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 March 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
System Testing
UK
Rank 385 323 347
Rank change year-on-year -62 +24  
Contract jobs citing System Testing 231 358 309
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.52% 0.67% 0.58%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.62% 0.81% 0.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 143 215 165
Median daily rate £400 £375 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £274 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £394 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +12.50% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 11 6
Median hourly rate £11.00 £50.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -78.00% +42.85%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £11.00 £50.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -78.00% +42.85%  

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 37182 44106 42440
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 83.13% 82.88% 79.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 24552 28910 26291
Median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £398
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.62%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 945 1111 1221
Median hourly rate £36.00 £37.50 £28.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +32.74%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £55.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.75 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.09% +29.16%  

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 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 March 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 March 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 -51 214 £413 +9.27% 70
London +14 109 £425 +6.25% 25
South East -14 39 £411 +26.53% 11
Hampshire +16 22 £338 -20.58% 3
West Midlands +23 20 £300 -8.39% 3
City of London +6 19 £500 +29.03% 7
South West +2 17 £450 +12.50% 5
North West -11 11 £400 - 16
East Midlands +1 10 £350 -26.31% 2
Nottinghamshire +12 7 £310 - 1
Surrey +7 7 £450 +4.34% 2
Gloucestershire +1 7 £475 -
Croydon - 7 - -
Scotland +17 6 £281 -25.00% 1
Nottingham +12 6 £305 - 1
Bristol +7 6 £236 -30.00% 1
Manchester -3 6 £363 -23.68% 11
East of England -13 6 £425 -12.37%
Birmingham +5 5 £325 +6.55% 1
Farnborough +3 5 £600 -8.04%
East Sussex +5 4 £950 +192.30%
Glasgow +1 4 £313 - 1
Berkshire +22 3 £325 -18.75% 2
Winchester +10 3 £325 -
Southampton +6 3 £285 -12.30%
Somerset +3 3 - -
Hertfordshire +1 3 - -
Warwickshire -1 3 £300 - 1
Staffordshire - 3 £225 -
Taunton - 3 - -

System Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 March 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.

1 119 (27.80%) Finance
2 118 (27.57%) Agile Software Development
3 114 (26.64%) User Acceptance Testing
4 102 (23.83%) SQL
5 90 (21.03%) Oracle
6 79 (18.46%) Security Cleared
7 73 (17.06%) Java
8 69 (16.12%) Microsoft
9 68 (15.89%) Migration
10 67 (15.65%) Test Scripting
11 63 (14.72%) Integration Testing
12 62 (14.49%) Windows
13 58 (13.55%) Regression Testing
13 58 (13.55%) SQL Server
14 54 (12.62%) SDLC
15 51 (11.92%) Test Automation
16 50 (11.68%) Test Strategy
16 50 (11.68%) Linux
17 48 (11.21%) Scrum
