The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 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.

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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
System Testing
Rank 281 284 260
Rank change year-on-year
+3 -24
Contract jobs citing System Testing 371 294 403
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.66% 0.62% 0.66%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.90% 0.85% 0.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 215 168 175
Average daily rate £400 £388 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% -3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £271 £250 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £368 £336 £350
% change year-on-year
+9.29% -3.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 13 47
Average hourly rate £35.00 £37.00 £28.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.40% +29.82%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £40.38 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-13.31% +46.81%
Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
41342 34605 42097
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 73.43% 72.51% 69.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 25701 20630 24018
Average daily rate £400 £405 £410
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.23% -1.21%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £560 £575 £588
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £360 £370
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1173 1052 1437
Average hourly rate £28.08 £32.00 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.25% +16.36%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.39 £13.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £54.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £32.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +16.36%

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 18 April 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 18 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
England -38 328 £413 +3.25% 88
London +36 166 £438 - 32
City of London +14 62 £413 -5.71% 10
South East -23 57 £376 +13.58% 15
East of England -35 30 £407 -7.08% 8
Scotland +8 26 £375 +20.00% 7
South West -19 23 £340 +0.74% 3
Hampshire +6 20 £319 +2.82% 1
East Midlands +4 20 £250 -50.00% 7
Yorkshire -16 15 £450 +63.63% 6
Hertfordshire +1 14 £260 -27.77% 4
Middlesex - 13 £484 -
Glasgow +20 12 £350 +3.70% 2
West Yorkshire -13 12 £450 +40.62% 5
Edinburgh -18 12 £420 +42.37% 4
Leeds -10 11 £450 +100.00% 5
Surrey -5 10 £350 +2.18% 5
Suffolk -16 10 £425 -5.55% 1
Nottinghamshire +8 9 - - 3
Nottingham +7 9 - -
Ipswich -14 9 £425 -
West Midlands -18 9 £325 +25.00% 3
Northamptonshire - 8 £250 - 2
North West -23 7 £275 -4.34% 8
Wales -14 6 £313 - 3
Buckinghamshire -19 6 £329 -6.07%
Northampton - 6 - -
Manchester -10 5 £269 -14.00% 4
South Wales -13 5 £313 - 2
Milton Keynes -16 5 £329 -6.07%

System Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 April 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.

1 240 (34.04%) User Acceptance Testing
