The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West 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 24 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
England / North West
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 120 130 91
Rank change year-on-year +10 -39  
Contract jobs citing Functional Testing 15 25 63
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.52% 0.66% 1.68%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.64% 0.80% 2.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 13 44
Median daily rate £363 £350 £393
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.57% -10.82%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £313 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £395 £668
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 the North West with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 2350 3136 2943
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 81.03% 82.31% 78.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 1388 1972 1711
Median daily rate £410 £415 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.20% +9.21%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 98 77 129
Median hourly rate £40.00 £29.25 £33.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.75% -11.36%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.58 £14.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £53.00 £57.75
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 the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West 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 the North West

Functional Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Functional Testing in the North West

Functional Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Functional Testing in the North West over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Functional Testing in the North West

Functional Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Functional Testing in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Functional Testing in the North West

Functional Testing
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Functional Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 24 June 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Cheshire +29 5 £363 - 3
Manchester +2 4 £370 -4.51% 6
Merseyside -5 4 - - 3
Lancashire +8 2 £400 +25.00% 1
Functional Testing
England

For the 6 months to 24 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 North West region with a requirement for Functional Testing.

1 15 (55.56%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (40.74%) Test Automation
3 10 (37.04%) SQL
4 9 (33.33%) Integration Testing
5 8 (29.63%) Selenium
5 8 (29.63%) Java
5 8 (29.63%) Regression Testing
5 8 (29.63%) Non-Functional Testing
6 7 (25.93%) Scrum
6 7 (25.93%) User Acceptance Testing
6 7 (25.93%) QA
6 7 (25.93%) Test Management
6 7 (25.93%) Software Testing
6 7 (25.93%) JIRA
6 7 (25.93%) System Testing
7 6 (22.22%) Test Strategy
7 6 (22.22%) JavaScript
7 6 (22.22%) XML
7 6 (22.22%) Defect Management
8 5 (18.52%) Web Services
9 4 (14.81%) HTML
9 4 (14.81%) ETL
9 4 (14.81%) HP
9 4 (14.81%) ISEB
9 4 (14.81%) Internet
9 4 (14.81%) Validation
9 4 (14.81%) BDD
9 4 (14.81%) HP Quality Center
9 4 (14.81%) ISTQB
10 3 (11.11%) SQL Server Integration Services

Functional Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 3 (11.11%) ColdFusion
2 2 (7.41%) CMS
3 1 (3.70%) EPiServer
Business Applications
1 1 (3.70%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 2 (7.41%) BrowserStack
2 1 (3.70%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 4 (14.81%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (11.11%) Relational Database
1 3 (11.11%) SQL Server
1 3 (11.11%) SQL Server Analysis Services
1 3 (11.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 3 (11.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 2 (7.41%) Big Data
2 2 (7.41%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 8 (29.63%) Selenium
2 7 (25.93%) JIRA
3 3 (11.11%) Jenkins
3 3 (11.11%) SoapUI
3 3 (11.11%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (11.11%) WebDriver
4 2 (7.41%) Git (software)
5 1 (3.70%) Ant
5 1 (3.70%) CruiseControl
5 1 (3.70%) Cucumber
5 1 (3.70%) EasyMock
5 1 (3.70%) JBehave
5 1 (3.70%) JUnit
5 1 (3.70%) Maven
5 1 (3.70%) Mockito
5 1 (3.70%) Selenium IDE
5 1 (3.70%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 3 (11.11%) Retail
2 2 (7.41%) Banking
2 2 (7.41%) Manufacturing
3 1 (3.70%) Corporate Banking
3 1 (3.70%) Finance
3 1 (3.70%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 15 (55.56%) Analyst
1 15 (55.56%) Test Analyst
2 6 (22.22%) Tester
3 5 (18.52%) SQL Analyst
4 3 (11.11%) Systems Analyst
4 3 (11.11%) Systems Test Analyst
4 3 (11.11%) Test Data Analyst
5 2 (7.41%) Data Warehouse Analyst
5 2 (7.41%) Data Warehouse Test Analyst
5 2 (7.41%) Functional Tester
5 2 (7.41%) Non-Functional Tester
5 2 (7.41%) QA Tester
5 2 (7.41%) Selenium Test Analyst
5 2 (7.41%) SQL Data Analyst
5 2 (7.41%) Test Manager
6 1 (3.70%) Java Solutions Architect
6 1 (3.70%) Mainframe Analyst
6 1 (3.70%) Mainframe Test Analyst
6 1 (3.70%) Migration Analyst
6 1 (3.70%) Splunk Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (22.22%) XML
2 5 (18.52%) Web Services
3 4 (14.81%) HTML
4 3 (11.11%) J2EE
4 3 (11.11%) SOAP
5 2 (7.41%) JSON
6 1 (3.70%) AngularJS
6 1 (3.70%) Backbone.js
6 1 (3.70%) Chai
6 1 (3.70%) CSS
6 1 (3.70%) CSS3
6 1 (3.70%) Express
6 1 (3.70%) HTML5
6 1 (3.70%) JMS
6 1 (3.70%) JMX
6 1 (3.70%) Material Design
6 1 (3.70%) REST
6 1 (3.70%) RESTful
6 1 (3.70%) Spring
6 1 (3.70%) Spring MVC
Miscellaneous
1 3 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
1 3 (11.11%) Mainframe
2 2 (7.41%) PlayStation
3 1 (3.70%) AS400
3 1 (3.70%) IBM Mainframe
3 1 (3.70%) Mobile App
3 1 (3.70%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.70%) Android
1 1 (3.70%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (55.56%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (40.74%) Test Automation
3 9 (33.33%) Integration Testing
4 8 (29.63%) Non-Functional Testing
4 8 (29.63%) Regression Testing
5 7 (25.93%) Scrum
5 7 (25.93%) Software Testing
5 7 (25.93%) System Testing
5 7 (25.93%) Test Management
5 7 (25.93%) User Acceptance Testing
6 6 (22.22%) Defect Management
6 6 (22.22%) Test Strategy
7 4 (14.81%) BDD
7 4 (14.81%) ETL
7 4 (14.81%) Validation
8 3 (11.11%) E-Commerce
8 3 (11.11%) Performance Testing
8 3 (11.11%) Project Management
8 3 (11.11%) Risk Management
8 3 (11.11%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (37.04%) SQL
2 8 (29.63%) Java
3 6 (22.22%) JavaScript
4 2 (7.41%) C#
Qualifications
1 4 (14.81%) ISEB
1 4 (14.81%) ISTQB
2 1 (3.70%) Degree
2 1 (3.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (25.93%) QA
Systems Management
1 4 (14.81%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (3.70%) Capistrano
2 1 (3.70%) Nagios
2 1 (3.70%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (3.70%) Puppet
Vendors
1 4 (14.81%) HP
2 3 (11.11%) Oracle
3 2 (7.41%) Splunk
4 1 (3.70%) Google
4 1 (3.70%) IBM
4 1 (3.70%) Microsoft