18 46 (10.75%) .NET
18 46 (10.75%) C#
18 46 (10.75%) QA
19 45 (10.51%) Analytical Skills
20 44 (10.28%) Unit Testing
20 44 (10.28%) Software Testing
20 44 (10.28%) MS Excel
21 43 (10.05%) SAP
21 43 (10.05%) Continuous Integration
22 41 (9.58%) Unix
22 41 (9.58%) JIRA

System Testing
Top Related 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 20 (4.67%) CMS
2 16 (3.74%) WebSphere
3 15 (3.50%) SharePoint
4 10 (2.34%) BizTalk Server
5 8 (1.87%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 8 (1.87%) IIS
5 8 (1.87%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 7 (1.64%) Confluence
7 6 (1.40%) Tomcat
8 5 (1.17%) Apache
9 4 (0.93%) Apache Spark
9 4 (0.93%) JBoss
9 4 (0.93%) LiveCycle
9 4 (0.93%) SAS
10 3 (0.70%) MQSeries
10 3 (0.70%) StreamWeaver
11 2 (0.47%) Moodle
11 2 (0.47%) OpenStack
11 2 (0.47%) Oracle Application Server
11 2 (0.47%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 44 (10.28%) MS Excel
2 9 (2.10%) MS Office
3 8 (1.87%) Spreadsheet
4 7 (1.64%) MS PowerPoint
5 5 (1.17%) Mingle
6 4 (0.93%) MS Project
7 2 (0.47%) MS Visio
7 2 (0.47%) Simulink
7 2 (0.47%) Stateflow
7 2 (0.47%) TargetLink
8 1 (0.23%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 1 (0.23%) Adobe Illustrator
8 1 (0.23%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 14 (3.27%) Oracle EBS
2 13 (3.04%) Dynamics CRM
3 11 (2.57%) SAP BPC
4 7 (1.64%) ION MarketView
4 7 (1.64%) Oracle EBS R12
5 6 (1.40%) Dynamics AX
5 6 (1.40%) Magento
6 4 (0.93%) SAP PS
7 3 (0.70%) Northgate Housing
7 3 (0.70%) Oracle Applications
7 3 (0.70%) SAP HR
8 2 (0.47%) Bloomberg TOMS
8 2 (0.47%) Oracle 11i
8 2 (0.47%) Oracle ERP
8 2 (0.47%) Primavera
8 2 (0.47%) SAP CO
8 2 (0.47%) SAP FI
8 2 (0.47%) SAP FI/CO
8 2 (0.47%) TRIRIGA
8 2 (0.47%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 10 (2.34%) PaaS
2 9 (2.10%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (1.64%) Office 365
4 5 (1.17%) Amazon AWS
5 4 (0.93%) SuccessFactors
6 3 (0.70%) IaaS
6 3 (0.70%) OneDrive
7 2 (0.47%) Amazon EC2
7 2 (0.47%) Amazon ELB
7 2 (0.47%) Amazon S3
7 2 (0.47%) Boomi
7 2 (0.47%) GitHub
8 1 (0.23%) Adobe Analytics
8 1 (0.23%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.23%) AWS OpsWorks
8 1 (0.23%) CloudFront
8 1 (0.23%) HP Helion
8 1 (0.23%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 15 (3.50%) Internet
2 8 (1.87%) LAN
2 8 (1.87%) WAN
3 7 (1.64%) Firewall
3 7 (1.64%) Network Security
3 7 (1.64%) TCP/IP
4 4 (0.93%) WLAN
5 3 (0.70%) Kerberos
5 3 (0.70%) PBX
5 3 (0.70%) Wireless
6 2 (0.47%) HTTP
7 1 (0.23%) ATM
7 1 (0.23%) DNS
7 1 (0.23%) FTP
7 1 (0.23%) LDAP
7 1 (0.23%) Reverse Proxy
7 1 (0.23%) SSL
7 1 (0.23%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 58 (13.55%) SQL Server
2 31 (7.24%) Oracle Database
3 29 (6.78%) Relational Database
4 18 (4.21%) Data Warehouse
5 14 (3.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 13 (3.04%) SAP BW
7 12 (2.80%) RDBMS
7 12 (2.80%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 11 (2.57%) Oracle Reports
9 10 (2.34%) BusinessObjects
9 10 (2.34%) Hadoop
10 9 (2.10%) DB2
11 8 (1.87%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
11 8 (1.87%) DbVisualizer
11 8 (1.87%) SQL Server 2012
12 6 (1.40%) SQL Server 2008
12 6 (1.40%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 5 (1.17%) Big Data
