The table below looks at the statistics for Functional Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Functional Testing over the 3 months to 17 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
17 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Functional Testing
Rank 133 129 137
Rank change year-on-year
-4 +8
Contract jobs citing Functional Testing 5 6 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.16% 0.20% 0.15%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.22% 0.28% 0.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 4 3
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£363 £283 £288
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+28.31% -1.73%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £353 £231 £258
10% offered a daily rate of more than £373 £312 £338
UK excluding London average daily rate £290 £350 £300
% change year-on-year
-17.14% +16.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £37.50
Functional Testing
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the North West region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2266 2124 2231
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 72.72% 71.90% 65.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 1296 1080 1180
Average daily rate £375 £330 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.63% -2.94%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £268 £228 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 106 114 107
Average hourly rate £30.00 £22.54 £25.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.09% -11.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.71 £12.28 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £78.00 £50.00 £49.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.75 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-14.16% -

Functional Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Functional Testing across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Functional Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Functional Testing
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Functional Testing across the North West region.

Functional Testing Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Functional Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Functional Testing across the North West region.

Functional Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Functional Testing
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Functional Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 17 September 2014. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -10 3 £350 +12.90% 2
Functional Testing
England

Functional Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 17 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Functional Testing also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Functional Testing.

1 4 (40.00%) Software Testing
1 4 (40.00%) User Acceptance Testing
2 3 (30.00%) Retail
2 3 (30.00%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (30.00%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (30.00%) ITIL
2 3 (30.00%) ISEB
2 3 (30.00%) BMC
2 3 (30.00%) Remedy
2 3 (30.00%) Service Management
3 2 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (20.00%) Banking
3 2 (20.00%) ITSM
3 2 (20.00%) Finance
3 2 (20.00%) QuickTest Pro
3 2 (20.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (10.00%) SQL
4 1 (10.00%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (10.00%) Release Management
4 1 (10.00%) MSTest
4 1 (10.00%) Non-Functional Testing
4 1 (10.00%) Facilita Forecast
4 1 (10.00%) Zephyr
4 1 (10.00%) Automated Testing
4 1 (10.00%) JIRA
4 1 (10.00%) QA
4 1 (10.00%) Performance Testing
4 1 (10.00%) Test Scripting
4 1 (10.00%) System Testing

Functional Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 17 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Functional Testing also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Functional Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Business Applications
1 3 (30.00%) Remedy ITSM
Development Applications
1 2 (20.00%) QuickTest Pro
2 1 (10.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (10.00%) MSTest
2 1 (10.00%) Facilita Forecast
2 1 (10.00%) Zephyr
2 1 (10.00%) JIRA
General
1 3 (30.00%) Retail
2 2 (20.00%) Banking
2 2 (20.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 3 (30.00%) Test Leader
1 3 (30.00%) Analyst
1 3 (30.00%) Test Analyst
1 3 (30.00%) Consultant
2 2 (20.00%) Process Consultant
2 2 (20.00%) ITSM Consultant
3 1 (10.00%) IT Services Manager
3 1 (10.00%) Service Manager
3 1 (10.00%) Test Consultant
Miscellaneous
1 2 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (10.00%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 1 (10.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (40.00%) Software Testing
1 4 (40.00%) User Acceptance Testing
2 3 (30.00%) ITIL
2 3 (30.00%) Service Management
3 2 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (20.00%) ITSM
4 1 (10.00%) Release Management
4 1 (10.00%) Non-Functional Testing
4 1 (10.00%) Automated Testing
4 1 (10.00%) Performance Testing
4 1 (10.00%) Test Scripting
4 1 (10.00%) System Testing
4 1 (10.00%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 1 (10.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (30.00%) ISEB
2 2 (20.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (10.00%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (30.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (30.00%) BMC
1 3 (30.00%) Remedy