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 3 months to 26 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
UK
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 402 362 278
Rank change year-on-year -40 -84  
Contract jobs citing System Testing 208 314 441
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.44% 0.59% 0.79%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.52% 0.71% 0.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 139 182 255
Median daily rate £413 £375 £359
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.00% +4.44%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £271 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £542 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year - +7.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 4
Median hourly rate £39.00 £37.50 £15.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.00% +145.98%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.80 £37.50 £12.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.20 £37.50 £22.24
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 with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 39704 44234 45146
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 84.45% 83.33% 80.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 25886 29348 28980
Median daily rate £450 £438 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £300 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1051 1071 1257
Median hourly rate £32.50 £27.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.18% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.58 £12.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £48.65 £50.00
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

The job posting trend of jobs advertised 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 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 3 months to 26 June 2017.

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 3 months to 26 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for System Testing in the UK

System Testing
Top 30 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 3 months to 26 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
England -34 202 £423 +12.66% 53
London -19 99 £455 +18.18% 16
South East -3 28 £388 +4.72% 10
City of London +6 26 £479 +23.54% 3
West Midlands +14 23 £338 -3.57% 2
North West +25 22 £363 +5.83% 5
Hampshire -1 16 £330 -20.00% 1
Yorkshire +19 11 £423 +12.66% 3
Birmingham - 9 £338 - 1
Leeds +22 8 £385 +11.59% 1
Manchester +12 8 £400 +23.07% 3
West Yorkshire +11 8 £385 +6.20% 2
Farnborough +8 7 £388 -
East Midlands -12 7 £425 -39.28% 3
South West +3 6 £300 -7.69% 5
Surrey +5 5 £475 -5.00% 4
Guildford +1 5 £475 - 1
Hook +10 4 £330 +2.08%
Warwickshire +8 4 £301 +0.41%
Worcestershire 0 4 £600 +50.00%
Liverpool 0 4 - - 1
Nottingham -1 4 £338 -28.94% 2
Merseyside -3 4 - - 1
Wales -4 4 £325 -7.14%
South Wales -5 4 £325 -7.14%
Nottinghamshire -5 4 £338 -28.94% 3
Worcester - 4 £600 -
Cheshire +25 3 £363 -23.68% 1
Cardiff 0 3 £325 -7.14%
Bristol -2 3 £385 - 2

For the 6 months to 26 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 with a requirement for System Testing.

1 145 (33.03%) Agile Software Development
2 142 (32.35%) Finance
3 127 (28.93%) SQL
4 102 (23.23%) Java
5 92 (20.96%) User Acceptance Testing
6 90 (20.50%) Test Automation
7 87 (19.82%) Oracle
8 68 (15.49%) Test Scripting
9 65 (14.81%) Integration Testing
10 63 (14.35%) Analytical Skills
11 62 (14.12%) JIRA
12 60 (13.67%) Microsoft
