Period
to 23 February 2019

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 23 February 2019 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
23 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 500 418 470
Rank change year-on-year -82 +52 -121
Contract jobs citing System Testing 418 574 446
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.43% 0.57% 0.46%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.49% 0.66% 0.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 256 336 283
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +1.01%
10th Percentile £300 £280 £240
90th Percentile £625 £580 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £420 £350
% change year-on-year -8.33% +20.00% -4.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 8 7
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £44.75 £26.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.61% +68.87% +55.88%
10th Percentile £20.81 £31.08 £10.50
90th Percentile £53.00 £53.00 £41.95
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £47.50 £26.50
% change year-on-year -15.79% +79.25% +77.26%

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 85,478 87,235 81,682
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 87.00% 86.00% 85.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 56,503 58,164 54,019
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
10th Percentile £300 £281 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,217 2,129 2,334
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £24.00 £24.42
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -1.72% +1.75%
10th Percentile £11.26 £11.33 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.25 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.79 £24.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year -5.03% +2.13% -7.83%

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 23 February 2019.

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 23 February 2019.

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 23 February 2019. 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 -75 380 £425 -2.52% 130
UK excluding London -97 242 £385 -8.33% 111
London -24 168 £450 - 32
South East -49 95 £425 -15.00% 21
North of England -7 62 £405 -4.71% 30
North West -18 30 £405 -7.43% 14
Scotland -8 28 £375 +11.11% 7
Yorkshire +8 24 £375 +20.00% 13
South West -61 19 £325 -22.62% 21
East of England +7 17 £318 +4.10% 11
Midlands -18 16 £325 -10.34% 15
West Midlands -21 15 £406 +20.37% 12
North East +1 9 £521 +66.72% 3
Wales 0 4 £280 +24.44% 5
Northern Ireland +16 1 - - 1
East Midlands -2 1 £275 -47.62% 3

For the 6 months to 23 February 2019, 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.

1 206 (49.28%) Agile Software Development
2 112 (26.79%) Test Automation
3 106 (25.36%) SQL
4 101 (24.16%) User Acceptance Testing
5 98 (23.44%) Java
6 91 (21.77%) Finance
7 90 (21.53%) Jenkins
8 86 (20.57%) Scrum
9 85 (20.33%) Integration Testing
10 82 (19.62%) Unit Testing
10 82 (19.62%) BDD
11 77 (18.42%) Continuous Integration
12 74 (17.70%) Linux
13 73 (17.46%) Regression Testing
13 73 (17.46%) QA
14 69 (16.51%) Analytical Skills
15 67 (16.03%) TDD
16 66 (15.79%) Git (software)
17 63 (15.07%) Selenium
18 61 (14.59%) JIRA
19 60 (14.35%) Test Strategy
20 59 (14.11%) Unix
21 57 (13.64%) Big Data
21 57 (13.64%) Functional Testing
22 56 (13.40%) Defect Management
23 55 (13.16%) Microsoft
23 55 (13.16%) Degree
24 53 (12.68%) Problem-Solving
25 48 (11.48%) C#
26 47 (11.24%) .NET

