Period
to 24 September 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 24 September 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
24 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 163 179 164
Rank change year-on-year +16 -15 -43
Contract jobs citing Test Scripting 1,702 1,459 1,786
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.67% 1.50% 1.67%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.94% 1.75% 1.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 999 933 1,081
UK median daily rate £375 £365 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.74% +4.29% -
10th Percentile £263 £256 £250
90th Percentile £542 £525 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £330 £340
% change year-on-year +6.06% -2.94% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 26 27
UK median hourly rate £38.00 £37.50 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.33% +1.35% +5.71%
10th Percentile £16.53 £16.17 £14.00
90th Percentile £49.75 £50.50 £43.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £37.50 £37.00
% change year-on-year +13.33% +1.35% +18.40%

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 87,849 83,375 90,760
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.17% 85.61% 85.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,038 54,987 60,016
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +5.59%
10th Percentile £300 £278 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,412 2,057 2,375
UK median hourly rate £20.55 £24.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.38% +6.67% +2.69%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £24.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year -16.67% +2.13% +6.82%

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 24 September 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 24 September 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 24 September 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 -1 1,500 £400 +6.67% 261
UK excluding London +34 1,121 £350 +6.06% 210
London -28 539 £450 +5.88% 76
South East +32 279 £375 +6.38% 61
North of England +26 278 £339 -3.21% 56
Yorkshire +19 162 £325 -7.14% 18
Midlands -6 135 £375 +20.00% 28
East of England +20 134 £371 +8.44% 18
Scotland +9 123 £288 +2.68% 16
South West -20 119 £375 +15.38% 25
West Midlands +5 105 £375 +19.05% 18
North West +18 94 £350 +12.00% 33
Wales -14 39 £350 +11.11% 9
East Midlands -7 29 £388 +38.39% 10
North East -13 22 £381 +3.68% 5
Northern Ireland +44 11 £388 -3.13%
Channel Islands - 2 - -

For the 6 months to 24 September 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.

1 731 (42.95%) Test Automation
2 627 (36.84%) Agile Software Development
3 464 (27.26%) SQL
4 356 (20.92%) Java
5 332 (19.51%) Selenium
6 326 (19.15%) Finance
7 288 (16.92%) User Acceptance Testing
8 286 (16.80%) QA
9 274 (16.10%) ISTQB
10 268 (15.75%) JIRA
11 233 (13.69%) Oracle
12 228 (13.40%) ISEB
13 215 (12.63%) Windows
14 212 (12.46%) Software Testing
15 208 (12.22%) Scrum
16 203 (11.93%) Microsoft
17 199 (11.69%) Security Cleared
18 191 (11.22%) C#
19 179 (10.52%) BDD
20 178 (10.46%) Functional Testing
21 177 (10.40%) Test Strategy
21 177 (10.40%) Scenario Testing
22 175 (10.28%) XML
23 171 (10.05%) Cucumber
24 169 (9.93%) Unix
24 169 (9.93%) Regression Testing
25 161 (9.46%) SC Cleared
