Period
to 23 September 2017

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 6 months to 23 September 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
6 months to
23 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 167 162 119
Rank change year-on-year -5 -43 -6
Contract jobs citing Test Scripting 1470 1800 2169
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.50% 1.68% 1.90%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.78% 2.00% 2.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 941 1088 1405
UK median daily rate £365 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.29% - -
10th Percentile £256 £250 £250
90th Percentile £525 £513 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £335 £340 £335
% change year-on-year -1.47% +1.49% +3.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 27 35
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £37.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.35% +5.71% +20.69%
10th Percentile £16.17 £14.00 £22.50
90th Percentile £50.50 £43.00 £41.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £37.00 £31.25
% change year-on-year +1.35% +18.40% +8.70%

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 with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 82647 89976 92938
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.41% 83.73% 81.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 54590 59582 60114
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £408
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +4.29% +1.88%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £263
90th Percentile £625 £600 £598
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +2.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2001 2279 2628
UK median hourly rate £24.50 £24.00 £22.43
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.08% +7.01% +12.14%
10th Percentile £11.52 £11.50 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.08 £47.57
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £22.83
% change year-on-year - +9.51% +8.71%

Test Scripting
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Test Scripting as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

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 6 months to 23 September 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 6 months to 23 September 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Test Scripting in the UK

Test Scripting
Top 17 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 6 months to 23 September 2017. 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
England -6 1331 £375 +2.39% 104
UK excluding London -22 877 £335 -1.47% 82
London -14 564 £425 +6.25% 27
South East -38 219 £353 -2.08% 18
North of England -17 191 £350 - 27
South West +31 131 £325 -1.52% 9
Midlands -16 119 £313 -5.30% 15
Yorkshire +48 108 £350 +0.72% 8
East of England +23 99 £343 +5.38% 8
Scotland -22 87 £280 -6.67% 1
West Midlands -16 74 £315 -6.67% 13
North West -32 60 £325 -4.41% 15
East Midlands -4 44 £280 -11.11% 2
Wales +8 27 £315 -5.62% 3
North East +1 23 £368 -1.28% 4
Northern Ireland -51 3 £400 +36.75% 1
Isle of Man - 1 £225 -

For the 6 months to 23 September 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.

1 521 (35.44%) Agile Software Development
1 521 (35.44%) Test Automation
2 417 (28.37%) User Acceptance Testing
3 317 (21.56%) Finance
4 278 (18.91%) Selenium
5 265 (18.03%) SQL
6 252 (17.14%) JIRA
7 248 (16.87%) Scenario Testing
8 239 (16.26%) Test Strategy
9 222 (15.10%) Banking
10 220 (14.97%) Java
11 212 (14.42%) QA
12 184 (12.52%) Regression Testing
13 176 (11.97%) ISEB
14 175 (11.90%) ISTQB
15 168 (11.43%) Scrum
16 165 (11.22%) Functional Testing
17 151 (10.27%) Microsoft
18 146 (9.93%) Migration
18 146 (9.93%) Software Testing
19 143 (9.73%) BDD
19 143 (9.73%) HP
20 142 (9.66%) Security Cleared
21 141 (9.59%) Defect Management
22 135 (9.18%) Cucumber
23 132 (8.98%) Retail
24 124 (8.44%) .NET
25 122 (8.30%) C#
26 120 (8.16%) TDD
26 120 (8.16%) HP Quality Center

