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 22 December 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
22 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
System Testing
Rank 312 295 309
Rank change year-on-year
-17 +14
Contract jobs citing System Testing 302 322 279
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.55% 0.62% 0.57%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.74% 0.85% 0.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 184 187 163
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£375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £275 £272
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £593
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £337 £365
% change year-on-year
+3.78% -7.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 6 13
Average hourly rate £32.50 £35.75 £26.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.09% +34.90%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £26.25 £18.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £40.00 £39.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.44 £36.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-12.66% +30.90%

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
40696 38031 35236
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.64% 73.82% 71.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 26662 23403 20710
Average daily rate £420 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £270 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £580 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £365 £365
% change year-on-year
+6.16% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1104 1181 1433
Average hourly rate £24.00 £25.88 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.24% -13.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.90 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -10.00%

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 22 December 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
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing System Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 22 December 2014.

System Testing Hourly Rate Histogram 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 22 December 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 -18 280 £380 +1.33% 60
London +7 112 £475 +11.76% 25
South East 0 75 £360 +10.76% 10
South West -17 27 £365 -9.87% 5
Hampshire -5 24 £346 +10.83%
City of London -7 24 £443 +4.13% 10
Berkshire +2 22 £450 +28.20% 7
North West +1 15 £275 - 4
Reading +9 13 £450 +28.57% 4
Buckinghamshire -3 13 £350 +16.66% 1
Tyne and Wear -9 12 £325 -
West Midlands -9 12 £275 -35.29% 3
East of England -13 12 £450 +31.48% 5
Newcastle upon Tyne -18 12 £325 -
North East -20 12 £325 -
Cambridgeshire -1 11 £450 +28.57% 3
Scotland -8 11 £370 - 3
Wiltshire -2 10 £375 -31.81% 1
Manchester -2 10 £288 +4.54% 2
Yorkshire -25 10 £350 +9.37% 6
Swindon -1 9 £375 -31.81%
Oxfordshire -12 9 £315 +80.00%
Basingstoke +2 6 £351 +12.16%
Somerset -4 6 £380 +12.59% 1
Edinburgh -10 6 £373 -11.04% 1
Surrey -2 5 £313 -34.21% 1
Bristol -12 5 £418 +3.08% 2
Wales -18 5 £320 -17.41% 1
West Yorkshire -30 5 £350 +7.69% 6
Oxford -15 4 £315 +80.00%

System Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 December 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.

1 233 (37.22%) SQL
2 204 (32.59%) User Acceptance Testing
3 156 (24.92%) Finance
4 147 (23.48%) Agile Software Development
5 125 (19.97%) Oracle
6 103 (16.45%) Test Scripting
7 93 (14.86%) XML
8 88 (14.06%) ISEB
8 88 (14.06%) QA
9 82 (13.10%) HTML
10 79 (12.62%) JavaScript
10 79 (12.62%) SQL Server
