Period
to 14 November 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 14 November 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
UK
6 months to
14 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 458 432 432
Rank change year-on-year -26 0 -112
Contract jobs citing System Testing 505 552 567
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.48% 0.54% 0.54%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.56% 0.62% 0.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 334 333 328
UK median daily rate £435 £420 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.57% +12.00% -
10th Percentile £313 £263 £250
90th Percentile £675 £589 £545
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £350
% change year-on-year +3.13% +14.29% -2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 13 15
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £40.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.23% +1.25% +223.89%
10th Percentile £20.60 £16.50 £15.77
90th Percentile £44.20 £52.40 £45.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £47.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year -15.79% +18.75% +223.89%

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 with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 90,109 88,342 90,019
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.35% 85.75% 85.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 59,635 58,699 59,322
UK median daily rate £460 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.22% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £300 £277 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,355 2,130 2,480
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £23.11 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.79% +2.70% +2.27%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.50 £49.53 £48.04
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -10.42% +6.67% -

System Testing
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing System Testing as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for System Testing in the UK

System Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for System Testing in the UK

System Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing System Testing over the 6 months to 14 November 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for System Testing in the UK

System Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for System Testing in the UK

System Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing System Testing over the 6 months to 14 November 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for System Testing in the UK

System Testing
Top 16 Contract Locations

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 UK over the 6 months to 14 November 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
England -41 457 £450 +5.88% 137
UK excluding London -43 290 £413 +3.13% 122
London -17 206 £475 +5.56% 23
South East -27 121 £500 +11.11% 43
North of England -1 57 £390 +0.65% 21
Scotland +1 38 £365 +8.15% 5
Midlands -17 29 £325 -10.34% 17
North West -15 26 £405 +1.25% 12
West Midlands -38 24 £344 -5.17% 12
South West -42 24 £388 -3.13% 17
Yorkshire -9 21 £350 +7.69% 6
East of England +13 16 £385 +27.27% 16
North East - 11 £392 - 3
East Midlands +15 5 £320 -41.82% 5
Wales -19 4 £200 -11.11% 3
Northern Ireland +37 1 - -

For the 6 months to 14 November 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 with a requirement for System Testing.

1 237 (46.93%) Agile Software Development
2 175 (34.65%) User Acceptance Testing
3 162 (32.08%) Test Automation
4 154 (30.50%) SQL
5 122 (24.16%) Finance
6 117 (23.17%) BDD
7 113 (22.38%) Unit Testing
8 112 (22.18%) Java
9 96 (19.01%) Integration Testing
10 95 (18.81%) Selenium
10 95 (18.81%) Unix
11 94 (18.61%) Scrum
12 92 (18.22%) Linux
13 89 (17.62%) QA
14 77 (15.25%) TDD
15 75 (14.85%) Jenkins
16 74 (14.65%) Oracle
17 73 (14.46%) C#
18 71 (14.06%) Regression Testing
19 67 (13.27%) Apache
20 64 (12.67%) Functional Testing
20 64 (12.67%) Analytical Skills
21 63 (12.48%) Test Strategy
22 61 (12.08%) Cucumber
23 60 (11.88%) Git (software)
23 60 (11.88%) Defect Management
23 60 (11.88%) .NET
23 60 (11.88%) Banking
24 59 (11.68%) JIRA
24 59 (11.68%) Test Scripting

System Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 67 (13.27%) Apache
2 33 (6.53%) Apache Spark
3 19 (3.76%) Confluence
4 18 (3.56%) SharePoint
5 16 (3.17%) WebLogic
6 14 (2.77%) Tomcat
7 12 (2.38%) CMS
8 11 (2.18%) WebSphere
9 9 (1.78%) IIS
9 9 (1.78%) JBoss
9 9 (1.78%) Jetty
10 7 (1.39%) Sitecore CMS
11 4 (0.79%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 4 (0.79%) Oracle Self-Service HR
12 3 (0.59%) ArcGIS
12 3 (0.59%) Skype for Business
13 2 (0.40%) SAS
14 1 (0.20%) BizTalk Server
14 1 (0.20%) LiveLink
14 1 (0.20%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 19 (3.76%) Microsoft Excel
2 14 (2.77%) MS Visio
3 9 (1.78%) Microsoft Office
3 9 (1.78%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 9 (1.78%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 28 (5.54%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (1.39%) Oracle EBS
2 7 (1.39%) Oracle EBS R12
3 5 (0.99%) ION MarketView
3 5 (0.99%) Oracle Financials
3 5 (0.99%) Oracle Payables
3 5 (0.99%) Oracle Payroll
3 5 (0.99%) Oracle Receivables
4 4 (0.79%) Markit EDM
4 4 (0.79%) Oracle General Ledger
5 3 (0.59%) Oracle Applications
5 3 (0.59%) Oracle Internet Expenses
5 3 (0.59%) SAP HR
6 2 (0.40%) Oracle Cash Management
6 2 (0.40%) SAP FI
6 2 (0.40%) SAP FI/CO
6 2 (0.40%) SAP Payroll
6 2 (0.40%) SAP SD
6 2 (0.40%) SystmOne
6 2 (0.40%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 47 (9.31%) Microsoft Azure
2 20 (3.96%) Amazon AWS
3 18 (3.56%) BrowserStack
4 13 (2.57%) Dynamics 365
5 10 (1.98%) GitHub
6 9 (1.78%) Office 365
7 4 (0.79%) Cloud Computing
7 4 (0.79%) Sauce Labs
7 4 (0.79%) SuccessFactors
8 3 (0.59%) SaaS
9 2 (0.40%) IaaS
9 2 (0.40%) PaaS
10 1 (0.20%) Apigee
10 1 (0.20%) Force.com
10 1 (0.20%) OneDrive
10 1 (0.20%) Taleo
10 1 (0.20%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 30 (5.94%) SSL
2 29 (5.74%) HTTP
3 20 (3.96%) Internet
4 16 (3.17%) Intranet
5 11 (2.18%) TCP/IP
6 10 (1.98%) AMQP
7 9 (1.78%) BIG-IP
7 9 (1.78%) DNS
8 5 (0.99%) Firewall
9 4 (0.79%) FTP
10 3 (0.59%) BGP
10 3 (0.59%) DHCP
10 3 (0.59%) IP Telephony
10 3 (0.59%) Network Security
10 3 (0.59%) NGN
10 3 (0.59%) OSPF
10 3 (0.59%) Skype
10 3 (0.59%) VPN
11 2 (0.40%) SMS
12 1 (0.20%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 49 (9.70%) Hadoop
2 45 (8.91%) Big Data
3 43 (8.51%) SQL Server
4 28 (5.54%) Data Warehouse
5 19 (3.76%) NoSQL
5 19 (3.76%) Relational Database
6 16 (3.17%) SQL Server 2008
7 14 (2.77%) Oracle Database
7 14 (2.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 13 (2.57%) MongoDB
8 13 (2.57%) Oracle Reports
9 12 (2.38%) MariaDB
10 10 (1.98%) Couchbase
10 10 (1.98%) MySQL
10 10 (1.98%) Redis
10 10 (1.98%) Riak
11 9 (1.78%) Data Mining
11 9 (1.78%) HBase
11 9 (1.78%) Parquet
12 7 (1.39%) DB2
Development Applications
1 95 (18.81%) Selenium
2 75 (14.85%) Jenkins
3 61 (12.08%) Cucumber
4 60 (11.88%) Git (software)
5 59 (11.68%) JIRA
6 33 (6.53%) JUnit
7 29 (5.74%) WebDriver
8 28 (5.54%) JMeter
9 27 (5.35%) Visual Studio
