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 19 September 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
System Testing
Rank 319 299 294
Rank change year-on-year
-20 -5
Contract jobs citing System Testing 330 332 367
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.57% 0.63% 0.64%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.77% 0.85% 0.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 201 224 215
Average daily rate
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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 £275 £250 £239
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £565
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £350 £305
% change year-on-year
-7.14% +14.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 14
Average hourly rate £34.50 £42.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-18.82% +112.50%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £42.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
- +112.50%

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
42716 39097 41510
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.16% 74.10% 72.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 26685 24121 24021
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £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 1186 1114 1519
Average hourly rate £24.00 £27.50 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.72% -11.29%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.57 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.50 £50.00 £45.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.25 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-12.50% -

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 19 September 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 19 September 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 -26 308 £375 - 71
London +6 130 £425 +6.25% 27
South East +4 77 £320 - 12
City of London +15 35 £425 +6.25% 7
West Midlands +2 26 £332 +2.09% 3
Hampshire -11 20 £335 +40.31% 4
East of England -18 20 £349 -7.00% 4
Surrey +10 19 £293 -17.19% 2
South West -55 18 £450 +12.50% 7
North West -4 13 £320 +11.30% 5
Scotland -14 13 £288 -23.33% 4
Birmingham - 13 - -
Buckinghamshire -13 12 £300 -6.25% 1
Milton Keynes -6 11 £300 -11.11%
Yorkshire -3 10 £275 -15.38% 6
Hertfordshire -20 10 £274 -7.20%
West Yorkshire +2 8 £275 -8.33% 6
Swindon -8 8 £460 -12.38% 1
Wiltshire -12 8 £460 -12.38% 3
Basingstoke +15 7 £338 - 3
Middlesex +8 7 £440 +175.00%
East Midlands +3 7 £364 -9.06% 4
Edinburgh -1 7 £288 +0.87% 1
Manchester -10 7 £325 +18.18% 2
Watford 0 6 £135 -
Oxfordshire - 6 £330 - 1
Leeds 0 5 £275 -37.14% 4
Berkshire -12 5 £225 -30.23% 1
Oxford - 5 £320 -
Nottingham +17 4 £425 +6.25% 2

System Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 September 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.

1 205 (34.40%) User Acceptance Testing
2 183 (30.70%) SQL
3 156 (26.17%) Finance
4 148 (24.83%) Agile Software Development
5 122 (20.47%) Test Scripting
6 103 (17.28%) Oracle
7 94 (15.77%) Integration Testing
8 86 (14.43%) QA
9 80 (13.42%) ISEB
10 78 (13.09%) Project Management
10 78 (13.09%) Analytical Skills
11 77 (12.92%) HP Quality Center
12 71 (11.91%) Software Testing
13 67 (11.24%) XML
14 65 (10.91%) Unit Testing
15 63 (10.57%) Java
16 62 (10.40%) JavaScript
16 62 (10.40%) .NET
17 60 (10.07%) Banking
18 57 (9.56%) HP
19 55 (9.23%) SQL Server
20 53 (8.89%) HTML
20 53 (8.89%) E-Commerce
21 51 (8.56%) Scrum
21 51 (8.56%) Degree
