Period
to 15 December 2018

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 6 months to 15 December 2018 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
6 months to
15 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 187 183 192
Rank change year-on-year -4 +9 -25
Contract jobs citing System Testing 31 30 35
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.52% 0.53% 0.54%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.63% 0.64% 0.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 12 24
North West median daily rate £405 £431 £368
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.09% +17.35% -11.71%
10th Percentile £333 £280 £275
90th Percentile £464 £456 £410
England median daily rate £430 £425 £388
% change year-on-year +1.18% +9.68% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 1
North West median hourly rate £52.00 £25.00 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +108.00% +21.95% +65.99%
10th Percentile £31.05 £25.00 £20.25
90th Percentile £53.00 £25.00 £20.75
England median hourly rate £40.00 £32.75 £38.25
% change year-on-year +22.14% -14.38% +175.18%

System Testing is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following 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 or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 4,946 4,697 5,557
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 82.89% 82.64% 85.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,130 3,030 3,591
North West median daily rate £410 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% - -
10th Percentile £263 £263 £250
90th Percentile £575 £588 £571
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 279 207 167
North West median hourly rate £22.43 £27.00 £22.85
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.93% +18.19% -23.11%
10th Percentile £11.54 £11.67 £11.85
90th Percentile £48.75 £52.55 £53.20
England median hourly rate £22.20 £25.00 £23.10
% change year-on-year -11.22% +8.25% +4.98%

System Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing System Testing as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

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 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 6 months to 15 December 2018.

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 6 months to 15 December 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -16 16 £363 -15.94% 7
Cheshire -3 7 £405 -3.57% 3
Cumbria 0 4 - -
Lancashire - 1 £430 - 2
Merseyside - 1 £473 -
System Testing
England

For the 6 months to 15 December 2018, IT contractor jobs citing System Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the North West region with a requirement for System Testing.

1 14 (45.16%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (35.48%) Selenium
2 11 (35.48%) Test Automation
3 10 (32.26%) Dynamics CRM
3 10 (32.26%) DevOps
3 10 (32.26%) Scrum
3 10 (32.26%) CRM
4 9 (29.03%) Integration Testing
5 8 (25.81%) User Acceptance Testing
5 8 (25.81%) Cucumber
5 8 (25.81%) Test Strategy
5 8 (25.81%) Jenkins
6 7 (22.58%) BDD
6 7 (22.58%) Non-Functional Testing
6 7 (22.58%) Regression Testing
6 7 (22.58%) JMeter
6 7 (22.58%) Maven
6 7 (22.58%) JUnit
6 7 (22.58%) CSS
6 7 (22.58%) Acceptance Criteria
7 6 (19.35%) Self-Motivation
7 6 (19.35%) Project Management
7 6 (19.35%) Continuous Integration
7 6 (19.35%) Problem Management
8 5 (16.13%) Degree
8 5 (16.13%) QA
8 5 (16.13%) ISTQB
8 5 (16.13%) User Stories
8 5 (16.13%) Mobile App
8 5 (16.13%) SAP

