The table below looks at the statistics for Functional Testing skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Functional Testing over the 3 months to 27 August 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
27 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Functional Testing
Rank 528 517 520
Rank change year-on-year
-11 +3
Contract jobs citing Functional Testing 72 58 66
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.13% 0.11% 0.11%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.17% 0.15% 0.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 24 42
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£291 £398 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-26.85% +13.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £189 £225 £239
10% offered a daily rate of more than £405 £520 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £255 £398 £300
% change year-on-year
-35.84% +32.50%
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 Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
41303 39122 41685
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.30% 73.30% 70.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 25558 24009 24155
Average daily rate £410 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.50% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £360
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1135 1071 1478
Average hourly rate £23.00 £29.00 £31.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.68% -7.93%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £48.84 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-16.66% -3.22%

Functional Testing
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Functional Testing within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Functional Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Functional Testing
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Functional Testing within the UK.

Functional Testing Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Functional Testing
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Functional Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 27 August 2014.

Functional Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Functional Testing
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Functional Testing within the UK.

Functional Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Functional Testing
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Functional Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 27 August 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 -3 66 £291 -27.31% 7
South East +7 24 £290 -27.50% 1
London +1 21 £375 -18.91% 2
Hampshire -1 10 £375 -6.25% 1
South West -27 7 £200 -33.88%
City of London +27 6 £625 -
Yorkshire +13 6 £295 +7.27% 1
Surrey -3 6 £305 -23.75%
West Yorkshire - 6 £295 - 1
Scotland -19 4 £375 +66.66%
West Midlands - 4 - -
Berkshire +9 2 £311 -22.31%
Hertfordshire -16 2 - -
East of England -26 2 - -
Slough - 2 £311 -
West Sussex -2 1 - -
North West -8 1 - - 2
Leeds - 1 £450 - 1
Birmingham - 1 - -
Bristol - - - -
Crawley - - - -
Eastleigh - - - -
Gateshead - - - -
Hounslow - - - -
Isleworth - - - -
Luton - - - -
Manchester - - - - 1
Middlesbrough - - - -
Norwich - - - -
Reading - - - -

Functional Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Functional Testing also 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 that cited Functional Testing.

1 62 (42.47%) Oracle
2 57 (39.04%) ISTQB
3 50 (34.25%) Test Automation
4 45 (30.82%) SQL
5 44 (30.14%) HP
6 43 (29.45%) C#
6 43 (29.45%) .NET
7 42 (28.77%) Security Cleared
8 40 (27.40%) QuickTest Pro
9 38 (26.03%) Test Scripting
10 37 (25.34%) ISEB
11 35 (23.97%) SC Cleared
12 33 (22.60%) CRM
13 32 (21.92%) HTML
13 32 (21.92%) Microsoft
14 31 (21.23%) JavaScript
14 31 (21.23%) QA
15 30 (20.55%) User Acceptance Testing
15 30 (20.55%) HP Quality Center
15 30 (20.55%) VB
15 30 (20.55%) Regression Testing
15 30 (20.55%) Finance
16 28 (19.18%) JSP
17 27 (18.49%) ASP.NET
18 26 (17.81%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
19 24 (16.44%) Agile Software Development
20 22 (15.07%) Integration Testing
21 21 (14.38%) Oracle Reports
22 19 (13.01%) Software Testing
23 17 (11.64%) Test Management

