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 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.

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
System Testing
Rank 276 281 259
Rank change year-on-year
+5 -22
Contract jobs citing System Testing 367 296 401
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.67% 0.62% 0.66%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.92% 0.86% 0.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 210 169 174
Average daily rate £414 £375 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.40% -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £267 £250 £258
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £525 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £381 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+8.92% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 13 44
Average hourly rate £35.00 £37.00 £28.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.40% +28.69%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £40.38 £28.00
% change year-on-year
-13.31% +44.19%
Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
40055 34550 41999
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 73.38% 72.44% 69.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 24990 20571 23942
Average daily rate £400 £408 £410
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.84% -0.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £575 £588
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £360 £370
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1138 1039 1411
Average hourly rate £30.00 £32.00 £27.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +18.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £54.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.50 £32.00 £26.50
% change year-on-year
-1.56% +20.75%

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 24 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 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
England -4 324 £415 +3.75% 87
London +51 169 £425 -2.85% 29
City of London +28 63 £413 -5.71% 13
South East -10 56 £400 +19.40% 15
East of England -30 30 £407 -9.66% 7
Scotland +6 26 £388 +46.22% 3
Hampshire +11 20 £319 +2.82% 2
East Midlands -2 20 £250 -50.00% 7
South West -17 18 £350 - 1
Hertfordshire +3 14 £260 -27.77% 2
Yorkshire -11 14 £450 +63.63% 5
Middlesex - 13 £484 -
Glasgow +20 12 £348 - 1
Edinburgh -15 12 £420 +42.37% 1
Leeds -7 11 £450 +100.00% 4
West Yorkshire -8 11 £450 +40.62% 4
Surrey -3 10 £350 +2.18% 4
Suffolk -11 10 £425 -5.55% 1
Nottinghamshire +10 9 - - 3
Nottingham +3 9 - - 1
Ipswich -15 9 £425 -
West Midlands -21 9 £325 +25.00% 6
Northamptonshire - 8 £250 - 2
North West -30 7 £275 -4.34% 9
Wales -24 6 £313 +95.31% 4
Uxbridge - 6 £233 -
Northampton - 6 - -
Manchester -11 5 £269 -10.41% 6
South Wales -15 5 £313 +95.31% 3
Buckinghamshire -18 5 £400 +14.28% 1

System Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 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.

1 237 (34.05%) User Acceptance Testing
2 204 (29.31%) SQL
3 185 (26.58%) Finance
3 185 (26.58%) Test Scripting
