Period
to 20 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Systems Tester was £306 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 November 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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 Tester
UK
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 855 856 828
Rank change year-on-year +1 -28 +11
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Tester 24 32 58
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.023% 0.031% 0.051%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.025% 0.032% 0.053%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 25 24
UK median daily rate £306 £300 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.08% -7.69% +11.11%
10th Percentile £205 £107 £288
90th Percentile £406 £595 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £288 £266 £300
% change year-on-year +7.98% -11.25% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
UK median hourly rate - £28.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -13.85% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £28.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year - -13.85% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 96939 98568 108531
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.79% 94.76% 94.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 63924 64295 69051
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £393 £375
% change year-on-year +1.91% +4.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2896 3271 4142
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

Systems Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Systems Tester in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Systems Tester in the UK

Systems Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Systems Tester.

Contractor daily rate trend for Systems Tester in the UK

Systems Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Systems Tester over the 6 months to 20 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Systems Tester in the UK

Systems Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Systems Tester.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Systems Tester in the UK

Systems Tester
Top 9 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Systems Tester within the UK over the 6 months to 20 November 2017. 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 +23 23 £306 -5.77% 4
London -9 14 £325 -16.67% 1
UK excluding London +22 10 £288 +7.98% 4
North of England +60 6 £249 -7.87%
North West - 5 £210 -
South East +5 2 £325 +23.81% 1
North East +58 1 £288 +6.48%
Wales - 1 - -
South West - 1 - - 1

Systems Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 November 2017, Systems Tester contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Systems Tester in the job title.

1 9 (37.50%) Test Scripting
2 7 (29.17%) SQL
3 5 (20.83%) Integration Testing
4 4 (16.67%) Microsoft
4 4 (16.67%) Unit4 Business World
4 4 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing
4 4 (16.67%) Regression Testing
5 3 (12.50%) MiFID
5 3 (12.50%) Minerva
5 3 (12.50%) Sentinel
5 3 (12.50%) Asset Management
5 3 (12.50%) QA
5 3 (12.50%) Team Foundation Server
5 3 (12.50%) Test Automation
5 3 (12.50%) Manual Testing
5 3 (12.50%) Finance
5 3 (12.50%) Validation
5 3 (12.50%) Fidessa
5 3 (12.50%) ERP
5 3 (12.50%) System Integration Testing
6 2 (8.33%) Defect Management
6 2 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (8.33%) System Testing
6 2 (8.33%) Agile Software Development
7 1 (4.17%) Banking
7 1 (4.17%) GAP Analysis
7 1 (4.17%) General Ledger
7 1 (4.17%) Systems Analysis
7 1 (4.17%) Dynamics CRM
7 1 (4.17%) Facilities Management

Systems Tester Skill Set
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:

Business Applications
1 4 (16.67%) Unit4 Business World
2 3 (12.50%) Minerva
2 3 (12.50%) Sentinel
3 1 (4.17%) BASE24
3 1 (4.17%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (4.17%) Postilion
3 1 (4.17%) Teamcenter
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.17%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (4.17%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 3 (12.50%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (4.17%) Cucumber
2 1 (4.17%) Eclipse
2 1 (4.17%) IntelliJ
2 1 (4.17%) JUnit
2 1 (4.17%) Selenium
2 1 (4.17%) TestNG
2 1 (4.17%) Visual Studio Team System
2 1 (4.17%) WebDriver
General
1 3 (12.50%) Finance
2 1 (4.17%) Automotive
2 1 (4.17%) Banking
2 1 (4.17%) Financial Institution
2 1 (4.17%) General Ledger
2 1 (4.17%) Manufacturing
2 1 (4.17%) Private Banking
2 1 (4.17%) Publishing
2 1 (4.17%) Retail Banking
Miscellaneous
1 2 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 1 (4.17%) Linux
1 1 (4.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
1 1 (4.17%) Windows
1 1 (4.17%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (37.50%) Test Scripting
2 5 (20.83%) Integration Testing
3 4 (16.67%) Regression Testing
3 4 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing
4 3 (12.50%) Asset Management
4 3 (12.50%) ERP
4 3 (12.50%) Manual Testing
4 3 (12.50%) System Integration Testing
4 3 (12.50%) Test Automation
4 3 (12.50%) Validation
5 2 (8.33%) Agile Software Development
5 2 (8.33%) Defect Management
5 2 (8.33%) System Testing
6 1 (4.17%) CAFM
6 1 (4.17%) CRM
6 1 (4.17%) Facilities Management
6 1 (4.17%) Performance Testing
6 1 (4.17%) Systems Analysis
6 1 (4.17%) Test Management
6 1 (4.17%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 7 (29.17%) SQL
2 1 (4.17%) Java
Qualifications
1 1 (4.17%) ISEB
1 1 (4.17%) ISTQB
1 1 (4.17%) SC Cleared
1 1 (4.17%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (12.50%) MiFID
1 3 (12.50%) QA
2 1 (4.17%) 21 CFR Part 11
2 1 (4.17%) WAI
Vendors
1 4 (16.67%) Microsoft
2 3 (12.50%) Fidessa
3 1 (4.17%) HP
3 1 (4.17%) JD Edwards
3 1 (4.17%) Oracle
3 1 (4.17%) Red Hat