Period
to 20 November 2017

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 6 months to 20 November 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
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 181 185 144
Rank change year-on-year +4 -41 +34
Contract jobs citing Functional Testing 21 38 106
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.37% 0.56% 1.23%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.45% 0.67% 1.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 25 67
North West median daily rate £363 £325 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.54% -3.70% -3.57%
10th Percentile £246 £216 £233
90th Percentile £470 £441 £688
England median daily rate £425 £375 £359
% change year-on-year +13.33% +4.53% -4.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 1
North West median hourly rate £35.00 £44.00 £34.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.45% +29.41% +7.75%
England median hourly rate £37.50 £42.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year -11.76% +6.25% +33.33%

Functional Testing is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following 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 or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 4629 5692 6965
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 81.32% 83.89% 81.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 2952 3672 4228
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £263 £263 £255
90th Percentile £587 £556 £575
England median daily rate £450 £425 £423
% change year-on-year +5.88% +0.59% +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 202 166 283
North West median hourly rate £27.00 £22.42 £30.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.41% -26.53% +69.56%
10th Percentile £11.56 £12.13 £12.38
90th Percentile £52.93 £53.00 £52.47
England median hourly rate £24.00 £24.42 £22.50
% change year-on-year -1.72% +8.53% +18.42%

Functional Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Functional Testing as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

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 6 months to 20 November 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 6 months to 20 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Cheshire +11 7 £363 +45.00% 3
Manchester +11 6 £330 +1.54% 6
Merseyside +4 5 £300 -6.25%
Lancashire +6 3 £400 +6.67% 2
Functional Testing
England

For the 6 months to 20 November 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 8 (38.10%) JIRA
1 8 (38.10%) Test Automation
2 7 (33.33%) QA
2 7 (33.33%) Regression Testing
2 7 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (33.33%) Finance
3 6 (28.57%) Test Scripting
3 6 (28.57%) Test Strategy
4 5 (23.81%) Non-Functional Testing
4 5 (23.81%) Performance Testing
4 5 (23.81%) Stress Testing
4 5 (23.81%) ISEB
4 5 (23.81%) ISTQB
5 4 (19.05%) Software Testing
5 4 (19.05%) Stakeholder Management
5 4 (19.05%) SQL
5 4 (19.05%) Defect Management
6 3 (14.29%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 3 (14.29%) Technical Analysis
6 3 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
6 3 (14.29%) Continuous Improvement
6 3 (14.29%) ITIL
6 3 (14.29%) Requirements Analysis
6 3 (14.29%) Degree
7 2 (9.52%) Penetration Testing
7 2 (9.52%) Computer Science
7 2 (9.52%) Scrum
7 2 (9.52%) Document Management
7 2 (9.52%) Banking
7 2 (9.52%) SAP

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:

Cloud Services
1 1 (4.76%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.76%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.76%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (4.76%) SQL Server
1 1 (4.76%) SQL Server Analysis Services
1 1 (4.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 1 (4.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 8 (38.10%) JIRA
2 2 (9.52%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (4.76%) Cucumber
3 1 (4.76%) Git (software)
3 1 (4.76%) GitLab
3 1 (4.76%) IntelliJ
3 1 (4.76%) Selenium
3 1 (4.76%) SoapUI
3 1 (4.76%) TeamCity
General
1 7 (33.33%) Finance
2 2 (9.52%) Banking
2 2 (9.52%) Legal
2 2 (9.52%) Manufacturing
3 1 (4.76%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 10 (47.62%) Analyst
1 10 (47.62%) Test Analyst
2 6 (28.57%) Tester
3 4 (19.05%) Functional Analyst
3 4 (19.05%) Functional Test Analyst
4 2 (9.52%) Functional Tester
4 2 (9.52%) Non-Functional Tester
4 2 (9.52%) Project Leader
4 2 (9.52%) QA Tester
4 2 (9.52%) SAP Project Leader
4 2 (9.52%) SQL Analyst
5 1 (4.76%) Consultant
5 1 (4.76%) Developer
5 1 (4.76%) Financial Analyst
5 1 (4.76%) ITIL Manager
5 1 (4.76%) Legal Analyst
5 1 (4.76%) QA Analyst
5 1 (4.76%) Service Analyst
5 1 (4.76%) Software Tester
5 1 (4.76%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.76%) Akka
1 1 (4.76%) REST
1 1 (4.76%) SOAP
1 1 (4.76%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (9.52%) Computer Science
2 1 (4.76%) AS400
2 1 (4.76%) IBM Mainframe
2 1 (4.76%) Mainframe
2 1 (4.76%) Mobile App
2 1 (4.76%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 1 (4.76%) Linux
1 1 (4.76%) Windows
1 1 (4.76%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (38.10%) Test Automation
2 7 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (33.33%) Regression Testing
3 6 (28.57%) Test Scripting
3 6 (28.57%) Test Strategy
4 5 (23.81%) Non-Functional Testing
4 5 (23.81%) Performance Testing
4 5 (23.81%) Stress Testing
5 4 (19.05%) Defect Management
5 4 (19.05%) Software Testing
5 4 (19.05%) Stakeholder Management
6 3 (14.29%) Continuous Improvement
6 3 (14.29%) ITIL
6 3 (14.29%) Requirements Analysis
6 3 (14.29%) Technical Analysis
6 3 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
7 2 (9.52%) Integration Testing
7 2 (9.52%) Scrum
7 2 (9.52%) SDLC
7 2 (9.52%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 4 (19.05%) SQL
2 1 (4.76%) Java
2 1 (4.76%) Python
2 1 (4.76%) Scala
2 1 (4.76%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 5 (23.81%) ISEB
1 5 (23.81%) ISTQB
2 3 (14.29%) Degree
2 3 (14.29%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (33.33%) QA
System Software
1 1 (4.76%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (9.52%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (9.52%) SAP
2 1 (4.76%) Atlassian
2 1 (4.76%) Avaya
2 1 (4.76%) HP
2 1 (4.76%) IBM