Period
to 17 February 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 17 February 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
17 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 173 155 126
Rank change year-on-year -18 -29 +16
Contract jobs citing Test Scripting 1,540 1,669 2,086
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.53% 1.74% 1.93%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.81% 2.08% 2.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 975 1,094 1,327
UK median daily rate £375 £375 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.17% +2.86%
10th Percentile £269 £225 £250
90th Percentile £513 £536 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £338 £341
% change year-on-year +3.70% -1.03% +4.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 18 26
UK median hourly rate £39.50 £37.13 £38.44
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.40% -3.41% +28.12%
10th Percentile £16.74 £18.75 £28.75
90th Percentile £49.75 £57.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £36.75 £39.37
% change year-on-year +8.84% -6.65% +31.23%

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 85,211 80,432 89,445
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.70% 83.82% 82.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 56,902 53,269 58,166
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £288 £263 £263
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.13% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,047 2,240 2,647
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £25.00 £24.23
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +3.18% +21.15%
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.30 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.35 £49.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £25.66
% change year-on-year - -2.57% +25.17%

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 17 February 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 17 February 2018.

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 17 February 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 -23 1,390 £385 +2.67% 355
UK excluding London -21 919 £350 +3.70% 284
London -32 590 £425 - 97
South East -8 267 £350 +1.08% 67
North of England -11 192 £375 +14.24% 96
Midlands -35 133 £350 +2.94% 41
South West -12 111 £350 +7.69% 29
Yorkshire +36 101 £343 +15.13% 47
West Midlands -7 93 £350 -3.45% 22
East of England -6 88 £338 +3.85% 25
Scotland -13 80 £361 +25.11% 13
North West -30 67 £400 +30.61% 38
Wales +18 40 £350 -13.85% 12
East Midlands -40 40 £325 -3.70% 19
North East -9 26 £450 +20.89% 11
Channel Islands - 5 - -
Isle of Man - 4 £225 -
Northern Ireland -16 1 £460 +31.43% 1

For the 6 months to 17 February 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.

1 587 (38.12%) Agile Software Development
2 541 (35.13%) Test Automation
3 452 (29.35%) User Acceptance Testing
4 349 (22.66%) Finance
5 322 (20.91%) SQL
6 299 (19.42%) Scenario Testing
7 283 (18.38%) Java
8 274 (17.79%) JIRA
9 272 (17.66%) Selenium
10 235 (15.26%) QA
11 226 (14.68%) Banking
12 199 (12.92%) Scrum
13 176 (11.43%) Regression Testing
14 172 (11.17%) Functional Testing
15 168 (10.91%) Test Strategy
16 166 (10.78%) Security Cleared
17 165 (10.71%) C#
17 165 (10.71%) Microsoft
18 160 (10.39%) ISEB
19 158 (10.26%) ISTQB
20 154 (10.00%) Integration Testing
20 154 (10.00%) Defect Management
