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 11 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
11 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Functional Tester
Rank 556 556 569
Rank change year-on-year
0 +13
Contract jobs requiring a Functional Tester 24 14 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.046% 0.028% 0.028%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.049% 0.030% 0.030%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 7 11
Average daily rate
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£280 £275 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.81% -8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £276 £141 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £322 £380 £369
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
48693 46426 52919
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.43% 92.61% 92.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 29668 27020 29360
Average daily rate £395 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.25% +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £235 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1991 2159 2630
Average hourly rate £16.50 £18.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.33% -5.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.80 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.47 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-5.55% -2.94%

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
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 11 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 0 21 £280 -13.84%
Yorkshire +13 12 £280 -13.84%
South East -12 4 £344 +150.00%
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 11 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 37 (53.62%) Test Scripting
2 34 (49.28%) SQL
3 25 (36.23%) QA
4 23 (33.33%) User Stories
5 21 (30.43%) TDD
5 21 (30.43%) Java
5 21 (30.43%) BDD
6 20 (28.99%) Enterprise Software
7 18 (26.09%) Scrum
8 17 (24.64%) Agile Software Development
9 16 (23.19%) .NET
10 14 (20.29%) C#
11 12 (17.39%) UNIX
12 11 (15.94%) Oracle
12 11 (15.94%) Selenium
12 11 (15.94%) Performance Testing
13 10 (14.49%) Security Cleared
13 10 (14.49%) Rational Functional Tester
13 10 (14.49%) Test Automation
14 8 (11.59%) Microsoft
15 7 (10.14%) HP
15 7 (10.14%) Software Testing
15 7 (10.14%) Finance
15 7 (10.14%) Functional Testing
16 6 (8.70%) DV Cleared
16 6 (8.70%) Banking
16 6 (8.70%) ISEB
17 5 (7.25%) QuickTest Pro
17 5 (7.25%) SQL Server
17 5 (7.25%) Web Services

Functional Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 11 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 (4.35%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (4.35%) SAP FI
1 3 (4.35%) SAP FI/CO
1 3 (4.35%) SAP CO
2 2 (2.90%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.45%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (7.25%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.90%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 11 (15.94%) Selenium
2 10 (14.49%) Rational Functional Tester
3 5 (7.25%) QuickTest Pro
4 4 (5.80%) Team Foundation Server
5 3 (4.35%) LoadRunner
5 3 (4.35%) SoapUI
6 1 (1.45%) Calabash
6 1 (1.45%) Selenium IDE
6 1 (1.45%) JMeter
6 1 (1.45%) JUnit
6 1 (1.45%) Visual Studio
6 1 (1.45%) WebDriver
6 1 (1.45%) Fiddler
6 1 (1.45%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 7 (10.14%) Finance
2 6 (8.70%) Banking
3 3 (4.35%) Automotive
3 3 (4.35%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.45%) Retail
4 1 (1.45%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (23.19%) .NET
2 5 (7.25%) Web Services
3 3 (4.35%) XML
3 3 (4.35%) SOAP
4 1 (1.45%) .NET Framework
4 1 (1.45%) Apache CXF
Miscellaneous
1 20 (28.99%) Enterprise Software
2 4 (5.80%) Open Source
3 1 (1.45%) Mobile App
3 1 (1.45%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 12 (17.39%) UNIX
2 5 (7.25%) Linux
3 4 (5.80%) Solaris
4 2 (2.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (2.90%) Windows
5 1 (1.45%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (53.62%) Test Scripting
2 23 (33.33%) User Stories
3 21 (30.43%) BDD
3 21 (30.43%) TDD
4 18 (26.09%) Scrum
5 17 (24.64%) Agile Software Development
6 11 (15.94%) Performance Testing
7 10 (14.49%) Test Automation
8 7 (10.14%) Functional Testing
8 7 (10.14%) Software Testing
9 5 (7.25%) Waterfall
10 4 (5.80%) Test Strategy
10 4 (5.80%) Test Management
10 4 (5.80%) User Acceptance Testing
10 4 (5.80%) Regression Testing
11 3 (4.35%) CRM
11 3 (4.35%) V-Model
11 3 (4.35%) Automation Testing
12 2 (2.90%) Performance Analysis
12 2 (2.90%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 34 (49.28%) SQL
2 21 (30.43%) Java
3 14 (20.29%) C#
Qualifications
1 10 (14.49%) Security Cleared
2 6 (8.70%) DV Cleared
2 6 (8.70%) ISEB
3 5 (7.25%) ISTQB
4 4 (5.80%) Degree
4 4 (5.80%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (36.23%) QA
Systems Management
1 5 (7.25%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 11 (15.94%) Oracle
2 8 (11.59%) Microsoft
3 7 (10.14%) HP
4 4 (5.80%) IBM
5 3 (4.35%) SAP
6 2 (2.90%) Citrix
6 2 (2.90%) Red Hat
7 1 (1.45%) Siebel
7 1 (1.45%) Dell