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 31 July 2015 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Functional Testing
Rank 133 128 131
Rank change year-on-year
-5 +3
Contract jobs citing Functional Testing 25 4 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.65% 0.13% 0.18%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.85% 0.18% 0.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 2 0
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£338 £310 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.87% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £308 £280 £350
% change year-on-year
+9.82% -20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £60.00 - -
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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
2940 2205 1953
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 76.80% 73.43% 71.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 1749 1188 983
Average daily rate £400 £375 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +11.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £263 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £525 £455
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 120 102 90
Average hourly rate £37.97 £28.75 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+32.05% +36.90%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £13.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.75 £53.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.50 £26.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+15.09% -14.51%

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
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 31 July 2015.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Functional Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 31 July 2015. 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 - 12 £300 - 3
Merseyside - 8 £338 -
Cumbria - 2 £543 -
Lancashire +10 1 - -
Functional Testing
England

Functional Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, 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 16 (43.24%) Oracle
2 15 (40.54%) Security Cleared
3 14 (37.84%) Test Scripting
4 12 (32.43%) Integration Testing
4 12 (32.43%) SC Cleared
5 11 (29.73%) User Acceptance Testing
5 11 (29.73%) Analytical Skills
6 9 (24.32%) Finance
6 9 (24.32%) IBM
6 9 (24.32%) HP
6 9 (24.32%) HP Quality Center
7 8 (21.62%) SQL
7 8 (21.62%) CRM
8 7 (18.92%) Oracle EBS
8 7 (18.92%) Test Management
8 7 (18.92%) System Integration Testing
8 7 (18.92%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 6 (16.22%) WebCenter
9 6 (16.22%) Data Migration
9 6 (16.22%) Migration
10 5 (13.51%) Regression Testing
10 5 (13.51%) Software Testing
10 5 (13.51%) Agile Software Development
10 5 (13.51%) LoadRunner
10 5 (13.51%) Oracle General Ledger
10 5 (13.51%) Performance Testing
11 4 (10.81%) SCCM
11 4 (10.81%) QA
11 4 (10.81%) Selenium
11 4 (10.81%) Test Automation

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

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, 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.

Application Platforms
1 1 (2.70%) JBoss
1 1 (2.70%) WebSphere
Business Applications
1 7 (18.92%) Oracle EBS
2 5 (13.51%) Oracle General Ledger
3 4 (10.81%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (2.70%) Dynamics CRM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (5.41%) Data Warehouse
1 2 (5.41%) Data Mart
2 1 (2.70%) Oracle Database
2 1 (2.70%) Oracle Database 10g
2 1 (2.70%) Essbase
Development Applications
1 5 (13.51%) LoadRunner
2 4 (10.81%) Selenium
2 4 (10.81%) SoapUI
3 3 (8.11%) Rational Performance Tester
3 3 (8.11%) Rational Functional Tester
4 2 (5.41%) ClearCase
5 1 (2.70%) ProC
5 1 (2.70%) ClearQuest
5 1 (2.70%) Rational Robot
General
1 9 (24.32%) Finance
2 1 (2.70%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 19 (51.35%) Analyst
1 19 (51.35%) Test Analyst
2 10 (27.03%) Functional Analyst
2 10 (27.03%) Functional Test Analyst
3 8 (21.62%) Tester
4 7 (18.92%) Functional Tester
5 4 (10.81%) Applications Tester
6 2 (5.41%) Test Consultant
6 2 (5.41%) QA Engineer
6 2 (5.41%) QA Test Analyst
6 2 (5.41%) Test Manager
6 2 (5.41%) Consultant
6 2 (5.41%) QA Analyst
7 1 (2.70%) Oracle Analyst
7 1 (2.70%) UAT Analyst
7 1 (2.70%) Financial Analyst
7 1 (2.70%) Integration Test Analyst
7 1 (2.70%) Integration Analyst
7 1 (2.70%) Architect
7 1 (2.70%) Performance Test Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (16.22%) WebCenter
2 4 (10.81%) SOAP
2 4 (10.81%) Middleware
3 1 (2.70%) JSP
3 1 (2.70%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 11 (29.73%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (2.70%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 4 (10.81%) Windows
1 4 (10.81%) Windows 7
2 1 (2.70%) UNIX
2 1 (2.70%) Solaris
2 1 (2.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (37.84%) Test Scripting
2 12 (32.43%) Integration Testing
3 11 (29.73%) User Acceptance Testing
4 8 (21.62%) CRM
5 7 (18.92%) Test Management
5 7 (18.92%) System Integration Testing
6 6 (16.22%) Data Migration
6 6 (16.22%) Migration
7 5 (13.51%) Regression Testing
7 5 (13.51%) Performance Testing
7 5 (13.51%) Agile Software Development
7 5 (13.51%) Software Testing
8 4 (10.81%) SDLC
8 4 (10.81%) Test Automation
8 4 (10.81%) BDD
8 4 (10.81%) TDD
8 4 (10.81%) Scrum
9 3 (8.11%) ERP
9 3 (8.11%) Non-Functional Testing
10 2 (5.41%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 8 (21.62%) SQL
2 4 (10.81%) C#
3 1 (2.70%) Java
3 1 (2.70%) PL/SQL
3 1 (2.70%) Shell Script
3 1 (2.70%) C
Qualifications
1 15 (40.54%) Security Cleared
2 12 (32.43%) SC Cleared
3 7 (18.92%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 4 (10.81%) ISEB
5 3 (8.11%) ISTQB
6 1 (2.70%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (10.81%) QA
System Software
1 4 (10.81%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 9 (24.32%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (10.81%) SCCM
Vendors
1 16 (43.24%) Oracle
2 9 (24.32%) IBM
2 9 (24.32%) HP
3 4 (10.81%) Hyperion
3 4 (10.81%) VMware
3 4 (10.81%) Telerik
4 2 (5.41%) Siebel
4 2 (5.41%) Teradata
5 1 (2.70%) Green Hat