21 150 (9.74%) SDLC
22 149 (9.68%) BDD
23 147 (9.55%) TDD
24 139 (9.03%) Migration
25 137 (8.90%) Cucumber
26 136 (8.83%) .NET
27 135 (8.77%) Software Testing
28 133 (8.64%) User Stories

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 91 (5.91%) Confluence
2 40 (2.60%) SharePoint
3 16 (1.04%) CMS
4 15 (0.97%) Tomcat
4 15 (0.97%) WebLogic
5 13 (0.84%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 11 (0.71%) WebSphere
7 10 (0.65%) BizTalk Server
7 10 (0.65%) IIS
8 9 (0.58%) Elasticsearch
8 9 (0.58%) MS Exchange
9 8 (0.52%) Apache
9 8 (0.52%) Apache Solr
9 8 (0.52%) SAS
10 7 (0.45%) Apache Spark
11 6 (0.39%) JBoss
12 4 (0.26%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 4 (0.26%) Umbraco
13 3 (0.19%) Documentum
13 3 (0.19%) WebLogic Integration
Applications
1 94 (6.10%) Microsoft Excel
2 75 (4.87%) MS Visio
3 63 (4.09%) Microsoft Office
4 51 (3.31%) Microsoft Project
5 13 (0.84%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 8 (0.52%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (0.32%) Simulink
8 2 (0.13%) Acrobat
9 1 (0.065%) Open Workbench
9 1 (0.065%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 36 (2.34%) Dynamics CRM
2 20 (1.30%) Elite 3E
3 15 (0.97%) Oracle EBS
4 14 (0.91%) Oracle ERP
4 14 (0.91%) SAP FI
4 14 (0.91%) SAP HR
5 13 (0.84%) Dynamics AX
6 11 (0.71%) Dynamics NAV
6 11 (0.71%) SAP MM
7 9 (0.58%) Oracle EBS R12
7 9 (0.58%) Oracle Payables
8 7 (0.45%) NetSuite
8 7 (0.45%) Oracle Assets
8 7 (0.45%) Oracle Cash Management
8 7 (0.45%) Oracle Financials
9 6 (0.39%) Oracle General Ledger
9 6 (0.39%) Oracle Receivables
9 6 (0.39%) SAP BPC
10 5 (0.32%) Oracle E-Business Tax
10 5 (0.32%) Oracle Internet Expenses
Cloud Services
1 29 (1.88%) Microsoft Azure
2 22 (1.43%) Amazon AWS
3 20 (1.30%) Dynamics 365
4 16 (1.04%) GitHub
5 13 (0.84%) SaaS
6 12 (0.78%) SuccessFactors
7 11 (0.71%) BrowserStack
8 10 (0.65%) Cloud Computing
8 10 (0.65%) Serverless
9 9 (0.58%) Office 365
10 8 (0.52%) AWS Lambda
11 7 (0.45%) Amazon S3
11 7 (0.45%) IaaS
12 6 (0.39%) Amazon EC2
13 5 (0.32%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 5 (0.32%) Amazon ElastiCache
13 5 (0.32%) Amazon SQS
13 5 (0.32%) CloudFront
14 4 (0.26%) iPaaS
14 4 (0.26%) Taleo
Communications & Networking
1 33 (2.14%) HTTP
2 24 (1.56%) Internet
3 17 (1.10%) SMS
4 16 (1.04%) Wireless
5 15 (0.97%) Firewall
5 15 (0.97%) VLAN
6 12 (0.78%) DSL
7 9 (0.58%) Bluetooth
7 9 (0.58%) FTP
8 8 (0.52%) ATM
9 7 (0.45%) VSAN
10 5 (0.32%) DNS
10 5 (0.32%) Intranet
10 5 (0.32%) TCP/IP
11 4 (0.26%) SSL
11 4 (0.26%) Wi-Fi
12 3 (0.19%) BGP
12 3 (0.19%) iSCSI
12 3 (0.19%) OSPF
12 3 (0.19%) RIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 89 (5.78%) SQL Server
2 38 (2.47%) NoSQL
3 36 (2.34%) Relational Database
4 24 (1.56%) Data Warehouse
5 21 (1.36%) Big Data
6 19 (1.23%) MongoDB
7 16 (1.04%) PostgreSQL
7 16 (1.04%) SAP BW
8 14 (0.91%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 12 (0.78%) RDBMS
10 11 (0.71%) BusinessObjects
10 11 (0.71%) Oracle Database
11 10 (0.65%) SAP HANA
12 9 (0.58%) Hadoop
12 9 (0.58%) SQL Server 2012
13 8 (0.52%) Amazon DynamoDB
13 8 (0.52%) GIS
13 8 (0.52%) MySQL
13 8 (0.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 7 (0.45%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 274 (17.79%) JIRA
2 272 (17.66%) Selenium
3 137 (8.90%) Cucumber
4 110 (7.14%) WebDriver
5 94 (6.10%) SoapUI
6 87 (5.65%) Jenkins
7 63 (4.09%) Team Foundation Server
