The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East 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
England / South East
Rank 168 183 165
Rank change year-on-year +15 -18  
Contract jobs citing Functional Testing 73 82 95
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.94% 0.89% 0.97%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.16% 1.09% 1.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 44 52
Median daily rate £325 £350 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.14% -6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £274 £276
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £468 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £315 £350 £350
% change year-on-year -10.00% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 4
Median hourly rate - - £41.25
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 the South East with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
South East
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 6306 7493 7783
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 81.55% 81.26% 79.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 3647 4607 4279
Median daily rate £425 £400 £394
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +1.52%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £398
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.62%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 237 268 276
Median hourly rate £30.00 £40.00 £33.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.00% +19.40%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.75 £13.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £61.00 £45.00
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 the South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East 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 South East

Functional Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Functional Testing in the South East

Functional Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Functional Testing in the South East over the 3 months to 26 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Functional Testing in the South East

Functional Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Functional Testing in the South East

Functional Testing
Contract Job Locations in the South East

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 South East region over the 3 months to 26 March 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
Berkshire +24 26 £338 +1.50% 5
Hampshire -1 13 £325 -13.33% 4
Buckinghamshire -4 8 £278 -31.48% 3
Kent +15 7 £203 -55.00%
Oxfordshire -7 6 £400 +14.28% 3
East Sussex +5 4 £350 +22.80% 1
Surrey +3 4 - - 2
Middlesex +3 2 £375 +2.73%
West Sussex 0 1 - -
Functional Testing
England

Functional Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

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 South East region with a requirement for Functional Testing.

1 54 (36.73%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (26.53%) Test Scripting
3 33 (22.45%) Java
4 32 (21.77%) Continuous Integration
5 31 (21.09%) JIRA
6 25 (17.01%) SQL
6 25 (17.01%) ISEB
7 23 (15.65%) TDD
7 23 (15.65%) Selenium
8 22 (14.97%) Fault Management
9 21 (14.29%) ISTQB
9 21 (14.29%) Non-Functional Testing
10 20 (13.61%) Test Strategy
10 20 (13.61%) Regression Testing
11 18 (12.24%) User Acceptance Testing
11 18 (12.24%) QA
12 17 (11.56%) Test Automation
12 17 (11.56%) Finance
12 17 (11.56%) Validation
13 16 (10.88%) Configuration Management
13 16 (10.88%) SQL Server
14 15 (10.20%) Microsoft
14 15 (10.20%) Back Office
14 15 (10.20%) Migration
14 15 (10.20%) Capacity Management
14 15 (10.20%) BDD
14 15 (10.20%) API Testing
15 14 (9.52%) Automation Testing
15 14 (9.52%) Web Services
15 14 (9.52%) HP Quality Center

