Period
to 19 November 2017

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 6 months to 19 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 > South West
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 153 151 138
Rank change year-on-year -2 -13 +24
Contract jobs citing Functional Testing 44 53 88
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.79% 0.92% 1.33%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.97% 1.15% 1.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 33 56
South West median daily rate £375 £325 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.38% - -1.52%
10th Percentile £285 £194 £209
90th Percentile £475 £421 £410
England median daily rate £425 £375 £360
% change year-on-year +13.33% +4.17% -4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 1
South West median hourly rate - £42.50 £26.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +60.38% -
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 South West with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
South West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 4528 4592 5262
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 81.34% 79.89% 79.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 2855 3088 3565
South West median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - -
10th Percentile £257 £238 £255
90th Percentile £557 £550 £525
England median daily rate £450 £425 £422
% change year-on-year +5.88% +0.62% +5.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 182 269 259
South West median hourly rate £35.00 £31.50 £38.77
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.11% -18.75% +47.70%
10th Percentile £12.04 £12.00 £14.05
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £49.35
England median hourly rate £23.75 £24.41 £22.50
% change year-on-year -2.70% +8.49% +18.42%

Functional Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

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

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 6 months to 19 November 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 6 months to 19 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
Bristol -2 21 £400 +44.14% 2
Wiltshire - 8 £325 -
Devon -1 5 £400 +1.91%
Gloucestershire +13 4 £300 -33.33%
Somerset -10 4 £335 +57.65% 1
Dorset -3 2 £440 +35.38%
Functional Testing
England

For the 6 months to 19 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 South West region with a requirement for Functional Testing.

1 20 (45.45%) Agile Software Development
1 20 (45.45%) Test Automation
2 15 (34.09%) Finance
3 14 (31.82%) Test Scripting
4 13 (29.55%) ISTQB
5 12 (27.27%) Microsoft
6 10 (22.73%) SQL
7 9 (20.45%) SQL Server
7 9 (20.45%) ISEB
7 9 (20.45%) QA
8 8 (18.18%) User Acceptance Testing
8 8 (18.18%) BDD
8 8 (18.18%) Non-Functional Testing
8 8 (18.18%) Project Management
8 8 (18.18%) Scrum
9 7 (15.91%) Team Foundation Server
9 7 (15.91%) System Integration Testing
9 7 (15.91%) Defect Management
9 7 (15.91%) Scenario Testing
10 6 (13.64%) Security Cleared
10 6 (13.64%) System Testing
11 5 (11.36%) TDD
11 5 (11.36%) Banking
11 5 (11.36%) E-business
11 5 (11.36%) Stakeholder Management
11 5 (11.36%) Java
11 5 (11.36%) Unix
11 5 (11.36%) Test Management
11 5 (11.36%) Integration Testing
11 5 (11.36%) JIRA

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 (2.27%) Confluence
1 1 (2.27%) Elasticsearch
1 1 (2.27%) WebLogic
Applications
1 2 (4.55%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (2.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (2.27%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (2.27%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (6.82%) Maximo
2 1 (2.27%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 4 (9.09%) GitHub
2 3 (6.82%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (6.82%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (2.27%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.27%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (20.45%) SQL Server
2 4 (9.09%) Relational Database
3 3 (6.82%) Amazon Redshift
3 3 (6.82%) Oracle BI EE
3 3 (6.82%) Power BI
4 2 (4.55%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (4.55%) Firebird
Development Applications
1 7 (15.91%) Team Foundation Server
2 5 (11.36%) Git (software)
2 5 (11.36%) JIRA
3 4 (9.09%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 4 (9.09%) JProfiler
3 4 (9.09%) VisualVM
3 4 (9.09%) YourKit
4 3 (6.82%) SpecFlow
5 2 (4.55%) Selenium
5 2 (4.55%) SoapUI
6 1 (2.27%) Cucumber
6 1 (2.27%) Eclipse
6 1 (2.27%) Gradle
6 1 (2.27%) HP UFT
6 1 (2.27%) IntelliJ
6 1 (2.27%) Jenkins
6 1 (2.27%) LoadRunner
6 1 (2.27%) Rational DOORS
6 1 (2.27%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 1 (2.27%) WebDriver
General
1 15 (34.09%) Finance
2 5 (11.36%) Banking
2 5 (11.36%) Retail Banking
3 3 (6.82%) Retail
4 2 (4.55%) Military
Job Titles
1 15 (34.09%) Analyst
2 13 (29.55%) Test Analyst
2 13 (29.55%) Tester
3 6 (13.64%) QA Tester
4 5 (11.36%) Developer
4 5 (11.36%) Java Developer
5 4 (9.09%) Automation Tester
5 4 (9.09%) Test Manager
6 3 (6.82%) Agile Tester
6 3 (6.82%) Automation Test Lead
6 3 (6.82%) Finance Systems Analyst
6 3 (6.82%) Financial Analyst
6 3 (6.82%) Test Leader
7 2 (4.55%) ETL Specialist
7 2 (4.55%) Functional Test Analyst
7 2 (4.55%) Functional Tester
7 2 (4.55%) QA Automation Tester
7 2 (4.55%) Test Data Analyst
7 2 (4.55%) Test Engineer
7 2 (4.55%) Test Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (9.09%) JAX-RS
2 2 (4.55%) .NET
2 2 (4.55%) SOAP
3 1 (2.27%) Elastic Stack
3 1 (2.27%) Gherkin
3 1 (2.27%) JSON
3 1 (2.27%) REST
3 1 (2.27%) Spring
3 1 (2.27%) Spring MVC
3 1 (2.27%) Web Services
3 1 (2.27%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (2.27%) Data Centre
2 1 (2.27%) Data Protection Act
2 1 (2.27%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 5 (11.36%) Unix
2 4 (9.09%) Linux
3 2 (4.55%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (45.45%) Agile Software Development
1 20 (45.45%) Test Automation
2 14 (31.82%) Test Scripting
3 8 (18.18%) BDD
3 8 (18.18%) Non-Functional Testing
3 8 (18.18%) Project Management
3 8 (18.18%) Scrum
3 8 (18.18%) User Acceptance Testing
4 7 (15.91%) Defect Management
4 7 (15.91%) Scenario Testing
4 7 (15.91%) System Integration Testing
5 6 (13.64%) System Testing
6 5 (11.36%) E-business
6 5 (11.36%) Integration Testing
6 5 (11.36%) Stakeholder Management
6 5 (11.36%) TDD
6 5 (11.36%) Test Management
7 4 (9.09%) Release Management
7 4 (9.09%) Software Testing
7 4 (9.09%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 10 (22.73%) SQL
2 5 (11.36%) Java
3 3 (6.82%) C
4 2 (4.55%) C#
4 2 (4.55%) Delphi
5 1 (2.27%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 13 (29.55%) ISTQB
2 9 (20.45%) ISEB
3 6 (13.64%) Security Cleared
4 3 (6.82%) Degree
4 3 (6.82%) DV Cleared
4 3 (6.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 3 (6.82%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (20.45%) QA
2 1 (2.27%) ISO/IEC 15288
Systems Management
1 4 (9.09%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (2.27%) Kibana
2 1 (2.27%) logstash
Vendors
1 12 (27.27%) Microsoft
2 4 (9.09%) Oracle
3 3 (6.82%) SAP
4 2 (4.55%) HP
5 1 (2.27%) IBM