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 3 months to 30 March 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 West
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 60 80 96
Rank change year-on-year +20 +16  
Contract jobs citing Test Scripting 82 60 53
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 3.15% 2.06% 1.70%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.87% 2.59% 2.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 50 32 35
Median daily rate £367 £360 £315
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.01% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £262 £260 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £547 £464
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £340 £325
% change year-on-year +2.94% +4.61%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 10 5
Median hourly rate £35.00 £43.00 £41.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.60% +4.87%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £43.00 £41.00
% change year-on-year -20.93% +4.87%  

Test Scripting is in the process and methodology skills category. The next 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 and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
South West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 2117 2317 2460
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 81.42% 79.59% 78.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 1386 1532 1584
Median daily rate £400 £388 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.22% -3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £275 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £545
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 105 136 88
Median hourly rate £39.50 £42.25 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.50% +20.71%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £27.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £57.00 £46.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £38.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -5.92% +26.66%  

Test Scripting
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South West citing Test Scripting as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

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 3 months to 30 March 2017.

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 3 months to 30 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Gloucestershire +23 23 £450 - 4
Bristol +12 18 £325 +25.00% 4
Wiltshire +5 16 £350 -2.09% 2
Devon +8 11 £410 -1.20%
Somerset -7 6 £250 -28.57% 2
Dorset -4 1 - -
Test Scripting
England

For the 6 months to 30 March 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 West region with a requirement for Test Scripting.

1 83 (51.23%) Agile Software Development
2 50 (30.86%) Finance
3 48 (29.63%) User Acceptance Testing
4 47 (29.01%) Selenium
5 44 (27.16%) Banking
6 39 (24.07%) BDD
7 33 (20.37%) WebDriver
7 33 (20.37%) Java
8 32 (19.75%) ISEB
9 31 (19.14%) QA
10 28 (17.28%) Defect Management
11 27 (16.67%) Retail
11 27 (16.67%) Cucumber
12 26 (16.05%) ISTQB
13 25 (15.43%) Test Strategy
13 25 (15.43%) Security Cleared
13 25 (15.43%) Stakeholder Management
14 24 (14.81%) Scrum
14 24 (14.81%) Test Automation
14 24 (14.81%) Retail Banking
15 23 (14.20%) .NET
16 22 (13.58%) Functional Testing
17 20 (12.35%) Migration
18 19 (11.73%) SQL
18 19 (11.73%) SOAP
18 19 (11.73%) SAP
19 18 (11.11%) Business Intelligence
19 18 (11.11%) SoapUI
20 17 (10.49%) Automated Testing
20 17 (10.49%) HP

