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 12 February 2016 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
12 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Functional Tester
Rank 605 601 546
Rank change year-on-year
-4 -55
Contract jobs requiring a Functional Tester 21 11 42
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.041% 0.021% 0.084%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.043% 0.022% 0.090%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 8 28
Average daily rate £360 £316 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.83% +5.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £261 £193
10% offered a daily rate of more than £405 £379 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £343 £316 £283
% change year-on-year
+8.30% +11.94%
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
48618 48918 46871
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.51% 94.46% 94.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 31219 30411 27715
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £238 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1735 1925 2068
Average hourly rate £17.50 £16.84 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.95% -3.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -

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 21 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 12 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 +6 20 £360 +13.83% 2
Newcastle upon Tyne - 10 £405 -
North East - 10 £405 -
Tyne and Wear - 10 £405 -
East of England - 3 £300 -
South West +6 2 £313 -16.66%
London +5 2 £400 +25.49% 2
West Yorkshire -9 2 £320 -
Leeds -10 2 £320 -
Yorkshire -20 2 £320 -
Devon - 2 £313 -
South East +14 1 - -
Essex - 1 £300 -
Hertfordshire - 1 £370 -
Berkshire - 1 - -
Cambridgeshire - 1 £300 -
Cambridge - 1 £300 -
Edinburgh - 1 - -
Exeter - 1 £325 -
Hemel Hempstead - 1 £370 -
Scotland - 1 - -

Functional Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 12 February 2016, 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 40 (95.24%) Functional Testing
2 20 (47.62%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (30.95%) Selenium
3 13 (30.95%) Test Automation
4 9 (21.43%) QA
4 9 (21.43%) Automated Testing
5 8 (19.05%) PHP
6 7 (16.67%) ISEB
6 7 (16.67%) PostgreSQL
6 7 (16.67%) Test Scripting
6 7 (16.67%) Security Cleared
6 7 (16.67%) Non-Functional Testing
7 6 (14.29%) Mentoring
8 5 (11.90%) Continuous Improvement
8 5 (11.90%) Cucumber
8 5 (11.90%) Test Strategy
8 5 (11.90%) HP Quality Center
8 5 (11.90%) Integration Testing
8 5 (11.90%) JIRA
8 5 (11.90%) Service Delivery
8 5 (11.90%) Finance
8 5 (11.90%) Software Testing
8 5 (11.90%) HP
8 5 (11.90%) Oracle
9 4 (9.52%) Windows
9 4 (9.52%) .NET
9 4 (9.52%) C
9 4 (9.52%) Microsoft
10 3 (7.14%) Gherkin
10 3 (7.14%) User Stories

Functional Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 12 February 2016, 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 2 (4.76%) Confluence
Business Applications
1 2 (4.76%) Oracle General Ledger
2 1 (2.38%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (2.38%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (2.38%) SAP ERP
Communications & Networking
1 2 (4.76%) SNMP
2 1 (2.38%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (16.67%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (2.38%) Oracle Database
2 1 (2.38%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (2.38%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 13 (30.95%) Selenium
2 5 (11.90%) Cucumber
2 5 (11.90%) JIRA
3 2 (4.76%) Bugzilla
3 2 (4.76%) ERwin
3 2 (4.76%) HP UFT
3 2 (4.76%) Jenkins
3 2 (4.76%) JMeter
3 2 (4.76%) LoadRunner
3 2 (4.76%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (4.76%) WebDriver
4 1 (2.38%) FitNesse
4 1 (2.38%) JBehave
4 1 (2.38%) Oracle APEX
4 1 (2.38%) Rational Functional Tester
4 1 (2.38%) SpecFlow
4 1 (2.38%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 1 (2.38%) TestLink
4 1 (2.38%) Toad
4 1 (2.38%) Visual Studio
General
1 5 (11.90%) Finance
2 1 (2.38%) Banking
2 1 (2.38%) Games
2 1 (2.38%) General Ledger
2 1 (2.38%) Manufacturing
2 1 (2.38%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (9.52%) .NET
2 3 (7.14%) Gherkin
3 1 (2.38%) Behat
3 1 (2.38%) J2EE
3 1 (2.38%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (7.14%) CESG
2 2 (4.76%) PKI
2 2 (4.76%) STB
3 1 (2.38%) Client/Server
3 1 (2.38%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 4 (9.52%) Windows
2 3 (7.14%) Linux
3 2 (4.76%) Mac OS X
3 2 (4.76%) Unix
4 1 (2.38%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (95.24%) Functional Testing
2 20 (47.62%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (30.95%) Test Automation
4 9 (21.43%) Automated Testing
5 7 (16.67%) Non-Functional Testing
5 7 (16.67%) Test Scripting
6 6 (14.29%) Mentoring
7 5 (11.90%) Continuous Improvement
7 5 (11.90%) Integration Testing
7 5 (11.90%) Service Delivery
7 5 (11.90%) Software Testing
7 5 (11.90%) Test Strategy
8 3 (7.14%) Automation Testing
8 3 (7.14%) BDD
8 3 (7.14%) Penetration Testing
8 3 (7.14%) Project Management
8 3 (7.14%) User Acceptance Testing
8 3 (7.14%) User Stories
9 2 (4.76%) Network Monitoring
9 2 (4.76%) Protective Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 8 (19.05%) PHP
2 4 (9.52%) C
3 3 (7.14%) C#
3 3 (7.14%) Java
3 3 (7.14%) Python
3 3 (7.14%) Ruby
3 3 (7.14%) Shell Script
3 3 (7.14%) SQL
4 2 (4.76%) JavaScript
4 2 (4.76%) Perl
Qualifications
1 7 (16.67%) ISEB
1 7 (16.67%) Security Cleared
2 3 (7.14%) ISTQB
2 3 (7.14%) SC Cleared
3 2 (4.76%) ISEB Practitioner
3 2 (4.76%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (2.38%) BC Cleared
4 1 (2.38%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (21.43%) QA
2 3 (7.14%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (4.76%) GPG13
3 2 (4.76%) WAI
3 2 (4.76%) WCAG
4 1 (2.38%) SDET
Systems Management
1 5 (11.90%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (11.90%) HP
1 5 (11.90%) Oracle
2 4 (9.52%) Microsoft
3 2 (4.76%) Informatica
4 1 (2.38%) Baan
4 1 (2.38%) SAP