4 117 (16.81%) Oracle
5 95 (13.65%) Microsoft
6 88 (12.64%) Integration Testing
7 87 (12.50%) SQL Server
8 86 (12.36%) Agile Software Development
9 84 (12.07%) Unit Testing
10 76 (10.92%) Java
10 76 (10.92%) JavaScript
11 73 (10.49%) .NET
12 71 (10.20%) C#
13 70 (10.06%) ISEB
14 69 (9.91%) Project Management
14 69 (9.91%) Banking
15 68 (9.77%) Business Intelligence
16 67 (9.63%) HP Quality Center
17 63 (9.05%) Software Testing
18 61 (8.76%) HTML
18 61 (8.76%) QA
18 61 (8.76%) Analytics
19 60 (8.62%) Test Strategy
20 59 (8.48%) XML
21 57 (8.19%) HP
21 57 (8.19%) Security Cleared
22 56 (8.05%) Degree
23 55 (7.90%) Test Management
24 54 (7.76%) Regression Testing

System Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 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 37 (5.32%) SharePoint
2 29 (4.17%) SAS
3 22 (3.16%) WebSphere
4 18 (2.59%) SharePoint 2010
5 15 (2.16%) CMS
6 10 (1.44%) IIS
7 9 (1.29%) MQSeries
8 6 (0.86%) Tomcat
9 5 (0.72%) Drupal
10 4 (0.57%) Umbraco
10 4 (0.57%) WebLogic
10 4 (0.57%) Apache
11 3 (0.43%) IBM Notes
11 3 (0.43%) Oracle Application Server
11 3 (0.43%) CICS
11 3 (0.43%) Oracle Spatial
11 3 (0.43%) GlassFish
11 3 (0.43%) Kentico
11 3 (0.43%) Node.js
11 3 (0.43%) NServiceBus
Applications
1 45 (6.47%) MS Excel
2 21 (3.02%) MS Office
3 17 (2.44%) MS Visio
4 8 (1.15%) MS PowerPoint
5 7 (1.01%) MS Project
6 2 (0.29%) Mingle
7 1 (0.14%) Quicktime
Business Applications
1 44 (6.32%) Oracle EBS
2 27 (3.88%) Dynamics CRM
3 16 (2.30%) Oracle EBS R12
4 11 (1.58%) Oracle Applications
5 7 (1.01%) SAP FI
5 7 (1.01%) SAP Business One
6 6 (0.86%) SAP CO
6 6 (0.86%) Oracle Financials
6 6 (0.86%) Agresso
6 6 (0.86%) SAP FI/CO
7 5 (0.72%) Oracle CRM
7 5 (0.72%) Cognos TM1
7 5 (0.72%) Dynamics NAV
7 5 (0.72%) Cognos Controller
7 5 (0.72%) SAP SRM
8 4 (0.57%) Retail-J
8 4 (0.57%) ION MarketView
9 3 (0.43%) Magento
9 3 (0.43%) SAP PM
9 3 (0.43%) Google Analytics
Cloud Services
1 5 (0.72%) SuccessFactors
2 4 (0.57%) Taleo
2 4 (0.57%) Cloud Computing
3 3 (0.43%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (0.29%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 14 (2.01%) Internet
2 8 (1.15%) IP Telephony
3 5 (0.72%) HTTP
4 4 (0.57%) SSH
4 4 (0.57%) FTP
5 3 (0.43%) LTE
5 3 (0.43%) TCP/IP
6 2 (0.29%) DNS
6 2 (0.29%) NFC
7 1 (0.14%) xDSL
7 1 (0.14%) GPON
7 1 (0.14%) Kerberos
7 1 (0.14%) SNMP
7 1 (0.14%) LAN
7 1 (0.14%) SMS
7 1 (0.14%) 3GPP
7 1 (0.14%) DHCP
7 1 (0.14%) Ethernet
7 1 (0.14%) VLAN
7 1 (0.14%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 87 (12.50%) SQL Server
2 36 (5.17%) Data Warehouse
3 32 (4.60%) Relational Database
4 26 (3.74%) Oracle Database
4 26 (3.74%) Oracle Reports
4 26 (3.74%) Data Mining
5 24 (3.45%) Base SAS
5 24 (3.45%) SAS Enterprise Guide
6 22 (3.16%) OLAP
7 20 (2.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 20 (2.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 20 (2.87%) SQL Server 2008
8 17 (2.44%) DB2
9 16 (2.30%) RDBMS
10 13 (1.87%) MySQL
10 13 (1.87%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 11 (1.58%) SQL Server 2005
11 11 (1.58%) BusinessObjects XI
12 10 (1.44%) MS Access