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 (2.47%) Apache
1 4 (2.47%) Tomcat
2 1 (0.62%) CMS
2 1 (0.62%) Confluence
2 1 (0.62%) IIS
2 1 (0.62%) SAS
2 1 (0.62%) SharePoint
2 1 (0.62%) Sitecore CMS
2 1 (0.62%) Umbraco
Applications
1 11 (6.79%) MS Excel
2 4 (2.47%) MS Office
3 1 (0.62%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (0.62%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 11 (6.79%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (2.47%) SAP CO
2 4 (2.47%) SAP FI
2 4 (2.47%) SAP FI/CO
3 3 (1.85%) SAP HR
4 2 (1.23%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.62%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 9 (5.56%) GitHub
2 6 (3.70%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (1.23%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 7 (4.32%) Internet
1 7 (4.32%) PuTTY
1 7 (4.32%) WinSCP
2 2 (1.23%) BGP
2 2 (1.23%) HSRP
2 2 (1.23%) LAN
2 2 (1.23%) MPLS
2 2 (1.23%) OSPF
2 2 (1.23%) PPP
2 2 (1.23%) Unified Communications
2 2 (1.23%) VoIP
2 2 (1.23%) WAN
3 1 (0.62%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (6.79%) SQL Server
2 7 (4.32%) Oracle Database
2 7 (4.32%) Oracle Database 10g
2 7 (4.32%) Oracle Database 11g
2 7 (4.32%) Oracle Reports
2 7 (4.32%) SQL Server 2005
2 7 (4.32%) SQL Server 2008
2 7 (4.32%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (1.23%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (1.23%) Hadoop
3 2 (1.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (0.62%) MS Access
4 1 (0.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 47 (29.01%) Selenium
2 33 (20.37%) WebDriver
3 27 (16.67%) Cucumber
4 18 (11.11%) SoapUI
5 13 (8.02%) Jenkins
6 12 (7.41%) Ant
7 10 (6.17%) HP UFT
8 9 (5.56%) LoadRunner
8 9 (5.56%) Selenium IDE
9 8 (4.94%) SpecFlow
10 7 (4.32%) JMeter
10 7 (4.32%) Oracle APEX
10 7 (4.32%) Team Foundation Server
10 7 (4.32%) TeamCity
11 6 (3.70%) Eclipse
11 6 (3.70%) Maven
11 6 (3.70%) TestNG
11 6 (3.70%) Toad
12 5 (3.09%) Git (software)
12 5 (3.09%) JIRA
General
1 50 (30.86%) Finance
2 44 (27.16%) Banking
3 27 (16.67%) Retail
4 24 (14.81%) Retail Banking
5 12 (7.41%) Marketing
5 12 (7.41%) Telecoms
6 11 (6.79%) Electronics
6 11 (6.79%) Manufacturing
7 3 (1.85%) Spanish Language
8 2 (1.23%) Law
8 2 (1.23%) Legal
9 1 (0.62%) Advertising
9 1 (0.62%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.62%) General Ledger
9 1 (0.62%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 60 (37.04%) Analyst
2 50 (30.86%) Test Analyst
3 40 (24.69%) Tester
4 25 (15.43%) Test Manager
5 23 (14.20%) Test Leader
6 14 (8.64%) Automation Tester
7 13 (8.02%) Banking Analyst
7 13 (8.02%) Software Tester
8 11 (6.79%) QA Tester
9 10 (6.17%) Software QA Tester
10 8 (4.94%) Automation Test Analyst
11 6 (3.70%) Developer
11 6 (3.70%) Test Automation Engineer
11 6 (3.70%) Test Engineer
12 5 (3.09%) Business Analyst
12 5 (3.09%) Consultant
12 5 (3.09%) Lead Test Analyst
12 5 (3.09%) Team Leader
12 5 (3.09%) Test Team Leader
13 4 (2.47%) Junior Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (14.20%) .NET
2 19 (11.73%) SOAP
3 14 (8.64%) Web Services
4 8 (4.94%) REST
5 3 (1.85%) Gherkin
5 3 (1.85%) JSP
5 3 (1.85%) Servlets
5 3 (1.85%) WebSockets
5 3 (1.85%) XML
6 2 (1.23%) HTML
7 1 (0.62%) JSON
7 1 (0.62%) Spring
7 1 (0.62%) WinForms
7 1 (0.62%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 8 (4.94%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (3.09%) NHS
3 2 (1.23%) Management Information System
3 2 (1.23%) Mobile App
4 1 (0.62%) Computer Science
4 1 (0.62%) Fintech
4 1 (0.62%) FMCG
4 1 (0.62%) Learning Management System
4 1 (0.62%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 8 (4.94%) Linux
1 8 (4.94%) Windows
2 7 (4.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 7 (4.32%) Windows Server
2 7 (4.32%) Windows Server 2012
3 2 (1.23%) Unix
4 1 (0.62%) Android
4 1 (0.62%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 83 (51.23%) Agile Software Development
2 48 (29.63%) User Acceptance Testing
3 39 (24.07%) BDD
4 28 (17.28%) Defect Management
5 25 (15.43%) Stakeholder Management
5 25 (15.43%) Test Strategy
6 24 (14.81%) Scrum
6 24 (14.81%) Test Automation
7 22 (13.58%) Functional Testing
8 20 (12.35%) Migration
9 18 (11.11%) Business Intelligence
10 17 (10.49%) Automated Testing
11 16 (9.88%) Performance Testing
11 16 (9.88%) Regulatory Compliance
12 15 (9.26%) Continuous Integration
13 14 (8.64%) SDLC
13 14 (8.64%) User Stories
14 13 (8.02%) Software Testing
14 13 (8.02%) Test Planning
15 12 (7.41%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 33 (20.37%) Java
2 19 (11.73%) SQL
3 11 (6.79%) C#
4 7 (4.32%) F#
4 7 (4.32%) Ruby
5 5 (3.09%) Python
6 4 (2.47%) Bash Shell
6 4 (2.47%) VB
6 4 (2.47%) VBScript
7 2 (1.23%) C
8 1 (0.62%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.62%) Perl
8 1 (0.62%) PHP
8 1 (0.62%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.62%) VB.NET
8 1 (0.62%) VBA
Qualifications
1 32 (19.75%) ISEB
2 26 (16.05%) ISTQB
3 25 (15.43%) Security Cleared
4 14 (8.64%) SC Cleared
5 12 (7.41%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 5 (3.09%) Degree
6 5 (3.09%) ISEB Practitioner
6 5 (3.09%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 3 (1.85%) BPSS Clearance
7 3 (1.85%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.62%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (19.14%) QA
2 3 (1.85%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.62%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.62%) SDET
System Software
1 8 (4.94%) Virtual Machines
2 7 (4.32%) vSphere
3 1 (0.62%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.62%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 7 (4.32%) vRealize
2 5 (3.09%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (1.85%) Cisco CUCM
3 3 (1.85%) Cisco UCCE
4 1 (0.62%) Cisco IPCC
Vendors
1 19 (11.73%) SAP
2 17 (10.49%) HP
3 12 (7.41%) Microsoft
4 8 (4.94%) Oracle
5 7 (4.32%) Red Hat
5 7 (4.32%) VMware
6 3 (1.85%) Cisco
7 2 (1.23%) Atlassian
7 2 (1.23%) Cloudera
7 2 (1.23%) Reuters
7 2 (1.23%) Salesforce.com
8 1 (0.62%) Google
8 1 (0.62%) IBM
8 1 (0.62%) Sitecore
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