2 206 (29.22%) SQL
3 186 (26.38%) Test Scripting
4 184 (26.10%) Finance
5 117 (16.60%) Oracle
6 94 (13.33%) Microsoft
7 89 (12.62%) SQL Server
7 89 (12.62%) Integration Testing
8 88 (12.48%) Agile Software Development
9 84 (11.91%) Unit Testing
10 77 (10.92%) Java
11 75 (10.64%) JavaScript
11 75 (10.64%) .NET
12 74 (10.50%) C#
13 70 (9.93%) ISEB
14 69 (9.79%) Project Management
15 68 (9.65%) Banking
15 68 (9.65%) HP Quality Center
16 67 (9.50%) Business Intelligence
17 63 (8.94%) Test Strategy
18 62 (8.79%) HTML
19 61 (8.65%) QA
20 60 (8.51%) Analytics
20 60 (8.51%) XML
20 60 (8.51%) Software Testing
21 57 (8.09%) Test Management
21 57 (8.09%) Degree
21 57 (8.09%) Security Cleared
22 56 (7.94%) Windows
22 56 (7.94%) HP

System Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 35 (4.96%) SharePoint
2 30 (4.26%) SAS
3 22 (3.12%) WebSphere
4 18 (2.55%) SharePoint 2010
5 15 (2.13%) CMS
6 10 (1.42%) IIS
7 9 (1.28%) MQSeries
8 6 (0.85%) Tomcat
9 5 (0.71%) Drupal
10 4 (0.57%) WebLogic
10 4 (0.57%) Apache
10 4 (0.57%) IBM Notes
10 4 (0.57%) Umbraco
10 4 (0.57%) Node.js
11 3 (0.43%) NServiceBus
11 3 (0.43%) GlassFish
11 3 (0.43%) Oracle Spatial
11 3 (0.43%) Kentico
11 3 (0.43%) CICS
11 3 (0.43%) Oracle Application Server
Applications
1 46 (6.52%) MS Excel
2 22 (3.12%) MS Office
3 18 (2.55%) MS Visio
4 9 (1.28%) MS PowerPoint
5 7 (0.99%) MS Project
6 4 (0.57%) Mingle
7 1 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.14%) Quicktime
Business Applications
1 44 (6.24%) Oracle EBS
2 27 (3.83%) Dynamics CRM
3 16 (2.27%) Oracle EBS R12
4 11 (1.56%) Oracle Applications
5 6 (0.85%) Agresso
5 6 (0.85%) SAP FI
5 6 (0.85%) Oracle Financials
5 6 (0.85%) SAP Business One
5 6 (0.85%) SAP SRM
6 5 (0.71%) Dynamics NAV
6 5 (0.71%) Cognos Controller
6 5 (0.71%) Cognos TM1
6 5 (0.71%) SAP CO
6 5 (0.71%) Oracle CRM
6 5 (0.71%) SAP FI/CO
7 4 (0.57%) ION MarketView
7 4 (0.57%) Retail-J
8 3 (0.43%) Google Analytics
8 3 (0.43%) Magento
8 3 (0.43%) HiPortfolio
Cloud Services
1 5 (0.71%) SuccessFactors
2 4 (0.57%) Taleo
2 4 (0.57%) SaaS
2 4 (0.57%) Cloud Computing
3 3 (0.43%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 14 (1.99%) Internet
2 8 (1.13%) IP Telephony
3 6 (0.85%) HTTP
4 5 (0.71%) FTP
5 4 (0.57%) SSH
6 3 (0.43%) TCP/IP
7 2 (0.28%) DNS
7 2 (0.28%) LTE
7 2 (0.28%) NFC
8 1 (0.14%) Wireshark
8 1 (0.14%) GPON
8 1 (0.14%) xDSL
8 1 (0.14%) LAN
8 1 (0.14%) SMS
8 1 (0.14%) DHCP
8 1 (0.14%) Kerberos
8 1 (0.14%) SNMP
8 1 (0.14%) 3G
8 1 (0.14%) VLAN
8 1 (0.14%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 89 (12.62%) SQL Server
2 34 (4.82%) Data Warehouse
3 33 (4.68%) Relational Database
4 26 (3.69%) Oracle Reports
4 26 (3.69%) Data Mining
4 26 (3.69%) Oracle Database
5 25 (3.55%) Base SAS
5 25 (3.55%) SAS Enterprise Guide
6 23 (3.26%) OLAP
7 22 (3.12%) SQL Server 2008
8 19 (2.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 18 (2.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 17 (2.41%) DB2
11 16 (2.27%) RDBMS
12 13 (1.84%) MySQL
13 11 (1.56%) BusinessObjects XI
13 11 (1.56%) MS Access
13 11 (1.56%) SQL Server 2005
14 10 (1.42%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 9 (1.28%) DbVisualizer
