Period
to 22 November 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 22 November 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
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 172 166 115
Rank change year-on-year -6 -51 +15
Contract jobs citing Test Scripting 1586 1746 2252
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.54% 1.66% 2.00%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.82% 1.97% 2.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 1032 1073 1423
UK median daily rate £365 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.29% - -
10th Percentile £256 £232 £250
90th Percentile £525 £513 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £335 £335
% change year-on-year +0.75% - +3.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 25 30
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £34.50 £35.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.70% -3.50% +25.44%
10th Percentile £12.43 £13.90 £23.40
90th Percentile £49.03 £44.00 £44.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.00 £36.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +8.33% +2.86% +22.81%

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 87155 88463 92228
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.47% 83.90% 81.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 58071 58482 59737
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +2.91% +3.25%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £263
90th Percentile £631 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £385
% change year-on-year - +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2066 2352 2726
UK median hourly rate £23.63 £24.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.56% +6.67% +18.42%
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.25 £11.33
90th Percentile £49.88 £48.75 £47.61
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £24.50 £23.75
% change year-on-year -2.04% +3.16% +18.75%

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 22 November 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 22 November 2017.

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 22 November 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 -5 1429 £375 +3.45% 180
UK excluding London -18 941 £338 +0.75% 142
London -13 619 £425 +6.25% 46
South East -34 229 £350 +2.19% 41
North of England +4 198 £358 +2.29% 53
Midlands -13 139 £325 -3.70% 16
South West +5 138 £328 -3.68% 8
Yorkshire +43 105 £370 +14.73% 24
East of England +26 101 £349 +7.31% 15
Scotland -12 100 £300 +6.95% 8
West Midlands -17 92 £328 -2.96% 12
North West -21 69 £338 +2.27% 22
East Midlands -11 46 £320 -1.54% 4
Wales +29 30 £338 -10.00% 1
North East -14 24 £385 -3.75% 7
Northern Ireland -45 4 £403 +23.85%
Isle of Man - 3 £225 -
Channel Islands - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 22 November 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.

1 602 (37.96%) Agile Software Development
2 561 (35.37%) Test Automation
3 483 (30.45%) User Acceptance Testing
4 361 (22.76%) Finance
5 313 (19.74%) Scenario Testing
6 286 (18.03%) Banking
7 283 (17.84%) JIRA
8 281 (17.72%) Selenium
9 276 (17.40%) SQL
10 252 (15.89%) Java
11 235 (14.82%) QA
12 222 (14.00%) Test Strategy
13 200 (12.61%) ISEB
14 197 (12.42%) Scrum
15 189 (11.92%) ISTQB
16 180 (11.35%) Functional Testing
17 172 (10.84%) Regression Testing
17 172 (10.84%) Defect Management
