Period
to 20 November 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 20 November 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
20 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 163 173 163
Rank change year-on-year +10 -10 -49
Contract jobs citing Test Scripting 1,773 1,582 1,725
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.70% 1.55% 1.66%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.97% 1.80% 1.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,108 1,028 1,064
UK median daily rate £380 £365 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.11% +4.29% -
10th Percentile £263 £256 £230
90th Percentile £575 £525 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £338 £336
% change year-on-year +3.70% +0.37% +0.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 22 23
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.67% +4.17% +0.70%
10th Percentile £16.20 £12.43 £13.20
90th Percentile £47.75 £49.03 £44.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.25 £39.00 £37.00
% change year-on-year -7.05% +5.41% +5.71%

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 89,850 87,697 88,614
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.36% 85.74% 85.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 59,462 58,317 58,473
UK median daily rate £460 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.22% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £300 £277 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +4.99%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,321 2,108 2,455
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £23.14 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.93% +2.84% +1.74%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.75 £49.75 £48.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.20 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -11.67% +6.67% -

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 20 November 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 20 November 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 20 November 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 +13 1,609 £390 +4.00% 284
UK excluding London +31 1,155 £350 +3.70% 236
London -7 584 £450 +5.88% 82
South East +37 331 £375 +7.14% 61
North of England +28 281 £339 -5.24% 68
Yorkshire +18 146 £325 -12.16% 22
Midlands -2 141 £340 +4.62% 35
East of England +27 139 £400 +14.70% 19
South West -30 120 £375 +13.64% 19
West Midlands +9 117 £350 +6.06% 21
North West +12 93 £333 -1.39% 39
Scotland -29 83 £305 +1.67% 22
Wales -4 47 £375 +11.11% 8
North East +14 42 £381 +0.34% 7
East Midlands -14 23 £250 -21.88% 14
Northern Ireland +47 10 £388 -3.73% 3
Channel Islands -3 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 20 November 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.

1 748 (42.19%) Test Automation
2 656 (37.00%) Agile Software Development
3 522 (29.44%) SQL
4 354 (19.97%) Java
5 347 (19.57%) QA
6 328 (18.50%) JIRA
7 325 (18.33%) Selenium
8 303 (17.09%) User Acceptance Testing
9 296 (16.69%) Finance
10 286 (16.13%) ISTQB
11 264 (14.89%) Oracle
12 237 (13.37%) ISEB
13 231 (13.03%) Windows
14 221 (12.46%) Scrum
15 220 (12.41%) C#
16 206 (11.62%) Microsoft
17 205 (11.56%) XML
18 196 (11.05%) Regression Testing
18 196 (11.05%) Integration Testing
19 194 (10.94%) Test Strategy
20 192 (10.83%) Unix
