Period
to 15 December 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 15 December 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
15 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 123 96 84
Rank change year-on-year -27 -12 +33
Contract jobs citing Test Scripting 112 117 131
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.73% 2.11% 2.33%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.02% 2.52% 2.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 60 69 90
South West median daily rate £365 £330 £339
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.61% -2.58% +4.23%
10th Percentile £213 £261 £248
90th Percentile £455 £408 £475
England median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
South West median hourly rate £38.00 - -
England median hourly rate £20.80 £37.50 £34.44
% change year-on-year -44.54% +8.90% -8.17%

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 5,556 4,634 4,660
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 85.78% 83.42% 82.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,556 2,914 3,124
South West median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £276 £255 £238
90th Percentile £575 £560 £550
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 231 197 295
South West median hourly rate £41.00 £33.00 £33.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.24% - -15.38%
10th Percentile £13.50 £11.53 £12.00
90th Percentile £51.25 £49.25 £47.50
England median hourly rate £22.20 £25.00 £23.10
% change year-on-year -11.22% +8.25% +4.98%

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 15 December 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
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 15 December 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 -14 61 £375 +10.29% 10
Gloucestershire -25 20 £360 +20.00% 5
Devon - 9 £313 - 1
Wiltshire -29 7 £388 -20.51% 2
Cornwall - 4 £300 - 1
Somerset -10 3 £450 +20.00% 5
Dorset -1 1 £425 +18.06%
Test Scripting
England

For the 6 months to 15 December 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 45 (40.18%) Test Automation
2 43 (38.39%) Agile Software Development
3 31 (27.68%) Selenium
4 30 (26.79%) Microsoft Azure
5 29 (25.89%) Microsoft
6 28 (25.00%) Security Cleared
7 26 (23.21%) QA
8 24 (21.43%) User Acceptance Testing
8 24 (21.43%) SC Cleared
8 24 (21.43%) Windows
9 22 (19.64%) ISEB
10 21 (18.75%) SQL Server
11 20 (17.86%) C#
12 19 (16.96%) SQL
12 19 (16.96%) Test Strategy
13 18 (16.07%) Test Management
14 17 (15.18%) Java
15 16 (14.29%) Linux
15 16 (14.29%) Oracle
15 16 (14.29%) Migration
15 16 (14.29%) PowerShell
16 15 (13.39%) ISTQB
16 15 (13.39%) Analytical Skills
16 15 (13.39%) Acceptance Criteria
16 15 (13.39%) Problem-Solving
17 14 (12.50%) Functional Testing
18 12 (10.71%) API Testing
18 12 (10.71%) JIRA
18 12 (10.71%) Finance
19 11 (9.82%) Citrix

