The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South 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 26 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 / South West
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 111 115 120
Rank change year-on-year +4 +5  
Contract jobs citing Functional Testing 24 25 22
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.88% 0.85% 0.71%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.08% 1.07% 0.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 13 14
Median daily rate £350 £350 £369
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -5.08%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £286 £291 £283
10% offered a daily rate of more than £417 £400 £506
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +7.14% +7.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Median hourly rate - £40.00 -
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 South West with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
South West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 2224 2327 2452
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 81.92% 78.83% 78.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 1419 1538 1664
Median daily rate £400 £388 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.22% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £288 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £588 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 92 107 111
Median hourly rate £43.50 £35.50 £36.40
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.53% -2.47%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.00 £21.50 £16.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £47.50 £55.00
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 South West

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

Functional Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Functional Testing in the South West

Functional Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

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

Contractor daily rate histogram for Functional Testing in the South West

Functional Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Functional Testing in the South West

Functional Testing
Contract Job Locations in the South 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 South West region over the 3 months to 26 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
Wiltshire +11 7 £375 +0.67% 3
Devon -3 7 £350 +18.64%
Bristol -1 4 £275 -23.61% 2
Gloucestershire +4 3 £300 -28.86% 4
Dorset +1 2 £435 +33.84%
Functional Testing
England

For the 6 months to 26 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 South West region with a requirement for Functional Testing.

1 19 (44.19%) Agile Software Development
1 19 (44.19%) Test Scripting
2 18 (41.86%) Test Automation
3 14 (32.56%) ISTQB
4 12 (27.91%) ISEB
5 10 (23.26%) Manual Testing
5 10 (23.26%) Non-Functional Testing
6 8 (18.60%) Software Testing
6 8 (18.60%) System Integration Testing
7 7 (16.28%) Defect Management
7 7 (16.28%) Exploratory Testing
7 7 (16.28%) User Acceptance Testing
7 7 (16.28%) HP
7 7 (16.28%) Oracle
7 7 (16.28%) SQL Server
8 6 (13.95%) Finance
8 6 (13.95%) Stakeholder Management
8 6 (13.95%) Security Cleared
9 5 (11.63%) Test Management
9 5 (11.63%) QA
9 5 (11.63%) User Stories
9 5 (11.63%) Waterfall
9 5 (11.63%) SQL
9 5 (11.63%) C
9 5 (11.63%) Project Management
9 5 (11.63%) Test Planning
10 4 (9.30%) Configuration Management
10 4 (9.30%) Cisco
10 4 (9.30%) Ruby
10 4 (9.30%) Scrum

Functional Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South 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 1 (2.33%) CMS
1 1 (2.33%) Elasticsearch
1 1 (2.33%) Sitecore CMS
Business Applications
1 4 (9.30%) Maximo
2 1 (2.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (2.33%) iTrent
2 1 (2.33%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.33%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (2.33%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.33%) BIG-IP
1 1 (2.33%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (16.28%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.33%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 4 (9.30%) JIRA
2 3 (6.98%) LoadRunner
2 3 (6.98%) Rational Functional Tester
3 2 (4.65%) Selenium
3 2 (4.65%) SpecFlow
3 2 (4.65%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (4.65%) Visual Studio
3 2 (4.65%) WebDriver
4 1 (2.33%) Cucumber
4 1 (2.33%) Hudson
4 1 (2.33%) Jenkins
4 1 (2.33%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 6 (13.95%) Finance
2 1 (2.33%) Banking
2 1 (2.33%) Retail
2 1 (2.33%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 31 (72.09%) Analyst
1 31 (72.09%) Test Analyst
2 9 (20.93%) Tester
3 5 (11.63%) Lead Test Analyst
4 4 (9.30%) HR Analyst
5 3 (6.98%) Oracle Analyst
5 3 (6.98%) Oracle HRMS Analyst
5 3 (6.98%) SAP Analyst
5 3 (6.98%) SAP Test Analyst
5 3 (6.98%) Senior Analyst
5 3 (6.98%) Senior Test Analyst
6 2 (4.65%) CRM Manager
6 2 (4.65%) Financial Analyst
6 2 (4.65%) Functional Test Analyst
6 2 (4.65%) Functional Tester
6 2 (4.65%) Manual Test Analyst
6 2 (4.65%) Maximo Analyst
6 2 (4.65%) Senior Financial Analyst
6 2 (4.65%) Senior SAP Test Analyst
6 2 (4.65%) UAT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.98%) .NET
2 1 (2.33%) Elastic Stack
2 1 (2.33%) Gherkin
2 1 (2.33%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (2.33%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (2.33%) Data Centre
1 1 (2.33%) Data Protection Act
1 1 (2.33%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 3 (6.98%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (44.19%) Agile Software Development
1 19 (44.19%) Test Scripting
2 18 (41.86%) Test Automation
3 10 (23.26%) Manual Testing
3 10 (23.26%) Non-Functional Testing
4 8 (18.60%) Software Testing
4 8 (18.60%) System Integration Testing
5 7 (16.28%) Defect Management
5 7 (16.28%) Exploratory Testing
5 7 (16.28%) User Acceptance Testing
6 6 (13.95%) Stakeholder Management
7 5 (11.63%) Project Management
7 5 (11.63%) Test Management
7 5 (11.63%) Test Planning
7 5 (11.63%) User Stories
7 5 (11.63%) Waterfall
8 4 (9.30%) Configuration Management
8 4 (9.30%) Integration Testing
8 4 (9.30%) Scrum
9 3 (6.98%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (11.63%) C
1 5 (11.63%) SQL
2 4 (9.30%) Ruby
3 3 (6.98%) Bash Shell
3 3 (6.98%) C++
3 3 (6.98%) Java
3 3 (6.98%) Perl
3 3 (6.98%) Python
3 3 (6.98%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 14 (32.56%) ISTQB
2 12 (27.91%) ISEB
3 6 (13.95%) Security Cleared
4 3 (6.98%) DV Cleared
5 1 (2.33%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (2.33%) CCNA
5 1 (2.33%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (2.33%) DBS Check
5 1 (2.33%) EMCIE
5 1 (2.33%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 1 (2.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (2.33%) Network+ Certification
5 1 (2.33%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (11.63%) QA
2 1 (2.33%) Disclosure Scotland
Systems Management
1 4 (9.30%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (6.98%) Cisco CUCM
2 3 (6.98%) Cisco UCCE
3 1 (2.33%) BMC PATROL
3 1 (2.33%) Cisco IPCC
3 1 (2.33%) Kibana
3 1 (2.33%) logstash
3 1 (2.33%) Netcool
Vendors
1 7 (16.28%) HP
1 7 (16.28%) Oracle
2 4 (9.30%) Cisco
3 3 (6.98%) Microsoft
3 3 (6.98%) SAP
4 1 (2.33%) BMC
4 1 (2.33%) CA
4 1 (2.33%) EMC
4 1 (2.33%) F5
4 1 (2.33%) hybris
4 1 (2.33%) IBM
4 1 (2.33%) Sitecore
4 1 (2.33%) SolarWinds