21 186 (10.49%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
22 184 (10.38%) Scenario Testing
23 181 (10.21%) Cucumber
24 178 (10.04%) Security Cleared
25 176 (9.93%) BDD
25 176 (9.93%) .NET
26 169 (9.53%) Software Testing
27 164 (9.25%) Functional Testing
28 161 (9.08%) Continuous Integration

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 (5.58%) Confluence
2 72 (4.06%) WebLogic
3 23 (1.30%) Apache
4 20 (1.13%) Apache Spark
5 17 (0.96%) JBoss
6 16 (0.90%) CMS
6 16 (0.90%) SharePoint
7 15 (0.85%) Apache Solr
8 14 (0.79%) Elasticsearch
9 8 (0.45%) Drupal
10 7 (0.39%) SAS
11 6 (0.34%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 6 (0.34%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 6 (0.34%) Oracle Workflow
12 5 (0.28%) Oracle Service Bus
13 3 (0.17%) WebSphere
14 1 (0.056%) BizTalk Server
14 1 (0.056%) Cloud Foundry
14 1 (0.056%) EPiServer
14 1 (0.056%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 102 (5.75%) Microsoft Excel
2 37 (2.09%) Microsoft Office
3 24 (1.35%) MS Visio
4 14 (0.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 12 (0.68%) Microsoft Project
6 6 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.056%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 34 (1.92%) Dynamics CRM
2 23 (1.30%) SAP S/4HANA
3 15 (0.85%) SAP FI-CA
3 15 (0.85%) SAP PSCD
4 11 (0.62%) Oracle EBS R12
4 11 (0.62%) SAP FI
5 10 (0.56%) Oracle EBS
6 9 (0.51%) SAP SD
7 8 (0.45%) Infor M3
7 8 (0.45%) SAP CO
7 8 (0.45%) SAP FI/CO
7 8 (0.45%) SAP HR
8 7 (0.39%) HFM
9 6 (0.34%) Dynamics AX
9 6 (0.34%) Oracle Financials
9 6 (0.34%) SAP MM
10 5 (0.28%) Oracle ERP
10 5 (0.28%) Oracle General Ledger
10 5 (0.28%) Oracle Payables
10 5 (0.28%) SAP Payroll
Cloud Services
1 70 (3.95%) Microsoft Azure
2 49 (2.76%) Amazon AWS
3 34 (1.92%) Office 365
4 25 (1.41%) GitHub
5 24 (1.35%) Dynamics 365
6 19 (1.07%) AWS Lambda
6 19 (1.07%) BrowserStack
7 18 (1.02%) Serverless
8 14 (0.79%) SaaS
9 11 (0.62%) Amazon EC2
9 11 (0.62%) Amazon S3
10 10 (0.56%) Lucidchart
11 9 (0.51%) AWS CloudFormation
12 8 (0.45%) Amazon Kinesis
13 7 (0.39%) Google Cloud Platform
14 6 (0.34%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 6 (0.34%) Amazon SQS
15 5 (0.28%) Amazon ElastiCache
15 5 (0.28%) BlazeMeter
15 5 (0.28%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 33 (1.86%) DNS
2 26 (1.47%) DHCP
3 24 (1.35%) iSCSI
4 20 (1.13%) Firewall
5 16 (0.90%) TCP/IP
6 14 (0.79%) HTTP
6 14 (0.79%) Internet
6 14 (0.79%) LAN
7 11 (0.62%) WAN
8 10 (0.56%) WLAN
9 9 (0.51%) Wireless
10 8 (0.45%) Bluetooth
10 8 (0.45%) VPN
10 8 (0.45%) Wi-Fi
11 7 (0.39%) NetScaler
12 5 (0.28%) SMS
12 5 (0.28%) SSL
13 4 (0.23%) Broadband
13 4 (0.23%) LTE
13 4 (0.23%) PuTTY
Database & Business Intelligence
1 118 (6.66%) SQL Server
2 84 (4.74%) MongoDB
3 81 (4.57%) Data Warehouse
4 71 (4.00%) Relational Database
5 57 (3.21%) NoSQL
6 49 (2.76%) Oracle Reports
7 36 (2.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 22 (1.24%) MySQL
8 22 (1.24%) Oracle Database
9 20 (1.13%) Big Data
10 18 (1.02%) PostgreSQL
10 18 (1.02%) RDBMS
10 18 (1.02%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 16 (0.90%) Apache Hive
12 15 (0.85%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 15 (0.85%) Hadoop
13 13 (0.73%) Apache Cassandra
14 12 (0.68%) HBase
14 12 (0.68%) Impala
15 10 (0.56%) Pentaho
Development Applications
1 328 (18.50%) JIRA
2 325 (18.33%) Selenium
