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 29 January 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
29 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Functional Testing
Rank 459 463 403
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -60
Contract jobs citing Functional Testing 112 96 129
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.22% 0.20% 0.28%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.30% 0.26% 0.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 62 61 83
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£350 £325 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -13.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £226 £201 £248
10% offered a daily rate of more than £474 £450 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 2
Average hourly rate £35.00 £80.00 £19.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-56.25% +315.58%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.55 £80.00 £11.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £63.75 £80.00 £26.65
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 - £10.00

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
37746 36266 32728
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 75.34% 74.25% 72.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 24225 22016 19460
Average daily rate £420 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+6.00% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 992 1106 1306
Average hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.40% -10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £46.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £27.50 £31.07
% change year-on-year
-5.45% -11.49%

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 29 January 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
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Functional Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 29 January 2015.

Functional Testing Hourly Rate Histogram 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 29 January 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 +14 106 £355 +9.23% 30
London +32 48 £355 +1.42% 8
South East -11 17 £375 +50.00% 4
City of London +19 14 £325 +2.76% 1
South West -10 11 £455 +61.77% 2
East of England +4 8 £463 +27.58% 4
North West +4 7 £275 -4.43% 3
Hampshire -24 7 £325 +9.98%
West Midlands +6 6 £228 - 2
Manchester 0 5 £275 -4.43% 3
Berkshire +5 4 £350 -6.66% 2
Yorkshire -18 4 £375 +15.38% 6
East Midlands +19 3 £295 -
Scotland -6 3 £275 -
West Yorkshire -10 3 £500 +53.84% 5
Leeds -15 3 £500 +63.93% 4
Edinburgh - 3 £275 -
Reading +10 2 £350 -6.66% 1
North East -11 2 £253 -2.88% 1
Cambridgeshire -12 2 - - 2
Docklands, London - 2 £400 - 1
Newcastle upon Tyne - 2 £253 - 1
Basingstoke - 2 £325 -
Bristol - 2 £298 - 1
Tyne and Wear - 2 £253 - 1
Hertfordshire 0 1 £210 -53.33% 2
South Yorkshire -1 1 £250 -35.48%
Glasgow -2 1 - -
Suffolk -3 1 £60 -
Lancashire - 1 - -

Functional Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 January 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 80 (34.04%) Agile Software Development
2 70 (29.79%) User Acceptance Testing
3 67 (28.51%) SQL
4 64 (27.23%) HP
5 62 (26.38%) Oracle
6 60 (25.53%) ISTQB
7 59 (25.11%) Test Scripting
8 53 (22.55%) ISEB
9 51 (21.70%) HP Quality Center
10 47 (20.00%) Test Automation
11 45 (19.15%) Finance
12 40 (17.02%) Security Cleared
13 38 (16.17%) QuickTest Pro
14 34 (14.47%) Software Testing
15 33 (14.04%) Regression Testing
15 33 (14.04%) .NET
16 32 (13.62%) Java
16 32 (13.62%) Scrum
16 32 (13.62%) Test Management
17 30 (12.77%) JavaScript
18 29 (12.34%) CRM
18 29 (12.34%) Microsoft
19 28 (11.91%) Integration Testing
19 28 (11.91%) Test Strategy
20 27 (11.49%) SoapUI
20 27 (11.49%) System Testing
20 27 (11.49%) Project Management
20 27 (11.49%) QA
20 27 (11.49%) Automated Testing
21 25 (10.64%) SC Cleared