Development Applications
1 44 (6.24%) Selenium
2 38 (5.39%) QuickTest Pro
3 34 (4.82%) Team Foundation Server
4 30 (4.26%) Subversion
5 26 (3.69%) LoadRunner
6 20 (2.84%) Visual Studio
7 17 (2.41%) JUnit
8 16 (2.27%) JIRA
9 15 (2.13%) SoapUI
10 14 (1.99%) Jenkins
11 12 (1.70%) Toad
12 11 (1.56%) SpecFlow
13 10 (1.42%) Git (software)
13 10 (1.42%) Hudson
14 8 (1.13%) Rational DOORS
15 7 (0.99%) Cucumber
15 7 (0.99%) TeamCity
16 6 (0.85%) Maven
16 6 (0.85%) Oracle Forms
16 6 (0.85%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 184 (26.10%) Finance
2 68 (9.65%) Banking
3 49 (6.95%) Retail
4 27 (3.83%) Investment Banking
5 19 (2.70%) Back Office
6 17 (2.41%) Telecoms
7 13 (1.84%) Manufacturing
7 13 (1.84%) Front Office
8 9 (1.28%) Financial Institution
8 9 (1.28%) Pharmaceutical
8 9 (1.28%) Billing
8 9 (1.28%) Electronics
9 8 (1.13%) Marketing
10 7 (0.99%) Local Government
11 6 (0.85%) Games
12 4 (0.57%) Military
12 4 (0.57%) Legal
13 3 (0.43%) Retail Banking
13 3 (0.43%) Automotive
14 2 (0.28%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 239 (33.90%) Analyst
2 182 (25.82%) Developer
3 125 (17.73%) Test Analyst
4 79 (11.21%) Tester
5 78 (11.06%) Business Analyst
6 71 (10.07%) Test Manager
7 40 (5.67%) Consultant
8 36 (5.11%) Systems Analyst
9 30 (4.26%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 28 (3.97%) SAS Developer
11 25 (3.55%) Systems Tester
12 20 (2.84%) Project Manager
13 19 (2.70%) CRM Developer
14 18 (2.55%) SAS BI Developer
14 18 (2.55%) Test Engineer
14 18 (2.55%) Java Developer
14 18 (2.55%) Systems Test Analyst
15 17 (2.41%) .NET Developer
15 17 (2.41%) Senior Analyst
16 15 (2.13%) Dynamics CRM Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 75 (10.64%) .NET
2 62 (8.79%) HTML
3 60 (8.51%) XML
4 34 (4.82%) Web Services
4 34 (4.82%) CSS
5 28 (3.97%) ASP.NET
6 23 (3.26%) Ajax
7 22 (3.12%) jQuery
8 20 (2.84%) J2EE
9 19 (2.70%) .NET Framework
10 17 (2.41%) SOAP
11 16 (2.27%) Spring
11 16 (2.27%) Flash
12 14 (1.99%) Silverlight
12 14 (1.99%) WCF
13 12 (1.70%) HTML5
13 12 (1.70%) WPF
13 12 (1.70%) JSON
14 11 (1.56%) Hibernate
15 9 (1.28%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 28 (3.97%) Management Information System
2 15 (2.13%) SWIFT
3 14 (1.99%) Visualisation
4 10 (1.42%) Derivative
5 9 (1.28%) Enterprise Software
5 9 (1.28%) Mainframe
6 8 (1.13%) Computer Science
6 8 (1.13%) Informatics
7 7 (0.99%) Data Conversion
7 7 (0.99%) FMCG
7 7 (0.99%) Learning Management System
7 7 (0.99%) Open Source
7 7 (0.99%) IVR
7 7 (0.99%) Replication
8 6 (0.85%) Fixed Income
8 6 (0.85%) Equity Derivative
8 6 (0.85%) Mobile App
9 5 (0.71%) Credit Risk
9 5 (0.71%) Market Risk
9 5 (0.71%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 56 (7.94%) Windows
2 48 (6.81%) Linux
3 39 (5.53%) UNIX
4 11 (1.56%) Windows XP
5 10 (1.42%) Windows 7
6 6 (0.85%) Android
7 5 (0.71%) Windows Server 2008
7 5 (0.71%) Windows Server 2003
8 4 (0.57%) AIX
9 3 (0.43%) Apple iOS
9 3 (0.43%) VxWorks
9 3 (0.43%) Mac OS X
9 3 (0.43%) Ubuntu
10 2 (0.28%) Oracle Linux
11 1 (0.14%) Windows Phone
11 1 (0.14%) Windows Vista
11 1 (0.14%) CentOS