13 9 (1.29%) Oracle BI EE
Development Applications
1 41 (5.89%) Selenium
2 37 (5.32%) QuickTest Pro
3 36 (5.17%) Team Foundation Server
4 30 (4.31%) Subversion
5 26 (3.74%) LoadRunner
6 19 (2.73%) Visual Studio
7 17 (2.44%) JUnit
8 16 (2.30%) JIRA
9 14 (2.01%) SoapUI
9 14 (2.01%) Jenkins
10 12 (1.72%) Toad
11 11 (1.58%) SpecFlow
12 10 (1.44%) Hudson
13 9 (1.29%) Git (software)
13 9 (1.29%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 6 (0.86%) Rational DOORS
14 6 (0.86%) VSS/SourceSafe
14 6 (0.86%) Oracle Forms
14 6 (0.86%) Eclipse
14 6 (0.86%) Maven
General
1 185 (26.58%) Finance
2 69 (9.91%) Banking
3 49 (7.04%) Retail
4 26 (3.74%) Investment Banking
5 18 (2.59%) Telecoms
5 18 (2.59%) Back Office
6 13 (1.87%) Front Office
6 13 (1.87%) Manufacturing
7 10 (1.44%) Billing
8 9 (1.29%) Electronics
8 9 (1.29%) Pharmaceutical
8 9 (1.29%) Financial Institution
9 8 (1.15%) Marketing
10 7 (1.01%) Local Government
11 6 (0.86%) Games
12 4 (0.57%) Military
13 3 (0.43%) Automotive
13 3 (0.43%) Retail Banking
14 2 (0.29%) General Ledger
14 2 (0.29%) Welsh Language
Job Titles
1 237 (34.05%) Analyst
2 181 (26.01%) Developer
3 124 (17.82%) Test Analyst
4 79 (11.35%) Tester
5 77 (11.06%) Business Analyst
6 68 (9.77%) Test Manager
7 40 (5.75%) Consultant
8 36 (5.17%) Systems Analyst
9 33 (4.74%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 27 (3.88%) SAS Developer
11 25 (3.59%) Systems Tester
12 20 (2.87%) Project Manager
13 19 (2.73%) CRM Developer
14 18 (2.59%) SAS BI Developer
14 18 (2.59%) Test Engineer
14 18 (2.59%) Java Developer
14 18 (2.59%) Systems Test Analyst
15 16 (2.30%) .NET Developer
15 16 (2.30%) Senior Analyst
16 15 (2.16%) Dynamics CRM Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 73 (10.49%) .NET
2 61 (8.76%) HTML
3 59 (8.48%) XML
4 32 (4.60%) CSS
5 31 (4.45%) Web Services
6 29 (4.17%) ASP.NET
7 23 (3.30%) Ajax
8 22 (3.16%) jQuery
9 20 (2.87%) J2EE
10 18 (2.59%) .NET Framework
11 16 (2.30%) Spring
11 16 (2.30%) SOAP
11 16 (2.30%) Flash
12 13 (1.87%) WCF
13 12 (1.72%) JSON
13 12 (1.72%) MDX
14 11 (1.58%) Hibernate
14 11 (1.58%) WPF
14 11 (1.58%) Silverlight
14 11 (1.58%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 28 (4.02%) Management Information System
2 15 (2.16%) SWIFT
3 14 (2.01%) Visualisation
4 10 (1.44%) Derivative
5 9 (1.29%) Mainframe
5 9 (1.29%) Enterprise Software
6 8 (1.15%) Informatics
6 8 (1.15%) Computer Science
7 7 (1.01%) IVR
7 7 (1.01%) Replication
7 7 (1.01%) Learning Management System
7 7 (1.01%) Data Conversion
7 7 (1.01%) FMCG
8 6 (0.86%) Open Source
8 6 (0.86%) Fixed Income
8 6 (0.86%) Equity Derivative
9 5 (0.72%) Statistics
9 5 (0.72%) Credit Risk
9 5 (0.72%) Market Risk
9 5 (0.72%) Credit Derivative
Operating Systems
1 52 (7.47%) Windows
2 47 (6.75%) Linux
3 39 (5.60%) UNIX
4 11 (1.58%) Windows XP
5 10 (1.44%) Windows 7
6 5 (0.72%) Android
6 5 (0.72%) Windows Server 2003
7 4 (0.57%) AIX
7 4 (0.57%) Windows Server 2008
8 3 (0.43%) Mac OS X
8 3 (0.43%) Ubuntu
9 2 (0.29%) VxWorks
9 2 (0.29%) Apple iOS
9 2 (0.29%) Oracle Linux
10 1 (0.14%) Windows Phone
10 1 (0.14%) Embedded Linux