10 26 (5.15%) Maven
11 25 (4.95%) SpecFlow
12 21 (4.16%) Team Foundation Server
13 19 (3.76%) Appium
14 17 (3.37%) Visual Studio Team System
15 14 (2.77%) FitNesse
16 11 (2.18%) Gradle
16 11 (2.18%) SoapUI
17 10 (1.98%) Eclipse
17 10 (1.98%) Vagrant
18 9 (1.78%) Xcode
General
1 122 (24.16%) Finance
2 60 (11.88%) Banking
3 38 (7.52%) Investment Banking
4 20 (3.96%) Front Office
5 11 (2.18%) Military
6 10 (1.98%) Retail
7 9 (1.78%) Back Office
8 8 (1.58%) Telecoms
9 5 (0.99%) Pharmaceutical
10 3 (0.59%) Aerospace
10 3 (0.59%) Automotive
10 3 (0.59%) Legal
10 3 (0.59%) Manufacturing
10 3 (0.59%) Marketing
10 3 (0.59%) Publishing
11 2 (0.40%) Electronics
11 2 (0.40%) Retail Banking
12 1 (0.20%) Billing
12 1 (0.20%) General Ledger
12 1 (0.20%) Mandarin Language
Job Titles
1 148 (29.31%) Developer
2 136 (26.93%) Analyst
3 82 (16.24%) Test Analyst
4 51 (10.10%) Java Developer
5 46 (9.11%) Tester
6 31 (6.14%) Automation Tester
7 25 (4.95%) Business Analyst
7 25 (4.95%) Test Manager
8 24 (4.75%) Big Data Developer
8 24 (4.75%) Test Engineer
9 21 (4.16%) Consultant
10 20 (3.96%) Architect
11 19 (3.76%) Test Leader
12 16 (3.17%) .NET Developer
12 16 (3.17%) Perl Developer
12 16 (3.17%) QA Tester
13 15 (2.97%) Apache Spark Developer
13 15 (2.97%) Automation Test Analyst
13 15 (2.97%) C# Developer
13 15 (2.97%) QA Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 60 (11.88%) .NET
2 51 (10.10%) Spring
3 48 (9.50%) RabbitMQ
4 45 (8.91%) Kafka
5 43 (8.51%) Middleware
6 42 (8.32%) J2EE
7 41 (8.12%) RESTful
8 40 (7.92%) JSON
9 36 (7.13%) XML
10 32 (6.34%) Gherkin
11 29 (5.74%) CGI
11 29 (5.74%) FastCGI
12 28 (5.54%) CSS
12 28 (5.54%) HTML
13 26 (5.15%) Spring Boot
14 25 (4.95%) AngularJS
14 25 (4.95%) REST
15 22 (4.36%) .NET Framework
16 18 (3.56%) LAMP
16 18 (3.56%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 64 (12.67%) Analytical Skills
2 38 (7.52%) Linux Command Line
3 27 (5.35%) Management Information System
4 22 (4.36%) Virtual Team
5 20 (3.96%) User Experience
6 18 (3.56%) Self-Motivation
7 17 (3.37%) Fixed Income
8 11 (2.18%) Computer Science
9 10 (1.98%) Data Structures
9 10 (1.98%) Mobile App
10 9 (1.78%) Data Centre
11 8 (1.58%) Derivative
11 8 (1.58%) OTC Derivatives
12 7 (1.39%) Market Risk
13 6 (1.19%) Credit Risk
13 6 (1.19%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 5 (0.99%) Equities
15 4 (0.79%) Fintech
16 3 (0.59%) EMC VMAX
16 3 (0.59%) EMC VNX
Operating Systems
1 95 (18.81%) Unix
2 92 (18.22%) Linux
3 38 (7.52%) Windows
4 13 (2.57%) Windows Server
5 10 (1.98%) Solaris
5 10 (1.98%) SUSE
5 10 (1.98%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
6 5 (0.99%) Android
6 5 (0.99%) Apple iOS
7 3 (0.59%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.20%) AIX
8 1 (0.20%) Embedded Linux
8 1 (0.20%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 237 (46.93%) Agile Software Development
2 175 (34.65%) User Acceptance Testing
3 162 (32.08%) Test Automation
4 117 (23.17%) BDD
5 113 (22.38%) Unit Testing
