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 24 April 2015 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
24 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Functional Testing
Rank 466 443 480
Rank change year-on-year
-23 +37
Contract jobs citing Functional Testing 128 157 79
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.23% 0.28% 0.16%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.30% 0.38% 0.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 68 94 44
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£328 £318 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.14% +5.83%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £242 £249
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £421
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £313 £300
% change year-on-year
+12.00% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 0
Average hourly rate £35.00 £95.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-63.15% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £110.00 -
% change year-on-year
-68.18% -

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
42559 41264 35676
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 76.38% 74.73% 73.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 26548 25722 21281
Average daily rate £415 £400 £408
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.75% -1.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £393 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+4.66% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1225 1158 1074
Average hourly rate £29.00 £30.00 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% -6.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £12.49 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £52.50 £54.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.50 £30.50 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -4.68%

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 24 April 2015.

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 24 April 2015. 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 -25 117 £338 +7.56% 23
London -15 34 £323 -7.85% 13
South East -3 32 £363 +2.83% 2
South West +15 17 £438 +34.61%
Surrey +14 17 £450 +32.35%
North West -9 13 £320 +8.47% 2
Gloucestershire - 13 £438 -
Scotland +7 9 £296 -21.00% 1
Manchester -7 8 £320 +16.36% 1
Hampshire -19 7 £338 -3.57%
Cheltenham - 6 £438 -
Leatherhead - 6 £450 -
East Midlands +8 5 £325 +13.04%
Edinburgh +6 5 £300 - 1
Berkshire -3 5 £340 +61.90%
Yorkshire -43 5 £319 +13.83% 3
Newcastle upon Tyne +11 4 £295 +9.25% 1
Tyne and Wear +6 4 £295 +9.25% 1
North East -3 4 £295 +9.25% 1
Leeds -32 4 £313 +11.60%
West Yorkshire -33 4 £313 +11.60%
Merseyside - 4 - - 1
Feltham - 4 £324 -
City of London +10 3 £344 +13.63%
Northamptonshire -8 3 - -
Liverpool - 3 - - 1
West Lothian - 3 £293 -
Wiltshire +13 2 £338 +8.00%
East of England +12 2 £450 +63.63% 1
Middlesex +6 2 £319 -29.16%

Functional Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 April 2015, 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 87 (35.95%) User Acceptance Testing
2 63 (26.03%) Agile Software Development
2 63 (26.03%) Test Scripting
3 58 (23.97%) SQL
4 49 (20.25%) Oracle
5 48 (19.83%) ISEB
6 47 (19.42%) Integration Testing
7 45 (18.60%) Software Testing
7 45 (18.60%) HP
7 45 (18.60%) Security Cleared
7 45 (18.60%) HP Quality Center
8 43 (17.77%) ISTQB
9 40 (16.53%) Finance
9 40 (16.53%) Test Management
10 33 (13.64%) Regression Testing
11 28 (11.57%) Test Automation
12 27 (11.16%) System Testing
12 27 (11.16%) Automated Testing
13 26 (10.74%) QA
14 25 (10.33%) Java
15 24 (9.92%) QuickTest Pro
16 23 (9.50%) LoadRunner
17 22 (9.09%) UNIX
17 22 (9.09%) Scrum
17 22 (9.09%) Rational Functional Tester
18 20 (8.26%) SC Cleared
18 20 (8.26%) Test Strategy
19 19 (7.85%) DV Cleared
20 18 (7.44%) Performance Testing
20 18 (7.44%) Analytical Skills

