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 17 January 2017 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
17 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Functional Testing
England / North West
Rank 125 111 119
Rank change year-on-year
-14 +8
Contract jobs citing Functional Testing 11 42 21
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.42% 1.09% 0.68%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.51% 1.36% 0.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 28 12
Median daily rate £325 £328 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.83% +19.18%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £260 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £485 £700 £424
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £345 £325
% change year-on-year
-5.79% +6.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £32.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £57.50 £23.25
% change year-on-year
-26.08% +147.31%

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
2153 3099 2367
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 81.93% 80.56% 76.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 1402 1888 1417
Median daily rate £405 £400 £378
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.25% +5.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £600 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £390
% change year-on-year
+2.50% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 107 101
Median hourly rate £35.00 £37.00 £26.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.40% +39.62%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £14.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £54.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.50 £39.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year
-11.53% +52.94%

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 17 January 2017.

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 17 January 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
Manchester +5 5 £325 +5.09% 4
Cheshire +22 3 £500 -23.07% 1
Merseyside -3 3 £320 -5.18% 1
Functional Testing
England

Functional Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 17 January 2017, 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 12 (35.29%) Selenium
2 11 (32.35%) Java
2 11 (32.35%) Oracle
3 10 (29.41%) Agile Software Development
3 10 (29.41%) Automated Testing
4 9 (26.47%) QA
4 9 (26.47%) Regression Testing
4 9 (26.47%) Test Strategy
4 9 (26.47%) Non-Functional Testing
5 8 (23.53%) HP Quality Center
5 8 (23.53%) .NET
5 8 (23.53%) JavaScript
5 8 (23.53%) C#
5 8 (23.53%) SOAP
5 8 (23.53%) Windows
5 8 (23.53%) Ruby
5 8 (23.53%) Test Scripting
6 7 (20.59%) Integration Testing
6 7 (20.59%) Python
6 7 (20.59%) SQL
6 7 (20.59%) Analytical Skills
6 7 (20.59%) Virtual Team
7 6 (17.65%) Test Management
7 6 (17.65%) Perl
7 6 (17.65%) MS Excel
7 6 (17.65%) Unix
7 6 (17.65%) ISEB
7 6 (17.65%) MS PowerPoint
7 6 (17.65%) TDD
8 5 (14.71%) VMware

