Period
to 18 January 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 18 January 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
18 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 394 446 338
Rank change year-on-year +52 -108 +54
Contract jobs citing System Testing 586 481 762
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.58% 0.50% 0.71%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.69% 0.59% 0.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 340 287 408
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £378
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +5.96% +0.67%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £265
90th Percentile £588 £580 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £350 £363
% change year-on-year +14.29% -3.45% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 12 72
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £38.25 £12.35
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -50.33% +209.72% -62.00%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.50 £40.00 £12.35
% change year-on-year +18.75% +223.89% -60.72%

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 84,751 81,431 88,505
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.50% 83.80% 82.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 56,763 53,927 57,391
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £285 £263 £263
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +2.50% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,966 2,259 2,698
UK median hourly rate £23.44 £24.50 £23.35
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.34% +4.93% +16.75%
10th Percentile £11.38 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £24.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -2.04% -2.00% +25.00%

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 18 January 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 18 January 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for System Testing in the UK

System Testing
Top 17 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 18 January 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 +76 547 £425 +6.25% 126
UK excluding London +39 356 £400 +14.29% 115
London +35 214 £450 - 29
South East +51 171 £463 +8.82% 35
North of England +46 53 £425 +13.33% 24
South West +15 39 £400 +25.98% 9
Midlands -1 38 £356 -1.72% 16
North West +21 36 £438 +16.67% 11
Scotland -12 29 £338 +14.41% 12
West Midlands +11 28 £350 -0.36% 9
East of England -47 21 £305 -19.95% 13
Yorkshire +19 15 £250 -21.88% 13
East Midlands -3 10 £550 +62.96% 7
North East +52 2 £325 +8.33%
Wales +7 2 £225 -26.53% 5
Northern Ireland - 2 - -
Isle of Man - 1 £400 -

For the 6 months to 18 January 2018, 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.

1 293 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 187 (31.91%) User Acceptance Testing
3 162 (27.65%) Test Automation
4 147 (25.09%) SQL
5 143 (24.40%) Java
6 142 (24.23%) Finance
7 116 (19.80%) Scrum
8 105 (17.92%) Selenium
9 101 (17.24%) Unit Testing
9 101 (17.24%) Jenkins
10 97 (16.55%) TDD
11 95 (16.21%) Integration Testing
12 94 (16.04%) Linux
13 91 (15.53%) BDD
14 89 (15.19%) QA
14 89 (15.19%) JIRA
15 83 (14.16%) Oracle
16 80 (13.65%) Unix
17 79 (13.48%) Continuous Integration
