The table below looks at the statistics for Functional Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the South 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 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Functional Testing
Rank 119 134 113
Rank change year-on-year
+15 -21
Contract jobs citing Functional Testing 14 9 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.47% 0.30% 0.097%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.63% 0.39% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 8 2
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£438 £325 £278
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+34.61% +17.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £301 £268
10% offered a daily rate of more than £452 £363 £288
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £310 £283
% change year-on-year
+4.83% +9.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £110.00 -
Functional Testing
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the South West region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2219 2303 1453
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 74.39% 76.87% 70.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 1464 1513 903
Average daily rate £400 £365 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.58% -2.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £275 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 96 120 69
Average hourly rate £36.45 £33.84 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.71% +5.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.15 £14.00 £13.97
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%

Functional Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

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

Functional Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

Functional Testing
Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Functional Testing Daily Rate Trend in the South West

Functional Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Functional Testing across the South West region over the 3 months to 22 May 2015.

Functional Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

Functional Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Functional Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

Functional Testing
Contract Job Locations in the South 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 South West region over the 3 months to 22 May 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
Gloucestershire - 13 £444 -
Wiltshire +1 1 £300 -21.31%
Functional Testing
England

Functional Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South 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 18 (69.23%) Security Cleared
2 17 (65.38%) Agile Software Development
3 15 (57.69%) DV Cleared
4 9 (34.62%) J2EE
4 9 (34.62%) Web Services
5 7 (26.92%) ISEB
5 7 (26.92%) Software Testing
5 7 (26.92%) ISTQB
5 7 (26.92%) Analytics
6 6 (23.08%) Rational Functional Tester
6 6 (23.08%) Test Management
6 6 (23.08%) LoadRunner
7 5 (19.23%) Configuration Management
7 5 (19.23%) Java
8 4 (15.38%) Ruby
8 4 (15.38%) Performance Testing
8 4 (15.38%) Perl
8 4 (15.38%) C++
8 4 (15.38%) UNIX
8 4 (15.38%) Python
8 4 (15.38%) Bash Shell
9 3 (11.54%) C
9 3 (11.54%) Use Case
9 3 (11.54%) Test Scripting
9 3 (11.54%) Manual Testing
9 3 (11.54%) BC Cleared
9 3 (11.54%) Logistics
10 2 (7.69%) Management Information System
10 2 (7.69%) JIRA
10 2 (7.69%) Subversion

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

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South 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.

Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.85%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 6 (23.08%) Rational Functional Tester
1 6 (23.08%) LoadRunner
2 2 (7.69%) JIRA
2 2 (7.69%) Subversion
3 1 (3.85%) Jenkins
3 1 (3.85%) Selenium
General
1 2 (7.69%) Finance
2 1 (3.85%) Retail
2 1 (3.85%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 11 (42.31%) Tester
2 10 (38.46%) Analyst
2 10 (38.46%) Test Analyst
3 9 (34.62%) Functional Tester
4 5 (19.23%) Functional Test Analyst
4 5 (19.23%) Functional Analyst
5 4 (15.38%) Lead Test Analyst
5 4 (15.38%) Test Leader
6 2 (7.69%) Test Manager
7 1 (3.85%) Test Architect
7 1 (3.85%) Lead Tester
7 1 (3.85%) Senior Analyst
7 1 (3.85%) Software Tester
7 1 (3.85%) Java Developer
7 1 (3.85%) Test Engineer
7 1 (3.85%) Senior Test Analyst
7 1 (3.85%) QA Tester
7 1 (3.85%) Technical Tester
7 1 (3.85%) Senior Test Engineer
7 1 (3.85%) Senior Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (34.62%) J2EE
1 9 (34.62%) Web Services
2 2 (7.69%) XML
3 1 (3.85%) CSS
3 1 (3.85%) HTML
3 1 (3.85%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 2 (7.69%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 4 (15.38%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (65.38%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (26.92%) Software Testing
2 7 (26.92%) Analytics
3 6 (23.08%) Test Management
4 5 (19.23%) Configuration Management
5 4 (15.38%) Performance Testing
6 3 (11.54%) Use Case
6 3 (11.54%) Test Scripting
6 3 (11.54%) Manual Testing
6 3 (11.54%) Logistics
7 2 (7.69%) Test Automation
7 2 (7.69%) User Acceptance Testing
7 2 (7.69%) Integration Testing
7 2 (7.69%) Web Testing
7 2 (7.69%) PRINCE2
7 2 (7.69%) Project Management
7 2 (7.69%) Scrum
7 2 (7.69%) Mentoring
7 2 (7.69%) Coaching
8 1 (3.85%) Software Delivery
Programming Languages
1 5 (19.23%) Java
2 4 (15.38%) Ruby
2 4 (15.38%) Perl
2 4 (15.38%) C++
2 4 (15.38%) Python
2 4 (15.38%) Bash Shell
3 3 (11.54%) C
4 1 (3.85%) C#
4 1 (3.85%) PHP
Qualifications
1 18 (69.23%) Security Cleared
2 15 (57.69%) DV Cleared
3 7 (26.92%) ISEB
3 7 (26.92%) ISTQB
4 3 (11.54%) BC Cleared
5 1 (3.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (7.69%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (3.85%) Adobe