Functional Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 January 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 6 (2.55%) Apache
1 6 (2.55%) Tomcat
2 5 (2.13%) WebLogic
3 3 (1.28%) Alfresco
3 3 (1.28%) Liferay
4 2 (0.85%) Oracle Service Bus
4 2 (0.85%) WebSphere
4 2 (0.85%) CMS
4 2 (0.85%) SharePoint
4 2 (0.85%) WebLogic Portal
5 1 (0.43%) JBoss
5 1 (0.43%) IIS
5 1 (0.43%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (0.43%) Confluence
Applications
1 14 (5.96%) MS Excel
2 12 (5.11%) MS Office
3 7 (2.98%) MS Project
4 6 (2.55%) MS PowerPoint
4 6 (2.55%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.85%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (2.98%) Oracle EBS
2 4 (1.70%) SAP PP
3 3 (1.28%) Oracle Financials
3 3 (1.28%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.85%) Oracle Retail
4 2 (0.85%) Cognos Controller
4 2 (0.85%) Cognos TM1
4 2 (0.85%) SAP SD
5 1 (0.43%) SAP HR
5 1 (0.43%) SAP MM
5 1 (0.43%) Oracle HRMS
5 1 (0.43%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.43%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.43%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.43%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 1 (0.43%) SAP FI-CA
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.28%) GitHub
2 2 (0.85%) SaaS
3 1 (0.43%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 11 (4.68%) Wireshark
2 3 (1.28%) DAB
3 1 (0.43%) Intranet
3 1 (0.43%) Internet
3 1 (0.43%) SAN
3 1 (0.43%) iSCSI
3 1 (0.43%) PuTTY
3 1 (0.43%) FCoE
3 1 (0.43%) Fibre Channel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (10.21%) Oracle Reports
2 9 (3.83%) Data Warehouse
3 4 (1.70%) Oracle ODI
4 3 (1.28%) SQL Server
4 3 (1.28%) Oracle OWB
4 3 (1.28%) Oracle Database
5 2 (0.85%) MongoDB
5 2 (0.85%) Relational Database
5 2 (0.85%) EDMS
5 2 (0.85%) DataStage
6 1 (0.43%) SAP BW
6 1 (0.43%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.43%) Star Schema
6 1 (0.43%) Data Mining
6 1 (0.43%) DB2
6 1 (0.43%) Crystal Reports
6 1 (0.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 38 (16.17%) QuickTest Pro
2 27 (11.49%) SoapUI
3 24 (10.21%) JUnit
4 21 (8.94%) LoadRunner
4 21 (8.94%) JIRA
5 17 (7.23%) Rational Functional Tester
5 17 (7.23%) Selenium
6 13 (5.53%) Rational DOORS
7 12 (5.11%) ClearCase
8 10 (4.26%) DbUnit
9 8 (3.40%) Cucumber
10 7 (2.98%) RequisitePro
10 7 (2.98%) JMeter
10 7 (2.98%) Subversion
11 6 (2.55%) Jenkins
11 6 (2.55%) Rational Robot
12 4 (1.70%) QAComplete
12 4 (1.70%) Team Foundation Server
13 3 (1.28%) Eclipse
13 3 (1.28%) IntelliJ
General
1 45 (19.15%) Finance
2 23 (9.79%) Banking
3 11 (4.68%) Retail
4 4 (1.70%) Telecoms
4 4 (1.70%) Games
5 3 (1.28%) Legal
5 3 (1.28%) Investment Banking
6 2 (0.85%) Retail Banking
6 2 (0.85%) Manufacturing
6 2 (0.85%) Publishing
7 1 (0.43%) Front Office
7 1 (0.43%) Back Office
7 1 (0.43%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.43%) Local Government
7 1 (0.43%) Dutch Language
7 1 (0.43%) French Language
7 1 (0.43%) Polish Language
7 1 (0.43%) Avionics
Job Titles
1 91 (38.72%) Analyst
2 83 (35.32%) Test Analyst
3 56 (23.83%) Tester
4 38 (16.17%) Test Manager
5 32 (13.62%) Functional Analyst
5 32 (13.62%) Functional Test Analyst
6 21 (8.94%) Test Leader
7 18 (7.66%) Functional Tester
8 15 (6.38%) Test Engineer
9 9 (3.83%) Senior Analyst
10 7 (2.98%) Systems Engineer
10 7 (2.98%) Integration Engineer
11 6 (2.55%) Automation Tester
11 6 (2.55%) Automation Analyst
11 6 (2.55%) Systems Integration Engineer
11 6 (2.55%) Senior Tester
11 6 (2.55%) Systems Test Engineer
11 6 (2.55%) Consultant
12 5 (2.13%) QA Tester
12 5 (2.13%) Senior Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (14.04%) .NET