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 57 (3.88%) Confluence
2 35 (2.38%) SharePoint
3 23 (1.56%) Tomcat
4 14 (0.95%) CMS
5 13 (0.88%) SAS
6 12 (0.82%) WebLogic
7 11 (0.75%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 10 (0.68%) MS Exchange
9 8 (0.54%) JBoss
9 8 (0.54%) WebSphere
10 6 (0.41%) BizTalk Server
10 6 (0.41%) Documentum
10 6 (0.41%) Elasticsearch
11 5 (0.34%) IIS
11 5 (0.34%) SharePoint Server
12 4 (0.27%) Drupal
13 2 (0.14%) Anypoint
13 2 (0.14%) Apache Spark
13 2 (0.14%) GlassFish
13 2 (0.14%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 82 (5.58%) Microsoft Excel
2 71 (4.83%) MS Visio
3 64 (4.35%) Microsoft Office
4 30 (2.04%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 23 (1.56%) Microsoft Project
6 5 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.14%) Simulink
8 1 (0.068%) Open Workbench
8 1 (0.068%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 26 (1.77%) Oracle EBS
2 25 (1.70%) Dynamics CRM
3 16 (1.09%) Dynamics AX
4 12 (0.82%) Oracle EBS R12
5 11 (0.75%) Markit EDM
6 9 (0.61%) Oracle Financials
6 9 (0.61%) SAP CO
6 9 (0.61%) SAP FI
6 9 (0.61%) SAP FI/CO
7 7 (0.48%) Maximo
7 7 (0.48%) SAP ERP
7 7 (0.48%) Unit4 Business World
8 6 (0.41%) Oracle ERP
8 6 (0.41%) Oracle Payables
8 6 (0.41%) SAP MM
9 5 (0.34%) Oracle Receivables
9 5 (0.34%) SAP WM
10 4 (0.27%) Oracle Applications
10 4 (0.27%) SAP CRM
10 4 (0.27%) SAP Retail
Cloud Services
1 42 (2.86%) Microsoft Azure
2 19 (1.29%) Amazon AWS
3 17 (1.16%) SaaS
4 15 (1.02%) OpenDNS
5 12 (0.82%) Office 365
6 11 (0.75%) GitHub
7 8 (0.54%) Dynamics 365
7 8 (0.54%) PaaS
8 4 (0.27%) Azure Active Directory
8 4 (0.27%) IaaS
9 3 (0.20%) Google Analytics
9 3 (0.20%) SuccessFactors
10 2 (0.14%) iPaaS
10 2 (0.14%) Taleo
11 1 (0.068%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 1 (0.068%) Amazon EC2
11 1 (0.068%) Amazon ElastiCache
11 1 (0.068%) Amazon S3
11 1 (0.068%) CallidusCloud
11 1 (0.068%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 32 (2.18%) Wireless
2 22 (1.50%) Internet
3 21 (1.43%) DNS
3 21 (1.43%) HTTP
4 14 (0.95%) Firewall
5 13 (0.88%) LTE
6 10 (0.68%) Wi-Fi
7 9 (0.61%) 4G
8 8 (0.54%) PuTTY
8 8 (0.54%) WinSCP
9 7 (0.48%) DVB
9 7 (0.48%) SMS
10 6 (0.41%) Bluetooth
10 6 (0.41%) LAN
11 5 (0.34%) TCP/IP
11 5 (0.34%) VPN
11 5 (0.34%) Wireshark
12 3 (0.20%) MPLS
12 3 (0.20%) VLAN
12 3 (0.20%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 86 (5.85%) SQL Server
2 34 (2.31%) Data Warehouse
3 28 (1.90%) NoSQL
4 22 (1.50%) MySQL
5 18 (1.22%) Oracle Reports
6 17 (1.16%) MongoDB
7 16 (1.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 15 (1.02%) Maltego
8 15 (1.02%) SQL Server 2012
9 14 (0.95%) Relational Database
9 14 (0.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 13 (0.88%) Oracle Database
11 12 (0.82%) Big Data
12 10 (0.68%) Oracle Database 11g
13 9 (0.61%) Hadoop
14 8 (0.54%) Oracle Database 10g
14 8 (0.54%) SQL Server 2005
14 8 (0.54%) SQL Server 2008
15 7 (0.48%) SAP BW
15 7 (0.48%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 278 (18.91%) Selenium
2 252 (17.14%) JIRA
3 135 (9.18%) Cucumber
4 109 (7.41%) Jenkins
5 95 (6.46%) WebDriver
6 78 (5.31%) SoapUI
7 58 (3.95%) Team Foundation Server
8 51 (3.47%) HP UFT
8 51 (3.47%) LoadRunner
9 48 (3.27%) Git (software)
