The table below looks at the statistics 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 19 December 2014 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Functional Tester
Rank 584 556 530
Rank change year-on-year
-28 -26
Contract jobs requiring a Functional Tester 11 26 27
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.020% 0.050% 0.054%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.022% 0.054% 0.059%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 19 17
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£325 £300 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £200 £272
10% offered a daily rate of more than £420 £319 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £10.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £10.00

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
50642 47729 46134
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 91.79% 92.49% 92.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 32228 28770 26034
Average daily rate £400 £400 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2044 2098 2641
Average hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% -5.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -5.55%

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
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Functional Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 19 December 2014.

Functional Tester Daily Rate Histogram 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 15 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 19 December 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 -41 11 £325 +8.33% 3
South East -17 5 £325 +4.00%
Buckinghamshire - 2 £213 -
Cambridgeshire - - - -
North Yorkshire - - - - 1
Surrey - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - - 2
Cambridge - - - -
Goole - - - - 1
Harrogate - - - - 1
Leeds - - - -
Milton Keynes - - - -
East Yorkshire - - - - 1
East of England - - - -

Functional Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 20 (86.96%) Functional Testing
2 11 (47.83%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (47.83%) SQL
3 9 (39.13%) User Stories
4 8 (34.78%) Java
5 7 (30.43%) Oracle
5 7 (30.43%) QA
6 6 (26.09%) Test Scripting
7 5 (21.74%) Linux
8 4 (17.39%) Scrum
8 4 (17.39%) ISEB
8 4 (17.39%) Selenium
8 4 (17.39%) Windows
9 3 (13.04%) Software Testing
9 3 (13.04%) Rational Functional Tester
9 3 (13.04%) Test Automation
9 3 (13.04%) HP Quality Center
9 3 (13.04%) IBM
9 3 (13.04%) SOAP
9 3 (13.04%) Web Services
9 3 (13.04%) XML
9 3 (13.04%) UNIX
9 3 (13.04%) SQL Server
10 2 (8.70%) JUnit
10 2 (8.70%) .NET
10 2 (8.70%) HP
10 2 (8.70%) Red Hat
10 2 (8.70%) Finance
10 2 (8.70%) Waterfall
10 2 (8.70%) Security Testing

Functional Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 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.

Business Applications
1 1 (4.35%) Cognos Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.35%) Cognos TM1
1 1 (4.35%) Cognos Controller
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.35%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (13.04%) SQL Server
2 2 (8.70%) Oracle Database
3 1 (4.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (4.35%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 4 (17.39%) Selenium
2 3 (13.04%) Rational Functional Tester
3 2 (8.70%) JUnit
3 2 (8.70%) JIRA
4 1 (4.35%) Gerrit
4 1 (4.35%) Cucumber
4 1 (4.35%) Git (software)
General
1 2 (8.70%) Finance
1 2 (8.70%) Investment Banking
1 2 (8.70%) Banking
2 1 (4.35%) Polish Language
2 1 (4.35%) Manufacturing
2 1 (4.35%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (13.04%) SOAP
1 3 (13.04%) Web Services
1 3 (13.04%) XML
2 2 (8.70%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 1 (4.35%) Mobile App
1 1 (4.35%) Enterprise Software
1 1 (4.35%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 5 (21.74%) Linux
2 4 (17.39%) Windows
3 3 (13.04%) UNIX
4 2 (8.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (86.96%) Functional Testing
2 11 (47.83%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (39.13%) User Stories
4 6 (26.09%) Test Scripting
5 4 (17.39%) Scrum
6 3 (13.04%) Software Testing
6 3 (13.04%) Test Automation
7 2 (8.70%) Waterfall
7 2 (8.70%) Security Testing
7 2 (8.70%) Integration Testing
7 2 (8.70%) Multithreading
7 2 (8.70%) Automated Testing
7 2 (8.70%) Automation Testing
7 2 (8.70%) Test Management
7 2 (8.70%) High Availability
8 1 (4.35%) Non-Functional Testing
8 1 (4.35%) Knowledge Management
8 1 (4.35%) Web Testing
8 1 (4.35%) User Acceptance Testing
8 1 (4.35%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 11 (47.83%) SQL
2 8 (34.78%) Java
3 1 (4.35%) C#
3 1 (4.35%) JavaScript
3 1 (4.35%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (17.39%) ISEB
2 2 (8.70%) SC Cleared
2 2 (8.70%) Security Cleared
2 2 (8.70%) ISTQB
3 1 (4.35%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (30.43%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (13.04%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (30.43%) Oracle
2 3 (13.04%) IBM
3 2 (8.70%) HP
3 2 (8.70%) Red Hat
4 1 (4.35%) Telerik
4 1 (4.35%) Google
4 1 (4.35%) Cognos