The table below looks at the statistics for System Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited System Testing over the 3 months to 29 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
System Testing
Rank 129 121 124
Rank change year-on-year
-8 +3
Contract jobs citing System Testing 14 11 19
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.45% 0.38% 0.58%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.63% 0.55% 0.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 3 16
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£320 £300 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £280 £271
10% offered a daily rate of more than £339 £308 £394
UK excluding London average daily rate £329 £350 £315
% change year-on-year
-5.98% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £30.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+22.95% +52.50%
System Testing
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the North West region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2228 2013 2127
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 71.32% 70.24% 64.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 1232 1030 1130
Average daily rate £368 £333 £339
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.52% -1.91%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £238 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £460
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £360
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 100 99 108
Average hourly rate £25.00 £19.50 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+28.20% -40.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £10.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £67.00 £50.00 £49.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.50 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-15.00% -3.22%

System Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing System Testing across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

System Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

System Testing
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing System Testing across the North West region.

System Testing Daily Rate Trend in the North West

System Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing System Testing across the North West region.

System Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

System Testing
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing System Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 29 August 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -5 11 £313 +6.83% 3
Cheshire -1 2 £320 - 1
Lancashire -9 1 £288 -4.16%
System Testing
England

System Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing System Testing also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited System Testing.

1 8 (34.78%) User Acceptance Testing
2 7 (30.43%) SQL
3 6 (26.09%) Retail
4 5 (21.74%) Finance
5 4 (17.39%) Oracle
6 3 (13.04%) .NET
6 3 (13.04%) HTML
6 3 (13.04%) Change Management
6 3 (13.04%) ISEB
6 3 (13.04%) Manual Testing
6 3 (13.04%) Agile Software Development
6 3 (13.04%) QA
6 3 (13.04%) HP Quality Center
6 3 (13.04%) Continuous Improvement
7 2 (8.70%) Change Control
7 2 (8.70%) Test Strategy
7 2 (8.70%) Oracle Retail
7 2 (8.70%) ASP.NET MVC
7 2 (8.70%) HTML5
7 2 (8.70%) Kimball Methodology
7 2 (8.70%) Inmon Methodology
7 2 (8.70%) Data Transformation
7 2 (8.70%) Use Case
7 2 (8.70%) Web Development
7 2 (8.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 2 (8.70%) ResourceLink
7 2 (8.70%) ERD
7 2 (8.70%) Performance Testing
7 2 (8.70%) Integration Testing
7 2 (8.70%) Test Management

System Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing System Testing also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited System Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (4.35%) Tomcat
1 1 (4.35%) Lotus Domino
1 1 (4.35%) WebLogic
1 1 (4.35%) WebSphere
1 1 (4.35%) AquaLogic
1 1 (4.35%) Oracle Service Bus
1 1 (4.35%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 2 (8.70%) MS Excel
2 1 (4.35%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (8.70%) Oracle Retail
1 2 (8.70%) ResourceLink
2 1 (4.35%) Oracle Financials
2 1 (4.35%) Oracle EBS R12
Communications & Networking
1 2 (8.70%) Intranet
1 2 (8.70%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (8.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 2 (8.70%) SQL Server
1 2 (8.70%) Oracle Reports
1 2 (8.70%) Data Warehouse
1 2 (8.70%) Star Schema
2 1 (4.35%) Oracle Database 10g
2 1 (4.35%) MySQL
2 1 (4.35%) Oracle Database 11g
2 1 (4.35%) Oracle ODI
2 1 (4.35%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 2 (8.70%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (4.35%) Ant
2 1 (4.35%) Eclipse
2 1 (4.35%) Toad
2 1 (4.35%) JIRA
2 1 (4.35%) Selenium
2 1 (4.35%) SoapUI
General
1 6 (26.09%) Retail
2 5 (21.74%) Finance
3 1 (4.35%) Telecoms
3 1 (4.35%) Billing
3 1 (4.35%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (4.35%) Banking
Job Titles
1 14 (60.87%) Analyst
2 9 (39.13%) Test Analyst
3 5 (21.74%) Developer
4 2 (8.70%) Agile Test Analyst
4 2 (8.70%) Business Intelligence Developer
4 2 (8.70%) Business Analyst
4 2 (8.70%) Tester
4 2 (8.70%) Implementation Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) Data Manager
5 1 (4.35%) Systems Test Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) Service Manager
5 1 (4.35%) Software Tester
5 1 (4.35%) Oracle Developer
5 1 (4.35%) .NET Developer
5 1 (4.35%) Test Manager
5 1 (4.35%) Systems Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) Web Developer
5 1 (4.35%) Support Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) Oracle Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) Service Level Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (13.04%) .NET
1 3 (13.04%) HTML
2 2 (8.70%) ASP.NET MVC
2 2 (8.70%) HTML5
2 2 (8.70%) ASP.NET
2 2 (8.70%) CSS
3 1 (4.35%) SOAP
3 1 (4.35%) Web Services
3 1 (4.35%) XML
3 1 (4.35%) XSLT
3 1 (4.35%) EJB
3 1 (4.35%) J2EE
3 1 (4.35%) Middleware
3 1 (4.35%) Oracle Fusion
3 1 (4.35%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 1 (4.35%) Management Information System
1 1 (4.35%) Mainframe
1 1 (4.35%) IBM Mainframe
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (34.78%) User Acceptance Testing
2 3 (13.04%) Change Management
2 3 (13.04%) Manual Testing
2 3 (13.04%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (13.04%) Continuous Improvement
3 2 (8.70%) Change Control
3 2 (8.70%) Test Strategy
3 2 (8.70%) Kimball Methodology
3 2 (8.70%) Inmon Methodology
3 2 (8.70%) Data Transformation
3 2 (8.70%) Use Case
3 2 (8.70%) Web Development
3 2 (8.70%) ERD
3 2 (8.70%) Performance Testing
3 2 (8.70%) Integration Testing
3 2 (8.70%) Test Management
3 2 (8.70%) Test Scripting
3 2 (8.70%) Data Cleansing
3 2 (8.70%) ETL
3 2 (8.70%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (30.43%) SQL
2 2 (8.70%) PowerShell
2 2 (8.70%) C
2 2 (8.70%) C#
2 2 (8.70%) T-SQL
2 2 (8.70%) JavaScript
2 2 (8.70%) PL/SQL
3 1 (4.35%) XQuery
3 1 (4.35%) Java
Qualifications
1 3 (13.04%) ISEB
2 1 (4.35%) Security Cleared
2 1 (4.35%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (13.04%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (13.04%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (17.39%) Oracle
2 1 (4.35%) IBM
2 1 (4.35%) HP
2 1 (4.35%) SAP
2 1 (4.35%) BEA