10 47 (3.20%) JMeter
10 47 (3.20%) SpecFlow
11 35 (2.38%) Visual Studio
12 31 (2.11%) Subversion
13 30 (2.04%) JUnit
14 23 (1.56%) Hudson
15 19 (1.29%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 16 (1.09%) TeamCity
17 15 (1.02%) Toad
18 14 (0.95%) Eclipse
General
1 317 (21.56%) Finance
2 222 (15.10%) Banking
3 132 (8.98%) Retail
4 76 (5.17%) Retail Banking
5 51 (3.47%) Telecoms
6 41 (2.79%) Investment Banking
7 39 (2.65%) Manufacturing
8 37 (2.52%) Legal
9 31 (2.11%) Marketing
10 27 (1.84%) Electronics
11 24 (1.63%) Law
12 21 (1.43%) Publishing
13 15 (1.02%) Front Office
13 15 (1.02%) Games
14 14 (0.95%) Back Office
15 13 (0.88%) Automotive
16 10 (0.68%) Financial Institution
16 10 (0.68%) Pharmaceutical
16 10 (0.68%) Spanish Language
17 8 (0.54%) Billing
Job Titles
1 667 (45.37%) Analyst
2 462 (31.43%) Test Analyst
3 258 (17.55%) Tester
4 142 (9.66%) Business Analyst
5 126 (8.57%) Developer
6 122 (8.30%) Test Manager
7 92 (6.26%) Test Engineer
8 82 (5.58%) Automation Tester
9 79 (5.37%) Test Leader
10 58 (3.95%) Consultant
11 55 (3.74%) Banking Analyst
12 53 (3.61%) Automation Test Analyst
13 44 (2.99%) Senior Analyst
14 35 (2.38%) QA Tester
15 33 (2.24%) Selenium Tester
16 32 (2.18%) Selenium Automation Tester
16 32 (2.18%) Senior Test Analyst
17 30 (2.04%) Developer in Test
17 30 (2.04%) QA Engineer
18 27 (1.84%) UAT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 124 (8.44%) .NET
2 73 (4.97%) SOAP
3 70 (4.76%) XML
4 63 (4.29%) HTML
5 58 (3.95%) Web Services
6 44 (2.99%) REST
7 38 (2.59%) AngularJS
8 34 (2.31%) JSON
9 32 (2.18%) CSS
9 32 (2.18%) RESTful
10 30 (2.04%) Gherkin
11 26 (1.77%) HTML5
12 25 (1.70%) RabbitMQ
12 25 (1.70%) WCF
13 20 (1.36%) CSS3
13 20 (1.36%) Spring
14 19 (1.29%) .NET Framework
14 19 (1.29%) Elastic Stack
15 18 (1.22%) WPF
16 15 (1.02%) Reactive Extensions
Miscellaneous
1 110 (7.48%) Analytical Skills
2 45 (3.06%) Mobile App
3 33 (2.24%) Credit Risk
4 30 (2.04%) User Experience
5 29 (1.97%) Management Information System
6 26 (1.77%) Enterprise Software
7 25 (1.70%) Fixed Income
8 20 (1.36%) STB
9 19 (1.29%) Data Centre
9 19 (1.29%) Greenfield Project
10 18 (1.22%) Computer Science
11 17 (1.16%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 15 (1.02%) Market Risk
13 14 (0.95%) Client/Server
14 13 (0.88%) Data Structures
15 10 (0.68%) Derivative
15 10 (0.68%) Reference Data
16 9 (0.61%) IPTV
17 8 (0.54%) EPoS
17 8 (0.54%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 80 (5.44%) Windows
2 62 (4.22%) Linux
3 52 (3.54%) Unix
4 22 (1.50%) Android
5 16 (1.09%) Windows Server 2012
6 12 (0.82%) Windows Server
7 11 (0.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 11 (0.75%) Windows 10
7 11 (0.75%) Windows Server 2008
8 10 (0.68%) Apple iOS
9 8 (0.54%) Ubuntu
10 6 (0.41%) AIX
10 6 (0.41%) Windows Vista
11 5 (0.34%) Windows 7
11 5 (0.34%) Windows Server 2003
11 5 (0.34%) Windows XP
12 4 (0.27%) Solaris
12 4 (0.27%) VMS
13 3 (0.20%) HPUX
14 2 (0.14%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 521 (35.44%) Agile Software Development
1 521 (35.44%) Test Automation
2 417 (28.37%) User Acceptance Testing
3 248 (16.87%) Scenario Testing
4 239 (16.26%) Test Strategy
5 184 (12.52%) Regression Testing
6 168 (11.43%) Scrum
7 165 (11.22%) Functional Testing