18 171 (10.78%) Migration
19 166 (10.47%) Microsoft
20 162 (10.21%) HP
21 160 (10.09%) Software Testing
22 158 (9.96%) SDLC
23 154 (9.71%) Security Cleared
24 151 (9.52%) BDD
25 150 (9.46%) HP Quality Center
26 149 (9.39%) Cucumber
27 144 (9.08%) C#
28 133 (8.39%) TDD
29 131 (8.26%) Integration Testing

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 66 (4.16%) Confluence
2 44 (2.77%) SharePoint
3 23 (1.45%) Tomcat
4 16 (1.01%) MS Exchange
5 14 (0.88%) CMS
6 11 (0.69%) WebLogic
7 10 (0.63%) BizTalk Server
7 10 (0.63%) IIS
7 10 (0.63%) SAS
8 9 (0.57%) WebSphere
9 8 (0.50%) Documentum
10 7 (0.44%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 7 (0.44%) JBoss
11 6 (0.38%) Elasticsearch
12 5 (0.32%) SharePoint Server
13 4 (0.25%) Drupal
13 4 (0.25%) Umbraco
14 2 (0.13%) Apache
14 2 (0.13%) Apache Spark
14 2 (0.13%) Tuxedo
Applications
1 97 (6.12%) Microsoft Excel
2 82 (5.17%) MS Visio
3 68 (4.29%) Microsoft Office
4 53 (3.34%) Microsoft Project
5 25 (1.58%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 8 (0.50%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (0.32%) Simulink
8 1 (0.063%) Open Workbench
8 1 (0.063%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 32 (2.02%) Dynamics CRM
2 24 (1.51%) Oracle EBS
3 18 (1.13%) Dynamics AX
4 11 (0.69%) Oracle Payables
5 10 (0.63%) Markit EDM
5 10 (0.63%) Oracle EBS R12
5 10 (0.63%) Oracle Financials
6 9 (0.57%) Unit4 Business World
7 8 (0.50%) SAP FI
8 7 (0.44%) Maximo
8 7 (0.44%) NetSuite
8 7 (0.44%) Oracle Assets
8 7 (0.44%) Oracle Receivables
8 7 (0.44%) SAP CO
8 7 (0.44%) SAP FI/CO
9 6 (0.38%) Oracle General Ledger
10 5 (0.32%) Oracle ERP
10 5 (0.32%) SAP CRM
10 5 (0.32%) SAP ERP
10 5 (0.32%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 37 (2.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 18 (1.13%) GitHub
3 14 (0.88%) OpenDNS
3 14 (0.88%) SaaS
4 13 (0.82%) Amazon AWS
5 12 (0.76%) Dynamics 365
6 8 (0.50%) Office 365
7 6 (0.38%) IaaS
7 6 (0.38%) PaaS
8 4 (0.25%) Taleo
9 3 (0.19%) Google Analytics
9 3 (0.19%) Salesforce Service Cloud
9 3 (0.19%) SuccessFactors
10 2 (0.13%) FinancialForce
10 2 (0.13%) iPaaS
10 2 (0.13%) Serverless
11 1 (0.063%) Amazon EMR
11 1 (0.063%) Azure Active Directory
11 1 (0.063%) CallidusCloud
11 1 (0.063%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 28 (1.77%) HTTP
2 26 (1.64%) Wireless
3 20 (1.26%) Internet
4 17 (1.07%) DNS
5 15 (0.95%) VLAN
6 13 (0.82%) Firewall
7 12 (0.76%) SMS
8 10 (0.63%) LTE
9 9 (0.57%) Wi-Fi
10 8 (0.50%) ATM
11 7 (0.44%) 4G
11 7 (0.44%) Bluetooth
11 7 (0.44%) VSAN
12 6 (0.38%) FTP
13 5 (0.32%) DVB
13 5 (0.32%) LAN
13 5 (0.32%) TCP/IP
14 3 (0.19%) WAN
14 3 (0.19%) Wireshark
15 2 (0.13%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 96 (6.05%) SQL Server
2 40 (2.52%) NoSQL
3 33 (2.08%) Data Warehouse
4 23 (1.45%) Big Data
4 23 (1.45%) Relational Database
5 22 (1.39%) MongoDB
6 21 (1.32%) MySQL
7 15 (0.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 15 (0.95%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 14 (0.88%) Maltego
8 14 (0.88%) SQL Server 2012
9 9 (0.57%) Hadoop
9 9 (0.57%) Oracle Database
9 9 (0.57%) PostgreSQL
9 9 (0.57%) RDBMS
10 8 (0.50%) Apache Cassandra
10 8 (0.50%) Oracle Reports
11 7 (0.44%) BusinessObjects
12 5 (0.32%) SAP BW
12 5 (0.32%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 283 (17.84%) JIRA
2 281 (17.72%) Selenium
3 149 (9.39%) Cucumber
4 103 (6.49%) WebDriver