25 161 (9.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
26 157 (9.22%) Integration Testing
27 139 (8.17%) Analytical Skills

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 80 (4.70%) Confluence
2 58 (3.41%) WebLogic
3 18 (1.06%) CMS
4 16 (0.94%) Apache Spark
5 13 (0.76%) Apache Solr
5 13 (0.76%) SharePoint
6 10 (0.59%) Drupal
7 9 (0.53%) Apache
8 8 (0.47%) JBoss
8 8 (0.47%) Oracle Workflow
8 8 (0.47%) SAS
9 6 (0.35%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 5 (0.29%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 5 (0.29%) Elasticsearch
10 5 (0.29%) Oracle Service Bus
11 4 (0.24%) Skype for Business
11 4 (0.24%) WebSphere
12 3 (0.18%) IIS
12 3 (0.18%) Moodle
12 3 (0.18%) Tomcat
Applications
1 95 (5.58%) Microsoft Excel
2 40 (2.35%) MS Visio
3 32 (1.88%) Microsoft Office
4 26 (1.53%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 10 (0.59%) Microsoft Project
6 6 (0.35%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.18%) SOLIDWORKS
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 32 (1.88%) Dynamics CRM
2 19 (1.12%) SAP FI
2 19 (1.12%) SAP HR
3 16 (0.94%) Oracle EBS
3 16 (0.94%) Oracle EBS R12
4 13 (0.76%) SAP S/4HANA
5 12 (0.71%) SAP CO
5 12 (0.71%) SAP FI/CO
6 10 (0.59%) Oracle Financials
7 9 (0.53%) Oracle ERP
7 9 (0.53%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 9 (0.53%) SAP FI-CA
7 9 (0.53%) SAP Payroll
7 9 (0.53%) SAP PSCD
8 8 (0.47%) HFM
8 8 (0.47%) Oracle Receivables
8 8 (0.47%) SAP SD
9 7 (0.41%) Infor M3
9 7 (0.41%) Oracle Payables
9 7 (0.41%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 57 (3.35%) Microsoft Azure
2 50 (2.94%) Amazon AWS
3 48 (2.82%) Office 365
4 23 (1.35%) AWS Lambda
5 21 (1.23%) Dynamics 365
5 21 (1.23%) Serverless
6 18 (1.06%) GitHub
7 15 (0.88%) BrowserStack
8 11 (0.65%) SaaS
8 11 (0.65%) Sauce Labs
9 9 (0.53%) Amazon EC2
9 9 (0.53%) Amazon Kinesis
9 9 (0.53%) Amazon S3
9 9 (0.53%) AWS CloudFormation
10 8 (0.47%) Amazon SQS
10 8 (0.47%) PaaS
11 6 (0.35%) Lucidchart
12 5 (0.29%) IaaS
13 4 (0.24%) Google Cloud Platform
14 3 (0.18%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 40 (2.35%) DNS
2 35 (2.06%) DHCP
3 19 (1.12%) TCP/IP
4 18 (1.06%) LAN
5 17 (1.00%) Firewall
6 16 (0.94%) WAN
7 13 (0.76%) HTTP
7 13 (0.76%) SMS
8 11 (0.65%) SAN
9 10 (0.59%) VPN
9 10 (0.59%) WLAN
10 8 (0.47%) Bluetooth
10 8 (0.47%) Broadband
10 8 (0.47%) Internet
10 8 (0.47%) iSCSI
10 8 (0.47%) Wi-Fi
11 7 (0.41%) Wireless
12 5 (0.29%) MPLS
12 5 (0.29%) PuTTY
13 4 (0.24%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 98 (5.76%) SQL Server
2 71 (4.17%) Data Warehouse
3 63 (3.70%) MongoDB
4 60 (3.53%) Relational Database
5 42 (2.47%) Oracle Reports
6 39 (2.29%) NoSQL
7 26 (1.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 25 (1.47%) MySQL
8 25 (1.47%) Oracle Database
9 23 (1.35%) Big Data
10 18 (1.06%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 18 (1.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 17 (1.00%) PostgreSQL
12 15 (0.88%) Apache Cassandra
13 14 (0.82%) Apache Hive
13 14 (0.82%) Hadoop
14 11 (0.65%) MOLAP
14 11 (0.65%) ROLAP
15 10 (0.59%) HBase
15 10 (0.59%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 332 (19.51%) Selenium
2 268 (15.75%) JIRA
3 171 (10.05%) Cucumber
4 120 (7.05%) JMeter
5 116 (6.82%) SoapUI
6 111 (6.52%) Jenkins
7 90 (5.29%) Git (software)
8 81 (4.76%) WebDriver