22 50 (8.39%) ISTQB
22 50 (8.39%) Waterfall
23 47 (7.89%) Microsoft
24 46 (7.72%) Regression Testing
24 46 (7.72%) Performance Testing

System Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 24 (4.03%) SharePoint
2 17 (2.85%) WebSphere
3 14 (2.35%) Apache
4 13 (2.18%) CMS
5 11 (1.85%) WebLogic
5 11 (1.85%) MQSeries
5 11 (1.85%) SAS
6 9 (1.51%) IIS
7 7 (1.17%) Tomcat
8 6 (1.01%) SharePoint 2013
8 6 (1.01%) SharePoint 2010
9 5 (0.84%) Documentum
10 3 (0.50%) Adobe CQ
11 2 (0.34%) Drupal
11 2 (0.34%) Umbraco
11 2 (0.34%) BizTalk Server
12 1 (0.17%) Lotus Domino
12 1 (0.17%) Oracle Workflow
12 1 (0.17%) AquaLogic
12 1 (0.17%) WorkSite
Applications
1 29 (4.87%) MS Excel
2 17 (2.85%) MS Office
3 15 (2.52%) MS Visio
4 7 (1.17%) MS Project
4 7 (1.17%) MS PowerPoint
5 4 (0.67%) InfoPath
6 2 (0.34%) Mingle
7 1 (0.17%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 25 (4.19%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (1.01%) Oracle EBS
3 5 (0.84%) BASE24
3 5 (0.84%) Dynamics AX
4 4 (0.67%) JDE EnterpriseOne
4 4 (0.67%) SAP Business One
5 3 (0.50%) Agresso
5 3 (0.50%) ResourceLink
5 3 (0.50%) SAP SRM
5 3 (0.50%) SunGard GMI
5 3 (0.50%) ION MarketView
6 2 (0.34%) Oracle EBS R12
6 2 (0.34%) SAP IS-U
6 2 (0.34%) Oracle Retail
6 2 (0.34%) Cognos TM1
6 2 (0.34%) HFM
6 2 (0.34%) SAP CO
6 2 (0.34%) Cognos Business Intelligence
6 2 (0.34%) BusinessWorks
6 2 (0.34%) SAP FI
Cloud Services
1 3 (0.50%) IBM Blueworks
2 1 (0.17%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 15 (2.52%) Internet
2 7 (1.17%) HTTP
2 7 (1.17%) Intranet
3 6 (1.01%) IP Telephony
3 6 (1.01%) Wireshark
3 6 (1.01%) SAN
4 3 (0.50%) TCP/IP
5 2 (0.34%) NAS
5 2 (0.34%) LTE
5 2 (0.34%) NFC
5 2 (0.34%) VLAN
5 2 (0.34%) DVB
5 2 (0.34%) Wireless
5 2 (0.34%) DNS
5 2 (0.34%) Kerberos
5 2 (0.34%) Ethernet
5 2 (0.34%) 3GPP
6 1 (0.17%) UMTS
6 1 (0.17%) WCDMA
6 1 (0.17%) GSM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 55 (9.23%) SQL Server
2 44 (7.38%) Oracle Database
3 39 (6.54%) Relational Database
4 24 (4.03%) Data Warehouse
5 19 (3.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 19 (3.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 15 (2.52%) Oracle Reports
6 15 (2.52%) Oracle Database 11g
7 14 (2.35%) DB2
8 13 (2.18%) Oracle BI EE
9 12 (2.01%) SQL Server 2008
9 12 (2.01%) Oracle Database 10g
9 12 (2.01%) RDBMS
10 11 (1.85%) DbVisualizer
11 8 (1.34%) MySQL
12 5 (0.84%) Star Schema
12 5 (0.84%) Base SAS
12 5 (0.84%) BusinessObjects XI
12 5 (0.84%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 4 (0.67%) DTS
Development Applications
1 39 (6.54%) QuickTest Pro
2 23 (3.86%) Selenium
3 21 (3.52%) Team Foundation Server
3 21 (3.52%) LoadRunner
4 20 (3.36%) Visual Studio
5 17 (2.85%) JIRA
6 16 (2.68%) JUnit
7 15 (2.52%) Subversion
8 13 (2.18%) Eclipse
9 11 (1.85%) SoapUI
10 10 (1.68%) Toad
11 8 (1.34%) Rational DOORS
11 8 (1.34%) TestDirector
11 8 (1.34%) Ant
12 7 (1.17%) ClearCase
12 7 (1.17%) NUnit
12 7 (1.17%) Cucumber
12 7 (1.17%) Git (software)
13 5 (0.84%) MSI
13 5 (0.84%) FitNesse
General
1 156 (26.17%) Finance
2 60 (10.07%) Banking
3 44 (7.38%) Retail
4 18 (3.02%) Billing
5 16 (2.68%) Manufacturing
5 16 (2.68%) Back Office
6 14 (2.35%) Investment Banking
7 9 (1.51%) Electronics
8 8 (1.34%) Front Office
9 7 (1.17%) Financial Institution
9 7 (1.17%) Telecoms
10 6 (1.01%) Marketing
10 6 (1.01%) General Ledger
11 5 (0.84%) Pharmaceutical
12 3 (0.50%) Automotive
12 3 (0.50%) Military
13 2 (0.34%) Retail Banking
13 2 (0.34%) Dutch Language
13 2 (0.34%) Legal