Functional Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 2015, 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 10 (4.13%) Apache
2 4 (1.65%) WebLogic
3 3 (1.24%) Tomcat
4 2 (0.83%) CMS
4 2 (0.83%) WebLogic Portal
4 2 (0.83%) Oracle Service Bus
5 1 (0.41%) Alfresco
5 1 (0.41%) Confluence
5 1 (0.41%) Liferay
5 1 (0.41%) JBoss
5 1 (0.41%) Documentum
5 1 (0.41%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.41%) IIS
Applications
1 12 (4.96%) MS Office
2 8 (3.31%) MS Excel
3 5 (2.07%) MS Project
4 4 (1.65%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (1.65%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.83%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (1.65%) Dynamics CRM
1 4 (1.65%) Oracle EBS
1 4 (1.65%) SAP PP
2 3 (1.24%) Oracle Financials
2 3 (1.24%) SAP HR
3 2 (0.83%) Oracle ERP
3 2 (0.83%) Northgate Housing
3 2 (0.83%) Oracle Retail
4 1 (0.41%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.41%) SAP HR-PA
4 1 (0.41%) PeopleSoft HRMS
4 1 (0.41%) SAP MM
4 1 (0.41%) SAP SD
4 1 (0.41%) Oracle HRMS
4 1 (0.41%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.41%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.41%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.24%) SaaS
2 2 (0.83%) SuccessFactors
3 1 (0.41%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 4 (1.65%) FTP
2 3 (1.24%) Wireshark
3 2 (0.83%) SAN
3 2 (0.83%) FCoE
3 2 (0.83%) Fibre Channel
3 2 (0.83%) iSCSI
4 1 (0.41%) Intranet
4 1 (0.41%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (3.31%) Oracle Reports
2 7 (2.89%) Data Warehouse
3 6 (2.48%) Oracle Database
4 4 (1.65%) SQL Server
5 3 (1.24%) Oracle ODI
5 3 (1.24%) Relational Database
5 3 (1.24%) Oracle OWB
5 3 (1.24%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 2 (0.83%) EDMS
6 2 (0.83%) MySQL
6 2 (0.83%) DB2
7 1 (0.41%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (0.41%) Data Mining
7 1 (0.41%) SQLPlus
7 1 (0.41%) DataStage
7 1 (0.41%) SAP BW
7 1 (0.41%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.41%) Essbase
Development Applications
1 24 (9.92%) QuickTest Pro
2 23 (9.50%) LoadRunner
3 22 (9.09%) Rational Functional Tester
4 17 (7.02%) Selenium
5 16 (6.61%) SoapUI
6 15 (6.20%) JIRA
7 10 (4.13%) JMeter
7 10 (4.13%) JUnit
8 8 (3.31%) RequisitePro
8 8 (3.31%) Rational Robot
9 4 (1.65%) Subversion
9 4 (1.65%) Cucumber
9 4 (1.65%) Rational DOORS
9 4 (1.65%) QAComplete
9 4 (1.65%) Jenkins
10 3 (1.24%) Git (software)
10 3 (1.24%) DbUnit
10 3 (1.24%) WebDriver
10 3 (1.24%) ClearCase
11 2 (0.83%) Maven
General
1 40 (16.53%) Finance
2 16 (6.61%) Banking
2 16 (6.61%) Retail
3 11 (4.55%) Billing
4 7 (2.89%) Telecoms
4 7 (2.89%) Legal
5 6 (2.48%) Manufacturing
6 4 (1.65%) Games
7 3 (1.24%) Back Office
8 2 (0.83%) Retail Banking
8 2 (0.83%) General Ledger
8 2 (0.83%) Publishing
8 2 (0.83%) Dutch Language
8 2 (0.83%) French Language
9 1 (0.41%) Polish Language
9 1 (0.41%) Advertising
9 1 (0.41%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 102 (42.15%) Analyst
2 93 (38.43%) Test Analyst
3 75 (30.99%) Tester
4 46 (19.01%) Functional Analyst
4 46 (19.01%) Functional Test Analyst
5 34 (14.05%) Test Manager
6 33 (13.64%) Functional Tester
7 14 (5.79%) Test Leader
8 9 (3.72%) Senior Analyst
9 8 (3.31%) Test Engineer
9 8 (3.31%) Consultant
10 7 (2.89%) SAP Consultant
10 7 (2.89%) Performance Tester
11 6 (2.48%) Software Tester
11 6 (2.48%) Siebel Analyst
12 5 (2.07%) Automation Tester
12 5 (2.07%) Manual Tester
12 5 (2.07%) Senior Test Analyst
12 5 (2.07%) Lead Test Analyst
13 4 (1.65%) Integration Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (7.02%) XML
2 16 (6.61%) .NET