13 58 (13.21%) Linux
14 56 (12.76%) Regression Testing
15 54 (12.30%) Scrum
15 54 (12.30%) Unix
16 53 (12.07%) SQL Server
17 51 (11.62%) Migration
17 51 (11.62%) SDLC
18 49 (11.16%) Unit Testing
19 48 (10.93%) Continuous Integration
19 48 (10.93%) Test Strategy
20 46 (10.48%) Security Cleared
21 45 (10.25%) Jenkins
21 45 (10.25%) Software Testing
22 43 (9.79%) QA
22 43 (9.79%) Selenium
22 43 (9.79%) HTML
23 40 (9.11%) .NET
23 40 (9.11%) JavaScript

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 23 (5.24%) WebSphere
2 16 (3.64%) SharePoint
3 13 (2.96%) Apache
3 13 (2.96%) CMS
4 11 (2.51%) Confluence
5 9 (2.05%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 8 (1.82%) Apache Spark
6 8 (1.82%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 5 (1.14%) IIS
7 5 (1.14%) Tomcat
8 4 (0.91%) JBoss
9 3 (0.68%) BizTalk Server
9 3 (0.68%) ColdFusion
9 3 (0.68%) StreamWeaver
10 2 (0.46%) Cloud Foundry
10 2 (0.46%) Moodle
10 2 (0.46%) MQSeries
10 2 (0.46%) OpenStack
10 2 (0.46%) Oracle Coherence
10 2 (0.46%) SAS
Applications
1 10 (2.28%) Microsoft Excel
2 8 (1.82%) Microsoft Office
3 7 (1.59%) MS Visio
4 5 (1.14%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (1.14%) Microsoft Project
4 5 (1.14%) Spreadsheet
5 3 (0.68%) Mingle
6 1 (0.23%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.23%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.23%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 22 (5.01%) Oracle EBS
2 13 (2.96%) Magento
3 10 (2.28%) Dynamics CRM
4 9 (2.05%) Oracle EBS R12
5 7 (1.59%) ION MarketView
5 7 (1.59%) Oracle HRMS
6 5 (1.14%) Oracle 11i
7 4 (0.91%) NetSuite
7 4 (0.91%) Oracle iStore
7 4 (0.91%) SAP HR
8 3 (0.68%) Northgate Housing
8 3 (0.68%) Oracle Applications
8 3 (0.68%) Oracle Payroll
8 3 (0.68%) Unit4 Business World
9 2 (0.46%) Bloomberg TOMS
9 2 (0.46%) Infor M3
9 2 (0.46%) SAP HCM
9 2 (0.46%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 2 (0.46%) thinkFolio
10 1 (0.23%) Markit EDM
Cloud Services
1 9 (2.05%) PaaS
2 6 (1.37%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (1.37%) Office 365
3 5 (1.14%) Amazon AWS
3 5 (1.14%) GitHub
3 5 (1.14%) SuccessFactors
4 4 (0.91%) Adobe Analytics
5 3 (0.68%) OneDrive
6 2 (0.46%) Boomi
6 2 (0.46%) Dynamics 365
6 2 (0.46%) IaaS
6 2 (0.46%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
6 2 (0.46%) Salesforce Service Cloud
7 1 (0.23%) Amazon EMR
7 1 (0.23%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.23%) AWS OpsWorks
7 1 (0.23%) Bluemix
7 1 (0.23%) Force.com
7 1 (0.23%) HP Helion
7 1 (0.23%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 15 (3.42%) Internet
2 4 (0.91%) Firewall
2 4 (0.91%) LAN
2 4 (0.91%) Network Security
2 4 (0.91%) TCP/IP
2 4 (0.91%) WAN
3 3 (0.68%) FTP
3 3 (0.68%) Kerberos
3 3 (0.68%) LDAP
3 3 (0.68%) PBX
4 1 (0.23%) ATM
4 1 (0.23%) HTTP
4 1 (0.23%) Skype
4 1 (0.23%) SSL
4 1 (0.23%) Unified Communications
4 1 (0.23%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (0.23%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 53 (12.07%) SQL Server
2 31 (7.06%) Relational Database
3 22 (5.01%) Data Warehouse
3 22 (5.01%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 19 (4.33%) Hadoop
5 18 (4.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 15 (3.42%) DB2
6 15 (3.42%) DbVisualizer
6 15 (3.42%) Oracle Database
7 12 (2.73%) Big Data
8 11 (2.51%) SQL Server 2012
8 11 (2.51%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 10 (2.28%) SQL Server 2008
10 9 (2.05%) RDBMS
11 8 (1.82%) SQL Server 2016
12 7 (1.59%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 6 (1.37%) MySQL
