Period
to 23 September 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 23 September 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
23 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 475 454 389
Rank change year-on-year -21 -65 -76
Contract jobs citing System Testing 481 464 649
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.48% 0.47% 0.60%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.55% 0.55% 0.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 296 290 359
UK median daily rate £450 £411 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.42% +9.67% +3.45%
10th Percentile £313 £281 £254
90th Percentile £675 £625 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £418 £385 £338
% change year-on-year +8.44% +14.07% -3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 9 14
UK median hourly rate £41.25 £19.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +117.11% -52.50% +223.89%
10th Percentile £20.33 £15.30 £15.03
90th Percentile £43.80 £49.60 £45.33
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.25 £25.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +65.00% -37.50% +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 87,148 83,863 91,422
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.18% 85.61% 85.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,559 55,300 60,452
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +5.59%
10th Percentile £300 £279 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,397 2,071 2,392
UK median hourly rate £20.65 £24.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.98% +6.67% +3.45%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £24.00 £23.39
% change year-on-year -16.67% +2.62% +6.31%

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 September 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 23 September 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 23 September 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 -15 438 £468 +11.31% 118
UK excluding London +10 264 £418 +8.44% 104
London -19 208 £525 +15.01% 23
South East -5 108 £500 +17.65% 29
North of England -15 48 £400 - 12
Midlands -22 37 £325 -7.14% 24
Scotland +14 33 £345 +2.22% 4
West Midlands -36 28 £344 -1.79% 17
North West -11 25 £405 +2.86% 6
South West -18 21 £388 -3.13% 18
Yorkshire -9 18 £400 -4.76% 6
East of England -1 12 £338 +20.54% 12
East Midlands +4 9 £320 -24.71% 7
North East - 7 £363 -
Wales -15 5 £200 -38.46% 5
Channel Islands - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 23 September 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.

1 232 (48.23%) Agile Software Development
2 185 (38.46%) User Acceptance Testing
3 157 (32.64%) Test Automation
4 149 (30.98%) SQL
5 126 (26.20%) Finance
6 103 (21.41%) Unit Testing
7 95 (19.75%) Java
8 92 (19.13%) BDD
9 86 (17.88%) Selenium
10 82 (17.05%) QA
11 80 (16.63%) Integration Testing
12 79 (16.42%) Linux
13 77 (16.01%) Banking
14 75 (15.59%) Unix
14 75 (15.59%) C#
14 75 (15.59%) Oracle
15 71 (14.76%) Scrum
16 70 (14.55%) TDD
17 67 (13.93%) JIRA