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 47 (11.24%) Apache
2 20 (4.78%) Confluence
3 14 (3.35%) Apache Spark
3 14 (3.35%) SharePoint
4 8 (1.91%) CMS
5 4 (0.96%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 4 (0.96%) JBoss
6 3 (0.72%) ArcGIS
6 3 (0.72%) IIS
7 2 (0.48%) Sitecore CMS
7 2 (0.48%) WebSphere
7 2 (0.48%) WordPress
8 1 (0.24%) Apache Solr
8 1 (0.24%) Drupal
8 1 (0.24%) Jadu
8 1 (0.24%) MS Exchange
8 1 (0.24%) Oracle Workflow
8 1 (0.24%) SAS
8 1 (0.24%) SugarCRM
8 1 (0.24%) TYPO3
Applications
1 12 (2.87%) Microsoft Excel
2 10 (2.39%) MS Visio
3 9 (2.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (1.91%) Microsoft Office
5 7 (1.67%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.72%) InVision
Business Applications
1 27 (6.46%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.96%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (0.72%) Oracle Receivables
3 3 (0.72%) SAP SD
4 2 (0.48%) Markit EDM
4 2 (0.48%) Oracle Cash Management
4 2 (0.48%) Oracle EBS R12
4 2 (0.48%) Oracle Payables
4 2 (0.48%) SystmOne
5 1 (0.24%) Loan IQ
5 1 (0.24%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.24%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.24%) Oracle General Ledger
5 1 (0.24%) Oracle Payroll
5 1 (0.24%) Oracle SCM
5 1 (0.24%) SAP CO
5 1 (0.24%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.24%) SAP FI/CO
5 1 (0.24%) SAP FI-AP
5 1 (0.24%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 44 (10.53%) Microsoft Azure
2 28 (6.70%) GitHub
3 14 (3.35%) Amazon AWS
3 14 (3.35%) BrowserStack
4 12 (2.87%) Dynamics 365
5 7 (1.67%) Office 365
5 7 (1.67%) Sauce Labs
6 6 (1.44%) Apigee
7 4 (0.96%) SaaS
8 3 (0.72%) SuccessFactors
9 2 (0.48%) Azure Data Factory
9 2 (0.48%) OneDrive
10 1 (0.24%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 1 (0.24%) Amazon ELB
10 1 (0.24%) AWS CloudTrail
10 1 (0.24%) Google Cloud Platform
10 1 (0.24%) IaaS
10 1 (0.24%) PaaS
10 1 (0.24%) Trello
10 1 (0.24%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 18 (4.31%) SSL
2 16 (3.83%) Internet
3 12 (2.87%) HTTP
4 8 (1.91%) FTP
5 4 (0.96%) Ethernet
5 4 (0.96%) Intranet
5 4 (0.96%) SMS
6 3 (0.72%) DHCP
6 3 (0.72%) Wireless
7 2 (0.48%) Avaya Modular Messaging
7 2 (0.48%) ISDN
7 2 (0.48%) MPLS
7 2 (0.48%) PBX
7 2 (0.48%) RTP
7 2 (0.48%) RTSP
7 2 (0.48%) SAN
8 1 (0.24%) AMQP
8 1 (0.24%) BIG-IP
8 1 (0.24%) Intrusion Detection
8 1 (0.24%) SpaceWire
Database & Business Intelligence
1 57 (13.64%) Big Data
2 39 (9.33%) Hadoop
3 37 (8.85%) SQL Server
4 35 (8.37%) Data Warehouse
5 29 (6.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 26 (6.22%) Parquet
7 25 (5.98%) HBase
8 21 (5.02%) SQL Server 2008
9 19 (4.55%) Oracle BI EE
10 18 (4.31%) Star Schema
11 14 (3.35%) Relational Database
12 10 (2.39%) Oracle Database
13 9 (2.15%) NoSQL
13 9 (2.15%) Oracle Database 11g
13 9 (2.15%) Oracle ODI
13 9 (2.15%) Oracle Reports
14 8 (1.91%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 7 (1.67%) DB2
15 7 (1.67%) Oracle OWB
15 7 (1.67%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 90 (21.53%) Jenkins
2 66 (15.79%) Git (software)
3 63 (15.07%) Selenium