2 24 (10.21%) HTML
3 21 (8.94%) JSP
4 19 (8.09%) ASP.NET
5 15 (6.38%) SOAP
6 14 (5.96%) XML
7 11 (4.68%) Web Services
7 11 (4.68%) jQuery
8 6 (2.55%) Spring
9 4 (1.70%) Oracle Fusion
10 3 (1.28%) XSLT
10 3 (1.28%) Struts
11 2 (0.85%) REST
11 2 (0.85%) Velocity
11 2 (0.85%) JSR 168
11 2 (0.85%) Servlets
11 2 (0.85%) J2EE
11 2 (0.85%) XHTML
12 1 (0.43%) OLE
12 1 (0.43%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 13 (5.53%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (3.40%) Management Information System
3 6 (2.55%) Mobile App
4 5 (2.13%) Computer Science
4 5 (2.13%) Open Source
4 5 (2.13%) User Experience
5 4 (1.70%) Over-the-Top Content
5 4 (1.70%) Data Integration
5 4 (1.70%) Video on Demand
5 4 (1.70%) Streaming Media
5 4 (1.70%) IPTV
5 4 (1.70%) STB
5 4 (1.70%) W3C
5 4 (1.70%) EPoS
6 3 (1.28%) Online Games
7 2 (0.85%) Mobile Payment
7 2 (0.85%) Fixed Income
7 2 (0.85%) NHS
8 1 (0.43%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.43%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 12 (5.11%) Linux
2 9 (3.83%) Windows
3 6 (2.55%) UNIX
3 6 (2.55%) Solaris
4 3 (1.28%) Windows XP
4 3 (1.28%) Windows 7
4 3 (1.28%) Android
4 3 (1.28%) Apple iOS
5 2 (0.85%) Windows 8
6 1 (0.43%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (0.43%) Windows 2000
6 1 (0.43%) AIX
6 1 (0.43%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.43%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 80 (34.04%) Agile Software Development
2 70 (29.79%) User Acceptance Testing
3 59 (25.11%) Test Scripting
4 47 (20.00%) Test Automation
5 34 (14.47%) Software Testing
6 33 (14.04%) Regression Testing
7 32 (13.62%) Scrum
7 32 (13.62%) Test Management
8 29 (12.34%) CRM
9 28 (11.91%) Integration Testing
9 28 (11.91%) Test Strategy
10 27 (11.49%) System Testing
10 27 (11.49%) Project Management
10 27 (11.49%) Automated Testing
11 24 (10.21%) Manual Testing
12 22 (9.36%) ETL
13 21 (8.94%) Knowledge Management
14 19 (8.09%) Waterfall
14 19 (8.09%) Migration
15 17 (7.23%) Data Migration
Programming Languages
1 67 (28.51%) SQL
2 32 (13.62%) Java
3 30 (12.77%) JavaScript
4 23 (9.79%) C#
5 19 (8.09%) VB
6 7 (2.98%) PL/SQL
7 5 (2.13%) C++
7 5 (2.13%) C
8 4 (1.70%) Ruby
8 4 (1.70%) Perl
9 3 (1.28%) Python
9 3 (1.28%) Bash Shell
10 2 (0.85%) Scala
10 2 (0.85%) Groovy
11 1 (0.43%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.43%) ABAP
11 1 (0.43%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.43%) VBScript
11 1 (0.43%) RPG
Qualifications
1 60 (25.53%) ISTQB
2 53 (22.55%) ISEB
3 40 (17.02%) Security Cleared
4 25 (10.64%) SC Cleared
5 21 (8.94%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 18 (7.66%) Degree
7 15 (6.38%) DV Cleared
8 12 (5.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 5 (2.13%) BC Cleared
10 3 (1.28%) ITIL Certification
11 2 (0.85%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (11.49%) QA
2 1 (0.43%) COREP
2 1 (0.43%) FATCA
2 1 (0.43%) Data Quality
System Software
1 2 (0.85%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (0.43%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 51 (21.70%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (0.85%) SCCM
3 1 (0.43%) Oracle EDQ
Vendors
1 64 (27.23%) HP
2 62 (26.38%) Oracle
3 29 (12.34%) Microsoft
4 18 (7.66%) IBM
5 13 (5.53%) SAP
6 3 (1.28%) Northgate
6 3 (1.28%) GigaSpaces
7 2 (0.85%) Orchard
7 2 (0.85%) Cognos
7 2 (0.85%) Apple
8 1 (0.43%) Mercator
8 1 (0.43%) JD Edwards
8 1 (0.43%) Veritas
8 1 (0.43%) CA
8 1 (0.43%) Citrix
8 1 (0.43%) PeopleSoft
8 1 (0.43%) Business Objects
8 1 (0.43%) Telerik
8 1 (0.43%) VMware
8 1 (0.43%) AppSense
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