Functional Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the South East 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 11 (7.48%) Tomcat
2 5 (3.40%) Apache
2 5 (3.40%) Confluence
3 4 (2.72%) Alfresco
3 4 (2.72%) Liferay
4 2 (1.36%) Drupal
4 2 (1.36%) JBoss
4 2 (1.36%) Oracle HTTP Server
4 2 (1.36%) WebLogic
5 1 (0.68%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.68%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 5 (3.40%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.36%) MS Office
2 2 (1.36%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (3.40%) Workday HCM
2 4 (2.72%) SAP Retail
3 3 (2.04%) SAP PSCD
4 1 (0.68%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.68%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 9 (6.12%) GitHub
2 2 (1.36%) Office 365
3 1 (0.68%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.68%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.36%) HTTP
2 1 (0.68%) DVB
2 1 (0.68%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (10.88%) SQL Server
2 13 (8.84%) Data Warehouse
3 7 (4.76%) MongoDB
4 4 (2.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 3 (2.04%) Oracle Database
5 3 (2.04%) Oracle Reports
5 3 (2.04%) Redis
5 3 (2.04%) Relational Database
6 2 (1.36%) BusinessObjects
6 2 (1.36%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (1.36%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.68%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (0.68%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (0.68%) SQL Server 2014
7 1 (0.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 31 (21.09%) JIRA
2 23 (15.65%) Selenium
3 13 (8.84%) Jenkins
4 11 (7.48%) Cucumber
4 11 (7.48%) Team Foundation Server
5 9 (6.12%) Subversion
6 8 (5.44%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 8 (5.44%) Gradle
7 7 (4.76%) Git (software)
8 5 (3.40%) IntelliJ
9 4 (2.72%) Eclipse
9 4 (2.72%) HP UFT
9 4 (2.72%) JUnit
9 4 (2.72%) Maven
9 4 (2.72%) WebDriver
10 3 (2.04%) Calabash
10 3 (2.04%) SilkTest
11 2 (1.36%) Checkstyle
11 2 (1.36%) Visual Studio
11 2 (1.36%) YourKit
General
1 17 (11.56%) Finance
2 15 (10.20%) Back Office
3 13 (8.84%) Front Office
3 13 (8.84%) Retail
4 5 (3.40%) Manufacturing
5 4 (2.72%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.36%) Banking
6 2 (1.36%) Games
6 2 (1.36%) Marketing
7 1 (0.68%) Electronics
7 1 (0.68%) Legal
7 1 (0.68%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 33 (22.45%) Analyst
2 29 (19.73%) Test Analyst
3 24 (16.33%) Tester
4 18 (12.24%) Developer
5 11 (7.48%) Java Developer
5 11 (7.48%) Test Manager
6 9 (6.12%) Consultant
7 7 (4.76%) QA Engineer
7 7 (4.76%) SAP Consultant
7 7 (4.76%) Test Leader
8 6 (4.08%) QA Automation Engineer
9 5 (3.40%) Agile Developer
9 5 (3.40%) Automation Engineer
9 5 (3.40%) Financial Analyst
9 5 (3.40%) Support Engineer
10 4 (2.72%) Functional Consultant
10 4 (2.72%) SAP Retail Consultant
10 4 (2.72%) Senior Analyst
10 4 (2.72%) Senior Test Analyst
10 4 (2.72%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (9.52%) Web Services
2 12 (8.16%) XML
3 11 (7.48%) .NET
4 10 (6.80%) HTML
5 9 (6.12%) REST
6 8 (5.44%) Spring
7 6 (4.08%) J2EE
7 6 (4.08%) Servlets
7 6 (4.08%) Velocity
8 5 (3.40%) SOAP
8 5 (3.40%) Unreal Engine
9 4 (2.72%) JSR 168
9 4 (2.72%) Struts
9 4 (2.72%) Unity (Game Engine)
9 4 (2.72%) Unity DI Container
9 4 (2.72%) XHTML
9 4 (2.72%) XSLT
10 3 (2.04%) Java EE
10 3 (2.04%) RESTful
10 3 (2.04%) SAP PI
Miscellaneous
1 10 (6.80%) Algorithms
2 9 (6.12%) Management Information System
3 7 (4.76%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (4.76%) User Experience
4 4 (2.72%) Computer Science
5 2 (1.36%) Mobile App
6 1 (0.68%) e-Learning
6 1 (0.68%) Fat Client
6 1 (0.68%) Smart Meter
6 1 (0.68%) STB
6 1 (0.68%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 10 (6.80%) Unix
2 7 (4.76%) Linux
2 7 (4.76%) Windows
3 4 (2.72%) Solaris
4 2 (1.36%) Android
5 1 (0.68%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.68%) Mac OS X
5 1 (0.68%) Ubuntu
5 1 (0.68%) Windows Server
5 1 (0.68%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (0.68%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 54 (36.73%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (26.53%) Test Scripting
3 32 (21.77%) Continuous Integration
4 23 (15.65%) TDD
5 22 (14.97%) Fault Management
6 21 (14.29%) Non-Functional Testing
7 20 (13.61%) Regression Testing
7 20 (13.61%) Test Strategy
8 18 (12.24%) User Acceptance Testing
9 17 (11.56%) Test Automation
9 17 (11.56%) Validation
10 16 (10.88%) Configuration Management
11 15 (10.20%) API Testing
11 15 (10.20%) BDD
11 15 (10.20%) Capacity Management
11 15 (10.20%) Migration
12 14 (9.52%) Automation Testing
12 14 (9.52%) Statistics
13 12 (8.16%) Integration Testing
13 12 (8.16%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 33 (22.45%) Java
2 25 (17.01%) SQL
3 12 (8.16%) JavaScript
4 10 (6.80%) C#
5 7 (4.76%) C++
5 7 (4.76%) Groovy
6 6 (4.08%) Scala
7 5 (3.40%) PHP
7 5 (3.40%) Python
8 3 (2.04%) ABAP
8 3 (2.04%) C
8 3 (2.04%) Ruby
8 3 (2.04%) VB
9 2 (1.36%) Bash Shell
9 2 (1.36%) ES6
9 2 (1.36%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.68%) Apple Swift
10 1 (0.68%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.68%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.68%) VBA
Qualifications
1 25 (17.01%) ISEB
2 21 (14.29%) ISTQB
3 12 (8.16%) Security Cleared
4 11 (7.48%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 10 (6.80%) Degree
5 10 (6.80%) SC Cleared
6 2 (1.36%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (1.36%) HNC
6 2 (1.36%) HND
7 1 (0.68%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 1 (0.68%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (12.24%) QA
2 8 (5.44%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.68%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.68%) SDET
System Software
1 4 (2.72%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (2.04%) VMware Workstation
3 1 (0.68%) Docker
3 1 (0.68%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 14 (9.52%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 15 (10.20%) Microsoft
2 13 (8.84%) Oracle
3 11 (7.48%) HP
4 9 (6.12%) Huawei
4 9 (6.12%) SAP
5 6 (4.08%) Workday
6 4 (2.72%) GigaSpaces
6 4 (2.72%) VMware
7 2 (1.36%) Teradata
8 1 (0.68%) Nimble Storage
8 1 (0.68%) Progress
8 1 (0.68%) Red Hat
8 1 (0.68%) Salesforce.com
8 1 (0.68%) ServiceNow
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