Period
to 21 July 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 21 July 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
21 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 472 468 384
Rank change year-on-year -4 -84 -33
Contract jobs citing System Testing 490 432 691
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.47% 0.45% 0.63%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.55% 0.53% 0.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 313 268 403
UK median daily rate £450 £410 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.76% +9.33% +4.17%
10th Percentile £307 £281 £260
90th Percentile £675 £627 £545
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £363 £339
% change year-on-year +17.24% +7.01% -1.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 7 13
UK median hourly rate £41.75 £40.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.09% -4.71% +49.12%
10th Percentile £37.38 £10.50 £18.40
90th Percentile £44.25 £50.45 £153.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.75 £40.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +3.09% +8.00% +18.11%

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 89,309 81,490 92,799
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.73% 84.93% 84.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,913 53,342 61,105
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.11% +5.76% +6.25%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £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 2,461 2,132 2,284
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £25.00 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.00% +4.17% +11.63%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.50 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.49 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -16.00% - +16.01%

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 21 July 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
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 21 July 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 -26 443 £475 +14.46% 129
UK excluding London +33 274 £425 +17.24% 101
London -42 210 £525 +16.67% 35
South East +23 111 £500 +21.58% 30
North of England -21 43 £400 - 27
South West +16 34 £450 +9.76% 11
Scotland -9 33 £345 +31.43% 8
Midlands -34 28 £325 -3.70% 12
North West -21 25 £406 +4.84% 15
West Midlands -49 19 £300 - 7
East of England +5 15 £378 +48.04% 13
Yorkshire -14 14 £375 -11.24% 11
East Midlands +2 9 £494 +36.21% 5
Wales -8 6 £275 -15.38%
North East 0 5 £300 - 1
Northern Ireland - 3 - -
Channel Islands - 2 - -

For the 6 months to 21 July 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.

1 261 (53.27%) Agile Software Development
2 190 (38.78%) User Acceptance Testing
3 137 (27.96%) Test Automation
4 136 (27.76%) Finance
5 128 (26.12%) SQL
6 107 (21.84%) Unit Testing
7 102 (20.82%) Oracle
8 100 (20.41%) Java
9 89 (18.16%) TDD
10 86 (17.55%) Linux
11 83 (16.94%) BDD
12 79 (16.12%) Scrum
12 79 (16.12%) Integration Testing
13 78 (15.92%) JIRA
14 75 (15.31%) C#
14 75 (15.31%) Jenkins
15 74 (15.10%) Unix
16 73 (14.90%) JavaScript
17 70 (14.29%) Banking
18 69 (14.08%) Selenium
19 67 (13.67%) QA