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 (8.04%) CMS
2 8 (7.14%) Drupal
3 6 (5.36%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 1 (0.89%) Confluence
4 1 (0.89%) SAS
Applications
1 1 (0.89%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (0.89%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (0.89%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 1 (0.89%) Microsoft Project
1 1 (0.89%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 30 (26.79%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.89%) Office 365
2 1 (0.89%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 11 (9.82%) NetScaler
2 7 (6.25%) DNS
2 7 (6.25%) Firewall
2 7 (6.25%) VPN
3 1 (0.89%) Internet
3 1 (0.89%) SSL
3 1 (0.89%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (18.75%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.57%) Oracle Reports
3 3 (2.68%) Electronic Patient Records
4 2 (1.79%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (1.79%) Relational Database
4 2 (1.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.89%) DataStage
5 1 (0.89%) DB2
5 1 (0.89%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.89%) IBM InfoSphere
5 1 (0.89%) MOLAP
5 1 (0.89%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.89%) Oracle ODI
5 1 (0.89%) QualityStage
5 1 (0.89%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.89%) ROLAP
Development Applications
1 31 (27.68%) Selenium
2 12 (10.71%) JIRA
3 11 (9.82%) Visual Studio
4 9 (8.04%) SoapUI
5 8 (7.14%) WebDriver
6 5 (4.46%) Rational DOORS
6 5 (4.46%) Team Foundation Server
7 4 (3.57%) Cucumber
8 3 (2.68%) Bugzilla
8 3 (2.68%) Git (software)
8 3 (2.68%) HP UFT
8 3 (2.68%) Redmine
8 3 (2.68%) SpecFlow
8 3 (2.68%) TestComplete
8 3 (2.68%) TestRail
9 2 (1.79%) Visual Studio Coded UI
10 1 (0.89%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 1 (0.89%) Bitbucket
10 1 (0.89%) Visual Studio Team System
10 1 (0.89%) Zephyr
General
1 12 (10.71%) Finance
2 9 (8.04%) Banking
3 6 (5.36%) Aerospace
4 4 (3.57%) Avionics
4 4 (3.57%) Retail
4 4 (3.57%) Retail Banking
5 3 (2.68%) Law
6 1 (0.89%) Automotive
6 1 (0.89%) Local Government
6 1 (0.89%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.89%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 42 (37.50%) Analyst
2 31 (27.68%) Test Analyst
3 15 (13.39%) Tester
4 11 (9.82%) Azure Engineer
4 11 (9.82%) Test Engineer
4 11 (9.82%) Test Leader
5 10 (8.93%) Citrix Engineer
6 9 (8.04%) Automation Test Analyst
6 9 (8.04%) Software Tester
7 8 (7.14%) Test Manager
8 6 (5.36%) Test Automation Engineer
9 4 (3.57%) Business Analyst
9 4 (3.57%) Systems Engineer
10 3 (2.68%) Developer
10 3 (2.68%) Payments Analyst
10 3 (2.68%) QA Analyst
10 3 (2.68%) QA Tester
11 2 (1.79%) Automation Test Lead
11 2 (1.79%) Risk Analyst
11 2 (1.79%) Senior Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (8.04%) Web Services
2 8 (7.14%) HTML
2 8 (7.14%) SOAP
3 6 (5.36%) .NET
4 3 (2.68%) XML
5 2 (1.79%) .NET Framework
5 2 (1.79%) AngularJS
5 2 (1.79%) JSON
5 2 (1.79%) React
5 2 (1.79%) RESTful
6 1 (0.89%) .NET Core
6 1 (0.89%) ASP.NET
6 1 (0.89%) ASP.NET Web API
6 1 (0.89%) Gherkin
6 1 (0.89%) Unity (Game Engine)
6 1 (0.89%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 15 (13.39%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (6.25%) Data Centre
3 3 (2.68%) User Experience
4 2 (1.79%) Embedded Systems
4 2 (1.79%) Smart Meter
5 1 (0.89%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (0.89%) iPad
5 1 (0.89%) Management Information System
5 1 (0.89%) NHS
5 1 (0.89%) Self-Motivation
5 1 (0.89%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 24 (21.43%) Windows
2 16 (14.29%) Linux
3 8 (7.14%) Windows Server
4 2 (1.79%) Unix
5 1 (0.89%) Android
5 1 (0.89%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.89%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (40.18%) Test Automation
2 43 (38.39%) Agile Software Development
3 24 (21.43%) User Acceptance Testing
4 19 (16.96%) Test Strategy
5 18 (16.07%) Test Management
6 16 (14.29%) Migration
7 15 (13.39%) Acceptance Criteria
7 15 (13.39%) Problem-Solving
8 14 (12.50%) Functional Testing
9 12 (10.71%) API Testing
10 11 (9.82%) Continuous Improvement
10 11 (9.82%) Waterfall
11 10 (8.93%) Defect Management
11 10 (8.93%) Manual Testing
11 10 (8.93%) Software Testing
12 9 (8.04%) BDD
12 9 (8.04%) DevOps
13 8 (7.14%) Scenario Testing
13 8 (7.14%) Scrum
13 8 (7.14%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 20 (17.86%) C#
2 19 (16.96%) SQL
3 17 (15.18%) Java
4 16 (14.29%) PowerShell
5 10 (8.93%) JavaScript
6 8 (7.14%) VBScript
7 7 (6.25%) Bash Shell
8 4 (3.57%) C
9 2 (1.79%) Shell Script
9 2 (1.79%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.89%) Ada
10 1 (0.89%) C++
10 1 (0.89%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.89%) Python
Qualifications
1 28 (25.00%) Security Cleared
2 24 (21.43%) SC Cleared
3 22 (19.64%) ISEB
4 15 (13.39%) ISTQB
5 10 (8.93%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 5 (4.46%) Degree
7 3 (2.68%) DBS Check
8 2 (1.79%) DV Cleared
9 1 (0.89%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (23.21%) QA
2 8 (7.14%) WCAG
System Software
1 7 (6.25%) Docker
2 1 (0.89%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 8 (7.14%) WMI
2 7 (6.25%) Kubernetes
3 3 (2.68%) HP ALM
3 3 (2.68%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.89%) Ansible
4 1 (0.89%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.89%) Puppet
Vendors
1 29 (25.89%) Microsoft
2 16 (14.29%) Oracle
3 11 (9.82%) Citrix
4 3 (2.68%) HP
4 3 (2.68%) IBM
4 3 (2.68%) Serena
4 3 (2.68%) Siemens
5 2 (1.79%) Atlassian
6 1 (0.89%) Netezza
6 1 (0.89%) Teradata