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 31 July 2015 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
System Testing
Rank 126 115 124
Rank change year-on-year
-11 +9
Contract jobs citing System Testing 32 17 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.84% 0.57% 0.44%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.09% 0.77% 0.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 8 2
Average daily rate
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£262 £320 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-18.28% +2.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £288 £303
10% offered a daily rate of more than £394 £365 £323
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £339 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.32% +4.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £12.35 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £12.35 £37.50 £30.50
% change year-on-year
-67.06% +22.95%
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
2940 2205 1953
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 76.80% 73.43% 71.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 1749 1188 983
Average daily rate £400 £375 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +11.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £263 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £525 £455
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 120 102 90
Average hourly rate £37.97 £28.75 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+32.05% +36.90%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £13.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.75 £53.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.50 £26.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+15.09% -14.51%

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 31 July 2015.

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 31 July 2015. 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 -8 13 £344 +5.76% 11
Merseyside -5 8 - - 1
Lancashire +16 7 £250 -13.04% 1
Cheshire -9 2 £313 -2.34%
System Testing
England

System Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, 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 26 (43.33%) UNIX
2 19 (31.67%) SAS
2 19 (31.67%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (31.67%) SAS Data Integration Studio
3 17 (28.33%) Base SAS
3 17 (28.33%) Finance
4 15 (25.00%) Migration
4 15 (25.00%) Microsoft
4 15 (25.00%) MS Excel
5 14 (23.33%) Mainframe
5 14 (23.33%) IBM
5 14 (23.33%) IBM Mainframe
5 14 (23.33%) Data Extraction
6 13 (21.67%) Waterfall
7 12 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
7 12 (20.00%) SQL
8 11 (18.33%) Test Strategy
9 9 (15.00%) Data Analysis
10 8 (13.33%) QA
10 8 (13.33%) ETL
10 8 (13.33%) REXX
10 8 (13.33%) Configuration Management
10 8 (13.33%) Project Management
11 7 (11.67%) ISEB
11 7 (11.67%) Business Intelligence
11 7 (11.67%) Data Warehouse
11 7 (11.67%) Requirements Analysis
11 7 (11.67%) Oracle BI EE
11 7 (11.67%) V-Model
11 7 (11.67%) Validation

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

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, 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 19 (31.67%) SAS
2 4 (6.67%) Apache
Applications
1 15 (25.00%) MS Excel
2 5 (8.33%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.67%) Oracle Financials
1 1 (1.67%) Oracle HRMS
1 1 (1.67%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (1.67%) Oracle EBS R12
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.67%) ADSL
1 1 (1.67%) Broadband
1 1 (1.67%) PSTN
1 1 (1.67%) WAN
1 1 (1.67%) TCP/IP
1 1 (1.67%) Internet
1 1 (1.67%) LLU
1 1 (1.67%) 4G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (31.67%) SAS Data Integration Studio
2 17 (28.33%) Base SAS
3 7 (11.67%) Oracle BI EE
3 7 (11.67%) Data Warehouse
4 6 (10.00%) BusinessObjects
5 2 (3.33%) SQL Server
5 2 (3.33%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 4 (6.67%) Selenium
1 4 (6.67%) TeamCity
1 4 (6.67%) Git (software)
1 4 (6.67%) Hudson
1 4 (6.67%) Jenkins
2 3 (5.00%) SoapUI
3 2 (3.33%) TestDirector
3 2 (3.33%) HP UFT
3 2 (3.33%) LoadRunner
General
1 17 (28.33%) Finance
2 3 (5.00%) Telecoms
3 2 (3.33%) Banking
4 1 (1.67%) Retail
4 1 (1.67%) Local Government
4 1 (1.67%) Retail Banking
4 1 (1.67%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 24 (40.00%) Analyst
2 16 (26.67%) Test Analyst
3 14 (23.33%) Developer
4 8 (13.33%) Tester
4 8 (13.33%) SAS Developer
5 6 (10.00%) SAS Analyst
5 6 (10.00%) Designer
5 6 (10.00%) Test Leader
5 6 (10.00%) Teradata Analyst
6 4 (6.67%) PHP Developer
6 4 (6.67%) Software Developer
7 3 (5.00%) Systems Analyst
8 2 (3.33%) Test Engineer
8 2 (3.33%) Systems Test Analyst
9 1 (1.67%) UAT Tester
9 1 (1.67%) UAT Analyst
9 1 (1.67%) UAT Test Analyst
9 1 (1.67%) Installation Technician
9 1 (1.67%) OBIEE Developer
9 1 (1.67%) Senior Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (6.67%) LAMP
1 4 (6.67%) Symfony
1 4 (6.67%) CodeIgniter
1 4 (6.67%) RESTful
2 3 (5.00%) SOAP
3 1 (1.67%) .NET
3 1 (1.67%) ASP.NET
3 1 (1.67%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 14 (23.33%) Mainframe
1 14 (23.33%) IBM Mainframe
1 14 (23.33%) Data Extraction
2 3 (5.00%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (3.33%) NHS
4 1 (1.67%) Data Centre
4 1 (1.67%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.67%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 26 (43.33%) UNIX
2 6 (10.00%) Windows
3 5 (8.33%) Windows 7
4 4 (6.67%) Linux
5 1 (1.67%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (31.67%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (25.00%) Migration
3 13 (21.67%) Waterfall
4 12 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
5 11 (18.33%) Test Strategy
6 9 (15.00%) Data Analysis
7 8 (13.33%) ETL
7 8 (13.33%) Configuration Management
7 8 (13.33%) Project Management
8 7 (11.67%) Business Intelligence
8 7 (11.67%) Validation
8 7 (11.67%) Requirements Analysis
8 7 (11.67%) V-Model
8 7 (11.67%) SDLC
9 6 (10.00%) Integration Testing
9 6 (10.00%) Data Transformation
9 6 (10.00%) ITIL
9 6 (10.00%) PRINCE2
10 5 (8.33%) MVC
10 5 (8.33%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 12 (20.00%) SQL
2 8 (13.33%) REXX
3 4 (6.67%) PHP
4 1 (1.67%) C#
4 1 (1.67%) Java
Qualifications
1 7 (11.67%) ISEB
2 5 (8.33%) ISTQB
2 5 (8.33%) Degree
3 3 (5.00%) Security Cleared
3 3 (5.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (1.67%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 1 (1.67%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (13.33%) QA
Systems Management
1 4 (6.67%) SCCM
2 2 (3.33%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 15 (25.00%) Microsoft
2 14 (23.33%) IBM
3 7 (11.67%) Teradata
4 6 (10.00%) Tableau
4 6 (10.00%) Cognos
4 6 (10.00%) MicroStrategy
5 4 (6.67%) Oracle
6 2 (3.33%) HP
7 1 (1.67%) Dell
7 1 (1.67%) BT
7 1 (1.67%) SAP
7 1 (1.67%) Xamarin
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