18 78 (13.31%) Test Scripting
18 78 (13.31%) Git (software)
19 72 (12.29%) Security Cleared
19 72 (12.29%) JavaScript
19 72 (12.29%) C#
20 70 (11.95%) Degree
20 70 (11.95%) Spring
21 64 (10.92%) Microsoft
22 62 (10.58%) HTML
22 62 (10.58%) Functional Testing
23 61 (10.41%) Hadoop

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 45 (7.68%) Apache
2 42 (7.17%) Tomcat
3 38 (6.48%) Confluence
4 26 (4.44%) Apache Spark
5 21 (3.58%) WebSphere
6 19 (3.24%) SharePoint
7 17 (2.90%) JBoss
8 16 (2.73%) WebLogic
9 13 (2.22%) Cloud Foundry
9 13 (2.22%) GemFire
10 9 (1.54%) CMS
10 9 (1.54%) SAS
11 8 (1.37%) MS Exchange
12 7 (1.19%) Jetty
12 7 (1.19%) Oracle Workflow
13 4 (0.68%) Adobe Experience Manager
13 4 (0.68%) BizTalk Server
13 4 (0.68%) WebSphere Application Server
13 4 (0.68%) WebSphere Portal
14 3 (0.51%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 23 (3.92%) Microsoft Excel
2 18 (3.07%) Microsoft Office
3 11 (1.88%) Spreadsheet
4 6 (1.02%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (1.02%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.51%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.34%) Mingle
6 2 (0.34%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.17%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.17%) EngageOne
Business Applications
1 16 (2.73%) Oracle EBS
2 12 (2.05%) Oracle EBS R12
3 10 (1.71%) Dynamics CRM
3 10 (1.71%) Oracle Financials
4 8 (1.37%) Oracle Assets
4 8 (1.37%) Oracle General Ledger
4 8 (1.37%) Oracle Payables
4 8 (1.37%) Oracle Receivables
5 7 (1.19%) Oracle Applications
5 7 (1.19%) Oracle Internet Expenses
5 7 (1.19%) Oracle iProcurement
5 7 (1.19%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
6 6 (1.02%) Dynamics AX
6 6 (1.02%) Magento
7 5 (0.85%) ION MarketView
8 2 (0.34%) HFM
8 2 (0.34%) ResourceLink
8 2 (0.34%) SAP Business ByDesign
8 2 (0.34%) SAP FI/CO
8 2 (0.34%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 40 (6.83%) GitHub
2 18 (3.07%) Microsoft Azure
2 18 (3.07%) PaaS
3 16 (2.73%) Amazon AWS
4 14 (2.39%) Taleo
5 8 (1.37%) Salesforce Service Cloud
6 7 (1.19%) Office 365
7 6 (1.02%) BrowserStack
8 5 (0.85%) BlazeMeter
9 4 (0.68%) Dynamics 365
10 3 (0.51%) Oracle Service Cloud
10 3 (0.51%) SaaS
10 3 (0.51%) Serverless
11 2 (0.34%) IBM Blueworks
11 2 (0.34%) SuccessFactors
12 1 (0.17%) Azure Active Directory
12 1 (0.17%) HP Helion
12 1 (0.17%) IaaS
12 1 (0.17%) OpenShift
12 1 (0.17%) Veeva
Communications & Networking
1 28 (4.78%) WAN
2 22 (3.75%) Internet
3 19 (3.24%) DNS
4 18 (3.07%) Firewall
5 17 (2.90%) NetScaler
6 11 (1.88%) SMS
7 10 (1.71%) Network Security
7 10 (1.71%) VPN
8 8 (1.37%) BGP
8 8 (1.37%) LAN
8 8 (1.37%) OSPF
9 7 (1.19%) AMQP
10 3 (0.51%) 2G
10 3 (0.51%) 4G
10 3 (0.51%) LTE
10 3 (0.51%) SAN
11 2 (0.34%) FTP
11 2 (0.34%) Intranet
12 1 (0.17%) Extranet
12 1 (0.17%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 61 (10.41%) Hadoop
2 47 (8.02%) SQL Server
3 44 (7.51%) Big Data
4 31 (5.29%) HBase
5 30 (5.12%) Relational Database
6 21 (3.58%) Data Warehouse
6 21 (3.58%) Redis
7 20 (3.41%) MongoDB
7 20 (3.41%) MySQL
8 18 (3.07%) Parquet
9 17 (2.90%) NoSQL
10 14 (2.39%) DB2
11 13 (2.22%) Apache Hive
11 13 (2.22%) OLTP
11 13 (2.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 12 (2.05%) BusinessObjects
