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 25 June 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.

Functional Testing
North West / Manchester
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 84 90 76
Rank change year-on-year +6 -14  
Contract jobs citing Functional Testing 4 13 18
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 0.29% 0.74% 1.19%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.37% 0.89% 1.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 4 12
Median daily rate £370 £388 £356
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.51% +8.77%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £254 £358 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £374 £400 £411
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +7.14% +7.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £30.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +33.33% -14.28%  

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 1095 1459 1158
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Manchester 80.16% 82.57% 76.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 628 878 687
Median daily rate £400 £400 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +10.34%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 20 33
Median hourly rate £19.50 £16.00 £16.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.87% -4.90%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.30 £11.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £41.80 £37.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

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
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Functional Testing in Manchester over the 3 months to 25 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Functional Testing in Manchester

For the 6 months to 25 June 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 5 (45.45%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (36.36%) Java
2 4 (36.36%) Test Automation
2 4 (36.36%) Selenium
2 4 (36.36%) User Acceptance Testing
2 4 (36.36%) Non-Functional Testing
3 3 (27.27%) QA
3 3 (27.27%) SQL
3 3 (27.27%) XML
3 3 (27.27%) Scrum
4 2 (18.18%) Mainframe
4 2 (18.18%) C#
4 2 (18.18%) SOAP
4 2 (18.18%) JavaScript
4 2 (18.18%) CMS
4 2 (18.18%) JSON
4 2 (18.18%) Retail
4 2 (18.18%) Test Management
4 2 (18.18%) Jenkins
4 2 (18.18%) SoapUI
4 2 (18.18%) Test Strategy
4 2 (18.18%) BrowserStack
5 1 (9.09%) Cross-Browser Compatibility
5 1 (9.09%) Chai
5 1 (9.09%) Test Planning
5 1 (9.09%) SDLC
5 1 (9.09%) Defect Management
5 1 (9.09%) QA Automation
5 1 (9.09%) Selenium IDE
5 1 (9.09%) Integration Testing

Functional Testing
Co-occurring 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 2 (18.18%) CMS
2 1 (9.09%) EPiServer
Business Applications
1 1 (9.09%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 2 (18.18%) BrowserStack
Development Applications
1 4 (36.36%) Selenium
2 2 (18.18%) Jenkins
2 2 (18.18%) SoapUI
3 1 (9.09%) Cucumber
3 1 (9.09%) Git (software)
3 1 (9.09%) JIRA
3 1 (9.09%) Selenium IDE
General
1 2 (18.18%) Retail
Job Titles
1 5 (45.45%) Analyst
1 5 (45.45%) Test Analyst
2 3 (27.27%) Tester
3 2 (18.18%) Selenium Test Analyst
3 2 (18.18%) SQL Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) AS400 Test Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) Automation Tester
4 1 (9.09%) Functional Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) Functional Test Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) Lead Test Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) Mainframe Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) Mainframe Test Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) Migration Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) QA Automation Engineer
4 1 (9.09%) Senior Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) Senior Software Tester
4 1 (9.09%) Test Automation Engineer
4 1 (9.09%) Test Data Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) Test Leader
4 1 (9.09%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (27.27%) XML
2 2 (18.18%) JSON
2 2 (18.18%) SOAP
3 1 (9.09%) .NET
3 1 (9.09%) Chai
Miscellaneous
1 2 (18.18%) Mainframe
2 1 (9.09%) AS400
2 1 (9.09%) IBM Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 1 (9.09%) Android
1 1 (9.09%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (45.45%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (36.36%) Non-Functional Testing
2 4 (36.36%) Test Automation
2 4 (36.36%) User Acceptance Testing
3 3 (27.27%) Scrum
4 2 (18.18%) Test Management
4 2 (18.18%) Test Strategy
5 1 (9.09%) BDD
5 1 (9.09%) Data Migration
5 1 (9.09%) Integration Testing
5 1 (9.09%) Manual Testing
5 1 (9.09%) Migration
5 1 (9.09%) Release Management
5 1 (9.09%) Risk Management
5 1 (9.09%) SEO
5 1 (9.09%) Stakeholder Engagement
5 1 (9.09%) Stakeholder Management
5 1 (9.09%) TDD
5 1 (9.09%) Test Scripting
5 1 (9.09%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 4 (36.36%) Java
2 3 (27.27%) SQL
3 2 (18.18%) C#
3 2 (18.18%) JavaScript
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (27.27%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (9.09%) IBM
1 1 (9.09%) Microsoft