Period
to 19 February 2019

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 19 February 2019 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
19 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 165 169 153
Rank change year-on-year +4 -16 -28
Contract jobs citing Test Scripting 1,681 1,544 1,635
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.69% 1.53% 1.73%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.95% 1.78% 2.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,053 979 1,071
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - +4.17%
10th Percentile £275 £269 £225
90th Percentile £600 £513 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £338
% change year-on-year +7.14% +3.70% -2.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 27 18
UK median hourly rate £20.50 £39.50 £37.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -48.10% +6.40% -1.00%
10th Percentile £10.86 £16.74 £18.75
90th Percentile £40.78 £49.75 £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.50 £40.00 £36.75
% change year-on-year -48.75% +8.84% -4.38%

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 86,383 86,583 80,418
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 87.07% 85.96% 85.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,091 57,790 53,132
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
10th Percentile £300 £281 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,249 2,110 2,318
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £24.00 £24.41
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -1.68% +1.71%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.25 £11.24
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.25 £49.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £24.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -6.25% +4.35% -9.59%

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 19 February 2019.

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 19 February 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Test Scripting in the UK

Test Scripting
Top 16 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 19 February 2019. 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 +18 1,574 £400 +3.23% 354
UK excluding London +21 1,074 £375 +7.14% 312
London +4 588 £450 +5.88% 72
South East +27 337 £400 +14.29% 83
North of England +30 277 £363 -3.33% 94
Midlands -3 143 £342 -2.29% 48
Yorkshire +7 124 £361 +5.47% 33
East of England +26 114 £450 +33.33% 26
South West -35 105 £350 - 31
West Midlands -5 104 £350 - 21
North West +9 97 £350 -12.50% 41
North East +20 56 £425 -5.56% 20
Scotland -27 53 £375 +5.63% 20
East Midlands +10 38 £275 -15.38% 27
Wales -2 36 £370 +5.71% 6
Northern Ireland +21 8 £350 -23.91% 4

For the 6 months to 19 February 2019, 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.

1 669 (39.80%) Test Automation
2 601 (35.75%) Agile Software Development
3 476 (28.32%) SQL
4 349 (20.76%) QA
5 341 (20.29%) JIRA
6 320 (19.04%) User Acceptance Testing
7 298 (17.73%) Finance
8 297 (17.67%) Selenium
9 288 (17.13%) Java
10 231 (13.74%) Test Strategy
11 224 (13.33%) ISTQB
12 213 (12.67%) Integration Testing
13 208 (12.37%) Oracle
14 207 (12.31%) Regression Testing
15 201 (11.96%) Scrum
16 198 (11.78%) Cucumber
17 196 (11.66%) C#
18 188 (11.18%) Continuous Integration
19 182 (10.83%) .NET
20 179 (10.65%) Unix
21 177 (10.53%) ISEB
22 172 (10.23%) Analytical Skills
23 171 (10.17%) Scenario Testing
24 169 (10.05%) Microsoft
25 166 (9.88%) User Stories
26 165 (9.82%) Web Services
27 162 (9.64%) Windows
28 157 (9.34%) Defect Management
29 155 (9.22%) Software Testing
29 155 (9.22%) BDD