20 64 (13.06%) RESTful
21 57 (11.63%) .NET
21 57 (11.63%) Microsoft
21 57 (11.63%) Test Scripting
22 55 (11.22%) Functional Testing
23 52 (10.61%) Waterfall
23 52 (10.61%) Spring
24 51 (10.41%) Regression Testing
24 51 (10.41%) Microsoft Azure

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 35 (7.14%) Apache
2 28 (5.71%) Apache Spark
3 27 (5.51%) Tomcat
4 24 (4.90%) Confluence
5 17 (3.47%) WebSphere
6 16 (3.27%) SharePoint
7 12 (2.45%) CMS
7 12 (2.45%) WebLogic
8 11 (2.24%) JBoss
9 10 (2.04%) GemFire
10 8 (1.63%) IIS
11 7 (1.43%) Jetty
12 5 (1.02%) Sitecore CMS
13 4 (0.82%) OpenStack
14 3 (0.61%) Oracle Self-Service HR
14 3 (0.61%) Oracle Workflow
14 3 (0.61%) Skype for Business
15 2 (0.41%) ColdFusion
15 2 (0.41%) MS Exchange
15 2 (0.41%) SAS
Applications
1 17 (3.47%) Microsoft Office
1 17 (3.47%) MS Visio
2 15 (3.06%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (1.84%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (0.82%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.20%) EngageOne
Business Applications
1 16 (3.27%) Oracle EBS
2 13 (2.65%) Oracle EBS R12
3 11 (2.24%) ION MarketView
4 9 (1.84%) Oracle Financials
5 8 (1.63%) Oracle General Ledger
6 6 (1.22%) Oracle Applications
7 5 (1.02%) Oracle Payroll
8 4 (0.82%) Dynamics AX
8 4 (0.82%) Magento
8 4 (0.82%) Oracle Payables
8 4 (0.82%) Oracle Receivables
8 4 (0.82%) SAP CO
8 4 (0.82%) SAP FI
8 4 (0.82%) SAP FI/CO
9 3 (0.61%) Oracle Internet Expenses
10 2 (0.41%) Dynamics CRM
10 2 (0.41%) Dynamics NAV
10 2 (0.41%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
10 2 (0.41%) SAP HCM
10 2 (0.41%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 51 (10.41%) Microsoft Azure
2 40 (8.16%) Amazon AWS
3 11 (2.24%) Cloud Computing
4 9 (1.84%) BrowserStack
4 9 (1.84%) Office 365
4 9 (1.84%) SuccessFactors
5 4 (0.82%) GitHub
6 3 (0.61%) BlazeMeter
6 3 (0.61%) SaaS
6 3 (0.61%) Taleo
7 2 (0.41%) Adobe Analytics
7 2 (0.41%) AWS CloudFormation
7 2 (0.41%) AWS OpsWorks
7 2 (0.41%) Force.com
7 2 (0.41%) npm
7 2 (0.41%) Oracle Service Cloud
8 1 (0.20%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (0.20%) IaaS
8 1 (0.20%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 18 (3.67%) TCP/IP
2 15 (3.06%) SSL
3 13 (2.65%) Internet
4 11 (2.24%) WAN
5 10 (2.04%) Firewall
5 10 (2.04%) HTTP
5 10 (2.04%) LAN
6 9 (1.84%) SMS
7 7 (1.43%) AMQP
8 5 (1.02%) FTP
9 4 (0.82%) Intranet
9 4 (0.82%) IP Telephony
9 4 (0.82%) Skype
10 3 (0.61%) H.323
10 3 (0.61%) SSH
10 3 (0.61%) VLAN
10 3 (0.61%) VoIP
10 3 (0.61%) VPN
11 2 (0.41%) DNS
11 2 (0.41%) ISDN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 48 (9.80%) SQL Server
2 37 (7.55%) Hadoop
3 30 (6.12%) Big Data
4 27 (5.51%) Oracle Database
5 25 (5.10%) Relational Database
6 17 (3.47%) NoSQL
7 16 (3.27%) SQL Server 2008
8 13 (2.65%) Data Warehouse
8 13 (2.65%) MongoDB
8 13 (2.65%) MySQL
9 12 (2.45%) RDBMS
10 11 (2.24%) Redis
11 10 (2.04%) Data Mining
12 9 (1.84%) Apache Cassandra
12 9 (1.84%) Oracle Database 11g
12 9 (1.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 7 (1.43%) Couchbase
13 7 (1.43%) Oracle Reports
13 7 (1.43%) Riak
13 7 (1.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 78 (15.92%) JIRA
2 75 (15.31%) Jenkins
