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 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
System Testing
England / North West
Rank 119 107 114
Rank change year-on-year -12 +7  
Contract jobs citing System Testing 11 52 36
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.42% 1.36% 1.03%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.51% 1.65% 1.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 40 22
Median daily rate £400 £400 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -5.88%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £346 £309 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £394 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +12.50% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Median hourly rate - £16.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £11.00 £50.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -78.00% +42.85%  

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 2141 3145 2764
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 82.35% 82.27% 78.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 1352 1906 1515
Median daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £290 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £538 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 110 124 125
Median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £39.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.66% -4.45%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.50 £16.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.20 £50.00 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £39.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.69% +30.00%  

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 24 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing System Testing in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend 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 24 March 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 -10 6 £363 -23.68% 7
Merseyside -8 2 £525 +61.53% 2
System Testing
England

System Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 March 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 9 (52.94%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (35.29%) TDD
2 6 (35.29%) BDD
3 5 (29.41%) Java
4 4 (23.53%) Oracle
4 4 (23.53%) Microsoft
4 4 (23.53%) Migration
4 4 (23.53%) Scrum
4 4 (23.53%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (23.53%) Continuous Integration
5 3 (17.65%) Test Scripting
5 3 (17.65%) Spring
5 3 (17.65%) DevOps
5 3 (17.65%) Agile Testing
5 3 (17.65%) Team Foundation Server
5 3 (17.65%) Test Automation
5 3 (17.65%) High Availability
5 3 (17.65%) Data Management
5 3 (17.65%) MS Excel
5 3 (17.65%) ITIL
5 3 (17.65%) Python
6 2 (11.76%) Linux
6 2 (11.76%) JUnit
6 2 (11.76%) MS Project
6 2 (11.76%) .NET
6 2 (11.76%) Business Intelligence
6 2 (11.76%) Project Management
6 2 (11.76%) Red Hat
6 2 (11.76%) BizTalk Server
6 2 (11.76%) CRM

System Testing
Top Related 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 2 (11.76%) BizTalk Server
1 2 (11.76%) SharePoint
2 1 (5.88%) CMS
2 1 (5.88%) Oracle Application Server
Applications
1 3 (17.65%) MS Excel
2 2 (11.76%) MS Project
3 1 (5.88%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 1 (5.88%) Adobe Illustrator
3 1 (5.88%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 2 (11.76%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (5.88%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (5.88%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (5.88%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 2 (11.76%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (11.76%) Office 365
2 1 (5.88%) IaaS
2 1 (5.88%) PaaS
2 1 (5.88%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (5.88%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (11.76%) Oracle Database
1 2 (11.76%) Oracle Database 12c
2 1 (5.88%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (5.88%) MS Access
2 1 (5.88%) Oracle BI EE
2 1 (5.88%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 3 (17.65%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (11.76%) Git (software)
2 2 (11.76%) JUnit
2 2 (11.76%) Mockito
3 1 (5.88%) JIRA
3 1 (5.88%) JMeter
3 1 (5.88%) Selenium
General
1 2 (11.76%) Banking
1 2 (11.76%) Finance
Job Titles
1 8 (47.06%) Developer
2 3 (17.65%) Java Developer
2 3 (17.65%) Manual Tester
2 3 (17.65%) Tester
3 2 (11.76%) Analyst
3 2 (11.76%) Automation Tester
3 2 (11.76%) Banking Project Manager
3 2 (11.76%) BizTalk Developer
3 2 (11.76%) Business Developer
3 2 (11.76%) CRM Manager
3 2 (11.76%) CRM Project Manager
3 2 (11.76%) IT Manager
3 2 (11.76%) IT Project Manager
3 2 (11.76%) Project Manager
3 2 (11.76%) Test Engineer
4 1 (5.88%) OBIEE Developer
4 1 (5.88%) Oracle BI Developer
4 1 (5.88%) Oracle Business Analyst
4 1 (5.88%) Test Automation Engineer
4 1 (5.88%) UI/UX Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (17.65%) Spring
2 2 (11.76%) .NET
2 2 (11.76%) AngularJS
2 2 (11.76%) Gherkin
3 1 (5.88%) J2EE
3 1 (5.88%) J2SE
3 1 (5.88%) JAXB
3 1 (5.88%) JiBX
3 1 (5.88%) Oracle Fusion
3 1 (5.88%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (23.53%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (11.76%) Public Cloud
3 1 (5.88%) Data Structures
3 1 (5.88%) User Experience
3 1 (5.88%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 2 (11.76%) Linux
1 2 (11.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (52.94%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (35.29%) BDD
2 6 (35.29%) TDD
3 4 (23.53%) Continuous Integration
3 4 (23.53%) Migration
3 4 (23.53%) Scrum
4 3 (17.65%) Agile Testing
4 3 (17.65%) Data Management
4 3 (17.65%) DevOps
4 3 (17.65%) High Availability
4 3 (17.65%) ITIL
4 3 (17.65%) Test Automation
4 3 (17.65%) Test Scripting
5 2 (11.76%) Analytics
5 2 (11.76%) Automation Testing
5 2 (11.76%) Continuous Delivery
5 2 (11.76%) ITIL V3
5 2 (11.76%) Mentoring
5 2 (11.76%) Re-Platforming
5 2 (11.76%) SOLID
Programming Languages
1 5 (29.41%) Java
2 3 (17.65%) Python
3 1 (5.88%) JavaScript
3 1 (5.88%) Perl
3 1 (5.88%) PHP
3 1 (5.88%) Shell Script
3 1 (5.88%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (5.88%) ISEB
1 1 (5.88%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.88%) QA
Vendors
1 4 (23.53%) Microsoft
1 4 (23.53%) Oracle
2 2 (11.76%) Red Hat
3 1 (5.88%) Adobe
3 1 (5.88%) Teradata