Period
to 20 November 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 20 November 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
20 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 157 112 82
Rank change year-on-year -45 -30 +9
Contract jobs citing Test Scripting 70 120 138
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.08% 1.91% 2.46%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.27% 2.21% 2.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 65 88
South West median daily rate £385 £375 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.67% +13.64% -2.94%
10th Percentile £300 £213 £256
90th Percentile £492 £450 £409
England median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 8 0
South West median hourly rate £35.00 £43.75 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% - -
England median hourly rate £43.75 £36.88 £37.50
% change year-on-year +18.64% -1.67% +2.74%

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 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 5,500 5,430 4,714
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 84.88% 86.20% 84.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,478 3,419 2,974
South West median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £250
90th Percentile £625 £575 £556
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 252 220 194
South West median hourly rate £42.00 £41.53 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.13% +18.66% +18.24%
10th Percentile £13.75 £15.23 £11.83
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.08 £50.18
England median hourly rate £23.75 £22.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year +7.95% -6.38% +2.17%

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 20 November 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 20 November 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
Bristol -25 21 £350 -6.67% 7
Wiltshire -11 17 £360 -15.29% 6
Gloucestershire -23 10 £425 +18.06% 7
Cornwall +14 7 £400 +33.33%
Devon -6 5 £385 +23.20% 2
Dorset +7 4 £338 -20.59%
Somerset -3 3 £425 +21.43% 1
Test Scripting
England

For the 6 months to 20 November 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 25 (35.71%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (31.43%) ISEB
2 22 (31.43%) Test Automation
3 21 (30.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 20 (28.57%) ISTQB
5 17 (24.29%) Test Strategy
6 16 (22.86%) Microsoft
7 15 (21.43%) Security Cleared
8 14 (20.00%) Software Testing
8 14 (20.00%) Finance
9 13 (18.57%) Oracle
10 12 (17.14%) SQL
10 12 (17.14%) JIRA
10 12 (17.14%) Selenium
11 11 (15.71%) C#
11 11 (15.71%) Microsoft Office
12 10 (14.29%) Change Management
13 9 (12.86%) DV Cleared
13 9 (12.86%) Test Planning
13 9 (12.86%) Analytical Skills
14 8 (11.43%) Waterfall
14 8 (11.43%) Defect Management
14 8 (11.43%) Customer Requirements
14 8 (11.43%) Acceptance Criteria
14 8 (11.43%) Problem-Solving
14 8 (11.43%) ERP
15 7 (10.00%) Oracle Reports
15 7 (10.00%) Java
15 7 (10.00%) VB.NET
15 7 (10.00%) .NET

