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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Functional Testing over the 3 months to 25 September 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
25 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Functional Testing
Rank 134 124 123
Rank change year-on-year
-10 -1
Contract jobs citing Functional Testing 16 47 13
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.46% 1.05% 0.41%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.55% 1.28% 0.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 29 4
Median daily rate £294 £338 £333
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.96% +1.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £243 £215 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £382 £414 £368
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £330 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.03% +1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Median hourly rate - - £31.56
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £31.56
% change year-on-year
+6.25% +26.76%
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
2904 3669 2419
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 83.00% 81.99% 75.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 1863 2304 1386
Median daily rate £401 £425 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.76% +13.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £289 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £555 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 92 141 112
Median hourly rate £24.00 £37.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-35.13% +23.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £14.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £61.46 £56.97 £78.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £33.64 £26.25
% change year-on-year
-3.38% +28.15%

Functional Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing Functional Testing as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Functional Testing across the North West region over the 3 months to 25 September 2016.

Functional Testing Daily Rate Histogram 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Functional Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 25 September 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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
Manchester -18 12 £313 -0.39% 3
Lancashire +16 3 - - 2
Cheshire +10 1 £250 -38.98% 1
Functional Testing
England

Functional Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 25 September 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Functional Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for Functional Testing.

1 15 (36.59%) Selenium
2 14 (34.15%) Non-Functional Testing
2 14 (34.15%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (31.71%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (31.71%) Java
4 12 (29.27%) Software Testing
4 12 (29.27%) QA
4 12 (29.27%) Test Scripting
5 11 (26.83%) Test Management
5 11 (26.83%) Degree
5 11 (26.83%) Regression Testing
5 11 (26.83%) Scrum
6 10 (24.39%) ISEB
6 10 (24.39%) JIRA
6 10 (24.39%) Automated Testing
7 9 (21.95%) HP Quality Center
7 9 (21.95%) SQL
7 9 (21.95%) Oracle
7 9 (21.95%) Defect Management
8 8 (19.51%) SDLC
8 8 (19.51%) Unix
8 8 (19.51%) MS Excel
9 7 (17.07%) Windows
9 7 (17.07%) SOAP
9 7 (17.07%) Finance
9 7 (17.07%) Manual Testing
9 7 (17.07%) Ruby
9 7 (17.07%) ISTQB
9 7 (17.07%) Test Strategy
10 6 (14.63%) Computer Science

Functional Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the North West 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 5 (12.20%) WebSphere
1 5 (12.20%) WebSphere Application Server
2 2 (4.88%) ColdFusion
3 1 (2.44%) SharePoint
Applications
1 8 (19.51%) MS Excel
2 5 (12.20%) MS PowerPoint
2 5 (12.20%) MS Project
3 3 (7.32%) MS Office
4 2 (4.88%) Mingle
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.44%) IaaS
1 1 (2.44%) PaaS
1 1 (2.44%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (12.20%) FTP
1 5 (12.20%) HTTP
1 5 (12.20%) TCP/IP
2 3 (7.32%) PuTTY
2 3 (7.32%) WinSCP
3 2 (4.88%) Internet
3 2 (4.88%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (12.20%) SQL Server
2 4 (9.76%) MySQL
2 4 (9.76%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 15 (36.59%) Selenium
2 10 (24.39%) JIRA
3 5 (12.20%) Cucumber
4 4 (9.76%) WebDriver
5 3 (7.32%) Ant
5 3 (7.32%) JMeter
5 3 (7.32%) TestComplete
5 3 (7.32%) TortoiseSVN
5 3 (7.32%) WATIR
6 2 (4.88%) Appium
6 2 (4.88%) HP UFT
7 1 (2.44%) TestDirector
General
1 7 (17.07%) Finance
2 5 (12.20%) Banking
3 4 (9.76%) Games
4 3 (7.32%) Manufacturing
4 3 (7.32%) Retail
5 2 (4.88%) Online Betting
5 2 (4.88%) Welsh Language
6 1 (2.44%) Legal
Job Titles
1 21 (51.22%) Analyst
1 21 (51.22%) Test Analyst
2 6 (14.63%) Test Leader
3 5 (12.20%) Automation Test Analyst
3 5 (12.20%) Test Manager
4 3 (7.32%) Agile Test Analyst
4 3 (7.32%) Functional Test Analyst
4 3 (7.32%) OAT Analyst
4 3 (7.32%) OAT Test Analyst
4 3 (7.32%) QA Analyst
4 3 (7.32%) QA Test Analyst
4 3 (7.32%) Systems Analyst
4 3 (7.32%) Systems Test Analyst
4 3 (7.32%) Tester
5 2 (4.88%) Developer in Test
5 2 (4.88%) QA Engineer
5 2 (4.88%) Selenium Test Analyst
5 2 (4.88%) Software QA Engineer
5 2 (4.88%) Software Testing Engineer
5 2 (4.88%) Testing Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (17.07%) SOAP
2 6 (14.63%) .NET
3 5 (12.20%) WebSphere MQ
4 4 (9.76%) Web Services
5 3 (7.32%) WebCenter
5 3 (7.32%) XML
6 2 (4.88%) HTML
6 2 (4.88%) J2EE
7 1 (2.44%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 14 (34.15%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (14.63%) Computer Science
3 2 (4.88%) Mainframe
3 2 (4.88%) Management Information System
3 2 (4.88%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 8 (19.51%) Unix
2 7 (17.07%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (34.15%) Non-Functional Testing
2 13 (31.71%) Agile Software Development
3 12 (29.27%) Software Testing
3 12 (29.27%) Test Scripting
4 11 (26.83%) Regression Testing
4 11 (26.83%) Scrum
4 11 (26.83%) Test Management
5 10 (24.39%) Automated Testing
6 9 (21.95%) Defect Management
7 8 (19.51%) SDLC
8 7 (17.07%) Manual Testing
8 7 (17.07%) Test Strategy
9 6 (14.63%) Stakeholder Management
10 5 (12.20%) Integration Testing
10 5 (12.20%) Operational Acceptance Testing
10 5 (12.20%) Project Management
10 5 (12.20%) User Acceptance Testing
11 4 (9.76%) Automation Testing
11 4 (9.76%) Software Engineering
11 4 (9.76%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 13 (31.71%) Java
2 9 (21.95%) SQL
3 7 (17.07%) Ruby
4 4 (9.76%) VB
5 3 (7.32%) PHP
5 3 (7.32%) Python
5 3 (7.32%) VBScript
6 2 (4.88%) C
6 2 (4.88%) JavaScript
6 2 (4.88%) PL/SQL
7 1 (2.44%) C#
Qualifications
1 11 (26.83%) Degree
2 10 (24.39%) ISEB
3 7 (17.07%) ISTQB
4 4 (9.76%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 4 (9.76%) SC Cleared
4 4 (9.76%) Security Cleared
5 1 (2.44%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (2.44%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (29.27%) QA
2 2 (4.88%) SLA
Systems Management
1 9 (21.95%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 9 (21.95%) Oracle
2 6 (14.63%) VMware
3 4 (9.76%) HP
4 2 (4.88%) IBM
4 2 (4.88%) Sony
5 1 (2.44%) Microsoft
5 1 (2.44%) SAP
5 1 (2.44%) ServiceNow
5 1 (2.44%) Siebel
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