The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 25 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)
UK
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 152 157 131
Rank change year-on-year +5 -26  
Contract jobs citing Test Scripting 726 875 976
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.57% 1.65% 1.74%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.86% 1.98% 2.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 458 514 623
Median daily rate £363 £360 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.69% +2.85%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £263 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £490 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £350 £338
% change year-on-year -2.85% +3.70%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 14 20
Median hourly rate £37.50 £37.00 £30.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.35% +21.31%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.46 £15.00 £23.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £42.18 £41.65
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 with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 39103 44215 45229
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 84.49% 83.33% 80.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 25496 29340 29026
Median daily rate £450 £438 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £300 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1041 1070 1262
Median hourly rate £32.50 £27.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.18% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.58 £12.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £48.70 £50.00
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

The job posting trend of jobs advertised 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 UK

Test Scripting
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Scripting in the UK

Test Scripting
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Scripting over the 3 months to 25 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Scripting in the UK

Test Scripting
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Scripting in the UK

Test Scripting
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Scripting over the 3 months to 25 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Test Scripting in the UK

Test Scripting
Top 30 Contract Locations

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 UK over the 3 months to 25 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
England +2 658 £370 -1.33% 175
London -18 272 £400 - 53
South East -24 99 £363 -5.53% 27
South West +44 79 £345 +1.47% 16
Yorkshire +42 60 £350 +2.94% 17
East of England +11 49 £338 -25.00% 9
West Yorkshire +37 45 £340 +7.93% 12
Scotland +9 45 £278 -10.48% 9
West Midlands +23 40 £313 -10.71% 19
City of London 0 38 £405 -14.73% 16
Leeds +31 36 £350 +11.11% 10
Hampshire -5 32 £334 -16.62% 7
Edinburgh +17 28 £275 -6.77% 3
Bristol +11 27 £325 +13.04% 4
Berkshire +2 27 £403 +6.97% 3
Cambridgeshire +17 22 £275 -21.42% 4
Gloucestershire +18 19 £300 -25.00% 3
Wiltshire +18 19 £369 +3.14% 4
North West -32 19 £275 -19.11% 22
East Midlands -16 18 £250 -16.66% 9
North East +37 15 £338 +4.72% 3
Cambridge +11 15 £338 -3.57% 4
Tyne and Wear +49 14 £338 +5.54% 1
Gloucester +8 14 £325 -7.14% 2
South Wales +2 14 £315 -9.67% 1
Wales +1 14 £315 -9.67% 2
Newcastle upon Tyne +54 13 £325 +1.56% 1
Reading +10 12 £363 +0.69%
South Yorkshire +8 12 £700 +81.81% 1
Cardiff +5 12 £315 -9.67%

For the 6 months to 25 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 with a requirement for Test Scripting.

1 561 (37.08%) Test Automation
2 514 (33.97%) Agile Software Development
3 395 (26.11%) User Acceptance Testing
4 343 (22.67%) Finance
5 309 (20.42%) Selenium
6 300 (19.83%) SQL
7 282 (18.64%) Test Strategy
8 256 (16.92%) Java
9 238 (15.73%) Scenario Testing
10 232 (15.33%) QA
11 211 (13.95%) Banking
12 204 (13.48%) ISEB
13 195 (12.89%) Scrum
14 191 (12.62%) ISTQB
15 187 (12.36%) JIRA
16 178 (11.76%) Oracle
17 176 (11.63%) Regression Testing
17 176 (11.63%) Functional Testing
18 159 (10.51%) BDD
19 158 (10.44%) Cucumber
20 156 (10.31%) Migration
21 147 (9.72%) TDD
22 144 (9.52%) Jenkins
22 144 (9.52%) Defect Management
23 143 (9.45%) Microsoft
24 138 (9.12%) Software Testing
24 138 (9.12%) Security Cleared
25 135 (8.92%) HP
26 134 (8.86%) WebDriver
27 122 (8.06%) Integration Testing