5 98 (6.18%) Jenkins
6 88 (5.55%) SoapUI
7 54 (3.40%) Team Foundation Server
8 49 (3.09%) JMeter
9 47 (2.96%) Visual Studio
10 46 (2.90%) HP UFT
11 42 (2.65%) SpecFlow
12 41 (2.59%) JUnit
12 41 (2.59%) LoadRunner
13 35 (2.21%) Git (software)
14 23 (1.45%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 23 (1.45%) Subversion
15 20 (1.26%) Appium
15 20 (1.26%) Zephyr
16 16 (1.01%) Protractor
17 15 (0.95%) Eclipse
General
1 361 (22.76%) Finance
2 286 (18.03%) Banking
3 115 (7.25%) Retail Banking
4 77 (4.85%) Retail
5 52 (3.28%) Legal
6 51 (3.22%) Telecoms
7 46 (2.90%) Investment Banking
8 40 (2.52%) Manufacturing
9 34 (2.14%) Law
10 30 (1.89%) Marketing
11 27 (1.70%) Electronics
12 21 (1.32%) Games
12 21 (1.32%) Publishing
13 19 (1.20%) Front Office
14 18 (1.13%) Back Office
15 17 (1.07%) Automotive
16 11 (0.69%) Financial Institution
17 10 (0.63%) General Ledger
17 10 (0.63%) Pharmaceutical
17 10 (0.63%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 723 (45.59%) Analyst
2 517 (32.60%) Test Analyst
3 274 (17.28%) Tester
4 154 (9.71%) Business Analyst
5 133 (8.39%) Test Manager
6 132 (8.32%) Developer
7 113 (7.12%) Test Engineer
8 81 (5.11%) Test Leader
9 80 (5.04%) Banking Analyst
10 68 (4.29%) Automation Tester
11 61 (3.85%) Automation Test Analyst
12 52 (3.28%) Consultant
13 48 (3.03%) QA Tester
14 46 (2.90%) Senior Analyst
15 40 (2.52%) Software Tester
16 37 (2.33%) QA Engineer
17 36 (2.27%) Developer in Test
18 35 (2.21%) Senior Test Analyst
19 34 (2.14%) Test Automation Engineer
19 34 (2.14%) UAT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 130 (8.20%) .NET
2 94 (5.93%) SOAP
3 81 (5.11%) XML
4 66 (4.16%) HTML
5 65 (4.10%) Web Services
6 51 (3.22%) JSON
7 48 (3.03%) REST
8 39 (2.46%) AngularJS
9 37 (2.33%) RESTful
10 34 (2.14%) Gherkin
11 31 (1.95%) Spring
12 28 (1.77%) WCF
13 27 (1.70%) CSS
13 27 (1.70%) Node.js
14 26 (1.64%) RabbitMQ
15 25 (1.58%) HTML5
16 23 (1.45%) .NET Framework
17 22 (1.39%) ASP.NET Web API
18 18 (1.13%) Elastic Stack
19 17 (1.07%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 115 (7.25%) Analytical Skills
2 56 (3.53%) Mobile App
3 39 (2.46%) User Experience
4 35 (2.21%) Credit Risk
5 32 (2.02%) Enterprise Software
6 31 (1.95%) Management Information System
7 24 (1.51%) Fixed Income
8 22 (1.39%) Greenfield Project
9 19 (1.20%) Market Risk
10 17 (1.07%) Data Centre
11 15 (0.95%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 14 (0.88%) Client/Server
12 14 (0.88%) STB
13 13 (0.82%) Computer Science
13 13 (0.82%) Reference Data
14 12 (0.76%) EPoS
15 11 (0.69%) Mainframe
16 10 (0.63%) Derivative
16 10 (0.63%) Smartphone
17 9 (0.57%) IPTV
Operating Systems
1 87 (5.49%) Windows
2 52 (3.28%) Linux
3 50 (3.15%) Unix
4 26 (1.64%) Android
5 18 (1.13%) Apple iOS
6 12 (0.76%) Windows 10
7 11 (0.69%) Windows Server 2012
8 10 (0.63%) Windows Server
9 8 (0.50%) Ubuntu
10 6 (0.38%) Windows Server 2008
10 6 (0.38%) Windows Vista
11 4 (0.25%) AIX
11 4 (0.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 4 (0.25%) Solaris
12 3 (0.19%) HPUX
12 3 (0.19%) Windows 7
13 2 (0.13%) Windows Mobile
14 1 (0.063%) VMS
14 1 (0.063%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 602 (37.96%) Agile Software Development
2 561 (35.37%) Test Automation
3 483 (30.45%) User Acceptance Testing
4 313 (19.74%) Scenario Testing
5 222 (14.00%) Test Strategy
6 197 (12.42%) Scrum
7 180 (11.35%) Functional Testing
8 172 (10.84%) Defect Management
