The first table below looks at the demand for the Functional Tester role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Functional Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 24 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles currently tracked.

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
24 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Functional Tester
Rank 570 554 562
Rank change year-on-year
-16 +8
Contract jobs requiring a Functional Tester 20 16 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.037% 0.031% 0.038%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.040% 0.034% 0.041%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 7 14
Average daily rate
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£280 £275 £273
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.81% +0.91%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £215 £151
10% offered a daily rate of more than £311 £380 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £280 £275 £175
% change year-on-year
+1.81% +57.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
Average hourly rate - £41.50 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
50543 47172 53524
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.40% 92.54% 92.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 30720 27585 29825
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £233 £239
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £560
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
- +1.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2000 2142 2717
Average hourly rate £16.50 £18.00 £19.40
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.33% -7.20%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.80 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.23 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-4.20% -6.89%

Functional Tester
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Functional Tester in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Functional Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Functional Tester
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Functional Tester within the UK.

Functional Tester Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Functional Tester
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Functional Tester within the UK.

Functional Tester Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Functional Tester
Top 16 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Functional Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 24 July 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
England -11 18 £280 -13.84%
Yorkshire +13 11 £280 -13.84%
South East -12 2 £325 +109.67%
Surrey - 2 £325 -
South West - - - -
North West - - - -
Chertsey - - - -
Harrogate - - - -
Plymouth - - - -
Preston - - - -
Weybridge - - - -
Woking - - - -
York - - - -
Devon - - - -
Lancashire - - - -
North Yorkshire - - - -

Functional Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 July 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Functional Tester in their job title 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 with Functional Tester in their job title.

1 31 (54.39%) Test Scripting
2 28 (49.12%) SQL
3 22 (38.60%) QA
4 21 (36.84%) User Stories
5 18 (31.58%) TDD
5 18 (31.58%) BDD
5 18 (31.58%) Enterprise Software
6 17 (29.82%) Scrum
6 17 (29.82%) Java
7 15 (26.32%) .NET
7 15 (26.32%) Agile Software Development
8 14 (24.56%) C#
9 10 (17.54%) Selenium
10 8 (14.04%) Oracle
10 8 (14.04%) Test Automation
11 7 (12.28%) Rational Functional Tester
11 7 (12.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 7 (12.28%) UNIX
11 7 (12.28%) Performance Testing
12 6 (10.53%) Banking
12 6 (10.53%) Software Testing
12 6 (10.53%) Microsoft
12 6 (10.53%) HP
12 6 (10.53%) ISEB
12 6 (10.53%) Functional Testing
12 6 (10.53%) Security Cleared
13 5 (8.77%) Waterfall
13 5 (8.77%) QuickTest Pro
13 5 (8.77%) Web Services
13 5 (8.77%) Linux

Functional Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 July 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Functional Tester in their job title 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 with Functional Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Applications
1 3 (5.26%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (5.26%) SAP FI
1 3 (5.26%) SAP CO
1 3 (5.26%) SAP FI/CO
2 2 (3.51%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.75%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (7.02%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.51%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 10 (17.54%) Selenium
2 7 (12.28%) Rational Functional Tester
3 5 (8.77%) QuickTest Pro
4 4 (7.02%) Team Foundation Server
5 3 (5.26%) SoapUI
5 3 (5.26%) LoadRunner
6 1 (1.75%) WebDriver
6 1 (1.75%) Visual Studio Team System
6 1 (1.75%) Calabash
6 1 (1.75%) JMeter
6 1 (1.75%) JUnit
6 1 (1.75%) Visual Studio
6 1 (1.75%) Fiddler
General
1 6 (10.53%) Banking
2 5 (8.77%) Finance
3 3 (5.26%) Automotive
3 3 (5.26%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.75%) Retail Banking
4 1 (1.75%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (26.32%) .NET
2 5 (8.77%) Web Services
3 3 (5.26%) SOAP
3 3 (5.26%) XML
4 1 (1.75%) Apache CXF
4 1 (1.75%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 18 (31.58%) Enterprise Software
2 2 (3.51%) Open Source
3 1 (1.75%) Mobile App
3 1 (1.75%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 7 (12.28%) UNIX
2 5 (8.77%) Linux
3 2 (3.51%) Windows
3 2 (3.51%) Solaris
3 2 (3.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (1.75%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (54.39%) Test Scripting
2 21 (36.84%) User Stories
3 18 (31.58%) TDD
3 18 (31.58%) BDD
4 17 (29.82%) Scrum
5 15 (26.32%) Agile Software Development
6 8 (14.04%) Test Automation
7 7 (12.28%) Performance Testing
8 6 (10.53%) Software Testing
8 6 (10.53%) Functional Testing
9 5 (8.77%) Waterfall
10 4 (7.02%) User Acceptance Testing
10 4 (7.02%) Test Strategy
10 4 (7.02%) Test Management
11 3 (5.26%) V-Model
11 3 (5.26%) Automation Testing
11 3 (5.26%) Regression Testing
11 3 (5.26%) CRM
12 2 (3.51%) Disaster Recovery
12 2 (3.51%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 28 (49.12%) SQL
2 17 (29.82%) Java
3 14 (24.56%) C#
Qualifications
1 7 (12.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 6 (10.53%) ISEB
2 6 (10.53%) Security Cleared
3 5 (8.77%) ISTQB
4 4 (7.02%) Degree
5 3 (5.26%) SC Cleared
5 3 (5.26%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (38.60%) QA
Systems Management
1 4 (7.02%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (14.04%) Oracle
2 6 (10.53%) Microsoft
2 6 (10.53%) HP
3 4 (7.02%) IBM
4 3 (5.26%) SAP
5 2 (3.51%) Red Hat
6 1 (1.75%) Dell
6 1 (1.75%) Citrix
6 1 (1.75%) Siebel