The table below looks at the statistics for System Testing skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited System Testing over the 3 months to 21 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
21 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
System Testing
Rank 334 301 286
Rank change year-on-year
-33 -15
Contract jobs citing System Testing 285 314 359
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.51% 0.60% 0.62%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.68% 0.82% 0.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 160 198 197
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£368 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.00% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £230 £247
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £350 £315
% change year-on-year
-5.71% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 9 16
Average hourly rate £36.00 £30.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.03% +52.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.80 £27.50 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.20 £44.20 £36.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £30.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+22.95% +52.50%

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

Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
41740 38461 41085
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.13% 73.30% 70.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 25873 23589 23801
Average daily rate £405 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1149 1035 1459
Average hourly rate £22.88 £27.80 £31.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.71% -11.04%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £46.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-16.66% -3.22%

System Testing
Jobs Demand Trend

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

System Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

System Testing
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing System Testing within the UK.

System Testing Daily Rate Trend in the UK

System Testing
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing System Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 21 August 2014.

System Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

System Testing
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing System Testing within the UK.

System Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

System Testing
Top 30 Contract Locations

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 UK over the 3 months to 21 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
England -44 256 £355 -5.33% 78
London -12 98 £450 +12.50% 23
South East -29 66 £300 -6.25% 20
City of London +14 33 £425 +6.25% 6
Hampshire -13 22 £338 +12.50% 2
West Midlands +3 21 £275 -16.98% 5
Surrey +6 18 £290 +10.47% 4
East of England -21 18 £425 +13.33% 4
South West -47 17 £450 +1.98% 7
North West +5 15 £320 +3.22% 6
Scotland -13 14 £375 +21.95% 4
Birmingham - 12 £163 - 2
Manchester -4 11 £313 -1.57% 2
Yorkshire +3 9 £235 -6.00% 6
Buckinghamshire -16 9 £300 -6.25% 2
West Yorkshire +10 8 £235 +4.44% 5
East Midlands 0 8 £333 -37.85% 3
Milton Keynes -1 8 £300 +3.00% 1
Edinburgh -14 8 £395 +33.33% 2
Wiltshire -19 8 £470 -10.47% 2
Hertfordshire -17 7 - - 1
Nottingham +16 5 £425 +6.25% 2
Nottinghamshire +12 5 £425 +6.25% 2
Leeds +8 4 £305 +22.00% 4
Glasgow -5 4 - - 2
Bristol -15 4 £353 - 4
Wales -15 4 £475 +265.38% 4
Bedfordshire -16 4 £378 - 1
Berkshire -24 4 £288 -23.33% 5
Greenford - 4 - -

System Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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.

1 221 (36.71%) User Acceptance Testing
2 181 (30.07%) SQL
3 175 (29.07%) Finance
4 126 (20.93%) Test Scripting
5 103 (17.11%) Integration Testing
6 98 (16.28%) Oracle
7 90 (14.95%) Agile Software Development
8 87 (14.45%) QA
9 81 (13.46%) ISEB
10 77 (12.79%) HP Quality Center
11 76 (12.62%) Project Management
12 75 (12.46%) XML
13 73 (12.13%) JavaScript
14 70 (11.63%) Java
15 68 (11.30%) Banking
15 68 (11.30%) Unit Testing
16 66 (10.96%) HP
17 63 (10.47%) .NET
17 63 (10.47%) Software Testing
18 62 (10.30%) Microsoft
19 60 (9.97%) HTML
19 60 (9.97%) SQL Server
19 60 (9.97%) Retail
20 56 (9.30%) Regression Testing
21 55 (9.14%) E-Commerce
22 53 (8.80%) Degree
23 49 (8.14%) Scrum
24 48 (7.97%) Performance Testing
25 47 (7.81%) Waterfall
26 46 (7.64%) Business Intelligence

System Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 21 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 26 (4.32%) SharePoint
2 24 (3.99%) WebSphere
3 19 (3.16%) SAS
4 15 (2.49%) CMS
4 15 (2.49%) MQSeries
5 14 (2.33%) IIS
6 10 (1.66%) Apache
6 10 (1.66%) WebLogic
7 6 (1.00%) SharePoint 2013
8 5 (0.83%) Drupal
8 5 (0.83%) SharePoint 2010
8 5 (0.83%) Tomcat
9 3 (0.50%) Documentum
9 3 (0.50%) Node.js
9 3 (0.50%) Adobe CQ
10 2 (0.33%) Oracle Spatial
10 2 (0.33%) Umbraco
10 2 (0.33%) BizTalk Server
11 1 (0.17%) TIBCO EMS
11 1 (0.17%) WorkSite
Applications
1 38 (6.31%) MS Excel
2 17 (2.82%) MS Visio
2 17 (2.82%) MS Office
3 7 (1.16%) MS Project
3 7 (1.16%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (0.66%) InfoPath
5 2 (0.33%) Mingle
6 1 (0.17%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 22 (3.65%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (1.33%) Oracle EBS
3 7 (1.16%) SAP Business One
4 5 (0.83%) ION MarketView
4 5 (0.83%) Dynamics AX
4 5 (0.83%) BASE24
4 5 (0.83%) Dynamics NAV
5 4 (0.66%) Oracle EBS R12
6 3 (0.50%) SAP SRM
6 3 (0.50%) Google Analytics
6 3 (0.50%) SunGard GMI
6 3 (0.50%) SAP FI/CO
6 3 (0.50%) SAP CO
6 3 (0.50%) Oracle Applications
6 3 (0.50%) Oracle Financials
6 3 (0.50%) SAP FI
7 2 (0.33%) SAP MM
7 2 (0.33%) Agresso
7 2 (0.33%) BusinessWorks
7 2 (0.33%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 4 (0.66%) IBM Blueworks
2 3 (0.50%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.17%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 14 (2.33%) Internet
2 8 (1.33%) IP Telephony
3 7 (1.16%) HTTP
4 6 (1.00%) Intranet
5 4 (0.66%) SAN
6 3 (0.50%) Kerberos
6 3 (0.50%) TCP/IP
6 3 (0.50%) DNS
7 2 (0.33%) 3GPP
7 2 (0.33%) Ethernet
7 2 (0.33%) DVB
7 2 (0.33%) Wireless
7 2 (0.33%) VLAN
7 2 (0.33%) Wireshark
7 2 (0.33%) NFC
7 2 (0.33%) LTE
8 1 (0.17%) NAS
8 1 (0.17%) xDSL
8 1 (0.17%) GPON
8 1 (0.17%) PuTTY
Database & Business Intelligence
1 60 (9.97%) SQL Server
2 43 (7.14%) Relational Database
3 38 (6.31%) Oracle Database
4 33 (5.48%) Data Warehouse
5 23 (3.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 21 (3.49%) DB2
7 20 (3.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 16 (2.66%) SQL Server 2008
9 15 (2.49%) RDBMS
9 15 (2.49%) DbVisualizer
10 14 (2.33%) Oracle BI EE
11 13 (2.16%) Base SAS
11 13 (2.16%) Oracle Database 11g
11 13 (2.16%) MySQL
11 13 (2.16%) Oracle Reports
12 12 (1.99%) Data Mining
13 11 (1.83%) BusinessObjects XI
13 11 (1.83%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 11 (1.83%) Oracle Database 10g
14 8 (1.33%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 42 (6.98%) QuickTest Pro
2 28 (4.65%) Team Foundation Server
3 23 (3.82%) Selenium
4 20 (3.32%) Visual Studio
5 19 (3.16%) LoadRunner
6 18 (2.99%) JIRA
7 16 (2.66%) Subversion
8 13 (2.16%) SoapUI
9 11 (1.83%) JUnit
9 11 (1.83%) Eclipse
10 10 (1.66%) Toad
11 9 (1.50%) NUnit
12 8 (1.33%) Cucumber
13 7 (1.16%) Git (software)
13 7 (1.16%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 6 (1.00%) TestDirector
14 6 (1.00%) Ant
15 5 (0.83%) MSI
15 5 (0.83%) FitNesse
15 5 (0.83%) Rational DOORS
General
1 175 (29.07%) Finance
2 68 (11.30%) Banking
3 60 (9.97%) Retail
4 21 (3.49%) Manufacturing
5 20 (3.32%) Billing
6 16 (2.66%) Investment Banking
7 14 (2.33%) Back Office
8 10 (1.66%) Telecoms