2 16 (6.61%) SOAP
2 16 (6.61%) Web Services
3 9 (3.72%) J2EE
4 7 (2.89%) HTML
5 5 (2.07%) ASP.NET
6 4 (1.65%) Middleware
6 4 (1.65%) JSP
6 4 (1.65%) jQuery
6 4 (1.65%) Oracle Fusion
7 3 (1.24%) CSS
7 3 (1.24%) .NET Framework
8 2 (0.83%) XSD
8 2 (0.83%) XSLT
9 1 (0.41%) Twitter Bootstrap
9 1 (0.41%) ASP.NET MVC 4
9 1 (0.41%) Kendo UI
9 1 (0.41%) Entity Framework
9 1 (0.41%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 18 (7.44%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (3.31%) Management Information System
3 6 (2.48%) Mobile App
4 5 (2.07%) EPoS
5 4 (1.65%) User Experience
5 4 (1.65%) Online Games
5 4 (1.65%) Data Integration
5 4 (1.65%) Smart Meter
6 3 (1.24%) W3C
7 2 (0.83%) Device Driver
7 2 (0.83%) Fixed Income
7 2 (0.83%) Open Source
7 2 (0.83%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (0.83%) Mobile Payment
7 2 (0.83%) Computer Science
8 1 (0.41%) iSeries
8 1 (0.41%) Market Risk
8 1 (0.41%) RIA
8 1 (0.41%) Credit Risk
8 1 (0.41%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 22 (9.09%) UNIX
2 11 (4.55%) Windows
3 8 (3.31%) Linux
3 8 (3.31%) Windows 7
4 4 (1.65%) Solaris
5 3 (1.24%) Android
5 3 (1.24%) Apple iOS
6 2 (0.83%) Windows Server 2003
6 2 (0.83%) Windows XP
6 2 (0.83%) AIX
6 2 (0.83%) Windows 8
6 2 (0.83%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.41%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 87 (35.95%) User Acceptance Testing
2 63 (26.03%) Agile Software Development
2 63 (26.03%) Test Scripting
3 47 (19.42%) Integration Testing
4 45 (18.60%) Software Testing
5 40 (16.53%) Test Management
6 33 (13.64%) Regression Testing
7 28 (11.57%) Test Automation
8 27 (11.16%) System Testing
8 27 (11.16%) Automated Testing
9 22 (9.09%) Scrum
10 20 (8.26%) Test Strategy
11 18 (7.44%) Performance Testing
11 18 (7.44%) CRM
12 17 (7.02%) Manual Testing
13 15 (6.20%) Waterfall
14 14 (5.79%) Migration
14 14 (5.79%) ERP
15 13 (5.37%) Stakeholder Management
16 12 (4.96%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 58 (23.97%) SQL
2 25 (10.33%) Java
3 11 (4.55%) PL/SQL
4 10 (4.13%) C#
5 9 (3.72%) JavaScript
6 8 (3.31%) Perl
7 7 (2.89%) Python
7 7 (2.89%) C++
7 7 (2.89%) Ruby
8 6 (2.48%) Bash Shell
9 3 (1.24%) C
9 3 (1.24%) VB
9 3 (1.24%) VBA
10 2 (0.83%) Shell Script
10 2 (0.83%) T-SQL
10 2 (0.83%) VBScript
10 2 (0.83%) PowerShell
11 1 (0.41%) RPG
11 1 (0.41%) COBOL
11 1 (0.41%) PHP
Qualifications
1 48 (19.83%) ISEB
2 45 (18.60%) Security Cleared
3 43 (17.77%) ISTQB
4 20 (8.26%) SC Cleared
5 19 (7.85%) DV Cleared
6 17 (7.02%) Degree
7 10 (4.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 3 (1.24%) BC Cleared
8 3 (1.24%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 3 (1.24%) ITIL Certification
8 3 (1.24%) ISEB Practitioner
9 1 (0.41%) MCSE
9 1 (0.41%) CCNA
9 1 (0.41%) Cisco Certification
9 1 (0.41%) Microsoft Certification
9 1 (0.41%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (10.74%) QA
2 1 (0.41%) FATCA
2 1 (0.41%) COREP
System Software
1 4 (1.65%) Active Directory
2 2 (0.83%) Microsoft App-V
2 2 (0.83%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 45 (18.60%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (2.89%) SCCM
Vendors
1 49 (20.25%) Oracle
2 45 (18.60%) HP
3 15 (6.20%) IBM
3 15 (6.20%) Microsoft
4 13 (5.37%) SAP
5 6 (2.48%) VMware
5 6 (2.48%) Siebel
6 3 (1.24%) PeopleSoft
6 3 (1.24%) Ariba
6 3 (1.24%) Northgate
7 2 (0.83%) Orchard
7 2 (0.83%) Veritas
7 2 (0.83%) Apple
7 2 (0.83%) WorldPay
7 2 (0.83%) Twitter
8 1 (0.41%) GigaSpaces
8 1 (0.41%) WSO2
8 1 (0.41%) Kenexa
8 1 (0.41%) JD Edwards
8 1 (0.41%) Hyperion
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