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
1 130 (7.73%) Confluence
2 35 (2.08%) SharePoint
2 35 (2.08%) WebLogic
3 27 (1.61%) Apache
4 22 (1.31%) JBoss
5 20 (1.19%) Apache Spark
6 19 (1.13%) Elasticsearch
7 11 (0.65%) Cloud Foundry
8 10 (0.59%) CMS
9 9 (0.54%) Apache Solr
10 7 (0.42%) SAS
11 5 (0.30%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 5 (0.30%) WebSphere
12 4 (0.24%) SharePoint Server
13 3 (0.18%) Oracle Workflow
14 2 (0.12%) BizTalk Server
15 1 (0.059%) Documentum
15 1 (0.059%) EPiServer
15 1 (0.059%) MQSeries
15 1 (0.059%) Tomcat
Applications
1 95 (5.65%) Microsoft Excel
2 40 (2.38%) Microsoft Office
3 18 (1.07%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 15 (0.89%) MS Visio
5 13 (0.77%) Microsoft Project
6 6 (0.36%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.059%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 25 (1.49%) Dynamics CRM
2 22 (1.31%) SAP S/4HANA
3 17 (1.01%) SAP FI-CA
3 17 (1.01%) SAP PSCD
4 15 (0.89%) Workday HCM
5 14 (0.83%) SAP FI
6 12 (0.71%) SAP CO
6 12 (0.71%) SAP FI/CO
7 10 (0.59%) SAP GRC
7 10 (0.59%) SAP PS
8 7 (0.42%) Dynamics AX
9 6 (0.36%) Infor M3
9 6 (0.36%) SAP SD
10 4 (0.24%) Dynamics NAV
10 4 (0.24%) Oracle ERP
10 4 (0.24%) SAP MM
11 3 (0.18%) Hyperion Planning
11 3 (0.18%) Markit EDM
11 3 (0.18%) Misys Midas
11 3 (0.18%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 117 (6.96%) Microsoft Azure
2 64 (3.81%) Amazon AWS
3 32 (1.90%) Office 365
4 24 (1.43%) GitHub
5 22 (1.31%) SaaS
6 20 (1.19%) AWS Lambda
6 20 (1.19%) Serverless
7 18 (1.07%) Google Cloud Platform
8 14 (0.83%) BrowserStack
9 12 (0.71%) Dynamics 365
10 10 (0.59%) AWS CloudFormation
10 10 (0.59%) BlazeMeter
10 10 (0.59%) Cloud Computing
10 10 (0.59%) Lucidchart
11 9 (0.54%) Amazon EC2
11 9 (0.54%) Amazon Kinesis
11 9 (0.54%) Amazon S3
12 8 (0.48%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 7 (0.42%) Azure Active Directory
14 6 (0.36%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 30 (1.78%) Firewall
2 26 (1.55%) Internet
3 23 (1.37%) iSCSI
4 18 (1.07%) DNS
5 14 (0.83%) LAN
5 14 (0.83%) WAN
6 13 (0.77%) NetScaler
6 13 (0.77%) Wireless
7 12 (0.71%) TCP/IP
8 11 (0.65%) DHCP
9 9 (0.54%) HTTP
9 9 (0.54%) VPN
9 9 (0.54%) Wi-Fi
10 8 (0.48%) SSL
10 8 (0.48%) Wireshark
11 6 (0.36%) Bluetooth
11 6 (0.36%) LTE
12 5 (0.30%) WLAN
13 4 (0.24%) 3G
13 4 (0.24%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 124 (7.38%) SQL Server
2 76 (4.52%) Data Warehouse
3 65 (3.87%) MongoDB
4 52 (3.09%) Relational Database
5 47 (2.80%) Oracle Reports
6 37 (2.20%) NoSQL
7 35 (2.08%) Oracle Database
8 30 (1.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 26 (1.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 25 (1.49%) Pentaho
11 24 (1.43%) BusinessObjects
12 20 (1.19%) MySQL
13 19 (1.13%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 18 (1.07%) Apache Hive
15 17 (1.01%) Impala
16 16 (0.95%) PostgreSQL
17 15 (0.89%) HBase
18 13 (0.77%) Big Data
19 12 (0.71%) RDBMS
20 9 (0.54%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 341 (20.29%) JIRA
2 297 (17.67%) Selenium
3 198 (11.78%) Cucumber
4 150 (8.92%) Jenkins
5 107 (6.37%) SoapUI
6 104 (6.19%) Git (software)
7 76 (4.52%) JMeter
8 68 (4.05%) LoadRunner
9 64 (3.81%) WebDriver
10 62 (3.69%) Visual Studio
11 50 (2.97%) Team Foundation Server
