Period
to 23 May 2018

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 May 2018 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 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 171 158 141
Rank change year-on-year -13 -17 -4
Contract jobs citing Test Scripting 1,599 1,480 1,867
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.59% 1.64% 1.77%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.85% 1.94% 2.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 946 948 1,168
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £364
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +3.09% +3.93%
10th Percentile £270 £250 £250
90th Percentile £534 £538 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £338 £340
% change year-on-year +3.70% -0.74% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 26 30
UK median hourly rate £40.71 £37.50 £42.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.55% -10.98% +20.36%
10th Percentile £27.90 £17.04 £29.63
90th Percentile £46.93 £73.13 £62.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £36.75 £42.25
% change year-on-year +15.65% -13.02% +25.19%

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 86,421 76,393 88,661
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.75% 84.67% 84.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,007 50,123 58,267
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £606
UK excluding London median daily rate £423 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +5.63% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,275 2,053 2,316
UK median hourly rate £21.79 £25.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.84% - +19.05%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.47 £11.63
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £50.68
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £25.12 £26.83
% change year-on-year -20.38% -6.37% +22.71%

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 May 2018.

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 May 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Test Scripting in the UK

Test Scripting
Top 18 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 May 2018. 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 -17 1,397 £400 +6.67% 261
UK excluding London +8 1,029 £350 +3.70% 228
London -38 535 £450 +5.88% 56
South East +29 310 £375 +4.90% 56
North of England +19 257 £350 +12.00% 75
Yorkshire +31 146 £335 +3.08% 29
Scotland +27 135 £300 -9.09% 18
Midlands -50 105 £388 +14.81% 40
South West -24 95 £388 +11.51% 17
North West -7 89 £375 +31.00% 38
East of England +3 83 £338 -3.57% 17
West Midlands -35 66 £375 +13.21% 26
East Midlands -27 38 £400 +14.29% 14
Wales -3 35 £350 +7.69% 5
North East -4 25 £450 +40.63% 8
Channel Islands - 5 - -
Northern Ireland +11 4 £381 +38.64%
Isle of Man - 1 £400 -

For the 6 months to 23 May 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Test Scripting also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for Test Scripting.

1 578 (36.15%) Test Automation
2 575 (35.96%) Agile Software Development
3 405 (25.33%) SQL
4 345 (21.58%) User Acceptance Testing
5 334 (20.89%) Finance
6 314 (19.64%) Selenium
7 283 (17.70%) Java
8 260 (16.26%) JIRA
9 238 (14.88%) Scenario Testing
10 237 (14.82%) Security Cleared
11 225 (14.07%) QA
12 199 (12.45%) Scrum
13 197 (12.32%) C#
14 192 (12.01%) ISTQB
15 187 (11.69%) Microsoft
16 184 (11.51%) Regression Testing
17 182 (11.38%) SC Cleared
18 176 (11.01%) Test Strategy
19 166 (10.38%) Software Testing
20 163 (10.19%) BDD
21 161 (10.07%) Functional Testing
22 160 (10.01%) User Stories
23 146 (9.13%) HP
23 146 (9.13%) Windows
24 145 (9.07%) Stakeholder Management
24 145 (9.07%) Cucumber
25 143 (8.94%) Oracle
26 142 (8.88%) TDD
27 136 (8.51%) Banking
28 131 (8.19%) ISEB