11 78 (12.46%) Integration Testing
12 77 (12.30%) Java
12 77 (12.30%) Analytical Skills
13 74 (11.82%) Microsoft
14 73 (11.66%) .NET
14 73 (11.66%) Regression Testing
15 72 (11.50%) HP Quality Center
16 65 (10.38%) Unit Testing
17 59 (9.42%) HP
18 58 (9.27%) CSS
19 57 (9.11%) Security Cleared
20 55 (8.79%) Test Strategy
21 52 (8.31%) CRM
22 51 (8.15%) ISTQB
23 48 (7.67%) Project Management
23 48 (7.67%) Degree
24 47 (7.51%) Scrum
24 47 (7.51%) Business Analysis

System Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 December 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 33 (5.27%) SharePoint
2 26 (4.15%) WebSphere
3 20 (3.19%) Apache
4 14 (2.24%) CMS
5 13 (2.08%) Tomcat
6 12 (1.92%) SAS
7 10 (1.60%) BizTalk Server
7 10 (1.60%) SharePoint 2010
8 9 (1.44%) IIS
9 8 (1.28%) MQSeries
10 7 (1.12%) WebLogic
11 6 (0.96%) Documentum
12 4 (0.64%) WebSphere Application Server
12 4 (0.64%) JBoss
12 4 (0.64%) LiveCycle
12 4 (0.64%) SharePoint 2013
13 3 (0.48%) Sitecore CMS
13 3 (0.48%) Tuxedo
13 3 (0.48%) Oracle Workflow
14 2 (0.32%) WebSphere Process Server
Applications
1 35 (5.59%) MS Excel
2 22 (3.51%) MS Office
3 9 (1.44%) MS Project
4 5 (0.80%) MS Visio
4 5 (0.80%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.16%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.16%) Mingle
5 1 (0.16%) PowerPivot
5 1 (0.16%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 34 (5.43%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (1.60%) JDE EnterpriseOne
3 9 (1.44%) Agresso
4 7 (1.12%) Dynamics AX
5 6 (0.96%) SAP CRM
6 4 (0.64%) Oracle EBS
6 4 (0.64%) Oracle General Ledger
6 4 (0.64%) Oracle EBS R12
6 4 (0.64%) Oracle Payables
6 4 (0.64%) Oracle Receivables
7 3 (0.48%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 3 (0.48%) Oracle Financials
7 3 (0.48%) BASE24
7 3 (0.48%) Cognos TM1
8 2 (0.32%) CODA-Financials
8 2 (0.32%) ResourceLink
8 2 (0.32%) HFM
8 2 (0.32%) Oracle Retail
9 1 (0.16%) Markit EDM
9 1 (0.16%) Oracle Cash Management
Cloud Services
1 3 (0.48%) Force.com
2 1 (0.16%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.16%) SaaS
2 1 (0.16%) SuccessFactors
2 1 (0.16%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 12 (1.92%) Internet
2 10 (1.60%) Wireshark
3 9 (1.44%) DNS
3 9 (1.44%) SAN
4 6 (0.96%) DHCP
4 6 (0.96%) WAN
5 5 (0.80%) LAN
5 5 (0.80%) Intranet
6 4 (0.64%) HTTP
6 4 (0.64%) GSM
7 3 (0.48%) Network Security
7 3 (0.48%) 3G
7 3 (0.48%) IP Telephony
7 3 (0.48%) TCP/IP
7 3 (0.48%) HTTPS
7 3 (0.48%) 3GPP
7 3 (0.48%) UMTS
8 2 (0.32%) SMS
8 2 (0.32%) ADSL
8 2 (0.32%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 79 (12.62%) SQL Server
2 46 (7.35%) Oracle Database
3 38 (6.07%) Relational Database
4 25 (3.99%) Data Warehouse
5 19 (3.04%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 19 (3.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 18 (2.88%) Oracle Database 11g
7 16 (2.56%) Oracle Reports
8 15 (2.40%) DB2
8 15 (2.40%) Oracle Database 10g
8 15 (2.40%) SQL Server 2008
9 11 (1.76%) DbVisualizer
10 9 (1.44%) OLAP
11 7 (1.12%) Crystal Reports
11 7 (1.12%) MySQL
11 7 (1.12%) Oracle OLAP
11 7 (1.12%) RDBMS
12 5 (0.80%) Oracle BI EE
12 5 (0.80%) Oracle BI Publisher
13 4 (0.64%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 45 (7.19%) QuickTest Pro
2 36 (5.75%) JIRA
3 29 (4.63%) Selenium
4 28 (4.47%) SoapUI
5 21 (3.35%) Visual Studio
6 20 (3.19%) JUnit
7 18 (2.88%) Subversion
7 18 (2.88%) Team Foundation Server
8 17 (2.72%) LoadRunner
9 15 (2.40%) Eclipse
10 14 (2.24%) Ant
11 12 (1.92%) MSI
12 8 (1.28%) Toad
13 7 (1.12%) RequisitePro
13 7 (1.12%) Maven
13 7 (1.12%) Oracle APEX
14 6 (0.96%) DbUnit
14 6 (0.96%) PHPUnit
14 6 (0.96%) Rational Functional Tester