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 (14.71%) WebSphere
1 5 (14.71%) WebSphere Application Server
2 2 (5.88%) Drupal
3 1 (2.94%) Oracle Application Server
Applications
1 6 (17.65%) MS Excel
1 6 (17.65%) MS PowerPoint
2 5 (14.71%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 5 (14.71%) Oracle EBS
1 5 (14.71%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (2.94%) Oracle Cash Management
2 1 (2.94%) Oracle Payables
Cloud Services
1 2 (5.88%) IaaS
1 2 (5.88%) PaaS
1 2 (5.88%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (14.71%) FTP
1 5 (14.71%) HTTP
1 5 (14.71%) TCP/IP
2 2 (5.88%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (14.71%) SQL Server
2 4 (11.76%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (2.94%) Oracle Database
3 1 (2.94%) Oracle Database 11g
3 1 (2.94%) Oracle Database 12c
3 1 (2.94%) Relational Database
3 1 (2.94%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 12 (35.29%) Selenium
2 5 (14.71%) JIRA
3 3 (8.82%) HP UFT
3 3 (8.82%) Jenkins
3 3 (8.82%) JUnit
3 3 (8.82%) LoadRunner
3 3 (8.82%) TestComplete
4 2 (5.88%) Ant
4 2 (5.88%) CruiseControl
4 2 (5.88%) EasyMock
4 2 (5.88%) Git (software)
4 2 (5.88%) JBehave
4 2 (5.88%) Maven
4 2 (5.88%) Mockito
4 2 (5.88%) Rational Functional Tester
4 2 (5.88%) Sonatype Nexus
5 1 (2.94%) Cucumber
5 1 (2.94%) SoapUI
5 1 (2.94%) WebDriver
5 1 (2.94%) Zephyr
General
1 3 (8.82%) Finance
1 3 (8.82%) Manufacturing
2 2 (5.88%) Banking
2 2 (5.88%) Marketing
3 1 (2.94%) General Ledger
3 1 (2.94%) Legal
Job Titles
1 13 (38.24%) Analyst
1 13 (38.24%) Test Analyst
2 6 (17.65%) Test Engineer
2 6 (17.65%) Tester
3 4 (11.76%) Test Leader
4 3 (8.82%) Architect
4 3 (8.82%) Automation Test Analyst
4 3 (8.82%) OAT Analyst
4 3 (8.82%) OAT Test Analyst
4 3 (8.82%) QA Engineer
5 2 (5.88%) Java Architect
5 2 (5.88%) QA Analyst
5 2 (5.88%) QA Test Analyst
5 2 (5.88%) Senior Tester
5 2 (5.88%) Software Analyst
5 2 (5.88%) Software Test Analyst
5 2 (5.88%) Software Test Engineer
5 2 (5.88%) Software Tester
5 2 (5.88%) Solutions Architect
5 2 (5.88%) Web Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (23.53%) .NET
1 8 (23.53%) SOAP
2 5 (14.71%) WebSphere MQ
3 4 (11.76%) Web Services
4 2 (5.88%) AngularJS
4 2 (5.88%) Backbone.js
4 2 (5.88%) Behat
4 2 (5.88%) CSS
4 2 (5.88%) CSS3
4 2 (5.88%) Express
4 2 (5.88%) HTML
4 2 (5.88%) HTML5
4 2 (5.88%) JMS
4 2 (5.88%) JMX
4 2 (5.88%) Material Design
4 2 (5.88%) RESTful
4 2 (5.88%) Spring
4 2 (5.88%) Spring MVC
4 2 (5.88%) XML
5 1 (2.94%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 7 (20.59%) Analytical Skills
1 7 (20.59%) Virtual Team
2 4 (11.76%) Management Information System
3 1 (2.94%) Learning Management System
Operating Systems
1 8 (23.53%) Windows
2 6 (17.65%) Unix
3 2 (5.88%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (29.41%) Agile Software Development
1 10 (29.41%) Automated Testing
2 9 (26.47%) Non-Functional Testing
2 9 (26.47%) Regression Testing
2 9 (26.47%) Test Strategy
3 8 (23.53%) Test Scripting
4 7 (20.59%) Integration Testing
5 6 (17.65%) TDD
5 6 (17.65%) Test Management
6 5 (14.71%) BDD
6 5 (14.71%) ERP
6 5 (14.71%) Manual Testing
6 5 (14.71%) Operational Acceptance Testing
6 5 (14.71%) SDLC
6 5 (14.71%) Stakeholder Management
7 4 (11.76%) Configuration Management
7 4 (11.76%) User Acceptance Testing
8 3 (8.82%) Continuous Integration
8 3 (8.82%) Scrum
8 3 (8.82%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 11 (32.35%) Java
2 8 (23.53%) C#
2 8 (23.53%) JavaScript
2 8 (23.53%) Ruby
3 7 (20.59%) Python
3 7 (20.59%) SQL
4 6 (17.65%) Perl
5 5 (14.71%) C
5 5 (14.71%) Shell Script
6 3 (8.82%) PHP
6 3 (8.82%) VBScript
7 2 (5.88%) VB
8 1 (2.94%) Bash Shell
8 1 (2.94%) C++
8 1 (2.94%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (17.65%) ISEB
2 5 (14.71%) Degree
3 3 (8.82%) Security Cleared
4 1 (2.94%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (2.94%) DV Cleared
4 1 (2.94%) ISTQB
4 1 (2.94%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (2.94%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (26.47%) QA
2 1 (2.94%) Disclosure Scotland
Systems Management
1 8 (23.53%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (5.88%) Capistrano
2 2 (5.88%) Nagios
2 2 (5.88%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (5.88%) Puppet
Vendors
1 11 (32.35%) Oracle
2 5 (14.71%) VMware
3 3 (8.82%) HP
4 2 (5.88%) Google
5 1 (2.94%) CheckPoint
5 1 (2.94%) Microsoft
5 1 (2.94%) Saba
5 1 (2.94%) ServiceNow
5 1 (2.94%) Telerik