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 99 (6.19%) Confluence
2 31 (1.94%) SharePoint
3 22 (1.38%) WebLogic
4 16 (1.00%) Tomcat
5 14 (0.88%) CMS
6 10 (0.63%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 10 (0.63%) IIS
7 9 (0.56%) Apache
7 9 (0.56%) Apache Solr
7 9 (0.56%) SAS
8 8 (0.50%) Apache Spark
8 8 (0.50%) Elasticsearch
9 6 (0.38%) BizTalk Server
9 6 (0.38%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 5 (0.31%) Oracle Workflow
10 5 (0.31%) WebLogic Integration
11 4 (0.25%) JBoss
11 4 (0.25%) Skype for Business
11 4 (0.25%) WebSphere
12 3 (0.19%) Moodle
Applications
1 100 (6.25%) Microsoft Excel
2 69 (4.32%) MS Visio
3 53 (3.31%) Microsoft Office
4 31 (1.94%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 14 (0.88%) Microsoft Project
6 12 (0.75%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.19%) SOLIDWORKS
7 3 (0.19%) Windchill
8 2 (0.13%) Acrobat
8 2 (0.13%) Simulink
9 1 (0.063%) InDesign
9 1 (0.063%) InVision
9 1 (0.063%) Moqups
9 1 (0.063%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 34 (2.13%) SAP HR
2 29 (1.81%) Dynamics CRM
3 26 (1.63%) SAP FI
4 18 (1.13%) Oracle ERP
5 16 (1.00%) Oracle EBS
6 14 (0.88%) Dynamics NAV
6 14 (0.88%) Oracle EBS R12
6 14 (0.88%) SAP CO
7 13 (0.81%) SAP FI/CO
8 11 (0.69%) Oracle Financials
9 10 (0.63%) Oracle Cash Management
9 10 (0.63%) Oracle Receivables
9 10 (0.63%) SAP BPC
9 10 (0.63%) SAP MM
10 8 (0.50%) Oracle Payables
11 7 (0.44%) SAP Payroll
12 6 (0.38%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
12 6 (0.38%) SAP HCM
12 6 (0.38%) SAP SD
13 4 (0.25%) Oracle Assets
Cloud Services
1 46 (2.88%) Microsoft Azure
2 43 (2.69%) Office 365
3 41 (2.56%) Amazon AWS
4 20 (1.25%) AWS Lambda
5 19 (1.19%) Serverless
6 16 (1.00%) SaaS
7 15 (0.94%) Cloud Computing
8 14 (0.88%) BrowserStack
8 14 (0.88%) SuccessFactors
9 13 (0.81%) Dynamics 365
10 12 (0.75%) Amazon SQS
10 12 (0.75%) Sauce Labs
11 9 (0.56%) PaaS
12 8 (0.50%) Amazon S3
12 8 (0.50%) IaaS
13 7 (0.44%) Amazon Kinesis
13 7 (0.44%) AWS CloudFormation
13 7 (0.44%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
14 6 (0.38%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 6 (0.38%) Amazon ElastiCache
Communications & Networking
1 33 (2.06%) DNS
2 28 (1.75%) DHCP
3 23 (1.44%) Internet
4 22 (1.38%) HTTP
5 21 (1.31%) Firewall
6 20 (1.25%) SMS
6 20 (1.25%) TCP/IP
7 17 (1.06%) DSL
8 16 (1.00%) WAN
9 15 (0.94%) LAN
10 10 (0.63%) PuTTY
10 10 (0.63%) SAN
11 9 (0.56%) SSL
12 8 (0.50%) Intranet
13 7 (0.44%) Broadband
14 6 (0.38%) WinSCP
15 5 (0.31%) Ethernet
15 5 (0.31%) FTP
15 5 (0.31%) MPLS
15 5 (0.31%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 87 (5.44%) SQL Server
2 37 (2.31%) Relational Database
3 36 (2.25%) Data Warehouse
4 33 (2.06%) Oracle Database
5 24 (1.50%) NoSQL
6 19 (1.19%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 18 (1.13%) Big Data
7 18 (1.13%) PostgreSQL
7 18 (1.13%) SAP BW
8 15 (0.94%) Oracle Reports
9 14 (0.88%) Hadoop
10 13 (0.81%) BusinessObjects
10 13 (0.81%) MongoDB
10 13 (0.81%) MySQL
10 13 (0.81%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 12 (0.75%) Oracle Database 11g
11 12 (0.75%) SAP HANA
12 11 (0.69%) GIS
13 9 (0.56%) SQL Server 2016
13 9 (0.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 314 (19.64%) Selenium
2 260 (16.26%) JIRA
3 145 (9.07%) Cucumber
4 99 (6.19%) WebDriver