8 146 (9.93%) Migration
8 146 (9.93%) Software Testing
9 143 (9.73%) BDD
10 141 (9.59%) Defect Management
11 120 (8.16%) Integration Testing
11 120 (8.16%) TDD
12 115 (7.82%) SDLC
13 114 (7.76%) Test Planning
14 104 (7.07%) Stakeholder Management
15 100 (6.80%) User Stories
16 99 (6.73%) Test Management
17 98 (6.67%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 265 (18.03%) SQL
2 220 (14.97%) Java
3 122 (8.30%) C#
4 108 (7.35%) Python
5 70 (4.76%) JavaScript
6 32 (2.18%) PHP
7 28 (1.90%) T-SQL
8 25 (1.70%) VBScript
9 21 (1.43%) Bash Shell
10 20 (1.36%) VBA
11 18 (1.22%) PowerShell
12 17 (1.16%) C
13 15 (1.02%) Scala
14 14 (0.95%) C++
14 14 (0.95%) F#
14 14 (0.95%) PL/SQL
14 14 (0.95%) Ruby
15 13 (0.88%) Perl
16 12 (0.82%) Tcl
17 8 (0.54%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 176 (11.97%) ISEB
2 175 (11.90%) ISTQB
3 142 (9.66%) Security Cleared
4 106 (7.21%) Degree
5 88 (5.99%) SC Cleared
6 84 (5.71%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 25 (1.70%) DV Cleared
8 18 (1.22%) BPSS Clearance
9 9 (0.61%) ISEB Practitioner
10 8 (0.54%) Microsoft Certification
10 8 (0.54%) Numerate Degree
11 7 (0.48%) Master's Degree
12 5 (0.34%) Computer Science Degree
12 5 (0.34%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 4 (0.27%) CBAP
13 4 (0.27%) IIBA
14 3 (0.20%) MCITP
14 3 (0.20%) MCSE
14 3 (0.20%) MCTS
14 3 (0.20%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 212 (14.42%) QA
2 26 (1.77%) MiFID
3 19 (1.29%) EMIR
4 14 (0.95%) Data Quality
5 12 (0.82%) Disclosure Scotland
6 11 (0.75%) IFRS
7 8 (0.54%) Basel II
7 8 (0.54%) IFRS 9
7 8 (0.54%) PMO
8 7 (0.48%) WCAG
9 6 (0.41%) FATCA
9 6 (0.41%) SLA
10 4 (0.27%) Solvency II
11 3 (0.20%) AIFMD
12 2 (0.14%) COSO
12 2 (0.14%) Dodd-Frank
12 2 (0.14%) GDPR
12 2 (0.14%) ISO 26262
12 2 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 2 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 40 (2.72%) Active Directory
2 11 (0.75%) Firmware
3 9 (0.61%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (0.61%) vSphere
4 8 (0.54%) Virtual Machines
5 5 (0.34%) Docker
6 4 (0.27%) Hyper-V
6 4 (0.27%) VMware ESXi
7 3 (0.20%) Virtual Desktop
8 2 (0.14%) LXC
9 1 (0.068%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (0.068%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.068%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 120 (8.16%) HP Quality Center
2 14 (0.95%) Puppet
3 13 (0.88%) Opscode Chef
4 11 (0.75%) SCCM
5 10 (0.68%) Ansible
6 8 (0.54%) vRealize
7 7 (0.48%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 6 (0.41%) Kibana
9 5 (0.34%) Terraform
10 4 (0.27%) SCOM
11 3 (0.20%) Consul
11 3 (0.20%) Grafana
11 3 (0.20%) logstash
11 3 (0.20%) McAfee ePO
11 3 (0.20%) Netcool
11 3 (0.20%) Tivoli
12 2 (0.14%) Cisco IPCC
12 2 (0.14%) Perfmon
12 2 (0.14%) SELinux
12 2 (0.14%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 151 (10.27%) Microsoft
2 143 (9.73%) HP
3 110 (7.48%) Oracle
4 97 (6.60%) SAP
5 19 (1.29%) Adobe
5 19 (1.29%) VMware
6 13 (0.88%) Citrix
6 13 (0.88%) IBM
6 13 (0.88%) Salesforce.com
6 13 (0.88%) ServiceNow
7 12 (0.82%) Workday
8 11 (0.75%) Apigee
8 11 (0.75%) Bloomberg
8 11 (0.75%) Red Hat
9 10 (0.68%) Motorola
10 9 (0.61%) Atlassian
10 9 (0.61%) Google
10 9 (0.61%) Hyperion
10 9 (0.61%) McAfee
11 8 (0.54%) Sybase