9 69 (4.05%) LoadRunner
9 69 (4.05%) SpecFlow
10 68 (4.00%) Toad
11 62 (3.64%) HP UFT
12 59 (3.47%) Team Foundation Server
13 50 (2.94%) Subversion
14 44 (2.59%) Visual Studio
15 41 (2.41%) Gatling
16 36 (2.12%) JUnit
17 33 (1.94%) WinRunner
18 32 (1.88%) Visual Studio Team System
19 29 (1.70%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 326 (19.15%) Finance
2 125 (7.34%) Banking
3 66 (3.88%) Retail
4 57 (3.35%) Investment Banking
5 28 (1.65%) Legal
6 22 (1.29%) Telecoms
7 20 (1.18%) Front Office
8 19 (1.12%) Back Office
8 19 (1.12%) Manufacturing
9 18 (1.06%) Retail Banking
10 16 (0.94%) Marketing
11 13 (0.76%) Aerospace
11 13 (0.76%) Law
11 13 (0.76%) Pharmaceutical
12 8 (0.47%) Automotive
13 7 (0.41%) Billing
14 6 (0.35%) Games
14 6 (0.35%) Publishing
15 4 (0.24%) Electronics
15 4 (0.24%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 694 (40.78%) Analyst
2 507 (29.79%) Test Analyst
3 272 (15.98%) Tester
4 184 (10.81%) Developer
5 140 (8.23%) Business Analyst
6 127 (7.46%) Test Leader
7 125 (7.34%) Test Engineer
8 111 (6.52%) Automation Tester
9 74 (4.35%) Consultant
10 72 (4.23%) Automation Test Analyst
11 55 (3.23%) Test Manager
12 51 (3.00%) Test Automation Engineer
13 42 (2.47%) SAP Consultant
14 40 (2.35%) C# Developer
15 39 (2.29%) Java Engineer
16 37 (2.17%) Developer in Test
16 37 (2.17%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
17 36 (2.12%) QA Analyst
18 33 (1.94%) Financial Analyst
19 31 (1.82%) QA Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 175 (10.28%) XML
2 133 (7.81%) .NET
3 126 (7.40%) Web Services
4 119 (6.99%) SOAP
5 100 (5.88%) HTML
6 64 (3.76%) CSS
7 63 (3.70%) REST
8 62 (3.64%) RESTful
9 58 (3.41%) Gherkin
10 50 (2.94%) .NET Framework
10 50 (2.94%) AngularJS
11 45 (2.64%) HTML5
12 36 (2.12%) Node.js
13 34 (2.00%) JSON
14 32 (1.88%) ASP.NET
15 31 (1.82%) CSS3
16 30 (1.76%) Sass
17 27 (1.59%) WCF
18 24 (1.41%) WPF
19 21 (1.23%) Reactive Extensions
Miscellaneous
1 139 (8.17%) Analytical Skills
2 51 (3.00%) User Experience
3 49 (2.88%) Enterprise Software
4 48 (2.82%) Fixed Income
5 43 (2.53%) Mobile App
6 36 (2.12%) PDA
7 33 (1.94%) Clustering
8 29 (1.70%) Data Centre
9 27 (1.59%) Management Information System
9 27 (1.59%) Virtual Team
10 23 (1.35%) Credit Risk
10 23 (1.35%) Fintech
10 23 (1.35%) Market Risk
11 20 (1.18%) Self-Motivation
12 17 (1.00%) Greenfield Project
13 15 (0.88%) NHS
14 14 (0.82%) Mainframe
15 13 (0.76%) Linux Command Line
16 12 (0.71%) Computer Science
17 11 (0.65%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 215 (12.63%) Windows
2 169 (9.93%) Unix
3 93 (5.46%) Linux
4 46 (2.70%) Android
5 42 (2.47%) Windows Server 2008
6 38 (2.23%) Apple iOS
6 38 (2.23%) Windows 7
7 37 (2.17%) Windows Server 2003
8 35 (2.06%) AIX
9 19 (1.12%) Windows Server
10 14 (0.82%) Windows 10
11 13 (0.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 10 (0.59%) Windows Server 2012
13 8 (0.47%) VME
14 4 (0.24%) Mac OS X
15 3 (0.18%) VxWorks
15 3 (0.18%) Windows XP
16 2 (0.12%) Solaris
16 2 (0.12%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 731 (42.95%) Test Automation
2 627 (36.84%) Agile Software Development
3 288 (16.92%) User Acceptance Testing
4 212 (12.46%) Software Testing
5 208 (12.22%) Scrum
6 179 (10.52%) BDD
7 178 (10.46%) Functional Testing
8 177 (10.40%) Scenario Testing
8 177 (10.40%) Test Strategy