5 88 (5.50%) Jenkins
6 86 (5.38%) SoapUI
7 71 (4.44%) Git (software)
8 65 (4.07%) HP UFT
9 58 (3.63%) Team Foundation Server
10 54 (3.38%) JMeter
11 52 (3.25%) SpecFlow
12 46 (2.88%) Eclipse
13 45 (2.81%) Zephyr
14 42 (2.63%) Visual Studio
15 38 (2.38%) LoadRunner
16 34 (2.13%) JUnit
17 29 (1.81%) Appium
17 29 (1.81%) Toad
17 29 (1.81%) WinRunner
18 23 (1.44%) Maven
General
1 334 (20.89%) Finance
2 136 (8.51%) Banking
3 78 (4.88%) Retail
4 36 (2.25%) Legal
5 35 (2.19%) Investment Banking
6 27 (1.69%) Telecoms
7 23 (1.44%) Manufacturing
8 22 (1.38%) Law
8 22 (1.38%) Retail Banking
9 18 (1.13%) Marketing
10 17 (1.06%) Games
11 14 (0.88%) Back Office
12 13 (0.81%) Front Office
13 12 (0.75%) Pharmaceutical
14 11 (0.69%) Military
15 9 (0.56%) General Ledger
16 6 (0.38%) Billing
17 5 (0.31%) Aerospace
17 5 (0.31%) Automotive
18 4 (0.25%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 654 (40.90%) Analyst
2 430 (26.89%) Test Analyst
3 232 (14.51%) Tester
4 171 (10.69%) Business Analyst
5 153 (9.57%) Developer
6 124 (7.75%) Test Leader
7 115 (7.19%) Consultant
8 99 (6.19%) Automation Tester
8 99 (6.19%) Test Engineer
9 88 (5.50%) Automation Test Analyst
10 71 (4.44%) SAP Consultant
11 57 (3.56%) Test Manager
12 39 (2.44%) QA Tester
12 39 (2.44%) Test Automation Engineer
13 36 (2.25%) Senior Analyst
14 34 (2.13%) Banking Analyst
14 34 (2.13%) QA Analyst
15 33 (2.06%) Manual Test Analyst
16 31 (1.94%) Software Tester
17 30 (1.88%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 122 (7.63%) .NET
2 93 (5.82%) XML
3 88 (5.50%) REST
4 87 (5.44%) Web Services
5 80 (5.00%) SOAP
6 78 (4.88%) HTML
7 68 (4.25%) Gherkin
8 45 (2.81%) AngularJS
8 45 (2.81%) CSS
9 43 (2.69%) JSON
10 32 (2.00%) Node.js
11 29 (1.81%) ASP.NET
11 29 (1.81%) HTML5
12 28 (1.75%) .NET Framework
13 23 (1.44%) RESTful
14 22 (1.38%) ASP.NET Web API
15 21 (1.31%) CSS3
15 21 (1.31%) Spring
16 19 (1.19%) Sass
17 16 (1.00%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 129 (8.07%) Analytical Skills
2 68 (4.25%) User Experience
3 42 (2.63%) Management Information System
4 37 (2.31%) PDA
5 33 (2.06%) Clustering
6 28 (1.75%) Mobile App
6 28 (1.75%) Self-Motivation
7 26 (1.63%) Fixed Income
8 20 (1.25%) Fintech
9 18 (1.13%) Mainframe
9 18 (1.13%) NHS
10 14 (0.88%) Enterprise Software
10 14 (0.88%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 13 (0.81%) Derivative
12 12 (0.75%) Client/Server
12 12 (0.75%) Virtual Team
13 11 (0.69%) Data Centre
13 11 (0.69%) Smart Meter
14 9 (0.56%) Greenfield Project
14 9 (0.56%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 146 (9.13%) Windows
2 78 (4.88%) Unix
3 64 (4.00%) Linux
4 46 (2.88%) Apple iOS
5 45 (2.81%) Windows Server 2008
6 36 (2.25%) Windows 7
7 34 (2.13%) Windows Server 2003
8 32 (2.00%) Android
9 29 (1.81%) AIX
10 21 (1.31%) Windows 10
11 16 (1.00%) Windows Server
12 12 (0.75%) Windows Server 2012
13 10 (0.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 7 (0.44%) Windows XP
15 5 (0.31%) HPUX
15 5 (0.31%) SUSE
15 5 (0.31%) Windows Vista
16 4 (0.25%) VxWorks
17 1 (0.063%) Mac OS X
17 1 (0.063%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 578 (36.15%) Test Automation
2 575 (35.96%) Agile Software Development
3 345 (21.58%) User Acceptance Testing
4 238 (14.88%) Scenario Testing
5 199 (12.45%) Scrum
6 184 (11.51%) Regression Testing