Test Scripting
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 50 (3.30%) Confluence
2 39 (2.58%) SharePoint
3 25 (1.65%) Tomcat
4 24 (1.59%) CMS
5 20 (1.32%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 19 (1.26%) WebLogic
7 17 (1.12%) WebSphere
8 11 (0.73%) JBoss
8 11 (0.73%) SAS
8 11 (0.73%) Tuxedo
9 9 (0.59%) GlassFish
9 9 (0.59%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 6 (0.40%) Apache
10 6 (0.40%) Documentum
10 6 (0.40%) Elasticsearch
10 6 (0.40%) SharePoint 2013
11 4 (0.26%) Oracle Workflow
12 3 (0.20%) Apache Solr
12 3 (0.20%) BizTalk Server
12 3 (0.20%) IIS
Applications
1 74 (4.89%) Microsoft Excel
2 71 (4.69%) Microsoft Office
3 60 (3.97%) MS Visio
4 33 (2.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 11 (0.73%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.20%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.066%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.066%) InVision
7 1 (0.066%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 37 (2.45%) Oracle EBS
2 24 (1.59%) Dynamics CRM
3 20 (1.32%) Oracle EBS R12
4 13 (0.86%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 12 (0.79%) Dynamics AX
6 11 (0.73%) Loan IQ
6 11 (0.73%) Oracle Applications
6 11 (0.73%) SAP FI
7 10 (0.66%) Oracle Financials
7 10 (0.66%) SAP ERP
7 10 (0.66%) Unit4 Business World
8 9 (0.59%) Maximo
9 8 (0.53%) FLEXCUBE
9 8 (0.53%) Oracle ERP
10 7 (0.46%) SAP MM
11 6 (0.40%) Oracle Payables
11 6 (0.40%) SAP CO
11 6 (0.40%) SAP FI/CO
11 6 (0.40%) SAP HR
12 5 (0.33%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 30 (1.98%) Microsoft Azure
2 14 (0.93%) Amazon AWS
2 14 (0.93%) GitHub
3 13 (0.86%) SaaS
4 12 (0.79%) Office 365
4 12 (0.79%) PaaS
5 9 (0.59%) OpenDNS
6 6 (0.40%) Taleo
7 5 (0.33%) IaaS
7 5 (0.33%) SuccessFactors
8 4 (0.26%) Azure Active Directory
9 3 (0.20%) Boomi
9 3 (0.20%) Google Analytics
10 2 (0.13%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 2 (0.13%) Amazon EC2
10 2 (0.13%) Amazon S3
10 2 (0.13%) Amazon SQS
10 2 (0.13%) AWS Lambda
10 2 (0.13%) CloudFront
10 2 (0.13%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 24 (1.59%) PuTTY
2 23 (1.52%) WinSCP
3 22 (1.45%) Internet
4 21 (1.39%) Wireless
5 14 (0.93%) DNS
6 11 (0.73%) Firewall
7 8 (0.53%) DVB
7 8 (0.53%) LAN
7 8 (0.53%) Wi-Fi
8 7 (0.46%) LTE
8 7 (0.46%) Network Security
8 7 (0.46%) TCP/IP
9 5 (0.33%) LDAP
9 5 (0.33%) VPN
9 5 (0.33%) WAN
10 4 (0.26%) 4G
10 4 (0.26%) Bluetooth
11 3 (0.20%) HTTP
11 3 (0.20%) MPLS
11 3 (0.20%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 70 (4.63%) SQL Server
2 49 (3.24%) Data Warehouse
3 38 (2.51%) Oracle Database
4 33 (2.18%) Oracle Reports
5 29 (1.92%) Relational Database
6 27 (1.78%) MySQL
7 26 (1.72%) Oracle Database 11g
8 23 (1.52%) Oracle Database 10g
9 16 (1.06%) SQL Server 2005
9 16 (1.06%) SQL Server 2008
9 16 (1.06%) SQL Server 2012
10 12 (0.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 9 (0.59%) Maltego
11 9 (0.59%) RDBMS
11 9 (0.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 7 (0.46%) Big Data
12 7 (0.46%) DB2
12 7 (0.46%) Oracle BI EE
12 7 (0.46%) Oracle OWB
13 6 (0.40%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 309 (20.42%) Selenium
2 187 (12.36%) JIRA
3 158 (10.44%) Cucumber
4 144 (9.52%) Jenkins
5 134 (8.86%) WebDriver
6 87 (5.75%) SoapUI
7 75 (4.96%) Team Foundation Server
8 71 (4.69%) HP UFT
9 64 (4.23%) LoadRunner
10 50 (3.30%) JMeter
11 48 (3.17%) Git (software)
11 48 (3.17%) JUnit
12 47 (3.11%) Visual Studio
13 45 (2.97%) SpecFlow
14 33 (2.18%) TeamCity
15 28 (1.85%) Eclipse
16 27 (1.78%) RSpec
17 26 (1.72%) Oracle APEX
18 24 (1.59%) Toad
19 21 (1.39%) TestNG
General
1 343 (22.67%) Finance
2 211 (13.95%) Banking
3 112 (7.40%) Retail