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 3 (4.29%) SharePoint
Applications
1 11 (15.71%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (8.57%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (4.29%) MS Visio
4 2 (2.86%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (2.86%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 4 (5.71%) Azure
2 3 (4.29%) Dynamics 365
2 3 (4.29%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
2 3 (4.29%) Salesforce Service Cloud
3 1 (1.43%) AWS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (4.29%) Internet
2 2 (2.86%) Wireshark
3 1 (1.43%) PBX
3 1 (1.43%) TETRA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (10.00%) Oracle Reports
2 3 (4.29%) Relational Database
2 3 (4.29%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.43%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 12 (17.14%) JIRA
1 12 (17.14%) Selenium
2 6 (8.57%) Cucumber
3 4 (5.71%) HP UFT
3 4 (5.71%) JMeter
4 3 (4.29%) Jenkins
4 3 (4.29%) LoadRunner
4 3 (4.29%) Visual Studio
4 3 (4.29%) Zephyr
5 2 (2.86%) Bitbucket
5 2 (2.86%) Git (software)
5 2 (2.86%) SpecFlow
5 2 (2.86%) WebDriver
6 1 (1.43%) Gatling
6 1 (1.43%) SoapUI
General
1 14 (20.00%) Finance
2 4 (5.71%) Public Sector
2 4 (5.71%) Retail
3 3 (4.29%) Military
3 3 (4.29%) Telecoms
4 2 (2.86%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.43%) Banking
5 1 (1.43%) Electronics
5 1 (1.43%) Investment Banking
5 1 (1.43%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 24 (34.29%) Analyst
2 19 (27.14%) Test Analyst
3 11 (15.71%) Test Engineer
4 9 (12.86%) Test Manager
5 8 (11.43%) Technical Analyst
5 8 (11.43%) Tester
6 7 (10.00%) Architect
6 7 (10.00%) Solutions Architect
7 6 (8.57%) Technical Test Analyst
8 4 (5.71%) DV Cleared Test Analyst
9 3 (4.29%) Administrator
9 3 (4.29%) Business Analyst
9 3 (4.29%) Performance Tester
9 3 (4.29%) Salesforce Administrator
9 3 (4.29%) Test Automation Engineer
10 2 (2.86%) Developer
10 2 (2.86%) Integration Engineer
10 2 (2.86%) SQL Developer
10 2 (2.86%) Technical Leader
10 2 (2.86%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (10.00%) .NET
2 5 (7.14%) .NET Framework
3 3 (4.29%) CSS
3 3 (4.29%) HTML
4 2 (2.86%) Web Services
5 1 (1.43%) Gherkin
5 1 (1.43%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 9 (12.86%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (4.29%) Management Information System
2 3 (4.29%) Private Cloud
2 3 (4.29%) Self-Motivation
3 2 (2.86%) Mainframe
4 1 (1.43%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.43%) User Experience
4 1 (1.43%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 6 (8.57%) Linux
1 6 (8.57%) Windows
2 3 (4.29%) CentOS
2 3 (4.29%) VMS
2 3 (4.29%) Windows 7
2 3 (4.29%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (35.71%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (31.43%) Test Automation
3 21 (30.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 17 (24.29%) Test Strategy
5 14 (20.00%) Software Testing
6 10 (14.29%) Change Management
7 9 (12.86%) Test Planning
8 8 (11.43%) Acceptance Criteria
8 8 (11.43%) Customer Requirements
8 8 (11.43%) Defect Management
8 8 (11.43%) ERP
8 8 (11.43%) Problem-Solving
8 8 (11.43%) Waterfall
9 7 (10.00%) CAD
9 7 (10.00%) Technical Leadership
10 6 (8.57%) DevOps
10 6 (8.57%) Manual Testing
10 6 (8.57%) Scenario Testing
10 6 (8.57%) Test Management
11 5 (7.14%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 12 (17.14%) SQL
2 11 (15.71%) C#
3 7 (10.00%) Java
3 7 (10.00%) VB.NET
4 5 (7.14%) JavaScript
5 4 (5.71%) VB
6 3 (4.29%) C
6 3 (4.29%) PL/SQL
7 2 (2.86%) Python
8 1 (1.43%) Scala
Qualifications
1 22 (31.43%) ISEB
2 20 (28.57%) ISTQB
3 15 (21.43%) Security Cleared
4 9 (12.86%) DV Cleared
5 7 (10.00%) SC Cleared
6 5 (7.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 3 (4.29%) MCP
7 3 (4.29%) Microsoft Certification
7 3 (4.29%) OCP
7 3 (4.29%) Oracle Certification
7 3 (4.29%) SAP Certification
8 2 (2.86%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (7.14%) QA
2 3 (4.29%) ISO 9001
3 1 (1.43%) WAI
System Software
1 3 (4.29%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 5 (7.14%) HP ALM
2 4 (5.71%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (4.29%) SCCM
3 3 (4.29%) SCOM
Vendors
1 16 (22.86%) Microsoft
2 13 (18.57%) Oracle
3 6 (8.57%) HP
4 5 (7.14%) SAP
5 4 (5.71%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (1.43%) Demandware
6 1 (1.43%) hybris
6 1 (1.43%) JD Edwards