3 181 (10.21%) Cucumber
4 126 (7.11%) SoapUI
5 118 (6.66%) Jenkins
6 103 (5.81%) JMeter
7 101 (5.70%) Git (software)
8 76 (4.29%) WebDriver
9 73 (4.12%) LoadRunner
10 68 (3.84%) Toad
11 63 (3.55%) Subversion
12 62 (3.50%) SpecFlow
13 60 (3.38%) Visual Studio
14 56 (3.16%) Team Foundation Server
15 50 (2.82%) Gatling
16 43 (2.43%) HP UFT
17 41 (2.31%) Atlassian Bamboo
18 40 (2.26%) JUnit
19 35 (1.97%) Visual Studio Team System
20 30 (1.69%) Protractor
General
1 296 (16.69%) Finance
2 136 (7.67%) Banking
3 66 (3.72%) Investment Banking
3 66 (3.72%) Retail
4 40 (2.26%) Front Office
5 22 (1.24%) Legal
6 17 (0.96%) Back Office
6 17 (0.96%) Marketing
7 15 (0.85%) Pharmaceutical
7 15 (0.85%) Retail Banking
7 15 (0.85%) Telecoms
8 14 (0.79%) Games
8 14 (0.79%) Greek Language
9 13 (0.73%) Law
9 13 (0.73%) Manufacturing
10 10 (0.56%) Aerospace
11 9 (0.51%) Billing
12 7 (0.39%) Military
13 6 (0.34%) Advertising
13 6 (0.34%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 685 (38.64%) Analyst
2 524 (29.55%) Test Analyst
3 295 (16.64%) Tester
4 231 (13.03%) Developer
5 174 (9.81%) Test Engineer
6 114 (6.43%) Business Analyst
7 108 (6.09%) Automation Tester
8 94 (5.30%) Test Leader
9 67 (3.78%) Test Manager
10 63 (3.55%) C# Developer
10 63 (3.55%) Test Automation Engineer
11 59 (3.33%) Automation Test Analyst
12 57 (3.21%) Consultant
13 40 (2.26%) QA Analyst
14 37 (2.09%) Performance Tester
15 36 (2.03%) Developer in Test
16 32 (1.80%) QA Test Analyst
17 28 (1.58%) QA Engineer
17 28 (1.58%) SAP Consultant
17 28 (1.58%) Test Automation Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 205 (11.56%) XML
2 176 (9.93%) .NET
3 144 (8.12%) Web Services
4 118 (6.66%) SOAP
5 102 (5.75%) HTML
6 73 (4.12%) RESTful
7 72 (4.06%) .NET Framework
8 71 (4.00%) CSS
9 64 (3.61%) AngularJS
10 58 (3.27%) REST
11 57 (3.21%) Gherkin
12 54 (3.05%) JSON
12 54 (3.05%) Node.js
13 49 (2.76%) HTML5
14 38 (2.14%) CSS3
14 38 (2.14%) Sass
15 37 (2.09%) React
16 35 (1.97%) ASP.NET
17 33 (1.86%) Reactive Extensions
17 33 (1.86%) Task Parallel Library
Miscellaneous
1 156 (8.80%) Analytical Skills
2 77 (4.34%) Enterprise Software
3 61 (3.44%) Fixed Income
4 52 (2.93%) Mobile App
5 49 (2.76%) User Experience
6 37 (2.09%) Data Centre
7 31 (1.75%) Market Risk
8 30 (1.69%) Credit Risk
9 29 (1.64%) Fintech
10 28 (1.58%) Management Information System
10 28 (1.58%) Self-Motivation
11 22 (1.24%) Clustering
12 21 (1.18%) Virtual Team
13 20 (1.13%) PDA
14 18 (1.02%) Greenfield Project
15 17 (0.96%) SWIFT
16 16 (0.90%) Hedge funds
16 16 (0.90%) Mainframe
16 16 (0.90%) NHS
17 14 (0.79%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 231 (13.03%) Windows
2 192 (10.83%) Unix
3 127 (7.16%) Linux
4 42 (2.37%) Android
5 35 (1.97%) Apple iOS
6 30 (1.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 28 (1.58%) Windows 7
8 25 (1.41%) Windows Server 2008
9 23 (1.30%) AIX
9 23 (1.30%) Windows Server
10 21 (1.18%) Windows Server 2003
11 14 (0.79%) Windows 10
12 11 (0.62%) Windows Server 2012
13 8 (0.45%) VME
14 4 (0.23%) Mac OS X
15 3 (0.17%) Solaris
16 2 (0.11%) Data ONTAP
16 2 (0.11%) Windows Vista
16 2 (0.11%) Windows XP
17 1 (0.056%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 748 (42.19%) Test Automation
2 656 (37.00%) Agile Software Development
3 303 (17.09%) User Acceptance Testing
4 221 (12.46%) Scrum
5 196 (11.05%) Integration Testing
5 196 (11.05%) Regression Testing