12 46 (2.74%) Subversion
13 41 (2.44%) SpecFlow
14 36 (2.14%) Gatling
14 36 (2.14%) JUnit
15 34 (2.02%) Visual Studio Team System
16 30 (1.78%) Protractor
17 28 (1.67%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 28 (1.67%) HP UFT
18 27 (1.61%) Toad
General
1 298 (17.73%) Finance
2 147 (8.74%) Banking
3 61 (3.63%) Front Office
4 55 (3.27%) Investment Banking
5 49 (2.91%) Retail
6 30 (1.78%) Legal
7 24 (1.43%) Pharmaceutical
8 22 (1.31%) Back Office
9 20 (1.19%) Financial Institution
9 20 (1.19%) Telecoms
10 19 (1.13%) Games
11 17 (1.01%) Retail Banking
12 16 (0.95%) Greek Language
13 13 (0.77%) Marketing
14 11 (0.65%) Manufacturing
15 10 (0.59%) Law
16 8 (0.48%) Advertising
17 7 (0.42%) Military
18 6 (0.36%) Aerospace
18 6 (0.36%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 569 (33.85%) Analyst
2 415 (24.69%) Test Analyst
3 285 (16.95%) Tester
4 252 (14.99%) Developer
5 163 (9.70%) Test Engineer
6 113 (6.72%) Business Analyst
7 87 (5.18%) Test Leader
8 86 (5.12%) Automation Tester
9 83 (4.94%) Test Manager
10 80 (4.76%) Consultant
11 67 (3.99%) C# Developer
12 61 (3.63%) Test Automation Engineer
13 49 (2.91%) QA Tester
14 45 (2.68%) QA Analyst
15 40 (2.38%) Developer in Test
16 35 (2.08%) Automation Test Analyst
17 34 (2.02%) SQL Analyst
18 32 (1.90%) SAP Consultant
19 30 (1.78%) C# Developer - Commodities
19 30 (1.78%) QA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 182 (10.83%) .NET
2 165 (9.82%) Web Services
3 152 (9.04%) XML
4 101 (6.01%) SOAP
5 88 (5.23%) REST
6 72 (4.28%) .NET Framework
6 72 (4.28%) AngularJS
6 72 (4.28%) JSON
7 67 (3.99%) HTML
8 59 (3.51%) Gherkin
8 59 (3.51%) Node.js
9 53 (3.15%) CSS
10 52 (3.09%) RESTful
11 38 (2.26%) HTML5
11 38 (2.26%) React
12 37 (2.20%) Sass
13 36 (2.14%) Middleware
14 34 (2.02%) ASP.NET
15 24 (1.43%) CSS3
16 20 (1.19%) Reactive Extensions
Miscellaneous
1 172 (10.23%) Analytical Skills
2 77 (4.58%) Enterprise Software
3 51 (3.03%) Mobile App
3 51 (3.03%) Self-Motivation
4 47 (2.80%) Fixed Income
5 40 (2.38%) User Experience
6 37 (2.20%) Management Information System
7 34 (2.02%) Hedge funds
8 27 (1.61%) Client/Server
9 26 (1.55%) Data Centre
10 24 (1.43%) Fintech
11 19 (1.13%) NHS
12 18 (1.07%) Mainframe
13 17 (1.01%) Market Risk
14 16 (0.95%) Credit Risk
15 15 (0.89%) Virtual Team
16 14 (0.83%) Derivative
16 14 (0.83%) iSeries
17 13 (0.77%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
18 12 (0.71%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 179 (10.65%) Unix
2 162 (9.64%) Windows
3 134 (7.97%) Linux
4 39 (2.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 33 (1.96%) Android
5 33 (1.96%) Windows Server
6 31 (1.84%) Apple iOS
7 19 (1.13%) Windows 10
8 10 (0.59%) Solaris
9 8 (0.48%) Windows 7
10 6 (0.36%) Windows Server 2012
11 5 (0.30%) Windows Server 2003
12 3 (0.18%) AIX
12 3 (0.18%) Windows Server 2008
13 2 (0.12%) Data ONTAP
14 1 (0.059%) CentOS
14 1 (0.059%) Mac OS
14 1 (0.059%) OS/400
14 1 (0.059%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 669 (39.80%) Test Automation
2 601 (35.75%) Agile Software Development
3 320 (19.04%) User Acceptance Testing
4 231 (13.74%) Test Strategy
5 213 (12.67%) Integration Testing
6 207 (12.31%) Regression Testing
7 201 (11.96%) Scrum
8 188 (11.18%) Continuous Integration
