The first table below looks at the demand 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 1 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the North West region.

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
1 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
System Testing
Rank 118 117 127
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +10
Contract jobs citing System Testing 17 11 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.56% 0.40% 0.43%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.80% 0.57% 0.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 2 12
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£320 £313 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.40% -3.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £303 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £365 £323 £396
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £30.50 £32.50
% change year-on-year
+22.95% -6.15%
Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2130 1940 2087
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 70.34% 70.91% 64.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 1141 973 1106
Average daily rate £375 £338 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% +2.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £240 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £465 £463
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 100 94 109
Average hourly rate £27.17 £20.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+32.51% -8.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.57 £10.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £54.75 £45.00 £47.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £31.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-19.35% -
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England

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
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing System Testing across the North West region over the 3 months to 1 August 2014.

System Testing Daily Rate Histogram 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 1 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 +10 13 £325 - 1
Cheshire +4 2 £320 -
Merseyside - 2 £410 - 1
Lancashire -10 1 £288 -4.16% 1
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England

System Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 1 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 7 (30.43%) SQL
1 7 (30.43%) User Acceptance Testing
2 6 (26.09%) Finance
3 5 (21.74%) Retail
3 5 (21.74%) Oracle
4 3 (13.04%) Continuous Improvement
4 3 (13.04%) QA
4 3 (13.04%) Manual Testing
4 3 (13.04%) HP Quality Center
4 3 (13.04%) .NET
4 3 (13.04%) HTML
4 3 (13.04%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (13.04%) Change Management
4 3 (13.04%) ISEB
5 2 (8.70%) ETL
5 2 (8.70%) Intranet
5 2 (8.70%) Internet
5 2 (8.70%) Project Management
5 2 (8.70%) Migration
5 2 (8.70%) MVC
5 2 (8.70%) C
5 2 (8.70%) C#
5 2 (8.70%) T-SQL
5 2 (8.70%) JavaScript
5 2 (8.70%) PL/SQL
5 2 (8.70%) ASP.NET
5 2 (8.70%) SQL Server
5 2 (8.70%) CSS
5 2 (8.70%) UML
5 2 (8.70%) Oracle Reports

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

For the 6 months to 1 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%) Oracle SOA Suite
1 1 (4.35%) WebSphere
1 1 (4.35%) AquaLogic
1 1 (4.35%) Oracle Service Bus
1 1 (4.35%) Tomcat
1 1 (4.35%) Lotus Domino
1 1 (4.35%) WebLogic
Applications
1 2 (8.70%) MS Excel
2 1 (4.35%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (8.70%) Oracle Financials
1 2 (8.70%) ResourceLink
1 2 (8.70%) Oracle Retail
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
1 2 (8.70%) Oracle Reports
1 2 (8.70%) Data Warehouse
1 2 (8.70%) Star Schema
1 2 (8.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (4.35%) Oracle ODI
2 1 (4.35%) Oracle Database
2 1 (4.35%) Oracle Database 11g
2 1 (4.35%) Oracle Database 10g
2 1 (4.35%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 2 (8.70%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (4.35%) JIRA
2 1 (4.35%) Selenium
2 1 (4.35%) SoapUI
2 1 (4.35%) Ant
2 1 (4.35%) Eclipse
2 1 (4.35%) Toad
General
1 6 (26.09%) Finance
2 5 (21.74%) Retail
3 1 (4.35%) Telecoms
3 1 (4.35%) Banking
3 1 (4.35%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 14 (60.87%) Analyst
2 9 (39.13%) Test Analyst
3 5 (21.74%) Developer
4 2 (8.70%) Business Analyst
4 2 (8.70%) Tester
4 2 (8.70%) Implementation Analyst
4 2 (8.70%) Agile Test Analyst
4 2 (8.70%) Business Intelligence Developer
4 2 (8.70%) Oracle Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) Master Data Manager
5 1 (4.35%) Service Level Manager
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
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (13.04%) .NET
1 3 (13.04%) HTML
2 2 (8.70%) ASP.NET
2 2 (8.70%) CSS
2 2 (8.70%) ASP.NET MVC
2 2 (8.70%) HTML5
3 1 (4.35%) .NET Framework
3 1 (4.35%) Oracle Fusion
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
Miscellaneous
1 1 (4.35%) IBM Mainframe
1 1 (4.35%) Management Information System
1 1 (4.35%) Mainframe
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (30.43%) User Acceptance Testing
2 3 (13.04%) Continuous Improvement
2 3 (13.04%) Manual Testing
2 3 (13.04%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (13.04%) Change Management
3 2 (8.70%) ETL
3 2 (8.70%) Project Management
3 2 (8.70%) Migration
3 2 (8.70%) MVC
3 2 (8.70%) UML
3 2 (8.70%) Data Modelling
3 2 (8.70%) Business Intelligence
3 2 (8.70%) ERD
3 2 (8.70%) Data Cleansing
3 2 (8.70%) Integration Testing
3 2 (8.70%) Test Management
3 2 (8.70%) Web Development
3 2 (8.70%) Performance Testing
3 2 (8.70%) Use Case
3 2 (8.70%) Change Control
Programming Languages
1 7 (30.43%) SQL
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
2 2 (8.70%) PowerShell
3 1 (4.35%) XQuery
3 1 (4.35%) Java
Qualifications
1 3 (13.04%) ISEB
2 1 (4.35%) ISTQB
2 1 (4.35%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (13.04%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (13.04%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (21.74%) Oracle
2 1 (4.35%) IBM
2 1 (4.35%) HP
2 1 (4.35%) SAP
2 1 (4.35%) BEA