6 194 (10.94%) Test Strategy
7 184 (10.38%) Scenario Testing
8 176 (9.93%) BDD
9 169 (9.53%) Software Testing
10 164 (9.25%) Functional Testing
11 161 (9.08%) Continuous Integration
12 156 (8.80%) Defect Management
13 140 (7.90%) Performance Testing
14 136 (7.67%) Customer Requirements
15 134 (7.56%) User Stories
16 122 (6.88%) System Integration Testing
17 121 (6.82%) API Testing
17 121 (6.82%) Problem-Solving
18 118 (6.66%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 522 (29.44%) SQL
2 354 (19.97%) Java
3 220 (12.41%) C#
4 130 (7.33%) JavaScript
5 59 (3.33%) Python
6 49 (2.76%) T-SQL
7 43 (2.43%) PL/SQL
8 30 (1.69%) Scala
9 27 (1.52%) PHP
10 25 (1.41%) C
10 25 (1.41%) VBA
11 24 (1.35%) PowerShell
12 22 (1.24%) Ruby
13 20 (1.13%) Shell Script
14 16 (0.90%) Perl
15 15 (0.85%) C++
15 15 (0.85%) Java 8
15 15 (0.85%) VBScript
16 14 (0.79%) Groovy
17 13 (0.73%) VB
Qualifications
1 286 (16.13%) ISTQB
2 237 (13.37%) ISEB
3 186 (10.49%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 178 (10.04%) Security Cleared
5 144 (8.12%) SC Cleared
6 60 (3.38%) Degree
7 23 (1.30%) BPSS Clearance
8 16 (0.90%) Microsoft Certification
9 8 (0.45%) DBS Check
9 8 (0.45%) DV Cleared
10 7 (0.39%) CCNA
10 7 (0.39%) Cisco Certification
10 7 (0.39%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 7 (0.39%) Numerate Degree
11 6 (0.34%) Master's Degree
11 6 (0.34%) MCSA
11 6 (0.34%) MCSE
12 5 (0.28%) Computer Science Degree
12 5 (0.28%) ISEB Practitioner
13 3 (0.17%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 347 (19.57%) QA
2 37 (2.09%) Data Quality
3 22 (1.24%) WCAG
4 12 (0.68%) GDPR
4 12 (0.68%) SEPA
5 11 (0.62%) WAI
6 10 (0.56%) PMO
7 6 (0.34%) Disclosure Scotland
7 6 (0.34%) PSD2
8 5 (0.28%) GxP
9 4 (0.23%) DO-178B
9 4 (0.23%) IFRS
9 4 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 4 (0.23%) TARGET2
10 3 (0.17%) ISO 9000
10 3 (0.17%) SLA
11 2 (0.11%) MiFID
11 2 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 1 (0.056%) EMIR
12 1 (0.056%) ISO 20022
System Software
1 49 (2.76%) Docker
2 44 (2.48%) Active Directory
3 29 (1.64%) VMware Infrastructure
4 23 (1.30%) NFS
5 22 (1.24%) Hyper-V
6 21 (1.18%) Virtual Desktop
7 20 (1.13%) VMware ESXi
8 4 (0.23%) HDFS
8 4 (0.23%) LXC
9 3 (0.17%) Apache Flume
9 3 (0.17%) Virtual Machines
10 2 (0.11%) VirtualBox
10 2 (0.11%) vSphere
11 1 (0.056%) Virtual Servers
11 1 (0.056%) VMware NSX
11 1 (0.056%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 85 (4.79%) HP ALM
2 65 (3.67%) HP Quality Center
3 34 (1.92%) Ansible
3 34 (1.92%) Opscode Chef
4 33 (1.86%) Puppet
5 23 (1.30%) Kubernetes
6 19 (1.07%) McAfee ePO
7 10 (0.56%) Grafana
7 10 (0.56%) Prometheus
8 9 (0.51%) ZABBIX
9 8 (0.45%) WMI
10 6 (0.34%) SCCM
11 3 (0.17%) nmon
11 3 (0.17%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
12 2 (0.11%) HockeyApp
12 2 (0.11%) HP SiteScope
12 2 (0.11%) Netcool
12 2 (0.11%) OpenView Configuration Management
12 2 (0.11%) vRealize
12 2 (0.11%) WSUS
Vendors
1 264 (14.89%) Oracle
2 206 (11.62%) Microsoft
3 129 (7.28%) SAP
4 116 (6.54%) HP
5 75 (4.23%) webMethods
6 35 (1.97%) VMware
7 31 (1.75%) Citrix
8 29 (1.64%) Salesforce.com
9 28 (1.58%) Red Hat
10 24 (1.35%) McAfee
11 20 (1.13%) Atlassian
11 20 (1.13%) Veritas
12 19 (1.07%) IBM
12 19 (1.07%) Ivanti
13 18 (1.02%) AppDynamics
14 14 (0.79%) Informatica
14 14 (0.79%) SOASTA, Inc
15 13 (0.73%) Cisco
15 13 (0.73%) Hyperion
16 12 (0.68%) Google