13 6 (1.37%) Oracle Reports
13 6 (1.37%) PostgreSQL
14 5 (1.14%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 62 (14.12%) JIRA
2 45 (10.25%) Jenkins
3 43 (9.79%) Selenium
4 32 (7.29%) Git (software)
5 26 (5.92%) Cucumber
6 24 (5.47%) WebDriver
7 20 (4.56%) Team Foundation Server
8 13 (2.96%) Visual Studio
9 9 (2.05%) SoapUI
10 8 (1.82%) JUnit
11 7 (1.59%) Appium
11 7 (1.59%) TestDirector
12 6 (1.37%) Mockito
12 6 (1.37%) TestNG
13 5 (1.14%) Gradle
14 4 (0.91%) SpecFlow
14 4 (0.91%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 4 (0.91%) Toad
15 3 (0.68%) Oracle APEX
15 3 (0.68%) Zephyr
General
1 142 (32.35%) Finance
2 30 (6.83%) Banking
3 29 (6.61%) Retail
4 18 (4.10%) Games
5 12 (2.73%) Front Office
5 12 (2.73%) Marketing
6 10 (2.28%) Investment Banking
7 9 (2.05%) Manufacturing
7 9 (2.05%) Military
8 8 (1.82%) Pharmaceutical
8 8 (1.82%) Telecoms
9 7 (1.59%) Back Office
10 5 (1.14%) Aerospace
10 5 (1.14%) Music Industry
11 4 (0.91%) General Ledger
11 4 (0.91%) Legal
12 3 (0.68%) Financial Institution
13 2 (0.46%) Advertising
13 2 (0.46%) Electronics
13 2 (0.46%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 144 (32.80%) Analyst
2 104 (23.69%) Developer
3 82 (18.68%) Test Analyst
4 36 (8.20%) Java Developer
5 35 (7.97%) Consultant
6 33 (7.52%) Business Analyst
7 32 (7.29%) Tester
8 23 (5.24%) Test Manager
9 21 (4.78%) Systems Analyst
10 18 (4.10%) Automation Tester
10 18 (4.10%) Oracle Developer
11 17 (3.87%) SAP Consultant
11 17 (3.87%) SQL Developer
12 15 (3.42%) Test Engineer
13 14 (3.19%) Java Automation Tester
14 13 (2.96%) Business Systems Analyst
15 12 (2.73%) Architect
15 12 (2.73%) Integration Engineer
15 12 (2.73%) Systems Engineer
16 11 (2.51%) Systems Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (9.79%) HTML
2 40 (9.11%) .NET
3 35 (7.97%) XML
4 32 (7.29%) J2EE
5 31 (7.06%) Web Services
6 24 (5.47%) Middleware
6 24 (5.47%) Spring
7 21 (4.78%) RESTful
8 20 (4.56%) REST
9 18 (4.10%) Gherkin
10 16 (3.64%) AngularJS
11 13 (2.96%) JSON
12 12 (2.73%) Kafka
12 12 (2.73%) RESTEasy
13 11 (2.51%) ASP.NET
13 11 (2.51%) Flash
13 11 (2.51%) RabbitMQ
13 11 (2.51%) WebSphere MQ
14 10 (2.28%) Oracle Fusion
14 10 (2.28%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 63 (14.35%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (5.01%) Management Information System
3 20 (4.56%) Computer Science
4 17 (3.87%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 14 (3.19%) Greenfield Project
6 13 (2.96%) Fixed Income
7 9 (2.05%) Data Structures
7 9 (2.05%) Virtual Team
8 7 (1.59%) Smart Meter
9 6 (1.37%) Equities
9 6 (1.37%) Linux Command Line
9 6 (1.37%) NHS
9 6 (1.37%) PlayStation
10 5 (1.14%) Fintech
10 5 (1.14%) User Experience
10 5 (1.14%) Wiki
11 4 (0.91%) Public Cloud
11 4 (0.91%) Smartcard
12 3 (0.68%) Algorithms
12 3 (0.68%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 58 (13.21%) Linux
2 54 (12.30%) Unix
3 37 (8.43%) Windows
4 15 (3.42%) Windows Server
5 14 (3.19%) Windows Server 2012
6 11 (2.51%) CentOS
7 9 (2.05%) Windows 7
8 8 (1.82%) Windows 10
9 5 (1.14%) Android
9 5 (1.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 5 (1.14%) Windows Server 2008
10 4 (0.91%) Apple iOS
11 3 (0.68%) AIX
11 3 (0.68%) Solaris
12 1 (0.23%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 145 (33.03%) Agile Software Development
2 92 (20.96%) User Acceptance Testing
3 90 (20.50%) Test Automation
4 68 (15.49%) Test Scripting
5 65 (14.81%) Integration Testing
6 56 (12.76%) Regression Testing
7 54 (12.30%) Scrum