18 66 (13.72%) Test Scripting
19 64 (13.31%) Python
20 63 (13.10%) Functional Testing
21 62 (12.89%) JavaScript
22 61 (12.68%) Jenkins
23 56 (11.64%) Regression Testing
24 55 (11.43%) Cucumber
25 54 (11.23%) .NET
26 52 (10.81%) Migration
26 52 (10.81%) Analytical Skills
27 51 (10.60%) Test Strategy

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 51 (10.60%) Apache
2 31 (6.44%) Apache Spark
3 22 (4.57%) Confluence
4 17 (3.53%) SharePoint
5 16 (3.33%) WebLogic
6 15 (3.12%) Tomcat
7 13 (2.70%) WebSphere
8 11 (2.29%) CMS
9 10 (2.08%) IIS
10 9 (1.87%) JBoss
10 9 (1.87%) Jetty
11 7 (1.46%) Sitecore CMS
12 3 (0.62%) Oracle Self-Service HR
12 3 (0.62%) Skype for Business
13 2 (0.42%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 2 (0.42%) SAS
14 1 (0.21%) ArcGIS
14 1 (0.21%) LiveLink
14 1 (0.21%) Oracle Workflow
14 1 (0.21%) WordPress
Applications
1 20 (4.16%) Microsoft Excel
2 19 (3.95%) MS Visio
3 14 (2.91%) Microsoft Office
4 11 (2.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (1.25%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.21%) EngageOne
Business Applications
1 14 (2.91%) Dynamics CRM
1 14 (2.91%) Oracle EBS
1 14 (2.91%) Oracle EBS R12
2 9 (1.87%) ION MarketView
2 9 (1.87%) Oracle Financials
3 6 (1.25%) Oracle General Ledger
3 6 (1.25%) Oracle Payroll
4 5 (1.04%) Oracle Applications
4 5 (1.04%) Oracle Internet Expenses
5 4 (0.83%) Markit EDM
6 3 (0.62%) Oracle Payables
6 3 (0.62%) Oracle Receivables
6 3 (0.62%) SAP CO
6 3 (0.62%) SAP FI
6 3 (0.62%) SAP FI/CO
6 3 (0.62%) SAP HR
7 2 (0.42%) Dynamics NAV
7 2 (0.42%) Maximo
7 2 (0.42%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 2 (0.42%) SAP Payroll
Cloud Services
1 46 (9.56%) Microsoft Azure
2 34 (7.07%) Amazon AWS
3 12 (2.49%) BrowserStack
4 10 (2.08%) Cloud Computing
5 8 (1.66%) Office 365
6 5 (1.04%) Dynamics 365
6 5 (1.04%) SuccessFactors
7 3 (0.62%) GitHub
7 3 (0.62%) SaaS
8 2 (0.42%) Adobe Analytics
8 2 (0.42%) Force.com
9 1 (0.21%) IaaS
9 1 (0.21%) PaaS
9 1 (0.21%) Taleo
9 1 (0.21%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 28 (5.82%) SSL
2 27 (5.61%) HTTP
3 19 (3.95%) Internet
4 15 (3.12%) Intranet
5 11 (2.29%) TCP/IP
6 10 (2.08%) AMQP
6 10 (2.08%) WAN
7 9 (1.87%) BIG-IP
7 9 (1.87%) DNS
7 9 (1.87%) Firewall
7 9 (1.87%) LAN
8 4 (0.83%) IP Telephony
9 3 (0.62%) BGP
9 3 (0.62%) Network Security
9 3 (0.62%) NGN
9 3 (0.62%) OSPF
9 3 (0.62%) Skype
9 3 (0.62%) VLAN
9 3 (0.62%) VPN
10 2 (0.42%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (8.11%) Hadoop
1 39 (8.11%) SQL Server
2 32 (6.65%) Big Data
3 19 (3.95%) Data Warehouse
4 17 (3.53%) Relational Database
5 16 (3.33%) NoSQL
6 15 (3.12%) SQL Server 2008
7 13 (2.70%) Oracle Database
8 12 (2.49%) Data Mining
8 12 (2.49%) MariaDB
8 12 (2.49%) MongoDB
9 11 (2.29%) MySQL
9 11 (2.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 10 (2.08%) Couchbase
10 10 (2.08%) Redis
10 10 (2.08%) Riak
11 9 (1.87%) Apache Cassandra
12 6 (1.25%) Oracle Database 11g
12 6 (1.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 4 (0.83%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 86 (17.88%) Selenium
