The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Manchester 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
North West / Manchester
Rank 83 86 83
Rank change year-on-year +3 -3  
Contract jobs citing Functional Testing 7 20 15
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 0.54% 1.11% 0.92%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.66% 1.33% 1.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 11 7
Median daily rate £275 £500 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -45.00% +81.81%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £500 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £500 £320
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 Manchester with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Manchester
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 1059 1500 1272
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Manchester 81.03% 83.61% 78.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 681 906 678
Median daily rate £390 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.50% +3.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £284 £291 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £526
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £398
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.62%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 27 25
Median hourly rate £40.00 £27.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +48.14% +54.28%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.50 £15.10 £11.22
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £40.50
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 Manchester

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Manchester 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 Manchester

Functional Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Functional Testing in Manchester

Functional Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

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 Manchester region with a requirement for Functional Testing.

1 7 (58.33%) Java
1 7 (58.33%) Selenium
2 4 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (33.33%) TDD
2 4 (33.33%) User Acceptance Testing
2 4 (33.33%) SQL
2 4 (33.33%) XML
2 4 (33.33%) Regression Testing
2 4 (33.33%) QA
3 3 (25.00%) Scrum
3 3 (25.00%) C#
3 3 (25.00%) JavaScript
3 3 (25.00%) Test Management
3 3 (25.00%) Test Automation
3 3 (25.00%) BDD
3 3 (25.00%) JIRA
4 2 (16.67%) SOAP
4 2 (16.67%) JSON
4 2 (16.67%) Test Scripting
4 2 (16.67%) Rational Functional Tester
4 2 (16.67%) HP
4 2 (16.67%) LoadRunner
4 2 (16.67%) Configuration Management
4 2 (16.67%) Cucumber
4 2 (16.67%) SoapUI
4 2 (16.67%) Non-Functional Testing
4 2 (16.67%) Jenkins
4 2 (16.67%) Defect Management
4 2 (16.67%) QA Automation
5 1 (8.33%) Zephyr

Functional Testing
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester 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:

Application Platforms
1 1 (8.33%) CMS
Applications
1 1 (8.33%) MS Excel
1 1 (8.33%) MS PowerPoint
Development Applications
1 7 (58.33%) Selenium
2 3 (25.00%) JIRA
3 2 (16.67%) Cucumber
3 2 (16.67%) Jenkins
3 2 (16.67%) LoadRunner
3 2 (16.67%) Rational Functional Tester
3 2 (16.67%) SoapUI
4 1 (8.33%) Git (software)
4 1 (8.33%) HP UFT
4 1 (8.33%) JMeter
4 1 (8.33%) JUnit
4 1 (8.33%) Selenium IDE
4 1 (8.33%) WebDriver
4 1 (8.33%) Zephyr
General
1 1 (8.33%) Finance
1 1 (8.33%) Legal
1 1 (8.33%) Retail
Job Titles
1 4 (33.33%) Analyst
1 4 (33.33%) Test Analyst
2 3 (25.00%) Tester
3 2 (16.67%) Automation Tester
3 2 (16.67%) QA Automation Engineer
3 2 (16.67%) QA Engineer
3 2 (16.67%) Selenium Test Analyst
3 2 (16.67%) SQL Analyst
3 2 (16.67%) Test Automation Engineer
4 1 (8.33%) Applications Tester
4 1 (8.33%) Automation Engineer
4 1 (8.33%) Data Migration Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Developer in Test
4 1 (8.33%) LoadRunner Tester
4 1 (8.33%) Migration Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Selenium Automation Tester
4 1 (8.33%) Selenium Tester
4 1 (8.33%) Test Automation Developer
4 1 (8.33%) Test Data Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Web Applications Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (33.33%) XML
2 2 (16.67%) JSON
2 2 (16.67%) SOAP
3 1 (8.33%) .NET
3 1 (8.33%) Chai
3 1 (8.33%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 1 (8.33%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 1 (8.33%) Android
1 1 (8.33%) Apple iOS
1 1 (8.33%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
1 4 (33.33%) Regression Testing
1 4 (33.33%) TDD
1 4 (33.33%) User Acceptance Testing
2 3 (25.00%) BDD
2 3 (25.00%) Scrum
2 3 (25.00%) Test Automation
2 3 (25.00%) Test Management
3 2 (16.67%) Configuration Management
3 2 (16.67%) Defect Management
3 2 (16.67%) Non-Functional Testing
3 2 (16.67%) QA Automation
3 2 (16.67%) Test Scripting
4 1 (8.33%) Automated Testing
4 1 (8.33%) Continuous Integration
4 1 (8.33%) Data Migration
4 1 (8.33%) Integration Testing
4 1 (8.33%) Security Testing
4 1 (8.33%) Stakeholder Engagement
4 1 (8.33%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 7 (58.33%) Java
2 4 (33.33%) SQL
3 3 (25.00%) C#
3 3 (25.00%) JavaScript
4 1 (8.33%) Bash Shell
4 1 (8.33%) C++
4 1 (8.33%) Perl
4 1 (8.33%) PHP
4 1 (8.33%) PL/SQL
4 1 (8.33%) Python
4 1 (8.33%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 1 (8.33%) DV Cleared
1 1 (8.33%) ISEB
1 1 (8.33%) ISTQB
1 1 (8.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
1 1 (8.33%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (33.33%) QA
Vendors
1 2 (16.67%) HP
2 1 (8.33%) Microsoft