Period
to 16 July 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 16 July 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
16 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 169 169 154
Rank change year-on-year 0 -15 -23
Contract jobs citing Test Scripting 1,682 1,498 1,883
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.62% 1.58% 1.71%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.89% 1.86% 2.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 979 958 1,136
UK median daily rate £383 £370 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.38% +2.07% +3.57%
10th Percentile £263 £255 £250
90th Percentile £538 £525 £533
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £340 £340
% change year-on-year +2.94% - +4.62%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 25 37
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £37.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.33% -6.25% +14.29%
10th Percentile £18.71 £18.00 £14.00
90th Percentile £50.30 £73.50 £48.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £37.50 £41.80
% change year-on-year +13.33% -10.29% +29.61%

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 88,980 80,536 92,751
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.78% 84.86% 84.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,666 52,670 61,077
UK median daily rate £450 £445 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.12% +4.71% +6.25%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £601
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,434 2,128 2,295
UK median hourly rate £21.50 £25.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.00% - +16.28%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.50 £11.72
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £25.06
% change year-on-year -20.00% -0.24% +16.29%

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 16 July 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 16 July 2018.

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 16 July 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 -12 1,465 £400 +6.67% 283
UK excluding London +15 1,103 £350 +2.94% 239
London -26 541 £450 +8.43% 67
South East +17 314 £375 +4.90% 50
North of England +11 253 £335 +4.69% 75
Yorkshire +26 154 £325 -6.81% 23
Scotland +1 143 £288 -4.17% 14
Midlands -27 123 £379 +12.22% 42
East of England +31 116 £373 +10.46% 24
South West -32 102 £381 +8.93% 24
West Midlands -9 88 £375 +10.29% 28
North West -1 87 £361 +15.54% 48
Wales -5 42 £350 +3.70% 9
East Midlands -18 34 £394 +23.05% 14
North East -25 13 £428 +33.59% 4
Northern Ireland - 7 £388 - 1
Channel Islands - 4 - -

For the 6 months to 16 July 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.

1 667 (39.66%) Test Automation
2 618 (36.74%) Agile Software Development
3 435 (25.86%) SQL
4 349 (20.75%) Selenium
5 333 (19.80%) Finance
6 324 (19.26%) Java
7 316 (18.79%) User Acceptance Testing
8 250 (14.86%) Security Cleared
9 242 (14.39%) JIRA
10 239 (14.21%) QA
11 231 (13.73%) ISTQB
12 217 (12.90%) Microsoft
12 217 (12.90%) Scenario Testing
13 216 (12.84%) Scrum
14 200 (11.89%) Software Testing
15 199 (11.83%) C#
16 197 (11.71%) SC Cleared
17 195 (11.59%) Test Strategy
17 195 (11.59%) Windows
18 190 (11.30%) Functional Testing
19 187 (11.12%) Oracle
20 179 (10.64%) Regression Testing
21 177 (10.52%) BDD
22 164 (9.75%) ISEB
23 161 (9.57%) Cucumber
