The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Bedfordshire with a requirement for Functional Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Functional Testing over the 3 months to 26 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Functional Testing
East of England / Bedfordshire
Rank 34 35 38
Rank change year-on-year +1 +3  
Contract jobs citing Functional Testing 3 1 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bedfordshire 1.09% 0.33% 2.12%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.21% 0.37% 2.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 1 8
Median daily rate £425 £425 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -10.52%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £315 £350 £350
% change year-on-year -10.00% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £43.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year - +14.66%  

Functional Testing is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Bedfordshire with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Bedfordshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 248 269 357
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Bedfordshire 90.18% 88.20% 84.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 179 181 270
Median daily rate £450 £450 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -5.26%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £325 £320
10% offered a daily rate of more than £570 £600 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £398
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.62%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 17 16
Median hourly rate £16.00 £47.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -66.31% +18.75%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £15.40 £20.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £50.68 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.75 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.09% +29.16%  

Functional Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in Bedfordshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Bedfordshire citing Functional Testing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Functional Testing in Bedfordshire

Functional Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Functional Testing in Bedfordshire

Functional Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire

For the 6 months to 26 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Functional Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Bedfordshire region with a requirement for Functional Testing.

1 3 (75.00%) User Acceptance Testing
2 2 (50.00%) Data Loss Prevention
2 2 (50.00%) GDPR
2 2 (50.00%) Cybersecurity
2 2 (50.00%) SDLC
2 2 (50.00%) Defect Management
2 2 (50.00%) Use Case
2 2 (50.00%) Change Management
2 2 (50.00%) Risk Assessment
2 2 (50.00%) Information Security
2 2 (50.00%) GAP Analysis
2 2 (50.00%) Data Analysis
2 2 (50.00%) Business Analysis
2 2 (50.00%) Data Protection Act
2 2 (50.00%) Data Protection
2 2 (50.00%) Data Mapping
2 2 (50.00%) PCI DSS
3 1 (25.00%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (25.00%) WebDriver
3 1 (25.00%) Cucumber
3 1 (25.00%) BDD
3 1 (25.00%) Behat
3 1 (25.00%) Mobile App
3 1 (25.00%) QA
3 1 (25.00%) Selenium
3 1 (25.00%) Scrum
3 1 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (25.00%) PHP
3 1 (25.00%) HP
3 1 (25.00%) Regression Testing

Functional Testing
Top Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire 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:

Development Applications
1 1 (25.00%) Cucumber
1 1 (25.00%) Selenium
1 1 (25.00%) WebDriver
Job Titles
1 3 (75.00%) Analyst
2 2 (50.00%) Business Analyst
2 2 (50.00%) Senior Analyst
2 2 (50.00%) Senior Business Analyst
3 1 (25.00%) Automation Test Analyst
3 1 (25.00%) Functional Tester
3 1 (25.00%) QA Analyst
3 1 (25.00%) QA Automation Analyst
3 1 (25.00%) QA Automation Engineer
3 1 (25.00%) QA Engineer
3 1 (25.00%) QA Test Analyst
3 1 (25.00%) QA Test Engineer
3 1 (25.00%) Test Analyst
3 1 (25.00%) Test Automation Engineer
3 1 (25.00%) Test Engineer
3 1 (25.00%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (25.00%) Behat
Miscellaneous
1 2 (50.00%) Data Protection Act
2 1 (25.00%) Mobile App
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (75.00%) User Acceptance Testing
2 2 (50.00%) Business Analysis
2 2 (50.00%) Change Management
2 2 (50.00%) Cybersecurity
2 2 (50.00%) Data Analysis
2 2 (50.00%) Data Loss Prevention
2 2 (50.00%) Data Mapping
2 2 (50.00%) Data Protection
2 2 (50.00%) Defect Management
2 2 (50.00%) GAP Analysis
2 2 (50.00%) Information Security
2 2 (50.00%) Risk Assessment
2 2 (50.00%) SDLC
2 2 (50.00%) Use Case
3 1 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (25.00%) BDD
3 1 (25.00%) Regression Testing
3 1 (25.00%) Scrum
3 1 (25.00%) Stress Testing
Programming Languages
1 1 (25.00%) PHP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (50.00%) GDPR
1 2 (50.00%) PCI DSS
2 1 (25.00%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (25.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (25.00%) HP