9 9 (1.50%) Front Office
10 8 (1.33%) Electronics
10 8 (1.33%) Pharmaceutical
11 7 (1.16%) Marketing
12 6 (1.00%) Financial Institution
13 5 (0.83%) Military
14 4 (0.66%) General Ledger
15 2 (0.33%) Local Government
15 2 (0.33%) Legal
15 2 (0.33%) Games
15 2 (0.33%) Automotive
15 2 (0.33%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 226 (37.54%) Analyst
2 141 (23.42%) Developer
3 112 (18.60%) Test Analyst
4 101 (16.78%) Tester
5 81 (13.46%) Business Analyst
6 39 (6.48%) Consultant
7 38 (6.31%) Systems Tester
8 36 (5.98%) Systems Analyst
9 31 (5.15%) Test Manager
10 24 (3.99%) Project Manager
11 22 (3.65%) Business Intelligence Developer
12 18 (2.99%) Business Systems Analyst
13 16 (2.66%) Test Leader
14 15 (2.49%) Java Developer
14 15 (2.49%) Senior Analyst
15 14 (2.33%) Test Engineer
16 13 (2.16%) SAS Developer
17 12 (1.99%) SAP Consultant
17 12 (1.99%) .NET Developer
17 12 (1.99%) Business Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 75 (12.46%) XML
2 63 (10.47%) .NET
3 60 (9.97%) HTML
4 34 (5.65%) Web Services
4 34 (5.65%) CSS
5 29 (4.82%) ASP.NET
6 21 (3.49%) J2EE
7 17 (2.82%) Flash
7 17 (2.82%) .NET Framework
8 15 (2.49%) Silverlight
8 15 (2.49%) jQuery
9 14 (2.33%) MDX
9 14 (2.33%) WCF
9 14 (2.33%) Ajax
9 14 (2.33%) SOAP
10 10 (1.66%) ASP.NET MVC
10 10 (1.66%) HTML5
11 9 (1.50%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
11 9 (1.50%) RESTful
11 9 (1.50%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 21 (3.49%) Management Information System
1 21 (3.49%) SWIFT
2 13 (2.16%) iPad
2 13 (2.16%) Computer Science
3 10 (1.66%) Open Source
3 10 (1.66%) Fixed Income
4 9 (1.50%) Mainframe
4 9 (1.50%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 9 (1.50%) Mobile App
5 8 (1.33%) Visualisation
5 8 (1.33%) Informatics
6 7 (1.16%) Taxonomies
6 7 (1.16%) IVR
6 7 (1.16%) W3C
6 7 (1.16%) FMCG
7 6 (1.00%) Enterprise Software
7 6 (1.00%) Client/Server
8 5 (0.83%) EMV
8 5 (0.83%) APACS
8 5 (0.83%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 41 (6.81%) Linux
2 40 (6.64%) UNIX
3 36 (5.98%) Windows
4 13 (2.16%) Windows 7
5 6 (1.00%) Android
5 6 (1.00%) Mac OS X
6 5 (0.83%) Windows Server 2003
6 5 (0.83%) Ubuntu
6 5 (0.83%) Apple iOS
7 4 (0.66%) Windows XP
7 4 (0.66%) AIX
8 2 (0.33%) Solaris
8 2 (0.33%) Windows Server 2008
8 2 (0.33%) Windows Vista
8 2 (0.33%) Windows Phone
9 1 (0.17%) Oracle Linux
9 1 (0.17%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 221 (36.71%) User Acceptance Testing
2 126 (20.93%) Test Scripting
3 103 (17.11%) Integration Testing
4 90 (14.95%) Agile Software Development
5 76 (12.62%) Project Management
6 68 (11.30%) Unit Testing
7 63 (10.47%) Software Testing
8 56 (9.30%) Regression Testing
9 55 (9.14%) E-Commerce
10 49 (8.14%) Scrum
11 48 (7.97%) Performance Testing
12 47 (7.81%) Waterfall
13 46 (7.64%) Business Intelligence
14 45 (7.48%) CRM
15 39 (6.48%) ETL
15 39 (6.48%) Business Analysis
15 39 (6.48%) Test Strategy
16 35 (5.81%) MVC
17 32 (5.32%) Test Management
18 31 (5.15%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 181 (30.07%) SQL
2 73 (12.13%) JavaScript
3 70 (11.63%) Java
4 45 (7.48%) C#
5 33 (5.48%) PL/SQL
6 20 (3.32%) T-SQL
7 19 (3.16%) C
8 15 (2.49%) PHP
9 13 (2.16%) C++
10 11 (1.83%) Python
11 9 (1.50%) Shell Script
12 8 (1.33%) Perl
13 7 (1.16%) VB
