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 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
System Testing
Rank 113 120 104
Rank change year-on-year
+7 -16
Contract jobs citing System Testing 35 8 20
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.95% 0.26% 0.85%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.26% 0.37% 1.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 3 8
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£313 £288 £288
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.69% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £232 £268 £268
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £338 £308
UK excluding London average daily rate £344 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
-1.85% +7.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £36.25 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-3.44% +20.83%
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
2778 2180 1710
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 75.69% 72.09% 72.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 1589 1153 840
Average daily rate £400 £388 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +10.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 132 110 83
Average hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% +42.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.92 £13.67 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.00 £45.00 £51.39
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%

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 22 May 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 22 May 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 0 17 £325 +18.18% 4
Lancashire - 6 £250 -
Merseyside - 3 - -
Cheshire -10 2 £313 - 2
System Testing
England

System Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 18 (31.03%) UNIX
2 17 (29.31%) SAS
2 17 (29.31%) Finance
2 17 (29.31%) User Acceptance Testing
2 17 (29.31%) SAS Data Integration Studio
3 15 (25.86%) Base SAS
4 14 (24.14%) Agile Software Development
5 13 (22.41%) Data Extraction
5 13 (22.41%) IBM Mainframe
5 13 (22.41%) QA
5 13 (22.41%) Mainframe
5 13 (22.41%) IBM
6 12 (20.69%) Unit Testing
7 11 (18.97%) Project Management
7 11 (18.97%) Microsoft
8 10 (17.24%) MS Excel
8 10 (17.24%) Configuration Management
9 9 (15.52%) Integration Testing
9 9 (15.52%) Security Cleared
10 8 (13.79%) Migration
10 8 (13.79%) Data Analysis
10 8 (13.79%) SQL
10 8 (13.79%) .NET
11 7 (12.07%) REXX
11 7 (12.07%) Regression Testing
11 7 (12.07%) Validation
11 7 (12.07%) V-Model
11 7 (12.07%) Waterfall
11 7 (12.07%) Test Scripting
12 6 (10.34%) Degree

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

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 17 (29.31%) SAS
2 4 (6.90%) Apache
Applications
1 10 (17.24%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (5.17%) Oracle EBS R12
2 2 (3.45%) Oracle HRMS
2 2 (3.45%) Oracle Financials
3 1 (1.72%) Oracle Retail
3 1 (1.72%) SAP MM
3 1 (1.72%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (1.72%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.72%) Broadband
1 1 (1.72%) TCP/IP
1 1 (1.72%) Internet
1 1 (1.72%) 4G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (29.31%) SAS Data Integration Studio
2 15 (25.86%) Base SAS
3 3 (5.17%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (1.72%) SAP BW
4 1 (1.72%) SAP BI
4 1 (1.72%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 4 (6.90%) Hudson
1 4 (6.90%) TeamCity
1 4 (6.90%) Git (software)
1 4 (6.90%) Selenium
1 4 (6.90%) Jenkins
2 3 (5.17%) QuickTest Pro
2 3 (5.17%) Subversion
3 2 (3.45%) SoapUI
3 2 (3.45%) LoadRunner
4 1 (1.72%) TestDirector
General
1 17 (29.31%) Finance
2 5 (8.62%) Telecoms
3 3 (5.17%) Retail
4 2 (3.45%) Billing
4 2 (3.45%) Local Government
5 1 (1.72%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.72%) General Ledger
5 1 (1.72%) Banking
Job Titles
1 21 (36.21%) Analyst
2 17 (29.31%) Test Analyst
3 12 (20.69%) Developer
4 7 (12.07%) SAS Developer
5 6 (10.34%) Designer
6 5 (8.62%) Tester
6 5 (8.62%) Test Manager
6 5 (8.62%) Systems Analyst
6 5 (8.62%) Test Leader
7 4 (6.90%) SAS Analyst
7 4 (6.90%) PHP Developer
7 4 (6.90%) Software Developer
8 3 (5.17%) Business Analyst
8 3 (5.17%) Software Engineer
8 3 (5.17%) Senior C# Software Engineer
8 3 (5.17%) Senior Software Engineer
8 3 (5.17%) C# Software Engineer
8 3 (5.17%) Systems Test Analyst
9 2 (3.45%) Test Engineer
9 2 (3.45%) Business Systems Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (13.79%) .NET
2 4 (6.90%) RESTful
2 4 (6.90%) Symfony
2 4 (6.90%) CodeIgniter
2 4 (6.90%) LAMP
3 2 (3.45%) SOAP
4 1 (1.72%) ASP.NET
4 1 (1.72%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 13 (22.41%) Data Extraction
1 13 (22.41%) IBM Mainframe
1 13 (22.41%) Mainframe
2 4 (6.90%) iSeries
2 4 (6.90%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (3.45%) NHS
4 1 (1.72%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 18 (31.03%) UNIX
2 4 (6.90%) Linux
3 1 (1.72%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (29.31%) User Acceptance Testing
2 14 (24.14%) Agile Software Development
3 12 (20.69%) Unit Testing
4 11 (18.97%) Project Management
5 10 (17.24%) Configuration Management
6 9 (15.52%) Integration Testing
7 8 (13.79%) Migration
7 8 (13.79%) Data Analysis
8 7 (12.07%) Regression Testing
8 7 (12.07%) Validation
8 7 (12.07%) V-Model
8 7 (12.07%) Waterfall
8 7 (12.07%) Test Scripting
9 5 (8.62%) MVC
9 5 (8.62%) TDD
10 4 (6.90%) Risk Management
10 4 (6.90%) Dependency Management
10 4 (6.90%) Mentoring
10 4 (6.90%) Test Strategy
10 4 (6.90%) Stakeholder Engagement
Programming Languages
1 8 (13.79%) SQL
2 7 (12.07%) REXX
3 4 (6.90%) PHP
3 4 (6.90%) C#
4 1 (1.72%) Java
4 1 (1.72%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 9 (15.52%) Security Cleared
2 6 (10.34%) Degree
2 6 (10.34%) ISEB
3 4 (6.90%) ISTQB
4 3 (5.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 3 (5.17%) SC Cleared
5 1 (1.72%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (22.41%) QA
2 1 (1.72%) 21 CFR Part 11
Systems Management
1 2 (3.45%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 13 (22.41%) IBM
2 11 (18.97%) Microsoft
3 6 (10.34%) Oracle
4 2 (3.45%) HP
5 1 (1.72%) Xamarin
5 1 (1.72%) SAP