Period
to 17 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 17 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
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 166 163 116
Rank change year-on-year -3 -47 +15
Contract jobs citing Test Scripting 1595 1750 2275
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.55% 1.65% 1.98%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.84% 1.97% 2.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 1035 1078 1430
UK median daily rate £368 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% - -
10th Percentile £256 £234 £245
90th Percentile £525 £513 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £339 £336 £330
% change year-on-year +0.74% +1.89% +1.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 23 27
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £36.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.17% +2.86% +22.81%
10th Percentile £12.43 £13.20 £25.15
90th Percentile £49.03 £44.00 £45.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.00 £37.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +5.41% +5.71% +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 86890 88941 94016
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.52% 83.93% 81.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 57867 58786 60918
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £263
90th Percentile £626 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £385
% change year-on-year - +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2052 2351 2749
UK median hourly rate £23.75 £24.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.04% +6.67% +18.42%
10th Percentile £11.43 £11.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £49.75 £48.75 £47.71
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.02 £24.37 £23.35
% change year-on-year -1.42% +4.35% +16.75%

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 17 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 17 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 17 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 +3 1437 £375 +3.45% 118
UK excluding London -16 943 £339 +0.74% 100
London -9 626 £425 +6.25% 22
South East -32 231 £350 +3.32% 33
North of England -7 197 £365 +4.29% 42
South West +8 139 £330 -2.94% 3
Midlands -22 138 £325 -3.70% 12
Yorkshire +50 105 £370 +9.63% 18
Scotland -14 102 £300 +6.01% 2
East of England +17 101 £350 +7.69% 6
West Midlands -17 91 £330 -2.22% 7
North West -14 67 £338 +2.27% 17
East Midlands -6 46 £320 -1.54% 5
Wales +17 29 £338 -10.00% 2
North East -10 25 £380 -5.00% 7
Northern Ireland -42 4 £403 +23.85%
Isle of Man - 3 £225 -
Channel Islands - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 17 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.

1 608 (38.12%) Agile Software Development
2 567 (35.55%) Test Automation
3 487 (30.53%) User Acceptance Testing
4 366 (22.95%) Finance
5 310 (19.44%) Scenario Testing
6 289 (18.12%) Banking
7 284 (17.81%) Selenium
8 280 (17.55%) JIRA
9 276 (17.30%) SQL
10 251 (15.74%) Java
11 234 (14.67%) QA
12 227 (14.23%) Test Strategy
13 203 (12.73%) Scrum
14 202 (12.66%) ISEB
15 192 (12.04%) ISTQB
16 183 (11.47%) Functional Testing
17 178 (11.16%) Regression Testing
18 171 (10.72%) Migration
19 168 (10.53%) Defect Management
20 166 (10.41%) Microsoft