4 61 (14.59%) JIRA
5 42 (10.05%) Cucumber
6 31 (7.42%) Maven
6 31 (7.42%) WebDriver
7 27 (6.46%) JUnit
8 26 (6.22%) JMeter
9 25 (5.98%) Gradle
10 22 (5.26%) Appium
11 19 (4.55%) Visual Studio
12 15 (3.59%) Visual Studio Team System
13 14 (3.35%) SoapUI
14 13 (3.11%) GitLab
15 10 (2.39%) Xcode
16 9 (2.15%) LoadRunner
16 9 (2.15%) SpecFlow
17 6 (1.44%) CMake
17 6 (1.44%) Valgrind
General
1 91 (21.77%) Finance
2 17 (4.07%) Banking
3 16 (3.83%) Telecoms
4 11 (2.63%) Investment Banking
5 10 (2.39%) Retail
6 9 (2.15%) Back Office
6 9 (2.15%) Front Office
7 8 (1.91%) Marketing
8 7 (1.67%) Military
9 5 (1.20%) Billing
10 4 (0.96%) Aerospace
11 3 (0.72%) Law
11 3 (0.72%) Legal
12 2 (0.48%) Manufacturing
12 2 (0.48%) Pharmaceutical
13 1 (0.24%) Automotive
13 1 (0.24%) Electronics
13 1 (0.24%) General Ledger
13 1 (0.24%) Local Government
13 1 (0.24%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 132 (31.58%) Developer
2 100 (23.92%) Analyst
3 59 (14.11%) Test Analyst
4 41 (9.81%) Tester
5 40 (9.57%) Java Developer
6 26 (6.22%) Automation Tester
6 26 (6.22%) Test Manager
7 23 (5.50%) Test Engineer
8 20 (4.78%) Consultant
9 18 (4.31%) Business Analyst
10 17 (4.07%) Test Leader
11 15 (3.59%) QA Tester
11 15 (3.59%) SQL Developer
12 14 (3.35%) Hadoop Developer
13 13 (3.11%) QA Analyst
13 13 (3.11%) QA Automation Tester
13 13 (3.11%) Software Engineer
14 12 (2.87%) .NET Developer
15 11 (2.63%) Big Data Developer
15 11 (2.63%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 47 (11.24%) .NET
2 44 (10.53%) J2EE
3 43 (10.29%) Spring
4 42 (10.05%) JSON
5 38 (9.09%) RESTful
6 37 (8.85%) REST
7 35 (8.37%) Kafka
7 35 (8.37%) Middleware
7 35 (8.37%) RabbitMQ
8 27 (6.46%) Gherkin
9 26 (6.22%) CSS
10 25 (5.98%) Apache Avro
11 24 (5.74%) XML
12 17 (4.07%) HTML
13 16 (3.83%) .NET Framework
13 16 (3.83%) AngularJS
14 15 (3.59%) Web Services
15 13 (3.11%) ASP.NET
16 12 (2.87%) CGI
16 12 (2.87%) FastCGI
Miscellaneous
1 69 (16.51%) Analytical Skills
2 37 (8.85%) Linux Command Line
3 25 (5.98%) Virtual Team
4 22 (5.26%) Mobile App
5 17 (4.07%) Management Information System
6 14 (3.35%) User Experience
7 12 (2.87%) Fixed Income
8 10 (2.39%) Data Structures
8 10 (2.39%) Mainframe
9 8 (1.91%) Client/Server
10 7 (1.67%) Data Centre
11 6 (1.44%) Self-Motivation
12 5 (1.20%) Algorithms
12 5 (1.20%) Smart Meter
13 4 (0.96%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 4 (0.96%) Internet of Things
13 4 (0.96%) NHS
13 4 (0.96%) Smart City
14 3 (0.72%) Greenfield Project
14 3 (0.72%) Marketing Technology
Operating Systems
1 74 (17.70%) Linux
2 59 (14.11%) Unix
3 15 (3.59%) Android
3 15 (3.59%) Apple iOS
4 13 (3.11%) Windows
5 6 (1.44%) Windows Server
6 4 (0.96%) Embedded Linux
6 4 (0.96%) Windows 10
7 2 (0.48%) VME
7 2 (0.48%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.24%) AIX
8 1 (0.24%) Solaris
8 1 (0.24%) SUSE
8 1 (0.24%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 206 (49.28%) Agile Software Development
2 112 (26.79%) Test Automation
3 101 (24.16%) User Acceptance Testing
4 86 (20.57%) Scrum
5 85 (20.33%) Integration Testing
6 82 (19.62%) BDD
6 82 (19.62%) Unit Testing
