33%) Automation Test Analyst
12 3 (2.50%) QA Analyst
12 3 (2.50%) Systems Analyst
12 3 (2.50%) Technical Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (7.50%) .NET
2 8 (6.67%) HTML
3 6 (5.00%) Web Services
4 5 (4.17%) XML
5 4 (3.33%) .NET Framework
6 3 (2.50%) ASP.NET
6 3 (2.50%) SOAP
6 3 (2.50%) XSD
7 2 (1.67%) AngularJS
7 2 (1.67%) JSON
7 2 (1.67%) React
7 2 (1.67%) RESTful
8 1 (0.83%) .NET Core
8 1 (0.83%) ASP.NET Web API
8 1 (0.83%) Gherkin
8 1 (0.83%) Unity (Game Engine)
Miscellaneous
1 21 (17.50%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (9.17%) Virtual Team
3 7 (5.83%) Data Centre
4 6 (5.00%) Embedded Systems
5 3 (2.50%) Video Conferencing
6 2 (1.67%) Computer Science
6 2 (1.67%) Management Information System
7 1 (0.83%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.83%) Self-Motivation
7 1 (0.83%) Smart Meter
7 1 (0.83%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 19 (15.83%) Windows
2 12 (10.00%) Linux
3 8 (6.67%) Windows Server
4 2 (1.67%) Unix
5 1 (0.83%) Android
5 1 (0.83%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (34.17%) Agile Software Development
2 37 (30.83%) Test Automation
3 22 (18.33%) Functional Testing
4 20 (16.67%) Problem-Solving
4 20 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing
5 16 (13.33%) Test Strategy
6 14 (11.67%) Business Intelligence
6 14 (11.67%) Migration
7 13 (10.83%) Acceptance Criteria
8 12 (10.00%) API Testing
8 12 (10.00%) Test Management
9 10 (8.33%) Continuous Improvement
9 10 (8.33%) People Management
10 9 (7.50%) DevOps
11 8 (6.67%) Content Management
11 8 (6.67%) Defect Management
11 8 (6.67%) Integration Testing
11 8 (6.67%) Regression Testing
11 8 (6.67%) SDLC
11 8 (6.67%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 19 (15.83%) PowerShell
2 17 (14.17%) C#
3 16 (13.33%) SQL
4 8 (6.67%) Java
4 8 (6.67%) VBScript
5 7 (5.83%) C
6 5 (4.17%) JavaScript
7 4 (3.33%) Bash Shell
7 4 (3.33%) C++
8 2 (1.67%) Ada
8 2 (1.67%) Python
8 2 (1.67%) Shell Script
8 2 (1.67%) T-SQL
8 2 (1.67%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.83%) MATLAB
9 1 (0.83%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.83%) R
Qualifications
1 20 (16.67%) Security Cleared
2 19 (15.83%) ISEB
3 16 (13.33%) SC Cleared
4 11 (9.17%) ISTQB
5 6 (5.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 4 (3.33%) Degree
7 3 (2.50%) DV Cleared
8 2 (1.67%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (17.50%) QA
2 8 (6.67%) WCAG
3 4 (3.33%) DO-178B
4 1 (0.83%) ARP4754
System Software
1 7 (5.83%) Docker
Systems Management
1 8 (6.67%) WMI
2 7 (5.83%) Kubernetes
3 2 (1.67%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.83%) Ansible
4 1 (0.83%) HP ALM
4 1 (0.83%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.83%) Perfmon
4 1 (0.83%) Puppet
Vendors
1 26 (21.67%) Microsoft
2 17 (14.17%) Oracle
3 6 (5.00%) Citrix
4 3 (2.50%) IBM
5 2 (1.67%) Atlassian
5 2 (1.67%) Serena
6 1 (0.83%) HP
6 1 (0.83%) Netezza
6 1 (0.83%) SAP
6 1 (0.83%) Siemens
6 1 (0.83%) Teradata
6 1 (0.83%) TIBCO