24 159 (9.45%) HP
25 152 (9.04%) User Stories
26 147 (8.74%) Stakeholder Management
27 142 (8.44%) Analytical Skills
28 137 (8.15%) Defect Management

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 76 (4.52%) Confluence
2 43 (2.56%) WebLogic
3 25 (1.49%) SharePoint
4 15 (0.89%) CMS
4 15 (0.89%) Tomcat
5 10 (0.59%) SAS
6 9 (0.54%) IIS
7 8 (0.48%) Oracle Workflow
8 7 (0.42%) Apache Spark
8 7 (0.42%) Drupal
9 6 (0.36%) Apache
9 6 (0.36%) Apache Solr
9 6 (0.36%) Oracle Service Bus
9 6 (0.36%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 5 (0.30%) Elasticsearch
10 5 (0.30%) WebLogic Integration
10 5 (0.30%) WebSphere
11 4 (0.24%) Skype for Business
12 3 (0.18%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 3 (0.18%) Moodle
Applications
1 104 (6.18%) Microsoft Excel
2 59 (3.51%) MS Visio
3 38 (2.26%) Microsoft Office
4 32 (1.90%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 12 (0.71%) Spreadsheet
6 10 (0.59%) Microsoft Project
7 3 (0.18%) SOLIDWORKS
8 2 (0.12%) Acrobat
8 2 (0.12%) Simulink
8 2 (0.12%) Windchill
9 1 (0.059%) InDesign
9 1 (0.059%) InVision
9 1 (0.059%) Moqups
9 1 (0.059%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 34 (2.02%) SAP HR
2 29 (1.72%) Dynamics CRM
3 27 (1.61%) SAP FI
4 20 (1.19%) Oracle EBS
5 16 (0.95%) Oracle EBS R12
6 15 (0.89%) SAP CO
7 14 (0.83%) Oracle ERP
7 14 (0.83%) SAP FI/CO
8 13 (0.77%) Dynamics NAV
8 13 (0.77%) Oracle Financials
9 11 (0.65%) Oracle Receivables
10 10 (0.59%) SAP BPC
11 9 (0.54%) Oracle Cash Management
11 9 (0.54%) Oracle Payables
11 9 (0.54%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
11 9 (0.54%) SAP MM
12 7 (0.42%) SAP Payroll
13 6 (0.36%) Oracle Assets
14 5 (0.30%) SAP S/4HANA
14 5 (0.30%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 58 (3.45%) Microsoft Azure
2 50 (2.97%) Office 365
3 36 (2.14%) Amazon AWS
4 18 (1.07%) AWS Lambda
4 18 (1.07%) Dynamics 365
5 16 (0.95%) Sauce Labs
5 16 (0.95%) Serverless
6 15 (0.89%) Cloud Computing
7 13 (0.77%) BrowserStack
7 13 (0.77%) SaaS
8 9 (0.54%) Amazon SQS
8 9 (0.54%) PaaS
9 7 (0.42%) Amazon Kinesis
9 7 (0.42%) AWS CloudFormation
9 7 (0.42%) GitHub
9 7 (0.42%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
9 7 (0.42%) SuccessFactors
10 6 (0.36%) IaaS
11 5 (0.30%) Amazon EC2
11 5 (0.30%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 40 (2.38%) DNS
2 35 (2.08%) DHCP
3 21 (1.25%) HTTP
4 20 (1.19%) Firewall
4 20 (1.19%) TCP/IP
5 19 (1.13%) Internet
6 18 (1.07%) SMS
7 16 (0.95%) WAN
8 15 (0.89%) LAN
9 11 (0.65%) DSL
9 11 (0.65%) PuTTY
9 11 (0.65%) SAN
10 9 (0.54%) Intranet
10 9 (0.54%) SSL
11 7 (0.42%) Broadband
11 7 (0.42%) WinSCP
12 5 (0.30%) Ethernet
12 5 (0.30%) FTP
12 5 (0.30%) MPLS
12 5 (0.30%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 100 (5.95%) SQL Server
2 49 (2.91%) Data Warehouse
3 46 (2.73%) Relational Database
4 39 (2.32%) Oracle Database
5 25 (1.49%) Oracle Reports
6 22 (1.31%) MongoDB
6 22 (1.31%) NoSQL
7 21 (1.25%) PostgreSQL
8 20 (1.19%) MySQL
9 19 (1.13%) Big Data
10 16 (0.95%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 16 (0.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 14 (0.83%) SAP BW
12 13 (0.77%) Oracle Database 11g
13 12 (0.71%) SAP HANA
13 12 (0.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 11 (0.65%) MOLAP
14 11 (0.65%) ROLAP
15 10 (0.59%) GIS
15 10 (0.59%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 349 (20.75%) Selenium