13 5 (1.17%) PostgreSQL
14 4 (0.93%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 41 (9.58%) JIRA
2 37 (8.64%) Selenium
3 29 (6.78%) Jenkins
4 26 (6.07%) Team Foundation Server
5 24 (5.61%) Cucumber
5 24 (5.61%) Git (software)
6 18 (4.21%) WebDriver
7 16 (3.74%) SoapUI
8 11 (2.57%) JUnit
9 10 (2.34%) Visual Studio
10 9 (2.10%) Oracle Forms
11 8 (1.87%) Appium
12 7 (1.64%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 7 (1.64%) TestDirector
12 7 (1.64%) TestNG
13 6 (1.40%) Mockito
14 5 (1.17%) SpecFlow
15 4 (0.93%) Eclipse
15 4 (0.93%) HP UFT
15 4 (0.93%) Toad
General
1 119 (27.80%) Finance
2 21 (4.91%) Banking
2 21 (4.91%) Retail
3 18 (4.21%) Military
4 16 (3.74%) Manufacturing
5 13 (3.04%) Front Office
6 12 (2.80%) Aerospace
7 11 (2.57%) Pharmaceutical
8 8 (1.87%) Games
9 6 (1.40%) Marketing
10 5 (1.17%) Advertising
10 5 (1.17%) Financial Institution
11 3 (0.70%) Electronics
11 3 (0.70%) Law
11 3 (0.70%) Telecoms
12 2 (0.47%) Back Office
12 2 (0.47%) Billing
12 2 (0.47%) Legal
12 2 (0.47%) Music Industry
12 2 (0.47%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 131 (30.61%) Analyst
2 92 (21.50%) Developer
3 59 (13.79%) Test Analyst
4 40 (9.35%) Consultant
5 30 (7.01%) Tester
6 29 (6.78%) Business Analyst
7 26 (6.07%) Integration Engineer
8 24 (5.61%) Java Developer
8 24 (5.61%) Test Engineer
9 22 (5.14%) SAP Consultant
9 22 (5.14%) Test Manager
10 21 (4.91%) Systems Engineer
11 19 (4.44%) Functional Analyst
12 15 (3.50%) SAP Analyst
13 14 (3.27%) Business Systems Analyst
13 14 (3.27%) SAP Functional Analyst
14 13 (3.04%) Oracle Developer
15 12 (2.80%) ABAP Consultant
15 12 (2.80%) ABAP Developer
15 12 (2.80%) SAP Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (10.75%) .NET
2 35 (8.18%) HTML
3 30 (7.01%) XML
4 24 (5.61%) J2EE
4 24 (5.61%) Web Services
5 17 (3.97%) .NET Framework
6 16 (3.74%) AngularJS
6 16 (3.74%) ASP.NET
7 15 (3.50%) Spring
8 14 (3.27%) Gherkin
8 14 (3.27%) SAP XI
9 13 (3.04%) Entity Framework
9 13 (3.04%) Middleware
9 13 (3.04%) RESTful
10 12 (2.80%) BAPI
10 12 (2.80%) SAP Smart Forms
10 12 (2.80%) SOAP
11 11 (2.57%) Flash
11 11 (2.57%) Oracle Fusion
12 10 (2.34%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 45 (10.51%) Analytical Skills
2 21 (4.91%) Management Information System
3 17 (3.97%) Computer Science
3 17 (3.97%) Fixed Income
4 10 (2.34%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 10 (2.34%) NHS
5 8 (1.87%) Data Structures
6 7 (1.64%) Smart Meter
7 6 (1.40%) Virtual Team
8 5 (1.17%) FMCG
8 5 (1.17%) Linux Command Line
9 4 (0.93%) Data Centre
9 4 (0.93%) Enterprise Software
9 4 (0.93%) iPad
9 4 (0.93%) Smartcard
9 4 (0.93%) User Experience
10 3 (0.70%) Client/Server
10 3 (0.70%) iSeries
10 3 (0.70%) SWIFT
10 3 (0.70%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 62 (14.49%) Windows
2 50 (11.68%) Linux
3 41 (9.58%) Unix
4 28 (6.54%) Windows Server
5 14 (3.27%) Windows Server 2012
6 10 (2.34%) Windows Server 2008
7 6 (1.40%) Windows 7
8 5 (1.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 3 (0.70%) Android
9 3 (0.70%) CentOS
9 3 (0.70%) Windows 10
10 2 (0.47%) Apple iOS
10 2 (0.47%) MVS
10 2 (0.47%) Solaris
11 1 (0.23%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.23%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 118 (27.57%) Agile Software Development