4 75 (4.96%) Retail Banking
5 46 (3.04%) Telecoms
6 36 (2.38%) Marketing
7 29 (1.92%) Manufacturing
8 23 (1.52%) Electronics
9 22 (1.45%) Games
10 19 (1.26%) Investment Banking
11 18 (1.19%) Front Office
12 17 (1.12%) Legal
13 15 (0.99%) Back Office
14 13 (0.86%) Law
15 11 (0.73%) Billing
15 11 (0.73%) Financial Institution
15 11 (0.73%) Spanish Language
16 10 (0.66%) Pharmaceutical
17 8 (0.53%) Automotive
17 8 (0.53%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 656 (43.36%) Analyst
2 443 (29.28%) Test Analyst
3 283 (18.70%) Tester
4 157 (10.38%) Business Analyst
5 140 (9.25%) Developer
6 113 (7.47%) Test Manager
7 105 (6.94%) Automation Tester
8 99 (6.54%) Test Leader
9 97 (6.41%) Test Engineer
10 63 (4.16%) Automation Test Analyst
11 62 (4.10%) Banking Analyst
12 61 (4.03%) Consultant
13 56 (3.70%) QA Engineer
14 51 (3.37%) Selenium Tester
15 46 (3.04%) Senior Analyst
16 44 (2.91%) Selenium Automation Tester
17 33 (2.18%) QA Tester
18 32 (2.12%) Software Test Engineer
19 31 (2.05%) Java Developer
20 30 (1.98%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 98 (6.48%) .NET
2 85 (5.62%) Web Services
3 81 (5.35%) SOAP
4 76 (5.02%) XML
5 54 (3.57%) HTML
6 51 (3.37%) REST
7 47 (3.11%) Gherkin
8 39 (2.58%) CSS
9 33 (2.18%) Spring
10 30 (1.98%) JSON
11 28 (1.85%) AngularJS
12 26 (1.72%) RESTful
13 23 (1.52%) HTML5
14 18 (1.19%) React
15 16 (1.06%) CSS3
15 16 (1.06%) Oracle Fusion
16 15 (0.99%) NumPy
16 15 (0.99%) OpenCV
16 15 (0.99%) PyQt
16 15 (0.99%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 114 (7.53%) Analytical Skills
2 50 (3.30%) Management Information System
3 35 (2.31%) Computer Science
4 34 (2.25%) User Experience
5 32 (2.12%) Mobile App
6 25 (1.65%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 25 (1.65%) STB
7 15 (0.99%) Data Centre
7 15 (0.99%) Smartphone
8 14 (0.93%) NHS
9 12 (0.79%) Client/Server
9 12 (0.79%) Credit Risk
9 12 (0.79%) Derivative
9 12 (0.79%) Equities
9 12 (0.79%) Greenfield Project
10 11 (0.73%) Algorithms
10 11 (0.73%) Virtual Team
11 10 (0.66%) IPTV
11 10 (0.66%) Mainframe
12 9 (0.59%) Digital TV
Operating Systems
1 96 (6.35%) Windows
2 95 (6.28%) Unix
3 79 (5.22%) Linux
4 25 (1.65%) Windows Server 2012
5 22 (1.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 22 (1.45%) Windows Server
6 16 (1.06%) Android
7 15 (0.99%) Windows Server 2008
8 11 (0.73%) Apple iOS
9 7 (0.46%) Windows 7
9 7 (0.46%) Windows Server 2003
10 6 (0.40%) AIX
10 6 (0.40%) Windows Vista
11 5 (0.33%) Windows 10
11 5 (0.33%) Windows XP
12 4 (0.26%) Solaris
12 4 (0.26%) VMS
13 3 (0.20%) Ubuntu
13 3 (0.20%) Windows 8
14 2 (0.13%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 561 (37.08%) Test Automation
2 514 (33.97%) Agile Software Development
3 395 (26.11%) User Acceptance Testing
4 282 (18.64%) Test Strategy
5 238 (15.73%) Scenario Testing
6 195 (12.89%) Scrum
7 176 (11.63%) Functional Testing
7 176 (11.63%) Regression Testing
8 159 (10.51%) BDD
9 156 (10.31%) Migration
10 147 (9.72%) TDD
11 144 (9.52%) Defect Management
12 138 (9.12%) Software Testing
13 122 (8.06%) Integration Testing
14 109 (7.20%) Stakeholder Management
14 109 (7.20%) User Stories
15 105 (6.94%) Non-Functional Testing
16 104 (6.87%) Manual Testing
17 102 (6.74%) Continuous Integration
17 102 (6.74%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 300 (19.83%) SQL
2 256 (16.92%) Java
3 105 (6.94%) Python
4 99 (6.54%) C#
5 75 (4.96%) JavaScript
6 39 (2.58%) Ruby
7 37 (2.45%) PL/SQL
7 37 (2.45%) Scala
8 33 (2.18%) PHP
9 30 (1.98%) C++
10 25 (1.65%) F#
11 21 (1.39%) VBScript
12 20 (1.32%) Bash Shell
13 18 (1.19%) Shell Script
14 17 (1.12%) VB
14 17 (1.12%) VBA
15 16 (1.06%) C
15 16 (1.06%) PowerShell
16 15 (0.99%) Tcl