21 163 (10.22%) HP
22 160 (10.03%) Software Testing
23 159 (9.97%) Security Cleared
24 156 (9.78%) SDLC
25 154 (9.66%) BDD
26 150 (9.40%) HP Quality Center
27 149 (9.34%) Cucumber
28 139 (8.71%) C#
29 133 (8.34%) Integration Testing
30 132 (8.28%) TDD

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 63 (3.95%) Confluence
2 44 (2.76%) SharePoint
3 23 (1.44%) Tomcat
4 16 (1.00%) MS Exchange
5 14 (0.88%) CMS
6 11 (0.69%) SAS
6 11 (0.69%) WebLogic
7 10 (0.63%) BizTalk Server
7 10 (0.63%) IIS
8 9 (0.56%) WebSphere
9 8 (0.50%) Documentum
10 7 (0.44%) JBoss
11 6 (0.38%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 6 (0.38%) Elasticsearch
12 5 (0.31%) SharePoint Server
13 4 (0.25%) Drupal
13 4 (0.25%) Umbraco
14 2 (0.13%) Anypoint
14 2 (0.13%) Apache Spark
14 2 (0.13%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 97 (6.08%) Microsoft Excel
2 83 (5.20%) MS Visio
3 69 (4.33%) Microsoft Office
4 52 (3.26%) Microsoft Project
5 26 (1.63%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 7 (0.44%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (0.31%) Simulink
8 1 (0.063%) Open Workbench
8 1 (0.063%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 31 (1.94%) Dynamics CRM
2 26 (1.63%) Oracle EBS
3 18 (1.13%) Dynamics AX
4 13 (0.82%) Oracle EBS R12
5 11 (0.69%) Oracle Financials
5 11 (0.69%) Oracle Payables
6 10 (0.63%) Markit EDM
7 9 (0.56%) Unit4 Business World
8 8 (0.50%) SAP FI
9 7 (0.44%) Maximo
9 7 (0.44%) NetSuite
9 7 (0.44%) Oracle Assets
9 7 (0.44%) Oracle Receivables
9 7 (0.44%) SAP CO
9 7 (0.44%) SAP FI/CO
10 6 (0.38%) Oracle ERP
10 6 (0.38%) Oracle General Ledger
11 5 (0.31%) SAP CRM
11 5 (0.31%) SAP ERP
11 5 (0.31%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 40 (2.51%) 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 (0.75%) 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%) Azure Active Directory
11 1 (0.063%) Azure Data Factory
11 1 (0.063%) BlazeMeter
11 1 (0.063%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 26 (1.63%) HTTP
2 25 (1.57%) Wireless
3 20 (1.25%) Internet
4 17 (1.07%) DNS
5 14 (0.88%) VLAN
6 13 (0.82%) Firewall
7 12 (0.75%) LTE
7 12 (0.75%) SMS
8 10 (0.63%) Wi-Fi
9 8 (0.50%) 4G
9 8 (0.50%) ATM
10 7 (0.44%) VSAN
11 6 (0.38%) Bluetooth
11 6 (0.38%) FTP
12 5 (0.31%) DVB
12 5 (0.31%) LAN
12 5 (0.31%) TCP/IP
12 5 (0.31%) Wireshark
13 4 (0.25%) PuTTY
13 4 (0.25%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 97 (6.08%) SQL Server
2 37 (2.32%) NoSQL
3 34 (2.13%) Data Warehouse
4 23 (1.44%) Big Data
4 23 (1.44%) Relational Database
5 22 (1.38%) MySQL
6 21 (1.32%) MongoDB
7 17 (1.07%) SQL Server 2012
8 15 (0.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 14 (0.88%) Maltego
9 14 (0.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 13 (0.82%) Oracle Database
11 11 (0.69%) Oracle Reports
12 9 (0.56%) Hadoop
12 9 (0.56%) PostgreSQL
12 9 (0.56%) RDBMS
13 8 (0.50%) Apache Cassandra
14 7 (0.44%) BusinessObjects
15 6 (0.38%) Oracle Database 11g
16 5 (0.31%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 284 (17.81%) Selenium
2 280 (17.55%) JIRA
3 149 (9.34%) Cucumber
4 104 (6.52%) WebDriver
5 102 (6.39%) Jenkins
6 91 (5.71%) SoapUI
7 57 (3.57%) Team Foundation Server
8 49 (3.07%) JMeter
9 48 (3.01%) HP UFT
9 48 (3.01%) Visual Studio
10 47 (2.95%) LoadRunner
11 46 (2.88%) SpecFlow
12 41 (2.57%) JUnit