8 59 (3.83%) Visual Studio
9 49 (3.18%) Git (software)
10 44 (2.86%) JUnit
11 43 (2.79%) JMeter
12 41 (2.66%) Zephyr
13 38 (2.47%) HP UFT
14 34 (2.21%) SpecFlow
15 32 (2.08%) Eclipse
16 30 (1.95%) Appium
17 26 (1.69%) Protractor
18 23 (1.49%) LoadRunner
18 23 (1.49%) TeamCity
19 22 (1.43%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 349 (22.66%) Finance
2 226 (14.68%) Banking
3 87 (5.65%) Retail
4 64 (4.16%) Retail Banking
5 50 (3.25%) Legal
6 38 (2.47%) Manufacturing
7 37 (2.40%) Investment Banking
8 36 (2.34%) Telecoms
9 32 (2.08%) Law
10 30 (1.95%) Marketing
11 23 (1.49%) Electronics
12 18 (1.17%) Games
13 16 (1.04%) Front Office
14 14 (0.91%) Automotive
14 14 (0.91%) Back Office
15 11 (0.71%) Financial Institution
16 10 (0.65%) Pharmaceutical
17 9 (0.58%) Romanian Language
18 8 (0.52%) Military
18 8 (0.52%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 655 (42.53%) Analyst
2 443 (28.77%) Test Analyst
3 261 (16.95%) Tester
4 159 (10.32%) Business Analyst
5 145 (9.42%) Developer
6 127 (8.25%) Test Engineer
7 89 (5.78%) Test Manager
8 83 (5.39%) Test Leader
9 72 (4.68%) Consultant
10 71 (4.61%) Automation Test Analyst
11 70 (4.55%) Automation Tester
12 69 (4.48%) Banking Analyst
13 60 (3.90%) QA Tester
14 43 (2.79%) Software Tester
15 41 (2.66%) QA Engineer
16 39 (2.53%) Senior Analyst
17 37 (2.40%) Test Automation Engineer
18 36 (2.34%) SAP Consultant
19 33 (2.14%) Manual Test Analyst
20 32 (2.08%) Developer in Test
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 136 (8.83%) .NET
2 102 (6.62%) SOAP
3 92 (5.97%) XML
4 80 (5.19%) REST
4 80 (5.19%) Web Services
5 64 (4.16%) HTML
6 50 (3.25%) JSON
7 49 (3.18%) Gherkin
8 47 (3.05%) AngularJS
9 38 (2.47%) Node.js
10 33 (2.14%) RESTful
11 31 (2.01%) Spring
12 30 (1.95%) CSS
13 29 (1.88%) .NET Framework
14 24 (1.56%) ASP.NET Web API
14 24 (1.56%) WCF
15 22 (1.43%) HTML5
16 16 (1.04%) RabbitMQ
16 16 (1.04%) Spring MVC
16 16 (1.04%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 111 (7.21%) Analytical Skills
2 61 (3.96%) User Experience
3 43 (2.79%) Mobile App
4 40 (2.60%) Management Information System
5 26 (1.69%) Fixed Income
5 26 (1.69%) Mainframe
6 25 (1.62%) Enterprise Software
7 20 (1.30%) Credit Risk
8 17 (1.10%) Client/Server
9 16 (1.04%) Derivative
9 16 (1.04%) Greenfield Project
10 15 (0.97%) Computer Science
10 15 (0.97%) Fintech
10 15 (0.97%) Market Risk
11 14 (0.91%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 11 (0.71%) NHS
13 10 (0.65%) EPoS
14 9 (0.58%) Equities
14 9 (0.58%) Smart Meter
14 9 (0.58%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 91 (5.91%) Windows
2 53 (3.44%) Unix
3 51 (3.31%) Linux
4 30 (1.95%) Apple iOS
5 28 (1.82%) Android
6 19 (1.23%) Windows 10
7 11 (0.71%) Windows Server
8 10 (0.65%) Windows Server 2012
9 8 (0.52%) Windows Server 2008
10 5 (0.32%) Windows 7
10 5 (0.32%) Windows Vista
11 4 (0.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 3 (0.19%) HPUX
12 3 (0.19%) SUSE
13 2 (0.13%) Solaris
13 2 (0.13%) VxWorks
14 1 (0.065%) AIX
14 1 (0.065%) Mac OS
14 1 (0.065%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.065%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 587 (38.12%) Agile Software Development
2 541 (35.13%) Test Automation
3 452 (29.35%) User Acceptance Testing
4 299 (19.42%) Scenario Testing
5 199 (12.92%) Scrum
6 176 (11.43%) Regression Testing
7 172 (11.17%) Functional Testing
8 168 (10.91%) Test Strategy