14 1 (0.17%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 232 (38.93%) Analyst
2 124 (20.81%) Developer
3 113 (18.96%) Test Analyst
4 96 (16.11%) Tester
5 89 (14.93%) Business Analyst
6 41 (6.88%) Systems Tester
7 38 (6.38%) Consultant
8 33 (5.54%) Systems Analyst
9 29 (4.87%) Project Manager
10 26 (4.36%) Test Manager
11 19 (3.19%) Test Engineer
12 18 (3.02%) Java Developer
13 17 (2.85%) Senior Analyst
13 17 (2.85%) Business Systems Analyst
14 15 (2.52%) Senior Developer
14 15 (2.52%) Test Leader
15 12 (2.01%) Dynamics CRM Developer
15 12 (2.01%) CRM Developer
15 12 (2.01%) .NET Developer
16 10 (1.68%) Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 67 (11.24%) XML
2 62 (10.40%) .NET
3 53 (8.89%) HTML
4 34 (5.70%) CSS
5 31 (5.20%) Web Services
6 25 (4.19%) ASP.NET
7 19 (3.19%) jQuery
8 17 (2.85%) J2EE
8 17 (2.85%) Silverlight
8 17 (2.85%) .NET Framework
9 15 (2.52%) SOAP
10 13 (2.18%) WCF
11 12 (2.01%) ASP.NET MVC
11 12 (2.01%) Spring
11 12 (2.01%) Flash
12 11 (1.85%) Hibernate
13 10 (1.68%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
13 10 (1.68%) HTML5
13 10 (1.68%) Ajax
14 9 (1.51%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 78 (13.09%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (3.69%) Management Information System
3 17 (2.85%) SWIFT
4 16 (2.68%) iPad
5 14 (2.35%) Computer Science
6 12 (2.01%) Mobile App
7 9 (1.51%) Mainframe
8 8 (1.34%) Fixed Income
8 8 (1.34%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 8 (1.34%) Client/Server
9 7 (1.17%) Open Source
9 7 (1.17%) User Experience
10 6 (1.01%) iPhone
10 6 (1.01%) FMCG
10 6 (1.01%) IVR
11 5 (0.84%) APACS
11 5 (0.84%) EMV
11 5 (0.84%) Derivative
11 5 (0.84%) Tandem
11 5 (0.84%) Cryptography
Operating Systems
1 43 (7.21%) Linux
2 41 (6.88%) UNIX
3 37 (6.21%) Windows
4 13 (2.18%) Windows 7
5 9 (1.51%) Android
6 8 (1.34%) Apple iOS
7 6 (1.01%) Mac OS X
7 6 (1.01%) Windows XP
8 5 (0.84%) Windows Server 2003
8 5 (0.84%) Ubuntu
9 4 (0.67%) Windows Phone
9 4 (0.67%) AIX
10 3 (0.50%) Windows Vista
11 2 (0.34%) Windows Server 2008
11 2 (0.34%) Solaris
12 1 (0.17%) Embedded Linux
12 1 (0.17%) Oracle Linux
12 1 (0.17%) CentOS
12 1 (0.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 205 (34.40%) User Acceptance Testing
2 148 (24.83%) Agile Software Development
3 122 (20.47%) Test Scripting
4 94 (15.77%) Integration Testing
5 78 (13.09%) Project Management
6 71 (11.91%) Software Testing
7 65 (10.91%) Unit Testing
8 53 (8.89%) E-Commerce
9 51 (8.56%) Scrum
10 50 (8.39%) Waterfall
11 46 (7.72%) Regression Testing
11 46 (7.72%) Performance Testing
12 44 (7.38%) CRM
13 42 (7.05%) Business Analysis
14 41 (6.88%) Test Strategy
15 38 (6.38%) MVC
16 35 (5.87%) ETL
16 35 (5.87%) Test Automation
17 34 (5.70%) Business Intelligence
18 33 (5.54%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 183 (30.70%) SQL
2 63 (10.57%) Java
3 62 (10.40%) JavaScript
4 41 (6.88%) C#
5 32 (5.37%) PL/SQL
6 21 (3.52%) C
6 21 (3.52%) T-SQL
7 16 (2.68%) C++
8 13 (2.18%) PHP
8 13 (2.18%) Python
8 13 (2.18%) Shell Script
9 9 (1.51%) VB
10 8 (1.34%) Perl
11 6 (1.01%) PowerShell
12 5 (0.84%) VBScript
13 4 (0.67%) TypeScript
13 4 (0.67%) VBA
13 4 (0.67%) COBOL
14 2 (0.34%) VB.NET
14 2 (0.34%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 80 (13.42%) ISEB
2 51 (8.56%) Degree
3 50 (8.39%) ISTQB
4 39 (6.54%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 29 (4.87%) Security Cleared
6 19 (3.19%) SC Cleared
7 8 (1.34%) DV Cleared
8 3 (0.50%) Oracle Certification
8 3 (0.50%) ITIL Certification