9 169 (9.93%) Regression Testing
10 157 (9.22%) Integration Testing
11 135 (7.93%) Continuous Integration
11 135 (7.93%) Defect Management
12 134 (7.87%) Performance Testing
13 130 (7.64%) Problem-Solving
14 127 (7.46%) Migration
15 123 (7.23%) User Stories
16 121 (7.11%) System Integration Testing
17 119 (6.99%) Customer Requirements
18 118 (6.93%) API Testing
Programming Languages
1 464 (27.26%) SQL
2 356 (20.92%) Java
3 191 (11.22%) C#
4 113 (6.64%) JavaScript
5 80 (4.70%) Python
6 38 (2.23%) C
6 38 (2.23%) T-SQL
7 32 (1.88%) PL/SQL
8 31 (1.82%) PowerShell
9 25 (1.47%) Ruby
9 25 (1.47%) Scala
10 21 (1.23%) PHP
10 21 (1.23%) VBA
11 17 (1.00%) VBScript
12 16 (0.94%) Bash Shell
12 16 (0.94%) C++
13 15 (0.88%) Perl
13 15 (0.88%) Shell Script
13 15 (0.88%) VB
14 12 (0.71%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 274 (16.10%) ISTQB
2 228 (13.40%) ISEB
3 199 (11.69%) Security Cleared
4 161 (9.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 161 (9.46%) SC Cleared
5 55 (3.23%) Degree
6 23 (1.35%) BPSS Clearance
7 15 (0.88%) DV Cleared
8 12 (0.71%) Microsoft Certification
9 9 (0.53%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 7 (0.41%) Numerate Degree
11 6 (0.35%) ISEB Practitioner
12 5 (0.29%) CCNA
12 5 (0.29%) Cisco Certification
12 5 (0.29%) Computer Science Degree
12 5 (0.29%) DBS Check
13 3 (0.18%) PMI Certification
13 3 (0.18%) PMP
13 3 (0.18%) Six Sigma Black Belt
13 3 (0.18%) Six Sigma Yellow Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 286 (16.80%) QA
2 28 (1.65%) Data Quality
2 28 (1.65%) GDPR
3 22 (1.29%) PMO
4 11 (0.65%) WCAG
5 9 (0.53%) IFRS
6 8 (0.47%) Disclosure Scotland
7 6 (0.35%) DO-178B
7 6 (0.35%) GxP
7 6 (0.35%) WAI
8 5 (0.29%) SEPA
8 5 (0.29%) SLA
9 4 (0.24%) ARP4754
10 3 (0.18%) 21 CFR Part 11
10 3 (0.18%) GCP
10 3 (0.18%) GLP
10 3 (0.18%) GMP
10 3 (0.18%) ISO 9000
11 2 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 2 (0.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 56 (3.29%) Active Directory
2 49 (2.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 41 (2.41%) Hyper-V
4 40 (2.35%) Docker
5 35 (2.06%) VMware ESXi
6 31 (1.82%) Virtual Desktop
7 8 (0.47%) NFS
8 6 (0.35%) LXC
9 4 (0.24%) vSphere
10 2 (0.12%) XenApp
11 1 (0.059%) ACF2
11 1 (0.059%) HDFS
11 1 (0.059%) RACF
11 1 (0.059%) Virtual Machines
11 1 (0.059%) Virtual Servers
11 1 (0.059%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 105 (6.17%) HP ALM
2 58 (3.41%) HP Quality Center
3 32 (1.88%) McAfee ePO
4 18 (1.06%) Opscode Chef
4 18 (1.06%) Puppet
5 17 (1.00%) Kubernetes
6 15 (0.88%) Ansible
7 11 (0.65%) SCCM
8 10 (0.59%) Prometheus
9 9 (0.53%) Grafana
9 9 (0.53%) ZABBIX
10 8 (0.47%) WMI
11 7 (0.41%) Perfmon
12 5 (0.29%) HockeyApp
13 4 (0.24%) Microsoft Intune
13 4 (0.24%) SCOM
14 3 (0.18%) vRealize
15 2 (0.12%) ITRS Geneos
15 2 (0.12%) Netcool
15 2 (0.12%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 233 (13.69%) Oracle
2 203 (11.93%) Microsoft
3 138 (8.11%) HP
4 125 (7.34%) SAP
5 61 (3.58%) webMethods
6 54 (3.17%) VMware
7 44 (2.59%) Citrix
8 37 (2.17%) McAfee
9 33 (1.94%) Veritas
10 31 (1.82%) Ivanti
11 25 (1.47%) Salesforce.com
12 18 (1.06%) Atlassian
13 17 (1.00%) IBM
14 15 (0.88%) AppDynamics
15 14 (0.82%) Hyperion
15 14 (0.82%) Informatica
15 14 (0.82%) SOASTA, Inc
16 13 (0.76%) Red Hat
17 10 (0.59%) Workday
18 9 (0.53%) Splunk