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 29 September 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
29 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Functional Tester
Rank 612 579 553
Rank change year-on-year
-33 -26
Contract jobs requiring a Functional Tester 7 24 49
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.012% 0.045% 0.085%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.013% 0.049% 0.091%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 17 25
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£380 £350 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.57% +16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £253 £192
10% offered a daily rate of more than £508 £435 £380
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £294 £300
% change year-on-year
+22.55% -2.08%
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
52704 48932 53740
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 90.59% 92.69% 92.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 32323 29402 30051
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £230 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2063 2086 2672
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -5.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.18
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -8.57%

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 29 September 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 13 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 29 September 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 -35 6 £400 +13.87% 3
London -1 3 £508 +42.95% 1
South East -9 2 £375 +2.04%
Yorkshire - 1 - - 2
Milton Keynes - 1 £400 -
Buckinghamshire - 1 £400 -
North Yorkshire - - - - 1
Surrey - - - -
Chertsey - - - -
Harrogate - - - - 1
Weybridge - - - -
Woking - - - -
City of London - - - -

Functional Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 September 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 29 (87.88%) Functional Testing
2 22 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
3 20 (60.61%) SQL
4 16 (48.48%) User Stories
5 15 (45.45%) Test Scripting
6 13 (39.39%) QA
7 12 (36.36%) Java
8 10 (30.30%) Scrum
9 9 (27.27%) TDD
9 9 (27.27%) BDD
9 9 (27.27%) Enterprise Software
10 8 (24.24%) Oracle
11 7 (21.21%) C#
11 7 (21.21%) .NET
11 7 (21.21%) Test Automation
12 5 (15.15%) Linux
12 5 (15.15%) ISEB
13 4 (12.12%) QuickTest Pro
13 4 (12.12%) SQL Server
13 4 (12.12%) UNIX
13 4 (12.12%) Windows
13 4 (12.12%) User Acceptance Testing
13 4 (12.12%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 3 (9.09%) Performance Testing
14 3 (9.09%) Test Management
14 3 (9.09%) Security Cleared
14 3 (9.09%) V-Model
14 3 (9.09%) SAP CO
14 3 (9.09%) Banking
14 3 (9.09%) Selenium

Functional Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 September 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 3 (9.09%) SAP CO
1 3 (9.09%) SAP FI
1 3 (9.09%) SAP FI/CO
2 1 (3.03%) Cognos TM1
2 1 (3.03%) Cognos Controller
2 1 (3.03%) Cognos Business Intelligence
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (12.12%) SQL Server
2 2 (6.06%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 4 (12.12%) QuickTest Pro
2 3 (9.09%) Selenium
2 3 (9.09%) LoadRunner
3 2 (6.06%) JUnit
4 1 (3.03%) Rational Functional Tester
4 1 (3.03%) JIRA
General
1 3 (9.09%) Banking
1 3 (9.09%) Automotive
1 3 (9.09%) Manufacturing
2 2 (6.06%) Investment Banking
2 2 (6.06%) Finance
3 1 (3.03%) Retail
3 1 (3.03%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (21.21%) .NET
2 3 (9.09%) SOAP
2 3 (9.09%) Web Services
2 3 (9.09%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 9 (27.27%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 5 (15.15%) Linux
2 4 (12.12%) UNIX
2 4 (12.12%) Windows
3 2 (6.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (87.88%) Functional Testing
2 22 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
3 16 (48.48%) User Stories
4 15 (45.45%) Test Scripting
5 10 (30.30%) Scrum
6 9 (27.27%) TDD
6 9 (27.27%) BDD
7 7 (21.21%) Test Automation
8 4 (12.12%) User Acceptance Testing
9 3 (9.09%) Performance Testing
9 3 (9.09%) Test Management
9 3 (9.09%) V-Model
9 3 (9.09%) Software Testing
10 2 (6.06%) High Availability
10 2 (6.06%) Integration Testing
10 2 (6.06%) Multithreading
11 1 (3.03%) Procure-to-pay
11 1 (3.03%) Test Strategy
11 1 (3.03%) Waterfall
11 1 (3.03%) Automated Testing
Programming Languages
1 20 (60.61%) SQL
2 12 (36.36%) Java
3 7 (21.21%) C#
Qualifications
1 5 (15.15%) ISEB
2 4 (12.12%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 3 (9.09%) Security Cleared
4 2 (6.06%) SC Cleared
5 1 (3.03%) DV Cleared
5 1 (3.03%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (39.39%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (3.03%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (24.24%) Oracle
2 3 (9.09%) SAP
2 3 (9.09%) HP
3 2 (6.06%) Red Hat
4 1 (3.03%) Cognos
4 1 (3.03%) Siebel
4 1 (3.03%) IBM
4 1 (3.03%) Dell