9 2 (0.34%) OCPJP
9 2 (0.34%) ISEB Practitioner
9 2 (0.34%) Sun Certification
10 1 (0.17%) PMP
10 1 (0.17%) PMI Certification
10 1 (0.17%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 1 (0.17%) OCP
10 1 (0.17%) HND
10 1 (0.17%) BC Cleared
10 1 (0.17%) NVQ Level 4
10 1 (0.17%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 86 (14.43%) QA
2 6 (1.01%) SLA
3 4 (0.67%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.50%) ISO 8583
4 3 (0.50%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.50%) EMIR
5 2 (0.34%) Dodd-Frank
5 2 (0.34%) Solvency II
System Software
1 6 (1.01%) Oracle RAC
2 3 (0.50%) Active Directory
2 3 (0.50%) Oracle RMAN
2 3 (0.50%) Microsoft App-V
2 3 (0.50%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (0.50%) XenDesktop
3 1 (0.17%) VMware ESX
3 1 (0.17%) Xen
3 1 (0.17%) KVM
Systems Management
1 77 (12.92%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (0.84%) Cisco IPCC
3 4 (0.67%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 3 (0.50%) Tivoli Storage Manager
4 3 (0.50%) Netcool
4 3 (0.50%) Oracle Identity Management
4 3 (0.50%) SCCM
4 3 (0.50%) Data Guard
5 1 (0.17%) TIBCO Hawk
5 1 (0.17%) Control-M
5 1 (0.17%) Oracle EDQ
Vendors
1 103 (17.28%) Oracle
2 57 (9.56%) HP
3 47 (7.89%) Microsoft
4 19 (3.19%) IBM
5 18 (3.02%) SAP
6 11 (1.85%) JD Edwards
6 11 (1.85%) Aquila
7 8 (1.34%) Zend
7 8 (1.34%) Remedy
7 8 (1.34%) Siebel
8 7 (1.17%) Salesforce.com
8 7 (1.17%) ION Trading
9 6 (1.01%) Sybase
9 6 (1.01%) Business Objects
10 5 (0.84%) Empirix
10 5 (0.84%) Siemens
10 5 (0.84%) Genesys
10 5 (0.84%) Verint
11 4 (0.67%) VMware
11 4 (0.67%) Cognos
London
Big Picture Staffing
Rate: From £390 to £430 per day dependant on experience
Posted: Yesterday
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Edison Hill Ltd
Rate: From £250 to £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Bedfordshire
X4 Group
Rate: £150 - 250 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Eutopia Solutions Ltd
Rate: £0.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Cambridge
Computer Futures
Rate: £35 - £40 per hour + competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
West London
Absolute Solution Limited
Rate: From £380 to £425 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Clearwater People Solutions
Rate: £400 - £450 Per Annum possibly more for the right candidate
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £350 - £450 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Bridgwater, Somerset
Experis Ltd
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Genomics England
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 10 days ago
Swindon
esynergy Solutions - UK
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
Central London / West End
Reed Business Information Ltd
Rate: From £400 to £500 per day direct - no agency margin
Posted: 10 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £500.00 - £700.00 per day
Posted: 12 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Yodel
Rate: Unspecified Competitive daily rate
Posted: 13 days ago
Edinburgh
Real Staffing
Rate: £30 - £38 per hour
Posted: 15 days ago
London
Huxley Associates
Rate: £550 - £600 per day + competitive
Posted: 19 days ago
City of London
esynergy Solutions - UK
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + Benefits
Posted: 19 days ago
Perth & Kinross
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £400.00 - £430.00 per day
Posted: 24 days ago
London
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 25 days ago