2 242 (14.39%) JIRA
3 161 (9.57%) Cucumber
4 118 (7.02%) SoapUI
5 100 (5.95%) WebDriver
6 91 (5.41%) Jenkins
7 88 (5.23%) JMeter
8 80 (4.76%) Git (software)
9 74 (4.40%) HP UFT
10 65 (3.86%) SpecFlow
11 56 (3.33%) LoadRunner
12 51 (3.03%) Team Foundation Server
12 51 (3.03%) Visual Studio
13 48 (2.85%) Toad
14 39 (2.32%) Eclipse
15 38 (2.26%) WinRunner
16 33 (1.96%) Visual Studio Team System
17 31 (1.84%) JUnit
18 29 (1.72%) Subversion
19 27 (1.61%) Bitbucket
General
1 333 (19.80%) Finance
2 116 (6.90%) Banking
3 73 (4.34%) Retail
4 35 (2.08%) Investment Banking
5 31 (1.84%) Legal
6 23 (1.37%) Manufacturing
6 23 (1.37%) Telecoms
7 21 (1.25%) Retail Banking
8 19 (1.13%) Front Office
8 19 (1.13%) Law
9 18 (1.07%) Back Office
10 17 (1.01%) Marketing
11 13 (0.77%) Games
12 12 (0.71%) Pharmaceutical
13 10 (0.59%) General Ledger
14 9 (0.54%) Aerospace
14 9 (0.54%) Military
15 7 (0.42%) Automotive
15 7 (0.42%) Billing
16 4 (0.24%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 695 (41.32%) Analyst
2 486 (28.89%) Test Analyst
3 252 (14.98%) Tester
4 159 (9.45%) Business Analyst
5 146 (8.68%) Developer
6 142 (8.44%) Test Leader
7 115 (6.84%) Automation Tester
8 110 (6.54%) Consultant
9 103 (6.12%) Test Engineer
10 92 (5.47%) Automation Test Analyst
11 68 (4.04%) SAP Consultant
12 56 (3.33%) Test Automation Engineer
13 52 (3.09%) Test Manager
14 38 (2.26%) Java Engineer
15 37 (2.20%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
16 32 (1.90%) Senior Analyst
17 31 (1.84%) QA Analyst
18 30 (1.78%) Developer in Test
18 30 (1.78%) Software Tester
19 29 (1.72%) QA Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 134 (7.97%) XML
2 115 (6.84%) .NET
3 109 (6.48%) Web Services
4 104 (6.18%) SOAP
5 96 (5.71%) HTML
6 69 (4.10%) REST
7 60 (3.57%) Gherkin
8 51 (3.03%) CSS
9 43 (2.56%) RESTful
10 42 (2.50%) JSON
11 39 (2.32%) HTML5
12 35 (2.08%) AngularJS
13 33 (1.96%) ASP.NET
13 33 (1.96%) Node.js
14 28 (1.66%) CSS3
15 24 (1.43%) .NET Framework
16 21 (1.25%) Spring
17 18 (1.07%) ASP.NET Web API
18 13 (0.77%) Sass
18 13 (0.77%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 142 (8.44%) Analytical Skills
2 54 (3.21%) User Experience
3 43 (2.56%) PDA
4 38 (2.26%) Clustering
4 38 (2.26%) Management Information System
5 35 (2.08%) Mobile App
6 28 (1.66%) Virtual Team
7 27 (1.61%) Fixed Income
8 26 (1.55%) Fintech
9 24 (1.43%) Enterprise Software
10 20 (1.19%) NHS
11 15 (0.89%) Data Centre
11 15 (0.89%) Mainframe
11 15 (0.89%) Self-Motivation
12 13 (0.77%) Derivative
12 13 (0.77%) SWIFT
13 12 (0.71%) Computer Science
13 12 (0.71%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 11 (0.65%) Client/Server
14 11 (0.65%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 195 (11.59%) Windows
2 123 (7.31%) Unix
3 74 (4.40%) Linux
4 53 (3.15%) Windows Server 2008
5 46 (2.73%) Windows 7
6 44 (2.62%) Apple iOS
7 43 (2.56%) Windows Server 2003
8 40 (2.38%) AIX
9 37 (2.20%) Android
10 26 (1.55%) Windows 10
11 17 (1.01%) Windows Server
12 15 (0.89%) Windows Server 2012
13 9 (0.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 9 (0.54%) Windows XP
14 6 (0.36%) VME
15 5 (0.30%) HPUX
15 5 (0.30%) SUSE
15 5 (0.30%) Windows Vista
16 4 (0.24%) Mac OS X
17 3 (0.18%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 667 (39.66%) Test Automation
2 618 (36.74%) Agile Software Development
3 316 (18.79%) User Acceptance Testing
4 217 (12.90%) Scenario Testing