17 14 (0.93%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 204 (13.48%) ISEB
2 191 (12.62%) ISTQB
3 138 (9.12%) Security Cleared
4 111 (7.34%) Degree
5 99 (6.54%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 94 (6.21%) SC Cleared
7 18 (1.19%) ISEB Practitioner
8 16 (1.06%) BPSS Clearance
9 15 (0.99%) DV Cleared
10 14 (0.93%) Computer Science Degree
10 14 (0.93%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 9 (0.59%) Microsoft Certification
12 7 (0.46%) Numerate Degree
13 5 (0.33%) PMI Certification
13 5 (0.33%) PMP
14 4 (0.26%) BC Cleared
14 4 (0.26%) SAP Certification
15 3 (0.20%) IIBA
15 3 (0.20%) MCITP
15 3 (0.20%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 232 (15.33%) QA
2 31 (2.05%) MiFID
3 18 (1.19%) Data Quality
4 15 (0.99%) WCAG
5 14 (0.93%) Disclosure Scotland
6 12 (0.79%) SLA
7 11 (0.73%) EMIR
8 8 (0.53%) IFRS
8 8 (0.53%) PMO
9 6 (0.40%) Basel II
9 6 (0.40%) IFRS 9
10 5 (0.33%) FATCA
11 4 (0.26%) Solvency II
12 3 (0.20%) ISO 20022
12 3 (0.20%) SEPA
13 2 (0.13%) Dodd-Frank
14 1 (0.066%) ARP4754
14 1 (0.066%) COREP
14 1 (0.066%) PCI DSS
14 1 (0.066%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 29 (1.92%) Active Directory
2 16 (1.06%) Virtual Machines
2 16 (1.06%) vSphere
3 12 (0.79%) VMware Infrastructure
4 8 (0.53%) Docker
4 8 (0.53%) Firmware
5 6 (0.40%) Oracle RAC
6 5 (0.33%) VMware ESXi
7 4 (0.26%) Hyper-V
8 3 (0.20%) Terminal Services
8 3 (0.20%) VMware Workstation
9 2 (0.13%) LXC
Systems Management
1 100 (6.61%) HP Quality Center
2 16 (1.06%) vRealize
3 12 (0.79%) Control-M
4 9 (0.59%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 9 (0.59%) Tivoli
5 8 (0.53%) Opscode Chef
5 8 (0.53%) Puppet
6 7 (0.46%) Tivoli Monitoring
7 6 (0.40%) Ansible
7 6 (0.40%) Cisco IPCC
8 5 (0.33%) Kibana
9 4 (0.26%) Cisco CUCM
9 4 (0.26%) Cisco UCCE
9 4 (0.26%) Ganglia
9 4 (0.26%) McAfee ePO
9 4 (0.26%) nmon
10 3 (0.20%) Consul
10 3 (0.20%) Grafana
10 3 (0.20%) Netcool
11 2 (0.13%) Perfmon
Vendors
1 178 (11.76%) Oracle
2 143 (9.45%) Microsoft
3 135 (8.92%) HP
4 105 (6.94%) SAP
5 34 (2.25%) IBM
5 34 (2.25%) VMware
6 24 (1.59%) Adobe
7 22 (1.45%) Red Hat
8 16 (1.06%) Salesforce.com
9 14 (0.93%) Informatica
10 12 (0.79%) hybris
10 12 (0.79%) Hyperion
10 12 (0.79%) Sybase
11 11 (0.73%) Citrix
12 10 (0.66%) McAfee
13 8 (0.53%) Remedy
14 7 (0.46%) Atlassian
14 7 (0.46%) Google
14 7 (0.46%) Workday
15 6 (0.40%) Lumension
City, London
LA International
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 2 days ago
Woking, Surrey
Venturi
Rate: £200 - £275 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £250.00 - £300.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Hampshire
LA International
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Total Recruitment Specialists Limited / TRG / Total recruitment group
Rate: £325 - £400 Per Day
Posted: 6 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Oho Group Ltd.
Rate: £40 - £50 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
London
CPS Group UK
Rate: £375 - £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Pioneer Search
Rate: £300 - £375 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Parallel Consulting
Rate: £530 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
North West England
Energize Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Southampton
Spectrum IT
Posted: 16 days ago
London
Hurren and Hope
Rate: £500 - 600 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Bournemouth, Dorset
Stonewater
Rate: c. £35,000 (subject to experience)
Posted: 16 days ago
Derby, Derbyshire
AMS contingency
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 17 days ago
Berkshire
ninesharp
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 4 days ago