The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for System Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited System Testing over the 3 months to 27 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

System Testing
England / North West
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 117 139 129
Rank change year-on-year +22 -10  
Contract jobs citing System Testing 22 20 24
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.75% 0.53% 0.66%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.92% 0.64% 0.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 14 14
Median daily rate £363 £343 £260
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.83% +31.73%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £300 £223
10% offered a daily rate of more than £498 £468 £321
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £328
% change year-on-year - +6.87%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Median hourly rate £39.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.00 £37.50 £12.35
% change year-on-year +4.00% +203.64%  

System Testing is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 2381 3115 2862
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 80.85% 82.06% 78.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 1410 1960 1689
Median daily rate £410 £415 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.20% +7.79%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 99 78 122
Median hourly rate £40.00 £28.50 £34.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.35% -16.17%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.58 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £53.00 £56.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

System Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing System Testing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for System Testing in the North West

System Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for System Testing in the North West

System Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing System Testing in the North West over the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for System Testing in the North West

System Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for System Testing in the North West

System Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing System Testing in the North West over the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for System Testing in the North West

System Testing
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing System Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 27 June 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +14 8 £400 +23.07% 3
Merseyside -3 4 - - 1
Cheshire +22 3 £363 -23.68% 1
Cumbria - 2 - -
System Testing
England

For the 6 months to 27 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing System Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for System Testing.

1 12 (36.36%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (33.33%) Oracle
3 10 (30.30%) Java
3 10 (30.30%) Finance
3 10 (30.30%) Test Automation
4 7 (21.21%) Integration Testing
4 7 (21.21%) Software Testing
4 7 (21.21%) Regression Testing
4 7 (21.21%) SQL
4 7 (21.21%) Functional Testing
5 6 (18.18%) Process Improvement
5 6 (18.18%) Analytical Skills
5 6 (18.18%) Business Process Analysis
5 6 (18.18%) JavaScript
5 6 (18.18%) ERP
5 6 (18.18%) Oracle EBS
5 6 (18.18%) Stakeholder Management
5 6 (18.18%) Oracle HRMS
5 6 (18.18%) Scrum
5 6 (18.18%) Business Analysis
6 5 (15.15%) Spring
6 5 (15.15%) TDD
6 5 (15.15%) JIRA
6 5 (15.15%) Continuous Integration
6 5 (15.15%) BDD
6 5 (15.15%) HTML
6 5 (15.15%) J2EE
6 5 (15.15%) XML
6 5 (15.15%) DevOps
6 5 (15.15%) AngularJS

System Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 3 (9.09%) ColdFusion
2 1 (3.03%) CMS
Applications
1 1 (3.03%) Adobe Creative Suite
1 1 (3.03%) Adobe Illustrator
1 1 (3.03%) Microsoft Project
1 1 (3.03%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 6 (18.18%) Oracle EBS
1 6 (18.18%) Oracle HRMS
2 3 (9.09%) Oracle 11i
2 3 (9.09%) Oracle EBS R12
2 3 (9.09%) Oracle Payroll
3 1 (3.03%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.03%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (3.03%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 4 (12.12%) Internet
2 1 (3.03%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (12.12%) SQL Server
2 3 (9.09%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (9.09%) Relational Database
2 3 (9.09%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 3 (9.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3 (9.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (3.03%) Oracle BI EE
3 1 (3.03%) Oracle Database
3 1 (3.03%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 5 (15.15%) JIRA
2 4 (12.12%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (9.09%) Git (software)
3 3 (9.09%) Jenkins
3 3 (9.09%) JUnit
3 3 (9.09%) Mockito
3 3 (9.09%) Selenium
3 3 (9.09%) WebDriver
General
1 10 (30.30%) Finance
2 3 (9.09%) Banking
3 1 (3.03%) Manufacturing
3 1 (3.03%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 14 (42.42%) Analyst
2 10 (30.30%) Developer
3 7 (21.21%) Test Analyst
4 6 (18.18%) Functional Analyst
4 6 (18.18%) Oracle Analyst
4 6 (18.18%) Oracle HRMS Analyst
5 5 (15.15%) Business Analyst
5 5 (15.15%) Functional Business Analyst
5 5 (15.15%) Java Developer
5 5 (15.15%) Oracle Business Analyst
5 5 (15.15%) Oracle HRMS Business Analyst
5 5 (15.15%) Oracle Payroll Analyst
5 5 (15.15%) Tester
6 4 (12.12%) Manual Tester
6 4 (12.12%) Systems Analyst
7 3 (9.09%) HR Analyst
7 3 (9.09%) HR Business Analyst
7 3 (9.09%) SQL Analyst
7 3 (9.09%) Systems Test Analyst
7 3 (9.09%) UI Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (15.15%) AngularJS
1 5 (15.15%) HTML
1 5 (15.15%) J2EE
1 5 (15.15%) Spring
1 5 (15.15%) XML
2 4 (12.12%) Web Services
3 2 (6.06%) Gherkin
3 2 (6.06%) JAXB
3 2 (6.06%) JiBX
3 2 (6.06%) Node.js
4 1 (3.03%) J2SE
4 1 (3.03%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 6 (18.18%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (9.09%) Public Cloud
3 2 (6.06%) PlayStation
4 1 (3.03%) Data Structures
4 1 (3.03%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 3 (9.09%) Linux
2 2 (6.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (36.36%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (30.30%) Test Automation
3 7 (21.21%) Functional Testing
3 7 (21.21%) Integration Testing
3 7 (21.21%) Regression Testing
3 7 (21.21%) Software Testing
4 6 (18.18%) Business Analysis
4 6 (18.18%) Business Process Analysis
4 6 (18.18%) ERP
4 6 (18.18%) Process Improvement
4 6 (18.18%) Scrum
4 6 (18.18%) Stakeholder Management
5 5 (15.15%) BDD
5 5 (15.15%) Continuous Integration
5 5 (15.15%) DevOps
5 5 (15.15%) TDD
6 4 (12.12%) ETL
6 4 (12.12%) Project Management
6 4 (12.12%) Test Management
6 4 (12.12%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 10 (30.30%) Java
2 7 (21.21%) SQL
3 6 (18.18%) JavaScript
4 3 (9.09%) Python
5 2 (6.06%) TypeScript
6 1 (3.03%) C
6 1 (3.03%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 4 (12.12%) ISEB
1 4 (12.12%) ISTQB
2 1 (3.03%) Chartered Engineer
2 1 (3.03%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.03%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (9.09%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (3.03%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (3.03%) Puppet
Vendors
1 11 (33.33%) Oracle
2 3 (9.09%) HP
3 2 (6.06%) Microsoft
3 2 (6.06%) Pegasus
3 2 (6.06%) Red Hat
4 1 (3.03%) Adobe
4 1 (3.03%) SAP
4 1 (3.03%) Teradata