The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Southampton 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 29 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)
Hampshire / Southampton
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 32 39 45
Rank change year-on-year +7 +6  
Contract jobs citing Test Scripting 3 1 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Southampton 1.15% 0.35% 2.11%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.46% 0.48% 2.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 1 3
Median daily rate £293 £213 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +37.64% -29.16%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £340 £325
% change year-on-year +2.94% +4.61%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
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 Southampton with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Southampton
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 205 208 346
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Southampton 78.54% 72.98% 81.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 127 135 239
Median daily rate £450 £375 £393
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +20.00% -4.45%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £305 £260 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £850 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 18 10
Median hourly rate £42.50 £15.00 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +183.33% +20.00%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £38.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.14% +28.33%  

Test Scripting
Job Vacancy Trend in Southampton

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Southampton 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 Southampton

Test Scripting
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Southampton

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Scripting in Southampton

Test Scripting
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Southampton

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Scripting in Southampton

For the 6 months to 29 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 Southampton region with a requirement for Test Scripting.

1 4 (57.14%) SQL
1 4 (57.14%) Test Planning
2 3 (42.86%) Life Science
2 3 (42.86%) ITIL
2 3 (42.86%) 21 CFR Part 11
2 3 (42.86%) Configuration Management
2 3 (42.86%) Pharmaceutical
2 3 (42.86%) Quality Management
2 3 (42.86%) Change Management
2 3 (42.86%) Risk Management
2 3 (42.86%) Validation
2 3 (42.86%) Risk Assessment
3 2 (28.57%) Scrum
3 2 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (28.57%) Retail
3 2 (28.57%) Data Management
3 2 (28.57%) Content Management
3 2 (28.57%) Data Analysis
3 2 (28.57%) Software Testing
3 2 (28.57%) Selenium
3 2 (28.57%) Release Management
3 2 (28.57%) Business Intelligence
3 2 (28.57%) Microsoft
3 2 (28.57%) ISEB
3 2 (28.57%) SoapUI
3 2 (28.57%) Analytics
3 2 (28.57%) C#
4 1 (14.29%) Virtual Team
4 1 (14.29%) SDLC
4 1 (14.29%) EPoS

Test Scripting
Co-occurring IT Skills in Southampton 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:

Development Applications
1 2 (28.57%) Selenium
1 2 (28.57%) SoapUI
General
1 3 (42.86%) Pharmaceutical
2 2 (28.57%) Retail
3 1 (14.29%) Back Office
3 1 (14.29%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 2 (28.57%) Analyst
1 2 (28.57%) SQL Analyst
1 2 (28.57%) Test Analyst
1 2 (28.57%) Test Engineer
2 1 (14.29%) Software Analyst
2 1 (14.29%) Software Test Analyst
2 1 (14.29%) Software Test Engineer
2 1 (14.29%) UAT Analyst
2 1 (14.29%) UAT Test Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 3 (42.86%) Life Science
2 1 (14.29%) EPoS
2 1 (14.29%) Smartcard
2 1 (14.29%) STB
2 1 (14.29%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 1 (14.29%) Linux
1 1 (14.29%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (57.14%) Test Planning
2 3 (42.86%) Change Management
2 3 (42.86%) Configuration Management
2 3 (42.86%) ITIL
2 3 (42.86%) Quality Management
2 3 (42.86%) Risk Assessment
2 3 (42.86%) Risk Management
2 3 (42.86%) Validation
3 2 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (28.57%) Analytics
3 2 (28.57%) Business Intelligence
3 2 (28.57%) Content Management
3 2 (28.57%) Data Analysis
3 2 (28.57%) Data Management
3 2 (28.57%) Release Management
3 2 (28.57%) Scrum
3 2 (28.57%) Software Testing
4 1 (14.29%) SDLC
4 1 (14.29%) System Testing
4 1 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 4 (57.14%) SQL
2 2 (28.57%) C#
3 1 (14.29%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (28.57%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (42.86%) 21 CFR Part 11
Vendors
1 2 (28.57%) Microsoft
2 1 (14.29%) Oracle