12 12 (2.05%) Oracle Database
13 10 (1.71%) OLAP
13 10 (1.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 9 (1.54%) Hazelcast
Development Applications
1 105 (17.92%) Selenium
2 101 (17.24%) Jenkins
3 89 (15.19%) JIRA
4 78 (13.31%) Git (software)
5 56 (9.56%) Cucumber
6 41 (7.00%) WebDriver
7 40 (6.83%) Gradle
8 29 (4.95%) JUnit
9 27 (4.61%) Zephyr
10 22 (3.75%) Visual Studio
11 18 (3.07%) Team Foundation Server
12 16 (2.73%) Subversion
13 15 (2.56%) Appium
13 15 (2.56%) HP UFT
13 15 (2.56%) IntelliJ
14 13 (2.22%) FitNesse
14 13 (2.22%) SoapUI
14 13 (2.22%) SpecFlow
15 11 (1.88%) JMeter
15 11 (1.88%) Maven
General
1 142 (24.23%) Finance
2 36 (6.14%) Banking
3 28 (4.78%) Retail
4 13 (2.22%) Front Office
5 11 (1.88%) Back Office
5 11 (1.88%) Investment Banking
6 9 (1.54%) Games
6 9 (1.54%) Telecoms
7 8 (1.37%) Billing
8 6 (1.02%) Pharmaceutical
9 5 (0.85%) Retail Banking
10 4 (0.68%) Manufacturing
10 4 (0.68%) Marketing
11 3 (0.51%) Financial Institution
11 3 (0.51%) Legal
11 3 (0.51%) Military
12 2 (0.34%) Law
12 2 (0.34%) Private Banking
12 2 (0.34%) Publishing
13 1 (0.17%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 171 (29.18%) Analyst
2 153 (26.11%) Developer
3 96 (16.38%) Test Analyst
4 68 (11.60%) Java Developer
4 68 (11.60%) Tester
5 44 (7.51%) Architect
6 37 (6.31%) Consultant
7 29 (4.95%) Business Analyst
8 28 (4.78%) Automation Tester
9 26 (4.44%) Big Data Developer
10 25 (4.27%) Senior Developer
11 24 (4.10%) .NET Developer
12 22 (3.75%) Test Manager
13 17 (2.90%) Senior Analyst
14 16 (2.73%) Test Leader
15 15 (2.56%) Network Architect
15 15 (2.56%) Support Analyst
16 14 (2.39%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
17 13 (2.22%) Full Stack Developer
17 13 (2.22%) Senior .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 70 (11.95%) Spring
2 62 (10.58%) HTML
3 58 (9.90%) .NET
4 57 (9.73%) J2EE
5 52 (8.87%) RESTful
6 51 (8.70%) JSON
6 51 (8.70%) Kafka
6 51 (8.70%) REST
7 47 (8.02%) Middleware
8 43 (7.34%) Web Services
9 41 (7.00%) CSS
9 41 (7.00%) RabbitMQ
10 39 (6.66%) AngularJS
10 39 (6.66%) XML
11 36 (6.14%) Gherkin
12 31 (5.29%) jQuery
13 27 (4.61%) HTML5
13 27 (4.61%) SOAP
14 26 (4.44%) Hibernate
15 25 (4.27%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 58 (9.90%) Analytical Skills
2 43 (7.34%) Linux Command Line
2 43 (7.34%) Virtual Team
3 34 (5.80%) Management Information System
4 32 (5.46%) User Experience
5 13 (2.22%) Replication
6 11 (1.88%) Computer Science
6 11 (1.88%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 10 (1.71%) Mobile App
8 8 (1.37%) Fixed Income
9 7 (1.19%) Client/Server
9 7 (1.19%) Data Structures
10 6 (1.02%) PlayStation
11 4 (0.68%) Data Centre
11 4 (0.68%) Greenfield Project
11 4 (0.68%) iPad
11 4 (0.68%) Mainframe
11 4 (0.68%) NHS
12 3 (0.51%) Equities
12 3 (0.51%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 94 (16.04%) Linux
2 80 (13.65%) Unix
3 60 (10.24%) Windows
4 16 (2.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 10 (1.71%) Windows Server
6 9 (1.54%) zOS
7 8 (1.37%) Android
8 7 (1.19%) Apple iOS
9 5 (0.85%) CentOS
9 5 (0.85%) Windows Server 2008
10 3 (0.51%) Windows Server 2012
11 2 (0.34%) Windows 7
12 1 (0.17%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.17%) Ubuntu
12 1 (0.17%) webOS