2 67 (13.93%) JIRA
3 61 (12.68%) Jenkins
4 55 (11.43%) Cucumber
5 47 (9.77%) Git (software)
6 28 (5.82%) WebDriver
7 27 (5.61%) SpecFlow
8 25 (5.20%) Visual Studio
9 24 (4.99%) Team Foundation Server
10 22 (4.57%) JMeter
11 20 (4.16%) Maven
12 18 (3.74%) JUnit
13 17 (3.53%) Visual Studio Team System
14 14 (2.91%) FitNesse
15 13 (2.70%) Subversion
16 12 (2.49%) SoapUI
17 10 (2.08%) Eclipse
17 10 (2.08%) Vagrant
18 8 (1.66%) Appium
19 7 (1.46%) Toad
General
1 126 (26.20%) Finance
2 77 (16.01%) Banking
3 41 (8.52%) Investment Banking
4 27 (5.61%) Front Office
5 12 (2.49%) Back Office
5 12 (2.49%) Retail
6 7 (1.46%) Pharmaceutical
7 6 (1.25%) Military
8 5 (1.04%) Manufacturing
8 5 (1.04%) Retail Banking
9 4 (0.83%) Automotive
10 3 (0.62%) Billing
10 3 (0.62%) Electronics
10 3 (0.62%) Marketing
10 3 (0.62%) Publishing
10 3 (0.62%) Telecoms
11 2 (0.42%) Financial Institution
11 2 (0.42%) Legal
11 2 (0.42%) Private Banking
12 1 (0.21%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 149 (30.98%) Analyst
2 132 (27.44%) Developer
3 85 (17.67%) Test Analyst
4 40 (8.32%) Java Developer
5 33 (6.86%) Business Analyst
6 30 (6.24%) Consultant
6 30 (6.24%) Tester
7 24 (4.99%) Test Manager
8 23 (4.78%) Architect
9 22 (4.57%) Automation Tester
10 20 (4.16%) Big Data Developer
11 19 (3.95%) Test Engineer
12 18 (3.74%) C# Developer
13 17 (3.53%) Test Leader
14 15 (3.12%) .NET Developer
14 15 (3.12%) Automation Test Analyst
15 13 (2.70%) C# .NET Developer
15 13 (2.70%) QA Analyst
15 13 (2.70%) Senior Analyst
16 12 (2.49%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (11.23%) .NET
2 42 (8.73%) RESTful
3 39 (8.11%) RabbitMQ
3 39 (8.11%) Spring
4 36 (7.48%) Middleware
5 35 (7.28%) Kafka
5 35 (7.28%) Node.js
6 32 (6.65%) AngularJS
7 30 (6.24%) J2EE
8 28 (5.82%) Gherkin
8 28 (5.82%) XML
9 27 (5.61%) JSON
10 25 (5.20%) HTML
10 25 (5.20%) Spring Boot
11 23 (4.78%) CGI
11 23 (4.78%) FastCGI
12 22 (4.57%) RxJS
12 22 (4.57%) Socket.IO
13 20 (4.16%) REST
14 18 (3.74%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 52 (10.81%) Analytical Skills
2 25 (5.20%) Management Information System
3 24 (4.99%) User Experience
4 23 (4.78%) Linux Command Line
5 19 (3.95%) Self-Motivation
6 17 (3.53%) Fixed Income
7 14 (2.91%) Virtual Team
8 12 (2.49%) Mobile App
9 11 (2.29%) Computer Science
9 11 (2.29%) Data Structures
10 9 (1.87%) Derivative
10 9 (1.87%) OTC Derivatives
11 8 (1.66%) Data Centre
11 8 (1.66%) Fintech
12 7 (1.46%) Equities
12 7 (1.46%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 7 (1.46%) Market Risk
13 6 (1.25%) Credit Risk
14 3 (0.62%) EMC VNX
14 3 (0.62%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 79 (16.42%) Linux
2 75 (15.59%) Unix
3 38 (7.90%) Windows
4 10 (2.08%) Solaris
4 10 (2.08%) SUSE
4 10 (2.08%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
4 10 (2.08%) Windows Server
5 6 (1.25%) Android
5 6 (1.25%) Apple iOS
6 4 (0.83%) Embedded Linux
7 3 (0.62%) CentOS
8 2 (0.42%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 232 (48.23%) Agile Software Development