10 1 (0.14%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 237 (34.05%) User Acceptance Testing
2 185 (26.58%) Test Scripting
3 88 (12.64%) Integration Testing
4 86 (12.36%) Agile Software Development
5 84 (12.07%) Unit Testing
6 69 (9.91%) Project Management
7 68 (9.77%) Business Intelligence
8 63 (9.05%) Software Testing
9 61 (8.76%) Analytics
10 60 (8.62%) Test Strategy
11 55 (7.90%) Test Management
12 54 (7.76%) Regression Testing
13 50 (7.18%) CRM
13 50 (7.18%) Performance Testing
14 46 (6.61%) Service Delivery
15 41 (5.89%) Migration
15 41 (5.89%) Scrum
16 40 (5.75%) Business Analysis
17 38 (5.46%) Stakeholder Management
18 36 (5.17%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 204 (29.31%) SQL
2 76 (10.92%) Java
2 76 (10.92%) JavaScript
3 71 (10.20%) C#
4 24 (3.45%) PL/SQL
4 24 (3.45%) T-SQL
5 20 (2.87%) Shell Script
6 17 (2.44%) C
7 15 (2.16%) VB
8 14 (2.01%) Python
9 13 (1.87%) C++
10 12 (1.72%) PowerShell
11 11 (1.58%) PHP
12 10 (1.44%) Korn
13 8 (1.15%) COBOL
13 8 (1.15%) Perl
14 7 (1.01%) Bash Shell
15 6 (0.86%) VB6
15 6 (0.86%) VBA
16 5 (0.72%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 70 (10.06%) ISEB
2 57 (8.19%) Security Cleared
3 56 (8.05%) Degree
4 42 (6.03%) SC Cleared
5 35 (5.03%) ISTQB
6 16 (2.30%) DV Cleared
7 6 (0.86%) Microsoft Certification
8 4 (0.57%) MCAD
8 4 (0.57%) MCSD
8 4 (0.57%) PMP
8 4 (0.57%) PMI Certification
9 3 (0.43%) ACCA
9 3 (0.43%) CIMA
9 3 (0.43%) Oracle Certification
10 2 (0.29%) Sun Certification
10 2 (0.29%) OCPJP
10 2 (0.29%) MCTS
10 2 (0.29%) MCITP
10 2 (0.29%) HND
11 1 (0.14%) OCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 61 (8.76%) QA
2 35 (5.03%) SLA
3 5 (0.72%) EMIR
4 4 (0.57%) ISO 8583
5 3 (0.43%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.43%) Dodd-Frank
6 2 (0.29%) Basel II
6 2 (0.29%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.29%) DO-178B
7 1 (0.14%) Basel III
7 1 (0.14%) ISO 9000
7 1 (0.14%) CRD IV
System Software
1 2 (0.29%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
1 2 (0.29%) VMware ESX
2 1 (0.14%) Oracle RMAN
2 1 (0.14%) Xen
2 1 (0.14%) Oracle RAC
2 1 (0.14%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.14%) KVM
2 1 (0.14%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.14%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 67 (9.63%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (1.01%) Cisco IPCC
3 3 (0.43%) Control-M
3 3 (0.43%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 2 (0.29%) Tivoli
5 1 (0.14%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 1 (0.14%) Netcool
5 1 (0.14%) Puppet
5 1 (0.14%) Vagrant
5 1 (0.14%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.14%) SCCM
5 1 (0.14%) Data Guard
Vendors
1 117 (16.81%) Oracle
2 95 (13.65%) Microsoft
3 57 (8.19%) HP
4 45 (6.47%) SAP
5 28 (4.02%) IBM
6 16 (2.30%) Business Objects
7 8 (1.15%) Sybase
8 7 (1.01%) JBoss
8 7 (1.01%) Genesys
8 7 (1.01%) Empirix
8 7 (1.01%) Siemens
8 7 (1.01%) Aquila
8 7 (1.01%) Zend
8 7 (1.01%) Verint
9 6 (0.86%) Cognos
10 5 (0.72%) Siebel
10 5 (0.72%) Progress
10 5 (0.72%) Salesforce.com
10 5 (0.72%) TIBCO
10 5 (0.72%) Bloomberg
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