8 51 (11.62%) Migration
8 51 (11.62%) SDLC
9 49 (11.16%) Unit Testing
10 48 (10.93%) Continuous Integration
10 48 (10.93%) Test Strategy
11 45 (10.25%) Software Testing
12 40 (9.11%) ETL
13 37 (8.43%) Functional Testing
14 36 (8.20%) BDD
15 35 (7.97%) TDD
16 34 (7.74%) Defect Management
16 34 (7.74%) System Integration Testing
17 33 (7.52%) Scenario Testing
Programming Languages
1 127 (28.93%) SQL
2 102 (23.23%) Java
3 40 (9.11%) JavaScript
4 30 (6.83%) C
5 28 (6.38%) C#
6 24 (5.47%) Python
7 19 (4.33%) Perl
7 19 (4.33%) PL/SQL
8 18 (4.10%) T-SQL
9 13 (2.96%) C++
10 11 (2.51%) Bash Shell
10 11 (2.51%) VB.NET
11 10 (2.28%) PowerShell
12 9 (2.05%) Shell Script
13 7 (1.59%) VB
14 6 (1.37%) TypeScript
15 4 (0.91%) ABAP
16 3 (0.68%) Apex Code
17 2 (0.46%) Scala
17 2 (0.46%) VBA
Qualifications
1 46 (10.48%) Security Cleared
2 40 (9.11%) Degree
3 33 (7.52%) ISEB
4 28 (6.38%) ISTQB
5 20 (4.56%) SC Cleared
6 15 (3.42%) DV Cleared
7 11 (2.51%) Computer Science Degree
7 11 (2.51%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 5 (1.14%) BC Cleared
9 4 (0.91%) BPSS Clearance
10 3 (0.68%) HNC
10 3 (0.68%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 2 (0.46%) Chartered Engineer
11 2 (0.46%) ITIL Certification
11 2 (0.46%) Microsoft Certification
12 1 (0.23%) ISEB Practitioner
12 1 (0.23%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 1 (0.23%) MCP
12 1 (0.23%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (9.79%) QA
2 14 (3.19%) MiFID
3 12 (2.73%) SLA
4 7 (1.59%) EMIR
5 6 (1.37%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 6 (1.37%) GMP
6 3 (0.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 2 (0.46%) Data Quality
7 2 (0.46%) HL7
7 2 (0.46%) JSP 440
8 1 (0.23%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (0.23%) Dodd-Frank
8 1 (0.23%) GxP
8 1 (0.23%) MISRA
8 1 (0.23%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 13 (2.96%) Active Directory
2 10 (2.28%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 7 (1.59%) HDFS
3 7 (1.59%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
4 4 (0.91%) VMware Infrastructure
5 3 (0.68%) BitLocker
6 1 (0.23%) Cronacle
6 1 (0.23%) Docker
6 1 (0.23%) RACF
Systems Management
1 18 (4.10%) HP Quality Center
2 11 (2.51%) Hadoop YARN
3 7 (1.59%) Tivoli
4 3 (0.68%) Microsoft Intune
4 3 (0.68%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.46%) Puppet
5 2 (0.46%) SCCM
5 2 (0.46%) SCOM
6 1 (0.23%) Ambari
6 1 (0.23%) Ansible
6 1 (0.23%) Cisco IPCC
6 1 (0.23%) Cobbler
6 1 (0.23%) Dollar Universe
6 1 (0.23%) Grafana
6 1 (0.23%) HAProxy
6 1 (0.23%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 87 (19.82%) Oracle
2 60 (13.67%) Microsoft
3 32 (7.29%) IBM
4 26 (5.92%) SAP
5 16 (3.64%) Red Hat
6 15 (3.42%) HP
7 13 (2.96%) hybris
8 9 (2.05%) Adobe
9 7 (1.59%) ION Trading
9 7 (1.59%) Salesforce.com
10 6 (1.37%) Informatica
11 5 (1.14%) Bloomberg
11 5 (1.14%) Remedy
11 5 (1.14%) VMware
12 4 (0.91%) Serena
13 3 (0.68%) Ab Initio
13 3 (0.68%) Northgate
13 3 (0.68%) Reuters
13 3 (0.68%) Sun
13 3 (0.68%) SunGard
Darlington, County Durham
FT Select
Rate: From £275 to £300 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
City, London
Salt
Rate: £0.00 - £500.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
South West
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £410 per day + SC Clearance granted
Posted: 4 days ago
North West London
MegaNexus Limited
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 4 days ago
London
EasyWebRecruitment.com
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 6 days ago