3 69 (14.08%) Selenium
4 48 (9.80%) Cucumber
5 35 (7.14%) Git (software)
6 33 (6.73%) Team Foundation Server
7 32 (6.53%) SpecFlow
8 29 (5.92%) WebDriver
9 23 (4.69%) Visual Studio
10 17 (3.47%) JMeter
11 16 (3.27%) SoapUI
12 15 (3.06%) Subversion
12 15 (3.06%) Visual Studio Team System
13 14 (2.86%) Mockito
14 8 (1.63%) Appium
14 8 (1.63%) Eclipse
14 8 (1.63%) FitNesse
14 8 (1.63%) Zephyr
15 7 (1.43%) JUnit
15 7 (1.43%) Vagrant
General
1 136 (27.76%) Finance
2 70 (14.29%) Banking
3 30 (6.12%) Front Office
4 28 (5.71%) Investment Banking
5 17 (3.47%) Retail
6 14 (2.86%) Back Office
7 6 (1.22%) Manufacturing
7 6 (1.22%) Military
7 6 (1.22%) Pharmaceutical
8 5 (1.02%) Retail Banking
9 4 (0.82%) Financial Institution
10 3 (0.61%) Automotive
10 3 (0.61%) Legal
11 2 (0.41%) Aerospace
11 2 (0.41%) Billing
11 2 (0.41%) Electronics
11 2 (0.41%) Marketing
11 2 (0.41%) Private Banking
11 2 (0.41%) Telecoms
12 1 (0.20%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 144 (29.39%) Developer
2 141 (28.78%) Analyst
3 60 (12.24%) Test Analyst
4 45 (9.18%) Business Analyst
4 45 (9.18%) Java Developer
5 40 (8.16%) Tester
6 27 (5.51%) Consultant
7 23 (4.69%) Architect
7 23 (4.69%) Big Data Developer
8 18 (3.67%) C# Developer
9 17 (3.47%) Automation Tester
9 17 (3.47%) Test Engineer
10 15 (3.06%) .NET Developer
10 15 (3.06%) Test Leader
11 14 (2.86%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
11 14 (2.86%) Senior Developer
11 14 (2.86%) Test Manager
12 12 (2.45%) Automation Test Analyst
12 12 (2.45%) C# .NET Developer
12 12 (2.45%) Financial Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 64 (13.06%) RESTful
2 57 (11.63%) .NET
3 52 (10.61%) Spring
4 45 (9.18%) HTML
5 44 (8.98%) Middleware
6 39 (7.96%) Web Services
7 38 (7.76%) RabbitMQ
8 36 (7.35%) AngularJS
8 36 (7.35%) Node.js
8 36 (7.35%) Spring Boot
9 35 (7.14%) J2EE
10 33 (6.73%) Kafka
11 31 (6.33%) JSON
12 28 (5.71%) REST
13 26 (5.31%) XML
14 24 (4.90%) RxJS
14 24 (4.90%) Socket.IO
15 23 (4.69%) Hibernate
16 21 (4.29%) JMS
17 19 (3.88%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 47 (9.59%) Analytical Skills
2 25 (5.10%) Management Information System
3 24 (4.90%) Self-Motivation
4 23 (4.69%) User Experience
5 17 (3.47%) Virtual Team
6 16 (3.27%) Fixed Income
6 16 (3.27%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 10 (2.04%) Enterprise Software
7 10 (2.04%) Mobile App
8 7 (1.43%) Data Centre
9 6 (1.22%) Computer Science
9 6 (1.22%) Linux Command Line
10 5 (1.02%) Equities
10 5 (1.02%) Fintech
11 4 (0.82%) Credit Risk
11 4 (0.82%) Data Structures
11 4 (0.82%) Derivative
11 4 (0.82%) OTC Derivatives
11 4 (0.82%) PlayStation
12 3 (0.61%) Market Risk
Operating Systems
1 86 (17.55%) Linux
2 74 (15.10%) Unix
3 40 (8.16%) Windows
4 14 (2.86%) Windows Server
5 9 (1.84%) Android
5 9 (1.84%) Apple iOS
6 5 (1.02%) CentOS
7 4 (0.82%) Embedded Linux
8 3 (0.61%) Solaris
8 3 (0.61%) SUSE
8 3 (0.61%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
9 2 (0.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.20%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.20%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 261 (53.27%) Agile Software Development
2 190 (38.78%) User Acceptance Testing