2 114 (26.64%) User Acceptance Testing
3 68 (15.89%) Migration
4 67 (15.65%) Test Scripting
5 63 (14.72%) Integration Testing
6 58 (13.55%) Regression Testing
7 54 (12.62%) SDLC
8 51 (11.92%) Test Automation
9 50 (11.68%) Test Strategy
10 48 (11.21%) Scrum
11 44 (10.28%) Software Testing
11 44 (10.28%) Unit Testing
12 43 (10.05%) Continuous Integration
13 39 (9.11%) Data Migration
13 39 (9.11%) System Integration Testing
14 37 (8.64%) Business Intelligence
15 35 (8.18%) Automated Testing
16 34 (7.94%) TDD
17 33 (7.71%) Validation
18 29 (6.78%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 102 (23.83%) SQL
2 73 (17.06%) Java
3 46 (10.75%) C#
4 34 (7.94%) JavaScript
5 31 (7.24%) C
6 18 (4.21%) ABAP
6 18 (4.21%) Python
7 16 (3.74%) C++
7 16 (3.74%) Perl
7 16 (3.74%) T-SQL
8 14 (3.27%) PL/SQL
9 12 (2.80%) VB
10 10 (2.34%) Shell Script
11 8 (1.87%) VB.NET
12 7 (1.64%) TypeScript
13 6 (1.40%) PowerShell
14 4 (0.93%) Bash Shell
14 4 (0.93%) PHP
15 3 (0.70%) VBA
16 2 (0.47%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 79 (18.46%) Security Cleared
2 33 (7.71%) ISEB
3 32 (7.48%) DV Cleared
4 28 (6.54%) ISTQB
5 24 (5.61%) Degree
6 19 (4.44%) SC Cleared
7 16 (3.74%) BPSS Clearance
8 12 (2.80%) BC Cleared
9 7 (1.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 7 (1.64%) Microsoft Certification
10 4 (0.93%) CCA
10 4 (0.93%) CCNA
10 4 (0.93%) Cisco Certification
10 4 (0.93%) Citrix Certification
10 4 (0.93%) HNC
10 4 (0.93%) MCP
10 4 (0.93%) MCSE
11 3 (0.70%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 2 (0.47%) ITIL Certification
12 2 (0.47%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 46 (10.75%) QA
2 11 (2.57%) SLA
3 9 (2.10%) 21 CFR Part 11
3 9 (2.10%) GMP
4 6 (1.40%) MiFID
5 4 (0.93%) Disclosure Scotland
6 3 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 2 (0.47%) Data Quality
7 2 (0.47%) EMIR
7 2 (0.47%) HL7
7 2 (0.47%) ISO26262
7 2 (0.47%) JSP 440
8 1 (0.23%) GxP
8 1 (0.23%) IFRS
8 1 (0.23%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.23%) SDET
8 1 (0.23%) SEPA
8 1 (0.23%) TARGET2
System Software
1 27 (6.31%) Active Directory
2 6 (1.40%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
2 6 (1.40%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (1.17%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 4 (0.93%) Firmware
5 3 (0.70%) BitLocker
6 2 (0.47%) Cronacle
6 2 (0.47%) HDFS
7 1 (0.23%) Docker
7 1 (0.23%) NDS
Systems Management
1 10 (2.34%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (1.40%) Tivoli
3 4 (0.93%) Hadoop YARN
4 3 (0.70%) Microsoft Intune
4 3 (0.70%) SCCM
5 2 (0.47%) Puppet
5 2 (0.47%) SCOM
6 1 (0.23%) Ambari
6 1 (0.23%) Business Desktop Deployment
6 1 (0.23%) Cisco IPCC
6 1 (0.23%) Grafana
6 1 (0.23%) HAProxy
6 1 (0.23%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.23%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 90 (21.03%) Oracle
2 69 (16.12%) Microsoft
3 43 (10.05%) SAP
4 21 (4.91%) IBM
5 19 (4.44%) Adobe
6 13 (3.04%) VMware
7 10 (2.34%) Red Hat
8 9 (2.10%) ION Trading
9 7 (1.64%) Cisco
10 6 (1.40%) hybris
11 5 (1.17%) Serena
12 4 (0.93%) Informatica
12 4 (0.93%) Reuters
13 3 (0.70%) Atlassian
13 3 (0.70%) Bloomberg
13 3 (0.70%) HP
13 3 (0.70%) Northgate
13 3 (0.70%) Remedy
13 3 (0.70%) Salesforce.com
13 3 (0.70%) Tableau
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