Functional Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Functional Testing also 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 that cited Functional Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 4 (2.74%) WebLogic
2 2 (1.37%) Apache
2 2 (1.37%) Tomcat
2 2 (1.37%) Alfresco
2 2 (1.37%) Liferay
3 1 (0.68%) SharePoint
Applications
1 6 (4.11%) MS Excel
2 5 (3.42%) MS Office
3 1 (0.68%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.68%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 6 (4.11%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (1.37%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.37%) Oracle BPM
3 1 (0.68%) SAP SD
3 1 (0.68%) SAP FI-CA
3 1 (0.68%) Summit
3 1 (0.68%) SAP PM
3 1 (0.68%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.37%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (1.37%) PaaS
1 2 (1.37%) Office 365
1 2 (1.37%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 7 (4.79%) Internet
2 5 (3.42%) Wireshark
3 4 (2.74%) HTTP
4 2 (1.37%) HTTPS
4 2 (1.37%) FTP
5 1 (0.68%) PBX
5 1 (0.68%) PuTTY
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (14.38%) Oracle Reports
2 9 (6.16%) SQL Server
3 4 (2.74%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (2.05%) Relational Database
5 2 (1.37%) DB2
5 2 (1.37%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.68%) Oracle ODI
6 1 (0.68%) Crystal Reports
6 1 (0.68%) Star Schema
6 1 (0.68%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (0.68%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 40 (27.40%) QuickTest Pro
2 14 (9.59%) Selenium
3 9 (6.16%) SoapUI
3 9 (6.16%) JIRA
4 8 (5.48%) Visual Studio
4 8 (5.48%) Team Foundation Server
5 7 (4.79%) JUnit
6 6 (4.11%) MSTest
6 6 (4.11%) LoadRunner
7 5 (3.42%) Toad
7 5 (3.42%) TestDirector
7 5 (3.42%) Jenkins
8 4 (2.74%) Calabash
8 4 (2.74%) Rational DOORS
8 4 (2.74%) Oracle APEX
8 4 (2.74%) MSI
8 4 (2.74%) ClearCase
8 4 (2.74%) DbUnit
8 4 (2.74%) SpecFlow
9 3 (2.05%) Git (software)
General
1 30 (20.55%) Finance
2 11 (7.53%) Banking
3 9 (6.16%) Retail
4 5 (3.42%) Retail Banking
5 4 (2.74%) Telecoms
5 4 (2.74%) Military
6 2 (1.37%) Advertising
6 2 (1.37%) Games
7 1 (0.68%) Back Office
7 1 (0.68%) Electronics
7 1 (0.68%) Billing
7 1 (0.68%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.68%) Corporate Banking
7 1 (0.68%) Dutch Language
7 1 (0.68%) French Language
7 1 (0.68%) German Language
7 1 (0.68%) Welsh Language
Job Titles
1 53 (36.30%) Analyst
2 46 (31.51%) Test Analyst
3 32 (21.92%) Test Manager
4 24 (16.44%) Tester
5 9 (6.16%) Consultant
5 9 (6.16%) QA Analyst
6 8 (5.48%) Automation Tester
6 8 (5.48%) Test Consultant
7 7 (4.79%) Functional Analyst
7 7 (4.79%) Test Engineer
7 7 (4.79%) Test Leader
7 7 (4.79%) Functional Test Analyst
8 5 (3.42%) Functional Tester
9 4 (2.74%) Integration Tester
9 4 (2.74%) Systems Tester
9 4 (2.74%) Applications Packager
10 3 (2.05%) Developer
10 3 (2.05%) Quality Analyst
11 2 (1.37%) Performance Analyst
11 2 (1.37%) Siebel Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (29.45%) .NET
2 32 (21.92%) HTML
3 28 (19.18%) JSP
4 27 (18.49%) ASP.NET
5 12 (8.22%) Web Services
5 12 (8.22%) XML
