The first table below looks at the demand for User Acceptance 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 User Acceptance Testing over the 3 months to 24 April 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
24 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
User Acceptance Testing (UAT)
Rank 69 69 75
Rank change year-on-year
0 +6
Contract jobs citing User Acceptance Testing 69 47 58
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.25% 1.94% 1.86%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.17% 2.76% 2.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 25 31
Average daily rate £356 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.61% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £227 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £425 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £330 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.18% -5.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Average hourly rate £22.38 - £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.25 £37.00 £26.28
% change year-on-year
-45.27% +40.79%
Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2179 1704 1969
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 70.93% 70.50% 63.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 1142 839 992
Average daily rate £375 £338 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% -3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £226 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £475 £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £360 £370
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 123 84 87
Average hourly rate £25.25 £28.25 £20.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.61% +39.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.49 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £61.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.50 £32.00 £26.50
% change year-on-year
-1.56% +20.75%
User Acceptance Testing
England

User Acceptance Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

User Acceptance Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

User Acceptance 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 User Acceptance Testing across the North West region.

User Acceptance Testing Daily Rate Trend in the North West

User Acceptance Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing User Acceptance Testing across the North West region over the 3 months to 24 April 2014.

User Acceptance Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

User Acceptance 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 User Acceptance Testing across the North West region.

User Acceptance Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

User Acceptance 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 User Acceptance Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 24 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +14 42 £331 +15.61% 4
Cheshire -3 14 £380 +4.82%
Merseyside +6 7 £310 -11.42% 2
Lancashire -26 3 £400 +6.66% 2
User Acceptance Testing
England

User Acceptance Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing User Acceptance 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 User Acceptance Testing.

1 31 (26.05%) Finance
2 28 (23.53%) Test Scripting
3 21 (17.65%) Migration
4 19 (15.97%) Test Strategy
5 15 (12.61%) Project Management
5 15 (12.61%) Stakeholder Management
6 14 (11.76%) Scrum
7 13 (10.92%) Microsoft
7 13 (10.92%) ISEB
7 13 (10.92%) Waterfall
8 12 (10.08%) Banking
8 12 (10.08%) Maximo
9 11 (9.24%) Oracle
9 11 (9.24%) Change Control
10 10 (8.40%) QA
10 10 (8.40%) Agile Software Development
11 9 (7.56%) Windows
11 9 (7.56%) MS Visio
11 9 (7.56%) Validation
11 9 (7.56%) Change Management
12 8 (6.72%) E-Commerce
12 8 (6.72%) Retail
12 8 (6.72%) Business Analysis
12 8 (6.72%) Project Planning
13 7 (5.88%) Asset Management
13 7 (5.88%) Automated Testing
13 7 (5.88%) TDD
13 7 (5.88%) Data Migration
13 7 (5.88%) MS Excel
13 7 (5.88%) SQL