13 35 (2.19%) Git (software)
14 23 (1.44%) Subversion
15 22 (1.38%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 20 (1.25%) Appium
17 19 (1.19%) Zephyr
18 18 (1.13%) Eclipse
19 16 (1.00%) Protractor
General
1 366 (22.95%) Finance
2 289 (18.12%) Banking
3 116 (7.27%) Retail Banking
4 76 (4.76%) Retail
5 52 (3.26%) Legal
5 52 (3.26%) Telecoms
6 45 (2.82%) Investment Banking
7 40 (2.51%) Manufacturing
8 33 (2.07%) Law
9 30 (1.88%) Marketing
10 27 (1.69%) Electronics
11 21 (1.32%) Games
11 21 (1.32%) Publishing
12 18 (1.13%) Front Office
13 17 (1.07%) Back Office
14 16 (1.00%) Automotive
15 11 (0.69%) Financial Institution
15 11 (0.69%) General Ledger
16 10 (0.63%) Pharmaceutical
16 10 (0.63%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 733 (45.96%) Analyst
2 526 (32.98%) Test Analyst
3 279 (17.49%) Tester
4 157 (9.84%) Business Analyst
5 133 (8.34%) Test Manager
6 130 (8.15%) Developer
7 111 (6.96%) Test Engineer
8 80 (5.02%) Banking Analyst
8 80 (5.02%) Test Leader
9 70 (4.39%) Automation Tester
10 63 (3.95%) Automation Test Analyst
11 54 (3.39%) Consultant
12 48 (3.01%) Senior Analyst
13 46 (2.88%) QA Tester
14 40 (2.51%) Software Tester
15 37 (2.32%) QA Engineer
16 36 (2.26%) Developer in Test
16 36 (2.26%) Senior Test Analyst
17 34 (2.13%) Test Automation Engineer
17 34 (2.13%) UAT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 130 (8.15%) .NET
2 92 (5.77%) SOAP
3 78 (4.89%) XML
4 65 (4.08%) HTML
4 65 (4.08%) Web Services
5 49 (3.07%) JSON
6 46 (2.88%) REST
7 37 (2.32%) AngularJS
8 36 (2.26%) RESTful
9 34 (2.13%) Gherkin
10 31 (1.94%) Spring
11 27 (1.69%) CSS
12 26 (1.63%) WCF
13 25 (1.57%) HTML5
13 25 (1.57%) Node.js
13 25 (1.57%) RabbitMQ
14 22 (1.38%) .NET Framework
15 20 (1.25%) ASP.NET Web API
16 18 (1.13%) Elastic Stack
17 17 (1.07%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 117 (7.34%) Analytical Skills
2 55 (3.45%) Mobile App
3 39 (2.45%) User Experience
4 35 (2.19%) Credit Risk
5 31 (1.94%) Management Information System
6 30 (1.88%) Enterprise Software
7 24 (1.50%) Fixed Income
8 22 (1.38%) Greenfield Project
9 18 (1.13%) Market Risk
10 17 (1.07%) Data Centre
11 15 (0.94%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 15 (0.94%) STB
12 14 (0.88%) Client/Server
12 14 (0.88%) Computer Science
13 13 (0.82%) Reference Data
14 11 (0.69%) Derivative
14 11 (0.69%) EPoS
15 10 (0.63%) Mainframe
16 9 (0.56%) IPTV
16 9 (0.56%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 88 (5.52%) Windows
2 55 (3.45%) Linux
3 52 (3.26%) Unix
4 26 (1.63%) Android
5 18 (1.13%) Apple iOS
6 14 (0.88%) Windows Server 2012
7 13 (0.82%) Windows Server
8 11 (0.69%) Windows 10
9 8 (0.50%) Ubuntu
10 7 (0.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 6 (0.38%) Windows Server 2008
11 6 (0.38%) Windows Vista
12 4 (0.25%) AIX
12 4 (0.25%) Solaris
13 3 (0.19%) HPUX
14 2 (0.13%) Windows 7
14 2 (0.13%) Windows Mobile
15 1 (0.063%) VMS
15 1 (0.063%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 608 (38.12%) Agile Software Development
2 567 (35.55%) Test Automation
3 487 (30.53%) User Acceptance Testing
4 310 (19.44%) Scenario Testing
5 227 (14.23%) Test Strategy
6 203 (12.73%) Scrum
7 183 (11.47%) Functional Testing
8 178 (11.16%) Regression Testing
9 171 (10.72%) Migration
10 168 (10.53%) Defect Management
11 160 (10.03%) Software Testing
12 156 (9.78%) SDLC