6 6 (4.11%) SOAP
7 5 (3.42%) jQuery
8 4 (2.74%) REST
8 4 (2.74%) OLE
9 3 (2.05%) JSON
10 2 (1.37%) Velocity
10 2 (1.37%) JSR 168
10 2 (1.37%) WCF
10 2 (1.37%) Spring
10 2 (1.37%) XSLT
10 2 (1.37%) ODBC
10 2 (1.37%) XHTML
10 2 (1.37%) SAML
10 2 (1.37%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 4 (2.74%) NHS
1 4 (2.74%) CMDB
1 4 (2.74%) Mobile App
2 3 (2.05%) Data Integration
2 3 (2.05%) Open Source
3 2 (1.37%) Enterprise Software
3 2 (1.37%) Mobile Payment
3 2 (1.37%) Online Games
3 2 (1.37%) Informatics
4 1 (0.68%) Reference Data
4 1 (0.68%) Data Extraction
4 1 (0.68%) SWIFT
4 1 (0.68%) Digital Media
4 1 (0.68%) Credit Risk
4 1 (0.68%) Market Risk
4 1 (0.68%) RIA
4 1 (0.68%) IVR
4 1 (0.68%) STB
4 1 (0.68%) Streaming Media
4 1 (0.68%) IPTV
Operating Systems
1 11 (7.53%) Windows
2 8 (5.48%) Solaris
3 7 (4.79%) Linux
3 7 (4.79%) UNIX
4 4 (2.74%) Windows Server 2003
4 4 (2.74%) Windows Server 2008
4 4 (2.74%) Windows 7
4 4 (2.74%) Windows XP
5 1 (0.68%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 50 (34.25%) Test Automation
2 38 (26.03%) Test Scripting
3 33 (22.60%) CRM
4 30 (20.55%) Regression Testing
4 30 (20.55%) User Acceptance Testing
5 24 (16.44%) Agile Software Development
6 22 (15.07%) Integration Testing
7 19 (13.01%) Software Testing
8 17 (11.64%) Project Management
8 17 (11.64%) Test Management
8 17 (11.64%) Test Strategy
9 13 (8.90%) Automated Testing
9 13 (8.90%) Knowledge Management
10 11 (7.53%) Scrum
10 11 (7.53%) System Testing
11 10 (6.85%) Migration
11 10 (6.85%) E-Commerce
12 9 (6.16%) ETL
12 9 (6.16%) Data Migration
13 8 (5.48%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 45 (30.82%) SQL
2 43 (29.45%) C#
3 31 (21.23%) JavaScript
4 30 (20.55%) VB
5 14 (9.59%) Java
6 4 (2.74%) VBScript
7 2 (1.37%) C
7 2 (1.37%) C++
7 2 (1.37%) VB.NET
7 2 (1.37%) Shell Script
7 2 (1.37%) Groovy
7 2 (1.37%) Scala
8 1 (0.68%) JCL
8 1 (0.68%) Ruby
8 1 (0.68%) Python
8 1 (0.68%) Perl
Qualifications
1 57 (39.04%) ISTQB
2 42 (28.77%) Security Cleared
3 37 (25.34%) ISEB
4 35 (23.97%) SC Cleared
5 26 (17.81%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 12 (8.22%) DV Cleared
7 7 (4.79%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 3 (2.05%) ISEB Practitioner
9 2 (1.37%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 2 (1.37%) Degree
10 1 (0.68%) BC Cleared
10 1 (0.68%) SAP Certification
10 1 (0.68%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (21.23%) QA
2 1 (0.68%) Basel III
2 1 (0.68%) Data Quality
2 1 (0.68%) EMIR
2 1 (0.68%) Dodd-Frank
System Software
1 4 (2.74%) Microsoft App-V
1 4 (2.74%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 30 (20.55%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.37%) nmon
2 2 (1.37%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 1 (0.68%) Oracle EDQ
Vendors
1 62 (42.47%) Oracle
2 44 (30.14%) HP
3 32 (21.92%) Microsoft
4 4 (2.74%) SAP
4 4 (2.74%) Citrix
4 4 (2.74%) LANDesk
5 3 (2.05%) Pega
5 3 (2.05%) Mercator
5 3 (2.05%) Siebel
6 2 (1.37%) IBM
6 2 (1.37%) JBoss
6 2 (1.37%) Dell
6 2 (1.37%) GigaSpaces
7 1 (0.68%) CA
7 1 (0.68%) Brady
7 1 (0.68%) Business Objects
7 1 (0.68%) Murex
7 1 (0.68%) Calypso