3 137 (27.96%) Test Automation
4 107 (21.84%) Unit Testing
5 89 (18.16%) TDD
6 83 (16.94%) BDD
7 79 (16.12%) Integration Testing
7 79 (16.12%) Scrum
8 57 (11.63%) Test Scripting
9 55 (11.22%) Functional Testing
10 52 (10.61%) Waterfall
11 51 (10.41%) Regression Testing
11 51 (10.41%) SDLC
12 45 (9.18%) Continuous Integration
13 44 (8.98%) Defect Management
14 42 (8.57%) Migration
15 40 (8.16%) Software Testing
16 37 (7.55%) Problem-Solving
17 36 (7.35%) Change Control
17 36 (7.35%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 128 (26.12%) SQL
2 100 (20.41%) Java
3 75 (15.31%) C#
4 73 (14.90%) JavaScript
5 44 (8.98%) Python
6 31 (6.33%) Bash Shell
7 24 (4.90%) TypeScript
8 21 (4.29%) PowerShell
9 18 (3.67%) Ruby
9 18 (3.67%) Shell Script
10 17 (3.47%) C
11 16 (3.27%) PL/SQL
12 13 (2.65%) Perl
13 11 (2.24%) Java 8
14 10 (2.04%) R
15 8 (1.63%) T-SQL
16 7 (1.43%) C++
17 5 (1.02%) ES6
17 5 (1.02%) ES7
17 5 (1.02%) PHP
Qualifications
1 36 (7.35%) ISTQB
2 34 (6.94%) Security Cleared
3 32 (6.53%) Degree
4 25 (5.10%) SC Cleared
5 20 (4.08%) ISEB
6 14 (2.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 4 (0.82%) Computer Science Degree
7 4 (0.82%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 3 (0.61%) CCNP
8 3 (0.61%) Cisco Certification
8 3 (0.61%) DV Cleared
8 3 (0.61%) PMI Certification
9 2 (0.41%) BPSS Clearance
9 2 (0.41%) CCIE
9 2 (0.41%) CCNA
9 2 (0.41%) Check Point Certification
9 2 (0.41%) CISSP
9 2 (0.41%) CTC Cleared
9 2 (0.41%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 2 (0.41%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 67 (13.67%) QA
2 5 (1.02%) SLA
3 4 (0.82%) 21 CFR Part 11
3 4 (0.82%) GMP
3 4 (0.82%) PMO
4 3 (0.61%) MiFID
5 2 (0.41%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.41%) DO-178B
5 2 (0.41%) DO-254
5 2 (0.41%) GDPR
5 2 (0.41%) MIL-STD-1553
6 1 (0.20%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.20%) Dodd-Frank
6 1 (0.20%) SEPA
6 1 (0.20%) TARGET2
System Software
1 26 (5.31%) Apache ZooKeeper
2 9 (1.84%) Docker
3 6 (1.22%) Active Directory
3 6 (1.22%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (0.82%) Hyper-V
4 4 (0.82%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.41%) Firmware
5 2 (0.41%) VirtualBox
6 1 (0.20%) EMC RecoverPoint
6 1 (0.20%) Oracle RAC
6 1 (0.20%) SRDF
Systems Management
1 26 (5.31%) Hadoop YARN
2 18 (3.67%) Puppet
3 16 (3.27%) HP Quality Center
4 12 (2.45%) Ansible
5 11 (2.24%) Opscode Chef
6 8 (1.63%) HP ALM
7 7 (1.43%) Cobbler
8 6 (1.22%) SCOM
9 5 (1.02%) Perfmon
9 5 (1.02%) SCCM
10 2 (0.41%) CFEngine
10 2 (0.41%) Cisco CUCM
10 2 (0.41%) Cisco UCCE
10 2 (0.41%) Cisco UCCX
10 2 (0.41%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 1 (0.20%) Dollar Universe
11 1 (0.20%) Nagios
11 1 (0.20%) SnapMirror
11 1 (0.20%) SnapVault
Vendors
1 102 (20.82%) Oracle
2 57 (11.63%) Microsoft
3 35 (7.14%) IBM
4 21 (4.29%) SAP
5 13 (2.65%) Salesforce.com
6 12 (2.45%) HP
7 11 (2.24%) ION Trading
8 9 (1.84%) Atlassian
8 9 (1.84%) Informatica
9 8 (1.63%) TIBCO
10 7 (1.43%) Murex
11 6 (1.22%) Bloomberg
11 6 (1.22%) VMware
12 5 (1.02%) Apigee
12 5 (1.02%) Citrix
12 5 (1.02%) Google
12 5 (1.02%) hybris
12 5 (1.02%) Sitecore
12 5 (1.02%) Splunk
12 5 (1.02%) Tableau