7 77 (18.42%) Continuous Integration
8 73 (17.46%) Regression Testing
9 67 (16.03%) TDD
10 60 (14.35%) Test Strategy
11 57 (13.64%) Functional Testing
12 56 (13.40%) Defect Management
13 53 (12.68%) Problem-Solving
14 46 (11.00%) SDLC
15 40 (9.57%) Non-Functional Testing
15 40 (9.57%) Performance Testing
15 40 (9.57%) Test Scripting
16 36 (8.61%) Software Testing
16 36 (8.61%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 106 (25.36%) SQL
2 98 (23.44%) Java
3 48 (11.48%) C#
4 45 (10.77%) Python
5 38 (9.09%) Shell Script
6 37 (8.85%) JavaScript
7 26 (6.22%) T-SQL
8 20 (4.78%) Bash Shell
8 20 (4.78%) PL/SQL
9 19 (4.55%) Perl
10 16 (3.83%) C
11 10 (2.39%) C++
12 7 (1.67%) RPG
12 7 (1.67%) RPG IV
12 7 (1.67%) RPG/400
13 4 (0.96%) Java 8
13 4 (0.96%) Ruby
14 3 (0.72%) TypeScript
14 3 (0.72%) VB
15 2 (0.48%) R
Qualifications
1 55 (13.16%) Degree
2 29 (6.94%) ISTQB
3 24 (5.74%) ISEB
4 21 (5.02%) Security Cleared
5 19 (4.55%) SC Cleared
6 11 (2.63%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 6 (1.44%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 3 (0.72%) PMP
9 2 (0.48%) BPSS Clearance
9 2 (0.48%) DBS Check
9 2 (0.48%) DV Cleared
10 1 (0.24%) CCNA
10 1 (0.24%) CCNP
10 1 (0.24%) Cisco Certification
10 1 (0.24%) ISEB Practitioner
10 1 (0.24%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.24%) Microsoft Certification
10 1 (0.24%) PMI Certification
10 1 (0.24%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 1 (0.24%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 73 (17.46%) QA
2 6 (1.44%) GDPR
3 4 (0.96%) Data Quality
3 4 (0.96%) PMO
4 3 (0.72%) SEPA
5 2 (0.48%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 2 (0.48%) GMP
5 2 (0.48%) HL7
5 2 (0.48%) JSP 440
6 1 (0.24%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.24%) FINRA
6 1 (0.24%) GxP
6 1 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.24%) SLA
System Software
1 34 (8.13%) Apache ZooKeeper
2 29 (6.94%) HDFS
3 13 (3.11%) Docker
4 9 (2.15%) Oracle RAC
5 6 (1.44%) Active Directory
6 2 (0.48%) VMware Infrastructure
7 1 (0.24%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.24%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.24%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.24%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 35 (8.37%) Hadoop YARN
2 26 (6.22%) HP Quality Center
3 11 (2.63%) HP ALM
4 6 (1.44%) CA Spectrum
5 4 (0.96%) SCCM
6 3 (0.72%) Terraform
7 2 (0.48%) Ansible
7 2 (0.48%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (0.48%) Puppet
8 1 (0.24%) AirWatch
8 1 (0.24%) CFEngine
8 1 (0.24%) Cobbler
8 1 (0.24%) EnCase
8 1 (0.24%) Kubernetes
8 1 (0.24%) SCOM
8 1 (0.24%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 1 (0.24%) WSUS
Vendors
1 55 (13.16%) Microsoft
2 27 (6.46%) Oracle
3 22 (5.26%) HP
4 21 (5.02%) SAP
5 13 (3.11%) Splunk
6 10 (2.39%) IBM
7 8 (1.91%) Google
7 8 (1.91%) ION Trading
7 8 (1.91%) Red Hat
7 8 (1.91%) ServiceNow
8 6 (1.44%) CA
9 5 (1.20%) Adobe
10 4 (0.96%) Bloomberg
10 4 (0.96%) hybris
10 4 (0.96%) Northgate
11 3 (0.72%) FXall
11 3 (0.72%) Murex
11 3 (0.72%) Salesforce.com
11 3 (0.72%) SolarWinds
11 3 (0.72%) Tradeweb