9 154 (10.00%) Defect Management
9 154 (10.00%) Integration Testing
10 150 (9.74%) SDLC
11 149 (9.68%) BDD
12 147 (9.55%) TDD
13 139 (9.03%) Migration
14 135 (8.77%) Software Testing
15 133 (8.64%) User Stories
16 132 (8.57%) System Integration Testing
17 131 (8.51%) Stakeholder Management
18 121 (7.86%) Manual Testing
19 108 (7.01%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 322 (20.91%) SQL
2 283 (18.38%) Java
3 165 (10.71%) C#
4 100 (6.49%) JavaScript
5 88 (5.71%) Python
6 46 (2.99%) C
7 40 (2.60%) Ruby
8 38 (2.47%) C++
9 27 (1.75%) T-SQL
10 23 (1.49%) Scala
11 22 (1.43%) VBA
12 18 (1.17%) Shell Script
13 12 (0.78%) ABAP
13 12 (0.78%) PHP
13 12 (0.78%) PowerShell
14 11 (0.71%) PL/SQL
15 10 (0.65%) Ada
15 10 (0.65%) VB
15 10 (0.65%) VBScript
16 9 (0.58%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 166 (10.78%) Security Cleared
2 160 (10.39%) ISEB
3 158 (10.26%) ISTQB
4 116 (7.53%) SC Cleared
5 96 (6.23%) Degree
6 79 (5.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 34 (2.21%) DV Cleared
8 17 (1.10%) Computer Science Degree
9 16 (1.04%) Numerate Degree
10 7 (0.45%) BPSS Clearance
11 6 (0.39%) Master's Degree
12 4 (0.26%) ISEB Practitioner
13 3 (0.19%) CBAP
13 3 (0.19%) IIBA
13 3 (0.19%) Microsoft Certification
13 3 (0.19%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 2 (0.13%) HND
14 2 (0.13%) MCSE
15 1 (0.065%) ITIL Certification
15 1 (0.065%) OCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 235 (15.26%) QA
2 16 (1.04%) MiFID
3 11 (0.71%) PMO
4 7 (0.45%) Disclosure Scotland
5 6 (0.39%) Data Quality
5 6 (0.39%) EMIR
5 6 (0.39%) GDPR
6 5 (0.32%) ISO 26262
7 4 (0.26%) WCAG
8 3 (0.19%) GAMP
8 3 (0.19%) GMP
8 3 (0.19%) IFRS
8 3 (0.19%) IFRS 9
8 3 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 3 (0.19%) PCI DSS
8 3 (0.19%) SLA
9 2 (0.13%) Dodd-Frank
9 2 (0.13%) ISO 20022
9 2 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 19770
9 2 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 59 (3.83%) Active Directory
2 22 (1.43%) Docker
3 16 (1.04%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (0.45%) VMware Workstation
4 7 (0.45%) vSphere
5 5 (0.32%) Firmware
6 4 (0.26%) HDFS
6 4 (0.26%) LXC
7 3 (0.19%) NFS
8 2 (0.13%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (0.065%) DFS Replication
9 1 (0.065%) Hyper-V
9 1 (0.065%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (0.065%) OpenAM
9 1 (0.065%) OpenDJ
9 1 (0.065%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 112 (7.27%) HP Quality Center
2 16 (1.04%) Puppet
3 14 (0.91%) Opscode Chef
4 12 (0.78%) SCCM
5 11 (0.71%) Ansible
6 9 (0.58%) SCOM
7 7 (0.45%) Single Sign-On
8 6 (0.39%) ITRS Geneos
8 6 (0.39%) Kubernetes
8 6 (0.39%) WhatsUp Gold
9 5 (0.32%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 4 (0.26%) Oozie
10 4 (0.26%) Terraform
11 3 (0.19%) Kibana
11 3 (0.19%) Prometheus
12 2 (0.13%) Control-M
12 2 (0.13%) MaaS360
12 2 (0.13%) Nagios
12 2 (0.13%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 1 (0.065%) Netcool
Vendors
1 165 (10.71%) Microsoft
2 130 (8.44%) Oracle
3 123 (7.99%) HP
4 117 (7.60%) SAP
5 28 (1.82%) Atlassian
6 21 (1.36%) Citrix
7 20 (1.30%) Apigee
8 19 (1.23%) Adobe
8 19 (1.23%) Intapp
8 19 (1.23%) Salesforce.com
8 19 (1.23%) VMware
9 15 (0.97%) Charles River
10 11 (0.71%) AppDynamics
10 11 (0.71%) ServiceNow
10 11 (0.71%) webMethods
11 10 (0.65%) Cognos
12 9 (0.58%) IBM
12 9 (0.58%) Workday
13 7 (0.45%) Apple
13 7 (0.45%) JD Edwards