12 1 (0.17%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 293 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 187 (31.91%) User Acceptance Testing
3 162 (27.65%) Test Automation
4 116 (19.80%) Scrum
5 101 (17.24%) Unit Testing
6 97 (16.55%) TDD
7 95 (16.21%) Integration Testing
8 91 (15.53%) BDD
9 79 (13.48%) Continuous Integration
10 78 (13.31%) Test Scripting
11 62 (10.58%) Functional Testing
12 60 (10.24%) Regression Testing
13 54 (9.22%) SDLC
13 54 (9.22%) System Integration Testing
14 51 (8.70%) Waterfall
15 50 (8.53%) Test Strategy
16 49 (8.36%) Scenario Testing
17 46 (7.85%) Migration
18 45 (7.68%) Software Testing
19 39 (6.66%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 147 (25.09%) SQL
2 143 (24.40%) Java
3 72 (12.29%) C#
3 72 (12.29%) JavaScript
4 34 (5.80%) Shell Script
5 19 (3.24%) Python
6 17 (2.90%) PL/SQL
6 17 (2.90%) T-SQL
7 16 (2.73%) Ruby
8 14 (2.39%) Bash Shell
9 9 (1.54%) C++
9 9 (1.54%) Perl
10 8 (1.37%) C
11 5 (0.85%) TypeScript
12 4 (0.68%) VBA
13 3 (0.51%) COBOL
13 3 (0.51%) Groovy
13 3 (0.51%) Scala
13 3 (0.51%) VBScript
14 2 (0.34%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 72 (12.29%) Security Cleared
2 70 (11.95%) Degree
3 49 (8.36%) SC Cleared
4 44 (7.51%) ISTQB
5 39 (6.66%) ISEB
6 21 (3.58%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 9 (1.54%) DV Cleared
8 7 (1.19%) BPSS Clearance
9 4 (0.68%) Computer Science Degree
10 3 (0.51%) BC Cleared
10 3 (0.51%) ITIL Certification
10 3 (0.51%) MCSE
10 3 (0.51%) Microsoft Certification
10 3 (0.51%) PMI Certification
10 3 (0.51%) PMP
10 3 (0.51%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 2 (0.34%) CCA
11 2 (0.34%) Cisco Certification
11 2 (0.34%) MCP
11 2 (0.34%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 89 (15.19%) QA
2 19 (3.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 10 (1.71%) SLA
4 7 (1.19%) PMO
5 4 (0.68%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 4 (0.68%) Data Quality
5 4 (0.68%) GMP
5 4 (0.68%) MiFID
5 4 (0.68%) WCAG
6 3 (0.51%) FINREP
6 3 (0.51%) GDPR
7 2 (0.34%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (0.17%) Dodd-Frank
8 1 (0.17%) EMIR
8 1 (0.17%) IFRS
8 1 (0.17%) JSP 440
System Software
1 44 (7.51%) Apache ZooKeeper
2 31 (5.29%) HDFS
3 16 (2.73%) Active Directory
4 15 (2.56%) Docker
5 9 (1.54%) RACF
6 5 (0.85%) VMware Infrastructure
7 3 (0.51%) Cronacle
8 1 (0.17%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 29 (4.95%) Hadoop YARN
2 26 (4.44%) HP Quality Center
3 12 (2.05%) Puppet
4 9 (1.54%) Ansible
5 7 (1.19%) Cobbler
5 7 (1.19%) Opscode Chef
6 6 (1.02%) SCCM
7 3 (0.51%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 2 (0.34%) ArcSight ESM
8 2 (0.34%) Nagios
9 1 (0.17%) Dollar Universe
9 1 (0.17%) Grafana
9 1 (0.17%) HAProxy
9 1 (0.17%) Kibana
9 1 (0.17%) logstash
9 1 (0.17%) Marathon
9 1 (0.17%) Mesos
9 1 (0.17%) SELinux
9 1 (0.17%) Terraform
Vendors
1 83 (14.16%) Oracle
2 64 (10.92%) Microsoft
3 34 (5.80%) SAP
4 28 (4.78%) Citrix
4 28 (4.78%) IBM
5 27 (4.61%) Salesforce.com
6 22 (3.75%) Cisco
7 20 (3.41%) Forcepoint
8 18 (3.07%) HP
8 18 (3.07%) Juniper
9 17 (2.90%) Atlassian
9 17 (2.90%) Red Hat
10 13 (2.22%) hybris
11 9 (1.54%) CyberArk
12 7 (1.19%) TIBCO
12 7 (1.19%) VMware
13 6 (1.02%) Workday
14 5 (0.85%) ION Trading
15 4 (0.68%) Charles River
15 4 (0.68%) Fujitsu