The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Tyne and Wear 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 26 June 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)
North East / Tyne and Wear
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 31 80 43
Rank change year-on-year +49 -37  
Contract jobs citing Test Scripting 14 39 17
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Tyne and Wear 3.63% 2.77% 2.70%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.14% 3.16% 3.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 29 9
Median daily rate £338 £320 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.54% -4.47%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £254 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £479 £405 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £350 £330
% change year-on-year -2.85% +6.06%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £37.00 £30.50
% change year-on-year +1.35% +21.31%  

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 Tyne and Wear with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Tyne and Wear
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 338 1235 495
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Tyne and Wear 87.56% 87.78% 78.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 228 830 326
Median daily rate £385 £325 £397
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.46% -18.17%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £225 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £500 £553
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 67 32
Median hourly rate £34.00 £28.00 £15.68
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.42% +78.62%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £26.00 £12.31
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £36.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

Test Scripting
Job Vacancy Trend in Tyne and Wear

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Tyne and Wear 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 Tyne and Wear

Test Scripting
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Tyne and Wear

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Scripting in Tyne and Wear

Test Scripting
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Tyne and Wear

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Scripting in Tyne and Wear over the 3 months to 26 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Scripting in Tyne and Wear

Test Scripting
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Tyne and Wear

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Scripting in Tyne and Wear

Test Scripting
Contract Job Locations in Tyne and Wear

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 Tyne and Wear region over the 3 months to 26 June 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
Newcastle upon Tyne +53 13 £325 +1.56% 1
Gateshead 0 1 £351 +16.83%
Test Scripting
North East

For the 6 months to 26 June 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 Tyne and Wear region with a requirement for Test Scripting.

1 34 (80.95%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (78.57%) Selenium
3 32 (76.19%) TDD
4 31 (73.81%) Test Automation
5 29 (69.05%) WebDriver
5 29 (69.05%) Scala
6 28 (66.67%) Jenkins
7 27 (64.29%) Defect Tracking
8 26 (61.90%) Cucumber
9 25 (59.52%) RSpec
9 25 (59.52%) Web Testing
9 25 (59.52%) JUnit
10 21 (50.00%) Java
10 21 (50.00%) Ruby
11 20 (47.62%) C#
11 20 (47.62%) Python
12 16 (38.10%) User Stories
13 15 (35.71%) Smartphone
13 15 (35.71%) QA
14 13 (30.95%) Gherkin
14 13 (30.95%) Test Strategy
14 13 (30.95%) WCAG
14 13 (30.95%) Games
15 9 (21.43%) JSON
16 8 (19.05%) Open Source
17 6 (14.29%) ISTQB
18 5 (11.90%) JIRA
18 5 (11.90%) BDD
18 5 (11.90%) Functional Testing
18 5 (11.90%) Scrum

Test Scripting
Co-occurring IT Skills in Tyne and Wear 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 (7.14%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (2.38%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (2.38%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (2.38%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 1 (2.38%) MS Visio
1 1 (2.38%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (2.38%) Infor CloudSuite Industrial (formerly SyteLine)
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.76%) Apache Cassandra
1 2 (4.76%) MongoDB
1 2 (4.76%) MySQL
1 2 (4.76%) NoSQL
1 2 (4.76%) Oracle Database
1 2 (4.76%) PostgreSQL
1 2 (4.76%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 33 (78.57%) Selenium
2 29 (69.05%) WebDriver
3 28 (66.67%) Jenkins
4 26 (61.90%) Cucumber
5 25 (59.52%) JUnit
5 25 (59.52%) RSpec
6 5 (11.90%) JIRA
7 2 (4.76%) HP UFT
7 2 (4.76%) SpecFlow
8 1 (2.38%) Git (software)
8 1 (2.38%) JIRA Agile
8 1 (2.38%) LoadRunner
8 1 (2.38%) Zephyr
General
1 13 (30.95%) Games
2 2 (4.76%) Finance
3 1 (2.38%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 18 (42.86%) Tester
2 17 (40.48%) Automation Tester
3 16 (38.10%) Selenium Automation Tester
3 16 (38.10%) Selenium Tester
4 14 (33.33%) Agile Tester
5 12 (28.57%) QA Engineer
6 11 (26.19%) Analyst
7 10 (23.81%) Test Engineer
8 9 (21.43%) Test Analyst
9 8 (19.05%) QA Test Engineer
10 7 (16.67%) Quality Engineer
11 4 (9.52%) Telephony Analyst
12 3 (7.14%) Test Automation Engineer
13 2 (4.76%) Automation Test Analyst
13 2 (4.76%) Cisco Analyst
13 2 (4.76%) Lead Test Analyst
13 2 (4.76%) QA Tester
13 2 (4.76%) Senior QA Engineer
13 2 (4.76%) Solutions Architect
13 2 (4.76%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (30.95%) Gherkin
2 9 (21.43%) JSON
3 2 (4.76%) .NET
3 2 (4.76%) Ajax
3 2 (4.76%) CSS
3 2 (4.76%) CSS3
3 2 (4.76%) Django
3 2 (4.76%) HTML
3 2 (4.76%) HTML5
3 2 (4.76%) REST
3 2 (4.76%) RESTful
3 2 (4.76%) SOAP
3 2 (4.76%) Spring
3 2 (4.76%) Web Services
4 1 (2.38%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 15 (35.71%) Smartphone
2 2 (4.76%) User Experience
3 1 (2.38%) IVR
3 1 (2.38%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 2 (4.76%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (80.95%) Agile Software Development
2 32 (76.19%) TDD
3 31 (73.81%) Test Automation
4 27 (64.29%) Defect Tracking
5 25 (59.52%) Web Testing
6 16 (38.10%) User Stories
7 13 (30.95%) Test Strategy
8 8 (19.05%) Open Source
9 5 (11.90%) BDD
9 5 (11.90%) Functional Testing
9 5 (11.90%) Scrum
10 4 (9.52%) Use Case
11 3 (7.14%) Coaching
11 3 (7.14%) Kanban
11 3 (7.14%) Mentoring
11 3 (7.14%) Prototyping
11 3 (7.14%) Scenario Testing
11 3 (7.14%) Stakeholder Management
12 2 (4.76%) API Testing
12 2 (4.76%) Line Management
Programming Languages
1 29 (69.05%) Scala
2 21 (50.00%) Java
2 21 (50.00%) Ruby
3 20 (47.62%) C#
3 20 (47.62%) Python
4 1 (2.38%) Perl
4 1 (2.38%) VB
4 1 (2.38%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 6 (14.29%) ISTQB
2 5 (11.90%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 2 (4.76%) SC Cleared
3 2 (4.76%) Security Cleared
4 1 (2.38%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (35.71%) QA
2 13 (30.95%) WCAG
System Software
1 2 (4.76%) Docker
1 2 (4.76%) LXC
Systems Management
1 5 (11.90%) Cisco IPCC
2 3 (7.14%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (4.76%) Cisco CUCM
3 2 (4.76%) Cisco UCCE
3 2 (4.76%) Opscode Chef
3 2 (4.76%) Puppet
Vendors
1 5 (11.90%) HP
2 2 (4.76%) Cisco
2 2 (4.76%) Oracle
2 2 (4.76%) Sitecore
3 1 (2.38%) Infor
3 1 (2.38%) Microsoft