User Acceptance Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing User Acceptance 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 User Acceptance Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 5 (4.20%) SharePoint
1 5 (4.20%) MS Exchange
2 2 (1.68%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (0.84%) WebSphere Application Server
3 1 (0.84%) Tomcat
3 1 (0.84%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (0.84%) CMS
3 1 (0.84%) LiveLink
3 1 (0.84%) SharePoint Server
3 1 (0.84%) WebSphere
Applications
1 9 (7.56%) MS Visio
2 7 (5.88%) MS Excel
3 4 (3.36%) MS Office
4 3 (2.52%) MS Project
5 2 (1.68%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 12 (10.08%) Maximo
2 5 (4.20%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (2.52%) ResourceLink
4 2 (1.68%) Oracle EBS R12
4 2 (1.68%) Oracle Retail
4 2 (1.68%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (1.68%) CSG Singleview
4 2 (1.68%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.84%) Oracle HRMS
5 1 (0.84%) SAP FI/CO
5 1 (0.84%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.84%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.84%) SAP CO
5 1 (0.84%) Oracle Payables
5 1 (0.84%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 1 (0.84%) Oracle Receivables
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.68%) VPN
2 1 (0.84%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (5.04%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.36%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (2.52%) QlikView
4 2 (1.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (1.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (1.68%) RDBMS
4 2 (1.68%) Oracle Reports
4 2 (1.68%) Oracle Database
4 2 (1.68%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.84%) MS Access
5 1 (0.84%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (0.84%) Spotfire
5 1 (0.84%) Oracle BI EE
Development Applications
1 4 (3.36%) Selenium
2 3 (2.52%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (1.68%) WebDriver
3 2 (1.68%) Cucumber
3 2 (1.68%) SoapUI
3 2 (1.68%) SpecFlow
3 2 (1.68%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 2 (1.68%) JUnit
3 2 (1.68%) Visual Studio
3 2 (1.68%) Toad
3 2 (1.68%) QuickTest Pro
3 2 (1.68%) JIRA
4 1 (0.84%) StarTeam
General
1 31 (26.05%) Finance
2 12 (10.08%) Banking
3 8 (6.72%) Retail
4 4 (3.36%) Telecoms
5 3 (2.52%) Pharmaceutical
5 3 (2.52%) Back Office
5 3 (2.52%) Billing
6 2 (1.68%) Local Government
6 2 (1.68%) Retail Banking
6 2 (1.68%) Legal
6 2 (1.68%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.84%) Dutch Language
7 1 (0.84%) French Language
7 1 (0.84%) German Language
Job Titles
1 47 (39.50%) Analyst
2 21 (17.65%) Business Analyst
3 18 (15.13%) Test Analyst
4 17 (14.29%) Test Manager
5 9 (7.56%) Systems Analyst
5 9 (7.56%) Tester
5 9 (7.56%) Project Manager
6 7 (5.88%) Consultant
6 7 (5.88%) Implementation Manager
7 5 (4.20%) Business Manager
7 5 (4.20%) Developer
7 5 (4.20%) UAT Manager
7 5 (4.20%) Agile Business Analyst
7 5 (4.20%) Senior Analyst
7 5 (4.20%) Senior Test Analyst
8 4 (3.36%) UAT Test Manager
8 4 (3.36%) Test Consultant
9 3 (2.52%) Test Leader
9 3 (2.52%) E-Commerce Business Analyst
9 3 (2.52%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (3.36%) .NET
1 4 (3.36%) J2EE
1 4 (3.36%) Middleware
2 3 (2.52%) XML
3 2 (1.68%) EDI
3 2 (1.68%) HTML
3 2 (1.68%) WCF
3 2 (1.68%) WPF
3 2 (1.68%) jQuery
3 2 (1.68%) ASP.NET MVC
3 2 (1.68%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
3 2 (1.68%) EDIFACT
3 2 (1.68%) .NET Framework
3 2 (1.68%) ASP.NET
3 2 (1.68%) CSS
3 2 (1.68%) SOAP
3 2 (1.68%) Web Services
4 1 (0.84%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 5 (4.20%) NHS
2 4 (3.36%) Mainframe
2 4 (3.36%) Management Information System
3 3 (2.52%) IVR
3 3 (2.52%) Life Science
4 2 (1.68%) Statistics
4 2 (1.68%) Mathematics
4 2 (1.68%) Blackberry
4 2 (1.68%) TRADACOMS
4 2 (1.68%) iPad
5 1 (0.84%) Mobile App
5 1 (0.84%) Open Source
5 1 (0.84%) LIMS
5 1 (0.84%) Computer Science
5 1 (0.84%) IBM Mainframe
5 1 (0.84%) Reference Data
5 1 (0.84%) Data Conversion
5 1 (0.84%) Data Extraction
5 1 (0.84%) Data Integration
5 1 (0.84%) Telematics
Operating Systems
1 9 (7.56%) Windows
2 3 (2.52%) Windows 7
2 3 (2.52%) UNIX
3 2 (1.68%) Windows Server 2012
3 2 (1.68%) Windows 2000
3 2 (1.68%) VMS
3 2 (1.68%) OpenVMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (23.53%) Test Scripting
2 21 (17.65%) Migration
3 19 (15.97%) Test Strategy
4 15 (12.61%) Stakeholder Management
4 15 (12.61%) Project Management
5 14 (11.76%) Scrum
6 13 (10.92%) Waterfall
7 11 (9.24%) Change Control
8 10 (8.40%) Agile Software Development
9 9 (7.56%) Change Management
9 9 (7.56%) Validation
10 8 (6.72%) Business Analysis
10 8 (6.72%) Project Planning
10 8 (6.72%) E-Commerce
11 7 (5.88%) TDD
11 7 (5.88%) Asset Management
11 7 (5.88%) Automated Testing
11 7 (5.88%) Data Migration
12 6 (5.04%) Resource Management
12 6 (5.04%) ERP
Programming Languages
1 7 (5.88%) SQL
2 4 (3.36%) Java
3 2 (1.68%) JavaScript
3 2 (1.68%) C
3 2 (1.68%) C#
3 2 (1.68%) C++
3 2 (1.68%) Pascal
3 2 (1.68%) PowerHouse
3 2 (1.68%) DCL
3 2 (1.68%) Scala
4 1 (0.84%) VBA
Qualifications
1 13 (10.92%) ISEB
2 6 (5.04%) ISTQB
3 4 (3.36%) Degree
3 4 (3.36%) SC Cleared
3 4 (3.36%) Security Cleared
4 2 (1.68%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (0.84%) PMP
5 1 (0.84%) PMI Certification
5 1 (0.84%) HNC
5 1 (0.84%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (8.40%) QA
2 2 (1.68%) SLA
3 1 (0.84%) Data Quality
System Software
1 2 (1.68%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (2.52%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 13 (10.92%) Microsoft
2 11 (9.24%) Oracle
3 5 (4.20%) SAP
3 5 (4.20%) Avaya
3 5 (4.20%) Endeca
4 3 (2.52%) IBM
4 3 (2.52%) Northgate
4 3 (2.52%) Business Objects
5 2 (1.68%) HP
5 2 (1.68%) Citrix
5 2 (1.68%) Splunk
5 2 (1.68%) Sage
6 1 (0.84%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (0.84%) McAfee
6 1 (0.84%) Primavera
6 1 (0.84%) Tableau
6 1 (0.84%) Ariba
6 1 (0.84%) MicroStrategy
6 1 (0.84%) JBoss
6 1 (0.84%) Siebel
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