11 1 (0.14%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 240 (34.04%) User Acceptance Testing
2 186 (26.38%) Test Scripting
3 89 (12.62%) Integration Testing
4 88 (12.48%) Agile Software Development
5 84 (11.91%) Unit Testing
6 69 (9.79%) Project Management
7 67 (9.50%) Business Intelligence
8 63 (8.94%) Test Strategy
9 60 (8.51%) Analytics
9 60 (8.51%) Software Testing
10 57 (8.09%) Test Management
11 55 (7.80%) Regression Testing
12 49 (6.95%) CRM
12 49 (6.95%) Performance Testing
13 47 (6.67%) Service Delivery
14 43 (6.10%) Scrum
15 41 (5.82%) Migration
16 40 (5.67%) Business Analysis
17 38 (5.39%) UML
18 37 (5.25%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 206 (29.22%) SQL
2 77 (10.92%) Java
3 75 (10.64%) JavaScript
4 74 (10.50%) C#
5 26 (3.69%) T-SQL
6 24 (3.40%) PL/SQL
7 20 (2.84%) Shell Script
8 18 (2.55%) C
9 16 (2.27%) VB
10 14 (1.99%) C++
10 14 (1.99%) Python
11 13 (1.84%) PowerShell
12 10 (1.42%) Korn
12 10 (1.42%) PHP
13 8 (1.13%) COBOL
13 8 (1.13%) Perl
14 7 (0.99%) Bash Shell
14 7 (0.99%) VBA
14 7 (0.99%) VB6
15 6 (0.85%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 70 (9.93%) ISEB
2 57 (8.09%) Degree
2 57 (8.09%) Security Cleared
3 42 (5.96%) SC Cleared
4 35 (4.96%) ISTQB
5 16 (2.27%) DV Cleared
6 9 (1.28%) Microsoft Certification
7 6 (0.85%) MCSD
8 5 (0.71%) MCTS
9 4 (0.57%) PMP
9 4 (0.57%) PMI Certification
9 4 (0.57%) MCAD
10 3 (0.43%) CIMA
10 3 (0.43%) ACCA
10 3 (0.43%) Oracle Certification
10 3 (0.43%) MCITP
11 2 (0.28%) OCPJP
11 2 (0.28%) Sun Certification
11 2 (0.28%) HND
11 2 (0.28%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 61 (8.65%) QA
2 35 (4.96%) SLA
3 5 (0.71%) EMIR
4 4 (0.57%) ISO 8583
5 3 (0.43%) Dodd-Frank
5 3 (0.43%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.43%) DO-178B
6 2 (0.28%) Basel II
6 2 (0.28%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.14%) CRD IV
7 1 (0.14%) Basel III
7 1 (0.14%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 2 (0.28%) VMware ESX
1 2 (0.28%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
2 1 (0.14%) KVM
2 1 (0.14%) Oracle RAC
2 1 (0.14%) Xen
2 1 (0.14%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.14%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.14%) Terminal Server
2 1 (0.14%) Oracle RMAN
Systems Management
1 68 (9.65%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (0.99%) Cisco IPCC
3 3 (0.43%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 3 (0.43%) Control-M
4 2 (0.28%) Tivoli
4 2 (0.28%) Business Desktop Deployment
5 1 (0.14%) Vagrant
5 1 (0.14%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.14%) SCCM
5 1 (0.14%) Data Guard
5 1 (0.14%) Puppet
5 1 (0.14%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 1 (0.14%) Netcool
Vendors
1 117 (16.60%) Oracle
2 94 (13.33%) Microsoft
3 56 (7.94%) HP
4 43 (6.10%) SAP
5 28 (3.97%) IBM
6 15 (2.13%) Business Objects
7 8 (1.13%) Sybase
8 7 (0.99%) Verint
8 7 (0.99%) JBoss
8 7 (0.99%) Genesys
8 7 (0.99%) Empirix
8 7 (0.99%) Siemens
8 7 (0.99%) Aquila
9 6 (0.85%) Cognos
9 6 (0.85%) Progress
9 6 (0.85%) Zend
10 5 (0.71%) MarketAxess
10 5 (0.71%) Bloomberg
10 5 (0.71%) Remedy
10 5 (0.71%) Charles River
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