13 154 (9.66%) BDD
14 133 (8.34%) Integration Testing
15 132 (8.28%) TDD
16 130 (8.15%) Manual Testing
17 118 (7.40%) Test Planning
18 117 (7.34%) Stakeholder Management
18 117 (7.34%) Test Management
19 116 (7.27%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 276 (17.30%) SQL
2 251 (15.74%) Java
3 139 (8.71%) C#
4 112 (7.02%) Python
5 77 (4.83%) JavaScript
6 32 (2.01%) Ruby
7 29 (1.82%) T-SQL
8 27 (1.69%) C
9 24 (1.50%) PHP
10 23 (1.44%) C++
11 22 (1.38%) Scala
11 22 (1.38%) VBA
12 21 (1.32%) VBScript
13 17 (1.07%) PowerShell
14 14 (0.88%) Bash Shell
15 10 (0.63%) F#
15 10 (0.63%) PL/SQL
15 10 (0.63%) Shell Script
16 9 (0.56%) Tcl
16 9 (0.56%) VB
Qualifications
1 202 (12.66%) ISEB
2 192 (12.04%) ISTQB
3 159 (9.97%) Security Cleared
4 107 (6.71%) Degree
5 96 (6.02%) SC Cleared
6 86 (5.39%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 34 (2.13%) DV Cleared
8 15 (0.94%) BPSS Clearance
9 10 (0.63%) Computer Science Degree
10 9 (0.56%) Numerate Degree
11 7 (0.44%) Master's Degree
12 6 (0.38%) Microsoft Certification
13 5 (0.31%) ISEB Practitioner
14 4 (0.25%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 3 (0.19%) CBAP
15 3 (0.19%) IIBA
16 2 (0.13%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
16 2 (0.13%) PMI Certification
16 2 (0.13%) PMP
17 1 (0.063%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 234 (14.67%) QA
2 31 (1.94%) MiFID
3 21 (1.32%) EMIR
4 11 (0.69%) Data Quality
5 10 (0.63%) IFRS
6 9 (0.56%) WCAG
7 8 (0.50%) Disclosure Scotland
7 8 (0.50%) IFRS 9
8 7 (0.44%) Basel II
9 6 (0.38%) FATCA
9 6 (0.38%) PMO
9 6 (0.38%) SLA
10 5 (0.31%) ISO 26262
11 4 (0.25%) Dodd-Frank
11 4 (0.25%) GDPR
11 4 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 3 (0.19%) AIFMD
12 3 (0.19%) GAMP
12 3 (0.19%) Solvency II
13 2 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 19770
System Software
1 46 (2.88%) Active Directory
2 15 (0.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (0.69%) vSphere
4 8 (0.50%) Docker
4 8 (0.50%) Firmware
5 7 (0.44%) VMware Workstation
6 6 (0.38%) LXC
6 6 (0.38%) Virtual Machines
7 3 (0.19%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (0.063%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.063%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.063%) NFS
8 1 (0.063%) OpenAM
8 1 (0.063%) OpenDJ
Systems Management
1 150 (9.40%) HP Quality Center
2 18 (1.13%) SCCM
3 15 (0.94%) Puppet
4 14 (0.88%) Opscode Chef
5 12 (0.75%) SCOM
6 8 (0.50%) Ansible
7 7 (0.44%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 6 (0.38%) Kibana
9 5 (0.31%) Terraform
9 5 (0.31%) WhatsUp Gold
10 4 (0.25%) vRealize
11 3 (0.19%) Grafana
11 3 (0.19%) ITRS Geneos
11 3 (0.19%) logstash
12 2 (0.13%) CA Service Virtualization
12 2 (0.13%) Control-M
12 2 (0.13%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 2 (0.13%) Perfmon
12 2 (0.13%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 1 (0.063%) Marathon
Vendors
1 166 (10.41%) Microsoft
2 163 (10.22%) HP
3 131 (8.21%) Oracle
4 98 (6.14%) SAP
5 21 (1.32%) VMware
6 19 (1.19%) Atlassian
7 18 (1.13%) Apigee
7 18 (1.13%) Salesforce.com
8 13 (0.82%) ServiceNow
9 11 (0.69%) IBM
10 10 (0.63%) Bloomberg
11 9 (0.56%) Adobe
11 9 (0.56%) Charles River
11 9 (0.56%) Motorola
11 9 (0.56%) Workday
12 7 (0.44%) Citrix
12 7 (0.44%) Cognos
12 7 (0.44%) JD Edwards
12 7 (0.44%) Red Hat
13 6 (0.38%) McAfee