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 4 (12.90%) SharePoint
2 3 (9.68%) ArcGIS
3 1 (3.23%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 1 (3.23%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 10 (32.26%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (6.45%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 3 (9.68%) BrowserStack
1 3 (9.68%) Dynamics 365
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (9.68%) ZAP BI
2 1 (3.23%) Data Mart
2 1 (3.23%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (3.23%) Oracle Database
2 1 (3.23%) Oracle Database 11g
2 1 (3.23%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (3.23%) PowerCenter
2 1 (3.23%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 11 (35.48%) Selenium
2 8 (25.81%) Cucumber
2 8 (25.81%) Jenkins
3 7 (22.58%) JMeter
3 7 (22.58%) JUnit
3 7 (22.58%) Maven
4 3 (9.68%) Visual Studio Team System
5 1 (3.23%) Appium
5 1 (3.23%) Karma Test Runner
5 1 (3.23%) Protractor
5 1 (3.23%) Ranorex
5 1 (3.23%) Robot Framework
General
1 5 (16.13%) Retail
2 4 (12.90%) Finance
3 3 (9.68%) Aerospace
3 3 (9.68%) Military
4 1 (3.23%) Banking
Job Titles
1 9 (29.03%) Analyst
2 5 (16.13%) Automation Tester
2 5 (16.13%) Test Analyst
2 5 (16.13%) Test Leader
2 5 (16.13%) Tester
3 4 (12.90%) QA Automation Tester
3 4 (12.90%) QA Tester
3 4 (12.90%) Technical Analyst
4 3 (9.68%) Architect
4 3 (9.68%) Consultant
4 3 (9.68%) Deployment Engineer
4 3 (9.68%) Functional Consultant
4 3 (9.68%) Release Engineer
4 3 (9.68%) Software Architect
5 2 (6.45%) Business Analyst
5 2 (6.45%) SAP Functional Consultant
5 2 (6.45%) SAP SD Consultant
5 2 (6.45%) SAP SD Functional Consultant
5 2 (6.45%) Systems Analyst
5 2 (6.45%) Technical Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (22.58%) CSS
2 4 (12.90%) Gherkin
2 4 (12.90%) J2EE
2 4 (12.90%) JSON
2 4 (12.90%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 6 (19.35%) Self-Motivation
2 5 (16.13%) Mobile App
3 3 (9.68%) Data Centre
3 3 (9.68%) EMC VMAX
3 3 (9.68%) EMC VNX
3 3 (9.68%) Enterprise Storage
4 2 (6.45%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (3.23%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 4 (12.90%) Android
1 4 (12.90%) Apple iOS
1 4 (12.90%) Windows
2 3 (9.68%) Unix
3 1 (3.23%) Windows 10
3 1 (3.23%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (45.16%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (35.48%) Test Automation
3 10 (32.26%) CRM
3 10 (32.26%) DevOps
3 10 (32.26%) Scrum
4 9 (29.03%) Integration Testing
5 8 (25.81%) Test Strategy
5 8 (25.81%) User Acceptance Testing
6 7 (22.58%) Acceptance Criteria
6 7 (22.58%) BDD
6 7 (22.58%) Non-Functional Testing
6 7 (22.58%) Regression Testing
7 6 (19.35%) Continuous Integration
7 6 (19.35%) Problem Management
7 6 (19.35%) Project Management
8 5 (16.13%) Migration
8 5 (16.13%) Stakeholder Management
8 5 (16.13%) User Stories
9 4 (12.90%) Problem-Solving
9 4 (12.90%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 4 (12.90%) Java
2 3 (9.68%) C
3 1 (3.23%) JavaScript
3 1 (3.23%) Python
3 1 (3.23%) SQL
Qualifications
1 5 (16.13%) Degree
1 5 (16.13%) ISTQB
2 4 (12.90%) ISEB
3 3 (9.68%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 3 (9.68%) SC Cleared
3 3 (9.68%) Security Cleared
4 2 (6.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (3.23%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (3.23%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (16.13%) QA
System Software
1 3 (9.68%) EMC RecoverPoint
1 3 (9.68%) SRDF
2 1 (3.23%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (3.23%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 3 (9.68%) HP Quality Center
1 3 (9.68%) SnapMirror
1 3 (9.68%) SnapVault
2 1 (3.23%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 5 (16.13%) SAP
2 4 (12.90%) HP
2 4 (12.90%) hybris
3 3 (9.68%) Brocade
3 3 (9.68%) Cisco
3 3 (9.68%) EMC
3 3 (9.68%) NetApp
3 3 (9.68%) Oracle
4 1 (3.23%) Cognos
4 1 (3.23%) IBM
4 1 (3.23%) Informatica
4 1 (3.23%) Tableau