14 6 (1.00%) PowerShell
15 5 (0.83%) VBA
16 4 (0.66%) VBScript
17 3 (0.50%) VB.NET
17 3 (0.50%) COBOL
17 3 (0.50%) TypeScript
18 2 (0.33%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 81 (13.46%) ISEB
2 53 (8.80%) Degree
3 45 (7.48%) ISTQB
4 41 (6.81%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 36 (5.98%) Security Cleared
6 23 (3.82%) SC Cleared
7 10 (1.66%) DV Cleared
8 3 (0.50%) Oracle Certification
9 2 (0.33%) Sun Certification
9 2 (0.33%) HND
9 2 (0.33%) OCPJP
10 1 (0.17%) BC Cleared
10 1 (0.17%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.17%) PMP
10 1 (0.17%) PMI Certification
10 1 (0.17%) ACCA
10 1 (0.17%) CIMA
10 1 (0.17%) SAP Certification
10 1 (0.17%) OCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 87 (14.45%) QA
2 8 (1.33%) SLA
3 4 (0.66%) PCI DSS
3 4 (0.66%) ISO 8583
4 3 (0.50%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.50%) EMIR
5 2 (0.33%) Dodd-Frank
5 2 (0.33%) Basel II
6 1 (0.17%) Basel III
6 1 (0.17%) CRD IV
System Software
1 5 (0.83%) Oracle RAC
2 3 (0.50%) XenDesktop
2 3 (0.50%) Oracle RMAN
2 3 (0.50%) Microsoft App-V
3 2 (0.33%) Active Directory
3 2 (0.33%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.17%) KVM
4 1 (0.17%) VMware ESX
4 1 (0.17%) Xen
Systems Management
1 77 (12.79%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (1.16%) Cisco IPCC
3 4 (0.66%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 3 (0.50%) Tivoli Storage Manager
4 3 (0.50%) Netcool
4 3 (0.50%) SCCM
4 3 (0.50%) Data Guard
4 3 (0.50%) Oracle Identity Management
5 2 (0.33%) Control-M
6 1 (0.17%) TIBCO Hawk
6 1 (0.17%) Oracle EDQ
Vendors
1 98 (16.28%) Oracle
2 66 (10.96%) HP
3 62 (10.30%) Microsoft
4 28 (4.65%) IBM
5 27 (4.49%) SAP
6 14 (2.33%) Business Objects
7 11 (1.83%) Aquila
8 10 (1.66%) Siebel
9 9 (1.50%) Zend
10 8 (1.33%) JD Edwards
10 8 (1.33%) Salesforce.com
10 8 (1.33%) Remedy
11 7 (1.16%) Siemens
11 7 (1.16%) Genesys
11 7 (1.16%) Empirix
11 7 (1.16%) Verint
11 7 (1.16%) ION Trading
12 6 (1.00%) Sybase
13 5 (0.83%) Bloomberg
13 5 (0.83%) MarketAxess
Basingstoke, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Scottish Government
Rate: Up to £65,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Bracknell, Berkshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
RBW Consulting
Rate: Up to £425 per day (6 Month Contract)
Posted: 3 days ago
West London
Clearwater People Solutions
Rate: £350 - £450 Per Day
Posted: 3 days ago
Solihull, West Midlands (County)
Staffworx Ltd
Rate: excellent daily rate
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Rullion IT Plus
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Experis Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Experis Ltd
Rate: £360.00 - £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Croydon, Surrey
Think IT Recruitment
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
England
Real Staffing
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + competitive
Posted: 7 days ago
Central London / West End
Reed Business Information Ltd
Rate: From £400 to £500 per day direct - no agency margin
Posted: 8 days ago
City of London
esynergy Solutions - UK
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + Benefits
Posted: 8 days ago
Edinburgh
Orgtel
Rate: £280 - £300 per day + competitive
Posted: 27 days ago