5 216 (12.84%) Scrum
6 200 (11.89%) Software Testing
7 195 (11.59%) Test Strategy
8 190 (11.30%) Functional Testing
9 179 (10.64%) Regression Testing
10 177 (10.52%) BDD
11 152 (9.04%) User Stories
12 147 (8.74%) Stakeholder Management
13 137 (8.15%) Defect Management
14 129 (7.67%) Integration Testing
15 128 (7.61%) Problem-Solving
16 126 (7.49%) TDD
17 118 (7.02%) Migration
18 117 (6.96%) Performance Testing
19 115 (6.84%) System Integration Testing
20 108 (6.42%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 435 (25.86%) SQL
2 324 (19.26%) Java
3 199 (11.83%) C#
4 108 (6.42%) JavaScript
5 69 (4.10%) Python
6 44 (2.62%) C
7 29 (1.72%) PowerShell
8 22 (1.31%) C++
8 22 (1.31%) PL/SQL
8 22 (1.31%) T-SQL
9 21 (1.25%) Bash Shell
10 20 (1.19%) Ruby
11 16 (0.95%) Scala
11 16 (0.95%) VB
12 14 (0.83%) VBScript
13 13 (0.77%) Groovy
14 12 (0.71%) PHP
15 10 (0.59%) Shell Script
15 10 (0.59%) VBA
16 9 (0.54%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 250 (14.86%) Security Cleared
2 231 (13.73%) ISTQB
3 197 (11.71%) SC Cleared
4 164 (9.75%) ISEB
5 118 (7.02%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 68 (4.04%) Degree
7 32 (1.90%) DV Cleared
8 27 (1.61%) BPSS Clearance
9 16 (0.95%) Microsoft Certification
10 11 (0.65%) ISEB Practitioner
11 8 (0.48%) Numerate Degree
12 7 (0.42%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 6 (0.36%) DBS Check
13 6 (0.36%) MCITP
13 6 (0.36%) MCSA
13 6 (0.36%) MCSE
13 6 (0.36%) MCTS
14 5 (0.30%) CCNA
14 5 (0.30%) Cisco Certification
14 5 (0.30%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 239 (14.21%) QA
2 29 (1.72%) PMO
3 26 (1.55%) GDPR
4 12 (0.71%) Disclosure Scotland
5 10 (0.59%) Data Quality
6 9 (0.54%) SLA
7 7 (0.42%) WCAG
8 6 (0.36%) DO-178B
9 5 (0.30%) ARP4754
9 5 (0.30%) IFRS
9 5 (0.30%) WAI
10 4 (0.24%) 21 CFR Part 11
10 4 (0.24%) GCP
10 4 (0.24%) GLP
10 4 (0.24%) GMP
10 4 (0.24%) GxP
10 4 (0.24%) SEPA
11 3 (0.18%) PSD2
12 2 (0.12%) MiFID
12 2 (0.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 93 (5.53%) Active Directory
2 56 (3.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 46 (2.73%) Hyper-V
4 41 (2.44%) VMware ESXi
5 32 (1.90%) Virtual Desktop
6 24 (1.43%) Docker
7 8 (0.48%) vSphere
8 5 (0.30%) LXC
9 3 (0.18%) XenApp
10 2 (0.12%) HDFS
11 1 (0.059%) ACF2
11 1 (0.059%) Firmware
11 1 (0.059%) RACF
11 1 (0.059%) Virtual Machines
11 1 (0.059%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 114 (6.78%) HP ALM
2 71 (4.22%) HP Quality Center
3 37 (2.20%) McAfee ePO
4 12 (0.71%) Puppet
5 11 (0.65%) Opscode Chef
5 11 (0.65%) SCCM
6 7 (0.42%) Kubernetes
6 7 (0.42%) Perfmon
6 7 (0.42%) vRealize
7 6 (0.36%) Netcool
8 5 (0.30%) Ansible
8 5 (0.30%) HockeyApp
8 5 (0.30%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 5 (0.30%) WMI
9 4 (0.24%) ITRS Geneos
9 4 (0.24%) Microsoft Intune
9 4 (0.24%) Prometheus
9 4 (0.24%) SCOM
10 3 (0.18%) Norton AntiVirus
10 3 (0.18%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 217 (12.90%) Microsoft
2 187 (11.12%) Oracle
3 159 (9.45%) HP
4 122 (7.25%) SAP
5 68 (4.04%) VMware
6 63 (3.75%) Citrix
7 45 (2.68%) McAfee
8 41 (2.44%) webMethods
9 38 (2.26%) Veritas
10 32 (1.90%) Ivanti
11 22 (1.31%) Salesforce.com
12 20 (1.19%) Atlassian
13 15 (0.89%) IBM
13 15 (0.89%) Informatica
14 13 (0.77%) Splunk
15 11 (0.65%) AppDynamics
15 11 (0.65%) Workday
16 9 (0.54%) Red Hat
17 8 (0.48%) Charles River
17 8 (0.48%) TIBCO