The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the UK that had Functional Tester featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 29 July 2016 with a comparison to same period over 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.

3 months to
29 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Functional Tester
Rank 640 627 610
Rank change year-on-year
-13 -17
Contract jobs requiring a Functional Tester 21 22 23
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.039% 0.039% 0.042%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.041% 0.041% 0.044%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 8 13
Median daily rate £340 £273 £280
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+24.77% -2.67%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £235 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £433 £314
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £265 £280
% change year-on-year
+24.52% -5.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median 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
51031 54127 51833
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.75% 94.79% 94.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 33206 34317 31392
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1549 2019 2086
Median hourly rate £17.00 £16.60 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.40% +0.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.16 £16.25
% change year-on-year
+2.10% -0.55%

Functional Tester
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of IT contracts that featured Functional Tester in the job title.

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 29 July 2016.

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 10 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Functional Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 29 July 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -2 21 £340 +21.42% 2
London -3 10 £400 -5.88% 1
Tyne and Wear - 8 £330 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 8 £330 -
North East - 8 £330 -
Bristol +6 2 - -
South West -5 2 - -
Merseyside +1 1 £365 -
Liverpool -1 1 £365 -
North West -4 1 £365 +52.08%

Functional Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 July 2016, Functional Tester contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Functional Tester in the job title.

1 35 (87.50%) Functional Testing
2 14 (35.00%) Test Scripting
2 14 (35.00%) Security Cleared
3 12 (30.00%) SC Cleared
3 12 (30.00%) HP
4 11 (27.50%) Agile Software Development
5 8 (20.00%) QA
5 8 (20.00%) SQL
6 7 (17.50%) Finance
6 7 (17.50%) Automated Testing
6 7 (17.50%) Test Automation
6 7 (17.50%) Waterfall
6 7 (17.50%) Test Strategy
7 6 (15.00%) SoapUI
7 6 (15.00%) HP Quality Center
7 6 (15.00%) Degree
7 6 (15.00%) Risk Analysis
7 6 (15.00%) SQL Server
7 6 (15.00%) Unix
7 6 (15.00%) ISEB
8 5 (12.50%) Fidessa
8 5 (12.50%) Windows
8 5 (12.50%) Manual Testing
8 5 (12.50%) Project Management
8 5 (12.50%) Knowledge Management
8 5 (12.50%) Software Testing
8 5 (12.50%) V-Model
8 5 (12.50%) Agile Testing
9 4 (10.00%) Test Planning
9 4 (10.00%) Mentoring

Functional Tester Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Applications
1 4 (10.00%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (5.00%) Oracle EBS R12
Communications & Networking
1 3 (7.50%) PuTTY
2 1 (2.50%) FTP
2 1 (2.50%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (15.00%) SQL Server
2 4 (10.00%) Data Mining
3 2 (5.00%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 6 (15.00%) SoapUI
2 3 (7.50%) Selenium
3 2 (5.00%) Rational Functional Tester
4 1 (2.50%) Cucumber
4 1 (2.50%) HP UFT
4 1 (2.50%) JMeter
4 1 (2.50%) SpecFlow
4 1 (2.50%) Visual Studio
4 1 (2.50%) WebDriver
General
1 7 (17.50%) Finance
2 2 (5.00%) Banking
2 2 (5.00%) Financial Institution
3 1 (2.50%) Retail
3 1 (2.50%) Retail Banking
3 1 (2.50%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (10.00%) FIX Protocol
2 3 (7.50%) Middleware
2 3 (7.50%) SOAP
3 1 (2.50%) .NET
3 1 (2.50%) WebCenter
Miscellaneous
1 4 (10.00%) Virtual Team
2 2 (5.00%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.50%) Blackberry
3 1 (2.50%) Derivative
3 1 (2.50%) Management Information System
3 1 (2.50%) Mathematics
3 1 (2.50%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 6 (15.00%) Unix
2 5 (12.50%) Windows
3 3 (7.50%) Linux
4 1 (2.50%) Android
4 1 (2.50%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (87.50%) Functional Testing
2 14 (35.00%) Test Scripting
3 11 (27.50%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (17.50%) Automated Testing
4 7 (17.50%) Test Automation
4 7 (17.50%) Test Strategy
4 7 (17.50%) Waterfall
5 6 (15.00%) Risk Analysis
6 5 (12.50%) Agile Testing
6 5 (12.50%) Knowledge Management
6 5 (12.50%) Manual Testing
6 5 (12.50%) Project Management
6 5 (12.50%) Software Testing
6 5 (12.50%) V-Model
7 4 (10.00%) Mentoring
7 4 (10.00%) Test Planning
8 3 (7.50%) Exploratory Testing
8 3 (7.50%) Non-Functional Testing
8 3 (7.50%) SDLC
8 3 (7.50%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 8 (20.00%) SQL
2 3 (7.50%) Shell Script
3 2 (5.00%) Java
4 1 (2.50%) C
4 1 (2.50%) JavaScript
4 1 (2.50%) VB
Qualifications
1 14 (35.00%) Security Cleared
2 12 (30.00%) SC Cleared
3 6 (15.00%) Degree
3 6 (15.00%) ISEB
4 4 (10.00%) ISTQB
5 2 (5.00%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (2.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (20.00%) QA
Systems Management
1 6 (15.00%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (2.50%) Cisco IPCC
Vendors
1 12 (30.00%) HP
2 5 (12.50%) Fidessa
3 4 (10.00%) Oracle
4 2 (5.00%) IBM
5 1 (2.50%) Cisco
5 1 (2.50%) Guidewire
5 1 (2.50%) Microsoft
5 1 (2.50%) SAP
5 1 (2.50%) Siebel