14 6 (0.96%) Rational Robot
General
1 156 (24.92%) Finance
2 43 (6.87%) Banking
3 32 (5.11%) Retail
4 18 (2.88%) Back Office
5 17 (2.72%) Billing
6 14 (2.24%) Investment Banking
7 13 (2.08%) Manufacturing
8 12 (1.92%) Telecoms
9 8 (1.28%) Military
10 7 (1.12%) Electronics
11 6 (0.96%) Front Office
11 6 (0.96%) General Ledger
12 4 (0.64%) Marketing
13 3 (0.48%) Advertising
13 3 (0.48%) Publishing
13 3 (0.48%) Automotive
13 3 (0.48%) Legal
13 3 (0.48%) Pharmaceutical
13 3 (0.48%) Financial Institution
14 2 (0.32%) Avionics
Job Titles
1 223 (35.62%) Analyst
2 144 (23.00%) Developer
3 123 (19.65%) Test Analyst
4 80 (12.78%) Tester
5 62 (9.90%) Business Analyst
6 52 (8.31%) Test Manager
7 50 (7.99%) Consultant
8 30 (4.79%) Systems Tester
9 26 (4.15%) Java Developer
10 22 (3.51%) Test Engineer
11 21 (3.35%) Systems Analyst
12 18 (2.88%) Project Manager
12 18 (2.88%) Senior Analyst
13 17 (2.72%) CRM Developer
14 16 (2.56%) Dynamics CRM Developer
15 15 (2.40%) Senior Developer
16 14 (2.24%) .NET Developer
17 13 (2.08%) Test Leader
18 12 (1.92%) Senior Test Analyst
19 11 (1.76%) Senior Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 93 (14.86%) XML
2 82 (13.10%) HTML
3 73 (11.66%) .NET
4 58 (9.27%) CSS
5 33 (5.27%) Web Services
6 26 (4.15%) jQuery
7 24 (3.83%) SOAP
8 21 (3.35%) ASP.NET
9 16 (2.56%) Spring
9 16 (2.56%) WCF
10 15 (2.40%) .NET Framework
10 15 (2.40%) ASP.NET MVC
11 14 (2.24%) Silverlight
11 14 (2.24%) Ajax
12 12 (1.92%) Flash
13 11 (1.76%) Hibernate
13 11 (1.76%) J2EE
13 11 (1.76%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
14 10 (1.60%) Servlets
14 10 (1.60%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 77 (12.30%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (2.72%) iPad
3 15 (2.40%) Client/Server
4 13 (2.08%) Mainframe
4 13 (2.08%) Management Information System
4 13 (2.08%) Data Structures
4 13 (2.08%) Mobile App
5 11 (1.76%) SWIFT
6 10 (1.60%) Computer Science
7 8 (1.28%) iPhone
8 7 (1.12%) User Experience
8 7 (1.12%) Cryptography
9 6 (0.96%) Derivative
9 6 (0.96%) Blackberry
9 6 (0.96%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 5 (0.80%) W3C
10 5 (0.80%) Fixed Income
10 5 (0.80%) Equities
11 4 (0.64%) IVR
12 3 (0.48%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 46 (7.35%) Windows
2 39 (6.23%) UNIX
3 37 (5.91%) Linux
4 21 (3.35%) Windows 7
5 11 (1.76%) Apple iOS
5 11 (1.76%) Windows Vista
6 10 (1.60%) Windows XP
7 8 (1.28%) Android
8 7 (1.12%) Ubuntu
9 5 (0.80%) Windows Server 2003
9 5 (0.80%) Windows Phone
10 4 (0.64%) VME
11 3 (0.48%) Solaris
11 3 (0.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 3 (0.48%) Oracle Linux
12 2 (0.32%) webOS
12 2 (0.32%) Windows Server 2008
12 2 (0.32%) CentOS
13 1 (0.16%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 204 (32.59%) User Acceptance Testing
2 147 (23.48%) Agile Software Development
3 103 (16.45%) Test Scripting
4 78 (12.46%) Integration Testing
5 73 (11.66%) Regression Testing
6 65 (10.38%) Unit Testing
7 55 (8.79%) Test Strategy
8 52 (8.31%) CRM
9 48 (7.67%) Project Management
10 47 (7.51%) Scrum
10 47 (7.51%) Business Analysis
10 47 (7.51%) Software Testing
11 46 (7.35%) Migration
12 43 (6.87%) Test Automation
12 43 (6.87%) Test Management
13 42 (6.71%) E-Commerce
13 42 (6.71%) ETL
14 39 (6.23%) Business Intelligence
14 39 (6.23%) Performance Testing
15 34 (5.43%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 233 (37.22%) SQL
2 79 (12.62%) JavaScript
3 77 (12.30%) Java
4 45 (7.19%) C#
5 42 (6.71%) PL/SQL
6 22 (3.51%) VBA
7 18 (2.88%) T-SQL
8 17 (2.72%) VB
9 16 (2.56%) PHP
10 14 (2.24%) C++
11 13 (2.08%) C
11 13 (2.08%) Shell Script
12 12 (1.92%) Python
13 10 (1.60%) Perl
14 9 (1.44%) COBOL