9 171 (10.17%) Scenario Testing
10 166 (9.88%) User Stories
11 157 (9.34%) Defect Management
12 155 (9.22%) BDD
12 155 (9.22%) Software Testing
13 140 (8.33%) Performance Testing
14 138 (8.21%) Manual Testing
15 134 (7.97%) Functional Testing
16 132 (7.85%) Problem-Solving
17 126 (7.50%) SDLC
18 111 (6.60%) TDD
19 109 (6.48%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 476 (28.32%) SQL
2 288 (17.13%) Java
3 196 (11.66%) C#
4 113 (6.72%) JavaScript
5 64 (3.81%) PL/SQL
6 61 (3.63%) Python
7 42 (2.50%) T-SQL
8 27 (1.61%) Ruby
9 26 (1.55%) PHP
10 24 (1.43%) C
11 23 (1.37%) Shell Script
12 19 (1.13%) ABAP
12 19 (1.13%) Go
12 19 (1.13%) Scala
13 16 (0.95%) PowerShell
14 15 (0.89%) VBA
15 12 (0.71%) Java 8
15 12 (0.71%) Perl
16 9 (0.54%) C++
17 8 (0.48%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 224 (13.33%) ISTQB
2 177 (10.53%) ISEB
3 151 (8.98%) Security Cleared
4 137 (8.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 123 (7.32%) SC Cleared
6 65 (3.87%) Degree
7 21 (1.25%) BPSS Clearance
8 10 (0.59%) DBS Check
9 9 (0.54%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 8 (0.48%) Master's Degree
11 7 (0.42%) CCNA
11 7 (0.42%) Cisco Certification
11 7 (0.42%) MCSA
11 7 (0.42%) MCSE
11 7 (0.42%) Microsoft Certification
12 5 (0.30%) Computer Science Degree
12 5 (0.30%) DV Cleared
12 5 (0.30%) HNC
12 5 (0.30%) HND
12 5 (0.30%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 349 (20.76%) QA
2 37 (2.20%) Data Quality
3 23 (1.37%) SEPA
4 14 (0.83%) WCAG
5 13 (0.77%) WAI
6 11 (0.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 9 (0.54%) IFRS
8 8 (0.48%) GDPR
9 6 (0.36%) GxP
10 5 (0.30%) PMO
10 5 (0.30%) PSD2
10 5 (0.30%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 4 (0.24%) MiFID
11 4 (0.24%) SLA
11 4 (0.24%) TARGET2
12 2 (0.12%) Disclosure Scotland
12 2 (0.12%) PCI DSS
13 1 (0.059%) GAMP
13 1 (0.059%) ISO 22301
13 1 (0.059%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 52 (3.09%) Docker
2 31 (1.84%) Active Directory
3 22 (1.31%) NFS
4 8 (0.48%) VMware Infrastructure
5 7 (0.42%) Virtual Machines
6 6 (0.36%) Apache Flume
7 5 (0.30%) HDFS
8 4 (0.24%) Hyper-V
8 4 (0.24%) Virtual Desktop
9 2 (0.12%) Firmware
9 2 (0.12%) VirtualBox
9 2 (0.12%) VMware ESXi
10 1 (0.059%) LXC
10 1 (0.059%) VMware NSX
10 1 (0.059%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 72 (4.28%) HP Quality Center
2 68 (4.05%) HP ALM
3 51 (3.03%) Ansible
4 47 (2.80%) Opscode Chef
5 46 (2.74%) Puppet
6 25 (1.49%) Kubernetes
7 7 (0.42%) nmon
7 7 (0.42%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
8 5 (0.30%) Grafana
9 4 (0.24%) HAProxy
9 4 (0.24%) McAfee ePO
9 4 (0.24%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 4 (0.24%) Prometheus
9 4 (0.24%) ZABBIX
10 3 (0.18%) SCCM
11 2 (0.12%) Backup Exec
11 2 (0.12%) CA Wily
11 2 (0.12%) HP SiteScope
11 2 (0.12%) Netcool
11 2 (0.12%) WSUS
Vendors
1 208 (12.37%) Oracle
2 169 (10.05%) Microsoft
3 120 (7.14%) HP
4 112 (6.66%) SAP
5 47 (2.80%) Workday
6 39 (2.32%) Red Hat
7 29 (1.73%) webMethods
8 24 (1.43%) Informatica
9 20 (1.19%) Citrix
9 20 (1.19%) Google
10 19 (1.13%) Cisco
11 18 (1.07%) Salesforce.com
12 15 (0.89%) Atlassian
13 14 (0.83%) NetApp
14 13 (0.77%) EMC
14 13 (0.77%) IBM
15 12 (0.71%) TOWER Software
16 11 (0.65%) AppDynamics
16 11 (0.65%) VMware
17 9 (0.54%) Hyperion