8 172 (10.84%) Regression Testing
9 171 (10.78%) Migration
10 160 (10.09%) Software Testing
11 158 (9.96%) SDLC
12 151 (9.52%) BDD
13 133 (8.39%) TDD
14 131 (8.26%) Integration Testing
15 129 (8.13%) Manual Testing
16 120 (7.57%) Test Management
17 118 (7.44%) Stakeholder Management
18 117 (7.38%) Test Planning
19 113 (7.12%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 276 (17.40%) SQL
2 252 (15.89%) Java
3 144 (9.08%) C#
4 108 (6.81%) Python
5 78 (4.92%) JavaScript
6 34 (2.14%) Ruby
7 30 (1.89%) T-SQL
8 29 (1.83%) C
9 24 (1.51%) C++
10 23 (1.45%) PHP
11 22 (1.39%) Scala
11 22 (1.39%) VBA
12 21 (1.32%) VBScript
13 15 (0.95%) PowerShell
14 11 (0.69%) Bash Shell
15 10 (0.63%) PL/SQL
15 10 (0.63%) Shell Script
16 9 (0.57%) Tcl
16 9 (0.57%) VB
17 7 (0.44%) F#
Qualifications
1 200 (12.61%) ISEB
2 189 (11.92%) ISTQB
3 154 (9.71%) Security Cleared
4 109 (6.87%) Degree
5 97 (6.12%) SC Cleared
6 80 (5.04%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 34 (2.14%) DV Cleared
8 13 (0.82%) BPSS Clearance
9 12 (0.76%) Computer Science Degree
10 8 (0.50%) Numerate Degree
11 7 (0.44%) Master's Degree
11 7 (0.44%) Microsoft Certification
12 5 (0.32%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 3 (0.19%) CBAP
13 3 (0.19%) IIBA
14 2 (0.13%) ISEB Practitioner
14 2 (0.13%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 2 (0.13%) MCSE
14 2 (0.13%) PMI Certification
14 2 (0.13%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 235 (14.82%) QA
2 30 (1.89%) MiFID
3 20 (1.26%) EMIR
4 11 (0.69%) Data Quality
5 9 (0.57%) IFRS
5 9 (0.57%) WCAG
6 7 (0.44%) Disclosure Scotland
6 7 (0.44%) IFRS 9
6 7 (0.44%) PMO
7 6 (0.38%) Basel II
7 6 (0.38%) FATCA
8 5 (0.32%) ISO 26262
8 5 (0.32%) SLA
9 4 (0.25%) Dodd-Frank
9 4 (0.25%) GDPR
9 4 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 3 (0.19%) AIFMD
10 3 (0.19%) GAMP
10 3 (0.19%) Solvency II
10 3 (0.19%) WAI
System Software
1 48 (3.03%) Active Directory
2 13 (0.82%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (0.50%) Docker
3 8 (0.50%) vSphere
4 7 (0.44%) Firmware
4 7 (0.44%) VMware Workstation
5 6 (0.38%) LXC
6 3 (0.19%) Virtual Desktop
6 3 (0.19%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.063%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.063%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.063%) NFS
7 1 (0.063%) OpenAM
7 1 (0.063%) OpenDJ
Systems Management
1 150 (9.46%) HP Quality Center
2 18 (1.13%) SCCM
3 15 (0.95%) Puppet
4 14 (0.88%) Opscode Chef
5 12 (0.76%) SCOM
6 8 (0.50%) Ansible
7 7 (0.44%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 6 (0.38%) Kibana
8 6 (0.38%) WhatsUp Gold
9 5 (0.32%) Terraform
10 3 (0.19%) Grafana
10 3 (0.19%) ITRS Geneos
10 3 (0.19%) logstash
11 2 (0.13%) CA Service Virtualization
11 2 (0.13%) Control-M
11 2 (0.13%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 2 (0.13%) Perfmon
11 2 (0.13%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 1 (0.063%) Netcool
12 1 (0.063%) TeamSite
Vendors
1 166 (10.47%) Microsoft
2 162 (10.21%) HP
3 127 (8.01%) Oracle
4 98 (6.18%) SAP
5 20 (1.26%) Apigee
6 18 (1.13%) Atlassian
6 18 (1.13%) Salesforce.com
6 18 (1.13%) VMware
7 15 (0.95%) ServiceNow
8 12 (0.76%) IBM
9 10 (0.63%) Adobe
9 10 (0.63%) Bloomberg
10 9 (0.57%) Charles River
10 9 (0.57%) Motorola
10 9 (0.57%) Workday
11 7 (0.44%) Citrix
11 7 (0.44%) Cognos
11 7 (0.44%) JD Edwards
12 6 (0.38%) PeopleSoft
12 6 (0.38%) Sybase