15 6 (0.96%) VB6
16 5 (0.80%) PowerShell
17 3 (0.48%) Apex Code
17 3 (0.48%) C-shell
17 3 (0.48%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 88 (14.06%) ISEB
2 57 (9.11%) Security Cleared
3 51 (8.15%) ISTQB
4 48 (7.67%) Degree
5 35 (5.59%) SC Cleared
6 34 (5.43%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 11 (1.76%) DV Cleared
8 5 (0.80%) ITIL Certification
9 4 (0.64%) Microsoft Certification
10 3 (0.48%) MCSE
11 2 (0.32%) ISEB Practitioner
11 2 (0.32%) HND
11 2 (0.32%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 1 (0.16%) BC Cleared
12 1 (0.16%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 1 (0.16%) NVQ Level 4
12 1 (0.16%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 1 (0.16%) CCNA
12 1 (0.16%) CCDA
12 1 (0.16%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 88 (14.06%) QA
2 6 (0.96%) EMIR
3 4 (0.64%) COREP
4 3 (0.48%) SLA
5 2 (0.32%) Solvency II
5 2 (0.32%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.16%) Dodd-Frank
6 1 (0.16%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.16%) FATCA
6 1 (0.16%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.16%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 1 (0.16%) GAMP
System Software
1 13 (2.08%) Active Directory
2 12 (1.92%) Microsoft App-V
3 9 (1.44%) XenDesktop
4 6 (0.96%) VMware Infrastructure
5 5 (0.80%) Oracle RAC
6 3 (0.48%) VMware ESX
7 2 (0.32%) Xen
Systems Management
1 72 (11.50%) HP Quality Center
2 14 (2.24%) SCCM
3 9 (1.44%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 7 (1.12%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 6 (0.96%) Norton AntiVirus
6 3 (0.48%) Cisco IPCC
7 2 (0.32%) WMI
7 2 (0.32%) Nagios
7 2 (0.32%) Sysprep
8 1 (0.16%) Oracle EDQ
8 1 (0.16%) Netcool
8 1 (0.16%) Control-M
Vendors
1 125 (19.97%) Oracle
2 74 (11.82%) Microsoft
3 59 (9.42%) HP
4 23 (3.67%) SAP
5 20 (3.19%) IBM
6 16 (2.56%) JD Edwards
7 13 (2.08%) VMware
8 9 (1.44%) Salesforce.com
8 9 (1.44%) Symantec
8 9 (1.44%) Sybase
9 8 (1.28%) Business Objects
9 8 (1.28%) Cisco
9 8 (1.28%) Ektron
10 6 (0.96%) Adobe
11 5 (0.80%) Calypso
11 5 (0.80%) Cognos
11 5 (0.80%) PeopleSoft
11 5 (0.80%) CA
11 5 (0.80%) ION Trading
12 4 (0.64%) Micro Focus
Leeds, West Yorkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £450.00 - £475.00 per day
Posted: 1 hour ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £450.00 - £475.00 per day
Posted: 1 hour ago
Chorley, Lancashire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £450 per day 2 Months + extension
Posted: 2 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Computer People
Rate: £180.00 - £210.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Maidstone
Pearson Whiffin
Rate: £320 - £340 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Buckinghamshire
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350.00 - £425.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
West London
Wilson HCG
Rate: Competitive Rate
Posted: 3 days ago
City of London
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City of London
Orgtel
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £175 - £225 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
CodeSource Recruitment Limited
Rate: From £300 to £360 per day Long term ongoing projects - 3 month rolling
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Venn Group - UK
Posted: 10 days ago
Glasgow
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £300.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
Ashby de la Zouch
Networx Recruitment
Rate: £20,000 - £25,000 per annum/pro-rata
Posted: 11 days ago
South West England
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 26 days ago