7 176 (11.01%) Test Strategy
8 166 (10.38%) Software Testing
9 163 (10.19%) BDD
10 161 (10.07%) Functional Testing
11 160 (10.01%) User Stories
12 145 (9.07%) Stakeholder Management
13 142 (8.88%) TDD
14 130 (8.13%) Defect Management
14 130 (8.13%) Problem-Solving
15 128 (8.01%) Integration Testing
16 127 (7.94%) Continuous Integration
17 118 (7.38%) System Integration Testing
18 113 (7.07%) Migration
19 108 (6.75%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 405 (25.33%) SQL
2 283 (17.70%) Java
3 197 (12.32%) C#
4 96 (6.00%) JavaScript
5 67 (4.19%) Python
6 50 (3.13%) C
7 28 (1.75%) C++
8 26 (1.63%) T-SQL
9 22 (1.38%) PowerShell
10 21 (1.31%) Ruby
11 20 (1.25%) Bash Shell
12 16 (1.00%) VBA
13 15 (0.94%) PL/SQL
13 15 (0.94%) Scala
14 13 (0.81%) ABAP
14 13 (0.81%) PHP
15 12 (0.75%) Shell Script
16 11 (0.69%) Ada
16 11 (0.69%) Java 8
17 10 (0.63%) VB
Qualifications
1 237 (14.82%) Security Cleared
2 192 (12.01%) ISTQB
3 182 (11.38%) SC Cleared
4 131 (8.19%) ISEB
5 96 (6.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 79 (4.94%) Degree
7 41 (2.56%) DV Cleared
8 21 (1.31%) BPSS Clearance
9 13 (0.81%) Numerate Degree
10 9 (0.56%) ISEB Practitioner
11 8 (0.50%) Computer Science Degree
11 8 (0.50%) Microsoft Certification
12 5 (0.31%) CCNA
12 5 (0.31%) Cisco Certification
12 5 (0.31%) MCITP
12 5 (0.31%) MCSA
12 5 (0.31%) MCSE
12 5 (0.31%) MCTS
13 4 (0.25%) BC Cleared
13 4 (0.25%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 225 (14.07%) QA
2 25 (1.56%) PMO
3 22 (1.38%) GDPR
4 12 (0.75%) Disclosure Scotland
5 9 (0.56%) SLA
6 6 (0.38%) GMP
7 5 (0.31%) IFRS
7 5 (0.31%) WAI
8 4 (0.25%) 21 CFR Part 11
8 4 (0.25%) ARP4754
8 4 (0.25%) Data Quality
8 4 (0.25%) GCP
8 4 (0.25%) GLP
8 4 (0.25%) GxP
9 3 (0.19%) DO-178B
9 3 (0.19%) MiFID
9 3 (0.19%) PCI DSS
10 2 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 2 (0.13%) SEPA
10 2 (0.13%) WCAG
System Software
1 86 (5.38%) Active Directory
2 47 (2.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 37 (2.31%) Hyper-V
4 32 (2.00%) VMware ESXi
5 27 (1.69%) Docker
6 24 (1.50%) Virtual Desktop
7 7 (0.44%) vSphere
8 4 (0.25%) HDFS
9 3 (0.19%) XenApp
10 2 (0.13%) LXC
10 2 (0.13%) NFS
11 1 (0.063%) ACF2
11 1 (0.063%) DFS Replication
11 1 (0.063%) Firmware
11 1 (0.063%) RACF
11 1 (0.063%) Terminal Server
11 1 (0.063%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 98 (6.13%) HP ALM
2 77 (4.82%) HP Quality Center
3 29 (1.81%) McAfee ePO
4 12 (0.75%) Puppet
5 11 (0.69%) Opscode Chef
6 10 (0.63%) SCCM
7 9 (0.56%) Kubernetes
8 6 (0.38%) ITRS Geneos
8 6 (0.38%) Netcool
8 6 (0.38%) Perfmon
8 6 (0.38%) vRealize
9 5 (0.31%) Ansible
9 5 (0.31%) HockeyApp
9 5 (0.31%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 5 (0.31%) Single Sign-On
10 4 (0.25%) Microsoft Intune
10 4 (0.25%) Oozie
10 4 (0.25%) SCOM
11 3 (0.19%) Norton AntiVirus
11 3 (0.19%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 187 (11.69%) Microsoft
2 146 (9.13%) HP
3 143 (8.94%) Oracle
4 124 (7.75%) SAP
5 60 (3.75%) Citrix
5 60 (3.75%) VMware
6 33 (2.06%) McAfee
7 29 (1.81%) Veritas
8 24 (1.50%) Ivanti
9 21 (1.31%) Atlassian
10 19 (1.19%) webMethods
11 17 (1.06%) Adobe
12 15 (0.94%) Workday
13 14 (0.88%) Informatica
13 14 (0.88%) Salesforce.com
14 11 (0.69%) IBM
14 11 (0.69%) Splunk
15 10 (0.63%) AppDynamics
15 10 (0.63%) Hortonworks
15 10 (0.63%) Red Hat