6 96 (19.01%) Integration Testing
7 94 (18.61%) Scrum
8 77 (15.25%) TDD
9 71 (14.06%) Regression Testing
10 64 (12.67%) Functional Testing
11 63 (12.48%) Test Strategy
12 60 (11.88%) Defect Management
13 59 (11.68%) Test Scripting
14 54 (10.69%) Non-Functional Testing
15 50 (9.90%) Continuous Integration
16 49 (9.70%) Problem-Solving
17 48 (9.50%) SDLC
18 46 (9.11%) Migration
19 44 (8.71%) Software Testing
20 37 (7.33%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 154 (30.50%) SQL
2 112 (22.18%) Java
3 73 (14.46%) C#
4 53 (10.50%) JavaScript
4 53 (10.50%) Python
5 40 (7.92%) Shell Script
6 37 (7.33%) Perl
7 24 (4.75%) Bash Shell
8 23 (4.55%) C
9 22 (4.36%) Ruby
10 20 (3.96%) T-SQL
11 12 (2.38%) TypeScript
12 11 (2.18%) PL/SQL
13 10 (1.98%) PHP
13 10 (1.98%) R
14 6 (1.19%) RPG
14 6 (1.19%) RPG IV
14 6 (1.19%) RPG/400
15 5 (0.99%) C++
15 5 (0.99%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 44 (8.71%) ISTQB
2 36 (7.13%) ISEB
3 32 (6.34%) Degree
4 26 (5.15%) Security Cleared
5 24 (4.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 19 (3.76%) SC Cleared
7 5 (0.99%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 4 (0.79%) ISEB Practitioner
9 3 (0.59%) Check Point Certification
9 3 (0.59%) CISSP
9 3 (0.59%) Computer Science Degree
9 3 (0.59%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 2 (0.40%) BPSS Clearance
10 2 (0.40%) CTC Cleared
10 2 (0.40%) DBS Check
10 2 (0.40%) DV Cleared
10 2 (0.40%) PMP
11 1 (0.20%) Cisco Certification
11 1 (0.20%) Microsoft Certification
11 1 (0.20%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 89 (17.62%) QA
2 8 (1.58%) Data Quality
3 7 (1.39%) PMO
4 5 (0.99%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 5 (0.99%) GMP
5 3 (0.59%) SEPA
5 3 (0.59%) SLA
6 2 (0.40%) GxP
6 2 (0.40%) JSP 440
6 2 (0.40%) MiFID
System Software
1 35 (6.93%) Apache ZooKeeper
2 22 (4.36%) Docker
3 13 (2.57%) HDFS
4 7 (1.39%) Active Directory
5 5 (0.99%) Oracle RAC
6 3 (0.59%) EMC RecoverPoint
6 3 (0.59%) SRDF
7 2 (0.40%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (0.40%) VirtualBox
8 1 (0.20%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.20%) IAG
Systems Management
1 35 (6.93%) Hadoop YARN
2 21 (4.16%) HP Quality Center
3 20 (3.96%) Ansible
4 19 (3.76%) Opscode Chef
4 19 (3.76%) Puppet
5 10 (1.98%) Cobbler
6 9 (1.78%) CFEngine
7 7 (1.39%) HP ALM
8 5 (0.99%) CA Spectrum
9 3 (0.59%) SCCM
9 3 (0.59%) SnapMirror
9 3 (0.59%) SnapVault
10 2 (0.40%) SCOM
11 1 (0.20%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 1 (0.20%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 74 (14.65%) Oracle
2 43 (8.51%) Microsoft
3 28 (5.54%) Splunk
4 26 (5.15%) SAP
5 21 (4.16%) IBM
6 14 (2.77%) Salesforce.com
7 12 (2.38%) HP
8 11 (2.18%) ION Trading
8 11 (2.18%) Red Hat
8 11 (2.18%) TIBCO
9 10 (1.98%) Informatica
10 9 (1.78%) F5
10 9 (1.78%) Murex
11 7 (1.39%) Sitecore
12 6 (1.19%) ServiceNow
12 6 (1.19%) webMethods
13 5 (0.99%) CA
13 5 (0.99%) Charles River
14 4 (0.79%) Bloomberg
14 4 (0.79%) Serena