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 3 September 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
3 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Functional Tester
Rank 614 602 583
Rank change year-on-year
-12 -19
Contract jobs requiring a Functional Tester 16 14 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.027% 0.025% 0.030%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.030% 0.027% 0.032%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 8 11
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£250 £296 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.39% -15.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £279 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £420 £508 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £250 £280 £275
% change year-on-year
-10.71% +1.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

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
54176 52067 49457
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.80% 92.10% 92.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 34646 31581 29422
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1992 2012 2139
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% -2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £41.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.33 £17.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+1.94% -

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 3 September 2015.

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 19 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 3 September 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
England -10 13 £250 -10.71%
North West - 5 £250 -
Manchester - 4 £250 -
London -10 3 - -
South East -10 2 - -
South West - 2 £313 -
South Wales - 2 £400 -
Wales - 2 £400 -
Newport - 2 £400 -
Gloucestershire - 1 £450 -
Wiltshire - 1 £175 -
Buckinghamshire - 1 - -
Hampshire - 1 - -
City of London - 1 - -
Hook - 1 - -
Swindon - 1 £175 -
Liverpool - 1 - -
Merseyside - 1 - -
Midlands - 1 - -

Functional Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 September 2015, 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 39 (92.86%) Functional Testing
2 16 (38.10%) Test Scripting
3 15 (35.71%) Security Cleared
3 15 (35.71%) Agile Software Development
4 14 (33.33%) Oracle
5 12 (28.57%) HP Quality Center
6 11 (26.19%) HP
7 10 (23.81%) QA
8 9 (21.43%) Use Case
8 9 (21.43%) SQL
9 8 (19.05%) Regression Testing
9 8 (19.05%) Automated Testing
10 6 (14.29%) ISTQB
10 6 (14.29%) Performance Testing
10 6 (14.29%) Selenium
10 6 (14.29%) Degree
10 6 (14.29%) Finance
10 6 (14.29%) J2EE
10 6 (14.29%) Web Services
10 6 (14.29%) SQL Server
10 6 (14.29%) Analytics
10 6 (14.29%) DV Cleared
11 5 (11.90%) V-Model
11 5 (11.90%) User Acceptance Testing
11 5 (11.90%) Continuous Integration
11 5 (11.90%) WebDriver
11 5 (11.90%) Cucumber
11 5 (11.90%) Bug Management
11 5 (11.90%) JUnit
11 5 (11.90%) MS Office

Functional Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 September 2015, 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.

Application Platforms
1 5 (11.90%) CMS
Applications
1 5 (11.90%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 4 (9.52%) Oracle General Ledger
2 2 (4.76%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (2.38%) SAP IS-U
3 1 (2.38%) SAP HR-PA
3 1 (2.38%) Oracle Financials
3 1 (2.38%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.38%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.38%) FTP
1 1 (2.38%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (14.29%) SQL Server
2 5 (11.90%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 6 (14.29%) Selenium
2 5 (11.90%) JUnit
2 5 (11.90%) WebDriver
2 5 (11.90%) Cucumber
2 5 (11.90%) JIRA
3 2 (4.76%) Rational Functional Tester
4 1 (2.38%) Bugzilla
General
1 6 (14.29%) Finance
2 1 (2.38%) Manufacturing
2 1 (2.38%) Games
2 1 (2.38%) Banking
2 1 (2.38%) General Ledger
2 1 (2.38%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (14.29%) J2EE
1 6 (14.29%) Web Services
2 4 (9.52%) Middleware
3 1 (2.38%) SAP Basis
3 1 (2.38%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (11.90%) Computer Science
2 2 (4.76%) Credit Risk
2 2 (4.76%) Market Risk
2 2 (4.76%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (4.76%) Derivative
3 1 (2.38%) EPoS
3 1 (2.38%) STB
Operating Systems
1 4 (9.52%) Windows
1 4 (9.52%) Windows 7
2 1 (2.38%) UNIX
2 1 (2.38%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (92.86%) Functional Testing
2 16 (38.10%) Test Scripting
3 15 (35.71%) Agile Software Development
4 9 (21.43%) Use Case
5 8 (19.05%) Automated Testing
5 8 (19.05%) Regression Testing
6 6 (14.29%) Performance Testing
6 6 (14.29%) Analytics
7 5 (11.90%) V-Model
7 5 (11.90%) Bug Management
7 5 (11.90%) User Acceptance Testing
7 5 (11.90%) Continuous Integration
7 5 (11.90%) Scrum
8 3 (7.14%) Test Automation
9 2 (4.76%) Test Strategy
9 2 (4.76%) User Stories
9 2 (4.76%) Knowledge Management
9 2 (4.76%) Software Testing
9 2 (4.76%) Risk Analysis
10 1 (2.38%) Quality Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (21.43%) SQL
2 5 (11.90%) Java
2 5 (11.90%) PHP
3 4 (9.52%) C
4 1 (2.38%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 15 (35.71%) Security Cleared
2 6 (14.29%) ISTQB
2 6 (14.29%) Degree
2 6 (14.29%) DV Cleared
3 5 (11.90%) ISEB
4 4 (9.52%) SC Cleared
5 1 (2.38%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (23.81%) QA
System Software
1 4 (9.52%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 12 (28.57%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (9.52%) SCCM
Vendors
1 14 (33.33%) Oracle
2 11 (26.19%) HP
3 4 (9.52%) VMware
4 2 (4.76%) SAP
4 2 (4.76%) Microsoft
5 1 (2.38%) ICL
5 1 (2.38%) Fujitsu