2 185 (38.46%) User Acceptance Testing
3 157 (32.64%) Test Automation
4 103 (21.41%) Unit Testing
5 92 (19.13%) BDD
6 80 (16.63%) Integration Testing
7 71 (14.76%) Scrum
8 70 (14.55%) TDD
9 66 (13.72%) Test Scripting
10 63 (13.10%) Functional Testing
11 56 (11.64%) Regression Testing
12 52 (10.81%) Migration
13 51 (10.60%) Test Strategy
14 47 (9.77%) Defect Management
14 47 (9.77%) Non-Functional Testing
15 41 (8.52%) SDLC
16 40 (8.32%) Change Control
16 40 (8.32%) Software Testing
17 38 (7.90%) Continuous Integration
18 37 (7.69%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 149 (30.98%) SQL
2 95 (19.75%) Java
3 75 (15.59%) C#
4 64 (13.31%) Python
5 62 (12.89%) JavaScript
6 32 (6.65%) Bash Shell
7 29 (6.03%) Perl
8 25 (5.20%) C
9 24 (4.99%) Ruby
9 24 (4.99%) Shell Script
10 22 (4.57%) TypeScript
11 15 (3.12%) T-SQL
12 12 (2.49%) PL/SQL
12 12 (2.49%) R
13 11 (2.29%) PHP
13 11 (2.29%) PowerShell
14 7 (1.46%) C++
15 5 (1.04%) ES6
15 5 (1.04%) ES7
16 4 (0.83%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 47 (9.77%) ISTQB
2 32 (6.65%) ISEB
3 26 (5.41%) Security Cleared
4 23 (4.78%) Degree
4 23 (4.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 19 (3.95%) SC Cleared
6 6 (1.25%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 4 (0.83%) Computer Science Degree
7 4 (0.83%) ISEB Practitioner
8 3 (0.62%) Check Point Certification
8 3 (0.62%) CISSP
8 3 (0.62%) DV Cleared
8 3 (0.62%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 2 (0.42%) BPSS Clearance
9 2 (0.42%) CCNP
9 2 (0.42%) Cisco Certification
9 2 (0.42%) CTC Cleared
9 2 (0.42%) Master's Degree
10 1 (0.21%) APMP
10 1 (0.21%) CBAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 82 (17.05%) QA
2 7 (1.46%) 21 CFR Part 11
2 7 (1.46%) Data Quality
2 7 (1.46%) GMP
3 5 (1.04%) PMO
4 3 (0.62%) MiFID
4 3 (0.62%) SLA
5 2 (0.42%) GxP
6 1 (0.21%) GDPR
System Software
1 25 (5.20%) Apache ZooKeeper
2 15 (3.12%) Docker
3 5 (1.04%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (0.83%) Active Directory
4 4 (0.83%) HDFS
4 4 (0.83%) Hyper-V
4 4 (0.83%) Virtual Machines
5 3 (0.62%) EMC RecoverPoint
5 3 (0.62%) SRDF
6 2 (0.42%) Firmware
6 2 (0.42%) Oracle RAC
6 2 (0.42%) VirtualBox
7 1 (0.21%) IAG
Systems Management
1 25 (5.20%) Hadoop YARN
2 24 (4.99%) Puppet
3 21 (4.37%) Ansible
3 21 (4.37%) HP Quality Center
4 20 (4.16%) Opscode Chef
5 10 (2.08%) Cobbler
5 10 (2.08%) HP ALM
6 9 (1.87%) CFEngine
7 6 (1.25%) SCCM
7 6 (1.25%) SCOM
8 5 (1.04%) Perfmon
9 3 (0.62%) SnapMirror
9 3 (0.62%) SnapVault
10 2 (0.42%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 1 (0.21%) CA Spectrum
11 1 (0.21%) Cisco CUCM
11 1 (0.21%) Cisco UCCE
11 1 (0.21%) Cisco UCCX
Vendors
1 75 (15.59%) Oracle
2 47 (9.77%) Microsoft
3 27 (5.61%) IBM
4 23 (4.78%) SAP
5 22 (4.57%) Splunk
6 16 (3.33%) Salesforce.com
7 14 (2.91%) HP
8 11 (2.29%) TIBCO
9 10 (2.08%) Informatica
9 10 (2.08%) ION Trading
9 10 (2.08%) Red Hat
10 9 (1.87%) F5
10 9 (1.87%) Murex
11 7 (1.46%) Sitecore
12 6 (1.25%) Charles River
12 6 (1.25%) webMethods
13 5 (1.04%) Apigee
13 5 (1.04%) Cisco
13 5 (1.04%) Google
13 5 (1.04%) VMware